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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!

Five Things Friday: Can’t Beat it? Join It!

31 Jul

Happy Friday y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful week, or at least better than mine! Not that it was all that bad and I really have nothing to complain about but yesterday was just awful, including the fact that I spent a total of 2.5 hours in traffic to and from work. But putting my complaints aside, I’m here to share a few random thoughts with you guys.

1. I couldn’t beat the heat, so I joined it! The title of this post is appropriately named because even though it has been very hot and humid the past week or so, I decided that it was a good idea last Thursday evening to take a Bikram yoga class. I felt like I needed a little detox before the weekend and I definitely sweated everything out! It was the most uncomfortable I have felt in a class since my very first one about two years ago. I am glad I finished it and I did feel better once I cooled down a bit.

Loving my new yoga capris from TJ Maxx!

Loving my new yoga capris from TJ Maxx!

I was pretty happy with that number since I wasn't as active with my poses as usual.

I was pretty happy with that number since I wasn’t as active with my poses as usual.

2. French fries are my current food obsession. I have been enjoying my fair share of them during the past week including an amazing serving of poutine at the Connecticut Wine Festival this past Saturday and some Red Robin fries which we enjoyed at home the other night with our BLTA sandwiches. I think I have been loving them so much because the heat always makes me want carbs like crazy but luckily my workouts have been excellent this week so I’m not feeling too guilty about the carb overload.

ALL the cheese things

ALL the cheese things

I could eat this meal every single day

I could eat this meal every single day

3. This weekend is filled with all of the birthday celebrations! I’m SO looking forward to finally getting to see Alex after she has been away a bunch this summer and celebrate her birthday which was this past Monday. On Sunday we are celebrating another good friend’s birthday in Massachusetts which should be so much fun as I’m loving little day trips right now.

These are some gems, let me tell ya :)

These are some gems, let me tell ya 🙂

4. Who else was completed thrilled that Kaitlin picked Shawn on The Bachelorette? I definitely feel like she picked the guy with whom she had the best overall connection. I think they are the cutest couple and I’m enjoying following her on SnapChat and their adorable Instagram photos too.

SO cute

SO cute

5. I can’t believe tomorrow is August 1st! I know I’m reiterating what everyone else has been saying but this summer is flying by and our wedding is rapidly approaching. We have a lot to do and very little time to do it so I can’t promise you guys that I will be blogging a ton but I will try my best to post at least once a week.

True story

True story

I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

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!

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 fiancĂ©e 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!