New Year’s Resolutions

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The countdown begins, the bright lights, champagne, and laughs are flowing. It’s New Years Eve. Hopefully, you find yourself surrounded by friends and family. This is the time of the year we can reflect on what has and hasn’t transpired. Its kind of ironic, when I was younger I felt like the years crawled at the pace of a snail, but now that I am an adult, it’s like they can’t slow down. I just want to the ability to pause my life and just relax for a minute, or better yet, jump in a time machine back to my child hood where it was so easy and carefree.

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I had the best childhood, it was amazing. I grew up in a small town in Northern Idaho. A lot of people can’t even find Idaho on the map, Ha! Its sandwiched between Montana and Washington. Anyways, our town was so close to the border of Canada, so often times that is where we vacationed. It was pretty cool if I say so myself.

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There I go again rambling! Anyways, back on topic. New Years Resolutions…… I am totally a cliche and make resolutions every year. In all honestly, majority of the time I don’t cross some of them off, but the ones I deem most important, I do. Last year my resolutions was rather vain, I wanted to get into better shape (pretty sure this is like, the #1 resolution) I have always been skinny which is great, but I am not as strong as I used to be. I wanted more muscle definition in my legs, and of course abs. Well, since August I have been busting my butt in the gym and I am well on my way. It’s a lifestyle change, and it’s taken a few months to see the difference, but I have been super happy about it. 

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This year, I sat and did some soul searching on what I want to achieve this upcoming year. I am super proud of myself for branching out of my comfort zone and began freelance writing. Writing to me is extremely cathartic, and its always been a passion of mine. It’s much easier to sit and write out my feelings than it has been to voice them.  This year I want to achieve more with my writing. I am beyond blessed with the experiences I have been given, and I want to reach out and gain more.

I want to challenge all of my followers to post their resolutions in the comments. It makes you more accountable when you write them down. Mine will be listed below and I look forward to reading yours!

  1. Write more freelance articles.
  2. Put my happiness 1st.
  3. Keep working on my fitness.
  4. Work harder on my blog.
  5. Feature one my articles in a major publication

After Thanksgiving Hangover

After stuffing my face for a full 3 days, I surfaced from my liar to come back to the real world. I was knee deep in turkey and shopping like a feign. I decided to opt out of the traditional in-store shopping for Black Friday, last year I went and I wanted to run everyone over with my cart. Seriously, people go NUTS on black Friday. I am sorry but no amount of savings is worth my pride at the end of the day, hahaha! So online shopping it was for me!

I managed to snag up some good finds from Dicks Sporting Goods, NBA.Com, Kohls, Toys R Us, Best Buy and even Forever21. 

I didn’t want any of the ” Doorbusters” so it wasn’t hard to get most of the stuff I wanted. I ended up finding a lot of great deals at Dicks on Adidas, Under Armour, and Nike. I really shopped mostly for clothes for me, haha! 

I was good when it came to keeping up with my workout routine. My gym was closed on Thanksgiving but proceeded with normal hours the next day, so I kept it up and went everyday. My workout buddy and I changed up our routine and introduced a few new pieces of equipment that left me HELLA sore the next day, but it was so worth it.

Now that I have to give into my Grinch ways and start getting excited for Christmas. What I find strange is that usually Christmas is my favorite holiday but I find myself feeling ehhh about it. I even watched my favorite Christmas movie “National Lampoons Christmas” to try and sparks some interest. I flat lined y’all. I am officially Scrooge this year and I hate it. I want to be chipper and annoying like all the rest of the women I know, but I am stuck in mountain above Whoville :/

But, never to fear I am going to put together a few blogs on the top holiday wears and top deals so the rest of you guys can save some time and not have to scour the internet. The one thing I do love is shopping and dresses, so this should be a one stop shop when it comes to you next dress for the office party, or Girls Night Out.

Thanksgiving Day Prep!

Finally feeling the Holiday cheer and ready to get my grub on Thursday!

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I can no longer deny that the holiday’s are fast approaching. Normally, I am in my Holiday spirit come mid October and have already started a countdown for Christmas. On top of my festiveness, I usually have 1/2 if not 3/4 of my Christmas shopping done…. Cue 2017, here I sit with only 3…… 3….. that it’s it, 3 gifts bought!

So today I did my normal gym routine and came home and gave into the pending holidays. My tree is up sans Christmas bulbs, because of course, half the lights aren’t working properly, but I do have candy canes on it 🙂

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I am on a roll today! Not only is my tree up but I braved the crowds and got all my ingredients for Thanksgiving!!! I chose to go as early as possible to beat the crowds and I am so glad I did, the cashier told me today that after 12pm it was going to be mad house.

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I wanted to share with everyone my Thanksgiving menu; I cook dinner for my family and I like to blend a little of my Yankee upbringing with the Southern style I have become accustomed to.

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Turkey is going to be a little big this year! I totally thought I was buying a 14 lb turkey, but, that sucker was actually 22 lbs! We are going to eat Turkey for DAYS!

With that being said, here is my line up! Plus at the bottom is my Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe 🙂




Turkey

Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Dressing

Squash Casserole

Macaroni

Green Beans

Butter Rolls

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake:

2- 8oz softened cream cheese

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

2 eggs

1 9inch Graham cracker crust

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch ground cloves

1 pinch nutmeg

1/2 cup cool whip- thawed

 

  1. preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into of bottom crust, set aside.
  3. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then place in refrigerator for 3 hours or over night. Cover with whipped topping and serve,