The Ultimate Coffee Date 2016 #6

Good morning and hello to a new month!  So here we are again, the first Saturday of the month and we are meeting for coffee.  I am so happy to be joining my co-hosts Deborah and Coco and I am so looking forward to catching up.  Let’s go with this first … I have taken a very much too long break from blogging as I have been taking time just living each day being “un-plugged” from the keyboard.  I have had many ideas in my mind about what I have wanted to write about and share with all you, however I just needed to get myself into the right frame of mind.  Blogging is not easy {I am no professional} when I do write, I want to be as authentic as possible and hopefully have you connect with me and really feel what I am sharing.  Okay, lets chat and…  Read More…

The Ultimate Coffee Date 2016 #5

Happy Saturday and good morning.  We are all getting together this weekend for the Ultimate Coffee Date and I am super excited to take time over the next two days to sit and relax and catch up.  Make sure you stop and visit my co-hosts Coco and Deborah while you are joining us and please share your coffee related post in the link.   Join us for coffee #Ultimatecoffeedate @fitnessmom1 @got2run4me #linkup Click To Tweet I have so much to share and will be doing so this week, as we just got home late last night from traveling back to South Carolina.  We had attended our son’s Army graduation.  A very emotional four days and a very long travel day home has me catching up on some much needed sleep.  In the meantime, please take time to check out a few of my latest posts {including a new recipe}.   Have…  Read More…

Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Stuffed Chicken

The Napa Valley is the newest home for Grocery Outlet and last week I was able to attend the grand opening.  As a mom who believes in feeding her family the healthiest way possible, using fresh ingredients and sticking to a budget, the Grocery Outlet is a for sure place to find what I need.  I was pleasantly surprised to see familiar name brand products at such discounted prices.  I was very happy to see that Grocery Outlet has a NOSH program.  This is all about Natural, Organic, Specialty and Health items and food.  I can shop my healthy options for meals and for the house at great prices. I found some Foster Farms split bone in chicken breasts and thought of a great dinner idea for the family. Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 45 minutes 4…  Read More…

Grocery Outlet Napa Valley Grand Opening

Big news!  Grocery Outlet has arrived and has a new home in the Napa Valley.  I will be totally honest with you, I have never stepped foot in a {GO} before and was invited to visit this new one.  I was immediately intrigued and had to go check it out.  I had questions because I really didn’t understand the concept, was it a warehouse or did you need a membership?  Were you to buy items in bulk? Not at all, in fact just the opposite.  Grocery Outlet is not a warehouse and no you do not have to buy in bulk.  Just a regular grocery store with lower prices.  The  Napa Valley location is large and open with all the items and products placed neatly and easy to see and find.  I was greeted by friendly staff and walked through the doors with my eyes wide open and my mouth…  Read More…

Snacking Healthy + A Smarty Pants Vitamins Review

Disclaimer … Product and compensation has been approved via my affiliation with Fit Approach in exchange for a review. Being active all day means I can easily run myself down.  I tend to need a nap in the afternoon just to regroup before getting the kids from school.  A normal day in this household could be something like this … {each day varies, but you get the idea}   Up at 5:00 a.m. to make coffee for the husband Head back to bed and  …. Watch the early morning news and drink coffee Check in with emails from overnight Schedule my Pure Barre class for the day Start waking kids up for school Make breakfast {I do make breakfast} the MOST important meal for the kids of the day Pack lunches {and any extra snacks for after school athletic practices} Drop child #1 off at school Get back home and…  Read More…

The Ultimate Coffee Date 2016 #4

Good morning and happy Saturday.  It is the first weekend in April and we are having coffee again.  What?  It’s April?  When did that happen?  Whether you are new to our Ultimate Coffee Date or a regular visitor, welcome.  Sit back, hang out and take the weekend to visit all of the wonderful bloggers who link up and chat.  Don’t forget to visit my co-hosts Deborah and Coco while you are at it. Okay so before I get started, I am going to just tell you that I am keeping my coffee chat short and simple today. While we are having coffee, I will share with you that we are at the halfway point since our son has left for the military.  This time next month, I shall be watching him graduate from basic and then saying goodbye to him again as he continues forward to more training to become…  Read More…

Easter Sunday, Reflecting and A Giant Peep

I have been waiting and wanting to find the time to sit and write again.  Since my last post, I have been able to pull myself together and I am happily back on track with life and my fitness routine. Yesterday morning had me waking before the husband and kids.  I waited patiently waiting for all of them to emerge from their beds.  Baskets were downstairs delivered from the “bunny”.   I found myself sitting quietly and enjoying a cup of coffee and reflecting at the same time.  It was going to be somewhat of a difficult day and some sadness would be in my heart.  I would be remembering my grandfather Benson {Easter was a favorite holiday of his} who passed on this day in 2011 at 95.  I would be thinking of my very large family and how sad it is that we are not close, regardless of what…  Read More…

Putting Me Back Together Again

I knew I had to get back to my routine, I new it would be difficult, but the only way to get through the days ahead, was to get back on track.  I was doing so well attending my Pure Barre classes, I was feeling amazing and my body had kicked into fit mode.  Then one day {weeks ago} everything changed and honestly, I was terrified.  I was actually nervous to walk back into the place that I visited just about every day of the week.  The quaint studio down the street from my own home {where I pretty much knew everyone} suddenly became one of the scariest places for me.  The last time I had entered through the doors, I had broken down and found myself sobbing over the fact that we had just said goodbye to our son as he shipped of to the Army Rangers program.  I…  Read More…

The Ultimate Coffee Date 2016 #3

Good morning and happy Saturday.  It’s March already, and as you can tell by the lack of posts, my blogging had taken a back seat recently as I have been adjusting to life lately.  I am here today though to join all of you for coffee. While having coffee today, I will share with you that it has taken me longer than I thought to adjust to having our oldest son gone.  Since leaving for the Army Rangers, my entire world has been changed and if I were to be totally honest, I just checked out.  I feel as if I would be discrediting myself if I didn’t let you know that I just have had days where I didn’t have the desire to get out or really get up out of bed.  I would just go through the motions of the tasks I knew needing tending like getting the…  Read More…

Finding My Way As An Army Mom

When life hits a bump in the road and you feel as if God is giving you {yet once again} something more than you can handle, you stop and take the longest of breaths.  You literally stop.  At least that is what I have done.  Since hearing the official word from our son about his leaving for the Army Ranger program and actually seeing the paper work, the last few weeks has had me feeling as if the heaviest of loads has been suffocating me.  I can’t seem to function on all cylinders and it is crippling.  I am not used to this, I am normally very together, organized and timely.  On task with work {like my blogging} and my job at home.  The simplest of daily routines seem to be interrupted by the distraction in my mind.  Pure Barre class has me in a daze and not paying attention,…  Read More…

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