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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Catching Up with Mrs. Brooch

Hey guys! I haven't posted here in forever! I hope you're following me on Fit for a Bride. This post is for Weddingbee. They're doing a series to catch up with all the graduate bees like myself. So fun! Here's what we've been up to!  
Hi hive! I’m Mrs. Brooch, a DC area bee who wed on April 10, 2011, near the National Harbor at Oxon Hill Manor. You may remember that I was on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, or, that my groom serenaded me at the altar!
Ellis_713  April 10, 2011 - 2 years and 6 months
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The best thing that’s happened to us as a couple since we got married is:
This might sound crazy but I think one of the best things that's happened to us is CrossFit. We joined a box (CrossFit gym) in July and it's been a great boost to our relationship. We both love it! We talk about it constantly (other CrossFitters know there's a lingo: one rep max, wod, PR, cleans, snatches, etc.), and working out together is so cool. Aaron encourages me to lift heavier and I encourage him to keep running. :) And afterward, we both come home with a giddy workout high- I swear we laugh more! We're also eating healthier now than ever before.
How blogging about my wedding shaped my wedding day (e.g. something you did for your wedding due to blogging, things you didn’t do due to blogging):
Blogging about my wedding shaped my day in a big way – it gave me the courage to explore my creative side, with our ribbon escort card display and recycled frame centerpieces. It also gave me the courage to apply to be on Say Yes to the Dress! Blogging also connected me to so many wonderful vendors, like our photographer, Meredith Perdue and Event Planner, Pavaune.
Why I chose my icon and how my icon has become a part of my identity (if it has):
I chose the brooch for two reasons: my mom collected butterfly brooches for years and my favorite color is green – same color as the brooch!
Your favorite post you ever published on Weddingbee, and why:
My favorite post is the one I wrote exactly ten days out – I feel so thankful I have this online journal to remember what I was thinking and feeling in the final week before our wedding:
Do you still blog/have you found another creative outlet for writing? If yes, where/how:
Yes, I do still blog! I started Fit for a Bride in January of this year to share my pre-wedding weight loss story, and inspire other women to make health a part of their happily ever after. While blogging for Weddingbee, I noticed that despite there being hundreds of wedding blogs, none focused on the way a bride physically looked and felt on her wedding day - I hope my blog fills that void as it focuses on much more than just wedding day aesthetics. I blog about weddings, fitness, food, and weight loss. I hope you'll check it out!
Pop Quiz! In one sentence or less, answer the following:
  • The best thing about being married is the companionship. It's great to have someone there all the time to share everything with.
  • The worst thing about being married is miscommunication. Sometimes we misunderstand each other and that can be very frustrating.  It causes some bickering, but we always come back to a place of mutual love and respect.
  • The best thing we registered for was a Kurieg! We still use it to this day.
  • The worst thing we registered for was placemats- we never use them and I don’t like the pattern anymore.
  • When we fight, we make up by saying something funny. Well, Aaron makes the jokes. I'm usually slower to come around.
  • The biggest challenge we’ve faced since getting married has been balancing how to become one, and yet still merge all of our families. Aaron's family is very close-knit and I have two families (my parents divorced and both remarried). It's been tough to step out on our own, while also meeting the demands of all our family.
  • The way my SO and I reconnect when we both get busy is date night, or going on a hike. The latter is great because we don’t have the computer and phone to distract us from each other.
  • When I have a disagreement with my in laws, we resolve it by talking it out.
  • If we could do our wedding all over again, the one thing we’d change is we would have hired a videographer!
  • In 5 years, I hope that we are still just as happy as we are today! We share so much in travels and family get-togethers and CrossFit. I hope we never stop sharing with each other.
Wedding photo credit: Meredith Perdue

Friday, March 29, 2013

We're Moving! Yay for Decorating New Spaces!

Guys, I haven't  blogged here in so long! :( Are you still there? Anyone? Anyone?

Gosh, I even sorta miss the Blogger format! (Never thought I'd say that!) I'm doing most of my blogging over on Fit for a Bride these days. It's been a blast! But then when things are happening in my personal life (like moving!), that aren't fitness related, but I want to blog about them... I'm not sure what to do!?

Then I remember I still have my beautiful Sincerely-Sara blog! Oh hello there old friend! 

And I know you guys like the home-related posts over here because when I went through that big apartment makeover, you guys were so supportive! Well, without further ado, here's a peak at our *new* apartment:

It may not look like much, but it's a lot bigger that our current apartment. Also, I'd be lying if I said didn't always want hard woods and fireplace mantel! I'm already thinking about how we'll arrange the furniture, of course and what I'll put on that mantel. Candles? Prints? Decorating makes me SO happy!
There's 3-4 main areas that I would like to accomplish in this space: a living room/chill area for watching tv, relaxing; an office/desk area for Aaron and one for me (FFAB Studio 2.0!) (you can see inspiration here); and although this might be wishful thinking, a little workout area! I've been loving my Jillian workouts lately and want to continue doing them. I think our new space will accomodate a lot better than our current tiny apartment!
Are you surprised I started a Pinterest board called "New Apartment," to pin must-haves? Shocked, I'm sure! Haha.
I'm really inspired by the Sweet Chic Events studio photographed by Hinojsa Photography. I LOVE the brightness of it; all the white furniture and pastel accents, and especially the natural light!
Just gorgeous!
I'm going to embrace that. Big time.
Moving is the best time to purge, too and I cannot tell you how ready I am to go through that process again...
Anyway, I will definitely keep you posted! Thanks for reading this :) Happy Easter!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chic Offices with Inspiration Walls, Lots of Black & White, and Blush Pink Accents

Hey guys!

It's been forever, huh? Sorry, Fit for a Bride has kept me busy! I hope you've been following all the fitness/motivation/weight loss/wedding fun! I'm having a blast with it!

Anyway, it looks like the mister and I are going to be moving! We're staying in Northern Virginia but it's time to say goodbye to our recently re-done apartment! I'm not really sad, though! I'm excited to spruce up a new space!

I'm most looking forward to designing a studio for myself. This next year, I want to take my creativity to the next level with more painting, blogging, design and DIY, and I need a special place to make the magic happen, ya know? A place where I can be inspired!

I've been pinning my little heart out with ideas...

Here's some of my favorite workplaces and a little note on what I love about each one!

Pinned Image
Love this:
Crystal Lamp / Pale Pink Flowers / Black & White / Gold Accent / Candle 
Love this:
Chair / Glass top / Light Pink Flowers / Funky Lamp
Love this:
 Ghost Chair / Funky Lamp / Glass Top / Black & White Accents
Love this:
 Sheepskin / Fresh Flowers / Gold Accent / Natural Light
Love this:
Pink Accents / Gold Lamp / Lots of White / Texture Baskets
Love this:
 Prints / White Frames / Gold Accents
Accents I love:
Pink Flowers / Gold Vase / Tray / Coffee Table Books


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Introducing my new blog: Fit for a Bride!

Hey friends!
I have some big news to share!
See this --------------------------------------------------------------------->

It's the logo for my new blog
[insert cheesy smile]
Read my introduction post here!

I've hinted at starting a new blog and on Instagram, you may have seen me use the hashtag #fitforabride. Well, after months of planning, I'm FINALLY posting over there!
The new blog is called "Fit for a Bride" but really, it's for any woman interested in living healthier. My passion has always been writing, which is why I blog, but in the last two years (since getting hitched!), I've realized I have a passion for a few other things too! Namely, weddings (not over 'em!) and fitness.
You can read my weight loss story here.

You all know I love wedding blogs, but one thing I've noticed: among the hundred of them out there, NONE focus on health and fitness- it's all about color palettes, flowers, the details and fashion. What about a girl's health? Mental and physical?
That's what Fit for a Bride is about. It's gonna have some wedding inspiration (I'm all for the pretty!) but it's going to get into what's going on in our minds and with our bodies!

 I'm really excited about the idea and I've been working on the content for awhile. I want to collaborate with other bloggers as much as possible, so if you're interested in guest posting or sharing your story, or nominating someone you know: comment!
Thanks for following my journey here on Sincerely Sara! Olive Weddings, the Butterfly Cottage, they've all been leading up to this! I'm not going to stop blogging here, but the posts will be more personal, like my Letters from the Heart posts, and they'll be less frequent.
Happy Thursday guys!

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: A Recap

I know I already posted today- I couldn't help share my new-found love for Photoshop, but I wanted to post again to recap this year! In 2012, a lot of great things happened!

I started branding my new blog,

Fit for a Bride!

That's my logo!!!!!

I got a new header

& switched to!


I became a tech-savvy blogger!

Got a DSLR, an iPhone, and Macbook Air!

We decluttered 

& made our living space pretty!

This year's before and after photos:



Other highlights:

Hiking with Aaron

To see what I have planned for 2013,

check out my latest Pinterest Board:


What are some highlights from your year?

Fun with Photoshop Elements

Hey y'all!
Happy New Year's Eve!
What are your plans for tonight?
We decided to stay home this year.
We were all over the place for Christmas and we're ready to relax! 
Also: I'm glued to my computer!
Remember that awesome gift Aaron got me? The Mac?
Well, another gift is proving to be just as exciting: Photoshop Elements.
It took me a day or two after Christmas to finally load the program onto my computer, and even after I did, I still wasn't sure about it. To be honest, I felt pretty frustrated and overwhelmed that first night!
 Then I got together with my friend Monica! (Hear the angles singing? Haha. She's God-sent!)
She showed me the ins-and-outs, and let me tell y'all... it's the greatest program EVER!
 I'm completely obsessed with it and I'm having SO much fun learning to use it!
Last night, I just about died when I discovered the butterfly brush!
 I'm over-the-moon excited about everything I can do with this program!!!!!
If you're a blogger and you've considered buying it, but you aren't sure it's worth the investment, let me assure you: IT IS! It's a lot less expensive than Photoshop CS6 and despite misconceptions, you can do a lot more than fix up photos... There's collages, layouts, templates, custom printables, and more! The world is your oyster!  
You know what I'm most excited about this next year? THIS PROGRAM!
Also, tomorrow is a big day.
I start blogging over on Fit for a Bride!
I'll post here as well to give you more details about that project.
Have a great night friends! See ya in 2013!
P.S. If you have any questions about Photoshop Elements, please feel free to ask!
I plan to blog more about how I'm using the program, but in the meantime, ask away!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Faves from Around the Web

Happy Friday friends! 
This is the LAST Friday Faves post of 2012! 
There are a lot of goodies around the web. I hope you'll enjoy these links! 

{This background is from Regular Jane via Deviant Art}

  • Goal Setting + Making Things Happen in 2013 on - Need a swift kick into the new year? Go through Lara's step-by-step reflection and goal setting plan and I guarantee, you'll feel rejuvenated and pumped for the new year! *This post is the reason I decided to write this Friday Faves post! Looking back through my blog, I really enjoyed this new little feature! I want to keep it going! Hopefully you've enjoyed it too! (Oh yea and you can see my Making Things Happen 2013 Pinterest board here!) 

  • The New and Improved Hey Gorgeous Events - Seriously, y'all. It doesn't get much better than this! Rhiannon's new blog is the true definition of GORGEOUS! She's a rock star in my book and you better believe, I'm following along for all the playful, pretty she brings to the wedding world! Go girl!

  • Completely IN LOVE with the Centsational Girl holiday home tour I spotted via House of Tourquoise. Can I quit my day job and go to interior design school, please? No really, please? My heart does backflips over this stuff! I LOVE her holiday decor. Maybe one day I'll have a house that size to fill =] (And not just a tiny apartment!)

  • I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS! I've been scouring the internet for how-to videos and free downloads ever since I downloaded the program to my new Mac. There is so much goodness out there to snag! I can't list everything here, but check out this Pinterest board I made called Photoshop Elements for lots of great resources.

Enjoy this LAST weekend of 2012! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Husband Spoiled Me this Christmas!

Hey all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Mine was full of surprises... most notably, these two:

My very own MacBook Air!!!!!!! 

I am on my new Mac now and wow- what a world of a difference! My old computer is YESTERDAY'S NEWS! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Mac and even though I have a lot to learn, and it's a bit overwhelming, I am catching on slowly but surely! 

Check out the difference between this computer and my old one:

NIGHT AND DAY! Such a big difference! 

The Mac gonna make blogging so much more fun and hopefully, a lot easier and more frequent since I don't have to lug around a 10 lb laptop to do it!

Aaron definitely shocked me with this one! Awhile back, I thought he might be getting me the laptop when we started sharing Christmas gift ideas, but he told me it wasn't going to happen. I still had a feeling he might do it, but again and again he told me not to get my hopes up! 

I had finally put it out of my mind ... and volia, shocker! When he pulled it out on Christmas Eve for me to open at my Dad's house, I thought it might be that pair of UGGs I've been asking for! 

Of course he waited until all the gifts were opened, and pulled it out! 
I should have known it was going to be big!

Looking over at Aaron wondering what in the world this could be!?

Little sisters eager to help =]


Explaining to my family of PC users what a MacBook Air is - Lol!


When we got home, it really started to sink in! 

It's still sinking in to be honest! 

I couldn't wait to share! 

Tell me about your Christmas! Were there any big surprises?

*Christmas Eve*

Oh! And I have to share this photo of Rocky who was a champ in the car Christmas Day! We drove a total of 4.5 hours and he was excellent! Love this little guy! 

What are your New Year's Eve plans?


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