November StrideBox

I recently switched my subscription boxes from food subscriptions (NatureBox & Graze) to StrideBox and got my first one this month! StrideBox is a monthly subscription box that is $16 a month and all focused on runners and the physically active! I figured since I run and work out a considerable amount each week, this would be a fun one to take part in for a little while.


Fit Friday – Elliptical Challenge

I’ve decided that I’m going to start something new on my blog! I’m going to start Fit Friday in which I talk about something fitness related or about living a healthy lifestyle! Fitness and a healthy lifestyle is something that I am passionate about, so I figure it’s only fitting! For my first installment, I’m going to share with you a workout that I recently completed for the first time and was pretty sure I was taken to the edge of fitness hell and then brought back! I run on a regular basis (3-5 times a week) and know how important it is to cross train and give my body a rest, but have trouble finding a workout that challenges me and gives me as much of a workout high as running…until now! (more…)

Share Your World 2014 – Week 45

YAY! It’s that time of the week for another installment of Share Your World thanks to Cee over at Cee’s Photorography!  Here are this weeks questions with my answers!  Enjoy!

What is your favorite color? It’s odd, I don’t really have ONE favorite color!  If you ask me to pick a favorite color or which color am I going to be in a board game, I will always pick purple!  Looking at my wardrobe, I apparently love black, white, & gray with pops of color.  Looking around my house the majority of everything is decorated in burgundy, black, & tan. 

In what do you find the simplest of joys? The simple, everyday life activities with my three guys bring me the most joy!  I love date night in with T…take out and a movie on the couch!  I love when all 4 of us sit down to supper and talk about different things.  Talking to M early in the morning about his day or listening to his excitement after school; A quiet car ride with R when he talks about sports, etc. 

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio? Well, I don’t have any of them but a reading nook with time to actually read would be great!  I guess my modern day reading nook would be an oversized chair with internet connection and my iPad to catch up on social media! 

What is at least one of your favorite quotes? Hmm…that’s hard!  I’m not a big quote person, so I’m going to say my favorite bible verse!  Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you!” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m so grateful for Sunday afternoon with my boys.  We spent several hours together (along with Ms. Nike) walking behind our house, exploring the woods and talking and then we wrapped it up with snacks and hot cocoa at home!  I’m soooo looking forward to our #NorthIowaBloggers get together tomorrow night! 


Have a great week!

Share Your World – 2014 Week 44

It’s another week of Share Your World 2014 thanks to Cee at Cee’s Photography.  I just love the questions she comes up with each week and these haven’t failed me!

What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood? Always helping my mom “tir”.  Actually, doing anything with my mom in the kitchen as well as making cinnamon rolls with my Grandma S!

As a child, who was your favorite relative? Oh, I don’t know..that is so hard.  My Grandpa S was one of my favorite people because I spent so much time with him as a young child.  My brother was my ever present playmate, My aunt & uncle were pseudo-parents who did all the spoiling.  I was raised with a pretty awesome family surrounding me!

What did you or did nost like about the first apartment you ever rented? I loved the space of my first apartment. It was big and open, had all new flooring.  What did I not like about it?  Probably dealing with other people’s noises and smells.  As far as the apartment goes, I loved it and still have an ache (every once in awhile) for that apartment and the independence it brought me!

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it. Funny…definitely funny!  Life is too short to be serious about things like commercials!

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful for two step-sons who have accepted me for me and have welcomed me into their lives without question!  It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world!  What am I looking forward to?  I’m looking forward to “double date night” with another couple this weekend…we’ve been trying to make our schedules match for months and we finally got it done!!


Don’t forget:  Comments for a Cause: For everyone comment on my blog this month, I’ll be donating 50 cents to the Franklin County Food Bank!

#TastyTuesday: Comfort Foods

Toast Squares! A piece of bread, toasted, cut into four equal squares: one with cinnamon & sugar, one with peanut butter, one with jelly, and one with just butter on it. Now, take it times 2! That was my ultimate comfort food when I was little! My mom would make it for me whenever I asked. Nothing gourmet, but it was my blankie of foodies if you will! I crave it right now just talking about it. But, for it to be the best, my mom MUST make it for me!


Comments for a Cause: Franklin County Food Pantry

My dear friend and fellow blogger, Beth Ann, of It’s Just Life,  recently prompted the #NorthIowaBloggers  to dedicate the month of November to giving back to our local food pantries! I was so excited about this as I was already thinking of donating to the local Food Pantry this month.

Photo courtesy of Beth Ann Chiles of "It's Just Life"
Photo courtesy of Beth Ann Chiles of “It’s Just Life”

 To add to the excitement, I will be participating in Comments for a Cause for the first time in my blogging history!  I will be giving all donations to the Franklin County Food Pantry!  I will also be collecting donations for non-perishable food items to donate to the both the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank & the Franklin County Food Pantry (this will be done as a group)!  The Bloggers have decided to join forces and divide and conquer!  We want to give back to all!  So, if you’d like to make a donation, feel free to shoot me a message at or visit the #NorthIowaBloggers facebook page and let us know!  We’d be happy to make pick up arrangements or whatever is needed.  Beth Ann has comprised a list of the most needed items in the food banks!  !

Most Needed Items

Green beans
Tomato Sauce
Mac & Cheese
Toilet paper
Baking Items
Cream of Mushroom soup
Cream of Chicken soup
Peanut butter

I’m so excited to be a part of this great cause, so don’t forget…for every comment on my blog this month, I will donate 50 cents to the Franklin County Food Pantry!  And, if you want to donate goods, let me know and I’ll pick them up!  Happy November!

Share Your World 2014-Week 43

I love the questions that Cee of Cee’s Photography comes up with each week for this! I’m excited to give you another week of Share Your World!

What is your favorite time of day? I’m definintely a morning person as that is when I would prefer to rise and get my run in and start my day in the quiet before anyone else is awake, but I also really like 5:20PM, as that is about the time I arrive home after work and get to catch up on the day with T!  I love sharing everything about my life with T and so reconnecting each day does my heart good!

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why? So many, but probably Hospice.  Not only was my mom employed by them for so many years, we used their services with loved ones and they do such wonderful things to help preserve and cherish the last moments of life!

How do you like to spend a rainy day? At home, curled up on the couch with the fireplace going, watching movies with T & the boys!  Doing nothing is the most important!!  Or, taking a nap in the camper with the sound of rain on the roof!

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?Pen absolutely!  I prefer blue or any color ink other than black, but it absolutely must be a gel pen!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful for my new job that has taken a huge burden off my shoulders that my last one had put on!  I’m grateful for a boss that is supportive and encouraging and helps me grow!  Looking forward this week I am excited to share one of the few “girly things” in my life, my home-based business, Jamberry Nails, with people at a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza & another Holiday vendor event next weekend!