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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Brain Dump

There are so many thoughts swirling around in my mind today. When do we buy a house? What part of town? Do we stay in an apartment for another year? How much each month do we know we can save? Let's travel, but where? How do we save for a house and travel too? What do I blog about today? Why haven't I created an editorial calendar? You need to do that, but when?! What am I going to cook for the Super Bowl that I can eat? (insert pathetic laugh) AHHH.

So much stuff. Filling my mind and kinda driving me crazy; making me super anxious. The house thoughts a larger than the Super Bowl food, but they are still taking up space in my mind today. But every time I start to stray into those thoughts I pray. I turn my anxiety into prayer and the relief is immediate.

Mike and I started something this week that we have been talking about since day one of our marriage. Having a daily bible study, be it 5 minutes or 30, and being together in the word. Since Mike's new job, we have changed up our workout routine. We used to shower at the gym and go to work from there. Now, we are able to come home, shower there and cook. That little shift has changed the dynamic of our days. We still get the time for each other in the morning, but we also have the time to cook breakfast together and have quiet time. At first, we would cook and watch the news and Today show, but this week we woke up and changed. It was our time to create and we did it.

I have turned those questions from above into prayers and am letting him handle them. My focus has shifted from earthly to eternal.

John 14: 1-2
"Jesus said, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me."'

Proverbs 3: 5-6
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and don't depend on your own understanding. Remember the LORD in all you do and he will give you success."

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Post- January 23rd-25th

Michael's birthday weekend was a success. There were a few times where I felt I should have planned more, but looking back there was beauty in going with the flow.

On Friday I was going back and forth with what we should do that night. I started to stress out a little because I wanted to make it fun, but knew I couldn't eat just any where. After a quick chat with my friend, I decided that we were going to go over to my dad's and cook. What a great decision. When we got there my step-mom had a roast for us with incredible mushrooms. I am not the biggest mushroom fan, but she had to almost yell at me to keep out. Once I find the recipe I will definitely post. It was the perfect way to start off his weekend.

{birthday cupcakes}

As promised, Saturday started off with pancakes! I cooked the recipe from The Paleo Kitchen and they came out perfect! Mike is always so good about telling me how much he loves the food I cook. Such a boost. 

After pancakes, we decided to go to Austin. There is a Paleo restaurant there called Picnik and I have been wanting to go for about five months now. They have Whole 30 options as well, so I was in a state of pure joy. The owner was there and so helpful! She modified my butter coffee to make it Whole 30 approved and helped me pick out the best meal for my plan. 

{all types of butter coffee!}

{container- sirloin steak, beets, parsnip puree, cauliflower/ tomato soup/ butter coffee}

From there we hit up a consignment store. Mike and I love walking around these types of places and getting ideas. We walked around Cosmic Consignment a few times and each time kept coming back to this one vintage school desk. It needs a paint job, but we ended up buying it for our apartment. 

We went to a few more antique places before finally hitting the road back home. Naturally, we needed a road trip beverage, so I tried Topo Chico for the first time. SO refreshing!

Saturday night was topped off with dinner with our friends, Mexican food, and Saving Mr. Banks. If you have not seen that movie I highly recommend it. I had no clue Mary Poppins was a true story!

Sunday started off with church and a message on Psalms 34 (this was last week's message.. so good) followed by brunch with Mike's Mom, step dad and our sister-in-law. The food was incredible and we had such a good time catching up with them! They move into their new house soon and I can't wait to have stay-cations with them!

From there we took a nap, went to the grocery store, rented Skeleton Twins and cooked soup. Once again, I threw everything that was turning bad into a pot and made a soup. This time it was ground turkey, chicken stock, zucchini, celery, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, green beans and spices (oregano, thyme, basil, salt and pepper). I think this has become my winter Sunday night meal. 

{those la croixs are AMAZING} 

Our night ended with reading a book on Philippians. Our friends got Mike this book for his birthday and we decided to read chapter one together. Just from that alone I felt so close to God and Mike. We talk about reading like this all the time, but end up finding something else to do. It was so needed and we both are ready to start incorporating it into our daily routine. 

I had a thought this weekend as I was celebrating my husband. Why don't we celebrate each other like this everyday? Why do we let the little things get us down sometimes? Not once this weekend did we get in a tiff with each other. Instead we loved and made memories. We should celebrate like that everyday! We don't need the weekends to have fun and we don't need big events to have a reason to celebrate. 

Mike, I celebrate you; today and everyday. I love you with all of me. Cheers to 26!

Friday, January 23, 2015

It's Friday, I'm In Love

This weekend is a special one. Michael turns 26 on Saturday and we are going to live it up! Last year's present took the prize, so this year we are going to let the plans make them selves and go with the flow. The only definite plan so far is pancakes. Ask and you shall receive, sweets!

This week's loves are:

Janna Conner: Can I please have one of each?! Her jewelry speaks to me on so many levels. Her rings were the first to catch my eye and I love them because you can dress them up or down. I love all of the styles and colors, too! I plan on posting the ones I want up on the fridge and seeing if Mike gets the hint:)

Southward Apparel: This is a favorite of mine. I have seen their clothes in a few of my favorite shops and the only thing that has kept me from buying them is that my size is all sold out! They capture the south perfectly all while being fashionable. And they are comfortable! Their shirts give the perfect "boyfriend" look all while being fashionable. Also, one of my college friend's is engaged to one of the founders, so I have a 7th degree of Kevin Bacon thing going on:) With the rodeo coming up, I have this one on my list:

The Lone Bellow: Ohhh, they are so good. I love their sound and vibe and guess what? They have a new CD coming out on January 27th! Go check them out:)

Enjoy the Small Things: Her blog captured my heart when I read the birth story of her daughter, Nella. I look forward to her posts when I scroll through Instagram and feel like I am apart of her beautiful pictures. Her outlook on life and family is inspiring and this week her daughter Nella turned five and her letter to her brought me to tears. She is wonderful!

Happy Weekend, friends!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 Resolutions

Over the past few weeks, I have been going back and forth on what I want my 2015 resolutions to be. I wanted to make sure I thought these through and really understood the commitment, be they big or small. Some are for fun, but some are really going to challenge me and make me let go.

In 2015 I want to:

My hope is that by the end of the year this list will be all checked off. Some of these do scare me and will take some courage, but isn't that what goals are supposed to do? Push us and challenge us so that they can change us?

There are a few that are fun like "calligraphy" and "stepping up my fashion game". I want to start "investing" in me and the things I want. And things I want Mike to have because he works SO hard and deserves the world. Speaking of world, we want to travel and see all we can! I saw a great quote the other day, author unknown, "Cover the earth before it covers you". Whoa... that one hit home for me. Traveling has been such a blessing for us. We spend money and time on memories that last longer than any material item. Our latest travel callings are Nashville, Portland (Oregon), LA, back to NYC, Canada, Europe. I hope to cross at least one of these off this year. They are calling us sweetly:)

I added being a Godly woman and wife on the list as a reminder. To always have God on my heart and mind, so that He can be shown throw my actions.

I am very excited for this year and the thought of looking back at this moment and seeing how things have changed. How I have changed. It is always fun for me to do that and see what I used to be nervous doing or flat out terrified. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekend Post- Jan 16th-18th

This song is on repeat today. I love her voice and the message. 

Our weekend was quite relaxing. We had some good couch time watching football and watching What If and This Is Where I Leave You. I guess without knowing we were on an Adam Driver kick. Also, GO SEAHAWKS! Mike and I have loved the city of Seattle ever since we visited when we were engaged. We also love Russell Wilson and I cried with him last night as a group of the team prayed after the game. That is what it is about.

Friday night was spent watching Boyhood. It is a longer movie but had our attention the whole time. I loved how they filmed it over the years and we were able to watch the characters grow up.What a great idea, Richard Linklater!

My Saturday was filled with girl time:) My friend Rachel and I had a coffee date at Local and then headed to the Botanical Gardens to meet up with our friend, Nicole. It was dog day at the gardens and it was so cute seeing all of the dogs become friends. After that, Rachel and I headed to my sister-in-laws for a Jamberry party! We learned how to apply the "nail art" and got to pick out different patterns to buy. It is definitely easier than it looks and they will last up to 2 weeks! I am sold.

After cleaning house Sunday morning, Mike and I headed to my cousin's baby shower. We went to their gender reveal party a few months back and it seems like just yesterday they announced their pregnancy. Their baby Brody is due at the end of February and I can't wait to meet the little hunk!

{my step-mom has become a pro at making diaper cakes}

The last thing I wanted to do Sunday night was cook dinner. I decided I would let a soup cook itself on the stove, so I took all that was going bad and threw it in a pot. I have been doing that a lot lately and it turns out to be delicious. This soup consisted of chicken stock, beef stock, cabbage, butternut squash, zucchini, bell pepper and lots of herbs. I threw in some ground lamb last minute and it made the dish. It's an easy meal that takes no time and saves you from throwing away veggies. 

To touch on Whole30, this round has been going really well! My friend and I are doing 60 days and are almost half way there! Three of my co-workers, my dad and step-mom, and two friends are doing the plan as well and I could not be more proud of them. It has been fun having weekly "support" meetings to talk about the changes we have had and any food struggles from that week. My dad has been sick this past week and lost 7 pounds just from eating clean. It is incredible to watch your body change and thank you for giving it good, clean food. 

There are definitely times when I don't want to cook and prepare meals, but I have stocked my kitchen full of good grab-and-go meals. Aidell's Chicken and Apple sausage has been a great one for me as well as tuna cans. As long as you don't look at it like a chore, you will succeed!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy, Happy, Happy

I am really happy this week!

First, Whole30 is going super well and my body is on Cloud 9. I need to measure myself soon to see if there were any physical changes, but the internal changes are enough to keep fueled. Mike and I started printing off recipes and cooking at least one a week. Cooking together is a blast and plus I am building my recipe pile. One thing that works for us is cooking things in bulk. Sometimes the last thing I want to do is cook when I come home, so I have been making casseroles or pre-made veggies from the weekend. This helps make it not seem like a chore to cook when I don't want to. One thing I made this week was this frittata from Paleo Newbie. I made it Monday night and have been eating it for breakfast everyday. 
{so this picture doesn't really sell it.. egg dishes don't pose well}

Another fun thing from this week was signing up for my first ever blog conference! It has been on my "bucket list" since creating This Little Drum and I finally did it! Many of the bloggers going are my inspiration, so there is a slight chance I will be walking around like a deer in the headlights. The keynote speakers look fabulous and the whole theme for the conference is to "Create A Meaningful Presence". I am SO excited!! I can't wait to learn and grow in this passion of mine. 

Another branch of happiness is coming from music. On my drives into work I usually channel surf and the other day I landed on KLOVE ( Christian station). They are doing their 30 day challenge right now where you listen to nothing but Christian music for 30 days and see the difference in the end. It has been so uplifting and inspiring. My mood has definitely changed and I am HAPPY! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Weekend Post- January 2nd-4th

I have been trying to write this post for hour now, but the Bachelor has been quite the distraction. The first episode has already beaten the entire season with Juan Pablo... just sayin'.

This past weekend topped off our holiday vacation and we spent it with great friends. 

Mike went to the Alamo Bowl Friday night with his bestie. They ended up getting front row tickets that gave them access to the field. Mike was in heaven and he even got to see Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family. #celebsiting

{from the sidelines}

Two of our friends said "I do" and in Abilene and we almost thought we wouldn't make it. The weather the night before was nuts and froze all of the streets. We made a game time decision and drove up Saturday morning. I am so happy we did because it was beautiful.  Side note: we spent the car ride up there listening to Serial and I am now hooked!

{blurry, but it's the only one we have:( }

Mike wanted to get out the door first thing Sunday to get home for the Cowboys game. I knew that wasn't going to happen because we were staying with his other BFF and it was all comfy. We spent the morning chatting and sadly watching the stories on Stuart Scott. 

On our way home I did a little research on coffee and different things to add (whole30 or paleo) to black coffee. This search led me to the Bulletproof Coffee website and I got all kinds of inspired.
This morning I made butter coffee and LOVED it. It is extremely simple and I don't know if it was mental or what, but I felt energized all day!

The ingredients were:
6-8 oz organic coffee
1-2 tbsp coconut butter
1-2 tbsp grass-fed butter

I made coffee in the french press and while that soaked I melted my coconut oil and added that to a blender. I then added the butter and coffee and blended for about 20 seconds. That's it! It was so simple and smooth. I'm actually really looking forward to making this again tomorrow morning. 

The benefits of adding butter to your coffee are:
  • Your body burns fat faster
  • Gives you up to 6 hours of energy
  • 2 tbsp in your coffee is all you need to make this a meal replacement
  • It's a good source of vitamins
  • grass-fed butter has natural fats that help regulate cholesterol 
Let me know if you try it and what you think!! We can be on the bandwagon together:)

Friday, January 2, 2015

It's Friday, I'm In Love

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a great New Years! Mike and I are headed to Abilene tomorrow for a friend's wedding, so naturally I need to go buy a new outfit:) But before I hit the stores, here are this week's obsessions!! Happy 2015!

Qalo Ring: Mike and I both don't work out in our wedding rings and we HATE it! We have been looking for another way to "wear" them and I think Mike found the perfect thing! These Qalo rings are perfect for the active lifestyle. We wouldn't worry about scratching them on the bars or hitting them on the equipment. These are a definite must!

Coffee Blocks: I really have to watch what I add to my coffee while on Whole30. I can't just pick up a creamer and add it in because who knows whats in it. These coffee blocks are perfect for on the go and to keep at work. All you do is get a cup of hot water and drop it in! It is so simple and full of healthy ingredients- unsalted butter from grass fed cows, organic extra virgin coconut oil, egg yolks from free range chickens, organic vanilla, and organic fair trade Columbian coffee. I can't wait to try it!

Speakable NYC: I stumbled upon these sweet necklaces this week. They are so simple and would be a cute touch to an outfit! The "Be Still" necklace really stood out to me and would be a great reminder to take a step back and be present.

Ascot & Hart: I have posted about my obsession with this company before and am here to do it again. Their clothes are so unique and "comfy" chic. I am constantly checking them out on Instagram and their website for what's new. Their styles inspire me and I want to buy everything! I have a major crush on this shirt and it will soon be part of my weekly wardrobe.