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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fitness Challenge!

My man and I decided we need a little motivation to get our bodies back into shape! So we thought...what's better than a little fitness challenge?! Competing against each other gives us a little extra motivation because neither of us like to lose.

So...whats the challenge you ask?? Here it is: Who ever gets in the best shape by our California Trip on August 1st WINS!
We love California...more than most things.

What do we win?? This is the best part. Mostly for me because I am going to win! Buuuut I guess I can share what Shane is working for also...

Kjerstin: A whopping $200 shopping spree for new clothes to fit my ROCKIN bod! Preferably to TJ Maxx because it is the best place ever.

Shane: A Go-Pro Camera...he thinks these are the best thing since sour candy...and if you know how much Shane loves sour candy then this is a big deal. If you don't...well this is a BIG DEAL to him.
This is what a go pro camera looks like {via}
Oh..what's that?? Who is going to be the judge you ask? Well...we are going to have his brother and sister in law be the first judges and then we will turn to the good old blog! Haha yes! You will get the chance to vote on who wins this fitness challenge! We will put up before and after photo's once our challenge is over so you can vote on who has had the most drastic results!

I am so dang excited it's not even funny! If you guys have any tips on how to really tone up and slim down please please PLEASE let me know! :)


Friday, June 22, 2012

The Letters of Friday!

It's Friiiiidaaaay! I missed out on the Friday's Letters link up last week and I was determined to catch the link up this week! they are!

Dear Phone
Your back is all better and not cracked anymore! I am so happy I can finally use my cute phone covers since they wont get baby glass inside of them!
Dear Fire in Saratoga Springs
You need to just calm your hot self down! You are making me need to just give it up and realize you are officially the hottest thing in Utah County right now. No one can even touch your hottness...literally. If my family has to get evacuated from their home we will have a serious problem. So please, do everyone a favor and just simmer down! (all puns intended
This was taken from my parents backyard!
Dear Ebay Buyer
Why do you have to be such a dick?...excuse my language...but seriously man! You are a sketch ball and I am not sending you back more money than you sent me! Get real and quit trying to scam the world...people like you make Ebay suck.

Dear Kjandyce
I am soooo glad that I got to watch your beautiful self dance this past weekend! Seriously, you make me cry every time you dance. You are an AMAZING dancer and don't you EVER let anyone make you feel otherwise. I know Mom goes a little overboard with the dancer mom thing, but you just gotta realize that she sees the talent and skill inside of you that you don't give yourself credit for. She wants the best for you and one day she when she isn't able to cheer you on for some random reason you will miss it more than anything in the world. I promise. Also can you please stop growing up and looking so gorgeous?! You are stressin me out girl! Gray hairs...everywhere! I love you.
Thirteen...She's only Thirteen!!!

Dear Mom
If I look as pretty and bangin as you when I am as young as you are ;) then I think I am doing pretty dang good. You are gorgeous...where do you think Kjand gets all of her looks from?! Sooo...that being said, stop putting yourself down! Dad thinks you are hot and that is all that matters! You have rockin confidence in everything else and now it is time to put it towards yourself image! I promise to work on this if you do! Also, I know Kjand is at that age where Moms aren't the coolest thing in the world but just so you know, you are the coolest thing to me. If I could I would hang out with you everyday! Also...I think you are hilarious. All of the time. I love you.
My mama is in the middle...isn't she sexy?!
Dear Dad
Thank you for always putting up with us girls and our craziness. I know it isn't easy...especially when you are the only guy! Also thank you for always being there for all of Kjand's and my dance performances. It takes a real father to be there like you are. I love when you give your input and know what you are talking about in the dance world! Don't stress too much over work and make sure you give yourself some relaxation time! :) I love you.
Ah! I just love them so much I could scream! Do you guys ever feel that way??

Whelp...those were a little longer than I expected! Thanks for reading! If you haven't linked up to Friday's Letters you totally should! It is seriously so much fun! I love them!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

It's Ok to be Thankful on Thursday!

I have the day off today and I am taking this as an opportunity to get my blog on! I am linking up with A Complete Waste of Makeup for "It's Ok" and with Then I Got to Thinking for "Thankful Thursday" I am excited for this little mashup mostly because they go so perfectly together! Well here it goes!
Its Ok Thursdays

It's Ok....
To be too tired in the morning to want to do my hair...
To hate unpacking so much that my stuff is still in boxes...
That I am slowly but surely getting back into the gym routine...
To feel self conscious sometimes...
To be afraid of my little sister growing up and liking boys...
To want my man to get a better job that isn't stupid and dangerous...

I'm Thankful...
To have such a wonderful family...
That I have a wonderful man who is always here to take care of me and make me laugh...
For my wonderful job and the amazing people I get to work with everyday...
That the foreign guy next door didn't wake me up too early on my day off...
To have every Sunday off...every. Sunday.
That Hot Rod is playing on Comedy Central right now!
For nail polish...
For the coffee grinder my real dad found at the thrift store for coffee. ever.
That my family gets to see my apartment today!!!

I love this little one! I want her to stay little forever!

Who doesn't love this place? I mean come on...even Mormons love Starbucks!
Best. Movie. Ever.

There it is! My It's Ok to be Thankful on Thursday! If you haven't linked up to this you definitely should!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

And The Award Goes To...

ME! Last week I got a Versatile Blogger award from Maria Camila at A Drop Of Bliss. If you haven't checked out her wonderful blog then you need to go over there A-SAP and get your read on! She is wonderful and I am so thankful that she nominated me for this award! Here are the rules for accepting a Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Nominate 15 other bloggers
2. Share 7 random facts about yourself
3. Thank the blogger that nominated you! 

7 facts about yours truly:

1. I love the smell of my swamp cooler
2. I am terrified of cockroaches
3. The only video game I have ever liked or played is Mortal Combat...and I just got it on my iPhone.
4. I love eating chocolate covered raisins and popcorn
5. I grind my teeth while sleep...loudly
6. I had braces for 5 years
7. I love buying new socks and underwear

MY Award Goes To:

(Ok so I'm not that cool yet and I don't have a million blogs that I follow or that follow me because I am still in the making of my own blog....sooo I only have 10 nominees, don't judge me!)



Monday, June 18, 2012

Double The Fathers Day!

I have a sort of a different situation when it comes to Fathers day. My mom and real dad, Benji, divorced when I was a tiny little baby. My mom then got remarried to my step dad, Paul, when I was about 3 years old. So as you would probably guess I celebrate two fathers on fathers day...not so fast. Up until this Fathers day it has always been a chore for me to call my real dad and wish him a happy fathers day, half the time I would forget. He hasn't been the best dad or even a mediocre dad to my brother and I as we were growing up. However, this past weekend Benji had a wake up call and leveled with me on quite a few things.

I will talk a little more about this later in the post but right now I would like to turn your attention to an amazing man and father, my step dad Paul. He has been there for my brother and I through everything and has never treated us like we weren't his own blood. As far as I am concerned he is my Dad. He is the one who taught me how to ride a bike, snow ski, wake board, and never missed ONE of my dance recitals or drill team competitions when I was a kid. He always has the best advice for every situation and has taught me how to have a positive outlook on life. I couldn't imagine my life with out this wonderful man and I thank God for letting him into my Mom's life. He is a wonderful man with so much insight and passion for his family. So I want to say thank you dad for being such a wonderful influence on me. I love you.
He's the awesome one in the middle :)
Now back to Benji. He wasn't always there for us. He would take us on Wednesday's and every other weekend when we were younger but we never really got to have the father daughter relationship that my step dad and I have. However, like I said in my previous post we have been talking more better and building our relationship with one another lately. When it comes to Benji, I am a sucker for believing his empty promises and forgiving him when he lies to me. I have tried to be better about it lately and he has tried to be more honest with me which helps a lot.

A quick background on my padre real quick: He has had a drug addiction for a very very long time. It has ruined his marriage along with his relationship with his kids, family, and burned many friendships. So many people have given up on him that I feel like I am the only one who can keep that little bit of hope lit in his heart that he can and will get better. I haven't been able to get through to him about how bad his drug addiction is until this last Saturday. I was shocked when he said to me. "I need help. I thought I could do this on my own but I can't. I need treatment or something to help me get rid of my addictions." It was honestly a relief to hear this from one of the most prideful and stubborn men I have ever known.

I wanted to word vomit all of the options I know of that could help him and how long the treatment would be but I didn't want to scare this long hoped for thought away. Instead I supported him and told him how proud I was that he sees this. I told him I am here for him and if he needed help finding places or options that I would be more than happy to help him out. I know you are supposed to give your fathers gifts on Fathers day but I feel like this was my fathers gift to me and it seemed more than fitting in regards to our past. I love this man and I want more than anything for him to get better.
Sorry, this is the only picture I have of us so I'm uploading it agian.

I love both my dads very much, in very different ways. I have unconditional love for them both but have a childs love for my step dad and a caretakers love for my real dad. They both have taught me many things whether it's leading by example or showing me what not to do. I have my real dad to thank for never touching drugs, and I have my step dad to thank for stepping up and being that father figure I needed as a child and even now as an adult. I wonder if that's why they are called step dads??


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What's in Your Closet??

I am SOOO grateful to have been able to co-host this vlog with all my lovely fellow bloggers! I am not going to lie...I have been stressing about this for a week! As most of you know, I recently moved and I hate hate hate unpacking...almost as bad as I hate packing. So....I'm showing you what is in my closet...or lack there of...haha I hope you all enjoy it and please don't judge my vlogging skills! This is my very first one EvEr! Buuut the reaaal question is what's in YOUR closet! Link up with all of us and show off all of your awesomness!!!

The Way I Am
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

"The Secret" Sundays

I am a huge believer in the book The Secret. It is a book that is all about thinking positive and the law of attraction. This author is coming out with many more amazing books but this one is the first of them all and I think it is absolutely wonderful. A lot of people either love this theory or hate it and I am fine with whatever they choose but I choose to embrace this way of thinking and try to live it in my everyday life. I have decided to put up quotes from this book on Sunday's and call it "The Secret" Sunday's. Hopefully the quotes I put up can help you in some way with your emotional, mental, or even physical feelings.

“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never ending thoughts that come back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them.”
Rhonda Byrne, Author of The Secret



Saturday, June 9, 2012

Oh, The Joys of Growing Up...

Lately I've been thinking a lot about what I am doing with my life. The only conclusion I can really come to is that I don't want to grow up. It's really hard living up to peoples expectations, or even your own expectations at that. I have high expectations of myself which makes things hard. Sometimes I wish I would just be satisfied with what I am doing and where I am at now. Yet, somehow I always want more from myself. I don't understand when enough is enough and when I have given it all I can possibly give. That is how I end up waaay in over my head, stressed to the max, and wanting to quit everything at once.

 It is so hard to try and make everyone happy. I want to visit my family but I have work. I want to visit my grandparents but I haven't visited my family yet. I want to go on a mini vacation with my man but then I feel guilty because I haven't seen my grandparents or my family. I can't make everyone happy and it freaking kills me. So when do I stop trying to make everyone happy and focus on myself and what I want? If I just focus on myself does that make me heartless and selfish? What if everyone gets mad at me because I am focusing too much on me? I feel like even though its hard to try and make everyone happy, it's even harder not to put myself last.

So the question is how do I find a happy medium?? I haven't a clue. After this summer semester I am done with school...for now...which I feel will help. I can take some time to really figure out what I want to do for my career. Yes, I'm 22 with a bachelors degree in psychology and I decided right as I'm finishing up that I don't want to go into psychology. So I am going to take a year off to decide what I want to be when I grow up. This way I can focus more on me and figuring out what I want.

I have a great job, a wonderful boyfriend, amazing family, and a pretty dang good life, but when I get caught up in satisfying everyone else I forget to keep nourishing the wonderful things I have worked hard for in my own life. I need to find a healthy way to keep myself happy along with everyone else. Obviously not everyone is going to get exactly what they would like. I'm not going to be able to make everyone happy but at least I am focusing on the main thing I need to focus on right now. Me.

Call me selfish, self centered, naive or whatever. I feel like this is something I need to do and something that could really benefit me in the long run. I feel like this is a part of me that needs to grow up. I have put others first for too long and I think it is about time that I put me before them for a little while.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday's Letters! Happy Friday!

Holy crap! How did Friday sneak up on me so fast?! Geez! I hope you guys love these Friday's Letters link ups as much as I do! Here are my letters!

Dear New TV
You are so amazing! Thank you for being so appealing to Shane that he decided to purchase you :) I love how smart you are with your Netflix and Internet capabilities!!

Dear Miss Susie The Trainer
I know you will never even know that I have a blog or that it is even something I do, buuuuut you were so dang hilarious to take my online training from! Thank you for making the whole process less painful and being so happy and comical! If when I am 50 I can use words like "Fo-Sho, OMG, Peeps, Dude, Coolio, etc." and make them sound as awesome as you do I think I will feel pretty accomplished. Haha you were freakin hilarious and although I will probably never meet you in real life I feel like we could be friends.

Dear Blog
I am so so sorry that I haven't been the best blog parent. I am going to be better and make more time for you! It's just that since I've been training these past three weeks I have not even had time to unpack my stuff! Not that I even want to unpack. Pure Crazyness! But hey....we are at 32 followers...keep up the good work my little bloggy.

Dear Weekend
You are the last weekend off I get in a long long loooong time. Lets make it worth it and go out with a bang eh?? I am so down if you are!

Dear Shane
Thank you for being so optimistic all of the time.  I like that we are starting to have fun little Sunday outings! That fun little cave last Sunday, hiking this Sunday...the options are endless! You have so many great opportunities coming your way it's not even funny! You are always so giving and sometimes too giving of yourself. I am proud of you for sticking to your ground and not giving in to people. Thank you for being so supportive and understanding with me. You make life easy. I love you.
This is an awesome picture Shane took and edited of the cave we went exploring through last weekend.

And last but not least....
Dear Swamp Cooler
Why do I love the smell of you?? Is that weird?



Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Randomness of Me.

It's Saturday! And I have the day off! :) This rarely happens but since I have a kick ass job I get this Saturday and next Saturday off! I thought I would take some time today since and share some random little bits of information about yours truly! (that's me) 
  • I am obsessed with coffee...I love it more than most things

  • I wait to get in the shower until the whole bathroom is filled with steam and the mirror is fully fogged up

  • I hate blow drying my hair...It only takes me about fifteen minutes but it seriously feels like a five hours!

  • I love old people. It's kind of weird but whenever I see an elderly person I wish they were my grandparent so I could go give them a hug and talk with them. I just think they are so cute!

  • I am the most UN-assertive, NON-confrontational person I have ever met. It is ridiculous. If I even attempt to approach someone I have a problem with I either chicken out and am nice to them or I get all shaky and my heart pounds louder than I can talk so I most likely will up in tears or backing down.

  • I haven't had the best relationship or any relationship with my real Dad, Benji, until about January of this year...and so far it is going pretty well.

  •  I like to crochet...and I get made fun of for it because I'm not "old" buuut I crocheted the baddest ass blanket for Shane's nephew so all the haters can suck it.

  • I am terrified of driving in the snow because the first time I ever did I totaled my car.

  • I hate folding laundry

  • I am an sympathetic's bad.

  • The only time I've ever had to get stiches is when I got my earring ripped out of my ear and they had to sew it back together

  • I am an avid believer of the book The Secret. 

  • I won't wear any shoes that show my toes unless my toenails are painted

  • I have self image issues and I am working on getting better at thinking positive about myself

  • I use men's deodorant it works better and honestly I think I smells better than the weird powdery smell in women's deodorant.
Here is my real dad and me.



Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday's Letters! Get em' While They're Hot!

It's FRIDAAAY! I am being spoiled because I have the weekend off...again! Love it. Anyways it has been a super fast week and here are my lovely letters!

Dear Apartment: Boy were we off to a rough start this week eh? You refused to give me hot water and I refused to take a cold shower, which resulted in me not showering for three whole days...don't judge me! However you finally decided to start warming up to me (pun intended) and started working! We are back on good terms! I thank you for this because I think if I went any longer with out showering I would've lost some friends...

Dear Work: I just love you! I can't thank you enough for giving me this AMAZING opportunity to get out of anything food industry related and giving me the excuse to get dressed up every day! However, I will be 100% satisfied if I could find some cute flat shoes so my feet stop yelling at me and if this whole training process could speed up a little!

Dear Old Roommate: Why do ya gotta be so mean?? You are lucky I have a hard time with confrontation because I was/am pretty upset with you and if I wasn't such a chicken I wouldn't have sent you such a nice text! It would've been something like your face: Why would you go and say mean things about Shane and I?? I mean if you wanna talk all kinds of crazy smack on me that fine...go crazy my friend...but pulling Shane into it is a reaaaally great way to piss me off. All he ever did was help you out! He cleaned up after you and your nasty dogs shit in the house...literally...he even mopped up doggy comma...(aka: period) because you wouldn't get your dog fixed. He would take your dog for WALKS almost everyday! I don't understand how he could have been any more nice to you with out asking you to be his freaking girl friend! Geez! I already apologized to you for being "distant" towards the end, but after the blood, poop and pee smell lingering in the house, the breeding of a mastiff in an apartment kitchen (yes, you all heard me right breeding. mastiff. apartment. kiitcheenn.), and not cleaning up after that dog in general...I was at my wits end and I was afraid if I opened my mouth for too long I would lose it. Buuut maybe I should have lost it? I dunno. Anyways, I'm sorry you are mad at us and I hope the best for you and your dog just as long as it doesn't involve me ever. again.

Dear Shane: You are wonderful and I am so grateful for all you do and put up with for me! I can not imagine my life with out you and I loved reading through all of the notes we would write to each other when we first started dating! Thank you for always bringing out the best in me and loving me even when I haven't showered for three days?! You are a trooper!

Dear Miki: It makes my heart sad that you are so dizzy sick! I wish I could help you in some way! Maybe we could try some sort of FaceTime witchcraft?? I dunno...but I hope this craziness goes away soon so you can be back to your normal wonderful self! The social networking world misses you! But mostly I miss my best friend. Feel better!!

Dear Internet: We will be reunited on June 6th! Oh how that day cannot come fast enough! My blog misses you probably more than I do! It's been a rough couple of weeks with out you and I am so thrilled that your lovely sibling, Mr. Cable, will be joining us! Best. Day. Ever.

Dear Self: Please NEVER go that long with out a shower ever again. But really I just thought I would tell you that you are doing pretty dang awesome with life right now! I know at times it is hard to stay positive and confident but you are doing a great job! I am proud of all that you have accomplished in May and I know there is SO much more opportunity coming your way! Keep working hard and you will reap the benefits! p.s. You are dang sexy in those work clothes!

Thanks for reading everyone! How was your week?? I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to link up your letters too!!!



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Hi, I'm Jazmine. I blog over "Life As A Young Mom". I'm a wife and a mother to two cute little adorable boys by the name of Rylan & Landon. I work full time and I attend school full time. Enjoy cooking and spending time with my boys & husband. Things you'll find on my blogs are basically pictures of my boys, things that happen on my daily life, and recipes. I like to share everything with everyone. So stop by and check out my little life.