A Big Ole Jumbled Mess

Good morning!! I hope your week is going well so far!  Mine has been pretty good, but very busy and quite tiring.  Ever since we moved to Nashville and I started my new job, life has been pretty hectic.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still loving my new job and living in Nashville, but it sure has been a big change (I am so so so exhausted at the end of each day).  I’m sure most of the exhaustion comes from being consumed with house stuff (on the buying and selling end) in most of our free time.  Thankfully at the end of this week we will be completely done with house stuff in Dallas and will be able to just focus on buying a house in Nashville.  

You guys, the housing market in Nashville is insane.  It is extremely competitive and expensive.  Sorry, I just have to vent to you guys because my family is probably so sick of hearing us talk about it.  After terminating the contract we put on the first house, we saw quite a few more houses last weekend and end up putting in an offer on another house.  On Monday we found out that there are “multiple” offers on this house so we won’t know until the end of the week if we are still in the running.  I was talking to someone yesterday about how crazy this house hunting experience has been already and she said “God has a plan.”  I said “Yes he does and his plan is for us to live with my dad forever!!!”  LOL 😉 It will all work out, but for those of you who think I am being calm and patient during this process.. well I was at first, but I am just a LITTLE anxious over here right now. 🙂

As for the rest of this post, the title of the post explains it best. 🙂 

I totally forgot to show you guys this picture at my friend Rachael’s house a few weeks ago.  This is what happens when you try to get 3 dogs looking at the camera.


My husband surprised me last week on Valentine’s Day with a vanilla latte from my pups before work.  It’s the little things.


A big salad with salmon and a side of polka dot pants.


I will admit I do like my veggies a little more crisp than most, but not completely burnt.  My dad’s oven is much hotter than mine and I have repeatedly burnt food since we have lived here.  I may or may not have set the oven on fire when I tried to broil something the other night.  I do not usually set a timer when I cook so I think it may be time to start. 🙂


Some nights just call for alllll the veggies. 🙂


Oh!  One thing I wanted to ask you guys!  What are your favorite at home workouts?  Do you get them online?  From a favorite blog or app?  I have been working out in my dad’s basement since we moved here and have loved not having to drive to a gym.  There are a few gyms I want to try out in that area once we find a house, but I don’t want to commit to one until we know where we will be living.  Nashville traffic is no joke these days.  🙂  Anyway, I am getting a little bored of the home workouts I have been doing (mostly Ashy Bine’s program) so if you have any suggestions of places to find good ones, I am all ears!!  I like cardio and strength training, but will try anything once!


  1. Favorite at home workout?  Best place to find them?
  2. What is something that is currently stressing you out?
  3. What are you currently reading?  (I know I promised a book review, but with the move, there hasn’t been as much reading around here lately. ;))

Weekend Recap 3.12.17…Homemade Pizza, More House Hunting, and Yummy Food!

Hi friends!  I can’t believe Monday snuck up on us so quickly!  Losing that hour of sleep is never fun either, but I am excited for it to be light out longer in the evenings now.  I am hoping to get in a few more walks with my pups during the week.  

Life is still crazy as ever with work, moving, house hunting and trying to fit in time for family and friends.  I’ll be honest… I am pretty exhausted and ready for the move to be over.  So the house that we were under contract with in Nashville fell through.  It was an older house and it had some major issues that were uncovered during the inspection and we just weren’t willing to deal with them.  So… the hunt continues.  We spent a majority of Saturday and Sunday house hunting and we definitely saw some great options so we will see what happens.  

Let’s back up a bit… Thursday night we had a make your own pizza night, which my little brother was pretty excited about! 



This is where I told him about the importance of putting on a lot of cheese! 😉 


And… I am still working on this scrapbook for my little brother.  It is taking forever! 🙂  Riley likes to help too. 😉

Saturday night we went to dinner with my mom and stepdad and I got the salmon and my husband got the crab stuffed trout.  Both dishes were soo yummy!  

We took a couple walks with the dogs this weekend, did some workouts, did laundry, and some meal prepping.  So along with the house hunting, there wasn’t much time for anything else.  My husband snapped this picture of me in my element yesterday.  This is my usual Sunday afternoon activity..meal prepping for the week while catching up on my shows!  I am watching the second season of The Catch and just started the first season of Imposters and The Arrangement.  Have you guys started any good shows lately?  


Off to work for a short, but busy week.  Later this week we are going to Dallas to be there when the movers arrive to empty our Dallas house.  It is a very bittersweet move, but I am so excited to see my sis!!  Have a great week, friends!


  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Watching any good shows right now?
  3. Favorite pizza toppings?

Weekend Recap 3.6.17…Girls Dinner, Scrapbooking, Saturday Night at the Hockey Rink, and a Very Special Birthday Celebration!

Good morning!!  I hope your weekend was amazing!  Mine was full of fun with friends and family.  

On Friday night my childhood best friend and I had plans for a girls dinner at a fun new tapas restaurant in town called Barcelona.  We decided to split a bunch of small plates and they were so yummy.  I love having a little bit of lots of different foods.  My favorites were the brussel sprouts and the cauliflower.  

Saturday morning after an early class at the gym, I headed to my mom’s house to work on a scrapbook for my little brother.  We ended up working for about 8 hours. 🙂

When I got home I cooked up a bunch of roasted veggies. 


 This kiddo requested a turkey burger and broccoli.  He is the only kid I know that loves broccoli.  🙂  The health coach in me loves that. 


Saturday night my dad and husband had plans to go to the Predators game so I took my little brother to his hockey skills competition.  He did the backwards skating in his relay and crushed it!  I am a proud big sis!



The last team relay the kids had to skate to the other end of the ice and grab a cowboy hat.. it was so fun to watch.  My little brother’s team won the championship on Sunday night too!  So excited for him! 


This is Callie’s favorite spot in our room at my dad’s house.  She is still obsessed with pillows.  🙂 


These sweet sleeping boys are my favorite.  


Someone had a little craving for rice crispy treats… well our marshmallows were just a tad bit expired and would not melt.. 🙂   


My little brother turned 10 on Sunday and got this motorized scooter from my dad so yesterday morning we took it out for some practice.  


We wrapped my brother’s door for his birthday.  He thought it was so funny.  


Time for presents and funny balloons!


I made him a delicious ice cream cake and we surprised him when he got home from his hockey party! 


I am so glad we are in Nashville now and can actually celebrate his birthday with him in person this year!!  I seriously can’t believe he is already 10!  I was 17 when he was born and that feels like so so so long ago!  He is such a sweet, funny kid and I am one lucky girl to call him my brother.  🙂

It sure was a good weekend, but it went by a little too fast.  Lots of house (selling/buying) stuff going on in between all of that too so I sure am looking forward to feeling a little more settled and having a bit more free time on my hands.  I hope you all have a great week!!


  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  3. Best birthday memory?

Weekend Recap 2.27.17… Our First Visitors, Yummy Eats in Nashville, Predators Games and a Lot of Naps

Good Morning everyone!  I hope your week is going well so far!! I am quite aware of how sporadic my blogging has been lately and I sincerely apologize.  I am still trying to figure out how to fit it in my new daily schedule.  

I have been super busy with work and trying to navigate through selling our Dallas home from our of the state while continually searching for our new Nashville home.  A little update on both ends… I probably shouldn’t  have spoken so soon with the contract we had on our Dallas home.  The buyer pulled out of the contract on the last day of the option period… It went back on the market last Friday and we actually got another offer on Monday and have come to an agreement with the new buyer.  Fingers crossed this one works out so we can really give our Nashville house hunting 100%.  We have gone to many open houses and toured a few houses in different neighborhoods with our realtor.  We are still pretty torn about exactly where we want to live (errrr…actually I think it is just that my husband and I have different opinions on best locations, new construction versus renovated, big yard versus small yard, etc.  Let’s just say our realtor sure does have her work cut out for her. 😉 

Let’s back up to Friday night!  We met our realtor after work to tour a few houses.  Our biggest decision right now is if we want to pay top dollar for beautiful new construction that is basically on top of your neighbor or if we are willing to do some renovations.  I am willing to do cosmetic renovations, but knocking down walls is beyond our expertise. 😉  We have seen quite a few on both ends of the spectrum and Friday night was no different. 

Afterwards, we met Jon’s brother and girlfriend at my dad’s house.  They were in town visiting from Des Moines, Iowa for the weekend.  After catching up briefly, we headed to The Yellow Porch for dinner.  They have a very enticing menu, but their specials page always draws me in!

I started off with a delicious beet and arugula salad with goat cheese and candied pecans. 🙂


My husband got the mussels and devoured them. 


For my entree, I got the pan seared corvina.  Oh my gosh, it was simply amazing.  Ahh I want to go back so I can have it again!!!


My husband got the stuffed trout and loved his meal as well. 


After dinner we stopped over at our friend’s house for a bit then called it a night.  On Saturday morning after a quick workout in the basement, my husband and I got to work on some breakfast.  Fresh cut fruit and cinnamon rolls were involved. 🙂


After breakfast we bundled up and took the dogs for a long walk in the park.  When we got back, we lounged around for a bit before heading downtown for a late afternoon Predators game!  We may have a little hockey obsession over here.  We had really good seats so that always makes it more fun!


Same couple selfie, different Preds game. 😉


And heck yes we won!! I think I am good luck. 🙂


After dinner we walked over to the Omni hotel because we had dinner reservations at a restaurant located inside called Kitchen Notes.

Oh! I totally forgot to mention about the most exciting thing that happened to me last week!  So I have a Predators jersey from the early 2000s when they had just been around for a little while, but it is in Dallas.  My dad got my husband a jersey for Christmas and I have been borrowing my brother’s jersey when we aren’t going to the game together.  Well… last Friday morning when I was working out in the basement, my brother came down to say bye to me before heading off to school.  He said he had a present for me before he left and he handed me a new Preds jersey that he and my dad had picked up Thursday at the game.  I almost started crying because it was such a sweet gesture.  🙂 🙂 🙂 Here I am on Friday night with my favorite new item of clothing! 


Once we were seated the waitress brought out a big basket of different types of bread/biscuits and jams/butter.  

Okay I just now realized I got a beet and arugula salad two nights in a row.  I think I could probably have it every night now that I think about it.  Any salad with goat cheese and candied pecans will always be a winner in my book.  


For my entree I chose the salmon with the succotash.  It was so so so yummy!  I saved half of it for lunch the next day and it was just as good as the first time.   


After dinner we headed to Broadway for a little bar hopping and some live music.  


We met up with our friend Scott for a bit.  #meanmugging


We took my brother-in-law and his girlfriend to a few of the famous spots downtown then called it a night around 11ish.  We are so fun. 🙂 


Sunday was spent catching up on laundry, doing some cleaning and house projects for my dad, meal prepping, doing stuff for our move, and taking a couple naps.  😉 It is nice to have a little downtime before another week begins!  

I promise I will talk to you all before another week goes by!  P.S. I am still reading all of your blogs, but just haven’t had time to comment.  I am going to catch up sooner or later. 🙂


  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Would you rather have new construction or a house that needs renovations?
  3. How many jerseys (if any) do you own? 


Weekend Recap 2.19.17…Magic Show, Walks in the Park, Hockey Game, and House Hunting

Hi friends!! Happy Presidents Day!  Do you all have to work today?  My husband is off, but I do have work today.  I am a little jealous he gets to sleep in today.  But I will say that I feel pretty rejuvenated from the weekend and ready to start a new week! 

My weekend was off to a pretty good start when I got to bring my little buddy to work with me on Friday!  He gets to come into the office with me every so often so that makes me really happy!!  He was pretty excited to get to go with me.  🙂


Riley was exhausted after work and I found him like this right after we got home. 


For dinner I made seared tuna, brown rice, peas, and mushrooms.  It was such a yummy combo! 


Saturday morning I took an 8 am Body Pump class then my mom came over to help me work on a special project for my brother’s birthday.  And here she is feeding my dog’s cookies… 🙂


After my mom left I got to work on some meal prep!  Kale salads with lots of yummy toppings for lunch this week!  This week I added hard boiled egg whites, beets, chick peas, carrots, peppers, celery, almonds, and avocado.  If we have fish for dinner during the week, I will add a piece to my salad.  


More overnight oats for breakfast.  I just can’t kick these right now.  They are so easy for a quick week day breakfast and they keep me full for a long time, which I love. 


After meal prepping, my brother, dad and I headed to the park with the pups.  It was a little chilly, but we were happy to avoid the rain!


My husband got back into town Saturday night (he traveled to Boston for work and spent an extra day with some friends of ours) and my little brother and I put on a magic show for him.  My brother got a magic set for Christmas and we learned a lot of the tricks this weekend.  It was pretty cute!  


This is a regular sight around here.  Riley LOVES my dad. 🙂 My dad isn’t really a dog person, but I think he is going to miss the pups when we move out. 😉


Sunday morning we headed to the hockey rink to watch my little brother’s game.  


And ofcourse we had to make signs to embarrass cheer him on! Jacob’s fan club right here! 


After the game we came home, took naps, I got a workout in, then we headed out to meet our realtor to do some house hunting.  Then we headed out for a walk in the park because it was 72 degrees!  We are still in the early stages, but are getting excited!  

That about wraps up our weekend!  I hope you all have a fantastic week and enjoy your day if you are off work! 


  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Do you have to work today?
  3. Did you get in any workouts this weekend?

Last Weekend Activities… Only a Week Late!

Ya’ll!  I am so behind on the blog.  I literally have asked what day it is probably 20 times this week.  My days are all messed up and I have had zero time for anything but work and sleep. 🙂  

I meant to write this post last weekend, then Monday night, then Tuesday night… and so on.  It’s just one of those weeks. 😉  So I suppose today I will show you what we did last weekend that left me with no time for blogging.

Last Thursday night we had a taco night! Definitely one of my favorite meals.


Last week I made some pink heart-shaped rice crispy treats.  Aren’t they cute?  


My little brother had to test them out to make sure they were good. 😉 He gave them a big thumbs up! 


On Saturday morning, my friend Rachael and I went to a free workout class.  A new location of Burn Boot Camp is opening in Nashville and they are offering free classes right now until they open.  Another woman who took the class brought her dog and the dog just sat on the table during the whole class… My dogs would not do that. 🙂 It was a good class… good music, the trainer was very motivating, and it was tabata style and kept my heart rate up the whole time.  


Once I got home I worked on some baking for treats at my office this week and then Jon and I headed out for a date night at an old favorite restaurant, Kyoto.  We had to start with the garden rolls… they are the best.  

We split a bunch of rolls and they were all so delicious.  My husband even ordered an extra one afterwards.  🙂

On Sunday morning we took a long walk in the park, did some more baking, then headed to about 5 open houses.  We really liked one of the houses we saw, but definitely need to look more before deciding.  Oh!!! I have news!  We got an offer on our house last weekend and we are officially under contract.  I hope I don’t jinx it!  So as of now, we are on the hunt for our Nashville house!  We are going house hunting with our realtor on Sunday! 

Okay, back to last weekend.  After the open houses, we stopped by Smoothie King for a quick snack before the Predators game!  My dad, husband and I decided to buy a package of tickets for some of the games this season.  We got a little bit of a discount with the package and it allows us access to playoff tickets if they make it!  


I have an old Predators jersey, but it is still in Dallas so I borrowed my little brother’s jersey for the game. 🙂 Shhhh.. don’t tell him. 😉


We had great seats and the game was amazing!!  We were actually down 3 to 0 at one point.  


But we ended up coming back and beating the Dallas Stars 5 to 3!  That is a lot of goals for a hockey game!  It was soo exciting!!


After the game we came home and went to bed and just like that it was Monday again.

I am still trying to figure out my new blogging schedule as I navigate working full time and moving and house hunting and all that fun stuff, but don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere! 

Have a great day, ya’ll! 


  1. How is your week going?
  2. Did you make any special treats for Valentines Day?
  3. What did you have for dinner last night? 

Favorite Sources of Protein (Without the Meat)

Happy Friday!!!  This week just flew by for me!  Did it for anyone else?  I am ready for another relaxing weekend with just a flew plans!  I hope you guys have some fun things planned!  

I know I have talked a little bit about the challenge I did in January, but I forgot to mention one important piece that I think was really beneficial to me.  First of all, the challenge definitely helped me realize I was not taking in enough calories for the amount of exercise I do regularly.  I workout 6-7 days a week with a little cardio, a few days of strength training and a couple days of walks/low intensity workouts.  I do take entire days off when I need to, but I tend to feel better if I have a long walk/yoga on days that I don’t have a hard workout.  If I don’t move enough, my back just kills me.

I have definitely mentioned that I am a snacker.  I like to graze rather than have a big meal.  Well… times are a changing!  🙂 The challenge made me realize that if I meal prep ahead of time, I will get in more regular meals (rather than just grazing through lunch/the afternoon) and be more satisfied.  I still snack one or two times per day, but I don’t always need a snack because my meals are keeping me fuller for much longer.

The big reason for this is that I have been conscious about adding more protein to my meals.  I’m not sure if I have ever told you guys that I don’t eat meat, but I don’t.  I do eat fish a few times a week though.  I have nothing against meat eaters (I cook chicken/turkey for my husband regularly); it really is just a personal choice.  I actually haven’t eaten meat since I was 14.  I grew up Catholic and when I was 14, I gave up meat for lent.  Well 40 days later, I still didn’t want to eat meat anymore and still haven’t since.   About 6 years ago I had 2 bites of steak and was terribly sick for 4 days.  (I definitely should have tried chicken before steak.)  Ever since then I just haven’t wanted to eat meat.  If I end up craving it one day, I will eat it.  Until then, I will just keep saving my money on my weekly grocery bill by stocking up on fruits and veggies (and a little fish). 😉  

Funny story… a few years ago, my husband tried to tell me that I spend too much money on groceries because of all the vegetables I buy.  So we ended up breaking down the grocery bill to meat/unhealthy snacks/desserts that he likes and then all the fruits and veggies I like.  Well, even though my quantity of food was about 3/4 of the grocery haul, it was only 1/3 of the whole grocery bill.  He hasn’t said a word about the grocery bill since. 😉 

Anyways… back to talking about protein.  Today I thought I would share my favorite sources of protein!

  1. Hard-Boiled Eggs.  I don’t like the yolks, but I love putting the whites on my salads.
  2. Nuts and nut butter.  My favorites are pecans, almonds, and walnuts.  I have peanut butter or almond butter almost every day.
  3. Chia seeds.  I love making overnight oats or chia seed pudding.
  4. Tofu.  I like to marinate then broil it so it gets nice and crispy on the outside.
  5. Beans and lentils.  Black beans and garbanzo beans are my favorites.
  6. Plant-based protein powder.  I like adding protein powder to my smoothies and oats!
  7. Almond/coconut milk.  I love these in smoothies, overnight oats, and for curries!
  8. Fish.  Salmon and tuna are my go-to when it’s grilling season.
  9. Quinoa.  I like to make a mexican quinoa salad for lunch or make a tofu and veggie curry with coconut milk to put over quinoa.
  10. Veggies!!! Veggies like spinach, kale, and peas pack a nice punch of protein!



  1. Any plans for the weekend? 
  2. What is your favorite source of protein?
  3. How much water do you drink every day?