BruCrew Top Ten

Hello, hello!!!  So I would say that it was because I was so incredibly busy this summer, so that’s why Top Ten took a break for a while.  Yeah, let’s go with that and not the fact that I’m lazy and just didn’t do it.  LOL! Perks of being your own boss…you get to make the rules.  Gotta love that!  Anyway, I’m back today to share a few of my favorites from the past 2 months.


1.  Last month my hubby and I went with a few other couples/friends on our church staff retreat.  It was a nice time to just get away and relax and get to know each other more.  We spent the few days praying for our church family, biking, eating, and exploring Lake Geneva.

One of the days we biked into town, then Jeremy and I decided to find a few bakeries.  Bike and dessert crawl…does biking to 2 different bakeries count as a crawl?  We actually found another one, but it was closed on that particular day.  Not that I really needed more dessert after downing half of the chocolate pie and lemon tart and then most of the coconut cream.  Jeremy is the dessert light weight in our family…I have to help him out most days in this area.  It’s rough but that’s another job I excel at :-)

biking & desserts collage
2.  The BruCrew does a White Sox game.  My mother in law gets tickets through her work for these crazy awesome up close seats to a few White Sox games a year.  This year the boys and I were able to join them for one of the games.  It is always fun to eat game food and hang out with family.  Too bad the White Sox had probably one of the worst games ever.  Most people left in the 7th inning because they were losing so bad…we listened to the score after we got home.  16-0!  Yup, glad we left early too.

White Sox collage

 3.  First day Back to School photos are a must.  Our kids thought they were getting out of it this year because it was rainy that morning.  But by the time we left it was just misting.  Most days I do not like the giant tree in our front yard (it blocks my light in our windows…food photographer problems), but today it shielded the camera from the mist.  Lucky for the kids it was one of the fastest back to school picture taking sessions.  Maybe one of these years I’ll just take them the weekend before.  Ya know, like a dry run for the first day of school.

Back to School pics collage

4.  Do your kids pack their lunch boxes for school?  Produce for Kids has a new Power Your Lunchbox Pledge that parents can sign up for.  There are lots of lunch box ideas, coupons, and tips on how to pack a healthier lunch.

You can also use the hashtag #PowerYourLunchbox on Instagram or Twitter to show off the healthy lunches you create for your family. There are prizes and features each week. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Bowties and Veggies | Caramel Maple Yogurt Dip
Chicken Veggies Wraps | Fruity Fun Roll Ups

Produce For Kids Collage

 5.  I sure hope my “little” girl will always like dressing like her mama.  The other day she wore a t-shirt and scarf to go run errands with me, and I realized how long it had been since I had pulled out a scarf too.   I pulled out a t-shirt and scarf that day too.  Good thing she is so good natured…she is a good sport for letting me copy her clothing for the day.  Hopefully that never changes!!!


6.  This summer I became a legal driver again.  Yes, I was driving illegally for oh, about a 1 1/2 years. If you let your license expire for over 6 months, you need to retake the written test.  I stressed out about that one for a good week before I sucked it up and went and took it.  I’m not sure how many I actually missed because I was so excited when the lady told me I passed.  And yes, I did stop outside the BMV for funny pictures.  If you follow my Instagram, you probably already saw the jumping picture :-)



 7.  This summer I had a chance to try Oatworks smoothies.  These fruit smoothies are packed with 100% fruit juice and the power of two bowls of oatmeal. The added fiber keeps you full longer and helps you be energized to get your day started…or to restart your day if you drink one later.   I really liked having one of these as a start to my day.  They were smooth and delicious!  The oats are blended into the fruit juice so well.  You would never know there is oatmeal in the drink.  Smooth and creamy and perfect for grabbing on the go for any busy school morning!


I love checking out the fun things that my fellow bloggers are making.  Here a few that I found on pinterest that look amazing!!!

8. A giant cookie loaded with peanut butter and chocolate…I am definitely drooling over this Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from Baker by Nature.

PB Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

9.  I have a thing for fudge, so when I saw this S’mores Fudge from Spoonful of Flavor, it was calling my name.  Those gooey toasted marshmallows look so good!!!


 10.  Healthy bites of cookie dough…I’ll take about 15 of these  Monster Cookie Dough Energy Bites from Life Made Simple



Have a wonderful day and make sure you take time to relax this coming weekend.  Our craziness starts today with soccer games every day until Sunday.   Go team BruCrew!!!!  We are looking forward to a quiet day of rest on Sunday afternoon.


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*BruCrew was sent product from Oatworks, and a gift card compensation from Produce for Kids for mentioning the affiliate links in this post.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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  1. says

    It sounds like you had a great summer, Jocelyn! A dessert crawl? Sign me up! I can’t believe that the kids are back to school already. Yay for passing your drivers license test again! And thank you so much for including my S’mores fudge!
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  2. says

    Wait, where in Indy are you? I grew up in Bloomington and Indianapolis! Live in DC now, but I used to love going to Lake Geneva. There was a cool hotel up there!
    That cookie cake from Baker By Nature is killing me. As are all your adorable family pics!
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  3. says

    I remember your back to school pics of your kids every year — wow they are so BIG! Like…they exploded in height from last year to this! And your daughter is now a little lady, officially!

    Congrats on your DL exam and love the shot of you jumping! Great click!
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  4. says

    Hi Jocelyn,

    Thank you for the wonderful post about the Power Your Lunchbox campaign. We are so excited to be one of the supporters for this wonderful healthy eating pledge! Please take a moment to check out our Facebook page at for more information about our South African Clementines and Navels – available now in a grocery store near you!


  5. says

    Love all these-But please tell me about your purse in #6-LOVE THE COLORS AND STYLE! It is so dang cute :) You and your daughter are adorable. Grace and I just bought matching workout t-shirts the other day so we can be twins when we go running. I hope the twinning days never end.
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  6. says

    Your little boy has curly hair like you. SO cute! Love the pic of your kids on the first day of school. I’m totally jealous that you and your husband get to bike together. My husband and I need to get bikes. And HOW do you stay so fit eating desserts all the time? I’m getting fatter by the day!
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