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Thinking Out Loud Thursday: I’m Back!

5 Nov

Hello everyone! It feels so good to finally have some time to write again after all of the wedding insanity as well as the trying to catch up after the wedding and honeymoon. (PS. I have a husband now!!!) I am going to be recapping the rehearsal dinner/wedding/honeymoon little by little, as not to bombard you guys with too much at one time. Today I’m going to recap the rehearsal dinner as well as touch on a few random thoughts inside of my head.

Our rehearsal dinner was nothing short of wonderful. My in-laws did an amazing job planning everything from the food down to the centerpieces on the tables. It was held at Tower Ridge Country Club in Simsbury, CT, which is the same spot as our wedding venue. It was perfect to be able to rehearse quickly and then just go right into relaxing with our closest family and friends. For anyone who has not taken part in a rehearsal, it is quite awkward and I was happy when that part was over, to be totally honest.

Each centerpiece had a cute little saying on it!

Each centerpiece had a cute little saying on it!

Dinner was all barbecue style food including my special request for potato salad (DUH). It was important to us that we had nothing which was like what we would be eating the next night at the wedding. The food was amazing and the room in which the dinner took place was gorgeous, with big windows overlooking the golf course.

That potato salad was amazing

That potato salad was amazing

So many selfies, so little time

So many selfies, so little time

With the beautiful Jenna (and wine, of course) :)

With the beautiful Jenna (and wine, of course) 🙂

After the dinner was over, most of us parted our separate ways, including myself and Dan which was definitely a tearful yet excited goodbye. My girls and I headed back to our hotel suite to spend the night hanging out together before the big day. It was so special to be able to spend time with all of my bridesmaids and just enjoy each others company. I gave them their “thank you” gifts which included matching robes (to wear the next day) ordered from Etsy (just search “bridesmaid robes”), a notepad (with their initials on it), bottle of wine, and birthstone earrings. They surprised me with a thoughtful scrapbook which they put together along with some adorable mason jar glasses. I also opening my wedding gift from Dan which was a Nikon Coolpix camera which I absolutely love (I gave him a watch which matched his tux perfectly). We broke out some wine, ordered some pizza and made mac and cheese, and just spent the night relaxing and chatting away. It was a perfect evening and such a good precursor to the wonderful wedding day ahead.

This is probably my favorite selfie of all time, all of the ladies plus Tyler and Dan

This is probably my favorite selfie of all time, all of the ladies plus Tyler and Dan

My ladies opening their gifts, stored in their personalized tote bags :)

My ladies opening their gifts, stored in their personalized tote bags 🙂

These glasses hold so much truth

These glasses hold so much truth

Back to reality, I have a few random thoughts to share with you guys as well.

I am loving the fall weather this year. In fact, it has been unseasonably warm the past few days and I am just itching for the chill in the air to return. Part of it may be due to the assortment of sweaters I recently purchased from Old Navy (oops), but I’m also excited for the Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities, as this is my favorite time of year!

One of my purchases

One of my purchases

This one will go perfectly with leggings!

This one will go perfectly with leggings!

I’m very proud of the fact that I have been able to jump right back into working out with high intensity after having a full two weeks off. I’m not going to say that I wasn’t a little out of shape after totally pigging out during the wedding and especially the honeymoon but I can’t even begin to tell you how good that first workout back felt. I’m happy to say that I am back in a routine of exercising about four times per week, mainly doing Jillian Michaels videos at home.

One thing that we cannot seem to catch up on, is the number of shows on our DVR which we need to watch. Even with the large amount of time which was freed up by not having to do wedding stuff, it still seems like the list of shows is never-ending. I refuse to drop any shows so it just seems like we will be playing catch up until the shows go on their winter hiatus for the holidays. I will say that we are absolutely loving the new show, Quantico, on ABC. It is so suspenseful and I am totally hooked!

My life right now

My life right now

Phew, that was a long post, but I hope you guys have enjoyed. I will be back next week with another wedding recap and hopefully a review or two! Have a happy Thursday!

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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!

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!

Wordless Wednesday: My Bridal Shower

22 Jul

Happy hump day everyone! I know it’s been a while but I’ve been busier than ever (80 days until the wedding!) and I really spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to write this post. In reality, there are no words to describe what a magical day my bridal shower was and I came to the conclusion that it would be best to just show you guys in photograph form. I will tell you that my girls (and everyone else involved) did the most amazing job putting everything together and it was truly one of the best days of my entire life. I felt so special and I wish I could relive it a million times. So enough with the mushy stuff (although I could go on for hours) and let’s get to the pictures!

I'm so glad he dropped me off... I was quite nervous/excited!

I’m so glad he dropped me off… I was quite nervous/excited!

All of my wonderful ladies!

All of my wonderful ladies!

CRAZY! #happilyeverhannon

CRAZY! #happilyeverhannon

This was so adorable and clever

This was so adorable and clever

They decorated these wine glasses themselves.. they came out so perfect

They decorated these wine glasses themselves.. they came out so perfect

I am obsessed with the mason jars! And floating candles :)

I am obsessed with the mason jars! And floating candles 🙂

Every little detail had so much thought put into it

Every little detail had so much thought put into it

The guests also played bingo and the winners got prizes!

The guests also played bingo and the winners got prizes!

Obviously I had to take a food picture, it was so yummy! And they had brie, which is my very favorite cheese!

Obviously I had to take a food picture, it was so yummy! And they had brie, which is my very favorite cheese!

My maid of honor Alex and my flower girl Emma.. so adorable!

My maid of honor Alex and my flower girl Emma.. so adorable!

I was completely blown away by the generosity of my family and friends. We received the most amazing gifts!

I was completely blown away by the generosity of my family and friends. We received the most amazing gifts!

Natasha put together my ribbon and bow bouquet. It came out so pretty!

Natasha put together my ribbon and bow bouquet. It came out so pretty!

I don't think I stopped smiling all day long

I don’t think I stopped smiling all day long

The cake looked incredible and it tasted even better!

The cake looked incredible and it tasted even better!

My future mother-in-law with Jenna and Melissa

My future mother-in-law with Jenna and Melissa

My beautiful flower girls, Aubrey and Emma :)

My beautiful flower girls, Aubrey and Emma 🙂

Loved the marriage advice wall with the different pictures of us!

Loved the marriage advice wall with the different pictures of us!

It was such a perfect day with the best people in the world :)

It was such a perfect day with the best people in the world 🙂

Thank you to Alexandra Swanson for taking such beautiful pictures so that I can look back on this day for years to come!

I hope you guys have enjoyed these pictures as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you. I end this post feeling so lucky to have such great people in my life and I can’t wait for the rest of the wedding festivities to come! Have a great day!

Five Things Friday: The Little Things

5 Jun

Happy Friday guys! Two posts in one week feels like quite an accomplishment right now with all of the craziness that is my life right now. It’s definitely the little things that get me these days (hence the title of this post). I wanted to share a few random things with you guys to kind of update you on what I’ve been up to lately.

  • I love naan pizza. It is something that I have seen on a few other blogs and since we love pizza (I mean, who doesn’t?) According to Wikipedia, naan is a leavened flatbread that is mainly found in Asia. It can be used in many different ways but the way that most Americans use it is for pizza. Last night we used the garlic version made by Stonefire and topped it with some jarred pizza sauce, fresh tomato slices, fresh mozzarella, and some minced garlic. It was incredible and so easy! We just popped it in the oven at 350 for about 10 mins and it was all done! I highly recommend it for those who are looking for a quick and delicious meal.
I love that my pizza was kind of shaped like a heart

I love that my pizza was kind of shaped like a heart

  • I’m also really loving Old Navy lately. I would love to be able to shop at cute little local boutiques but that is just not in the budget these days. I have found so many cute and affordable items there lately. I mean a TON of stuff. I plan on going back this weekend as I may or may not have several amazing coupons burning a hole in my wallet 🙂
That jean jacket and the dress you can't really see underneath are both from old navy and I love them!

That jean jacket and the dress you can’t really see underneath are both from old navy and I love them!

  • This Saturday we are looking forward to some pre-wedding festivities for our good friends Kaitlin and Quentin. Kaitlin’s bridal shower is on Saturday and Quentin’s stag party is Saturday evening so we are both heading out to the Litchfield area to celebrate. Their wedding is just about one month before ours! I could not be happier for these two as they are absolutely adorable together.
Aren't they just the cutest ever?! (pic stolen from kait's facebook) :)

Aren’t they just the cutest ever?! (pic stolen from kait’s facebook) 🙂

  • I would really love to fit in a couple of good workouts this weekend, including hopefully a hike. We went on a hike a couple of weekends ago with our friend Natasha and her sister’s adorable puppy Flynn. It was so nice to be able to get some fresh air and just relax. I could definitely use a little bit of that relaxation right about now.
Clearly the puppy is the cutest in this bunch

Clearly the puppy is the cutest in this bunch

  • We are hopefully making our first trip of this year to the Coventry Regional Farmer’s Market! It sounds like this may be the last year for this particular market so I really want to try and go as much as possible. I already saw the list of what most of the vendors will be bringing since the market sends out a weekly newsletter and I am so looking forward to getting some goodies. I’m hoping to pick up some of my favorite Pure Love granola, strawberries, duck eggs, and some pork to stock in our freezer. Wish me luck!

That’s all I have for you today guys! I hope you have a safe and fun weekend!

Late Weekend Recap: Steak, Shopping, and Starbucks

29 Apr

Happy hump day! I regret not being able to finish up this post Monday or yesterday but I do not regret spending that time getting a TON of stuff checked off of my wedding checklist. But, alas, I am back today and looking forward to sharing a few fun aspects of this past weekend.

wedding planning ecard

Friday evening, we had dinner with our good friends Dave, Melissa, Cheyne, and Miko. I’m telling you, there is nothing like a dinner full of fun and laughter to start off a weekend. We went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner and it was my first time dining there. I had the Special Sirloin and Old Bay Lobster combo accompanied by a baked potato. I also enjoyed two fabulous cocktails, the Aussie Rum Punch and the Huckleberry Hooch Moonshine cocktail. The meal was delicious and it definitely satisfied my steak and potatoes craving that I have not been able to shake.

outback rum punch

outback steak

I started off Saturday with a quick Jillian Michaels workout followed by a two mile walk with Dan around the center of town. We were ravenous by the time we were almost home so we stopped at Starbucks where I enjoyed my favorite Passion iced tea and my first ever Spinach, Egg White, and Feta wrap. Bloggers everywhere have raved about this wrap and I would have to agree, it was so yummy!

starbucks wrap

We spent the rest of the day making an attempt to get some wedding-related tasks completed and we were able to get our registry at Macy’s set up and I also have an idea of what I would like for my flower girls dresses. As a reward for getting things done, we went to Market Grille for a late lunch. This place always seems to be the lunch spot after doing fun wedding things and I’m not complaining! Dan and I both enjoyed their turkey burger with a fried egg added, and I had their Blackberry Moonshine Mojito (made with Onyx moonshine!) as a delightful afternoon cocktail.

onyx mojito

market grille burger

I was SO happy that we had some free time on Sunday and we were finally able to help our best friend Alex get some chores done at her new house. It is coming along wonderfully and I am very excited for her housewarming party this coming weekend.

That is all for today folks! Stay tuned, I am expecting my next Stitchfix to arrive today so it’s looking like there is a Fashion Friday post in my future! 🙂 Have a great day!

Thursdays are for… Surveys?

9 Apr

Happy Thursday guys! One more day until the weekend, thank god 🙂 I don’t have a lot of time today since tomorrow is Dan’s birthday and I have a few little things left to take care of before we celebrate tomorrow. Caitlin did a survey on Monday on her blog so I figured I would do it as well since it seemed pretty fun.

YES

YES

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  1. Hanny (don’t ask)
  2. Nay-Nay
  3. Shawn-Nay-Nay
  4. Bubbins 2 🙂

Four jobs I have had:

  1. Cashier at Shoprite
  2. Seasonal worker at Brownstone Park
  3. Sales Associate at Calendar Club
  4. Intern at Connecticut Judicial Branch

Four movies I have watched more than once (those who know me will know that this was difficult):

  1. Parent Trap – I can quote almost the entire thing!
  2. The Stepford Wives
  3. Home Alone
  4. Panic Room
HA

HA

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. The Host – great book, terrible movie
  2. Something Blue
  3. The Help
  4. Under the Dome

Four places I have lived:

  1. East Hartford, CT
  2. Storrs, CT – college
  3. Glastonbury, CT – at a previous residence
  4. Glastonbury, CT – at my current home

Four places I have been:

  1. Spain
  2. Mexico (Mexico City, Taxco, Acapulco)
  3. Las Vegas
  4. Aruba
Can we please get back on that cruise ship and head back to Aruba?

Can we please get back on that cruise ship and head back to Aruba?

Four places I would rather be right now:

  1. Curled up in my bed watching Netflix with a glass of wine (how is that for specific?!)
  2. On a cruise ship
  3. At the casino
  4. Las Vegas

Four things I don’t eat (I’m not picky so this was actually very hard):

  1. Cilantro – I just really hate the stuff
  2. Veal – I saw a disturbing video in middle school health class
  3. Frog legs – Tried them on a cruise, so not my thing
  4. Sardines – I HATE fish that has bones in it

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. Lobster – DUH
  2. Cheeseburgers
  3. Brussels sprouts
  4. Anything which incorporates a combo of goat cheese and truffle oil (and maybe an egg too)
Truffle pizza with an egg on it is my version of heaven

Truffle pizza with an egg on it is my version of heaven

Four TV shows that I watch:

  1. Grey’s Anatomy
  2. Scandal
  3. Bones
  4. Chicago Fire

scandal meme

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

  1. Our wedding! – I think that goes without saying
  2. All of the pre-wedding festivities (bridal shower, bachelorette, etc)
  3. Spending more time at the beach this summer
  4. Both Melissa and Kaitlin’s wedding festivities

Four things I am always saying:

  1. Let’s snuggle – my favorites know that I am always saying this
  2. OMG – I get hyped up easily J
  3. Cray cray – I should probably stop this one
  4. I love you – I believe in constantly telling the people that I love that I love them obnoxiously
This kind of sums it up :)

This kind of sums it up 🙂

Four people I tag:

  1. I’m not tagging anyone in particular just leaving it open to any of my blogger friends who want to participate.

Wow, this was fun! It definitely brought me back to my high school Myspace days of doing these types of surveys, although quite a bit has changed since then. Have good day!