Friday, July 29, 2016

Life: Friday Ramblings


I've finally accepted that...
...I'm a little crazy.  I'd rather be a little crazy than a lot of boring.
I've been called crazy more times than I could count.  Thanks for the compliment!

I stripped in public because...
...a bee landed on my head in the park!  I thought it fell in my shirt and it had to come off.
This is just one of the many reasons I get called crazy.  Whatever!

I teared up because...
...my pansies are DEAD.  My husband said they don't do as well in this scorching heat.
I secretly believe he drowned my poor babies!

I was laughing because...
...my husband squirted my Mushy with the hose and she yelled "I'M NOT A FLOWER".
I guess she was afraid she'd end up like my pansies.  How did my 3 year old get so clever?!

I'm totally shaking with nerves because...
...I got a second interview for a HUGE promotion!  This position is two steps above me on the ladder.
To make it to the final two candidates has me beaming with pride and nauseous with nerves.

I'm ashamed to admit that...
...I'm totally and completely obsessed with Pokemon Go!  Yes, I hunt for pokemon.
I'm not even going to tell you how I ran around with a bunch of 12 year old boys looking for Pikachu!

What are your Friday ramblings?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Life: Ten things I learned my first year of marriage.

With my first anniversary on my brain, all I can think of is "marriage".
Marriage: The legally or formally recognized union of two partners in a relationship.
After a whole year of marriage, I can officially say that it ain't as easy as that definition sounds!


Ten things I learned my first year of marriage.

1.  You will never be happy unless you learn to compromise.
Everyone does things their own way.  It's important to recognize this and meet in the middle.
Repeat to myself: "People don't get divorced over the way your husband folds a hand towel."

2.  Get into a rhythm that works for the entire family.
Your married life will become much smoother once a daily routine is developed.
We stopped arguing over who will do what once we got our life's tasks down to a science.

3.  At least once a month, break the rhythm and get crazy.
The spontaneous Tuesday date night throwing our entire routine out of whack is what we live for.
The routine keeps the peace and periodically breaking it keeps the happiness alive.

4.  It's cheaper to be married.
Things like car insurance, cell phone bills, and health insurance become way cheaper.
I was pleasantly surprised with this one.  I was thinking "times 2" instead of "group discount"!

5.  You gain another family, not just a bunch of in laws.
I was blessed with my husband's amazing family, but I was ignorant to how deep you get sucked in.
After our wedding, I was suddenly involved in all the happy moments, gossip, and drama!

6.  A spouse is not always your biggest cheerleader.
While we are typically supportive of each other, there have been times we flat out disagreed.
Being married means constant support, but it also means a very honest opinion.

7.  You will probably change as a person and it's totally OK.
As hard as you will try not to, you will probably change while adapting to your new life.
I've become more responsible, a yucca connoisseur,  and adopted gardening as a new hobby!

8.  The need to constantly impress will eventually dissipate.
 Things like getting dolled up to buy milk and wearing 6 inch heels to work will become unimportant.
I mean, now that I found my man that pair of 3 inch heels will totally do!

9.  Money is both heaven and hell.
You will always have a need for more money, but it will also be the thing you fight about most.
I'm the queen of budgeting and yet we still manage to find $10 to argue over!

10.  Becoming someone's spouse doesn't make you a judge.
It's all good to give an opinion when appropriate, but don't judge every move they make.
My husband and I are both guilty of this one, but we're working on it!

What did you learn your first year of marriage?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Life: Happy Anniversary!


Tuesday, July 26th, is our first wedding anniversary!
This year has been filled with many ups, downs, and in betweens.
Let's just say, you totally deserve a medal for making it through that first year!

We've accomplished many great things together including making a family and a home.
We've enjoyed vacations and we fought hard through petty arguments.
We've cried, laughed, yelled, and smiled.  But we've always loved.
I love you and wouldn't have chosen anyone else to do this with!
Here's to us and to many more years of it!

I'm writing this week's posts in advance, so I'll have to let you know next week how we celebrated.
As long as it involves getting that cake out of my freezer, I'm good with the plan!  lol

Happy anniversary, to us!

Friday, July 22, 2016

LIfe: Happy birthday to my husband!


I'd like to wish my handsome husband a very happy 26th birthday!
Thank you for being an amazing husband, father, and friend.
We love you more each and every day for all that you do.
Let the celebration begin!!

Please join me in wishing my husband a very happy birthday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

List: Ten excuses for unhealthy choices that need to be squashed

Keeping in line with my previous post, I'd like to keep talking about being healthy.
In a nut shell, I'm tired of being unhealthy and decided to make healthy lifestyle choices a habit.

Before I hit that 10 pound weight gain, I filled my life with excuses.
Several times a day I'd make an excuse for being lazy, eating junk, and avoiding activity.
These excuses I would tell myself seem to be common amongst us ladies.
...and it's totally time to squash them!


Ten excuses for unhealthy choices that need to be squashed.

1.  I'm a mother.
People have said this to me so many times that I started to even say it to myself!
Yes, I'm a mother.  Yes, my schedule is crazy and I have lot of responsibilities.
While that's true, I also have a responsibility to teach my child how to make healthy choices.
I firmly believe that the best way to teach a child something is to communicate AND be an example.
As you can tell by my unusually long explanation that I really, really HATE this excuse.

2.  I'm working long hours.
To be a hard worker is a great trait, but it's no longer honorable when it means sacrificing your health.
There is nothing in this world that is worth risking your health...and I bet your boss would agree!

3.  I can't afford to eat healthy.
People don't realize that a simple, healthy meal typically takes fewer and simple ingredients.
It's not like I'm saying that you need to splurge on organic produce or trendy ingredients!

4.  I don't know how to cook.
There are billions of easy to follow recipes that I guarantee anyone can follow.  Get some!
My baby girl didn't know how to go on the potty.  Does that mean she should stay in diapers forever?!

5.  Everyone deserves to cheat a little.
Of course we do!  But, cheating several times a day isn't cheating.  It's a lifestyle.
Save your cheat meals for a special date night, a holiday, or a celebration!

6.  I'm too tired to move.
This was one of my favorite excuses, until I discovered that moving around actually made me less tired.
Lounging at lunch for an hour makes things worse!  A 45 min walk gets me ready for the rest of the day.

7.  Vitamins are nothing but a pharmaceutical scam.
I always thought thought this until a friend convinced me to try them myself.  Sure enough, she was right.
I was suffering from sinus infections every other month until I started taking a daily multi-vitamin!

8.  Drinking water just makes for water weight.
I don't even like water, but hydrating yourself is so important for every part of you body inside and out.
I find that starting my day with a minimum of 16 oz of water also helps me mentally stay on track!

9.  I can't do it by myself.
To be healthy and happy should be all the motivation you need to make smart lifestyle choices.
I find that people who use this excuse are typically just looking for someone else to blame for failing.

10.  I don't have time to be healthy.
Everyone has time to be healthy, they just have to make habits that work best for them.
If you're falling short for ideas that fit you, ask your doctor or do some research.  You'll find some!

What excuses for being unhealthy do you want to squash?

Monday, July 18, 2016

List: Ten habits to make a healthier and happier you.

Last week I finally got tired of being lazy.
I gained about 10 pounds this past year and I absolutely hate it. 
As truly unhappy as I am with my appearance, I'm miserable thinking about health.
Did I mention my hubby hung a full length mirror next to our shower?  Motivation much?!

Instead of dreading on my newly adopted fat rolls, I decided to set a goal.
Goal:  To make smart lifestyle choices until they become unbreakable healthy habits!
And, yes, I'm totally hoping to drop those 10 extra pounds in the process.




Ten habits to make a healthier and happier you.

1.  Prep a weeks worth of healthy breakfasts and lunches.
Pick the most convenient weekday, and make it a habit to prep meals for the week ahead.
My Sunday evenings are filled with prepping and packing portioned meals to grab and go!

2..  Add fifteen minutes of exercise to your morning routine.
Make it a habit to exercise before your morning shower by waking up 15 minutes earlier.
I keep it simple with squats for lower body and weighted balls for upper body.

3.  Start your day with 16 ounces of water.
Make it a habit to wake up and drink 16 ounces of water before your first cup of coffee.
This one kills me because I really don't like water, but I do feel better when I force myself to hydrate!

4.  Swap unsweetened teas for those creamy coffees.
Allow yourself one cup of coffee, but make it a habit to swap those afternoon cups for plain tea.
Trust me... I know the struggle of avoiding coffee, but tea does help ease the pain!

5.  Get up and move during work breaks.
Avoid the temptation to sit in the lunchroom and make it a habit to walk during your break.
Prep ahead to prevent excuses by keeping a pair of sneakers and a stick of deodorant at work!

6.  Research some realistic healthier food swaps.
Make it a habit to swap unhealthy ingredients.  If you can't swap it, then skip it!
I've made swaps like salad dressing for avocado or ice cream for frozen fruit and I don't miss a thing!

7.  Purchase healthy, fresh snacks weekly.
Avoid buying junk food and make it a habit to fill the house with healthy snack choices.
Are vending machines too much of a temptation?  Leave the singles home and prep healthy snacks!

8.  Prep, portion, and cook dinners with fresh ingredients.
Make it a habit to cook a healthy portion and avoid using packaged, unhealthy short cuts.
If you accidentally made an extra serving of food, save it as leftovers before serving!

9.  Be active between dinner and bedtime.
Make it a habit to go on a family walk after dinner instead of jumping in bed with the TV on.
Switch it up with a competitive game of Just Dance or a solid hour of cleaning.  Just make sure to move!

10.  Take a multi-vitamin daily.
Vitamins should be taken with food so make it a habit to take a chewable multi-vitamin after dinner.
I've been taking a Flintstones multi-vitamin every day for the past year and haven't even got a sniffle!

What are your favorite healthy habits?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Life: Friday Ramblings


I can't stop walking into...
...the down stairs bathroom!  I finally opened the door and made it a functional space.
This forgotten room finally has been turned into one of my favorite spaces in the house.  Love it!

I've developed a strange addiction to...
...blueberries!  I've been basing them by the case and popping them in my mouth like potato chips.
Hey, at least they're good for me!  I hope...

We've found our happy place at...
...Short Beach!  It's practically private and kid friendly without the south shore waves.
Since it's only open to town residents it's so clean you can see through the water!

I'm relieved that...
...my future SIL's bridal shower went out without a hitch!
The food was delish, the party was fabulous, and the conversation was flowing!  Love, love, love!

I'm totally in love with...
...the perfect painting I found for our living room!  It's so perfect it's like it was made for our space.
I was shopping for a painting for the bathroom but stumbled upon that treasure instead.

I'm getting a little upset about...
...the extra weight I've been gaining the past six months.  I gained about 6-8 pounds and hate it!
I'm about to put a plan in place to get back to my healthy and happy state.

I did a happy dance when...
...my cousin and God son called off their move to N.C.!!!!!
I was devastated at the thought of losing my baby boy and best friend.

I'm totally and completely obsessed with...
...the Amazon Echo I bought my hubby for Father's Day.  She's quickly become another family member.
I love the idea of multi tasking by just yelling out "ALEXA" and stating a command!

What are your Friday Ramblings?

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