Monday, November 14, 2016

Blue Ridge Marathon.

I know, I know. It's been quite some time since I've sat down and made something of this space. I tend to do that though...oops. Forgive me. I do, however, have really exciting news to share and maybe this will keep me coming here.

So with that being said...

I'm excited to say that I am an Official Blue Ridge Marathon Blogger!


I ran the Blue Ridge Half Marathon a few years ago and it was my first ever half marathon. Not only was it the first half I completed, it was the first race over a 10k that I had completed. It was hard, it was brutal, and I had no idea that I would hurt as much as I did, but I did it and now I'm coming back for more!

I'm not quite sure that I'm ready to tackle the full marathon yet. To be completely honest, it scares me to death. It is after all considered 'America's Toughest Road Marathon.' The full marathon boasts 7,430 feet in elevation gain, which is more than the marathon's inception in 2010 with 6,140 feet in elevation gain. With all the elevation gain, there are three mountains to ascend and descend. These mountains, Roanoke Mountain, Peakwood Mountain, and Mill Mountain are the reason the Blue Ridge Marathon is famously known as 'America's Toughest Road Marathon' and while they provide quite the challenge, the views are ridiculously gorgeous and make it worth it!

So now you want to run? I knew you would! The 2017 Blue Ridge Marathon will take place April 22,  2017 in Roanoke, Virginia along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Race weekend offers multiple race options for those who aren't quite ready to tackle the full. The race options include the Foot Levelers Full Marathon, Foot Levelers Half Marathon, the Anthem Star 10k, the new official double marathon, and the marathon relay.

The Blue Ridge Marathon series was created by a non-profit known as Roanoke Outside Foundation whose mission is to make outdoor activity and environmental stewardship a core component of the region's lifestyle by promoting a 'conservation through recreation' philosophy. The proceeds raised by this organization go toward the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway and other local charitable organizations.

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon - America's Toughest Road Marathon from Pete Eshelman on Vimeo.

I'm so excited to be a part of this awesome community. If you think you have what it takes to tackle America's Toughest Road Marathon, Half Marathon, or 10k, join us April 22, 2017! Use code BRMFRIENDS for 15% off any race distance! I hope to see you there!



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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Life366 Project//Week 5 Link Up

Hi all! I was having some difficulty with getting my pictures over to blogger last night to get the post up, however, here is the link up! Hopefully I can get the pictures uploaded to this post this afternoon when I have a chance! 

Lola & Lane

With the new year beginning, I wanted to start 2016 out with a bang! I'm pretty excited to begin the Life366 Project! I want to be able to look back on 2016 and be able to remember what happened throughout the year. There's so much in our lives that we don't remember, so here's a way to help us not forget those small moments we will one day wish we remembered! 


Meet the Host and Co-Hosts!



Brittney//Lola & Lane




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Awesome Link Up


Today, I'm excited to be co hosting The Awesome Link Up with Ann from Love the Here and Now Blog! It's a pretty awesome (see what I did there?!) link up ;) This month I have so much that is going on and I fortunate to be able to stay busy, yet still have time to spend with my family. Not only am I crazy busy, but I've been working on a few projects that I can't wait to share!

This month, here are a few things I have going on:

1//Mandatory overtime at work. Kinda sucky, but the extra money will be nice and it's only two nights extra this month. Not too bad, it could be a lot worse. 
2//Birthday dinner for an awesome lady. I love celebrating birthday's and this one is no exception!
3//Beginning to up my running mileage. I have a love hate relationship with running, so this will be a good challenge for me. Let the long miles begin!
4//I'm putting together some financial posts for the blog. By no means am I an expert, but I thought that they might be useful and helpful to some. I've been doing a lot of research and reading in the whole 'debt free' movement and it has lit a fire under me to make it happen. Hopefully, it will help others too. 
5//I am working on going through a bunch of items I have that I no longer need. Let's call it an early spring cleaning of sorts...
6//Stashing more money into savings. Pretty self explanatory, don't you think?!
7//Choosing the perfect paint color for the living space. I have three shades of blue slapped up on the wall now to try and pick...and it's really hard to. I may still change my mind a pick a different color ;)

Honestly, between work and personal obligations, I don't have a whole lot of extra going on, but to me it's pretty darn exciting! 


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Life366 Project//Week 4 Linkup


Thursday, January 21, 2016
Before the storm hit, we had frozen water running off the rocks...

Friday, January 22, 2016
I knew I wouldn't be back to the house for a few days and with having to work the weekend, I made sure to pack plenty of clothes, shoes, boots, and warm weather gear!

Saturday, January 23, 2016
I woke up at the hotel work provided us and Jonas was in full force...

Sunday, January 24, 2016
I made sure to get into pool while at the hotel. It's not often you get to swim during a blizzard!


Monday, January 25, 2016 
Finally out of work and tunnels, forts, and sledding took place!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
View from one of the bridges of all the snow. 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Who doesn't love churros from Costco?


With the new year beginning, I wanted to start 2016 out with a bang! I'm pretty excited to begin the Life366 Project! I want to be able to look back on 2016 and be able to remember what happened throughout the year. There's so much in our lives that we don't remember, so here's a way to help us not forget those small moments we will one day wish we remembered! 


Meet the Host and Co-Hosts!



Brittney//Lola & Lane
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Here are the details:

1// We will link up once a week on Thursday morning and the link up will remain active through the following Wednesday night.

2// You can post your pictures however you like (i.e. Collage, List, etc.)

3// You may chose to just use your pictures as your post or accompany them with an explanation, it's totally up to you! Link up as many pictures as you have, whether you have an entire week or not!

4// Have fun! This is something that is supposed to be for YOU! I'm just here for accountability ;)

5// If you do linkup, please make sure that you link back to Lola & Lane in some way and follow via GFC or Bloglovin'  as well as the co-hosts, it's only fair =)

 So grab a button, and get your camera's and phone's ready! Spread the word and get excited!

Lola & Lane





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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Blizzard Jonas


All I can say is holy cow. These past few days have been absolutely insane! I apologize for the lack of posts and what not, but this has been one of the first times I have been able to sit down and actually open up blogger...

As I'm sure most know by now, we got a little bit of snow this weekend. By a little, I mean, the snow globe was completely full. I had so much to do and get ready for the storm and most of Thursday evening and Friday morning were spent preparing for the inevitable snow. I packed clothes for myself and the girls because I knew once we left Friday, it would be a few days before we returned. We turned the water off and unplugged everything. I cleaned everything up and made sure that everything had it's place for when we returned.

I unfortunately worked all weekend. Crazy, right? The girls were with their father and grandmother, so they were safe had a blast in the snowy blizzard that was Jonas. The snow came down so fast and for what seemed like forever. Work was slow and rightfully so. Saturday morning when I got off, we (almost my entire shift) headed a mile or so down the road and holed up in the hotel so that we could make it back to work. We had to share rooms and bunk up together and we all made the most of it. A few people got stuck in the parking lot, but my awesome driving skills and four wheel drive made it through fine.

More less the same was for Saturday night and into Sunday morning. I couldn't sleep very well, but managed to get in a good workout and took my time getting ready Sunday afternoon. Getting off Monday morning was the harder part. I drove across town to Tony's parents house, which really wasn't too awful of a drive. I slept for a little bit and Tony and his dad decided to go check on our house.

I got a call from Tony and he said that our road hadn't been plowed. There was only one set of footprints coming up the hill on the road. Apparently the bull dozer that was removing the snow broke down and with three feet of snow, our neighbor's little tractor just couldn't handle doing the entire road. So lucky us, we weren't able to get home until Tuesday afternoon...luckily, everything with the house was fine and everything worked, but we have so much snow that I'm already over it for the year ;)

It certainly feels good to be home and sleeping in my own bed and not living out of a hotel and my car. The girls have been playing in the snow, making tunnels, igloos, and sledding down constructed sled trails. All in all we weathered the storm well and I'm hoping that this will be the last 'big' storm of the season. Let's bring on spring!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the Life366 Project Linkup!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

The Life366 Project//Week 3 Linkup

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Lately, I have been in the mood to cook. I love cooking and I love it even more when I watch the Tasty videos. They are all over my Facebook news feed and I could watch them continuously, they feed my need to cook ;) I snapped this picture while fixing some dinner to take to work with me. I made steaks with marinated mushrooms, wild rice, and the delicious green beans that are super easy to make. I prefer the frozen whole green beans and then I steam them for a few minutes. Once they're steamed, I toss them into my favorite cast iron skillet with some evoo or coconut oil and some garlic. I sauté them and then when they're almost finished, I add a few sprinkles of parmesan cheese. Trust me, they're the best green beans ever. Sometimes, I'll add some slivered almonds or something fancy like that, but I didn't have any, sooooooo then there's that....

Friday, January 15, 2016
I always take the girls and pick them up from school. On this particular day however, something well, strange happened. Yes, our schools' mascot is a ram, but never would I have thought, that someone would actually bring a baby goat into the school on a normal school day...I guess that's what happens when you're from a small town, it's not that strange then I suppose.

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Let me just say that this is my boo. This was the first picture I took with my new phone...I liked it. That's it ;)

 Sunday, January 17, 2016
Since we stayed home all day Sunday, the girls found ways to keep them busy. Lyla decided to do a type of self portrait. Can you guess how she sees herself? Lyla the little gymnast. She did a pretty good job and she clearly enjoys flipping all over the place!

Monday, January 18, 2016
No school! Music to my ears. Unfortunately I had to work that evening, but the girls and I slept in and all I wanted to do was lounge in bed to rest up before my shift. Right now, I'm fixed on Friday Night Lights, up next, Making a Murder.

 Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Up again is my sweet little gymnast, Lyla Lane. She's on the training team and will be moving up to the competition team at the end of the school year. She's done so well and worked so hard learning the skills. She's certainly come a long way. She has a few form techniques to work on, but so far, she's done pretty awesome. I'm excited to see where this takes her and what she makes of it.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Willow is obsessed with playing games. We stopped over at Tony's parents' house for a little bit and we always get the games out. Usually the girls beg his Mom to play with them and then out come the games. Willow is pretty cutthroat when it comes to playing games, watch out...



With the new year beginning, I wanted to start 2016 out with a bang! I'm pretty excited to begin the Life366 Project! I want to be able to look back on 2016 and be able to remember what happened throughout the year. There's so much in our lives that we don't remember, so here's a way to help us not forget those small moments we will one day wish we remembered! 

Meet the Host

Host
Brittney // Lola & Lane
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Here are the details:

1// We will link up once a week on Thursday morning and the link up will remain active through the following Wednesday night.

2// You can post your pictures however you like (i.e. Collage, List, etc.)

3// You may chose to just use your pictures as your post or accompany them with an explanation, it's totally up to you! Link up as many pictures as you have, whether you have an entire week or not!

4// Have fun! This is something that is supposed to be for YOU! I'm just here for accountability ;)

5// If you do linkup, please make sure that you link back to Lola & Lane in some way and follow via GFC or Bloglovin'  as well as the co-hosts, it's only fair =)

 So grab a button, and get your camera's and phone's ready! Spread the word and get excited!

Lola & Lane


Well guys, it looks like we have a BIG winter storm brewing for this weekend. I've heard predictions anywhere from a few inches to feet of snow and for us who live on top of the mountain, it will be ridiculously worse, especially if we get a fraction of what they're predicting...looks like we will be packing bags for quite a few days to stay in town since both Tony and I work and are considered essential personnel; meaning that no matter what, we have to be at work. It's the perks of working in a jail!

Anyone else planning on getting snowed in? Hope everyone had a great week! I can't wait to see what you've been up to!



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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Weekends are for Fun

I won't lie. I really wen through it attempting to write this post. Honestly, it's not because I'm in a bad place or I have nothing to share because believe me, it's quite the opposite. This past weekend, we slowed down and enjoyed it. We had no schedule to adhere to, no plans what so ever, absolutely nothing. I know that I've said it more often than not because it's hard to not have a good weekend when I'm with the ones I love, but there's truly something about the slow hum drum of nothingness.

Why then, am I having a hard time with this? I think it's because my mind is in overdrive. I feel like I want more than what I'm getting and I have so many ideas and things running through my tiny brain. I'm always thinking of 'things' to better my family and right now, I have one big cluster in my head that I can't pick through. I just need to buckle down and pick through the pieces and make it all make sense...more on that late =)

Anyway, like I said, this weekend was pretty great. We spent Friday evening lounging around, watching movies, getting some laundry done, and sleeping pretty soundly. No alarm clocks to wake us up, and not a single plan for Saturday. We woke up late Saturday morning, ate some breakfast, cleaned, and headed to town. We were due for upgrades for our phones, so we finally got new phones (iPhone 6s Plus and yes, I LOVE it!) and finally decided to go to Tony's parent's house for a little bit. Keeping with the no plan of the day, Tony's parent's kept the girls and we went and saw The Revenant with Tony's sister and boyfriend, an impromptu double date for the win!


Let me just say this, wow. This movie was such a good movie, albeit pretty long and some what drawn out in some scenes, but an awesome movie nonetheless. Leonardo DiCaprio was perfect for the part. If you haven't seen it yet, go. Not to mention, the grizzly bear attack scene, was pretty crazy and if he doesn't win some kind of award for stripping down and sleeping inside a horse carcass to survive, I would be just a little sad.

Back to the weekend and how awesome it was...

Sunday was truly spent doing nothing, but whatever we wanted. We didn't leave the house. It started snowing and we had a nice dusting on the ground, we had our little fireplace on, made some waffles, baked a cake, colored in one of those awesome therapeutic coloring books, made some delicious dinner, watch football, and read a book. How's that for a Sunday? I'd say it was good. 

My sad attempt at one of those way cooler pictures everyone tries to recreate AND I just noticed you can see me in the reflection...ha.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  What fun things did y'all get into?!
Also, don't forget that this Thursday is the third week of The Life366 Project link up! Come back and share what you have been up to not just this weekend, but everyday!


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