Tuesday, November 17, 2015

If she can do it, so can you.

Happy Tuesday, Friends! Is it me or is Tuesday the hardest day of the week? It always dragggggs for me. 

I think I've decided (for now) that Tuesday is going to be my weekly Beachbody post day. Forewarning for future posts ;) I said I wouldn't push this stuff down your throat and I promise I won't, so 1 day a week seems like a happy medium!

Last week I shared with you my initial journey with Beachbody. Today, I want to share with you someone else's. My cousin/BFF/MOH/etc. is SUCH an inspiration to me, in so many ways. She's now a mom of 2 under 3, works extremely hard in a full-time job and still finds time to maintain a good diet and workout regimen.

She's been doing Beachbody for over a year now. She drinks Shakeology religiously and swears by Beachbody workouts. Countless times I've heard her say "if I can't find 25 minutes to work out, I've got serious problems". And to that I say, "if she can find 25 minutes to work out, I CAN TOO!". 

Katie has generously allowed me to share her most recent before/afters. As I mentioned, she has 2 children - 1 of which isn't even 3 months old yet. She delivered sweet baby, Camden on August 20th. Like all new moms, she had a 6 week no activity clause in her mom contract, but as soon as she was cleared to exercise, she got right back on track. And boy has it shown!

Clearly she's not fat by any stretch of anyone's imagination (except maybe her own), but she wasn't happy with her post-baby body. So she did something about it.

As I mentioned, she drank Shakeology daily and did T25 for a month. And her after results were AH-mazing.

I mean, can we all take a moment to give her a round of applause!? She's seriously my healthy living inspiration and I truly think it's because she chose Beachbody that she was so successful. Sure, you can see results from training for half-marathons or doing Weight Watchers. But how often do you see these types of results from a 25 minute workout and a delicious shake in just one month? Not too often. 

If you're interested in learning more about Beachbody, Shakeology or any of the workouts please let me know!

Also, we're doing a challenge group starting November 30th. I don't love that they are called challenge groups - they are more like accountability groups than anything else. It's basically a group of people who are interested in living healthier, happier lives and we're all there to motivate and support one another. I know I do SO much better with working out and eating healthy when I'm constantly seeing or hearing about others doing the same. 

For this month only, you're welcome to join our accountability group with no purchase necessary. While a purchase from Beachbody is encouraged, so you get the full view of the accountability group in future months, it is not required. We know some might be hesitant to bite the bullet and we think these accountability groups are exactly what most people need to push the restart button! If you're interested in joining our group for December, please let me know and I can share more info!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Five on Friday.

It's Friday! We made it! Congrats to all you people that actually had to work all 5 days and didn't get Veteran's Day off! And to those of you who did get it off, well....lucky you.

I decided to jump back in with Five on Friday, since I'm just getting my feet wet again with this whole blogging thing. Do people still do this?

one. We have absolutely no plans this weekend. Wait. What? That's right. Not one single obligation. It's a Christmas November Miracle! I foresee sleeping in, lots of Hudson cuddles, maybe a nice meal out with my husband and some football watching. All that is relaxing...as long as my fantasy team is winning. 

two. Our favorite weekend of the year was this past weekend (which is why I desperately need a quiet weekend at home). Montpelier is always the BEST time, even if it rains like it did this year. Our group seems to expand by the year and next year it'll be even larger with the 167 babies that will be almost a year old by that point. Seriously, it feels like all my friends are pregnant.

three. I just finished my first book in almost a year (that's terrible!). Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I'm sure most of you avid readers have heard of it, but for anyone who hasn't, I highly recommend it. It's an incredibly easy read which is helpful since it's over 400 pages long. The chapters are really quick, but the story leaves you wanting to know and wondering what in the heck actually happened. I just finished it the other night and I was SHOCKED at the twist at the end.

I also learned that they are making this into a series on HBO. I've thought many times this would be a good movie, so I'm glad to hear they're doing something else with it! Can't wait to see how it compares!

Now, what should I read next? I asked for an e-reader for Christmas, so I need lots of suggestions (you know, if I get it). 

four. Hudson has become such a loud mouth these days. I used to always say he wasn't a barker and he was so quiet, unless he wanted out of his crate or something. Apparently he didn't like being described as quiet, so he changed that quite quickly. He barks at e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. I'm sure our neighbors want to kill us most evenings and we try to stop him and calm him down, I swear we do. If we can get him over to the couch to lay down, he'll lay there and growl/bark under his breath for a few more minutes. He's gotta get the last word in, people! Good thing he is CUTE. 

five. Thank you for all your sweet comments on Wednesday's post! If any of your are interested in trying a workout program, Shakeology or a combo - please let me know!!!

Hope you all have fabulous weekends! Maybe I'll see you back here next week ;)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I can't believe I'm doing this.

So yesterday I teased a little bit about a new business venture I might have up my sleeve. Today, I'm here to share said business venture.

Let me start out by saying that I have no idea where this will go. However, I learned a bit of background info regarding the possible income you can make from it and it was something I've done before/have thought about doing again, so I thought, what the heck. Now what is it that I'm talking about?

I became a Beachbody Coach

I feel like I can hear the clicks away from this page with my very own ears. Hear me out.

I'm not going to spam you. I'm not going to become obsessive about weight loss, fitness, Shawn T or any of that. It's just not my style.

I am however going to share via Instagram and possibly this blog some updates and good findings as I move along. You're welcome to click away when you see those posts. I get it.

I've been the girl for the past few years who literally says out loud "oh look, another person on my news feed trying to sell me something - unfollow". I've never been against those people trying to make a buck, but when their personal FB turned into a constant advertisement, it was flat out annoying. Don't even get me started on the out of the blue messages from people I haven't spoken to in 15 years. That will NOT be me. 

So why did I become a Coach? 

Some of you may recall last year when I was "Sweating for the Wedding". I tried a lot of different things over those 9 months because for me, doing the same thing (aka running or not eating carbs) would never last. I tried counting calories, I tried the Couch to 10k program, I tried lifting weights, I tried not eating sweets (I'm pretty sure that lasted 5 minutes), I tried Shakeology and I tried T25. 

It all worked in some way or another. BUT. I can safely say that Shakeology and T25 were my favorites and where I saw the most progress. 

I am a picky eater. I've gotten MUCH better the last 5 or so years, but there are still many things I don't like. Veggies are one them. Sure I love me some green beans, corn or the occasional cucumber. But I don't like tomatoes (oh ya, that's a fruit), onions, peppers, squash...and the list goes on. I'm 30 years old, I'm well educated, I know how important eating veggies is. Shakeology gives you a days worth of veggies with every shake. 

Also, I have a REALLY hard time with breakfast. I used to skip it all the time, but this whole waking up at 4:45 thing and not eating lunch until close to noon means I have to eat breakfast. I'll practically die at my desk if I don't. However, the majority of the healthy breakfast options fall into the "I don't like" category. Oatmeal? Yuck. Fruits? Sure, but they never keep me full for long enough. Eggs? I actually love them, but can't eat them often or they make me gag. So that usually leaves me with some sort of breakfast bar that I know isn't actually good for me or pop tarts, goldfish, chocolate chip muffins, pizza, etc. 

Shakeology gives me all my veggies and the PERFECT breakfast. Also, it actually tastes pretty good.

I was able to do a 7 day trial run last year and I really loved it.  I just never bought any after I ran out because I couldn't justify the expense when we had a wedding right around the corner and I knew my healthy lifestyle would likely go right down the drain as soon as we said "I Do". 

I did T25 for a full month and I absolutely saw results. I can't believe I'm about to share this picture, but here we go......

Did I look amazing after 30 days past? No. But did I see pretty ridiculous results? You bet. I remember I measured my body, instead of weighing myself and I lost a pretty insane amount of inches all over. I wish I still had those numbers to share. Had I just kept going.....who knows where I would have ended up!

Fast forward to last Monday, when I was visiting with my cousin and she was telling me about her plan to become a Coach too. She's most definitely a product of the product. She's pretty good about doing her workouts and drinking her Shakeology daily. She figured, why not get a discount on what she's already doing and possibly make some money at the same time? Seems like a win-win to me, right?

I had been thinking about Shakeology lately for the very reasons I listed above. Once I talked to Katie about it for quite some time, I figured - what's $140 when you're potentially becoming healthier and maybe even making some money while you do it? So I dove head first and became a coach. I'm extremely excited to get an entire month's worth of Shakeology and also a new workout. A new workout that is only 25 flipping minutes.

I mean seriously. If you can't find 25 minutes to workout 5 days a week, you need to really re-prioritize your life. #sorrynotsorry

If you made it to the end of this post, then I hope you learned a bit and maybe got a little excited about the possibility of trying something new? If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! I'm new to this, but I have a plethora of resources at my disposal, so I can promise to find you an answer someway, somehow :)

I'll be starting the 21 Day Fix and drinking my shakes as soon as my shipment arrives! Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Is anyone even reading this?

Oh, hi! Fancy seeing you here! Wait, is anyone even here? It's been a cool almost 4 months since I've been to this pretty little space. Today, I got the urge to write so I figured, let's write! Even though there may not be anyone here to read.....

What has been happening in my life lately?

Probably the biggest thing that happened was that I've officially coordinated TWO weddings. Yep, two. I'm happy to report both went well. One was completely exhausting and difficult and the other one was extremely laid-back and rainy. I still don't have pictures back yet, but I'm definitely intending to share those on the Best Day Ever Events blog, once I do! Here's a sneak peek.

Wedding #1 at our wedding venue

Wedding #2 on a family farm
I learned quite a few lessons at both. I also learned that wedding coordinating is not for the weak. It is HARD work. I never thought it'd be a piece of cake, but I also never thought I'd be THAT exhausted after someone else's wedding day. Shew! But, that doesn't mean I'm giving up.

I truly enjoyed working both weddings, especially with my mom in tow to help me along. Although it is a weekend of work, it's also a nice getaway to spend with my mom - something I don't get to do nearly as often as I wish.

I got an inquiry the other day via email, so let's hope something happens with that one :) Also, as usual, if you have any friends getting married in the DMV area any time in the next year and needing a wedding planner/coordinator - PICK ME!

What else?

Hudson. He's still around. Ha. He's still a maniac from time to time, but he's also my BFF and I miss him so much when he's not around! Don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean I don't still thoroughly enjoy my alone time when he's at daycare, but I'm happy to see him when he arrives back home! And boy does he LOVE daycare. I can barely get his leash on him before he's sprinting to the door. We took him to a different location over the weekend and somehow he still knew he was going to daycare. 

This is my favorite position for Hudson. Sleeping.
We can see him on the webcams when he's there and on Saturday I was a bit perturbed because he was in his crate long after he should have been let out (talking 45 minutes late). My mom finally called to find out what was going on (I didn't want to be that #crazydogmom) and we found out he was being a "bit too rambunctious and humping". Hud never humps, so that shocked me, but at least he wasn't actually being bad and he was let out shortly after. The next day we were told that he was very high energy, but also listened very well too! #proudmom 

JC is still around too! We made it through our first year of marriage and while that part doesn't surprise me, I am surprised that it's already been over a year. I truly can't figure out how that happened. Life tends to fly by, but this past year? SHEW. I don't even know what happened. I guess maybe that little guy above might have had something to do with it feeling like a complete blur. 

Our next year will be chock full of preparing for our big move next Fall. And by big move, I don't mean we're really going anywhere far. We'll just be moving to a single family home with a fenced in yard, space to move around and hopefully with a very nice/spacious kitchen. Basically, we'd move here tomorrow if we could. Have I mentioned patience is not in our wheelhouse?

In other news, due to this impending move, I've been looking for alternate sources of income outside of my full-time job and wedding planning. I don't want a part-time job or anything because I go to sleep at 7:45 each night and really enjoy my weekends, so I'm looking for something that doesn't really require me to leave my house. I might have something up my sleeve, so stay tuned for that one. 

Also, last night I made some seriously delicious potato soup and I thought to myself as I was eating it "this would be the perfect meal to blog about", but alas I took no pictures, so I'll just share the Pinterest link with you here. The only adjustments I made were not including onions, using low fat cream cheese and adding bacon bits in with the cream cheese. Y'all, there was SO much flavor and it was SO.EASY. Perfect recipe for a cool, dreary winter night which I'm sure we'll have a lot of soon. Womp womp. 

JC and I recently made a trip down to Charlotte, NC. It was both for leisure and business for me. JC got to go home once the business side of it began. It was most definitely a perfect weekend. If you ever find yourself down in Charlotte looking for something to do, I have a few suggestions - Cantina 1511 for Mexican food, Flying Biscuit Cafe for brunch (I seriously wish we went there on Saturday, so I could have gone again on Sunday - best breakfast of my life), Red Clay Ciderworks for day drinking followed by an early arrival at Howl at the Moon piano bar, so you can find a good table and enjoy the wonderfulness that is a dueling piano bar. 

Oh and then, Sunday try to find someone with a suite at Bank of America stadium so you can watch the Panthers in all their glory. #undefeated

Speaking of undefeated, my fantasy football is now 9-0! I was killing it in the beginning, winning high points 5 out of the first 7 weeks. Then, my team started struggling a little with an injury to Matt Forte and Keenan Allen now being out for the year. Thankfully, I have a few star players still left, so hopefully I can hold on to first place and maybe even stay undefeated? #highhopes

I think that pretty much sums up my life these days.....oh, one thing I did forget. My cousin finally had her baby and she had a BOY! Camden Ryder Lane. He is PRECIOUS and oh so cool. 

What have you guys been up to?!!? 

See you next time...whenever that may be.....

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I am so excited to be so excited.

Way back when, like in December, I booked my first bride with Best Day Ever Events. I was so incredibly excited.

Fast forward to late Winter, early Spring when I had basically done nothing wedding planning related because the bride only booked me for 30 days out, I started to get a little discouraged. Was this really what I wanted to do? What if I really suck at it? What if I ruin someone's wedding day? Am I going to be able to figure out how to manage demanding brides?

All of those questions came into my mind on the regular and every single time I answered it with "I don't think I really want to do this" or "I just don't think I'm cut out to deal with brides". 

Then last week came around and I started working with bride #1 for her wedding next month. I started working on her timeline, which to many people, sounds extremely boring. To me, it was exciting. I found myself wanting to work on it and perfect it constantly. I found myself excited to email the bride to find out what time she wanted to eat breakfast or what time she wanted to cut the cake. All such simple things, but I got such great joy out of putting her big day together for her.

Yesterday, I pretty much finalized her timeline and I thought to myself "I think I can do this. I think I could really enjoy this.". Now that doesn't mean that come the night of August 27th, that I'm going to be able to sleep a wink. No, that means I will spend that entire night thinking about the weekend ahead and all the work I'm going to have to do. And no, I'm not going to be thinking about it because it's going to hard or exhausting (it will be). I'm going to be thinking about it because I am so darn excited to see this plan put into motion, to realize that I really can do this and I might actually enjoy it. 

Nonetheless, I'm simply so excited to be so excited. This always seemed like such a fun thing to be able to do for someone and I was so discouraged when I found myself thinking otherwise. 

I know the day won't go perfectly, no wedding day does, but I'm hoping that my hard work preparing and perfecting it all will mean that as little will go wrong as possible (and anything that does it completely out of my control).

And if/when that does happen, I hope that I can begin a path to booking even more brides in the future. I don't foresee this ever being my full-time job. The thought of never having a free weekend to hang out with my husband doesn't sound as exciting, but maybe as a part-time gig, 10 weddings a year or something.

Who knows what will end up happening, but I am so happy to finally be able to say that I'm not dreading the end of August to come around. I'm going to be the best dang wedding planner Mount Ida Farm has ever seen ;)


Monday, July 20, 2015

In 5 years.

I've had this one in my drafts for a while, but for some reason never knew where to start. I guess now that I'm 30 I'm extremely wise and know it all (not)....so here it goes. 

In 5 years, I hope that JC and I are even more happily married and celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary. 

In 5 years, I hope we are settled into a house we purchased 3 years prior and are not already feeling like we've grown out of it. It will have multiple full bathrooms, a fenced in yard, and an open floor plan.

In 5 years, I hope we have at least one kid, if not two. As an only child, I don't think 1 child is ideal, but if that's all we have, then I know I turned out ok and so will our child. 

In 5 years, I hope Hudson has a playmate. But I hope we're still suffering from puppy PTSD and we get it when it's at least a year old. 

In 5 years, I hope I am still happy working at my current place of employment (or have found something even better with less of a commute) and have a position at least one level above my current one.

In 5 years, I hope we've checked off a couple more items on our travel wish list. But I also hope our travel plans every year now include a trip to OBX with our friends and family. 

In 5 years, I hope my parents have moved north to live closer to us and have been for some time. I also hope both of them are fully retired and able to enjoy all the hard work they've put in over the last 30+ years. 

In 5 years, I hope we're working towards saving for some sort of vacation home - whether it's the lake or the beach, I'm not picky.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Friday, July 17, 2015


This week. One of those weeks where every day I think it's the next day. I'm very thankful that today is actually Friday, although work is pretty slow this week, so I'm just begging for 3:00 to come quickly.


My random musings for this fine Friday morning.

1. No news is good news. Why is that a saying? I mean I get it, but why? Why is it that we're all so eager to complain about something, but when things go right, we don't say a thing? For instance, when someone screws up at work, you tell them (or their boss). But when they go above and beyond, what do you do? Do you take time out of your day to pat them on the back for a job well done? How would you feel if someone did that to you? Probably fantastic. Next time, do it for someone else. I'm sure you'll make their day and make them feel appreciated for their hard work. 

This also applies at restaurants. It's easy to complain about bad service, but what about when you get that special server who really cares about their job and the customers their serving? Make a point to find a manager and tell them how great their employee is! 

2. This world. Can it be a bit more accepting? I'm not one to go on political or social rants, but I have a question. Why is everyone so dang worried about what everyone else is doing? If it's not hurting you, what is the problem? Gay people can get married now, so what? They aren't hurting you by doing so and they are happier because of this new ruling. Any harm in that?

A guy decides he wants to be a girl. Is he/she hurting you? Nope. They sure aren't. Let them live their life and be happy. Isn't that all you want out of life? Why take that happiness away from them?

3. The lottery. Can I win it sometime soon? I mean, I never play (except the odd scratch off here and there), but maybe someone can just magically slip me the winning ticket one day? That would be fantastic.

4. Babies. There is seriously something in the water lately. 4 out of my 6 bridesmaids are currently pregnant, along with a handful of other people I know too. Stay. Away. Hudson is more than enough baby for me right now.

5. Vacation. I need one. Stat.

6. Hudson. I created a Instagram account for him - hudsontheyellowlab. Go give him a follow and make him feel loved, please :) Yes, I'm that dog mom. #ohwell Also, this has made me want another dog even more. So many adorable dogs out there and the pictures of them playing together are probably my faves. #hudsonneedsafriend (new petition)

7. Neighbors. Their house is on the market now and it's for sale for much higher than I ever anticipated. After seeing pictures, their basement and master bath is a bit better than ours. However, we have a brick front (they have siding) and we have a better kitchen. So hopefully those two even out. It's definitely made me realize that I want to get a realtor in our house asap, so someone with unbiased eyes can tell us what we need to do to our house to get it in tip top shape for selling it at top dollar next year. Never too soon for that, right?

8. Happiness. Let's all enjoy a little (or a lot) of it this weekend, alright?

Got any thoughts on my thoughts? What are your thoughts on any other thoughts? Thoughts on that? ;) B-Y-E