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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...
One Skillet Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Thighs with Broccoli

One Skillet Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Thighs with Broccoli

We’ve had a lot of discussion about dinner recipes. Both for shift nights and for when firefighter is home. Lately I’ve been really into easy recipes. This one-skillet recipe is packed with flavor and is oh-so-easy to prepare. The classic pairing of fresh...
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...
Quick and Easy Potato Soup

Quick and Easy Potato Soup

 One of my family’s favorite dinners during the winter months has always been soup. Soup and sandwiches, soup in a bread bowl, soup and a salad – there are many ways you can serve up a nice warm bowl of soup to beat the winter blues. Finding a good recipe...