6/2/15

The story of dreaming and becoming Auntie CC

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Once upon a time future Auntie CC was in California for a month visiting her cool cousins.  The night before she was coming home, future Auntie CC had a vivid dream that she was holding a baby girl in her arms at a family holiday party.  This cute little baby had defined eyebrows that looked just like her sisters, perfect little shaped eyes and miniature pouted lips. Future Auntie CC felt a love that was indescribable towards this child like maybe it was her own? That couldn’t be because future Auntie CC was not close to getting married let alone dating anyone.

When future Auntie CC awoke she immediately called her sister…it had to be her who was going to have a baby, after all she was the one with her life together! (lol) Future Auntie CC told her sister about the dream and asked her sister if she was pregnant. Her sister dismissed it and said she was out of her mind.

The next day, future Auntie CC arrived home from Cali. Fifteen minutes after arriving home her sister was at her door with tears in her eyes saying “YES” she was “very newly pregnant” like a few days pregnant! Future Auntie CC dropped to the ground in shock and excitement, her dream was literally coming true.

In October future Auntie CC had her first trip ever planned to Italy. She was nervous because she didn’t want to be so far away form her sister and the baby but she was on the hunt for the perfect gift to give her niece the day she was born.

In Italy while visiting her friend Chrissy who lived there at the time, future Auntie CC took a day trip to Venice by herself.  She had a beautiful time roaming the streets and exploring. It was there she found the perfect gift, a pair of handmade white booties.

A gondola ride and three gelato’s later, future Auntie CC wound up stumbling upon a beautiful church in the middle of the city.  She sat for hours chatting with God and enjoying the peace this little church brought her. Her talk with God basically went like this: ” Please God keep the baby and my sister healthy for the next 9 months…and if you could make the baby a girl then that would be super great…no pressure..health first but also please make the baby a girl…K thanks.”

The whole time up until the gender reveal party future Auntie CC referred to the baby as “she”. As the party was approaching future Auntie CC realized she better start acting like she was ok with the baby being a “boy” as well just incase.  Even at the party future Auntie CC acted like she though it was a boy. Well I guess you can tell how over the moon she was by the picture below that it was a girl. Again…her dream was proving to be true.

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Future Auntie CC had to leave for Bali that night for her teacher training and let me tell you, getting on that plane was the hardest thing she ever did.  She didn’t want to be away from her sister and “Baby She.” During her time in training future Auntie CC was required to meditate. Lets just say meditation was the hardest part of teacher training because all she could think about was all the fun things her and the “Baby She” were going to do together.

 June 2nd 2015. Auntie CC ran down the hospital hall into the room and saw this little perfect peanut resting on her sisters chest…the baby she saw in her dream! Same eyes, same eyebrows full little lips. It was her. Beautiful baby Elle.

In the story of my life, you little Elle are the best part. Forever and for always you’ll have my whole heart.  Happy 2nd Birthday to my whittle princess…no matter how old you get you will alway be my baby.

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(I made sure to wear a tube top so Elle and I could also have skin to skin bonding time)

XOXO

Auntie CC

Beach Yoga!

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I am beyond excited to share with y’all that I will be teaching beach yoga this summer in Lavallette through Breathe Life Sangha Yoga Studio. Classes will take place on the oceanfront at Trenton Ave every Thursday through Sunday, 7:30 – 8:30AM. We have a great line up of amazing teachers from the studio set up to teach. Classes are open to all levels and cost $10.00 for a drop in. Children under 13 are free.  (please bring cash)

To sign in online, more information or to view the schedule visit their website: www.BreatheLifeSangha.com

Dates I am teaching:

Saturday June 17th

Friday July 7th 

Saturday July 22nd

Saturday August 5th

Friday August 11th 

Saturday September 2nd 

Friday September 8th 

Tips:

  • Make sure your wearing waterproof sunscreen so if you sweat it does not run in your eyes.
  • Bring a large beach towel as a mat.
  • Don’t forget water for hydration
  • Bug spray incase there are flies
  • Bring your friends!

So so looking forward to this and hope to see you on your mat at the sea!

XOXO

CC

 

Biggest Bit of Advice 

This quote couldn’t be more true. I can’t even tell you how many times I said yes to something I wasn’t sure of or ready to do, and those moments have brought me the greatest experiences of my life and much happiness. 

Such as the times at work I would say “Yes! I know how to do that” and totally didn’t and would google and guess but it all worked out in the end and I looked more expierenced and learned a thing or too. 

Or when I said “yes” to going on a boat one sunny August day even though I didn’t want too because I was exhausted from recent travel. Winds up I met my soulmate that day. 

And when I said “yes” to South Africa not really understanding what I was getting myself into, and was lucky enough to have had a experience of A LIFE TIME and be one with the animals. 

Or when I said “yes” to visiting this girl Chrissy who was living in Italy when I quit my job. Last time I really knew her was in 8th grade! That trip, we fastly became bffs for life and have collected amazing memories together while traveling the world. 

When you get the flutter of uneasiness in the pit of your stomach like you don’t know what your about to do…always say YES! The risk will be worth it. 

XOXO 

CC 

Sweet satisfaction 

(Me shoving face as per usual in Italy) 

Although I am not one who believes in diets, with summer around the corner (thank god) I have been more conscious on what is going in my mouth replacing most of my snacks or desserts with healthier options that still satisfy my sweet tooth. I do this so that I CAN eat whatever I want on date nights, fun occasions and weekends. I never want the gilt of not going for ice cream….life is too short for that. BUT if I did it every night I would blow up like a blow fish. So…how does one have best of both worlds? It’s called balance. Below are a few of my favorite healthier snack options that I can’t get enough of. 

1. Fresh cut strawberries or pineapple with a little drizzle of chocolate sauce, maybe pair it with half a kit Kat.

2. Banana with one tablespoon of almond butter. This is the most filling.

3. Apple with cinnamon. Cinnamon is a game changer in life in general.

4. Toasted coconut vanilla yogurt with strawberries. Make sure the yogurt you pick though is not loaded with sugar. 

5. Frozen blueberries.

XOXO

CC 

Book Review: Behind Her Eyes

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by: Sarah Pinborough 

I got this book as my February “Book of the Month” from the book club I belong too and holy bananas this book was a page turner! I think I finished this book in two days. I literally was yelling in my head at one of the characters. This book was about a crazy love triangle involving a wife, doctor and mistress who was a secretary. Chance encounters, drama and messed up intentions bring all three together. When you think you know where the story is going or how its going to end, the plot twists! I was definitely kept at the edge of my seat with this one.

XOXO

CC

 

Warrior Pose for Pets

I couldn’t be more excited to share with you that I will be teaching a special Yin class to help raise funds for The Brodie Fund, which helps pets fight cancer. Whether you’re new to yoga or not, what better way to get introduced to the Yin practice while helping out our furry friends! This class is open to all levels. Meditation and the use of essential oils will be used in class for the ultimate relaxing experience.

For more information or to sign up online visit: http://www.breathelifesangha.com/workshops-events.html

XOXO

CC

THIRDHOME Travel Contest 

Below is a short video I put together of some of my favorite travel memories for a contest I entered in. I smiled ear to ear while making this video reliving these beautiful moments so making this video was well worth it for me regardless if I win or not.  You never know where the universe will take you!  😉

XOXO

CC

 

Kissing my twenties goodbye 

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As I’m approaching my 30th birthday I’m mixed with emotions. Where the f did the time go!? I was having a conversation with my older sister the other day on how I wasn’t sure I was ready to be 30, I’m not mature enough, and I feel like I should be turning 22. She said, ” I know, but think about the person you were at 22…your not the same girl”. As per usual, my brilliant sister is right (shocker). Not that I was a bad person at 22, I was just different. Lessons have not been learned and I was in a totally different space. At 22 my biggest problem was getting to work on time and where I was going out that night…Oh and what Chanel bag I was saving for.  My twenties have truly been a blast. I have had some of my best moments, many scary moments and tons of heartbreak with guys. It was all worth it because it made me who I am today, happy and healthy, both physically and mentally. If I could go back in time I wouldn’t change a thing, to me that means I did it right.

Things I would tell my younger self:

1. Your doing a great job at having fun. Keep it up because when you hit 28 your not going to be able to keep your eyes open past 11pm or have 10 Red Bull vodkas and be able to get out of bed the next day.

2. Your doing a fantastic job at never settling in life, whether it be with guys friendships or jobs. You know your worth and keep on trucking.

3. You will understand at a young age the importance of your health and that without it you have nothing. Never take it for granted and take care of yourself. Oh and where SPF!!!

4. Life is short eat the cookie.

5. You will thank all the boys who gave you heartache in your life, every tear you shed, every awful thing that came your way. All the bullshit you had to deal with from the stupid dating websites you were on, all the lies and all the creeps. All of these boys are not for you, that’s why they have to be so mean, because if they loved you back like you loved them, you would have never met Steve and you would have never had a chance to truly find yourself, alone, in Bali away from everything and everyone. Steve is going to come don’t worry and you will be happier then you thought you ever could be. It’s the real deal. He’s literally a real life prince who will make you feel adored every day and treat you like the princess you really are. He will arrive on a shiny boat called the Pinapple Express and cook you all these fabulous meals and make you laugh until you cry, not cry until you laugh. He will bring you pizza and wine and books and hand made cards, he will smell nice and take you to Christmas Tree Shop because he knows you love trinkets.  He will love you like he’s never loved before and it will show. His actions will match up with his words.

6. You will want kids one day because this little munchkin Elle is going to come into this world and flip your life upside down. People will tell you she’s your niece but she’s really connected to your soul and you feel as if she’s yours. You may even tell strangers when you two are out for your walks the first 6 months of her life that yea she’s yours… and that’s ok! You will feel a love and bond so tight, you will just want to be with her night and day. She comes first! You will be crazy auntie CC one day and it will be one of the most important roles of your life. You will doubt if you could ever love your own child like Elle, people say you will but You find it doubtful, but at least it will make you finally want kids of your own. We’ll see!

7. You will realize that your quality of life is more important then any BMW or Chanel bag. You will actually sell some of your collection to fit the bill for some of your travel adventures. This fashion career is not for you, sorry your just not one of them. Your not a quitter but quit this one sooner rather then later. Your going to have a career where you help people. You will finally feel fulfilled with the job you do, but only if you take the risk of leaving the one you hate and starting over. Your never to old to start over. You will realize that you want to live a life of passion. Work to live not live to work. Forget societies way of life and make your own rule book. Who says you need a job with benefits or a 401k or be married with kids at 30? Take your sweet time. Work hard and do what you have to do to pay your bills, be responsible and live your life. Never ever do something for money, do it for passion and you’ll see how happy you will be.

8. You will loose some friendships but that’s ok. Sometimes people grow apart but you will always honor all the good times you had with those people. Sometimes people are not meant to stay in your life forever, sometimes they are just meant to get you though moments. You will though remain friends with most, and these people will be so good to you and you guys will always have the best times ever. You will support each other through thick and thin and embrace changes in life together.

9. It’s ok to be super attached to your family and want to live with mom forever. If anyone judges you they are just jealous your moms the coolest! 😉

10. Your truly going to learn so much about yourself and what you can do. In the beginning of your twenties you were full of the phrases “oh I could never do that” but by the end of your twenties your going to be saying “well if I survived the bugs in Bali I can do anything in life.” Your going to travel all over the world and majorly push yourself too your limits and set new limits and overcome fear over and over again. Your going to embrace the challenge of life and appreciate it’s beauty. Your going to have friends from all over the world and have experiences most will never get to experience in their lifetime.

Lastly, don’t worry hunny bunny, life is gonna be gravy. Every time you think you are being rejected from something good you are just being redirected to something better. To everything I have ever lost…thank you for setting me free.

XOXO

CC

Book Review: Close To Shore 

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By: Michael Capes

Found this gem on sale at The Christmas Tree Shop, one of my favorite stores ever. This book is basically about the terrifying shark attacks of 1916 which was the influence for the movie Jaws. Not gonna lie I was quite terrified to read this book since I have a huge fear of being attacked by a shark. I was never a fan of swimming in rivers, and its doubtful you’ll ever see me in one again after reading this book!

Anyhow ,what I liked most about this book was that it was full of Jersey Shore history! (I do love my history) It mentions how the Jersey Shore became a place for rest for people, which hotels they stayed at, how bathing costumes came about etc. The most interesting fact to me was the evidence of the worlds first shark attack dating back to seven hundred years before Christ, found on pottery in the Italian island of Ischia, a place I have been too! If you are from Jersey, like history and the Jersey shore I highly recommend this book.

XOXO

CC