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Monday, October 20, 2014

In a Rut

Guys, I'm in a rut.

I haven't taken outfit pictures in weeks because I literally have nothing to wear.  That is not even an exaggeration.  (Okay, maybe I have things to wear, but nothing to warrant a photo-op.)

I haven't come up with quality content in a while because I've become so passionate and involved in my Beachbody business.  

I'm not sure what direction this blog is going to go in.  I love fashion.  I love blogging.  So I'm not saying I'm going to quit.  In fact, I'm definitely not going to quit.  I'm just not sure if the content is going to be the same or change some.  

I've always been really interested in nutrition, health, and fitness and I'm feeling like that may be more the direction I go in with some outfit/life stuff sprinkled in. 

In the mean time, I'm going to take a mental break.  I'm going to spend some time with my family this week and I'm going to give myself space to collect my thoughts and hopefully come back with some worth content soon enough.  

Thank you so much for sticking with me and understanding!

If you want to see what we're up to in the mean time, you can follow me on Instagram here.

Friday, October 17, 2014


This week has been a struggle.  I don't even really know why.  Maybe it was knowing my husband had the day off on Monday while I had to work.  Or the fact that my family will be in town next week.

It's just been longer than 5 days...or so it seems.

It was relatively warm at the beginning of the week so we spent some time outside frolicking.

Next week, we are going to the NASCAR race in Martinsville with my parents and although we are not taking CT to the actual race, we are going to be walking around the track during practice runs and trials so we have been practicing with his ear protection.
Don't let the picture fool you - he hates it.

Two of my girlfriends and I have recently hit the couponing jackpot and we are obsessed with saving money so this is what my dining room table looked like the night before Super Doubles.

The winnings from my first Super Doubles trip at Harris Teeter.
All this for $18!

How was your week?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Orangetheory Fitness Coming to Chapel Hill

*I have been compensated for this post with a complimentary workout at the new Chapel Hill Orangetheory Fitness studio.  Below is a press release I was asked to share.*

I am so excited to share this press release with my readers.  I have been intrigued by Orangetheory Fitness' approach to fitness for some time.  Later this month I am attending a complimentary workout at the new studio and I can't wait to share my thoughts and experience with each of you.  I will be at the upcoming VIP Party on October 30th and I would love to see you there!  

Orangetheory Fitness Opens Second Triangle Location with New Chapel Hill Studio

Members and Local Residents are Invited to Celebrate the Grand Opening with a VIP Party Oct. 30 and Take Advantage of Last-Chance Discounted Founders’ Rates
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept that is sweeping the nation, will officially open its second North Carolina location in Chapel Hill with a grand opening VIP party Oct. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Located in the popular Meadowmont Village shopping center, the new studio will host the official kickoff to classes with a celebration featuring music, food, drinks, demos and other fun activities for all attendees. The VIP party will also be the final opportunity for prospective new members to get reduced membership rates.

Chapel Hill is the second of at least five Orangetheory Fitness locations planned to open in the Triangle area in the next year. The first, in Morrisville, opened in January and has exceeded expectations as members continue to experience what the New York Times hails as an effective plateau-busting workout. During classes, participants wear heart-rate-monitors as they go through interval training and short bursts of exercise designed to maximize the Orange Effect, which adds extra caloric burn for up to 36 hours after the workout. Participants can burn up to 1,000 calories per 60-minute class.

“Chapel Hill residents will now have the effective and unique heart-rate monitored Orangetheory Fitness workout right in their neighborhood,” says Kristie Shifflette, owner of both the Chapel Hill and Morrisville Orangetheory Fitness locations. “Orangetheory Fitness is a premium product and an amazing workout for any fitness level. Our trainers work closely with each member to reach their personal goals. We are so excited to open this second studio so even more Triangle residents can experience the Orange Effect and start seeing real, life-changing results.”

The VIP party will be the perfect time for members, guests and neighbors to see the brand new location and meet the trainers. The celebration will take place in the studio as well as in the grassy common area in front of the studio. It will feature a number of giveaways and raffles; a selection of complimentary food, wine and beer; workout demos; health screenings and more. There is no charge to attend the event or participate in onsite activities. Community members interested in attending the event who are not already Orangetheory Fitness members should contact the studio at(919) 883-9424. All are welcome to attend.

The new Chapel Hill studio is located next to ONE Restaurant in Meadowmont Village, at 104 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27517. Memberships are available at discounted founders’ rates until Oct. 30 and never require a long-term commitment or contract. To learn more, visit Orangetheory Fitness Chapel Hill, call (919) 883-9424, or visitFacebook.com/OTFChapelHill.

About Orangetheory Fitness
Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, Orangetheory Fitness’ heart-rate-monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled instructors, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, SBT Suspension Training and free weights, burning up to 1,000 calories per class. The result is the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10 Months

Dear Carson,

Getting these pictures was so difficult because you are so curious and on the go all the time.  I find myself getting upset that they aren't perfect and then I quickly realize that they are.  This is you, right now, in the moment, you.  You are a ball of energy and you are inquisitive and I love it.  You keep me going all the time and as crazy as life can be some days, it's fun.  

I'm always watching to see what you are going to do next and what will capture your attention.  Your smile still stops time and your squeals are music to my ears.  When you catch me off guard I literally run after you and you giggle when I catch you.  I love that giggle.

You love being outside.  You whine and reach toward the door when you want to go out.  You love watching out the window or sitting on the front stoop and watching everything go by.  So curious.  

Ten months just blew me away.  It's like you've always been here and then again, it's like you just arrived all at the same time.  

I love you.  So so much.

10 Month Update
Weight:  20+ pounds
Length:  29 inches
Nicknames: Milkman, Milk Monster, CT, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Bubby, Monster, Buddy Boy, Stinka, Bubba, Mr. Magee
Sleep: You generally go to bed around 8:00 and wake up around 6:00 a.m.  Sometimes on weekends you sleep in.
Eating:  You love feeding yourself everything from puffs to ravioli to crackers with hummus.  You are eating Stage 3 foods, but we try to give you as many finger foods as possible.
Clothing: 9 months
  • Playing
  • Your Aden + Anais blankies
  • Bath time
  • Runs with Mommy
  • The pool/water
  • Ribbons/shoe laces/strings/etc
  • The dog dishes, carbon monoxide detector, battery charger - anything you shouldn't have
  • Your soccer ball
  • Having your face/hands wiped
  • Your teeth brushed
  • Getting lotioned when you are sleepy
Exciting Moments:
You started walking with a push toy
You completed a 5k, 10k, and half marathon before your 10 month birthday!
Momma's Milestones:
I completed a 5k, 10k, and half marathon 10 months post-partum!

I signed up as a BeachBody coach and recommitted to my healthy lifestyle.
I currently weigh less than I did when I got pregnant

Monday, October 13, 2014

Run to Victory Recap

Before the race started, CT and I went out to get a picture in front of the starting line.  I have to admit, I was so nervous.  Not really for the running part, but for the keeping a baby entertained and happy for 2.5+ hours part.  He has done fantastic on our training runs, but there were a few times he started to fuss by mile 9 and I had to cut our run short.

People thought I was crazy when they saw me line up for the half marathon (there was a 5k as well) with the stroller.  One man asked, "Are you really going to run all 13 miles with the baby?!"

Yup!  I was and I did.  When I originally started training for this half marathon I figured I would train with CT and when it came time to run without him my time and pace would be fantastic considering I had trained with him all that time.  Then, as the date got closer and I completed a 5k and a 10k with him, I started to think it would be pretty awesome to say I ran a half marathon with him before he turned 1.  Even more awesome that we did all that in the first 9 months of his life.

Not the best quality, but a great iPhone pic from my hubby as we got going.
On the way to Victory Junction Gang my husband asked me what my goals were that morning.  I wanted to finish with at least a 12 minute mile pace and just finish running.  Easier said than done.

As always, once we got rolling my competitive edge sparked as I passed a few people my goals altered slightly.  I still wanted that 12 minute pace, but I also didn't want to let anyone pass me that I had passed along the way.

In the end, I finished with a less than 12 minute mile pace (official times have not yet been released) and I passed 5 people without allowing any of them to pass me back.

Let's just look at this next picture and witness the relief I felt to cross that finish line.

Can I just fess up about something here?

I almost cried when I saw the hot air balloon indicating that the end was near.  This was, by far, the hardest course I have ever run.  I will not discount what we did, what I did, in this race.  If you're from around our area, you may be aware of how steep, hilly, curvy, hilly, and rural this course is.  Did I mention hilly?  After the race, I seriously felt like I had delivered a baby.

And maybe in a way I did...talk about melodramatic.  But really though...it was hard.  And I won't pretend it wasn't because I hate when people act like something is so easy for them when in reality it took a lot of time, commitment, and willpower to stick it through.

There were times when I wanted to walk, but that pacing goal would pop into my mind and I couldn't walk.  There were times when I had to stop and stretch my arms because even when you are walking up the hill, there isn't much relief when you're walking up the hill pushing a stroller.  I'm fairly certain I am going to lose at least one toe nail - going downhill put a lot of pressure on those piggies of mine.

I'm not complaining even though it may sound like I am.  I am documenting.  I want to remember this day because I'm pretty damn proud of myself to be honest.

I ran 13.1 miles, pushing my baby in a stroller, <10 b="" months="" nbsp="" post-partum="">Let's hear it for the moms!

I want to say a special THANK YOU to everyone that donated to Victory Junction and supported us as we trained and ran for the cause.  If you are interested in donating, you can until November 30 by clicking this link.  Thank you in advance!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mushroom and Blue Pesto Pizza

I started the 21 Day Fix October 6th with my Fantasy Fitness Challenge Group.  I love challenges like this that hold me accountable for healthy eating choices.  Not only is it healthy, but it pushes me to come up with new recipes that fit the parameters of each challenge.  This particular challenge reminds me a lot of the Whole 30 I did a while back.

This particular dinner fits right in with the "rules" for the 21 Day Fix which essentially teaches you to eat the right portion size of each category within the food pyramid.

Not only does it fit in with the program, but it is so yummy!

Mushroom and Blue Pesto Pizza

  • Flat Out multigrain wraps
  • Pesto (homemade or store bought)
  • Crumbled blue cheese
  • Mushrooms

1. Wash and slice mushrooms.  Sautee in a teaspoon of olive oil until browned and heated through.  (I like to throw some garlic in there as well sometimes.)

2. Turn on oven broiler to low.  

3.  Spray baking pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking.   Spread pesto all over wrap.  Spread as much or as little as you like.

4.  Put sauteed mushrooms on top of pesto and sprinkle with crubled blue cheese.

5.  Heat under low broiler until cheese is melted.  Be sure to keep watch so that the wraps don't catch fire.  This should take 2-3 minutes.

6.  Slice and serve while warm.  Enjoy!

If you are participating in the 21 Day Fix here is the breakdown for containers:
Mushrooms: 1 green container
Blue cheese: 1 blue container
Wrap: 1 yellow container (be sure you get multigrain 100 calorie wraps)
Pesto: 1 orange container

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


As I look back over the picture that I took of CT over the weekend, I realize that some of my favorites would have probably been a professional photographers outtakes.  

My life is full of "outtakes" and to be honest, I love it.  I love the surprise slobbery kisses, the screeches, and the mouth covered in hummus and crackers.  

I wish I would have snapped a picture of him upside down balancing on his head after he successfully climbed out of his bouncy horse Saturday afternoon.   And I hope I never forget watching him strain up on tip toe to grab the Chinese food off the TV tray my husband was eating from.

One of my favorite things about motherhood is that it is messy.  Not just in the literal sense.  Although more days than not I have to treat my clothes after a piece of food comes flying out of his mouth and lands on me mid-laugh or he snuggles into my shoulder after eating carrots and applesauce.

It's disheveled and lovely and messy and amazing all at once.

Monday, October 6, 2014


The past few weeks have been really tough for my family.  Two weeks ago my father in-law had a heart attack (it also happened to be the first night we left CT there overnight and my first night away from CT - yikes) and since then life has been quite hectic.  He had surgery a week after and spent almost the entire week after that in the ICU.

Since surgery he has been in and out of consciousness, on and off life support, and has now contracted pneumonia.  I haven't said much about it because, quite frankly, I don't know what to say.  The good news is things have taken a significant turn for the BETTER.  Finally.

I've begged people for prayer.  My poor husband has run himself ragged commuting to the hospital every day; most days leaving work early to go.  We had decided Friday night we would go to the hospital so that we could take turns going to see Justin's dad while CT waited outside with one of us.

Turned out, Justin's mom needed a break from the hospital and wanted some time with CT so she ended up picking him up from daycare so that the two of us could go visit his dad together.

It was nice to hold my father in-law's hand and talk to him.  It was nice to hold my husband's hand and hug him.  We just knew we had to get good news soon.

After leaving the hospital we went to dinner.  It was a beautiful night and we knew Justin's mom would want more time with our sweet boy so we decided to walk around the Streets of Southpoint and window shop.  

Window shopping turned into a new pair of sneakers for hubby and a new sweater for moi.

I haven't had the chance to wear it yet, but I have dreamed up several potential outfits...

white sweater 1

white sweater 2

white sweater 2 by coachgaines featuring black suede boots

I know this may seem silly or insignificant in the grand scheme of things. (And really it is.) But, it sure was nice to have some relief walking out of that hospital last week.  It was nice to walk around the mall and think about shallow things like a white sweater and a new pair of sneakers because for the past few weeks our hearts and minds have been on things much heavier.

How about you?  How have you been?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Styling a striped, hooded dress

striped hooded dress

I've been in a shopping mood lately.  Oddly, that mood has been accompanied by a strong desire to not spend money and not go to the stores.  

When I was browsing my most recent email from Groopdealz I saw this dress and immediately put it in my shopping cart.  Then I clicked out and never made the purchase because of those desires I was just speaking of.  I was standing at work when suddenly it hit me all the adorable ways I could style this dress so I hopped back on the computer and completed the transaction before I could change my mind again.  It's not exactly a huge purchase anyway...

It kind of goes along with my whole wanting to look cute and feel good even on the weekends so I thought it would fit right into my wardrobe.  I mean, it's a hoodie, but not.  Ya know?

So, I started thinking about all the different ways I could wear this; here's what I came up with:

striped dress styling

striped dress styling 2

They are all pretty casual looks, but that's what I am going for on the weekends.  I want to be comfortable, but look put together.  This dress will get the job done perfectly.

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Cute Mom

Since having my son I've really started to put more effort into my everyday wardrobe.  I've always enjoyed dressing up for work, but I spent quite a bit of my free time in yoga pants and athletic wear.

There are definitely days when I lounge in sweats, but for the most part I enjoy doing my hair, putting on a little makeup, and dressing in a coordinated outfit.  If it's one thing I learned after staying home for almost 4 months: it's nice to have a reason to put your face on, do your hair, and walk out the door.

I always vowed to be one of those woman who did not define herself as simply mom once baby was here.  (But I also said I wouldn't post thousands of pictures of my little guy on social media and you see how well that's gone for me. #sorrynotsorry) 

Fact of the matter is I do steer away from certain fabrics, dangly earrings, and dainty jewelry because I don't want anything ruined.  I also find myself investing in quality pieces and fabrics because, let's face it, if I'm going to wear it it needs to hold up to a 9 month old tugging, spitting up, and wiping his face on it.
Sweater: H&M (similar), Denim: Old Navy, Sneakers: Target

I see many women (and I am NOT judging them) wearing baggy, ill fitting, unflattering clothing toting around their young children.  I just feel for them.  I know the guilt they feel when they spend money on themselves that they could be spending on their child.  I know the exhaustion they experience when they think about going to the mall.  I know the reasoning for not wearing their finer pieces in fear of a formula induced spit up sesh.  

I get it.  It's safer to wear the other stuff.  It is.

But, it just doesn't feel good.  Ya know what I mean?  Like, when I walk out the door with my diaper bag, baby in arms, toting a Tula, and multi-tasking 10 different things at once, I want to feel good.

I want to walk out the door with my head high, strutting my stuff, confident that I look as good as I feel. Because if anyone deserves to feel good, it's a mama.  

So, I put a little more effort into my outfit.  For me, that means cute sneakers instead of flip-flops.  Colored denim rather than holey jeans.  A relaxed sweater instead of a hooded sweatshirt.

Nothing major.  Just cuter.

It also means cleaning out my closet.  It means only keeping the things that will hold up because there's no reason to hang onto things I'm not going to wear.  It may mean less pieces, but more quality.

What about you?  How do you rock your cuteness?

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