Friday, April 26, 2013

I'll SNAP! to that

Last weekend I felt really lucky to be able to go to SNAP! a bloggers conference for very very very creative people.  I felt so lucky to go with my three famous friends/ coworkers.  It was nice to take a break for a couple days from being a mother, wife, housekeeper, dog caretaker, errand runner, and task list obsessed person that I am.   

When I was helping out with Build Your Blog Conference, I was doing the behind the scenes and didn't get to go to any of the classes or get to sit down and take it all in.  I was running around like a cray cray lady taking pictures, making sure everyone and everything was running smoothly.  

It was nice to be able to enjoy the moment and take in all of the creativity and inspiration.  I didn't know what to expect at the conference.  Know I feel like I can give some advice from a first timer to a newbie.  I made a list of things to make sure you bring:

Camille told me to be ready for a lot of parties, late nights and no sleep, way elaborate and creative business cards, meeting a lot of new people, and having a lot of fun.  I can do that!  Now I feel like what to expect 

It was definitely all of that but not only did I gain a lot of knowledge about Google+, how to take better pictures on your camera, why to collaborate with brands, how to brand myself, the endless possibilities of Instagram, how to throw a party that WOWS!, how to reupholster, make a sewing pattern and craft.  But what I gained was more confidence that I need to pursue my dreams, wishes, and ambitions.  It gave me the push to take my life and the things I want to do to the next level.  I need to make time for the things in my life that are important to me, instead of always trying to do everything and feeling like I do everything mediocre. 

One great and fabulous thing happened to me. I freakin won a reupholstered chair from Brooke from All Things Thrifty!  Her and her husband taught the upholstery class.  They work so efficiently together!  You can tell they have a great marriage.  I was almost in tears because I never win anything!  I took an awkward family photo with them in the picture.  The chair is currently residing in my craft room aka "laundry room".   

I met a lot of great people, but here are some of my favorites I had the pleasure of having a great conversation with:

Kristen from Jessica Sprague 
Lindi from Love-the-day
Michelle from Maddy Cakes Muse
Heidi from Honey Bear Lane
Diana Smith from Livy Love Designs
Becki from Whippy Cake

Diana from Livy Love Design

A sister sandwich from Nat and Holly from My Sisters' Suitcase

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

LeanMoms Membership Giveaway

One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to get back into shape and lose the 35 pounds I gained from being pregnant.  Through the ups and downs of nursing and having a newborn, one day I looked at myself in the mirror and cried because I didn't recognize my body at all.  Whoever told me I would loose a bunch of weight when nursing was lying and very mean.  My problem was a combination of sitting most of the day (nursing, nursing, sleeping, and nursing) and not so healthy eating because I was so busy!  Being at home all day can be tough, especially when there is a big plate of cookies or a dessert of any kind. It wasn't uncommon to eat an entire batch of cookie dough or eat a half pan of brownies.  I knew this combination of eating crapy and not moving was preventing me from getting back into shape. I needed help and needed to make some changes, but I didn't know where to start.

This was me right when I found out I was pregnant


This was me during pregnancy

Me after having Amelia

That's when I decided to make a change and started using this program called LeanMoms and it has changed my life! is an online strength training and body sculpting program created specifically for busy women and mothers, like myself.  Each level is a comprehensive 12-week program designed to help you learn proper strength training and nutrition for a female body to yield great results.  Lacy, the CEO and and founder of LeanMoms breaks everything down from the workouts to the meal plan.  I've been really impressed because the workouts are challenging but totally doable and the meal plan is easy to follow because Lacey tell you what to eat, how much, and when to eat it.  So there's no guess work.   I've been using it for two weeks now and I've lost four pounds and three inches off my body!

 There are times when I want to eat an entire loaf of bread or consume that pan of brownies, but by having a support group (the LeanMoms private Facebook page) has really helped me to get encouragement, advice, and to know there are other women out there doing the same thing I'm doing. I've gained so much from using LeanMoms.  One is a better sense at to why I eat the way I do. I've learned I eat a lot of snacks and treats because I like to "treat" myself and because I get bored.  Before using LeanMoms when I would go to the gym, I had no idea what the heck I was doing, what machines I should use, and never had a plan for my workout.  I would get bored at the gym real quick.  I never thought I would actually enjoy going to the gym, but I do now!  Since starting LeanMoms I have a lot more energy, I feel healthy and strong, I'm learning how to eat clean, and feel more confident in my new mom body.  This is not a fad diet or quick fix, but will give you the tools to make long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes.  

LeanMoms.Com offers three different membership packages to accommodate women at every level.

The Molly 3-Month Membership ($67) includes:
·         Access to LeanMoms Member’s site
·         Full, detailed meal plan and shopping lists.
·         Soft to Sculpted Level 1 Complete Workout
·         Support and healthy advice via e-mail and social media posts from LeanMoms coaches.
·         Set of recorded downloadable calls to aid you in your success.

The Sophie 6-Month Membership ($147) includes:
·         Access to LeanMoms Member’s Site
·         Soft to Sculpted Level 1 Complete Workout Program
·         Meal plan and shopping lists
·         Access to private Facebook group
·         Free access to regular group calls
·         Weightloss Meditation Program 

The Savannah One-Year VIP Membership ($197) includes:
·         Access to LeanMoms Member’s site
·         Soft to Sculpted Level 1 and Level 2 Complete Workout Programs
·         Level 1 and Level 2 Meal Plans
·         Access to Private Facebook group
·         Free access to group calls
·         NEW weekly workout options and recipes
·         Weightloss Meditation Program
·         Exclusive discounts and gyms, spas, and other businesses partnered with LeanMoms
·         10% discount on any LeanMoms merchandise
·         50% discount on any LeanMom live events

I'm doing a giveaway for one Molly 3 month membership.  If it's your New Years Resolution to get back in the shape, LeanMoms has the tools to do so!