Kansas City Marathon 10k

Good morning friends! The weekend is already over, bummer. Did you have a busy weekend? Ours wasn’t to busy. Which was kind of nice for change. It seems like we have something planned every single weekend since school started.

Friday night we headed to Kansas City to stay with my aunt since I was running the 10k portion of the Kansas City Marathon. We didn’t want to have to wake the girls up at 4am to drop them off somewhere and still make it downtown by 6am. It was so nice to stay at my aunts. She lives about 20 minutes from downtown.

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Saturday I was up bright at early to get ready for race day. I haven’t done a race in almost a year but I was looking forward to it. I was pretty nervous. But I did the best I could.

The course was pretty good. A few hills here and there. Overall, not to hilly. Running downtown Kansas City is always my favorite. I love it. Its so fun to just run and find new and interesting buildings and businesses I probably would of never known were there.

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It was a VERY windy day. I didn’t think it would effect my running that much but boy was I wrong. My hat flew off a couple times. Lucky for me I was able to catch it.

Miles 1-3 were the hardest but I feel like the beginning is always the hardest. There were hills and so much wind in my face. Miles 4-6 were the easiest. I had found my rhythm. I was running steady, there wasn’t to many hills. I was focused and could feel the end approaching.

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The last half mile was amazing. There are so many people standing on the side of the roads cheering you on. It was GREAT! This was my favorite part. Also, the last .2 was all down hill so that was a bonus.

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I did the 5k portion of this race 4 years ago and I remember why I wanted to sign up again this year. It is such a great race. Its so organized, the course is pretty great, tons of drink stops. Great food and drinks after the race. My goal is to sign up for the half marathon next year.

This will probably be my one and only race this year. I don’t really like running when its super cold out. But I look forward to adding a few more races to my calendar in 2018!

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Friday Favorites #3

Its Friday!!! Who is excited for the weekend!? Y’all know I am 😉

We don’t have a ton going on this weekend except I’m running a race tomorrow morning. I’m excited and nervous. I haven’t ran a race in about 3 1/2 years. Pre-baby #2, my body was faster and younger but I’m excited to finally run a race again. For those of you who didn’t know, I used to run a lot pre-kids. I started my running journey in 2010 and ran a 5k/10k nearly every month. I loved every minute of it. Then we had babies and I just haven’t really got back into racing. This summer I set a goal to run a 10k this fall. I’ll be running the Kansas City Marathon 10k Saturday morning. Pray the rain doesn’t start until the afternoon!

I’m hoping we can paint some pumpkins Sunday. And by we I mean the girls.  Liv has been asking when we get to paint her pumpkins so I’m hoping it will be nice enough for us to do it outside.

Were excited for the weekend and I’m super excited its Friday!

Speaking of Friday here’s my Friday Favorites!

Favorite Outfit: How cute is this! I’ve fallen in love with my Converse. I love wearing them with outfits like this. I can look cute and put together and still chase my girls around.  And I love a good sweater like this when it starts getting cooler out.

 

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Favorite Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken I’m adding this to our meal plan next week and I’m pretty excited. We love Chinese food and I really love making it so I’m pretty excited I saw this recipe floating around Pinerest this week!

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Favorite Handbag: Micheal Kors Leather Crossbody I don’t typically spend a ton of money on handbags but I do love a good Micheal Kors bag. I love when I find a really cute and nice one at TJ Maxx. But I’ve been eyeing this one for a while now. I’m hoping to save my pennies and buy it one day. But until then I’ll just keep it on my favorite Friday finds.

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Favorite New Bootie: Backoned Bootie My mom and I went shopping yesterday. We went into a shoe store just to find her some new shoes and I ended buying a new pair of booties. And guys they are Dr.Scholl’s! Who knew they made shoes. I mean how cute are these! Plus, they are totally comfortable on my feet. Win win!!

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I hope y’all have a great weekend! And I hope you enjoyed my Friday favorites.

Pray the rain doesn’t come until Saturday afternoon/evening.

What are you loving this week? Share in the comments below!

10 Favorite Fall Soup Recipes

Good morning friends! Its Friday Eve!! That’s totally a thing right?! Now that the weather is cooling off I’m getting in the mood for soup. I love soup. I also love just about any kind of soup. I used to hate potato soup and ham and beans soup but the older I get the less picky I’ve become. Now, I don’t know a soup I don’t love.

There’s nothing I love more than eating a delicious bowl of homemade soup on a chilly day. I love making a big pot of soup for the week and whatever is left over I’ll freeze it for another day. I did this a lot last year since I eat lunch at home and it worked out perfectly. While I have a ton of new soup recipes I can’t wait to try this year, here are some oldie but delicious recipes I’ve tried over the year!

 

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Simple Homemade Tomato Soup – Pinch of Yum

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Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup – Love Grows Wild  

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Perfect Potato Soup – Pioneer Woman

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – Damn Delicous

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup – Creme De La Crumb

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The Best Crockpot Minestrone Soup – Family Fresh Meals 

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Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup – Cafe Delites

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Spicy White Cheddar Beer Cheese Soup – A Flavor Journal 

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CrockPot Ham and Bean Soup – Spend with Pennies 

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Italian Orzo Soup – Gimme Some Oven

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What is your favorite soup?

 

Fall Mini Style

Finally, its Wednesday and I couldn’t be more excited. We’ve had two sick girls this weekend/week and I’m so ready for the weekend.

Plus, its actually starting to feel like fall this week. Last week it was in the 80s then rained and cooled off and its finally starting to get me in the mood for all things fall (again)! Every time I go to put away shorts and tanks from the girls summer clothes another super hot day comes along. Crazy Missouri weather. But over the weekend I went through the girls closet and dresser and put away clothes that were to small and summer outfits that we won’t be needing anymore this year. I dug out all their fall clothes we’ve bought over the last few months that I hadn’t already washed and put away.

This got some me excited dressing the girls this fall. I absolutely love dressing for fall weather. I love the layering, the plaid, booties and skinny jeans! Plus, having two girls to dress is always a ton of fun. Well, when they let me pick out their outfits 😛

Here some of my favorite things for the girls.

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Weekend Fun

Wow, what a jam packed weekend! We had such a fun and great weekend.

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Our weekend started Friday with the hubs and Miss O being out of school (yay 3 day weekend!). We decided it would be a great day to hit up the pumpkin patch. We went to Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch in Kearney MO. We weren’t really sure just how cool this place would be but my goodness the girls LOVED this pumpkin patch. It was a pretty hot day but it was a great day to spend outside.

Fun Farm had so many great things for the kids to do. Never felt crowded even with school buses there. The girls favorite part was the jumping area and the corn pit. They slept so good Friday night! 🙂

Saturday we had Miss O’s last soccer game for the fall season. She had a blast. Soccer is her first sport she’s played. She seemed to enjoy it but then again she spent most of the time waving at the people that came to her games then actually playing, haha. But she is pretty excited for the Spring season to start.

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Sunday, the hubs and I headed to a Chiefs game. Although the Chiefs ended up losing we still had a blast. I don’t really care for football but I do love going to a Chiefs game. Especially, when they play the Texans 🙂 (In case you didn’t know HUGE JJ Watt Fan!)

It was a great weekend but I’m looking forward to staying home today. I’m not looking forward to catching up on laundry. Hope y’all have a great Monday!

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Did you have a exciting weekend?

Friday Favorites #2

Good Morning friends! Its Friday and I couldn’t be more excited. We got to sleep in about an hour and mama got to drink her coffee while it was still hot! Its going to be a great day!

Were headed to the pumpkin patch today. Miss O knows were headed to a “surprise” but doesn’t quite know where yet. They are going to have so much fun. We are still trying to decide which place to take them to. So many great pumpkin patches in the KC area that all have such great reviews. Follow me on instagram to see where we end up!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. We will be enjoying ours. Now, I’m going to leave you with my Friday favorites.

Favorite Halloween Treat Bag: Halloween Play-Doh Monster Kits. I’m in charge of treat bags for O’s Halloween party and I thought what more fun than bringing something like this. Pinterest is full of ideas and I really want to bring something besides candy since they will be getting so many treats that day. What kid doesn’t love play-doh!

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Favorite Cookie Recipe: Oatmeal Cream Pies. My kids and hubs love these! I remember getting them as a treat when I was a little girl. It was so fun. Now when they all go grocery shopping they beg for them. Sometimes we get them, sometimes we don’t. Then I found this recipe and now I can’t wait to make then. Miss O will be so excited to help me!

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Favorite DIY: Disstressed Dollar Store Pumpkins. How cute are these! I love a good DIY and I mostly love a good DIY from the Dollar Tree. I can’t wait to try this out. I’m loving the look of white pumpkins this year. This would be the perfect touch to our fall decorations.

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Favorite Outfit: I love a good basic outfit like this. Nothing fancy about it but still looks put together. I love a great plain basic tee. Grays and blacks are my favorite. Plus this skinnies are amazing. I’m thinking now I need to go search for some just like this.

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Casual Fall Look

Hello Wednesday! Anyone else excited the week is half over?! I’m mostly excited because we have no school on Friday (hooray for sleeping in) and we are headed to do all the fall things this weekend. Pumpkin patch and apple picking here we come!  I’m pretty excited. I love doing all these fun things with my kiddos. We went to Westons Big Red Barn last year and the girls had a blast. We’re thinking about going there again this year or trying a new place. Either way we are bond to have a great time.

Speaking of doing all the fall things, can we talk about this fun and easy fall outfit I’ve been wearing lately.

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My style is very casual and relaxed and although I do love to dress up from time to time you’ll see me in jeans and a tee most of the time. I’ve always been a jeans and tee kind of girl. And throw in a flannel shirt and I’m hooked.

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Flannel was pretty much every where when the hubs and I went shopping not to long ago. I ended up buying this flannel from target, then I remembered I had a blue one just like it in my closet I got last year. Don’t worry they will both get plenty of wear this fall and winter.

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This is my first time ever blogging my outfit and style. It was fun once I got my camera all set up. Hope you enjoy this look and I can’t wait to show you more of my style.

Now tell me, what’s your style?

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Fall Boots

The short bootie trend is on fire this year. Last year, I really didn’t get into the trend. I tend to have wide feet so finding cute and comfortable boots for me can be a challenge. Last year I found one black pair that I love but this year I knew right away I wanted to find another pair. And I’m in love with the taupe colored booties.

My style tends to be very casual. On a day to day basis you’ll see me rocking these tennis shoes or these converse with my favorite leggings and basic tee. Working for my parents part time means I don’t really dress up that often. This year one of my goals was to actually look put together and dress in something other than my leggings. I knew right away finding the perfect cute booties I could wear all fall and winter long would be the key to keeping this goal.

All my favorite pairs I have my eye on come in wide width which is key for me. I can not wait to order a pair couple pairs of these booties. You can never have to many, am I right! 🙂

 

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I did find all these booties on DWS. They have the best variety for wide width but even if you don’t need wide width they have some amazing shoes. Now, I just need to decide on which ones I need. I mean how many booties is to many?! 😉

How many booties to you own?

 

 

 

Friday Favorites

Guys, I can’t believe its finally Fall. This week has given me all the fall feels and I absolutely love it. We have tons of plans for the weekend but I’m really hoping to get all my fall decor out and finally get some pumpkins on our front porch. I really love decorating for holiday/seasons. Christmas is my favorite holiday to decorate but there’s something about decorating fall that gives me all the feels and just puts me in the best mood!

My Friday favorites are something I did on my old blog and its such a fun post for me. I find all my favorite things I’ve come across on the internet (mostly pinterest) and share my amazing finds. It might be obvious but this Friday favorites is going to be all things fall. 🙂

Favorite outfit: How stinking cute is this! I love any outfit with strips, vest or flannel in the fall and this one has 2 out of the 3 so its a home run in my book. Plus, the added cheetah print is amazing. This is one outfit I will be recreating for my fall look.

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Favorite DIY: Pumpkin Vase. This is so cute. I’m really thinking I need to make something like this to go on my table. Its the type of decor I love because its totally fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving all in one. It really looks pretty simple to put together too.

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Favorite Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels. These delicious looking pretzels are screaming my name. I’ve recently taken up the interest in trying to bake bread and bread type things. These pretzels are totally going on my list. I can not wait to try them. Its one thing I know my whole family will enjoy.

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Favorite Candle: Pumpkin Roll from Candelles. I just found this company on Instagram. In fact, I really don’t remember how I came across them, but I remember thinking “my goodness I need to order that candle,” and well now I want to order them all. I love little business like this. And while I love supporting Missouri busniess more than anything, these folks are from Pennsylvania. Their story of how the hobby of making candles turned into a business is a great one.

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These are my Friday favorites this week. I love sharing all my favorite finds throughout the week. Let me know what your favorite finds were this week! And let me know what y’all have planned for the weekend down in the comments? We are celebrating my hubs birthday Saturday!

 

20 facts about me

Here I am writing my second blog post for y’all and honestly had no idea what I wanted to share. I have so many crazy ideas going through my head but I also knew I wanted to do a post to help you get to know me a little more. These are some facts you may or may not know about me. Hopefully they will help you get to know me a little more.

So, here’s 20 fun facts all about me.

  1. Favorite color purple
  2. Caramel flavor anything is my favorite
  3. I love cookbooks, I probably have 15 right now and I use them all.
  4. 5 years ago I was a hairdresser
  5. Local breweries are a favorite
  6. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday!
  7. I’m a lefty! Olivia is too and I love it 🙂
  8. My first job was a YMCA lifeguard.
  9. Favorite food is anything Mexican
  10. I’ve seen every single episode of Law an Order: SVU
  11. My dads a farmer
  12. In high school I was a FFA nerd
  13. I LOVE baseball and really don’t like football.
  14. Leggins and comfy tees are my jam!
  15. I used to hate staying home alone, now I love it
  16. Stella Rosso is my favorite wine!
  17. I love taking family pictures
  18. I can’t remember ANYTHING unless I write it down
  19. I live in a 600 sq. ft. old farmhouse
  20. I collect coffee cups, hubs just loves it 😉

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