Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Life's Soundtrack…..part 1

It's no secret that my life is filled with music at all times. Growing up with a mom who can sing and play the piano and a dad who can sing and play any instrument you give him, it was inevitable that I would love music.

In honor of my birthday week, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the music that has shaped my life. Some of the music comes from movies, boy bands, oldies classics, country, rap, etc!  Are all of them amazing songs/albums? Absolutely not! But they are tied to some very strong memories I have.

*When I started writing this post, I realized that it was going to be extremely long being that there are 30 years of music to get through. This may be a 2-parter.

The Wizard of Oz Soundtrack

I remember this being 1 of the first movies I ever watched. I was in awe of the music, the dancing, and the story and I totally wanted those red shoes. I think my very first tap dance was to "We're Off to See the Wizard"!

New Kids On the Block - Hangin Tough & Step By Step

I remember the year that I had two stepsisters and 2 step cousins that were around my age (If you picked up on that awkward family dynamic then we can for sure be friends). We would all pick a NKOTB to be our pretend boyfriends and then we'd make up dances to every song. I also had the lunch box, bedding set, curtains, sleeping bag, dolls, and then made my mom tape their saturday morning cartoon so I could watch it over and over.

Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

I'm going to assume you all are smart enough to understand this obsession.  Moving on.

Serious Hits Live - Phil Collins

Remember when I said my dad was a musician?  Well he played this cd a lot because the guitar parts are amazing. Don't worry, I was also raised on the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Hendrix, Clapton, and of course...

Live at the BBC - The Beatles

My dad played Beatles albums all the time but it wasn't until I went to a sleepover at the dance studio that I started to love them on my own. One of the older girls played this cd and the next day, I took my allowance money and bought it myself. The obsession still lives on.

Joey Lawrence

I loved the show Blossom when I was little and I was so excited for the episode when Joey premiered his music video.  This cd was played a lot in my boombox and then a lot in college when a friend also admitted that she loved Joey like I did (ahem, Sheana)!

Why Haven't I Heard From You - Reba McEntire

I knew every word to this song (probably still do) and even made up my own dance moves!  Mom has a video of my lovely performance somewhere in the archives.

Gangster's Paradise - Coolio

In 6th grade you were only cool if you knew every word to this song. Every. Single. Word. I remember making my friend Katie stay on the phone with me until I could get them all right.

16 Stone - Bush

I was such a rocker in elementary school.

Baby One More Time - Britney

Of course Brit Brit would make the list!  Jr. High was filled with dreams of being one of her back-up dancers one day. I also wanted to start wearing crop tops and low cut jeans that year.

Bye Bye Bye - NSYNC

Team NSYNC all the way!  This cd is still played a lot in my car. Random fun fact, I went to Jr. High and High School with the girl in the Bye Bye Bye video.

Ok ok I realize that most of the people on this list are not "great musicians" but these are the songs that are tied to some pretty epic memories. Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Dress That Got Away

One tradition I've always had my for my birthday is to find an amazing birthday outfit. My 21st bday it was the perfect satin halter top (give me a break, it was 2006), my 28th it was a cute printed jumpsuit that accentuated all the right spots and hid all the not-so-right spots.  This year it was this dress:

This picture doesn't even do it justice. The blue colors are so vibrant and you can definitely dress it up or down depending on what your occasion was.  Sadly, this dress did not make it home with me this weekend because the sales clerk forgot to ring it up with the rest of my stuff. By the time I realized it, we were already back home and the mall we had shopped at was almost an hour away.  

Not to worry, I always have a Plan B.

Being that it will be chilly here Saturday (hey, 54 is still chilly to me), and I was told not to get TOO fancy, I am opting for cute jeans and a top.  I picked up this top in both black and white on my shopping excursion:

and am planning on pairing it with super dark jeans and this pretty little bauble

Simple and clean with a pop of color and sparkle. Perfect for turning 30!

Mr. Michigan will only tell me that I need to be ready at 4:00pm Saturday so I have no clue what we're doing.  I'm excited and will have a full update for y'all next week!

Here's a few other gems I picked up on my shopping haul this weekend:

I see these shorts with a tucked-in tank or this flowy top

I also picked up this pretty little scarf.

Did you take advantage of any Easter deals last weekend?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites Link Up

Happy Friday y'all!

Today I'm linking up with the gorgeous Amanda for her first link up, Friday Favorites!

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Here are my favorite things about this past week/upcoming Easter weekend

Favorite Breakfast Recipe

I saw this recipe for Breakfast Casserole on Nicole's blog a few years ago tried it out. It is now requested by my family for holidays, my GPhi sisters for our lake trip every year, and now Mr. Michigan.  I am making it for his family for Easter Brunch. I altered my recipe a little from this one and will post it soon!

Favorite Workout

I went to Boot Camp for the first time in over a month on Wednesday. Holy sore ERRYTHING! My lovely trainer did a "ladder" workout where we completed 50 sets, 40, 30, 20, 10. The exercises went in this order:
1 arm kettle bell swings
Squats holding 1 arm out and cradling kettle bell
Side lunges
1 arm snatch
Yeah needless to say I STILL can't move!

Favorite New TV Show

Only 2 episodes have aired and I am HOOKED! I mean anything with Dawson and E is going to be good (Dawson's Creek and E from Entourage for those of you living under a rock)! Between those 2 guys and hottie Brooklyn Decker, I will be tuning in every week.

Favorite Easter Treat

It's no secret that I love me some chocolate so of course I had to try this ooey gooey goodness.  It is definitely worth the 147 calories few extra lunges and squats at the gym.

Alright I'm off to enjoy this beautiful Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Last weekend I finally got to check off something on the ol 30 Before 30 List.  I rounded up a couple girlfriends, their hubbies and Mr. Michigan for The Color Run!  I had never done a 5K before and was super nervous being that I'm NOT a runner.  All 3 girls I was running with have completed 1/2 marathons and I assumed the boys would probably leave me in the dust!

Waiting to start!

The ladies and Brad

Well I am proud to say that I not only ran the whole 5K but I kept pace with the ladies!  Small potatoes for all of you marathoners out there but a big accomplishment for this gal!

Before the run

The only thing I was disappointed in was how little color actually got on me!  I wanted my shirt to be covered and was so disappointed when I just had little streaks of color.

See? You can't even tell we ran through that whole mess!

Oh well, it was still tons of fun!