The Cake That Wasn’t

Today is a big day for somebody! It’s my dad’s birthday!


We celebrated with a barbecue yesterday at my youngest brother’s house. I was in charge of the dessert and had plans for a traditional round, 2-layer cake. Unfortunately, the cake was too moist and crumbled coming out of the pans. No problem! With a few additions, I re-purposed the cake into a scrumptious trifle.

We also had party hats. It’s not a party in this family with out party hats.

Oh my, Myo. She wears it well, don’t you think?

Friday night, I met up with a few co-workers for pedicures and dinner. For the first time ever, I got a little design on my big toe. Verdict? I don’t like it and it’s driving me nuts. And now I know better.

Saturday was the usual half day of work at my parent’s office. Then I had to drop Sassy off at my oldest brother’s house to spend the night. We were surprised to see a boat out on his lake.

boat on lake

It was not the warmest of days.

And then the girls and I started this week out with a hike tonight. Stella insisted on rolling in the leaves often.

And OMG Becky insisted on brushing her off every single time.

Those two are a lot of fun to hike with. If you don’t mind stopping every few yards…

This little scene below freaked non-bird-loving OMG Becky out.

Birds, birds everywhere! Ha!

Tell me about your weekend!


Now Walk It Out

I think Spring may have finally arrived here! We have been able to spend a lot of time in the woods exploring trails.

It was a little chilly on this day, hence OMG Becky’s hood and my hair down. My ears were cold!

But other days have been pretty warm. Like last Saturday when we found a new trail that we are in love with!


Too bad it’s only a 1.6 mile loop.


It offers a bit of everything. Hills, rocks, roots, downed trees and water views.


Seriously, how can you not love this?

This hike is when we discovered Stella loves the water. We could not keep her out of it!

dog in lake, boxer

We liked the trail so much, we went back to it again the next day. This time OMG Becky’s friend joined us.


The difference this day was the wind. It was strong, creating waves on the lake.

Stella was not a fan. I think they scared her and she did not step a paw in the water. The kids had fun trying to skip rocks.

My sad attempt at a group selfie. #letmetakeaselfie

Have you heard that song? Sassy does a great impression of it that I enjoy much more than the song itself!

We also stopped to visit the bison in the park. It looks like a couple of them may be pregnant. We are hoping to see babies soon!


Don’t worry, there is actually a fence between us and them.  ;-)

Monday, it was Sassy’s turn to pick our trail. She loves this one because of the hill at the end. She loves to run it. Yes, she is crazy and I’m pretty sure not related to me.


Two things I really enjoyed about this hike…

First, OMG Becky thought she saw a dead raccoon next to the trail and let out a shriek.

It was a dead raccoon alright. A dead, stuffed raccoon. So dang funny!

The second thing is this selfie. I think it sums up the three of us pretty well.

selfie, hike

Me, a smiling fool, taking less than great photos. Sassy enthusiastically, talking non-stop. OMG Becky, the quiet observer. Don’t be fooled though. She alternates between quiet and dramatic queen, but in the best possible way.

It’s been a fantastic week of hikes and I’m ready for more!

How was your week?

What are your weekend plans?

If you could take a picture to portray you, what would it look like?

Sunday Social

Good Morning Sunshine! Well, it’s actually not sunny here. I woke up to a surprise snow shower covering everything outside. I was really hoping we were over that white stuff. Maybe a little Sunday Social will cheer me up.

1. Top 3 things you cant go a day without doing. Drink coffee as soon as I get up. Talking to my mom. Hugging my girls. One of those hugs is more an attempt vs actually getting a real hug in. OMG Becky is not a hugger. At all. I have to sneak attack.



2. 3 things that scare you the most. Dying before my girls are adults and leaving them to be raised by someone else. I have a fear of things too close or tight on my neck. Hate that feeling! I also don’t like small spaces. I could never go on one of those cave explorations where you have to squeeze through tight spaces. That makes my heart pound just thinking of it!

3. 3 places you want to see before you kick the bucket. Greece, Fiji, and Rome. If you need help deciding check out this amazing list from National Geographic. It breaks down places to see by what you want to do or type of area you want to be in.

4. 3 movies you will always love. Breakfast Club, Pitch Perfect, and Napoleon Dynamite. I have watched all of these movies within the last month!

5. 3 favorite current songs.


How is your weekend going?

Answer any of the questions above!

Sunday Social

I hope you are having a great weekend! We have enjoyed temps in the seventies both Friday and Saturday. Now it’s Sunday, foggy and snowing. I want the warm seventies back! While I mourn the loss of sunshine, how about another edition of Social Sunday?

1. How much time do you spend on Social Media a day?…be honest. Not a whole lot, really. Sometimes I check Instagram in the morning, but often it’s not until evening. I also try to check Twitter each evening, but that doesn’t always happen. Facebook is maybe once a week. I do try to spend time on DailyMile more often. When I remember to post my workout there, I like to comment on other people’s workouts, too.


2. How long were you reading blogs before you started a blog? Maybe a year. I think the first blog I started reading was the now defunct, Skinny Runner.

3. What is your favorite kind of cupcake? Not all cupcakes are created equal! I love a good chocolate cupcake, but not chocolate frosting.

st. patrick's day cupcakes

4. Do you eat fast food? If so whats your favorite? Chipotle, hands down. I could eat a veggie bowl every single day and be a happy girl. I just had it Friday night. Yum!


5. What is the most random thing someone would find in your purse? I recently switched to a small crossbody purse to avoid carrying unnecessary items. This means it gets cleaned out about once a week. Not much random in there. Right now it would probably be my work name tag. My name tag that I never remember to put on so it just rides around in my purse constantly.

6. What is the weirdest TV show you watch? Haven! I love that sci-fi show, but man some of the episodes are out there! I am also really digging the new show Resurrection that started on ABC last Sunday. Wow!


Creepy. If you are not watching it yet, do it!!


What social media sites are you on? Share your links below so I can virtually stalk you.

What’s your favorite fast food?

Weirdest TV show you watch? 

Things are Changing

As you can see, I am doing a bit of blog redesign. I may have accidentally pushed an activate button instead of a preview button when browsing themes yesterday. I am now forced to make some changes.


Please be patient with me as I try to figure all of this out. I apologize in advance if you can’t find what you are looking for as some links aren’t working or even appearing. Hopefully, things will be back to normal soon!

Sweet Shoes and Make it Stop

We had the most amazing weekend weather here!

Too bad I didn’t get to get out and enjoy it. Friday I woke up with a head cold. Lots of congestion, but not too bad thank goodness, because we had Sassy’s birthday party planned for later that night.

But Saturday. Saturday was a different story. My head felt like it had exploded. I couldn’t breathe through my nose at all. And to add more fun to that, my nose would then suddenly feel like someone had turned the snot faucet on full force. TMI?


As luck would have it, I got a call that morning saying a massage appointment that I had been trying to get finally opened up. Could I be there in two hours? Sure, but too bad I couldn’t leave my nose at home.

Nope, I had to take my nose with me. And while the massage was awesome, my need to blow my nose no less than 15 times during the hour was beyond annoying. I hope my massage therapist doesn’t ban me after that mess.


I stayed in the rest of the weekend, resting, taking a decongestant, drinking water, sipping mugs hot mint & chamomile tea with honey & lemon, using Vicks vapor rub and taking long, hot showers with effervescent vapor tablets. Today I started added Emergen-C to the mix. I only made it through 3/4 of my workday today. Now it’s Monday night and I don’t feel a bit better. I can only sleep with my head elevated and on my back with my head facing straight up. I can’t stop sneezing. My ears are plugged and ringing. My nose faucet doesn’t appear to be coming to an end anytime soon and is basically raw. And I just found out I have to be part of a photo shoot at work tomorrow. Apparently it’s a Christmas theme featuring me as Rudolph. Awesome.

Okay enough about me and my throbbing head. Saturday was someone’s first day of work! OMG Becky just got her first job and Saturday was her first day of on-the-job training.

She is a hostess at a local restaurant. Lucky girl gets to wear jeans, an employer-provided t-shirt and a hair bun. (She found out later she has to tuck in her shirt and wear a brown or black belt.) And some sweet all-black shoes.

all-black shoes

Ha! She hates the shoes. But this pair was much better than the only other pair at the store. All black shoes are hard to come by and she needed them ASAP.  She worked all weekend and really seems to like it so far. Not bad for her first after-school job!

What was your first after-school job? I worked at McDonald’s because they were the only ones that would hire a 15-year-old.

Any suggestions to help me get over this horrible cold?

Sunday Social

Here’s to another edition of Social Sunday! This week is all about Pinterest.

1. What is your favorite outfit pin? Comfy, cute with a pop of color.

outfitTotally me.

2. What is your favorite food pin? Black Bean, Quinoa & Citrus Salad.


All the good things in one bowl!

3. What is your favorite wedding pin? I had to look for one since I haven’t ever actually pinned anything wedding.


So I had to go with a cake, of course! Did you guess my pin would be a cake? You have probably figured out by now sweets are my weakness.

4. What is your favorite DIY/craft pin? I have been looking for a necklace organization solution.


I love the personality of this one!

5. What is your favorite quote/verse/lyric pin?


That was kind of a given, wasn’t it?

6. Share one more random pin you love. I love this picture of Lithia Park in Ashland, OR.


My girls and I spent a lot of time exploring this park when we lived there. I miss the beauty it offers year round.


Share a random pin you love &/or your Pinterest username!

Online Lately

The internet never ceases to entertain me! Here are a few of my favorite things I’ve seen online lately.

Have you tried the latest, best workout? The Lilly Ann Workout is only 90-some seconds long and will make you feel awesome!

This adorable baby!

Her daddy is a soldier just meeting her for the first time as he returns from a tour of duty. How heartwarming is that?! Read more here.

Any fans of the movie Frozen? I haven’t seen it yet. I know, what is wrong with me?! But I have heard from everyone how great it is so this one is for you. A Frozen-inspired anchorman that I am sure most of us can relate to this winter.

What is entertaining you lately?

Doughnut Deal

Have you ever had what you thought was a deal with someone and then they let you down by not holding up their end and then you realize maybe you never really had a deal after all? Maybe it was all in your head. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good idea, just not equally agreed upon. Have I totally confused you yet?

You see, the past few weekends that I have been working on Saturdays at my parents’ business, I stop and buy Starbucks for us. And then at the office I find a doughnut waiting for me. Except last Saturday. No doughnut. What the heck?! I thought we had a deal! Apparently I was wrong. But lucky for me, my dad was on his way back to the office. He picked up these lovelies after an SOS call from my mom after I threatened to take back her hot chocolate. Yes, she orders hot chocolate at Starbucks. Yes, I am embarrassed to order it.  ;-)


Anyway, back to the good stuff. These were the best donuts ever! Seriously, still hot, melt in your mouth, gooey goodness. They were completely messy and I can’t stop thinking about them. I want another one right now!

After work, I made a stop to do something I had been considering for a long time.

I signed up to be a bone marrow donor.

A local church was hosting a Be the Match registry drive in honor of one of its members. I am excited about the possibility of helping someone else, if needed.

Later that afternoon, Sassy and I thought we would do a little shopping for her birthday party this coming weekend. We didn’t take into account that EVERYBODY else in town would be there in preparation for the forecasted Snowmageddon 2014. I made the mistake of pulling into this shopping area and then couldn’t get out.

There were lines of cars going every direction. We never even made it into the store! I just can’t deal with shopping crowds or traffic.

We made it home and hunkered down for the night. We had a winter storm warning with a forecast of sleet, ice and 8-10″ of snow that started Saturday through late Sunday.


They were wrong. We woke up yesterday to white, but it was just sleet covering everything. Midday we finally got some snow. Big, huge flakes! We ended up with a few inches, but nothing like they thought we might get.

The girls got to enjoy a day off of school today due to the storm. It brought arctic air with it meaning negative temperatures for us, as in new record lows. We needed hearty, warm food tonight.

I tried a new recipe for a vegetable curry dish. We liked it, but mine turned out much runnier than I think it should have been. I will have to work on that next time.

Any ideas on how to thicken that recipe?

How was your weekend?

Sunday Social


Oh man how I wish I had pics to share from high school and middle school for these questions!

1. Biggest Middle school fashion mistake. No mistakes! Ha! I remember rocking the flowered jeans, leggings and over-sized shirts the first time they were in style. I am oh so happy neon is back! #thebrighterthebetter

2. Who were your best friends in hs? Pics? My best friends in high school are still my best friends today! Some I have known since elementary school, others since middle school. Or as we called it back then, junior high. (Does that date me?…)

friends at dinner


This is most of us out for a dinner to celebrate me! Or at least a girls night out for me when I was in town visiting two summers ago before I decided to move back home just a month later.

3. What was a typical weekend like for you in hs? That would have meant a game of some kind, be it football or basketball. Then probably cruising a very popular road with my girlfriends to meet boys.

4. Did you have any boyfriends/girlfriends? Tell us about that. I did, though almost never from my own school. I seriously only ever dated one boy from my school. He was a senior varsity jock and I was a freshman cheerleader. So teen movie material! After that it was boys from other schools that I met through friends or while cruising road mentioned above. My longest relationship in HS started when I was a senior with a college boy I worked with. We dated off and on for about four years and actually went out again once several years after that.

5. Did you have any secret codes with your friends? Spill your secrets! No secret codes that I can remember, but I was a sneaky teen. I had a curfew, of course, but I found a way around it. Our house was a reverse story house. My bedroom was on the main level, with my parents on the lower level. I knew my mother didn’t sleep well until I came home, so I would come home, use the bathroom above their bedroom and then go to bed. Or so it would seem. What I would really do was then immediately go out my window and back out with my waiting friends. I did this constantly and my parents were never the wiser. Not once did I get caught. :-)

6. If you could relive one day/moment/experience from middle school or high school, what would it be? I am drawing a total blank on this one…

UPDATE: I wanted to clarify, as it appears OMG Becky read this post within minutes of me posting it. She now thinks I was a boy-crazy high school girl doing bad things. Only part of that is true. LOL! Sneaking out was really the only bad thing I ever did. And we would just hang out, driving around. All innocent fun.

What do you remember about your high school or middle school days?