Saturday, May 31, 2014

the liebster award.

i was nominated by the beautiful Shayli Gourley for the Liebster award. it's just a little award circulating the blogging world that's a great way to get to know more about bloggers and find new and exciting blogs to follow. so thank you Shayli! hop on over to her blog for some laughs and wittiness. she is one of my favorite bloggers because she is so real and down to earth. 


THE RULES:
  • provide a link back to the blogger who nominated you
  • post 11 facts about you
  • answer 11 random questions set by the blogger who nominated you
  • nominate 5 bloggers with under 200 followers for the award
  • write 11 questions for them to answer
  • let the nominees know that you have nominated them
11 FACTS:
  1.  i am currently reading "The Fault In Our Stars" and loving it. i'm usually not a reader, so its a big deal that i am reading a book right now.
  2. i cannot sleep with socks on my feet. even when its winter time. i would rather freeze.
  3. i have become slightly obsessed with crossfit and eathing healhty. hopefully it starts to show on my body soon. i did lose 30 lbs a few months back, now i just want to tone by body.
  4. forget what i just said above cause i am an ice cream fanatic. give me and brand and any flavor and i'm all over it. 
  5. also, chips and salsa are my weakness. thank you chili's.
  6. my husband and i are currently obsessed with watching Modern Family. i can't decide who my favorite character is. i keep going back and forth with Phil, Cam, and Luke. but Claire is pretty dang funny too. (see what i mean!)
  7. i have two woman crushes. Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. 
  8. i have recently decided that if i could be any animal, it would be a sea otter. have you ever watched one of those things swim around and do cool tricks?! i have. 
  9. i am extremely baby hungry. and husband knows it. hopefully he does something about it soon right?! ;)
  10. since i'm a stay at home wifey for the moment, i have been watching a lot of netflix. House is my number one show right now. i love it even though i get queasy every time someone gets cut open. 
  11. one of my very best friends is my brother Austin. i miss him like crazy being 1,770 miles away this summer.
THE QUESTIONS:
 1. What's one item you can't live without?
i'm going to be cliche and say my phone. i can't think of anything else. and i constantly have my phone on me and feel naked if i don't.
 2. Where are your favorite places to shop?
hmm, i feel like i don't do a ton of shopping. lets say Target, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, and some places in the mall. 
3. How did you and your husband meet? 
we met through our roommates at the time. at a mcdonalds to be exact. romantic huh?!
4. What's your favorite healthy food? 
i love baked veggies and sweet potatoes. i usually just chop up some broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes and then bake them. yummm.
5. Where is the most amazing place you've ever been? 
i would definitely have to say Europe. i've been twice with my grandparents and my mom came with one of those times. its magical.
6. What is your guilty pleasure tv show? 
don't judge me. the bachelor and the bachelorette. 
7. What's your favorite way to workout? 
right now i would say CrossFit. but before i started CrossFit cardio and weight training with my bro. 
8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
depends on the day. usually a morning person. i can be a night owl though. but since i've been married, i feel like i'm becoming an old lady and falling asleep by 10 pm. 
9. What is a quote that inspires you?
"WE CAN DO HARD THINGS." that quote has been helping my family through some rough stuff lately. it's just a good reminder that we can get through anything that is put in front of us. 
10. Who's your celebrity crush?
since i already told you my woman celebrity crushes i better make this a male. Gerard Butler. maybe it's the accent?  but mmmm! oh and Adam Levine. damn.
11. What's your biggest pet peeve? 
apparently i say the words "that's my biggest pet peeve!" all the time. my husband pointed that out to me the other day, so i guess i have multiple. and now i can't think of one thing! maybe when i go to the gym and i see tons of girls there with their hair and make up all done and they don't even break a sweat! that drives me nuts!! don't come to the gym looking pretty! and if you leave looking pretty then you didn't work out hard enough! am i right?!

NOMINEES: 
Tiff 
Brooke 
Amy 
Madeline 
Mollie 

 

 


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

8 week challenge.

remember how my husband and i started doing crossfit? well the crossfit gym that we go to is doing an 8 week nutritional program. its a carb cycling diet that targets body fat loss. we decided to go ahead and do the challenge! we started the food yesterday. its not bad at all for me. i am definitely eating more than when i did my last program. we basically eat protein, veggies, and complex carbs. some days are low carb days and others are high carb days. we eat every 3 hours max. i am really excited to do this! they said the average loss is 4-6%. some people have even lost 8% doing this. we just need to stay motivated and not let anything or anyone tempt us. i am glad we decided to do this program because otherwise we would go out to eat every weekend and get ice cream or treats whenever we felt like it. i feel like i'm on one big vacation this summer so i can eat whatever i want. wrong! so this challenge will definitely help me stay fit and healthy. i will post my before and after pictures on here once the 8 weeks are complete. i am excited to lose body fat and build muscle along the way!

the workout we did yesterday was killer! i literally almost threw up a couple of times. yikes! we had to run 1 mile and then do 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, and then complete it with another 1 mile run. since i am brand new to crossfit they told me to just do half of the pull ups, push ups, and air squats. i thought i was going to die! hopefully one day i will be able to do the full workout. i am absolutely loving crossfit! i can already see progress and tell a difference in my strength.

wish us luck on this 8 week challenge! we will need it!

this is my sweaty self after my crossfit workout. bleh.

this is the type of food i eat on this challenge. eggs, sweet potato, peppers.

pinterest win! spinach chips. oh and a hard boiled egg.

ground turkey, spinach, and salsa.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

zoo animals.


saturdays are my favorite days because i get to spend the whole day with my husband. we made a spontaneous decision when we woke up on saturday to go to the akron zoo. we had a blast! we may have been the only adults there without kids, but that's just fine with us. no shame. this was a bit of a smaller zoo. it didn't have elephants or giraffes or some of those big animals like at the zoo back in utah, but it was fun with the animals it did have.


i took my digital camera with me to take pictures. i got my camera probably 3 or 4 years ago. i used it a lot right when i got it, but haven't used it much since. and now i know why. my iphone 5 can take way better pictures than my camera. (insert sad face here). i'm no photographer, but i would love a nice camera that can take pictures better than my phone. maybe someday. i took a lot of pictures with my camera until i decided to switch to my phone. i just realized that i didn't even bring the cord to hook my camera up to my computer, so you will only get to see pictures by the iphone. they are better quality anyways!

my favorite animal was the sea otters. if someone were to ask me if i could be any animal, what would it be? i would now change my answer to sea otter. i probably stood and watched them swim around for at least 10 minutes. they aren't the cutest looking things, but they are fascinating to watch.

we are having a great time here in ohio, but we are definitely missing our family and friends. well i am. collin doesn't say much about that subject. i miss our families so much. and my best friends. we have become really good friends with a young family in our ward. they are so great! they have 3 little kids that are adorable. they have a little girl who is almost 6 months old. i want to steal her from them! she is the sweetest baby. collin is so dang precious with her. it makes me even more baby hungry than i already am! dangit. it has been fun making new friends that i know we will have forever.

enjoy some of the pictures i took at the zoo with my iphone. other pictures will have to be posted when i get back to utah. so we will see if that ever happens. i hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend!

kimono dragons


loved these crazy sea otters.
bears.
jellyfish.
jellyfish are so very interesting.
this was a humungous octopus.
turtles swimming around.
silly flamingos standing on one leg. i don't get it.
me and my oh so handsome hubby.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

CrossFit Copley.

remember that free nike app that i told you about a while ago? well i tried it for about a week and i loved it! then i hurt my hand pretty badly at work and i couldn't do much for about a week. it was awful. i couldn't even grip my curling iron, so there was no way i could lift weights. that week i just stuck with cardio. once my hand was better i used the app a few more times. i saw improvement, but not as much as if i were to stick with it for the full 4 weeks. now that we are in ohio we decided we needed to join some sort of a gym. there isn't a golds nearby, so we can't go there. we looked into crossfit gyms and that's what we decided to do! we went for our first time yesterday. it's called CrossFit Copley. Copley is the town we live in. we both loved it! i love that i get to workout with my husband now. it is a lot of fun! we will be going to crossfit 3 times a week. i am already sore from yesterdays workout. can't wait to see how tonight goes! have any of you ever done crossfit?? what did you like or not like about it? i'd love some feedback! hopefully i will get super fit and toned over the summer by doing crossfit! can't wait to see results!

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we even got some sweet wristbands to wear!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

from Utah to Ohio.




Well we made it to Ohio. It was a very long trip. About 1,770 miles. At first we were going to plan ou the trip and make hotel reservations and have everything mapped out for us, but then we decided to just be spontaneous! I am glad we did that instead. We just drove until we got tired and then we'd find an exit with hotels and food and we would stop. We only have one night where the first hotel we tried to get a room at was all full. But the second hotel we tried had a room for us. I thought it was way more fun to just be spontaneous and stop and try to find somewhere to stay.

We drove through  Wyoming, which was not so boring just because it was the first state we had to drive through. Oh and we were listening to the Hunger Games series on the iPad. We both loved that! It was fun to listen to the first two books since we had already seen the movies and we were able to picture everything that was happening. I have already read the first two books, but this was Collins first time. We made it to Nebraska the first night. Let me tell you that we will not miss Nebraska at all.  It was a whole bunch of nothing that smelled like cow sh*t! The next day we drove through Iowa and most of Illinois. We stopped just right outside of Chicago so that the next morning we could drive to Chicago and spend a few hours exploring the city. That was a blast! It was both of our first time in Chicago. I think I forgot to mention how many time we had to stop for a potty break for me.. We honestly should've kept a tally. It was that ridiculous. If you know me, you know that my bladder is the size of a peanut! I was driving my husband crazy with the "can we stop I need to pee... again" every hour. oops! Chicago was so much fun! We saw the giant bean and walked down Michigan Avenue. We went to the Willis Tower and ate some delicious Chicago deep dish pizza at Giordano's! Wow! I will never want any other kind of pizza again. It was that good. After a few hours in Chicago we decided to hit the road again. We drove through the tip of Indiana and made it to Ohio that day. We stayed about an hour and a half from Akron since we couldn't move in to the house until Monday afternoon.

We got up Monday and worked out in the hotel gym and then headed out to Akron. We stopped for lunch on the way and then got to the house by 2:00 pm. After we got all unpacked we had to go grocery shopping. $150 later, we were back. bleh!! We had to buy everything since we didn't bring any food with us. That was expensive! Not fun. It was about 8:00 pm when all of our phones started going off and we got a Tornado Warning in our area. It warned us to go take shelter until 8:45 pm. We all headed down to the basement. I was just thinking, "WELCOME TO OHIO"! The warning extended from 8:45 to 9:30 to 9:45 to 10:00. To be honest, I was scared! But we were all safe and the funnel clouds never touched the ground. No damage was done, thankfully. What a first night to remember! When we were safe to return to the upstairs I sat on the bed and watched the storm. I could literally feel the thunder and the rain was coming down so hard! The lightening was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Amazing! I loved the thunder storm. We've had one each night since we've been here. I could get used to that!

Yesterday morning we woke up, updated my resume, applied for jobs and had an interview all in one day! I don't want to take the job, if they offer it to me. I was walking into the interview blind, and it was not what I thought it was going to be. It wouldn't work out for many reasons. But I am still on the job search! I hate that by the way. I haven't had to look for a job for almost two years now. It's not fun at all. Wish me luck!

P.S. we tried to get pictures of each state sign we drove by. There were a few like Iowa and Indiana that were above the freeway so we couldn't stop and take a picture. We did a drive by on Illinois and so its blurry. Collin was supposed to stop and he didn't slow down in time. I haven't let him forget that. It was fun to get out and get some pictures with the sign. Memories we won't ever forget. Sorry for the novel, but I want to remember this time in my life and this is the best way for me to do it. I hope you enjoyed it. Here are some pictures from our road trip.

the sign is misleading.
I kept seeing this and thought it was relevant. (you are nowhere)
drove with my minky on my lap. the best!
hotel room selfie baby!
Iowa
the blurry Illinois sign.
windmills were everywhere! way cool!
the best deep dish pizza ever!
cutest little note at our hotel.
husband's work!
welcome to Ohio!