Catching Up

Good morning!

How are you guys?

Things are going MUCH better over here. I finally feel like I am settling in at my job and connecting with all my co-workers, so that’s a great feeling. I never imagined changing jobs to be THAT hard, but it definitely was quite the adjustment. Luckily, my job is FUN. My company is FUN and the products are so fun. And did I mention I was just in NYC for a weekish? Let me just tell you that the coffee shops in NYC = LOVE.

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Another adjustment is my (long) commute. It takes me about 35-45 minutes to get to and from work. I have never really had much of a commute before, and it’s amazing how much precious time it takes out of your day. After the whole wedding thing, hopefully we will find something closer to both of our jobs (Chris’s commute is 45-1hr).

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Chris and I were just talking about that, actually. How we are both a little nostalgic for Minnesota and had all our places there, etc. Part of it, we think, is that we just had more time together. That’s not to say we don’t LOVE Arizona, we just need to live closer to work. :)

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Anyway, we went home to IL to watch my sister play in the IL State Golf Tournament. It was my first time seeing her play in a tournament, and let me just say that she is GOOD. She may not have had the best rounds she’s ever had… but I was still impressed. Not only how she played but how graceful she was after the tournament was over.
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Chris and I managed to fit in some cake tasting and a visit to our venue while we were home, too. Cake tasting was everything I imagined it to be… who WOULDN’T want to taste cake and fillings? We picked out our cake and design so we can check that off the list.

Where the ceremony will be.

Where the ceremony will be.

The visit to our venue was exciting. It was my first time seeing it, really, and I LOVED it. The rooms and views are gorgeous. The food is fantastic and it just has the perfect rustic/homey feel that just gives off such a laid-back and comfortable vibe. And then once we glam it up a little bit with decorations, it’s going to be awesome.

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My ONLY hesitation is the weather. It’s October in IL… so it’s quite risky. ;) But you can’t really beat the views and colors.

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While we were in IL, MB went to “doggy camp.” We called to check up on him and found out the first day he got in two timeouts. Haha. Poor puppy. He was just playing hard I guess. Then I think they put him with the bigger doggies and all was well. He goes back this weekend because we’re going on a big trip to Temecula for more wine tasting with friends.

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WOO!

It will be a weekend of celebrating, because it’s Cara’s birthday and Chris will finally be done studying for his test (if he passes :) ).

I am so behind in blog reading and catching up. So tell me what’s new with you!

Gotta go!

XoXo

A Very Special Day

I’m breaking my blogging hiatus by wishing my baby sister a very special 18th birthday… and it’s perfect because she always tells me I need to blog more. So Blake, this is for you.

And sorry I’m not sorry for picture overload. :)

Dear Blake,

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I am so blessed to have you in my life. I am blessed to call you a sister and even more importantly, a best friend. You are one of the kindest people I know. You light up a room and spread sunshine wherever you go.

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You are talented, you are beautiful and you are going places.

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18 is such a fragile year. This is the year you leave home, start to learn who you are and shape who you want to be. This is the year where you go out into the world and experience new things that both test and prove your character.

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You are special. You are loved. You are going places.

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I have watched you grow from the day you were born and couldn’t be more proud of who you are, what you’ve accomplished and where you’re going.

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If anyone deserves all the happiness, love and joy in the world; it’s you.

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Wish I could celebrate this new, exciting year with you in person, but I’m always there in spirit.

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Love you lots.

hair and makeup done my moi :)

Court

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trips

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Have the best day!

Finding a Routine

Hello! Happy Monday! If this week is anything like last week… it’s going to FLY by. And although I would love to post more… Once a week seems to be all I can squeeze out. #Priorities

And then there’s the fact that all my days go by so fast and start blend together now that I am back in an office so I feel uninspired to post… I’m still working my way into a routine – morning routine, dinner routine, etc. So much has changed over here! Hopefully once I get everything figured out I’ll update more often.

The good news is, is that we had a very productive weekend. It feels good to check things off a list… #amiright?

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We cleaned, cooked, shopped and even managed to squeeze in a date night.

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And let’s just skip the part about how we managed to miss most of Florida Georgia Line because of a disastrous parking situation…

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I have been loving wearing real clothes (although it’s casual in my office) and makeup on a daily basis. Of course, the first thing I do when I get home is change into something more comfortable. But it’s fun to actually WEAR the clothes in my closet instead of just looking at them. I also don’t feel bad about being lazy and looking like a mess on the weekends, too.

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I have themed days. Mondays are dress days, tuesdays are dressier days, wednesdays are scarf days, thursday’s are laid-back and friday’s are super casual. At least, that’s how it was last week. I’m planning on sticking to that (loosely) this week, too… Just so it doesn’t take me a gazillion (<-actual measurement) hours to get ready.

So… unbeknownst to me, MB chewed my computer cord and when I went to go plug it in, it sparked and I saw a flame. It scared the $h!# out of me! I had some black marks on my hands and blew the circuit… but luckily that’s the worst that happened.

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Thank goodness for Amazon Prime, because I was able to order a new cord and have it in 48 hours.

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It’s almost dinner time (on Sunday) and we have some pork cooking in the crock pot, all food prepped for the week, a clean house, a tired puppy and the possibility of ice cream on the horizon. It’s going to be a fantastic week. <3

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Catch Up + Confessions To Start The Week

Hey! What a whirlwind of a week, my friends.

I’m not even sure where to begin. After our weather day last Monday, I had plans to fly out early Tuesday morning for the GameStop expo in Anaheim. To keep a long story short, they were LONG days but it was so fun.

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bfast in my hotel room

I was soo glad to see my guys, though when I got back.

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Friday was my first “official” day in the office. I worked almost 12 hours, but it went by fast. Even though I am sooo much busier – it has been so fun. It also feels like I have been working there for much longer than a couple weeks. :)

Whew. I used the weekend to catch up on much needed errands, work and stuff around the house.

Confessions

1. I can’t handle the cuteness. We had a photoshoot last night. AND (!!) I am happy to report that the Vegan food we have him on is just a win all-around. His face is even clearing up!!

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2. We went hungry shopping, yesterday. Bad news. We came out of Trader Joes’s with Chicago style popcorn which is like crack and came out of target with mallow creme pumpkins. We justified that by saying that was the only bag of the year. LOL.

3. Oh, and we had an ice cream date with the BFF, too.

4. I’m looking forward to some cleaner, prepared eats for the week. Maybe I’ll join up with WIAW to show off my hours of meal prep. :)

5. I only worked out 3 times last week. I just did not have the time in CA, and my body definitely needed sleep over a workout. #progress

6. I sat at the wrong gate for at least 20 minutes on Tuesday. I assumed SNA meant Santa-something, but really it means Orange County. Oops. Good thing I double-checked. Haha.

7. This was my breakfast before my flight at 7AM. Delish.

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Alright, I’m off to soak up a little more quality time with my guys before bed.

Make it a great day! <3

 

What A Waste

Hello, hello.

Thank you for your well-wishes. I wish I had more exciting things to present to you today, however I ended up not going into the office so my first “official” day was spent working from home.

When I woke up to multiple flash flood warnings on my phone, I didn’t think anything of it. I still woke up at 4:20AM, went to CF and came back to get ready. Good thing it only took me about an hour to shower and get ready, because I got a text from the BFF saying to be careful on the roads and that it was taking her brother 2 hours to get to work. I left an hour earlier than I normally would and 5 minutes after I pulled out of my driveway, I got a call from my boss saying to do what I can from home today because the roads and weather were too dangerous.

I was happy to spend one more day with the MB, but I was looking cute in my real clothes and was having a great hair day. What a waste!

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Don’t you hate it when that happens? Haha. So obvi I went home, changed into workout clothes and went to into my office. In all seriousness, I did get work done and am thankful that she called before I got on the highway. The pictures are crazy!

Plus, now I have an extra hour (due to no commute) to pack and get my stuff situated before I leave for an event in Anaheim, tomorrow morning.

My Monday was great though. I just love (being inside) on rainy days.

More thoughts from Monday:

1. I started taking vitamins. My pee was basically neon. TMI? Haha.

2. I have the best friends, ever. And I just love our ongoing text convos. Good stuff.

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3. I did double-unders in the WOD for the first time, ever. I didn’t connect them all but I think I did get to 13 or 14 in a row. I am definitely getting the hang of it and it’s making me SO happy.

4. I made apple egg white “muffins” for a snack and they are delicious with a little bit of almond butter on top.

Four ingredients: chopped apple, egg whites, cinnamon, stevia (or other sweetener). All I did was chop half an apple, sauté it with cinnamon, measure a cup of egg whites with a few drops of stevia and cinnamon, put apples into 5 muffin cups and poured the egg whites over them. So easy. I just heated up two for a snack with 2 tsp of almond butter and they were delicious. Kind of (exactly) like my apple and egg white omelet but portable.

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5. I have a LaCroix problem. I’ve already had 2 today and it’s not even 4pm, yet. I have just been getting so sick of water.

On a different note, my sister is in the process of looking at colleges to play golf and I’m seriously crossing my fingers that she will be close by. I would be over the moon to have her close by. Love you, sis. <3

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Alright, I’m off to pack for Anaheim… so I will catch y’all on the flip side!

Fresh Start + Weekend Things

Good morning!

Today marks a fresh start for me. I’m officially starting my new job and new schedule.

I spent this weekend solo, which I haven’t done in sooo long. It brings me back to the long-distance-dating days in college. That sucked. It wouldn’t be so bad if I would see him right away when he gets back on Tuesday, but I fly out to CA before he gets in. Saaad.

On the bright side, I was suuuuuper productive this weekend. I didn’t have someone to convince me to lay in bed (okay, really I am usually the one trying to convince) and being lazy with.

Friday 

Let me just say that it was sad and hard to say goodbye to my old job and co-workers. I’m glad to leave on good terms, but it was HARD. I’m glad that I convinced Chris to work from home on my last day working from home because I needed him when I signed off.

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Friday night we had a Blake Shelton concert. We (or maybe just I) wasn’t really feeling it. I was exhausted from the week, it was super hot and sticky outside and I just wanted a low key night before Chris left in the AM. Well, we went and stayed until almost 11.

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We did manage to snap a few selfles, though.

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Saturday

After dropping Chris off at the airport, I went to CF. After the workout I worked on my Double Unders with a coach and I did 12 in a row… beating my previous record of 8. I left on cloud 9. So happy I am getting the hang of it.

Then I cleaned and talked to my mom on the phone for a long time and then watched more Gossip Girl (duh). It was pretty low key which was exactly what I was looking for.

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Sunday

Yesterday was my most productive day. I worked out (reluctantly), took MB for a walk before it got too hot out, returned (and bought) some things at the mall and prepped a lot of food for the week.

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Treadmill Toaster Workout from the Fitnessista.

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Gluten-free banana bread made into muffins. BTW, Chris, if you’re reading this these are your breakfasts. :)

As I am writing this (Sunday night)… I am anxiously awaiting my new job. I’m a little nervous, excited and ….nervous. Haha. I’m already sad that I have to leave my baby home all day, but I’m trying not to think about it. :)

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I’m kind of excited to be in more of a routine, though. Prepping food for the week, consistently working out at the same time everyday, more human interaction and wearing real clothes… well that last one is a blessing and a curse. :|

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I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

<3

Thursday Things.

You guys! I loved our coffee talk, yesterday. Maybe the post sounded a little more sad than it intended to be… I am in a good place! I just wish I could bring my baby MB to work with me. :)

Aaaaaaand, today feels like Friday. Four day weeks always screw me up. Not that I am complaining, though.

1. To rid myself of dog-mom-guilt, I just looked up Doggie Day Care options. We wouldn’t have him go every day (holy cow is it expensive)… but I think it would be worth it maybe once or twice a week. I love the ones that have live cams. That makes the control freak in me feel so much better. Haha.

Side note- there are so many “dog spas” and “suites” around here. WTF. You can rent “suites with a TV” for your pup. LOL. Crazy.

2. My lil sis got into a car accident yesterday. THANK GOODNESS she has nothing more than a sore elbow and burns from the airbags. The Lord was watching out for her, for sure. Love you, sis. <3

3. So every 2 weeks I get my lashes filled. Well my lovely lash lady opened up her own “beauty bar” recently where you can get multiple services done at the same time. She has a special bed where you can get your lashes (or facials) done and get a pedicure at the same time. I had that done yesterday (just to try it… you know. :) ) and it was SO awesome. Dangerously awesome (for my wallet).

4. I have used my Clarisonic (Mia 2) 4 times. And each time I love it more and more. My face (already!) feels so soft and smooth. Why did I wait so long? Plus it feels nice.

5. I talked to my mom, dad and sister yesterday. All in one day. That has to be a record. :)

6. I kind of keep forgetting about our Blake Shelton concert tomorrow. He’s a pretty fun guy (in concert) and puts on a good show so I am excited. Plus, just another reason to wear my boots.

7. I wore a scarf with a tank top yesterday because I’m trying to embrace Fall even though it’s still hot as heck in AZ. Yeah… bad idea. So sweaty.

8. Dunkin Donuts now has almond milk coffees. FINALLY. Starbucks needs to get with it or else I just might have to give up my gold card. Not all stores have it (yet)… but if you use the store locator you can see if yours does. The D&D close to me has it… I just might have to give it a try this weekend! :)

I am ending on #8, which is a little hard to do. So close to 10, yet I don’t have anything left. ;)

Make today a great day!

<3