Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hiking, Chinese Food & Invite!

I had to work Saturday when the weather was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! That is okay though because that makes the day go by super fast because the customers were coming out of the woodwork to get
all their outside projects done.                                      

Sunday was another fabulous day (and I had this day off ) so we went on a family hike! We decided to hike a local trail, the trail is only about 2 miles long (but raises in 1200 ft of elevation in that 2 miles). Needless to say my bad knee protested the climb in elevation, so we made it about a 1/3 of the way (According to my Fitbit Charge HR said we climbed 36 flights of stairs).  The 41 minute hike burned about 370 calories and got my heart beat up to an average of 120 bpm. Not only did I get a workout but I got to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the company of my kiddo and hubby. 

We then came home and did yard work and played in our newly fenced in backyard!                    

So I covered the part of hiking in the title of the post most are probably wondering about the Chinese Food. So I have been craving Chinese food (no I am not pregnant) but to be honest the fast food take-out kind is not the most healthy thing on this planet. So I have been stalking pinterest looking for healthy Chinese food recipes, and WALLAH I found this amazing little dish... EGG-ROLL IN A BOWL!

Monday, April 11, 2016

My 1st #TransformationTuesday

As in previous posts (AccountabilityBetting on Losing 123, & 4Weigh In Wednesday... ) many of you know I have been on a weight-loss journey for a very LONGTIME! Basically my WHOLE adult life in fact. The best way I have found so far is to have friends in my corner. They are there to encourage me and dust me off when I fall down! They are also there to kick me in the butt when I need it! I have lost 20+ lbs since January 2016 through Beachbody programs. I started with the 21 Day Fix and I am now doing 22 Minute Hard Corps!

Here is an awesome little fact I found today! 
This is exactly 3 years apart!
 Waist: 45.5"
Thigh:(L)26.5"       (R) 27"
Hips: 55"
Arms:(L) 14"        (R) 14.25"
Weight: 234.3lbs
Chest: 42.75" 
Waist: 41.125"
Thigh:(L)26.5"       (R) 27.25"
Calves:(L) 17.5"   (R) 17"
Hips: 54.75"
Arms:(L) 13.375"        (R) 13.375"
Weight: 236lbs

I have even more GOALS I want to HIT! Don't get me wrong... this journey hasn't been perfect or easy, but I have made it because of my husband's encouragement and the support of my online accountability friends! 

When I look at the photos above I see how far I have come , and how much further I want to GO!...
 I want you to come and join me on this journey! 

I am looking for 6 people that want to reach their GOALS! While pushing me towards mine. We will start next week and push through the rest of spring and into summer TOGETHER!
The first 4 people who sign up, will receive a special gift from me! DON'T WAIT... join me now on the next step in 

Message me on here or shoot me an email at and I will get you all setup!
If you are interested in being a Beachbody Coach you can also fill out this super simple questionnaire by clicking on this link

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Guess Whats Cooking?!

Since I have an impromptu day off from work (Our babysitter was sick, Feel Better Soon!), I decided I would make some tasty snacks & desserts for home!

 Here are the ingredients to my first dish!

Okay so you maybe wondering what I could be making with these ingredients...
Well let me tell you! I am making the most DELICIOUS CHEESECAKE. 
Yep that is right CHEESECAKE! 

This cheesecake is PACKED with protein!
I found this recipe on Pinterst (Of course!), here is the link to the recipe!
I doubled the recipe to fit a normal size spring form pan. 
For everyone that uses Portion-Fix this is equal to 1 Red Container for 1/6 of the cheesecake!
And here are the nutrition facts:
Here is the FINISHED Product!

My second dish I made was Homemade Tortilla Chips! 
This recipe is so easy! Basically you take some 6-inch Corn Tortillas and put a light layer of oil on them, I used sunflower/ canola oil mixture. 
Then you stack them and cut the tortillas into 6 pieces. 
Place the pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
Bake @ 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes (depending on your oven) 
or until the chips start to turn a golden brown!

I hope you ENJOY these recipes as much as my family does!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Hi Everyone!

Hello Everyone! 

It's been forever since I wrote in my little piece of the inter-webs.I bet you all may be wondering what we have been up too! Well lets see...

One of the Major things in my life is I decided that I am going to become healthy! 
I have been working out on a daily basis for over a month now!, This is HUGE for me. 

I have lost 20+ lbs since the beginning of January 2016!

How you ask?

I started the 21 Day Fix and the Portion Fix. 
Which includes 7 Color Coded Portion control containers and a 30 minute workout for everyday of the week!

I wasn't very religious about doing workouts daily. To be honest in the beginning I ate right for a month and worked out a couple times of week, but I didn't put my heart and soul into it. I was honestly afraid that I would fail again. So why even try? 

Then this miraculous thing happened and I found my coach! My coach is named Heather, and she invited my first to a FREE Water Challenge (this is where you try to drink a gallon of water each day for a certain number of days) and after that she invited me to join her 21 day challenge group "Leap into Spring". This was what really got me into working out daily. I didn't always eat the best in those 3 weeks, and I didn't work out every single day (Everyone caught a cold in our house). But I pushed through to the end of those 21 days .... 

Do you know what happened?

I lost 3 lbs and 5-inches. 
Now that isn't a lot of loss but what I gained was a new found LOVE for working out in the comfort of my home for 30 minutes a day. (This is 2% of my day)
An appreciation for putting myself first and no longer last in my list of priorities. 
I also gained a whole group of people that are just like me, they want to improve their health and life with fitness and eating healthy! 

So on March 20th I bought the 22 Minute Hard Corps Challenge Pack and signed up to be a BEachbody Coach. Here is to changing my life and helping others change theirs! 

If you are interested in hearing more please email me  @ or leave a comment on here!

This Month Challenge Pack Sale is:

This includes: The workouts, Portion Fix Containers and a months supply of Shakeology (the HEALTHIEST MEAL OF THE DAY!)

P.S. I am also running a Healthy Eating & Workout Accountability Group that starts Monday April 4th. If you would like in on this group please message me at

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#OrnamentExchange2015 Party

Please Go and Check Out All of the Other Participants Ornaments!

Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!
Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?
We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!
Let's all get inspired this season!
The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts
We want to say a huge "Thank You" to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.
DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha's House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama's Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | | The Chilly Dog | Try it - Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me
We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

An InLinkz Link-up

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ornament Exchange

Welcome to the 11th day of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! Erlene at My Pinterventures is hosting the exchange and has partnered up 80+ bloggers to exchange ornaments. Visit her blog to see the previous ornament posts that have been shared. We could either create a ornament or buy one for our partner. 

Here are some of the other ladies that are particapating in the 2015 Ornament Exchange;
~ Pat from Gypsy Heart & Soul
~Jen & Rachel from The Evolution of Mom
~Emily from Simply Home Love
~Jackie from Run with Jackabee

My Story

So I joined a Ornament Exchange. 
1. I LOVE LOVE Swaps/Exchanges! (I love to meet other bloggers!)
2. This one was rather inexpensive and allowed the creative juices to start flowing....
3. It also got the blogging juices flowing

So I was paired with Joy who blogs over at Books and Life! Joy is a part-time librarian, who loves angels, snowmen and recently started collecting precious moments (the older ones). 
So with that in mind I turned to Pinterest.
\I came across wood slice ornaments. I have been planning on doing homemade ornament s for my family as well and this was perfect! You see our new house came with a wood stove. So I have an over abundance of logs.  We also have a chop saw, so I convinced my husband to turn one of these logs into wood cookies.

One of the MANY wood cookies!
I then drew a design onto the cookie and burned it into the wood.
Burned Design

I then decided to add a POP of color to my design. So I used my colored pencils and colored in the design. 
I then drilled a hole in the top of the cookie so  that I could thread a ribbon through it. I also clear coated the ornament to protect it.  I hope that you love it Joy.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Family Pictures ... & What We Have Been Up Too..

This past weekend we had my cousin Elizabeth take some family photos of us. I have been wanting to have some photos done of our little family for awhile now. Plus they make great Christmas gifts. 
So I thought I would share some of them with you all. 

 We spent all last Sunday installing our new floating floor in the dinning room and living room.
We used TrafficMASTER Hand-scraped Saratoga Hickory which we purchased at the Home Depot for $.99/sqft. The installation went fairly easy, all things considered. We had Liam here at home with us, so I spent some of the time entertaining him while Dan laid the flooring down.