exciting news!

Where do I begin?

Ok, let’s be real, I have been waiting forever to spill this news and I officially can!

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Matt and I are officially homeowners!!

Yes friends, we bought our very first house! I know a lot of people say their first time home buying process is stressful and horrible, but other than one small snag (seller scratched the floor while moving out) our home buying experience was smooth and easy.

I would like to thank our amazing realtors for being a huge part in that. They were such a pleasure to work with.

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I also think good karma finally came back to Matt and I. I always say being a good person, even if you get sh*t on in the process, is always worth it and the right thing to do. And I truly feel that all the times Matt and I got taken for granted and all we’ve done for others, finally came back to us. And I couldn’t be more thankful for that.

SOOO excited to get moved in and make the house our own. I have about 93849234 projects I already want to start. Someone needs to remind me that these things take time and I need to do one project at a time. I have a feeling I may bite off more than I can chew. But I’m just so excited!

So needless to say we have been insanely busy. Packing, signing documents, loans, walk throughs. But alas, we still find time to do some normal fun things!

Since we’re moving out of our current neighborhood we have really been taking advantage of some of our local spots that we love.

I am REALLY going to miss our Sunday morning breakfast tradition at Buzz Berry. We go here every Sunday as they have the best biscuits and gravy. And we’ve really gotten to know and love the staff. They are so good to us, so much that one day when they forgot to make said biscuits and gravy, we got a complimentary coffee cake to tide us over while we waited.

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Oh yea, their bloody mary’s are pretty tasty too! Yup, this place serves booze too.

Another tradition I am going to miss is on my day’s off Matt and I go to a local coffee shop Comoncy that is right by Matt’s work. Again we have gotten to know the staff and always have a great morning together.

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But the one thing I think I will miss the most… my favorite sushi restaurant. Not only do they make the best sushi I have found, but yet again, we have gotten to know the sushi chef’s and are always treated so well. When it comes to dining out the experience is just as important as the food. Luckily we get the best of both.

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His and her rolls.

But even though we are leaving some pretty amazing places behind, we have been exploring our new neighborhood which has some pretty neat places that soon may be our new regular go to spots.

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We have been having a lot of fun out in the world exploring, but there has actually been some delicious-ness going on at home too.

I can’t say I’ve been cooking gourmet meals by any means, but I did whip up some amazing chicken tacos one night.

I definitely took a short cut and used rotisserie chicken and just added a can of Rotel tomatoes and let it simmer and marinate. Put in purple corn tortillas and topped with allll the avocado.

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And since we are trying to save some money, being new home owners and all, I attempted to make my own veggies rolls at home instead of stopping by Whole Foods.

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Mine were a bit messier, and I swear what makes these amazing is the wasabi-mayo sauce that Whole Foods gives with it (thankfully when I go I grab extra’s so I had some at home) so they were a pretty good substitute.

However, the nights Matt plays dodgeball and I know I am having dinner alone…sometimes I can’t help but pick up sashimi on my way home from work.

AJ’s Fine Food salmon sashimi is seriously the best I have ever had. And I am picky when it comes to my salmon.

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It’s like buttah.

Well loves, I would love to stay and chat, but I have an apartment to pack up!!

Moving is so bittersweet. I hate packing, but am so excited to get into the new house and make it my own. But seriously the whole process..packing/unpacking, I could do without.

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Do you have any exciting news?
If you own a house, how was your home buying experience?

a perfect birthday

Long time no talk my loves!

I feel like so much has happened in such a short amount of time. Let me catch you up a bit.

It seemed like Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye and very quickly it was my birthday!

Considering my birthday is only three days after Christmas it really is a blink of the eye.

We didn’t have any huge plans for my birthday, really it’s just another day, but I was lucky this year for it to fall on a Sunday so I actually had the day off and Matt and I planned to just kind of play things by ear.

We have a Sunday tradition of going to a local coffee shop that also happens to serve alcohol 24/7.  Don’t judge, but on Sunday’s yes I do start drinking at 9am.  But I get a Pomosa, which is a Mimosa, but with pomegranate juice instead of orange juice, so it’s kind of healthy right?

Whatever, it was my birthday.

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The day only got better. Matt was nice enough to treat me to a manicure, so he took me to do that while he did some work at home. Matt has been amazing since my car accident, since the insurance deemed my car totaled you are only given a rental for 7 days after they make an offer on the vehicle. I found that kind of silly, but Matt had been great about taking me to work and carting me around town so I can run my errands.  It may seem small and something a significant other “is suppose to do” but Matt was so selfless and never made me feel like it was a burden to take me places. That kid seriously humbles me sometimes.

The one thing that we did plan for my birthday was dinner.

And I’m sure it’s no surprise what I wanted.

Sushi.

We went to our favorite sushi restaurant and decided since it was my birthday we would get a little crazy and order something new.

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Well nothing too crazy for us, we both know we like eel, but have never gotten the eel nigiri so we decided to start with that.  It was amazing. I have a feeling we will be getting it every time now.

Matt and I then split some tuna sashimi and he got a soft shell crab roll.

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I decided to go with the salmon roll – one of my favorites.

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Dinner was of course delicious and was a wonderful birthday treat.

We had plans to go to our city zoo as they hold a special event called Zoo Lights, but it has been ridiculously cold here and all I really wanted to do was go home, put on some sweatpants and relax.

But not before picking up some dessert.

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Staying classy with frozen yogurt and wine.

It was the perfect way to end my birthday.

Well loves that is at least a quick update to what’s been going on, however I have so much more to tell you.

Lot’s of new and exciting things have already happened for me this new year!

Until then I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to their new year!

a wedding update and labor day celebrations

Hello my loves!

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend and I hope you were lucky like me and actually had the day off!

I felt like even though I barely left the house, I did however get a lot accomplished. And a lot of the wedding front.

I haven’t updated much on the wedding basically because it has been stressing me out to no ends.

Not only do I feel like there is so much to do, but I am basically doing this all on my own, so it’s very stressful.  I feel like all Matt and I do is argue, whether it be about the wedding, the budget, and the lack of time we are spending together. He is working very hard on his freelance and I know he is doing it make money so we can afford this wedding, and I do not hold that against him in the slightest, however sometimes I feel he doesn’t understand why I am frustrated. I know most men are not involved in the wedding planning, which is fine, but with all my family and bridesmaids being thousands of miles away, I am basically on my own. Which can be a bit overwhelming at times. Slowly but surely though I am getting things accomplished and the wedding will be what it is.

(I have my location and dress so really what else matters, let’s be real)

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But I digress.

One thing planning a wedding is showing me though are the effects of stress and our health.

Before I started planning the wedding I was actually noticing great improvements with my health, mood and energy levels.

I briefly mentioned I was trying to cut some gluten and dairy out of my diet to see if I was having any food sensitivities.  I have not gone completely gluten or dairy free, but I have cut back on certain food items that I do believe I was reacting to. I can not even begin to describe the difference I felt!

But let me tell you, with the whole wedding planning process, I have really started to notice the effects that stress is putting on my body.

I feel like I am always tired regardless of how much I sleep, I am moody, irritable and just honestly emotionally worn out.

This really doesn’t come as a surprise to me though. I have been listening to a lot of health and nutrition podcasts and almost all of them will tell you that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle that the most important things sometimes are not diet and exercise, but sleep and stress. You can eat the cleanest diet, exercise daily, but if you are not getting enough sleep and are always stressed out, it will counteract all of that.

So I am working on de-stressing, taking everything day by day, and trusting the process. Everything will get done and the day will be the best day of my life, not because of the wedding location, decorations, or party favors, but the fact that I will be married to the love of my life and best friend.

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So with that being said let’s move on to more good things!

I know the traditional Labor Day celebration are BBQs, cookouts and parades, but not in our household.

We actually spent more the day inside, Matt working on freelance work and me on wedding stuff.  I actually feel like I got a lot accomplished and didn’t stress out. Woo-Hoo!

We started our day off by going to one our favorite coffee spots Buzz Berry, but instead of getting our typical Americano’s we decided to get a little crazy.

I still ordered an iced Americano, but spiked with in house made Kahlua. Matt ordered a bloody mary.

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They were both delish and a great start to the day.

However, drinking on an empty stomach.

Well you end up with pictures like this.

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I was very entertained with myself.

As mentioned we spent the majority of the day both working on our own projects.  We had made plans for dinner as Fox Restaurant Concepts always sends out coupons for these small holidays.  Matt and I have kind of made it a little tradition to go when we get them since we love basically all of their restaurants. Last year we went to Blanco’s Tacos and Tequilla so we decided to keep with it and go again this year! Because really, on Labor Day, you get Mexican food.

We of course started with margarita’s.

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And guacamole is always mandatory.

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Their guacamole is so delicious, there are seriously like whole chunks of avocado in there. I could seriously eat this whole bowl with a spoon no problem. But I restrained. Had to save room for my meal.

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I debated in between the salmon salad, chicken fajitas, or chicken burrito. I knew all three wouldn’t disappoint, but the salmon was so good the last time I got it, I just had to get it again. Good salmon I feel is hard to find sometimes.

Matt went with grilled fish tacos. Always a good choice.

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We actually went to a different location as we had initial plans to stop by Baskin Robbins on the way home because I had gotten an e-mail alert that they released a new Pumpkin Cheesecake flavor, but while walking to the restaurant we walked past a new to us gelato spot called Frost Gelato that looked pretty tempting.  There ended up being a little bit of a wait to get a table, so while we waited we walked over and sampled a few flavors. They were all amazing, so our dessert plans quickly changed and we decided we would just come back after dinner.

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So glad we did.

 After trying almost every single flavor I decided to go with the Strawberry Yogurt.

Which even though it may be a bit confusing, is was still gelato, just a strawberry “yogurt” flavor. Regardless, it was delicious with big chunks of strawberries in it.

 Overall even though it wasn’t too eventful of a day in terms of activities, it was a very productive day that ended with a lovely meal with my love. And for once we had a wedding conversation without a fight.

So loves, I hope you all had a relaxing stress free weekend. And if things do get stressful, just remember to breath, take one day at a time, and all with work out.

Now if I could only take my own advice.

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How do you reduce stress in your life?

What were your Labor Day activities? Traditional? Non Traditional?