July 29, 2011

My Weekend Top 5

Imma 'bout ready to get me some weekend!
How's your Friday, ladies? Hanging in there okay? Well the good news is your 5 o'clock happy hour is right around the corner! It' been a stinking long week, and I'm looking forward to getting away for some R&R!

As per the usual, I am going out of town to Wichita for wedding related events (yes, again), but I am really looking forward to the tea party themed wedding shower we're throwing Sunday afternoon... fun!

My cousins are picking me up on our way out of town and I can't wait to be home! In an effort to get really excited for my weekend jaunt, I give you my...



{ Top 5 Weekend Sweets }





1) Cousin Roadie
girly chat + catch-up sesh + funny stories + 14 potty breaks
starbucks run + crazy dogs + car snacks + giggling



2) Family Time
movies + sleeping in + dvr + yummy food + puppies playing
wedding shower + decorating + baking
mom/sister time + dad bonding time


3) Bestie Lunch Date
bella luna (my fave restaurant!) + the girls + hummus + raspberry iced tea
post-wedding/honeymoon recap + chat about our boys + BFF time


4) Hair = Blondified
no more roots + new shampoo + tons of gossip magazines
chit-chat with my stylist + new confidence
bold fresh blonde hair (again! finally!)


5) Wedding Shower Tea
girly fam + bride-to-be + games + food + wedding chat
yummy exotic teas + fun tea cakes + girly afternoon




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Yup. Pretty stinking excited for my weekend to get underway! I know it will feel so good to be home (as always), see my Daddy, catch-up with Juju (mom) and sis, and just love being home.

As always, I will miss my other half, but it's only 3 days. I'm sure he is secretly relieved to get some much needed man time, house project time, and alone time in! (Right, hunny??!)


{ What's on your top 5 list? }



I hope the weekend plans are your cup of tea! ;)

Catch you Monday - be ready to Mingle!




July 28, 2011

Catch-up Sesh

It's about time for a little catch-up sesh, eh?
Good grief, work has been so insane lately that I have been traveling constantly! It makes me really bummed when I don't get to post for days on end, so let's remedy this situation.

I figured the best way to catch ya'll up is give you a juicy [random] scoop... so grab a cup of coffee and a tasty biscotti. Time for some girl chat!





1) Confession.

I'm back on the Weight Watchers train. This lucky little blonde packed on a good 8 lbs. after taking a steroid based medicine this spring, and I can't seem to shake it. I know what has worked so well for me before, so I have resorted to good ol' WW online.

Progress? -2.2 lbs. this week - yyeeessssss!!


2) Who eats greek yogurt here?

Can ya'll PLEASE make me like it more?! I know it is SO good for you and is packed full of protein and calcium, but I am really struggling here. Any tips/tricks? Maybe I am buying the wrong kinds?


3) Exercise... doctor's orders.

I went to see my fabulous rheumatologist on Monday, and after another rundown, she now wants me to ease my potential fibromyalgia/rheumatoiud arthritis symptoms by exercising everyday. EVERY day. 45 minutes minimum.

I guess I don't have an excuse to skip out on the gym now, eh? ;) I just wish it would stop being a blazing inferno outside, so I could take Bella on a long jog or something! Good grief.


4) I'm out of control.

Do you ever have one of those weeks where it feels like your emotions have gone haywire? Yup, that's me this week. Last night I had a mini emotional overload breakdown last night, and it just felt so good to cry and get it out.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has occasional hormone issues. Anyway, I feel so bad for my sweet BF. Luckily for me, he's not going anywhere and was a great comfort last night. I love that man.


5) Can't wait!!

Every Thursday evening is date night with my sweetheart, and every Thursday I get so excited about our plans! It could be ordering take-out and watching a Redbox, or going out on the town, but every single week I look forward to that quality alone catch-up time with my other half!

Where are we going this week? We're headed to a fun little restaurant that just opened within the last month! The menu looks to die for, so I'm pretty pumped (and saving some WW points to use for some yum-yums tonight!).

After that? Off to the movies to see if we can catch a good flick. I STILL have not seen HARRY!!! Fail.


6) Vacation time = much needed.

Next Wednesday evening, BF and I are taking off for the Lake of the Ozarks, for a relaxing vacay with my fam. I am so excited to spend time with my parents, my siblings, and Adam just relaxing and enjoying each other.

Looking forward to fun days in the sun riding jetskis and soothing nights nestled around the fire pit. Smores are a given. Come on Wednesday!! I need you to get here now!

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{ What's new with you?! }
Any greek yogurt issues or emotional breakdowns? No? ;)



Kisses chicas!



July 25, 2011

Mingle Monday Blog Hop

Hey girl, hey!!
Let me personally welcome you back to the work week - in need of a cocktail yet? Super sorry on my tardy post today, I was visiting my rheumatologist this morning and had meetings until now! No worries, I didn't forget you!

So tell me, how was your weekend? Any juicy tidbits to share? Fun happenings?! I enjoyed the weekend by spending some quality time with lots of different girlfriends!

I stimulated the economy with the purchase of my adorable burnt orange Tyler Rodan handbag, tailgated before the Sporting KC soccer game with Adam and co., and had some quality relaxing time with my main man! (Have I told you lately that BF is such a stud? ...because he totally is.)


{ Alright, enough chatting, let's mingle!! }

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Pretty Pretty Please...

Please spread the word about Mingle Monday today! I will love you forever! Promise.


Mingle 240



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How To Mingle:



1) Must be a [Life of Meg] follower to participate.

2) Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on the link to enter your blog.

3) Go visit other blogs saying hello from Mingle Monday!

4) Come back to [Life of Meg] and leave an encouraging review of the blogs you visited!!

5) Answer the weekly question...


** What was your favorite activity of the weekend? **



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Can't wait to hear all about your weekends and visit your blogs to catch up!!


Woo! MONDAY!



July 19, 2011

Fall In Love...

Alright ladies, it's time to shop!
I got a very exciting e-mail yesterday from Amber, a Mark representative. She was inquiring about wanting to partner with [Life of Meg] to get the word out about one of the hottest places to shop the latest trends!

With Lauren Conrad as the former beauty embassador for Mark, you know you can't go wrong there.


Make-up. Hair. Skincare. Fashion.
{What more could a fashionista want?}





{ About Amber }


I am a 27 year old Marketing Genius in training. I'm a full time student
and a full time mom to the awesomest almost seven year old little dude.

I'm a fashionista at heart and I love all things girl. Make-up, hair,
clothes and most of all shoes....seriously-shoes make me swoon and make my
day so much better! My love of all things girl has turned into the greatest
business decision!


{ Why She Loves Mark. }

I have been an Avon/Mark customer for many many years. I love their
products
, I love that they empower women and I love that now I can sell this amazing product!

I am a Mark. Representative based in Colorado. I have an online boutique that you can shop 24/7 from anywhere in the US! Plus, you can always receive free shipping! There are so many great products up right now!


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{ Her Top Picks }


1) Lipclick Full Color Lipstick
Fave shades: Baby Luv and Coral Fixation



This product is creamy and long lasting and gives you that perfect pop of
color!

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2) Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss
Fave shades: Sweet Talk and Peek-a-Boo



I carry my hook ups with me everywhere I go. I love the hook ups because it
saves room in my purse and I can customize my hook ups to hold any hook up
product I want! Gloss is a must carry for me!

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3) Scanda-lash Hook Up Mascara



This product was a favorite of Lauren Conrad's-the previous beauty
ambassador! I carry the Scanda-lash mascara hooked up to my favorite lip gloss!

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4) No Place To Run Longwear Eye Liner




I know you're not supposed to sleep in your makeup, but after a long afternoon and a long night, sometimes it just happens. Can I just say that this eyeliner did not budge! This is a must have for anyone!

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5) Calm & Composed Super-Soothing Moisturizer



This product has worked wonders on my skin. It is so reshing and moisturizing. I love it because I can get the hydration I need without getting all oily. Plus, this moisturizer is made with super foods-oats, shea butter and avocado!

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6) It's A Long Story Dress



This dress is ultra comfortable and can be worn while running errands or out on a date with your favorite person! I love that I can wear it as a bandeau top or a halter! I like to pair my dress with some cute, black sandals or my wedges!
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In order to kick off her sponsorship is style, Amber is offering everyone's first order placed with her free shipping!

Enter in PROMO code: WELCOME


Can't wait to head over there... i think there are several shades of lip gloss with my name on it!



Happy Shopping!



July 18, 2011

Mingle Monday Blog Hop

Did you think I forgot about you?
Impossible. I am excited to see what wonderful blog posts I've missed on all of your blogs and find some new friends myself! Who's excited?

After the laziness this weekend, it's been nice to be back in the office and have some structure. Or at least have a strong internet connection for my Pinterest and blog browsing during a nice break! ;) (Trying to be positive here, people!)


{ Let's get a'mingling!! }

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Pretty Pretty Please...

Please spread the word about Mingle Monday today! I will love you forever! Promise.


Mingle 240



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How To Mingle:



1) Must be a [Life of Meg] follower to participate.

2) Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on the link to enter your blog.

3) Go visit other blogs saying hello from Mingle Monday!

4) Come back to [Life of Meg] and leave an encouraging review of the blogs you visited!!

5) Answer the weekly question...


** What's on your to cook/to bake list?! **



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** MINGLE FAIR -- all blog & runs (not commenting) will be removed. **






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I've missed you bloggeristas so much!!!


Hope your Monday is stellar!



July 15, 2011

R-E-L-A-X

Helloooooo weekend! Oh how I've missed you!
It's been quite a long time since I've actually been both in town and not entertaining visitors when I am! Don't get me wrong, seeing friends and family over the last month has been a total blast, but I am really excited to get my life back in order and simply relax for a bit.

This is my weekend plan...





We're helping a dear friend of ours move into her new home tonight, and I am helping a work friend of mine move tomorrow after Zumba class. Other than that, I plan on doing nothing! Bliss!

Okay, well I take that back. Perhaps I should tackle the Mt. Everest of laundry piles in my closet and then relax?

I am hoping my weekend is filled with outdoorsy evening on the patio with a glass (or two!) of wine, hanging out with my fluffy puppy, and spending time with some of my favorite people. Can't wait to see the U.S. Women's team DOMINATE the World Cup too! USA USA USA!


{ What are your relaxing weekend plans? }



Besos!



July 14, 2011

A Must Watch

Yes, that's right, a must watch!
I spent my rainy Tuesday evening snuggled up with Adam and watching this movie with our dear friend Sean. Needless to say, all three of us were completely blown away by the end. Absolutely incredible film and definitely on my must own list now...





Go rent this beautiful story about love right this second... I promise you will thank me later! ;)



July 13, 2011

Come Fly With Me

Mmm Hmm.. I'm daydreaming again...
In case you missed out on yesterday's Pinterest post, I am completely obsessed! It let's me have a creative place to daydream and store those ieas.

I simply can't get enough!

One of my favorite boards is "Oh the Places I'll Go". It's my travel/adventure board of all the beautiful places I dream of seeing one day.

{ Won't you join me? }


Can you imagine brunching on a rooftop terrace in Paris?
{ Ooh la la! }


What about staying in this underwater suite in the Maldives?


I would love to attend the Sky Lantern Festival in Thailand
{ Has anyone seen "Tangled"? LOVE! }


Prague looks breathtaking!










And of course... my #1 trip I want to take: Greece!
{It may be a "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" thing?}


If you could travel anywhere, where would you want to visit and why?


Have a happy day, lovelies!





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PS- if you want to learn more about Pinterest or check out my page you can follow me HERE!

Pinterest is by invite only, so if you'd like an invite, leave me your e-mail in the comments!! :)

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{ Any Pinterest fans out there? Leave me your URL! }

July 12, 2011

Happy Pinning!

It is official... I'm addicted!
How many of your fabulous ladies are on Pinterest?! I was recently introduced to the beautiful world of pinning, and now I can't get enough! Ah - love it!




What is Pinterest you ask?

"Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. It lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."

- Pinterest.com



{ One of the many photos on my travel board! }


I have a ton of super fun pinboards that help me save wonderful ideas. Great for organizing and daydreaming if you ask me. You can view my super fun boards HERE, but here is a small sample of my board categories...

+ Travel
+ Wedding
+ Whimsical Loves
+ Fashion
+ DIY To Do List
+ Lovey Dovey
+ Baking/Cooking
+ Home Decor
+ Holiday Ideas
+ etc.!!


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Unfortunately Pinterest is by invite only, so if you would like an invite leave your e-mail address in your comment and I'll send you one!

If you're on Pinterest already, I'd love to see your boards!! Leave your Pinterest URL in the comments below and I'll visit!!

You can find me HERE or by typing in www.pinterest.com/lifeofmeg.


Happy Pinning!





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PS- Don't forget to visit the Mingle Monday Blog Hop!
It's open until Friday, so gain some new followers and get some great blog exposure!!

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Grab a Tissue...

I can't believe I haven't shared this story yet!
This past week, such a wonderful thing happened and i can't stop thinking about it. I'm pretty sure it's one of the sweetest gestures I've ever seen. May your heart be warmed by such an amazing act of love. :)

So, as I shared a few months ago, my dad was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer. He has started his chemotherapy treatments and has been through his share of yucky things, but he's hanging in there!

My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so we have all been through this difficult journey together before.


{ Family photo at my cousin's graduation }


Along with feeling pretty lousy, drained, and achey after chemo, Dad knew that the time for his hair to fall out would finally come. He woke up one morning after his hair began to fall out and asked my mom to shave off the remnants of any hair patches left behind.

Let me tell you, I've never seen my Dad without hair... but he looks good!

Anyway, last week I was riding to the Sporting KC soccer game with BF, when all of a sudden he said he was thinking of getting a new hair-do. Not knowing what he was referring to, I told him to go for it. Then he paused for a second and said these sweet words...

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"You know, I've just been thinking about your Dad. It's been
on my mind for a few weeks, but I think I want to shave my head so that he doesn't feel alone in this."
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I was so shocked in the moment that I couldn't really laugh or cry. How did I ever get so lucky to have the most thoughtful man in the world? The thought that he loves me so much that he would do anything in the world for my family is incomprehensible.

That man is a keeper!

So long story short, we shaved off all of Adam's hair after the game that night... and I cried happy tears all the way home from his house. My heart was full of love and admiration.

The next day my parents were arriving in KC for a logn weekend visit, and Adam surprised them with his newly bald head. I could tell that my Dad was truly touched and honored, and I'm pretty sure my Mom hugged him at least 3 times.


{ Before }


{ After }


Adam has vowed to keep shaving his head for the rest of my Dad's chemotherapy and radiation treatments, until Dad's hair starts to grow back.

Everytime I kiss the top of Adam's stumble-y bald head I am reminded of the hope and reassurance that my Dad will finish this fight strong.

I don't think i could feel more humbled or blessed that I do right now. So very thankful that I've met the love of my life, and so very grateful that my family calls him family too.





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PS- Don't forget to visit the Mingle Monday Blog Hop!
It's open until Friday, so gain some new followers and get some great blog exposure!!

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July 11, 2011

Mingle Monday Blog Hop!!

Hey there gal pals! I've missed ya'll!
I know I have been an MIA blogger lately, but my family has been in town!! SO FUN! So this week I vow to give you a little more [Life of Meg] oomph!

I have such a wonderful, touching story to share with you later this afternoon, and it may even bring tears to your eyes, so stay tuned! So wonderful!

Alright, so let's get down to business, shall we?


{ Mingle Time! }

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Pretty Pretty Please...

May I ask a favor? Please spread the word about Mingle Monday today! I will love you forever!


Mingle 240



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How To Mingle:



1) Must be a [Life of Meg] follower to participate.

2) Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on the link to enter your blog.

3) Go visit other blogs saying hello from Mingle Monday!

4) Come back to [Life of Meg] and leave an encouraging review of the blogs you visited!!

5) Answer the weekly question...


** What is your favorite workout activity?! **



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** MINGLE FAIR -- all blog & runs (not commenting) will be removed. **






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I'll be back this afternoon in full posting flair, so get excited! I've missed you guys so much!!!


Happy Monday, sweet peas!!



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