New Year, New You!

Good Morning lovelies!  Its 2018! Its a new year, new start kind of mind set.  Sorry it has taken me a long time to get back to blogging.  I had a crazy end of the year with traveling,  working, getting ready for graduate school, and meal prepping.  I am so glad to leave 2017 behind, even though it was the year I got married to my best friend.  Anyways, enough about me, lets focus on you.  What are the things you will be changing about yourself this year?  Your morning routine? Your daily motivations? Your eating habits?  I can keep going, but just reflect for a second and think about what you want to do to better yourself this year.  

OK, TIMES UP!  We’re some of the things you thought about was exercising? Paying off debt? Eating right? Spending more quality time on you? Well good, because thats what this blog is going to be about today.  Read along for a guide to a new start, new you. 

Lets start with good habits.  Last year was rough for many of us.  Some probably didn’t know what was going to happen next.  Some probably started eating poorly, not excercising as much, stopped talking with friends, etc.  Well here is a guide to help with getting you back into a healthier lifestyle.

  1.  Wake up early and go to sleep early.  Who doesn’t feel better when they get a good nights sleep?  I know I do.  Waking up early not only makes you feel better, but you can get a lot more done and reduce your stress level by making the most out of the hours of the day.  
  2. Once you get up, drink water.  I have this water bottle and it glows every morning reminding me to drink water.  This will help cleanse those toxins from your body and start the new day fresh.  
  3. You time.  Every morning when I wake up, I take 15-30 minutes for myself.  Whether that be to be mindful and motivate or just to do something for me and no one else.  I sometimes pick up a book and read a chapter, drink my coffee while watching my favorite talk show, or even just showering a little longer.  It helps to get ready for what the day will bring.  If you have a large family, that can be tough, but communicating with your significant other or other family members, can help you get that alone time you want and most importantly, need. 
  4. Socialize.  This is a big one.  I struggle with this one a lot because not only did I just move, but I am in a different stage of life than most of my friends.  And sometimes I just don’t want to get out.  I can be a home body sometimes, but I need that socialization time.  Meet a friend for coffee and just talk about things that you cant talk about with anyone else, go to the grocery store with someone else and see what ideas they have for meals, take walks with them, DO SOMETHING! Its healthy and the more you laugh, the longer you will stay happy.  
  5. Choose meals wisely.  This can be challenging because sometimes you don’t have time to cook, or cant get to the store enough to pick up the meals, or sometimes you just don’t have the money to buy all the healthy options they put out there.  (I hate how they say, “Eat healthy its better for you” then its 4.99 for a bundle of asparagus).  I just learn to work around it.  Healthier options can help reduce the risk of diseases and helps the soul.  
  6. Laugh, sing, dance, exercise.  Releasing the endorphins makes you feel 10x better than before your workout.  You are happier, feel energized, and really feel good about yourself.  I dance all the time in my house and both my husband and I are cracking up and rolling on the floor.  I sing loudly in the shower only because I want my husband to hear me and laugh.  He needs to release endorphins too.  Do something out of your comfort zone.  You will be surprised of the outcome.


Paying off Debt:

This is a HUGE topic.  I don’t want to go through the whole thing just yet, but I do want to give some advice that not only I have learned as an adult, but being married and having another mind to chime in on my spending habits. 🙂 

  1. Put away anything you can into your paying off credit card debt fund.  Any little bit helps and will add up in the long run.  
  2. Cancel any unnecessary subscriptions.  Now.  Right now.  If you have a gym membership, either use it or cancel it.  There are so many free ways to exercise these days, its crazy to me to pay for a gym membership.  If you’re never home, cancel your cable.  Netflix and Firestick TV are just as awesome.  You get the point.  Cancel the unnecessary things in your life.
  3. When you grocery shop, make a list.  Check it twice.  Then stick to it.  Studies show that people who make shopping list often never go off of it and always stick to their budget.  Im not saying not to buy that one tub of ice cream you need for those hard days, but plan for it.  
  4. Use a budget app.  I use the fudget app and its pretty simple and down to the point.  It helps me get all our finances in order.  
  5. My husband and I have agreed that Saturday is the day we spend our money.  We buy our groceries, any clothing/ books/ movies etc that we have been wanting and thats it.  After that day we wait till next Saturday.  It really works.  You tend to spend less and end up having a whole week to think about what you want and if you really need it! So pick a day, and have have some fun.
  6. Last but not least, if you don’t need to use your credit card, don’t.  Use your debit card or cash.  Its easier to say to yourself, I have the money in my pocket, give it to the cashier, then its gone.  Credit cards can be trouble and if you only do it to rack up points, it can hurt you in the long run.  

I hope this will help you get on a healthier and more happier lifestyle track.  Cheers to 2018! 




Stuck in the airport…

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and got to spend it with your dearest loved ones.  Now that the Christmas is over, we are looking ahead into the new year.  Have you thought about what your new years resolutions are going to be? Have you determined what you want to change or what habits you want to break?  Well, as I sit in this airport and wait for my plane to board, I have been thinking about what I want to change about my life/self.  Its very refreshing to think about a new start, a new year, and a new life.  2017 has been so crazy and full of crazy life events.  I got married, my sister in law got married, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, you name it, it happened in the year 2017.   Read along the list of things you could do to ring in the new year!

Goals for 2018:

  1.  Exercise more.  And by exercising more, I mean actually get up and go do it.  Don’t just sit there and say to yourself, “Oh im gonna work out in the morning”, then when you wake up don’t hit your snooze button! Get up and run!
  2. Hydrate! Kick those soda habits to the curb!  Water is perfect for boosting your energy level, getting rid of those migraines, and just plain healthy! I’m not saying to never drink a soda in your life again, but drink one maybe once or twice a week.  Water is yummy! Even throw some mio drops in there for some flavor.
  3. Meditate.
  4. Get on a good sleep schedule
  5. Eat healthier and choose your foods wisely!
  6. Get outdoors! Stop being a couch potato!
  7. Volunteer
  8. Do 1 random act of kindness a month for someone else
  9. Throw away your old clothing you do not want
  10. Those those old costume earring away
  11. Donate your old books
  12. Organize your pantry
  13. Pray


These are a few things I will be doing in the new year, so give it a try! I guarantee you will feel more energetic, positive and loving in the new year!



Trying to get into the holiday spirit?

Have you just been down in the dumps and can’t get into the holiday spirit?  Yeah, me too! It has taken me a really long time to get into the mood and usually I’m the first to play the music after thanksgiving and put on Christmas movies, but this year has really gotten me down.  Yesterday, I told myself I wanted to bake for the neighbors and my co-workers to help me get into the mood.  After I told my husband this, I received a really good sweet present from my next door neighbor.  I had a tin can full of chocolate fudge and butterscotch cookies.  After that moment, I knew I had to do something for the neighborhood.  So tonight, I baked snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, and rice krispies.  I had christmas music in the background, all the christmas lights were on and I had the little glimmer of my candles.  I have now gotten a little bit into the spirit.  My gifts aren’t all wrapped yet, but I have shipped some present to Texas and will wrap them when I get there.  But if you’re feeling down and want a pick me up, grab an apron, pour some wine, turn your oven onto 450 degrees and bust out that pinterest account full of your holiday baking ideas and start baking.  Even if its just for fun, this will help you get in the mood!





Giving Back

I can’t explain to you the joy and happiness I feel when I do for other people.  It gives me a sense of fulfillment and allows me to feel better within.  This Christmas, I did a lot of volunteer work.  I adopted a military family in need.  I donated warm and fuzzy socks to elderly patients in Colorado to help keep them going in their rehabilitation center.  I also adopted a soldier over seas and provide support and encouragement every month.  Doing this makes me happy.  It just does.

When I moved across the US and left my family back in Texas, I wanted to really make my own identity up here.  My husband had lived here previously, but I was totally new to the area.  Once I got settled in, I decided I wanted to do some volunteer work.  Little did I know, I would turn into a volunteer addict! Being able to do for other people this Christmas has really helped me find a piece of identity within myself.  Read along to hear about my experience with my first Christmas volunteer project as a married woman!


In November I began my research.  I researched websites, things I could do in the community, and things I could do in the future (after Christmas).  I ran into a website that allowed me to adopt families and soldiers.  I read their mission and values and decided this was the organization I wanted to join.  I signed up and a couple days later I got to choose my solider for adoption.  I adopted him and immediately began my work.  I would go out to dollar stores, grocery stores, and my local military base and collect items I knew he would want/need.  I gathered things from toiletries to snacks to hot sauces to socks, from books to games, and much more.  I then brought them all home and researched on how I was going to send these across seas.  I discovered that I could do flat rate shipping from the USPS and decided to go that route.  I would package things up and decorate boxes and write little notes in there for him.  I never expect a reply, but when I get them, I am thrilled to hear they are ok and that he is thankful for what I do.  Like I said it brings me a sense of fulfillment.  I am now three months in with adopting him and things are going great! He wanted a coffee pot for Christmas and his favorite coffee and I sent him that plus more because I know their Christmas away from home won’t be the same.   Now on to my adopted family experience.

I adopted a family through the same organization I did for my soldier.  I decided to adopt a family of five from California.  This one particular family touched my soul in a way I didn’t expect.  They gave me a wish list of things for the kids, but parents expected nothing.  Being the good woman I am, I went a little overboard, but decided to get them something too.  I just sent this box on tuesday and I got a response from the Dad telling me how thankful he is to have me do this for them.  I will soon find out what the kids say about their awesome presents.

Last experience was pretty amazing as well.  When Christmas comes around, a lot of people think about the kids in need and want to give to them, which is great! This experience really opened my eyes to other age populations, the elderly.  Being a nurse, I have seen patients come into the hospital and having to stay for multiple months and only having the clothes they brought into the hospital on the first day which are only a few clothing items.  They also sometimes don’t have family members that are coming to visit or coming to bring them new clothes, or socks.  I have seen patients have dirty, thin, hole-y socks, and they don’t deserve that.  This brings tears to my eyes when I think about it.  So, I partnered up with this organization who helps brings new, warm, fuzzy, and printed socks to the elderly patients of a rehabilitation center.  This was a fun project for me because I even included my mom and grandparents in on this and I was able to provide 32 pairs of socks for these elderly patients.  I can’t even imagine how many other pairs of socks other people provided.  I really hope these patients will have warm and fuzzy feet.  Thanks to me, I know the patients of that rehab center will have nice warm feet.  I also threw in some mittens, beanies, christmas necklaces and other stuff for fun!

So my take home point for you readers are to allow yourself to get out there and volunteer.  It might be scary at first, but the feeling you get helping people is something I can’t really explain.  Just being able to give someone something that they cant provide for for themselves at the moment is awesome and fulfilling.  Also, don’t forget other age populations.  Kids are fun to buy for and I totally love doing that, but also look into age groups.  Get out there and volunteer!


***will update on the responses from my adopted family.


-military daily life lady

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Water Bottle

Y’all! I LOVE my new Hidrate Spark 2.0 Water Bottle.  I have been suffering from low energy, headaches, and just pure dehydration. This water bottle has basically cured all of those symptoms.  My husband bought this for me as an early Christmas present and I must say its his best purchase yet! This water bottle reminds me throughout the day to drink water and will blink a light at me as a stimulus/reminder.  It also tracks my progress on the app on my phone.  It also tells me how much water I should be drinking for my height and weight.  Its pretty cool! If you do not know what to get you significant other, friend, family member, or yourself for christmas, get this Hidrate Spark 2.0 water bottle.  I guarantee it will change the way you drink water.  It will also change your life!



Command Center

Our house is so busy most of the time that a lot of the house responsibilities or chores are often overlooked or just totally ignored.  I decided that it would be a good idea to make a command center for our communications about house chores, dinners, what days I work, and what our plans are for that week.  We have compromised on the chores we don’t mind doing and the ones absolutely hate doing.  I got a whiteboard and added our names to it and we made a schedule to help us take care of the house and give us more relaxation time.  I also got a cork board to help with our communications of bills, phone numbers, whats going on with the dogs and so-on.  We’ve only been using this method for two days, but it has helped so much with our communication and has even made my husband feel better about helping around the house.

Instead of nagging about it and constantly reminding him, the board does it for me  🙂

If you are having trouble getting the other person to help around the house or just want to have more time together not doing chores everyday, this is a great way to just lay it on the table and tackle it together!


Gifts for the Baker or Cook

Do you have a friend or family member that loves to cook or bake? Check out a few of my awesome gift recommendations


Stay tuned for more updates on christmas gift ideas!