Hiatus

Hey Y’all. In case you didn’t notice, I wanted to let you know that I recently deactivated my social media accounts.  I have been experiencing some anxiety and depression related feelings, and I am trying to eliminate any possible negatives in my life that could be adding to these emotions.  I am taking this time to focus on myself and also my relationship with Coach. I do not have a time frame of how long this will be.

In the bottom right corner of my site should be a follow button. I am not sure how often I’ll be posting right now, but click that button to stay up to date on my post!

As for Rodan and Fields, if you have any questions or inquires please contact me at

CS.SchneiderCierra@gmail.com

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Thank you for understanding and all the love.

Y’all are the real MVP’S!♥

Time to CEE Change: Fixed Nutrition

I am a firm believer that when it comes to getting fit what you consume is the driving force in reaching your goals… unless you have some awesome metabolism and are lucky enough to eat all my favorite things such as pizza, carbs, ice cream, wine, etc. and not gain a pound. Unfortunately for me, I can’t do eat those things (beside in moderation) without it all going straight to my love handles, thighs, and a$$.

I don’t believe in diets such as Keto, Atkins, Weight Watchers… you catch my drift. I don’t want to offend anyone, believe me, that is not my intention what so ever, and perhaps “believe” isn’t the right word. Ultimately, I just feel that if you are eating clean and filling your body with nutrients, you don’t need to cut certain things out. I just wanted to share what I have been doing the last few weeks in regards to my nutrition. It’s simply what works for me! If other stuff works for you, that’s amazing, and you do you.

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I don’t count my calories, but what I have been doing is fixed nutrition or in other words portion control so I am eating within a certain number of calories. I am not trying to sell you on Beachbody, but for me the 21 Day Fix Containers have been working great.  When you purchase the containers, they come with a book that gives you all the information and how to determine what bracket you are in.  For me I eat around a 1,200-1,500 calories a day. I get two carbs, two fruits, four proteins, three veggies, one healthy fat, two teaspoons of oils/butters, and one container of seeds/dressings. All of these fit into color coded containers so I know what I am eating and how much I am suppose to eat.

Fix Nutrition Explained

In a short summary, I wanted to share what I have been eating on a regular basis.  I have to admit that I have been doing awful on the weekends, but I am well aware that I need to buckle the heck down! Monday through Friday I am proud to say I am doing pretty well.

AM: oatmeal, a fruit, tsp. of peanut butter and a protein

Typically, I do half a banana or berries in my oatmeal mixed with the PB. I hard boil eggs and have two with my oatmeal.  Sometimes Coach has AM workouts, and will come home before I leave and make me eggs. I’m a lucky girl 😉 I have tried egg whites in my oatmeal mixed with a banana and that also is very good! You can find that recipe on Pinterest. Just type in egg white oatmeal.

AM Snack: Shakeology mixed with spinach and sometimes a fruit

If I don’t put a fruit in my shake, I will eat it for lunch.

Lunch: Over the last few weeks, I have done taco salad, lettuce turkey wraps, and this week I am doing chili!

PM Snack: veggie and sunflower seeds

If I know I’ll be eating a salad, I won’t have seeds because I save my orange container for the dressing.

Dinner: Varies!

Over the last few weeks we have had zuchinni boats, chicken salsa, turkey breast tenderloin with a veggie, meatloaf, stuffed peppers, sloppy joes, etc. Basically it is a meat, veggie and sometimes a carb.

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What I like most about the fixed nutrition is that I am still eating everything I like to eat, just in right amounts! If anything, I struggle to eat all of the containers that I am suppose to.  It’s a lot of food honestly, but it’s the “right” food. I am HUGE on if you don’t eat enough, you’ll never lose.  We are lucky to live in a generation where Pinterest and Google gives us so many ideas on healthy options and great recipes.  If you have any questions, comments, etc. please let me know!

I can’t stress enough that this is just what works for ME (and thousands of other people). It doesn’t mean it is for everyone though. AGAIN, YOU DO YOU. When it comes down to it though, I feel that one of the biggest reasons with obesity is the fact that we don’t know how much we should be eating because we live in a country where everything is super size! Don’t get me wrong, I love America more than anyone, but I think we can all agree that our portions are a problem.

Time to CEE Change: Workout Wednesday-HIIT

I am now on week three of my “pre” half-marathon training.  Part of my schedule includes HIIT or “High Intensity Interval Training.” Very simply put, HIIT is workouts that raise your heartbeat by you giving all your effort for a short period of time, and then resting for a brief time frame. I can fully admit that I have a problem with knowing what’s good and not good for me, such as certain foods and different exercises to do, but not knowing the science behind them.  I am lucky to be surrounded by a lot of educated people who have done extensive research on health and fitness.  I usually just don’t take the time to find out the “why.”

I was looking up information on HIIT workouts because I do know that it is effective. I wanted to share with you an awesome blog post I had found that really explains everything about it!

HIIT Workouts How-To: The Science, Benefits, and Workouts You Can Do Today

The workout I did today was:

Warm Up 1/2 mile-Sprint 60 seconds, Jog 60 seconds (Repeat 5x)-Cool Down 1/2 mile

If I’m being honest, I am still working on gaining my strength back and increasing my speed so I walked in between the sprints instead of jogging.  No denying that my heart rate was UP though.

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I spoke with my trainer today, and she made a few great points in regards to HIIT.  The workouts are short and intense.  Whether you work full time, your husband is a coach or in the military, you’re just busy with your kiddos or all of the above…these workouts are super efficient! Contact me if you want more information on training. XX

 

Time to CEE Change: Crock-Pot Meals

 

If you’re anything like me, your heart is completely shattered after watching the most recent episode of “This Is Us.” As much as I want to curse that damn crock-pot, in it’s defense, it was like 17+ years old, and when it was given to Jack and Rebecca, the sweet old man informed them that it was fidgety.

 Crock-Pot released a technical statement that read:

“Crock-Pot understands the concerns brought up by last night’s episode of This Is Us, and we too are heartbroken by the latest development in Jack’s storyline. However, it is important that our consumers understand and have confidence that all Crock-Pot slow cookers exceed all internal testing protocols and all applicable industry safety standards and regulations as verified by independent third-party testing labs. For nearly 50 years, with over 100 million Crock-Pots sold, we have never received any consumer complaints similar to the fictional events portrayed in last night’s episode. In fact, the safety and design of our product renders this type of event nearly impossible.”  With all of that said, I am by no means responsible if something happens with your Crock-Pot while preparing any of the meals I have listed for you.

I love Jack as much as I love my Crock-Pot. Coach and I use it at least one to two times a week. I work forty minutes from our home, but Coach is  only thirty seconds so he’ll come home for a hot second, and throw everything in the Crock-Pot. It’s so convenient to be able to come home, and dinner basically be ready to serve!

Southwest Chili

(Recipe given to me by my Minot BFF aka top 3 best cook I know)

1 lb ground turkey
3 cloves of garlic
1 onion chopped
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 small can tomato paste
2-3 c chicken or beef broth (depending on consistency)
1 can petite diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cook the ground turkey meat

Dump everything else into Crock-Pot

Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

Add additional toppings such as green onions, tortilla chips, plain greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute, cheese or cilantro

Chicken and Dumplings

(Not exactly “healthy,” but better than spending money and eating at a restaurant where you are unsure of what is going into your meal. Portion control is key here!)

4 boneless/skinless chicken breast

1 onion, finely diced

2 cans of cream of chicken soup (unhealthy part-try to get low sodium or fat free)

2 small packages of biscuits

Add as many vegetables as desired-celery, carrots, peas, green beans, corn

Directions:

Place chicken in Crock-Pot with soup, onion, vegetables and enough water to cover the chicken

Cook for 5-6 hours on high

About 30 minutes prior to serving, break up biscuits and drop them into Crock-Pot

Allow those to sit in Crock-Pot with the lid secured for the remaining time

*I did see some recipes with chicken broth and ways to make the biscuits homemade with wheat flour. This may be an even better option, but on a cold day, this is one of my favorite meals.

Zucchini Lasagna

(Recipe found on slowcookergourmet.net)

2-3 zucchini’s depending on size

1-2 teaspoons of salt

24 oz of marinara sauce (no sugar added or homemade preferred)

15 oz ricotta cheese (when I make any kind of lasagna, I like to do half ricotta and half cottage cheese)

8 oz provolone, shredded

8 oz mozzarella, shredded

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

fresh basil for garnish

Directions:

Slice zucchini lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick strips

Place zucchini in a large colander over a bowl or over the sink and sprinkle well with 1 teaspoon of salt

Let sit for at least 20-30 minutes and then cover with a paper towel and gently press out at much water as you can and pat them dry

If they still seem to have a lot of water, add a little more salt and repeat

Add about 1/2 cup marinara in bottom of slow cooker, then layer about 1/3 of the noodles, cheeses (except parmesan) and more sauce until you have 3 layers

Top with remaining sauce, cheese and and parmesan cheese

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 until “noodles” are tender

Remove cover and let sit for about 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving with fresh basil

Chicken Salsa

4 chicken breast

jar of salsa (I try to buy an organic kind or one made fresh)

can of corn

can of black beans

2 tsp of chili powder

1 tsp of cumin

*If you want an extra kick, add hot green chilies

Directions:

Place chicken into the Crock-Pot

Drain corn and black beans

Add corn and black beans to Crock-Pot

Pour Salsa and seasonings over the chicken, corn and beans

Cook for 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 on low

Before serving shred chicken with a fork

Serve over rice, on a tortilla, or on lettuce

Random things we do with our Crock-Pot…

Spaghetti Squash

Cut in half (like a hamburger)

Pour a very thin layer of olive oil into the Crock-Pot

Place spaghetti squash face down

Cook four 4 hours on high or 6 on low

Once cooked, take the squash out and with a fork scrap out the squash

Serve with a homemade or low in sugar pasta sauce

Turkey Breast Tenderloin

Aldi’s has a turkey breast tenderloin or even lean pork tenderloins that are already seasoned. All you have to do is place a small amount of olive oil in the Crock-Pot then place the tenderloin into the Crock-Pot. Cook on high for 5 hours. Serve with rice and vegetables.

#teamJack #RIPyouperfectmanyou

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Time to CEE Change: Workout Wednesday (SBS Edition)

I get it. The Super Bowl is still four days away, but with wanting to keep some consistency with my Monday Meals and now Workout Wednesday, I have to share some ways to incorporate working out while watching the big game.

If I am being honest, I can’t promise that I’ll be participating in this workout, however, I am scheduled to run four miles that day! We could easily sit home and be hermits because of wanting to stay on track with our health, but Coach and I were invited to watch the game with the coaching staff so that is our plan is the game. They may think I am nuts if I were to start working out in the middle of their living room. If you are in the comfort of your own home though, I highly suggest you take part in this fun little workout I have for y’all. Lifting a beer or chip to your face does NOT count as a workout by the way!

The work out is simple as this. When you see the things listed, do them.

Touchdown– As many push-ups as the team that scored has

Field Goal– 5 burpees

First Down– 10 arm dips

False Start or Off sides– 20 jumping jacks

Interception– 15 squats

Time Out– Chug a bottle of water

Sack– 30 crunches

Personal Foul– 30 second plank

Fumble– 20 bicycle crunches

Flag– 20 mountain climbers

Coach Challenge– Wall sit for duration of review

Beer Commercial– 10 lunges on each leg

Movie Trailer– High knees for the duration

Commercial with an animal– 20 bridges

Eagles Win– Your finished

Patriots Win– Sprint a mile

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Laughing because the last two are not a joke

Time to CEE Change: Monday Meal (SBS Edition)

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Can y’all believe that football season will officially be over Sunday?! Well, at least games on Sunday. Any coach’s wife/girlfriend knows though that football season really is a three hundred and sixty-day gig.

Anyways, I am so excited to be sharing “healthier Super Bowl Sunday food options” with you. Although the game is still six days away, I figured it’d be best to give you some time throughout the week to hit up the grocery store! Before I give a few recipes, I want to first mention a few tips when attending or hosting a Super Bowl Party while trying to stay on track with your health and fitness.

1.) WORKOUT before attending the party

By working out before attending, your mind will remind you when you want to eat that unhealthy appetizer that you put in a lot of hard work so don’t cancel it all out!

2.) Drink lots of water throughout the day

On the Super Bowl and every other day! It will help you feel fuller, and of course, it’s a much better option than a beer or pop. Never forget that WATER IS YOUR FRIEND.

3.) Don’t starve yourself all day then binge

100% guilty of this, but it’s totally not a good idea. Your body needs nutrients! I can also promise you that you’ll be wanting to fall asleep by halftime…or maybe you’ll be wanting to do that anyway just because we all know who will win. #rigged 😉

4.) Consider having something filling/nutritious prior

For me this means Shakeology! It curves cravings and is a treat within itself!

5.) Limit your servings

Also 100% guilty of NOT doing this. I have terrible self-control, and it’s something I am desperately working on. Dreaming of the day I can practice what I preach! For real though, maybe allow yourself some unhealthy options, BUT only have ONE plate throughout the evening or fill up with the “healthier” options like fruits and veggies.

DIPS

During the season, I posted a blog full of dip recipes!

“When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip”

None of those are really healthy, but there are some alternatives to making them a lot less unhealthy. Two of my favorites can be found below…

Buffalo Chicken Dip

(to be honest, I typically wing my measurements)

1 block of low fat/fat free cream cheese (definitely not the healthiest, but won’t kill ya)

1 cup of plain greek yogurt

2 cups of rotisserie chicken-shredded

3/4 cup of hot sauce (I prefer Franks, and I also prefer my dip HOT)

1/2 teaspoon dried ranch dressing mix (or about half of a ranch seasoning packet)

Directions:

-Melt down cream cheese in a skillet

-Add chicken, hot sauce, greek yogurt and ranch seasoning

-Heat until bubbles or pour into a pan and cook on 350 for about 10-15 minutes

-Adding a sprinkle of cheese is optional

Spinach Artichoke Dip

1 block of low fat/fat free cream cheese

1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

2 cloves of garlic-minced

10 oz. frozen spinach (thawed and drained)

10 oz. artichoke quarters (drained)

1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 375

-Blend cream cheese, greek yogurt, parmesan cheese and garlic cloves in a mixer

-Add in spinach and artichokes, making sure both are drained

-Pour into a pan and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese

-Bake for 20-30 minutes

Serve both dips with Pita Chips or carrots or celery!

Finger Foods

Bacon Wrapped Avocado Fries

Package of turkey bacon (I get mine at Aldi’s)

2 large avocados, sliced into fry sizes

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 425

-Wrap fry cut avocado pieces with bacon, tuck the one end

-Bake for 5-10 minutes or until bacon is crisp

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Recipe and photo from Kirbie’s Cravings

Deviled Eggs

I have a sick obsession with deviled eggs. One time I had like 12 in a sitting…don’t suggest doing that especially if they aren’t made like the recipe below. Also if anyone has tricks for making the perfect hard boiled egg PLEASE tell me.

12 hard boiled eggs

1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt

2 tsp dijon mustard

1/2 tsp of pepper

1/4 tsp of salt

paprika to garnish (dill is good too!)

Directions:

-Boil the eggs of course

*I have zero tips on this because mine never turn out perfectly

-Peel eggs and cut like a hot dog bun

-Mix all greek yogurt, mustard, yolks and seasonings (not paprika) together

-Add mixture to egg whites and sprinkle with paprika

Desserts

Apple Nachos

Sliced apples (your preference, but I’d use granny smith)

1/2 cup of all natural peanut butter

Semi sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips

Chopped nuts

Plain popcorn

Directions:

-Slice Apples and lay out on plate like nachos

-Melt down peanut butter

-Drizzle peanut butter on apples

-Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts onto apples

-Sprinkle popcorn onto apples

Banana Split Bites

Bananas

Pineapple cubes

Strawberries

Melted dark chocolate

Chopped Nuts

Skewers

Directions:

-Cut all fruit into pieces

-Place the pineapple, banana and strawberry onto skewer

-Place in freezer for 10 minutes

-Melt down dark chocolate

-Dip fruit in chocolate then into nuts

-Place skewers on wax paper

-Allow to chocolate to harden

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Recipe and photo from Life Love Liz

So there you have it people! A few recipes for you to enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday. If you make any of these, please take a picture and use hashtag #imwiththecoachrecipes

GO EAGLES!

(although I wish it was the Bills or the Steelers)

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Time to CEE Change: Intro

Remember that post about getting back into working out and putting my health first? Perhaps you didn’t read it or perhaps you need a refresher. If either of those are the case, click the link below to read more.

“She Believed She Could So She Did”

Throughout that post, I spoke of my fitness journey over the last 5 years. The highs, the lows, and everything else in between.  At the time, four long months ago, I wanted the following Monday to be the last Monday where I said, “I’ll start next Monday.” Unfortunately, I’m here to tell everyone: I continued to say “next Monday” since then. I also found every excuse in the book to not workout. If I’m being honest, I simply didn’t want to workout and as much as I’m aware of how important it is to eat clean; everything unhealthy sounded much better.

What has changed? Well, y’all may think I am crazy and not see what I see, but ultimately I have noticed a change in pictures and that’s enough to open my eyes and realize that if I don’t make changes to my life, it will only get worse and be much harder to correct as I get older and life gets crazier.

With the New Year, I am sure y’all have made your list of resolutions. I always find it silly how we wait until the start of the new year to change, but I am 100% guilty of doing so. If you are anything like myself, you put on your list to workout more, eat better, etc. I’ve decided to start this “fitness series” to show you that when you struggle you are not alone, healthy recipes can be delicious, and working out truly is the best medicine.

I have to make it clear: I am no fitness expert. I’m just your average girl trying to live her best life, while looking and feeling her absolute best. When it comes down to it, YOU have to want it.  I can give you some personal testimony or perhaps even direct you to some people who are  “experts,” but if you’re not willing to put in the work, nothing will change in your life.  Self explanatory, right? If you know me personally, you know I am a very sensitive person, and very easily jump to my defense when given “tough love.” (I consider my ability to admit my flaws one of my best qualities HA!) However, I want to make it clear: this series will be raw and the real deal.  I’m not going to sugar coat my struggles, and I plan on celebrating my triumphs! I encourage all of you to do the same in your own personal fitness journey.

I am going to be sharing my own personal progress, tips, information, recipes, and mini workouts. Some of the workouts may be longer than others or may just be what I did that day.  I am currently doing a hybrid that consist of interval training, running, and Insanity Max: 30. This workout schedule is my “pre-half marathon training.” I won’t be sharing the entire plan because my trainer has worked hard on personalizing my schedule to best fit MY needs. Everyone is different, and everyone needs to do what is best for them. If something like this intrigues you, I’d be more than happy to direct you to my trainer! This series is not for any specific kind of workouts, diets, or lifestyles.  I truly support any and all kinds of healthy living. I hope this series brings you some motivation and the desire to live your best happy and healthy life! If you have any questions, comments, additional information, etc. please do not be afraid to reach out to me! You can reach me by my contact page or on my Instagram @imwith.thecoach.

It’s time to CEE CHANGE AND get CIERRAIOUSLY motivated!

Be My Guest

WOOF. It’s been a minute since I’ve posted.  I apologize for this! December was an insane month for me. I was traveling for work, and Coach was off recruiting.  A lot of things hit me full circle, and left me feeling anxious, lonely, and depressed.  Thankfully, I am feeling much better at this time, and am continuing to work towards a better me. I have a few to thank for this, but especially Jessica.

I’ve spoke of my bestest friend Jessica before on the blog. We have been friends since I was in 8th grade…10 or 11 years now? We actually met on good ole’ MySpace. Pretty sure she made my Top 3 instantly because it didn’t take long for us to became such good friends.  You ever find someone who is like the exact same as you, yet different? Yeah, that’s me and Jess, and the reason we call each other Twin.

Since starting this blog and my Rodan and Field’s business, Jessica has been my backbone.  She’s an encourager, do-er, and a believer in others.  I truly can say without her, this blog or my business would be nonexistent. Jess continues to be a positive impact on all my doings. Because of that I decided it’d be a great idea to “interview” her on her own business!  Jessica is a photographer based in Erie, PA.  She really is the beauty behind majority of my post!  Probably within a year or two of becoming friends she began to take photos of me and the beauty of the world. I continue to be in complete awe over how much her talent has evolved. She unquestionably is a total BOSS BABE!

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Can you tell our readers about yourself?

Hi friends! I’m Jessica. I’m a wedding and portrait photographer who serves the wild at heart, the head over heels in love, and those who genuinely enjoy living each of their days as if it were their last. I really freaking love my dog and cuss words are basically my go to, all the time.

What inspired you to begin taking photos?

You. Hahaha. No seriously. I could get into this, but I’m SURE you’ve got some old photos to show the world. 😉 

Who has impacted you the most since starting your business?

This question certainly can go two different ways! My friends and family are the ones who have impacted me the most, the ones who keep me going on the shitty days, and they’re there to celebrate with me when something really awesome happens! Those who are closest to me truly know what it’s like for me to run a business and I think I owe them all the thanks in the world, especially when I’m having full mental breakdowns. 

When it comes to a professional impact, I’d have to say that Katelyn James and Amy & Jordan Demos are two educators who have truly impacted the way I operate and look at my business! I have learned so much valuable information from them and that’s truly impacted me for the better. 

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What is the best part of being a photographer/business owner?

Napping whenever I feel like it. 😉

All jokes aside, it’s the fact that I am able to serve others. I love capturing a legacy and freezing a moment in time for people to cherish for years to come. A lot of people think owning a business seems like a fairy tale but I can assure you there are tough days. There are days where I feel lonely, question if I’m cut out for all of this, and cry with my laptop in my lap. But, all it takes is that one person to tell you they believe in you and that’s what makes it all worth it. At the end of the day I’m able to chase my American dream and I can’t even believe I’m this damn lucky. 

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You are your own boss. How do you prioritize your time and stay disciplined?

This is something I struggle with as do a lot of business owners that work from home! I’m going to treat my day to day like a 7-8 hour work day and ensure that I structure everything as I would working for someone else! I think this way it will discipline me enough to know I have only a set amount of time to get my things done but if I wanted to take my dog for a walk, I thankfully have the freedom to do that! 

You get to make your own schedule, so when you aren’t work, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love getting lost in a good book. I’ll spend hours on the couch, tuning everything out around me and not putting it down until I’m finished! 

What is your greatest achievement?

Serving others through photography. That within itself is an amazing achievement and I can’t believe that everyday I get to do what I truly love. 

(Oh, and perhaps she is too humble to mention that she was named “Erie’s Choice 2017”  in Photography!)

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What is the biggest challenge to starting a business?

The biggest challenge in starting a business would certainly be growing a clientele but it’s clearly not impossible! I am a firm believer if you start your business for all the right reasons and do everything from your heart, your clientele will come. Your tribe is out there, it might just take some time to find them! 

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Fear is a big part of why others don’t go after their dreams, what can you tell our readers about overcoming “fear” and truly going for it?

Fear is the biggest black cloud and in order to overcome it I believe you need to surround yourself with positivity! I know that’s much easier said than done but if you truly want something then manifesting it in a positive light is the route to go. I also think preparation is key which could be anywhere from making sure you’re financially able to go for it to having the right support system! 

What would you tell someone looking to start a business or new hobby 

Just do it. Go for it and don’t even look back. Don’t question what happens if you fail, just do it. I am a firm believer that we’ve only got so many years on this planet and you’ll never know if you don’t try. Believe me, it’s so scary but it’s also incredibly rewarding. I started out by saving as much money as I could and investing in my business while I worked a full time job! It was a pain in the ass but it created a safety net for me and also allowed me to pay all of my equipment off before starting as a full time business owner. 

If you want to take on a new hobby, I also believe you should just go for it! It will create a positive escape and might even result in you owning a business someday!

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To see more of Jessica’s work, follow her on her social media accounts.

FaceBook: Jessica Husted Photography

Instagram: @jessicahustedphotography

  • FYI- She does have open spots in 2018! HOWEVER, they are limited so jump on it people. To inquire with her, email her at jessicahusted@gmail.com.
  • In addition to taking amazing photos, Jessica also has one on one mentoring available for ANYONE whether it be via SKYPE or in person.

 

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Him

Holy Moly! I can’t believe Christmas is in ELEVEN days.  I am seriously in shock over how fast this year has flown by.  Time truly does fly when you’re having fun!

With the expenses that have come with moving, and the need to save money for our future, Coach and I are not exchanging gifts this year. However, I wanted to give ya’ll a few ideas on what to get that special someone in your life! The ideas that I have come up with are especially perfect for a coach but great for all men.

1.)Rodan and Fields Products

Did you really think I’d not include my favorite skincare products?! Rodan and Fields is not just for woman.  Whether they want “the perfect shave” or to hide those tired eyes from long work hours, this stuff is legit.  Other products that would be great for a coach  or any male would be our sunscreen, lip shield for chapped lips or skin care regimens.

 

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2.) Cold Weather Gear

If you’re lucky enough to be down south, ignore this one. Cold weather gear for us is a necessity.  Seriously though, we went from one cold and snowy state to another.  Ah, forever dreaming of the day Coach gets a job down south. Some items to consider are hats, gloves, leggings or long sleeve shirts.  We are big fans of Under Armor apparel.  Dick’s Sporting Goods, Under Armor or Field and Stream would be your best bet for finding what exactly you need.

3.) Mugs/Tumblers

Coach drinks a disturbing amount of coffee.  He is a bigger fan of tumblers, but mugs are nice to have on the weekends when we are enjoying our Sunday brunch. Some of my favorite places to purchase mugs are TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Target.  Blue Feel Creations also has cute ones.  I’m sure your man would prefer to keep those at home! In regards to tumblers, Yeti’s are always a good idea. We personally do not own Yeti’s, but I know many people who love theirs.  I purchased an off-brand tumbler, and according to Coach, it works just as well.  My mom claims she did a test with my cousins Yeti and her Walmart Tumbler, and she won.

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4.) Leadership Books

Self Development is important for everyone, but especially those in a leadership role.  Below are two great books for a coach:

The Score Takes Care of Itself by Brian Walsh

Legacy by James Kerr

5.) Watch

A fitness tracker will tell you the time, but some men prefer a more sophisticated look.  Stores to find nice ones could be department stores, jewelry stores or TJ Maxx/Marshalls.

6.) Ipad

Coach recently purchased an Ipad.  He insisted that it was necessary for recruiting.  He is able to show team highlights and input recruits information into Front Rush. It will be nice to have for away games as well. He’ll be able to watch movies or read a book on it.

7.) Fitness Tracker

Whether it’s a Fitbit, Apple Watch or Garmin, this is a great gift idea for a guy.  I know Coach especially loves his Fitbit Blaze. He likes how it tells time, counts his steps, and tracks his continuous heart rate.  If other coaches have one, it could create some healthy competition on the staff, and of course, it is a great motivator.  I remember when Coach was coaching in North Dakota and coming home from camp one day.  His step count was over 24,000!

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8.) Wireless Headphones

If your man shares an office or enjoys working out, these are super convenient. I personally haven’t used them, but asked Santa some!

9.) Shoes

Coach loves getting new shoes!  Whether it’s for working out, shoes for Gameday, nice boots for the cold weather …shoes are always a good idea.

10.) Sports Tickets

If you’re purchasing these for a coach, it may be difficult to get them for a game during football season considering their work schedule, but if your team doesn’t make the playoffs you may be able to score NFL or D1 tickets.  Coach and I love going to football games! We’ve attended three Buffalo Bill games and two Steeler games together. Hockey, Baseball, etc. are also great events that your men may enjoy attending! We get our tickets off of StubHub or TicketsNow.

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My “Why”

If you follow my blog, you may remember my post about Rodan and Fields Lash Boost.

I Got 99 Problems, But My Lashes Ain’t 1

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As the first sentence said, I made it clear that I was not a R+F Consultant, however I planned on considering it once life slowed down a bit. Life hasn’t slowed down, like what so ever. Coach is gone recruiting, the holidays are in full effect, and I am traveling for work a lot right now. The list goes on. Ultimately, after being asked if my lashes were real on several occasions, and instead of just sending them to my amazing upline, I decided perhaps I truly could run with this and make something out of it. I mean what’s one more thing?!

I’m writing today to get a little raw on the backbone of WHY I decided to become a Rodan+Fields Consultant. It comes down to three reasons:

Fear of Failure•I love my skin•Finances

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I have allowed the fear of failure to dictate every decision in my life. I originally went to college to become a Speech Language Pathologist, but switched my major because I got a 3.2 my second semester and feared I wouldn’t get into graduate school; I thought, why take the chance of going to school for four years with a degree I couldn’t use without a Masters? So I switched my major to Rehabilitation and Human Services with plans to attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy, but I didn’t shadow many OT’s because I didn’t want to do an internship somewhere where I wouldn’t get paid (will come back to finances later), AND I figured I’d do horrible on the GRE’s so probably wouldn’t get into graduate school. Hmm … let’s see what else, I thought for a second maybe I’ll become a State Cop (lets all laugh for a second at the thought of this), well even when I was in the best shape of my life, I figured I couldn’t pass the PT test so decided it wouldn’t be a good idea to even try; I was too afraid of failing. If you haven’t caught on to how absolutely ridculious all of this sounds, even as I write these I am getting annoyed with myself. Unfortunately, this is how my mind has worked for the past however many YEARS. My upline and I had talked multiple times about becoming a consultant, but I kept pushing it off. After referring 5+ people to her, and someone telling me they’d purchase Lash Boost on the spot if it meant their lashes would look like mine, I decided to throw away the idea of failure and for once, take a leap of faith! Although this is something I continue to struggle with, I must say that I am BEYOND BLESSED to be surrounded by so many amazing friends and family who continue to push me. Even before I launched this blog, I thought about backing out of it. I couldn’t be anymore thankful for the guidance and love I have received from so many people when it comes to this blog and now my new business.

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I LOVE MY SKIN. For the most part I have always been lucky to have “nice” skin. There have been a few times throughout the years were I have had massive breakouts or at least, what seemed massive to me. I was beyond self-conscious when my face was breaking out. I bought new makeup and poured on as much as I could to hide the issues. I tried various things (NOT R+F because I knew nothing about it at the time, but I now know we do have an awesome regimen line to help with these issues), but ultimately changing my birth control is what helped the most. I’ll also give some credit to Shakeology. That stuff is magical. Thankfully, things have been going well for a few years now when it comes to my skin. Because of that, I knew R+F was the right decision. I am going to be 25 soon, and as much as that is still “young” I feel that NOW is the time to invest in my skin. Life is going to continue to happen. I will get pregnant and experience breakouts, blah blah blah…but when it comes down to it, I know that I’ll always be able to fall back on these incredible products that help THOUSANDS of people every single day.

Anyone who knows me knows how critical I am of myself. Not only do I struggle with the fear of failure, but probably even more so with my self-esteem. I am at a point where it’s been almost a year going back on forth on programs and eating habits, but I just can’t get my motivation to be where it once was. I used to love it, but truthfully it’s a chore to me now, and even worse I simply just don’t care to do any of it at all. Well, I do care but I feel like I am at the bottom of a deep hole, and I have so much work to do to get out that I don’t even know where to start. When it comes to R+F though,  it’s one of those things that I have continued to do and have seen actual results. so I crave it and believe in it so highly. Obviously, one can not compare skincare to fitness results, but in a way they truly do go together. The more you workout and eat right the better you’ll look and feel. Because of R+F, I am so confident in my skin. I just need to work on feeling that way about the rest of my body as well.

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready.  There is only now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”

Last but not least, everyone’s favorite topic: MONEY.  I grew up getting pretty much everything I wanted. I can’t ever remember being disappointed on Christmas morning or being told no. Truthfully, I knew or eventually realized the financial struggle my parents were experiencing. While in 3rd grade my parents got divorced. My mom was making close to nothing, and my dad was severely hurt in an accident. Although I was given all I could ever want, I do remember not having what others had. That’s honestly still the case. Ultimately, it’s made me into the hardworking, strong, independent woman I am today. There are many things I have purchased over the past decade that I know others have received because of family support. That’s awesome, and although I sometimes become bitter of those who have that privledge, I know that my mom worked her a$$ off to provide for us; because of her, I recognize what’s truly important in this world (TOTALLY NOT saying those who have support don’t recognize this!!!!).

I like to think I do well with saving money, but can admit I have spent LOTS of money on this things I didn’t need. I was lucky to graduate college and get a great job. When I moved to ND, I landed another well-paying job. However, the move back to PA wiped away nearly all of my savings, which is difficult to experience. Coach has been very supportive, but of course, I pay my stuff and he pays his. I went without work for two months. Most say, “well, hey at least you were lucky to have that cushion when you moved,” and they are correct. But building back that savings has been a struggle. I want to be married and have babies in the next five years, so if I can help others while making money, woohoo! I intend to save all of my earnings for our future.

When it comes down to it, if I can do this and earn some cash, great. If not, that’s okay too, but I hope at the very least I can help change someone’s life because their lashes are bomb.com or their skin has improved drastically. I am working on improving my self-esteem, and I’d never ever want someone to feel down on themselves. I think y’all are beautiful! Rodan and Fields just keeps you looking good.

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If you have any interest in the products, perks, or becoming a consultant yourself please reach out to me. I’d love to work with new consultants and learn together all the amazing things this company has to offer.  Thank you so much for reading this NOVEL. Seriously, y’all are the best!

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#ALLIN

And just like that, the second season of Coach’s career is complete.  It seriously feels like yesterday that Coach accepted the offer at our current school.  Although the decision to accept the offer was easy, everything about the transition process was e x h a u s t i n g. Ultimately, as trying and difficult the past year has been, I wouldn’t have trade our current situation for anything else.  I am so proud of Coach and the team, even if there is a lot of work to be done.

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Since we have successfully completed our first drastic move and season as a full time coaching unit, I feel like we can get through anything. Although it feels that way, I am sure there will be many more obstacles to overcome.  I wanted to provide y’all a sneak peak into this lifestyle, and perhaps shed some knowledge on what you may not know. I may not be an expert, but one thing is certain: I am obsessed football and so in love with my Coach.

First and foremost, it’s almost entertaining when I tell people about Coach’s job.  I almost get offended by the questions/comments, but I am aware that if you aren’t living it, it may not make sense or be your cup of tea, and that’s totally okay!

“HE WORKS THAT MUCH?” “HE ONLY MAKES THAT MUCH MONEY?” “HE CAN’T TAKE
OFF?” “WHAT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR JOB?” “YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE KIDS AND
MOVE AROUND THAT MUCH?”

When it came to Coach wanting to pursue his dream, I was always 100% on board, but originally did not plan on moving with him to North Dakota.  Long story short: I did. And everything from that moment has worked out just fine. Some people may ask about my own dreams or goals and how they will be fulfilled when I am following Coach from school to school.  I understand that concern, but when it comes down to it, perhaps my dream, goal, or passion is to have a good job that pays enough to allow me to do the  things I enjoy like running and working out. Not everyone has to have a passion that is their work, even though Coach clearly got lucky in that regard.  I can’t quite pinpoint what I want to do with my life, but I do know that I want to be a great wife to an amazing coach, a mom, and spend all of my Saturday’s on the sidelines.

I am not kidding when I say that our life revolves around football.  In my world, nothing else matters on a Saturday during the season other than it is Game Day.  With that said, being with Coach means missing a lot of things. Obviously, we are not fans of Fall weddings, but thankfully there is the US Postal Service that can deliver your gift for us. (Sorry not sorry!) But really, when I sat back and thought about it, it’s not like he can call off.  It’s not funny to joke about, but I asked the simple question: “what if something happened to me or a close family member?” He responded in a typical coach-like fashion, “you’d all know better than to let that happen during Football season.”  Coach once said to me “Cierra, I’ve come to accept that I will miss a lot of things, and that’s okay.” My heart broke a little, but he’s right, it is okay.

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Coach was a graduate assistant at our previous school, and he worked more than 60 hours a week, only making $5,000 in nine months. However, he was also getting his Master’s paid for as well.  We moved before he finished, so he is currently finishing it online, but since he didn’t complete the program as a graduate assistant, he is now paying the second half of it.  Obviously, I am not speaking of his paycheck, but if you think we are living some glamorous life, you are beyond wrong. Coaches work INSANE hours, and when calculated, they must make way less than minimum wage.  It goes to show that money isn’t everything, and if you are doing what you love, that’s all that matters.  I feel so fortunate that Coach was home at “good times” every day during the season.  His schedule went something like this: normal hours on Sunday and Monday (8:30-5pm), Tuesday-Thursday (7-7:30pm), out early on Friday (6am-1) and Saturday depended on the start of the game (give or take 10-12 hours).

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You may have heard that Coaches move A LOT.  I am hoping that isn’t the case in our life, but it is what it is.  However, I do know there is no time for waste.   We legit up and moved in five days. How is that possible? I don’t even know. It’s a blur! He accepted on Friday, July 21st, and had to be at work on July 31st. In that situation, he had to get there ASAP because camp was starting so soon, but even if it is a move in January or February (around the time when coaches accept job offers) the time to move is immediate. I was BEYOND blessed to have a job environment so understanding and didn’t even make me put in two weeks.  To be honest, I barely put in a day’s notice.  I felt absolutely AWFUL, but again, I was fortunate they were so understanding of our situation; it made things so much easier for me. To me, this is the most difficult part of Coach’s career: not knowing
when you’ll move, where you’ll move, and what jobs will be available.

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The season may be over, but that doesn’t mean Coach is sitting back relaxing after working every single day for the last four months.  The season ended on Saturday, and he was on the road Monday to start recruiting.  Throughout the next month, he’ll be gone off and on Gator Huntin’.  I miss him already, but it makes the days we do get to spend together that more special.

To sum this post up, in order to love this life as the Coach’s girl, I truly feel you have to be #ALLIN in order to enjoy it and not go absolutely crazy.  I could go on and on about this life, but don’t let me fool you; the things I mentioned above are real-world stressors in our everyday life. Moving, finances, missing out, and making sacrifices for one another are just the tip of the iceberg of what this life is all about.

If you are a Coach’s girl and experiencing these things, please reach out to me! I have survived this life partially because of the amazing wives and girlfriends I have been surrounded by and all their support. You are 100% not alone!

 

Hot Diggity Dog

A4B4FE79-47D9-48B0-B8A0-F9873C7DDB91If you follow my blog or know anything about me, you know how obsessed I am with my dog. You see, Coach and I didn’t grow up with dogs so we truly had no idea what we were doing when we got Kessel Phil. Thankfully, he’s a complete angel and such a good boy. We couldn’t be any luckier!

Before Kessel, I never disliked dogs, however I didn’t go out of my way to pet them or sweet talk them. Now that I am a dog mom, it’s like GIVE ME ALL THE DOGS, and I love every one else’s as if they were mine own (jk, Kessel has my whole heart, but you get what I mean).

Social media is filled with so much negativity these days so that I thought I’d do you all a favor and just do an entire post on DOGS.All the dogs listed are from YOU (my lovely followers), family, and friends. I hope these photos make your heart happy as much as they did mine!

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Alyeska- Samoyed

 

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Bentley- Laborer Retriever

 

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Ragnar- Cane Corso
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Nike and Nova- Pitbull and Husky/Lab Mix
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Charlie- Cockapoo
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Pasiley and Sully-Yorkie-Poo and Labradoodle
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Cinna- Pitbull Mix
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Harley- Lab Mix
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Ashur- Doberman Pinscher
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Bella- Cockapoo
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Lilly and Scarlet- Jackapoo and Yorkie-Poo
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Petey- Boxer Mix
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Tucker- Jack Russell Mix
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Olive- Silver Lab
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Kaida and Addy- Pitbull Mix and Dashshund Mix
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Zoey- Brindle Boxer
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Moose- Pomsky
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Charlee- Lab/Shepherd Mix
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Puddin’ Pop- Chilhuahua
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Dixie- Sharpeagle
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Tucker- Black Lab/Boxer/St. Bernard Mix
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Ghost- Boxer Mix
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Finn-Border Collie Mix
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Roca- Great Dane
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Lacey- Pitbull Mix
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Norman- Yorkie
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Kayla and Kallie- Shih Tzu
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Marlo and Millie- Corgi/Border Collie Mix
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Bortuzzo- Chocolate Lab
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Charlie- Miniature Australian Shepard
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Fleury- Chocolate Lab
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Ruger- French Bull Dog/Boston Terrier Mix
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Mercedes- Cavalier King Charles/Poodle Mix
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Wilma- Maltese
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Oakley
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Moose- Black Lab
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Torque- Sheltie Poodle
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Louie- French Bull Dog
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Lexie- Black Lab
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Enxo- Lab/Shepherd Mix
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Cooper- Doxi-Poo
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Spunky- Miniature Long Haired Dachshund
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Daisy- Coonhound
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Libby- Mastiff Rottweiler Mix
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Luna- Bernedoodle
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Lola- Black Lab
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Zoey and Roxy- Coton De Tulear/Miniature Havanese
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Raphael- Rough Collie
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Hannah and Tucker- Golden Sheltie Mix and Golden Retriever
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Axl- Golden Retriever
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Sam and Charlie- Yellow Lab
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Lilly and Sergeant- Dalmatian and German Shepherd

 

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Lenny- Cockapoo (Fur Nephew)

 

 

 

SAD

Is it Summer yet?

SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is real people, even if Google searches tell you it isn’t. I’ve lived in Pennsylvania my whole, with the exception of the year in North Dakota.  People honestly call my hometown “Dreary Erie.” Oh, and North Dakota is everything you’d imagine it to be, but worse.  I can’t even begin to describe walking outside in -22 degree weather with a windchill of -60.  As the weather continues to get colder, I am trying so hard to not complain, especially after experiencing the winter I did last year in ND. Even happy-go-lucky Coach though said the other day that he feels his seasonal depression is kicking in.

SAD is a disorder in which you become depressed during a certain time of the year.  I am not writing to give you all of the facts.  I am the furthest thing from a doctor, but because I’ve lived in places that many consider “depressing” during the winter months, I will share the steps I take to combat those winter blues.

Exercise

Easier said than done. I get it. However, there is nothing a good workout can’t fix! Whether you decide to go to the gym or press play on your Beach Body on Demand, get up and move. I promise it will make you feel better.

Eat Healthy

Feed yourself junk, and you’ll feel like junk. This is one of those topics that is pretty self-explanatory, but with the Holidays approaching I understand how difficult it may be. Do your best to make healthier decisions during the Holidays! You’ll be happy you did when it comes to making your New Year Resolutions!

Get a Pet

We got Kessel at the end of November in 2016 and he is the best thing to happen to us. There is no better feeling than coming home to something that loves you unconditionally and believes you’re the best thing ever created. I can remember when he was a puppy and I’d rush home to see him after work. Not much has changed.

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Spend Time with Your Loved Ones

“While We Are Busy Growing Up, We Often Forget Our Parents Are Growing Old Too.” Whether it is your parents, grandparents, relatives or friends, surround yourself with those who mean the most to you!

Get Outside (yes even if it’s cold)

Ice Skating, Sledding, Hiking! Just bundle up! I know when I am at work, I don’t even see the light of day unless I go to lunch. Take time during the day to get outside, and try to choose an outdoor activity or two each weekend. Plus, is there anything better than coming in from the cold to snuggle up with some hot coco?!

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Get a Hobby

Learn how to crochet, join a book club, scrapbook, or whatever else floats your boat. I personally love scrapbooking! Right before we moved I purchased stuff to make a scrapbook of our time in Minot. I am looking forward to starting the scrapbook once football season winds down, and my weekends are not so chaotic.

Hot Yoga

This goes along with exercising, but I can’t say enough about my love for hot yoga! Both of my cold cities have had AMAZING yoga studios (YogaErie, Yogifyu)! It was so nice to get out of work and sweat out the stresses of the day. Also, it doesn’t feel as cold outside once you’ve spent the last hour in a room that is almost 120 degrees!

Treat Yo Self

Perhaps I am contradicting myself, but a little indulging won’t hurt. If you don’t you’ll end up going crazy! Whether it’s food, shopping or drinks with friends, take time to do you! Shopping or wine are always my go to!

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Avoid Social Media

If only I could practice what I preach. This is one of those things that will help beat any kind of sadness you may be enduring, regardless of the time of year. I have met amazing people on social media, but as we all know, it has a lot of drawbacks. With the Holidays around the corner, hopefully your social media is a bit more cheerful, but let’s be honest there will always be a Grinch!

Plan Something to Look Forward to

If all else fails, plan a trip south. Not only will a trip south give you a good excuse to get that body right, it will help you get through those cold months and have you counting down the days to fun in the sun!

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The Month of Coming Home

“Home is wherever you leave everything you love and you never question that it will be there when you return.”

During October, I spent every weekend celebrating homecoming! Although I am beyond exhausted, it was amazing to catch up with all of those who mean so much to us! The first stop was our Alma Mater, Clarion University. It was my first homecoming since graduating in 2015. We may stay Division III for the rest of our lives because BYE week is the BEST week! Seriously though, we were so fortunate to have BYE week fall on Clarion’s Homecoming, the place where Coach and I fell in love.  At Clarion University, homecoming is called “ALF,” or Autumn Leaf Festival. It’s a week filled with amazing food vendors, a craft show, and of course, Saturday is GAMEDAY!

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This year all of the parents of Coach’s teammates got together for a tailgate! Once the game began we were able to hang out in the alumni tent, which was surely a strange feeling. I wore wedges, and let’s just say it was a big mistake. Like I always say though, “beauty is pain” right?9136B093-6D7C-4EEC-AB43-E03D054A4AE8

While the football game is always a highlight, the best part of ALF is dollar-slice pizza outside of our favorite bar. I may or may not have indulged in two slices, but no regrets. I even ran into my little there! Seeing some of our closet friends was so exciting. All of Coach’s friends kept saying “I’m with the coach.” They either must really love my blog, or simply consider themselves as lucky as I do to be apart of his life! Now that we are getting old and Coach has a career, we opted out of spending the evening in Clarion and went to our friends camp.

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The following weekend Coach had an away game. I spent the weekend with my best friends in our “home town.” I mean, technically our home town is 15 minutes outside of Edinboro, but we call ourselves townies anyways. My friends dragged me out of bed at 6:30 am so we could make it to “Kegs and Eggs” by 7:00 am. After Kegs and Eggs, we walked around town and enjoyed the atmosphere.

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We made a pitt stop at one of the bars where we ran into our high school Spanish teacher. She’s a sweetheart and reminded me of her love for Penn State football. Coach absolutely hates PSU, but I promised her that if he ever gets a job there, I’ll get her some tickets. Later that night, all of us got together and headed out on the town. I’ll keep it short and sweet: I can’t speak for my close friends, but I am not as good as I once was.

This last weekend was Allegheny’s homecoming. On Friday a few of the other wives and myself decorated the locker room for the players. Have you ever smelled a Boys locker room? I may be slightly dramatic, but I’m not kidding when I say it’s the worse smell in the whole wide world! Eventually and miraculously I became immune, though. We were pretty proud of our work, although let’s be honest, when decorating for college boys it doesn’t take much effort. Not pictured is the bomb.com signs we made. One read: “Makin Gheny Football Great Again. Trump the Lords!” We thought it was pretty clever.

1B7A6345-5B73-4BD0-8621-57DA6FBE25D2We spent the weekend with Coach’s best friend from high school and his girlfriend. Of course our families also came to the game. Typically, there are like 10 cars tailgating, but this week the parking lot was pumpin! Some of the alumni have a tradition of smashing each other on a table, which certainly made no sense to me! They failed to bring their own table, so they offered me $24 for mine. I thought it was a steal, but Coach didn’t seem too impressed when I told him about the money I had earned prior to the game.  We won the game, making that our third win of the season. Although that doesn’t seem like that many, it is quite impressive for AC considering it’s more wins they have had in any season since 2011. We most definitely are on the rise! Oh, and one of coach’s lineman got a safety!

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Football season is most certainly winding down! It’s such a bittersweet feeling. I hope y’all are having an amazing season, and if the cold has hit, you are staying warm! Three more games to go for us!

 

 

Live Love Gameday

View More: http://jessicahustedphotography.pass.us/cee--headshotsFootball players always suit up in their “Game Day Best.” Typically, they wear colored jerseys for home games and white for away, if allowed, they choose sweet kicks and flashy gloves, and in October, they may even add some pink. Coaches either select matching attire as a staff, or individually choose what they feel is best depending on the temperature (if only it was that easy). Determining what to wear on game day is no different for us ladies.

First of all, can we all agree it is the most wonderful time of the year? As the coach’s girl, football season isn’t just four months; it seems to be year-round. Whether it is game day, recruiting season, spring ball or summer camps, my life undoubtedly revolves around the pigskin. While this life is not for everyone, I have truly cherished the close relationships formed, team dinners, and the unknown, even though it can be a little scary at times. Ultimately, what I love most is cheering on my coach and his team on game day. And of course, looking my best while doing so!

When it comes to my game day outfit, you know I am already planning on Monday what to wear on Saturday! I take my outfits very seriously, and I’d be lying if I said it isn’t a personal problem. Although I am so lucky to call the coach mine and representing him in the best way possible is important to me, I must make it clear that it is NOT about coming to the game dressed to the nines just because I carry the title of coach’s girl. After all, it isn’t about me. Game Day is about the team and getting that W! I personally just love preparing a killer outfit to wear to the game!

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Weather is always the first determining factor of what to wear, but every female knows “beauty is pain,” so suck it up. Just kidding! Been there, done that … wearing open toe wedges aren’t worth it when it hits 55 degrees. Second, I am all about school spirit, so I love wearing school colors and apparel. However, I don’t just wear clothes that say “GO TEAM,” or “I LOVE FOOTBALL.” I try my best to be fashionable and team-sprites at the same time … but let’s be honest, cuteness tends to be the primary objective!

I can’t recall when I first stumbled upon Live Love Gameday, but I have to admit, I quickly became obsessed with their apparel. Live Love Game Day is the perfect mix of absolutely adorable, super fashionable, yet comfortable, and can be dressed up or down. Although the clothing is perfect for game day, the versitility to wear it throughout the week or even a casual date night is so convenient; all of their items are comfortable and can be worn many different ways! I truly could go on and on. Do yourself a favor by checking out all Live Love Gameday has to offer! I can promise that you will not be disappointed.

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A special thanks to my photographer @JessicaHustedPhotograpghy, the beauty behind majority of my photos! This girl just quit her shitty 9-5, and I couldn’t be anymore proud. You’ve been working towards your dreams since I met you, and as your friend, it’s amazing to sit back and watch your success. Your drive inspires me, and your talent leaves me speechless.  Forever thankful for your work, but most importantly, you!

I Got 99 Problems, But My Lashes Ain’t 1

 

First of all, I am not a Rodan+Field’s consultant, even though it is something I may consider once football season ends and life settles down. I met my consultant through my sister who met her through social media.  We have never met in person, yet we talk at least once per week; I am very fortunate to consider her a friend! I started using the products earlier this year and have seen amazing, immediate  results.  I’ve always been fortunate to have decent skin complexion, so I hope to keep it that way by using Rodan+Fields products.

I had heard about Lash Boost when it was first launched, but I am not going to lie, the price of the product made me hesitate.  However, after seeing my sister’s results and speaking with my consultant, I took the plunge; I am so grateful I did! It’s been almost three months of usage and my lashes are LONG.  I don’t typically wear much eye makeup, and now this is even more of a reason to avoid doing so.  Lash Boost has not only helped my lashes grow, they are also much fuller; astoundingly, I can honestly admit that I saw changes within a month.

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Back to that price tag: retail price is $150.  If you become a PC, or “preferred customer,” you get 10% off all products.  To become a PC, you have to pay a one-time fee of $20  BUT my consultant is SO amazing that she reimburses it. Ultimately, if you make the right move, you end up paying $135.  I know that number still is high, BUT you know those beautiful eyelash extensions everyone is getting right now? They are anywhere from $200-$250+ over a three month period of time. Your tube of Lash Boost is lasting that long, if not longer. AND they are your real lashes, which is a natural bonus. I have heard some negatives to eyelash extensions; sometimes lashes fall out when the extensions are shed, and it can be extremely painful to touch your eyes.  While I’m not trying to knock eyelash extensions because they are beautiful and look SO damn good, but I just really love this product! The only discernible drawbacks to Lash Boost?  It is not for those with nut allergies and you may have to cut back to every other day because they grow SO much and SO fast.

Attached you will find the easiest way to shop for Lash Boost.  If you have any additional questions, please let me know so I can put you in touch with my consultant.  She is fun to talk to, so kind, and always has AWESOME deals.

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Below are my lashes, my R+F Consultant’s lashes, and my sister’s lashes!

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When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

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Let’s be honest, one of the biggest reasons to attend a tailgate or football party is the food … at least in my world.  I, personally, am a dip girl so this week I have listed a few of my FAVORITE dip recipes.  If you decide to make any of these, take pictures and tag me on Instagram @imwith.thecoach or use #imwiththecoachrecipes. Bon Appetite!

Buffalo Chicken Dip (Coach’s mom’s recipe)

Ingredients: Double if feeding more than 2-3 people

  • Either cook chicken and shred or buy canned chicken and shred (Pack of tenders/One can)
  • ¾ Cup-Franks Red Hot
  • 16 oz. or 2 packages- Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup- Ranch
  • ¾ Cup x2 (1 ½ Cup total)- Shredded Cheese
  • Tostito Chips

Instructions:

  1. In pan melt down cream cheese on stove
  2. Add Franks Red Hot, Ranch, and Chicken
  3. Stir all together
  4. Mix in ¾ Cup of Shredded Cheese
  5. Put in Crock Pot once mixed and add in the remaining ¾ Cup of Shredded Cheese
  6. Time depends on serving.  It typically doesn’t take long to warm!
  7.  Serve with Chips!

No Bean Chili Dip (My mom’s recipe)

Ingredients: Double if feeding more than 2-3 people

  • 8 oz.- Cream Cheese
  • Can of Hormel Chili-No Beans
  • 1 Cup-Shredded Cheese
  • Optional: Sliced Jalapenos and Chopped Onion
  • Tostito Chips

Instructions:

  1. Spread 8 oz bar of cream cheese on the bottom of a 9×13 pan
  2. Spread the can of Hormel Chili-No Beans over the cream cheese
  3. Sprinkle cheese (can be more or less than 1 cup depending on what you prefer)
  4. Put Sliced Jalapenos and Chopped Onion on the Shredded Cheese
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes
  6. Serve with Chips!

Taco Dip (Coach’s mom’s recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz.- Cream Cheese
  • 8 oz.- Sour Cream
  • 1 Jar of Taco Sauce
  • Taco Seasoning Packet
  • 1-1½ pounds of ground beef (I make it with turkey meat)
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Tomato
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Optional-Sliced Jalapenos/Onion/Black Olives
  • Tostito Chips

Instructions:

  1. Cook Ground Meat, let cool
  2. Add in Taco Seasoning Packet and 1 Jar of Taco Sauce (I typically use about ¾ of the jar)
  3. In a bowl, mix Cream Cheese and Sour Cream
  4. Spread mixture on the bottom of a 9×13 pan
  5. Put meat mixture on top of the Cream Cheese/Sour Cream mixture
  6. Put Lettuce on top of the meat
  7. Put desired amount of Cheese on top of the Lettuce
  8. Top with Diced Tomatoes
  9. Add additional optional toppings if desired
  10. Serve with Chips

Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Taylor’s recipe found on the site below. Taylor is a Coach’s girl in North Dakota. Miss you girl!) 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pita Chips/Tostito Chips

Instructions:

  1.  Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid
  2.  Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft.
  3.  Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot.
  4.  Serve with Chips!

Hot and Spicy Sausage Dip (Best friend Leigha’s recipe found on the site below) 

http://www.sweetlittlebluebird.com/2013/09/hot-and-spicy-sausage-dip.html

Ingredients: Double if feeding more than 2-3 people

  • 1 pound of Sausage (hot or regular)
  • 10 oz.- Rotel, Original diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 8 oz.- Cream Cheese
  • Optional-diced jalapenos
  • Tostito Chips

Instructions:

  1. Cook Sausage and break into small pieces like taco meat
  2. Drain excess fat
  3. Add in can of Rotel and cream cheese
  4. Add in diced jalapenos if desired
  5. Mix all ingredients together and heat thoroughly
  6. Place in serving dish or crock pot
  7. Serve with Chips

Pepperoni Dip (My dad’s recipe)

Ingredients: Double if feeding more than 2-3 people

  • Pepperoni
  • 16 oz.- Cream Cheese
  • 16 oz.- Cream of Celery Soup
  • Pumpernickel Bread (Buy in the small square loaves)

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a crock pot
  2. Cook on high for at least an hour
  3. Continue to stir
  4. Serve with Pumpernickel Bread

 

Angel on Earth

“In life, you will realize there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you, and some will teach you.  But the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you.  They are the rare and amazing people who remind you why it’s worth it.”
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I met Kaylee during the North Dakota State Fair Parade in Summer 2016.  The football team and coaches walk in the parade each year, and the fair was by far my favorite memory of North Dakota. Within a few days of arriving in North Dakota, there was a full week devoted to country concerts; of course, I like to think it was my welcoming party.IMG-2628 (2)The first concert was Billy Currington.  That night I informed Kaylee she was “mom goals.” Great first impression on my part. But really, she is a mom of four and absolutely beautiful. During one of the tailgates at the concerts, I remember I was pressuring Kaylee with the “rum wine” I had brought.  Needless to say, we had quite the night. After that week, we were inseparable.  I came to her house during away games, we cooked food, drank wine, talked, laughed, and watched movies. She provided me such comfort in a new place.

I consider Kaylee my third sister, and even a second mother at times; only the most special people can play both of those roles simultaneously.  North Dakota was good to me, but that doesn’t mean every day was easy.  However, because of her, when things became difficult I always had someone to trust. As a coaches wife, Kaylee has experienced this life for many years and is the one person whom I can confide, whether it’s a venting session, a celebratory discussion, or anything in between. For real, I even send her pictures of my game day outfits each weekend to ask if they are cute.  On a serious note though, every coaches wife/girlfriend needs a “Kaylee” in their life.  She makes me want to be a better girlfriend of a coach, person, and future mother. Quite simply, Kaylee is my “football person.”IMG-7508
Remember that “rum wine” I spoke of earlier?  A few weeks into that season, Kaylee declined an invitation to hang out because she felt under the weather. I remember walking through Target asking her via text if she was pregnant.  She responded with “I plead the fifth.” Our wine dates soon ended and quickly turned into binge-eating dates, which was certainly fine by me (even as someone who wasn’t “eating for two”).   I remember being so excited when she shared the news; there would be a new member of our tribe! With the help of close friends and other wives/girlfriends, we planned a surprise baby shower for Kaylee.  It was absolutely adorable, and we had so much fun. Kaylee was beyond grateful for all the love and support she received that night.IMG-7509 (1)
The following Monday, I received a text from Coach saying, “Did you hear?” Obviously, that is never a good text.  He called me and informed me of the absolutely devasting news.  Haven Grace was born, and the first thing her beautiful little eyes saw was the face of Jesus.


There are many things in life that I will never understand, but I am a firm believer that God gives his toughest battles to his strongest people. Kaylee has mentioned that maybe we were brought into each other’s lives to be there for each other during this year, each other’s “angel on earth.”  I think she is right.

In 1988 President Ronald Reagan declared this month Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  During that month he said, “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.  This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world.  It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.”
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Despite the pain, heartache, grief and so much more, Kaylee has remained so strong.  Instead of being angry, Kaylee is doing all she can to remember Haven in all the best ways.  She has created a boutique called “Haven’s Place.”  The shop is filled with custom tutu’s, bows, and much more.  As you can see, the items are absolutely adorable and perfect for all occasions. You can find her on Facebook by searching @HavensPlace3717. She also is pouring her heart out to others.  She has created memorial packages to send to the local hospital.  The packages include a blanket, outfit, beanie or bow, book and teddy bear. The proceeds of Haven’s Place are helping make these memorial packages possible. I bet Haven is in Heaven saying to all her angel friends, “my mama is amazing!”

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Today is Kaylee’s birthday!
Kaylee. I wish I was in North Dakota with you to celebrate our teams’ victories this past weekend. We would be sippin’ wine, crushin’ food, and eatin’ lots of cupcakes.  I hope your day is as amazing as you are! I can’t thank you enough for being such an amazing friend to me.  I miss you so much, but am forever thankful for technology that allows us to stay in touch! Thank you for always being a text message away.  You are an amazing friend, wife, mom, and person.  Go get your nails did and treat yo self. Time to start planning our reunion!

If you don’t know, now you know

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First things first, I want to thank y’all for your patience with me on this chilly Thursday.  Wasn’t it just eighty degrees yesterday? Nothing like Northwest Pennsylvania! Anyways, after two long months, I am finally back to work. I drove across the beautiful Keystone State this week for training and was reminded of my gratitude for living in my home state.  Unfortunately, it also means my blog post for this week was put on the back burner.  I planned on having a very meaningful post this week, but due to the craziness, I will be having a “special edition” post next week in addition to my Thursday post.  I am so grateful for the love and support I receive week after week.  If you’ve been following my blog, you may feel like you’ve learned a lot about me, but I thought I’d take this Thursday to give you some additional “facts.”

1.) I can honestly say my absolute best friends are still the girls from my elementary school days. We each attended different colleges, all of us moved away at various times, some now have babies, life has thrown us lots of barriers, but our friendship is still as amazing as it was in grade school.  One major lesson I have learned since being apart of this crazy football lifestyle is that you truly find out who your friends are.  Some say “move away and you’ll find that out.” No, move away and come back … that’s when you’ll know.  Lucky for me, these girls have remained. I love y’all so much!friends

2.) The biggest risk I have ever taken is … well, you guessed it, moving to North Dakota to support Coach as he began to pursue his dream. Perhaps “risk” isn’t the right word.  I knew he was the love of my life, but come on, pack up your life and move 1,300 miles away from everything isn’t something people do every day.  We found out in May 2016 that he received the position.  I was enrolled to go back to school to become a Physical Therapy Assistant.  Although I would have enjoyed the field, I was content in looking for an “out” from my employment.  I was working as an Intake Caseworker for Children Services.  I was surrounded by the most INCREDIBLE coworkers I will ever have, but the job was t o u g h. I was able to separate myself from the stories, but I struggled majorly with the ignorance of the parents, I questioned my safety often, and dirty homes just weren’t my thing. I canceled my enrollment, bought a new car, and ventured out.  I may have mentioned this before, but I am not lying when I say, it was and still is the best decision I have ever made. Not to mention,  it also saved me from being $36,000 more in debt.
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3.) While in North Dakota, I met Josh Duhamel.  He actually is from Minot! Crazy, right?! I was tailgating at one of Coach’s games, and I had gone to use the restroom. As I was walking back, the area was much more crowded than before.  Someone mentioned he was like five feet away from me.  Admittedly, I went into total fan girl mode in less than two seconds.  On that particular day, he was getting inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame.  Check out his Beaver’s hat! You may have seen him on TV and thought he was good looking … imagine seeing that in real life! (No offense, Coach).Josh D

By the way ladies, he’s about to be single. Coach sent me a snap chat of a magazine with him and Fergie on the front with the announcement of their divorce.  The caption read “trouble in Minot.” I about died.

4.) I LOATHE ranch dressing.  Like, I can’t even smell it.  The weird thing is: I LOVE buffalo chicken dip.  I can eat that all day every day, even if it has ranch, but if I get a buffalo chicken wrap, the sauce has to be just buffalo, no ranch!

5.) I graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, of course where Coach and I fell in love.  I have a bachelor of science in Rehabilitation and Human Services with a concentration in developmental disabilities.  If I could go back, I’d go for marketing or public relations; however, my current place of employment is within my field and I am definitely going to enjoy it!

6.) I am a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha.  During my college days, I ate, slept, and breathed Zeta. To this day, it still holds a very special place in my heart. I currently am an advisor for a school near us! Unfortunately, Coach’s school doesn’t have Zetas.  As an active member of ZTA, I was Vice President of Membership, where I was in charge of recruitment and the President.  A lot of who I am is because of Zeta.  No matter how difficult some days were, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I have the two most perfect “littles” and so many amazing friends because of it.  My proudest moment as a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha occurred at the National Convention in Los Angeles.  My chapter, Delta Iota, received the Becky Hainsworth Kirwan Chapter Improvement Award. This award goes to the most improved chapter in the entire country.  This award is the credit of many amazing, hard-working, dedicated sisters in my chapter who built us back up after several rough years. Because of them, I was able to accept this award on behalf of my chapter. I can’t wait to see pink ribbons everywhere in just a few short days!Zeta - Copy

7.) I do not drink coffee.  I actually don’t really drink any caffeine, except the little amount in Shakeology.  It’s not that I don’t like coffee, but I fear my teeth getting yellow, it gives me the worst headaches, and somehow I operate just fine without it. Needless to say, I am okay without starting the addiction.

8.) If I could be any character from a show, I’d be Tammy Taylor from Friday Night Lights.  I am sure y’all can guess why! Seriously, she’s my idol. If you haven’t seen it, turn it on right now! I heard it is leaving Netflix, which breaks my heart. TEXAS FOREVER! Team Riggens!

9.) One of my biggest supporters is “my twin.” She’s the beauty behind this whole blog and one of my driving forces to follow my dreams. She has been my friend since 8th grade where we met on MySpace.  I have watched her build her photography business from the ground up, and every time I see her photos I am in awe.  I’d share the photos she took of me almost ten years ago, but I know she wouldn’t be amused. Still, I think they’re pretty great (and not just because of the subject in them).  She is one of the most selfless, hilarious, caring people in my life; she’s definitely in my “top 5” of who I admire most in this world. I am so lucky to also call her one of my best friends.Twin - CopyI’d HIGHLY suggest checking out her Instagram: @jessicahustedphotography and booking a session with her if you are in our area.  The woman loves to travel, and I envy how adventurous she is, so she may even agree to take your photos in other places!

10.) I never disliked dogs, but I never was exactly thrilled about them until I got my own. Kessel Phillip, my mascot, is the highlight of my life.  One late night way before we added to our lives, Coach woke me up and informed me of our future dog’s name: Kessel. Little did I know his premonition would come to fruition, and here we are with Kessel (Go Pens!). When we went to see him, he came up to us and sat on Coach’s boot.  We were sold! He is the most loving, cute, playful, funny dog, and we couldn’t be any luckier.

 


Now that you know a few more things about me, please leave a comment on here or my Instagram post @imwith.thecoach and tell me more about yourself.  I absolutely love getting to know others!

 

D D D Defense

I can’t quite pinpoint when Coach shared his dream of becoming a collegiate football coach, but he has been preparing for this life since he fell in love with the game at a young age. Coach was blessed to have played for multiple coaches who challenged him, shaped him, and most importantly, never ever gave up on him. I feel so indirectly grateful for those men; they allowed Coach to become the person with whom I fell in love. Hopefully, he’ll have the same impact on the young men he has the privilege to coach (and, in turn, their future wives as well).

During Coach’s first season as a coach, I admit to feeling a disconnect between myself and the game, mostly because it was a new role for me. I had gone four years watching Coach on the field sack the quarterback and cause fumbles. I was also able to cheer on all of our friends on the field who had their own personal victories. Saturday nights consisted of celebrating a win or drinking away our sorrows after a tough loss. Thankfully Coach’s friends accepted me as one of their own and almost always allowed me to tag along.

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The feeling of seeing Coach do what he loves is indescribable. After all, who else gets to go watch their significant other at work?! However, without a personal connection to his players, it is extremely difficult to fully get into the game. While we were in North Dakota, we lived in a small apartment with no yard. Our space most certainly would not accommodate fifteen defensive linemen. Due to our small space, we decided against a “D-Line” dinner. When we moved, I informed Coach my intentions to finally host his players, so we had our “D-Line” dinner the Sunday before Labor Day. Because of the holiday weekend, not all were able to make it, but I was able to finally put a face to a name and number.

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Although I originally wanted to have a pasta dinner (I’ll save that idea for the end of the season), I decided to create a BBQ menu because of the time of year.

Our menu for the first “D-Line” meal:
-Hamburgers
-Hot Dogs
-Mac and Cheese
-Baked Beans
-Chips and Pretzels with French Onion Dip
-Cookies
-Fruit Salad
-Water and Gatorade

 

Anyone who knows me knows my strong dislike for cooking, at least most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, when I succeed and make something delicious, I get very excited, but that seems to be far and few between. Quite honestly, my dislike for cooking is due to laziness and a fear of failure. Coach grilled the burgers and dogs. I bought large trays of Mac and Cheese from Sam’s Club (we got a membership that weekend … the place is dangerous), Coach’s mom made the beans and cookies, and my mom came and helped me with the bomb fruit salad! Although I know the players were just there for the food, all of them made comments about how awesome the helmet was and were very appreciative of a home-cooked meal.

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One of the many perks of being so close to home is the quality time we are getting to spend with our family. I know that my mom is secretly loving coming to see me and help me with all the crazy ideas I come up with. She’s seriously the greatest person ever. Coach’s mom is an amazing cook and always super helpful, so her help is so very appreciated too! If you love baked beans and need a good recipe, let me know because hers are unreal … the same goes for her cookies.

The players didn’t stay long, but after eating they played a few rounds of cornhole. One idea that I decided against this time, but definitely want to do in the future was given to me by one of my favorite coach’s wife. You’ll be meeting her next week. She’s amazing and has been a part of this life much longer than I have; needless to say, she knows what’s up when it comes to coaches and athletics. She informed me about their own parties when they fielded a little friendly competition. They played dominoes and cornhole. Whoever won received a small prize that she put together. She put together an “away game package” prize. It consisted of a wireless charger, candy, and a Gatorade. She told me they loved it, so I will be sure to add it to our next get together.

I personally feel it is so important to get to know your Coach’s players. They are such a large part of his life, and as all coaching wives know, who he spends most of his time with during the season. (Yes, coaches spend more time with the players than their own family). Getting to know them and hosting parties allows for them to see a side of their Coach they normally wouldn’t. The side we see as their girlfriends or wives and have grown to adore! It shows the players that if they work hard both on and off the field, they too can have a successful job, home, family, and children all under the same roof. Unfortunately, some of these young men come from single-family homes or perhaps even poverty, so seeing both sides of their coach’s life brings a new level of respect. Additionally, it allows for me to become closer to them and keeps me more involved with Coach’s lifestyle and interests; it’s a total win-win scenario … not to mention the great food we all get to eat in the process.

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She Believed She Could So She Did

View More: http://jessicahustedphotography.pass.us/cee--headshotsI began my fitness journey the Summer of 2013. I was living in Virginia Beach for the summer with my sister.  Her husband was deployed at the time and my niece and nephew were just babies: two years and six months old.  I had just finished my second year of college.  While I would exercise sporadically depending on my mood, nothing was consistent and it wasn’t a big part of my lifestyle.

In exchange for leaving home that summer to be with my sister and her family, I was offered a personal trainer for the summer.  Both my sister and I went to the trainer for six weeks: two sessions a week, thirty minutes each. In addition to my personal trainer, I would do cardio before or after my sessions and a few other times throughout the week. I don’t remember what my starting weight was, but I had lost four pounds by the end of my training, which equated to six percent of my body fat.  We also competed in three 5k’s that summer, and before returning to my junior year of college, I began training for my first 10k.  The following year I turned twenty-one and it was the most stressful year I had experienced in college.  I had every excuse to gain back the weight, but exercising had become my outlet. I don’t mean that in an unhealthy way; my life was 80/20.  Even though I found the time most days to go to the gym, I also remembered to have fun and didn’t let it consume me.  I remember one day seeing the scale read 124 pounds. That is the smallest I’ve seen myself since. However, I vividly remember the foreign feeling of looking in the mirror with pride and satisfaction; I don’t remember many times feeling comfortable in my own skin.
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Since my junior year of college, which is already three years ago, I have competed in FOUR half-marathons. I worked my butt off for the first, which ended up being my personal record. Your time is supposed to get better each race, but each of mine has gone the opposite direction … OOPS. Perhaps this was the start of my lack of motivation. If you want to run a half marathon, please reach out because I’d love to help you with creating a schedule; there truly is no better feeling than the runners high after competing. Also, a Fun Fact: after my first half marathon, my sister and I got “13.1″ tattoos.  Someday, I hope I can add “26.2″ to the other foot.

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Before my first half marathon, my sister became a Beachbody Coach. She informed me of the 21 Day Fix, so I used that and my schedule to keep me on track. I am not here to sell you Beachbody, but I am a firm believer in it.  If you’d like details, I know the perfect person, but for now, I’ll tell you my experience with it.  I have done 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Insanity Max, T25, Piyo, 22 Minute Hardcore and various other workouts available on Beachbody on Demand. I have followed many people who have had incredible results with so many of the programs.  Their CEO is amazing, Tony Horton is hot for an old(er) man, and Autumn Calabrese will forever be my girl crush. It’s safe to say that I thoroughly enjoy the programs.

Like anything else though, Beachbody requires 100% dedication and effort to achieve results. You have to live the 80/20 and give the workouts your full attention and energy.  It is so beautifully mapped out, and yet I can admit that I haven’t given it my all … like ever … hence, my little-to-no-results (my sister would probably beg to differ that I haven’t had results … I’m hard on myself remember?).

As I’ve become an adult, I don’t want to be at the gym for more than an hour.  Don’t get me wrong though, being able to workout at Coach’s college is amazing and convenient;  I am totally taking advantage! If going to the gym works for you, amazing!  If Cross Fit is your gig, great! You’re into BBG? Sweet!  Seriously, whatever you are in to can produce great results and a happy mindset.
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Football season can be tough when it comes to health and fitness, but I know how important it is to make it a priority. Between tailgating food and drinks, late night dinners due to Coach’s work schedule, get togethers, late night chats with early morning meetings, etc. … it is so easy to get off track.  However, last football season, I can proudly pat myself on the back and say I did complete T25 and had some great results! It is possible, and I need to stop letting everything hold me back.

What have I been trying to get at this whole time? Basically, I have watched myself transform.  I have seen myself do hard things.  I know what it takes to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. But my current issue: I just have seriously stopped doing it.  I lack motivation in all areas.  I currently am waiting to start my new job since the move, so I have all of the time in the world to get my butt in gear, and yet here I sit watching Dexter and eating pretzels and peanut butter out of the jar! I have had friends reach out to me while on their journey, and I have given them all of the tips to get started and finally start loving themselves like I love them, but I am not even doing those things for myself anymore.
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I have named every excuse in the book to not get back on track. I think a lot of it also has a lot to do with “burning out.” I took something that I loved to another level and instead of doing it because it made me feel good or I enjoyed it, I did it to look a different way; thus, anytime I didn’t get the results I wanted (100% my fault because of my lack of giving it my all), I gave up and waited until the next Monday. “Next Monday” has now continued for over six months. That being said, I know that getting back on track is necessary for my sanity and satisfaction.  I had posted on Facebook several weeks ago that I was going to start the 3 Week Yoga Retreat on Beachbody on Demand while incorporating cardio.  I am determined to do this and complete it! I want this to be the last Monday that I say “I’ll start next Monday.”
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So …who wants to be my accountability partner?! What do you do to motivate yourself? Where are you on your journey? I’d love to chat it up with you!

 

Thank You Evan Williams

My inspiration for this blog originated with a 3:00 am epiphany just a few weeks ago. Coach and I had just moved back to our home state, Pennsylvania, after spending the last year in North Dakota. My mom was visiting for the weekend and we had been up late decorating, moving furniture, and detailing the house. Most would assume me moving back home would be ideal, but anyone who knows me understands the stress and anxiety that seem to resonate in every aspect of my life. I feared our financial situation until I got a job, worried about finding a home, stressed about my car … and the list goes on. Naturally, I worried for nothing because all of those concerns worked out in the long run. Although that is the case, it doesn’t mean the transition was easy; however, that’s a blog post for another day. unnamed (1).jpg

Before going to bed that night, I decided that I needed something to occupy my time. As a result, the idea for this blog was born. Coach is only into the second season of his career, so the tough times have yet to come. There are significant others who have endured this life for many, many years. They have children who have also had to adjust to the “coaching” lifestyle. They know what it’s like to live the Graduate Assistant life, where your husband or boyfriend makes little to no money. Additionally, they realize how many things will be dealt with independently because of an away game or recruiting trip. These are the women who I look up to, have the utmost respect for, and am so lucky to have as a part of my tribe. With only one big sudden move, I am not writing to let you know that I have it all figured out; I most definitely do not. However, I do hope that my readers will be able to relate, know they are not alone, get a good laugh, and fall in love with this time of the year all over again.

At this time, the blog will be a mixture of a lot of things. I’ve come to realize that a lot of my favorite words begin with the letter F: Fashion, Fitness, Food, Football, and if I’m being honest, that other “F” word as well. If there is anything you’d like to see or hear about, PLEASE let me know. I am so open to ideas and I am already having so much fun with this. I can’t thank all of you enough for the love and support I have received since announcing this crazy idea!Cee Headshots-Cee Headshots-0175.jpg

Our relationship is a few months away from year five. I wouldn’t be writing this blog if it wasn’t for him, so I decided that I’d take all of you back to where it began: Fall (of course) of 2012. I met Coach during freshman year of college, but we always joke about how that second semester I became invisible. I began pledging Zeta Tau Alpha. My life at that time revolved around Zeta and my studies. It wasn’t until sophomore year that I saw Coach around campus more frequently. Coach would come over to my apartment on the weekends with his roommates. One weekend I had seen on Twitter that he had gone to my home town to see one of his friends. Of course I found an excuse to conveniently text him and sarcastically thanked him for taking me with him. The conversation was light and ended quickly. Long story short, with little details necessary, Coach gained some liquid courage that night. He and Evan Williams sent me the sweetest messages. The next day I received an apology text, but I made sure to let him know that it was totally fine because I knew he wasn’t into girls with short hair. Later that week, I sent him a text and, after talking for a day or two, we decided to see a movie that Friday (of course). He stopped by the following Monday, and on Tuesday, while at a sorority dinner, I was asked what happened to Coach. Confused, I asked my sorority sister what she meant. She simply said that she thinks he got hurt because people are blowing up his twitter. I sent him a text that went something like, “Hey Cutie…not sure what happened, but hope you’re okay.” During practice, he had twisted his foot. I’m talking laying on his stomach, toes pointing to the sky, kind of twisted foot. He came back to school on crutches and in a ton of pain, and there I was with cookies, candy, and movies. Cute or stage five clinger?FullSizeRender

I’m a firm believer that what is meant to be will always be. Things don’t work out so better things can Fall together. Prior to Coach, I was getting over a r-o-u-g-h relationship. A relationship that wasn’t even a relationship for a long time, but yet at that time, continued to affect me. Days before Coach sent those oh-so-kind texts, I had decided to sever all ties to the previous person. My relationship with Coach came completely out of nowhere, but just like he called me an angel that night, he proved to be mine. FullSizeRender (1)

College was the time of our lives. I was his number one fan, and he was mine. He supported my passion for Zeta Tau Alpha and never failed to keep me sane when things weren’t easy when I was the president. Of course we have had our fair share of ups and downs in the last five years, but after experiencing this football lifestyle, I am positive we can handle anything. clarion

Coach’s career started when he became a graduate assistant at Minot State University in North Dakota. When he was offered the job, I was 100% set on not going; I actually was enrolled to go back to school. Three days before I was traveling halfway across the country with him to help him get started, I called and told him I was coming with him. He said, “okay, cool” … a man of few words. It was hands down the best decision I have ever made in my life. Being that far from home was difficult, but somehow we made it out alive. We were lucky to make amazing friends, and we got our fur baby Kessel Phillip in the process. Minot will always hold a very special place in my heart. IMG-4150.JPG

We were expected to be in Minot until February(ish) of 2018, at the very least. I had been dreaming of the day we would move back to the east coast, so the fact that it came so quickly has been a true blessing. I thought I’d be jumping for joy as we drove out of Minot, but truth be told, I bawled my eyes out. I felt fortunate to be in such a great place, but also realized it was only the start of our journey together.

Here we are a month later, and only forty minutes from my home town. Everything has Fallen into place, and I cherish being so close to my friends and family. Coach is also happy and learning so much with the new gig. Oh, and we are 1-0! one and oh

Also, for the record, Coach hasn’t touched Evan Williams since that Saturday night five years ago … even after the tough losses.