Brazen Thoughts

Just a peek into the things that go through my head daily

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Gut Check Time

Literally and figuratively. I need to lose some lbs! Let me preface this by saying, I’m in shape, I have a career in fitness and generally eat pretty well. I’m a very strong woman and proud of my body, and I know that while I’ll never be “perfect” by many peoples standards, I’m overall happy with my body. That does not mean that I don’t look at the stomach of a model and not dream of having a six pack, I do, much like many women out there. I would never take drastic measures to get there and my LOVE of food will probably always hold me back and that’s okay. The bigger focus for me in recent years has become my health, not just how I look. That’s why I always tell people they should get in shape for life, not just a specific event! Once that event has come and gone, are you going to revert back and put 20 lbs on!? I sure hope not! Keep up those good habits that you adopted before your event and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.

I was focused before the wedding, but I was also stressed and dealing with a back injury, so I probably wasn’t in the “best” shape I could have been, but oh well, it was a beautiful day and that’s all that matters! After the wedding, we went to Mexico for a short getaway and we ate/drank whatever we wanted. I said that as soon as we got back, I was going to get focused again, and I did, but that back injury kept me a bit at bay, so I had to back off. Then we had a friend visit for the weekend, so it was back to eating/drinking like crazy! I wasn’t catching a break anywhere!

Which leads me to where I am right now. With my jeans hating me (luckily I wear yoga pants to work), and my stomach more squishy then usual. I’ll get it back to where I want it, but it’s going to take some sacrifice. Exercise has never been my issue, it’s always been the eating, as I said, I love food, and it’s not easy for me to cut down on certain foods, but oh well, it’s gut check time. I’ve told myself that I can’t eat as many sweets as I normally do, I don’t need something sweet after dinner every night. This is just one small change that I need to make for my health and to be honest, for my vanity (I’m not ashamed to say it, I’m vain, it’s true)

In order to keep myself motivated, I’m going to share my “before” pictures, and try to take weekly updates so that I can keep myself motivated. This is something I’ve never done before and am very nervous for people who know me and think I’m in such good shape to see what I look like!

PicMonkey Collage

Check back to see my progress and hear my thoughts on how it’s going!


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I cannot believe it’s been two weeks and the even that we had been planning for over a year is over! It is true what everyone says, it’s over and done in a blink of an eye, but it was worth every single second, every single penny that we put into this and while I look back and would have changed some minor things, I had such an amazing time and I hope our guests did as well!

So, if you’ve been following, you’ll know that I started this process a year ago as Miss City Lights Bride on the It’s a Brides Life Blog. Well sadly, they have ended that blog, so I decided to start my own! Moving forward, this will cease to be about weddings (sorry!) unless I see a really cool idea that I want to share, and become “Brazen Thoughts”. My last name is Brazen, which many people do not know means shameless, so it’s a little play on words 🙂 I’m very big into fitness and nutrition, so you’ll see a ton of that on here, but all in all, it will be about what I’m thinking and feeling.

Enjoy and let me know if there’s anything you want me to talk about (or shut up about ;))

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Unity Ceremony

The unity ceremony symbolizes the joining of two families, typically with two candles lit by the mothers of the bride and groom. During your ceremony, you and your fiancé will take the candles from your mothers and light one larger candle together. Nowadays there are a ton of different options you can use besides the candles; sand, tying a rope knot, glass, and what we’ve personally decided on, PAINT!

We will take two colors of paint, and start at opposite ends of a canvas, pour the colors down and merge them in the middle. This way, we will have our own work of art that we can hang on our wall forever!

  we ❤ this! Gracenote Photography

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Thank You to Our Parents

There is no gift out there that can say thank you enough to our parents for helping us plan this wedding, but I’m going to find something! I’ve scoured the internet for ideas and here are a few that I was able to find that I fell in love with!

 we ❤ this! Brush Stroke Plates

 we ❤ this! Words Work Prints

 we ❤ this! Whisper Hills

 we ❤ this! Paper Ramma

 we ❤ this! Lovey Dovey Creations

Do you have any ideas for gifts for your parents? Let me know!

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Getting Mail!

If there is one thing that I miss about living in the modern age, it’s that we never receive fun mail anymore! Everything is electronic these days, even many wedding invites. While there is nothing wrong with adapting to the electronic age, I love arriving home to envelopes that aren’t bills or junk! I have to say, this is one of the best things about sending out your invitations. I am so excited to get home each day and see who has sent in their RSVP! We went pretty traditional with our invites and response cards, but here are some couples that had some fun with it:

rsvp1Wedding Bee

rsvp2One Wed

rsvp3Katie Kerr

Would you go the traditional or funny route?

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Creating a Schedule

One of my biggest strengths is that I’m organized to a fault. I can be spontaneous, but I’d much rather have my days planned out in order to keep on task. This attribute is coming in very handy when it comes to wedding planning. The hard part is, while I’m super organized, I’ve never planned an actual day of wedding before, so my timelines are a bit off from the norm. Luckily, I’ve surrounded myself by professionals that, having done this many times, know what the day should look like. My day of coordinator Amanda and I have been emailing regularly with my vendors to create a schedule that will keep the day flowing smoothly, the stress low and the fun on 10!

I cannot stress enough to brides to be out there, don’t leave your day to chance! There will be something that you forget and you don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute or have to show up late to your own ceremony!

I found the most complete list of how much time you should expect to spend on each section of your day from Bridal Guide. That way, you can work backward from your ceremony time to see when you should start your pampering for the day! I personally love excel spreadsheets for this type of thing. As you can see below, the sheet is color coded to tell everyone where they need to be and when!


Or you can have some fun with it and do something like this:scheudule1

Both ideas from The Budget Savvy Bride

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Specialty Cocktails: Summer Edition

It’s almost time for my favorite season of the year, summer!! Which brings me to my final specialty cocktails post. How refreshing do some of these drinks look?!

summer11Pineapple Margaritas / Tequila Blackberry Lemonade / White Strawberry Sangria

summer12Frozen Cherry Mojito / Peach Flip / Sparkling Watermelon Chiller

summer13Swimming Pool / Creamsicle