Daily Archives: August 9, 2017

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Hello friends!

What a busy summer it was! I can hardly believe that some of the schools in my area began yesterday! As life seems to get more and more busy, I keep coming back to trying to simplify as much as possible.  I do what I can to keep things easy-peasy around my house.  If it takes too long to do something, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will do what I can to find a way to make it less complicated and more user friendly!
On that note I have a slightly funny story to tell you all!  You may have seen me post over the last few weeks about the Hive Home system on social media or read about it here.  Here is a little recap of me setting up my thermostat.

So when I went to set up my thermostat, I read over the directions multiple times, I looked at a few Youtube videos and gained confidence that I would be able to set this all up with no complications! I had to shut off the power to our house to make sure I was not going to electrocute myself during this process! I was feeling pretty good about myself as I looked at the old thermostat and was so ready to be done with it!

I removed the old thermostat and I got the tools set to install the new one.  The thermostat came with a nice plate to mount behind the thermostat, and I decided to use it so I did not have to do any more painting!  So out came my pink power drill, hammer and the screws.  I got the plate all mounted and then got the thermostat attached to the mount.  Next I had to connect the wires to the right places so that everything would work! After I turned the power back on I came in and it looked like everything was working right! I set up the thermostat on the hub with my app, and I was good to go.  Well at least for a little while.

I was feeling pretty confident with myself and my job.  It looked like everything was going according to plan! A few hours later our house started to feel a bit warm.  I played around with the settings but it was not sending out cool air. Oh dear!  So the next day it was still warm and I called someone to come check it out.  He was super kind and gracious! It turns out there was a wire issue with how things were attached in the attic!! Oh my I was so glad it was a simple fix!  After the issues we had last year with our A/C, I really did not and to have to deal with an issue that would cost thousands of dollars again!

So, even though we had a few issues getting things set up, I was really proud of myself for doing what I could to get the thermostat installed!  I am also SO thankful that within a few hours of our A/C guy coming out, our house was back to normal!

Since we installed the thermostat it has been wonderful! It has been so simple to use the app to change the temperature in the house when we want to.  When we are gone during the day I can make it a little warmer.  Right before I leave work I change it cooler and it is nice and cool by the time I get home.  Our electric bill has also been lower even in the hottest month of the year! I can’t wait to see how it continues to affect our bill in a positive way!



Have you heard of HIVE Home system before?
How would controlling your thermostat while you are away from home benefit your life?


May you be filled with joy and health!









Wild Workout Wednesday- Vegas Style

Hello wonderful friends! Happy Wednesday!

Summer is winding down, and I have mixed feelings about it.  I love the carefree days and all the fun summer brings, but I also love the structure that the school year brings.
This summer my workout schedule has been a bit crazy.  With all the traveling, pet sitting all over town, different work activities my workouts have not looked the same as they typically do!
My trip to Vegas for Blogfest brought a whole new level of workouts!  One thing I love about Idea World convention is the wide variety of workouts that are offered!  There is a workout that fits everyone’s style, and new workouts I had never heard of!
Being a part of BlogFest we were able to participate in 2 really fun workouts that were only for our group.  On Thursday afternoon we were led in a fun workout by Strong by Zumba.  It was really interesting to hear how they create the music for the program and they create the music to match the different moves.  It was a jam packed class full of energy coming from my friends as well as the instructors!  The workout itself was a combination of lots of moves in a HIIT style.
Despite my healing injuries, I was able to do most of the workout 🙂

Friday morning we had another group workout! Propel sponsored a sculpting class workout.  It reminded me a combo between yoga and barre class.  It was a great start to the day.


Friday afternoon I had the opportunity to do a workout with Kaisa that was sponsored by Vital proteins. After following her in Instagram seeing all her incredible workouts I was a bit intimidated. I am so glad I ended up not having to be nervous! She’s super sweet and was a great instructor! It was a somewhat smaller class so she was able to come around and give personal instruction. It was another hiit style workout with some modifications for us injured people.


Saturday I had the chance to do a WOW workout with Todd Durkin! Let me just saw it was a Rocky inspired workout that left me almost puking! We did a group warm up, had a motivating pow wow then got to work!  We divided up into 6 groups and did some partner workouts.  We did some work all together then split our groups into 6 stations.  I was paired up with a sweet trainer named Sarah! She was a great motivator and kept me inspired to keep going!  Each of the stations used body weight or really simple tools to work with (bands, bosu, ropes).  Each station had 3 exercises that we were supposed to do for 20 seconds each then switch with your partner!  With my current hip and bicep injury it was more of a challenge than normal to get through some of them, but I did!
On the last station and last set of work I was determined to finish! Sarah and the rest of my group was cheering me on and the second I finished the puke almost came! It took everything in me to not loose my lunch! I was really proud of myself! I did many things that I didn’t think I would be able to do!

Later after I recovered from the TD workout, I did a short Les Mills Body Jam demo with some of the Les Mills team! It was neat to meat some of the people who work behind the scenes of Les Mills!

I arrived home exhausted and motivated at the same time!  I can’t wait to see what this next year of workouts looks like, especially now that I will be teaching Body Pump!

Stay tuned for more Vegas posts coming soon 🙂

Did you do any new workouts this summer?

I am linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday link up!  Annmarie from FitFoodieMama, Nicole from Fitful Focus and Jen from Pretty Little Grub



May you be filled with joy and health!