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The Best Way to Make Gains in the Gym: Track Your Workouts

I’ve been lifting for over a decade now.  Wow, that’s kind of weird to say…feeling old!  I started lifting weights my sophomore year of high school.  When you first start lifting, it’s pretty easy to track your workouts mentally because everything is new, so you are absorbing everything like a sponge.  “I did the bar […]

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5 Proteins We Love

As a female, my instinct whether eating a meal or completing a workout at the gym is NOT “I need protein!” Spencer on the other hand needs protein at every meal, tries to have protein as soon as possible after a workout, and calls protein the “lifeblood”. After we got married, we started going to […]

Stop Keeping Up with the Joneses – It’s Not Worth It

(Photo Source) Today, we live in a spending society.  Everywhere you look, a friend or family member is buying new clothes, going on some fancy vacation, buying a new car, or making another big purchase.  At least that’s all I see on my Facebook feed!  Often, seeing this activity from people close to us can cause […]

The Detachment System: When and How to Downsize Your Closet

When: In the last couple of years, I have moved from three different apartments, one house, and gotten married. Moving and combining life possessions were all wonderful times to declutter and downsize my clothes.  As I was packing up a box or a bag of clothes, I found things that I hadn’t seen in months […]

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Enchilada Bake: Healthy Version

My criteria for finding a new dinner or lunch recipe to add to the mix is: (1) low carb, (2) high protein, (3) easy to pack and re-heat if needed, (4) not a lot of ingredients, and (5) I can easily double the recipe or (6) I can make it all at once. Luckily, Pinterest […]

An Inside Look Into How We Structure Our Bank Accounts and Money Flow

It can be challenging thinking through how to effectively set up your bank accounts.  Do you set up multiple checking accounts?  Multiple savings accounts?  How do you keep track of what money is “earmarked” for travel funds vs. deep savings.  Ideally, you could just keep all your funds in separate accounts, but that isn’t very […]

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Healthy Dinner Recipe: Fajita Chicken Bake

The struggle is real in this house. I love peppers (really any kind) and Spencer does not. Since we got married, the solution has usually been to not make recipes that call for peppers or to take them out of the recipe.   Are there foods that you love but your significant other does not? How […]

Why Are Rental Properties a Good Investment? 3 Reasons We Love Our First Rental

We love real estate. We’ll get into the three reasons why in a second, but first let’s talk about how we choose to look at our real estate investments. A lot of real estate investors will buy a piece of property such as a single family home or a condo and bank on the appreciation. […]

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Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

Last fall, I was looking for healthy but delicious snack recipes to make for Spencer and I. We both love pumpkin, and so when I came across Jessica’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies, I had to make them. The recipe is from Jessica in the Kitchen. Since making these delightful cookies for the first […]

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How to Lose 20 Pounds the Right Way (My Journey to 180 Pounds)

Ever set a goal to lose 20 pounds? Or maybe even 50 or more?  Until last year, I hadn’t ever really done that.  I’ve been pretty active all my life, playing lots of sports and skiing/snowboarding in the winter.  In high school, I started weight lifting, and I played football in college, so I never […]

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