Wednesday, January 29, 2014

{Wedding Wednesday} ~Another Reason Why... I Love, What I Do....


Working with someone on planning their wedding is such an unbelievably gratifying experience for me...and not just because of all the beautiful details that go into it...but because it gives me such an amazing opportunity to really get to know them.   
 
Throughout the planning process I get to know so much about the Bride, Groom, their Families...that by the time the Wedding Day rolls around, it doesn't feel like work to me at all...it feels more like I get this amazing opportunity to help my new friends with one of the most extraordinary days of their lives. 
 
I'm beyond excited to be a part of Rick and April's upcoming Wedding Day.....until then...here are some of my personal favorite photos from their stunning Engagement Session taken by Matt Wheeler, Owner of Still Life Studios.

 


 
 

 
 

 
 
 
Stay Tuned for Upcoming Wedding Photos in the Near Future!!!!
 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mindful Monday 1.27.14

{THESE TWO, Oh how they keep me on my toes with all of their Sass & Laughs}
 

MINDFUL MONDAY

Highlights of last week included:
~Just another crazy week of trying to balance it all, while trying to keep in mind what really matters most...it's an ongoing crazy whirl wind...but I love it.

New fab finds:
~WIGGLE WORMS!  I have been taking morning walks with my girls about 5 times a week since September...and I never noticed that I had been walking past this amazing Activity Center {I just thought is was a school}...Well one morning I saw a mom with twins girls!  I stopped to chat and introduce myself when I found out that her girls were born 4 days after mine!  Long story....she begin telling me all the different offerings that this activity centers has!  RAD.  So I took H & E to "Wiggle Worms" on Friday and they loved it!! So cute!

Yes this actually happened:
~I sadly found a stack of completely written out UNSENT "Thank You" cards for all my vendors who contributed to my "NACE Tantalizing Tables" last year...I'm a jerk...I think "Thank You" cards are a BIG deal...shame on me.

Feeling Appreciative:
~For all the awesome people in my life...and being at a point in my life where I feel like I can appreciate them more....love all the life lessons I'm learning after the age of 30....and especially after becoming a Mom.

Confessions:
~I was beyond moved by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" performance last night on the Grammys....it gave me chills and filled my heart with joy.  However, I was surprised by Madonna's role in it...I thought she sounded terrible :( 

Baby Moments I Want to Remember:
~Feeding them "real" food {as opposed to baby food} is so much fun! I love being able to pop them in their high chairs and them bust out all kinds of foods for them to try while we rock out to music in the kitchen...it's awesome to be able to prepare their meals and our meals at the same time. So far they are loving just about everything....cheeses, meats, blue berries, strawberries, bananas, oranges, olives, pickles, red & green bell peppers, green beans, garbanzo beans, carrots, hummus, yogurt...the list goes on.... the only food that I'm noticing that keeps on ending up on the floor is tomatoes.

I Turn it Up:  "Message In a Bottle" The Police.....I've been rocking out to "The Police" Pandora station a lot this past week...and that song is beyond fantastic....good memories from my childhood.... growing up with parents with excellent music taste.


On the horizon for this week:
~Wrapping up all my final details for an upcoming over the top J.Starr Wedding!!!

Something Inspiring:

Good Reminder...Especially this Past Week...
 
 
 

SPECIAL SNAPSHOTS FROM LAST WEEK:


Design Concept Meeting at the "Flower Bar"...this really cool little shop in Scottsdale....I'm super stoked for the upcoming project we're collaborating on!

Tuesday Night W.W. Meetings!  I love them! I'm so happy that TWO of my girlfriends have joined and currently THREE more are considering it!!!

How I start each morning...can this please happen for the rest of life???

Morning Walks with Bri & Ellie...with a pit stop in the Activity Room at the newly discovered Activity Center! So fun!

Yoga Date with my girl, Addie Jo
 
Wiggle Worms with my tiny ones!!  I little boy even kissed Emmie on the cheek, she then proceeded to push him away...that's my girl!

World's Best Daddy

Date Night with My Love...Dinner & a Movie...We saw "Captain Phillips" at the dollar theatre...it was really incredible...the final scene is INTENSE.  Justin LOVED it.  I think Tom Hanks is the best!
 
Thanks to Uncle Chase for babysitting our "Grumpy Guses" who are struggling with separation anxiety...so sad :(

Sunday Lunch with My Former Roomies.....followed with a belated Christmas Ornament Exchange...each ornaments represents different things for each person, so fun!
 

 We wrapped up the week with an impromptu little photo shoot...and again just another reason he's the World's Best Daddy...I'm convinced.
 
 
 


Monday, January 20, 2014

Mindful Monday 1.20.14

 
 
{I had an absolute blast at Seville Golf & Country Club's Bridal Open House on Saturday....Loved Meeting J.Starr Potential Brides, Grooms, and their Families...and also loved seeing many of my dear Vendor Friends and former Seville Co-Workers }
 

MINDFUL MONDAY


Highlights of last week included:
~My Little Emma said her first intentional word: "Mama"! I posted a video on my personal Facebook Account and on Instagram...because it was so darn precious....I can't believe I actually caught it on video! So it's official.....let the records show....Hannah's first word was "Fish" {thanks to her Grandpa and the big awesome salt water aquarium my parents have at their home} and Emma's first word was "Mama".
~Enjoyed my walk/run/gabfest with my Cousin and her little one
~Participated as a Vendor at Seville....here's hoping the couple having the Destination Cancun Wedding books me! :)

New fab finds:
~"YourKidVid" is a team of L.A. based Producers, Directors, and Editors who have taking their film making skills and can transform your home videos in some very cute and shareable mini movies.  I haven't had a chance to fully research this yet...and I know there are several different video software editing programs out there...just thought I would share with you a cute idea I found.  Doing something more creative with all of our home videos is on my "MUST DO" in 2014 list. 

Yes this actually happened:
~We've started making plans for our first out of state vacation post having our little ones....Still have to finalize a few more details, but getting pretty excited...Justin has his heart set on Vegas...I'm craving the beach...but I think I wanna take my little baby beach bums with us...so that means for now....VEGAS BABY!

Feeling Appreciative:
~For my Mom, who not only happily watches her Grandchildren for us on our crazy days, but also cuts me roses out of my backyard and displays them so beautifully in my kitchen. 

Baby Moments I Want to Remember:
~Oh My...Oh My.  We had their one year check up...and now it feels like everything is changing...no more formula {now whole milk}...no more bottles {now sippy cups}....no more baby food  {now real food}.....

I Turn it Up: 
~I'm soooo loving Katy Perry's "Dark Horse"...it's all creepy and fantastic


On the horizon for this week:
~Meeting up with a very fab Floral Designer to finalize our concept for an upcoming Bridal Magazine Editorial Shoot!
~Have a few girlfriend dates scheduled with some of my fav girlies
~ A scheduled date night {meaning babysitter is scheduled and confirmed} with my guy...Yahoo!


Something Inspiring:

Love IT....Get Uncomfortable...it's a Good thing!

SPECIAL SNAPSHOTS FROM LAST WEEK:

She may look all sweet and innocent, but about 30 minutes before this photo was taken she bit her sister.....Oh Ems...I love you.
 
Getting it DONE.
 

Watching their favorite movie "The Secret of the Wings"

Hannah needs her first haircut....Nooo I don't wanna

One Year Check, before the 3 shots :(
 
Co-Hosting Bridal Twilight at San Tan Elegante

Yep, she really needs a hair cut

Love this little doll, my cousin's youngest...

Vendor I Love =Jan Dekker, with Dekker Designs
 
Detail shots from Seville's Bridal Open House

Vendor I Love = Joe Matras with AZ Celebrity DJ
 
Working in this Industry is the BEST

Foxy Girls from Still Life Studios
 
More Gorgeous Flowers

Vendor I Love= Mike Kennedy
 

Sunday Morning consisted of more "Garage Organization" Project...as my children sat nearby....like a "petting zoo"

Justin took all his girls out for Sushi Sunday Night {well no sushi for H & E, but they fully enjoyed their chicken teriyaki and brown rice} And WHY oh WHY is it so IMPOSSIBLE to keep socks on their feet?!?  

 


Friday, January 17, 2014

{FRIDAY}: Food, Fitness, and Fashion Vol. 2


HAPPY FRIDAY! 


Oh my, I have so many other things I need to be doing right now...but I've been feeling crazy inspired to bust out this blog post for quite some time....so here we go....

Perhaps you remember when I wrote this blog post: "Food, Fitness, and Fashion Vol.1" back in March of 2013,.... Well I just re-read it today and I'm not gonna lie, it feels pretty amazing to see how much has changed since then.....

1.) Food ~ Weight Watchers.  I.LOVE.WEIGHT.WATCHERS.  I remember, at my six week checkup {post having the twinzies}...I sat in my Docs office with a big, goofy, oblivious grin on my face....I was on a HIGH...a NATURAL HIGH....I just couldn't believe how amazing it felt to be a Mom....everything had just gone so amazingly well.....

I then looked down at my odd looking shaped tummy and asked my Doctor very na├»ve like...."so...when's this gonna go back to normal"?...she just looked at me quietly for a few moments and said..."You know you had twins right? That's what a post twins tummy looks like" ....whhhaaat noooo...."You mean this isn't swelling that will go down" I asked...."No, you are completely healed from your C-section, that is YOUR tummy".... MY FACE DROPPED, I was kind of in shock..... I thought for sure she was wrong. 

She then went on the tell me...."You can get back in shape again...you're just going to have try REALLY REALLY hard"..... she then suggested I try Weight Watchers to help lose the weight.  She shared with me that she does Weight Watchers and is a "Life Time Member".  I remembered being shocked by this... here she was this highly educated and well respected professional... and very much in shape, and SHE goes to Weight Watchers??? 

That was incredibly inspiring to me...so I gave it a whirl.  I remember attending the first meeting and being rather surprised as most of the other people there were averaged sized people...just trying to lose some weight and feel better. 

Well, I've been going to W.W. since February of 2013...and I'm happy to share that I lost all my baby {babies} weight fairly quickly and now I'm working towards my "Life Time Member" goal weight, I'm pretty darn close, yahoo!

But here's the thing...you can't just go to the Weekly Meetings and expect to lose....You have to "do the program"....by "tracking" all your food {points}...it takes time to get in the habit of tracking and learning more about nutrition... and MOVING your body!

I could go on and on...but maybe I'll try and make this more of a weekly/or biweekly  blog post....well see.

OPEN INVITATION: I just wanted to share my excitement and invite anyone reading this blog to join me at the meetings I attend:  Every Tuesday Night @ 5:30 at 1017 S. Gilbert Road Ste 105 Mesa, Arizona 85233. Seriously, it's actually pretty awesome, and the leader of this meeting is hilarious....{she herself as lost 110lbs!}

FUN FACT: Yesterday the Babies had their 1 Year Old Check Up and we learned that now both weigh 18 each...Since I started W.W. I've lost 36lbs.... that equals both of my babies at their current weights 18 +18 = 36 lbs.   That's just crazy to me...I can still carry them both at the same time but only for about 5 minutes max until I grow too tired...it BLOWS my MIND that this time last year I was carry a extra 36lbs on my body all the time!!! {after they were born!}. 

It's such a slow process that you're not always aware of the positive things that result from weight loss...but I know one thing for sure I have TONS more energy ...which is much needed to keep up my little misses. 

Oh, and in case you're wondering what types of food I've been eating...I'll share a few recent photos...but just know you can eat ANYTHING...you just have to "track" it and not go OVER your "points" for the WEEK.  That's the beauty of this program it's not a diet, it truly is a lifestyle.
 
2 Dockside Classic Crab Cakes {8pts}, 2 Tablespoons of Cocktail Sauce {1pt}, Salad w/ tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, radishes {0pts} & Diet Coke {0pts}.

A FAB quick and delish snack! I buy these from Costco...frozen chocolate banana slices....so easy, so yummy.

My latest indulgence = Hillshire Whipped Topping/2 Servings {0pts}, Kroger Graham Crackers/1Serving {2pts}, and Skippy Peanut Butter/1 Serving {3pts}. 

 3 pcs of Hillshire Farm Kroger Fully Cooked Lower Sodium Bacon {2 pts}, and 1 Boiled Egg {2pts}, and Mustard {0pts}. 
 
1 serving of Mission Round Chips {4 Pts}, 1 serving of The Laughing Cow Light Pasteurized Cheese {1 Pt}, and Salsa {0 Pt}
 

Lacey Swiss Cheese {2pts}, Blueberries {0pts}, 2oz of Oven Roasted Turkey {1pt} and Mustard {0pts}.


2.) Fitness ~ When I first started trying to lose this was a big struggle for me...I just kept trying to make it more complicated than it needed to be...I tried joining Lifetime Fitness...it was just such a struggle to try and coordinate the child care appointments {especially with twins}... I tried re-joining Crossfit...but the child care room was not set up to accommodate infants.....finally in September I just started walking with my girls....every week day for about 60 minutes...and finally it kind of became a habit that both the babies and I now look forward to....it's an awesome way to start the day.  However, I now I'm getting to a point where I need to do more resistance/strength training, I just need to make it happen...stay tuned.  
 


 

3.) Fashion ~ Confession, okay so three days a week {Mon, Wed, Fri} I live in yoga pants and work out tops...as those are the days Justin works long hours...on Tues, Thurs, Sat...I typically book all my client meetings, errands, Bridal Open Houses, Events, Weddings, etc....so those are the days that I need to "dress up". 

I've recently discovered a pretty cool program called: STITCHFIX....Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that delivers a curated box of accessibly priced items directly to your door!  Stitch Fix Stylist hand pick pieces for each client, based on surveys you have taken to best describe your personal style choices. 

I received my first "STITCHFIX" box three days ago and ended up keeping 3 out of the 5 pieces!!!  I LOVE IT, it was so fun!  It was great for me because I was able to try the pieces on in the comfort of my own home and pair them with other wardrobe pieces that I already own.  I'm not really the most patient person when it comes to shopping in the stores and trying things on...PLUS my time is precious to me. 

Anywho if you decide to check it out and order your "STITCHFIX" please do me a favor and pretty please say I referred you by clicking here.  It's super fun, and worse case scenario would only cost you a $20.00 styling fee. 

{Kept Top/ Jeans are Mine}
{Kept}
{Returned Both Jacket and Skirt}
{Kept Top/Jeans are Mine}

 
Another program that I'm into is "Stella & Dot"...one of my girlfriend's is a Stella & Dot Stylist.  I've purchased and borrowed a few pieces from her to help to glam up my outfits. You should check her out here....the pieces also make for some great gifts.. 

Necklace & Bracelet by Stella & Dot

Bracelet & Necklace by Stella & Dot
 
Necklace by Stella & Dot






And that wraps up this edition of FRIDAY: Food, Fitness, and Fashion......Until next time my friends...as always.....thank you for allowing me to share my world with you...


Much Love, Jennifer Starr
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