Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ooof. Busy.


Hi there!

You guys. Wow busy. I don't want to bore you with my excuses. I also don't want to post to just post, you know?

OK fine, I'm kind of doing that today.

With my birthday, work, working out and traveling, this blog has taken the back-burner. Maybe I'll do a "Life Lately" post next week if you're interested?

I also need to share a really cool cookbook that a friend wrote.

The ideas are in my head I just need the time to execute!

OK fine, I need to MAKE the time to execute.

Whatever.

I miss you. And love you. And I will write a solid post soon.

Promise.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DC Bloggers!


Hi to my DC blogger friends!

Are you in DC over Memorial Day Weekend? Shoot me a message! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Work it Out Wednesday: On My 30th Birthday!

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Hi gang!

It's my Birthday!
I'm now 30!

Whaaaaaaatttt?!?!?! How did that happen?

I guess I should grow up now? 
Eh, I'll get around to it.
I'm keeping it short and sweet today: just a little workout from me to you to enjoy. Many of my favorite moves are in this workout, meaning there's barely any cardio and it doesn't include burpees, push-ups or mountain climbers.

What? It's my Birthday and I'll workout how I want to!

I completed my custom workout this morning and it sure is great! I even have a playlist for you, too!

Weekly disclaimer:
Remember what I said about my lack of qualifications? Please keep in mind that I am aware that I am chubby and have no fitness/nutrition authority. I'm just trying to spread some wellness love as I fight the battle to live well myself.

Weekly Workout:
 


How I made it harder: I'm just happy I worked out on my Birthday, so I did all of these, some with dumbbells, some without. Boom. Done.
Overall impression: Tough and awesome and yay me!
Sweat factor (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is when I look like I just got out of the shower): Definitely a 10!
How I felt when it was over: Fantastic!
Would I do it again? Obviously! Better question: will YOU do it? Please tell me if you do and what you think!

Playlist:

You have every right to make fun of me for these choices.
Enjoy!



Crank up the jams and this will be over in no time!

Now please excuse me while I enjoy some sweets and treats today to celebrate the next decade!

Have a good one!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wah.


I hate my head.
I hate my body.
Everything hurts.
Most of the time.
People at work have been consistently asking me what's wrong. It's not a good feeling to know that how I feel is expressed in everything that I do.

I'm struggling today and I feel really bad about it, considering everything going on in the world.

I'm trying to have happy thoughts because I have a lot upcoming to look forward to. I'm just not feeling 100% and it's a big bummer.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Product Review: Firmoo! Half Off for You!


So I'm basically blind without glasses or contacts. It's not fun. Even though I prefer how I look sans specs, I almost always wear them since I stare at a computer screen all day and my eyes get dry.

I know, I know. This is SUCH a cool story.
I mean, why didn't I blog about my dry eyes sooner, right?!?!

Joking aside (for now), I was pretty pumped when a rep from Firmoo contacted me to try out a pair for free. Yes, I'm reviewing glasses given to me for free, but opinions are my own! I have a couple pairs of glasses already, one black and one brown, so I thought this would be a great excuse to try some wilder hues. 

The process was really easy. I needed to get my prescription from my doctor and all I had to do was enter in the info on the Firmoo site before ordering. Easy peasy. I also enjoyed uploading my own photo to see how the frames may look on me.



Within days I received my pair of purplish/reddish frames and I wore them immediately. The fit is perfect and the frames look cute. My co-workers all noticed my new look and paid me compliments (thanks for that, friends!!).

Bluuurrrrrrrryyyyy. Ooops.


My only gripe about the experience is actually with my doctor, who thought it weird to give me certain measurements. I think it was the bridge distance. That was a silly exchange, but they gave me the measurements since I still give them business. Aside from that it was a very easy process. I didn't realize the package was coming from China, though, so it was interesting picking up the box in my building and trying to figure out what it was! Silly me, I clearly order things online too often and forget what I order! The package included a pair of glasses, case, spectacle pouch, cleaning cloth and tiny screwdriver. Not a bad deal!

Would you like to try out Firmoo??
They are so kind to offer my readers a 50% off code on the frames site wide: http://www.firmoo.com/z/new-50-off.html. 

Have fun and let me know which frames you choose!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Work it Out Wednesday On a Thursday: Week 27

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Hi gang!

How's everyone doing this week?

I love 21 Day Fix. So, so, so much. After the first 21 days I lost 6 pounds and 7.5 inches, two of which were around my waist. Then I took a few days off of the eating plan (and probably gained it back if I'm being honest lol) and I'm doing the whole shebang again. I guess most people do multiple rounds of the 21 Day Fix until they hit their goal weight. It's tough for me to stick with the meal plan 100% of the time but the workouts are great and fast so I've been doing them religiously.

I realize that not all of you have access to the workouts and meal plan, so I found some great videos by the same trainer, Autumn Calabrese, on her YouTube channel. This way we can all feel the burn together!

Weekly disclaimer:
Remember what I said about my lack of qualifications? Please keep in mind that I am aware that I am chubby and have no fitness/nutrition authority. I'm just trying to spread some wellness love as I fight the battle to live well myself.

Weekly Workout:




How I made it harder: Considering I already did my official workout of the day in the morning, I was surprised at myself for doing each of these workouts three times as suggested after work. That was hard enough for me!
Overall impression: The leg video made me sad since she was on a beach haha but overall I liked both. In fact, I LOVED the triceps video!!
Sweat factor (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is when I look like I just got out of the shower): Definitely a 10. It was also warm in my apartment.
How I felt when it was over: Fantastic!
Would I do it again? I'm honestly thinking the triceps video will be a weekly workout addition for me. I really loved it!

Weekly recipe:


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I want to try these for my lunches next week, but I will add the cheese each time instead of when I originally bake them to make them seem fresh. I'll also add some green onions and tomatoes on top!

Weekly Motivation: 


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This is so true! Balance is key...which stinks since I'm such a klutz. ;)

Weekly workout sass:


I adapted a quote I saw on Pinterest :)


Have a good one!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Our First Anniversary!


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Hi everyone! 
I'm joining Macy & Meg's Wedding Wednesday linkup for the first time!

Not gonna lie, this is a very long post.
I'm going to recap a bunch with a ton of photos (including collages I made for previous posts) and then I offer a few words of "wisdom" to future brides.
You were warned!!

I know, I know, if you're a regular reader then I am aware of how sick you are of my wedding posts.

However, a couple of my girlfriends told me they actually miss my wedding posts and suggested that I write one last one to commemorate the Big Day on our anniversary. Well, Sunday was our first anniversary so here we are! Any excuse for me to share the details of the best day of my life, amIright?

April 26, 2014:

April 26, 2015:

So where do I start?
With Andrew's incredible proposal and surprise engagement party on November 9, 2012?



With the special dress shopping weekend in Chicago with 9 of my nearest and dearest in tow?
What about some of the details, like how I wore Andrew's family's veil or our baseball guest book or our music choices?

Maybe the Ladies Luncheon or the Rehearsal Dinner?


Oh you just want to hear about the Day?
Sure, I can do that, too. Happy to oblige.

Let's start with the gals getting ready. We had such a great time sipping mimosas and getting pretty.



Moving on to the ceremony, at my childhood church in my hometown. It was the week after Easter so we were lucky to have the entire altar covered in flowers. It was perfect!


The day itself was beautiful. The weather was so lovely! After the ceremony we went around my hometown of Lancaster, Ohio to some of my favorite locations to snap some photos.


More of the family veil, too:

Then we took photos around our reception venue at The Athletic Club of Columbus. We even sneaked a few photos in the gorgeous windows while the guests cocktailed and mingled.




Our entrances were pretty fantastic and our first dance was darling, if I do say so myself.


The speeches were so touching and funny. Top that with delicious food and cake and we were in Heaven!

The dance with my dad was incredible. We waltzed until I gave up pretending I knew what I was doing. Then I just hugged him. Makes me tear up thinking about it.


The reception hit its crescendo with a flash mob! Not even kidding, my sister and sister-in-law orchestrated a flash mob for me! Read the story HERE. This was the reason we hired a videographer last minute! I'm so so so thankful! I have the video cued up on my phone and I watch it whenever I need a little pick-me-up. One of my happiest memories for sure!


To wrap it all up, my Mother-in-Law coordinated a send-off, with glow sticks and a pedicab ride around Columbus!

Here is a quick glimpse of our day (except the flash mob isn't in it! Want to see that video? Click here!)



Andrew and Mary April 26, 2014 from Eye on the World Productions on Vimeo.


The next day we partied with my side of the family and then Andrew and I were off to Costa Rica for our honeymoon!


Take us back! Please take us back!!!

OK, for all of the future brides...if you're still reading (sorry this is super long!), I have some words of "wisdom" to keep in mind as you prepare for your day:
1) You're going to stress at some point. Just roll with it. It will all work out. Example: I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted, but guess what? I looked pretty darn good and I know when I'm old I'll be thankful.
2) Something may not work out the way as planned, but it will be fine. Example: the bridesmaid bouquets were, in a word, heinous. They were honestly nothing like what I wanted. Thankfully the colors worked well, my bouquet was stunning and the reception flowers were great. Can't win 'em all!
3) Family is awesome. I can't even express the gratitude I continue to feel for the outpouring of love. 
4) My parents were always right. I guess those are not words of wisdom, but if you're weighing decisions, just go with your mom's choice. It will be perfect.
5) Make sure you take a chance to step back and take it all in. There were moments leading up to the day and the day itself where I stopped what I was doing, prayed and flashed happy memories in my mind. It helps with perspective. Example: Andrew and I snuck away from the dance floor for about ten minutes to enjoy our delicious cake. It was quieter and we sat down. It was awesome. 
6) At the end of the day you'll be married, with the one who completes you. I love Andrew. He really is the best. I try to avoid getting mushy on my blog, but I will say this: every day is better than the last because Andrew is part of it.

Well this was super fun! I hope anything I wrote helps the future brides even just a little bit!
Would you like to read more of my Wedding Wednesday posts? 
Here are the big ones:

Photos from Starling Studio: website | Facebook
Video by Curt Good/Eye on the World Productions: Facebook

Thanks for reading!
Have a good one! 

Also joining Meg's linkup!
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