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: So You Think Meatballs Can Dance, Dance , Dance…

Sooooooo…we have another big weigh in coming up…it’s 12 days until we hit the scales and Jenny and I both are STUCCCCKKK!  We both understand that this is part of the progress but some times you just need to talk it out…


And who better to talk it through with than your meatball!?  Turns out we were both worried about the SAME thing (shocker)…what if we don’t lose any weight before the 1st!?


We would probably be supes dupes sad…


Then really angry that all of our hard work wasn’t paying off…



So we talked it through and realized that not losing any weight would make for an extremely relatable post…everyone hits a wall on their path to wellness…


We just have to stay positive and know that we have each other!!!  We know that you’ve heard this from us before but we just have to keep reminding ourselves that there are hiccups on this little baby.  So what should we do to get ourselves re-motivated and celebrate the great progress that we have already made?!?!


Date night with out super best buddies…Kelly and Krista!!!


And what shall we do!?  Well since Jenny and I have the most supportive group of people surrounding us we are going to my sister’s house for a paleo app night and watching the greatest show of all time….So You Think You Can Dance or SYTYCD as it goes with the Beard girls. This are our ballet poses…we used them to get pumped up for the night ahead!

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Who is this adorable!?!  Let’s see what Kelly has on the menu tonight!?!

Grilled Squash and Zuchinni…toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and grill for 20 minutes

Roasted okra (recipe on previous blog)

Meatballs (ohhhhh the irony) jalapeno and mango from CostCo

Sweet Potato Chips and Guacamole (recipe on previous blog)

Stuffed Jalapenos…She found this one on pinterest…its the one you stuff with pulsed cauliflower and wrap in bacon


Sounds amazing…time to cook!


Food Safety tip (of her finger) (see what I did there) from Kelly on how to use a Mandolin and survive to tell the tale…


Safety first dammmit!

While the food was cooking what better way to prepare yourself for the greatest dance competition show of all time than DANCING!!!! This totally counts as cardio right Sandra!?! Here is our dance genre retrospective…you’re welcome!


May I have this dance?!


Middle school slow dance…




Twerking…(so sweet of them to play our reindeer games)


Old School…


Hip Hop…






The Jive or Disco…I’m not sure…


Heyyyy…how did that get in there…we are clearly losing focus and getting sweaty!!!  Time for sup sup…


yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum….it was soooooo good!!!


Meatball cheers…get it!?

What a great night!!!  Jenny and I are always looking for creative ways to be social without drinking and eating terribly!  This night included all paleo food, tons of cardio and my very favorite people on earth!  Who could ask for anything more.  Thanks Kelly and Krista…we love you!!! Now…on to the show!


Time for the outtakes!!!

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We love y’all!!! Have the best day EVERRRRRRRRR!



Two Meatballs: An Ode to the Irreplaceable Krilfistilfina!

I talk a lot about my friends and family…they are my life!  But my cousin Kristina was mos def my first built in friend.  I had the greatest childhood and Kristina is a huge contributing factor to that happiness !!! Look how sweet we were!?!? And Uncle Marty…those shorts…hellllo!


We are only 2 1/2 years apart and we spent soooo much time together that she was always another sister to me…


Another sister that would actually play with me! (yeah I’m talking to you Kelly! xo)


This is us on Christmas morning at our Grandma Apple’s…we spent a ton of time together with our grandparents splashing in puddles during storms, spending countless hours at the library and in the cemeteries, sitting outside of haunted houses, playing in the camper, playing Old Maid and Chutes and Ladders on repeat, going to the Piggly Wiggly and playing at the park across the street.  They even took us to Disney World where we spent more time in the motel pool than in Disney and we created our own language to fit in with the international fans of the park! Look at those fanny packs! #toocoolforschool #shegotgumstuckinhersantradedwithme #peopledontforget #sneakysnake  #sushihead


We also went to Sea World…we didn’t know back then…no judgement!


We put on little plays for our family…


But mostly we just played…for hours on end…


We even Trick or Treated together…

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And around this age there was  just tons of driving around in her car, smoking Newport Mediums…woof and singing Fiona Apple, No Doubt and the Dixie Chicks…and being completely inseparable! We went to 100,000 movies, the zoo, watched Miss America while eating chocolate chip mug cookies (which Kristina invented), forced ourselves to watch every scary movie ever made, had one bazillion sleepovers, beach vacations, riding on the nose of Uncle Al’s boat singing Walking on Sunshine, getting whelps from sitting in Jellyfish poison,  rv-ing in the mountains, seeing outdoor plays, played Family Feud non stop on our ancient computer, she would call me sushi head and I would cry(this was on the way to Disney so I was much younger but it still stings! haha), playing on our bicycle built for two and our super cool crutches, we played every game and put together every puzzle known to man and sooo much more! Like any family relationship/friendship there were def rocky times and lots of games where we hit each other violently but the good times always outweighed the bad and I always knew she had my back and I knew I always had hers.

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We just remained really close and eventually our circles of friends all merged into one.  Kelly and Katie, Kristina and myself were together most weekends….we celebrated recitals, birthdays,  graduations, weddings, babies and just generally enjoyed spending time together.

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Then the most amazing thing happened…we both became hairstylists and ended up both working at Samuel Cole Salon…for the past nine years!  Who is this lucky to get to work with their best friend cousin sister Kri Kri K-Dog X-Tina five days a week…every week!?!?  Working together has afforded us so many opportunities that we got to share together.  We have trapesed all over NYC together taking the best classes at the House of Bumble, going to Broadway shows, MOMA, eating at some of the best restaurants, performed Thai Chi in Times Square, created a living art instillation,  almost got murdered at the Hotel Chelsea #rapeportal #theshiningmeetscsi,  and stalking…I mean bumping into Rihanna at the W #thereisnophotobcwereidiots!

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We’ve been through promotions and title changes, countless Bobbies, Grand Re-openings, salon moves and newer Grand Openings, awards, she was even my model for an editorial submission…but most importantly we just got to spend time together!  When Kris first came to work at Samuel Cole, I was so excited I found myself hugging her everyday…no shocker for me right Melinda,  but for those who don’t know my cuz that well…hugging is not her jam.  She had to impose a once a week hug mandate on me…bahahahahahaha! I tried but failed!

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Kristina has the most contagious laugh…she literally cries she laughs so hard, she has unbridled joy for cookies, she so fucking smart and I believe she could perform surgery just through sheer will and determination, she is the best mom and an awesome sounding board with great advice.  Those are the things I’ll miss the most…because my sweet friend  after having her third child has decided to stay home with her  kids.  I love hate this decision soooo much.  But I couldn’t be happier for her and I will just have to trek it out to Wake Forest a little more often…to see her…and her fun kids…and her husband Tim whom I adore #winwinwin!!!  So, to Kristina…I have cried at least three times writing this.  I feel so lucky that we are sooo close and have all this amazing history together. I love you to the moon and back and then back to the moon again.  So many of my fondest memories involve you and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  You are the reason I went to hair school and I just couldn’t thank you enough.  I’m so glad that we get to be a part of each others lives forever.  Love you cuzzy wuzzy.


Ps if you are wondering about the title…Our Grandma Apple made up her own pig latin and that is how you say Kristina…Krilfistilfina…Mine is Sarlfara.   Get it..nope we don’t either but we can all speak it fluently somehow! I LOVE YOU KRIS! #bffffffffffffffs #bestcousins #luckytimesinfinity