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Fitness

These are not my favorite posts (about myself) but through my blog I am challenging myself to myself out there. I’m especially not pumped for the pics but I think they are important to see. Plus this post lets me brag on my amazing friend.

My friend Meghan is a coach with Beachbody and it was clear that she was getting amazing results. So she’s been talking up the program. I traditionally have had very good habits and self-motivation when it comes to working out. Running, tennis, Pure Barre, boot camps, triathlon training. But since March, when we moved and my Pure Barre regiment ended, I’ve struggled to get into a routine. I also noticed that my clothes were getting a little more snug. Let me go ahead and say that I know I do not need to lose weight and I am not by any means overweight. But I do hate shopping. Meghan likes to ask you what your ‘why’ is. My ‘why’ is that I want to be in good shape, be strong, and I don’t want to go shop for new clothes because mine don’t fit anymore. And to be honest, that last one is probably my strongest motivation.

So she wore me down. 😉 I knew I needed accountability and who better than one of my former roommates who went to the gym with me before sunrise. I signed up with a promo they were doing for the new Morning Meltdown workout and got a bunch of stuff with it – access to all the Beachbody workouts on demand, a journal, Shakeology (protein supplement), and a cool calendar to cross off the 100 – yes 100 – workouts of Morning Meltdown (MM100).

But before our group was starting MM100, I had just enough time to squeeze a shorter program – 21 Day Fix. I started it on a Saturday morning and physically could not walk normally for a few days. It is no joke. You do need some equipment to make it more challenging – I had a simple set of weights (these from Amazon) and I ended up ordering this more padded mat because my older yoga mat wasn’t cutting it on the hardwood floors.

There is a nutrition piece as well. It’s basically portion control and eating things that are good for you. They do have nifty containers that help you learn the portions, but we honestly do pretty well with portions. Well, correction – my husband eats smaller meals throughout the day which makes me eat more appropriate portions. So I am not strictly following any of the Beachbody nutrition programs but working on portions, less sugar, and less alcohol (I like some beverages by the pool in the summer!).

And even in 21 days you could tell a difference! I was more toned already and feeling so much stronger.

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I’m not going to lie – morning workouts are more of a struggle for me than they used to be but I am doing it! MM100 has started and we have a solid group of women who are on the same track, doing the same workouts every day, which really helps motivate me to get it done. There is the random day that it happens in the evening instead of in the morning. There is the random day I just can’t get it done and I double up the next day. We are now 19 days in and this weekend I’m going to Nashville (where the rest of our group lives) and will actually get to workout with these incredible ladies and more exciting my Meghan!! Can’t wait to finish out this program and start one of mannnnny others that are on the app! Interested? Reach out to Meghan through Instagram – she loves answering questions!

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Palm Coast

July 4th can be a tough holiday because it sometimes falls in the middle of the week and most people just get the one day off. Luckily this year (and for the next couple of years) it fell on or near a weekend. So it was easy to take one day and make it an extra long weekend.

My father-in-law has a condo on the beach in Palm Coast, Florida, just south of St. Augustine, and we try to get down as much as possible (free beach and visit family? no brainer!). That usually ends up being just a couple times a year since it is about a 6 hour drive, but we decided to make an extra long weekend of it for the 4th this year.

I grew up going to the gulf almost exclusively, so I remember my first time to Palm Coast very distinctly. The beach looked so weird because there are tons of rocks. You can only be out on the beach during specific times (lower tides) because otherwise there’s not really a beach. But there’s still plenty of beach time and it’s kind of remote, so it’s never crowded, even during the July holiday. Our dog Royal loves the beach and he would run and splash and chase the ball and roll in the sand all day if he could.

We usually eat out when we go to visit and get around to different places, but there is one restaurant we go to every single time. Osteen’s Restaurant in St. Augustine has THE best fried shrimp you will ever eat. I’m sorry (but not sorry) I cannot speak to anything else on the menu but I’ve never gotten anything else on the menu. The shrimp are giant, the sauces and hush puppies are delicious, and the sides are always fresh. My go to sides rotate between green beans, coleslaw, and fries. Pro tips: cash only and no reservations; there will be a wait so either go at an odd time or get there between 7:30-8pm (they stop seating at 8:30); or get it to go!


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Artisan Custom Closets

My husband and I bought our first house together a few months ago. We pretty much instantly fell in love with this house. It was built in 1965, had the same owner until 2018 when it was sold to someone who completely renovated it, who then sold it to us. So we are the second family to live in it!

The renovation was beautiful but there were still a couple things left for us to do. And at the top of that list was the closets. Of the 3 bedrooms, only one has closets with any kind of hanging or shelving system. The laundry room was a blank slate as well. And of course we needed to hang clothes when we moved in, so we were luckily able to get going on this project even before we closed on the house.

We asked my brother-in-law who they had used for their closets. They loved who they used but it had a been a while, so they had actually merged with another company (or something). So we ended up at Artisan Custom Closets with Andrea as our Design Consultant.

She came out to the house and talked about what we wanted. She took a look at the spaces and took measurements. A couple weeks later she came back and showed us designs, including a photo mock up. Everything looked great. We picked out our finishes and other options (drawer fronts, pulls, hanging bar finishes, soft close, etc.) and put half down.

Then came the only downside. We had to wait. It took about 5 weeks for production, so we had to go a few weeks just having clothes in piles and on beds. Which was fine. First world problem, right? They produce everything in house and have their own installation staff, which was comforting. Then came installation day. It took a whole day to do 3 closets and the guy who did the installation was great. He was efficient, polite, and cleaned up well after.

We were very impressed by the whole process and very pleased with the result. And the best part was that it was VERY affordable. And the initial consultation is free, so why wouldn’t you at least check it out if you’re considering custom closets? Check out Artisan if you’re in the Atlanta area.

Our closets and laundry aren’t huge, so ours were fairly simple. They work perfectly in our house and are already being used well. The master closet was the largest project and we were able to easily do his and hers sides, with slight differences to meet each of our needs. My side has a long hanging bar (dresses) and more shelves to shoes. Not the greatest pictures due to lighting and small spaces, but it should give you an idea. Definitely an added bonus to our new house!

Laundry room is a long, narrow walk-in room with washer and dryer on each end
Shelves, cabinets, & a hanging bar!
Guest bedroom reach in closet
Long, narrow walk-in master closet
His and her sides – love it!