live healthy – finding local support

live healthy – finding local support

As you know, we love healthy meals and try to keep a healthy lifestyle for our families.  Well recently I had a baby and I will tell you that gym time and healthy living were both put on hold.  More important to me was finding time to spend with my little guy and my big guy – the gym had to wait.  While breast feeding, food wasn’t about me, it was about what I needed to eat to make sure I could feed my son, and the bad habits started there…and just didn’t quit.

Fast forward a few months, I knew it was time for a change.  My husband and I strongly believe in showing our son a very active healthy life and guess where that starts… me!  We officially gave up sugar in January (my husband immediately dropped 20 lbs) but I needed another push… I needed a gym I can love and truly get behind!  ENTER – Burn Boot Camp.  This place is dedicated to women and especially moms.  They have dedicated childcare and they are so motivating!  For the first time in a LONG time I felt a sense of community!  The work outs are 45 min long, you are in and out in an hour and trust me… they make it worth it!  I felt like I may die some days ha!!!

I started with a month groupon and then moved on to a 30 day challenge.  This was so the way to go and get myself motivated!  But, I will say that if you are there, you can’t help but be motivated…  all of the locations are full of energy, women working their hardest, before and afters, and motivational posters everywhere!  Below are a few that I designed incase this community would like to download full size and put up in their homes!

Full sizes are available for download here or by clicking the images below:  Strong Women, Machines, Fit Life

If you find a place near you, you will want to have some cute clothes to work out in… and no one likes a deal better than us!  Below are some fab finds we found that will not break the bank!

  1.  Work it out Tank – 2. Swell water bottle – 3. Pink Running Shorts – 4. Workout Pants – 5. Striped Sports Bra – 6. Gym Hair Tank

And don’t forget…you can’t workout and just eat whatever you want!

Some of our favorite healthy meals are below!

  1. Home Made fruit roll ups by Seasonally Jane
  2. Greek Turkey Burgers – a reader (and crowd) favorite
  3. Cheesy Balsamic Cucumber Tomato Salad
  4. Ah-Mazing Paleo Granola
  5. You Won’t Be Single Long – Sweet Potato Fries
10 easy diy party decor ideas

10 easy diy party decor ideas

You know we all love a party over here on Sunny Slide Up!  Since we are celebrating our birthday, I thought it was only appropriate to gather some easy DIY party decor ideas.   Check out our Pinterest board “Party On” for even more great ideas!


10 Easy DIY Party Decor Ideas

1. DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland – Creative Bag

diy tissue paper garland


2. DIY Ribbon Chandelier – Every Last Detail

diy ribbon chandelier

3. DIY Metallic Stroke Balloons – Design Love Fest

diy mettalic balloons

4. DIY Blooming Letters – Urbanic Paper

diy blooming letters

5. DIY Paper Chain Background – Floridian

diy paper chain bakcground

6. DIY Spray Painted Metal Folding Chairs – The Moon and Me

spray paint metal folding chairs

7. DIY – Pom Pom Branches – Wayaiulandia

Pom Pom Party Branches DIY

8. DIY Number (or Letter) Photo Display – Just Imagine 

diy number or letter photo display

9. DIY Sidewalk/Driveway Party Art – Guerrilla Weddings

DIY Sidewalk Driveway Party Art

10.  Washi Tape Everything! – I Heart Nap Time


You know how I love washi tape so much.

I’m in the mood to throw a party now!  Speaking of parties, we are throwing one big party here on Sunny Slide Up for the month of October as our blog turns 2!  Be sure to keep a lookout for giveaways all month long!


Heather Johnson - The Creative Stack

happy monday, here are some flowers

happy monday, here are some flowers

Happy Monday everyone.  I don’t know about you, but it is a gloomy day here in Charlotte, NC with thunderstorms.  I’ve been trying to readjust to east coast time this morning, after just returning from a fantastic vacation at Lake Tahoe. Promise to share more about the trip next week!

This beautiful video of flowers opening in timelapse perked me right up!   Enjoy 🙂

Flowers opening timelapse from David de los Santos Gil on Vimeo.

Be Awesome Monday Quote


And, It’s Monday. Don’t Forget to be AWESOME!


Heather Johnson - The Creative Stack

top 5 reasons to hire a wedding videographer

top 5 reasons to hire a wedding videographer

Well, If you follow our blog, you know that I recently got married.  I will go ahead and apologize for the amount I talk about my wedding on here, but if you have been through the process, you know what a special time it is.  You also know all of the things you learn during the months of planning!  I want to share with everyone what I learned along the way!

Today… I am going to talk about one of the things we did that I will cherish forever…. a professional wedding video.

I am telling you… this is so amazing to have!  I have watched it about 10 times a day since they sent it to us!

why hire a wedding videographer


1. WORDS.  So many words are spoken during the day.  Weather it is what you say while you are getting ready, your vows, what the preacher says, small whispers to each other, laughing, crying, etc.  Photos will not capture that so be sure you get it on your video!

2. MUSIC.  If you are like me you will take hours and hours to decide on the perfect songs!  In my case, we had our fathers play a few songs together before the ceremony on guitar and mandolin.  I LOVE that our video guys used that music as part of our background sound!

3. EMOTION.  Photography, especially good photography, captures emotion of the day.  With that said, it is that… a capture.  A professional video will actually show clips of the emotion.  Moments that you can watch over and over.

4. BLUR.  People always told me.  “try to remember everything, your wedding will be a blur”.  I had no idea how true that would be.  I never thought 10 hours could happen so quickly.  It blew my mind as to how quickly the day flew by.  My wedding video helped me see things I didn’t get to see.  It helped bring back moments from my wonderful, amazing, beautiful, blur.

5. HIGH QUALITY.  With technology today, everyone has a video, everyone has a camera.  While this is true… it is not going to be the quality that a professional can provide you with!  I’m telling you… get the high quality, the sound, the images.  It is worth it!

say i do to wedding videographer


I worked with the amazing husband and wife team at Whitewash Films.  He does amazing work and she is just the sweetest to work with!  Such a great combo. (Check out her day job at Inspire Wedding Magazine – so jealous!)

Here is my video!

Ryan + Mandi from Whitewash Films on Vimeo.

I can’t end this post without thinking my amazing photographer, Crystal Stokes.  All of the photos used in this post are a thank you to her!

The amazing flowers are by Springvine Design, planning by Magnolia Events, and the wedding was at the beautiful Brawley House.

Be sure to follow Whitewash Films and all these other vendors to see their work!

we remember moments quote

Mandi Heilig - Dry Ink Designs