Things I’m Loving Lately – Christmas Edition


Many bloggers do weekly “Things I’m Loving” posts. I don’t. This is for a few reasons. I am not affiliated with any companies and I’m also a homebody so I run out of things to share. Then I am a creature of habit so again, I run out of things to share haha. But I do like to do them occasionally when I find new things I enjoy. And the good thing is that because I work with no one, you know that I just really like these things enough to talk about them! Here are a few of the things I am loving as well as some budget friendly finds I’m into this Christmas. Enjoy!

Maple Pumpkin Bars


I am so obsessed with bars lately! I have one every single morning with my coffee. I loved the maple pumpkin seeds with sea salt Kind bars so much that I was a little apprehensive to even try the Simple Nature brand from Aldi. Exactly the same. Aldi is just always such a win.

Dunkin Donuts Almond Milk Latte


I can’t stop with the hot almond milk lattes from Dunkin Donuts. This one is not so budget friendly at almost $5 for a medium but I am addicted nonetheless. Ugh, so good. Darn you DD!

Barissimo Holiday Flavors


Aldi does it again! I fell in love these holiday flavored coffees at Aldi last year and so needless to say when I saw them the other day I stocked up. They are only $3.50 a pound and fantastic! I love flavored coffees at the holidays and I highly recommend the toasted coconut and salted caramel at Aldi if you do too.

Sleepy Time Tea


Ok yeah so obviously I like the hot drinks at the holiday. But when its late, no more caffeine.  I have this one memory of when I was a kid walking home from my friend Anastasia’s house on a cold day. For whatever reason her mom sent me home with a cup of Sleepytime tea and it was so delicious! I still remember sipping it on that cold day when I drink it now. A delicious tea and a nostalgic one at that!


Here is a non-beverage. Asher has been such a delightful little addition to our family. No clue what kind of dog he is but he is extremely sweet and fun loving which is all that matters. He is great with the kids and our sweet Anatolian Shepherd Cody. I was nervous about how he would be with Cody… may remember our dog adoption fiasco.



So around the time Anna was born I got it into my head that I would read the Bible from cover to cover because I had never done that before. I started in Genesis and am now in Romans! Ugh, so good. There are some books that I can read several chapters at once, but then other books I have to take it one chapter at a time and just really meditate on it’s richness. Romans is one of the latter.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9


Hallmark Movies


No gloom. No doom. Absolutely no surprise as to how they will end. But oh how I love them. Happy happy happy happy.

Writing Writing Writing 


In this post, I talked about how when God refines you it often reveals things that you didn’t know about yourself. One of those truths is that while I have a lot of knowledge of fitness and nutrition, this knowledge doesn’t come so much from a place of passion as it does a place of bondage! That’s sounds bad. But it’s not! For the past three years I have been writing about my fitness journey and various things in my life. I realize now that it is the writing that I actually enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful that I know how to be healthy and I still believe it is important to do your best when it comes to treating your body as the temple that it is. But as far as a passion, no. I love the Lord and he has given me a desire to write. So that is exactly what I have been doing!

Watching These Guys

Seriously, is there anything more sweet than the wonderment of children at Christmas?


Happy Holidays Peaches!

What are some things you are loving this holiday season? 




5 Tips To Ensuring Your Pants Still Fit For New Years

Hi Peaches!

The holidays are here! This is no doubt my absolute favorite time of the year. I love crisp weather, sweaters and boots, shopping, Christmas decor, and enjoying time with family and friends. BUT along with enjoying time with family and friends comes loads of food. And not just any food, food on steroids. Everywhere you look there is creamy casseroles, sweet potatoes with extra sweetness, and cookies, cakes, and candies as far as the eye can see.

Now, by the title you may think that I am going to encourage you not to indulge in these things during your holiday but to try to stick to your guns and forgo the goodies. No way. If you WANT to indulge by all means indulge!!! I just have a few tips for those of us that want to stay the course this holiday or just do not want to fall off the wagon completely. So if you are in one of those categories, stay tuned for my 5 tips to ensuring you still fit into your pants come New Years.

My 5 Tips To Ensuring Your Pants Still Fit For New Years

1) Stand Firm!

I’ll go ahead and get the tough love out of the way first.

NEWSFLASH! Heres how many people care about you being in shape besides yourself……  0

You can’t count on anyone else to lose your weight for you. You have to do it YOURSELF. And yourself is the one who is going to stay on track during the holidays. Do not expect anyone to accommodate you. If they do it’s a bonus, but most likely you will be faced with food pushed in your face and have to answer 1000 questions as to why you are not eating one of every dessert. Know this, expect this, prepare to stand firm. Explain that you have a certain goal and that you are going to meet it. Do not act like you are unhappy that you cannot indulge, this only invites more food pushing. Just be polite and stand firm. You are not the only one at the party, the food will get eaten. And remember, it’s one thing if you WANT to indulge, but don’t be guilted into eating something you don’t want to.

2) Plan Your Indulgence


If you do want to indulge a bit, decide in advance what that will be. Maybe you just want one plate of food with one dessert instead of taking five trips to fill up your plate and then spending the rest of the afternoon picking at the dessert table. Know how you will indulge and then stick to that. I like to have coffee after my meal as kind of a “sign off”. Just a little something to tell myself I am done eating. If you don’t like coffee, try tea or a mint.

3) Pack Some Extra Snacks



If your family gatherings are anything like mine, they last a whole lot longer than just lunch or dinner. If you are spending more than just a few hours somewhere it’s a good idea to pack some healthy snacks so that you don’t get stuck being hungry with only decadent foods around. I like to pack Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs, and nuts.

4) Where Your Skinny Jeans

Or something that will show off your extended belly if you give into gorging yourself. If you are wearing a fitted shirt, you will think a lot more about how much you are eating simply because it will show! If you are wearing jeans and eat too much, you will know! Those things get tight! Nothing says “overindulged” like having to unbutton your pants. Oops.

5) Relax

This tip is for those of us who are on a role with weight loss. When you have been doing so good and actually making headway, it can be stressful to think about being faced with a lot of tempting foods and people pushing those tempting foods on you as well! Try to relax. If you stress yourself out about it all before even going to the gathering, I can tell you from experience you will just give in to the overwhelm and eat everything you see when you are actually there. Don’t stress, get a game plan before you go, do your best, and focus on the true meaning of the holidays. Faith, giving, family, and friends.

*Bonus Tip- If You End Up Having More Calories Than Planned, Use Them To Your Advantage!

If you end up having a little more fun than you thought you would, no problem! Use the calories to grow your lagging muscle group. Muscle needs a calorie surplus to grow so the day after indulging is the best time to workout with heavy weights! Looking to perk up a sagging booty? Do squats with heavy weights the day after your Thanksgiving feast.

So there you go! If you WANT to stay on track this holiday season, I hope you find these tips helpful (I feel that I need to keep emphasizing “want” because I by no means think that indulging is a bad thing!)

Have a wonderful, warm, and blessed holiday season everyone. 🙂


Do you try to stay on track with diet and exercise over the holidays?

If so, what are some ways that you keep from overindulging?




Tis The Season To Be Sugarless

Good morning Peaches!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The holidays are here!!! I’m so excited……. and a little overwhelmed haha. We have A TON to do this season. It’s times like this that I am extra thankful to be a stay-at-home mom. We have 5 Christmas gatherings as well as some fun Christmas events here and there. I definitely plan on having fun and enjoying the holiday season BUT I also plan on staying on track with my diet and exercise……. and here’s how I’m going to do it.

I Quit Sugar and I AM Not Looking Back


I quit the junky kind of sugar the day before Halloween and haven’t had any since. I have to tell you I feel amazing and do not miss it in the least! No cookie, candy, or cake can top not having cravings all the time and not constantly having set backs in losing the baby weight. So no, I will not be eating any desserts over the holidays.

“But won’t the holidays be miserable then?”you ask. Believe it or not, there are still MANY many things to enjoy over the holidays besides sugary treats. Here are just a few…..

Enjoying friends and family, decorating, Christmas shopping, Christmas candles, giving, gifts, enjoying Christmas songs, caroling, writing Christmas cards, doing random acts of kindness, driving around looking at Christmas lights, cooking non sugary things, drinking seasonal coffee, ALL THE COFFEE!!!! Oh and Pinterest! Pinteresting the crap out of everything!

And another fun thing to do around the holidays is fitting into your pants. Always fun. 🙂

As for exercise, I just get up, feed Anna, and press play. And that’s what I’m going to keep on doing.

Stay tuned for my run down of staying sugarless throughout our many Christmas events!

Tis the season to be sugarless!


Do you find it hard to stay healthy during the holiday season?