Stocking Stuffer Swap!

Two posts in one day! Happy Friday!

A few weeks ago I signed with for the Stocking Stuffer Swap with Darby over at Life with the Hawleys! I mean, who doesn’t love Christmas and more importantly, who doesn’t love Christmas to come a little early?!?

I was lucky enough to be paired up with Katy from Southern by Marriage and y’all, she is just the sweetest! Her blog is adorable, so go check it out! My favorite part is her tag line “Just a girl trying to earn her pearls”! As a southern girl myself, I just love this! Even though she currently lives up in Ohio, her really goal is to move down south and show Paula Deen what she’s made of! Girlfriend loves to cook! {Katy, you’re welcome to come and cook for me in Texas 😉 }

Katy completely spoiled me! Take a look at what I got!

Super comfy socks…they’re pink and I love wearing cozy socks when the temps drop!
Fun, pink watch!
Essie polish…obsessed with these colors!
EOS lip balm…one of my favorites
Playin’ Footsie pedicure set…this thing is legit, see below 🙂
Fall scented candles from Bath & Body Works
Buckeyes! Peanut butter + chocolate = Heaven


Okay, let’s take a closer look at this awesome pedicure kit! It has everything I need: Toe spacers, nail clipper, emery boards, callus rasp, INFLATABLE FOOT BATH, manicure sticks  hand & foot lotion and a footsoak. They seriously thought of everything and put it in this neat little bundle! As an avid runner, pedicures are a necessity. Calluses, blisters, you name it, I’ve gotten it. Now I don’t have to spend a ton of dough getting pedis all the time because I can do it myself {don’t get me wrong, I’ll still splurge because I love it, but now I can go less!}   
To go with my sweet new pedi kit, I got these awesome nail polishes! Maroon for my Aggies and pink for my obsession! 

Okay check out these little Buckeyes – I heard about them when I lived up in Pittsburgh from all my Ohio State friends, but never had them. Since peanut butter and chocolate are two of my favorite foods ever that are even better combined, this treat just screams my name. I haven’t tried one yet, but I’m super excited!

Thanks so much Katy! I’ve had a great time getting to know you and can’t wait to keep getting to know you better! I just love making new blog friends 🙂

Head on over to Darby’s blog to check out all the fun goodies everyone else got! And don’t forget to stop by Katy’s! Happy Friday y’all!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Flashback Friday: 25 years of Amy

I’m going to go ahead and toot my own horn a little bit and say Happy Birthday to me!!!
So far so good! This morning started out with a 9 mile run in 100% humidity and free Starbucks on the way to work! Not too shabby 🙂 I also receive what could quite possibly be the best birthday text ever. I mean I’ve had 25 birthdays, 9 of which I had text messaging, so that’s a pretty big deal. Take a look:
Awesome way of putting it right? I love my Andrea!
 In honor of my birthday, I’m going to go ahead and embarrass myself a little bit and share with y’all Amy through the years!
My first Christmas! I’m only 3 months old and check out all that hair!

Weird to think that I was born with black, curly hair huh?

Sass and drama has been part of my personality since birth.

Chillin’ with my sissy 

Some would call me a girly girl. And by some I mean all. Check out that pinky…and my rockin’ jeans!

First Communion!

Girl Scouts Father Daughter Dances were the best!

Dancing Queen!
I don’t have any pictures from my awkward middle school days. I’m sure my parents can help me out with that and I can embarrass myself a little bit more!

High school cheer.

Senior portraits…not my favorite one, but it’s the one my mom posted on Facebook 🙂
Freshman year of college Spring Break!!!

So there you have it, 25 years of Amy…minus middle school. Hope you enjoyed a blast from the past!
Happy happy Friday everyone! Have a fun and safe weekend! This girl is headed to College Station to celebrate this weekend! WH09P!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Tale as Old as Time…

True as it can be
Bearly even friends
Then some body bends
Unexpectedly…

Beauty and the Beast was amazing last night! I want to share a few pictures, but first, it is Thursday so here are…

Last Week’s Workouts
Friday: 3 mile run
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: 11 mile run {9:09 pace}
Monday: 2 mile walk with Andrea & Joey plus at least an hour of walking at the airport
Tuesday: Abs and Upper Body
Wednesday: 6 mile run
Thursday: 3 mile run this afternoon before my massage 🙂

Don’t worry I didn’t take too many 🙂

I’m pretty impressed with my camera set up and timing skills!
Before the show we went to dinner at a cute little Italian restaurant called Birraporetti’s. Of course wine was consumed along with a large seafood appetizer, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus! 

And we had to get a birthday dessert! Oh and it was free! Yay for birthdays and tiramisu! 
Then it was off to the theatre! I love being downtown and having the ability to walk just about everywhere! 
We had pretty good seats in the center of the second level! My hubs is so good to me 🙂

On the balcony before the show enjoying one more glass of wine.

Our view of the stage before the show began! {Clearly an iPhone photo}
My favorite scenes were easily Be Our Guest and the Gaston Song which is when the towns people are singing about how great Gaston is in the bar…you know what I’m talking about? Not the most memorable song in the movie, but amazing choreography in the show and I loved it!
Belle has always been my favorite princess. I’m not sure why, but she is and I am obsessed with Beauty and the Beast. This show was an amazing experience and now I just want to go back to Disney World! 
What’s you favorite Disney movie or Disney princess? Have you seen any Disney movies in musical theatre form? Sometime I really want to see The Lion King! I hope it comes back to Houston because I missed it this summer!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

I’ve come to realize…

1. I’ve come to realize that my hair:
Will always grow back so I’m thrilled that hopefully I’ll be able to make some woman or child a wig with my donations!

2. I’ve come to realize that when I talk:
My husband only listens about 50% of the time…or less. 
3. I’ve come to realize that if I make a mistake:
I can always recover. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them along the way!
4. I’ve come to realize that all I really need is:
Love, friends and family.
5. I’ve come to realize that I’ve lost:
A pair of my Nike running shorts. They’re maroon, pink and white and I wish I had them. They were my faves!
6. I’ve come to realize that I hate:
Cheese. Oh wait I knew that. I also hate people biting their nails and people who do nothing but complain.
7. I’ve come to realize that if I were to get drunk:
…not sure…
8. I’ve come to realize that money:
Truly can’t buy happiness.
9. I’ve come to realize that when I get old:
I want nothing more than to have the hubs by my side. I want to be that cute old couple with their own rockers side by side in front of the tv 🙂

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10. I’ve come to realize that I’ll always be:
Loud. I just can’t help it. I have volume control issues.
11. I’ve come to realize that I have a crush on:
Aaron Rodgers, Michael Buble, Ryan Reynolds
12. I’ve come to realize that the last time I cried:
Was yesterday because I had a headache for 2 days straight. I’m not talking a mental breakdown, just a few alligator tears running down my face when the hubs got home.
13. I’ve come to realize that my cell phone:
Holds my entire life 
14. I’ve come to realize that when I wake up in the morning:
I’m ready to go! Yes, it’s true. Some people hate me for it, but when I’m up, I’m up.
15. I’ve come to realize that before I go to sleep at night:
I have to have the tv on and it has to be something happy or Harry Potter.
16. I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking about:
How excited I am to see Beauty and the Beast the Musical tonight!

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17. I’ve come to realize that my life:
Has its ups and downs but when it comes down to it, it’s pretty darn amazing
18. I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook:
It’s usually just to stalk people’s pictures.
19. I’ve come to realize that tonight I will:
Get all dressed up for a date night at the theatre with the hubs!
20. I’ve come to realize that tomorrow I will:
Get a birthday massage.
21. I’ve come to realize that I really want:
To finish my first marathon in January! Got to stick to my training! I also really want a kitchen table and an island for my kitchen…
22. I’ve come to realize that fitness:
Keeps me going. It’s such an important part of life. It keeps me healthy, sane and feeling great!
23. I’ve come to realize that love:
Lifts us up where we belong. All we need is love. {Thanks Moulin Rouge}

If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is 🙂
24. I’ve come to realize my best girl friends:
Are always by my side no matter how far away they may be. In fact, most of my closest girls don’t live near me, but we always make an effort to talk and see each other!

25. I’ve come to realize my best guy friends:
Are my hubs best friends as well…makes life easier.
26. I’ve come to realize food can:
Make me very sick. Stupid allergies.
27: I’ve come to realize that this summer:
Flew by like the blink of an eye. Where is life going? 
28. I’ve come to realize that my sister(s)?brother(s)
. Are the best. I’ve actually known this for a long time. We may fight, but when it comes down to it, we’re inseparable and would do anything and everything for each other.

29. I’ve come to realize that crying:
Can clear your soul.
30. I’ve come to realize that death:
Is part of life whether we like it or not. 
31. I’ve come to realize that if I’m sick:
I am very stubborn. 
32. I’ve come to realize when I’m bored:
I find something to do. I’m rarely bored since I find myself over committed most of the time!
33. I’ve come to realize that work:
Pays the bills, but it’s more important to love/appreciate what you do then to get a bigger paycheck.
34. I’ve come to realize that family:
Is everything we have, the most amazing support system and the best friends a girl could ask for.

35. I’ve come to realize:
That their is still so much more to realize about life!

What have you realized lately? There’s always so much going on in our world today, sometimes it’s good to just sit down, think and realize what is really going on around you!

Happy hump day y’all!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Showering Andrea

I’m back 🙂 Did you miss me? I missed y’all. As always things have been running at full speed the past month and I didn’t have anything for y’all yesterday while I was in Huntsville still! I had such an amazing weekend with my Andrea and I can’t believe it’s the last trip I’ll take to see her without Charlie! Here’s a dump of pics from our super fun weekend together!

We spent Saturday running errands for Anne’s shower on Sunday! We also got our toes done and went to dinner at Tavern at Bridge Street
Sunday was shower day!!! It all started with an 11 mile run for this girl! Andrea’s mom, aunt and mom’s friend ran 8 miles while I tackled my 11 and we all met up at Panera Bread for breakfast afterwards before it was time to get ready for the shower! Here are all the fun details!

Coffee Bar! How cute are those cups?!?


Chocolate fountain…I think I ate my weight in chocolate covered carbs 🙂

Bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes!

My favorite pregnant person in the world 🙂

Anne definitely scored some amazing gifts! This isn’t even all of them! I totally forgot to take a picture of what I got her! I’ll have to take a picture of it when I’m back for Charlie’s birthday 🙂

Andrea’s little cousin Sophie was the best helper ever…seriously, she’s a doll!

Exhausted! Only 3:00pm and such a long day!

Gina – Sophie – Andrea – Lisa
We spent the rest of the day sitting down, being lazy, watching movies and TLC. Excellent decision.

Monday morning we got up and went on a fun little walk with Andrea’s Dad’s dog Joey! About a mile away from his house is a family who raises alpacas and they have a horse and some donkeys too! it’s always fun to go visit them and little Joey just has a blast! (Joey looks so much like Maggie it’s crazy!)
Then we met up with Lisa, Gina and Sophie for some shopping at Bridge Street before it was time for me to head to the airport to go home 🙁 Luckily, I’ll be heading back that way in just 3 weeks for Charlie’s arrival!!!
Now I’m safely back home, back to reality and back for my birthweek of course!
Hope y’all are having a wonderful Tuesday!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

I’m excited…

…because my birthday is in just one week!

…for my first visit to our new Trader Joe’s! It opens today, but I won’t make it there until next week.

…for all the new and hopefully exciting changes coming my way.

…to get on a plane at 5:45pm to visit this amazing girl!

…to spend the weekend in Alabama celebrating my favorite momma-to-be! It was a big surprise for Anne because I’ve had my ticket booked for months and didn’t tell her until last Friday 🙂 Sneaky sneaky!

…to see Beauty and the Beast The Musical next Wednesday with the hubs!

…for my birthday couples massage on Thursday!

…that today is the first official day of fall!

Maggster last year in Pittsburgh! I miss the northern fall and beautiful colors!

…for the cooler fall weather to move into Texas and not leave!

…to be working from home today.

…that running and training has been going well and that I’ve made some great new friends along the way!

Life is good and I’m excited! Oh and did I mention that I’m excited it’s Friday?! What are you excited about? Happy Friday and happy weekend y’all!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Resistance Training: The why’s and how’s

Well I’m a little late getting this post out the door! It’s been a busy morning to say the least. At least I didn’t leave my computer anywhere 🙂 It’s Thursday so fitness talk it is! I have something good in store for y’all today!

All In My Twenties

Last Week’s Workouts
Friday: 3 mile walk {a few separate power walks with the pup but equaled 3 miles!}
Saturday: ALL DAY Resistance Training workshop – probably about 3 hours of actual RT
Sunday: OFF – I could barely move my body
Monday: 4 mile run {9:00 pace}
Tuesday: Track Practice – 1.15 mile warm up {8:45 pace} 1×800 and 4×400
Wednesday: 6 mile run {8:34 pace}
Thursday: Hill Practice – this evening with my running club!

Okay let’s get serious, time to talk resistance training. You either love it or you hate it. I’m here to tell you why it’s good for you, why you should try to love it, why you won’t bulk up, and ways to get ‘er done!

Why resistance training {RT} is good for you.

  • Increased ability to perform normal activities in every day life.
  • Increase bone density {SOOO important for women!}
  • Improved motor performance
  • Decreased risk of injury
  • Self-confidence booster
  • More muscle – less fat 
Why you should try to love RT.
  • All of the reasons above.
  • You really will feel better about yourself. You may feel sore at first, but increased strength is something you notice {and no, I don’t mean you can see it, but you can feel it!}
  • Just do it. You will thank me for it 🙂
Why you won’t bulk up.
  • You get bulky at the dinner table, not at the gym. Seriously, what you eat gives you bulk. Want a six-pack? Watch what you eat and do moderate cardio…not crunches!
  • Increasing you weights in a group exercise class will not give you bulging biceps. Instead, it will help increase your muscle endurance.
  • Testosterone makes you bulky. As a woman, lifting weights is not going to make you look like a body builder…unless there’s something else in that smoothie you had for breakfast 🙂
  • Remember: You should be lifting more weight than your purse! You carry your purse around all day, amp up the weights and see the benefits!
How to fit in RT.
  • Group Exercise! Seriously, this is a great way to get started especially if you’re unfamiliar wit RT. You have a workout created for you, so all you have to do is follow along!
  • Video programs: P90X, Insanity, Jillian Michaels…we all know there are a bunch out there, so go ahead and pick your pleasure! Just make sure you’re using enough weight and don’t slack off because your instructor can’t see you!
  • Fall is approaching, grab some hand weights and get outside! There are also so many exercises you can do using just your body weight!
Examples
Don’t worry y’all, I’m not all talk and no action. Here are a few exercises you can do to work various parts of your body!
Upper Body
Chest
  • Chest press – with weights
  • Push up – no weights and several variations based on ability
Back
  • Bent over row – with weights
  • Reverse fly – standing with weights
  • Superman/Swim/Upper body life – no weights, supine on stomach
Arms
  • Bicep curl {and other variations} – with weights
  • Tricep extension – with weights
  • Tricep dips – no weights
Shoulders
  • Overhead shoulder press – with weights
  • Lateral and/or Frontal raise – with weights
  • Handstand push up – no weights {DISCLAIMER: please only do this if you feel comfortable in a handstand position!!!}
Lower Body
Abductor/Adductor
  • Side-Lying hip lifts – no weights
  • Single leg
Quads/Hamstrings
  • Squats – with or without weights
  • Lunges – with or without weights
  • Dead Lift {single leg or both legs} – with weights is more effective
Calves
  • Heel raises – with or without weights
  • Toe raises – with or without weight seated

Not sure what some of these exercises are? You have two options: {1} Ask me! I love hearing from you and I’d love to help. {2} Google it. Seriously though, just about all these exercises can be found on the world wide web. But I think you should ask me first, just a personal opinion 🙂

I cant lunge! See I clearly know what I’m talking about 😉

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

OHP: All Things Pumpkin

Well, here we are, another Wednesday morning is upon us! I’m having trouble believing it’s the 19th…I thought September just started! Anywho, it’s definitely been an interesting morning for this girl and it isn’t even 9AM. My Wednesday started out with an awesome cool weather 6 mile run. Not a bad start right? Unfortunately, I made it half way to work without my laptop. Work wouldn’t be too productive sans laptop. It’s okay though, I made it and luckily I didn’t have anything until 9AM anyway. So now it’s time to move onto, Oh! How Pinteresting Wednesday: Pumpkin Edition!

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Frappe
Pumpkin Poppers
Source: npr.org via Amy on Pinterest
Pumpkin stuffed with bread, bacon, garlic and cheese
Pumpkin Pretzels
Glitter Pumpkins
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies
Pumpkin Fro-Yo
Pumpkin Snicker Doodles
Are you hungry or craving all things pumpkin yet? I know that I am. I’m thinking some pumpkin and chocolate brownies will be showing up at my house shortly!

Now go link up!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

Blow Out the Candles & Make a Wish!

In case y’all didn’t know, my birthday is in 10 days. I love birthdays, not just mine, everyone’s! Seriously though, they’re awesome. I just so happened to really, REALLY love my birthday. What can I say? It’s mine 🙂 So in honor of the celebration of my 25 years on this earth, I give to you…my wish list.

Disclaimer: This is my dream wish list. Don’t think I’m too spoiled {though I may be a little bit}. I have very little expectations; however, it’s good for Momma, Daddy and the hubs to know for future reference of course!

1. Kirna Zabete Collection at Target! Oh my goodness there are some absolutely adorable tops, dresses and skirts. I want them all!

2. Cannon EOS: I’m just saying that one day I would love to have one of these babies. I mean let’s be real, I take pictures of everything and it would be great to work with something of better quality. Obviously I don’t want something super grand for my first DLSR, but a starter set would make my heart happy 🙂

3. Victoria’s Secret

  • Gift Cards…of course…who doesn’t love VS?
  • Obsessed with the V-neck essentials tee
  • Anything Packers! Especially this tee! I don’t have a single yellow Packers shirts! {Don’t get me the Packers Pride tank because my girl Ashley already got it for me!!!}

4. Kindle Fire – Yes, I already have a Kindle. No, I don’t care. If I can’t have an iPad, I want this 🙂

5. Work out clothes: I practically live in them. I’m also going through and clearing out the tops and shorts I don’t wear. Some have shrunk over the years – no my butt didn’t get bigger, my clothes shrunk…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! FYI Momma – I wear a medium in Nike running shorts…I swear they shrink!

6. Rose Gold Watch – Loving this one from Fossil. This one is similar and costs less on Amazon! Even a cheaper watch that looks similar to this would be nice…I’m not too picky.

7. Longchamp bag – I’ve always wanted one and now you can design your own?! Yes, please!

Okay now that those are out of the way, here are some other more reasonable birthday wishes!

This bracelet:

Source: wanelo.com via Amy on Pinterest

Gift Cards or Clothes to any of these stores:
LOFT
Express
Victoria’s Secret
Target
Kohl’s

Fun Nail Polish

Anything pink or monogrammed

Home Decor or gift cards
Kirklands
Home Goods
Pottery Barn
Crate & Barrel
Pier 1
I also found this!

Last but not least…http://www.dairyqueen.com/us-en/Menu/Cakes/Reeses-Peanut-Butter-Cup-Blizzard-Cake/

Dairy Queen Reese’s Blizzard Cake

…or a cookie cake! I love those too 🙂

Okay, I hope you all now have a good idea of what you can get me for my birthday. Just kidding. But seriously, Momma and other loving family members who want to buy me things, I hope this helps!

Until next time…
With love and God bless,

So SORE!

This weekend turned out to be an interesting one for me. I will start off by saying, I took practically zero pictures, none, zilch, nada.  Ooops! I think it’s for a good reason though.

The past few weeks have been mentally, emotionally and physically draining for me. Still not quite ready to spill all the details on the world wide web, but things are starting to fall into place. Slowly but surely.

After an exhausting work day on Friday, I decided that a low key night was in store. I whipped up a sort of spaghetti dish with bow tie pasta, garlic pasta sauce, ground turkey and sauteed zucchini, squash and mushrooms! Add a side of garlic bread and we were set. Unfortunately, not a single picture was snapped of my delicious meal! After dinner the hubs and I decided to watch Inception. Such a good, mind boggling movie! I was practically asleep by the end of it and I have no shame in saying that I was in bed by 9:30pm on Friday night. If you had my day, you would have done the same thing!

Oh and I almost forgot to mention that my amazing hubs brought home some flowers for a happy birthmonth present! He’s the best 🙂

Saturday I drove out to the northwest Houston area for a Group Exercise Resistance Training workshop! It was AMAZING! I met some amazing women and had a fantastic instructor. To top it off, I got some of my continuing education credits and renewed my AFAA membership for the next year. I loved how science focused this course was and we also learned some easy ways to design classes in order to change things up week to week! The best part is that I was able to network with some women that are going to help me get back into teaching again! I’ll let y’all know how that goes and I’ll share some of my fun new workouts with y’all later this week! {I’m still sore so get excited!}

After the workshop I met up with my friends at the Crowsons to finish watching the Ags BTHO SMU and that they did! I do love the smell of sweet victory!

Since I had my workshop on Saturday, I decided to devote this weekend to getting everything ready to submit for my group exercise re-certification {I have to do it every two years}. So that being said, I also had to renew my CPR cert! Sunday morning was spent at a CPR class and don’t worry, I passed. Whew! Now all I need is one more online class and I’ll be all set to send in my certification details! Yippie!

We spent the rest of the day at my parents house in Sugar Land {my CPR class was close by so the hubs grabbed the pup and met me there after my certification} watching football…and I finished the 3rd Harry Potter book. Maggie loves spending time at my parents because she gets to run around with Dixie {my parents dog} and there are SO MANY PEOPLE TO PLAY WITH! She’s such a loving little girl. Here she is snuggling her grandpa…

Ummm…melt my heart.

It was an interesting weekend nonetheless. If anyone is interested in teach group exercise or even if you just want to get involved with going to more classes, feel free to reach out to me! I could talk forever about it!

Side note, Michelle at The Vintage Apple is having a big sponsor giveaway and I’m giving away a personalized tumbler from one of my favorite etsy shops! So go check it out!!!

Hope y’all make it through your Monday. It’s a gloomy one here in Houston…may be a good night to cuddle up with a good book {aka start reading Harry Potter 4 :)}

Until next time…
With love and God bless,