For those of you wondering, I’m alive! Just elbow deep in the eleventh move of our marriage. Yes, eleven. Today we are taking a break and hitting the beach, however.
The 26-foot uHaul was COMPLETELY packed. Where does all the stuff come from?
Dustin may have found his true calling…
A tired little sister with a tired little pup!
Making progress, slowly but surely!
Have a great weekend!
Mmmmm… this coffee is so good. There is nothing better than waking up to a coffee aroma flowing through the house; that smell gets me out of the bed every time.
Good morning! How are ya? Tuesday, again? In less than one month I will start my internship at the Mayo Clinic! My, oh my…so much to learn!
Yesterday was a very productive day. We may have found a place to live, we were able to make one step forward in completing our personal training (well more like, athletic training) certifications (more on that and what we want to do with them another day), and I was able to fit in an evening yoga class too. Good day to me.
Anyway, after talking to you about coconuts a few days ago, today,I decided that it would just be mean of me not to share another one of my new favorite things.
Let me first say, I am sooo not a supplement girl. Sometimes I wish I was: it would be so easy. Dustin always wishes I was. But there is just something about the “Pop this pill and you will get all of your nutrients in one swallow!” that just doesn’t seem right to me. As stated in my last post and my mom’s famous words, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
I actually think it’s the development of the multi-vitamin that got Americans into trouble in the first place. Eat whatever you want, but take this “One-A-Day” and you are golden.
A multi-vitamin is, as one of my nutrition professors described it, like an insurance card. Have it, hold it, but use it only if you have to.
It’s not that Dustin thinks that way but as a former professional athlete, he was taught supplementation most likely from his very first tee-ball coach all the way up through the professional organization. Dustin and I had a few nutrition classes together when he was returning after finishing his baseball career. I remember the day that one of our professors “dissed” protein shakes: Dustin was more than willing to battle his case. For his sake, it was understandable. As a minor league baseball player, traveling from city to city, hotel to hotel, for a guy that eats healthy, the Waffle House ‘Steak and Cheese’ just wasn’t going to cut it. He felt that rather a whey protein shake, banana, and trail mix would be the better option. I agree. So for some, supplementation is best, for others, it’s extremely unnecessary.
Even though I do mix up protein shakes occasionally after a hard workout, I don’t use in any other form of supplementation. I used to be the vitamin box girl: multi, fish oil, calcium + magnesium, and whatever I felt necessary at the time. Throughout time, I decided that my diet was extremely healthy and that all this supplementation was a waste of money: good insurance, yes, but necessary? I didn’t feel so. Using actual true, whole foods, to me, will always be best. Without taking a multi, it makes me feel responsible for getting in all of my daily nutrients, however that may be. Even B12: I can get through nutritional yeast, so I choose that over anything else for the time being.
(Please remember that everyone is different. A multi-vitamin may be unnecessary for some but absolutely vital for others. Always refer to your physician for personal situations and questions.)
If were talking “natural supplementation” and using foods to heal, like I said, let me introduce you to one of my new favorites.
Say hello to Spirulina.
You’re thinking I’ve gone mad, right? So does the hubs.
That was until I put it in his protein shake and it was love at first sip.
As I mentioned a thousand times on this blog, for some ridiculous reason my face waited until my twenties to breakout. So instead of having acne with all the other kids in my tenth grade math class, I now get to deal with it as a mid-twenties wife. Lovely, huh? Not so much. The same reader that mentioned to me that coconut oil helped cure her skin, also mentioned to me that she thinks it was the two, coconut oil and Spirulina together that did the trick. That’s when my own research began.
As a nutrition junkie, I’ve always heard the word Spirulina used on shows like Doctor Oz or maybe reading in a magazine, but as a nutrition student, we never learned of anything of it. We are taught only what has been talked about for years and years. Even though Spirulina HAS BEEN around for years and years, since it isn’t apart of the mainstream SAD (standard American diet), it isn’t taught. To me, that isn’t right. We should be taught about things like nutritional yeast, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maca powder, Spirulina, etc. but we aren’t and that’s unfortunate. It takes doing our own research to understand these foods and the benefits of them.
With that being said, I want to share with you a little more about what I have learned about this superfood.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae found deep within our oceans, fresh waters, and natural springs. It contains protein, B-vitamins, iron, and omega 3s. I thought this was interesting: the reason some fish contain omega 3s is because they eat this algae. While research is far from complete, Spirulina is being looked at for its effects on the immune system, inflammation, and infections (any many other things!).
Pretty good stuff, right?!
If you want to know even more, check out this article about Spirulina over at Natural News.
Also, it is highly important that you purchase a reputable brand of Spirulina because some sources are highly contaminated (Again, you can order yours here (contaminate free), using my VitaCost referral link, if you wish.).
Anyways, have a blessed Tuesday!
Today was better than yesterday, that’s for sure.
Last night, I stayed up a little too late (on into the wee hours of the morning) watching Water for Elephants (which was wonderful, by the way…and I am sooo not a movie person either), so our morning started a little bit later as well. We rolled out of bed and hit the Old City Farmers Market first thing. Organic kale, pickled okra, dried strawberries, dried kiwi, hummus, and vegan stuffed grape leaves were on the list of goodies that we came home with. Successful day to say the least. After hitting the local grocery store too, the refrigerator is stuffed to the max full of fresh goodness to carry us through the week.
A pickle-on-a-stick and a black Kenyan coffee may or may not have been breakfast.
In this life (and after yesterday…I’ll explain later), it’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves. Really, it is. No matter what the situation. We must remind ourselves however, that it is through the trials and tribulations that God molds us into the people He wants us to be.
Yesterday was not a day that we walked with sunshine over our heads, both figuratively and literally. And it’s hard to bring this guy down.
Actually…you won’t. And thank God for that or who knows where I’d be.
We definitely had a play date on the nearby playground a few days ago.
Not only was is POURING here all day long (minus about ten minutes) but we also managed to get scammed three times… in. one. day. Our new record.
Let me explain.
Scam number one: We are currently in the process of finding a place to live once we move up to Jacksonville. We have searched and searched and searched. We’ve gone through realtors, classifieds, and now Craigslist too. Even though I hate the word hate, I hate Craigslist. There is very little good that actually comes from that site.
After speaking with a man/woman/it over e-mail quite a few times, we thought we finally found the perfect place. He/she/it told us to drop by the place to check it out (he/she/it was “out-of-town,” so for today we could only see the outside). That alone seemed sketchy to us, so after driving 45 minutes up to check out the house, we decided to ring the neighbor’s door to find out a little bit more about this he/she/it. The place seemed too good to be true. My mom quickly reminded me tonight that “if ever something seems to good to be true, it is.” She was right. The he/she/it in the e-mail claimed to be a man working in Alabama and that is why he needed to rent out his home. When we asked the neighbor about the owner he said, “Francsis? Oh, HER health started declining so SHE had to move in with HER son a few miles up the road.”
This he/she/it is still e-mailing me (I haven’t yet let him know that I’m on to his scam), trying to get information to steal my identity and in a few more e-mails I’m going to let him know that he too has been scammed. So tricky, aren’t I?…Muah hahaha. Ha! Yeahhh
Scam number 2: Dustin decided he would go help out at a youth baseball center with a seemingly prestigious name (I’m not going to name names). We drove an hour up to this baseball complex to find a baseball field in the middle of a cow pasture (deep into the projects too). For a 14-15 year old team, the tattoos were pretty impressive (joking) and the language was well, let’s just say you wouldn’t want your children to here the words coming out of these also children’s mouths. Back to square one we go.
Scam number 3: While Dustin was at his incredible youth baseball practice, I decided to find a dog park in order to let Boss and Gunner run around. I Google-mapped a park and found “7 Leashes Dog Walking Park.” Sounds legit, right? I drive thirty minutes there to find a cement side walk…awesome dog park, Jacksonville, awesome. We did two laps around the “park” (taking all of eight minutes), and loaded up and called it a day.
Enough was enough. Let’s go home.
You know those days where nothing seems to go your way, this was one of them.
Today was much better though, I can happily say. Even though there is so much confusion and so many unanswered questions in our life right now, I am certain and have full trust in our amazing God. I will never doubt the plans he has for us.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
Hi there! Happy weekend! I hope you have had a fabulous day. My day started with a 9 am killer yoga class that left me dripping in more sweat than any workout ever has. I then ventured over to the Old City Farmers Market to find it was closed because of a graduation ceremony. I then spent the rest of my day walking the pups, cleaning, cooking and laying out on the dock while Dustin off shore fished with some of our GSU friends that just happen to be in St. Augustine right now too. A great day for the both of us!
Tonight, I have a happy story to share with you.
Let me set the scene: It’s March 2004 and I am a junior in highschool. A friend of mine calls me and tells me that she has a friend (both of which went to another highschool) that is close in size to me and is looking for the perfect dress to wear to her senior prom and did I have anything that she could come look at. Of course I did.
My friend and another girl stroll into my parents house and within minutes out strolls the perfect lime green dress. It fit her like a glove.
Days later, my friend’s friend, I’ll go ahead and share her name, Lindsay, text/calls me (I can’t remember which) and says something similar to this,”Thanks for letting me borrow your dress! It was the perfect dress to get down in…I had it pulled up over my knees all night long!!”
All I could think was, “poor dress, poor, poor dress.”
She returned it in close to mint condition as if she hadn’t even worn it. I was shocked, but now this story makes so much more sense. Lindsay is my big sister in Kappa Delta and one of the best friends a girl could ever ask for.
(So I might have been a few, or 20, pounds heavier, don’t hate What can I say, I had fun in college.)
The day I found out I was going to Georgia Southern, Lindsay was the girl who took me under her wing. She walked me through sorority rush, helped me survive my freshman year, and later stood next to me on my wedding day.
Months ago, when I started my guest post section of this blog, I sent out an e-mail to friends that I knew had an incredible story to share with you. I had awesome feedback and the hardest part was deciding which order I would share their stories with you. Every guest post has made complete sense on when I should share, and today, it is more than appropriate for me to share Lindsay’s post on what it takes to be a friend.
Like I said above, Lindsay is the friend that will never leave your side. When she accepts you, she truly accepts you for everything you are. When she calls you friend, she means it for a lifetime.
When she found out I was accepted into Mayo, she called me and was almost more excited than me. For my 25th birthday she sent me a gift that she new only I would love and she was right, I can hardly put it down. Every food question I have ever had is answered.
Last night, I am more than happy to share, Lindsay said yes to her Texas cowboy and the man of her dreams!
Tom is a lucky man to have this girl as a wife by his side forever (because that, she will be), but I know that she is just as lucky to have him by her side because she wouldn’t have picked anything other than perfect. So, congratulations, Lindsay, you deserve a lifetime of happiness simply because of the joy you bring into other people’s lives!
Here are a few photos of some wild times Linds and I have shared together…
Biting my hair? That’s what big sisters are for. Statesboro 2008?
Teaching me her San Antone Two-Step
Reunited and it felt so good. San Antonio 2009
Here are Lindsay’s words on being a true friend…
A great friend posses the following qualities:
- She is honest, no matter what the case. A lot of people tell you what you want to hear, but an honest friend tells you your outfit doesn’t match, you should be nicer to your boyfriend/husband, or your hair needs highlighting because your roots are badddd!
- She is caring and has a big heart. She listens to your problems and sympathizes with what you’re feeling. She is there for you when you need a milkshake or margarita. She always knows that if she doesn’t have the right answer, she will lend an open ear to comfort you along the way.
- She is trustworthy. Everyone has situations in life where you don’t want the world knowing your personal business, but you need to confide in one person so you can live day-to-day, not living in secrecy. You need this person to be your rock and sounding board. People don’t realize that gossiping does not get you further in life, the words spoken hurt deeper than the actual value gained from talking about that person. Being a trustworthy friend is the most important attribute for long-lasting friendships.
- She knows how to have fun! Being able to laugh at yourself not only entertains your friends, but is good for the soul. Surround yourself with people who see the glass half full, and get out there and live life to the fullest, while making every moment a memorable one!
- She is positive. She greets you with a smile and when asked how she is doing replies, “wonderful, couldn’t be better”. Positive behavior is contagious. Even though we don’t always want to go to work or school, or maybe even be in a good mood when we get home to our families and pets, it is important to meet and greet with a positive attitude and smile. You never know what is going on with the people around you, but being positive and approachable is more rewarding than being negative and closed off.
- She has faith. She centers her life around Christ and lives her life according to the word. She is an example for her friends and family and encourages discussion and involvement with the church. She is thankful for you and lifts you in time of celebration or need.
- She is loyal. She will sing your praises when you have accomplished something. She will defend you whenever it is needed. If you needed the shirt off her back, she gives it. She does not compete with you, she joins you. She protects you like a sister and love you to death!A great friend possess all these attributes and then some. I am blessed to have such wonderful, dear friends of whom I write these things about. We are not only friends, we are sisters, and with that, I am grateful!Thanks,