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happy may!

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may goals:

  1. celebrate the baptism of our goddaughter! so honored!
  2. spend as much time as possible with my pea while she is in town!
  3. finish up a few projects around the house that ive been meaning to do
  4. paint the powder room(been on the list since we moved in)
  5. finish all photobooks for mom and dad
  6. celebrate my bff, “sisters”, mama day, “brothers” and brothers birthdays! (may is a BIG month for birthdays in my world)
  7. use my zumba punch card before it expires
  8. look into taking tennis lessons with mom (this is a big deal, i dont do sports. but im actually kinda excited about it)
  9. go on a family adventure(hiking?)
  10. go rock climbing (dont know why i havent done this- i miss climbing SO MUCH!)

april goals:

  1. celebrate easter! He is risen indeed!
  2. have a girls night to celebrate spring break at the studio!
  3. spend some time in SC with husby
  4. celebrate my ‘little sister’ stacie getting married to the man of her dreams!!! the wedding was absolutely gorgeous! and the week of was so much fun! love my sisters!
  5. help get the word out about Mercy Ministries at their luncheon
  6. celebrate my birthday by making someone else’s day brighter- (i had big plans for this but totally forgot i was going to be in the car for 7 hours on my birthday. kinda put a damper on my plans.)
  7. soak up a little bit of sun in holden during wedding week
  8. finish my monthly reading – half done
  9. finish and clean up recital and oklahoma pieces
  10. be diligent about working out more and continue eating properly-i did yoga-pilates on the beach with the bridesmaids…that counts as working out more, right? 🙂

Today was…

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…tea bar, skype date with my pea, blue skies and sunshine, shopping on main street, lunch with a friend, reading by the falls, mani-pedi, tapas date, exploring falls river park with husby, children’s garden, feeding the ducks, serenaded by guitar, perfect.

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back in december, i made a huge lifestyle change as far as my eating habits were concerned. i was having some blood sugar issues that to forced me to change things because i was feeling awful and had no energy. i started juicing every day, and cut out all white carbs and sugar. it wasn’t really hard, because i was so tired of not feeling good that the energy burst it gave me was a VERY welcome change. it has been 4 months and this is not a “diet”- this is definitely my lifestyle now. i eat mainly fruits and veggies with some clean protein thrown in there. every once in a while i get sad that i dont eat “fun” foods but when i do try and cheat and eat them they make me feel so crappy that i remember why i dont eat them anymore!

i use the breville juice fountain elite (that i am borrowing from mom) and i LOVE it. i read somewhere that martha stewart has one in each of her homes, so i figure if it’s good enough for martha, it’s good enough for me!

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after i had already started juicing, i watched the documentary “fat, sick and nearly dead”. it is a much better movie than it sounds! it’s a really inspiring documentary about how juicing and eating fresh produce can change your life and prolong it. i really loved the movie and it made me so happy i was already juicing!

here are some of my tricks ive learned to make juicing a little easier (they are all common sense, this is not rocket science):
-put a plastic bag in the pulp bin to catch the pulp. makes clean up so much easier!
-wash your juicer immediately! its so much easier to just rinse it all off, then to let it sit and get sticky
-i prep two days worth of juicing at a time, so i only have to do it every other day. i keep the produce in mason jars so the next morning i can just dump it all in the juicer. also, you could just do it the night before to save time each morning.
-throwing an apple in any juice sweetens it up (helpful when you are using other strong ingredients like beets or kale)

here is my fruit juice all ready to go for the next day:

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(orange,grapefruit, berries and plum)

i do fruit in the morning and then veggie for my afternoon snack. i generally put whatever veggies i have in the fridge in there, but this is my standard (or a variation of it):

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(carrot, celery, tomato, cucumber, orange/yellow bell pepper, a small zuchinni, a small red apple and a small green apple)

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juice with beets turns the prettiest color! it always makes me happy looking at it(apparently i am a juice nerd!) this is pretty much the same combination as above, swapping the pepper for the beets

i highly recommend juicing! it gives you so much energy and makes your skin glow! if you need more convincing watch “fat, sick and nearly dead”- i promise its not as bad as it sounds 🙂

i generally stick to the same recipes each day because they work for me and my blood sugar issues, but as i try new recipes i will be sure to post them!

matts sister had a sweet baby girl in january, and we finally got to meet her a couple of weeks ago!

matt and i flew in late friday night so the party started saturday morning when we had brunch at the grand hotel. its a gorgeous historic hotel and the food is delicious!…

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we met campbell at breakfast- she is so tiny and precious!…

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we had a little photo shoot out on the lawn after brunch…

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unfortunately, after we took this cute photo- there was a diaper explosion. we definitely had a good laugh at poor mitch’s expense.

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while jill cleaned up baby campbell, we enjoyed the hotel grounds…

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we spent the rest of the morning at the fairhope arts and craft festival.

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like everything in fairhope, it was awesome. food, arts and crafts, live music, doggies, southern belles, what more could you ask for!?

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husby bought me a painting for our living room! i love how cheerful it is…

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that night matt and uncle jimbob grilled out dinner and we had a family photo shoot for mitch and jill and campbell…

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the sky was so pretty, husby and i had to get a shot, too…

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by the way, this is what happens when you ask my husband to take a test shot… ridiculous.

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on sunday, matt, uncle jimbob, aunt betty and i went for a bikeride on our favorite path. i LOVE these huge old houses on the water. so pretty…

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the rest of the afternoon we spent some quality time with baby campbell…

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before our flight we went to big daddys for lunch. they were giving away free crawfish for their anniversary! everyone was in hog heaven! (i only had a couple- i like them, but not like matts family. im not quite cajun enough :))

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it was such a great trip- short but full of fun! we loved meeting baby campbell and we cant wait to see her again at her baptism!

happy april!

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april goals: (some of these arent really “goals”- more like activities because it seems like a short month and there is ALOT going on.)

  1. celebrate easter! He is risen indeed!
  2. have a girls night to celebrate spring break at the studio!
  3. spend some time in SC with husby
  4. celebrate my ‘little sister’ stacie getting married to the man of her dreams!!!
  5. help get the word out about Mercy Ministries at their luncheon (if you would like an invitation, let me know!)
  6. celebrate my birthday by making someone else’s day brighter
  7. soak up a little bit of sun in holden during wedding week
  8. finish my monthly reading
  9. finish and clean up recital and oklahoma pieces
  10. be diligent about working out more and continue eating properly

march goals:

  1. try to keep my head above water with all the traveling we are doing this month! (nashville, charleston, fairhope, miami)
  2. finalize details for the mercy luncheon in raleigh (if you are local and would like a ticket let me know!)
  3. finish choreography on my recital pieces (tap is done, still more to do in jazz!- this is half done)
  4. celebrate my favorite bride to be before her big day in a few weeks!
  5. go see the little mermaid at carolina ballet
  6. make something cool in photoshop(im trying to learn)
  7. print some photos for the house
  8. finish my monthly reading

happy march!

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march goals:

  1. try to keep my head above water with all the traveling we are doing this month! (nashville, charleston, fairhope, miami- whew, that makes me tired just typing it!)
  2. finalize details for the mercy luncheon in raleigh (if you are local and would like a ticket let me know!)
  3. finish choreography on my recital pieces
  4. celebrate my favorite bride to be before her big day in a few weeks!
  5. go see the little mermaid at carolina ballet
  6. make something cool in photoshop(im trying to learn)
  7. print some photos for the house
  8. finish my monthly reading

february goals:

  1. explore madrid (ie see a picasso, eat churros & hot chocolate, see the oldest restaurant in the world, etc) with my favorites
  2. work on getting my house more organized. clean out some clutter
  3. find art or photos to hang on my dining room walls*
  4. hang/buy/print new art for master bedroom*
  5. work on the downstairs powder room
  6. have the locks changed on our house
  7. finalize plans for stacies bachelorette trip!
  8. read two books for my yearly goal list

monthly reading- february

in february i was still getting read for our trip to spain so i read 2 “fun” books on a spain: “flanders panel” and “a load of bull”. on the plane i read “fireflies in december”. for my personal book i read “laugh your way to a better marriage”.

i loved this memoir  (i generally love all travel memoirs) about a british guy who moves to madrid to help start vogue spain. it was a little risque in a couple spots but it was very funny and made me very excited to eat tapas for hours on end 🙂

eh. i didnt love this one but it was a decent read. its a murder mystery involving a painting and a chess game, set in madrid. the ending was a shocker but i basically skimmed through to get there because i got bored until the last couple of chapters.

absolutely loved this one. its about a white family in the deep south who brings their daughters black best friend to live with them when she has nowhere else to go. the KKK in their town starts harassing them for it, and the drama that follows was so hard to read, but the sweet moments in the book more than made up for it. great read!

loved this book! it had a perfect blend of humor and great tips on strengthening your marriage.

Madrid! Day 1

We made it to Madrid after a nice little international overnight flight. I packed myself a little healthy snack bag, we watches two movies I wanted to see(ides of march and moneyball) and woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the Spanish coast 20120219-070032.jpg

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We met up with Nicole and Manuel at our beautiful hotel(and got a room upgrade! Score!) and freshened up a bit before hitting the road to explore 20120219-070057.jpg

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Lunch at the adorable Delic Cafe. We had our first taste of Spanish jamon(ham) and let me tell you- we are hooked! (I don’t eat ham often, but apparently in Spain I do!) 20120219-070159.jpg

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after lunch we kept exploring- sleek metro station…20120219-070255.jpg

we took a cable car ride to get a view of the city… 20120219-070312.jpg

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My phone died so I don’t have pics of our tapas crawl later that night but I will certainly post them later! We are off for another day of adventure! Ciao!

Hasta Luego!

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after a quick flight to atlanta to meet up with my husby, we are both headed to madrid for a long weekend with our besties! hopefully i can post some pics while im gone, but if not, ciao until next week!

Valentines Celebrations!

My Husby was out of town for work on Tuesday so I didn’t get to celebrate with him 😦 BUT I did get to celebrate with some of my other favorites!

I received BEAUTIFUL tulips from my parents…

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I was spoiled by a fabulous lunch at Zest with Caitlyn and Mama Cathy…

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And I got to spend two hours with my Oklahoma kids and Michelle, and they were pretty much the best dates a girl could want…

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I made the kids some valentine’s chex mix and they all seemed to love it, which made me happy :)…

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i was so thankful for all my valentines! it wasnt a romantic day, but it was definitely a wonderful day!