Random 25 question survey

Happy Monday. Since Mondays can be dreadful and boring, I thought I would today with a fun survey. Choose a few questions and leave me your answers in the comments below!

1. Do you make your bed? Nope. I leave for work before Ryan is even out of bed.

2. The first car that was officially yours? A 2006 Silver Ford Taurus. It was so long, but I loved that car. So many memories from my first car. It sadly got totaled a few years ago when someone ran a red light and hit me 😦

3. Three grocery items you don’t run out of? Milk, bread and cheese.

4. When did you start doing your own laundry? When I was like 8-9 years old. I started helping my mom with household chores at a pretty young age.

5. If you could, would you go to high school again? Eh, probably not. It was fun and all, but I love where I am right now 🙂

6. What are three of your favorite foods? Pizza, turkey and cheese sandwich and ice cream!

7. First job? McDonalds! I actually ended up staying there for five years and became a manager. It helped pay for a lot of my college!

8. Do you think aliens are real? Nope.

9. What is your favorite sport to watch? This is a hard one! I love going to MLB games and college basketball games, but I also love watching basketball and running on tv.

10. Guilty TV pleasure? Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

11 . Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Too hot.

12. If the world ends do you want to be one of the survivors? Not really. I’ve seen The Walking Dead. Just make me a zombie. Haha!

13. Sweet or salty? Sweet. I have a major sweet tooth.
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14. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice bath? Yes!

15. Do you consider yourself strong? Yes, both mentally and physically.

16. Something people do, physically, that drives you crazy? Litter. WHY!?!

17. Favorite song on the radio right now? Strip That Down – Liam Payne

18. Who was the last person you text? My husband.

19. Favorite childhood game? Monopoly, Twister, Mario Kart

20. Do you talk to yourself? YES. I talk to myself, to Murphy, to my computer, the list goes on and on.

21. Do you like doing jig-saw puzzles? Sure do! Ryan and I completed a 1,000 piece puzzle last winter to frame and give to his grandma as a Christmas present.
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22. Would you go on a reality show? I would love to be on something crazy and fun like The Amazing Race or Survivor.

23. Tea or coffee? Sweet tea, no lemon!

24. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up? Either a rockstar or a marine biologist – I loved dolphins!

25. No matter how much money you have or don’t have, what are you an absolute snob about? Sports bras – there’s nothing worse than a bad one!

Friday Favorites v.58

It’s Friday! Today has already started off with me crushing one of my deadlines and someone brought doughnuts into work. It’s going to be a good day.

My plans for this evening are to celebrate the end of a another week with my favorite girls at Friday After 5.

Anyways. Let’s talk favorites.

1. Okay, so I know this is not a new thing, but after seeing all kinds of Facebook ads for Halo Top ice cream, I decided to give it a try to see what all the fuss was about. I actually had a coupon from Kroger for a free pint, so it was perfect timing.

Guys. I love it. So far, I’ve tried the lemon and red velvet flavors and they were both amazing. While it is a little pricey, it doesn’t have any fake ingredients in it and has lots of protein! So I think it’s worth the splurge. While I don’t keep ice cream in the house all time (I would totally pig out on it every night) it is nice to have a cool summer treat waiting for me after a hot summer day.

2. The best blueberry smoothie. I had it three times for lunch this week. I also threw in some frozen spinach so some extra greens! It was delicious.

3. For all of you summer racers. How to race when it’s really, really hot.

4. This prickly pear drink recipe from Julie looks delicious! I can’t wait to give it a try this weekend.

5. I got some exciting work-related news earlier this week. I love the line of work I am in and I am excited to continue to learn and grow in the communications & media field.

6. I’ve been getting into social media a little more.
Follow along on Instagram for snapshots and videos of my wonderful & crazy life. Plus I post lost of pictures of Murphy — what more could you want?!

7. Such a great article on Charlotte Jones Anderson and how she became the most powerful woman in football.

8. Murphy can nap anywhere. It’s hilarious.

Have a great weekend! Talk to guys on Monday! 🙂

Fourth of July recap

So today is basically like a second Monday, right?! It is for me anyways. It was a struggle to get out of bed this morning, but I only have today and tomorrow morning to work before I am off to another rock climbing adventure!

But first let me recap my Fourth of July holiday.

On Sunday, Ryan and I randomly decided to roadtrip to St. Louis for the day on Tuesday and celebrate Independence Day by watching baseball! We rounded up two other friends (one who already lives in STL) and made a day of food, fireworks and baseball!

*Also before the game we grabbed some beers and watched the Nathan’s HotDog Eating Contest. It was so gross and I couldn’t even watch the entire thing without wanting to get sick.



While it was super hot and humid during the game, we still had a blast. They had lots of fun extra things in between innings to celebrate the holiday, so there was never a dull moment!


Even though the Cardinals lost, it was still a fun way to celebrate the holiday and spend our day off from work. After the game, we walked around the city a little bit before driving home. We stopped at a Red Robin on the way and ate some delicious burgers (that I forgot to snap a picture of because I was starving).


Now it’s back to work! I have a full schedule today, so I am already looking forward to my 3 mile run when I get off work. I’ll be offline tomorrow, but check back on Friday for my weekly Friday Favorites post.

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I’m starting off my Friday with doughnuts! That has to mean today is going to be a great day. I have a low-key weekend planned at home and I am definitely looking forward to it.

I also am going to start a new training plan this weekend, so that’s exciting! I’m hoping it will help me focus and get my butt in shape (literally and figuratively).

Before the weekend can begin, let’s go through some of my favorite things from this past week.

1. Getting the chance to get out of the office and walk around downtown. I had to go to the courthouse the other day for work-related things and it was so nice to be out in some fresh air! I also love all of the American flags we have displayed downtown. 

2. Look at all of these popsicle recipes! I cannot wait to give some of these a try this summer.

3. If you’re a bookworm who is looking for something new to read, check out this list by PBFingers.

4. My best work friend is left me this week to pursue bigger and better things in Utah. While I’m sad to be losing such a great friend, I am so proud of her work ethic and all the great things she has coming her way!

5. Four tips to work more effectively. Love these tips! Even though I can’t burn a candle at my desk at work, I do like the idea of having a “relaxing/feel good scent” when you work from home. Random example, I LOVE the smell of fresh peaches. It instantly relaxes me and makes me feel invigorated.

6. This howdy y’all phone case from Draper James. Perfect for summer!

7. I love Miley Cyrus and I love Jimmy Fallon, so obviously the two of them together is a win in my book. Earlier this week, the two surprised subway riders in NYC with a surprise performance.

8. Murphy and I took about 20 pictures until I found one that halfway decent. & even then, I still look like a hot mess. #sweatyselfie

Yard work, river walks and mini golf

This weekend was crammed pack with work and play and it was awesome.

On Saturday while Ryan was at work, me, my brother and Murphy did a TON of yard work. I’m talking mowing, weed eating, pulling weeds, cleaning up the garage, etc. It took most of the afternoon, but the yard looked great afterward.

Murphy has also decided he’s a farm pup now.


Saturday night I met a friend in town for dinner. She leaves Kentucky this week for a new job in Utah, so I’m sad to see her go, but am so proud of her and her work ethic!

We ate a local Korean place and then walked all along the river after dinner. 


Saturday, Ryan and I, along with our friend Maddie made a two hour road trip down to Grand Rivers, KY., to eat at Patti’s 1880s Settlement! It’s a well known restaurant in western Kentucky and has so much great food. They are known for their 2 inch porkchops and mile high meringue pies. We ate until we were stuffed and then headed outside for two rounds of putt putt golf. 

All in all it was a great weekend with family, friends and food. To be honest, I didn’t get in a lot of running over the last three days, but spending time with these people is more important than any run or workout.

Weekend in the sun

Hi guys! Yesterday was so crazy, that I am just now getting to my weekend recap post today! I hope you all had a great Monday.

Now let’s recap the fun stuff.

Saturday was all about being outside! Murphy and I headed out early to get in a nice walk through the park. Granted, Murph wanted to chase all the squirrels and eat everything that was on the ground, it was nice and relaxing and I am so thankful to be off on weekends.
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After we ran some errands, we stopped by my parent’s house and got in a quick two mile run around their neighborhood with my little brother. He leaves for college this fall and I can’t believe it. I’m such a proud big sister.
After our run, we cooled off, headed home and got ready to mow the yard. Well, Murphy watched me out the living room window, while I was outside sweating buckets. Oddly enough, I really don’t mind yard work. I love being outside, plus I got to work on my tan.
Sunday, Ryan and I took our friend Maddie to Holiday World! It’s the best theme park in the world (in my opinion) and I was so excited my west coast friend a place that was such a staple in my childhood.
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We basically spent the entire day there riding rollercoasters, eating pizza and hanging out in the water park.
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By the end of the day, our feet hurt, we were exhausted and so sunburnt. I crashed on the couch not 10 minutes after getting out of the shower.
Stayed tuned on Wednesday for a fun Global Running Day post!

How Murphy has improved my life

If you’ve been reading this blog for any time know, then you know how much I love my dog. Murphy is and will forever be my first baby.
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I briefly mentioned it on the blog before, but Ryan and I literally went grocery shopping and came home with a dog. The local animal shelter was hosting a pit bull promotion event at Sam’s Club and I met Murphy and fell in love. He had been abused by his previous owner and was found abandoned in a dryer in an empty house. Every day since we brought him home, I’ve tried to make our home filled with nothing but love, toys and treats.
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But for as much as we’ve helped Murphy, he has helped me twice over.

I can be having the worst day or be stressed about work and come home to his sweet face and he instantly makes me forget about all of my problems. Snuggling with him makes me relaxed and I honestly believe every home needs a dog.

Our furry friends can benefit us so much, even without us realizing it.

Personally, I love that Murphy gets me outside walking and running even when I’m not feeling motivated. No matter how lazy I am feeling, I always go outside for a game of fetch. He has so much energy, I swear some of it rubs off on me 😉

My friends over at PuppySpot sent me the following graphic as a reminder of how much pets can improve our health — and I totally agree!puppyspot_dogs_health_x2_v02.jpg
Puppy Spot’s mission is to connect responsible breeders place their puppies with caring individuals and families in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Dallas, and across the U.S. PuppySpot is also a community of dog lovers whose mission is to make lives better by placing healthy puppies into happy homes.

If you are not near an animal shelter, or want a specific type of dog, this seems like a great alternative to finding a healthy dog, from a respected and trusted breeder — not a puppy mill. 

Growing up, I never really did have a pet of my own. I lived on a farm with lots of stray cats and cows, but never a dog. Since getting Murphy, I can honestly say my life has improved.

There is a great dog video on Facebook called “So God Made a Dog” and it really pulls at my heartstrings when I think of my own pup. The words in the video are from a poem adapted from another poem called, “So God Made a Farmer.”  

And on the 9th day God looked down on his wide eyed children and said, they need a companion.
So God made a Dog.

God said I need somebody to wake up and give kisses, pee on a tree, sleep all day, wake up again, give more kisses, then stay up until midnight, basking in the glow of the television.
So God made a Dog.

God said I need somebody willing to sit, then stay, then roll over, then with no ego or complaint dress in hats they do not need and costumes they do not understand.  I need somebody who can break wind without a first or second thought.  Who can chase tails, sniff crotches, fetch sticks and lift spirits with a lick.  Somebody who no matter what you didn’t do or couldn’t take or didn’t win or couldn’t make, will love you without judgement just the same.
So God made a Dog.

God said I need somebody strong enough to pull sleds and find bombs and yet gentle enough to love babies and lead the blind.  Somebody that will spend all day on a couch with a resting head and supportive eyes for the broken heart.
So God made a Dog.  

It had to be somebody who would remain patient and loyal even through loneliness, somebody to care, cuddle, snuggle, and nuzzle and cheer and charm and snore and slobber and eat the trash and chase the squirrels.  Somebody who would bring the family together with an open heart. Somebody to bark, and then pant and then reply with the rapid wag of a tail, when their best friend says, “let’s go for a ride in the car.”
So God made a Dog.

God said I need somebody who would stand at your side when the world around you collapses.  Somebody to lie next to you during the long nights of pain and sorrow when it hurts to move, to talk, or think, or be.  Somebody to stand guard, play games, snore for hours and repeat as needed.  Somebody to give you strength when you have none of your own.  Somebody to fight when you have no fight left, to hold onto your soul as if it were their favorite toy, playing tug of war to keep you in this world. Somebody to be your companion and guide in this world and the next. Somebody to wait for you on the other side or stand guard in your absence until they can join you for eternity.
So God made a Dog

Hug your pups (or cats!) tight tonight. Give them some extra belly rubs and their favorite treat before bed. We only have them here for a short time. Make the most of it.

Three day weekends are my favorite

Happy Memorial Day to you all. I hope you all take a moment out of your day today to remember everyone who has fought for our great country and the freedoms that come with living here.
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This weekend I tried to be outside as much as possible. Since I work in an office setting and don’t get outside much, I love getting to soak up as much sunshine as possible on the weekends.

We kicked off the long with weekend by playing 100 games of fetch with Murphy.
The best picture I have taken in my entire life. Murphy is such a goofball and he LOVES his red ball.

Ryan had to work during the day, so I spent Saturday morning catching up on laundry (and hanging it out to dry on our clothesline – perks of country living) and getting in a run and a garage arms and abs workout.

For supper on Saturday we went to my parent’s house and grilled out all kinds of meat and veggies and then topped it all off some a delicious frozen chocolate cream pie. The best way to end the day.

My momma always has the best garden + flowers. I definitely get a green thumb from her.



Today Murphy and I have already tackled a two mile run at the park and the groomer so he could get his teeth brushed and nails trimmed. My plans for the rest of the day include mowing the yard, meal prepping and finishing up some future blog posts.

Have a great Monday, friends!