Have paws, will travel.

When we got our dog a year ago we got a lot of comments along the lines of “say goodbye to your travels.” And “That dog is gonna tie you down!”

Anybody else heard that? Said that? Fear that?

I’m here to tell you something – you can travel with your pets, your life isn’t over. Exhibit A – Willy, our 80lb fur child has traveled more miles this year than a lot of kids have.

And yes – maybe this post is an attempt to share more pictures of my adorable dog – but it’s also wonderful advice. I promise. And cuteness…


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New name, new logo.

I’m an advertising nerd at heart. After all, my degree is in it.  And I don’t care who says it, Advertising is art, and it is beautiful.  I’m the sap that watches commercials and then critiques the story, the lighting, the brand memorability. That’s me.

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Healthy choices outside the kitchen

One of the biggest stumbling blocks I have experienced is eating out. Though 95% of the food we keep in our house is clean (everyone need that emergency bag of chocolate chips!) when I go out to restaurants…I used to majorly stress. But no more! 

Here are some of my favorite finds while eating out and still maintaining clean eating and not breaking the bank or chaining myself to the salad menu:

Ruby Tuesday: This place has seriously amped up their menu with their side items and salad bar. Their spaghetti squash is amazing, and veggies are no extra charge with your grilled entree! 

Chuy’s Tex Mex: Navigate past the creamy jalapeño and queso and you have daily homemade salsa, fresh made tortillas and all whole food ingredients with the tacos or fajitas.

Outback Steakhouse: One of Ryan’s favorites on the road, anywhere grab an awesome steak off the grill and fresh, not frozen veggies.

Chic-fil-a: Did you know they now offer grilled nuggets and fruit as a side? Hit the drive thru and be on your way, worry free.

Sushi: Sashimi samplers are a great option to avoided all the empty white rice calories, and with marinated cucumbers on the side and seaweed salad, you can eat well in any establishment.

BJ’s Brewhouse: I love this place for their house-brewed craft beer, and I can off-set it with my fav, the ahi tuna salad, or even grab a flatbread during happy hour for a small, yet filling bite. 

Chipotle: Here fresh ingredients and quality are key (anyone remember the missing carnitas?) and what’s great is you can do a salad for a smaller lunch, or if I’m working an event I opt for the carbs from the rice to keep me fuller, longer so I avoid the nacho cart.

Burgers: Hamburger joints are really getting on the bandwagon with clean eating and offer burgers “green style” or, over lettuce. Some, they give you so much lettuce it contains everything as if it were a bun.

Jimmy Johns: Freaky fast and fresh, order an unwich in a pinch to drop the carbs and dial in on the protein. Also, for no extra charge say “all in” or add all the tasty veggies you want!
Whether you travel a lot or are not the biggest fan of the kitchen…there are plenty of choices for a healthier meal, so when your coworkers all head out for some good eats, leave that lean cuisine at home and don’t fear…there is something you can eat! After all, restaurants are in business to make money off you anyway…right?

Anyone else have any solid options they can’t miss outside the kitchens?

Wedding Planning Milestone 1: Big Rocks

6 weeks after getting the rock, and I am pleased to say that Ryan and I are done with the “big rocks” for our wedding planning, and so far it has gone very smoothly!  Honestly, I was slightly surprised after hearing not exactly horror stories from friends and blogs…but definitely that there had been some pain points.  By using the Covey Method of Productivity, which we both more or less apply in our daily lives this has gone well.  Ryan and I may not be pros, but here are some tips and tricks that is making our wedding planning go smoothly.

The Golden Rule: It’s Not About the Wedding

That’s right, wedding planning is not about the wedding.  It’s about 2 people preparing for a marriage, the ceremony…and then an giant party.  The idea that you have to have a “Pinterest perfect” wedding seems to cloud the judgment of so many people and by concentrating on those details for a good party you lose sight of the biggest blessing, two will become one.

Take Notes

Confession time, since we have been a couple Ryan and I have attended 10 weddings…in 2 1/2 years.  With that there are things you begin to notice, stuff you like and things you don’t that may be perfect for your friends.  So, I started taking notes pretty early on for my “dream wedding” to provide an experience for my guests that I really wanted based on my personal experiences.  For example, I don’t really like cake, so someone had a dessert table at their wedding and I thought “that’s brilliant!” and jotted it down in the notes app on my phone.

It’s OK to Pinterest

Ok, so I may have just said having the perfect Pinterest wedding is far-fetched, but that doesn’t mean that you have to avoid it! Pinterest is a powerful researching tool and is great for saving your ideas or dreams that you may have.  Then, when the time comes don’t do more research when you are super excited (or your wedding WILL become larger than life and budget), instead go back to your inspirations…your “pinned interests” and build your plan from there.  Because of this, I already had my venue, color schemes and even decor ideas planned so when the time comes…I’ll be ready.

Tackle the Budget First

In planning a wedding in 7 months, we didn’t have time to wait until after the stars and excitement faded away and real life set in…and I’m glad.  By being realistic from the get-go and looking at the bigger picture of not starting out in debt to have the complete dream wedding, it’s been a blessing.  Even with a few oversights, knowing that even though I loved the $3K gown in the store, it felt good bargaining and getting something perfect for 1/3 of the price.

Big Rocks are your Friends

Yes, the pinterest details are fun and dress shopping is great, but before even thinking about it (ok before really planning it…because a girl’s gotta dream) we worked hard and tackled the important stuff (like a guest list, caterer, venue) and the key part booked it before I got to get crafty.  Setting that rule really helped us be on the right track.  Now…what do I mean by big rocks? The things you need or the event won’t happen like a venue, officiant, photographer, guest list, hotel…not your centerpiece, flowers or shoes (though also important).

So hopefully for those of you out there in the midst of wedding planning, or pinning for a future dream these tricks will help you like they’ve helped me!  Remember, it’s a big party…but mainly it’s the start of a marriage.

So I got engaged…and we took LOTS of pictures

Hi All!

Apologies for the hiatus, you know…I can’t imagine how crazy baby brain will be when I have such wedding brain!  But now the sunshine and rainbows are lasting, so I can dive back into what’s really important..like sharing my engagement pics with ya’ll from the AMAZING Christy Schrack Photography.

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3 Day Refresh: Results!

It’s the morning after my 3 day refresh and I’ve weighed in and am so PLEASED with my results! Definitely feeling more confident for our mini vacation to Savannah this weekend, and I’m halfway back to my pre-surgery weight.  But besides losing the weight, I’ve gained so much more…like confidence, motivation, and renewing faith in myself and my goals.  Win, win, win!! Continue reading “3 Day Refresh: Results!”

3 Day Refresh: Day 1

Day 1…fresh on the refresh…I’d like to break it down to you in a list of my impressions, and overall I’m happy to report I’m feeling pretty darn good, minus a slight…yet expected headache (chugs more water).

Lesson learned: Stick to the schedule in the book! Tomorrow is another day.

  • 6:30AM: wake up, take measurements…uh oh…feel sad.
  • 7:15AM: get over said sadness, and prep foodz…mmmm yummy shakeology.
  • 10:55AM: SOO hungry
  • 11:00AM: oops…forgot my fiber sweep and tea…must delay lunch, not so hungry when I eat on time.
  • 12:00PM: tea time! and I had some of my lunch “sides” to hold me over in the form of raspberries.
  • 2:00PM: Vanilla Fresh time!
  • 2:05PM: OMG vanilla fresh soooo good.
  • 2:10PM: I can has HUMMUS? YESSSSSS.
  • 4:00PM: Juice time, this tastes like celery…oh, because it is. Yummy.
  • 5:00PM: Tea time [British accent]
  • 7:00PM: Dinner out? No problem! Salad..no meat…get in mah belly!
  • 9:00PM: Oh ya…I need more vanilla fresh…and time to digest it.
  • 10:00PM: Ain’t no party like a camomile tea party.
  • 10:05PM: Blog Posted, oh herro Gossip Girl on Netflix.

So until tomorrow 😉 time to see if this tea works during a thunderstorm.

An open letter to my bed

Dear Bed, 

After our rough sleepless night, your feelings are clear to me that things may be slightly…rocky.

I know you feel neglected, with me going to this place called “work” everyday…and no, you can’t come with.

But, Bed, you’re always there for me! You’re such an important part of my life!

Between the endless Netflix sessions, cuddle times and late nights our relationship is special.

So bed, let’s work together this evening  so we can both have a good night. After all, you are getting close to your “8” so we need to make the most of our time together.