Oct 232017
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend?

Ours was a pretty good one – the weather was unbelievably beautiful (but, um, made me slightly concerned about global warming?) and luckily we got to spend a lot of time outside on Saturday. Here’s a recap!

Friday

Friday night was dedicated to watching the Yankee’s playoff game. Fabio picked up some pizza from our favorite take-out spot, Wise Guys, and then we enjoyed it while watching the game. When we were done eating, I painted my nails and sipped on some wine.

Jack watched the game with us too. 🙂

It was a nice night, and the Yankees won!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we headed into D.C. to celebrate two of our friends tying the knot! They held an intimate celebration at The Bird, which was a cute spot in Logan Circle I hadn’t been to before.

My forever wedding date!

P.S. – I wore this dress from Lulus and I thought it worked well for a fall wedding. 🙂

We were joined by a bunch of our close friends from college, which was so nice. It was great catching up with everyone!

The space was half indoors and half outdoors, which I loved. We wound up eating inside, and then hung out outside for a while mingling!

The food was also delicious – I got the chicken and waffles. Yummmm!!

I also loved the details they included – like little white pumpkins covered in succulents and take-home mugs with their last name printed on them.

And we had gelato and cupcakes for dessert!

I was stuffed so I wasn’t able to finish everything, but it tasted SO good! I definitely recommend The Bird if you’re in the area.

After the official celebration was over, we all headed over to Wet Dog Tavern to keep the party going. This was another fun outdoor bar that I hadn’t been to before, but would absolutely recommend. It had such a fun atmosphere! We spent the rest of the afternoon drinking outside with our friends, and it was such a perfect way to spend the day.

Our buddy Hershman!

Eventually, we headed back home to watch the last Yankee playoff game. They sadly did not win, and Fabio was SO disappointed. Poor guy. Maybe next year!

Sunday

Sunday began with meal planning, and then Fabio and I headed off to the grocery store.

Unfortunately, I spent most of the rest of the day working, but I took a break at 4:30 to start making dinner (we’re having meatloaf tonight! I don’t know if we like meatloaf, but I guess we’ll find out!). And now I’m relaxing while it finishes in the oven.

Work is probably going to be crazy again this week, but I’ll try to pop in again if I can. Hope you have a great Monday!

Question of the day: Meatloaf lover or hater?

Fabio claims he’s a hater, but I’m trying to win him over. I’m the least picky eater on the planet.

 Posted by on October 23, 2017
Oct 162017
 

This weekend was exactly what I needed after a super stressful week at work. My coworker Carly and I were able to finish up a big deliverable on Friday afternoon, which meant I didn’t have to do any work over the weekend. Hooray! I left the office in the best mood ever and couldn’t wait to spend a weekend unwinding. 🙂

Friday

I think most of you know by now that Fabio is a huge Yankees fan, so our Friday night plans revolved around watching the playoff game. We debated going to Ugly Mug in D.C., which apparently is a big Yankees bar, but in the end we decided to stay close to home and head to the Buffalo Wild Wings that’s right up the street from us.

I celebrated the end of my long week with a gigantic beer! Dogfish head 90 minute IPA for the win. 🙂

We wound up sharing a mix of BBQ and Buffalo boneless wings (so good!) and we had a great time watching the game together, even though the Yankees lost.

Shortly after we returned home, Fabio’s dad arrived from New York! It was great to see him, and we spent a few minutes chatting before I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer and headed up to bed.

Saturday

In the morning, we drove over to Fabio’s sister and brother-in-law’s house to see our new nephew, Michael!

We hadn’t seen him since he was just a few days old, so we were definitely overdue for another visit.

He’s such a cutie, and I felt like I could just sit and stare at him for hours. Babies are the best!

I also couldn’t believe what a good baby he was – he had lots of smiles for us and made lots of adorable baby cooing noises.

Soon enough we were all hungry for lunch, so we went to town on some Bolivian food we had brought with us. The pastries below are called Saltenas, and they’re filled with chicken and veggies – sort of like a chicken pot pie. And they are gooood! We brought lots of extras for Diane and Alex to enjoy throughout the week too!

After lunch, we headed outside for a little and I couldn’t get over baby Michael’s bear suit. Come on – how adorable?!

Fabio and I sadly had to head back home in the early afternoon, so we said goodbye to everyone and then hopped back in the car. ‘Til next time, baby Michael!

When we got home, Jack’s friend Tilly was there! Our friends Jojo and Jadd had a wedding to attend on Saturday, and Jojo’s sister dropped Tilly off on Saturday afternoon.

She and Jack get along great – we joke that they’re boyfriend and girlfriend – so he was really happy to see her!

After we took the dogs for a walk, we settled in for a movie night at home. We ate some leftover wings from the night before, drank some more delicious beer (in Harry Potter mugs, no less) and watched a somewhat dumb movie on Netflix called What Happened to Monday.

Even though the movie wasn’t great, I stayed awake for the whole thing which is a pretty big accomplishment for me these days. Ha!

The doggies kept us company on the couch.

We headed up to bed after the movie, and I will just say that having two snuggly dogs and two humans in a queen-sized bed didn’t make for the most restful night of sleep. 😉

Sunday

Sunday morning began with another walk with the dogs to the park…

..and then we said goodbye to Tilly and headed out to meet my dad and sister for a fun lunch outing at Top Golf!

Fabio and I love going to Top Golf, and we had a sneaking suspicion my dad and sister would like it too. They did!

We wound up getting a bunch of appetizers to share as our lunch…

…and spent some time hitting the balls in between grabbing bites of food!

It was a really fun way to spend the afternoon!

We stopped by the grocery store on the way home, and then later for dinner I made homemade pizza. Yummmmm!

Now I’m sitting at the computer writing this post, and I’m trying to force myself to work on some of the wedding thank you notes when I’m done. Orrrrr not…. 😉

Question of the day: Are you watching the baseball playoffs? Who are you rooting for?

The Nats loss earlier this week was a really tough one!

 Posted by on October 16, 2017
Oct 092017
 

Hey there, and happy Monday to you! I’m actually writing this on Sunday morning, which is fairly unusual for me. I’ve got my favorite cooking shows on in the background and Jack is snuggled up close nearby, and since I had some free time I figured I’d sit down and get this blog post knocked out.

Fabio was up in New York City for the weekend celebrating a friend’s bachelor party, so I had some time to myself! I debated making plans with girlfriends or with my family, and while I am heading out to see family later today (more on that below), I decided I wanted to spend my Saturday with a day just for myself. And you know what? It was amazing!

Friday

Work has been incredibly busy and stressful lately, as we’re gearing up for American Diabetes Month in November. My coworker Carly and I are in charge of running the whole campaign, so we’ve been super busy! I stayed at work until around 6 on Friday, at which point I came home, walked Jack, and then picked up sushi from my favorite spot in Ballston, Sushi 2 Go. I watched one episode of Grey’s Anatomy (I’m rewatching the series…and it’s bringing out all the emotions!!) and then did a bit more work. I finally closed my laptop just before 10 p.m. and then I read my book in bed for approximately 2.5 seconds before falling asleep.

Saturday

I must have been really exhausted because I slept until 11:15 on Saturday! I honestly cannot tell you the last time I slept that late – maybe when I was in middle school? Even when I’m hungover I don’t sleep that late! I guess this was my body’s way of telling me to slow down and pay attention to my needs.

After waking up, I took Jack for a walk and then started my day! I had a bunch of local errands I wanted to run, and since it was such a beautiful day I decided to walk everywhere instead of taking the bus, metro, or my car.

I listened to a couple of good podcasts (I am really liking NPR’s How I Built This) and had a lovely day walking around Arlington!

My first stop was my favorite local coffee shop, Northside Social. I snagged a table outside for myself and enjoyed an iced latte (it was 83 degrees on Saturday!! Where is fall??) and a turkey sandwich (since I missed breakfast).

I also bought a peanut butter cookie which I stashed in my purse for later. 🙂 I just love the atmosphere of Northside Social – so many people come to sit and relax inside and out, and I felt like I could sit there reading my Kindle all day.

I just love the atmosphere of Northside Social – so many people come to sit and relax inside and out, and I felt like I could sit there reading my Kindle all day.

Once I finished my food, it was time to move on to my next stop: Lululemon! I received two gift certificates to Lululemon for my birthday (it’s like my family knows me or something 😉 ) and I wanted to put them to good use!

I wound up getting these pants, this jacket, and a cute grey tank that I can’t find on the website. I was also thiiiiis close to buying these pants, but I already have a bunch of black leggings and didn’t feel like draining my entire wallet, so I put them back on the rack.

After that, I continued my exploration of Arlington by walking down to Smitten Boutique in Courthouse for a hair appointment! My hair had gotten really long and straggly over the summer, and I was ready for some brightness and a trim.

This was my first time visiting Smitten Boutique – I had read good reviews online – and I really liked it! It wasn’t cheap, but I really liked the staff, service, and the results.

What do you guys think?? It’s a little lighter and a little shorter, and I’m a fan!

When I got home (it took me about 30 minutes to walk back), I took Jack for another walk and then made my grocery list for the week and headed to Target. I usually go to Giant for groceries, but I was hoping Target would have some cute fall decorations in addition to my groceries, and they did!

I love this cute little leaf garland, and I now have some festive pumpkins on the front stoop and a wreath on the door. I’m ready for fall even if the mother nature is not!

I found some random leftovers in the fridge for dinner, and then I set out to make this cream cheese pound cake to take to my grandma.

My grandma had knee-replacement surgery on Friday morning, and she comes home from the hospital today. I’m planning to take this cake over to her a little later, and I’m hoping it will put a smile on her face!

I tasted a couple of crumbs that came off the cake when I was flipping it out of the bundt pan, and they tasted great! 🙂

Once my cake was done, I headed upstairs to bed. Spending a day to myself was a little bit lonely, but I called some people during all my walking and once I got home, I had Jack to keep me company. And honestly it was just so nice to have a day to myself to do some of the things I enjoy doing that Fabio doesn’t (shopping, baking, decorating the house, etc.) and I think it’s a day I’ll remember for a long time (I’m sure when we have kids someday I’ll look back on this day and wish for it back!).

All that being said, I’m ready for my hubby to come home. I miss him!

Question of the day: If you could spend a day by yourself doing whatever you wanted, what would you do?

 Posted by on October 9, 2017
Oct 022017
 

**Edited to add: I woke up this morning to the devastating news about the shooting in Las Vegas. My heart is broken by the evilness, and my thoughts and prayers are with anyone who was affected. <3

Hello there, and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun weekend!

Ours was mostly spent celebrating my birthday at my grandparents’ house on the Chesapeake Bay! It was a lot of fun, but went by way too fast.

Friday

Fabio and I were initially planning to drive down to my grandparents’ house on Friday after work, but due to an accident on the bay bridge, our GPS was showing it would take two hours to get there (instead of the usual hour and 10 minutes). Ugh.

Instead of sitting in all that traffic, we decided to stay home and make the drive in the morning instead. We wound up making one of the Hello Fresh meals we had in the fridge (roast pork with cauliflower mashed potatoes, apple pan sauce, and snap peas) and watching a movie. We watched The Founder and while I really enjoyed it, I fell asleep about 3/4 of the way through. Oops! 🙂

Saturday

On Saturday morning, we made the drive to my grandparents’ house, and didn’t have to sit in any traffic. Woohoo!

We arrived in time for lunch, and after quickly eating some sandwiches, the boys (my dad, grandpa, and Fabio) headed out for a game of golf. While they played, I got to spend the day with my grandma and sister, and our four collective black labs – Jack, my grandparents’ dog Cindy, and my dad’s dogs, Max and Lexi.

The four dogs get along great and had a blast playing in the backyard. 🙂

Since I knew the boys would be golfing for a while, I had planned to spend the day prepping dinner with my sister. She’s 12 and doesn’t cook a whole lot at home, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for her to test out her cooking skills! We spent some time looking through a couple of cookbooks I had brought with me, and then once we had picked out a couple of recipes to make we headed to the grocery store together. Then it was time to get to work!

My sous chef!

We wound up making these butternut squash lasagna rolls and these brussels sprouts with pancetta.

Cooking with my sister was a lot of fun!

Right around the time we finished prepping dinner, we got a call from the boys saying they were finished with their game. We decided to meet them up at the clubhouse for a drink, at which point my sister took hold of my phone and took a bunch of funny pictures on Snapchat.

I don’t even know how she did this!? Haha!

A little while later we headed back to the house, where I opened up birthday presents from my family. They gave me some great gifts! 🙂 Thank you, guys!

Before sitting down to dinner, we spent some time outside playing with the dogs in the yard again.

It was such a beautiful night – I’m always in awe of the view from their house.

Once it got dark, we headed inside to eat. Everyone seemed to enjoy the butternut squash lasagna rolls and brussels sprouts, and my sister ate three helpings of the sprouts! She’s a picky eater and doesn’t eat a ton of vegetables, so this was a big win for me. 🙂

After dinner, it was time for birthday cake! Look how beautiful this cake is that my grandma got from Peace of Cake (the same vendor that did our wedding desserts)…

Isn’t that so beautiful? Happy birthday to meeeeee…. 🙂

Unbeknownst to anyone, my grandma accidentally bought trick birthday candles, which were just about impossible to blow out. It was so funny!

So funny! The cake also was extremely delicious, with fresh raspberries and a lemon curd filling. Yummm.

Even the shell decorations were delicious (they were made of white chocolate!) and I enjoyed eating the edible pearls and sparkles.

My dad, stepmom, and sister headed home after dinner, but Fabio and I decided to extend our visit by staying the night. 🙂

Sunday

Fabio made us all bacon and egg sandwiches on English muffins for breakfast on Sunday (yum!) and after that, we packed up our stuff and said goodbye to my grandparents.

Back at home, we ran a bunch of errands and cleaned the whole house from top to bottom. I also got out our fall decorations and realized that I don’t have nearly as many as I thought. Time to go to TJ Maxx! 🙂

While I cleaned and decorated, Fabio worked on organizing our new pantry and a peg board we have in our storage room. It feels so good to be organized!

And when I asked Fabio what he wanted for dinner a little while ago, he said he wasn’t too hungry so I suggested having leftover birthday cake for dinner. He agreed, so that’s what we had! 😉

And now I’m finishing up this post with the football game on, and am thinking of going to bed early. It was a busy weekend!

Question of the day: When was the last time you had dessert for dinner?

 Posted by on October 2, 2017
Sep 262017
 

Fabio and I got home from New York at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, meaning there wasn’t much time for me to sit at the computer and get a blog post together. That was ok though because we had one of the most memorable weekends in a long time!

A while back, I planned a weekend trip with my high school besties–Bianca, Hana, and Sam–to see Bianca’s new(ish) apartment in New Jersey. Bianca got an apartment with her boyfriend Pasqualle (aka, Sqalls!) a while back, and she was looking forward to having us come up for a visit.

She had told us she had a great view of the city, and she wasn’t kidding! This was the view we saw when we woke up in their apartment on Saturday morning (after having driven up after work on Friday):

So amazing, right?

When we woke up, Bianca immediately got to work making us scrambled eggs, bacon, turkey sausage, and toasted English muffins. What a great hostess! Meanwhile, I sipped hot coffee with pumpkin spice creamer and took in the views. The city is so pretty!

At around this point, Fabio and I realized we were looking right across at the Upper West Side, which is where Aunt CC and Uncle Steve live. We were pretty sure they were in Otis for the weekend since they spent most of their weekends up there, but we sent them a quick text letting them know we were waving across the river toward their apartment.

Imagine our surprise when we got a text back from them saying they were in the city waving back! (CC sent me this picture, which made me LOL.)

When we got these texts we were right in the middle of figuring out our plans for the day, and we thought we’d head to downtown NYC to a newish area called Seaport for their Oktoberfest celebration. We asked CC and Steve if they wanted to join us, and they said yes!! Woohoo!!

As soon as breakfast was over, we got ourselves cleaned up and headed out for a fun day! Here I am with my hubby right outside of Bianca and Squalls’ apartment. Do you think they get tired of this view?

To get into the city, we took the ferry across which was perfect since it was such a nice day.

From there we hopped on the subway, and we met up with Hana as soon as we got off. High school besties reunited!

The Seaport area was really cute with lots of fun-looking restaurants and bars lining a cobblestone street. Apparently this is a relatively new area in the city and was all redone recently. It was adorable!

After walking around for a little while, we arrived at Pier 15 for Oktoberfest! It was pretty crowded, but since we had gotten there relatively early we were able to snag an area right by the water. It was a gorgeous day to be on the water!

And after we were there for about 15 minutes, CC and Steve got there!! Woohoo!! I have the best aunt and uncle. 🙂

We then proceeded to spend the next couple hours chatting, drinking beer, eating pretzels, and enjoying the sunshine and beautiful scenery. It was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time – so many of my favorite people were in one place!

Me & Bianca! Ha!!

The boys <3

And our whole group!

Overall we just had such a fun time, and I was especially grateful that CC and Steve came to hang out with us. 🙂

We decided to forgo the whole ferry –> subway situation on the way home in favor of a $75 uber. Hey, it was worth it when split between 5 people!!

When we arrived back at Bianca and Squalls’ place, we got ready for a fun evening! This weekend also served as a housewarming of sorts for Bianca and Squalls, and we got to meet a bunch of their friends!

Sam and I were beer pong partners, and I’m happy to report we won every game all night! Wooo! Power team!

We even beat Fabio and his best friend Hayden who came in from the city with Hana. They are famously good at beer pong, so it was pretty satisfying to beat them. Twice. 🙂

After that, we headed out to the bars in Jersey City and Hoboken for a little!

It was just SUCH a fun day with so many people I love. That day will definitely be one I remember and look back on for years to come!

Sadly Fabio and I had to leave on Sunday morning, but before we drove back home we got to see a lot of his family at his cousin’s baby shower in Long Island. We hadn’t seen most of them since the wedding, so it was a lot of fun catching up with everyone. And of course, I loved seeing my niece Sofia! 🙂

We got stuck in #allthetraffic on the way back home and didn’t make it back until pretty late, but, as I said, it was SO worth it! 🙂

Question of the day: What do you like to eat on road trips?

Fabio and I got Chick-Fil-A on our way up to New York, and it was SO good!

 Posted by on September 26, 2017
Sep 182017
 

Hello! How was your weekend? The highlight of ours was a wedding, the first one we’ve been to as husband and wife! 🙂 Here’s a recap!

Friday

I worked from home on Friday because we had someone coming from the Container Store to install our new pantry. We have a really awkward storage room off our kitchen — which is also where our washer/dryer, water heater, etc. are located — and it was pretty much a mess in there without any shelves. We got a bunch of new gifts from the wedding, most of which were previously stacked haphazardly against the wall and you could never really access anything. It’s a million times better now with the pantry shelves!

Before:

After!

I spent some time this weekend moving our appliances, canned goods, and other kitchen items onto the new shelves, but it’s not exactly how I want it yet. I’ll post an update once I get everything all organized!

We were also dog-sitting on Friday, so once Fabio got home we took the two pups for a walk to the park!

These two were BFFs and got along so great. 🙂

Then on Friday evening, we drove over to a brewery in Warrenton, VA for a rehearsal dinner! The wedding was for Fabio’s coworker Kyle and his new wife Ash, and I was so thankful we got to celebrate with them. They’re the best!

The brewery was a perfect location for the event, and I loved that the whole evening was spent outside. It was a beautiful night, and we had a lot of fun catching up with friends! This is Fabio’s coworker’s daughter, who we hadn’t seen in ages. Last time I saw her she was a senior in high school, and now she’s a college sophomore! We had to take a picture

This is Fabio’s coworker’s daughter, who I always love chatting with. Last time we saw her she was a senior in high school, and now she’s a college sophomore! We had to take a picture since we were wearing matching olive-colored dresses. 🙂

It was a really fun night!

Saturday

Saturday morning began with another trip to the park!

We watched Rooney just until around 11:00 a.m., and then she got picked up. It sure was fun having her around!

Eventually it was time for us to drive back to Warrenton for the wedding! We stayed at a Hampton Inn and took the shuttle over to the venue.

The wedding took place at Eastwood Retreat, and it was beautiful! Here comes the bride!

Congrats, Kyle and Ash!

After a quick ceremony, it was time for cocktail hour! Check out my handsome husband. 🙂

BTW – my skirt is from my recent Trunk Club! I loved wearing it and thought it was perfect for a fall wedding. I got a ton of compliments on it too!

Cocktail hour was held on a really pretty outdoor patio, and we enjoyed some delicious passed hors d’ouvres and plenty of good drinks!

One fun detail that I really liked from Kyle and Ash’s wedding was that they created nametag buttons for each guest. When we RSVPed they asked us each to include a fun fact, which they then added to the nametag pins. So fun!

My fun fact was that I have a health and fitness blog. 🙂

Here’s Fabio with the groom!

The rest of the evening was spent cheering on the couple, enjoying a tasty buffet, and of course dancing! There was also an epic cookie and doughnut table when it came time for dessert. It was a lot of fun!

When the reception was over, we all headed to Molly’s Irish pub for an after party. The bride even played the tambourine with the band!

Haha!

Sunday

Fabio and I headed home pretty early on Sunday morning, which was nice because it meant we had the whole day to meal plan, go to the grocery store, do some chores around the house, and then relax and watch football.

And now we’re about to dig into some baked ziti for dinner. Yum!

Question of the day: Pick one, vineyard or brewery?

 Posted by on September 18, 2017
Sep 112017
 

Hey there! How was your weekend? Mine was especially nice, and I’m feeling like it went by way too fast. Wahhh! Can I get one more day please? Here’s a look at what we were up to…

Friday

Friday evening was wonderful because we had absolutely zero plans. We came home from work, took Jack to the park, walked to get sushi, and then watched Narcos from the couch. I drank some wine and fell asleep early and it was everything my Friday night dreams are made of. Haha!

Saturday

On Saturday morning, Fabio made us breakfast!

On my plate: a Colombian arepa (similar to a tortilla but thicker) with scrambled eggs and salsa. Plus a frothy cappuccino. Yum!! Enjoyed while watching cooking shows, which is one of my favorite things to do on weekend mornings. 🙂

After breakfast, we cleaned ourselves up and headed out to a baby shower for Anne! The shower was held outside in a nearby neighborhood, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day! The temperatures were in the mid-seventies and it was sunny – aka perfect weather for an outdoor party.

Anne’s mom hired this really cool pizza truck for the event – it had a wood-fired oven built right into the truck so they could keep fresh, thin-crust pizzas coming out every few minutes. The truck also had a few different beer options on tap, and they served salad and gelato. Amazing!

Next time you need a caterer for a party, definitely check them out!

The party itself was a lot of fun, and Fabio and I had a nice time getting to know some of Anne’s other friends and family members. Everyone was super nice! 🙂

On our way out, I made sure to grab one of these cute onesie sugar cookies they were giving out as favors. So cute, right? It was tasty too. 😉

After the baby shower, Fabio and I headed home to change and grab Jack, and then we drove over to my mom’s house for dinner. I just love visiting her house in the summer!

Upon arriving, we spent some time exploring the back yard and checking out all the produce that my mom and stepdad have growing in the garden these days.

My mom sent us home with a bunch of canned goodies and some other fresh produce – including a couple of pumpkins!

We also picked out some tomatoes, which are basically like candy to Fabio. He loves them!

My mom and stepdad also had some onions and garlic hanging up to dry – cool!

A trip to my mom and Fritz’s wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the chicken coop! They have so many chickens now and are selling eggs to neighbors, people at church, and pretty much anyone who will buy them. So cool! We went home with a couple of eggs too. 🙂

When it got to be dinner time, we enjoyed some tasty okra and homemade pasta, plus my mom’s caramel cake for dessert. Delicious! It was really nice catching up with my mom and stepdad and we had a really fun evening with them!

Once we got back home, we got a text from some friends saying they were at Dacha beer garden in DC (one of my favorite spots!) so we quickly got changed to meet up with them. We wound up staying at the beer garden until it closed and then went to another bar until around midnight. It was really nice meeting up with our friends – some of whom we hadn’t seen in a while – and I’m glad we were able to make the little outing work with our plans!

Sunday

Sunday included breakfast at Silver Diner! We started with coffee, and then I got the pancakes with eggs and sausage. I almost always get pancakes at places like this – I can’t resist them! Fabio, meanwhile, went with chicken tenders and fries – as you can see, he’s not a big breakfast person. Crazy, I know!

Fabio and I wound up talking about all kinds of stuff during our breakfast together, and it felt like a nice little date! (Even if it was just at Silver Diner – ha!) It was definitely a fun way to start the morning!

After breakfast we stopped by the Container Store to pick up a few things and finalize the order we placed recently for a pantry installation in our storage room off the kitchen. This is something we really need in that room, and I CANNOT WAIT for it to get installed later this week. Woohoo!

We may or may not have popped into Lululemon after this since it was right across the street, and my birthday is coming up. Hint hint, husband! 🙂 Ha!

The rest of the afternoon was spent organizing the cupboard under my bathroom sink with some of the new storage solutions we bought (exciting I know) and meal planning, grocery shopping, etc.

Meanwhile, Fabio watched #allthefootball on Red Zone and didn’t leave the couch once. *insert eye roll emoji*

For dinner, we had pumpkin soup that I made with the pumpkin my mom gave us! My mom sent me the recipe too. 🙂

It came out delicious, and now we have leftovers to have for lunch during the week. Woohoo!

And now the evening is drawing to an end, and I’m wishing we had just a little more time in our weekend. It was such a good one!

Questions of the day: What do you order when you’re out for breakfast at a diner? Any other significant others glued to the TV this Sunday?

**I can’t help but look at today’s date and think about all the lives that were lost to senseless terrorist attacks 16 years ago today. I hope you’ll join me in keeping all those affected by that tragedy in your thoughts and prayers today.**

 Posted by on September 11, 2017
Sep 062017
 

Hello! How was your weekend? For my American friends, I hope you enjoyed a nice Labor Day yesterday!

Our weekend was pretty good – Fabio spent most of it studying for a computer technology certification for his job, and I spent a good chunk of it working on Hurricane Harvey support, but despite all of that we still managed to have some fun!

Friday

On Friday night, we headed out for a date! We popped over to Texas Jack’s BBQ because they have a great happy hour deal: $5 drafts and $6 sandwiches!

Their beer is especially tasty, as is their brisket sandwich. Yum! We were able to snag a seat at the bar and enjoyed a nice evening chatting with each other about anything but work. 🙂

Afterwords, Fabio decided he really wanted to try one of Burger King’s new Lucky Charms milkshakes. Note: There is not even a Burger King close to us, so this was an actual planned outing.

The verdict: Gross! Do NOT get one of these – haha! Oh well, now he knows.

We finished up our Friday night watching the new season of Narcos on the couch. 🙂

Saturday

Unfortunately, my entire day on Saturday was spent working. We are still sending supplies down to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey (and now planning for Hurricane Irma – ugh), and I had to help post about the locations where people could get their supplies.

Luckily the weather was pretty crappy – it rained a ton on Saturday – and Fabio had to spend the day studying anyway, so it wasn’t like I was missing much. Jack kept us company.

When I finally wrapped up work at around 6:30, it was cocktail time!

Fabio made us some mojitos which came out delicious! Also, take note of Fabio’s sweater above – it was chilly on Saturday! Fall is definitely in the air.

Yum!

For dinner, we headed over to Pupatella, a pizza place near us that we’d heard about but had never visited. At Pupatella, all the pizzas are personal-size and are made to order!

Fabio got a Margherita and I got meatball. Yum!!

Date night number two was a success!

Sunday

On Sunday I was finally finished with work (phew!) so I was able to squeeze in a bit more fun. First up: a trip to the dog park in Clarendon!

After that, I headed to a relaxing yoga class at one of my favorite spots, Edge Yoga. I love their classes – they really give you the opportunity to stretch out and relax.

My hips were actually a little sore after taking the class; I guess I need to work on stretching them out more. Note to self: Sit in pigeon pose while watching TV!

After my class I walked over to Current Boutique, a cute consignment shop with designer clothing brands. I wound up getting a pair of jeans, a shirt from Zara, and a Lululemon tank all for $80. Score! The Lululemon tank by itself was only $18, which I couldn’t get over.

Fabio was still studying when I got home, so I tackled some cleaning around the house and folded some laundry while watching Harry Potter. 🙂

After two nights in a row of eating unhealthy crap out at restaurants, we enjoyed a lighter salad at home on Sunday evening which was definitely needed.

Monday

Monday revolved around weekly meal planning and grocery shopping, and then Fabio and I took Jack to The Brig, a fun dog-friendly beer garden in DC, for my friend Jojo’s 30th birthday! Jack wasn’t the only dog in attendance – I would say there was probably one dog to every four people!

It was definitely a fun atmophere, and Fabio and I enjoyed the chance to get out and be social (in the beautiful weather, no less!) after a somewhat quiet weekend at home. Happy birthday, Jojo!

Eventually it was time for us to head home so Fabio could continue studying (his test is this week!). I think Jack had fun at the beer garden, and would totally go back!

The end.

P.S. I got these glasses a few weeks ago – did I mention that? What do you guys think?

Question of the day: Do you prefer really busy weekends or ones that are more slow?

We thought we were going to have some other plans for Labor Day, but when Fabio’s test popped up and my work got crazy, we figured it was probably smarter to stay around town. It actually wound up being really nice to have some time to relax at home, and it made the weekend feel even longer!

 Posted by on September 6, 2017
Aug 282017
 

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Ours was a good mix of fun and relaxing, which is always the best way to spend a weekend if you ask me! Here’s a peek at what we were up to.

Friday

On Friday night, Fabio and I went on a boat cruise hosted by his work. (Yes, that makes two Friday nights in a row with boat cruises…who are we??)

This time our boat left from the Navy Yard and we cruised south along the Potomac, as opposed to last week when we left from Georgetown and cruised north. I guess now we’ve seen the whole river by boat! 🙂

It was a lovely night to be out on the water, and we had fun eating, drinking, and dancing with Fabio’s coworkers.

After the boat ride, we hopped into an uber and headed over to Policy on U Street with a few of Fabio’s coworkers. Once there, we continued to dance the night away. I hadn’t been to Policy in ages, and it was a lot of fun to be back!

Saturday

Saturday morning began with a quick run with Jack (I always feel like a little sweat session helps get alcohol out of my system faster – ha!) and then around 12:30 we got ready for two special guests to arrive, my stepsister Maggie and her boyfriend, Nick!

Before they got there, Fabio and I tag-teamed cleaning up the house and then he offered to run out to the store to pick up some snacks while I finished getting ready. Our neighbor also happened to be selling some figs from his fig tree, so when Maggie and Nick arrived we all snacked on champagne, cheese, figs, prosciutto, and cantaloupe!

Happy Saturday indeed! 🙂

A little while after our snack session, we all hopped in an uber that would take us to a BBQ hosted by our family friends Dan and Alanna. Even though we had just eaten cheese and snacks, I wasted no time filling up on amazing BBQ food.

I hadn’t eaten breakfast on Saturday, so I basically considered our cheese course breakfast and the BBQ lunch. Haha! Everything was delicious, especially the two salads made by Alanna. I’ll have to get those recipes!

Before long, it was time for our group to pack everything up and walk over to the Nationals game! Maggie had never been to a Nats game before, so we briefly split up from Dan, Alanna, and the rest of their friends so we could show her the Bullpen.

It was packed, as usual! Must have been because of the good weather, live music, and beer. 🙂

I love this place and was so glad Maggie and Nick got to see it!

Before long, it was time to head into the stadium!

Our seats were fairly high up, but we still had a good view of the field.

Thanks so much to Dan to treating us all to these seats!!! (He’s a season ticket holder and was able to cash in some rewards points so everyone could go together.)

At the end of the fifth inning, we left our seats to meet up with our good friends Courtney and Kevin who also happened to be at the game. We shared a beer with them and enjoyed catching up! Before we knew it, the 8th inning had arrived so we all scurried back to our seats to watch the rest of the game.

My handsome husband!

I think I’ve mentioned that Fabio used to be a bat boy for the Yankees and the Mets, and when we first started dating he took me to a bunch of Mets games so I could watch him down on the field. Because of him I also got to visit the club house and dugout – and go onto the field – after a game. Because of this, I was having mixed emotions about which team to root for, Nats or Mets, but in the end I was happy when the Nats pulled off a win. 🙂

It was such a fun day with fun people, and after a quick dinner at Nando’s and saying goodbye to Nick and Maggie, I fell into bed exhausted at 10:00 p.m. Fabio wound up watching the big fight at a friend’s house on Pay Per View, but I was happy to stay home in my PJs and catch up on sleep instead. 🙂

Sunday

Sunday was a very relaxing and lazy day – we slept in, watched a few episodes of Shameless, and just kind of hung out around the house which was glorious.

Eventually I did some meal planning and hit up the grocery store, but other than that it was quite a relaxing day!

Now I’m just waiting for Fabio’s cousin and her boyfriend to come over a little later for the Game of Thrones finale! I can’t wait to see what happens but am bummed this season is already almost over. Wah!!

Question of the day: Did you watch the finale? What did you think?

 Posted by on August 28, 2017
Aug 242017
 

Hi friends! Today I’m popping in with the very last recap of our amazing honeymoon trip to Thailand! It was such a fun experience, and writing these posts has allowed me to relive it, which is such a nice bonus.

In case you missed my first six (holy cow!) posts, you can find them here:

Today I’m highlighting a few of the activities we really loved in Ko Samui. If you ever find yourself in that part of the world, here are some things I recommend doing during your stay!

1. Take an all-day speedboat tour of Ang Thong Marine National Park. This was an excursion we knew we wanted to do, so we booked a tour through the concierge at our hotel. We might have had more options if we had booked online before our trip, but with coordinating the rest of this vacation and – oh yeah, planning a wedding – I decided winging it and booking upon arrival would be fine. And it was! 🙂

When we arrived at the tour’s starting point, I knew we were in for a fun day!

We boarded a boat with about 20 other people and then zoomed across the ocean. Our boat’s first stop of the day was snorkeling!

Fabio and I are lucky enough that we’ve both snorkeled in plenty of places around the world – though mostly in the Caribbean – and this snorkeling was pretty similar to other snorkeling trips we’ve done. Lots of coral and plenty of fish!

Our next highlight on the boat was riding around the National Park itself, which allowed us to view tons of cool rock formations that came right out of the water.

We even got to see “Monkey Rock,” and this one that’s out of a James Bond movie.

After that, we had a couple of other stops including one to eat lunch and one to climb up some super steep steps to check out a blue lagoon!

There was also a great view of the National Park’s rock formations from up there. Oh, and we got some Thai beers from a little refreshment stand to enjoy while we soaked in the views!

Our last stop of the day took us to a nice relaxing private beach (there was no one around except for the people who were on our boat) where we were able to take out some kayaks, play beach volleyball, and soak up the sunshine.

It was definitely a fun day-long excursion!

2. Eat dinner at The CliffI already told you guys about our super romantic, delicious dinner at Six Senses’ Dining on the Rocks, but we also enjoyed a nice dinner out at The Cliff restaurant.

This one wasn’t quite as nice as Dining on the Rocks and the food definitely wasn’t as good, but it was much cheaper, still tasty, and had a really nice view! And I guess you can’t eat like a king every night, right?

3. Eat all the mango sticky rice. This tip really goes for all of Thailand, but since we visited Ko Samui during the end of our trip, we really felt the need to enjoy this amazing dessert as much as we could before it was time to head back to the U.S.

The mangoes were always perfectly ripe, and the warm, sweet rice was perfection. Yum! I think I need to recreate this dish sometime soon.

4. Attend a party on Chaweng Beach. There weren’t any crazy full moon beach parties happening when we were down by Ko Samui, but there was still plenty of beach entertainment! One night we walked up to famous Ark Bar and enjoyed an amazing fire-throwing show on the beach.

There were lots of people trying to sell us stuff which was kind of annoying, but it was still fun to listen to good music, sip deliciously cold beer, and watch the show. Afterwards, we walked over to the Green Mango club area of Chaweng Beach and enjoyed a really fun night at a couple of different bars! Green Mango is a really big, crowded club, but we had just as much fun at a smaller bar next door with an awesome DJ! Lots and lots of dancing happened that night. My favorite! 🙂

5. Go to the Thai ExperienceThis is something you absolutely, positively MUST do if you’re ever in Ko Samui! Our friends Brian and Daria (who we met up with in Chiang Mai) did this during their stay, and they signed us up for it as a wedding/honeymoon gift for us. They’re the best!!In a nutshell, the Thai Experience was created for people who have outgrown staying in hostels during vacation but still want an opportunity to get to know other travellers and bond over shared experiences.

In a nutshell, the Thai Experience was created for people who have outgrown staying in hostels during vacation but still want an opportunity to get to know other travelers and bond over shared experiences.

A van picks you up right from your hotel and takes you to the Thai Experience location where a friendly host for the evening explains that you’re going to wear silly hats, drink lots of booze, talk to other travellers from around the world, learn about the Thai culture, and eat TONS of delicious Thai food.

We also got to learn how to make Thai cocktails!

The food was incredible, and we ate SO much of it. We also had a blast getting to know a family from New Zealand that was seated next to us. And now we’re all friends on Facebook!

Plus, as promised, there was an endless supply of cocktails. 🙂

We wound up doing this on the last night of our trip, and it was such a fun way to end our vacation! Apparently there’s another “Experience” location in Argentina, so if we ever make our way down there (which we plan to!) we will definitely add that to our itinerary.

After all that fun, we spent 30+ hours traveling back home to the states. Womp womp. Oh well, at least our two-week vacation was a blast and one we will never forget!

Question of the day: Do you like dancing at big clubs or smaller bars?

 Posted by on August 24, 2017