Thursday Things

I spent literally ALL day yesterday thinking it was Thursday. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? Unless of course it was reversed.

Anyway, let’s get to some Thursday Things.

1. I am literally working two jobs at the moment. And while I’m lucky that one of them is from home, it still doesn’t make the days any less long. :) Luckily, my (new) job is sooo much fun. We’re planning some social media campaigns and contests for a big upcoming event (which I get to travel to the first week I start), and I am so excited. Work is always that much better when you have fun with what you do.

2. I had someone (who owns his own business) who I was consulting with, and he asked if I considered opening up my own social business. And while he’s not the first person to ask or suggest I should do that, that doesn’t really interest me (at the moment, anyway). I definitely WANT to be a small business owner someday, but it’s going to be for a HOBBY and not a “job” if that makes sense. I LOVE marketing and social media and am pretty passionate about it, but my dream is open a bakery/café with a twist.

3. Chris dragged me to a life insurance meeting yesterday. I am pretty sure that he is the only 24 year old that is seriously planning for retirement and setting up a large life insurance plan, but I am thankful he gets me thinking about those things. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably wait until I was a year or so away from retirement before I started thinking about it.

4. During said meeting, our insurance guy asked us all sorts of questions we hadn’t really discussed in detail. Like how many years until we had kids, what our final arrangements would be, etc. Haha. Fun stuff! ;)

5.  I have gone to CF every day (so far) this week. Chris isn’t going tomorrow because his college friend is coming into town, so we will see if I actually can pull myself out of bed without him making me get up. It’s going to be a doozy workout because today was all mobility (basically a rest day).

6. I treated myself to some new clothes, booties and a CLARISONIC(!) for getting a new job in which I have to go back into an office. :) I got the Clarisonic because I have been wanting to try one for a while, and I finally bit the bullet and got one. I hope they’re worth the money.

Nordstrom’s free shipping and easy returns makes online shopping extremely dangerous.

7. We are going to switch MB’s dog food for the third time. It’s such a pain, but the food we have him on now is basically only salmon and vegetables and it does not sit well with his stomach. We’re trying a Vegan dog food called VDog. It still has the protein ratio he needs, so we’re covered there… but it does have some grains in it which he is not used to eating (he eats grain free now).

8. I made my LAST car payment this month. BEST DAY EVER which means more $$ into my student loans (I swear they never shrink).

9. Have any big labor day plans? I don’t really aside from a birthday party for a friend. Should be a good day of pool time + good food, drinks & company. :) Plus, it’s on Sunday so everyone has Monday to recover.

10. I seriously tear up about not being home with MB all day. I am so sad about it. :( He’s my favorite little guy and such good company. It breaks my heart that he is going to be all alone for so long. Ugh. How do I get over that?!

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11. And…. in honor of #nationaldogday earlier this week…

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12. One of the best parts about 5am CF is seeing the sunrise. It’s kind of crazy that, like, two years ago Chris and I had dreams of moving out of the Midwest and trying something different. How cool that we got to move across country and start a life together. How many people can say that?

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13. T-Swift’s new song came on my Pandora station this morning. best.day.ever.

14. I have been having the worst wedding dreams, lately. LOL. I literally woke up from a seriously stressful wedding dream last night (my makeup was TERRIBLE, I was late, no one showed up to the ceremony except for a bunch of older people (weird) and something else that I cant remember). I was so relieved it was a dream and had to take a couple deep breaths before I could go back to sleep. Haha.

15. Today is Chris’s sisters birthday and my brothers birthday. So funny that we never realized they were on the same day until this year!

Have a great Friday eve! :)

A Whirlwind

Boy, oh boy. It’s been a week and my Tuesday isn’t even over, yet. :)

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At the moment, I am basically working two jobs. I’m preparing for my new role that I start in two weeks and that kicks off with a 3 day trip to Anaheim for a conference.  At my current job, I’m doing all that I can to help in the transition. Meanwhile, I can’t sleep because I am anxious about all.the.things and just can’t turn off my mind. I feel like it’s going a million miles an hour and there’s no stopping it… not even for sleep!

Chris and I have a crazy week, too. One of his BFF’s flies in on Thursday and we have a lot to do before then including dr’s appointments and insurance appointments (no fun).

And then there’s the fact that we have ANTS in our kitchen (that we just got treated by pest control) AND the MB managed to lock himself in our bathroom during one of my Skype meetings and chewed a hole in the hose that connects the toilet to the wall. So I hear him scratching at the door and I open it to find water spilling out and a verrrry wet puppy.

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Yup. ^^ That’s the water spilling out. LOL.

So, that was fun! Chris reminded me that it could be worse. And it definitely could. I just couldn’t help but laugh. It was hard to be mad at him because he was soaked. Hilarious.

Because of that fiasco, I’ve been using the upstairs bathroom all day and my quads are screaming at me after our CF workout this AM. When you drink over a gallon of water a day, that means a LOT of pee trips which means a LOT of stairs. Ay yi yi. #firstworldproblems FOR SURE. :)

How is your Tuesday going?

Monday, Monday.

Hey there!

I’m glad that I am hiding out in my office right now because MB is doing his crazy dog… where he runs around and slams into things and is just plain crazy. I definitely fear getting in his path during one of these episodes because, well, I like my limbs. :) Usually after a few laps around the downstairs he will crash. It’s hilarious to watch.

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Our weekend was good. Mostly relaxing before our insanely busy and fun-packed Fall starts. I spent a lot of time on the couch and watching Netflix… I needed time to re-coup after all the job-stress.

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We had a date night to Texas Roadhouse to use up a giftcard from Christmas…

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“Fitted” MB for his Bears jersey…

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Took MB to a new dog park which he LOVED. And, we saw another bulldog there which made.my.day. Chris and I decided that they need a dog park with only squishy-faced dogs because that would be the happiest place on earth.

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Have a FABULOUS week. <3

FIVE Things Friday {8-22-14}

Heeeeeeeeey. Any Friday is as good as ever for a FIVE Things Friday post. Always one of my favorites to put together.

You guys are great. Thank you for all your sweet comments about my Bridesmaids boxes. I’ll be sure to post about any more DIY projects in the future. :)

So, first things first… I gave notice at my current job, yesterday. Honestly, it was SO freaking hard.  The company is great and the owners have been so good to me, especially with our move last year and allowing me to work remotely. I have learned so much and it was my first real job out of college… so it was really hard. It’s been fun working from home, and I will miss it. I will mostly miss the MB. :(

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However, as a professional, I needed to grow. I am so looking forward to this new opportunity and being around other humans aside from Chris (no offense, Chris). :) He is probably looking forward to that, too. And the new company is pretty cool, so I’m pumped.

So I have been pretty quiet around here with all the interviewing and stuff. It’s been such a stressor in my life and has taken a toll on me emotionally, if we’re being honest. I am sooo glad that the process is over and I feel like I can breathe again. I am definitely looking forward to this weekend where I can just relax and not have to worry about anything.

things i ate:

New favorite snack of ground turkey + green beans + avocado + hotsauce

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BBQ chicken thighs.

Chicken sausage + roasted veggies + 1 egg. Meals were kind of slacking this week.

Almond butter protein balls

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random things – let’s catch up:

I am going to go back to fasted workouts. I don’t NEED the food for energy in the morning, it’s just habit (and delicious). I have been eating a couple dried dates with almond butter – but I want my body to used stored fat for fuel instead of using what’s immediately available. We will see how this affects my performance but in reality, I shouldn’t need to at 4:30AM as long as I have a snack before bed and don’t wake up ravenous. :)

My sister tied for first in the first golf tournament of her senior year. I am so proud! She shot a 76 – only 4 over par. This year is going to be great for her… I can just feel it.

I am obsessed with these boots. They are perfect booties for fall, but still appropriate for AZ “fall” weather due to the open toe. I may treat myself to them.

I wore camo to an interview. It was awesome. (PS don’t mind whatever weird thing is going on with my shirt). :)

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I need a shopping spree. My wardrobe needs an update in a BAD way.

things making me happy:

Um. THIS new T Swift song. I am not even embarrassed. It’s thaaat good.

My excited bridesmaids. Makes me even more excited. :)

My chubby baby. Ahhh I am going to miss him when I am not working from home anymore. Honestly could cry just thinking about it.

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Coffee. Typical.

things i’m looking forward to:

A relaxing weekend. Hopefully with a date night.

New work adventures. I’m nervous and excited.

Going home in Oct!

Jamaica. Gosh, I wish it would get here sooner!

Breakfast after my meeting. Haha! I am HUNGRY. :)

Have a beautiful weekend. <3

Wedding Wednesday: Asking My Bridesmaids

Hey! This week is kind of dragging – and it feels like it should be at least Friday by now. :) Anyway, I have a fun wedding-related post for you today!

How I Asked My Bridesmaids

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I wanted to do something special (I blame Pinterest) for my girls and I wanted it to be fun and a little bit different than the traditional wine bottle or puzzle. So, I made them personalized little boxes.

I wrote their name on out the outside and decorated it with glitter. I was slightly regretting the glitter because now it’s everywhere in my kitchen. #glitteristheherpesofcraftsupplies

Anyway, I put some sparkly paper on the inside of the boxes and around the edges. On the inside went some filler paper in pink and gold and some treats. The ladies over 21 got mini champagne bottles and the two sisters got gold nail polish. Everyone got chocolate because…. chocolate. And a ring-pop. Only because I used the phrase “pop the question,” not because they are worth eating. Haha.

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The wedding colors are champagne + gold + rose with touches of glitter. We’re going for a vintage glam theme so that’s why there is a lot of glitter. :)

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The highlight of the boxes was the custom photo books I made for each girl. Some of the pages were the same (wedding details, dress details) but each girl had their own personalized notes explaining why I wanted them in my wedding and how much they mean to me. I won’t lie, this took me FOREVER to do, but it was sooo worth it.

Some photos of what the books looked like

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I used Walgreens for the photo books, so that was easy-peasy. I created them online and they were sent to my house. I put them in the boxes and wrapped them with a pretty bow.

I included silly pictures of myself because I needed to fill at least 20 pages and because I thought it would be funny for the girls that I had to mail it to. I definitely didn’t shower before taking the pictures and I was also in my pajamas. Haha. #winning

I got to give my MOH and one bridesmaid their box in person over the weekend, and the rest were sent in the mail. I got a lot of excited phone calls and texts (when I didn’t answer). My favorite was Chris’s younger sister, though… because she was a little worried I wasn’t going to ask her after she saw two of the girls get theirs over the weekend. So she was extra excited. :)

This was SO much fun to put together. I love DIY projects/crafts and love letting my friends know how important they are to me… because I don’t tell them enough!

My bridal party

  • Janet, MOH: BFF since freshman year of HS.
  • Blake, BM: Sister
  • Casey, BM: Sister-in-law
  • Andrea, BM: College BFF and roommate
  • Cara, BM: Janet’s SIL, but we have gotten to be good friends since moving to AZ. Love her.

There ya have it. :)

Have a great day!

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I saw this on Tina’s blog, and I couldn’t resist. I love these stupid things.

Happy Friday!

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I’m happiest when… I’m hanging out with my favs, relaxing.

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2. …Especially if it…  involves coffee. or ice cream.

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3. I’ve always wanted to… be a dolphin trainer.

4. My family and I… have traveled to some pretty incredible places.

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5. I was a terrible… flyer. I hate heights.

6. My first job was… babysitting or filing at my mom’s work.

7. I could probably eat ice cream everyday. There definitely shouldn’t be a “probably” in that sentence.

8. I stole… one of those mini bowls from Chili’s (the ones that the cinnamon apples come in, haha). And many beer glasses/mugs. Yikes.

9. I was born on the same day as… Michael Jordan’s daughter. I only know this because when I was 7 we went to a Bull’s game and they kept talking about it.

10. My all-time favorite film is… The Guardian? GAH! so tough to choose.

11. I do a pretty mean… bitch face? Handstand against the wall? haha.

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12. I’m still mad… I didn’t study abroad – Same as Julie’s!

13. I met my husband…  in AP US History class. A class I had no business being in. Funny how that works out.

14. I always knew I wanted… to live in AZ. And… here we are!

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15. I’m not afraid to… take awesome (subjective) selfies. :)

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16. I make the best… cupcakes.

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17. I have almost no…shame. But I do have enough common sense to not post them on the internet. :)

 18. I always cry when…leaving my family or thinking about how much I miss and love them … especially my lil sis. Growing up so fast.

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19. I’m (now) an adult, but I will always feel like I am 18. Not even 21, but 18. Apparently I look it, too.

20. I spent 12 years…cheerleading. Actually, it was more like 14 or 15.

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 21. I wish my folks… would move closer. :)

22. At 5, I was deeply in love with singing. I’m pretty sure I had the whole Jimmy Buffet “Fruitcakes” song down pat- all 8 or so minutes. Here’s the shortened version, lol. You’re welcome.

23. I believe if everyone smiled more, the world would be a better place. Or, if everyone had a bulldog.

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24. I can’t stand…fake people. Mean girls. Passive aggressive comments.

25. Whenever Sex and the City is on, I’ll watch it. <— you better believe it!

Thursday Things

Thuuuursday is here. And, it kind of feels like Friday which is a little bit of a bummer. Anyway, let’s get to my rambling. I feel like I have a lot to share until I sit down and write…

Are you ready for this? ;)

1. This morning at CF we had a timed mile… which I have not run a mile for time since quitting training; HOWEVER. I was impressed. 7:31. #winning #notsohumblebrag

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2. Yesterday was one of those days where I wanted to eat everything in sight. After going upstairs to lay down, I proceeded to eat a larabar. I just wanted all the food. It’s quickly turning out that today is going to be another one of those days.

3. This is 85% accurate.

4. I have been so uninspired when it comes to food and making dinner. Coconut flour chicken nuggets for the wiiiiin.

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5. It has been so gross and humid here. Bring back the dry heat.

6. I was telling Chris last night… I’m happy there are no plans for this weekend, but I really want to get away and re-live this weekend. Can we please?

7. Aside from chicken nuggets, this is the only picture I have on my phone from the week. It’s a good one, though. He is my favorite.

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8. Speaking of bulldogs, he is a nightmare today. Whining, barking and doin’ his crazy dog.

9. This quote has been getting me through life, as of late.

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10. Last but not least, I have been LOVING Etsy lately. So many cool things on there. I know it’s going to be my go-to site when I need wedding things. I’ve seen beautiful fabric and brooch bouquets, awesome stamps, gifts and so much more. I honestly get sucked in looking for something and then spend hours browsing. #firstworldproblems

I hope your Thursday is beautiful and blessed. <3