So Much Excitement

No words can express how EXCITING the past couple of days have been…

beautiful flowers from my Dear

sporting my new lulu clothes

complete goofball

shopping kitchen sales

getting a [major] sweat on

Anddd… WE GOT A PUPPY!

he’s 10 weeks old, itty-bitty, and a whole lotta fun!

we’re bringing him home later this week!

After we left the kennel, the fun continued…  I got a Keurig!

On the food front, things have been [almost as, but not quite as] exciting…

a Teet lunch date

Cliff Mojo bar  [sweet + salty = whole lotta flava]

breakfast [pasta] for dinner

pumpkin pie baked french toast

Few words, many pictures, lots of excitement!

The sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day- I’m taking it as a sign that 2012 is going to be a great year!  My Dear and I are headed out to run some errands [aka buying puppy supplies] or to see a movie this afternoon.  Tonight we’re planning to have dinner with my momma and then later head downtown to spend New Year’s Eve with some friends [playing board games and sipping champagne]!

Happy New Year!

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Question:  What should we name our new puppy?  Currently, my vote is for “Pepper” or “Charlie”…

Question:  How are you celebrating New Year’s Eve?

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“Life is here, now.”

Back in August, one of my good girlfriend Heather wrote a fabulous guest post about accepting her body for what it is and transitioning from the straight size to the plus size modeling world.

Over the past few months, Heather has been busy traveling nonstop for jobs that include the plus size lingerie company Hips and Curves, Slink Magazine, Zappos, QVC, and American Apparel.  And next month she plans to go to LA, NYC, and Costa Rica!

Heather is more than a pretty face, she is also a great role model for women, young and old [and myself included]…  Here’s her story [as seen on her website]:

What you see here is a 70 pound difference. I grew up a bigger girl; but for 8 years of my life, I lived in a mental prison. I constantly counted calories and obsessively worked out to an unhealthy size 0 with 9% body fat. I lost my period for five years. My butt cheeks didn’t even touch! (Yep, you heard me…) Nothing mattered but performing my rituals and compulsions I conjured up in my head. I did not have any space in my brain to see the world around me, connect with people, and ultimately live. Constantly striving to be something else, you do not have time to think about the important things in life — friends, loved ones, learning, giving back, following your passions, etc. I was always thinking, “When I weigh ___, I’ll be happy… my life will be perfect.” This is the biggest lie in the world. Life is here, now. You cannot wait for a certain event or milestone to truly begin living your life.

So with time, countless doctors, helpful books, and role models in the plus industry, I began to heal. The transformation was not easy (it was actually quite hellish), but I made a decision to choose freedom. I started listening to my body and respecting it. I eat whole foods and love working out. I want to prove to people that you can be healthy at any size. My motto is to just be as healthy as I can be (body, mind, & soul), and wherever I end up, is where I’m supposed to be . It is my passion to show people that once you are true to your authentic self, doors begin to open and you can truly live your life to the fullest.

Check out some of her most recent [stunningly beautiful] work…

Be sure to check out Heather on tumblr or her website!

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”

~ Albert Einstein

Question:  Who is your greatest role model?

Question:  What motivates you to truly be you?

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Satisfyingly Simple

Ghoulddd morning!  I started saying “ghoulddd morning” around Halloween and it’s kinda stuck…  Just go with it [ha]!  This morning I woke up feeling a little funky so I wasn’t in the mood to whip out any pots or pans, or to use any appliances.  Breakfast was satisfyingly simple…

an apple, Greek yogurt with pumpkin pie spice, and cereal

Cheerios, Kashi Go Lean, and Peanut Butter Puffins

This morning I’m on a mission to find a new coffee maker and make a purchase.  Thank you to all y’all who provided me with some insight regarding my coffee/espresso combo machine vs. Keuirg debate!  But…  I’m still undecided- I like the idea of making a cappuccino at home [I love frothy milk!], but I’m also enticed by the Keurig’s ease and quickness…

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The rest of my day should be fun and relaxing.  I’m planning to: finish writing my Christmas thank-you’s, start reading “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult, get my sweat on at the gym, and meet a girlfriend at the mall to shop and/ or see a movie…

“Wishing You A Wonderful Holiday Season”

Oh, and make hamburgers for dinner [as requested by my Dear]…  BEEF, it’s whats for dinner!

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P.S.  Check out DJ Earworm’s Mashup- United State of Pop 2011…  Regardless of what type of music you listen to, you gotta admit the guy has talent!

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Featured songs include:

  • Adele – Rolling In The Deep
  • Adele – Someone Like You
  • Black Eyed Peas – Just Can’t Get Enough
  • Bruno Mars – Grenade
  • Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song
  • Britney Spears – Till The World Ends
  • Cee Lo Green – F* You
  • Enrique Iglesias – Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)
  • Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
  • Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor
  • Jeremih feat. 50 cent – Down On Me
  • Katy Perry – Firework
  • Katy Perry – E.T.
  • Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
  • Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  • LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
  • LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It
  • Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On
  • Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
  • Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
  • OneRepublic – Good Life
  • Pink – Raise Your Glass
  • Pitbull – Give Me Everything
  • Rihanna – S&M
  • Rihanna – We Found Love

Question:  What’s your go-to breakfast when you’re not in the mood to cook?

Question:  What’s your fave hamburger recipe?  What are your fave hamburger toppings?

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