How to Stay Well on a Cruise

I know, it’s hard to be well all the time. You have to think about it everyday. You have to make good choices that make you feel well and comfortable. It does take a little work.

Don’t think I never splurge, I do. But even then, for me, there are restrictions. And the restrictions are not to punish myself and or because I think I should follow the “rules,” but because it’s what makes me feel the most well. This means lots of produce and water, gluten-free everything, and moving as much as I can throughout each day.

I was in a picture, in just a bathing suit, on the last day of our cruise. And I was surprised, and happy, at how “good” I looked but more so, how good I felt! This was the last of four days of lots of eating and lots of drinking.

It’s not always easy to stay well and it does take a little bit of work, but it is so so worth it. Here’s what I did:

Stairs

We took the stairs, everywhere. We were up and down and here and there and always going to a show or checking out an event. And, with the exception of carrying our bags on board, we took the stairs the whole time. (Yes, we even took the stairs on our way out, with our bags, LOL.)

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I’m a gym lover anyway so this was easy for me. But the gym on board was pretty great and the view! It was really enjoyable to go to the gym while on our cruise, so much so that we went 3 our of 4 days and we weren’t the only ones. I was glad to see lots of people getting moving, too.

Activities

There are so many things to do on the cruise and so many of them are active things. We took advantage of them all and really enjoyed doing it. The ship had mini golf, we did a ton of walking (and steps HAHA,) and at the ports there were active things to do, too. Lots of the excursions were active, including ours. We did a Mayan ruins tour. And of course you can always get off at the ports and take a long beach walk or walk around the city to get in your steps.

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My love for oils has no bounds. I brought my oils, diffuser, and roller bottles along with us and it was the best. I knew I wanted to have extra wellness “trapped” on a boat and in a room with no windows. So glad I brought my diffuser.

Water

I’m hard pressed to say there is something better for you in your daily life than making sure you’re drinking enough water. Yes, you should eat well, and yes, you should move lots. But drinking water is so, so important and will make you feel the best throughout the day. Drink your water, everyday and everywhere you are!

Pick Healthy

I had a lot of drinks but I also had a lot of salads. I stayed gluten-free just like I would day-to-day. I drank lots of water and had only one cup of coffee (with hot chocolate, YUM.) I did drink all the drinks but with a well-rounded approach to everything else, I felt good.

Have you been on a cruise yet? They are really fun but really expensive. I liked that there were so many things to do that you get to “travel” to different places, too. And without having to jump in the car or get yourself to the airport. All in all, I would be up for going again sometime.

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Disclaimer: I use Young Living Essential Oils and based on my research, I believe these are the best, safest, and most pure oils on the market. PLEASE do your own research and determine which oils are best for you and your family.

Our First Cruise, and Why I’m so Excited

When you’re living in a touristy, beach town like Delray Beach, FL, you really have to take in everything that’s around you. When Nick and I first moved here, there were so many new and fun things to do and places to visit. We were always on Groupon looking for fun adventures, wine and beer tastings, and things to do for day trips.

It’s over two years later, and we’ve done a lot. Parks were walked in, drinks were had, IMG_20160814_103155and exploring was done. One of my favorite things was Devil’s Millhopper State Park. I loved that it was a hilly hike and the different views (from forest to rainforest) you got to see on your way down into the sink hole.

There are some things we knew we wanted to do before leaving South Florida, that we haven’t yet done, and a cruise was one of them. Neither of us have ever been on a cruise and I am definitely so excited.

Why I’m Most Excited

This is the thing though, and I know it will make you laugh. The number one, most exciting cruise thing I cannot wait for is the complimentary room service! And probably not for what you’d expect. I want to have a fresh fruit plate in my room at all times, HAHA. (But so serious.)

Isn’t that the best? Totally me though. Of course I have already thought of and “planned out” what to have and such for wellness purposes. Because, well you know me. Anyhow, beyond my excitement for a constant fruit plate, there are so many things I look forward to!

The Best Parts

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  • our first stop is Key West, another Florida must see that’s on our list
  • I can only imagine the gym is amazing, sprawling and state of the art- Yay!
  • Our last stop is Cozumel, Mexico and Nick told me he wants to hike the ruins, double- Yay!
  • since it’s our first, I’m glad the cruise is only four days, in case we don’t like it (js)
  • According to what I read, there are comedy shows, stage shows, a rum bar, a tequila bar and a DJ to top it all off

The View

If these aren’t enough reasons to be excited, we are also staying in an ocean view room. How gorgeous will that be?!?

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Happy Birthday, Nick! 33 Facts For my Hubby’s 33rd

It’s here, Nick’s birthday! This means Christmas, the end of the year and another year older. So, without delay, learn all about Nick:
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  1. Nick loves golf.
  2. His dream vacation is an African safari.
  3. Nick passed the entire CFA program the first time. (This intense certification has less than a 9% pass rate.)
  4. Nick hates the snow and cold weather.
  5. If he could, he’d eat my Chicken Alfredo over anything else. (Aww! But it really is the best. Ever.)
  6. Nick is from WI, and is glad to be from the state known for its cheese wi-largemapand beer.
  7. Nick is a WI sports fan and likes the Packers, the Brewers, and the Bucks, to name a few.
  8. Nick’s ideal outside temperature range is anywhere from 60-85 degrees.
  9. Nick likes to read finance, science fiction, as well as other fictions, most. **nerd**
  10. Nick’s all time favorite movie is Gladiator.
  11. Nick likes sweet more than savory.
  12. His favorite vegetable is mushrooms. Coming in at number two is broccoli. (Jk. He hates broccoli.)
  13. Nick likes dark, heavy red wine and sharp, aged cheddar. (And taught me a love of the same.)
  14. Nick played football, basketball and golf growing up.
  15. Nick likes action and sci-fi movies the best.
  16. Nick’s man crush is George Clooney.tmp_3lN2hL_6a08a35b2ded0464_main
  17. Nick has never had a cavity.
  18. Though he can drive a stick-shift, he hates it.
  19. Nick’s favorite vacation so far was visiting Norway, the land of his people.
  20. Nick has one brother.
  21. He loves dogs, but never wants one.
  22. Nick’s birth date is exactly 55 days after mine, in the same year, and he loves to call attention to it every day in between.
  23. Nick wants the live the millionaire lifestyle, at the Groupon price.
  24. He loves bacon, sushi, and pizza.
  25. Nick’s favorite pie is apple pie.
  26. And his favorite fruit is blueberries, both fresh and dried.
  27. Nick and I are both holiday babies.
  28. Nick is almost a full foot taller than me, at about 6 feet tall. (Me=5’3”)
  29. Nick’s hometown is known for the paper mill and it’s role in cranberry production.
  30. Nick doesn’t like the rain.
  31. Nick’s favorite season is winter (because we currently live in FL.) downloadHAHA.
  32. He likes to go to bed early and get up early.
  33. Nick loves pumpkin best as a Fall flavor.

Alright, well, there you have it. We will be back home in WI for Nick’s birthday this year. He isn’t looking forward to the snow, cold, or season. But I am! Happy Birthday Hubby!!

Scripture Sunday: Remember His Plan

I’ve said before, “Why can’t God just write me a quick post-it, or send me a text?” How easy would that be?

Sometimes I think it’s easier to just try your hardest and go for what you want in this life, assuming that’s the plan. And sometimes I feel like it’s more pressure not knowing what will happen.

I want a “Yes, do that” or a “No, not yet.” Or a bright green light that illuminates everything, saying “Do it now, right now!”

Sometimes, you will have this feeling. You’ll feel in the exact right place, at the exact right time, and you’ll just know. But often times, for me at least, I don’t know and I don’t have the green light, intuition of it all.

So, in the words of a dear friend, pray. Ask Him what His plan is. Better yet, run your plans by Him. Pray to him and tell him everything. Yes, He already knows, but it will help you to talk it out and be clear.

Then, listen. Listen to what He says. Know that there is a reason for it all. Be patient in it all.

He says He gives us the desires of our hearts. If that doesn’t say it all, what does? I still want the email or the heads up, but instead, I have to be patient in the waiting.

Also, don’t forget to smile. You have to be open and ready to hear Him.

Happy Sunday!

Scripture Sunday: Patience

Confession time. I’m not always super patient. But I try to be, more and more! Because slowing down to take it all in is awesome. And because there’s more to come and I want to see!!!! (Hahaha, see, patience.)

And also, sometimes, life is what happens while you’re in between the “big stuff.” After hourglassall, it’s in the small things that tend to make us most content.

That morning cuddle or a text from your BFF, these are the things that make my heart so happy. I do find I have to be patient in the waiting.

Living far away from friends and family is hard sometimes, and we’re definitely missing our people. More and more, we find ourselves wondering what they’re doing and wanting to be a part of their lives more. Are you patient during the “in between time?”

This obviously requires patience. Being home is a feeling like no other. It’s a feeling of contentment and having a sense of peace come over you. So great.

Nick and I feel this in new places, too, and are being patient with ourselves. We are taking our time in order to explore, travel, and pick our “final destination,” or a place to park for a while=)

I love verse this for so many reasons. Life is ours for the living and this isn’t the end of our story. Are you being patient with yourself?

I was just saying the other day, how there have been several instances in my life, that I Cross-Imageknew would come out they way they did. Like 100%, not a doubt in my mind, that they would happen. Have you ever had this feeling, so strong you just knew what the outcome would be?

That feeling is second best next to being home. I cannot even say how truly fulfilling it is to feel that “right place, right time” feeling of knowing. Thanks for the memo, God.

And for all the other happenings, I believe they will happen when they’re meant to. I know it’s cliche but I always thought that if things should happen, they would.

So, this is my favorite way to be patient. Having faith. Everything will happen according to His plan, so you just have to be patient and enjoy the ride.

Happy Sunday! XOXO

 

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Happy Halloween, and Happy Birthday to Me!

That’s right, I’m a holiday baby. Want to learn more about me? Here’s 33 Emmy facts for you:

1. I love garlic.garlic.jpg

2. I’m a clean freak.

A clutter-free and clean (but not necessarily scrubbed) house is my fave.

3. I think the best everyday workout would be doing an obstacle course 5K.

4. I love lilacs.

I always imagined my future house having light purple, dark purple and white lilacs. Lilacs are my idea of the first official sign of summer, however, they’re also something my husband seems to have an awful allergic reaction to:(

5. Fireworks are my most favorite thing, therefore making the 4th of July my favorite DSC_5210holiday.

6. I love painted nails, but hate getting manis and pedis. I don’t like when people pick, and cut at my nails, so I do it myself.

7. I love Spanish.

And everything about it. The food, culture, music and language are amazing.

8. I moved to Panama for 5 months with my boyfriend (now husband) in the winter 2013, which happened to be one of the worst winters in WI since we’ve been alive.

9. I’m a five times self-published writer.

Four cookbooks, one wellness tips book, and more to come!

10. I have watched children professionally for over 20 years, that is ⅔ of my life that I spent with other people’s children=) #bestjobever

11. Jazzercise is my favorite workout.

12. I’m a girly girl.12592258_825742764220201_667262404304408035_n

I love to paint my nails, dress up and do my hair.

13. I’m a tomboy, too.

I grew up fishing, camping, hiking and generally outside. I still love all of these activities.

14. I am obsessed with Dawson’s Creek and Sex in the City, and have watched all the seasons of both shows, several times over.

15. I make my own wine.Screenshot_20170410-131303

I would love to do it up big and mass produce my own brand with labels and flavors and all, but for now it is just for me and my peps.

16. My favorite movie of all time is Man on Fire.

17. I like all music except for “Scream-O.” You know, where you can’t hear the words just a lot of shrill screaming? Ya, I don’t like that.

18. I love to walk and hike.

19. I don’t like when people touch my face. Please don’t.

20. Fall is my favorite season and I would love to live somewhere that’s between 50ish and 75ish degrees almost year-around.

21. I’m not a huge sports fan.

But I love baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers.milwaukee-brewers-throwback-logo-patch_1

22. My husband and I spoke of a “pipe dream” a few years ago, to both become remote (workers) and work and live wherever we chose. Less than 3 years later, and we’ve all but made it happen.

23. My hair is the longest it’s ever been. And I love it.

24. Deep fried Oreo’s are my most favorite indulgence. They are beyond delicious.

25. I experienced love at first site.

I don’t even know if love at first site is a thing, all I know is I knew I loved my husband before I even met him. From that very first second, I knew that he was the one I wanted to spend my days with.

26. I love freshwater lakes.IMG_20170818_085239

27. Last year Nick took me to watch the sunrise on the east coast of FL and watch the sunset on the west coast of FL. This was by far my favorite birthday gift ever, and a total surprise, as I once said I wanted to do that in passing and he not only remembered it but made a whole weekend out of it.

28. Essential oils are life. I use them for everything and love them. Best decision I ever made.

29. My favorite Disney movie is The Emperor’s New Groove. If you’ve seen it, I know you Grooveposterlove it, too. If you haven’t, go watch it right away!

30. I want to go to Italy. The pictures, views, and history are amazing and I want to eat everything Italian.

31. I picked out my own wedding ring and never looked back. I knew Nick was the one, the ring was the one, and that was it.

32. We got married in my hometown court house on 8/13/14, the second anniversary of our first date. Awwwwwwwww.

33. Today, I turn 33 and you know what? I’ll probably get carded at dinner, LOL.

Feel like you know me better now? Is there a fun fact you want to share with me?

Oh, wait, I have one more. Nick and I are both holiday babies, so watch for a Christmas Eve edition for 33 things about my hubby=)

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed learning more about me. And Happy Halloween!! XOXO

 

Inspiration: Finding Old ‘Blogs’ From Before I was a Blogger

“As I’m sitting down Saturday early evening to write up a new recipe I created, I turned on a documentary to listen to. All the sudden a flash of “Yan Can Cook” is shown along with Julia Child and Emeril Lagasse. I think to myself, huh, I was just remembering old school cooking shows last night and thinking of Yan Can Cook on PBS or some network channel as a child.
As I continue to listen, the narrator starts talking about this man who is about to be introduced as a speaker and how he wrote several books, one of which is entitled “The Botany Of Desire.” At this point, I have a bit of a chill. With a slight turn on my chair, I glance at my bookshelf to see that book, a book I read in college English, a book my husband pulled out and placed on the bookshelf when we moved in, staring back at me. It’s almost eerie, almost chilling, when you seem to find yourself exactly in the place where you were meant to be. And in that moment, there is nothing to feel other than inspired.
My point is, sometimes in life you sit down or stand up to do something, and it just seems to click. It feels right. The stars align. The door opens. The universe points in that direction. Your past returns. You are reminded of a thought you just had the night before. Your doubts are hushed. Your time is rewarded. You feel like, “Yes, this is what I am meant to be doing right now.” And lastly, a sense of calm comes over you.
Whatever that thing is, whatever you started to do, DO IT! I believe in things happening for a reason, I believe in following your dreams and chasing after every last goal. If you love something, it will always be enjoyable.
When everything around you is pushing you towards something, do it. When your thoughts and actions fall into place, do it. When you have a want or wish, don’t wait, do it! Take your extra minutes, your day off, your ‘you time’ and work. Work hard. Work more. Work consistently. Don’t ever stop.
Just my thoughts for the day, now back to my show! XOXO”
I love that I found this and even more, what it says. I still agree with every word. Since, I’ve become a self-published cookbook author and write my own lifestyle blog. Along with the many other endeavors I spoke of recently.

So go and make your dreams come true. I’m telling you. You can! Happy Tuesday All=)

 

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Don’t Forget To Follow Your Dreams

Remember when you were little and all around you, you were told you could be whatever you wanted to be? Well, let me tell you something. You still can.

I’m not saying it’s easy and I’m not saying to go spend every last dollar you have, but please, don’t forget to get out there and live!

About a year ago I found myself in the middle of jobs and feeling a little frustrated. I needed to feed my soul, not just my bank account. So (with the help and support of my hubby,) I did.

I had already been blogging a bit and it came easy to me. I like to talk so I have a lot to downloadsay and rather then blab to Nick all day, I started writing and sharing. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t come right away, but soon I had secured my very first, remote, freelance writing position! I still write for this 80s website in which I started and will write about the 90s too, come this fall.

I find myself working four (part-time) positions, and I couldn’t feel better about it. You see, I never wanted (nor excelled) in a 40 hour work week, at the same job. I always preferred multiple endeavors (and income streams) and it turns out, nothing has changed.

But all the sudden. I work from home, with a schedule that’s mine to make, and (almost) more work then I know what to do with. And well this may not be your dream, I just want to encourage you to remember YOUR dream. And make it happen.

imagesHow do you do this? Well, you have to figure out what it is you want. What do you love to do? What do you do everyday, “work day” or not? What makes you smile? Laugh? What do you loathe? Dig deep and make sure to be honest with yourself.

Find ways to indulge your soul. Do more of what you love. Want a new job but don’t know where to start? Do something on your own, at home or whenever you have time, unpaid, and dive in. If you start a blog, make sure to post more than once a week. Want to become a personal trainer? Talk to someone at your gym and see what they have to say. You can further your education with free online courses (some even taught by Harvard!) Whatever you do, remember this is your life. Don’t waste it.

The thing is, for me, I laugh at myself. Why? Well, everyday, I like to write, cook, and workout. The weekdays are filled with this (and tapings.) But then, so are the weekends. I find myself always wanting to do these things whether it is a workday or weekend day. A holiday or vacation. For instance, I’m on a train in Norway, right now, on vacation. And what do I do? Write.

As for my other jobs, because I know you’re wondering, here you go.

  1. I write for LT80s (liketotally80s.) Like I said, it’s remote (from anywhere I want) and freelance, making it fit into my life, my way. Also, starting in the fall, I will be writing for the same boss for another website he’s procured, noduh90s. As an 80s baby and a 90s kid, both of these writing gigs are nostalgic and fun.
  2. I work as a mystery shopper for A Closer Look. This job is too fun, fully reimbursed, sometimes includes a bonus, and includes write offs. The company has “shops” all over the US and even into Canada. Taking in a great meal, visiting the dentist, or even having a drink at the bar are all things that you can do with this company. Love it.
  3. I work for Trust Review Network. This job sends me products (again, fully reimbursed) to try out and write a review on. If you share it, you make more money. If you tape yourself doing a video, you make more money. In a couple of months, if they are happy with my work, I will make more money. Pretty awesome, huh?
  4. I test recipes for HelloFresh. As a part of their taste makers program, I am sent recipes to test and try (most of which I already have the ingredients for as I am an avid foodie and cook) and then I complete a short, concise survey, and I’m done.

Oh, and did I forget my blog? I guess that’s five jobs. Not to mention I have written four self-published (mostly cookbooks) in the past year as well.

So, that’s that I guess. And the thing is, since starting vacation (a little over a week ago,) I have received next to no work emails, stressed phone calls, or anything. It has been over IMG_20170821_125717two years since both Nick and I have taken a non-work vacation, and it’s a true and honest vacation this time. What a blessing.

But here we are, on the train, working. Haha. Happy Monday!

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