8 months later…

Hello world!

It has been about 8 months since I last blogged. My journey to a healthy lifestyle has been AMAZING! Since I last blogged I have lost 70 lbs….SEVENTY POUNDS! I have gone from 248 lbs down to 178 lbs. I have learned how to eat healthy, exercise regularly and enjoy life more. I still have a ways to go and will be sharing some stories, tips and recipes along the way.

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This past weekend was so much fun! I had my niece come out to Dallas for a pre-birthday staycation. She had not been to Dallas, or on a bus, or on a rail, or a trolley ever! She had a blast. We went visited all the cool spots downtown and ate SO MUCH FOOD! I will just leave you with some photos from the weekend. I have a busy work week ahead of me so I’m not sure if i will be blogging much! Until next time….





Happy Monday

Hope everyone is off to a great start this week! I know I am! This past week I received my new Hamilton Beach Smoothie Blender and have been on a major smoothie kick. I have had a smoothie every day for a week now…sometimes 2 a day. I went three days last week without ANY soda at all (other days only 1 12 oz can a day)and honestly it just doesn’t taste that great to me anymore.  2014031210125270644_lrg


I bought this Green Superfood stuff to put into my smoothies over the weekend. Today was the first day I tried it. It wasn’t bad…but it wasn’t great either! I mixed it with some vanilla almond milk, strawberries and bananas and it did taste like orange at first but then you get the grassy aftertaste…still not that bad. The worst part about it was the color. It was DARK army green and really made me think twice about drinking it. I am glad that I did however because I do feel like a have a little more energy than I normally would and I know that I am getting my recommended 5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables all in one drink!

Other benefits:

• Naturally detoxifies and boosts your immune system
• Probiotics and Enzymes to aid digestion and absorption
One of my favorite smoothies from the weekend was my orange smoothie with cherries on top!

Besides all my smoothie maddness that has been happeneing I also did a lot of relaxing with my honey and our babies.

Hope everyone had a great weekend, I have a very busy week ahead of me at work. Time to get to it!




EDIT: I forgot to add how EXCITED i am that one of my favorite shows is finally back! Hemlock Grove. EVEN BETTER than last season!  Roman (picture below) is my fav character, he is even crazier and creepier this season. ❤


Full Time!


Vogel Alcove Parade

Vogel Alcove Parade

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I officially started working FULL TIME at my job. I was so used to getting off work at 1230 every day and going home and being lazy! Now I am working until 430 every day and I HAVE to take an hour lunch break. Today’s lunch break was VERY boring. I think I will bring some work out clothes and jog laps in our gym a few days out of the week during that time. No excuse not to!

Tonight we are going to have a celebratory dinner for my going full time. Still trying to decide where to go. I will share later in the week the details!

I posted last Monday that we were changing our eating habits and I was backing off of soda. It is going great! I only drink ONE 12 oz can of soda each day and I actually went all of Saturday and Sunday without ANY soda at all! I had lost 4 lbs by last Friday and was so afraid I would gain it all back over the holiday weekend. I was able to maintain! GO ME! My husband Jason has been eating mainly meat, nuts and brown rice and he has lost 10 lbs since July 1st I am very proud of him.

Fourth of July festivities at work last Thursday were a blast and all the children had so much fun! Thanks to Dallas Heritage Village for letting us use your grounds for a HUGE (compared to what we normally would have had) parade and watermelon picnic. Also thanks for giving the children carriage rides and having games set up for them to play! Above are some photos from this wonderful day.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Im back

After a several month hiatus from WordPress…not intentionally I am officially back! I have been working my bottom off at Vogel Alcove and proving myself to be worthy of full time and all my hard work has finally paid off! As of today I am a full time employee! I have taken on many random task over the past several months and cant wait to work even more! Not many people can say that on a Monday morning they are excited to be going to work…I can. Instead of writing out a long blog about everything that has happened over the last months I will highlight some of the important stuff.

  • End of the year holidays were fantastic!
  • Jason and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary on 01/29
  • We celebrated Jason’s birthday on 2/18
  • In April our Non-Profit moved from a very small location that we had been at for 15 years to our new facility which was an old 3 story elementary school in DISD. Dallas Morning News Story
  • Jason bought me a Samsung NX300 camera for my birthday which we celebrated on 5/18 (over $1000 worth of camera, lenses, bag etc and we got it for $250! Was only used a couple of weeks by a photography student)
  • I have officially become the Vogel Alcove Photographer, taking photos of all the volunteers that come to visit, field trips, special events and birthdays!
  • I have continued to struggle with my health and weight. Started a new healthy eating plan with a daily food diary and work out routine yesterday. I actually have Jason on board with me! Wish us luck!

I promise to post at least once a week from now on! I will leave you with a recipe I threw together from dinner last night. Enjoy!

Veggie Explosion:


  • 6 cups fresh Kale
  • 2 cups frozen Butternut Squash cubed
  • 1/2 bag of frozen corn Corn
  • 1 can of Chickpeas drained
  • coconut oil
  • red chili pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • avocado


  • Preheat oven to 450
  • Toss the chickpeas and squash with some melted coconut oil (just enough to lightly coat) and sprinkle with salt, pepper and chili flakes.
  • Spread out the mixture on a cookie sheet and back for about 25 min or longer if you desire more crispy veggies.
  • In a large pot add couple tsp coconut oil and the corn.
  • Fry lightly for a few minutes then toss in the kale.
  • Cook for about 5 min tossing often so that the kale does not start to burn.
  • Peel and dice one large avocado.
  • Once everything is done place ALL ingredients into a large bowl and toss it gently so that you do not mash the avocado.
  • Serve and ENJOY

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Rainy Wednesday


Day 3 of this slow and steady drizzle/rain and I am SO over it! My dogs are over it as well, they just want to be outside running and soaking up the sun. Taking the bus in this weather is a nightmare! Especially when you are heading out while it is still dark outside. Monday I slipped and fell in the mud and my bus was 1/2 hour late due to the rain.

Speaking of bus rides, this morning a pretty nice looking older gentleman got on the bus wearing a trench coat and carrying a briefcase. He started fumbling through it and acting all weird and sneaky. I of course was being nosy and trying to see what he was all flustered about. In his briefcase was a whole bunch of old newspaper clippings and old TIME magazines. Everything he had was JFK, MLK and Moon Landing related. He had written “TRUTH” on a lot of the stuff in red marker. Strange…yet I have seen stranger.

Work has been going great, getting more hours and more responsibilities. Making that $$. I guess with the extra cash I am bringing in now I could splurge and buy me some more business casual clothes and shoes since i pretty much have NONE! I mean seriously what woman only has ONE pair of dress shoes?!?! Oh yeah… me. 😦 Guess I will start looking for any sales happening this weekend.

Speaking of sales and deals; at the 99cent Only Store they now have four packs of the International Delight Iced Coffee for ONLY 99CENTS! What?!?! Heck yeah I bought some and they are really good. Think I’ll go back today and wipe them out!


Well I suppose I should start working on stuff here at work, a lot has to be done in preparation for our Nov 1st Coat Closet for our families. So excited for colder weather! Too bad this is TEXAS and we will only need coats for a few months. Oh well. Texas if defiantly a hoodie, scarf and mittens state though!

Hope everyone has a wonderful HUMPDAY!



It is a dreary rainy day here in big D. I have slow cooker honey chicken going in the crock-pot and I am starving for dinner already!

I am running a Labor Day sale on my handmade Bohemian Braided Headbands so be sure to check it out here:


PicMonkey Collage


While you are there check out my other handmade items for sale!

Aside from business, I think today is going to be a rather lazy day! Got alot of movies in my Netflix queue to watch.

Until tomorrow~



It has been exactly TWO MONTHS since I last blogged! WTH? It has been a roller coaster two months at that!

Short RE-CAP:

July, not a whole lot was happening…normal daily routine. Trying to stay active…eat healthy…blah blah blah.

THEN August happened. Jason (hubby) fell and broke his elbow, dislocated his shoulder and cracked his shoulder blade! Luckily I was able to take a few days off to take care of him. He couldn’t eat, drink or shower alone. *Grown men are bigger babies than babies when in pain* but I LOVE him gosh darn-it so I put on my big girl panties and took care of my man. 🙂


Also in August I had my first actual vacation. Didn’t go anywhere or do anything but it was nice to just relax.

As far as my healthy goals in life….I am sad to say it but It kind of all fell apart this month. I am still eating healthy food choices however it is just mixed in with bad ones! I have had so many sodas the last month I cant even count. I gained about 5lbs this month 😦 I WILL get back on track though!!!!!

My hair has grown so much and it is out of control! I have had a inner battle with myself for the last month on weather or not to cut my hair.



I also found an awesome store thanks to my bestie Allison! It is called DD’s and they have super cute stuff…kinda like a Ross Dress for Less but CHEAPER!

I got this cute outfit (Jeans, Tank and Skull tee) for under 20$


With my vacation time and down time caring for Jason, I have been working on some crafts and sold a few items! Today I finally got my Facebook Business page up and running so be sure to go check it out! https://www.facebook.com/ashleyscraftygiftshoppe

September WILL be a better month. It has to be! Holidays are fast approaching and work life is going to get a little crazy but I promise to keep blogging every chance i get!


its july already……

Where has this year gone! Cannot believe it is July already!

I haven’t posted anything in about a month for many reasons. I have been really busy with work and or not really feeling it lately. I’ve had a lot of pain in my back and hips this past month. Gone to a lot of doctors, had a lot of blood taken, got x-rays and MRI’s done. Hoping and praying that something is figured out within the next couple weeks as to why I hurt so much and so often. Doctor put me off work for a week and I laughed at him and said that’s not happening! So instead he put me on light duty/no lifting/no bending and with limited walking….for TWO WEEKS. that lasted about 2 days here at my job. My job duties require a lot of heavy lifting, dragging, bending, climbing, walking….a lot of walking! Also they just added new duties to my daily work that requires even more heavy lifting etc.

So I am kind of stuck between listening to the doctor and taking the risk of losing hours at work or listening to my job and having constant pain. Its a pretty shitty choice to have to make. So here I am…at work (on break)…in pain. OH and I am not allowed to take any medication while I am on the clock either!

SOOO glad that this week is only a three day week!

Ok…lets change the subject. I am holding steady at my weight which I guess isn’t so bad, at least I am not gaining! I have been eating pretty good foods. Everything grilled, steamed or baked…not a lot of fast food and haven’t got to eat out since my birthday. So if my dang body would stop hurting and let me get out and do more maybe the lbs would start to come off again. Right now it is a major deal and drains so much to get out and do anything or to do things around the house. All I want to do is lay on the couch and watch movies 😦 I did change my hair color and got me some bangs….


Something great has happened! My wonderful hubby got an amazing job last week. Today is his first day. He is a salesman at heart and I am so overly excited that he is finally back in the business! He is working for a company called CORESPACE. This is amazing for our financial situation and I know he will do great things for the company. I love him SO much!

Here is a picture of my beautiful baby girls…


Well, lunch break is almost over. I will blog more later.

Good day~