Little brother’s rehearsal dinner

Last Thursday, our family and friends came together for the rehearsal dinner of my younger brother and future sister in law

my younger brother and I
my younger brother and I

The wedding was held at the Oakland House here in St Louis. And it was absolutely gorgeous. Also, there is the option of an indoor or outdoor wedding.


Of course, the family and wedding party got to talking


It was then time to start!


I walked down with Jeff, the bride’s brother.


We made a pretty good lookin’ couple ๐Ÿ™‚

After a quick practice, in the drizzle (we even used umbrellas) it was time to head to dinner!

My brother and his surprise camo cake
My brother and his surprise camo cake

Everyone had a blast! And we ended up staying till almost 10:30.

me and my sister in laws :)
me and my sister in laws ๐Ÿ™‚
Me and my brothers. Yep. they are THAT tall
Me and my brothers. Yep. they are THAT tall

WAYYYYY past our bedtime haha


The girls got an AMAZING gift of a cute bag with lots of goodies for the wedding day and a poem to match. It also had our initials


It was probably the best gift to have. tide pen, safety pins, Kleenex, the works! PeRfEcT!

Question for you: How many sister in law, brother in laws do you have?

– I now have two sister in laws ๐Ÿ™‚

Commercial workout + T25

Happy Monday everyone!



I know that I have been missing for the past few days, only for happy reasons. My brother got married! Last week was a whirlwind, and I promise this week for LOTS Of pictures and stories.

Today though, I want to talk about me ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been struggling a lot lately with my eats, workouts, and weight. My neck and pinched nerve are finally better, and I’m ready to get strong.



I weighed myself this morning after weeks of carbs, no workouts, and stresses, and it wasn’t pretty. LUCKLY, I got an AMAZING text from Angela about our new workout plan and keeping each other accountable. She brought my spirits up, and I was ready to attack the day!

My eats were in check, except for a few reese’s, my eats were clean:)

I also dusted off my 10lb weights, and did some short workouts during commercials.


I repeated this during Dancing with the Stars commercials

commerical workout

So the plan Angela and I have been talking about, T25!!! I will get the 10 minute workouts wednesday, and will get the 25 minute workouts soon. Angela is starting with the 25. But I plan on updating you all on Thursday when I start them ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I know that I need to start slow so I don’t get hurt. But I am ready to feel strong again, even if I don’t lose a lb, I want my muscles!!!

stay tuned each monday…..

Question for you:

Have you ever tried crossfit, insanity, P90x, or T25?


Baby Andrew all grown up

Each year, Andrew and I get family pictures. We have started this since Andrew was only a few months old


(fist pump haha)

I would buy LOTS of pictures, especially wallets to pass out. Of course, I bought way too many, but I never got rid of them. So I decided to put them in a book and I thought I would share themย  ๐Ÿ™‚


Some pictures were with his dad, just me, and all of us together. Now, his dad still comes, we just don’t take pictures all together.

~2 months~


~1 year~


~18 months~


~2 years~


~3 years~


~4 years~


~5 years~


~6 years~



~7 years ~


~8 years~


I went crazy a few years with pictures, but I am so glad to have these. And looking back at the tiny baby boy he was just a few years ago is incredible. He is growing up so fast!

Question for you:

Now what color for year 9…. Andrew was thinking red



Easter Brunch 2014

Easter this year was pretty amazing! Great weather, great family, great food. I think this year was also pretty special. Not only was I diagnosed with kidney cancer, but my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer (the same day I had surgery) Needless to say, our family had a great time just being with each other, laughing, and bonding ๐Ÿ™‚


Andrew and I started our morning with a small egg hunt and his Easter basket.


(He got a watch, a new book, a airplane toy, and a few small treats)

Then an Easter breakfast of eggs, pancakes, and bacon

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Even Andrew’s new friend joined us ๐Ÿ™‚


We then headed to my aunt and uncle’s house for brunch. With our delicious treats with us

Then it was time for the egg hunt


They got them all within a few minutes


Not too shabby


A great day ๐Ÿ™‚ Andrew and I thenย went home and went on a small bike ride. I am in love with this weather!

Question for you:

How was your weekend?



Easter Treats

This year, Andrew and I wanted to make a special Easter treat for our Sunday brunch with my mom’s family. Of course, we headed to pinterest forย some ideas. We had a brownie mix to use up, so we just searched Easter Brownies

Here are a few that we liked……

~Easter Cake Pops by Diary of a Preppy Mom~

Easter brownie pops

~Easter Eggs by Simple Cindy blog~

Easter easy to create!

~Skinny Easter Eggs by Skinny Taste~

(use brownies instead of cake)

Easter Cake Balls made w/ Chobani Greek Yogurt!

~Andrew and I decided for these brownies~


We didn’t have a brownie pan that baked in small squares, so we used a flat baking sheet, let them cool, and then cut them.


It worked perfected!


Then all you have to do is use icing


And then an egg on top

They used malt ball candy eggs, we used chocolate M&Ms ๐Ÿ™‚


We also handed extras out to neighbors, and they were raving about them! And they were super easy (we might just need to make these next year ๐Ÿ™‚

Question for you:

What are you doing for Easter?

Brownies, cupcakes, or cake?



Healthy Living: Week Two

The end of the week has definitely turned out better than the beginning! getting hit with the GI bug while have a pinched nerve was a big blow. I was not handling it very well. I think I am just SO over being sick. I would pay MONEY to feel good and have a sweaty workout haha. But I took it easy, and had MANY days of just laying on the couch. It payed off, and my stomach is doing great, and the pinched nerve only bothers me when I’m sleeping (maybe a new pillow??)

~Healthy Eats~


Finally eating real food, and tomorrow I will have a yummy Easter treat ๐Ÿ™‚

~Healthy Activity~

Onlyย two smallย bike rides with Andrew. Getting well was my only goal this week ๐Ÿ™‚

In getting well, I used a Groupon that was going to expire next month for a massage! It was exactly what I needed


~Healthy Home~

Small projects make me happy. A new Spring Wreath


Articles I am loving this week:

Sorry no new info this week! I am just now catching up. I read my favorites first ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I should have some good ones next week


Question for you:

What did you do that was “healthy” this week?

What I Ate Wednesday: Real food again

After days of being sick, my stomach is FINALLY coming back to normal!!! I am also trying to get away from carbs. When I am sick, the things I find appetizing are zup, ice cream, and bread. This bug was bad news, I even lost my appetite completely. And that is NOT like me haha


Egg Pancake (2 egg + 1/2 banana) + Bacon and of course Coffee



Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, green beans and a leftover crab Rangoon


Jello for dessert



unpictured apple


Ribs and green beans


Cookie Dough Ice Cream for dessert ๐Ÿ™‚


I am so happy the GI bug is gone, and now I just need to get some more fruits and veggies in there.

Question for you:

What do you like to have for dessert?

How do you get in your veggies