What I’m Loving Sunday + A Special Reader Treat

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Happy Sunday!

Spring is starting to “get sprung” here in my neck of the woods. It’s time for me to get Organized, Major Spring Cleaning, and some extra effort and hard work on my part is needed! School, projects, writing, and training for my 12k at the beginning of May I love it when I am busy, and right now I am! Giving myself the present of getting and staying organized! My school work this quarter is def gonna keep me on my toes. So, I have been working extra hard to keep ahead in school, during this amazingly crazy & busy time!

However, I am making one singular priority. I am making sure I get my “Me Time” and “self-care” into my busy schedule! I went out and got myself a new journal. (This is where the magic happens!)
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I have been, working on bringing a little Feng Shui Prosperity in my life! I am SUPER excited for, The Tao of Dana’s Feng Shui Catalyst Camp to start again on April 20th. That is the awesome thing about the program, is once your in, you are in for life. I did pretty awesome the first round, but this time the Camp is running just in time for some MAJOR de-cluttering and Spring Cleaning!

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Plus trying a little #FengSui abundance tricks.

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RocksBox…well It ROCKS! www.rocksbox.com  It’s so easy and cool. It really is the original Netflix for Jewelry! I’m here to offer a free month. Simply go use the code, laurievxoxo and you get three designer pieces of Jewelry to wear for a month. If you like to continue, it’s only 19 dollars a month and you can pick pieces you like to add to your #wishlist. Bonus, can’t bring yourself to turn a piece of jewelry, you get $10 every month. In case you can NOT let something go! Like this bracelet,  I am buying it! It’s actually more adjustable and I feel really good when I wear it. So yup, I am gonna buy it. The Jewelry, comes with a return postage paid envelope and you just send back the jewelry and in a few days you get three new pieces of Jewelery, based on your preferences and stuff you put on your wishlist!

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Amen to this fabulous quote via. the Tone it Up girls, from the fabulous Marilyn Monroe!

I hope you are all having a beautiful weekend!

XOXO,

Laurie

Happy Easter Sunday — New Beginnings

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Happy Easter Sunday!

Coming to you live from our little mini vacay while everyone is asleep! It’s been a wonderful little vacation we are having and getting ready to make the drive home after some MUCH NEEDED time away and I am feeling so refreshed and renewed! Spent some awesome time in nature fishing. We do not have any fish to bring home, but it was still fun. With a little exception of getting rained on the first day while we were fishing on my husbands friends boat. I was cold and wet! I thought I would of been  O.K. with the 5 layers of clothes and the boat had a cover, however it was backwards and all five layers got SOAKED! Especially my feet, which I hate when my feet get soaked! So all day Friday in wet clothes. I have to say, what a workout.
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This is my husbands friend John John holding the fish my husband caught, but handed to me not knowing how big it was. I really thought the pole was just going to snap, so I handed the pole back to my hubby! Unfortunately, this is the only picture that I snapped. It was catch and release Stergon out of the Colombia River between Oregon and Washington, but still exciting, and a great workout!

Then yesterday, no rain, but it was cold! I did mange to sunburn my face pretty good and that wiped me out! I was in bed at 6 P.M. Did not plan on sleeping all night! Well, until 2 A.M. I’ve just been up early enjoying some coffee and quiet time.

Hoping hubby wakes up pretty soon, so we can make the five + hour drive home. I have so much to do. I’m sure the house is gonna be a mess when I get there. I am just getting some new goals and intentions written out. Ready for my Spring Break to be over and classes start back up tomorrow. Gotta get myself back into routine, a GOOD routine that balances out fitness, school, writing, and other exciting things that I am secretly working on!

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Time to get out my journal and get everything written out! Time for a major Brain Dump!

Well, I hope you all have a blessed Easter Sunday and are ready for an amazing week!

XOXO,

Laurie~

 

 

~ Hello April & Hello Spring ~

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Happy Friday!!

Big TGIF on the beginning of my road trip with hubby! Hitting the road and starting the Spring with some Spring Salmon fishing!

It’s really nice to get away and escape, before life gets super busy again! It feel weird not packing school books and self improvement book! I brought Cleopatra really excited to dig in to a book FOR FUN and spend some NATURE time. Break in my new hiking shoes! I didn’t bring very much clothes, my sneaky way of getting some new stuff! :)

Going to take a social media break this weekend too. I did bring my laptop for perhaps some writing (for fun of coarse!)

Anyways, about to lose cell reception! Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!!

Xoxo,
Laurie ~

Nicole’s Naturals #GFree Pancake & Waffle Mix Review and Giveaway #FitFluential

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Happy Tuesday!

Or perhaps, I should say, “Try It Tuesday!”

Who doesn’t LOVE Waffles and Pancakes!?!?!

Recently, I was given a can of Nicole’s Naturals Gluten Free Waffle and Pancake Mix to review and host a giveaway. Through my affiliation with FitFluential.

I fell in love! I’m already ready to order my next can of Mix. It was a HIT with the whole family and they didn’t even notice or care that it was Gluten Free – Wheat Free – and Soy Free.

I did a lot of experimenting with toppings and batter add in’s such as fresh fruit, Greek yogurt! I didn’t capture a picture but, I added in Spurlina Powder on St. Patrick’s Day to make some awesome “Green” pancakes! I plan on making some Easter Gluten Free color dye waffles for Easter Breakfast/Brunch. Check out Nicole’s Naturals Pinterest Board for some awesome inspiration and recipes!

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While I do love simple. Waffles and fresh strawberries. I found out the BEST add in that my family LOVED the most was Apple Cinnamon Waffles & Pancakes. because my family wanted both. Really easy! I just chopped up some beautiful Organic Gala apples, chopped them into very small pieces & cooked them until soft with some medium high Unrefined Coconut Oil.

I’ve tried lot’s of recipes to make my own GF Batter, but this was by far the cheapest, simplest, and most tasty option!

Secret Recipe… My Husband whom learned this trick from his father, has used Pancake Batter on fish & Shrimp for years, Vs. Tempura or Beer Batter.

Just made the batter as instructed and added just a touch of garlic powder. The shrimp came out perfect! Again, I used the medium high heat Coconut Oil and the shrimp was crisped to perfection. It was family approved AND requested again! It will also, be great to use as batter for any kind of white fish, green beans, asparagus, onion rings, and pretty much anything you would typically batter fry!

TIP ALERT —  WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER FISH AND SHRIMP?!?!?

* Store it in a Ziploc with paper towels surrounding it. Heat oven to 350 and throw the leftovers on a cookie sheet and in 5-8 min you have crispy fish or shrimp, which tastes exactly like you made it the first time! Not soggy like if you tried to microwave it!

* Favorite dip… Ghee or whatever you use for better melted in garlic powder. (TO DIE FOR!)

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Here is some great Info facts and Nutritional Information. FAQ Nicole’s Naturals! Click HERE!

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Now for the GIVEAWAY!

– 1 can of Nicole’s Naturals GF Mix.

– 1 small container of syrup.

– 4 small breakfast plates.

– Nicole’s Naturals apron.

Simply, follow the link to Rafflecoptor and enter to win all of these items Here! Or on your mobile at my Facebook page. HERE!

A couple options can be repeated each day for more entries until the contest closes on April 7th at Midnight.

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Find Nicole’s Naturals on Social Media!

Facebook: nicolesnaturalproducts

Twitter: @NicsGlutenFree

Pinterest: @NicolesNaturals

GOOD LUCK!!!

Question

What are your favorite toppings or add in when you make your PANCAKES OR WAFFLES?

Wishing you all a beautiful week!

XOXO,

Laurie

 

Thankful Thursday — Back to Basics

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Happy Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for….

Life.

Good Morning. If you read my blog you would know, I complained in the past, a lot about “SUPER” early morning wake-ups! Lately, I had been waking up around 9-10 A.M. My sleep schedule is all messed up and it feels like the days have been flying by and I am just not getting anything done by sleeping in that late, when I am waking up so late groggy . This morning I woke up around 4:45 A.M. and got out of bed a little after 5 A.M. A perfect time in my opinion. I had been on one extreme or another. Need to find my middle ground and start waking up on my own, somewhere between 5-6 A.M would be ideal.

I decided, I am in desperate need to get back on a  sleep schedule with early wake-ups and get my motivation and energy back!

I am still grieving the loss of my Mother In Law. I really didn’t know that it would hit me so hard. Ever since my Mother in Law was released from the hospital straight to my house, at the very beginning of January, I feel like my “LIFE” has been on hold. There has been non-stop stress in my life, and that needs to change. My Mother and Father in Law, have not lived more than five minuets away my entire marriage. I did not grow up here. When I was seventeen I got on a Greyhound Bus to go visit my future husband and family in Washington State from Michigan and never really looked back. I took on his family as my own with all the family drama and love, that come along with it. Now, with both parents gone, I feel lost. I have ALL of her stuff in my house, her things, literally take up three rooms in my house.  I have not been able to “deal” with her stuff yet. I think I sunk into a little bit of depression. I’m lucky to keep up on the dailies and keeping the main areas clear. However, moving forward has been harder than I could ever have imagined. It’s felt like I have been overwhelmed and stressed out since this year has started.

My daughter just had foot surgery a couple days ago and is non-weight bearing for 6 weeks and at least three months recovery time. Then she will do the other foot. So, now I am taking care of her. And, trust me she is more work than my Mother in Law was while she was dying. I feel like I just haven’t had a chance to “Just Breathe!”

This morning, while everyone is sleeping, I finally feel ready to get back to life. I am ready to enjoy life. I am ready to live each day to it’s fullest. I am ready to take back control of my home, health, and other responsibilities.

Moving Forward…..

Goals, Dreams, Life, Success, It’s MY time. Time to get back to putting myself first. The first step is just “showing up!” The second step, “showing up!” And, the third step, “showing up!” I am still on Spring break, and ready to “deal” with all the stuff of my Mother In Laws. This is going to require a LOT of work and a BIG yard sale.

Back on the Mat and back on the road! Signing up today for the Bloomsday Marathon in Spokane Washington. It’s at the beginning of May, so I am starting my training NOW. I have 38 days to prepare for this. Working out everyday, and stopping stress eating is one of my main priorities. A daily session with my Yoga Mat to avoid injury and get myself centered and grounded again is TOP Priority!

One day at a time!!!!!!

Daily blogging is also on my priority list. Also, my own personal writing, some awesome freelance opportunities, and continue writing my book. I’ve had days the past few months, where I couldn’t even bring myself to turn on my computer. Also, there are some awesome giveaways, and a total blog “make-over” coming SOON!

As ALWAYS, my plate is full. But, full of wonderful things to look forward to. Accomplishments to achieve and GOALS to focus on, to keep me busy and LIVE my life with the intention of finding balance and just jumping right back in with 110% effort to accomplish what I want and need!

So, Thankful Thursday! I am thankful that I have a renewed focus and new appreciation of living each day to it’s fullest.

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Question of the day!?!?!

What are you Thankful for today?! What can you do today that your future self will thank you for????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of Now

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I love being “present!” I have always been a live in the moment kind of girl. I have grown a new, deeper appreciation to live each day to it’s fullest. To take care of your self first and then let the other pieces fall in to place.

In no particular order my “NOW” consists of homework, finals, and HOT YOGA! In no particular order! There is a little cleaning and “taking care of business” mixed in there to. It’s all about BALANCE. So, when the unexpected comes up then I am ready for it.

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And, this whole year has been ALL about the unexpected!

Finally, starting to return to some kind of normal. Today would of been my Mother in Laws Birthday. So, every once in a while it comes up to “hit” me again. I really don’t have too much desire to go celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, instead I am meeting friends at Hot Yoga at 7:30. My hubby deals with it in his own way. He went fishing in the rain today.

So, NOW I am getting caught up on everything and not planning on leaving the house until tonight! I’m a little overwhelmed, but I got this!

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Decided to jump in with #dishthefit Link-Up, hosted by Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch for their weekly Link-Up. Being present is so important. (Topic of the week.) For EVERYTHING in life!!!!

Wishing you all have the LUCK of the Irish with you today!

 

Ahhh…. Another Random Sunday ~

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Happy Sunday!

Perhaps, I should of added in blogging in my list to commitments for last week! Things are “very slowly” getting back to normal around here. Every day is different. Good ones and bad ones.

Getting BACK to a Sleep Schedule!!!! Woah! Daylight Savings Time really thew me off all week! Well, O.K. I had more stress than usual last week. But, as far as sleep I have NOT been waking up too early in the morning, (like I have complained about before here,) instead; some days I slept as late as 9-10 am. It was so weird, it felt like there just weren’t enough hours in the day and is seemed extra exhausting! This morning I dragged myself out at 6 A.M. I seriously have to wake up around the same time everyday and 6 is perfect for me. Not 3 A.M. that gets old quick! And, not 10 A.M. because, that is just too late. So, 6 A.M. is my goal this week to make myself to get up so I get used to it!

My days are gonna be super busy this week too. So, I have to got to get everything planned out, prepped, and READY to have a GOOD WEEK! I think I am overdue to have a completely “good week!” Of coarse I am scheduling my ME time first! I have to finish up my online school classes this week and get ready for finals. My house is coming along so good that we are actually doing some remodeling! And, I have yard sales, but it’s TIME! I just hope the weather goes back to being nice! It’s been cold, windy, and rainy here. From almost perfect spring weather.

Getting up early has one really advantage on Sunday’s….. If you have to shop at Wal-Mart you can get in and out before the crowds if you have to get stuff for the week! Plus, I am enjoying the peace and quiet! I have some good music on and journaling and drinking some AMAZING Coffee with Cacco Powder! There is NO RUSH today! I am gonna spoil myself a little bit today when I go shopping! I NEED NEW workout clothes A.S.A.P. I love my shoes, but I’ve wore them so much around the house, It’s time for another good running pair! I need the reward first in this case! ;)

Also, working on some personal Writing Projects! The kind that actually make money! Which is fun! For a little bit there I was a little stuck, but I think I’ve shaken it off and getting back on track here. It feels really good that I have been able to get back to moving in “forward” action. But, this does leave me with even more on my plate. But, I got this. It just keeps getting better and better.

Just gotta keep focused. Eyes on the prize! Getting my workouts all planned out this week #NoExcuses there!

Anyways, that’s it! Just some “Random” Sunday thoughts before I get BUSY around here at home! I hope you all have a wonderful week!!!

Nameste!