Ok, it’s been a year since I last blogged and a lot has happened. Fun stuff and difficult stuff. And all of it has lead to me to where I am today, teaching Pilates like a boss and working at lululemon like a champ. One of my goals this year is to be able to do a handstand unassisted. Here is a video of how I practice. …and of how Brian feels about my practice. Keep in mind his office is on the other side of the wall I’m using. And please don’t judge me for my butt being in the camera so much. Just enjoy the commentary. 😉

Favorites for the Lips

Let’s start with a moment of silence for Downton Abbey. (Don’t worry, no spoilers here for those who are still catching up.)


Alright, moving on. A few weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram:

IMG_4488Those all came out of my “lip gloss pocket” in my purse. No wonder it weighs a ton! But I must say that I’ve gotten good use out of each of these lip products, plus a few more. So here are my favorites in order of color-ness. (I didn’t include the reds that I’ve been wearing, found in this post.)


1. I never leave the house without my Burts. Seriously, I have them tucked away all over. My purse, jacket pocket, coffee table, night stand, B-money’s back pack. (No, that last one is not a joke, there is a Burts tucked into the second pocket of his back pack.)

2. Fresh’s Sugar Rose is a great because it has a hint of color and SPF 15. Also, side note, the lid twists off. Let me save you from feeling like a momo (like me) and thinking you’re just not strong enough to get the lid off.

3. I love the smell and formula of Laura Mercier’s Lip Glace in Baby Doll. There isn’t much color, mostly shine and shimmer. But it’s not sticky and doesn’t do that funky clumpy thing on your lips or the corner of your mouth.

4. I LOVE BUTTER LONDON! I have several of their nail polishes and got this lippy in Trout Pout for my b-day. It is quite thick, so there is a reason it’s called liquid lipstick. This is a nice pale pink, more opaque than you would think for a lip gloss, and is a great color for this spring with rosy cheeks and floral prints.

5. This is one of my favorite glosses. It is Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Child. Jessica Alba wore Hourglass lip gloss with her amazing coral dress at the Golden Globes this year. This actually has a little bit of color, but it’s nude and smooth and lasts way longer than most other glosses (so it’s great if your a talker like me). I like this when I just want some shine and not much color. Also, I got a mini size and so didn’t pay out the wazoo for it.

6. Tarte LipSurgence matte lip tint in Hope. I really like this one. It looks kind of purple, but is a very natural color. I think there must be mint in the formula because it is refreshing like Burts. It’s just enough color that no one would know you had it on, but you look put together. Plus no one can tell when it starts to wear off. Keep in mind that it is matte, so you may want a gloss over it.

7. Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin-up Peach. This is another one that Kate at The Small Things Blog shared. It is like a shimmery tinted balm. And I think it’s more pink than peach. This is the one I reach for when I’m in a hurry and can’t find or don’t have time to stand in front of a mirror. It’s also one that still looks good when it’s wearing off.

8. Lastly, the Sonia Kashuk lipstick in Pink Punch. I LOVE THIS. It goes on super smooth and creamy and feels like a step up from Revlon but not quite MAC. I like the pink when I want a good pop of color but red is too much or doesn’t go with what I’m wearing. (How much do I sound like I would be Cher on Clueless?) It does wear off with too much talking, but girls go to the bathroom a lot so just keep it in your pocket and you’re good to go.

Do you have any favorites right now? Are you ready to put some color on your lips?! I challenge you to try some color on your lips this week!


I’ve been meaning to sit down and write for months now. Seriously, months. As I’ve pondered this whole blogging thing, I’ve asked myself why I want to blog. People have different reasons, but for me, it comes down to chronicling my life. There are so many funny, crazy, overwhelming things that happen that I want to remember.

So I’m back.

Since we last met, quite a bit has happened. But I’ll just give you the highlights. (That’s not a promise to be short, just that I’m leaving out lots.)

We moved to a new apartment. Not stressful at all. :/ Who knew it could be 85* at the end of October?

We moved to a new apartment. Not stressful at all. :/ Who knew it could be 85* at the end of October?

We did the Color Run 5K in Charlotte! It was SO fun. Everyone needs to do it at some point.

We did the Color Run 5K in Charlotte! It was SO fun. Everyone needs to do it at some point.

My brother and sister were there along with a bunch of our friends.

My brother and sister were there along with a bunch of our friends.

Seriously, so fun.

Seriously, so fun.

I did a photo shoot for my cute nephews. They already look bigger.

I did a photo shoot for my cute nephews. They already look bigger.


And I did a photo shoot for this cute family.


I got to hang out with some cool kids when my bff came into town for a week.


We celebrated Christmas with lots of these dark chocolate covered peppermint jo jo’s. I loved them so much that I wanted to document them. Don’t judge.


We also celebrated Christmas in style.


I had a merry birthday with a wee party in our new place.


Even my photos got in the spirit of things!


We rang in the New Year with games and friends. 5 hours can fly by when you have Mexican Train.


We finally got some snow. This snow bunny loved it. Don’t let her face fool you.

I got bangs! Maybe you're unaware, but this is a monumental occasion in a woman's life. And apparently they are butt holes when it comes time to grow them out. There's your PSA.

I got bangs! Maybe you’re unaware, but this is a monumental occasion in a woman’s life. And apparently they are butt holes when it comes time to grow them out. There’s your PSA.


We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary in Boone and Blowing Rock. We got to play in some snow there, too.


You can never really get the mountains out of your blood. They’re always calling.


We had an AMAZING dinner at the same restaurant, in the same table (!) where we had our first date 9 years ago. I would’ve taken a picture of my ahi tuna steak, creamed kale, and jasmine rice and Brian’s meat loaf with Cheerwine barbecue sauce, creamed potatoes, and asparagus but the lights were too dim. Besides, some memories are best left tucked away in your heart. (I’m talking about the meal. Seriously, so good.)

So there you have it. Thanks for reading, if you made it this far. 🙂

Fun in the Car

So we’re on the road again.
No surprise there.

To pass the time on these 4+ hour car rides, we have a few go-to games.

Usually I’ll read aloud from a book that we both enjoy. This year we read all of the Hunger Games, The Underland Chronicles, The Books of Ember, and the last couple of the Harry Potter series. But when we can’t agree on a book to read, we move on to the game we are currently playing.

Guess The Movie Soundtrack

Turn Pandora on to the Epic Soundtracks station and turn the screen off, take guesses as to which movie it came from, and see who won!

Brian always guesses Pirates of the Caribbean or Gladiator. And he’s usually right. Hans Zimmer is so good. If you have the patience to sit through 8 minute songs, you can just let them play trough. But we usually skip to the next song until Pandora-nazi stops us.

And then there’s always 20 Questions. (road kill should not be allowed as the word to guess.)

(That is all.)


juices updated

I’ve added a few new juices to the list.

aMAHzing Orange Juice

Summer Blend

And some of you will be happy to know that there are no veggies in either of them. 😉


Brian and I decided to get a juicer to aid in our attempts to live a healthier lifestyle (which miraculously includes me running outside 4 days/week). We found this guy for a good price on Amazon.

We have loved it! Especially since my usually-picky-eater of a husband has been adventurous with me in trying various types of produce. Also, I should say, a membership to BJ’s, Costco, Sam’s, local farm co-op, etc. is essential. As is a good juicing reference like this book that I added to my cart. I’m such a sucker for the impulse buys… but this one paid off. And it has pretty pictures.

I am starting new pages in my blog here to keep track of our favorite juices. So here is our most common juice, I call it The Basic. I actually like the slight flavor addition of cucumber and pepper. And here is our favorite dessert juice, Apple Pie.

We’ve experimented with kale, pineapple, oranges, berries, and more. I’ll add our favorites here. If you have any faves, do share!

I’m off to make some muffins with my pulp!

Happy MLK Jr Day

I can’t remember the last time I blogged. That usually means it’s time to blog again.

We made it back from our trip to Vancouver safe and sound. It was so great to see so many of our friends and loved ones. The weather was also nicer (for the most part) than I was expecting.

This last week home has been a blur. We finally took our Christmas decorations down (last night) and I found myself humming Christmas tunes in spite of it.

I’ve been babysitting for the daughter of a friend of Brian’s. She’s about two and a half and has the ‘tude to go with it. But I get a good chuckle at least 5 times a day with her. On Friday, she was preparing tea for herself and her friend, a moose whose name she was pronouncing KAH-nick. But then I deduced that she was saying Canuck. It’s funny because she’s half Canadian. …but probably doesn’t know it. 😉

I’ve also had some time to finish a few knitting projects and start some new crocheting and knitting projects.

And we finally got to just chill and watch tv with friends. Oh, and a few YouTube videos.

If you’re looking for some fun, family friendly, feel-good vids, just do a YouTube search for “bunny cam” or “baby bunny rabbits eat” or something along those lines. You’re welcome. 🙂

{ this moment }

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments at SouleMama for all to find and see.


Feeling Like a Grown Up

Do you know what makes me feel like a grown up? Controlling my own thermostat. I’ve never ever been in charge of that before. Growing up in the Churches’ residence (may I help you, please?), you didn’t dare touch the dial. If it moved even a fraction of a millimeter, somehow my dad would know. And fix it. So it’s kind of a big deal that I now have to decide how to wield this super power.

(This clip from Family Guy always makes me laugh.)

We haven’t turned on our heat yet… It’s bearable once the sun has been up for a few hours, but I don’t know what will happen after the temps dip below the freezing mark tonight. I’ll let you know tomorrow after I’ve defrosted my lappy.

Do you know what else makes me feel like a grown up? Eating Brussels sprouts. And learning that it’s spelled Brussels. Sprouts. Add bacon to anything and it’s edible.

Do you know what else makes me feel like a grown up? Needing to buy furniture. There’s a lot in my life that I say I ‘need.’ But furniture is a legit item in that long list. Well, we were blessed today with some free, American-made, solid wood bedroom furniture. You wouldn’t find it in the latest Pottery Barn catalog, but it’ll do. You know how, for some unknown reason (let’s blame the French), styles from decades past come back? I think this style of furniture has come and gone twice now. So hopefully if we hang on to it for a while longer, it’ll be back again. 😉 Also, how long do you think it will be before the 90’s grunge, Kurt Cobain style and “the Rachel” come back?

happy tuesday

Good morning. I feel like there is so much to share, mostly in pictures, of the last month. But I’m still sorting through all of them. We’ve established our “home office” of sorts. I like our set-up. I can see Brian and Lola and get lots of sunshine (weather permitting). But this morning I am feeling a little out of place and a little blue. I dreamed about our office in Langley. I dreamed about our friends and co-workers there who we were used to seeing everyday. Or at least several times per week. It’s just different. And change takes time to get used to. So in honour of my Vancouverites, I’m sipping from my Vancouver mug today. 🙂

what up mug shot.