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This week was so much fun. I feel like I accomplished a lot plus there were a lot of fun surprises. I got my ring, went to my cousin Laura’s wedding, and finally decided on a wedding theme (more info coming soon).

Some weekly photos

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Did this workout on Saturday:

Full photo gallery click here!

I enjoyed this week very much but I am onto next week. Here are my goals:

1. Workout 4 times this week
2. Eat (at least) 3 servings of veggies and fruit daily
3. Finalize work blog move
4. Finalize brand for reception
5. Freelance work at night

Fun activities going on this week:

  • Wedding Shoppe appointment on Thursday to try on dresses, yay!
  • Postal Service concert on Friday!

What fun things do you have going on this week?

Sometimes Pins Do Come True

pinterest wedding ring

I am so excited. My feet do a little happy dance every time I look at it. It’s just perfect. The essence of my ring completely speaks to my personality…isn’t that just awesome. It’s unique – the first one made of it’s kind! The jeweler told us that she was on the phone with the dealer and they were excited because MY ring was the first one made, ever! I can’t believe it.

Probably the reason I am so excited is because 21 weeks ago, I pinned this ring because I thought it was awesome. I didn’t know I was going to be engaged but I knew I loved it.


Breon told Teresa (our gemologist at JB Hudson) that he didn’t know which ring to get me because I had 20 different styles pin (typical Amanda) so he didn’t know which one to get. He bought a “finger-warmer” (her words) so that we could come home from London and pick it out. We looked at a few that weren’t “the one” and I liked them all. But Breon and I decided this was indeed sheer perfection!

I cannot tell you how excited I am to have it finally. It fits perfectly, it shines like the brightest star in the sky, and it is truly unique. I have to give a huge shout out to JB Hudson and Teresa. She was the best and easiest person to work with and she had great opinions and worked with our budget. We had the VERY BEST experience with them. I would HIGHLY recommend going there if you want great customer service! They even gave us a bottle of wine while we were checking out!

Enough talking….here are some more pics:

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Weight Loss is… {Plus a New Workout}

I know you must be wondering why I don’t post as much as I used to and frankly, it’s because I am so busy doing other stuff. I want to post here regularly but I am at a crossroads. I work from 9-5 at Anytime Fitness corporate and then go home and do freelance work. Not complaining, it’s a great problem to have but it doesn’t give me much time to blog! I promise I will try to update you more regularly! Okay…

So today’s topic…weight loss. About 3 years ago I lost 50 pounds. We did a weight loss challenge at work and I loved it. Accountability, challenge, and well, I needed it. But fast forward and I have gained some of it back. Honestly, I hate it. For some reason, I thought that I could just go back to eating the same way I did before losing weight. Tip: You can’t! 

So now I am back on the weight loss train trying to drop 20 pounds. I am trying to eat healthier and workout more. I have done it before but I need help! So any of you that can help me out or want to join me…let me know!

Yesterday- I ate pretty well with one little exception – I had ice cream for dessert that put me over my calories. They say the average American is now eating 300 calories more per day than necessary – bam I did yesterday. I need to make choices. I can have some ice cream later but then I can’t have X.

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I did a good workout that I made up. Here it is:

home bodyweight workout 30 minutes

Warmup: Run 10 Minutes

20 Push-ups
40 Russian Twists
15 Squats
20 Uppercuts
10 Air Punches (each arm)
10 Burpees
:30 Plank
10 Front Kicks
15 Glute Kickbacks
10 Triceps Push-ups
20 Lunges
50 Arm Circles
10 Jump Squats
20 Calf Raises
15 Triceps Dips
:30 Bicycle Crunches
:45 Wall Sit

Complete 2-3 times

Cool down: Stretching + Yoga

* Note: I am not a medical or licensed fitness professional. The workout presented above is something I came up with for my personal fitness. This workout may not be appropriate for everyone thus I am not responsible for any injuries or health conditions that may result from this workout…though I doubt anything will. 

 

Our trip to London was so much fun! Other than the obvious reason, we had so much fun just hanging out in town, walking around the beautiful city, and exploring the neighborhoods. We spent our days roaming the city and nights hanging in our awesome AirBNB flat (highly recommend)! Just had a blasty blast! Here are some of my favorite photos:

westminster abbey

Westminster Abbey

shoreditch street art

Shoreditch street art

Shoreditch Street Art

More Shoreditch street art

Breon and I

Swan on the Lake in front of Kensington Palace

Swan on the Lake in front of Kensington Palace

Leaving Harrods - Such a beautiful buidling.

Leaving Harrods – Such a beautiful buidling.

At Leeds Castle

At Leeds Castle

On our drive to Dover, Fields of Gold.

On our drive to Dover, Fields of Gold.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral windows

Canterbury Cathedral windows

Me standing in the English Channel

Me standing in the English Channel

Breon being serious

Breon being serious

Near Picadilly, we went shopping

Near Picadilly, we went shopping

At Borough Market, some produce for purchase.

At Borough Market, some produce for purchase.

In Shoreditch, a pretty street

In Shoreditch, a pretty street

building

We toured this house, where The Dutchess was filmed.

We toured this house, where The Dutchess was filmed.

Covet Garden hidden gem, Neal's Yard.

Covet Garden hidden gem, Neal’s Yard.

Garden

The Guards at the Tower of London

The Guards at the Tower of London

I love doors!!

I love doors!!

Tower of London

Tower of London

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Garden Maze at Leed's Castle

Garden Maze at Leed’s Castle

Mr. Peacock thinks he is pretty!

Mr. Peacock thinks he is pretty!

A Beautiful Beach Wedding {Hopefully} on the Horizon

So, many of you may know, but some not. I am getting married! AHHH! It’s so exciting! Breon and I have been together for 3 years and I am excited to spend the rest of my life with him.

When we first got engaged, I was so excited because he captured it all on his glass. I must admit, I don’t remember the moment at all and if not for this video I would probably never really know how I reacted. I was just so shocked (also by the fact that Huff Po, Fast Company, and Mashable posted it to their websites).

Fast forward back to state side and reality, we are in planning mode. Both of us want to get the majority of the planning done soon. We both love to plan but would love to have the details solidified as soon as possible so we can just enjoy everything. We have been talking to wedding planners and looking at blogs! It’s been very fun!

I have been scouring pinterest for inspiration and keep finding myself on inspiration overload. There is just so much you can do (and so much money you can spend).

We are trying to keep this event as simple and casual as possible (and budet-friendly), as both of us realize this is about our marriage not just about a wedding.

But the wedding will be awesome, of course. ;)

Which brings me to my point. For you lovely ladies getting engaged, take a look at Style Me Pretty! It’s a fantastic website full of advice, inspiration, diy projects, and vendors. I have found it to be very helpful thus far. My favorite part: MOODBOARDS!

I won’t be doing a lot of moodboaring because I know I will just go crazy and never decide on colors, a look & feel, etc. So I have decided to just get a feel down. I love this one:

So, what do you think?

Should we do natural sea colors, like Khaki and Blue or something fun like coral and teal?

I LOVE OPINIONS!