Weekend Words

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hope everyone has a wonderful, LONG weekend! Nothing much planned here...Just some football, fun in the water, shopping, canning from the garden and working around the house. And since football officially kicks off today, GO DAWGS!!!!

Workout Wednesday: A Typical Week's Schedule

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My workouts and workout schedule seem to constantly be changing, which is partly intentional and partly just a result of fitting it in when I can. Here's what a typical week of my workouts looks like currently.
Monday: Morning Shoulder and Ab/ Core Workout; Evening run, 2 miles
Tuesday: Afternoon Leg/cardio interval Workout, Evening run, 1 mile hills
Wednesday: Morning Chest and Tricep/ interval workout, no cardio
Thursday: Evening run, 2 miles
Friday: Off day or run hill course of about 1.5 miles
Saturday: Back and Bicep workout, Evening run of 2 miles unless we have plans or are entertaining
Sunday: Evening run, 1 mile hills
I've been wearing my watch again on my runs just to check in on my time and on the flat, 2 mile runs, my time is around 10:44 min mile. On the hill course, I'm almost a whole minute slower at 11:30 min mile. My sister and I are planning on running a 5K this Friday. It'll be her very first one, so I'm hoping it works out that we get to do it together. It will probably be hotter than a $2.00 pistol and humid as can be, which REALLY slows me down, but we can do it.
As far as the weight training portion of my workouts, you can search through my archives and find some good targeted, muscle specific workouts. I do change my weight workouts up to circuit, total body training every couple of months or so, but I like the target training of focusing on one or two muscle groups. I think I see results faster that way. I just feel so much better when I'm working out and for me, that includes a balance of cardio and weight training, not just one or the other. But any activity is better than no activity. I'm hoping that in the coming weeks, Juston and I can start hiking again. We've always loved doing it, but haven't gone in quite some time now.
It's always worth mentioning, you can't out exercise a bad diet. If you are working out regularly and still not noticing any positive changes in your body, energy levels, etc. the problem can likely be found in what you are putting in your mouth! Eating whole, natural foods is so important and we are really trying to encourage Caroline to do the same by keeping the junk 'kid' foods out of the house and always having fruits and veggies with every meal we give her.
Hope everyone is having a great week and taking the time to get out and get active. Happy Wednesday :)

Two Year Pictures

Monday, August 25, 2014

So I just got the proofs back for Caroline's two year pictures that we had made a couple of weekends ago and I'm so in love with them! If you are in Kentucky, you definitely should look up Kacy Cierley for your photos! She's done everything since Caroline's newborns and always gets the most amazing shots.


I really don't even think I could pick a favorite. I'll just have ginormous canvas prints done of each and hang them all over my house

Weekend Words

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Any Boy Meets World fans out there? This quote reminds me of Mr. Feeny's parting words to his longtime students from John Adams high in the final episode of one of the greatest series ever. He tells them to "Do good" to which Topanga responds, "Don't you mean 'do well'?" Nope, wise Mr. Feeny means just what he says.  Obviously, the two could be interchangeable but are also very different. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and takes the opportunity to do good when it presents itself.

Fashion Friday

Friday, August 22, 2014

I obviously have more than a week's worth of outfits in this post since I didn't post last week. We were headed to North Carolina and it just slipped my mind. So it's outfit overload this week. 

 Lilly Pulitzer Robyn Dress (sold out) | Navajo Sandals
 I really love this pattern. The sweater in this In The Garden was one of the things I lost from my cart during Lilly's big sale. But it's such a fun pattern. I actually found this dress on eBay a few weeks ago. 

Altar'd State Blouse (old) | J Crew Chinos | Target sandals (old) similar | Bourbon and Boweties Bracelets

This is seriously one of my very favorite tops! I have it in black, too. I got it last summer from Altar'd State and I just think it's so fun. 

Asos Skater Dress (old) Similar | J Crew Flip Flops (old) | Bourbon and Boweties Bracelet

This dress will be perfect for Labor Day weekend!

Annie Griffin Top (old) | Lilly Pulitzer Callahan shorts in Lobstah Roll (sold out)

My road trip outfit from last week. This Annie Griffin top is really so beautiful in person. It buttons all the way up the back. AGC stuff is really pricey, so most of what I own I either bought from a friend of mine when she was done with hers or I got during their warehouse sales. Follow their social media to know when those roll around. 

I am still wearing my white bottoms out! Their shelf life this summer is limited so I'm bringing them out as much as I can until Labor Day weekend. I know that's an old school rule, but I just can't make myself break it unless it's winter white.

 I got this top on super sale from J Crew a few weeks ago. The price has gone back up a little, but it's still on sale if you check their website. 

Fried Green Tomatoes

Thursday, August 21, 2014

We have been loving our little raised garden in the back yard. To date, one of Juston's favorite things has been my fried green tomatoes and they couldn't be easier to make, so I thought I'd share the recipe.  All you need is a green tomato, corn meal, salt, pepper and some frying oil (I used vegetable oil). 

Step one: Slice tomato to desired thickness. I like mine medium thickness. I think they stay a little too tough if they're sliced thick and I just don't care for them when they're sliced thin. 

Step two: Salt both sides of your tomato slices and lay on a plate or platter for about five minutes. This draws out the moisture so the batter will stick.

Step three: Mix cornmeal and fresh ground pepper in a medium sized bowl. I use about 1/4 cup cornmeal (you can substitute all purpose flour for cornmeal) and 1 tsp of pepper per tomato.

Step four: Dredge both sides of tomato through corn meal mixture.

Step five: Heat up enough oil to cover the bottom of your skillet. How much you use will depend on the size of your skillet and how many tomatoes you are frying up. 

Step six: Drain tomatoes on paper towel and lightly salt while hot. You don't have to do this step, but I think it makes a huge difference. 

Tonight when I made these, I used a mixture of cornmeal and flour just to experiment and I didn't care as much for it as when I do just the cornmeal. Just an FYI :)

Workout Wednesday~ Tabata Training

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tabata Training is pretty popular in the fitness world right now and for good reason. It's a great workout method that torches more calories than just straightforward cardio or weight training on their own. If you're short on time, Tabata training could be ideal for you. I think it's applicable to most all fitness levels, as you can take the cardio intervals at your own pace, meaning if you're doing burpees and a beginning, you may only complete 4 in a circuit. If you're advanced and doing the same workout, you may complete 12. Just go your own speed and make the difficulty level suitable for your fitness level. 

Here's a tabata style workout for y'all to try this week :) Enjoy and if you give it a whirl, let me know what you think!

Tabata Circuit: 20 seconds activity, 10 seconds rest for 4 minutes total
Jumping Jax
Mountain Climbers

Strength Circuit: 30 seconds of each exercise repeated 3 times through
Dumbbell Row
Dumbbell Squats

Tabata Circuit: 20 seconds activity, 10 seconds rest for 4 minutes total
High Knees

Strength Circuit: 30 seconds of each exercise repeated 3 times through
Walking Lunges with dumbbells

Tabata Circuit: 20 seconds activity, 10 seconds rest for 4 minutes total
Jump Squats
Lateral Jumps

Strength Circuit: 30 seconds of each exercise repeated 3 times through
Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Dumbbell Deadlift
Plank Hold

And if you're busy coming up with reasons not to workout today, just remember...

Road Tripping + Lilly Sale Shopping

Monday, August 18, 2014

We had such a whirlwind, fun weekend! At the last minute, we decided to take a trip to North Carolina to visit some of our very favorite people! My friend Missy gave Caroline her youngest daughter's bed since they are moving to a new house in a different part of NC and got a bigger bed for their youngest, so Friday included packing up. But there was fun to be had before leaving town.  I coached cheerleading for years before staying home with Caroline and two of my very closest girls came over for breakfast Friday morning. They left for rush at UK this weekend so we had a See Ya Later breakfast celebration. Caroline loves to entertain and had a blast with the girls. I'm hoping they're loving rush!
I wanted to wear Caroline out as much as possible before the drive, so we spent some time playing in the yard in her pool and she LOVES that thing!

We cruised through Elkin, NC on Friday night and packed up the bed, then headed on to Sanford to check out their new digs and visit on Saturday morning.
My child is a terrible car sleeper. We're lucky to get her to take a 30 minutes nap, but she sure does look sweet when she does.
She looks so tiny in her new bed :) It is just the cutest bed. We probably won't be able to move her into it for a few years since she's such a WILD sleeper, but it will look perfect in her room once it does get moved in.
Once we got to Sanford, we were so excited to see our friends and check out their new town! I have to say, what I was able to see in the short time we were there, I absolutely fell in love! They have the cutest historic downtown area that I can't wait to explore when we get back for our next visit.

I just love this woman! I have learned so much from her over the years and she just epitomizes what a Southern Lady should be. We are very luck to have this family in our lives.

Caroline just loves sweet little Addi. They are the best of buddies when they get together.

And I can't forget about Aubie. She usually does very well with him, unlike our poor dogs who she climbs all over.
We headed home late Sunday morning and decided that since we had put Caroline in the car for hours three days in a row that we would try to break up the trip home as much as needed. First stop, Mt. Airy, otherwise known as Mayberry from The Andy Griffith show.

The downtown area here was very busy for a Sunday, especially considering that most of the businesses weren't even open. There were a few though and some restaurants. We chose to eat at Barney's Café. It was a much needed cheeseburger and sweet tea stop :)

I've honestly never much watched Andy Griffith, so I wasn't sure what to look for, but Juston has always loved the show and uses it a lot in his leadership teachings.

We ended up only having to stop one other time in Huntington, WV for gas and some leg stretching. Let me just tell you, that's the last road trip we will take Juston's truck on unless we have to haul something again. We had to stop and fill up twice as much as we do with my Jeep. Also, Caroline's Daddy got her that cup pictured below and she played for thirty minutes using her straws as drums. It's the simple things in life :)

One other thing today, who has already shopped the Lilly sale? I got on early and was pleased that it went very smooth this year. No website crashes and I only lost two things out of my bag, but that's because I didn't check out immediately.
Here's what I got for me:

And Caroline:

I may go back for more, but I was really pleased with the prices and what I was able to get. I got some Christmas gifts as well, but those people read here, so that's my secret for now ;) Hope everyone had a great weekend!