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 🙂

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 🙂
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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂  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 them  🙂


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 🙂


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 🙂


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 🙂 Andrew and I then 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 for 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 🙂


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 🙂

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 🙂

~Healthy Activity~

Only two small bike rides with Andrew. Getting well was my only goal this week 🙂

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 😉 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 🙂


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


Spring Wreath Making

I started this blog last week, but with everything going on (aka me not leaving my bed), it took the back burner. Now that I have moved to the couch, I am able to get a few things done haha.

ice for my neck
ice for my neck

On a serious note, I am feeling better today. After about a week, things are starting to turn around 🙂 Now to come off the jelly and bread diet haha


With time off from work, I made a list of what I wanted to do around the house. There are big and little odds and ends I have wanted to complete. I know that I wouldn’t be able to do a ton, but this way I had the list for when I was feeling 100%

One of the projects was a Spring wreath for the front door. Of course, saw it on pinterest


It was super easy, and with a Hobby Lobby coupon, it wasn’t too expensive!

I bought a couple bouquets of flowers (instead of one stem with one big flower~money saver!)


I cut each and stuck them in the wood wreath to make them look like one large flower.


I think it turned out great! And it brought some nice weather 🙂


I also had a buddy that was helping me


Question for you:

What is your favorite part of Spring?

Do you like to do crafts for your house?



Hitting a bump in the road

Well it’s been a bumpy week. I am now finally able to lift my head off the pillow without the room spinning for a good 5 minutes, so this will be fast! haha

Two weeks ago, I was feeling great! I was trying to get out and about, and may have overdone it. Last week, I pinched a nerve in my neck. This was sending shooting pains down my arm and back. While dealing with that, I was hit with the GI bug that has lingered for a few days now.

It has been a very difficult few days. I keep saying “I just want to feel well!” I want to be able to do laundry,or take Andrew to school. I hate that I am missing things with him. He asked if I could play basketball, and can barely make breakfast without getting lightheaded.

The amazing thing the past week, is how grown up Andrew is! When I was I sick all night, he helped make his breakfast, his lunch, and got himself all ready for school. Makes a momma proud 🙂

I am also excited that in just two weeks I will be back to work! I miss my friends at work and the babies! (just not sure how those 12 hour shifts are going to work….)

But before that, my younger brother will be getting married! I still can not believe it, but could not be more excited for this.

So I have A LOT to look forward to these next weeks, even though  had to vent a little. Hey, recovery is not ALL about the good. Now I just have to rest and GET BETTER!

Off to bed~

Healthy Living: week One

Well so this post was supposed to be up yesterday. But this week has been a little rough. I may have pushed it a little too hard. I have a pinched nerve in my neck, which has been sending shooting pains down my arm. Then on Thursday,  I was hit with the GI bug. definitely NOT my week. So the past two days, I have been laying on the couch or my bed. that’s it. But I was able to do some healthy things at the beginning of the week 🙂


I made a promise with myself. Over the past few weeks, I have decided to be healthy for me, for Andrew, for my kidney 🙂 So each week I hope to show you what I have done to make that happen!


Healthy Eats:

Sweet Potato Pancakes



Healthy Activity

Friday: rest day

Saturday: 5 mile bike ride with Andrew

Sunday: Yard work 🙂

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: Bike ride with Andrew

Wednesday: walk

Thursday: walk


Healthy Home:

Closet Clean up


Articles I am loving this week:

Is Natural Living driving you crazy? by Paleo Mama

-Post about all the stress of “natural living” on moms, and how we need to pick our battles. (not just for moms!)

Three ways to Challenge your Personal Narrative by Caitlyn at Healthy Tipping Point


Question for you:

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