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Hello Lovely Readers! How is your Monday so far? I hope its going well! Im sticking to my new goals for this year of reading a lot more. I have one book down so far and am already working on two more. Today I want to talk about the book that I just finished, #GIRLBOSS.

I have to admit that I had no idea what this book was about when I bought it for my Kindle. I had heard of the brand Nasty Gal and that the book was supposed to be good, but nothing else. So on a whim I decided to read it. I could not stop reading it. It resonated with me in my aspirations to starting a new career. It was proof to go after your dreams and work your butt off while doing so. Sophia is to the point and doesnt sugar coat anything- which is awesome. Shes down to earth and real in explaining where she came from, and how she got to where she is now, owning her own company. This book isnt about how to just make a successful career. Its about doing something you love and maybe something amazing will grow with it. Its about not caring what other people think about you, its how you think of yourself. We are all humans and we all have made some mistakes in life that we are not proud of. Great, that makes us who we are and weve learned from them. You have one life and its up to you on how it goes. No, you may not be handed everything in life, but you can work for it.

Sophia is one of the hardest working women that I have ever read about. Shes inspiring and works for everything that she has. She is the epitome of a woman in our world making it to the top by following her ideas and not letting anyone stop her. She never let her fear of the unknown hold her back. Yes, she has a very successful online clothing company, but she is still very smart about money and her life. Shes a #GIRLBOSS.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book.

No matter where you are in life, youll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.

Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that youve always dreamed of, or still havent had time to dream up.

Its cool to be kind. Its cool to be weird. Its cool to be honest and to be secure with yourself.

Compete with yourself, not with others.

When you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you, too.

If you want a great and refreshing read, go out and pick up this book. You wont regret it. Its inspiring and may just give you the boost you need to get out there and create your life. However, I fully believe that Jesus should be the center of everything I do, so I always pray and ask Him to show me what Im missing or what my next steps should be. Asking Him to guide me is always my first thing, because His advice trumps anyone elses.

Happy first Monday of January! This is going to be an amazing year.

With being a girl comes the usual search for jewelry to wear. Whether youre looking for high end jewelry or casual everyday, its sometimes hard to find something that you love. At least thats how it is for me. I usually search for a while to find something that I have pictured in my mind, and then I wear it constantly.

I first came across this brand this past summer and instantly liked what I saw. The charm bangles have a unique twist on charm bracelets and I love them. They come in silver and gold and are about $28 each. If you choose to choose some fancier ones (birthstones, higher quality finish, or gems) they go up a bit in price. I currently own five and I wear them a lot. Alex and Ani is made in America- awesome! You can wear bangles that have a charm that means a lot to you and you can support our country. Each bangle has a unique message that goes with it. You can either buy a bangle for what charm is attached, or search for a meaning you like and find that charm as well. The bangles are made to fit every size of wrist. Each bangle has the ability to get smaller or bigger and stay that way to fit each wrist. Some bangles even donate to a certain organization or charity depending on what charm you buy. They can tell your life story if you let them. Take a look at the website here and Im sure youll find one, or a few, that speak to you. Alex and Ani also sell earrings, necklaces, wine glass charms and clutches.

Below are the ones that I currently own.

Make Your Mark   Influence•Commitment•Action   You have the ability to leave a positive imprint on the lives of others. Inspire others with thoughtful actions. Discover your passions and act on them. Lead a life that you can be proud of. Make your mark to better the world and leave a legacy of love for generations to come.

Feather    Truth•Light•Virtue    An object representing light and air, a feather is the bearer of truth and justice. Ancient Egyptians believed a pure heart weighed as light as a feather. In Christianity, feathers represent virtues of charity, hope, and faith. Bestow the feather to seek wisdom and reach new heights.

Pineapple     Welcome•Warmth•Friendship    Expressing a sense of welcome, good cheer, and family affection, the pineapple signifies hospitality. New England sea captains traditionally placed a pineapple outside of their homes as a symbol of a safe return. Wear the Pineapple Bangle to embrace friendships, celebrate homecomings, and encourage good times.

Apple of Abundance    Insight•Wisdom•Teacher    A fruit that signifies intelligence, the apple is often associated with the ability to pass on knowledge to others. A teacher enlightens the soul and instills valuable information. Embrace the energy of the Apple of Abundance Charm for the guidance to accept the responsibility of sharing wisdom and passing it down from generation to generation.

Disney World Cinderella Castle  Bought in Disney World to remember the trip!

I hope you enjoyed todays post and maybe even start to grow your own Alex and Ani collection. Have a wonderful day friends!

Tags: alex and ani, fashion, jewelry, loving

Happy New Year! I am so excited to start this year and all that it has to offer. Even though I can have a fresh start whenever I want, theres something special and exciting about starting a new year on a clean slate. In all my life, Ive never fully set New Years resolutions. Ive had some ideas of what I wanted my year to look like, or maybe some things that I might want to try, but never really thought about it. Thats changing this year. Since I quit my sugar addiction and enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition this past year, I am ready to start 2015 off right.

This year I want to do more in my life. Not necessarily more things to do, but more of what I want to do in order to better myself.

1. More reading for interest. I love reading, but since Ive become a teacher, I either havent fully had time to read or Im reading education books. This year I want to make more time to read things that I am interested in. I just purchased a Kindle Paperwhite and I am going to make sure that I will read for myself. Along with reading more, I am planning on doing book reviews of what I will be reading over the course of the year.

2. Complete 1,000 things Im thankful for. I recently started reading Ann Voskamps One Thousand Gifts and I cant even express how much it has already changed my thinking. I have been more observant in being thankful and observant in my daily life of gifts that God gives me. I am striving to practice more echuristo in my life.

3. Take more pictures. At the end of every year I look at my pictures and think back on my memories and am shocked at how many pictures that I didnt take. I want to look back on 2015 and have pictures to fully remember the year and all of the adventures I went on.

4. Eat more intuitively. This is a big one for me. From overcoming eating disorders, sugar addiction and being crazy about counting calories in the past, Im choosing to eat to fuel my body. I dont want to think of food as the enemy and Im done worrying about how many calories something is. 90% of the time I will eat healthy and for my body, while the other 10% I am going to enjoy some great food (even if its not that great for me).

5. Live simply. I want to live a simple life without feeling that I need everything new or just more of something. The past couple weeks Ive started to really appreciate the things that I already have and I love the feeling. When I buy things just to buy them, I dont fully appreciate them because soon after, something better comes along and I usually want that. But being grateful for what I have and realizing that I dont need stuff makes me feel more whole as a person and appreciative of everything that I already have in my life.

6. Continue growing my relationship with Jesus. The later half of 2014 I started to dig deeper into the Word and having a relationship with my King, and 2015 will be even greater. This includes spending time daily in the Word, prayer, going to church more, participating in devotionals and Bible studies- all fueling my fire for God.

7. Be myself, no matter what. Im tired of worrying/wondering what other people think of me. This is my life and I am going to live out my dreams and chase the things that I want to do. I only have one life and I am no longer going to waste it on others peoples opinions or what they think I should do. I dont want any regrets at the end of my life and it starts now.

8. Be more active. I love working out so I am planning on continuing that this year. Consistency is key. This includes being outdoors more and experiencing different types of exercising. I would love to get into yoga more.

2015 is going to be one of my best years yet. Life is what you make it, and Im ready to chase after my dreams and live the life that I have been imagining for about a year now. Heres to growing, changing, chasing dreams, loving deeply and living the life I want.

Tags: dreams, goals, Jesus, more, resolutions

Have you ever had one thing after another go wrong? Everyone has, and when this happens it feels like its only happening to you. This has pretty much been me the past month. However, when this happens, who really takes the time to see the blessings through it all? When do we actually turn to God and have Him be our rock and our salvation?

It all started the first day back at school from Thanksgiving break. I was on my way to work and my car was making sounds I had never heard before. I was sure that it was just going to break down like in a cartoon. (You know, where the tires fall off, the engine smokes and its just a hunk of metal sitting in the road.) I called my husband and made it back home for him to drive me to school. We took it to the shop two days later to figure out what was wrong. All I kept praying was that it wouldnt be a big problem, or an expensive one. Basically, I just wanted a quick fix. It was not. My transmission was completely shot and it would cost more than my car was worth to fix it. You see, my Chevy had a different transmission built into it, and we found out that the transmission literally ruins itself sometime in the cars life. The gears break down and get into everything it needs to run right. So, awesome, Im out of a car. But lets talk about the blessings in this situation.

I was driving to work extra early when it broke down, so with everything going on, I still made it to work on time.

My husband, mom and grandparents all worked together to get me to work every morning and then back home.

My dad had an extra vehicle just sitting around so hes letting me borrow it. The same week my car died, I walked out of work to find this vehicle with a flat tire (seriously?!). Blessing- my dad and husband came right away to fix and figure it all out.

December was my month to get an emissions and new tags for my car. The husband and I were also just about to dish out some money for new snow tires. My car gave out before any of these so we didnt waste any money!

We have a friend whos helping us find a vehicle for a decent deal.

My husbands sister recently graduated college in Florida and the whole family had planned to go out there two weeks before Christmas. It was such a nice getaway! On our last day there, we were on our way to Downtown Disney to hang out before heading to the airport. I was sitting in the back seat chewing on some gum when all of the sudden I felt one of my molars come out. Yes, my whole tooth! Like in a whole piece- just came out with my gum. Needless to say I was freaking out. I sat in the back of the car looking up dentists on my phone without saying a word to anyone. My husband caught on after a while since I was acting so weird. I was mortified and didnt want any of the family to know what was going on. So while everyone was walking around Downtown Disney,  I was on the phone calling every dentist I could. Since Christmas was the next week, pretty much no one had openings. Ugh. Great. Long story short, I got an appointment the next day, but I had to miss another day of work. It turns out a root canal I had ages ago, somehow broke at the roots and just came out. So, as of now I have to take an antibiotic to make sure theres no infection, then they have to extract the rest of the root. Bottom line is I have to get an implant. Yikes! Drumroll for blessings

I was in no pain whatsoever when it came out, or for the rest of the day.

I was able to get an appointment the next day with my dentist rather than going to a stranger.

Its in the back of my mouth so I can still smile and its not noticeable. Insert very happy squeal.

Staying on this topic, I picked up my antibiotic and started taking it right away. I went to work the next day (last day before Winter break), and my students were so happy to have me back. It was going to be a fun day! However, plans got ruined. Mid morning I couldnt breathe, like at all. It felt like I was being squeezed so tight I couldnt expand my lungs or stomach. I just thought I might be getting the stomach bug that was going around, but my principal sent me home. My poor students were distraught. After all, I had been gone a week, had come back a day late, and they had only seen me for three hours before I left again and wouldnt see them for two weeks. Needless to say I was sick the rest of the day. Fast forward to the next night- the husband and I went to his brother and wifes house for dinner. I was feeling so much better and still taking my antibiotics. Oh, but life decided to throw me another curve ball. The breathing thing happened again. This time, a million times worse. I have never been in that much pain in my entire life. It was my stomach, my chest and it felt like my heart was going to explode. I started putting the pieces together and thought I might be having an allergic reaction to the antibiotic. My husband ended up taking me to the ER against my will because Im so gosh darn stubborn. But Im eternally grateful that he did. We spent almost five hours there, but it was worth it with the pain meds they gave me. Not fun, but blessings still came out of this one too.

My team teacher and principal were amazing at finding an emergency sub for me to go home- fast.

I was with my husband when it happened the second time.

The ER was packed. But everything kept happening in our favor to get me seen.

With all the tests they did to me I am so grateful that it was only an allergic reaction and not something more serious.

I got on a new antibiotic the next day and havent had any side effects.

My body was so sore the next day, all I could do was sleep. The husband stayed with me the entire time. It was so wonderful.

Of course with life a few more punches were thrown in this period, but it doesnt matter. I chose to not focus on every bad thing going on, but on the blessings that came from them. God is so amazing. Some people think He hands us difficult times for a reason. He doesnt. God does not cause us pain. Its life and the enemy. We live in a fallen world, but God is always there. I cant even describe how wonderful this past month has been since I chose to look at the positive side instead of the negative. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but a power of love and a sound mind. Being in the Word everyday has some amazing benefits. Not being knocked down by life is just one of them.

So I challenge you- next time something gets thrown into your plans, dont let it shake you. Give it to God and have Him take care of it. Look for the blessings in what happened, because I can tell you right now there is always a blessing. Even if you cant see it right away.

Good Morning and happy Monday! Im jumping back into posting- I knew I wouldnt post as much through the holidays. We went to Florida for my sister-in-laws college graduation (post coming up), and then Christmas was last week. Its been really busy but also such a wonderful time of year- my absolute favorite!

Dr. Bronners Magic Organic Shaving Gel

Have any of you ever been let down by shave gel? I have and its been a pet peeve of mine to find just the right gel to use. After 13+ years of shaving I think I finally found the diamond in the ruff. This stuff is simply amazing. Ive tried so many different kinds of shave gel and have liked some for a while, but none of them were actually great for me. I had tried the brands that are gel that turn to foam, or just foam, moisturizing, the razor that has built in soap, etc. However, my legs never felt very smooth and they always felt dry afterwards. I had even ordered this fancy oil that was supposed to work wonders, and it was organic. Another let down. It just made my legs very oily and I still wasnt getting a close shave. Of course, as a woman, I wanted the smooth legs that all the commercials promise if you use their product. The models always look so silky and smooth, yet I wasnt getting the same results. Oh well, I kept on using the basic shave gel that was at least doing the job.

Two months ago I walked into Luckys Market for some groceries. As per usual, I also went to browse the beauty section. For some reason I decided to check if there were any shave gels that I might be into trying. I came across a few, but Dr. Bronners caught my eye. It promised a smooth shave and smelled like peppermint! It was a little pricey compared to the regular brands- its about $9, but Ive found coupons that mark it down to $7.  Since its was close to the holiday season I was very interested in a minty addition to my shower products. Im so happy I bought this stuff. It comes out like a liquid gel and you dont need very much. You just rub it on wet skin to form a little bubbly, and wahla! The smoothest shave you will ever have. Its not messy, smells divine, and offers the smoothest, closest shave Ive ever experienced. The best part? My legs stay smooth and soft all day, not to mention its all organic. I will never use another shave gel again. There are also different scents, so click here to look them up. If any of you are struggling with being let down by shave gels, go out and buy this brand. You can find it in almost any health food store.

Hope you all have a marvelous start to your week!

Whew! Its been a while since Ive posted anything. Its nice to get back into the groove of it. In order to keep myself accountable, I have decided to dedicate one post a week to something that I am currently LOVING. The range will be wide, but Im very excited for it. I love being able to find things that work really well for others, or things that they come across that I can implement in my own life. Im hoping that me sharing this series with you, will help you to maybe find something that works better in your life, or something new to try. I am going to post a new Loving Right Now every Monday to start off your week!

Ive always longed to dig deeper into the Word of God, but I wasnt quite sure how to go about it. I came across the She Reads Truth website back in June and my whole study has changed. The women who run She Reads Truth are simply amazing. They really know how to be women of faith and how to study the Word in this world we are living in. They have new studies all the time, which can range from about two to four weeks. For each study, they find an artist to illustrate it. They have a book that goes along with each study in order to give women the opportunity to follow along. I have done some studies where I ordered the book and some studies where I havent. Personally I think its entirely up to how deep you want to go with what the study is, but either way you get a lot out of the devotion. They post the devotional online daily.

Currently, they are doing an Advent series. Can I just say that it is wonderful for the season?! I went to a private Christian school growing up and I celebrated Christmas knowing the reason behind all of itChrists birth. However, there is something about this Advent that has taken me deeper in understanding, and closer to God than I ever have been. Its planned and written out beautifully, and I havent missed a day yet! The great thing is that if you miss a day or you want to start a plan that has already ended, the website keeps them all up so you can go back to them whenever you want. 

If youve ever needed to understand more of the Word, this is a must try for you. The fact that it is all written by women,  for women  is something that is beautiful. It speaksto the heart of us and we can all relate. Click here for  the link to the website if youre just going to look at it for the first time. Enjoy!

I hope you have a wonderful Monday and a great start to your week!

10 Things You Dont Know About Me

Hello lovely readers! Heres another day of the Feel Good Blogging Challenge

Today I want to share 10 things about me that you dont know. I think you should know a little bit about me if you are going to be reading my blog

1. My birthdate is 8.8.88 Pretty awesome huh?! Its a lot of fun when I tell people and they give me the youre not serious look.

2. I went to the same private school from Kindergarten to my Senior year. Sometimes I wish I wouldve changed to experience a bigger school and the opportunities that it could have brought me. However, part of me is glad that I did stay. It helped me branch out later on in life and because of staying I met my husband there. So grateful for that!

3. I absolutely love Mexican food. If I could eat it everyday I would. I never get tired of it and I think its AMAZING.

4. Some of my life could be a crazy movie- with everything that Ive gone through. Ive had some really hard times, but all of it has slowly brought me to know Christ more than I could have dreamed of. I was raised in a Christian home but no one can make a relationship for you with Christ. Thats your own job. Sometimes you have to go through hell to understand His undying and unconditional love for you. Thats what it took for me. Granted, Im nowhere close to where I want to be. I can grow more in Him each and everyday, and thats what Im planning to do..for the rest of my life.

5. My mother is my hero. I know a lot of people say that, but my mother has one of the strongest and sweetest hearts I have ever encountered on this Earth. She loves with unconditional love and will fight with everything she has for the people she loves. When I become a mother, I only pray I will be half of what she is.

6. I have been hands down, fully addicted to sugar. Just like an addict. Withdrawals and everything. Which is partly why I decided to become a Health Coach, so I can help others overcome it.

7. I have been married to the love of my life for a little over two years. It is truly a blessing to be married to your best friend.

8. I have NEVER been outside of the country! Im hoping to change that very soon. I want to travel to so many places on this gorgeous Earth!

9. My nails have to be super short. Like REALLY short. I think it started in high school. I couldnt stand setting a volleyball if my nails touched it. Weird, I know.

10. Ive battled anorexia and binge eating. Ive struggled with an extremely low self-esteem. Ive learned to overcome BOTH of them!

Tags: binge eating, health coach, sugar addiction

Its Day 2 of the blogging challenge! Today I thought Id share my passion with you

Whats the story behind why Im on the path to doing what I want to do?

Ive always envied Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up. They are beautiful and I so badly wanted the confidence they had. Thanks to them and how inspiring they are, they started me on a journey thats taken me years to commit to. Im starting to see myself as they see all the women in their community. Mostly, because of them and the clean, active, happy and thankful life they live, I wanted that for my life. Since I joined their community two years ago, Ive wanted to someday help women and be an inspiration to them. However, I knew I couldnt do this until I got my own act together, and that in and of itself was harder than I imagined. Finally this year, Ive started and I never want to stop. I found IIN and am working towards my dream.

Throughout this journey that Ive started at IIN, Ive learned to start loving me and my body for who I am. Before I ever went on the 21DSD, I pretty much hated my body. I had for such a long time. I hated that I wasnt as small as I was in high school, and I hated that I had become a girl who binged. every. single. day. I hit a low for a long time. I was sometimes motivated to work out, but then I was afraid to see myself as a failure when or if I couldnt go as hard in my workouts as I used too. Therefore, I would count my calories all day and then binge at night. Hard core binging that involved whole packages of sweets that I would literally sneak into my house and hide, so know one could see what I was doing. This cycle lasted for years. And no matter what I did, I couldnt change it.I couldnt make a lasting change. 

I started my first full year as an elementary teacher this past year. Whoever says a teachers life is easy, clearly has no clue what theyre talking about. I teach in a very low economic school with 100% of the children having free and reduced lunch. As a school, it was our first year incorporating a new program, we were on an improvement plan and it was crazy just because of the fact it was my first year. With putting in over 60 hours of work every week, lets just say my eating and binging got even more out of control. By the time spring break rolled around, I truly despised who I had become. Its not that I gained a lot of weight, I just fluctuated a lot and it was more of a disappointment in myself than just what I looked like.

I came across the 21 Day Sugar Detox book and I figured thats exactly where I needed to start. I craved and ate anything sugary like it was nobodys business. It literally controlled my life and I felt like an addict. (Found out shortly after that sugar addiction is as bad as being addicted to cocaine). I told my husband I wanted to try this program for 21 days and that I would need his help to stay accountable. Boy I love him! He was all in and was a support for me every step of the way. My sugar withdrawals were unbelievably hard. I felt so much like an addict. But I stuck it out and when the 21 days were up I felt a lot better. Over the 21 days, I came across IIN and something inside me just clicked. This is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Help others overcome the battle that Im still overcoming.

I had no one to help me even know where to start to get back on track. Most people thought I was lying about binging because I was still a pretty small girl. Small girls dont have a binging problem. They thought me being addicted to sugar was somewhat of a funny thing. After all, its just sugar. Dont get me wrong, I have a very loving family, they just didnt know how to help. I cant blame them because Im not sure I wouldve had the answers for someone else either.

I am passionate about helping other women because I overcame this problem on my own. Granted, Im not perfect and I still struggle with sugar, but I can finally say that I no longer struggle with binge eating like I used to. I want to be there for other women who feel as though no one understands what theyre going through. I want to help them overcome their issues and become a healthy woman who feels as though she can do anything in this world. I know how hard some battles can be, but they can be so much better with someone who understands and is there for you when it seems the darkest.

My passion is health and helping other women. With everyday that passes, I am getting stronger and I am gaining more knowledge in how to help others through their own battles.

My path to IIN has been a long one, but it was so worth the wait. I cant wait to become a Health Coach.

Tags: binge eating, health coach, IIN, sugar addiction, Tone It Up

Hey there! Ive just started this blog and I am so excited about it. I thought Id do a sweet and simple introduction to you all. Well, here it goes!

Im Karissa Dick and I live in Colorado. I live with my amazing husband, our dog and cat. Currently, Im an elementary teacher in a Title 1 school. My recently discovered passion and purpose is all about health and encouraging women to live a healthy lifestyle. This past May I registered at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a Holistic Health Coach. Im loving every minute of it! In my free time I spend time with my husband, read books, spend time in the Word, be as active as possible and love trying new things.  Since enrolling in IIN, I learned to face many of my insecurities and fears of doing something new with my life. So now, one of my absolute favorite things about myself is that Im facing the fear of new things and still going after my passion. I have realized its up to me to make my dreams come true and Im not planning on stopping! 

I started blogging back in April. I new that I wanted to share my life and my journey, but wasnt really sure how to go about it all. I blogged a few times here and there but nothing ever consistent. I started again recently because I wanted to start building up my social media for my future business. I also stumbled across Alex Beadons Feel Good Blogging Challenge, and decided to do it. I thought itd be a great way to officially start blogging.

My blog is mostly directed to women who want to better improve their life. Ive gone through issues in life where I wish someone was there to help me, understand me, or even have knowledge of how to help me with what Im dealing with. Im hoping that my blog will help women empower themselves to live their lives better, and learn to truly love themselves. As I get farther into my IIN program, I also want my blog to be a resource to women who would like to do Health Coaching with me. It is a start to building my business.

Whats Something Ive Been Working On Lately That Im Really Proud Of?

As briefly explained above, I have been following a dream to live a healthy life and help others along the way. I am very proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone to chase my dreams and do anything that it takes to accomplish it. For some, chasing a dream is easy, for others it takes a lot of courage and overcoming the fear of failure. Even though taking classes through IIN and being a full time teacher is a constant balancing act, Im so glad that I took the leap. I know it will pay off in the future.

Whats One Message That I Hope People Take Away From My Blog?

You can do anything that you truly set your mind to. You have the ability to create your dreams and success or not. I want you to fully believe in yourself and all that you can be in this life. Youre worth it!

Tags: blogging challenge, dreams, health coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition

Im very happy to have my website up and running, even though its all still a work in progress. Therefore my first post is perfect to be about my relaxing weekend. This school year has been busy thats an understatement. Teaching in a Title 1 school is getting to me, even though I love my students. I just dont fully enjoy the 10-12 hour days and working on the weekends. Yes, Im sure I will be working my butt off when I first start off as a Health Coach, but I feel like it will be different thanks to the passion I have for it. Anyway, back on track. I started conferences this past week and will continue with them this coming week. SO. MUCH. WORK. My husband went away fly-fishing for the weekend with friends, so I had the house all to myself- and with the fur children.

Friday night was Mexican food (my weakness) and watching Netflix. I finally caught up on the rest of Once Upon a Time (addicted to fairy tales) and did some grading sipping tea by the fireplace. Saturday morning was a early wake up call to clean the house and catch up on more shows. Theres something about cleaning when my husband is gone that is just so therapeutic. And when he comes home, he deserves to come home to a clean house. I went through all my clothes and filled a huge bag with things that I wanted to donate to the OUR center. It just so happens I got a speeding ticket on the way there. Cop was waiting at the bottom of the hill. Ugh! First speeding ticket in my life! But Im over it now. So I donated clothes, went grocery shopping, came back home to do some more work and then went off to see my grandparents. The hubby came home late at night and it was so great to see him! Even after two days I miss him like crazy. This morning we slept in a little, sipped some coffee and then had a four mile walk to and from the grocery store for a few last minute things. I spent the rest of the morning doing my devotion, taking a nap (forgot how wonderful those are) and baking. I absolutely anything with apples, and the SkinnyTaste recipe for Cinnamon Apple Crisp was delicious! Currently Im sipping on some more tea with my cat curled up next to me, in front of the fireplace, catching up on some more shows. All this while the hubby and our puppy are hunting.

Back to the grind tomorrow for another busy week. Im so grateful that I was able to have this weekend to rejuvinate. Sometimes you just have to be grateful for ordinary things in this life. Everyday things can be so wonderful when you really stop to enjoy them.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

5 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced

1/2 cup light brown sugar (not packed)

1 tsp cinnamon (I used a little more)

1/4 cup (half stick) butter, melted (or coconut oil)

Heat oven to 375°. Combine apples, raisins, cinnamon, agave nectar and lemon juice in large bowl. Sprinkle with cornstarch. Toss until fruit is coated. Place fruit in an ungreased baking dish.

Mix remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake about 40 minutes or until topping is golden brown and fruit is tender.

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