Thursday Five



Today I’m joining Nicole at Flip Flops and Combat Boots for Thursday Five.






We got some Delightful news regarding our next post. No- it’s not Europe like we hoped, but I think it’s going to be a great place anyway. They have excellent medical care, tons of restaurants and activities, 15 malls, and Starbucks. It’s also a huge place for kite boarding. What more could we ask for? I’ll try to post more details as we get closer to our departure (the Marine Corps loves to change things without warning!)


I’m so Happy  that I finally decided on a carseat/stroller for Emerson. I have seriously been researching for a few months and have been SO indecisive. I honestly don’t think Jesse and I spent this long picking out a house to buy. I went to Babies ‘R Us today and I fell in love with this. It’s the perfect size, it has great reviews, and it’s on sale! Woohoo! It’s hard to tell in the picture but it’s a light pink and tan color. It’s much prettier in person and I love it because it’s simple and classic.


Chicco Cortina Travel System

My Mom and I had a  Superb lunch at Olive Garden today.  I had eggplant along with the delicious salad and breadsticks. I think I could eat there every day and never get tired of it.


I am so super excited about the awesome giveaway I won from Just the Two of Us and Little Crumb Designs.  Aren’t these little bows Gorgeous?


I’m sure everyone is tired of reading about baby stuff, but I have to be honest and tell you that it’s pretty much all I think about these days. Emerson is already so Loved- I can’t imagine what it will be like when she is finally here! I am getting so anxious!


Post-Baby Workout Plan


Although I still have a ways to go before little Miss E is here, I’m already thinking about how I’m going to shed this baby weight. I’ve read all these stories about girls who lose all the weight in 6 weeks without doing a thing. I really don’t think I’ll be one of those girls. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to work my butt off to get back to my normal size. That being said, I’ve already started making a plan. My goal is to be back to my regular size  within 6 months after she’s born.  I know it’s going to be tough but I feel like if I don’t tackle the weight right away, I won’t ever lose it.

The first thing I’m going to do is join Weight Watchers. I’ve done it before and I KNOW it works if you stick to it. I think they’ve recently changed the program and it’s quite different than when I did it but I’m looking forward to trying it out. Since we don’t know where we’ll be, I’ll probably just join online. I doubt I’ll be able to find meetings to go to.


Of course, diet alone won’t be enough for me to get back in shape so I’m going to have to stick to a serious workout plan. I’ve been planning on doing Chalean Extreme. It’s a 90 day workout program by Chalene Johnson that focuses mostly on strength training. I’ve done it before and I LOVED it. The workouts are awesome and I got pretty good results by the time I finished.


But lately I’ve seen a few infomercials for workouts that look REALLY good.

Since I already know Chalene's style and I love her workouts, Turbo Fire really caught my eye. I think it’s more of an intense cardio workout program. It looks awesome so I may have to try it.

Then two days ago I saw another infomercial for Insanity. I know someone who’s done it before and she said it is truly insane! I really love strength training more than I love cardio so I know these workouts would be a true challenge for me. Plus it’s only 60 days compared to 90 like the other programs.

I’m not sure I can handle it, so it be something I have to work my way up to.

Of course, if all else fails I can go back to my two standbys. These two workouts are what I’ve used for several years and I know I can always go back to the them for results.

1. The Firm (If you haven’t tried any Firm workouts, I highly recommend them- especially if you like Step. They are fun and they work!)



2. Running- There is no doubt that running gets results. I also think it’s one of the hardest workouts there is. No matter how well you run, you can always push yourself harder.


Obviously I still have a while before I have to worry about this, but it always helps to be prepared! Smile I think it also helps to have accountability, so I will definitely keep you updated on what I decide to do and I’ll blog about my progress. Until then, it looks like walking is going to be have to be main form of exercise.

Any Moms out there want to share your post-baby weight loss secrets? Does anyone have any experience with any of these workout programs? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


P.S.- I am not advertising any of the above workout programs and I have no affiliation with Beach Body, The Firm,  Weight Watchers, or any other workout company. These are just my opinions/random thoughts. Smile

Getting to Know You



the q's.

1. what inspires you?

Wow- this is a tough one. I guess I would say I’m inspired by lots of different people/things in lots of different ways. My husband and family inspire me to be a good person, a good Mommy, and to do the right thing. My friends inspire me in tons of different ways. Strong Christians inspire me to be a better Christian. Crafty people inspire me to make cute stuff! Athletes and super fit people inspire me to workout and eat better. There are tons of blogs out there that inspire me in a lot of the ways I mentioned above: parenthood, spirituality, decorating, crafts, and just being a better person.

2. what was the last thing you bought yourself?

I bought some maternity jeans and a few dresses. I bought a few so that I could try them on and then I’ll send back the ones I don’t want. Smile


Maxi Dress

3. Would you rather watch a movie in a theater or from the comfort of your own home?

Every now and then I like to go to the theater, but most of the time I prefer to watch movies at home in my pj’s.

4. household chore you don't mind doing?

I don’t really like doing any household chores but I do like organizing. I always love taking all of my clothes out of my closet and reorganizing them. I like to do the same thing in the kitchen with the dishes and pots and pans. I wouldn’t mind a closet that looked like this:


image via Google Images

5. coffee or tea?

Coffee! I don’t like tea at all- not even sweet tea. Yes, I’m from the South, but I still don’t like tea.


image via Google Images

6. what could you eat every day and not get sick of??

peanut butter, apples, strawberries

7. what's the last book you read?

Ape House by Sara Gruen (loved it!) I’m currently reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I haven’t been reading at all lately so I’ve been on this book for a while. I need to get going!


8. do you think you look you "look" your age?

Yes. I think people would guess that I’m almost 30. I don’t mind though- I’ve heard 30 is the new 20! Winking smile

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Happy Sunday!


Munich, baby!


I promise this is the very last post about Germany!

We spent our last day in Munich. We didn’t get there until 1:00 in the afternoon because the train ride from Garmisch takes about 2 hours. When we got there we checked into our hotel and then we took the train back to the City Center. It was a Monday afternoon so we were thinking it would be pretty empty and we’d get to walk around and take pictures of all of the old buildings.

Unfortunately, we were very WRONG! Little did we know, it was the last day of Carnival which means that everyone gathers in the City Center for a wild night of partying. As soon as we stepped off the train we knew it wouldn’t be a quiet day of strolling around the city.

There were people EVERYWHERE. Most were in crazy costumes (think Halloween-only crazier) and many were drinking. There was confetti EVERYWHERE and live music coming from each street corner. (I didn’t really get any pictures of the costumes but this will give you an idea of how crowded it was.)




Despite the crowds, we were able to walk around for a bit and see some of the awesome architecture.







After walking around a little bit we decided to head to Hard Rock Café for dinner. It was delicious!


When we finished dinner, it was starting to get dark and we could see that the true partying was about to start. Everyone was standing in the streets drinking champagne, live music was playing, and huge groups of policemen were standing around everywhere. We knew that was our cue to head back to our hotel. Don’t get me wrong- we love a good time as much as the next person but  being 7 months pregnant and a huge, crazy party in a foreign country just doesn’t mix too well. There’s always next time though……




So, I came across this little blog tip yesterday from mrs.ashcake. Some of you may already know about it, so if you do, just ignore this. But, if you don’t, you seriously need to check this out.

I LOVE how Google Reader puts all your favorite blogs in one place, but I HATE how you have to open a new window with the actual blog in order to be able to comment.

That’s where the Next button comes in. It allows you to click through all of your favorite blogs quickly, while still allowing you to comment and see the real formatting.

I installed it yesterday and I have to say it is I know I’ll do so much better about commenting on blogs now because it makes it so much easier.

If you don’t already have the Next button, here’s how you get it.

Open Google Reader (you have to be signed in)

- Click on the little wheel in the right hand corner (Settings)

- Click Reader Settings

- Click on Goodies (the 4th tab at the top)

- Scroll down to "Put Reader in a Bookmark"

- Then just drag the Next button up into your favorites bar. It will now allow you to click through all of your blogs. It will start with the newest post and work back to the oldest.

-You can even go a step further and organize your blogs into folders and add a button for each type. For instance, I put my favorite blogs into one folder and made a Next button for them. Then I put all of the other blogs that I don’t necessarily read every day (recipe blogs, money blogs, etc) into another folder and made a separate next button for them.

It’s so easy and definitely worth the time it takes! Let me know how you like it if you decide to do it! Smile



Our last few days in Germany were spent enjoying the beautiful scenery. I can honestly say that I have never seen anything so gorgeous!

We spent one day at Zugspitze- the highest point in Germany. The day started with a 45 minute train ride to the main area of the mountain.




After looking around, we decided to ride the gondola up to the very top-2,950 meters high. We spent some time looking around, grabbed a bite to eat, and then Jesse spent the rest of the day snowboarding. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of his snowboarding adventures.



On our last day in Garmisch, we decided to check out Partnach Gorge. I had heard that it was pretty awesome but I really wasn’t expecting it to be so beautiful. All of the waterfalls were frozen solid. I’ve never seen anything like it!







After we finished walking through the gorge, we came up to a walking path. We didn’t really feel like turning around and walking back into the gorge. Little did we know that the path led to a 45 minute hike that went UP and OVER the gorge. Here I am when I realize just how high we are going to be climbing.  See the little bridge at the very top?


See my face when I realize just how far and high we had to go?


It turns out it actually wasn’t too bad. It was all steps and gravel paths and it wasn’t too steep. I had to stop a few times but I made it! Smile The good news was that we were able to take a gondola to get back down to the starting point.


I would have to say that my favorite part of Germany was the natural landscape. It’s just amazing! There were just so many cool sights  (and I took pictures of EVERYTHING, as you can see)!  I’ll be back with one more Germany post and then I promise I’ll be done! Smile Happy Friday, friends!


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