November 8, 2016

Turkey Run State Park


Last weekend my sweet sweet Dennis, got me the GoPro Hero 5 for my birthday. We like to hike and explore and what better way than to start documenting our adventure with this camera! We had high hopes for this camera and were so excited to video and take picture this weekend on our hike. Although we weren't too thrilled about the outcome of the quality of the videos and photos, below are some of my favorite that turned out ok! 

Turkey Run State Park was by far one for the books this weekend. Neither of us had been here before and this might have become our favorite spot. And after our poor experience with the GoPro we will certainly have to go back to get getting quality photos! Turkey Run is about an hour and a half West, from Indianapolis. This is a typical driving distance from he city to really get in the heart of nature and explore its beauty. 

If you are bring a pet these trails are very doable, just make sure you look at the map first and avoid the trails with ladders. Our pup is large so carrying him up wooden ladders would not be enjoyable. For us or the dog. We did see one lady carrying her four legged friend in a chest baby carrier. Whatever gets you out of the house, right! Newman did really well and this was one of the easier hikes we have taken him on. He loves running through leaves so taking him here during the fall was thrilling for him. 

This trail was moderate with some tight areas along cliffs, but if you watch your step you'll be good to go. 

Depending on the weather I would dress appropriate, but there was no tall brush to walk through so long pants and tall socks weren't needed. The trails were fairly wide and even are shared in some areas with horses. Our hound dog, found plenty of scents along the way. You did have to walk through... or jump over a few streams down in the covers, so I would recommend closed toe shoes. 




This area was great for dogs! The shallow water and abundance amount of sticks were great to get some pre hike energy out. 



^I climbed that stick with easy, but getting down was another story. 












We then couldn't get enough so on th way home we stopped by Eagle Creek Park to watch the sunset. 



The camera was fairly easy to use and navigate through the options and settings. We purchased the stick to mount it on for easy usage when moving and taking self pictures. After coming home 
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November 7, 2016

Our Farmhouse Shutters: How To

Ever since we purchased our home in September 2015, I have been itching to work on our curb appeal. Our home is beautiful but it just needs a little updating and charter. Last month, once again my parents made our vision come to life. We finally were able to add our dream shutter to our house and I was surprised how inexpensive and quick this process took. 

Farmhouse Shutters


Here is our supply list:
  • 1×4 poplar boards (but you can do any size)
  • compound miter saw
  • wood glue
  • nail gun and nails (1 1/4″, 18 gauge finish nails)
  • tape measure
  • stain  (We used MinWax, Espresso.)
  • rubber gloves and cloths for staining
Measure the height of the window and cut shutters to appropriate length. Then glue together with wood glue. After, add and cut the horizontal piece with nails. Once complete, stain and attach to exterior wall. 


Farmhouse Shutters



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November 2, 2016

Time for a Change



Last week I decided I was tired of feeling exhausted by noon and wanting to go to bed by 5. I was tired of having to rely on Starbucks iced coffees to get my going in the morning.( My poor wallet)

I was tired of skipping meals and then stuffing myself when I became too hungry, make me feel bloated and even more tired than I was before I ate. 


I was finally tired of all the excuses of not making it to the gym. Last week something flipped, and I wasn't letting anyone tell me no. 


Yesterday I turned 24 and I started thinking...why am I not working on myself more? I am constantly on the go, always wanting the next new thing, not sitting still. This should be the prime of my life and health. I'm never going to be this young again so what am I doing stuffing my face with Cheetos and eating tons and tons of ice cream, with no outdoor exercise. Why am I not taking care of my body the way it was intended to be taken care of? 

These are all great questions followed by stupid excuses. I'm running out.

The weather is started to change and maybe thats what officially put me over the edge. Maybe. 

I don't want to sit through another winter making silly fitness goals that I know I'm not even going to attempt.

I need something that allows me to work on my own time and at my own pace. I need something that is not a "quick fix" or a fad diet. I need real result that are going to last and stick with my lifestyle. I need and life overhaul... yesterday

You might look at me and think, why does she need to loose weight? It's not about that, it's about me wanting to better myself and better my health, for me. I see women all the time, getting fit for a wedding and stressing out about not fitting into their dress, when right after the weddings over they gain it all right back. These women are more worried about looking good in their photos. Or working so hard to work off that baby weight, but not having enough time to do so post baby. Resulting in wearing bagging clothes and an exhausted momma. 

I don't want to be that woman who starts too late or who starts soully to look good and the main focus being not to feel good and be healthy, but just striving for a "better" image. I want to start now, not right before my wedding, not after having a baby. I want to start even before there is a ring on my finger, before my wedding day, before children. 

I'm at a time in my life where I need to be shellfish. I need to focus on bettering myself before can better others, let alone offspring. Children learn by example, so what would I be teaching if I was not eating right and taking care of myself. I know I know..... push the breaks. No babies in the near future, nor is there talk. But this topic has lit a fire under me and I just can't see any other reason why not to start working on a better me.

I want to be happy with my body so when wedding plans come I'm not consumed with my weight on the scale. When the time comes for me to have kids I don't want to shovel my entire kitchen down my throat because I have an excuses because I'm eating for two. When I, if I get pregnant I want that to be the time when I am my healthiest. I want to make sure I am bettering not only my body but the one wrong inside of me.

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October 26, 2016

Fall Favorites

When fall season arrives, everyone freaks out with excitement and I feel like I'm the total opposite over here.  I'm all about the hot hot hot weather. Give me high 80's and I'm a happy camper. I love the summer days when I can throw on a tank and shorts and sit outside and sweat it all out. Something about knowing the snow is coming is starting to put me down and make me anxious. After all, Christmas is in only 2 months!! I haven't even began to think about Christmas shopping. Oh the lines and the traffic!!! 

I've never been good in the cold weather, even the brush of a cold breeze against my skin makes we want to put three scarves on and hide under a blanket. It doesn't help that this Indiana weather can't make up it's mind, so you are prepared for a blizzard in the morning, but by noon it's time to throw on some sunscreen and put on your denim shorts and flip-flops. Am I the only one that feels this way? Do you live somewhere where the weather can't make up it's mind? 

When winter finally comes I always turn into a bear and hide inside until Spring arrives. I always have high hopes for myself and try to set goals and always come up with a plan to correct this problem, but who are we kidding, that why they invented Netflix right? I stopped watching TWD around season 4 and have been thinking about picking it back up... but hearing the spoiler alerts this week I think I might pass. Thoughts?

Fall fashion is being talked about everywhere you look. It's in magazines, on TV, in stores and on your phones....all over your phone.  We eat and breathe fall fashion as soon as the first leaf starts to turn. Despite the weather changes and how I truly feel about these next four months. We can all agree that fall is the best time to expand the wardrobe! Target is my go-to shop of everything fall fashion, well basically my place for everything. Wether it's for the kitchen, closet, or home decor. Target is the place you should always turn to first.
Target fall fashion



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