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25 Things You Don’t Know About Me


August 1, 2014 by Katie

Happy Friday everyone!!! I saw this survey on both Tina and Julie’s blog, so I thought I would join in for an easy Friday read today! And really, who doesn’t want to know more about ME?? Right?? No? Well read anyway, or just answer the questions in the comments so I can learn more about you!

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I’m happiest when… I’m laughing with friends or family.

Thursday Thoughts


July 31, 2014 by Katie

1. Oh hey there. So this morning I went back to sleep after my 5:30 alarm and then woke up at 7:08 to my 10-minute warning alarm. That was nice. And yet I still managed to make it to work 8 minutes early. Not sure how that happened.

2. Why was I so tired? I’ve been sick all week with a cough that keeps me up all night. Last night was probably the first night I slept at all in many, many moons.

Book Reviews – Series


July 30, 2014 by Katie

Rather than doing one book at a time, today I’m going to review of the series that I’ve read recently!

The first series is called The Selection Series by Kiera Cass and the three books are: The Selection, The Elite, and The One.
The Selection (The Selection, #1) The Elite (The Selection, #2) The One (The Selection, #3)

From Goodreads:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

Catching Up – Denver Weekend


July 29, 2014 by Katie

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend. Sorry I haven’t been the best about keeping up with posts recently, but life is getting busy!
I spent this past weekend in Denver and had a great time! Haha there were a few tears & a sprained ankle, but there’s nothing better than hanging out with your best friend.

Thursday Thoughts


July 24, 2014 by Katie

1. Guess where I am right now? On my way (or in) DENVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOT WOOT! Four days of fun with my BFF Maddie, including an ABBA cover concert! It’s going to be a fABBAulous weekend!!!!


2. And guess who else I get to see this weekend??? MY OTHER BFF:

Do Not Envy


July 22, 2014 by Katie

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about envy quite a lot, especially in how it affects my own internal dialogue. Through the blog world, social media, magazines, TV and our every day lives we are constantly comparing ourselves to the people around us. I know the “comparison trap” has been talked to death, but I think it’s more than just comparison – it’s about jealousy, envy, and learning to be grateful for our own lives and blessings.

Envy is something that I used to feel constantly – all day, every day. That girl running down the path, the cute couple at a restaurant, even my closest friends. However nowadays, these thoughts are few and far…

Summer Work Outfits


July 21, 2014 by Katie

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend! I had a very busy one, including a night at a country bar with a live band, over 11 hours at the CEP Compression booth for the Chicago Rock N Roll expo, and several church events Sunday including my own baptism! (more on that another day…).

Anyway, since I didn’t have a lot of time to recap my weekend, I thought today I’d share some work outfits that I wore last week. My office is generally business casual, but with the summer heat it makes getting dressed a little trickier. I usually wear something sleeveless and then keep a cardigan at my desk…

Thursday Thoughts


July 17, 2014 by Katie

1. This past weekend there was a 3-day country music/BBQ festival in Chicago called Windy City Smokeout. I went on Friday night with a friend from my small group and a few of her friends and it was so much fun! Also – I drank beer and didn’t feel sick (gluten) yay!!!! Mostly “yay” because beer was half the price of any other drink they offered…


2. Is it creepy that I took a picture of someone’s outfit to put on pinterest? Sadly her bag was covering it up… but still. Thoughts? Is that weird? Probably… Of course now I just put it on my blog so…

Book Reviews


July 16, 2014 by Katie

Hey everyone, I hope you’re all having a good week! First of all, thank you for all of your great comments on Monday’s post! I appreciate your thoughts and would love to keep ‘em coming!

I mentioned last week that I had read a LOT of books recently but hadn’t been reviewing them, so here are a few more reviews for you all today!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Yes, You Should Eat 1200 Calories…


July 14, 2014 by Katie

…If you lay in bed all day AND you’re on a diet.

I’ve been getting a little frustrated recently seeing friends, bloggers and even strangers believing that eating around 1200 calories a safe and healthy way to lose weight. Many people know to not eat below 1200 calories, but that means it’s a bare minimum.

Do you also walk during the day? Run? Lift weights or do body weight exercises? Do you play sports? All of those activities require EXTRA energy, whether you’re on a diet or not. Eating too few calories is dangerous for your health. Been there, done that, and let me tell you: it doesn’t work out in the end.


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