Monday, June 30, 2014

weekend bliss

this weekend was perfect.


friday morning ammon had football along with two finals & i spent 11+ hours trying to figure out my new job. 

it's safe to say, i was in need of some ammon time.

after our long day, nothing sounded better than having a little picnic.

i was craving cafe rio, so we got take out & headed up up to the park!



deliciousness.



ammon, as always, was sweet talking me & making me laugh until my cheeks were hurting.




goof.. always pulling faces!


that night we saw The Fault In Our Stars with our favorites Brookely & Tannon.. WOW.

what a heart wrenching movie.

everyone has probably seen it, but if you haven't, it is a must.


saturday.

 i love saturday mornings.

especially when i don't have to work!

i woke up bright & early to the sun shinning through my window!

i didn't want to sleep in, i wanted to enjoy every second of sunlight.


my morning consider of

+cleaning up around the house
+going to a cycling class with Brookely
+driving to walmart & buying the book
The Fault In My Stars
yes, i loved the movie that much.
+racing home to wake ammon up
+playing some tennis with the hubs
+driving to st george to get some extra vitamin D... & a new computer for my work
+getting an ice burg shake
cookie dough carmel, with extra cookie dough, always

when we got home from st george, Amm & Tannon went golfing... for FREE!
ammon was on cloud nine.


that night we made homemade pizzas!




followed by going to get ice cream at "The Fix"

yes, we had lots of treats & delicious food saturday... not even mad.


i love sunday's just as much, if not more, than saturdays!

we went to church, took a little nap & headed up the canyon for dinner with Brookely & Tannon.


my tin foil dinner.. yummy.


brooke & tan


what a blissful weekend we had together!

life just keeps getting better & better with Amm by my side!



this week i'm off to lake powell with my family & i could not be more excited!

can't wait for the 4th either!! 



xoxo,
courtney jo













Sunday, June 22, 2014

our summer bucket list

i have made summer bucket lists since i was little!

this summer's i get to complete with my honey & i couldn't be more happy about it!

i love adventure. 

i love trying & seeing new things.

i love the typical summer activities that make summer, summer.


we made a life long bucket list a couple nights ago before we went to sleep..

we know we won't be able to swim with dolphins or go sky diving THIS summer 

but that isn't stopping us from making this summer memorable!

so here is our

 2014 summer bucket list:

  • play beach volleyball
  • go to zion's national park
  • hike to the "C"
  • host a crepe night
  • go to a summer concert
  • take a yoga class
  • go camping
  • have a picnic in the park
  • go to a rodeo
  • attend the temple once a month
  • go golfing
  • make homemade pizza's
  • star gaze under a blanket
  • have a barbecue
  • play ultimate frizbee
  • go fishing
  • have a couple's tennis match
  • ride a tandem bike together
  • sleep outside
  • have a candlelit dinner
  • go kayaking at the lake
  • build a fort & sleep in it
  • go to Las Vegas
  • couple's massage
  • have a bonfire in the mountains
  • hike to the top of the mountain to watch the sunrise/sunset
  • go to Lake Powell
  • have a movie marathon
  • go to our local farmers market
  • get a pedicure-together!
  • go on a road trip
here is to making memories,
& making this summer one for the books!

SUMMER!

it is official..

SUMMER IS HERE!

& i could not be more excited about it!

i got a new job that is allowing me to have weekends off..

so i am ready for the summer festives to begin!

Ammon & i started the summer off just right..

in the morning i got up extra early to go for a run & took the best plyo class!

if you haven't taken one, you are missing out!

it is my favorite.

i came home to Ammon making me a delicious breakfast before i had to go to work..
(my last saturday! HALLELUJAH!)


when i was done working we put on our running shoes & played some tennis!

we are getting pretty good if i say so myself :)

we came home got ready for dinner & just went to cafe rio!

we got our usuals, but ammon decided to add vanilla to his sprite..

oh. my. gosh.

just try it & you'll know what i mean.

i don't even like soda & i couldn't stop drinking it!


we decided to check something off our summer bucket list & had a bonfire up in the mountains!

it was SO much fun!

we talked about life.

cuddled up & gazed at the stars.

slow danced by a lake.


& of course, ate roasted marshmallows until our tummies hurt!

it was the perfect way to begin our summer together.





love,
courtney jo

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

smoothie time


smoothie time all the time in the olsen home!

i have fallen completely in love with smoothies.

especially with the sunny summer days!


a little while ago i got a new ninja blender blender,

 so i decided to switch up my usual green smoothie & try some new ones!

let's just say i have not been disappointed! 

& you won't be either!

so here are some delicious & nutritious smoothie recipes i have been collecting and creating lately..


^^PINEAPPLE PARADISE
  • 1 1/2 cups diced pineapple (fresh)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or water (i use almond milk)


^^absolutely perfect for a hot summer day!


^^BERRY BLAST
(i love this one post work out)

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup water or almond milk


^^PEANUT BUTTER BANANA 

i have a love for peanut butter & a love for bananas 

so of course this one is at the top of my list!

  • 1 banana
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter (depending on how much you want)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Almond milk
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice
sometimes i add a little bit of cocoa powder if i want something chocolately... delish!




^^SUNSHINE SMOOTHIE

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen & diced pineapple
  • 1/4 almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice
throw a little strawberry on top and you'll feel like you're in paradise!



    ^^ BANANA BERRY

    one of my fav's!
    • 1/2 frozen banana
    • 1/2 cup blue berries
    • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
    • 1 cup ice
    • 1/2 cup almond milk

      these are just a couple recipes i have tried lately! 

      if you have any favorites let me know, i would love to try them!

      now, go make yourself a yummy smoothie!


      xoxo,
      courtney jo

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    find your passion!

    from the second my mom put my first pair of tap shoes on & the little pink tights on my chubby legs, 
    my whole life was centered around dancing.

    as I grew up, my passion for dance also grew.

     dancing became a part of me and at times completely consumed me!


     i would practice as much as I could, to the point where sometimes I would be in tears at the end of the night!

     I loved the challenge it brought to my life, not only physically but mentally.

     dance pushed me to places I never knew I could go.

     i could escape from the chaos that life brings and be in my own little world. 

    nothing brought me more happiness than being on the stage,

     or even late at night in the studio with some of my very best friends. 


    alta dance company


    there were times I wanted to give up.. where I didn't feel good enough, but I am so thankful that my mom, my number one

    fan & biggest supporter, never let me give up the one thing that brought so much happiness to my life. 

    new york city, 2010

    when i stopped dancing i felt lost, something was missing. 

    what was it?

    passion.

    i missed being passionate about something that pushed me, enabled me & empowered me.

    i needed that feeling, that fire & spark back in my life!

    so what did i do? 

    i tried new things & found myself falling in love with anything health & fitness!

    i have gotten to the point where i crave running, i long for the shaky legs after lots of squats, i can hardly ever wait for the next time i get to feel the satisfaction after a hard work out!

    i want to share my passion with others!

    now i am not perfect, i treat myself to sweets allllll the time! i just love the way healthy feels..

     so once in a while ill be posting fun workouts, tips & healthy habits, along with my every day life!



    here is to finding your passion in life & making your dreams come true!

    xoxo,
    courtney jo


    Sunday, June 15, 2014

    dad


     happy father's day to my dad.

    when i think of my dad, i can't help but get teared up!
    i get it from him.. he has such a sensitive heart but is so strong in every other aspect of life.

    he is the most selfless, loving & hard working dad in the world.
    everything he does, is for someone else. constantly serving & always giving.

    there is not a more christ like person or spiritual giant!

    my dad is the perfect teacher. he was always teaching me & continues to do so.
    i will never be able to repay him for teaching me some of the most important lessons to be learned..

    to always put God first,

    serving is what will make us truly happy,

    that in the end, the gospel is all that matters,

    & don't forget..

    he taught me to laugh!

    to not take life so serious all the time! 



    dad, you are one of the greatest blessings i have been given & 

    i thank heavenly father every morning & night for allowing me to be your little girl.

    I LOVE YOU & HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    it's the little things

    life lately has been blissful.. 

    the spring days are ending, and summer is coming full swing!

    here are some memories we've made that deserve to be remembered.


    spring ball! 

    ammon is the most incredible athlete! holy cow..

    i LOVED walking to the stadium each saturday morning to watch his scrimmages

    i honestly can't wait to watch him in the fall! 

    easter sunday i got to hear Amm speak, twice!

    he is one amazing speaker... i could listen to his sweet voice all day long.


    ammon & i got to go up to idaho with my family to watch my brothers play baseball!

    i loved every second of it.

    it was so nice to just relax, chat with my parents, and watch my little brothers!


    i grew up with four brothers who are complete athletes! 

    i have always loved going to all their football, basketball, & baseball games.

    i have missed it lately!


    my mama and me


    ice cream date nights... every weekend!





    my sweetie got called as the first counselor in the elder's quorum presidency!

    he is constantly serving the lord!


    we drove to st george twice in one day!

    the first time we did a little shopping& got some lunch.

    i got a ninja! &i am obsessed with it….

    you can expect a smoothie post in the near future!


    the second time we drove down was spur of the moment!

    as always, we both wanted ice cream…

    so we hopped back in the car at 10:30 saturday night, went to iceberg, & watched a movie in the park on my lap top!

    it was a night to remember for sure!


    sunday's are for strolling & basketball..

    we both loooove the heat! 
    & lebron of course.


    i treated my self well on national donut day..

    this baby was absolutely, positively, the best treat i have had in a long time!

    give me a good cake donut, and i am one happy, happy girl.


    i am enjoying the little things that make life so beautiful!

    the little things, one day become the big things




    i can't wait for more sunny days& warm summer nights.

    xoxo,
    courtney jo