Like everyone else I’m trying to better myself in the new year so after work I took Harper on a run that I thought would be miserably cold but turned out not so bad.

I broke out the light I spent ten dollars on when getting our numbers for the Thanksgiving half(yes that was two months ago and I’m just now using it) and we covered 3.5 miles. Even with the light I tried to go a route that was well-lit which turned out to be every hill in the neighborhood. It was tougher than I had planned but Harper didn’t seem phased at all. I don’t even think she was winded. She was just glad to be outside so she would’ve gone for a few more miles probably but I was getting hungry and that always takes precedence! We’ll go on a longer run later in the week. Too bad Ella isn’t a runner!!

This year I’ve vowed to be more conscious about the good habits I already practice like exercise, eating well, taking my vitamins, etc. The only thing I’m going to add to the mix is focusing on my mental health as well. By that I don’t mean that I’ll pick up meditating necessarily but be nicer to myself. I need to do what is best for me and what I want rather than do what I think others want of me. This will be a doosey since I’m such a people pleaser but I can do it!! I tend to commit to things I don’t really want to do out of obligation and I’m done with all that. Here’s to ME!!!

In other news, Travis got me an iPad for Christmas and it’s not left my side. Her name is “Patti” and I am obsessed love her! I swore I would never read a book on an electronic device because I love a physical book but that didn’t last. I’m reading The Andy Cohen Diaries(which is amazing) and have The Goldfinch downloaded when I’m done. The first few days of playing were watching cat videos and Travis was worried I wouldn’t use it for anything else. Luckily I’ve used her for tons more like stalking golden retriever fostering opportunities and recipes plus updating my calendar. It’s been a very busy time for Patti and me!

What are some good habits or new obsessions you have?


Hanging out on the couch with my girls last night was just what I needed after a jam-packed weekend.

me and the girls

My weekend started on Thursday so it was nice and long, but filled with a charity event, traveling to DC, Cirque Du Soleil, dinner dates, long runs, etc. so after work Monday I took Harper on a long walk and crashed for the rest of the night. It was so nice!

As packed as the weekend was I didn’t take many pictures, but I did get one of my brother and me while he was showing me DC.

me and will

I went to visit him Friday and was back Saturday because Travis and I had tickets to Cirque du Soleil and dinner plans.

me and T

Sunday was pretty chill, but we got in a long run, 8.4 miles to be exact, and got laundry, a little cleaning, and football watching done.

It was the perfect weekend and pretty much go, go, go, but I was glad to have snacks on hand to keep my jet lag away and energy up as I went from one thing to the next.

balance bars

A few weeks ago Balance Bars sent me their new line “Bare Bars” to try and I LOVE them! Each bar is 160 calories and are non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, vegetarian and certified kosher dairy. The Mixed Berry Nut and Sweet & Spicy Nut bars are also dairy free and vegan friendly which is a plus for me since I try not to consume so much dairy.

The bars are made with whole nuts, fruits, seeds and other simple and nutritious ingredients. They’re the perfect snack you can take while you run errands, enjoy before or after a workout or when you need a quick grab and go snack. I always keep bars like this in my purse and car because they come in so handy when I’m famished and need something healthy.

bare bar

My favorite flavor is the sea salt and caramel and it’s the perfect size snack for my commute from work to home before taking the dog on a run or before making dinner.

They’re so good. I hope you get a chance to try each flavor!!!

What’s your favorite quick snack? Do you keep snacks in your car/purse?


Loving Fall, Recent Eats, and Makeup Page Update

October 5, 2014

This weekend the temperatures were actually Fall-like so I thought it was time to get my Pumpkin Spice Latte fix. And what makes it an even sweeter deal is that I used a birthday reward and got it for FREE!!! I love this time of year. The leaves are gradually starting to turn and the […]

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October Goals and Daily Skin Regime

October 2, 2014

I can’t believe it’s already October. This year has flown by but at the same time I’ve had so much happen that I catch myself thinking, “oh yea, that was this year”. In the past ten months we’ve traveled, said goodbye to love ones, welcomed new additions to our friends family’s, I started a new job(this […]

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First Fall Weekend

September 29, 2014

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I wasn’t ready for it to be Monday just yet. I had the weekend off for the first time in a couple of months and it was so nice. My bestie came to visit and the weather was perfect! The forecast was gray all last week and it’s raining […]

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Cheering Up To Fall

September 26, 2014

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel like you have no time for anything and don’t feel like anything was really accomplished? That was this week for me. I worked long hours all week, didn’t get any laundry done, and only worked out once. Luckily the house is clean for my […]

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Pudding Fail and Other Eats

September 22, 2014

I have a confession to make. I took the below picture of avocado chocolate pudding without actually tasting it with anticipation of posting the recipe. I tasted it before I hit publish and it was TERRIBLE!!! Ugh! I don’t know what I was thinking wasting perfectly good avocados on gross chocolate pudding when I could’ve […]

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Water Over Caffeine

September 16, 2014

I hate to admit it, but I didn’t have a single drop of water to drink today until around 5 o’clock. I stayed hydrated(if you can call it that) with coffee and diet coke all day until I finished cleaning the house and finishing other “to do” list stuff and was so parched. It totally explained […]

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Beauty Buys to Bring You into Fall

September 12, 2014

Fall is just a couple of weeks away and I’m so excited! I won’t break out my seasonal decor or bake anything pumpkin until Summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start planning. And if you’re like me you transition your beauty and makeup routine along with your clothes. And if you’re not like […]

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Friday Links

September 5, 2014

I have the day off which means I’ve been cleaning the house a little, folding laundry, running a few errands, working on some business items, etc. Most importantly I’ve been catching up on Scandal season 3 episodes and looking at random fun stuff online. Here are a few I just had to share: Wouldn’t it […]

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