Race Swag


Swag. Stuff we all get. We all get these medals and bibs at races. We hold onto them because they hold memories and accomplishment!! But eventually the medals make their way to the back of a drawer and the bibs end up in the trash.

I’d seen these displays on Pinterest and finally made the time to put one together for Brad and me! It was super easy and inexpensive and it only took me about 30 minutes and most of that was letting the paint dry!


Wood panel

I bought a wood panel from Hobby Lobby. It has holes in the back for easy hanging! It was $12 but I used my 40% off coupon with my Hobby Lobby app! I also got the hooks and clasps from Hob Lob.

I painted it black with 2 coats, used my bibs to decide where to place the clasps, screwed the clasps in using a screw driver, screwed in the hooks by hand, then I painted RUN on the top using a stencil!

I love this project because it is easy to personalize! I saw some awesome girly ones, but I’m sharing it with my hubs so I kept it neutral.

Now that we see our medals on the wall maybe it will motivate me to get out there and run!

My First Half Marathon

This morning Brad and I ran in the Kansas City Waddell and Reed Half Marathon!


Here you have the before…


…and the after!


Happy faces. Tired legs.


Apparently my “I’m getting ready to run for a long time” and my “I just ran for a long time” pose are the same.


Pretty sweet medal!


Seeing all the Royals blue fountains throughout the race was really fun! I’ll always remember the year I ran a half marathon when the Royals were in the World Series!


For those of you that knew me in high school or even early college remember me as mediocre to less than average when it came to athleticism. I played sports, but that was mostly because my friends played sports so that’s what I wanted to do even though my talents lied more in the arts. High schoolers.

I’ve always been able to run at least a mile, but running was always something that I thought I just couldn’t do. “I’m just not a runner,” I told myself. I even did track and field for two years, but I shied away from running events and stuck to jumps and pole vault.

Then in college I started running a little further than I normally dared. I stepped off the treadmill and tried the track. Then I ventured outside of my comfort zone and took to the road. My running really began to pick up when Brad and I started dating.

After we got married I thought I was still just a 5k runner. A half marathon seemed like something completely out of my reach. Then about a year and a half ago Brad decided to train for a half marathon. I opted not to do it with him, but I’d cheer him on and help him train!

Throughout the course of his training, I inadvertently increased my endurance just by joining in on his runs. By the time he ran his race I had gotten up to 6 miles without even training. I figured I’d made it halfway, so I could make it 13.1 if I tried!

To be honest, we did not train like we should have for this race! We only ran 2-3 times a week and didn’t go any cross-training. We’re terrible runners! Part of me can’t believe we actually did it!

But we did. We went all 13.1 without stopping or walking! We are so thankful for all of our friends and family that encouraged us during our training and prayed for our race!

One half marathon down, and I’m sure there will be many more in our future.

All Things Considered

I had never listened to National Public Radio, NPR, before marrying Brad. Since becoming a Bartlett in July I have listened to NPR almost everyday. My favorite programs are, of course, Your Health and Science Fridays (goodness I’m getting nerdier all the time), but I also enjoy the daily All Things Considered segment. Everyday at about the time I head home from school NPR airs short news stories. If there is a story that I don’t care for or think is boring, I don’t have to wait long because a new story will be on soon. Why am I talking about NPR????? Well when I was deciding on a title for this post I thought, this post is kind of like All Things Considered because I have a lot of short, random things to talk about. So here is All Things Considered: Katelyn Edition.

I’ve recently discovered that people have no idea what I do in grad school. It is much different than undergrad! I am at school doing research from at least 9 to 5 everyday, I work over breaks, and I do not get the summer off. I think of grad school more like a job than school. It’s really hard work, but sometimes it really pays off. A few weekends ago our lab attended the American Society of Microbiology Missouri Branch Annual Conference. We presented our research and were judged against other students. Our lab did really well and we all placed in our categories, which was extra exciting because there was a cash prize! But best of all, I felt like I finally proved myself to my advisor.


Also, I have the best lab-mates ever.


I’ve been running with the Nike running app since about November and I finally passed 100 miles!! It was a very exciting moment for me.


If you read my last post, you know that our car bit the dust upon our return from Memphis. We were so upset! We knew that neither of us drove very reliable cars, but we were still hoping that the Jeep and Zena the ZX2 would keep running at least until I got out of school. How could this happen? We took such good care of the cars! How are we supposed to pay for a new car? Can we afford a car payment? We saved so diligently and now it’s going to be gone! But we took a deep breath, and put it in the Lord’s hands. As usual, God provides and we found the perfect car for us! WE love our new car and we’ve already named it The Blueberry.



My mom and brother were out of town for the most Easter weekend, so we decided to spend our first married Easter in Springfield. I was a little sad to spend my first Easter away from FBC Raymore, but we really enjoyed worshipping with Freshwater Church and Southern Hills in Bolivar. Plus we got to eat lunch with some great friends at one of our favorite spots in Springfield, The Aviary.


I got to judge my first science fair!! It was super fun! I had a great time talking to the students about their projects and seeing high school students get excited about science!


Brad and I spent the weekend after Easter in KC. Mom and I got to attend a lovely bridal shower. Being engaged is such a happy time, but being married is even better!


I also got to spend some quality time with my beautiful best friend! I’m so blessed and thankful that our friendship never changes no matter how long we go without seeing each other.


I’m running the Color Me Rad 5K race in two weeks! My friend Michelle and I have been training and we are excited to get blasted with color! The course is at Missouri State:


And I’ve been listening to the new One Republic album on repeat. Check it out!


Lastly, Brad’s dear grandmother passed away this week. My heart is heavy for their loss and your prayers would be greatly appreciated. We are so blessed to have the Great Comforter in moments of sadness like these.

Thanks for making it all the way through this post!

Want. Need. Wear. Read.

Today I thought I would share with you something I want, something I need, something to wear, and something to read.


Pitch Perfect

Have you seen Pitch Perfect? Seriously hilarious. I’ve been dying to watch it again since we watched it at The Palace.


Nike Sportband

Okay so maybe this is more of a want, but it would really come in handy. I used to wear a watch everyday until it broke over a year ago and I’ve yet to find one that I like since then. I’ve had my eye on this Nike Sportband, but it’s a little pricey so I haven’t given in and gotten it yet!


Paper Crown

Lauren Conrad‘s Paper Crown recently released its Spring 2013 Lookbook. I always love Lauren’s pretty outfits. I especially loved this dress. I would love to wear it this summer.


Anne of Green Gables

Okay so I’ve technically been listening to the Anne of Green Gables series. I’m currently finishing up the second book, Anne of Avonlea. I’ve found that I would rather read a series than an individual book. I’m excited to get to the third book! (Yes, I listen to audiobooks. I started listening to books instead of music while I exercise about a year ago. I would definitely recommend it! I look forward to running more because I have a good book to look forward too!)

So what are you wanting, needing, wearing, and reading??

Mile a Day Complete


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Brad and I took the Mile A Day Challenge this month. If you didn’t see my previous post, this means that we committed to running at least one mile everyday in December!

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I’m sad to admit that we didn’t get out there everyday this month, but the days we missed were when we were traveling for the holidays.

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And I did run all 31 miles for each day of December!

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We missed 3 days in a row around Christmas and I gained 3 pounds in those 3 days….

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It was really difficult to make it out there some days, but I’m glad I did it!

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I am planning on doing it again this year during a month when it isn’t freezing outside and we won’t have holidays in which we’ll be traveling.

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I’ve always been amazed (and discouraged) by how quickly your body can get out of shape, but this month I was encouraged to find how fast I was able to get into shape! At the beginning of the month I could run a mile easily, but making it to two would have been pretty difficult. After just two weeks I was able to run a 5K easily.

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I’m hoping that this challenge in December set me up for being more consistent in my workouts in 2012! I’d encourage you to take the challenge as well.

Askinosie Chocolate Factory Tour

You’re in luck because we are back with a joint post. This is Katelyn.

…and this is Brad! Happy to be back on the blog!

We’re here to tell you about our Saturday. We began with a chilly morning run. We’re on Day 10 of our Mile A Day Challenge.


I mean, you may be on day 10, but I’m definitely on day 13 or 14!

Uhh have you forgotten Wednesday? I believe a certain someone already skipped in the first week.

Ok, ok, maybe I skipped one day… but that was only because I was CLEANING the kitchen for you! …and the Best Husband Award goes to…

You, of course. OKAY. Onto the rest of our day.

After grabbing Panera with Brad’s dad, we headed down the street to Askinosie Chocolate.

I’ve always had a secret desire to be one of those kids on “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. You know, the ones that are chosen to go on the magnificent tour, tempted with an offer from a scary stranger to divulge the secret chocolate formula, and then choose the path of light and inherit a chocolate fortune. Unfortunately, this is as close as I think I’ll get, but that’s okay!

Okaaaaaaaaayyyyyy…… Why don’t you tell the people a little bit about the company?


Askinosie Chocolate is owned and operated by Shawn Askinosie, a Springfield local. Shawn is an attorney-turned-chocolatier, and he has a pretty interesting story. After 20 years in the criminal defense business, he decided that he needed to start doing something that he was more passionate about. So he started grilling…then baking…then chocolate making!


Shawn himself gave us a tour. It was really cool to see his passion for his business. He travels all over the world making relationships with and building the trust of cocoa bean farmers in order to participate in fair-trade business. He pays them cash for their beans, then returns to share the profits with them at the end of the season.


Throughout the tour, Shawn and his employees walked us through each part of the bean roasting process. Each step of the way, he let us taste different parts of the bean. The picture above is of a piece of the bean residue known as “nibs”. Nasty little buggers, but these little bits of bean have tons of antioxidants and healthiness per tiny bite.


They specialize in dark chocolate, but also colla-bar-ate with other companies to make special items like dark chocolate licorice. Each variety was delicious, but my favorite was the white chocolate. They also sell hot chocolate mix and cocoa powder.



They not only bring in cocoa beans from all over the world, but they also ship their finished product from San Francisco to New York to Sweden and beyond.



They have even started selling a hazelnut spread (um… Nutella anyone?) made with hazelnuts from Washington. Trust me, it’s amazing.

…and crazy expensive.


Yes… Askinosie is pretty great, but their prices are a little steep for these newlyweds.

The reason being that Askinosie is a for-profit business. They take the profit and reinvest it not only into the community of Springfield, but each year they take part in a profit-sharing program with their farmers across the world. It’s one thing to provide help for these farmers, but it’s another to walk up to them, cash in hand, and pay them for their hard work.

Not only do the profits from Askinosie go to farmers in the Philipines, Tanzania, Ecuador, and Venezuela, Shawn Askinosie also has a heart of the community of Springfield. He has created several programs that benefit the local elementary schools in the area.


They’ve garnered quite the praise and accolades for their short, chocolate-covered career. Even Oprah has ranked Shawn and his gang as one of the top ten men who are changing the world!


In the end we decided to splurge on a white chocolate bar made from beans grown in the Philipines. I gave it an A+.

I gave it an infinity. As in, whatever is higher than an A. It’s that good.


The tour was a really cool opportunity to learn about the Askinosie business and how chocolate (one of my favorite foods) is made!

Next we decided to hit up one of the local flea markets where we found this treasure!


We have been searching for this very item since before we got married. One of my dearest passions is writing, (and Kate is becoming quite the writer herself), so I knew when we saw this typewriter for $15, we had to buy it. It’s still in great condition! Treasure!!

Then it was back to our humble home. My parents bought us this bookcase a couple of months ago. It’s huge, so it’s been difficult to find a way to get it down to Springfield. Brad’s dad was great enough to bring it this weekend, so we spent the next hour getting the stacks of books off our office floor and into their proper place in the bookcase!

So glad we finally got this set up!! Now we can reclaim our office, and actually get started… on, uh… reading these books…


All in all a good Saturday. We love the Christmas season!

Mile A Day Challenge

It’s December 1st, which means the cold weather has officially settled in and we have a month of delicious comfort food and sweets ahead of us. This combination usually leads to a pretty unhealthy lifestyle. It’s hard for me to get to the gym when it’s freezing, and it’s even harder to resist all the good food that is passed around this time of year.

Let’s be honest, my food addiction is probably not going to change this year, but I’ve decided that my fitness is going to. I’m taking the mile-a-day challenge. It’s exactly what it sounds like. I’m going to run (at least) one mile everyday in the month of December. I know, a mile is not that far, but everyday is the challenging part.

I’m usually fairly consistent in getting to the gym, but it’s easy to slack during December when schedules get busy and pants get tighter. Running everyday will help me to remember that fitness is important all year, and not something that only happens during the summer.

I’ll be updating my 31-mile journey via Instagram! #mileaday