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!

The look you give when your coach walks by…

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!) 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/hot-spinach-and-artichoke-dip-recipe-1912620

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!

 

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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!