Random Thoughts, Weekend Recap & House Update!

22 Aug

Happy Monday! This past weekend flew by way too quickly as I was away for the majority of the weekend which was incredible. Today I’m sharing a few random thoughts, some moments from this past weekend, and a house update.

  • Since we were in the process of completing some kitchen renovations this weekend, we decided it would be a good idea to go out for sushi on Friday evening with some friends. I felt like we hadn’t had sushi in forever and it definitely hit the spot.

Friday night sushi

  • I was so lucky to be able to spend the majority of Saturday and Sunday in Rhode Island at the beach for Melissa’s birthday. It was so relaxing and there was endless amounts of laughter and fun. We were also treated to an incredible dinner of all different kinds of grilled pizza & margaritas for dinner on Saturday evening. It was such a special weekend.

ladies golf cart

Beach Melissa's Bday

margs melissas bday

grilled pizza melissa's bday

  • I had my first Acai bowl from Liquid Nirvana for breakfast on Friday and I’m officially hooked! It was so refreshing after a pretty intense boot camp workout. It is definitely something I can replicate easily at home but it was Friday and our kitchen was a disaster zone so there you have it.

Acai Bowl

  • Operation New Kitchen Floor is officially complete! While I was away, Dan, my aunt’s fiancee Jorge, my Dad, and my cousin Daniel all worked around the clock and put down our new tile floor in the kitchen. It looks absolutely amazing and makes such a big difference.

Kitchen in progress

before and after floor

  • This week will be a short work week for me as we have a wedding Friday afternoon/evening. It should be a blast and I splurged and ordered a Rent the Runway dress to be delivered so I have something new and fancy to wear. I will be sure to share some pics with you guys next week.

That’s all for today and I hope you guys have a great Monday!

Summer Fun: The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

12 Aug

There has been no shortage of fun activities going on this summer and one thing I love is visiting a new-to-us place and being able to experience something different. We were able to do just that a few weeks ago at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, CT. The always wonderful Kat from Bird Social Media invited us to eat and shop the night away!

We started the evening off at Feng Asian Bistro where we enjoyed several unique dishes, from tuna wontons to scallops that just melted in your mouth. We also enjoyed some cocktails and my personal favorite was definitely the white sangria which was most refreshing on that warm summer evening.

Feng Tuna Wonton

Tuna Wontons

Feng tuna on spoon

Bonnie in action

Love blogger action shots! Bonnie from Home Place Blog

Feng sushi roll

Feng scallops

The presentation was incredible!

feng summer sangria

Once we were stuffed to the brim with food and drinks, we headed out to do some shopping! We visited Loft, J.Crew, Olive A Little, and Simply Mac. My favorite was definitely Olive A Little as that is actually where we regularly buy our olive oil and vinegar, at their South Windsor location. They gave us an incredible swag bag filled with so many different kinds of olive oil, vinegar, cheese, and pasta.

olive a little

Olive a little swag

All of the goodies! Ignore my middle of renovations kitchen please😉

simply mac

So many cases to choose from at Simply Mac!

I ended up purchasing an adorable open back top from Loft as well as a pretty statement necklace from J.Crew. Both stores were having such great deals that I had to treat myself!

jcrew necklace

shirt loft

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley are located at 110 Albany Turnpike in Canton, Connecticut, right on Route 44. There are over 40 shops and businesses to visit, including a Kohls and a Dick’s Sporting Goods. I can’t wait until we are able to visit again and do some more eating and shopping!

(Disclaimer: Food, drink, and merchandise were provided to me in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own).

Home Sweet Home

22 Jul

Happy Friday! I hope you guys have had a wonderful week. Mine was certainly better than last week and I’m looking forward to a long weekend filled with friends, fun, and maybe a little bit of wine (who am I kidding? A LOT of wine😉 ). I’m taking Monday off as a “me” day and I’m really looking forward to it. I feel like sometimes it is absolutely imperative to take some time to unwind and not let yourself get burned out. Anyone else agree?

Today I’m finally sharing a house update that I’ve been thinking about for a long while. We have done a lot of work so far and I’m really excited to share it with you.

Let’s start with a little bit of the outside, although we really haven’t done much out there yet, but we have added a nice hanging plant, a patriotic sign, a fire hydrant from NYC, and Dan also trimmed the bushes as well.

Outside 1

My home office is more or less finished as well. We painted, added bunk beds from my childhood bedroom, and a desk.

Desk 1

Desk 2

Office Bed

We used Benjamin Moore’s “Normandy” blue for the accent wall and a cream color for the other three walls.

Our guest bedroom is now fully furnished with a queen sized bed, nightstand, dresser, and our armoire. Dan also installed a ceiling fan which adds a nice touch to the room. That room is one of the last which needs to be painted/decorated although I haven’t fully decided on a color yet.

Guest room 1

Bella loves sleeping on that bed. (Comforter set: Macy’s)

Ceiling Fan

Guest room 2

“Mom, no more pictures please!”

As far as the living room goes, we finally hung pictures and added some decor throughout the room which gives it much homier of a feel. We have a few more pictures to hang but for the most part, the living room is done.

Mantle

TV Stand 1

Most of the decor on the TV stand is from TJ Maxx and I think I spent less than $20 total on it!

Living Room 1

These were Christmas presents from our friends Carlee and Justin & Kaitlin and Quentin🙂

Gallery wall

I am obsessed with gallery walls!

Well there you have it! We have definitely gotten a lot done but there’s quite a bit more to do, mainly with the kitchen and the yard. For the kitchen, Dan is in the process of priming and painting the cabinets and then we will start the floor and have the new counter top installed. The yard is not horrible right now but definitely needs to be cleaned up. I will share another update in the future, probably once the cabinets are done being painted.

I hope you guys have a great weekend! Stay cool, it’s going to be a hot one🙂

Things I’m Loving Lately #5

15 Jul

What. A. Week. I’m not going to say much more than that this week has been pretty awful. God has thrown quite a few curve balls our way but luckily things are looking more positive as the week is finally ending. I’m looking forward to a fun weekend with some relaxation.

positvity

So much truth in this statement.

I haven’t done one of these in quite a while so I figured I would share some things that are making me happy lately.

Smoothies:

I’ve been trying my best to be as healthy as possible and I’ve found that a smoothie is the easiest way to start off my day on a healthy note.

My smoothies usually consist of:

  • 1 cup of Silk Almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder (usually whatever kind Dan has in the house)
  • 3-4 ice cubes (because I only like smoothies if they are ice cold!)

Smoothie

Sweet potatoes:

I will basically put anything in a sweet potato and I’m pretty sure we have them two or three times a week for dinner. We usually top them with plain greek yogurt, diced avocado, Rotel, and chicken. It makes for a super easy and delicious dinner!

sweet potato 1

Excuse the ugly plates, kitchen renovations are still ongoing🙂

sweet potato 2

Daybreak Coffee Roasters:

I know I have raved about my love for Daybreak many times on here but there is something about that place which just feels like home to me. It might be the smell of the roasting coffee beans or the friendly greeting I get when I walk in, but I really enjoy going there. (PS. Their blueberry scones are out of this world. Go get one!)

daybreak

Real Housewives of New York:

I will admit that this is a total guilty pleasure of mine but I am seriously loving this season. I stopped watching a few seasons ago when Bethenny Frankel left but started again when she came back. She is my favorite “real housewife” of all time and I find her honesty about her health issues and divorce to be so refreshing. I know that they are put in situations which will create drama but these are real life things that she is actually going through and I love that she doesn’t sugar coat anything.

Real Housewives

Billi enjoys Real Housewives as well😉

Girl’s Nights:

After an awful day on Tuesday, it was so nice to get out with some of the ladies to celebrate Daniela’s birthday at Sayulita. Sometimes all you need is a margarita, amazing food, and lots of laughter to turn things around. I had my first ever tamale and it was incredible.

sayulita margarita2

sayulita food

Ahi tuna taco, beef & chorizo tamale, and black bean salad.. So good!

girls danielas bday

Love these ladies! Photo credit: Daniela

I hope you all have a fast-moving and happy Friday and an even better weekend. I promise that I will have a house update for you next week as I just want to take a few more pictures this weekend.

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Birthday & 4th of July Weekend

6 Jul

Happy hump day! I am loving this short work week and am excited that the weekend seems like it is coming up quickly once again. This past weekend we celebrated my birthday as well as America’s birthday🙂 I took a ton of pictures and figured it would be best to just share them, wordless style. Enjoy!

post softball pizza

Mikos American Pie

Lovely pie made by Miko for my birthday celebration

Dan Kody Morgan and I

the men 2016 bday

dan and i 2016 bday

silverstein fam 2016 bday

photo credit: Alexandra Swanson

Hanningtons bday 2016

photo credit: Alexandra Swanson

ladies bday 2016

photo credit: Alexandra Swanson

jenna alex natasha bday 2016

photo credit: Alexandra Swanson

birthday margarita D

Diamond margarita… Love the festive straw!

whole harmony tea

Whole Harmony Goji Berry Raspberry Iced Tea at Boticello’s Farmer’s Market.. so good!

Mercado 2

Mercado‘s Queso Frito… one of my absolute favorite food trucks ever!

MCC Fireworks 2016

Birthday breakfast 2016

Birthday breakfast at Dondero Orchards

winery selfie bday 16

winery bday 16

winery bday 16 2

lobster landing

lobster landing lobster roll

red robin bday burger

My Red Robin birthday burger on July 4th is a tradition for us🙂

beer lobs pool

Man that was a lot of pictures! Believe it or not, even with all of the fun we had, we were still able to get a LOT done on the house. I will be sharing those pictures hopefully later this week if not next week. I can’t wait for today to be over as we are having some friends over for dinner and I’m excited to relax with them🙂 Have a happy Wednesday!

Feeling Like a Winner & Stepping into Summer Reveal

28 Jun

Happy Tuesday! I’m excited to finally be feeling like myself again as that cold/allergies knocked me on my butt for the last few weeks. Even though I haven’t been feeling too hot, I have still managed to rally and have a TON of summer fun, hence the title of this post.

Last Monday, I came home feeling awful but was very excited to find a package from the lovely Meg waiting for me! I had participated in her “Stepping Into Summer Swap Reveal” which included a sandal swap and I was paired up with Meg! But not only were the sandals included in the package, but I found out that I had won her Southern Proper giveaway on her blog. It was a very nice surprise for a Monday. Thank you, Meg!

SteppingIntoSummer

Southern Proper Sandals

I’m pretty sure I wore the sandals every single day this past weekend as they are SO versatile and comfy. Here’s a look at what I won from the Southern Proper giveaway:

Southern Proper Beach Towel

Southern proper coozy

Southern Proper Sunglasses2

Southern Proper Tote

We have been doing a lot of home-cooking lately and pretty much all of it has been on the grill since our kitchen is still filled with dust from the process of sanding the cabinets. We are absolutely loving it though, as grilling is one of our favorite things to do. Grilled pizza has been our specialty as of late, and last night we made a Grilled Prosciutto and Peach pizza topped with basil and truffle balsamic vinegar. It was incredible!

Steak Dinner

Bruschetta

Grilled pizza

I hope you guys have a great Tuesday! I plan to be back again before the end of the week as my birthday is this coming Sunday and I took Friday off to celebrate.

 

 

What a Week… (Photo dump)

16 Jun

Happy Thursday all! Hope you’re all enjoying your day so far. Today is my Friday as I took tomorrow off because we are off to DC for the weekend for Dan’s cousin Lauren’s wedding. I have never been to DC before, besides driving through and I’m super excited for the festivities and to explore the city a bit.

This week has been full of ups and downs, between being sick with a nasty summer cold since last Friday and not getting a single workout in, to attending a great event at Mohegan Sun for New Belgium Brewing Company and eating some delicious meals (when I’ve had an appetite), it has been quite the week. Work has also been pretty busy so I’ve ended most days pretty exhausted.

Today I figured I would share a bit of a photo dump of the past couple of weeks since I haven’t had much time to write. As you will see from the pictures, we have been crazy busy but I really have been loving every minute of it (#tooblessedtobestressed). I’m looking forward to some fun and relaxation this weekend and I’m sure I will be back next week to tell you guys all about it!

My cousin Maggie’s graduation party from Villanova:

Maggies grad party 1

Maggies grad party 2

A beer tasting at Still Hill Brewery with our friends Erica and Jon:

Beer tasting with Erica and Jon

Ice cream from Robb’s Farm:

Robbs Ice cream

Dan with Mike and Daniela’s dog Xena after softball:

Dan and Xena

Last Friday morning’s walk with coffee before my cold set in:

Friday morning coffee walk

Friday night with the ladies at the Diamond:

Ladies at the D June 2016

A few pictures from Brian and Kelly’s party this past weekend, the food was incredible!

Lobs party shrimp cocktail

Lobs party devilled eggs

Lobs party pool

Sam’s bridal shower on Sunday was so beautiful. I love spending time with her and her family.

Sams shower

sams shower 2

New Belgium Brewing‘s CT Launch Party at Mohegan Sun. Their beer was so good. The Heavy Melon is a perfect summer beer!

New Belgium Brewing 1

New Belgium Brewing 2

As you can tell, life has been very busy and with summer coming up, I know that it will just continue but I’m very lucky to have a wonderful husband and great friends and family to share it with. I hope you guys have the best weekend and let me know if there are any must see spots in DC!

 

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