Archive | September, 2015

Five Things Friday: Strength

25 Sep

Happy Friday! I can’t believe how long it has been since I last posted but as you can probably imagine, my life is consumed with wedding related tasks at this point so I’m happy to be able to find even a sliver of time to relax, let alone write anything that isn’t a to-do list 🙂 I figured I would share a few random things with you guys today.

The last details of the wedding plans are coming together and we should be doing pretty well after this weekend. The tasks on this weekend’s agenda include working on the centerpieces and the seating chart (EEK). Once the seating chart is done, I know that I will be feeling a lot better. I’m really excited for everything to be done and to marry this wonderful guy of mine!

WINE IS LIFE, right now at least

WINE IS LIFE, right now at least

YES

YES

Being so crazy busy and having so much on my plate has made me realize that I am a lot stronger and can handle a lot more than I thought I could. Without being too serious, I do think that most women (and really people in general) underestimate their overall strength and what they can truly handle. We are a lot stronger than we believe and when push comes to shove, can deal with a lot more than we think we can.

On a more fun note, we were able to find time to visit The Big E twice this week and we had a great time with some wonderful friends on both occasions and ate some fabulous food as well. It is truly one of my favorite places to go and I look forward to it every single year.

Just some mac and cheese with bacon in a cone made of bread ;)

Just some mac and cheese with bacon in a cone made of bread 😉

He clearly enjoyed that lobster roll!

He clearly enjoyed that lobster roll!

We definitely shared a Maine baked potato on both trips to the Big E

We definitely shared a Maine baked potato on both trips to the Big E

Cheers to pumpkin beer!

Cheers to pumpkin beer!

Since I have last written, two of our favorite couples have gotten engaged! We are so happy for both Cheyne and Miko, and Robbie and Jenna, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds! Last Friday, we had the four of them over for dinner to celebrate and it was so nice to be able to share in their happiness.

I’m very excited for all of the fall TV premieres of our favorite shows! I’m not exactly sure when we will have time to watch but I’m sure we can park ourselves in front of the TV while doing some wedding related task and I can’t wait for that!

True story.

True story.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I hope to be able to post again before the wedding at some point!

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The Most Wonderful Weekend of All!

2 Sep

Happy hump day! This week is definitely flying by, as per usual! Only 38 days till the wedding and I have a lot on my plate, hence the lack of blogging over the last couple of weeks. Today I am probably the most excited I have ever been to share a post! I am sharing my bachelorette weekend with you guys and it was honestly the best weekend of my entire life. I have never felt so relaxed, loved, or pampered, and I owe it all to the amazing group of girls that provided all of that to me.

Friday:

I was picked up at home by Carlee, and Miko rode with us as well as the other girls had a head start to get some things ready. We arrived in Newport a little after 4:00 and our hotel room was decorated to the max with all kinds of fun and slightly inappropriate decorations which I loved 🙂 . We started things off with drinks and music right away (hello, Spiked Seltzer!) and took a bunch of pictures too. We were going to stay in that night but I was really eager to explore Newport so we spontaneously decided to head out to dinner at The Red Parrot which was very delicious. We headed out to a few bars afterwards as we were awaiting Kate and Sam’s arrivals and then we went back to the hotel to play some games and drink a little (or a lot) more. It was such a fun start to the weekend and definitely a precursor to the fun that was about to be had.

Jenna, me, Natasha :)

Jenna, me, Natasha 🙂

Some of the ladies at The Red Parrot, missing Kate and Sam

Some of the ladies at The Red Parrot, missing Kate and Sam

Saturday: 

We woke up relatively early for being up very late and headed down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. I had a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich which definitely hit the spot. After that, we headed down to the pool where we enjoyed some sun and mimosas.

My little mermaid!

My little mermaid!

Pure bliss!

Pure bliss!

After a few hours at the pool, we headed back to the room to change so we could go spend the afternoon at a vineyard. This is where the only problem within the entire trip occurred. We had intended to go to Newport Vineyards as a few of us had been there before and loved it. However, we arrived to find that they did need a reservation for a group as large as ours which was understandable. We were disappointed but alright with that answer and ready to try another vineyard but we noticed they were taking couples and smaller groups as walk-ins so we politely asked if we could split up our group and go in pairs. The answer we received was a very rude no and they would not budge at all. It was a terrible experience and we were treated horribly by the manager who had no concept of good customer service skills. I don’t think any of us will be returning there after that experience. We left and headed over to Greenvale Vineyards where we had the complete opposite experience. The staff was wonderful and there was live music playing as well as a gorgeous view of the ocean. We enjoyed a private tasting and then settled in at a picnic table with some snacks and bottles to share. It was such a happy accident that we ended up there and I honestly can’t wait to return.

Selfies are a must on the way to the vineyard

Selfies are a must on the way to the vineyard

So many delicious wines!

So many delicious wines!

We headed back to the hotel and got ready for a fun and fabulous night out. We started the evening with dinner at Brick Alley Pub which may be one of my favorite restaurants of all time. After that, per our wine tasting person Nishan’s recommendation, we headed to Dockside for some drinks and dancing. It was such a fun spot and exactly what we were looking for. After the bar closed, we took a taxi back to the hotel and ordered Domino’s on the way which was devoured as soon as we got back to the room. We stayed up very late chatting and I could not have had a better night!

Blackberry Sangria at Brick Alley Pub!

Blackberry Sangria at Brick Alley Pub!

Best lobster roll ever!

Best lobster roll ever!

Ready to dance!!

Ready to dance!!

Sunday: 

The hotel check out was at 11:00 so it gave us a good excuse to get up and get in gear pretty early. We got ready and packed and headed down to the center of Newport. We went to brunch at Diego’s where I had Diego’s Huevos along with a fabulous cocktail.

One of my favorite meals ever

One of my favorite meals ever

Bitches love brunch.. true story

Bitches love brunch.. true story

At the end of brunch, Sam headed to take her Uber back to the airport and we definitely missed her but I can’t wait to see her again for the wedding! We spent the rest of the afternoon browsing all of the little shops in the center of Newport and ended the trip with a trip to Newport Creamery.

It was the perfect day

It was the perfect day

It was the perfect weekend and I can’t stop gushing enough about how much I love these girls and how great they are. I get overwhelmed with emotion every time I think about the weekend because it was just that special. Thank you again, Alex, Melissa, Natasha, Jenna, Kate, Carlee, Miko, and Sam for the best weekend of my life!