Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Full Body Circuit { Workout Wednesday }

Have you ever had one of those weeks when you're not sure what happened, or how, 
but all of a sudden, you catch your breath, turn around, and find out that it is 
already Wednesday?

That is exactly what has happened to me this week. I had no intention of skipping 
workouts on Monday and Tuesday, but somehow, I realize it is now Wednesday
and I've got some catching up to do!

It seems like the perfect time to create a quick, 30 minute, full-body, fat
blasting workout.

All you need is a quick warm up, and this workout, and you will find yourself
right back on track for the week! If you want to, you can even repeat this exact 
workout again on Friday or Saturday.

If you need a more advanced workout, you can go through each group of exercises three 
times and the workout will take you about 45 minutes. 

Remember, warm up for 5 to 10 minutes before beginning this circuit, and make sure to
leave a few minutes after the workout to stretch. 

Give this workout a try and finish this month strong!  
(Yes, tomorrow is October 1st!)

Happy Workout Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Time is flying by and we are knocking on the door of a brand new month.

October is just two days away.

I have always loved quotes and inspirational thoughts, and today I want to share 
ten that I'm loving lately. I would never be able to choose only ten as all time
favorites, so we'll just go with ten that I've seen recently and liked. Deal?

- one -

- two -

- three - 

- four - 

- five -

- six -

- seven -

- eight -

- nine -

- ten -

And one more just because it is too good to leave off my list...

I hope at least one of these quotes speaks to you and leaves you feeling
inspired today.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 28, 2015

One More To Go

Friday night was Homecoming at Miss S's school. We had been planning for this night
for weeks.  We found the perfect suede romper, the perfect necklace, and the perfect

She made sure her hair, her make up and her nails were perfect.

I was holding up just fine until pictures were being taken and then reality hit.

After this homecoming, we only have ONE more high school homecoming.

 I can't and don't want to believe that my baby will be a senior in high school next year!

Just look at these beautiful girls.

How did they grow up so fast?

I'm happy and excited for them as they grow more and more independent and begin
planning their futures, but at the same time I wish time would slow down just a little
bit. I want to hold on to and cherish these memories forever.

After the girls politely posed for mom's to take a few pictures, they headed out
for dinner together. After the ballgame (which we won 40 - 20) they headed to
the Homecoming dance. 

Junior year homecoming has come and gone in the blink of an eye.

I am not even close to ready to think about the fact that Junior/Senior Prom is
coming at the end of this school year. Please time slow down just a little!

This momma isn't ready for her baby to grow up just yet!

Friday, September 25, 2015

First Friday of Fall . . . Friday Favorites

It's that time again. Time to link up with  ErikaNarci, and Andrea for . . .

This week we discovered a new t.v show that the whole family watched together
and enjoyed. Many times, Hubby will watch his show (Criminal Minds,) I will
watch my show (Arrow,) and Miss S will watch her show (Scandal.)

But this week, we watched the first episode of this show together and loved it.

- Favorite new T.V show this Fall -


Blindspot came on Monday night at 9:00. We recorded it and watched it last night
and are already on the edge of our seats waiting for Monday night so we can watch

Jaime Alexander plays the lead female role of Jane Doe and is not only absolutely stunning, 
she is some kind of wonder woman as well.


I haven't loved a female character this much since Gabrielle Anwar in Burn Notice!

- Favorite Lip Color Lately -



The one in the middle is my new favorite. It is called Sultry and is pretty close to
the color by Mac called Craving.


It takes me 30+ minutes to drive to the nearest Mac makeup counter, so I was
thrilled to find a similar color that can be bought at any local drugstore. Much more
convenient. Look at me, saving both time AND money!

- Favorite Fragrance for Fall -

I am loving these fall room fragrance sprays. 

My allergies and sinuses have not been too happy transitioning into fall, so I
haven't been burning my candles like I normally do. This spray is the perfect
alternative. If someone arrives are your front door, or if you just want a quick
burst of fragrance, a couple of sprays is all it takes to freshen things right up.

Trust me, with two dogs in the house, "freshening things up" is a very important
daily ritual!

Speaking of dogs . . .

- Favorite Pet Pic of the Week -

This big boy is 96 pounds of pure love. Yes, he is actually sitting in Miss S's lap and 
is proud of it. He is very jealous that the dachshund is a lap dog and he isn't, so if he 
can catch someone sitting in the floor he will do this every single time!

Well, that wraps up another edition of Friday Favorites.

What new shows are you loving so far this fall?

Does the change in seasons wreak havoc on your allergies/sinuses?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Almost Chili Weather

Today I promised to share my favorite chili recipe, but not only is this recipe my
favorite, it has also been a life changing chili recipe. Let me explain.

For years I never particularly liked chili. Typically most people make chili with big
red kidney beans. I really don't care for kidney beans so, therefore, I never was a
big fan of chili.

Chili is almost a winter staple recipe in the south, and for years I never really
understood the obsession.

One day, when Miss S was about five years old, she was playing at a friends house
and was served chili for dinner. She ate three bowls of chili. My tiny little
five year old ate three bowls! Whaaaa?

Well, as any good mom would do, I asked for the recipe. I had to find out what made
this chili so delicious. You know how picky children can be, so when you find
something they actually enjoy eating, you kind of run with it!

Miss S requested chili for dinner the very next week. Gulp, it looked like I
would be making chili for the very first time.

I pulled out my new chili recipe and headed to the store for ingredients.

Later that night, we had chili for dinner and my opinion of chili was finally

This wonderful chili recipe does not call for kidney beans and the recipe is so very
simple. It can easily be doubled, or even tripled. It can be made on the stove, or in
a crockpot. It is 100% foolproof, and 100% perfect for me.

Today, I want to share the recipe for the chili that changed my life for the better.

I got the recipe from my friend Melissa, who lives in North Alabama, so
therefore, the chili recipe has been lovingly titled "North Alabama Chili."

1 pound lean ground beef 

1 low-sodium Chili seasoning packet

2 cans of low-sodium pinto beans, drained

1 can low-sodium petite diced tomatoes

1 large can tomato sauce

2% milk shredded cheese for topping

That's it! Short, simple, quick, easy, and delicious. Thank you Melissa! Every 
time I enjoy this chili, I will think of my sweet friend.

I've also made this recipe with ground turkey and with venison, so feel free to 
substitute any meat that you prefer. (If you want to make it vegetarian, why not 
add black beans instead of meat?)

It's good topped with a scoop of sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt,) Fritos, or 
tortilla chips, and of course cheese.

All this talk of chili has got me ready to cook up a big batch! Pretty sure
we'll be having chili this weekend. :)

Is chili a staple in your home during cool weather?

What recipes do you make frequently once the weather turns cooler?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Falling For Fall

Just in case you haven't already heard 4,223 times already today....

It's the first day of fall!

In honor of this glorious day, I want to share my fall mantel....

then, and now.

This was my fireplace decor for fall 2014...

This year, I wanted to change it up a little. 

Here is my fall fireplace decor for 2015...

Not Southern Living worthy by any means, but I'm pretty happy with what I came up
with.  Hubby has yet to mention it, so I'm not sure if he hasn't noticed, doesn't care, or
completely hates it, lol!  I'm going to assume that as long as he can see his T.V that he
could care less about the seasonal decor. ;)

Tomorrow, I'll be back to share my favorite chili recipe. For some reason, the
arrival of fall has made me ready to make a big pot of chili!

Do you decorate for fall?

What foods do you enjoy in the fall?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CEU's On My Mind

This post is mainly a "housekeeping" type of post for me. It is quickly
approaching time for me to begin completing CEU's (continuing education
units) to keep my Personal Training Certificate up to date. I have to complete
20 CEU's every two years, and unfortunately the gym where I work does not
contribute any monetary help in this endeavor. 

This post is to help me remember what courses I took in 2014, and to brainstorm
what courses I will begin taking this year to complete by my May 2016 deadline.

Just a warning...

The reality of personal training is about to be exposed.

- Continuing Education courses completed in 2014 -

*  Staying Injury Free   -  7 CEU's   -  $76.25

*  Q & A For Fitness Trainers   -   4 CEU's   -   $35.00

Preventing Back Injuries  -  5 CEU's   -   $56.25

* Fitness For The Older Adult   -  5 CEU's    -   $56.25

Total CEU's  =  21

Total cost for CEU's  =  $223.75

Renewal Fee to ISSA -  $75.00 

Total COST for me   =    $298.75

- Courses I am looking at completing by May 2016 -

Flexibility For Performance  -   5 CEU's    -  $95.00

Effective Strength Training   -   15 CEU's   -   $159.00

20 CEU's  =  $254  ( + $75 to ISSA ) =  $329


Strength Training For Fat Loss   -   13 CEU's   -   $149.00

Boot Camp Complete    -   4 CEU's   -   $99.00

Dynamic Warm Up   -    4 CEU's   -  $89.00 

21 CEU's  =  $337  ( + $75 to ISSA )  =   $412

As of right now, I'm not sure what courses I plan to take. The cost definitely
puts a damper on my motivation to jump into taking courses, especially since
my gym offers no compensation or reward for continuing my education. I have a 
few weeks to browse online CEU catalogs for other courses, but these seem to be
the best that I have seen so far.

If you made it to the end of this post, thanks for reading. I don't intend to whine
or complain about my profession, I'm just sharing the situation that I find myself in.

It does make me curious if other gyms help compensate trainers for continuing
their education, or if it is normal to have to cover all the expense on your own.

I also wonder if it is normal to not see a slight pay increase after receiving more

Just wondering out loud....

Tomorrow (in honor of the FIRST DAY OF FALL)  I'll show you what I've been up to. 
I'll be sharing this year's Fall 2015 mantel and comparing it to last years mantel.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Our Quietish Weekend

Hello and welcome to a brand new week!

Normally on Monday, I recap our weekend, and share a few pics along the way, 
but this weekend was a bit on the quiet side for me. It shouldn't take too long 
to skim through the details.

Friday evening my sweet, wonderful parents delivered dinner to my house. They know 
I've been battling "the crud" for a couple of weeks now, and wanted to do something to 
help me out. It sure was nice this weekend to have meals already prepared and in 
the fridge ready to "heat and eat." No more hearing the dreaded question...."What are
we going to eat?"

On Saturday afternoon, I actually made it out of the house for a little while.

This little cutie had her check up appointment at the vet on Saturday afternoon, so I
rode with Miss S for the check up. I'm happy to report that she is healthy and happy,
and won't be due another check up for six months.

Saturday evening, Miss S was at a friend's birthday party, and Hubby and I were
going to spend a quiet evening at home. Well, that went south about 8:16 p.m. About
two seconds into the Alabama game, I knew the quiet evening had come and gone!
I told Hubby that no ballgame was worth a heart attack, and excused myself to a quieter
part of the house! I am loving my new "who really cares" attitude about this football
season. It makes Saturday's much less stressful! (and apparently I have picked a good
season to adopt this new attitude, ha!)

Sunday morning, we were planning to go to church. I was up and getting ready when
all of a sudden I turned white as a sheet and a feeling of exhaustion flooded over me.
I knew right then that church wasn't going to happen for me. I layed down on the couch
and slept for almost two hours! When I woke up, I was feeling better, thank goodness.

I spent the rest of the day doing very little. I started taking Zyrtec-D hoping it will
help relieve some of my sinus pressure. 

Today is the 6th day that I've been on antibiotics, so I'm going to give it and the
Zyrtec-D combination a little more time before I head back to the doctor, but I sure
am ready to be well! Enough is enough. I've got a life to live, and family to care for!

I also plan to use home remedies like these for the sinus pressure...

Are you jealous of how I'll be spending my Monday? ;)

How are you starting off your week?

I hope when I pop in tomorrow, I'll be able to say, "I'm cured!"

Fingers crossed...

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Favorites

Before I get started with my favorite things from the week, I must tell you quickly
about one of my least favorite things. In yesterday's post I mentioned that I was 
cooking chicken in the crock pot for dinner. 

Crock Pot Beer Chicken

Hubby has grilled "beer can chicken" on the grill many times and it is always
delicious. I was hoping this would be similar and something I could easily do without 
bothering him to fire up the grill. I used this recipe, but was very disappointed in how 
it turned out. While it was cooking, it made the house smell horrible. I kept thinking the 
beer smell would go away, but it never did! :(

The chicken turned out very tender and could be cut with a fork, but there was no
denying the beer taste. Sadly, this recipe was not a keeper for me. 

Just a reminder that you can't trust everything you find on Pinterest!

Let's move on to Friday Favorites!

I'm linking up with I'm linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea.

- one - 

Our favorite hummus...

Miss S enjoys hers with pita chips, and I usually have mine with veggie slices.

- two -

 Portable quacamole. Perfect lunch box sized portion.

And no waiting for avocados to ripen!

- three -

Miss S and I found this adorable owl at Hobby Lobby last Saturday. We hung
it above her closet doors in her room and every time we go in her room now, 
this little cutie makes us smile.

- four -

I was cooking dinner on Wednesday night and looked over to find my little
buddy watching me very carefully. He's my constant sidekick and is never more
than a few steps away.

- five -

A friend shared this on facebook this week and it made me laugh. This
is a pretty accurate description for our weather right now.

- six -

Miss S is quite the little fashionista! She has the gift of looking fabulous in
everything she wears. (She gets the gift from my mom. Apparently the gene skips
a generation, ha!)

This is one of my favorite things she wore this week. What a cutie!

Well, this guy is telling me it's time to wrap up this post and give him
some attention. He won't stand for being ignored another second.

Wishing you a happy Friday!

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