Celebrating 26 + Thursday Things.


How are you on this fine Thursday morning? Me? I’m good!

1. So…. over the weekend, I celebrated 26!!! It was an amazing weekend. Chris planned a day trip to Sedona, which I have been wanting to go to for a while… So we woke up Saturday morning, ate a leisurely breakfast, drank a few eggnog lattes, dropped MB off at doggy day care and headed to Sedona.

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He planned a hike to Devil’s Bridge (an easy 5ish miler). So once we got to the top, we ate lunch (enter in super attractive eating picture).
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2. After our hike, we made our way to a winery. Where we sampled some wine and had some delicious chocolate… hey, you only turn 26 once, right?!?!?
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3. We’ve also celebrated our birthdays this year with Mexican, Fro Yo and Benihana’s… It’s never-ending. LOL

4. Our friends planned a Christmas-themed night out on Saturday for all the December birthdays. I got this awesome leopard santa hat… but I’m still on the hunt for an ugly sweater or sweater vest.

5. I’ve been enjoying iced eggnog lattes all week with almond-milk eggnog. Good thing they don’t sell eggnog all year. Yikes.

6. Chris impulsively put a giant sams-club sized bag of chocolate covered blueberry and acai berries. That bag is going to be the death of me.

7. AND then we got a huge tub of popcorn from the popcorn factory this week. OMG. ‘Tis the season for eating. everything. So far… my pants still fit. :)

8. I have to prick my finger and get blood for our company’s wellness program… and I tried it this AM… after putting it off for a week… and I was seconds away from passing out. I laid down for a bit to regain composure and decided I would try again tomorrow. I hate giving blood or having blood work done.

9. We ordered our wedding invitations and save the dates! Shit’s getting real, y’all. :)

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10. I cannot wait to go home and see all our family for the holidays!

11. An early 90s & Christmas throwback :)

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12. This. <3

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13. I go dress shopping in 16 days. CRAZY. I am nervous!

14. I get to see my favorite in 13 days. <3

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15. Blake, I am taking back my vest when I get home for Christmas. You’ve been warned. ;)


Have a wonderful day!


Thursday Things

YAY!  It’s Thursday.

1. It’s actually RAINING (in AZ) today. I can’t remember the last time we have had a full rainy day. It was nice to sleep to, but the humidity reminded me why I hate rain.

2. I am really bummed that I am only going to be home in IL for a few days over Christmas instead of my usual week (or more). The holidays are my absolute FAVORITE time of year. Shopping, christmas music, christmas treats, warm drinks, warm clothes, fire places. LOVE LOVE LOVE. It makes me sad.

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3. This morning I made iced coffee (chameleon cold brew, duh) with a shot of caramel espresso. I frothed some cold almond coconut milk and viola! So. so. good.

4. They call me the pink unicorn at work. I’m not sure why, exactly (aside from the fact that i have pink everything)… but I haven’t gotten an explanation on the unicorn part. Kind of reminds me of this throwback.

If you haven’t seen this you need to watch it.

5. I am so excited for a day-date with my guy on Saturday. It’s been too long since we have had one. :(

6. We’re doing secret santa at work within our department and I am so pumped. I need some FUNNY gift ideas for my boss, too.. because we’re all taking turns leaving stuff in his office. I’m thinking cleaning supplies for my day because his office is a disaster zone.

7. Chris and I found out that you can order chicago food ONLINE. Um. AMAZING.

8. Thursday wouldn’t be Thursday without a throwback.


9. One more engagement picture. Another fav.

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10. True life: I am addicted to trail mix. Specifically all the mixes from Target. Ugh. They get me every time.

Have a beautiful day!<3

Mid-Week Catch Up

Hello, friends. How are you this fine Wednesday?

Jumping back into a full week after our short week was rough… but on the bright side, only a couple more days until the weekend. Yes.

So… our engagement pictures are DONE. As fun as it was, it was a little stressful planning outfits and making sure I was “kept up” (i.e.: hair, nails, etc.). Plus, it’s another thing to check off our list. I was nervous to see them because my outfits were a little risky, but I am in love. Our photographer did such a fabulous job.

These are my favorites.






And now I can’t wait to design our Save The Dates. Now we’re getting into the “real stuff” which is exciting! :)

We asked Chris’s Uncle to officiate when they were here for Thanksgiving, and I was surprised how honored he was. He isn’t a minister or anything – but we wanted someone we were comfortable with and want it to be a personal ceremony so it fits! We didn’t want some random… so we’re excited about that.

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Also while Chris’s family was in town, we had a little birthday celebration which was so unexpected. <3 This weekend Chris and I are going to celebrate my birthday with a day trip to Sedona, a hike and a wine tasting. I’ve never been to Sedona, so I am excited to see what all the fuss is about. Plus, it’s been a LONG, long time since we’ve hiked. Yay!

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I am hoping there will be some ice cream or cake to celebrate, too. ‘Tis the season, right?

Speaking of ‘season’… our Christmas tree is up and decorated. MB isn’t even all that interested in chewing on it, so that’s a plus. AND, most of our Christmas shopping is done. We are on top of it. Granted, we did a lot online… but we always have fun picking out gifts together.

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Oh, and we got an ESPRESSO MACHINE. Ahhhh. Love, love, love. It was our ‘present’ to each other for Birthdays and Christmas so we didn’t go overboard this year on each other (trying to save for a wedding is harder than I thought! haha). We got this one.

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So, so good. I think after work today when I have to stop at the grocery store I might grab some almond milk eggnog for a latte. I love this time of year!

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It’s crazy how it’s already December 3. WTF. Where did fall go? In two weeks, Chris leaves to drive down to IL for the holidays (I am flying so I can save my time off). Insane.

Have a fabulous day!


Oh How Things Have Changed

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday.

So, I was looking back in my blog for my pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe… and I came across a few WIAW posts from a long time ago. Back then, I was blogging daily and over-consumed with working out and eating within a certain calorie range (1200). I weighed myself regularly and definitely would let that number rule my life. It made me a little sad yet happy I am where I am.

Gone are the days of doing 1+ hours of cardio per day. Or two-a-day workouts. I’ve also found that if I don’t want to work out, I usually don’t. And I’m no longer working to “be skinny” I’m working out to be strong. My lats are bigger than every (thank you, pull-ups), my thighs are thick and my butt is bigger (I think, but in a good way) because of all the freaking squats. I can still fit into all my clothes from when I was 10 or so pounds “lighter” but they fit a little differently. I’m okay with that.

Gone are the days of being so regimented and anxious around food. I don’t count calories, I don’t count sugar grams, I don’t count carbs or meals. I eat what I like (which is healthy a lot of the time). I eat what I want (chocolate every day) and I eat what makes me feel good. I no longer feel guilty for going out with friends, having a few drinks (although it still stands that I would rather have dessert over alcohol because it is all about balance). Traveling doesn’t make me anxious. Not having access to “my foods” doesn’t throw me into a tailspin. I’m now striving for PROGRESS and CONSISTENCY over perfection.

I had a "fat day" while traveling in Arizona and it had me down about myself for hours.

I had a “fat day” while traveling in Arizona and it had me down about myself for hours.

Over the weekend, I really wanted ice cream. So Chris and I got some. I ate it and it wasn’t tied to any emotions. I finished it, and don’t even remember feeling anything other than satisfied. I have engagement pictures coming up, and normally I would be eating egg whites, chicken and vegetables to cut weight… but I just don’t care enough anymore. I just want to be happy (normal) and live my life without restrictions or rules.

I remember on my 24th birthday, Chris and I went out to dinner. I really wanted a birthday “treat” so we stopped to get and share two cupcakes. I felt so guilty for eating the cupcake that I am pretty sure I cried. If I didn’t cry, I definitely was so down about it that it ruined my night. ON MY BIRTHDAY. If that isn’t messed up, I don’t know what is. :)

Two monster cupcakes for an after dinner treat.

Two monster cupcakes for an after dinner treat.

Last year's birthday dinner (and present!).

24th Birthday at Hell’s Kitchen

I don’t know what inspired this change, really… other than I was tired of feeling bad about myself and my body. So here I am, 11 months till our wedding – and instead of focusing on diet plans and over-exercising, I’m enjoying it all. All the mimosas, trips with friends, meals shared… all of it.

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I didn’t plan for this to be such a long post, but it was on my heart so I had to share.

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With friends at Temecula – no worries or anxiety about drinking, working out and eating out.

Eat something yummy today… I know I will. :)


Let Me Tell You…

Let me just tell you that…

Zoodles might possibly be my new favorite thing. Ignore the shitty picture and just pick yourself up a spiralizer. In fact, just order it from Amazon. 

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Let me just tell you that…

My sister got PLAYER OF THE YEAR for the Northwest Herald (our big, local paper). It was voted on by coaches and stuff. So, so cool.

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Let me just tell you that…

I am so pumped for Thanksgiving.

Let me just tell you that…

I NEED a hair cut. Ugh.

Let me just tell you that…

It’s annoying that Taylor Swift took her albums off of Spotify and now other country artists are following suit. How am I supposed to listen to ‘Shake it Off’ on repeat? UGH.

Let me just tell you that…

I forgot my glasses and wallet at home. I took them out of my work bag because something spilled in it and forgot to put them back in. Normally it wouldn’t be a huge deal but I was really looking forward to an almond milk latte from D&D today. #firstworldproblems

Let me just tell you that…

MB eats everything I eat. I just can’t say no to this face.

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Let me just tell you that…

We take selfies in the car. He’s just so cute.

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Let me just tell you that THIS is the time of year I am most in love with Arizona. This weather is just awesome.

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Have a wonderful day!

Four Things.

I saw this floating around and couldn’t resist. :)

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  1. Court
  2. Shortstuff
  3. Corky
  4. Courtly

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Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Build-a-Bear stuffer.
  2. Camp Counselor
  3. Swim Instructor
  4. Cheer Coach

Four movies I’ve watched more than once (AND can quote):

Oh… I am the worst movie quoter, ever and I am not much of a re-watcher but will make exceptions for these:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Stepmom
  3. The Guardian
  4. Sex and the City

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. Hunger Games
  2. If I Stay
  3. Gone Girl
  4. The Art of Racing in the Rain

Four places I’ve lived:

  1. Illinois
  2. Iowa
  3. Minnesota
  4. Arizona

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Four places I’ve been:

  1. Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Playa Del Carmen I think?)
  2. Glacier National Park – my favorite place on earth
  3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  4. Yosemite National Park – top 5 favorite places. :)


Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Any national park. Hiking.
  2. Europe. I’m not picky.
  3. Bora Bora (hint, hint… Chris!)
  4. On a beach. With all-inclusive drinks.

half dome

Four things I don’t eat:

  1. Onions.
  2. Most fish.
  3. Meatloaf.
  4. Stuffing.

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Almond/coconut butter.
  2. Ice cream.
  3. Roasted vegetables.
  4. Trail mix AND breakfast foods. It’s a tie.

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Four TV shows that I watch:

Basically anything on Netflix.

  1. Gossip Girl.
  2. One Tree Hill
  3. Scandal
  4. Grey’s Anatomy

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Christmas!
  2. Having Chris’s family here for Thanksgiving.
  3. Planning a wedding/wedding dress shopping
  4. My brother’s wedding in Jamaica (although technically NEXT year)

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Four things I’m always saying:

  1. W-T-F
  2. “That’s so funny” – I realized I say that a lot haha.
  3. Absolutely!
  4. “Meatball….NO!”

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Fun Things Friday


And let me just point out…I posted two days this week….. WHO am I?

1. I fell running at CF the other morning. It was dark, I didn’t have my glasses, I was alone… and I totally  ate $h*t. My knee and shoulder are scraped up. :(

2. I totally skipped CF (and working out in general) yesterday. I slept until 6. Normally if I skip CF, I do a quick cardio workout… but nope. Just wasn’t feeling it. That’s been the story of my life lately (skipping workouts and not feeling bad about it) and I don’t hate it. :)

3. I am in LOVE with this necklace. Love, love, love.

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4. I neeeeeeed a hair cut. And maybe some color. Yiiiikes.

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5. Suck-ups annoy me. Like REEEEEEALLY annoy me.

6. I have a pretty awesome job. I’m pretty lucky.

7. HOW IS IT ALREADY NOVEMBER? Mind. Blown. Throwback to last November. I want to go back!


8. One month until I’m 26. How is that even possible?

9. I am LOOOOVING my clarisonic.

10. SOMEONE (*cough, Chris, cough*) has been letting MB sleep in the bed with us and he takes up sooooo much room. He is a little hog. We put him in HIS bed in our room and somehow he always ends up in our bed. Then he hears things and goes crazy and wakes everyone up. But he is sooooooooo cute.

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11. I have a MILLION honeycrisp apples waiting to be used. I’ve already made an apple pie… now what do I make?

12. My sis got MVP for the FOURTH year in a row. #SooooProud


13. This weekend is going to be full of cleaning, organizing and arts and crafts. All while watching copious amounts of Netflix. Can’t wait. :)

14. 2.5 weeks until THANKSGIVING! Yay!

15. I am still on the hunt for one more engagement picture outfit. Ughhhhh. Have i mentioned that I hate all my clothes?

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!