Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Thoughts on my Fitbit

Y'all. I joined the Fitbit club yesterday. Sorry I'm like 5 years late on this one.  But, we are doing some sort fitness challenge soon - they haven't announced the details yet - and it included a free Fitbit for the first 40 people to sign up! We could get the Fitbit One for free OR we could pay the difference to get a different one. I decided on the Fitbit Alta (affiliate link).

I liked that this one has the screen the smaller screen than the HR that Christian has but I can still see my daily stats, the time and my phone notifications. I was really wanting an athletic watch of some sort of Girls on the Run practice, so this came at the perfect time!

Of course, as soon as the Fitbit was delivered, I dowloaded the app and got to work tracking my stats. Since I hadn't been wearing it all day, my steps count for yesterday was definitely low, but I was able to add in the midday walk and Girls on the Run practice before actually using it to track my run and workout when I got home!

The last thing that I'm really loving is that I can track my meals, water and sleep, too! My friend Sarah and I are on a mini weight loss journey together and we've been pushing each other to try new workouts and recipes. She has a Fitbit so we can be friends on the app and continue to push each other even when we can't make it to the same workout in a week!
As you can tell, my Thursday Thoughts for today are "go buy a Fitbit". I've always thought they were pointless and not necessary but with the app and the great resources on the Fitbit blog, I'm newly and wholeheartedly SOLD on the power of the Fitbit. Check back with me in a month to see if I'm still using it ;) 

Unrelated, is everyone else having Spring where they live, too? Literally, trees are in bloom, our grass is coming back to life and the weeds are running amuck in the yard. It's weird.

Happy Thursday, guys! One more day!

Linking up with Joey and Natalie

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Doggy Life

So I got my Tuesdays mixed up for linking up with with Lauren and Bre for Add It To My List. So, I'm going to share these things anyway because I love them! We were dog sitting this weekend and I realized there are some dog toys we just couldn't live without and then, after reading Stephanie's post yesterday, I wanted to share some of my favorite things we've had over the course of Ellie's almost two years of life!

I'm also just filling this post up with pictures of Ellie's ridiculous sleeping poses on our pillows. Christian said the other day "Ya know, Ellie could never survive in the wilderness.... there aren't any pillows".  So true.

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Chew Toys 

We've had many people tell us that certain rawhides are bad for pups so we have moved mostly to antlers! We have a friend who sells them so we get them for a discount and they have been a lifesaver. We chose the elk antlers because they're a little bit softer. Now don't get me wrong, she is a CHEWER so I was worried the softer antler would be demolished in a second, but that's not the case at all.
Another chew we love is this peanut butter bone. It takes her a little while to get through the peanut butter but it definitely keeps her entertained. She had these more when she was a puppy but there are a couple leftover that she chews on occasionally. When she's really antsy and it's rainy or we can't go out, we will put peanut butter back in it and let her go at it!


Ellie can be a little bit of a chow hound and loves her treats. Right now, she's on allergy medicine so we give her a treat every night. In order to keep her interest, we switch them out every so often. Christian's parents have been giving us their treats out of a Barkbox that we switch out with but her absolute favorites are Dentastix.

I've never seen a dog get so excited for a treat. Sometimes she will start shaking from excitement and the other night we got her to army crawl because she knew she was supposed to "lay" for the treat but couldn't sit still. Another one that we've bought a few times are these. They are peanut butter flavored (if you couldn't tell from before, she loves peanut butter).


For Christmas, my sister in law got us a light up collar and I'm obsessed with it. Ellie is black. Very, very black. My husband literally couldn't find her last night because she was on a black blanket. So this collar has come in so handy during the shorter winter days but it will come in handy over the summer when we take walks/runs later while we wait for temperatures to cool down and her paws don't get burned!
Apparently, some people find this weird, but Ellie has a life jacket. I would be SO scared to put her on a boat or kayak and something happen where she was injured and couldn't swim, but was without a life jacket. So, we have this one and she looks adorable in it if I do say so myself.


When Ellie was little, we had your normal bowls on the floor on a rubber mat situation going on. Being the chewer that she is, she destroyed her mat after a week, but we didn't want to replace it until she had grown out of her destructive phase. Then, for Christmas, my mother in law got us fancy bowls that stand off the ground. (Also, I'm realizing my in-laws got Ellie more Christmas presents than us I'm pretty sure. I guess this is practice for grandkids?)
It is so much less messy and easier to clean under it if she spills water and I know she likes having it closer to her when she eats. I'm not sure the exact one they got, but here are a few I found: one / two / three.

Monday, February 13, 2017

80 degrees in February

Do you ever have one of those weekends that is just good? You're not even sure why but it was? That was this weekend. Also, I could use a nap to recharge from weekend because this week is about to be insane. I haven't done a weekend recap in awhile so why not today to see if I can start some blogging momentum for the week!

Friday, February 10, 2017

5 on Friday!

Um, how did Friday get here so quickly? I'm not usually one to say that the week sped by but it really seemed to this week! All of a sudden, I was talking to my team at work and we realized it was 4:30pm on Thursday! Right around that time, I also realized I didn't blog at all this week. But, I have a good reason that I will be sharing today :)

Friday, February 3, 2017

5 on Friday: February Goals

I have set a few goals this month so I thought this would be a good place to write them in.. stone? The cloud? Google? Anyways, I want to put them somewhere just to hold myself a little more accountable.

If you missed it, my goal for 2017 is "Try More" thanks to my friend Lisa. So far, I already checked a few things off this list in January. I tried some new fitness classes and really committed to my new meal plan (outside of some REALLY stressful days where I just couldn't find the strength to cook). This month, I have quite a few "try more" on my list!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Add It To My List: A Link Up

When I saw Lauren and Bre mention this link up last week, I knew I had to join! I love buying/watching/reading/doing things based on my friend's real recommendations so I can't wait to see what everyone is sharing today!

My list is kind of all over the place, but that's what makes it fun, right?


I mentioned last week I just finished Anna Kendrick's book - go get it!

Friday, January 27, 2017

5 on Friday!

The last few weeks have been tough, as I mentioned earlier this week, but hopefully I will be back on the blogging train this week. My 5 on Friday this week is going to be short and sweet but I wanted to put something out there and get the blogging juices flowing! 

one // Date night tonight! 

We are going out for Queen's Feast tonight at Napa on Providence and I'm pumped. We haven't had a really nice date night in awhile and we're going to a new restaurant. I'm also ready to cheat SO hard on my meal plan.

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