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4 Things I Love About Blogging

28 May

I started blogging on January 1st of this year. I decided to give it a try to help keep me accountable for sticking to goals that I set for myself.  Although the frequency of my posts varies, there are consistent reasons that I love blogging.

1) One of my original goals was to document more of our lives. I wanted to do a better job of keeping up with the things my family does and the amazingly fast growth process that Bennett is going through.  I’ve only been blogging for a few months, but I already love going back occasionally and reading a post or looking at some of the older pictures I’ve posted.  It is cheaper than printing a million pictures and allows me to describe the events in more detail than I would in a scrapbook.

2) Blogging has allowed me to make connections with friends and family, old and new. I’ve had old friends tell me they like reading my posts and keeping up with the things that we’re doing even though we don’t get to talk very much.  I’ve seen family members that we haven’t seen in years that say they read my posts to watch Bennett grow and change. I’ve also connected with new friends that either write their own blogs or just enjoy reading blogs.  Some of these women have given me good ideas, tips, and support which has been greatly appreciated.

3) Who can pass up cheap therapy? Sometimes I just feel better after sitting down and putting my thoughts out there. I’ve told you I’m very social, but every now and then I just need to vent without getting tons of feedback. Typing out these posts allows me to think things through and really wrap my mind around them.

4) This last thing really hit me today. I’ve been way off of my routine with eating and working out and after taking the time to catch up on my blog reading, I feel inspired to get out there and get back to it.  I’ve looked up some new recipes to try this summer while I’m off and I’m just waiting on sunset to hit the pavement. This is one of my favorite things about blogging, knowing I can jump on the Internet at any time and read tons of motivating women’s stories.


What’s your favorite thing about blogging or reading blogs?




Who Am I?

28 May

Who am I? You mean you don’t know? Well, that’s probably because I have been MIA for weeks.

I’ve had an extremely busy and crazy last few weeks.  I kinda got in a funk that has had me thinking about too much stuff that I’d rather not.

Thankfully, the school year ended last Friday and I kicked my summer off with a fun-filled, relaxing weekend at the lake. So, I decided I should reintroduce myself and explain a little more about this mommy’s mission.


-am a mom who desperately wants her son to grow up to be a loving, happy, productive member of society.

-a wife that loves to make her husband happy, but firmly believes in give and take.

-am very social and thrive on the relationships I have with family and friends.

-will shut down if you push me too far or try to force me to do something that I don’t like or believe in.

-love to laugh.

-question everything and over-analyze possible outcomes. Chris likes to call me “Worse Case Scenario.”

-love to have a clean house, but refuse to miss out on fun with my family to keep it that way. WARNING: My house will fail the white glove test so don’t bother.

-am soooo indecisive and almost always wonder if I should have chosen something different.

– really want to be healthy and in great shape, but I love food too much and fall off the workout wagon too often.

-am sensitive and take many things to heart, but I don’t like to get too mushy gushy.

-am caring and compassionate, but I have to shut some stuff out because it piles up on me  and puts me in a funk such as the one I’ve been in recently.

-like to remind myself that no matter how bumpy the road is, we only get one ride, so we need to enjoy it while it lasts.

What do you remind yourself when the ride gets rough?


Bowling, Buddies, Blah, Blah, Blah

5 Mar

Hey guys!  It’s Monday.  Ugh!  I don’t know about you, but I was not feeling it this morning.

We went Cosmic Bowling with some friends Friday night.  We don’t usually get such a late start to our evening, so it was kinda nice to go home and have time to freshen up before we went out.  This was especially good because we were going with a couple of our guy friends and their adorably young girlfriends.  Paige and Kelsey are so stinkin’ sweet, but man they are too cute and it takes a little more time and effort for us older and rounder girls to look as cute as those two do.

I took a shower, had time to fix my hair, picked out a cute outfit, and even managed to do my nails.  I decided to do something a little daring (you know, since I was hanging with the young, hip chicks) and paint my nails a dark gray color because I’m obsessed with that color and then painted each of my ring fingers a bright blue because that’s one of the colon cancer awareness colors.  I don’t know if you like this trend, but I see it all over Pinterest and I’ve always kinda wondered if I’d be brave enough to try it.  I think I like it for a change.

Know what you shouldn’t do before going bowling?  Take the time to paint your nails. My cute mani only lasted about ten minutes before the paint was chipping off my right hand.  Bummer!  Oh well, at least I tried:)


Me and my honey out on the town


The oh-so-adorable Paige and Kelsey


Killa K, Jukin’ J, and Prostitute P


Not really a prostitute, but that’s all we could come up with at the moment:)

Saturday morning I got up and worked around the house for a little while. It was snowing steadily, but not enough to accumulate. It was kinda cool because it just doesn’t normally do that around here. I decided to go for a run since I ate an order of mozzarella sticks at the bowling alley. They were delish, but I knew they were awful for me with each wonderful bite.

I bundled up and ran 4 miles. I was very surprised how easy it was for me to breathe in the strange weather. All I could think is how nice those small snowflakes would feel if they were hitting my face in the middle of July when it’s 80 degrees at 5:00 in the morning.

After I got home, I did a little ab work, jumped in the shower, threw on some comfy clothes, and settled into a sunken spot on the couch. I stayed there the rest of the day and into the night.  The longer I stayed there, the worse I began to feel. I felt like I had bronchitis settling into my lungs and I could feel an awful amount of pressure in my sinuses.

So this is where the blah, blah, blah comes into play. Because that is exactly how I have felt ever since. I was pretty useless on Sunday, but managed to drag myself out of bed for a run this morning. I got in a quick 2 1/2 miles and then got ready for school. The sinus pressure has gotten worse and all I can think is this is going to be a long week.

I am excited that Chris attended the first coaches’ meeting tonight and found out that Bennett’s team will be the Durham Bulls. Isn’t that some kind of movie title? If so, hopefully it’s a sign of good luck. Can’t wait for the season to get started!

One day down. Four to go.

Hope you kicked off your week on the right foot.

Thanks for reading,


Presidential Playdates

19 Feb

Today was the closer to our 3 day weekend. That’s ok though because Bennett and I packed it full of fun and friends.  It works out perfectly that two of my best friends have boys who are some of B’s best friends and the moms just so happen to be another teacher who has the same schedule as me and a nurse that works the weekend night shift.

I woke up bright and early this morning at around 6:30. This isn’t my typical bright and early, but it is for a day off.  Bennett slept in until around 8:00 so I had time to sip a couple cups of coffee and do some major pinning on one of my favorite websites Pinterest.  I found a good recipe for an easy and nutritious breakfast, which I will be sharing tomorrow.

I realized that my friend Ashley, who is one of my oldest and dearest friends and was my maid of honor, had liked my blog post from last night on Facebook so she must be another crazy teacher that woke up early on her day off. I sent her a message to see if she’d like to get the boys together for some playtime .

Once she finished her grocery shopping and my little lazy bones rose from the dead, she headed over with her hilarious son. He has loved B’s toy guitar since B’s birthday party last April and he had not forgotten because as soon as he walked in the door, he exclaimed, “Can I play your rock guitar Bennett?” That is just what he did. He rocked out a lot while they were here visiting. The boys had a great time and Ashley and I had time to catch up and share some of our diet and exercise successes since she is on the mission as well. She also brought over her copy of Jillian’s 30 Day Shred for me to borrow.  I was super excited because I have seen tons of people talking about Jillian and her sweatfest.


After they left, Bennett and I scored some lunch in the form of leftovers. I cleaned up, did a bit of laundry, and soon received a text from my friend Jennifer, who had just woken up after her last late night shift of the weekend. She is married to one of the guys I grew up with and is what I like to think of as an inherited friend because we met through her hubs and became fast friends. I just love spending time with her. We had planned on meeting at a park so we could walk and the boys could play, but by then it had started to rain. We decided it would be less cleanup for everyone if we just met at McDonald’s and let the boys run wild for a little while.


This turned out to be a wonderful idea. The boys had a great time playing with each other and many other children who were also enjoying the indoor playground. J caught me up on her recent vacation and showed me a recipe book that she is currently using on her mission. It was a Hungry Girl cookbook (sorry I don’t remember the exact name) and featured hundreds of yummy recipes for under 350 calories.  I took a couple of pictures with my phone so I could try some of the recipes.

A few that caught my eye:

Ragin’ Cajun Shrimp 226 calories

Nutty Caramel-Coated Sticky Buns (which she said are wonderful) 169 calories

Shrimpylicious Egg Rolls 99 calories

The Crab Rangoonies 140 Calories

Spicy Bacon-Stuffed Cheesy Mushrooms 53 calories

There were tons of recipes for every meal and course. I’ve tried one of this author’s recipes from a magazine before and loved it so I can’t wait to get to work on some of these. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

After we came home, I got to work on some tacos using ground turkey. My husband was not thrilled that I “forced” him into this healthy choice, but he did eat one hard and one soft taco with no more complaints. I ate mine as a taco salad, heavy on the salad and free of the shells and tortillas.

Next, I busted out the new Jillian DVD and got to work. That woman is not playing. The 20 minute workout was tough but not too long. I was really glad that she didn’t yell at me though because she scares me on t.v.

Anywho, sorry about this lllooonnnggg post, but it was a pretty good day and I felt like sharing. I will be hitting the sack after this as I attempt to start tomorrow off with a 4am run before early duty. Hope you have a good rest of the week.

Thanks for reading,



Superbowl Sunday Funday Part 2 + Weigh-in Wednesday

6 Feb

I typed part 1 of this post late Sunday night after having a few drinks during the game.  Since I didn’t want that post to ramble on forever, I decided to put the rest in this post.  Plus, at that point I was thinking that I had done a pretty good job of maintaining my diet this weekend.

After getting on the scale Monday morning, I realized that maybe I had made more unhealthy choices than I thought.  At the beginning of the weekend, I had dropped 1 1/2 pounds since Wednesday’s weigh-in, but Monday morning I had put it back on and was back where I started about 4 days before.  That really ticked me off because I had been working out and once I want the scale to go down, that’s what I expect.  So I thought maybe I should recap my weekend in a less intoxicated state.

I baked my friend Amy’s birthday cake during the day Saturday and didn’t even think to touch the scrap cake that I normally would have munched on.  Maybe the houndstooth really did discourage me a little.


Saturday night we went to Amy’s birthday dinner…at a Mexican restaurant. This is bad because I lllooovvveee Mexican food.  I did refrain from munching on chips, salsa, and queso (my fave), but I’m thinking that sauce that I kept slopping all over my fish tacos was probably not the healthiest choice.  Now that I think about it, it did have an oddly queso-esque taste to it.  Oh and the 32 oz. Dos Equis probably didn’t help so much either.  What? I did have a water on the side.  Doesn’t that count for something?


We had a good time and, even though my husband wouldn’t cooperate, I still got a couple good pictures out of it.


This wasn’t one of them.  It was just the best and least goofy shot I got of him.

I made cupcakes Sunday for the Superbowl party and didn’t touch them either.


I REALLY wanted one, but I didn’t cave.  Instead, I made a baked sweet potato in the microwave and put a little butter and small amount of brown sugar on it.  I know it could have been healthier, but at least it wasn’t a cupcake, right?

So, it’s Superbowl…


I know I put that picture in both posts, but my friend Jon was wearing it and I just loved it.

Anyways, the spread at this party was calling my name.  There was BBQ, hot wings, all kinds of dips and chips, a few different sweets, and several other yummy looking snacks.   I did snack on some unhealthy things, but once I walked away from the table, I never went back.  Unfortunately with football usually comes beer, and Sunday was no exception.

We had a great time with good friends, good food, and many good laughs.


Bennett eating one of my cupcakes (sans icing)


B and one of his favorite friends playing a football game of their own

Today is Wednesday and now it’s time for me to reveal my progress for the week.  I worked out 4 times, had several days of good eating, 2 days of questionable food choices, and in the end have dropped another 1 1/2 pounds for a total of 5 1/2 pounds over the past 3 weeks.  I’m going to attempt my link-up with Alex & Erin again this week, so if you’re looking for motivation check out some of the other ladies who are participating because they are doing some great things.

You can call me Technologically Illiterate I guess because I CANNOT get this link-up to work, but go here to check it out.

Thanks for reading,


Superbowl Sunday Funday

4 Feb

Ok, I know it’s Wednesday, but I typed this up Sunday after having a couple drinks, so I was scared to post it without proofreading it Monday morning.  The thing is that I’ve had a super-packed week already and haven’t gotten another chance to took at it until now. Since I’m home with a sick boy and I didn’t want this post to be never ending, I’m going to finish it in another post with my Weigh-in Wednesday link up.


Today is one of these days of the year that doesn’t really count as a holiday, but we Americans have turned it into one.  It’s kind of like St. Patrick’s Day.  I don’t even think Irish people enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as much as Americans.  We’ve taken that day and turned it into a day for drinking green beer and and getting kisses from strangers.  I love some Silky O” Sullivan’s on Beale for St.Patrick’s Day, but it’s really nothing but a drunkfest with a couple of dueling pianos.

The same is true for Superbowl Sunday. This day is totally blown out of proportion.  I don’t even pay attention to pro football during the season, but you better believe I’m cooking it up for the Superbowl. I get all excited because of the hype and the fun of hanging out with our friends.

I had no preference for who won this game.  I could even argue a reason why I thought either team should win.  I really wanted the 49ers to win because I was mad at the Ravens for beating the Broncos.  Remember, I’m a Tennessee fan and most any Tennessee fan will always pull for Peyton Manning against any team. I also thought that it would be cool for the Ravens to win since it was Ray Lewis’s last game ever and I thought it would be cool for him to end on a high note.  So anyways, I guess Ray Lewis will always have a great memory of his last game and I will probably always hold a grudge against the 49ers for not teaching the Ravens a lesson for messing with my boy Peyton.

I did a great job of sticking to my diet for the majority of the weekend.  I worked out pretty hard yesterday and didn’t even taste my friend Amy’s houndstooth birthday cake.  We had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant for her birthday and I don’t think the chips and salsa crossed my mind once.  I’m a big queso eater so it’s a big deal to me.  Even after the 32 oz. Dos Equis I had, which you probably saw if you follow me on Instagram (@jaimebyram), I didn’t go over my calorie count for the day.

Today I had a good breakfast and, since I was anticipating some delicious bar-be-que nachos, I had a light salad for lunch.  I wasn’t so good during the Superbowl party, but I think it’s important to give yourself some room to cheat or you won’t be able to stick to the plan in the long run.

We had a great time with tons of friends and I think that’s what Superbowl Sunday is all about. It doesn’t matter if you like one of the teams or if you even know who is playing in the game.  It matters that you take the time out of your rat race schedule to enjoy life and what really matters.

I know I had a blast this Superbowl Sunday. What did you do to celebrate this holiday-that’s-not-really-a-holiday?

Thanks for reading,


Fun Friday and a Canadian

12 Jan

Ok, so I know it’s Saturday, but I never got a chance to sit down and post yesterday. I had a great day!

I decided yesterday morning that I wanted to straighten my hair so I could get a good look at it. It was the one dry day that was sandwiched between a projected four days of rain. Anyone with curly hair knows that the forecast is vital to hair style planning. You ladies with straight hair may wish for curly hair sometimes, but just imagine spending 45 minutes to straighten your hair only to walk outside and the slightest hint of moisture change your hard work to a poodle do. Not fun! It looked pretty good and I think the color is growing on me.


Since I spent more time styling my hair, I didn’t have time to fix coffee or breakfast before I took B to the bus. On the way back home, I decided to stop at the gas station and pick up a big cup of coffee. I exchanged pleasantries with an older truck driver that had stopped in for the same thing. We talked about how glad we were that it was Friday and how hard it is to get back in the groove after Christmas break. I followed the man to the register and before I got a chance to pay, he added my cup of joe to his tab. Talk about a surprising friendly gesture.

I then went to school and had a very productive day. We even got to go to recess…without jackets…in January. Hallelujah! I know you think the kids were loving this, but you just don’t understand how much teachers love recess too. After being cramped in a small room with 21 little people calling your name a hundred times each all day long, it is a breath of fresh air, literally.

I also got a chance to use this great deal. I found it on a great site called My Memphis Mommy. You can get 99 prints for $0.99 on Snapfish through the end of today. Just use the code PENNY2013 and pay the shipping. The best part? You can use it an unlimited number of times. That’s pretty big for all of us picture printing procrastinators.

Last night we had a surprise 30th birthday for my friend Brian, who I have known pretty much my entire life. There is nothing like having dinner with 30 or 40 of your closest friends while one waiter frantically runs around trying to keep up with everyone’s requests WITH NO BARTENDER TO ASSIST. May not sound THAT bad to you, but with this group, a bartender is an integral key to success. Anyways, because we love each other so much we still had a blast and continued the party back at the birthday boy’s house.


I promise I’m almost done rambling, but before I’m done I want to tell you one of my favorite parts about a small town. I grew up with an awesome group of friends, whose parents are also friends. I married a man who was in this group of friends, so we never have to split time between “his friends” and “her friends”. Now when our friends get together I watch tons of kids run around becoming “friends whose parents are friends” and I think that is awesome, not only because it’s just cool, but also because we won’t ever be afraid to bust each other’s kids out for doing the things we did. Life in my small town means my friends are like family. And I think that is pretty freaking amazing!

I got up this morning wanting to tell about my fun Friday. Everyday I check to see how many people have read my blog that day. I am a goal oriented person and I always love to beat my own records. On my stats page, I always see a map of the world with the U.S. lit up because that’s where all of my readers are from. I’ve REALLY been hoping that one day another country would be lit up. This morning when I looked, Canada was orange! I am super excited about this. So, Canadian, if you are reading now, thanks for stopping by. You just made my day.

What’s your favorite thing about the place you live? This goes for my small town friends, big city buds, and the Canadian that just made my day.

Thanks for reading,