Apr 16, 2014

That time I thought the world was going to end....




I'm not usually one to buy into doomsday predictions, but when things get weird I get a panicky.
so when my co-workers husband text her to go outside and look at the sun because it looked strange, I high tailed it outside and did what every American would do....

Take a picture and post it on Social Media





Freaky, right?


Turns out this is a totally normal thing....and if it's on the internet it must be true!
According to my trusty  WIKIPEIDA LINK A halo is a phenomenon produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky.

Cool! It's scientific, the world isn't about to end and we can all go back to regular programing. 
I really wish I had my camera with me today!!


Have you guys ever seen something like this?


Mar 31, 2014

Someday



Every Monday I post a motivational saying on my job's business Facebook page.
I take note of what is going on in our office and try to post something relevant to what is going on.

This week it applied to myself more than anyone else.



I have not been working out the past few weeks. Still eating mostly clean and I haven't gained any weight. But I haven't lost any either. I have had a rough few weeks healthwise. I have been waking up feeling completely exhausted (like I had not just had 8 hours of sleep), plus some other symptoms that point to thyroid issues. Luckily over the past 5 days I have been feeling a lot better, like a fog has been lifted.  It made me realize exactly how crappy I have been feeling. 

So after an awesome weekend I am ready to start over on my work outs.
I plan on cutting back the running and incorporating more weights. I would still love to run a half this year - if anything I am hoping for the Philadelphia Rock n Roll in September. Right now it's all about breaking through this damn plateau I have been stuck at FOR TO LONG and finally feel confident in a bikini this summer.  I have come a long way but I'm not done yet!

I work 45+ hours a week, have a family and a home to take care off. Sometimes it feels completely impossible to everything done. But it's about making time right?

So here is my plan:

Work out in the mornings before work.
This means sacrificing morning time with my daughter, however - it's staying light until 8:00pm.
There is more than enough time to do stuff when we are home. Last week we hit the park for an hour on the way home. Luckily I start work at 9:30am so I can drop her off at daycare for breakfast and head to the gym - which is one block from my work! I am planning on 4-5 days at the gym.

Run on the weekends.
The weekends I plan on running outdoors with the jogging stroller. My daughter has been asking to start going back out again on the weekends. Plus we can go the long way around and stop at a park on the way back!

Stay consistent with eating.
For the most part I have been on point with my meal prep, but there were few times I didn't do it and I ate badly (because when I'm buried in paperwork I need something now!). Again, I didn't gain weight - but I wasn't helping myself either. I need to plan my meals and snacks for work every week, plus dinner with my family. 



So there you have it.
What tips do you guys have for working out on a busy schedule?



Mar 24, 2014

Battle of Narcoosee Mills - Civil War Reenactment


I'm secretly a bit of a history nut. I actually like going to museums and historical places.
No shame in my game! Luckily my husband thinks the same way (my 3 year old doesn't have a choice - i'm hoping she will love too).

I have wanted to check out this re enactment for few years now and this year we were finally able to go!  It did not disappoint. The event was very well organized, there were plenty of seats and room for people to view the battle without over crowding. We went on the second day, which may be why it was a little quieter but we enjoyed it.

There were booths set up with vendors from all over selling period toys and games, clothing, accessories and food. We got a copy of the Constitution and some replica confederate money.
Overall it was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
 













My favorite picture from the day




Have you guys ever been to a civil war reenactment?
What did you think?



Mar 18, 2014

An open letter, or rant if you will.....

I haven't been posting on here regularly for a couple of weeks now. Not because I haven't had anything worthy of posting. Quite the opposite. I have had an extremely busy few weeks living life.

Honestly I have become a little disenchanted with the blogging world. I logged on to bloglovin and literally skipped over 3 days worth of postings and read maybe two posts from the same blogger.
Why? I am bored of seeing post after post of women pushing free crap, sponsored posts for this product and that product, recipes for bizarre food combos because of a sponsored product.


My blog is not big by any stretch of the imagination. But I'm proud of it because I have 2 years of my life documented. I have ventured into sponsoring and had mixed experiences. Everyone is so focused on growing their blogs, with page views and followers - surely that impacts real life. I will never let this blog take away anytime from my child, my husband or my actual life.

Call me jaded but I am loosing interest in bloggers who merely blog for the sake of making money and hocking free crap. I'm sure it's great, getting all those freebies but I think once a blogger switches to solely blogging for income that blog looses its voice, its direction. Give me the small blogs with the women sharing real life struggles, real life highs and lows.


I remember when I first discovered blogging. I found a blog and over 2 weeks read the whole thing. I read about the births of her children, her struggles and her triumphs and I remember thinking how powerful a blog could be. That is why I started my blog.

What inspired you guys to start blogging?



Feb 28, 2014

Finish the sentence!!

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This is one of my favorite links ups - I'm so glad Jake and Holly decided to bring it back! We asked and the blog gods answered ya'll.



1. I always pick… something healthy off the menu when we go out to eat, then steal fries from my husband's plate...

2. Look at the size of those... sangrias...said by me last week at a Mexican restaurant. I had two (it was happy hour).

3. I recently learned.... that Frozen is a completely awesome movie!!

4. Only when no one is looking... do I take selfies....

5. I lost my.... shit A LOT this week. I need to bake my husband and kid one of these:







6. I was certain I'd… by now be making mucho money, own a home and 2 nice cars and basically have my shit together. It's a work in progress

7. There is not enough liquor in the world for me to... listen to Justin Bieber

8. I just finished... a rice cracker and chocolate peanut butter. I'm still hungry. Surprise Surprise. 

9. Why does everyone have to be... annoying lately. Or maybe it's just me. See number 5.

10. It's very rare when I... get any time to myself. A trip to Tar-Jay is like a vacation. I love my husband and kid but I also love silence and getting to eat a cake pop all to myself. See number 5.

11. If I were a dog... I would want to be my puppy. She sleeps ALL DAY. Then when we get home she runs around for 30 mins and naps some more.

12. I don't believe... in coincidences. Or wine coolers.




Feb 23, 2014

Around the world in an afternoon



I live 20 minutes from all the Orlando area attractions - Seaworld, Universal Studios and Disney.
My parents got us an annual pass to Disney and it's such a novelty to be able to go when ever we want. Last weekend we went to Epcot and I really wanted to explore the park, rather than just do the rides and wait in line all day. 

There are two parts to Epcot, first half with the rides such as Test track and Soarin'

Then there is the world showcase. A big loop around the lake featuring some of the worlds countries. We had such an amazing time exploring the different countries. There was lots of cool stuff tucked away in the back that we didn't know was there. 


There is a Coca Cola room where you can sample different coke products from around the world.
There were a group of guys doing the "Beverly" challenge. Beverly is the product from Italy and it is very bitter. The challenge is to see how many cups you can drink. Keep in  mind the size of the cups - they are basically the size of a shot glass. The guy who won managed to drink 6. That's how bitter the drink is! My favorite is the Pineapple flavor one from Greece.















So there you have it, around the world in an afternoon.