Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Musings

We have had quite a bit of rain in Charleston lately and I am soooo ready for that to be done for a while. It's hard to entertain children all weekend indoors. This weekend I was actually getting the gift of a "free" day to just have to myself - go shopping, get stuff done, etc...that is otherwise way hard with kiddos in tow. I went to TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Buckle and I found quite a few nice things! I also managed to squeeze in a 1" trim of my hair {I'm trying to grow it a few more inches, but it was in desperate need of some pruning on the ends.}

Saturday night, Jake and I finally got to go out for my birthday. I had wanted to go bowling instead of doing the same old dinner and a movie blah, so we went to The Alley in downtown Charleston. Unfortunately, their wait for a lane was way too long, so we just parked it at the bar for a while, but we did have a really good time. We stopped at a bar near our house on the way home to cap off the night. It was nice to get out, for sure.

Sunday was a typical, lazy Sunday. I did get some of the usual chores done, we went to church, etc...but mostly we just spent the day indoors {damn rain} playing games and watching movies with the kids. Farrah is so good at crawling now {finally!} so we have to keep quite a close watch on her these days. She's getting so talkative too...and still just sweet as ever.

This was Sunday's outfit...white top is from Buckle and colorful one is from TJ Maxx...they layered so well together! I'll have an outfit post soon with all the deets.

I think it's safe to say my go-to style is officially Boho these days. I've always loved that look, but my closet it almost all that now it seems! I feel like it's timeless'll be stuff I can keep and put away for Farrah some day and she'll probably still think it's all fabulous 16 years from now. I love how it's a bit of my SoCal style...and it's so pretty, yet relaxed.

I have to share this awesome railing my husband made for a client's house {a $5M house on Kiawah Island!}...he texted it to me. If you love the nautical, beachy theme, you'll love this:

He's super-talented, right? I love all the work he has done in our home...I hope one day we can build a house and he can put awesome touches like this in it.

This week I'm getting back in the swing of things with workouts. Last week started out good, but a work function and other things got in the way of my original plans later in the week. I've got Barre class on Monday and Wednesday {by the way, got an email about the instructor auditions and they are still deciding who and how many they want to hire, plus are doing a couple make-up auditions, so that's why I hadn't heard anything all week. Still crossing my fingers!} and I'm definitely going to run a good bit this week...I need some cardio in my life.

Have a great week, y'all! xo

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

32 Things: Happy Birthday To Me

And apparently in my old age I'm having some moments of dyslexia. ;-) I certainly wish the above were true. OK, OK, it is. I'm 23 years old.......with 9 years experience.

So 32...I'm not quite sure how I feel about that number. I know it's not OLD, OK? But seriously, I'm having my 2nd Sweet Sixteen here. I remember how long it felt to get to 16...and now I've accomplished that feat...twice.

You like that?

Haha, anyway, I thought I'd do a fun little "About Me" birthday post...I'll list 32 gloriously random and thought-provoking things about me in honor of my 32nd. You're excited, aren't you? OK, I'll totally understand if you just "x" off this page right now....

See my 30 for my 30th here.

Still with me? Gee, you're swell.

Here goes...

1} I drink a Diet Rockstar every day. I always say I'm going to quit...and I still want to...but this might require an episode of Intervention and a stint at rehab.

2} I get my hair trimmed once, maybe twice a year. I hate losing inches when I'm trying to grow it long.

3} I love accessories, but I rarely actually wear them. 99% of the time, you will just find a wedding ring on me.

4} Over the last few years, I've been really bold with my home decor. I always stuck to neutrals in the past because I knew it looked good, but once I started brightening things up with colors I truly loved, even though they were risky, I became much happier in my own home. Some of my favorites are my living room, Tanner & Breckin's room and Farrah's nursery. I'm currently working on brightening up our master bedroom and getting rid of the "safe" blue and brown we've had for 7 years!

5} I can't wait to be a "dance mom". I really hope Farrah has a love for dancing like I do.

6} I'm currently studying to be a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I want to focus on teaching barre.

7} The only time I've ever been out of the country is for my honeymoon in St. Maarten. I'd really love to travel more once my kids are older. And we have money.

8} My favorite colors are pink and teal. I also really love them together.

9} I have a really weird ability that I don't even try to have. I can remember dates and phone numbers like Rain Man. Just numbers in general. Even if it's someone I met once and I happened to learn their birthday at that time...if prompted, like, five years later about that person, I could tell you their birthday. Phone number too. I also just can rattle off dates of random events or occurrences like they were yesterday. If I knew your phone number when we were in elementary school, I could be asked now and be able to tell you what it was. I can address all 50+ of my Christmas cards without having to look at my address book.

10} While I was in college, I took on a full-time gig managing a Blockbuster Video...while also picking up a few hours working front desk at a tanning salon each week. I can never seem to just do one thing...I still managed to graduate college with a 3.9 GPA.

11} Lately, I want to spray paint everything - furniture- and decor-wise.

12} I'm not a coffee person.

13} My closet is organized by order of the rainbow. Purses too.

14} My favorite flower is the hibiscus.

15} My car was stolen the same day I had bought a new truck. My insurance company was suspicious. But it was legit. True story.

16} I have an obsession with my weight and I always have. I have gotten "healthier" about it as far as how I work to achieve the weight/size I want, but I have taken some drastic measures in the past and have tried just about every fad diet out there...anything to lose an extra 10 lbs. My postpartum weight loss attempts always take an emotional toll on me. Mainly though, I exercise and eat right because I just want to be really fit and I know the correct way to go about it now.

17} I love to do karaoke. I think it's because I really wish I was a singer.

18} I'm not a fan of mushy love stuff. It makes me uncomfortable. My poor husband likes to be mushy. I constantly tell him that I am the guy and he is the girl in our relationship. I guess it works.

19} The older I get, the more I seem to procrastinate. I'm working to reverse that trend.

20} I think I have the ability to be the do-it-all know, the Room Mom that also works full time that also finds time to workout six days a week that also has everything the kids need for school/daycare prepped and ready everyday that has a super-organized house, etc. etc. etc...??? And some days/weeks/months I do...but a lot of the time I just say f*** it...they'll be fine.

21} I didn't really get into drinking wine until after I had kids. And now I drink it a lot. A LOT. I started out a white girl, but now I'm a red girl. {Not to be taken literally because I am, in fact, still Caucasian.}

22} I don't believe in horoscopes, but I do believe in sign-associated personalities. I am most definitely an Aries.

23} I don't really love to read, but I do love to write.

24} I'm a middle child. And yes, I do have Middle Child Syndrome...ironically, thanks to my married name, my initials are now MCS.

25} I hate when friends move away. In the last couple of years, I've lost five very close friends to moving. I miss you Corey, Taylor, Amanda, Meg & Jackie!

26} I always have to have a planner. And colorful pens to boot.

27} I didn't really start eating seafood until I moved to Southern California. Now my favorite meal is fish tacos...and I eat seafood all the time.

28} The biggest test of my patience in my life has definitely been my son, Tanner. He is a wonderfully, brilliant little boy, but he is borderline Asperger's so he doesn't socialize or have logic in the way that one normally would. He is a beautiful person inside and out and I constantly strive to relate to him better and be more understanding and patient with him. It is a battle, some days/moments I fail, others I succeed. I want nothing more than for him to be confident, self-assured and happy in life.

29} My favorite TV show of all time is Friends. I could watch it over and over...I am currently running it on my Netflix as my backup when nothing else is on, or just to have in the background when I'm cleaning or something. It never gets old. My favorite "friend" is Rachel...then Chandler...then Monica.

30} I may have a great opportunity at Boeing right now, but my heart is really calling me back to being a SAHM and to work on a career in the fitness industry. Passion trumps sensibility.

31} When I decide I like something, I have a tendency to go in point: Farrah's giraffes.

And there are much more now...

32} I've recently jumped on the essential oils bandwagon and I love it! I look up recipes for everything.

Now, I'm going to go ahead and let the rest of my day go as this following article tells me it will:

32 Things That Happen The Day You Turn 32

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Musings

It's my birthday week! And spring is in full swing 'round my spirits are high.

This weekend was fun...Friday night I had my girlfriend, Suz and her kids over. We had a little fun with my karaoke machine {we are seriously addicted...and dorks}. But, OMG...Farrah loves to sing already...just check out this little karaoke queen:

Jake had USCG duty, but he was in Charleston instead of Georgetown, so he was home in the evenings.

On Saturday, I had my Barre instructor audition...I was nervous, but really pushed through. I feel like the group of girls I was auditioning with all did about the same...we had nerves, but we all made it basically, I have no idea if I got the job or not...and I feel like it could go either way. It will depend a lot on everyone's availability and how many they end up hiring. I'm just crossing my fingers at this point...I know I have it in me...and if I don't get it this time, I'll take their constructive criticism {I'll definitely be asking for tips!} and just learn from it and keep focused on my goal of teaching.

I'm actually switching up my fitness routine to include more barre classes...and a little more cardio via running. Swimsuit season is here...and I'm not 100% so I want to keep working hard through the summer.

I totally fell off the clean eating wagon this weekend...I just feel blah. I spent a good portion of Sunday evening prepping my meals for the week...and Jake's too since he too has fallen off the wagon.

I also bought a glass water bottle so I can start taking essential oils internally. I am doing the weight loss trio - grapefruit, lemon and peppermint. I've read about some great results from it and it really is an overall healthy detox.

Anyway, my 32nd birthday is tomorrow, so tune in for 32 randomly awesome bits of information about me in celebration of know you want to know it all.

P.S. Any of you that may have doubted Farrah's high favor in resemblance in of're about to get schooled!

Hahahahaha...Happy Monday!

Linking Up With: Life Of Meg // Still Being Molly // Lipgloss & Crayons // B Loved Boston

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Five on Friday

I am so glad it's Friday. For me, it sort of feels like a long weekend because I haven't been at work yesterday and today. Not that I'm relaxing, I'm taking care of baby Farrah and of course trying to take advantage of the extra time to get household chores out of the way.

Here are my five this week:


As mentioned above, I've been home with Farrah the last two days. I had planned on going back to work today since she was fine all day yesterday, but late afternoon yesterday, her fever spiked to nearly 103, so I just knew that there was something wrong other than teething. I took her to the doctor this morning and turns out she's got ear infections in both ears. Just what I thought. She's been really great though, and other than the fever, you wouldn't be able to tell anything else was wrong. She's happy and playful, so that's good. We're starting her on antibiotics today, but I may also take this opportunity to soothe her and speed the healing process along with my essential oils. I'm going to try this recipe.

Natural Ear Infection Relief
In a Roller Ball (Old 5 ml bottle)
Combine the following:
5 Drops of Lavender
5 Drops of Purification
5 Drops of Lemon
3 Drops of Pan Away
3 Drops of Thieves
Fill the rest with Olive Oil
Roll in Front of, Behind and Under the Ear to relieve pain. DO NOT PUT OILS IN YOUR EAR.
I'll let you know how it goes!


My Goddis Linsey cardigan arrived this week! I am in love with it. I am so glad I waited for a major price-drop way could I justify $215.00 on a cardigan, unfortunately.

{ The Goddis Linsey Cardigan / Similar Items }

The colors are so vibrant in person. I am really pleased with the quality. I actually bought the last one in Starfruit on Revolve's website, however, I found the same one on the Goddis website, but at full price. Click links under my photo for other options.


I have an audition tomorrow to be a Barre instructor at a local studio here in Charleston. I am super-nervous, but I know if given the opportunity, I could be really great at it. I just have to fight through these nerves and show what I'm made of. At the very least, it will be a good experience, and if I don't get it this time, I won't let it break me, I will only work harder to attain the will all happen at the right time. I'm not yet certified in group fitness {working on it}, but I have taught dance & sculpt classes at gyms before. I really, really love Barre and I hope to become an instructor very soon. I will let y'all know what happens!

My workout plans went out the window this week...not totally, but they definitely didn't go as planned. Next week, I plan on changing my usual routine up a bit. I think with summer rapidly approaching {and let's face it, it's actually beach weather out already}...I am going to focus more on cardio. Mondays & Wednesdays I will take barre classes and Tues/Thurs/Sun I will run. I need to start working on my running mileage anyway. Saturdays I may take in another barre class or some sort of HIIT workout.


It's Jake's USCG duty weekend, so it will just be the kids and me for a couple of days. I'd love to take them all to the pool for the first time this that's definitely in the plans. Lord knows I need some sun...I'm blinding right now.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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