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Guess who's back and kicking this summer off with a fitness post...If you guessed me, you're one smart cookie. Lately I've been on a mission to get healthy. What usually happens is that I start a program and then work extremely hard for the first week or so and then, it happens...I just fizzle out and I start doing less and less. You know why? It's because no one is watching me, no one is holding me accountable.

Knowing that about myself I went on the hunt for a program that would get me in shape and better overall health as well as give me a support group to lean on, gain motivation from and just plain vent to. I found that program in Fit Girls Guide.


Fit Girls Guide's tagline is "The Girly-Girls' Guide to Getting Fit", and for anyone who knows me you know that I am the ultimate girly girl so this was right up my alley. They have 2 programs, one for beginners called the 28 Day Jump Start and one for the more advanced called the Fitkini Body Challenge. Aside from the program guides they also have a cookbook full of yummy recipes that are also healthy...go figure!

So, to kick off my fitness journey I ordered the 28 Day Jumpstart. The program cost me $24.99 and was an automatic download so I could get started right away. The e-book is fantastic. It goes from getting your mind right, to rewarding yourself. From workout plans to meal plans that cover vegans and vegetarians as well as folks like me who eat almost everything.

As I started my journey I created an Instagram account specifically for this challenge and let me tell you, it was the best thing I ever did. There are so many fit girls out there who have the same goals and aspirations that I do when it comes to being fit and healthy. It's been really great to have ladies that I can talk to daily about the journey and to know that they completely understand what I'm going through.

So, after completing my first 28 Day Jumpstart i am thrilled with my results! I am down 6 lbs. and I can see the change in my before and after photos.




I am definitely doing a second round and for those of you interested, round two begins on July 6th. In the meantime we have this short program called the Fit Girls Intersession. The ladies over at Fit Girls Guide understand that some of us need structure between challenges so they gave us some. Yay to not back tracking!! I will tell you all about that in the next post.

Until next time, stay fit, fun and fabulous!

Keesha



When I was growing up my mom used to have a chore chart posted on the fridge for all to see. My brother, my sister and I would come home from school every day and check the chore chart before running off to relax or play. That's just what we were taught to do. There would be no fun until the chores were done. Back then the chore chart was just a piece of paper with our names, the date and the chore written on it...nothing fancy.

I feel that chores give children a sense of responsibility and allows them to contribute to their household from an early age. Having chores lends a hand in teaching them to appreciate and respect the things that they have. There are some great resources out there that help to guide you on what chores are appropriate for which age groups. A few that I like can be found on Focusonthefamily.com, Familylife.com and Pinterest is always a great resource for guidelines as well as rewards systems and ways to make chores fun for all ages.


What are your thoughts on children having responsibility around the home and having assigned chores?

This is my first DIY non cooking post so go easy on me. I've been on a craze when it comes to my sunroom. We've been in our current home for a little over a year now and up until now this room has been kind of a catch-all for my extra sewing stuff. As the nice weather cams about I decided that now would be a good time to really take advantage of this room. It has windows on every wall and at night it's the coolest room in the house. I decided to build a garden room with diy furniture upcyled from pallets. What you are seeing is my first attempt.


 I saw this lounge type chair on apartment therapy.com and thought to myself, "I could do that." So, I went about gathering the materials to complete this weekend D.I.Y. project. I did alter their design a bit to better accommodate my space. To make my D.I.Y. Pallet Lounger check out the below tutorial.


For this project you will need:

  • 3 Pallets of equal sizing
  • Sand paper and a sander of some sort
  • Paint & a paintbrush
  • A saw or a crowbar 
  • A hammer
  • Some heavy duty nails
  • Fabric (3-4 yards)
  • Fabric glue or a sewing machine
  • multipurpose cushion or repurposed pillows



I started by laying out two of my pallets side by side. I then cut 1/3 of the third pallet off for use as the back piece. You can also just remove the middle boards and leave the two end supporting boards of 2/3 of the pallet instead of cutting it with a saw. This is what was done on apartment Therapy.


Next step was to sand down all of the pieces to avoid nasty splinters. You can't very well enjoy a piece of furniture if you get a splinter every time you go to sit on it, now can you?


After sanding everything I set all of the pieces together to ensure that everything would fit together properly.



I pulled everything apart and got to work painting. I painted all three pieces...and the floor....and myself. I never said I was the best painter. When painting the bottom pallet you only have to paint the parts that will be visible when the cushion is in place. Once you've completed the painting and set things aside to dry have yourself a cup of coffee in revel in the fact that you've come this far! (That's what I did.)


Ok, now it's time to assemble and add in the comfort factor. But your two larger pallets together so that they are flush. There is no need to secure them as the pallets are heavy enough to make a sturdy base. Now take your smaller pallet and place 3 to 6 large nails to the back and sides to secure it to the top larger pallet. Now that the base is complete you can go ahead and measure out your fusion or pillows to determine how much you will need to cover your lounge chair. Once you've determined that, go ahead and cut enough fabric to fully cover all of your material. Here you can either wrap the fusion/pillows in the fabric and secure with the glue, or you can sew together two large pillow cases and then stuff them with your cushion/pillows.


Place your completed pillows/cushions on your base and break out into your happy dance because guess what, YOU ARE DONE!








If Shepherd's pie and scalloped potatoes got together and had a baby it would be this fantastically yummy dish. I was experimenting in the kitchen like I do sometimes...ok, a lo of the time, when I came up with this delicious gem. Let me tell you about it.


This dish was a hit with all of the boys including the hubby and I will definitely be making it again. It was fairly healthy to make and was also retry simple to accomplish.


For this dish you will need the following:

  • Milk (I used almond milk)
  • Potatoes (I used Yukon Gold)
  • Reduced Fat Cheddar
  • Garlic
  • Ground Beef (lean)
  • Frozen corn
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper


To prepare preheat your oven to 425. While that's heating season your beef with the oregano, salt and pepper and brown. Chop your potatoes into discs and layer then into the bottom of a bacon pan. In a separate pan add the milk and some of the cheddar to make a cheese sauce. Once the beef is browned, drain it and add a layer to your potatoes. Top with a layer of corn and pour some of the cheese sauce on. Repeat the layering process. On top sprinkle some shredded cheese and a bit of oregano and pop it in the oven.


I served mine with a bit of avocado which was delicious. Enjoy!

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The 30 Day Challenge has not been going well. I am not making excuses. I am not feeling disappointed in myself. I have not been sedentary and that is what makes everything ok. I made it to day 2 of the 30 Day Challenge and then decided that instead of doing day 3, I wanted to go for a jog in the park and enjoy the beautiful weather.


I wanted to spend some time with my children and run and frolic and race. I worked out longer and harder on that trail in the park than I would have if I had completed day 3 of the 30 Day Fitness Challenge.


In my mind the best type of workouts are those that are fun and that my whole family can participate in. Maybe I'll try the challenge again in the future but for now. The warm weather is calling me to enjoy the moment!


Have you tried the 30 Day Fitness Challenge? Did you complete it?