April 20, 2015

Another Hike and Another {Bowling} Ball of a Weekend

Morning and happy Monday, loves. I hope your weekend was great and fabulous. We had a GORGEOUS weekend here in NOVA and spent a ton of time outside enjoying springtime. Le Husband and I made plans for another hike since last week was so tough. This hike was further west and a lot easier of a hike, but just as beautiful. I was so thrilled to be back in hiking action, being sick is no fun right?!?!

This weekend I…

//loved the beautiful view from the first peak, even though spring has not fully sprung.

//dealt with a lot of shadows in our pictures #darntrees

//found our next hiking spot…appalachian trail we're coming for you.

//enjoyed another peaceful [and NOT SICK] hike.

//took another FRAMER!

//did some more yoga on a mountain. #balancingstick #needtogethatbackleguphigher

//contemplated living somewhere with a view like this everyday. #wheredowewannamove

//ate some more amazing barbecue. I am loving our trips and good food finds.

//came home changed quickly then headed to the bowling alley to grab some lanes for my birthday party.

//loved my flower birthday crown made by babyspice! #sheissotalented

//had a fabulous time bowling with my parents. #yesiinvitethemtomybirthdayparty

//tried to show my muscles but just looked angry, oops.

//loved celebrating another birthday with my husband.

//bowled well the first game but lost it that 2nd game. Oh well, it was fun to play.

//felt like a bowling princess with my beautiful flower crown. It was such a fun night with friends and family and the perfect way to end birthday week. #soblessedandthankful

//woke up Sunday and realized I completely forgot to set my alarm to get to Target for #lillyfortarget . Was really upset but then found out how impossible it was to get merchandise so didn't feel as bad. I wanna hear your stories, ladies. Was it as bad online and in the stores as people say?

//got ready for  church, did a quick change at my parent's home then met my bestie for playdate with her and her three wonderful munchkins. We played at the park for an hour then it was ice cream time!

//realized a chalkboard equals fun over and over and over again.

//loved on this sweet smily baby girl. Mama B also made an appearance :)!

//played in an early soccer game and had a baller sneaktastic goal with an assist from Babyspice. #yaysistergoals #bestwaytobeatajerkofateam #ialsofouldthecrapoutofadudethattookoutbabyspice #dontmesswithmysister

//finally switched over from a 4s to a 5s! WOW, what a difference. #silverissopretty #yaynewphone

//ate a really bad for me dinner, but hey it happens sometimes.

//watched playoff hockey, read and then hit the hay. #loveplayoffhockey

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Linking up with these beautiful ladies  < 3

April 17, 2015

Poppin Lockin Droppin that Birthday Week

Happy Friday, ladies! Personally this is the one week of the year that I'm not dying for Friday, because that means we are further away from my fabulous birthday. Wednesday was such an awesome day even though it isn't the happiest day in history. I've always taken stock in the fact Lincoln died and the Titanic sank on my birthday. Wouldn't you know both of those subjects, along with the Civil War, have been my favorite to study since elementary school? So, even though bad things happened on the 15th I look to the joy of my birthday and the awesome people who share it with me [oh WHAT UP Emma Watson and Carolyn]! As birthday week comes to a close, I figure I get to sneak in one more birthday themed post. ;)

Favorite Perks of Birthday Week: Working from home, birthday coffee with sprinkles, sushi & champs for lunch a Google even wished me a happy birthday. #sofunright?

Favorite Dinner of Birthday Week: My family always celebrates birthdays with the birthday girl's choice and for the past four years I've chosen hibachi. In my opinion it's the perfect party atmosphere and the food is amazing. This year I made my birthday cake and it was amazingly delicious. Don't worry, the recipe will make an appearance here very soon. 

Favorite new Trend of Birthday Week: I've started participating in the necklace stacking trend and I'm loving it right now. What do y'all think, yay or nay?

Favorite Gifts of Birthday Week: I was a pretty spoiled girl this week. From two dozen roses, a balloon and a cupcake book from Le Husband [with something else on the way], to a new iPhone from my parents [I'm still on a 4s, pathetic I know], to ballet tickets to see the Royal ballet from Babyspice and beautiful flowers plus a gift of my choosing from Sportyspice. My family was too generous and they really went above and beyond anything I imagined. Gifts don't make the birthday, but feeling special sure is wonderful.

Favorite links of the week:

101 Best Restaurants in America..I'm happy I've been to four of them, woohoo!.

Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson's cover of Phantom's All I Ask of You is divine. Not only is Phantom my favorite musical, this is one my favorite songs of all time. #goosebumpsfordays

Here's a super cute spring mani from the beauty department.

10 more reasons to LOVE Reba McEntire. I just love her for her hair ;)!

Dear prego ladies or new mamas in blogland, PLEASE DO THIS!!! #hilariousnewbornphotothemes

I'm all for open dialoge in realtionships, but 100% agree with this list of 9 things not to ask your your husband.

Moms parodying Taylor Swift is pretty freaking awesome.

I hope y'all have a fabulous weekend. I'm excited for my bowling birthday party [gosh how young do I sound?] and the weather is supposed to be gorgeous, woohoo! Let's get this weekend party started, yeah?

**linking up here, here hereherehere and here this week**

April 16, 2015



 C U R R E N T L Y

Reading - Mystery Writers of America Presents the Mystery Box. Y'all this book is soo good! It's a collection of small mysteries by different authors and they all have to include a BOX in their story. So intriguing and so fun to read.
Anticipating - my trip to visit my BOFF and her new baby girl. I can't wait to hug Lynn and snuggle sweet Evie.
Buying - plane tickets for all of our adventures planned this year.
Praying - for peace in our country. There are terrible stories everywhere and it makes me so sad. #weneedmorelove
Listening -to this song when I need a pep in my step. #clubmixforthewin
Watching - the Royals and Cold Justice.
Devouring - avocados, spinach salads, air popped popcorn.
Loving - the joy that was my birthday yesterday. My family, friends and y'all are the best.
Hating -the soreness in my body since my workout on Monday. Something feels off and I hope I haven't hurt myself. 
Wanting - to attempt another Whole30 soon. It's tough but the results are amazing. #wholefoodforthewin
Hoping - my body bounces back quickly with my strength training. I've been doing more classes and yoga than heavy lifting recently [post coming next week] but Le Husband and I are back to heavy lifting again. It's tough starting over, but hopefully I'll get back to where I want to be soon. 
Feeling - blessed and so very loved. Birthdays make me so happy :)! #blessedbeyondbelief
Wishing - I knew where Le Husband and I were gonna be/live next year. We have ideas, we just need them to pan out.

Linking up with *megan* *kristin* and *annie*

April 15, 2015

I Don't Know About You...But I'm Feeling THIRTY-TWOOO-OOH-OOH

"Today you are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You!" Dr. Seuss


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Yay, it's April 15th! I know most people hate tax day, but it's my 2nd favorite day of the year [behind Christmas, of course]! This birthdayholic plans to enjoy the heck out of today, because duh, I love my birthday! If you need me, I'll be enjoying some relaxation working from home then a family dinner at my favorite hibachi restaurant. Bring on the yumyum sauce and birthday smores cake!!!! Wishing you a fabulous day, beautiful friends of mine! I'm sending you all some extra sassy birthday sparkle today!!! Weeeeeeeedeeeeeeedeeeee!

Oh and of course, shout out to my  SWEET BDAY TWIN!!!!

****Sending love, prayers, hope and good vibes to the city of BOSTON today.
We all are BOSTONSTRONG****
*all GIFS found here*

April 14, 2015

Dearest Birthday Fairy

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm so excited! Yes, I know I sound like a broken record, but y'all I'm a self diagnosed birthdayaholic, so it's kind of my nature. I don't really NEED anything for my birthday this year, since my birthday gift to myself is flying out to see Lynn and her adorable new baby girl [ Hi sweet Evie]. But, I thought I'd still put together a wish list because ummm collages are fun ;)!
birthday wish list

// Initial pendant necklace: I've had an initials pendant on my list for quite awhile. I don't want to get a cheap one, but also am not about to pay over $100 for a necklace. This one is simple and girlie and I really like the script they used. Do any of y'all have an initial pendant? Where did you get yours?

// Urban decay makeup: Y'all remember how excited I was when I got the Naked 3 palette for Christmas [reminds me I need to do a review, oops]? I use it everyday but sometimes wish I had something small for when I travel or when I'm running late for work and do my make up in the car. Enter this beautiful and small palette. Isn't it perfect for on the go?

// Essie nail polish: What girl DOESN'T need a few new shades of nail polish? I love the new spring colors from Essie and from OPI too, if I'm being honest. Hooray for bright colors or pretty pastels :)!

// Alex and Ani expandable bangle: I don't have any Alex & Ani jewelry, but I really like this bangle. It looks different than their normal stuff and I love that you can still add on to it. Gold jewelry has really been catching my eye recently and I think this would be the perfect accent to any outfit.

// Urban Decay eyeshadow primer: This past summer was the first time I added primer to my makeup routine. Yes, I know I'm a bit late to the party but trust me, now I'm a primer convert. However, I still just put my eye make up on without a primer but I have seen this lil beauty on every blog out there so I figured why not give it a try. Do you use an eyeshadow primer? Is it worth the money?

// Chanel black handbag:
Dear Birthday fairy, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE! < 3!

What's on your birthday wish list?!?!?

April 13, 2015

Awfully {Over} Active and Bring on the Babies

Morning and happy Monday friends. I hope y'all had a great weekend. Mine started of a bit rocky [and also very happy] but overall it was a pretty awesome weekend. It was an awfully overactive weekend and I'm still paying for it right now, but I have to admit I'm thankful that my body didn't give out on me. 

It all started Thursday night when I subbed for my old outdoor soccer team. I was told I would be the extra sub, but when I showed up turns out there was no sub and that meant playing the whole game in the spitting rain #superfunsike. Friday morning I felt a bit off but figured it was just allergies and lack of sleep because I was waiting for a #superimportant phone call. I didn't eat much, came home took a nap then gathered my strength for an indoor soccer game. We had a sub and it felt great getting my sweat on but afterwards I was wiped out. Which wasn't a good thing as Le Husband and I had a hike planned at our favorite mountain, Old Rag. 

We woke up a bit late on Saturday morning and even though I didn't feel well we headed out west to start our hike. It's a bit of a drive but we both wanted to get away from the craziness of the city during Cherry Blossom weekend. The mountain was a bit more crowded than we expected but overall it wasn't nearly as crazy as the city. What was crazy was my lack of ability to hike. 

Y'all, this hike was awful. Normally I'm an in shape above average active person. Hiking takes endurance and I've hiked much more intense mountains than Old Rag [Alaska and Banff, Canada], but Saturday just the walk UP to the start of the trail was tough. I'm not normally a big sweater [sorry if that's a TMI] but 15 minutes into our hike was drench on my back and under my hat and stayed drenched the entire hike. Le Husband asked me a few times if I was okay because he wasn't used to seeing me so flushed and even asked if I wanted to turn back but of course I said no. We were there and I wasn't about to let a mountain beat me. We ended up taking more breaks then normal and I went through more water than usual but in the end we made it!

This view made it all worth it, though. Looking down from the top of any mountain is awesome, because the world looks so peaceful and beautiful. I love hiking Old Rag and the view never fails to take my breath away. 

The joyful warrior in me rejoiced when we reached the open area right below the summit. I was so thankful my body and mind didn't let me quit and that I was able to push through the fatigue to reach my goal. This was the hardest hike I've ever done which really frustrated me at the beginning. But when I realized everything I had going against me [being sick, very little energy from lack of calories, sore legs from two soccer games and allergies] the fact I was able to complete the hike was enough for me. #yogaonamountain #yogi #joyfulwarrior

So glad I had this guy with me to cheer me on when I started to feel really yucky. I tried to keep how poor I felt to myself because I really wanted him to enjoy the hike. He's a pretty awesome tripod setter upper and picture taker, too.

This was me when we finally reached the actual summit. Exhausted and ready for a rest. I was so thankful I made it up the mountain and so proud of myself for pushing through the hike. Normally hiking is easy for me but this was SO.TOUGH!

On our way down the mountain we found this beautiful stream and stopped for a quick picture. It was a bit of a tricky place to navigate and I'm super thankful for my extremely athletic husband. We almost had a slip because I made him laugh, but luckily we both stayed dry and didn't fall into the stream.

I may not be a great photographer, but I loved the way these came out. The stream looks powerful, the colors scream the rebirth of spring and tree bridges are so cool. #naturepicturesmakemesmile

Saturday night on our drive home we found a delicious BBQ joint where were stuffed ourself silly before we headed home. I was absolutely wiped out so it was a bath and then a quick show then bedtime for lil Miss Pinky. Y'all, I was so exhausted I slept for TWELEVE hours and still felt a bit off, blah.

Sunday was spent doing taxes, grocery shopping, island building and of course resting. Hopefully whatever I have will hit the road because I do NOT want to spend my birthday sick. #nothankyou.

Speaking of birthdays, this weekend there were a lot of births happening with blog friends. Three of my beautiful friends all went into labor and birthed three GORGEOUS lil girls. I of course will let them all share their news in good time, because that 's not my place, but I am so thankful for successful and healthy births that I wanted to acknowledge the joy.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Linking up with these beautiful ladies  < 3

April 10, 2015

Last Friday Of Thirty-One!

Morning and happy Friday, friends! I hope you are doing well and had a great week. I'm doing pretty awesome today because I heard from my BOFF that sweet baby Evie is making her way into this world. I can't wait to see pictures of the sweet lil girl!  Who can have a bad day when a new life is born? Not me! It's also going to be in the 80s today so I am stoked beyond belief. FINALLY we have the HEAT!!!

Alright, lets get on to some favorites!

Favorite Pin of the Week: How gorgeous is this dining room?!?! I love everything about it, especially the sparkling chandelier, the chairs, the pink and of course the beautiful touches of whimsy.
Favorite Quote of the Week: A new ABC memorization to master. #nowiknowmyabcs
Favorite Workout of the Week: I'm a huge fan of Les Mills classes, especially Body Pump, Zumba and Yoga, but recently tried out CXWORX and oh my goodness it's my new favorite class. It's a 30 minute core workout and it's killer in a good way. I love lifting, but often neglect my core at the gym because it's something I can do at home. However I don't always do my core work at home so it's not nearly as strong as I would like it. Hopefully this class whips my core into shape in time for babin' suit season. {check out *this* post for more CXWORX info}

Favorite Funnies of the Week: Enjoy the hahas and the heehees!
Favorite Links of the week:
25 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Fit.

41 Insane facts you didn't know about Disneyland.

The "Food Babe" Blogger is a big fat liar. Don't fall for her spin, she doesn't have the education to back up her claims.

Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War [which I love to study] so I loved this slide show of Civil War pictures in color. #unitedwestanddividewefall

Here's a lil flashback to Elementary school for y'all.

25 photos that will restore your faith in humanity.

Brittany is a 22 year old woman that loves pink and just competed at the 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic. Home-girl can dead-lift 375 pounds and can single arm press 100 pounds. #girlcrush

Leaning out? You're doing it wrong.

Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend. I'm looking forward to enjoying a relaxing but fun one myself. CHEERS y'all!