Posted: July 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I can always remember how to spell that word from my long ago cheerleading days. S-U-C-C-E-S-S…we are. the BEST! Please don’t hate me for breaking that out.

Another Sunday greets us, with another Monday just around the corner. I’m okay with that though. Success describes this weekend. No other word will fit. I last left you on Friday night about to do a quick yoga session for a nice stretch. I quickly discovered that yoga does not work too well with a toddler in the same room. It still felt fantastic though and got the job done.

Saturday morning I woke up refreshed and reenergized. From yoga or the news I received Friday afternoon? Whatever it was, it had me skipping off to the gym for a morning Power workout and a 20 minute incline walk on the treadmill. After my sweat session I showered up for my date with my sister. Our day would entail a lot of shopping in search of the perfect dress, so we decided consuming fuel came first. And what would be on the menu? Just another Which ‘Wich sandwich! Obsession comes to my mind when describing my new love for this sandwich shop.


This is a reused photo because I forgot my camera, but my lunch yesterday was just as scrumptious looking. I had turkey on whole wheat with pepper-jack cheese, pesto, avocado, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. I couldn’t finish it all it was so filled with veggie goodness!

That glorious sandwich didn’t end my day’s successes though. Not even close. My sister and I hit up the mall for a few hours of shopping. I desperately needed to find some nice dresses for the wedding I am attending in a few weeks. A stop in Macy’s solved everything. I discovered two fabulous dresses perfect for a wedding or rehearsal dinner and actually flattering for my little bump.


They didn’t even break the bank! $70 total. Ohhh, yeah. Um, let me pause right here to say that composing a post is near impossible when your husband is watching some insane movie next to you. Anyone ever heard of Slither? Terrible. Just terrible.

Now back to my day. That night, after modeling my dresses for the hubs, my other obsession called my name. Cheeky Mexican food! We met up with friends for my pregnancy craving meal. One fish taco, one crab cake taco, some refried beans, and my weight in chips + salsa.

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Sharing a night with friends and good laughs cannot be beat. Spending time together never gets old.


Excuse the waiter’s photography skills. LOL I bet he couldn’t even make this look good.


A Pecan Pie Blizzard brings the essence of the South to dance on your taste buds. Each bite bursts with crunchy, caramel-y goodness. The fact that it will be gone come August has me seriously considering going back sooner than I otherwise would. What evil forces work behind those DQ minds. I’m sad I gave Peter the last 1/3 of mine instead of stashing it in the freezer. Hold for a moment while I shed a tear at that mistake.

Alright, I’m back. I got over it quickly enough. I couldn’t stay sad. Not after receiving another great email upon arriving home last night. Two out of three positive responses in less than 48 hours is pretty amazing. Certainly puts a smile on my face. And shows me how God is at work in my life.

I contemplated all this over today’s lunch while brainstorming writing ideas. Cheese, cantaloupe, and natural PB + 100% fruit spread on whole wheat.


I truly believe that it is He who gave me the capability, focus, determination, and passion that led me to pursuing these avenues and bringing them success. After all, life is about God’s abilities and not man’s abilities. And thank goodness for that! I couldn’t imagine trying to be patient, kind, and loving enough to all without Him behind me. I couldn’t imagine trying to love myself enough to consistently respect myself without Him helping me. I couldn’t imagine trying to be strong enough to overcome the trials I face without His grace to trust in.

I will share exactly what the good news is sometime this week! Keep an eye out!!

  • If you haven’t already, please click HERE!!!
  • What was successful about your weekend?
  • Does your significant other, friend, roommate ever watch something that makes you go “What in the WORLD?!” Peter = all. the. time.

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45 Comments to “S-U-C-C-E-S-S!”
  1. Oh my gosh, those dresses are amazing on you! You look so great!

    … and that blizzard. Can we say YUM? I haven’t had a blizzard since last summer and I’m thinking when i’m home for a visit in Sept i’m going to have to get one.

    What was successful about my weekend? Well, after thinking yesterday that I got nothing accomplished except for comforting my upset baby you made me realize that that is a LOT and indeed an accomplishment. So thank you for that 🙂

  2. homecookedem says:

    Tina, those dresses both look so great on you!! I especially love the black one!! Success indeed!! 🙂

    I really need to get some Cheeky tacos ASAP!! Yum, yum, yum…

    Let me know if you ever wanna meet up at DQ for a preggo blizzard fix one evening and the husbands can meet! Speaking of husbands, Andrew watches things all the time that make me think “What in the world??” Boys.

    • Tina says:

      Oh I like that idea! 😀 Maybe we’ll get a chance to scheme something up this week at the blogger meet-up. So stinking excited for that!!!

  3. You look amazing in those dresses! You cannot even tell that you are pregnant at all : )

  4. Both of those dresses look great! Um, I need that blizzard! YUM!

  5. Lee says:

    Love the dresses, especially the black one.

    Jason watches Squibillies all the time. Amongst other shows that I hate.

  6. Lee says:

    I should clarify what Squidbillies is. It’s a cartoon about redneck squids living in Georgia. Yes, really.

    • Tina says:

      Okay, I was about to ask what the heck Squibillies is but oh my goodness. How do people come up with this stuff???? I cracked up when I read this!

  7. You look so stinkin’ beautiful in both of those dresses!!!! 🙂

  8. That red dress is just adorable! I love the style!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend… 🙂

  9. A gorgeous girl and a tasty blizzard! WOW!! love it!! <3

  10. The dresses look amazing! Love the red… theres just something about us blonds in red that is always a good choice. I love your blog and I gave you an award.

  11. Yay on finding a dress! Glad you had a good weekend. My husband will watch absolutely anything so I am always thinking “what in the world” 😉 My weekend was pretty successful too. I had good workouts, enjoyed time with good friends, even got some much-needed house work done (painting). Oh and pool time!

  12. Your look gorgeous in those dresses! Very flattering!

  13. I love the black dress! so cute. speaking of delicious ice cream—I plan on getting Sonic’s Smores blizzard—graham cracker flavored ice cream with chocolate covered marshmellows mixed in!

  14. Aww what a fun weekend! Gotta love Mexican food on the weekends 🙂
    I can’t wait to find out your exciting news!

  15. Meg says:

    Cute cute dresses for a steal! I’ve been wanting to try the pecan pie blizzard, guess I better hurry up! My favorite sandwich place is Jimmy John’s. Oh man, I want one right now!

    My weekend was successful because I went to the farmers’ market, and cleaned my car (for the first time this year)! Hah. Yes, my hubby loves to watch those trashy dating show like Rock of Love with Bret Michaels. Holy Ghetto!

  16. Hallie says:

    This weekend was successful because I went out to dinner with my mom, her fiancé, and my fiancé (heehee) and there’s some less-than-ideal family dynamics going on but it wasn’t as scary as I was anticipating.

    Umm…and you look SO pretty in those dresses! I love it.

  17. Run Sarah says:

    Love both dresses – they look great on you and what a deal! The Mexican food looks so tasty as well.

  18. Jennifer says:

    Both dresses are so cute on you, but you’re a total knock out in the red one!! It compliments your hair color. 🙂

  19. Emily says:

    Hi Tina! Happy Monday! Thanks so much for checking out my blog – I’m very excited to meet you and to hear all about your exciting news. 🙂

  20. Kimberly says:

    My hubby watches stuff ALL the time that I can’t understand why he is watching it. Then he wonders why I would rather be on the computer instead of watching something with him–lol!

    Love the dresses and can’t wait to hear your good news 🙂

  21. I love your dresses! The strapless one is my favourite. Your family are so so cute!

    My weekend was productive because I got around to doing a lot of things that I’d been putting off, but really needed to do (like cleaning my room and my kitchen!!) I also had a chance to catch up with 4 friends which was great.

    Can’t wait to hear your news! 🙂

  22. Nichole says:

    You look absolutely beautiful. Definitely have the glow going on. I can’t even see the bump!! Let it hang out next time:)

    I attended church this Sunday with my family, is it funny when I was walking in I saw the cross on the chapel and thought of you! Bless you for sharing your message.

    • Tina says:

      Haha! The bump was certainly hanging out. Those dresses are just that good at camoflauge. 😉

      And how sweet. If someone thinks of me in that context it makes me happy.

  23. Nicole, RD says:

    I am behind on blogs…I have to go read your big news next! We have Which Wich in Tulsa and I’ve never been. I may have to before I leave though…I know they’re not in the Midwest!!

    CUTE dresses! I love them!

  24. My boyfriend can’t figure out green monsters or tofu. He’s a very meat and potatoes kind of guy so we don’t always see eye to eye in the kitchen.

  25. LOVE those dresses! especially the red one. you’re one heck of a hot mama!

  26. I LOVE those dresses….too cute!!!

  27. Blond Duck says:

    Popped in to say hi! I love your positive outlook on fitness and life! It’s so inspiring.

    So is that pecan pie blizzard…

  28. Sami says:

    LOVE the dresses, girl! 🙂

  29. Holly says:

    I CANNOT wait to hear the BIG news 😀
    Girl, you are GORGEOUS!!!! I especially LOVE that black dress- it’s like the PERFECT combination of girly, classy & sophisticated!!!!

  30. Therese says:

    Those dresses are perfect!!! You don’t look one bit pregnant!

    Congrats on the “secret projects”.

  31. You totally just reminded me that I need to go shopping.

    Those dresses are cute!! I’m so jealous that you got to go to yoga this weekend! I need to find a good yoga studio ASAP!

  32. Jennifer says:

    Great post. I just started following. I love that you have mixed faith with fitness. 🙂

  33. Erica says:

    What a fabulous weekend you had! The dresses are totally adorable ( you look fantastic in both) and love all the great food & family/friend time you had. I haven’t had DQ in ages- and now I’m craving some 🙂 Thank you for the comment on my blog. Unfortunately, do to some upcoming work travel 🙁 I won’t be in ATL this weekend. I am hoping to come to the next meet up instead- I’m totally bummed! Have fun

    • Tina says:

      Well poo! I hope I’ll be able to meet you at the next one then. Doesn’t mean we can’t get to know each other through blog world until then though. 🙂

  34. You just made me want a DQ dip cone so bad!! LOL My husband is a sports fanatic (don’t get me wrong I LOVE sports), but his ability to watch game after game with teams he doesn’t even care about still amazes me!

  35. Ohmygosh…I saw the commercial for the Pecan Pie Blizzard recently and was pretty much drooling! And after hearing your description I clearly need to get on that 😉

    Lady, you look *stunning!* You don’t even look pregs! Love the dresses, too 🙂

  36. Heather C says:

    PECAN PIE blizzard??!! Holy, whoa. I wil be craving that (and/or pecan pie) until I can get my hands on it! 🙂 YUM.

    The dresses look fabulous!! Nice finds!

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