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Liebster Award (Times 2)

Hi, everyone! I was nominated for the liebster award by two of my blogging friends! I love these because I get to share a little more about myself.


The Rules:

  • Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, link their blog and insert the award graphic.
  • Answer the questions provided to you, share a little bit about yourself.
  • Develop a new set of questions for your nominations to answer.
  • Nominate 10 others and share your post with them so they see it.

My first set of questions comes from Hunida over at

I just love her blog. She is so honest and I have enjoyed getting to know her!

Hunida’s Questions:

  1. What happened to cause you the most physical pain you’ve ever been in? Probably when I got my wisdom teeth pulled. My recovery was so bad!
  2. How do you take your coffee? With soy milk and truvia! Yum!! Coffee is my jam.
  3. What is your favorite genre of books to read? Or TV shows/movies to watch? I love reading crime stories and watching crime shows (Forensic Files, Dateline, 20/20, etc). I just find it all so interesting!
  4. How did you celebrate your 21st birthday? Yikes. Not a day I ever want to relive. haha. I went to dinner with my family, then out to bars with friends. Let’s just say I had wayyy too much to drink and was very sick the entire next day. I haven’t drank that much since!
  5. What is your favorite type of bread? I love wheat bread that has nuts and seeds baked in it!
  6. What kind of shoes do you prefer for everyday wear (heels, sandals, slip-ons, sneakers, etc.)? Tennis shoes for sure! I love flip flops, but my feet hurt when I wear them too long.
  7. What is your favorite store to shop at? (It can be an online store.) I’m not huge on shopping, but I love finding a good deal at Express or Victoria’s Secret.
  8. What is your favorite dessert? Be specific! A huge spoonful of almond butter with dark chocolate chips!
  9. Do you enjoy roller coasters? Have you ever thrown up from riding one? I have always loved roller coasters, but I haven’t been on one in a long time since my husband hates them. I have never thrown up, but I have gotten some major headaches after some wooden coasters!
  10. What is the number one thing you want to experience before your death? I really want to go skydiving!

My next set of questions comes from Lou over at

I love her reading her blog, especially her acts of kindness she has been posting lately!

Lou’s Questions:

  1. What book are you reading at the moment? I just finished a book called, “Before We Met.” It has a lot of mystery and I loved it. I am on the search for a new book to start!
  2. What is your new favourite hobby? It’s not new, but I love cooking and trying new recipes!
  3. Where did you grow up? I have been an Ohio gal my whole life!
  4. When did you last “just do it”? Probably when I went hang gliding!
  5. I was so scared, but it was such an awesome experience!!
  6. What is your favourite TV show? This Is Us. The emotion is so real and the story line hits close to home.
  7. Name something you are really proud of and tell me why. I am so proud of my husband and I for all of the hard work we have put into our home. We have tackled projects and continue to make it exactly what we have dreamed of.
  8. What is the most memorable trip you have taken and why? My family goes to the Outer Banks in North Carolina every year and I have had so many memories there. Two stand out: 1) Scattering my dad’s ashes on the beach. He loved NC so much and it was a beautiful moment. 2) Getting engaged while the waves came in.
  9. What do you most love about blogging? I love sharing my passions and meeting new people.
  10. What is your favourite weekend breakfast? Pancakes!
  11. Name an act of kindness that you or someone you know has carried out. I try to just be kind in general. You never know when you can turn someone’s day around by just being a kind person. I have had plenty of people carry out acts of kindness towards me. One of those times was a barista at Starbucks saw me waiting on a friend and brought out a coffee for me (no charge) exactly how I like it! It was so nice!

I hope you all learned a little more about me! Instead of nominating a few people, I would love if you picked one of the questions and answered them in the comments or in a post of your own!

Have a wonderful day/evening!

With love,


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This Week In Food, Fitness, New Hair, And My Blogging Anniversary

Hi and happy Friday, all! This week has been extra busy and I’m looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.

Here’s the recap:


I waited until after work to workout and take a class called the C9 challenge. It mixes weights and bursts of cardio for an awesome workout. I felt strong and motivated, which doesn’t always happen after a long work day.

Dinner was whole wheat pasta with chicken sausage and toast.


My 1 year blogging anniversary! I didn’t do a special post because I’ve been busy, but I love this community so much!


I woke up early and went to the gym for a treadmill workout.

After work, I rushed to the dentist for a cleaning. Afterwards, my husband and I took our littlest cat to the vet for shots and a check up. We got home pretty late, so we made a quick dinner of grilled cheese, tomato soup, and fruit.


I started the day with my new favorite workout class: Tabata. It is only a half hour, but it is super intense!

After work, my mom came over and we got dinner at Whole Foods. I had a salad, salmon, cheesy cauliflower, and a roll. It was delicious!

We ate and caught up on This Is Us.


I woke up with the intention of going to the gym, but could not get motivated. I did a super short workout in my basement instead. Breakfast was super tasty. I had yogurt with chocolate peanut butter protein powder, nuts, and a healthy peanut butter cup. I also had a lara bar.

After work, I had an appointment for a haircut and color. I loved the salon and left so happy!

When I got home, I wanted something quick to eat so I had a chicken sausage, a hard boiled egg, and a ton of fruit.

After I ate, my husband and I watched a little T.V. before bed.


This morning, I went to the gym for a gluteus maxout class. It is fun and challenging!

That’s all for today! My lunch break is almost over. I’m hoping the rest of the day flies by!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

With love,


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Black and White Photo Challenge Day 1 And 200 Followers 

Hi, everyone! How is your day going?! Great I hope! I was just notified that I reached 200 followers! I love that you guys enjoy seeing into my daily life. So, thank you, thank you!! This community is awesome. I have learned so much about myself through this blog, and have gotten to know so many amazing people. 

If you want to know more about me, please ask! I love sharing my story, as well as learning about all of yours. 

My hope for the future is to keep growing this little blog of mine, and continue to better myself as a writer. 

Now, onto another subject! I was nominated to participate in the 7 day black and white photo challenge by Hunida at

The rules:

  • 7 days 
  • 7 black and white pictures of your life
  • No people
  • No explanation 

DAY 1:

I won’t personally tag anyone, but if you would like to participate please do!

Thats it for now! Have a lovely rest of your day!

With love, 


blogger award

The Real Neat Blog Award

Hi guys! I was nominated for this award by Angela from lifeofangela! I have enjoyed getting to know her through her blog about her life! She is awesome, so check her out if you haven’t already!


  • Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions asked.
  • Nominate seven more bloggers for the award.
  • Create seven questions for your nominees.

Angela’s questions:

  • What was the last funny video you saw?

I saw a video on Facebook yesterday of a comedian/singer and he sang a song about what not to say to your wife. It was hilarious, and so many couples can relate. I wish I could find it again! If I do, I’ll be sure to post it for you guys!

  • Do you prefer to be more active, or to be more relaxed in your free time?

Definitely a healthy mixture of both! My husband and I like being active (going hiking, wall climbing, walks, etc), but we also LOVE our down time. Sometimes there is nothing better than a night in on the couch, cuddled up and watching movies!

This is us at Hocking Hills in the winter! It was beautiful and we are lucky enough to live so close! We typically go in the summer months, so it was fun to have a date there when everything was frozen over, and it wasn’t crowded.


  • What were you really into as a kid?

Swimming! That was my life for so many years. I was a water bug. I swam competitively from three years old all the way through college. Those years were irreplaceable and I wouldn’t change them for the world.

  • What’s your favorite season?

Fall! I love everything about it! I love pumpkin carving, apple picking, sweaters, chilly nights, haunted houses, and scary movies!

Our annual apple picking date!



  • How often do you curse/swear?

More often than I should! I have tried so many times to give it up as a New Years resolution, but usually fail. I am working on it though!

  • Which TV show do you want your life to be like?

Modern Family! I always joke with my husband that he will be exactly like Phil as a father. We both crack up at the thought.

  • What was the last book you read?

I LOVE reading. I am super into thrillers and books where I can try to clue together “who did it?” I just finished a book called Disturbed, but I don’t remember the author. I read a lot, so sometimes those things slip my mind!

Well, there it is! I hope you guys enjoyed learning a little more about me! I sure had fun answering all of the questions!


I would love to nominate anyone reading this! I want to learn more about all of you since I am newer here, and still meeting so many awesome people!

My questions:

  1. If you could spend a day with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
  2. What was/is your favorite subject in school?
  3. What is an accomplishment of yours that you are proud of?
  4. Do you enjoy reading? Why or why not?
  5. What is your favorite thing about blogging? Least favorite?
  6. Do you like coffee? If so, what is your favorite way to have it?
  7. Who do you admire most?

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I had fun answering the questions and am looking forward to learning more about you all!

Have a great evening!

With love,