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Blistered Tomato Garlic Butter Pasta

Blistered Tomato Garlic Butter Pasta is a simple, yet satisfying pasta dish! Fresh, juicy tomatoes that have been blistered in an herb butter are the stars of this recipe. Toss it all together with some spaghetti, a little bit of cheese and you are ready to eat!  If...

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Sundaes

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Sundaes are the sundaes of your dreams. Stacks of espresso infused, chocolate chunk brownies are topped with scoops of creamy, coffee ice cream and drizzled with a warm chocolate ganache. Fudgy decadence in every single bite. Is there...

Honey Cornbread Waffles with Tequila Berries

Honey Cornbread Waffles with Tequila Berries is a breakfast that you won't be able to forget! A homemade, slightly sweet, cornbread waffle is topped with bright berries that have been soaked in a dash of tequila and lime zest. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a...

Watermelon Tequila Sunrise

Watermelon Tequila Sunrise is a fun, summery twist on a classic cocktail! Sweet, juicy watermelon pairs perfectly with the zesty orange juice. The vibrant colors from the watermelon and orange juice even have this cocktail actually looking like a sunrise! Serving...

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa is a flavor-packed dinner recipe! Salmon filets are dusted with a homemade, chipotle seasoning blend, seared to perfection and then topped off with a sweet, zesty corn salsa. When you have fresh corn on the cob, this is a recipe...

Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you ever make one of my recipes, please let it be this one!! DANG Good Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies are what chocolate chip cookie dreams are made of! A decadent brown sugar cookie is puddled with sweet pools of melted, semi-sweet chocolate and a sprinkle of...

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad is a simple, yet delicious salad recipe! A bed of fresh lettuce mix is topped with juicy blackberries, salty, creamy bleu cheese crumbles, candied nuts and perfectly grilled salmon. Toss it all up with a homemade balsamic dressing and...

Nutella Dipped Oreo Malts

Nutella Dipped Oreo Malts are the ultimate, indulgent, frozen treat! Creamy vanilla ice cream is swirled up with decadent Nutella and the classic Oreo cookie. You're going to want to grab a straw and a dig right in! Nutella Dipped Oreo Malts are a dessert that you...

Chipotle Jack Burgers

Chipotle Jack Burgers are the perfect reason to fire up your grill! A classic burger gets a spin. The patties are packed full of flavor from the seasonings and chipotle powder, topped off with zesty, melty pepperjack cheese and smeared with smoky chipotle mayo. Add...

Strawberry Smash Peach Margaritas

Heeeyyooo! We are back in business! My goodness it feels like it's been a long time, but I am SO excited for the brand-spankin' new website that is all sparkly and full of sunshine! During the past couple months, I've been able to focus on my love of cooking and...

The Monthly Scoop – July 2019

I'm back! I'm back! It's been since April since our last Monthly Scoop here, so let's get all caught up! The past couple months have been spent having fun creating recipes, cleaning up messy kitchens and trying not to get sunburned like a tomato. But let's be honest,...

Maui Travel Guide

The KJ & Company Maui Travel Guide is finally here! Better late than never, right? We've had the opportunity to travel to Maui twice now and have completely fallen in love! There really is nothing quite like Hawaii.  In this travel guide, I am going to be...

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..

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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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