Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Do you run on Dunkin? (giveaway!)

It seems as if every time I turn around there is another yummy treat popping up at Dunkin Donuts. I really love how they have been branching out. When I was growing up it was only donuts. I would never complain about that but it is nice to have more options now!

Dunkin Donuts recently came out with two new treats. One being the chocolate croissant.

While it's not Gluten Free, it IS delicious. I'll be honest though the one I got at my local DD was a little burnt/crispy. I think if it was so burnt it would have been even better. It has enough glaze on it and just the right amount of chocolate inside. A perfect quick treat for your sweet craving. Definitely not overpowering at all. No sugar coma here.

Another new favorite of mine? The Turkey Sausage Cheddar wrap. Y'all. Stop what you're doing right now and go get one. I am so serious. I've never been a breakfast wrap type of person. Just because, to me, there's always so much going on and I don't trust meat at fast food places. But this? This wrap is so delicious. And at only 210 calories, it's a choice that you can feel good about.

If you know me well then you also know I function on coffee. I'm a bit of a coffee snob so for me to fall in love with the Dark Roast from DD is huge. It's exactly what I need to get up and going. Especially with three kids, I need this intravenously.

Now on to the fun part! The awesome folks at Dunkin Donuts want you to try their new items and get hooked on their coffee as much as I do! Follow the rafflecopter below to enter! You must be a follower of Running in Pearls through GFC (Google Friend Connect).

Good Luck!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Preserve Your Story: Project Repat

Something that is near and dear to my heart is supporting local and small businesses. It's also important to me that we stop outsourcing and keep jobs here in the States. If you remember awhile back, I posted about how hard it was for Veterans to find jobs. Which is something that still infuriates me. But alas, this post isn't about politics. Because this would be the longest post ever.

I wanted to share with y'all this awesome company called "Project Repat". 

Project Repat is a company that creates fair wage jobs here in the U.S and creates high-quality, affordable t-shirt quilts with minimal carbon impact that 'repatriates' textile jobs back to the United States. 

Check this video out:

You can read more about how Project Repat got started here.

I've always wanted to make a t-shirt quilt with old race shirts so when this opportunity came up, I jumped on it. I've compiled quite a few race day shirts along with my Air Force PT shirt and my husbands Navy shirt and Desert cami's. I can't wait to see the finished product! I can already tell you that I'll be ordering another one with all of K's monogrammed baby shirts for when she's older.

Aren't they awesome, y'all? What would you add to your quilt?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Whatever Our Souls are Made of, His and Mine are the Same

Whew. It's been a long two almost three weeks. Why does it always seem like I need a vacation from my vacation? I need a mama only vacay, Is that acceptable? 

Before I took a mini blog hiatus, we ventured off to Orlando for our "engagement" shoot. (Yes, I know. We're already married. But we skipped this part. ha!) We needed this little time away from demanding little munchkins. It was a great bonus that Amalie and Jeff were amazeballs, fun, and super friendly. Jeff and J hit it off immediately. We think it was the bald head that they bonded over.

I know some of you have seen a few via Instagram but I wanted to share some more of our favorites. I couldn't be happier with how they came out and I can't wait to have the entire family done.

Next step is picking out three for canvases. Everyone should have an Amalie in their lives. She was such a ray of sunshine and so refreshing! I only wish we lived closer. We can't wait to work with her again!

Which one is your favorite? Canvases are always hard to choose!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

25 Signs You Are The Kind Of Woman The World Is Scared Of

Recently, I found this amazing list on Facebook and related to almost every single thing on it. What drew me in was the "resting bitch face", which I'm notorious for having apparently. I can't help it that I look unamused (?) constantly. It's a legitimate condition y'all.

If I had a dollar for every time that I heard one of these comments, I would be a millionaire. If only...

*Comments in parenthesis are mine.

  1.  You have a lot of opinions about a lot of things, and you just can’t keep them to yourself.
  2. You mean what you say and say what you mean – none of that Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus nonsense.
  3. You never back-down from an argument. You’re not always starting them but you sure as hell finish them when necessary. (my husband says that this is my lawyer mentality. oops.)
  4. You have really high standards for the people you choose to be around and you’re not afraid to leave behind those who cannot meet it. (thus why I can count my good friends on one hand)
  5. You’ve got even higher standards for any person who wants to be with you, romantically. (I made J wait for almost 3 months before letting him kiss me ha!)
  6. You’d much rather fail at doing things your way than succeed while being a people-pleaser. (Stubborn. Yes. People pleaser? Hell no.)
  7. You do not tolerate drama but you also will stand up for yourself if the situation calls for it. (Keep drama FAR from me! Seriously. And I'll stand up for my family as well.) 
  8. You love being in charge, taking control, and anything and everything that makes you feel powerful. (I'm not called a "pit bull in a pencil skirt for nothing)
  9. You’re called high maintenance for knowing what you like and what you like happens to be of finer tastes. (ha! So many times. So.Many.Times.)
  10. Coco Chanel, Maya Angelou, and Queen Victoria are your spirit animals. (Not so much, Bethenney Frankel, yes. Amongst others)
  11. You’ve always thought aspiring to be “like a man” is something people who lack ambition do.
  12. You are not afraid to ask your boss for a raise because you want to be paid what you deserve.
  13. When you want something, you go for it, unapologetically. (pit bull in a pencil skirt, y'all.)
  14. You are not afraid to “be alone” because that is 1000 times better than getting less than what you deserve. (I've always said this. I WANT to be with J but I don't NEED to be with him.)
  15. In a relationship, you ask for what you need and you are willing to compromise some things, but not everything.
  16. You make disloyal people regret their words and/or actions.
  17. But you never take revenge, because you know the best revenge is success.
  18. You also always forgive your enemies but like every sensible person, “you never forget their names.”
  19. You don’t apologize for crying or not crying.
  20. You relish your strengths and accept your weaknesses and consider self-growth an everyday endeavor.
  21. You intimidate people with your confidence – not just men or women – people in general. (Again why I can count my real friends on one hand ha)
  22. You are allergic to people’s bullshit and you do not hestitate to inform them of that. (Amen and amen)
  23. You like to think of yourself as “not a lover or a fighter” but someone who will indeed, “fight for what and whom they love.”
  24. You’re not afraid of being called difficult because you know it’s just a word society uses for women who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo. (If I had a $1 for every time I was told this as well, I would be super rich lol)
  25. And you are always slightly overdressed for everything. (not at all. but I think my RBF makes up for that...ha)
Thanks to ThoughtCatalog for providing this awesome article! Spot on. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Home Tour

Time to spread the cheer around here!

1. What's your favorite Christmas song?
"O' Holy Night" most definitely. I love belting that one out. Kinsley and I have been singing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer about 6 times every night at bed time though. That will always be another favorite just because of that. 

2. Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas day?
Growing up we always opened one gift on Christmas Eve after going to look at the lights with my Grandfather. We are keeping that tradition going and letting the girls do that as well. The rest are obviously on Christmas morning.

3. Are you a last minute present wrapper or are you done buying and wrapping 
presents way in advance?
Usually I am a last minute everything. This year I"M DONE! Everything is wrapped and ready to go! Considering the year we had I call this a giant win.

4. What's your favorite Christmas movie?
The Grinch. Is that weird? And this is also probably weird but The Family Stone. ha!

5. What are a couple things on your wish list?
You can read that here! It hasn't changed :)

6. What is a favorite Christmas memory you have? 
The same year that my mom passed away (2 months before Christmas) my cousin filled my stocking and put an orange at the bottom of it. It's something that my mother use to do and the stocking was always my favorite part of Christmas morning. It meant so much to me that she did that for me. 

7. If you are married, how do you split up time with each family?
Oy. This is something that is so hard for me. I have a HUGE family and we all get together in the same house. I love spending time there with them because it's always so much fun and there are many laughs. In the evening we usually go to J's Grandmother's house for their Christmas.

8. Do you stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve? 
No, I surely do not. We aren't partiers and we aren't drinkers so there's nothing for us lame-o's to do other than watch the ball drop. Why do that when you can sleep? lol  I'm so boring.

9. Do you get dressed up or get comfy in your pjs? 
In the morning we are still in our Christmas jammies. During the family Christmas we dress how we usually dress, which is preppy/nice anyway. lol

10. Do you have your resolutions planned by the new year or think of them once 
the year is here? 
I am not one to make resolutions but I do have a main goal for my photography business and that's to throw myself into it and get it up off the ground finally instead of random sessions.
Now for the home decor tour! There's just something about Christmas trees lit in your home that make it cozier than it already is. The lights and the colors always make me feel like my home is complete. Until January rolls around and then I'm ready for the clutter to go away.

Christmas tree #1

Christmas tree #2. We call this the Starbucks tree. The only ornaments on it are from Starbucks. lol

Christmas tree #3.

Next year we will have trees in each of the girls rooms and most likely the foyer. 

Ahem. Our fireplace. lol!

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