Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#moeeveryday2014 week 16

 Day 113
I continued celebrating my birthday with a trip to the Spa! Jennifer and I spent the day relaxing with massages, peach smoothies, and the Pinehurst massage. It was bliss!

 Day 114 
Shopping adventures with my two favorite girls! 

 Day 115
I love these kids!

 Day 116
The girls had their birthday party at the local cupcake shop!

Day 117
Going home. Spring Break 2014 is over. I might have cried on my way home.

Day 118
Reunited with the barre! 

Day 119
I like to match my charts at school to my clothes. 


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

#moeeveryday2014 week 15

I can't believe that we are 15 weeks into 2014! 

Day 106
It was one of my best friend's birthday! Cynthia is such a sweet blessing to my life. I just love her so much. 

Day 107
Pink cupcakes are always a good idea. I celebrated my birthday at work with my co-workers.

Day 108
I picked up a few things for Spring Break 2014! 

Day 109
Rain Rain Go Away
Look at those sweet little boots. I officially started Spring Break by traveling to visit with the girls. 

Day 110
Happy Easter and Happy Birthday to Hadley, Harper, and me! 

day 111
Birthday dinner with my parents

Day 112
Happy Earth Day! 
My heart just melts looking at this picture! 


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Birthday winner

I'm on vacation this week but Hadley did draw a winner for the birthday present. 

I have emailed Ashley and hope to get her gift to her next week! Thanks for entering!


Friday, April 18, 2014

my favorite birthday memory and a birthday present for you

This Sunday is a special day at xoxo, Aunt Moe. Hadley and Harper are turning four! It's my birthday too. I plan on spending the week with the girls to celebrate our birthdays. I can't wait to eat cake, give the girls their presents, play dress up, and sing and dance all week! 

It's no secret that I absolutely adore the twins. I think sharing my birthday with them makes my birthday a little more special. I never imagined that I would love those sweet girls as much as I do. I know that God sent them at the perfect time in my life. 

For this birthday blog post I wanted to share one of my favorite birthday memories...Hadley and Harper's "birth" day and the day I became Aunt Moe!

Holding both girls for the first time together.

On April 20th I traveled down to Jennifer's to be at the hospital for the birth of the girls. It was long day but a little after 6 pm Hadley and Harper entered the world. It was love at first sight. I thought they were perfect! 

Harper is on the left and Hadley is on the right.

From that moment on I knew I wanted to spend every birthday that I could with the girls. I knew sharing a birthday with Hadley and Harper would always mean I would have a party to go to and a cake to eat!

Jennifer always plans great parties for the girls. I can't wait to go to this years party!

1st Birthday

2nd Birthday

3rd Birthday

I love giving gifts to my friends and family so in honor of our birthday I want to give one of you a gift! It's just my way of saying thank you for reading xoxo, Aunt Moe. I like to give some of my favorite things as gifts so this gift includes Lilly Pulitzer and Silpada! 

Wouldn't this beach towel look great with a pink monogram on it? 

A close-up of the earrings
More information about the earrings here. 

If you want to receive this Lilly Pulitzer beach towel and Silpada earrings leave a comment about your favorite birthday memory or how you like to celebrate your birthday! Please leave your comment by midnight on Monday, April 21st. I will draw a winner on Tuesday, April 22nd. Make sure you leave your name and email address in your comment if you leave an anonymous comment. 

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#moeeveryday2014 week 14

Hey Y'all!

 Day 99
Classroom Selfie
I really need to put some words up on my word wall in the background! 

 Day 100!
I can't believe that we are 100 days into the year!

 Day 101
My desk at work.

 Day 102
I spent my day cleaning out and organizing my closet for Spring! 

 Day 103
This is one of my best friends, Angie! I don't have a sister but she could be! Our parents are the best of friends so we are too! I love her! 

 Day 104
I enjoyed an afternoon treat (some Advocare Spark) in one of my favorite cups! Five days till my Pinehurst vacation and Spring Break!

Day 105
Just a picture of my mom Janet, Jesus, and the Easter bunny!


Monday, April 14, 2014

What I've Learned From Pure far

Recently I completed 50 classes at Pure Barre. I can't wait to hit the 100 mark and sign the 100 barre at the studio. I am hoping to complete this goal by the end of June. Since I am halfway to my goal I wanted to share what I have learned from Pure far.

 Embrace the shake! Oh my! I remember my first class and my legs were shaking so bad I thought I would collapse right there on the floor! I was embarrassed but quickly learned this was a good great thing.  Pure Barre instructors will tell you that when your body shakes it means that your muscles are reaching the point of fatigue. You want to have that muscle group shake during that specific section of class. After the shake we stretch to elongate our muscles. And this will lead to long and lean muscles! I mean who doesn't want long and lean muscles? I shake every class and still feel like I might collapse but I have learned to embrace it!

  Don't be nervous! I had some anxiety about starting Barre. I worried that I wouldn't be dressed in the right clothes. I worried I wouldn't be good enough or able to do the exercises. I was a big ball of nerves. I have learned that I was so silly to have all this anxiety. It was all in my head! Everyone I have met at Barre is very friendly and so encouraging! It is so refreshing to go into a place that is 99% women and be so encouraged! I think we all need this in our lives!

Listen to the instructors! They are there to make sure you are doing the moves correctly and not injuring yourself. Don't freak out if they come over and adjust or correct you. I have actually called the instructor over to make sure I am doing the move correctly. I want to make sure I am getting the full benefit of class. In my mind the Pure Barre instructors are rock stars and they make all their students feel that way too!

Set goals and challenge yourself!  Each week I set a goal for Barre class. My first few weeks my goal was to hold the plank for 90 seconds. Once I could hold it for 90 seconds my goal became to do all the tucks during the 90 seconds. One week I might challenge myself to not break form or hold during the thigh series or seat work.  These goals help me push myself to be better.

I love going to Pure Barre because it makes me feel better about myself. Like I said before it challenges me on a whole new level. I look forward to going to the "barre" everyday. I know that I have a lot more to learn and I am looking forward to learning!

Will you meet me at the Barre?


Friday, April 11, 2014

Another Lilly Favorite...the Murfee Scarf

 A rack of Murfee Scarves at Palm Village Asheville

A while back I wrote about my Lilly must have, the Elsa top. Today I want to talk about another favorite Lilly item of mine, the Murfee Scarf.
I have a couple of Murfee scarves and so does my mom. We love them! Normally scarves aggravate me halfway through my day but a Murfee is so light that I forget I have it on. Mom and I love adding the Murfee to our outfits to help brighten it up!

 Just a few pictures of our Lilly scarves

I love this outfit!

The description from -
We’re convinced: this cashmere silk scarf brings endless styling opportunities. This will be the softest printed scarf you will ever touch. It’s a great one-sized gift and perfect to spruce up an otherwise bland outfit. A Murfee is a great way to wear your favorite Lilly prints year-round. Like we said, the opportunities are endless!

You can look at all the Murfee scarves here on Lilly Pulitzer's website.

My local and favorite Lilly Store, Palm Village, recently opened two new stores in Knoxville, TN and Mandeville, LA. These stores each got Murfee scarves in their exclusive print. I have the Knoxville scarf and I love all the colors in it. I have the Mandeville scarf on my birthday list! 

The Mandeville Murfee
I borrowed this picture from the Mandeville Facebook page.

The Knoxville Murfee

Do you like to wear a scarf? What's your favorite way to wear it?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#moeeveryday2014 week 13

After being sick last week I was looking forward to a better week!

 Day 92
I went back to Pure Barre and took Lindsay's class. I am officially making Lindsay my BBFF (Barre Best Friend Forever!)

 Day 93
I made it to 50 classes at Pure Barre. So I rewarded myself with some new workout pants. 

 Day 94
Dress down day at work

 Day 95
It was prom day for one of my former students and I helped her get ready! You can read about it here.

 Day 96
Planning out my week in my Erin Condren life planner makes me so happy!

 Day 97
This was the sign outside my gym. It was also the first time I had been inside my gym in 77 days! I might think that was bad if I hadn't been working out at Pure Barre. I am trying to add more cardio back into my workout routine.

Day 98
It's tough being a teacher's kid. My co-worker's daughter couldn't make it through our math workshop afterschool. Bless her heart!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Emily's Prom 2014

On Saturday I got to help one of my former students get ready for the prom. I taught Emily in third grade and was her running buddy in several Girls on the Run 5Ks.  Emily is now in ninth grade and all grown up. Emily's mom is one of my good friends and I was so happy to be able to be part of this special day.

I thought that Emily looked beautiful and her date, Jonas looked very handsome! 
Emily is about 6 feet tall so I looked up to her now. She told me yesterday that she remembers thinking I was tall when she was in my class! 

 Back when Emily came to my shoulder...

Now I come up to her shoulder!

Another fun flashback picture of Emily and me
We were twinning in our matching skirts and big sunglasses!