Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Faith: No Doubt About It.

Being a Christian--living life this way--is not always easy.  And, if I'm being completely honest with you, I've had my moments of doubt.

You heard that right.  I have had those times in my life where I've wondered if what I'm believing, the life that I'm living, the faith that I'm choosing, is the right one.  

That's bad, right?

I'm not supposed to say that, am I?

But it's the truth.  And I am pretty sure I'm not alone.  

The thing is you can know that something is real and still doubt it at the same time.  Doubt creeps in when you least expect it.  It hits you when you're weak.  When you don't even realize it's coming on.  There it is.  Whispering that maybe, just maybe, you're wrong.  

And yet, I can still know, really know, that the God I believe in is as real as you and me.

I doubt the way I believe all the time and the way that I'm carrying out my beliefs.  Am I living the way that God wants me to?  When people look at me, do they see what a Christian should be?

Mostly, I doubt it.

I try.  Just like I always try to push through any doubts that come my way about my faith itself.  Believing--choosing to believe--is a constant choice.  You choose to live the way that God asks you to.  You choose to follow Him.  You choose to be in a relationship with Him.  These are choices that he leaves up to you.  There is no force--though He could use it.  There is simply your choice.  

Doubt is not a choice.  It just happens to you.  Like fear, sadness or getting angry at someone; it's a feeling.  What matters is what you do with the feeling you've been dealt.  Do you let it take over and lead you away from the life you've chosen with the God that loves you?  Or do you fight it?  Push through it and climb over it and use it as a part of your story to build the relationship that your God longs so badly to have with you.

You can call me a bad Christian.  You can wonder why I'm willing to tell you that I have my moments where my faith is shaky and my foundation is not so solid.  But I know that I can say anything, because there is nothing that surprises God.  He knows me.  Better than anyone else ever will actually.  He already knows my faults, my shortcomings and my sins.  He knows every doubt I have ever had or will ever had.

And he loves me fiercely anyway.

Wants me anyway.

Chooses me anyway.

In spite of my doubts.  Because there is no doubt bigger than His love for me.  Or mine for Him.

And there is no doubt about that.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chocolate What Cookies?

The problem with trying to eat healthy most of the time is the fact that, along with my want and need to eat well, is my insatiable want and need to eat crap.

Pure and utter crap.  Generally in the form of something baked and sweet.

Cookies and breads and pies, oh my!

I've really been trying to limit by sugar and flour intake so that really counts out most cookies and breads and pies.  Dang it.

There are tons of recipes that don't use these things and you can find them all over the internet and in various cookbooks that cater to such things.  You know, the sugar and flourless.

I ran into one the other night that looked both easy and like it might have potential to not totally stink.  And, like something that would be cheap enough considering I already had most of the ingredients, that I wouldn't be upset if they ended up being gross.  So, all the important boxes checked, I set out to make Chocolate Avocado Cookies.

Yep.  Cookies.  With chocolate.  And avocado?  And honey, an egg and a tiny little bit of baking soda.  Oh, and some chocolate chunks for good measure.  Really, that's it.

I found the recipe on the blog The Smoothie Lover.   You can see the full recipe here.

Basically you blend it all together and cook it at 350* for 8-10 minutes.  Mine definitely took at least ten.

She says: they look like coal.
He says: they look like cow poop. 
When they are done they look, well, interesting.  I believe my husband asked who let the cows poop in the house.  So, there's that visual for you.  But, he was brave enough to try them and, wouldn't you know it, actually liked them!

They are super chocolatey and you don't taste the avocado.  Well, I did a tad, but that's me.  Steven
hates avocados and he couldn't taste them at all.

My little gave them a shot and ate the entire cookie, minus one tiny morsel, before declaring he didn't like it.  I think it's a texture thing.

Speaking of, they are extremely sticky and not your typical cookie.  But they're good and I could see making them again when we need a chocolate fix that won't undo any good we've done.  You know, like an Oreo does.  Or a KitKat.  Or a brownie.  With ice cream on top.  Or...

Wait, what was I saying?  

Anyway, this one was a keeper.  A weird-looking, have to stay refrigerated, kinda odd-textured, winner.

I'll consider that a victory.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It's going to be a "dry spray" summer!!

So, we are about to get a little personal!!!!! We are talking deodorant today!!! I started using Degree Motionsense deodorant stick the summer before last and I LOVE it!!!! I feel it really keeps me dry and fresh! Plus it smells really good! It says it will last 48 hours but I don't find that to be true but it lasts through my day which is pretty good!
I had no intentions of changing or even trying out any other products until I started seeing the commercials for the new "dry spray" deodorant! I know you've seen either the commercial or the actual product in the stores! It comes in a slim and nifty can- not the traditional bulky can and inconvenient cap!

Both Dove and Degree have the same type of product out now but since I already liked the Degree brand, I figured I would stick with them! All you have to do is shake it and spray it under your arms! In addition to keeping you dry and fresh it goes on DRY to the touch and best off all it doesn't leave white marks on your clothes!!!!! White marks on my clothes has always been an issue for me so this is a major perk!

<3 Rachel

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Best Date Night In

In a round about way, Rachel is responsible for one of the best dates I've ever been on.  True story.

A few months ago she suggested that I begin following Michelle Myers on Instagram.  She's a faith driven fitness pro that helps inspire women in their journey to a healthier relationship with their bodies and their Savior.  She's good stuff and worth the follow.  

Anyway, on one of Michelle's posts she mentioned that she and her husband were having a date night-in using DateCrates.  I followed the link to their Instagram page, @datecrates, and from there I ended up on the website:  

Here's the scoop:  you choose from a list of pre-planned dates and DateCrates sends you what you'll need right to your doorstep.  Pretty simple, right? 

Steven and I chose the Glamping date and, let me tell you, I was almost stupid-excited for it to get here.  The day that box showed up on our front porch I could not wait to see what was inside.  When
we chose our date, we were given a basic idea of what we were getting into, but all the details were pretty much kept secret.  So it made getting the box a real treat.  

I don't want to give too much away--just in case you want to go Glamping yourself--so I will tell you what DatesCrates says about this particular date choice:

(taken directly from
Two words: Glamorous Camping. It’s the new craze and this at home date brings you the fun activities of camping without leaving the comforts of home. Need I say s’more?

We chose a night for our date, sent the little guy off to the grandparents' house and really spent some quality time with each other.  

Because, not matter which date you choose, that's really the point, isn't it?  Being intentional with your relationship and focusing on the person that deserves your attention and time more than anyone else.  And the one that usually gets put on the back burner when the rest of life gets crazy and begins to take over or get out of control.  

It's easy to think that once you get married it's OK to stop dating.  Granted, dating others is seriously frowned upon.  But dating your spouse is amazing.  And necessary.  I won't lie and say that I'm always the best at it or that it even comes as the most natural thing for us all the time.  Things get in the way sometimes--or even lots of times.  But the planning of a date really doesn't have to be one of them.  DateCrates will do it for you.  And you don't even have to go anywhere.  

But you do have to turn off your phone.  The only one you need to talk to is right there.  

So go ahead.  Go on a date.  

And tell Rachel, "thank you."  You might end up going on your best one yet.  

- Jess


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monday Motivation: YouTube Channels You Need

Be honest, how many workout DVDs do you have in your house?  Now, how many do you have that are not covered in a layer of dust?  Yeah, me too.  

DVDs are great and they have their uses.  But after a while they can become a tad monotonous and they end up taking up more space on the back of the shelf than they do in your actual player.  It's ok.  It happens.  

I find that I need different workouts to keep me motivated and getting up early in the morning on a regular basis.  I've looked all over YouTube for exercise videos videos and you can easily come across some good ones in varying lengths.  

In the process, I've come across three fitness-based channels full of organized videos to help you find exactly what you're looking for to work you from top to bottom.  You can easily subscribe to each and get updates when new videos are added.  

Take a look at the links below and get moving!  

- Jess

    Tone It Up: Not surprisingly, the You Tube channel I go to the most.  You can find me hanging out with Karena and Katrina almost daily to do it all from HIIT routines to individual toning workouts.

    LivestrongWoman:  Workouts and recipes geared towards women. Yes, please. The best part of this channel for me?  The how-to videos.  Don't know how to do a Spiderman push up?  They'll show you.  

    POPSUGAR Fitness: The workout videos are listed in categories by time.Whether you have 40 minutes are only five, they have a whole set of workouts to get you the results you want!


    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Friday Faith: Riding Waves

    Every summer we used to go to the beach with my dad's side of the family. Twenty-something people, all related, all under one roof for an entire week.  It's a wonder we survived.  But we did.  And those are some of my favorite memories.

    One thing I really loved to do while we were down at the water was float on my back, head toward the horizon, feet toward the shore.   I would wait for the start of waves to come and push me high into the air, and upright, leaving me in a standing position.  I would do it over and over, floating further and further down the beach.

    I don't remember ever being scared of what was below me, or that I might land in a way that left me hurt.

    Even though I had no idea when the next wave would come or if it would roll on by or crash on top of me, I was never worried that I would end up any other way than on my feet.  Upright.  Standing tall.


    That's what it feels like.

    The truth is we're all riding waves, moving from one thing to the next.  Today to tomorrow.  Week to week. But when you have faith, you can lay back and let God carry you.  True, you move away from the shore--the safety--but that's where the real living and fun start.  And when you stop fighting the waves, and start letting God lead you, you'll find that you may not end up where you planned, but you'll always end up where you're supposed to be.

    There's no telling what's under you while you're floating along.  Troubles, dangers, unexpected changes. But when God is the one that's in control--when you let Him truly carry you--you don't focus on what's below.  Your focus is on the ride--the life itself--that God is providing.

    Giving control to God doesn't mean that waves won't knock you done from time to time or that you won't end up in difficult places, far from comfort.  But it does mean you're never alone.  Your God is with you. And He will never leave you as He sees you through the worst to get you to the best.

    When you pass through the waters, 
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers, 
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire, 
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

    Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) 

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    “Always Off Makeup Cloths"

    In the age of using special cloths for specific purposes I had no doubt the concept would start to show up in a more mainstream place I just wasn’t thinking that Wal-Mart would be the first place I saw them! Target needs to step their game up!!! However, on my most recent trip to Wal-Mart I found these “Always Off Makeup Cloths”! They were hanging horizontally in the cosmetic section and for $3 (actually $2.99) for 3 cloths- I had to try them!

    They are advertised as “gentle, ultra-soft cloths to quickly and easily remove makeup in one easy step” meaning you can use your regular cleanser with it or just water! The microfiber cloth promises to lift away dirt, oil, makeup and even waterproof mascara in an economical way (since it could take the place of disposable cloths)!


    My thoughts:

    ·        Yes- this is the only color choice you have. Within pack of three you get a solid hot pink, teal with pink polka dots and a teal, pink and tan chevron pattern. Maybe a Wal-Mart in a different area might have different color selections!?!?

    ·        They are not square like washcloths- they are 6x12 rectangles with rounded edges! The shape/size was perfect for the purpose!

    ·        I have not used them without cleanser (water only) but I really do like them. They are softer than my washcloths and I think my face appreciates that! They really do a good job as far as getting all my makeup off without feeling like I’m pulling the skin too hard especially in the eye area!

    ·        I feel kind of fancy when I use them- like I’m being pampered in a fancy spa!

    ·        Do I need them in my life- no but I do enjoy them and I will continue to use them!

    ·        No- they aren’t anything like the Norwex Brand Makeup Removal Cloth Set- these are microfiber and the Norwex are an antibacterial suede material. I have not tried the Norwex so I cannot compare them other than material! I would be open to trying them though!



    <3 Rachel

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Motivation Monday: 2015 Bikini Series!

    It's that time of year again!  Our favorite girls over at are starting their annual Bikini Series to help us get ourselves summer ready.  Rachel and I both (along with a slew of friends) will be participating in the eight week program to get fit and healthier.

    image from
    I'm especially excited about going through the Bikini Series this year because it was such a game-changer for me last year.  I lost a total of 5 pounds and 15 inches by the end.  Yep, 15 inches!  And I've never felt better.  It really set the tone for how I was going to approach my daily exercise and eating routines.  And the motivation from these girls is really inspiring.  You won't regret giving this challenge your all!

    Go the website and sign up so you can join us.  (Bikini Series Sign Up)  It's free and you will receive weekly workout schedules right in your email.  We will also check in with you along the way to tell you how we're progressing and see how you're doing.  

    The first step of the Challenge is take your weight and measurements.  I know, no fun.  But if you don't know where you started, you won't know how far you've come in the end.  

    If you're like me, you don't really know the right way to take measurements.  And if you don't do them right, you won't get accurate numbers.  And if you're going to work hard to make changes, you sure as heck want to know what those changes really are!  

    Here's a video on the proper technique for measuring your body.  This video suggests having a fat caliper, but let's be real;  I'm not getting one of those.  A tape measure and a scale will tell me all I need to know.  

    Here we go, Ladies!  Time to sweat it out for summer! 


    Sunday, April 12, 2015

    Pintererst Find: Crayon Easter Eggs

    I'd pinned a few Easter activities for Jack this year.  Ok, so I pin lots of things for Jack to do all the time.  And I rarely actually do any of them.  The best of intentions and all that...

    A few weeks ago I saw a pin for using melted crayons to create colorful Easter eggs.  (Find the original blog post linked here.)

    I have no idea why this pin became a reality, but I'm pretty glad it did.

    Maybe it was the way it looked so dang easy--a real requirement for me and any art project.  But before I really had a chance to talk myself out of it, I was buying eggs and a new set of cheap crayons for Jack to use.

    Here's the scoop:

    • Hard boil eggs
    • Immediately set them on a cardboard egg carton
    • Let them cool about a minute or two
    • Take crayons and write all over those bad boys
    • Be careful--they stay hot for a long time!
    Jack absolutely loved it!  He was so excited by how easy it was to color on the eggs and had a blast using as many colors as he could to make each one "beautiful!"

    This Pinterest find was a definite score and I can absolutely see us doing it again next year.  Maybe we'll even do it sooner so the eggs can be used for decoration.  Or maybe I'm just getting ahead of myself. I am who I am, after all.  Crafty and timely?  Not so sure.  

    Here are some pictures of the boy in action and the finished products.  

    Jack coloring his eggs. 

    With some of the finished eggs.  Proud boy.  

    I made one, too. 

    Melted crayon eggs.

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Friday Faith: On Eggs and Resurrection

    This past Sunday was Easter.  I've started loving this holiday over the last few years in a way that I certainly didn't as a child or younger adult.

    Sure, it was fun for me as a little girl, waiting for the Bunny to come and leave a basket of goodies.  And even as I got older, and the real meaning of Easter began to sink in, it was still always just another holiday that would come in lower on my list after Christmas and Thanksgiving and any other day that allowed me to be off work.

    I've always known who Jesus was and had always been told that Easter was about His Resurrection--Him defeating death in a way that not only proved His title as the true King of Heaven and Earth, but would allow me to defeat it as well, some thousands of years later.

    Jesus died.  They put His body in a tomb and walked away thinking it was finished.

    Except it wasn't.

    Three days after they watched Him die on the cross they made Him carry, He rose.  Alive.  The stone was rolled away, and His body was gone.  Not because someone took it and moved it.  But because He was in it.  Alive.

    And He still lives.

    Because He lives I know that death will come to me one day, but that's when the beauty of my life with Christ in Heaven will begin.  It takes the fear out of dying.  Honestly, it takes the fear out of a lot of things.

    Christ did not come and perform the ultimate act of love to leave me in my everyday life.  He's here with me.  All the time.

    So now, when Easter comes around, I feel like we get to really celebrate the One that makes my life as good as it is.  The bringer of Hope and Love and true Happiness.

    In our home we still open the door to the Bunny and he is welcome to leave goodies for our boy.  There's nothing quite like an almost four year old on a chocolate high.  But we're sure that between the egg hunts, basket giving and overeating (good grief, the overeating), we tell Jack about the true meaning of the day.

    About a Savior that loved him so much, before he was even born, that He came and endured all the bad that our world has to offer; betrayal, humiliation, death.  And yet He still willingly took the brunt of all our sins squarely on the jaw and loved us furiously through it all.

    Jack won't get it now.  Not completely.  But someday I hope his relationship with Jesus is so strong that maybe Easter becomes his favorite holiday, too.  Where Christmas celebrates the birth of our Lord on this Earth, Easter celebrates His rebirth.  And the opportunity we all have to be reborn.  Brand new.  In the name of Jesus.

    Make no mistake, He loves you whether or not you love Him.  He loved us then and loves us now.  And when you really get that.  When it all finally sinks in and you begin to walk your everyday life with Jesus in mind, Easter becomes a time of year you look forward to.   Not for the Bunny.  But for the Son.

    Bring on the Easter activities.  The dying of eggs and brunch with friends and family.  The chocolate bunnies and pastel colored Hershey's kisses. And the praise.  Praise of our reigning Savior for the love He not only talked about, but lived out.  For us.



    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    An Awesome Daily Cleanser

    Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

    It is no secret that I love Neutrogena products. They have been my “drugstore go-to” ever since I first got my first bottle of Oil-Free Acne Wash in my stocking one year for Christmas (I was like 10 or 11 years old)!

     I started using this Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser while I was pregnant, since I couldn’t use my usual Oil-Free Acne Wash due to the Salicylic Acid in it and I am currently on my third bottle! So now you are wondering what makes it so great:

    ·        It is gentle on your skin but really does a great job of washing the day off of your skin!

    ·        It removes all my makeup- It will even remove eye makeup on lazy days that the extra step of remover is just too much to deal with!

    ·        It will not irritate your eyes!

    ·        It is oil-free!

    ·        It has a light and relaxing scent so it makes it great for washing my face before bed!
    And the best fact about this awesome cleanser is that it only costs $9 and it will last you a very long time!!!!


    Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
    <3 Rachel

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    Monday Motivation: Healthier Muffins

    Figuring out what to eat for breakfast that is quick, healthy and will not taste terrible is a bit of a challenge.  I need something that won't start my day off on the wrong foot and have me making more poor choices as the day progresses.  I mean, let's be honest, a cinnamon roll is fantastic, but once I eat one all I want all day is more and more sweet stuff.  

    I love a muffin.  Yeah, love.  There are some days I'd take a muffin over a cupcake.  True story.  But I've noticed that muffins don't always love me back.  Maybe it's all that sugar and flour and chocolate chips.

    What, chocolate chip muffins aren't a staple in your house?  Weird.

    Anyway, I found a recipe on Pinterest (shocking, I know) that promised to be a healthier version of the muffins I love.  I was willing to give them a try, but I wasn't sure if either of my boys would be remotely interested.  They love muffins, too.  And generally anything that I make a healthy version of is met with turned up noses and flat out refusals to even test them out.  

    So I didn't hold my breath when I tried out two recipes that called for overripe bananas and not one tiny bit of flour.  None.  They both used honey to add sweetness as opposed to sugar and were super easy to make.  

    The first is from food blog that I've come to really enjoy getting recipes from.  Are they all healthy?  Not so much.  But, sometimes, who really cares?

    This particular recipe happened to be. Score.  It's for mini flourless peanut butter muffins.  

    Basically you combine the following in a blender and cook at 400* for 8-9 minutes.   Done.

    1 ripe banana, peeled
    1 large egg
    1/2 cup creamy penaut butter
    3 tablespoons honey
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 cup chocolate chips (added by spoon, after everything else has been well combined)

    Notes from when I cooked them:

    • I used a regular sized muffin pan, because I don't have a mini muffin pan.  I got 10 muffins out of it and cooked them about 18 minutes.  
    • I used milk chocolate chips as opposed to semi-sweet.  Call me crazy, but if I eat a chocolate chip, I want it to be sweet.  Like, all the way. 
    • I used an emulsion blender and whirled it all up in a bowl, instead of my big blender.  It was just easier for me.  
    • The muffins rose quite a bit while cooking but quickly flattened as soon as they were removed from the oven.  
    • My little guy couldn't be persuaded to try them despite his love for bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips.  He's not a mixer, that kid.  My husband did bite the bullet and gave them a go.  He actually liked them!  In fact, he's eaten them several mornings before work instead of his usual bagel/cream cheese combo.
    Flourless Peanut Butter Muffins
    Recipe from

    The second kind of muffin I made was an oatmeal banana muffin that I happily added chocolate chips to.  What can I say; I was on a roll.

    This one is from the blog Fit and Healthy with Debbie. 

    Combine the following and bake at 350* for 18-20 minutes.  

    2.5 cups old fashioned oats
    1 cup plain, low fat Greek yogurt
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup honey
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    2 tbsp ground flax seed
    2 ripe bananas  

    (Link to full recipe here!)

    Right out of the oven

    Oatmeal Banana Muffins

    These were pretty straight forward from the online recipe.  I didn't tweak anything for the most part and they went over well with the husband.  The three year old?  Nope.  Wouldn't touch 'em.  Welcome to our life.

    Both these types of muffins freeze really well. I keep large batches in freezer bags and take them out one or two at the time and heat them in the microwave for about a minute.  Add a yogurt and you've got a really good--and filling--breakfast.

    Oh, and the peanut butter ones?  Not half bad as a little something sweet for after dinner.  Just sayin'.
    Hope you enjoy!



    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    Better Than Sex... The Mascara

    Ok, now that I have your attention I guess I have some explaining to do! This mascara is named Better Than Sex and it is  pretty fabulous if you are into BIG lashes!!!!! Its hourglass brush takes me from thin and pale lashes to long and voluminous without a lot of effort which is great because as we all know mornings can be too rushed to worry about having to apply 10 coats of mascara!

    At first I was worried I wouldn’t like the big brush as usually I am not a fan of them (I tend to end up with more on my eye lid than my lashes)  but I found this mascara was easy to apply. I have even applied it while in the car on numerous occasions with no mishaps (only while safely stopped at lights or parked in the parking deck)! It lasts all day and comes off pretty easy as well with my eye makeup remover!<<< Always a perk!

    Product Highlights:

      1,944% more volume*

      100% saw longer lashes**

      100% saw dramatic volume**

      93% saw base-to-tip curl**

      8 out of 10 say it's the best mascara they've ever used**

    *results observed in a clinical study.
    **results observed in a consumer study.
    You can pick one up for $23 at Ulta ,Sephora or directly from the Too Faced website! It costs more than my trusty L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara but I think it works better for instant attention grabbing lashes! So I guess you are wondering if it lives up to it's name.... all I will say is that I am going to be a repeat customer for sure!!!!;)
    <3 Rachel

    source: Ulta, Sephora

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    Monday Motivation: 10 Minute Tabata Workouts

    If you haven't already heard, let me be the one to break the bad news to you.  It's Monday.  Yeah, again.  Funny thing about Mondays--they just keep on coming back.  Sometimes I swear we go to bed on Friday and wake up on Monday morning.  Really, where do the weekends go?

    Mondays have become a pretty big deal to me since I've been trying to get healthier and lose weight.  They signal the beginning of a new week, a fresh start and they're a pace setter for all my upcoming days.  I do everything I can to make sure that I don't skip them when it comes to working out.

    I can't lie and say I always pop out of bed, singing the praises of yet another Monday. But I do whatever I can to drag my rear (only mildly kicking and screaming) from my perfectly comfortable and warm bed and get dressed for whatever workout I'd planned for the day.

    Whining may or may not happen.  Grumbling most definitely happens.

    But so do workouts.

    Generally I want something that is going to give me a lot of workout for the least amount of time.  Especially on Mondays.  Enter the 10-minute Tabata workouts on

    My friend Heather has been doing Tabata workouts at her gym the past month or so and she is the one that first introduced me to the new trend you seem to be able to find everywhere:  your local gym, Pinterest, and just about every YouTube fitness channel in existence.

    Tabata is essentially performing a particular exercise or exercises at high intensity for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest.  You repeat this eight times, taking four minutes.  Put routines back to back to create the desired workout length for you.

    I like 10 minute workouts.  Because 10 minutes is short.  And I can even put two together, really work hard, and feel like I've truly accomplished something.

    Below are two Tabata workouts that I have completed recently that are assured to get your heart pumping and your body moving.  Do them back to back for a fantastic 20 minute workout to help get your Monday off on the right foot.  Or do it after work to help get rid of any stress from the day.  Either way, you'll be really glad you did it.

    Happy Monday!


    10 Minute Tabata Workout / POPSUGAR Fitness 1

    Tabata Workout to Tone Everything / POPSUGAR Fitness

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Thought We'd Left, Didn't You?

    Well, hello, there!

    I guess you could say we took some time off here at the blog.  That can happen with these things when "these things" are not the main things in your life.  Husbands, growing little boys, regular daily jobs and a bunch of other this and that came together to sort of, well, get in the way.  

    But here we are, back at our keyboards and hopefully back on your computer and phone screens. Please excuse the lack of writing and forgive us for not giving you a heads up.  The truth is we really didn't mean to leave you for so long.  Friends, again?

    Since we've been away we've talked a bit about some changes we'd like to make around here.  You'll notice a little more day-specific content.  Get prepared for Motivational Mondays with updates on any ongoing fitness challenges, new workouts that are currently kicking our rears or help with eating healthy by way of newly tried Pinterest recipes.  

    We'll also cap off your work week with a little faith on Friday to take you into the weekend on a good note.  And in between you can look forward to new product tests and reviews from Rachel on Tuesdays, as well as more fun (and cheap) DIY projects from your Two Broke Bloggers, along with the usual random thoughts on being a mommy, wife and friend.  

    Maybe we were just waiting for Spring.  Well, here it is.  And here we are.  

    Hey, Y'all; we're back!  

    Jessica & Rachel