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4th of July Menu

4th of July is such a fun time of the year full of celebration, family, friends, and sweet summertime. With this 4th of July Menu, you'll be able to find ideas and inspiration for main courses, side dishes, drinks and desserts perfect for celebrating the 4th of July!...

The Monthly Scoop – June 2020

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop Post - June 2020! Isn't it crazy that the year is already halfway over? It's flying by! June ended up being a month of recovery, delicious recipes, time spent with family and a whole lot of fishing! We're hooked - no pun intended!...

Tater Tot Turkey Enchilada Skillet

Tater Tot Turkey Enchilada Skillet is a fun, delicious dinner recipe! Ground turkey and black beans are simmered in a scrumptious enchilada sauce, topped with a generous amount of cheese, tater tots and baked until perfectly crispy and cheesy. Each bite is loaded with...

Simple Smoked Chicken

Simple Smoked Chicken is loaded full of flavor! A whole chicken is rubbed with a homemade blend of a few simple ingredients and smoked until perfectly succulent. You won't believe how flavorful and hassle-free it is! Even if you don't have a smoker, I'll walk you...

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese is a cheese lover's dream! Pasta shells are completely coated in a decadently creamy, 3- cheese sauce, topped with a garlic butter cracker topping and baked until perfectly golden on top. Each spoonful is pure bliss! Make your mac and...

Raspberry Mint Mojitos

Raspberry Mint Mojitos are a fun, vibrant cocktail to sip on all summer long! With summertime officially here, what better way to splash into the season than with these mojitos! Fresh raspberries are muddled together with vibrant mint and sweet honey. White rum and...

Rocky Road Skillet Brownie

Rocky Road Skillet Brownie is a dreamy mixture of chocolate, marshmallows and nuts! All the classic rocky road ingredients are folded into a decadent brownie batter and cooked until perfectly gooey. Every bite is loaded full of chocolate, mallow, nutty goodness! Top...

Crispy Baked Chicken Parmesan

Crispy Baked Chicken Parmesan is a classic dinner option to cook up in your kitchen with ease! Chicken breasts that have been cut in half are dredged in a parmesan and panko breading and baked until perfectly crispy. Spoon a little marina sauce on the tops and then a...

The Monthly Scoop – May 2020

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post - May 2020! May was a fun month loaded with SO many good things. From yummy recipes, to Mother's Day, a couple birthdays celebrated, garden updates and monthly favorites, we've got a lot to cover! Garden/Greenhouse Updates During...

Oreo Fudge Brownies

Oreo Fudge Brownies are everything that a decadent brownie should be! Classic Oreo cookies are sandwiched in between layers of chocolate-chip loaded brownie batter and baked until perfectly fudgy. Topped with additional chocolate chips and Oreo cookies, each bite is...

Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

Sometimes simple food is the best food, and that's just what these Pepperoni Pizza Pockets are! Simply delicious. Pockets of pie crust are filled with pizza sauce, pepperoni slices and creamy mozzarella. Baked until perfectly golden brown and delicious, you will be...

Sparkling Lemon Lime Margaritas

Sparkling Lemon Lime Margaritas are equally refreshing and delicious! A simple cocktail loaded full of fresh, vibrant citrus. With lemonade, fresh lime juice, a splash of tequila and a pink Himalayan salt rim, these margaritas are then made to sparkle by topping them...

Why I Didn’t Try to Lose Weight for Hawaii

About this time last year, we decided to go ahead and take the plunge and book our trip to Hawaii. We were full of excitement and ready to adventure somewhere new together! And guess what? I didn’t start any crazy diets, I didn’t start weighing myself, and I didn’t change my workout regime. Why not? Let me tell you..

Photo Courtesy of Sunny Golden Photography

It’s taken me awhile to get here and I certainly haven’t always had this mindset, but I want to learn to love my body and appreciate it every day for what it is, that God has blessed me with health and I am able to explore the world He created. This doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be healthy, because I certainly strive for that every day. I want my body to be as healthy as it can be every day, and not just for a single trip. I don’t want to feel my best just when I’m vacationing on the beach, but also when I’m sitting at home in my sweat pants with messy hair and un-matching socks.

I’ve struggled with learning what being healthy means for me and my body. Going through eating disorders, tracking my weight and working out only because I felt like I had to (which you can read more about here), were all necessary things for me to go through for me to realize what my body truly needs. That doesn’t mean they were good, healthy, or experiences that I would recommend anyone to go through, but it lead me to where I am now! I’m not perfect and I still struggle with feeling like a rollie-pollie some days or find myself critiquing my body in the mirror, but I’m working on focusing my mind to other things. My body is strong, my body is capable of amazing things and I get to nourish and take care of it.

So, when we booked our trip to Hawaii, I knew it would be hard for me to think that I shouldn’t eat certain things or that I needed to exercise more for my “Hawaii bod”. Because of my past experiences, I knew it would be unhealthy for me to set a weight goal, as it would do nothing but discourage me and overtake my thinking. Instead, I just kept on the track that I was already on. Eating healthy and nutritional packed foods to nourish my body, but still indulging in sweet treats and Chick-Fil-A every once in awhile, working out to strengthen my body and to feel good, but also taking rest days to let my body recuperate, and finding clothes that fit my body type instead of making my body fit into the clothes. That included swim suits. A huge part of me feeling so comfortable in my skin in a swimsuit was finding the ones that worked for me and made me feel confident.My 2017 Swimsuit Recap goes over all the details of what I’ve found that works for me! 🙂

Another important thing to remember is that everyone’s story is different. Healthy looks different for every person and that is ok! It may be healthy for you to set weight goals, track calories or give yourself a goal/trip/vacation to work towards. Whatever is healthy for you and your body is what you need to pursue!

This time of year can be so discouraging as you see everyone pursuing/pushing their New Years resolutions, weight loss, diet changes and fitness dreams. I almost felt bombarded on Pinterest with all of the healthy food and pictures of women with their 6-pack abs, super toned arms and perfectly golden skin giving workout tutorials. I’m not saying these things are wrong, but I quickly found myself feeling smaller and smaller as if I wasn’t doing enough and was comparing myself to things on the Internet. Isn’t it so crazy how quickly we can get sucked in? I had to take a big reality check and remember who I am, what I’ve done and what all I’m going to do. Then I took another bite of my Nutella and moved on ;). Let’s use this time of year to encourage one another, lift each other up and highlight each other’s strengths! Social media and our culture can easily make you feel like you aren’t enough or you will never compare, and I think it’s time that we change that! 🙂 Everyone and every body is fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139

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