Motivation of the Day….Walking the Weight Off

“In your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, & become more.” ~ John Quincy Adams

Right now, in the beginning stages of changing my bad habits into healthier ones, so I need all the motivation I can get.  A little while ago, I wrote a post about how I found that combining a hobby of mine with exercising & dieting has motivated me. You can read it here. Then a favorite blogger of mine left a comment that made me think about how neat it would be to motivate one another.
Today, while I was waiting for my girls at crossing, I told my sister what I’ve been doing and how it has really helped me. She thought it was a great idea to combine something you love with dieting & exercising. She loves photography as much as me so she’ll be doing the same thing. This got me thinking, if there’s two people out there loves this idea, there must be more.

I decided after talking with the two ladies above, that I wanted to share my walking adventures….how I’m walking my weight away.
Why does photography motivate me to walk? It gets me up and out the door because I never know what I’m going to come across or what I’ll find.  And if there isn’t any to photograph, I love coming up with creative ways to save that moment.
So, lets do this together, seeing where our steps take us.  I hope anyone who comes across this post will join me in this journey.  Find a hobby you love doing and figure out a way you can incorporate it into your dieting & exercising. Then take an image & share it with me. Leave a comment below to your link and I will gladly come over. Let’s motivate each other into creating healthier habits which will help aide us in our weight loss. The journey is only as fun as you make it.

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Changing It Up: 12 Affirmations & Word for 2016

The last few years instead of resolutions I’ve done word of the year. This is where I pick a word that I want to work towards, sort of a theme for the upcoming year. It worked great and I seemed to achieved most of my goals, without realizing it. This year however, I decided to change it up a bit. Instead of doing just a word or resolutions, i’m doing affirmations.  Then I’ll pick my word of the year based on my affirmations.
A year or so ago, I talked about my motivational journal and how it helped me when I needed it. I loved creating it & adding to it whenever I was down or needed a pick me up.  Over this past year, I’ve pushed it aside and it’s time to revisit it & making a new one.  I think it’s so important to do one each year, since our lives change so much within that short period of time.
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This year more than any other, I’m in need of encouragement & support from within, which isn’t always there. I’m way too harsh on myself; i’m my biggest critic instead of being my best friend. I don’t give myself credit when I do something great or things work out as I wanted.  Nor do I give myself grace for when I make mistakes, learning new lessons.  I want to concentrate on encouraging & supporting myself more through positive ways, changing my self talk and how I truly see myself.   And I’ll begin this journey with my 12 affirmations for 2016.

  1. Being unique is a blessing, one that I embrace with open arms
  2. Life is what you put into it; make it fun & rewarding it becomes so
  3. I will inspire others through my creativity & unique spirit
  4. I choose to be the source of strength & encouragement for those I love
  5. I’m limited only by a vision of what is possible
  6. I fully embrace who I am today
  7. I choose to focus on solutions rather than the problem
  8. Find beauty from within to find it in others
  9. Positivity is my guiding light through the darkest times
  10. Every night I choose to let go of the day’s mistakes or regrets
  11. I will slow down each day & embrace the little moments, not
  12. On dark days, I will have to create my own sunshine

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Do you see a theme with my affirmations?  If I had to choose a word based on the above 12 my word for 2016 would be ENCOURAGEMENT.

Are you making resolutions?  Or picking a word?  Or affirmations? Or do you do something different?  What are your goals or where do you see yourself going in the upcoming year?

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13 Healthy Christmas Foods To Make

When I ask my kids what they think of as Christmas food, they named off sweet treats, desserts, & drinks.  But Christmas food doesn’t always mean unhealthy super sweet things.  Instead, there are numerous delicious healthy food you can make this holiday season.  For some inspiration, to get you started, I collected 13 recipes from breakfast to lunch to desserts to treats, I covered the whole bases, giving you a well rounded list.

Cranberry & Oatmeal Breakfast MuffinsCranberry and oatmeal muffins from

Healthy No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tart
Healthy, No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tarts

Chicken-Broccoli Shells & Cheese
Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese | | Homemade, lightened-up shells and cheese, tossed with chicken and broccoli florets. | #pasta #chicken #recipes

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts W/ Maple, Walnuts, & Feta
Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Walnuts and Feta

Butternut Squash, Pomegranate, & Goat Cheese Crostini
Butternut Squash, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Crostini | | #appetizer #horsdoeurves #vegetarian

Wild Rice Salad W/ Cranberries & Nuts
Healthy, whole grain, and gluten free, wild rice with nuts andcranberry salad

Frozen Yogurt Bark
healthy bark recipe

Baked Eggs W/ Mushroom & Parm
Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Parmesan

Chicken Christmas Salad W/ Avocado, Red Pepper, & Lime
Low-Carb Rotisserie Chicken Christmas Salad Recipe with Avocado, Red Pepper, and Lime []

Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters

Christmas Quiche
Christmas Quiche

Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Stuffed Dates with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze - just four ingredients - super easy and delicious - perfect as a last minute appetizer idea!

Christmas Cranberry Dip

**All images are from each site, they are not mine.**
Any delicious recipes that you are going to make or plan to make, please share below.

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Beautiful Places

As some of you noticed, I haven’t had a presence on here for a while.  It has been difficult working away from home and keeping up with my family life, let alone my blogging life.  But my work is over, the season has ended, which means I once again have time for blogging.

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I’ve written this post numerous times with numerous topics because I didn’t know what I wanted to share or where to begin. So, I thought the best thing to do was to share a few images I took while traveling for work. Traveling was the best part of job. If any of you have been on here long, you know how much I love exploring new places. The images above are a few places that I thought was absolutely stunning.  I’ve survived my  st season as a school portrait photographer, just in time for some holiday blogging fun.

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Reflections & My Thanksgiving Baby

Thanksgiving is a time for others to spend with their loved ones, having fun, enjoying good food, going for walks, playing games, or like us making gingerbread houses.  It’s also a time that so many people take to reflect on what’s good in their life, what they are thankful for.
I think about how lucky I am to be where I am in life all the time, not just around Thanksgiving.  I do this because I know how easily my life could have turned out so different, with one wrong choice.  Isn’t it interesting that one wrong choice could make such an impact on our lives?
This Thanksgiving however, instead of reflecting, I’m celebrating because it’s my baby girl’s birthday.  My little Squishy turns 8 today.  She’s my Thanksgiving baby.

Here’s a few extra pics from the last few months….
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Can you tell who her best friend is?
~Hope everyone has had a fantastic, relaxing, peaceful Thanksgiving.  May the peace, love, & thankfulness you have today spread throughout your year.~
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?  Any fun traditions?

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6 Ways Anyone Can Decorate A Halloween Dessert

Lately, I’ve been battling migraines.  I don’t know why all of a sudden I’m getting them, after not having them for awhile.   So I’ve got recipes lined up, I can’t wait to share but for today I’m still under the weather, I decided I would share different ways I found online on how to decorate Halloween treats, that anyone can do.
Decorating can be lots of fun, which is something I love doing.  Not everyone has amazing decorating skills, so I wanted to share with you different ways you can have great looking desserts with minimal efforts.  Showing you that even a novice can create amazing looking treats.  Below are 6 Ways Anyone Can Decorate A Halloween Dessert:

1. Using Oreos and M & M’s as eyeballs all over @ Monster Eye Cake

Super easy Monster Eye Cake for Halloween | by Carrie Sellman for

2. Using candies to create a scene @ Linus Great Graham Pumpkin Patch

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3.  googly eyes make everything better @ The Idea Room

4.  play with your food @ Fork & Beans
Silly Apple Bites

5. fruit roll ups are a must needed supply @ Betty Crocker
Fruit Roll-Ups™ Jack-o'-Lanterns on a Stick

6. healthy is just as sweet @ Frugal Coupon Living
**all images are taken from the site I got the idea from.**

What are your favorite ways to eat your Halloween treats?


Things That Make Me Smile

Today was a hard day at work since the children I worked with didn’t want to  cooperate in any way.  This makes for a long tiring day.  By the time I got home, I needed something to lift my spirits and make me smile.  Here’s a few images that brought a smile to my face.  The last one however made me laugh so of course I had to share.  Sorry if you don’t have my sense of humor & don’t find it as funny as I did…….