Friday, July 23, 2010

GIRL POWER: In Downtown Campbell

My friend Christine and I have a standing appointment to get our nails done every other Friday at Judy's Nails and Spa. After a few sessions we began to explore the little Courtyard where Judy's store is located. We subsequently stumbled upon two great finds...Bombshell Boutique and Couture Tan: Airbrush Tanning & Boutique.

Bombshell was our first discovery. It has fresh, trendy, and well priced clothes and the customer service is fabulous!! Christine and I have both purchased a wide variety of items from Bombshell- ranging from a fedora hat, jeans, purses, and summer tops. Every time we go in to this store, one or both of us comes out with a lovely little polka dot bag full of goodies to take home!

On one of our nail days- we headed in to Couture Tan. Christine was eying a bathing suit (which she inevitably bought) and we decided to book an appointment for an airbrush tan the following week. The tan looked amazing (it lasted about 6 days for Christine and 9 days for me). The owner, DeDe, has great specials for first timers and we were able to get our first tan for $25. We loved the tan so much that we went back and got a second spray tan for a pool party over the weekend. Christine and I have referred 5 of our friends, all who have been very pleased with their results!

The reason why I named this post "Girl Power" is because of this... ALL of the stores in the Courtyard in downtown Campbell are owned and operated by WOMEN. I have mentioned three, but in total there are 9 stores: a hair salon, doll shop, two art galleries, an antique shop, a jewelry/specialty store, and the three shops I have already mentioned.

I have decided that this little area in Campbell is an absolute GEM, and deserves the business of all my friends! Next time you're in the area drop in and check out these fabulous little boutiques.

Bombshell Boutique
295 East Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008

Couture Tan
301 East Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Weekly Lil

Tony and Lily taking some time out to have a little alone time....

Sometimes Lily believes with her WHOLE heart that she is actually a lap dog.....

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Weekly Lil

Every once in a while Tony and I look around the house and wonder..."where is Lily?" We peak in our bedroom and we find her curled up on our bed....this is getting weird.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Steven's Baptism

My dear friend, Steven invited Tony and I to his baptism and we were absolutely overjoyed to be there today. Steven and I have been friends since high school. As we have grown up and gone our separate ways we have remained great friends partly because of the faith we share for Jesus Christ. I had the honor in being a part of his day and was once again reminded of the LOVE that Jesus has for His children.

Baptism is an important part of the Christian tradition. It represents the shedding of one's old life (a life without a relationship with God) and being reborn into a covenant with God. As Steven was being baptized, the pastor made it clear that Steven was already serving God and in a relationship with Him- that being washed clean in water was only the symbolic gesture of Steven's commitment to living a new life with God in the driver's seat.

As a Christian, it is so important to watch my friends and family grow their relationship with the Lord. I am so blessed to have a friend like Steven who shares my belief in God. As we continue to seek Him in our own lives, we will have a buddy to share our faith, struggles, and prayer requests along the way.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kid's Birthday Parties as a Child-less Woman

Brody, the birthday boy enjoying his new toy.

Baby Dave eating an amazing cupcake that Deanna made by hand.

Today I went to Brody's 1rst birthday party. He is the cutest little bundle of chubby baby that I have ever seen. My dear friend Deanna has three kids, all are well behaved and beautiful. I have known Deanna since we were in kindergarten- and I am always amazed at what an elegant, hard working wife and mother she has become.

Kids birthday parties are one of those events that child-less adults usually dread going to. There are bunches of kids running around, parents conversations are being interrupted by a screaming child, and the conversation is usually based on the newest kids toy or parenting ideas that are in "vogue." BUT, I haven't experienced the usually inevitable feeling of dread and boredom at the last few birthday parties that I have attended. I feel excited.

Kids are suddenly becoming cuter. Their messiness is adorable and their fits are becoming less annoying. I guess this means...I WANT MY OWN. Yikes. This is kind of new territory for me. I have always known that I wanted kids, but felt it was so far off that the idea was just whimsical...a fairy tale, even. As my life is becoming more grounded, I am beginning to get used to the idea of having children in the near future....and I like it.


Friday, July 9, 2010

The Weekly Lil

A rather sloppy version of "Downward Facing Dog," if I do say so myself.

So, my plan was to post a picture of Lily (doing the darnedest things) daily...but that is way to much work- and just ridiculous. My new plan is to post a picture of Lily (or two) every week. I will call it, "The Weekly Lil." I Figured this would be a great way to show everyone the world's cutest dog, and a great way to track the growth of my huge horse dog!!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Losing Weight and Gaining Gratitude

In the last six months I have been working extremely hard at losing weight, gaining strength, and becoming more active. The last couple of years have been extremely hard on my emotional life, spirit, and body. Right after Tony and I were married, I became pregnant and miscarried. Then came Tony's heart attack (and second angioplasty), and a few months later the final blow...I shattered my ankle. Throughout these trials I watched my body a BIG way.

In January I made a commitment to get back in shape!! With the help of, I began tracking my calories and my fitness level. After a trip to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Boston, I decided to eat less processed food and focus my daily calories on natural food that has been eaten for centuries. My sister gave me a book (which I have talked about in this blog) called "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan, and this book gave me great suggestions for the way I should eat. I.e. "only eat food that will eventually rot." "If it came from a plant eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't." It is extremely hard to avoid all processed food, but I try to be conscious of how much I eat.

I have lost 50 pounds in six months...and I absolutely NEVER thought that I could do it. I am 20 pounds lighter than I was when I got married, and I'm 10 pounds away from my weight in high school. I would like to lose another 20 pounds, but the most important thing to me is to be able to maintain a healthy weight and fitness level.

Working out is a huge part of my success. One of the best things that has come from my ankle injury is the absolute sense of gratitude that I have for my body's abilities. I am so blessed to be able to be active, and it would be an absolute SIN to not push my body to its full potential. I work out (on average) 5 times a week, and try to mix it up each day. I go on long walks, swim laps, and do bikram yoga. I have also been known to go running, although my orthopedic surgeon has advised me not to run on my bad ankle (so I only run if I have to).

What I am trying to work on is a continued feeling of contentment for where my body is at this minute. It is important to look towards the future but more importantly, I need to feel grateful for the progress I have made and enjoy my body as it is in this instant. Below I have listed two different examples of my daily diet and fitness!!

Day One
1 cup of Go Lean cereal with 1/2 cup of blueberries
2 cups of coffee with splenda and two table spoons of skim milk

1 medium banana
Caprese Salad:
1 tomato
2 ounces of fresh mozzarella
1 teaspoon of
pepper to taste

Afternoon snack:
6-8 medium strawberries

2 pieces of Turkey Loaf (my recipe)
5 stalks of asparagus with pepper

Day Two
Okios Blueberry Greek yogurt mixed with:
Pumpkin flaxplus granola (Nature's Path)
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 teaspoon of acai fruit powder (found at whole foods)
2 cups of coffee with skim milk and splenda

1 medium banana
Chocolate brownie Clif Bar

Afternoon snack:
1 ounce cut Parmesan cheese

5 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast with rosemary and pepper
brussel sprouts and shallots
1/2 of a medium avocado
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