February 25, 2015

A Little Morning Daydreaming...

This morning I woke up daydreaming about being at a little cabin in the mountains.
I am craving mornings spent bundled up in a cozy blanket on the porch, beanie on, and coffee in hand just taking in the sights and smells. New adventures and a little escape sounds so lovely.

Daydreaming about a few things I am currently loving to get me through the work day...

(Speaking of coffee...) I would've gotten my arse out of bed just a little bit earlier so that I could have dropped by one of my go to hipster coffee places before work. I could use a delicious spice latte and a daily dose of folky emo music to start off my day.

"Hi, I'm Meg, and I believe I am addicted to TV binging."
"Hiiii, Meg."

If nobody dragged me a away from the living room, I could probably become a hermit. There is nothing I want to do more after a loooonnngg [emphasis on long...] than break out my yoga pants, throw my hair in a top bun, and watch the disgustingly addictive Bachelor unfold. Or Scandal... or How to Get Away With Murder, or Real Housewives of [insert any city here], or The Celebrity Apprentice (Yes, I know I am one of the last humans tuned in to that show. And no, I don't feel lame.). And the list doesn't stop there... help!

Over Baby Lips Dr. Rescue lip balm. This stuff is magic in a tube for my dry wintered pucker.

craving //
A fresh spring wardrobe. Don't get me wrong, I love wearing gray, black, and plaid like nobody's business, but this color-loving girl is ready for some pastels, brights, and gem tones! Who's with me?

For some cute tan wedge booties. I originally wanted to buy some cute suede ones for fall/winter, but now that I feel like I missed that boat, I am kind of thinking cute peep toe booties would be so fun for spring/summer.

Green smoothies like they are going out of style. I think I might be a 4-year-old, because I have to sneak veggies into my diet any way possible!

Vicariously through my little sister and she keeps sending me photos of beautiful castles and views from Prague. Have you been there? I am dying to visit her while she studies abroad.

Anything. I've been so wrapped up in 13 hour days at work that I am drained when I get home. But as my schedule slowly evens out to my normal, my little creative soul needs a project. An outlet.

Our little 2 year anniversary staycation! We love our city and can't wait to stay at a cute little local hotel on the Plaza, shop, relax, eat local, and just spend time together. The options are endless!

Anything that my crockpot can magically whip up for dinner. With my super early new work schedule (hello 5 a.m.!), the last thing I want to do is spend time cooking dinner and then cleaning everything up. Send any good ones my way, pretty please!

Anything and everything. I am totally in the mood to shop 'til I drop, but trying desperately to behave myself.

The thought that we may finally be listing our house and buying our very first home together! When we got married I moved into Adam's house, but we are both looking forward to purchasing one we can grow into (nope, not pregnant... thanks for asking!) down the road.

What are you currently loving?

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February 24, 2015

Fit Bod, Fun Life Series: Week 1

It's been 8 weeks since I made my New Year's resolutions of health and wellness. I don't know about you all, but I didn't just fall off the bandwagon... I willingly jumped it seems. So in an effort to re-motivate myself, and hopefully a few of you along the way, I asked my dear friend Mariah Secrest-Comer to share a healthy living series for us, and so Fit Bod, Fun Life was born!

Mariah is one tough lady! Not only is she an advanced little yogi powerhouse, but she also is a certified personal trainer and owns Elevate Mobile Fitness. Also, I want to invite you all to join me in signing-up for her FREE 14 Days to Fit Lifestyle Jumpstart, where she offers great one-on-one and group motivation to help whip in shape nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle. I did it last month and it really motivated me to be the best version of me, and I felt so encouraged!

You know you are interested in getting re-motivated! She packs 2 weeks of awesome motivation into this program and even has a private Facebook interactive group so you can share and ask questions. Check it out HERE - I know you will love it! So without further adieu...

Fit Bod, Fun Life Series

Week 1: Finding Your Fitness Sweet Spot

When it comes to staying in shape, I think there’s a piece of every girl that has a “frienemy” relationship with exercise and healthy eating.

Of course we want to have lean legs, tank-top ready shoulder cuts, and the can-do satisfaction of knowing we can bust out 15 strict-form push-ups. Of course we would sign-up for more energy, brighter skin, and increased confidence.  Of course we know we’re better off in a million ways when we’re active and eating well.

The reasons we don’t always take these things—which are ours for the taking, by the way—are equally obvious. The steps to getting healthy don’t always feel FUN. It’s not fun turning down the office birthday cake. It’s not fun to spend an hour or two of your free time on the weekends prepping healthy meals for your busy week. It’s definitely not fun turning off that 5:30 a.m. alarm to go work out before your long day.

It’s similar to saying we all would love to be millionaires, but we don’t all want to do the work required to earn a million dollars. (Gold-diggers aside! Queue my new obsession with classic movies to Marilyn Monroe’s film How To Marry a Millionaire).

The really good news, we’re finding, is that we don’t have to work at it quite as hard as we once thought, in order to have firm bodies and feel great! In fact, science has clued us in to the fact that there is actually a point of diminished returns when it comes to over-training.

Sadly, they haven’t yet told us that eating too much kale and tofu is harmful to our health—but we’ll talk about balancing food choices too later on!

My goal in this weekly series is to help you identify your health-and-fitness “sweet spot”—that beautiful measure where the rewards far outweigh the effort you put into it. This sweet spot looks different for everyone, but we all have one. 

Mine lies on the gung-ho-but-not-psycho end of the spectrum. (That’s a technical term, I’m sure.) In other words, I like the rewards of exercising 5 or 6 days a week and eating lots of veggies (and even tofu) most meals of the week. This type of effort usually scores me a tummy that doesn’t bulge in weird places, the dress size I like, and--much more importantly--enough energy and mental refreshment to not turn into a nut job from stress.

But it also allows me the wiggle room to go out for Mexican or order pizza once every week or two, and a glass of wine at night (but not 3 or 4). It allows me to dial down my effort to a moderate hike or gentle cardio session for a few days if I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed or tired. Could I do these things if I were training for a bikini competition and 12-pack abs? Honestly, no. So, for me, I know that competitions and looking like a bodybuilder are not part of my plan. At least not now.

I like my balance. It works for me now, and it’s worked for me for several years. Not having to re-purchase your wardrobe every time you gain or lose weight is an added bonus of this lifestyle sweet spot!

So here’s your homework this week: Find YOUR sweet spot. 
Make a list of what you want from your fitness plan, and another list of what you are (and aren’t!) willing to sacrifice to get those things. And of course, share them with the rest of us!!

Hint: you’re more likely to find staying power if you include some things that aren’t related to what you look like—for more on this, read my guest post on Meg’s blog from the fall: 5 Reasons to Workout This Week (that have nothing to do with weight...)

You don’t have to put all the pieces together at once, or totally makeover your life in one fell swoop—in fact, you probably shouldn’t. But do begin thinking about what efforts will give you the biggest payoff. After all, if you had a million dollars but had zero time to enjoy it, it wouldn’t be worth it, right? But if you can work just a little harder and a little smarter, you may find that you get to enjoy new options that make your life a LOT MORE FUN!


Stay tuned for week 2 of Fit Bod, Fun Life series!

In the meanwhile, definitely join me on signing up for Mariah's free 14 Days to Fit Lifestyle Jumpstart, and we can get back on track together!

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February 22, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up

I am not quite sure how the weekend seems to slip through my fingers so quickly!
It's never quite long enough is it?

Well my weekend was wonderful. I slept in, brunched, coffee sipped, and spent my whole Sunday at Go Blog Social's weekend workshop. So thankful to have been surrounded by women who inspire me to be the best version of myself!  

If you are one of my new GBS friends that I met on Sunday - welcome to Life of Meg! I hope you link up for networking and come by later this week for lots of fun including a little fitness inspiration, lots of photos, a little spring shopping, and so much more! 

Don't forget to follow Life of Meg on Facebook . I give my FB friends a little heads up when the link-up goes up extra early so you can be the first ones!



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1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
** Have you ever been to a blog conference? If so, favorite part? **


Wishing you peace, love, and some chill hipster music on this Monday morning!

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February 16, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

You guys.
Last week was hands down the craziest most draining work week of my life. 13 hour days starting becoming the regular, as did fast food, falling asleep in my work clothes, and no time for blogging.

And yet you still decided to drop by today, and that alone makes my heart happy. Despite my very low post frequency the past few weeks while starting my new role, I have so much goodness for you this week!! I am SO excited... back to being me & blogging about what I love. And on that note, thanks for being YOU. Enjoy!



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1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
** How did you celebrate Valentine's Day? **


Hoping your Monday starts off with a delicious latte!
(I'm already 2 in...)

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February 8, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

How was your weekend? Was it all hustle and bustle, or did you basically live in your yoga pants and eat Skinny Pop while glued to whatever bad movie was on TV? 

Oh wait... sorry. That was me. 
Yours truly was/is under the weather at the worst possible time (hello insanely crazy work week!), hence why I need your help with this week's question. Happy mingling and thanks in advance for your advice!



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** What is your go to remedy when you're feeling sick? **


This is your Monday... be brave!

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February 4, 2015

And The Giveaway Winner Is...

And now for the moment you all have been waiting for...

One lucky person was drawn at random via Rafflecopter to win the Hallmark Giveaway Can I get a drum roll, please? And the winner is...

Julie Michael! 

 Congrats, lady! I will e-mail you about how to claim your prize.

To all of the other participants - thanks all for entering! You will have to drop by your local Hallmark Customization Studio to check out their awesome line of unique gifts! 

Shop 'til you drop!

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February 2, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up + Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

Anyone else recovering from a weekend blues hangover? Yup, me too. I could have definitely used one more day off to relax, but I can't complain too much - it was a great weekend! We spent time with lots of friends, went to a dear friend's 30th b-day party, spent time with family, and sent off my sissy for a 4+ month adventure to Prague

Just for a reminder, you only have one more day to enter my awesome $50 gift card giveaway... more details at the bottom of this post (yes a little teaser!)...



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1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
** What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? **
{I LOVED this commercial so much!}


So like I said, only one more day to enter to win an awesome $50 gift card to Hallmark! Definitely go drop by to enter the giveaway and see their latest line - I love it!

May your week be calm, organized, fun, and inspired!

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February 1, 2015


I can't get enough of this powerful commercial that took Super Bowl audiences by storm. So thankful for powerful positive messages that are shattering gender stereotypes, and inspiring women everywhere to be the best they can be.

Watch the extended commercial here - it's worth the extra 2 minutes! 
Honorable mentions go to the super cute Budweiser puppy in 2nd place, and Coca-Cola for their anti-bullying Make it Happy spot. 

And can I get an "Amen!" for the lack of overly sexy classless commercials this year *cough cough GoDaddy cough cough*? So refreshing!

What were your favorite Super Bowl ads?

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January 28, 2015

Hallmark Customization Studio + $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Do you ever attend shower after shower wishing you would've found a more meaningful gift than a mundane registry selection? Or have you ever found yourself completely out of clever ideas when a holiday or birthday rolls around. Trust me, I hear you. 

In case you've been like me stuck in a little rut looking for unique, beautiful gifts for every occasion... look no more! My good friends at Hallmark have figured all the guess work out for us, and that deserves a dance break.

(Yup, picture me breaking out The Macarena here...)

So those creative geniuses over at Hallmark have officially thought of everything. Not only do they have gorgeous gift stores full of great cards (I love the Studio Art collection!), baby items, gourmet candy, delicious smelling candles, and aisles of options, you can now create beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts.

May I present the Hallmark Customization Studio.

Kansas City is home for the beloved Hallmark brand, and I have the luxury of popping in the main Crown Center location on their campus anytime with my office being blocks away. So after hearing countless people rave about their latest genius idea, I knew I wanted to try it our for an upcoming wedding shower.

Upon walking in to the gorgeously remodeled store, I browsed through practically the whole store (so many goodies on my wish list!), before I got down to business.

And let me tell you, my friends, it's a personalization mecca.

They had buttery soft leather monogrammed goods that made me swoon. I loved the idea of gifting a newlywed couple monogrammed luggage tags to wish them a life of grand adventures.

And that journal is just to die for. Hubs may be receiving that for Valentine's Day... shhh!

The more I browsed around, the more I realized that they've thought of everything. From cute cell phone cases to custom frames, travel mugs, and dinner napkins.

hile browsing one of the many displays, I spotted engraved cutting boards, which I knew would be the perfect gift for my dear friends who love to cook delicious Italian food. It was easy super easy to pick my design, customize their last name, and order with the lovely lady helping me. She really surprised me when she said it would be in within 5 days - talk about quick turn around time! Now, I feel really excited to wrap this up for next weekend's shower.

How cute are these Chirstmas tree ornaments? I think it would also be fun to gift one for an anniversary gift! 

The Customization Studio changes with the seasons, so they told me they had tons of options around the holidays - especially for families, baby's 1st Christmas, and more!

One of my favorite lines they offer is for kiddos!

How cool would it be to customize a beautifully illustrated children's book with the child's name? You can even pick out the character's skin tone, hair color, eye color, and name to make it extra special.

I also loved the ultra soft lovey blankets attached to plush animals. The fabric is super high quality and you get to select embroidery colors, font, and style. These will make perfect gifts for friends' babies! 

And did you see those cute wooden engraved blocks? They would be such a heartfelt gift for a mama/baby to receive and be perfect for a nursery shelf display.

There was a beautiful display of gifts for the women in your life. Pretty jewelry and patterned monogrammed bags. 

I instantly added the little trellis patterned bag to my wish list. It would be perfect as a pencil case, makeup bag, or work organizer. I even thought that if they would have existed around our wedding 2 years ago, they would have made such fun monogrammed bridesmaid gifts!

The last thing that caught my eye on my way out was the laser cut artwork. For $50 you get customized art work and that even includes being set in a high quality frame! 

So in case you're looking for the perfect unique gift for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holidays, or just because, definitely swing by your local Hallmark Gold Crown store that has a Cudtomization Studio. 

There are so many more gifts for you to browse! I am so thrilled with the beautiful quality of the personalized cutting board I ordered that I already can't wait to use the studio again soon.

So today, I wanted to giveaway a $50 Hallmark gift card to a lucky reader so you can try out my latest obsession. Giveaway ends next Tuesday, Feb. 3rd at midnight, and you can tweet about it everyday for extra entrees... a win-win!

Good luck & happy shopping!!

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Workout Motivation + My January Playlist

Good morning ya'll!
I first off want to say wow (!) and thank you... this week's Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up was record breaking! Over 100+ fabulous bloggers stopped by for some networking and I am just giddy over it. In case you haven't linked up yet, please stop by - it's open for mingling ALL WEEK every week!

Now, let's get down to business. 

Who decided to jump on the wellness bandwagon after the New Year? Yup, if you're hand is raised you are definitely not alone. I also needed a fire lit under me to get back to better habits after polishing off one too many Christmas cookies. In case you're feeling the same way, I have 2 things you need to know...

1) I'm proud of you! 
Healthy living takes a lot of hard work and you are getting back on track! Don't be afraid or embarrassed of what you need to do - whether taking a new class, getting nutritional help (I love Weight Watchers - down 5lbs!), or finding a workout buddy to hold you accountable. You've got this, so trust yourself.

2) We can do this together!
Yes, I am here going through the same thing. I'd be lying if I said I was looking forward to putting in all the hard work, but I'm feeling empowered to make a change and that alone helps me stick to my commitment. So of course this is why I wanted to post my favorite workout jams for you today! These have been getting me through those dreaded after work dates with the elliptical. In the same boat? I think you will love them too!


18) Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding (cool down)

Past Favorite Playlists...

HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE (The Ultimate Cardio Playlist)

What tunes keep you going this month?

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January 26, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up

Oh goodness, is it seriously Monday already?

I could've used a wee bit more rest and a little less junk food over this past weekend, but I am here. I am going to need a little caffeine {read: a LOT!} to make it through today and hopefully I will get back on track for a week of success!

Hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks so much for the many wonderful comments about our trip to Hawaii and the endless congrats on my new job. You guys make life way more fun! How 'bout we link up for some awesome networking?



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** What is your latest obsession? **
{My weirdo ones are smoothie recipes and calling my dog "Beans" - what?!}


Cheers on a fresh start to a great week!

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January 21, 2015

Hawaii Christmas Trip in Photos

Can I just start off by saying that Hawaii was just too much?
Too much sunshine. Too much gorgeousness. Too many pina coladas.

I'm already pinching myself... there is no way that our trip has come and gone so fast! Yup, I am ready to go back and taking donations for my adventure fund... ;)

 Here's a dose of the island madness...

{Haleakala volcano summit - 10,023 feet.}

Day 1 & 2 //

When we (Adam's side of the fam - my in-laws!) first arrived it was raining throughout the island, but somehow even in the rain the island was so beautiful. We checked in at our incredible hotel - Westin Maui Resort & Spa - just in time to get settled, take in the lobby views (It's a completely open atrium with waterfalls, a coy pond, squawking parrots, and pink flamingos!), and hit the outstanding resort restaurant up for a delicious meal. Then we crashed pretty early after a long day of traveling

The following morning, after not being well adjusted to the 5 hour time change, I was wide awake at 5 a.m. Eventually, I decided to get out of bed for a workout (who am I?!), freshly brewed cafe coffee, and for the unexpected surprise of seeing a double rainbow on the beach after the morning rain subsided. The rest of the day was dedicated to lounging, sipping drinks with umbrellas, and taking in the views. 

We walked down the beach to Leilani's that evening for Christmas Eve dinner. It was absolutely perfect timing as we were able to watch the the sunset filling the sky with stunning deep gem tone colors!

Day 3 //

On Christmas morning, our goal was to enjoy coffee on the beach and then we tried to soak in as much beach time as possible. It felt so weird that it was Christmas day and I was in a fedora and swimsuit, but I didn't complain!

That night we ventured to Kapalua for an incredible farm-to-table holiday dinner at Merriman's. I was in love with the cozy garden lights strung palm tree to palm tree for a little added ambiance. The sweeping views were insanely gorgeous! Mele Kalikimaka!

Day 4 //

We woke up bright and early with adventure on our minds. With the van loaded, we were off the the northeast side of the island to drive the famous Road to Hana highway. With expansive exotic views, black volcano sand beaches, tropical vegetation (I love the rainbow eucalyptus!), and gorgeous waterfalls, it's definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

The drive takes all day, as the roads are extra curvy and swervy, but it is so incredible to see a different side of the island! No wonder Hana has been a popular spot for celebrity residences - it's one of the most amazing places I've ever seen in my life. 

Day 5 //

The following day the family was off on a snorkeling boat excursion. Unfortunately due to my awful motion sickness, I had to opt out of seeing whales and sea turtles to avoid being a sick sissy. But don't you worry, I made the most of my day by visiting Lahaina just south of where we were staying. I decided to load up our uber sexy mini van and explore a place I loved visiting as a kiddo.

I indulged in my favorite Coconut Lovers treat from Ululani's Hawaiian Shaved Ice, and then hit the cute little boutiques on Front Street for a little retail therapy. I was thrilled when I found an awesome rustic nativity ornament made out of coconut and shells. I thought it was the perfect way to remember our awesome Hawaiian vacation!

Of course, I wanted to share the love with the fam, so I stopped by the famous Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop to pick up 6 mini pies to go. The line was out the door and around the corner! I snagged some samplers of coconut cream bie, key lime pie, and chocolate macadamia nut, so you could say I was a pretty popular gal when I delivered the post-snorkeling treats! Then we caught up on our adventures with pool-side cocktails and laughs before heading to a fun luau.

Day 6 //

Sweet holy goodness, 3 a.m. was wicked early to wake up! But don't you worry, driving 2 hours to the top of the Haleakala Volcano summit to watch the sunrise with 5,000 of our closest friend (it's popular!) was worth every second of missed sleep (ignore our extra sleepy eyes in the photos... just know our hearts were full, which is all that matters!).

I soaked in every moment and hue of that gorgeous sunrise standing next to my love in awe of the incredible things God creates. Absolutely breathtaking!

Once the sun was up and beaming, we hit up Grandma's Coffee House halfway down the volcano for brunch. It was recommended as a popular local spot and they were right - packed house! While we were over on the east side of Maui, we stopped by the gorgeous Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm where the high elevation views of the island were gorgeous and the air smelled like perfume... mmm!

This was our last full day to enjoy island life, so we soaked up the sunshine and beach views before heading to Kimo's in Lahaina for a hearty meal and a sampling of their world famous Hula Pie.

Day 7 //

Leaving Maui was one of the saddest things ever. I would've gladly sold all my posessions to live in a shack on the beach if it meant I could stay. So we said goodbye to the parrots in the lobby, the soft sand beaches, and the palm tree views. 

The only redeeming quality about this travel day was the fact that Don Cheadle sat in front of us on the plane... celebrity sighting!

So, needless to say my tan suddenly vanished the second our plane landed in Kansas City and I'm missing so many things...

+ the feeling of the sun on my skin
+ ordering coconut everything
+ how walking the beach gives me a natural pedicure
+ fresh pineapple
+ how good Hawaiian air smells
+ time to relax and read
+ having no concept of time
+ those serene clear turquoise waters

I'm ready to go back to the islands already - who's with me?
What a beautiful, memorable vacation full of people I love so dearly and endless adventures!

Have you been to Hawaii before?
What is one adventure you would love to take in 2015?

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