Jan 24, 2015

Setting Myself Up to Succeed with Ester-C

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias

There is nothing better than the first couple months of a new year. Everything has been wiped clean from the slate and you feel ready to tackle the world. I look forward to this time of year and get so excited to reach new goals I plan for myself! I wanted to share a few sectors of goals that I've set for 2015. 
Career goals - This one is basically 'figure out what the heck I want to do with my life.' Unfortunately I have tried with no luck to move up at my current job and it's pretty discouraging at this point. I don't like to share a ton of job details on the internet because I don't really feel it's the place to, but I do know I need to make some decisions in 2015 regarding my career. Fingers crossed I make the right ones.

Financial Goals - While Sallie & Perkins are officially done paying off their student loans, things don't stop there. We plan to follow through with Dave Ramsey's baby steps, but we need to sit down and figure out exactly where we go from here. Finances aren't always super fun to talk about, but being on the same page as Jared and now being debt-free makes it much easier.

Fitness/Health - Last year was a rollercoaster for me. Up and down with fitness and health, all over the board it seemed. I would try to make a routine stick and it would... for awhile. I hope 2015 is the year I really can make those lifestyle changes that will help me be a healthier person for years to come. I want to come full circle with my body-- exercising consistently, putting the right foods into my body and making sure I support my immune system. 

Ester-C is something I pick up at Walmart and have on hand at all times as part of keeping up with my health and fitness goals. I’m also a big fan of the fact that it’s really gentle on my stomach. Other Vitamin-C tablets can often irritate a sensitive belly but these absolutely do not. It’s nice to know I can take it anytime I want with zero side-effects.

I keep some in my purse and some in our super-organized medicine cabinet too ;)

I take them regularly to support my health and help me be prepared. My immune system is ready for 2015! Be sure to check out Ester-C on Facebook and Twitter for more information on immune support and tips on staying healthy in the new year.

Jan 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy, Happy Friday!! I now understand what all the hype is about weekends. Since I don't have any weekend hours I am fully enjoying the time away from the office each weekend. Whether that's being super productive and getting stuff done, sneaking away to Niagara falls, or vegging out in front of Netflix I am a big fan of Saturday & Sunday again. (Just let me enjoy it for the few months it lasts!)

And since it's Friday, we talk happy things and favorite things. Like...

- Trying new recipes and having them be a big hit with both Jared and I.

- Pinning the crap outta' Easter stuff. I mean, it's only 10 weeks away, which means I can start decorating in 5 weeks, right? ;) Fun fact- Easter is my absolute favorite holiday, ever!

- This doTerra oil. It's a respiratory blend and it has really made a world of difference for Jared and I both. We are breathing much better at night which results in better sleep! I'm no expert on oils so if you have questions ask Kristin, she'd be happy to help ;) Any other oil users out there?

- Blog friends that just get me.

- Being in mid-conversation and saying "when we're out of debt" because I totally forgot WE ARE! See? It still has not fully sunk-in that our student loans are gone forever!

- Drinking tons of water out of this fun jar I got for Christmas. I easily drink 2 liters of water a day so gosh darnit, it needs to be in something cute. Plus this bad boy holds 25 ounces which is nice.

-Designing blogs! You guys, nothing makes me happier than to make someone else happy with how their blog looks. Can I just do this full-time?? ;)

- And as always, this guy! I'm still thinking about how much fun we had last weekend on our getaway... and daydreaming about where we can head next!

Linking up with Amanda today. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Jan 21, 2015

My Thoughts on EMeals

A couple months ago I was given the opportunity to try out EMeals and I'll admit, I was skeptical at first. I try my best to meal plan on own most of the time, and usually follow through. But football season wrecks my life every year. (How's that for dramatic??) Jared and I order more pizzas in October-November than we do in a year's time due to a lack of planning. The late hours and weird weekend shifts take over and our fridge ends up sad and empty entirely too often. However- EMeals has fixed that! 
Something I noticed -and liked- right away is that you have the option of signing up for 3, 6 or 12-months at a time. It gets cheaper if you sign up for a longer membership, but it's nice to know I could just jump in for 3 months when I need the most help. EMeals lets you choose from all types of meal plan options-- seriously, there are TONS! Then once a week they send you your meals/recipes for the week along with a shopping list and a rough estimate of how much it's going to cost you too! 

Jared and I have been loving their low-carb meal options but we've also dabbled with the slow-cooker meal plan as well as the budget-friendly meal plan. That's right, you can change what plan you're signed up for at ANY time. No fees, no hassle... it's right up my alley. The budget one picks recipes with fewer ingredients and can be a huge money-saver if you're like me and can tend to overspend on groceries.

And you know what else? Every single recipe we've tried so far has been a hit! Every one! I can't count the times I find something via Pinterest that sounds delicious only to have it not turn out nearly as good as we'd hoped. It's nice to be confident in trying new things and knowing they are going to taste great. You can try EMeals completely free for two weeks via their website- another awesome move by the company. And you know who endorses these plans? Besides me, of course ;) My buddy Dave Ramsey! And I'm pretty confident you all know my feelings for Dave by now.
Emeals provided me with a free trial of their services, but no other compensation was involved. All opinions are my own!

Jan 20, 2015

Another Stamp on My Passport!

Since Jared was (probably) tired of seeing me mope around, we decided on a whim that a getaway would be a great way to enjoy some quality time together. Our offices were closed for MLK Jr. day so it was the perfect long weekend to go somewhere! We've been to most of the cities within 2-3 hours of us so this time- we got a little crazier and drove to...

Niagara Falls! I had never been there and it had been ages since Jared had been there. Plus this satisfies two things on my 30 before 30 list: spontaneous weekend getaway AND another stamp on my passport. We left bright and early Saturday morning and the drive went incredibly fast since I was so excited to get there!
There was a tiny mishap with our reservations but everything ended up being fine and we could see the falls from our hotel room!

We snagged an incredible deal via Groupon because January isn't exactly the popular time to visit the Falls. Yes, it was cold, but we bundled up each day and absolutely LOVED the breathtaking views. I actually think seeing it it winter might be more beautiful than in the warmer temperatures, but I can only make a fair comparison if I make it back in the summer sometime ;)

Those were the American side falls!

Honestly the views cannot be done justice via photographs, but these will have to do. Standing there with Jared seeing one of the coolest things on this earth was incredibly overwhelming to me. I just felt so fortunate to have the chance to be there seeing this beautiful part of the world with my husband. We stood out in the cold looking at the views and barely felt the frigid temperatures- it was that powerful!

We did the Journey Behind the Falls tour our second day there which let us get super close to the waters. One observation deck was closed for the winter, but it didn't effect anything for us. We were still within feet of the falls and couldn't stop snapping pictures. By the way, I have never seen so many selfie-sticks in my life. It was hilarious to see all these tourists walking around with them and getting selfies from each and every view of the falls. For the record, Jared and I do NOT have one! ;)
It was so much fun being touristy and getting up close and personal with nature. I think all the bad food we ate totally cancels out based on how much we walked (often uphill- omg!) over the weekend. I know weekends like this will be some of the most cherished memories Jared and I share.

Linking up with some great ladies for Tuesday Talk



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