if i had a penny.

If I had a penny for every time I told myself “tomorrow I’m going to start working out and feeling great…” I’d be rich.

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Two back-to-back pregnancies have taken their toll on my body (not complaining here… just stating the obvious).  So I decided to do something about it!

I had just found out I was pregnant with Elijah two weeks before this pic was taken… Kinsley was just 5 months old.  My babies are close in age!

 

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The Challenge Package came in the mail today, and I find myself on a carpet floor littered with toys sifting through instruction manuals, recipe booklets, and workout DVDs.  I jumped head first into a new lifestyle of no excuses.

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I am going to hit the floor hard with my PiYo (pilates and yoga) workouts!  I joined an online challenge group to keep me accountable!  I really am giddy with excitement at the thought of accomplishing my fitness and nutritional goals!  Plus, these shakes I’m on are super low carb, GMO free, gf, and tasty!  Yay!  I’ll update my progress as I go… it really helps to bolster my commitment and confidence as I go!

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So I’m emptying my penny jar and cashing in!  No regrets!

 

baby shower // jade

My sister Ashley is expecting her third little girl next month… Jade is her name!  I see her already, hair dark, voice sweet, and skin soft.  If she is anything like her sisters she will be all of these…. uniquely in her own way.

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My mom hired Women of Whimsey, a local catering and event planning company here in North Florida to completely facilitate the event.  Needless to say… we were blown away!

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Soft hues of purples, silvery grey, billowy whites were the theme.  Chalk painted boards, babies breath… oh the babies breath!  Antique crystal, personalized paper goods… Ashley (and Jade) were in heaven!

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If I could wish one thing for Jade it would be this…

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

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We can’t wait to meet you sweet girl!

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Love,

Aunt Jacks

strawberries and cream.

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Mornings with Kinsley… After she eats her yogurt, strawberries, Mila, and honey, I see a burst of fresh energy!

She runs from here to there… collapsing into her plush sherpa toddler chair.  She grabs her phone… and instantly she talks!!

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Her language is all her own at this point, but I sense her joy.  She is eager to tell whoever it is that she is talking to what she is up to!  Her intonations are lively.  She slams the phone down, only to pick it up again.

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Oh if you could hear what I hear.  I can’t wait to have those conversations with my girl.  To know her heart.  Her heart is so full, so wise, so kind.

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She is a true conversationalist… and… a lover of books! Yay!

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drab to fab.

My mother-in-law, Amanda, came over today to help me and Adam bring some much needed warmth and organization to our seemingly drab space.  She specializes in accessorizing using things you already have in your home… books, picture frames, odds and ends!  She is beyond talented!  Our family room has been a source of great frustration for me recently.  The furniture lacked a sense of flow, and the toys were everywhere… what to do?

Amanda thought it would be nice to split the room into two useful spaces.  Below are pictures of the “kids’ nook.”  I love it!!

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She then apportioned off our media/family area!  I am so thrilled with the results, and am excited to thrift this week and find treasures to brighten my home!  Thank you Amanda, you blessed me more than you know!! I’m still waiting on those business cards! You rock!XOXO

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sweat.

My most beloved of all shoes got a run today.

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Six years old… they have seen mile upon mile of prairie path and pavement.

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Breathing in God’s fresh air this evening.  Just me and Him… like old times.

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Thank you God for this race to run with you. Keep me on pace… in step with my Maker.

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with persereverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Hebrews 12:1-2

ringing in the new year.

This is a bit late… but better late than never!

My sweet babies are taking their afternoon nap, so I decided it was high time for some Dove dark chocolate and a little time reminiscing! Oh how I love to “look back!”

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This 2014 was welcomed at my parent’s house as we also celebrated my mom’s “29th” birthday!

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She never seems to age… the picture of health and youth!

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The evening was fabulous… wine, duck with roasted vegetables… and for dessert I whipped up a delicious lemon mousse garnished with fresh blueberries! Check it out! (Super easy)

http://www.marthastewart.com/334310/quick-lemon-mousse

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Here’s to 2014… may it be a year filled to the brim with every good and perfect gift from above!

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