Friday, April 20, 2012

I Work Out!

I have been putting off hesitating to make this post for a long time now. You see, for those of you who recall this post, I made a goal to do five things each day for 90 days. Well, in some cases I have failed (i.e. working on my blog and taking photos) but in other ways I am winning! I have done Yoga and worked out everyday sense March and I am so thankful that I have. But I don't plane on stopping now. I have a goal weight to achieve ( my ideal BMI weight) and for the first time in my life I can feel muscle in my arms and abdomen when I flex so there is no way I'm stopping now! But there is something that I need to do and that is to start progress posts. You see, I have read a lot of success stories and work out blogs and stuff but only a handful of them have before photos. And while this post and article and such that ARE inspiring and motivating I feel, sometimes, that the goal to be healthy is so far away. Even when I read article that say such and such person lost such and such in a year or whatever short time frame it was, I feel like in the back of my mine I'm thinking 'yeah right'. So, it would be wrong of me to NOT post my progress. I feel like I would be doing the same thing those articles sometime do and leave out the middle ugly part. You know, the part where I mutter curse words under my breath as I do one more Russian twist or the ugly when I have photos taken right after a hard core work out and have crazy-messy-hair and am all sweaty and red looking. Yeah, I feel it important to document this thing. Not to discourage others or show how hard it is but to show what it’s REALLY like. To me it would almost be like lying to leave you all out and then pop out of the blue like "look at my hot bod". I mean come on; no one gets that way (in a healthy way) over night! So here I am after babbling for way too long to post my first workout photo after almost two months.
Please be kind with your comments.  Words can heal or hurt but I would love to hear your ideas and any work out tips any of you might have. It's not easy for me to post those photos. My goal is to post a progress photo once a month and maybe a few posts in between about how things are going and workouts I like along with some other stuff... Currently I am using Back On Points work out in the mornings and whatever workout is in my Fitness mag. that month (they normally have two work out planes in each issue so I do one half of the month and the other the other half). I feel by mixing up my workouts each month it makes it so my body never gets used to one routine and therefore I keep gaining muscle and losing fat in a steady, healthy way. Anyone one else working to be healthier? Anyone already make the change? I would love to hear what your ideas are on this subject.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Saving Now

I'm not normally the type to try to make a post about my own business but, I have made a TON of updates on my photography website and, after all, this is a blog about my life. Saving now is the name of my Photography business for those of you who don't know. Working on my website is what I have been up to during the last few days (apart from painting which I will post about later this week) so I only thought it fitting to make a post about it.
I am so excited about it! More than anything I hope this helps me get a new client base sense the hubby and I have moved and all. 

I haven't done a lot but hey, we all have to start somewhere right. Most of the photos on the page are of my lovely sister. She is such a good sport and makes a beautiful model (though she wouldn't say so). It’s been such a blessing and so much fun doing photo sessions with her. Thank you sissy. 
I would love to hear all your thoughts and comments about it and if you like you can leave a comment here or on my website. It’s such a blessing that I get to work with such wonderful people and be able to be a part of their lives in even the smallest of ways. I really pray that Christ will bless me with the ability to show others how I see them and the beauty within them with my gift. So, I know this post may see a little off topic them most of my other post but I just had to share what’s going. I miss posting and, well, this is what I'm working on at the moment so there you have it. :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mirror Mirror

Over the Easter weekend me and the hubby went on an amazing date.
We went out on a picnic by the creek and watched the birds play in the creek and people run on the trails while feeding chips to the ducks. It was amazing and so nice to just get to know my sweet Dear better. Once it got late we decided to check out a movie at the little theater on Main Street.
(photo by google search)
I'll give you one guesses what movie we saw. YEP 'Mirror'. It was so funny and it was such a relief to see a clean, funny, movie that. Best part? It was actually a completely different movie the 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. I won't spoil it for anyone but was defiantly a clean enough movie to take your family too and one we will own for our kids (when they are older... it does have some violent scenes and some less than desirable ending in our taste). 
The Next day, we were driving around running earns and saw a little cardboard sign for a yard sale and just HAD to stop by. It was a sunny day here on Sunday after church and it was a fun little splurge. Best part, I found these.
I don't like the color AT ALL but I can SO see them in white with maybe a antiqued rub and I might even try antiquing the mirrors. 
I do love the shape and old world design. They are so charming.
(Look at all that dust. Should have cleaned them off when I got them home... shame on me!) The fact that we got them for a dollar each was just the icing on the proverbial cake! I can't wait to get stated on them but I'll have to hold off until we finish a few other projects we have going on around the Blanton 'cave' (Being a poorly built log cabin with few windows equals house-cave). I'm so excited to show you all what we have been working on and to get this brown pant out from under my nails and off my fingers ;).  Hope you all had loads of fun over this past week like we did!

Good Morning

Way-too-early-am. After a night of tossing and turning and only three house of sleep, the birds have decided that 5:40 am is the new 6am, and that, after all, waking me up was the only suitable course of action. The joys of living in the middle of know where. And by 6am I finally begrudgingly decided that there was simply no getting around the inevitable and that getting out of bed was, sadly, the only realistic option I could take. So, after getting up, making a much needed cup of coffee and half a bagel and cream cheese, and taking a few photos, I have returned to the comfort of my greatly needed heated blanket. So, here I am, editing photos and writing a short pre-post to ensure you all that I am indeed still here and will happily be posting about something awesome later in the day. But, for now, I just needed to let out a bit of early-morning-frustration and gratitude for all you fine people who make the effort to get up this early on a daily bases to keep the world running for us less than morning people. And thank you all the people that hate it and do it anyway. Our world wouldn't run the same without you. That's it, now I'm off to edit photos. Be back soon. <3

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wedding Dreams

Today I finally finished a new set of event boards! I am in LOVE with them and I hope my sister is too, because, they are for her. No, she is not getting married. For that matter, she's not even engaged yet! But, we are chicks, and what chick doesn't like to dream about weddings? Heck, I'm MARRIED and still dream about weddings. Granted, it’s in part due to these event boards I've been working on for the last two weeks, but hey, I can dream. So weather your just dreaming or actually preparing for the big day, I hope you enjoy this new set.

Like the ones in the past, I have listed information about each number below the photo. Unlike my past event boards I am also listing links to where you can find a few of the things... Just because I love you all. <3 So happy hunting!
1. The colors. self-explanatory. 2. I roses and carnations are a classic look. I combined them with these cream, purple orchids to tie in all three colors into the bride’s bouquet and think that they also add a bit of a more modern touch. 3. These lovelies have just a hint of pink on them and some bling to make the outfit whole and the bride feel sexy ;D 4. My sister loves the look of a wedding headband instead of a traditional vale and I think this has the feel of lace without over doing it and definitely is not your everyday headband. 5. This lace dress it’s to flattering. The sleeves would make any ones arms look good and the collar makes you look taller. Even the back is flattering with sexy peek hole.
1. Keys make such a unique way to display setting arrangements and make for a great extra take me home for guests. 2. These fabric globs are simple to make and airy enough see though as a center piece. They also are simple enough to enjoy the view of an outside venue. 3. Carnation pomanders are a good way to add a little something extra to plane chairs without spending a ton of cash on things like sashes or fancy chairs. These ones are, of course, in the wedding colors but you can make or order them in almost any color you can think of. 4. An antique cabinet is a good way to make a cocktail hour a focal point when having an outdoor wedding. It draws people into one area without having to create a separate space. 5. I added this for my sister, though; it is a great prop for wedding photos and can be a bit of fun all of its own. 6. Simple chairs cost TONS less than other alternatives. These have a bit of flair to them with the design without cutting into costs and can be found at just about any rental place. What makes them shine is adding things like pomanders or hanging beads on the edge of them. 7. A black tux is an all-time classic way to go and makes the brides dress even brighter in an outdoor wedding. I love the pink carnation boutonniere on this one.
1. My sister like this adorable idea and so do I. Use blank wooden puzzle pieces for guest to sign and put it together on your wedding night. It’s so eclectic and really adds to the vintage charm of this wedding. 2. What elegant wedding is complete without a bit of fancy dinnerware? I think this would make a great way to sure hors d'oeuvres or a dinner for this event. 3. These cakes are so perfect for this theme. The lace accents the brides dress so well and the two cakes keep it from feeling stuffy. 4. For an elegant vintage wedding I had to go with these invitations. They are simple yet sophisticated and the colors are just right making them a must. 5. I found these plates on Pinterest and fell in love. Mitch matching the dishes is such a good way to bring in that vintage feel and the style of these keep things looking tied together and elegant without being overdone. 6. This is such an enchanting setting for a romantic, vintage wedding and is the preference of my sister. Though, you could pull this theme off indoors, nothing says elegant like dinning under trees stung with lights and birds chirping in trees.

Thank you Sheridan for allowing me to do this set and everyone for taking a look. I hope you all enjoyed it and I hope every bride to be is fully inspired to go out and dream. Dream of things you love and the ones you want to share them with.

As a side note, I was not paid by anyone or any company to list, link, or post about any of the above products. I enjoy good design and creating something beautiful out of the things I find inspiring and that are it.

Monday, April 2, 2012

These Days

Not a lot is going on around the Blanton abode these days. I have gotten into the routine of taking care of my little salad garden I have growing and its finally starting to show.
I'm so proud that nothing is able to eat them (but Pepper whom I watch out for) and because of this, they are getting so big! I'm so excited to be able to have an all organic, fresh, nice salad soon! I'm still waiting for my cucumbers, green peppers, and tomatoes to start showing but soon, readers, soon!