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.




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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?





Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm a bad, bad blogger

Remember that time when I wished something exciting would happen in my life so I would have some good blogging content? Well something exciting happened, and I'm still a terrible blogger. So I'm going to "update" you all and confess a few things, since it's been waayyyy to loong since I've done that.

.....I had a conversation with my mom and a friend about passing gas (aka farting) and it really grosses them out and their bodies were somehow blessed by the hand of God Himself because they just don't "have to do it" and I'm over here like, excuse me while I roll down the window because I have to fart at least 10 times a day.

...When we chose the date for our wedding, we had exactly 64 days to plan. As of today there are 59 days until my wedding. Yes, you read that right. FIFTY NINE DAYS. Surprisingly, I don't feel too overwhelmed (yet) and I actually feel like I have most of the important stuff accomplished. I've booked the venue, talked to my coordinator/catorer, bought a dress + had it fitted, ordered wedding shoes, picked my bridesmaids, chose a wedding hashtag (#ParkerShenanigans14) and scheduled my bachelorette party (<---- most important). 

...Trying on wedding dresses was HELL. I don't see how people think this is fun. I probably put 25-30 dresses on, even though I found the dress I wanted somewhere in the middle. There's just something about knowing that there are so many more options out there, you feel like you have to make sure there isn't a better one. Everyone kept saying "ooohh that looks SO GOOD on you" and I just wanted to be like "everything looks good on me because I'm an effing beauty queen" but I held my tongue.

....I'm writing this instead of running/biking like I am supposed to be. Whoops.

...I told a co-worker that I would make two pecan pies for another coworker's going away party and I really don't want to and I'm debating on just buying some from the store and hoping no one would tell the difference.

...my future MIL keeps adding to my guest list. The guest list that is already 17 people over the maximum amount of people I said I wanted it. Every time I get a text that says "Oh I forgot about so and so" a fit of rage comes over me and I nearly break/throw whatever is in my hand at the time.

...I don't have any pictures for you because the only pictures I have are wedding related (my dress and my venue) and I'm not ready to share those just yet.

Linking up with Kathy.

Have you ever planned a wedding in 8 weeks, do you have any tips or tricks?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It started out like any other Sunday...

...but it ended with me being a fiancée instead of a girlfriend.

I have been planning on blogging about this all week, however work and time constraints and previous engagements/responsibilities have hindered me from blogging at all.

We began the day going house shopping, which actually turned out to be really productive. We have a new realtor from the last time we went down the road to potential homeownership, and she is amazing! I never thought how much of a difference a good realtor could make when it comes to looking for potential homes. After looking at a few houses, Derek and I went on a mountain bike ride - our first since the spring, since it's been too hot recently.

Since it was still pretty hot/humid (pretty sure the humidity was 91% that day) and we both forgot our camelbaks, we opted for a short four mile ride, followed by a ride to the boat ramp and a dip in the river. Sidenote: when you're planning on swimming around in the river, don't wear a white sports bra. After the ride back from the boat ramp, I was all for going home, but Derek wanted to go on a trail run - I insisted it was too hot. Too tired. We didn't have a lot of water. But he said we needed to work on our running-after-biking for the tri we're doing (in three weeks eeeep). So I agreed to a two-ish mile run.

On the trail, there is a place where the trees and vines completely cover the whole trail, making a sort of vine/tree tunnel. It's my favorite part of the trail and I always say something about how pretty it is every time we ride through it. As we ran through, I said, as I usually do, "This is my favorite part, it's so cool how the trees make a tunnel here. It's so pretty." Derek replied, "Yeah, wouldn't it be a cool place to get engaged?" I kind of giggled a little and said, "Yeah, it would be." but not thinking much about it, because we all know he likes to "call wolf" when it comes to engagements.

Then we ran out of the tunnel and nothing happened.

After running a few more minutes (the whole time me complaining about anything: tree roots, sweat, being tired, bugs) Derek ran through not one, but two spiderwebs back to back. As he was frantically making sure there wasn't a spider crawling on his head, I started doing the same. Because spiders on my body would not have been okay. Once I made sure I was arachnid-free, I started running again and Derek whipped around very fast, throwing his hand out toward me. I, being the highly logical and sensible lady that I am, screamed (still thinking of spiders) "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"

Him: "What does it look like I'm doing??"

Me (after seeing something sparkley): "What is that? What are you doing?"

Him: "Hahaha what does it look like?"

Me: "Are you kidding me right now?"

Him "Nope."

Me: "...................................."

Him: "Well?"

Me: "Well, you haven't asked me anything yet!"

Him: "Oh, I thought it was kind of implied. I guess, will you marry me?"

Me: "YES!"

And we lived happily ever after.

Not really. We still had another mile and a half to run before we got back to the truck, the whole time me running with my hand in my face staring at my beautiful new toy, tripping over tree roots. It wasn't what you would call a "romantic" proposal, mainly because I half way didn't believe that it was ACTUALLY happening, after months of waiting.





We don't have any plans yet, except we are both so thrilled to be marrying one another! After we work out a few "loose ends" we will be in full force planning mode!

Linking up with Treasure Tromp!