my latest obsession....

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed a ridiculous amount of scripting posts. I have taken up this movement on 'hand lettering'.

And I'm pretty obsessed.

It has been such a relaxing outlet, and it has allowed me to really put to memory scripture in the Bible!

Here are some of my recent attempts ;)

And perhaps my favorite one....

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250 classes DONE!

I did it....250 Pure Barre classes in the books! (Catch up on my 100 class post here)

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The community that my studio provides is hands down amazeballs! My girl, Kristen, brought in juice & champs...mimosa time!

For which Christina popped the bottle towards the wall....just missing our kick butt teacher, Amanda 

Cheers to 250!!!!

So an update on where I'm at today versus where I was back in July when I hit 100. 
1. I can do a full on split!
2. I have gained 2 inches in my biceps....not sure if that's a good thing or bad thing ;)
3. I have lost 1 inch off of each thigh
4. My endurance during class has drastically improved - I can hold positions longer, push through the shake & the burn, and I can tell when my form is not correct.
5. I have definition in my legs and stomach that I have never seen before. 

I am comfortable in my clothes again. I am comfortable wearing shorts & skirts again....and can finally rock a tank top without feeling ridiculously self conscious. 

Am I where I want to be? No. 
Am I giving myself grace? Yes. 

I am still doing my 5:30am workouts at the studio. I will be incorporating their new PLATFORM class beginning this month! The extra cardio will definitely help maximize my efforts & bring about more changes. 

Pure Barre fits my life right now. I know many other ladies out there that choose to workout at home, and at this stage in my life, it's not in the cards. When I'm home, I'm focused on the boys & my job - - - Murphy's Law reigns true in my household. My body is finally accustomed to my 4:40am that 21 days to a new habit business is not accurate for me!

So tell me, do you barre? What's your choice of workout? Home or studio / gym?

i see me + jeepers it's january blog hop!

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Here's a FUN giveaway hop for you! Hosted by: The Mommy Island & The Kids Did It

I have the cutest giveaway for you all with kiddos in your lives! The sweet people over at I See Me reached out to me in regards to there "Who Loves Me?" book....not only did they send me one for my cute boys, but they also are giving away one!

My bff & her son love them as well....

But enough about that....

I See Me has some of the cutest themed personalized books out on the market. Not only do they offer books, but they also offer....

(inside is chalkboard for super cute messages!)

My boys loved their new book, "Who Loves Beau & Brooks?"

We read it after bathtime, before bed the other night. Of course Brooks' attention span is non-existent, but he recognized the familiar names!

(pajama party!)

Now it's your turn to win one! One lucky reader is going to receive the Valentine's Day edition of the Who Loves Me? book!

Shopping for Valentine's Day!? Get your orders in by February 2nd to ensure delivery! Don't forget to use your Ebates!

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blingin' in 2016

Another year has come & crazy to me how fast 2015 flew by! (And how few posts I wrote).

2015 was a year of learning for me. I learned my breaking much I can handle....but I also learned that when I really focus on something, I can achieve it. I did have a few let downs in 2015, which have caused me to reevaluate where my focus will lie in 2016....what direction to take.

I stumbled on this article: How One Word Can Change Your Life in 2016

Pretty much putting emphasis on that one word that speaks to you for the upcoming year. I think for's FOCUS.

I am able to multitask, WELL. It really is a strongpoint. BUT as of late, I have been doing it WAY too much. I need to be intentional. I need to be FOCUSED on the task at hand. Whether it's work, whether it's cleaning, whether it's spending time with MattyB or my boys. I need to FOCUS.

So what's your word? Tell me in the comments!

winter getaway - hyatt style!

Big giveaway for you - so be sure to scroll through this entire post!!! Hope you win!

We recently drove over to Orlando for a little weekend getaway for my birthday. Travelling with 2 kids, under 4, driving just seems to be easier these days (luckily it's only about an hour drive to Orlando!) We attended the Food & Wine Festival at good, but SO HOT!

I don't know about you, but now is the best time of year for my family & I to travel. As much as I love, love, LOVE being at home for the holidays, it makes sense for us to travel over the holidays. We have a family business, so vacations as a family are hard to come by since one of us is always required to be present. However with the holidays, and the office being closed in observance, it helps!

Now the next hurdle to bypass is travelling with 2 kids under 4 :)

Regardless, let's chat about what HYATT has to offer YOU! Check out some of their Winter Savings HERE

From the sunny beaches of Playa del Carmen to the towering Colorado Rockies, you’ll find picture-perfect surroundings, impeccable service and exceptional savings this season at participating locations. 

Enjoy 20% off stays of 2 nights or more and 25% off stays of 3 nights or more at the following Hyatt Hotel locations! Use Code: WSALEA 

How fun is that!?

So of course, here are my top choices of where I would go to take advantage of this amazing offer:

1. Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim - 

Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim 

It's newly renovated & conveniently located near Disneyland & Knott's Berry Farm. I love California, and have not been to Anaheim in years, so this is probably top on my list! This would definitely have to be a family vacation!

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2. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek - 

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

for a kidless vacation, this place looks AMAZING! I was terrible at skiing the first time I went...I'm a true Floridian, what can I say? And I'm super clumsy, but that's beside the fact ;) Regardless, this place looks like a winter oasis! Hit up the spa & the slopes, all in the same day! The rooms come with private balconies, how romantic. 

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

3. Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa - 

Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa

Another kidless vacation, this place looks like another stunning vacation spot! I have been itching to go to a vineyard, do some wine tasting, and have a relaxing get away. How alluring does this sound: Immerse yourself in the quintessential Sonoma Valley Wine Country experience at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa. Stroll among the hotel’s aromatic gardens, and admire a 12-foot water wall and fine art, or sip some wine beside our courtyard fire pit. From a relaxing spa day at the Le CarrΓ© Spa to local wine tastings, this Sonoma Valley hotel beckons to the heart and soul, while satisfying every modern need for cutting-edge amenities.  Enjoy the spirit and essence of Sonoma Wine Country.

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super stocking stuffer giveaway hop!

Here's another giveaway hop for you! Hosted by The Mommy Island & The Kids Did It!

This hop is dedicated to stocking stuffer worthy gifts!!! So of course, I want you to rock those stockings! I am giving away TWO items!

The first, this fabulous set of Lightning stud earrings!!! At $19, they are a bang for your buck! Such a cute accessory to add to any stocking!

The second item, this totally cute DEER key from KEEP Collective!!! At only $9, it would look totally cute on one of the KEEP bracelets, or just string it on a delicate necklace!

Here's how to enter to win.....

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open your bible, preview.....with SRT

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a post regarding She Reads Truth & their collab with Lifeway.

Well, here is a quick video on what is to come....

I am so excited to share more with you! I hope that if you are new to studying the Word of God, you'll consider starting this study. It officially launches November 2nd.....but of course, I'm going to share with you info as I learn it :)

happy birthday, brooks!!!

I can not believe that one year ago we welcomed this happy boy!!

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So, I thought it was only fitting to share the details of the day & his arrival!

It was a Thursday morning, and I had just been to the doctor the day before. Let me rewind....the week before was my last full week of work in the office. The week of Brooks' birth, Matt had assigned my mother to the task of "babysitting" me. He apparently was concerned of something happening....

Anyways, Wednesday (the day before Brooks was born) mom & I headed to IKEA to walk out the baby. Later that day I went to the doctor because stuff was starting to feel like "something was happening"....but alas, it was not. I was only 4cm (TMI???) and they advised I go home and "rest".

Side note: why the HADES do they tell you to "rest"??? Being 9 months pregnant with a toddler, there was no "resting". I was lucky to get a solid hour of sleep. 

So back to that Thursday....

Our pattern for this particular week was we drop off Beau at his preschool & then Matt drops me to my mom's house, afterwards he then heads in to the office. I was in a foul mood. I was hungry & nauseous...and so annoyed over yesterday's appointment & no progress. We ended up hitting McDonalds up for a breakfast sandwich....the infamous "last meal". We got to my mom's & my mood was going even further down hill - if that was even possible! This was about 8:30am.

Around 10am I am having killer back pains & have tried everything from going to the bathroom to laying on the couch, to try & relieve them. I took a few business phonecalls, fighting through this pain. I finally looked at my mom & said "let's just go to the doctor & see what's going on". On the way, remember I was in a foul mood, she was trying to carry on a conversation with me....I finally looked at her & said "mom, I love you, but don't talk please".

I love my mom.

10:30am We get to the doctor's....of course we have to wait....and of course I can not sit down. Too much pain to sit.

I get taken to the back & this proper British midwife they have is the one to check me. All the doctors are out. It's just her. And she's wearing Stella & Dot!!! I guess it was a sign.

She checks me....and then LEAVES THE ROOM.

And then a nurse walks in, saying "she told me to come in & sit with you".

Um, what?

So, the proper British midwife comes back and excitedly exclaims that I am 9cm and she has called me an ambulance.

Um, what!?

Actually my exact words were "SHUT UP!" followed by sobbing. Like bawling my eyes out. Scared & wanting drugs. So I did what any pregnant near delivery woman would do, asked for the drugs!

In her most proper British accent "No, I'm sorry. We don't have those."

Um, what!?

She then preceded to tell me again that she had called me an ambulance. Cue more crying.
"But why?? Mom can drive me!"

In her British accent "Do you really want your mum delivering baby on the side of the road?"

Cue the sirens.

So the fire rescue were the first to arrive. Oh yes, a fire truck AND an ambulance arrived at my doctor's office! Well if this isn't the royal treatment I don't know what is!

The EMT's from the fire truck came in, of course all men. So I asked the nice man for "the drugs" - - he said they don't carry those, but he'd be happy to get me ready for the IV. Oh, yay. He then said "don't worry, you're good!"

Oh I'm sorry, you had a baby when? (Pretty sure he got an earful of sheer sarcasm.)

He then let me know he would not be taking me....that I would need to go on the ambulance. I then asked if I could just walk on the ambulance...I mean do I really have to be hoisted up on the gurney? Yes, you's protocol.

So now the nausea set in even more. They handed me a barf bag & my papers for the hospital & away I wheeled.

I never screamed. Not once. Even though the pain was utterly debilitating....I just clenched my jaw & told everyone to HUSH.

Like, literally....HUSH.

Mom followed the ambulance.
Moot point, I guess.

11:25am We get to the hospital, everyone moving at a snail's pace. "Do they not realize I need drugs! I'm nearing 10cm! This baby is coming now.....MOVE IT PEOPLE!"

Nope I bit my lashing out. But why the heck people wanted to keep talking to me was BEYOND me.

We took TWO WRONG TURNS. Between the nurse man that met us at the ambulance drop area & the EMT from the ambulance...2 wrong turns later & an awkward elevator ride, we FINALLY ARRIVED to labor & delivery.

Oh yay, we can party now! DRUGS PLEASE!

Yes, I asked for drugs right away. While stripping in front of 5 nurses in to the hospital gown.
Is it awkward one of them complimented my bra?
I thought so too.

Alas, in walks mom...proclaiming she had called Matt on the way here.
"Oh good! He should be here, huh? He did get me in to this mess, huh?"
Apparently sarcasm is my spiritual gift.

The sweet nurses then go through their MILLION questions. Now I'm hooked up to the contractions monitor & the sweet gal is now watching it & still wanting to ask me about the placenta...and then abruptly stops & says "Oh, I'll let you get through this contraction".....hey thanks, pumpkin!

In walks a doctor. One I have not seen before from my doctor's group.
Oh yay, a new doctor? It surely is my lucky day!

She then tells me I am 10cm and that she can go ahead & break my water & get this baby out!

Um, what?!

No thanks! I'd like drugs please :)

It felt like an eternity but in walks Mr. Anesthesiologist with the liquid gold.

Oh & in walks Matt at 12:20pm
Thanks for showing up!

Now, Mister Liquid Gold man is getting my back prepped....and has started to "do what needs to be done"....uh oh, bad contraction.....just bear down, BREATHE....bury your head in to Matt's chest since he is standing in front of you telling you "it's okay"....annnnnnnddddd


My water ruptured all over Matt.

Like Coneheads style. It was a true seen out of a movie.

And then my foul mood changed.

I apologized at least 10 times for that happening to him.
I was apologizing to my husband during delivery!

By this point, Mister Liquid Gold man had bolted out of the room & left paper on my back. He didn't even finish the job!

They spun me around, no stir ups, just a one, two, and out pops Brooks!

Immediate relief!

And then the liquid gold kicked in.

So I got comfortable for the next 3 let the drugs I had to have wear off.

Lots of cuddling commenced. Matt got to change his clothes. And we got to enjoy Brooks.

Mom eventually left to go pick up Beau from preschool.

Brooks' delivery was easy, but dramatic. Super fast, but super alarming. Matt was able to arrive in time & everything happened while Beau was at school. Timing was perfect.

We have been blessed with the happiest baby! He loves to smile, he is super affectionate....and loves to EAT!

have a happy fall with sweetworks! (GIVEAWAY!)

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

What is fall without SWEETWORKS!?!?!

A bleak one, that's for sure!

So in honor of fall's arrival, here are some fun fall FOODIE crafts to do with your toddler and of course my fabulous fall display.

Be sure to read through to the end to enter to win a Sweetworks giveaway!

I love the Sweetworks gumballs! I especially love their pearlized colors. So pretty!

Of course, I set up a Halloween display and a fall display:

Giveaway Time!!!!
25 bloggers are offering $50 giveways from Sweetworks!!! This candy giveaway includes celebration pearls, sixlets, chocolates, & gumballs. (Subsititutions are possible) 

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barre clothes.....can a girl ever have too many?

You may have seen this post yesterday on my Instagram....and it is TRUE.

I found Emily Hsu Designs via an Instagram rabbit hole. Don't you just love those? A "quick look" at Instagram turns into an hour because some how you went from looking at one feed, one hashtag to 50 million.

Back to Emily Hsu and these super cute workout pants. I am always so skeptical of ordering workout gear online. I like to feel them before purchasing! Thickness totally matters when you're bending over, lifting your leg up, & doing splits!

When I received the pants, I knew right away I was going to love them! They are thicker than some of the more popular brands that I've seen (& own) brands that rhyme with Sneaky & Ponzy. If I had to compare them....they are a slicker fabric version of the Splits59 for Pure Barre pants that I love. They don't feel like they are just going to roll down or slide off....they hold tight without the negative effects in front or back ;)

Styled it with just a basic black workout top, layered with a white tank

My Pure Barre studio has this gorgeous mirror leaning up against a wall in the back area. Yes - total narcissistic moment.....

You can totally plie' with these

 Here are some other fun prints that I am totally loving:

Go check out this fun brand & tell them I sent you!

All opinions are mine. While I would have loved compensation in the form of workout pants (because really, you can never have too many) - I forked over my own hard earned dinero & bought myself a pair. And I'm happy I did!

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