Sweet Dreams

It’s been quite a week already and I promise to post about it in the upcoming days. Until then, my prayer is that each of you have a smile on more often times than none. Goodnight friends, xo!

 

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Good Fortune

I am not a fan of Chinese or Asian cuisine but boy are my mini and man, they love it. Nothing against it, just not one of my acquired tastes I don’t guess. Today, when I wanted a place called Newk’s, mini me wanted the new Tin Tin buffet in our area. Pulled a good mom move and went there despite not enjoying that style of food. I do have to say, it was cleaner than most Asian buffets I have been to in the past and there was more of a selection for us non-Chinese loving customers. I did enjoy the hibachi grill. Ate a ginormous plate of grilled brocolli, mini corn, green peppers, and water chestnuts. Can’t complain, had a better experience there than other places in the past. Oh’ and the fruit was fresh and delicious! 

Onto the point of this post.. My fortune cookie was perfect for me and where I am currently in life. It was such a good reminder that in order to succeed you’re going to have to take risks and do things that aren’t necessarily easy. You’re going to have to sacrifice and take chances and in the end, the reward is far greater than you could’ve imagined. Most of all, don’t be afraid to step out in faith when you feel that you can’t. There’s a ton of opportunity out in this world, don’t be afraid to seize it. Xo!

  

Feelin’ the love 

I am overwhelmed by all of the love and blog support you’ve shown me this week. It’s been wonderful to see my phone blow up with notifications about new followers, comments, and likes. I cannot say thank you enough! It means so much that the time I take to put into my blog, someone is benefiting from it. It means so much to know that someone enjoys reading my posts. I am definitely feeling the love.

I wanted to take some time to get to know you. If you aren’t shy, please comment and let me know how you came across my blog. I’d love to know anything you’d like to share (name, location, hobbies, etc.). If you use WordPress to blog as well, give a short description and maybe you could gain some followers from my blog as well. It’s time to get to know you, my followers.

Ready, set, go! Xo.

Crockpot Lasagna

Get ready to please the bellies of your family! This recipe is a must for every busy mom or every family, period. Simple, easy, and for the most part effortless. I whipped it up during my lunch today for the first time and it was a major hit tonight, will become a regular meal in our home. However, next time I will double the amount of sauce I use.  Below are the steps in pictures minus browning the meat, forgot to snap that one, oops! Then, following the pictures are the directions with a picture of the final result on the bottom. Please pin this and/or share it with your friends, you can thank me later.    Gather your ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Lasagna noodles (uncooked)
  • Pasta sauce (used 24 oz. but will double next time)
  • Mozzarella shredded cheese
  • 16 ounces of ricotta cheese
  • Italian seasoning

Directions:

  1. Brown your meat.
  2. Mix your meat and pasta sauce together in one bowl.
  3. Mix your ricotta cheese, a few pinches of Italian seasoning, and a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese into another bowl.
  4. Spray your crockpot with non-stick spray.
  5. Pour about 1/3 of your meat sauce mixture in the bottom of your crockpot.
  6. Take your uncooked lasagna noodles and break them in half. Lay them in a layer on top of the meat sauce. My crockpot only held four halves but you can add or subtract as needed.
  7. Take half of your ricotta cheese mixture and spread it evenly across the lasagna noodles.
  8. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over your ricotta cheese mixture.
  9. Pour another 1/3 of your meat sauce mixture evenly as the start of your next layer.
  10. Add another layer of uncooked lasagna noodles.
  11. Spread out the remaining amount of ricotta cheese mixture evenly over the noodles.
  12. Sprinkle a tad more mozzarella cheese.
  13. Place another layer of uncooked lasagna noodles.
  14. Pour the remaining meat sauce over the top making sure to cover the lasagna noodles.
  15. Set your crockpot on low for 5-6 hours.
  16. Right before serving I added a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese over the top and covered it long enough for it to melt slightly.
  17. Serve.

Seems like a lot but it just seems that way because it’s repetitive layers. I absolutely loved it and like I said earlier, only thing I’d change next time is using more sauce.  The noodles weren’t soggy, they were just right. Who knew you could make baked lasagna without cooking the noodles first?! I can’t rave about it enough. Now, what you’re waiting for.. the final image.   

Serve it up with some salad and garlic bread and there ya have it folks, a fool proof way to make homemade baked lasagna.. in the crockpot!

Bon Appetite, xo!

Wednesday Wisdom

Good morning friends and Happy National Walk at Lunch Day!!

Sore (in a good way) muscles means you’re doing something right in the world of fitness. Had to have an early morning mineral soak so that hopefully by lunchtime when I go to the gym, they feel a smidge better. 

 

I wanted to share some quotes that I find motivating in the journey to a better self. Hope they motivate you as well and keep you grounded because we both know, the journey isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would do it – right? 

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you can’t even see the whole staircase.” -MLK Jr.

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you will need for tomorrow.” -Unknown

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” -John C. Maxwell

“I’m not where I need to be but thank God I’m not where I used to be.” -Unknown 

“Even if you can’t physically see the results in front of you, every single effort is changing your body from the inside. Don’t get discouraged!” -Unknown

I hope those handful of quotes stirred up something in you and motivates you to make at least one positive choice today. Just remember, we all got to where we are in our current situations over time, it’s going to take time and dedication to reverse that. I can do it, you can do it, WE can do it!

Have a positive day, y’all! Xo.

Steps in the Sunset

During the day I was so busy I ended up eating my lunch at my desk and not getting to the gym. I have felt guilty about it all day but then tonight after a delicious grilled chicken dinner, we went for a family walk at a nearby park. The sun was setting, the temperature was perfect, and I got in my steps. I haven’t reached my 10k goal yet but I did get over 7,500 so for an entire day of sitting on my bum while working, that’s something to be proud of. We also got in our Tuesday workout from our 4-week challenge and my mini and I did my daily yoga together. Are you still in? If you haven’t started, you aren’t far behind and there’s no better time than now.

It’s been a wonderful evening spent with my two loves and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. So thankful to have them by my side on this journey, their support is what pushes and motivates me to not give up.

Until next time, xo!

Move it Monday

Today started our 4-week and daily yoga challenge, how’d you do? The challenge was brutal on my knees, specifically lunges. I absolutely loved every bit of the day 1 yoga video. It was easy to follow and the stretches felt amazing. Did you do either of the challenges or even both? I’d love to hear about your experience. 

Not only did I do a great job starting those, I also kicked butt with my steps today. As of 10:00pm these were my Fitbit stats:

  

Pretty proud of myself. I have only been averaging around 3k/day but I definitely pushed myself harder than ever to reach my goal of 10k and surpassed it! I’m sure I’ll feel it in the days to come.

Even if you haven’t began the challenges, you can still do so. No better time than today! 

Until next time, xo!

4-Week Challenge: Full Body

Here’s a 4-week beginner full body challenge that found on Pinterest. The original website it came from was http://www.skinnymom.com and I revamped the challenge picture. I don’t want to take any credit for the challenge, just the revamped photo. So, I’ll include both:

Original version found on Pinterest:

Revamped version:


Here’s to a good challenge to get myself in shape, are you in?

30-Day Challenge – Yoga

So since we’re beginning this journey to a better ‘us’, why not start with some 30-day challenges? This first one I have picked is a yoga challenge. I absolutely love yoga. It isn’t something I go to regularly but when I go I always leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, energized, and craving more. I would definitely still consider myself a beginner and I think no better way to start than at the bottom and build your way up.

Looking for a challenge that I thought I’d enjoy, stick to, and that would benefit me, I came across the http://www.doyouyoga.com website. On this website they have a free, yes, free! 30-day yoga challenge. All it takes to sign up is Facebook or an email address. Each day, they send you a direct link in your email to a 10-20 minute yoga session. The teacher is a certified yoga teacher, Erin Motz. If you aren’t satisfied or don’t enjoy the challenge, you can unsubscribe at any time.

This will be my first experience doing this challenge and being a part of the yoga community on this website but I’m really excited about it and would love it if you’d join in the challenge with me. We can keep each other accountable and rave on all the benefits we’re gaining from it.

Here’s the week 1 schedule according to the website:

Day 1 – Let’s Get Started! (19 min)
Day 2 – Yoga Workout For Chest & Shoulders (18 min)
Day 3 – Yoga Workout For Posture (15 min)
Day 4 – Yoga Workout For Abs (12 min)
Day 5 – Yoga Core Strength Workout (12 min)
Day 6 – Yoga For The Lower Back (16 min)
Day 7 – How To Do Crow Pose (11 min)

Here’s a direct link to the 30-Day Yoga Challenge and here’s to being a yogi, are you in?