The Real Neat Blog Awards

A big thank you to Liberty for nominating me for The Real Neat Blog Award. Be sure to check out her blog, Life in Liberty.

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I know these blog questionnaires can be silly, but what the heck. I love learning about you all and it was fun to answer some random questions.

1. What’s your most memorable moment so far this year?
There’ve been several! Our annual trip to STL, getting my teaching job, paying off my car and so many more. I love doing life with Ryan and Murphy.

2. Is there anything you wish you could have learnt earlier?
Get rid of the friends who don’t care about you. I rather have a small circle of friends that have my back, then a bunch of fake friends.

3. If you had a chance to live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Ireland!

4. What motivates you?
My drive to be better, my husband, my future family.

5. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for body positivity, but if you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I don’t know if this really counts, but I really really wish I knew how to do hair. I know how to use a straightener and a wand, but that’s about it. I wish I could braid my hair, curl it with a straightner, etc.

6. What’s your biggest fear?
I have always had this fear since I was a little kid (I probably started watching Law & Order and CSI wayyy too early) but I am always afraid of someone breaking into my home at night. I triple check all my locks before going to bed.

7. What would your perfect day look like?
I wake up and run around the park before the sun is shining and too hot. Coming home to breakfast, then spending the day with Ryan and Murphy. Hiking, swimming, grilling out, playing board games with family and friends. Just being present with those I love most.

The rules are as followed: Put the award logo on your blog, thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs, answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you, nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs, let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc). Then simply, ask your nominees 7 questions.

My nominees are: Tammi, Jenna and Constance.

My questions for you all:
1. Since you all are all runners — what is your favorite race distance?
2. Favorite song on the radio right now?
3. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
4. Do you read the newspaper?
5. Favorite social media app?
6. Wine or beer?
7. Favorite way to workout (besides running)

I loved answering your questions, Liberty.
Nominees, I look forward to reading your answers soon!

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Friday Favorites v. 62

FRIDAY FRIDAY, gotta get down on Friday. I am so happy for the weekend. Since we traveled and Ryan worked last weekend, I feel like we haven’t spent any time together lately. I am super pumped for date night tomorrow and being lazy together on Sunday.

Before I get into the work day, I want to share some of my favorites from this week with you all.

1. Just a few of the crazy moments from #London2017 Track & Field World Championships. I’ve been following a long on Twitter and even more craziness (like an unfair DQ) have happened since this orignal article was posted.

2. I love these spirit tassel earrings from Draper James. Now I’m just torn on whether to get UK Blue for basketball season or Crimson for Alabama football?! Maybe I’ll just get them both?!

3. On Wednesday I woke up super early for no good reason, so I decided to take advantage of the extra time and headed to Panera for some breakfast and blogging. I got a post up and several posts drafted and had a delicious everything bagel + cream cheese, a water and a latte.

I love having some time in the mornings to myself to accomplish some things before the work day begins.
4. Wednesday was also the first day of school around here, and while I am not in school anymore, I still love the hustle and bustle and excitement that comes with a new school year.

* I am actually teaching a mass communications at a local college one night a week for the fall semester, so I am excited to be back in the classroom.

5. I saw these super cute tumblers on Emily Ley’s Instastories and screenshot it for future reference. I wish they had a KY design, but Ashley Brooke Designs has lots of other cute ones to choose from!
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6. Tuesday I hit the trails at a local park for some trail running and it was awesome + therapeutic. The best kind of running.

7. I have been trying to have more of a grateful, open heart lately and I really think it has helped my mindset.

8. Murphy got another hedgehog toy since he demolished his last one, and for some reason he is a lot more gentle with Larry (every toy has a name). I’m a total #dogmom and I love it.
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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! 🙂

Friday Favorites v.57

Happy Friday! Before I get into all of the fun things I liked from this week, I want to say something serious.

I have had two friends lose their husband/fiancee this week and they were both 24. Y’all. Hug your loved ones tight. Always say I love you. Make sure you give love every day. Things could change in an instant. My heart breaks for these two young women who thought they had forever with their guys. I cannot imagine the pain they are going through. If you don’t know Jesus, I encourage you to start a relationship with Christ. I know this earth is not my home. I’ve loved my people hard this week. I want to remember the little things. I want to my tribe to know they were loved. I want to take in love from my family and friends. I want to be present. Likes on Instagram and name brand clothes don’t matter. Loving each other matters. 

Okay! I know that was a lot, but I really felt the need to get that off my chest.

Now lets talk favorites.

1. While this was slated as a Fourth of July pie, it could definitely be served all summer long. & I 100% agree with Julie — I love pie, all kinds of pie.

2. While I didn’t attend any actual fireworks celebrations on Tuesday, we saw lots of fireworks driving home from St. Louis. We actually crossed into Kentucky right as Owensboro’s firework show started, so we got to see a lot of the show while driving through downtown. So fun!

3. These KIND breakfast bars are my new favorite on-the-go breakfast. All natural ingredients and only 230 calories. Super filling for a fast breakfast or easy afternoon snack.
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4. I’ve been running better! Isn’t it strange how we can have bad weeks of runs and workouts and then suddenly it’s like a switch flipped and all of sudden we are superstars?! That’s literally how I felt this week. Thanks to trust treadmill to sticking with me during all these hot afternoon runs in the garage. Here’s to hoping I make it through the summer and to a fall half marathon.

5. Five on-the-go snacks when you need immediate fuel.

6. Round two of my rock climbing adventures was a success! Ryan joined me and my dad this time around and it was so much. Also, I’m not as sore today as I was last Friday, so that’s a win in my book.
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7. Our Fourth of July trip to STL was definitely a favorite this week! So much fun and I can’t wait to go back in September.

8. Murph giving me the side-eye. Someone was not happy posing for pictures.
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Friday Favorites v.56

It’s Friday! & Alllllmost a three day weekend. At least for me, I get the weekend, back to work on Monday and then I’m off on Tuesday for Independence Day!

My plans for the weekend include hitting some yard sales with my mom, mowing the yard (it never ends.) and hanging out with my husband and pup. A nice mix of fun, work and relaxation.
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What are your weekend plans?

Before the weekend begins, let’s start today off with my usual Friday Favorites post.

1. YES. Such a good post on how to become the eater you want to be.
“I don’t eat to live. My life is about SO MUCH MORE than eating healthy food. Food does not have one purpose and one purpose only. It’s so much more than functional and medicinal. When I think of food as medicine, I think of it helping to heal. And it does! Apples and kale and lentils are the physical aspect of that. The fiber and phytonutrients help prevent and delay disease. But salted chocolate chip cookies with my best friend and pizza with my boyfriend feeds my soul and satisfies me in a way that kale simply cannot.”

2. Blueberry smoothies. On Tuesday, I woke up late and feeling terrible, so I decided to make a healthy smoothie with lots of nutrients to kick my butt in gear. Also, this cute cup doesn’t hurt anything.

3. A great story out of my alma mater. Go Racers!

4. I went rock climbing on Thursday. I can wait to write the recap post. It was so much fun!

5. Going through old family pictures with my mom. These are some gems. 

6. I’ve been looking for a new doormat and these custom ones from Etsy are so cute. Plus, if I can include Murphy — I’m all about it.

7. Such a neat story from Trail Runner Magazine about believing in yourself and perseverance. Good job, Cat!

Also. Has any of you all ever completed a trail race before? Definitely a bucket list item for me.

8. Pup kisses are the best. 😘

Friday Favorites v.54

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!

Friday Favorites v.52

It’s Friday! We survived the four day work week. Don’t those always seem to go by the slowest? I think I came in early and stayed late every day this week due to a project I have that goes to print next week.

On the agenda for this weekend is Friday After 5, lots of house and yard work tomorrow and hopefully Holiday World on Sunday!

1. These real fruit popsicles from WalMart. I had a pineapple one when I was my parent’s house earlier this week and they were delicious! I liked that they were made real fruit and didn’t have any artificial sweeteners. 

2. The Loop. It’s a site under the Runner’s World umbrella that lets bloggers come together and post in one place. I’ve only shared one post on the site, but everyone seems welcoming and encouraging. Isn’t it crazy how the internet can connect people?! I love it.

3. It’s National Doughnut Day! One of my co-workers is bringing in a variety of doughnuts and I am so excited. The best way to start a Friday.

4. This. Thanks Oiselle for sharing wisdom and good words.
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5. 30 minute abs and arms workout.

6. I love a good a quote. And Twitter.
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7. This is adorable. 21 images of little Wonder Women who are the definition of girl power.

8. If you missed my post from yesterday on how Murphy has improved my health. Be sure to check it out – it’s a good one!

Leave me a comment below and let me know one favorite thing from your week!