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Pineapple Margaritas

Pineapple Margaritas are vibrant, juicy and delicious! This tropical cocktail is loaded full of pineapple flavor from top to bottom. Pineapple juice mixed with smooth tequila and triple sec for a classic margarita flavor. And a salted rim to make it...

The Monthly Scoop – June 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop Post - June 2021 edition! How crazy it is to me that June is over already. Packed with so many goodies, this past month was one for the books! Adventures, cooking, weddings and so much more. Let's dive in!June Happenings June started...

Garlic Herb Grilled Corn

Garlic Herb Grilled Corn is sweet, smoky, buttery and loaded full of flavor! Fresh corn on the cob is lathered in a garlic herb butter, wrapped in foil and grilled to perfection. A simple, delicious side dish for all of your Summer grill outs and bbq's!Ingredients...

Smoked Hot Dogs

Smoked Hot Dogs are a delicious way to up your hot dog game! Rolled in steak seasoning, the hot dogs are then placed on the smoker and smoked until decadently delicious. A smoky, juicy version of the classic hot dog. This post and recipe is sponsored by Certified...

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake is a fresh, scrumptious treat to wake up to in the morning. Bursting with juicy blueberries, swirled with bright lemon zest and sprinkled with a crumble topping, this coffee cake is perfect for any breakfast or brunch!Ingredients Needed for...

BBQ Baked Beans

BBQ Baked Beans are the perfect side dish for all your Summer dinners! I'm taking baked beans to the next level by swirling in bbq sauce, spices and crispy bacon - and an added bonus of only taking 45 minutes to make! Each spoon full is finger lickin' good! A side...

Hawaiian Hot Dogs

Hawaiian Hot Dogs are a fun, vibrant twist on a Summer classic! Juicy, grilled hot dogs are wrapped in a bun and drizzled with ketchup. Then, topped with a Hawaiian inspired salsa of fresh mango, red onion and cilantro. Each bite is sweet, savory and takes you...

Piña Colada Popsicles

Piña Colada Popsicles are the perfect Summer dessert! All of the classic piña colada flavors of coconut and pineapple make this popsicle the cold treat to beat the heat. Swirl them together in a blender, pour into a popsicle mold, insert the popsicle sticks and then...

Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Cheese Stuffed Burgers are perfect for your Summer grilling season! Seasoned burger patties are stuffed with cubes of cheese (Velveeta for the win!) and grilled. The result: a juicy, cheesy burger that you can't resist biting into! Why not have your cheese inside your...

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie is a refreshing, sweet treat! A chocolate Oreo cookie crust is molded into the bottom of a pie dish. Filled with creamy mint chocolate chip ice cream, the pie is then frozen to create a deliciously cold sweet dessert.Ingredients...

Strawberry Limeade

Strawberry Limeade is a fun, vibrant drink perfect for summer! Zesty limeade is swirled together with freshly muddled strawberries for a sweet, tangy drink. Each sip is loaded full of flavor. Sweet summertime in a glass!Ingredients Needed for Strawberry Limeade When...

The Monthly Scoop – May 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop Post - May 2021 edition! With the weather warming up, we spent a lot of time out at the farm, gearing up for outdoor entertaining season and whipping up scrumptious, summery recipes! Let's dive on into the latest scoop of what's been...

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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