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Marvelous Monday!

11 Aug

I would say that this past weekend flew by as it usually does but this one actually didn’t fly by. I made an honest effort to enjoy every single moment so that everything didn’t seem like such a blur. When I sit down to write these posts, I find that some weekends have been filled with so much stuff that I didn’t take much time to sit back and enjoy and think about how lucky I am to make such great memories. This weekend was definitely filled with SO many great memories.

so much marvelous!

so much marvelous!

Marvelous is… the 2nd Annual Patrick Crovo Memorial golf tournament. I didn’t golf but I was able to stop by for a couple of hours in the late morning/early afternoon to spend time with my family and to watch Dan, his dad, his brother Jay, and our friend Jon golf a few holes. It was a great time and although I wasn’t able to attend the lunch afterwards, Dan told me it was filled with laughs and fun with my family.

Dan's dad Phil, his brother Jay, and our friend Jon (photo credit: Dan)

Dan’s dad Phil, his brother Jay, and our friend Jon (photo credit: Dan)

Marvelous is… Natasha’s bachelorette celebration on Saturday! I had been looking forward to her celebration for a long time and it was truly a special day. We started the day off at Priam Vineyard in Colchester and enjoyed a wine tasting along with some wine outside and a ton of delicious snacks. It was a gorgeous day and it was so nice to be able to sit back and relax. We met up after the vineyard at Barcelona Wine Bar in West Hartford for dinner and this experience was unreal. We had a private table up in the balcony and everything from the atmosphere to the food and especially the people was absolutely amazing. I am going to write a full post about the meal on Wednesday because it was definitely a top five meal in my book and I can’t wait to share it with you guys! It was a wonderful day and I am SO lucky that I was able to attend and enjoy that time with Natasha.

ALL the wine 🙂

All of the ladies at dinner

All of the ladies at dinner

A few of us with the bride to be!

A few of us with the bride to be!

Marvelous is… a terrific Sunday Funday with Dan! I felt as though I had barely seen him all weekend due to being very busy so we set aside the entire day on Sunday to spend time together. We went out for a yummy sushi lunch at Sakura Garden and followed that up with a long motorcycle ride which was perfect on such a hot day. Dinner ended up being lobster, steamers, and scallops brought in from Maine by our friend Kevin’s cousin Tucker who has a lobster boat. I felt completely spoiled by the delicious food we enjoyed yesterday (no we don’t normally eat that well!). We ended the night with a 30 minute walk so I could get some sort of exercise in this weekend.

I can’t even.. so good

It was only appropriate to also drink out of my lobster cup

It was only appropriate to also drink out of my lobster cup

It was a great weekend and I am SO not looking forward to work today. Have a great Monday!

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Five Things Friday!

8 Aug

Happy Friday once again! I don’t have too much time on my hands as it seems like I have a million things to do before work this morning but I’m excited to share my five things with you so lets go!

1. I have been enjoying the best summer meals this week. Monday night we had the pleasure of having Brian and Natasha over for a dinner of hot dogs, caprese salad, and pasta salad (made by Natasha). Everything was so delicious and I definitely went back for second helpings of both salads. It was my first time making caprese salad and I will definitely be making it again. On Wednesday night, Dan made his special Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. I have no idea how he makes them but boy were they AMAZING. We enjoyed those sandwiches with some homemade potato salad (again my first time making this) and a tomato and cucumber salad.

I see summer in this picture.

My fiancée is a keeper 😉

2. Tomorrow is going to be very busy but it will be filled with all the fun things. In the morning and early afternoon I will be at the Patrick Crovo Memorial golf tournament which is held in memory of my uncle Patrick who passed away from cancer in 2011. No, I will not be golfing (ha) but I am very happy to be able to spend time with my family 🙂 In the afternoon and evening I will be attending Natasha’s bachelorette! I am so blessed to be able to spend this day with her and I know it is going to be a blast.

3. My workouts lately have been extremely varied and that is just how I like them! I’m trying to not let my body get too used to one certain workout so I have been mixing it up as much as possible and I have found that seems to work because I’m still pretty sore on most days. For example, today I ran a mile on the treadmill, did about 10 minutes on the stairmaster, 15 minutes on the elliptical, and then finished up with about 5 minutes of quick weights. I don’t usually have that much variation but I woke up earlier today so I was able to do as much as possible.

Yes I’m still completely obsessed with this watch.

4. I have a new absurdly delicious foodie find, Lay’s Bacon Mac and Cheese potato chips. Now I am entirely aware that these sound disgusting and are completely unhealthy but I saw them in the store and had to try and I am SO glad I did. They taste almost exactly like Mac and Cheese with a nice hint of bacon. I try to limit myself to a handful every other day or so but that has definitely been very hard because they are crazy good.

I suggest you go out and buy these right now!

I suggest you go out and buy these right now!

5. I am apparently now completely obsessed with making a cheese plate for myself at least once a week. I have done this for the past few weeks or so on nights when Dan has fire department drills and I am loving it. I am usually able to make them at a low cost also since I go to the little basket at Whole Foods where they have the tiny little blocks of different kinds of cheese and each block is usually less then a dollar. This allows me to be able to try a few different kinds of cheese at less than five dollars total.

I was feeling artsy

It’s time for me to get ready for work! Have a great weekend!

Marvelous Monday!

23 Jun

I can’t believe it’s already Monday! This past weekend flew by which usually means that it was a great one (and it definitely was). I’m excited to fill you guys in on all of the marvelous that happened this weekend.

Marvelous is… an unexpected best friend date with Alex on Friday night!

I always see Alex on Friday nights when a bunch of us go to the Diamond for our usual shenanigans but it ended up being just the two of us since there was a structure fire in town right around the time we were about to leave to go out. The majority of our friends are in the fire department (including Dan) so this meant it was a best friend date night and we were totally fine with that. We were STARVING by the time we went out so I ordered a chicken wrap and she ordered a burger and we split them (because that’s what you do on date night, right?). We had a great night filled with laughter, people-watching, delicious drinks, and fun.

All the cool girls take selfies and wear Lia Sophia

All the cool girls take selfies and wear Lia Sophia

Marvelous is… a Saturday filled to the brim with fun activities!

I was able to get some errands done while Dan worked for a couple of hours in the morning so that worked out perfectly. We had lunch at the Diamond (I’m seeing a pattern here ha) with Melissa and it was so great to spend some quality time with her. After lunch we visited Cassidy Hill vineyard in Coventry, CT, which we had visited the previous weekend with my father for Father’s Day (and loved it) and we knew we had to come back ASAP with Alex because they had ALL the sweet wine and she loves her sweet wine. We didn’t stay too long at the vineyard because I hosted my Tastefully Simple party in the evening. It was a delicious and fabulous time and I’m so grateful to have great girls in my life who will always support me, especially when it involves sampling yummy food 🙂 After the party, a few of us decided to walk to the Strawberry Moon festival (basically a big block party) to meet the boys and from there we went to Hanafins pub and ended the night at the Diamond (duh).

One of the wines we purchased, tastes like liquid strawberries aka heaven

One of the wines we purchased, tastes like liquid strawberries aka heaven

Marvelous is… a true Sunday Funday!

We had plans to go to the Travelers Championship golf tournament with Dan’s dad and brother as a Father’s Day present and I was super excited for it! I have been to the tournament a few times before and its always a good time, especially with weather as great as it was yesterday. We met up with our friends Robbie and Jenna and it was all around a great, relaxing day. We got great tent passes for the 19th Hole Sponsor Club from our amazing friend Katie who works for the tournament (Thank you Katie!) so we were able to go into the air conditioning and there was a full service bar as well as food in there too. We stayed until about 4:00 and then headed home to finish up our Sunday errands. Since it was so beautiful out we decided to grill for dinner and picked up a couple of kabobs as well as some baby cabbages too because I currently can’t live without them. It was SO yummy and healthy too! It was a wonderful ending to a great weekend.

Thank you random dude for ruining my photo

Thank you random dude for ruining my photo

But really this is a true story

But really this is a true story

I ate 2/3rds of those baby cabbages, obviously

I ate 2/3rds of those baby cabbages, obviously