Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What I Ate Wednesday

It's probably just because I'm really nosey, but I love finding out what people do everyday and what people have on the menu. I'm always asking my sister what she's making for dinner! The day-in-the-life posts are some of my favorites to read. A lot of it is curiosity, but it's also good for inspiration. 

It was really fun to document what I ate on this day, which was not actually a Wednesday - but I'm sharing it on a Wednesday. Typically, I'm really flexible on my calorie intake. Ideally I'll have a deficit. I do eat more on days I'm exercising more. I also have Hypoglycemia, so I have to really be in tune to my body and not hesitate to eat when I'm feeling low. I know the symptoms by now, and I can gauge how long I have to get something in my stomach. 

Breakfast
I literally eat this breakfast every day. I've learned that peanut butter with my breakfast is excellent for keeping my blood sugar regulated and feeling full until lunch. I have whole wheat toast (usually Dave's Killer Bread or Ezekiel Bread) topped with homemade peanut butter and a fruit. Most days I eat a banana on the toast, but this day I had an apple. 490 Calories

Not my plates or my counters! My mom and I exercised before work and I got ready at her house. I got her making her own peanut butter too, so I was happy to see she had some and I could eat my typical breakfast. 


Snack 
I was so thirsty on my way to a work appointment! I saw there wasn't a line at Chick-Fil-A and grabbed a half sweet/half unsweet tea (my fav) and one of their fruit cups. I love their fruit cups! It's kind of pricey, but the fruit is so cold and crunchy. Fruit isn't usually a go-to snack for me because it burns off so quickly. I either have to eat a lot of it or in conjunction with hummus or peanut butter. But I wasn't worried about that too much today because I was feeling balanced. 165 Calories


Lunch
My client consultation took much longer than I anticipated so I was really glad I got that fruit cup. Typically I take my lunch to work, but out of convenience I made it a Chipotle day. My co-worker was super jealous and I felt bad I didn't offer to bring him anything. 

I get the same thing every time! A bowl, with brown rice (1 scoop though!), black beans, chicken, mild salsa, guac and lettuce. I really don't understand why guacamole costs extra. Chipotle only has like 5 toppings, so they should take the money they save from that and give you the guac. Whatever, I order it anyway. 670 Calories

Dinner
For Dinner we made these delicious Greek Pita Pizzas from the Skinnytaste cookbook! They tasted great and they were super colorful. They were kind of physically heavy to hold when you loaded them up with the veggies. We try to do meatless meals throughout the week, and this one is a new favorite. It's totally up my alley - I love greek salads and hummus..and pita! Plus these are only 195 Calories. You could easily make two, but I was actually really full after one.


I rounded out the day with 1520 calories, which is basically my target to consume if I'm not going to exercise that day. It was kinda fun to document my food for you. I'm fairly pleased with this day's diet! I'm working on eating more plant based foods and drinking water. It can be so hard to eat thoughtfully when you're on the go! 

Leave a comment below if you like to read about other people's days and meals! Are you nosey like me? And do you tend to eat and order the same foods all the time?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Time For A Change: Master Bedroom Make-Over

Before Blake and I got married in 2010, my parents helped me move all of my furniture to what was going to be my new house. I didn't have a lot of furniture, but I did have a great bedroom suite that I loved. And since Blake was still using his childhood set...it was a good thing I did. 

We loaded it up on my Pop's trailer and moved it in. It made it all in one piece! I picked the wall I wanted the bed on and happily made it with the sheet set we had just gotten at our wedding shower. My friends had helped us paint the room the week before, and as soon as I got the furniture in there, it was the first room I 'finished' in the house.



Aside from a new comforter set a little down the line, that room hasn't changed at all! But, after 7 years we thought it was time for a change! That's not unusual for me. I'm always thinking about what I want to update and what I want move around. While I would have liked to change this room up, there were other areas of the house I felt needed more immediate attention. It wasn't until Blake said something about moving our furniture around that I actually entertained the idea.

We talked about how we could rearrange the furniture, but there was really only one way we could actually see it working. After thinking about it I knew that would mean a lot more work than I felt like doing. If we were going to rearrange, we would need to move the tv, and that would require patching some holes, which would mean painting...

It just seemed like a lot of work and we both agreed just to leave it as it was. Then, I made a huge mistake! I complained about the TV in our bedroom. It's really small, and I was actually having a really hard time reading any of the titles on Netflix without my glasses. I know I'm going to fall asleep 10 minutes into the movie anyway so I did not want to wear my glasses in bed! First world problems!

Anytime I complain about our technology Blake takes it as permission to upgrade! He found a great deal on a 4K TV, but it was going to be too big for the spot the old tv was in. All of this is the long story leading up to why we finally decided to change our room up! 

Before we bought the TV we made sure the configuration of the room was actually going to work. We loved it! The room was more functional and we both felt like the change was good for us mentally. It did feel weird the first night because we actually ended up switching sides of the bed. 


After moving things around it was clear that it was the perfect time to paint. The problem was I had NO idea what color to pick. I usually have such vision for this type of thing, but I was drawing a blank. I knew I wanted to go more neutral, but whether that was gray or beige, I didn't know. The linen curtains and bench are beige, so, beige walls might make everything fade away. But do beige and gray actually go together? 

Obviously I overthink everything. I ended up asking some friends for advice and Chabeli sent me this color palette which exactly represented what I wanted. Both beige and gray were in there, and navy is the color I gravitate toward for bedding. Now choosing between the light gray and the one to the right of it was the next challenge, so thank you to Laura and Chabeli for helping me with that! 


It took almost a whole day to get everything painted. Everytime we take on a painting project, I swear I'm going to hire someone next time! I hate cutting in, and with paneled walls there is a lot of that. But I could not be happier with this color! I kept saying how much I love it. I'm glad I had this palette to go off of, because the color is actually called Retro Colonial Blue, and I was going for a gray-so I don't think I would have picked it myself. 










One of my favorite additions to this room is this leaner mirror from Target. I had to drive an hour and a half to a store that still had one in stock, but I'm so happy I did! It fits perfectly on the wall between our walk in closet and our bathroom. We had a little mirror on the wall there before, but this is such an upgrade! 

The TV will go on the wall opposite the bed. I had a few wedding pictures blown up on that wall, but I decided not to relocate them when we took them down. Less is more! We also need to cover the cord hanging off the wall by the bathroom. It wasn't a problem before because that's where our tall dresser and TV were. 

I'm not usually a fan of covering a window with a bed, but sometimes that's just how the room works best. It's actually been really nice not to close the blinds every day. No one can see in, and we get natural light in the mornings. 

Our master bathroom can also use a paint job. It's was redone before I was in the picture and still looks really nice. I would just prefer a more airy color in there since there isn't a window and it can get quite dark. I would SO rather hire someone to do it for me, but it's such a small space I actually think it wouldn't be that bad. 


Leave a comment below with how long you could go before changing up a room! Do you often hesitate to take on a project imagining how much work it will be? And do you also struggle with picking out paint colors?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Just 5 Things

Blogging definitely falls to the bottom of my to-do list when things get busy! I need to get better at scheduling content so I don't fall off the face of the earth like that. I thought I'd share Just 5 Things that we've been up to.

Amelia Island
I have a friend that vacations at Amelia Island every year, and she always talks about how great it is. I had NO idea how much I'd love it. Blake's aunt and uncle have a house there now and they invited us to stay there when we were picking up a friend at the Jacksonville airport. *sigh* I did not want to leave. It's the Florida I love. We spent the evening watching the sunset on the deck, and explored a bit of Fernandina Beach - which is the cutest place I've ever seen.

We can't wait to go back, and are already hoping to spend our anniversary there next year. It's still too cold to swim in the ocean, but we loved walking on the beach and getting a little sun on our faces. We were talking about how the beach is such a healing place, and I found this scripture: "Light is sweet, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun." - Ecclesiastes 11:7




Winston is getting fixed this week. 
Little guy isn't so little anymore! He is such a great dog, and being able to train him from early on made a huge difference. Winston is coming up on 9 months old! He is definitely ready to get fixed. We are looking forward to it calming him down a bit. It'll be interesting because they will have to make 2 incisions, because one of his testicles never made it out of his belly. Kinda weird and I've learned a lot more about that stuff than I ever thought I would. He is going to be so mad at us! 


Disney Pins
Yet another ploy by Disney to take all of my money. But, I still fell for it. You see people all the time trading and collecting pins at the parks, but I was never tempted by it. We were walking around Epcot last time we visited and I saw some really neat pins! I have a little Vera Bradley backpack for the parks and I thought a pin or two would look cute on it. I picked up a Star Wars pin and one with Carl and Ellie on it. I thought I was done...but then! I found the whole world Disney pins on Ebay! There is a pin for every occasion. It's crazy. I did a little hunting and found the cutest Pug pin ever to go with my teeny collection. It's Percy from Pocahontas sitting on a pillow. It's so cute!! And that ends my buying of pins. I'm good with 3. 


I finally saw Beauty and the Beast.
I have been wanting to see Beauty and the Beast! I loved the animated version as a kid, and Belle was my favorite princess for awhile. Blake was not interested in taking me at all, and I wasn't sure if I was going to get to see it in the theater or wait till it comes out to rent. I ended up needing to stay at my mom's house over night last week, so I bought us tickets. We went to the nice AMC with the recliners, bought popcorn and put M&Ms in it, and loved every second of the movie. It was so good! I will say I absolutely hated the part at the end when the Beast growled as a human. Duh-umb. 

I liked all the the new bits they added, and the new songs. I can't get the songs out of my head!



I unsubscribed from junk mail. 
We I did my big declutter a few months ago I made sure to think of every area of our lives and what I could get rid of. A big help was unsubscribing to email junk mail and newsletters. I love that empty inbox! So it really bugged me when our actual mailbox was filled with junk every day. We might get 3 envelopes a week that actually mean something. I was listening to The Minimalist podcast and they mentioned this website. There are tips on how to unsubscribe from junk mail and even how to opt out of receiving phone books! It may take a few weeks to kick in, but I'm really interested to see how this cuts down on the mail we get every day. 

That's a super good podcast by the way, if you are interested in intentional living. They've got good suggestions! I like listening to podcasts that are motivational and that teach me something. It makes my commute a little more productive. 

After a very busy 2 weeks, we were so happy to spend our Sunday afternoon like this: 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5 Things I'd Do Differently At My Wedding - Guest Posting!


Chabeli is someone I can always count on to get my creative juices flowing! I'm not just saying that because we share a last name. You've seen her amazing photography on my blog for months, so I'm thrilled to be guest posting on her blog today! 

Head on over to read the 5 things I'd do differently at my wedding if I were to do it all over again. Then get nosy and go through all of the gorgeous weddings they've shot recently! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Homemade Glass Cleaner & Room Refresher Recipes

I have a sneaking suspicion that when I started cleaning houses for extra money, I started developing a chemical sensitivity. It can't be all that good for you to breathe in harsh fumes on such a regular basis. Bath & Body Works candles and Febreeze plug-ins that I used to love, now give me a terrible head-ache. Have you noticed even Swiffer Sweeper pads are scented? 

The problem is that I LOVE to have a candle burning and for my laundry to smell great! (and with 3 pugs, I really need febreeze!) I started diffusing essential oils as a compromise. Everybody seems like they are on the essential oil train right now and I was super skeptical about the whole thing. I'm definitely not one to do something just because everyone is doing it. 

Admittedly, I am a total believer now. I ended up buying 2 diffusers and have one in my Amazon cart for the car. The scents are so nice and it's awesome that it's a natural scent, free of chemicals. No headaches! 

It's honestly so overwhelming to read about essential oils. There are so many different oils and they can be used for so many different things! I was really hesitant to try anything other than diffusing, just because I wasn't even sure where to start. 

When I ran out of Windex I thought it was a good opportunity to test out a homemade glass cleaner recipe I pinned a while back. To say I'm obsessed with it sounds so dramatic, but I kind of am. I'll put it this way: I tested out the cleaner on the front mirror in our living room, and it worked so well I went on to clean every mirror and glass surface in our house. Including all of the windows and picture frames in the house. I was actually looking for things to clean! 

That gave me the confidence to make a mock Febreeze spray too. I've been so impressed, so I thought I'd share the recipes with you to try out. You'll feel like such a chemist in your laboratory mixing these concoctions up! 


Glass Cleaner
1/4 cup white vinegar 
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
2 cups water
1 tbs cornstarch 
10 drops essential oil (scent of your choice)
You'll need a glass spray bottle, funnel and a way to label your bottle. 
(I used this spray bottle and this label)
You must shake the bottle before each use. I've used mirror cloths and paper towels and it's always streak free. 

Room Spray
1/4 cheap vodka
20 drops essential oil (scent of your choice)
Fill the rest with water. 
Shake before use. 

I made a citrus room spray, but lavender would be really nice for your linens. I'm going to use these bottles and make smaller lavender sprays for our bedroom and guest room. 

Next up is making a furniture polish, bathroom cleaner and playing around with floor cleaners. Now that I know it's this easy and cheap, I'm ready to start experimenting more! I'm confident in the glass cleaner to start taking it with me to clean other people's houses - in fact, I wish I could go back to the house I did last week and redo their mirrors...

Leave a comment below if you've ever made your own cleaners! I'd love to hear your variations of these recipes, or if you have a tried and true formula for other cleaners. Are you into essential oils too, or skeptical like I was?
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Friday, March 31, 2017

A Quick Little DIY

While our neighbors are sprucing up their flower beds and their lawns are starting to green up, we are the last ones the block to make an effort. We have 2 massive oak trees that shed their leaves at the first sign of spring, and then a few weeks later they shed these horrible pollen pods. So it's actually pointless to do anything until that's over. I've wasted a good amount of money re-mulching the beds just to have them ruined by 4 gazillion brown leaves. 

I'm being patient this year! The spring cleaning bug still bit me, so I'm trying to do the few things I can do while I wait. I've done some hedge trimming, minor pressure washing and the quick DIY I'm sharing today! 

My parents always had a killer backyard when I was growing up. My dad slaved over it and we had some really fun BBQ's back there. They sold my childhood home about 2 years ago and moved into a condo. They didn't need outdoor furniture anymore, and while some of it stayed with the house, I inherited these 2 adirondack chairs. 

They were kinda weathered when I got them, but after another year out in the sun they were looking pretty bad. I knew I needed to paint them a long time ago, but finally got around to it this week. 

Picking a color was so challenging! I had a look in mind, but when you get to that wall of paint samples at Lowes...it's mind boggling. I actually ran into a friend at the paint counter and she was really helpful. I went with Sherwin Williams HGTV Home 'Seafarer'

Before
After


These chairs were in our backyard, but I decided to replace the wicker set that was on our front porch. The wicker set has been fine, but they actually required quite a bit of upkeep for something we rarely sit on. This works so much better!

I'm obviously going for the beach vibe, even though we live a solid hour and a half from the coast. Actually I have a whole front porch makeover planned for the future. We've got to replace the wrought iron railings and columns. But for now I'm happy with the refresh!
I've got these two pieces from Amazon picked out to complete the look. I may even add some outdoor curtains to the side of the porch? (Like this?) Ever since a Realtor described our house as a bungalow, I'm kind of obsessed with the idea. Curtains would add such a beachy look, but it would also give us privacy from our extremely nosey neighbors! Seriously the one across the street literally looks out her window all day and comments on the most specific things we've been up to. Ah, small town probs.

Leave a comment below if you started your spring cleaning! Or if you're the last one on the block to do anything like us. Do you have a hard time picking out paint colors too? Tell me I'm not alone!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5 Things That Make Me Kind of A Weirdo

My favorite type of blog posts to read are the ones where people get real. The behind-the-scenes photos or the embarrassing stories...I love that! We live in an Instagram world where we only get to see the highlight reel. That's why I love those glimpses into people's real lives! We are all seeking to connect with others and not feel super different or weird. 

I thought I'd share a few things with you today that make me weird! I'm putting myself out there, so ya'll have to return the favor and comment below with what makes you a little odd too. 

I gag when I brush my teeth.
I've been brushing my teeth for almost 27 years and I still gag every time. Sometimes it's just a little and other times my husband can't stop laughing at me because he can hear it in the other room. This is totally genetic because my sister has always been a gagger too. (Is gagger a word?) For me it's usually textures and smells that make me gag, but when I'm brushing my teeth it's because of the toothpaste and brushing my tongue at the same time that causes it.

I love riding with my feet on the dash, but absolutely hate it when other people do. 
There is nothing like kicking off your shoes, propping your feet up on the dashboard and leaning the seat back when you are going to be in the car for awhile...except when you do it. I absolutely hate seeing people's feet on their dashboards when driving around. But, I can do it and it doesn't bother me. I realize this doesn't make any sense.

I have an actual phobia of cotton balls.
I honestly feel sick just writing about this. The texture of cotton balls makes my skin crawl and my stomach flip. I actually tear up when I open a pill bottle and see that it has a cotton ball in it. I can't touch it or I will throw up. It's kinda like nails on a chalkboard, or a fork scratching a plate. The thought of them is so cringey. It's probably mostly a texture thing, but even the thought of them alone makes me shiver. Cotton rounds are a bit different for me, and that's what a use to take off my nail polish. They just have to be soaking wet with acetone for me to feel okay. It's so weird and I totally regret writing this post now.

Dolphins give me anxiety.
Okay, so this one stems from an experience. I was kayaking with my friend and we came upon some dolphins. It's a movie moment, but instead of feeling amazed by nature I was so overcome with worry about being surrounded by them in a little kayak that I still have dread when I see a dolphin. I just have this feeling that they'd turn on you. It's like clowns for some people. They are supposed to be all happy and cheery, but a lot of people feel like they are secretly evil. That's me with dolphins! Even when I see them in an aquarium I feel a bit anxious. 

I imagine my furniture in every home I go into. 
I guess this is just a testament to how my brain works. Every time I go into a new house, (which is often since I work in Real Estate and clean houses for extra money.) I imagine all of my belongings and furniture in there as if I was going to move in. It may have started as an mental exercise when I started my job, but now I just do it every time I'm in a new house. I think about where our couch would fit, where the tv would go and if I'd have to get rid of something or buy new stuff. If I'm not imagining my own furniture, I'm mentally moving the existing furniture and redecorating. To all my real-life friends reading this, yes, I've done it at your house! 

It's my hope that reading this made you feel a little less weird yourself, or maybe you feel connected to me now! Please leave a comment below letting me know I'm not alone and that you love reading about other people's real lives. 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Disney Date Night




 (Pants are brand new, top was last season, and the rest of the items are much older)

I don't think we could have picked a better weekend to visit Disney! We love the parks, but have learned to avoid them from May to September or October. (Unless it's a water park!) My favorite times to visit are in March and October. Although summer lasts a lifetime in Florida, the nights in the parks can get pretty cold in January or February. By March it's starting to warm up but not brutal yet. This past weekend had high temperatures in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Perfect Disney weather!

This is what I wore on our little date night on The Boardwalk. We ate at Trattoria al Forno, which is a delicious Italian place - this was our first time there. We had a great waiter and we ate off his recommendations. I didn't really love that they sat us so close to the next table over. I know they are trying to pack as many as possible in there. I can't help but eavesdrop anyway, so that made it really hard not to! The couple to the right of us had us cracking up. The guy did not believe his girlfriend that Jim is short for James...he was flabbergasted. It was hysterical! But we couldn't really laugh, or we'd look like creeps.

Before heading to dinner we explored our hotel a bit, and I fell in love with all of the fountains! We stayed at The Swan, which was great. The Dolphin never disappoints either, and I like that you are free to roam around both hotels. 

After dinner we walked The Boardwalk, which is such a pleasure. I love staying on The Boardwalk because it's so convenient to get into Epcot through the back entrance, and there is always fun stuff to look at along The Boardwalk. One day I'm going to rent one of those 4 seater bikes!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My All Time Favorite Girl Movies

I was reflecting today on just how much your spouse can influence you over the years. My husband loves all things nerdy and Sci-fi. My interest in that sort of thing was never very high! I saw a handful of superhero movies before we met, but it was mostly because my guy-friends wanted to go see it. After marrying Blake, we only go to the movies if it's a new Marvel movie, Sci-Fi film, or the latest Star Wars movie! I will admit, I've totally jumped on board and love those types of movies too. (Minus James Bond, I can't stand those movies...but we can talk about that in the comments!) 

While Back to the Futureand Indiana Jones totally top my favorites list, I still have love for the chick-flick! I wanted to share a list of my all time favorite girly movies, the ones I can't get my husband to watch with me! 




Father Of The Bride
This movie goes down as my all-time-favorite. We had the VHS growing up, and I watched it about a thousand times. It's such a cute movie, and totally inspired my love of weddings to this day. It's pretty 90's, but that makes it even more fun to watch now! I also loved Father of the Bride 2!

I'm talking about the 1998 version with Lindsay Lohan. I can literally quote this entire movie. My sister and I watched it SO many times. I can remember reading my teen-magazine and finding out that there was only one actress playing the part of the twins-and I still think that CGI holds up. It's a classic that I can picture watching with my niece in a few years. She will have to deal with me quoting the whole thing, because I can't help it. (I have class, and you don't

This is turning into my favorite childhood movies...but! I still love them all! The Princess Diaries stands out because my dad actually took me to the theater to see it. I had read the book and talked him into taking me. It's such a cute movie, although I remember thinking it was different than the book. I love Julie Andrews, and Anne Hathaway was perfect in the role too. Still one I can watch over and over!

Another VHS I wore out! Ever After is such a sweet movie, and I think it's still timeless. Anjelica Huston is an excellent Evil Stepmother, and I think Drew Barrymore is so cool as a 90's feminist Cinderella. 

I can't even explain why I love this movie so much. It's a cute story, and a fascinating idea. Blake Lively does a great job, especially in the scene where she is playing the mother of an elderly daughter. It's kind of mind boggling, but believable. Her outfits are SO great too. and her hair...Also the actor who plays a young Harrison Ford is a dead ringer! In fact I heard it was this video that got him the part

So this movie isn't exactly girly, in fact Blake loves it too. But it's on this list because I love it so much. Owen Wilson is not my favorite actor, but he does so well with this character. It's set in Paris, and the story is just so cute. I love the history included and we laugh so hard at Paul. 

Leave a comment below if your husband makes you watch nerd movies too! I want to hear about your favorite girl movies or if one of the more nerdy/sci-fi movies are at the top of your list!

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