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Today started off pretty good. Managed to do an in home workout. The first video I watched was a little much. The lady was like, “We’re going to start with some cardio and then 50 burpees” and I was like oh hell no. So I continued on to find another video which I did half of because it started out good and then went into stuff I can’t do. Obviously I have to work at this stuff cause eventually I’ll need to do what everyone else does in the videos but till then, I’ll modify my work outs. At the end, I just started watching videos of “what I eat in a day” and usually the people I’m watching will do a work out with their vlog. So I took out our 10lb weight and started doing some lifts with that and some cardio. Wasn’t too bad actually but I’m honestly rather go to the gym and walk/run on the treadmill and lift weights.

For breakfast this morning I had two pieces of Naan bread (try it!) with half an avocado, some black bean hummus, two eggs and some cheese. Yum! Lunch consisted of Naan personal pizzas which were pretty good but the pepperoni made them really greasy. So that was the only downfall to that. For dinner the plan was to have stir fry from Trader Joe’s with some chicken tenders mixed in but…..Steven burned it. SO, I decided to make Trader Joe’s orange chicken and fried rice and honestly, it was damn good! I liked the chicken more than the fried rice but would definitely buy both again.

Anyway, I need to cut this short as the laptop I’m typing this on is dying and I need to plug it in. Whoops! We’ll see you all again tomorrow!

xoxo
Katie

 

 

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January 3rd…Day Three

Happy Thursday!

 

I thought this was a really good quote to use for today. Why? Well today was quite stressful and I wasn’t sure if I’d feel up to working out at all. Mainly because by the time we finished the shop meeting and left the shop it was well after 8PM. I knew we would get home closer to 9PM and then I would need to make dinner and then go on my walk or do a workout video and then go to bed.
*yawn*

I totally got distracted with Facebook for a second. Back on track!

We ended up getting home at like 8:44PM. I got the oven started, popped the chicken in the oven, set the timer and told Steven I’d be back. Nardi and I ended up walking down the road instead of just around the apartment complex. We shot for walking a mile again because I knew I’d have enough time to walk that and make it back to take dinner out of the oven and well…eat it.

I figured I’d finish off this blog post with a complimentary photo of . . . myself! Just flexing what I don’t have. Ha ha! I mean, this is the standard thing girls post on FB & IG right? That’s what I thought. Good night everyone!

xoxo
Katie

Here we go again. . .

Here we go!

Today has been one hell of a ride. It’s only the 2nd day of the new year and I’m already over it. I have to keep reminding myself that I’ll get through this. Even if I don’t really have support from anyone, I will get through this. I’m entirely too stressed and didn’t even want to do any sort of work out tonight. All I wanted to do when I got home from work was pop open a bottle of wine and guzzle it down, no need for a glass. That’s how I roll! Kidding of course. *whispers* not really.

Moving on from my pity party of 1. We got home from work today and I decided to make chicken tacos. Over the weekend I bought two big packs of chicken tenders. I used to buy breasts but I wasn’t using all that much chicken when cooking so I decided to get tenders instead. Just made more sense. Okay, less rambling Katie, geez. So tonight I made chicken tacos. Just seasoned chicken diced up and some Anaheim pepper. I put mine on two corn tortillas with a bit of cheese, some diced up tomatoes and hot sauce. So goooooood! After I let that digest for a bit, Nardi & I headed out for a walk. With how much stress I was dealing with today, I was not ready to do a full blown work out video, so I stuck to walking. I mean, you’ve gotta start somewhere right?

Here are my results from our walk tonight. It really helped a lot with the stress to be able to just walk, headphones in and having my pup with me. I know tomorrow is going to be more stressful than today so I’ll probably plan another walk. We’ll see.

This is where I leave you all. It’s time for me to curl up in bed and sleep away the sadness. Have a good night and I’ll talk to you all tomorrow!

xoxo,
Katie

Not Resolutions but Goals

Happy New Year!

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Welcome to the blog folks! If you’re new here, my name is Katie. Nice to meet you! Let’s get started! I am like the worst person when it comes to new years resolutions. The WORST! Every year I make all these resolutions to lose weight, work out, eat better, save more money and yet, every single year, I fail. I was watching you-tuber, Mind Over Much (you can see her video here) talk about making monthly goals instead of year long resolutions. *ding* That’s the sound of the light bulb going off in my head people. I decided that I am going to start with a 30 (I mean 31) day goal. The goal is to do at least one workout a day. Seems easy right? Well for me, not so much because I: 1. hate waking up early and 2. work late usually and by the time I get home am exhausted and just don’t care to do anything but lounge on the couch. I figure if I start blogging about working out, it’ll make me more committed to actually DOING IT.

So the plan. To do 31 workouts for the month of January. I will be picking workouts on Youtube and doing 30 minute workouts each day. I will write about how I felt before the workout, how I felt after the workout and how I liked the workout. I will also be posting the videos to the blog so if you’d like to check them out, they’ll be linked somewhere in the body of the blog.

Fast Forward >>

It’s not 9:22PM and I’m going to get this blog post finished up. I ended up taking a break to make dinner which consisted of grilled chicken tenders, roasted cauliflower (for me), broccoli (for hubby) and then potato salad that both Steven & I made together. This was my first time trying out my new cast iron grill pan and besides the stupid smoke alarm going off who knows how many times, it was awesome. Steven said it’s the best chicken I have made so far. Which if you know him, is a HUGE compliment because he usually just goes “it was okay”.

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After dinner we relaxed and watched some Ninja Warrior – Military edition before deciding to go on a walk. I chose walking for tonight’s workout because Steven really needed to get up and move around a bit and I figured it would help with his back some. We didn’t walk for a long time or very far but we got it in. I think tomorrow night I’ll try a Youtube video workout and see how I like that.

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Now it’s time to call it a night (from here) and get to work on my new planner. I wish you all a happy new year and that you all accomplish the goals you set.

 

xoxo
Katie

New Goodies – World Market & Target

Happy Saturday! It’s been a little bit since I last wrote and I wanted to share with you all some awesome little goodies I picked up at World Market and Target. You know me with Target, LOVE IT! It’s hard to stop in and not buy something. I mean, the place is A-M-A-Zing! Moving on, check out the cool stuff I picked up.

At Target I picked up this cute little Farmer’s Market tray for my dining room table. I haven’t really figured out what all I want on it as far as decor display but maybe something will hit me soon and it will look super cute! If you’d like one, check out the Target dollar spot! That’s also where I found this super cute set of kitchen towels! You can never have too many towels right? I’ll have you know, that hubby talked me into the cute Farmer’s Market tote. At $3, it wasn’t like I was spending hundreds. Haha! I’ve already gotten daily use out of it as my planner holder/purse for work. I’ve also taken it to the Farmer’s Market here in Raleigh. Steven was like “You’re going to put the veggies in this?” Me, “Uh, yes. That’s what I got it for!” Haha. 

Next item I picked up was this super cute, old fashion laundry machine. Isn’t it cute! I found out about this by seeing my instagram friend’s post on her laundry room. (QBHome IG) I thought it was seriously the cutest thing ever and I wanted it. Granted, I don’t have an AMAZING laundry room like hers but one day I will. This item has been on my “want” list for quite awhile now. It wasn’t until a few weeks back that I decided to just stop by World Market to “look” around. Hubby noticed it and told me I had to get it since he knew I wanted it. Me being my frugal self, didn’t want to pay the $20 for it. But with him telling me over and over again just to get it and “Well it might not be here the next time you visit”, I had to get it. We also found some lemon coolers. Who still remembers those? I didn’t take a picture of them but you can google them. Back to the laundry tin . . . This thing is awesome and huge! I put about seven 30+ count boxes of bounce dryer sheets in it and it still has room for more boxes! I love it! I do wish I had a place to stick it that was close to the washer/dryer but that’s okay.

Love these items too? Check them out at your local World Market and Target dollar spot. Thanks for stopping by!!

XoXo Kayteeee

Savings Jar – Bingo Style

Hey Lovelies!

I know you’re probably tired of hearing about my plans to save money and how I go about saving as much money as possible. Well, I’m back again to explain the savings jar – bingo style with ya’ll. It’s a fun way to save money without feeling like you’re completely broke each pay check. It’s also a great thing to start with kids because you can do it with just pennies or just change. You don’t even have to use dollar bills. Keep it simple. Keep it fun.

Above is the bingo board to print out. I prefer to print it out and attach it to a big mason jar with some painters tape (it’s what I had). Then as I put money into the jar, I simply mark off a square or two with a different colored sharpie. Again, this can be a great way to get kids onto saving money! Plus it’s helpful if you or your significant other are bad about saving money and want to plan for a trip or a big purchase.

If you know me personally, or even if you read my blog every now and then, you might have noticed that I have YET to finish a jar. Sadly, every time I start a jar, I only make it about half way before something comes up and I have to spend what money was saved. However, this time it’s different! I have a job now and can put money aside from each check without leaving us feeling completely broke. Wooo! So this time, I will be finishing this jar! 

I started this jar about two weeks ago, roughly. I haven’t really decided yet on how much I am putting away from each check every two weeks. Right now I simply put a little in at a time. This week I put $76 in. Actually it might have been a bit more because we got paid Tuesday. HAHA.

Has anyone else started doing the savings jar this way and been completely successful in finishing the board? I think the last time I tried hard, I got to about 34 before having to spend it on a bill or something. Not anymore! I’m sticking to it! 

If you’ve done the savings jar bingo before, let me know in a comment below. Tell me how far you got before you had to use the money. If you haven’t tried it, are you going to now? Let me know!

Xoxo,
Kaytee

All of the pretties ~ Farmhouse Style

Hi Lovelies! 

If you know me, then you know that I love Fixer Upper and the FARMHOUSE STYLE. It’s seriously my favorite. I love barn doors and rustic touches everywhere. I have always wondered what theme or design I wanted to go with when it came to decorating our home. Farmhouse style has been at the top for awhile now. I love the beautiful look of shiplap, the rustic touch of barn doors on metal railings and love chippy items (tables & candle sticks). You name it, I love it!

I wanted to share with you all a few things that I have been eyeing lately but am just resisting buying at the moment seeing as how we are moving in May into another apartment. Got to save for that and then start saving for a house now that we know we can apply for a home loan (just want to save up for a good down payment).

Onto what I have been drooling over!!

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Let’s be real… how adorable is the little washing machine tin!!! LOVE IT! And it’s not that expensive on worldmarket.com. Again, these are just a few of the things I’ve been eye-balling. I just need to come up with some “play” money so I can get it all. Ha Ha!

Comment below with your favorite decorating style! I’d love to hear from you ❤

xoxo
Kaytee