Football, Running, and Miss America

Morning! We had a wild but good weekend visiting my family down in Louisiana. The drive down was fine, and Emma Kate did great. My dad grilled steaks for dinner, and we just hung out at the house. Saturday morning, I went for an eight mile run in my parents neighborhood. I got started around 7:45, and the run felt more like a swim. Someone needs to tell the weather that it’s post labor day and we are supposed to have cooler temps now, mmk?

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After the run, I went with my dad to run a few errands and I took a quick nap when Emma Kate napped. That run just zapped all my energy! How adorable is my little LSU fan?!?

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That afternoon, my buddy Jen and her family came over to eat dinner and hang out. The guys watched football and us girls hung at the kiddie pool.

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My sweet friend also brought me a daiquiri. One thing Louisiana does right is drive thru daiquiri stores. She got me pineapple and amaretto and it was amazing.

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We also watched the LSU game that night (they won!)

Sunday morning we took Emma Kate for a walk, and just hung out at the house. We left right after lunch so Emma Kate would hopefully nap on the way home (she did, praise the Lord!) I was super excited about Sunday night, because it was the Miss America pageant! My sweet friend Laura Lee is Miss Mississippi. She took boot camp with me this summer, but I have known her almost ten years. her big sister was my sorority little sis, we were in each others weddings, and our girls are just a couple weeks apart in age. Our boot camp class decided to have a watch party and it was a blast! We had food, wine, and lots of fun.

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They started the show by announcing the top 15, and we were all SO nervous. Laura Lee was announced LAST and we all lost it when her name was called.

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She did amazing and ended up getting 5th place! I think she deserved higher, but we are so, so proud of our sweet friend. She represented our state so well and I know she will go on to do amazing things.

Emma Kate spent the night at Bobby’s sisters house, so it was nice not having to be “on alert” for the night listening for a crying toddler (moms I know you know what I mean!) Overall a great weekend with family and friends. Is it Friday yet?

QOTD: Do you watch pageants? Who did you want to win Miss America? Did your football team win?

NFL for the Holidays

Football is one of my favorite things, so it only makes sense for me to consider NFL related gifts for my wish list/gift guide. Even if your team isn’t doing as well as expected (like mine), any loyal fan would love to have some game day gear under the tree. There’s always next season, right?

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The best part about NFL gear, is that it is super easy to purchase on NFLshop.com. They have a huge variety of clothing from shirts to sweaters to pants and even dresses. The site is easy to navigate, and there are tons of great options.

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I love how there are so many different women’s styles to choose from, and I can dress my game gear up for a fun party, or even wear it as an everyday outfit. (By the way, the sweater I am wearing in the below picture is SO COMFORTABLE. Go buy it. now.)

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Personally, I got lucky that my favorite team has the great colors of black and gold. I can dress up my outfit with gold jewelry, and I can wear black pants, a skirt, or jacket to complete my outfit.

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Do you have any NFL fan gear under your Christmas tree? If you could pick something, what would it be?

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If you are looking for a gift for a football loving spouse, friend, family member, or coworker, there are tons of adorable outfits and stocking stuffers on NFLshop.com that any NFL fan would be excited to have. (Yes yes, even for a Saints fan like me. Who Dat for life!)

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It’s almost Christmas! That means it’s almost time for the PLAYOFFS! Who are you rooting for? Me? I’m still undecided.

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Be sure to follow @NFLfanstyle on social media to see what other folks are wearing for the holidays to cheer on their favorite team.

QOTD: Who are you rooting for? Is there any NFL gear under your tree?

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My Go-To Look for Game Day

I am a die hard football fan (shocker, I know). I have posted many times in the past about my love for the game, even when my team isn’t doing so well….like right now. But I think that is what makes a TRUE fan right? My parents both grew up in New Orleans, and I was raised in the area as well. As you can very well guess, I am a tried and true, in my blood, New Orleans Saints fan. Oh, we have had some bad years, but that doesn’t stop me from cheering for my boys in black and gold, or from wearing my favorite Saints gear all over town.

Believe it or not, I don’t always wear running clothes and yoga pants, and that is particularly true on game day.

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I remember in the not so distant past when women were forced to wear men’s game day gear, or be forced to shop in the kids section (guilty!) Adorable women’s football gear did not exist, but thankfully that isn’t the case anymore! NFLshop.com has a great selection of fan gear, from dressed down, to heading out on the town, to going to a game day party or tailgate. They have a huge stylish women’s selection which I loved browsing through.

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Sometimes we watch the game alone at home (I think I embarrass my husband in public with my screaming and ranting), and sometimes we go to a family members home, a party, or a sports bar. We have been on vacation many times and had to seek out the nearest sports bar just so I could watch the game.

Of course, no girl wants to wear the same outfits over and over, so having a closet full of gear to wear no matter the weather or how dressed up or dressed down the occasion is very important. For instance, the year the Saints won the Super bowl everyone wore their game day gear to church. It was hysterical but also so much fun. I of course dressed up my outfit that day! It’s fun to take things up a notch instead of just wearing jeans and a t-shirt on game day. I love to pair a typically dressed-down shirt with a skirt and heels to jazz things up a bit.

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Another fun thing to do is to take a more decorative or “statement” shirt, and pair it with jeans and heels. I am all about cute wedges! In New Orleans, bling, glitter, and gold are all very important and can be found on a lot of clothing, so an adorable shirt like the one below doesn’t need something fancy on bottom to take away from it, so skinny jeans work great to dress it down a bit.

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I LOVE the laces on the v-neck of the this shirt, it’s so fun and perfect for game day. What, you don’t think I can grill?

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We still have a lot more football to play my friends. So what if the Saints are 0-3, we can still come back, right?

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If you are looking for great gear to support your favorite team, be sure to check out the stylish selection for the next game day at NFLshop.com.

QOTD: What is your favorite thing to wear to watch football? How is your team doing?

Meatless Monday Night

Ah, football season. I have waited six long months for you to come back! One thing I was NOT looking forward to though was being tempted by all of the unhealthy snacks that come along with watching football. I have really been trying to watch the unhealthy snacking while in front of the TV. I hate feeling sluggish the next day when I am working out or running because I ate poorly the night before. I knew I needed a challenge to help me get through it, so enter #MeatlessMondayNight!

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While I was trying to think of something I could snack on during a football game that was semi healthy and meatless, I knew one of my main problems would be finding something I could eat “mindlessly”. You know how it goes. You are watching the big game and your hand is constantly in the chip bowl and you don’t even realize it. Or, your team goes into overtime and you keep nervously taking sips of that sugary margarita because you don’t know what else to do. I happened to look at the back of a carton of Silk almond milk, and that’s when it hit me…a smoothie!

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Not only are smoothies meatless (ew that would be weird) and yummy, but it’s something I can mindlessly sip on during a game without the guilt. I decided to whip up one of my favorites instead of a big bowl of cheesy and bacon dip like I normally would make. Check out the recipe below:

Meatless Monday Fruit and Protein Smoothie:

  • 1.5 cups of almond milk
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • half of a banana
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Blend well and enjoy!

This smoothie recipe is also great fuel pre workout as well, I love it! Silk is lactose free, plant based, and contains no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors.

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Hits the spot! I also have recently been thinking a lot more about milk because Emma Kate is ONE today! How crazy is that? I know she will be needing some good whole milk in her diet, and we love Horizon Organic whole milk! If you aren’t an almond milk fan, you can add this to your smoothie instead. Yum!

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Be sure to check out Silk’s website for tips and recipes for your #MeatlessMondayNight, and to win a giveaway! I hope you will join me! Have fun watching the big game!

QOTD: What is your favorite meatless football watching snack?

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

September Weekend Happenings

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine had some stressful moments but had some fun ones as well.

Bobby surprised me with a new iPhone 6 on Friday. We were eligible for the upgrade and cheaper price, and with the trade in of my 4s it was free! I have never had the “newest” device so it’s kind of fun.

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Since this was potentially our last weekend EVER without a child, (whoa) I wanted to hang out a lot with Bobby, and do some of my favorite things. I worked hard last week to get most of my work done, but ended up with some last minute work that took up a huge chunk of time Friday-Sunday, but we still managed to go on a date on Saturday and I got to watch football.

We went to lunch on Saturday and then Bobby took me to see The Maze Runner. I can’t remember the last time I went to the movies. It was really good! They did a great job. Of course, the book was better (when isn’t it, really?) but I didn’t feel cheated like I do with a lot of other book-to-movies.

Saturday night we watched some football, and after church on Sunday we watched the Saints FINALLY get a win for the season. They still made me nervous, but whew! I was starting to really wonder.

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Bella was getting quite skeptical of the Saints, too.

Sunday night I did some cleaning up around the house, and just relaxing watching more football and hanging out with Bobby. I can’t believe very soon things around here are going to be not so quiet!

Oh! I will be closing my baby pool tonight, so get your hunches in if you want to guess! Winner gets a prize!

*For two Fitness (maternity workout apparel) is having a SALE this week, up to 30% off! Be sure to check it out! Their stuff is SO comfy and adorable!

QOTD: Did you read The Maze Runner? Have you seen or do you plan to see the movie? Thoughts? Did your football team win this weekend? I went 1-1 with the Saints and LSU.

Granola, Baby Clothes, and Puppy Antics

I finally feel somewhat in the land of normalcy finally! We got internet Friday evening, so I have been playing catch up with work and still continuing to unpack boxes. We are by no means done, but the house is starting to look more like a home, even though I still have to flip every single light switch to remember which one is which! Today’s post is kind of a hodge podge of updates since I feel like I have been gone for so long and have a lot to share.

Cascadian Farm sent me an amazingly generous box full of their new granola, and Bobby and I have already eaten through several bags. This stuff is good, yall! One of my favorite breakfasts is granola and greek yogurt with fruit like strawberries and blueberries, but sometimes it’s just not filling enough. Enter this new granola that has 10 grams of PROTEIN in it, and it keeps me full a lot longer, plus, well…the flavors taste really, really good. If you are looking for a new breakfast or snack to rotate in (I put some in a ziploc in my purse for on the go!) I highly recommend.

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Flavors are dark chocolate coconut and apple crisp

In addition to doing some catch up with work this weekend, I also did a little shopping. We still have several items we need for the baby (yikes) so I went to Target to scout out some things since I have a couple gift cards, and I absolutely could not pass up this adorable onesie set. Can you blame me? Baby M is going to be all ready for football!

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Now I just need LSU outfits and headbands for all!

Speaking of adorable, a couple of people have asked how the girls are adjusting to the new house. It’s funny how quickly dogs find their new “spots” in a house and settle in. We have been all over the place this summer so I am not sure if they just think this is another pit stop or what, but they seem happy.

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Bella especially likes that the windows are long enough that she can see out of them and what is going on in the front and back yard. Unfortunately for me this has led to a lot of barking and trying to teach her she does not have to bark at every car that drives down the street. See, at our house house there was a huge park in our front yard THEN the street was beyond that, so poor baby is not used to seeing cars this close to her going by all day. Hopefully she learns. Sassy doesn’t like all the moving about and unpacking, but she is getting more used to things as well. I hope to have some photos of the house for you in the next couple weeks!

Do you eat granola? Favorite kind? Are you a sucker for baby clothes?

What I’m Loving These Days

I haven’t done a post like this in awhile, and figured it was about time. My tastes, habits, and favorites change a good bit as I’m sure do yours. Maybe you will find a new favorite from my list!

1.) Under Armour shoes – I have a couple of pairs that I really like and cross train in, but recently received some more geared towards running, and so far I am loving them! I have both the speedform and the Monza. Fun bright colors, stable running shoes. I will talk more about these after I get more miles in them both.

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Don’t forget you can use my affiliate link to order straight from Under Armour!

2.) Kind bars – My favorite is the peanut butter dark chocolate of course. A great snack full of protein and flavor. I go through several bars a week, and buy them at Target.

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3.) Legend – I am a little over halfway through this book, and am enjoying it. Hopefully I can finish reading it on my trip. Check out the website for more info. If you like Divergent, Maze Runner, etc. you will like this one.

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4.) Football – Every fall I forgot how much I really love the game, and I am enjoying watching multiple days a week. There is just something about it, even just having a game on in the background. Love. So wishing I could get to a Saints or LSU game this year!

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(photo from last year)

5.) Walking Dead – Where are my fellow walker fans? It’s ALMOST time for season four, get excited! Season three just came out on Netflix, so we have been re-watching and getting ready for the premiere. Don’t miss all the zombie fun, this is a great series.

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QOTD: What is something you are loving right now? Anything from my list?

A Great Year

 

It’s no secret that I am a huge football fan. Specifically the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. Both my teams lost this week, but we still had an amazing year of football here in Louisiana. We played our hearts out, and I couldn’t be more proud. I have done a few other posts about my beloved teams:

Friday Favorites: Football

The Boys of Fall

Football? Football!

‘Aints No More

Superbowl Baby!

Drew Brees is my Hero

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Today my parents, Bobby and I went out to lunch before the big game.

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It was fun seeing everyone all decked out in their Saints gear, even all of the employees! Later, my aunt and her friend came over and we all watched the game. Unfortunately, you can’t win a game when you have five turnovers. Such a heartbreaker, I am so sad. I really thought we were going to win. Always next year right? Regardless of the outcome, I am still a always a Saints fan.

QOTD: Who do you think will play in the superbowl?

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Geaux!

 

Good morning! It’s a good day to be an LSU Tiger! The first half may not have been pretty, but we did it, and are SEC champions! Next stop, BCS championship game. I almost had a heart attack during half time, but they didn’t let me down in the second half. I proudly sported my LSU shirt today at Bobby’s cheer competition. Oh yes, you read that right. I hobbled around with my boot at a cheerleading competition. Lots of little girls and lots of makeup and hair bows!

Not only does Bobby coach tumbling and partner stunting, but he competes on their open squad (coed any age) and they performed today at a competition in town for fun as an exhibition team. They did really really well for hardly ever practicing. Ha! Bobby can do a lot cooler of stunts than some of the ones he did here, but this is just a taste of his capability. He’s really really good!

Bobby is 2nd guy from the right (I zoom in on him in the beginning and several times during the competition while he is doing stunts)

For those that don’t know, Bobby was supposed to play football in college, but after football season his senior year of high school he had to have major stomach surgery and was told he couldn’t play anymore (being hit in the stomach would not be good.) He had some friends who did cheer and we ended up being a natural, and he competed for 5 years in college and coached (and still currently does) for many many years. He’s not the best tumbler, but he is great at partner stunting.

He even got a trophy. Weeeeee!

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Sadly, I don’t have a flexible bone in my body, and was taller than the girls he puts up when I was in 5th grade so sadly for my future offspring, cheering is probably NOT in their future. Hopefully they will be all over volleyball and basketball though. Smile

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QOTD: Did you play sports in high school or college? Which ones?

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Lacing Up

 

No new news on my foot except it still hurts. I am taking ibuprofen and icing, hopefully after a week or so off I can run on it again. While doing some research on what caused this barrel of fun, I came across several articles suggesting I lace my shoes up differently to help prevent pain and tightness.

The two ways I plan to try out after I get better involve parallel laces, and skipping some of the holes. Runner’s World even has a lacing guide to walk you through it. Hopefully, one of these lacing tricks will help the top of my foot from staying injured (and, not tying my laces too tight, way to go, Heather)

The first is to skip the spaces where you feel tenderness or tightness on your foot

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The next is to lace your shoes up with the laces going parallel (straight across) instead of diagonal criss-cross. I didn’t take a picture of this one but the directions are on the Runner’s World guide above.

Another option would be to buy shoes with stretchy laces, or buy some of the laces and put them in your existing shoes.

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The Zoots above came with those laces. I have always wanted to buy some of the laces you can put into your shoes (with the lock so you don’t have to tie them) but I never have gotten around to doing it!

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Be sure to check out the Runner’s World article, because they talk about a couple of other techniques for lacing your shoes, but they don’t pertain to top of foot pain like I am experiencing.

By the way…..

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This girl is really exited we had a great weekend in football. LSU won the BCS championship their game against Bama, and the Saints beat Tampa Bay. I was in a good mood.

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I meant to work out today, but between running errands, getting groceries, working, and cooking I just let it slide. I am determined to get at least some abs, stretching, and foam rolling in tomorrow! Foot still hurts…so no running. Boo.

I bought a new comforter set for our master bedroom, so I need to go wash some sheets. I will post pictures of the new stuff soon, I love it!

QOTD: How do you tie your shoes? Any tips or tricks?