Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Happy Friday ya'll!

It's time for the Blog Angels Reveal (hosted by the lovely Craftbotic)!
I was lucky enough to be paired with the lovely Megan from Shaping up to be a Mom.

As her blog angel, I tried as hard as I could (while trying to be subtle) to comment on her blog often, share her posts on my Facebook and Twitter and I even sent out her giveaway link in some of my emails. I wish I could have done more though!

My favorite posts of Megan's are the ones with pictures of her adorable kids Carter and Vanessa and her posts about her fitness journey. She definitely inspired me to start my own fitness journey recently by training for and completing her first half marathon! 13.1 miles, I was definitely proud of her (even if she has no clue who I am! haha)

The experience of being a blog angel was definitely an enjoyable one, it's so important to step back from the craziness of blogging to think about someone else too! I hope Megan feels like I did a decent job this month, I've loved getting to know her!

Fitness Journey link up information

So I had a few bloggers encourage me to make my fitness journey posts a monthly link up and I've decided I'm going to do it! I want to emphasize that this journey ISN'T just about getting skinny, it's about getting HEALTHY. Whether that's more exercise, better diet, more doctor's check ups, it's about getting the body to a healthy state. And I want this link up to be different, to be a place to find and give support rather than find followers. Every month the link up will also include health and fitness tips from anyone willing to share their knowledge! So here's a general outline of how it works:

Confessions - This can be for bad habits, realizations, the horrible truths! After your 1st time linking up, this will be where you assess how well you executed your goals (i.e. Confession: I completely failed at No-Fry August!). But confessions can also be good, like if you achieved weight loss or went for your annual check up.

Facts - Some people might call these excuses (and maybe they are) but this is your chance to air them out! Talk about why fitness is hard for you, why you ate especially bad for that month, why you didn't feel like working out for that week; basically this is where you air your grievances! At the end of the day, nobody's perfect and there will always be obstacles. This is a place to lay the obstacles out so we see them clearly (and so we can hurdle over them in our own time).

Goals - The easy/hard part! I'll leave this completely up to you, to set your own goals! They can be food related, exercise related to even just health/wellness related. Just list the goals you plan to work on for the month!

All of this is really up to your interpretation and my format is just a suggestion! :)

**But again I want to emphasize, please don't treat this like your standard link-up. I know sometimes we put our links on a linky list and never do anything with it (never visiting other sites and commenting or following). I want us to truly take the time to support each other and read about each other's accomplishments. I don't want this to be used to find followers, I want it to be more than that!

So anyways, if you're still reading this obnoxiously long entry (THANK YOU!), I just wanted to give you a heads up that the 1st Let's Get Physical Support Group (link up) will be happening on September 5th (the first Wednesday of the month). So if you wanted to get your blog post ready to link up, you know it's coming! I have no flippin idea how to create those nifty "grab my button html" things on WordPress so I'll work on getting something out on Sept. 4th (if you know how to do it on WordPress.com let me know please)!

Come join me on Sept 5th for the 1st ever Let's Get Physical Support Group Link up!

Okay I'm done boring you to death with my words, I just hope you link up! :)

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Find me on Instagram to follow my adventures in SoCal! Username: SimplyEvani

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Happy Thursday everyone!

I am SO excited because Rob and I are headed back down south this weekend! My little brother is playing a football tournament in Thousand Oaks on Saturday morning but we'll mostly be in the LA area (staying over by Santa Monica).

Honestly, I've been a little nervous about posting this but I am ALL IN for meeting some SoCal bloggers this weekend! If you're interested in meeting up, shoot me an email!! We have no idea what our plans are but we're probably hitting up CA Adventure on Sunday mid-day to night and I'd love to do Monday brunch before heading back? Honestly, I'm down for anything. Let me know if anything good is going on this weekend :)

What are your recommendations for Southern California? Rob and I are always looks for new restaurants, shops and markets to go to! Especially brunch spots!

Do you have any plans for Labor Day Weekend?

Also, go enter my dear friend Emily's Blogiversary Giveaway! She giving away ad space with some of my favorite blogs!

Happy Day before Friday!

P.S. Rob and I have a friend in the hospital who could really use all the good thoughts and prayers everyone can send. Say a little prayer or send a happy thought his way if you could. Thank you <3

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Happy Wednesday Loves!

I'm not sure what to blame, the shorter amount of daytime or the start of a school year but I've been reading about a general sadness, feelings of being overwhelmed and exhaustion among some of my favorite bloggers. I know there are days when I get into a slump and days when I'm completely dragged into a slump by something or someone but I thought today would be a good day for some Pinspiration. Pinterest is one of my favorite things to turn to when I need a little quote to put a pep in my step and these are some of my favorites:

From Top Right moving Clockwise Source: 1/2/3/4/5/6/

I know there are days when you read quotes like this and you're like "psh, who believes this load of bull" but I hope you're having one of those days where you read these and you're like "that's exactly what I needed today". If there's anything I can do to liven up your day, week or month, I'd love to do anything I can.

On a quick sidenote, I think I've got roughly 5 ladies on board for fantasy football and I'd love to add in 3 more! Let me know if you're interested in giving fantasy football a try (I promise it's not that hard!).

How have you been feeling lately? What quotes do you turn to for inspiration or to get you out of a funk?

Hope you survive the hump friends!

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Happy Tuesday everyone!

Despite my undying love for dresses and sandals, I can't HELP but feel so excited about fall fashion lately. My mind is constantly thinking about my fall sweaters and cardigans. I decided to link up with the lovely ladies CarlyKristenNiki & Rachel for Loving Lately and I need to purchase these stat!

Sweater Love

Link up today!

I'm feeling a little anxious for fall because my birthday is coming up. Another year older, le sigh. And even more of a reason to get my bee-hind in shape (who knows when wedding bells will ring ;) ).

Yesterday, I went to a "Hot Hula" class at the gym for the first time. I actually used to do Hula and Tahitian in high school so I was like "no prob, just an easy workout to ease myself back in." WRONG. Within the first 5 minutes, my quads were on fire. I remember hula being a decent workout but my hip joints definitely don't have the flexibility they used to. It was a challenge and my back does hurt a little this morning from popping out my bootay (lol) but overall, I feel good.

Also, Rob and I watched The Vow yesterday and I liked it! Everyone knows Channing Tatum is a hot piece of man candy but I wasn't entirely sure about his acting skills in a chick flick (and no I haven't seen Dear John yet). Anyways, I was pleasantly surprised and it definitely got Rob and I conversing about what we would regret most if something tragic happened to us tomorrow. I was overjoyed to hear his answer was the same as mine (I'll leave you to wonder what that was). It's silly but sometimes even a romantic movie can make you suddenly feel very lucky to have everything you do.

Lol (I could find a good source but here's where I got it)

Do you love sweaters as much as I do? Have you seen The Vow? How do you feel about Channing Tatum's acting chops?

Have a great day everyone!