Thursday, May 28, 2015

Things that are happening to me...

I'm pretty crunchy-granola tend toward the hippie-ish side.  So it is not shock that I am always trying to keep a look out for ways I can be healthier... and it has gotten to a whole new level since Luna was born.  I'd like her to be set up right, not struggle with cravings or feelings eating if I can help it.

That said my sister-in-law brought up the Whole 30 to my attention.  And after doing a minimal amount of reading (the plan is pretty straight forward), we both decided to dive in!  I mean come on it is just thirty days.  In Di's words, "If we can't give up a food for thirty days we might need to go to rehab".

So we set off on our adventure.  It wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be.  I do really well with extremes... shocking to all those who know me well right?!?  The hard fast lines are easier for me then the "limit" lines.

If you're anything like me eating a portion of ice cream is silly.  Imean have you seen what they call a serving size??  No one eats that small of an amount!  It reminds me of the chick from Devil Wears Prada:

Point being I do much better with extremes so this diet was right up my sleeve.

The first few days were a struggle.  I was constantly wanting to make "substitute foods".  Like I love brownies and I found great recipes were I could make them with all approved foods... but that isn't the point.  It is to revamp your food intake.

As the days passed it became easier and I struggled less.

After the 30 days were over:

  • I didn't loose any weight but I didn't plan to.
  • I did feel empowered: I can live without sugar and it's ok!
  • I got creative with foods and found that living "Whole 30" isn't living lesser.
  • I'm excited to implement a lot of what I have learned in my day to day diet!
  • I'm excited to slowly introduce some of the foods I missed.  (I mean don't get me wrong I love me some fruit but a delicious brownie on occasion is needed!)

Overall: I think it was way easier then I thought is was going to be and I am so glad to have done it and liked it enough that I am trying to stick to it for two meals a day!

What health challenges have you gotten yourself into lately?

Live. Love. Loud.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wondering about Wandering

Chris and I own a house we let.

We spent years working hard and redoing each inch of the house and just as Murphy would have it we moved out not even a month after we finished the last room.

We didn't sell the house but instead kept it and try and rent it to families/individuals that will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it be what it is today.  In between these people who make our home theirs we do updates and tweak the things that need tweaking and so for a short time every few years I find myself once again elbow deep in projects.

It is not as satisfying as when you get to enjoy the fruits of your labors.  It is in these moments when I sometimes fantasize about selling everything we own and living as vagrants popping over and living with family and friends as we make our way across the United States and beyond to see what it all has to offer.

It may seem like a crazy idea but I often feel like the stuff I own gets int eh way of... well me... being me.

Am I alone in my dreams of wandering?

Live. Love. Loud.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Bridal Circle: The LUXE

Inspiration can come in many forms and from many different places/people.  That seems to be the motto of Sade Awe, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Bridal Circle..

This site is perfect for any couple in the process of planning their dream wedding.  It tends towards having the cutting edge ideas and trends for the upcoming season from loads of leaders in the wedding industry!  They cover real weddings, stylized shoots and more!  They don't cover just one area of the globe but instead cover and cultivate a specific cutting edge/unique/up and coming ideas for weddings.

But don't take my word on it jump on over and get yourself inspired!

Live. Love. Loud.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tantrums, Reality and Joy Filled Thanks

I'm a kid at heart.

There is no doubt about that reality.  In both the great fun loving, energetic, fun loving way and in the not so awesome I kind of want to drop on the ground and throw my limbs around in protest kind of way as well.  I doubt that I'm alone in this inner tantrum.. or maybe I am.

Lately I had been having the inner tantrum desire a lot.  I wasn't getting what I wanted and when I wanted it.  I wasn't having life look as easy and pretty as I thought that it should.  A few nights ago I had a beautiful reality check.  A what I hope to soon call friend was telling me of life.  The struggle that was real and how she was dealing with it.  Her frank composure as she told of depending on Christ and her acceptance of facing her challenge was like a nice slap to the face of my childish complaints.

How often I feel like I'm entitled to more, better, something akin to a pastel rendering of a child's fairy tale (grim variety not included or desired!).  How often I forget to stop and thank God for all that I have and the amazing parts of my life I over look or push aside in an effort to better see the "ugly" or "undesired" sections.

So to this friend I say thank you for the reminder of how much Christ has given me and how I should be ever more grateful for the many great parts in my life.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jet Setting, Intimate and Possibly Perfect?

The moment you say yes you might have your wedding in mind.  You might have this winery  with a ivy covered canopy in your future or you might want a deep south plantation with its aged shipped board and a distressed wood furniture... OR you might be like me and dream of jetting off to a beautiful location with a sandy beach, crashing waves.

I wanted to fly off in ease and have the wedding just unfold in front of me.  I wanted to have a glass of champagne and descend from the villa that I was obviously making my soon to be permanent home.

Alas that was not in my future but it did launch a life long obsession with destination weddings and why I just swoon when I get to photograph them!

Well, my obsession served you, or anyone who is planning their very own amazing destination wedding: Jet Fete. Cause I came across a blog that is just as obsessed as me!  They walk you through anything you might need to know about planning from  a distance!

Jump on over and see if they can inspire you!

Live. Love. Loud.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Life Change

Oh my I have changed.

(This was taken about... 2 hours after I found out I was pregnant with Luna.)

I am still me but... I'm so different all at the same time.  Before I had a child I was a lot of things that are still here but I was rather... unfeeling?  We shall call it that.  I'm not a really emotional person, never have been.  Before Luna I lacked a deep amount of compassion or heart.  I wanted to be almost fully impenetrable and for the most part I was.  You can ask my family, most would say they never saw me cry and if they did it was very rare.  It was almost a pride thing for me.

If I didn't feel I couldn't hurt.  The statement sounds fair but the lie is deep.  When you don't feel you don't experience.

God, Chris and Luna changed my cold unfeeling heart instead of Joni Mitchell.

I feel weird every time my emotions "run away with me".  It feels strange, wrong but great at the same time.

I love feeling... mostly :D  It is nice to see hurt and hurt for them instead of ... being uncomfortable and wanting to run away.

I may experience more sorrow, tears and sadness but I also feel more joy then ever before.  Between learning to sacrifice so much of myself and those lovely hormones that come with motherhood: I feel.

It is nice; change is nice.

Live. Love. Loud.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Shame or in other words: Monthly Goals

Whenever I think over the months of spring I can't help but start humming a tune from the musical Seven Brides from Seven Brothers.  Silly I'm sure but if you've seen it I'm sure that you'd understand the connection.  Something about women in their undergarments dreaming about being married that sticks with you... plus all the silliness and fun just wins me over everytime!

(photo thanks to Schmoe Knows)

So here's to more dancing in underwear and dreaming... and while I'm at it this month's Goals...

But first a peak at my success and failings from last month :/

April's Goals

  • I WILL exercise!  I WILL!  (walking counts right??)
  • Take pictures of BFF Visit!  (with two reminders so aptly given by my husband, the moment they walked in the door and yet I still forget)
  • Put together dining room table
  • Finally make toothpaste
    • Use toothpaste no matter how poorly it turns out

  • Edit client photos and get them back within 4 weeks!
  • Submit wedding for publication
  • Be more consistent with Social media
  • Meet with Wedding professional/socialize

May's Goals


  • Continue exercising
  • Try to be better about sugar
  • Spend more time with friends
  • Set aside time to do some reading


  • Submit wedding to publication
  • Add hot topic button to blog
  • Look over 2016 bridal shows
  • Get Updated Canvas Sample
  • Meet up with Wedding professional

What are you doing this month? What are your adventures?

Live. Love. Loud.