Happy December!!! I can’t believe December is here already! I love the Christmas season, but with the season comes an abundence of parties, food, alcoholic treats – which is of course all FUN but makes the start of the new year a little less fun when your pants are fitting a little tighter! I always TRY not to over indulge during the holidays but I eventually give in to the Christmas spirit and find myself lifting cookies as opposed to weights, and getting my cardio in by shopping for gifts!
The other day, I read about the 2012 Closeout Challenge on Courtney’s blog, and decided to give it a shot! Basically, the challenge is to pick 3-5 exercises and complete a total of 2012 repetitions during the month of December. Sound easy enough? After finishing 12 weeks of bootcamp, I was familiar with a good number of exercises that I knew would whip my booty into shape. I decided on the following:
It comes out to 1 plank a day, and roughly 16 of all the other exercises. I have a feeling I will be regretting my choice of burpees…
So hopefully between this, and my half marathon next weekend (eeeeek!) I will be ringing in 2013 feeling great! You can follow the challenge on twitter/instagram with the hashtag #closeoutworkout. Who is down to take on the challenge with me?
Well I totally meant to post this days ago, but this week got away from me! I have been a crazy, outfit pinning fool lately on pinterest and decided I really needed to start using my pins for daily outfit inspiration. I have been obsessed with mustard tones this fall (if you told me this a few years ago, I probably would have said ewwww) and have recently purchased a mustard skirt, and cardigan (seen here!) both from The Limited. So I have kept my eyes peeled when stalking pinterest to find ways to utilize both. Which brings us to exhibit A:
I had all the essentials to create this look so I was pumped! While getting ready I thought about trying it with my ‘ol faithful Steve Madden boots (that everyone and their mother seems to have – even my Mom has some similar!) and ended up being faced with a decision:
Excuse my creepy mirror selfies…
I instantly was sold on the boots option (mainly because I love the cozy feeling of socks + tights) but plan to utilize the pumps option in the future. I sorta felt like I stepped out of Nashville, but I was ok with that! Yay for outfit inspirations!
Shirt – Forever 21 (similar)
Skirt – The Limited
Sweater – Loft, from 2009! (similar)
Tights – Who knows?! Target I think.
Boots – Steve Madden
Necklace – Premier Designs (from when I hosted a party last year)
Today I am doing my first ever blog link up with one of my fav (former Dallas) bloggers, The Bargain Blonde to share some of my current favorite things:
I have said it before, but I LOVE getting things for free! Since my birthday was yesterday, my email has been blowing up the past 2 weeks with nonstop deals. I love it! So far I have cashed in my free Which Wich, Starbucks, Jason’s Deli, and Yummilicious fro-yo! I still have a few more to redeem next week and looking forward to it!
I am seriously obsessed!! If it’s made of chiffon, I pretty much want it on my body asap. I actually got a total of 4 for my birthday from my cousins Stephanie and Julie! One of which happens to be this exact shirt:
ROAR! I have always been a fan of animal print and I love how leopard print is everywhere you look these days! Plus it goes with almost everything and can spice up any outfit!
Yes, you read that right. I love him because he discovered America…ok who am I kidding? I love him because he is the reason I always get a 3 day weekend around my birthday! Holla for bank holidays!!
The final week of this session just wrapped up, but I ended up signing up for the next one! CG STRONG! Fun fact – CG and I have the same birthday!
I am such a late bloomer with social networking these days. I resisted twitter for years and when I finally caved I became a tweeting maniac so it’s no surprise that the same thing is occurring with Instagram. If you follow me, I am sorry if I am annoying!
What are you favorite things this week?? Happy Friday!
Today is my 28th birthday (this is being posted exactly at my time of birth!) so I thought I would reflect on 27 of my favorite memories from my 27th year:
(in chronological order)
- Aggie football weekend with my family
- Dressing up as Katy Perry for Halloween 2011
- Rock n Roll San Antonio Relay w/ my sister Lauren
- Vegas with some awesome kids to celebrate Andrew and Hayes’ B-Days!
- Surviving the White Rock Half Marathon in freezing rain (and dressed as a penguin!)
- Jenn’s awesome Christmas party in my nutcracker costume
- Ringing in 2012 with some of my favorites
- Frank’s epic going away party
- Snuggie Pub Crawl in my nontraditional Snuggie
- Mardi Gras 2012 – enough said!
- Shaving 13 minutes off my half marathon time at the Cowtown
- Stephanie’s Bridal Shower in SA – The premiere of J&J Events
- St Patty’s Day shenanigans
- My first trip to Chicago, and PRing again at the Chi Town Half (by 30 seconds, but still a PR!)
- Random April tornado that totaled out Stanley the Sebring…but resulted in the new Howie the Honda
- Stephanie and Brandon’s couple’s shower and my parents visiting Dallas
- Rebecca’s visit to Dallas where she asked me to be her Maid of Honor
- Finishing up my provisional year in the Junior League of Dallas
- Napa trip with Jenn and Elana
- My sister Lauren’s visit to Dallas for the LMFAO concert and uptown shenanigans
- Stephanie’s Bachelorette party – Call Me Maybe?!?!?!
- My cousin/first/best friend’s wedding to one of the greatest guys I know
- 4th of July shenanigans with my partner in crime, Julie
- Cancun vacation with Julie, Una, and Katie
- Leah and Andrew’s shower for their sweet baby Graham
- Cousin trip to LA with Stephanie and Julie
- Boston trip to celebrate Elana’s Birthday (part 2 this weekend!)
What will 28 have to offer??
I have currently found myself OBSESSED with leopard print! It goes with everything and can make an outfit pop! I find myself thinking up random outfits (and getting inspired by pinterest and blogs) and dreamed up this little number this morning while working out at boot camp (because I am pretty much always thinking about what I am going to eat, or what I am going to wear while working out):
Shirt – Frenzi (random h00chie store in Lewisville)
Pants – Limited, Cassidy Fit Bootcut (from 2010)
Belt – Limited
Shoes – Payless (from 2011) Similar
I went to limited yesterday because I had an expiring coupon, and haven’t been in there in what felt like forever! I made out like a bandit! Most everything was 40% off on top of my coupon. I ended up getting the above mentioned leopard belt, 2 cardigans, the cutest iPhone cover I have ever seen, and a random ring (to push my total to 100 so I could get $30) off. My total was only $56! I guess I won’t be upgrading to the new iPhone 5 anytime soon – this cover is too cute!! It will keep me happy with the iPhone 4 for the time being! Happy Wednesday!
It’s no secret I LOVE me some freebies! What is it about free things that make them so much better (besides the fact you aren’t sparing any change)?? When I heard from my cousin Stephanie that 7-Eleven was offering free coffee today, I was pumped! Especially because it was a 20 oz size, and because I didn’t really have to go out of my way to get it since there is one I pass every morning (and yes, I usually go out of my way to collect my free goods – don’t judge). After a sweaty bootcamp session, I rolled up to my local 7-Eleven and filled up a red Romney cup with some hazelnut brew!
So tasty! I usually make coffee in my keurig, so different flavors are always a treat. I forgot how much I love hazelnut flavored coffee, and since it is now fall I need to stock up! Sad confession – I decided to swing by again before making my commute to the office to top off my bevie, but they were out of hazelnut! I settled for some Brazilian Extra Bold and dumped in an extra creamer to weaken it and it was also amazing! Cheers to 7-Eleven! Happy Friday!
(this is how I look after drinking 40oz of coffee – jittery JRaab!!)
Sooo I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my blog – so read me maybe??
…Ok so after saying I was going to do this about a thousand times, I decided to start a blog to cover all the bases of my JRaabulous lifestyle: family, friends, food, fashion, fun, and fitness!
New to the blogging circuit so no judgement please! Stay tuned…