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Monday, January 20, 2014

Weekend Round-Up: Another Holiday Weekend

Good morning!  Today promises to be a beautiful day here in NC.  It's going to warm up just a bit and I hope it will be a day full of sunshine.  Apparently, we shouldn't get too used to the warmer weather, though.  The forecast for tomorrow is for snow.  Yep....SNOW.  We did have a thunderstorm here last Sunday.  If you know anything about Southern wives tales, you know that we're due for snow when we have a thunderstorm in the dead of winter.  I only want snow if it sticks for just the day.  Otherwise, I am ready for spring!  All in all, today is a great day to celebrate the life of a Martin Luther King, Jr.

My weekend has been very low-key.  I took Friday off so I'd have a nice, long, four-day weekend.  It never hurts to have an extra day off, right?  I loved having Friday off.  If I could, I would work four, 10-hour days a week.  I was able to get in an extra work-out with my trainer on Friday afternoon.  I have to say, I would love having Friday afternoons off to get in that weekly workout.  It was not my typical cardio boxing class workout either.  I felt like I really got a great workout...especially on the TRX.  

Friday night, I had a dinner date with one of my oldest friends and her two boys.  We had a great time laughing, catching up, and eating the yummy food at Blue Rock Pizza and Tap.  One of our good friends from Savannah was in town to entertain us.  The two (and sometimes three) man band, American Hologram, was set to play from 8 until 11.  It was great seeing Eric and surprising him by staying out until 11 p.m.  Everyone was surprised.  I'm an early to bed kind of girl and I was exhausted when I finally got home.  It's taken me the rest of the weekend to compensate for that time.  I've also gotten my internal clock off a bit.  I'll get it back on track this week.
If you ever get the chance to see these guys, do it.  They are a great duo.  They'll be in Charlotte in the spring and I have plans to be there, too.

Saturday, I met friends at the local bar to watch the end of the Carolina game and the NCSU/Duke game.  Not a pretty game for State, but it was fun to get together with friends.  I was so tired Saturday afternoon, that my nap turned into me just going to bed for the night. It's tough getting old.  ha!

I tuned into the Golf Channel most of Sunday.  I am not sure why I love watching golf so much, but I really enjoy it.  The football didn't begin until late in the day, and honestly, I'd rather watch golf.  I had no interest in the Denver game and when I did turn on the Seattle game, the first play was terrible.  I turned the game off and just checked in sporadically through the entire game.  Seattle came out on top and I'm ready to see Russell get his first Superbowl win!

Today, I plan on doing a little housework, getting some things organized and cleaned out, as well as running a few errands.  The perfect end to a wonderful weekend.

How was your weekend?
Happy Monday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Social: My Favorite Number--3

I've been MIA since the beginning of the new year.  I'll be honest. I just haven't felt like blogging.  Could it be burn out?  Maybe.  Could it be my new fitness obsession?  It does take a lot of my morning.  Maybe the life changes going on here?  I don't know, but I am going to do my best to break the slump today!

I was thrilled to find that today's Sunday Social was all about threes.  Three just happens to be my favorite number so I took it as a sign to get back to it. 

1. Top 3 favorite kinds of food 
Pizza, Wings, and Cheeseburgers--yep, not a healthy thing in the bunch.  I am quite selective about what I will eat when I'm on a cheat.  It will be one of these three things. 

2. First 3 things you do in the morning 
Brush my teeth, tinkle, and put on my gym clothes

3. Last 3 things you do at night 
Eat a piece of chocolate, brush my teeth, and drink some water

4. 3 TV shows you NEVER miss 
Brooklyn Nine Nine, Sean Saves the World, The Big Bang Theory

5. 3 places you want to visit 
Great Britain, Paris, the Grand Canyon

6. 3 people you can always count on
My parents, my siblings, my bffs--I know that's three GROUPS of people, but it was really hard to narrow it down to just three people.

Happy Sunday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Meaningful Beauty: Creme de Serum

*This product was provided to me by Influenster and all opinions are mine.*

About a month and half ago, I finally received my first Vox Box from Influenster.  I was surprised because I had no idea I was up for one.  What a pleasant surprise, too.  The box contained a fabulous bottle of Meaningful Beauty's Creme de Serum.  Yes, I'm finally in that age bracket for anti-aging creams.  I have to say I've been quite pleased.  
As promised, I found this product did indeed reduce fine lines, fade some of my sun spots, and made my face feel so soft and supple.  The mixture of a cream and serum gives it just the right feel....not too greasy and very light.  I always feel like when I use a serum, my face feels dry once the product is absorbed.  This was not the case with the Meaningful Beauty Serum.  My skin still feels soft when I wake in the morning.  By far one of the greatest products I've tried in a long time.

I used the product in addition to my normal face ritual in the evenings:  removing eye makeup followed by washing my face with a mild skin scrub.  Then a single pump application of the Serum to my face.

I can't wait to order the sample pack from Meaningful Beauty to try out more of their products!

Give it try!
xoxo,
Laurie


Sunday Social

Happy Sunday, friends!  It's cold and rainy here.  A perfect day to do laundry and catch up on my DVR.  I've got all my Thursday night shows to watch today.  Before I get to the Sunday Social, I'd like to take a moment to ask that you send up a quick prayer for my nephew.  He's 5 1/2 and in the hospital with pneumonia and the flu.  He's very sick and we need all the prayers we can get for this little man.  Thank you!

Let's get on with why I'm really here today....to link up with the lovely ladies for Sunday Social.

Sunday Social

1.Do you plan to change any of your eating habits in the new year?
I worked really hard changing my eating habits last year. I'm hoping to fine tune those changes this year.  Eating more organic and taking into account what I put in my mouth has a profound affect on how I feel.

2. Any workout tips to get us back in shape after the holidays?
I'm working on my cardio in January.  I've discovered that while the Elliptical is fabulous for building my fitness and endurance, it does nothing for fat burning.  I need to burn more fat, so I'm on the treadmill----walking.  I like the Terrain workouts and keep a basic pace of 3.5 to 3.7.  This ensures that my heart rate stays around 130, prime fat burning for my age/weight/etc.  My tip for the new year is: If you have a specific goal, hire a trainer to lay out a plan for you.  It's the best and fastest way to achieve your goal.

3. What is your favorite thing you did over the holidays?
Oak Island. I loved my time with my family, but the trip to the beach with Paige was relaxing and very much needed.

4. What is something you hope that you accomplish in 2014 that you did not in 2013?
Hmm....I'm not sure. I think I'd like to continue to fine tune my fitness and eating habits (as I sit here craving pancakes for the second day in a row).  I'd also like to expand my career.  There are lots of things that come to mind, but nothing I'm ready to share just yet.
**I thought of something--I want to start painting again this year.  I'm not sure what I will paint or what medium I will use, but I am going to get my creative spark back!**

5. Name 3 things happening this year you are excited about and why.
I'm not sure if I just can't think of anything or if I don't have anything planned for the year---but I've got nothing.  I'm looking forward to spring, though. I'm over the winter.  Time for flowers, sun, and warm weather!

Happy Sunday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Five: First Edition 2014

There are few things better than a two-day work week. Not to mention that most people are still on vacation and it was quiet.  This was perfect for me to get completely caught up on my emails.  This makes for a regular Friday for me and I am SO happy!

It's time for the Friday Five!
  
Five things on my mind today:
1.  Cold:  This cold front that pushed through last night didn't leave my area of the world with any snow; however, the gusty wind woke me around 3 a.m. I'm trying to decide what to wear today.  It will either be chilly in the building or too warm.  I'm always nervous about wearing wool, but it's 20 degrees right now and wool may be my best bet.

2.  Illness: I started this week off with the dreaded stomach bug. Yesterday was the first time I felt okay.  My nieces and nephews have been sick beginning Christmas.  Everyone is on the mend, but my little buddy is really sick and any prayers tossed up his way are welcome.

3.  Resolutions: Do you make resolutions?  I don't like them.  They always seem like something to be broken.  I do much better with goals.  I make goals and work to meet them.  Have you thought about your goals for 2014?  I have just a few, but I haven't put any on paper yet.  

4.  My Fitness:  I am so happy to be back to Fit Club.  I was out of town after Christmas and then sick, so I missed three classes.  I have to say I was amazed at how out of shape I felt.   It only motivated me more, though.

5.  Spring:  I'm ready....bring it.  I started a book the other day and the opening was describing a warm spring day with weeping cherry trees swaying in the breeze.  That was all it took to make me long for spring.

Five Things I am grateful for today:
1.  Family:  We are lucky to live so close to each other and to help each other out when needed.  I don't know what I would do with out them!

2.  Framily:  I was able to spend a little time with my framily, the McClellans, over the holidays, and honestly--they fed me dinner last night.  It's hard to beat a family that has an open door policy.  Paige even came to my rescue on Monday by bringing me a giant coke and sweet tea (2 drinks, y'all) when I was sick.  

3.  Fit Club Friends:  Thank the Lord for Fit Club!

4.  My journal:  I have really spent more time journaling over the holidays.  I feel like I have so much to release and even use it to problem solve.  If you don't journal, I highly recommend it!

5.  Health:  I am grateful to be healthy and fit.  I am glad that I can exercise like I want and to rest when I need it.

Thoughts of the Week:
Happy Friday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year: 2014

Rabbit Rabbit!
Good morning and Happy New Year.  I love that I stayed in for NYE last night and feel fabulous for the day.  I'm currently sitting in bed sipping coffee, waiting for the Tournament of Roses parade to begin shortly.  I discovered last night that I am SO well-rested that I had a bout of insomnia.  I fell asleep around 8:30 only to awaken at 10:30.  I finally had to benedryl myself back to sleep around 3.  Seriously....that was terrible being awake for that long, but I feel fabulous today.  I think my stomach may be getting back to normal, too.  I'm still nervous about what I should eat, but I know I'll have some of the yummy traditional New Year's Day food today.
Here's to a wonderful 2014 
Wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous new year! Make it the best year yet!
Happy New a Year, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Weekend Round-Up: NYE

Again...I'm a day late with my weekend round-up. I have a great reason, though.  I woke up yesterday with the dreaded stomach bug.  At first, I thought that perhaps I had enjoyed a little too much wine the night before.  I'm not a big wine drinker and so I really wasn't sure what was going on; however, I quickly realized that no kind of hangover would give someone so much intestinal distress.  And I do mean DISTRESS!!  I am feeling SO much better today.  I'm still a little weak, but that will improve.  I'm just glad to be up and moving around, showered, dressed, etc.  I feel like a new person today.

Thank goodness it didn't interfere with my weekend at the beach!  My BFF and I left out the day after Christmas heading to Oak Island for some rest.  And boy did we rest. Rest, eat, rest, repeat.  It was a much needed trip and the weather was wonderful.  Of course, no one cares what the weather is like at the beach because you are at the beach.




We had a fabulous time.  I feel refreshed and relaxed.  I think I'll be ready when go back to work on Thursday.  Since I was out of town until Sunday, I didn't get a chance to link up for Sunday Social so I thought I'd go ahead and share here--especially since they are about New Years!

1. What is the best New Years Eve you've ever had?
I've never had a fabulous NYE.  Frankly, I'm usually sick.  The last couple of years, I've gone out to eat Sushi and then home to be as usual.  NYE is nothing special in my book.

2. Are you doing anything for NYE this year and if so what?
Nothing.  I have no plans and the thought of staying in tonight is quite satisfying.

3. Name a book we should all read come January?
The Four Agreements.  I've had this book on my shelf forever and I just read it on my trip to the coast.  Now, I just need to put these agreements into motion.

4. What are your new year's resolutions? 
I don't think resolutions really work, but I always strive to be a better person than I was last year.  I have some personal goals such as keeping on track with my healthier lifestyle.  I want to get back into painting.  I haven't painted in a year.  I can't decide if I want to dabble in oils or watercolors.  Either way, I need to create.

Happy New Year's Eve, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

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