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Little Week Recap and a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!

Hi there friends!
Happy Tuesday!
I am a little behind on blogging and I have been playing catch up for the last week since I FINALLY got my computer fixed!!  I have had so many issues with it the last 6 months, and I was finally able to make an appt and take it to the Apple store.  I took it in last Sunday afternoon, and I was there for a while.  The tech who helped me was very kind and knowledgeable! At fist we both thought my hard drive had crashed (AGAIN), but thankfully, that was NOT the issue!  My computer was in a vicious cycle of needing an update, but not having enough room to update because my hard drive was full. But, each time I attempted to pull things off onto my external hard drive, the computer would freak and not let me do it because I had not updated…See the cycle there?!? So after running some test, they were able to figure out what needed to be done.
1- remove my 20+ thousand pics and all other data.
2- Delete & wipe the computer clean.
3- Load the update
4- Re-ad the data I needed (aka, not ALL of my pictures…lol)
So when they called on Wed morning saying it was ready, I was thrilled.  However, when I got to the store and they brought out my computer, I tried to log in and it was still having the same issues 😦  Turns out they forgot to complete steps 2 & 3 in the 3 days they had my computer!  Thankfully, they were able to do them right then and there, but I did sit in the store for over an hour waiting for the “10-15 min” procedure to be finished.
At the end of the day I basically have a new computer with the new operating system and it running on happy space!

The rest of the week I played some catch up between mountains of laundry from sick kiddos (darn tummy virus) and lots of snuggles.

On Friday I got to head out to a city on the other side of Houston from me and hang with my Texas nephew and niece!  We had a fab weekend together despite it still being over 100*F with the heat index!  Saturday I watched little B play soccer and baby B and I were pretty much melting on the sidelines!

The highlight of the weekend was when the Hubs came out to join us and me introducing the kids to snapchat filters!  I think we laughed so hard we cried a few times! If you follow me on Instagram, you can see some of the video action!

As fall approaches this week, I have def been in the mood for more pumpkin based meals. I had some left over puree from my latest pumpkin creation, so I decided to make a pumpkin smoothie!  Boy oh boy, it was like Thanksgiving jumped off the calendar and into my smoothie!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 of small container of Siggis vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen
  • 1 tsp cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice



  1. Blend banana with almond milk still smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend till smooth.
  3. Split into 2 glasses & sprinkle punk in pie spice on top.
  4. Enjoy with optional whipped cream ( I didn’t have an on hand, but I know it will add another burst of flavor to this delicious smoothie!)

I even hung up my new fall door decoration I received for my birthday from a sweet friend!
Come on fall, we are waiting for you!

What are you most excited about for during this fall?
– What pumpkin recipes do you enjoy? Or are you more an apple person?

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!

Be filled with joy and health!

Before and after

Hello friends!
Happy August!  Whew, July FLEW by!  I can hardly believe it is already my birthday month!  I feel like I just turned 34! Haha
July was jam packed with moving, renovations, my trip to LA for blogfest, and working on finishing up some of the cosmetic changes on the house.  Then this past weekend some of my fab friends threw us a delightful housewarming party!
I would say the house is 90% finished.  We have a tad more painting to do, a few more changes to the kitchen cabinets, the guest room needs furniture, more pictures and art to hang up, and our closet needs some major organization! Haha

I will let the pictures do the talking!
Each little collage has the before pic, and then a few after pics.  Some rooms are still needing some work and details, but for the most part, the house is finished!
And sorry for some of the bad lighting.  I took the pics really quickly!

I found this ADORABLE welcome mat a few months ago, and I could not wait to use it! 🙂
Entry way


Family Room img_3297Dining room img_3294More details of our new beautiful table we received from my awesome nanny family!

Kitchen- still needs some work, but WAY better than it was! img_3295
I am loving this new owl I found (thanks to a gift card!)
Pantry- SO thankful we have a pantry in this house.  We had to use cupboards in our old house which was a bit of a pain, and made storage for kitchen items really tight.
And this cute sign makes me happy 🙂
Master bedroom -We had a fiasco with some of the curtains, so I ended up changing them out…3 times…Haha img_3306
Master Bathimg_3305My office/reading room- I love that I have space to work as well as enjoy me time.  My new chalkboard wall is fantastic!
Man Cave- aka, the hubs office
img_3301Guest bath (guest bedroom is still in process)img_3304Laundry room!  Loving my new sign!img_3300
I am loving my new ‘M’ wall 🙂
Linen closet and coat closetimg_3299

Our wonderful friends threw us such a fabulous house warming party!  We were gifted so many wonderful things, but more importantly, we are so blessed with amazing friends who shower us with love, support, kindness and generosity.  Many of them were able to make it to our get together, and those who were not able to make it still showered us with love!  Feelings of thankfulness can not even begin to describe how we both feel!

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!



Be filled with health and joy!



Hello friends!
It is a the start of a fresh week and a fresh month!  Wow, I can’t believe that January is already over!  I had some goals to accomplish last month but they just didn’t happen.  Struggling with insomnia the first 2 weeks was a bit rough, and then getting sick the last 2 weeks really put things on hold.  But that is life, and what can I do.  Getting myself back to full health has been the goal.  I did manage to get some workouts in last week.  For any of you who do Body Pump can we just groan in misery?? This new release is tough!  I managed to get in 3 classes last week and I have to say that today I did feel a little stronger, but more about that coming on Wednesday!

A little recap of the month
– Ran 31 miles (WAY under my goal, but considering the month I will take each mile!!)
– Participated in body pump, Zumba, and piyo classes
– Created/tried some new recipes (Gluten free pizza, Scottish porridge, taco soup, and black bean soup)

– Got creative in the kitchen and made my own organic deodorant and a massive batch of organic sugar scrubs

– Had lots of fun adventures with all my nanny kiddos
– Celebrated 2 years as a Sweat Pink Ambassador

– Got a new car battery on the way to mailing a bunch of fun packages!

– Had a fun zoo adventure with the Hubs and some friends

– Was blessed to get to see 2 of my college girls that I was an RA for back in the early 2000s!
– Finally put up our posters from our 2015 travels
– Was reminded of how fragile life is and to not take anything or person for granted!

– And prepare for the Hubs birthday!!

As I look back on January, I am even more determined to kick some booty on my Feb goals! Here are just a few of them to start

  • Run 75-100 miles
  • 2-3 BP classes, 1-2 Zumba classes and 1-2 Piyo classes a week
  • Blog 4-5 times a week
  • Continue to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night
  • Follow my meal plan (already off track…so will try again tomorrow)
  • Study 30-60 min each night
  • 30 min of organizing each night (on the days I am not traveling)
  • Celebrate the Hubs ALL month!
  • Make homemade Valentine’s Day cards and mail
  • Continue listening to the Daily Audio Bible and reading She Reads Truth!
  • Pay off 1 more acct
  • Get email accts down to less than 100 each (over 8000 now..)
  • Start Etsy page

How did your January turn out? What are some of your goals for the next month?

I am linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin today for their Weekly Wrap!


Be filled with joy and health!


Costa Rica, part 4!

Another little throwback to Costa Rica.
I have to say that although I loved each day and all the activities we did on the first few days in Costa Rica (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3), this day was probably the most relaxing day I have had in my entire life!  The pictures really do NOT do justice, and I will totally be doing this tour again one day!  I highly recommend it!

We woke up early, snagged some breakfast and were ready to get picked up at 6:30am!

We took a mini bus ride to meet up with the larger tour bus.  We had another nice tour guide.  Only issue on the bus was the poor guy behind us was motion sick.  Use your imagination…I am just glad he was ok!


After a 90 min ride we made it to Puntarenas, and then to the boat!  It was a lovely 2 hour ride across the water out to Tortuga Island!

The boat ride was really relaxing and gorgeous!

Once we got to the island they told us about some of the activity options available.  Snorkeling, canoeing, jet skiing, and volleyball.  As exciting as all those sounded, I was really just needing a day to CHILL on the beach!

So for several hours, that is exactly what we did!  We did enjoy an awesome lunch on the beach, splashed in the water a bit, but mostly just relaxed!  I think I took 4 mini naps! It was pure bliss!

I was a little sad when it was time to leave.  I felt for the first time in a LONG time, I really was able to really relax and not think about all of what was going on in my life.  It was just what I needed.
The boat ride home was beautiful! I spent some time in the pool on the boat, ate some yummy fruit and read a little.

Pt 5 coming soon! Stay tuned for some Foodie Friday fun in a bit!


Be filled with joy and health!

Flash Back to Costa Rica Pt. 1

Hello friends!
Happy New Year!!
I am back, sort of.
December was a roller coaster of a month.  It was a mix of work, traveling and grieving the loss of a dear friend.  I have to admit that I have been running away from my feelings a bit.  I have never really been that good at dealing with loss.  Externally I seem to do ok, hold things together and support others who are also dealing with the same loss, but on the inside I am a bit of a mess.
So our trip to Costa Rica came at the perfect time for me to escape a little and process what has happened this month a little better.
I don’t want to make this post all down and depressing even though those feelings have haunted me the past month.  Our trip was also really fun and relaxing.
Costa Rica has always been a place where I have always felt utter peace.  No matter what my life was throwing at me, my trips down there were always wonderful.  I am so happy that I was finally able to share Costa Rica with the Hubs.  This was my 10th trip and his first!  It did not disappoint one bit. Well only that we wish it was a longer trip!  I took over 1000 pics on the trip, and while I want to share many of them with you, my computer has decided it wants to be cranky so I only have some of them.  I will share our first 2 days with you and the rest ASAP!

We left Houston in a nasty thunderstorm.  Thankfully we had zero issues with our flight out!  We even landed early in San Jose.  My BFF picked us up at the airport and took us to our hotel in the city.  Boy it felt good to be back!

We both were super hungry when we finally were settled in our room and room service was available 24/7 and it was yummy!
We got a little sleep and woke up to the birds chirping and a delicious breakfast!

My BFF Jeffrey came and picked us up and we headed out to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. I have been to the main waterfall several times before, but I had NO idea there was a huge wildlife park there also!  It was so peaceful and beautiful.  The animals were simply amazing! The weather was a little cloudy and misty, but it felt great!
We did a lot of walking and hiking up and down the trails, but the views were so worth it!

Seeing amazing animals in their natural habitat was so beautiful!  Many different types of snakes (in glass enclosures!!!), butteries, insects, humming birds, frogs, monkeys, and jaguars.  All the plants and flowers were also so stunning! The pictures really don’t do justice of the beauty!


There was a gorgeous aviary filled with toucans, wild turkeys, scarlet macaws, grosbeaks, tanagers.  Both the Hubs and I were able to have a toucan land on us.  They were really gentle…and then one pooped on my head.  That gave everyone a good laugh!

It was an amazing way to start off the trip!
More recaps and pics to come!

I don’t have a Foodie Friday recipe today, but make sure you check out my FF girls and see the awesome recipes they have been sharing!

Also, if you have any ideas for Foodie Friday themes, let me know and we will work them into our schedule!!

I hope your new year is off to a great start!

Blessings to all!

May your day be filled with joy and strength!




Weekend Recap!

Happy Monday y’all!   I am linking up today with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddin for Weekly Wrap!
Well, fall weather has finally settled in.  This morning it was in the 50s! The humidity was gone and it was gorgeous out!  I love this kind of weather.  Cool mornings warming up to a pleasant mid-70 degree day!  I really can’t say I miss the northern weather.
IMG_2306It has a fun filled weekend like normal!  Ha
Friday night I had a *tough* babysitting job.  It is rough when the kids are already in bed and I have to do it chill 😉  It was a nice end to a bit of a nutty week!

I woke up early Sat morning to news that my nephew had arrived!! Yahoo!  I got to meet him over FaceTime. He is so sweet!
Saturday I had big plans to going to the gym for a class or so, but I slept really cruddy Friday night so I ended up resting some before doing housework and my own home workout.
The hubs went out of town for a memorial service for one of his nephews.  Not the best reason to see family, but he had a nice time with his sister and some other relatives.
I was able to get some work done at our house and rearranged some furniture in anticipation of some new items!!
Later in the day I had the privilege of taking care of 2 of my favorites overnight!  We of course had a blast!  Made tacos, had movie night and a huge cuddle fest!
IMG_2217Sunday we all woke up and the kids wanted biscuits, so biscuits I made, along with some eggs, fruit and some gravy with ground bison!
Mid afternoon the Hubs came back into town and we got our new to us couch loaded into his truck.  Plodded back to our house and got the couch in the house.  Then headed off to pick up our new-to-us TVs.  It was a bit of a production getting them home.  For some reason, the 3 main roads that head south were all backed up!  Instead of it taking 10-15 min to get home it took almost an hour.  It was an annoyance but I kept reminding myself that we were safe, not in an accident and a-ok.  We sat in traffic and belted out Natalie Grant’s new single!
When we got home the Hubs warmed up some dinner while I got things ready to move furniture!  It was a bit messy but ended up turning out pretty well!


In the middle of the chaos

After we moved the furniture and I set up the new TVs 🙂
The new set up is homey and we have tons of space for anyone who wants to come over 🙂

That is about it for the weekend!  I still have lots of work to do on the rest of the house, and especially my office….for being an organizing queen, the disarray is driving me batty!  My goal is to have it mostly finished by tomorrow night! I would like the housekeepers to actually be able to clean when they come!  😉

To end the weekend on a fabulous note, I finally booked our last trip of the year!  I am taking the Hubs to Costa Rica!  He has never been and I have not been down for 7 years!!!  This will be my 10th time and I can not wait!  I was able to find an awesome deal.  It is like Christmas came early!
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How was your weekend?  What was on your schedule??

Have a healthy and joyfilled day!