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Let the fun begin!

by agirlandhermutt on February 13, 2014

I am officially 34! Today is my birthday and I could NOT be more excited! Getting older is not something that freaks me out. When I turned 30 I could barely contain my excitement. I had tons of fun in my teens and 20s, but I also really like having fun with a bit more $$$ in my pocket and smarts in the brain.

The year of being 33 is hard for me to put into words. On my birthday post last year I mentioned that although a fun year, 32 was a bit of a blur for me. I felt like life was happening TO ME rather than I was happening to life. The minute 2013 rolled around I *finally* made the decision to change up my life. I decided to lose some of the extra pounds and get healthier. That process took some time to get used to and adjust my social settings around. That didn’t stop the fun though! I still managed to travel a ton, hang out with my friends, spend time with my family and snuggle with the Mutt.

Over the year I embraced my creative side. Or rather I just painted at The Paint Bar. A LOT.

I did some traveling. To places with beaches and large bodies of water or mountains. After looking through these photos I just had to laugh at some of the similarities. Eh. You like what you like!

Cruising on the Allure of the Seas with my family.

Utah for the Blends Retreat.

Provincetown, Ma for a little weekend away.

San Diego just because.

Brooklyn, NY for a birthday celebration.


Miami to celebrate the AZ’s upcoming wedding.

Pensacola for Christmas.

Orlando to  visit Typhoon Lagoon & swim with manatees.


When I was not traveling I was able to get some work done (gotta make that $$$ somehow!) and enjoying some really good times with great friends. I’m so lucky to have a variety of old, new, near and far folks in my life!



There never seems to be enough time with my family in the year, but this time I was able to see them in person on 3 different occasions! That doesn’t include the countless hours of chatting on the phone and Facetiming. We are creepy close. I get it.


Unfortunately this year I also experienced a terrifying and tragic event. BUT! The way that it brought my city together is indescribable and made me so grateful for the life that I’m living.


I made a few goals throughout the year. Some I accomplished. Others are still a work in progress.

Become a spinning instructor…at some point.

Stick with it in 2014!

Even though I was on a quest to get fit, I managed to find time to suck down some amazing eats and drinks.

Bloody Mary at Bokx109.

Brunch at Vinebrook.

Cauliflower EVERYTHING!

Don’t forget all that beer!

There were, of course, some really cute moments with my best bud, Korky.


And did I mention I lost 50+ lbs?! (I know, I know. Thanks for indulging me!)


This year was AMAZING. With wonderful people by my side I was able to experience so many places and things that I would never even had dreamed of doing. But do what know what the best part of this past year was?!


Cheesy but true. 33 was great. 34 is going to be even better. Just you watch and see. ;)

So from me and the Mutt…Thanks for following along this year!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll see ya next week!


Currently in September

by agirlandhermutt on September 20, 2013

Happy Friday! It has been about a month since I did my last Currently and today seemed like a lovely day for an updated version.

BUT FIRST! The winner of the Tied Up Loose Ends giveaway is Erin L!

Erin, shoot me an email with your contact info. :)


Currently: September 2013

Current Read:

My book club is back in session! We have picked Holy Ghost Girl by Donna M. Johnson. I’ve also picked up a fun read, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche.


Current Music:
I’m still obsessed with Katy Perry’s Roar. BUT! I’m also really enjoying the stupidest song ever.
I.JUST.CAN’T! So funny.

Current Guilty Pleasure:
Cherry Coke Zero! I’m limiting my “diet” sodas and haven’t had one in about 2 weeks. I decided to enjoy a can today and I am loving it! Everything in moderation folks.

Current Nail Color:
Essie released their Fall 2013 colors and I feel in love with the Twin Sweater Set Red. This is the perfect color for me to wear this weekend at the Bucs game!

Current Drink:
Still H20! My new program has me drinking at least 1 gallon of water a day. Seltzer, lemon water, and to switch it up…a little cucumber water! Exciting!

Current Food:
I’m still obsessed with my Zucchini Pockets. If you can make a pocket out of it then I have.

Current TV Show:
They released the latest season of The League on Netflix so I’ve been obsessively watching those. Remember that time when my BF surprised me with tickets to see The League LIVE?!

Current Wish List:
A pair of workout gloves. I’m really loving these purple gloves from G-Loves. They match my headphones!

Current Needs:
New joints. I have pains galore. Wahhhhh!

Current Indulgence:
My new Lululemon jacket!
Heh. The a/c is in the process of coming down for the season. That is why the hose is just hanging out back there.

Current Blessing:
My current blessing never changes, but I am feeling especially blessed to have the parents I do. It is so fun to chat with them every day (yes, we are creepy!) and have SO MUCH SUPPORT from them. We are in this whole weight loss thing together and our relationship has never been stronger.

Current Outfit:

Fall is almost here! I love cardigans and scarves so much!

Current Excitement:
I have so many! I start my new fitness program on Monday. I’m heading to the Bucs game on Sunday. I have a weekend of fun ahead of me. Is it 5p yet?!


Have a great weekend everyone! See ya  Monday!



August 16, 2013

Hello there! I survived Week 1 of Ultimate Bootcamp! Yesterday’s class was tough, but the hour just flew by. While I am pumped for Week 2, I am also really, really, really looking forward to a rest day today. Today I figured I would let you know what is Currently going on with me. The […]

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