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Love List

21 Jan

I know it’s not even February yet but I love Valentine’s Day! I think it’s because everything is in shades of pink….there’s no way I’m the only girl in the world who thinks Target is even more addicting and appealing when this time of year comes around?!

Here are some things I’m loving right now!

1)  Peppermint. I’m still stuck in the peppermint phase – peppermint tea, peppermint baths, peppermint lotion (thank you Lindsey!!! I’m blaming this obsession a little on you hehe) So refreshing!


2)  Yoga, still. 🙂 I’ve been trying to do a minimum of 10 minutes of yoga a day just to de-stress mainly and keep stretching. I have really tight hamstrings (probably from all the running I use to do without ever stretching!) so a lot of poses that I try that involve extending my legs, I struggle with. Plus it’s something I enjoy and that’s what life is all about right?! Doing things that make you happy.

3)  Wellness in the workplace. To fight the winter blues, the company I work for has purchased some exercise equipment and now has a small gym in the building that employees can use. They are also implementing a wellness committee to host luncheons and encourage healthy lifestyles. I think that’s awesome!


4)  New Girl. Loving this show! I love Jess’ outlook on life, she is true to herself and has fun living her life, even the ordinary days. David and I are watching Blacklist together right now, another great show! And of course loving Chicago Fire & Chicago PD…Geez, for not having actual cable/dish, we sound like we always watch TV…



5)  Pinterest. It’s like a virtual dream catcher….anything you ever dreamed of is there. Your dream house, dream closet, dream desserts, dream parties; all kinds of things to inspire you. It’s truly the best of so many worlds! I am pretty sure the word “Pinterest” is equally as important as “Googling” these days (I’ve even been heard saying the word ‘Pinteresty’ when referring to something). It’s a very important word in my vocabulary! Although it’s kind of a big time sucker, it’s so much more of a ‘feel good’ thing than scrolling through Facebook a lot of the times.

6)  SheReadsTruth. If you are interested in expanding your faith, this site is awesome (you can also get an App for your phone). They do such a great job of relating the readings to your daily life.



7)  Naked3. My parents gave me this for Christmas, I LOVE it! The colors are awesome and I’ve had so much fun experimenting! Check out my friend Emily’s tutorial on it…(along with all of her videos!)


8)  Dark Horse. I don’t know what it is about this song but I typically repeat it about 5,000 times… so far the radio hasn’t been overplaying it, yet….give it a few more weeks and I’ll never want to hear it again! 

9)  The thought of spring. I won’t lie, we just had a fresh snowfall and it made me happy because it freshened everything up and made it kind of sparkly – but that’s it. It ends there. I’m ready for spring. Warmer weather, green grass, walks outside, grilling out (that one’s for you P!), yoga on the deck….sigh….


10)  These cookies. They are very good! Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and vegan.

….And apparently exclamation points …I just realized how often I end a sentence in an exclamation point! o boy!


7 Times Fast

24 Oct

Tonight I spent some quality time with Gizmo, my 8 year old Maltese.


Today a close friend (and coworker) had to go through one of the toughest choices humans have to make; having a pet put to rest. After months of personal turmoil, it was made clear that she would have to say goodbye to not one but both of her elderly Huskies. I can’t even explain how much my heart hurts for her.

Dogs, and animals in general but I’m a total dog lover, make their way deep into your heart and snuggle in as part of who you are, as part of your family, and love you unconditionally. I will never understand why they are brought into our lives for such a short chapter but they are and they change your life – and just like people – you have to remember to appreciate every moment with them.

Every tear dropped, Gizmo notices and comforts me. Every laugh David or I have, Gizmo is there wagging his tail. Every night when I sleep, Gizmo lays against me like he’s telling me he will be there every morning when I wake up. Even as I type this, he lays by my feet making sure I know how much he needs me; and how much I need him.


8 years ago, David and I went to look at a litter of puppies, the next week he surprised me with the exact one who reached out and picked us, he came into our lives when we definitely didn’t plan on having a dog (even just rereading this, I sound like I’m talking about a baby! haha – he is our baby!) but we had such a connection with this dog that it was impossible to ignore or pass up. Our friends tease us because while I was in high school and then out of town for college, David and I had split custody…David had him while I was gone away at school and on the weekends he stayed with me. I remember our wedding day and how happy I was that we would all be together for the first time and I know Gizmo wouldn’t have it any other way now that he’s got a taste of the spoiled, only child life!

I may not have known how much I’d need this 4 legged, brown beaded eyed, lover of walks, shoulder massages, and peanut butter, back then, but today, in the heartbreak of our infertility journey, I realize why he was put into our lives.


This journey has made me feel so many emotions. It’s made me feel so much jealousy and guilt, it makes me feel angry and hateful, it makes me feel like a burden – which all results in me feeling disconnected with who I really am. Sometimes dogs can make that all go away without any words, without sympathy, without judgement. It’s amazing how pets show us every day that they are there for us in such a simple way; pure love. 

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
― John GroganMarley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

Tonight I am going to bed cuddling him a little closer, letting him give me lots of kisses (even though I swear if there was an award for worst breath in the world he’d be proudly holding that gold medal around his neck), and soaking up all of the simple things in life.


We love you G-Money!

3 Years Ago

18 Sep

I thought I’d pop on in and dedicate today’s post to the hubster! It’s our 3 year wedding anniversary! (Last year’s anniversary)


He knows I love his guts big time so I won’t get all mushy on here but seriously, when we got married I really was pretty naive to what a marriage really meant. Sure, we’d have some bumps in the road, but I never really realized how important it was to have married your best friend – not only because you love one another – but because you really are a great team! Once we were faced with our journey towards having a baby, I realized that because we are able to lock arms and charge through our problems together, marriage is much more than love & romance. I’m a pretty lucky gal!