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5 Healthy Snacks to Help You Avoid Weight Gain

Snacks are absolutely key. Most people who are making an effort can plan their meals, make the meals, and stick to eating only that food. It’s the morning hunger, the afternoon need for more food, and the after dinner sweet tooth that really trips people up. I’m speaking from experience folks. Everyone says that it […]


Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Sweet potatoes…they make me think of fall, brown sugar, Thanksgiving, and just plain deliciousness. When I learned that sweet potatoes are good for you- I was absolutely ecstatic. Since, they have always been one of Spencer’s favorite foods (with all the brown sugar and marshmallows on top of course), we try and mix them in […]

Can’t Find a Job? Should You Go Back to School for an Advanced Degree? Not on My Watch

I’ve been out of college for several years now. During this time,  I have witnessed something interesting.  When I graduated, it was in the midst of the Great Recession.  Jobs were tough to come by.  Our graduating class was struggling to gain employment.  Most people went back home and lived with their parents.  And for […]


Cookies and Cream Blended Protein Shake Recipe

Protein, protein, protein. The lifeblood, the muscle-maker, the “why-does-this-taste-so-grainy” powder. As I discussed in a previous blog, it took me a long time to get on the protein train. Not the eating meat, beans, and other natural sources of protein train but the protein bars and especially the protein powder train. Being a female and […]

How to Use a Planner – Just Like in School

One thing about adult life that is different than school is that no one tells you specifically what your “homework” or “tasks” are. And, you don’t get reminders, and you can’t call your friend from class if you forget what you need to get done. Lame. Unfortunately, that doesn’t also mean that there aren’t things […]

What Does It Mean to Really Stick to Your Budget?

Creating a budget is actually a fairly easy task.  It does require some thought and some initial work, but really it’s not that difficult.  You simply take your take home pay and divide it into various categories.  As an example, let’s say you take home $3,500 per month after taxes.  You’ll take that number and […]


Healthy Pizza Recipe

Pizza is something that I always miss as I develop a fit and healthy lifestyle. And honestly, I am pretty sure most people would agree with that. So, I have been trying to find a quick and easy healthy pizza recipe. I’m pretty sure I did it! This pizza recipe isn’t going to give you […]


How to Overcome Plateaus in the Gym with Rep Ranges and the Ladder Technique

I first started weight lifting in high school.  It was halfway through my sophomore year.  I remember the Saturday after my first full week of lifting.  I woke up…and could barely lift my body to get out of bed.  I was INCREDIBLY sore!  I remember my coach, Mr. Summers said that the best way to […]

How to Organize Your Closet

I am definitely one of those people that loves to have EVERYTHING in its place and organized. I understand that not everyone has that tendency. However, I think that having your closet organized saves time and even money. Don’t worry- I’ll explain why! Each person has a different sized closet (mine is medium-sized), and so […]

Do I Need Budgeting Software to Stick to My Budget?

There are probably a thousand ways to organize and do your monthly and annual budget.  And there are probably dozens if not hundreds of types of software out there that can help you budget.  But, do you really need it?  My quick answer is “no”.  Unless the software actually helps you follow through on tracking […]

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