Sugar, I Love You

Happy Friday y'all! I'm looking forward to some potential house painting this weekend and enjoying the fantastic weather we've been having!

So, the title of today's post is about sugar. I love it. I think my twin brother and I could out eat anybody anywhere when it comes to sweets. We have never met a sweet too rich or too sweet and could usually go for seconds on a serving of custard or cheesecake when someone else wouldn't even be able to finish half.

With that said, I'm trying to re-evaluate my eating habits and amp up my healthyness. I go through this process often because I want to be healthy and I want to know the latest and greatest in the healthy eating news.

Unfortunately, sugar is never on the list of super foods and good things for me to eat.

This week I looked at the Cross Fit meal planning guide to see what these uber fit crossfit people eat. (I tried cross fit a few times but it is wayyy hard, maybe someday I'll try it again.)

The meal guide says something like- protein, veggies, a little bit of carbs and NO SUGAR. That is the main thing I remember from my reading. So, I tried to go yesterday with no sugar to see what it would be like.

Torture! By 9pm my body was screaming for something sweet. I couldn't stop thinking about eating ice cream. So, I gave in and had one scoop.

I plan to eat a little sugar everyday of my life just because I don't know if my life could be complete without it.

Is it possible to not eat sugar ever? I'm sure for some people it is, you are a super hero if you can go without it.

There you have what is on my mind this day, I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog!


Maxi Dress- Made by Me

This dress was fun to make and is super comfy! I feel all hippie chic in this dress.

If you want to make one too, follow this awesome tutorial here!

I can't wait to make another one, maybe next time I'll make a short dress!

Me Time

I had the past two nights all to myself because my hubby was out of town for work. It is strangely fun to have an empty house to go home to every now and then.

When Matt goes out of town I immediately plan my dinners with food that I like but he doesn't, get a movie or dvd of TV shows i've been wanting to watch and set up skype dates with my friends.

It's not that I can't do those things when he's home, it's just that I have only me to think about when he's away and like I said, it's kind of fun every now and then!

Monday night, I attempted to make Tofu Tika Masala, it was a fail. I was sooo hungry and didn't follow the directions. I just assumed all the ingredients went in the sauce pan at the same time but, the yogurt didn't enjoy being cooked so it didn't turn out very good. After that, I went for a long run/walk around the neighborhood, tried out the new paint color on the side of our house, then worked on a sewing project I'll show you later!

Tuesday, I make cilantro lime rice with tofu, that was delish. See, Matt would never willingly eat tofu, but, I really like it for some reason so, I try to make it when he's gone:)

Next up I skyped with some college roomies, watched an episode of "The Tudors" while finishing my sewing project. then did a workout video. Then, I watched the movie "Coco Before Chanel". When I realized this movie was in French, I almost turned it off but then got used to the subtitles and enjoyed the movie. Coco was miss attitude that's for sure.

I'm glad my husband doesn't have to be gone long when he goes on work trips but I appreciate a couple of nights to craft, eat tofu, and watch movies without anyyyyone else around. 



What a fantastic and long feeling weekend.

I love it when the weekend doesn't seem like it just flew by- I've found the best way to help the weekend feel longer is to not sleep in too late:). Even just a year ago I would have thought that was a horrible thing to say because sleeping is was the best in my opinion but now, I'd kind of rather get up and do things! (I'm not really that hardcore, I got up at 8:45 on Saturday and 9 on Sunday. Sleeping in used to mean sleeping until after 10:30 at least).

Anyway, Matt and I enjoyed the fantastic 75 degree spring weather this weekend by being outside a lot. We worked on the Airstream and in the yard. I took off all of the emblems and letters from the Airstream to refurbish them!

And, we now have all of the side windows redone! Woohoo! Now we have to re-do the front, back, and all of the small vista-view windows, progress.

We also went to a neighborhood fire pit on Saturday night. We showed up at 7:30 and didn't go home until about midnight. It was so fun to meet a bunch of neighbors we hadn't met yet and just sit in our lawn chairs around a fire pit in one of our neighbors front yards. Everybody in the circle had kids except for us and all had their video baby monitors in their cup holder so they could be outside while their little kids slept. I found this kind of hilarious (all of the parents could see their house from their chair so don't worry, they weren't neglecting their kids). A few people had to run into their house if they saw their kid get up or something on the monitor.

Apparently the people on our street like to have these fire pit sessions pretty often so, I am excited to go back!

I baked a cake this weekend and while it was cooling Matt kept eating one half before I could frost it. He convinced me that he wanted to eat the cake unfrosted which is crazy but,  I let him have half unfrosted and I ate the other half with frosting.

We also bought paint to paint the outside of our house! We have a photo from a magazine that we love and thought, we should paint while the weather is pleasant instead of waiting until it gets hot in the summer. So, next weekend we are thinking we will paint! I'm excited to try out the color tonight on the back of the house to make sure we like it.

That pretty much wraps up our weekend, here's to a fantastic week ahead!


Cheers to the Weekend!

I'm enjoying a little Cruzan Rum souvenir from our Virgin Islands vacation this weekend!

I'm looking forward to spending lots of time outside this weekend and trying out our hammock. I hope you have a good one!


The World is Coming to Life

Never before have I noticed spring like I have this year. This year we have our own yard and a garden. Everyday I go to each plant and check it out to see if it's grown. Right now, there are a few seedlings emerging from their little planters and I'm so excited they are growing!

We have added a pretty little garden around the tree in our front yard!

Don't worry, we're working on the grass
And the mystery plants I found growing are Tulips!

Something else is popping up in our garden and I am exited to see what it is.

Here is one last shot in our backyard, I love how pretty the trees are right now.


When I Workout

When I workout, I have to get creative to keep myself motivated. The other day I was running and I was only half way through my workout. I started to dread the other half and wanted to just walk. To keep me moving I would say in my mind, Doritos, chocolate chip cookie, coke. As I thought of these foods (which I had eaten earlier in the day) I got mad at them for being so irresistible but also having more calories in them than I needed. I took out my revenge on them by working them off!
I mostly always follow along with a workout app on my phone or a workout video so that I know what to do, for how long, and how hard.
When I hit a wall and feel like quitting during my workout I have to start thinking of things that motivate me. As much as I like healthy foods, I also love a lot of unhealthy things too. I don’t really deny myself food that I crave, I just try to fit it into my calorie budget for the day (yes I’m a calorie counter during the week!) and sometimes in order to fit food in my budget, I have to work it off with exercise!
P.S. Did you know that Vlasic dill pickles are fat free and calorie free? I got a huge jar at Costco and eat one for a snack everyday, delish!


Needlepoint Belts

I love to craft and usually have some sort of crafty project going on at any given time. When I see something I really want to make I tend to jump right in because I'm too excited to try it to spend a few days pondering the project.

My latest craft want is to do a needlepoint belt! Look how cute they are!

Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

To straight up buy one is a couple hundred dollars, but you can buy kits and make one yourself for more like $50 or if you were really good you could just design your own without a kit. If I make one, I would like to do a TCU belt with the TCU letters and the horned frog alternating and I'd also like to do a beach belt with turtles and possibly sailboats or sea shells!

How neat would it be to be able to make these for people, specifically for what they love most?! I'll give it a try and see how it goes, I bet it would take a loooong time to do an entire belt but I'll let you know how it goes!


World Without End- Ken Follett

I just finished my third Ken Follett book, "World Without End".

Every time I finish one of his books, I feel a little sad that it's over. His books are so long (1,000 pages!) that you become kind of attached to the story and characters. This sounds weird I know but, last week, I got real life and what was happening in the book a little mixed up I was so into it! The book addresses The Plague and one of the symptoms was nose bleeds. Somebody told me about a real life person having a nose bleed and my first thought was, maybe it's The Plague. I quickly remembered that was from the book though and it was pretty funny, but, again strange that I would get so caught up in the book!

"World Without End" is the sequel to "Pillars of the Earth". The novel cover the 1300's in Kingsbridge. In typical Ken Follett fashion, he introduces several characters at the beginning of the book. As the story continues, the characters begin to interact and become woven together in the overall story.

The main themes of this book are The Plague and how people dealt with it, The Priory and all of the politics involved with it, and of course love stories amongst the characters.

Follett does such a great job of bringing the time period to life and I really enjoyed this book. I felt all kinds of emotions while reading this book from anger to happiness. In the end, Follett does not leave you hanging and all of the mysteries woven throughout the novel will be revealed.

I highly recommend this book and I'm glad I've discovered this author!


So Glad We "Sprung" Forward

I love that it was still light outside tonight until about 8 pm! The sunlight at the end of the day makes me feel so much more productive and happy.

When I got home from work I finished making rows in our vegetable garden, went for a run, prepped a new interior door, ate dinner, blogged, watched the bachelor, and the night isn't over yet!

Here is our veggie garden all ready for plants, some herbs I planted yesterday, and something has sprung up in our yard (I think they might be tulips or daffodils... not sure yet!)

Herbs (I hope they grow!)

Veggie Garden Rows

Mounds for squash and pumpkins

The Mystery Plant Growing Strong!

Our Garden

We worked on our garden this weekend! We tilled up a 12x16 area for a veggie garden and got a few things planted inside to start them off.

Tomatoes, 3 kinds of peppers, and some flowers

Some of our seed packets to be planted directly in the garden

Our garden layout
We are planning to plant the following-
Corn, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Jalapenos, Banana Peppers, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Carrots, Pumpkin, Squash, Chamomile, Cilantro, Mint, and Basil!!

To amp up our soil we added manure, mushroom compost, and peat moss (our soil test said we were Alkaline so we hope the peat moss will make it more acidic).

It's fun to work in the garden and have so much potential to grow food! I love it.

I'm sore now mainly from running the tiller, it was a beast.

We also plan to plant a few flowers! We picked the kinds that are considered tough since we are new at gardening.

We also worked on our Airstream for several hours on Saturday! Check out what we did over at our Airstream blog by clicking here!


Tail Lights and Trailer Tongue Makeover

Winter has kept us away from working on our Airstream but this weekend we had a fantastic day to be outside with our Airstream! So, we cleaned up the taillights and trailer tongue to make them look shiny and new again.

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Ever little step makes our Airstream more and more beautiful! We'll have more projects as the weather gets warmer and more blog updates! 


Airstream Inspiration

If you didn't know, my husband and I have owned an Airstream travel trailer for several months now and are in the process of renovating it! This weekend the weather is suppose to be nice so we are planning to spend some major time working on it!

Our Airstream is gutted right now, see what I mean?

We have seen a few really awesome Airstream renovations around the web and are pumped to keep working on ours to make it look beautiful!

Here are some Airstream pics that are inspiring me to get to work this weekend!

Source: via Michelle on Pinterest

Happy Weekend!



Virgin Islands Vacation Part 3

Starfish we saw snorkeling

Matt and I walking the beach

Hubby paddle boarding

Metal sailboat we saw a few times

Pretty Sunset

The Baths

Enjoying my book

Having a pain killer

My usual hair style for the week

We had a fantastic vacation and I hope I get to go back someday!!!!