1. If you haven't seen Chef...rent it (or buy it!) now. J and I loved every single thing about it. But make sure you eat before you watch it. OH MY GOSH, my mouth was watering the entire time!
2. I totally bombed on the challenge this weekend. But I had a REALLY great weekend with family and friends I love. Bloody Marys, pizza, cappuccino, and playing with my kids instead of exercise? Yep, I'll take it. One of the best weekends we've had in a long time.
3. Here's my latest pile of library books. Had to start with Landline, as I adore Rainbow Rowell. I'll let y'all know what I think!
4. We watched The Sound of Music as a family for Friday movie night this weekend. We are going to Austria soon and we'll be doing the Sound of Music tour so I wanted to refresh my memory. The girls LOVED it and have been singing "Do, a deer, a female deer" for days. And how could I have forgotten how much I adore that film? "Reverend Mother, I have sinned." Can't wait to frolic in the hills. You know I'm totally going to spin around like an idiot :)
5. I just got an Instagram poster from Polagram and I am obsessed. I can't wait to frame this and get it up on the wall.
1. I deleted my Twitter account. I don't know...I just feel like I had too many social media accounts and things to keep up with. And I never felt a "connection" on Twitter, if that makes sense. So I deleted it and I don't miss it a bit. My long neglected blog FB page has been so much fun lately, though. Lots of great conversations and inspiration from the community. If you get a chance, join in!
2. I finally found a really, truly good book. A beautiful book that completely consumed me. The Language of Flowers. Thank you so much to whoever recommended it. I fell in love with it.
3. I made the easiest (and most delicious) dinner in recent memory last night. My children (and J) ate until there was nothing left but a pile of bones. It was like watching ravenous little cave people.
For an initial recap, including my level (lifestyle), why I started this challenge, and more about the WLC...you can read my first WLC blog post HERE.
So I'm now officially into week two of the Whole Life Challenge. Saturday marked the end of week one. For those of you who are interested, I want to share some thoughts and reflections.
Stats After Week 1
-A handful of lbs. lost
-1/2 inch lost in waist
-3/4 inch lost in hips
-visible difference in belly bloat/fat
What I've Noticed Physically and Emotionally
- I sleep better, no 3-4 AM insomnia zone. I've had one my entire life and it's simply gone.
- No 3 PM crash/desire to nap
- No headaches
- No digestive issues (I had quite a few of these before).
- I've had a really hard time getting the 10 minutes of mobility (stretching) in. I don't know why, but it's been my biggest challenge.
- I have had some pretty massive cravings. One night I wanted chocolate so badly...I cried. I wish I was kidding but I'm not. Luckily, these saved me. Gave me just enough "sweet" to tide me over.
- Strangely, I haven't really missed bread or cheese. But potatoes? Oh my. I miss those suckers.
- I felt pretty bad the first few days. Hungover is the best way to describe it. I was also NOT very nice. Sorry Jimmy.
- I am fighting getting bored. I need to find more variety in my diet. I am SO TIRED of coconut, eggs, and almonds.
- I've done a little bit of everything. CrossFit, Boot Camp, Spin Class, and Jimmy has designed some KILLER workouts for me. Sprints, to name one. I have also done 30 Day Shred a couple of times. On days where I can't fit in a workout, I run to get the little girls from school and then run them back in the stroller. One day (I'm not even kidding here) I speed-walked uphill with the double stroller while singing Taylor Swift's Shake it Off at the top of my lungs.
I've learned that (for me) variety is KEY.
-I'm drinking 1/3 of my weight in ounces. Which was hard at the beginning, but now I LOVE it and crave it.
I was tagged by the sweet (and crazy talented) Brenda Weaver to do a fun blog tour! If you need card inspiration head to her blog immediately. She never ceases to amaze me.
1. What are you working on right now? I think the question should be what am I NOT working on? I feel like I'm juggling a million ideas and projects right now. Layouts, Barcelona Mini Album, a Paris mini album, a Disney album from 2009 that has never materialized, wanting to hop back on the PL train, Artifact Uprising books from every trip we've taken. And on, and on and on and on.
2. How long does it take you to create a project? Um do you really want to know? Months???
I used to be the queen of quick. 15 minutes...wham, bam, thank you ma'am. Not so much these days. Projects sit on my desk for weeks, days, months.
Everyone says it gets crazier as your kids get older. And of course I thought that was b.s. And of course it's true. I wouldn't trade it for anything but I'm looking forward to getting some creative time in when all four are in school (next week!!!)
3. What are your favorite things to create with at the moment? I'm totally basic and probably horribly out of style/not even remotely trendy. And I don't care! I still love doilies and butterfies. Label stickers, floral chipboard accents, Thickers, and a few enamel dots here and there. I don't even own a die cutting machine!
4. How does your writing/creating process work? 1. Get inspired (usually by something beatiful and Italian OR by something funny my girls say or do). 2. Run to craft room, forget what I was doing, leave craft room. 3. Remember what I wanted to do, go back to craft room. 4. Gather supplies. 5. Phone rings, leave room and forget all about what I was doing. 6. Repeat Step 3. 7. Print photos, hear girls screaming, leave craft room and forget what I was doing. 8. Repeat Step 3 9.Glue some stuff down and leave layout on desk for 3 months.
5. How do you become inspired and stay inspired? Italy inspires me beyond compare. The sights, scents, sounds...you name it. It's 24/7 inspiration. Lately the design team at Gossamer Blue are really inspiring too. It's the most amazing team.
6. What your signature style? classic, simple, girlie, romantic.
That was fun! Thanks for the creative nudge, Brenda! Now I'm tagging three of my favorite scrapbookers. You're next ladies!
1. Jenni Bowlin - I think anyone who's read my blog for any amount of time knows how I feel about Jenni. She's the real deal. Just as kind as she is talented...and not an ugly or mean bone in her body. She's one of the big reasons I fell in love with this hobby.
2.Jamie Waters-I have loved Jamie's layouts for years. 8 years to be exact. I had almost all of her layouts saved at Two Peas (RIP). The way she used bits and pieces + her handwriting...perfection. I am SO happy that she's back to scrapbooking these days.
3.Liz Kartchner- Everything she makes is just happy, vibrant, and downright beautiful. Her creative drive always amazes me (she's a fellow mama to four!) and she's sweet as pie.
Happy weekend everyone! I just wanted to share a fun retreat with you guys.
My friend Laura hosts these in Lake Como each year and I thought some of you might like to know about it. Some of you have mentioned you will be here this summer- not sure if the dates will overlap for you, but I thought it was worth a share!
1. Creative “Scrapbook” Retreat - June 13 - 20, 2015
Teachers: Mixed Media artists, Céline Navarro & Zoey Scarpelli.
For costs, specific itineraries, and details click HERE.
This kid. She's the funniest and the most infuriating. I have no doubt that she will rule the world one day. This kid is going to move mountains.
+ smart as a whip
+ easily frustrated
+ an instigator
+ prone to verbal outburts (she's loud, she's proud get used to it)
+ a hand holder
+ a gymnast
She is not:
+ easily impressed
+ easily swayed
+ openly emotional
+ good at taking no for an answer
+ interested in hugging you if she doesn't truly know you
+ a doormat
+ a girlie girl
+ shy to tell you what she thinks
She is going to be one hell of a woman. Now if we can just survive to get there. Ha! I love being her mama, but it is not easy. It's a constant struggle between spunky (cute) and sassy (not cute) and we toe that line every day.
I adore this girl. And oh man...I cannot wait to see what giants+dragons she slays one day.
I'm still attempting to read, but nothing is holding my interest. Truly. The only book I remember reading lately is Jojo Moyes' new book.
And it was sweet and lovely...but just okay. I wanted the magic of Me Before You. Sigh.
Other than that I've read crap. Crap that I don't even want to record on Goodreads because it doesn't matter.
And I've been checking out books from the library, but they don't even interest me enough to read them.
I guess you could say I'm in a reading slump. Or maybe exercise has taken my reading time. And that's okay, but I would love to read a good book.
So it's your turn. What have you read lately that you loved? I want something that will grab me and pull me in. I want something that I will immerse myself in. I want something GOOD. I don't want to struggle. I want to be consumed.