{Girls' Trip}

My bestie Janee and I took a girls trip last week and we had so much fun! It was an epic trip surrounded by one adventure after another! It was my spring break and I've never been to Seattle. Janee's brother lives in Seattle so we thought it'd be fun to go visit while we have a place to stay. Our trip started out by having to postpone by a few days due to many little mishaps. Janee's brother swooped in and saved the day and our road trip turned into a plane ride. Still a road trip, just a shorter one. Instead of driving the fourteen hours to get to Washington, we drove five hours to Vegas and then flew the rest of the way. It was still an adventure, even though we weren't road-tripping it. 
Day 1 involved driving like mad to make it to Las Vegas after handling multiple crisis (me waking up sick, Janee's sister cracking her phone, re-packing to accommodate the airline guidelines, Janee having to meet some work deadlines, etc.) The whole drive there I was textin…

Las Vegas Singles Conference

Over President's Day weekend my friends Rachel, Janee, and I headed down to a singles conference held in Las Vegas. The description on the website made it sound really promising. "Best conference in the world for Mid-singles." Definitely not true! I ran into my aunt at the conference. Everyone there was pretty much her age. They all had gray hair and were older than my dad. Not exactly what I was hoping for. I had a fun weekend with my friends, but not because of the singles conference. I had fun because I was with two of my good friends. I'm so glad that they were there with me! Such fun ladies! I guess it was worth a shot lol...
Photo Booth...
I snuck away to see my sister and her family for a bit. I had lots of fun hanging out with them! 
Ran into Aunt Sue and Cousin Carrie at the conference! (Ignore my crazy hair from the rain)
I did run into an old roommate. That was fun! It was kinda funny actually. A group of girls walked in late and came and sat in some empt…


Honestly, I've never been much of a lipstick person. I'm a pretty simple person and I don't like to have to worry about my lipstick wearing off throughout the day. I'd rather just not wear lipstick. For basically my entire life I've chosen not to wear lipstick (except on special occasions) because I just don't care to mess with it. Back in December my best friend and I were going to a big event and she convinced me that I wanted to wear some lipstick. We went shopping and she and her little sister helped me pick out a color that I thought I'd like. The color actually looked pretty good, but I felt like I needed to be worried about my color wearing off most of the night. I was reminded of why I hate lipstick so much. I know...I'm not much of a girly girl. 

But then I received some Lipsense as a Christmas gift. I had heard a lot about it over the past month or so at that point, so I figured it was worth a shot. The first few times I wore it were a little…

{Just Call Me Gimp}

It's been a really long time since I've posted to this blog. There once was a day when I posted here daily, so it's hard to think that it's been over a year. What! With my crazy life, I don't think I'll be consistent. But I do think I want to start blogging again. There's something really therapeutic about writing a blog post. It's such a great release!

Ouch...stuck in a walking boot for awhile. I guess I'm a gimp for now. 

The reason I decided to write this post today has to do with my hurt foot. I explain to people on a daily basis what happened to my foot. To be honest, I'm kind of tired of telling the story. Maybe I'll come up with a new, more exciting story to tell. Add a little spice to my somewhat boring life. ;)


The day was Monday, January 30th. I had been at my best friend Janee's house. We'd exercised and then I'd stayed for dinner. I was tired and I had a lot on my mind. I left her house earlier than I woul…

{Gym Classes}

I've recently discovered the joy of going to classes at the gym. I've also spent a lot of time either on the track or the exercise bike. But I recently discovered that going to class is so much better than all of that. I am highly motivated and keep pushing myself harder when I'm in an exercise class. It is truly fabulous and I feel incredible when I'm done! 
My most favorite is yoga. I'm not very good at it because I've never done strength training in my life. I've always been more of a cardio girl, so yoga has been a rough go. But from day one I knew I loved yoga. For that reason I keep going back. Each time I go I feel by body getting a little stronger. The best part is that at the end of the class, during the relaxation, she rubs oils on our neck and temples. I leave that class feeling amazing!! {After going just a few times I had to go buy myself a cute mat. Those mats at the gym are gross!! Ew!!}
I've also started going to Piyo, which is a combo …

{Birthday Girl}

I had a birthday this week. Most people, as they get older, try to avoid birthdays. Yes, I feel old. But I have always loved birthdays, and will continue to love birthdays. One day a year, I get to feel special. I get to feel like the day is all about me. So yes, I will continue to celebrate my birthday with pride and joy. This year I got up and went to work bright and early. Right off the bat I lost my phone. Not a way to start your birthday. Luckily, it didn't take long to find it. Then there were celebrations all day. A birthday banner on my door. A yummy treat from the office (one that I seriously need the recipe for). Kids saying "happy birthday" to me all day. The entire fifth grade singing "happy birthday" as I was picking up my class in the morning. Hearing my math class waiting out in the hall for me to invite them in the room saying (shouting): "Okay. As soon as you go in the room, start singing." My roommates taking me to dinner. Riding th…

{Feelin Great in 8!}

Where do I begin? I've felt fat for a long time now. I've tried losing weight several times and it just hasn't worked. I'll go without for a few weeks and I feel like I'm doing pretty well. Then I just snap and binge on all of the foods that I had previously cut out of my diet. And every time I got super discouraged with my weight. Why must I love food so darn much?? 
A few months ago my sister Megan told me about a "getting healthy" challenge that her friend Nicole was starting. I thought that maybe this was just the thing I needed so I decided to go for it. My mom joined the challenge as well. We were put on teams and each week we reported as a team. I was highly motivated by being a part of a team. I didn't want to let my team (or myself) down. I kept working hard throughout the eight week challenge. To my surprise, the weight kept coming off. Some weeks were slower than others but I lost weight every week. 
The way that the challenge worked was t…