July 31, 2015

Hot Like A Popsicle on the Last Friday in July

Morning, friends! How is it the last Friday in July? Didn't summer just start? I am quite baffled the year has flown by so quickly. August is knocking at the door and I'm not sure I want to answer. This week has been an emotionally long one and normally I'd be stoked for the weekend, but tomorrow is THE DAY! My FITNESS GOAL DAY and y'all I have to confess, I am soooo not prepared. However it is what it is and I will face my challenge with a smile [or curse, ha!] and have something interesting to report back on Monday. Now, let's move on to favorites, shall we?

Favorite Blog Moment of the Week: People who don't blog don't understand the community, but this week proved how fantastic the blog world can be when it gets behind a cause. As many of you already read here, a beautiful blogger passed away this week, sending shockwaves of grief to all that read her blog. I still can't believe I'll never read another post written by her and my heart breaks for her family during this time of grieving. Yet, Leslie's bright light is still shining online if you follow the hashtag #remberingleslie . So many women are posting their caring thoughts about this beautiful soul and hopefully it will bring some peace to her family. As of Thursday the GoFundMe set up for her two girls was over $17,800 in only two days which is a testament to how many people Leslie touched in her life. There of course are the dark parts of the Internet, but it's times like these when I realize how proud I am to a part of this blogging community. I'm also exremply proud of our hashtags, because now her family can see how much Leslie meant to people they never knew. 
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Favorite Store of the Week: You would think it would be Nordstrom because of the anniversary sale [and yes, I am still shopping, gah], but no, today I'm highlighting RiffRaff. Leslie posted many a collaboration with RiffRaff and in her memory they are donating 100% of their sales tomorrow to Caroline and Ainsley's fund. How incredible is their gesture?!? #shopriffraff #kindnessmatters #shopsmall #rememberingleslie
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Favorite Quote: Got to laugh at people who think they and are perfect. #getahappylife #alwaysstartingdrama #timetomoveondear #blessyourboringlifeheart #doyouwantpeopletoknowthebackstory
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Favorite Funnies of the Week: Have a smile on me!
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#nevergiveuponthosedreams

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#everysingleday #whyistimesostrange

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#thatwasalmosttooclose #meatareunionhappythisweek

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#turtlesoup #mynewchef

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#eatalltheskinnypeople
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#thestruggleisreal #unusualnameclub

Favorite Links of the Week: Getting collage fancy this week, whoop whoop!

+ Want to stop cursing but still be able to insult people? Check out this hilarious article, I couldn't help but laugh at all of the insults. People are quite clever when they want to get rid of the potty mouth.

+ A waitress uses her hard earned money to thank a special group of men. Kindness makes me happy.

+ Some super foods aren't quite what you think they are and this article explains why.

+ 15 words I need to remove from my vocabulary. Definitely guilty of them all, are you? #literally

Have a fabulous weekend, bunnies! < 3 y'all dearly!
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July 30, 2015

You Need To Read This {And So Do I}

When I can't find the words to write I turn to Pinterest. It has just been one of those weeks, y'all, just one of those weeks. Hopefully something here today will inspire you, challenge you and make you smile, too. Because, well, smilings my favorite. Wherever you are, I wish you a fabulous Thursday, bunnies!
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Can you say Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?!


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Don't let other people's pettiness keep you from loving life! #idont

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You have to take the first step, so do it!

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I know I don't frown when I hold a cupcake, haha!


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#truth #preach #addmorelipstick


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Let dignity and strength lead you throughout your day.

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Nothing beats falling into bed satisfied with everything accomplished during the day.

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You don't need their permission to forgive them, make the choice yourself.

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Choose to be strong not miserable. Life is so much enjoyable when you're happy!

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I hope I have the strength to be brave!

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Everyone so have a bottle of champagne, because L I F E is a celebration, right ladies?
Linking up with *kristin*& *annie*

July 29, 2015

Heartbroken { #rememberingleslie }

A beautiful life was lost this week and my heart hurts. My dear friend Jess notified me yesterday that sweet Leslie of a Blonde Ambition had gone to be with Jesus and I couldn't help but cry at work. Leslie was a jewel of a person and such a beautiful woman, inside and out. I remember when I first found her blog and was drawn in by her with and charisma. Her eye for fashion was astounding and I tried a few fashion piece outside my comfort zone because of her. She was fun, sassy and her Confession Fridays linkup was one of my favorites in my early stages of blogging. I learned a lot about hair from her [ these two videos are my favorites], used her make up routine to tweak my own and found her thoughts on self confidence empowering.

She was one of the few bloggers I read who waited a year or so before having kids and it made me feel less of a random. It was fun following her through pregnancy and then through motherhood, she always kept it real which was the best thing about her blog. Her two princesses were always dressed to the nines and she was such a stylish pregnant mama. I was blessed to have her guest post during my wedding week and Leslie was incredibly kind enough to share her lovely wedding pictures. She and I exchanged emails a few times and she was always so kind in every correspondence.

I am stunned and shocked and down right mad.  My heart breaks for her husband and two beautiful girls, life just seems so unfair right now. Leslie has shared vague news about her heart the past few months, but I don't think anyone really knew the gravity of her situation. She spoke often of her faith and I take heart in knowing she is at peace with our Heavenly Father. I know her daughters have the best dressed guardian angel and pray for her whole family as they grieve.

Kelly of Kelly's Korner shared the tragic news on her Instagram, which I have below.

Leslie was such a bright light in the blogging community and the Internet is a bit dimmer now that she is gone.  Jessica, Lynn and I wanted to try and let her family and friends know how loved she was by this community and we encourage you to use the hashtag #rememberingleslie and #beblessedlovelies [her blog signature] on social media in her honor. In lieu of flowers, the family is requested a donation for her two beautiful daughters, Caroline and Ainsley and here is *the link if you wish to donate*. 

Sweet Leslie, your smile, wit and charm will be so missed. Thank you for sharing your talents with the blogging community. Our hair poofs are higher, our make up is more polished and our outfits are more on point thanks to you. Your beautiful family is in my prayers. #beblessedlovelies #rememberingleslie < 3

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July 28, 2015

C U R R E N T L Y


Reading - my BODYPUMP materials and the script I've written for the video I have to tape soon. #coachingistough
Anticipating- Saturday morning. I'm attempting one of my fitness goals and am quite nervous.
Buying - all the things from the Nordstrom's sale. I've been way too shoppy lately, oooops! #newjewleryandleggingsrock
Praying - for guidance in our new ventures. I know where we want to go, we just need to find a way to get there.
Listening - to two different songs on repeat. The dub step in this beat gets me grooving every time I hear it and after out trip to Colorado, this song holds a special meaning so I'll turn it on and remember our super fun trip.
Watching -A lot of reruns, summer TV is pretty dull for us since we don't have Prime or Netflix. I'm still loving Astronaut Wives Club [get on the wagon ladies] and Le Husband and I have been watching a bunch of Triple D episodes.
Devouring -  Salads. Well, not devouring just eating to prep my body for this weekend. I wish I was devouring pizza and burgers, haha. #summerfoodsarethebestfoods
Loving - summertime. I never want the summer to end! #stayawayfall
Hating - sports injuries that seem to pop up right before a big athletic event. 
Wanting -to really kill it this weekend. #fingerscrossed #willkeepyouposted
Hoping - I don't fail on Saturday.
Feeling - stressed about vacation plans that just kind of popped up. 
Wishing - I still had my May/June body. All of the vacation food and decisions after vacation has really taken a toll on my physic. I don't regret any of the food I ate [well maybe the random Starbucks], but I can feel all the extra calories.

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July 27, 2015

Chill Weekends Make Me Happy

Morning and happy Monday,  ladies. I hope you had a good weekend. Thankfully mine was much chiller than last weekend and I enjoyed the down time immensely. 

This weekend I… 

… started the weekend of with a lovely date night with Le Husband at our favorite Italian joint. The food was divine as usually and I was stuffed after the fabulous mushroom risotto, lemon ricotta ravioli and of course my favorite, the tiramisu for dessert. #isthereanythingbetterthanagoodmealwithgoodcompany #ilovetiramisu

… watched a movie then went to bed.

… slept in Saturday morning and enjoyed not having to be anywhere. 

… baked my famous Oreo cupcakes for our women's team BBQ. #bettycrockersaycupcake

… enjoyed catching up with one our captains and some how drank a whole bottle of Sangria by myself. 

… did not enjoy the uniform discussion that felt like high school. #howoldareweagain

… went home to a delicious home cooked meal of ribs and macaroni and cheese by Le Husband. 

… woke up Sunday and headed to church and then went to the pool to get some rays. 

… my pool visit was short lived because I forgot my book, sunscreen and hat. #sadzatthepool

… visited Nordstroms to try and exchange my Zella leggings for smalls. After talking with the clerk and remembering everyone's feedback I stayed with the XS and then scooped up a few more goodies since I was in the store. 

… came home and fed the laundry monster.

… practiced BODYPUMP at home. I have the choreography down, I just need to work on my coaching.

… cooked homemade pasta, meatballs and spaghetti sauce with Le Husband for Sunday dinner. #delicious

… prepped lunch for the week, packed my gym bag, read then hit the hay.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Linking up with these beautiful ladies whoop whoop < 3

July 24, 2015

Just a Lil Nordstrom Five

Hello, bunnies! Happy Friday to y'all! I hope your week flew by and you are ready for the weekend. If I'm honest this week was a bit of  blah in my neck of the woods, but I'm looking forward to a chill weekend after the craziness that was last weekend. Do you have anything fun planned this weekend or are you just chilling out, too?

In place of the normal Friday Faves, I thought I'd share my five Nordstrom purchases.  This was my first time shopping the anniversary sale and I was like a kid in a candy store with all the fun price reductions. I managed to keep it within reason and scooped up some fun baubles and the Zella legging that are oh so popular in blogland.
Kendra Scott Dylan Stone Pendant: I saw a few other friends had purchased a different version of this necklace and I decided I need to add to my Kendra Scott collection. I'm happy with the color, but it is a lot smaller than I expected. I had planned to use it as a statement necklace, but now I'll use it layered with other necklaces.

Zella Live In Leggings: These leggings look true to their picture and I love the grey coloring. I do have a question though to the Zella lovers, are they normally tight or are they supposed to be super comfortable? Per Zella's sizing I bought size XS however they are a lil constricting, is this normal or should I size up to a Small?

Zella Live In Leggings: The black leggings are reversible [so fun] and have bit more room than the grey version, but I still would like opinions on sizing. #blogfriendadviceisthebest

Kendra Scott Arden Cuff: I blame my BOFF for my Kendra Scott obsession [love you] and am happy to use this sale to add to my collection. This bracelet is the perfect addition to what I already wear and it fits really well on my small wrists.

Kate Spade Glitter Stud Earrings: I know everyone and their mother will have these studs, but I've had them on my list for a year. I always love having pops of pink earrings and these will go nicely with the pink and silver studs I already have at home. Personally I don't think you can ever go wrong with more pink ;)!

Have you received your purchases yet? What did you buy? Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday, loves < 3!

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July 23, 2015

Cage of Stars {Book Review}

I had planned to save this review for next month's book review linkup, as I'm not normally one to waste a blog post on one book. I personally skip over these kind of posts because I find them dull. But after so many of you expressed interested per yesterday's post, I only thought it was only fair to share my thoughts before you take the plunge and read the book.

On our trip to Colorado I flew threw the two books I had on my Kindle and all of a sudden I had nothing to read. My library account wasn't working either so I kind of put myself into a tizzy trying to figure out what I was going to do with my down time when Le Husband remembered seeing a thrift store in Breckenridge. We walked there one night and I randomly picked up this book and another book to keep myself occupied throughout the rest of our travels. Originally I was drawn to the cover and then I read the back and was instantly hooked.
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"12-year-old Veronica Swan's idyllic life in a close-knit Mormon community is shattered when her two younger sisters are brutally murdered. Although her parents find the strength to forgive the deranged killer, Scott Early, Veronica cannot do the same. Years later, she sets out alone to avenge her sisters' deaths, dropping her identity and severing ties in the process. As she closes in on Early, Veronica will discover the true meaning of sin and compassion, before she makes a decision that will change her and her family's lives forever." [picture and summary via goodreadsdotcom]

Oh my word, this book was tough but delightful. I don't know if being the eldest of three sisters played a part in my attachment but I am recommending this book to EVERYONE. Yes, there is a religious overtone, but it isn't in your face, it's just who the Swan family is and it guides how they cope. And my do they have a ditch to get out of after the sudden deaths. Even though I KNEW what was going to happen, I still teared up reading about the deaths and the funeral. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I'm the Veronica of my family [although the ages are different], so my thoughts and heart immediately put me in her shoes and I honestly don't know how Veronica functioned the way she did. But, I do understand her plight in not wanting to forgive Early. I 100% back her feelings and thoughts regarding want to make him pay and not letting him off the hook. Remember that whole grudge holder thing, yeah, pretty sure this would be a grudge for life  [heck it took me forever to get over drama with a girl I barely knew two years]

You can't help but feel for Veronica as she tries to navigate her life without her sisters. She struggles figuring out how to live and what to do and how to help her parents. There is a lot of grief and my heart ached for each character affected as they walked through the haze in a different manner. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Veronica tried to keep a normal life and that in time her family started to learn how to actually live with the heartache.

Mitchard does a fantastic job of presenting grief and of tying it to a religious background. Her writing is very succinct and she doesn't just wax on which I appreciated. She keeps the story moving and builds incredibly to the moment of no return. I have to say I was a bit surprised with the turn Veronica takes, yet I was able to guess where her story would end up anyway. Her new life is an interesting twist and I was on the edge of me seat each chapter WAITING for that all important moment. 

I almost took away a star because I felt the story had a great build but then just quickly tied up all the loose ends. After reading an interview with Mitchard in the back of the book, I gave the star back because she explained what she hoped to accomplish with the succinct style. One of the few five of five star books I've come across. This book with make you think, make you cry and make you smile so go check it out and prepare to have all the feels < 3!

Linking up with *kristin*& *annie*