December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!! 2012

I'm praying that all of you have a happy, healthy 2012! 
May all of your wishes come true and your prayers be answered!

Thank you for following my blog in 2011! I'm looking forward to a few exciting new changes here on my blog in the year to come! Cheers!

December 30, 2011

I'm Back...from Disney! {Did you miss me?}

Hi everyone! I'm back from our Disney trip and we had a blast! The lines were long but we made sure to get fast passes and were able to ride everything that we wanted.  The weather was beautiful at a cool forty-nine degrees at night!  To us Floridians that's cold...really cold! I was planning on being able to post from Orlando, but my laptop is not working for some reason which means I had five days without internet access and actually it was quite nice.  I did miss out on reading my daily blogs and after the new year I will have to pour myself a tall cup of coffee and catch up on all of your lovely blogs! Thank you so much for stopping by this week! My stats were up baby! God bless each and everyone of you and thanks for the blog love!


P.S. Here are a few photos from our Disney trip...enjoy!

I loved this wreath from Canada in Epcot...I'm planning on copying it for Christmas 2012.

Just magical....

More close-ups of the wreath that I loved!

December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Chic Friends

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I was up very late last night, thinking about all the things that I am grateful in 2011.  More than I can list in a simple post.  I'm grateful that my family is healthy and that we are living day by day on the Lord's grace. 

My blog has been a beautiful blessing in 2011.  I've made numerous blog friend's who encourage me to continue on this path and blog about what inspires me.  I feel though that I haven't really fully shared everything that comes to mind, but 2012 is a new year and hopefully new growth. 

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to stop by and read my posts...whether or not you leave comments, I know that you are interested and that continues to motivate me everyday.

May God bless you and your family this Christmas...

with love,

December 23, 2011

God is Good all the Time...Keep RUNNING

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I had the best 21 mile run today with my friends Maribel and Beth and all I can say is that I am so grateful that God healed my pelvis so that I would be able to run again! I really didn't think I would ever run long distances again and after today....I know miracles do happen! Don't give up!

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Thank you Beth and Maribel for making our runs fun!

December 22, 2011

Fitness Inspiration for 2012

I just got my Fitness Magazine in the mail today and really enjoyed these workout tips from Brooke Burke.  She and I are both 40, so this really inspires me to get into better shape.  As many of you know, I've been training to run a marathon in January, but I have to tell you...running is great for weightloss, but it doesn't tone every muscle.  That's why it's been very important for me to do other exercises to try to keep my core strong.  I will admit...I haven't been working as hard on my core as I should be, so here's to getting into better shape in 2012! 

Cheek to Cheek

Targets abs, obliques

  • Start in plank position, balancing on floor on forearms and toes, a straight line from head to heels.
  • Keeping shoulders level, twist midsection to lower left hip toward floor; touch floor if possible.
  • Return to plank and then lower right hip to floor.
  • Do 20 reps, alternating sides. Do 4 sets.

Crisscross Lunge

Targets butt, legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, elbows bent, hands clasped in front of chest.
  • Cross right leg behind left, stepping right foot out to left, and then bend both knees about 90 degrees to lower into a curtsy.
  • Return to start; switch legs and repeat.
  • Do 20 reps, alternating sides. Do 4 sets.

Dead Bug

Targets abs, obliques
  • Lie faceup on floor with arms extended behind head, knees bent 90 degrees with feet raised, shins parallel to floor.
  • Crunch up and hold position throughout as you bring left arm forward to reach toward toes and extend left leg.
  • Switch sides and repeat.
  • Do 20 reps, alternating sides. Do 4 sets.


Targets shoulders, triceps

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a 3- to 5-pound dumbbell in each hand, palms up, with elbows bent by ribs and forearms pointing diagonally up out to sides.

Swimmer Squat

Targets back, abs, butt, legs

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms by sides.
  • Lower into a deep squat.
  • As you stand, lift extended right leg behind you and hinge at hips, reaching left arm forward so that body forms a straight line from left hand to right foot, as close to parallel to floor as possible.
  • Return to start.
  • Do 20 reps, alternating sides. Do 4 sets.

Brooke also has her own blog called

December 21, 2011

Chic Designer {Cindy Ray Interiors}

Last night while I was browsing around in Barnes and Nobles and I came across this magazine that featured this designer, Cindy Ray.  Of course you know by now that I love I had to save her name on my phone and bright and early this morning I googled her and found the lovely interiors that I wanted to share with you.  She is based here in Florida.  Enjoy!

December 20, 2011

J.Crew Rocks!!

J.Crew is still rocking the 30% OFF SALE on everything, including sale items!!


Here's what I'm buying today!

Vintage cotton V-neck tee
Perfect-fit scoopneck tee
Perfect fit scoop-neck tee in three colors
Perfect-fit scoopneck tee
Perfect-fit scoopneck tee

December 19, 2011

HGTV Dream Home 2012 {Great Room}

Well.....HGTV has done it again! Their designers did a lovely job in creating a warm and inviting great room in their Dream Home 2012.  I'm loving the blue and white ikat printed pillows and natural seagrass rug.  Actually, there's so many things to love here.  I can go on and on, but I have to get back to wrapping presents.  One more note....My mother and I had the pleasure of touring the 2008 Dream Home in the Florida Keys and loved how they made that home family friendly, as well.  Here's that post if you want to check it out! 
Like my friend Tina has been saying...jingle, jingle!!
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