Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Our Proposal Story




I am so excited to finally be able to share the details of one of the most magical days of my life with you!  The holidays and the first few months of 2017 have been quite a whirlwind, sorry for the delay!


I knew something was happening on the morning of December 11th, because Johnny was so emotional.  He told me he had a surprise planned for me, and ended up taking me to get a massage.  That was the last time I saw him until he was proposing that night.  When I walked out of my massage, two of my friends who now live in Wisconsin, were there to pick me up!  I was shocked!  We spent the day together eating brunch, getting my hair done, manis and pedis, and love notes from Johnny at each place we went.
His brother, who lives in Missouri, surprised me at a couple of locations too with a rose and a bottle of wine.  When my friends brought me home, I had a note waiting telling me to get dressed in my new sparkly gold dress!  I quickly got dressed and waited for what was going to happen next.  There was a knock at the door and my parents were there to pick me up in a limo.  After a short ride, I realized we were pulling up to Doak Campbell Stadium (Go Noles!).  We all got out of the limo and my parents walked me to the edge of the football field.  There were rose petals in the shape of a heart at the 50 yard line!


I walked out to the middle of the field and the jumbotron started playing “The Big Proposal” video.  Johnny talked to some very important people in our lives trying to come up with an idea for a really big proposal (this included family, but also legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden and Mickey Mouse!).  Once the video ended, Johnny walked out to meet me and, as we were both crying, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.





Even after all that, he wasn’t finished yet!  The jumbotron started to play another video with friends and family members celebrating and dancing to one of my favorite songs followed by an incredible fireworks display.



Once it was over, we turned to walk back and that was when I realized so many of our friends had been watching the whole time up in the Champion’s Club.  




We went upstairs to join them to celebrate the rest of the night!  Tons of food, a chocolate fountain, a string quartet from the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra…the list goes on.  I could never have imagined such an incredible and special night!

You can watch the full proposal video here --------> https://youtu.be/8CjQ8Kyjk7M



We went to Disney World the following weekend to celebrate our new engagement at one of our favorite places.


Now the wedding planning begins!  

xoxo, Shannon

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shakeology Mug Cake Recipe


This is a super simple and quick recipe to get a little dessert in if you're craving something sweet...without the guilt!

Ingredients:

1 serving Chocolate Shakeology
1 serving of Stevia
Dash of salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
Optional add-ins: powdered peanut butter, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, flavored Stevia, pure flavor extracts, etc. depending on your preferences

Directions:

In a microwave-safe mug, mix the dry ingredients.  Then mix in the almond milk and make sure all of the dry ingredients are covered (it will be like a batter).  Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

Enjoy!!

xoxo, Shannon




Thursday, December 22, 2016

Snowman Christmas Tree

Christmas is my favorite time of year!  I have a traditional green Christmas tree with lights and ornaments, but the past few years I also added a bit smaller snowman tree.  I have gotten so many compliments on it, I wanted to share a quick post so you can make one of your own. It's so simple and so cute!!



A simple white pre-lit tree (that I got on sale after Christmas!) and a simple red tree skirt are the easiest finds.  I already had a red scarf that I was able to use for the tree and conveniently, I also had a "Frosty" top hat.  I have seen some at Hobby Lobby and Amazon though.  I got the craft pieces at Hobby Lobby: a white paper lantern (just make sure it is proportional to whatever size tree you are using), small black and orange puffs to make the eyes and nose, larger black puffs to make the buttons (attached with ornament hooks), and black pipe cleaners (I connected two for each arm).  I finished up my snowman with a few white glitter ornaments.






I hope all of you enjoy the holidays! <3

xoxo, Shannon

Monday, December 5, 2016

Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker









Ingredients:

Approximately 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
Pink Himalayan salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash Table Blend to season (approximately 1/2 teaspoon of each, but adjust to your preferences)


Instructions:

Pour the chicken broth into the slow cooker and then add the chicken breasts.  Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.




Turn the slow cooker to low and cook for 3.5 hours.

Use two forks to shred the chicken breasts.




Cook the shredded chicken on low for an additional 30 minutes.


I portion out the chicken (personally, I use the red protein container from the 21 Day Fix) into ziploc bags and store enough for the next few days in the refrigerator and keep the rest in the freezer.  It's super easy to grab and make quick meals!  Add the chicken to soups, sandwiches, salads...anything!

You can cook this chicken to use in practically ANY recipe which is why it's perfect for meal prepping!  Just mix it in with different ingredients and seasonings and you have a bunch of different meals ready to go.

xoxo, Shannon


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Fashion Favorites



Fall is here!  I am looking forward to the cooler weather and all of the cute clothes in my closet just waiting to be worn.  This is definitely my favorite time of the year, I just hope Florida can't cool off sooner than later!

I want to share my favorite fall fashion trends to help you dress your best for the new season.


1. Wine Red - I love this color (I might be biased because of my Seminoles haha) and you can find every piece of clothing in it...tops, jeans, hats, scarves, you name it.  It's a bold color and makes a statement!


Hat (mine is from LOFT, similar one here)
Necklace (mine is from Target, similar one here)


2.  Olive Green - Another great fall color!  It can mix well with other patterns, like leopard print.




3.  Plaid - A cozy plaid top or a big blanket scarf; it is a staple for your fall wardrobe.


Top (Similar color here)


4.  Lace Dresses - There are a lot of great dresses out there with fun lace details and cutouts!  Find something that fits your style and have some fun.


Dress (Mine is by Bailey Blue, similar one here)


5.  Fringe Details - How cute are these fringe booties?!  I love this detail!  You can find fringe on handbags, vests, and dresses too.




6.  Chokers - Did you wear chokers in the 90's?  Well, they're back!  I love the faux suede or faux leather self-tie chokers.  Fun fall accessory!


Necklace (Mine is from Francesca's, similar one here)
Tee (This is from a subscription serrvice, but other graphic tees can be found here)
Jeans (Mine came in a Stitch Fix box, but similar pair is here)


7. Cargo Vests - Fun piece to pair with a top and jeans, but it also works well with a dress.


Vest (Mine is by FATE, similar one here)
Dress (Mine is by GLAM, similar one here)
Wedges (Mine are Mossimo, similar ones here)


P. S.  These are the no show (an no slip!) socks that I wear with all of my booties.  They are the BEST!




What are you looking forward to for fall?


[Disclaimer: Some links used are affiliate links <3]


xoxo, Shannon

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

30 Things To Do Before I Turn 30!




Earlier this month, I celebrated my 29th birthday!  It was pretty special, my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Orlando.  We spent some time at Disney (our home away from home), I got to see my parents, and we got to watch Florida State's first game of the season against Ole Miss.




I've been to Disney more times than I can count, but this was the first birthday I've spent there.  They definitely make you feel extra special!  I got to have lunch with the Princesses (they even signed a birthday card for me!) and dinner with Winnie the Pooh.  



Even though I had a great birthday, I can't help but think that I am really close to turning 30 years old.  Scary!  I really want to get the most out of the last year in my 20's and make sure it's full of exciting experiences.  I decided to put together a list of 30 items to complete before my 30th birthday.  Some are new experiences, some are things I've done before, and some are things that HAVE to be done. I've tried to cover a wide range of tasks and really focus on bettering myself.  So, here's the list:

1. Have new lifestyle photos taken professionally.
2. Read 30 Personal Development books.
3. Travel to a new country.
4. Take Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour.
5. Get a new hairstyle. (September 20, 2016)
6. Paint a canvas or piece of pottery.
7. Recreate my blog's website.
8. Design a blog logo.
9. Start my Youtube channel.
10. Create my morning routine.
11. Swim with dolphins.
12. Take a beach vacation.
13. Attend a concert.
14. Treat myself to a day at the spa.
15. Start a collection.
16. Find out more about my heritage.
17. Buy fresh flowers for myself once a month.

September

October


December

18. Meet Shaun T. (Charlotte, NC January 14, 2017)
19. Stomp grapes at a vineyard.
20. $1 million in real estate.
21. Get engaged. (December 11, 2016)

22. Become a Shakeology 365er and get my shaker cup and golden scoop.
23. Watch an FSU football practice. (October 25, 2016)
24. Be able to do a forearm stand.
25. Write a letter to my mom and dad telling them how much I appreciate them.
26. Fly in a helicopter.
27. Pass my post-licensing exam for real estate.
28. Create a Disney photo album for all of our best pictures over the years (and for the future).
29. Inspire someone to change their life.
30. Swim in a natural spring.

I will be updating this list throughout the year and plan to cross them all off!  Have you done a 30 Before 30 list before (or a bucket list before any birthday)?  I would love to see what you put on YOUR list!

xoxo, Shannon

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Top 5 Tips to Stay Motivated on Your Fitness Journey



Life is tough sometimes, right??  Things don't always go the way you plan and it can be chaotic at times.  You get tired, you get in a funk.  You don't want to work out, you would rather curl up on the couch and binge on Netflix.  Have you been there before?

If you start out on a fitness journey and want to make a change in your life, there will be highs and there will be lows.  Just like anything else in life...it takes work.  You have to be willing to make the effort for yourself!

Here are my TOP FIVE tips to keep yourself motivated:

1.  Schedule your workouts - - - and show up for YOURSELF! You wouldn't cancel on your boss would you? Don't cancel on YOU.

2.  Set goals.  And I don't mean a number on the scale.  Do you want to workout 5 days a week instead of 3?  Is there a pair of jeans you want to be able to fit into again?  

3.  Reward yourself.  When you reach those goals you set, do something for yourself.  Get your nails done, buy a new workout outfit.  I suggest not relating this reward with food.

4.  Stay off of the scale, it's not your friend.  Seriously.  The number on the scale is just that...a number.  Instead, focus on the way you're feeling and the way your body is changing.  Do you have more energy?  Are you sleeping better?  Do you see definition in your biceps?  I workout because I want to FEEL better and FEEL strong and not because I want to weigh a certain number on the scale.

5.  Have a support system.  I think this is something a lot of people miss.  If I didn't have my girls in my accountability group, my days off the wagon would certainly last much longer than they do.  We check in with each other and we notice if someone is missing.  We share our struggles and offer encouragement.  We share what has worked for us and help others who may be where we've been before.  So, find YOUR people!  Maybe it's your best friend, sister, significant other, or an online group of people you don't even know yet (I promise you, it's not scary!).



xoxo, Shannon