Thursday, January 13, 2011

I've Moved!

Come check out my new blog! I'd love for all my followers to still read! Let me know what you think of the new site!

My Life as a Wife

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Over Limit

Well, tonight I was going to post about all my super awesome deals I got at Victoria's Secret, and as I was uploading pictures I got a message saying I hit my limit...what!? I'm not sure if I posted about it before but A has a blog on his own site. See he is a User Experience designer, aka a web designer, and he has told me that he would make me a blog and I've decided to take him up on the offer. Hopefully he finishes it soon and I will come back and share the link. I love the work he does so I know it will be great! 

I will save my posts that I had for this week for the new blog-I have deals, recipes, outfits, my January dinner calendar, and my closet organization (seriously you should see how beautiful it looks now, aaah) Promise me you'll venture over to my new blog! :) 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fitness Friday

I've decided that on Fridays I will blog about my favorite workouts, health recipes, and all things fitness.
Today I will start with a workout. I have all my workouts on notebook paper so I thought it would be nice to have them on here. I like learning new workouts so feel free to leave me some of your favorites!

Workout #1 (45 minutes, 2 miles)
.5 mile warm up (my gym has a track where 10 laps=1 mile)

30 squats with medicine ball (you pick the weight, I do 4kg)
30 lunges with MB
30 presses (each arm) with MB
Run 2 laps (2/10ths of a mile)
Repeat set

30 band bicep curls (with resistance band- the thicker the harder)
30 tricep extension with RB (each arm)
30 rear delt flies with RB
Run 2 laps
Repeat set

100 jump rope
50 crunches on Bosu Ballast ball
30 hamstring curls with Bosu Ballast ball
Run 2 laps
Repeat set

Run 3 laps

Repeat all omitting running.

*I Am by no means an expert. This is a workout I enjoy and just wanted to share.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Sweet Dreams

I've been having the itch to redo a room. One day I woke up and decided I wasn't a fan of our winter duvet cover anymore. I liked it when our room was a light blue color, but the brown and the gray just isn't working for me anymore. What do you think?

I've been looking all over the internet for something to pop out to me. I've seen things that I like but not love. Here are the front runners:
Regency Home 300 Thread Count Puzzle Print Duvet Cover Set
The cream and white from Overstock. Might be too plan though

A pop of color from Crate & Barrel. Just not sure if it is the right pop.

Mackenzie duvet
I really like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond just not sure if I'm sold on the green.

I guess I'll have to stay on the hunt. Where are some good  stores to check out? I will take any suggestions!

We are also getting some new carpet in the bed room. Thanks to some friends and family we racked up over $200 in Lowes gift cards over the holidays. The carpet we have in there now is the cheapest stuff and isn't comfy to step on. I have to decide what color would look best. I am thinking the 3rd row down and 3rd from the left. Again, I will take suggestions :) 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Goals

As I stated last year I don't like to set my self 'resolutions'. I prefer the words goals. If I don't reach them I am okay with that. It is just fun to set something and check in every now and then and see how I am doing. Enough with the boring stuff, on to the goals! 

Goal #1- Get & Stay Organized: My husband will tell you that I am the messy one. He is someone that likes order, where I am the one that will just throw things in my closet and clean it later. I finally got sick of being that way and have decided to change! This week we bought stuff to organized my closet and dresser drawers. 

Goal #2- Run a 10k: As you know last year I got really into running. It is amazing what our bodies can do. This year I want to push myself and run a 10k (6.2 miles). This is a very do-able goal for me. I think this will by my first 10k. Right before my 25th birthday. 

Goal #3- Be More Crafty:  I have a whole room dedicated to my crafts. I need to take sometime this year and work on some stuff. Who knows, maybe I could even make some stuff and sell it at local craft shows or! 

Goal #4- Shop For Only What I Need: Now if you ask my close friends you will find out that I am a thrifty shopper. I look for deals and never buy full price. This year I am wanting to do something different. After cleaning out my closet and drawers I realized I have enough clothes. There are other things I can get with that money-save for Lasik (that A just got, so jealous!), use the money to finish our basement, again (it flooded a few months after we moved it and had to rip up the carpet), or decorate our guest bedroom. If I buy something new I am make a rule that I have to get rid of something. 

Goal #5- Blog More: As the years have gone by I have blogged more and more every year. I want to have more of a direction on my blog. I enjoy blogging because I get to document my life and look back. I want to know what my readers want to see more as well. I want to grow my blog too. I am open to suggestions! 

That's it for this year! I plan on continuing my goals from last year as well. I will do check ins every now and then to track my progress! 

Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve Outfit

Tonight for NYE we are doing something different.  A few weeks ago we were asked by A's cousin if we wanted to go out to a nice dinner to celebrate. We are going to Stone Creek, which is also where we went for our second anniversary, but to one in a different location. I've been looking forward to this steak dinner all week! Here is what I decided to wear tonight. 

I got this top at Ann Taylor Loft. After all the discounts I got it for $10! I'm thinking of wearing a black cardigan with it if I get chilly. 
Last week I returned my Rock and Republic jeans to Nordstrom Rack that I originally used my Groupon for. I thought I would get a gift card for the $50 (which was what my groupon was for) and the remaining amount I paid back on my credit card. Well, when I went to the counter to return it she put it all back on my card. Turns out I ended up getting my groupon for free (I paid $25 for $50). Does that make sense?! I was sort of confused. Anyway, my friend Lauren was the one who spotted this bag first. It is a Kate Spade that was originally $425, but was on sale for $79.97. I couldn't believe that price! It was love at first site. I mean, I only paid $30 for a new Kate Spade bag! Score! The picture above is hard to see so here is the bag.
kate spade claverly maryanne bow shopper
I am still debating on what bottoms to wear tonight. I'm thinking dark jeans with either my patent leather heels or flats (depends on which jeans I pick). I feel like this post is all over the place but I had to share my great deals! I will be back after the new year to show how the outfit went together and how the night went! 
I hope everyone has a fun, and safe New Year's eve!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Goals-How'd I do?

Way back in January I picked some goals I wanted to accomplish in 2010. In July I did a half a year recap. Lets see how I did after one full year!

Goal #1- Meal Planning- I must say this is something that I did keep up on. We had a dinner planned almost weekday this year. Of course, there were few times where something popped up but other than that I am pleased with this goal. It is something that I plan on continually doing. 

One of my favorite meals from this year. 

Goal #2-Get Fit- I must say I have come a long way since 1/1/10. This past year I have ran in 6 races, went to the gym at least 4 times a week, I drank my last pop in March and gave up fast food in February. I am in the best shape of my life. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings me! I have to brag a little. I want to look back on this post next year to see progress(if any)!
March 2010

July 2010
December 2010 
July 2010

December 2010 

Goal #3-Learn to sew- I really, really tried to accomplish this goal. I came to the conclusion that my sewing machine sucks. I hate to say that because it was a gift but it is awful. There is no control over the speed, the thread gets tangled up, and I get frustrated. I plan on selling it on Craigs List  in a few weeks to maybe look into buying a new one. 

Goal #4- Pay off school loans- DONE! The only debt we have is A's car and our mortgage (which we just refi'd to a 15 year loan! Sweet!). I'll take that!

Goal #5- Read 50 books this year. Sadly I didn't get this one done either. I did read 35 books and I am proud of that. It is the most books I have read in one year. Some of my favorites: Emily Giffin's Heart of the Matter, Chelsea Handler's books (funny!!),and Kristen Hannah's Winter Garden.Who knows maybe next year I'll hit the 50! 

Goal #6- Make a 1001 in 101 days list- yea, this didn't get done either and I really don't have a reason why. I think I just kept forgetting about it! I will try for this in 2011!

I must say for never sticking to resolutions in the past I think I did pretty good this year. In the next few days I will have my 2011 goals. Have you thought about yours?