How to Survive the First Week Back to School

Tonight is Nora’s open house and I’m dreading it. Normally I look forward to meeting her teacher and seeing her excitement as she checks out the new classroom. But I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that my baby is now a fifth grader. I’m not even sure how it happened. It wasn’t that long… Read More »

Save Summer with these Top 5 Summer Activities for Kids

Can you believe summer is half over? I know, I don’t want to believe it either. I wish the summer months would go on and on and… But before summer is over and the kids head back to school, here are some must-do activities to get the most out of summer vacation. Neighborhood bike parade… Read More »

Want 20% Savings at Kohl’s? Don’t Miss This!

I love Kohl’s. Don’t you? They have a great selection of just about everything you can think of. (Okay, maybe not the kitchen sink… but everything else!) That’s where most of Nora’s school clothes come from. And I do a fair amount of wardrobe shopping there myself. Though I have cut back considerably… because, you… Read More »

Freebie: Lego Magazine

Love Legos? Yeah, we do, too. That’s why I was so excited to come across this offer for a *free* subscription to Lego Magazine from the Lego Club. It isn’t often that something is free, with no strings attached. But this is! Why Lego Magazine? Kids love to get mail. Every time my daughter gets… Read More »

The Best DIY Makeup Remover Hack: Save Time & Money

Makeup is something I spend a small fortune on each year. You, too? I was okay with using a drugstore brand – but even that was $10-$15 for a bottle of liquid foundation. But then, right before my wedding in 2014, I switched from the discount drugstore brand I’d been using to a more expensive… Read More »

Make Money with Makeup: Part 2

We’re back to Monday. Today I’d like to continue our conversation from last week with Danielle about making money with makeup. Last week we talked about what Younique is and the quality of the products. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of it until she presented it to me – and I’m so glad she… Read More »

Make Money with Makeup: Part 1

It’s Monday and you’re back at work. Days like today make me think of ways I can make money from the comfort of my own home. Who likes getting up and going into work so early every day? Not me. Don’t we all dream of working from home? Whether it’s our main focus or a… Read More »

How To Get Your Kids to Read This Summer for FREE

Summer is coming. And for many women that makes the struggle between balancing a career and life at home that much harder. This is especially true if you have kids. How do you keep your child engaged in learning through the long, hot, relaxing days of summer? And how do you do that in between… Read More »

Break Away from Bottled Water in 3 Easy Steps

There are many reasons to stop buying bottled water. Most of the arguments against it center around the environment. While I agree that is important, it isn’t what fueled my decision. Sadly, my recent choice to stop buying bottled water is purely selfish. I want to save money. The trouble is, bottled water is so… Read More »

Working Mom v. Super Mom: How do we get it right?

Today was my daughter’s fourth-grade play. And I missed it because I was at work. I was so heartbroken, I cried. This isn’t the first time I’ve cried at my desk, and I’m sure it isn’t the last. Lately I feel like she’s growing up so fast. Where did the toddler years go? Oh how I… Read More »

Redecorating at the Office

I frequently get restless. This happens every couple of months or so. I feel like everything in life is off kilter in some way and I go about trying to find a better way to do things. This has turned me into a productivity and organizational mastermind. Really! It also drives my husband crazy. Most recently… Read More »

Weekly Weigh In #61

I was excited to step on the scale this morning. I’ve been feeling really good about my food choices. Though I am concerned about my exercising only because it seems weird to not be running every week after doing it for so long. Weight lifting is fun and it definitely gives me a good workout.… Read More »

What I Learned Today: Library Cards Expire

As someone who’s had a library card most of her life, I had no idea that library cards were periodically set to expire. Who knew? I’m in the throes of starting my own business in freelance writing and, as with most things, I’m researching the heck right out of it. There are tons of online resources… Read More »

Weekly Report #59 & 60

Life got busy and I didn’t post about my weight loss last week.  I did manage to lose all of the weight I gained while on vacation and I’m happy about that. But I gained a pound this week. It seems like no matter my efforts, I keep losing and gaining the same five pounds… Read More »

Adventures in New Recipes – Chili Pizza

Coming back from vacation and jumping straight into the workweek means there aren’t much groceries at our house.  I did pick up a bag of salad on Tuesday and we had taco salad that night, and pork chops with salad the next night. Not very exciting dinners this week at the Beardsley house!  (I have… Read More »

Weekly Report #58

I spent the last several days on vacation in Nashville and Kentucky.  It was a much-needed, well deserved escape from everyday!  Because of that, I’m going to focus less on my weigh in and exercise for the week.  Mostly because my main focus has been having fun (and not counting calories)! Last week Wednesday, the… Read More »

Weekly Report # 57

I haven’t been feeling very talkative lately – I’m sure you’ve noticed that already though because I haven’t been posting as much as I was. Not much is going on, I guess.  I’m sort of in a slump when it comes to working out.  I feel like I’m going through the motions.  Part of it… Read More »

Dieting on Easter

I remember last Easter like it was yesterday.  I started my healthy living lifestyle last February and had only been doing it about month when Easter rolled around last year.  I panicked, and I obsessed about everything I ate that day. That’s not the best way to spend a holiday.  After all, family time should be… Read More »

Weekly Weigh In #56

Today is my 56th week of my journey toward healthy living.  It’s been over a year now and I’d like you to know that I still struggle.  Sometimes daily! The struggles I have now are different from the ones I had at the beginning… In the beginning I was so afraid of failure that I… Read More »

Weekly Check In

Here it is Wednesday again – time for another check in to see how I’m doing on my goals. I didn’t even pick up my Reading Challenge book :\ I’m not doing well on that. The last week has been incredibly busy and we’ve gone out to eat a lot. Plus Girl Scout cookies are… Read More »

Protein Shake Supplement

I’ve been wanting to try a protein shake mix and have done some research lately.  It seems “Shakeology” is all the rage – but, quite frankly, the price tag is a little high for my taste.  After a quick google search, I ended up at the local GNC store.  (Well, I live in the country… Read More »

Wednesday Weigh In

I’ve been putting off writing this post all day.  Not for any real reason other than I was up really late last night (yay election night! <—- sarcasm) and I’ve been sluggish all day. I’m that girl who needs sleep.  I don’t function well if I don’t get my sleep!  I need at least eight… Read More »

Weigh In (Year 2, Week 2)

The warm weather last week spoiled me!  All our snow melted!  I could see the grass (yes, it was dead – but it was there!!!) in our front yard.  The roads were clear.  It was great.  I was starting to think spring was coming and I so look forward to spring every year! But, it… Read More »

Refreshing Retreat

Yesterday was so busy I never got a chance to tell you about my weekend!  It was so amazing!  I went away to a women’s retreat with my church  –  I was so nervous about going, but I shouldn’t have been!  It was wonderful! Mom went with me – it wasn’t too far away so… Read More »

A Year of Healthy Changes, Part 3

  This is part 3 in this three-part series of how I dumped yo-yo dieting and started making lasting, healthy choices. You can read about how I got started and what motivated me to start making changes in part one by clicking here.  And part two is where I really started to struggle in my journey.… Read More »

Weigh In (Year 2, Week 1)

It feels good to “officially” have an entire year of continuous weight-loss success!  It’s a good day!  Even though I’ve been struggling the last month (closer to six weeks) with sugar cravings and depression and just not wanting to make the changes I know I need to make for health. Since the holidays, it’s been… Read More »