So Many Things…

There are so many things I want to blog about today. Possibly because I haven’t written in over 5 months, but who is counting?! Apparently I am. Anyway, if anyone is reading this I hope you are doing well and savoring up the holidays!

Guess what? I quit my job. Well, one of my jobs. I quit my job as a Wellness Coordinator at a company here in DFW so that I can focus more on my job as a mother. I want to be able to enjoy every moment of my son’s infanthood. Is infanthood even a word?! It should be.

I still plan to keep my career aspirations and perhaps do some things on the side, but my main focus is my little boy. And oh is he growing! He already has 4 teeth and counting.

Question for you out there… if I were to create a nutrition workshop, what topic(s) specifically would you LOVE to learn more about? Maybe I should create a survey. Oh I hate the word “should”… leads to more expectations and to-do’s. Am I right?

A few other random thoughts mostly pertaining to the holidays…

  • Christmas is even more fun with a child
  • On the flip side, it is kinda sad when your parents no longer live in the same area and you won’t be able to see them for Christmas
  • I am in mega organization mode and want to get rid of a lot of stuff (I hate too much stuff- anyone else?)
  • I don’t know what it is about hot cocoa, but it makes me festive and joyful this time of year
  • Stocking gifts have always been one of my favorite things so I stuff my own stocking since I am already the stocking stuffer for my husband and son
  • I can’t wait to go look at Christmas lights this year as Christmas gets closer- I think I might enjoy them more than my 10 month old
  • Anything with the word “fir” in it smells AWESOME this time of year (White fir essential oil anyone?)
  • I haven’t watched Elf or Home Alone yet and honestly not sure if I will, but I hope I do (the clip below always cracks me up and it isn’t even the funniest part!)

It is a wonderful time of year and I hope you enjoy the little things! What is your favorite thing to do over the holiday season?

WTEW: Your FAVORITE Holiday Treat

Season'sGreetings!

First things first, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE! Are you spending time with family and friends tonight? My family usually does a big celebration on Christmas Eve and then my boyfriend’s family celebrates Christmas Day. It works out. However, this year my parents are in Colorado. We will be flying out Christmas night to see them so my regular Christmas Eve routine will be different this year.

I will still celebrate Christmas Eve in my own way. ‘Tis the season, right? I am hoping to go to a local church service in the evening, watch a Christmas movie or show at some point, and savor one of my favorite holiday treats.

You know what my favorite holiday treat is???

Hot cocoa! I have been saving some tasty hot cocoa packets for tonight to go with my Christmas movie or show. No, I don’t get crafty and make my own. Although, I should. It may even taste better. But, I do use hot milk with my cocoa and oh my goodness is it good.

Another favorite holiday treat of mine is ginger snaps. I don’t see any in my near future so I am sticking with the hot cocoa today. But man, have you ever tasted homemade ginger snaps?? To. Die. For. Maybe next year I will be more in the baking mood.

For those of you who think treats are off limits or the diet starts January 1st or you must run off the treat you eat, please think again. I know I say this a lot, but being restrictive can lead to very negative behaviors. Love your body and treat it well. Enjoy the holidays, even the treats.

Let’s make this fun. Name your FAVORITE holiday treat in the comments below.

Merry Christmas, friends!

Fit, Fab, & Fuel Holiday Swap

I participated in the fit, fab, & fuel holiday swap this year. I had so much fun with it! I will definitely be participating again next year. Thanks to Running with SD Mom and Naturally Fit Sisters for hosting!

How it worked is that I was partnered up with another blogger. We then swapped a fab ornament and some winter FITness FUEL. I was partnered with Farrah over at Fairyburger. We had to send our packages by December 8th so that we would get all of our treats in time for Christmas and the link up today.

My top 3 delights from this fit, fab, & fuel holiday swap include:

  1. Getting to pick out the goods for Farrah. I was so excited to put together the FITness FUEL. I had so many ideas and products that I wanted to put into her care package, but the box would not have been big enough. So, I had to scale back a bit, but I settled on some of my faves. And ornaments are always fun to shop for too, I must say.
  2. Getting to know a fellow fitness blogger. I loved getting to connect with Farrah and I love her blog. I am really excited to follow along from here on out. As part of the swap, I am also supposed to mention 5 random (and awesome!) things about my partner. My partner…
    1. Is currently in medical school.
    2. Has been in a power lifting competition before.
    3. Plays the piano.
    4. Is named after Farrah Fawcett.
    5. Has a really cute cat named Ninja.
  3. Receiving my FITness FUEL in the mail. It made my day! I loved getting all my goods- thank you Farrah! We both clearly have a love for hot beverages. I can’t wait to try all of my tea and hot cocoa.

And now for the pictures…

fit, fab, & fuel swap

All of my new goods from the Fit, Fab, & Fuel Swap!

 

ornament

My new ornament. Haven’t decided what pictures to put into it yet.

 

tea

An assortment of tea. I am THE biggest tea fan! How did she know!?! 🙂

 

skinny girl

I have never tried these before so am excited to try them out.

 

plantains

These are absolutely delicious! I think I like these better than chips.

 

hot cocoa

I always hear how tasty hot cocoa is from Starbucks. I surprisingly haven’t had it yet. MK and I will be having a tasty cup of cocoa to a Christmas movie ASAP!

Monday Ramblings

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I am a mess. Is anyone else out there a mess right now? That’s why I just need a little dose of Monday ramblings. A little time to get a few things off my chest. Taking pen to paper for a vent sesh. Hell yes!

And I don’t judge.. if you need to do the same, please do. I am a good listener.

So first up, I am OVER sweets. Ergh! My tummy is agreeing with me. I had 3 holiday parties this weekend and while they were SO MUCH FUN and I am glad I went, I ate a little too many of the chocolates, cake things, and cookies (and more). My digestive system is saying, “WHOA there buddy… let’s use this week to reboot.”

So I listen. I started the morning with a warm bowl of oatmeal and dinner is brewing in the crockpot as we speak. And this morning I did restorative yoga. In fact, it was “Yoga for Headaches” since I did wake up with a headache today. Can you get hangover from too much sugar? If so, I can officially say I have a sugar hangover. And it may be worse than an alcohol hangover. Seriously! But, the yoga sesh helped BIG TIME and I am almost sugar hangover headache free.

Secondly, I am so overwhelmed with work right now. What is up with the loads of work this time of year?! Actually, I know.. I just don’t want to admit it. I work for a benefits type of company so many of our clients start new programs January 1st. So, that means December is the catch up, prepare, plan, and get everything done month. EEK! I love the holiday season and want to savor every bit of it, but some days I can’t help but wish for the weekend.

The bright side is that the “busy”ness should just be another week or so (I keep telling myself). And I WILL do my holiday fun things like look at Christmas lights, listen to Christmas music, watch a few favorite movies, see some type of Christmas show (like a musical or play), see snow, and give lots of love and time to family and friends. Oh I really do love this time of year!

Third up is a question… need your opinion. I am obsessed with workout DVD’s and noticed that Shaun T just came out with Insanity Max 30. Do I get it now or do I wait? I have been doing Piyo lately and love it, but want need a little more cardio in my life too (you know, for the endorphins) so am looking to change up my workout routine a bit. I have been spending a lot (haven’t we all) so am trying to decide if I buy it for myself now.. it’s $119.85 or if I wait until after the new year. What would you do?

Thank you for letting me ramble today! Have a wonderful Monday, dear friends.