WEEKEND THINGS – A HURRICANE CRASHED MY PARTY

So, you did have Columbus Day off?  We did and we totally enjoyed our three day weekend! Well, except for that whole Hurricane Matthew thing. Boy, we really got smacked a lot harder than we expected. I mean, I KNEW we were going to get rain but I thought the main storm was never even going to even make it into Virginia. Pretty sure the news said it was going to turn hard right at North/South Carolina and turn back around and hit Florida and Georgia again. (Hope ya’ll are okay!!!) But, oh no. It certainly didn…

WHAT DOES FITNESS MEAN TO YOU?

  What is fitness? Everybody has a different definition of fitness. If you asked 5 of your friends what each of them thought fitness meant, you’d end up with 5 different answers. There may be some similarities at the core but the answers would all be different. Because fitness means different things to different people. Fitness, or the quality or state of being fit (gee thanks, Merriam-Webster!), to me is the ability to ACTIVELY participate in my life – whether it be going for a hike with my Sailor, playing with my grandbabies, mowing the grass and…

THE ROLLERCOASTER THAT IS MY LIFE

Okay, so I think there are probably a ton of sayings out there about how life is full of ups and downs, life is a merry-go-round, life is a rollercoaster (hence those ups and downs. please pass the dramamine.), etc, etc, etc. I think this one might be my favorite, though. (tee-hee) source My life has definitely been riding that rollercoaster the past few months, that’s for sure.  I didn’t intend to take a little blogging break, especially since I was just getting back at it. But, sometimes, shit happens and you just…

FRIDAY FAVORITES #1

Hi there! Happy Friday, my friends! 🙂 How has your week been? Mine’s been pretty interesting. Did my first lap swim in almost THREE DECADES!! And, I didn’t drown. #bonus  Which also means I’m still around to share some of my favorites from this past week. #bonusforyou 🙂 Snack Attack Two words –  kale chips. I’m pretty much always late to the party when it comes to delicious snacks but I’m glad I finally decided to knock on the kale chips’ door. YUM! So far…

AVOCADO S’MORES BROWNIES! (yes, avocado. trust me.)

Today is one of the best. days. ever. It’s National S’Mores Day!! Did you even know that S’Mores had their own day? Well, duh, of COURSE they do – they’re S’Mores! And we all want s’more!! #lamejokeattemptnumber1 #sorrynotsorry Now, I happen to love s’mores. LOVE them. And I love going all out with them. I mean, I’m a fan of the traditional graham cracker, hershey bar, toasted marshmallow s’more but, sometimes, I like them a little fancier. You know, with homemade chocolate…

BEAT THE HEAT WITH FLAVOR-INFUSED WATER!

Is this the hottest summer EV-AH? It certainly feels like it! Don’t disagree with me. You know I’m right. It’s flippin’ hot outside. I don’t know what it’s like where you are but where I am, you could bake a cake just by setting it out on the front porch. Seriously. I mean, frying an egg is so old-school. In this kind of heat, you need to make baked goods. source And, because it’s so hot, we’re all super sweaty – don&#8217…

PUMPKIN OATMEAL PROTEIN BARS

So, what’s your normal morning routine? Smack the snooze button 1253 times, run around like a crazy person getting ready for work with barely enough time to grab coffee and a donut/muffin at the convenience store/specialty coffee store on your way in to work? Do you even eat breakfast? Well, with a small amount of prep work on the weekend, now you can grab a healthy and delicious, protein-packed breakfast on your way out of the door. These Pumpkin Oatmeal Protein Bars are super easy to make and definitely yummy to eat! Make a batch…

MY EXPERIENCE WITH WHOLE 30

Let’s talk about Whole 30. Have you heard of it? I’m sure you probably have. But, if you’ve been hiding under a rock and haven’t, you’re probably sitting there going “um, what the heck is Whole 30? I’m totally not going to understand anything she’s talking about.” Well, have no fear! I’ll catch you up – Cliff’s notes style. 🙂 Oh, and if you want to really dig deep, you should go to their website and click around and check it…

CHANGE IS GOOD

Sometimes, a fresh start is just what the doctor ordered. And by doctor, I mean life. And by ordered, I mean NEEDED. So, that’s what I’ve done – given myself a fresh start with my blog. And, I guess I really meant it because I’ve apparently wiped out ALL of my previous blogging history. Like, ALLLLLLLLLL of it. 5 years’ worth of posts and photos and stories and recaps and life – gone. *insert flushing noise here* Oh well, change is good, right? So, if you were looking for a recipe that I posted once upon a time…