Saturday, January 31, 2015

LOVE my brothers...

I love my brothers very much!

They each have different personalities and I love them each in their own way. We have not always gotten along, but we are family and we have been through a lot together! 

LOVE THEM DEARLY!

Friday, January 30, 2015

I am not a perfect mom...

I am not a perfect mom... I am not a perfect person... I am not a perfect wife... I am not a perfect daughter... I am not a perfect wife... I am not perfect and I never will be.

I am a person who tries her best to do things for anyone I can. I am a person who loves with her whole heart and for that sometimes I get hurt in return. I am a person who will give anything just to make sure her daughter has the best of everything I can offer. I do not have the perfect body and I never will... but I do have a perfect understanding of who I am and I love myself.

I will never be perfect, but then again I don't want to be perfect. I am who I am and I love me!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dessert Recipe of the Month

Here is the dessert recipe of the month...

I am on weight watchers so the recipes for a few months will be that...


Angel Food Pineapple Loaves

1 box of angel food cake
1 large can of pineapples

You mix the 2 together with no other ingredients and you fill cupcake liners. I was able to make over 24 cupcakes. You put the liners in a few baking pans and you bake them together. Bake for 15 minutes and wooooooa la. Delicious pineapple loaves that are only 1 point each. And they are soooooo good.

Definitely a recipe that I will be keeping and adding to my collection and definitely one that I will do after I am done using weight watchers. Its so good!

ENJOY ALL~

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Favorite Holiday and Why

My favorite holiday of all time is Christmas.

I love the music. I can listen to Christmas music every day of my life if other people let me.

I love the decorations. I love the Christmas trees and the lights and the ornaments. I love wrapping the presents for my girls and for family and then watching my girls unwrap presents on Christmas day or when they are with us.

I love it when the snow falls, but I hate driving when the snow has fallen. If I can stay home during a snow storm, I LOVE IT! I love building snowmen with my daughter and having snow ball fights.

I love everything about it. I love talking to my kids about the birth of Christ and celebrating his birth!

I can go on and on and on... Christmas is my favorite time of the year!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MY biggest weakness

CHOCOLATE is definitely my biggest weakness.


Not all chocolate though... I like just a certain few. I can eat those every day of my life if I let myself!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dinner Recipe of the Month

I have decided to choose a recipe to try and post on here each month... something I have never tried before and something that I have always wanted to try... I will add my experiences each month and will add pictures!

White Chicken Chili ... if you are doing weight watchers it is 3 points per 1 cup DELICIOUS!

Here's what you'll need:
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (uncooked)
2 cups chicken broth
1 can white corn, drained
2 (15 oz) cans Great Northern Beans
(Can puree one can for a thicker chili)
1 small diced onion (or 1 Tbs. dried onion flakes)
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 packet of McCormick's White Chili Seasoning Mix
(Dashing Dish's recipe calls for 1 packet of White Bean Chili Seasoning mix, but I wasn't able to find it...)

Now, once you have all the ingredients, you have 2 options, stove top cooking OR slow cooker cooking.
I was in a hurry, so I used the stove top method: Dump everything in a large pot and cook on medium heat for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.

If you want to cook in a crock-pot*, dump all the ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours. 


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Money vs happiness?

Which is more important? Money or happiness?

To me, money can not buy happiness. Money can alleviate financial burdens/struggles, but it can not buy happiness. True happiness comes from just being yourself and not worrying about the money part of it.

I have definitely struggles with bills, medical bills, student loans etc... but I never let that affect my happiness. Money comes and goes, but your happiness is yours... Don't lose that ever!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Favorite thing in my bathroom

CANDLES, CANDLES and more CANDLES...

I love candles and I love having my candles in my bathroom! It is definitely my favorite thing in my bathroom!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Where you thought you would be?

Are you where you thought you would be in life?

I definitely pictured myself being in a house right now and having more than 1 kid, but life happens the way God plans for it to happen. It isn't done how you want it to be done. I have definitely learned that lesson over the years. Your life takes you on many ups and downs, but He finally lands you in the place you were meant to be!

I am thankful I have a loving husband in my life who takes care of me and loves me unconditionally and I am thankful for having the 2 girls in my life that I get to call ours! We are definitely blessed!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Exercise: Friend or Foe

I feel like this is a little of both...

Exercise is a friend to those that love to exercise and to those that are trying to lose weight. With exercise comes extra weight loss... BUT that being said, for me it is a foe as well. My knees hurt when I exercise so overcoming the pain from that is definitely something I will have to do to get to where I need to be in order to exercise more than 3 times a week.

So, I say both!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Letting go... How to get through it?

This is not an easy one for me to talk about because I have certain things that I am working on letting go myself. I think that letting God help you deal with things you need to let go of is a great way to help you, but I am still working on a few things with Him so its not as easy as it sounds.

I definitely believe that you have to be you in whatever you do and remember that the past is the past and all you can really focus on is the future. The future is all we have to look forward to in our life so why not try to move on and let go so it doesn't affect our future???

Whatever you are holding onto, please remember you are not alone in anything... Talk to your friends, your family, anyone that you are close to and remember:

We can not go back and make a new beginning, but we can start today and make a new ending... :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Would you if you could?

If you could start your life over again, would you?

My answer is NO, I would definitely not start my life over again... everything that has happened has happened for a reason and I am truly blessed with all the blessings in my life!

Life is hard at times, but it is so worth it...

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Truth about Depression


1 in every 10 American's struggle with depression. That is a very high number if you ask me. I feel very strongly about the fact that depression is a real thing that people struggle with. Over the year I will write a few blogs about family that I have lost to the battle of depression.

Here are a few facts about depression:

  1. Depression is more than just a bad mood!
  2. Depression affects people of all ages... young and old...
  3. I feel like depression is a disease!
  4. It is not always easy for someone to admit they are depressed. 
  5. You are not the only one that is feeling depressed however you probably feel like you are!
  6. Depression is not always something you can talk yourself out of. 
  7. You deserve to get help for your depression.
  8. You are not always going to feel depressed. It will come and go with the passing of the days!
If you feel depressed and you have someone close you can talk to, please don't feel embarrassed to tell them that you are depressed. There is always someone that can help you find the help you need to start the process of feeling better!!! You are NOT alone!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weight Loss Motivational Week

Here are a few quotes to help motivate you during this weight loss motivational week. I hope you enjoy!
  • The journey is the reward.
  • Nothing worth having was ever achieved without EFFORT. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • It doesn’t get easier, you get stronger.
  • SWEAT is your FAT CRYING!
  • Don’t forget to breathe!
  • Persistence is far more important than perfection!
  • Hope is WISHING something would happen. FAITH is believing something will happen. COURAGE is making something happen!
  • If we quit every time we felt uncomfortable we wouldn’t achieve anything.
  • It takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing. It takes 8 weeks for friends and family to see it. It takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world to see the changes. KEEP GOING!


Don't forget that water is good for you. This is something I have to get in a habit of drinking... I hate water, but I know in the end it is good for me.. It is the secret weight loss weapon:
  1. Water contains zero calories... you can drink as much as you want!
  2. Water boosts your metabolism.
  3. Water lowers your appetite.
  4. Water decreases water retention.
  5. Water helps to minimize cravings. 
  6. Water keeps your energy levels high.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weight Loss Motivational Week

Here are a few quotes to help motivate you during this weight loss motivational week. I hope you enjoy!


SELF RESPECT:

SET GOALS
EXERCISE
LOVE YOURSELF
FOCUS ON FITNESS


REST AND RELAX
EAT RIGHT
SMILE
PORTRAY POSITIVE
ENJOY LIFE
CARE FOR LIFE
TELL YOURSELF YOU CAN DO IT!


  • Push yourself. No one else is going to do it for you!
  • Wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction!
  • Believe in yourself and all that you are! Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle!
  • Yes, I am guilty… I JUST killed my workout!


Losing weight is hard.
Maintaining your weight is hard.
Staying overweight is hard.
CHOOSE your HARD!


Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going!
DON’T GIVE UP!



Friday, January 16, 2015

Weight Loss Motivational Week

Here are a few quotes to help motivate you during this weight loss motivational week. I hope you enjoy!

  • Your fitness is 100% mental! Your body won’t go, where your mind doesn’t PUSH IT!
  • Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but it’s even worse to REGRET!
  • Be the action hero in your own life!
  • A huge part of losing weight is believing YOU CAN DO IT and realizing it is not going to happen overnight.
  • I am not losing weight. I am getting rid of it. I have no intention of finding it again!


  • I cannot change yesterday, but I can change today!

  • The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new! – Socrates
  • USE YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM! – Find people who are going to motivate you and encourage you to do your best and not to give up… YOU need them!
  • For with God nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37
  • HAVE FAITH!

  • Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t… I am going to give myself reasons why I can!
  • Your body is not ruined! You are a tiger who has earned her stripes!
  • Discipline is doing what you know needs to be done even when you don’t want to do it...
  • Don’t skip breakfast, EVER!


  • It’s amazing what you can do when you try!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Weight Loss Motivational Week

Here are a few quotes to help motivate you during this weight loss motivational week. I hope you enjoy!

I will workout.
Even when I don’t feel like it. No matter what temptations come my way.
I will do this…
Day after day… no matter what life throws my way, because I want results and will NOT compromise.
NO ONE will doubt me.
Because my actions will be the evidence of my desires. It’s not a matter of IF I will reach my goals, but WHEN!


I CHOOSE…
to live by choice not by chance…
to make changes not excuses…
to be useful not used…
to excel not compete!
I CHOOSE SELF-ESTEEM…
not self-pity
I choose to listen to my inner voice not the random opinions of others!



NEVER NEVER NEVER give up!
WHY?
Because just when you are about to give up is when things are about to turn around in a grand way.
HOLD ON…
Great things are waiting for you around the corner…
- Sonia Ricotti


Health benefits of drinking lemon water: 
Lemon is a natural energizer; it hydrates and oxygenates the body so it feels revitalized and refreshed!
- Boosts your immune system
- Balances pH
- Flush out unwanted materials
- Decrease wrinkles and blemishes
- Relieve tooth pain
- Relieve respiratory problems
- Cures throat infections
- Excellent for Weight Loss
- Reduces fever
- Blood purifier

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weight Loss Motivational Week

Here are a few quotes to help motivate you during this weight loss motivational week. I hope you enjoy!

10 Weight Loss Commandments:

  1. Thou shall stay hydrated with water, not sugary or carbonated beverages.
  2. Thou shall avoid food with preservatives and high salt content. 
  3. Thou shall not eat past 7 pm in the evening, or before 6 am in the morning. 
  4. Thou shall not give up on a diet or give in to a binge after a minor slip up. 
  5. Thou shall do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day; a brisk walk is fine. 
  6. Thou shall not eat at unplanned or unusual times, or when emotional. 
  7. Thou shall find a distraction when cold pizza or left over birthday cake is left unattended. 
  8. Thou shall not be discouraged, this takes time, and quick fixes aren't lasting. 
  9. Thou shall eat regularly; starvation diets are only temporary solutions to lifelong problems. 
  10. Thou shalt never feel alone; we are in this together!
TIPS to helping with weightloss:
  • Eat 5 small meals a day... spread them out and do not eat past 7 pm.
  • Drink at least 8 cups of water each day or unsweetened beverages. 
  • Get 8 hours of sleep every night!
  • Believe in yourself, be consistent and never never never give up!
  • No junk food.
  • Have a plan and set goals. 
  • Weigh yourself...
  • Do strength training.
THIS YEAR, I RESOLVE TO:
Be present. Treat my body the way it deserves to be treated. Pay it forward. Learn about the most interesting subject of all; myself! Breathe... Be in the moment. And live every moment! Send my inner critics packing. Increase my heart's rate and its desire. Know that if I learn from mistakes, there is no failure. Realize my unlimited potential. Be inspired and inspire others. Do something extraordinary for someone I don't know. Make the word impossible, impossible! BE MY OWN HERO!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Weight Loss Motivational Week

Here are a few quotes to help motivate you during this weight loss motivational week. I hope you enjoy!

THINK positively
EXERCISE daily
EAT healthy
WORK hard
STAY strong
WORRY less
DANCE more
LOVE often
BE HAPPY!

NO MORE negative body thoughts.
NO MORE “I’ll do it tomorrow.”
NO MORE sitting and wishing to be more fit.
NO MORE eating because I’m bored or depressed.
NO MORE waiting for this to get easier.
NO MORE “BUTS”
NO MORE “I CAN’T”
NO MORE “It’s too hard.”
NO MORE “I’m too tired.”
NO MORE EXCUSES!


It will hurt.
It will take time!
It will require dedication.
It will require willpower.
YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE HEALTHY DECISIONS!
It requires sacrifice.
YOU will need to push your body to its max.
There will be temptation.
But, I promise you, when you reach your goal,
IT WILL BE SO WORTH IT ALL!


NEVER
NEVER
NEVER
GIVE UP!


Choices.
Chances.
Changes.
You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Weight Loss Motivational Week

Here are a few quotes to help motivate you during this weight loss motivational week. I hope you enjoy!


  • LOVE YOURSELF!
  • It’s suppose to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great. – A league of their own
  • When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.
  • No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.
  • Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change ANYTHING.
  • You can have results or excuses – NOT BOTH!
  • Don't let the waves of doubt wash away your authentic self. - Dodinsky
  • No one can do it for you... choose to use your wings.
  • Your struggle is part of your story.
  • Change starts with you, but it doesn't start until you do. - Tom Ziglar
  • Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music. - Ronald Reagan
  • Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring.
By Jillian Michaels:
Today I want you to ask yourself this one question. "Why not you?" why not you to do something for work that you love? Why not you to have a healthy body? Why not you to have a healthy love? Why not you to be, have, or do anything you have ever dreamed?!? We are so quick to think others are so deserving over ourselves. The truth is that we are all deserving SO WHY NOT YOU?!?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Honest Confession about Motherhood

Being a mother is hard work. It is not easy and it never will be. Don't get me wrong, I have easy moments. There are days that things are awesome and we have no issues or struggles. And then there are days where I get called by her school because my daughter has broken something or has fallen. We have moments where my daughter and I do not get along at all and then there are moments where we get along great. 

There are nights where they are sick and there is nothing you can do but be there for them and sometimes that is enough. There are many sleepless nights and many tears that you will go through over the course of motherhood. 

It is not a walk in the park and it is not always fun, but it is worth every second... I would definitely do motherhood all over again if I had a choice. I love being a mother and my daughter is my world!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Happy Birthday to our 10 year old...


Today is this little beauties 10th birthday... HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET GIRL! She came into my life when she was 6 years old. I can't believe 4 years have gone so fast, but it has. Every day with this girl is amazing and I wish we could see her more... We make the best out of the time we have together!

I hope you have a fabulous year as a 10 year old and we can't wait to celebrate your birthday with you my dear!

LOVE YOU KIDDO!

Friday, January 9, 2015

I love the smell of...


  • My momma's home cooked meals
  • My momma's baked goods
  • The way a baby smells after bath time
  • MY husband after he gets ready for the day
  • My candles burning 
  • Christmastime and all the delicious things that come along with Christmastime
  • Cinnamon pine cones

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My family...

What my family means to me?

My family is the most important thing in my life. I grew up in a big family and we were all pretty close growing up. We might have not stayed as close as we get older, but I know if I ever need anyone, they will be right here by my side.

Family sticks together no matter what is going on and they love you unconditionally. I am very blessed to have the family that I have. The older I get the more I appreciate everyone in my life... It is a HUGE blessing!



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Were you a better mother before or after your child?

I think this is a funny question because I don't really think you are a mother until after your children are born. You learn everything about being a mother after they are born and you get to experience motherhood.

Before I was a mom, I was really great with kids. I loved being around them and loved watching them, but it is TOTALLY different after you have kids. You can't give your kids back when you have them and it is YOU being the one that is responsible for them.

So, I think I am a better mother now... because before I just had great qualities that would make a good mom. Now I know what my great qualities are and what ones I need to work on...

Being a parent is the most rewarding thing I have EVER done!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Scariest Moment of your Life

My scariest moments of my life would be by far each ER visit I have to take my daughter to... There have been a few times over her lifetime and each time its very scary thinking my daughter is hurt and needs more help than you can give her.

There is just no worse feeling than watching your daughter go through an ER visit and be right there with her but know you can't help her the way she needs help. The cries and the looks of her being scared are enough to break me down!

Each visit we made it out just fine and with her feeling much better...

Monday, January 5, 2015

What takes your breath away...

BESIDES your husband and kids?

Mine would probably be God and all the nature that is out there for us to enjoy. Looking at the mountain here every time it is out and the clouds are gone is enough to take my breath away every time. It is absolutely amazing.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Do you believe in God?

I grew up in the Episcopal Church and there is one thing we recited during church every Sunday that I believe in... I am not adding one line in there where it says I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. I am not a catholic. I consider myself to be non-denominational. I believe in God and I love the church I go to...

The Nicene Creed:

 We believe in one God,
    the Father, the Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all that is, seen and unseen.
 
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
    the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father.
    Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation
        he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
        he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
        and was made man.
    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
        he suffered death and was buried.
        On the third day he rose again
            in accordance with the Scriptures;
        he ascended into heaven
            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
   He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
        and his kingdom will have no end.
 
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, 
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
    He has spoken through the Prophets.
    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
    We look for the resurrection of the dead,
        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

So, YES, I BELIEVE IN GOD. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My Weight Loss Journey

My Weight Loss Journey has begun... It has begun over and over again with different diets and different things to try, but nothing has gotten me to my goal weight...

Due to a few health issues I have been having, it is time to stick to a plan and make it happen.

I have chosen Weight Watchers. I have done it before in the past and it has worked before, I just didn't stick with it in the past. It is time to start that as well as start with an exercise plan. I will start off slow at first and then work my way up to working out at least 3-5 days a week. I don't want to overdo it at first and then get too exhausted and the desire to quit be there.

I know I can do it and I know I have amazing people backing me up and providing me with support to do what I need to do.

If you are struggling with your weight and you need some motivation, please feel free to email me and I can add you to my Facebook group I made for me and my friends and family... It is a place for us to encourage each other and motivate and walk this struggle together! Because this has been my hardest struggle I have ever taken on as a person!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Live Life... ENJOY LIFE!

Life's Little Instructions by William Snell

Sing in the shower. Treat everyone you met like you would want to be treated. Watch a sunrise at least once a year. Leave the toilet seat in the down position. Never refuse homemade brownies. Strive for Excellence, not Perfection! Plant a tree on your birthday. Learn three clean jokes. Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full. Compliment 3 people every day. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Keep it simple. Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. Floss your teeth. Ask for a raise when you feel you've earned it. Be forgiving of yourself and others. Over tip breakfast waitresses. Say thank you a lot. Say please a lot. Avoid negative people. Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yard. Wear polished shoes. Remember other people's birthday's. Commit yourself to constant improvements. Carry jumper cables in your trunk. Have a firm handshake. Send lots of Valentine's cards and sign them: "Someone things you're terrific." Look people in the eye. Be the first to say hello. Use the gold silver. Return all things you borrow. Make new friends but cherish the old ones. Keep secrets. Sing in a choir. PLANT flowers every spring. Have a dog. Always accept an outstretched hand. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Wave at kids on school buses. Be there when people need you. Feed a stranger's expired parking meter. Don't expect life to be fair. Never underestimate the power of love. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Don't be afraid to say, "I made a mistake." Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know." Compliment even small improvements. Keep your promises (no matter what). Marry only for love. Rekindle old friendships. Count your blessings. Call your mother...

Another quote I love is:

"Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book... write a good one! " - Brad Paisley

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year to all...

Welcome back... It is a new year with many new possibilities that can happen over 365 days. I am looking forward to all the changes that will happen in my life over this next year. 

For today's post I wanted to share a few of my 2015 year goals. I don't use the word resolution, because I always feel like a failure if I don't do what I say I will do in the resolution. Instead I am going to use goals... things that I want to work on with a goal to reach... that way no matter how close I get to this goal, I still moved forward in the right direction!

My first goal is going to be blogging daily for this whole year. Some days it will be easy and then some days it will be harder for me to get the blogs done. I know I can reach this goal, it will just take time and patience on my part to write what is on my mind...

My second goal is one of the biggest goals I have in my life... I want to reach my goal weight. I set small goals along the way so I can reach the smaller goals before the bigger ones and feel proud along the way... It will take me the whole year if not longer to reach my goal, but I will not stop until I get there! Today I made a Facebook group called "A Whole New You" for the ladies in my life that are encouraging and walking the same path as I am and just need an extra push from someone who knows what you are going through. I am excited to start this group and looking forward to starting weight watchers in January and getting into a routine of working out more. 

I hope you all have a very happy New Year and are blessed along the way!

Happy New Year!!!


Here is to 2015... Here is to hoping that each and every one of you has a wonderful 2015 filled with many blessings and love. I don't know about you, but sometimes love is all I need to make it through a really hard day! 

For my family... I am praying for our health to be better in 2015. 2014 has exhausted me with my health and I am ready to have a break from the issues for a little while. I am praying for us to get healthy and be able to do many things that we are not able to do now... I am so looking forward to the new year and praying it will be a better year...