Summer Lovin’

Hey everyone! The weather since I’ve been home from college (about a week) has been absolutely GORGEOUS! It just reminds me how much I love summer! Anyway, this post isn’t geared toward anything specific, but I figured I’d just update my blog from the past few days!
So here’s some pictures of just a few of the last few days’ happenings!

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My dad and I have been in this huge fruit dehydration kick for over a year now, and in the past couple days we have done apples and cinnamon coated plantains! I could easily live off of dehydrated fruit. It’s almost kind of sad just kidding! But seriously, it’s so good!

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So my parents are big into the garden in our backyard, and might I add that it does look rather beautiful! So I decided to just plant some of my own individual plants. 🙂 This is just one of them!

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Aaaaaand look at what came in the mail yesterday!! I am so excited about this headband! It’s a Ledbetter headband. If you’ve never heard of them, I strongly urge you to check out their website (ledbetterstore.com) or their Instagram (@ledbetterstore). I personally love their mission and what they’re all about, not to mention their super comfy headbands which you can wear 4 different ways!
**This post is in no way sponsored by Ledbetter, I just wanted to let you guys know about them!

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Lastly, I made these lime gummies today! I found the recipe through Pinterest (http://www.mamanatural.com/gelatin-recipes-roundup/) It’s the first recipe on there, and I’ve also made the gummies in the third recipe using strawberries! They both tasted great!

Oh, and one last thing! I got a summer membership to the local YMCA yesterday and went to go workout there this morning and it was fabulous! I know this is kind of random, but I just thought I’d let you know! But don’t worry, I’m still going to be going on my outdoor runs at least a couple times every week! Nothing compares to outdoor runs. 🙂

Well, I suppose this post has gotten long enough. I hope all is well with everyone!

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Life Is Good

Hi everyone (well, whoever may be reading this despite the fact that I only just started this blog)! I hope your Memorial Day weekend was truly enjoyable and spent with the ones you love! I also hope you didn’t forget to take time to think about/thank those who have fought for our country. Each and every one of those people has truly made a difference in our lives and I am so thankful for that. Just imagine being put in their shoes. I can’t even fathom making that decision to go fight for our country! It takes a lot of dedication, love, courage, and so many other things to do what they have done for us. So I just want to send out a huge THANK YOU! Because of all of you out there fighting I, and the rest of our country, are able to lead the lives we do and do things that we should not take for granted.

I got home from college on Thursday evening, and I have been quite busy since then! Although I have also taken some much needed time to relax! Friday was pretty much dedicated to unpacking and organizing/getting rid of stuff I don’t need, and also running errands with my mom! I also managed to fit a workout in too! I’m still not done with all my organizing but I’m definitely getting there! None of you probably care about this, so why I’m babbling on, I have no idea haha. But to cut to the chase, I’ve had a fabulous and blessed first weekend back from college!

My mom took a few extra days off work, and it’s been nice to just spent time with her! We haven’t really done anything special, but it’s the little things that truly are the big, special things in the end. We’ve just been running some errands, gardening, going on walks, etc… Going on walks with my mom is definitely one of my favorite things to do with her. It just gives us time to talk (and of course, doing some extra exercising)! I can easily say that my mom is my best friend. It’s been through these walks where I’ve found it easiest to just tell her anything. If we never started going on walks together, I can without a doubt say that I would never have become so open with her. Going on walks is something we try to do almost every night in the summer, and I always look forward to them!

Lastly, I just want to mention the actual primary reason why I titled this post the way I did. Of course life is good, especially because of the reasons I have already mentioned in this post plus much, much more, but there’s one person who always said this multiple times a day, and especially at the end of the day. This person is my high school band director. He is one of my favorite high school teachers. I had the pleasure of running (no pun intended) into him and is equally as amazing wife while I went for a run on Saturday! I stopped and talked to them for a couple minutes to catch up with them, and by the time I continued on my run back home, I found myself smiling the whole way back. This teacher had a signature saying. Life is good. This is how he ended every prayer before we had a performance or before we went to sleep on our band trips. I’m trying to make a long story short, because I could easily go on and on about this subject, but I’m trying my best! Just think about it. Life is good. Life is good. In so many ways. We are all so blessed for what we have and we often take that for granted. No matter what mood I’m in, whether my day was good or bad, I always remind myself of this, because in the end of the day, I know that I am so blessed to have what I have and to be where I am in life. I am so thankful for this day and every day before and after.

 

If any of you have been a trooper and stuck through this post, I just want to thank you! I am definitely new at this whole blogging thing, but I really wanted to try it out! I hope you have at least somewhat enjoyed what I wrote, and I apologize for slightly babbling on! I promise to try to improve as I post more!

Also, I have an Instagram if you would like to check it out/follow me! It’s @laurensfitlife 🙂

Thanks again, and I hope you all have a fabulous Memorial Day!