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I am itching for a good movie. I haven’t seen one in like 27 years. Exaggeration? Perhaps. But you get the picture. (The motion picture.) Ehhh, see what I did there?! Okay, my hubby’s lame “dad jokes” are officially wearing off on me. But really, I’m totally looking for some movie recommendations so leave a comment with your recent faves, mmmm k?

We are on Week 4 of our P90x 3 journey and we haven’t missed a workout yet. Hollerrrr!!! Today we started our “recovery week”, so I rolled out of bed feeling pretty good about my upcoming workout performance. Three weeks of kicking butt with my hubby has upped the fitness confidence a little. Enter “Isometrics” workout and let’s just say my confidence was shaken. I went into it thinking “Holding plank? No problem!”. But approximately 4.2 minutes into the workout, I morphed into a newborn baby giraffe who was trying to walk for the first time. Not very graceful, my friends. Not very graceful at all!

Whatever happened to silly putty? Do they still sell that stuff? If so, I must add it to my amazon list. Pronto!

Is there anything more fun than a teeter toter? The answer is no. No there is not. Teeter toters are awesome in every way. Bella agrees with me. The end.

Happy Monday, everyone!


  • February 11, 2014 - 1:52 am

    Kaitlin Hansen - You can get silly putty at the dollar store!

  • February 11, 2014 - 2:16 am

    Darius Jones - Dad jokes are ballin #donthate

  • February 11, 2014 - 2:17 am

    Darius Jones - If you like Mary Poppins, Saving Mr Banks was good.

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Eeeek! Jessica+Matt are married! Woo hoo!! I was so excited to see these two become husband and wife. Their wedding was the perfect blend of urban and glam with distressed brick backdrops, pops of cranberry red and sparkles in all the right places. Jessica’s handmade brooch bouquet was AH-mazing! Their “first look” had me in tears and their wedding party was a blast to hang out with. What an honor it was to capture all of their awesomeness!

Congrats again, Jessica+Matt. I am SO excited to see where God leads you on this new life together <3 xo, Stacy


There’s that GLAM I was talking about. Dang, girl!


First look perfection…


I loved this idea of sharing how each of their bridesmaids/groomsmen knows them. SO cute!


Just plain GORGEOUS!!


We snuck away for a few last images after the sun went down. And I’m SO glad we did! Urban Glam in the flesh :)


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Let me just start off by saying, I was right! About the Seahawks winning, I mean. Clearly, my vast array of sports knowledge has come in handy ;). Okay, let’s be honest, I was really only watching for the Bruno half-time show and the commercials. Bruno did not disappoint, am I right? He sounded so SO great live. Way to go, buddy!

“If Mr. Feeny was a pastor, dude would bring the Word like no other!” Yes, this is an actual conversation I had with my hubby. My favorite show growing up was Boy Meets World. Lately, I have been DVRing all the old episodes and getting my BMW fix whenever I can. And I love me some Feeny! His words of wisdom always get me, dang it!! If Feeny were real, I would totally want to hang out with him. And if he were a pastor, I would definitely podcast his sermons! Just sayin’ ;). Am I taking the Boy Meets World thing a little too far??

Bella’s birthday was shortly after Christmas. Between the two “holidays”, girlfriend acquired a lot of new and exciting toys like a kitchen set, rocking giraffe, new books, etc. At first, she was all about these new little gadgets but lately she has been ALL about mommy. Wherever I go, she follows right behind. Whatever I’m doing, she wants to be right there doing it too. And when I give her the option to play with her toys or hang out with mommy while I do boring things like the laundry, dishes, etc, she always chooses me. Who chooses laundry over a remote controlled car?? I guess that must mean that I’m the most exciting thing in the house…right??! I better enjoy it now, because soon she won’t think I’m cool at all!

I love babies. And I am SO excited that several of my close friends and family members are going to be having one soon. There is baby fever in the air and I am loving it! (Note: this is NOT a hint that I am pregnant or intend to be anytime soon :). One is enough for right now! So for now, I will rejoice with some of my favorite people as they get ready to welcome new life into the world. Hooray!

Have a magical Monday everyone! Here is a picture of Bella and me from our friends’ wedding. It has nothing to do with the post, she is just too darn cute. Try not to smile while looking at this. I dare you ;)


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Today is one of those Mondays that feels like a Monday, you know what I mean? The kind of Monday where you are counting down the minutes until Saturday (or at least until nap time!). So needless to say, a coffee date is very welcomed today! Shall we?

This morning Bella and I watched Sean and Catherine’s wedding. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Bachelor/Bachelorette fan! Bella doesn’t usually watch tv (thankfully!). Even when I put something on for her, she watches about 2.4 minutes and then resumes tearing around the house like a tornado. But not today. She was glued to Sean & Catherine’s wedding and was even saying “More Sean! More Sean!”. Which gave me an idea…I should show her OUR wedding video! Hoping it would have the same effect, I proudly hit the play button to share our glorious day with our little girl. Within a couple of minutes she was yelling, “Outside, Mommy! Outside!”. Clearly we are not as entertaining as Sean or Catherine. Dang it!

One full week of P90x3 completed! Only 12 weeks to go. TWELVE weeks to go. What the heck did I get myself into? I better look like a fitness model after this. Gesh!

I have a confession. I am an HGTV addict. Straight up LOVE it! And I am proud to say, that I have turned Joe into an addict as well! We just LOVE dreaming about house design, remodeling, and making our house a home. We secretly would love to flip houses someday or buy a complete fixer-upper to make into our own. Maybe someday! Even though he spends half the year glued to ESPN, I guess his new love for HGTV balances it out. I’ll take it!

This weekend I had the pleasure of documenting Matt & Jessica become husband and wife. It was LEGEN…DARY ;). I can’t wait to share the whole day with you, but for now enjoy this little sneak peek. Straight up GLAM!


  • January 28, 2014 - 4:39 am

    Charity Oxley Maurer - Pretty Stace!

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Happy Monday everyone! So glad you’re back for another edition of CTM. Let’s do this!

You know that you’re officially old/out of shape when you have a sore hip and the only cause you can think of is, “Well, I did wear high heels yesterday. Yup, that has to be it!”. That was totally me this week. Needless to say, I need to start working out again!

Since my “high heels” low, Joe decided to help jump start my workout plan by buying P90x3. We committed to doing the full 90 days. Today was Day 1. How was it, you ask? Well, it was a little harder than walking around in high heels. Okay…so I couldn’t move from the couch for 45 minutes post-workout (which, sadly, is longer than the entire workout!) but other than that, it was a cake walk ;).

I think I may be the only human in the entire USofA that actually looks forward to filing taxes. Is that embarrassing to admit?! Even though most years we don’t get a refund (thanks a lot SKP), there is something somewhat satisfying about it. (I‘m depressing myself with this confession lol!). Maybe it’s the fact that it’s a chance to look back over a year in it’s entirety; an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve done and accomplished. And reflection can be a beautiful thing. Leave it to me to romanticize filing taxes! Think about that the next time you go to H&R Block. You’re welcome ;).

I am not a football fan, however, both of the teams that I chose to go to the Superbowl are now going (wait for it) to the SUPERBOWL! So I think that makes me a sports expert now, right? In my expertise of all things football, I forecast that the Seahawks will triumph over the Broncos. Mark my words, the Seahawks shall win. Or maybe the Broncos…

Happy Monday!!!

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