Product Review: Jawbone Big Jambox Wireless Speaker

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Last year for Christmas I got this little gem and thought I would do a review on it, especially with the holiday shopping season coming up.  As I mentioned the other day, I listen to music a lot. When I'm cooking, cleaning, hosting a get-together, etc. I use my Jawbone Big Jambox Wireless Speaker to hear music throughout our house.

The Jawbone Big Jambox Wireless Speaker turns any phone, iPad/ tablet or mobile device into a portable hi-fi sound system. Because my phone is already synced to the speaker, all I do is turn on Pandora or a playlist from my iPhone and start listening.You stream music using Bluetooth to connect/ sync or connect the devices using an auxiliary cable.

It's nice because I can take it anywhere. I even take it to the tennis courts when we play with friends or to the pool in the summer. It's small enough to go anywhere but still provides BIG sound.

These speakers come in white, red and graphite. Recently they added an option to design your own with new, customizable colors. Perfect for a Christmas present!
The price point for these speakers are about $150-$200 for the Big Jambox and $129 for the Mini Jambox. Overall about $30 cheaper than the Beats Pill+.

Hope everyone has a safe and scary halloweenie!

Funny Friday: Happy Halloweenie!

Friday, October 30, 2015

 Every Halloween, this is me to a tee. 

Here's to only eating candy on Halloween! The "Switch Witch" needs to come to my house. 

Things I Love: Bloglovin'

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bloglovin' is the best place to keep up with all of the blogs I follow. They make it really easy to explore and discover new blogs based on categories (beauty, fashion, home decor, etc.) and popularity. This is perfect for me, because I might not have necessarily stumbled upon these new blogs on my own.

The website and app are similar to a Facebook newsfeed so I can quickly see if it's something I want to read. If I want to go directly to one of my favorite blogs, I can find it listed in the right column and go directly to it's Bloglovin' profile. It's like my "home for blogs." :)

It's kind of "Pintrest-y" in that you can make "collections" and save blog posts to them.  For example, I have a "Blog" collection where I save useful articles/ posts on how to grow my blog, new things to try, etc.

I also have a "Fitness" collection where I save posts with anything dealing with exercise, health info and new workouts I want to try.
Check out In Good Company on Bloglovin here or click on the black heart in my "Connect" section to go straight there.

Strong Series: Vitamins & Supplements

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

When I got serious about/ addicted to lifting weights I started researching how I should be fueling my body. After a lot of research I found some things I felt comfortable taking. I wanted to make sure I wasn't putting anything harmful into my body. Because I trust AdvoCare, most of my supplements are from their Trim Line and Performance Elite Line.

Amino Energy
I use Amino Energy as a pre-workout drink. I'll mix between 2-4 scoops with water and finish it on my drive to the gym. It helps build muscles with BCAA's and Amino Acids and gets me pumped to start my workout. This is the only pre-workout I've taken and it doesn't make me jittery. (Taken before workout.)

Juice Plus+
The Orchard and Garden Blend Juice Plus+ pills provide added whole food nutrition from 20 different fruits, vegetables and grains. It supplements my daily servings for vegetables although I do try to eat all five servings with actual veggies. I don't eat fruits so I only take the Orchard blend when I'm starting to get a cold or don't feel well. (Taken at lunch.)

AdvoCare Catalyst
Catalyst helps maintain muscle mass during exercise and supports weight management. It also helps support post-exercise muscle repair and recovery.  (Taken with AdvoCare Spark in the morning.)

AdvoCare Omega Plex
Omega Plex is an omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplement. It helps transport nutrients, supports normal blood flow, promotes healthy blood pressure among other things. (Taken with a meal.)

AdvoCare Probiotic Restore Ultra
Probiotics support healthy intestinal function and aid in good digestion. This particular one, includes multiple-strain Probiotic Complex. (Taken in the morning, 3o minutes before breakfast.)

AdvoCare Muscle Strength 
Muscle Strength promotes muscle growth and strength. It also helps decrease recovery times in between periods of intense workouts and encourages repair of body tissues. I can definitely tell when I haven't taken this. I don't know if it's mental or if this stuff is that good, but I see a decrease in weight when I don't take it and don't feel as strong. (Taken 60 minutes before workout.)

AdvoCare Nighttime Recovery
Nighttime Recovery enhances muscle growth, muscle repair, muscle recovery and supports the production of growth-related hormones naturally produced in the body. (Taken before bed.)

Nature Made Prenatal Multi +DHA
No, I'm not pregnant. I was told by multiple people (none of whom are doctors) that I should start taking prenatal vitamins a couple months prior to when we start trying.

This prenatal multivitamin provides me with a wide and complex variety of vital nutrients so that my body can perform alllll of the things I need to do everyday. DHA may help support fetal brain and eye development. When the time comes I'm going to have a smart baby with beautiful eyes. (Taken in the morning with breakfast.)

Pill Holder
A weekly pill holder like this one is the perfect way to keep all of your doses in order. Plus, it's REALLY annoying to open all of these bottles everyday to get what you need.

I hope this was helpful. Like anything, ask your doctor before starting something new. Have a good hump day!!

What's your decorating style?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I've talked before about how much I love the home design site/ app Houzz. It wasn't until I took their quiz, "What's Your Decorating Style?" that I knew the actual name of my style. I love wood mixed with metal, old and new, dark brown and white woods, etc. When I first started using Houzz, I didn't know what to search for until I took this quiz. I found out my decorating style is transitional.

Transitional: You're not too modern, not too traditional, either. You're a gracious host, and you love to break out the fine china, even when you're just eating pizza. You prefer a home of beige and other neutrals. You like simply framed artwork that doesn't cause too much of a fuss. Serenity is your goal at home. 
It blends the comfort and warmth of traditional design with clean profiles and understated colors of the contemporary look. The result? Gracious streamlined spaces that radiate harmony.
After taking the quiz, I was able to narrow my searches. When I go shopping, I'm now able to have conversations with the sales person about what I like and what I want.

I definitely suggest taking this quiz if you don't know what you're decorating style is. It will help so much!

What's your decorating style?

Weekend Recap: Whirlwind Trip to Denver

Monday, October 26, 2015

The gang's all here!!
Emery, Sarah, Derek, Byron, Jaden, me and Fynn!
Last week Byron found $70 round trip tickets to Denver with Frontier Airlines! With only two left (ahhh!) he bought them and came home so excited. Some of our family lives out there that we only get to see them a few times a year. Any chance we get to see them, we take!

I call this a "Whirlwind Trip To Denver" because we landed Saturday morning at 8:30am and took the red-eye out Sunday night. We pretty much had two full days with the Zeller family and loved every minute of it.

After we landed and had a fabulous brunch we met Byron and Sarah's cousin Katie for coffee at a park. It was the perfect place to catch up with her while the boys ran, ran, ran.
Coffee with Katie at the park!

After coffee we went hiking at Lair o' the Bear Park. Unlike the hiking we did in Denver over Labor Day, this trail was pretty flat around a creek and back.

Apparently Denver weather in October can be a toss up; sometimes it snows. This weekend was perfect - we brought the NC weather with us.

Photo op!

Sarah, Fynn and I.
Snack break! Byron and his nephews.

Byron and Emery bringing up the rear. 
Sunday morning we got up and watched the sunrise. We took advantage of the fact that our bodies were still on EST, so it didn't seem as early as it was. It was still early. 

After lots of coffee we went to Bear Creek Lake Park and practiced some archery. My nephews got a bow and arrow for Christmas last year and have been doing lots of practicing. They gave us a mini lesson then we got to shoot on balloons. I hit the balloon on my first round and now I'm basically addicted. 

Luckily I had off today and was able to catch up on sleep before another hectic week. Byron got about an hour nap then had to go to work. Womp womp.

Next weekend we're going to Maryland to see my family!

BSF Lesson 5: Loving and Trusting God

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Scripture Memory Verse: Revelation 2:7 (NIV)
"Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."

Day One
What truth did you receive from the lecture?
One of the principles from the lecture was, "Christians can take comfort in knowing Jesus and trusting the present and the future to Him." Before BSF I was a very anxious person - always living in the future. I've learned from bible study to give all of my problems to God and to pray about them with Him.

Day Six
What have you learned about God in this week's study?
I was reminded (yet again) of how much God loves us and that we are to love God first. God knows what's in our hearts and knows the order of our priorities. I'll admit, I need to do better at this and make Him first in my life in all things.

If you're interested in signing up for BSF, go here to find a class near you!

{Please note that what I got from this lesson is not necessarily the same as what others did. People can get very different takeaways from the scripture based on prior knowledge, life situations, faith, etc.}

Things I Love: Pandora Internet Radio

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I LOVE Pandora  - I'll shout it from the rooftops! It's my absolute favorite Internet radio and I use it everyday. Similar to Spotify or Apple Radio, you just add your favorite songs, artists or genre to create a station. I listen to it when I'm cooking, cleaning, blogging, working out, working on BSF, parties, etc. We even use it in school during quiet time. (Works wonders!) Pandora is free, but it comes with commercials, which I can't stand. I splurged for the subscription - $4.99/ month or $54.89/ year.

My Top 10 Pandora Stations 
  1. Van Morrison 
  2. Florida Georgia Line 
  3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  4. Ellie Holcomb  
  5. Sam Smith
  6. Sam Hunt
  7. Luke Bryan
  8. Eagles
  9. Workout Radio
  10. Pop and Hip Hop Power
Holiday Stations - Michael Bublé, Harry Connick Jr and Mariah Carey (of course)

School - Check out Hippo Hooray for Second Grade for a great list of great Pandora stations that work in the classroom. 

If you haven't given Pandora a chance you should definitely check it out.

Kitchen Wall Decor

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Finding creative ideas for the walls in our house has been hands down, the hardest part of decorating. I find all of these great ideas on Pinterest (original, I know), but my husband doesn't love them. Trying to find a balance of our two design tastes is (bleeping) hard. So I just started buying things and asking (telling) him to hang them. And guess what? It worked. He has liked ALL of them.

For one of the walls in our kitchen I wanted to decorate it with some of my favorite phrases and an  "L" for our last name. I had this vision for the wall and started looking at artists on Etsy for typography prints I really liked. I came across Laurel with Elm St Studio Prints and asked if she would do a custom listing for me using these phrases. I gave her very little direction, only that I wanted them to compliment each other. Laurel sent me some proofs and from there, she and I emailed back and forth, tweaking things here and there. The end product was amazing - two custom 11 X 4's that I could print myself.

It's kind of hard to see it in these pictures, but Laurel made the prints compliment eachother by using the same font and same colors. The words are all in black except for "Amen" and "Amazing" - they're in purple and are capitalized. The prints also have a purple frame around the words.

Here's a bigger view of the wall.

Sorry for the trash can, but that's real life.

 "Bless the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us. Amen"

"Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing."

I got the frames from Michaels during one of their 50% off frames events.

The "L" is a Large Galvanized Metal Letter from Hobby Lobby. Originally it's $29, but look for it to go on one of their weekly deals. You can get it for 50% off.
L: Front; R: Back
If you're looking for custom prints, check out Laurel with Elm St Studio Prints on Etsy. I hope this post gives you some design inspiration.

Weekend Recap: Soccer, birthdays and an early Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 19, 2015

This past weekend Byron, Cami and I drove up to Pennsylvania to spend time with family. It just happened to be perfect timing - we celebrated my niece Emma's 8th birthday, watched her play (and dominate) soccer and had an early Thanksgiving feast. We had such a great weekend it was hard to leave and even harder to sit in traffic on 95 :(
Emma's (cold) cheering squad. Emma scored!!

The birthday girl, Emma!

L: Riley and Cami. Top R: Cami sitting like a frog. Bottom R: Cami and Jax.

Happy Monday!!

Happy Anniversary You Crazy Kids

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Today is the one year wedding anniversary for my sister, Leigh and brother-in-law, Eddie. I thought it'd be fun to do a little recap of all of the festivities! Plus, it's fun to reminisce. 

Happy Anniversary to two of my favorite people ever!
Harvest Ridge Winery October 18, 2014

Let's take it all the way back to the bridal shower!
Cupcakes! Donut Kabobs! Mimosa Bar! What more could a girl ask for?

The bride with her bridal party.
Rehearsal Dinner pic with my Mom's side of the family!

And on to the pièce de résistance . . . 

My beautiful sister, the bride!
My family! Byron, yours truly, Harley, Mom, Leigh, Eddie, Dad and Patrick.
L: Dad, Mom & Leigh. R: Colleen, my mom's BF, and my mom getting their groove on. 
A whole photo collage dedicated to my youngest brother, Patrick. Just put some music on and he transforms into Patrick Swayze - total knock out on the dance floor. Watch out ladies. 
Wedding Details:
Photographer - Erin Wheeler
Hair - Kate Shanks (The Cutting Room)
Makeup - Becky Gannon
Venue - Harvest Ridge Winery
Wedding Planner/ Coordinator - Paige Barton Evans

Gosh I love my family! We need another wedding - who's getting married next?