But Really It’s…

Is it just me or do you find yourself looking at the clock the day after the time changes and saying to yourself, “The clock says it’s 9 a.m., but really it’s 8 a.m.”

"Tiiiiiiime, is on my side. Yes it is!"

I think I do this for at least two days after the the time changes and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe to explain why I’m hungry or tired at certain times?

This morning Ryan and I woke up at 7:45 a.m. and Ryan immediately said, “Good for us! We almost slept ’til 8 a.m.!” Not so, I said. “You think it’s 7:45, but really it’s 6:45 a.m.”

Even the pastor at church this morning had a similar thought when he thanked us for coming to the 9 a.m. service when it was really an  8 a.m. service.

Eventually reality will settle in. 😉


I grabbed a quick snack on my way to church this morning, and was ready for a warm breakfast when I arrived home after the service.

I sipped on a hot mini cup of Starbucks coffee while I prepared a big ol’ bowl of pumpkin protein oats.

Me + 'Bucks

Pump it Up!

My pumpkin protein oats contained:

  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1 scoop All the Whey cup cake batter protein powder
  • 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
  • Several shakes of pumpkin pie spice

Precooked Oats

Pumpkin Spice is Oh-So-Nice

I combined all of the ingredients with about a quarter of a cup of water and microwaved it for 90 seconds, stirring it every 20 seconds or so.

I enjoyed my breakfast with a side of the latest issue of Cooking Light magazine and a mini apple pie Larabar.

Sunday Morning Breakfast

 This is one heck of a filling breakfast!

Hopefully it’ll keep me full while I head out to complete a couple of Sunday morning errands.

See ya lata for lunch!

Spring Produce

I am a girl who plans her weekly meals based on what fruits and veggies are on sale at the grocery store every Sunday. This means that when the seasons change and different produce becomes in season (and therefore on sale) my purchases change as well.

Oh So Fresh!

The warmer weather in Central Florida got me thinking about spring. With the first day of spring rapidly approaching (it’s Saturday, March 20, by the way), I’m anxiously awaiting fresh spring produce!

Of the following spring produce, which are you most excited to enjoy?

  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Radishes
  • Strawberries

(Is anyone going to pick radishes? I mean really… 😉 )

I am definitely most excited for strawberries!


Lunch today featured fresh veggies and pasta… Shocking, I know. I never eat this meal. 😉

Lunch Time!

Today’s noodle bowl included:

I ❤ Parmesan Cheese

Stirred Up

Is it weird that I really think I could eat this every single day for lunch? I am a big advocate for variety, but this is one meal I get really excited to eat every single time.

For dessert I enjoyed a cup of sugar-free Jello and a mini apple pie Larabar that I received yesterday in my race packet for Saturday’s 10k race. Gotta love free samples!

Mini Apple Pie Larabar

All in all, a tasty lunch!

Bridesmaid Dress Unsuccess

After visiting two different bridal boutiques with my friend Laurel, we came up a little short on the bridesmaid dress front.

Pretty Dresses

The first boutique carried a bunch of Vera Wang dresses that were gorgeous (Hello $13,000 price tag!). Since I already have a dress and didn’t feel like selling my car to buy a different one, we bypassed the bridal gowns and headed toward the bridesmaid dresses. 

We specifically went to the first store to see the Liz Fields dresses I loved online (and posted about here).

Unfortunately they didn’t have two of the three dresses I wanted to see, but they did have the halter dress and Laurel slipped into it within 15 minutes of our arrival.

Halter Dress

Note: This print is AWFUL and I would never put my bridesmaids in Hawaiian print dresses. As I said before, they will all be wearing champagne dresses on the big day.

Terrible print aside, this dress just didn’t cut it. Laurel was a great model, but the dress itself felt really cheap. The material was very thin and it honestly seemed like a dress you could buy at Forever 21 for $19.99. Needless to say, this dress is no longer in the running. 🙂

We hopped in my car and headed to our second boutique where we had much better luck.

I really loved a one-shoulder dress, but think it’s a bit over the price range I’m hoping to stay within for my bridesmaids.

Cute Dress

I think Laurel’s boyfriend needs to plan a hot date so she can wear this dress out because it looked great on her!


After dress shopping, I dropped Laurel off at her apartment and swung by Starbucks for a cappuccino before heading home to take Sadie out so our landlord could show our apartment to potential tenants.


(I ❤ Starbucks gift cards! Thank you to my Aunt Laurie for this lil’ treat!)

First Timer

About an hour later I headed out to Marshall’s for some shopping that I definitely didn’t need to do, but wanted to do anyway. 🙂

You should all know that I succumbed to a trend today: the running skirt.

Pink Nike Running Skirt

White Nike Running Skirt

I ended up buying the white Nike running skirt because the pink one was a little big and I didn’t want it fallin’ down and my hiney hangin’ out as I run. Good reason, no?

I also purchased a banana bread Larabar at Marshall’s for $.70 which I promptly devoured in the car on my way home. Sch-weet!

Banana Bread Larabar

I think I’m the only one not on the whole “I love Larabars” kick because I haven’t found a flavor that I thought was suuuuper delicious yet. This one was definitely the best flavor I’ve tried so far though and I would buy it again if I found it on sale for $.70. 😉

One Last Thing

I totally forgot to post this picture last night, but it made me smile reeeeal big.

My mom is the cutest and for our dinner party with Ryan’s family she had place settings out for everyone with name tags. She even had one set for Sadie which I thought was hysterical and so adorable. 🙂

Sadie's Place Setting

The Beast

Hope you’re all enjoying the last of the weekend.

I’m off to the grocery store with Ryan to battle the Sunday crowd. Watch out!