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Wedding Wednesday // Weight Loss Edition // Part THREE

It's wedding Wednesday again! And I bring you another update on our weight loss. Mostly due to the fact that we decided to extend our 'Phase 1' for an additional week.

Did we lose weight this week?


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Week in Review // August 18-24

Last week felt crazy. It mostly consisted of me assembling our wedding invitations (which I'll share soon). It took way longer than expected and the damn things were mailed about 2 weeks late. But they're done! I only through a couple of fits (not on camera hahaha)...I was pleased with how they turned out!

The other most notable event from last week, was that Brennan came home. He's been visiting his mom for the summer. School starts next week and I'm sure he's super excited about it...yeah right...

Anyhoo, see what other happenings we had going on in this week's vlog...



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Celebrate...

This post was meant to go up last week, but, like most things in my life right now, I didn't get around to it. I'm basically a chicken with my head cut off these days.

I had a birthday last week. I turned 21 (plus 11), but who's counting?! And it was strange this year because I'm generally the type of person who counts down to their birthday with much excitement. But I have a baby now, and time is ticking away at a rapid pace! Not only did I sort of forget about my birthday this year, I just didn't have time to dwell on the subject. I'm planning a wedding, a first birthday party, working...it's madness!

But...my birthday took on another meaning this year in other ways as well. I'm a mother. I have the honor and privilege of being a mother. I had the honor and privilege of being born to my own mother. My birthday is no longer a celebration just about me. It's a celebration of motherhood. A celebration of being born. Being born me on the day of my birth, and being born a mother last summer. It's a celebration of my own mother, who I know so much more now that I have become a mother myself. It's a celebration of Lark, who wouldn't be here if not for my own birth and my own mother...and grandmothers before that. This celebration of life in all facets on my birthday is so wonderful.

I've always been me. I've always been a daughter. And now a mother to my own daughter. My birthday this year became a moment where I really felt more alive. Just to share a laugh and giggle with Lark was birthday gift enough. I will love celebrating me on my birthday more than ever before, because celebrating me means celebrating this everlasting season of life we call motherhood.

And this photo...because I wanted to get out my 'real' camera and snap a cute photo of us, but this is reality, she was fussy, wanted nothing to do with pictures, and was mesmerized by my singing hat! But this candid shot will be special to me from now until forever, because it's us, in the moment, celebrating life!

Happy birthday to us.



"Celebrate" is the August writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Nicole of Rose Runs Wild. A few words from Nicole --- Hi! I'm Nicole from Rose Runs Wild! I'm mama to a teenager, wife to my handsome husband and dog mama to our bulldog and pit bull. I work full time and blog in my free time. I love wearing black and white, plants, doughnuts, crappy pop music and working on our home we just recently bought! My blog is basic, it's just about our life. The good, the bad and the ugly. I try to share as honestly as I possibly can in hopes that one or two other people out there don't feel so alone. Life is rough, life is beautiful and it's all about connection through the highs and the lows. That's all I'm really trying to do, connect and share. And take lots of cute photos of my son (in the rare moment he lets me) and my dogs of course! Connect with Nicole here: Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin // Twitter // Tumblr. /// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///

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Wedding Wednesday // Weight Loss Edition // Part TWO

It's Wednesday already! Good ol' hump day!

Wedding Wednesday brings you more weight loss updates this week. We weighed in this morning after our two week, low-carb and low-sugar 'phase 1' of the South Beach Diet.

We had a couple of cheats, mainly due to my birthday and me shooting a wedding, which I felt required carbs. So we didn't lose as much as our goals we set last week. I set a 3 pound goal, James a 4 pound goal. I lost about 2 pounds, James 2.5 pounds, so not a complete fail! I've lost a total of about 9 pounds over the last two weeks and James lost about 12 pounds.

We may extend 'phase 1' by another week, but neither of us are sure we can do it for another week! But we are definitely still on the weight loss train and will keep you updated!

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Week in Review // August 11 - 17

Last week flew by. We were a tad busy with looking at house, my birthday and me shooting a wedding over the weekend.


We looked at 4 houses, but none panned out. We are burnt out with the house hunting, and with a wedding in our bear future, it's just too much to deal with right now.

I was also a little sad last week with the passing if Robin Williams. So tragic. I've been affected by suicide too much in my short life and though I didn't know him personally, it still struck a chord with me. I grew up with him, I idolized him and he taught me that funny and weird wasn't a bad thing to be. May his soul be at peace...

My birthday was on the 14th and generally I'm all about my birthday, counting down days, full of anticipation, but with a baby, a first birthday party, a wedding...I sort of kept forgetting my birthday was coming! The ladies at work have me some wonderful gifts and cards, James and Lark got me a card and perfume, and we went out to a nice dinner, even though we are still on a diet. Yes, we cheated...

Saturday I shot a wedding all day and was exhausted!! Sunday was pretty lazy and we browsed toys r us for Lark birthday gift ideas...still searching for ideas!!!


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Wedding Wednesday // Weight Loss Edition

Hello and happy Wednesday!

I bring you another chapter in our wedding story! Last week, we started a diet in hopes of losing some weight before the wedding. Granted, we need to lose weight regardless, but nothing like a wedding to motivate you!

We are doing the South Beach Diet, which we've had great success with in the past. For me though, it's different this time around since I'm breasfeeding and I've noticed some side effects because of it. Just more headaches than I've had in previous times on this diet and I've been lightheaded a bit as well. So I'm making sure I eat plenty and even allowing myself a bit of carbs in the form of beans and my favorite vanilla rice milk because I just feel as though myself and Lark need that little boost while I'm watching what I eat. I've also been craving EVERYTHING!! Especially cheese

We've had great success in the first week, and hope to continue down the same path! James wants to lose 50 lbs and I'd like to lose 10 by September 16th, my first dress fitting, and 20 total by our wedding date, which is November 1st of this year.

We weighed in this morning...and the results were...


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Week in Review // August 4 - 10

The biggest event from last week was us starting our diet. We've been planning to do the South Beach Diet for some time now since we have had such great success with it in the past. It just takes a lot of planning, especially since I'm not eating dairy while breastfeeding so I have to get somewhat creative. It's been going well, but I did have a lot of headaches, which is typical when you cut out sugar and caffeine, but I have a feeling breastfeeding has a bit to do with it as well. I need to be sure I get enough calories. We will keep you posted on our weight loss! My goal is to lose 20 lbs by the wedding, and 10 before my first dress fitting, which is on September 16th.

Not much else has been going on. Lark's sleep habits are much better these days, but she's still working on some teeth and that throws a wrench in things sometimes. She also got her first big boo-boo...so sad. She fell on a toy while we were playing and it left a great big bruise! Sweet girl was so upset. She's still working on her standing, and making great progress.

We also got bad news on the house we wanted. We had put an offer in, but it basically became null and void after the bank decided to take it off of the market and relisted at some point as a foreclosure, rather than the short sale it was being sold as. We don't know how long that will take, so we looked a couple more and weren't excited about them...the search continues!!

Please excuse my appearance lately...I've been extra tired and lazy lately, not to mention, the postpartum regrowth has my hair in an absolute frenzy and I'm running out of ways to contain it!


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