Finally! I’m Back!

Okay, so I’ve been gone since January and it’s been a pain!


I came home from a conference in Atlanta in January and my laptop (of 5 years) would not turn on! My brother, a computer whiz, told me it was not going to ever work again (sad) and the laptop was NOT worth any fixes. As soon as I heard those words, blogging was the only thing on my mind. I need my Windows Live Writer!!!! It’s not that much fun of an experience to blog on my Samsung Galaxy. I tried…didn’t go so well.

Anyhow, my birthday is in 3 days, and my wonderful parents, brother, and grandmom gave me an early gift! When you get older, you really only need 1 thing and 1 thing only. So, laptop it is! I’m very, very, thankful!

I got an HP-Pavillion 17” laptop with Windows 8….and it is AMAZING! I hope it stays this awesome for 5 years or so!

HP - Pavilion 17.3" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive - Anodized Silver - Larger FrontHP - Pavilion 17.3" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive - Anodized Silver - Alternate View 3

I’m just really glad to be back on the blogging wagon. Being stuck in the mud for 4 months is so crappy!

ENOUGH! Let’s get onto some food and workouts! Oh, and a little update on IIN.



For last night’s dinner, I found this recipe on Pinterest and not only did I Pin it, I actually baked it! I made a couple of changes like…omitting the bacon and changing the Gruyere cheese to Parmesan. Mine didn’t look as fabulous as Lindsay’s though Sad smile

Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole - real food meets comfort food. From scratch, quick and easy, 350 calories. |


Creamy Quinoa + Chicken & Broccoli Casserole with Parmesan Cheese! Clean enough for me!




I did a 4 mile run + a workout after (before I ate.)


Breakfast (this morning)


We juiced this morning and I enjoyed mine outside on the deck! So refreshing!

Here’s what we juiced:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Kale
  • 1/2 Pear
  • 3/4 Grapefruit
  • 1 Red Beet



School has been great so far. I’m only on Module 8 (week 8), but so far, so good! I love all the videos, assignments, and quizzes! And I’ve been taking lots of notes and stuffing them in this note journal.


This time next year, I will be 8 weeks out of school and helping others live out a healthy lifestyle! Gonna be the best job ever! Such an exciting thought.

Bible Verse of the Day

1 Peter 1:3 KJV

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”



You guys be blessed and I’m so thankful I can begin sharing my workouts, thoughts, recipes, and nutrition school with you again!



Marvelous Weather, Marvelous Time!

Good morning friends and happy Monday!

I don’t know why I haven’t been doing my MIMM posts! Thanks Katie for always hosting! I enjoy these kind of posts Smile

Marvelous is…

1. I don’t have to go back to high school again! My little sister is off to go to 8th grade today and I’m so glad I don’t have to go.

1st day of being a senior last year…


2. Friday night’s yummy thai salad and garden veggie soup from Panera

panera bread

3. My mom and I running/walking 10 miles in our hilly neighborhood Saturday morning with the most perfect weather! OMG it felt like early October. So blessed to have been able to exercise outside!

4. Being able to celebrate my brother’s 25th birthday on Saturday! We ate at Logan’s Roadhouse and then stopped by the Fresh Market because they were having “Make Your Own Icecream Sandwich” day which was a total letdown and wasn’t like anything we planned Sad smileSo that part wasn’t marvelous…but I do love the Fresh Market

By the way: My brother has worked his way up to 305 deadlift and 215 squat and still going! He usually never makes excuses about going to the gym. He’s super motivating!

5. Marvelous is the Starbucks employee who brewed all of us some dark French Roast coffee Smile


6. Sunday morning’s Sermon at Word Alive Church. #EatsWithSinners “Don’t Label People”

7. The workouts I’m going to get in today! I can’t promise anything, but I gotta make up Leg Day and I also gotta work Back, Biceps, & Shoulders

8. Being able to pick what I want to have for breakfast…torn between making my Chocolate Pancakes or cinnamon overnight oats!


9. Marvelous is…Fall is getting closer! I seriously can’t wait! And here’s why! (Pinterest)

It definitely feels like an Autumn morning here today.  Yoga last night also was outdoors and felt the chill in the air.  Although it doesn't smell like it yet so there's still time.

The Fall Decor

Fall decor.  I like the wood plank down the center.  I think my husband could cut a piece of wood down to the right size for my table, then we could stain it.  Might have to try this.Fall Decorating Craft Ideas | Fall Decorating | paperandlacecrafts

Fall fireplace decorations.This is it!!!! Exactly the look! Maybe slightly different color flowers but the pumpkins, straw, and  bushel baskets for decorations is perfect.

The Fall Clothes



Fall Food/Drinks

How to tell fall has arrived in Southern California: Starbucks pumpkin spice latte!Fall Favorite Foods & Drinks (via

And The Scenery

✮ Autumn PalletI could stare at this all day. My favorite time of year!

Fall Scenery - Pumpkin Cart

Have a Marvelous Monday!


  • What is your favorite season?
  • What was Marvelous in Your Monday?