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Sharing Saturday #8

9 Jun

Today I am giving some shout-out love to some Facebook pages I have found and not just like – but love!  I hope that you will check them out and let them know that I sent you!!  Everyone deserves to be recognized for their hard work and these are no exceptions!!!!

Rebekah Borucki: – One of the first status updates she had that caught my eye was about urban farming – chickens in every yard in America – my friend Martha would be so proud.

Tri ‘n Tri Again – My awesome friend Donna from back in the Ohio State ATI days is into Triathlons now and is totally rocking at it.  She just finished her first Texas Ironman and ROCKED IT. She is awesome for all the trials and tribulations she has gone through to get there and I am happy to say that I know her.

Irish Goat Multisport, LLC – This is the company that started the running club I call home in North Carolina. Chris Knodel is amazing for the work he is doing at getting people active and out there. I only wish that I was there to continue to support his ideas!  He puts out great articles to make you think and help you train – check him out!

Brick City Running Tribe – said running team started by Chris Knodel above…his idea was put to the pavement – literally.  He got an entire town going and I can’t wait to come back to my team!

Realistic Fitness – one of my girlfriends went through a rough patch and found herself. She is not a certified group fitness instructor and rocks it out as a boot camp instructor and real estate agent also. She is what I would call a true friend who has been awesome and motivational. I believe in what she does and can’t way to see where she goes in the future. I can’t wait for her to sign up as a FitFluential Ambassador and see her true potential and reach!

Chef Katelyn – Talk about some great recipes, ideas, information – man am I glad I was introduced to her! I love her style and fun way of presenting health information about what we eat and what we do. You will like her delivery – I promise!

Kitten A Go-Go – Oh yeah….here is some fun, entertainment, and real honest fitness approaches. Her ever-present love of unicorns is hysterical. Trust me on this one – you will love her.

I think that these pages are great and I hope you will too…check them out and again, let them know I sent you!

Check Them Out!

2 Jun

Sweet Tooth Sweet Life 

She is running a Yoga Challenge for June and her meals are just awesome. I get a lot of inspiration here!


 Who doesn’t want to be able to workout effectively in with just 20 minutes?? ME!

Running Rachel

Good Stuff from a super sweet girl – you will fall in love with her too!

Pure Bliss Eats

Um – Yum! You should totally check them out and make your mouth water!!

Drink Click

you will hear more about them from me this month….oh yummy!

Just Keep Sweating

She is a doll! You will love her!

Please let them know I sent you – I try to always share the love of those I like and I want them to know I like them enough to send you!  They all have Twitter – so if you are on there – check them out – always good info coming!

Sharing Saturday #7

21 Apr

This Saturday is turning out so well. Sarcasm friends.  Nick took Abby to go to the gun range – yes you heard that right. My 4-year-old is going with her daddy to the gun range with his new moose shooting gun.  I decided to take my Starbucks gift card and take Ryley to get an apple juice and cake pop. We get there, we order, we sit down. Ryley proceeds to put the ENTIRE CAKE POP IN HER MOUTH.  Once she realizes this in’t a good idea she spits it out and insists she should have another one. Um. No. Once I tell her this – she starts to cry. So much for a little bit of a rest. The whole way home I hear about how she wants Daddy. This happened last time when each of us took a kid but I had Abby. What am I doing wrong? Oh, that is right…being a responsible loving parent and not giving in.

We go home and she poops out on the couch and it still there and it has been almost 2 hours. I am not waking that child.  She obviously needs some quiet time and I am happy to oblige.  So as I sit here in silence I am starting to realize some things. Not all happiness and so of course I am kind of in a down mood. Writing to you people makes me feel better as I am in a sense “talking” it out.

I miss my friends. I can’t just randomly pick up with Petra and go to Wal-Mart to sit in rocking chairs and people watch.

I miss warm weather. Consistent warm weather at that. I want to be able to wear a tank top outside without 3 layers on top of it to stay warm.

I miss my flip-flops.

I want a running partner. Does anyone want to be my virtual accountability partner?

I am jealous of all my Brick City Running Tribe people who ran in the Outer Banks this weekend, They did awesome and a shout out to Chris Knodel for crossing the finish line first on one of them!

Yup – still trying to find that chance to earn some extra money.

I miss my church family at New Life Praise – the Parks, the Pembletons, the Orums, the Bridges, the Fletchers….literally all of them. They were always so nice and caring. I guess you never realize how much you enjoyed the company of some until they are no longer there.

I have found a friend that I can go to Zumba with at a new location – so I hoping, no – praying, that it is better than the last. Misery loves company as I think she is as much of a fan of this place as me. She also came from Bragg, and worked with my husband in some way, shape, or form.  So in a sense, she is already family in the military world.

I am watching Shake It Up (yes I realize I can change the channel since Ryley is asleep, but it is like Murphy’s Law – the moment I turn it she wakes up) – anyways, white girls can’t dance and I think this show is annoying.

I need to get my hair cut and I think I am just going to do it this week. I have been saying this for months now and I am just going to do it. I would like to color it, not sure if I want more highlights or one color.  I must say  thought I am thankful I can still do this (Sorry Martha!)

I am going back to school. I think I might try Psychology. I can take them at a MAJOR discount ($55 a semester) and I might as well take advantage! I am excited and scared at the same time, and all in a good way.

I am starting back up the “Rule of 3” – will explain in a soon to come post.

I want a pair of boots that come to my knee. Who wants to buy them for me?

I want green grass again.

I miss the race track – badly.

So – that is enough for now. Time to get ready for my girl Emma Lynn to come over so her mom can run errands. She makes me smile. I need to smile 🙂

Sharing Saturday #6

3 Mar

Things about Alaska:

Moose will literally walk in front of you while driving.

THe mountain view will take your breath away.

28 degrees feels warm.

Nick has perfected the art of drifting.

I am still learning the art of drifting.

There is a coffee hut on every corner.

I would have never gotten to see Alaska if it wasn’t for the army.

I have met a couple of great friends.

There are in fact stupid people everywhere.

13 more inches and we will have made a record.

I am tired of snow.

Eating out is expensive up here.

I miss fruit.

I am going to in fact run with reindeer on Saturday. Only here folks…

People shovel snow into the road….the middle of the road we all drive down. Thanks for making more fun than it already is folks.

We have a snow bank that is no joke – 8 foot high.

I realized I only owned 2 long-sleeved shirts. Thanks fo JCPenny’s $2 sale I changed that.

The whole Alaska depression thing is real.

I am sure there are more and I am missing them.

Sharing Saturday #5

18 Feb

Not much to share today except for a list of thoughts I have kept all week – just for you!

1. The Bud Shootout is today – I am so excited!

2. I found out Dale Jr has a girlfriend – kind of a bummer – but I hope it turns out good for him. He deserves to find happiness – unlike what happened between Kurt and Eva Bush. Gold digger might I say?

3. So excited that Delana and Kevin Harvick are going to have a baby.  We need another Happy Harvick.  She will not be wearing a fire suit this year, but I think a pregnancy version would be super cute!  Joey Logano will need a new statement to think of in case of another fight.

4. I am also excited to have the Stanhope’s to watch races with! They are good people!

5. I miss nights at Fayetteville with the dirt cars. A single tear just dropped.  Enough race talk 🙂

6. An unforeseen opportunity has presented itself and has progressed to one more step. I am excited to see what this is about. It could mean really good things – please pray for me on Thursday.

7. I am really enjoying my time reading! I am glad I decided to pick up a book and get back into the habit. Any really good reads you want to share? Find me on – I love it!

8. Ryley turns 3 on March 7th. My baby is growing up.  Curious George will be the theme this year.

9. I love the animated movie Curious George.

10. We are being challenged to move 100 miles by April 25th at work.  I have only walked and done organized fitness classes last week.  I have 20 miles. I will be running full-time again next week as my first 5K is coming up. I should hit 100 miles by early March. I love free stuff so why not let it help motivate me!

11. We were challenged to also take 10,000 stair steps by next Thursday. I am all about getting my bonus miles by completing this challenge so I am going to the mall tomorrow and will be taking steps every chance I can!  I will make 10,000 stairs, even if I have to do nothing but walk stairs for 10 minutes a day.

12. I get to babysit a super cute girl named Emma every Saturday. She makes me smile.

13. I need a new hairstyle. Any ideas or color ideas?

14. Daytona 500 is next weekend. Okay, now there has been enough race talk.

15. Our taxes are done thank goodness – too bad the refund is almost gone too and we don’t have it yet.

16. I have not had coffee or soda this week. Or my normal 3:00 butterfingers. Go me.

17. I have been a little cranky this week – I wonder why? Refer to #16.

18. I have given up on crafting. My mojo is not there anymore. I have still yet to find it. I threw some stuff together last month but that was what it was. Thrown together. I don’t like creating that way. I will wait until the mojo comes back so I don’t hate what I create and then hate it in general.

19. I found out this week that chickens (including Roosters) can bring peace. I think I will now look for a chicken and/or rooster charm for my pandora bracelet.

20. Nick has a 4 day weekend.  I do not. I do get Spring Break off though – so take that!

Sharing Saturday #4

4 Feb

So I am going to share something with you today that I have not really outwardly shared much. I know people who are in similar situations understand – we just know.  I feel that I have to write about this one so that I can get it out and not have it rolling around in my head all the time right now.

Nick is deploying. Again.

It never used to be a huge ordeal. I mean it was just me. No kids. I obviously worried and missed him and waited for the phone call or email every single day.

Then we had Abby on his mid-tour leave in 07. I had a baby to keep me busy and occupy my time. I could have something new and exciting to tell Nick about with every phone call. I was okay as there was just me and someone who needed me.

Now I have a 4-year-old Daddy’s girl, and a 2-year-old who is very emotional. Both will have birthdays while he is gone. One will have her first day of school. I will have a 4-year-old to answer to when there is no phone call every night or daddy’s kiss every morning. Last night she cried when she realized she hadn’t talked to daddy and he was just at work 15 minutes away for a 24 hour shift. My 2-year-old cries for daddy randomly. Meaning it is out of the blue you won’t realize she was sad.

I am scared. I am scared that mainly I will not be able to keep my children healthy (mentally), happy, and “normal”. Will I be able to deal with the questions that come? How can I sooth a daughter who just wants her daddy? Can I be both to them? Will they really understand the situation? Will they start to run over me when I am tired and ready to cry? Am I strong enough for this one?  Maybe if I could have still been in NC? I know I cannot do anything about the what if’s so I need to keep those thoughts out of my head.

I do believe that God doesn’t hand us anything we can’t handle, and he is always trying to make us stronger. I also believe that we were supposed to come to AK and Nick was supposed to deploy. I just don’t understand it all right now. Or I may never.

I just hope that I can find the strength at the toughest times to get through whatever is going on without any fear in my mind that Nick is coming home. I know that is an awful thought, but it is the nature of the business I guess you could say.

I knew what I was signing up for and I knew he would leave us. I get it. I have always tried to be very positive about the military. I mean I can’t change anything that happens, and just when you think you have it figured out it changes. I know this. I understand this. I am not one of those obnoxious military wives who is a complete and total bitch because her husband is – “OMG Deploying? You have got to be kidding me!” Yeah….so not me.  I will also never wear his rank (I don’t know what they all look like anyways) so I just show them all respect. I don’t bitch at any and everything because I have been slighted once. I am not that girl that you all think us military wives are. BUT I can say I do know who those are. I will not be one of those. I cannot be one of those.

I just hope that through the upcoming months I can find the strength to remain positive and not be scared. Like I said, I have done this a couple of times before – but this it totally different. Kids make all the difference in the world and I hope that I can make a difference to them at this point in their life. Especially now.

I share with you my weakness today in the hopes that it will make me stronger.

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