When you’re feeling dramatic

And if you’re still breathing, you’re the lucky ones
‘Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs
Setting fire to our insides for fun.

Will you share this with me?
‘Cause darling without you

All the shine of a thousand spotlights
All the stars we steal from the nightsky
Will never be enough
Never be enough

And I know it’s only in my mind
That I’m talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say, there’s a way for us



A billion stars watched her from the sky,

Waiting for the moon to change her phase.

There’s no pressure anymore since

she’s done this a thousand times before.

And she’s not even modest

if you want to be honest.

New Construction: Building a House in Hickory Flat, Georgia

MFD-logo-80I wish I would have started this blog when we started the house building process, but I did not. We will have to back track a little, but it’s still fresh enough that I can remember most of the process.

My boyfriend and I first went to look at this neighborhood of new houses not that long after we started dating. It was just a fun thing to do on a Saturday afternoon. We walked through a few model homes and discussed what we liked and disliked.

The model in Oakhaven was gorgeous. Props to whoever designed the interior because it was pretty much like walking through an HGTV episode.

We pretty quickly found that we liked and disliked many of the same elements, and we both thought the location of this neighborhood was beautiful. Hickory Flat, Georgia is an up-and-coming area of Cherokee County. It really reminds me of Alpharetta about twenty years ago, and Woodstock about ten years ago, so the future is bright.

Months went by, and we both found ourselves often discussing buying a house. I had been close to purchasing a house several times in the last few years, and so had my boyfriend. We both knew we were at an age where making this type of investment would be a sound decision.

After looking at several other neighborhoods and open houses in Roswell and Alpharetta, we returned to the Hickory Flat area a few more times. Finally, on Memorial Day weekend, we made the call to go for it.

Part of the reason, we decided to move forward was that the builder, Pulte Homes, told us they were going to raise prices and some of the lots were going to increase as well. Scott showed us the lots available, and it was pretty easy to decide that the lot with a beautiful old growth tree out back was the one.


Beachbody 80 Day Obsession Week One

Helloooo! Long time no talk. I was thinking about doing a new blog but really picking this one back up makes more sense.

This week I started a new Beachbody program! In the past I have completed 21 Day Fix a few times with pretty decent results. I always thought it was too short though. Like I would power through the 21 Days but then be back to old habit shortly after.

When one of my old Tahoe life friends posted about the Beachbody 80 Day Obsession program with my favorite Beachbody coach Autumn Calabrese, I said count me in!

Perfect timing because we are going to Hawaii in close to 80 days so good goal to shoot for bikini ready Hawaii! Yay.

So this program is fairly intense. Most workouts are about one hour long and will become more challenging over each phase of the program. The entire program also focuses on timed nutrition and using the colored containers from 21 Day Fix. I’m in Eating Plan B. This means I get 1500-1799 calories per day.

The program also uses macros but in a way that makes sense to me via color coded portion sized plastic containers. In Eating Plan B you get 4 green (vegetables), 3 purple (fruits), 4 red (proteins), 3 yellow (carbs), 1 blue (healthy fat), 1 orange (seeds and dressings), 4 teaspoons (oils and nut butters).

The times nutrition with workout blocks requires a little bit of planning so we set up our calendars and excel spreadsheets. I also setup timers on my phone to remind me when to eat, take supplements and workout!

Day one workout was Total Body Core. We used weights and loops for resistance. This is me doing my bridge pulses with a blue loop. Blue is the most difficult.

Day two was Booty! Once again loops were the star. This workout was low on cardio but heavy on the resistance butt exercises. My dog was really interested in why I was lying on the floor and wanted to play.

Day three brought Cardio Core and we tested out the sliders! It’s kind of fun but also great on the abs!

Day four was a doozy with AAA – basically you work the reverse or negative. For example you do a upright row fast up and then count 1, 2, 3 down. This was probably my harder workout.

Day 5 was legs day and day 6 was Cardio Flow. Autumn decided to bring out the entire zoo for this workout. We were doing frog 🐸 jumps, gorilla 🦍 dips, Bear 🐻 crawls – it was insane! I hope I improve on those moves!

Bonus: Two of my favorite Beachbody approved snacks.

💜❤️🥄 Apple with yogurt and peanut butter yum!!!!

❤️💚💛🥄 tofu or turkey with cabbage and toast with olive oil butter

Chicken wi
sweet potatoes

Glad to have week one inthe books!

Homemade Play-dough

We were home sick today after E had a rough night. After I couldn’t stand one more minute of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, I decided to make play dough.

First I mixed 2 cups flour with 2 cups warm water and then added 1 cup of salt and 2 tablespoons oil. Mix and heat on low to medium low stove. It goes from batter to gravy to mashed potatoes to lumpy to a ball. IMG_8315-0.JPG

I kneaded and rolled the dough into several pieces before adding gel food color.

Then I made even more colors by mixing red and blue and red and yellow. Fun!


We then made cool stuff like an elephant and colorful bracelets.



Grass fed beef enchiladas with homemade sauce


In a large pot, I put 1/4 cup vegetable oil with 2 T of flour, chili powder, garlic salt, cumin and stirred until thick and flour browning. Then I added 1.5 cup of chicken stock and 2/3 jar of marinara sauce (I read you could use tomato sauce or enchilada sauce in can as well). I brought to boil and then turn to low and summer for about 20 min.

In meantime, I browned 1 lb of grass fed organic beef with onion and the Great on Everything spice blend.

Once sauce thickens and beef is brown, take tortilla (I used flour but you can use corn too – put them in a pan with a bit of oil to soften if using corn) and put sauce, beef, cheese and other toppings as you desire (chopped jalapeño or chili peppers, onion, green onion, cilantro, olives, etc,) put enough sauce in bottom of glass casserole dish to cover and then fit in rolled enchiladas, seam side down. Cover with remaining sauce and cheese.

Once in pan, you could put in fridge or even freeze. Once ready to heat, cook about 20 min in 325 oven.

Serve with sour cream, cilantro, avocado, etc.


What do you put in enchiladas?

For You

When I saw you standing there
I couldn’t help myself but stare
All I wanna do is care
For you.

Something in your eyes
Made me realize
That all of these butterflies are
For you.

When I saw your smile
I knew that I would stay awhile
My feelings are all riled up
For you.

Won’t you be my man
I will try to understand
And do the best I can
For you.

You mean so much to me
That all I want for you to see
Is the best me I can be
For you.

When I saw you standing there
I couldn’t help myself but stare
All I wanna do is care
For you.


Listen to the train coming down the track –
It’s coming down to take you back,
to take you back where you belong,
to learn the words to your song.

feel the rhythm ~ feel the beat
feel the rhythm through your feet
feel the rhythm ~ feel the beat
rising up now through your feet

Now can you feel the train?
It’s come to clear away the pain.
Cleansing away, there is no sin –
starting fresh, to begin again.

Moving in through your heart
now are you ready to start?

to let it out
to let it go
take it down,
take it slow
beat runs through
begin anew
let it out
let it go
free your rhythm
free your soul

feel the rhythm ~ feel the beat
feel the rhythm through your feet
feel the rhythm ~ feel the beat
rising up now through your feet

Listen to the train coming down the track –
It’s coming down to take you back,
to take you back where you belong,
to learn the words to your song.

spirit – shum

We are all things. All things are we.
Shum. Shum. Shum.
I am filled with spirit.
I am inspired.
The present moment is always refreshed and new.
Curiosity awaits.
Be inspired by this moment.
And all it brings.

We are always searching externally for happiness and love and purpose.
It has always been inside. Always.

Breathe in light. Breathe out light.
Breathe in love. Breathe out love.
Breathe in joy. Breathe out joy.

inspired by Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience – Expanding Your Happiness