I am thankful for so many things and even though this time of year may be bittersweet for some, including myself, there is always joy surrounding us! To be surrounded by family and friends (near and far), and LOVE…it doesn’t get any better than that!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for being a part of this journey!

Love & Light


Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Flexing Once Again!

The soreness from my marathon this past Saturday has subsided. I think my awesome 30 minute Zumba sesh last night helped out with that! I planned on being there for the entire 90 minutes, but I had last minute things to take care of. One thing is for sure…I sure have missed my Zumba Mamis! I can’t wait to start back in January.Fit Zumba

Today I was able to start my vacation early and I managed to dodge all of the holiday madness. I was able to pick up everything I needed for our Thanksgiving feast. Between Zumba and all of the running around getting last minute items, I walked the length of the Sahara Desert with my Fitbit! I am planning on getting in a post-Thanksgiving workout on Friday. Maybe Insanity? By the way, if you have a Fitbit and struggle with getting your water in or if you want to find out a way to reach your hydration goals, check out my Facebook post on this game changer! 

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Now I may love fitness and encourage a healthy lifestyle, but I’m not the food police. Moderation is everything! I like to sample small bites of my favorites so I won’t overdo it. I want you to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day and all of the wonderful eats that come along with it! I can’t wait to taste my macaroni and cheese and my Mom’s dressing! Let’s just say I’ll be carb loading for my long run Saturday. No? Well at least I can pretend! Seriously, enjoy yourself!

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Oh…I made gingerbread for the first time! YUMTASTIC! 



What are your plans for the holiday?

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


Starbucks Red Cup

I’m Offended #StarbucksRedCup

I wasn’t going to say anything and I normally don’t chime in when it comes to random happenings on the interwebs but…

People are seriously mad about the Starbucks Red Cup? I’m still trying to understand how the color of a cup takes away the meaning of Christmas. That’s the most comical thing I’ve heard all week! I mean…why would you be offended? What did that pretty, red cup do to you? To be honest, this is probably one of my favorite cups from Starbucks. I get it. It’s plain and red—but it’s also bold and fun!Starbucks Red Cup This photo sums up my sentiments…EXACTLY!

The fact that the color of a cup is even an issue (especially to Christians) is troubling and still comical at the same time. There is too much going on in the world to allow the color of a cup dictate my Christmas, my Christian faith, my holiday experience, or my indulgence in sugary skinny coffee drinks this holiday season. Here are more reasons why I feel this whole “red cup” fiasco is silly:


By doing a little research I found some very interesting facts about Starbucks that deserve the energy (but in a positive way) that these red cups have received over the past few weeks.

Starbucks is all about Creating Pathways to Opportunity:

Bringing people together, helping provide education and employment opportunities and making a difference in people’s lives – it’s all part of being a good neighbor and a sustainable company. Starbucks, even as a public company, has always believed that we can balance profitability and a social conscience.

Starbucks opportunities include:

  • Opportunity for Youth
  • Community Stores
  • Starbucks Foundation
  • Community Service
  • Veterans and Military Support
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Starbucks College Achievement Plan
  • Farming Communities
  • Create Jobs for USA

Hey #StarbucksRedCup, it’s not you. It’s THEM! With that being said, I’m heading over to Starbucks to indulge in a “skinny” Chestnut Praline Latte. In a RED CUP!


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Cranberry Goat Cheese & Cheddar Crescent Sausage Balls

Thanksgiving with Pillsbury - Pinterest Collage without linesI love the holiday season because it’s a great excuse to cook, bake, and try new recipes! I’m looking forward to our Thanksgiving gatherings over the next few weeks.

Wait! Did I just say a few weeks? Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? The good thing is I always have something yummy in my foodie tank. I will be preparing one of my NEW favorites: Cranberry Goat Cheese & Cheddar Sausage Crescent Balls!Thanksgiving with Pillsbury 1

My whole family loves Pillsbury Crescent Rolls because they are perfect for any meal. In addition, sausage balls are one of my favorites because they go well with any occasion. Being that it’s holiday season, I will also be taking advantage of the great savings at Publix—and you should, too!

Let’s get to the recipe!

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    • 1 lb of spicy sausage
    • 1 cup  of reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
    • 4 oz candied cranberry goat cheese (found at Publix)
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp of parsley, chopped
    • 2 tbsps of all-purpose flour
    • 1 can of Pillsbury Original Crescents – (grab your coupon)



  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 15x10x1 inch pan with foil; spray with cooking pray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix sausage, cheddar cheese, candied cranberry goat cheese, and parsley; mix well using hands or spoon.
  3. Unroll crescent dough on surface; dust each side with 1 tablespoon of flour.
  4. Using pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into about 1/4 inch pieces.
  5. Add in crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture slowly until well blended.
  6. Shape mixture into 42 (1 1/4 inch balls).
  7. Place in pan. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve and enjoy!


This recipe is easy enough for anyone to make it and it is one the whole family will love! If you are looking for recipe inspiration, you can find it here! Since Publix and Pillsbury are in the giving spirit, make sure you grab your coupon for $1 off. Don’t forget the following sale dates:

Sale 11/12-11/18 — Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits3 for $5

Sale 11/19-11/25 — Pillsbury Original Crescents 3 for $5

Sales 11/1-11/30 — Save $1 when you buy any 3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Goods Products

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Even Supergirl Gets Surprised!

The month of December has come with a lot of unexpected blessings. The Hoka One One Team was gracious enough to send me a card and a few coupons for my next purchase for myself and a friend! Well, I did just that. I decided on the Hoka Conquest. I’ll share a review of these in the upcoming weeks. I also have the Stinson Lite and Stinson ATR (trail). These shoes rock in ALL departments, especially the colors. It’s rare for me to find a running shoe with a super rad color combo! Thank you, HOKA ONE ONE!




Countdown to runDisney!

Disney fans know what this cute, little package means! Our Magic Bands arrived last week! After receiving them, I was overwhelmed with excitement, happiness, anxiousness–and everything in between. Race day is almost here!



Holiday Eats!

Okay, so I surprised myself with this one. I posted to my Instagram how I was making something fun! A few people guessed what it was, and they were right! It was Peppermint Bark! I never thought I would make it myself–but, why not? From here on out, I will be making my own peppermint bark during the holiday season. Yes, that’s the only time of year that I indulge in this chocolatey-minty goodness!



Spreading Christmas Cheer!

I surprised my HB with his first Road ID! He was very excited and I made his Road ID even “cooler” by adding a 13.1 badge since he completed his first half marathon in September. Everyone needs to be as safe as possible while out on a run, bike ride, hike, walk etc–especially if you happen to get your activities in solo. Find out about the inspiration behind Road ID here. Get one! Trust me, you’ll never leave home without it.



Here I am cheesing from ear to ear on Christmas morning after my HB surprised me with this big, gift box! I couldn’t help but feel like Supergirl after lifting it. You see those guns? Rrrawwwwr! By the way, how cute are these Supergirl jammies? I posted here about footed pj’s being on my list of holiday favorites.


*Pause* You know I had to show off the cape! EPIC-NESS!



So here’s what was inside the big box–it’s a Foot & Calf Massager! I seriously stalked this thing for months! I didn’t even tell Santa I wanted it for Christmas. Santa said he noticed how hard I’ve worked over the past 20+ weeks with my training and felt I deserved it. What’s even more awesome about it–I can change the settings from my smartphone app. How cool is that? Best. Massage. Ever! Thank you again, Santa!


 Clearly, someone loves it as much as I do!CCCC


It was a Post-Festivus celebration on the pavement!

I decided to get my long run in on Friday instead of Saturday (due to possible rain). I’m so glad that I did. After those 12 miles, I’m starting to see the light! It was a gorgeous day.  Sometimes you have to adjust your schedule to ensure that you stick to your training. run


Lazy Saturday Eats!

For breakfast Saturday morning I decided to make one of my favorites: Sausage Quiche! It was the perfect easy-meal for a lazy Saturday.  You can find the recipe here. It was football and The Wire marathon…ALL day long!



Did you have a great month of December and holiday season? This year truly went by so fast. I can’t believe 2015 is almost here! I will be sharing my 2014 “moments” soon!




Art’s Holiday Favorites & Wishlist!

Christmas is right around the corner! Are you getting excited? I sure am! I love this time of year for so many reasons.


Everyone has a list of holiday favorites. Here are a few of mine!

  • The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection, A Soulful Christmas, and the Chipmunks Christmas Carols are my favorite tunes to listen to this time of year! The Chipmunks make you feel like a kid again while the Motown/Soulful Christmas albums bring back memories of my Mom and Dad dancing and singing to songs like “Gee Wiz It’s Christmas” and “This Christmas”.
  • A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown Christmas, The Sound of Music, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) are just a few of my favorite movies. I know there are many more!
  • I recently found a Peppermint Chocolate version of my favorite egg nog, Evan Williams Egg Nog. Disclaimer: You must be of legal drinking age to consume. Drink responsibly. It’s deliciously, smooth and the perfect addition this time of year. Peppermint Bark, Peppermint Mocha coffee, K-cups, and/or creamer are also a must! Clearly, I have an obsession with anything minty and chocolatey this time of year! Well, really anything sweet. Can you blame me?  It’s the holidays! Check out my favorite holiday edition brownies here. ‘Tis the Season!


  • Giving Back! The Angel Tree is a great way to help bring joy and hope into the life of a child for Christmas!
  • Footed Adult Jammies! I absolutely love my footed jammies or what some call “onesies”. It’s so comfie and every adult needs one.
  • Elf on the Shelf! Where were these cute, little elves when I was growing up? I’m not a parent (yet), but Elf on the Shelf is such a fun way to bring Christmas cheer into the lives of everyone! My nephews received their first visit this year from their friend, Arnie the Elf! I love the fact that they chose to name him after me. So cute! Every time I see pictures of the shenanigans that Arnie is up to, I literally burst out into laughter! As you can see, Arnie is demanding a piggy-back ride from Ninja Turtle Mikey.




This year I didn’t really have a holiday “wishlist”. To be honest, Christmas came early for me. Don’t get me wrong, I can always think of something that I would like. Does winning the Mega Millions count? I would surely take a winning in a heartbeat! If I had to choose something, it would have to be a heating foot and calf massager . After my workouts and runs, my legs need a good massage. The foam roller does a great job, but it would be so much nicer if I could just sit back, relax and enjoy. I saw one at Brookstone retailing for $599.00. Yikes! Then, I went to Amazon and found this Kendal Shiatsu brand and loved the price so much more. It had great reviews too. Here’s one similar. I didn’t have time to really test one out, so I will definitely do that before committing to adding it to my list.




That’s about it! Do you have any holiday favorites, recipes, traditions? Don’t forget to check out my Live Well 360 fitness bag review here, and save 15% on your purchase. What’s on your holiday wishlist? Share them!


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Magic City Running, Football Family, & Furry Friends

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I haven’t posted in a minute so this recap will be all over the place. Training is going well. I have my second to the last big training (long) run this weekend. Less than 40 days until the big day! So excited (and nervous)!

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, I helped volunteer at the Magic City Half Marathon with my running group. I ran it last year, but this was my first volunteer experience and I really enjoyed it! We were the first water stop for the runners, so it went by so fast! I was happy to cheer on so many friends, runners, and walkers participating in the race. It was raining on and off and I was hoping I wouldn’t get sick. I wanted to enjoy my Thanksgiving eats! A few sniffles, but nothing a Hot Toddy and some meds couldn’t fix.






I was so excited to see my sweet friend, Kristin (aka BamaGirlRuns), pass by during the race! She is such a sweetheart and one of the reasons why I started to run Disney! She is the Queen of Race Selfies and she makes running so much fun! LOVE-HER!


Photo credit: BamaGirlRuns


Training didn’t stop for the holidays. Thanksgiving Eve I had 8 miles to complete. I know, it was rough out there dealing with the wind and having a cold–but I got it done! Glory to God!





Hello Gump Town! The Gump is another name for Montgomery, AL (not sure why). Maybe I’ll get on that. Downtown Montgomery is a beautiful place to run, so of course Thanksgiving morning I had to get it in. I’m planning to run the Montgomery Half Marathon in March. I can’t wait! They will also be bringing the inaugural full marathon to tour the city.

Here is my mini-tour of my Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning!

State Capital

Alabama State Capitol Building

The Riverfront

The Riverfront


Davis Theatre

Historic Theatre






Right before Thanksgiving dinner! Just the girls + Cousin Love!


Okay, so Black Friday I opted NOT to hit the streets and get tangled up in that mess of a crowd. A few years ago, my sister and I were shopping from 2:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. and I vowed to never do that again. Online shopping or catching sales the days following is what I do. I did manage to get a few items that I wanted. I found a $9 waffle maker (still on sale from Black Friday) and a heated throw. My baby Sis-in-Love has one and I fell in love with it!


Rivalry Week, Iron Bowl Saturday (Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Auburn Tigers) for us, I had to make everyone’s favorite–Slutty Brownies! You can find the holiday edition to this amazingly, delicious recipe here.



Speaking of football…if you haven’t heard all over the news and on ESPN–The University of Alabama at Birmingham (my Alma Mater) football program got cut. I’m absolutely heartbroken by this news. It’s just not right. Please visit here and sign the petition to help SAVE our football team and the other athletics affected! Those students, coaches, and staff…DESERVE a chance! I still believe we can do it! This is bigger than football, bigger than athletics. It’s about being selfless and being a light for the world to see. Go Blazers! You can show support by helping us get the word out and by adding #FreeUAB #SaveUABFootball to your hashtags on social media.


To end on a happier note, how sweet is this little, Love Muffin? Isn’t she the cutest!? This is Kashmir, my cousin’s baby girl. My HB and I have been discussing adopting a sweet face just like hers. She was getting all the love and we were getting all of the puppy kisses. As you can see my HB and Mom adored her!



That about sums up the happs over the past few weeks! Did you catch any great Black Friday deals? Are you getting excited about Christmas? I sure am! 

Until next time…Happy Holidays!