Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2013

**Happy Thanksgiving y'all! I wrote this post a little in advance because I'm off celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. But I wanted to tell you about my kind of surprise today and what I'm thankful for!**

Do you remember that time where I threw myself a good hissy fit because John said he wasn't coming up for Thanksgiving?! Oh, well I do all too well. I had pretty much gotten over being sad and upset because we made plans for him to come December 6th instead and stay the weekend.

John has this thing where he really likes to complain about the 6 hour drive up to my house as well as the 8 hour drive to his parents house. Personally, I don't mind driving. I kind of like it. But apparently he hates it. So he decided to stay on base for Thanksgiving. But he found out he could take a train to a station about 15 miles away from my house for nearly the same price as gas and get here Thanksgiving day. Except it means I have to be at the slightly sketchy train station in a slightly bad part of town at 3:30 in the morning on Thanksgiving to go get him but I actually get to be with him on Thanksgiving.

But all complains aside, I'm very happy to have him here for Thanksgiving. I'm thankful to have him period. I would be so lost if I didn't have him, my life would not be nearly as cheery and bright.

I'm also thankful for my family. I love them all very much.

And of course I am thankful for my sweet Christy Angel and Saint Bo.

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The Snowball Effect of #40milesinNovember

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I'm so proud of myself this month. I had set my mind to walking/jogging 40 miles and I actually got over 50 miles. Althought I've kind of sucked at actually documenting #40milesinNovember, my Nike luckily counted most of it for me (except for the few days Nike was down).


This running stuff kind of snowballed for me. I found this pretty cool podcast called Podrunner that had this 3 week series called Begintervals where you walk 4 minutes and run 1 minute and went through that three different times. Each week the beat of the music was faster so you took a faster pace.

After getting back into running, I heard about their First day to 5k program. I hopped over to their website and downloaded those. I started the first week of that program Monday. It's a little different from the Begintervals, but I'm really excited to do the 9 week program and jog a full 5k.

And since I've been doing all of this jogging, I already made a new years goal for my fitness. My 2014 goal is to train for and run jog a half marathon. I want to do it in the fall of 2014 to give myself time to work up to being able to jog that distance because lets be real, I'm lucky if I can jog longer than a mile currently. I told you, starting off this #40milesinNovember has snowballed... Now I'm wanting to do a half marathon in fall 2014. Who knew?

I've roped John into doing the half marathon with me. We are going to start training together when the new year gets here. I'm pretty excited about this. Plus it's something that John and I can do together all while we stay in shape.

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Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A little earlier I told y'all about making my own bread bowl to have with my family's recipe of broccoli and cheddar soup. There was some interest in the soup so I figured I would share it with you! It's always wonderful to have a simple soup recipe to whip up on a chilly winter day.

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

1 can cream of chicken
1 can cream of celery
1 can cheddar soup
1/2 can of milk
1/2 can of water
2 tbsp butter
2 cups chopped broccoli (cooked) --but we use the frozen bag kind, you just have to make sure the broccoli thaws and gets warm in the soup
1/2 bag grated cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients and heat thoroughly. 

When we made this last time we also happened to have Velveeta on hand so we chopped up half a block of that and threw it in as well. It made it taste even better!

When you are going to cook the soup you can cook it either on the stove or in the crock pot. It taste great either way. If you are cooking it in the crock pot put it on low and check it after about 3 or 4 hours. 

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Thankful For Blogging Friends

Monday, November 25, 2013

Throughout November, we bloggers tend to focus our posts around what we are thankful for. I have been getting into and finding more enjoyment in blogging past few months and also discovered another way to keep up with my stats. I kept thinking how I wanted to be thankful for blogging but didn't want to sound vain. But my pageviews and visits kept going up. I realized that I should be thankful to the bloggers that send wonderful viewers to me!

This month I want to send a huge thank you to Jen from The Adventures of Our Army Lives. I've been following her blog for a while now. She is such a kind-hearted person and an inspiration to me. She always brightens my day with her comments. I wish I had the privilege to know her in real life but I'm thankful to know her and have a friendship.

Another person I'm very thankful for is Katie from Camo-Colored Chaos. I'm so glad for our friendship and her letting me do No Spend September with her. I'm really looking forward to her new blog and following along in her adventures.

If you are interested in learning more about these wonderful ladies, click their links above or their buttons in the sidebar! Thank you so much Jen and Katie!

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A Pre-Thanksgiving Pout

Friday, November 22, 2013

I had planned to write a thing for Five on Friday, but I really wasn't feeling it. To be honest, it would be more accurate to say that most of last night I was pouting.

I had hoped that John would be coming up for Thanksgiving. He had mentioned something about getting a plane ticket. So last night I asked if he was planning to come up. He said no, he didn't want to make his family upset by coming to see me over Thanksgiving. Plus that his friend was going to be alone over Thanksgiving.

This is when I started pouting and throwing my hissy fit while trying to guilt John into coming. It wasn't my finest hour or exactly something I'm proud of. But he had promised we would see each other in November...

I know I'm being ridiculous. I wish I could take it in stride and say that there are plenty of other holidays we will get to celebrate together. That I'm lucky he isn't deployed. But there is something inside me that makes me want to yell and cry all at the same time.

I hate it when I feel this way. Rationally I know I shouldn't be getting upset but no matter how much I tried last night I couldn't get away from those feelings. Luckily I'm feeling better today. Sleeping seems to be like the refresh button for my mind. Maybe I can keep the hissy fits to a minimum from now on.

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Ham?! -- My First Boys Behind the Blog

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I planned ahead and throughout the month I asked John a few questions at a time. I think not overwhelming him with all the questions at once helped.

Boys Behind The Blog

1. Who is your favorite band/musician?
John: Right now or all time?
Me: Um... both?!
John: Brett Eldredge is [my favorite] right now, but Nirvana is my all time favorite.

2. What was your first CD/tape?
Um, I don't remember.

3. Who was your first concert?
He danced all around the question before finally answering.
I've been to lots of concerts. My first was Alice in Chains, 311, LL Cool J and Seether.

4. What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Um.. ham
I had to question that, but apparently he liked to be different and eats ham on Thanksgiving.

5. Finish the sentence: I am thankful for...
You, Ashley. You are the most amazing and wonderful thing that's ever happened to me. 
: ) I love him so much!

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It's Never To Early to Envision Your Dress!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

This past weekend I went with my best friend to get her bridal gown from David's Bridal. She was beyond excited to finally have her gown in her possession. She looked very beautiful in her gown. While I was there I went ahead and ordered my bridesmaid gown. When she sent me a picture of it, I didn't really like it. It wasn't something I would have picked out. But luckily when I tried it on, I thought it looked pretty nice. Unfortunately the dress in my size was not the correct color, but I still want to share with y'all what it looks like. I'm thinking it will be my AF Ball dress 2014!

John and I have been engaged for 239 days! That's nearly 8 months. It's a little upsetting that we don't have an official date set yet. We are really hoping for late July, but we aren't sure. We don't want to upset my parents by getting married too soon but we are both ready. John is also volunteering for a deployment so we can pay for our wedding on our own.

Like every other girl, I've been sitting here pondering what I wanted my dress to look like. I actually didn't dream about my perfect wedding dress when I was a little girl. At first I thought I wanted just a simple dress since our wedding is planned to be outdoors. But when I went to try on dresses, I liked a more intricate dress.

The first one I tried on was one of my favorites. Like I said, it was plain but I really liked it. The next one was kind of a push for me to try on. I really wasn't sure about all of the beading and detail in the dress.

After I got it on though I really liked the look of it! Plus I loved the long train! How beautiful is that?! Unfortunately that style had been discontinued. The only dresses they had left were the dresses physically in the store. But after trying on that dress I am more willing to look at dresses with lace and beading in the future.

What type of wedding dress are you getting/did you have?

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Style From the TV: Emily, Annie, Zoe, Lemon and Annabeth!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

When I go out to the store or wherever, it appalls me at how people will leave the house. I'm sorry but pajama pants are meant to be worn at home, not to the store or class. It is just amazing how people don't take pride in their appearance.

I have always taken pride in how I look. Now some of my outfits are classier than others, but when I leave the house I'm always proud of my outfit. I often don't follow the latest fashion trends but I have to admit that sometimes I do get fashion ideas from my favorite TV shows: Revenge, Covert Affairs and Hart of Dixie in particular.

I often lean more towards the "girly girl" outfits of dresses, skirts and very bright colors. But sometime I do enjoy a comfy or edgier look. And then again there is always a need for a nice ball gown!

Emily Thorne (actress Emily VanCamp) from Revenge often has some of my favorite styles.

As I mentioned before, I am in love with Annie Walker (actress Piper Perabo) I just love her style!

And last but not least is a little bit of Hart of Dixie, because they always have the cutest outfits!

Where do you get fashion inspiration from?!

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Hello Healthier Hair

Monday, November 18, 2013

A few months ago I asked for some advice for my hair. I wanted to thank y'all for all of your suggestions and comments. I also wanted to give you an update on how I've been doing and a little research I did.

My hair has been looking so much better. Since August, I've changed to washing my hair 3 to 4 times a week with dry shampoos in between. I'm trying to work towards only washing my hair twice a week. It sounds so gross, but with dry shampoo your hair doesn't look unwashed and it is so much healthier for it. I've started using a deep conditioner once a week to put some TLC back into my hair. I also put Moroccan oil in my hair after getting out of the shower.

Although the above tips help for everybody, I know having hypothyroidism makes taking care of my hair so much more difficult. It is brittle and dry and often falls out at the roots. I wanted to try to help my hair from the inside out. I did some research for vitamins to help your hair.

I found that the vitamins that do the most good are:

Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E

Biotin in particular is a very important vitamin because it helps to prevent the loss of hair. I found the Alive multivitamin that will help supplement all of these vitamins.

I also pulled out one of the hypothyroidism books (Living Well With Hypothyroidism by Mary J. Shomon) my mom gave me when I found out that is what I had. It also has the suggestion that if women's hair loss is in a "partly male pattern" that it could be due to the "excessive conversion of testosterone" to another hormone causing hair to fall out. The solution for this is to take evening primrose oil. I have yet to try this yet but it is on my list of things to pick up when I get to the store.

I feel like I'm a little better educated now on how to take care of my hair with thyroid problems as well as just what every girl should know. My goal is to have my hair go from medium length and thin to longer and fuller. I'm really hoping this change in hair care will help that.

I just wanted to make sure I thanked y'all for your help and support and hope that I didn't bore you too much with all of my sciencey vitamin research talk! I can tell I really miss doing research and writing up scientific reports because that's basically what I did for y'all. But hopefully it will help somebody out there in the interweb world.

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Sunday Social : FOUR!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy Sunday morning y'all. I hope you have been having quite a lovely weekend. I'm coming to you this Sunday morning with my link-up with Neely and Ashley for...

1. Name 4 jobs you've had in your life.

Tour guide 

2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over.

The Lake House

Pretty Woman

The Bourne Series

The Fast and Furious series

So maybe that's more than 4 individual movies....

3. Name 4 places you have lived.

Richmond, VA
Farmville, VA
Brilliant, AL

4. Name 4 of your favorite foods.

Chicken casserole
Mexican food
Dinner rolls or just bread of any kind

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.

My cell phone
Lip balm
Bottle of water

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.

Myrtle Beach, SC
Orlando, FL
New York City, NY
Paris, France

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It's Friday and that means I get Mexican food!

Friday, November 15, 2013

I always look forward to Friday evenings because we go to my favorite Mexican restaurant for supper!

AND I'm kinda loving doing a recap of the week and just appreciating things in my life. Plus I get to link up with A. Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, Hello Happiness and The Good Life Blog and meet some other cool bloggers!

I made corn bread muffins and pumpkin spice muffins to take to my cousins Brunswick stew! Lord have mercy it was cold that night, but we ate some pretty good stew and hung out around the fire and ate all the muffins. I also learned about Kalter Hund which is a German cake. Oh it was to die for and as soon as I make it I will have to share it with y'all!

I know I talk about John quite a bit on here, but I can't explain how much he means to me and how much he makes my life better. I know I often give him a hard time about a lot of things and sometimes vice-versa. But in the end, I truly believe we are both happier than we've ever been. And really, that's all that matters.

Oh and a few weeks ago I posted about how John got promoted. He finally sent me a picture with his new top and an extra stripe! I'm one very proud fiancee over here!

Because my house is kind of in the boon docks and surrounded by a pretty good chunk of woods we often get wild life that grazes in our back yard. Yesterday evening I happened to see two deer out in the back yard. Luckily they stuck around long enough for me to get a few pretty good pictures of them!

I have been doing very well keeping up with my #40milesinNovember and because some days I've been logging an extra 2 miles I finally made it to the blue level in Nike Running! Ahh! I've already set a longer term goal of being able to complete a half marathon but I'll talk more about that later on.

I am absolutely in love with Panera's bread bowl. So in love in fact that I made my own for dinner this week. I made our family recipe broccoli and cheddar soup in the crock pot and set out my dough to rise then popped those little bowls in the oven and came out with a delicious dinner for a cool night!

Yep, so that's just about everything exciting for this week. Thanks for stopping by!

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Little Red Keurig

Thursday, November 14, 2013

When the  Keurig Mini first came out I thought they were the coolest thing ever! I didn't put it on my Christmas list though because I thought it was a little too expensive. My mom took the hint that I really liked it and got it for me anyway!

I literally felt like the coolest kid on the block! I went back to my apartment at college and set it up with my little k-cup stand. I made myself a cup of coffee to take with me on the 2 mile commute to campus almost every morning! I loved it so much.

Eventually like everything else, the newness wore off and I stopped using it. But as the winter starts to creep up here in Virginia I'm loving it more and more. I have this huge Costco sized box of seasonal flavored coffee. I've pulled them out and it makes me happy to be using my little red Keurig again!

Oh and I love Glamour Girl coffee cup set! Cute coffee cups are my weakness!

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