I know a lot of parents out there are super stressed and struggling with how best to proceed with this year’s “back to school”. I can’t even begin to imagine how that feels. I assume it’s extremely scary!
Homeschooling was always going to be our path. It was a decision we made when I was still pregnant. This coming Monday will be Hunter’s official “first day of school”. We’ve been loosely “homeschooling” for a few years now and technically we’ll be starting a year early but he and I are both ready.
I am not the expert nor do I have all the info or answers but I am super excited and happy to share any and all products and tips and even the struggles, when where I can. School for most looks so so different now a days but I am confident we as parents and educators will be far more successful if we all work together.
Thanks to my AMAZING friend and former teacher @chrisscorley I snagged up a few extra materials to kick off this year’s curriculum. Amazon for the win on everything you see pictures here! Less the beautiful roses of course. Those were from the hubby.
“A perfect marriage is two imperfect people who simply refuse to give up on each other.”
There has never been a quote more fitting of our relationship. Justin I am so flippin’ excited to celebrate this anniversary with you above all of them so far. Because I am so flippin’ proud of how far we’ve come.
We’ve done a lot of work on ourselves and on our marriage. Especially this past year. And I am so incredibly thankful for the difficulties we faced even early on in our marriage because it got us to where we are at today. Absolutely STRONGER THAN EVER and STRONGER TOGETHER!
Justin George Stommel, thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. Thank you for standing by me even when it was really hard. I love you more today than I did when I said “I do” and more than I did even yesterday. I appreciate your willingness to grow together when we could have far more easily grown apart. I refuse to give up on us from here to eternity. I love you to the moon! You are forever stuck with me. Happy 5th Anniversary babe!
For the full video I created for Justin for our anniversary, click on the link below.
I am posting this with the blessing and approval of @alysha.romel. You see, Alysha took the time to write a beautiful and very important post yesterday for World Day Against Human Sex Trafficking. And within a few hours of posting it, it was “censored” meaning there was no way for her post to reach its full potential and be shared with as many folks as it should have.
The reason for the censorship??? “It can influence the presidential election.” Now I don’t know about you but I don’t give a rat’s ass who you want to vote for or even if you vote at all. The fact that her post was censored period is deplorable. So without further a-due I am sharing her original post below with the only changes being changing her daughter’s name to my son’s name and using my own photo. Please go to her page and like, tag and share the original post so it’s given the credit it deserves. Let’s work together to #savethechildren!!!
“NO ONE IS FOR SALE!!! Today is World Against Human Sex Trafficking. Trafficking is not just an issue that happens to people in other countries. The United States is a source and transit country, and is also considered one of the top destination points for victims of child trafficking and exploitation. Right now there are currently 2 million child sex slaves around the world, and between 200,000 – 300,000 of those are right here in the U.S.”
“When I hear those numbers I see 2 million Hunters living in terror. Children just like him, children just like your children, your nieces, your nephews, your grandchildren.”
“Human trafficking is estimated to bring global profits of about $150 billion a year—$99 billion from sexual exploitation, and is considered the world’s fastest growing crime.”
“These statistics are heartbreaking and rarely discussed. There are some things we absolutely cannot stay quiet about and this is one of them. All children have the right to grow up in a safe and healthy family environment, free from violence, exploitation and abuse.”
Today Chef Hunter will show us how to make a “Easy Peasy Pizza”.
Hunter’s eyes lit up when I asked him if he wanted to film by himself for this one. To say he was excited is an understatement. His excitement shows throughout the entire video! I could not be more proud of how well he did!!! We broke the video up into a couple clips in order to keep his rambling to a minimum (he likes to ramble like his Momma 🤗). But each clip was filmed in just one take!
Drop in the comments below what you would like to see Chef Hunter make next. Always wash your hands and be sure to stay safe in the kitchen kids! And don’t forget to tag friend who might enjoy this video. Like, comment and share. And as always, check out the link in my bio for more info!
These two have such a love/hate relationship. Similar to the love/hate relationship I have with my body.
Deep down I love my body I truly do. If I didn’t than I wouldn’t treat it as good as I now do. It was home to my perfect baby boy for nine months. What’s not to love about that alone! But I hate my body sometimes too. Sometimes my body makes me feel like shit. And quite frankly sometimes I hate how my body looks.
This process has been just that…a process. I was looking for the quick fix. And aren’t we all? But I’ve learned a lot throughout this process. I’ve learned that this is in fact a journey, a lifestyle. It’s not a quick fix. I’ve learned to love my body more. I’ve learned to appreciate it in all its various stages. And I’ve learned to love the progress I’ve made along the way. I’ve allowed myself grace in my inabilities. And I’ve pushed my body harder than I’ve ever pushed it in my entire life.
These past three months have been some of the best but also hardest three months of my life! Again, love/hate. But here I am standing tall. Standing proud! I’m finding more and more each day just how much I LOVE my body far more than I hate it. And I’m so stinking excited to pay it forward and help others find more love in their own bodies and in their own lives. Are you ready to join me? I can GUARANTEE that the only regret you will have is that you didn’t join me sooner. And I can PROMISE you, you will never have to go it alone.
Love or hate…you decide. Drop a ❤️ below if you’re ready to join me. And as always, like, comment and tag away or simply check out the link in my bio for more info.
Do you need help putting the fork down? Do you struggle with what to eat? Do you want results without feeling deprived?
So if you’ve been following along on my journey you know that I am really trying to dial in on my nutrition much more strictly than ever before.
Why? You might ask. My answer, why not! I’ve asked my mind to go further than ever before with personal development and bible study. And sure, I’ve pushed my body and moved far more than ever before with my workouts. But nutrition is where it’s at! It is 90% of our results!
So I introduce to you my latest quick and easy go-to meal OBSESSION…@yourtaylorfarms “Chopped Kits”. Y’all! These are bomb! And they’ve come out with a bunch of new flavor blends! I cannot wait to try them all! #notsponsored but should be. Taylor Farms hit your girl up! 😂
But seriously though. It’s all in the food you put in your mouth. Join me!!! I will teach you the science behind the foods we eat, provide you with meal plans and teach you what to eat and when to get amazing results! Enrollment for my next life changing group is open! What are you waiting for?
Drop a 🥗 below if you’re ready to join me. And as always, like, comment and tag away or simply check out the link in my bio for more info.
I am a firm believer in teaching our children the importance of healthy eating and lifestyle. I also believe that getting them involved in the cooking process is just as important. I hope you guys enjoy this video. Hunter and I would like to make it a series if the feedback is good. Drop in the comments below what you would like to see Chef Hunter make next!!!
Stay safe in the kitchen kids! And don’t forget to tag friend who might enjoy this video. Like, comment and share.
Do you notice a difference? I’m not gonna lie I was not expecting one. Nor was I expecting the wave of emotion to come over me this morning that smacked me right up side the face!!! I am rarely at a loss for words but as I type this I find myself so caught up in those emotions that I’m struggling to put pen to paper and express what I am feeling in this very moment.
I realized this morning that it has been quite a while since I had updated my side by side from the very start of my journey to now. I am so focused on taking things day by day, week by week and sometimes just praying to get through that one particular moment that I hadn’t really looked back at how far I had come up to now. Can anyone else relate?
Sometimes life goes by so fast and we get so busy it’s easy to forget just how far we’ve come. But as I put my updated side by sides together I just started bawling. I cannot believe that was me, is me! This is me!!! This is how far I’ve come. No filter, no editing, no sucking it in, no makeup, horrible lighting and all…it’s me, the real me, all of me. This is how far I have come.
I am overcome with emotion and excitement! I am so stinkin proud of myself! I am down 12.9lbs and 34” overall in two months time!!! The Shred Plan, the Superfood Shake, the workouts, the accountability and support…all of it got me to this point. No smoke and mirrors here! This is the real deal! What are you waiting for? Join me! Let’s crush this together!!!
If you are ready to make the BEST decision of your life drop a 🔥below or send me a DM. And as always, like, comment and tag away!
This creation came about one night when I was craving tacos but we didn’t have our usual fresh veggie spread of toppings on hand so made this bad boy recipe up as I went along!
This masterpiece is stuffed full of sooo many vegetables you wouldn’t believe if I told you. As a matter of fact Justin came flying down the stairs for seconds with his mouth still full saying how incredible this meal turned out. But he absolutely did not believe me when I told him all it had in it! Definitely a new staple in the meal rotation for sure!!!
x1 TBS Grass Fed Butter
x1 7oz Container of Pre-Chopped Pico de Gallo
x1 Package Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower and Broccoli Medley
x1 lb Grass Fed Beef
x2 TBS Penzeys Spices – Arizona Dreaming
x2 TBS Penzeys Spices – Salsa & Pico
x2 tsp Penzeys Spices – Cinnamon
x1 Cup Chopped Green Onions
x1 Can of Cream Style Sweet Corn
x1/2 Jar of Tostitos Salsa Con Queso
x1 Pkg Mission Gluten Free Soft Taco Shells
x1 Pkg Mission Corn Tortilla Shells
x1 8oz Pkg Follow Your Heart Dairy Free Cheddar Shreds
Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Sauté the Pico de Gallo and Riced Veggie Medley over butter with a sprinkle of S&P for approximately ten minutes or until all ingredients are warmed through. Add the Ground Beef with an additional sprinkle of S&P. When the meat is cooked completely through add the additional spices including, Arizona Dreaming, Salsa & Pico and the Cinnamon. Stir well and cook covered on simmer for about five to seven minutes or until most of the extra water from the Frozen Veggie Medley has boiled off. Add the Creamed Corn and Queso and stir thoroughly.
Spray the bottom of a 7 1/2 x 11 3/4 casserole dish with a cooking spray of your choice. Begin the layering process with the starting with the meat and veggie mixture first. Followed by a layer of Gluten Free Tortilla, sprinkle some cheese and green onion, then add a layer of corn tortilla and repeat until all the meat and veggies mixture is gone. Make sure your final layer is always cheese and be sure to save some green onion off to the side for topping after baking. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for a half hour and serve!
BONUS!!! This recipe is a two for one!!! If you are ever out of taco seasoning and need an extra yummy alternative simply brown your meat and add the following:
x2 TBS Penzeys Spices – Arizona Dreaming
x2 TBS Penzeys Spices – Salsa & Pico
x2 tsp Penzeys Spices – Cinnamon
I promise you it is life changing! The cinnamon adds an extra little hint of flavor that will not disappoint you! Sounds a bit out of the ordinary I know but trust me! Try it out and let me know in the comments below what you think.
For almost two years I sat back like a fly on the wall as a Beachbody customer never ever completing a single program let alone making it past week two in most cases. I ate like garbage, I didn’t drink Shakeology, I didn’t work the tools I had been given. I literally had everything I needed to succeed yet I sat on my ass and just watched. Watched others succeed. Watched others crush their goals. Watched others overcome their obstacles. I repeatedly asked my self “why not me?” Um, duh! Because I didn’t put in the work! It’s not rocket science!
Well guess what folks…yesterday I pushed play on the final workout of Beachbody’s LIIFT4 program. It is the first program in almost two years that I have completed in its entirety and the first program I have now completed as a coach! And let me just say, I bawled my eyes out! And I am not shameful in admitting that at all!!! I did the workouts, I drank the Shakeology, I followed the shred plan. I put action behind the tools I had been given and crushed my goals!
I am down 9.3lbs and 27.5” in eight weeks! And I did it all while living and loving life! I didn’t deprive myself of my cravings! I enjoyed my poolside cocktails and Marshmallow Dream Bars. I ate up all the Philly Cheesesteaks and Juicy Lucy’s the hubby whipped up on our new @blackstoneproducts griddle! I certainly did NOT starve!!! I followed the program, I used the tools, I trusted the process. And in doing so I’ve achieved so much!
But I’m not stopping here. I will continue on to the next program on Monday. Who’s going to join me? Just take a look below at my four week results. Why only four weeks??? Because I was too scared and ashamed to take my photos at day one and I regret that decision every single day.
Stop being a fly on the wall! Stop watching me crush my goals. Stop sitting back and watching me succeed asking yourself, “why not me?”
Why not you??? That’s the question I ask of you. Whether as a coach or simply as a customer I am here to help you succeed. Stop waiting. Stop watching. Simply put action behind your goals. Tag a friend who might need some extra inspiration! Drop a ❤️ if you’re ready to join me.