Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Dailey Method (Nashville)...Feature and Giveaway

Just a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of testing out the newest local fitness facility and I was so honored that the ladies of The Dailey Method Nashville invited me out to attend one of their classes.
Honestly, I had heard all sorts of incredible talk about these unique barre-type classes and was excited to venture out of my normal workout comfort zone in exchange for something a tad bit different.
And this is where I'm going to be honest and say that they kicked my butt...but in a good way! I feel like I'm a pretty active/in shape person, but they had me using muscles I had never heard of, much less work out. My legs shook, my abs were feeling the burn, and I left knowing this was a great, fun experience for someone who gets stuck doing the same repetitive thing over and over and who is in need of something different. This is also a great class for anyone...it amazes me that so many people have found this method to be helpful for them in maintaining a better, and more active lifestyle! The Dailey Method is proud to have a HUGE age range of people taking their classes...from 18 all the way through mid-70's, which is an impressive feat and showcases a no-intimidation factor when you walk in the door.
I've gone to a handful of classes now and can tell I am beginning to get the hang of this, slowly but surely...what I love about The Dailey Method is that they combine ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching, and orthopedic exercises so you're working a variety of areas all throughout the body.
A Little Bit More (The Background and Details)
The Dailey Method®, founded over 13 years ago in San Francisco, effectively strengthens, tones and lengthens the entire body, and all movement is controlled and focused, effective, and safe. From day one, the staff has assured me that primary alignment is their #1 focus, and that they actively follow each set of exercises with active stretches to develop more sculpted and supple muscles (hello swimsuit season right around the corner). I can tell you in all honesty that your entire body and mind are constantly working throughout each class, and the hour goes by in a flash, thanks to helpful instructors to keep you motivated as well as awesome music.
The Women Behind it All  
The studio is owned and operated by Kimberly Rose and Sophia M. Clanton, who I have had the pleasure of getting to know pretty well these past few weeks. Kim first discovered The Dailey Method in Chicago as a client in 2010, and quickly developed a passion for the method and readily became an ambassador of this amazing workout in her community. Before moving to Nashville, Kim had been a part of the Dailey Method team in Chicago. Since 2011, Kim has survived both breast cancer and a shattered ankle, and she offers specific insight into how the Dailey Method can be an avenue to quicker recovery, both physically and mentally. She brings this insight to the Nashville studio, encouraging clients to rise above limitations and work to their fullest potentials. Kim is responsible for day to day operations, customer service and above all, client satisfaction. More than anything, Kim and I sat down and she shared her story with me and it's amazing to see how far she has come...she is paying it forward and living her best life and she is ecstatic with where she is, thanks in part to The Dailey Method...such an inspiration!!
Sophia grew up in Alabama with 20 years of classical dance experience. While living in Malibu, California, she deepened her passion for natural health and fitness. Sophia is a certified instructor in The Dailey Method, SPX/Lagree Pilates, a 200-HR Yoga Instructor with YogaWorks, Schwinn cycling certified, Athletic Step certified, and an ACE certified Personal Trainer (intimidating, huh?). Sophia has trained numerous celebrities, models, and former pro athletes while working in Los Angeles. Of all of her certifications and years teaching, she believes The Dailey Method is the best low impact, high results driven workout. Now that she is back in the South, Sophia is excited to be part of bringing The Dailey Method to Nashville! Sophia has a loyal following, having developed a stellar reputation with her clients by teaching at various studios and private instruction throughout Nashville. Sophia is the studio’s Master Trainer and lead instructor. (and she will kick your butt in every class, but she is just so sweet that you can't get mad at her)
These women have a true passion for inspiring others through fitness, and they are very excited to be introducing The Dailey Method to the local Nashville community.
The Studio
The Nashville facility features a large light-filled studio room, full-service locker room, parking in an adjacent garage, and a great selection of fitness apparel (and socks for class, too). They help people achieve the longer, leaner and more fit bodies they seek – in a caring, encouraging and non-competitive atmosphere. And on another note, I can't help but smile every time I walk in, as they know EVERYONE by name and it makes you want to go because you feel like they care about helping you reach your fitness goals., not to mention the small talk always goes a long way in my book.
The Giveaway 
You know I am always wanting to give positive feedback when I find something I really enjoy and this has been nothing short of amazing. So, for all you local ladies...The Dailey Method Nashville has generously offered to give away a fantastic "Girls Night Out" package for one lucky lady and up to 22 of her closest friends/family/colleagues/etc. This amazing giveaway involves a free class for you and your participants, as well as wine and apps too...doesn't this sound like fun???
All you have to do is follow the instructions included in the Rafflecopter widget below. Trust me, it's going to be a fantastic prize, complete with wine...that's a win win for everyone!
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I also want to mention that they have another great deal going on currently for all participants of the Country Music 1/2 and Full Marathon. The Dailey Method staff is offering FREE classes and special promotions to those of you who are registered for this year's race. Check out the details here to see how they can help you cross train, recover, and run injury free.
You can learn more about The Dailey Method Nashville by visiting them via Instagram, Twitter, and





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Survived Two Under Two...Among Other Things

Some of you with small ones are laughing at the title of this post I'm fairly certain. It's true, I survived the two under two madness and I lived to tell about it. Honestly, sometimes I think I can take anything on now that I have gone through this chaos...maybe a Wonder Woman mentality.
I'm an open book, a word vomiter of sorts when it comes to telling it like it is (most of the time) and I try to be honest and upfront about my experiences...the good ones, the bad ones, and the ugly ones, too (though the pretty ones are the most fun to share). 
I have been thinking of writing this post for a few months now and I finally just bit the bullet and said who cares what people say...this is my experience, my life, and I feel like I owe it to you to tell the truth.
This past year has been the hardest of my life. Not just because of babies, and moving, and starting a business, but because it's been rough on my emotions, my happiness, my marriage, and my spirituality, among other things.
Having two under two has been difficult...with a husband that travels, a business that I was building 100% on my own, as well as life's other intricacies to balance and juggle, it's been a year I will never forget.
One. People Look at You Like You're Crazy
This is when it's really funny and you can see the fear on people's faces when they tell you how cute your kids are, but then ask how old they are...when I say they are 15 months apart, it's like a deer in headlights and people look at us like we are aliens. I know, yes they are VERY close in age, and then they ask "was that planned?" Let's face it, I've learned you can't really plan for these things, but God had it in His plan. Is this how I saw it happening? Hell to the no. Would I have it any other way? Hell to the no.
Two. Playmates for Life
I have a stepbrother, but he lived with his mother growing up, so for the most part I have lived as an only child the majority of my life. Last week, I saw all these people on social media bragging about their siblings on Sibling Day (I swear there is a holiday for everything these days) and thought to myself, I may not have a true sibling, but my babies do, and neither of them will ever remember their life without the other. That might bring me more joy than anything else. They have a built-in playmate/best friend/partner-in-crime for life and you know how I feel about family...there is simply nothing more important.
Three. Constant Chaos...AKA The Circus
It's chaotic in our world, there is no doubt about it. Whenever we go somewhere, we invade the premises and the calmness goes out the door. Just the other day we went to our friends' house for their annual Masters Party and it looked like we were travelling overnight for how much stuff we had to bring over...diapers, toys, treats, and all the other "necessities" we needed for 4+ hours outside the home. Someone commented on how many bags I had (3 to be exact) and I jokingly said "we travelled light today", which is true...that was a good day. It's not quiet at our house and I have a feeling it won't be for a very long time, but the sweet sounds of tiny feet running and little giggles and laughs give me more joy than one could fathom.
Four...I Did It, and You Can Too
I want this to serve as a PSA to those of you out there who are currently pregnant with #2 with another toddler to run after, and to those naysayers who think we're nuts for having two under two. It's not easy, but it's worth it and we came out of it alive. It was really hard on Jeff and I and our marriage had a hard year, I will say that, but now we are SO in the fun stage, because our girls are starting to play together more often, Carson follows Caroline everywhere so that helps keep her occupied, and in general, life is pretty great.
Pappy says it best..."every family is crazy" and we're proud of it :) 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday...A Mix of Madness

One. Learning to Say No
When I signed up Emily Ley's coaching webinar a few weeks ago, I took one major thing away (among many amazing tips, tricks, and advice about owning your own business), but this one is ringing true to me for so many reasons and I am slowly but surely trying to master it. There are times when I am having to tell myself to say no...say no to opportunities because they don't make sense right now, say no to clutter that fills up my day and takes away time that I need to work on other things, and say no to the things that don't make me happy. It's a constant battle, but I am going to win this one and I hope you will too!!
Two. Easter Basket Goodies
Instead of going all out this year with the girls' Easter baskets, I did something very simple AND useful. I bought them things they actually needed, and asked family to do the same. Don't get me wrong, we LOVE us some toys, but it's overwhelming and we just did a spring cleaning/inventory check and sent a bunch of items off to kids who need it more and that felt great. So, the Easter Bunny is taking a break from toys and such and is bringing swimsuits, coverups, sandals, Easter books, and Carson is getting her very own Jellycat (because she always tries to steal her sisters). Simple, easy fun little presents for two very sweet babes!
easter egg
easter egg by trixietat on Polyvore
Three. Lent Challenge
I've got a little more than a week to go my friends, but I can't lie, this challenge has been a struggle. It's sad that I have struggled with this sacrifice more than some of the others I have done in the past, but that's what Lent is about, right?? My challenge to not shop has allowed me to do things for others and has allowed me to not be so focused on spending unnecessary money on random things that fill my closet with clutter (i.e. back to #1 with the "just because I can, doesn't mean I should" mentality). However, with all this being said, stores better watch out the Monday after Easter because this mama needs to do some major shopping for vacation attire. The family beach trip is a month away and I have been pregnant the past two springs so I am in desperate need of new clothes and swimwear. 
Four. Major Spring Weekend
The weatherman says it's going to be a glorious weekend here in Nashville and I am giddy with excitement. We've got plans for cooking out as much as possible, working on the yard to stock up on herbs, ferns for the front porch, planter boxes, and all sorts of goodies to test out CC's green thumb (my little gardening assistant), major stroller action at the park, and then watching the Masters with friends on Sunday. These are the weekends that make for the best memories!! 
Five. A Big Thank You
Sugar Bit has been open a little more than a week now and I can't say enough thanks for all your kind words about the site, shop, and for everyone that has already placed orders with us. It's been so much fun seeing this through to fruition and it's been everything I hoped AND more. And just to say a big THANK YOU to all my blogging friends/family, I want to offer 10% off you order for the next week because without your support, none of this would be possible. Simply insert the discount code "READYSETSHOP" in at checkout to save 10%...easy peasy. So many fun things coming up so stay tuned!! I promise to try to balance my personal blog and keep on posting the things I've always talked about, but I can't help but share this new venture too, as it is a huge piece of my life...I hope you'll forgive me in advance.  
Now you know what to do ladies...link up using the widget below to feature your Five on Friday post! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Younique Fiber Mascara...Makeup Feature and Giveaway

I am ALL about trying out fun new products when it comes to beauty and makeup, so when Leslie contacted me about a new product from Younique, I was intrigued. I love the look of full, big eyelashes, but let's face it, I don't want to walk around with falsies on all the time...for me, it's just not a practical purchase and not one I want to fool around with. 
Younique is a line of naturally-based makeup and skincare products. They are hypoallergenic (YAY for sensitive skin like me) as well as paraben and sulfate free. Their mission is to uplift, empower, validate and ultimately help build the self-esteem of women around the world. 
Let's just say this...the top selling product is the 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, which I was lucky enough to test out, and I can see why they just had to get a new shipment of 1 million units...because it's REALLY REALLY good. I gave it a go a few weeks ago when we had our big night out to the Junior League Gala and could noticeably tell a difference before and after. 
The steps are simple: 
1. Apply your normal mascara to your lashes (I use Scandeleyes by Rimmel)
2. Apply the Transplanting Gel to top and bottom lashes
3. Apply Fiber Lashes to lashes and then another coat of Transplanting Gel and you're done!! 
It is supposed to increase your lashes by 300% in volume and length...I have to admit, I am not a mathematic genius, but I could tell that they looked longer and fuller and stayed that way all night. 
Here are a few of my before and after pics: 
taken from my iPhone so excuse the lovely non-edited look ;) 
Younique has some fantastic other products including mineral eye, blush and concealer pigments, lip gloss, BB cream, cream foundation, as well as pressed powder, and their skincare line currently features a cleanser, moisturizer, makeup primer, and rose water.
Even better, they are the first direct-sales company to market and sell almost exclusively through the use of social media. A Younique Virtual Party has no limits to your reach or who you can invite. This makes it so the traditional home party is not even necessary unless you choose to do it. if you want to host a party, please be sure to contact Leslie for some incredible opportunities!

So, are you interested in winning a set of fiber lashes for yourself?? If so, enter using Rafflecopter below! Easy peasy, and as always, good luck!! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Old Man and Lauren's Birthday Party

Two weekends ago, we all got together to celebrate the 30th birthdays of my dear old husband and one of my best friends Lauren. It was a night we all won't soon forget, filled with food, fun, embarrassing stories, late night bar dance parties, and pictures to last a lifetime. Here is a fun little recap:
My cohost, Jeff, Lauren, and I...lots of celebrations to welcome them to the 30 club!
 Fayettevegas Friends!
 Love these ladies...so glad they came out to celebrate with us
 The Broadway family
 Roasting time for the birthday boy...payback is fun, now isn't it?? :)
 You know I love me a good chalkboard sign
Flashback to March 1984 and all the top favorites 
 Food for all the guests...
 Mimi and Pappy came to play, too!
 Just some of the pictures and goodies for the guests to take in
(Glo sticks came out for the late night shenanigans)
 The yummy birthday cake: courtesy of Puffy Muffin
More of the food bar setup
 Me and the birthday boy
 They needed some bday bling for the festivities...funny glasses!
 Girls, girls, girls
 Thumbs up for partying
 Time to blow out the candles!!
 Love them
 Awww so sweet...sisterly love
Guest Favors...Blow Pops with 30 Sucks Tags ;) 
 
 The Birthday Girl Ready to Hit the Town!
 Jeff and Ryan acting a fool
 The Tippler for the After Party
A big shout out to In Bloom Boutique for my dress... I love it SO very much and it was perfect for the occasion!! And yes, I am SO thankful to be done hosting parties for a bit, as it's been a busy few months. But don't you worry, I've got some fun up my sleeve for Miss Carson's 1st birthday extravaganza in June!
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