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Fitness Fridays – #5

Can you believe with in our 5th week of Fitness Fridays?

All I need to do is get through today, and I will officially be on vacation for 12 glorious days!! I’ll be busy on some of those days, but there will also be plenty of relaxing. I deserve it!

Alright, let’s get down to business, first things first, I’d like to thank Hanna Lei for linking up last week. I’m really digging her blog. First of all the layout is simple, and I love that. It looks so fresh and clean and is easy to follow. Secondly, her posts are relevant and fun to read. I’m a big fan of the post she linked up about Sports Bras and a Confession (go ahead and click there, I’ll wait).

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 Keeping Your Diet Clean and Healthy Can Be Hard

If you read my blog frequently, you know that I’ve struggle with Binge Eating Disorder. For a long time I had no idea what it was that I was dealing with, and I assumed there was no way of overcoming it. Thankfully I was wrong!

I started writing about it on my blog, doing research, reading everything I could get my hands on about the disease and realized that with hard work, I could beat B.E.D.

It has been a long slow process, and I still occasionally find myself craving junk, but for the most part, I am now able to ignore those feelings, and fuel my body in healthy ways. You’re probably wondering what has helped me get to this point, right?

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My Tips to Keep Your Diet on Track

1. Hard Work and Dedication – There’s a quote by Theodore Roosevelt that resonates true here.

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There are so many times when I’ve reached for junk food, and had to talk myself out of actually eating it. Telling myself that isn’t how I lead my life now. I am conscious of my decisions! It is a constant struggle, happening multiple times a day, but each day it gets easier to tell myself no and to enjoy the fresh food I bring from home.

Eating better and fueling my body appropriately is well worth it. I have been feeling amazing and so positive! I feel like I’m on top of the world. 🙂

2. Surrounding Yourself with Supportive People – This is HUGE! I have several people in my life that I trust entirely, and that I feel 100% comfortable with. I share everything with them, every single success, and every single downfall.

For instance, when I ran an errand in the middle of the day and managed to come back without stopping at McDonald’s or any other fast food place with a drive-thru.

To some people that may seem insignificant, but to a food addict, being able to go out on your own, and come back without junk is one of the biggest accomplishments you can have. Having someone to share that with, that understands how HUGE that is, and celebrating with you is one of the biggest things that will help you through this.

3. Drink Shakeology – Okay, I know you probably think this is a cheap shot, added for a sale. But I swear to you, that it is not. I simply want to share what has worked for me.

I’ve been drinking Shakeology for a month now. In the beginning I didn’t notice even the difference and I really thought that all the hype was just that, hype. However, now a month in, I realize it isn’t. It has been life changing!

Prior to drinking Shakeo, when I’d think of a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder, my mouth would instantly water (I’m being 100% truthful). Now, a month out, when I think of those foods, I think of all the grease and fat involved and how awful it made me feel. That type of thing NEVER phased me before, I didn’t care what was in the burger or that my blood pressure would raise and my fingers would swell, I just wanted the burger. A bad food day to me now, is something like a salad or turkey sandwich at Panera.

I’m not touting it as a miracle drug (it’s not), but the different nutrients and herbs involved truly help stave off cravings. And it is now clinically proven to…

So yes, I’m smitten with Shakeology and I’m not afraid to scream it from the rooftops, so that everyone knows it.

I haven’t had a binge in 4 weeks!!!!

I want that to just sit there a second, because it feels amazing. I’ve never gone more than a few days, even on previous diets.

If you would like more information on Shakeology, you can email me at jillianokeefe1022@gmail.com or check-out the Shakeology website.

Those are my 3 tips that I proudly standby and support!!

Now Onto the Goals

Amount of Weight Lost

I’m happy to share a success with you…

I lost another 2.2 lbs!! Bringing my grand total to 7 lbs, which means I can get my manicure. 😀 I think I’m going to wait until my nails are a bit longer, though. I just trimmed them and they wouldn’t look very pretty painted so short. I can’t wait!

Exercise Goals

Last week I set a goal to continue with the 21 Day Fix and workout with it 6 times and then 2 additional workouts of running or biking.

COMPLETE! Boom! I sure did do six days of 21 Day Fix workouts and 2 run/bike workouts. I am on FIRE!

Next week I am going to stick with the same goal – six days with 21 Day Fix and 2 run or bike workouts.

Food Goals

Last week, I stated I wanted to continue with the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan and Shakeology. Another success to share, I ate on point and followed the meal plan perfectly, with only 2 handfuls of m&ms all week. Goodness it feels good to share successes!

I’m going to stick with the same program because it is working and I’m not bored.

Okay, that’s enough from me for today. 🙂 Be sure to share you posts with us in the link-up below. We love featuring new blogs!

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Your turn!

What are some the ways that you keep healthy food in your diet?

How do you avoid giving into your cravings?


Toddler Apps to Keep Your Child Entertained

Toddler Apps Can Be Very Helpful Distraction

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Let’s face it, we all take risks when it comes to our little people. When we’re out and about and it is nearly nap time, we know when we make the next stop there could be a meltdown, but we take that risk anyway. Sometimes it can’t be helped, things need to get done and you only have so many hours in the day to get it done in. That’s why I have a handful of apps, on my iPhone and iPad that are learning apps. They are engaging, and I truly believe that there have been some circumstances where Emmett’s learned new things from them.

So when that first whine starts to escape from  your child’s mouth, take a second, pull out your phone (or other electronic device) and let them have at it for a short time. I promise, it won’t harm them!

Here’s a list of my toddler approved apps:

1. Peekaboo Toy Box – This is Emmett’s absolute favorite toddler app! He’s played it over and over again and NEVER grows tired of it. (I’m glad too!) The graphics are adorable, and it is highly interactive – a box appears on the screen, and when it’s tapped it slowly rattles and shakes and eventually pops open to reveal the surprise inside. You can also, tap on the screen and different little items pop up. Adorable! This app is $1.99, but is well worth that cost.

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2. Talking ABC – Another HUGE favorite! Emmett loves watching the clay shapes move from letter to animal by just tapping on the screen. He also loves touching the animals, and having them repeat what they are. Plus the alphabet song that they sing is very different than the typical ABCs, and it’s adorable. My personal favorite with the app, is that if you talk and the screen, and then let it sit a few seconds, it will repeat what you just said, but in the animals voice. Emmett LOVES that they animals will say his name. There are also some name matching games, but we haven’t gotten to those yet, but definitely soon! This one is $2.99, but again WELL worth it!

3. Laugh & Learn Learning Letters Monkey App – Another total winner! Fisher-Price has a boatload of apps available, but this is definitely our favorite. You have 3 different options when it comes to playing with the app – You have the alphabet and items that start with that letter, shapes and colors, and then songs. When Emmett was first learning how to use the iPhone, he loved the letters and shapes, but now he loves listening and humming along to the songs. This is a freebie, so download it now!

Best Toddler Apps-Baby Doodah14. Fire Safety App: Sparky’s Birthday Surprise – This one is a little advanced for Emmett right now, but when he’s calm and wants to listen to a story, this app is great. It will read a story, but the screens are interactive. You click on the different parts of the building and you can open windows, or ring the fire bell. He loves that part!

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5. Kindle – I know this one is pretty basic, but it has saved us loads of times. Between books for Emmett to just flip through, or books for me to read to him. It is tied to Amazon so it has an amazing selection!

Those are our favorites, but as Emmett gets older and into different apps, I’ll be sure to share them with you. This way you can give them a try too!

Your turn!

Let’s share! What are some of your favorite toddler apps?


Happy Father’s Day & Sunday Meal Plan – Week 19

Happy Father’s Day!


I’m a lucky woman. I met, fell in love with and married the man of my dreams! He is a hands on father, always willing to take on the dirty work, so that I can have a break. Whenever I need him he’s there, lending a hand or helping us through a difficult situation. Without him, I’d be lost, he’s the person I laugh with, cry with and lay with, thinking about our continued future together.

He knows that I love him, but I hope that he truly understands how deep my feelings for him run. I’m lucky to have him in my life, and Emmett is lucky to have him as a dad, providing an excellent role model of what a strong, focused father is. I look forward to every single day ahead!

Happy Father’s & Grandfather’s Day to my dad!


Even with All the Love, It is Sunday…

…which means it’s meal plan link-up time.

Sunday: Dinner out with my parents and siblings – I think we’re doing BBQ. Yum!

Monday: Tacos with fresh veggies

Tuesday: Homemade steak subs & veggies

Wednesday: Hamburgers & Fries

Thursday: Marinated Chicken & Veggies

Friday: Steak, chick-pea & tomato salad

Saturday: pasta & garlic bread

It’s supposed to be kind of hot this week, so we tried to come up with as many meals as possible that can be cooked on the grill. We live in an upper apartment, so those hot days, mixed with the oven being on, does not equal good things. Yuck!

As usual, I’m linking up with Laura from Mommy, Run Fast! and Jill from jillconyers.com. Everyone has to eat, join us and link-up your weekly menu!

Your turn!

How are you celebrating your Father’s Day?


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An Open Letter to the Woman in the Car Next to Mine

Recently, I was at a local chain restaurant with my family. We parked further away from the door than normal, in an area where most people do not park because it takes a few extra steps to walk inside. Next to where we parked was a woman, sitting in her car, very obviously binging. This letter was inspired by that woman.

Open Letter


You don’t know me, but I understand your plight.

I understand what it’s like to go through a restaurant’s drive-thru, or to order take-out and hurry back to your car, making sure you park far enough away that it is unlikely that someone will park next to you.

I understand what it’s like to have your mouth salivating at the thought of what is inside the bag.

I understand barely being able to contain the desire to RIP open the food the second it is handed to you. But you never do, because you’re terrified of what the drive-thru attendant may think of you if you started eating right there. Plus, you need to remember how important it is to keep up the facade that the food is not ENTIRELY for you, that you bought 4 sandwiches + fries, for other people to enjoy too.

I understand what it’s like to think that if someone were to see you, know you, or hear what you were doing, that they’d be disgusted.

I understand the self-hatred that begins the moment you pull into the drive-thru, but hits its crescendo the second you finish that last bite of food.

I understand the embarrassment you feel when someone pulls into the parking spot next to you, and sees you stuffing the steaming heap of french fries into your mouth.

I understand what it’s like to binge. To suffer, to struggle and try to cope with binge eating disorder.

But, I’m writing this letter so that you know you are not alone. That you are not disgusting, and that are people in your life that if you confide in them, will support you and lift you up.

I am writing to tell you that you don’t need to be embarrassed. Other people have experienced the same struggle, and understand what you’re dealing with, lean on them for support.

I am writing to tell you that you don’t need to hate yourself. That hating yourself will not heal you, but that accepting yourself, and working to overcome binge eating disorder will.

I am writing because I’ve been you, and there are times when I still am. But that with the love of my husband, and some good friends, I am slowly healing, and that you can too.

Take care of yourself. Put yourself first. Don’t accept excuses.

We’re all rooting for you!



I am linking up with peas and crayons.

The Rewards System – Can It Work?

We reward individuals for a million different things.

It starts when we’re just toddlers, we offer rewards, like stickers or candy if you use the potty. That same process sticks around throughout life, rewards for doing the things you don’t want to do, or in the case of credit cards (for instance), if you use their card, you get cash back. Rewards get us motivated to do something, or making a dreaded activity more desirable.

If you’re a follower of this blog (or if you’re a new reader, welcome! You can read about my journey here), you know that I suffer and struggle with Binge Eating Disorder on a daily basis. Admittedly, over the past week, I’ve felt more in control of myself and my eating, than I have in a long long time. This is due, simply to the fact that I have been taking it one day at a time. I don’t think about what I’ll eat, or what I’ll do tomorrow, I focus ONLY on each day. It seems to be working too!

It’s definitely not easy, I have near constant internal battles, on whether I should eat something or not. Or there will come a time when I’ll tell myself that it’s okay to go ahead and go through a drive-thru, no one will know, plus what’s one extra burger going to harm. That when my “good” side wakes up and I tell myself that I don’t do that any more. That I am no longer the woman who orders enough food for 3 people. That I now eat healthy normal amounts, and it’s working. It’s been 11 days of being conscious of the choices I’m making. And each day that passes makes me feel stronger, more motivated to continue.

Back to those rewards…

So since I am slowly but surely making progress towards a healthier me, I thought I would institute a reward system for myself. In the past, rewards never worked, I’d create my reward chart but I’d never follow it. One of two things would happen, either I’d just buy whatever I wanted before I met my goal, or I’d meet the goal and never follow-through with the reward.

Here’s what’s different

I have a child and a budget, both of which monopolize almost all of our excess money. Now there are things I want and I can’t have because it’s not in the current week’s budget. I just can’t say I want to lose 5 lbs and reward myself with a manicure, and then not lose anything, but get the manicure anyway. I will literally have to meet every goal in order to get my reward. I’m excited because I’m going to be able to get some of the things I’ve been wanting and couldn’t justify buying, plus I’m going to be losing weight – it’s WIN::WIN!

My rewards:

I’ve decided to reward myself for ever 5 lbs that I lose. You can see the list of my rewards for the first 50 lbs below.

weight-loss-rewards---Baby-DoodahI’m really excited to get down to business and lost the weight and EARN my rewards!!

Your turn!

Do you think the reward system works?

What are some of your favorite rewards for when you lose weight?



Blogging and Why I’m So Frustrated

Blogging is a second job, no question. I put in nearly full-time hours, between weeknights and weekends. The difference between this second job and your typical second job, is that I really love doing it.

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Here’s the problem, I just cannot seem to boost my traffic. I’ve read list upon list upon list, followed the advice, tried different techniques and yet my Unique Views / Page Views stay where they are. I know what you’re thinking, I shouldn’t be blogging purely for the visitors, and truthfully, I’m not. I blog primarily because I love doing it. I love sitting down to a clean page, and letting my thoughts run. Some of those random thoughts lead to full posts, while others turn into topics for future posts, but in either case, I love what I do.

…but I want to grow!

However, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t love for this lil ole blog to turn into something major, something I was able to turn into a living, maybe be a Work At Home Mom. I know you need to be dedicated, that you need to be willing to put in the time to build your following, both of which I am willing to do, but I’m stuck.

I can’t say I’ve tried EVERYTHING that would be a lie, but I’ve tried a lot and nothing is helping me grow, not even slightly. I’ll read a tip, like scheduling a tweet of your post to go live in the morning and the evening will bring followers, or that ensuring you have pinnable pictures in your posts will help it become viral on Pinterest. Both of these are great tips, but I’m being very real, none of it has helped me.

Then I begin wondering if it’s my writing, or possibly the topic I am covering. While it could be either, I’ve read blogs with poor grammar and spelling who are thriving, and there are many mommy blogs (the niche I currently fall into) whose subject matter is similar to mine (writing about their kids, what worked for them, what didn’t, etc). I guess it could be that the mommy blogger market is pretty saturated, and that there isn’t room for one more blogger in it. But I have a hard time believing that considering how many moms there are in the world and how tough being a parent can be on any given day, and how different every parent’s experience is.

…On Writing

I’ll write a post, and think it is THE post. The post that will bring me tons and tons of visitors. Visitors that will stick around, subscribe to me on Bloglovin’, or any other one of my other social media channels, and become real fans… And what happens? It falls flat, gets a few views but nothing impressive, and I continue to get frustrated.

I love writing, but I love writing for an audience. I like knowing that what I’m saying could have an impact on someone’s life. There are times when I write for me, but that’s my private journal. What I write here, I want to be seen.

I know this seems like a bit of a whine fest, and I guess in a small way it is, but what I’m hoping is that someone out there may have gone through something similar with their blog, but come through it in a better place. Someone who can share their story, and restore my hope and excitement in hitting “Publish” after every post, and that eventually there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you for listening to me!

Your turn!

I would truly appreciate your comments on this subject. I want to hear what others have experienced, and any tips or advice that could help lead me back to the “right” direction.

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Turn It Up Tuesday #34

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!


What did you moms out there do today? We’d love to hear it! Share it here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

Welcome to the 34th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!


Angie from God’s Growing Garden

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In addition to being our fabulous guest host this month, Angie is also an amazing blogger. With over 40 years experience gardening, cooking, baking & canning, Angie can definitely be considered somewhat of an expert in her field. Her blog, God’s Growing Garden, focuses on helping her fellow ‘backyard farmers’ and features some great blog hops including The Great Blog Train and Wake Up Wednesday Link Party. Angie is also celebrating her 3rd blogiversary with a big giveaway…make sure to sign up!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!


Unfortunately, Angel has left us as a co-host due to her hectic schedule…and we can completely understand! We look forward to having her back…and soon! Love ya Angel!

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for May!



Interested in being a guest host or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We’re now accepting guest hosts for June and July.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Debbie chose Five things I would rather do than fold laundry from The Brown Girl with Long Hair. “I love this post because I can relate completely. It seems laundry is never ending and I want to run away and do anything but look at it or think about it.”


Angie chose Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Heed the Frost Date from The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl. “I have had to learn the hard way by not heeding the Frost Date & losing tender seedlings. If you are a gardener this date is essential for successful crops.”

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Cindy chose The Day My Husband Was Drafted into the NFL from The Brown Girl with Long Hair. “I am a football fan and we have watched the draft for years. I found it interesting to read the story from someone who has been there. I can’t imagine the emotions and stress of having your career path being defined in such a way.”


Carolyn chose Jewelry Storage and Organization from Woods of Bell Trees. “I thought it was a really creative, lovely way to store your jewelry.”

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Ranjani chose Cherry Lemonade Jello Popsicles from Organzier by Day. “I found this simple yet refreshing. It is definitely on my to-do list for this summer now.Cant wait to have a summer party with these cute lil popsicles.”


Jillian chose DIY Wood Photography Background from Sew Crafty Cat. “I chose this post because it is a brilliant idea for those of us who get involved in any sort of crafts that need pictures. Plus, it’s not something I’ve seen done before.”

Karen also chose DIY Wood Photography Background from Satisfaction through Christ. “I love this project, it’s so simple yet so effective as a background. I am in need of something like this, so it’s given me food for thought.”


April chose Self-fulfilling Prophecy from Blossom Family. “Being a parent, can often drive you crazy. Once the child starts behaving in a certain way, you start to attribute that trait to them (i.e., he often doesn’t listen, therefore he’s a “bad listener”). But you know what, Marwa tells us about how we can change how we see it and how it can change them too.”


Stacey chose Fruit Pudding Salad from Mommy on Demand. “This looks absolutely delicious! I am always looking for cool treats to combat the hot summer months. I will definitely be adding this to my recipe list! Thanks for sharing!”


Rachel chose The Little Moments – Transforming Ordinary Moments Into Unforgettable Memories from Satisfaction through Christ. “I love her perspective and how she takes a chore and changes it into a cherished moment. I enjoyed reading her story because it reminded me how much I treasure those little moments with my son.”

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Katie chose DIY Map Art from Satisfaction through Christ. “I love the colors she used for the map and frame, and the stenciled burlap makes a great background! I also LOVE maps, and have yet to decorate with them (but that just might change soon, as Abby has my DIY mind going now). I think it would also be fun to paint your home state in an accent color, too! Great project!”


Rhonda chose My Child’s Education Is Not Your Fall Back Degree from British Mum USA. “A mother discusses her displeasure of our educational system, and the fact that is seen by many as a fall back career if they’re unsuccessful in their chosen occupation.”

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Natasha chose Time Management for Bloggers Part 1-Writing from Mom Maven. “I have been working on managing my time better everyday. With all of the things that I’m juggling, time management is an important factor for me. Great post!”


The post with the most clicks is Free 20 Page Blog Planner Printable Pack from The Organized Dream.


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And the Best of the Best is…

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Cherry Lemonade Jello Popsicles from Organzier by Day

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Time Management for Bloggers Part 1-Writing from Mom Maven


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