Monday, February 27, 2017

My Journey to Health

Earlier this year as I was trying to think of my 2017 resolutions/goals, a big one was my health. I wanted to focus on making my health a priority this year.

Here's the thing. I'm skinny. I have good genes. I can eat three brownies a day and stay the same weight. But that doesn't mean I'm healthy.

A few years ago my dad had a very unexpected heart attack. He and my mom were exercising often and it happened to him. All the sudden, I became 50% more likely to have one as well (family history and all that jazz). That hit me like a ton of bricks, and it opened my eyes to the fact that I don't take care of myself like I should.

So this year I've decided I'm going to be more intentional about my health. Because while I may be able to eat sugar all day long in my 20s, I won't be able to in my 30s. And what I do now for my health will lay the foundation for how I feel and live in my later years. 

Being a nurse, I see so many disease processes that could have easily been prevented through diet and exercise. I don't want to lay in a hospital bed one day wishing I had done a little more for myself.

So essentially that's where this decision to be healthier came from. A heart attack and a realization that if I don't do something I'll end up with diabetes. (True story.) 

Here are some of the things I'm doing for my health.

Drinking more water. Until about a week ago, I drank about one glass of water a day and a cup of coffee. That's it. Until the next morning when I did the same thing. You don't have to be a nurse to know WHY THIS IS TERRIBLE. I'm changing my ways, people. I've cut out all sugary drinks and only drink water (and coffee). Which takes us to point #2..

Drinking less coffee. I drink a lot of coffee. And a lot of creamer + sugar. Working on cutting this down.

Eating less junk food. This includes sweets. Processed foods. And my beloved homemade nachos that I love so much. Our body can't function correctly when we put junk into it all day long. And that's what I've been doing for months. This has to change. I'm working on it. I'm a firm believer that you can exercise all you want, but unless you change your diet, you're doing nothing.

Exercising. I grew up playing ball and that allowed me to love working out and being fit. Ever since then, working out has felt like a chore. So I'm trying my best to find some things to do that I love. I've found a couple online workouts that I like, and I'm also trying yoga and so far liking it! We also want to get Michael a bike and start going for family bike rides. I was really into riding at one point and want to start that again. 

(Us hiking last year. This is one of my favorite things to do as a family.)

Playing with Lincoln. I do this anyway, but one thing I try to do is to actually play when Lincoln plays. We wrestle fight, we play tag, we run around at the park. It's exercise AND it's something I enjoy.

Taking my Juice Plus. I love the products that they offer and knowing that Lincoln and I get all the fruits and vegetables we need makes me feel better about our health. Juice Plus+ is just that.. fruits and vegetables and whole food nutrition. It helps bridge the gap between what we're supposed to eat, and what we can actually eat in a day. I also love their shakes and want to come up with more ideas to make more.

AND this week we're having a lot of different informative Facebook events! I'd love to invite you to one and share with you how Juice Plus+ has helped our family and why we love the company and their products so much! There is one tonight at 7 pm. You don't have to be on Facebook at that time; you can always go back and read all the posts later! Comment or email me ( for more info! 

So it's been about a month since I've been doing this "healthier" thing, and I can say.. I feel SO MUCH BETTER. I have more energy. I don't feel like I need a nap during the middle of the day. My headaches aren't coming as frequently. It's been so awesome to experience, and I can't wait to continue!

So those are some of my ideas for becoming healthier. Here's to feeling better in 2017. 

What are some of your favorite things to do for exercise + your favorite shake recipes?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Linking up for What's Up Wednesday this week! 

What we're eating this week:

I'm working six out of the next eight days (insert sad face here) so I'm eating hospital food. Woohoo. Monday night we had my favorite BBQ sandwiches though. + I'm attempting to eat healthier so less junk, more healthy food.

What I'm reminiscing about: 

Our wedding day. In two weeks we'll celebrate one year of marriage and it has me thinking all about that day and the last year. 

What I'm loving: 

Our new house. My sweet boys. My new Juice Plus+ website. Watching my boy play baseball. The sweet little things are my very favorite.

What we've been up to: 

We just came off a fantastic family weekend. We got to go to my father-in-law's for a BBQ, take Linc man to monster jam, and just enjoy three days of hanging out together. We've also been hanging out a lot at baseball. Go Cubs! 

What I'm dreading: 

This eight day stretch. My new work schedule is really weird. I work six out of eight days, and then I'm off for six days. The pay off is nice, I'm just exhausted working the majority of eight days.

What I'm working on: 

The new house! Michael is doing such an awesome job helping me unpack and hang stuff on the walls. We've really been enjoying making this place home. I blogged Linc's awesome new room this week and I love it so much.

What I'm excited about: 

Lincoln's opening day next weekend! This is his third year of tball and I'm so excited to watch him play again. I'm also super excited about our anniversary. We don't have anything planned, but just the thought that we've made it a year and we get to celebrate that is awesome.

What I'm watching/reading: 

Michael and I are trying to get through 24. We've slowed down a bit since we moved into the new house but maybe we'll get back to it soon. Reading Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. 

What I'm listening to: 

Our Fussell + Hodges playlist. My sweet husband gave me his iPod so I could listen to music on my new stereo he got me for Christmas and I'm loving it so much.

What I'm wearing: 

Navy blue scrubs, people. All day every day.

What I'm doing this weekend: 

Wearing the aforementioned blue scrubs while I save lives.

What I'm looking forward to next month: 

Our anniversary. Tball. Spring break and hanging out with the fam.

What else is new: 

I've starting sharing my journey with Juice Plus+! Linc and I have been taking these products for a while now and now I'm sharing them! Feel free to comment below or email me for info! 

Bonus question: What beauty product can you not live without? 

Whale. I don't wear makeup but I do absolutely LOVE Eos lip balm. So lame. But it's so true. I didn't understand the hype, but now I do. You need this in your life.

What're you up to this week?!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lincoln's Star Wars Room

Happy Monday, friends! Two weeks post-move and we're finally settling in. I'm so excited to be sharing my favorite room with you today!

I've been planning Linc's room for a while and at this point, it's one of only two rooms that are complete so far. Linc man has gone through a lot of change this past year, and I really wanted his room to be something special. A safe haven he can go to and just be a kid.

I love that we have a playroom now, because I was able to focus on making Lincoln's room neat and clean and focused on one theme: Star Wars. My big kid LOVES Star Wars and it's something he and Mikehodges really share together. It was so much fun incorporating some new things into what he already had.

The big surprise for him was his new bed. Instead of putting his old twin bed in here, we surprised him with a new loft bed. (PS. Last night I found out it's SUPER difficult to crawl out of a loft bed and not wake up your child. Ask me how I know.)

All the details of his room (with links) are at the bottom. Enjoy!

I don't keep many toys in his room, because he does have a playroom. The only toys we keep in his room are his Star Wars toys, and they stay in that little trunk underneath his bed.

My mom found this print and framed it when we moved in. It's the perfect addition to his room!

All the details: 

Loft bed

Chair (They don't sell the table anymore)
Nightstand (similar)
Print from Jane (not sold anymore) // Similar options: Boy & girl (For prints similar to this one search "for I am His print" on Etsy. So many great options!)
Rope lights
Star Wars ship
Star Wars toy box

So there you have it! Lincoln's (and my!) favorite room in the house. As we finish more rooms I'll be sharing more. Happy Monday, friends! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Post Valentines Love Story

I saw this post on one of my favorite blogs this morning and decided I'd participate too. With this being Valentines week, here are 10 questions to share our love story for my mom and the other six people who read this. 

I should add that my husband asked me what I was doing and I said "writing nice things about you" and he told me "yeah right." The marriage is going well.

When did you meet? January 29, 2015. 

Bonus question: When did my boys meet? March 3, 2015. It was love at first sight and I've never been the favorite since (insert me rolling my eyes here). 

How did you meet? What a loaded question. Before I get started, it's not as scandalous as it sounds, and it was nothing like Grey's Anatomy. I met Michael during nursing school at clinicals because he was the nurse I was assigned to that day. He was grumpy at first, but then he changed his attitude so I married him.

First date: Michael planned it (You go, boy!). We headed to St. Augustine to go on a segway tour. I was super nervous because I had to wear an ugly helmet and thought I would fall. I think that might also be when he introduced me to Mellow Mushroom and I'll forever be indebted to him for that. 

Date you got engaged: October 9, 2015 (Michael's birthday). Yes, only nine months later. When you know, you know.

Marriage anniversary: March 5, 2016. Coming up on one year (ALL the heart eyes).

What is your song? Um. We danced to Nathan Sykes' Over and Over Again as our first dance. But we have a lot of "songs." Will you Still Love me by Chicago, I want you to Know by Zedd, Every song by David Guetta, etc. 

Do you remember the first movie you saw together? Absolutely not. Probably something I didn't like. (I'm not a huge movie fan, and I can't stay interested for long. Sorry, husband.)

First road trip together? Probably taking Linc man to Legoland. We didn't date for long and we didn't go anywhere far before we got married.

Who was interested first? This one is tough. He gave me a dirty look when I told him I'd be his student for the day. So I was interested in being civil first, and then I think he was interested romantically first when I told him to shut up. ;) He asked for my phone number, so ultimately him.

Who said I love you first? He did. 

(bringing back one of the oldies. This was from the day after our wedding.)

There you have it folks. Our love story in ten 11 questions. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Apt 233

Dear Apt 233,

Today marks the last day I'll drive through your slow-as-Christmas gate, walk up your three flights of stairs, and walk through your door that slams really loud. 

Twelve months of life happened inside these walls. I spent my first married night here. Learned and continue to learn how to be a wife. These walls saw us send Lincoln out into Kindergarten, and got to watch us prepare for our very first soccer game. These walls have seen tears, both happy and sad, have seen mountains and valleys, and have watched three people become a family. There have been more bad days than good, and more wrestle fights then I knew were possible. 

We brought a new dog home here (I'm so sorry family) and cried when we thought we were losing our other one. We swam in the pool every free minute we had, and got covered in bruises going down the slide the wrong way. This pool witnessed Lincoln learning how to swim, and us celebrating as he did. In August I cursed the stairs as I willed myself not to die from food poisoning and told my husband we could move to Africa as long as it didn't have three flights of stairs. We celebrated victories here.. my first RN job and Lincoln learning how to read. We brought a huge Christmas tree into this apartment, and then wrestled it out two months later leaving a huge trail of pine needles in it's place. We said numerous "I'm sorrys" and even more "I love yous." We've traveled to Legoland and Disney World from this apartment, and to the Florida Trail several times. 

We've packed a lot of life into twelve months here. Despite the fact that our walk in closet was more like a storage unit and we had no back yard to play in, I loved you sweet little apartment. I especially loved that Linc (and us!) called you the "compartment" and all our family dinners on the "veranda." You were my first home with my married family, and I'll never forget the way we celebrated when we found out you were ours. More than that, I'll never forget my husband taking my hand and praying not for the apartment to be ours, but for God's will to be done. I certainly won't miss your long address, but I will miss how easy you were to clean.

So here's to the sweetest first home, and another new beginning. Thanks for the memories, compartment 233.