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12/30/15

5 Resolutions for 2016

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Wow! How has 2015 already come and gone?…. What a year it is has been! Looking back on this year and remembering everything I have already accomplished, I don’t know how next year could get better!

Highlights of 2016:

  1. Lost 20 pounds
  2. Married my best friend
  3. Got my dream job
  4. Started my blog
  5. Got a new car
  6. First trip to New York
  7. Signed on our first home

I mean WHAT?!?! I am so blessed and grateful for all of the opportunities I had this year. I think losing weight made me more determined and kept my drive alive. Getting married was one of the best days of my life. Getting my dream job showed me to never give up and always strive to be happy in your career. Starting my blog was probably the most courageous and bold thing I have done so far and I can not wait to continue blogging and documenting my journey through this wild ride!

So I am setting some goals and resolutions for 2016 that I REALLY want to make a lifestyle. It was tough to think about what I really want to achieve but turning 30 has taught me to live my life to the fullest! I had some growing up to do the last couple of years and getting married really showed me that its not just about me anymore, its about us and our family. So here are my top 5 goals for 2016:

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  1. SLOW DOWN!! 
    • I think this could be #1 for everyone. I am constantly go, go, go all the time and I never just stop and enjoy the moment. I think its normal to be in a rush sometimes especially if you are running late or trying to meet a deadline. But I have noticed that I am always rushing to get somewhere, clean, rushing around at work, driving, getting ready or running errands. I never just stop and savor the moment. I really want to work on this everyday!
  2. Pay off debt
    • Yes I have debt and I don’t care who knows it…. This has been with me since college. I went to school out of state for 5 years and I know this debt will haunt me forever! I make my monthly payments on time but just seems like I never get anywhere. I am making it a point to spend less and save more. That is what I have realized is the only way to really pay it off. I already got the lecture from the hubby to spend less since we are buying a house. I am hoping to make a huge difference in my debt this year.
  3. Listen more, argue less
    • Again, getting married has shown me that it is not about me anymore, its about us. I think its normal for couples to fight and argue every now and then but making an effort to really listen is what I need to work on. I always think I need to be right and that isn’t always the case. I am the one to run to the other room and ignore the situation if I don’t get my way. I need to stay and talk it out and not run away. My husband being 7 years older than me has shown me to mature and grow up and not to sweat the small stuff. It just isnt worth it. I am blessed to have him in my life and I know we can get through anything.
  4. Scrapbooking
    • This has been one of my passions for a long time. I have always been crafty and I love creating things. The last couple of years have been consumed with my son, working, teaching dance and just living life. I have not been able to really set aside time to scrapbook. I am going to make it a point to get back into it even when I just want to lay on the couch. Once I get going, I LOVE it! Reminiscing through pictures is one of my favorite things to do.
  5. Run 4 races this year
    • This is going to be a long term goal for 2016. I would ultimately love to do more than four but I am setting the goal for one each quarter. I am actually going to go ahead and sign up for all four at once so I don’t have any excuses to back out. I love being active and I am an avid runner so this is super important to me. I know making this a priority will make me a better runner and healthier overall.

Well there they are…. I am ready to tackle these and make 2016 the best year yet!

HAPPY NEW YEARS FRIENDS!!! CHEERS!!!!!

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What are some of your new years resolutions/goals for 2016? What were the highlights of 2015?

Brittany 🙂

 

Brittany
12/29/15

New Years Outfit Ideas

New Years Outfit Ideas

We are 2 days away from New Years Eve!!! If you have not shopped for a fabulous outfit yet, here are three outfit ideas I put together!! I am all about bling and sparkle if you havent noticed and these outfits make the night fun and festive! Links to each piece are below:


I hope you have a fabulous short week and a Happy New Year!!!!
What are you wearing for New Years? I would love to hear your outfit ideas..
Brittany 🙂
Brittany
12/28/15

363 more days til Christmas….

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Well it has come and gone and Christmas is officially over… Slightly depressed about it but good news is there are only 363 more days til next Christmas lol 🙂 The Monday after Christmas I am back at work ready to knock out some end of the year projects. I was going to work from home this week but being home with a 4 year old boy wanting to play superheroes was exhausting! At one point last week, I was writing emails with his Iron Man mask on just so he would be happy 🙂 Being Iron Man, office manager and supporting 4 executives was anything but easy so I was ready to come into the office today!

I actually got all of my Christmas shopping done Wednesday which left all of the cleaning and baking for Christmas Eve! My family comes to our house for Christmas Eve and we have a big dinner and open gifts. I was in charge of desserts since I still had to clean my house. It was easier for me to whip up some sweets while getting a whole house ready for 15 people!!! I made the classic pretzel kisses with M&M’s on top and some brownies (not pictured)…

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The calm before the storm… Soaking up the quiet and sipping some wine before everyone arrived.

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Outfit of choice this year was a Santa sweatshirt that my husband actually ordered for his company party. It was delivered late so I decided to put it to good use… Comfy leggings from Old Navy (sold out) and socks are from TopShop.

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The Elf (cousin) and Rudolph passed out gifts to everyone….

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I did not get any pictures of us opening gifts since I was helping my son open his presents. He was pretty blessed this Christmas since he got EVERY superhero costume for his “superhero corner”… I will post pics from this project very soon. We enjoyed watching everyone open their gifts and we played some fun games. Then came time for Santa to come so it was off to bed for Ridge. My mom and dad stayed with us and everyone else drove back home. I “helped” Santa with all of Ridge’s new toys and he even wanted me to “help” finish his cookies and milk 🙂

And just like that it was CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!!!

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He got his bike and lots of other fun toys he asked Santa to bring him. Seeing his face light up is the reason I just love Christmas! 🙂

These were some of my favorite things I received for Christmas:

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JBL Wireless headphones = AMAZING!!!

Running shoes – Asics

Shorts – Nike

Headbands – Under Armour

On Christmas Day, we go to my aunts house for lunch and to open more gifts with my mom’s stepbrothers family. Staying festive with the wardrobe, I wore the reindeer dress I was supposed to wear for our company party. It also arrived late so another excuse to sport some Christmas gear! I loved this outfit!!!

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Of course when we got back home it was time for more “superheroes”…

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Overall, this was an amazing Christmas and we are so blessed with such an amazing family. I would love to hear about your holidays!!! 🙂

What were some of your favorite gifts? Any New Years plans?

Brittany 🙂

 

 

Brittany
12/22/15

Bestie Reunion… ATL!

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Omg…. We are 3 days out from CHRISTMAS!!!! And I am no where close to being done shopping! But that’s nothing new for me… This happens every year! I am back from our girls weekend in Atlanta and officially OFF WORK for 2 weeks! But I think I might have eaten the entire state of Atlanta this weekend… :/

This was an all girls/birthday celebration weekend. We originally wanted to do Mexico or somewhere tropical but being so close to the holidays we knew we didn’t wanna break the bank and be left totally broke! One of my best friends lives in Atlanta now for work, my other best friend travels for work all the time, and my bff from college came from Cincy! The only time I am most happy in my life (other than being with my husband and child) is all of my best friends in the same place at the same time. We got to the ATL on Saturday and immediately started poppin bottles!!

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After a couple glasses of champagne, we went to one of Atlanta’s finest… Canoe! It’s looks over a river and has the best salmon I’ve ever eaten. The chef is from Australia so everything was super fancy and perfect! I wanted to get my Beyonce on and find some good jams so we went to Graveyard Bar.

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Not sure it was the right place for quick drinks BUT they definitely played all the jams. One of the girls bought a little too many tequila shots but I was too busy dancing to be found lol – they woke up not feeling too hot! Everyone but me was hungover lol… I guess I was Beyonceying too hard to worry about shots! I was STARVING so I drug everyone to brunch at another staple restaurant… Not Another Broken Egg Cafe! Best waffles and syrup!!

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Now that our bellies were full, we needed to do some shopping. We headed to the Lennox Center mall. I was in heaven… This mall has EVERY store! Got some gifts for the fam and some sweet new kicks! I didn’t have much more room in my luggage so I had to buy an extra bag to carry it all home .. Whoops!

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For dinner, we went to one of the BEST diners ever.. OK Cafe. It is a family owned, Southern diner that literally has the best mac n cheese you’ve ever touched. There was a 45 minute wait so we knew it had to be good! I had a food baby because I couldn’t stop eating…
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We were all so full and tired we decided to take the party back to my friends apt. We played Christmas music, drank beer and had a dance party in the living room…
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I think the best part of the trip was sleeping in til 11am both days. I know I sound like an old lady but my son is up by 7am EVERYDAY no matter what! This momma got more sleep this weekend than I have in 4 years. Being 30 has been awesome so far and I hope it continues being AMAZING in 2016!!
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What are some of your favorite girl trips? Do you still have shopping to do for Christmas?

 

Brittany
12/16/15

Blogmas Giveaway!!!

WINNER WINNER!!!!!!

My friend Amanda from Amanda-Bella sent me this fabulous giveaway in the mail from one of her awesome giveaways! And it was just in time for the birthday festivities!!!!

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If you have not checked out her blog you are missing out… She is fabulous! She is doing a “Blogmas” series for 25 days of Christmas AND a giveaway every Tuesday. Check out her blog for your chance to win! Not only did she send a nail set BUT she sent my FAVORITE chocolate and some amazing chapstick! Thanks again Amanda!! 🙂

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I mean how AMAZING is this nail set from OPI!!! They are the perfect holiday colors and she sent a top coat that helps the polish dry faster!

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Yum!!!! And that’s all I have to say about that……. 🙂

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DOUBLE YUM!!!!!!!! I mean… come on!!! 🙂

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I knew I would be wearing darker colors for my birthday celebration so I wanted to try the grey polish called Darkside of the Moon! It still looks great 4 days later!

What an awesome thing to receive during the holidays and and an extra perk for the birthday celebration!

Click here to check out Amanda’s next giveaway for your chance to win!! The giveaway is a surprise so that makes it even more EXCITING!!!

What are some giveaways you have won lately? What are your favorite holiday colors for your nails?

Brittany 🙂

 

Brittany