Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Our Wedding - Ceremony / Post Ceremony Pictures

Our ceremony was short, sweet, and to the point. We knew we didn't want people sitting around for a really long time. It was all a whirlwind of emotions for me. As my sisters started to walk down the aisle, I lost it. I cried throughout the entire wedding. Not because I was sad, but because I was so extremely happy. I felt so blessed to be marrying the man of my dreams, and tears would not stop falling down my face. Even when I was smiling, I was crying. Thankfully as I was walking down the aisle, I quit my ugly cry and continued to happy cry.











Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What 3.5 years of marriage has taught me.

I can't believe that C and I have been married for 3 and a half years. Time sure does fly by when you are having fun! I am so blessed that these 3.5 years have been so great. Like all couples, we have had our ups and downs, but we have gotten through them, together, side by side.

When I got married, I knew that I would learn things about us. I knew that marriage was a promise to learn about each other for the rest of our lives. I had no clue what marriage would actually teach me though. So, Ive made a list of the things I have learned about life, love, marriage, myself, etc.



* Remodeling is not for married couples.  C and I worked quite a bit on remodeling our guest room recently. We learned really quick that it wasn't something we would do again. We tried putting up crown molding together, and someone walked away with a busted lip. Pure accident of course, but it was the thing that sealed the deal for me. 

* Chores aren't split equally.  Maybe it is just me, but I figured that when I got married, C would take care of everything outside without complaining, and I would do the same inside. Boy was I wrong. C and I share all chores, and they aren't split the traditional way. I mean, C does dishes. And sometimes I work outside. Things won't work out the traditional way, each couple will figure out what works best for them. 

Anniversary plans don't have to be extravagant. I assumed we would always do something glamorous for our anniversary, but that first year, we picked apples and pumpkins, then went to lunch. Nothing fancy here. I have learned that as we grow as a couple, our plans change. That first year, taking a cruise wouldn't have been as beneficial as the day we spent together was. And when we have kids, I know that a week long cruise will be out of the question. The plans don't have to be extravagant, but the time you spend together celebrating your special day will be.

* Laughter truly is the best medicine. Before I got married, I wasn't very goofy. I didn't laugh often. When I got married, living together was an adjustment. Before I could have a dance party and not worry about anyone laughing at my awful dance moves. Obviously living with someone means that you aren't alone, and they will laugh at you. At first, I was offended, but I soon learned to embrace the fun and the laughter. To me one of the keys to a successful marriage is laughter. You have to be able to not only laugh at yourself, but laugh with each other as well. Life is fun. Enjoy it. 

* Compromise. Joining 2 lifestyles can get a bit messy. For example. I bend down, take my socks off, and put them in the hamper. C on the other hand, moon walks out of his socks and leaves them there. At first, this drove me nuts. I would yell at him all the time for leaving his socks laying around. Soon we learned the art of compromise. I quit yelling, and moved the hamper into our room. He can continue to moon walk out of his socks, as long as he puts them in the hamper. 

* Fighting will happen, so learn to fight fair. Ups and downs will happen. Fights will occur and things will be said that shouldn't be said. At least until you learn to fight fair. We have learned that fighting fair is key. Each couple will be different. Each couple will have different "rules" for fighting. Remember when your spouse loses, so do you.  

* Going to bed angry will happen too. I'm guilty of getting mad before bed over something silly, and it causing a huge fight resulting in going to bed angry. It isn't that we don't care to fix the problem. It is because we are tired, and we are going to get to the point where we don't fight fair. Usually when we go to bed angry, we wake up in a much better mood and we can resolve any issue we have in no time. Sometimes sleeping on it can allow you to see something in a whole new light. 

* Your spouse will become your best friend. That is if they aren't already. You will spend hours every day with this person, and they will be the one you can talk to about anything. That is the way it is supposed to be. C and I were friends before we got married,, but I quickly learned after we got married that he was my best friend. When we moved from GA to TN, we didn't know anyone but family, so we only had each other. It has been such a blessing to know that C will always be there for me to talk about anything, to cheer me on when I need it, to be that shoulder I need to cry on, and so much more. He is my best friend. He always will be.

* Being sexy is okay. Whoa, shocker! I never felt like I was sexy, and I certainly never embraced it. Now that I am married, I have learned that being sexy is okay. Obviously, I don't go around dressing sexy for anyone, but for my husband, yes. God created sex and it is a beautiful thing when shared in a marriage. It is a beautiful gift, and embracing that gift, as long as you embrace it within your marriage, is a good thing. 

* Keep God in the center of your marriage is key. God created marriage, and I strongly believe when you enter a marriage, it is you, your spouse, and God. I am a firm believer in my faith. It is important that each person grown their relationship with God, but it is equally as important for a couple to grown their relationship with God. There is so much out there that talks negatively about marriage, so married couples have it hard. We have so many things working against us. Satan doesn't want happy marriages, so he will do anything to destroy them. Having a marriage with a strong relationship with God wont protect you from attacks, but it will help you get through them. I believe it is key for married couples to pray for their marriage, their spouse, and for themselves on a daily basis. Keeping God in the center of our marriage has helped us overcome some pretty serious attacks and we know we wouldn't have survived them if we weren't keeping God in the center of our marriage. 

If I could give an engaged couple one bit of advice, that isn't on this list, it would be this. : Consider moving away from family. Not 10 hours away, but maybe 2. Allow you and your spouse to really grow that first year of marriage without the pressure of trying to please family. You can still visit, but you are blending 2 lifestyles which will be hard enough as it is. Trying to blend you, your spouse, and both family's lifestyle will be near impossible. Take that time to really figure out how to make thing work between you two first. Learn to lean on each other for everything. Then if you haven't fallen in love with your new place, move back. Taking that time for just you and your spouse will be worth it.

What has marriage taught you? What is your best peice of advice for an engaged couple?





Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fitness Favorites : Garage Gym


C and I decided last year that the gym wasn't for us. We had been going to the gym for several months, and we both agreed that we would much rather workout at home. The money we were spending on the gym could be used to buy stuff for working out at home. And it did. After a few rough patches in life, I am getting back into working out. I am so glad we made the decision to start building our garage gym when we did. So here are a few things we feel are must haves in our garage gym. 

 

His and hers lifting bars. (Check out a my review of the Bella Bar) And since we have bars, storage is a must. Also, since we have bars, weights are a pretty good idea. We bought each other the bars for Christmas, and I have to say that I think they are our most favorite purchase. I love that we both have our own bar so that we aren't waiting on each other. 


Obviously when we work out, music is key. I don't know about you, but I get a much better workout when my favorite songs are playing. We got this iLive Bluetooth Tower for Christmas, and it is great! Not only does it not take up a lot of space, but it is bluetooth which makes everything better. My workout playlist on my phone will play though the iLive with some seriously great sound.


I am a firm believer that a bosu is in fact the devil. I hate hate hate using a bosu. But the workout is fantastic. Everytime I use the bosu, I always threaten to stab it with a knife after my workout because it sucks so much, but I never do because I always feel fantastic. It is my most favorite, most hated peice of equipment we have.

Some other items we have are medicine ballsresistance bandshand weightsjump ropes, and chalkboards. We bought some of the pre-made chalkboard from Home Depot, and we hung it on the wall for us to write our workouts on, though I just mostly draw on it. Our garage gym is always growing. We are constantly finding new things to add to our equipment list.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Our Wedding - Pre-Ceremony Pictures

Seeing as how Pinterest wasn't around when I got married, I don't really have any great ideas to share, all I have are pictures. And the pictures aren't what I wanted. Sure they are pretty good, but very few are actually "us." The second set of engagement pictures are more "us," but our wedding and those pictures were taken by the same person. I cherish our wedding pictures, I just now know what I want for our vow renewal. On to our pre-ceremony pictures!




Our wedding was the same day as a Georgia game. Obviously we had to watch it on the big screen. 








Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Favorites


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Spring is finally here! Well almost. I know some parts of the country are still in snow or have freezing temps. But here in TN, we are getting 60-80 degree weather every day. It is simply glorious. For all those who still have Mr. Winter sticking around, I'm sending warm thoughts your way!

Spring is an okay time of year for me. With all the pollen, I can't breathe most days and I always have Kleenex with me. But that doesn't stop me from enjoying the warm weather and bright sunshine. We have a rule in our house. When it is between 60-80 degrees outside, we spend the evenings outside. Since we cleaned up our back deck, it makes it a lot easier to want to be outside.

We usually live in our hammocks all spring and fall. The ENO hammocks are our favorite. And I just love the teal/purple combo. So bright and spring like. We also love having a fire going. We are in the process of making some major back yard renovations, and a fire pit is in the works, but for now, the square fire pit from Target is our favorite. We grill out as often as possible. Our back deck is sure to get a ton of use this year!

Spring time also brings one of my favorite things, Picnics. After being stuck inside all winter, picnics happen all spring long! I am just loving this new blanket from Crate and Barrel. And those food boxes! Who can resist? There are a ton of other items that match, and if you are like me, matching is key.

And we can't forget a few beauty basics now can we? I am usually an EOS girl all the way, but come warm weather time, I seem to always forget them in my car and they melt. So in spring and summer, I tend to switch to the Yes To Lip Balm with SPF. They are smaller, so if I do forget them in the car, less mess to clean up. And how about that purple Essie polish? With the color of the year being radiant orchid, I knew purple polish was in my future. I love Essie as it is, but I really love this color. It is prefect for Spring!

As always cute shoes and adorable dresses are must haves as well!




Monday, April 14, 2014

Oh hey! Remember me?

Remember me? The writer of this little ol' blog? Yeah I took an unexpected blogging break. I hurt my back 3 weeks ago, and it finally caught up to me. I've been to get x-rays and I've been to the chiropractor. I'm hoping that this problem is fixed soon so I can get back into working out.

This weekend, C and I made a last minute decision to go to NC to visit my mom. She travels for her job, and when she called me on Friday night, I could just tell she was feeling a little sad and needed a pick me up. So I asked C if he wanted to go. He said sure. We started packing around 7:30 pm. After packing and errands we finally left Chattanooga around 9 pm. Several hours and cat naps later, we arrived at 4 am where I proceeded to call my mother and get her rather annoyed at me just to tell her we were in the lobby. Saturday when we woke up...just 4 hours later...we headed off to get breakfast, but not before a quick selfie in the mirror.

With this job, my mom didn't get a rental car, so she had been stuck in the hotel whenever she wasn't at work. After breakfast, we spent the rest of the day doing some shopping. We went to some outlet malls where I failed miserably at keeping my resolution of not buying clothes. The day went buy way faster than I would have liked, but we got to stop and enjoy a good laugh every now and then. 


After lunch and dinner out, we finally headed back to the hotel where my mom decided to paint my toe nails for me. The pollen outside confirmed that it was in fact spring, but this color on my toes made it feel like spring. 

Sunday morning was spent taking selfies, eating donuts, driving through clouds of pollen, and enjoying each others company knowing that C and I were leaving in just a few short hours. 


Before we left, we did some last minute shopping, and I finally got to eat at Chipolte. Holy yummy. How does Chattanooga not have one of these yet!! I am in so much trouble if we ever get one! Those chips were to die for! 

The drive home wasn't too bad. We were actually still wide awake when we got home when meant I could unpack. I got to hang up all my new purchases. But in my defense, I had no spring/summer clothes that were okay to wear to work, so I really needed to pick up a few things. Only the Anchor shirt below isn't for work. Everything in this picture though was less than $50 though, and that navy and white polka dot dress and necklace are actually going in my Easter basket. This is only about 1/2 of what I bought though. I don't think I spent more than about $100 on me though, so I don't feel like I broke my resolution too bad considering all but 1 shirt was actually a need. 

I hope y'all had a great weekend!!


Linking up for MMG

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Our wedding - Bridal Pictures

My bridal pictures were taken at the Tivoli in downtown Chattanooga. Pictures by Barry Aslinger








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Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Favorite Fitness Gear - The Gear


After talking about my favorite basic apparel, cold weather favorites, and hot temp favorites it was about time I told y'all about my favorite gear. So here ya go!


KT Tape : I've talked about this tape before, but I just have to mention it again. I first started using it for my knee, but after some research, I have used it for my shoulder along with even taping my hands for better support when weight lifting. I can't say enough good things about this tape! If you have ever been on the fence about trying it, please please please do. You won't be sorry. 


Polar FT4 : I wanted one of these for over a year now, but I finally broke down and got one. I am so glad I did. I love seeing the calories I burn while in the middle or a workout. I set a goal for each workout. When I am close to the end of my workout session and I see that I am a few calories short, this gives me the extra push I need to burn those extra calories. The chest strap took a few times to get comfortable, but now, I don't even notice it.


C25K App : I am not a runner, well not a serious runner anyway. I despise cardio, so I avoid it as much as possible. When I catch the cardio bug, this is my go to app. It helps me get back into jogging without killing myself. Plus it is great for when I am training for a 5K, obviously.

Yurbuds Ironman Armband : Music is the only way I can get through a workout if I am working out alone. If I am working out in my garage gym, I just use a speaker for my phone, but when I am not around the house, I have to stick with headphones. I've tried different arm bands for my phone, but this one is my favorite. It is really comfortable and doesn't slide like some of the others I tried.


Yoga Ball : Yoga balls are the greatest. I use them all the time. We even have one here at work. (It is flat, but hey, at least there is actually one here.)I love doing workouts with a yoga ball for several different reasons. Best thing to do with a yoga ball though, is to sit on it while watching TV. I've learned it helps keep my core engaged, thus making me workout sorta while watching TV.

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