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Things that matter Thursday

Before I talk about important things, I just wanted to say that if you are what you eat, I will shortly be turning into a microwave protein muffin (click for recipe).

chocolate covered banana microwave muffin gnc puredge

Since I’ve been gone for so long, I haven’t had a chance to share some important things in my life!

This glass sculpture thing, custom made with my cat’s ashes.

snickers paper weight

A lot of you know my cat passed (<– don’t click that link if you don’t like reading sad stories) back in August. Obviously I took it very hard, as she was my buddy since I was 7 years old. My awesome parents had this little glass sculpture, containing some of Snickers’ ashes, made for me (about the size of a baseball). The colors are the colors of her eyes, so whenever I look at it, it reminds me of her (in a good way).

Edited- The talented man behind the glass ball is Hugh from Big Island Glass.

This nutcracker.

49 nutcracker

I know it looks like a simple and obnoxious football fan nutcracker, but to me it means so much more.

Back in high school my grandmother passed suddenly, 2 weeks before my graduation. Her health had been slowly declining, but it all hit us like a ton of bricks. She was a HUGE fan of the SF 49er’s (and Giant’s), thus my family was too.

Fast forward to very late 2013- my grandpa gave all of the grandchildren some money that was “from Grandma.” Normally I would immediately put that money into savings (or investments). However, my dad told my sister and I that we could put it into savings, but also think about buying 1 thing that reminds us of our grandmother. I immediately thought of a 49er nutcracker because every Christmas since I can remember, my grandma would give me a nutcracker.

This gingerbread house.

gingerbread house

My favorite part of the holidays is the family time! This year at Thanksgiving, my aunt bought 2 gingerbread house kits and had all the cousins compete against each other (boys against girls). So. Fun. (Except the boys won…)

cousins thanksgiving gingerbread house

And lastly (this one is more of an exciting announcement)

nuun ambassador

I was picked as a Nuunbassador! SOOOOOOOOOO excited! I LOVE this brand and it’s something I use on a very regular basis. I not only use Nuun for running purposes, but ANYTIME I feel dehydrated!

Share something that matters to you!

Do you ever make gingerbread houses?

Do you have anything that reminds you of a loved one?

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20 thoughts on “Things that matter Thursday

  1. Do you have any information on the company that made the glass sculpture for your parents? It’s beautiful and I would love to do this with my cat’s ashes. I lost her in March and it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever gone through. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. That is such an incredibly sweet way to remember your grandmother. I cannot imagine a better way to spend that money.

    I entirely agree but family is the best part of the holidays mine arrives today and I’m hoping I’ll actually get to see them by tomorrow evening!

    Congratulations on NUUN! that is so exciting!

  3. Hiya Amy! So sorry about your Gma, but sounds like you have some great memories and momentos.
    That sculpture is great! My friends mom just passed and he did the same thing with her ashes. Such a cool tribute. We just got our dogs ashes back, but they are in a nice box in our living room. We’re going to spread some in her favorite places, then keep the rest. They also made a paw print in some hardened clay, which is nice to have too.

  4. Love all of these things and special congrats on being an ambassador. I love the sculpture. What a great idea especially as a fellow cat lover. For me things that matter are being able to spend time with my family. This is the best part of this time of year.

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