collage-ATO

December 19, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Travel Beauty Essentials {Guest Post from Wake Up for Makeup!}

Happy Friday everybody! As you’re reading this, I’m either still flying, or just having landed, in Kenya. (I told you I’m bad at time zones.) While I’m away, I recruited some of my blends to guest post in my stead! I met Ivy through blogging (and maybe because of graphic design?) and I love checking out her blog for new makeup and beauty tips. She is a great source of how-to on all SORTS of makeup tricks, and always has the best recommendations when it comes to what products to use. I should know, I bug her via Twitter with my questions. Without further ado … here’s Ivy! Continue Reading →

Atlas Balls

December 12, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Workouts of the Week: Checking In {Diane + New PRs}

Happy Friday! Woohoo. TGIF – you know? This week has just been insane between planning for the trip (tired of hearing about that by now?), wedding planning, and work. I’ve got quite a bit to wrap up yet before I leave – and I’m just hoping I can get it all done. *Sigh*

Anyway, I’m a few weeks behind on sharing workouts with you, but I wanted to hit the highlights for prosperity’s sake. I won’t be able to lift heavy (I’m pretty sure, anyway) while we’re in Kenya, so I’m pretty sure that some of these recently accomplished PRs will go by the wayside. Sad day! But, maybe the rest will be just what my muscles need and I’ll be back and stronger than ever. It could really go either way. Hopefully. Maybe. Continue Reading →

Moon

December 11, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud

In one week … I’ll be somewhere. In the air, or maybe at our layover in Turkey. Time zones confuse me, so I can’t really tell you. But I know I won’t be in Adel anymore, at my desk, at work. Phyll and I have been talking about visiting Kenya for such a long time. I can’t quite believe that it’s going to happen.

I’ve been asked if I’m nervous, or excited, or how I’m feeling – and honestly, although I’ve had glimmers of both, I just don’t feel like it’s hit me yet. I don’t really think it will until we step food on Kenyan soil. Maybe it’s because it’s so unknown? I can’t imagine what the airport will really be like, or our first car ride. I can’t see it in my mind. I can only see an image in my head, a fuzzy one, of what I think it might be like. Continue Reading →

Map of Kenya

December 8, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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#MIMM: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Kenya

How was your weekend? Ours was full of wedding and trip planning. It was pretty busy, and though I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to the to-do list, it ended up being a lot of fun. Well, I’m not sure just how much fun that Phyll had while we were finishing some of the wedding registry. But, I enjoyed myself icon smile #MIMM: 8 Things You Didnt Know About Kenya .

Since so much of my life is consumed with packing for Kenya, I thought it would be fun to give you some good ol’ education about the country. I’m so engrained with the culture of Kenya that sometimes I don’t remember what others don’t know. So, I’m going to try and hit you with my top 10 “fun facts” about the country today. Here goes nothing! Continue Reading →

Reception

December 3, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Wedding Wednesday: All About That Planning

So, I finally cracked open my ol’ wedding planning binder this week. I bought it last year with the best of intentions, but even the best of intentions seem to fly out the door when grad school happens. I can tell you right now – I haven’t opened the book in at least two months, and the resulting to-do list? It’s most definitely showing it.

I’m not going to get too deep into the details, but posting is accountability – right? So, I felt like if I shared some of my goals for the month (or, count ‘em, 2 weeks before we leave for Kenya!) that would help give me a little *push* in the right direction. Continue Reading →

Pancakes

December 2, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Currently: December

What’s this? Another post in the same week? It’s a Christmas miracle! Thank you for all your love on yesterday’s post. We’re very excited, and I’m so glad you are, too! I can’t wait to share our adventures in Kenya with you on the blog. Can you even believe that it’s December, though? This year has absolutely flown by. It’s been awhile since I’ve hit you with a “Currently” post, and it seemed like good timing to post one today. I skipped some of the categories that made my brain hurt too much. Don’t kill me. This post is long enough as it is! Continue Reading →

Tips on Budgeting

November 29, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Establishing Financial Peace of Mind {Tips on Budgeting}

 Establishing Financial Peace of Mind {Tips on Budgeting}

Ah, budgets. Between holiday parties, get togethers, and gifts, they may be the absolute last thing that you want to think about during the most “wonderful time of the year”! But, if you’re prepared, budgets don’t have to be nearly as stressful as many of us like to make them.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten a whole lot better about following a budget. When Phyll and I got engaged, a little over one year ago, the idea of a budget went from “a nice idea” to “something that’s actually pretty important because I have a LOT to pay for SOON”. I had gotten lazy about budgeting my life because it just wasn’t something that needed to be a priority. Some months I was behind, some I was ahead, and at the end of the year – it mostly all worked itself out. Continue Reading →

Morning-Glory-Muffin

November 26, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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What I Ate Wednesday: Paleo(ish) Hacks

Happy eating-lots-o-food-eve to all my American friends. To those who aren’t … happy hump-day! (Do they say that outside the Unites States?) It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in What I Ate Wednesday, so here’s a refresher. Generally, one shares delicious eats that one … well … eats. I usually cheat and don’t do a “full day” post, but that’s because, to be honest, I don’t have time to typically photograph all my food in one day. Continue Reading →

Salad

November 20, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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The “Diet” Debacle

What a nasty word, “diet”. But although it has negative connotations, it’s also, really, the only word to fully describe today’s topic. And that’s easy – what I’m eating.

In a little less than a week, I’ll be finished with another nutrition challenge at my crossfit box. We decided to do a month-long one prior to Thanksgiving, and although I wasn’t super excited with the idea at the time, I was having a lot of weird stomach things happening, and decided that cleaning up what I ate might just be just what my tummy needed. Before I knew it, I was getting my body fat measured, and I was “in”.

After the challenge I did in the spring, I had lapsed back into some old ways. I won’t say I regressed completely – the previous one-a-day soda situation was pretty under control, and I was knowledgeable about what I should, and shouldn’t, be eating. However, I wasn’t following what I knew, and I was eating not-so-good foods a little too often. A result of too much summer fun, I suppose. Continue Reading →

Wrist-Wraps

November 18, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Can’t WOD Without It: Essential Crossfit Gear

I am such a gear snob. Every day, I haul my big ol’ gym bag to my box, stuffed to the brim with all my must-have goodies, to support the prescribed workout of the day (WOD). I learned a while ago that it’s tough for me to always take a close look at the movements that make up our WOD when I’m packing for the day (mostly because I go to crossfit straight from work, and therefore, pack the night before) so it’s smart to have everything with me that I think I might need.

With the holidays approaching, I thought the timing was appropriate to share my list of “must-haves” for crossfit. After all, you just might find the perfect thing on it to buy your number one crossfitter! Continue Reading →

Wearing little black dresses

November 4, 2014
by Alex Meyer
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Coming Soon to a Blog Near You (Or, Right Here)

My class is finally winding town. I have one day of presentations, and one day of a final left, and I can’t tell you how ready I am to get that chunk of time in my life back. This semester has been crazy busy (thus the lack of blogs this month), and one of the things I’m looking forward to the much is getting back to being in touch on a more regular basis!

For today, here’s a teaser of what I’ve got cooking. I’ve had so many new ideas with no time to execute, so I just *can’t wait* to share these. Continue Reading →