Friday Favorites 5.30 (let’s just say for all of May)

So I’m a bit backed up on Friday Favorites posts…so this is going to have to deal with a double/triple dose of favorite things. There are SO MANY fun things. Can you handle it? I believe in you. Let’s do it.

BMOREtoned Wedding Shenanigans 

What can I say…we like to tone it up. Even at weddings. haha Yes, that’s nine girls in fancy dresses (including a wedding dress) doing pushups at a wedding. 

bmoretoned wedding pushups

SUJA Juice

I’m newly obsessed. This fresh pressed juice is seriously delicious. A little pricey, but totally worth it for a refreshing drink!

katekatebear suja juice

Avenger Cats


avenger cats

Calming Manatees

Having a bad day? The manatee will calm you down. Click here to see various support manatees. haha

calming manatee

Zooey being…well…Zooey

Who doesn’t love a gal with a great voice who can old-timey dance and kicks bikes for no apparent reason?

zooey deschanel kicks bike

KARATE CHOP! Click here to watch the new She & Him video!

K&K Being (recognized for being) Sexy

I’m always proud of my trainers Karena & Katrina from Tone It Up, but I was made incredibly proud last week when they were publicly named to Victoria Secret’s 2013 What Is Sexy List! Congrats, gals! You totally are sexy! And you help us all to get sexier in our own rights, which makes you even cooler :)

tone it up karena katrina


Flicks on the Hill are BACK!

Every year AVAM (American Visionary Arts Museum) hosts free outdoor movies. You bring blankets and wine and it’s a jolly little night! (Don’t forget the bug spray!)

This year they’re back with some awesome flicks on the schedule – Cry Baby, Never Ending Story, Raising Arizona, etc.

Nordstrom Customer Service

Seriously, great customer service really moves me. The other night, when I realized all my money would soon be gone Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale, I tweeted out my excitement. Nordstrom immediately tweeted me back. Then CONTINUED the conversation with me and actually helped me find a bag that seemed to be out of stock! Way to go team!

nordstrom customer service twitter

Ok so…that’s probably it for now.
Sorry I’m not sorry for the AMAZING list of fun stuff! 


6 Random Questions – Liebster Style

This past week I got challenged by fellow blogger, Kerry from The Adventures of Z and K, to continure a blog chain. The “Liebster award” is not a real award, it’s more along the lines of a chain letter. I’ve been meaning to post this but, as you may have seen, I’m a bit under the weather…and when I’m sick…everything becomes a little slower haha

Anyway, the real gist of the Liebster Award is that there is no real award. “There are no judges, no special rules. No website with an official team to congratulate you and hold your hand. It’s mostly what you want it to be. If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along.”

Basically, a cool way to recognize and connect with fellow bloggers! LOVE IT!

The concept is simple and pretty fun (like all those magazine quizes you used to fill out haha) – you pose questions to fellow bloggers and they answer then pass on to their favorites. CHAIN LETTER TIME!

So anyway, Kerry tagged me and here goes…

Six questions answered!

Have you ever done any type of volunteer work? If so what? If not, what organization would you like to support?

I’ve volunteer for National Aquarium (don’t you work there? why would you go back for more? Haha yep.) at different conservation events. My most recent was a clean up at Fort McHenry. It was great to work somewhere that I actually go all the time! We go to Ft. McHenry for picnics all the time in the spring/summer – felt great to clean up!

ft mchenry clean up with national aquairum

When it comes to organizations I’d like to support, the list is endless! As you’ve seen in past posts…it all comes down to lack of time. Maybe one day!!

Where did you go to college? What was your major? Were you in any clubs?

I attended University of Miami and had a double major in communications and art (with a focus in photography). It was a BLAST. And not just because it was near the beach (although that was great).

katekatebear graduation

I loved it so much – especially being on the women’s lacrosse team! Through it, I got to know some of the most amazing women ever. :)

university of miami women's lacrosse

Yes, I had bangs at one point…

university of miami women's lacrosse

What is the best concert you’ve gone to? Any artist you’ve seen more than once?

Oooh best concert…that’s a tough one. I’d probably have to go with the Soul2Soul tour show with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill..they are AMAZING! Especially together. They are the definition of a power couple haha

soul2soul tour

soul2soul tour

Before I got old and tired all the time after work, I used to go to a bunch of concerts. One of my FAVORITES has always been Kenny Chesney. Even if you don’t like country, you’ll love his shows. I’ve been to 5 I think…so fun, I just kept going back! I’ve also seen Aerosmith twice and Will Hoge a few times. OH and Little Big Town (with Emma) 3 times! We need to bring back the tradition, Em!

How many weddings have you been in as a bridesmaid or Maid of Honor?

Surprisingly no. I’ve been tons of weddings, but haven’t been in any.
Never a bridesmaid…never a bride? Feel free to fix that, Tom ;) haha 

Have you ever met a celebrity?

Wait, I don’t count as a celebrity? haha JK 
But seriously, I have met a few…very random ones. LL Cool J at the MTV awards that were in Miami one year. Craig Morgan. Daniel Tosh. Tyson Beckford… who YES is as attractive as you think…if not more.

katekatebear tyson beckford

What is your current guilty pleasure song?

I have to admit (and I hate it) that I love the new Selena Gomez song “Come and get it”. These new little pop stars make their songs SO DARN CATCHY! haha Also, Taylor’s new-ish jam, “I knew you were trouble”. Again, so catchy.

OK…so now it’s my turn to pass it on!

My nominees:


My questions:

  • What’s your favorite class you’ve ever taken and why? Have you done anything with what you learned in it?
  • What’s the best workout (or workout move) you’ve ever done? (Like one that’s made you sore for at least a day!)
  • If/When you make a pro sports team, what would your stadium entry song be?
  • How do you like your eggs?
  • If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
  • Have you ever been on a TV show? If not, what show would you want to be cast in? (If so, can I get your autograph? haha)

Ok here we go…let the fun continue!


Weekly Workouts 5.20 – 5.26

So in an effort to be as cool as fellow blogger & Aquarium employee, Kerry, I thought it would be cool to log my workouts for the week! It’s a great way to keep track of what you did and also share fun new workouts you find. So here we go…this is what I did this week!


Early morning workout included a 20 minute HIIT run followed by CXWORX (unfortunately, I could only stay for a few tracks)

katekatebear 20min HIIT cardio

Then in the afternoon I tried the new Tone It Up Bridal Babe workout!


Tuesday morning I started with a 3.2 mile run down to Fort McHenry.

katekatebear baltimore run route

I brought my clothes to work so I could do another workout, but I ended up running home THEN working out. Yep. Over achieving. haha I tried the new Tone It Up Santorini Bikini workout – phew…I got sweaty!



I’ve missed a few weeks of TeamRick workouts so I scheduled a second workout with him. We did an awesome workout with the battle ropes. LOVED it!

hit the ropes workout katekatebear


I was feeling a bit off Thursday, but still had a fun 2.56 mile run with my friend Emma!


Spent an awesome morning strength training with TeamRick and Molly & Annie OUTSIDE (so excited it’s getting warmer!). We did a variety of terrible fun things, like suicide sprints, bosu abs, box jumps, etc.

teamrick workout at under armour headquarters


Well this was my birthday soooooo I took a break from going crazy BUT I didn’t want to not do anything, so Molly & I went for a 2.5 mile power walk.


It was a beautiful morning to workout! I went for a 4 mile run with some stairs at Federal Hill. Then when I got home, I did 15 minute abs.

katekatebear workout stairs run

Another great week of workouts! Here’s hoping next week is great too! :)

Workout Wednesday – Battle Ropes

It’s been a CRAZY few weeks at work and I’ve missed a few #TeamRick workouts but today I got back to it for a special GET BACK TO IT one-on-one workout with Rick!

This week’s workout: Hit the Ropes
Muscles worked: Full body!
Courtesy of: Team Rick
Needs: Battle ropes (yes, those big crazy ropes you see at the gym)

hit the ropes workout katekatebear

So grab those ropes and try something new! It’s as easy as picking them up and trying! If you want some help or more instruction, don’t worry! That’s fine. Just ask a trainer at your gym and I’m sure they’d be happy to help you.

You can see some of the moves demonstrated in this video. If you have more questions, just ask me (or Rick!)!

And remember, you’ll never regret a workout!

Beautiful Jekyll Island

We just got back from a beautiful weekend on Jekyll Island in Georgia…We went down for my cousin’s wedding. The entire trip was gorgeous!

jekyll island sunset

We stayed at the beautiful Jekyll Island Club, an incredibly beautiful and historic place.

jekyll island club

The island is..well…an island, so it’s not that big. I decided to go running one time and it was so worth it!

jekyll island trail

 The hotel also had bikes to rent and explore the island. I went out with my sister and brother and explored some of the small island – through trails and to the beach!

jekyll island bike ride

jekyll island beach

Yea, we’re nerds… haha




Then…there was the wedding. Get ready to be jealous. :)

TnT wedding

We had an amazing time! I was so excited to get together with Tom and my whole family for the event!

katekatebear thefrontrowe jekyll island

katekatebear family jekyll island

If you EVER get a chance to visit Jekyll Island, I absolutely suggest visiting!