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Monday, March 30, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things...

I thought I would take some time to share some of my all-time favorite things with my fellow blogging friends. They are in no particular order but these are some of my MUST-HAVES/CANNOT LIVE WITHOUTS!

1. Hudson Jeans

If you know me, you know i LOVE designer jeans. I truly feel like they are worth the money and I have a deep passion for them! I think they make a huge difference and can be quite flattering :) Hudsons are my new obsession! They fit just right...form fitting to the rear, but not tight! They have the back pocket button flaps, but they are not bulky pockets (you know- some kinds can make the rear look bigger than you want) On a side note... in case you didn't know, the best way to wash jeans is inside out. It keeps them from wearing out in the wash too quickly.

2. The Biggest Loser

I absolutely cannot get enough of this show! It is inspiring, dramatic, encouraging and makes you want to go for a 5 mile run during commercials. There are times that I wish they had a reality show for people that were not overweight, but just wanted to get "ripped up" with a super hard core trainer...and that is all that you had to focus on all day. I love both Jillian and Bob....but if I had to choose, I would choose Jillian to be my trainer.. I need someone to really kick my booty when I am at the gym. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch the finale of this show every season - seeing the incredible transformation these people make is unbelievable. And I am not going to lie... I usually cry at least once during the 2 hour episode each week. LOVE IT!

3. Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred

Well, since I can't be on the Biggest Loser, the best I can do is bring Jillian Michaels home with me. Jillian has several books and DVDs out to get even the best of us into shape. I have got to tell you that this workout is KICKING MY TAIL! I love that it is only 20-25 minutes, but it is NON-STOP!!! 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, 1 minute of abs....repeat! There are 3 different levels, so can bump it up if you aren't feeling challenged. She gives you HARD CORE movements and no resting. Trust me when I say this is an intense workout. I have run many half marathons and a full marathon in my lifetime. I like to think I am in pretty good shape and always prefer a tougher workout. This is fitting perfectly into my rotation. Since we are living out at the lake right now and there isn't exactly a gym close by, I am rotating between The Shred, 2-4 mile runs around the neighborhood and yoga. I think it is working out so far and will hopefully get me ready for this later this summer :)

4. Kellogg's Fiber Plus Antioxidants Bar AND Fiber One Bars

YUM! YUM! YUM! Many of you health nuts know this, but just in case... Fiber is an essential part of any diet! The greatest thing about fiber is that it fills you up! can eat one of these bars as breakfast, a snack, dessert, sometimes even an on the go meal and it yum yum filling! Most of these bars have around 130 calories, 4 grams of fat and 9 whole whoppin' grams of FIBER! That is 35% of what you are supposed to have per day. That's a lot! I like to eat the Fiber One Bars for breakfast ~ Oats and Apple Streusel is my favorite~ and Fiber Plus for snacks/dessert ~Dark Chocolate with Almond is my favorite! Check them out!

5. Kerastase

Ok, so I have to admit it REALLY helps when your mom owns a salon and spa that sells Kerastase, because this stuff can get a little pricey...BUT... IT IS AMAZING! My hair has never felt better! My hair smells so good, is so soft and shiny and it has VOLUME! I have lots of hair, but it is fine... so mi madre hooked me up with all the goodies that will give me the shine and body that I need without weighing my hair down! I.LOVE.IT! No matter what type of hair you have, Kerastase has the perfect products for your hair! I truly believe it makes a big difference!

6. Tyler Candles

No big surprise here... loads and loads of people enjoy the amazingness of these fab candles! You can find them in lots of boutiques and shops. My favorite smells are the original "Tyler"~ great for any room or any time of year. This one always reminds me of my friend, Paige's house...she ALWAYS has one burning.. the next is a little harder to find "Mulled Cider" ~perfect for the fall months... and the appropriately named, Diva~my sister really loves this one and she turned me on to it!

7. Costco!

So my mom was in town last weekend and needed to make a run to Costco. I have got to admit... I'm not sure I have ever really even been in a Costco! CRAZY, I KNOW!!! I remember going to Sam's when I was little... but not Costco! Let me just explain the difference... Sam's is like Walmart, Costco is like TARGET!!!! Very similiar, but very different too! I.LOVE.COSTCO!! This place in unbelievable! You can find ANY and EVERYTHING you could ever imagine! You can have lunch there, watch a movie, eat sample after sample of yummy food, buy furniture, appliances, wine, flowers, get your Rx filled, and all for discounted prices and in BULK if you choose. I don't know why, but I could probably spend every Sunday afternoon at Costco and never get bored! While mom and I were there we picked up some incredible Mahi Mahi and Twiced Baked Potatoes for dinner! Blake was most impressed...and so was I :) Membership here we come!!!

8. Skinny Girl Margarita

Last but certainly not least....The Skinny Girl Margarita!! O-M-G!!! This is by far my all-time favorite summer drink. Ok, lets be honest...not just summer drink- anytime drink! If you have ever seen the show Real Housewives of NYC, then you know exactly what I am talking about! Bethanny from this show is a professional chef and she created this fantastic lo-cal drink. The hubs and I have a serious love for margaritas...BUT a regular margarita at a restaurant can have upwards of 750 calories!!! Are you kidding me?? WOW! Only an indulgence one should partake in sparingly. However, the skinny girl margarita is closer to 250 calories! I can definitely manage that more often :) Here is the recipe... I will post Bethanny's and also my tweeks.

The Skinny Girls Margarita
On the Rocks
What you’ll need:
* 2 oz of clear Tequila (100% agave, Patron Silver)
(count 1, 2 while you pour, no need for measuring)
* A splash of fresh lime juice
* A splash of Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
Combine all ingredients over a glass of ice
Garnish with a lime wedge and salt (or sugar) if you’d like.
Makes one serving

** This recipe can be pretty strong, so I add in some Crystal Light Lemonade as well to tone it down a little. But notice, no additional sugar or salt in this recipe really helps with the caloric intake! Add it to your next party or homemade happy hour!**
Check out Bethanny's youtube video if you would like additional explanation...

Ok..that is all from me for now, be checking back for multiple additions to this post...but now it's your turn! I challenge you to share some of you favorites with the rest of us :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Shower of Love!

Last weekend, a bunch of us girls got together to help celebrate the soon-to-be Kvaznickas!! We had a great "Boots and Burgers" shower with the infamous "Burger Man" catering! We all had a great time and are super excited about the BIG DAY in MAY!! Enjoy the pics...

The cute couple opening gifts - Leslie and Justin

my girls... Noelle and Michelle

The decor

More decor

The hostess with the cute couple

My cute mommy friends- Joanna and Cara (with no babies tonight!)

The Bride!

And last but not least...with the hubs...right after BU beat UT in the Big 12 tournament! Go Bears!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Our View From the Dinner Table Tonight

It doesn't get much better than this! Add some Poppy Seed Chicken and a glass of wine and it's a perfect evening!

Seriously?? A Bird?

Last week, Blake was heading out for work and I was giving him a kiss and sending him out the door, when all of the sudden a BIRD flew in the house!!! Yes, you read that correctly... A BIRD FLEW IN THE HOUSE!!! I mean, seriously... what kind of bird would rather be inside than out?? What makes a bird want to fly inside a house?? The only thing I can think of is this..... let me just explain that my dad LOVES to hunt. Whether it is in Africa, Montana, South Texas, Alaska, Wyoming.... you name it, Dad has been there and hunted! So needless to say, the lakehouse is filled with all of Dad's trophies. Here is a glimpse of what the great room at the lakehouse looks like...

You get the idea... and I guess the bird got confused!

So the only thing I can think of is that the bird thought it was still outside...with all the animals, it can be confusing! Well, bottom line, it took 3 hours to get the bird out of the house!!! I was trying to leave for work... crying... just wanting the stupid bird to fly out the door. I mean, I couldn't leave the bird in the house all day while we were at work, especially with Chance home also. Like I said after 3 hours... he finally got the idea and flew off to be with his friends in the REAL outdoors again!!!
Here's a pic of the bird on top of the caribou...where he spent most of the 3 hours!

Cooper turns 3!!

Our sweet little nephew turns 3 today!! He had a great party this weekend and celebrated with lots of friends!!! He is growing up so fast and is constantly surprising us!!

Blake and I with Cooper and Mason!

Mason is almost walking on his own... but we might need to get him a lawnmower soon - rather than the pink stroller!

Cooper LOVING every bite of his cake

Lots of fun gifts and friends

Happy Birthday sweet boy!

One Proud Wife!

I have to say that I am so proud of my hubby!! He landed a new job AND promotion with a great insurance company here in Dallas! In this economy that is not a small fete! He started last week and is enjoying the new office and getting back in the groove! Congrats baby!! Thanks for all the prayers as we are starting our new life in Big D!