#nationalcousinsday

#nationalcousinsday

 

“A Cousin is a Little Bit of Childhood that Can Never be Lost” – Marion C. Garretty

 

Not just anyone gets to claim their cousin as their best friend – along with the childhood memories, family pictures and life in general to prove it.

I always thought about how awesome it would be to have an older sibling but lucky for me, my mom decided to push me out into the world first so there was never a chance of having an older someone to look up to– not even when she remarried and the family grew with step siblings – I was still the oldest…it never seemed to fail!  After hopelessly dreaming, I got a best friend, just not in the way I expected.

So as I sit here and Girl Crush it on Tuesday and  National Cousins Day at that, let me share with you that my cousin Haley is fierce, she is strong, a go-getter, a mother and business woman.  I truly do not know how she does it all, I wish I knew her secrets!  For me, my cousin is literally my best friend.  Maybe the saying is right, that God made us cousins because our mothers could not handle us as sisters??

Of course we had our ups and downs growing up  – when someone had more money to spend at Mall Madness, when someone got a new Polly Pocket, had more time on the Dream Phone, stole someone’s precious Tamagotchi – and it really got heated when someone got an American Girl Doll before you did.

Then when we hit our teens, aside from tormenting our younger sisters, we had our differences too; but today, I am more grateful than ever for our relationship and friendship.

A mother of three children all under the age of five, (and let’s not forget about the dogs, ducks and bunnies :)), I don’t know how she does it.  In my eyes, she is the real-life Super Woman, just ask her son, aka ‘Flash.’

It is true, whether people want to accept it or not that high-school friendships come and go and as time passes, some of those friendships drift a part – but cousins…always stay close to the heart.  I know Haley will love me forever, no matter my flaws, mistakes and oopsies and the same goes right back to her!

Trust me; family gatherings are always way more fun when you can hide out with your cousin, with of course a glass of wine in hand.  And don’t worry; you don’t have to explain the most embarrassing stories and insanity of your family because we both COMPLETELY understand.

To this day, I have a built in friend (for life) who will day drink with me, watch every season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette with, have bi-weekly pamper dates with, obsess over Target together, share the love of wine with me and even let me borrow her kids once in awhile 🙂

Xo

80 Day Obsession Update

80 Day Obsession Update

No one said it was going to be easy and I will be the first to tell you…it is far from easy!  Saturday’s are the death of me, Sunday’s (although many skip this day and treat it like a recovery day) may be the most rewarding and I always appreciate the workouts that consist of being on my mat…and on the ground…

Technically, I would be starting my third week; however, with the Fourth of July and a long weekend vacation away to the Bay where cell services is not the greatest, I took a week off from 80 Day Obsession…but I speak today with my plan (100%) to start back where I left off!

During the two weeks of 80 Day Obsession, I was never bored or counting down the minutes for the program to end.  I truly love this program and never thought I would say that about any workout, especially any Autumn workout because that woman seems to do it all!  And there are a few exercises I do (push-ups being the hardest) that I do follow the modifier…but the benefit is I am still moving!!!  I don’t pause or sit out that round, but chose to do the modifier way.

There was just one day out of the 14 thus far where I physically could not continue on.  The video called for 32 minutes and I tapped out at 15 minutes – my body was telling me that I needed to sit down or I was going to pass out.  I can tell you I sweat harder than I ever have before and I do really enjoy each targeted workout…my only issue is weights and with 8 lb. being the highest, I can tell that I need to ‘up’ my weights because I know I can do it and I want to be able to push myself to lift heavier and heavier each week (or at least be able to rotate).

I have never said Pineapple so that must count for something!

Xo

Favorites in June

Favorites in June

  • Birthday Puppy!
  • Fun Mail (thank you FabFitFun and Stella & Dot!)
  • Pretty Pink Peonies…until next year 🙁
  • Target Beauty Box…under $10…SCORE!!!
  • Lake Living in Michigan
  • Target Hand Towels that make you Laugh out Loud 🙂
  • Fourth of July Decor
  • 80 Day Obsession
  • Fun Cricut Decor
  • Summer Country Concerts
  • Baby Showers
  • Lunchtime Walks to the Library
  • Netflix and Chill nights….outside!

 

Xo