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Six for Saturday

01.) We have had a deluge of rain these past few days which resulted in a cancelled soccer practice earlier this week and a cancelled game today, much to Annelise's dismay.

The Shipley donuts we had this morning helped to brighten her mood.

02.) I know the donuts pretty much cancel out my workouts, like ordering a Diet Coke and a pizza, but it's our Saturday tradition. We don't get that many like we used to (hey, progress!), just one each, okay, and donut holes, because cute and tasty. 
03.) Annelise had achievement testing this week (not the mandated state tests, but still...). She liked it mainly because she got to bring a blanket and book, have snacks and bigger breakfasts. Eggs!!

Reading + eating = bliss.

(She started reading The Hunger Games recently and is hooked.)

04.) I was totally geeking out over my new labels for my essential oils (my April ER order arrived this week). Now I can find things so much faster. Yes, I need to invest in better storage, especially since it appears I am out of room, but I haven't seriously looked for anything yet since this leftover tin from Christmas pecans has been working just fine. #fancy
05.) I'm using several of my oils every single day, for my skin and hormonal issues and I'm so glad to have others on hand when needed, like for headaches, allergies, colds or digestion issues.
06.) Yesterday I tried Ningxia Red Nitro for the first time before my Les Mills Pump workout. It's a little tube of energy goodness! I don't think I will use it before every workout but I was planning on doing Pump and T25 for cardio so it seemed like the perfect time to try it out. I also put some En-R-Gee on the bottoms of my feet (one of the fastest ways to get the oils into your system) for an extra boost.

Maybe it's all a placebo but I think I had a little more oomph.

Lately (well, twice now) I've been choosing the option to pump up the music and mute the trainers (their spiel gets a little annoying after doing the workout over and over) and it's like a whole new world of Pump. #whateverworks

I managed to get in five, count them 5, workouts this past week, which feels awesome. Today is a double down day with T25 (one day a week you're supposed to do two 25 minute workouts, whee) and I'm scared but also excited because Beta is really, really a lot of sweaty fun. Some of it is crazy challenging for sure but the good news is it's only 25 minutes!

Happy weekending y'all.


Coffee Talk: Fitness

(I feel like Mike Myers on SNL with that title, minus the wig.)

I started my second mug of coffee and decided a bit of random blogging was in order.

Annelise has been on a running kick recently. It's totally her doing, no prompting necessary. She got a new pair of Nikes over the weekend which led to a tester run and I guess they passed because she's gone for a run up and down our street the following two afternoons as well. She downloaded the Nike app to her iPod and she likes seeing her stats. Yesterday she made it a full two miles and was rather pleased with herself.
I haven't been running in a good long while, big surprise. I toyed with the idea of trying the #58milesinapril Instagram challenge, as I've done well working toward a mileage goal in the past, but I never got going with that and now it's the middle of April (not that I couldn't still do it, but not starting closer to the beginning messes with my mind).

Earlier this year I ordered two new fitness programs from Beachbody. I know, I know, did I really need new ones since we already have a fair stockpile? Apparently so. I obviously have commitment issues and figured my level of commitment would be highly improved by a bright and shiny new program.

Since I knew I wanted a combination of cardio and strength training I decided on Les Mills Pump, which is like the BodyPump group classes at gyms. It's a high rep barbell based workout set to fun music. The instructors change with each body part track so there's a lot of variety and you end up working your whole body before you know it. Time flies, seriously. Also? It was on super clearance sale at the time. Winning! (Unfortunately though it has now sold out at Beachbody and they are not restocking. Insert sad loser horn.)
Soon after starting Pump I decided to also try Les Mills Combat  (I was on a Les Mills high I guess) which is a mixed martial arts cardio and strength program. The main trainers, Dan and Rach, are AWESOME, the music is jamming, the workouts are challenging and the sweat flies, but they are doable (there's also a low impact modifier). I love it!
So...all that to say I am doing a mash-up of these two programs having lots of sweaty fun. I'm not really following the calendars that came with the programs but just trying to get a balance of cardio and resistance training. In a perfect world I would workout everyday, but I'm not quite there yet, usually getting in four or five...maybe six days these last few weeks, which feels like a huge accomplishment based on my track record of zero, zilch, nada earlier this year.

Scott is doing T25, except this time he's trying out the Beta phase, which technically comes after the five weeks of Alpha, but he was getting bogged down and bored with Alpha and made the executive decision to jump ahead to keep himself motivated. The fantastic thing about T25 is that it's only 25 minutes and the workouts are all challenging but fun (and there is a modifier). After Pump & Shred yesterday I tried Beta Core Cardio for the first time to get my cardio in and thought I might die. But I didn't. In fact, I kinda loved it (once I was done, of course).

And that, my friends, is what's new on the fitness front around here.

(And no, I'm not a Beachbody coach, just a big fan of their programs.)

What's your latest fitness JAM? Do tell.


Miscellany Monday

We went to La Madeleine for lunch yesterday after church, which is always one of our favorites. Annelise is old enough now to scout out and claim a table for us while Scott and I go through the line, which is a total La Mads game changer when it's crowded. As we were finishing up getting our drinks and about to move our trays on toward the lemons a young girl, probably close to Annelise's age popped up right in front of me, totally up in my personal space, to refill her drink, which included  rinsing out her glass, haphazardly filling with ice as one errant cube landed in my tomato basil soup and then getting her fresh Dr. Pepper.

All without an "excuse me" or at least a "whoopsises" as her ice splashed into my soup.

Time seemed to slow down as I tried to keep my face calm but I'm fairly sure my right eyebrow raised involuntarily just the same and I debated with myself as to whether I was bold enough to say something to her about her intrusion. Was I going to be one of those women?

As it turns out, I wasn't brave enough, but I did stare at her with all my might.

Scott even giggled a little because he could no doubt sense my mood and the girl actually said, "What?"

My belabored spooning of her wayward ice cube out of my tomato basil was completely lost on her.


I dd however turn the incident into a preventive life lesson for Annelise.

In other news, soccer is getting back into full swing and Annelise has been loving every minute of it.
Last week they had a friendly scrimmage with another team for an extra practice. It was really nice to watch the game and the sunset all at the same time.

Dance pictures were also last week, which were as delightful as always. #sarcasm

This year wasn't quite as crazy as past years, which was nice. 
This is her outfit for jazz, which she'll be dancing to Taylor Swift's song, You Belong to Me. Annelise is only dancing two routines this year since it's a play year. The first act will be a variety and the second act will be The Wizard of Oz, where Annelise will be a lion tap dancing to "I'm a Mean Ol' Lion" from The Wiz. It's a fun routine and her lion costume is really cute, but there is a fur head piece  involved and head pieces, especially furry ones, are her nemesis.

Happy Monday y'all!

******Would you correct a random child's rude behavior? Have you?********


Miscellany Monday

Happy day after Easter y'all!

We scrambled to pose for a quick family photo on the porch (it was sprinkly) after church before changing clothes and making the long walk (it's two houses down the street) to my dad and Peggy's house for lunch.
Annelise and I were unintentionally semi--twinning in our denim jackets.

Y'all may remember that I am a severe introvert bordering on hermit, with only occasional bursts of emotionally exhausting extrovertedness, so a large family lunch with several strangers (okay, not technically strangers but very extended family and strangers to me) is almost too much for me to handle. For the love.

Also? It has apparently become my *thing* to make my Big Salad for every single stinking family get together, which is fine because I love it, but I was feeling rather rebellious this Easter and decided to make my Asian Slaw instead.


I was almost exiled.

Even though just about everyone commented on how much they liked the slaw several also made sideline pleas for me to resume my regularly scheduled salad contribution for the next family get together.

For the love.

Annelise was excited to see her cousins, play basketball and get her egg hunt on.
Which was not as abundant as one 11 year old had hoped.

As it turned out, we had given the five year old a head start and that heavily depleted the available hidden eggs--especially since Annelise chose not to waste her time picking up any of the boiled eggs. Give her candy or money or nothing.

For the love.
Random rabbit selfie.

You know.

Annelise and the other Force 410 kids at church got to celebrate their hard work and the end of the program (three months!) Thursday night with a private party at Putt Putt Fun House.
She invited a friend from school, Emma, and they had a fabulous time together, the highlights being the laser tag (several battles), the arcade, and the water bumper boats. 

Annelise completed all four levels of the program and we couldn't be more proud of her!
Random giant burger selfie.

You know.

It's actually called a Frito Bean-Dito and it's delicious.

Annelise had Good Friday and today off from school, which was nice.

After sleeping semi-lateish and lazily getting ourselves together this morning we ventured out for breakfast, er...brunch, at our favorite joint, the Egg & I and then popped by the mall.

As you do.
Random mama-daughter selfie before brunch.

You know.

I finally got my hairs did last Tuesday, it was loooong overdue as my last visit was for my birthday back in November, and my roots were screaming for attention. On a whim I told my stylist that my hair was possibly a tad too long and we agreed that trimming off the long back under section, like three or four inches, would be a good thing to do. Well, she got a little carried away with her scissors as she was cleaning up my layers and I now have significantly shorter hair. Like almost a lob ( a long bob). At least it feels that way as it hits just below my shoulders. I'm having to figure out how to style it all over again as the layers feel all gangly and awkward right now.

My appointment also went off the rails time wise, either due to my need for more foils this time and my massive amount of hair or to the fact my appointment was scheduled an hour later than normal, and I realized I would be late picking Annelise up from school. Yikes! I had given her a heads up that morning though that this might happen and she might need to go to after care, which we've never done before but is thankfully available at her school. The whole time Susan was finishing up my hair--and every time she stopped to take a phone call--I was a nervous wreck wondering how Annelise was adapting to after care and worried she was worried about me or something.

When I picked her up she announced that after care was AWESOME (except there were no snacks and she was starving), she got to play almost an hour of dodgeball (!!) and asked if she could go back to after care the next day (um, no).

So in other words I was in an anxious heap for nothing.

Happy Monday, y'all.


Miscellany Monday

Apparently I blinked and just like that spring break was over and I found myself packing a lunch and driving Annelise to school this morning. After a week of no alarms and no schedule we both thought this morning was a little rude, but she was ready (mostly) to get back to her routine and see her friends and such.

The first day of spring break I had a mysterious, yet thankfully slight, fever making me feel achey, alternately cold and sweaty and so forth, so that was fun.

Tuesday's highlight was our extensive St. Patrick's Day celebrating. And by extensive I mean the opening, pouring and consuming of Lucky Charms.
Wednesday afternoon Annelise went over to Grace's house for a sleepover. Skylar was there too and the three of them had the BEST TIME EVER (her words) with the highlight being several epic Nerf battles (also known as their version of the Hunger Games). 

When I picked her up Thursday afternoon she was running on fumes. After an earlyish dinner she voluntarily took her shower and retreated to her bed, from which she did not emerge from for almost 12 hours. What in the world? 
I have a confession. I'm becoming a hoarder of my current favorite lipstick, Julianne's Nude from L'Oreal's newish Privee Nude collection. It's the prettiest pink-y nude, which as y'all know is one of my weaknesses. Since I am worried they will spontaneously discontinue this line I've decided to pick up a tube (or two) whenever I find them (they're often sold out). Smart or obsessed, you decide.
My March Essential Rewards order from Young Living arrived last week and I did my happy dance. This month I'm trying some new-to-me oils (Release, DiGize & En-R-Gee) along with restocking some favorites. I guess I'm also turning more crunchy granola suite (Neil Diamond anyone?) because I am in red hot love with my new all natural Thieves toothpaste. 

I've been meaning to blog about my new oily adventure and of course I haven't yet. 

After hemming and hawing for months I finally took the oily plunge and ordered my Premium Starter Kit, wholesale, last December. The kit comes with 11 everyday oils, a diffuser and a few other samples and is a great way to try several essential oils at a manageable price. I started out using the oils, mainly Thieves at first, then several others for various things and was quickly hooked. I started out diffusing them, then applying topically and some I mix a drop or two with water (or hot tea) and drink them.

I soon branched out into other oils and products and am now fully on board the oily train. Choo-Choo! One reason I was so anxious to try essential oils was for help with crazy hormonal issues and insomnia, which is a post or two on its own, but I will just say for now that I am feeling better and sleeping better, so score another win for YL's awesome oils! I also joined the Essential Rewards program, which is totally optional, to save on shipping and earn points for future products. The two small oils above on the right, marjoram and balsam fir, were freebies this month, YAY! 

Annelise woke up with terrible reflux (her words) the other night and I used her as our guinea pig to try out DiGize (which is an oil blend for digestive issues) for the first time. I mixed a drop with 4oz. of water for her to drink and it helped almost immediately. I'm thankful to have these oils on hand for all kinds of things.
Annelise and I treated ourselves (Treat Yo' Self!--Parks & Rec., anyone?) to Starbucks after a dud of an Old Navy & Marshall's excursion Friday afternoon.

I also treated myself to a few goodies from Ulta, but that's no big surprise, right?

Happy Monday, y'all!


what i wore

a quick peek at my outfits from last week...
cardigan :  painted threads nordstrom // tanks : target // jeans : gap
boots : lucky brand // leather cuff : farmgirl paints // watch michael kors 
earrings : noonday // necklace : kendra scott
skirt : tj maxx // tanks : target // denim shirt : gap // leopard belt : target
wedges : kork-ease // watch : michael kors // bangles : kendra scott
necklaces & earrings : kendra scott 
jeans : gap // t-shirt : mumford & sons concert // cardigan : target
chucks : academy // leather cuff : farmgirl paints
hoodie: eve's tree // jeans : madewell // chucks : academy
cardigan : nordstrom // blouse : nordstrom // jeans : madewell // flats : nordstrom
necklace : kendra scott

yep, pretty much variations of the same theme: casual comfort with a slight edge.

i need to come up with a new pose and switch up the ol' elbow on my hip thing.
apparently, i'm in a rut since all five photos are the same pose.

happy wednesday, y'all.

linking up with the pleated poppy.


Girlfriend Weekend: Waco (Otherwise Known as Fixer Upper Stalking)

Something else that fell through the bloggy cracks last year was our girlfriend weekend getaway in September to Waco. Our annual trips are something we look forward to every year and each one holds special memories for us. We were missing Robyn and Lyndsey this year though, so it wasn't quite the same as some of our past trips (insert sad emoji). We are also truly thankful for our hubbys' taking over with the kids for a few days so we can have our girl time together.

Since we had all fallen in red hot love with Fixer Upper over the spring and summer we decided Waco would be the perfect spot for our 2014 trip. Chip and Joanna Gaines are not only adorable and fun, they are crazy talented. Every home they renovated during Season 1 made us drool, plus we adored Joanna's style, both decorative and personal.

Fans. Huge, huge fans. Is what I'm saying.

These first photos are a little out of chronological order, which kills me, but I know y'all would want to see these right away. The guest house we rented was on the same highway as Chip and Joanna's farm, actually only a little ways down the road.

I know!

So of course we had to honk as we drove by.

And stop for a ditch selfie.
Yep, that's their adorable farmhouse, like, right there.

Even though their gate was open, we exercised restraint and did not go up and knock on their door.

That would be rude. And way stalkerish.

Although we reeeeeeally wanted to.

We stayed in this darling little house, which was perfect.
We drove around outside of Crawford and searched for George W.'s ranch.
Crawford is t-tiny, now I understand why the locals would always shake their heads when reporters would say the President is at his ranch in Crawford, because, that's just not possible. It's like way out in the boonies somewhere and we only glimpsed the roofline from a great distance and through many trees.

But we took a selfie by the billboard just the same (billboard is not near the ranch, fyi).

Other than stalker driving, both of the former President and Fixer Upper houses, we mostly ate, talked, laughed, shopped, ate more, drank coffee, giggled more and talked until the wee hours.

As per our usual.

A sweet young friend from church that graduated from Baylor gave us a list of all the cool haunts and must-eat places in Waco so we dutifully checked out at many as we could.

Friday night we ate at Baris, an Italian place, that was yummy. We felt super though old because we sat next to a huge table of 20-somethings cute college girls eating salads. Oh well, pass the bread and pasta, please.
By the time we all got up, filled up on coffee and breakfast casserole (thanks Lacie for feeding us!), chatted the morning away and finally got ourselves presentable it was time for lunch.


We soon found ourselves at Vitek's BBQ, which was dee-lish (although we said no to the famous GutPaks, whatever they are--kind of a bbq frito pie thing).
After lunch we made a beeline over here.

Joanna's shop is precious (of course), but quite small and crowded. We oohed and ahhed over lots of things but I refrained from buying anything. I know! Don't get me wrong, I liked a lot of things but felt like if I bought one thing the flood gates would open and I'd go broke.

Next we went to Junque in the Trunk, which if you are a faithful viewer and are caught up on Season 2, you'll recognize Emily and her shop from the second or third episode (Joanna bought a turquoise dresser I think). Her shop is way more my style, repurposed antiques & flea market finds.

Emily (in trucker hat) is Heather's cousin (what?!) and is a hoot, and of course knows Joanna, so in true Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Joanna Gaines fashion it's like we're all BFFs.

We stayed there quite a while, browsing and chatting and enjoying the classic country playing. I bought a few wire baskets, a cute glass jar trio, a candle and wait for it...a trucker hat. I know!

We then went to another place which was like a huge warehouse with tons of different booths set up selling clothes, jewelry, decor and such.

After all that shopping we were ready for some coffee so we drove over near the Baylor campus and went to Common Grounds coffee house, which is apparently the hottest coffee shop hang out in Waco, at least if you are under 22.

We felt frumpy and old again.

But we all got Cowboy Coffees (I got mine iced) and Kim got a hot chocolate, and it was perfection.

Sidenote: If you saw Episode One of Season 2 they did a house for the hipster owners of Common Grounds. Again, following my Six Degrees of Joanna Gaines logic, since we got coffee there, it's like we're even better BFFs.

We then spent the next few hours (at least until it started getting dark) sipping our Cowboy Coffees and driving around looking for Fixer Upper homes.

As you do.


Here are the ones we found...
This was the home they did for their carpenter, Clint and his wife that looked like a run down crack house and now looks like this.
This was the soccer coach's house from one of the earliest episodes.
This was the older couple yet newlywed's home, she was a distance runner and wanted to be near a park, and yep, there's a park nearby.

They all looked awesome, but each one of them was in a truly rough looking part of town. I mean, possibly what was once a really nice area years ago but is now possibly The Hood. But they got their homes for great prices and the end results thanks to Chip and Joanna are amazing, but still...The Hood, yo'.

Sidenote: It seems like in Season One they did more renovating in older (run down) areas, hoping to revitalize and improve rougher neighborhoods in Waco, but in Season Two they're doing more homes in well, normal, regular established neighborhoods (not The Hood) and they're not saying they're "revitalizing Waco, one house at a time" catch phrase anymore. Just a random observation.

We finished up our sightseeing with dinner (of course) and went back to the house to hang out. The next morning, after coffee and packing, we had our scarf exchange.

Except not really.
We thought it would be fun to each buy a scarf and then have a swap, and in theory, it would.

But then what if the scarf you bought is something you really liked and didn't want to risk getting stuck with a dud? #nooffense #butseriously

So...I may or may not have whined about not wanting to swap after all because I really, really liked my scarf (the one in the fancy Target bag, but still one step up from the Baris to-go bag, I'm just saying) and the others kind of said the same thing (hopefully they weren't just going along with my crazy and really liked the scarves they picked out) and so we ixnayed the swap.

What? Am I an only child or something?

Yes, yes I am.

Before scooting out of Waco we stopped for lunch and then at Katie's for custard, because frozen custard, y'all!
All too soon we were saying goodbye to Lacie as she headed back north and we headed back to Houston, insert sad emojis, and another Flamingo Weekend was in the books.

And it was fabulous!
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