Pick Your Poison Workout

This weekend I was given the opportunity to work with a friend. She was looking for ways to enhance her standard cardio routine and to try something a little out of the ordinary. I did some research and found Chris Powell’s “Fatal 40” routine. Granted, this isn’t for someone just starting out…so, I modified it a bit and turned it into the “Pick Your Poison” workout. This can be done anywhere and modified based on what equipment you have around you. I’ll outline what we did…but feel free to make it your own!

A couple of notes to get started. 

  • Pick a number. When you see 10/20/30/40, you’ll be doing that number of reps. If you’re doing 10, do 10 of everything. If you’re doing 20, do 20 of everything; you get the picture.
  • Choose a distance to correspond with your chosen number. If you’re doing 10’s, you’ll be doing 100 meters. 20’s= 200 meters. 30’s=300 meters. 40’s=400 meters. Wherever you see “RUN,” run this distance. Keep a decent pace, but don’t overdo it…walking works too!
  • Take breaks. Yes, this is designed to be done for time. However, form matters. Rest matters. Do what you can and take breaks where you need to. No workout is worth an injury.

The workout.

Ready to go? Alright!

I tried to include videos and graphics for anything you might be unsure of. Take it slow, learn the movements and try to improve. If you’re ready to mix it up, this is a great place to start!




Asheville: A little piece of my heart

Whether we’re close or not, you probably know that I’ve had some, well, apprehensions about our upcoming move. Regardless of where you are in life, uprooting yourself, your family and everything you know and starting over can seem like a massive endeavor. It’s filled with stress – selling and buying a house, finding a new routine, looking for new opportunities, heartbreak – leaving those closest to you behind and a whole lot of unknowns – what’s next? I’ve been stuck in that cycle for some time now.

So, when John needed to travel down to Asheville again, and since we’ve made the official decision to relocate, the boys and I decided to come along for the trip. I was hoping with everything inside of me that this would go down differently from our last trip…that I’d feel better when we left than before it…that I’d find joy in this journey.

Let me tell you – that hope was surpassed and I can say with a little more ease, and a few less tears, that Asheville is looking like a place that will someday feel like home.


This trip, my true desire was to form some connections. I am a creature of habit and an introvert at heart. Those closest to me know that well…I can make it work and once I get to know you, I’m more of an open book. But, until then, new situations are filled with anxiety and stress. I prayed that I could overcome this during this trip!

On Sunday, we revisited the church that we feel a definite pull toward. It was wonderful…we saw some familiar faces (which means a WHOLE lot when you know no one!) and had some great conversations. We were even invited to a small group gathering that both recharged us and energized us for what’s ahead. We cannot wait to jump in and to experience life with this amazing group of people! What an amazing blessing!

From there, we went back to a few of our favorite places, the WNC Nature Center, the community park in Fletcher and a restaurant that we loved during our first trip. We also checked out new places and had a lot of fun.


Boys at the park.


Checking out a trail.


Amazing mountain views.


Even some fun bowling!

What I learned during this trip is that a lot of fear comes from the unknown. When I am unsure of something, I look at it as a negative instead of as an incredible opportunity with great potential. This needs to change and that change started during this visit. We are blessed to have this opportunity and I look forward to taking advantage of it. Am I still nervous and sad? Of course…that’s part of it. But, I am hoping that as the date draws nearer, that those feelings will become less instead of more and that I can look forward to calling Asheville home.

What I didn’t expect when we left, was for the longing to return. To me, this means that Asheville has a little piece of my heart. That’s just enough to get me through what’s ahead and to look forward to what’s next. Here goes nothing!

Peach, Nectarine and Pluot Pie

I am loving our CSA membership this year. With a variety of fruits and veggies delivered every week, it’s been a blast to create and try new recipes.

This week was no different. I still had some pluots left from last week and we received peaches and nectarines this week. Now, normally I try to keep it on the healthier side…but this week I couldn’t resist. It was time for some serious pie. Want to give it a try? Recipe is below!

Peach Necterine Pluott Pie


Peach, Nectarine and Pluot Pie

I want to note that I used Martha Stewart’s double crust pie crust…sometimes you just can’t beat the tried and true. I did replace regular flour with a gluten free all-purpose flour mix though!

Now…onto the pie!


  • 1/2 cup sugar + some for sprinkling on top
  • 1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar, depending on preferences
  • 6 large, peeled and pitted peaches
  • 1-2 nectarines peeled and pitted
  • 2 pluotts peeled and pitted
  • 3 TB cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon + some for sprinkling on top
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • Slice fruits and combine with granulated and brown sugars. Allow them to sit for 30 minutes to an hour to allow for maximum juicing.
  • Once the fruits have been set aside, drain the juice and keep it separate from the fruit.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine the fruit juice, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir continuously until thickened. It may not have to boil to thicken, depending on the amount of juice.
  • Combine the thickened juice with the fruit.
  • Meanwhile, roll the pie crust (link above) out into the pie pan and create slices for your lattice work on top (totally optional).
  • Pour the fruit mixture into the crust.
  • Complete the lattice work, include a rolled crust on top or ignore the top crust.
  • Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes, or, until the bottom of the crust is clearly cooked through.

*this pie is best served chilled. If you’d like warm pie, it’s better to reheat it after it has cooled and set.



Thank You

They say that support comes in at just the right times and when you’re really backed into a corner, that you’ll find out who’s on your side. I have to say that over the past month or so, John and I have absolutely found that to be true.

A lot has been going on. Between preparing for the upcoming move, John completing coursework, Lucas’s new speech therapy regimen, an injury and a few things going on in the health arena, life has seemed crazy. The thing that has surprised me most is that, through it all, the support we’ve faced around every corner has been amazing. To those that have listened, have stepped up to watch the kids, have reached out via whatever means possible and who’ve partnered with us through it all, I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks. I don’t think you understand how amazing those pillars of strength that surround you are until you’re forced to lean on them!

This time has also forced us to focus on the basics and on what really matters: family, building memories and experiencing everything life has to offer.  I’m happy to report that we’ve been taking full advantage! Just wanted to share a few pictures from lately!


Colin has recently become obsessed with superheros. The best part is? His superheros are normal people…grown ups! Here he is in one of his “costumes.” Love this imagination!


Lucas on the other hand has honed his ability to get into EVERYTHING. This is him…super proud after he opened and turned on his Daddy’s computer that was off!


Lately, we’ve learned a lot about slowing down and enjoying everything around us. Last night we were able to enjoy some beauty outside…it doesn’t get much better than this.

Sometimes when life forces you to slow down, the best things in the world can result. I’m grateful for being given this opportunity. I’m thankful for all of you who have stepped up and stepped in to keep us moving forward. And, I’m thankful for those of you who have been reading along on this journey of ours. The term “blessed” has taken on a whole new meaning…and I’m learning to love every part of it!