Friday, May 30, 2014

It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30

Lately I have been feeling like I have plateaued in the health department. Mike and I buy the same foods at the grocery store and I feel like I haven't seen any muscle changes in a while. I was talking to my Mom about this one day and expressed my growing passion for learning more about nutrition. Mike is good about covering the workout side, but I would love to be 100% knowledgeable in what we consume. I want to know what to eat and when and the whole science behind healthy eating. Next thing I know I have a book in the mail box from my amazing Mom.

She heard about it through a friend and thought it would be a great tool in learning the science behind foods as well as a nutrition guide. I am only a couple chapters in, but have already learned a bunch. For example, I didn't know that carbs and proteins each contain 4 calories per gram and fat contains 9 per gram. I am learning the difference between micronutrients and macronutrients. So far the book is geared towards the Paleo diet and how our bodies genetically digest foods. I find it fascinating that the aches and pains that we medically treat can be cured buy the "diet" we maintain. I write "diet" like so because it's not about the fad diets we get hooked on, but about maintaining a lifestyle change.

The booked is based off their Whole30 plan. It is all about rebooting for 30 days and consuming whole and clean foods- meat, fruits, veggies and grains. From what people are saying who have tried their plan is that you will never go back to the way you were before. We will have more energy, less body aches, no more artificial cravings. I am really eager to try it out.

One of the first lines in the book is, "The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options." Something put so elementary, but 100% clicked with me. Just those few words have already changed my outlook on what I have been consuming.

I will let y'all know when we start and keep you posted on the first 30 days!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Our Tunes

We are totally loving these tunes right now. One of our favorite things to do is to surprise each other with new songs we find. Almost every time Mike has already listened to the one I share with him, but it's because he is always on the hunt for new and fabulous music. BUT the first song by Sia he hasn't heard, so win for me!

{Sia- Chandelier}

{Hozier- From Eden}

I have loved Lone Bellow since I saw them on a VH1 countdown on July 4th last year. They played "Bleeding Out", but I also love "Green Eyes and A Heart Of Gold" and couldn't pick my favorite..

Please share if you have a great song you're loving! We would love to jam with you:)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

To AZ & Back

I write this post feeling kinda blah. Mainly because the weather is nasty and cold again and also because my car was broken into. Maybe that's the main reason. I feel totally violated and I can't stop thinking about how someone smashed my window, stole my stuff, and carried on with their day. Total blah. But to the thief that got away, thank you for letting my husband and I grow closer. Also, thank you for reminding me that I have the best friends and family a person could ask for. I think I came out the winner on this one even if you did steal my prized sports bra.

So to cheer myself up a bit, I have been looking at the photos we took from last weekend in Arizona. I didn't get to see Mike as much as we had hoped, but I had a bridesmaid duty to uphold! He spent his time watching the NFL draft, the Spurs game, and some time bronzing at the pool. On the other hand, I spent time getting pampered and hanging out with the ladies. 

Thursday morning we hiked "A" Mountain..

Bachelorette Party!

From the wedding day:
-after the ceremony-


-at the reception-

{Autumn made this backdrop...insane}

Ok, that made me feel better. And the fact that the Spurs play tonight! Everything is looking up:) Go Spurs Go!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Arizona Here We Come!

My best friend is getting married this weekend and I cannot wait! Mike already has tissues in his suit pocket for me because he knows I WILL be a mess. Her wedding is in Arizona and we are ready to shake up the familiar. We are so excited and I am so full of emotion. It is one thing to go through the engagement & wedding process yourself, but to watch your friend go through it is something so magical. Get ready for some ugly cry photos to come.
{me & Autumn on my wedding day}

In other news, our Spurs have made it to the second round of playoffs! Yahoo!! Needless to say, we have been eating, sleeping and drinking Spurs. I finally took advantage of the free coffee Valero gives away every morning after a Spurs win... and someone caught me taking a selfie. 

{go SPURS go}

All in all, life is grand. We are happy, healthy, and enjoying our little adventures. I thought this shirt was a nice last day of the week choice:

{Ashley Brooke Designs is one of my favorites!}

Ok, one last thing! In honor of our favorite artist announcing her tour dates, here is a fav from her newest album. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Letter House

Today I am so exited to share my love for The Letter House with you. Autumn, my extremely talented best friend, and Stephanie, her extremely talented friend teamed up to create this beautiful custom shop. Through The Letter House you can purchase prints, invitations, branding, and you have the ability to create custom pieces. I recently bought their "Greatest Adventure" print to hang in our bedroom and cannot wait to get another!

I sat down with the fantastic duo to learn more on how they came together, what they offer, and their future goals.

1) Let's start at the beginning! How did the two of you come together to create The Letter House?
We first met through a mutual friend about two years ago. We instantly became friends and bonded over our creative passions. Fast forward about a year later we found ourselves unsatisfied with our jobs and seeking more creative freedom and autonomy. I mean who doesn't want to be their own boss, right? We began to realize our similar visions and goals for the future, and how our skills compliment each other creatively. That's when our idea for The Letter House was born. After months of dreaming, planning and lots of hard work we officially launched in September of 2013. We've had a blast so far, meeting and working with lots of great people and every day we feel so blessed to be doing what we love.

2) What are your roles within the business?
We believe one of the strong points of our company is the differences in our skills and backgrounds that we bring to the table. We both studied and went to school for different things and believe that this collaboration makes our work unique, innovative, and ultimately stronger than our work would be on it's own. Stephanie's expertise and background is in graphic design, specifically layout and typographic arrangements, and works mostly with the technical design on the computer. Autumn specializes in hand-lettering and illustration, with her heartbeat in creating new letter forms to use on various projects. While Stephanie is afraid of picking up a pencil, Autumn can't get enough of drawing and sketching. Together we work to create beautiful, custom designs that reflect the people we work with. We work well together to tackle the day-to-day happenings of our business, like responding to emails or shipping out orders.

3) Where do you pull inspiration from?
 The beauty of what we do is that inspiration can come from almost anywhere! Because most of what we do requires working one-on-one with clients, we find it incredibly important to draw most of our inspiration from them. Their wedding, their business, their ideas, even what they wear… all of this is in the forefront of our mind when designing for our clients. The truth is, we get to work with some pretty awesome people doing some pretty awesome stuff, so naturally we're going to be inspired by them! Being based out of and obsessed with the state of Arizona we also draw inspiration from the local culture and beautiful surroundings we see every day.

4) We see that you can customize. How does that process work? Are there limits?
Yes! We have our online shop but most of the work we do is actually for custom clients. The bulk of our custom work is for weddings. We have three different wedding packages we offer for brides with budgets and needs of all shapes and sizes. We also offer custom logo design and branding for businesses. No matter what the project, we begin by meeting with our clients to discuss their design ideas and gather inspiration to begin working. (For out of state clients, we do this a number of ways via Skype, email, etc.) From there we get to the drawing board, coming up with initial ideas and sketches to send over. This is where Autumn might hand letter something that is then scanned and turned into digital artwork that will be incorporated into our final design. The beauty of our customization process is that the sky is the limit! We don't stop until we're all thrilled about the final product.

5) What are future goals you have for The Letter House? 
We're always thinking of ways to improve our craft and our company. In the future, we're excited about offering some new, more luxurious custom products featuring unique letterpress printing. We're also working on developing and launching new products in our online shop. Ultimately, we're just so grateful to be doing what we love and look forward to growing our business and clientele. 

I had to share my guest book with you that Autumn made for our wedding. She made it such a smooth process and  it came out just like we wanted! Her hand lettering is absolutely stunning. 

Make sure to stop by The Letter House to see their amazing work!