name='p:domain_verify'/> Always A New Day : October 2015


My Dream Workspace

In my "past" life, I was a teacher and a counselor - for 13 years to be exact. I've mentioned before how I was blessed to stay at home once my second child was born. And, I've mentioned how it has made me "re-plan" what I want to do with my life. I don't feel the pull into education as I once did; I want to educate moms - with health and fitness. 

At the beginning of 2015, I wrote down my resolutions which included getting healthier, getting certified, and starting a blog. I love to write, I want to inspire, and I want to let other moms know that I get it. My message has always been that we are real people behind the "mom mask," and we deserve to have dreams/goals too - no matter our age (Hi, I'm pushing 40!). My blog needs work - pictures need to be better, content could improve, audience needs to grow, etc. But, for my first year, I am proud of what's come out of it, and I can't wait to keep going. 

I'm currently working on my fitness certification so I can have my own boot camp for busy moms. Not in a gym, but with a small group of moms who want to make fitness integral in their lives. I would also love to do online training so I can help moms whether they are working or staying at home.  

To make these visions happen, I would love a space in my home that is MINE - as an office and possibly a workout room. WeWork inspired me to share my dream workspace that would fit both the office and exercise format. WeWork is a coworking company with a mission to create a world where people make a life, not just a living! They are inspiring others to consider shared office spaces but also benefits and discounts for people who run their own business.

Before I show you my dream, let's see my reality. Our guest bedroom serves as our "office." I don't love it, but with two kids and toys galore, we had to make do. This room houses amenities for our visitors and also works well as an office. Take a peek into our space.

Now, my OCD is doing a backflip. I want to get in here and organize like crazy. Problem is - I am married to an IT guy so computer gadgets are everywhere. Until we rearrange and finish some other house duties, this office will do. I want a new computer, a new camera, and new other things that just aren't affordable right now. But, man oh man, if they were.... these spaces would be my dream.

The Daily Nest/ Palladian Blue guest room:
The colors in this room are perfect - something bright and cheerful so I can workout and motivate others plus myself. I love the small desk and simple decor; I could work/blog/video chat here and save the other side for working out. Since I workout at home with my fitness programs, I can use the equipment I have in my home gym (a.k.a the kids' toy room now - see the chaos below). 

I love this set up below for a workout space. Nothing fancy - just the basic equipment and my TV to play my favorite workouts. It's simple, and I love that. 

What do you have to have in your home office? My wheels are turning, and I am about to blow up Pinterest. Thanks to WeWork for the inspiration!

With Love,

Friday Finds {Vol. 19} - Essential Oils


When I was in college, my roommate was a study bug as she dreamed of becoming a doctor. I remember so vividly when she would put on her soothing music and hit the books. She was so diligent and determined; I knew she would rock at her dream.

Fast forward to now, and she has fulfilled her dream and then some! Jody is now determined to make others aware of how amazing essential oils can be; and now, she has me convinced. I have been using the oils for almost 2 years now, and we LOVE them. From their calming effect to easing tummy troubles, these oils are the real deal.

If you haven't heard much about oils, I encourage you to do your research. I learn new things everyday about how these oils can help in our lives. In fact, I often text Jody for advice. She has also started a Facebook page where we can go to her and others for advice and help. Not a day goes by that I don't use one or more oils, and I am still learning.

Need a place to start? The starter kit is just that - 10 of the most used oils plus the home diffuser. The oils in this kit can be used across the board - from supporting your immune system to calming a fussy baby. Or, need to boost your cleaning routine? Add some of these oils to your mop water or when you clean your counter tops. With the oils, you can apply them topically, diffuse them aromatically, or ingest them. Also, the Young Living site has other accessories to make your oil experience so valuable.

My favorite uses:

  • Thieves - rub on my kids' feet to boost immunity; a great guard against the germs!
  • Lavender - diffuse to give a calming mood to our house; apply to help with the occasional sniffles
  • Stress Away - apply to wrists for those long days
  • Joy - diffuse or apply to boost mood and increase happiness
I am so happy Jody wanted to share her thoughts on how these oils have affected her family's life -

I want to start off by saying that I am so proud of my friend and college roommate, Lil Kim, as I know her. First of all, she looks amazing! Secondly, I love that she is reaching out to people in a new and exciting way, through this blog and through Beachbody. Kim has endured several big bumps in her road of life, but she has always picked herself up and moved on. It has been awesome to see the way that she has risen above and responded to these challenges. And now, she is on a mission to help those around her navigate this crazy life. Kim and I have had some great times together; and she was a huge support for me when I was studying in college to become a doctor. She even brought me beer when I finished my MCAT. Ahhh, those were the good ole days. 

My journey in medicine has changed quite a bit from when I first finished my training. My training is as an ER doctor. However, I have been thinking a lot lately about my true purpose in life...why was I put on this earth? I enjoyed my time in the ER for awhile, but I started to feel a pull towards a different type of medicine. Due to some of my own health struggles, I started to look for more natural ways to live a happy and healthy life. One that didn't involve medications and toxic chemicals. One that treated the body as a whole and looked for the root cause of issues. My family and I have made a lot of changes in our lives to support this new way of living. And, I now believe that my true calling is to help people take control of their own health and happiness. If this is something that resonates with you, I would encourage you to go for it. Your body will thank you.

That’s where the essential oils came into play for me. I started using them about 3 years ago; and haven't looked back. Over that 3 year period, we have completely transformed our home with the oils and non-toxic products. I honestly could talk about the oils all the time…they really are amazing! I have completely walked away from my career as an ER doctor. I am solely focusing on educating people about the oils right now. To me, that is a very powerful testimony to the fact that they work!

I truly believe that they are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. And, I love that my friends like Kim have incorporated them into their daily lives and are seeing huge benefits from them.

Kim, I am so happy for you; and I am so excited to see where this new road leads you!!!

Cheers to good health,
Jody Lorimer, M.D.

Thank you, Jody, for sharing and teaching me so much about oils. Just like fitness and health, I need support to help me achieve inner and outer balance. I truly believe the oils do just that.

With Love,


Weekly Meal Plan - Food Network Style

I'd love to share with you all the fabulous things we did this weekend, but I'd be a big liar. With the remnants of Hurricane Patricia hitting Texas, we used that as an excuse to be a bit lazy. Well, I did run a 5K in the rain so there's that. I used that as an excuse to do nothing else the rest of the weekend, and it was glorious.

During my down/lazy time, I did plan a simple week of eats based on some lazy Food Network viewing. I wanted to share two recipes - a new one I plan to make this week and an old trusty recipe that we all love. 

Yes, but not from the cooking challenge shows. Who eats that kind of weird crap?:

Thanks to Trisha Yearwood for the delish Chicken Tortilla Soup she made on her Halloween show. I am going to try and ignore the pumpkin roll she also made because I ate cupcakes this weekend. Sweets - they get me everytime. 

Chicken Tortilla Soup
(adapted from HERE)

Extra virgin olive oil (enough to swirl around the pan)
1 tsp minced garlic 
1 medium chopped onion
2 Tbl flour
3 14-ounce cans of low sodium chicken broth
4 C of skim milk
1 10.75 ounce can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup prepared salsa
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of corn, drained and rinsed
2 tsp of cumin
1 packet of fajita seasoning
Your favorite toppings - we will go with cheese and avocado

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and the onion and saute until softened, 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir well, cooking for 1 minute more. Add the broth and the half-and-half. Stir in the cream of chicken soup, salsa, chicken, beans, corn, cumin and fajita seasoning. Continue to simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

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Spoon into a bowl and add your toppings. YUM.

Our Favorite Meatballs
(adapted from HERE)

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs, a couple of handfuls
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano cheese
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Mix turkey and Worcestershire, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Roll meat into 1 1/2 inch medium-sized meatballs and place on nonstick cookie sheet or a cookie sheet greased with extra-virgin olive oil. Bake balls 10 to 12 minutes, until no longer pink.

The kids love theirs with pasta and marinara, but the adults swap the pasta for veggies - zucchini is a favorite! 

And as an added bonus - our sweet neighbors ran over in the rain to share this goodness. Soup in rainy weather, and I didn't have to make it?? WHAT WHAT. You can check out this Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup HERE. I am not saying it's healthy, but when it's a gift, it doesn't count, right??

What's on your meal plan for the week? We are looking forward to a fun Halloween weekend. I am going to try and stay away from the chocolate. Wish me luck.

With Love,


Friday Finds {Vol 18} - Strength Training

Since having my second baby, it took quite a while to find my workout groove. I joined a gym because I thought sneaking away in the evenings would be my "me time." But, let's face it - by the time evening rolled around, I wanted to face plant into my pillow. I never thought I'd be a home workout person, but my life couldn't keep up with the gym life.

Enter boot camp, and I was hooked. Yet, I can't go all the time, and working out 2 days a week was not what my anxious self needed - I needed more to calm my nerves and to make me feel human again. After all, there was a person under all this mom life. So what to do? I just wanted 30 minutes a day to get me stronger and feeling better. I love my first at-home workout purchase but was interested in strength training.

My sweet friend/mentor recommended Body Beast, and I was skeptical on this big dude telling this mom to lift heavy. But, I tried it and kept on following the workout guide. With this workout and my boot camp, I grew muscles I never thought I'd have or see. And, it's not just about the muscles but how much stronger I am overall. I love the thought that this mother of 2 can do push-ups better than ever!

The Program

With this program comes workouts for each muscle group - shoulders, back, biceps, triceps, chest, and legs. There is even a cardio and ab workout to break up the strength training. When I would go to the gym, I'd run on the treadmill but stay away from the free weights because I felt like people were critiquing my every move. With this program, I am learning the correct form and gaining confidence in strength training. 

This past month, I held a challenge group with some amazing couples who enjoyed the program and its guide. These couples were working out together and seeing results. And, I finished my first round not long ago and have incorporated some of the workouts into my plans. I feel as though with this program, I can teach myself more about strength training and share what I've learned when I fulfill my goal of becoming a boot camp instructor.

Motivational Quotes For Athletes | Game Time Strength Training at 4 Star Strength Gym: Strength and USPA ...:

The Plan

My goal with fitness - with this blog too - is to reach out and help those trying to find that person inside - the one behind the mom life. Almost two years ago, I reached out because I felt unhappy and unsure about who I was. I found that working out - even for 30 minutes at a time - calmed me down. Once I saw changes, I knew I needed to incorporate it more into my routine. So, it leaves me with this - and I've said it before - reach out. If you're longing to change up your routine or want to learn more, I do believe there are programs - such as Body Beast - to make you grow. You just have to ask.

With Love,


Friendship - Reunion Style

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know I am raving about my 20th high school reunion. I can't help it, y'all. Simply, it was THE BEST TIME EVER. I can't explain why, but I really want to try. This post is dedicated to ALL of the 95ers who just loved, danced, praised, and celebrated. I am honestly sad it is over.

You all know I lost my dad suddenly and under tragic circumstances in 2002. His story was unfolding in our hometown for a few weeks, and MANY friends stayed with us every night until we had answers. Some of these people were at my reunion, and those who knew of my dad's death reached out in such heartwarming ways. I never - not once - felt uncomfortable or on the verge of a breakdown when someone asked. It was genuine, and I felt that.

If you will let me, I want to preserve some of my favorite moments -

One of my favorite conversations came from my choir buddy, Leslie. We had a good long talk about faith, God, and spreading God's love. I wish I could hug Leslie one more time for just being so real that night. I loved that conversation.

Then, there was the few who mentioned reading my blog and following my journey. I do get anxious when people mention my fitness plans or my health posts. I just do, I can't help it. But, again, their comments were genuine. Those comments are going to push me even more, and I am grateful. My one friend, Christen, who is an avid fitness fan, told me how proud he is and even offered to help me with one of his many races. I love that support.

Then, there was my Stuart. We are one of the few whose parents still live in our old neighborhood. I am pretty sure he was one of my first friends. He was a jokester in high school and is now a successful architect. He's still just as silly and one of my favorites. We pick up right where we left off. And we both know loss, but we have survived and then some. Love my Stewie.

One hard part was that we were missing 8 classmates who have passed. That was tough as most were sudden and unexpected. One of my sweet friends, Jorge, was amazingly talented and loved a good time. Unfortunately, we lost him in 2007. I thought of him a lot that night because he would have been on the dance floor twirling us all around. Miss you, Jorge. Miss all of you.

But, I think that was what was so awesome. We felt their absence. We struggled losing so many so young, but we put all of life's hardships aside and just had a blast - for them and for us. No conversation was hard; all memories were celebrated. We danced ourselves silly (holy moly, my feet still hurt), laughed, and enjoyed being carefree. In fact, one classmate, Jason, mentioned how nostalgic he felt and how he was sad it was all over. I completely agree and vote we have a 21st reunion.

Friendship is amazing stuff, folks. Adult life, parenting, work, stress can get us all down at some point; maybe too much at times. It felt as though these friends just knew we need to live and love - if only on this Saturday night, and it felt great.

Thank you, Humble Wildcats Class of 1995. I love you all dearly and treasure you more than you know. If you have a reunion soon, go. Enjoy it. We all need some fun and friendship to keep life amazing!

With Love,


Weekend Recap

Wow - fall came rushing in with beautiful weather, football, and other fun events. My coffee needs coffee after all the fun we had. Shoot, my almost 7-year-old may need some too. He hasn't stopped moving since Friday!

Here are 5 things we did on this beautiful fall weekend. Fall brings out the fun, that's for sure.

ONE - Shopping

As I mentioned here, some friends tagged along as I went for another round of Round Top fun. I was able to see my sister and shop around with some delicious mimosas. Y'all, make time to go in the spring. Grab some girlfriends and make it a weekend. TOO. MUCH. FUN.

TWO - Football

We took the big guy to his first football game. And, we did it RIGHT by taking him to the heart of it all - Kyle Field in Aggieland. He was a good sport with all the walking and reminiscing mommy made him do. To cap off the day, he snapped a pic with one of the yell leaders. What an amazing example of a respectful young man for my son to see. And we won again so GIG 'EM!

THREE - A Show

My friend, Kristin, and I took the kids to see Peter Pan 360 on Sunday. The kids' faces were worth it - my boy even high-fived Captain Hook. Day made. Check tour dates to see if it's coming near you - you will not regret it. 

FOUR - Running

I was pooped after all this fun, but the weather was calling me to hit the pavement. Three miles later, I don't regret a run in the crisp air. I wasn't too excited about the snake I saw, but at least I picked up my pace trying to get away from it. Check out my beginner running tips if you haven't already - these tips greatly helped my run today.

FIVE - Reunion

I am one week away from my 20th high school reunion, and let me tell you - I AM EXCITED. The bummer is that my husband has his the same weekend in another town, so we have to split up and celebrate being old separately. I helped plan mine so I am so excited to see old friends and just let loose. Overload of pictures coming soon. Until then, I leave you with this gem from 1995. Wowzers. 

How about you?? How was your weekend? 

With Love,


Friday Finds {Vol. 17} - My Favorite Shop

I want to make this Friday Finds about my family. As I've share before on the blog, we've been through quite a bit in the last 13 years. Losing our dad was hard on us - and to be honest, we've grieved differently. I can't exactly paint a picture of what those weeks/months/years were like when he first passed, but trust me, rough doesn't even begin to describe it. 

But, I do want to celebrate my family. We bicker, we pick, we struggle; but, we don't lose focus on one another. Even when the times are tough - because they can be extremely tough all this time later - we get back up again. And that's what I want to share with you today. 

If you have a sister, and you are close, you know what a blessing it is. When you have a sister who has a child close in age to yours, they are more like brothers. When you need to laugh at something so silly, you text your sister, and you die laughing. When you feel like crying, you reach out to your sister, and you'll end up dying laughing. When they struggle, you struggle. When they succeed and thrive, you cheer. 

For many months now, my sister has been prepping for her first show in Round Top, Texas. Before I explain more about her endeavors, you need to try Round Top if you never have before - trust me. This tiny town puts on an antiques show twice  a year, and it's SO MUCH FUN. Fields and fields of great shopping and antiquing, yummy food (and beverages!), creations beyond your imagination, and seriously the best time. We go each time they have their shows.

BUT --- this year, my sister will have her own "show" or booth in Round Top. She has furniture, jewelry, home decor, and gifts galore. And, she has made it all herself. She keeps sending pictures, and I can't wait to get my hands on these creations. 

I've already planned two trips while it's going on - you can find out more info HERE or on their Facebook page. I CANNOT WAIT to see my sister's hard work on display not to mention all the success I know will come her way.

After you get to Round Top, I urge you to bookmark her Etsy shop to see what she will have to offer. I congratulate my sister on persevering. Holy moly, our dad is beaming. This dream, her dream, is what happens when you push on through the yucky times. Her dream proves God is good. 

Jilly, I am so proud of you. Now pass me my margarita, mama's ready to shop!

With Love,
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