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Fitness and Choices

You have the perfect plan in place and the house is full of healthy foods. You are READY to rock this new fitness and weight loss. You get after it. Week one is hard, but you do it. Week two? The kids have practice every day this week. There are two basketball games....

It Can Be Hard To Set Smart Goals

Did you set a big goal this New Years? You were going to get it done in 2018. How many times in the past have you set a huge goal such as to lose 50 pounds or exercise 5 days a week, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks (or usually days) later? Why did you fail? A...

Mind Over Matter!

Mind over matter!  I find myself clinging to that mantra a lot as a FireWife.  Especially with the history my firefighter husband and I endured.  The past can never truly be buried deep enough.  It always seems to nudge it's way through my thoughts as I go about my...

Wait, you BOTH work shift work?

A little over 2 years ago, I got this crazy idea to apply for a different type of job than I had previously been working.  For years, I worked at the local community hospital as an ED nurse on an "as needed" basis.  As our children got a little older, I started...

Laundry Basket Fortress

It's a never ending cycle. Wash. Dry. Throw it in a basket. Maybe take it upstairs. If you're lucky you have a main floor laundry. Sometimes you have to scramble 2 minutes before needing to leave to find the matching sock for the three year old and oh wait..the baby...
3 Tips To Change Your Diet

3 Tips To Change Your Diet

You can work your ass off and not lose a pound if your diet doesn’t change. Believe me, I have done it. I trained for a half marathon and managed to put 5 pounds on because of my poor food choices. WHO DOES THAT?! If you are looking to lose weight your diet is...
Twists on Traditional Christmas Dinner

Twists on Traditional Christmas Dinner

One thing the FireLife has taught us is we can create any tradition we want on any day. Growing up, firefighter and I both had different traditions for the holiday that some would think are odd. We always had lasagna on Christmas Eve at my Aunt’s house for...
Kid Friendly Breakfast Casseroles for Easier Mornings

Kid Friendly Breakfast Casseroles for Easier Mornings

Getting ready in the morning is a challenge with school kids, especially if you are trying to get out the door to work as well. If you are on the back half of a 72 you might be throwing pop tarts and giving up the fight. Little ones can be the pickiest of eaters....
Shift Night Meals – Loaded Chicken Caesar Salad

Shift Night Meals – Loaded Chicken Caesar Salad

One of my favorite things to make for dinner on shift nights – a nice big salad! My firefighter doesn’t mind a small side salad along with his dinner, but the idea of a big bowl of greens and veggies isn’t quite his cup of tea. I take every...
Summer Dessert – Blueberry Crisp

Summer Dessert – Blueberry Crisp

One of my favorite memories of summer at my grandma’s house was watching her whip up a batch of her amazing apple crisp. She’d peel the apples and mix together the topping, never fast enough for my little appetite. Now that I have a home and family of my...