The Ups and downs of Turning 35

Hello friends! 

Well last week I had a terrible start to the week in my world. I’m still having a bit of a hard time digesting the news that one of my precious friends took her own life last weekend. I still can’t really fully even comprehend the news. It has def been a week of ups and downs for sure. 

During a time of year where I am normally excited to celebrate my birthday and the blessings in my life, I am taken back to the reality that my sweet friend is no longer with us. 

I know for a fact she is in heaven, and although that brings comfort, I am also mourning and grieving her loss. 

I have been through a range of emotions over the past 8 days. Shock, sadness, anger, feeling depressed and frustration. Part of me felt guilty celebrating my 35th birthday but I know she wouldn’t want that. 

And knowing my own story I know she would want me to celebrate.

I never thought I would make it past age 25. I was in my own deep dark place and my life felt worthless to me. I know I am not alone having been through a time like that in life. I wish that no one had to deal with that kind of intense pain that makes one’s soul feel shattered. 

Despite feeling really sad about my friend, I was also able to embrace life this past weekend and continue to be grateful for the life and the friendships that I do have. 

I was able to celebrate with my husband on and off throughout the weekend. 


I was blessed to spend time with 3 of my beautiful friends. 

Breakfast with Marilena (one of my newest friends) and lunch with Becky (my friend who I have known the longest). And Jessica (not pictured) came over after we returned from our weekend away. 


It was a weekend full of laughter and joy and some tears too. 

I miss L SO much, but I know that I have to keep on living and helping others along they way. 

I am so very thankful I have made it to 35! I have many wonderful memories and friendships from my years this far on this earth. I am surrounded daily by people who love me for me, and bless my life so much!! Life is a gift and I intend to keep the gift as long as possible! 

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

Be filled with health and joy! 

Zucchini turkey meatballs 

Hi there friends. It has been a doozy of a week. I am still processing all that has happened this week, and I will post more when I feel I can talk about it more freely. Also my computer crashed again, so I’m posting from my phone which is not always the best. So please excuse any issues or mistakes! 

Today the hubs and I are traveling again. He is in a wedding this weekend, so for once, I am not on wedding detail! Not exactly the way I wanted to spend my 35th birthday weekend, but planning to make the most of it. I am thankful I will at least get to see one of my best friends since childhood and have lunch with her :) 

For today I have a recipe that was inspired by some pictures I saw as I scrolling though Pinterest. I saw a pic of a meatless zucchini ‘meatballs’ from Skinnytaste and decided to change some things up and make my own version with ground turkey. 

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our adaptation themed week!


I have to say that I wasn’t sure how they would turn out. I first tried to pan sauté them, but that seemed to make meatball mush. Haha 

Baking them turned out really well. A few days ago I wanted to heat up some leftover and I ended up warming them in a frying pan with a dab of avocado oil and they tasted even better! 

Zucchini turkey meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 zuccchinis, washed, dried, and shredded
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp of each spice {garlic, paprika, Himalayan salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme, & oregano}


Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F. Line a muffin pan with silicon cups. 
  2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well with hands. 
  3. Form meatballs the size of golf balls and place one in each silicon cup. 
  4. Bake for 20-25 min or until juice runs clear and there is no pink color inside the meatballs. 
  5. Enjoy with your favorite Italian meal. {I served it with spaghetti squash and it was delicious!} 


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Childhood Favorite Revisited

Happy Monday friends!

It has been a quiet week here on the blog. I woke up last Sunday with my back all out of whack.😦  I guess all the moving, traveling, pet sitting, different beds (and lack of bed) this summer finally got to my back. Today I can finally move without a ton of pain. My chiropractor, essential oils, stretching and massage balls have helped a lot. I also went on Saturday and got a 90 min massage by a professional and that helped get a few knots out! I wasn’t able to workout all week except some light swimming, and I have just felt yucky.

I am late to the Foodie Friday party this time, but I did manage to recreate a recipe from our childhood. (Thank you computer for not working…I hope this post from my phone looks ok!)

I will be the first to say I was not a kid who ate super healthy. I didn’t really learn much about nutrition until I was in late high school to early college. Part of me wishes I knew more then, and I could have changed some of the health challenges I have now.

One combo I loved as a kid was peanut butter and chocolate. My mom tried to encourage us to eat oatmeal or cream of wheat but I HATED them plain. Sometimes we would add ice cream, lots of butter or gobs of peanut butter and lots of chocolate chips. Of course it tasted great then, haha, but was def not a very healthy meal. I am very thankful that today I know more about making healthy choices and putting food with good ingredients in my body!

I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our back in the day themed week!

PB & chocolate chipper oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 serving oatmeal, cooked (I make sure mine is truly gluten free)
  • 1 TBS unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 TBS powdered peanut butter
  • 1 small handful of Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Directions 

  1. Make your choice of oatmeal according to package directions.
  2. Add in milk to give creamy taste and help it cool.
  3. Mix in powered peanut butter.
  4. Sprinkle in chocolate chips. Still well.
  5. Enjoy this childhood breakfast revisited🙂


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Gluten Free Breakfast Panini

Hello Friends!
It is another travel day for me. After a LONG week (well really month) working a TON on the house and celebrating with so many of our friends, I am off to Austin to see my dear friend C. I have not seen her since Thanksgiving, and that was a super short trip, so it will be great to spend the weekend with her.

When I saw this weeks theme, I have to say I got really excited. I am a HUGE fan of delicious paninis! I attempted to find my panini maker, but it is currently buried somewhere in the garage. Ha
So I managed to make it work with my new waffle iron. Not exactly the same, but it worked!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Panini interest themed week!

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Ingredients (this is for 1 serving, so ovb, use more ingredients for more servings!)

  • 1 Gluten free english muffin (I like Food for Life brand)
  • 1 organic egg, slightly scrambled
  • 1 slice organic turkey bacon
  • 1 slice gouda goat cheese (optional)
  • ½ small organic avocado (optional)

Directions

  1. Spread avocado on ½ of the english muffin
  2. Place the other half of the english muffin on panini maker
  3. Place cheese on muffin on panini maker
  4. Place bacon on cheese, and egg on top of cheese
  5. Place muffin with avocado spread on it on top of the egg
  6. Close panini maker and heat for 5 min
  7. Enjoy🙂

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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!🙂
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Entry way

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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!)
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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🙂
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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!
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Man Cave- aka, the hubs office
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I am loving my new ‘M’ wall🙂
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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!

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Be filled with health and joy!

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BlogFest and Idea World Convention Recap

Hi there friends! Wow, week out in LA was amazing!  I feel like I could write many posts about everything I did and learned, and I might do more posts in the coming days, but for now, I want to share with you my top 10 favorite experiences! These are in no particular order.

10. Sponsors – As part of BlogFest we had AMAZING sponsors & swag this year. Siggi’s, The Watermelon Board, Vital Proteins, GymGo, General Mills, Pure Protein, Silk, La Croix water, Propel, Kelloggs, Gerolsteiner, Xsense, Manitoba Harvest, TRU Falvors, Vega, SweetSpot, Yni, iBand, American Lamb and I am sure I am forgetting someone. Our swag bag was so heavy it was hard to lug around for too long. My roomie and I took them back to our rooms as soon as we were able! Whew!

9. Blog Fest Sessions – I am still absorbing the information that was presented to use over the 2 days of BlogFest. We learned about several different brands and what they look for when they are working with bloggers. Had a session about SnapChat, which I downloaded, but I still have NO idea what I am doing with that. Haha. We also had a really great session about food photography. I can not wait to use the information I received to improve my pictures! I know they need a lot of work!
Two of the most valuable sessions we had were a round-table discussion where I was part of a group that discussed blog design and also a peer review session. I will be implementing some of the information I took in on my blog soon, so be on the look out!

8. Idea World sessions – On Saturday and Sunday we had the opportunity to attend sessions that were part of the Idea World Convention. We had so many to choose from, and it was honestly really hard to decide on what I wanted to go to. I ended up enjoying ¾ of the sessions I attended. I learned about the brain on exercise, more about NASM coaching vs training, more about foam rolling and the benefits, and then had a session with a guy from Houston who opened a gym and also does cooking classes and dinners there. The name sounded really familiar to me, and it turns out one of my friends goes to that gym! Small world.

7. Expo – What an amazing part of the experience. There were hundreds of vendors and I ended up walking away with so many free items that I had to buy an additional suitcase to bring everything home. All of the vendors I talked to were really sweet and passed out great information along with the many samples!

6. Accommodations/weather- The hotel that was closest to the convention and held some of the activities was the JW Marriott at L.A. Live. It was a GORGEOUS hotel and had a beautiful view of LA. I had a fantastic roommate, and we had a blast. The weather was also wonderful. Most of the days it was sunny, mid 70s and a cool breeze. Compared to Houston’s summer weather, it was a nice reprieve.

5. Food- What can I say about the food we had??  Several people I intersected with over the course of the convention mentioned that those of us at blogfest were the best fed people there.  Looking back through my photos I can say that I have to fully agree with that statement.  We were so fortunate to have amazing food provided by our sponsors and some meals given to us by the convention.

4. Outside activities – On Sunday I participated in the ‘Safari’ walk around LA. It ended up being a 5 mile, 4 hour walk with a guide. Ken was very knowledgeable and gave a great tour. He had tons of information about the city and specific buildings and landmarks. The architecture was also really beautiful inside and out.

3. Motivating & inspiring speakers – Idea World gives out awards to different people each year for their contributions to the health and fitness industry. We heard from the winners as well as the selected speaker, former Olympic swimmer, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen. Her story was very inspiring and a reminder to be grateful for each day, and to never let anyone tell us what we can’t do.
Jenna Wolfe also talked to our group about not waiting to do things. There are 2 moments, now, or to late. Very engaging, funny and inspiring talks from very courageous women.

2. Workouts – All I can say is WOW! Doing workouts with Gunner Peterson, Jillian Michaels and the BeachBody Live team were all so different and challenging in their own ways. They defiantly had us all sweating like crazy!

1. Friendships – What makes any trip great? For me it is all about who I am with!  Coming to blogfest I really didn’t know anyone outside their blog, social media account or the SweatPink group!  I was blessed to have an amazing roommate, finally meet some of my favorite bloggers face to face and meet many new faces!  It was fantastic to get to sit down and chat, laugh and share life with these amazing ladies!

This trip exceeded each expectation I had and I can not wait to get to stay in touch with the wonderful people I met and use all the information that I learned!

A bonus to the trip was getting to spend some time with my brother-in-law and his family for his birthday!

And a double bonus, I won an apple sport watch from General Mills Bell Institute!


And in case you missed it, one of my amazing Sweat Pink sisters, Laura, just published a book full of healthy desserts, and they are simply AMAZING!  Check it out here!

I hope you enjoyed a little taste of what I experience while I was in LA!

Be filled with health and joy!

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Foodie Friday…sort of…

Hello friends!  I am back from LA, BlogFest and the Idea World convention!  It was a FANTASTIC experience, and I will be posting a recap very soon.
Since I arrived home we have had no electricity in 1/2 of the house, which has made things a little interesting.  Mostly lack of light and internet.  Haha. Hopefully that will get taken care of today!  My kitchen is also still not fully functional! The kit/dining room currently are in a state of disaster.  That should also change this weekend when I have time to unpack more and get things in order!
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I am linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit for our Pinterest interest themed week!

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So this week I don’t really have a new recipe to share with y’all, but do not despair! I do have something amazing to share with you guys!  When I was in LA I had the privilege of meeting one of my Sweat Pink sisters, Laura!  She was kind enough to give me an early release copy of her new book, Sweets in the Raw.

I took one look at the book and new I needed to share it will you all!  I mean, the pictures made me drool just a little😉

I mean, am I right?? These look amazing right? I can not wait to try each recipe in this book!!

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Awesome info from Laura’s website about the kind of ingredients used for the recipes!

You can pre-order your copy NOW and you will get it when it comes out in September!
(This is not an affiliate link.  I am just sharing an amazing book that I was gifted!)

You can also follow Laura on all her social media accounts!
blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | YouTube |

Do yourself a favor and go order the book! And then let me know what recipes you try and fall in love with!

 

Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

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