Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Porch Décor–Pumpkins Galore

Didn’t want to go too crazy with this year’s fall porch décor.


Last time I made my own glaze, painted pumpkins, crafted up some fall themed tea lights.

Yeah it was cute and all but it was a lot of work!

This time I just wanted to throw something together.

Here’s what I came up with………




I’m still using the same fall wreath I made a few years back. It’s been around for awhile but I love it so it gets to stay!



I thought I would save myself some time and just plant pumpkins instead of pansies. You don’t have to water pumpkins……well after they’re off the vine you don’t!

Fall Porch Board1


My shadow aka Brady aka The Tornado was having a hissy fit that he had to stay inside.

I didn’t  realize he was photobombing until I looked back though the pictures. Only 3 1/2 months old and already rocking the photobomb what a little genius. Winking smile



On Friday I’m going to the World’s Longest Garage sale with my mom. In fact by the time you read this I’m probably already getting my shop on!

Y’all I can even tell you how excited I am. We’re talking miles upon miles of awesomeness! I’ll be taking pics and video so I can share. If you would like to follow along find me on Instagram. I’ll be posting throughout the day!

Trust me you’re going to want to see this!



Monday, October 15, 2012

Meet Brady Our New Pup


Y’all haven’t officially meet Brady so let me introduce you to our new furry family member.

I’m sharing more about this little guy over on my photo blog…….

-More photos
-Blooper pics because I LOVE a good outtake shot
and wait until you see how he kept himself busy while I was working.

It was a BIG NO NO BAD DOG moment!

Click HERE to check the post out!






Friday, October 12, 2012

What it’s Like to Workout for 6 Hours–Shaun T’s STRIDE Certification


IMG_20121004_120922                                              I’m kind of in love with my cutup Kelly K. workout shirt.


1 fitness certification down why not go for an second one!

This time around I got certified to teach S.T.R.I.D.E which is Shaun T’s (as in Insanity and Hip-Hop Abs guy) new toning/hip-hop format.

Holy mother of Francis

We had to earn that certification……

6 hours of dancing, squats, pushups, planks

Oh my

I work out a lot BUT I even shocked myself. I had no idea I could survive 6 hours of that. We’re talking Biggest Looser last chance type of workout. Okay maybe not that cray-cray but it was challenging for sure!


My certification is good for 2 years but I had so much fun that I wouldn’t be upset if I had to do it again.


IMG_20121006_155829My friend and workout buddy Allison took the course with me.
It’s always more fun when you have a buddy to do things like this with am I right?



IMG_20121006_162840Our course instructor Danielle


The S.T.R.I.D.E format ROCKS!

You get your groove on then drop to the ground and hold a plank. Get your groove on and throw in some squats. Get your groove on then break it down with s series of pushups.

Yep it pretty much has awesomesauce all over it!


Little clip we recorded during the certification Smile





Watch this so you can see what class is like.
I’m wayyyyy in the back last row all black with light shoes.


Doesn’t that look like fun?


Our closing thoughts on the experience.
We were a little giddy and delirious at this point.


If you live in the DFW area work in the fitness industry and are looking
for new formats to add to your location let me know!





I’m linking up with:
life rearranged

friday favorite things | finding joy


Monday, October 01, 2012

Flirty Girl Fitness: My Journey Begins

Last weekend was my Flirty Girl Fitness certification! I didn’t take one stinking photo but I did record pre and post videos. You know kind of like a before and after with my thoughts from the day! 

Before we get to those I want to tell you a little bit about why I started working out…………





Many people don’t know this about me and are shocked when I tell them but I suffer from anxiety.

It didn’t hit me until couple years ago but man it sure rocked my world. High blood in stressful moments, dizzy spells, hives, stomach problems, sweaty palms/feet, debilitating fear, worry, insomnia.

I didn’t feel like myself.

I was one to never fear a thing and always up for a fun and new experience. To go from being a social butterfly completely comfortable in my own skin to living with a constant uneasy feeling I knew something was wrong. 

After a doctor visit over a year ago he suggested that I start working out to help lower my anxiety OR get on medication.

Since I didn’t want to get on medication and I could afford to lose a pound or 80 I hit the gym! It was time and I was ready to tackle this anxiety bug and get back to my old self.

I knew she still in there……….somewhere.

As I started working out and seeing changes in my body I began to make changes in my life as well.

I changed my eating habits.

I cut as much negativity out of my life as possible. I say as possible because honestly it’s always around us. You have the power to make the decision to feed into it or turn your back on it and it’s not always easy to do that.

As time went on I started to feel more like my old self….happy (not just on the outside but the inside as well).

I was motivated and ready to reach for my goal of becoming a fitness instructor. Not just any fitness class, for me it was ALWAYS cardio dance ever since I was in high school. It was something I hoped to teach one day!

Annnnnnd here I am a year later 60 pounds lighter and lower anxiety levels! Don’t get me wrong it’s not perfect and it still raises its ugly head from time to time but I have chosen to work through it by keeping up with my medication aka exercise and continuously placing myself in uncomfortable situations.

I’ll chat more about anxiety and how it’s affected me in a different post but for now the reason I’m sharing this with you this is to let you know just how hard this was for me and to show you that if you are letting fear run you, you have the power to overcome it as well!

People see me as this energetic bubbly person and I am but I had to fight to get back to the place I’m at today.

I had to fight to get back to the old me! 

Okay no on to the fun stuff!

Before the Flirty Girl Fitness certification: A ball of nerves



After: Proud and ready to do a victory lap


During Our Course. 
Big thank you to Kari for letting me share this with y’all!
You have to be looking hard to see me. I’m in the back with a white name tag on my hip.

I was serious about what I said at the end of my last clip! I talk about a lot of random nonsense on this ole blog here. If you take away anything from my blog my hope would be that I’ve inspired you in some way to live less fearful life full of positivity! You have the power to do whatever it is that set your mind to. It’s not always going to be easy you will hit bumps along the way. Take ownership in that but keep on tucking because the finish line is sooooo worth it! 

I’m looking for a place to teach soooo if you love in the DFW area and would like Flirty Girl Fitness at your studio or gym shoot me an e-mail!

If you would like to read more about my weight loss journey please visit the links below:
Friends and Fitness
On Choosing to be Happy 
How I like to Burn Calories