September 3, 2015

You Need to Read This {Plus a Fun Fall Announcement}

Enjoy your daily dose of inspiration. I hope you have a fabulous Thursday, friends!
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Before you go, I'm super thrilled to announce the Falling for Fall linkup, which I'm hosting with the BEAUTIFUL Katie Elizabeth. The linkup will go live on the FIRST day of fall, Wednesday, September 23rd and will celebrate all things FALL! Share with us your favorite fall outfits, recipes, activities, football teams and crafts. I can't wait to read all of your fun posts and get excited for fabulous fall. We hope to see you on September 23rd, so mark your calendars :)!
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September 2, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: The Post that Never Made it Live

Until now. This post was originally created for a wedding series on another blog, but the week after I submitted it [last year] the girl randomly stopped posting. I forgot I still had it in my drafts until I was perusing earlier this week and thought I should share it here since it is almost anniversary time. Yeah, I know, my 2nd anniversary is next week too crazy, right? Anyway, I hope you enjoy my wedding nostalgia.

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Hey, y'all! My name is Pinky and I blog over at PinkPersistence. We threw our wedding together in seven short months, so it was quick but a ton of fun, too. Our wedding day was perfectly us and I totally would do it all over again if I could. :)!

When did you get married?
September 7, 2013. Best.Day.Ever!

How did you meet your husband?
We met playing KICKBALL on the National Mall. Yes, kickball, haha. We were both recruited by different people to join a DC team. I was recruited by a guy I didn't even know in my league, but something told me to say YES when he called to join his team. Obviously, God wanted me to meet Le Husband, but I just went into the new team hoping to make a few new friends. Le Husband and I didn't really talk too much the first few games, but one Thursday I met up with teammates before the game and had a couple glasses of wine [with no dinner]. He had some sick play at the plate that caught my attention so [using my liquid courage] I chatted him up at the bar that night. We started talking and hanging out and the rest is history. Crazy how a random kickball team brought me to the love of my life!

Engagement story?
Le Husband super surprised when he asked me to marry him. You can find the whole story *here* but here's the short version. We had talked about the next step, but he kept asking me WHAT kind of ring I wanted so I figured we weren't close to engagement. Little did I know, he had secretly talked to my sisters, had one of my grandmother's rings sent to a jeweler and asked my dad for my hand in marriage {swoon}. I had a soccer game on a Sunday, as my routine, and when I came home I stopped by his place because he had left a rose at my place. I walked in and the whole place was lit up with candles and decorated, but I still wasn't getting what was about to happen. It wasn't until he came over and kissed me and I smelled the whiskey on his breath that I KNEW, THIS WAS THE MOMENT. I remember everything from the night and was so thankful Le Husband allowed my sisters to wait downstairs so I could celebrate with them immediately after the proposal. They had a camera/video set up so I have the entire thing recorded for my memories. Everything about that night was perfect, I was so surprised and over the moon excited.

How many bridesmaids did you have and how did you go about choosing them?
I had four ladies in my wedding party. I knew I didn't want a big wedding party and just wanted the most important ladies in my life by my side. My two sisters were my Maids of Honor and my two best friends were the other two bridesmaids. I asked them all with a cute gift box. I bought them tanks, champagne and decorated a champagne flute, all wrapped up in a pretty package. I couldn't have asked for a better group of ladies to stand beside me on my special day. They were all amazing throughout the whole process and I'm so thankful to have them all in my life.


What was the one thing you were most passionate about?( Flowers, DJ, Cake, etc)
Both Le Husband and I were on the same page with the understanding that getting married was MORE important than the wedding or the party. Period. But, we both wanted to have a fun celebration that everyone would enjoy. We both wanted a delicious cake/cupcakes [bad cake is the worst, suffered through one at a wedding last year, blech], delicious food and a fun atmosphere for all our guests. We didn't worry about the little things, but my mom did a lot of work to ensure everyone had the right rooms at the hotel and their welcome bags were received as soon as they checked into their rooms. Having a shuttle from the reception to the hotel was amazing, too. Guests didn't have to worry about driving or walking which was nice. People still tell us about how much fun they had at our wedding and that makes me so happy!

 How long did it take you to find your wedding dress?
Honestly, it didn't really take me too long to find my dress. I booked my first wedding dress appointment the week we got engaged and went to David's Bridal to get a feel for what I wanted and what I looked like in certain styles. I originally wanted a Kate Middleton style dress with sleeves but couldn't find it in any stores. I tried on every other style at DB and actually tried on THE DRESS at my first appointment. Everyone agreed it was my dress [and a few cried when I came out, however I didn't] but I wanted to keep looking [silly girl]. I went to one more boutique found a dress that I thought might be it, but kept thinking about the DB dress. I made an appointment at both places on a Saturday and when I tried on the DB dress with a veil I cried, so boom, we had the dress!!!! I loved wearing it and how beautiful it made me feel!
 


Spill some deets that went on. We wanna hear drama.
I'm not a dramatic girl, so the drama was kept to a minimum. We had a bit of number shock when we realized we were sending out invitations to 250 people. YES, 250. Both Le Husband and I come from big families and of course EVERYONE had to be invited at the start. But, as usual, people weren't able to make it [no big deal] and the numbers weren't as crazy in the end. We were even able to invite some extra kickball friends at the end, which was so awesome. The only other drama was a exfriend that brought her wedding drama to both my bridal shower AND MY bachelorette party. #classyright. I'm all about supporting a friend, but when you're demanding attention at your friend's party your true colors become a bit obvious. Both episodes helped me realized I needed to end the friendship because it was just too much drama from one person. It was very apparent she wasn't interested in the advice people gave her [same thing EVERY-TIME she told the story], but rather enjoyed the attention she received re-telling her drama. If it you walk like drama and talk like drama, you're drama and I don't need it in my life. #peaceout

What was them most awkward thing about wedding planning?
I didn't really find anything awkward about wedding planning. I will say that having people tell you they are coming to your wedding to your face and then send an RSVP as no is kind of weird. A 40 year old coworker of mine [who was a friend at the time] told me she and her husband and kid would be there but then RSVPed no and never responded to my inquires via our work IM system. Needless to say, we aren't friends anymore because that's just rude. Two weeks before the wedding we realized we were going to be cutting it close to the minimum so I physically called a few friends that we weren't able to invite in the beginning. I felt alil awkward since we were so close to the wedding, but everyone was so incredibly gracious that it ended up not being that awkward. My friends are quite amazing.

What was your color scheme and what made you choose it?
Even though our wedding was in a fall month, we wanted to have a brightly colored wedding. I'm obviously a pink girl, but wanted to let Le Husband have some say in the wedding color scheme. I found different pink wedding schemes on Pinterest and then asked him which combination he liked the most. He chose the bright, light green as our complementary color. We decided the rest of the colors using *this* pin and brought in some oranges and yellows, too. Le Husband is NOT a tux guy so we went with grey suits which were purchased at Men's Warehouse. As the groom's gift, Le Husband paid for half of the suits which the guys really appreciated. I loved our color combination and our florist did an amazing job with the different colors in the bouquets. The bright colors looked amazing the day of and I love how happy our pictures turned out.


If you don't mind sharing what was your budget and did you stay on track?
My parents were incredible and substantially helped us out for our wedding. They gave us a budget and anything over we had to pay for ourselves. I was under budget on my dress, right at budget on my flowers, and way under budget on our cake/cupcakes. I will admit that I DIDN'T keep track of small incidentals so I can't 100% exactly where we stood with the complete budget, but I know we were pretty close to it.

If you could do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
I don't think I would do much differently if I had to live the day over again. I think I would have tried to get more formal family pictures, but I'm not sure that would have been possible given our timeline. Instead of pictures at the church, the wedding party headed into DC to get pictures at the Jefferson Monument. Since the mall was a significant piece of how we met, we both felt it was important to have pictures taken there. Plus, the background was AMAZING!


What was your favorite thing about your wedding day?
Feeling surrounded in LOVE all day long. Seriously, from the moment I woke up I was surrounded in love. There were text messages from family, everyone was so excited getting ready in the morning and walking into the church I caught a glimpse of all our guests seated to watch us get married. I was so happy and smiling all day and I LOVED that feeling. I also loved the five minutes after the ceremony because Le Husband and I hid from everyone and had a quiet moment to ourselves. We just chatted about everyday things and just reveled in the fact we were married. Those five minutes are five of my favorite moments of the day and I highly suggest every bride does the same thing, you'll love it!

What was the most stressful thing about your wedding day?
I'm not a details person, at all.  I like planning, but all the itty, bitty details and phone calls are so not my forte. I'm good at the big picture and the big list, so I hired a wedding planner for the last two months of planning. Best decision, EVER! It was so nice NOT having to worry about ANYTHING the day off and our planners did such an amazing job. I highly, highly recommended getting a wedding planner, even just the day of the wedding.

What is the best piece of advice for future brides out there?
Enjoy E V E R Y T H I N G! Wedding planning is stressful, but it's also so much fun. I loved everything about being engaged and counted down the days till I married the man of my dreams. The week before my wedding was the best week, ever and it was so full of love and fun. Remember that your wedding isn't a performance and it really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks/wants. Your wedding and reception is about YOU and your GROOM, so remember to take the time to enjoy the special moments. Also, remember something will go wrong on your day, so handle it and move on without freaking out too much. We had a few you can read about *here* and I just rolled with them. You can also find my "Dos & Don'ts" post *here*. Remember the reason you're getting married, and how much you love your soon to be spouse. < 3

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September 1, 2015

20 Questions Tuesday

Teeny Pinky enjoying her summer back in the day.

What is your road trip essential snack? Pre Whole30 it was cheddar goldfish, but now it's baby carrots and if prepped a container of cooked sweet potato bites. #yumyum

You've been handed two free round-trip tickets... who are you taking and where are you going? Le Husband and we are going on cruise around the world with a week long stop in Bora Bora.

What was your High School Jam? All the teenybopper music - BSB, NSYNC, Britney, Christina and Jessica Simpson - I had the dance moves down for every dancing music video. hashtagnerdaleart

Would you rather have a perfect bum, or flawless face? Flawless face. You can always work towards a perfect booty, but a flawless face means less money and time spent on makeup.

What shows are you ashamed to admit are on your DVR? We don't have a DVR but I watch Celebrity Marriage Bootcamp [cringe], Kendra On Top and the RH of OC, NJ, and NY! I don't know why I can't quit them!

What's your ringtone? Generic iPhone ringtone, but my favorites have separate text/ringtones.

How old were you when you had your first kiss? Was it meh or toe-curling? I was 16 I think? It was meh for sure.

Do you have any siblings, and if so, where are you in the birth order? Two younger sisters that are my best friends :)!

What physical quirk were you born with? I can cross my pinkie toes.

What was your first car, and did you name it? 1998 metallic wine Toyota Corolla and heck yes, I named her Sandy.

What would you request for your last supper? Oh man, I don't think I can answer this because my last supper would be about fifteen courses long, haha. I'd start with champagne, french toast, eggs Benedict and then follow up with a medium rare steak in a red wine reduction with mushroom risotto and finally capped off with my mom's Oreo dessert.

Have you ever been hospitalized, and if so, what for? I've never been hospitalized but have visited the ER for stitches.

How tall are you? Do you wish you were taller, shorter...or are you just right? 5' 3" which 99.9% of the time I'm happy about, but every now and then I wish I were runway model height.

Do you prefer to DIY or hire it out? I wish I had the patience to DIY everything, but I don't so I'm definitely a hire out girl.

What do you eat for breakfast? Sweet potato, zucchini and pepper frittata.

What would you do for a living if you didn't need money? Work with veterans from war and their families. There aren't enough resources or people to help our veterans in need and I wish I could go back to school to get licensed to help our soldiers and their families. Then I'd also be a macaroon taste tester, because doesn't it sound delicious?

Finish this sentence: Every room needs... a fresh vase of flowers and pretty coasters to set down your drink.

How frequently do you wash your hair? Do you have any hair secrets or tricks? Every two to three days and no real hair tricks. I subscribe to the don't wash your hair everyday philosophy though, my hair is a LOT healthier than when I used to wash and dry it every day.

Will you leave the house without makeup? Yes. I'm really trying to incorporate the 5:2 rule of thumb to keep my skin healthy. If I'm not seeing anyone important I'll just walk out of the house fresh faced.

You just unloaded your Halloween haul...what candy do you go for first? TWIX or Kit Kats

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August 31, 2015

The Last Weekend of August Was So Fetch

Morning, beautiful friends! I hope you had a great weekend, mine was pretty fabulous but pretty full of wonderful things. Since I was so busy, blog posting took a bit of a back seat and today's weekend recap is picture heavy and text light.

This weekend I [from L to R]:

+ Rocked my Sandlot shirt because it made me smile.

+ Had kickball practice on the National Mall and enjoyed the bright sunshine. Practice wasn't nearly as productive as last weekend's but we found some weakness to work on and I'm hopefully we will rock it out in Nashville.

+ Grabbed a quick two hours at the pool with Babyspice. I can't believe the pools close next week #sadface.

+ Spend the rest of Saturday prepping food for my 'Thank you for taking my certification BodyPump class' for my family. Le Husband did the heavy lifting making the homemade spaghetti sauce and homemade pasta, leaving me to make the homemade bread, brushetta and meatballs.

+ Loved how delicious our meal came out and was so happy my family enjoyed it as well. Mama B made her fabulous Oreo dessert and it was the perfect ending to a great evening. Babyspice, Le Husband and I had a great time talking politics while drinking wine and I found myself so grateful for my family :)!

+ Slept in way later than expected and had to get a jump start on the day. We were able to successfully get errands in before heading to a birthday brunch at Tupelo Honey. Somehow a single order of a mimosa turned into two and then we were gifted champagne for a toast. Y'all I'm waaaaaaay too old for a Sunday Funday, I came home and took a nap afterwards. #toooldforsundayfunday

+ Took a nap then heading to my weekly soccer game. After we played we all stayed to give our goalie a send off. He's having surgery and will be out for a few months, so Babyspice baked an awesome soccer cake and I brought wine and cookies for our celebration.

How was your weekend?

Linking up with these beautiful ladies whoop whoop < 3

August 28, 2015

Next Week is September… Are You Kidding?

NO, no I am not! I am shocked August is almost over and September is right around the weekend. I mean, really? Well, since I can't stop the fall from showing up, I guess let's get into some favorite. Apologies to those that had to read my post earlier this morning, blogger did not save the changes to my scheduled post and it showed up all wacky!

Favorite news of the week: I know I've bashed you over the head with the whole "I'm a BODYPUMP Instructor", but I"m just SOOOOO proud of myself. Monday brought the best news and now I'm ready to tell y'all when I get a job. Thank you for all of the support and love, y'all truly are the best!

Favorite blog post of the week: April shared this post on Tuesday and it really struck a cord with me. I immediately wrote a letter and dropped in the mail for Mr. Strong. If you have a moment I encourage you to do the same :)! #landofthefreebecauseofthebrave #america #aletterdoesntakemuchtime

Favorite video of the week: A lil Celine, 50s style!

Favorite links of the week: Enjoy!

+ Breaking up with a boyfriend is tough enough, but could imagine if someone broke up with you on a plane?

+ How well do you know your classic children books?

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+ What Barbie would look like if she were a real person with realistic measurements.

+ I can't wait to try this delicious banana cake with cream cheese frosting. Anyone ever tried this recipe?

+ I'm not a parent, but these tweets are from real parents and made me laugh. Thoughts?

+20 things to do when you're 30 that will make life better at 50.


Favorite funnies of the week: Have a giggle on me, friends!
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Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend! I'm looking forward to mine. See y'all next week < 3!

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August 27, 2015

If You're Looking For A Sign… Today is the Day! {BodyPump Recap}

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Six short months ago I was considering a concept I never expected. After a year of attending BODYPUMP classes twice a week during my lunch break, I found myself wanting to try something far outside my comfort zone. I am an extrovert and have very little trouble speaking in front of a group, but I had never instructed adults, only tater tots as a swim/soccer coach. However, my love for BODYPUMP and my desire to try something outside my comfort zone overcame my fear of the teaching unknown. It was time to make the move and just DO IT!
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So I decided to go for it. Despite the crazy schedule I already had on my plate, I signed up for the initial training in June and started studying like crazy before my class. I cannot convey how nervous I was leading up to the training. Until then, only one person, fabulous Nikki, knew about my goal and now I had to tell everyone close to me my plan. Can I tell you how much that scared me? It's one thing to have a goal and then explain to people when you succeed [a la the Spartan] it's another to tell people you are stepping out on a limb with the possibility of it breaking.

The weekend flew my faster than expected and I learned a ton. If you are thinking of taking a Les Mills instructor class take this as the opportunity to push yourself over that hump. Les Mills does an amazing job of preparing their instructors and they feed you so much wonderful information about coaching and technique.You are flooded with GOOD information and the instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and willing to help you become the best instructor possible.
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Once we completed our initial training, the next step was recording a video teaching a 'fake' class for assessment. Cue freakout. Not only did I have to memorize a full workout of choreography and cues, I also had to TEACH it to people close me and let them into my new world. As mentioned before, speaking in front of people doesn't bother me, but being new at something in front of those I care about makes me so self conscious. Even though I knew I had the full support of my family I still stressed myself out about teaching them. The class almost didn't happen because of a scheduling mix up, but luckily I received some great advice and just grabbed the bull by the horns and knocked it out in one take. There were some mess ups and mishaps but I was confident enough in what I did to submit my video and hope for the best. Waiting to receive my feed back was excruciating, I was pretty sure I failed and was already stressing having to teach my family again. And then, Monday, beautiful Monday came and I received word I PASSED MY ASSESSMENT AND WAS A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR!

Honestly, I thought they had made a mistake. Me, lil Pinky, a certified instructor? No way! Check that, yes way! I put my mind to something and I achieved it. Something I never expected to try is now something I've completed. I checked the box. I can't even begin to describe how amazing it is looking back on where I was earlier this year. I am incredibly proud of myself for stepping outside my comfort zone and testing the waters of something new.

Now I'm in the processes of apply to gyms for jobs and I'll be totally honest, it's a bit daunting and overwhelming. I haven't applied for a job in eight years and I have NO experience in this field, besides my five day old certification. I trust the powers that be understand there are a lot of new fitness people out there and hope they will at least give me an audition chance. Once they see me in action I think they'll like me so please keep your figures crossed for me in this new venture.

The point of this post? If you're thinking of trying something, take *THIS* as your sign to give it a go. I'm telling you, from experience, attempting something outside your comfort zone is an incredible process. Could you fail? YES! Yes, you could. But you could also come across a new purpose in life. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to be part of the fitness world. Gym rat? YES! Instructor or trainer? NO WAY! But, here I am, a certified instructor looking for my first class. Take this sign and believe in your dreams, I already believe in you!!!!!! < 3
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August 26, 2015

What's up Wednesday {Linkup}

Morning, ladies! How are you doing today? I usually share my CURRENTLY post once a month, but last month stumbled upon this fun link up and thought I'd give it a try. Here's WHAT WAS UP in August!

What I'm excited about... you are reading the blog of a CERTIFIED BODYPUMP INSTRUCTOR, friends! Yup, I DID IT! I received my email on MONDAY that I was officially certified in BODYPUMP, WOOOHOO! I'll post more about it tomorrow but I am too stoked to keep the news to myself any longer. #soexcited #imadeithappen

What I'm eating this week... well, last week actually. Eating healthy took a back burner this month, but I've been back at it for the past few days. Salads were starting to taste a bit bland so I switched it up to tuna/avocado on cucumbers. Super easy, super healthy and super filling, which is what I call a triple win. Give it a try, y'all.

What I'm reminiscing about… our Nashville trip, last August. We had SUCH a fun trip last year on a random team and winning was just the icing on the cake. Our new team is going again in September so it's going to be a much different experience this time around. Fingers crossed we bring home the championship again.

What I'm working on... trying to find a BODYPUMP class to teach. Now that I'm CERTIFIED [eek] I can reach out to gyms to teach a class hopefully once a week. I have a few emails out and I plan to pick the brain of my GGX instructor on Friday.

What I'm loving... Le Husband's lil random gestures. He's not normally a flowers guy, he's more of a 'do small things around the house' for me kind of guy, so my Sunday surprise flowers really made me smile. Relationships have their ebbs and flows but he's always SO good to me and I'm forever grateful he's mine. #luckylady #blessedwiththebest

What we've been up to... getting back into the healthy swing of life. My lil 113 Whole30 body is no more as vacations and stressful weeks at work have taken their toll. My healthy eating pretty non-existent and I can feel it in my body and in my clothes. I'm pretty bummed out at myself, but hey, life happens and now it's time to hit it hard again.

What I'm listening to... Carrie Underwood release her new single earlier this week and I've been listening to it nonstop. It took me two listens to really get into the song, but after that it was constantly played on youtube at work. I think we all could use a 'smoke break' every now and then, right? #carrieunderwooddoesitagain #smokebreak

What I'm dreading... dealing with my passport name change. I have a fabulous international trip in the future and I need my passport to match my license, bah. BTW, married ladies, if you change your name within the first year of marriage it's free. Guess who didn't know that until too late? Yeah, this girl. I'm hoping to get everything sent in this week and crossing my fingers for zero delays. #needthatnewlastname #onlytwoyearslater

What I'm wearing... this summer I've been all about bright lips and lots of colors. I LOVE my Sugar Lip set and have been rocking the Berry shade this month. I've also been dressing up more for work than I have in the past. There have been a lot more dresses, skirts and I've been loving mixing colors. #brightlips #greenandblue


What I'm doing this weekend... eating lots of food. I'm cooking for my family [homemade pasta, meatballs, spaghetti sauce and brushetta] as a thank you for "supporting me in my video assessment" class. They were all troopers attending my class and I wanted to do something they would enjoy as a thank you. Fingers crossed it tastes as delicious as I expect.

What I'm looking forward to next month...  celebrating our TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Where did the time go?

What else is new… nothing too much. A lot of the same ol, same ol living. We have some fun things in the works [fingers crossed] but I won't be sharing those until things are more serious. I am really in shock we are done with August and that September is right around the corner. Where did the summer go?

What have you been up to this month?

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