Georgia Grace's 1st Birthday Party!

Friday, August 22, 2014

On Saturday, August 2 while the rain came pouring down, my mama, my hubby and I set up and prepared for my baby girl's 1st birthday party!  I have been planning it for awhile and decided to play off her name a bit with a "georgia peach" theme.  No, I am not from Georgia.  No I have no real connection with Georgia - but hey!  I thought it was cute!  So there was a theme.  We kept it small to only some friends and family in the area.  I served mostly "southern" foods and well.. I think everyone had fun!

Chocolate Covered Peaches
Peach and Vanilla Cupcakes
Fudge Brownies
Pimento Cheese
Chicken Salad
Mac - N - Cheese Bites
Mini Peach Pies
Sweet Tea
Peach Soda

Invitations - Paper Please Studio
Water Bottle Labels, Party Hat Stickers and Food Labels - A Joyful Riot
Tassel Banner for Georgia's High Chair - Blush Bazaar
"one" Pennant for Georgia's Cake - Cogdell Photography
Tissue Balls, Birthday Pup and Birthday Sign - Party City

Jeff Gordon Review - Malibu

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy Thursday!  

I’m excited to continue with my Jeff Gordon Car Reviews today as I talk about my weekend with the Malibu!  If you missed my review on the Equinox you can find that here.  And as always you can check out all available Chevrolet cars at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet or online here.

Type of car: Small Sedan

Price Range of car: The average paid for this car is $22,000 - $29,000 and that is according to US News.   

How does it drive:  This car is a good ride for sure.  It drove smooth and was so easy to navigate.  It is a compact car so my sister-in-laws and I took it shopping one day to test it out.  It was very easy to pull in and out of small parking spaces and drive through those tiny streets of shopping centers.  It was also pouring down rain and I will say the car felt safe even during the downpour. 

Safety Review:   I have no doubt in my mind that I was safe while driving this car.  It has all-over airbags and a superb safety rating by the USN.  With that said, it is a small car.  And I think I may have a complex or something, but I’m just not going to feel as safe in a small sedan as I am in a big SUV.  Is anyone?  But, again I never felt unsafe in any way and this car is much easier to navigate than a big ole SUV that’s for sure!  Like I said I chose to drive it around Myrtle Beach and on highways in hurricane-like weather and it never lost traction or made me feel out of control.  I attribute some of that to the traction control (I talked about that in the Equinox as well) and I am convinced all of my cars from now on must have this! Overall, this car is safe and I would pack up my family in it in a heartbeat. 

Interior Review:   The interior is perfectly comfortable and the girls and I had no problem getting in and out and packing in our Anthropologie bags.  My mom has a Malibu for her job because she travels so much and I know she raves about the comfort.  She spends a lot of time in hers and a lot of miles on the road and she is always saying how easy it is to drive.  However, I have to give the opinion of my husband as well.  He drove it back from Myrtle Beach and well, he was a little uncomfortable.  He is 6’4’’ and he was uncomfortable in my old Lexus SUV too – I mean my man’s got some long legs, ya know?  So if you are a tall man or woman, say over 6’2’’ I’m sure you would agree that maybe a car with a bit more leg room is a better fit for you.  Other than that, comfort is your friend here!  Another amazing feature to mention: IT HAS WIFI!  Yes, you heard me right.  This car has WiFi so when using my maps on my phone I didn't have to use my data via 3G.  It also makes it nice for passengers to search their phone without using data.  Amazing my friends.  Truly amazing.  

Trunk/Back Compartment Review:  The back compartment is pretty standard to that of a small sedan.  The guys could fit two sets of golf clubs in the trunk with no problem at all.  It also has the grocery net and I’m not sure why, but I just love those things!

Exterior Review:  I love the cute little look of these Malibu’s.  I think my mama looks so chic driving around in hers.  I loved the color of the one I drove as well.  The blue shines in the sun and makes me feel oh so fancy J

Specials: (This section will stay the same most months – unless there is a specific special they are running for the time-being!) One thing I love about Jeff Gordon is the service guarantee that comes standard with cars purchased or leased that are an eligible, new 2014 Chevrolet, Buick or GMC car, truck or crossover in the U.S.   The car is covered by a new maintenance program that includes certain scheduled services for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first.  Here’s the link to all the jazz for your further reading J

From me to you:  Total honesty friends.  I really like this car.  I felt comfortable in it, totally safe and it was so easy for me to drive around town.  Is it the right car for our family?  No.  Matt was uncomfortable driving a smaller car and if we had Georgia and Sevilla with us, things would have been a bit cramped.  Who is this car right for?  I would say this car is perfect for someone who does a lot of traveling (the gas mileage is AMAZINGGGGGGGG), a single adult or a couple looking for a small, economical, but nice car.  If you have kids in college who you visit a lot?  This car would make perfect sense! 

Any one have any experience with a Malibu?  What other small sedans do yall like?

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my workout "routine" and new gear love

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 georgia loves the towel too
practicing her downward dog

not sure what it was about georgia turning 1, but after her birthday i finally felt the push to get back in to regular exercise.  and i feel so. much. better.  cheers to taking care of yourself jeez.  my fitness goals since having a baby are vastly different from what they were before georgia.  it's funny really.  before georgia, and while i was pregnant, i exercised regularly and "just knew that once she was born i would jump right back in.  i mean i was going to be bikini ready by the summer"  Ha!  oh naive nisey.  my body needed time.  my mind needed time.  and frankly it wasn't at the top of my priority list anymore.  sure i took a class here and there, maybe 3 a month, but i just wasn't ready to exercise again.  part of this was because i was sleep walking for about 9 months and part of it was discipline.  i allowed myself some grace in that department.  ok a lot of grace.  but whatever the reasons were, i just wasn't ready.  

well, now i am.  and i find myself drawn to more yoga and Pilates than before.  i used to be a dancer so i was decently flexible back in my day.  now?  embarrassingly enough i can't even touch my toes.  ok fine.  i'm not even close!  matt encourages me to stretch more because, not only is he way more flexible than me now, the amount of stiffness and inflexibility i possess is alarming.  so when i can't go to the gym (which is 5 out of the 7 days a week usually) I turn to my favorite - good ole Tracy Anderson.  I did her Pregnancy Videos and love love loveeeeed them.  And I recently started the metamorphosis DVD's and those are great! side note: by recently I mean yesterday :) I've done them before but always stopped before the 90 days, so this time I'm determine to push through.  I never have time to do the cardio DVD and the toning one.  So usually I do the toning one and a few times a week will go for a jog.  I also have been trying the P90X Yoga DVD to work on my flexibility.  side note: this dvd is HARD!  i can only do the first 30 minutes.  but hey!  i'm working on it. 

 i've also decided to upgrade some of my gear.  these two purchases make yoga and tracy's work outs wayyyyyy more enjoyable!  since i'm not flexible THIS yoga block has been amazing.  it makes stretching so much more comfortable and is a great way for me to ease back into my flexibility.  i also love THIS yoga mat towel.  i've always slipped on my yoga mat.  always.  not sure why i am just now purchasing one of these genius towels but i'm so glad i finally got one.  it also provides added support and cushion.  and is having an amazing summer sale and you can get these 2 helpers here!  hurry hurry!  i think i may buy a few more towels....

Yoga Outlet Sale HERE

What are your favorite workout DVD's?  how do you busy people find time to exercise?!

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