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Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies are just that: a small batch of chocolate chip cookies! A brown sugar cookie dough is studded with just the right amount of chocolate chips and baked to golden brown perfection. The best cookie recipe for when you need a cookie fix...

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Turkey Sloppy Joes are deliciously comforting and take you straight back to your childhood! Loaded with all the classic sloppy joe flavors, these Turkey Sloppy Joes will have you digging in before you know it! Ground turkey, onion and green bell pepper is simmered...

The Monthly Scoop – March 2020

It's time for another Monthly Scoop post - March 2020 edition! March tends to be one of those months that drags on to me, but, boy, this month flew by fast! March was a continuing month of recovery for me along with getting back into the swing of things. It felt good...

BBQ Baked Salmon with Corn Risotto

BBQ Baked Salmon with Corn Risotto is the taste of Summer from the comfort of your own home! Salmon filets are basted with bbq sauce and baked until perfectly done. Served on top of a bed of decadently creamy sweet corn risotto, you won't be able to resist! A salmon...

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes are exactly what you need for breakfast or brunch! Can't you just smell these pancakes on a Saturday morning? A slightly sweet, classic vanilla pancake batter is speckled with fresh blueberries that are bursting with flavor. Simple, yet so...

Raspberry Walnut Salad

Raspberry Walnut Salad is a vibrant salad loaded with flavor! A homemade raspberry vinaigrette is tossed together with fresh greens, juicy raspberries, crunchy walnuts and creamy feta cheese. Perfect salad to serve along with any meal, serve for a crowd, or to have a...

Beer Braised Beef Stew

Beer Braised Beef Stew is a bowl of comfort! Beef stew meat is simmered in a delicious broth of beef stock, dark beer and vegetables until tender. Ladle a bowl full and serve with some crunchy bread, because the broth is to die for! The dark beer pairs perfectly with...

Almond Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Almond Glazed Cinnamon Rolls are a perfectly warm and gooey cinnamon roll. A sweet dough layered with a cinnamon-sugar butter is rolled into perfect spirals and baked until golden brown. Whisk together a quick glaze of powdered sugar, milk and a dash of almond extract...

Homemade Boxed Brownies

Homemade Boxed Brownies are a decadently fudgy and chocolate-loaded dessert! Boxed brownies are a classic for many reasons, and these Homemade Boxed Brownies will make you skip the box! Loaded full of plenty of chocolate chips, Homemade Boxed Brownies is a dessert...

Baked Orange Chicken

Baked Orange Chicken is a classic take-out option to make in your own home! Tender chicken is lightly coated in panko bread crumbs, baked until crispy and tossed with a vibrantly delicious orange sauce. All you need is 35 minutes to get this Baked Orange Chicken on...

Healthy Teriyaki Salmon Bowls with Cauliflower Fried Rice

Healthy Teriyaki Salmon Bowls with Cauliflower Fried Rice is a scrumptious meal that is calling your name! Salmon filets are baked with a teriyaki glaze and served over a bed of cauliflower fried rice. Simple and packed full of flavor. If you are someone who loves a...

Red Wine Bolognese

Red Wine Bolognese is the pasta dinner of your dreams! Cooked low and slow, a decadent sauce of red wine, tomato sauce, herbs and ground hamburger comes together perfectly. The red wine bolognese sauce is perfect tossed with pasta, topped with a little Parmesan cheese...

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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