Thursday, July 20, 2017

MIA

Hey y'all! I've been a little MIA this week and it's going to stay that way for a few more days! I've had a crazy busy week. I'm actually teaching Vacation Bible School this week! My friend Chelsea and I are the leaders in the Bible Discovery room which means lots of fun skits and activities to follow along the Bible stories. It is exhausting! I'm up early and wrangling kids all morning. It's so much fun and totally worth it, but man am I tired. Then I get home and I have a baby girl who was in the nursery all morning that just wants to play and talk with her momma. Don't get me wrong, it's amazing, but it wears a momma out. On top of all that, I still have my day to day to get through. Oh and did I mention Chloe's birthday party is next weekend, so I'm finishing up that as well!

Like I said, a crazy busy week. I wouldn't have it any other way! If you're a praying person, say a prayer for me that I make it through the last couple of days and that I can help spread the word of God to these kiddos! I'll be back next week and it's going to be all about Chloe!!!



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Friday, July 14, 2017

What's in my Summer Gym/Diaper bag?

Eeep! It's Friday and that means I'm going to the beach today! Just a little weekend getaway with my best two girls. No boys. No babies. Just us. It's been years, like before Chloe was born, that we've been on a trip with all three of us! That may not seem like a big deal to some, but we've traveled quite a bit together! Orlando {a couple of times}, Cape Cod, Boston, New Braunfels, and more! This afternoon we're headed to Galveston for a couple of days to enjoy good food, good company and Schlitterbahn Galveston! 

Now let's talk about something totally different. My bag. As in the bag that I use to carry all of my stuff and Chloe's stuff on a daily basis. You notice how I call it my bag? Not my purse. Not a diaper bag. Not a gym bag. Just a bag? That's kind of what it has become. It's kind of an all in one type contraption these days. I switched from my traditional diaper bag to my Longchamp tote. It's big enough to fit all our crap, easy to clean and looks cute too! About that room in the bag, it's safe to say that half or possibly over half of the stuff in there is Chloe's. The other part is mine. Today let's take a look at what's mine in there!



Remember how I said it's a little bit of everything? I wasn't kidding. It's really a solid combo of purse, gym and diaper bag. I like to keep an extra shirt and headband in my bag during the summer for a couple of reasons. It's hot and sweaty in Houston this time of year. Sometimes you just need a quick change or to pull your hair back. Plus I've been working out with a trainer this summer, and I run errands on my way home from my workout when I can! Nobody wants me running into their store all stinky and nasty post workout! {I can't help it, I'm a sweater y'all.} This is also why I have deodorant and dry shampoo in my bag! I love Dove. I use the clinical strength at home, but just have a regular stick in my purse for emergencies. I've also been using Not Your Mother's dry shampoo for a couple of years. Recently Influenster sent me the Clean Freak Tapioca dry shampoo and it's perfect for my bag! I love this scent because it's sweet and fresh smelling at the same time. I like to think it helps cover the stink.

Now let's talk about the two most important things in my bag: snacks. My snacks vary, but I have to have at least two types of snacks in there in case of emergency. I get the hangries so bad. I can almost guarantee there will be a Questbar in there because I love them so much. They have 20g of protein, so I feel like I'm getting more nutritional value out of my snack. Of course sometimes you just need bunny grahams or something else easy. Since I have a toddler, grab and go snacks are easy to come by in my house.

Last few items are Advil because you never know when you're going to need it. I am a toddler mom after all! EOS lip balm because it goes everywhere with me. I have it in several different scents and love each one of them. They are in different rooms of my house and different bags. You never know when you're going to need chapstick! And of course, I need a small bag to keep all of my things in. I have to keep my bag organized with both mine and Chloe's necessities in there!

Not pictured or discussed above: all of Chloe's things. Interested in what a toddler needs/thinks she needs in mom's bag? Coming soon...

What necessities do you keep in your summer bag?

Happy Friday y'all! I hope your weekend is as awesome as mine is going to be!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Birthday Brewery Shenanigans


Happy Birthday Emma Roo!

Today is my baby sister's 27th birthday, so I had to take a second to tell her happy birthday and I love her! It's also the perfect time to recap our fun celebration at Karbach Brewing Co. last Sunday. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a sneak peek!


Like I said, on Sunday we went to Karbach Brewing Co in Houston! JP and I went a few months ago to celebrate our friend Lauren's birthday and had a blast, so we told my family about it. We've been trying to get everyone together to go out there, and this weekend we were finally able to. And to celebrate Emily to boot!

We got out there a little after 1:00pm and it was HOT! Karbach has an awesome outdoor Beer Garden around on the backside of the restaurant. July in Houston is no joke. It was very sweaty, but the company and atmosphere made it worth it.


Around 3:00pm, we went on a tour of the brewery. It was a little bit of an escape from the heat. You can see that Chloe is not impressed with their A/C in the picture above. We had to wear these glasses through the tour which Chloe kept on through most of it. I was pretty impressed. She didn't however, want to walk on her own. She needed to "Hold you momma! Hold you momma!" It definitely made our journey a bit warmer, but once we got to the barrel room it was so cold and refreshing!


Of course as soon as we got there, Chloe was over the tour, so my mom took her back to our table at the Beer Garden for food. Because my daughter takes after her momma and is always "hummrie!" We snapped a few pictures in the barrel room while the guide explained some of their specialty beers and how they're made in old wine and whiskey barrels. It's pretty neat actually! I'm personally not much of a beer drinker. And by not much of a beer drinker, I mean I don't drink beer unless I'm at breweries pretty much. Luckily Karbach has some pretty interesting flavors that aren't as bitter or hoppy. I'm a big fan on their lemon ginger beer!


After the tour, we went back to our table for some birthday shenanigans! Matt {Emily's husband} ordered a cake from Nothing Bunt Cake and I picked it up to bring to the brewery as a surprise! Since we ended up having a few more people come than expected, I also whipped up some cupcakes for the whole crew. There's nothing worse than a cake shortage. I'd rather have too much and that we did!


The rest of the afternoon we spent outside listening to music, drinking beer and playing games! They have corn hold, giant jenga and the hook and ring game outside for everyone to play. We set up at a giant jenga table and played several rounds. I'm proud to say that I never was the reason the tower fell! {JP was not so lucky :)}


There was also this little ride on horse {like the ones outside of the grocery store} that was beside our table. Chloe was in love with the horsie! We donated quite a few quarters to this horse before realizing we could open the box and reuse quarters. We may have found a way around the system, but like I said, a couple dollars worth of quarters were put in before we figured it out!



Around 5:30pm, all of our beer tokens were gone and we were hungry, so we headed back to my parents for some fajitas and air conditioning! It was the perfect chill, low key celebration for my baby sister. It suited her perfectly. Now today is her day!

I love you Emma Roo! Even though I wasn't too sure about you 27 years ago, I wanted to let you know that now I think you're pretty cool. I'm glad that mom and dad decided to keep you! But all joking aside, I love you so much and I'm lucky to have my best friend and sister in one person.

I love that I can confide in you no matter what. I love that you know the right things to say when I need you. I love that we can be ridiculous and silly together. I love that we enjoy being around each other. I love that we see each other weekly and still FaceTime each other. I love that you didn't hesitate to give me a back massage even though I was naked and pregnant in the tub when I was having braxton hicks. I love that you don't hate me for holding your butt in public places to embarrass you when you were in middle school. I love that you would do anything for me. I love that you are a strong, independent woman. I love that you have a heart for the Lord. I love that you are you.

Happy birthday!


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Things I'm Loving Friday: 4th Edition

It's Friday yet again!!! A couple of month ago I started taking an adult tumbling/gymnastics class on Friday afternoons, so now I have even more reason to be excited for Fridays! If I'm not going out of town, I get to tumble! I'm thinking that may need a whole blog post in itself. 

JP and I are looking forward to this weekend because we're going to be at home! Yippie! We still have plans, but nice low key plans in the Houston area. After several weekends away, this is very needed.

one. My Star Spangled, Shoe Loving Sweetheart


Y'all this girl is obsessed with shoes. {She gets it from her Auntie Kate!} But really, she goes through several different pairs a day. There are a select few pairs that she's in love with and of course one of them is 1.5 sizes too big, but she insists on wearing them. She loves to try and put them on by herself and talks about all the colors. She's constantly in our closet sticking her feet into our shoes. I'm impressed that she's actually starting to get pretty good at walking around in them! This is how we started our 4th of July morning :)

two. Say Cheese


This girl is serious when it comes to the phrase "say cheese"! She cheeses so hard that most of our pictures look like this now. Any tips on how to get her to actually smile? Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love these adorable pictures, but every so often, I need a sweet smile. 

three. Family 4th


I love the 4th of July. Celebrating the 4th is something we always do. The past several years, we've spent the 4th at my parents' house with the family and this year was no exception! I mean, clearly this backyard is the perfect place to celebrate America. We swam for seven hours, made burgers, hot dogs and sausage, played on a slip 'n slide, made margaritas and ate pie!

four. Sleepy Head


Chloe partied so hard on the 4th that she crashed after we ate pie. She crashed hard while watching Barney on her mini DVD player that my mom got her. I leaned the chair back after I took this picture and all she did was shift. Not a peep or a fuss. She was just done and I can't say I blame her! Seven hours in the sun with no nap will do that to a girl. She was so tired that once we got her home and into her jammies, she slept right through all of the fireworks around us.

four. Fireworks


I love fireworks. They're so pretty and fun to watch. We had front row seats to watch the show that the neighborhood across the street put on display. After we got Chloe to bed, we grabbed our chairs and walked a few houses down to sit and relax with a few of our neighbors. It was an awesome show with perfect seats. We didn't even have to deal with crowds or craziness!

I'm a huge 4th of July fan and I had a blast this year even though we had to celebrate on a Tuesday!

What is your favorite part of the 4th of July?
Do you have any traditions?

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th y'all!

I hope y'all have an awesome and safe 4th of July holiday! If you're still in need of something to bring to a party or you want to whip up something for your family, take a look at my Patriotic Cookie Pizza! You only need a few ingredients. Plus it's delicious and practically health since there is fruit on it and all!

Go here for an awesome recipe!

Again, have a wonderful holiday! I hope you get to enjoy the day off and celebrate with family and friends!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Callin' Baton Rouge!

We're back to another Monday after another weekend road trip! Three out of the last four weekends we have road tripped to somewhere or another. Each weekend the trip got longer and longer! College Station to Waxahachie to Baton Rouge! This last weekend we were in Louisiana for a wedding and it was definitely Chloe's longest car trip yet. 

On Friday, we left in the late afternoon, and it took us just shy of 7 hours to get to Baton Rouge. {In case you're wondering, it's only supposed to be a 4 1/2 hour trip!} We hit traffic in every major city along the way. Shockingly, we only had to pit stop twice. Once at Bucees for drinks and snacks and again for dinner. Since we knew there was more traffic and a couple more hours of driving, we couldn't wait until we got there. Plus, our tiny human was "humrie" aka hungry and needed to get out and burn some energy! 

Once we made it to the hotel, we hung out with my sister and brother-in-law for a few hours before calling it a day and passing out.


Chloe had no problems sleeping in a strange place. She went straight to bed and slept all night! I snapped this picture of her around 8am. In case you're wondering, that is indeed a toilet on the other side of the pack n play. We put Chloe in the bathroom when we're traveling because she likes to have her own space. If she wakes up at night and sees us, then she freaks out. If she's alone, she sleeps soundly. So the bathroom it is!

When we got up, we thought it would be nice to walk to the Starbucks that was only half a mile away. Well, we attempted and failed. There wasn't a way to actually get there by foot! I was bummed because I love walking in new cities, but still got a little walk and I got my coffee which immediately cheered me up. Because let's be real, coffee makes me happy.

After our adventure, we hit the pool! My sister was busy getting ready since she was a bridesmaid, so Matt, JP, Chloe and I decided to swim for a bit.


My little mermaid had the best time. She's becoming an actual swimmer, not just a baby pretending to swim in the water. She can float on her back, kick her legs when told, go underwater with ease, control her breath and even swim from a step to me about 6 feet away! I'm a proud momma if you can't tell.

We swam for about an hour and a half before we were drained. The UV index was at a 10 and it was HOT. Chloe looked like she was getting pink despite all the sunscreen we put on, so it was time to go inside and get ready for lunch!


The 4 of us went to lunch at Roux 61 for some po boys! We were in Louisiana after all, so we needed some po boys in our lives. After lunch, Chloe and the boys wanted to nap, so I decided to invite myself to the bridal suite.


We had so much fun taking pictures, drinking mimosas and getting ready for the wedding. Well I wasn't getting ready for the wedding, but they were. Pretty much, I was in a room with a bunch of beautiful women with their hair and make up professionally done looking like I just woke up. And I didn't care one little bit!



Since I was there, I was able to help them take some pictures and keep the mood light hearted when everyone started to get nervous and anxious. Once they left, I got ready for the big event!

I've known Lauren since she was little. Emily and Lauren have been friends since we moved to Sugar Land when they were in second grade. I got to know Lauren better when she was in middle school and high school. I kind of became the big sister that she didn't have since she's the oldest of 3 girls. I coached her younger two sisters in cheerleading and would see Lauren all the time. I talked to her, gave her advice and we became good friends. I'm so lucky to have such a sweet, kind hearted girl in my life!


The wedding was at Ashley Manor where the ceremony and reception were both held. I do love weddings that are all in one place! The ceremony was beautiful. Just the right amount of humor and seriousness. After the opening prayer, we all said "amen" and two seconds later when it was silent, Chloe yelled "AMEN!" It was adorable and hilarious. Then she started saying "Hi Mickey. Hi Mimmie. Hi Daisy!" so we had to get her to calm down and watch Moana.



The wedding went straight into the reception. They had a wall that opened up the food and cocktail area. There were about a dozen or more different food options! Instead of a sit down dinner, they had the food set up buffet style and you could come and go all night long. It was definitely the best wedding food I've had...possibly ever. They had your typical fruit, veggies and cheese plus chicken fingers for the kiddos. They also had cajun seafood alfredo, crawfish pies, boudin stuffed chicken, spinach and bacon stuffed pork! Y'all it was delicious. It was nice to get small plates, try everything and then eat more of our favorites.


At some point, we decided to attempt a family picture. We tried having Emily hold the iphone, but it looked like Chloe was looking off glazed into space. Then we gave it to her, and this is the best we could do.


At least she's cheesing right?! The rest of the night we spent dancing and photo boothing! We attempted to get 7 people into a photo booth meant for 2 people. It was a valiant effort, but not quite a success. It made for funny pictures though! As far as dancing goes, that's what I do at weddings. I requested my favorite wedding jam, Party in the USA, then danced the rest of the night. Little Chloe even danced with me some! She did the Cupid's Shuffle, but mostly she just wanted me to spin her around and around.


Towards the end of the night, Chloe crashed. We were able to set her up at a table with Moana on the iPad and just let her chill. She was so subdued with a fun party going on around her. It was hilarious and she was in her own little world. 


Of course I barely took any pictures at the wedding. Most of these are from my sister or JP snapped them while I was dancing! We did get the photographer to take some of us with the bride, so I know I'll have those eventually.

We didn't get to bed until just before midnight and Chloe decided that we should wake up at 6:45am. Not only did she decide that we needed to wake up, she also decided that we needed to go. She kept saying "let's go" or "get out." So we slid out of bed, brushed our teeth, I put in my eyeballs and we left our room. All because our toddler said we had to. We ended up heading back to Starbucks, because coffee, then we went to a McDonald's next door. Chloe loves sausage biscuits, so she was a happy girl. The things you do to make your tiny humans happy.


Eventually we made it back to the hotel to pack up and head home. We met up with Emily & Matt and John & Kelsey for brunch before hitting the road. About an hour into our drive, we stopped at Candyland Cottage for some old school treats! I wish I would have taken a picture, but I didn't. I was tired and ready to be home at that point.

It was a very fun, but tiring weekend! This momma needs her sleep! Chloe usually sleeps in, but we definitely had her out of her element on Saturday. Now it's time for a fun, relaxing week at home. Happy Monday y'all!

To Lauren and Kevin,
Your wedding was absolutely beautiful and so much fun. I'm so glad that my family was able to Baton Rouge to celebrate with y'all! I wish you many, many years of love and happiness. I pray that your love grows for one another as the years go on. I pray that you lift each other up in the hardest of times. And I pray that you find joy in each others eyes. They say marriage isn't easy, and whoever they are, they're right. It is work, but the best kind, so keep working at it no matter what. Because it's worth it. I love you both and I hope you're enjoying Barbados!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Summertime Arms + {a 23 month old!}

Hello and happy Friday!!! This week had been pretty low key and uneventful which is definitely okay with me. I feel like I've been so busy this summer! One exciting thing that happened is yesterday, Chloe turned 23 months which means she's going to be two in less than a month! Okay fine quit begging me, here's a picture of my crazy almost two year old.


She rarely smiles and looks at the camera at the same time these days. Most of the time I'm lucky that she's being still enough to snap a pic! Okay enough about my girl {for now}, today I actually want to talk about arms! As a woman, I know that it's easy for me to get in a killer leg workout or an awesome cardio session, but it's easy to skip arms. Like really easy to skip arms. Even when I'm teaching my classes, I have a habit of skipping over the harder arm exercises to "make sure everyone else is doing it right." But let's be real, I skip them because they're hard and I'm tired. I teach a cycle class before, so I use it as an excuse to skip the exercises that I don't feel like doing. Today this stops! You have to step out of your comfort zone to challenge yourself right? It's easy to say you're going to do something, but harder to actually do it. I'll check back with y'all next week to let you know how it goes. In the mean time, I have a great arm workout for you!


I finished one round of this workout in just over 7 minutes and I was already starting to feel it. You can take this workout and use it a couple of different ways.

  • Do this workout once a day 5-6 days a week.
  • Do 3 rounds of this workout 2 days a week.
  • Use one set of moderate (5-8 lbs) weights on the bicep curls, bicep press outs and sit up press.
  • Use one set of light (3-5 lbs) weights on the arm circles, bicep curls, bicep press outs, sit up press and the plank bird dogs if you're feeling strong.
Like I said, one round only takes 7-8 minutes to complete. It's all about getting off the couch or even out of bed just 10 minutes early to knock it out and feel great. I did it yesterday and today with the moderate 8 lb weight option so far!



This is Amy circa summer 2014. Pre-baby, pre-crazy. I'm ready to look and feel like this girl again! I'm actually pretty close as I've been working really hard the last couple of months to refocus on me again. {Maybe I need to do a post about that!}

Now I'm off to finish packing, workout, help with tear down at a VBS {they're letting us reuse their decorations!} and then we're off again this weekend! This time we're headed to Baton Rouge for a wedding. Chloe doesn't love car trips longer than 2 hours and this one is going to be 4 1/2, so wish us luck! Have a happy Friday and wonderful weekend y'all!

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