Tuesday, April 22, 2014

marriage and such.


There's nothing quite like having a best friend who's there for everything that life throws at you.

Someone who's there with you when you move across the country and neither one of you know anyone else.  Someone who's there at 3 am when you have a migraine and you need an ice pack from the freezer.  Someone who's there to watch your favorite tv show with you even when they'd rather be doing something else.  Someone who's there at midnight when you hear a noise downstairs.  Someone who offers to help you out with your chores when you have a really busy week and you're just trying to stay afloat.  Someone who knows that you really like the strawberry fruit bars, so they save the last one for you.  Someone who cheers you on through the hard stuff, and comforts you if you fail.  Someone who motivates, encourages, and pushes you to do all of those little things you've wanted to try for a million years.

Ben, you're the bee's knees.

P.S. These photos weren't edited at all. Look at that light in the first and third pictures! *heart eye emoji*

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

happiness is.


+ watching your spouse accomplish really hard & awesome things! (Ben passed his qualifying exam!)

+ not killing indoor plants, and actually growing one so big that it can't sit upright anymore.

+ coconut fro-yo with blackberries and raspberries.

+ the look in my primary kids' eyes when they finally understand a gospel truth.

+ reading about the Savior's life throughout the week leading up to Easter.

+ a sweet friend who drops by a treat just because.

+ finding a book you just can't put down, even when it's 1 am. Naturally, you have to stay up all night to finish it.

+ changing into sweats as soon as you walk in the door from work.

+ easy to make (not out of a box/can!) dinners.

+ thunderstorms early in the morning.

+ inside jokes with your spouse.

+ getting stuff in the mail (even if you order it yourself).

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

workout must-haves: modern and mixed


shirt // capris // heart rate monitor // hair ties // shoes // headphones

I don't own this shirt, but I'm dying to try it out.  Any shirt that's fast-drying, made of comfy material, and has thumb holes is priceless.  Yes to thumb holes.  Always.

I've said it before, but my heart rate monitor is so stinking awesome.  I love that it beeps whenever I'm out of my target heart rate range, and I can see how many calories I'm burning.

These capris keep calling my name.  Black and white AND flowers?  They're just too cute.  I like that they're Dri-FIT, have an adjustable drawcord, and have a hidden pocket perfect for stashing your apartment/house key when you head out for a run.  Pretty sure I need these pants in my life.

Hair ties.  Always and forever.  And it doesn't help that this cute package comes in great patterns.

I have these shoes in another color, but they are fabulous in every way possible.  I love how the material breathes and allows my feet to stay cool (I know...weird. :)), and they're the perfect fit for my feet.

Headphones.  Music.  Enough said.

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 Interested in making a few dollars here and there simply for working out, tracking your food, and eating fruits and veggies?  Then check out Pact!  After downloading the app, you connect either a credit card or PayPal account to your Pact account, and you set personal goals for your week.  For example, I set my account to read that I would workout 4 times/week and eat 20 fruits and veggies/week.  Next, you set the amount you want the app to charge you for each missed workout or missed fruit/veggie.  20 fruits and veggies at $5 per missed one is quite a bit!  However, it's super motivating because no one wants to lose money.  Last week I made $4 for completing all of my goals.  It's not a ton, but it's been adding up over the past few weeks and pretty soon I'll be able to purchase those cute black and white workout pants!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

workout must-haves: colorful and carefree


Although I don't personally own these shoes, I know a few people who have said they only use this brand and will never, ever change that because they're comfier than Nikes.  (I haven't tried them on, therefore, I have no opinions.)

I've said it before, but my heart rate monitor is so stinking awesome.  I love that it beeps whenever I'm out of my target heart rate range, and I can see how many calories I'm burning.

Yay for Champion sports bras!  Why?  Because they're cheap, come in all colors, and comfy!  I know there are a million better quality ones out there, but if you're not wanting to drain your bank account, try this brand from Target.

I'm dreaming of these shorts being in my closet.  I've heard the material is quite breathable, and perfect for hot, humid weather.  (Yay for living by the Mississippi River.)  They come in over 50 different colors and patterns, so that's also fun.

Headphones.  Music.  Enough said.

This is one of my favorite light jackets/pullovers ever.  It's something I wear all of the time and usually throw on as soon as I get home from work.  I love how I don't get super hot in this while running, and I love the soft material.

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Do you track your food?  I've heard lots of positive and negative things about keeping a "food diary" and tracking what you eat, but I like being able to see what I've eaten.  I had been using My Fitness Pal to track exercise and food, but it just wasn't cutting it for me.  I lost interest in it quickly.  However, about a month ago, Ben discovered Lose It!, and we've really enjoyed this app.*  You can scan the bar codes on your food for easy entry, join fitness challenge groups, add your own personal recipes, track how many steps you take each day, and I simply like the overall layout better.  The free version has been great for me, but if you upgrade (I think it's $40/year), it tracks a whole lot more for you.  I've logged every single day for over a month and a half, and it motivates me to hit my calories each day without going too far over or under.

*Disclaimer:  For me, tracking my food isn't about losing weight.  It's about being able to see what I'm putting into my body, and making sure that I balance out my cookies and broccoli. :)