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Jul 152015
 

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to participate in the wedding of my good friends Megan and JR. While I debated waiting to write the recap until the professional photos are available (around the end of July) that wound up taking quite a while for the last wedding I was in, so I decided I should just write the recap now. (BTW – I was told those other pictures should be ready later this week. Woohoo!)

Since I was too impatient to wait this time, here’s my recap of the wedding with pictures only from iPhones (mostly mine, but some others from Fabio and my friends). I promise to share the professional photos once they’re in too! Here’s a sneak peak…

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Courtesy of Stacey Gillin Photography

Gorgeous, right? Sadly, my pictures are not as pretty. Oh well, let’s get into the recap!

After breakfast, the bridesmaids all drove over to Stone Manor in Middletown, MD, where the ceremony and reception were held. (Fun fact: my mom and stepdad have friends who actually used to live there. Yes, really.)

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As soon as we entered the manor house, we saw an adorable picture of Megan and JR on display. JR loves skiing and Megan loves the beach, so this picture of each of them wearing half of the other’s passion cracked me up. This picture is just so them. Loved it.

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Then we proceed upstairs to the bridal suite to get ready!

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We spent the next few hours sipping mimosas, listening to tunes, and getting our hair and makeup done for the day. Mid-hair session I was looking very Shirley Temple, but luckily that didn’t last long.

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There we go, much better!

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Soon it was Megan’s turn for hair and makeup and she looked absolutely stunning.

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Such a beautiful bride! Before we knew it, it was time for her dress!

IMG_3581Megan was an absolutely breath-taking bride, and I got pretty emotional at this point thinking about how she would soon be walking down the aisle to her husband. I think the look on her face in this picture says it all.

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So pretty!

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At this point Megan and JR went off to take their first look pictures (we all spied on them out the window) and the rest of us bridesmaids finished getting ready. Here I am with some of my college best friends!!

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Then it was time to head down for pictures, and before we knew it, it was go time!

I wound up wearing these nude heels with my dress and although I was a little nervous about walking down the grass aisle in them, everything worked out fine. Here I come!

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Then we all lined up for a short and sweet ceremony. It was beautiful, and I think every single bridesmaid teared up at one point.

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You may kiss the bride!

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(Photo borrowed from Megan’s friend Meriel…oops!)

Once the ceremony was over, it was cocktail time! Finally I got to see my handsome date. 😉IMG_3727

I was also super excited to see the rest of my friends, some of whom flew in from California, Seattle, Boston, and Amsterdam! I missed them, and it was so nice to have all of us in one place.

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After munching on some delicious hors d’ouvres (hello, fried mac ‘n cheese balls) and sipping wine, the bridal party headed back inside to get ready for our reception entrance. While we waited, we took some silly pictures. Isn’t that what best friends are supposed to do?

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Haha, love them!

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Before long it was time to make our debut into the reception. I was a little nervous about doing a silly dance/handshake with my partner, but it all worked out fine.

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Shortly after my entrance, the bride and groom arrived in their sunglasses. Of course. 😉

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Their first dance was absolutely beautiful, and I once again got emotional. #allthetears

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After the dance our dinner was served, and it was phenomenal. I got the Parmesan-crusted chicken with mashed potatoes and asparagus and devoured every bite. The fresh basil and tomatoes on top were particularly tasty!

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Then it was time to party!!

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My group of friends absolutely loves to dance, so we spent every minute we could on the dance floor. We did take a break for ice cream (the bride and groom opted for a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stand instead of cake, which I fully supported) and for a couple of shots with the “shot ski.” As I mentioned, JR is a big skiier so he turned one of his old racing skis into a shot-delivery device.

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It was really cool and you could tell he had put a lot of work into it, so naturally we had to try it out. Bottoms up!

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The rest of the night looked a lot like this:

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So. Much. Fun.

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Like all weddings, this one came to an end much too quickly and I was sad to say goodnight to everyone much later in the evening. I had some serious post-wedding depression the next day which, combined with my headache from the shot ski, was not fun. Megan and JR, can you two please get married every day??

Megan and JR are on their way to Italy right now for their honey moon, and I wish them the best time ever! I love you guys!

Question of the day: Cake or ice cream?

 Posted by on July 15, 2015
Jul 132015
 

Hi friends! This weekend was just as amazing as I expected it to be, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Friday

Fabio and I left work a little early on Friday so we could make the drive to Frederick, MD for my friend Megan’s rehearsal dinner. The dinner was held at Barley and Hops Brewery right near our hotel in downtown Frederick. As soon as we arrived at the hotel we met up with our friends, changed out of work clothes, and headed to the rehearsal dinner. Here I am with the bride and the rest of the bridesmaids!

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Dinner was so much fun and we had a great time chatting and catching up with one another. You could definitely feel the excitement growing for the next day!

For my meal I wound up sharing half a burger and half a crab cake sandwich with my friend Catrina. Everything was delicious!

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Toward the end of the night Megan and JR brought out gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The groomsmen were given a nice pocket knife and the bridesmaids all received matching blue robes with our names embroidered on them and blue necklaces to wear with our dresses.

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Our friend Connie wound up trying on the robe right in the restaurant, just because she was so excited. So funny! 🙂
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After dinner I joined my friend Kristen for a pit stop at Sheetz to pick up a few necessary supplies: wine, water, and sour patch kids. IMG_3534

Then we took our goodies down to the dining room area of the hotel and continued hanging out with our friends until a little after midnight. It was such a fun night!

Saturday

Before we knew it, it was wedding day! I have a lot to tell you about the wedding and about a million pictures, so I’ll save those for another post.

Here’s a sneak peek!

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Recap coming soon!

Sunday

On Sunday morning we all woke up feeling tired and sad that the wedding was over. I had been looking forward to the wedding for more than a year, so I was pretty bummed when it was over. Hello, Sunday scaries. We had a fun morning eating breakfast together at the hotel, and then we all headed our separate ways.

Once we left our friends, Fabio and I drove over to my mom and stepdad’s house for lunch. (They kindly watched Jack for us while we were at the wedding.)

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It was a beautiful day and we were happy to spend the afternoon with them!

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Upon arriving, Fabio and I joined my mom out back to say hello to the ducks and chickens. My mom recently bought a kiddie swimming pool for them, and it was hilarious watching the ducks get in and swim around. (Even funnier was watching them try to get out!)

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I later spent some time swimming by the pool, and then it was time for lunch! We began our meal with fried squash blossoms, one of our favorite dishes from our trips to Italy. My mom has gotten really good at making these and I devoured every bite. Yum!

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Up next we had smoked chicken, corn salad, potato salad, and zucchini salad. Plus some delicious rosé wine that our friend Dan brought over.

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I helped myself to a little bit of everything, and went back for seconds on the corn salad. Everything was delicious!

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For dessert we had homemade cheesecake with strawberries.

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Not surprisingly, it was to die for. Seriously, so delicious. She tried to send some home with me but I refused because I knew I would wind up eating way too much. SO good!

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After lunch we digested our food while walking around the back yard picking wild blackberries. My mom has a ton of random blackberry bushes, so we were able to gather quite a few.

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After blackberry picking we had to drive back home to unpack from the weekend and get ready for the week ahead. I was totally wiped from all the fun festivities, but it was worth it. I can’t wait to tell you guys about the wedding!

Question of the day: What’s the one thing you absolutely must do on Sundays to prepare for the week ahead?

For me it’s grocery shopping; if I don’t grocery shop on Sundays I feel out of sync all week!

 Posted by on July 13, 2015
May 042015
 

Hi friends! I wound up having a seriously amazing (if less than healthy) weekend. I have a lot of pictures to share with you today, so I’m going to try to keep my words brief!

The highlight of the weekend was a surprise bridal BBQ (similar to a bridal shower, but without the female-only traditional vibe) for one of my best friends, Megan. It was so much fun!

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Friday

After work on Friday, I met up with my friends Lauren and Kristen for happy hour at El Centro in Georgetown. The three of us were all in the same pledge class (Fall ’08 baby!) when we joined our sorority, Kappa Delta, in college, and it was so nice to be together again after all this time. IMG_1345

Kristen came into town on Friday evening for Megan’s bridal BBQ, so it was great to catch up with her a bit before the big party.

A little later in the evening my friend Britt flew in as well, and after picking her up from the airport we had a fun evening chatting over delicious cannolis that she brought with her from Boston. Yum!!

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We wound up chatting until a little after midnight before finally hitting the hay. We knew we had a long day ahead of us!

Saturday

On Saturday morning we slept in a bit (glorious), and then Fabio made breakfast for us ladies. After eating, we took Jack on a leisurely stroll (it was beautiful out!) and finally around lunchtime we met up with some of Fabio’s friends at Cantina Marina for some sunshine and cocktails on the water.

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Cantina Marina is one of our favorite bars because it feels like you’re on vacation! I love having the water all around, and the fake palm trees are a fun addition. 😉

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Cheers to the first visit of the season!

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Cantina is a very dog-friendly bar, so of course we brought Jack with us. He was loving all the attention from Fabio’s friends.

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We wound up ordering a plate of nachos to share, and after soaking up the sun for an hour or two it was time to head back to get ready. We scooped up Kristen on our way over, and before we knew it, it was time for the surprise bridal BBQ!

The party was held at Megan’s parents’ house, and everything was decorated beautifully.

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My friend Megan (not the bride – another Megan) and I actually realized we matched the desserts perfectly, which was pretty funny. Twins!

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Once we arrived, we found a seat out back with a bunch of our friends and waited for the bride- and groom-to-be to arrive!

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It was a perfect day for a party – very sunny and not too hot. Soon enough, Megan’s mom told us that Megan and JR were on their way, so we all lined up in the hallway so we could yell surprise when they walked in.

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At this point we were all so nervous and excited! Gahh!!

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Here they come….surprise!!!

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Megan and JR had the best reaction, and they definitely seemed surprised. I love her face in this picture!!

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Hugs all around. 🙂

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Megan was especially excited to see Britt and Catrina, since they flew in from Boston and San Diego (respectively) for the occasion.

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Yay!!

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After the big surprise, we all dried our eyes a bit (we always get so emotional…) and then it was time to enjoy the party! We spent the rest of the afternoon sipping wine, enjoying delicious BBQ food, and chatting and laughing with one another.

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I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday!

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After dinner and desserts, it was time for Megan and JR to play a fun relationship game. Megan’s sister-in-law read questions out loud, and Megan and JR both had to write their answers on a dry erase board. The questions varied from “What is Megan most looking forward to on the honeymoon” (answer: pasta and wine) to “What is JR’s favorite TV show” (answer: Game of Thrones).

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The game was really cute, and Megan and JR did a really good job! The only question they got wrong was who their dog loves more, which I thought was so funny. Fabio and I would have had different opinions for that one too! 😉

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A little later in the evening we all headed downstairs to play some fun games of flip cup and beer pong. We also had a 90s playlist going, and had a great time just enjoying each others’ company.

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Overall the party was absolutely perfect, and I was on cloud nine to be with so many of my best friends. Such a fun day!

Sunday

We all woke up feeling pretty groggy on Sunday (everyone had spent the night on various couches and air mattresses) but luckily we had Fabio to cook us an amazing breakfast of eggs (over easy and scrambled), bacon, turkey sausage, and bagels.

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We had quite the spread! I definitely have to give Fabio a lot of credit here for making so much food for everyone. It turned out great!

After breakfast we spent a few last hours with our friends in the sunshine (it was another gorgeous day) before eventually driving back home. We dropped Britt off at the airport around 2:00, and then spent the rest of the day meal planning, grocery shopping, and relaxing. Sigh. It’s always sad when a weekend like this comes to an end.

This party wound up being so much fun, and even though I’m sad it’s over, we still have the bachelorette party and wedding to look forward to!! I can’t wait!

Question of the day: Do most of your best friends live local, or are they all spread out?

We used to be split pretty evenly between New York City and DC, but over the last few years we’ve all spread out a bit more. Luckily I still get to see all my college best friends pretty often, and we chat through g-chat, texts, and our email listserv throughout the week!

 Posted by on May 4, 2015
Jan 052018
 

Hi friends! Today I’m back with the very last recap of our beautiful wedding. Man, it sure took me a while to get through all of these, didn’t it? Today’s post will recap the most fun part of the wedding: the dancing! As usual, here are my vendor notes:

  • DJ: Crow Entertainment (we worked with CJ, and he was SO great! He got everyone’s names right, and we had some tough ones! Plus his playlist was fantastic!)
  • Photography: Lauren Nievod (I’ve already raved about her a ton of times – 100% recommend)
  • Venue: Wye River Conference Center (amazing Eastern Shore/riverfront hotel with beautiful grounds. Can only be booked by groups, meaning our guests took up the whole thing)

If you missed any past recaps you can find them here.

And now, let’s jump right in!

For our first song, I wanted to start off with something to honor my grandparents, who have been married for 63 years! I had talked to my DJ about this ahead of time, and he asked all the married couples to head out onto the dance floor for a special dance.

It was crazy to see a bunch of our friends on the dance floor – we’ve been to so many weddings in the last few years that we actually have a lot of married friends now!

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Grae & Dan and Rebecca & Richard

Plus some family members too!

After everyone danced for a little while, the DJ would ask the couples to sit down based on how long they’ve been married. He started with “sit down if you’ve only been married for an hour.” Ha! Guess that’s us.

Then he continued counting down different amounts of time until only my grandparents were left on the dance floor!

I thought this was a really fun way to celebrate their marriage, and it got everyone’s attention on the dance floor. 🙂

Yay, Grandma and Grandpa!

After that, the boys headed out to make a toast at the bar…

…and the ladies hit the dance floor!

I was so happy with how the reception went as a whole; we had given our DJ a list of songs that we definitely wanted him to play and a few to steer clear of. He totally listened to our suggestions and added a few selections of his own. Everything was a hit!

As for the dance floor itself, it was totally packed during the whole wedding! Many of the venue’s employees told us the next day that they’d never seen a wedding there where every single guest was up and dancing. What can I say, our friends and family like to dance!

One good thing about being under the tent was that when the dance floor got too crowded, people just danced on the grass either by the tables or outside the tent. Of course my mom and stepdad did some of this since they need a lot of room when they dance. 🙂

A couple other guests danced out there too!

There were also different pockets of people on the dancefloor – I guess because of where their tables were set up and what part of the dance floor was closest to them – so I made sure to move around the floor so I danced with every group a few times. Fabio and I didn’t really do the whole go from table to table greeting people thing (we didn’t spend much time on dinner and didn’t think we would have time to visit everyone), so instead we mingled on the dance floor instead. I think that’s more our style anyway. 🙂

Here are the bridesmaids/my friends!

And this amazing selfie that Fabio’s friends got!

(Also with our Snapchat filter!)

We also danced with my family/family friends! (How cute is my grandma – my mom’s mom – dancing with Fabio’s dad?)

Plus Aunt CC and me, of course.

And my sister danced with Fabio’s dad!

And you probably recognize these guys, though they’re usually in sweaty gym clothes when I post their pictures: Anne and Kathleen!

Fabio’s family was really fun to dance with too, and they got up to some crazy dance moves.

For example, check out this photo sequence with Fabio’s Tia Clara. She’s always a hoot, and these pictures continue to crack me up.

Yes, that’s Fabio crawling between her legs. Ha!

Fabio’s family are all really good dancers, and I made sure to do some salsa dancing with them too. I specifically remember singing to Despacito with Fabio’s Colombian cousin in this picture. 🙂

I’ve gotten really close with Fabio’s cousins over the last couple of years, and now I feel like they’re truly my cousins too! I love this one with his (my!) cousin Maria Clara. <3

And then, of course, I did plenty of dancing with my husband too!

 

These two pictures sum us up perfectly. I love them!

 

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Before we knew it, our time was up and it was time to leave the tent for the after party.

When planning out our timeline for the day, I knew I wanted to do a bouquet toss but didn’t want to use up valuable reception time on it. Instead, I did a more casual bouquet toss in the grass outside the tent as everyone was leaving. My cousin Yasi caught it!

(I also wound up throwing a smaller bouquet that was used on the dessert table so I could save mine. It worked out great!)

After that, we all hopped on the venue’s shuttle for the after party! We held it in one of the houses on the property, and it had a really cool atrium ceiling and balcony by the upstairs rooms. My dad brought a sound system/light machine from home, which made the space really fun! Fabio and I climbed up on the balcony to thank everyone for coming, and then the party kicked off!

(We had another Snapchat filter for the after party!)

It was so fun spending more time with our guests, and I was happy to see that our family joined us for the party as well. 🙂

I had debated changing into another outfit, but I decided that I spent so much money on my dress that I wanted to keep it on for as long as possible!

We ordered something like 30 pizzas for the after party (this is just one stack), and somehow they ALL got eaten by the end of the night. Crazy!

We had purchased alcohol from Costco ahead of time, which made everything really easy. It seemed like everyone had an absolute blast – I know I did!

Jack came to the after party too, and goodness only knows how much pizza he ate. Everyone kept telling me that they fed him some – LOL!

He was definitely the hit of the party. 🙂

Overall it was the perfect way to end our night and was just SO much fun.

We finally stumbled back to our room at around 3:30 a.m. Oof! What a long day.

I think everyone was hurting a bit in the morning, and our friend sent us this picture on her way to meeting for breakfast. Ha!

Yep, it was a fun wedding and after party, that’s for sure.

We had a really nice breakfast the next morning under the tent, and then around noon we all said our goodbyes and Fabio and I headed off to Thailand! But you already know that part of the story. 🙂

Aaaand that concludes the blog recap of our amazing wedding! Everything just went so perfectly – you always hear that things won’t go according to plan but we just got so, so, so lucky with the weather and the venue and our vendors and everything. I remember we both had humungous grins the whole drive home, and we couldn’t stop saying how lucky we were. <3

Question of the day: Do you like when weddings have traditional elements like the bouquet toss and garter toss, or would you rather spend more time dancing?

 Posted by on January 5, 2018
Oct 312017
 

Hi there, and happy Halloween! How was your weekend? Mine had nothing to do with the holiday or costumes, and instead was filled with a quick trip to Philadelphia to spend time with my newly engaged friends, Kristen and Mark!

On Friday afternoon, Fabio and I dropped Jack off at my mom’s house and then made the drive up to Philly. It’s a lot closer than our normal road trips to NYC or Otis, so we arrived pretty quickly! Then again, we didn’t leave home until around 6:15 so it was still pretty late when we got there, so after saying hi to Kristen and Mark (whose house we stayed at) and Megan and JR (who had arrived from Baltimore earlier in the evening) we immediately dug into some pizza and wine. We were starving! We wound up staying up until around 1 a.m. catching up, which was so much fun!

Saturday

We all slept in until 10 on Saturday, which was so, so nice. Once we were all up and moving, we got working on breakfast: Fabio made eggs for everyone, I put some bacon in the oven, and Kristen toasted up some English muffins, so it was a nice group effort!

Saturday was the most beautiful fall day weather-wise, sunny and low 70s, so we made sure to spend a lot of time outside!

Our first stop of the day was Yards Brewing Company, a cute brewery right down the street from Kristen and Mark’s house.

Upon arriving, we each got a beer (I got the IPA) and then took a seat outside in the sunshine. Yay!! My happy place!!

The brewing company offers free tours every half hour – and they give you free beer during the tour – so naturally we signed ourselves up for one! Then at 1:30 p.m., we met up with our tour guide for the day, who acted more like a stand-up comedian than a brewery tour guide. He was cracking jokes every minute, which made our tour so much more fun!


I highly recommend the tour if you’re ever at Yards!

After our tour wrapped up, we grabbed some lunch from a food truck that was parked outside, and then retreated back to our table in sun.

Sitting around drinking beers with some of my favorite girlfriends – and their significant others! – was so, so nice and just felt good for the soul. I <3 them.

A little later in the afternoon, we got a text from some of our college guy friends that they were hanging out at Independence Beer Garden, which was located right across from the Liberty Bell. It was another cool spot and had a really unique layout in that it was just a beer garden that wrapped around an office building.

Seeing our guy friends was nice, but eventually we had to get back to the house to get cleaned up for dinner at Bocconcini!

Kristen had heard about Bocconcini from one of our guy friends, and it turned out to be the cutest Italian place with delicious food. It was also BYO, as many places in Philly are, so we were able to save money by bringing our own wine instead of paying for it there.

Of course one of the first things we did was cheers to Kristen and Mark on their recent engagement! I can’t wait for September 2018 when we’ll get to celebrate!

Love these ladies. 🙂

Then it was time to eat! We all shared some appetizers (meatballs and arancini balls) and then Kristen and I went “halfsies” on our entrees, which were entirely too big for us to finish. Leftovers for the win!

After dinner we went over to meet up with our college guy friends again – it was so nice seeing them! – and then we headed out for a fun night of dancing. (Thank you to Fabio for always taking photos of us. 🙂 Ha!)

Overall it was such a perfect day, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Sunday

Sadly we had to head home on Sunday, and it was pouring rain which meant tough driving conditions for Fabio. We also stopped by my mom’s house on the way to scoop up Jack, and once we finally arrived home we didn’t move much from the couch. 🙂

Jack was pooped from being at my mom’s house too, and he snuggled up with us on the couch all evening. Oh, and there was some Taco Bell action too for dinner – I guess that’s what drinking all day the day before will do to you. 😉

The end.

Question of the day: What’s your go-to hangover food?

 

 Posted by on October 31, 2017
May 122017
 

Oh man, this has been a week. Work is crazy, life is crazy, and I feel like I just need a minute to catch my breath. Phew! Hopefully things will be a little calmer this weekend.

Luckily I had some really good workouts this week, and I felt like they helped to keep me grounded and sane. I used to dread working out (back in the days when I used to work out in my living room after work – oof) but now I look forward to it as the one time of my day that I don’t have to think about anything else on my to-do list. I also know that a workout will improve my mood immensely. What a change!

Here’s a look at what I was up to!

Sat., May 6 & Sun. May 7 – Rest days! This weekend was spent traipsing around New York City with Fabio and our family and friends.

Mon., May 8 – On Monday, I took my workout over to the track at Washington Lee High School, which is right by my house. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and I decided to complete one of my old Kayla Itsines workouts on the track.

I positioned myself next to a bench so I could do some step-ups, and then got to work! My workout included weighted walking lunges, burpees, squat jumps, sumo squats, step-ups, and more. It was a good one! And it was so nice to be outside in the sun. 🙂

Tues., May 9 – On Tuesday, Fabio and I headed to a FlyWheel class via ClassPass (<– affiliate link for $30 off). We had Richard as our instructor, and his classes are always so hard. My total power at the end of class was 293, which was much higher than my usual 255ish. Clearly he pushed us on Tuesday! I was dripping in sweat by the end of class, and was feeling so happy to have such a good workout behind me. Plus, it’s always fun when Fabio joins me! 🙂

Wed., May 10 – Wednesday was bootcamp day with the girls! I met up with Anne and Kathleen at our favorite spot, Urban Athletic Club, for a 7 a.m. class. Unfortunately all the usual instructors were randomly out of town/unavailable that day, so we had a last minute fill-in instructor teach us. He was a nice guy, but I didn’t love the workout he took us through which included toe-taps on the medicine ball, cleans, skaters, push-ups, and just a couple of other moves. The one part of the workout that I did really enjoy was a quick jaunt around the neighborhood, and since it was such a pretty day out, it was nice to get a quick run in outside!

Thurs., May 11 – Thursday was a rest day for me since we wound up going to the National’s game with our friends Megan and JR the night before and didn’t get home until around 11:00 p.m. By that time the stress of the week had caught up to me (plus it was rainy and gross out on Thursday morning), and I was glad to have a planned rest day.

I love these guys so much!

Fri., May 12 – Tomorrow morning (it’s Thursday night as I write this), I’m planning to take the sculpt class at CorePower Yoga. It’s one of my favorite classes, and I’m really looking forward to it!

And that’s a wrap! I hope whatever you do this weekend is exactly what you want to be doing – whether that means it’s filled with lots of plans or none at all. 🙂

Question of the day: Have you been to any baseball games yet this year? This was our first one of the season!

 Posted by on May 12, 2017
Mar 272017
 

After multiple weekends and weekdays apart from Fabio due to our bachelorette/bachelor parties and a bunch of work trips, we finally enjoyed a nice weekend together at home. And it was great. Here’s a recap!

Friday

Fabio had a work happy hour on Friday night, and when he came home it was close to 8:30 p.m. and neither one of us felt like cooking. We decided to get take-out from Moby Dick, and enjoyed some delicious kabobs (espeically the chicken). I always forget how good that place is; I don’t know why we don’t go more often!

While we ate, we watched a new-to-us show on Netflix called Peaky Blinders. Has anyone else seen this show? So far, we like it a lot!

Saturday

Our Saturday began with a walk for the dogs! As I mentioned last week, we were dog sitting for our friends Megan and JR and it was a lot of fun having their Westie, Tully, around for the weekend.

Once the dogs had their walk and their breakfast, Fabio and I set out for our long run of the week!

It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the low 70s, so it was a perfect day to hit the pavement. With the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler coming up this weekend (!!) we wanted to get around 8 miles in. We decided to drive over to Iwo Jima and run into D.C. from there with the hopes that we would get to see the cherry blossoms!

With the snow storm and cold weather that we had last week, we had heard that a lot of the blossoms were damaged. We didn’t think they looked too bad!

The trees were in peak bloom over the weekend, and the crowds were there to prove it. Sheesh. I always forget how crazy it is during cherry blossom time.

It was worth running by them though; they are so pretty!

We wound up having to walk through most of the cherry blossom/tidal basin area since the crowds were so thick, so our 8 mile run was closer to 7ish. That was ok though – we just wanted to get in some miles! Our pace was also pretty speedy with an average of 8:50, so now I’m thinking we might just be able to try PRing this run coming up. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

After our run, we needed to get a safety inspection done on our car, and the car shop was right next to our favorite Arlington coffee shop, Northside Social! While our car got checked out, we treated ourselves to some lunch.

To start off, we shared one of the bacon scones. YUM. These things are amazing.

Then I got their roasted turkey sandwich, which comes on delicious grain bread and includes avocado and bacon. De-lish!

Plus some salad on the side.

Once we were done eating, our car still wasn’t ready and we were enjoying sitting outside in the sunshine, so we went back to order some coffees. I got a latte and it hit the spot.

Eventually our car was ready so we headed back home. Fabio got to work putting some grass seed down (our little “lawn” is very sparse at the moment) while I worked on meal planning.

Then when we were done, we got our wedding invitations ready to mail out! For the occasion, we broke open one of the bottles of wine my friends gave me when we got engaged. Yay! We are making our way through the basket!

It took us a while to stuff all the envelopes, put on all the stamps, and stamp our return address (we have one of these), but eventually we got them all ready to go and dropped them in the mailbox. No turning back now!

Then it was time for a date night! I really wanted to see Beauty and the Beast, so Fabio and I bought tickets earlier in the week for a Saturday night 3D showing. We walked over to the Ballston movie theater, and were happy to see that it had recently been redone with reclining leather chairs. Woot!

The movie was really cute and even Fabio agreed that it was good. 🙂 Not only is he not a big fan of Beauty and the Beast, but he admitted that he thought it was the story of Sleeping Beauty until the movie started. Crazy! He’s such a trooper for seeing it with me. 🙂

Sunday

We dropped off Tully on Sunday morning, and then hit up an 11:30 a.m. yoga class at Sculpt DC.

It was really basic/beginner yoga class, which I actually didn’t mind because it forced us to work on our form and take each move slowly. I was a fan!

After yoga, we ran about a million errands – including trips to two grocery stores for the week’s provisions – before finally arriving home. It was a lot colder on Sunday, so Fabio built us a fire. So cozy!

Fabio wanted to watch soccer and golf, so I read my Kindle on the couch (I just started In Farleigh Field and am loving it!) and at one point took a nap. 🙂

And now it’s early evening and I’m working on this post!

We’re having homemade pizza for dinner tonight, and the dough is currently rising on the counter. I can’t wait until it’s ready!

Question of the day: How often do you go to the movies?

We hardly ever go, but are trying to make it a more regular thing.

 Posted by on March 27, 2017
Mar 242017
 

Hi friends! I’m going to keep things short and sweet today for two reasons.

Reason number one: A furry visitor just got here (it’s Thursday night as I type this), and I feel like I should give him some attention! We are dog sitting for our good friends Megan and JR this weekend while they attend a wedding in Florida, and it’s always a lot of fun when we have Tully staying with us.

When I brought Tully home today after work, he and Jack spent a decent amount of time sprinting in circles around the couch. There was also a lot of squeak toy action happening, so things are pretty noisy and chaotic around here at the moment. I feel like a mom whose kid is having a sleepover!

And the other reason I’m keeping things short today: Fabio is finally home from his work trip! Yayyy! He’s been gone since 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, which was entirely too long in my book. Jack and I missed him!

Before I sign off though, let’s chat quickly about my workouts this week.

Sat., March 18: Rest day! Fabio and I were supposed to do a long run this day, but our schedule wound up getting really crowded with other appointments so we decided to postpone it until this weekend instead.

Sun., March 19: Another rest day! I spent this day cleaning the house, running a million errands, and getting a lot of wedding planning done. 🙂

Mon., March 20: Three mile run with Jack! This run actually felt pretty easy and my pace got back into the 8:50 range, which is more in line with how I used to run back in the day. When I started training for this Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I felt like I would never get back to feeling like three miles was an “easy” distance, but it’s looking I’m finally back in that place. Yay!

Tues., March 21: On Tuesday, Anne, Kathleen, and I took a bootcamp class at Definitions. It was a really good class, and took us through three stations with a variety of exercises including curtsy lunges with kettlebells, TRX rows, pushups, one-legged squats, jump squats, ab V-ups, rowing, and more. We definitely worked up a sweat, and had a great time chatting throughout the workout like usual.

Wed., March 22: On Wednesday, Anne and I headed out for another bootcamp, this time at Urban Athletic Club! Our instructor Romain took us through a workout that was half AMRAP (as many reps as possible) and half 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off. Our exercises included box pushes, hurdle/sprints, burpees, kettlebell swings, TRX rows, up and down planks, wall balls, TRX mountain climbers, pull-ups, jump rope, kettlebell snatches, overhead presses, bicep curls, and treadmill running. Honestly when I saw treadmill running on the board I was disappointed, but then Romain explained we wouldn’t actually be turning the treadmill on – he wanted us to move the tread just with our feet! It was tough and added a fun new element to our usual lineup.

It was a good one!

Thurs., March 23: Rest day! After two days in a row of early wakeup calls and showering in the crappy shower at work, I wanted a day to sleep in and get ready at home.

Fri., March 24: Tomorrow I have a spin class at Revolve DC on the agenda!

Alright friends, I’m calling it a night. Have a good weekend!

Question of the day: Do you ever pet sit for friends? If so, do the pets ever do anything weird?

We once watched a dog for Fabio’s coworker who used to steal all of Fabio’s dirty socks out of the hamper and drag them around the house! I also remember he wouldn’t let go of them when you asked for them back, haha!

Then again, Jack brings whatever clothing item we last wore to the front door every time we leave the house (he also grabs clothes out of the hamper) so I guess our own dog is pretty weird. The worst is when he brings our sweaty gym clothes to the door and then we have guests over! Eek!

 Posted by on March 24, 2017
Mar 022017
 

Well friends, by the time you read this I will be on my way to my bachelorette destination! My girlfriends planned the whole thing (kudos to my MoH Bianca and awesome bridesmaid, Megan!!) and the location is a surprise! All I know is that I’m supposed to pack bathing suits and warm-weather clothes, so I know it’s going to be awesome. Plus, I just love my friends so much that you could literally stick us in a shack somewhere and I’d be a happy camper. 🙂

Anyway, I’m out for vacation today and tomorrow, and I’ll *try* to get a recap post for you up on Monday but that will depend on what time we get back on Sunday (since my friends booked my flights for me too, I don’t know when we get back!). Surprises are so fun. 🙂

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s talk about this week’s workouts.

Saturday, Feb. 25: A beautiful 5.6 mile solo run through Arlington and D.C. It was pretty challenging, which always seems to be the case when I run alone. It was so pretty though!

Sunday, Feb. 26: Rest day!

Monday, Feb. 27: Anne, Kathleen, and I decided to try something new on Monday — we took a kettlebell conditioning class at CRUNCH gym by Metro Center. As soon as we arrived, we were blown away by how nice and welcoming everyone was. We got a tour of the gym and the nice locker rooms, and then it was time for our class!

We were especially happy about the variety of kettlebells available, which is very much the opposite of one of our favorite spots, Urban Athletic Club. Over there, there are limited options and we sometimes have to share kettlebells. Not at CRUNCH!

We all grabbed a few kettlebells and picked up a big exercise ball for our workout, and then got started!

The class was relatively low-key as it focused more on strength and didn’t include any cardio, which I actually thought was a nice change of pace for us. I also liked that you could make this class what you wanted – if you used heavy kettlebells then it could be really challenging and if you went lighter ones it would be a nice, relaxing strength session. I wound up using fairly heavy kettlebells (two 12 lb. ones was plenty challenging for me) and was sore the next day.

I liked this class and would definitely go back when we’re looking for something a little different!

Tuesday, Feb. 28: Fabio and I headed into Georgetown on Tuesday morning for the C2 class at CorePower Yoga. Fabio’s been getting more and more into yoga lately so when he requested going to a class on Tuesday I happily obliged. 🙂

Sorry for the grainy and dark photo!

The class was fairly challenging and also gave us a good stretch. I also was a sweaty mess by the end, so I’ll consider that a success.

Wednesday, March 1: Anne and I headed into Dupont Circle for another class at CorePower Yoga (two days in a row!), but this time it was their sculpt class. Our favorite instructor Mandy was teaching, and she absolutely killed us! For whatever reason, the class was much harder than last time, which was both horrible and great. 🙂

All in all I’d say it was a good week of workouts so far! I didn’t have room for my sneakers in my carry-on, so if I do any workouts while I’m away it will probably be something low-key like more yoga or some walks on the beach (assuming I’ll be by a beach?). But, if I don’t get any workouts in that’s ok too! I actually planned around this weekend when making my Cherry Blossom 10 Miler training plan, so I’ll be happy with whatever happens.

And now let’s talk about my Monday night, which wound up being super fun and special since we had our wedding menu tasting!

We had initially planned to do the menu tasting on a weekend, but sadly we couldn’t get our schedule to align with the staff at the wedding venue (they have a lot of weekend events and other weddings) so we went on Monday night instead. My mom, stepdad, dad, and little sister joined us for the fun. 🙂

While there we got to try the champagne (woohoo! Fun Monday indeed.) as well as a ton of hors d’ouvres, salads, and entrees.

Everything was extremely delicious, but my favorite items were probably the “Wye River salad” which comes with strawberries, goat cheese, and candied nuts, and the crab dip. Because how can you not have crab dip when you’re on the eastern shore of Maryland?

Really though, everything that we ate was absolutely delicious and we were so happy with the food for our wedding. I think our guests are really going to enjoy it!

After we ate we went through a bunch of other details like what napkin color we want, selecting china, chairs, table numbers, etc. etc. etc. It was a productive evening and we made a lot of important decisions!

We didn’t wind up getting home until past my bed time (around 10:45) but it was worth it to have such a fun and productive night! 🙂

Alright friends, that’s all I have for you today. I’ll talk to you when I get back!! Woohooo!!

Question of the day: What’s the best wedding food you ever had?

My friend Megan’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stand was a memorable one for me!

 Posted by on March 2, 2017
Dec 122016
 

Hey friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was so much fun and included lots of fun time with friends in New York City. Here’s a recap!

Friday

Fabio and I took the bus up to the big apple on Friday evening with our friends Megan and JR. It was a nice quick trip up and we arrived in NYC by around 11:30. Not too shabby!

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Fabio and I had planned to stay at Aunt CC and Uncle Steve’s apartment on the Upper West Side, and we decided it made the most sense for Megan and JR to join us there. Thanks for hosting us, CC and Steve! After a very fast trip on the subway, we had arrived at their cozy apartment. 🙂

We spent some time chatting on the couch before we decided it was time for bed. We knew we had a busy day ahead of us!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we popped open a bottle of champagne that CC and Steve had left for us in the fridge. They are just the BEST! Thank you, CC and Steve!

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After getting ourselves ready for the day, we walked over to our favorite Upper West Side bakery: Levain. Their cookies are out of this WORLD, so we picked up a bunch to take to our friends’ place downtown. We snacked on some on the way down, and we all agreed they were incredible. Wow! They never disappoint.

Before long, we had arrived on the Lower East Side where we met up with our friends for brunch!

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Vic and Megan hosted us and had all kinds of goodies including French toast casserole, ham and egg cups, bagels, and cider sangria. Yum!

We spent the next few hours catching up! Nothing beats time with your best friends.

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This group was a mix of my home friends and college friends, plus our significant others, so it was a ton of fun!

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Eventually a group of us decided to walk around see some holiday sights, so we ventured out into the cold. We walked over to Union Square which had turned into a fun Christmas market!

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There were lots of festive decorations and shops, and even though we didn’t buy anything we had a blast just walking around.

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I’ve been friends with these ladies since first grade (Hana), middle school (Bianca) and high school (Sam)!

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I was so happy Fabio came with us for all the weekend festivities too. Love him! <3

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Then our walk took us over to a cute gingerbread house! There was a huge line to go inside – we still aren’t sure what you do in there – but we decided to skip the line and just take a picture out front. It was still fun!

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After that, we walked over to Hana’s apartment and got ready for dinner. During this time we sipped on some wine, did each other’s makeup, and curled our hair. I always love these moments with my friends! (The boys were troopers and sat on the couch talking about sports. Typical.)

Once we were ready, we hopped in a cab and went over to Puglia, a SUPER fun Italian restaurant in Little Italy.

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Puglia is great for groups (there were lots of birthdays being celebrated), and each person pays $65 for bottomless beer and wine plus family-style Italian food for 3 hours.

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The food was really tasty, and of course we enjoyed all the wine.

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After we were done eating, a male and female singer came around singing popular songs like Sweet Caroline and Christmas carols. Everyone in the restaurant sang and clapped along, and it was so fun!

Then came the real fun: the man and woman sang this song that they called “the napkin song” where everyone is supposed to stand up on their chairs and wave their napkins around in the air.

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This is SUCH a weird concept but it’s a blast! The song was really simple so everyone could easily sing along to it, and it was just so fun seeing everyone in the restaurant climb on their chairs to wave their napkins around in the air.

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What a fun idea!!

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They wound up playing the napkin song a bunch of times, and it was totally stuck in our heads for hours afterwords. (In fact it’s still in my head now…)

This place was easily the highlight of the weekend! In fact we had so much fun that we decided we want to play the napkin song at our wedding before everyone gets on the dance floor. Haha! I’m sure half our guests will be totally confused, but the group that came out to this dinner should get a kick out of it. 🙂

After dinner we wound up going out to a bar for lots of dancing! A bunch of Fabio’s friends met up with us, and it was great to see them. Like always, it was a blast!!

Sunday

On Sunday morning a small group of us met up at Big Daddy’s for some much-needed post-drinking-and-dancing food. 😉

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I wound up getting a burger and a milk shake which totally hit the spot. Bianca got this fun birthday cake milkshake which came with a candle and rainbow sprinkles! How fun!

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While at lunch we couldn’t stop talking about how ridiculous the restaurant had been the night before and how we had such a blast waving our napkins around in the air. So fun!

After lunch we hopped on the bus and headed back home. We got lucky with traffic again and were home in no time!

As soon as we got home we drove over to pick up our little furry friend! He had a blast with his new BFF Tilly while we were away.

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Thank you so much to everyone who made this amazing weekend possible, from Jojo and Jadd who watched Jack for us to CC and Steve for allowing us to stay at their apartment to all the friends who came out to have fun with us. We had so much fun and couldn’t have done it without you!! I love you all!

Question of the day: Would you stand on your chair and wave your napkin around at a restaurant?

 Posted by on December 12, 2016