Monday, June 30, 2014

Easy Grilled Rockfish Tacos Recipe

Happy Monday night!  It's very unusual for me to post this late at night (normally I schedule my posts for early morning) but tonight I'm sharing what we made for dinner - grilled rockfish tacos.

My husband and his friend went out on a charter boat last weekend and caught a ton of rockfish or striped bass.  If you aren't familiar with a rockfish, here is a photo:

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Happy Sunday!  I'm up to my ears with images, html code and some changes to the blog (more on that later), so I'll leave you with a thought for the day.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Wrap Bracelet Tutorial

One of my favorite hobbies is making jewelry.  I've been making bracelets, necklaces and earrings for over ten years. It started when my husband and I were in a jewelry store getting my engagement ring inspected and cleaned when we saw this beautiful necklace that was several strands of gold seed beads and a Venetian glass pendant.  The price on the necklace was over $800!  I looked at my hubby and said, "I can make that for less than 20 bucks" and I did.  I found very similar supplies in my local Michaels store and completed my necklace in less than a day.  Since then, I've loved the craft.  I've even sold quite a few pieces to friends and family.

Today, I'm going to show you how to make one of my favorite styles of bracelets - the wrap bracelet. I don't know about you, but fiddling with a clasp with one hand to get the standard bracelet on is a pain in the you-know-what.  It's also difficult to find bracelets that fit my wrist well - either they are too big and roll down my hand, or they are too small and "choke" my wrist all day long.  While I do make standard bracelets with the clasp, my favorites are ones that just wrap around your wrist and fit any size.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#FitbyFourth Check In

Good morning!

At the beginning of the month, I shared about the current fitness challenge I was involved in - the Fit by Fourth campaign.  We are just over a week until the end of the challenge and I thought I'd do a check-in about my progress.

When I started this challenge, we were asked to take a photo of ourselves.  Here is mine.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Links to Love | 13

We made it to Friday - and a happy one it is.  Today, we're talking my favorite burgers and sandwiches.

Favorite Turkey Burger:  Taco Turkey Burger

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quoted | 08

Happy Thursday.  Today I'm sharing a quick note about moving forward from struggles of the past.

One of my big problems in life is that I over-analyze things that happened in the past. No matter the situation, whether it was negative or positive, I always waste time afterward thinking about whether I should have said this rather than that or did something differently to change the outcome of that event, and I know some of you are in the same boat.  I feel like someone needs to snap in front of my face and shout "wake up!" and bring me back to reality.

Then I found this quote from Dr. Oz.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brain Training

It's Tuesday and you know what that means - another post about health and fitness.  Except this isn't going to be a normal post about health and fitness.  Today, we're going to talk about brain fitness. Yes, you heard me right!

Exercising your brain is just as important as the exercise you do for your body, only it's probably a little easier and a lot more fun.  Some studies show that exercising your brain or "brain training" can ward off diseases like Alzheimer's or dementia, which are no good, so why not have a little fun and keep your brain feeling young and fit?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fun Fourth of July Food

This week marks the first day of summer and it feels like it!  I love all the holidays that fall during summertime and Fourth of July is the best!  I love the fireworks, parades, time at the pool or beach, the big festival our town has that day and the FOOD!  Here are some fun and delicious Independence Day recipe ideas I found on the blogosphere.

Fruit & Brownie Skewers via Mel's Kitchen

Friday, June 13, 2014

Links to Love | 12

Happy Friday the 13th!  Happy Father's Day weekend!  In honor of these events, I've put together my 13 favorite Father's Day ideas.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Current Fitness Routine

Good morning friends!

Today I'm going to show you what I'm currently doing for a fitness routine.  At this point in time, I'm working out twice a day.  Now don't go thinking I'm She-Ra or something.  These aren't all hard core workouts and there are some days I don't feel like doing anything so I don't.  One thing to remember:  exercising is better than not exercising at all.  Whether you do it 2 or 3 times a week or every day, getting your butt out there is better than sitting on your couch eating potato chips!  We all have busy days, days we like poo and IT IS OK to miss a workout.

I try to alternate my cardio and toning on different days of the week and fill in with yoga and "shifts" devoted to stretching only.  Each session or shift is usually 20-30 minutes, depending on what type of routine I'm working on.  I do my first shift early in the morning before I have breakfast and the second one is sometime in the afternoon or early evening.  I also get lots of additional exercise in by walking two dogs several times a day.  (One dog kinda walks me.)

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Quoted | 07

Good morning!  I wanted to share a quote I recently heard that touched me and it goes along the same lines of what I'm trying to live by writing in my gratitude journal.


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

My Mobile Office

Happy hump day!  Every time I say that I think about the camel in that commercial - "HUMP DAAAAY!" :)

Today, I'm going to share with you - my secret to being productive throughout the day - my mobile office.  I have a formal office set up with a desk and a bookshelf and everything, but I've never been one to enjoy sitting at a desk while working on the computer, writing blog posts, spending hours on Pinterest...  I much prefer finding a cozy spot on the couch with my laptop and usually at least two, if not three of my fuzzies curled up close by.

Because I don't spend a lot of time at my desk, I like to keep the items I access frequently withing reaching distance.  This includes my planner/calendar, my blog planner, my Kindle, among quite a few other things. I keep everything is this gorgeous Vera Bradley large reusable shopper in Twirly Birds Pink, which is now retired.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

#FitbyFourth Campaign

Good morning!

Today, I'm going to talk about setting fitness goals, and I don't mean the ones you set at the beginning of the year and don't follow through on after a few weeks.  I mean setting goals that are actually achievable. Whether you have ten pounds to lose or fifty, if you want to tone up to fit in your jeans better or plan to run a marathon, you need to set both short term and long term goals.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Seven Summer Cooking Tips

So, the school year is coming to an end and summer is beginning and that means lots of time to play and enjoy the warm weather.  I feel like summertime is busier now than ever, with summer camps, vacations, endless days by the pool, festivals and fairs, parks and time with friends.  One of the things most people don't want to do is spend a lot of extra time in the kitchen preparing meals.  We want quick and easy recipes with minimal prep time but don't want to skimp on the taste factor.  I'm going to share some of my favorite tips to make delicious meals in a matter of minutes so you can spend your time enjoying the season!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

#100HappyDays Recap

Just checking in for a quick recap of my last week of #100HappyDays.