Friday, September 19, 2014

Wedding planning update

I'm really trying to hit this blog up on a semi-regular basis. And by "semi-regular" I  mean I am trying to not go two weeks without posting again. I thought I'd go with the easiest thing, and talk about planning my wedding, since (obviously) it is the only thing on my mind these days. If you're new to this party, on the day I picked my wedding date, I had 64 days to plan. Roughly two months. Eight(ish) weeks. However you want to look at it, it isn't very long.

My most favorite engagement shot!


I'm hoping to put together a post explaining why I chose such a short engagement, and how I've made it through (so far) without killing anyone or losing my sanity (hint: lots of wine) but for now I'll just update you on the progress of the planning. Here's what we've got so far:

Set a date October 18, 2014!
Book a venue
Book a caterer & finalize menu
Hire entertainment
Take engagement pictures look for a post soon (coughjuliettecough)
Buy a dress
Come up with an outfit for Derek (he is insisting on jeans but I like this or even this)
Find a job for my brother (suggestions?? We are not having ushers)
Order flowers
Order cake/cupcakes
Order wedding day shoes
Book our rentals (tables, chairs, linens, etc)
Hire photographer
Mother of the bride outfit
Mother-in-law outfit
Choose bridesmaids dresses (I am loving something like this)
Finalize guest list
Design invitations/info cards
Print invites
Mail invites
Hire officiate
Finish our wedding website click here!
Plan bachelorette party
Register (?) for gifts
Book hotel block
Order favors
Design/print programs
Paint wedding signs (I've started, but not finished yet)
Buy wedding bands (I've picked mine out, still need to shop for Derek's)
Write our vows
Get a marriage license
Plan honeymoon


Holy moly you guys, I have done a lot since the last time I posted an update! I just crossed off about 15 things. I'm so excited about our officiant - Derek's uncle will be marrying us! I have always wanted someone I know personally to be our officiant, and was leaning toward my parents' preacher, but since Derek did not know him very well I still wanted to try to find someone special to both of us: enter Uncle Neal!


I still am wanting to find something for my little brother (he's 19) to do during the ceremony. I'm sure he is pretty neutral on the subject (actually I'm pretty sure he would be content doing nothing - you know how boys are) but I still want him to feel involved. I am having him walk our mom down the aisle (ya know, since my dad will be busy keeping me calm walking me) and I'm just wondering if that is enough?


I'm also SUPER excited that we've finalized both of or bachelor/ette parties and our honeymoon. We were both lucky enough to have good, gracious friends who are letting us stay at their beach houses. Mine will be in Panama City, while Derek's is in Pensacola - don't worry we aren't one of those couples who has a joint party. We're having a quick (due to some scheduling conflicts with work) honeymoon in NOLA. I've never been as an adult before, and our cute (ancient) little hotel is right in the middle of the French Quarter. If anyone has any suggestions on some fun stuff to do, I'd love to hear it!

Friday, September 12, 2014

It's been two weeks....

Two whole weeks since I've even thought about writing a blog post. No. I take that back. I've thought about it frequently, I just haven't found the words or the time to come to this space. I miss it. I've tried my best to continue reading my favorite blogs, and that alone takes up enough time in itself. So, to ease myself back in to this little blogging world, a "currently" post of sorts (inspiration found here).

Making: I've been working on wedding d├ęcor. Wood signs, centerpieces, cake stands, and practicing my flower hair piece, etc.

Cooking: Nothing at the moment.

Drinking: Orange juice. I've been on a big orange juice binge lately, and it's weird because I used to not like it at all.

Reading: What I'm writing.

Wanting: It to be 2:30 so I can be off work!

Looking: At my computer screen. And at pictures from the triathlon I did this weekend. (SOOOO much fun!)

Wasting: Nothing?

Wishing: I had a billion dollars. And sometimes I wish I had a fairy godmother to come plan this wedding for me, but most of the time I have fun doing it.

Enjoying: The book I'm reading. Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. Pretty good so far, but I just started it last night.

Waiting: Patiently waiting for my wedding day to get here. I can't wait to be married (36 days)!

Liking: The fact that we have "casual/game day Friday." I know most people consider people in my profession "lucky" because we get to wear scrubs (aka the most comfortable uniform ever) to work every day. But sometimes I want to wear real clothes dang it! Thankfully on Fridays I get to do that. Unless you count last week where I wore my game day clothes on Thursday because I woke up honestly thinking it was Friday.

Wondering: many things.

Loving: Life.

Hoping: That I can get through this work day without a major crisis.

Marveling: at the sunrise, which I'm currently looking at right now.

Needing: Some coffee. I quit coffee about 3 weeks ago, but sometimes the craving hits hard. Like on mornings when I have to be at work at 6 a.m. and can't go to the gym before.

Smelling: My soap.

Wearing: Auburn jersey. Khaki slacks. Old Navy sandals.

Knowing: That today is FRIDAY and I'm going to have an awesome weekend.

Feeling: A little tired.

Bookmarking: potential bridesmaid dresses for my ladies.

Opening: Chick-fil-a chicken minis. I know, super healthy.

Giggling: Over my face in a few of the triathlon pictures. It seriously looks like I'm in so much pain but I was really having a great time. Promise.

Happy Friday everyone - I hope to be back some next week!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Good Food Friday!

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Its the last Friday of the month, so you know what that means?! Its Good Food Friday! What is Good Food Friday, you ask? It's a link-up that is all about great food and recipe posts from blogland! Each month, the link-up is open for a week for everybody to post their best food-related posts from the previous month!


Its so simple to join. You don't have to write a special post for this day or anything like that. Just take a recipe post that you have published in the month of August. All you have to do is link up your post, and you could be next month's featured blogger, chosen by our hosts! So without any further ado, here is our featured post!


This month we are featuring my very own Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese (definitely a house favorite). So if you haven't tried it, now is your chance to go check it out.




Hosts


Co-Host


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We look forward to seeing another month of amazing summer recipes!






Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wedding Woes

It's been a while since I've visited this lil ole blog with any intention of really blogging. But when you're planning a wedding in 8 weeks (T-Minus 51 days) the only thing your brain has floating around inside are wedding thoughts instead of blogging/work/life/anything else kind of thoughts. I don't want this space to turn in to some kind of wedding only posts but like I said, lately that's all I think about.

But I guess since I'm thinking about it, I may as well write about it, right? Firstly, we're considering letting a friend who is an amateur photographer take our pictures. Part of me really wants to do this because (1) experience is hard to come by, and I would love to provide this kind of opportunity for our friend; and (2) it will save a lot of money. Part of me is feeling a little cautious about it because she's only ever done pictures for ONE wedding before. We're most likely just going to go for it but it doesn't help that I'm a little nervous about it.

I need opinions on how "tactful" it is to ask for gift cards in lieu of  actual gifts off of a registry. I know there are going to be some people who whine a little about it, because it won't be "traditional" and all that, but I am just really lazy and I don't feel like actually registering. But at the same time I hate being tacky and I feel like (essentially) asking for money is tacky.

I've also started a wedding planning checklist, just to keep myself accountable and also update you weirdos that enjoy watching people go crazy plan things like weddings.

Set a date October 18, 2014!
Book a venue
Book a caterer we have met and spoke with her, but are still working on finalizing the menu
Hire entertainment
Take engagement pictures
Buy a dress
Come up with an outfit for Derek (he is insisting on jeans but I like this or even this)
Find a job for my brother (suggestions?? We are not having ushers)
Order flowers
Order wedding day shoes
Book our rentals (tables, chairs, linens, etc)
Hire photographer
Mother of the bride outfit
Mother-in-law outfit
Choose bridesmaids dresses (I am loving something like this)
Finalize guest list
Design invitations/info cards
Print invites
Mail invites
Hire officiate
Finish our wedding website click here!
Plan bachelorette party
Register (?) for gifts
Book hotel block
Order favors
Design/print programs
Paint wedding signs
Buy wedding bands
Write our vows
Get a marriage license
Plan honeymoon

Okay so I thought I had a lot done but after looking, there is still SO MUCH to do! Not to mention all the other things going on in my life right now. But at the end of the day, all that really matters it that I'll be married to an amazing guy (hashtag sappy post).

51 days and counting!

What were your wedding planning woes?

Linking up with Treasure Tromp!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The treadmill workout that will kick your ass

The other day, after I finished my workout, I still had about 20 minutes until I needed to leave the gym and i wanted to save 10 minutes for stretching, so I decided to hit up the treadmill. I didn't want to do a boring 10 minute run or even a run/walk so I decided to change it up a bit and did a 10 minute ass-kicking interval workout.





Since I only had 10 minutes, I wanted to do something that packed a big punch and that really got my heart rate up and, most importantly, something that kept my mind from wandering off in to lala land.

Minute 1 - Walking Lunges
Speed: 0.5-1.5 mph

Minute 2 & 3 - Side Shuffles (one minute with each leg forward)
Speed: 2-3 mph

Minute 4 - Fast paced walk @ incline
Speed: 3-4 mph
Incline: 9-12

Minute 5 - Sprint
Speed 6-7 mph

Minute 6 - Walking lunges
Speed 0.5-1.5 mph

Minute 7 - Side Shuffle (30 seconds with each leg forward)
Speed: 2-3 mph

Minute 8 - Fast paced walk at an incline
Speed: 3-4 mph

Minutes 9 & 10 - Run at a moderate pace
Speed 5-6 mph

Cool down after with a 3-5 minute walk.

When I say that this workout will kick your ass, I mean this workout will kick your ass. Literally, my butt cheeks were so sore the next morning. I don't plan on replacing any workout with this treadmill routine, but I will definitely be doing it at the end of shorter workouts just to pack an extra punch and get a little more sweaty.

What kind of cardio do you add in to your routine workouts?