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 me...it'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 sugar....like 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 least.....as 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 back....no matter how much I wish we had one more day.....I can't make my infertility struggles go away...no 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 strengthening.....as 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

Thursday, May 14, 2015

My Thrifted Home: The Master...

Today I am continuing my thrifted home tour. Today we are venturing into my master bedroom, to show you a little bit about our home..imperfections and all. Most of our items have either been purchased at thrift stores, bought on clearance, or are hand me downs. I think it is important to always remember that we can all create beautiful on less.

Let's get on with the tour....


Our room is not very large, but is perfect for us. We have a queen size bed set that we bought on credit when we were first married. We were trying to build credit, since we were young and newly married. We bought this bed set and paid it off in a year. The hope chest was a more recent purchase. I had always wanted one and snagged this one for $60 on Facebook. It holds all of our bedding and winter blankets.

The comforter was bought on mega clearance at Target. It was originally part of a bedding set but the comforter is all that is left now. I used fabric I had on hand to make the pillow shams and decorated pillows. I have a thing for patterns can you tell? My decor motto is to pick a few colors and stick within that spectrum. That is what I do when finding patterns and such to go together. I stick with the red, sage green, tan, black, and white color scale. It works for me! 

The picture above the bed was my grandparents. When my grandmother moved from her current home, she gave it to me. I love having a piece of their history in my home. It makes me smile every time I look at it.


The hand print pillow was one I made with my kids years ago. It is crazy to think how small their hands use to be! I tell them to stop growing, but they don't listen :)

For curtains, Hubby and I had to come to a compromise. He loves blackout curtains, but they tend to not always be my style. Our compromise was black out curtains in the back and pretty curtains in the front...like a decorating mullet :)


The pretties on the dresser are all thrifted and touched up by me, except the wedding couple. That is actually the cake topper from our wedding cake. I love being able to have it as part of our decor. The pictures are all ones we've had for years. I haven't updated those pictures very much. I use thrifted pant hangers for holding a few of the pictures. It is such a fun way to hang pretties!


Each side of the bed has an end table and basket for Hubby and my things. Yes Hubby's side is not "picture worthy", but our deal is that if I leave that one little space alone, he doesn't care what else I do in the room. I think that's a great deal!

The lamps are yard sale finds. I still need to paint Hubby's lamp. It is still rocking it's original pink. It has a green redo in its near future.


As you can see our door has a hole in it. It came that way. I am sure it has an interesting story, but we we were never told it. We have a shoe organizer hung on the back for storage and privacy. We haven't got around to fixing the door yet....it's on our to do list.

The Emma and Joseph Smith painting was a gift from my parents and is a favorite. I also have some other thrifted goodies, Hubby's missionary plaque, and a poem framed that Hubby wrote me when he was in basic training on the wall.


Someday I want to paint the walls. I haven't decided on a color. The walls are still rockin their primer that Hubby and I did over two years ago. I love the little touches you can add to a room. I like things simple and pretty. Thankfully Hubby is always on board with my creative side. He's a keeper!

I still have a few more sections of my home to show you, but I think those will have to wait till next week. I have a fun date night planned with my Mama. We're seeing Pitch Perfect and I am counting down the days till Saturday. We are chick flick fanatics and when you add in singing we are all for it!

I hope you all have an amazing Friday. Get out there and have some fun!

XO Danielle

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fresh Greens for the Mantel....



Hello and happy May y'all. I'm popping in with a little mantel inspiration today. Over at our house, I love bringing the outside in anytime that I can. Even though there's not much blooming at our house yet, there's lots of beautiful green sprouting all around and I love bringing it into the house. It's a free and easy way to breathe life to the inside of your home. I'll be adding fresh greens to our mantel, but if your home doesn't have a mantel, any shelf or windowsill works just as nicely. Fresh greens are welcome in any room.



First, I've chosen lots of little vintage bottles to display my greens. I collect these little containers from thrift stores and flea markets and have a whole cabinet full of these little treasures. Once our perennials begin blooming, I'll be bringing in lots of blossoms all summer. For now, I'm content with clipping my lemon thyme, Russian sage, and rosemary, along with some super fragrant flame honeysuckle that grows in abundance on our garden arbor. Once up on the mantel, these fresh greens really breathe some life into this little space and the best part, it's all free. Love that!


So there you have it, a super easy and free way to freshen up your spaces. 
Thanks y'all for joining me today.



Monday, May 11, 2015

My Thrifted Home: The Entry Way

Good morning lovelies! I hope that this weekend found you relaxation and joy. We had a full weekend, spent with family and friends. I'll have to share later all the fun we were up to, but for today I have something else in mind. Last week I posted a picture of my bedroom on instagram. I had to document the fact that my room was actually clean. Floors cleaned, rug finally laid, bed made, and everything dusted. Life is busy and sometimes these clean moments are few and far between. As I looked at the picture, I realized that in pictures you can hide the flaws of a room. The unfinished trim....the walls that still only hold primer....the list could go on and on. I live in a fixer upper. We bought this house 3+ years ago, paying cash for it. Yes it is a trailer and for some reason trolls on the web really hate that I call it a house....but guess what? It is is a house. It is a home, where my family resides, lives, plays, and lives life. I love it. I love the financial freedom it gives us at this time in our life. I am thankful that God lead us to this home because I have seen over and over again why we are right where we need to be at this time in our life. I see the people we have meet, the friends we have made, and the area we are in....it has all been to our betterment.....God has truly blessed us beyond our wildest dreams.

With all that being said, I really wanted to give you a little sneak peak of my home. The finished and unfinished projects. The imperfections. This is by no means a picture perfect tour. This is a real life mama tour. Yes my house is clean and tidy, at the time I took these pictures.....it has since been enjoyed and lived in aka messes have been and are being made. I hope you enjoy this tour. I hope that it encourages you to look at your home a different way. Don't focuses on the things you want to change or the the things that are "wrong" with the space you are living in, but focus on the good. The pictures you can hang of your sweet friends and family. The little touches you can make to allow your space to be more welcoming. We do not have to live in huge houses to have an inviting home. We do not need things from the top brands to make it beautiful. We can spend less, create beautiful, and so much more!

Today we will start in the entry way...


On with the tour....



We live in a small home. I believe it is 1200 square feet. Yes this space is small, but we make the most of it with a few crafty, thrifted touches. I am a HUGE lover of vinyl. I love the fact that it easily comes off if you want to change things up and instantly gives a space a crafty touch. "Bless This Nest" is one of my favorite sayings. I also LOVE monograms. We have a lot of W's in our home. The wreath I made from a thrifted wreath form. I used an old sheet my Mom gave me to do the rag ties.

The welcome mat is a handmedown from my Motherinlaw. Hubby snagged that during her last move. It is great for preventing the dusty footprints that are bound to happen living in the desert. Our floors are plywood and are painted. We use to have a hard wood plank flooring, but it was a bear to clean so Hubby pulled them out and is now using that wood to make planter boxes and our new kitchen table. 



Next to our front door, we have one of my favorite spaces. I had always wanted to do a wall college when we were living in apartments, but never got around to doing it. I could never find the right stuff to fill it with. Soon after we moved in, the wall collage came to fruition in my mind. I seriously love it so much. It's changed a bit since it first went up, but change is always good. I love the mix of colors, patterns, and textures. The letters are from Hobby Lobby and are for each letter of our names. The number 4 is for our family of four. I used hot glue to hang the letters. I know! I know! It sounds horrible, but it works. You put hot glue on the back of whatever you want to hang and then let it cool for a few seconds before placing. Probably not the smartest way to hang things, but I make do with what I have on hand :)

The book shelf is one that Hubby made. It still needs to be stained, but is currently holding all of our library books......yes we read A LOT :)

The basket on top of the bookcase is from my mominlaw and is another hand me down. She thrifted it when my Hubby was young. It holds our school workbooks.

Next I have a few simple garlands I made from yarn, pom poms, and chalkboard garland (purchased from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store).

Oh and if you look closely, you can still see the hole in our wall. It's from when my nephew decided to slam our door open. Now every time I look at it I think of sweet Eastenn :)

The other little touches in our entry way are mostly from thrift stores. I am always looking out for cute, fun finds.

Come back later this week for more glimpses into my home. Tomorrow I have a fun guest post from Amy @ The Little Farm Diary.

XO Danielle

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