Rose: The Bridal Shower

It has been so long since we’ve posted. Needless to say, life has been busy for both me and Jenna. But I’d remiss if I didn’t post about one of the happiest days of my life: my bridal shower. Together, my maid of honor, bridesmaids, mother and stepmother pulled off one of the most incredible bridal showers. Every detail was so “me” and the day was captured perfectly with photography.

It had long been a hope of mine to get married on my grandparents’ farm. I knew long ago that wouldn’t be a reality for a number of reasons: space issues, timing. But I made the request that the shower be on the farm, if at all possible. Despite a cold and rainy September day, the girls made it happen. Even from the day’s sunrise, the day was beautiful.


The number of details included in the shower made it just perfect. I’d told Marissa, “Moo”, my maid of honor, that all I wanted was mimosas. I went to a bridal shower like that years ago, and it always stuck in my mind. So they delivered, with a beautiful mimosa bar:


And they stuck with the breakfast theme. For snacks, they set up a cute bagel bar with muffins, pastries and fruit.


One of my favorite aspects of the shower were the date sticks. Guests were asked to write a “date idea” on one of the sticks and drop it into this old jar. The jar actually belonged to my grandmother and was gifted to us after the shower. The dates are hilarious — they sure got creative. And again, I loved the small details. The book on the table was a classic at my grandparent’s house; we always looked at those World Books!


The cupcake stand was out of this world. With a little bit of effort, they made these look super cute and unique.

And check out the cute card holder!


The favors were also super cute. They made these neat little sugar scrubs. I especially liked this detail because I ALWAYS make these at Christmas for friends and family. They knew it would be perfect for the shower.

Even more important than the details were the family and friends that gathered for my big day. I had family and friends who traveled far distances for the occasion, and it meant so much to me that they were there. My dad and Morgan also worked hard — taking care of the farm, parking cars. And I know everyone worked hard to make the place look spic and span for the shower.

This is a day I’ll never forget. So many memories … It makes me so excited for the wedding in January!


Rose: Back to Basics Challenge

Next month, many of us are going “back to school.” Even if you aren’t a formal student, September is always a good time to restart. Fall is settling in, and summer vacations have ended. Work ramps up (at least for me!), and it starts to get cooler. This is why it’s important to set a plan, an intention, early on — before fall slips away.

We’ll be doing all of that and more in my September challenge!

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There are a couple of ways to restart, and I’m here to help you figure out what works best for you.

Option 1: Complete, along with a supportive group, the 3-Day Refresh. We hope to do this the week after Labor Day to rid ourselves of toxins and bring the body back to equilibrium.

Option 2: Complete, along with a supportive group, a month of clean eating (we can discuss this in depth if you are new to this concept). We’ll be using the 21 Day Fix as a guide, but this can be adapted based on your needs. You can check in via FB, or, if you’re taking a break from social media, we can check in via email, text or phone calls.

Option 3: Both of these together, which is what I’ll be doing.

In addition to honing in on nutrition, I’m asking each challenger to have a fitness plan. This can be an at-home DVD workout, a calendar you create with me or a gym regime. Your goal is 6 days a week, 30 minutes a day along with a combination of strength and cardio.

Questions? Comments? Are you ready to the take the plunge? If so, comment below, and we can set up a personal consultation.

Rose: Honest Review of Shakeology Boost “Focused Energy”

While I was at the Team Beachbody Summit, they introduced a new Shakeology add-on called “Shakeology Boosts.” There are three types: Focused Energy, Power Greens and Digestive Health. I decided to give the “Focused Energy” a try, especially on days where I’m not feeling rested.


What I like about the Focused Energy are the ingredients. I spent some time looking up each ingredient and found that many include natural form of caffeine. In fact, much more caffeine than a cup of coffee. One of the main ingredients is Guarana, which has been seen to increase mental alertness, fight fatigue and help increase concentration.

On a particularly restless night, I added one scoop of this to my regular morning Shakeology. The taste is a little chalky but resembles chocolate, so it wasn’t hard for me to drink. I did notice that I immediately felt a surge of energy that carried me through my entire morning. For how poor my sleep was, I got quite a bit done at work that morning. I was alert, rested and energized. And I never felt jittery.

However, I did have some intestinal discomfort that’s worth mentioning. All of my life, I’ve struggled with stomach issues. I actually had to switch to Chocolate Vegan because whey protein does not agree with me (and it’s an ingredient in the regular formula). Unfortunately, the Focused Energy Boost gave me slight issues — but only for a few days. Once I started drinking it more regularly, those issues went away (after about 3-4 days of consuming with Shakeology). And, not to be TMI, but the first time I tried this product, I had to use the bathroom — like RIGHT AWAY. That’s not a problem; it’s just something you should be aware of.

My next experiment will be trying the Boost WITHOUT Shakeology. Given my sensitive stomach, it may be easier for me digestively to have this with just plain water. I will keep you posted on how that goes!

Overall, I liked the Focused Energy Boost, and I will continue to purchase and use it daily. I also think this is a great option for those who don’t get enough sleep, are trying to quit coffee and want a natural form of caffeine. This Boost provides all three at a pretty affordable price.

If you have questions, feel free to include them below. I’m happy to answer! :)

Rose: Non-Traditional Wedding Flowers

Our wedding is now 166 days away. That’s only five-and-a-half months until the big day. For the most part, the planning process has been enjoyable. There’ve been a few bumps and twists, but that’s to be expected. And while the details used to scare me, I’m now starting to embrace them.

It helps when you work with pleasant vendors. One thing I’ve learned from wedding planning is that timing is everything. When someone responds to me quickly and with enthusiasm, I am far more likely to make a purchase from them. This is what happened with The Paper Girl on Etsy.

We decided early on that we didn’t want traditional, live flowers at our wedding. They cost a fortune and only to die in the end. A little internet searching let me to Lindy’s shop. At this point, I decided I wanted to pursue paper flowers to go with our literary-themed wedding.

From the start, Lindy has been a joy to work with. She responds to my messages with genuine interest and has worked tirelessly to produce the best possible flowers for our wedding. Just this week, she sent me a few samples in the mail. She’s dipped the ends in color, which will beautifully tie everything together.


I can’t wait to see all of the flowers at once. I’ve ordered all bouquets, boutonnieres, corsage and table flowers from Lindy. That’s a lot of flowers, and it will certainly keep her busy over the coming months! I’m overjoyed that she’s taking part in our special day and thank her immensely!

Rose: Quick Mini Pizzas

In June, I followed the Fit Girls Guide eating plan. The plan was mostly a refresher for me — I’ve been eating clean for years — but I did really enjoy the recipes they included. This plan is designed for women who are on-the-go and don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. A lot of the recipes involve simple ingredients and are quite easy to make.

Throughout my month of following the Fit Girls Guide, the mini pizzas were my favorite. They require only about 5-10 minutes of prep time followed by 5-10 minutes in the oven.

The “crust” is a whole wheat pita or whole wheat tortilla topped with your choice sauce (hopefully homemade), veggies, protein and cheese. My pizzas usually clock in around 500 calories each, are super filling and also 21-Day Fix approved (if you follow that plan).

I’ve been experimenting with different pies, especially on busy nights. Should I have more time, I’d like to try making my own crust. This would healthify the recipe even further and cut down on added sodium from the store-bought pitas.

I would highly recommend these little pizzas — or even the Fit Girls Guide — to anyone with a busy schedule. You can stay healthy and full with very minimal effort.

Do you make pizzas at home? What’s your secret?