Last day of summer

We ended summer in the best way possible – with a trip to the pool!

I am so happy we decided to join our local country club this summer. Ryan has golfed more than he has in years, Emery and I enjoyed the pool and it was nice to meet other young professionals in our community.

We’re looking forward to many years on the golf course and at the pool with our little family!

Walk the Bridge 2022

One of my favorite low-key events in Owensboro is Walk the Bridge Day! Yesterday, the bridge was closed for half the day for pedestrians to run, walk and bike across. It’s always fun getting to cross the water and check out the boats. Plus, we had the best weather yesterday for our walk!

EJ and I walked with one of my mom friends and her little girl. We had plenty of snacks, water and toys to keep everyone occupied during the 55 minutes we were out there. The girls also pointed out we saw so that was fun getting to pet some cute fur babies and make so many new friends.

Alllllmost one mile later we were on the Indiana side of the bridge! We turned around and headed back up hill to finish our route. It’s such a way to explore more of where we live and get in some extra movement for the day!

Vacationing in Vegas

Ryan and I have been back from Las Vegas for a week now, so I thought it was time to recap our trip!

We spent an entire in Vegas! It was our first time that far out West, and it was an entire experience. The city never sleeps, there were so many people and all the lights were mesmerizing!

We jammed a lot into our first few days because we had a City Pass, but also because we were afraid we would too tired by the end of the week to go out and do a lot. #eldermillenials

After some flight delays, we arrived to our hotel (MGM Grand) around 1 a.m. Sunday.

We basically passed out once we got to the room by were up and out by 10:30ish that morning to start exploring the city! On Sunday, we conquered Madam Tussauds, walking part of the strip, checking out some free exhibits at the hotels (like the gorgeous flowers and waterfalls at the Wynn!), dinner and a show at Tournament of Kings and a night helicopter ride over the Las Vegas Strip! After that, we even made a stop at the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign!

Tuesday, we were up early to tour the Las Vegas Raiders stadium and then hit some more stops on our City Pass. We did some touristy exhibits (Marvel and Hunger Games) and ate lunch at Black Tap. We had some crazy milkshakes and I had maybe the best burger of my life.

Every time we went outside, we were just so amazed with all the building on the strip. The hotels are all crazy huge and are basically like their own metropolitans. I could have never left the MGM all week and eaten at a different restaurant every night and had plenty to do.

It’s also true what they say about Vegas – it’s hot, but it’s a dry heat. Temps reached 119 one day while we were out there and while it was HOT, thank goodness there was no humidity.

Other highlights of our trip included some burlesque shows, a cirque-de-solei show, dinner at Top of the World at The Strat hotel and people watching while gambling.

Our last full day included walking to the Bellagio, checking out their world-famous water fountains, the conservatory exhibit in the hotel and one of the world’s largest chocolate fountains.

This trip was so out of the normal for me and Ryan, but we are so glad we took this vacation! While we may not ever be back, I’m pumped to say I have experienced Vegas.

Cheers to 30 years!

On Saturday, I turned 30!

This actually wasn’t a birthday that I was dreading. I’m excited for my 30s! My 20s were great — lots of life lived, lots of learning and lots of growing – but I feel like my 30s are going to be wonderful too.

For my actual birthday, I spent all morning with Emery and Ryan and then my parent’s graciously offered to babysit for the night. Ryan and I saw the new Doctor Strange before meeting some friends for happy hour, dinner and bowling. It was so fun getting out with friends who we don’t get to spend nearly as much time with as we want.

On Sunday, we had a lazy family day and ordered pizza. It was a perfect weekend.

Here’s to my 30s! I’m excited for this next chapter and all that it will bring.

Finally a weekend that felt like Spring

The weather this weekend was amazing here in western Kentucky. 70s and 80s made it feel like it was late Spring. We went from winter temps to almost summer real fast. But now, we’re make to 50s and rain.

Our weekend was filled with family and outdoor activities. We all slept in a little on Saturday and then started the day with some yard work and drawing on the driveway with chalk (our toddler’s latest obsession).

Saturday afternoon, I met up with a friend from middle school (!!!) who recently moved back to the area and we walked around the park with our little girls. So fun catching up with a great friend!

The girls got hot fast, so we called it quits after an hour. Emery and I spent the rest of the afternoon alternating between playing blocks in the house and playing with random toys in the garage.

On Sunday, me, Emery and my mom had a girls day at the Spring Market at White Chateau. We had some gorgeous weather (even though it was crazy windy) and we got to check out some super cute vendors and get some great food. I had a watermelon lemonade that was to die and got a cute pair gold + pearl stud earrings.

The highlight of the day had to be the petting zoo. They had a calf, mini pony, llamas, baby chicks and ducks, a turtle and some sheep and lambs. Emery LOVED it all. She made all the animal noises and loved petting the calf and the rabbits. Also, look at how cute this little guy is. We visited the petting zoo twice and I’m so glad this was an addition to the market this year.

It was such a great weekend and I feel so invigorated and ready to start another work week.

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

A Day in the Life – Morning Workout Edition

Balancing a full-time job outside the home, a side gig, being a mother and wife – all while trying to workout is a lot. We all (mothers, parents, people in general) are all trying to balance.

I enjoy reading other people’s day in the life posts – so here’s mine.

5:19 a.m. Alarm goes off!

Every Tuesday and Thursday I work out a small group and a personal trainer. It’s 45 minutes strength training and leaves me feeling exhausted and recharged all at the same time. I love it. I can definitely see improvements in my strength since I’ve been going to these sessions. Plus, I can leave everyone at home sleeping.

6:35 a.m. Get back home and get ready for work

Owensboro is the perfect sized city and it takes me about 10 minutes to get home from the gym. Once I get home, I do my Write the Word and then start getting ready for work. Since I don’t wear makeup and keep my hair pretty simple, I can usually get ready in about 15 minutes or less. Emery has been sleeping until 7-7:15 a.m. so I can get myself ready before I get her up. Once she’s up, she get changes and dressed and then it’s a kiss to Ryan and Murphy and out the door!

7:30 a.m. Drop off Emery, head to work

We’ve been blessed with my dad being retired and willing to watch Emery while Ryan and I work. Whenever I drop her off with him, he usually is making breakfast for the two of them. I chat for a few minutes and then head to work.

7:45ish a.m. Get to work

Sometimes I eat breakfast at home, sometimes I stop at Chick-fil-A for a chicken biscuit. I’m usually the first one from my team to get to the office, so I start checking emails and figuring out my game plan for the day. I work a traditional 8-5 in the office and my role involves event planning, gift-giving, digital marketing and content creation. Every day is different and I truly love my job and the people I get to work with.

1 p.m. Lunchtime!

I am lucky that I am able to go home on my lunch break. I usually grab something to eat, walk Murphy and tidy up the house (because something always needs to be cleaned, right?!)

2-5 p.m. Work work work

`At 5 p.m. I head to my parent’s house to pick up Emery and head home!

5:30-7ish p.m. play time, bath

When the weather is nice, we all (me, Ryan, Emery and Murphy) go for walks around the neighborhood or to a park near our house. Then we play with ALL THE TOYS and our house looks like a disaster. Then it’s bath time, story time and bed for Emery. Ryan and I usually catch up on some work or stuff around the house and then eat supper around 7:30-8 p.m.

8-10 p.m. tv and chores

We’ve been watching Grey’s Anatomy lately (we started it last year and are finally on Season 16) and usually watch an episode or two a night. Then we split dishes and laundry + whatever else needs to be done around the house. I take a shower, lay out my clothes for the next and then usually pass out around 10:30 p.m.

So there you have it! A typical day in the life for the days I wake up early to work out. Things shift a little when I workout after work and then weekend are all over the place depending on what we have going on.

What do your days look like?

Why I took a break from running

It wasn’t intentional.

It just kind of happened.

I took a break from running. (someone has overtaken the treadmill and thinks it’s hilarious)

After my half marathon in November. I needed a break. I was working A LOT. Wanting to spend as much time as possible with my baby (toddler?! – what do you call a 1-year-old?) and husband and running just wasn’t a priority. Plus, after training for the half, I was a little burnt out. Winter was here and I needed a break.

So I took it.

In December, I started to visualize 2022 as my year of health. I started a weight loss program through my OBGYN’s office, went to the dentist and the eye doctor and started getting my $h!t together. Once I talked about PCOS and my goals with some healthcare professionals, I started changing how I ate and viewed food — I also started losing weight.

Then in January, a fitness club that I had been to a couple of times was running a great deal on 8 weeks of classes (because #resolutions, duh). So I purchased my 8 weeks and started going 3-4-5 times a week.

I fell in love with it. Lots of strength classes, personal training (but in a small group setting), spin, TRX and yoga. Loud music and some curse words — sounds like my kind of workout. I loved being accountable with a group and the 5:30 a.m. classes meant I could get my workout in for the day before anyone else in my house woke up.

Since I’ve been taking these fitness classes, I’ve been finding new strength and new fun ways to workout I still run every now and then, but for now I’m enjoying something new and a nice change of pace.

Once Spring returns, I know I’ll be itching to hit the roads again and have my Saturday long runs back. Until then, I’m going to do what is FUN for me.

Celebrating one year of Emery!

On Saturday, we celebrated one year of Emery Jane!

I cannot believe my baby is a year old. All the clichés I were told before she was born are true; time is a thief, it all goes by way too fast, the days are long but the years are short.

We celebrated with a Sesame Street/Elmo themed birthday party and some of our friends + family. I didn’t take nearly enough pictures, but here is a sneak peak of the day.

If you’re local to Owensboro, be sure to check out some of our amazing vendors!
Venue: The Party Space Place
Cake and cupcakes: Becca Bakes
Outfit: Lil Bit Sassy

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite posts from today. I’m still learning and growing every day. Thankful for the voices across the country that speak up to make this country an amazing, wonderful, diverse place to live.

7 women who influenced Martin Luther King Jr.
Karamo Brown’s IG post from today. It’s a video. Go check it out.
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