Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013!

Holidays always make me wish we lived closer to family.  Without having everyone around, holidays can be a bit uneventful.  We went to the 930 am service this morning at Prestonwood then had brunch in the church's cafeteria.  After some downtime at home, we hid eggs (most with quarters or dollar bills) in the soggy backyard (we had some fierce thunderstorms roll through this morning).  All in all, it was a great day!

Wishing you and yours a very happy Easter!

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Slow your roll and hold your horses - not THAT kind of naked.  Let me explain...

A week ago today The Naked Grape kicked off it's Peel It Off to Give Back campaign with a fabulous Sip & Swap event at Gilley's in downtown Dallas.  The Naked Grape is a company that believes great wines come from looking underneath the skin to expose wine that bares the true flavor of every grape.  Thus, The NAKED Grape.  The company has seven fresh and fruity wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Harvest Red Blend and Malbec.  I've tasted them all and they are de-LISH!  My favorites are the Moscato and Harvest Red Blend.  

*With Soles4Souls president Buddy Teaster

The company has embarked on a campaign to give back through the Peel It Off to Give Back program which provides gently loved clothing to people in need. The Naked Grape has partnered with Clothes4Souls, a global not-for-profit that has donated approximately 1.8 million pieces of clothing to people around the world.  The goal of last week's Sip and Swap was to raise awareness and collect donations for Clothes4Souls.  We succeeded - around 500 items of clothing were donated that night!  By the end of this year's campaign, The Naked Grape hopes to collect over 5,000 items of clothing to donate through two more sip and swap events in Ft. Lauderdale and Chicago and through collection bins in select stores.

As part of the Peel It Off to Give Back program, The Naked Grape will also donate $5 (up to $50,000 total) for each of it's wine capsules it collects between March 1st and August 31st of this year.  To make it as easy as possible to give back, select wine bottles will come with a pre-paid envelop and directions on how to help by mailing in the wine capsule.

The purpose of the sip and swap event is to donate your used clothing and swap it for someone else's.  After we handed over our donations, we were able to browse through the clothing and take whatever we liked, all while sipping The Naked Grape wine!  There were fitting rooms to try on the clothing and Dawn Mellon, stylist to some of the most fabulous folks in Dallas, was on hand to help attendees put outfits together!  Any of the leftover clothing was donated to Clothes4Souls.

Let me tell you, we weren't foraging through raggedy stuff either - most of the donated items were high end name brands.  Some articles still had the price tags on them!  I snagged a gorgeous BCBG sweater, a royal blue cocktail dress, and a White House Black Market jacket.  The event was so much fun - it was a wonderful way to clean out my closet for a wonderful cause!

For more information about The Naked Grape, visit and for more information about Clothes4Souls, visit   

Throwback Thursday

Here's a pic from the good ol' days at UCLA.  We were hanging out in front of Saxon Suites at the sand volleyball court.  Seeing this pic takes me back to some really good times.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Heart - ah, the languages he speaks

Will's iPad has given him a voice, and he sure has found some interesting things to pick up from it...

Monday, March 25, 2013

12 years and counting!

Ryan and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary yesterday!!!  I'm going to throw in a football spin on why this is SO AWESOME!  Statistics show that 3 years after official retirement from football, 80% of football couples are bankrupt and/or divorced!  Here's to defying the odds!

Five day juice cleanse - the aftermath

My final verdict on the juice cleanse - it worked!  When I set out on my torturous endeavor last week, I had a couple of goals in mind - lose a little weight, feel better, look better, etc.  After weighing in Friday morning at 132.8, I can definitely check the first goal off the list.  This morning, my weight is back up to 134.4 - not surprised since most of the weight I lost during the cleanse was water weight.  But it's still much better than the 138.8 I weighed at the start of the cleanse.

Here's a surprising benefit - I still haven't had a diet Pepsi.  Pre-cleanse, I craved diet Pepsi.  I could easily drink 2-3 cans each day.  All weekend, I actually preferred to order water.  The diet Pepsi craving is gone.  I'm going to try to keep that trend going.  Another benefit - losing my craving for fast food.  We went to Cane's yesterday after church and I got my usual order - the kid's chicken finger meal.  As I was eating it, I thought, "This is pretty gross."  Pre-cleanse, I would've inhaled those bad boys then picked at Bryn's leftovers.  

Old habits die hard though.  Over the weekend, I could've easily fallen back into a pattern of eating out of boredom.  Several times my mind went to raiding the pantry (for no reason - I wasn't hungry), but I didn't.  I grabbed a glass of water instead.  

I'm thrilled with the results from the cleanse.  Ryan and I are already planning on making juicing a part of our eating habits.  And I think I'll do the Roots Juices 3-day all juice cleanse every 3-4 months.  And I'm for sure doing the juice cleanse before Mrs. Texas this year - it was an awesome way to lose some water weight.

Here is a shot of the Watters gown I wore to an event Saturday night - it fit like a glove.  When I tried it on a week before the event, it was definitely a little snug.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Almost there - Juice Cleanse Day 5

I weighed in this morning at 133.4 lbs.  I actually think the number would be lower but I attended a wonderful sip and swap event last night and I couldn't pass up a glass of red wine.  Knowing I was going to have a glass of wine, I ate some oatmeal before I left the house.  I'm thrilled that the number on the scale is still heading south but my willpower seems to be going up!  

At the event the servers carried around delicious nibbles like meatballs and chicken taquitos.  Any other time, I would've inhaled several of them but I easily turned them down.  I like to eat.  And I'm an emotional eater and yesterday ended up being stressful.  Yet I found it easy to stick to my juices.  If anything, this cleanse is helping me decipher some of my unhealthy eating habits and I'm learning what it means to really be hungry.

Even though I've lost over 5 lbs since I started the cleanse, my clothes aren't really fitting differently.  They are still a little tighter than I'd like them to be.  But again, I don't feel as bloated as I did last weekend and I'm feeling pretty good.  And I can pretty much confirm that the bags under my eyes have all but disappeared - that surely has to do with the fact that those 5 lbs are probably mostly water weight. 

So, one more day of juicing to go.  I'm looking forward to eating a real meal tomorrow but I'm pumped about getting back into the gym on Monday and I am planning on incorporating juicing into my daily routine.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday

Will and I hanging out at Niagara Falls, NY...

Juice Cleanse - days 3 and 4

Yesterday morning I weighed in at 135 lbs.  I felt a heck of a lot better than I did on Tuesday.  I had more energy but was still pretty tired.  Food cravings actually didn't kick in until late last night but I hung in there.  This morning the scale read 133.4.  In three days, I've lost a little over 5 lbs.

I'm a lot less bloated than I was when I started the cleanse.  My belly and abs feel tighter again.  Overall, I'd say going food-free for three days was worth it.  I have two more days of juices left - I'm attending an event this evening though and will have something to eat before I go.  Passing out at a paid appearance probably wouldn't be a good look.  But I'm going to keep it clean - oatmeal or quinoa.  We'll see how things go these next couple of days.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Juice Cleanse - day two

I weighed in at 136.4 this morning.  That's a good thing, because as as hungry as I was today, if I hadn't lost anything I would've gone to the nearest Taco Bell to get a Cool Ranch Doritos Locos taco (the commercials are playing continuously tonight).  But the slight weight loss kept me on track today.

I had a massive headache all day I couldn't get rid of and I have been starving.  I tried to convince myself a couple of times that a couple of almonds would be okay or maybe a piece of fruit.  But I stood my ground.  Made it through day two of my juice cleanse.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Shedding my winter coat...

It happens every year - I diet (practically starve) and work out like a mad woman getting ready for the Mrs. Texas pageant.  Then, like clockwork, I quickly put back on any of the weight and lost.  Well, I did that and then some this year!  I've gained about 10 lbs since early December and my body isn't happy.  My "fat" jeans are snug and a food service worker in my office building commented that I'd gained some weight (who says that????).  I despise those social media pics people take of themselves in their mirrors but I went ahead and took a couple last night.  Nothing like some photographic evidence to confirm what I already knew - I need to lose a few lbs.  But I will tell you this - my scale read 138.8.  My happy weight is between 128 and 133.  So I've got some work to do.  And no, I'm not showing you the pics...

Anyway, I decided I needed to do something about it.

To get this party started right, I've decided to go on a five-day juice cleanse.  I did some searching online and came across a company called Roots Juices.  I'll be drinking six juices a day and two waters - the one I'm sipping on right now is the Detox Water.  It's basically what folks doing the Master Cleanse drink.  And let me tell you - it's awful!  No wonder people lose weight on the master cleanse - this lemon water has destroyed my appetite!

Today was day 1 - I can't believe I have not had anything to eat all day.  And this time of day (the evening) is usually the hardest part of the day for me.  I'm a snacker and get cravings - I usually have Ryan pop up some popcorn.  But not this week.

Honestly, I'm not that hungry right now.  I need to go down another juice but I feel... well... full.  I hear day 2 can be pretty tough.  We'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Granny!

Today is my granny's 87th birthday.  Days like this I wish I was home in California with the fam...

Throwback Thursday

Today's throwback Thursday pic takes us back to 1998.  Here I am with my sisters and nephew who is obviously on a sugar high.  Most notable in this picture - my pigtails, bushy eyebrows and puffy cheeks and my sister Andrea's interesting lipstick choice.  

Monday, March 11, 2013

On a cold, dreary day...

My Junior League placement this year is Habitat for Humanity.  I've spent several Saturdays over the last couple of months building houses - I've done everything from caulking and painting to insulation and siding.  But nothing has been more challenging than our build this past Saturday - FRAMING!

Conditions were pretty miserable - it drizzle-rained the last couple of hours on site.  We were soaked and covered in mud.  But seeing progress at the end of the day made it all worth it. 

When we got started Saturday morning, our project looked like this...

By the end of the day, it looked like this...

A note about a common misconception about Habitat houses - they aren't given away for free.  Homeowners get mortgages through Habitat but they don't pay any interest.  And owners have to put in 250 hours of sweat equity on Habitat projects and take a bunch of classes on budgeting, etc.  For more information, visit 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Throwback Thursday

A trend started a while back on social media called "Throwback Thursday."  People post pics on Twitter and Facebook from back in the day eliciting laughs and nostalgia.  Ah, the memories.  So I've decided to start posting my Throwback Thursday memories here too!

Here's today's throwback - Ryan, Will and I sporting our Buffalo "tans" during the winter of 2005.

Bryn actually picked up this picture this morning and told me I looked different.  Scared that she was going to tell me I looked old or tired now, I asked her how I was different.  She said I was very light in the picture and that I'm browner now.  After I chuckled, the only thing I could say was, "Well baby, that's what happens when you live in Texas and not Buffalo."

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

End the Word!

I cringe every time I hear people say the words "retard" or "retarded."  Often times these words are used to refer to things or people are stupid.  It's not okay, and that's why I took the pledge to spread the word to end the word - you should do the same.  Visit

I needed this today... BAD!