Two Meatballs: Busy as Bees and Happy as Clams!!!

Lately, it has been harder and harder for me and Jenny to find time for each other.  So I needed a little stroll down memory lane to remember all the fun we have together this year so far!!!  We are lucky enough to have gone on lots of adventures together!!!

We’ve been to Miami where we relaxed, snuggled, and got our minds blown at LBP’s Front Row…oh and hung out with celebrities! #nbd #jkthebiggestdeal



We were each other’s dates to our companies annual Bobies Party…


We’ve been working out again…thank goodness!!!


Going to classes together…


We coupled up for Katie Hu’s wedding!!!



And we always get to jackass around work together!!!


It’s a hard life, but somebody has to do it!!!  Haha, jk we are so lucky to have each other and to have such fun lives.  We are so busy sometimes that is is super easy to feel disconnected, but when I look through my photos, we are together more than most best friends get to be.  I am so excited to work out together in the morning!!! Jenny, I love you so much!!!!  Meatballs for life!


***Ok, so I started writing this last week and the universe gave me such a gift…the following segment is called,  You Have A Little Smith on You!

Jenny and I got to spend so much time together this past weekend…I even got to see Brandon and London!!!  Friday night we ventured out to Wendell and went to Lauren’s wedding!!!


It was so beautiful and we had so much qt time together!!!


They even had the best photo booth!


Congrats Lauren and Cameron!!! #pittmanpartyoftwo London was in the wedding, so Jenny had her hands full that night, be we still managed to hang out a ton. And Brandon…I had the best time catching up…it felt like old times!!!

Thennnnnnnn, the cherry on top came Saturday night Jenny called me and asked me on a dinner date!!!! We had dinner at Yuri in Cary…our new favorite sushi spot.


Jenny got some saki…


And we got the greatest thing EVER!!! A tuna tower…everyone should get this. We ate it or I would tempt you with a pic! We finally got a chance to see each other and talk for hours and compare nail colors…


And just be in bestie blissful love!  Oh how I missed you friend.  So glad we made time for each other…it’s the key to any good relationship right?!…#nailedit Love you Jenny.


Love y’all too!!!


Two Meatballs: A Mother of a Day!!!

Oh heyyyyyyyyyyyyy there!  I am so lucky.  I have such an amazing and supportive family that I actually like and get along with.  So getting together for Mother’s Day was an absolute joy!  The past few years I’ve had a Mother’s Day lunch at my house.  I love having things at my house because I love to cook for my family and I love an excuse to buy flowers for my home.


The older I get, the less stressed I become about the details…just being together is what’s important. Buuuuuuuut, I do agonize over the menu.  Thank gah for Pinterest.  Around 11 I started cooking up a storm.  On the Menu: Lemon  coconut butter chicken, garlic green beans, garlic and parsley roasted carrots, shaved brussels sprout salad with granny smith apples, purple onions, toasted walnuts and homemade vinaigrette annnnd paleo rolls!!!


Isn’t it gorgeous!  And it was yummy and healthy.  My house smelled amazing for dayyyyyyys.  And look at this cute bunch!


We also had homemade paleo reese cups for dessert…they were a home run!  Except the kids HATED THEM!!! My bad!  For all the recipes you can follow us on Pinterest @twomeatballsgetfit and this board was Mothers Day 2016!!!  Then the kids made everyone gifts and cards…so sweet!


Look at Chase’s sweet face!!! Wyatt is almost 10 and is going through a phase where he would literally rather die than to smile in a picture!  So I do this thing where I start yelling DON’T…DON’T SMILE.




Almost there, just a little more yelling and…


BAM!!! There’s that angel!  Me and Kelly spent some time loving on our mom, Anna!


And took our obgligatory OG Beard pic…


And then walked over to the school playground across the street from my house for a water gun battle!


The adults opted out…


But the 6 year old in me was a tidje jelly.


They are super soaked to the bone!!! #didyouseewhatididthere!?

All in all, the weather was amazing and it was a great day with the fam.  When all was said and done, me, mom and dad brought the planter with mini roses I had bought myself down to my sweet neighbor Ruby.  She had told me that since she had seen her out of town kids the week before that she would be flying solo for Mother’s Day. She is the sweetest 81 year old and the love of my life.  She is fiercely independent and adorably squeezable, just like Grandma Apple used to be.  When I’m with her it feels like I am hanging out with Gigi again and that is exactly what I wanted on this special day.  I hope that you all enjoyed your day as well.  I love you guys so much. Xoxo, Sara

Two Meatballs: Oh Snap, Peas!!!!

Hey y’all!!!  I’ve been suuuuuuper lazy lately!


And I typically fall in to the trap of waking up one day and violently changing course…ie I haven’t been to the gym in a year but when a I wake up and decide to change I do two a days right off the bat and try and pick up right where I left off at the gym!  #Beastmode


Or I go from eating fast food three times a day to banishing everything but whole, clean foods that are bought fresh from a specialty store and require tons of preparation.  You can only imagine this does not exactly set me up for success!!!  Number one, I hurt myself at the gym…you can’t pick up where you left off, you are weak and fat now!!!


Number two, hours of cooking a night isn’t super feasible with my schedule!!!    Number three…I have a  rebellious soul


and I hate being oppressed; even when I’m the oppressor!!! #donttellmewhattodo #yeahimtalkingtome


I feel like the universe sends me messages and right now I keep hearing over and over again- you are being given the opportunity to do things differently.  Well how refreshing…am I right?!  I get the option to do things differently. I also keep hearing to be gentle and kind, to not cannon ball into the middle of the ocean, slowly ease your way in.  So when our pal and super amazing Meatball Supporter, Nikki posted on Facebook, “Who wants a free meal from Blue Apron?!”  I jumped on it.  This is a way to not overwhelm myself and start small.  A box with three not particularly paleo, but healthy non the less meals are coming to my door, no shopping necessary.  I don’t have to put one thought in to planning a menu.  I can still be moderately lazy while getting my car back on the road to health and wellness.


Well guess what!?!  Today as me and my boyfriend stood in my kitchen, my doorbell rang and it was the adorable Fed Ex guy…with my Blue Apron box!!!!  I was more excited than I thought I would be.


Unfortunately my boyfriend was on his way out and has zero interest in being on the blog as he is the opposite of me and is very private.  I’ve been dying to start some healthy habits together, but he promised we’ll do the next meal together.  So tonight I flew solo, which was probably good for my codependency issues!  What’s on the menu you ask!?! General Tso’s Chicken!!!!  This was awesome.  I have been eating a lot of delivery meals, so this won’t feel like an extreme departure, but a healthier option than take out!

It was all packaged adorably!


I chopped and minced and even touched chicken…yuck!!!


And then I cooked my little heart out!!!  And don’t worry, I haven’t changed that much…I read the instructions step by step without looking ahead so the rice was ready 30 minutes before everything else!  Haha when will i learn?!


Now I will say, I usually feel like this when trying to follow a recipe with a picture…


Butttttttt, I mean somebody look at this!? #nailedit  Annnnnd I found a takeout tray!!!


I was belting out Fiona and enjoying my beautiful new but horribly neglected kitchen…and making a fucking mess! Literally all of my favorite things!!!


How do I ever forget how fun this is???  It feels really nice to take the first step.  Hopefully Jenny and I can get our schedules together and cook the third meal!  Baby steps!  I would say if you have never cooked before, have a busy life or hate grocery shopping, Blue Apron is the way to go!  It’s after 11 and my house is a disaster, so I’ll let you know tomorrow how it actually tasted.  I love you all so much.  Happy cooking to you all.  It may take us a little longer to get where we are going, but…




Two Meatballs: When Life Hands You Lemons, Watch #lemonade

It’s no secret that I love Beyonce.  She is strong, sexy, confident, vulnerable and empowering.  I love a strong woman.  So, ever since her new visual album, Lemonade dropped on HBO this weekend, I’ve been hooked. I mean somebody look at her!


Look at how powerful this image is…


She talks about infidelity, self worth, making your own way, she calls out side chicks #beckywiththegoodhair, she says, “Imma keep running, cause a winner don’t quit on themselves”!  I was mesmerized.  I’ve watched it more times than I’d like to admit. So what does this have to do with Meatballs?!  Well I went to see my chiropractor this morning.  I love telling on myself so I told her I’m still really struggling with food.  I’m being lazy and not making good decisions despite my desire to feel healthy again.  We talked a lot about it and she asked me, “what motivates you”?  I answered the obligatory, “my health”.   She said that’s great, but it’s vast.  Keep getting more specific so that you can really latch on to it.  And I laid there and kept trying to distill it down.  Dr. Lauren brought up that when we launched TMGF, we were obsessed with getting on to the Ellen Show.  And we were, it was like a rallying cry, we were consumed with female empowerment and that ANYONE could lose weight.  That feels so far away now…the thought of Ellen, not the desire to make everyone see their own sexy.  And that is when it hit me.  I don’t feel as sexy as I used to. If you are new to the blog…this is a big deal!!!  I am so hot for me typically. But,   I don’t buy cute lingerie for my boyfriend anymore. It’s been a year and a half and I know people say that things slow down and that’s just the way it goes, but it’s not like that with us. We are still all over each other.  We’re both Scorpio’s so the way to my heart is through the bedroom and he gets me and all the intensity that comes along.   He makes me feel incredibly sexy and wanted, which I love.  But I used to make me feel incredibly sexy and wanted.  I have always felt sexy and powerful.  Where has this feeling gone?  I’ve gained weight bc I’m not eating healthy or exercising…two things I actually really enjoy doing!  But I’ve been this big before and still felt desirable.  The thing that has changed is that I really know what it feels like to feel better.  And it’s not just that…all of the integrity of doing what I said I wanted to do…be healthy, lose weight, writing about the struggle that all people face while trying to fight the good fight myself…all of those things made me feel like I was Beyonce.  I would prance around my house or my boyfriends feeling unstoppable.  So that is my motivation.  I want to put the spark back in the sexual relationship with myself.  I want to feel hot in my clothes.  I want my boyfriend to see something new, not just what he comfortably loves.  When I came home today after grocery shopping for healthy food (lazy is a choice), I grabbed my laptop and put on Lemonade.  I found myself instantly feeling that power that I always feel when I hear the queen.  And I thought, what better time than now to reclaim my power. Talk about motivation.


I can feel it changing as we speak.  Love you all.




Two Meatballs: Get it in!

hello!!!!!  It’s Jenny, and I am so happy to be writing again.   So let me just get to the point.   I am so excited!  Our Disney cruise vacation kicks off in 5 days.  This vacation is centered around being in a bathing suit the whole time….. The whole time!!!!  You would think that would be motivation to get my ass in gear and try and get down as many lbs as possible.  But it hasn’t.  It kind of did the opposite.   I thought………  The cruise will be so indulgent, I’ll get super serious when I get home. I thought I kicked these old ways of thinking.  NOPE!!  So now I’m trying to get in bathing suits!!!  Not only that, I would like to be super happy about it as well.  And I’m just not.   So now it is five day until we leave and I am choosing to be happy with were I am right now,  and choose to change my mind set when I ge back.    Because at the end of the day,  I am so grateful I get to go on this trip and get in some quality time with this girl.


So I had to go bathing suit shopping,  and this is what I landed on.


It Will do.  I love a skirt.  I always feel more comfortable.  And that is all I want right now,  is to feel confident and have so much fun.  So I can achieve that with this bathing suit.  Well  if I am going to be eating poorly leading up to this vacation,  I better get to the gym.  Oh hey Sandra!  The meatballs are here!!!



We had such a great workout with Sandra that day !! I think we both felt powerful, literally. We boxed our little hearts out.  I hate you fat!!!!!  Was what I was thinking the whole time I punched.  It was great sweating and catching up with our friend.

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Love you Sandra and Sara.  Let’s do this whole thing again!  I’m ready!!! As soon as a get back for this cruise!!!  Thanks for all of your support.  Meatball life is real!!  And I will always strive to be better!!!! Love you guys!!




Two Meatballs: Where’s the Love Y’all…I Don’t Know!?

Hello my loves.  Sara here.  Unless you’ve canceled cable, hate technology or you’ve gone underground for awhile, you’ve probably noticed a sharp change in the humanity climate.  Such is the cycle of life that there will be good times and there will be bad times, but right now I feel bewildered and slightly terrified, especially as a woman…so I can’t even begin to imagine how people of color and the LGBTQ community feel.

I think I was born a feminist.


I have always cared deeply about equality. How can we in this day and age still not have equal pay and equal rights?  I don’t want my health choices to lie in the hands of politicians.  I also don’t wish to be blasted back into the 50’s.  And why the fuck do we still make less for the same job???  This may all seem like, well what does this have to do with getting healthy?!  But I even see the discrimination continue with plus size women who are finally being accepted in the media and even gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition!  People still find fat women disgusting and instead of showing some love for people who refuse to feel anything but sexy at any size, some people still want to silence and degrade us….make us feel less than.  Isn’t it all really just a power struggle?  A way to keep us down?


And after all that, I’ve still got it pretty good.

I’ve never preferred racism, bigotry and belittling.  Every time I turn on my tv, log into my email, get on Facebook or IG I am confronted by the sad realization that we haven’t progressed as much as my progressive heart would have hoped for 2016 in the land of the free.  I would like to know why so many in the world have suddenly become so publicly bigoted?!  Why are we not helping and uplifting our fellow human?!


Why are we threatened when human beings get the same civil rights as other human beings?  Why do the people who have had said rights all along feel as if something is being taken away from them when others finally fought hard enough to get something that should have been for all from the very beginning?!


Decisions are being made in hushed rooms that affect us all without our consent and are sending us back decades in the battle for civil rights, not to mention that these decisions will cripple us financially, because in more positive news, soooooooooooo many companies and people do have progressive minds and hearts.


But why do all of these things spur on fear and intolerance which ultimately rears its ugly head as hate?!  Without getting too political or delving into religion, I want to reach out to you all and say that I love you, because at the end of the day I think that might just be the answer.


I don’t think you can fight hate with hate, so why not replace what is missing so badly in the world today.  What if we were a little more tolerant, understanding, compassionate, accepting, brave, inquisitive, inclusive and just plain more loving of the world and all those who live in it?! Lets help each other. The basis of human existence is do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Whether you look different than me, have different beliefs than me, even if this post makes your blood boil because you wish that nothing ever changed…


I want you to know that I accept you and that the best thing we can do is love more…and vote!


Have a wonderful weekend and remember everyone is going through there own struggles…love is the answer.


Two Meatballs: I might Puke!!


It feels so good to be living the meatball life again!!  Let’s kill some time with these “beautiful ” pictures!

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We have been searching for ispiration for far to long.  How did we fall so far?? I really fell back into my old ways.  I never thought this would happen.   Well,  yesterday March 31st 2016,  felt  like day one again. We worked out with our favorite girl, Sandra,  and my body told me how out of shape I was.   I felt myself burning out quicker then ever.   And it was definetly making me angry.  I remember being stronger, and moving faster.  About 30mins. Into our workout I started getting that sick feeling.  I thought I was going to puke all over the gym, I have not felt like that in a very long time.   I was instantly comforted by Sara’s present, and remembered how powerful being in this together was.  At the end of the workout, I told Sandra what a struggle this workout was.   And she was instantly fired up about getting us back there!!!  It really lit a fire inside me.   At the same time I was so happy we completed this workout and without puking.  So here we are putting in the hard work!!




wp-1459460565336.jpgwp-1459460548672.jpgwp-1459460534752.jpgwp-1459460509611.jpgwp-1459460485636.jpgWe finished!!!  First one is the hardest.  I am so excited for day 2. I know it is going to take time to get healthy again.  Excited to see what this new chapter in our journey brings.  Our readers and fellow meatballians are my inspiration right now.   I am ready to put myself first.  I deserve to feel good again!!!!!  Let’s do this Sara!!!!!  Row bitch!!!!!   Love you Sara, and Sandra for still believing in us!!!! See you soon.


Two Meatballs: A Cry for Health!!!

Well hey there you guyyyyyys!!!!  Oh how I have missed theeeee!!!  Sara here.  Lately I have been in need of some major inspiration.  It feels so good when you are inspiring others and things are going great and you are losing weight, taking over the world and feeling fabulous.  You feel unstoppable and like there is no possible way that you could ever turn back.  That is what the first year of writing Two Meatballs Get Fit felt like.


So many people were reaching out and saying how we had inspired them…we even made it onto the news!!!   And I honestly had no idea that telling the world you were fat and sick of it with your best friend could help so many other people feel like they weren’t alone in this struggle called weight loss.  It helped us stay on track.  We were pulling 5 to 10 pound weight losses every single month for 6 months.  We could see and feel such a difference.  And our weight loss  became a rallying cry for how we wanted women to see themselves.  We wanted for everyone to feel loved, seen, heard, powerful, sexy and healthy.  We had a platform to champion our cause and to share the ups and downs of weight loss.  It really felt amazing.  Nowwwww, the next year of TMGF felt a little different.  So many things happened.  I realized I was an addict and that the blog had become my all consuming/exhausting addiction. I was grieving the loss of my sweet grandma and eating all the cake.


Jenny and I stopped spending as much time together and when we did we were having “cheat” days and comfort eating and indulging in all of our former fat glory instead of doing all of the things that had helped us find health in the first place.


Starting in January 2015 (at my lowest weight) my health took a major nose dive and over the course of last year I went from losing 90 pounds to two bouts of pneumonia, 1 hospital trip, 1 surgery (tonsils out boiiii)


and at least 5 rounds of steroids, shots, antibiotics and inhalers.  I can’t remember a time before now that I felt so sick for so long.  And you won’t even believe what I didn’t feel like doing during this year of sick…I didn’t feel like cooking, eating healthy or exercising!  And you won’t even believe what happened as a result of that hellish stretch.  Y’all, I have found myself back at the starting line.


I can’t pretend like it isn’t heartbreaking.


I can’t pretend like I’m not exhausted just thinking about starting over…AGAIN!


But when I take stock, I am still a changed person.  I am not running myself into the ground anymore.  When I need a break, I take it.  I don’t get as stressed out or overwhelmed like I used to.  My calendar isn’t jammed packed.  But what I’m missing so desperately is my Jenny, cooking in the kitchen together and exercising!!!  I’m just starting to feel better and 2016 isn’t so far gone that I can’t turn things around and sign back up to live my best, healthy life.


I know, I know, But we are here to reach out and ask for help.  So many of you have told us that we inspired you to get healthy and we are forever grateful for that.  We need you to pay it forward and tell us your stories!!!  We want to hear the ups and downs and how you made it through to the other side.  We need to feel the community of women and men out there that are making healthy choices, surround us with your positivity and remind us that we can do this.  I find myself reading my own posts from the first year and reminding myself that it was never easy, but it used to be so fun! We need to hear your success stories to help us find our way back to our own.  I know so many people have felt like this or feel like we do right now.  But it always helps to know you are not alone and we can all find our way to our happiest self.  My first step to feeling good again started by going to see my Chiropractor, Lauren.  I needed to tell on myself.  I have been so sick, but I can also take responsibility for my role in not feeling well.  Eating shitty and not exercising isn’t helping my cause.  It was so great to see her and feel empowered and accountable.  Next, Jenny and I decided that we needed to start writing again ASAP.  My third step was an exciting one…finding my way back to yoga.  If you’ve read the blog before you know I have a way of overdoing something until I fucking hate it.  I never hated yoga, but after making it into something that had to be won…I realized i was missing the point and wanted a break.  But that is another thing that I struggle with, taking the never-ending break!!!  Jenny had plans to celebrate her husbands birthday(HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRANDON!!!), so I reached out to my bester Kelly.  She was in and we signed up for Meg’s Flow Basics class at Bliss Body and I honestly felt relieved to be going back.  I need yoga in my life and I need to have healthy ways to spend time with the ones I love.


Kelly’s friend from high school, Jill has from day one been such an amazing supporter of the blog.  She was one of the first people who reached out and told us how much she related to the blog and how we helped her feel more confident and empowered in her own journey.  No let me say, I idolized Jill and Kelly growing up.  I mean somebody look at them!


They were so fucking cool and being 5 years younger than them I just desperately wanted to be them and be best gah damn friends.  So for Jill to be so vocally supportive was everything!  We have communicated so much through the blog and social media and her and my sister reconnected which is amazing.  So Kelly knew Jill would be in town and invited her to yoga!!!! I couldn’t have been more excited…i hadn’t seen Jill since I was in 8th grade.  This is how excited we were!!!


How do I get that bunny app!?!?!  And all of the sudden, Tuesday night was here!

Yogayyyyyyyys, it was everything!  Jill is like a long lost other sister bestie.  She is so warm and sweet and funny.  She has a great life and has found her tribe.  And how brave is it to just come to your first yoga class with no prior experience!?!  Loovvvee her!


It was so good to be back and to be together!!!  But it was hard af.  Anytime you take time off of something it is like starting over.  Being much heavier doesn’t help either, but to remember how important it is to breathe and set an intention for your practice felt like home.  Meg is the best and an hour flew by.  And a total bonus, sweet Nicole , my Samuel Cole buddy was at class too!  Look at this happy bunch!


We survived!  I felt peaceful, pumped and really sore already! Megggg!!!!  It was so great to be back in your class.  You are the living best!


Then me, Jill and Kelly went to dinner at Guasacas and talked about everything.



Jill really pumped me up about writing again.  She said everything that I needed to hear and that I was feeling called to do internally.  I want to write and more than that I need to write!  We had the best time.  Me, her and Kelly all struggle with being healthy….just like every other person on the planet.  It’s so hard to not feel all alone sometimes, but literally everyone is struggling day to day.  By the end of the meal we decided since Kelly is the President of the Meatballs Fan Club, Jill would obviously be the best choice for Vice President.  With these two in charge, Jenny and I can’t lose!  Kelly and Jill are the greatest cheerleaders and supporters that we could ever ask for.  Jenny and I are so incredibly lucky that our families and friends are so amazing!  They still believe in us even when we have epically lost our way.  What a fun night and what a great night for the soul.  I love my people oh so much and Jill, I can’t wait for our next date.  I love you so much.  Jenny and I are so glad to be back at it. What a relief!!! Xoxo to you all.


We’ll never stop…we just may have to restart a few times!!!


Two Meatballs: Sara, Are You Ready To See Your Fixer Upper???!!!

It’s finally time!!!  My great pal Nikki referred me to her contractor friend and neighbor, Ryan Newman of Newman Builders, when I first started talking seriously about a renovation.  I reached out to him and set up an appointment, immediately followed by an appointment to refinance my house haha!!!  I’m a human with lots of family, friends and clients, so like most of you, I’ve heard my fair share of contractor horror stories.  But I have to say, I didn’t experience any of that…like at all!  Sure there was a lot of dust and some unexpected obstacles and we ran over budget (because I couldn’t stop adding projects…ship lap, barn doors…) but Ryan was an absolute pleasure and I mean, somebody look at this amazing work that he did!  This was my kitchen before…shitty counter tops, ugly wallpaper, just so blah and not me…


Look at it now!!!!


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It’s a space that I am enjoying personalizing so much!!!



I could literally die.  It’s so beautiful… from the butcher block counter tops that he custom made to the oversized shelves that he created to the custom ship lap on the walls!!!  This space is so homey, chic and totally on trend now.  On to the closet…you remember this dumb space from before!


Less than zero personality…it crushed my soul everyday!  But now…TA-DA!!!!


I mean, somebody look at the shiplap on this ceiling!!!!


Ugh, I just love it!!!! Before their were hangers on both sides that smacked me in the face as I shoved myself into the stupidest closet alive!!! But now, it’s EVERYTHING! I look forward to getting dressed every single day and I love the function and form that he created.  I can actually see all of my options and my pretty little things now have a pretty little home.   And finally…my favorite…THE BATHROOM!!!  Here is the before and the useless wall that separated the teensiest space. Ryan and I spent a lot of time talking about that wall.  I hated that wall.


You may want to sit down for this…


I’ll give you a moment to regain consciousness from passing out FROM HOW PERFECT THIS ROOM IS!!!   Ok so where do I even begin…i mean did you see the shower?!?!  This room is so spa like that I don’t ever want to leave it.  I have an orange clove candle that I light every time I walk in and check this out…


It may just look like a fan, but it’s a bluetooth speaker.  When I turn the fan on, my Spotify playlist starts playing.  So far Beyonce, Peaches, Led Zeppelin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sia, Rolling Stones, Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino have been rotating non stop, full blast.  Another reason for my neighbors to hate me…if they only knew how sexy this bathroom is!  I no longer have peaceful showers, everyday is a dance party or a concert. #theseacousticsaregreat I really love design, so the aesthetic is basically all I cared about when we first start planning.  I planned this entire bathroom around my first find…the gorgeous white resin deer head named Liz Lemon and then everything else fell into place.  Ryan was great about incorporating my look with great function.  My shower is so useful now, the bench he designed is a life saver, the frameless glass door is incredible, the tile work is art!   I was going to hang a chandelier or bubble lights but he steered me in the direction of an industrial look with LED Edison bulbs which ended up totally tying the style of this room together and upgrading it 1,000 percent.  I didn’t know I could love a bathroom like this.  I am so seriously considering moving a chair in there to read and hang out bc it is now the spot in my house that I never want to leave.  But wait, there’s more.  Somebody look at these barn doors…


I just didn’t know you guys,  how impactful it is to do your dream household projects!!!  And how important it was to find the right contractor to do the job.  Every time I called Ryan with another idea, he was always so positive and really honest.  We got a stainless steel sink and he called me to tell me it looked  awful and suggested the beautiful white one that you saw above.  If you know me, you know I love that.  I don’t want to have something that looks like shit in my house and with certain things,  you just don’t know until someone who knows more that you tells you!!!  But he was supportive of my every whim and if something didn’t make sense to do he would tell me or help modify to something that would look even better.  Are you picking up what I’m putting down!?!?!  Call this guy, he will make all of your home dreams come true!  As soon as I rebuild my house fund, we already have two more projects in the wings-shiplap over the fireplace and reading nook and paint the inside of the house and then project two…girly backyard overhaul…I’m talking a deck with a pergola to hold all the twinkle lights my sweet little heart could desire, custom picnic table, an herb garden, new pavers…the works!!!  I love having things to look forward to and people I trust and love to work with.  Here is all the info you will need to change your life and give your home a much deserved face lift:

Ryan Newman

Newman Builders

(803) 983-9948

Also, he has a Facebook page for his business (Newman Builders) if you want to see more of his work… I honestly can’t say enough great things!  Ryan, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I love my house and everything turned out better than I could have ever imagined.  I so look forward to working with you again really soon. And to everyone, one last view of the house decorated for Christmas, my favorite time of the year!!!  I have missed you all and look forward to telling you all about me and Jenny’s trip to Miami! Xoxo


Ps…I ordered my vanity and all of my light fixtures from and looooved everything I got!!! Love y’all!

Two Meatballs: I’m 33 and I Live With My Parents!!!

Sara here.  So, last we spoke, I found out I had a bad mold allergy and needed to get a bathroom (and kitchen and closet) reno stat!!!!  Well, it finally happened.  I realized very quickly that I would not be able to live at home during this time; between the dust, noise, power outages, mess and chaos, I couldn’t hack it!  My sweet parents, Anna and John ( how cute are they?!)


graciously took me in and we have been having…THE BEST TIME!  Oh  my gah you guys, have you ever moved home under positive circumstances?!?  Cause it is great.  We cook together,




giggle, sing Christmas songs, look at lights,


come up with schticks, decorate trees,


watch movies


and when I got strep throat last week,


my mom made me soup and my dad took me to get my meds!  I am in heaven.  The day that I moved in my mom started the same elimination diet that I am on and it was so fun to have someone to do this with .  She feels so much better and looks amazing and it really helped me stay committed to help someone else get started!!!  And look at these yummy meals we made together!!!


I am so grateful that we all get along so swimmingly! And wouldn’t you know it, 5 weeks flew by and it was all of the sudden time for me to move home!!!!  This was so bittersweet.  I was dying to see my completed renovation and sleep in my own bed…but this has been the living funnest time.  As I packed up all of my belongings from my parents guest bedroom I was excited but saddddd!!!! Who would I come home to at night?!  When would I ever watch Jeopardy again?  Whose crossword puzzle am I going to google answers for, whose going to show me all their newest craft and gift ideas, when am I going to get to feel like a technolgical genius again!?!?!?!


But I am sure it was perfect timing, no one wants to overstay their welcome and I wanted us to still be the best of friends after a 5 week home invasion.  I left a love note and headed home…to meet my entire family!!! #iwishicouldquityoutwo This house needed some serious cleaning and my family is so great.  More on that later.  So, to my sweet parents.  OH MY GAHHHH!  This was the best 5 weeks…it could have been terrible!  I could have been the biggest pain in the ass inconvenience, we could have been at each others throats, but we weren’t!  It was a joy and a pleasure.  I never thought that I would move home at 33, but I’m so glad that I did and that it was a super positive experience.  How lucky can one girl be?!  Thank you for everything that you guys have always done for me.  I love that we are so close and I really miss you guys so much already!!!!!  You are the best parents a girl could ask for and I love you guys so much.


Side note, as we walked into my house…which you guys, it is not like Fixer Upper when you walk into a perfectly staged and immaculately clean home, my dad instantly said, ” You can’t stay here, just come back home with us!”.  It melted my heart to think that they would want me back and to not just be wiping their hands of me after over a month of cohabitation.  It was so tempting.  Until the next project JB!!!  Love y’all to the moon. #mycuprunethover #152insightsintomysoul #theygavemethesecookies #afteripaidforthem #lalalalalaaaa #lookwhatigotharper #butternutsquash #iamsosickofbrusselsprouts #wehadalltheholidaystogether #iloveyall #thanksforbeingthebestparents