How Do You Like My New Do??

Leah at Tigerlily Salon did it up! Don't you agree?? You should definitely give her a call!

Can't Wait for the Fall Line-Up ;o)

While I do love the reality shows, particularly, the Bachelorette, Love in the Wild and Master Chef, I am sincerely ready for the fall prime-time line-up to start back up! I am a die-hard Grey's Anatomy fan and can't wait for that to come back. But there are lot of new shows coming this fall that I am super excited to see!

Grey's Anatomy: Last season ended as usual with unanswered questions! With Meredith's tapering of the Alzheimer's trial and Derek questioning her as a doctor, wife and mother - the future of Meredith's career, marriage and how they will handle having gotten that adorable little girl, is all uncertain. Callie and Arizona were married just after Callie had the baby (not before the awful car accident). I imagine the drama will them will calm. But now the question of having a child looms with Yang and Owen. Lexie is now with Avery, but I really do think she is still in love with Sloan, and belongs with him! And then there is Teddy and her "Husband" who I really want her to have a happily ever after with.

Now previews I've seen, show Meredith fired, Derek no-where to be found relative to their newly adopted daughter, Yang still questioning being a mother, and other drama with Karev. In any case, I'm so ready for it to be back on! Premiere is September 22nd for two whole hours!

HOUSE: House is the other show I don't like to miss! I won't go into a full recap, because the story line fluctuates so much, but I do remember that he ran a car into Cuddy's dining room on the season finale, and I can't imagine how things will change! But rumor has it, she is not coming back, and neither are some others! Season Premiere is October 3rd.

New Girl! I LOVE Zoey Deschanel. She always seems to be a supporting actress, but I think this will be a very fun light-hearted show, that will be worth the watchin! Jess (Zoey's character), is a socially awkward gal who moves in with three bachelors after getting dumped by her boyfriend. Apparently the guys only take in her mess because her BFF is a model. But they soon come to appreciate Jess' quirkiness (you mean Zooey's - she was awesome in Failure to Launch) and try to help her re-enter the dating scene. I think this will be a super fun light-hearted show that Paul may even enjoy watching with me! Season Premiere September 20th!

Once Upon a Time:  This just looks like a really cool drama that intertwines fantasy with real life, and I'm definitely more and more excited, the more I see! "The fantastical drama, which will tell dual stories set in present-day Storybrooke and in fairy tale land, comes from Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for lots of references to time travel and polar bears." - As noted on Season Premiere is October 25th!

Pan Am: This looks like another good one from ABC! Set in the '60s, the drama centers on the loves and lives of stewardesses of the iconic titular airline. Although lauded as symbols of sleek, Jet Age glamour, their personal lives are full of turbulence. And it's got Christina Ricci in it! She's been hibernating for what seems to be a while, so it will be cool to see her back in  this awesome new drama! And Paul will probably watch this one too, cause he likes Christina Ricci! Premiere is September 25th!

There are so many new shows coming out, this is only the tip of the iceberg of what we'll be watching! Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings... DO NOT DISTURB... Wednesdays will be a free for-all (whatever can keep my attention - Probably X-Factor and Happy Endings) In any case, I am so ready for some real dramas to start... enough of the reality TV.

Can't wait!

PCB Trip this Past Weekend...

Paul has gotten a lot of business photographing properties, for sale and for rent, and got a gig to photograph some property in PCB. Paul's parent's already have a condo down there, so it's minimal expense when available, and it's a great way for PerdueVision to increase business!

Even though it was just for the weekend, you just can't say no to the opportunity to go to the beach! We had the privilege of spending the weekend with John and Elaine Hoyt, and it was a lot of fun working with them as well as hanging out with them! Hopefully Paul and Elaine can drum up more business at the beach so we can take more trips to the beach for a bit of business and a bit more pleasure!

Check out some pics from our mini vaca to PCB! The water was amazing! The waves were so calm, e were able to lay on floats in the ocean, it was great!


And if you are either looking for beach rentals or property photography, we've got what you need! Check out CondosForVacation for rentals, and PerdueVision for everything else!

A Chorus Line @ The Aurora Theatre

Paul's and my parents have season tickets for the Aurora Theatre and on several occasions they've invited Paul and I out to the shows. There have been mostly good, some not so good, but nothing that I would consider spectacular. But Friday night we went to see A Chorus Line, and I've been excited about this show because I really do love the story, and my Mom has said that this is the biggest cast they've ever had at Aurora Theater.

So, what did we think?? It was.........

Well, kind of long. I must say I really did enjoy Marissa Druzbanski who played Diana Morales. She had a great voice and really called our attention for both her solo segments. I especially loved her montage "Nothing."

Generally the cast provided a well-rounded show, but of all the shows I've seen at the Aurora, this was just another "Good" show. I may just be more of a Fox and Broadway lover and even more so a lover of movies...

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Are they worth $55?? 10% of all sales are donated to American Cancer Society, they would be shoes for a good cause! Hmmmm....

10 Most Used Apps on My Phone

I have over 100 apps (non-standard issue) on my iPhone, and am continually finding more and more that I want and need. I don't know what I did before my iPhone and it's many wonderful apps! I have almost 40 different game apps, it's nice for entertaining myself and my niece and nephew who are always dying to play on my phone anytime they see me! There is seriously something to be said for the saying "there's an app for that!"

So here's my list of ten most used apps on MY iPhone.

1) My Fitness Pal: One of my close friends, Yarden, recommended this app to me! She's a droid person, but they have this app for everyone! It's a calorie counting and overall weight and fitness management application! It's very user-friendly and can help you attain your weight goals! Also, a nice (and new feature for iPhone) is that you can scan barcodes to find calorie counts! Not everything is in the system, but as people input info based on the barcodes, they are adding more and more to the database. It is wonderful and has been very helpful for Paul and I!

2) Facebook: I don't think an explanation is needed. The application really isn't near as good as being on Facebook on the computer, but it is definitely convenient when you aren't near your computer and want to check what people are posting on the wall, and viewing comments, etc.

3) MapQuest or Google Maps: Paul and I NEVER print out directions anymore! With the MapQuest App, we get voice command turn by turn directions, and the beauty of it is while you are listening to iTunes or Pandora, it will fade the music so you hear the directions! And it's FREE! It can be a little glitchy here and there, which is why we will generally use the standard issue Google Maps app as a backup.

4) Words With Friends: I think this is one of my favorite games to play on my iPhone, I've been somewhat bad about keeping up with my games, but it's because I have thirteen or more games going on at once. But it's definitely a nice way to exercise the mind, work on your vocab, and in some cases outshine your friends!

5) Pandora: Who needs to purchase music anymore when you can listen to almost any artist and similar artists with variety! We LOVE Pandora! It has definitely broadened our music selection, turned us on to new artists, and in some cases prompted us to buy music.

6) iTV: Paul and I are in the very small population that does not have DVR, so I actually will plan my evenings around TV shows, and this is my TV Guide! It will tell me when shows are new and notify me prior to the show, to make sure I don't miss it. I really do like this app, and I even think it may work with some DVRs to help you record, if you have the privileged of doing so...

7) Bank of America: Gotta keep those finances in order! I really love this app, granted I prefer to work with the computer log-in for Bank of America, but in short notice I can check my balance, set-up payments, transfer funds, and find a bank or atm near me. It's pretty wonderful!

8) Angry Birds: I have three different Angry Bird Apps on my phone, and all of them are very entertaining. At one point I had beaten all levels and was hanging on the whim of Angry Bird Developers to send out an update, but I have since gotten busy and have plenty of catching up to do on all of them, general Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio.

9) Blockbuster: While Paul and I tried Netflix, it just didn't suit us. So we are back to Blockbuster, and the app helps me to be add new movies to the queue on the fly! I can check on when new movies will be mailed out to us and what new movies are releasing. And the beauty of the Blockbuster set-up is if we finish a movie we can exchange it immediately at the store! We like the instant gratification there...

10) Shazam: I love so much music, but overall I am a soundtrack girl. I watch shows and movies and hear music I love, and this app allows me to find out who the artist is or what song it is. I love it, cause then I could technically create a soundtrack for my life, based on what I pull up on Shazam at any given time. Love it!

Definitely let me know of any Apps you can't live without, I may not have them and would probably LOVE to check them out...

Kudos to Paul and His Team for a Great Job at Flashback Festival!!

Paul Perdue (my husband) of PerdueVision and his colleagues did an awesome job on the photography and video for Kiss 104fm Atlanta's R&B Station 2011 Flashback Festival! Next year will be even bigger!

Check out the gallery and video on their site...

Trying to Decide on a New Do... Tell me what you think!

So next week I've got an appointment at Tigerlily Salon. She's a family friend and client of Paul's, and is kind of like our family hair stylist! But even though I'll probably get to the salon and tell her to work her magic, I always have to do my research for style options!

This is what I'm in the mood for this time around!

Option One: Mandy Moore style with her short hair! I've done something like this before... and did like it, but it took a lot of getting used to! What do you think about this option??

And then there is Option Two: Katie Holmes style...

Her hair always seems to look great short! And she's got a bit of a bang or no bang style that always looks good! I love this cause it's got a funky fun look to it! I naturally have wavy/curly hair, so it's always nice to have a style where I can wear it straight or with a bit of curl!

And finally, Option Three: Rachel McAdams style... she always looks good from red to blonde to brunette and seems to have a different style for each color! I will always look best brunette, and love this option!

I think if I were to do this, I would do a shorter version, cause I don't know that my hair is this long right now... but it just looks to awesome! Of course I've never been able to do bangs... always want them, but for some reason no one thinks I should have bangs! It's so sad!

Anyway, let me know which you think would suit me best! And after my appointment next week I'll post a new pic of me with my New Do!

Babies, Babies and more Babies!

So Paul and I have a hand full of friends and family that are pregnant! Congrats to all of you! I think we are at that age where we have moved on from the constant weddings and now we are in constant Baby Showers! I definitely think it is much more fun to buy baby gifts than wedding gifts, that's for sure! Of course it's way to easy to get carried away...

Anyway, I'm a morning show listener (The Bert Show), and they have a producer that recently had a baby so Bert came across this advise on the Huffington Post, and I wanted to pass it on to all those soon to be mother's I know. I'm not a mom, or mom-to-be myself (yet), but it seems like very good advice!

See what you think!  Click Here for the FULL ARTICLE.

The Best Parenting Advice I Never Got

If I could go back and give myself some more practical advice it would look something like this:

1. When they nap, you nap. Don't send emails, don't catch up on work. Nap.

2. Travel with your children when they are very young. At six months old it's just as easy to keep them entertained in Cozumel as it is in Cleveland. You might as well get a tan out of the deal.

3. Buy a rechargeable, cordless hand vacuum. Your floors and cars will thank you.

4. It's perfectly acceptable to make an entire dinner in the microwave.

5. In every parent-child relationship someone has to be the grown up. Try to make sure that someone is you. A two-year-old has the right to act like a child, you do not.

6. Take everyone who volunteers to babysit up on the offer. Repeatedly.

7. Buy everything you can second-hand.

8. Make time for the other relationships in your life -- seeing you in the role of good friend or devoted spouse teaches your kids way more than a Baby Einstein marathon.

9. There's no such thing as using too many wipes.

10. There will be times when you're sure you are a terrible parent and, secretly, wonder why you ever had kids in the first place. This is normal. Forgive yourself these occasional moments of self-doubt and, from time to time, let yourself mourn your life pre-parenthood. Then have a healthy glass of wine, get some sleep and get back to work. After all, as you've no doubt heard, it's a tough job, but it's all worth it.

Oh, and go see a movie while you still can.


I love movies! You should definitely do that last one... and let me know when you do as I'm totally game!

Definitely READ THE FULL ARTICLE! It's very entertaining!!!

HC3 Diet - We've Passed the Half-Way Mark

Paul and I have been on the HC3 Diet for about three and a half weeks now,passing the half-way point. Things are going well, but I must say, we are getting tired of the same stuff we've been eating and are ready for the reset phase when we can add more options into our diet!

Yesterday we met with Kelly Hall, our nutritionist at Optimum Health, and definitely had a lot more questions for her this time around! While we have continued to loose weight, we are planning to try a couple different things to pump up and keep the momentum!

We've had several temptations (alcoholic beverages mostly) that we just could not resist, we have generally stayed strong with the diet, and overall during those times didn't gain weight, just maintained. After the Bryan Adams evening, our ketone levels just dropped off, and so we had to build back up, but the rebound was definitely quick. Kelly was a bit concerned with me, as my eetone levels have continually stayed high, which would imply fat burning, so I should be dropping the weight faster, but weight loss seems to taper more and more as my ketones stay at a high level. It seems to be the case that it's better to be at a medium ketone level to really continually lose the weight. The main concern was that I am getting too acidic.

So, she is starting me with a half serving of Total Vegan on a daily basis to see if that puts me in a good place to lose more while still keeping the ketone levels moderated. It's kind of nice because the Total Vegan is Chocolate flavor, and I've missed chocolate!

The continual weight loss has been a huge motivating factor, we have about 2 weeks left and it's certainly possible that we could both drop another 15 pounds or so. We just need to keep focused on the long term goal. It's definitely worth feeling more energy and comfort with our bodies, and also seeing clothes that didn't fit us previously fit us now and even are too big!

Here is an image of the body composition analysis from July 26th and August 9th respectively. I know it's hard to read cause it's on thermal paper and the heat has gotten to it. I've outlined the main details below (first is mine and the second is Paul's) :

Body Composition: July 26 August 9th

  • Weight 149.6lbs 145.0 lbs
  • BMI 31.3 30.3
  • Fat % 38.8% 34.7%
  • Fat Mass 55.0 lbs 50.4 lbs

Desirable Range - Fat % 21-33 and Fat Mass 25.2-46.6lbs


Body Composition: July 26 August 9th

  • Weight 234.6lbs 227.0 lbs
  • BMI 34.6 34.5
  • Fat % 39.2% 34.8%
  • Fat Mass 92.0 lbs 79.0 lbs

Desirable Range - Fat % 8-20 and Fat Mass 12.8-37.0lbs

I'm very close to being within the desirable range, but definitely would prefer to be in the middle of that range with wiggle room up or down. Paul's got a little more to go, but has definitely made awesome progress! I get frustrated that he seems to have dropped so much more... but I guess that's the difference between girls and guys! Unfortunately we don't have details from the start date, but I have officially dropped 13 lbs total, and Paul has dropped 18 lbs total.

YEAH for Us!