Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What Happens Next?

Happy Tuesday!  It's such a beautiful day outside - the air is cool and crisp and the sky is sunny.  I might take the dog out for a run before the humidity sets in.

If you follow along with my Tone Up Tuesday posts regularly, you'll know that I have lost a tremendous amount of weight over the last several years and was trying to find a happy medium between "being thin" and "being fit".  Well today, I'm going to open a conversation about what happens when you've met your goal weight.  When you are the ideal size you want to be, when you've crushed all the workout routines you've picked up, when your diet is now your regular routine - what happens next?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Quoted | 10

I have been having some crazy dreams about things I have in the works for the blog, for my relationships, for my life.  Sometimes, I feel like dreams clear the path for inspiration and reaffirm what I feel in my heart is the path I should be taking.  I'm hoping my dreams come to fruition and, if that's the case, there are big things to come for this blog!

What are you dreaming about?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Seven Yummy Granita Recipes

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a icy, sweet granita.  Whether you add alcohol or keep it virgin, it's a great way to enjoy your favorite beverage in slushee form.  Here are my seven favorite granita recipes.

One:  Strawberry Rose Wine Granita by Gourmande in the Kitchen

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Cleaning Hack - Completely Cleaning Your Foodsaver

Raise your hand if you have a Foodsaver or any other type of vacuum sealer.  I'm guessing there are a lot of raised hands. My husband and I purchased ours from Costco years ago and it was one of the best investments we've ever made.  We like to purchase meat and cheese in bulk and the hubster is always bringing fresh fish home from his trips out to the bay. We would be lost (and a lot poorer) without our Foodsaver.  But we have a horror story...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Links to Love | 16

The weeks seem to be flying by and we'll be into Autumn before you know it.  I'm already seeing lots of school supply ads on television and local craft stores already have Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations in!  I feel like yelling "SLOW DOOOOWN!"  I don't even want to think about the holiday season yet.  We are only halfway through July!  I digress.  Let's get on with this week's favorites, shall we?

Favorite Freeze:  Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles from Roxy's Kitchen

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Cool Break (My Week In Review)

We have had a break in our typical 90+ degree summer temps this week, a lovely surprise!  It's been in the high 70's during the day, but has dropped down into the 50's overnight, so I've been needing a sweatshirt when I go on my morning walks with the dogs.

Because our summers in Northern Virginia usually bring very high humidity, we don't get to spend a whole lot of time outdoors until things cool down in the fall. We have really taken advantage of this week and it's cooler temps.

We gave Coco a bath in the front yard with the hose, which she loves!  She usually gets her bath in the tub.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Links to Love | 15

We made it to yet another Friday.  Woo Hoo!!  Hope you have fun plans for the weekend, but first, I hope you enjoy my selection of favorites for the week.

Favorite Summer Slow Cooker:  Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Listening to Your Body

I have not had the best week when it comes to my health and I'm disappointed because I wasn't able to finish my #fitbyfourth challenge.  My Addison's is flaring up really bad and I've been dealing with severe joint pain, chronic fatigue (I'm sleeping about 20 hours a day), headaches, inflammation in my chest and lungs as well as in my mouth - think a tooth ache in your entire mouth.  To put it in layman's terms, I feel like death.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July!  No Friday Favorites post today, in light of the holiday weekend.  I'll be back with my regular posting schedule on Monday morning.  I hope you all have a lovely, fun-filled weekend!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Quoted | 09

I hope you plan to spend the holiday weekend with people who push more happiness your way...

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

What I Ate...Tuesday?

Good morning folks!  I was up really late last night enjoying my yummy rockfish tacos with fish reeled in by my own husband - and writing a post about it!  Please excuse me if I'm a little groggy this morning, but I wanted to put up a quick post that follows along with my regular fitness/health series.  FOOD.