Healthy Lifestyle, Home Decor, And Lots Of Espresso

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet. I’ll be honest, it’s been hard to write lately. Well, I should rephrase. I’m actually writing so much for other bloggers that I don’t have time to write for myself! So, not a bad thing at all, but it’s hard to write even more after a day of writing.

I’ve been fueling up with espresso this week though! I am obsessed with the iced cinnamon almond milk macchiato! I got it with the sugar free syrup and without the drizzles.


This leads me to my next point. I’ve decided it’s time to cut the crap. I’ve been giving a lot of excuses for my eating behavior. I’ve told myself “i’ll start on Monday” and “Treat Yo Self!” too much in the last few months. No more!

For the last few days, I’ve been making a very conscious and difficult effort to eat healthy and start a new lifestyle for myself. I’m not saying I’ll be health 100% of the time, but I’m going to try to stop drinking so much soda and stop eating so much bad stuff for my body.

I haven’t had soda for a few days and I took a small sip today. I was SO surprised by how sugary it tasted. Needless to say, it’s time for a change and I’m going to make it. Here’s a list of reasons I need to lose the weight so I can come back to this later when I want to eat an entire bag of peanut M and M’s:

1.) So my wedding rings fit again

2.) To make my husband go “daaaaaaammnn girrrrrl.” 😛

3.) To feel like myself again and comfortable in my own skin

4.) To be healthier and in better shape for my son

5.) To prove to myself that I can

When ice cream calls to me…I’ll look back at this list.

So, this week has been a good one! We’ve started decorating our new house and I’m really loving the new home decor!

How much do you love that wheel?! Our awesome real estate agents got it for us!

We’ve spent this Saturday outside planting some new hanging planters on our front porch. Flynn is LOVING his new swing!

Can you guess what colors the 4 flowers are in the planters? I’ll give you a hint…Flynn’s having a pretty magical birthday soon! I CAN’T WAIT to write a blog post about his first birthday party!

And yes, Flynn did have a confrontation with our couch. Poor thing. He had one heck of a goose egg. Of course, I completely freaked out and assumed his brain was falling out of his head! Thankfully, our friend Sam was there calm me down and bring me back to reality.

Oh! And #oldheadshotday happened and…well…this happened too.


Oh 16 year old me. *sigh* What can you do? I look really street with those loose braids.


Finally, we carved our initials into a tree in our front yard. It really feels like home here now.


Make sure to check back to see my weight loss journey! I’m really excited to be taking this seriously and getting this weight off, but I did your inspiration and help!

I’ll write again soon!

Ellen 🙂

We Bought A House!

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet! Remember when I said I had an exciting announcement coming up? No…I’m not pregnant. 😛

As you can probably tell from the title of this blog post…WE BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOME!

This process was a bit of a whirlwind. We started off thinking it would be easy and quickly learned that was not how it was going to work. Luckily, we had the BEST real estate agents in the world!

You can check out Stephanie and Jim here. They weren’t even in our area but helped us out SO much! They went absolutely above and beyond the call of duty and are even throwing us a housewarming party!

Talk about amazing real estate agents, right?!


We feel so amazingly lucky to have worked with everyone that helped us buy our dream home. There are no words to express how truly grateful we are. Our mortgage team worked day and night to help us and they never stopped even when things got a bit complicated.

Eventually, when all the painting and furniture in is the house, I’ll do a house tour. For now, I want to show you some of the photos I took during the inspection (one of the most nervous times of my life! lol)

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Here are the first pictures of us after we officially bought the house!



Now, all that’s left to do is pick out paint colors! How do you like our choices? Any guesses as to where they are going in the house?


More on our new home soon! I can’t wait to give you all a house tour when everything is ready!

Questions for you:

1.) How was your first home buying experience?

2.) Any tips on painting your house? I know not to go with dark colors because it makes the room look smaller.

More updates soon!

Ellen 🙂