Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cleaning Out The Junk...

I think we all have times in our lives when we feel bombarded by the junk that can fill our lives. We get it in emails and on social media BIG TIME. This junk can distract us from doing good each day. Last week I noticed that I was checking Facebook and emails far too much during the day. I would have a few spare moments....and I'd pick up my phone. If I was waiting for something, I'd pick up my phone. It was becoming a bit of an addiction. I decided that this junk was keeping me from doing more worthwhile things. It was distracting me from seeing beauty in the little moments....from seeing goodness in what was around me....without knowing it I was placing blinders on my eyes...and I sure didn't like that.

I also hating seeing my inbox full of emails...hundreds and most were just junk. No time for that lovelies!

I decided it was time to dejunk and clean out my phone and email. I uninstalled a bunch of apps. Things like Facebook and twitter, which I can certainly live without. I made a promise to myself to only check those when I am on my laptop. I usually only hop on my computer once a day, so I knew it would cut down on my usage considerably. I also got rid of FB messenger and some of my other "busy" apps.

I wanted to get rid of as many distractions as I could. I also dejunked my blog list....I have certain blogs I love to read each day. They are blogs that leave me inspired and wanting to do more good, but then there were others that were leaving me feeling less than and I didn't want that in my life. Pure goodness and encouragement is what I want in my everyday, so I knew I needed to take some action to make sure that happens.

Dejunking is something that I use to only think was what I did to my house when we needed to clean out and donate, but this past week I have realized that we have many places in our lives that can use a good dejunking. Cleaning out my phone and reading list has changed my week. I am spending less time looking up people's status updates and more time enjoying my family. I am spending less time glued to a screen and more time enjoying my day. I have more time to create...more time to learn....and more time to just be.

How do you guys dejunk?

XO Danielle

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Living a Beautiful Life on Less" is Available For Pre-Order...

I am seriously doing the biggest happy dance over here. I am so excited to announce that my book is now available for pre-order on! The book comes out June 9, but you can order your copy now! It is available in paperback ($10.19) and on the Kindle ($5.99).

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me thoughout this process. You lovelies are my biggest fans and have provided me with much needed encouragement throughout this whole writing process. From the bottom of my heart...thank you! thank you! thank you!

You seriously are some of the MOST fantastic readers and are a true blessing to me everyday!!

Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered my book. You are rock stars and seriously know how to make a girl cry!! 

XO Danielle

Monday, May 25, 2015

Remember this Memorial Day...

This Memorial Day, I pray that we remember all of those brave men and women that have served this beautiful country we live in and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is not just a day for BBQ's and movie outings. It is a day to remember and honor those men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13. Thank you to all those who have served and their families who supported them. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed. Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

XO Danielle

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sweet Moments...

I truly believe that Heavenly Father works through others to reach out to us, to show us we are not forgotten, and to let us know just how loved we are. Sunday evening was a rough one for me. Grief was overwhelming me. It was the same day I got my sweet reminder to Pray More and Worry Less...that very same evening, I received another reminder of how loved I was. I was spending a few minutes cleaning up after dinner and went into my room to put a book away. When I came into my room, I saw a sweet display left out for me by my little Miss.

Oh how I love the little treasures my kiddos leave for's like they know exactly when I need them too! On my pile of books to read were some pretty flowers delicately laid out. We had added these to Miss Libby's "princess braid" before church. I had to snap a picture of their simple beauty laid out so carefully. 

I am thankful for sweet moments our Father in Heaven gives us. I know He gives us these moments often, it is only up to us to slow down and truly see them.

What sweet moments have you been capturing?

Sidenote- I just finished the book Perception by Kim Harrington. It is a young adult fiction book and it is good people! I definitely recommend it! :)

XO Danielle

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Fitness Shake...

I have gotten a few requests for what types of smoothies I am loving right now, so today I am sharing my all time favorite. I am a HUGE sugarholic. This smoothie kicks that craving in the butt and leaves me full and gives me a lot of energy. Oh and did I mention it is super simple to make....only my favorite part!!

Here are the deets :)

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Fitness Shake

1 cup almond milk
1 package carnation instant breakfast
2 tbl PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
1 tbl chia seeds
2 bananas

Blend together in a nutri-bullet or blender. Enjoy!

This is such a creamy, yummy shake. I have this every single day for breakfast and I have not gotten sick of it yet. It's delicious!

XO Danielle

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Healthy Living Journey Update and Other Tidbits...

Hi there! Today we are talking about fitness. I have received a few requests to talk about my weight loss progress, my routine, and what we're eating.

So here we go....

To start off, if your new to my blog you can read about why I started my weight loss journey and how I am dealing with PCOS here, here, and here. I do have PCOS, which royally SUCKS, but I am dealing with it and taking back control of my life.

Something amazing happened, once I started talking about my PCOS here on the blog and on my instagram feed...all of a sudden I was apart of this amazing group of women who too are struggling. I found great strength in their encouragement. I also found myself following like minded people (PCOS effected and not) who were working hard to gain back their health. It has been so inspiring. I have been sharing my progress on my feed pretty regularly. For me, posting has become a way to keep myself accountable. It is like my own little fitness journal.

I have been trying to workout 5-6 days a week. Sometimes I miss a day here or there, but I try to stick to that schedule as much as I can. I started out using the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 (you can watch it on Amazon Prime right now) and her 30 Day Shred. These are amazing videos. When I started out 13 weeks ago, I could barely make it 30 minutes. Now I can go an hour. I had to work my way up. If you are new to working out, pace yourself. Just like Rome wasn't built in a day, you will have to take the same approach with working out. I also really like Fitness Blender. Kelli and her Hubby have hundreds of videos and workout programs that are free! These have become my daily favorites! You can create a calender to plan out your daily workouts. I really like this feature. They also have an app. I don't use the app though. I watch the videos on my laptop and hook it up to our flat screen, so I can see it on the big screen.

I also have a workout buddy who helps me stay accountable. Sam and I text each other, FB message, and tag each other on instagram. This is our way to cheer each other on. I love having someone else I am accountable to. We share our struggles, successes, and tips. It's been great!

Working out has become a way to gain control in my life. I have realized that I am a binge eater. When things start getting emotionally stressful and tough....I grave I could devour a whole can icing kind of craving.  Because I realize that sugar becomes a crutch to me, I try to stay away. Sometimes I cave, but I really try to keep it away from me. When I start getting down and feeling emotional, I try to distract myself. If you know that you are someone who turns to food when times get tough, find another way to deal with that stress. Find a fun workout class you enjoy, do a craft, read a book...anything. Know what your trigger food is or that trigger emotion, so you can be aware and not fall into that trap.

Think about the way you eat. I know that because of my schedule, I ted to be a grazer. Because of this, having snacks ready to go in my fridge is a GREAT help to me. I bag carrots, cucumbers, etc and pair them with hummus. I also have hard boiled eggs and cut up fruit ready to go as well. You can see an example of some of the things I prep in my video HERE. Oh and protein bars are great too. My favorite right now are the Nature Valley Protein Chewy Granola Bars. I buy mine from Costco. They are delish!

I try to keep to a plant based diet. You can hear more about what I eat HERE. We eat meat sparingly and I have been trying to give us veggies at every meal. It's really just about making healthy food choices. That is what I focus on.

I also us an app to help keep track of what I'm eating and when I'm exercising. It's called Loseit and is free to download. I don't really count calories or focus too much on it, but I do like being able to keep a food journal and know that I am getting a good rainbow of fruits and veggies into each day. It also helps me keep track of my water intake. I try to drink a gallon of water a day! I even did a video on this HERE :)

Over all I think it is about changing your lifestyle. We have had a complete overhaul in our home. We are still figuring out what healthy living looks like for us. We take it a day at a time. I don't focus too much on the numbers on the scale (although I do love seeing them go down). I have lost 30 pounds so far and I hope to see that number continue to drop. I know that losing weight is hard...especially if you have PCOS or other health issues. I try to remember that it is about living a healthy life, whether that number goes down as fast as I would like it or not. Look for non-scale victories daily. Take your measurements, so you can see the progress as you become trimmer. I love flexing my muscles (yes I know I'm a dork), but I can already see my arms and legs thinning out and becoming stronger. I love that!

This was a LONG post, so if you made it to the end...thank you! I hope that this helps you in your own healthy living journey. Know that you can do this. If you want to follow my journey, follow me on instagram. Let me know about your journey as well, so I can cheer you on!

XO Danielle

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Art of Frugal Living Budgeting Class...

I will be teaching a budgeting class on June 20 at The Gibson library (in Henderson). I will be teaching you how to make a budget, implement a budget, and cut that grocery bill in half! Come join me for some frugal fun! 

The Art of Frugal Living

James I. Gibson Library
100 W. Lake Mead Parkway
Henderson, NV 89015
(702) 565-8402

Registration is required, so go onto the libraries' website and reserve your spot now. 
Be sure to tell your friends. Let's make this a frugal party! Woot! Woot! 

It's FREE! Register HERE
(click Gibson events)

I hope to see you there :)

If you are in the Vegas/Henderson area and want me to come teach a class at your church, library, etc, let me know! I love offering these classes for FREE. It makes my heart happy :)

XO Danielle

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pray More, Worry Less...

Sunday evening, as I prepared dinner, I found myself in front of the sink washing vegetables. Yesterday was an emotionally rough day...I've seemed to have a few of those lately. I miss my brother like crazy.....I hate that infertility has become a part of my life....I have been overwhelmed to say the I stood in front of my sink...dealing with all of those emotions....I sent up a prayer.

"Ok God....what do you want me to do with my life....I'm tired....sad....and just down right exhausted with it all.....What do you want me to do?"

After I sent up that prayer, I finished putting dinner together. As I gathered plates and forks, to set the table with, something happened....I placed all of our plates down and the last one went in front of where I sit to eat each day and it had a special message for me....You see all of our plates have fun little phrases and sayings on them. It just so happened that my plate for the night said "Pray More Worry Less". I looked down at that ceramic plate...covered in sharpie doodles.....just a little craft project done on a Friday night...little did I know that sharpie plate would bring me so much comfort.

So praying more and worrying less is my new mantra. I can't bring my brother matter how much I wish we had one more day.....I can't make my infertility struggles go matter how much I wish I could....what I can do is it give it to my Savior. He knows that I am struggling. He knows the tears that I cry and the despair that I feel. What a blessing that is to me. Being reminded of a simple thing like praying, was exactly what I needed last night. It was the comfort and strength I so needed, as I start a new week.

I can feel my faith I ask for my Heavenly Father's help because alone I am not strong enough....but through Him I am brave...through Him I have courage....through Him I am made whole.

Inspiration Found Here- What is Prayer?

XO Danielle
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