Friday, May 25, 2012

Insta-Friday {Khloe edition}

It has been a while since I shared about khloe. If you follow me on instagram {@rellasbellas} then you see her pretty regularly. She is always melting my heart. Most frequently after being naughty.

I cannot wait to see how she reacts to seeing Scott next week after 18 weeks of missing her daddy.

This first pic cracks me up. She looks so sad and annoyed that mama doesn't want to play all the time. The reality is she doesn't like the way mama plays, she wants to be able to rough house with her daddy.

Sitting pretty...

Love this pic of her on a walk last week. She looks so happy.


Laying out with mama getting some sun.

I asked her if she was ready for bedtime and she perked up. She loves being able to lay in bed.

Another afternoon walk


laying in bed

I can't believe at the end of the year Khloe will be 3. It is crazy to think she has been a part of our family for almost 3 years.

This summer she is going to spend some time in Minnesota with my parents and brother while we are in Florida. The she will come out to Norfolk with us in September. I  am sure she will adjust to the east coast just fine {but she will always be a west coast pup at heart.}



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Quick Brand Makeover {a guest post}

Hi Friends, I have a special treat for you today!

My sweet friend and fellow milspouse Tiffany is sharing with us some great pointers for your brand. She is an amazingly talented Marketing Writer for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses.


photo by csphotopro.com

I have shared with some of you that I am working on a bit of rebranding this summer. These tips below are perfect! I will be putting them to great use with my makeover.

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I was scrolling through Pinterest recently and noticed a trend. Everyone is looking for fresh makeovers for the summer. Everyone is lightening her hair, both in color and weight. They are white washing furniture and splashing paint on walls. They are gathering airy outfits and pulling together crisp, sweet drinks.

With all the light, fresh makeovers, are you looking at your brand with a heavy sigh? Is it too weighty? Is it pulling you down emotionally? Give your brand a quick makeover today and feel the weight lifted.

1) Chop out all the unnecessary words. Lush, long sentences are comforting in the dark, cold months. But today, everyone wants to get outside... Not read a novel on their screens. Change up your product descriptions and other long paragraphs by paring them WAY down to the basics.

2) Reflect your inventory. If you offer a service, now might be a great time to pull together a bright, quick package option. If you sell a product, create a basketful that's a no brainer purchase for a trip or long afternoon. Give it a light, fun name and watch it fly off the shelves as people rush out on vacation!

3) Get seasonal with it! Do you have a Tagline or Slogan you just love? Is it making you yawn? Throw a little sunshine into it! Let's look at some classic examples:

Petco - Where the pets go.

Another option:
"Where the dog-tired pets go." (Doesn't that sound like the perfect place to escape the heat?)

Bounty - The Quilted Quicker Picker Upper.

Another option:
"The Picnic Quicker Picker Upper." (Put your product in a seasonal setting.)

This summer, don't just change up your logo or website. Give your words a quick makeover and let them enjoy a lighter, breezier season!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

what i wore {mint and coral}

Last weekend I made a quick trip down to San Diego for Kara's baby shower. We had lots of family time and all of us got to feel baby girl kick and shower her with love, attention and adorable gifts.

On Friday night we headed to Kate and Kara's parents house for dinner. The one person missing was Scott. Both John's were there {Kara married a John and Kate is dating a John, this sisters crack me up!} as were our friends Vanessa and Rob, Scott would have completed our family gathering.

I am seriously obsessed with mint and coral, and my latest over the top obsession with these two colors is to pair them together, genius, right?!
{Kate snapped this pic of me and I LOVE it!}

Sweater, mint skinnies and wedges: Target
Tank: Banana Republic outlet
Necklace: simply livly
Clutch: nine west {birthday gift from my sweet friend Tobi}
Friendship bracelets: souviner from Spain from my sweet friend Liz
Earrings: Forever21

Saturday we were up early to get ready for the baby shower. It was a perfect day!

Isn't Kara the cutest prego mama ever?!
headband: rellas bellas
dress: target
wedges: Guess via Tjmaxx

 
pleated poppy

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rhode Island Bound

eeeeeeeeek! this day is finally here. I am on my way to LAX to fly across the country. {blah, a full day of travel alone is never really fun}



I can't believe Scott has been gone for almost 18 weeks. The last time I saw him was in February. We had very limited communication for the 9 of the last 12 weeks he has been gone. There were days where I was so ready for this all to be over. There were days were I felt so disconnected from Scott. I had to remind myself that in the end it was all going to be worth it.

I can't find the words to describe how excited I am about getting to see my husband, kiss his face, hold his hand and just with him. People often ask how you deal with being away from your husband for so long when you are a military spouse. Honestly, the amazing feeling of the reunion is what gets me through it. The excitement of getting to run into his arms again and love on him is what I think about when I get sad or overwhelmed with it all.

This girl is so dang excited to see her man!

Monday, May 21, 2012

whirlwind weekend of fun

This past weekend was a whirlwind of fun. I drove down to San Diego Friday morning. I hit some pretty knarly traffic that made me want to rip  my hair out. I instagramed this pic while I was literally parked on the 405 stuck in the infamous LA traffic.


I went down to SD for my best friends baby shower. Isn't she the cutest. Friday night we headed to Kara and Kate's parents house for dinner. Here we are on our way to dinner. After dinner us non pregnant gals might have went to a few bars. Oh my word. I never drink anymore so a few drinks for me was quite the doozy!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early for the baby shower. It ended up being a perfect day. The sun came out, it was warm and we were surrounded by our closest friends. I will do a post later on about the baby shower, all the cute decorations and fun we had.

Kate and I at the baby shower.

Yesterday I spent the day cleaning the house and started packing for Rhode Island. I leave tomorrow! eeeek!! I cannot believe it is finally time for me to go back and see my sweet husband graduate. Today I need to finish packing, clean the kitchen, send out a few orders and then I will be ready for my 2nd east coast adventure of the year.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Insta-friday {the traveling begins}

It is finally friday {cue the Jessica Black song}! The week actually flew by.

This morning I am headed down to SD for my bff's baby shower! Here are her gifts all wrapped.



I had a big accomplishment this week, I hit my weight lose goal 130lbs! I have lost 22lbs in 4.5 months!




I have spent most of the week preparing {aka outfit planning} to leave for Rhode Island and cleaning the house.


Yesterday was a bit rough. Some stupid drama that I had to remove myself from. It required a stop at in-n-out. So dang yummy!




A quick over night trip to SD tonight and then Rhode Island on Tuesday, I can't wait!

life rearranged

Thursday, May 17, 2012

finding my purpose {the beginning}

Last night I had my friend Liz over for dinner. On Tuesday night I drove down to LAX to pick her up from her week long trip to Spain {I am uber jealous!}. We hadn't seen each other in a week and had very minimal communication. I felt very weird all week to not communicating with her. I send her random texts that usually revolve around food and wishing that fro yo and cupcakes could be delivered. ok, ok, I'm getting off topic, back to Liz being over for dinner.

We enjoyed a glass of wine, a margarita pizza and a yummy salad while we chatted. Lots of big things are going on in our lives, sharing and talking with each other is like free therapy. I feed off of other peoples positive energy and outlook. I shared with Liz some of the things that are growing in my heart.

I told her I just don't feel like my purpose in life is to work 40-50 hours a week at a normal office job. My heart is not there. I paused while trying to find the right word to describe what I wanted to do. A philanthropist I blurted out..."without the millions of dollars" liz quickly chimed in, ha! very true. A philanthropist on a budget {aka, minus the millions of dollars}.  We had quite the giggle fest over this. But in all reality I feel like my purpose is to give back. To take the amazing blessings that the Lord has given Scott and I and use it to help and encourage others.
There are so many things that make my heart hurt. I struggle when I see a person on the street that looks lost, homeless, and not quite "there". I wonder if they had a rough life and if they have any friends or family. I wonder if they have someone to love them. That really hurts  my heart; when I think about someone living on this earth and not having love. I feel the same way when I see a lost puppy. I want to bring them home with me and give them a snuggly bed, a bowl of food, a bath and a big ol'belly rub.

My heart aches when I think about little babies being born into this world and needing a mama to love them. I want to take all of those babies and give them a home. A place to feel loved, nurtured and a place where they feel safe. Recently I have really felt the Lord working overtime in my heart. My heart aches to start a family. To have a baby in our home to love and snuggle on. Scott and I have always talked about adoption. But now it seems to be more of a reality and a calling the Lord is leading us to. When I think about how much my heart aches and hurts to be a mama I imagine that is the same pain many children have in their heart, to have a mama to love them.

The Lord is blessing us in so many ways I never imagined. Scott and I are being called to make sure we use each and every blessing to bless others. I don't know exactly how we will do this but I do know that as long as I keep my heart open the Lord will be sure to show us.



Elf House Chronicles
{linking up with the sweet manda jane}

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

skirts, dress and simply livly necklaces

Happy hump day friends!

The weather is finally starting to warm up here. {I live just north of Los Angeles and I feel like our weather has been less than spectacular for spring and CA.}

A few weeks ago I got a fantastic package in the mail, 3 necklaces I picked out from Simply Livly. To say that I love them would be an understatement. They make me so happy. I wear one almost every day. I got 3 totally different styles and love the variety of outfits I can wear with them all. They are so unique and I love that Pam uses a jersey material for the necklaces.

This outfit was worn a few fridays ago when I spent the day getting our move all taken care of. After hours of planning I stopped by my friend Tobi's house where I sat for a few hours and chatted until we decided to head to Cafe Rio with the kiddos for some yummy mexican food.

I love this button up shirt tied at the waist over a strapless dress.


headband: Rellas Bellas
top: forever21
dress: target
sandals: target
bracelets & earrings: forever21
necklace: simply livly
This was worn two sundays ago to church and then to brunch with Liz.


headband: rellas bellas
sweater: thrifted {target brand}
tank: h&m
skirt w/belt: forever21
bracelet: shop in Guam
earrings: gift {from francesca's}
sandals: target
necklace: simply livly

I threw this outfit together to have lunch with Angel from simply.lovely.things. I love that this necklace has a cluster of brass leaves at the end. totally unexpected and adds a bit of edge to the bright playful coral beads.




headband: rellas bellas
top & skirt w/belt: forever21
sandals: cathy jean {gift from sister years ago}
necklace: simply livly
I wore this thursday for a fro yo date with Tobi and Wes. I ran a bunch of errands after. I loved the print of this maxi dress so much.


earrings: forever21
dress: tjmaxx
necklace: simply livly


I wore this on friday for a day of shopping at the mall and running a few errands. I threw this together quickly just so I could get out the door and I absolutly love the look, casual yet cute and put together. I think I might we my cognac steve madden sandals next time.


headband: rellas bellas
jacket: GAP
tank:forever21
skrit: target
sandals: steve madden
necklace: simply livly

I have been adding new pieces to my wardrobe slowly but surely since about 80% of my closet doesn't fit me. I am toying with bringing some of my favorite pieces to my tailor to have them taken it. I figure spending $10-$15 each on a few pieces is cheaper than going out and buying new ones. Only for the things I absolutely love.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

new shop items and a few fun updates

Wow, I cannot believe it is Tuesday, May 15th. That means this time next week I will be on my way to Rhode Island! It is all starting to become so very real!

There is lots of fun stuff going on in the shop behind the scenes as well as in the shop. Last week lots of amazing things happened behind the scenes. I sent off a new line to be photographed by the amazing photography skills of Jennifer from 40 toes photography. I also signed a contract with Kristen from ahoy graphics to update my blog and shop design. I think it is time for something new and fresh.

I should be launching both the new necklace line as well as the rebranding in July.

The shop will be open while I am gone in RI and items will ship the week I get back. The shop will be closed for most of June as we will be packing up our house and moving across the country. I will be bringing my supplies with me as I will have a lot of time on my hands. Have I told you that we will be spending all of July and August in Florida while Scott attends AMDO training? Florida in the summer is going to be HOT HOT HOT! I plan to pack all of my swim suits along with lots of skirts, sundresses and flip flops.

I listed a few new items to the shop last week. This first necklace makes my heart skip a beat. I love the 6 rosettes together. It is only listed in mint right now but I can make it in any color fabric I have in the shop.
Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest
I love how bright and spunky this flower elastic headband is. It is perfect summer accessory for you or your little girl.
Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest
Pretty in Pink pretty much sums up this adorable headband. Every little girl loves pink and would love to wear this pretty piece.
Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest

Our most popular seller lately has been mini rosette earrings: gray, sunflower yellow and pomegranate have been the most popular colors. Have you ordered a pair yet? These would be a perfect thank you/end of the year gift for your kids teachers.

Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest

Sunday, May 13, 2012

an amazing surrogacy story {a guest post}

Hi Friends, today I have a very special guest post. A story that is very near and dear to my heart. Please take a few moments to read Caryn and Ali's story.

There are also 3 amazing giveaways going on below to help Caryn and Ali.

giveaway 1

giveaway 2

giveaway 3



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PhotobucketI am Caryn. I'm a mother of two gorgeous kids that are lucky they are SO adorable because boy are they crazy! I am also the wife of an amazing man who just so happens to be one of the Few and the Proud...a Marine. Thanks to the rambunctious, strong-willed children that we have produced, we have made the solid decision that we definitely don't want any more babies of our own.

Two years ago, I put an add out on a military resale site looking for a new babysitter. I went through tons of responses and set-up quite a few interviews. This is how I found Ali. Just from the emails, I was pretty sure Ali was the one I would choose to take on the task of helping raise my children while I was at work. The day I interviewed her, I also interviewed a few other people. I knew right away that Ali was the one for our family. There was just something about her and how comfortable I felt with her around me and the kids. A few weeks later, she started watching the kids and I couldn't be happier with my decision. She has been such a blessing to our family with her flexibility and availability. We can always count on her when we need her and the kids just love being around her and Brian.

Ali(son) and Brian have been married for 5 years. Like my husband, Brian is a Marine. When they married, they made the decision to wait at least 5 years until they had a baby so that they could enjoy time with each other. About a year after getting married, Ali was diagnosed with an auto-immune liver disease. Last year, she found out that secondary to her liver disease, carrying a child would put her (and the baby) at significant risk of death.

When Ali told me that she couldn't have a baby, and why, I was so heart broken for them. I see how Ali is with children and I know how much she wants one of her own. Despite the craziness of our life since having kids, I cannot imagine not having mine. I especially can't imagine knowing that I have a fully functioning uterus, "great" ovaries, and everything else I needed to make a baby. Almost immediately, I decided I wanted to be a surrogate for Ali. I talked with my best friend about it a few times, and then talked to my husband. He gave his seal of approval (although he later stated that he thought I was joking) and I finally got the courage up to make it official and told Ali.

Now, almost 7 months later, we are in the process of putting their pea in my pod and making Ali and Brian a baby of their own. I have decided to do the surrogacy without compensation because I know that a military paycheck cannot afford a surrogacy. I'm not doing this for money, I'm doing this so that Ali and Brian can have the baby they deserve. That being said, they need a little help to carry the financial burden. Military insurance does not cover much, if any, of the fertility treatments that are required to make this baby! This fundraiser is intended to help cover legal fees and fertility treatments so we can all help make Ali and Brian's dream a reality!




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Brian and I are so grateful for the amazing support of all our friends and family (and strangers!). You can read our whole story on my blog, Path To Our Miracle. Basically, my health issues that we have discovered over the last 5 years makes it too risky for me to give birth. We chose to wait to have children till we had been married for a few years, so when we started talking to my doctors, it was because we were ready. That "baby" was already there in my heart. Shortly after receiving this news, my friend, Caryn, offered to carry for us. She is also keeping a blog through this adventure, My Pod Their Pea. She is not asking for compensation. What an amazing, priceless gift she is giving us.


Unfortunately, even with this amazing gift, the cost is very high. We are looking at about $25,000-$35,000 just for the legal fees, medications for Caryn and I, and the In-Vitro. Then comes the normal costs of having a baby. Caryn, and her sister, Alyson have been so wonderful in helping with coming up with some fundraising ideas. Also, so many family and friends offering to help with fundraising. I am so excited to be able to share with our child not only how much we love and fought for him/her/them. :-) But also, the pulling together of prayers/good thoughts/love and yes... finances from so many people for them.

I have always wanted children. I have always loved working with kids. I loved babysitting when I was younger. I love babysitting now. I remember in high school, anytime I had the opportunity to go work in the elementary wing of the school, I was there! I have spent the last 15 years trying to decide "What I want to be when I grow up", and stressed through high school and college not being able to decide on a "career". I know now that what I WANT to be is a mom. Whatever job can prepare me for that, and make me a better person in myself is the job that I want. I have found many jobs that I love, and am so happy babysitting, and growing as a health coach. I have so much more about this that I have been running through my head this last week. With Mother's Day coming up, I am going to write more about it on my blog.

Thank you very much to all the sponsors that have donated for the raffle/giveaway. I am so excited for some people to win! There are some really awesome items, and gift certificates for some great shops. Thank you, and good luck!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day


I made a to do list last night of everything I need to do before I leave for Rhode Island in 11 days and wow was it long. Having 5 weeks to plan and actually move is quite the doozy when you start to process it all.

Such is the life as a military wife I guess. I think if I wasn't going to be in RI for a week I wouldn't feel so frazzled. But of course going to RI means seeing Scott graduate from OCS so I surely will not be complaining about going to RI a mere 3 weeks before we are set to do a cross country move.

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. I truly believe that a sailor/soldier/marine/airman etc is only as good as the spouse supporting them. Some days I feel like I am Scott's assistant. Running to get dry cleaning, making random dishes for bake sales, understanding when he works hours later than everyone else to get things done. But when he tells me he knows he would not be half as good a Sailor if it wasn't for me it is all worth it. I am so proud of what my husband does.

I feel an extra special connection whenever I meet someone who is a military spouse. They understand your life just a little bit more. You can't really understand unless you live it.

In the military awards are given out some what regularly to reward a job well done and to keep those guys {and gals} motivated. Sometimes at home we loose sight of what it all means. I think it is great to have a day to tell all of the amazing milspouses thank you.

Thank you for the sacrafices you make. Your ability to change direction at the drop of a pin. Your undeniable love for your country to deal with the endless deployment schedules and nights where you roll over to nothing on the other side of the bed. I truly appreciate every single military spouse, past present and future. You are such a vital part of what keeps our service members going. Don't ever forget that.

{this is a picture of my sister celebrating her first homecoming}

http://household6diva.com/2012/05/2012-military-spouse-appreciation-day-blog-hop.html

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

style remix {1 dress, 5 looks}

It's time for another round of Style Remix. I love this dress by Tucker for Target. I love it a little bit extra because I thrifted it at Crossroads for $12{I think the retail was $39.99} and it looked brand new. It originally came with a matching fabric belt but I always wear it with a contrasting belt.

I have worn this dress during the Fall, Winter and Spring months. I am pretty sure it will also be a staple in my summer wardrobe for evening dinners and evening strolls with Scott exploring Florida.

Not everyone is comfortable wearing bold bright colors, this dress has a bold print but the colors are a bit subdued.

My biggest piece of advice on putting together different looks with one piece is to try it on with everything in your closet. Take a night and just put random things together from your closet and see what you like, you might be surprised at what looks good together.

hat & necklace: Nordstrom/ sunnies, necklace, & bracelet: Forever21/ belt and purse: thrifted/ sandals: Target


This first look is perfect for a sunny spring day. Going to the farmers market, brunch and exploring the city with your love {or your bffs!}. I love that all the accessories are shades of gold or brown. Again nothing too bold for those afraid of color.

jacket: H&M/ belt: thrifted/ sunnies, necklace and earrings: Forever21/ flats: Target


Look 2 is perfect for a cooler spring day, perhaps a day filled with light random rain drops. The light-weight jacket isn't to heavy but keeps me warm. I love how big the pockets are because it can hold my phone and a small clutch so I don't have to carry a purse. I added silver accessories to this look to show how you can change the look with different accessories.

 
necklace: The Limited/ Sweater: GAP/ belt: came with a dress from Forver21/ bracelets: The Limited & Forever21/ earrings: Forever21/ boots: Nine West

 
I wore this outfit a few weeks ago to church when it was pretty cool out, cloudy and in the high 50's. I was wanting spring-like weather but since it was cooler the sweater and boots were key, but I went sans tights to feel a bit spring like.


necklace & bracelet: Forever21/ earrings: Kohls/ skirt and heels: JCPenney


This fourth look would be perfect for the office. I love pieces that you can totally transform into something else. Paired with this skirt the dress looks completely different and is more professional.

belt and clutch: thrifted/ necklace & bracelet: Forever21/ earrings: Kohls/ wedges: La Dolce Vita for Target

This last look is taken from look 4. When I was working in the financial world there were a lot of after work happy hours, especially on Thursday and Friday evenings. Sometimes you just don't have time to run home and change but you don't want to look stuffy at the bar. All I did to create this look was remove the skirt and add the belt, wedges and clutch. Super easy and yet the looks is totally transformed.

What do you think? Are you inspired to look at the dresses in your closet and see how you can style them?  

Monday, May 7, 2012

planning our coast to coast adventure

Happy Monday bloggy loves. How was your weekend? Mine started out a bit crazy.

I went to bed Thursday night with a game plan for Friday. Wake up, hit the gym, breakfast, walk khloe, shower, and then run a few errands. In reality the day went nothing like that.

I woke up to text messages and and an email from Scott telling me that he had received official copies of his orders {official paper documentation to tell us where we will be going next}. We of course knew our ultimate duty station destination was Norfolk, VA. What we did not expect was to have to go to Norfolk before Florida. We had planned to need to be in Florida by about July 5 or 6th. When I opened the email and read his orders they stated that Scott was to report to Norfolk by June 26. JUNE 26! I probably screamed the date about 5 times before it really sunk in. Dang, that is soon. In my head I had mentally been preparing for us to need to leave CA to go to Florida around June 26, not to already be 3000 miles across the country.

I quickly pulled out my planner and ipad to calculate when we would need to plan our move. As I looked at dates on the calendar it all finally sank in, we need to leave California in 6 weeks!! If you take out the week I am in Rhode Island for Scott's graduation that leaves us 5 weeks to get it all done. DANG. I kind of began to get a bit overwhelmed. I knew that I needed to act fast and make sure we had a game plan. I also needed to make sure we had plan B, C and D in order, because as every milspouse knows the military teaches you to plan for the unexpected.

I formulated a game plan and frantically texted Scott that despite how busy He was we needed to chat. I needed to do a plethora of things and needed to make sure he was comfortable with my decisions.

Our plan is to have movers come and pack up our house on June 12th, that gives us a few days to clean the place and then turn in the keys on June 15th. We will then be headed east on June 16th. We get back from Rhode Island on May 30th and we are spending the first couple of days in Vegas to relax. That means that I have the next 2 weeks to get our house organized. Thankfully I do not have to pack it up. The Navy pays movers to come and do that. But I do need to put things to the side that we will need to hand carry, aka important documents that we do not want lost in a move. I also need to put things aside that we will need for the next 4 months. After our brief stay in VA we will head to Florida for 2 months for Scott to attend school. We will spend 8 weeks in FL. Our house will be waiting to be shipped to VA. We won't send our stuff east until we have secured a place to live in VA in September.

I spent the afternoon getting all the necessary paperwork and documentation together to officially have our move set up.

It is so crazy to think that 3 weeks ago I had no idea what we would be doing in 4 months and then on Friday, in a matter of 3 hours I had it all planned out.

Scott and I will finally be taking our cross country road trip CA to VA: a coast to coast adventure.

I have accepted the fact that from June to October Scott and I will be traveling gypsies. I am kind of excited. Kind of. The type A planner in me is not, but the adventurer in me is pumped!


This is the cutest little set up. I wonder if I should bring some fun decor to spruce up the hotel like living we will be doing in Florida? Some anthro mugs and latte bowls could spruce up any space!

Friday, May 4, 2012

friday coffee date {praying for a friend}

Hi Friends

I can't believe it is already Friday. I feel like this last week again flew by. Just a bit over 2 weeks and I will be in Rhode Island. {Can you tell that I am excited to see my hubby?!}

If we were to have coffee this morning I would probably sit for about 15 minutes and ponder the thought of iced coffee or hot coffee. The weather has been so finicky lately I just can't seem to decide.

Source: google.com via Arianna on Pinterest


After deciding on my coffee of choice I would sip it and babble on about how excited I am to be able to have Dunkin Donuts coffee every day in a few short months. I would then quickly ramble on about how weird it is to think that in about 7 weeks we will have our house packed up and we will be on our to start our next chapter in our life, so strange. I am excited for the new adventure but I think I am still processing that we are in fact moving 2500 miles across the United States.

I would also share with you something that has been heavy on my heart. I have a friend who's niece is dealing with brain cancer. Just typing it makes me sad. This is her second battle with it. She was diagnosed once before and she was cancer free for a bit, but it recently came back and the doctors have said there is nothing left they can do. It breaks my heart to know that this little girl is being so brave and struggling with such a huge burden. My heart hurts for my friend and her family. To have to watch your baby girl go through such a horrible disease is something I cannot seem to wrap my head around. My friend has been so strong and positive through out all of this. She is a true testament of relying on your faith to get you through the difficult times. I pray for her family because the parents of the little girl are struggling to cope with reality that they will outlive their little girl. I pray that the Lord gives them the strength they need and that he draws them closer to him in this time of despair.



If you could take a few moments in the next few weeks and say a few prayer for my friend and her family I would be ever so grateful. You all are so amazing and encouraging, I know my friend would feel so blessed to have so many people praying for her family.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Weight Watchers {my weight loss journey}

As most of you know I started Weight Watchers in the beginning of the year. I had previously done WW for a few months in 2010 for our honeymoon. I liked it then, but I LOVE it now.

They updated their points system around 2011 {maybe a bit before} and all fruits and veggies are 0{zero} points. Which means I can eat all the fruits and veggies I want.

I did a bit of research before I did WW back in 2010, I liked Weight Watchers best because it really is all about portion control and moderation. I don't have to buy any special meals, I can really eat whatever I want, but in moderation of course. I also track everything on the WW app on my iphone, it makes it super simple and easy.

I started on January 2nd and weighed 152 pounds. I weighed myself on Tuesday morning {May 1st} and I weighed 131 pounds. I have lost 21 pounds! I seriously cannot believe it. I have not weighed that since high school! I haven't felt this good in years.



The pic on the left was taken in August of 2011, I may have only weight about 148 pounds there, but you can really see a different in my face. The picture on the right was taken last week while shopping for new clothes because about 80% of my closet does not fit me!

They recommend you do not focus on working out when you first start because you are trying to get your body used to the smaller caloric intake. I really don't focus on working out every day. {I do make sure to work out at least 3 times a week.} I know that I should do it more so I can tone up, the the weight loss is due solely to my diet. {And I don't mean being on a diet, I mean diet as in my food intake.}

The first time I did Weight Watchers I looked at it as a diet, this time I am looking at it as life style change. I will continue to eat this way for the rest of my life.

I can still go out to eat with friends and my husband but I order different things on the menu, and if I want to splurge I make sure to take that into account for my other meals of the day.

I never find myself starving on WW. If I have used all my daily points and don't want to use my extra weekly points I just munch on fruits and veggies. 

My portion control has improved so much since starting Weight Watchers. I also feel that when I do eat a splurge food I am full quicker and thus eat less of it. My body also feels like poo if I eat too much junk food.

I know a few people have been encouraged to join Weight Watchers after seeing my results. I am so happy to be able to show others a successful and healthy way to loose weight, feel good and eat better.

I will be writing more posts about recipes I like, keeping myself on track and maintaining this all while moving across the country. I feel too good to let myself get back to 152 pounds!

I was not paid by Weight Watchers to write this post, I just really believe in the program. It has changed how I feel about myself and has made me a healthier and happier person.
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