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This color palette had our heads spinning. We love the traditional autumn hues of rust and a mustard yellow, but the navy and light blue makes this pure perfection. The best part of this color palette is that your bridesmaids and groomsmen can wear nearly any shade in it!

Images from left to right, top to bottom: Cake / My Sweet and Saucy, Invitations / Ritzy Bee Blog, Bouquet / Pinterest via Style Me Pretty, Shoes / Badgley Mischka.

Silhouettes are fun, charming and they bring a ton of personality to your day. We love seeing them on cakes, games, table numbers and scattered throughout your ceremony and reception. For a softer look, try printing your silhouette in a pale hue layered over lace.

Images from left to right, top to bottom: Cake /, Tablescape / Style Me Pretty, Invitation / 100layercake, Yard Game / Initmate Weddings.

Because FXB isn’t a weight loss program, I’ve had to find other ways to measure my success than just stepping on the scale every so often to see if I’ve lost any weight. For most people, myself included, this is an entirely new way of thinking.  I’ve always measured my “success” at the gym by what the scale tells me, but now I am discovering other ways that my hard work is paying off! Even after just four weeks, I feel that I’m already starting to see some changes, even if they are small!

 One of the ways that I’ve found that FXB is working is that my fiancé, Dan, and I like to ride our bikes on the Lincoln trails.  This past week, we went on a bike ride and we always challenge ourselves to go up this big hill without stopping. Because we both have somewhat competitive personalities,  (Read: Dan has a very competitive personality and I sometimes care enough to compete) Dan always, without fail, makes it up the entire hill and I will usually stop and struggle a bit.  Not this time, folks.  I made it up that entire hill and didn’t even feel that tired.  My legs weren’t on fire as I remember from last summer’s bike rides and I was feeling good! (And proud.) Maybe next time I’ll challenge Dan to TWO times up the big hill.

 Also, I can already feel that my clothes are fitting differently than before and my arms are starting to look more sculpted than I remember from four weeks ago. Yes! This is my extra motivation to keep setting the alarm clock for 4:25 am and do my best while I’m there! Engagement pictures are right around the corner.

 I haven’t told you much about the products Max Muscle has provided me, but I believe they are playing a huge part in my success.  I am taking MaxPro Protein in Vanilla, and I must say, it’s way better than other protein powders I’ve tried before. It’s smooth, tasty, and doesn’t have the consistency of shredded chalk. I was hesitant at first of the taste of my Bazooka AfterGlow that I take when I finish my workout, but it’s really growing on me.  I actually look forward to drinking it once I’m done, because it’s sweet and helps curb that mean sweet tooth I have!  I am also taking Dfine 8 and Vit-Acell, but I plan to talk about those more in another post. All of these products help give me some extra energy and also help with recovery after my workouts. 

 Have a fabulous holiday weekend!  I already know I’m going to need some serious willpower because not only is it 4th of July, but we are celebrating my dear Grandmother’s 80th birthday with a party, and my sister is in town from California! I can only imagine what kind of goodies I will run into! I can do it!

 Last but not least, thank you to all those that serve our country and courageously put their life on the line to protect our freedom. I cannot express enough gratitude toward your courage and bravery. You’re always in my prayers.

See you next week!


I don’t just write for this blog – I get ideas from it, too! It was about two months ago that I saw an image on this inspiration board and I’ve thought about that picture of Smitten Sticks almost every day since.

There will be approximately 36 tables of 10 at our reception and I will have three different types of centerpieces scattered throughout those tables. Twelve tables will be lucky enough to be sitting with my version of Smitten Sticks.

I guess it’s actually our photographer’s version of them. Bethany of Photography by Bethany in Elkhorn totally rocked out our engagement shoot back in early Spring and now she has designed the cutest brown and yellow “props” that I will glue to craft sticks and have for guests to play and take photos with. We’ve taken that original inspiration photo and have used it as such to now put together a really fun, customized very “Blair and Matt” centerpiece as a result. I won’t share the photo of what they look like exactly, not only because I don’t want guests knowing every detail before the big day, but because I haven’t started the assembly process yet. I will, however, show you this photo of what else will be with “the Sticks”: mini chalkboards. I ordered enough on Etsy to place two 5” x 7” boards at each of those 12 tables and will pre-write messages such as “Have” on one and “Fun” on the other. But of course I encourage guests to erase and write their own funny phrases to show off around the room and in pictures!