Memorial Day Weekend 2015

As someone who comes from a military involved family, on both sides, I know the cost of freedom and feel that we need to teach our children to respect those in uniform and teach them the real meaning behind this holiday and others like it.  Whether you agree with war or not, men and women sacrificed everything to keep you and your family safe. That is HUGE! Don’t forget them while you are busy enjoying your BBQ this weekend.







St. Jude’s Walk/Run–Childhood Cancer Awareness

I have decided to participate in the St. Jude’s Walk / Run to help raise money and awareness for Childhood Cancer.

I have 2 close friends who have a child with cancer. Both have been treated at St. Jude’s Hospital and have continuously mentioned what great support they have received there as well as the relief of not having to worry about the ability to pay for expensive and extensive medical care costs.

There is also a local mom who has a young child with cancer who I have been following her daughter’s story via Facebook.

This is made possible in large part due to donations and fundraisers such as this. My main purpose with this post is to help raise awareness and stand up for these children with cancer who in many cases are unable to speak up for themselves. I have provided the link to my fundraising page, but do not expect people to donate for any other reason than they want to. No judgment from me!!!


If anyone is interested in donating to my team for the St. Jude’s Walk/Run to help raise money for cancer research and to make sure families with children who have cancer are never turned away due to their inability to pay for their child’s care

Operation Healthy Lifestyle : Day 32

I have been really bad about updating due to getting really busy at work and then having some health issues. It has been a real struggle to stay on track.

I was able to stay strict on exercising up until this past week when I came down with a kidney and bladder infection. The pain has been horrible.

My plan this weekend is to rest some more to fully recover, hopefully. I have also purchased a membership to Sams Club. My hope is that buying in bulk and buying healthy things will cut down on trips to the grocery store, thus limiting the temptation to buy junk food and impulse buy.

Wish me luck as I begin again to get on track!!

Operation Healthy Lifestyle : Day 18

Today I got in an hour walk with my boyfriend and our fur baby, a boxer/springer mix named Brody!  The princess stayed home to take her nap with her grandpa.


After the walk I made a dinner that included steamed boneless skinless chicken breast, broccoli, and a little cheese mixed in with egg noodles. My dad had two helpings which is rare and I even got my picky toddler to eat it…so I would say that is a success!


After dinner the cutie pie and I went outside to play and spend some time with our neighbors…for 2 hours!!


I should point out that I had NO desire to workout today. It would have been so simple to stay inside all day and make up some BS excuse as to why I couldn’t get a walk in today.

I made myself get out…I asked my boyfriend to bring his dog over for a family walk. I love that I have him to support me during this journey. He never judges and tells me how proud he is of me every day and praises me for even the smallest of victories.

We all need that. Someone who reminds us that we are trying and some days that is all that matters. Not everyone has such amazing, unconditional support during a journey such as this.

If you know someone who is struggling to lose weight or just be healthy, take the time to ask them about it and let them know they are doing a great job! It truly means more than you can imagine.


Operation Healthy Lifestyle : Day 17

My biggest accomplishment today: getting out of the house for two hours!

I woke up feeling sick still, but it was so nice out I wanted to get my daughter out of the house. So we packed up her bag and grabbed the jogging stroller and headed to her favorite park.

We walked the mile to the park and then played on the playground equipment for an hour before trekking a mile back home. Ultimately I am glad I pushed  myself to get out and enjoy the weather.

While pushing my daughter on the swing she said “fun mama” and I said, “I am glad you are having fun.” To which she replied “thank you mama.”

Talk about a “melt my heart” moment! Most kids don’t talk like that, especially when they are not even two years old yet! Makes me a proud mama!!


My one downside today: SUNBURN


Operation Healthy Lifestyle: Day 15

Today was spent running around in many forms.

This morning I was chasing after a very active toddler who wanted nothing more than to play outside and enjoy the gorgeous Spring weather.
This afternoon I was all over town running errands for work and grocery shopping. Tonight I spent working on multiple work articles.

Before I was in full work mode, I made some dinner for my dad, daughter, and myself. We had hamburger, broccoli rice, and I had some baked red potatoes. For dessert I went for a sweet, but healthy-ish treat–stawberry shortcake!


I am hoping my sickness starts to fade away so that I can fully enjoy the nice weather and get more exercise in. I just keep telling myself that I am doing the best I can right now…being sick.

Hoping to continue to stick to this new plan. Next task is to completely cut out pop!!!

Operation Healthy Lifestyle : Day 14

My blood sugar has been high, I have a fever, and I just want to sleep.

I am alive, I have a roof over my head, and I am loved!

Today was “one of those days” where everything just seems to be working against you.

I got out and played with my daughter cause nothing beats making her happy. It is the best feeling in the world just to know the simple act of spending time with her makes her happy.


I also had to work this evening interviewing the new superintendent of the local school. I decided to walk home rather than ask to be picked up.


I struggled…I was in pain, could barely breathe, and I felt like I was going to pass out.


Not all of it was bad, however. While on this walk I got the intense urge to do a photography project, much like one I did for a photography class in college. I want to photograph girls/women of all ages, races, cultures, sizes, etc. and show that our flaws, differences are what make us ALL beautiful!

I am still working out all the details, but I am very excited and passionate about it and have 13 volunteer models so far! I cannot wait to work out all the details and get started on this! More to come on this :)