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Saturday, August 31


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Good morning, lovelies! I hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday morning. Is everyone ready to share their Shoe Lust list this week?

If you're new to this party, the rules are pretty simple:

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Since college football started this week, my lust list is Gamecock-related.





And for the little missies:

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Friday, August 30


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Good morning, lovelies!

Confession is good for the soul, so grab the button and let it all out. You'll feel better when you're finished.

I confess...

I am thrilled with my Gamecocks for pulling out a win last night. It's so nice that college football has officially started for the year, and it was a lot of fun to get together with friends to watch the game.

I confess...

That the Mister finally succumbed and let me buy him a Gamecocks t-shirt. I guess football season eight was the charm. I think he looks good supporting my football team.

I confess...

A not so fun part of the evening was that I couldn't drink. Last week, I got what appears to be a spider bite that has become infected so I'm on antibiotics. This includes the joy of getting the "infamous shot in the butt" of the antibiotics the other day at urgent care. I would rather they put me on pills than have to incise and clean the infection though, so thankfully things are getting better.

I confess...

I believe in corporal punishment for people who start using loud power tools before the noise ordinance ends (translation before 7 a.m.) in our neighborhood. A new roof is being installed next door, which would be fine if they hadn't started 15 minutes before my alarm was set to go off.

I confess...

We leave for our camping and whitewater rafting trip this afternoon. It's been years since the Mister and I have been camping together.... I'm so excited to head out of town.
It looks like our last "annual" camping whitewater trip was in 2007

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Thursday, August 29

I bet since it's kickoff day for the Gamecocks, you though I was going to talk about football. Not so much.

So, August is my birthday months, but it marks another milestone in my life than just candles on the cake. Two years ago when I turned thirty, I also made the decision to start training jujitsu and asked the Mister to get me a gi for my birthday gift.

And starting on September 1, 2011,  I began training at the dojo where the Mister has been training for the past 12 years. In October last year, I received my first promotion to blue belt. I had a personal goal to get my next belt by my birthday, and the first week of August I took my green belt exam and passed.

The initial reason for training was that I needed to be doing something to stay physically active. My job involves flying a desk so I sit entirely too much. And while exercise remains a primary motivation, I have found other reasons that I love the art.

1. I've built some fantastic relationships with jujitsikas (yes, it's a word) around the country. We have friends from Boston to Buffalo to Chicago to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles to Hawaii who would be thrilled to have us visit and train with them. We call it "ohana," the Hawaiian word for family.

Our friend Faye will be flying in from Hawaii this fall for our dojo's clinic and staying with us.

2. I am stronger. I am amazed at the physical ability that I have now that I didn't two years ago. Last fall, the Mister and I helped a friend move in to her new house, and we were the furniture movers. My grip strength is so much better. Heavy boxes don't phase me. This is a serious confidence booster.

I joke that I'm married to He-Man, but I am finding myself stronger everyday.

3. Free massage! Our style is one of the few arts that still teaches a healing art alongside the martial; in our case, think deep-tissue restorative healing. The Mister has taken the healing class and owns a table, and there are other students taking the curriculum right now, which means they need willing bodies to work on. On a serious note, it's great to know that if I should have an injury, there's almost alway someone right there to deal with it, which means much less recovery time.

Friend and jujitsika Doug is one of the most knowledgeable healers I know.

4. I am slimmer and fitter. Now I'd love to lose a few pounds, but my scale still says 165 pounds, which is what it said two years ago. But that doesn't discourage me. I have muscle tone that I've never had before (even when I weighed 110 pounds in high school). My clothes fit differently, and these days I get compliments from people who tell me how much thinner I look. I don't train for my looks, but it doesn't hurt to see improvements.

The scale may not have moved, but I see changes in how I look from blue to green belt.

5. It's cool to learn new techniques. Part of my requirements to get to green belt was to begin learning 15 new throws. I'm not an expert by any means, but it feels pretty badass to pull some of these off...and it looks cool too. Part of every belt promotion is getting thrown by everyone in class that night...check out these throws from my green belt promotion.



6. Knowing self-defense is a good thing. This is something I really want to focus in my next year of training. Knowing what to do and reacting in such a way that I would walk away safely if I ever needed to defend myself on the street.

We're really fortunate to have the opportunity to train directly under one of the organization's professors.

7. There's a crazy amount of knowledge to learn. The senior professor in our system is a tenth degree black belt and has been training since the late 1950s. Our sensei has more than 40 years martial arts experience and is a seventh degree black belt in our system. My husband already has more than a dozen years of training to draw from when he teaches. Can you imagine what I could learn if I stick with this?

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Wednesday, August 28


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Hello, friends!

Welcome back for this week's Wino Wednesday, co-hosted with Danielle from Sweet Southern Girl. Let me cover the ground rules for the party:
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Easy peezy. Now on to the wine.

So Gamecock kickoff is tomorrow! And these would be perfect for tailgating.





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Sunday, August 25


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Good morning, lovelies!

First I need to give you and my lovely co-host a big apology for missing last week's Round-Up.

Welcome back for the Weekly Round-Up linky party, hosted by me and Miss Angie from My So-Called Chaos. We want this to be something that focuses on sharing our favorite reads throughout the week so that you can find fabulous, new blogs to read.

So, here are the rules:

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2. Write a little list of your favorite reads this week and why.
3. Link up below and go find some fabulous new ladies to be friends with.

That said, here were my favorite reads this week:

1. If you're new to blogging (or just looking for some advice), check out these sound tips that Dana from The Wonder Forest has learned.


2. I've mentioned that life is crazy lately (whose isn't). Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer discusses ways to survive the craziness and shares a cocktail recipe.

3. Something about this Five Things Friday post, written by Rebecca from I Wanna Be a Domestic Goddess, just rings true with me. Maybe it's the cupcake duct tape and the discussion of black beans.


4. Kristyn at Carolina Fireflies has a new mantra, and I might adopt it for myself.


5. We have house guests coming next month, and I'm loving these ideas from Sippy Cups and Pearls on ways to make your home happier instantly.

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Saturday, August 24


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That said, here's what I'm lusting after this week.






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Friday, August 23


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Good morning, lovelies!

Confession is good for the soul, so grab the button and let it all out. You'll feel better when you're finished.

I confess...

I'm not feeling that well today, which is why this post is going up so late. So we'll make this short and sweet. I'll catch up with y'all later.

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Wednesday, August 21


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Hello, friends!

Welcome back for this week's Wino Wednesday, co-hosted with Danielle from Sweet Southern Girl. Let me cover the ground rules for the party:
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Easy peezy. Now on to the wine.

So this is how my life has felt this week.





And there's no forecast of it letting up anytime soon. Anyone want to join me for a glass?

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Saturday, August 17


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Good morning, lovelies! I hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday morning. Is everyone ready to share their Shoe Lust list this week?

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Here's what I'm lusting after this week:






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Friday, August 16


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Good morning, lovelies!

Confession is good for the soul, so grab the button and let it all out. You'll feel better when you're finished.

I confess...

After all my complaining about the rain we got earlier this summer, I'm actually kind of happy that it's been raining the past two days. It's brought a cold front through, which is a relief after the summer heat we were dealing with last week.


I confess...

That the rain also bought me an extra day between runs, which is nice because my feet are taking a little time to adjust to the Vibram Five Fingers I'm breaking in. I have some friends that use them, and they warned me to go easy when I first start started that my feet would be pretty sore.
I confess...

I had a lot of champagne when we went out for my birthday on Wednesday. My favorite restaurant comped us a bottle of Cava, and that was a treat, but I shouldn't have birthdays in the middle of the work week. =)


I confess...

We also got to see this cutie on my birthday...how about that for a birthday surprise?


I confess...

That my Mister always picks out the prettiest flowers. These are so gorgeous!



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Wednesday, August 14


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Hello, friends!

Welcome back for this week's Wino Wednesday, co-hosted with Danielle from Sweet Southern Girl. Let me cover the ground rules for the party:
  1. Grab the Wino Wednesday Button
  2. Write a post that is wine-related
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Easy peezy. Now on to the wine.

Today is my birthday! I think wine is an excellent way to celebrate. It started with this awesome card from the Mister.
What can I say? The man knows I like my wine.

And in case you need a last minute Wino Wednesday gift idea:






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Tuesday, August 13

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Hi everyone!

Since it's my Happy Birthday Eve, I thought I would share a few things that are making me smile around here.

1. Getting back into running is making me HAPPY. Granted, I've been whining about how wicked hot it is and how sore my legs are since I'm out of practice. But there's nothing like getting back into the cool air conditioning and knowing I knocked a day off the training plan. I'm only doing the C25K program for now, but I'm moving!

2. I know I gushed about it yesterday for Musical Monday, but I cannot get enough of the new album from The Civil Wars. I've had it on repeat since I bought it, and I would love to learn all the lyrics to every song. AND there is a song in French, which is challenging my listening skills.

3.  Cooking with fresh basil from my garden makes my tummy seriously HAPPY. I think it's one of my favorite smells this summer, and the more I snip, the healthier my little basil plant gets.

4. This evening I tried my hand at a detox bath made with epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda and ground ginger. It was nice to have a half hour to just soak and relax. (And the blog doesn't lie...you are going to sweat.) Next my granola living checklist is making a homemade acne treatment.

5. Tomorrow is my birthday! I'm sure the Mister has all kinds of special ideas planned. =)

Y'all have a great evening!

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Monday, August 12

Musical Mondays
Since I've heard the new self-titled album from The Civil Wars, I could probably choose just about any song to be my Musical Monday feature. They are all so good. (And I did feature "The One That Got Away" last month.)

"Same Old Same Old" is probably my favorite track on the album. I can certainly relate since sometimes this is what a long-term relationship can feel like...at the same time, the good times so overcome the monotony of the day-to-day.

I wanna leave you
I wanna lose us
I wanna give up
But I won't

I wanna miss this
I want a heartache
I wanna run away
But I won't

'Cause do I love you
Oh, I do
And I'm going to 'til I'm gone
But if you think that I can stay in this
same old, same old
Well, I don't
I don't

I'm gonna break things
I'm gonna cross the line
And make you wake up
'cause you won't

I'm gonna name names,
I'm gonna call us out
I'm gonna say it
if you won't

'Cause do I love you
Oh, I do
And I'm going to 'til I'm gone
But if you think that I can stay in this
same old, same old
Well, I don't

Oh I don't wanna fight
But I'll fight with you
if I have to, If I have to

'Cause do I love you
Oh, I do
And I'm going to 'til I'm gone
But if you think that I can stay in this
same old, same old
Same old, same old
Well, I don't
I don't


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