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10 things having a dog does for us.

Sometimes I wonder what my dogs are thinking. I know it’s so silly because according to some people, “they’re just dogs”. To me they are more like my family and my best friends. Sometimes I believe they know what I’m thinking, feeling, wondering. I love how I can just give them a look and they will come give me a big ole kiss on the cheek, as if they know that’s exactly what I needed.

I know that all the dog owners out there know exactly what I’m talking about. Having our pups make us feel just wonderful. I wish they could live forever because I know both of mine have pieces of my heart that could never be replaced.

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10 things having a dog does for us:

1. They make us feel less lonely.

2. They reduce anxiety and lower stress.

3. They help to cure being a couch potato.

4. They give us unconditional love.

5. They protect us (or try to).

6. They help us live longer.

7. They make us smile and laugh a little more.

8.  They can help us find new friends socially. In fact, they often become the source of conversations.

9.  They make you feel better when you are depressed, sick, or have the blahs.

10.  They make us happier in general.

Quick. Get home and love on your pets. They love you like nobody else ever will on the face of the planet.  They’re probably right where you left them, waiting to see you, their favorite human.

Here are my pups: Chinese Crested,Belle and Black Lab, Goose:

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Nobody Can Change Me but Me

I know I’ve said this before but lately I’ve been feeling like I’m slipping. But really… It’s almost been like i am sinking back into the old me, where I feel like I can eat whatever I want and not be active at all. I know i can’t do that to my body.

Ever have those few months where you feel completely unmotivated and out of control? Well that has been the story of my life lately. After weeks and months of beating myself up, the other day I finally had a glimmer of motivation. I realized once again that nobody can change me but me.

It’s not about being on a diet, it’s about a lifestyle change. It’s something I’m going to be dealing with for my entire life. I’ve said this many times before as well, it’s about jumping right back on it. When you feel yourself falling back into bad habits, just take one step at a time. Don’t be like me and beat yourself up about it!

Here is a little bit of motivation to get you through the rest of this week:

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XOXO!

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It was the Best Day of Our Lives…So Far..

Invitations had already been sent, RSVPs were rolling in, and my vision of our peanut warehouse wedding was set in my mind. THEN BAM, out of nowhere, I get a message that we had to move our wedding venue from the Peanut Warehouse in Conway South Carolina due a structural issue to another location!!!!

 What I didn’t know was that God had a plan for Brian and me to get married somewhere else. 

Like any bride would, I had my freak out moment. Just imagine me, pacing around our house, calling every person I know venting about the situation. After my freak out session for about an hour (or five), I immediately started googling, where in the heck is going to have an opening with only a month in advance?!

Then…out of nowhere ….I find..THE THOMPSON FARM. I picked up the phone right away and somehow they actually had an opening! I was SHOCKED. Something so beautiful could not have an opening on our weekend. I booked the venue right away.  I will say this, If I had known about the Thompson Farm before the peanut warehouse, I would have chosen that spot immediately. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect place to get married to the love of my life.

It was the best day of my life so far and here are the pictures to prove it:

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Special special THANK YOU some great vendors for making this day a day we will NEVER forget!

Thompson Farm / Elegant Occasions / Brooke Christl Photography / Croissants Bakery /

 David Bryant Florist / Little White Dress / Tru Sol Band

XOXOXOXO,

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