Staying Positive at Work

One of my biggest struggles at the moment is being a light to others at work. It is so easy to compartmentalize your life so that you ony have to be a Christian at church or to friends and family, but at work I find myself falling into the black hole of negativity and consistent complaining that doesn’t inspire others to accept God’s love.

Do you feel this way at work? That when you are putting in 40+ hours a week at a stressful job it is hard to keep sight of what matters most? I know I do, but I came across some great verses that have inspired me to change my attitude at work and I am happy to share them with you.

1. Psalms 51:10

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

This verse reminds me it is never to late for God to renew your love for others and start fresh.

2. Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

This verse is so encouraging to me, that God created each of us to do his good things for others and has a plan for our lives.

3. Colossians 3:23

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ”

It is so easy to forget that we are not working for our boss, manager or department lead but instead everything we do is for God and to glorify him. I hope this encourages you to smile more often on Mondays. Even though I am writing this to keep myself accountable I am sure a few others could use the same encouragement.

Skinny Baked Sweet Potato Fries


“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
-Fanny Fern

Nothing says “I love you” more than a home cooked meal. So this Valentine’s Day I grilled up filet mignon, baked these tasty sweet potato fries and a tossed in a light salad. I love making meals that don’t leave you feeling lethargic and super-full, especially if you are trying to eat healthy and stay slim.

These skinny baked sweet potato fries are as simple as can be and could even be paleo-friendly if you took out the parmesan cheese.

Cook Time: 25 minutes             Total Time: 35 minutes


5 or so large unpeeled sweet potatoes, cut into fries 1/2 inch thick

3 garlic cloves, finely minced

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 Tablespoon corse sea salt



Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Thoroughly wash sweet potatoes and slice length wise into 1/2 inch fries. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil and minced garlic cloves until they are thoroughly coated. Place sweet potatoes on wax paper lined baking sheet. Make sure to lay all of then flat so they don’t overlap. Bake for 10 minutes then flip potatoes. Increase the heat to 450 and bake for 15 more minutes. When the fries are soft and lightly crisp, remove from the oven and sprinkle them with cheese and parsley. Add more salt if desired and enjoy!

These pair well with turkey burgers, steak, or just about anything and they are husband approved.




Stalking 101 on Social Media

Wanna find out anything about that person you just met at the gym or that new coworker that just started? Easy as first name, last name and the internet. Sometimes if you are lucky you don’t even need a last name just a mutual connection you can make.

1. Start on Facebook

These days Facebook is the goto for finding someone you might now or wanna know. It’s like a virtual yearbook. You can find that photo of the cute guy two grades older than you and enroll in all of his classes next year. No not really, but if you wanna be that creepy you can totally do that.

2. Find Your Mutual Connection

If you met the person at work, start on LinkedIn. If you met them at the gym go to the gym’s Facebook page, if you don’t know anything at all about them good luck you need a better stalker how-to-guide than this stupid blog.

3.  Don’t Add The Person

Whatever you do, don’t add the person or like a photo of them from three years ago, that’s creepy. As long as you don’t break any of these rules social stalking is totally acceptable. Also do not offer any information about the person that they haven’t told you IN PERSON. It’s super weird to bring up their trip to peru from last year or the girlfriend they dated two years ago, just don’t do it.

4. Never Admit to Your Social Ninja Stalker Ways

It’s ok that you know they have 4 dogs and are really into deep sea diving, just don’t tell anyone. Welcome to the world of social media, where you can know everything about anyone without even knowing their last name. Makes you wanna put everything an private right? Don’t worry the 15 pictures of your dog and photos of food you posted are safe with me.

Tips for the Budget Savy Bride

wedding-party-jumpingThis past August, I married the man of my dreams on a beautiful rainy day.

Our wedding was less than 15k for everything except my engagement ring. Wanna know how we did it? Check out my top tips for having your dream wedding at a price that doesn’t make you loose your mind, or your house.

1.  Buy as little as possible from stores in the wedding industry

2. Don’t waist money on fancy invites

3. Be open minded

4. Find a unique venue

5. DIY your life away

6. Use a florist when necessary

7. Use your connections

8. Ditch the open bar

9. Do a location wedding

10. Ebay, Amazon, and Thrift Stores are your new best friends.