New Name – LadiMerk.com

When I started this blog almost a year ago, (where has the time gone!) I named this blog Life, Love, and the Pursuits. As I created all of my social media, I quickly learned that the name was too long for most social media platforms due to the amount of characters. Improvising, I decided to [...]

Chicken Salad Sandwich

My favorite recipes are ones that taste good and are good for you. This Chicken Salad Sandwich recipes is delicious and is a quick and easy recipe that has few ingredients. It's also low in calories and is a perfect recipe for a quick lunch, and the leftovers take great! INGREDIENTS 1 cooked chicken breast, [...]

DIY Farmhouse Table – under $75

When Shane and I bought our house last year, we knew we wanted to have a nice big farmhouse dining table since we host holidays at our house each year. Once we moved in, I started searching for the perfect farmhouse table within our price range. We're not ones to spend a lot of money [...]

DIY – Door Knob Updates – Less than $15

 This past summer, Shane and I decided we wanted to update our door knobs throughout the house since they were all gold and outdated. We looked into how much it would cost to buy all new door knobs throughout the house, the average door knob set was about $15, and the entry door sets were [...]

DIY – Fireplace Mantel Update

When Shane and I bought our house last year, we had this oak fireplace mantel that was taken off of the wall but left for us if we wanted to put it back up. We don't like the look of the yellow-orange builders oak and unfortunately for us, we have oak everywhere in our home. [...]

Shop My Look

The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across an ad for 21Buttons. The ad was from a girl I follow on Instagram, so I felt comfortable enough to click the link to check it out (being married to a cyber security guru and working in that industry, I'm very cautious about clicking [...]

Birthday Freebies/Deals

If we're friends on social media already, you know that I love freebies, especially birthday freebies! If we're not, let's be friends! πŸ™‚ I'm a sucker for a good deal, so when it comes to birthday freebies, I've been a frequent subscriber for year. Since today's my birthday, I thought it would be fun to [...]

Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe

With the cold, rainy, gloomy weather in Minnesota, Shane and I decided we needed some yummy comfort food! Today, I'm sharing my requested homemade Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe. I've received many complements on this recipe and although it's not healthy, it sure is delicious! INGREDIENTS 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded 6 tbsp butter 1/2 [...]

Amazon Finds – Activewear & Gear

Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite Amazon Activewear and Gear finds. Sometimes adding a few new items to your workout gear can be just the kick in the butt you need to keep going. It's also a great way to treat yourself for all of the hard work you've been doing! It can [...]

10 At-Home Workout Essentials – Amazon Finds

When I first started working out I preferred going to the gym and didn’t really enjoy working out at-home. Within the last couple of months, I discovered YouTube videos and have found the convenience of working out at-home very attractive. Not having to get ready to go into the gym but rather just putting on [...]

Healthy Chicken Alfredo

This delicious Healthy Chicken Alfredo Recipe is a great way to get in your veggies! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Favorite Workouts on YouTube

About a month ago, I started incorporating more at home workouts into my fitness routine. I never realized that YouTube had such a great selection of good quality workout videos! After a lot of these workouts, I've found myself much more sweaty than I usually am after a weightlifting session at the gym. I'm guessing [...]

Fashion Dupes

If there's one thing I love more than shopping, it's finding a good deal! Especially when you've had your eye on an itemΒ for a while, that's either out of your price range, or you simply can't justify spending the extra money on. This is when I get in my detective mode and search for a [...]

8 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Men

If you are like me, it can be hard trying to figure out any gift for your significant other, especially on a day like Valentine’s Day. The day usually seems to be geared towards what to do for women, which leaves us women wondering what to do for our men. Over the years, I have [...]

20 Ways to Keep You on Track!

When I started my fitness journey five years ago, I learned a lot through research, a personal trainer, and trial and error. I learned about nutrition, different workouts and how to stay motivated. It can be easy to veer off track from your goals with excuses, creating obstacles for yourself, and knowing where to start. [...]