tuesday's weekly want: FREYA!

Weekly Want: The Freya Fringe Necklace
Way too gorgeous once you try it on. This statement necklace is comprised of mixed metal featherlight fringe that catches the light and moves along with you!
Check it out HERE



Tell me in the comments, what's your weekly want?

100th PB class

If you've been reading the blog lately, or following me on Instagram, you know I'm an avid Pure Barre-er.....today, I hit the mother load.

I hit the 100 class mark!

When I purchased the Pure Barre Groupon back in September of 2014, while pregnant with Brooks....getting my pre-baby body back was on the forefront of my mind. (Seriously, what is wrong with me!? Why wouldn't I be wondering about the getting baby out part, or lack of sleep, etc....). I had dabbled with barre workouts before...even have a barre at my house; but there was a certain allure to physically attending a barre class, rather than working out to dvd's at home.

Once the baby arrived in October, I had some time to re-evaluate my purchase. I tried working out at home...especially since I have all the tools I need....but it wasn't as successful as I had hoped. I had been through this before, so I thought that working off the baby weight from the second baby would be a walk in the park. I didn't stop to consider that I would now have TWO children to tend with: a toddler & a newborn. So in December, I figured I would use this Groupon that was almost near expiration & see what the big difference is between dvd's at home & attending a class.

I will never forget my first class. I rocked an oversized tee from Victoria's Secret PINK and some yoga pants....trying to mask the 2 month post baby belly. I went in with a mixture of fear & confidence....knowing the moves were not totally unfamiliar, yet having so much doubt in myself that I could bounce back to prebaby size, needless to say even do this workout in a studio with people watching. From the moment class started until class ended, I was dripping in sweat, cursing my thighs, and yet wanting MORE. It was the week of Christmas, so the classes were not full since most people were travelling / gearing up for the holidays. (Not that the 5:30am class is ever jam packed.) I went 3 times that week and knew I had developed an addiction to something other than shopping.

My husband didn't understand at first when I told him how I wanted to jump in with a membership when my Groupon expired. He has always supported my fitness endeavors....especially when I would run ridiculous amounts on my treadmill & be the worst grump if I didn't hit my mileage for the week. And even buying me my own barre for home use 2 years ago when I first fell in love with barre workouts. But this endeavor he didn't understand since I "have what I need at home to workout". While I do have the equipment I don't have the push, the drive, or the escape that the studio provides. (MattyB fully supports me & my health, in case you are wondering. You can read about his support HERE when he took the Bring On the Men class!)

The 5:30am class has been an absolute joy these past 7 months. The encouragement, push, & kudos during class are what I need at this point in my life. I need to leave my house for a workout in order to get it done! I love my boys, but the time away allows me 55 minutes to focus on just me. No distractions, no phones, no demanding toddlers, just me. No, I don't enjoy waking up at 4:40am. There is nothing cute about 4:40am...I have never been a morning person! But I do it for the love of the workout & how it jump starts my day...plus it's the only time of day that works for my family & I without disruptions. (Unless Brooks is wanting to party at 2am....then it becomes a matter of dragging myself to class!).

So today was a HUGE mile marker in my Pure Barre journey. I completed 100 classes and go to sign THE bar. The bar that I see every time I'm at the studio...with the sign "100 club".



As my husband would say: "So what does that mean???"

It means I got to sign THE bar:


It means I have lift, toned, & burned 100 times.....and lived to tell about it.

It means I have lost 11 pounds since I started in December.

It means I have lost 13 inches combined from my waist, hips, & chest.




It means I can hold a plank for 90 seconds.

It means I now have this elite gear to add to my workout wardrobe:





It means I have developed some awesome friendships with some ladies I would have otherwise not met. 

It means that I have come to realize I need to be healthy in order to raise healthy boys. 

It means I have developed an obsession for barre gear (sticky socks, leggings, and cute tops saying something like "see you at the barre").

It means that I have overcome lots of self doubt & tried something new.

It means I have realized the number on the scale is not how strong I am, how good of a mother / wife I am, or what to base my value on. 

To anyone on the fence about trying out Pure Barre, do it!
Be sure to check out my intro post to Pure Barre!

LTB! On to 250!

bring on the men - pb style

You know you're border crazy when date night is a night of exercising!

I took MattyB to my Pure Barre Friday evening for their "Bring on the Men" class. He was ridiculously excited :)



We arrived to class about 15 minutes early & were greeted by the fab owner, Jamie - - - love her! And a ridiculous amount of people!!!! The studio was packed!!! (I'm used to the ungodly hour of 5:30am classes....with maybe 12 peeps, tops.)

Side note: I swiped these pictures to follow from Pure Barre New Tampa's Facebook page :)

I got us set up & then we sat & waited to begin....taking in all the sites....


MattyB & his guys normally dress in costume for things (thrift store plaid pants & home grown staches for a golf outing, old man jogger shorts & crop tops for softball tournaments, etc) so I was in no way surprised to see some dudes in some flashy barre gear ;)

I think I was expecting more instruction for the men - but class was normal as always! Same fast pace, and cueing. 


Didn't take long for me to start laughing....


Matt was still wearing his socks at this point :)



Kicked off with our thigh workouts...as normal....


More thigh workout...and MattyB trying to figure out what the heck to do. (He could just follow me, but whatever....)



More thighs...and notice Matt's socks are gone :) He said it was too slippery, lol. 


We went from thighs to stretching to rear workout to stretching to abs to final stretching. 
(Sorry no pictures!)

After class, there was a little socializing with some finger foods & alcohol :) lol!  And of course a group picture!


I drilled Matt after class on what he thought. In my mind, I was hoping he would have a greater appreciation for my workout regimen & a respect for how difficult it is. Even when I broached him attending class with me his response was "I hate yoga!!!" - - - um, THIS ISN'T YOGA!!! :)

Since he was complaining of being sore a few days after class, I think he got more of a workout than what he was anticipating. 


My barre style:
Tank: Splits59
Pants: Zella
Socks: ToeSox


And we got Smoothie's to cap off our date night :)









we are F A M I L Y

I recently took a significant PLUNGE into the WAYYYY deep end of the pool.....

I decide to add on my business adventures: KEEP Collective AND EVER Skincare

Why?

Because I'm crazy.
And because I really believe in the mission that Stella & Dot has. Stella & Dot is now a family of brands, appealing to a much broader audience.

I have had an amazing response to KEEP Collective and this business lets my creativity soar. Customers are able to design their own pieces, in a sense. Everything is a la carte. You begin with a base piece, and then add these charms called "keys".



I LOVE executing ideas for customers - so if you have ANY - please email me!!!


So sure, you can see why I'd jump in to KEEP, but why EVER???? Well two big reasons....
1. my skincare regimen was not existent - I was in need of a new regimen
2. me & MattyB have been "cleaning up" our eating habits, and every household product we use....so it was time I implemented that with my skin!


EVER Skincare is totally botannically based. Seriously, stop reading, go to your cosmetics / skincare products & read the ingredients in them, then google them. Kinda scary huh????

I love this video....take the 5 minutes & please watch it. Then email me that you did & what you learned.



I believe in this product & so does the company....there is a 45 day money back guarantee!!!!!

Email me for an introductory offer. I'm offering such a sweet deal because I want you to clean up your skincare graveyard ;)


living proof live, final


Catch up here: part 1, part 2, & part 3

So by this time, we were well into Saturday morning....and had 3 reverbs left. 

Re-Verb #4: REPLANT
>sowing in to carnality versus Spirt
where are you most vulnerable? SOW SEEDS THERE.

Paid a visit to Luke 8 & the parable of the sower....where the Word of God is the seed
Paid a visit to Isaiah 55 and the parallel of water to the Word of God


Re-Verb #5: REPENT
>embrace the beauty of repentance
You can not out sin the grace of God!!!!

There was an alter call at this time, where anyone who felt a stirring of the Holy Spirit or felt led, could come down & pray with someone. Beth then led everyone through a sinner's prayer of receiving Christ, and asked ALL in the auditorium to participate as a memorium. 

The last reverb....
Re-Verb #6: REMEMBER
>remember what you need to forget

Paid a visit to 2 Timothy 2:8 and Luke 17:32

The conference wrapped up with a commission. I have only been to 2 conferences of Beth Moore's and she did something similar at both. It's her way of getting us to remember what we gleaned, and APPLY it once we leave. 

I got to experience this conference with my mom....and I loved every second!



Have you ever attended a Beth Moore conference or Bible study?
Have you ever attended any faith based conference?

living proof live, part 3


If you missed it, here is part 1 and part 2

Picking up where I left off....it was time for some words from Beth! Beth's teachings carried from Friday evening over to Saturday morning. 

Like I mentioned, the theme of the conference was RE-VERB. 

Before Beth started teaching, she prefaced with some fun facts:
  1.  "Re-Verb" theme was set prior to knowing that Tampa is the lightning capital of the world
  2.  34 different states were represented at this one event
  3.  The Tampa team was the FIRST team in 17 years to put Bibles on every seat for attendees!


Okay so now I'm going to share my notes from Beth's lesson.

The conference was based around the prefix "RE" which means to "do again" used especially with verbs.

The motto for the weekend was:
RE
the most beautiful prefix in history

and yes, we had to say it altogether :) 

One last fun fact: in the ESV translation of the Bible, the word 'again' appears 1,770 times

So do-overs are a must ;)

There were six keypoints, each were a RE-verb. We were rooted in Galations 6:1-10 but hopped around to other scriptures.

Re-verb #1: REVERB
> an effect where a sound is bounced back (reverberate in Latin means to become driven back, to become reflected, to continue in or as if in a series of echoes "resound", an historic event that still resounds today.
Paid a visit to 1 Thessalonians 1:18 - - > "sounded forth", this is the first time this was used, which in Greek means reverberate.



Re-verb #2: RESTORE
>in Greek means to put in order, former condition....in the New Testament this word was used in relation to mending fishing nets...and in Greek poetry, it was used in reference to resetting bones.
Beth drove home verse 1 of Galations 6 here, where it talks about being "caught / caught in".....the feeling of entrapment or being over taken by something. 
Paid a visit to Jude 1:23

A little life application here....Beth brought up that YouTube video that a lot of us have seen, where the whale is caught in terrible netting beneath the water. Here's the video (it's over 8 minutes long....)




So if you skip to about 60 seconds left, you will see the whale is freed, has swam off....and starts jumping out of the water! It was reported that the whale kept doing this for an HOUR!!! The whale kept performing.....perhaps to give them a show of appreciation, or perhaps out of sheer JOY for being FREED!?! Beth's point here was that Christians need to show MORE JOY!

Back to the verse in Galations, we need to show gentlessness without contempt. The verse says "lest you too" - - we are all vulnerable, but we are NOT victims.

Beth honed in on vulnerability here, and challenged us to discover our vulnerabilities, by looking for our "un's". Areas of unmet needs. Just remember, Satan is never trying to meet your need.

Back to verse 1 of Galations 6:
Brothers,[a] if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

There is a progression of singular to plural back to singular in this verse.
Anyone = singular
You = plural
Yourself = singular
"You who are" is indicating that a TEAM of people is to restore the fellow believer that has become entrapped in sin. It's not ONE persons responsibility.
Keeping it a team, means that ONE person will not be overwhelmed, or become codependent....and it means that concerning confidentiality, you have a few others to communicate with. That burden of secrecy is heavy to bear...but when you have a sounding board in others, with the common goal of restoration, you can combat that!

Verse 2 of Galations 6:
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 

and also verse 5:
For each will have to bear his own load. 

Here, she honed in on the word "another" & "burdens" in verse 2, along with "load" in verse 5.

Starting with the word "another" - - > break it apart & it is "an" "other". Our one anothers are not all others. By this she was driving home the point that we have our loved ones that we pray for & tend to carry burdens for. And then we have others that God puts in our life for a season.

"Burdens" versus "load"....
In Greek, burdens is bare' which means to bear oppressive weight, or heavy load
In Greek, load is phortion which means like a knapsack or purse



Re-Verb #3: RE-FRAME
Paid a visit to 2 Corinthians 5:16 & 17
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 

Need I say more?
As a believer, you are reframing your mind. Renewing youth. 

living proof live, part 2



In part 1 I gave a little back story on Beth Moore & her ministry, Living Proof.

Mom & I attended the conference which ran Friday evening to Saturday afternoon. The conference started at 7pm on Friday evening, so in true family fashion, we arrived an HOUR & A HALF too early.

Meh.

After standing outside of the arena, in hot-humid Florida weather, with a massive rain cloud threatening to open up at any moment, we were FINALLY let in to the event.

Upon entering, each person received this booklet:


I did not thumb threw it until we were at our seats.

Speaking of seats, our super cool green wristbands gave us full access to floor seats, & the first level of seating.


We scurried down to the floor seats....since there were only TWO of us we figured it shouldn't be too difficult to find seats.

WRONG.

I totally forgot how some ladies take their Beth Moore....way too seriously. There was one lady saving 4 ROWS of seats, by herself....with nothing on the seats to show they were reserved. When mom & I went to grab 2 seats, you would have thought we were the antichrist. Apparently her church ladies were coming.

Shake it off.

So we attempted to grab 2 more, and again were blocked by yet another woman needing 3 rows.

Shake if off, but holy moly!

We eventually found 2 seats....but seriously....

PSA: If you are an avid Beth Moore fan, great! But you do not know who is in attendance to this event. You may be the first "Christian" an unbeliever comes in contact with. Watch your words & attitude.

PSA #2: If you are saving an entire row, needless to say more than 1 row of seats, all by yourself.....just don't. That is way rude. If you want to sit with all of your friends, & their friends, & their friends' friends...find them & sit where they are. 

Sorry for the side track...back to the event....

So, when we finally were able to sit down at 2 seats that were not "invisibly reserved" we noticed there was a Bible at the seat! Apparently, the local Living Proof team here in Tampa, Florida made it an important task to see to it that everyone in attendance had a Bible. There were 7,000 attendees!!!
How awesome is that!?!

I posted this on Instagram....


Lifeway had a store set up, so of course we went to check out what deals they had going on.
I picked up this for BittyBeau....



Eventually it was time for the main event to start....

Y'all Travis Cottrell & his praise team kicked everything off with praise & worship...and it was AMAZING!!!

video



Praise & worship was definitely amazing. Sitting in the floor seats, and hearing everyone above you sing....it was just awesome.

At the end of worship, the video for the conference theme played. I wish I had thought to capture it, but well, I don't always think that fast. I was just totally enthralled with it. So the theme of the conference was RE-VERB the video was images of storms & lightning....with verses from the Bible talking about thunder & reverberation, and the music playing was drums & this amazing beat. Almost tribal sounding.

And then, it was time for Beth....



Stay tuned....

living proof live, part 1

I had the opportunity to attend Beth Moore's Living Proof Live tour, this past weekend in Tampa, FL.
If you're unfamiliar with Beth or her ministry, check out her website here: http://www.lproof.org/



The following was taken from the Living Proof website....I just love how they explain their ministry:
Living Proof Ministries is dedicated to Biblical literacy and a commitment to guide believers to love and live on God's Word.  Every tape, book or product offered through this ministry is developed to encourage people to know Christ through His Word."For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two edged sword."  Hebrew 4:12
Living Proof was founded upon this verse. It is our desire to see people discover and fully experience this truth for themselves.

Living Proof Ministries exists because of the grace and mercy of Christ. It will always exist to glorify Him alone.

Definitely check out Beth's bio here: http://www.lproof.org/AboutUs/BethMoore/default.htm
But to give you a background on her founding her ministry:
Beth founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word. She has written numerous books and Bible studies, including Breaking Free, Believing God, The Patriarchs and most recently, James: Mercy Triumphs that have been read by women of all ages, races, and denominations. Through the years, American missionaries and expatriates have taken the Bible studies overseas, resulting in Beth Moore Bible study groups popping up all over the world. Upon completion of a tour of New England in 2008, Beth’s Living Proof Live conferences will have taken her to all fifty states since 1994. God has graciously given Beth the opportunity to serve the body of Christ in many different countries, including Ireland, England, Singapore, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, India, Angola, Kenya, and South Africa. With great joy, she began a radio ministry in 2004 called Living Proof with Beth Moore hosted on OnePlace.com.  Also, each Wednesday, Beth can be seen teaching Bible study on the television program “Life Today with James and Betty Robison.”
Ever the storyteller, Beth is known to pepper her teaching with stories and poems written from the perspective of pertinent characters. She communicates with great energy, passion, humor, warmth, and grace.

So back to Living Proof Live - each year, Beth's ministry does these tours across the US called "Living Proof Live". It is a time for women (and a few good men) to come together, have some amazing praise & worship time, and then hear a word from Beth.
More on the tour: http://www.lproof.org/Events/Schedule.asp

It is a non-denominational event, so it's super cool to see women from different churches all coming together under one roof. The diversity of the demographic that attends is also really cool to see....women from all walks of life.

Beth prepares a study to present beginning Friday night, and then through Saturday. It's normally centered on one topic, with multiple points that carry through the entire event. I've sat through a handful of conferences, and of course numerous sermons not only at my church, but also various other churches around the US, and I have to say that Beth is definitely gifted in the realm of public speaking. She grabs your attention & does not let it go....mixing doctrine with personal stories.

Now, that you have a little back story on Beth Moore & Living Proof Live, I wanted to share my experience & give a recap, so stay tuned!

**These are my opinions. I paid my way for this event**

tailored clothing is my jam

In case you missed it on Instagram......

I had a date night with ol MattyB on Saturday night & got to wear my new jumpsuit from the fabulous Marcy of Kaiya Designs.

I am in love with the brand.

Seriously, it took some convincing on my part for me to get Matt to agree to dropping the dinero on the jumpsuit....but you really can not put a dollar figure on a custom tailored outfit. I mean, I picked out the fabric for Pete's sake!




Go check out Kaiya Designs here: http://www.kaiyadesigns.com/



I styled this jumpsuit with....
Zuni necklace (the long necklace)
Crescent necklace
On the Mark necklace
Luna wrap bracelet
Pave' cuff bracelet


Have any customized / tailored clothing in your closet? 

fashion & fitness friday!

Happy holiday weekend FRIDAY!!!! Can I get a WOOP, WOOP!?
So stinkin' excited for the weekend to be here.

For the fashion aspect of today's post....I have been living in my barre gear lately. Like dirtball, head to work, straight after class (even though I go home first to get the boys). So a few "staple" pieces to at least make me look presentable:

1. Zella sweater - - > this sweater is SOOO lightweight. Just gives you that coverage to make you feel like you aren't showing everything. Plus it has thumbholes. Thumbholes just make any outfit complete ;)





2. On the Mark necklace - - I live in this necklace....literally. I wear it with everything. I think it's a mixture of how cute it is but also the meaning of the arrow. It's always a great reminder to see when I look in the mirror at barre class.


3. LTB bracelet


(Shoot me an email if you want more info on this bracelet!)


For the fitness aspect of today's post...I was recently asked to share more on my fitness regimen by Petro over at ETB Fit.
ETB is just starting up....I invite you to go check out the philosophy behind the brand HERE.

What foods do you eat pre-workout?
Well, when I've been "good" & prepped my meals, I normally 'eat on the go'. I have a 15 minute drive to my Pure Barre studio at the ungodly hour of 5am. Since I sleep until the very last minute, I have to have food that is literally grab.and.go! So my 3 go to items are: hard boiled eggs, almond butter quinoa bars, & english muffin with almond butter. I am normally famished come the middle of class, so even if I'm not "hungry", I normally force myself to eat something during my drive.

What do you listen to during your workout?
Whatever the Pure Barre mix is for the day!!! If I'm lucky to get a workout in at home with my animals kiddos, I normally am not able to wear headphones.....so I listen to them playing, or screaming, or crying.....

How do you switch up certain routines daily / weekly to stay motivated?
Motivation has not been an issue for me lately. The variety of Pure Barre workouts has been amazing. It's entirely different from when I ran 24/7....and did the occasional Physique 57 workout or Ballet Physique. The camaraderie at the studio, encouragement by the instructors & just the FUN of the workouts, keeps me so motivated & interested in the workouts. Plus no 2 workouts are exactly the same. Even if I went every day Sunday through Saturday, not one of the 55 minute sessions would be the exact same. Variety is the spice of life ;)

What do you eat or do after your workout to make sure you got the most out of your workout?
I recently discovered the importance of this!!! I am so happy to share :) So as soon as I get home, I make a PWO shake. I am totally addicted to the CLICK brand's Caramel one. So yummy!!! I just put 12 oz of water in my shaker, 2 scoops of the mix & shake, shake, SHAKE! I used to mix it with Almond Milk, but I prefer the water. I also recently started using BCAA's. I haven't quite found a favorite though....the ones I have tried are wayyyyyy sweet, so what should take me minutes to drink, takes me an hour :/ I'm currently using THIS brand.
So I drink my protein shake while I'm making my breakfast. I am a creature of habit, my breakfast is always 2 eggs & lots of spinach! I can go through 2 cartons of bulk spinach in a week, easy. Along with an 18 pack of eggs. MattyB on the other hand, thinks it's ridiculous :)
I also take my multivitamin.....which I loathe taking pills....so this is huge. I was introduced to the FitMiss brand by the fab Kate Horney - so I take their vitamins. FitMiss also has their own protein shakes....I use their Chocolate flavor one to annihilate my sweet tooth. It's awesome for making a brownie batter shake & a chocolate mug cake.

Something to note....you have to enjoy your workout. If you don't enjoy it, you won't stay motivated....especially if you are not seeing any "results". Speaking of results....stop letting the scale determine those results! Take your measurements....notice how your clothes fit....and even pat yourself on the back if you made the choice to NOT have a coke today. It's small changes over time that make lasting results! There is no quick fix. It's hard work & determination!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my progress check in. But here you go if you missed it ;)




I would love to hear from you! Share your Friday-YAY with me! Results? Workouts? Cute new outfit? Spill your guts in the comments!
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