Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chocolate Is Salad

I've got crazy bad allergies and they are running me ragged! I love spring and summer and everything that comes with it, but oh my goodness....pollen hates me! Those gorgeous blooming trees right now?? Killing me....

On a brighter note....

Amen to that!

Ryan and I grilled out last week and the food was simple, but delicious. Eating well doesn't have to take tons of effort to be delicious. Throw some steak or chicken on the grill with some veggies and you can't go wrong.

I also went to my first Zumba® Jam session. Basically you learn five new songs that you can use in your own classes. I loved it! I was able to hang out with some of my favorite Zumba® girls. For those of you who are licensed instructors, I highly recommend taking a Jam session with Nina Idol. She is fabulous!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Thoughts

Life has felt a whole heck of a lot like this lately:

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God has blessed us with such a strong willed little boy. Some days I am proud of his independence, his perseverance, and his quick wit. Other days? Those personality traits seem to get a five year old little boy in trouble. I'm thirty years old and have trouble finding the balance myself. How can a little boy be expected to get it right so often? When Caleb struggles, I see me and Ryan so much in him. I can totally understand, but I still have to teach him the way to handle things gracefully in life. Behind the scenes, I am cringing because I still struggle with everything I am trying to teaching him. Anyone else feel this way??

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Life is full of baseball lately. Caleb has so much energy and spirit that we want him involved in sports to teach him teamwork, discipline, and hopefully get some of that energy channeled into something productive! He has loved baseball so far. I can tell there is a difference between t-ball last year and real baseball this year. It gives me hope... I think football season is going to rock this fall!

I stumbled across this bird candleholder and just fell in love. It's simple, but reminds me of spring. 

This green ice bucket would be perfect for entertaining on the patio or boat this summer! Can you tell I'm getting geared up for some outdoor time? I cannot wait for beautiful weather! 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mid-Week Thoughts

So life is absolutely nuts right now! I promise I am working on something really fun and I will be sharing it shortly. In the meantime, I'm sharing some of my favorite fitness and health motivation quotes....
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Advocare 24 Day Challenge with Ashley Scott

Happy Monday! I'd love to share my recap of the 24 Day Challenge with all of you. For the sake of keeping everything open and honest, I am going to share a lot of information with you today. 

  1. I'm sure you're all here to see some outstanding before and after transformation pictures. I'm sorry to say it isn't going to happen. Mainly because I don't have any. When Ashley sent me the kit, my weight was climbing again. I was struggling. I am happy to admit that she helped me stop that process. What more could I ask for at this point in my story? Weight loss is super slow for me right now. Non-existent most of the time because I am at the end of this journey. I am mostly in a maintenance stage. 
  2. I have lost five pounds during the 24 days and I am thrilled about that. It's five pounds that I had gained and was desperately trying to get back off.... so I am happy with that. 
  3. You must be here for me to tell you how easy it was. Well, I am not going to do that either. It wasn't simple. For the first few days I was trying to figure out what to take and when to take it. I am busier than I normally am lately and I can't always remember to take something 30 minutes before this meal or during this meal. If I had time for that, I think I wouldn't have struggled so much. 
  4. Out of everything the one thing I loved the most had to be Spark. When I drank it before my Zumba® fitness workouts, I felt like the Energizer Bunny. I think my life could definitely be sunshine and butterflies if I had an IV drip of Spark going. I would one hundred percent recommend buying the Spark from Ashley over and over. I tried the watermelon and it was really good. 
  5. The fiber drink in the cleanse was actually really good. I tried the peach flavored one and it was really good. I could tell a big difference when I drank it. 
  6. I honestly feel if I didn't have so much on my plate right now (Zumba® classes, baseball practices, moving, getting a home ready to sell, working six days a week) I would have seen much better results. If you have the time to really try it, I believe you would do very well. 
  7. I am beginning to question something medically going on with my health right now. I truly feel like this would have worked better if something else wasn't going on. I am questioning some sort of a thyroid issue or possibly a vitamin deficiency. I will investigate it further. 

Bottom Line: Would I recommend the Advocare 24 Day Challenge to someone looking to lose weight? Absolutely. I really like the products and I believe they do exactly what they say they do. 

Even if you do not buy the whole kit, get some Spark. That stuff is amazing! It will live in my cabinet from here on out. I am one hundred percent sold on that product! If you can purchase the fiber drink separately, I would recommend it as well. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! I will be one hundred percent open about it. If you are ready to try Spark for yourself, please contact Ashley. She's fabulous and the kit worked very well for her. You can pick her brain too! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Baseball and Family Time

Caleb started his first year of baseball. We played two years of t-ball and we couldn't wait to start real baseball. My brother grew up on the ball fields and we have so many good memories from our summers there. My little boy is playing on the same fields my brother grew up on.

Caleb is fortunate to have his coach from last year. Caleb learned so much last year and we can't wait to see how much he learns and grows this season. He was able to hit in the batting cages for the first time last week and he loved it.

On Friday night, we bought his new baseball bat. He's really big for his age and he quickly outgrew the last bat. I think my poor husband just about had a heart attack after seeing some of the prices on some of the bats!

Caleb begged for "dinner with fire".... so we found ourselves eating Japanese after our shopping trip. He loved it!

On Saturday, my husband and brother went kayaking. Tara and I jumped at the chance to get the kids together. Levi was sweet and snuggly around his nap time. I so enjoyed holding him while Caleb and Zoey played. I haven't held him while he slept since right after his birth and he was still in the hospital. He's just precious and I am so thankful to be his aunt.

He looks identical to my little brother at this age. Sometimes it feels like I'm looking at my baby brother at times and it's really a strange feeling.

My brother and my husband have quite a friendship. I've watched it slowly grow over the years and I am so happy. Growing up, my brother just could not stand anyone I was in a relationship with. Secretly I wanted my brother to like whoever I was with and it made me sad when that just wasn't going to happen. I've sat back and watched my husband and brother become friends and it has just made my heart so happy. At first, I was a little sad. My husband had a better friendship with my brother than I did. But then I realized how awesome it was. I have prayed for a good man to be a friend to my brother and I have prayed for a good man to be a friend to my husband. I just didn't know it would end up like this!

It actually works out really well.... I get to hang out with my sister-in-law more often....both of them love kayaking so I know they're safer going together.... and we can all do stuff with the kids more often. 


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