I thanked Jillian Michaels for helping me live a healthy lifestyle…and she yelled at me for it!

Struggling with one’s weight is something so many people go through.  I’ve worked on being a healthy weight for as long as I can remember.  But it wasn’t until a tiny, pitbull of a trainer showed me it was actually possible to make that happen.  So today on my 36th Continue Reading

Take a trip to Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana…and definitely get the ice cream

Indiana is full of farm land.  It’s not hard to find a farm while driving through rural Indiana.  However, not every farm provides an education on farming, protecting the environment, and producing high-quality farm-fresh products.  Fair Oaks Farms does just that.  Located in northern Indiana, Fair Oaks Farms invites the Continue Reading

New to running? Let me give you some tips for a successful first race.

It’s officially fall.  It is now the time for leaves to turn, boots to be worn and everything offered in pumpkin flavor.  But fall brings much more than cute clothes and yummy flavored beverages.  Fall also means its running season. Fall is my favorite time of year to be a Continue Reading

How (not) to eat cheaply on a Las Vegas family vacation

When eating in Las Vegas, it’s important to make sure you plan your meals.  Surprisingly, Las Vegas is extremely more kid-friendly than we expected.  However, it was also considerably more expensive than we expected.  Especially, when it came to meals.  Wow.  I think we had two meals for under $50. Continue Reading

Tone It Up’s Summer Tone Up Week #6 – It’s really all about what you eat

Well, here is is.  My sixth week following the Tone It Up Summer Tone Up daily workout routine.  This workout series made me realize (and accept) the most important thing about weight loss.  It’s not what you do, it’s what you eat. Brief Overview of My Workouts This week I Continue Reading

Going back to school as a grown-up? Here are some things you need to know.

Being a grown-up is hard.  It’s mostly about finding that perfect balance of family, friends, work, and health.  When you decide to go back to school, that balance gets totally out of whack. Today, I head into my final year of law school.  While the light is at the end Continue Reading

A Review of Circus Circus Hotel and Casino – They sure got the name right.

circus circus sign

When we learned our family vacation would be in Las Vegas this year, we immediately began looking for somewhere to stay. Since this was a family vacation, we looked for the most “kid-friendly” place that was also affordable. We landed on Circus Circus Hotel and Casino because it had a ton Continue Reading

Tone It Up Summer Tone Up Week #4 – Two Races in One Day and the Tone It Up Tour

I love to run.  Coincidentally, that love may have caused my Tone It Up workouts to suffer a little bit this week.  However, it still was a great week. Brief Overview of Week 3 This wasn’t my best week.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday rocked.  I completed the HIIT workout, Sandy Continue Reading

Taking the kids to Las Vegas for vacation? Here’s what you should do.

Las Vegas.  Not the first place that comes to mind for a family vacation.  But sometimes, circumstances happen to where you have no choice but to take your kids to Sin City. That’s what happened to us.  Last November, we learned our daughter’s cheerleading team won a bid to the Continue Reading