Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, sweet friends!

I am linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci to share our FAVORITES from the week.

Today is a great day!  I wish I could share all the details with you, but it would take days!  Today is a reminder that second chances do exist, that patience during a waiting season brings great blessings and that God always, always provides.  Today is a day we’ve dreamt of for 10 years y’all.  10 Years.  One day I hope to share what today means, but for now just trust me when I say that God always comes through.  There will be moments of doubt and tough lessons, moments when you wonder if God will ever come through and when He does….WOW.  I can’t even put it into words.  I am so thankful for God’s grace, His faithfulness and His provision.  I am thankful for second chances.

I just wanted to take a moment to share that encouragement with you.  If you are in a waiting season, hold on and hang tight.  Be still and know He is God because when the blessing comes it will blow your mind!

Alright I’ve gone off on a tangent, but I’m so excited.  So back to Friday Favorites.  Sit down, prop your feet and grab your coffee.  Here are some of my FAVORITES from the week.


Last weekend Joseph’s Aunt hosted her annual Halloween Party. This year she challenged everyone to wear a Halloween hat.  What exactly is a Halloween hat?  Not sure, but my sister-in-law and I just went with it.  We met at Dollar Tree Saturday morning and came up with about 11 hats for our family.  We had a great time!  Aunt Rose throws the best parties.  Although the food hangover I had for days after wasn’t so great ha!  The time spent with family was great!


As many of you know, I am hosting a Virtual Bible Study through my blog and Facebook page.  I can’t figure out how to put my videos on my blog so make sure to like my page to see the weekly videos.  This week was such a good week!  You can read more about it here.


My mom and sister joined us for church on Sunday.  It was a sweet surprise.  Also, the kiddos got to have a little pre-Halloween fun and dress up in their costumes.


On Monday, Joseph and I hosted the Young Life Leaders in our home.  This was such a sweet time.  I loved meeting each of them and spending some time with them as they ate dinner.  But what I loved more was watching them come together at the end to go over the night and pray.  Something about hearing young kids pray just blessed my heart.  It was a sweet sweet time.  Thank you Lori and Staci for helping me provide dinner for this great group of kids!


Halloween started early for Joseph and I!  We dressed up for our CrossFit class.  So much fun!


We had a great Halloween.  But I have to admit, I can’t wait for Halloween to come on the weekend.  I always feel bad cutting the night short for the kids.  These boys go all out.  I’m afraid we don’t have too many years left of this…  This is the third year that the boys have celebrated Halloween together.  It’s become their thing.  They look forward to it every year.The girls had a great time too.  Look at those costumes and make up!  Props to my sister for doing Mary’s make up.  She got all the creative genes in our family so I am thankful she can always pull off the things I can’t!The boys trick or treated on foot and the girls rode in the trailer.


On our way home from small groups on Wednesday, I went by Kroger to pick up some cough medicine and saw this!  OMG!  I can not be happier!

That wraps up my Friday Favorites for this week.  I hope you and your family have a great weekend!


Show and Tell Tuesday: A Day in the Life

Hey Y’all!  Today I am linking up with Andrea for her fun Show and Tell Link Up.  Twice a month she does a show and tell post about certain topics.  Today it is about a day in the life.  This is one of my favorites.  I love reading about people’s days and their routines.  It’s interesting to see how different and/or similar they are to mine.

If you want to link up for the next Show and Tell Tuesday, I’ve included the topics at the very end of this post.

So…here we go!  For this Day in the Life I chose yesterday as my day to document.

I am trying my best to be an early riser.  Before the kids were in school, I would wake up around 6 am, run at 6:30 and then get them up around 7:30.  This worked great with our schedules.  I loved being up before everyone because it gave me some quiet time to get a couple of things done around the house.

Now that the kids are in elementary school, our day begins much earlier.  This means that I have to wake up a lot earlier.  I am happier when I am up before the crew because it gives me a moment to breathe, have my coffee (a must) and get ready for the day.

My goal is to wake up between 4:30 and 4:45 am.  I am slowly working up to that so I have been setting my alarm a little earlier each day.  Today I woke up at 5:15.  I wasn’t scheduled to coach so I had all morning to get a couple of things done.

img_6765I am trying to be a little better about taking some time each morning to do my quiet time.  I normally pull up She Reads Truth and read the devotion of the day.  I talk a little bit about that here.img_6853I LOVE essential oils.  I have a couple of staple oils that I always keep on hand.  This morning I diffused a joy blend.  img_6854We had a packed day and after being on fall break I wanted to make sure I knew where we needed to be and at what time.  Our evening included softball practice for Mackenzie, a double-header for Mary and football practice for Jojo. img_6856I try to eat within 30 minutes of waking up.  My friend and coach at our box suggested I do this to get my metabolism going.  I have a packet of Quaker original oatmeal every morning.  During my cut this summer I ate it plain because I didn’t want to use my macros ha!  So now I’ve gotten used to the taste and flavor.  Sometimes I’ll change it up, but this is my go to.img_6863Coffee pot let me know coffee was done-hallelujah!  So I fixed my coffee and went ahead and poured Joseph’s as well.img_6857I  packed lunches and filled water bottles.  Joseph wakes the kids up every morning and they get dressed before heading downstairs for breakfast.  I set out their clothes each night to make our mornings go easier.img_6858Here are my munchkins.  Good morning kiddos!  Pancakes for the girls and muffins for Jojo.img_6859After breakfast the kiddos brush their teeth and I brush their hair.  They had some time to hang out so they played with their remote control cars.

At 6:55 am they were off to school.  Joseph does drop off in the mornings.  It’s his time with the kiddos and he loves taking them to school.  Love this sweet girl who made sure she gave me an extra “I wuv you mommy.”

And story of my life…coffee gets cold so in the microwave it goes.  Anyone else do this?  I took a couple of sips and got ready to go to the box.img_6861I didn’t coach this morning so I made sure to get my workout in.  We are celebrating our anniversary month with a fun competition.  We are divided into teams and get points for posting on social media.  I made sure to check in to get my points.  Go Team Juan!img_6798Joseph and I came home after our workout and I made us breakfast.  We have the same breakfast every day.  Egg whites for me and whole eggs for him on a tortilla with turkey bacon and more coffee because coffee is life ha!img_6862And off to work on this pile of laundry…  Being out-of-town always puts me behind.  img_6864Years ago I hated making my bed.  I always thought it was a waste of time.  As I got older I started to enjoy making my bed. It just make the bedroom look put together and clean.  I use this time to think about my kiddos and pray for them.  I know it may seem weird, but there’s just something about going around their room, cleaning up their pjs and thanking God for their little lives.  I also pray favor for each of my kids.  My dad prayed for us every single morning and I want to continue doing that for my kids.img_6865I am not a dog person.  I know I know…I have a dog.  Yes, I know this.  But we finally gave in and bought the kiddos a dog.  Harley is our goldendoodle and he loves to follow you around.  He does not sit.  He roams all day.  So it drives me bonkers.  But he’s been extra calm since we picked him up from the boarding place.  I kinda missed him while we were gone…maybe there is hope that I’ll finally become a dog person ha!  This morning he was extra sweet so I let him come upstairs and hang out with me while I did laundry, made beds and cleaned up.img_6866I needed to run a couple of errands in Athens.  I normally just pick something up for lunch but I am trying to be better about eating leftovers.  We had spaghetti squash for dinner last night so I heated it up and ate it before I left.img_6867I went to my favorite place….Target ha!  Mary is going on an out-of-town field trip and is a little nervous about going without me.  I went and bought her a couple of fun things to take with her on her trip.img_6868I picked up Mackenzie from school and met the big kids at home.  Mary found her goody bag and was so excited! img_6869Jojo tried to tell me he didn’t have homework but yeah he totally did.  That kid! I swear! img_6870Joseph came home and sat with the kiddos so that I could go grab a couple of things.  My normal grocery day is Tuesday but I needed a few things for dinner.img_6871I was excited to try a new recipe.  Joseph and I are trying to eat healthy while keeping a good variety in our meals.  I think this was pretty healthy!  It was easy too.img_6872Here’s the recipe.  You should totally try it.  It was really good.  I got it out of my Food Network Magazine.  You could probably leave off the cheese for a “cleaner” meal.  I also used white meat from two rotisserie chickens. Mary loves to eat the dark meat so I always save that for her.  Oh, and I added the juice of a whole lime while it was cooking.img_6873

I love music playing while I cook.  We all had a dance party since practice and games were cancelled.


I emptied out the dishwasher in between making dinner.  I got a text and email saying Mary’s games and Mackenzie’s practice were cancelled due to weather.  Yay!  I love a rainy night in.  Poor Jojo still had practice.img_6874Chili is done!  I added avocados and a little bit of greek yogurt.  It’s a great substitute for sour cream.  We all had dinner and then the boys were off to football practice.img_6875I tried out my new nail polish by Essie.  This color is called Caviar Bar.  It’s their gel combo.  I love going to get my nails done.  I’ve had SNS on my nails since earlier this year.  Lately I’m feeling like my nails need a bit of a break so I bought Essie gel polish in hopes that it can be a good option.  I love having my nails painted.  img_6876I sat down with Mackenzie while she did her homework and Mary took a shower.img_6877I tucked them in and unloaded the dryer.  Now…I tucked them in, but Mackenzie came in my room about 1,000,948,798 times.  Y’all.  I am not even kidding.  She has nights where she can not go to sleep.  And then she has nights when she is out by 8 pm.  I don’t get it. img_6878-1The boys got back from football around 9:20 pm.  Jojo was making sure I knew about spirit week and what he needed to wear each day.img_6879-1I sent him to shower and then I got in the shower.  I normally go to bed once I’m done with my shower, but I was hungry. img_6880-1Around 10 pm I went to bed and watched a little bit of Monday Night Football.  After Joseph fell asleep I turned it to something else! img_6889-1And then tried to close my eyes and fall asleep at about 10:30 pm.img_6890-1So…there you have it!  Our days are normally not this chill.  We go non stop but the cancelled games and practice made for a nice slow day at the Eterno house.

Oh!  If you want to link up to the next Show and Tell Tuesday, I added the schedule with the topics below.

img_6749Have a great Tuesday friends!


Staying Active While on Vacation

Happy October, friends!

I just love this month.  The (hopefully) cooler weather, jeans, boots, sweaters, pumpkins, costumes and all the wonderful things that fall brings.

This week we are out-of-town at one of our favorite spots, Hilton Head Island.  I look forward to Fall Break every year.  It’s a week to rest and recharge.  A week off all things school and sports.

Since I am on vacation, I thought it would be a great time to talk about tips on how to stay active while on vacation, workouts and nutrition.  It can be easy to fall off track while on vacation.  I know for me, I love my mornings on vacation.  Drinking coffee, enjoying the quiet, reading a book or just sitting on the porch.  I do enjoy several mornings of this, but try to add in runs, workouts or fun activities with my family.  It is all about finding a good balance.

Be Prepared

Pack your workout clothes yo!  If you are driving to your destination, pack your weights, resistance bands, jump ropes and anything else you can.  This will help add in variety to your workouts.  If you don’t have weights that’s ok!  There are plenty of workouts you can still do.

Plan Ahead

I am a planner.  A list maker.  A girl who loves to know what she’s doing with plenty of time in advance.  For me, a lot of the battle is mental so I go ahead and set a tentative plan in my mind.  It’s tentative because if I miss a day, I don’t beat myself up.  It is vacation!  If you CrossFit, plan to visit a local box.  If you are a runner, plan what days you will go for a run.  Setting that plan in your mind helps keep you accountable.  And if you are traveling with a group that also enjoys working out, do it together!

Involve Your Family and Friends

You do not have to go out and run miles and miles and miles or go to the hotel fitness center for hours.  You can make staying active fun!  Go for a hike, walk on the beach, play spike ball or volleyball, golf or go shopping!  My husband would disagree that shopping is exercising, but it totally can be.

We love renting bikes and taking the kiddos out riding. We normally set one day aside as “bike day.”  We ride our bikes around the island and grab lunch.  You will be surprised at how many miles you put in by the end of the day.

As a box owner, I’ve had a lot of athletes ask me for ideas of WODs (workout of the day) while on vacation.  There are so many on the web that it can be a little overwhelming when trying to find them.  Here are a couple of my favorites:

A.  20 Minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)

5 Push ups

10 Sit ups

15 Air Squats

Add in a one or two-mile run at the beginning or the end and you have a great 30-40 minute workout.

B.  4 Rounds for Time

Run 400m

50 Air Squats

C.  100 Burpees for Time

D.  For time

Run 1 mile, lunging 30 steps every 1 minute. (Keep your hands off of your thighs!)

E.  Run a 5K

Next up, nutrition.  Oh me.  The hardest part of vacation.  Resisting the urge to splurge.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  It’s all about balance.

I am one to go crazy on vacation and then come back home with an extra set of pounds and regret.  It leaves me feeling gross and makes it hard getting back on track when I get home.  This is why, for me, staying active is so important.

Choose a healthy breakfast

Oatmeal, whole grain toast, turkey bacon and eggs.  This will help get you started on the right track for the day.

Healthy Snacks

I make sure to bring my protein powder and yogurt bars when travelling.  If I have a refrigerator I make sure to have Greek yogurt, fruit and deli meat on hand.  This keeps me on plan with my snacks and helps me avoid reaching for the cookies or the potato chips.  Water is your best friend!  Lots and lots of water!

Choose a Healthy and Light Lunch

When we go to the beach, we pack snacks and lunch for the day.  So when packing, I make sure to go ahead and pack something relatively healthy.  I roll up slices of turkey and ham with cheese and some pretzel crisps.  I make sure to pack lots of fruit in our cooler.


When we are in HHI, we eat out most nights.  There are so many restaurants that we love so we make sure to hit as many as we can.  I choose to have a glass or two of wine with my meal and don’t fret too much about the calories.  Again, it’s vacation!

When we go to PCB with friends we eat in for dinner every night.  This year we were spoiled with our friend Rod’s cooking.  We try to balance out healthy options like spaghetti squash or steaks and a salad.  One night we have a Low Country Broil.  Our friend’s uncle makes the best mac n’ cheese.  Believe me.  I am not thinking about calories that day ha!

Everyone is different when it comes to staying active on vacation.  Some choose to do something daily, others may choose to do something here or there and others may take a complete break.  There isn’t a right or wrong way.

Our bodies and our mind need a periodic break.  This summer I chose to take a complete break off of counting macros, but I also balanced it out with staying active as many days as I could.  It’s all about balance y’all.  And grace.  Don’t be so hard on yourself for missing a couple of days.  But when you get home….hit it hard!

Happy Vacationing!