Good Eats

It’s rainy here today. A perfect day to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a book. 

I found hazelnut almond milk creamer at the grocery store the other day! Which I’m super excited about it.  I used it today mixed with almond milk so pure cocoa powder and a smidge of honey to make myself a nice cup of cocoa. It was amazing. I am in love with this creamer. I’m hoping to see them come out with more flavors. The best part the ingredients are almonds hazelnuts and water. 

After enjoying my hot cocoa and book this morning it was time to think about lunch. I used leftover rice and chicken and made myself chicken rice soup which was so good that I couldn’t wait for it to cool and now have a completely burnt mouth but the soup was amazing. And, well my doggies love the fact that I made soup today as they will be getting the leftovers with their dinner tonight.

I love rainy days and warm comforting foods. 

Did You Know

Seriously, after the last 4 days I’m asking myself did I really eat all of that, but it was oh so good.

Portion control and way less fattening food choices starting tomorrow since the leftovers have been consumed so no more temptation. 

Hope your holiday and weekend was amazing. 

7 Miles At Christmas Town

Yesterday, was spent at Busch Gardens Christmas Town, and I put the miles on. 7 to be exact. 7 miles on an ankle that came out of a walking boot a week ago. 

It actually wasn’t too bad once we started going. But, once we sat down to eat and had sat for a while the ankle was a bit sore. But, I kept going because it was a really enjoyable day with good friends and seeing the kids faces was worth it. 

My ankle is a little sore today, but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. So that’s a good thing. Which means I think in ready to try a fitness class this week and slowly ease back into activity. 

These pictures don’t even come close to giving justice to how beautiful the light displays are. And, this is just a small sample of the displays they had. 

Countdown To Christmas Has Begun

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, which means today is the official start of the countdown to Christmas.

Lights and decorations are going up all over town, and Busch Gardens Christmas Town officially opened today. 

The decorations that they put up are quite spectacular and fun is being had by all. Oh and did I mention the steps I’m getting in today with the bonus of pulling a wagon around as well. Workout complete. 

Oh and of course it’s Black Friday, but I did the shopping online this year. I was not fighting crowds for a few bargains here and there. 

Hope you’re all enjoying this holiday weekend. 

Stella & Dot Style

Let’s talk jewelry shall we. Stella & Dot is a company that sells accessories jewelry, handbags, wallets, and scarves to name a few items you can purchase. 
Now I will say at first look I thought it was expensive, and it is. Hence the reason why the husband gets sent a wishlist with items I want and it makes his Valentine’s, Christmas, Anniversary, or Birthday gift giving easy. My first pieces I got from Stella & Dot are still some of my favorites and wear them often. 


This engravable bracelet is awesome and also comes in a gold version which I would love to get at some point. My bracelet which I’m currently not near or if post a picture of it has the coordinates of the Eiffel Tower, which is where the husband and I got engaged. The possibilities are endless for what memory you can put on these bracelets.  

This necklace also comes in a gold version. The necklace sells for $79 which I’m sure you’re thinking is a lot. But, when you think about it it’s not really that expensive as I can wear it 3 different ways. Create the layering look by wearing both necklaces or you can creat a second and third look by simply wearing one of the necklaces. You can create further looks by pairing either of the necklaces with another necklace you may already have or another item from Stella & Dot. 
This is one of Stella & Dot’s Tassel Necklaces, which by the way are currently on sale for Black Friday, can create 2 different looks. The tassel removed from the beaded chain to create 2 different styles. This necklace comes in 3 choices gold, silver, and azure. I’m in love with the azure and may have to pick it up while it’s on sale. 
And, you know that saying you get what you pay for. I can’t tell you how true that is. You can pick up a knockoff/copycat version of many Stella & Dot products at the many accessory stores out there. Here’s an example of one that is similar to the Tassel necklace.   

You can tell by looking at it that the quality is nothing compared to that of the Stella & Dot and the tassel is not removable on this. You may think what’s the big deal I’ll just buy a separate strand of beads. Well yeah you could but now you have more accessories to store and say you’re traveling the fewer items you need to bring and the more versatile each item is the better. Especially when you need to pay for those suitcases to fly with you and you have weight limits to stick to.
My all time favorite necklace from Stella & Dot is the Rebel. I wear this necklace all of the time. It comes in 3 finishes silver, gold, and rose gold. I have it in rose gold, and may have to add a gold one sometime in the future.  

Can you guess which of the above 2 necklaces is Stella & Dot and which is the knockoff/copycat?

And, let’s talk scarves. They are amazing. These are lightweight and so soft they help to enhance and accentuate your outfits. I love them.  

And, let’s talk about packaging. They are amazing there is no reason to even wrap the items if you’re giving them as a gift if you don’t want to.  

Hint for all the men out there, wrapping is done when you buy Stella & Dot. 

Okay so it’s a bit more pricing then hitting the accessory store in the mall, but that’s why you take advantage of their promotions. And, right now is the time to get the goods. They are currently running a promo called Dot Dollars for every $50 spent until December 15 you will get $25 Dot Dollars that can be redeemed starting December 29th so you can further accessorize any new clothes, handbags, and shows you got over the holidays. That sounds pretty awesome, but wait there is more going on. They’ve started their Black Friday sale already and there are items that are on sale big time.  

 Looking for some gift ideas here are just 2 ideas: 

Oh, but we aren’t done yet people when you attend a trunk show either in person or online you’re eligible to take advantage of the trunk show exclusive deals. When you spend $50 you can items that are trunk show deals for 50% off.   

 yes, it’s more expensive than the stores in the mall, but again you get what you pay for, but if you take advantage of their promos you actually are making out really well. 
So check out Stella & Dot and find gifts for those women in your life. Sisters, moms, aunts, best friends, wives, girlfriends, they all need a little accessory in their life.  

Small Business Saturday

One of my favorite small businesses just announced their small business Saturday sale, and it’s awesome. 

Thick 2 Thin is a clothing company for everyone. I’ve blogged about them before actually I’ve blogged about them several times well today is no different. I’m doing it again. 

Thick 2 Thin prides themselves on being available to everyone. One of their mottos is, “We are all athletes” which is so true. No matter where we are on the journey we are all athletes, out there doing something. No matter if your a size 20 or a 2 you’re out there working on yourself, wether it’s your first day at the gym, or you’re training for your 48th marathon you are an athlete. And, well Thick 2 Thin not only supports that, but encourages, and embraces it. 

I have tons of shirts from this company each with something inspiring on it. On days when I’m headed for a workout and just am not feeling it I dig through the Thick 2 Thin drawer, yes I have an entire drawer, and find the right shirt to help motivate me. It could be anything from We are all Wonder Woman, I’m not training to be skinny I’m training to be badass, or even Buts don’t make Butts. And, that is just a very few of the inspiring and motivating sayings on the tanks, long sleeves, tees, and sweatshirts. Perhaps one of my favorite sayings is Do More Suck Less, and on those days where I need a little reminder of who I am I pull out the I’m a BAMF shirt, because well I am.

They are releasing their new line of new sayings shortly and I’ve already placed a preorder in which I can’t wait to receive the order. Actually I have one item already on the way. 

Anyway, the Small Business Saturday sale is out and it’s pretty dang awesome. 

From Thick 2 Thin Facebook post to this we BFFs, which I am most definitely one of. 

Hi Ladies! We wanted to let you know about our deals for Small Business Saturday!!! We don’t do black friday deals, because we love to push Small Business Saturday instead 🙂 That and, frankly, black friday is getting out of control and I’m pissed that stores open on thanksgiving now! HA! 
Anyways, our deal for everyone will be 20% off, Free Shipping, and a $20 gift card for all orders over $100! 
BUT, this time, you’ll be able to use your code, and so will your friends, and you’ll get 30% off! 
How does that sound??

Seriously, sounds pretty amazing right. So click yourself right on over to Thick 2 Thin on Saturday and take advantage of this amazing sale. 

And, if you’re interested in the code for an additional 10% off let me know and I’ll gladly share it. 

Turkey Day is nearly here. 

Arm Workout

Okay, it wasn’t really an arm workout but this stuff is heavy.  

The husband is currently overseas working and shipped home a ton of stoneware. He sent all of the stuff home in 2 trunks that thankfully I didn’t have to lift. Because, if I did I’m sure I’d have a hernia. 

I mean the case alone weighs way more than I want to moving around very often. 

I’ll be moving all of the stuff around a lot in the next day or 2. I need to find homes for the stuff that is for us, and get the other stuff together that will be sent out as gifts for the holidays. 

I will say though when we use this stuff I get a workout it’s heavy. No fine delicate China in this house, it’s stoneware all of the way. 

What do you think of this stuff?

Okay It’s Time

I’ve been crazy busy with life lately, but now things are returning back to normal. 

I got the all clear on the broken ankle on Friday which means I can and will start going back to some fitness classes. I will have to take it slow and not push it too hard but I need to get my butt back to moving. 

I need to start eating clean and healthy again. I’ve started eating processed crap again and well it’s exactly that crap. 

Time to make some food from real ingredients and feel good again. 

Hope all has been well with you. 

I’ll Get A Workout Tomorrow

I just got home and my dog rolled in something dead. Great!!!

Tomorrow you’ll be getting a bath and I’ll be getting a workout because you won’t be easy to give a bath to outside. Because I’m not really sure I want to load you in my car smelling that way. We shall see how much time I have between work and a party I have to go to tomorrow. 

Stinky dog why do you do this to me when I’m busy.