Thursday, April 11, 2013

I'm still around.....

I'm alive! No blog posts since Monday because I am launching my new Pampered Chef business, taking Midterms, and tending to an ill husband. Be back soon!

Monday, April 8, 2013

What exactly does "Healthy" mean?

Hey everybody--Happy Monday! I want to first acknowledge all of my new followers, thanks so much for following and leaving your comments I love hearing from you and it truly fuels my writing....I am working on responding to emails after I publish this post! I have not emailed anyone back for a week, I'm terrible. Anyways...

Today I am here to write about health. If you haven't noticed yet my new blog design features a page dedicated to "getting healthy" so you might have known I was going to write about it sooner or later...and here I am. I did not want to categorize my blog as a weight loss blog or a fitness blog...personally I do not want to place myself in any category so I am choosing to talk about health in general.

But, what is healthy? What does it mean to be healthy? Does it mean you are free of illness, and if so is being overweight an illness? Should your mental and emotional health be measured in this too?

I do not have all the answers to the questions above, I believe "healthy" is something we define ourselves. I am working on my own definition of being healthy and  I am working on becoming that definition of healthy in my daily life. To become the healthiest person I can become become here are some goals I am working towards that I will discuss in weekly posts!

- Shed the extra pounds
-Develop a normal relationship with food and exercise, no extremes
-Stick to a mostly Real Food eating plan
-Continue to transition to non-toxic products (cosmetics, hair care, cleaning...etc.)
-Manage a better sleep schedule
-Live in the moment, quit waiting for the future

I know this post seems so broad and almost confusing but I want to stress that I believe being healthy is a lifestyle, something you strive to achieve every single day. I also believe being healthy does not have to be in the future or 20 pounds from now.

Above are my personal goals but Ryan and I are working on several of those together and we both want to have a solid foundation of healthy living, especially for the future when we start thinking about having our own little family.

That being said, I want to know how you feel about health? What is your definition? What do you do to stay healthy mentally, physically or emotionally?

I will leave you with one of the blogs that changed my entire idea of food....please be warned, you may spend several hours reading this after you dive in!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Couch Potatoes

Let it be known that I had a very in depth blog post planned for today but the headache from hell has been with me all day so I will save it for another day and talk about the TV instead...

It might sound silly but Ryan and I have spent more than our fair share of time arguing over who's "show" we were going to watch on any given night. So today I am sharing our marriage friendly television favorites that clog our DVR. Some I hated at first and some Ryan hated at first but now we are hooked on them all! You might ask, "Why do I care what TV shows the Nelson's watch?" Well, because when anyone recommends a TV show to me I try and watch it at least once..and 9 out of 10 times I end up loving it. And because we are couch potatoes lately on weeknights so how else can I tell you what we are up to?!

First: Modern Family
It just never gets old. On ABC.

Second: Bar Rescue
This is a new favorite for follows Bar Experts as they "Rescue" failing bars across America, its disgusting too. Whatever you do, do not try and eat while watching this show. That being said its a great show on Spike!

Third: The Voice
I honestly had NO idea Ryan would like this show....but we both love it Blake Shelton. He is always a hot mess but ends up winning the seasons?! Oh and we love a good argument about who is good and who sucks! On NBC.

Fourth: Chopped
A competition show on the Food Network that we love. At the beginning of each show the four chefs give a short bio and then Ryan and I pick who is going to win the competition...because I can make anything competitive. Being the semi-feminist I am, I almost always pick the a woman chef! 

Fifth: Love It or List It
On HGTV(Home and Garden Television)....I will admit Ryan only watches this because I'm obsessed with HGTV but I swear he likes it! At the end of the show the owners get to choose if they will stay in their current renovated home or move...thus Ryan and I can compete to guess if they will "Love It" or "List It". 

Sixth: Duck Dynasty
I cannot believe I am even saying this. I thought this show was for rednecks I'm from Iowa and I know how to gravel travel but I'm pretty far from a full blown redneck. Ryan watched this show so I finally started watching and found myself laughing so hard at these grown rednecks who are millionaires. It is complete junk TV and you might be less intelligent for watching it but you will laugh! On A&E.

Seventh: New Girl
Amazing....closest show to "Friends" our generation will ever have--on FOX!

Jeez, we like to compete, but I swear we love each other! Check these shows out if they seem appealing at all! What shows do you watch that Ryan and I should check out? 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The junk in my trunk, purse edition.

Happy Wednesday! You know what that means, girly post!

Today I am linking up with Erin and Mel a day early for their Purse Party--basically a nosy curious way to see what women carry in their can learn a lot about a girl by what she carries in her  purse.


First let's address what purse I haul around...Kate Spade Cobble Hill Little Minka in Black

This purse was a present from Ryan for surviving an eight month deployment --and I received in in August. I love it so so much, its practical and pretty. 99% of the time I wear it across my body. It is fabulous for being on the go, especially when traveling! And I cannot forget to mention the leather is buttery soft! Sorry the Kate Spade website pictures are terrible! I also have the matching wallet.

 I will admit I am kind of a purse minimalist. I clean out my purse at least twice a week. I have always loved big purses but I've never been one to carry the crap to fill one....maybe when I have kids?!

The crap I always have:
Gum--Orbit Bubble Mint and Sweet Mint
Lip Balm- Burt's Bees Original (THE BEST)
Lip Gloss- Tarte 
Stamps (I'm old fashioned)
Random piles of receipts
Single Dollars and too many Yen

There was no pen in my purse when I emptied it out but I typically have one....

These little piles are why I clean out my purse often, they drive me crazy! Who else has Japanese and American receipts....booyah!
Here is a close up of my Dollar and Yen pile. At any given time I have Dollars  OR Yen on me but never the right cash for what I am purchasing. (Off base you can only use Yen, on base some places take Dollars only.)  It's becoming quite the problem when my Yen and American change are all mixed up and my Yen bills and American bills are combined. And NO, most places you cannot just pull out your Debit Card aka your "Debbie". To say the least its quite frustrating!

Sometimes I wish I had a plethora of items in my purse but other times I'm happy its simple. I can't wait to see what other ladies carry around with them daily!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Blog Design & Changes.

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 If you haven't noticed yet, I've got an awesome new blog design thanks to Hubby Jack Blog Designs!

I have been waiting awhile for this design (he's pretty popular) and with the design I wanted to launch a few changes to my blog! This little blog hasn't existed very long but I want to make sure I steer it in the direction I want. I know that I have several family and friend followers (Hi Everyone!) but I also have blog world followers, at least 14 (Hi to all of you too, and thank you for following!).

While this blog is titled "The Nelson Tales" and I have chosen thus far to write about things that have to do entirely with Ryan and I, I am here to tell you that is changing! This little ole blog will now be  considered a "lifestyle" that I can write about everything from our Japan adventures to my personal struggles and stories. I also created this blog with the hope that I could write beyond just our adventure in Japan (our next move, our first house, our first child, etc.)!

If that makes no sense to you that is okay. Hopefully you will continue to read and decide for yourself if the reading my little piece of the web is worth your while!

For the time being I have decided to create a schedule for the blog so that readers can check back at certain times for posts they might be interested in! Here is how I have decided to break it down...

All posts will be scheduled to load at 9 P.M. Japan Time on any given day-- which means 8 A.M. Eastern Time in the United States the same day.

Monday- Lifestyle Post (Health/Fitness)
Tuesday-Japan Post (Recap of Previous Weekend Adventures)
Wednesday- Girly Post (Ashley oriented!)
Thursday- Lifestyle Post (What Ryan and Ashley are up to)
Friday- Anything goes!

Saturday and Sunday will be off days!

I have already created some great relationships with other bloggers and I look forward to writing a more well rounded blog while still keeping my family and friends up do date on our life and adventures!

Lastly, I want to extend a special thank you to EVERYONE for reading. All the feedback I get fuels me to keep writing!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers:

Q) Why don't you blog more often? I check your blog everyday and you never update it!

A) First of all, thank you for being such loyal followers! I know I have promised to blog more ever since I got to Japan and I could write every excuse in the book right here but I'll save your time. I have every intention of blogging more often than I do.

Q) Are you enjoying living in Japan so far?

A) Yes! We are getting more and more adjusted every day. It's a routine to be "normal" during the weekdays and explore Japan(ish) things on the weekends. The hardest part was and is the food--but we are managing. Yes we have an American(ish) grocery store but the options are not endless as they are in the states-- and I'm picky, its hard. Oh, and the part where you can't get in the car and drive to Panera or Starbucks. That part sucks.

Q) What is the weather like?

A) Are you trying to make small talk with me? Just kidding! Apparently we are about the same latitude as Norfolk, VA for a comparison. It's Spring here. It is cold and rainy most days and nice and sunny some days. If I was better about converting Celsius to Fahrenheit (Side Note: Whoever decided that America should be on a totally different system of measurements was ridiculous! I needed more centimeters, liters, and Celsius in my life as a child!) I would tell you the temperature it typically is.....instead I will tell you that we wear light jackets most days.

Q) How is driving?

A) I have only driven on base but honestly after one day it has been a breeze. It seems so silly but the hardest part is making sure you use your opposite hands for the blinker and or windshield. It is SO SCARY when you are going to make your first turn driving the wrong opposite way, you go to hit your blinker, and the windshield wipers fly on. Profanity was involved! Ryan is driving more so now my biggest hurdle is walking up to the correct side of the car to be a passenger....I do it wrong all the time!

Q) Is it Cherry Blossom season yet?

A) Yes! And its soooooooooooo much more beautiful than you can ever imagine. These trees are everywhere on and off base.

That's all for today....I will be doing a full post on Cherry Blossom season in a few days, its so worthy!

Here is a preview of my next post....

Whoever can correctly guess what is in this photo wins a special prize delivered from me!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Our First Japanese Sushi Experience.

Hi All! Long time no blog, again. Sorry about that.

We have been in our apartment a week now and received our first "express" shipment this past Monday. All I can say is, we didn't plan that shipment very well. No Keurig. No Brita. Not the right clothes. While it is nice to have a few of our own kitchen items and to cook again its definitely not the same as having our entire kitchen. Maybe its just me and I can't think straight but almost every recipe I plan without remembering that I don't have this item or that item to help me with the process. I guess the banana bread and soup will have to wait....

Oh, but we packed our smallest TV. I have been watching HGTV alllll day long when I can. Please don't judge me.

I wish I could tell you that we have been exploring all over Japan and seen lots of cool stuff but that's definitely not the case. Since the last post we have been off base once. Once. Now base is not some "just like America" island, we are surrounded by the culture entirely--but this is why I haven't blogged yet. In my opinion my posts should be about some big elaborate trip we took but that won't happen all the time and I must realize that. We live here, we are not on a vacation here- we have to find that exploring/living balance. 

This past weekend we took it easy. We did venture off base once to the 105 Yen sushi place. For reference 105 Yen is approximately 1 US Dollar. I know what your thinking- "Ew, why would you trust sushi from a place that charges a dollar?!" My thoughts exactly..but when in Rome Japan, do as they do. Eat dollar sushi. 

It is a bit hard to see and understand but this is at the end of our table, its a Sushi "go round"aka automated belt that travels? Hopefully that makes sense?! In this picture there is an apple juice box passing our table. The faucet looking thing is a hot water dispenser for tea. The rest is typical sauces, chopsticks, etc.

 Sushi goes around on the belt as you can see in the picture above. As they go around you can take certain plates that you find appealing off the belt. Each plate costs 105 Yen. They have English menus that describe what food is going around the belt so you don't have to pick something and have no idea what you are eating! They also have touch screens at the end of each table, as seen above. If you don't see what you want coming around the belts you can order something specific and it comes on the belt to you and plays a song as its arriving, pretty cool!

 Shrimp Tempura.

 Cucumber Rolls.

California Roll.

It was an experience. The Japanese people in there have these little plates stacked a mile high and just keep eating the sushi. I was skeptical. I won't lie, the only thing I ate were the cucumber rolls and some pineapple. Ryan was more adventurous! I have never been one to eat the sushi that has fish on the top not in the roll and almost ALL these options were on the top. We will go again and I will try more. I will try any vegetable, legume, fruit, fungi etc. on the planet but I will always have a hard time with meats, including raw fish! 

Oh, and the chopsticks. We use them. They aren't easy but we are getting better. Noodles and chopsticks....its so fun!

Since the weekend we haven't been doing much that is worthy of writing about. Ryan is pretty ill with a cold and we are both crabby because we are sleeping on a full size bed without our favorite pillows.

Lastly, big news, I'm on a volleyball team. Its almost laughable- but I am way better than I thought I would be. Ryan's command has a team and I'm on it. Nothing like playing with a bunch of sailors. More on that later...

I have tons of blog posts planned and some BIG changes too! This weekend we're hoping to get out and explore more pending how Ryan is feeling.

If you are curious about anything specific you think I have already experienced in Japan please leave a comment and I will reply and maybe even post a Q & A post with all the questions. It sounds so silly but its hard to remember what might be interesting to people who aren't here to experience it first hand!

Happy Weekend Everyone!