Monday, March 24, 2014

Photo A Day: Week 12

Another busy week in the books!

clean eats - Mexican bowls with brown rice, black beans & taco seasoned turkey

reading new magazines from my trainer

Toby hanging out ;)

getting my workouts done!

working on my Scentsy "homework" for a special leadership group I'm completing

balance work during my daily workout - have you tried standing on a pillow? ha

Eric's new knife...he needs another like a hole in the head! :p

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Workout Progress

I know Jenn & Nikki aren't doing the linkup, but I have found that it helps keep me accountable by I will probably continue to do so. I also text my daily workouts to my trainer, but that will be ending in another 4 weeks (at least until I can save up for more sessions!), so with this in place as well, I hope to stay motivated. ha

Sunday, March 16 - home strength training #2 (workout designed by Abby)
Monday, March 17 - 1 hour training session with Abby
Tuesday, March 18 - home strength training #2 (workout designed by Abby) + walked 1 mile with Leslie Sansone Walk at Home (YouTube)
Wednesday, March 19 - walked 3 miles with Leslie Sansone Power Walk (YouTube)
Thursday, March 20 - rest day
Friday, March 21 - home strength training #2 (workout designed by Abby)

Saturday, March 22 - home strength training #2 (workout designed by Abby)

I am also switching over to a clean eating plan versus the paleo plan. It is not quite as strict as paleo, which I think will help me stick to it. The more I am denied, the more I crave something! ha I've got my food planned out for the week and that always helps as well.

Friday, March 21, 2014

5QF - YAY!

Mama's 5 Question Friday is baaaaaaccckkk! *happy dance* It's back for only this week! *sad face*

I'm excited, even if it is only for one hopefully you'll link up today!

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1. If I had 5 minutes alone with Mother Nature, I would tell her...
If I had time alone with Mother Nature, I wouldn't do much talking...I'd give her the beat down of her life. Joking. But seriously. I am OVER this crazy weather. We get one beautiful, lovely, sunny, amazing day. And then...and then? It snows. It's 30 below. I am tired of the germs and crankiness exhibited by many. So Mother Nature, take a pill and get over it! How about letting us have our spring and summer?!?

2. If you could eat only one thing for a whole week, what would it be?
I eat a lot of chicken. I like chicken, but honestly...if I could only eat one thing, it would have to include a few more food groups, like pizza! ha I love love pizza. I could easily eat it for a whole week. ;)

3. What is your favorite season and why?
FALL! I love autumn weather. The days are still sunny and fairly long, but you also get to enjoy not sweating to death all the time. I enjoy seeing the leaves change color and being able to wear jeans/sweatshirts. Fall also brings on bonfires with friends and college football!

4. Do you have a meal that you are AMAZING at making? If so, share the recipe!
I do have some meals that my hubby loves...however, I can't say they are anything special. Ya know? If there's a recipe, I can follow it and generally have no problems with it turning out. One of my favorite Pinterest recipes (that the family enjoys) is Bubble Up Enchiladas. Yum! It's so easy and you can make it as spicy as you want. Just search for it on'll find it! ha

5. What has changed in your life since the last 5QF? (8/2/13 was the last one!)
Where do I start?? Sooooo  many changes have taken place since the last 5QF. I was still dealing with blood clots and had 2 more visits to the hospital after that date. I lost my job of 3 years and spent 6 months unemployed, having now been at my new gig for the past month. I started exercising with a personal trainer and have truly enjoyed the past 7 weeks...4 more to go! We enjoyed family time at Christmas and Valentine's Day saw my sister-in-law getting engaged. We lost a very special person in my husband's family (his maternal grandmother) and recently spent time with his family picking out special pieces to remember his mamaw and papaw by from their home. We also went to court seeking more time with my step-daughters and unfortunately the law did not prevail on the right we are still dealing with an evil troll for every single moment Eric is entitled to with his children (while paying off a hefty lawyer's bill).

Monday, March 17, 2014

Photo A Day: Week 11

Is it really only the 11th week of the year? Seems like we've been at this a bit longer and yet I still struggle to write 2014 instead of my automatic response of 2013. haha

black premium leather Carly bag - carried it for a few months, but looking to sell it! (let me know if you're interested)

my cubicle window - we got tired of everyone looking in at us as they walked by, so teal zebra tablecloth it is! ha

healthy snacks at work...mmm apples!

have 2 home strength workouts from Abby

taking notes during my Scentsy leadership webinar

empty Scentsy boxes means happy people with filled orders! :)

reading some great tips in Health magazine

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weekly Workouts

From My Life to Our Life

Feeling stronger every day from my strength training...and I didn't think I would! ha Silly, I know. It has really been a mostly mental battle (aside from my ankle/leg problems from last summer which really don't hold me back any). I am amazed most every time I meet with Abby, who is just a rockstar personal trainer! I actually look forward to working out with her once a week...and literally, leaving exhausted and barely able to move the next day. She has given me two different at-home strength training workouts and this latest one has me doing a plank that alternates from forearms to hands. Woah. Saw that on my "to do" list and thought, well I will attempt it, but will probably end up just holding the forearm plank. And you know what? I actually DID IT. You read that right! I was able to do the alternating plank...all 3 times I had it on my workout list! Crazy! Anyway...I am moving to a Clean Eating plan vs. the Paleo plan I've been using. I am excited about the change and being able to add a few things back into my diet. I went grocery shopping and loaded up on all the good stuff again. Ready to tackle a new week!

Sunday, March 9 - home strength training #1 (workout designed by Abby)
Monday, March 10 - 1 hour training session with Abby
Tuesday, March 11 - walked 3 miles with Leslie Sansone Power Walk (YouTube) + plank
Wednesday, March 12 - home strength training #1 (workout designed by Abby)
Thursday, March 13 - walked 4 miles with Leslie Sansone Boosted Walk (YouTube)
Friday, March 14 - home strength training #2 (workout designed by Abby)
Saturday, March 15 - rest day

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Customize it....your phone case, that is! And so much more.

I have been waiting for an opportunity to blog about a cool Etsy company (and no, I'm not getting paid for it, but maybe I can convince my sister to send me some cool stuff!). ;)

My sister works for a company called Naptown Etching in Indianapolis (they have a new site that will be fully operational before too long...check it out here). So far everything I've learned and seen about the company through my sister's experiences has been really good! Just today I got my first phone case from them (it's sublimated plastic). I had come up with the design because I love the song "Brave" by Sara Bareilles and one day I hope to incorporate it as a theme song into my future Scentsy downline. And moving on...ha

The iPhone cases are of course cooler than the Android cases. :( Womp, womp. Why is it always that way?? Anyway, if you have an iPhone (or now specific Androids - like mine is an S4), you can get an awesome CUSTOM phone case and for a good price! Email my sister (Jenna) and tell her you read it on my blog...she'll help you create the best designs! :)

They do so much more than just phone cases. You can do customized beer growlers. And for all of you with home businesses, including blog businesses, they do these AMAZING metal business cards! Ask her about them because they aren't on their Etsy shop page.

Browse their shop and shoot Jenna an email....lots of cool stuff that they can do! Makes great gifts for the people in your life who have everything!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Photo A Day: Week 10

Another week in the books! Hard to believe it's already well into March.

And here's my week in photos...

more stinkin' snow...ick!

using YouTube for workouts is fun

a Salted Caramel Moon Pie straight from NOLA thanks to a co-worker that goes every year for Mardi Gras

picked up RedBox movies for the hubs after my weekly session with Abby

Eric playing with paracord

all my weights ready for my home strength training

Eric's cherry chip cake with cherry icing - he said it was too much work to follow the directions, so I baked it for him