Archives for December 2012

the get in shape resolution: dailey method

Let me just confess that I am most definitely jumping on the bandwagon of getting in shape for 2013.  Me and the rest of the world, right?

Only, I’m a little different because this is my first official year where I’ve made it an actual resolution.  And of course it would come at a time when I’m now officially in my mid 30’s and my metabolism is slowing down.

Suddenly mac n cheese, pb&j’s and pizza just are doing it for me anymore if I want to ever wear a bathing suit again.

Sigh.

Some things really aren’t fair.

Another thing making me a little different is that I didn’t actually wait until January 1st to start my goals.  In fact, I actually started on Dec 1 when I turned 34.

Somehow over the last year, I fell far far away from my fitness and health ways.
I tried to jump start things by getting licensed to teach Zumba, but then my injuries (arthritis/plantar fasciitis) prevented me from going too far with it.
So, instead I moped around saddened at the news, and then sat on my booty and ordered pizza for comfort.

And then that booty grew.
It grew and it grew and it grew….
{i’ll love you forever, i’ll like you for always….}
But, I figured it was ok because it’s just the trendy Kardashian way.

Only, it’s not my way….and I knew it.

So, when I had the chance to take on a 30 day challenge with The Dailey Method here in my area, I totally jumped on it.
I was so excited to be pushed to work out again, and finally get back into the fitness groove.

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And it so totally worked….

You know, I mean after I finally recovered from that first workout where I felt as though I may never be able to walk or laugh again without pain…

And when they recommended at least 3 times a week, I committed to 4 or 5.
I was determined!
{I dream of having the owner’s body one day.  Talk about motivation.}
I may have been the one with the reddest cheeks and definitely the least flexible, but I showed up every single time I could.
And every time I went, it was awesome.

I think I may have even mastered the C curve.
And that’s kind of a big deal.

Now that my month is done, I still have a ways to go to complete my health and fitness goals, but I owe The Dailey Method for getting me off my butt and giving me the motivation I knew I needed.

I most definitely will not give up now.
I did not shake to my core in those classes to walk away and plop down on the couch.
Oh no I didn’t.

And I highly suggest that if one of your resolutions is to get in shape but you just don’t know how…and you definitely need the push of some incredible instructors to get you there….then get on this offer now!

The New Year is the perfect time to approach life with a new attitude, and 
we have the best workout that can focus your mind, build a healthier, stronger
body and instill confidence and change – from the inside out!  Based on kinesiology and core alignment principles The Dailey Method will strengthen, tone, and lengthen the entire body to produce quick physical results and balance in the body.  All you have to do is find 60 minutes for yourself, three to four times per week, and our highly trained instructors will lead you through an amazing journey!

To help you jump start your New Year, we are offering the following two specials:

New Students: $100 for 6 weeks (an additional 2 weeks for FREE)

New and Existing Students: $140 for 10 pack (a $40 savings)
-available online or at the studio until January 21st
-packages must be completed within 6 months of the purchase date
-limit one per student
-cannot be extended or transferred

Can’t wait to share more about our goals and help each other get closer to healthier bodies and lives!

*huge thank you to Stephanie and Melissa for allowing me this fab opportunity!  best month ever!*

© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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taking a minute…

Sometimes I don’t feel like being open.
Sometimes I want to keep everything inside and stew on it and process it and pray about it and not feel the need to write or talk or share.

And so I don’t.
I close up.
I keep to myself.
And I get quiet.

I’ve been awfully quiet lately.

I guess it’s just me… 
Taking a minute to assess everything around me and making sure that I’m really on the right path in all the ways God wants for me.

{i think too much some tell me.  and i wish it weren’t true.}

I want to be intentional with my blog.
I want to have a clear purpose when I write.

I want to always keep this going for the right reasons.

I love that I get to write for my job.
And I love that my blog has been a platform to me getting there….
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given.
And especially thankful for the relationships and friendships that have developed.
Most of my best friends have come into my life because of open hearts and shared stories.

And I have to keep that in perspective during these times when I just don’t much feel like writing….deep or not.
And especially when I feel the pressure to keep up posts simply for page views or numbers and stats for all the ones who ask for them.

I have to remember that life is actually happening and it’s not always about documenting it all immediately or right there in the moment of it all.
And I need to give myself permission more often to take a moment and just experience it all where it’s meant to be experienced…

Writing is my way to healing.

Sometimes it’s in the moment.

But I think right now…
                           it’s in the afterthoughts….

© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”

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set aside the busy

These last few months, as I have shared, have been insane for me.  I have changed everything in my world, and therefore everything in my world has been affected because of it.  While some relationships have grown stronger, there are others that have suffered.  I’ve let go of a lot of things and relationships that mean a lot to me in order to simply get through all that is going on.

I’m easily distracted.

The shooting at Sandy Hook has had more shaken up then I’ve ever been with a school shooting.  Every day since, there have been tears.  I listen to the stories of the children and what they went through and my heart literally aches.  Without intention I instantly and constantly imagine my own 7 year old son in their place experiencing that kind of fear and trauma, and simply the thought is too much to bear.

I can’t imagine living it.

I think it’s hit all of America pretty hard.  And while it’s a horrific thing to witness around Christmas time, it’s also served as a bit of a wake up call to really make the most of every moment we have with the ones we love and care about.

And so with these last two weeks of the year that is exactly what I’m going to do.

I’ve decided to set aside the busy and simply enjoy every moment I have left this season with my family and friends.

I need to be intentional.
I have to be present.

I hope you all are able to be as well!
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{consider this your Christmas card!}
© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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our national debt: a 7 year olds really big problem

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It started with wanting to buy a Beta fish with his own money.  As he started adding up all the costs trying to see if he had enough, I reminded him to include the tax.

As it turned out, tax made it a little out of his budget, so super mom stepped in and saved the day.

Once we got in the car, the deep discussion began.

Keep in mind, he’s 7.

T:  “Mom, taxes are what the government takes from us so they have money, right?”

S:  “Basically, yes.”

T: “Man, I wish I was the government.  Then I would have soooo much money.  I bet they probably have trillions of dollars.”

S:  “Well, Taylor.  The government isn’t just one person, it’s a whole lot of people who use that money to build schools, bridges, signs, roads…all the stuff we’re seeing right now is paid for with our taxes.  So, it’s not like they just pocket the money.”

T:  “Oooooh, I see.  So they don’t get to keep it all…  But still, they must have so much money!!  I guess being in the government must be a very important job.”

S:  “It is.  Unfortunately, though, they don’t have any money really.  Our country is trillions of dollars in debt.  The government keeps spending money they don’t have and then having to borrow it, so now they owe a whole lot of money and it just keeps getting worse.”

Silence.

From Taylor…
“Mom.  That seems like a REALLY big problem!  What is the President going to do to fix this?”

S:  “Well, he’s raising taxes….and then continuing to spend money we don’t have.”

T:  “What the heck is he spending it on?  Doesn’t he know he shouldn’t spend money he doesn’t have???”

S:  “That’s a really good question, and one a lot of people want to know.  But the truth is, we don’t know where he’s spending it all.”

Silence.

From Taylor…
“This is exactly why I wanted Mitt Romney to win.”

© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”

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holiday gift guide: tried, tested & true

I wanted to share some of my favorite things I’ve either purchased or been sent over the last year (or sent and then continued to purchase), in hopes to inspire you to think outside the box in order to find that perfect gift for the someone special in your life.

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Deep Blue Kids Bible

We’ve been using this Bible with Taylor, and he totally loves it.
And the fact that he’s 7 and now into reading his bible makes it the best gift ever.

More details for ya….
Kids will dive deep into God’s word with the CEB Deep Blue Kids Bible. This engaging, interactive Bible offers four-color icons and illustrations throughout with a wealth of notes, devotionals, Bible trivia, and other interactive elements to capture inquisitive young minds. Plus the CEB Deep Blue Kids Bible will encourage a thirst for God’s timeless message as young readers join three life-like kids in discovering the Bible and what it means to their lives.
$26.99-$36.99

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Plum Paper Designs Planners
{use code “MUSINGS10” for 10% off}

I quickly fell in love with these planners the moment I saw them on etsy.
How amazing that they are so stylish, chic and totally make organizing life more fab!!!

More about Plum Paper Designs…
Plum Paper is a paper company offering unique, graphic design products including custom invitations, announcements, stationery, note cards, calendars, and more. We love bringing new and creative ideas into the world of stationery to share with you.


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{cutest designs ever}

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{they even laminate their tabs which I totally love and appreciate!!!}

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{love the lined days for neatness!}

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Prive Products
{tried and tested and LOVED by moi}

The Privé Formule Aux Herbes collection includes 26 products for cleansing, conditioning, treating, styling and finishing the hair. Each product in the collection contains herbal blends specially developed by celebrity stylist Laurent Dufourg, who coifs the locks of such luminaries as Teri Hatcher, Debra Messing, Brooke Shields and Tina Fey.

GIFT SETS

The Just Beautiful Hair Trio includes one Daily Shampoo and Daily Conditioner, and comes with a complimentary Thermal Protection Detangling Spray in a red organza gift bag. This gift set is perfect for those who are looking for an everyday gentle shampoo and conditioner. The Thermal Protection Detangling Spray is an essential for women who dry their hair or use heat tools regularly. 
Suggested retail price: $38.00, retail value: $61.00, saving: $23.00.

The Repair and Shine Trio includes one Reparative Shampoo and Reparative Conditioner and comes with a complimentary Flash Brilliance Spray in a green organza gift bag. This is a great gift for someone with dry hair who wants more moisture and extra shine. 
Suggested retail price: $50.00, retail price: $72.00, saving: $22.00.

The Body Beautiful Trio includes one Amplifying Shampoo and Shining Weightless Amplifier and comes with a complimentary Root Amplifier in a silver organza gift bag. This trio is ideal for those with finer, limp hair who want to add more body and thickness to their hair. 
Suggested retail price: $47.00, retail value: $67.00, saving: $20.00.

· The Concept Vert Set includes one Concept Vert Rejuvenating Shampoo and one Concept Vert Rejuvenating Conditioner, and comes with a complimentary Concept Vert Volumizing Froth in a gorgeous holiday box. This is the perfect gift for an eco-friendly beauty lover. 
Suggested retail price: $58.00, retail value: $82.00, saving: $24.00.

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Mrs. Meyers Scented Candles
{If you click through leaping bunny and type in the special code listed you get free shipping!
http://leapingbunny.org/Holiday2012/}

This eco-friendly, affordable line of aromatherapeutic household cleaners, laundry care and baby products combine hardworking, naturally occurring ingredients and essential oils that are tough on dirt, yet gentle on your home and earth. Available in garden-fresh scents of Basil, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, Baby Blossom, Bluebell and Rosemary. Products are biodegradable, packaged in recyclable bottles, don’t include ammonia, chlorine bleach, parabens or phosphates and are never tested on animals.
Available at Whole Foods and Target.

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Burt’s Bees® Sweet Memories Keepsake Photo Box

By far, I have loved Burts Bees for my kids over every baby product I’ve ever used, and even though they are now 4 & 7, I STILL have them shower with the baby wash because it just smells so yummy.
Also?
It’s my way of keeping them “babies” for as long as possible.

More about this particular product…
Help the new mother in your life welcome her bundle of joy into the world with this little bundle of joy from Burt’s Bees. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee, one of the trusted partners of Healthy Child Healthy World, provides completely safe and natural body care solutions for newborns – from head-to-toe. 
 With this Keepsake box, she can cherish her little one’s natural “firsts” with a supply of beloved Burt’s BeesBaby Bee best-sellers made with soothing ingredients to pamper baby’s delicate skin. When the keepsake box is empty, she can fill it with photos and mementos of her baby’s first sweet moments and cherish them for years to come.  
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Grace for Grace

Tiffany definitely has a shop to swoon over, and my house is quickly being decorated with many of her prints.  
{as I’m sure most of you’ve seen on Instagram by now.}
Just a few of my favorites….


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Zoe Clothing Co.
{use code “zmoi” for 20% off}

I met Shelley at Queen Bee (introduced to me by Tiffany from Grace for Grace!) and let me just tell you, she is as sweet and trendy as her clothing line!
Absolutely loved her.
A little about them…
“Zoe” in Greek means life and represents the new life we have in Christ:
“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life (zoe), and this life (zoe) is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life (zoe); whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life (zoe).”
— 1 John 5:11-12
As Christians, this new life — zoe — defines who we are. Our goal is to live out this truth in the way that we practice business and in the passion that we put into designing our clothing. We have created a line that is not only on the cutting edge of fashion, but also represents God’s living and perfect Word. We hope that the simple messages of our clothing will be a light to others (Matthew 5:14-16), and an encouragement to the the one wearing it (Psalm 1:1-2).

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{girls}

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{my personal fave, and on the to buy for myself list!}

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{youth}

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{toddlers}

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{home}

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{cards}

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31bits
{use code “SUMMER15” until December 20th for 15% off}

You all know my love for 31bits.
I even got Candace hooked and witnessed her own obsession when we visited their shop in the OC last month.
Not only is this a gift to love, but it’s a gift that keeps on giving….

31 Bits Designs is a socially minded business designed to give internally displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty. By giving our beneficiaries access to the international market, they are able to earn an instant income, providing homes, food, and education for their families. Our program equips women by providing literacy education, financial and vocational training, holistic care, and strong support systems, empowering individuals to further their careers and attain social equity.

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{i may need that necklace AND the shirt!}

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Stacy Lynn
{use code “holiday” for 20% off!}

Cutest clothes, clutches, and scarves on etsy.
I own two skirts and a dress from her, and have a few of her clutches on my favorites list.
Definitely a must have for any girl!

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{i own and love this skirt!}
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Makeup Forever: All Eyes On You

What girl doesn’t want a makeup kit for Christmas?
Especially one from Makeup Forever!

This limited edition holiday kit features five of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s best-selling products to create a beautiful holiday make up look from start to finish. Complete with application instructions, this kit will teach you how to create a flawless day-to-night look.

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Primia Organic Skin Care

By far, one of my favorite skin care lines ever.
I got a sample at BlogHer last year, and quickly became a loyal customer.

You really can’t go wrong with any single one of their products…and I know, because I’ve used most of them and they are….To. Die. For.

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Green Bride Gifts
{use code “10OFFGIFTS” for 10% off anything on the site}

About them…

The Green Bride Guide, the nation’s leading resource for eco-friendly wedding ideas, product and services, offers five great green gift ideas for under $25. 
The Green Bride Guide website was launched in 2009 by environmental lawyer Kate Harrison after her book, The Green Bride Guide, How to Create an Earth- Friendly Wedding on Any Budget, became a best-seller in the wedding category (Sourcebooks, 2008).

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Here’s the great thing about all of these products….
While they are incredible stand alone gifts, it would also be perfect to mix and match some of these items for the most amazing gift bag ever.
There is nothing better then being introduced to new and unique products and finding out you absolutely love them!
{which is, um, what happened to me.}

So have fun and happy shopping!

{And remember to always shop through Ebates & Extrabux when shopping online so you can earn CASH back.  It totally works, is absolutely legit, and I never shop without going through the one that offers the most cash back on whichever website I am shopping on.}

© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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friday update, video favorites & links

Well, look at that. 
Looks like I took a week off without even realizing it!
My birthday weekend turned into a birthday week (which I love!), and I am still catching up on my sleep from all the fun!  Never in my life have I ever been so spoiled from my friends, and I really believe the people in my life now will forever be.  It took a long time to find friends like these, and I realize I am blessed.

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{they’ve seen me in the best and worst of times, and love me regardless}
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And then life, as it does, is continually changing (even though I desperately wish it wouldn’t!!!) and this last week was all about making changes in Taylor’s homeschooling schedule.  
When I have a big decision to make, especially when it comes to my kids, I easily become all consumed.  
I’m just always so afraid of making the wrong decision and ultimately SCREWING THEM UP FOR LIFE.  
Okay, so I get that isn’t so true….but still…I’m middle child dramatic and that’s just where my brain goes.

Thankfully, the decision was made, and I feel happy and content about it.  And I believe in the end, Taylor and I will both be happier.  


Or at the very least, less stressed.

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Also?  
I started working out again!  
Yay me!
And it’s all thanks to The Dailey Method for a offering me a month long challenge, and I’m so so SO glad, because I’m finally getting my motivation back to get in shape and back in gear.  

It’s been a full week now, and I’ve already attended 6 classes and am TOTES feeling the burn.
Every.  Single.  Class.
Which is always new and different, by the way, and I think I quite like that.

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In other news….

This week I signed a contract to begin writing for one of my favorite websites, Home Made Simple.  
I probably won’t have any articles to share until January, but in the meantime if you haven’t already, go check them out!  
You will love!
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Speaking of love, here’s what caught my interest this week on the interwebs…

Always a fan of Elle, and I feel like she just gets me in this video…


And I feel like they get Jimmy in this one…


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Speaking of videos…I have a little video/contest to tell you about*:

T-Mobile created a “Life Without Limits” series featuring Andy Blackman Hurwitz who is the co-founder of Baby Loves Disco.  
Vimeo award winning director Eliot Rausch and his crew will follow around Andy for two days to find out how he’s able to balance his entrepreneurial spirit with raising 3 sons.  
See how Andy Blackman Hurwitz combined his passion for music with the love for his family…
THEN…post a photo that shows you living your life without limits on Twitter or Instagram with #LifeWithoutLimits and @TMobile. Presented by T-Mobile, the only nationwide 4G network with unlimited data.’ 

Please be sure to use @TMobile and #LifewithoutLimits!

And now, check out the video:

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And because this seems to be a video edition, you guys have to check out Harris III or as Clare calls him, Harris the Third.  
I had the pleasure of meeting him this week when I met up with Candace and Clare in LA to have a night out celebrating Clare’s visit.

Harris was sweet enough to take the three of us to The Magic Castle.
Which was….magical.
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Especially the phone booth.
I hear it makes people break glass and accidentally cuss when they don’t even know it.
Weird stuff I tell ya.
Anyway, Harris III is a talented magician/illusionist who gives THE TRUTH in his performances, and I kind of dig that.

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{p.s. i’m about to kiss that dark hair goodbye!}

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And then of course, here’s what you missed on the Mommalogues

~ Should parents have guns in their homes? (Jimmy once again says his piece…)

{bad video quality, i know.  i was deathly sick and just filmed when i had clear moment.}

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Got answers to Mommalogues questions above? 
Leave your comments below!!!  
Don’t be scurrrrred!
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*paid sponsorship, yet i only team up when i believe in or love something, and this happens to be one of them!  i hope if i love, you will too.
© 2012 “Le Musings of Moi”
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