The proposal

So this is how it happened…

You know, just your regular day…visiting with family and teaching the kids how to do a bridge move…

katekatebear bridge pose

Then all of a sudden the one asks “Uncle Tommy, can I have that thing out of your pocket?”

katekatebear thefrontrowe proposal

Box comes out…
Will asks “Kate, will you be my aunt?”

katekatebear thefrontrowe proposal

Cue me losing it…

katekatebear thefrontrowe proposal

And then my best friend in the whole world asked me to spend the rest of my life with him and I said yes (through giggles and shocked excitement) :)

katekatebear thefrontrowe proposal

I want to note that this is right after I said yes, and right before Luke threw the ring box over the balcony in a fit of excitement…

YAY! I am so incredibly excited…there are (still) almost no words to describe it. I love you so much, Tom. <3

katekatebear thefrontrowe engagement

katekatebear ring

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for their amazing thoughts and well wishes! We are so lucky and blessed to have each other, but also all of you as friends! xoxo

And now to start planning…
(Good thing my wedding Pinterest board has been up and active for a while now…hahah)

Friday Favorites: 9.13

Oh hey oh hey it’s FRIDAY THE 13TH!

Being part of the Surfset family

As you may have seen, I’ve recently become certified as a Surfset Trainer! It’s really got me jazzed for spreading the word about this amazing workout and group of people who want to shake up the fitness world. It’s been less than a week, but I already feel like part of the family. The trainers have an internal network to communicate on, we share music and new moves….and more. It’s great! I can’t wait to start teaching :)

surfset fitness trainer handbook


I want to just curl up in the adorableness of this shiba inu pack and live there forever…

Inspiring ads

I always love most football ads, but this week the NFL promoted their new women’s commercial and it’s awesome. All to the tune of our own Baltimore Raven’s Coach Harbaugh’s speech…get’s me inspired and pumped up for the season, and life.

I also saw this awesome ad from Guinness this week. It’s starts out more or less like your typical beer commercial, but the ending really moved me.

Justin & Jimmy FOREVER

I want a show starring these two on EVERY DAY.


So we have another busy weekend this time around. After work today, Tom & I are headed up to Boston to see some family. I can’t wait to see the new baby (I’m sure I’ll share photos haha). What are you up to?

Cheers to an amazing weekend! 


Pin It Party

So I recently spotted this awesome idea for a Pin It Party on Lindsay’s Lean Green Bean blog! Basically, she’s created a hub for bloggers to share their awesome pinnable posts.


I LOVE Pinterest…so this was crazy fun for me! Not only to look through my posts for pinnable items, but also to look at all the posts that have been posted so far! Check out my Pinterest page & let’s be pin buddies!

So here are five of my past posts that I’d love to see on Pinterest! 

katekatebear summer sauce

This is one of my FAVORITE recipes! It’s simple and fresh (and delicious). It’s a simple Summer Sauce my mom invented (maybe) for me because I’m not a big fan of mushy tomatoes. Perfect for a light summer pasta dish!


katekatebear total body workout

For this Full Body Workout, I pulled together some of my favorite moves that multi-task, working different parts of your body in one move! It’s quick and easy and works you all over!


katekatebear 15 min ab circuit

I love to workout and always feel great after I do…problem is I never have time…SO I pulled together some of my favorite ab moves for this quick 15 minute ab circuit – it can be used on its own or to tack on to something you already did!


katekatebear perfect green smoothie

Green smoothies have always kind of intrigued me, but I never really knew what to put in them. BUT, after some testing, I created this simple, tasty yet beneficial green smoothie! Great for after a workout or just whenever!


katekatebear 20min HIIT cardio

All you hear these days is about HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)…why? Because it WORKS! With that in mind, I pulled together a quick 20 minute HIIT Circuit to follow on the treadmill or running outside!


So those are my five posts, but through this fun exercise, I’ve found SO MANY other great posts!

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls (um…YUM!)

30 ways to squeeze fitness into your day (always looking for new ideas!)

Lower body buster workout

21 yoga poses 

Seriously, so many awesome bloggers creating such great posts! Can’t wait to see/share more!

Do you use Pinterest? What for? What are some of your FAVORITE pins? 

Surfset certified!

It’s official! I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I’m now a certified Surfset trainer!

katekatebear surfset trainer

I’m just getting back from a fun-filled training in NYC where I spent the day learning new moves, more about the surfset company and ways to share this awesome practice with others.

If you haven’t seen my crazy superfan posts, Surfset is an amazing new exercise practice meant to shake up your routine – using the specially made Surfset surf board, you use stability, strength and cardio building workouts to push yourself (and have fun). And yes, it IS the same company you saw on Sharktank

surfset board

The group getting certified was an amazingly rad dozen women from all over – Baltimore, DC, Jersey, PA, Chicago…and even someone from Victoria, Canada there! (My brother goes to college up there – Go Vikes!). We were set up in a room at Chelsea Piers Sports Club where we started right off with a full 45min class.

One of the coolest parts was that the sessions were led by none other than the founders of Surfset itself…

katekatebear surfset fitness sarah mike

That’s one of the (many) things that I really love about the company…they are growing (fast), but are still completely involved. Sarah and Mike took us through all kinds of stuff. First, Mike ran us through a full class (phew – it was intense) then it was time to hit the books and learn more about the company. In the afternoon, we went through all the basic moves from different series and some ways we could do variations for clients looking for more or less!

surfset fitness trainer handbook

It was an amazing learning experience and something I’m incredibly excited about. I can’t wait to build on my certification and share more about my Surfset journey…stay tuned!

For now…surfs up! xoxo