Bear With Me

Hey Beach Body Challengers!! So sorry that I’ve been behind on the challenge, I’m having some computer issues and I’m currently only able to post from my phone 😦 I’m hoping to be back tonight with tomorrow’s challenge workouts!

Thanks so much for your patience!

Lauren Has a Blog!!

Hi guys.. just wanted to let you all know that my cousin (and favorite person in the universe) just started her very own blog, Sing The Body Eclectic.


If you’re into weddings, home design, Liz Lemon, and laughing your butt off, head over to her blog here!

I promise, it won’t disappoint! I also put a button on my sidebar that will take you directly to her blog! Enjoy!

The #1 Thing I’m Grateful For Today

Is it sad that the #1 thing I am thankful for/excited about today is dry shampoo? Oh well. I have no shame.

Thank you, Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo


For making it possible for me to be lazy and not have to completely sacrifice my hygiene to sleep in until 7:00 instead of 6:15. I love you, Oscar.


Tell Me: Any other dry shampoo fans out there?



New Years Eve In, and We’re Getting Old

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Years Eve!

New Years Eve was a little bit calmer than usual in our household this year. We decided that with our trip to Mexico being just four days away, and with all of the traveling we’ve been doing lately, a night in for New Years sounded just right.

Shortly after we moved into our apartment, we got a gift certificate in the mail for a local restaurant that we had been contstantly forgetting about trying! Last night seemed like the perfect night to give it a go!

Andy and I headed out for Mikey’s Restaurant and Pub, and as soon as I saw the menu, I knew I was sold. Any menu with steamed mussels as an appetizer has my heart. Andy hadn’t even glanced at his menu before I practically shouted, “CAN WE GET THE MUSSELS?!” And it was not a bad decision on my part.


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Christmas Challenge


While reading through my favorite fitness blogs, I found this Christmas challenge on Chelsey’s blog. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Christmas, so I obviously had to complete this challenge ASAP.


ONE: My favorite Christmas movie was a toss up, I love A Christmas Story, and Elf tugs at my heartstrings, but in the end I had to go with my gut and say that my favorite Christmas movie of all time is..


Home alone, duh.

tumblr_meiwlxTHP41ral3gmo1_500Obviously. How can you not love Kevin? He is adorable. And “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal” is pretty much my favorite line from any movie.. ever. I am slightly embarrassed, but slightly proud to say that I bought a pair of footise pajamas online that have the same quote on them this year.. Oops. No shame.

TWO: My 2012 Christmas wish list is seriously non-existant. I mean, there’s obviously a few things that I want, but I can honestly say that this past year has been the best year of my life. And it may be tacky, but just having Andy, Lily, my wonderful family, and my crazy friends with me this Christmas is more than I could ever ask for… That, and running gear of course 😉

THREE: I learned that Santa wasn’t real on Easter. It was a very traumatizing day. Not only did I learn that Santa was a phony, but my Aunt Jill accidentally spilled the beans to my dad in front of me, when (referring to her son Cal) she said, “I can’t wait for the day that Cal realizes that Santa isn’t real. I’m sick of making Michael (her husband) dress up like Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and so on and so on every time a holiday rolls around.” My jaw dropped to the floor. Needless to say, there were a lot of tears.


aaaand I ended up getting a little more Easter candy than usual that year.

FOUR: Favorite Christmas song is an easy one.. Baby It’s Cold Outside. Any day of the week. The Glee version is pretty much the only Glee song I’ve ever cared about. And the only Glee song on my Ipod.


FIVE: Best Christmas gift? That’s a hard one! Last year my dad bought me my first Garmin, and I was like a kid in a candy store. That thing is life changing. And I use it almost every day. Thanks again, Dad!


SIX: Remember these?


The pickle ornament was always my favorite growing up! I loved the challenge of trying to be the first person to find the pickle.. and coming from a competitive family, being the winner was a HUGE deal. I miss these.

SEVEN: My most memorable Christmas was probably last Christmas. We got to go to the Packer game at Lambeau Field on Christmas Day, and for a football junkie like me, it really doesn’t get much better than that!


EIGHT: Our first Christmas tree as a couple!


NINE: My cousin, Lauren. We have the exact same taste. If it has to do with running, cuddle-y things, glitter, ridiculous costumes, or the Green Bay Packers, we’re guaranteed to love it.

428649_2809776015930_512383763_n 577546_3077903878959_1094993358_nTEN:  I love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree, or the smell of my mom’s cooking on Christmas Eve.

ELEVEN: When I was growing up, my family would have fondue at my Grandma’s house every Christmas night. We had meat, cheese and chocolate fondue. It was so much fun to get everyone together for a meal that is actually fun to eat! As kids, we all loved having the opportunity to “cook” our own dinners.

TWELVE: Wrapping paper. I’m slightly obsessed with wrapping presents. I probably enjoy it too much! If anyone needs a wrapper, I’m here and I’ll do it for free, plus shipping 😉


THIRTEEN: Growing up, my favorite Christmas book was “Eloise’s Christmas”. Does anyone else remember Eloise?

FOURTEEN: Real. You just can’t beat that real tree smell. Cutting down the tree always get’s me in the Christmas spirit 🙂

FIFTEEN: Last year I saved up my money and bought my dad stock in the Green Bay Packers. He nearly died.

SIXTEEN: My mom. I always want to buy her cooking supplies, because she is the best chef. However, there is no woman in the world who has more kitchen gadgets than my mom, so It’s difficult. I love her, regardless.

251007_1807011147435_4219096_nSEVENTEEN: I don’t have any at my apartment 😦

EIGHTEEN: My parents are divorced, so I open gifts with my mom on Christmas Eve and with my dad on Christmas morning. When I was younger, we always opened our presents from my aunts and uncles on Christmas Eve, but everything else was always on Christmas morning, as soon as I woke up and woke up my parents.

NINETEEN: Candy! When I was younger of course 😉


I still love candy, but last year I got wine stoppers, running gloves, and Gu packs, and that was pretty great! This year Andy and I are stuffing each-other’s stockings, so we’ll see what he has in store!


I have a feeling it’s gonna be a Griswold Christmas 😉

TWENTY: I love Christmas food. Any and all of it. Beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole… and mountains of Christmas cookies.

TWENTY-ONE: Usually my only trip is from my mom’s house Christmas Eve to my dad’s house Christmas morning, but this year is going to be packed with traveling! Between Andy’s family, and my family, we are going to be spending a LOT of time in the Jeep. We’ll be at Andy’s dad’s house on the 23rd, drive 2 hours south to my mom’s house for Christmas Eve, and then drive 2 hours back up north to my dad’s house for Christmas morning, and finally topping it all off with Andy’s family gathering at his aunt’s house Christmas night. Woooooph! It’s gonna be a long couple of days, but I know it will all be worth it! There’s nothing like spending time with family on Christmas!

TWENTY-TWO: I love hot chocolate, but when it comes to the holidays, I’m a hot chocolate + peppermint schnapps kinda girl..


Just kidding 😉

TWENTY-THREE: Can be found in question #21.

TWENTY-FOUR: Favorite Christmas Eve tradition is waiting around for dinner, spending time with my family, eating a delicious meal, and opening presents by the fire.

Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and that you’re able to enjoy time with the people that mean the most to you 🙂