Friday Favorites: FRI-YAY

Happy Friday!! 

After the first part of this week flew by, it slowed to a halt on Thursday – but thankfully, it is FRI-YAY. And coming up to a three day weekend.

Happy dance. Smile 

Here are the things that made me smile this week. . . feel free to share your favorites in the comments or link with your own Friday Favs post!!


1. Eskimo kisses. I also love that Luke asks for an Eskimo kiss and then a “real” kiss too. Melt.

2. My job. It makes me smile. I like helping people and making them feel better. It’s pretty awesome. Smile 


3. AdvoCare + Netflix for helping my running this week. I am loving the SLAM + Catalyst combo about 15-20 minutes before my run. It makes it easier to run harder and faster and get my sweat on!


4. BODYPUMP 95. It’s here! I’ve only just listened to the music. . . some good songs and some that I know won’t be favs (fellow instructors – already not loving the techno on the lunge track. . ..) And I cannot wait to try it out this weekend!


5. Prison Break. I must have been living under a rock because how am I just watching this now. It  is so addicting. And so good. Check it out but be prepared to spend your entire Saturday watching it! Smile 

Cheers to a great weekend!! What are you up to??

We are headed up to the Lake on Saturday after I teach BODYPUMP and I am looking forward to soaking in one last weekend hanging out on the dock and puttering around the lake in the boat.

I also just got my first delivery of Blue Apron and I am super excited to try it out! Don’t worry, I’ll be back with a recap and my thoughts. Smile 

Oh, and I have some cookies to make (thanks to Krusteaz). Luke and I will be busy! The tough part will be deciding which ones to make first. . .


Linking up with Friday fun with Heather and Clare!

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Life Lately – MN State Fair


Like, for reals, how is it Thursday already?

Don’t get me wrong, I am super happy – one more day and then on to a 3 day weekend. Heck yes.

But, man oh man, life has been busy!

I’d thought I would share with you some of the recent happenings over here. . .

This is my “man, I really really don’t like getting up at 5am to teach bodypump but I love love love how I feel afterwards!” face. . .


Running with my favorite man.


Dinner with the sisters.



and oh my goodness. the pie. it might be the best I’ve ever had. seriously.


Kicking BODYPUMP bootie with my pink shoes and pink Fabletics carpis.


Birthday party for Brynn.


Followed by birthday cake. delicious as usual. Smile 


Typical Sunday morning. Playing trucks at Panera. . .


And then wandering around Lowe’s.


On Monday, we all took the day  off of work and headed to the Minnesota State Fair. . . third annual trip with Uncle Adam. Smile 










And the best day ever for Luke  – He got to get to dressed up like a real fireman AND got to hug firefighter Mike AND climb inside the fire truck. So happy.


Working. . .


Spending the evening with my sisters. It is so wonderful to watch Aunt Jenny and Aunt Laura with Luke. Adorable.


Play time. Safety first.


Whew. Busy, but good. #blessed.

What  have you been up to??

See ya tomorrow with Friday Favorites!


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Friday Favorites: smiles

Happy Friday!!

This was my first week back to work after having surgery, but thankfully it went well and the week seemed to fly by. . . now just to get through today and then on to the weekend. We don’t have any big plans – other than a 4 year old birthday party (her Mom makes the best cake!) and a trip to the Minnesota State Fair on Monday!!

Here are the things that helped me smile this week. . .


1. spark. Monday morning was t.o.u.g.h. but thankfully after I mixed up my spark, I felt ready to take on the day! #success


btw – next big group challenge is staring on September 8th, if you are interested in joining in, just let me know! Smile

2. bath time. love.


3. national dog day. cuteness.


4. rocksbox. loved this necklace from my latest box.


Unfortunately it was a little more than I would typically spend, but I had fun wearing it at work. Excited to see what comes in my next box. . . don’t forget to use the code running4cupcakesxoxo to get a month FREE.

5. Snack time.


So, I don’t know why I haven’t tried these almonds before. They are amazing. Super glad Influenster sent them to me to try out. They might be my new favorite afternoon snack.

6. Making energy balls with my favorite chef.


Cheers to a great weekend!! What are you up to??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather and Clare!

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Dinner made easy {thanks to Jennie-O}

As a member of Jennie-O switch circle, they occasionally send me products to try out. And a few weeks ago, I received a package with two ground turkey products – lean taco seasoned ground turkey and lean Italian seasoned ground turkey. It was the perfect answer to “what’s for dinner?” that week!

Up first, the lean taco seasoned ground turkey. . . into nachos.


So simple. Layer a baking sheet with doritos, sprinkle with cheese and drizzle with taco sauce. Put in 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melty. Meanwhile, brown the turkey with 1/2 chopped onion. When the chips come out of the oven, top with ground turkey, and whatever you like on your nachos – I add chopped tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream.


Served on the baking sheet for minimal clean up. So stinking good and so easy!

Then, the next night,


I browned the lean Italian seasoned ground turkey and added a jar of spaghetti sauce. Served over pasta. Sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Yum!

I wasn’t sure what I would think of the Italian seasoning on the turkey. My Mom makes an amazing ground beef spaghetti sauce, and it’s hard to top that. While, my Mom still has the top spot, this was the perfect amount of seasoning and kicked up my weeknight dinner – win!


I will definitely be buying this product in the future.

Have you tried any new food items lately??

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Favorite Incline Walking Workouts

When I was recovering from surgery, I knew I had to take some time off from running, but I still wanted to get my sweat on. Thank goodness for incline walking workouts. Lower impact than running, but will still kick your bootay every time.

I thought I would share a few of my favorites, so the next time you are looking for a kick butt, sweat your face off workout, you can count on one of these. Smile

This one is crazy tough. The incline is high – taking it up to 15.0 and you are booking it with speeds up to 4.8.

One pinner said, On the off days of my interval running program. Sweaty Mess Walking Incline Intervals! I burnt 600 calories in 40 mins! I will be doing this a couple times a week.

I like this one because it is totally customizable for whatever speed/incline you feel comfortable with. . .

This one is tricky because you are at the same speed the whole time but taking the incline up up up really gets your heart pumping! Fit: 30 Minute Treadmill *Walking Workout.... Lord knows I can't run on a treadmill haha

Another winner from Courtney – I like this one because with changing the speed/incline/time intervals, the time flies by! 30 Minute Incline + Intervals Walking Workout (with a Beginner Option)

Do you have a favorite walking workout??

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Weekend Update: Low key

Hey! Happy Monday. Smile 

Today is my first day back at work after having the last 6 weeks to recover from surgery. Good thing I buy spark by the canister. #necessary Winking smile 

Anyway, we had a super low key weekend at home. The weather was a little chilly, so we decided to skip the Lake this weekend and just hung around home. .  . 

A trip to the Children’s museum.


Dangerous. (thanks influenster!)




What Abby does when she doesn’t want to come inside. . . lays in the middle of the street and lays on her back so you can’t pick her up.


Unfortunately for her, it doesn’t work. . . .


Family run.


Representing the ECFD!


After dinner play time in Aunt Jenny’s car.


Lazy Sunday.

Reading. btw – super good book!


And couch time with this boy.


Hope you had a great one. . . what were you up to?

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!


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Friday Favorites: 3 words per fav

Happy Friday!! I am popping in quick to share my favorites from this week, but as soon as I hit publish, Luke and I have a fun day planned to soak in some summer sunshine. Hope you have a great Friday!!

ice cream dates.


flying and giggles.


nap time fail.


my favorite boys.


cotton candy grapes. for real.


Sister shopping day.


Favorite random video –> groomsman’s surprise wedding dance? Ah-mazing.

Cheers to a great weekend!! 

We are headed to the Lake tomorrow after I teach BODYPUMP in the morning! Soaking in the last few weekends of summer and lake time before it’s gone. Smile 

What are you up to??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather and Clare!

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Eau Claire house tour

Geez. I can’t believe I haven’t done an official tour of our house. . . it’s only been 3 months .  . . Winking smile 

It’s a 2 story house with 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. We are at the end of a road, which is nice because there is very little traffic. Our neighbors are amazing and Luke loves playing with the “big kids.” We also back up to the woods – both beautiful and super cool to watch for wildlife. We see deer and wild turkeys pretty much every day.

Here’s a little peek at the new place. . .

View from front door.


Mud room. off of the garage.





Dining room.


Screened in porch. Basically summer perfection. Smile 


Living room.





Upstairs. . .

Guest bedroom.


Laundry room.


Luke’s room.



Master bedroom.



Master bath.


Plus an awesome walk-in shower.


Upstairs hallway.



Family room.



Plus an extra bedroom, bathroom and storage spaces.


So, that’s the new place! I think my favorite room is the living room. I love sitting on the couch (like I am right now) and working on the laptop while enjoying the view from the windows.


What’s your favorite room in your house?


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TYT – Recent Favs

Hi! Tuesday already? Craziness. Scott took the day off yesterday and I am on my last week of medical leave after surgery, so we took the day to get things done around the house and enjoy some extra family time. The weekend was pretty awesome too. . . finally got out on the Lake for some water skiing!


Anyway, today I wanted to share with you a few of my recent treats and favorites. . .

Rocksbox earrings win.


Simple and classic and go perfectly with my diamond studs which were an anniversary gift from Scott. btw – did you know it is super hard to take a picture of your ear. #abbybomb


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New top from Le Tote. Totally would have never picked out a top like this for myself in the store but I love it. Perfect for work and with the details in the back – so much more fun than just a button up shirt.


These aren’t new, but I can’t run without my Nectar sunglasses and the fact that they are pink – bonus! And I have a pair in black too!


New Lulu shorts. I have been basically living in lulu shorts since my surgery and I needed a few new pairs. These are my new favorite. So comfortable. Perfect for summer.

Tracker Short II

I also got another pair of these. in black. love the thick waistband and pocket in the back.


Linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday.

Any recent favorite treats for you??


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Friday Favorites: One word favs

Happy Friday! Man, I am happy that it’s the weekend. Not too much on tap for us planned – teaching bodypump on Saturday morning, a trip to the Lake for some beach and boat time and binge watching House of Cards (seriously cannot get enough!).

Here are my favs from this week. . .

This video of Tom Cruise and Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync Battle. Hilarious.

These monster cookie protein balls. Delicious.

monster protein balls

Family runs. Blessed.


Time with friends. Priceless.


Enjoying the summer sunshine. Love.


What about you – what’s your favorite from this week??


And cheers to a great weekend!! What are you up to??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather and Clare!

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