Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway Winner!

Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway Winner!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I am just popping in quickly this evening to announce the winner of the Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway.

Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway

And the winner is Comment #28… Lauren!

PB & Co. Giveaway Winner

PB & Co. Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Lauren!  Thank you so much for entering to win!  Please email your shipping information to me at newlywifehealthylife@gmail.com and Peanut Butter & Co. will get three delicious jars of goodness sent to you soon!

I hope everyone is having a nice week so far!  Mine has been crazy starting my new job; a good kind of crazy though!  I have been getting up even earlier than usual, so that means my bedtime has been super early as well.  Not a lot of time to blog this week, but I am popping in when I can!  Also, it is hard to believe that Christmas Eve is already a week from today.  It looks like my weekend is going to be filled with plenty of Christmas shopping and gift wrapping.  To say I am behind in my gifting this year would be an understatement!

Conversation Time.

  • How is your Christmas shopping going this year?  Are you on top of things or do you still have plenty of shopping to do? (Like me!)
Peanut Butter & Co. Holiday Giveaway

Peanut Butter & Co. Holiday Giveaway

Remember those feelings surrounding the first day of school?  Butterflies fluttering in your stomach, accompanying the anticipation of a new year, new classroom, new schoolwork, and new teachers and friends.  Well, that is exactly how I am feeling on this Monday morning as I head off to my new job!  I am nervous to get started, but I also feel ready for the change and excited for the next phase of my career.

Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway

In honor of the holidays and in anticipation of my new job, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to host a giveaway that we can all enjoy!  I have teamed up with Peanut Butter & Co.  once again and am giving away three jars of peanut butter to one lucky reader!

Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter Maple Waffles

When I partnered with Peanut Butter and Co. in the past, I whipped up one of my favorite breakfast recipes ever: Peanut Butter Maple Waffles, so I am no stranger to the delicious and diverse peanut butter flavors that Peanut Butter and Co. offers.

Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter Maple Waffles

I was asked which three jars I wanted to try and this time I chose White Chocolate Wonderful, Mighty Maple and Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.  Peanut Butter & Co. sent me the delicious jars, and kindly offered to giveaway these same three jars on my blog as well!

Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter Maple WafflesThere are four ways to enter the giveaway:

Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway

I will announce the winner here on the blog Wednesday December 17th.  Good luck!!

A New Phase of Life

A New Phase of Life

I guess it’s no secret that I have been a little MIA lately here on the ol’ blog.  Well, it turns out that I’ve been busy planning for a new phase of my life!

A New Phase of Life

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me clarify that no I am not pregnant.  The funny thing is that after you are married for a few years and you tell someone you have ‘news’, their mind automatically jumps to rocking chairs and baby onesies.  Then, when you share the real news, it’s just never as exciting as a pregnancy.  So I want to preface with a no, I am not having a baby right now. Everything in its own due time!

So what’s really going on you might ask?  Well today marks a big day in my life… It’s my last day of work in the world of health insurance benefits!  As of Monday, I will officially begin my new position and the next phase in my career.  I will be working in the area of PR and Public Information in a large school district.  I will be doing a lot of writing, communication and outreach, so my journalism degree will finally be put to good use!  Plus, I was an education minor in college, so getting to work in a school system is such a blessing as well!

A New Phase of Life

It may sound silly, but as personal and fun as this blog is, it actually is a big part of my career building and resume.  You see, I do not do any social media and very little writing in my current job, so having my blog allowed me to dip my toes into something out of the ordinary.  Also, getting to write for local magazines and getting to do Living Dayton segments gave me the media relations experience I needed for landing my new position.

A New Phase of Life

 

A New Phase of Life

Having these skills and experiences enabled me to have the confidence to apply and interview for a position entirely out of my career realm, and into one I have been hoping to be a part of for a long time.

So there it is, my big news!  It is bittersweet to leave a job and a company that has been so good to me for the past 4 1/2 years, but I am ready to grow both professionally and personally.  I took this job at 21 years old, fresh out of college and no clue what to expect from the ‘real’ world.  Now I am 26 years old, and have the experience and confidence needed to take this next step.

I am not 100% sure what this means for the blog right now, as I don’t yet know my schedule and the demands that come along with my new position, but I am hoping to continue blogging as much as I can!  Right now, I am trying to decide what direction I want this blog to go, but I am so thankful to each one of you who read here no matter what path I decide to take.  Thank you so much for reading and for supporting me and my writing!

Conversation Time.

  • Tell me, have you ever transitioned from one job to another, or have you ever made a career change?  What was your experience with the transition?
  • What was your first job out of college?  What did you learn from your first ‘real’ position?
  • What is a big change you’ve had in your life lately?
Slowing Down the Hustle and Bustle

Slowing Down the Hustle and Bustle

I mentioned yesterday how our Christmas tree this year taught me a thing or two about patience and acceptance.  You see, some people aren’t a fan of Mondays, but I actually don’t mind them one single bit!  You see, I am a girl who loves the fresh start that comes along with New Year’s Day, birthdays, and yes, even Mondays.  I try and get as much done around the house, including laundry, vacuuming, dusting, grocery shopping, lunch packing and home organizing on Saturdays and Sundays so that by Monday morning I have a clean house and a clear mind to start the work week.

Christmas Tree 2014However, this past weekend was quite different. We weren’t home much at all Thursday through Sunday, and with having to prep for Thanksgiving, put away fall décor, hang up Christmas décor, along with being away from home so much due to the holiday, so not as much got done as I had hoped.  This may sound like a little thing to many, but for me it was tough pill to swallow.  I crave structure and cleanliness and organization in my home, but here I was Sunday at 10 pm and I still had Christmas boxes out, loads of laundry in the hamper, a non-vacuumed house, and no pre-packed lunches.

Christmas Season 2014 - Christmas Tree FarmPerhaps the hardest thing to walk away from though was my Christmas tree, which was left bare and undecorated as ornaments and garland were laying all over my living room floor.  I had strung lights on the tree, only to realize half the strand was out once they were plugged in.  After that, Tim went to buy a new strand of lights, but unfortunately the strand was too short to cover the whole tree.  At that point, I chose to just give up on tree decorating and call it a night.

I felt like this was honestly the best thing to happen though.  It was in a sense a wakeup call for me as to what the tone of the holiday season should be.  I was starting to feel rushed trying to get my tree up and decorations out before Monday morning, but it dawned on me that hurrying to get everything up and out, and wanting to get Christmas decorating ‘over with’ was a pretty sad attitude to have.  We only get this one time of  the year to enjoy and soak in this season, so ironically the lights going out on the Christmas tree flipped the switch of the light bulb in my mind.  I realized it was okay if everything wasn’t perfect for Monday morning, as it all would still be waiting for me Monday evening when I got home from work.  I made a plan to relax and enjoy decorating the tree as opposed to simply ‘getting it done’; and that’s exactly what I did.

Christmas Tree 2014Monday night I turned on Netflix ‘Fireplace for your Home’, lit holiday candles, made a mug of peppermint hot chocolate, switched on Michael Buble Holiday on Pandora, and decorated the tree with my husband.  It was relaxing; it was fun; and it was exactly the way the holiday season is meant to be.  I took that time to slow down and just savor the moment.  We will never have another Christmas 2014, and we will never again be in that exact moment decorating our tree.  Next year’s Christmas will be different than this one, as the one before this differed as well.

Christmas Tree 2014I simply wanted to share my story with all of you in case anyone else has already felt that fleeting moment of feeling overwhelmed from too much hustle and bustle of the season.  Let my holiday wakeup call be one for you as well!  I am going to make an effort to simply be this holiday season and soak in each day and each Christmas activity.  Who would have thought in that stubborn moment Sunday night that I would be so thankful for those glittery strings of Christmas lights that would not light.  It’s truly the little moments that can help put it all back into perspective!

Conversation Time.

  • Have you felt the busyness of the holiday season yet?  How do you slow down all the hustle and bustle that comes during this time of the year?  What are you looking forward to the most?
A Family-Filled Thanksgiving Weekend

A Family-Filled Thanksgiving Weekend

I feel as if I’ve simply blinked and we are already well into the first week of December!  Although I had a four day weekend over the holiday, I stayed so busy throughout that it seems as if I am playing catch up from the fun.  From the second I arrived home from work Wednesday and immediately dove into prepping for the big meal, to the time I laid down Sunday night, I have literally been go, go, go!

So where to start?  Wednesday evening was spent making pie, building a trifle, roasting vegetables, and baking sweet potato casserole.

Thanksgiving 2014 - Pecan-Chocolate Chip PieFlash forward to Thursday and we kicked off our Thanksgiving with the annual 5 mile Turkey Trot race.

Thanksgiving 2014 - Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving 2014 - Turkey TrotMy training was limited this year as I mentioned last week, but we still had fun and worked up an appetite by the time lunch rolled around.  We always eat my family’s Thanksgiving ‘dinner’ around noon, so after all that exercise we couldn’t wait to dig in!

Thanksgiving 2014 - Turkey, Roasted Vegetables and StuffingI loaded up my plate with turkey and gravy, cranberry sauce, roast veggies, stuffing, and a pretzel roll!  Dessert wasn’t too shabby either.  We had our choice of pumpkin pie, homemade Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pie that I made the night before, and of course, the infamous birthday cake #2!

Thanksgiving 2014 - Cake with Buttercream Frosting, Pumpkin Pie and Pecan PieThis beauty still tasted delicious even after spending a little time in the freezer, and the iced leaves worked perfect for the occasion.  My husband did a great job!  Of course, I had to have a little sample of everything including cake, pecan pie and homemade vanilla ice cream, along with buttery caramel coffee and shopping ads on the side.

Thanksgiving 2014 - Cake with Buttercream Frosting, Pumpkin Pie and Pecan PieMy mom and I didn’t head out for Black Friday shopping until around 10:30 in the morning, and honestly, we didn’t buy a whole bunch throughout the day.  The real highlight of the day besides browsing and spending time with my mom was getting to finally see Mockingjay Part 1!  I know that some people thought this movie was a little slow, and yes I do agree with that compared to the first two, but I still loved it and cannot wait for Part 2 to come out next year.  I have a feeling that everyone who wanted more action will be very happy with the final movie!

Saturday we went back to my parents’ house to watch the OSU v. Michigan game, and Sunday we spent a few hours at a Christmas tree farm and even took Tebow with us!

Christmas Season 2014 - Christmas Tree FarmIt took a while to find the perfect tree, but the wait was worth it and the end result turned out beautiful.  It’s funny though because our Christmas tree actually taught me a thing or two about patience and acceptance this year, and I will be sharing my thoughts about that in my next post.

Conversation Time.

  • Tell me about your Thanksgiving weekend.  Did you have a lot of family time?  What was the best thing you ate at your Thanksgiving dinner?
  • Who else has seen Mockingjay Part 1?  What did you think?  Which Hunger Games movie has been your favorite so far?
  • Do you have your Christmas decorations up yet?