Category Archives: LIfe in Pictures

Before and after

Hello friends!
Happy August!  Whew, July FLEW by!  I can hardly believe it is already my birthday month!  I feel like I just turned 34! Haha
July was jam packed with moving, renovations, my trip to LA for blogfest, and working on finishing up some of the cosmetic changes on the house.  Then this past weekend some of my fab friends threw us a delightful housewarming party!
I would say the house is 90% finished.  We have a tad more painting to do, a few more changes to the kitchen cabinets, the guest room needs furniture, more pictures and art to hang up, and our closet needs some major organization! Haha

I will let the pictures do the talking!
Each little collage has the before pic, and then a few after pics.  Some rooms are still needing some work and details, but for the most part, the house is finished!
And sorry for some of the bad lighting.  I took the pics really quickly!

I found this ADORABLE welcome mat a few months ago, and I could not wait to use it! 🙂
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Family Room img_3297Dining room img_3294More details of our new beautiful table we received from my awesome nanny family!

Kitchen- still needs some work, but WAY better than it was! img_3295
I am loving this new owl I found (thanks to a gift card!)
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Pantry- SO thankful we have a pantry in this house.  We had to use cupboards in our old house which was a bit of a pain, and made storage for kitchen items really tight.
And this cute sign makes me happy 🙂
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Master bedroom -We had a fiasco with some of the curtains, so I ended up changing them out…3 times…Haha img_3306
Master Bathimg_3305My office/reading room- I love that I have space to work as well as enjoy me time.  My new chalkboard wall is fantastic!
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Man Cave- aka, the hubs office
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I am loving my new ‘M’ wall 🙂
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Our wonderful friends threw us such a fabulous house warming party!  We were gifted so many wonderful things, but more importantly, we are so blessed with amazing friends who shower us with love, support, kindness and generosity.  Many of them were able to make it to our get together, and those who were not able to make it still showered us with love!  Feelings of thankfulness can not even begin to describe how we both feel!


I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!

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Be filled with health and joy!

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Costa Rica, part 4!

Another little throwback to Costa Rica.
I have to say that although I loved each day and all the activities we did on the first few days in Costa Rica (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3), this day was probably the most relaxing day I have had in my entire life!  The pictures really do NOT do justice, and I will totally be doing this tour again one day!  I highly recommend it!

We woke up early, snagged some breakfast and were ready to get picked up at 6:30am!
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We took a mini bus ride to meet up with the larger tour bus.  We had another nice tour guide.  Only issue on the bus was the poor guy behind us was motion sick.  Use your imagination…I am just glad he was ok!
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After a 90 min ride we made it to Puntarenas, and then to the boat!  It was a lovely 2 hour ride across the water out to Tortuga Island!

The boat ride was really relaxing and gorgeous!

Once we got to the island they told us about some of the activity options available.  Snorkeling, canoeing, jet skiing, and volleyball.  As exciting as all those sounded, I was really just needing a day to CHILL on the beach!

So for several hours, that is exactly what we did!  We did enjoy an awesome lunch on the beach, splashed in the water a bit, but mostly just relaxed!  I think I took 4 mini naps! It was pure bliss!

I was a little sad when it was time to leave.  I felt for the first time in a LONG time, I really was able to really relax and not think about all of what was going on in my life.  It was just what I needed.
The boat ride home was beautiful! I spent some time in the pool on the boat, ate some yummy fruit and read a little.


Pt 5 coming soon! Stay tuned for some Foodie Friday fun in a bit!

 

Be filled with joy and health!
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Life in Pictures Link-up

It is time again for another Life In Pictures Link-up!
What is life in pictures you ask?  It is a collection of photos from life over the past week or so, or even just one day.  Post the pictures with little to no words and let others guess what is going on!
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Here we go!
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Yummy
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IMG_3811IMG_3812  IMG_3863 IMG_3864  birthday fun!

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Love my workouts and workout buddies!
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holiday dishes and a fun #FBF!

Feel free to add your pics to the link up!

Rules:
  • Add the blog button to post each time you join the link up! Optionally, you can also add the blog button to your sidebar to feature your own collection of LIP posts.
  • MINGLE WITH OTHERS, don’t just add your link and leave. Spread the love! Comment on at least 2 other people’s linkups and follow the cohosts on on social media.
  • #LIPlinkup : When commenting, tweeting, facebooking, pinning,  instagramming, etc, let them know where you’re coming from by using the hash tag. For example, “Hey Ashley! Amazing workout #LIPlinkup” or “I just added my post to the #LIPlinkup, check it out here: POSTHERE.COM”
  • Always include a brief description of what the blog button is about before bomboarding your readers with pictures right off the bat; that will leave them blinking and speechless because they have no idea what in the world you’re posting!

    XO,
    Esther
    CRG

Life in Pictures Link-up :)

Happy Friday!  I for one, am SO thankful it is Friday!  It has been a bit of a crazy week.  Who am I kidding, every week is crazy!  This week has some different elements that made it emotionally challenging, so I am ready for a bit of a break tonight after work.

Anyways, it is Life in Pictures day!!!  I am teaming up with Linda again at thefitty.com.
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What is “Life In Pictures”?

Take as many pictures as you want throughout the week or day to recount the things you did avoiding as much text as possible. Your job is to guess what happened! For more info, click here.So here are a few of my pics from the last week or so!I have been part of the #Proudtobeme campaign! If you have not joined in yet, come on board!!! You can find out more here!
Nov. 1 – I love my (personality trait) I love that I am compassionate.
Nov. 2 – I’m proud that I
have overcome the eating disorder that tied me down for 20+ years, and that I have been in recovery for almost 7 years!
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Nov. 3 – I do _encouragement__ well!
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Nov. 4 –I am (positive adjective) because ________
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Nov. 5 – I recently (action you did) that made me feel proud of myselfIMG_2796
Nov. 6I love my (body part)
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Nov 7-  I am a _____ person (positive adjective)
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A few food items recently!
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Food prep and my new juice obsession!!
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Race/workout buddies

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Feel free to join in, but don’t forget the rules!

Rules:
  • Add the blog button to post each time you join the link up! Optionally, you can also add the blog button to your sidebar to feature your own collection of LIP posts.
  • MINGLE WITH OTHERS, don’t just add your link and leave. Spread the love! Comment on at least 2 other people’s linkups and follow the cohosts on on social media.
  • #LIPlinkup : When commenting, tweeting, facebooking, pinning,  instagramming, etc, let them know where you’re coming from by using the hash tag. For example, “Hey Ashley! Amazing workout #LIPlinkup” or “I just added my post to the #LIPlinkup, check it out here: POSTHERE.COM”
  • Always include a brief description of what the blog button is about before bomboarding your readers with pictures right off the bat; that will leave them blinking and speechless because they have no idea what the !@#$ you’re posting!

Do you have any fun pictures to share of your life from the past few days?  Come and  join the next link-up on November 21st!

Say Cheese
Xo,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Life in Pictures….New Link-up

Today I am joining a new link up after I received a kind offer from Linda over at TheFitty.com.

So you may ask, ‘what is “Life In Pictures”’?

Take as many pictures as you want throughout the week or day to recount the things you did avoiding as much text as possible. Your job is to guess what happened! For more info, click here. (This info is from Linda’s site!!!)

So here are some pictures from my life lately…Take a guess at what has been happening 😉

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What has been happening in your life lately??

XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-