Birthday weekend 

I’m officially 25! I can now rent a car by myself and my car insurance went down. Yay adulthood.

My birthday weekend started off with a potluck at work on Friday. Also cookie cake. Which is a birthday necessity. 

Saturday morning we hit the road for our weekend getaway in STL. Thankfully Ryan and I like the same music and love listening to comedy, so our roadtrip was filled with lots of karaoke and tears from laughing so hard.

STL has become one of my favorite cities and I love getting to go to several baseball games throughout the year. We’ve done all the touristy things before, but I loved that our hotel was right by the arch. It made my morning coffee that much better!

Sunday we got so burnt from being in the sun all day, but it was so worth it to see the Cardinals beat the Giants. It was the perfect way to spend my day turning 25.

Now it’s back to the real world this week. The good news is, after five days of work, I get a three day weekend! Happy Monday, friends! Let’s make it a good week.

Mother’s Day Weekend

Our weekend started off nice and quiet and by the end of it, we were super busy! But it was a great weekend with family and I wouldn’t trade our time with them for anything in the world.

On Friday nights, Ryan and I prefer to stay at home with each other (and Murphy!). It’s our time to be with each other, unwind and hangout in our pjs. We ate tacos and watched a few episodes of The Office, before calling it a night and heading to bed.
Saturday while Ryan was at work, I was busy cleaning the house, buying grocers, taking Murph for lots of walks since it was gorgeous outside and finding time to get a run in myself.

Once Ryan got off work, we headed down to Tennessee to spend some time with his family for Mother’s Day weekend. We had lots of great food and a good time just lounging around the house enjoying each other’s company.

After a whirlwind visit we headed back home yesterday afternoon just in time to make a pizza for supper and get everything ready for another work week.

I hope you all got to shower your mom’s grandma’s and all the other women in your life with lots of love this weekend. I know I did and I am so thankful for all of the positive women role models in my life. 

Weekend shenanigans 

This weekend was the perfect mix of relaxation and social events.

Friday night was takeout and movies — my favorite way to start the weekend! Since getting married, I much prefer to stay in with Ryan and Murphy rather than go out to the bars.

Sticking with my routine, Saturday was for my long run. Still reminding myself to put in the work and trust the process. 

My brother and I finished up some yard work in preparation for our Adult Easter Party. I love a freshly mowed yard – I just don’t love all the work that comes with it. 

I stuffed roughly 100 eggs with candy and other goodies on Saturday afternoon. Who says just because you’re grown up that you can’t have fun?!

Our egg hunt on Sunday was intense and even though I ran Sunday morning, I’m pretty sure I got more of a workout sprinting across the yard trying to beat people to eggs. 

Our Adult Easter Party involved two egg hunts, egg roulette (some were hard boiled, some were raw. videos were hilarious), an egg toss and a ton of good food and drinks. 

After a full day of helping us look for eggs, trying to eat everything in sight and running around the yard like crazy, Murphy was wore out.

Now it’s back to work. I feel recharged and ready to tackle anything that comes at me after such a fun weekend.

What did you do this weekend?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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Whether you’re celebrating with your girls, significant other or not at all, I hope you all have a great day!

If you’re still in need of some quick, easy and inexpensive date ideas check out this post.

Ryan and I celebrated on Saturday with a simple date night a movie. I love spending quality time with him and I am so thankful for our marriage.

Love is Beautiful. Styled Hearts by Shay Cochrane.

In spirit of Valentine’s Day and all things love, Oiselle has been spreading #runlove all across social media. Go check it out.

Other than Ryan, Murphy, my family and friends, running is my next love. It’s given so much (and been heartbreaking at times) but I can’t live without it.

So today, go celebrate love! Whether it’s for you, someone else or something that brings you joy — go celebrate love and what makes you happy.

New Years Weekend

Hi! I can’t believe we’re already three days into 2017. 

Today was a struggle to get out of bed and get ready for work — but I made it!

But let’s recap New Years weekend.

For lunch on Saturday I went to Cheddar’s with my best friend. We’ve been bffs for more than 10 years now (we met the summer before our freshman year of high school) and I still love our lunch dates. Also, her drink huge. We ended up splitting it and even then we couldn’t finish the entire thing.

Saturday night I forgot to take any pictures (a sign of a great time!) but we had some friends over and ended up playing cards and board games until 3 a.m. So thankful I got to sleep in Sunday morning.

On Sunday, Ryan and I hit up the mall to look for records for our new record player that we got for Christmas. I totally felt like Peyton Sawyer flipping through all that vinyl. 

Ryan and I were both off on Monday, so we watched two RedBox movies (Central Intelligence and Free State of Jones), went to town for a bit and basically did whatever we wanted to. Yay for lazy days off from work.

We went to PetSmart just to see if they had any good deals and ended up snagging this super cute shirt for Murphy.

He was obviously thrilled.

I hope everyone has a wonderful return to work and routines today!

Christmas weekend recap

Welcome back to the work week! I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

Ryan and I did lots of traveling in a short amount of time, but it was totally worth it to get some quality time with family and friends. 

This weekend I ate ALL THE SWEETS. Low quality picture, high quality sweets. The peanut butter fudge and the cookies with m&m’s and marshmallows were my favorite. 

Christmas Eve with Ryan’s parents and grandparents! ❤️

Murphy loved the new fuzzy blanket my parents got us. I love it when he is calm and snuggly. 
Now it’s back to work! Thankful for a short work week.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Isn’t Christmas Eve one of the most magical nights of the year? I love it.

This year, Ryan and I are spending our weekend in Tennessee with his family and I am so excited. It’s always good to spend time with loved ones that you don’t get to see nearly enough.

Just in case you need a reminder of what Christmas is all about

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Stay safe!

Friday Favorites v. 29

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! We are so close to Christmas I basically taste it.

No really, everyone has been bringing in all kinds of sweets this week and I’ve had enough Christmas candy and fudge to last me six months. I am in desperate need of a run, but after work Ryan and I are headed down south for the holiday.

Before we leave, let’s chat favorites.

1. Molly Huddle’s 5 Tips for Running a Great 10K.

2. Saw this on Facebook and it really resonated with me. Yay for marriage!

3. 10 Immunity Boosting Foods for Cold and Flu Season.

4. This blog post by Emily at Em For Marvelous is wonderful. I’m always trying to be more intentional about how I live my life and even more so at Christmas. Jesus truly is the “reason for the season” and I want that to reflect in my home, in my heart and with the people I love.

5. I really want to see the Sing Movie. Anyone else? It looks hilarious and adorable.

6. Ticket to Ride. Earlier this week we went to a friend’s house for a Christmas party and ended playing several board games.  

7. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but since it’s two days before Christmas, I’ll bring it up one more time. Penatonix Christmas album is the bomb. Go take a listen.

8. Selfies with Murphy are my fave. Even if he looks angry in them most of the time.

Does anyone else pictures with their dogs? Or is that just me?

Have a great holiday everyone! Stay safe.

A very cold weekend

Happy Monday, everyone! It is freeeezing here, but I am still excited to tackle this week. We are officially less than a week until Christmas! Ah! So exciting.

Before I get into Monday, lets recap the weekend.

Friday — We have a “for free” table at work that people use to get rid of stuff from around their house or stuff they get in PR packets   Basically everything is fair game and if no one wants it after a week, it goes in the trash.

I snagged the most adorable Christmas plates, bowls and mugs last week and I so excited to use them!

Also, I really really want to re-paint our kitchen. Why does remodeling/home improvement have to be so expensive?!

A snagged a charcoal face mask at CVS for $1, so I had a mini spa night Friday. Also, this turtleneck is so comfy and flowy I never want to take it off. I stayed in it all night even after wearing it to work on Friday.

Saturday — I spent the whole day at my parent’s house helping my mom with my dad who just had some minor surgery on Friday. Ryan worked all day and that night we just laid around the house and watched movies and ate pizza. Murphy destroyed another toy. Nothing new.


Sunday — We went to a Christmas party in Evansville that two of friends were hosting. We also did our usual grocery shopping trip and watched lots of football.

Hope you all have a great week! I’m going to try and get some workouts in this week, but my schedule is jam packed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day this week. The holidays are great, but require a lot of work (at the newspaper and getting ready for family). Happy Monday!