Faith Fitness and Laughter

Smooth-ie Kind of Saturday

When it comes to smoothies, I can be a creature of habit.  One of my favorites is the gingerbread smoothie!








  • 1 scoop of chocolate Shakeology (or any chocolate protein mix)
  • cinnamon 1/2 tsp
  • ginger 1/4 tsp
  • chia seeds 1tsp (add zero flavor/added for extra protein)



The other day on my lunch break I decided to head to Tropical Smoothie and try their detox smoothie…



It was actually really really good!  I was a bit hesitant because I didn’t really want it to taste well, green.  lol! 🙂

I liked it so much that I had to make one of my own!!




  • just over a cup of water
  • handful of baby kale
  • handful of spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen cubed mango’s
  • chia seeds
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of ginger


I really loved it and can’t wait to make it again!



I spent Saturday (4/3/16) afternoon at the soccer field, getting lunch with family and a spur of the moment pedicure with the girls….. There were six of us! 






I mean seriously!  Is my niece old enough to play big girl soccer!!??







My nephew and his “I am not aware of you taking my picture Aunt Brandi look”  🙂





Oh!!  And I got a new job!!!!   More on that later 🙂

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My Favorite Christmas Songs

Tonight I wanted to share with you my favorite Christmas songs!




Those songs that, when they come on, it takes you to a place that is Christmas for you.  Oh don’t get me wrong I love the tree, the lights, the cookies….all of it.  But there is just something about a good Christmas song.


My Favorite Christmas Songs


1.   Where are you Christmas by Faith Hill.  (from the Grinch movie)


2.   The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire)  by Nat King Cole


3.   Joseph’s Lullaby by Mercy Me.   (this is probably my favorite. If you haven’t heard it, go check it out!)


4.   I’ll be Home for Christmas  by Michael Buble’


5.   Blue Christmas by Elvis  When my nephew was a baby, I would get him and set him in my lap where he was facing me and sing this song to him.  In my Elvis voice.  Don’t judge. You know you’ve done it.  :p




6.   Here comes Santa Claus


7.  Have yourself a Merry little Christmas  by Michael Buble’


8.   If you just Believe by Josh Groban  (from the movie Polar Express)


9.   What Child is this (The first Noel) by Franesca Battistelli (LOVE this version!)


10.  White Christmas  by Bing Crosby


11. I Heard the bells on Christmas Day by Casting Crowns




12. Jingle Bells by the cas of Glee


13. Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) by Amy Grant


14. Stille Nacht (Silent Night)  by Mannheim Steamroller


15.  Silent Night by Boyz II Men






What about you?  What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?


Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

Good morning my sweet friends! 



It’s a cool brisk morning!  Deer!!!


Just popping in to share a recipe with you that I found on Inside BruCrew Life




The recipe calls for a Caramel Icing but I used a Pumpkin Spice icing that worked really well with the chocolate flavor! Powdered Sugar, pumpkin pie spice and almond milk.  Delicious!




This was a great recipe!  🙂


Merry Christmas!!

Hello there my friends, how are you?  It’s been a while hasn’t it?  I do apologize for my absence, but it was actually pretty nice to take a break.  I didn’t really plan on taking one that long, but felt it was needed.  I also didn’t plan on posting on Christmas Day either, but the time was there so I took advantage of it. 

First let me say that I hope wherever you are, you had a wonderful Christmas and that I hope you were able to spend it with someone that you loved. 


As this year comes to an end, a lot of people will be reflecting on their lives and hopefully what the coming year will hold.  Some will want to make changes in their lives and some will want things to remain the same.  I’ll be honest, this year has had it’s ups and downs and I for one am glad that it’s coming to an end.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still been a great year but new beginnings can actually be a good thing.

Even when we feel like God is starting from scratch with our own lives, things are still good.

I do feel like this year has changed me.  Some good, some bad, but changed none the less.  I hope to share some of those things with you, but I’ll save that for another day.









Christmas cookies!



My Christmas tree







My niece Erin and nephew Dalton….most awesome kids EVER.





Big brother Jason.  Smile







My best friends cat Potter…..I guess he’s my neph-cat… 






As this day comes to an end, I am so thankful to have spent it with family.  To be surrounded by love is one of the most amazing gifts. 


I hope you had an amazing day and I will talk to you very soon!!


Café Domingo!

Morning Smile   I don’t know about you, but the time change has me kind of screwed up.  Yesterday, I forgot to set my clocks back an hour and so when I rolled over at “5:30”, I got up and started my routine.  When I turned the tv on in the living room, I immediately realized that it was 4:30!!  Ugh.  I just stayed up anyway.  

The weather yesterday was just amazing!  After church, I took my niece and nephew to get some lunch and then to Wal-mart for some salad fixings.  With the weather being so nice, I came home and spent some time outside.  I am pretty sure there was coffee involved too.  Winking smile



I took this picture of my nephew to send to my bf Diahann and her son Calvin.  Calvin and Dalton had just struck up a little friendship right before they moved to Ohio…. 


By 7:75 however, I was ready to go to bed! 


I am off today, but don’t have anything pressing to do…  I need to bring in some plants from outside, so I might do that.   The final book in the Divergent series came out last month, so I might run to the store and get it and just lay up and read all day!



Workouts for the week:


Monday:    Pump and Burn/30 minutes

Tuesday:    30 minute run

Wednesday:    Pump Challenge/25 minutes and 20 minute ab routine

Thursday:    yoga

Friday:    Pump and Burn/30 minutes

Saturday:    rest

Sunday:    20 minute ab routine/45 minute




Can I rant for a minute?

Why not, this is my house….


This past week I was reminded that we are an imperfect people.  No matter how much you try to convince a person of something, you don’t have any control over what they believe.  You just don’t.  What you do have control over is your reaction and your words.  

Can I use my words to tear someone down?  You bet.  Sometimes, I can even think that I feel better when I do it. 


I was also reminded that as a blogger, you don’t have any control over who reads your blog.  You just don’t. 

With that said, I feel it’s important to not feel like you have to sensor yourself…………… your house. 

This is a journal and I should feel comfortable enough to share the things that are going on in my life.  I shouldn’t and don’t have to explain myself.


The other the thing that I learned this past week?

Sometimes women can revert back to fifth grade antics.  (me included)

This my friends, made me chuckle.


The End.



So I have found a new coffee that I love!  Have you ever heard of Peet’s Coffee??



It’s my new favorite! 


While I was in Ohio with my best friend Diahann (whom I miss terribly!!!), the Café Domingo is what I drank and just loved it!  Sadly, they don’t sell it anywhere near where I live…….so, I got online and ordered me a big box full! 


Another sad thing?

I’m out of these…


I loved these and they had the best flavor.  I love pumpkin, but I don’t like things to have a strong pumpkin-y flavor.  It has to be subtle. 


I do have these though!





I did some organizing over the weekend too… 









I might just do some baking today too…  I picked these little jewels up the other day and I think I will add them to some cookies!  I didn’t think that I would like the taste, but they are quite good…





I can’t remember where I saw this, but thought it was the funniest thing….. lol!



Welp, that’s about it….I hope you have a great Monday!


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