Wedding Tidbits: Budgeting For Your Wedding

by healthyhitsthespot on August 29, 2014 · 1 comment

Good morning all, and happy Friday!

I hope you all have some nice plans for the weekend :)

I’m here today to share another requested wedding post on budgeting. I get so many questions about this!

I’ll be sharing with you how Marco and I did it since that’s what I know.

Decide how much you want to spend together (and how many people you want to invite).

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Use theKnot.com to break down your Budget (you input how much you want to spend, and they help you divide it up).

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Keep final decisions between you and your hubby especially if you’re paying for your own Wedding.

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Plan and save ahead of time – once you have your date, grab a Calendar, break down how much you’ll need to save, and open a savings account together. Divide how much you need by how many months you have and save that much each month.

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Save money during your engagement – sure, go out, have a blast! But also, cut costs where you can! Marco and I came out of Wedding Planning having more than we had going in because we were smart with our money (and then, came the incredible wedding gifts!). There are so many free quality time things that you can do: take walks, go on hikes, watch Netflix, go to family/friend BBQ’s together, go to the beach/lake/pool, ride bikes, take a picnic, make lunch/dinner at home together, read a pre-marital book together (see my fav’s here).

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 If you have everything you need for a home, kindly ask for money as a gift (you don’t have to ask, but your parents, family, and friends can gently spread the word). Marco and I registered for a few items for the people who wanted to buy an actual gift, but most people just gave money. It was great! And really fun to open cards on our Honeymoon :) 

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Alcohol: this is really a personal decision… we ended up doing an open bar because we wanted our Wedding to have zero strings attached. We wanted people to come, and fully enjoy themselves. If you can’t afford it, don’t worry! It’s not a necessity… This is something that is entirely up to you and your Husband. If it’s important to you, budget for it. If not, do not worry about it. 

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Accept help where help is offered! Our cake, Programs, favors, decorations and our flowers were a gift to us (we paid cost for some of this) from a few really creative and highly talented people in our family.

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Your questions are welcome here! If you have any questions about our Wedding Budget, please ask in the comments below and I’d be happy to help you :)

Enjoy your weekend everyone! :)

Love, Paige

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Listening To Your Body

by healthyhitsthespot on August 28, 2014 · 4 comments

Good MORNING everyone!

I hope you’ve all slept great. I’m up, sipping my coffee, getting my day started.

Breakfast

eggs and toast for breakfast with a side of coffee

Two over-medium eggs with sourdough toast and a side of coffee (splash of Organic whole milk & honey)

Step Class @ 8:30

After Workout

honey greek yogurt with granola and a banana

Honey greek yogurt from Trader Joe’s with Nana’s Nola, almond butter, and a banana on the side. This held me over for a good 3 hours.

Lunch

homemade pizza with artichokes whole wheat crust plus a side salad goddess dressing

Homemade pizza (leftover) with whole wheat crust, olive oil, garlic, artichoke hearts, onion, and mozzarella cheese + a side salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, & a dressing recipe from my Healthy Hits Coaching Salad Cheat Sheet.

This lunch held me all the way from 1:30-7:45 for dinner. I was nice and ready for dinner when it got here, but because I had such a satisfying lunch I wasn’t ravenous.

I wanted to share a little listening to your body bit with you. I had a Client this week, and she was sharing a huge success with me.

She used to feel tempted to overeat at dinner because she’d come home starving from work. She’d try and be really good during the day by having a light breakfast, a small salad at lunch, and sometimes even taking a walk during her lunch break. She decided a few Sessions ago that she was going to choose not to be so hard on herself anymore. So, she started allowing herself to take what she really wanted for lunch, like a full sandwich. She began listening, and started to see that when she ate a bigger lunch during the day, her body didn’t have the same struggle at night. So, in retrospect, what she was doing to “be good” (really healthy small meals early in the day) was actually hurting her and making her feel like she was “bad” later on in the day. When she began really listening and trusting her body that it needed more energy when she was working so hard in the beginning of the day she started to feel more confident in her choices, more energized, and more calm and stable at dinner (when she doesn’t need as much energy).

love when my Clients share these little success’ with me! Now this Client is feeling a new respect for herself, and she’s even closer to feeling like a normal, intuitive eater. I’m so proud… and I wanted to share this one success with you so that you’ll be inspired to just trust your body today. Our bodies are so smart! 

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Dinner

dinner gluten free pasta with veggies and pesto plus a side salad

Brown rice pasta with pesto, sautéed veggies (bell pepper, onion, and artichoke), a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, and pepper + a side salad with romaine, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, and Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing.

If you’re going to listen to your body more today, comment with a “❤️”

Trust your smart body today!

Love, Paige

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Favorite Netflix Show

by healthyhitsthespot on August 27, 2014 · 14 comments

Good morning everyone!

I’m here to share yesterday with you :)

Breakfast

eggs and toast for breakfast

Two eggs over-medium and sourdough toast with kerry gold butter + an un-photographed cup of coffee

hosea bible study from she reads truth

After breakfast I laid down with Marco as he fell asleep and read Day 1 of the She Read’s Truth Bible Study. Who else is reading?

Small Bites Through the Day

honey greek yogurt from trader joes and gluten free granola

I worked for a while after that, and then had a quick snack before Mom and I went for a 4 mile walk by the beach. Honey Greek yogurt from Trader Joe’s plus their GF Granola.

avocado and toast for lunch

When we got home I had a toasted piece of Ezekiel with avocado, sea-salt, and red chili pepper flakes + a drizzle of olive oil. Yum! It’s been a while with this one.

nanas nola for healthy hits the spot

I also got a package from Nana’s Nola, a company who offered to send me free samples of their granola.

I’ve gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised! The ingredients are really good, and it tastes delicious. It has a blend of the grains I rarely get, so I like knowing that I’m getting variety. See them here.

nanas nola

healthy hits the spots office for health coaching

After hanging out with Mom, I got to work. I scheduled the TWO free Consultations that I had offered yesterday. Thank you all for your constant interest in my Health Coaching!

editing my e-book

I also worked on a little project that I have coming for all of you :)

nanas nola and milk in wine glass

In the afternoon, I tried Nana’s Nola with a little bit of Organic whole milk… in a wine glass, just to make it more fun. Yum! Such a good snack. And it held me through dinner.

Dinner

dinner pizza and salad

Dinner was homemade pizza on Whole Wheat dough from Trader Joe’s with artichoke hearts, olive oil, garlic, onion, and mozzarella cheese.  Yum! This was so good!

homemade pizza sticking to pizza stone

The first one I made on a pizza stone, which I had never done before. It stuck and I even sprayed it… Whoops! Still edible though :) Marco packed it to-go for lunch.

packing away leftovers for lunch

The next ones I used regular ol’ metal baking sheets sprayed with non-stick oil and that worked perfectly! My Dad uses a pizza stone with parchment paper, and that works really well.

We packed up the extra pizza’s for lunches.

simply lite dark chocolate with almonds Trader Joes

After dinner I enjoyed some Simply Light Dark Chocolate with Almonds.

I also went to Trader Joe’s to pick up a couple of things that I forgot on my Monday trip. I loved going at night – so calm in there! :)

hot chocolate with my husband

And when nighttime hit Marco and I watched an Episode of Parenthood and I made us chocolatey drinks.

Dark Chocolate Almond Milk (heated) for her and cool Ovaltine for him.

Alrighty y’all. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Fill in the blank: my (your!) favorite series on Netflix is ____________.

My answer: Parenthood, all the way!

Love, Paige

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My Day In Photos

by healthyhitsthespot on August 26, 2014 · 14 comments

Good morning girls!

I’m here to share yesterday with you, and to meet my personal goal from yesterday’s post I tried to take more photos :)

Oh, and I’m jumping on the She Reads Truth Hosea Bible Study. Thank you ladies for sharing your recommendations with me!

Breakfast

eggs and toast

Two eggs & sourdough toast

I always knew it was you

Look at the sweet sign we got from Marco’s Grandma’s friend Candy. She painted this for us as a Wedding Gift! Going above our bed :)

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After breakfast I ran errands. First stop, Patagonia! I got a new, super adorable flannel. Can’t wait to wear it!

grocery shopping

Next stop, Trader Joe’s! Notice the little Basil jar in the bottom left-hand corner?

be honest

Okay, really quick, I’m not posting this to toot my own horn, but to hopefully inspire someone to make an honest choice today.

I walked out of the grocery store, put my groceries away, and headed to put the cart back. I noticed the Basil tucked in the corner as I was putting it away.

Checked my receipt, no Basil. So, I walked back in and told the guy he forgot to charge me for the $1.99 Basil.

He was so surprised that I had walked back in. He said “not enough people do this now days.” That’s sadly true :(

Today, when we’re faced with more choices, let’s pick the one that is honest and right. We can each make an impact.

Lunch

lunch wrap

A tortilla with corn, beans, turkey, and avocado inside. Plus, a side of refried beans. This was a leftover from the weekend :) Eaten outside, enjoying the weather.

Pre-Workout

coffee and chocolate

Hehe…Just kidding…this is really not pre-workout food, I just had it right before the Gym while cuddling with Marco on the couch.

parenthood

We got notice that a new season of Parenthood is out on Netflix! Thank you Lord! I’ve so been missing this for the last 10 months of my life since we finished the last ones. We snuck in one Episode in the middle of the day, and then hit the Gym where we did weights together :)

Hangry Snack

yogurt and granola gluten free

By the time we were done working out I could hardly think – I was so hungry! I sat down for a small bowl of yogurt/GF granola to coat my stomach and be able to decide what was for dinner.

walking downtown

The Husband really wanted the Habit, and I thought going for a walk and going out sounded really fun. So, we veered from the Meal Plan, took the fun route, and walked to dinner.

Dinner

the habit

I got a “Charburger” with no bun/cheese (remember, I had taken the edge off my hunger so I wasn’t feeling ravenous) plus a side of fries and water. By the way, I really love lettuce wrapped burgers. There are many times I prefer them because of the yummy refreshing crunch. Anyone with me?

It was so nice to walk downtown with Marco. We walked around a bit more before we walked home. And then, we watched another Parenthood :)

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Enjoy your day!

Love, Paige

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Pictures From The Weekend (Plus This Weeks Grocery Plan)

by healthyhitsthespot on August 25, 2014 · 17 comments

Goodmorning, and happy Monday :)

How was your weekend?

Mine was filled with family events & traveling.

Thursday/Friday I was in San Luis Obispo, Saturday we had a baby shower to attend, Saturday night we had dinner with the Grandparents, and Sunday we had family fish taco night – which we usually do once per year when my Uncles come back from fishing in Lake Almanor!

For some reason my appetite is lacking right now and I had a hard time picking meals for this week, but I got through it this morning! Here are the meals I chose:

  1. Tomato Soup with Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Panini’s
  2. Brown Rice Pasta with Pesto and Veggies
  3. Kale, Quinoa, and Veggie Sausage
  4. Tilapia, Harvest Grains, and Baby Broccoli
  5. Pizza with Olive Oil, Artichoke Hearts, and Onion + Side Salad
  6. Spencer McKenzie’s Ahi Pockets
  7. {Lunch} Ezekiel with Peanut Butter & Banana
  8. {Lunch} Ezekiel with Pesto & Artichoke Hearts
  9. {Lunch} Ezekiel with Avocado, Sea-Salt, & Red Chili Pepper Flakes

I didn’t do grocery shopping this weekend because of all the events, so I’m headed out to grocery shop this  morning. I’ve made my list based on these food ideas for the week + some staples.

I got a request from a reader to talk about my grocery shopping budget, so I will do a post like that. I have it noted on my long list of to-do blog posts :)

WEEKEND

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I won the Burpee contest in my Body Works class — haha! Don’t be fooled. I’m not great! As I was told “I didn’t stop the whole time” so I won ;)

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Worked from a Hotel on Friday — this felt like a treat now that I work from my iMac at my desk all of the time

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My Cousin June… Oh my gosh… isn’t she precious? I got to spend a lot of time holding her at the baby shower this weekend

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Full baby shot :)

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Silly selfie (you can tell I was trying to find photos from the weekend to post on my blog since I didn’t take many — haha!) while waiting for Mom before fish taco night. Marco was with his Grandpa workin’ on some Business and I got ready for the night with my Mom. That was fun! I packed my bag to get ready, showered at her house, we did our hair/makeup together… Just like when I lived there :)

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This morning when I was reading blogs (and my own blog, ha!) picking out meals to make for the week.

I want to find more blogs like mine and Cait’s Plate that have a lot of daily/weekly eats and food ideas. Doesn’t necessarily need to have recipes, I just like inspiration from yummy food pictures!

If you have recommendations for me, leave them in the comments below! 

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And of course, my morning cup of coffee :) We ran out of Almond Milk on Friday so I’ve been using Marco’s Vitamin D Whole Milk through the weekend, and I’ve gotta say… my body started craving it after I used it once. I’m going to leave my mind out of this decision (my mind wants to to tell me “it’s bad”) and stick with whole milk this week since I definitely know my body is craving it.

Alrighty everyone, stick with me through the week for Daily Eats inspiration!

Personal goals this week:

  • Take lot’s of food/life photos
  • Work in exercise clothes so I can take breaks and walk around outside
  • Find an online women’s Bible Study to follow along (any suggestions?) 

Enjoy your Monday, and don’t forget, please share your favorite Blogs with me below! I like daily/weekly eats and lifestyle Blogs similar to my own :)

Love, Paige

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