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Sometimes it seems life just kind of takes over and before you know it a week passes, a month passes. That’s been my life this last while, things have been CRAZY! Crazy good for the most part though, so that’s something!

I started getting more into the crocheting, something that I’ve always enjoyed. Doing so then lead to me opening my own Etsy site. That has been a fun adventure. I have been selling items there and on Facebook, and making money to put towards the wedding in the process. Its been a lot of fun! Some of the items include:

Click HERE To visit my Facebook store or HERE to visit my Etsy site and see more if you’re interested.

Then there’s the wedding side of life. I have officially assembled ALMOST all the invitations and am preparing to put them in the mail this week. Here is a photo of the finished product. I have blocked out our names, however didn’t bother with the resort information. Its a destination wedding, so that doesn’t really give away anything about us at all. Each invitation, when taken out of the little corner pocket, includes a ceremony card, a reception card, an RSVP card, a stamped return envelope and a card with our website which gives more info (including accomodations, travel, etc… more than many share due to the destination wedding aspect). These will be mailed in black envelopes. The return address is written on the back in white ink. On the front I have placed a white address label and written the addresses on them in red. I am SO happy with how they turned out and can’t wait to hear from our guests regarding what they think!

Besides that its been a lot of little planning. We recently made the choice to change our DJ so just working through the contract on that. Also working hard on getting in shape for the big day… but that’s a whole new blog post….

Well, we had our first official interview last week at the Children’s Aid Society to discuss domestic adoption as well as the foster to adopt program. My fiance and I know for sure we’re sold on the 0-2 age frame, and learned the importance of considering the foster to adopt idea, just due to the low number of children that are actually legally in the care of CAS prior to the age of 2. We’ve been talking A LOT trying to decide how we feel about this, and the risks associated.

The big news though? Things are moving MUCH faster than we had originally planned. Rather than any further interviews at the CAS building with the workers there, we are moving right onto the Homestudy. The worker we met with last week said that the big goal would be to try to get us into the June classes, as the next round is running during the fall, and that would potentially conflict with the wedding/honeymoon.

So here I am, on a Friday night, working my butt off filling out paperwork and doing housework. Its funny how your house can be clean enough for you to not even blink an eye, but the second the idea of someone coming in specifically looking at your house comes up suddenly all this dirt you never saw before suddenly appears. I was washing the window frame in the kitchen earlier! Next stop – the bathroom walls!

The dogs are sitting here watching me thinking I’m absolutely insane. Seriously, if they could speak I would probably hear threats to call in the men in white, whose purpose would be to cart me off to the nice white room with the padded walls! Finally taking my first break and sharing my thoughts on here of the craziness that is my mind right now! I keep thinking ‘well what if this isn’t good enough’ or ‘what if I could have filled that question out better’. How does anyone ever get through this part of the process without completely losing their mind?

But on that note, back I go… the bleach products are coming out to make sure the microscopic pieces of filth on my bathroom walls see their last day…

Alright, I haven’t gotten on here in awhile, but a big part of that was a great trip that I took to Columbus Ohio last weekend! It was a Leadership Conference that I had been looking forward to for WEEKS and am SO glad that I attended! Put on by the LIFE organization, this was a chance to learn new ways to approach your life and how to actively pursue the life that you want. One great new revelation was the release of the Mental Fitness Challenge, something that I can’t wait to pursue and update everyone here on!

Another speaker, Mark MacDonald, author of Body Confidence, gave a great talk about something that really hit home. You see I’ve been working out, and yet I seem to have hit a plateau. There’s this ‘pudge’ at my stomach area that no matter how much I count calories and workout, I can’t seem to get rid of… Well he’s what I learned.

Counting calories actually will not cause you to get into your best shape! You see, Mark taught us that the trick is to stabalize your blood sugar, and that in turn will trigger fat release and burning, where as a spiked blood sugar, or one that is too low, trigger the body to retain fat. He explained that the way to do this is to have 5-6 meals a day that are a balance of sugars, fats and proteins.

The example that he gave us was a morning snack. Most people when eating ‘healthy’ would opt for something simple, like an apple. Well that apple on its own will spike your blood sugar, therefore causing your body to retain fat as opposed to shedding it. If you partner that apple with cottage cheese and some almonds, you’ve included a balance of the different groups and therefore that will help you to lose weight.

I will admit, I haven’t yet read his book. They didn’t have any copies available on site, and although I have ordered it now, it does take time to arrive… so my knowledge of what he is teaching is based solely on a talk he gave for about an hour. That being said, I will be doing my grocery shopping tonight with a different plan in mind! Time to put this is motion and see if its the key to breaking through this wall and finally reaching the size I want before the big day!!!!

My fiance and I have been talking a lot about the importance of getting in shape (or back in shape in my case). He’s never been too big into fitness, and I unfortunately had to take it easy for a year and a half due to medical reasons. I had been going occasionally to the gym still and recently got him to agree to come out with me.

Now… I want to get into running! I was a big martial artist before, loved biking and adored the weight machines, but never did get into running much. I came across the Couch to 5K program which intrigued me, but for some reason it just wasn’t enough… Today I found the Couch to 10K program on Spark People! Starting next week we’ll be putting it into play!

Now my fiance will be starting from Week 1, but I had already started Couch to 5K and will be starting this at Week 5. I can’t wait until we can actually plan to run our first 10K race together!!! One thing I do know that I need to get is a new pair of running shoes… the ones I have right now aren’t going to be good enough for much longer…

Here’s the program! Happy Running!

Couch to 10K

Always walk 5 minutes slow and easy to warm up before each session and again to cool down after each session (this is included in the session times):

Week 1:
Session 1 (34 min) – Run 1 minute. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 8 times.
Session 2 (28 min) – Run 1 minute. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 6 times.
Session 3 (31 min) – Run 1 minute. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 7 times.

Week 2:
Session 1 (38 min) – Run 2 minutes. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 7 times.
Session 2 (31 min) – Run 1 minute. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 7 times.
Session 3 (34 min) – Run 2 minutes. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 6 times.

Week 3:
Session 1 (45 min) – Run 3 minutes. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 7 times.
Session 2 (34 min) – Run 2 minutes. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 6 times.
Session 3 (40 min) – Run 3 minutes. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 6 times.

Week 4 – EASY RECOVERY WEEK:
Session 1 (40 min) – Run 3 minutes. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 6 times.
Session 2 (30 min) – Run 2 minutes. Walk 2 minutes. Do this 5 times.
Session 3 (40 min) – Run 2 minutes. Walk 3 minutes. Do this 6 times.

Week 5:
Session 1 (46 min) – Run 3 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 9 times.
Session 2 (34 min) – Run 2 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 8 times.
Session 3 (42 min) – Run 3 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 8 times.

Week 6:
Session 1 (52 min) – Run 5 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 7 times.
Session 2 (38 min) – Run 3 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 7 times.
Session 3 (50 min) – Run 3 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 10 times.

Week 7:
Session 1 (54 min) – Run 10 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 4 times.
Session 2 (40 min) – Run 4 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 6 times.
Session 3 (52 min) – Run 5 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 7 times.

Week 8 – EASY RECOVERY WEEK:
Session 1 (54 min) – Run 10 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 4 times.
Session 2 (38 min) – Run 3 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 7 times.
Session 3 (46 min) – Run 5 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 6 times.

Week 9:
Session 1 (68 min) – Run 10 minutes/walk 1 minute; Run 15 minutes/walk 1 minute. Run 20 minutes/walk 1 minute. Run 10 minutes.
Session 2 (46 min) – Run 5 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 6 times.
Session 3 (54 min) – Run 10 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 4 times.

Week 10:
Session 1 (72 min) – Run 10 minutes/walk 1 minute. Run 20 minutes/walk 1 minute. Run 30 minutes.
Session 2 (54 min) – Run 10 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 4 times.
Session 3 (57 min) – Run 20 minutes/walk 1 minute. Run 15 minutes/walk 1 minute. Run 10 minutes.

Week 11:
Session 1 (71 min) – Run 40 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Run 20 minutes.
Session 2 (54 min) – Run 10 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 4 times.
Session 3 (57 min) – Run 20 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Run 15 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Run 10 minutes.

Week 12 – EASY VOLUME WEEK:
Session 1 (60 min) – Run 50 minutes.
Session 2 (43 min) – Run 10 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 3 times.
Session 3 (52 min) – Run 15 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Run 15 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Run 10 minutes.

Week 13:
Session 1 (50 min) – Run 40 minutes.
Session 2 (43 min) – Run 10 minutes. Walk 1 minute. Do this 3 times.
Session 3 Event Day 10K: have fun, and take care not to start out too quickly.

 

Alright, so my Easter was so relaxing and nice, everyone needs a 3 day weekend! Now here I am, an hour from the end of my workday, feeling HORRIBLE! I have a headache, my throat hurts, my back hurts…. Leaves you wondering am I coming down with something OR is it just the ‘Monday After a Holiday Blues’…. lol

I mean really, when I get home tonight, and curl up on the couch, am I still going to feel horrible or am I going to suddenly perk up, feeling SO much better because I’m home from work!

Now don’t get me wrong, I have A LOT to do at home. I spent the weekend working on wedding stuff, and so the housework has fallen behind. There are these beautiful laundry mountains that appear to be growing rapidly every day in our laundryroom. Really, there is only my fiance and I, but you would think based on the volume of laundry that there was atleast a family of 5 living in our house! I have to scale the mountains to get to the cleaning supplies so that OBVIOUSLY means I can’t handle mopping floors or dusting if I can’t get at the products to do so… Valid excuse in my book!

Then there’s the kitchen, oh the kitchen… I have a few factors against me in my quest to a clean kitchen at this time. The first is my fiance lol! I love the man, I do, and he’s a GREAT cook… but he’s like a tornado in the kitchen, one minute you can see the counter and the next it is covered with reminants and debris! Even worse is the dishes that LEAVE the kitchen… I ventured into his office one day to find plates just sitting around his computer, not to mention the cups! He has since moved his computer from his office down to the livingroom while working on business stuff more often so we actually see each other, which means that its more difficult for him to hide the mess!  Then there’s the pets… I swear the animals can destroy the kitchen in T minus 2 seconds! There are sometimes spots of things splattered on my wall that I’m not even sure of the origin…

So all that to say I  know I’ll be busy when I get home tonight and YET… here I am sitting at work, watching the clock and feeling crummy. Maybe I am getting something? Nope, not a possibility… I can’t afford to get sick right now! The house would fall apart, the wedding wouldn’t get planned… it would just be CHAOS at its finest! Lol! Yes, I exaggerate, but really things WOULD be a mess when I got back on my feet!

So here it is, a toast to feeling better! Hopefully starting in just 41 minutes…

I set a goal for myself this weekend, that I was going to get done a certain list of wedding things, one of which was figuring out WHAT to do for our table numbers. You see, I knew we needed something that looked nice (or the family members that judge everything would notice) but at the same time I just couldn’t see myself spending $40 or $50 on some of the options you see out there for something that I knew would be thrown away at the end of the night… for something with such a short lived purpose…

SO the decision was I would figure out how to DIY something that would work. I started googling for pictures, to get some ideas flowing, as well as googling images with searches like ‘free wedding flourish’ or ‘free rose corner’ to find images I could use. At the end of the day I think what I ended up with not only works, but looks great AND… the best part… cost me approximately $5 for all 30!!!!

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I shared this photo with a few friends on The Knot and they loved it as much as I did! I had a few questions asking about how to do it (especially at that cost) and so I decided this was another one of those projects that needed a ‘How to’ on here for any brides that are looking to save money during this planning process!!!

So… I started with a few basic supplies. I picked up packets of cardstock on sale at Michaels, although the whole packs weren’t needed, for 30 numbers I only needed 8 sheets of each of 2 colours (black and white in my case). I also picked up some packs of binder clips and a roll of ribbon from the local dollar store. I also used a glue gun and double sided tape (which was from the dollar store as well) to put it all together. Image

I started by designing the table numbers themselves. Now this depends on what program you are comfortable with! I  know many of you likely use photoshop and similar programs, but I’m not all that computer savvy so I tend to stick to Powerpoint because that just makes sense to me! I formatted the slide to be a standard 8.5×11 page (under the Design tab I clicked on Page Setup). Here I created 4 rectangles in a light grey so I had guides to cut it later. I used an image from google and the font Abigail, which came with the program. I just printed these onto the white cardstock sheets.

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After having them printed I used a papercutter in order to cut each of them out. I then measured the individual little squares (just one, after all they were all the same size now) and then figured out the measurements to create black squares that would be just 1/4 inch larger on each of the 4 sides giving it a border. I also cut these out using the papercutter.

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I attached them using the double sided tape. The reason is that the glue doesn’t sit completely flat, but the double sided tape gives it that professional looking appearance in my views. Spray adhesive would likely work the same way. Next step was the bases. Take a binder clip and cut a small piece of ribbon just slightly larger than the width of one side of the binder clip. Using the glue gun put a dot of glue on the end of the ribbon and glue it inside the clip roughly in the middle. You’ll need to open the clip to put this in place. Then repeat on the other side, giving the binder clip a nice strip of colour. Becareful not to close the binder clips on your fingers, I did many times and it begins to hurt after awhile!

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After that has had a chance to dry in place, clip the binder clip centered on the bottom of each of your table numbers and then remove the little silver arms from the clip. These can be thrown out as you won’t need them. You’re left with cheap and easy table numbers! My apologies for the bad cellphone pictures, its what I had when I was working on them!!!!

I hope that this helps atleast one of you out there! Good luck in your planning and all your DIY projects, and keep posted, I might have some more cheap/easy projects to share in the near future!

Also, HAPPY EASTER to all of you!!!!

This post is about something that holds a special place in the hearts of many, the beginning of a family! This whole topic has been an emotional rollercoaster with my fiance and I! First I wasn’t sure I wanted kids, then thanks to my treatment for Ovarian Cancer I was told I couldn’t. This was a hard time in my life, and my fiance stood by my side through it all! Recently we decided that we were going to start looking into adoption as a means of growing our little family after the wedding.

I know its not a fast process by any means, and so why not start now, right? Well… we decided on domestic adoption, and made the first phone call putting the whole process in gear! I have had my first phone interview with one of the social workers, we’ve been through the information that they sent and are now setting up our first face to face interview.

This isn’t going to be an easy, no effort journey, I’m aware of that… and its definitely not one that’s here today, and done tomorrow, but we both feel SO strongly that this is what we are supposed to do! We are looking to adopt newborn, so there will be a wait, but that’s why we’re starting it 5 months before the wedding!!!

Now I find myself glued to Pinterest, checking out nurseries and home schooling options (that’s a topic for another day). Its funny how one simple phone call has started to shape our whole future!

So here’s the the journey!