My Favorite Fitness Resources! Blogtober Day 25

Hey all!!  I’ve been so excited about this post because I recently got my new fitbit, and I’m all about it!!  I’m not amazing at working out, I really don’t do it, ever?  Occasionally, I’ll go for a run, or walk the dog around but I don’t like to go out by myself for safety reasons.  So the fit bit really helps motivate me at work to be more active.  Now I work retail, so I’m always moving, but it’s neat to see how many steps I actually take.

I purchased the Fit Bit Versa in rose gold.

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There are a lot of perks to the Versa.  It’s basically an apple watch, or I feel that’s what they designed it after.  It tells me who is calling, shows me text messages, reminds me of events I have on my calender, shows voicemails.  You just can’t actually talk through it, like an apple watch.  It’s all touch screen as well, which is neat!

I’ve had a fit bit before, I had the charge HR, but unforunately it broke and I only had it maybe a year?  I don’t remember, it’s been awhile since I had it.  So this one is a major upgrade, and I’m glad I saved up for it.

You download the fitbit app to your phone and it syncs to your fitbit, so you can see your stats through the app as well.  You can also track your water in-take, add what you eat so you can see if youre geting enough calories in a day, also you can track your weight as well.  They actually have a special fitbit scale that you can get too!  I’d like one of those eventually, but they are on the pricey side, sadly.
Also on the app, you can connect with others who have fitbit, and have fun competitions between each other!  I love that part of it, it’s definitely makes me walk faster some days!

So there you have it!  My favorite fitness resource!  Do you have a fitbit?

Thanks for reading!

~xoxo Seneca

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Fall Recipes I Want to Try! Blogtober Day 22

Happy Fall Y’all!! 🙂

Who loves baking and making fall treats???  I’m sure it’s not just me!  So today I’ll be sharing some of the fall recipes I want to try.  Everyone always uses pinterest for recipes, and I’ll be honest, of course I’m one of them.  It’s so easy to just type something in the search bar, and there’s your dinner for the night,  I’m trying to use more of my cookbooks that I have, I have several and I want to use them more.

I’ll be using recipes from the cookbook called The Harvest Table by Gooseberry Patch.

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Isn’t it just the cutest fall cookbook you’ve ever seen??  I love gooseberry cookbooks and have quite a few.  So I’ll attach a few pictures of the recipes I am excited to try this fall!

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Who doesn’t love a warm soup during the fall??  I love soup year round, but it’s extra cozy when it’s cooler outside!! 

 

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Doesn’t this look amazing??  I am the dip master of our family, so I am pumped to make this one!!  Plus it’s a pizza dip, two yummy things in one!! 

 

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This is so simple, and sounds so delicious!!  This is my pumpkin spice favorite in muffin form!!

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This one definietly has a lot of steps, but i’m sure it will taste incredble!!  Apple anything is my favorite, so i’ll probably make this for Thanksgiving!  I’ll probably just leave out the pecan’s.  

What do you think of these?  What’s your favortie type of fall meal, snack or dessert??

Thanks so much for reading!! I’ll update you when I make these!! I can’t wait!!

~xoxo Seneca

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My Favorite Playlists! Blogtober Day 21

Hey y’all!!  I hope this blog finds you well today.  It’s Sunday evening for me as sit and write this.  It’s been an extremely busy weekend for me, this is the first time I’ve been able to sit and relax for a bit.

Today I’ll be sharing with you my favorite playlists!  I use Spotify primarily for my music.     I love how there are just so many options and it’s great to just search and find a song you want, and it’s right there.  I do pay monthly for it, but you definitely don’t have to at all to get the benefit of searching through all their music.  I just like the fact that I can listen my music without needing internet all the time.

Let’s dive in!

Especially when I’m writing to just trying to focus or calm down after a long day, I always listen to my relax playlist.  This playlist features various classical pieces, some Christian music songs, and a few random more country songs that I just happened to throw in there as well.  I highly recommend creating a relaxing playlist together with calming music for those stressful time, or times you just want to take your mind off things and just chill.  I love it!
Here is the link to my playlist: Relax!
When I was planning for my wedding I was always adding songs to my I’m Getting Married playlist.  I played it a few times before the wedding, but it was what I had playing in the background as we got ready.  It was so much fun, and added more of a homey personal feel in the hotel we were getting ready at.  Now every time I listen to it, I’m just even more reminded of the wonderful day my wedding was.  Not that I really need a reminder! hehe!
Here is the link to my playlist: I’m Getting Married!
I’ll end with my typical Sunday jams list.  I always listen to this as I’m getting ready for church in the morning.  I just try to open up my heart for God’s Word, and worship.  This playlist was not created by me, I found it while stumbling across different playlists.  I’m always more old school than others my age, so I love old hymns.  This playlist has several hymns but they have a more modern twist on them which I just love!
Here is the link to the playlist: Hymns for Hipsters

Thanks so much for reading!  Do we share similar tastes in playlists?  I have others, but these are some of my more specific ones I go to most.

~xoxo Seneca

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Dealing with Loss-Kay’s Story. Part 1. Blogober Day 20

Hello readers, how are you today?  I hope this blog finds you well, and you’re enjoying your day.  For today’s post, I am supposed to start or continue a blog series, and since I’ve only been at this for a short time, I have no series.  So let’s start one!!

Now this topic is widely talked about, and there are a lot of posts written on this, and videos out there, but everyone has a different story of why they chose to talk about it.  I’m not sure how many parts there are going to be, or when the next post will even be to be honest, but I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with you, and hoping that you gain from them, and it can help you.

I was thinking about this post on the drive to work today, (it’s currently the 18th).  This day 1 year ago, I was at work like usual, and I was opening the store.  I did my normal opening routine and I had to call my friend who worked at the power company to set up the electric for our home we were buying the next day.  It was a quick call, but then as I was counting the drawers for the day, the phone rang.  I was a little annoyed because I was in the middle of my routine, but of course I answered it like normal.  It was my friend who I had just talked to about the electric.  She goes, hey girl, have you not heard? I was like heard what?  She then told me that my coworker, and keyholder, Kay, had passed away!!  I was like, um what?!  My voice instantly cracked and was faint, my heart started beating rapidly, I wasn’t sure what to think…  It was a quick phone call again, but she said she would send me a text in a second to confirm, but she had read something on facebook that was alarming so she called to let me know.  I instantly started freaking out.  I had seen Kay 24 hours before this phone call.  I was going into work, and she was coming out of the coffee shop next door because she wanted to treat herself to a chai to start her day.  She was normal Kay, so sweet and happy.  My friend had texted me back and said that it was true, and Kay had passed away the night before, and if she had any other information she would let me know as soon as possible.
Now I’ll tell you, being the first and only one to know from work is heavy.  I instantly called my coworker, and other key holder, but she didn’t answer.  I tried calling my boss, but she didn’t answer.  I called another coworker, and she didn’t answer.  NO ONE was answering….I was alone and upset.  I was trying to process everything, but I also had a store to run at the same time.  I tried my boss again, still no answer.  I called my parents because I didn’t know what else to do, and I HAD to talk to someone.  They answered, and I just was just spurting out words, and I think it made sense but I can’t remember.  They told me to breathe and go slow, and that they loved me.  During the phone call with them, one of the coworkers I called before was returning my call, so I told my parents I’d call back and switched lines.  I told her, and I was still in shock those words were coming out of my mouth, Kay passed away.  She couldn’t believe it either and we were just on the phone comforting each other.
At this point, I had to open my store.  I didn’t want to at all, I wanted everyone to stay away…how could I hold myself together after this!!  My phone was blowing up, I was trying to tell my boss, but she just wasn’t answering.  Now a few customers were in and out of the store and my mind was anywhere but there with them.  I felt bad but I was keeping it together as much as I could, I still hadn’t cried yet at this point.  Since my boss wasn’t answering the phone, I knew I had to call our district manager to let her know what happened.  I mean, Kay had shifts over the weekend, she was our key holder (manager on duty).  The next day I started my mini vacation because were buying our home, so I still had to run the business in the midst of tragedy.  So I called my DM, and my voice was probably the shakiest it had been during the whole morning.  I remember texting my parents while I was on the phone with her and just telling them how much I loved them.  As soon as I hung up the phone with my district manager, I lost it.  I broke down and the tears started flowing.  It was a relief, but I knew there was so much to do still.  The next thing I knew, my coworker who I was on the phone with earlier walks in the door and she bought me a large sweet tea, bless her soul.  I tell you, having her there with me was such a help, I hated being alone.  Along with my coworker just keeping me company, another coworker came in, clocked in and just started working.  I didn’t ask her to, she just did, and looking back, I’m very thankful for that.  I had to rearrange schedules, cover all of Kay’s shifts, and make sure everything could run as smoothly as possible.  Finally my boss called me back after what seemed like an eternity, I had to say it again, Kay passed away.  It still sucks saying it a year later.

Kay passed away from a sudden heart attack that took her life almost immediately.  She was at home with her husband and all of their grandkids, she loved her entire family more than words can describe.  Her husband was her best friend, and they were head over heels for each other even after all the years they had been together.  Kay lived a beautiful life and would do anything for you.  She actually gave us an old stove and refrigerator that she had lying around her garage because she wasn’t using it anymore.  She was so excited to help us out since we were buying our first home.  I still have the stove and fridge and I’m keeping them until they break down completely.  I know for a fact that Kay is in Heaven today, and even though we miss her here, she wouldn’t come back after being in Heaven.  However, I’m glad she’s there, we will see here again!

I know this may have been hard for some to read, some of you may have left, some of you may of skipped to this ending, but whatever you did, please take this from this post.  Loss is hard, loss is sad, but loss is part of life.  We cannot escape it, but how we handle it is what’s important.  I had to do something I never thought I’d do, but I just had to keep going and press on even through the pain myself and my staff were feeling.  They needed a ring leader, and I had to be that.  What would have happened if I just said, I can’t do this, and left?  What if I didn’t take charge and find the coverage we needed, and let those shifts be missed, or let someone else take care of it days later?  I had to train people that day!  It was the start of Christmas hiring, and we had a lady coming in to learn the ropes of the company.  That’s one of the hard part of loss, doing what we don’t want to do, when we need to do it most.  We are strong individuals, even through the sadness of life.  Loss has many different parts to it, and I want to talk about them with you through this series.  I’m not an expert, but I do have a degree in psychology, I love helping people, so I hope I can help you.

I wish I could say this was the saddest story of loss that I have, but it’s not.  It’s no where close, but this story taught me a lesson the other stories haven’t.  Not every situation is like this, I understand, and of course, Kay’s family reacted different to how I did, but where we are in life, depending on the situation, is how we are impacted it.  We all learn from loss, what will you take away?

Thanks for reading, and I hope you stick around to read the next part of the series.  It will most likely, be in November.

~xoxo Seneca

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Throwback Thursday! Blogtober Day 19!

If only this were yesterday’s post, it would have been more fitting to the day of the week. Oh well, I’m glad it’s Friday!

So I have a few #TBT I wanted to share with you guys!  I hope you’re excited! 🙂
My Best Friend’s Wedding! 

August 5th, 2017 my best friend got married and it was the best day ever, so much fun!!!  These photos were taken right before she walked down the isle.  I will always remember that day, and cherish sharing that moment with her and her hubby.  We had such a good time, and I loved every part of it.  I loved my dress, and the colors that she choose, so beautiful.  My best friend is my rock, and I can’t wait to see her again in a few weeks and get Mexican food like we always do.


Applebutter 2011/2012?

So this photo of my husband and myself, was taken when my family was making apple butter.  Every year my family gets together and makes apple butter the old fashioned way, and it is a blast!!  I think this was the first year that Matt came to it, so it was either 2011 or 2012, but I’m thinking it was 2011??  I love this photo of us so much, I need to get it framed.  I’m eating a bowl of my grandma’s vegetable soup which is delicious and even though I’m in Indiana, there is some in my freezer now.  I didn’t get to go to apple butter this year, but next year you better believe I’ll be there!  Gosh, look at us, we are so little.

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Madrigal Dinner 2009

So during high school I was in the Madrigals singing group, and I loved every second of it.  I’m a soprano singer, and even had a mini solo during the closing song!!  This was my senior year of high school, I graduated in 2010, but this was during the Christmas season, so it’s 2009.  So featured in the photo with me, from left to right.  My great grandmother Cowger who is now 97 years old, myself, my great grandmother Louise, who is no longer with us, she passed away in 2014.  She was one month away from 101 years old!  Then my grandmother Peggy on the right, and she was the one who made my madrigal dress actually! I still have my dress, and will cherish it forever.  Man, I miss these times so much, and I’m thankful to still have two of my grandma’s in this picture.

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So there you have it, a few throwback Thursday’s from my past!  Did you learn something new about me?  Do you still post a #TBT?  Leave a comment below!!

Thanks for reading!

~xoxo Seneca

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Favorite Apps for my Phone! Blogtober Day 18

I was doing so well with blogtober and then I let the ball drop this week!  I definitely let my streak go long than I thought it would!  Thank you for following along this Blogtober! 🙂

So I’ll come back at a later day and write what Day 17 was supposed to be, so day 18, my favorite apps on my phone.  Let’s face it, we live in a world where we always have our phones on us.  It’s a blessing and a curse, but I am thankful for the technology we have to keep us all connected.

So I’ll start with my #1 favorite app, and it’s a simple one.

TWITTER!
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I love twitter, everything about it.  Now I know it’s not really like an ‘app app’, it’s a social media platform of course, but I mainly use it on my phone only.  It’s something I’ve always enjoyed and I switched over to twitter primarily because facebook got too crowded with a bunch of stuff I didn’t care about.  Twitter has helped me make some of the sweetest friends, and helps grow my youtube channel more than anything else.  The fact that we can retweet on twitter to support each other is the best!  I love it! 🙂  So if you’re not following me on Twitter, hope on over and do so!  @Seneca_Red

 

OVIA!
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Now this app is for a select group, but I love this app and use it daily!  So for those of your trying to start your family or grow your family, I highly recommend Ovia.  It’s a fertility app, that helps you track ovulation, symptoms, BBT, CM, when your period will start, your emotions, and more!  It also gives you tips and tricks for getting pregnant, and how to have a healthy pregnancy.  I’m still sometimes surprised at myself for having this app, but I’m mainly just still in shock that I’m here at this part of my life and starting a family soon.  Highly recommend if you’re wanting a good app to help monitor and keep track of all it takes to start a family!

Kroger/Meijer
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I love grocery shopping!!  Forget a mall shopping spree, give me a grocery shopping spree!!  Especially at one of these stores.  Now my grocery shopping method starts with Aldi’s but they don’t have an app, if they did, I would have it.   So I recommend these apps because you can download coupons, and freebies and keep up with the deals they are having.  I will say the Meijer app is a little confusing because you have to set up MPerks, and it took me awhile to get that figured out, but once I did, it was so easy, and it’s saved me a lot of money.  Check to see if any store near you has an app, it’s helpful!

 

Life 360!
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Now this app is a little different, but I like it because it keeps me connect with my family. If you’re not familiar with my blog, I live 7 hours away from my family; they’re in WV and I’m in IN.  So we got this app so we can see where we are at, at any given time.  Some think that’s it’s strange that being a married women, I’m still this connect to my parents, but I am so thankful for this app.  I don’t spy on them constantly, but when they are traveling, I can see how their drive is, or when they come to visit, where they are at on the road.   My mom recently went to Canada and it just made me feel better knowing where she was at.  My parents probably look to see where I’m at more so, but I don’t mind, I’m glad they still care and want to make sure I’m safe.   I told Matt to get this app, but he hasn’t yet, hehe, maybe one day he will get it.

 

FLIPP!
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Now I wouldn’t call this a favorite app, but more of a handy app to have on your phone.  This is an that shows you every single store advertisement for the week.  It allows you to see the deals for the products you specifically want, and you can even save specific items as well to look back on.  This is app is helpful for in the moment shopping when you want to find the best deals at the last minute.  I unfortunately don’t get paper adds hardly in the mail, which I miss getting, so this is nice to still be able to see what’s out there.

 

Thanks so much for reading, do we use any of the same apps?  What are your go to apps?    Let me know in the comments!

See you in the next one!

~xoxo Seneca

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Best & Worst Date Stories! Blogtober Day 16

Hello all!!  How are we today?  It’s a very chilly start to the day here, woke up to frost on the ground!  Fall is in full swing, but it almost feels like winter!  I’m not the biggest fan of the cold even though I’m used to it every year.

Today’s post is about my best & worst date stories!  They are about different people, but of course the best story is with my husband!  Let’s start with the worst though, and work our way up to best!

MY WORST DATE!

This took place years ago, now that I think about it, it probably happened about 8 or 9 years ago.  I was in high school and dating a guys named Matt at the time (no this is not the Matt I’m with now, completely different person).  Growing up in north-central West Virginia, we are very close to the Pennsylvania line, and there was a place in PA called Fright Farm.  You can probably guess that this is haunted house, but it’s huge!  There are several levels to the house which involved many different scenes and realism of scariness.  I HATE scary things, I’ve maybe only seen 5 scary movies in my life and I hated every single one of them.  I had never been to this fright farm place before even though everyone in our high school and town, goes every year.  I always felt like I was missing out on the fun, but I just hate scary so I never went.  Matt really wanted to take me even though I told him that I didn’t want to go, and I’m just scared of it all.  He kept saying it’s fine, it’s fine, it’s not that scary.  I finally gave in and said I’d go, so off we went, crossing the state line to PA and up to Fright Farm.

So one would think, going with my boyfriend at the time, and it being a date, since we went together that he would pay my way.  NOPE!  He made me pay!!! I paid $19 to be terrified when I didn’t want to go in the first place.  That’s when I knew it was going to just be bad, clearly he didn’t care that I was scared, or maybe he didn’t believe me when I said I was scared??
So we waited in line for what seemed like forever, but finally it was our turn to go into the house.  We stared with a hay ride, which was the best part of it all.  It was just a simple ride on a wagon, yeah, headless horsemen followed us, but it wasn’t bad.  I just focused on the horses.

We arrived at this house, and I was starting to just get really anxious and didn’t like that I was here, I just wanted to go home.  Right before we got into the house, Matt looked back at me and said, “Oh, you’re really scared aren’t you?”.  I was dumbfounded….how was he just now believing me and making it known to him, I didn’t like this? How could we turn back now though?  We were literally walking into the house…  We had to go through what felt like the most small space ever to enter, and then I don’t really remember much of it.  There were a lot of light tricks with strobe lights so that was just trippy for me, not really scary.  It was the year Micheal Jackson died, so they legit had a room where he was lying in a coffin…I’m not even kidding…it was like it was his funeral… Not really scary, just a weird vibe.

That’s really all I remember from that night, I hated it, so I blocked most of it out of my mind and haven’t really thought about it again.  I also have never gone back to fright farm since.

That relationship only lasted a year, when it should have ended way before that.  He was very sarcastic, plus we were in high school, we didn’t know what we wanted, and I was going through the worst time of my life because my best friend was dying at the time, but that’s a blog for another day.

MY BEST DATE!

However, next comes the best date I’ve been on!!!! So that’s awesome!!  Plus it’s with my husband, Matt, (no not the Matt from above, a different one).  Two completely different people and I’m just extremely thankful for the Matt I’m with today, my wonderful husband!

Last night as we were going to bed, I asked my husband, what was our best date? For us it’s hard to pin point one specific date, because we did long distance for awhile at the beginning of our relationship, so once we were finally living in the same town, it was just stuff we did, and we didn’t have any specific date dates, just times when we were together at school.  We went to a Christian college so we only had so many places to hang out together, and the computer lab doesn’t make for the best date spot either.

So we talked about it and remember the time where we met up halfway between college and my home in WV.  At this point in time we were still doing long distance, and it was the semester before I started going to school in VA.  It was the week of Thanksgiving break, because Matt was off school, but still had work, and couldn’t come up to be with my family that year.  However he had two days off in a row, so we made plans to meet up in Beckley, WV (which is actually where we met)!

We had so much fun that day, we just ran around the town, and hung out together all day.  That evening, we weren’t sure what we were going to do for dinner, so we googled some places and found a nice restaurant called Pasquale’s which was an Italian place.  Since we were at the mall at the time we decide to go there, we both picked out an outfit for us to where for dinner since it was a little fancier!  It was so much fun, I loved every second of that date!!  We always cherished our time together since it was so few and far between, but even still today, we never take it for granted.

We’ve had countless dates of course, we’ve gone to football games together, we’ve gone hiking together, we’ve done pretty much everything together in the past 8 almost 9 years we’ve been with each other.  My husband is the best thing to happen to me and I love hime so much!

Hope you enjoyed reading!

~xoxo Seneca

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