Budget-Friendly Planner Option!

It seems like a lot of people are on a planner kick right now. Pretty planners, colored pens, and stickers are really popular. Maybe I’m just late to the bandwagon, but I’ve only recently noticed it! I’ve always been terrible about writing things down, but it has really been helping me organize my thoughts lately. There are a lot of really beautiful (REALLY EXPENSIVE) planner options out there. Those books are really nice, but I was looking for a more budget-friendly planner option.

I was browsing at Family Christian Store recently, and a table full of bright colors caught my attention. I am attracted to sparkly things and bright colors, much like a 6-year-old girl. What can I say? But I digress…this table was full of items in a new line by Sadie Robertson. You may know her from Duck Dynasty or Dancing with the Stars. She has created a line of planners, cards, prints, and other stationary items. They feature Bible verses and inspirational quotes, and beautiful artwork.

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The 18-month planner turned out to be exactly what I was looking for, but much less expensive than some others I had seen (Plus…I had a coupon! Bonus!). It is spiral-bound, with a laminated cover and a tab for each month. The tab features an inspirational quote or verse. There is a year-at-a-glance calendar, month-at-a-glance, and a weekly calendar with more writing space. In the back, there are some note pages, a couple of sheets of stickers, and a pocket.

Monthly inspiration
Monthly inspiration
Month at a glance
Month at a glance
Week at a glance
Week at a glance
One of three pages of stickers
One of three pages of stickers
Pocket
Pocket

I am by no means a planner expert, but this is just what I need and it makes me smile. I love it so much that I wanted to share it with all of you. I’m kind of new to this whole planning thing, but it is actually fun! Maybe it is that 6-year-old girl that still lives inside me. Pretty pens and stickers and sparkly things, oh my!
Note: This is not a sponsored post and the product reviewed here was purchased with my own money.

Passing the time on the Dreadmill

I’ve just finished my first full week of getting back on my fitness track, so I thought I’d give you a little training update! I went to the gym 6 of 7 days this week, and completed 3 training runs. I alternate with cross training using a combination of 30 minutes of cardio (bike, elliptical, etc.) and weight training.

I’m not back up to my full running capabilities, so I am not running the entire distance. I’m still covering the miles though! For my short runs, I walked 10 minutes, ran intervals (15sec running/30sec walking) 10 minutes, and walked 10 more minutes. I set the treadmill on a bit of an incline and 4mph to give myself a bit of a challenge during the walking portions. For my “long” run, I did the same ratio of walking 1/3, run/walking 1/3, and walking 1/3. It was harder than it used to be, but it felt good. Next week, I plan on increasing the ratio to 1/2 and 1/2.

As some of you may know, I hate the treadmill. Unfortunately, because of the hot weather and allergy season, it has kind of been a necessity for me. I have figured out a couple of ways to pass the time, and thought I would share them with you.

1. Podcasts: Find a subject you enjoy, and search for podcasts. My favorites involve running, Disney, and pop culture.
2. Audiobooks: Find books you like to read, or people you like to listen to. I like to find audiobooks written by funny people. They are usually read by the author, which makes them even funnier. I usually try to find good deals on Audible, but I have also gotten them from my local library.
3. YouTube videos: This is my current favorite. If you are lucky enough to have wifi where your treadmill is, you can watch them either on a device, or on the treadmill itself. I am lucky enough to have internet on the treadmill at my gym. Right now, I am enjoying Disney vlogs. People film their Disney trips, so it is kind of like you are experiencing it with them. That definitely passes the time!

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If you do have a love/hate relationship with your treadmill, like I do, I hope some of these tips are helpful! I’ve got a long way to go in my training, but I feel like I’m off to a good start.

NOTE: I am late posting this, so I am actually on week three of my modified training plan. I am running 2/3 of the time or distance. So far, so good! I will keep you posted!

4th of July Dessert!

Hello everyone! I hope you have a safe, fun and (mostly) healthy holiday weekend! I just tried a delicious new recipe from Skinnytaste that would make a great dessert for 4th of July or any time! It is very easy, very light, and very delicious!

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The recipe is for Red, White, and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheesecake Yogurt Dip. They use the dip for skewers made of fruit and angel food cake. I used it as a dessert topping and added a low fat whipped topping to it. I think it works either way, and would be great for a party or any time. Go to Red White and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheesecake Dip to check it out! Thanks, Skinnytaste!

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