Friday, March 30, 2012

10 Pinterest Looks

Here are some of my favorite Pinterest looks. Kudos on the style pinners!

1. This outfit embodies everything I try to accomplish when getting dressed.

2. Love the use of pastels.

3. So cute and sophisticated.

4. Neutral and I love it.

5. Perfect for casual Friday.

6. Love the coral and navy combo.

7. Can you tell I'm obsessed with navy right now?

8. How cute would this be for shopping while on vacation?

9. Die for this green dress and those Sam Edelman pumps.

10. Every girl needs this outfit.

Photos courtesy of Pinterest

Thursday, March 29, 2012

10 Favorite Workouts

This morning, on my way to work, I saw a woman running .I noticed she had her very long hair completely down. No ponytail, no headband, no nothing. I thought to myself, how does she stand it? That would drive me crazy! Then I thought about how I like to wear my hair when I run (well, more like jog!). I MUST have my hair completely away from my face and completely off my neck. I'm just weird like that. Then I thought (funny how train of thought works sometimes) about my favorite exercises or ways to workout. Here are my top 10.

10. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I enjoy this DVD, but it is def intense.

9. Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds. My cable company has this 3 mile walk on-demand and I loved it for winter when it was too cold to leave the house.

8. Circuit Training with a Personal Trainer. I LOVE to strength train with a PT. They seem to be able to push you harder than you can push yourself. Plus, if you know someone is at the gym waiting on you it makes going to gym not suck so bad.

7. The Biggest Loser: Power Walk. This DVD is very similar to #9, but I think Bob Harper is super sexy. A great way to exercise at home.

6. Bootcamp. Kris and I did a 6 week bootcamp in Summer 2011. It totally kicked ass. I recommend attending a bootcamp class on the reg to anyone.

5. Jogging. Kris is a hardcore runner. Sometimes I like to go with him and hang back at a slower pace. It gets your heart rate up, but you don't feel like you're going to die.

4. Body by Bethenny. This yoga based DVD is great. It's only 40 minutes, so it is great if you don't have a lot of time. Plus, I just love her.

3. 10 Minute Solution Slim & Sculpt Pilates. I found this DVD at a local used bookstore a few years ago, and it has become one of my favs. It came with a Pilates Band, so you really feel the burn.

2. Barre Workouts. I attend a barre fitness class once a week, and I just love it! You sweat to death, you shake like a leaf, but you love every minute of it! I work a lot, so it is hard for me to get to more than one scheduled class a week, but if I could I would totally go more often. Try it, you'll be hooked.

1. Walking Outside. It's so simple, but an hour long walk at 4.0mph pace is my absolute favorite way to exercise. I usually go with a friend so it feels more like fun than a workout. It's free, you can do it almost anywhere. What's not to love?

Here's a pic of Kris and me after finished a half-marathon in 2009.

BTW, I've lost about 7 pounds in our 10 pound showdown. Only 3 (or 5!) more to go! We have 3.5 weeks left!

Monday, March 19, 2012

10 Bargain Buys

Here are 10 items you can get a great price every single day of the week. No waiting for sales. Love!

1. Neutrogena Naturals Face and Body Bar. $3.99. I have sensitive skin so this bar works great for me. I love to travel with it because it doubles as a face wash and a body wash.

2. JTV Bella Luce earrings. $37.68. I wear these on vacation when I don't want to travel with expensive jewelry. I get tons of compliments on them.Can't get enough of the sparkle.

3. Ultra Brite toothpaste. $1.00. You can't beat it; I've used it since college and it whitens as well as any other toothpaste I've ever used.

4. Mossimo Pearlie Chunky Heel. $29.99. LOVE. That's all I can say.

5. Sinful Colors nail polish. $1.99. Tons of great colors and such a great price. I mean, nail polish it a must have, but it can be expensive. It's nice to have options that don't break the bank. 

6. JTV Off Park Collection bracelet. $37.62. This bracelet makes a statement. How cute would this be with a coral colored dress?

7. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. $13.00. I use this every single day. I have super oily skin, but I know it's still important for me moisturize. This gel is lightweight and perfect.

8. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anit-Wrinkle Cream SPF15.$12.99. SPF every day. Even in the winter.

9. Suave Professionals Touchable Extra Hold Aerosol Hairspray. $2.74. I'm a product snob when it comes to my hair, but I love this hairspray. Totally a great buy.

10. American Living Ruffle Cardigan from JC Penney. $35.00. This is so cute and great for spring.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Arizona 10

So, I'm back! Special thanks to Jamie for her post while I was away!

Here are ten pics from my trip to AZ! We had tons of fun. Hope you enjoy!

1. Camelback Ranch Glendale, AZ

 2. Kris at Camelback Ranch

3. Me at Camelback Ranch

4. Us on a Jeep tour in Sedona, AZ

5. Beautiful Sedona

6. Me and a giant cactus

7. Me and a prickly pear margarita in Sedona

8. Sedona from a distance

9. Blue skies in Sedona

10. Kris and a prickly pear margarita in Sedona

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jamie's 10 favorite quotes

When Jess asked me to guest blog for her while she was on vacation, I was excited and nervous at the same time! Instead of overcoming my fear of blogging and backing out, I decided to put on my "big girl" panties and do it! That thought led me to my title " Jamie's 10 favorite quotes"!

My job really stresses me out. As a 5th year teacher of 4th grade students, my nerves are literally shot at the end of the day! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy teaching, but it is very stressful. My day doesn't stop there at 3:00. I must keep on going, so through out the rest of my daily adventures, I must not bite off anyone's head. I must keep reminding myself to be a lady and keep calm! To keep chipper, I keep a page or two or three at my desk to help myself keep in check! Men, these may not be geared toward you, however, you should appreciate them as they keep some women in check! Enjoy!!!

Audrey Hepburn, a lady of style and grace, says it best (in my opinion)! 

1. “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
Audrey Hepburn

2. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!”
Audrey Hepburn

3. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.”
Audrey Hepburn

4. “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
Audrey Hepburn

5. “You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.”
Audrey Hepburn

6. “I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”
Audrey Hepburn

7. “Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”
Audrey Hepburn

8. “people, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”
Audrey Hepburn

9. Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

10. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

Honorable Mention :)
“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you're really quite lucky!”

I read the Book Have I Ever Told You How Lucky You Are? to the 4th graders at my school on Dr. Suess' Birthday Celebration! This was a fabulous book! It brings a lot of things into perspective and reminds us that things could always be worse!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

10 pound showdown update

Quick update on the 10 pound showdown. I've lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks! Half way to my goal of 10 pounds. How exciting is that?

But, I'm going to Phoenix for 3 days for a mini-vacation. Fingers crossed I stay on track!

Anybody have any suggestions for staying fit while on vacation?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

10 days...10 pictures

 10. My husband and I on our wedding day. My favorite dress, favorite person, and favorite day.

Monday, March 5, 2012

10 days...10 pictures

9. My orchid. Kris got me an orchid for Valentine's Day instead of boring old roses. I love it! Fingers crossed I can keep it alive!

10 days...10 pictures

8. So today you get three pics for the price of one. I'm loving my nails this color and had to share. I can't remember the name (I should've looked when I took the picture!), but I'm crazy about how fun my nails look.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

10 days...10 pictures

6. Alys Beach, Florida. This was taken two days before I got married (we were lucky enough to have a gorgeous beach wedding) and it reminds of how much fun the weekend was. I love that area. It's one of my most favorite places on earth!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

10 days...10 pictures

5. Rocking the side pony at work. I figure I only have about 3 years before the side ponytail becomes age inappropriate for me so I've gotta wear it while I can!

10 days...10 pictures

4. Our house progress. They started February 15th. So far, they've blasted rock, leveled the ground, poured the footers, and have started the foundation. It's crazy and really cool to see.