Wedding: Bridal Photos

Here are a few more photos of my bridesmaids and I before the wedding ceremony :)

I was really happy to have the photographs of me looking out the window at the guys.  We planned this ahead of time and when the guys were outside with the one photographer, I was upstairs looking out at them with the other photographer.  The old mansion worked out so well for this photo and had the perfect window!

The piano photo was my idea. You know, since I’m a music teacher and all… I thought it would be cute.

3 More Weeks!

3 weeks until our wedding!!

Some updates from the past week or so…

We picked up our wedding bands!

I found “back up”/reception shoes at DSW.  I love my pink Badgley Mischka shoes, but they are 5 inches and not the most comfortable…

I had my first dress fitting two weeks ago and my final fitting this week!

I have my hair and make up trial next week! If you want a sneak peak of my ideas, check out my Pinterest board.

I started running again!! No more itchy legs and I am really loving it.  I kinda like this running thing! I ran twice outside this week and on the treadmill today.  The weather is so much better than it was a month ago!  My weeknights have been very busy between school obligations and wedding appointments, but I am trying to fit in running and CXWORX (at home) when possible.  I think I will be ready to start a training plan for a spring marathon (Nike Women’s 1/2 in DC???) in a few months and will LOVE running in the cold weather.  I have been in super healthy eating mode too!  Gotta look good in that wedding dress and in Hawaii!

I started a new grad class this past Friday/Saturday and it is completely devoted to incorporating iPads into the classroom.  We even get to keep an iPad completely in our own classroom!  I’m really loving it!

Do you like my pink keyboard cover on my school computer? My little girls at school do!

I just ordered this case for my iPad. Isn’t it cute?!! I can’t wait to get it!

I also started a school wordpress blog for one of my groups and it is really fun.  The kids are getting into it and I’m excited to incorporate the iPad and let them create.  It is a bit time consuming, so I have been spending more time on that blog than this one!

Making a Smoothie With an Old Blender

Don’t worry about me! Just because you might not hear from me everyday does not mean that I have fallen off the exercise train! I have been very good about getting to CXWORX/BodyPump classes on a regular basis at the gym.  I haven’t been running a lot lately because of those itchy legs and rashes I was getting from running outside.  I have been going for walks a lot and using the elliptical at the gym for a nice change.  As soon as the fall weather comes, I know I will really want to run outside. I’ve also been eating very healthy meals and I try to change up my breakfast each morning.  I usually rotate between smoothies, eggs and cereal.  Smoothies have by far been my favorite this summer and I don’t even have a good blender!

Even though I dream of the Vitamix, I use this VERY old and crappy blender for my smoothies and it might take a little longer, but it works.


A few weeks ago, the nice people at Zico sent me a bunch of their coconut water to try out.  I’ll be honest, for some reason I have been scared to try it! I don’t know why!! I like coconut stuff, but for some reason I didn’t think I would like it… but I do! I’ve been putting it in my tropical smoothies and it is great!  I’ve been using the My Fitness Pal iPhone app ever since I finished my spring marathon to get my eating back in shape, since I wasn’t going to be running 30-40 miles a week over the summer and didn’t need to eat a box of pasta everyday! I’m always low on potassium when I log my food, so coconut water is great to get extra in for the day.

Here were my supplies for my tropical smoothie this morning.  An 11.2 oz box of Zico coconut water, my awesome Vega tropical tango smoothie protein mix, chia seeds, 1/2 a banana (that bag has 2 in it… I like to freeze a bunch of them at a time), spinach and strawberries.  I promise you can’t taste the spinach at all.  Put it in your smoothies!  I know that is a weird “healthy living blogger” thing that everyone does, but it really has no taste.  I put at least a cup in my smoothies.

To get things started in this dinosaur of a blender, I rinse the spinach in my salad spinner and then put it in the blender first.  I cover it with whatever liquid I’m using.  Today was the coconut water, but I also use Silk’s Pure Almond Milk in Unsweetened Original  (30 calories).



Then I add my dry ingredients. Today was the Vega Tropical Smoothie mix and chia seeds.  I forgot about chia seeds for awhile and I’m trying to bring them back!


Then I add my frozen berries.  After trying different things out this summer, I realized I think frozen blueberries get kinda watery in smoothies, so I haven’t been using them as much.  I like frozen bananas and strawberries.  I just buy frozen strawberries in a huge bag at the grocery store.  For my bananas, I buy a bunch of 6 or so and cut them up and put two bananas in every ziplock bag and keep them in the freezer.  I hate to run out of bananas!


By then, everything is looking pretty gross because of the spinach (I promise you can’t taste it) and the smoothie is usually green.  I use crushed ice from my fridge – this blender can’t handle whole cubes… I’ve tried.  The ice definitely makes the smoothie bigger and a little thicker.  I put it in last, and have to take a spoon and mix it into the smoothie.  Then I get frustrated and have to keep stopping it and mixing it around with the spoon so it will all mix.


Then the smoothie is done! Today I had a lot so I put it in one of my large mason jars.  I really like how much smoothie this makes and it takes awhile to drink all of it!  This one is about 300 calories and really keeps me full.


Ugly color, good flavor!


My Mom and I went to look for a dress for her to wear to my wedding in October.  We ended up going to the shop where we got our bridesmaids dresses.  I tried on Colby’s sister’s dress because they just came in and was so happy! I love them! I love the scoop neck and how comfortable the chiffon is to wear.  We didn’t get to actually see this exact dress when we ordered it because the store had sold their last one off the rack.  The girls had tried on the strapless version of it and we just had to hope that it would work out!  Love it!  The purple dress hanging in the background is the dress my Mom picked out to wear!  We are going to have it shortened so it is about the same length as the bridesmaid dresses.

Woo hoo!  A little sneaky peak of my dress with my shoes! Ignore the green toenails please! I tried it on the other day too.  I ordered the one pair of Badgley Mischka shoes I had on my Pinterest wedding board and they are 5 inches tall!!!!!! I can do 4, but 5?  I’m just barely 5’5” so these shoes put me around 5’10”! I love feeling tall, I just hope I can walk! Good thing Colby is over 6’2”!  The shoes are so tall that the  dress doesn’t need hemmed and is at the perfect length!  :)

Getting Into A Routine

June 11-17

Monday- off

Tuesday- BodyPump and 30 min. elliptical

Wednesday- off

Thursday- CXWORX 30 min core class and 40 minutes on elliptical

Friday- BodyPump (1 hour class) and 4 miles on TM

This is my first full week off from school and I’ve been enjoying going to morning classes at the gym!  I love working out in the morning, but I would never get up at 5 am during the school year to workout/run before work!  I tried a CXWORX 30 minute core class last Thursday and really enjoyed it.  It is created by Les Mills, the same company that creates BodyPump.  I’ve been getting on the elliptical a few times before class just for something new.  I was a little burned out from running and sticking to a training plan for so many months and it is nice to switch it up.  I’m really enjoying running the mileage I want.  I ran 3 miles last Saturday and Sunday and I’m hoping to run 5 tomorrow morning.

Along with working out a lot, I’ve been trying to eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Lots of salads and they are tasting so good! I’m really on a sunflower seed and chickpea kick right now.

I’ve also been making smoothies almost every morning! This is what I usually put in mine:

  • 1/2 cup Pure Almond Silk Milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein
  • Sometimes 1 Tbsp PB (PB & Co is my favorite!!)
Colby and I have 3 weddings to attend this month! We went to one last weekend…
We are going to another wedding tomorrow and I am playing violin for the outdoor ceremony.  We also have one next weekend that is near Colby’s college he went to and it is one of his best friends.
Speaking of weddings… I’ve been trying to find wedding accessories for my wedding and I am having a hard time.  Please help me out and go on my Pinterest Wedding and Wedding Hair site to see what I am thinking for shoes and headbands.  I went to a huge mall (KOP!) with my Mom and Colby yesterday looking for shoes and had no luck.  All the Badgley Mischka shoes I found online aren’t at the major department stores, but I found similar Badgley Mischka ones.  They didn’t fit my feet at all! It was like they were made for someone with a flat foot and my arch didn’t even touch the shoe.  I did find shoes to dream over…
Ahhh you know about my Twilight obsession… these are the Manolo Blahniks Bella wore for her wedding in Breaking Dawn.  They come in a few colors and they had the pink ones out at Neiman Marcus.  I want I want I want, but they are $1300!  I put them on and of course they fit and looked beautiful.  *sigh*
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