This & That

We’re almost to Friday so I thought I’d share a little bit of what’s been going on in our lives lately!

We recently hung out with our old friends (whom we hadn’t seen since August!) and it was so much fun! 

Their little boy is now 1.5 years old and he was SO sweet!! We haven’t seen them much so we were surprised he didn’t have “stranger danger” with us and so thankful we could hold him (and play with him) a bit!

We’re constructing (is that the right word?!) a patio in a few weeks (sooo excited!!) and we’re trying to map out what we’re wanting for size and shape! We’re going to be doing it ourselves with pavers so any tips would be appreciated!

We celebrated my coworkers birthday with a fun Mexican lunch 😍 can you guess which one is the birthday girl?? 😂

I snuggled these little pups lots! Melt my ❤️

We prepped two Pork Butts! And yes, that’s my goofy husband! 

And after prepping them one night, we smoked them the next..

My friend, Steph made us some Strawberry Mango Mojitos and I wish I had a picture because they are my new choice of drink!!

Now to remember how to make them.. Steph, I need you!!

I tried this top on and totally loved it! I shared this on Instagram for an outfit I wore to the office if you’re looking for some inspiration!

And I’m sure those workers thought we were crazy at work 😂

My not so little niece graduates middle school today and I’m seriously like 😭

Where does the time go?!?! I can’t be there today which makes me even more sad!! I’ll be on standby for pictures though so don’t you worry!

Well, that’s all for life around here lately! What have you been up to lately?!

Kristi

Work out Wednesday! 

I mentioned on Friday, that I’ve actually been keeping up with working out lately and while I’m not a huge fan yet.. I’m loving the workout gear at least!:)


I’ve had a few of you ask what I wear working out and here’s a few pictures to show you 🙂

If you haven’t noticed, I have a larger chest and therefore, sports bras are seriously terrible!  I currently wear these (in my normal cup size) and I’m not in love.  My cousin recommends these with the cup sizes and they are on my list to order! If you have any other recommendations, I’d love to hear them!!

I work out at the end of the day, so I do usually have make up on (in case you’re wondering) and my trusty pearl earrings!

As far as leggings go, I love zellas for working out (or every day wear)!  They’re the same comfort as Lululemon with a much better price tag!  I couldn’t imagine spending $90+ on leggings but props to you ladies who totally wear them!  The pants I’m wearing in the picture are surprisingly from here! I haven’t shopped here in so many years (most of the clothes are always tiny) but we bought the guys’ sweaters for our wedding there and so I get emails often.  One of the emails showed these and I totally needed them! And for under $25… absolutely up my alley!

I wish I could say that I was super into tennis shoes as well.. I’m not, clearly, so I generally look for a fun color at the Nike or Adidas outlet store for a pair since I don’t wear them outside of working out.

I’m putting together a list of all the workout wear I’ve been lusting after (and what I’ve already ordered myself) and will share it with y’all next week!  What are some of your favorites that don’t break the bank?!

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DIY spring wreath

I love to make wreaths.. I could make one every week if I had reason to! My grandma recently asked if I could make her one and I totally jumped on that 🙂  She was hoping for a spring wreath that she could use into summer as well.  Tulips have always been a favorite of mine (and is my current wreath on the door!) so I thought what better way to welcome the new seasons than pink?!


Supplies needed:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Flower of your choice
  • Letter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon

Step 1:

Come up with a design idea!  Choose a color palette or flower and mix and match some greenery to add more to it!

Step 2:

Lay out the flowers and initial or numbers how you’d like them to go! Don’t worry about gluing anything down just yet. After I set them out with how I wanted them to look – I cut all the steps so that the flowers were apart and then they were good to go!

Step 3:

I started to intertwine the tulips into the wreath and adjusted as I went along.  I did not glue any of the flowers either – they just stick right in there!

Step 4:

Once it started to take shape, I had to decide where I wanted the bow to go and how far down I wanted the tulips to go.  Once I figured out where the bow would go, I placed a ribbon over the middle of the tulips.

Step 5:

Next, I started to place the tulips in the other direction so I could fill out the left side of the wreath.

Once I started, I realized I should move to the other side so I can actually see how I wanted them placed.

Step 6:

Adjust flowers how you want them to look -fill in any empty areas or lopsided areas!

Step 7:

Make a bow ahead of time and glue it right on where you already had your ribbon.  I switched up my ribbon so it would flow with the tulips more for Spring.

Step 8:

Lastly, turn over your letter (or numbers) and hot glue it right onto the wreath.  If there are loose edges on the wreath where your letter is going, I will sometimes put the letter under those for more support.

And when you’re all done, hang hang hang it!  Or in my case, I’ll give it on over to my Grandma 🙂  You could also put ribbon around the top and hang it that way if that’s more your style!

Easy peasy, right?!  I might just need to go into the wreath making business because it’s just so fun!

Happy Tuesday!

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Weekend Rewind

Happy Monday! It was a quiet weekend which was perfect since the next 3 are busy busy busy!  As much as I know you’d love to hear me ramble on… I figure I’ll just jump into our boring glorious weekend!

Friday night was quiet.  We had some repairs done to the truck on Thursday and had to pick up the truck Friday so after doing that, we stopped and picked up some Mac N’ Cheese pizza (it is Lent after all)!  And yes that deserves capital letters 🙂

You know that book I started on Thursday?  Well, let’s just say I finished it on Friday night somehow!  I’ll share my thoughts on it later.

Saturday, the Mr. headed out for his first round of golf of the year while I ran a few errands (finally signed up for a library card instead of buying all my books!) and cleaned out my closet.  Literally.  

I have so many clothes that I haven’t worn in months so out of the closet they go!  I’m trying to adopt the “one out before one comes in” rule.. so hopefully this will help!

We went out for some Mexican and I had the best margarita!  L gave up drinking for Lent so it was a big role reversal when I ordered a bigger margarita and he ordered a soda. 🙂

After dinner, we came back and lounged a bit while watching Star Wars.

Sunday, L headed back to the golf course since it was supposed to be in the 60’s!  I worked out and then took the pups for a walk.  Yes, you read that right… I.WORKED.OUT! 

And it felt pretty good.  I also made some cake batter overnight oats that I’m so anxious to try tomorrow!  I relaxed after running to the store and started reading this.

We ended the day with baking some Chocolate chip cookies (though mine never turn out as good!) and prepared for the week! 

Hope your weekend was just as relaxing! Monday, we’re ready for you! 

Kristi

Weekend Recap

Happy March 1!  I can’t believe we’re almost past February! I had this post all done Monday night and for some reason it didn’t save… so back to the drawing board, right?! 

This weekend was pretty uneventful in that we didn’t have big plans! The Mr went on an ice fishing trip in Wisconsin Thursday night to Sunday and I relaxed a bit at home! 

Friday night I met up with Jess for a fun happy hour at Acapulco.  Margaritas and queso?! Um, yaaaaaaaaasss please!! All.Day.Every.Day.

After happy hour, I rented Secret Life of Pets and watched with the pups before heading to bed!  Crazy Friday night, huh?! 🙂

Saturday was just as crazy!  I purged reorganized our office!  I finally bought myself a desk after using my husband’s for the last few years.  He got his in college at Hope Gospel (resale shop) and it was not the cutest thing, but it worked!  I’ll show a fun “before/after” once I’m completely done!

I ran to Nordstrom to check out some of their items from the winter sale that ended Sunday and shared some of my fitting room finds on Saturday along with a fun giveaway (giveaway still going on!)!  After shopping a bit, I met a girlfriend for lunch and finally got a chance to see her new house!

On a whim on Sunday, Jess and I headed to the Albertville Outlet Mall to see if we could find any good deals!  Shocker.. the best deals were last weekend for the President’s Day sale but we still were able to pick up a few cute things 🙂

Somehow, I ended up with more things for Logan and my nieces than myself.. but it was still fun!  And honestly, the sun was shining and it felt great to get in a lot of steps! Totally my kind of “outdoor activity”! 

 

Logan came home Sunday afternoon and then had a golf lesson (can you believe that?! As good as he is and he’s just starting a few lessons!) so I did what any normal person does.. made fancy s’mores

And that’s a wrap! It was a low key weekend which was just what I needed! Although, I was waiting for Sunday to come to see Logan.. so that didn’t help getting back to work Monday! 

Enjoy the hump Day and just think.. it’s almost Friday!! 

Kristi

Magnolia Market Winner!

Happy Tuesday!  I have a short and sweet post today because I’m still getting over the Bachelor… ha! No, I’m not. Why do they start the episodes with rose ceremonies versus finishing each episode every eeek?! Annoying! However, it’s obviously Rachel. #thankschrisharrison 

Thank you all for entering this giveaway and I’m so excited to announce that the winner of the giveaway is

Mackensey Stang

I’ve emailed this winner this morning so check your email! 🙂

Thank you again to everyone!  Don’t worry if you didn’t win today (I’m always so bummed when I enter giveaways!), I have another giveaway soon enough! 🙂

Have a great day!

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DIY Valentine Pom-Pom Wreath 

Happy Monday! I’m still trying to get over the big Packer loss we had and it’s not making Monday any easier that’s for sure! 

I thought I’d share a short and sweet tutorial today to get you ready for Valentine’s Day! I can’t believe we’re in the last week of January – I’m pretty sure it’ll be Valentine’s Day before I know it!

If you didn’t already know.. I love pom-poms.. they’re so cute on just about everything! Ive made them to put on my beach tote and even some garland.  If you’d like those tutorials, just let me know! 

Without further adieu.. my favorite new wreath just in time for the love day! 

Supplies you need:

  • Yarn ($2 at Michaels for a large roll) – any color but I used red, white and pink!
  • A Pom Pom maker – I found mine at Michaels but they’re out of stock online! 
  • Foam wreath- I got mine at dollar tree for $1! 
  • Scissors


First, you’ll make the pom-pom by wrapping the yarn around the two sides of the maker (see below).


You’ll repeat this step and do it on the other side of the maker as well!


Once you’ve done this so both sides are covered – you will then cut the yarn right in the middle (where the opening is).


Next, you’ll put a piece of yarn in the middle where you cut and then you’ll tie very tightly! 


Hopefully these pictures are actually helping! Ha! I thought about doing a video tutorial and then decided that might be a bit much?! 

Lastly, you will pull apart the maker and pull out your Pom-Pom! You will need to fix it a bit and cut a few of the strands so it looks more even! Then viola! 

Now that the pom-poms are made, you can assemble your wreath! I made about 30 poms in order to fill this littler wreath! 


You simply hot glue the poms to the wreath to your liking! 


I did a mixture of the small and large poms to split it up a little bit! And after it was done.. I hung it up for some easy decorations!


I made two of these (one for the porch) and if I could change it – I’d add light pink in to show the different colors since the red and darker pink blend a bit!

Here’s how it looks outside! 


Have you been decorating for Valentine’s Day? Or am I the only crazy one?! 😂 

Kristi

Guest Post – Katie’s Fitness Journey

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday (yay!).  I mentioned previously one of my goals for 2017 is to workout at least 3 days a week – in order to be healthier as it’s something I’ve always struggled with.  I thought it would be fun to have a fitness guru chat with us about her journey and how she started to get her life back.  It’s a long post but totally worth it 🙂

Let me preface this by saying – this is by no means, trying to get you to sign up as a coach or even to sign up for programs with BeachBody.  Katie’s story is more about showing what positivity working out can do for your life.  I know, I’m also not one to talk.. hello, I don’t work out often BUT I’m hoping this will pump me up to get back out there 🙂 

Katie is one of the sweetest and encouraging girls I know.  With two boys and a little girl on the way, being a full time physical therapist and full time coach, she’s definitely got her plate full!

Katie and I talked about this blog post many months ago but as she mentioned “life has a ‘way of getting’ in the way” and that totally rings true in everyone’s lives.  She’s going to share about her journey through having her first son, post-partum depression, finding what works for her fitness wise and how she became one of her favorite things; a Beachbody coach!

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“After a particularly crazy day (like puking toddlers, running on 2 hours of broken sleep, an oil change gone wrong, kind of day…), I sat down and thought about how I used to let the craziness take hold of my life. How I used to prefer to hide in my house, away from anything that required facing real life. How I used to allow depression and anxiety grip me tighter than I ever thought could happen to me. I had allowed post-partum anxiety to turn into ongoing depression and it took over my life. It stole my smile. Destroyed my body. Screwed with my relationship with my husband, close family, and worst of all, my son.

It wasn’t until I saw a little post on Facebook from an acquaintance of mine advertising a new workout program/system that I saw a glimmer of hope. I had always been an active person, played soccer in high school, enjoyed running, etc. But, I also enjoyed my beer, hot pockets, chips, and of course, chocolate! Unfortunately, these indulgences had started to take a toll on my new #mombod and I was feeling the negative effects of feeling “fat” for the first time in my life. I was very uncomfortable in my own skin, didn’t have any clothes that fit “right”, and my energy was severely lacking! Now before you stop reading, thinking I fell into just another “MLM marketing scam”, let me just tell you that I had the EXACT same doubts! But I wasn’t planning on using the program for anything other than to benefit my health, fitness, and waistline.

My “coach” added me into an accountability group she was running on Facebook where I would “check in” daily with my workout, meals for the day, and daily Shakeology drink. I was completely surprised at how tasty the Shakeology was, how it improved my digestion (helllllooooo normal poops!!), and really DID improve my energy without the need for added caffeine. The workouts were a ton of fun, definitely challenging for my #mombod self, and gave me enough variety. I think what kept me going was the other “challengers” in the accountability group were so supportive. I can remember one early morning at about 3am when my son, Jaydan, was awake, yet again, and I was so freaking TIRED and exhausted knowing I needed to be up at 5am the next day to get my workout in before work. I plugged into the accountability group while I laid crying on my hallway floor and asked for some help.

Shortly after posting in there, someone commented and said something so simple “Cherish these moments with him. Soak up the snuggles. There will be a day when he no longer wants them”. Of course, I have heard this before, but it was JUST what I needed to hear at that time and helped me through a tough night/morning. It was then that I really saw the POWER of these groups. The friendships and bonds that could be formed in such a short time were something I didn’t even know I was looking for in my life. I could feel a shift start happening….. (SIDE NOTE: This challenger is now one of my best friends….someone I never would have met without this opportunity.).

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I completed the program and lost 9lbs and 12 inches in just 3 weeks. I was FLOORED at my results and so stinkin’ excited that I was able to do this for ME! It was hard at times to realize that just 30-45 min a day of “me-time” is NOT selfish, and in fact, makes me such a better friend, daughter, wife, and MOM….but once I figured out that small little key to my success, I knew I wanted to share it with other moms who may be struggling as well.

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After the 21 days, I stopped the shakeology. I stopped the consistency of the workouts. I slowly began to gain the weight back and negative thoughts began to creep their way back in. It wasn’t until then that I realized I NEEDED this opportunity. I NEEDED something to hold me accountable and a hobby to give me that JOY again.

So I dove in. I signed up as a Beachbody Coach. I did the trainings, I learned all the things, I went to events, I held my own accountability groups, I started to see that I, yes little old ME, could help others who were in the same dark place that I was once in. It was official….I was part of an MLM! Haha. My husband cringed and told me I was in a pyramid scheme (NOT true for many reasons, but I can address those with you at a later time if you’d like! 😉 ), my close family didn’t agree with what I was doing but let me go on my way. I had haters. I had people “unfriend” me. But I also had new challengers. I also had moms coming to me for advice. I was also building new relationships with interesting people who are now my friends. I had found my calling. I had found something that made me happy again. I looked forward to waking up again. I had found myself again.

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Fast forward almost 2.5 years and I am happy to say that I am still a Beachbody Coach. I am still actively helping other moms find their way in this new crazy #momlife. Or helping both men and women (not just moms) find that happiness within themselves again through health and fitness. It hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies. It’s hard work.

I am a coach, full time physical therapist, mom of two boys (and a little girl on the way), and some days I wonder how on earth I continue to get it all done. But you can’t pour from an empty cup you guys. And coaching fills my cup…spills it over the brim….so there is ALWAYS time for it. If you’re looking for a change. If you’re sick of feeling “crappy”—whatever that term means to you. If you’re tired of being tired……I may just be able to help you out. All you can do is try – and taking a chance on YOU is always a better choice than sitting back and not trying, wouldn’t you agree?

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Thank you Kristi for letting me share my story. Even if it inspires just one other person, I will have lived up to my “job”.

Thank YOU, Katie for sharing your story!  And if you want any information about fitness or the BeachBody programs – you can contact Katie at TeamOvercomersBB@gmail.com or reach out to her via Facebook.com/crothers.katie

Woof – that was a long one, huh?! But seriously so inspiring!  I think we’ve all felt that sometimes we aren’t happy with ourselves (image wise) or we aren’t happy with some things in our lives that we have no control over – Fitness is one that we can work on and take complete control over.

Have any of you tried any of the BeachBody programs?  If so, did you like them?!

Thanks for reading along and I’ll chat with you tomorrow with some Friday Favorites 🙂

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What I’m Wearing Wednesday!

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  The weather has been surprisingly warm this week (when I say warm I mean like 25+ 😂 but no complaints here!) and I was happy to be able to put on a dress yesterday and not completely freeze!

I shared a few of my thoughts and sharing an outfit that’s $200+ is not something I’d ever do so the outfit I’m sharing today is on sale and you might want one in every color!


I’ll take one in every color! No joke. When I find a top, dress, jeans etc that I like I tend to buy it in every color.. if you feel good in it, you have to right?! 


I’ll take a comfy dress and over the knee boots any day! 


It will definitely become an outfit in my rotation every week/month!

What are some of your favorites to wear weekly/monthly? 

Kristi

Friday Favorites!

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Friday is here and it’s my last 4 day work week for a long time – Boo!  It’s always nice to have a three day weekend and a shorter work week, am I right?! We’re spending some time with my family this weekend to celebrate Christmas since my brother was on his honeymoon the past two weeks!  It’s always so fun when we all get together 🙂 That’s definitely a favorite of mine this week!

I’m linking up with Erika as usual for a few more favorites of the week!

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My new Eats cookbook!  One of my new years resolutions is to cook 3 meals a week (and not the same 3 every week!) and with this cookbook, I can say I’ve cooked 3 new meals this week!  I’ve made the Mexican Calzones, the Caramelized Onion Brisket Sliders and last night we had Pizza Meatballs with salad! I’m looking forward to cooking more with it!

I also made Butterfinger Blondies as a dessert from the book this week.  Three meals and a dessert in one week – who am I?!

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The Lilly Pulitzer After Party sale – I shared my Lilly Pulitzer Sale Picks yesterday and surprisingly there’s still some really good items out there!

I’m loving this Elsa… and can’t decide if I need it or not?!

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One of my other resolutions is to blog at least 3 times a week – I just love chatting with y’all!  And I’d love your help in doing so – if you haven’t taken my quick 6 questions survey yet, I’d be so thankful if you could do so! I want your input on what you’d like to see on the blog in 2017!

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This one is kinda goofy but…. the hubs and I started watching Bob’s Burgers before bed since it’s easy to watch (and laugh at) and on Netflix and I have to say.. I am surprised I like it!

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It’s definitely more up Logan’s alley but it’s funny to watch before bed!  Do any of you watch this?!

I know this is short and sweet BUT I’m off to work and preparing for family time 🙂

I’m thinking of doing an outfit post on Saturdays for your entertainment – would y’all like to see something like this?! Or is it more just eh?!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 🙂 See you Monday!!

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