Thankful Thursday

So much has happened since my last blog post! 

I went home to Illinois to watch my little sister graduate high school (lots of tears) and my stepmom decided to throw a bridal shower while I was home which surpassed every expectation I had. It was such an amazing weekend – my only wish was that Chris was there to celebrate with us as well…

Anyway, let’s get to things I’m thankful for:

1. My bridal shower! So thankful for all the time, effort and love that went into this party. I originally didn’t want one (just not for me) but my stepmom convinced me that it would be a non-traditional celebration: a wine tasting bridal shower. Sold! We went through 18 bottles amongst about 20 of us (and there were several that didn’t drink, so you do the math), had amazing food and desserts. If I could do it all over again, I would!!


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2. I’m thankful for being able to watch my sister walk across the stage. I was debating about flying home for a short time (I have to save my PTO for the honeymoon) but I am SO glad I did. I couldn’t imagine NOT being there.

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3. I am thankful that I got to TRY ON MY DRESS again while I was home. Originally they told me that it wasn’t going to be in until about August, but they called me one day before I got on the plane and told me it was in! They were booked for appointments on Saturday (the only day I could’ve gone in to see it) but they fit me in and I was able to try it on with my mom, sister-in-law to be and mother-in-law to be. I loved it even more than when I tried it on for the first time. It put all my hesitations aside and I didn’t want to take it off. Ahhhhhhh! <3 I can’t wait until I can show everyone!

4. Random weekday surprise flowers. <3 Made my day!

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5. Thankful that we found a doggy day care place that MB loves and is affordable! Haha. It’s about half the price of our old one and we get picture texts throughout the day. I love taking him there and love how tired he is afterwards. :)

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6. I am thankful for amazing friends that surprised Chris and I with this ’20 week countdown’! They couldn’t make the trek to IL for the shower so they surprised us with the most thoughtful gift! I can’t wait to open one each week. Our first week’s theme was ‘good fortune’ so we opened up a box of chocolate coins. :) So creative!2015-05-27 17.29.08

7. Thankful for another fun PHX wine walk experience with good friends.

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8. I am thankful that it’s ALMOST FRIDAY.

Have a great day!


Tuesday Things

Let me just dust off my keyboard a bit before we get back into it. I’m not sure why I haven’t prioritized blogging lately… But I DO miss it. So let’s do what I do best… Ramble! :)

1. Wedding planning (DIY-ing) has been in FULL swing. It seems like every weekend I am tacking a project. I love it. I totally know what people mean by “post-wedding blues” because you spend so.much.time planning this one day and then it’s over…. and then you’re sad. :) I also know why I have known a few brides go on to try and get into the wedding planning business after their own wedding. It’s so fun. (And so not stressful, yet!)

2. My sister visited a while back. It was fun. I get to see her a couple weeks because she’s graduating high school! *Insert tears*

3. We took a group trip to Prescott to do a little wine tasting. It was way too much fun. As always, had way too much wine. :) I wore a hat in honor of the Kentucky Derby.

   4. We boarded Meatball while we were away for the weekend… and we found a new boarding place that (1) is MUCH cheaper (2) offers a 10% bulldog discount (the owner has bulldogs) and (3) sends me daily picture updates and sends MB home with a ‘report card.’ It’s amazing. He loves it. And he comes home sooooo tired. It’s amazing.  

5. We’ve been brunching every weekend, lately. I love breakfast food. :) Okay, okay… usually it’s more breakfast instead of brunch because we’re usually at the restaurant by 7:30/8AM.

6. Work is good! It’s fun and there’s always something going on.

7. Crossfit is going good, too! I FINALLY got my kipping pull-ups and can connect 4 in a row. I have been doing assisted with a band, but I got so sick of it that I just focused and practiced on getting that skill… It’s paid off! :)

8. My baby. <3

9. This view. We have gone on a hiatus from our weekly hikes… but I want to bring it back!

10. We had a rogue javelina start running towards MB and I a few weeks ago. So scary. They’re nasty.

Have a good week, friends! 


Ya’Mon… Back from Jamaica!

My Jamaica trip recap… Marvelous in My Monday style.


Marvelous is…

Margaritas on the two hour bus ride to the resort.

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Marvelous is… 

Ziplining through the Jamaican rainforest.

Marvelous is…

LOTS of wedding festivities. Rehearsal dinners…

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Getting our hair and make-up done…

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And of course, THE WEDDING!

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Marvelous is…

My brother surprising me and calling me up half-way through his mother-son dance. Let’s pretend I didn’t get emotional. ;)

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Marvelous is…

Endless beach-y drinks. I drank straight sugar and rum for a week.

Marvelous is…

Spending time with family.

Marvelous is…

Breakfast on the ocean Coffee, eggs, mimosas, oatmeal, FRESH FRUIT. Omg.

Marvelous is…

Late-night pool parties. Followed by late-night snacks to sober up.

Marvelous is…

Getting back into a routine. Especially a workout routine. I missed my workouts!

Marvelous is…

PICKING UP MEATBALL IN 5 HOURS!!! It’s been ONE FULL week since we’ve seen him.

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Now, I’ll need a few weeks to recover.


Recent Wins

One work day after today because  I leave Friday morning for New York City… but it’s for work.

Bringing back an old favorite…baked pumpkin oatmeal with coconut and almond butter.

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Getting my ass kicked at crossfit. Walking is a struggle. I also have nice looking bruises on my collar bones from cleans. Yikes.

Getting in 15K steps, yesterday. Planning on hitting that today, too!

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Today marks TWELVE days until we leave for Jamaica.

Celebrating the BFFs birthday. Getting me out of the house is such a chore, but I always have a good time when I am out!

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These two.

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Time for Starbucks in the morning because I sacrificed doing my hair.

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43 Double-Unders in a row this morning!!! :)

Sunday morning hikes.

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Statement necklaces.

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Breaking out my winter gear for NYC. I’m kind of excited for a change of weather. It will make our tropical vaca that much better.

My slo-mo camera on my iphone. Meatball is hilarious in slo mo!!!

Okay, that’s all I got. Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Catching Up


Lately, my life has been revolving around the three W’s….

  • Work
  • Working Out
  • Wedding Planning

I’m not complaining… but that doesn’t leave much time for blogging. Luckily, I’ve been able to squeeze in a little shopping and fun things, too.

Let’s catch up on life, shall we?

1. Fitbit Charge HR.

This was an impulse buy when we were at Best Buy the other day. This one does my steps and heart rate among other things. I’ve had it for a couple weeks and I am already in love. It’s amazing how inactive I am sitting at my job alllll day.

We’ve been hiking every Sunday, which definitely helps get those steps in. This was my BEST day so far.

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2. iPhone 6 Plus.

Another impulse “buy” after finding out that I was kind of due for an early upgrade. I cannot even explain the excitement and satisfaction with not having to constantly keep my phone charged (no joke). Plus, I got a super cute case. And I have more than double the space/storage. Perfection.

And so far I haven’t dropped it (too badly).

3. Dirty hair.

I have been washing my hair every day since I can remember. Lately, I have only been washing it 3-4 times a week…. and I have been loving the extra time in the mornings (to pick out an outfit). I’ve been experimenting with different hair styles for dirty hair so I still feel “put together.”

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4. Hikes!

Fresh air and low-impact exercise? I’m in. What could be better? Plus it’s nice for Chris and I to spend time that time together without phones, TV or Meatball.

We’ve been doing one new hike each week and it’s easily the best part of my week. :)

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5. A Kindle.

I’m a reading machine, lately. Maybe because I have nothing to watch on Netflix? Haha! But it’s so easy to buy books from amazon rather than having to go to the library and search and wait. It’s that instant gratification that my generation needs. Haha.

6. THIS THIS THIS. A must read.

7. I can’t get over this face. He was having MORE paw issues, but I think we finally got it resolved. Hopefully. Seeing the baby limp is heartbreaking.

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8. I am very uninterested in the Superbowl. Or partying. But hand over the snacks. Never-mind my trip to Jamaica in a month.

9. THIS GIRL just signed to play golf for her college. So, so excited and proud.

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10. XOXO



Someone please tell me how it’s already mid-January. Did we just celebrate Christmas like… last week? Ay yi yi.

As you can probably tell by my lack of posts…. January has been a blur. Between having Chris’s sister stay with us for a little over a week, Meatball being sick and then having an impromptu work trip (even though it was for only 26 hours). It’s been ca-razy.

This past weekend was our first weekend of having no obligations. I loved every second… but let’s get to some things.

1. Last week I went on a quick work trip to San Francisco. It was more fun than I thought it would be… I just wish I got to explore the city a little more.

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2. My favorite and I went hiking Sunday morning…and let me say that this might become a Sunday tradition because it was such a great way to finish up a weekend and start a week. Ya know?

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3. Meatball has been “resting” because once we got back from Illinois, we noticed he was limping – especially on the rocks outside our house. We gathered that he had something in between his toes so we took him to our vet and she ran a bunch of unnecessary tests and gave us no conclusion yet sent us home with anti-inflammatory meds. Flash forward the next day, he had blood in his stool. So then she put him on antibiotics. Flash forward to a few days later and he was so lethargic and his foot was very swollen and oozing. So we took him to a NEW (recommended by a friend) vet (whom we adore)… and they gave him a new set of antibiotics and a foot soak. I can finally say he has stopped limping (only 3 weeks and $500 later)…. YAY. That was kind of a nightmare and I felt sooo bad for my baby. Ugh, I am never having human babies.

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4. I also met with my BFF for brunch over the weekend to talk wedding stuff and bachelorette party plans. SO excited!!

5. This is the first year that I don’t have a new years resolution. I just wasn’t feeling it this year. I am going to pick a word to focus on, again, this year. I have a word in mind…

6. My new favorite statement necklace. :)

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7. My co-worker had a baby, so tonight I am going over to her house to drop off some soup (her fav.), bread and cookies. She doesn’t have any family in town, so any little bit helps, right? New moms…. anything else I should bring over?

8. I’ve been loving all the texts from my bridesmaids with their dresses on … they are the best. And, they’re all beautiful. I’m a lucky girl to have great people in my life.

9. SIX WEEKS until Jamaica. I absolutely cannnnnot wait.

10. February is going to be crazy. I am going to NYC for a week for work, come home for a couple days and then leave for Jamaica. AH. So many things to look forward to!

Have a happy Tuesday.


Favorites from 2014.

2014 is just about over and like everyone else… I find myself reflecting over the past year. Oh what a  year it was! My word for 2014 was Adventure. And I think that it was pretty accurate. I said YES to many trips, hikes, local events and my best friend. :) Of course, there could have been MORE adventures…. but I do think that I did a lot, saw a lot and lived life.

This was a BIG year for me and my families. So many good things happened… and as I recap my favorite events from this past year, I can’t help but really and truly recognize how blessed I am in this life.

Let’s count it down.

12. Starting Crossfit. I went from training hardcore for a marathon to pretty much quitting running all together and taking up Crossfit. It’s done wonders for my strength and mental state. I actually enjoy working out again and am constantly working towards achieving more (which is important to satisfy the competitiveness in me). I truly believe Crossfit has helped me focus on gaining strength and endurance rather than losing weight or anything like that.

11. Having all of our visitors. We’ve been lucky to have all of our families visit within the past year… and it’s been fun showing them where we live and having them in our territories. :)

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10. Running RAGNAR. Sooooo much fun. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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9. Celebrating one year in Arizona. We didn’t do anything for this, per say, but we did celebrate being in Arizona for one whole year. What a whirlwind and blast it has been.

8. Our recent Sedona weekend. <3

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7. Our girls weekend in Temecula... and the WINE WALK. So fun.

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6. Temecula part 2 with our full crew. Hands-down one of the most fun trips I’ve been on. We just have such a great group of friends.

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5. Starting a new job. Leaving my first job out of college was hard… it was comfortable, I was content… but it was time to move on. Starting a new job was soo challenging at first (it still is)… but getting out of my comfort zone was one of the best things I’ve done. I am LOVING my job and my co-workers make going to work FUN.

4. Our weekend in Vegas. Just us two. So.Much.Fun.

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3. Seeing my sister golf at State. I just looooved everything about watching her and cheering her on and being her biggest fan. She is the best.


2. Getting MEATBALL. Oh my gosh. This cutie makes me laugh every single day. Mostly because he is ridiculous. He has the funniest little personality and is such a chunker. Everyone that meets him loves him. It’s pretty impossible not to.

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1. Saying YES! Our engagement weekend was one of my favorite weekends, ever. Such a big milestone and huge life event. I’m blessed that I get to marry my best friend in 2015.

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So there you have it…. I’m trying to think of an awesome word for 2015. What’s your one word for the new year?

2014, you were great… but 2015 has even more in store!