10 Tips To Help You Find The Time

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In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the importance of making time for fitness. It’s tough! We’re extremely busy – taking kids to school, working full time jobs, making time for our families, cooking dinner, etc. And not only does exercising require time, it requires energy. In this post, I’m sharing 10 tips for finding time to exercise.

How do I find time to exercise? I’m a mom, wife, teacher, trainer, nanny, and waitress, so working out is impossible, right? Wrong. Life will always be busy. If we tell ourselves we will pick it up when things slow down, you’ll never begin.

Here are 10 tips that I’ve personally used to help me make the time for my health and fitness. If you have any additional tips that you find helpful, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

  1. Scheduling workouts – Write your workouts in your schedule. If it’s on my calendar, I’ll actually follow through. I forget about meetings that aren’t on my calendar. The same is true for my workouts.DSC_0271
  2. Ditch the gym membership that has you driving to workout. You can exercise just as well in your house. (Get inspired here) When you eliminate the 30 minute round trip to and from the gym, you’ve added time to workout.
  3. Accountability has been my biggest game changer. I was hesitant to get a personal trainer, but the accountability alone was worth the money. Aside from providing expertise, my trainer keeps me on top of my diet and constantly checks in to make sure I’m on track.
  4. Invest in your fitness – This tip will fluctuate with your budget, but I’ve noticed I have more motivation to workout when I have new equipment or new athletic attire. Making small investments along the way will keep you excited for your workouts. You can use the money you’re saving on ditching your gym membership! Making these investments also keeps me dedicated since I feel like I’ve wasted money if I don’t actually use my purchases.
  5. Join a group – Meet friends to do your workouts or create a group text with like minded individuals with the same goals in mind. This can serve as another form of accountability outside of a personal trainer. The more pressure you have to workout, the better.
  6. Multitask  Can’t miss the latest episode of The Bachelorette or Suits? No problem. Workout while you watch the show! This will, of course, be easier if you are working out from home.
  7. Limit your screen time – Watching TV and social media can be huge time wasters. We are constantly on our phones or computers. Put away the devices and pick up the dumbbells. Also, I’ve found that checking emails or looking at Facebook while exercising takes away from my workout. I now tell myself to put the phone up until I’m finished. This motivates me to get through my workout quickly so I can get back to a text or email.
  8. Work out in the morning – Not only does it give me energy, but it also gives me back my lunch break or evening. As the day goes on, my to do list seems to pile up, and it makes it easier to skip out on a workout that night.
  9. Bring the family If I can’t workout early in the morning or at night after my daughter goes to bed, I come up with a fun, full body workout that my daughter can do with me. She loves it and knowing she is watching makes me push myself even harder. Take advantage of opportunities to get the family involved in your workouts. Going hiking or throwing a ball around in the backyard totally counts!DSC_0291
  10. Challenge a friend – There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition. When bragging rights are on the line, we tend to find motivation. After getting a Fitbit, I quickly became obsessed with the number of steps my friends were getting. It really kept me on my feet.

These are just a few tips you can try to help you find the time to exercise. Show me your calendar, and I’ll show you what’s important in your life. Shouldn’t your physical health be one of your top priorities? Stop making excuses and start making time for yourself and your body!

 

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When My Life Became Meaningful by Kristen Wilson

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In November of 2015, I had a strong suspicion that I may be pregnant. So I did what every girl would do; I went to the pharmacy and bought as many pregnancy tests that I could carry to the register. Well, I went 6 for 6 that day; all of the tests were positive. My husband and I could not believe it! We were ecstatic. About 12 weeks later, we found out the gender. I was finally getting the little girl that I’ve always wanted. From then on, I rushed my pregnancy. Her nursery was finished a month later, and her closet was full of pink. We decided to name her Isabella Kate. Bella for short. Friends and family were all thrilled and patiently waiting for her due date: August 11th. I, on the other hand, was having a tough time with all of the not so wonderful pregnancy issues: elevated blood pressure, swelling, and clothes awkwardly fitting to name a few.

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On May 3rd, I decided to go to St. Francis Hospital for a few of the issues mentioned above, not the clothes awkwardly fitting part (although it felt like an emergency at times), but for swelling and high blood pressure. I was there for a few hours while hooked up to a baby monitor and blood pressure machine. After my lab work was returned with no indications of any potential issues, I was released and told to take it easy. On the following Saturday morning, I woke up with severe stomach cramps and blurred vision. I sat up in bed and began rubbing my eyes, trying to figure out why my vision was blurred. Why could I not see? I got up and grabbed my blood pressure machine. It was through the roof. I immediately called my doctor who told me to go straight to the ER. I stirred my husband while crying in pain and told him we needed to go.

We checked in at St. Francis Hospital, again, and waited for answers. The doctors determined that I had developed severe preeclampsia (high blood pressure and swelling). I was immediately hooked up to an IV while I was in nearly unbearable pain. We knew that my vision was blurred due to my high blood pressure, but we were unsure of the reason for my severe stomach pain. After reviewing my blood work results, the doctors informed me that I would need to be transferred to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where they would hopefully be able to postpone the delivery of Bella until 28 weeks. At this point, we knew Bella would ultimately be delivered prematurely.

When I arrived at Greenville Memorial, there were nurses and doctors everywhere. As the doctors were speaking with me about anesthesia, the risks of it, and how we were “going about it”, the emergency tone of my baby’s heart beat monitor pierced the noise in the room: Bella’s heartbeat was no longer detected by the medical equipment. After a few minutes that felt like hours of trying to relocate her heartbeat, the doctors decided to do an ultrasound. The doctor stared in confusion at the computer screen while taking pictures of it with his phone. I asked if everything was okay and was told yes, but he wanted to show the image on the screen to another doctor. He told me to plan on delivering via C-section within an hour or two. At 26 weeks, 14 weeks early, we were going to deliver Bella. Was this really happening? With the suddenness and uncertainty of the situation, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “will we survive this?”.

My husband, mother, in-laws, and husband’s grandpa joined me in the hospital room. My husband’s grandfather came to pray over Bella and I, and I couldn’t have been happier that he did. After he finished, the doctors returned to say I would be delivering within 30-45 minutes. The doctors began preparing my bed, and my husband received his blue scrubs. While looking around at a room full of worried faces, I told my family I loved them. At the time, I was experiencing fear. Not fear of the surgery or spinal tap, but fear for my unborn daughter’s life. After being moved to the prep room, the doctors prepared me for the spinal tap. After being pinched, pricked, and poked, they decided the spinal tap was not working fast enough, and I would have to be put to sleep. I asked for my husband and was told he could no longer be in the room with me. I cried as I felt the oxygen mask touch my face.

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Hours later, I woke up in the recovery room with my husband by my side. Isabella Kate Wilson was born that day at 2:54pm, weighing in at 1lb 14oz and 13.5” long. Although I wasn’t able to see her, I was assured that she was perfect and beautiful. That night was long; I was extremely sick from the medicine and sore from the delivery. It wasn’t until the next day, Mother’s Day, at 4pm that I was able to see and hold my precious, miracle baby.
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I was later updated with more details regarding my C-section. The severe stomach pain that I was feeling was coming from the placenta detaching. The rush to deliver was not only because of the placenta but my kidneys were releasing toxins into my body and starting to fail. Aside from occasional stomach soreness, I have since fully recovered.

Isabella Kate has been in NICU for 2 months and counting. She has been through two blood transfusions, three different oxygen machines, a ton of lab work, four different NICU rooms, two different NICU levels, and a lot of nurses. She has grown from 1lb 14oz to 4lbs 6.5oz and from 13.5” to nearly 16”. She has finally reached the weight requirement for clothes, and as of this week, she was moved to an open crib. Bella has not required surgery, and for that, we thank God. This little girl has been a true rock star since the day she was born!

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With her being in NICU, patience is of the upmost importance since we are unsure of when she will come home. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t regret rushing my pregnancy. Through this difficult time in our lives, we have witnessed a beautiful miracle. Bella is perfect, despite her sassy personality, and I could never thank God enough for blessing me with her.

May 7th was a life changing day for me, and it will forever play in my head like a movie. Something special was formed: a never ending bond between my husband, Bella, myself, and the Lord. On that day, my life became meaningful.

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From Faith: Kristen Wilson is a first time mommy to a beautiful little girl and an amazing wife to her husband, Austin. She is a believer in Christ, and through her story, I hope others in her situation will know they are not along. Premature births affect nearly 380,000 babies in the United States alone. March of Dimes has made one of the worst experiences for a mother more bearable. Not only did they help this family, but they continue to help fund research for other families who will undergo this same experience. Kristen has signed up to walk in the March for Babies in October 2016, and she is raising money for her walk. Here is a link if you feel led to donate for her cause or walk alongside Kristen. More than anything, please keep The Wilson family and sweet Isabella in your prayers as they look forward to bringing their baby girl home.

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Chocolate Lasagna

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Where are all of my chocolate lovers? This one is for you, my friends. It’s the perfect after-dinner treat, and the whole family can pitch in a helping hand. My husband is always asking for this family favorite, so I had to share it with you guys. Besides, it was a friend’s birthday, so that always calls for a special treat.

Like any good lasagna, this chocolate treat is made of layers. To start out the bottom layer, crush a full package of Oreos. This job is perfect for a toddler. They love an opportunity to be destructive! I let her press the button on the mixer, and she went to town! After a little help from mom, toss the crushed Oreos with the melted butter. Empty the mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan, and press it into the bottom of the pan. Ella assisted with this step as well. Then, place it the fridge.

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Moving on to the next layer – the cream cheese layer. It’s a mixture of cream cheese, milk, sugar, and cool whip. Mix these items well, and layer it on top of the crust. Ella starts to lose interest here because it’s more difficult to stir than the previous layer. She quickly gains it back when she sneaks a lick of the spoon.

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The next step is as easy as making boxed chocolate pudding. In fact, that is the next step. Once the pudding has formed, spread that over the first two layers. The more Cool Whip, the better the dessert, so go ahead and add the rest of the Cool Whip for the next layer. Grab your toddler and allow him or her to sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top, completing your chocolate lasagna.

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Now, the hard part. Place the lasagna in the fridge for at least four hours, allowing everything to set. Although, I have found that taking it out a little early doesn’t hurt. 😉

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Chocolate Lasagna

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package of original oreos (not double stuffed)
  • 6 Tbs melted butter
  • 8 oz of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • 1 container of Cool Whip
  • 2 small packages of instant chocolate pudding
  • 3 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips

What you’ll do:

Crush the whole package of Oreos using a blender and mix together with 6 Tbs of melted butter. Press into the bottom of your pan and put in fridge. Mix cream cheese in mixer till fluffy then add in 2 Tbs of milk and 1/4 cup of sugar. Add in 1 1/4 cup of cool whip and spread this mixture over the Oreo layer. Combined the pudding packages with 3 1/4 cup of milk. Whisk until thickened then spread over cream cheese layer. Allow this to rest for five minutes before adding the remainder of cool whip for the next layer. Top with mini chocolate chips. Let set in the fridge for at least four hours, then enjoy!

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Want me to try out a recipe on the blog? Comment below with something you’d like to see featured. My family will thank you!

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The Importance Of Dating My Husband

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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to join my husband in the windy city of Chicago. This was my second time making the trip, and just like before, I had an amazing time. Being young parents, we don’t always get quality time to ourselves. Vacation is usually a full family trip, which we enjoy, but I think it’s important to take time for ourselves. Not only one weekend out of the year, but on a regular basis. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you should stop dating your husband. Remember why you fell in love in the first place and continue to grow on that. There is no reason to stop falling deeper in love.

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Change date night up! It can be as simple as a new restaurant or even go the extra mile and plan a fun weekend getaway. I believe this is a  key component to a happy marriage. Be willing to step outside of the box and get creative.

Surprise dates are the best. Those least expected tend to mean more. It shows you put time into planning something without needing a reminder. Ladies, this applies to you as well; don’t wait for your husband to make the plans!

It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and fall into a routine. Don’t be that couple. Continue to learn about your spouse and things they enjoy. Stay in constant communication and be willing to go on an adventure together, often.

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  1. If you know me, you know going to a trampoline park is my favorite Friday night activity. It’s silly and makes me feel like a kid again. Evan enjoys it just as much as I do!
  2. Evan’s favorite would be bowling. From time to time, I let him have his way. I am probably the worst bowler alive, so it’s nice when I beat him every now and then.
  3. A picnic in the park is always a win. Scooping up your spouse for a surprise lunch date is a sure way to win some points.
  4. Game night. Wait till the little ones have gone to bed and pull out those old board games. You can even use their games. I promise you’ll never be too old.
  5. Workout at the house together. My husband and I did the insanity intro video together once. We laughed so hard we cried. We didn’t accomplish a workout, but had a great time together.
  6. Go a little old school and head to the drive-in movie theater. We don’t have one close by, so the drive gives us time to catch up on the week and enjoy each others’ company.
  7. Go to a Paint and Pour. Another date that is sure to bring laughs, unless you’re married to Picasso.
  8. Take a cooking class. You could also do a dancing class, but my husband is beyond the point of helping.
  9. Go camping in your backyard. It takes the pressure out of actually planning a camping trip and still lets you enjoy the night sky with an actual bathroom close by.
  10. Take a trip to go apple picking. This gets you away from the busyness of life and lets you enjoy the fresh air with a yummy snack.
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*Can’t decide on just one? Grab a jar and write down the dates you want to go on and take turns picking one each date night. Now get to dating!

Always come back to the things you used to do when you first fell in love. If it was bike riding, then dust those off. If it was fancy dinner dates, than dress up and head out. Don’t be afraid to act like a kid and get messy. Enjoy each other every second of the day because life is too short to do anything less.

 

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When is Daddy Coming Home?

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Being married to a traveling husband is hard, no doubt, but a firm family foundation takes some of the edge off. When my husband took a job in public accounting last January, we knew the traveling was coming, we just didn’t know how hard it would be for Ella. For me, it was harder the first year; we had to make a lot of adjustments. It was like our lives were put on hold those weeks he spent away. Now that Ella is getting older, it’s getting harder for her. She doesn’t understand why daddy has to leave for weeks at a time, and she constantly asks, “When is daddy coming home?”.

Now that I’ve bashed the traveling, I am here to say that it’s possible. It’s not always fun and some days are harder than others. However, we are blessed that Evan gets to come home most weekends, and this year, his employer has cut back on his travel. Thinking about families with fathers fighting wars in foreign
countries really puts things into perspective; we are truly blessed.

How do we manage? We stay busy! This is where my four jobs play a role. After work, our nights are filled with dinner dates with girlfriends and mommy-daughter time. We take this time to spend with friends, which helps to free up our weekends for when daddy is home. We also live on Facetime, and we make a lot of sweet gifts to cover daddy’s desk.

When Evan is in town, we spend as much time together as we can. The traveling has truly made us cherish our time together, and we don’t waste a minute of it. Even if it’s just hanging out at the house or going for a walk, it’s together!

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When Daddy comes through the door after being gone for a two week business trip, the best part is the excitement that fills Ella’s face. There is nothing like the love of a little girl for her father. We don’t love the traveling, but we make it work. Our family is full of love, and we continue to build on that every time we send daddy off. Our hugs are a little tighter, and our prayers are a little strong during this time.

 

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Who I am

I want to start by saying thank you to each and every person who has taken the time out of their lives to learn a little about mine. I know how valuable time can be, so it truly means a lot. For me, this is where I can express myself and write about everyday life. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I’d love for you to share yours with me on any of the blogs. Honesty is always the best policy, and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me.

I am 25 years old with a rambunctious three year old daughter and a hard working husband. We live a nonstop, eventful life filled with adventure, tragedy, good times, and bad times. I wont hide my scars, and I’ll face anything that comes my way head on. There is nothing my God can’t bring me through, and I share my experiences with others in hopes that they can realize that too.

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Faith In Everything?

Faith In Everything is as simple as it sounds. Like most, my life is extremely busy. I currently have four part-time jobs. I’m a preschool teacher, nanny, waitress, and high school official for girl’s lacrosse. I feel like God has called me to give and serve, so in my spare time – whatever that is – I volunteer for charity events and serve on missions with a local ministry. On top of all of that, I felt led to write. When I was little, I dreamed of being a journalist, that was until I realized I was the worst at spelling. Oh how grateful I am for spellcheck.

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In every area of my life, whether it be working or serving others, I have passion. I take pride in everything I do. I hope to use my blog to inspire others to keep chasing their dreams. Feel free to comment, like and share.

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

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