Thoughtful Thursday: Loving My Body, Flaws and All

I’ve been in a love/hate relationship with my body for years now.

I’m learning to love it though.  One step at a time.

And do you know what I’ve noticed has happened since I’ve started appreciating my body and acknowledging all the amazing things it has done?

I’ve started taking better care of it.

I’ve been working out more, loving the changes, ever how small they may be.

I’ve been looking at the good things I see in the mirror instead of the flaws.

I’ve been watching what I eat and drinking more water to fuel my body properly.

You see, I don’t want to have a love/hate relationship with my body.  No one is perfect and that’s okay.  That doesn’t mean I don’t want to be the best me I can be, though.  I’m going to continue to work hard and quite beating myself up and nitpicking what I see in the mirror.


Thoughtful Thursday: Letting Go

In my last yoga session we set an intention of letting go.  Letting go of things in our past, or wrongs we’ve felt like were done to us…anything we needed to let go of.

Sometimes in life you have to draw that line in the sand and say:

This will not hurt me anymore.

This will not take any more of my life.

This will not have power over me.

Letting go is really about taking your power back from a situation.  Once you do, you realize just how heavy that burden has been to carry.


Shopping with My Two Favorite Guys

We left work Friday and went to Knoxville for the night.  We had some shopping we needed to do Saturday and it’s always nice to have a night away from home.

20150717_220102  We have talked about bunk beds for Rylan’s room for a while now and decided to start shopping for them.  We lucked out when we went to Ashley Home Furnishings and found the exact ones we wanted for such a great price!  We were able to get the beds and mattresses cheaper than anywhere we had found just the beds for!  I was also happy because these are detachable which will give us more options with them.


We have to go down in a couple of weeks to pick them up.  I’m looking at bedding trying to decide on what to get.  I want something that will be durable and last through interest changes.  I found some bedding from Pottery Barn Kids that I’m seriously considering.



Madras Bedding from Pottery Barn Kids

brody sheet set


Brody Sheet Set from Pottery Barn Kids

So far that’s what I’m thinking.  That may change though.  I still need to go to Pottery Barn and see it in person.

I’m excited to get it all finished and see what Rylan thinks of it!

We had some other shopping to do.  While Daddy was in the Hobby Store (or the Man-Child Store as I like to think of it! 😉 ) Rylan and I stayed in the car and made each other laugh until it hurt!


He does this thing where he says “Why?” and does that little hand gesture.  It’s so funny!


Funny Faces!


This kid is so funny!  #SelfieGameStrong

I bought a few nice shirts and of course loaded up on clothes for Rylan…’cause you know he needs ’em y’all!  😉  Haha!

It’s always so much easier to find things for him than for me.  I was disappointed in Belk at Turkey Creek though.  They had no Under Armor stuff in 2T or 3T.  I would like to have had some t-shirts and polo shirts for him.  Under Armor is pricey but it is so tough compared to most everything else.  He’s very rough on stuff and I need it to last more than a couple of wears.  I’ll be going to a different Belk today so maybe they’ll have some stuff.



Sometimes it’s just hard to find motivation.  Some days are harder than others.  There are times when I feel like I’m working so hard but nothing is happening.

It is though.

I knew I would feel this way so when I started working out I started taking pictures.

Scales are not always a good way to see what you have accomplished.

And sometimes even if you take measurements it is hard to visualize exactly what that extra inch or inches looked like when it was actually on your body.

Pictures help keep me moving forward.


I’m not where I want to be but I’m better than I was.  I feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.

99% of the time I LOVE going to workout.  I love the feeling of accomplishment afterward.  I know that once I go I won’t be kicking myself for the rest of the day (and the next day, truthfully) for being a pansy and skipping my workout.



Thoughtful Thursday: Quit Comparing Yourself to Others

Really.  Just stop.

You don’t know where they are in their journey.  You don’t know how many times they’ve had to stop and start again.  You don’t know how long they’ve been doing what they’re doing.

quit comparing

It isn’t healthy and it isn’t going to make you any better in the long run.  Focus on what you’re doing and the progress that you are making.

This doesn’t just apply to working out but to life in general.




Quite a random update.

I have a lot of little things to talk about but nothing big so I have no clue how to title this post…


I was cleaning out the display cases and he decided he needed to get in there.  He’s clearly not afraid of being in them anymore!


My mom was getting home late Friday so I went by to let her dogs out for a few minutes and put them back in.  While I was chasing her wild child of a dog Oreo around Rylan decided to hang out with Bailey in her kennel!  haha

Saturday was blah.  We rested.  It was rough.  I’m not really a sit and rest kind of person.  I apparently needed it though because I was supposed to go to Zumba that morning and I slept in.


I know.

I had a headache too.  Sometimes your body just needs that I guess.

On Sunday I was in a cooking mood.  I’ve been looking for a good chili recipe.


I found this one from The Pioneer Woman.  At first I wasn’t too crazy about it but I made a few tweaks to it and I really like it.  20150712_163308

I also made some monkey bread.  It’s not that great for you but everyone needs a treat every now and then.

20150712_162421My little man eating his supper.  He’s such a big boy.  He won’t sit in his high chair anymore.  I guess he’s too “cool” for that now.  He does great in a regular chair though so that’s where he sits.


Rylan had to go for his well child checkup Monday.  He’s 34.5″ and 25lbs!  20150713_125205


He had to have a finger stick and his last Hep A shot.  He HATED the band aid on his finger.  The prick wasn’t bad but when she put the band aid on he was not a happy camper.  I’m guessing this is when it probably started throbbing too.

When it came time for his shot he started telling the nurse “Peese, Peese, Non’t”.  Poor little feller.  :(  He’s so smart and so cute.

As for a workout update:

I’ve wanted to try Yoga for years now and it has just not worked out for me.  I finally gave it a whirl last Monday though and I love it!  You really do use muscles you haven’t used in a long time, if ever.

My arms and my abs really got a good workout.  I felt it for the rest of the week…no joke!

I went again last night and it was wonderful!

I burned 383 calories in an hour and was completely challenged.  I now get what all the fuss is about.  I’m going to add a Yoga class into my routine once a week for sure.  I wish I could do it 7 days a week honestly.

I’d take pictures but in such a calm environment with so much concentration (and lets face it…weird positions) I don’t really feel like it’s appropriate.  I know I wouldn’t want someone taking pictures of me trying to do any of it.


Chicken Teriyaki

I came up with this recipe a few years ago.  I decided to try to make it after I found it on the menu at O’Charley’s and fell in love with it!  A couple of years ago I noticed it wasn’t on their menu anymore which made me appreciate my little recipe even more!



20150707_174103Go ahead and get the rice started.

20150707_174404Cube your chicken

20150707_175240Get your veggies sliced.

20150707_175609Now onto your teriyaki mixture.  Add the honey and spices to a bowl.


Add the teriyaki to that and stir until well mixed.  Go ahead and do a taste test.  It should be sweet, have a little heat but still be able to taste the teriyaki.20150707_175847Add some olive oil to a pan.  Put it on slightly above medium heat.

20150707_180212Now it’s time to add your chicken and their spices.

20150707_180344When the chicken is done on one side stir and then add your onions and green peppers.  Cover and cook for 3 minutes.

20150707_180510By now the rice should be done and ready to remove from the heat.

20150707_180917Add the mushrooms.  Cover and cook for 1 minute.

20150707_181059Put in half of the bag of frozen broccoli.  Cover and cook for 1 minute.


Add the cooked rice.

20150707_181634And then the teriyaki mixture and stir combining it all.


Let it simmer for a few minutes then it’s ready to eat!

Full Recipe

Chicken Teriyaki


  • 2 Chicken Breasts, boneless & skinless, cubed
  • 1 Red Onion, halved and then sliced thin
  • 1 Green Pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 4 Mushrooms, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 bag of frozen broccoli florets
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder


  • 2 Boxes of Uncle Ben’s Chicken & Rice (Do not use the seasoning packets)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 Tbsp. butter

Teriyaki Mixture

  • 1 c. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (less if you can’t handle spice, more if you like it spicy!)
  • 3/4 c. teriyaki

Start with your rice.  Pour both boxes of rice (throw out the seasoning packets) into a medium sauce pan.  Add the vegetable broth, water and butter.  Cook according to instructions on the box.

Add olive oil to a pan on slightly higher than medium heat.  Add chicken, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

In a bowl, combine honey, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and teriyaki.  Stir until well mixed.  Do a taste test to make sure nothing is overpowering anything else.  It should be sweet, with a little heat but you should still be able to taste the teriyaki.

Go back to the chicken. It should be done on one side.  Flip it over and add the onion and bell pepper.  Cover an ook for 3 minutes.

Add the mushrooms.  Cover and cook for a minute.

Add half the bag of broccoli.  Cover and cook for a minute.

Add rice and then the teriyaki mixture.  Mix well.

Let simmer for five minutes with no lid.

Serve and enjoy!


Nothing Is Better Than Homemade Peach Cobbler



I have deemed today to be Cobbler Day!

Okay, well just for me.

I made a peach cobbler.

And it was delicious.

This is such a dessert staple at my house.  We all love it and it is so easy to throw together.  I always have everything I need on hand to make it.  If you have any left over it does keep good covered in the refrigerator.  I don’t mind to eat it cold straight out of there but a minute or so in the microwave should heat it up just fine.  I’ll be honest…it’s not too bad for breakfast either! 😉





I always give this a little whisk to break up any lumps.



I whisk the sugar and flour lightly together.




Stir until completely combined.20150707_145807Cube the butter.

20150707_150542Add it to the dish you will be baking it in and melt the butter completely.  I just put mine in my microwave on low for a minute or two.  I don’t want it bubbling and splattering everywhere.  I just want it melted.


Pour the batter directly in with the butter.  DO NOT STIR.  Let the butter float around it.20150707_150657

Pour the peaches directly into the batter/butter.  Once again, DO NOT STIR.20150707_150706

It will look like this before it is baked.  You’ll see the batter, butter and peaches kind of floating together.

Put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.


Here’s the recipe:

Peach Cobbler


  • 1 c. Self Rising Flour
  • 1 c. White Sugar
  • 1 c. Milk
  • 1 Stick of Butter (You can do margarine…but I’m southern so gimme the butter baby!)
  • 1 can of peaches in syrup


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Cube butter and put in the dish that you will be baking it in.  Melt butter in the microwave on low.
  3. Combine flour, sugar and milk in a bowl.  Mix completely.
  4. Pour into baking dish on top of the melted butter.
  5. Pour peaches directly in the middle of the batter and butter.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, checking periodically.  Bake until the top is golden.  The top of the cobbler should be cake like while the bottom should be more wet.

Serve plain, with whipped cream or with ice cream.



July 4th Weekend in Pigeon Forge

We took a long weekend for Independence Day and spent it in Pigeon Forge.  We didn’t have anything big planned really, we just wanted to spend some quality time together and relax.  We stayed Thursday through Sunday and it was wonderful.  A very much needed break for us all.


I was packing and walking back and forth making sure I hadn’t forgotten anything and I found Rylan passed out.  Such. A. Little. Man.PhotoGrid_1435797964709

I had Zumba Wednesday night burned 440 calories.  When I got back home I still had a bunch of energy so I did another workout and burned 318 calories.  I’m doing my best to stick to this.  It’s hard but it makes me feel so much better!20150702_095802

Rylan slept with us Wednesday night.  Jason had to run into the office for a bit and I was up cleaning and loading the car so he was able to sleep in.  Milo (our Manx cat) loves to cuddle and took advantage of Rylan sleeping in.  He cuddled with him for hours.  He’s the sweetest cat!  Rylan just loves him!  And check out that bed hair!20150702_165358

We made a pit stop by Hobby Town and both boys got new toys.  Rylan loaded up on Hot Wheels and Jason got a new Quadcopter.PhotoGrid_1435958974208

When we got to our hotel room it was time to lounge around!  Let me tell ya, this kid knows how to lounge!  20150703_191002

Friday morning we headed out to Tanger Outlet.  I found some great deals at the Under Armor Outlet.  3 pairs of capri pants & 4 pairs of socks 40% off.  2 Tanks $12.95 each and a hair ties $4.19 for a pack of 6.  None of us were really in a shopping mood so after that we decided to go for lunch.  They now have a Panda Express in Pigeon Forge so we ate there.


After lunch we weren’t sure what to get into so we just drove.  We finally decided on the Titanic exhibit they have.  I’m glad we did.  It was great!  Jason and I both thought it would be kind of cheesy but we weren’t sure.  It turned out great though.  We went to a Titanic exhibit in Vegas a few years ago (located in the MGM Grand) and we both thought this one was better.

They had a man there that had actually seen the Titanic wreckage in a submarine.  His name is Lowell Lytle and he has lived a very interesting life.  I loved listening to him.

He is a gifted storyteller and he has a great testimony too!

20150703_153045I made sure to work out while I was gone both on Friday and Saturday.  The gym didn’t have a recumbent bike so I had to settle for an elliptical.  They aren’t my favorite but the beat the “dreadmill” any day.  I also brought my own free weights and my Zumba soundtrack.


As soon as you get these two together it as if Wrestlemania descends upon you!  haha  I love it! 20150704_124621


We ate at the Hard Rock Cafe and it was delicious as usual.  I had to get this picture of Rylan…it was too cute!  No, we don’t let hm put his feet on the table but I caught this pic and it was just too good.PhotoGrid_1436068389998

Saturday night we watched the fireworks.  We didn’t have to leave the hotel parking lot so that was nice.  Rylan was completely enamored by them!20150704_213805


Sunday we came back home.  In the midst of packing I look over and see this little guy hanging out watching cartoons in Daddy’s suitcase!

We had a great time but as always it never lasts long enough.  I love spending time with my precious family.signature