Spinach and Berry Smoothie Recipe

I make this in my Vitamix. I usually drink at least once a week.

1 tsp. ground oatmeal
1 tsp. flax seed
2 heaping tsp. Vegan protein powder
3-4 tsp. flavored yogurt. Right now I’m using strawberry yogurt. It’s Greek.
2 handfuls of baby spinach

Fresh berries if you can find them!

I have used frozen berries in the past. I buy the bags at Target, they are less expensive than the grocery store and last twice as long.

Fill it up with OJ and make it a smoothie!

I’ll drink this when I feel a little run down and it helps me out. I also drink this before a run or when I get home from the gym.


Back to running

I realized the other day that I haven’t posted here in a long time. So, here’s what has been going on with my running.

I took a TWO year break as I was having issues with my IT bands and I sought out a PT for this. I noticed that I was sitting with my legs tucked underneath me when I would sit down. Once I changed this strategy, I had no more issues with my IT bands. I had pain just walking and sometimes when I was trying to sleep at night my legs would throb and hurt.

Looking back on my running history, I can see where I started to walk and run more often now that I didn’t have any pain in my legs at all.

I’ve gotten past doing intervals and I’m currently running about 3-4 miles at a time. I run the entire thing. I’ve been slowing down as I run if I feel I need to. Just running the entire thing is a huge accomplishment to me. I’ve been pushing my body to see how far I can go without stopping.

I started with just 2 miles on the rail trail. Then I decided to do three, but I ended up doing a 5K. The rail trail here is split up on one end by a 2 mile increment. I knew that my body could do the 4 miles, I just had to wrap my brain around that. I accomplished this for the first time on October 2, 2017! I did stop here and there, but, I did it! I did it again on November 4, 2017, this time without stopping. I have done mostly 2 and 3 mile runs lately. I think I’m due for another 4 mile run, or even beyond, soon!

I’ve signed up to do a Santa Fun Run on December 9, 2017. This will be the first time I’ve run in December. It’s a 5K on a farm and I’ve heard it’s a nice run with pretty scenery.

I’ve signed up to do my first 8K on April 29, 2018! This is the Inaugural National Women’s Half and 8K run! I’m so stoked!

I’m seriously considering entering the MCM 10K next Fall. The registration opens in mid-April, 2018, so I’m going to see how I feel at that moment and think about it after my first 8K, then decide.


Daith Piercing Update – 1 year later

I cannot believe it’s been a year since I had my daith’s pierced.

I have had a few instances of headaches, but, not migraines. I believe these were allergy related and sometimes from being tired.

Everything is all healed and most days I don’t even know they are there.

I recently visited my piercer to show him how great they look and to give him an update. He’s so happy that it worked for me.

I know it doesn’t work for everyone, I’m very, very grateful that it works for me.

After 27 years of having a migraine that put me in bed, dark room, nausea, depressing thoughts, 3-4 times a week, it’s finally over. I lost entire chunks of my life to migraine’s.

It all started when I had my tubal a year after my last child was born. Then, something happened in my body and I would get a migraine. I would, I had to, work through it when my kids were little. I didn’t have anyone else there. Just me when my husband was deployed.

No doctor could help. I was given many different prescriptions to try. They all failed.

This piercing changed my life. My daughter has had the same results as well. Read through all of the posts within the category piercing here and you can see how it changed my life.


Update on KM and DR

Well, we are officially on BS2 with DR! We have one car payment as of April 1st as hubby’s car will be paid off next month!! All that money will be directed to our debt snowball. We have started sinking funds for household, car, etc.

I met with our financial advisor a couple of weeks ago and we’re on track for retirement. Whew. It’s nice to see that in black and white vs. just thinking you are ready.

I have to sell a few more things. I have two sewing machines for sale, a MacBookPro, 2 Apple TV’s and 2 Blu-Ray players. I have a few purses listed for sale also.

I have been writing down our monthly savings for the No Spend 2017 and it’s ridiculous that we never noticed that much money leaving our hands. Target and Amazon are definitely the culprits. We did spend some money replenishing items necessary clothes and house wise. But, compared to what we were spending, not knowing where our money was going, it was not that much.

We decided to not join any wholesale clubs and not to renew with BJ’s. I went to Costco and looked around and I actually was surprised that BJ’s had more of a selection of most things. In the long run we are using Amazon Subscribe and Save and Prime Pantry for things that we would have gotten at BJ’s. I know that some of the money saved in January was from that alone. I always overspent in there. Even if I stuck to my list.

Hubby moved into my old office and I’m slowly going through the items that I left in the closet since the move. I have a lot of things to give away, but, I also have some scrapbook things to sell. I did go through the other two spaces last month, this month I just have the board games to go through. Plus we are getting rid of a lot of paperwork from a car accident, so that will clear up A LOT of space in a storage bin that I can use for really important things that I want to save. I go through and scan in documents and art work, I save those to a hard drive. That saves SO MUCH space it’s unbelievable.

I closed down our safe deposit box at the bank. This saves $100 a year. Not much, but, since I would have to wait for someone to let me in and I actually forgot about all the things that were in there, it’s better this way. Less aggravation is always better.

I’ll check in again next month!


Homemade BBQ Sauce

Over the weekend I made a really easy and great tasting, BBQ sauce. This was enough to cover the pork roast and a little leftover. I’ll make up a double batch and put it in some jars to use on other things.


1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup molasses
3 Tbsp. Worcestershire
2 tsp. liquid smoke
1 tsp. smoked paprika (I used regular paprika and it was just fine.)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt


Whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer (uncovered) for 20 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly thickened.

Use the sauce immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week.