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Two Meatballs: Om My Gah Yogaaaaaays!

Well hello everyone!!!  This is your pal Sara and I have to say, I am feeling better than I have in a really long time.  I’m eating healthy and moving my body again.  My mind feels calmer.  I feel present and inside of my own body instead of my own head.  I feel powerful and calm and excited to moved forward with all the things I’m learning in therapy and all my other endeavors!  In the spirit of change and new beginnings, this weekend started my Yoga Beginners Series at Bliss Body Yoga…you’re not even going to believe this!!!  I loooooooooooooooooved it.  It was everything.  What an enlightening experience.  I had such a calm feeling driving there.  Not many things make me nervous, but doing new group exercise things are usually a nail biter for me.  But the night before I fell right to sleep, woke up on time, got dressed, had a green tea and headed out.  My drive there was so peaceful, windows down and I wasn’t nervous…like at all!!!!  I pulled up, walked in and was greeted by our instructor, Nancy, the cutest cutie. This place is gorgeous.


A tiny voice in my head said , pick a spot in the back.  But I’m a front row girl, so I shook that thought away and sat front and center next to my new friend Jo!


By the time 11:15 rolled around, the room was comfortably full.  Nancy welcomed us, introduced herself and told us a little about her.  Then we went around the room and said our name, what our previous yoga experience was and what we would like to gain from class.  It was so nice to feel a sense of community before we got started and by the end of intros it was clear that everyone was kind of on the same page…wanting to learn the basics so as not to feel so lost, gain strength, flexibility and relief from our stressful lives.  We started with Savasana or corpse pose, which lets you focus on breathing.  It was like a peaceful nap.  Then we slowly progressed into a series called  Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation which included table to cat to cow to childs pose.  We went over lots of body posture points and ways to modify as your body gets used to the stretch.  Then we went over how to distribute weight in your hands and feet for downward dog!


Then we walked to the front of our mat and did a very powerful stance. Hinged at the waist, into downward dog, then into a plank to cobra to downward dog I think, then back to standing and hands to heart.  It was a lot of information but it felt nice and I loved the repetition of it.  To finish up we did Savasana one more time and she came by and misted a lovely smelling mixture over us.   Before you knew it an hour and fifteen minutes had flown by.  I ran into one of Kelsey and Alleys clients before we left…such a small world!!!  I have to say, I absolutely loved this.  I love Nancy, I loved Bliss Body Yoga, I loved our group and most of all I loved the way I felt when I left.  I don’t know if I’ve ever been this relaxed after exercising.


I just cannot wait to go back!!! Thanks Nancy!!!! Xoxo It even made me confident enough to go back to Pure Barre.  I woke up Sunday morning and found myself in Jenny’s cousins class, Ariel!!!  And it was serious.  I was welcomed back literally with open arms.  You really get to know people in this intimate setting!  My pal Brooke was there and then some PB friends, Camille and Karen.


Ariel is the living sweetest, but once that mic went on, it was business time…my butttttttttt!!! It aches in the best way.  This weekend I also went home and health shopping…


I got a tea kettle for my new tea obsession, some mason jars for juicing, a better knife, meat thermometer, some dish towels, yoga blocks, a pill caddy to keep all of my elimination diet supplements organized!!!!  I had a Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card from my lovely client who moved to Ireland, Mary and I finally joyfully spent it!  Thanks Mary!

Since I’ve started the elimination food plan to see if I have food allergies, I’ve already noticed that I have sensitivities to cinnamon and cayenne pepper.  Nothing major, but it was for sure harder to breathe after i ate them!  Imagine how great I’m going to feel getting rid of the things that make me feel bad!?!?  It feels so nice to be cooking again and in charge of my nutrition.  I’m not sure how I get so far from center but now that I’m feeling a little better, it actually is fun to meal plan, grocery shop and cook. I’m trying to think of just two days at a time, so I don’t over plan and get stressed out.  Also, it leaves room for creativity and what I’m actually craving…which lately is MUSHROOMS!!!  Lately I can’t get enough!



I love knowing that I have healthy things in my house to nourish and heal my body.  There are so few things i can eat on this list and brown rice and quinoa are two of the items, so I have embraced the grain for the next 30 days.  This weekend I made a mushroom, onion, garlic, leek gravy with oregano pan roasted chicken and tossed the whole thing with brown rice.


I also roasted zucchini, squash and onions and added it to the mix.  It was so good and satisfying!  I also experimented with some smoothies.  I cant eat bananas which is a smoothie staple for me!  So I mixed spinach,  unsweetened coconut milk, blueberries, mango, pineapple and fresh squeezed lime juice….um delish!  I also made a PBJish type smoothie with spinach, unsweetened coconut milk, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cashew butter.  Jenny tried it and said it was bland!!!  It so funny when you are so restricted how different things taste…I thought it was decadent! Haha.  You guyyyyyyys.  I Feel so flipping good!!!!  I’ve have learned so much about myself.  I tend to put all my happiness eggs in to my health basket.  I’m trying to change that so it isn’t so devastating when I don’t feel well.  So now I’m just focusing on positivity and celebrating when I feel great.  Thanks to all of you and if you aren’t doing yoga or have some form of peaceful meditation in your life, I can’t say enough wonderful things about it!!!  Love you all like woah!  Namaste. Ps: Y’all, this is our 302nd post!!!  It has been so crazy lately I missed the 300th, but what a ride this has been.  We are so grateful to every single person who reads our story.  Xo time a milly.

Two Meatballs: Do What You Sayyyyyyyyy

I feel so much better now that I’ve told on myself.  The truth really does set you free am I right ladies!?  After realizing that no matter how much I wanted nuggets, fries, ranch and diet dr pepper and Zebra Cakes and zero exercising to be my gateway drug to weight loss success, it was just was never going to be the case. #dammit


And realizing that this was indeed never going to be easy and that that was ok, I decided that it was time to put my money where my hungry for sweets mouth was.  I woke up Friday morning pumped!  I went to Whole Foods and got my reset breakfast of wakey wakey, eggs and bakey and a cherry chia seed Kambucha for my little Tina (for all you new readers, Tina is my vagina).  Yuuuuuummmmmm.  I’m not sure there is a more satisfying breakfast in this world.  Something in my brain kept saying call your mom, so I did and ended up taking my breakfast to her house.  You guys…I love my mom.  I mean look at her…don’t you just love her!? Anna Beard is the living cutest!


We chatted it up about all the ideas she has for her house as I scarfed down my healthy breakfast. Then we decided we needed to go to Target asap. There are so many fun decorating ideas in Target…it makes me want everything!!!  And then we were off to Printers Alley for ideas for curtains for her craft room. #whendoesthefunend!? #neverwithyourmombestie

Then we picked Chase up from school!


He said, “I saw you and said yessssssss a thousand times!” #swoon #bestillmyheart #triplets

And we took a look at his art show!


What preschoolers get to do a Jackson Pollack like painting…my childhood and current adult fantasy!


Then went to lunch (a healthy salad fro me thank you very much) and played at North Hills and then I took a page from Jenny’s book …lets play hard #activity points at All Children’s Park.


Chase loves the park.  Wyatt always wanted to go to movies but Chase wants to play…and more specifically…SWING.


Look how happy!


He kept saying higher and squealing…ugh I love him! I did a squat with every push…hello upper and lower body; it’s Sara, it’s been awhile! #whatisthisSWEAT!? Then he wanted to go on the tire swing!  He had several demands…go fast, go high, go in circles and spin, be kind of scary but make me laugh and use both hands.  Yes sir!  And here we go…



What a work out!!!  I got him going good and fast and then I stepped in too close and got slammed in the chest!  I’m always trying to sensor myself around the kids so I yelled….Ahhhhhh!!!! A ninny masher.  Well this totally unhinged him and every time he came around I yelled it again…a real Ninny Masher…not my precious ninnies!?  Oh this kid was dying and yelling I’m going to pee!  Then I got hit in the lady, (my downstairs neighbor Tina) and started yelling….right in the nuggets…you hit me square in the front yard.  This went on for at least 30 minutes and we were both dying…and getting a little burnt. #irish So we finally stopped the tire swing…ouch! And he hopped down and instantly ate sand.  That kid went down and was just a giggling.  Time to regain your equilibrium and for Mo to stop sweating!



He loves him some Nana…and who wouldn’t!?  Then we picked up Wyatt and played ball on the porch at Nana and Paw Paws house.  We literally spent the entire day together and had thaaaaa best time.  The next morning I met my parents at the gym for the first time in a longggg time.  It felt great!


Jenny and I both go to the Fitness Connection at Celebration at Six Forks and they are running a great special…$10 down and $10 a month!  Call this guy and come work out with us!!!


Then we parted ways.  But then my mom called and asked me on a coffee date!!!!


I got the Flat White on a suggestion from my client…I added cinnamon and loved it!  We had so much fun talking about our home makeover dreams.

Next we stopped by Whole Foods and I picked up some supplements thanks to some tips from one of my longest time clients, Carol.  She left me a womens essential oil supplement as my tip and I was instantly hooked!  It tastes like a grasshopper!



She said I need a multivitamin and my probiotic had run out!


Sooooo excited about all my new stuff!  I also picked up some vitamin d, oil of oregano bc everyone is talking about it and turmeric oil…its a great anti-inflammatory that I can add to my new juices I’ve been making.  I also picked up some grain free maple bacon granola and greek yogurt for quick and easy breakfasts!



I’m trying to arm and surround myself with healthy things to stay focused and motivated.  And I just love spending time with my mom.  I spent the rest of the day making egg salad and roasting veggies.


Then Jenny came over and we had a fun date!  We had some Haute Cash to spend at Torrid and we had a blast doing it!  Shout out to my friend Christie who we ran into while shopping! Love you!


We love the don’ts jut as much as the do’s!  So much fun!  And we even got a shout out pic on torrid’s Facebook page!


Then we went out to dinner and I just love this girl!  We never stop laughing and that is my dream.  Then Sunday morning was here before you knew it and it was time for cousin Kristina’s baby to turn 1!  I love a kids birthday party…the fun, the family, the presents, the cake face smashing!  Kristina married into the Weeks family and they are a joy.  Three boys with three kids a piece…i thought our family was big!  It has been so long that we all feel like family which I love…so great to see everyone and celebrate!  Seeing all these cousins playing together reminded me of our childhood!



And then came the epic first birthday cake!!!  My favorite part!


Somebody look at this baby!  Trace is the sweetest!!!!  And Harper, the love of my life and a kid right after my own heart did the obligatory face smashing!!!  My dream!


I managed to avoid the cake but I did eat a rice krispy treat!  What a weekend!!!  Glad to be active and eating healthy again!!!

Two Meatballs: It’s Chilly…Chili Time!!!

Sooooo, today we had the amazing Coby from Oribe come in to Samuel Cole Salon and teach an unstructured bob class!!!  Cutting classes are so fun!!!! We love dressing up for these events!  Especially with our new found fashion options! #meatballsinleather


We love classssss soooo much!


And we love being with our team!


But most of all we love to learn!!! Here is our front desk model, Nicole’s before pic!



And here is a montage of the magic that is Coby! #cryptkeepers


Look at this after!!! #sexual


Thanks for such an awesome class Coby!!!!  We love you!!!


Now….since we had class today and are going back in tonight for an R+Co app launch, our boss Joelle decided we should have a chili cook off!!!!  These meatballs signed up right away!!!  You know, since we are such seasoned (get it!?) paleo chefs now!  So we went on Pinterest and decided to go for a white chicken chili!!!  Why not right!?


So in the break between classes we bopped over to Whole Foods to grab a few last minute ingredients!


Then on to my house for a little cooking segment! #heykelly Here is everything you need to win a contest hopefully!


This is our wishful thinking and we are setting our intentions for the win!


#dontyouwishmytanktopsaidbonjovi?! #jennyisyourshirtonbackwards!?

Time to set the mood!




Onto the cooking!!! Time to chop!


Time to dump!!!



Now time to simmer…and get cozy! #ilovesnuggletime


Ding!!!  Chili is ready!  My house smells amazing and it looks yummy!


Now it’s back to work and game time…the competition looks stiff!


Class time!  We are the beta testers for an R+Co App!!! We are literally one of only two salons in the country who get to guinea pig this app!!!!


SO excited about this app!!!  Nowwwwwww on to the competition…we are in it to win it!!!


A vote for number 4 is a vote for health!!!  OMG it was soooooo fucking spicy you guys!!! The judges made their way to our station. Fingers crossed! We shmooozed it up!!!  Bonus points!?!  Ps it was supposed to be anonymous but we wouldn’t stop campaigning! #canyousmellthedesperation #ohwaitthatsjustaroomfullofchili #wholefartsnotwholefoods #cockpot


And the winner is….3rd to Katie, 2nd to Libby and 1st to Lauren! Wait whattttttt?! Our completely unconventional coconutty spice land of chili wasn’t a home run!? #choppedherewecome


So we were forced to fight dirty for it…


JK!  Lauren you totally deserved it!!!


Who gets to have this much fun at work!?!! Best work family ever!!! #sammiecoleforlife