Uncle Bob

Tuesday was a sad day.

Our family got a reminder of how short life is.

Craig’s Godfather passed away Tuesday night.

Not only was he his Godfather, he was a close friend of the family. He was Uncle Bob. That is what Craig & his brother, Mike always called him, because he was more of an Uncle than just a family friend.
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I know sometimes a Godfather or Godmother is only in the child’s life for the beginning, when they are young. Sometimes they stay in touch here & there.

This was not the case for Uncle Bob. He stayed involved in Craig & Mike’s lives. He was there for them. He would call Craig about once a month just to say hi & see how we were doing. Craig ALWAYS made sure to take the phone call, even if it was right before we were going to bed. Uncle Bob just meant the world to him.

I ‘just’ met Uncle Bob about 3 years ago, and I have to say he was one of the MOST genuine people that I have ever met! He ALWAYS went out of his way to make people feel special, or to do kind things for people.

You know this picture of our engagement?
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You see that guy on the left hand side? Well, that’s Uncle Bob video taping our entire engagement. He actually SNUCK onto Ravens Field to capture our moment for us. He ended up getting in trouble with security right after this picture was taken, but he didn’t care. He just told them ‘Sir, I’ll be off soon. That’s my Godson, he just got engaged & I don’t want to miss it.’ Best story ever. To this day we all still laugh about it. 🙂

Uncle Bob was one of a kind. He will FOREVER be apart of our lives.

This is just a reminder to call someone & tell them how much you love them. You NEVER know HOW SHORT life can be, and you don’t want to miss any opportunity to express your love to them.

Phone Photos

Good Morning!

Happy Wednesday to you. Half way through the week, only the end half to go!

Today I thought I would share some random pictures in my phone that I found when I was looking through them the other day. They always make me laugh, because there is typically a funny story behind it.

Oh, but I have to show you the inside of my Thin Mint cake.
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And it was a HUGE hit!!!!! Everyone told me how much they enjoyed it! I would HIGHLY recommend the recipe! I was told it was nice & minty- made you feel like you just brushed your teeth! Eat cake & have fresh breath. Win win. (although, if I ever make it again, I will not add the 1/2 banana. I know it was used to add moisture to the cake, but it really didn’t need it…and I could taste it. I think I only tasted it because I knew it was in there. I asked my co worker & she said she had no idea there was banana in it.)
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That would be our living room floor. This is what I walked into the other night when I got home from work. Do you see all of those papers on the table?? Those are Craig’s previous March Madness brackets from prior years. & the newspaper on the floor…that’s USA Todays- from this year & prior years. They always have a special Monday edition for March Madness after Selection Sunday. You probably thought I was kidding about his March Madness craziness. 😉

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To add to his craziness, I made him this cake on Selection Sunday night. Please do not laugh at my HORRIBLY drawn basketball. I don’t even know what that is!!! Haha 🙂

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Yep, I have to admit, I totally fall for the marketing ploys. They made chicken nuggets in the shape of dinosaurs?! I’m all over them. How cute are they?? And they say that they are only for kids. Ha. Who are they kidding! Oh, and they are actually really good! We had them the other night for dinner, and they are all white meat. (like it says) I was impressed. I’ll definitely buy them again 🙂

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Liz, I found them. Yep, the limited edition BIRTHDAY CAKE OREOS. Did I buy them? No. Why? Because I would of immediately eaten the whole bag…and we are trying to go a bit easy on the sweets lately. But I have heard they are pretty fabulous.

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Those would be my fingers in RARE form. I always always always have them painted. ALWAYS. I just think my fingers look weird without any nail polish on them. Actually I think I just have weird hands, almost like man hands. Ew. Even though my fingers are small (my ring size is only a 4 & 1/2), I still don’t like my hands. I guess we all have something we don’t care for on our bodies…one of mine is my fingers. 😉

And because I showed you that, I thought I would show you ONE of my collections of nail polish:
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This is just the downstairs collection, there is another one upstairs. Eek! I love nail polish. I also have a habit of buying a new color almost every week. And all of the new spring colors came out- I’m loving all of the pastels & brights!!

Well, have a good day! Good news: NEW ABC shows tonight!! WHOOHOO! Can’t wait for The Middle & Modern Family 😀

Four Layer Thin Mint Cake

Good Morning!!

Well, I hate to say it, but I don’t have much of a post today. But I have a GOOD excuse. Last night was spent making THIS cake:
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THIN MINT CAKE. Yes, you read that correctly. Thin mints…in a cake. Heaven on earth? Perhaps.

I followed this recipe exactly (even added the 1/2 of a banana, as it called for), the only thing I change was that I used vegetable oil, instead of EVOO.

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Then I used a basic recipe (in my Betty Crocker cookbook) for chocolate frosting.
-3 cups powdered sugar
-1/3 cup butter, softened
-1/3 cup baking cocoa powder
-1 tsp. vanilla
-3-4 tbsp. milk (will just depend on consistency- add more if needed, but start small)
Mix them all together.
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And for the green frosting, which is mint frosting, I used this recipe. I just changed a few things to make it ‘minty.’
-4 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 cup shortening
-3 tbsp. milk
-1 tsp. vanilla
-1 tbsp. peppermint extract
Combine all ingredients in mixer on lowest setting for 30 seconds. Switch to medium high and mix for 2-5 minutes.

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To make it green, I just added food coloring, probably about half of one of those little containers. (the ones that you buy in a 4 pack, you just squeeze drops out)

I just love that green color!
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Both frostings were Craig approved. Especially the mint. I had to keep him away.

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Once the cakes cooled (I used 2 8×8 pans), I sliced them in half using a bread knife & then layered the frosting.

Now it’s time for the star of the show. Well, one of them 😉
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OH YES. MINT OREOS. These things are like little wafers. You CAN’T eat just one. Or two. Or even three. Just try to, I dare you. It’s near impossible. They taste like Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. You see the whole reason that I even bought these was because I could NOT for the life of me find Girl Scouts selling cookies this weekend. Can you believe it???? The ONE time I want to buy cookies, and they are no where to be found. I searched all of the Publix near me. No luck. I gave up & bought these. & I’m not sad about that choice 😉

On top of the mint frosting, I added crumbled Mint Oreos.
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Imagine that. A layer of cake, chocolate frosting, more cake, mint icing & then crumbled mint Oreos. Sorry if you are now drooling on your keyboard.

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I just continued the layers one more time & then frosted the sides of the cake.
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I just BARELY had enough frosting to do the sides..that’s why it kind of tapers off towards the end. But don’t worry, I fixed it.
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I just cut the cookies in half & placed them around the edges. Easy fix!

I then topped off the cake with even more Oreo crumbles. I mean, why not?! 😉
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(please don’t’ make fun of my bright red cake carrier. I had no other option. So instead you get the ugly red background 🙂 )

It’s too bad that I can’t show you this inside of the cake. I just KNOW it looks pretty cool, if I do say so myself. Four layers of pure deliciousness.
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Why can’t I show you the inside? Well that’s because it’s actually for my boss. (he’s a HUGE Thin Mint fan) Today is his birthday! (seems like I always have birthdays going around, huh?! 😉 )  So I can’t really just take a bit out of it. I don’t think he would appreciate that. Although he would probably just laugh. It’s something that I would totally do….just because I always love doing pranks around the office. Yep, I’m a joy to work with 😉

I’ll report back with the reviews of the cake, as well as a picture from the inside. I have a feeling that they are REALLY going to like it.

Mindless Monday

Good Morning!

I know it’s Monday, and you may be struggling to wake up this morning. (thank goodness for Starbucks excuses 😉 ) Since it is Monday, I’m going to kind of take the ‘easy way out,’ and do this survey that Janethahad on her blog recently.

A is for age: 25, I’ve officially reached ‘mid 20s’
026-1-1<—From my birthday last year, when I turned 25. Craig took me to St. Augustine and we stayed at a Bed & Breakfast. So much fun!

B is for breakfast today: cinnamon raisin granola bar & a bunch of red grapes
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C is for currently craving: Pizza

D is for dinner tonight: Pizza 😉 (with cauliflower crust a la’ Janetha– I just made it. Craig liked it, but didn’t love it. I was just happy he was willing to eat something other than ‘regular’ pizza. The main problem was MY fault. I forgot one of the MAIN ingredients. Pizza sauce. My brain is all of the place lately. Can’t believe I forgot it!! I really liked it though, even without the sauce.)

E is for favorite type of exercise:weight lifting or running. (hard to choose between the two)

F is for an irrational fear: Draw Bridges. I’m terrified. I think that the bridge is going to open while I’m driving across. Total nut job..right here 😉
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G is for gross food:Olives (green or black), mayonnaise, cottage cheese, steak (yes, really. I can’t stand it)

H is for hometown:Jacksonville, Florida

I is for something important: It’s March Madness time. I have lost my husband for a month. He is SO into this tournament. It was like Christmas morning yesterday when they selected the teams. The BEST part was that his school, NC State got in!!! Last team in. He was SO mad because he didn’t think they got it, but then to his SHOCK they were the last team called 😀 And, just to give you an idea of his ‘extremeness’ about March madness- he has saved his bracket from the past 15 years…along with the USA Today that comes out every Monday after selection Sunday. & I think I’m the nut job 😉
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J is for current favorite jam: Like jelly ‘jam’, well, then that’s grape. Always. As for music ‘jam,’ “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. OR the new remix of ‘Birthday Cake’ by Chris Brown & Rihanna. I know, he beat her, but hey, she’s the one making music with him..kind of strange if you ask me. But the song is really catchy.
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K is for kids: Yes, we definitely want them!

L is for current location:Orlando, Florida (but not near the Mouse, he’s far from us & we like it that way 😉 )

M is for the most recent way you spent money: at Target…aka the Wallet Sucker
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N is for something you need: To get my hair done. I think I have an appointment today actually.

O is for occupation:Financial Advisor/ Estate Planning

P is for pet peeve:People who chew with their mouth open, or who slurp their drink or soup. Eww.

Q is for a quote:
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R is for random fact about you: Oh I have a bunch. Just check out these.

S is for favorite healthy snack: Frozen grapes, Goldfish crackers (those are healthy, right??? 🙂 ) Notice this is my THIRD time talking about grape or grapes. I just can’t get enough grapes right now. They are just so good!
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T is for favorite treat:Frozen yogurt. No doubt.

U is for something that makes you unique: I can’t live without q-tips. I have them everywhere- the bathroom (normal), my purse, my car. it’s bad. Kind of OCD, for sure.
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V is for favorite vegetable: Broccoli, yellow squash or mushrooms…together it’s even better 🙂
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W is for today’s workout:Sundays are rest days! Woohoo! Just did a few ab exercises.

X is for X-rays you’ve had:Just on my teeth (you know the ones they always do when you go to the dentist) & on my back- when I went to the Chiropractor.

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Completely cleaning out our guest room! We have a TON of work that we are about to start doing in there!! I CANNOT wait.

Z is for your time zone: EST. Eastern Standard Time.

Well, there you have it. 26 things about me. I’m feeling a bit narcissistic today. Haha! 🙂

Hope you all have a good Monday! I’m looking forward to seeing the Bachelor tonight. Should be interesting. Although I hear he picks CRAZY.
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Eek.

Oh, and before I go…I just have to say a Happy Belated Birthday to my sister in law (The BEST sister in law a girl could ask for!!!) Stephanie! Her birthday was on Friday, but my absent mindedness got the best of me, and I totally forgot 😦 So this is to make up for Friday 🙂 Happy Birthday Steph!!

Single Serve Funfetti Cake

Please let me be the first one to wish you a HAPPY FRIDAY!!! We made it through yet another week! 🙂 I don’t know about you, but this week was VERY busy, so it will be very nice to just sit back & relax this weekend.

Since it is Friday, I thought I would share something FUN with you. I don’t know about you, but I love Funfetti everything. The minute I hear the word ‘funfetti,’ I’m ALL ears. Even though I really enjoy Funfetti cake, I always find it hard to justify baking a WHOLE cake for just Craig & I. OF COURSE we could easily demolish it, but I don’t think we would feel so good about ourselves looking at a pan full of crumbs.

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So the other day when Craig mentioned he wished he could just have a piece, I decided to come up with a single serving recipe for Funfetti cake. It is SUPER easy..& in about 25 minutes you will have your cake!

Single Serve Funfetti Cake

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup funfetti cake mix
-1 egg white
-1 tbsp. vegetable oil
-1 tbsp. water

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients together & pour into a small oven safe bake dish. (I used a ramekin)
3. Bake for about 20- 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle come out clean.
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Perfect little after dinner treat. The best part is that one box of cake mix will make several of these little cakes. 🙂

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Now for the usual, Fitness Friday workout! Today’s workout is what I call ‘Total Body SLAM.’ Because when you get done with this workout you will feel like your body got SLAMMED into 😉 That sore feeling that you get the next day after a hard workout.

You can adjust this workout however you would like- for instance instead of running or walking for 10 minutes, you could run or walk for 5 minutes- make it work for whatever time frame you need! You also can adjust it if you do not have a stability ball or bosu ball, just do the exercise without them. Easily customizable!

If you do it how it is below, it will take you about an hour and 20 minutes. It’s one of those workouts that I like to have for the weekend.

Run or walk 10 min. on treadmill

Leg Workout:

1. 50 lunges holding dumbbells- 30 walking & 20 on Bosu

2. 50 crunches on Bosu ball

3. 20 butt lifts on Stability ball

Run or walk 10 min. on treadmill

Leg Workout:

1. 20 side lunges with Dumbbells

2. 20 reverse lunges with Dumbbells

3. 20 squats with barbell on back (2 sets of 10)

4. 20 calf lifts (on machine or freestanding) (2 sets of 10)

Run or walk 10 min. on treadmill

Ab Workout:

1. 20 Incline situps on bench with Medicine ball

2. 40 seated ab crunches on bench

3. 20 Saxon side bend holding weight (each side)

4. 5 reverse situps on incline bench (lift legs in the air)

Run or walk 10 minutes on treadmill

Arm Workout:

1. 20 Dumbbell Hammer curls with

2. 20 bench dips

3. 20 lateral dumbbell raises

4. 20 Dumbbell bicep curls

5. 20 reverse situps on incline bench

Run or walk 10 minutes on treadmill

Ab Workout:

1. 20 prone jack knifes on Stability ball

2. 20 reverse crunches

3. 15 ball passes using stability ball

4. 20 toe touch crunches

Sorry that workout looks INCREDIBLY long. Longer than normal, I just couldn’t figure out how to not have spaces in between each exercise. I tried for a while to fix it, but it just wasn’t working…I gave up.

Hope you have a great weekend! Don’t forget to switch your clocks FORWARD one hour on Saturday night.

My Weird Quirks

Ready for another post about ‘why I’m odd?!’ 😉

I always think these are fun to write because I love learning little quirks about other people, and these are just some of mine. That’s part of why I like blogging & reading other blogs. Those things that make us unique are what makes laugh fun! (at least in my opinion 🙂 )

1.One of my favorite things to do is to see high high I can get my savings at the grocery store. It’s like a weekly challenge for me. See this receipt below:

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I was SO proud of myself!! $52.89 in savings!!!! I feel like I outsmarted Publix! Haha! I’m a HUGE coupon clipper, (not like those crazy people in that coupon show- they are just a bit too much for me!) and I make sure that I always check the local ads before I go grocery shopping. My favorite thing about Publix is that they have Buy One Get Ones each week..and what makes the BOGOs even better is when I have a coupon for something that is BOGO. Can’t beat that deal!

2.Another thing lately is that I cannot stop eating these:

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That above is my MOUNTAIN of clementine’s. It’s hard to tell, but that is a stack of 4 of them! These clementine’s are the BEST. They are perfect right now. Nice & flavorful! I also think the name is adorable- Cuties🙂

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3. Ever felt like you were addicted to a food?? Well, I am ADDICTED to Goldfish. No, seriously, I am. It’s bad. Craig knows it & he just accepts it. Thank goodness! 😉 The other day when I went to Publix they happened to be buy one, get one. Well, guess how many bags I bought?? SIX. Yep, 6. Do you believe me now when I say addicted 😉

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And that is one of their new flavors ^^ chocolate chip. You HAVE to try them…and then you will be addicted too 😉 You can actually taste the chocolate chips in them. YUM!

4.The other day I was looking through my camera & noticed these random pictures of shoes. Apparently I enjoy taking pictures of the tops of my shoes. Random, right?!

Don’t these shoes kind of look like the wicked witch of the west shoes??

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Eeek! Didn’t notice that until I saw this picture. I think I’ll put those shoes in the BACK of the closet for now 😉

I also saw this picture of my hot pink shoes:

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I absolutely love these shoes. I wish I could wear them everyday…but I might get some funny looks!

5. I have a pet betta fish at work. His name is Webb. (For Lardarius Webb, my favorite Raven 🙂 ) It’s fun having a fish on my desk. Sometimes I just sit there and move my finger back & forth in front of him & then he gets all puffed up- like in the two pictures below. He’s a feisty little guy!
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But his tail is really pretty! Side note: It is so hard to take a picture of a fish!!!

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6. Speaking of pets, look at what my co-worker found the other day when he was out walking:
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Isn’t it adorable??? He just saw it sitting on the side walk & decided to pick it up because it is SO small. He actually almost stepped on it, so he thought someone else might.

Here is his size compared to my finger:

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He’s about the size of a quarter. We set up a little temporary house for him until he could take him home & get a real tank. (have I told you how much I love my job?? We always have the most random things happen 🙂 )

7. I have always worn my hair straight for YEARS. (like this picture below)

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But recently I picked up a curling iron. I thought I would just try it out. (I’ve never been good with curling my hair)  It might be hard to see in the picture, but I just curl it a little bit…just to give it some volume & I’m really liking it!

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I never thought I would like my hair any other way…but I guess it pays to branch out a bit sometimes.

Was this post random enough for you?! 😉 Hope you enjoyed getting to know me a bit better…& some of my strange quirks. Enjoy your Thursday!!- remember it’s almost Friday!

What’s your favorite Goldfish flavor?
Favorite fruit?
Do you have any pets?

Workout Links

Guys, it’s one of those days.

I am dead. Just pooped. I’m not upset or sad. Just tired. I’m SURE you know what I mean! 🙂

Thank goodness it’s Wednesday & some of my very favorite shows are on tonight. (The Middle, Modern Family & Revenge!!!)

Honestly if I were to write a post it wouldn’t be about much…and I hate writing posts like that.

So instead I will share with you some links to some workouts I think you might enjoy!

The Best New Exercises for Women

2 in 1 Toners

Here are a bunch on my Pinterest site

At Home Workout (no gym required!)

Abs!!

Court’s Feel the Burn Circuit Workout (<—what I did yesterday morning. 3 times through + 30 min. run. AWESOME!)

I’m always looking for new links- so if you have some, please feel free to link away!

Sorry for the short, somewhat crappy post. I will have a ‘normal’ post for you tomorrow 🙂

Oh & a HUGE CONGRATS to Janae on her announcement!! SO happy for you!!!!