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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!

Friday’s Random Thoughts

7 Nov

Happy Friday all! This is a four day weekend for me so to say that I’m excited is an understatement. I have seen a few other bloggers using their Fridays to share their random thoughts and since rambling is something I am VERY good at, I figured I would try it out.

1. Our dinners this week have been very delicious but healthy at the same time. I have managed to have a salad with dinner every single night this week and my new obsession is a salsa/plain greek yogurt dressing.

Naturally I topped this salad with an egg, loving that protein!

Naturally I topped this salad with an egg, loving that protein!

My amazing man surprised me with a sunny side up pizza with Brussels from Krust :)

My amazing man surprised me with a sunny side up pizza with Brussels from Krust 🙂

2. My workouts have been successful although the times have been all over the place. There were two days this week when I woke up at 4:30 with Dan and went to the gym with him and the three other days, I worked out no earlier than 9:30 at night. But I’m happy that I was able to find time to exercise every single day.

This is absolutely the truth

This is absolutely the truth

3. I was SO pumped to hear about Target‘s free shipping for the holidays. Also, I am just as excited that the postal service will be doing Sunday delivery during the holidays as well because I LOVE getting mail (I’m aware its an odd obsession). I will definitely be doing more online shopping this year.

The whole free shipping thing makes me think that I really do need this jacket. Source

The whole free shipping thing makes me think that I really do need this jacket. Source

4. Fall TV is getting so crazy! Almost all of our shows are leading up to their winter hiatus so it seems like every episode has a cliffhanger or some dramatic turn of events.

This entire show feels like a cliffhanger

This entire show feels like a cliffhanger

5. I am thinking about trying out Stitch Fix for a month or two. I have read some positive and negative reviews from other bloggers and I’m intrigued enough to possibly give it a try.

6. The iPhone 6 has been such an awesome upgrade for me from the 4s. It really isn’t as big as most people think although it did take some getting used to but I love it!

There are no words for how perfect this is.

There are no words for how perfect this is.

7. Dan and I are taking an overnight trip to Newport, RI this weekend (hence the four day weekend for me). We are going Sunday to Monday and I could not be more excited. I have only been to Newport once which was this past summer and I’m excited to go back and get the full experience.

I hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!

Five Things Friday: Long Weekend

29 Aug

Happy happy Friday! For once this weekend felt like it went by pretty quickly which I’m sure means that the weekend is bound to go by even faster. Oh well, it was a good week and I feel like I was very productive, both at work and at home, which is always a good thing.

1. I have a four day weekend which is honestly the most amazing thing ever. I have a normal weekend and Labor Day off on Monday and then I’m just lucky enough that my regular week day off is on Tuesday. The even better news is that I have very little to do this weekend which means a lot of relaxation, cleaning, and time spent with my wonderful fiancée.

Eek! That makes me nervous!

Eek! That makes me nervous!

2. Tonight is the first UConn football game of the season! We have had season tickets pretty much forever and I am excited to get back into tailgating and I’m really hoping that our team is much better this year than last year. The weather is supposed to be amazing tonight so it will be great to be outside enjoying everything.

I can't wait for this!

I can’t wait for this!

3. This week’s meals have been all homemade and absolutely delicious. In an honest attempt to save money, I actually stuck to my meal plan for the week and we ate every meal at home. The highlight of the week was definitely Wednesday night when we made Peanut Butter Fingers’ BBQ Turkey meatloaf which was so yummy and also very filling.

I will put anything in a baked potato skin. This was an egg in one half and Amy's veggie chili in the other.

I will put anything in a baked potato skin. This was an egg in one half and Amy’s veggie chili in the other.

Meatloaf never looks pretty and I should have paired it with something other than blah cauliflower. But it was delish!

Meatloaf never looks pretty and I should have paired it with something other than blah cauliflower. But it was delish!

I'm seeing a theme here. That is an egg baked inside of a baked potato topped with bacon and cheese. YUM.

I’m seeing a theme here. That is an egg baked inside of a baked potato topped with bacon and cheese. YUM.

4. I also stuck to my plan of working out every single day as well. We have Natasha and Brian’s wedding coming up next weekend and I have been really trying my best to stick to a workout plan of getting in cardio and strength training at least 4 days a week. I’m taking today off because I’m very sore but I’m planning on dragging Dan out for a hike tomorrow morning (shh) since we haven’t gone on any this summer.

5. Speaking of Brian and Natasha’s wedding, I need to get a dress ASAP! I think that I’m going to try to get over to the mall on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon to find the perfect dress. Now that there is a Windsor in our mall (aka my favorite ever), I’m hoping it will be a one and done and I will be able to find a dress there.

Ecards tell my life story.

Ecards tell my life story.

Alrighty, time to get ready for work! I hope everyone has a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!