Monday, July 14, 2014

Sweet Summertime


Hi guys!

I had the urge to write today, not that I have anything too incredibly important to talk about. Does that ever happen to you? You have the urge to write but feel like you have nothing in particular to write about? It happens over here allllll the time! 

Either that, or what I want to write about is something that has been bothering me, making me sad, or stressing me out. I typically have the urge to write when I am feeling down because, for me, writing is a coping skill. I like to use it as a medium for my personal thoughts, and not-so-happy feelings. With that being said, I don't want it to become a negative space. Where's the fun in that? Plus, today what I am feeling is EXCITEMENT! : )

I have a really exciting summer coming up! Here's the low down...in case you care.

JULY

1. My parents are coming to visit! I haven't seen them since March, and Garrett and I are really excited that they will be here soon! We are going to a Rockies baseball game while they are here and will probably do some shopping. Yessssss! 

2. Mine and Garrett's 4 year anniversary is the 31st! Garrett planned a trip to Steamboat Springs for us and I can't wait! A nice little getaway in a small mountain town? YES please!

Throwback to our wedding. 
Mexico, July 2010


AUGUST

1. Garrett and I are going home to Texas! It has been way too long since we have both been able to go home together. As a matter of fact, I couldn't even tell you the last time. I haven't seen Kinley since she was a week old, and Garrett has never met her so, needless to say, we are both dying to see that sweet baby! I have a feeling I'm not going to want to leave her side.

Kinley perfectly modeling a dress we got her from H&M.



2. PARIS! Mom and I leave for France mid August and it still hasn't fully hit me. I have been dying to go back to Europe since my last trip in 2007 and it is finally almost here! We will be in Paris for a couple of days and then will board a river cruise from Paris to the Beaches of Normandy. I am SO very thankful that my mom invited me along on this trip and can't wait to make some great memories together. 

I love having things to look forward to. Those little, or big, things are the meaning of life! 

What fun things do you have planned this summer?








Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Renaissance Festival


HI! : )

I hope you guys are doing great and that your weeks are all off to a great start. Can you believe it's already July!? Half of 2014 is already over, which seems crazy. 

Garrett and I have been busy with work, but we have also been trying to plan fun weekend adventures. Living in Colorado has many upsides, one of them being the amount of things to do and see here. While we love our lazy weekends, and get plenty of those in, we have been trying to seek out things to go do and explore on the weekends.

This past weekend, we went to the Renaissance Festival (as you probably already know if you follow me on Instagram). It. was. Awesome. I love being somewhere that seems to take you to another place and time, and this was just that. The shop owners were in costume and spoke with an accent, there was a jousting tournament, and the buildings were designed to look like they were from that time period. It was like an entire theme park dedicated to the Renaissance. The people watching was pretty spectacular too.



I have been wanting a flower crown/headband/whatever you call it for awhile and I found several here. I wish it were normal to wear flowers in your hair everyday. 


My friend Julie went with us and she and I spent the majority of our time trying on hats. 


I shared my first ever turkey leg. It was delicious, albeit also a little disgusting. Something about biting meat off the bone, seeing blood veins, and tendons thoroughly grosses me out. 


It was a fun weekend and Garrett is already planning his outfit for next year. Yes, I'm serious. 

We both work Fourth of July evening and are not too excited about it. I just want to go watch fireworks! What are your plans for the 4th?

Hope you have a safe and fun weekend!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

105 Calorie Frozen Peanut Butter & Cool Whip S'mores



I have been trying to watch my calorie intake lately. I have never really done that before, it's hard work! You guys know I have a serious sweet tooth, so there was no way I was about to give up desserts.

This bad boy has about 105 calories per sandwich! It's every bit worth it too, they are delicious!

You will need:
Chocolate Graham Crackers
Peanut Butter (I use the creamy kind)
Fat Free Cool Whip

You can either eyeball it and put however much you want, or, if you want the 105 calorie version these are the amounts I use:

1 Chocolate Graham Cracker sheet, broken in half
2 Teaspoons Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Fat Free Cool Whip 

I don't thaw the the Cool Whip first because it makes it easier to work with if it's still frozen. After you have the sandwich made, throw it in the freezer for 45 minutes to an hour and it should be fully frozen and ready to eat! 


What are some of your favorite, relatively low-calorie, desserts?


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Kinley Claire


Well hello!

I'm just here to brag on my niece. If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen several pictures of her, but I wanted to share my favorite's on the blog. If you don't follow me on Instagram, follow along at @whitneycypert!

I never posted about the weekend I went to Austin to meet Kinley. I'm not sure why, other than the simple fact that my blog has taken a hiatus, and I was too lazy to get my camera out while I was there. Mom took pictures that I still need to steal!

That weekend was fun and meeting Kinley was indescribable. I never want to leave to come back to Colorado, but that weekend was the hardest. 

One of her earliest pictures! Still in the hospital.
 

Kin and her Pawpaw!

 
 Kin and her Granna!


 FAVE!



How pretty is she?!


I wanted to take her home with me.


Pretty in pink!


Newborn Picture!


I wasn't there when my sister had Kinley, but my mom said, "You wouldn't believe how gorgeous she is!". She was right, she is the prettiest baby I have ever seen. I couldn't quit staring at her when I visited. Her lips, nose, and eyes are just perfect. 

I love you Kinley Claire!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ceeeelebrate Good Times, Come On!

Hi y'all!! Remember me?

Holy cow...I just noticed it has been a month since my last blog post. That seems unacceptable to me, I miss you guys! I guess I haven't blogged in awhile because I've felt like I have nothing blog-worthy going on. I wish I was one of those people that can make a blog post out of going to the bathroom...but I'm not.

I can, however, make one out of going to Estes Park for a long weekend. : )

Recently, Garrett passed two tests for work that will allow him to be a licensed stock broker. {Go Garrett! Go Garrett!} He was stressed about them so once he was done, and we found out he had passed both, we took off for Estes Park for the weekend to celebrate. {Hence the title of this post and the song that is probably stuck in your head!}

I'll spare you the day-by-day boring recap, but only because all we did was eat, hot tub, and shop around. In other words, we were lazy with a capital L.

Happy to be on vacation, even happier to be a brand new Aunt! Before we left Friday, I got the good news that my sister had had baby Kinley and was doing great! Took a selfie to commemorate it...


Smokin' Daves. Ate here twice and could've gone back for a third time.


Shopping around downtown Estes, in the snow.


We had dessert every meal, as one should while on vacation.


Rocky Mountain National Park.


The wildlife in Estes is my favorite thing about it and the only reason I got my "real" camera out all weekend. I have gotten so lazy about using that thing! 

We spent quite a bit of time in the hot tub. Hot-tubbing in the snow is the best!


The whole weekend I was on my phone. I felt a bit guilty, but I was so excited for my sister and to see all of the pictures I was getting. I'll be blogging about all of that soon! 

Anywho, we had a great time in Estes. Sometimes lazy vacations are the best and you really don't want to go back to real life afterwards. However, we had to go back to real life, and to work, but are so thankful we had a little getaway to refresh!


Monday, March 3, 2014

The Little Things.


Sometimes you just have to take time to remember the little things in life that make you happy.

Little things like...

A Caramel Frapp from Starbucks
 Freshly painted nails
Sleeping late
Eating chocolate pie
 A new pair of shoes
A day off from work
Cats
Seinfeld
A Taylor Swift Style blog : )
Modcloth
Fuzzy socks
A clean apartment
A good book
 
What little things help you get through your day?
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Last Minute Getaway


Hi y'all!

It's Tuesday night, and a little late for a weekend recap, but it's all I've got. This past weekend Garrett and I took a late night, last minute trip to Colorado Springs. The story goes something like this...

It was late Friday night. We were bored. The next thing I knew we were on our way to Colorado Springs. About an hour and 15 minutes later, and around 2 AM, we were settling into our hotel. We planned on waking up early, but needless to say we didn't. 

Close to 1, we walked into Jack Quinns Irish Pub for lunch. This place had an amazing atmosphere and delicious food. For a second I forgot that we were in Colorado. The light was really low so I couldn't get any decent pictures like I wanted to. We decided we were going to try traditional Irish food so Garrett ordered corned beef hash and I had the Guinness Beef Boxty. Basically it was beef tips braised in Guinness and then wrapped in a potato pancake. It had a cream sauce on the top with blue cheese crumbles. The blue cheese was a little much for me, that stuff is strong! Honestly, I probably would've just been happy with my typical burger but you live and you learn!

Afterwards we headed to Garden of the Gods which is a popular tourist spot in Colorado Springs. We walked around exploring the rocks for about an hour and finally the crazy wind talked us into leaving. The crazy wind however did not stop me from taking my fair share of pictures while there. 

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Garrett, true to a man's nature, thought he had to climb several things. This rock was really round and tall and he couldn't quite find anything to grab onto to hoist himself up. I couldn't quit laughing.
 
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Afterwards we stopped in Manitou Springs to explore a little more. This particular town is small but has cute shops and several candy stores to venture into. We stopped into one and I got some Peanut Butter Bars and we each got fudge. It's so hard to go into a candy store and not by something. Pretty much impossible. 

 
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Around town there are several fountains where you can taste the spring water. That stuff is gross. I spit it out every single time. The minerals make it taste almost carbonated but it's not.

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Sunday morning we woke up and had breakfast at the hotel. You want to know what is a must for me? Continental breakfast at a hotel! There's almost nothing I love more. Ok, there are things I love more but it is so exciting to wake up and know a whole array of breakfast foods are awaiting your arrival downstairs!

After breakfast we headed home. I took a nap and Garrett went to work. Yes, I felt a little guilty! We had a good time and it was so nice to get out of Denver for just a day.


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I had to take the time to brag on how cute my sister looks!


I CAN NOT WAIT until little Kinley gets here! I don't even want to think about how hard it's going to be on me living 17 hours away. I love that baby so much already, and of course my sister. EXCITED!