Saturday, January 23, 2016

Healthy Living + Kohls Giveaway

It's no secret that I try and live a healthy lifestyle. Both at home and on the go...being healthy is a goal for me 365 days a year. So when Kohls reached out about partnering to promote their active home products I was all in. Me + home products = a win! And if you keep reading there's a giveaway for you too! 

I couldn't wait to get on the Kohls website to check out their home products for living an active, healthy fit lifestyle. And there is so much to choose from. For me, living a healthy lifestyle is all about being prepared to tackle the day to day challenges that making good choices can bring. So I immediately went shopping for things that could make my life a little easier when it came to meal prep and making healthy choices on the go. So here's what I chose:
1. Rubbermaid Flex & Seal 36 piece set: I am so excited to use this for meal prep and lunches. My tupperware takes a beating because of how often I use them, so I can't wait to use these. Pros: leak-proof lids and variety of different sizes.

2. NurtiBullet 8-pc 600 Watt: I've been wanting one of these forever! I like the concept of taking a blender and making it compact for smoothies and shakes on the go. There seems to be so much you can do with this little gadget. I can't wait to play around with it! 

3. The Sharper Image 5 in 1 Salad Spinner: We go through a lot of lettuce in my house. And there's nothing more I hate than having to wash and dry the lettuce. I'm hoping this salad spinner adds a little bit of convenience to my life. Not only is it a salad spinner, it also has lots of attachments for slicing and grating directly into the bowl. *Item is no longer offered on website.

4. Food Network 2-Pc Cutting Board Set: In our kitchen, we are always cutting and chopping on cutting boards. But finding the right cutting board is hard. This set has a non-skid bottom and channels for collecting juices. I love the two different sizes too.  

As you can see, these items will help make meal prep a breeze. I can't wait to start using them. Be sure to check out my social media outlets as I start using these and trying each one out.
Now it's your turn! Do you want to go on a Kohls Active Home shopping spree? This is your chance. Kohls is giving away a $100 gift card to one of my lucky followers. Good luck! 

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*This post is sponsored by Kohls. As always, all opinions and views are my own. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Year in Review

It's New Years Eve, friends! Time to look back at the year and see how the last 365 days were. As I thought about 2015, I can sum it up in one word: transformation. This #2015bestnine picture from Instagram really shows the transformation I went through this year. 
My body has gone through the biggest transformation this year. Thanks to Weight Watchers I met my goal weight in June, became a Lifetime Member, and I've been maintaining my goal weight ever since. 

Running has taking me through an emotional roller coaster this year. It's been a transformation in the weirdest way ever. I went into 2015 prepped for the runDisney Goofy Challenge. I was more than ready, but my body had other plans during the marathon on Day 2. And it wasn't until this summer that I was finally cleared to run and even now I still have issues with my left leg. I want to be the runner I was before. I look longingly at runners I see hitting the pavement, but I know I'm just not there yet. And I wonder when, or if, I ever will be. 

Our little family went through a transformation this year. We took a leap of faith to list our house this summer and it sold super fast. Because of that sale, we're building our dream home. It's so crazy to think from where we are now in the rental and in just a few months we'll be settled in our new house. We still can't believe it's happening.

So you can see why transformation sums up my year. It just speaks to me. Think back about your year. Which one word best describes 2015 for you? 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Countless days and hours of shopping and then wrapping to prepare for this day are now over. In a matter of minutes, the floor was covered with the remnants of wrapping paper and we have a happy boy. Success! 

It's amazing how quickly the opening of presents go by. For me this holiday isn't about the presents. But to watch this holiday through a child's eye, presents most certainly play a big role. As I sit here sipping my coffee and watching my son and husband play the new Playstation 4, all is well with the world (at least for now...ha, ha). 

This Christmas is the weirdest one I think we've ever had. For the first time ever, I'm not spending it with my mom. We celebrated together on Tuesday because she flew out to Colorado to spend the holiday with my brother. Somehow not having her here and my brother being stuck out west make this holiday seem incomplete. We're also living in our rental while our new house is being built. Things are just so different then our "normal." My husband also "accidentally" packed all of our holiday decorations in the POD that we used for storage while we build the house. So I have absolutely no decorations up this year. I made things work with an artificial tree and no ornaments, but this holiday season has been different then any other we've had in the past. I keep calling it the "Christmas that wasn't." This time next year though we'll be celebrating the holiday with my whole family in our new house. It will be picture perfect. 

Last night for Christmas Eve, we attended a beautiful service at our church and today we will spend time with my husband's family. 

How will you be spending this glorious day? Merry Christmas to you. I hope your day is filled with many blessings. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Keep Calm and Smart Points On!

Finally the big day is here. I can reveal the top secret project that myself and several bloggers, social media gurus, and Weight Watchers lovers have been a part of. For the past three weeks, we have been testing out their new Smart Points program. Say hello to Smart Points!

As part of this special group, we received early access to the new program. I was not paid in anyway for my effort or time. We got to test out the Beta app and then we had full access to the new app and Smart Points as they work with the new Beyond the Scale program. Here's what the new program brings you:
So what does this mean? Here's what it's meant for me the last three weeks. It's been a roller coaster of emotions. The first week I was in sheer and utter FREAK OUT mode. 
No really, I was. Lean proteins went down in! Some of my favorite go to snacks went up in points (almost double)....say what? All I could think was "How could this be?" "What am I going to do?" I even thought, "There is no way I'm doing Smart Points." So if YOU are thinking the same thing, take a deep breath. We've been exactly where you are right now. 

After the first week on Smart Points, I came to terms with my go-to snacks jumping up in points. They did because quite honestly, they should have. Smart points is about getting you to make smart food choices. Giving you credit now where you deserve it for those good food choices and not giving you props for those unhealthy choices. If you've been good at finding ways to cheat the system, then yes you're going to be in for a shock at some of the increase in points. Remember: this is about choosing the foods that are good for you and your body. Sure you can still enjoy the things that make us love the Weight Watchers program, but if your treat has doubled in points now you'll really think about if that treat is worth it. 

By week three, all was well with the world. I am pretty adjusted to the Smart Points change. I feel used to the increase in points and I've already found ways to trade out items that increased in points or I still enjoy them if I find them to be worth it. The good news is some of my staples like beer (Corona Light) stayed the same...winning! And my favorite pumpkin english muffins only went up by a point. Thank goodness! 

As for the scale, I've only weighed in once right now and I'm down 0.8 pounds. I'm in maintenance mode, so my goal each week is to maintain my weight. I was so afraid the scale would just start going up with the increase in points for most foods, but it hasn't and that's a good thing. For most people in our group, the scale is going down and they're having great success too! 

The Beyond the Scale program also incorporates fitness with an activity dashboard and FitPoints. So get up and get moving so you can earn those FitPoints and meet your goal! But remember, it's not about eating your fit points away. 

To get started, you'll take a quick self-assessment and a plan will be designed for you. Weight Watchers is moving in the right direction to really tailor needs to a plan that will be effective for all.

So now it's your turn! It took our group three weeks to try out Smart Points and give it a chance. I am a creature of habit and I don't like change. Most of us are this way and if this describes you then you're probably going to have a hard time with this new change and that's okay. 
But remember, change is good. So give Smart Points a'll be glad you did! 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is always something to be thankful for. That seems to be the theme for this Thanksgiving. At least for me. 

As the day is drawing to a close, the food has been eaten, the wine has been drank, and well let's face it, our pants are all feeling a little tighter. But that's okay because this day comes once a year and it's one that I look forward to so much. Spending an entire day with family and doing nothing but enjoying each other's company is exactly what I love doing. We don't get to stop and do this often enough with our busy lives, so I'm thankful for this day. 

Today we started the day with a Turkey Trot and then ended with a yummy meal and even better, some good ole' apple pie. After all, life is just better with pie, right? 

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. One that allows you to see that on this day and every other day there is always something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Top Secret Project

So if you follow me on Instagram then this week you saw my post about a top secret project I'm working on with Weight Watchers. And if you don't follow me on IG then you should. No really, you should because I'm SO much more fun over there....ha, ha!
A few weeks ago, Weight Watchers reached out to me about a special project. It's no secret that I love the Weight Watchers program. So, one non-disclsoure later, I was all in. Now that's about all I can say for now. I know, I know. No spoiler alerts here. But I promise you's going to be worth the wait. As soon as I can give you details and share more, I will. 

For now, make sure you're following me on Twitter and Instagram. And the same goes for Weight Watchers. You don't want to miss what's coming! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Where Have I Been?

I know, I know. I've been missing on the blog for quite some time. You're probably wondering what happened to the Pavement Princess, right? Well it's been a roller coaster of ups and downs over the last few months. Now that things have calmed down, I'm ready to get back in action on the blog. 

So I last left off having summertime fun on vacation in St. Augustine. Right before we left on vacation, we decided to list our house for sale. This was a huge risk for us but we decided to " go big or go home" and see happens. When we came back from vacation, we got an offer on our house and we closed in less than a month. This was so exciting because selling our house meant we were able to sign a contract with our builder to build our dream home. 
It's something that would've never happened had we not taken a chance with selling our house. From listing our house to getting an offer, then closing and moving, it was quite a whirlwind....all in less than six weeks!! 

Just days after getting great news on our house and coming home from vacation, I got some not so great news. My grandma, who I just visited with in St. Augustine, was in the hospital. She quickly moved into the hospice wing at the hospital and passed away a few days later. 
This was unexpected and it really rocked my world. It still seems so surreal to me that she was here one minute and gone the next. The morning we closed on our house we left to head north for my grandma's funeral. It was crazy to go from the high emotions of being excited about closing on our house to the lows of losing my grandma. 

Then the start of school came and for any teacher, it's the busiest time of the year. August was a blur and September was too. Finally with October things started to calm down, but yet stay busy. I celebrated my 1 year Weight Watchers anniversary, we had lots of celebrations within my family that month, and my son's travel baseball is keeping us busy. 

I'll be back soon to update you on some more things. But for now I wanted you to know, I'm back. Sorry for being MIA....I had to put myself and my family first, and the blog had to take a backseat. Hope all is well with you!