I'm VERY excited to announce that Kristyn from Chits & Giggles and I are going to start to host a Wedding Wednesday link-up starting next week!
Next Wednesday, please link-up anything you want that's wedding-related. Whether you are a bride-to-be, former bride, frequent and amazing wedding guest, or even if you just have a story to share about a wedding experience, please share!
(Oh, and uh...if you could help to spread the word that would be awesome!)
It's basically a site where you find random things you want to learn or teach...and then you go do it!
Here, let them explain:
Andrew told me about this site and I love the concept. I found a calligraphy class and thought it would be a cool skill to learn. Plus, I hate my handwriting. Furthermore, I want to address all of the wedding invitations rather than hire someone to do it or print out addresses on labels.
Hence, I dabbled.
I emailed other brides-to-be and bloggers in the area and a few of us went tonight to Bar Toma for a 90-minute class for $20. It included a calligraphy pen and a few materials...and obviously a good time.
First of all, I have a question for the blog world: how do I retroactively ensure that my Pinterest pins show up on posts? The ones that I posted by the previous (easy) method no longer show up. (For example, this post.) Do I have to update ALL of those posts with the new html codes on Pinterest or is there a shortcut somehow? Please help! The empty images make me sad!
Now on to this week's topic: working out!
Since my CrossFit coupon expired I have been thinking about other ways to get into bridal shape. While I did enjoy CrossFit, there is no way I could justify a membership. So expensive! I have a LivingSocial deal for LA Boxing that I'm starting next week for a month and I run on occasion (to "train" for the Soldier Field 10-miler this Saturday!). Until the day comes where I can consistently afford a trainer or the expensive gym membership across the street from home, though, I have to keep buying these coupons and find other workout variations to get to my best shape for the big day.
If you're curious, here's my current routine: workout 5 days a week.
I mix it up depending on the week (and the coupon).
Last night my co-worker and I had an amazing workout thanks to Christina's WOD (workout of the day) that she posted on her blog. It was killer! Since we're training for the race and since we don't have jump ropes, we subbed the jumping rope warm-up for a 1-mile run before the circuits, completed 3 1/2 circuits, and ran 1 mile afterward (aka the hardest/slowest mile of my life!)
These were both pretty tough and lasted about 35 minutes together. I also know of other WOD websites to keep variety in routines that I will definitely peruse those daily. While I loooove P90X and had amazing results from it, it gets boring after a while, you know? My co-workers and I do Insanity workouts once a week usually, too. Those are THE WORST. But in a good way :)
So, fellow workout buds, how did you reach your goal or how are you working to achieve it? While I workout 5 days a week, my goal is to look like I workout 5 days a week, know what I mean. No, I don't want to be skinny - it's not in me to be skinny. I just want to feel (and look) toned and strong. I only have about 11 months to accomplish this!
Help a chubby girl out and share your secrets, please!
I'm very excited to share our photographer with all of you today!
Any couple planning a wedding has their planning priorities, and one of ours was absolutely our photographer. I definitely did my research: I went to WeddingWire, the knot, and asked friends. I interviewed about 18 photographers over the phone and kept a spreadsheet with notes. Then I ranked them and had a list of my top 11 photographers. My next task was to limit the list down to five photographers and then Andrew and I would decide together. Honestly, there were so many awesome options that getting them to five was tough! So I gave Andrew 6.
After all of that, within MINUTES Andrew identified his favorite. I either know him really well or he's incredibly decisive.
Either way, I was pumped with his favorite since she was my fave all through the process. Literally seconds into our phone conversation I knew we would get along. We gabbed and gabbed before we talked about photography. She was so awesome over the phone that I wish we met in person! Not even half of the photographers I spoke with asked any personal questions about me and Andrew. I was advised by every source that it is essential for personalities to be compatible with the photographer since they'll be with us all day. Some photographers just described their packages over the phone and that was that. Booooring.
Once we passed our favorite by my parents, I called her and she said yes! Yay!!!