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Weekend of Celebration

Last weekend was one of those special weekends full of love, fun and friends. On Friday night I attended the Tupelo Honey preview party where I ran into so many friends I don’t see often. After dinner I went to a screening of an amazing documentary that deserves its own post. I left with my heart open and couldn’t stop thinking about the film.

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This weekend also marked my first classes teaching at Om Yoga. I recently picked up two new classes there – Fridays at noon ($7 karma class!) and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. I am focusing more on teaching and yoga so I want to branch out and start teaching at some new studios. Everyone was so welcoming and the studio has an amazing energy. I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach there!

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I left Om and got ready for a baby shower. One of my yoga friends is pregnant with a baby girl and is due in February. I’m so proud to share that she is still rocking it in yoga and getting into all kinds of poses with that belly. I love seeing my friends practice through their pregnancies. I think it must be such a great way to be in tune with your body and your baby.

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There was a delicious dessert spread at the shower. Mini pecan pies…yes, yes, yes.

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After the shower it was a mad dash to the mall to pick up some gifts and then home to prepare for a party I was hosting that night for a birthday. I got a little crazy with Christmas in the living room but I love it! So cozy. The best thing about entertaining during the holidays is having the house already decorated and pretty.

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15 minutes before the party started I was still pulling last minute things together but I did a quick clothing change and make up reapplication and was ready to go when the guests started to arrive.

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Before I knew it, I had a full house! I served a spread of various appetizers, including Katie’s AMAZING holiday guacamole. You must go and check this recipe out on her blog.

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Wine and cupcakes…do you really need more to have a great party?

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The cupcakes were eggnog with eggnog cream cheese and were so good and so eggnoggy. I will definitely bake these again!

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The party moved outside around the fire pit as I passed out cupcakes. They went quickly!

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And wrapping it up with a girls group shot. Such a fun night and great weekend overall. Happy. 🙂

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  • 1
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 10, 2013, 1:08 pm

    What a fun party!! My friend back home always has a super fun holiday party and I am so sad that we will be missing it this year 🙁 Hopefully we can go to a few up here before the holidays are over!

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    Melissa December 10, 2013, 1:14 pm

    So excited to hear you’re teaching at Om! Maria is great, you’ll love it there! 🙂

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    Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans December 10, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend full of parties! Love all the food shots.

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    Amber December 10, 2013, 1:56 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I REALLY hope you’re going to share that cupcake recipe, I want to make them for Christmas Eve 🙂

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    Alaina December 10, 2013, 2:31 pm

    Your house looks so cozy, I love it!! I need to come down to Charlotte again. 😛

    Hope you’re having a lovely holiday season Jen!

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    Katie Levans (honeystuck) December 10, 2013, 2:48 pm

    HAHA. That picture.

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    Annie @herightfit December 10, 2013, 3:47 pm

    This looks like a great party. I’d love the recipe for the egg nog frosting!

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    She Rocks Fitness December 10, 2013, 3:48 pm

    Beyond impressed with your party hosting skills…AMAZING and so is that dress! IT’s beautiful. Eggnog cupcakes??? Sign me up please and your house looks so festive. Since I’m heading home for a week for the holidays, I haven’t decorated my apartment. Call me lazy…

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    Molly @ Mollysmusingz December 10, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Love your dress!! 🙂

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    Sharona December 10, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Ditto Katie’s comment. Great party though!!

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    Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes December 10, 2013, 6:57 pm

    Mmmm eggnog cupcakes sound delicious!

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    Charlotte December 10, 2013, 10:13 pm

    you’re adorable and the house looks so cozy. I thought of you and your wise words after an emotionally exhausting day. I normally start my day off with a run but overslept, had a final and while I did great on the test, I have been dealing with the lack of sun affecting my mood.

    I just felt lethargic and “out of it” all day and kind of moped around until after lunch and I just told myself to jog to the gym and do “whatever.” I ended up getting in a good few miles…not amazing but I broke a sweat which I needed…did some dumbbell supersets and then a few vinyasa flows…it is so hard to just get out of the mind sometimes but I thought of some of your posts where you “surrender” to the mat and let out the stress, staying with the breath. It helps to know we all struggle with off days and how nourishing our bodies through good food and exercise makes all the difference. Keep up the great posts and continue the inspiration.

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 11, 2013, 8:26 am

    Looks like such a fun weekend and I think it’s great that you’re trying to teach more yoga! It takes a lot of energy to teach a class, but I always feel amazing afterwards knowing I helped my students and put even an hour of unwinding and energizing into their day 🙂

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    Erin December 11, 2013, 9:57 pm

    I love the picture hanging on the wall in the yoga studio (first photo)! Do you know the artist is or where I could find something similar?

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