Today I had another yogurt and barley breakfast bowl (yes, I’m in love), but instead of using thawed frozen strawberries in the bowl like I did yesterday, I stirred in thawed frozen raspberries. I’m so adventurous, I know.
If you’ve never enjoyed barley in a sweet dish and have only had it in soups or savory meals, please give this a try. It’s chewy, slightly nutty and so delicious!
My workout today was sweat-tastic! I did 35 minutes on the treadmill, followed by 15 minutes on the elliptical with OK! magazine. I love my celebrity gossip!
My 35 minute treadmill workout looked like this:
- Min. 1 – 15: 1.0 incline, 6.5 pace
- Min. 15: 1.0 incline, 7.5 pace
- Min. 16: 1.0 incline, 6.5 pace
- Min. 17: 1.0 incline, 7.5 pace
- Min. 18: 1.0 incline, 6.5 pace
- Min. 19: 1.0 incline, 8.0 pace
- Min. 20 – 25: 1.0 incline, 6.5 pace
- Min. 25 – 35: 7.5 incline, 4.2 pace
I broke it up into three segments: steady state cardio followed by intervals, and back to steady state cardio again. It kept me entertained and made the workout go by quickly.
Wedding Planning: Weighing What’s Important
Throughout the wedding planning process, we’ve been adjusting our budget in certain areas to make room for additions in other areas.
I’ve received many different words of advice ranging from “Don’t waste money on a dress… you wear it once,” to “Definitely budget for your dress… it’s the one thing you’ll remember forever.” Clearly, different aspects of a wedding are important to different people.
Aside from food and drinks, what aspect of a wedding do you think is worthy of the most money?
To me, it is our photographer. It was so important for me to find someone we felt comfortable around and whose style was more candid than “pose-y.” I love pictures that capture moments and emotions and was determined to find a photographer whose photographs weren’t staged and someone who captured and love and emotion felt throughout the wedding day. I think (and hope!) we found a good one.
I think the area in which I’m most willing to cut costs is the flowers. I love flowers and think they’re beautiful, but they can be really expensive and other areas are much more important to me.
In fact, I’ve adjusted our flower budget to make room for something many people probably think is silly: chairs. I am obsessed with chiavari chairs!
To me, they add an element of sophistication and such a nice, clean look to a reception room.
My dad is so funny about the chairs… naturally he (like many) doesn’t understand why I love these chairs so much. Buuut, last night I got this sweet email from him:
Julie, I am at a black tie affair tonight in DC and the chairs, I think, are the safari (sp) you like. They are nice but I would have never noticed them if it wasn’t for you. Just fyi. Love you, Daddy
I think he’s coming around. I love how he called them safari chairs! Truth be told, that’s what I thought they were called for months, too!
Though I do love these chairs, if something else comes up of more importance, I’m more than willing to forgo my beloved chairs. However, if I can cut expenses in other areas and the chairs can fit into our budget, bring ‘em in!