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Weekend Wrap Up : Celebrating 5

Mar 30, 2015

With our anniversary on Friday we knew we wanted an entire weekend of celebrating.
And celebrate we did!

Friday before dinner we exchanged our wood themed gifts.
Guys, Mister did so well.
Drumroll...
A picnic basket because it is made out of wood!
Genius!
I am already planning an assortment of snacks to fill this adorable basket with and enjoy some Spring weather at a local park!
I gave Mister a WeWood watch...which I totally failed to photograph but it is this one.
A watch, made of wood! And I thought I was the clever one.  He did better than me, once again!
My plan is to have a 'wood' gift guide up later this week for more ideas.
Ironically, Mister said he almost got me one of the watches as well.
They say you've been together too long when... ;)
For dinner we headed to Red Feather in Oakley.
Oh my lanta.
The wine was amazing, whipped ricotta on grilled bread, salmon with a crisp outer layer, melt in your mouth short ribs...it was all to do die for. 
I am still dreaming about this meal.
I recently had my rehearsal dinner dress altered so I wore that to dinner along with my most favorite bright pink wedding shoes.  I am huge dork and love to try to wear my shoes every year with my dinner outfit.

And then, of course, it was wedding dress time.
Floyd was not really into our photo shoot.
I will, again, fully acknowledge my dorkiness BUT I LOVE my dress and I love this silly excuse to put it back on each year.

Other weekend highlights included enjoying a bottle of wine we had been saving, popping into Famous Footwear for some shoe shopping and the outlets for Spring clothes.
The man knows the way to my heart...wine and shoes and clothes.  And adorable picnic baskets.

Saturday night we headed over to Katie's for a chili cook off a round of the Newlywed game...only appropriate for our anniversary weekend, right?  I have to say Mister and I did pretty well!

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5

Mar 27, 2015

We did it, Mister!
5 years of wedded bliss!
Good thing we had 10 years of dating to practice up to this point ;)

I am over the moon every single day to be married to my best friend, closest confidant, person who makes me laugh and smile on a  daily basis.  I can't imagine doing this life with anyone else (and Floyd, duh!).  Every day is a new adventure and I can't wait to see was the next 555 years bring us :)

Happy anniversary to the cutest, most handsome man I know.

P.s. we all know this means I will be putting my wedding dress on tonight...it's almost my favorite part of our anniversary each year. 
And you know how much I love the traditional gifts...5 years is wood.
I will have a gift guide up next week...couldn't do this week or Mister would know his gift!

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Stretch IT Out

Mar 23, 2015

We all know my love of running and I've mentioned recently that I injured my IT band. 
Womp Womp.
I finally went to to the doctor and Physical Therapy starting back in January.  
It pained me to admit that something was actually wrong but the actual pain in my knee was worse.  
So begrudgingly I went and started religiously going to PT. 
PT was and is a slow, slow process but as far as I can tell it is working.
I have even started run/walking a bit and that mileage number down on the right is slowly creeping back up.
The more I research, the more I find how common this injury is to runners.  
This is my first (and hopefully last!) running injury and it has taken a toll on me.  
I am so cautious not to push myself too much too fast for fear of it flaring back up.  
Slow and steady is the name of the game here.
So I am hoping with the exercises and stretches I will continue to be on the road to recovery. 

This injury has taught me a few things...
1. I am terrible at being injured.  
The physical pain was killing me but even more so was the inability to run.  
Running is such a mental game and not running is even more of a mental game.
Trying to find other ways to get cardio in have been difficult but at least I had my push ups
2.  Being injured does has silver linings.
The upside of this injury is that it happened during the worst time of the year to run.  I was able to bypass the sub zero temperatures and ice and slush on the roads. 
3.  Injury made me gracious.
Not being able to run has really made me thankful for my ability to run when I am injury free.  And that I enjoy running and can do it.  I used to never think I would be a runner and now it is a large part of my life.  Granted my cardio may be down at the moment but all is not lost and it is slowly coming back. 

The most useful tools for me have been a stretch out strap, resistance bands and a foam roller.
I will be the first to admit that at first I HATED foam rolling.
Mister would tell me again and again how amazing it was and I just would not listen. 
I still don't love it but I will admit that it is helping and has helped quite a bit along the way.
I am doing my best to do my exercises and roll twice a day.
It does take quite of a bit of time out of my day but being injury free is worth it. 
Floyd is incredibly helpful when I roll.

He is available for hire if you need him.
Or if you are good at multi tasking.  He does require his belly to be rubbed while he is helping you. 

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5 Friday Loves

Mar 20, 2015

5 things for you on this Spring Friday...
1.  Floyd, because there is never enough Floyd
2.  Remember when I told you guys about Rocksbox a few weeks ago?
Well I have continued to become more and more obsessed.  The last box I got included an adorable Gorjana gold bar necklace that I have yet to take off since I received it.  There is a very large chance that bad boy isn't being mailed back to them.
And you guys are in luck...Rocksbox is amazing and they are extending the code 'totalbassetcasexoxo' for your first month when you join for another month!  No seriously, a free month of adorable jewelry goodies that just arrive at your door.  I would jump on it if I were you! 

3.  A huge shoutout and loudest praise ever to my besties over at Baseball Lacelets!  They launched their Kickstarter a few weeks ago to help them buy their own laser engraver.  And with over a week to go they met their goal!!! And it is still growing!  How amazing is that?!
(possibly one of the most fun pictures I've ever taken)

Click here to back them! 
We have watched them grow their business from literally the ground up (when they used to hand stamp every single lacelet) and are so proud of how much they've grown.  They are blowing things out of the water, moving and grooving at lightening speed and we can NOT wait to see what happens next for them.

4.  There's a chance I ordered this shirt last night....

5.  I made these cookies last night for some friends...talk about yummy and easy! And they use coconut oil instead of butter! 

Happy Friend, friends! 

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All the Push Ups

Mar 18, 2015

Back in December I was at bootcamp and our instructor had a sign up that said, '10,000 Push Up Challenge! 100 push ups a day for 100 days! Join us!'
I read it and chuckled to myself...no thanks I said.
Then I proceeded to come up with almost 10,000 excuses not to do it.
'That sounds boring'
'I don't want to count to 100 every day'
'I bet that takes forever to do each day'
'I can't do 100 regular push ups'
'I don't want to'
and the list goes on.

Fast forward to the end of the class and I was signed up.
There's a chance I can be persuaded quickly and I like a good fitness challenge.
In my head I told myself I would at least do it until my birthday.
That seemed like a reasonable goal.
My birthday came and went and I kept on push upping.
Even on New Year's Day when I was a bit dead from my birthday
Now I am not one to quit something so I knew at that point, I was going to finish this beast. 
And finish I DID!
Yes I made Mister document my 10,000th push up.
Not to toot my own horn butttt I am pretty impressed with myself and excited I was able to complete this challenge.

I have heard from a few people that this challenge sounds impossible and there is NO way they could do it.
I am here to tell you, YOU CAN!
And YOU SHOULD!
I will address some of my (and maybe your) concerns and do my best to convince you to try this.
'That sounds boring' - I won't deny that the repetitiveness did get a bit boring but with all the different versions of push ups out there, it is not too bad.
'I don't want to count to 100 every day' Let's just say that I am a bit tired of counting but man do I have it down pat.
'I bet that takes forever to do each day' Oh nay nay! I promise you they do not. Seriously.  I would normally break them up into 25-30 at a time and would knock them out in less than 5 minutes.
'I can't do 100 regular push ups' No big deal! I did plenty of girl push ups in between normal ones.  And the more you do, the better you become and the easier they get.
'I don't want to' This was true for me at first but once I started I wanted to finish!

So to recap, I promise you can do it!
Do all the girl push ups you want! Good girl push ups are a million times better than bad regular ones.  
Or start with an abbreviated version.  Do 50 a day for 100 days.  
The more push ups you do, the easier they come, I PROMISE.
Plus, it makes your arms look AWESOME!  So one point for that with us coming up on tank top season. 
I am kicking myself for not doing a before and after photo of my arms.  Trust me, my guns are larger and I don't hate it.

So I challenge YOU to do some push ups! Let me know if you do!!

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