Archive for September, 2011
September 29, 2011
Being a native Floridian, I don’t get to watch the seasons change as much as I’d like to. I’ve only been in snow 2 times in my life and if you ask me, (at least majority of the years) the only way you can tell the seasons are changing here are by the seasonal flavors at Starbucks like Pumpkin Spice, or Ginger Bread Lattes.
This is about the time of year I wish we had more leaves changing in Orlando. I absolutely love the smell of backyard bonfires, pine cones, pumpkins & anything with a Fall scent. I love the warm fall tones like reds, oranges, and yellows and if I had my way I would decorate the whole house with these colors during the Autumn months.
There’s only 1 little problem with that idea…I can’t justify spending extra money on seasonal decor, just to take it back down a few months later. Decorating your home with pumpkins, autumn leaves, pine cones and straw is super fun and homey if you ask me & kudos to anyone out there who can pull off a whole house transformation this time of year.
As for me, I like to keep things on a budget and limit myself to purchasing 5 things per season.
*TIP: Avoid going to department stores for seasonal purchases. Discount decor stores like Michaels, TJ Maxx, Stein Mart, Home Goods, and even Target are a great way to decorate on a budget and have a variety of cute, affordable styles to choose from. There are tons of ideas out there on how to decorate for the seasons on a budget.
1. Autumn Leaves Wreath
I don’t know what it is about them, but I’ve always loved hanging wreaths on front doors, even when I was growing up. This is a great way to set the seasonal tone for your home, even before you go inside. This was my most expensive purchase, I got this one at Home Goods for right under $25.
2. Fall Scented Candles
As much as I would like to buy out the entire Bath & Body Works fall collection, I didn’t. I actually found this Pumpkin Spice candle at Home Depot, last year after the Holiday Season for $6.
*TIP: We like to shop after the holidays are over to get 50% or higher OFF of seasonal products. Halloween costumes, candles, serving plates, and towels are great examples of things you can stock up on post Holiday Season.
3. Fall Inspired Accent Towels
I found the red pumpkin towel at Home Goods for $3.99. It came with a red and orange dish towel, but I got home and saw that it matched the towels we already had up perfectly. The green & orange towel set came from Crate & Barrell and was a wedding gift to us. I LOVE those colors!
4. Autumn Potpourri
I’m not embarrassed to say I’ve been that person sitting in the isles smelling different bags of potpurri until I find the perfect one. It wasn’t even the cute little pumpkin packaging that drew me to this one. This combination smells SOOOOOOOOO good! Pinecones, roses & pumpkins is the best way to describe it, and my husband surprisingly loved the wire pumpkin it came in.
Once again, this purchase was part of my Home Goods trip & originally I wanted to take the potpurri out of the container and put it on our coffee table in a glass bowel. I found out the wiring doesn’t separate, so we’re now enjoying the pumpkin accessory & potpourri on top of our fish tank for $12.
5. Fall Scented Hand Soaps
Just like scented candles, my favorite scented hand soap is Bath & Body Works. I plan to stock up on B&BW soaps when they have their Black Friday Sale, but until then my handy dandy Spiced Pumpkin hand soap from Home Goods will do for $4. Putting seasonal soaps throughout your home is an easy way to spread holiday cheer, starting with pumpkins or autumn leaves.
And there you have it…
5 easy ways to decorate your home for Fall!
*BONUS TIP: Are you a fan of B&BW Wallflowers? We are for sure. We have at least 6-8 going in our home at any time and take advantage of the semi-annual and seasonal sales they have. We purchase most of the wallflower re-fills online, and if you time it right you can purchase for free shipping and 20%OFF coupon savings.
Pictured above is Spiced Cider for the holidays, but you can find all of the fun fall starters and smell good scents in stores and online: B&BW Wallflower Collection.
How do you decorate for Fall? Feel free to share tips and comments below and stay tuned for more Fall Inspired posts as we get into October and closer to the Holidays.
September 28, 2011
We all go through hard times. We all become frustrated. We all are challenged, and we all get in those “I want to run away where no one can find me” funks. You are the only one who can choose to give into it, or pray about it, find peace and move forward.
I’m sure a lot of you are aware that Scott and I are currently going through some crazy life changes. We recently get married, but the changes keep on coming with both of us currently looking for the next chapter in our lives to start. There are days where we truly live the life of newlyweds before kids by experiencing Orlando, going out to eat, seeing movies, going to events and going out with friends. Other days it’s rough…not knowing what’s next in your lives can be pretty frustrating. It’s easy to get caught up in our obstacles, forget what we have going for us and obtain negative outcomes. The only thing that gets me through times of uncertainty is count on my faith, and find peace in what the Lord has in store for us.
My Word of Wisdom (WOW) this Wednesday?
Turn from evil, and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
|Peace Out, Girl Scout.|
As of right now, the only thing keeping us in the city we currently live in is family. We are both at a point in our lives where we could pick everything up at any given time and are considering moving to another city, state or even country. That is such a cool feeling, but it’s also unbelievably frustrating and scary not knowing what’s next in our new lives together. I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss the life we had together even just a year ago…it seemed like we figured everything out. But, seasons change, jobs change and so do lives.
Instead of dwelling on what we don’t have going for us, accept your life for what it is today. Your future depends on an optimistic attitude and trusting that the Lord has a plan for you. Find peace in the situations around you and move forward. With that, we’re taking one day at a time…getting the most out of our time together and looking forward to see what’s in store for us.
Question of the Day
Do you seek peace?
September 27, 2011
Vacations are GREAT, but there’s always one drawback about them…getting back to reality when you walk through your front door.
After being gone (and away from any kind of exercise) for almost an entire week, I knew it was time to fit in a quick & effective workout ASAP! Cardio is always a great way to get out of that lazy, vacation frame of mind and jump-start your way into a healthy, active & motivated lifestyle again.
I posted my first Cardio Intervals: minute on, minute off workout last week. Originally, I wanted to include this workout on it, but I didn’t want to overwhelm anyone with too many choices, numbers to crunch or ways to run on a treadmill all at once. So, here is my PART 2 to my first interval training post, and it’s called the 6,7,8 workout.
I got this one from a dancer friend of mine, Danielle and we always turned to it whenever we needed to sweat a lot and kick our booties into shape!
*TIP: Always do a quick stretch before a running workout targeting your legs, calves, back and arms. I encourage setting yourself up with music, or watching television if you’re inside of a gym equipped with one. There’s nothing worse than being bored during a workout. Distracting yourself with some kind of entertainment will help you to stare at the clock as a time reference, not to count down time remaining in your workout.
*Unlike my first interval training post, this particular workout requires a treadmill.
|I started 6mph at 2:00, but it was tricky to get that picture!|
or 4 straight interval sets 1 x only: 20 minutes
If you plan to do a weight training workout during that trip to the gym, I usually opt for the 3 interval sets 2 x through. If I’m just there to do a quick, intense cardio workout I go for the 4 straight sets 1 x only. The first time you try this workout, it’s probably going to be a challenge to get through 3 consecutive sets and that’s completely fine. Everyone reading this has different workout regimes, are on different health & fitness levels and like different difficulties of workouts. *Do what’s best for YOU!
- Do the first 3 6,7,8′s after your warm-up and take at least 2 minutes to cool-down out of your 3rd 8mph minute run.
- Use the next 30 minutes, or however long you need to complete your workout outside of cardio for that day.
- When you’re done with the majority of everything else, start to close your workout with your second 3 sets of 6,7,8′s.
- Between the 2 reps of doing 3 interval sets, you will be on the treadmill for around 35 minutes.
- Start your first 6,7,8 interval after your warm-up and repeat pattern of 6,7,8 and rest minutes 3 more times.
- Your final 6,7,8 interval set will begin at the 15 minute mark with 6mph at 15:00, 7mph at 16:00, and 8mph at 17:00.
- Use the next 5 minutes, or however long you need to gradually make your way back down to walking warm-up speed of 3.5mph.
- With this version, you will hit the 2 mile mark just around 20 minutes. Cool down by walking at 3.5 mph until you’re ready to get off of the treadmill.
Interval workouts have been a key to keeping my cardio routine challenging. Research shows that interval training burns more fat and calories than steady paced runs or jogs. I’m excited I got to finish sharing my cardio interval training workouts with you! (for now anyways).
Counting your calories?
I can’t tell you how many calories you will burn since numbers change depending on your treadmill and weight, but I can share a great running calories burned calculator:
|Estimate the calories you burned running:|
Have a great workout!
September 21, 2011
Yesterday for whatever reason I became emotional, moody and at times quickly annoyed and angered at petty things. We all have those days where every little thing affects you, your thoughts and/or your actions.
Being a girl filled with estrogen doesn’t help this case and for this week’s Word of Wisdom, I decided to see what the scripture suggests us to do to avoid giving into these emotional funks.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
If only controlling our emotions was that simple! We are all human and at one point or another we are all guilty of having selective hearing, speaking before we think, and getting angry about something small.
I know I am guilty of everything I just listed… are you? Nobody’s perfect. We all have tempers and we all let our emotions get the best of us sometimes…it happens.
But is it okay?
Whenever I get angry, upset or completely at a loss about a situation, my first instinct is to remove myself completely. Once I calm down, I start to access what happened and majority of the time I see that an argument or my feelings of anger came from something that has nothing to do with the situation at all. James 1 says to “be quick to listen.”
How many of us can honestly say we listen to what anyone at any given time is telling us and putting our complete attention towards them? Not many I’m sure, with myself being included in that group. I can’t tell you how many questions, mistakes and even arguments I could have avoided, if all I had done was really listened to what someone was telling me.
Be “slow to speak and slow to become angry,” IE: bite your tongue and think before you speak.
If you have an outspoken or strong personality, this can be something extremely difficult to do. When people argue there are usually things said that nobody really means to say, and they will then come back later to say “you know I didn’t really mean that, right?” The solution to this? The book of James is clear by saying think before you open your mouth!
If what you are about to say might be taken the wrong way or even offend the person you’re talking to, maybe you shouldn’t say it. On the other side, don’t take everything so personal and become quickly angered from it. There is usually an explanation to every situation, and there’s no room to hear the other side of the story if you don’t give the person a chance! LISTEN, THINK and respond only after you’ve done so.
And that, my friends is this Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom.