We Got Married

So we did it! Officially married on 3/29/14!

I cannot describe how loved & blessed I felt on that day. Of course we had a great time and lots of happiness.

Overall the day we easy! We had rehearsal dinner that night and maybe one too many beers.

I kissed my groom and crashed into bed!

Make-up & hair started bright & early! My girls were freaking amazing and looked like models. I also loved Nicole & her husband who were the make-up/hair people. Seriously if you are getting married in DFW let me know you need this girl!

My hair was perfect & my make-up even better. I honestly felt just like it was enough to make me look nice but also not too much! I wanted to look like me that day!

After H & M we proceeded to the venue to get dressed!

My biggest thought was ‘OMG it’s happening so FAST. I’m in my dress, everyone is here… I just want to enjoy the moment.’

One of My favorite part of the day was our first look moment. It was just us and it was amazing! My groom looked so good & I couldn’t believe it was finally here!

We then well got married!!

And my dad made me cry so hard in his speech. Seriously the man had everyone in tears with his sweet words! I am one lucky girl!!!

Then we partied!

So a little fact about your own wedding… You really can’t drink that much! I didn’t have much at all and we wanted to get our party on! D & I convinced our driver to stop at a 7-11 and get beer. Talk about class! So if you see a bride & groom picture there it’s us. People thought it was hilarious.

We made it to our hotel had a few drinks and …. Met like 87 people. Turns out people get really excited about weddings and wedding dresses spark conversations!

We even met and editor of Bride Guide!

Overall we had an amazing night!

Seriously I couldn’t have had a better day!!

Day light savings has made me think I’m doing a good job…I’m not!

I’m amazingly awesome! So when I got in my car to come to work the other morning I was SUPER proud. Look at me rolling in before
7 am…

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Except it was really 7:48. I am not doing good- I just don’t know how to change the clock in my car!

We finalized all wedding plans this week! Now on to the little things. My mom has been sending me pictures of cute stuff she is doing to make it look perfect. Seriously I would be lost if she wasn’t around.

I spent the better part of my day at the dealership getting my car worked on! It has to go back next week :( The good news is I have read everything about the disappearing jet liner. Some of these ideas are insane. I am deeply saddened by all those lost on board!

D is working his last pop this weekend before the wedding. So I am planning to get caught up on a few things I have been neglecting. Like the gym… And laundry.

I also have a list of wedding things to accomplish. I am like 2 weeks whaaaaaatttt.

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I have loved getting to plan our big day but I am at the point of I want it to be here & participate.

Hopefully my car will come soon & I can be a cool kid that hit the gym Friday night!

monday moments…a look back

Duane and I are getting married in less than a month! I am so very excited to marry him and cannot wait to start another chapter of our lives together. I wanted to highlight a few of our favorite memories over the past 3 years!

 Our First Trip Together 

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The first time we went to Corpus Christi. We had been dating about 3 months and he convinced me to come spend 3 days with his parents. I guess I really liked him since looking back that seems like an awful idea. Meeting parents should be a couple hour dinner NOT a 3 day weekend! Thank goodness they are awesome and we had a great trip! I loved getting to spend  16 hours in the car with him & we really got to see if we liked each other (we did).  I am pretty sure this is when I knew I loved him!

 Getting Sophia (and having Bogey & Arnold)

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We got Sophie! I loved my other two boys so much and they made me want my own little baby. D got her for me on our second Christmas and she is the best! The boys have brought us so much happiness as well- I can’t leave them out!

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They all love each other! I can’t believe how small Bogey is there!

Our First ‘Real’ Vacation

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Taos! Oh my goodness we had so much fun on this trip! We still talk about it all the time- it was our first “real” vacation together. We also spent a TON of time driving there and successfully didn’t murder each other.  Each day we did something new and really took time without our home distractions. I have a goal of every year getting at least a weekend with just D.

 Getting Engaged

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We got engaged! I mean how could I leave this one out? I was shocked and so happy that night- I still think about that night. It was perfect for us and I cannot wait for our wedding in just a few short weeks. I just don’t know how I could ask for anything more :)

Our Roller Coaster

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We survived this roller coaster. (I hate them due to the height thing). We have survived 4 job role changes, 3 moves, new grass, 3 dogs, countless flights (almost dying) and 1 broken leg. Just to name a few! I know we are going to have challenges but having a partner that will ride with you makes life so much more fun! I can’t wait for our future and all of its good things!

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Thundersnow & Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Today we had a massive Thundersnow— yeah that is a thing! Apparently it can ice/snow and thunder at the same time. It was totally freaky and weird. I sent D off into the unknown hoping it wasn’t the end of the world and just ya know global warming.

I was planning to head to the gym and get my sweat on! D called once he got to work and told me the roads were bad…bummer. So I got on the bike and rode 8 miles then did this bridal arm workout! I stole pieces of this from somewhere (random pintrest find) but I tweaked it!

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Then I got busy trying to get myself together…

I have been having hair issues- seriously its bad. I am going to blame it on the weather since I feel like that has made it confused. I really need it cut & dyed but I am cheap and waiting until the week before the wedding. I decided to try out coconut oil on it!

I grab my trusty friend from the kitchen and scooped it into a little bag. I didn’t want to cross contaminate with something I eat.

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I had dry hair and just plopped a ton of it on my hair. Then left it on for about 30 minutes.

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I read that having a shower cap on and adding heat would help it “soak” in a little more. I of course do not own a shower cap so I was very resourceful and used this…

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My hair feels amazing and looks great! This has nothing other than me blow drying it for a few minutes. I am hoping my curls are happy with the new process.

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There ya have it! I am off to have a glass of wine & watch the Oscars.

happy sunday :)

 

Biting the Bullet

The weekend we had a fairly open schedule (which never happens) but D and I found plenty to keep us going!

Friday we did a night of games & fun! We went to Main Event and had a blast!

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Saturday D wanted to try out the pool at our new gym! We swam for about 45 minutes and spent a good amount of time in the steam room. Steam room = heaven. It really helped with my allergies!

We met my boss & his family for lunch. His dad is marrying us so we wanted to plan out that a bit! I feel like things are falling into place!

Today we were planning on going to see Robo Cop… For some reason we didn’t make it! This morning I just felt blah. Not sure what is up but I am in a major funk- it’s driving me nuts!

So we got coffee then I headed to my favorite place to get my nails done!

This is going to be my new spurge each month- I LOVE having them done and it’s only 25 bucks so I’m going every couple of weeks!

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I came home starving so we went & got wings and beer.

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I needed that beer!

We then ventured to our favorite store Best Buy! Not sure why we are so addicted to toys but it seems like we come out of there with something!

D added to our already HUGE movie collection…

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I finally bit the bullet and bought me jaybird headphones. They weren’t cheap but I have been wanting them for about 6 months. I figure they will help me rock my last few weeks of wedding workouts!

I haven’t used them yet- I skipped my run today in favor of snuggles in the couch. Full review coming!

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Alright I have movies to watch and love to get :)

Super Sunday!

My New Plan for Getting it All Done

When I was younger my mother really messed me up. Like really messed me up. Our house as I remember it was ALWAYS picked up, clean & organized. Seriously I never even remember a dish left in the sink overnight! So as I ventured out on my own I thought ‘hey I got this!’ and I was so so wrong.

In college I only lived in a town home 1 year. I was a tiny bit spoiled dorms had someone come in & clean the bathrooms. Then moved into the AXO House with the same + meals. Aka I had THE LIFE!! In the town home I cleaned my room once a week & we would (occasionally) vacuum the floor in the living room. I mostly ate off paper plates & never cooked just microwaved various things. (So healthy right?!)

Then I moved into my own tiny apartment in 2010. It was cake- I cleaned one time a week and usually spend less than 2 hours on it. Then this little baby came!

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She really changed my cleaning. Dog food and hair all over the place! Not to mention potty training!

Then I got a 3 bedroom 3 bath house. Let’s just say it’s kicking my butt!!! How did my mother do it? I ALWAYS have dishes in the sink even though I try to do them right after. I think an elf comes in the middle of the night…and that elf is about to be my husband!

We also have 3 dogs 2 of them are big (over 85 pounds) so we have a lot of dirt & leaves coming in.

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Not us!!?! We NEVER make messes!

So after a Saturday of cleaning ALL freaking day I decided I was going to do something different. I love my weekends and want to spend them drinking coffee or going on a bike ride (aka sitting on my booty watching Netflix) NOT cleaning the bathrooms. So I came up with this!

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I am going to do a few things on the weekends but I want to have time to play & have fun! When D works weekends I am more likely to have a deep clean project (baseboards, closets, fans) but on weekends he is home I don’t want to clean!

I’ve been doing this for 2 weeks and it really has helped me greatly with having some downtime. The key is don’t sit down when you get home :)

I usually come straight from the gym then get to work on it. I’m done by 7 or 8 (depending on what time I got to the gym) then enjoy dinner and crash.

I really like the new schedule but I think it is ok to have a dish in the sink. I would MUCH rather have some time to watch Almost Human with D. Since his schedule with flex each week I do too!

Positive Thursday!

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Why I Broke Up with CrossFit (for now)

First let me say this- I still LOVE CrossFit and one day it will come back into my fitness routine but for now I’m doing other things! So here are my reasons for taking a break.

1. Cost

My monthly membership came to renew and every time I would  hesitate to spend $120 dollars a month. I kept thinking “We could use this money for XYZ for the wedding.” I just couldn’t justify spending so much on my fitness each month. If I kept CrossFit I would be right around $175 for the month. Yeah it was just too much for me to justify each month! 

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2. We got a new gym membership

D and I like to workout together when we can and he really can’t do CrossFit with his leg still. I missed the gym with him & we FINALLY found a gym that has what we want & isn’t crawling with 8 year olds jumping from treadmill to treadmill.  Yes it was madness trying to run or lift weights!

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3. New Goals (or old ones) 

I loved my workouts with CrossFit but I know I need to add more cardio into my life. I want to start running a couple half marathons a year and gasp maybe try a full.  I was only doing CrossFit because I was paying so much I felt I didn’t want to waste the money. I realize I am weird and could go run at night or something but I didn’t.

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4. CrossFit Crutch 

I won’t lie CrossFit made me feel like I burned more calories than I actually did. I thought I burned like 800 million calories each workout but in reality it was more like 300-400. Which is great but I was eating like I worked out for 4 hours. Not good. Again this is TOTALLY my fault but still it got me in a bad habit.  Sometimes our mind can be our biggest enemy.

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5. I’m a Cat

Here is the thing I like working out alone. Some people are dogs and like the group thing but honestly I don’t want to workout with people most of the time! I will workout with D maybe 1-2 times a week and even then we spend 80% of our workouts apart.  Workouts are my zone out time and relax, I just want to focus on getting it done! My box didn’t have open gym and I think I would have stayed if I could have done a WOD alone and gotten out.  (Now I am planning on teaching group fitness classes but that is totally different I will always want my little alone time though!)

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Finally I want to say if you are on the fence about CrossFit TR

Y it. I will be going back for sure (probably after the wedding) and do still love it! I think I am going to look for a new box that has open gym & a little more flexibility.

happy sunday….

Allison

Weekly Meal Planning for One & Grilled Sweet Potatoes

This week I sat down to think about what I would cook the nights D was home. I was giving him options and realized that I have stuff to make EVERYTHING I listed for him but had zero plans to make any of it on “alone” nights.

D works nights so I do eat a lot of dinners by myself. Sometimes it works in my favor- I can totally just have cereal and its amazing. However it works against me as well, I tend to grab something on my way home from errands, the gym or work. Now I’m not stopping for a Big Mac usually it’s Chipotle or Jimmy Johns.  So I decided to spend a little time doing my own meal planning.

Here is what I came up with!

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Of course this is just what I am planning! I am trying really hard not to eat out when it’s just me and save my splurge meal on a night out when I really want something!

If the squash is good I will totally share the recipe.

Next I wanted to tell you to grill your sweet potatoes. It will really be the best thing you ate all day. Just do it- you can thank me later! I melted a little coconut oil, sea salt, garlic and black pepper. Beyond good!

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Off to plan weekly workouts now!

How to Not Go Crazy While Planning a Wedding

Happy Monday everyone!

Since D and I have less than 3 months (eek) to our wedding I wanted to post about some of the things we have done to make things easier while planning our big day! I feel like so many people I know just got engaged and it’s a tough thing to know where to start!

1. Be Flexible

This has been huge help for us! I understand if you have your heart just set on a certain date then of course go for it and love your day. However we saved big bucks by picking a date that was two weeks before our original plan. I thought it was totally worth it and so did he! We also had our pick of venues when we were looking because we just said these months would be ideal. It also took some stress away not worrying if we could get the date- we just picked one they had open!

2. IT’S MINE

That’s right its all your wedding. This one was very hard for me! I want things to be perfect and please everyone. I have worked really hard to make sure this is about D and I ! If you don’t like something say it- if its out of budget then speak up! Don’t agree just because someone else did it at their wedding. Personally I like opinions and its been hard because of so MANY ideas thrown out there (hello Pintrest)! But don’t get talked into having an outdoor garden ceremony when you really want an indoor ballroom! Go with what you want and your budget will allow.

3. Budget and Spend Appropriately

D and I are VERY lucky and grateful for my parents giving us the wedding of our dreams. Personally I don’t think we go crazy spending so I didn’t think we would with our wedding but come to reality friends weddings cost mucho dinero! I think the best thing to do is decide what you want to spend money on. Do you love flowers and want 500 million of them? Or would you rather have a sit down dinner? Both? Love certain chairs? Is cake just the thing you have dreamed of or just part of it all? Sit down BEFORE doing anything (aka write any checks) and really make a list about what is important to you! Then you can spend money accordingly.

4. Shop Around

We had great recommendations from our venue but I didn’t go with them right away (I used a few). I wanted to see what options were out there and did a ton of research. Most websites can give you a general idea of what they will charge. You can compare the price and then set up meetings with the people you like. For example, my flowers… I knew I didn’t want to spend $4,000 on my flowers! That wasn’t were I wanted my funds to go- so I researched MANY different places online and finally found one I liked. (Huge thanks to my mother for not letting me get wooden flowers) That is when I scheduled a sit down with her and went over details. It would be a waste of time for both parties if I did a sit down with every florist knowing I didn’t want to spend that much!

5. Make a Decision

Seriously just do it. I’m not saying don’t research or compare but heavens if ALL you are doing is meeting with wedding people you will get tired of it, I swear! I actually have done pretty well with this but can see how people can get caught up in trying EVERY option. If you can’t decide call your mom, his mom or part of your bridal party. My sister and I are planning weddings together so its actually nice having a sounding board!

6. A Wedding is a Day, a Marriage is a Lifetime

Just the other day D said “I am just tired of talking about this!!” We had been talking wedding for about 2 hours and he was just done. Since we don’t see each other nightly I tend to bombard him with wedding on his nights off. (And no talking about important wedding stuff on the phone with the police radio in the background and him 95% distracted DOES NOT work). So I have tried to limit wedding talk to 30 minutes a night then focus on “us”. We still go on dates, have fun and just spend time with each other. Just because you are getting married doesn’t mean the relationship end game has been accomplished!

 

Hope these tips help! Just remember its a HAPPY day and enjoy!

Texas Caviar, Sick Sophie and an Early Workout

Happy Saturday peeps!

I am so wipe from my 2 day work week- seriously don’t know how I am going to work  five days in row.  It’s total madness…

I was going to share this recipe the other day but it has been hard getting back in the groove. AKA I have been lazy! New Years Day we always eat our good luck black-eyed peas.  This is my favorite way to eat them- duh anything that is in dip form I am totally into!

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This is a great something to take to a party and doesn’t require heat! You can also add a little spice to it with a fresh jalapeno pepper! I was lazy and just bought a bottle of dressing but you can make one homemade (which is totally better).

Sophie has been a little under the weather- she doesn’t seem like she feels bad just keeps getting sick on me. Hopefully it will pass soon and we can go on playing.

D worked last night so when he got home I staggered out of bed and got dress for the gym!  I usually always have a plan when headed to workout but today I didn’t. I let Duane pick what we wanted to do. We spent time mostly on arms!

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Yeah so it was a bit random this morning… but that WAS part of my 2014 goals is to try new things. I never usually use weight machines to workout (hello CrossFit) I like the free weights better usually since it seems more challenging. Eh to each his own- trying new things!

The thing with this workout is to do it like a circuit and no rest this will get your heart rate up and get more out of it!

Then D wanted to do cardio so I agreed and jumped on the Elliptical for this quick workout from FitnCookies! I love finding new workouts randomly and this one was great! Then we stretch it out and headed home!

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D headed to be and I made a spinach egg scrambler! I haven’t been into salsa on eggs lately but still love a little burn. I love red pepper flakes on my eggs and hey I guess I saved like 40 calories with the salsa! Oh good that means I can add it to something else!

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Have a happy Saturday!