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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday #18

Welcome to What You Wish Wednesday #18! Last week, we had some amazing posts linked up. Here are some of my faves!

5 Tips to Dress Great on a Budget from Jenny Cupido

Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad from A Hot Southern Mess

And I had to include this free printable by one of our hostesses, Leslie from Our Joy His Glory. I can't wait to use these for my kiddos. 
Scripture Memory Cards from Our Joy His Glory

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Organic Food Coupon Sources

Whenever possible, I like to buy organic and natural food for my family. However, it can be quite expensive so I went on the search for organic food coupon sources a couple years ago. I have had a few of my friends ask for sites for organic coupons in the past couple of years so I decided that I would compile a small list of coupon sources for the always pricey organic foods. 

Here they are:

I also like a site called All Natural Savings. Go check it out.

One thing I have found is that often I wouldn't be able to find coupons for the organic brands I use on a regular basis. I then went to the individual sites for each brand. Not all, but a lot of brands will email coupons when they are available when you sign up on their site. Brands like Horizon Organic, Organic Valley, Applegate, and Stonyfield Farm just to name a few. If you can't find a coupon for a brand you like on the sites listed above, just go directly to the company. If there isn't somewhere to sign up for deals or coupons, then email them directly and ask for coupons.   

I hope this helps. I just wanted to pass this along in case you want to save money feeding your family healthy stuff just like I do.....and of course, organic on a budget can get tricky. 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Get Fit Friday

I am so glad that it's Friday!  I always look forward to the weekend. And now, I will have another reason to anticipate it because I am starting a new series, Get Fit Fridays! When I started my journey to get healthy at the end of last October, I always shared my progress on Wednesdays (Weigh-in Wednesdays.) I had become a little lax in sharing and now that I am co-hosting What You Wish Wednesdays, I decided I needed to change the day I share about it.  I really hope that I can encourage you, but I really need this for me. I need the accountability. 

I'm not going to hide the fact from you guys that I have been struggling the past couple of months. I haven't stopped exercising or trying, but eating healthy has become difficult and an all-out battle. I shared with you all before that I struggled with post-partum depression after both of my children were born, especially after Ashlyn, and it took a long time to come out of it.  I haven't had to take any medication for it for a few years now, but I still go through times when it creeps back up on me and threatens to pull me back under.  The last couple of months, it has been one of those time periods.  And when I am battling that, my first go-to is food.  When the darkness threatens to cloud my vision, my first instinct is to grab a brownie. (Darn those Little Debbie's.) 

I feel exactly like this:
15For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15

Glow Zumba last month! So much fun! 

What I need to do to feel better is the absolute hardest for me to do when I am in this "funk." I need to eat clean and make myself exercise every single day. My brain is telling me to sleep, sit around, eat lots of carbs in excess, and succumb to it, to sink down in the mire.   My spirit says fight! I've said this before; This is not all about a number on a scale. This is not about me wanting to be as skinny as a model or anything like that. This is my life! This is my livelihood, my health, my relationships, my walk with God! This is as much a spiritual battle as it is physical. 

Last night, I sat in my living room after my girls went to bed and watched The Biggest Loser, bawling my eyes out as I heard each contestant's story. I love that show. Really. It inspires me to see these people break through the barriers that have held them in place for so long. I love seeing when a contestant goes from doubting themselves with no self-confidence to realizing they can do it. I love seeing the flicker of determination and perseverance light up their eyes. I can identify with every one of them.
Before I started my weight loss/get fit journey. 
Since I stared this journey, I have kind of felt like those contestants, too. I have gone from doubting myself, my confidence waning, to being sure I can do it and more sure of who I am, that flicker firing up in my eyes.  A spark of determination. But, the last couple of months have shaken me a little bit. I don't want to ever go back to where I was. I don't want to lose that spark. And I still have a really long way to go. 

This picture was taken just a couple weeks ago. About 3 or 4 sizes smaller than when I started. (depending on what I am wearing and brand of clothing.)
As I look at the two photos above, I see two different people. The first is the person I used to be. She is no longer. The second is the person I am currently, with more confidence, healthier, stronger. But, I hope that the person that I am today will be gone shortly, too. I hope to continue becoming the person God wants me to be, to continue to weed out the old to make room for the new. 

Will I ever get to a point when I don't struggle with depression or eating? I don't know the answer to that question. I am reminded through this that I am not immune and that I have to keep my guard up. I have to focus. But focus has been really hard to come by the last couple of months. 

The crazy thing about muddling through depression is that it is a vicious cycle. It is so hard to break. When I am struggling like this, the last thing I want to do are the very things that will naturally make me feel better......eating healthy and exercising. The first things I want to do are the very things that make me feel worse.....eating unhealthy and not getting enough exercise. Then when you succumb to eating unhealthy things and you skip that exercise session, it makes you feel worse. Then you want another brownie. (Seriously, Little Debbie's, ease up on me.)

So, today I am choosing to do the opposite of what I feel like doing. I will exercise today. I will eat healthy today instead of vegging out on the couch watching Clueless and eating potato chips.  That's all I can commit to right now. Today. Tomorrow, I will have the same choice to make. I hope I will make the right one. 

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday #17

Welcome to What You Wish Wednesday!  I am so glad you stopped by!  While you are here, let me show you my faves from last week's WYWW link up. 

*Simple Fall Garland from Designs by Miss Mandee.  This combines two of my absolute favorite things; fall and free printables. Isn't this adorable?

*Raw Maple Machao Crunch Protein Fudge from Happy Healthy Holy Home. This one might have a long name, but it is definitely not short on yumminess!  And, to top that, it's healthy.  She had me at "fudge." 

*Repurposing and Upcycling from All Kinds of Things.  I loved seeing how people use things for purposes other than what it was originally designed to do. Go check out all of the things that are repurposed and upcyled in this post. 

Make sure you check in with all the other hostesses blogs for their features this week. Their links are below.  Oh, and features, make sure you grab a button!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Year in Review:Cultivate Create is One

Hello, my friends! As you know,  I celebrated my One Year Blogiversary a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to share with you today some of my favorite posts.....and some of your favorites, too.  It's kind of cool to look back and revisit some of our home projects that we accomplished over the last year. Although we aren't finished fixing up our 1960's rancher, we certainly are a lot closer than when we started.  

I also poured my heart out, let you in on MY STRUGGLE, at the end of last October. It has been an up and down journey since then, the struggle of all struggles as I press on to get healthy and lose weight. (And since I am now a hostess for What You Wish Wednesday, I will no longer be doing Weigh-In Wednesdays. I haven't posted in a while about my journey, but I will very soon!)

Here are some projects and posts that were your faves and mine, too!(i.e., most pinned, most shared, most views in this past year.) If you are new Cultivate Create, go check them out!

How to Stain Vinyl Shutters

Mixed Metallics Fall Centerpiece

Painted Front Door

31 Days of Revising Home Series

Free Printable Cleaning Schedule

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

Free Divergent Quote Printable

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Christmas Home Tour

Sweet Gum Bottom B&B Redesign Part 1 & Part 2


DIY Scabble Letter Art

How to Shop Your Home to Decorate for Spring

My girls' bedroom redesign.  See here and here.

Nightstand Makeover. 

Melissa and Doug Tray Upcycle

Painted Parquet Floors

Chevron Wall
A couple more things.  I have a lot exciting and new things planned for Cultivate Create that you aren't going to want to miss!  Join this site and make sure you are in the loop. Also, follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! I would love to connect with you! 

See you tomorrow for What You Wish Wednesday!

Monday, September 8, 2014

When is it Okay to Decorate For Fall?

Last week, one of my friends asked me when it was okay to decorate for fall. Like me, she is ready to get the season kicked off with some pumpkins and mums, to usher in the season with Pumpkin Spice Lattes and warm mugs of apple cider. And for goodness sake, ready to see some cooler weather. 

When to decorate for fall is a very good question for us in the deep south.  While we see mums arriving at stores, it's still 95 degrees outside and as humid as Satan's sauna.  It can be disconcerting to begin embracing things that are associated with cooler weather, and yet, still be able to drive to the sandy white beaches of the Gulf, take a dip in the ocean, and arrive back home to our pumpkin bedecked porches while we are sporting a fresh sunburn. Even as late as October, our fickle southern weather is known to swing like a pendulum from cool and crisp to downright hot. Touché, fickle southern weather, touché.

Mixed Metallics Fall Centerpiece

To me, fall arriving is like embracing an old friend that you haven't seen in years, but you pick up right where you left off the last time you saw each other. It's familiar and cozy and like coming home. I eagerly await this season every year. 

Fabric-covered Pumpkin Wreath
So, do you want to hear what I told my friend? My take on the question she posed to me? It's not some great enlightenment or an astounding insight. It's simple. "As soon as you are ready, go for it!" When I see the mums arriving at the stores, or when it hits September first, it's on!

Fall Vignette

I don't think there is some unwritten rule that says you have to wait until certain time to decorate for fall. As soon as September first gets here, I am chomping at the bit get busy. I am already planning and scheming about what I am going to do to make my home fall-fabulous, in spite of the heat and humidity.

Fall Front Porch

Fall Window Box

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

Dried Hydrangea Wreath

I know that this may vary from person to person, or even depending on what area of the country you live. I'd like to know.....when do you decorate for fall?  Are you like me and can't wait to get busy as soon as September gets here or do you like to wait until later? 

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