when i grow up

throwback thursday

Since it is Thursday, I thought it would be fun to do a throwback-theme post. Going through old blog posts has me feeling all sorts of nostalgic and reminiscent about the past. Thinking about how much has and has not gone to plan. Have you ever done a comparison on where you believed you were going to be growing up versus what actually happened? Because I sure have! I find it so interesting to see how plans change and mold through the years. How little decisions affect bigger decisions and so on.

So, what did I want to be when I grew up?

Easy! A veterinarian. For many years I begged my mom to buy me any and every book that had to do with animal and veterinary care. Especially if it had to do with horses. In fact, the more gory and medical the better for my little middle-school mind. I am sure my friends all thought it odd that I did not want to be an actress, dancer, or singer. However, for me it felt silly to want to be something that I knew I would not excel at.

Interestingly enough, a lot of the knowledge that I learned as a child stuck with me. The only change is that where I had an iron stomach, I now have a very weak and queasy one. Just the sight of blood (even on myself) has me woozy and ready to pass out. In an emergency I am able to act quickly and “get the job done” but then I quickly need to excuse myself for fresh air. One of the things that makes me laugh the most, is that I flounder when it comes to human care. If the ailment has to do with an animal, I know exactly how to act and what to do. When it happens to a person, I have absolutely no clue.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

summer post ideas

blog post ideas

Can you believe that summer is already here? Truthfully, we were unsure summer would ever show up in the pacific northwest! One day the sun would be shining, then the entire next week would call for rain. However, now that summer has officially begun we are getting wildly high temperatures.

Blogging during the heat can be miserable. At least for me it is! Spending time outdoors with my family enjoying the weather is always so tempting. It especially beats out spending more time on a computer than I have already spent. Looking at a screen all day has me craving the outdoors. Thankfully, this has turned into me coming up with some fun summer post ideas.

Summer post ideas:

  • Summer-inspired bucket list items.
  • Favorite backyard barbecue recipes.
  • How you beat the summer heat and keep cool.
  • Where the best place to camp, or glamp, is.
  • Create a summer-theme craft and share how you did it.
  • Favorite no-bake recipe.
  • Must have summer beauty products.
  • Summer activity ideas for yourself, the family, or the kids.
  • Do something for the environment and share what you did.
  • A random act of kindness.
  • Summer wardrobe must haves.
  • Fourth of July theme decor and/or food.
  • Beach or swimming essentials.
  • Top summer vacation destinations.
  • Ways to motivate yourself to workout.
  • Summer reading list.
  • Road trip games that are a must to play.
  • Television shows to binge watch.
  • The best homemade popsicle recipe.
  • Summer goals.

What summer post ideas would you add to your list? 

three small changes for big weight loss results

fitness

Did you know that I spent a year as a certified health and fitness coach? While I may no longer be certified by Curves or participate as a Beachbody coach, I have quite a bit of experience and knowledge in the health and fitness industry. At one time, I wanted to be and studied to become a dietitian! However, the job field for such a position is rather nonexistent where I live. So business and finance it became.

Plus, having a husband who does bodybuilding keeps me up to date as well!

Three small changes for big weight loss results:

1. Don’t skip breakfast.

A healthy breakfast is linked to so many incredible benefits! Benefits such as controlling weight, lowering cholesterol, and improving daily performance. Eating breakfast can help reduce hunger encouraging you to eat a smaller lunch and dinner. For extra protein, add an egg or two to your morning meal. This little boost of protein encourages lean muscle mass which is more metabolically active.

2. Write down what you eat.

Writing down what you have eaten throughout the day is a great way to hold yourself most accountable. Keeping a food log lets you be aware of what you are eating and when. Doing this can give you a great insight on your eating habits! Plus, knowing your cravings and hunger routines allows you to discover which changes will be best for you.

3. Ask yourself what you want more.

When you are craving something unhealthy, ask yourself this: What do I want more? That piece of cake or a body I feel comfortable in and proud of? Asking yourself this may help you realize that you truly do not need or want what you are craving.

An extra tip: If you are craving sweets, substitute candy or chocolate with an apple. Other amazing alternatives include: dark chocolate, Greek yogurt, baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon, and tea with a hint of honey for sweetness.

billetproof car show

Guys, we have so much to catch up on. Not blogging for a few weeks definitely put me really far behind! Which, really, is okay because it means that I have a lot of material ready to go.

This past weekend John and I went to the Billetproof car show for the first time! We went with his car club, Numskulls C. C. Since Lucille, our ’36 Chevrolet four-door Master Deluxe isn’t running yet, we drove Phyllis. This beauty, pictured below, is a ’52 Chevrolet two-door owned by one of John’s best friends and is so much fun to ride in!

car show

billetproof 2017

Friday afternoon the guys drove the old cars down to our motel taking the back roads. A couple of the cars don’t do well going highway speeds. Since I did not get off of work until late, I met up with everyone for dinner at Pete’s Pizza! The pizza was delicious and thinking back, we should have bought another for the ride home. After dinner we cruised for a bit down the main strip.

Saturday was the main day for the car show. A lot of our time was spent ogling the gorgeous cars that had shown up. Seeing so many gorgeous cars made John and I both even more ready to get our car up and running! Every car show surprises me because I never see a car the same year and style as ours… On occasion I will see a two-door version, but never the four-door.

In fact, once finished our car may look sort of similar to my first favorite car pictured below!

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recently read

recently read

While I may not have been blogging often, I was still reading my little heart out. This year I had a small goal of only twenty-four books to read. Previously, I had made outrageous reading goals that I was unable to meet. Since then I have toned it down considerably. Plus, with schooling and working I have not had as much time as before. So, what have I been reading?

truly madly guilty.

This book took me longer than usual to read. Moriarty’s writing was wonderful and her characters were unique with a lot of depth, however the story line moved at an achingly slow pace. All I could think about was what possibly could have happened at the barbecue. Truthfully, I was a little unimpressed.

three stars.

all the missing girls.

Being written in nonlinear/reverse chronology had me a bit unsure. Especially since I felt that I would have enjoyed reading the book more had it been in chronological order. The anticipation and “buildup” was definitely there! Overall, the characters were interesting with real qualities and the mystery was intriguing.

three stars.

mr. mercedes.

Being nervous about reading my first Stephen King book made it difficult to choose which book of his to read first. Thankfully I was not disappointed! King uses a “no holding back” writing style that I found myself enjoying. There were some horrid bits that added to the story, but were not overwhelming. Each main character added wonderfully to the story line and helped keep you captivated until the very end.

four stars.

the nest.

With raw and real characters, I found this book to be an easy and fun read. Each main character had flaws and real issues that are seen in every day life making it a book that you can relate to. Days after I finished reading The Nest I was still thinking about its story.

three stars. 

room.

I will not lie, this book still haunts me. Room was absolutely captivating, courageous, and heart-wrenching. Being written through the perspective of a five-year-old, there is an added innocence to what was happening throughout the book. Even though there were some parts that were very slow, the book did pick up speed as you read along.

four stars.

What have you been reading lately?