The Best Plant-Based Milk Maker: Healthy Choices with Almond Cow

The Best Plant-Based Milk Maker: Healthy Choices with Almond Cow

I haven’t been the best at curbing my pregnancy cravings (especially the chocolate), but I have made some healthier choices when it comes to plant-based protein! I just tried the Almond Cow Plant-Based Milk Maker and I am loving it! Read on to find out more about the milk maker and just how convenient it can be to create your own milk from your favorite nuts!

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Homemade Mini Blackberry Pies: Baking Memories with Chicago Metallic

Homemade Mini Blackberry Pies: Baking Memories with Chicago Metallic
Homemade Mini Blackberry Pies: Baking Memories with Chicago Metallic
Homemade Mini Blackberry Pies: Baking Memories with Chicago Metallic
Homemade Mini Blackberry Pies: Baking Memories with Chicago Metallic
We also had to make some chocolate chip cookies too, of course! They cooked perfectly on the Chicago Metallic pan!

We also had to make some chocolate chip cookies too, of course! They cooked perfectly on the Chicago Metallic pan!

Homemade Mini Blackberry Pies: Baking Memories with Chicago Metallic
Homemade Mini Blackberry Pies: Baking Memories with Chicago Metallic

Hi everyone!

I really love when I can finally take the time to do things where I’m creating with my hands. It’s so relaxing! I love to paint, decorate, even clean, but I also love baking! Now that I have a family of my own cooking and baking is so much more fun. I love knowing I’m feeding my family something delicious and my kids will grow up creating memories baking with mom! I recently partnered with Chicago Metallic to share some of the best bake ware with you along with a delicious recipe you and your family will love!

Chicago Metallic makes the cutest mini tart pan, so I decided to make homemade blackberry tarts. It’s the perfect summertime treat you can pair with vanilla ice cream or have by itself! I grew up loving blackberry cobbler, but this would be something a little different (and a little cuter). The pan comes with the perfect little cutout for the tops of the tarts and gives them a unique design. Fisher had a blast with that part!

Recipe

  • 3 cups of blackberries

  • 1/3 cup sugar (I used a tad more since my blackberries were a little on the tart side)

  • 3 tsp lemon juice

  • 1 package of Pilsbury ready made pie crust (comes with 2 rolls and you’ll need both)

  • 1 whisked egg

  • 7 tbs water divided

  • 2 tbs cornstarch

Blackberry Filling

  1. Heat the saucepan over medium heat and stir in the blackberries, sugar, lemon juice, and 3 tbs water. Bring to boil and let boil for 3-4 minutes.

  2. On the side, Mix 4 tbs water and cornstarch together and stir into the blackberries.

  3. Allow mixture to get thicker. I took this time to taste whether or not it was sweet enough. My berries were a bit on the tart side, so I added a tad more sugar.

  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes


The Crusts

  1. Unroll the pie crusts on lightly floured surface. After spraying the tart pan with a little PAM, I laid the pie crust over the molds of the pan and used a knife to cut the dough to fit into the mold. There will be some left over which I mushed together, reflattened, and fit into the rest of the molds.

  2. Take the filling and fill the tarts with a heaping tabs of blackberry filling. Be careful not to put too much (my filling bubbled out a little bit in the oven)

  3. Take the second pie crust and unfold on floured surface.

  4. Take the decorative crust cutter the pan comes with and punch into the dough for each tart top. Wet the edges of the lower crust first so that when the top one meets it they stick together better. Seal edges with fork.

  5. Whisk egg and 1 tbs water together and lightly brush on top of dough. This gives it a flaky brown color!

  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

The filling is SO DELICIOUS! It is seriously like a jam, so I would like to use it as a jelly, topping, etc.


I can’t wait for you to try out this recipe with the Chicago Metallic cookware. From an amateur baker to professional chef you’ll enjoy baking so much more with this great quality cookware. There is something about being in the kitchen that really is the heart of the home. Fisher and I had so much fun baking memories that will last a lifetime and I know you’ll love doing the same with your little ones!

I’ve linked all my favorite picks from Chicago Metallic here; including, the tart mold. Please let me know if you have any questions!



Enjoy!

Britny


Buy Buy Baby: The Ultimate Place to Build Your Baby Registry

Buy Buy Baby: The Ultimate Place to Build Your Baby Registry

This is for all my expecting mamas out there!

I am so excited to have been able to partner with Buy Buy Baby to show you their amazing registry process! I wish I would have used them for my first pregnancy because this was so effortless and easy to organize. Read more about easily creating and managing a registry through Buy Buy Baby!

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The Post Oak Hotel: A Luxury Getaway in the Heart of Houston

The Post Oak Hotel: A Luxury Getaway in the Heart of Houston

If you’re craving a luxurious getaway you don’t have to go very far. The Post Oak Hotel is the only AAA Five Diamond Hotel in the city and it’s located right in the heart of Houston, Texas. Read more about our glamorous stay at this fabulous place..

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How I Escaped Anorexia: A Battle from Within

How I Escaped Anorexia: A Battle from Within

Today’s post is in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and those currently struggling with an eating disorder. Read on for more about my struggle with Anorexia. You’ll also hear the story from guest blogger, MIchele Weinstein from AFitandFabulousMichele. You don’t want to miss this post!

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Relationship Makeover: How Choosing Joy Changed Our Marriage

Relationship Makeover: How Choosing Joy Changed Our Marriage

Hello everyone! The stresses of life can be so overwhelming and if you’re like me, when you’re stressed you can press that on your loved ones. Read on to see how Kirk and I changed our whole way of thinking and truly enhanced our marriage..

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Going on a BAE-cation!

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I honestly hate leaving Fisher... it could be to go to the grocery store for an hour and I'm missing him.. #pathetic. But, we all need a little break from the kiddos/work and guess who needs your attention? Your husband, wife, partner....You're married, remember?? Our partners sometimes get the shaft when it comes to who comes first for care. That's why it is crucial to get away with them for a vacation every now and then. 

1. The obvious reason is you are both able to give each other one on one attention. The daily grind comes with all kinds of things to do (mostly involving the kids, work, housework). On vacay you actually have the time to sit there and be with one another and reconnect- no distractions.

2. You also get to realign your relationship. I know for me and Kirk, even a date night every once in a while gets us back to where we need to be in our relationship. Remembering why you love each other and what is important to both of you in your marriage. 

3. Be adventurous. Kirk and I LOVE excursions, although sometimes we fight over what each of us thinks makes a "fun" excursion. Kirk would perhaps prefer flying over a volcano with the doors off a helicopter in Hawaii, where I would think that was NOT a good idea for "relaxation"..especially after we had just found out I was pregnant! LOL Whatever the case may be it's fun to explore together and face new things! 

4. You may make another addition to your family...……. just sayin. Its possible. 

5. Going on vacation with your team mate is special. Be sure to be appreciative of all they do on a daily basis for the family and for you. Recharge each other to come back home a better partner, parent, and employee. You need each other to be at your best to make things happen and you chose to be together because you felt your partner was going to make the best team mate to help keep you there. 

I hope you enjoy your next bae-cation and come back stronger than ever for one another and your family! Your relationship is the foundation for the rest of your tribe and if that is stronger than ever your home and family life/kids will be able to have the support and love they need to develop into the best people they can be. 

Hope you enjoyed! 

Love, B

 

Fishing Themed Birthday: My Little Fisherman Turns One

Fishing Themed Birthday: My Little Fisherman Turns One

My little fisherman turned one! I threw my son, Fisher, his own fishing themed first birthday and collaborated with some amazing companies you definitely want to check out for your next party. Read more to see how I decorated everything from the decor to the cake!

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Mother's Day with MacKenzie Childs

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Happy Mother's Day!

 

This is a Mother's Day that is extra special. This year is my first Mother's Day as a mother, myself. I have finally crossed over to the other side of the celebration. I have so much more of an understanding now how my mother has felt on this day (and everyday) all these years. I feel so privileged and proud to be a mother to Fisher. He has truly changed my whole entire universe. The moment I saw him come into this world on June 23, 2017 was the greatest moment of my entire life!

Today we also celebrate all the ladies in our family, and our special traditions. One tradition in my family that has been around since before I was even born is collecting MacKenzie-Childs pieces. I have grown up around the line all my life, and it has always been something the women in my family cherish. Each piece is  something special and means something to each of our collections. When birthdays, Christmas, or Mother's Day comes around we know we will all be gifting one another a piece of MacKenzie-Childs.  MacKenzie-Childs plates, platters, dishes, glassware, and décor come out for every baby shower, birthday, holiday, anniversary.. or sometimes just because! We love it all!

I decided to get some special ladies together for a fun shoot showcasing my Aunt Kick's gorgeous MacKenzie-Childs filled home. My grandmother, Carolynn Nelson, and my Aunt Kick each have a fabulous collection, but my Aunt's house is truly spectacular. We set up the prettiest table setting with all things MacKenzie-Childs from her Taylor Collection. These are original pieces she has collected from the very beginning, so they are some of her absolute favorites. We mixed some Courtly Check into the décor to really make the pastels pop. She has everything from the salt and pepper shakers to the napkin rings. GORGEOUS! This is such a fun and beautiful collection that is perfect for a Mother's Day brunch. I decided to incorporate a green and white floral arrangement to finish off the setting with something fresh.

Aside from her massive collection of ceramic serving ware her entire home holds so many intricate details. Each bathroom is adorned with MacKenzie-Childs and each one is different in design. There is MacKenzie-Childs tile surrounding the mirrors, baseboards, and shower ceilings. Showering and looking up at Courtly Check tile was an experience.  Her kitchen holds the biggest collection of Frank and Mustard pieces I have ever seen. From the MacKenzie-Childs chandeliers to the tuffets in every room she has it all, and her home is truly something you must see to believe! I didn't want to leave!

Today, I'll be setting my table with my new MacKenzie-Childs Sweetbriar dinner plates for a special Mother's Day meal. I've had my mother and her mother here visiting us the last two weeks and we have had the best time. Three generations together. One thing I will always think of when I pull some of my favorite MacKenzie-Childs pieces out are the memories made over the years celebrating and enjoying one another with this beautiful collection. MacKenzie-Childs has been a part of the family for decades, and I can't wait to pass the tradition on to my children.

Hope you all have a fabulous Mother's Day! Scroll down to see more of my Aunt Kick's amazing home!

Love, B

 

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What's in a redhead's DNA?!

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Sooooo I have been waiting for what felt like forever to get my Ancestry DNA results back! I finally got them in last night and I could hardly open the email from being so excited. I have always been so into genealogy and family history, so taking my DNA to get tested for my ethnicity was something I've always wanted to do! The results are in!

Turns out I was everything we already knew I was. The only thing I really wanted to know was what percentages of these things made up Britny Robinson. According to my test results,  I am 50% Western European (German/Swiss) 22% Irish and 19% Great Britain 4% Scandinavian AMAZING! Ancestry DNA takes a small sample of your saliva and tests your DNA with DNA segments from hundreds of different regions in the world!

This company has done amazing things when it comes to allowing people to connect with family they never knew existed! I just connected to a 2nd cousin I never knew. We have the same family line! There are several others on my Ancestry profile that link to me now, so I can't wait to introduce myself. Ancestry also breaks down the history of how your ancestors came to America, when, what the time period was, and what was going on during that time period. f

Fortunately for me, my grandmother on my fathers side already wrote a book on our family from her side, tracing us all the way back to the Mayflower. My father's side is very English/Swedish. I am in DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) since we have family that fought in these American wars. They supposedly owned lots of land, prospered and lived primarily in the south. The whole book my Mema wrote is just incredible.

My mother's side is heavily German/Irish. They came over long ago and moved to the South where they settled as farmers, which is more than likely what they did in their home country since Ireland was a very farming heavy trade. My Uncle Lance went to Ireland and found our Cain Family seal. I would LOVE to go there someday and explore/research more family history. It's also been interesting since I've been researching and tracing back family on Ancestry to find that a lot of my Irish ancestors marked their birth certificates as "English" and not "Irish" when they were coming to America because a lot of Irish people were sold as slaves to plantations. So, to avoid that they pretended to be from England. Did you know that?! Crazy!

I highly suggest doing an Ancestry DNA test! It was super easy and so much fun to see where you originated from! I'm continuing my research on Ancestry and cant wait to see what else I find..

Have a wonderful Friday!

Love, B

 

It's All About the Heart!

The Houston Texas Medical Center

The Houston Texas Medical Center

What a wear on the daily... very fashion forward LOL. I have to wear lead to protect me from radiation exposure.

What a wear on the daily... very fashion forward LOL. I have to wear lead to protect me from radiation exposure.

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A before and after. The left showing pre-treatment spots where plaque is. The right showing post-treatment results and vessels opened

A before and after. The left showing pre-treatment spots where plaque is. The right showing post-treatment results and vessels opened

How plaque decreases blood flow in a vessel

How plaque decreases blood flow in a vessel

our laser vaporizing plaque molecules to the size of a red blood cell

our laser vaporizing plaque molecules to the size of a red blood cell

How a stent helps increase blood flow in arteries with plaque

How a stent helps increase blood flow in arteries with plaque

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Hey everyone!!

So, the biggest question I get from everyone is, "what is it that you do for a living??" In honor of International Women's Day I wanted to talk a little bit about what I do as my full time job and discuss the medical device industry. I could get super detailed but for the sake of everyone's sanity I'm giving you the short version LOL.

I am currently a Coronary Sales Specialist with a company that provides products that focus on physiology, imaging, and atherectomy in the corornary arteries (heart vessels). I am leaving out any names of places, companies, etc. My job is to support, guide, inform, and teach both cardiologists and staff at various hospitals within my territory how to use our products to better treat their patients in the procedure room. My products help to gather more accurate readings on the pressure gradients in the arteries to help see if there isn't enough blood flow, help to see the nasty plaque in the arteries via our IVUS (vascular ultrasound), and also laser that nasty plaque by basically vaporizing it with ultraviolet light in order for the cardiologist to place a stent to increase blood flow! I KNOW..... ITS A MOUTHFULL. Although, it is a lot at times I do LOVE what I do.

My grandfather passed away from CAD (coronary artery disease). That was one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with. Did we know for sure it was from that? No. We did not order an autopsy for his unexpected heart attack. However, I do know that he did live life to the fullest. He smoked and was a little overweight... He was Papa and he loved food. I know based on my years experience in the cath lab that.. Yes, his death was more than likely from CAD. So, from that point on  I really found myself fascinated with the entire industry of medical devices as a whole. The technology to save lives and keep people living is ever changing and evolving and I have to say that it is truly incredible...You couldn't imagine the products out there that are used on a daily basis to help keep patients living and get them back to their families!

How did I get into this space? That is a question I get often. I actually believe networking in college is THE BEST tool you will have in your toolbox upon graduation. You can study your A** off and not end up in the field you thought you would be in. Believe me. I studied Molecular Biology and minored in Chemistry. I was premed all the way, but then at the end of my years at Texas Lutheran University I decided that... I wasn't sure I wanted to enter into MORE school. I thought, "oh my gosh... I'm not done yet.. I'll still have 8-10 years left!" Basically, MY path was that I was not to proceed into more schooling. Something was telling me I was on a different avenue of life.  A few months later I had a friend tell me about a job with Stryker, another medical device company, and that I would have to move to Houston. I had just gotten cheated on in my current relationship( I lived with this a**), so this was THE PERFECT time to take an opportunity away and in a field I was fascinated with. A win win! And thank the good LORD above that I took it.

I moved up quickly at Stryker. Took a job with Cordis when it was a Johnson & Johnson company (yes, the baby shampoo company has like 200 companies of all kinds within it), and then a job with Spectranetics. I am now with a different company, but one that is truly revolutionary in all the latest technological advances of today. I am VERY proud to work for them, the physicians, the staff, and most of all... the patients.

Does your background need to be in sales? NOPE. It is pretty tough getting in somewhere with no sales experience right out of the gate, but I will say it helps to network. GO to parties in college (not trying to be a bad influence with what may go on there), go to events, get involved in groups, campus meetings, etc. Just go meet people is what I'm saying! You never know who will be your boss one day and help you get a job! Also, Yes, my major helped me understand the health field better, but I still had no sales experience. You may need to take a job at the bottom of the food chain and work your way up to prove yourself like I did.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about the medical device industry? Sales is NOT easy. As much as I seem to have fun and run around all over the place  it is so stressful. People are lying down on a table. My products are being used IN them. The doctors RELY on me a lot of the time to tell them HOW to use MY products... This stuff can scare the crap out of you, but at the end of the day when that patient is going home with a well placed stent and not going to go to open heart surgery.. its all worth the stress. If you are thinking about wanting to get into the sales field in devices and have experience, please email me or leave a comment! For those just starting out there are so many resources you can use today. I am on LinkedIn. I have recruiters email me every single day about job opportunities. Sign up today and follow companies you're interested in joining one day. Who knows!? You may end up working with me!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and please let me know what you think. If you have any other questions feel free to ask!

 

Love, B

 

Our Wedding in Paradise

RIU Palace from the ocean

RIU Palace from the ocean

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Kirk laughing at how long I take when I do shots.... LOL.

Kirk laughing at how long I take when I do shots.... LOL.

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My Dress: By Lazaro from Ivory Bridal / Photography:  www.kobybrown.com / Men's Suits: Mens Warehouse / Resort: The RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas

 Look at my grandpa on the horse LOL. That was the funniest thing ever when we looked through all our photos and saw Pop sitting on a horse on the beach!

Wedding planning began as soon as Kirk and I got engaged...aka, I started ripping through bridal magazines and creating dream boards on Pinterest. There are so many different things you plan for a wedding, which can be overwhelming to think about. All the different venues, caterers, invitations, and floral options... where do you even start? Fortunately, we had some friends of ours get married in Cabo and they said it was so amazing they couldn't have had a  better time. That really got us thinking about having a destination wedding. After all, 1) it would be a great vacation for everyone 2) we can celebrate our wedding a week long vs. one night 3) we can spend more time with our friends and family 4) who doesn't want cake by the ocean?

We decided on The RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas. It is an incredible resort. Seated right on the beach, it has views of the famous Cabo Arch and is close enough to downtown for a little fun! With 5 restaurants on site and it being an all-inclusive resort you really don't need to leave. The infinity pools are impressive and it seemed as if you could just swim into the ocean. When we got there and felt the breeze through the open lobby with views of the sea we knew we had made the right decision. Cabo is paradise

The wedding itself was so much more than we could've imagined. After a year of going back and forth with the resort wedding coordinator you never really know exactly how it will turn out. As the Bride it can be nerve-wracking! Will they get the flowers right? Will they get the songs lined up? What if a hurricane comes??? All these questions popped into my head, but I pushed through. If you plan on a destination wedding you HAVE to mentally let go of being in complete control just a tad. I promise you'll be surprised at how amazing these resorts are at putting weddings together. People get married abroad all the time. Most resorts are well versed on hair, makeup, cakes, flowers, and seating. Ours had the entire package.

Kirk and I got married in a gazebo overlooking the ocean. It was a nice little area somewhat secluded so, we had some privacy. The music was perfect and everything lined up exactly how I wanted it. Even the wind seemed to cooperate ( I wore a long veil). That was obviously pure luck LOL. It was a little on the hot side, but what are you going to do? Its Cabo and we are on the beach... the backdrop was STUNNING. You can't imagine a more perfect setting for a wedding. After the I DO's we walked down the aisle to a private toast with champagne, friends, and family. Now, the party was about to start!

The reception was so beautiful. It was on the sand so, everyone took their shoes off and relaxed at their tables under the palms. Lights were strung up and the DJ was setting the tone for a fun night. During this time we went a little closer to the ocean for some photo opportunities with our wedding photographers, Koby and Elizabeth Brown. See their amazing work at www.kobybrown.com! Sunset in Cabo is incredible, so we captured some fantastic moments on camera. When we got back to the reception the cake was brought (looked even more beautiful than I thought it was going to). Dinner was fantastic! We added a few upgrades to our wedding package as well knowing we were going to go all out in Cabo for this. We upgraded our dance floor to a sleek looking white one on the sand which reflected all the lighting. I added a photo booth to take fun pics with props so everyone had a take home souvenir, and of course, we upgraded our beach side bar to stay up a little longer. Our crowd likes to party..and that is exactly what we did!

Kirk and I couldn't have been more happy with the way it all turned out. I'm so glad we got married in Cabo. Everyone had a blast and we can't wait to go back!

These are just a few photos highlighting the best day of our lives! For more information on how I specifically planned our destination wedding alongside the resort wedding coordinator, please feel free to reach out to me for any questions. It is  A LOT to keep up with and think about, but I promise you if you are thinking of doing a destination wedding it is more than worth it! I can also put together a Cabo guide of where to go eat and stay if you're planning on vacationing there soon.

Have a great day!

Love, B

 

I Said Yes at 10,118ft Up

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kirk in red ahead of me

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the view from our room-we got the town view so seeing the lights at night was dreamy

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me after day 1 of ski attempts

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you cant capture the entire beauty

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Uley's Cabin Restaurant

Uley's Cabin Restaurant

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This would have been a great trip to have had my amazing camera, however, I also couldn't imagine skiing down a mountain with that thing strapped to my neck..... My thumbnail image I found by Jack Brauer showing Crested Butte at night is spectacular though..Anyway! Kirk and I wanted to go somewhere we had never been before. We hadn't really gone anywhere together (like a real vacation alone), so a fun trip was in order! We checked out Groupon (they have awesome deals PS) and found a ski resort in Crested Butte, Colorado. For those of you who haven't been- you need to go. It is called " one of the last great ski towns" for a reason. Here is a link to check out all the fun facts on Crested Butte! Including, it being named Best Ski Town by USA Today in 2016. It was a stay at the Elevation Resort for several days, including airfare, and had a ski in ski out valet area in the hotel... By the way, I had no idea what that even meant at the time because prior to this trip I had never been skiing in my life let alone ever seen major snow! I was a little nervous, but thought, "what the heck-let's do it!"

When we flew in and got settled we ran and got our ski lift tickets and explored the resort. It is an amazing place. It has a village type feel on the grounds with all the restaurants, ski shops, and bars. Surrounding the resort is the town of Crested Butte which we explored on our trip and had amazing pizza and beer one night. It is also know as one of the most haunted ski towns (I love paranoramal stuff). We had a mobile ski rental company called, Black Tie Ski Rental come to our room and fit us appropriately for our ski gear. I was starting to get super nervous about skiing. The mountain was huge.... Why did I tell Kirk yes to this trip?! All I could think about was what bone I was going to break the next day.

Day one of skiing was not easy to say the least. Kirk took me to the bunny slopes to get me used to it...didn't happen. I've been pretty athletic in my life, but nothing like going through the feeling of having no control of how quickly you fly over ice while your feet are strapped skis. That was the hardest thing I had to mentally get over. I was beat up and exhausted by the end of it. The next day I was honestly hoping to have a few beers and escape having to hit the slopes again...Kirk did not allow this to happen. So, I got over it and geared up for another try. This time Kirk had us take a lift to a different part of the mountain. He said there were some easy ones we could try. I have no idea how, but perhaps the powers of God helped me that afternoon. I didn't fall a single time and I actually started enjoying myself! We were surfing powder for hours and when we finally went in for the day Kirk nonchalantly mentioned to me that we had been skiing Blues all day. WTF. Well, at least I didn't fall. LOL.

That night we got ready to go to dinner. It was an intimate restaurant on top of the mountain, so I was pretty excited we were getting to go! It's called Uley's Cabin (if you plan on visiting). They have an Ice Bar up there at 10,118ft high. Make sure you make your reservations the second you get into town because they only take a certain amount of people up there per night. You will probably hear people talking about this place throughout your stay (it was amazing). We piled into a SnowCat (the only way you can get there) and it pulled us up the mountain. The sunset at that altitude was incredible.. Kirk seemed more quiet than usual, but I suspected he was probably just as tired as I was at this point! When we got there he wanted to hang back because he noticed a resort photographer had posted up to take pictures with the sunset on the mountains. He said, "let's go get our picture taken." All I could think was, "do we really have to right now? It's freaking freezing outside!" But, I went along with it. As soon as we got into position he dropped to one knee and I lost it.

To be honest with you.. I was so shocked and excited that I couldn't hardly even recognize the words coming out of his mouth. I couldn't even cry. I just stood there with my hands over my face while he said,

" Britny,

You are my best friend. We've been through so much together from the world's most awkward first kiss to bike night at Buffalo Freds, motorcycle wrecks, and ski lessons, and I love you more today than you could ever imagine. I want a lifetime to love you more.. Will you marry me?" (Thankfully he had written this down on paper and memorized it, so I could have that note forever)

Then, I started crying! The resort chick was taking pictures the whole time (Kirk had set that whole thing up), and apparently everyone on the SnowCat knew what was going down too! When we got inside there was champagne, a charcuterie tray, and an applause before dinner. It was the best night of my life!

Kirk designed this custom ring.  It's a solitare round cut diamond on a rose gold band. I told you I'm obsessed with rose gold! I wanted the main stone to be the center of attention so that my wedding bands could add the sparkle later. He put so much research into what makes for a perfect stone.. I'm super proud of him LOL. He looked up color, cut, and quality and he did a great job!

Crested Butte is a very special place for us and I can't wait to go back!

For more info on Crested Butte and what to do there message me and I'll put together a guide for you! I hope you enjoyed our little story!

Love, B

Don't Forget to Love Yourself

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Today, I'm celebrating being a woman and the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin. We talk a lot about Valentine's Day and relationships in February, but you have to love yourself before you can love someone else. There was a little period of time where I did not give myself the love I needed.

I think everyone goes through some kind of insecure/weird phase in their lives. I went through mine in college. My sophomore year I started becoming severely anorexic. I don't know why because my body image never bothered me in the past. I've always been very thin. One day I started eating less. Then I started counting the calories and checking the scale daily. It became an obsession and then a competition with myself. How many lbs would I lose this week? How skinny could I get? Am I skinny enough? I ended up being 105lbs at 5'8" (skinny AF), wearing size 00 Abercrombie jeans and eating 400 calories a day. This consisted mostly of a blend of Special K Cereal, Goldfish, and Almonds to ward off hunger. The crazy thing was.. I still wasn't satisfied with the way I looked, and I didn't think there was anything wrong with my behavior. When I looked in the mirror I saw plenty more to work on... when in reality... I was so unhealthy.

Soon those around me jumped in and saved my life. It didn't take much to quit my habits after my doctor told me I wouldn't survive pneumonia or the flu if I were to get sick with my immune system and body the way they were. I flipped a switch in my brain and immediately quit. I believe it was just a control issue. College is a scary transition and maybe my way of coping with anxiety was by not eating... who really knows. I started getting positive attention with the more healthy weight I gained back which really helped keep me going. Now, I'm healthy, eat whatever I want, enjoy working out, and never count calories.

I also found myself in toxic relationships that I refused to get out of. I've had cheaters and mental/emotional abusers. People that I would vent about to my girlfriends so much they finally told me I needed to seriously take some time to get to know myself again. I was dependent on someone and had to be in relationship all the time. When I finally broke away from the last cheating loser I moved to Houston for a new job after graduating college. I finally started feeling like I was getting to know myself again, taking care of myself, and loving myself. I worked, focused on me and my career, and nothing else.

After a few months of just doing my own thing I was 100% confident and the happiest I had ever been just being on my own...and then I met Kirk. Doesn't it always end up being when you least expect it? I was not interested in a relationship, but it quickly turned into just that. The difference was I was fully repaired and had given myself exactly what I needed. That helped me be ready for something more serious with someone else. I didn't know then he would be my future husband, but all the time and love I took for myself helped me be ready for that relationship. God knew I needed to self repair in order to be the best wife.

I've learned so much along the way and the older I get the more proud I am of being me, being a woman, and knowing we have so much to give in a relationship, but we also have to love ourselves before we can do that. Being a mom, I can't imagine myself going through all the insecurities I went through with body image during college (I'm fully aware my body will never be the same and I'm okay with it)... I can't imagine what it would feel like being married to my husband still carrying feelings of bitterness from being cheated on in past relationships.. I just wouldn't be the best wife and mother. It took months and months of self love to heal and become the woman I was meant to be. Only then do I really believe God allowed me to meet Kirk. If He thought I wasn't ready we probably wouldn't have met.

I'm not looking for pitty or saying that my life was sooo hard because there are other girls out there who have had wayyy bigger problems that me. I love my life. All I'm saying is that through all your hardships find it in yourself to take care of you. Someone else in your life is going to need you to be strong for them..

Today, I'm bringing it back to a fun shoot I did for Kirk as a wedding gift (don't worry- There are no Rated R pics LOL)  There are some amazing photographers out there who do an incredible job. My wedding photographers did this shoot in addition to my wedding package. Koby and Elizabeth Brown with Koby Brown Photography. You can find them on Instagram at @Kobybrown and his wife @elizabeth.b.brown www.kobybrown.com. They are wedding photographers specializing in destination weddings, and their work is outstanding! I can't wait to share more of what they captured in Cabo when I post my wedding series.

Love, B