Wedding Series: 2 Weeks to Go!

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Two weeks until the big day! I am kinda freaking out. But that’s okay, because I have not felt the nerves until now. And a bride is supposed to feel some nerves, right?

Anyway, I have a quick 3 minute vlog about why the nerves are a bit high. Check it:

I am stressed about the dress. Any other brides out there, past or present, feel my pain? I hate feeling this way because I know it sounds so vain, but a bride does want to look beautiful on her big day. Especially when SO MANY EYES are on the bride and groom at all times.

I can officially say that my advice for future brides is to make sure you order a size up EVEN if the seller tells you that you are the exact size of the dress. I should have followed my intuition on this one, but I disregarded it and followed the seller’s advice instead. You want to be able to alter some things if needed. My dress fits everywhere else wonderfully, but is a tad too tight around my rib cage. The back is beautiful and needs to be able to button up without any snags or drags or whatever the word is that I am looking for. I am hopeful that the seamstress can let it out just a tad, but honestly she should have done this weeks ago at my last fitting. Which leads me to another word of advice for brides: get a seamstress you trust and can communicate with easily. If she has a million dresses in her office, go with someone else. Nothing against her, but she probably has her hands way too full.

Enough about the dress.. that really isn’t the most important part of a wedding anyway. I get to marry a wonderful man whom I love so much. And that is a beautiful thing. I cannot wait to be his wife!

Before I go, here are a few pictures from my bachelorette party this past weekend:

Wedding Series: 3 Weeks to Go!

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Holy moly, I am almost a Kennedy. And that almost rhymed. Almost. We are 3 weeks out until the big day. I am so stinking’ excited. So excited that I even use the word excited SO MANY TIMES in my video blog AND in this sentence. 🙂

You know what I love about weddings? Well, besides the dancing, of course? The camaraderie around weddings. Hope I spelt that right, but I don’t feel like checkin’ so no judging if I didn’t. I love that weddings bring together people from all over. Family from near and far and friends from other mothers. Everyone getting along and having a great time. And ours will be no different. So here’s to that!

Here is my wedding vlog for this week. Eventually I will get my professional video editor (aka MK) to edit my videos and pump them up, but for now they are still 100% Bri-made. New back drop though… I got a new MacBook Air (LOVIN’ IT) so now I can travel with my iPhoto. Who knows?! Next one may be outside…. whoa!

Check it…

I have my bachelorette party on Saturday! I am going to Ft. Worth with a few friends to enjoy a night out on the town. My madre was going to join us, but she has decided to sit this party out. I can’t blame her… she has dog duty with my dad out of town! Anyway, I must say I am looking forward to a fun girls night! Perhaps I will have some pictures to share on the blog soon. 😉

Have a great week, my friend! What is one of your favorite things you have done at a bachelorette party?

Wedding Series Vlog: 8 Weeks!

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Less than 8 weeks to go. Hollaaaaa!!!! I am so thrilled… we are having a blast with the planning process and this day is going to be one big PARTAY. Heck yeah!

So, check it… I got a video blog ready for this week’s wedding series recap. No written summary this time because I am too exhausted to type. Haha! How about that?! After this, I am off to sit my booty down and watch a couple hours of TV. 🙂 Bates Motel anyone?!?

Let’s have a question of the day, wedding-style. If you already got married, what was your absolute favorite thing about your wedding? If you are not already married, what are you most looking forward to about your big day?

Happy day, happy week dear friends! Smooches.

Spotlight on Apple Cider Vinegar

I drink a morning cocktail every morning. No lie. 

But, I am no alcoholic. You see, my morning cocktail is 1/2 cup freshly squeezed pineapple orange juice mixed with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. And, of course, ice. I like my morning cocktail on the rocks!

Why do I like apple cider vinegar? I love it for its health benefits. Apple cider vinegar is great for blood sugar control, digestion, and overall metabolism. Granted, there is little research in losing weight with apple cider vinegar, but like with everything… there is not one cure all. Eating healthier, moving more, and stressing less work together for proper weight management. And tips and tools like apple cider vinegar can be a little icing on the cake.

Apple cider vinegar is extremely strong and acidic. You do not want to drink this by itself. It can hurt your tooth enamel and esophagus if you do that so I repeat, PLEASE do not drink it by itself. Try mixing it with something like I do and if it is still too strong, drop to 2 teaspoons instead of 1 tablespoon.

I prefer the Bragg’s brand of Apple Cider Vinegar and you can purchase it just about anywhere. I have bought it at Target and Central Market. It is raw, unfiltered, and you can see the lovely floaties (fact: these floaties are known as the “mother”… weird, I know). The mother is full of probiotics. Again, GREAT for digestion! And you do not need to refrigerate apple cider vinegar, just fyi.

I did a quick tip Tuesday video on this too so you can see what Apple Cider Vinegar looks like. See it below.

Counting your Steps

I love step counters! In fact, I purchased a Fit Bit about 3 or 4 months ago and wonder why it took me so long to get one.

I love it because…

  • I stay motivated to move more. Have you ever noticed how sedentary you can be? I have desk job by day so even though I love my morning workouts, I used the Fit Bit for a few days when I first got it simply to test my movement level. I got 4,000 and 5,000 steps on those days. Crazy! Now, I take more movement breaks throughout the day and go for quick walks so I easily get at least 8,000 steps per day.
  • I release perfectionist tendencies to “workout” every day. Granted, everyone works differently. While I struggle with over-doing the workouts at times, some struggle with getting in any type of workout at all. Counting steps can be a motivator for both types of people. For me, it allows my mind to relax on days I missed a formal workout or just don’t have time (or the desire) to fit one in. I aim for 10,000 steps instead. For the ones who struggle with getting in any type of workout at all, the step counter can be a motivator to move at several shorter periods of time throughout the day and at least get more active than you already are.
  • It feeds my competitive side. If I look down at the Fit Bit around noon and I only have 1,000 or 2,000 steps, I put on my A game. Again, I am no perfectionist so there are even days I don’t care about my steps, but I find those days few and far in between. I love competing against myself to get in more movement! Plus, I know I feel best when I am active.

And because I am trying to add videos to the blog, I do have a video on this one. I am calling my Tuesday videos, “Quick Tip Tuesdays.” If your attention span is anything like mine, you will like how short and sweet my videos are. I keep them to under 2 minutes as a rule.

Do you already count your steps? If so, what fitness tool do you use?