Life Lately… Random Thoughts and Ramblings :)

Hey friends!!! I’m backkkk!  3 blog posts in one week?  Who am I?? 😉 . I can’t believe I used to blog  I don’t have quite the amount of free time I used to have when I was only working part time in Dallas.  These days I swear I would forget my head if it wasn’t attached to my body. 😉 . But you know what?  Life is SO GOOD!!! And I like being busy.  I don’t like feeling overwhelmed, but I do like keeping busy with a routine/schedule.  I’m not very good at doing nothing so being busy is good for me.  I am trying hard to keep up with my regular Monday posts, but I hope to continually add in another blog post or two throughout the week depending on if I have time and if I have something to chat about!  I am all about quality over quantity when it comes to blog posts. 

This post is going to be a bit all over the place, but I have a lot of photos on my phone that I have been meaning to share with you so today is the day.

We picked up a box of these individual green curry meals from Costco.  My husband loves them; I haven’t tried them yet, but they look yummy!  Have you guys tried these?


A couple weekends ago my mom was over and taking a phone call.  Riley always has to sit on her lap.  He just loves her…. probably because she spoils him rotten!! 😉


I saw this on instagram the other day and laughed out loud.  I used to love these little sweethearts as a kid, but now that I think about it, they do kind of taste like tums. 🙂


Just another outfit formed my my sister’s clothes she gave me.  The shirt and jacket were hers and were perfect for a day at work.  I don’t know about you, but I get in such a clothing rut when it comes to work clothes.  I end up wearing the same things over and over so it is really nice to have some new pieces to switch it up a bit.


My husband had off work the other day and asked me to leave him a list of chores.  He snapchatted me this to prove that he actually did vacuum. 🙂  Too funny.


I asked my husband to take the dogs on a walk the other day before we went to a meeting and he sent me these snaps for proof.  LOL.  Occasionally when I ask him to take the dogs on a walk he will just let them run around in the yard so he knew he needed to show me proof that he actually walked them.  Little Riley is not good about going potty unless he is on a walk.  For some reason he just doesn’t like to go in our yard.  I think he just holds it so he can get more walks.  He is a smart one. 😉 

Monday night we went to the Predators game with my husband’s coworkers and we ran into Nash!!  


It has been a busy week with commitments after work each night, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting in my nightly walk on my treadmill.  I workout in the mornings before work, but lately I have been feeling the need to do a little more activity since my job keeps me pretty sedentary for most of the day.  A few times per week, I am getting in a long walk on my treadmill after work while catching up on my shows.  I walk between 4.0-4.5 and increase the incline every couple of minutes all the way up to a 10% incline then I start decreasing.  I usually walk between 2 and 4 miles depending on how much time I have and how I am feeling.  I work up a good sweat and have regularly been hitting my step goal of 10,000 steps each day when I add this extra walk into my day.  Once it gets nicer outside I will take my nightly walks outside with my doggies.  Did ya’ll notice the dog toys by my treadmill?  Riley is relentless.  He wants to play ALL DAY LONG.  🙂 . He is just so cute that he often has me jumping on and off the treadmill to play fetch with him.  


Well that is all for today friends!!  I am off to get ready for the day and give my puppies some love before work.  I hope you all have an amazing day!!!!!


  1. Do you have a step tracker?  What is your daily goal?  How often do you hit your goal?
  2. Favorite quick go-to meal?
  3. If you have a dog, how often do you walk your pup?  

Weekend Recap 2.20.18 …. A Late Valentines Day Celebration, Hockey Games, and Fun Night With Friends

Good morning friends!!!  I hope you all had a great weekend and are feeling ready for the week ahead!  I got to bed later than normal last night, but I am still feeling pretty good this morning!  I know a lot of people hate Mondays (I do sometimes too), but usually they are a fresh start for me and I like that feeling.  Mondays are good days for me when I have completed my weekend to-do list and I feel prepared for the week.  I spent some time meal prepping, cleaning, and getting a few items checked off the to-do this yesterday so this Monday has started out great! 

This weekend was a mix of relation and fun.  We didn’t have many plans and I was a-okay with that.  It is nice to not have committed to something and be able to make a last minute decision if I am feeling up to doing something on the weekend.  On Friday night though, I did have plans for a low key dinner out with my husband to celebrate Valentine’s Day since I was out of town for work on the actual day.  We had reservations for dinner at City Fire in the Gulch.  But before we left I was surprised with some flowers, a sweet card, and a new candle.  I am currently obsessed with candles!  

We realized our reservation was during happy hour so I opted for a glass of wine and my hubby got a girly cocktail. 🙂

I got the ahi tuna salad and it was fantastic.  My husband got the trout with cheesy grits and polished his entire plate.  Needless to say, we were both so happy with our meals!  After dinner we headed home to watch a movie before bed.  It was the perfect date night. 

On Saturday afternoon we went to watch my little brother play in a hockey tournament.  


He is so precious and I just love watching him celebrate when his team scores.  It is SO cute.  He turns 11 next month and I am going to cry just thinking about it.  #nevergrowup 

They won their game on Saturday!!!!!!! 


Such a cute group of kiddos! 


After the game, my husband had plans with his little brother from Big Brothers Big Sisters to attend a sporting event so I took the time to relax at home with my pups.  Riley wanted to play fetch all evening.  His toy got stuff underneath this table and he just sat their whining and whining until I got it out.  They always want the toy they can’t get to. 🙂 


My husband went out to dinner with his little brother so I opted for a quick, easy meal of mahi and roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus.  We get the frozen mahi filets from Costco that have a yummy marinade on them.  We love them!


After a walk with the dogs and a quick workout on Sunday morning, we headed back to the ice rink to watch my little brother’s team compete in the championship.  They tied, then went into over time and then lost in a shootout.  It was intense, but such a great game.  I like ice skating, but I am not the best (to say the least), but I can’t imagine having to control a puck and skate at the same time.  I can’t multitask like that. 😉 


After his game, my husband and I took my daddy out to lunch at Jacksons in Hillsboro Village.  I had the ahi tuna bowl with veggies and it was really good!  I just realized I ate a lot of tuna this weekend.  🙂 


After lunch my husband and I popped into a couple of the cute shops in Hillsboro Village before running some errands at Target and World Market.  After a little bit of shopping, we put  down the roof on our convertible and took it for a spin on the back roads of Tennessee.  It was a beautiful day for a joy ride!


After we got home, we ate a quick dinner before heading out around 7pm to meet a few of our friends for some drinks and games at Clydes. We spent most of the evening playing shuffleboard, which was super fun.  It was nice to get out on a Sunday for once!  

That about wraps up my weekend!!  I hope you all have a great week!!


  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. Do you have work today on Presidents Day? I do, but my husband has off.
  3. Get anything accomplished off your to-do list this weekend?

Homemade Farmhouse Table… I’ve Got Myself a Handy Man

Good morning!!! I hope your weekend is going well!! Ours has been relaxing and very low key, which is always nice after traveling last weekend.  I will share a recap of this weekend tomorrow, but today I’m going to share a post that is LONG overdue, but hey, better late than never. Right?  🙂 

After we moved into our new house in Nashville and finished furnishing it, we started thinking about a few things we wanted to replace regarding furniture.  We have been very lucky to have been given a lot of furniture from my parents over the years and we received my grandma’s dining room table after she passed away.  I think it might have even been my mom’s before hers.  It was fine and did the job for several years, but in our new house, our “dining room” area is much larger than our previous houses so we decided we wanted more of a farmhouse table to go with our more modern open concept dining room.  While I know that dining tables last a long time, it was still hard to justify paying thousands of dollars for the table alone plus buying at least 6 expensive chairs.  And honestly we never found one we absolutely loved for a price we were willing to spend.  So that is where my idea to make one came into play.  

I have told you guys before, but my husband is super handy.  He would never call a repair man unless it was absolutely necessary.  He just prefers to do things himself, which I secretly love because it saves us a ton of money.  And I am all about saving money on things we can do ourselves and putting that money towards trips and experiences rather than possessions.  My husband even changes the oil in our cars himself.  Thankfully he enjoys a good project so it works out well.  

Once we decided that we were going to make our own table, we looked at a LOT of designs, especially ones that didn’t require a ton of equipment.  While I know that if you buy a new saw or tool, it is an investment that you will use in the future, I didn’t want this table to cost us as much as a new one would have been to buy. 🙂 

In the end, my husband actually decided to come up with his own design or a combination of other designs he saw.  He picked up all the wood from Lowes and this is what the based looked like.  


Pretty simple, but functional design.


We tested out the table top pieces to see how they would look before making them permanent.  



My husband had a little help from my step dad to make the table top just right.  


He has all the fancy equipment. 🙂  This definitely was not needed, but it helped the table look a little more professional.  


Once the table was complete, it was my turn to get my hands on it.  I knew I wanted a grayish washed look, but wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to do it.  


First I started with a gray stain wash (gray stain mixed with a little bit of water to thin it out), which means that after you paint on the gray stain + water, you scrub it in with a washcloth so it has that more weathered look instead of just a paint look.  


After doing one coat of the gray wash, I decided I wanted it to be a little lighter so I did the same thing again with a white stain wash.  

But then I decided it was a little more white than I wanted so I did one more coat of the gray stain wash on top and this was the final result before putting on a few coats of poly.  I just love how it turned out.  If you play around with the colors you want long enough, you will get the look you are going for.  I knew if I messed it up I could always paint over it so I wasn’t too worried.  I think with the white stain wash layer underneath the gray, it helped to create that more rustic farmhouse table vibe we were going for.  I wanted it to be modern, but rustic and not “perfect” at the same time.  


I did the same 3 coats to the base of the table before applying a few coats of poly to it as well.  We had to assemble the base and the table top once we got it moved up to our kitchen/dining room area because it was SO heavy. 


Originally I had planned to buy chairs for our new table, but then (in the interest of saving money) I decided to have my husband build some simple benches for both sides.  He came up with a simple design and they were ready to be painted the next day. 


I really love how they turned out.  And we can fit a lot of people at our table!


Putting on the final coats for the benches.  This was in the middle of winter so I persuaded my husband to let me paint inside.  I only spilled a little bit of paint. 😉 


The final project! This was back in the fall hence the fall decor, but these are the best pictures I have of the table completed.  


I really love how it turned out and it fills the space much more appropriately than our last table that was a bit smaller.  


I love how it is rustic and has a lot of character.  It has been perfect for entertaining. 


And the best part is that the benches were made to fit perfectly underneath the table, which is nice for saving even more space.  


The table and benches cost us less than $500 to make ourselves and the best part is that we ended up with exactly what we wanted for our new house.  The pups love it too. 😉  We are thinking about adding a fun chair at each end, but we haven’t found the perfect ones just yet.  I will show yall when we do!  I hope you guys liked checking out our new table and I promise you that doing it yourself is not that hard.  My husband and I both watched a lot of youtube videos to see different styles and techniques and then used a combination of them all to get the look we wanted.  And we had a lot of fun doing it!!

I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your weekend!!! 


  1. Do you like DIY projects?
  2. What is one project you are wanting to do at your house?
  3. How would you describe your style?  Mine is a mix between modern elegance and a homey/rustic feel.  🙂  

Weekend Recap 2.11.18 Weekend in Dallas with a Surprise Visitor!

Good morning!!!!  How was your weekend??  I got back yesterday morning from a long weekend in Dallas visiting my sister, her boyfriend, and their pups!  It was such a fun weekend that went by way too fast.  

My husband goes on an annual ski trip with his friends so I decided I would visit my sister while he was away.  After I booked my flight, I suggested to my mom that she should come with me and surprise my sister.  She agreed and although we had the hardest time ever keeping the secret from my sister, we pulled it off!!  We headed to the airport on Thursday evening and after we got our bags, I headed out to my sister’s car at the airport.  Then I told her she needed to turn back and that is when she saw my mom waiting a few doors down!  It was the best Surprise  ever!!!  I uploaded the video to my youtube page if you want to see it!! 

Little Murphy, my sister and her boyfriend’s puppy.  He is absolutely wild and so much fun. 🙂


On Friday morning, my sister, her boyfriend, and I had plans to go to a 7am workout class at Beyond.  It was SO hard.  Half of the class is on the curved, self-propelled treadmills and half of the class is strength training intervals.  We were all drenched by the end.  


After our workout we headed home to shower and get ready for the day.  We ran a few errands, got our nails done and then did a LOT of shopping.  🙂 



My sister made us some yummy quinoa salads for lunch and then we went to the dog park once my sister’s boyfriend got off work.  It was a beautiful day out on Friday! 


Little Murphy always up to something.


On Friday night we decided to stay in for dinner.  My sister and her boyfriend made the most delicious salmon and veggies for us. 


We played a few games of Spite & Malice.  Have yall played this before?  It is one of our favorites.  


After a few games, we headed to a nearby frozen yogurt place for a sweet treat!  My mom and I split a chocolate froyo with some yummy toppings. 🙂 


On Saturday morning, my sister, her boyfriend, and I went to  One Lagree for a workout class.  It is on the mega reformer and it was SO hard!! It was my first time and I really loved it, but I am really feeling it today still!  I am so sore!



After our workout we decided to just take it easy the rest of the day since the weather was cold and rainy.  My mom, sister, and Max went to get doughnuts and I lounged with the pups and read my book. 🙂 


Me and little Otis!



My mom brought me this book on Thursday to read during our flights and I finished it on our Sunday morning flight.  I don’t think I have ever read a book that fast.  It was such an easy read and it was really good!! I highly recommend it! 


Murphy loves to lay on top of Otis.  Whenever Otis lays down, Murphy has to lay on him.  It is so funny.  


Saturday afternoon was spent cleaning out my sister’s closet.  We got rid of a bunch of clothes to donate and I also got some new clothes of out it. 🙂 


Saturday night we had dinner reservations, but decided to cancel and order take out instead.  My mom and Max got pizza and my sister and I got pok.  I got tuna with mango, edamame, garlic, carrots, kelp noodles and kale.  It was amazingggg!


After dinner my sister, her boyfriend and I went to meet my sister’s friend for a quick drink to celebrate her birthday.  I forgot to take any pictures, but it was fun catching up with them!  After that we headed back home to watch a movie with my mom and hang with the doggies!!! 

I had such a fun time in Dallas hanging with my sister and her boyfriend and their cute pups!!  I really miss living so close to them, but it is nice being just a short plane ride away!!  I am already counting down the days until we head to Dallas for both of their grad school graduations in May (they are both smartie pants!!).  

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and have a nice week ahead!!


  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. Favorite frozen yogurt toppings? 
  3. Favorite group workout class to take?

Weekend Recap 2.5.18… Girls Night, Baking, Baby Shower, Night Out and Super Bowl Party

Hey friends!! How are you all doing?  Did you have trouble waking up today after the Super Bowl like me?  Mondays always come a little too quickly, but especially after a later than usual bedtime.  

How was your weekend?  Ours was pretty packed with lots of activities on the agenda!  

My husband takes Callie to work most days of the week (Riley wants to play constantly so doesn’t get to go as often) and last week he sent me this snapchat of Callie.  This is her chair and she only leaves it to go outside. 😉 


Last week my husband and I finished up a new house project that I have been wanting for awhile.  We made this ladder shelf for our master bathroom.  I think it turned out pretty well! 



I have been trying to take more epsom salt baths because my back has been feeling pretty miserable lately.  Now we have all the bath essentials out and ready for use! I got most of them at World Market.  That store is dangerous!

Friday night my girlfriends, Rachael and Bridget, came over for a girls night with drinks and appetizers!  We had a blast just catching up and laughing for a few hours.   Girl time is good for the soul! 


Saturday morning began bright and early with a tabata workout with my momma at 7am!  We were both dying by the end!! Afterwards we tested out a new breakfast cookie recipe that we have been wanting to try! 


The recipe calls for one big cookie, but we decided to quadruple it and make them into small, snack-size cookies!  They contain gf oats, vanilla, extract, unsweetened coconut flakes, almonds, dark chocolate chips, almond butter and cocoa powder.  They are pretty tasty!  We individually wrapped them up and stuck them in the freezer for an easy, yummy snack! 


After a our workout and baking, I got cleaned up and headed to my friend Dana’s baby shower!  


She is expecting a sweet little baby boy early this summer so it was fun to see all the baby boy details!

The host had us play a few fun games like matching baby phrases to candy bar names, matching animals to the baby animal name, finishing nursery rhymes, and finishing the phrase that mommy is thinking.  It was super fun!  

Love this sweet friend of mine and had a blast showering her and her baby boy with all the cute baby things!!  Such a special day!

On Saturday evening we had plans for dinner and a party with some of our friends.  We decided on Nickys Coal Fired  for dinner.  


I decided on two veggie appetizers for my meal and they did not disappoint!  I got the cauliflower dish and the squash dish and both were equally decadent and delicious!

The whole group!  We laughed after seeing this picture with the chefs in the background. 😉 


After dinner we headed to a nearby warehouse for a big birthday celebration for a handful of friends.  Rachael and I had actually been to a few parties here in high school (sorry, mom!) so it was hilarious to think about the good ole days.  The boys got in a few games of beer pong, there was a dj, a fog machine, and a bunch of 30 year olds partying like we were still in high school.  It was a blast! 


On Sunday we slept in, took the dogs on a nice long walk, worked out and then began prepping for our little Super Bowl Party with friends and family.  We made a white bean dip, baked brie, smoked salmon platter, football cupcakes, a 7 layer dip, cheddar cheese stuffed bread bites, deviled eggs, veggies and more!


Our friends brought vegan nachoes, another cheesy dip, and pizza bread!  I made this edamame salad, but subbed lima beans for the edamame and it was a big hit!  We had to have at least one healthy dish. 😉 


Our friends, Rachael, Eric, Boomer, and Katelin came… along with my dad, mom, stepdad, and Rachael’s parents.  It was a fun group! 


And ofcourse all the pups made an appearance!  Even little Cooper, Rachael and Eric’s pup, got to join the party!


Sweet babies!


Although none of us really cared about either team, we had fun watching the game and the commercials.  I heard a rumor that it now costs $5 million for 30 seconds of advertising during the Super Bowl.  I remember when it cost $1 million for 30 seconds of advertising and thinking that was insane.  How crazy is that?!?!


My momma sneaking snacks to the pups. 🙂 



During half time we headed upstairs to watch Justin Timberlake’s performance and get in a few games of ping pong.  I actually beat my mom for the first time ever!  She is really good!! 


Sweet Callie girl enjoyed people watching and snuggling with anyone who would pet her. 🙂


This weekend was full of fun with family and friends and that is the perfect weekend to me!  I love living near family and getting to hang out with them regularly.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!  I would love to hear about your weekend in the comments!! xoxoxo


  1. How was your weekend? What did you do?
  2. Did you watch the Super Bowl?  Who were you rooting for?
  3. Favorite Super Bowl snack? 


Weekend Recap 1.27.18 Hockey, Projects, and A Night Out

Hey friends! How’s it going?  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine started a little early with a fun night out with my dad last week for the Predators game!  We went to dinner at Amerigos before the game and it was so yummy!  Then we headed downtown to the arena.  It was an amazing game.  The Preds were winning 3 to 2 until a few minutes to go.  


But then the other team scored and it went into overtime and the Preds lost. 😦 . But it is always a good time with my daddy! 


I am all about home projects these days and since our house was brand new when we bought it, we haven’t had to do many projects.  So I have been coming up with new small projects for my husband and I to do together and the most recent one was building a ladder shelf like these ones.  We started and finished it this weekend so once it is all set up I will show you guys!!


These 3 are my everything.  I just love them so much. 🙂 


Since moving into our new home in Nashville, I have been working out at home instead of at a gym and I LOVE it.  It is so nice to not have to worry about crowds, traffic, and time commuting.  Every time I do a wall sit, Callie comes over to give me a hug (and some extra weight). 🙂 


I think I have shown you guys this bench that my husband and his brother made for our front porch, but this past weekend I finally got around to putting a few coats of poly on it, which gives it a nice shine and will protect it from harsh weather.   I just love it! 


On Friday night my dad and little brother invited Jon and I out to dinner at Amerigos and we couldn’t say no!  Ofcourse I forgot to take any pictures, but we had a blast catching up with them!  

Yall, don’t make fun of me, but I did yoga this past weekend at my house and ouch.  I am SO not flexible at all.  I never have been, but since taking yoga out of my workout routine, I have lost all flexibility that I did gain over the last few years.  I am going to make a point of doing yoga a couple times a week because I do notice that my back feels a lot better when I stretch regularly.  


Our Sunday started with a workout and lots of cleaning around the house.  In the afternoon we headed to World Market (we got a big Costco run in too, which is my favorite!) to do some shopping for our new shelf before heading to dinner with my mom and stepdad at Antonios.  


I got the grilled salmon and it was delicious… probably due to all the butter on it!! 😉 


After dinner we had plans to see Father Gregory Boyle speak about his book “Tattoos on the Heart.”  If you haven’t heard of him or his book, you should look him up and read his book.  It is a quick, easy read and it is fantastic.  He works with gang members in LA and helps them get jobs, tattoo removals, and helps them find a purpose to lead a better life.  He is truly amazing and his talk was wonderful too.  


I hope you all had a great weekend and have a wonderful rest of your week!! 


  1. What was the highlight of your weekend? 
  2. What is the last book you read? 
  3. What is one project you want to do around your house?

The Good Ole Days and A Chilly Visit to Florida

Good morning friends!!!!  How is your week going?  I am headed out of town for work so I am going to keep this short and sweet today!  

I realized that I had not shared my adventures from a girls night out a couple weeks ago.  My bestie, Rachael, and I went to dinner before meeting up with the rest of the girls for a fun night out!  I won’t tell you the name of the restaurant, but we both ended up with horrible food poisoning.  As soon as my uber dropped me off at home that night, I ran to the bathroom to throw up.  It was awful.  Then I was up all night until 5 am throwing up about every 20 minutes.  You guys, I have never had food poisoning before and I NEVER want to have it again.  It is the worst! 


Before that disaster though, we had a really fun girls night!  We went to a show that had cover bands playing Christina Aguilera and Brittney Spears songs all night.  It was such a fun flashback to the good old days! 


This past Thursday morning we flew down to Orlando and drove another two hours to Vero Beach to see my in-laws!  They just bought a house down there and my husband and I went down to help them start the renovation process! 

The first night we were there we went out for Italian at Vincents.  


I got the salmon (are you surprised?) and it was so so so yummy.  It had this incredible tomato sauce on it and it was just incredible!


Friday morning we were all up and at em nice and early to make the drive to Boca Raton to pick up furniture from my husband’s grandma’s house.  This is the grandma we just lost right before Christmas.  My in-laws decided to use some of her furniture to furnish the house for renters.  So we loaded up the uhaul and two cars and were headed back to Vero.  We were all pretty exhausted by the end of the day.  


Friday night we went to Ocean Grill for dinner! I totally forgot to snap any pictures, but our meals were fantastic!!  


Saturday my husband and I took a long walk around town.  


We picked up some cupcakes for my father-in-law’s birthday and just strolled around taking in all the scenes.

We stumbled upon the Bark in the Park festival and just had to check it out.  We even got to see the doggies doing the dock jump!  


They were so cute!!


Then we finished our long walk with a stroll on the beach.  


Even though it was a little chilly, it was still such a relaxing afternoon with no plans.


On Saturday night we went to another local restaurant on the beach and all loved our meals again.  I love fresh seafood! And I sure do love this guy!!




I really got lucky in the in-law department.  Mine are just the best!! 


It was such a quick and fun trip to Florida.  We got to see my in-laws and their new house and spend time relaxing.  I even started and finished an entire book while we were there!!!  It is so nice to have the time to read!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend too!!! 


  1. What did you do last weekend?
  2. Where is your favorite place to vacation?
  3. If you made any new years resolutions or goals, have you stuck to them?