My Dream Office Makeover Wishlist!

I would call myself creative, imaginative, and crafty.  However, designer…. no way! I have a hard time standing back and bringing my imagination to real life when it comes to room design.  This brings me to my biggest problem in our home, our upstairs.  I really slacked in the design and “decoration” department.  I put my main focus on the downstairs, which is super important, however, its def time to move to the upstairs.  Our bedroom and other room are in need of some desperate love & TLC.

Our “back room”.  Its SUCH an eye sore.  The reason is, its our EVERYTHING room. It causes me great frustration. It is so many things… My closet, crafting, jewelry, office, Nick’s office, ironing…you name it, it goes on in there.  But, I am learning, its needs to be significantly more functional.  With my business growing, I need an office space that really inspires me to sit and do work.

The struggle is finding balance between office, nick’s space, and everything else that goes on in there.  I need a corner of that room to be designated to a work space.  That’s the first step because I can no longer wait, its that simple!   So here is my wishlist for the “office” space.

So first up for my upstairs makeover…our backroom. Then I will tackle our bedroom!

I want an environment that is light, refreshing, bright and cheerful.  I want to feel inspired & motivated when I am in there. All about the environment my friends…

Here is my Dream Office Makeover Wishlist! 

  1. A great desk! Some that is again, functional.  I love this industrial look, but…I also like white and clean lines. desk
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  2. Shelving & storage space that looks nice, neat, and fabulous! Again, clean lines! storage space

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3. Creative space.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea.  It would make a great back drop for pictures for my social media outlets.

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4. Cute office decor! I love all of these ideas! I love golds & bright colors!

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5. Fun paint colors.  A beautiful color scheme.  Right now the room has one accent wall of a bright, cheerful yellow.  I love these colors!

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So there you go.  This is my inspiration for my NEW “back room”. What do you guys think?  I will keep you all up to date! I am SO excited to move forward with this makeover.  I plan on keeping fairly inexpensive too…Thrift store here I come! 🙂  I will take some before/after pics for y’all to check out!

Do you have an eyesore in your house?! How did you tackle it? 

 

Marvelous in my Monday!

I am joining in on the FUN of MIMM for the 1st time! Finding some MARVELOUS in my Monday! Something that Katie, from Healthy Diva Life started! Trying to kick off the week with some positive vibes.  This is a total hodge-podge post of weekend review and things I’m excited about, so enjoy!

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This weekend was very chill.  Lots and lots of rain and wine.  We kicked off Friday evening with a dinner date with our two friends.  Cheers to good food and even better friends.  Headed into Saturday with plans of shopping at outlets and some family time, then Sunday was all about house projects/grocery shopping, and brunchin! You know… the usual.

What am I excited about lately, read on!

This sports bra.  Yep, I bought it at the NIKE outlet…for TEN DOLLARS! Guys, it said it was originally $75.00 and I about died when I saw that it was on super clearance.   I couldn’t find the exact one online, but its VERY similar to this on below.  I love it.

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Next thing…I am LOVING Snapchat.  I  think it is SO much fun.  I just snap away.  Whether its food, recipes, facts, essential oils, or complete randomness…I snap about it.  So…Follow me for some  random fun.  (Jhiggs787) Also… who do you follow on snap. Looking for so new peeps!

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-Early morning workouts.  Yep. You read that right.  I am LOVING my early morning workouts.  It feels  SO awesome to get them out of the way.  However, I DO cringe when that alarm goes off.  But once I am up, I feel pretty good.

-With that being said… I have been going to OrangeTheory Fitness (OTF) once a week sometimes twice, kind of like a supplemental workout.  And guys, I love it.  As a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, its SO nice to go and feel like I am the one who is getting trained.   I will do a solid post of Orangetheory and will give you a full run down.  But, in the meantime, give it a try if there is one in your area.

-This Maybelline concealer.  Its amazing. It really works under eyes to brighten.  Just take my word for it and try it.  And, you can buy it at the drugstore, won’t break the bank.

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-This lip oil.  Its my go to for just a little shine on the lips.  Again, drugstore buy! Big spender!

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-Food! I have been loving Aldi lately.  They have really stepped up their game on organic & healthy choices.  Yesterday at  our trip to Aldi’s, we picked up a new flavor of hummus.  Nick’s sister recommended a new flavor…Jalapeno & pineapple hummus.  It is out of this world delicious.  I was snacking on it with some sugar snap peas and pretzels, pretty much I could eat with a spoon.  Give it a try, you will love it!

-Lastly, I can’t stop buying FUN colored workout pants.  I mean, I wear them daily, so its important to me that they are 1. cute. 2. comfy 3. supportive.  And, these ones I found at Victoria Secret fit my needs.  IMG_2329

Ok friends…that’s all.  This is such a mess of a post with lots of randomness…but hey, we are staying positive on the beautiful SUNNY Monday!

What is the marvelous in your Monday?!!? 

How to Eat Clean

How to eat clean.  A questions I have been hearing a lot lately. As a Wellness Coach & Personal Trainer, I work with several individuals who are trying to live healthy lifestyles, lose weight, build muscle, lower stress….a little bit of everything.  And one topic/question that I keep hearing again and again…”How do I eat clean?” or “What does it mean to have a clean eating diet”.  I thought for my “Wellness Tip Wednesday” we would discuss what clean eating means…What is all the buzz about!

Wellness Wednesday Tip 2, What is Clean Eating? 

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As I mentioned above, “Clean Eating” is creating a buzz in the health & wellness world.  Many people often will try clean eating to lose weight OR many try to eat clean on the reg.  To keep it super simple, clean eating basically means and stresses the importance of eating healthy, whole, unprocessed foods.  Eating foods in their most natural state!

Your body thrives off of eating a diet rich in whole unprocessed foods.  Just think how your own body feels after eating…say a McDonalds sandwich VS a large salad grilled organic chicken topped with sweet potatoes and  sprouts.  You have much more energy with the latter! AMIRIGHT?! Eating clean really is not a diet, its a lifestyle.  It has built in flexibility, and really anyone can do it, but you DO have to plan ahead.  Meaning, you have to be a grocery shopper and think before you walk in to Trader Joes.

Follow the tips below to start your clean eating adventure.  

  • Minimize processed foods and turn towards whole & natural options.  Put those boxes, bags, and wrapped foods away and reach for the fresh choices!
  • Don’t get stuck on counting calories.  Instead, count ingredients! Read those food labels and make sure you know what your eating.  You want to limit the ingredients in your food.  The less, the better.  And…you want to be able to pronounce those ingredients.

  • Limit your sugar.  Sugar, the new drug.  Try to eat foods that have natural sugar in them rather than added sugar. The less processed, the better.
  • Make sure your eating a diet rich in lean protein, health fats, and carbs.  You need all three!
  • Try more “meatless” recipes.  load up on beans, seeds, nuts, whole unrefined grains, and veggies!
  • Shop clean, cook clean, eat clean.  Just keep repeating!

I hope this answers your questions.  Just remember, the main goal to eating clean is to avoid processed foods. Clean eating is a simple concept with a pretty big payoff. Eating clean makes you aware of where your food comes from and makes you read labels.  You know exactly what you’re putting into your body and paying attention to how it makes your feel.

So remember, clean eating isn’t about counting calories or eliminating food groups, but to eat foods that your body will love.  Eat foods with a BIG nutritional punch!

Do you consider your diet clean?

 

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole!

If you follow me on SNAPCHAT ( shameless plug…. jhiggs787) you know what I had for dinner last night, Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash casserole. I love anything buffalo chicken, but guys…this is REALLY GOOD! I had many friends and family ask for the recipe right away, so I had to share! I apologize for the low quality pictures, but you’ll get the gist!

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Its relatively easy to do and to follow! And if you cook your spaghetti squash ahead of time or throw in the microwave, its not too time consuming! Here is how I cook my squash.  I used PaleoMG’s recipe as a guide, but I DID switch it up quite a bit.

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 21⁄2 pounds)
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 Cup Reduced Fat Cheddar (optional)
  • 1⁄2 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 2-3 Large Cooked Chicken Breast, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup hot sauce (I used my fav, Frank’s RedHot)
  • 1⁄4 cup Sour Cream (I used fat free)
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • sliced avocado, for garnish
  • Cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Follow my directions for baking a spaghetti squash or pop in microwave!
  3. Grease a casserole baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  4. Let the squash cool for 5 minutes, remove the seeds, and then use a fork to remove the threads and place them in the greased baking dish.
  5. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, celery, onion, and whatever other veggies you want to add and cook for about 10 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Remove from heat.
  6. Add the shredded chicken, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the veggie mixture.  Make sure all is mixed.
  7. Add the hot sauce, cheddar cheese, and sour cream and mix well to combine.
  8. Add the chicken mixture to the baking dish and mix well with the spaghetti squash threads.
  9. Add the whisked eggs and mix everything together until you can no longer see the eggs.
  10. Bake for 1 hour or the top will form a slight crust. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with cilantro, a little extra cheese, and avocado slices. Or even some salsa and extra sour cream!

There you go friends…ENJOY!!!!!

Oh, Hey May!

Hiiiiiii! What a fantastic weekend! And…y’all, its MAY!!!! How is that even possible! May is one of my favorite months though, so I welcome it with open arms! May, in my eyes, is kicking off Summer.  And, this Summer, I have SO many fun things, weddings and trips planned. I just can’t wait! This weekend was a full one, check out my review below!

So in review, I had a crazy, FUN, & busy weekend! Weekends really do go by so fast, especially when they are jammed. Monday mornings sure do come around quickly! Friday night was spent at home organizing things for the next day. Nothing too crazy.

Saturday was one of my best friends Bridal Shower in Ohio.  So lots of planning and fun was had by all! It was a wine theme…and I had a lot of fun creating the decorations and drinking all the wine.  The shower took place about two hours away.  So I drove up early on Saturday and had to come home that same night.  I LOVE seeing my friends from college.  We always pick up right where we left off, like we never missed a beat.  It was a fabulous shower! Now…onto planning the Bachelorette weekend, WOOO!

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After spending time with my best gal pals, I came home and relaxed a bit before passing out! Only to wake up early on Sunday for the Pittsburgh Marathon!!! I ran in the Marathon Relay! I was running the last leg which was 4.2 miles.  Guys, I had a BLAST!!!!! It was seriously SO much fun. I know its not the half or the full….but it was a real challenge for me, and I DID IT!  I have been training a bit, here and there, and I really was proud of myself for surviving! I am not a runner, it is a struggle for me. I am really striving to be more of a runner/jogger,  I think its more mental for me.  But the marathon crowd was so encouraging, energetic, and motivating…I just kept on pushing through! I can’t get over the crowds, seriously, the best! If you follow me on SNAPCHAT (jhiggs787) you had to see some of the crowds, bands and crazy folks who were cheering us on! So CONGRATS to all the people who ran in the full marathon, half, and relay!!!!!! I am definitely planning on doing it again next year, who knows, maybe ill do the half! say whaaaaaaaat?!?!

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After the race, Nick and I went to Pipers Pub! I had a large Bloody Mary 🙂  and some yummy food! The rest of the afternoon/evening was spent relaxing and taking it easy! All in all it was such an awesome weekend.  My highlight…seeing my friends from college and crossing that finish line! 🙂

What was the highlight of your weekend?!