Pumpkin Spice + Everything Nice

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Its officially FALL…aka pumpkin season, as we all know, and I am one of the thousands who are obsessed with it…no shame in my game!

I love the number of things you find in stores now that are pumpkin spice…whether it’s the flavor or pumpkin spice themed.

My absolute favorite pumpkin spice thing right now is coffee creamer…who knew?

You know me and coffee, so really it’s no surprise. Today, I am sharing a few of my current favorite pumpkin spice…anything! 😁

1. Jordan’s Skinny (Sugar Free) Syrups 

One of my mom’s friends had these and wasn’t a fan. She knew I loved pumpkin spice and passed them off for me to try. I love them!!

Since these are the syrups, I pour a little almond milk in with it, for a creamier taste. You have to be careful with these, though, a little goes a long way! It’s a nice alternative to the super sugary syrups they add to the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks! You can find these here if you want to try!

2. Pumpkin Spice Nutpods

One of my clients first told me about Nutpods coffee creamer and I fell in love! It’s a dairy free based creamer you can get in an original flavor (much like half and half), vanilla, hazelnut, and of course, pumpkin spice!

It’s unsweetened, so if you like the little extra sweet in your coffee, you can add a little stevia or truvia. It’s delicious…find it here!

3. Friends’ Apartment Warming Gifts 

A couple of my friends from the gym gave me a present/apartment warming gift…and boy do they know me well! I love my Fall kitchen towels. “Stressed, Blessed, and Pumpkin Spice Obsessed”…I’d say this is me! I actually have a coffee mug that says it too!

I can’t wait to light my fall candle either! I keep forgetting to pick a lighter up…

Love my sweet friends!

4. Glade room spray

This was seriously only $1.00 from Target…and it smells fabulous!! Not much else to say about this besides you should go get some!

There are way more pumpkin things I love, but I’m sticking with this current list of my faves.

Questions for you? 

Whats your favorite pumpkin/pumpkin spice item or food?

Are you even a pumpkin spice person? If not, do you like the apple spice instead?

Snatch PRs, Eats, + The Best Wedding Date Ever

Happy Sunday friends!!

I hope you all are enjoying your long weekend (if you get one) and soaking in the last days of summer.

For me, it is officially pumpkin spice season!

When September hits I instantly start Fall mode: pumpkin spice lattes, football, pumpkin candles, and fall decor! It’s that push over the summer “hill” I need to remind me Summer is almost over. September through the end of the year is my favorite months of all time!

No shame: I’ve already enjoyed 2 pumpkin spice lattes 😬

So, I thought I’d share a quick little weekend recap with you guys.

Saturday started off with a couple morning clients, and breakfast was a ONE Birthday Cake Protein bar I picked up from Publix. I ran out the door with no food so I was hungry in between my clients.

After my clients I headed to the gym. It was just me there, so I had the whole place to myself. I worked on my pull-ups, hit my first Toes to Bar, and hit a #75 PR in my snatch!

Snatches have been one of the hardest things for me to get down. It’s taken a long time to get to #75, and it honestly felt pretty good. I tried #80 a few times and couldn’t quite get it. I’m close though!

After the gym I headed home to grab some lunch before showering and getting ready for a wedding.

For lunch I had chicken and mixed steamed veggies, topped with a dollop of hummus. On the side (or more like dessert), I toasted a piece of organic multi grain bread and topped it with some peanut butter.

I took a cat nap, showered and dressed, and went to my friend Ambers for her to do my makeup before the wedding.

If you’re looking for a someone with great skills and know what she’s doing with makeup, go to my friend Amber! 🙂

She did an amazing job with my makeup, and I meant to get a close up of my eye makeup…it was incredible!

The wedding was at Flagstone Farms, only about 5 minutes from my friend, Amber’s, place.

Besides the mugginess and little heat, it turned out to be a beautiful evening for the wedding. The view at the place is absolutely stunning!

Austin was the best man at this wedding, and next week he will be in his other friends wedding! Isn’t he handsome? He’s the best wedding date ever. The only date I’ll ever need. ❤️

When the bride and groom left, we met up with some of our friends to finish watching the Alabama football game…because Roll Tide!!

My Sunday morning plans changed, so I ended up enjoying the morning and relaxing a while. Austin had to return his tux, so we made a pit stop for something to drink.

I hadn’t had coffee yet, and not much water, so Austin grabbed one of these Dunkin Donuts bottled iced coffee for me. These are tasty! Dangerous too…I can’t get too addicted to these! Treat only!

It was lunch time after we dropped his tux off, so we headed across the street to Baumhowers restaurant (in Patton Creek In Hoover).

i didn’t eat much the night before so I was quite hungry. I went with their Tailgate burger, no onions, and I ate maybe half the fries. It hit the spot!

The rest of this day will be blog work, relaxing, and getting ready for the week ahead! I don’t have major plans for Labor Day. I’ll be going to the gym, eating lunch with the fam, and seeing where the day takes me!

What are your Labor Day plans? Traveling anywhere?

Tuesday Thoughts #2

Happy Tuesday and welcome to “Tuesday Thoughts” number 2!

Yesterday I opened up about a fear of mine I am about to take head on. If you missed it, you can read about it here.

I had intentions of starting and following the template yesterday, but a couple things came up, left me in a “tizzy”, and the food I had ready to go with me ended up being left at home. So, I was left to find food while I was out and it may have been a little off.

This is why if you FAIL to PLAN, you PLAN to FAIL. I should’ve kept the food I had prepped for me, but because my emotions were all over the place, I purposely left them.

So….we are back on it today!

Tuesday Thoughts #2

1. I am convinced that besides the power of prayer and God to give you calmness and peace, Stress Away is the next best thing.

I love my oils!

2. I realize I have a slight obsession with fun socks from Target…

I found these fun fall socks at Target yesterday. They were only $2 so I had to snag them!

3. The sermon from Church this Sunday was something I needed to hear.

I went to Church of the Highlands again Sunday with my friend Lauren, and the pastor was wrapping up his series on Prayer. This past Sunday he talked on the names on God, and who He is for us. I absolutely loved being reminded of how many roles God plays in our lives:

-Healer

-Constant Companion

-Provider

-Shepherd

-Righteousness

What a beautiful name it is! So many names in one.

4. God takes us through situations we don’t always understand why, but He has a reason for it, and in HIS time, He makes a way for us to get through it…and in a lot of cases, stronger, happier, and more confident in our faith and who we are.

5. I move in a short weeks and I really got to start packing!!

I really only have one tote packed of clothes…all my fall and winter stuff. My Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving tote is packed, my Christmas tote is still packed, so all that’s left is kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, furniture, Knick knacks…basically everything else! Haha I’ll be busy!

6. Life is what it is sometimes, but I sure am thankful for the people in it: family, gym family, friends, great clients, and of course a guy who loves me for me. <3 

How to Survive the Last Days of Summer

If you know me, you know I am obsessed with fall. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year.

I love everything about it: cooler temps, leaves changing, scarves, boots, sweaters, football season, pumpkin patches, Halloween, etc… you get the idea!

Im always ready for fall when summer begins, but as we reach the end of summer, also known as the dog days of summer, I’m even more ready!

This year, it seems the closer we get to the end of summer, the hotter and more humid it is…at least here in Alabama. Other people are about ready for cooler temps at this point, but I know I was born ready.

Here are my top ways you can survive the Last Days of Summer.

1. Stay hydrated!

I know you’ve heard this plenty of times, but it’s always good to be reminded, especially in hot and humid weather. Staying hydrated is so important for our health, our skin, and even our minds.

If I’m outside a lot, or feel I need extra hydration… more than just water, I love to reach for coconut water.

My favorite flavor of coconut water is the pineapple. This, along with the Body Armour drinks, saved me this past weekend at my first Crossfit competition. Sometimes we need the electrolytes back in our system on such a hot day. It’s important to replenish!

2. Do any outside work early morning or after dinner. 

As hot as it gets in the middle of the day, it’s best to get in any yard, flower, or garden work before the sun is blaring down!

My dad and Granny get at it early if they need to cut grass or work in the garden any. It may be really humid, but you save yourself for, hotter temps and the sun beating down on you!

3. Make a Fall Bucket List

I am already starting on mine, but I have things planned to make and do this fall and it gets me pumped up that fall is SO close. Knowing it’s close helps to boost my mood when I’m annoyed with summer.

Having a list of fall activities, recipes, or crafts helps to have something to look forward to.

A few things I plan on doing this fall:

I didn’t put everything on my list above, but you get the general idea. It’s always subject to change! 😀

4. Know you are NOT alone! 

Trust me, there is someone else (many, in fact), that is just as ready for fall as you are! Just remember me too. Fall is my favorite so you know I’m always ready for it! A client and I were talking just today how it’s our favorite time of the year! 🙂

Questions for you:

What’s your favorite thing about fall?

What are you looking forward to the most this fall?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! 😀

Tuesday Thoughts #1

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Anyone feel like this is the longest week ever? I hate that feeling when it’s only Tuesday!

Today I bring you my first Tuesday Thoughts post.

I have decided every Tuesday I will alternate between a workout and my thoughts about things lately: life, happenings, etc.

Thought #1: I am SO over summer. I have been, really, since summer started. I’m an autumn girl through and through and I can’t wait for cooler, crisp days, changing leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween season! 🍁🍁

Thought #2: I am blessed beyond measure with my job. HomeFit (check them out here ) has been the best job as a trainer I have had yet. I am happy with what I’m doing, and even though as a trainer I won’t make bank like lawyers, doctors, and some managers, and even though clients come and go and work flow slows down and speeds up, I wouldn’t want to trade my job for anything else. I love fitness and helping people reach their goals + full potential.

Thought #3: I will never understand why people don’t use blinkers when it’s obviously necessary. One flick of that switch on the side of your steering wheel is NOT that difficult!

Thought #4: I’m getting old…er. Not only am I realizing this because of back to school pics of kids I’ve seen grow up, but because I’ll hear my knee crackle from time to time (that’s why I’m full force on the calcium + collagen train!), and because I love it when I can get an afternoon nap. Who have I become?? Haha

Thought #5: I am moving next month and that means it’ll be around the start of the fall season….so some fall projects are about to begin! (I’ll post them too for you guys)

Thought #6: I really need to get back into experimenting with new cooking and baking recipes! I love to cook, but most times stuck with something easy and simple. I want to enlarge my cooking skills!

That’s my current thoughts that have been going around in my head lately.

Questions for you:

-Do you have a driving pet peeve? 

-Do you like to experiment with new recipes? 

-Are you a crafty person or would you rather go to Hobby Lobby or TJ Maxx for all your decor?