Hey, there and welcome to my blog!  I’d like to introduce myself.

I’m Kandice – I’m a mom of two wild, happy, loud and full of energy kids (Jackson-13 and Layla-11) – I feel I need to update this as they keep growing on me. You will surely hear about them, here and there if you follow along.

I’m a Navy veteran- I served 5 years active duty in an FA-18A fighter jet squadron down in Virginia back in the 90’s, and then a few years in the reserves afterward.  

I’m a wife to my supportive husband who is often my muscle for heavy items and thief of my tools. I’m a retired NYPD Detective.

Lastly, I’m the creative behind Just the Woods. I feel like that word encompasses all the things that the blog truly is.

Furniture & DIY 

This blog started as a furniture & DIY blog. A bit about that – I use only safe, high-quality products, paints, sealers, stains, etc. There are so many products out there and I’ve found that ones that work for me. When people ask advice on how to do certain things or how to achieve certain finishes or different techniques, etc –  the best advice I can honestly give is to make a mess, experiment, try something, anything, make a decision, find your OWN style and go with it.

Nutrition & Healthy Living

You may also wonder why is this DIY girl who paints furniture sharing food and recipes? Well, after retiring from the NYPD I was overweight and unhealthy in general. I have slowly transformed my health and my body through exercise and clean eating allowing me to lose over 50 lbs! (without gimmicks) With that, I have gotten pretty passionate about food and living a healthier lifestyle, so since we all need to eat I like to share foodie love too. You can read about my weight loss journey here: Weight loss  

Continuing with this journey I went on to become a Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach. Life is a constant journey and we all evolve and passions change. I’ve slowly journeyed away from furniture and towards food and living a healthy lifestyle. In turn, I love to share that with you in the form of recipes. 

Changing the way you eat does not mean you have to starve yourself. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in 1 on 1 Nutrition Coaching. Because no one should be asked to give up tacos! 

To continue on with my love of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle I am also a Certified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition! If you have a similar passion then click the image to check them out. 

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Education & Certifications

  • BA in Psychology – Adelphi University
  • Certified Personal Trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
    • Weight Loss Specialist Certification – also NASM
  • Certified Nutrition Coach – Precision Nutrition (PN1)
  • Certified Health Coach  – Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)
    • SpecializedFocus on Gut Health
    • Specialized Focus on Hormone Health

Random facts about me:

  • I was a skydiver. I’ve jumped out of a plane in NY, NJ, CA, PA, GA and FL (total over 200 jumps)
  • I turned 21 in Key West and have done the Duval Crawl.
  • I’ve lost my money in Las Vegas.
  • I’ve spent a night in the Swiss Alps.
  • I once took a train to Paris, from Germany with just a backpack and no plans.
  • I’m a retired Detective with the NYPD (read about my transition from NYPD to blogger here: NYPD
  • I’ve had 3 miscarriages and a failed IVF.
  • I have a Bachelors Degree and I’m still paying off my student loans.
  • I never thought I would have my own business.
  • I start every day with a shot of apple cider vinegar.
  • I go to the gym 4-6 days a week and love to run.
  • I drive a pickup truck.
  • I have an obsession for DIY shirts & running sneakers.

I’ve been fortunate to have my work featured in a magazine as well as numerous websites.. you can check it out here if you’d like: FEATURED

You can see my portfolio of past work here: PAST WORK

You can reach me here: Contact Just the Woods

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