Thursday, June 21, 2012


Well, I am happy to blog that today we had a slight schedule change at work this week. Since we have a week long event, I was given the gift of coming in later today.!

I've had a wonderful morning and it's only 9:30 a.m. (I could get used to this ...)

It's incredible how changing my schedule for just one day can be so motivating for me!
I was so inspired by all the extra time in my morning I decided to mix it up! 

1) Sleep in! - Refuse to walk the dogs
  • Sorry Husband ... 
2)  Eat a morning snack
  • I ate an apple with a glass of water prior to my walk. 
3) Walk a different route
  • Normally, I would have walked the 1 mile loop around my neighborhood. However TODAY! I mixed it up and walked a little over 2 miles. 
Towards the end of my walk I did some light jogging (felt great!)
4) Did two loads of laundry before work!

5) Tried a new recipe!

Did you mix it up today?!

Oatmeal (cooked with milk), Peanut butter and Cinnamon.  

I got this idea from a co-worker. She's always giving me little tips for staying healthy! Honestly, she's so encouraging to me.

Be inspired.
Live healthy.
Live Happy.

A.M. with Mrs J

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The journey.

When I start to get discouraged with my slow progress I dig up a picture of where I was...
Here is a picture of me at work in November 2011. The next is a photo of me in May 2012.
I have a long way to go, ...but look how far I've come!
(please excuse typos -Im posting from my phone)

Updated photo: 8/20/2012
Total weight loss to date, 41 pounds.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Running for the Childrens

As you know, I've been falling in love (okay ... love/hate relationship) with running.
Why do I run?
If you've ever been to the RunDisney website you may have seen the following question:

Why do I run?

To be honest, it is a question I've asked myself many times.
Here is the answer.

I run for my family.
  • I run for my husband.
  • I run for my siblings.
  • I run for my parents.
  • I run to be healthier. 
I run for my my friends.

From the above statements, I'm sure you can infer that basically ... I run to be selfish!...

Sorry - I'm just being honest.

However, not only do I run to be selfish.
I run to inspire.

My husband and I officially registered for the Miami Children's Hospital 5k. 

If you'd like to join us, please contact me!
I'll give you our team name!!

Happy Running!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Girls just wanna have fun!

I can hardly believe that summer is upon us once again! In order to celebrate summer, I had a girls weekend at my home. One of my Sunday School students came over on Saturday and we spent ALL day doing girly things! 
  • Shopping (Publix / CVS)
  • Baking (Paula Dean Butter Cake)
  • Creating (Jewelry)
  • Watching Movies
    • The Great Mouse Detective
    • The Perfect Man
  • Cooking
    • Meat Loaf
    • Mashed Potatoes 
  • Hair! (of course!)
I had SUCH a fun time with my friend. It was great because my husband was in his office writing a paper (ALLLLLLL day!)  So, It was nice to have someone to spend time with. 

How was your weekend? - Did you celebrate summer?! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

I still love saving money!

Did you see this picture?

It kinda-sorta captures everything I purchased at CVS on Saturday.  I'm not really all that good at couponing - but sometimes I'm able to actually hit some good deals. Just for fun, I thought i'd break down my shopping trip for you.

  • Garnier Fructose - Hair Paste 
    • CVS Savings 1.35
    • Coupon 1.00 off
    • Total Cost: 2.34
  • Herbal Essence Shampoo & Conditioner
    • CVS Savings 2 dollars
    • Coupon 2 dollars
    • + I got 1 dollar Extra bucks for purchasing 
    • Total Cost: 3.97 
  • Gillette Body Wash (2)
    • CVS sale 2 for 7 
    • Coupon 2.00 off
    • Final Cost: 5.00 
  • Gillette Deodorant (2)
    • CVS Sale 2 for 7
    • Coupon 2.00 off
    • Final Cost 5.00
  • Old Spice Deodorant (2)
    • CVS Sale 2 for 7
    • Coupon BOGO 
    • Final Cost: 3:50 
  • Old Spice Body Wash (2)
    • CVS Sale 2 for 7
    • Coupon 2.00 off
    • Final Cost: 5.00
  • Gillette Raiser blades
    • Coupon - by the refills get the raiser free
    • Savings: 10.50
  • Pantene Pro-V Shampoo and Conditioner
    • CVS Sale 1.54 off (each)
    • Coupon 1.00 off
    • Final Cost: 6.50
  • All Mighty HE Laundry Soap
    • CVS Sale saved 3.50
  • All w/ Oxi Clean Laundry Soap
    • CVS sale saved 4.00
  • Cover Girl - Mascara
    • CVS Sale - Buy 1, get 1 for 50% off
    • Coupon 7.50 off the purchase of two mascara's 
  • Cover Girl Lip Gloss (2)
    • CVS Sale - Buy 1, get 1 for 50% off
    • 1.00 off coupon
    • 1.00 off coupon
    • Final Cost: 7.50
  • Crest Toothpaste
    • CVS sale 1.30 off
    • Coupon .25 cents off
    • Final Cost: 1.75
  • Dish Soap
    • .99 Cents
I had a couple of other items and coupons. 
Additionally, I had a coupon that saved my 20% of my final total. 
All total I used 16 coupons. 

Yes, I have enough soap for my husband to last until the end of the year. BUT, ... I hit some really good deals - and I hate buying things like body wash / deodorant when I don't have a coupon. Mostly because I know I can get a deal on it if I plan properly! So, my bathroom cabinet is full of manly products, and all is well in the J's home. 

I hope that I have inspired you to shop smarter! Cutting a few coupons is a HUGE help! 

Oh, also. I spent 30.00 on Gillette products, so I got 10.00 in extra bucks. 

What are some of your goals? Our biggest financial goal is for my husband to complete Graduate School without us taking out any school loans. Thank the Lord! So far, we have been able to save enough between semesters to pay his tuition AND continue to live (and  take a few weekend vacations here and there). I'm so thankful that the Lord has blessed us. 

How is the Lord blessing you - Do you see the ability to coupon as a blessing? I sure do! 

Happy Saving! 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

There's always a lesson.

Do you know why I love Children's books so much?
There is always a lesson.

For the last several years I've had this dream. My dream to write an autobiography about my life as a camp kid. I've drafted it out  and played around with so many ideas. The one thing that I always go back to is a children's book. Why? - I already told you. I LOVE children's books. If I were to actually write a book about growing up at camp - i'd want to make sure there were plenty of lessons. 

Although it would be really fun for me to write a book, my life is actually being written daily. Each day we make choices, we interact with others, we live a story.  The only difference between a written story and your life story is in life ... there are no editors. You can't just rip a section of your life out. Trust me - sometimes, I wish I had an editor.  I'd LOVE to rip a few pages of my life out. For example: I recently went shopping for some new make up. After an hour of searching for the perfect make up - trying on all the shades etc. (I have very sensitive skin - and can't just use any make up) I found it. It was exactly what I was looking for, and exactly in my price range. Sadly. ... they were sold out. Unwilling to waste any more time I left the store. I got into the car - and burst into tears. Wouldn't THAT be a page of my life that would be nice to tear out.I'm really not sure why I was crying, I just was. Even though it wasn't exactly my finest moment, I was very thankful that my husband just looked at me and  began to laugh. I know I was being unreasonable. - He didn't need to remind me. 

How about you, have you found yourself brought to tears in the frustration of the little things? - like foundation?! Isn't it nice to know that we have a heavenly father who loves us through it? I don't know about you, but I'm thankful for a God who loves me and forgives me for all my crazy. 

I'm also thankful for the precious gift he gave me when he wrote my love story. 
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