My Everyday Life: Week 10 & Week 11

Long time, no see! Just kidding…it’s been about 3 weeks since I blogged last? Week 9 of My Everyday Life was VERY eventful with college and such so I didn’t find any time to blog OR take pictures. (not that you missed me) But I’m back and better than never!! Here’s my past (busy) but not busy 2 weeks! Enjoy!

I got this dress at a vintage store in Fayetteville, AR and its become my favorite (it even has pockets!!)Redbuds blooming at church!Getting that mileage in for my half marathon!We have been icing sugar cookies at my job lately and to celebrate spring and St. Patricks Day these are the ones we chose (aren’t the bunnies adorable?)
Baked some muffins that have been on my baking to-do list!
Recipe by the one and only Sally’s Baking Addiction: Raspberry Chocolate Muffins. Starting a new series at church on Wednesday nights involving this book. I’m super excited to see where it takes me!
When you don’t really want to go on a run after a PACKED day but decide to = this pretty sunset (payoff).
I tried making those banana pancakes you see with the bananas and eggs but they failed miserably (at least they tasted good!)
Countdown to my birthday! Isn’t this card the cutest?
Lady doing who knows what…probably creating a smelly smell if you know what I mean…
We shopping with my madre for prom and other things and stopped at Whole Foods. I’m like a kid in a candy shop when I go there…I could spend hours looking at all the different foods they have to offer.
Tried a tea/coffee/sushi place and got the White Chocolate Green Tea Latte. It was to die for!

Please excuse my sunburn :/Went for a chilly, rainy 5-mile run and it was tough but felt so good when I was done!
My favorite cold brew coffee…SO YUM.Cheered on our Tiger basketball teams from afar as they played in the state finals, sadly they both lost but played amazing seasons!
I FINALLY went on a “Valentine’s” date with my dad and I’m pretty sure the food was the highlight for me.
Brioche French Toast from the Dilly Diner in Tulsa, OK. Never disappoints.
Can you say stacked?! These were pretty dang good.

Week 11- SPRING BREAK!!!


When you’re waiting on your Dad and Brother to get a haircut you take pictures…(maybe you don’t)
Avocado Toast with Spinach, and a Fried Egg. No going wrong with this combo.
When you’re too tired to make it to your bed…
Sugar cookie cutting!

My aunt always makes the GREATEST cards! She could sell them and start her own company. I just adore all of the cards she sends me! Definitely keepsakes.

We went hiking in Arkansas on Thursday of Spring Break and this water was such a pretty color!I heart candid shots. Funny story- at the end of this 6 (supposed to be 5) mile hike, the only way to get across was to go through this shallow but deep body of water. Now keep in mind it was probably about 55 degrees max and that water was as cold as heck. So we all took off our shoes and socks and walked across (I lost feeling in my feet but as sure as heck was not turning around to get back). Made for a memorable day for sure. The green amongst the brown caught my eye.
We traveled to Fayetteville for dinner and ate at another one of my favorite places: Thep Thai. I order Red Curry and it was delicious!Always gotta have that ice cream.
BIRTHDAY!!! Breakfast in bed with confetti buttermilk pancakes.
18! Legally adult, watch out world! 😉Coffee on my birthday because why not?
In order to eat all the good food I wanted biking was very necessary. We biked 11 miles and let me tell you, I was definitely feeling it the next day.

Macarons: I had a Pistachio and Pink Champagne. They were both divine!

A really good grilled cheese. 

My birthday cake this year was Coconut Lime, it was worth every calorie!Running off all that birthday cake!

❤ these people. My Dad’s birthday cake: Carmelized Banana with White Chocolate Frosting and Salted Caramel.

That’s all for now folks! Hopefully I will see you back here next week! Much love, Brianna.

My Everyday Life: Week 8

Hello, friends!! It’s been another one of those weeks that has gone by SO slowly. Grateful for that, and the time I can appreciate to myself. So without further ado, here is my week in pictures!Wore my easter dress from my freshmen year this past Sunday, and I fell in love with it all over again!
The weather in Oklahoma has been pretty mild for February weather if you ask me! If you don’t believe me just look at this picture! There is NO WAY this beauties would have bloomed like this last year.
I recently got the real and true Spiralizer by Inspiralized, and I am in LOVE with it. So a couple of years ago I went to Williams Sonoma and got a “spiralizer” but it wasn’t the true one and it worked TERRIBLY. So please, please, please go buy the right one when you do get one!! (Worth the extra $20) Link here. 
Gotta love that sunset.
Tis’ the season for shamrock cookies! Super pumped to decorate these sugar cookies at work every week until St. Patricks Day.I made myself THE BEST breakfast on Thursday. Two slices of English muffin bread with a fried egg and roasted strawberries. SO SO good. Go make this today. Right now. I don’t care what time of day it is. and you can’t forget the coffee!!! The mug is from Anthropologie and it’s my new favorite mug out of my gazillion mugs.

Red X to raise awareness for present day slavery. Did you know that there are still over 27 million women, men, and children enslaved all over the world? Check out the End It Movement to find out how you can do more.
Went on an evening walk before dinner with my favorite and only dog and the sky was just breathtaking.
She’s cute and smelly. Coffee is essential. This mug is also from Anthropologie! 
Walking dogs at the Humane Society is such a rewarding and fun experience. Those dogs will just love up all over you and they love the love you give them. 
A concert full of various Christian artists full of worship and praise to Jesus!
Rend Collective will forever be my favorite band to see live. I love all the different instruments they use and how they praise God!

That’s it for this week folks! See you here next week! Much love, Brianna.

My Everyday Life: Week 7

Happy last full week of February folks! I can’t believe we are already 7 weeks into the new year! Life is in FULL swing and I’m taking it day by day as best as I can. So without further ado, here’s my past week in photos!I am absolutely in LOVE with the pants from Old Navy. Starting that half-marathon training, nice and slow.
Saying his peace with the week ahead??ALWAYS sleeping.Honestly this smoothie wasn’t the best…and it turned my mouth blue.
Pancakes for breakfast on Valentine’s Day; my mom fixed them for me!!
Fun fact: I made this heart my freshman year of high school and still have it.
I made my parents a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day and decorating was SO fun. Whenever I can plan an event (even if it’s small) I have the BEST time.
Rose from my Dad and Brother; who needs a valentine?
Another fun fact: I’ve had these converse since 7th grade. 6 years strong.
LOADED Baked Potato for lunch on Friday. One of my favorite things to eat.It’s definitely a good day/week when you finally decide where you are going to college. Such a HUGE burden lifted off of my shoulders!Go Riverhawks and this tasty green smoothie!
I scream, You scream, We all scream for Ice Cream! After my 4 mile run on Saturday!

That’s it for this week ya’ll! I hope everyone has a great week this week!

My Everyday Life: Week 5

I don’t know about you but this past week has felt like the longest week of my life! Some weeks are just like that and sometimes it can be good or bad depending on the week you’re having. While it has felt like the longest week each day went by in a blur… so thankful that I captured my week in pictures!I started my week off in Stillwater where I spent the weekend with my BFF and went to an OSU basketball game. Sunday morning we went to church after recovering from a 3 a.m. bedtime. Isn’t she a beauty?Walking to class on Monday morning. When I woke up the weather app said it would be 66 degrees. That morning it was 40 degrees. I regretted my decision to wear sandals.
Tuesday’s weather was gorgeous as well and Lady enjoyed the little walk I took her on…she mostly got pulled the whole way, so maybe she didn’t enjoy it.
Every Tuesday I go to the grocery store, my least favorite part is putting up the groceries…I had some ripe bananas from last week so I made Sally’s Bake Blog Sunrise Breakfast Cookies! They’re really good heated with peanut butter. Everything is always better with peanut butter. I came home on Wednesday from class for lunch and the house just smelled weird. Bath and Body candles for the win.
Always in need of a good latte.
I hardly ever eat toast and when I went to the store this week I got Cinnamon Raisin Bread, SO GOOD with cinnamon sugar.
Leftover Cheesy Shrimp and Grits with Collard Greens; one of my favorites. I got a new laptop for college this week and I packed it with stickers because why not?
TGIT is back! Scandal AND How to Get Away with Murder + popcorn. Definitely recommend watching both shows!All she does is sleep, but it’s pretty cute.
Diet Strawberry Limeade from Sonic is my favorite drink to exist. My family and I went to go see a movie on Friday night and we tried this Sushi place in Broken Arrow, it was wonderful!
If you want to see a movie treat yourself to The Warren.
If you haven’t seen Hidden Figures…GO SEE IT!!! It’s so good and moving AND based off of a true story. You’ll want to clap when the movie is over, promise.
One of my New Year’s Goals was to stop biting my nails and hang nails. I FINALLY stopped! To treat myself I got my nails done and their my favorite.
Photographing for advertising where I work!I got to take home some Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache from work on Saturday: YUM.
Twice in one week. No shame. Brother winning the tip at his basketball game on Saturday.

That’s it for this week folks! See you here next week! Much love, Brianna.

Smoky Mountains: Day Eight

This post was written about July 5th, 2016. To see the rest of my series check out below (as this is the last one!)

Locations: Bryson City, NC


More Blueberry Ego Waffles were apart of today’s breakfast. To fancy it up I put Strawberry Cream Cheese, Strawberries, Bananas, and Blueberries on top. We hung around the house for about 2 hours until it was time to go…..Zip-lining! When we ate breakfast outside the mountains were showing with just a bit of clouds. About an hour later it started to rain and you couldn’t anything but the mountain close to us! It was crazy how it could change so fast!


Off to Zip-lining we went around 11:30. We were supposed to start at 12:30 but since of the rain and lightning  we waited about an extra hour (so worth it though!) Once the lightning  and rain cleared we suited up or geared up (you choose) to head out! I got a helmet with a GoPro mount so I could capture all the action and I am so glad I did! I was hesitant at first, not wanting to lose my expensive camera but all was well. We chose Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours to do our zip-lining at and they did a great job! They explained what you needed to do and let you practice, kept it fun on the course, and most of all kept everyone safe. Shout out to our 3 leaders: Barrett, Trae, and Kenneth!


When we first started on the course I was pretty nervous. When zip-lining you have the brake when you get about 3/4 of the way through. Getting the hang of it was not too bad though I did hit my legs on a platform my first time…(I have a bruise now). It was fun being high up and going fast down the lines. There were 13 lines and it took about 3 hours to complete. Also you MUST watch the video below because “GoPro is insane!!”

After zip-lining we came back into Bryson City for a sweet treat. Not having lunch I treated myself to a White Chocolate Caramel Apple (best ever!) at The Chocolate Shoppe and Ice Creamery. Before heading back to clean up we made reservation at The Cork & Bean in town for 6 so we would ensure ourselves a table.


The Cork & Bean for dinner was the best food EVER! The Cork & Bean is inside of an old hotel and the atmosphere is very inviting. To start our dinner off we ordered the Roasted Brussel Sprouts with bacon, sweet onions, shaved parmesan, and garlic aoili. The garlic aoili made the dish well-rounded with the right about of roasted with non-roasted ingredients. I got the Southwest Turkey Crepe which had Smoked Gouda, Avocado, Turkey, and Salsa. (have to try to remake it at home!). Both of my parents got The Duck & Andouille Etouffee which was something like a Cajun dish. For dessert my parents ordered the Lavender Crème Brûlée. For the longest time I’ve being seeing a coffee drink called a ‘Flat White’ around Instagram and Snapchat. I tried a Hazelnut Flat White out and it was so good! The only difference I can tell between that and a regular latte is that it’s not as strong. My brother got a Mocha Frappchunio (I think he swears by getting one of these any coffee place he goes).


Our last night at the house we watched the sunset and played some more cards.


This trip has let me experience lots of amazing views, try new things, eat lots of good food, and enjoy time with my family. Thank you to everyone who read my series Smoky Mountains! Stay tuned for more blog posts soon. Much love, Brianna.

Smoky Mountains: Day Seven

This post was written about July 4th, 2016. Check out my previous days below.

Locations: Bryson City, NC -> Great Smoky Mountains National Park -> Gatlinburg, TN -> Bryson City, NC


It’s Fourth of July and I am currently dressed in red, white, and blue because USA. Breakfast today was Blueberry Ego Frozen Waffles. Being a waffle and pancake snob they weren’t my favorite. But then again, I always make my waffles from scratch.


As we made our way to our first destination we stopped at got some boiled peanuts and pork rinds. YUM!


Traveling to get to where we want to go has been a big part of this trip. That being said, if the mountains weren’t here it would take half the time it does to get to certain places. Today we traveled to Clingmans Dome. Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoke Mountain National Park at 6,643 feet. Usually the Dome offers views up to 100 miles but of course it was super cloudy today. Being so high up we were literally in the clouds. It was still cool though when the sun peeked through and you could catch a glimpse of the mountains through the clouds. At Clingmans Dome it’s about 20 degrees cooler than it would be down below. Today I think the temperature reached around 62 F. It felt like we were in Alaska and not in Tennessee!

Being pretty hungry we made our way to Gatlinburg, TN. We were going to eat at the Wild Plum Cafe but they were closed since it was the 4th. Instead we ate at The Smoky Mountain Brewery. Funny story, I brought along the July/August issue of my Food Network magazine and they did a piece on the top 5 most visited National Parks to celebrate the National Parks system turning 100 in August. The Brewery was recommended so we had to try it out! I got a Chicken Reuben with a side of Broccoli in Beer Cheese. I love the chicken version of the reuben because it was a lot lighter than normal and very tasty! The rest of my family split a pizza that was HUGE! All in all we enjoyed the good food.



Let me inform you on what we did next. We hiked about 2 miles of the Appalachian Trail. For those of you who don’t know what the Appalachian Trail is…it’s a 2,200 mile trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine. We got on the trail at the North Carolina and Tennessee border and saw some pretty views.


Heading back to Bryson City we saw some elk on the side of the road and lots of people stopping to take pictures! We also stopped in Cherokee and got a little sweet treat at Two Crows Ice Cream and Treatery. I got a scoop of Cappuccino Toffee Crunch and it was the perfect about of sweet with a little hint of coffee! My brother got a double scoop of the ‘Superman’, and my parents the Mint Chocolate Chip. I also snapped another picture of a painted bear that was in town because why not?


Before heading in to town to eat and watch the fireworks we came back to the house and rested up. I rolled my dirty clothes and took some Ibuprofen for my terrible headache that I had been battling all day. In other news, Kevin Durant signed with The Golden State Warriors and Kevin and I request that you respect our decision since we’re officially over.

We headed back into town for dinner. Wanting something quick we grabbed a meal from Bojangles. We parked in the grocery store parking lots and laid out blankets on the concrete. I’m sure we looked pretty funny. We played cards until the fireworks started and enjoyed the beautiful sunset as well.


Fireworks started around 9:55 and we stayed for about 20 minutes. We hightailed it out of there and not a complaint from me because I was exhausted! My favorite fireworks were the ones that were golden and looked like they were falling from the sky.


One day more! Much love, Brianna.

Aloha Summer! Part 2


If you missed my last post you may be slightly confused. If you haven’t read Aloha Summer! Part 1 go check it out so you’ll be all caught up on my adventures on day one of my road trip to OKC. For all reading: This post was written about June 5th and June 6th 2016.

June 5th- Breakfast was Blueberry Lemon Bread with Hot Chocolate. My grandma made the bread and it was oh so good! We left for church at Memorial Road Church of Christ after breakfast and enjoyed a phenomenal service and lesson about how our best future comes from our deepest conviction.


The service started at 8:15 and ended around 9:20 so we had the rest of the day to ourselves. We decided to go to the Oklahoma City Zoo. The weather was perfect because it was early day with a slight breeze but nice and sunny. I hadn’t been to the zoo in quite some time. I’d say 5 to 6 years have passed since I’ve been. I enjoyed seeing all the different kinds of animals. I especially got a kick out of a rhinoceros who was banging his head against the door to where he goes in and out of. I think he might of been just a little ready to get outside…(read that sentence with sarcasm).


We spent about 2 1/2 hours at the zoo and half of that was walking around in the same places we had already been. I think I’m directionally challenged. 

Hungry, we traveled to Arcadia where Pops is. If you don’t know what Pops is let me inform you. Pops is built pretty much in the middle of no where on Route 66. They have over 700 different kinds of sodas to choose from such as: Bacon Cream Soda, Butterscotch Root beer, and Peach Soda. It’s also a restaurant and a gas station. On the outside there is a HUGE pop bottle and at night it lights up into different colors! I enjoyed their Arcadia Burger which had bleu cheese, bacon, chiplote mayo, and I subbed turkey for beef.

 Just down the road from Pops is a big red round barn. It was built-in 1898 and was just something fun to go see. Going up to the top story however was a little daunting. The ceiling felt like a hundred stories tall!


Gradually we started running out of things to do (or things we knew to do), but we decided to stop in at the Paseo Arts District. Most of the shops were closed but they had a few art gallery’s open. The art inside was absolutely breathtaking and made me wish I could paint like the artists who did the paintings.


If you live in Oklahoma you might be aware of the different types of statues located in each town. In Muskogee there are painted guitars placed in various places. Tulsa has penguins (I have no idea why penguins…we don’t live in Antarctica). Oklahoma City has painted buffalos. So we set out on a quest to find as many as we could. We weren’t as successful as we hoped but we did find a few and I thought it was cool that each one had a different meaning behind it. I looked up the “Buffalo Project” for the locations but sadly they weren’t as accurate as I thought they would be. Nevertheless I enjoyed snapping some pictures of the ones we did find!


Being pretty tiried we decided to pick up dinner downtown at a place called Guyutes. Their little slogan is something along the lines of: fancied up street food. I got a salad which had roasted chickpeas, cranberries, feta cheese, and a house vinaigrette dressing. We had planned on watching the sunset at Lake Hefner but felt WAY to tired to stick it out. Back at my grandparents house we ate dinner and swam and then of course went to sleep instantly!


June 6th-

Last day of our trip *insert sad face here*. Sleeping in was the best decision we made, and so was eating at Big Truck Tacos for breakfast before we hit the road. When I saw the name “Big Truck Tacos” I thought it would be a food truck. What we pulled up to almost looked like and old sonic redone. There were places to eat on the inside and the food was delicious! I got the Big Truck Burrito Bowl which had: eggs, potatoes, chorizo, and spices! Defienetly recommend going if you’re ever in the area.


Hitting some more landmarks on Route 66 we stopped to see the Golden Driller in Tulsa which was built 50 years ago! The Blue Whale of Catoosa was another stop. The Blue Whale was a gift built by a man for his wife as an anniversary present. It was built-in a pond and took over 2 years to do. There were slides with running water down them and a diving board off the top. Back in the day they hauled in sand and it was a popular family destination. Now it’s more of just a landmark however you can still fish at the pond.


Last stop: lunch of course. Nothing special really just some Panera Bread and funny conversations about being half out of it.


 All in all it was a great road trip. We saw it all, made lots of fun memories, and ate our way through Oklahoma. Much love, Brianna.