louis & claire get married

Friends, Hello!!

I know it has been quite a while and I hope you have not forgotten about me, I have not forgotten about you! I really have missed writing this blog and am sad that I have not been more consistent with it. I think you all know that life just happens, we get busy, and time slips away from us. I mean, can you believe it is already October?? I have been doing a lot of thinking, goal setting and am really trying to start doing things that better serve me and my interests and passions. But me and my scatter brain hopping from one thing to another, sometimes time and tasks just get away from me.  In the future I really hope to start providing you with quality information and topics, not just my random life happenings. Although sometimes random life happenings are just as interesting to read about!

With that being said, I come to you today with random life happenings! But such a happy one that I just had to share.

I currently am on a plane right now coming back from Indiana where Matt and I attended our good friends Louis and Claire wedding reception. They are friends of ours that we had went to college with in Indiana, then sort of followed out to Arizona. It was one of those trips that I feel like we traveled more than we visited, but we wouldn’t have missed this day for the world. It is always good to go back and see old friends and celebrate such important events with those we love.

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Their ceremony was on Saturday and family only, so we booked our flight for Saturday morning so we had one night to spend in Indianapolis before heading down to Southern Indiana where the reception was on Sunday. If you fly you know all the cheap flights are bright and early, so we booked the earliest flight to give us some time to settle into a hotel and have some dinner, there was a 3 hour time difference so even though we flew out at 7am, we “arrived” at 3pm. But even with an early flight we made time to hit up our favorite Dutch Brother’s for a coffee to start our trip.

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You know you’re a regular when instead of going to the walk up window at 6:30am like your normally do, but go through the drive thru at 5:30am, and get the immediate response of “what are you doing in the drive thru and why are you so early???” from the staff. This is one reason why Matt and I go to Dutch Brother’s every morning. Yes I may be addicted to their coffee, but it’s the experience that we get. They really take the effort to get to know you and truly start our days off on a positive note. They alway’s put us in good moods, and at 5:30am, we needed that!

With out coffee’s in hand we were off to the airport! And of course as soon we get there airport selfies were to be had.

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Matt for some reason loves to drink on the plane, and even though we had a short flight to Las Vegas for a short layover, he insisted on getting a drink, that we both had to chug immediately.

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That’s my husband.

 One thing I insisted on doing at the Las Vegas airport was play a slot machine. And even though we were almost late to board our plane, I think it was worth it!

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Winner!

We landed in Indianapolis and went off to find a hotel. Matt thought it would be fun and spontaneous to not pre-book a room, and little did we know that there was some sort of racing event and high school sports team competitions going on, so a lot of the hotels were booked or only had one or two rooms available. We thankfully found one with not much trouble, checked in and headed out to find somewhere to eat. We drove around our old neighborhood, and was amazed at how much it’s changed and hadn’t changed all at the same time. Since we were both pretty hungry instead of driving aimlessly around we of course just settled for something we both love. Sushi.

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In hindsight and driving around later there were probably so many better choices and new places we could have checked out, but you know when you’re hungry and everything and nothing sounds good at the same time? That’s where we were at. Sushi usually doesn’t disappoint.

It wasn’t bad, but it definitely wasn’t the best sushi I have ever had.

After dinner we had plans to meet up with one of our friends who recently opened up his own brewery called Big Lug Canteen. He is the head brewer, so we were really excited to taste the beers and catch up. Since the last time we had seen them, the couple had gotten married and had a kid, so it had been quite awhile.

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The beer and food were both amazing and so was the company. It was so great to hang out with them and catch up. We ended up talking for over 3 hours before we all knew it! They had to get home to their son and Matt and I were both exhausted from the trip and were ready to settle in for the night.

Even when I’m on vacation or on a trip I always seem to get up early. It doesn’t matter the time zone, time difference, the type of trip. I get up early. While Matt continued to snore away, I decided to find the hotel gym. I’m following a new program, but didn’t have a portable DVD player so I just kind of winged it. One thing I love about having completed a few programs, I have favorite moves that I know work me. So even though this hotel gym only had a few treadmills and minimal free weights. I made it work.

And was a pretty sweaty mess by the end of it!

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I headed back to the room where Matt had finally woken up. Our hotel actually had a decent continental breakfast, but we wanted to explore some more, so we headed to a really fun looking restaurant that served more local fresh ingredients called The Garden Table.

I had looked at the menu before we went and was pretty set on getting an Acai Bowl, but upon walking in and chatting with the friendly staff, they highly recommended the two salmon specials they had. One was a smoked salmon on house made sprouted bread with cream cheese and the other was a poke salmon with thai inspired kimchi and bok choy. Both sounded delicious and the couple sitting next to us actually had ordered both and raved about them. A staff member was taking his break and had ordered the smoked salmon and showed me how it was plated, so I decided to branch out and try that.

I was a bit nervous, I usually don’t do these savory type of breakfasts, but oh my gosh it did not disappoint.

The salmon was ah-mazing. Absolutely cooked and seasoned to perfection.

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I was beyond happy with my choice and so glad I decided to branch out.

Before leaving town I wanted to stop by a local doggy bakery that I use to go to quite often for cookies and treats for Delilah. I swear these treats look good enough to eat myself!

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After we grabbed the dogs some doggy donuts we headed down to the wedding fun!

And it was sooo much fun. It was nice to catch up with old friends at the reception and then head to Louis’ parents for a cook out and campfire. Even though it was a busy short trip, we wouldn’t have missed it for the world and had an amazing time celebrating with our friends.

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The drive back to the airport was bitter sweet. There are simple beautiful things I love about Indiana.

You don’t have little meadows like this in Arizona.

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But I will say it is good to be home.

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playing catch up

Hi friends. Yes I exist. I can’t tell you how many times I told myself I needed to write a post and go figure I found others things to do instead. But with it being Christmas in (oh my gosh) 3 days, I think it’s safe to say we have all been a little busy.

So I thought to catch you up on what’s been going on, I would do a photo dump of a post. It’s more fun to look at pictures rather than listen to me talk, or read for that matter.

So let’s go back.

I made a very heartfelt post on Instagram the other day after I had posted this picture of a sushi dinner out with Matt.

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Yes I know it is a lot of food. And yes, we did eat it all. I got a lot of comments of “oh my gosh how can you eat so much and stay skinny?” A few thoughts ran through my mind when these comments were made. One was “am I eating too much?” And then I really thought about it. I eat to enjoy food and to enjoy the moments. And I also work hard to be able to eat these meals on occasion. (and in reality, this isn’t that much food, Matt and I split this and let’s be real, I’ve eaten more) I am a firm believe in a healthy balanced lifestyle and sometimes that means one more glass of wine than I should probably have, but it also means staying on track with my fitness. So in response I made this post.

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I do work hard so I can play hard.  My post basically said this was me the day after my big meal out and this is why I feel no guilt or even think twice about having a big meal. I can’t say I believe in the 80/20 rule, I just believe in living life and being healthy. And for me that’s eating clean and being active. And if I have a dinner out, I don’t even give it a second thought. It’s all about the moment, and this sushi dinner and a date with my husband. That’s what it was about. I could basically ramble forever, but basically my point is, think about your comments  before you say them. I know the comments were not made to be hurtful, but you never know how someone may interpret them.

On to more fun things.

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Like puppies in boxes. Work has been a little crazy lately, but I swear puppies make everything better.

Other things that make everything better?
All the chocolate.

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The Christmas goodies have been rolling into the clinic. And there are just some things I can’t say no to.

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Adorable mini cupcakes.

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Homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Just to name a few.

Other things I’m loving.

Yes, I wish the weather was more Christmas spirit like, but when it’s nice enough for me to walk everywhere on my day off…

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I’m a happy girl

Something else that makes me a happy girl?

My mornings with my husband.

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So to my fellow wives and girlfriends, I know we always love our significant others, but do you ever go through times when you really love them? Does that make sense? I always love Matt, but I go through these times where I am just so deeply in love with him. And I love it. Too much love? Never.

(side note about this picture. this may be why i love this man so much. i had to rush out because matt had to get to work but we wanted to get coffee and breakfast, so i had no make up on, and one of the first things out of his mouth was “you are so beautiful” and i know he meant it.)

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Maybe it’s because he takes awkward kissy selfies with me with public.

And he buys me wine.

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Well loves I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, take this time to cherish the moments with your friends and family and remember this time is about love and being grateful for all we have in our lives.

(i mean i hope you get some cool gifts too)

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Ladies, why do you love love your significant other? I mean like love them?

Are you ready for Christmas? What are you most excited for?

recent happenings

Hi loves!

As per usual things have been busy busy busy over here. As busy as I feel my daily life is, I still feel like there is so much more I want and need to do. There really needs to be more hours in the day, don’t you agree?
I did want to pop in, say hello, and share some recent happenings.

I told you all that Matt and I recently went back to Indiana to have a wedding shower with some friends and family that were not able to make it out to Arizona for the wedding.

It seemed just like the wedding, too many people, not enough time, but it was so wonderful to see and connect with friends and family we haven’t seen in awhile.

Our adventure started at the new airport shuttle. It’s a new air tram and Matt and I were pretty excited about it.

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I mean look at that face. Clearly excited.

When we got to the airport we had our traditional pre-flight drink

We always have one, mainly because we are those people that get to the airport two hours early and always have some extra time to kill.

I usually get a mimosa since our flights are typically pretty early, but we took a little bit of a later flight, so I got a delicious looking cocktail.

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It was vodka mixed with pink lemonade, there may have been something else in it, but I don’t remember. Regardless, it was delicious.

We soon were in Indiana and the craziness began!

We flew in Friday and the shower wasn’t until Sunday. My sister was actually staying at my parent’s as well, as they were having work done on their roof, so they didn’t want to be around all the loud noises with the kids. It was so much fun having us all in the house and it meant extra time for Matt and I with our nieces!

Saturday my sister had plans to take the girls to the zoo and asked if we wanted to tag along. Um, yes please! 1. I love the zoo and 2. more time with my sister and nieces!

Because I honestly can’t get enough of these cuties!

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It was a hot one, so we lasted as long as we could. Honestly I think the adults were worn out before the kids were!

The next day was the shower and it was a busy one, but so much fun!

I have very few friends who I keep in close contact with from back home, but those are the best ones and man did I miss them!

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So as mentioned, the shower was so much fun, but again I really wish I had more time to catch up with friends and family, but at the same time was so grateful for the time I did have. We were so humbled with not only all the people who attended, but also the generosity. Everyone was so great in helping make the day run smooth and one thing to note was my neighbors (who I really do not know well) not only made delicious mason jar desserts, but made us crafty photo frames using our wedding photographs.

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I am always in awe of those who are super crafty as I wish I was.  The photo frames she made for us are absolutely beautiful and we are so excited to show case them in our home.

And as quickly as we came it was time to go home. That morning Matt and I were able to escape away for breakfast together.  My dad had to work and my mom was in operation clean up mode, but it was actually nice for Matt and I to spend some quiet time together.  It also reminded me a few reasons why I miss Indiana. It is insanely hot here in Arizona and it was so nice to be able to sit on a patio, surrounded by trees and enjoy a quiet breakfast.

The food was also amazing.

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We went to a local breakfast place and both started with fresh squeezed orange juice. I got the most amazing biscuits and gravy and even though they did not photograph well, they were absolutely phenomenal. The part that made them extra amazing was they toasted the biscuits before topping them with gravy. Life changing.  Matt got a mexican potato skillet that was also delicious. Of course I stole a few bites. Home cooking at it’s finest!

Too soon it was time to pack up and head to the airport. And as per usual Matt and I were incredibly early, so you guessed it. A pre-flight drink was had.

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Upon returning home there was something else to celebrate, Matt and I’s 3 month anniversary. Yes we’re still celebrating the months.  Really just a reason for us to go out to dinner.

And to get flowers.

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Side Story: I had to laugh. Matt walked in on me taking a selfie with the flowers, proceeding to make fun of me, which proceeded to this photo session…

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I love us…

All three months we have been celebrating with the same dinner.

Sushi.

And guess who isn’t complaining.

When we do celebratory dinners we typically go all out.

We started with fried gyoza and typically I am not a huge fan, but these were absolutely delicious.

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Next was an abundance of sushi.

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A mix of sashimi and sushi rolls.

But the show stealer for this meal was the crunchy eel roll.

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Again, not typically a fan of the fried rolls, but I’m convinced anything covered in eel sauce is delicious.

And it was.

So overall even though incredibly busy, we’ve had an amazing couple of weeks. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people and continuously are reminded of all the love we have in our lives.

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What are you thankful for in your life right now?

I am thankful for all the love I have in my life. It was so amazing to go home and be surrounded by family love and then also to come home to this love…

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wedding story part 3: the big day

The day finally arrived.

I can not even begin to describe the day. Mainly because I do not remember most of it. It is so true what everyone say’s that your wedding day will fly by. It was truly a surreal moment. As I’m typing this and trying to recall all the events I am relying heavily on photo’s, however with all the chaos of the day, I don’t even have that many to turn to!  I’m still waiting on my professional photographs, so hopefully that will help jog my memory.

I can tell you, the day was magical and it ended with me being married to my best friend. My husband. And that is all that matters.

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I also was blessed with an amazing wedding party, friends and family, because if anything went array during the day I didn’t know about it. And I am happy to report I think I had only one or two bridezilla moments.

So I know most of you know how weddings go, so here are a few moments that from my day, how I felt, and the amazing end result of marrying the love of my life.

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Getting ready was surreal. The whole time my hair was getting done and we were doing make-up it just seemed like another day.  My sister warned me as soon as I put my dress on things would change and I can’t tell you how right she was. Even just putting my under garments on and I started to see things come together, it really started to hit me about what was happening.

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 I’m a little bit jealous of the guys. I mean really it probably took them a whole 30 minutes to get ready, then they got to relax and watch everything unfold. I’m sure at this moment I was upstairs freaking out of my one bang strand being out of place…

The ceremony was an absolute blur. I somehow got my vows out, but honestly the whole time I was just staring at Matt. We both could not stop smiling.

Soon it was that time.

“I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride”

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I was told by a guest it was one of the longest kisses she’s seen at a wedding, but I think we both kind of forgot where we were and just got lost in the moment.

We soon came back to reality and made our way back down the aisle as a married couple! I love some of the shots my guests got for this moment because you can truly see how happy we are!

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Then it was time to party!

I of course don’t have many photo’s as I was too busy being pulled in 1987383274 different directions the whole night. We had initially planned on having 50 people tops, but some how that number crept up to 75. It was so humbling and amazing to have that many people want to come and celebrate with us, but it did remind me why we wanted to keep the number low in the first place. I did not have nearly enough time with  my guests as I would have liked.

I tried my best to spend as much time as I could and one thing that helped was instead of the traditional clink the glasses to get us to kiss, we made a kissing game where our guests had to challenge us to a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors using cards we made with beer bottle caps (our wedding was craft beer themed). It was a good way for us to be able to interact with more guests.

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There was a very important man however who did get some special quality time with the bride.

My dad and I’s relationship has really blossomed over the last few years. As we were dancing we both joked about how we forgot people were watching us and we were probably boring them because we were so busy talking during our dance. He did try and spice it up at the end and dipped and twirled me.

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Gotta keep the guests entertained! But I think they took care of that on their own.

We made a hashtag for the wedding, so if you guys want to see more random reception pictures check out the hashtag #quirkwedding15 on Instagram.

I really could not have asked for more at my wedding. Everything turned out amazing, I had so much fun seeing and celebrating with friends and family and at the end of the night I was officially Mrs. Quirk.

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wedding story part 2: the days leading

Hello loves!

I am back as promised with more wedding fun!

I still can’t believe I am actually married! Everyone asks what feels different and my response is always “everything and nothing!” I mean, Matt and I had been together for almost 10 years before we got married, so nothing really has changed, but honestly, everything has changed! I mean, we’re married!

I’m not going to lie though, I love calling him my husband.

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So I left you with my bachelorette party. After all those shenanigans went down it was time for the final countdown.

Before all the wedding excitement was going to happen and Matt and I wouldn’t have time to breathe, there was one thing we had to get accomplished.

Our marriage license!

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It was a little surreal doing the whole raise your hand and swear thing and we we’re probably a little too over giddy as we left, but we were excited.

And it wouldn’t be right of us to not take a silly picture as well…

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It’s a wonder why we’re getting married. 😉

Then it was time for the crazy-ness of wedding to begin.

My one bridesmaid came in on Thursday with her family, so I met up with them that night for dinner. We ended up going to an outdoor mall we have and had dinner at one of Matt and I’s favorite spots.  Unfortunately the service was less than impressive, but we still managed to have a nice dinner and caught up a bit. One thing I love about my friends is even if I haven’t seen them in years, when we do see each other it’s like we didn’t even miss a beat.

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And I can’t say enough for how much she did for me leading up and during the wedding.  Her mom also was beyond words helpful. From making little crafts for the reception, to running errands before and during the wedding. Honestly, I was so blessed to have them be a part of my wedding and my life. Kimmie has truly been my best friend since high school and I never see that changing!

The next day my family flew in! I not only was excited to see them, but also getting to see my nieces again! They grow so quickly and I really wish I could see them more often, so I really cherish the time I can get with them!

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I mean seriously, how cute are these two!!

The day before the wedding Kimmie and my sister came over so we could practice make up.

I had to laugh because I had bought new make up specifically for the wedding, but I ended up using most of Kimmie’s.

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My sister never wears make up, so it was real fun to do her’s and see her reaction.  You could honestly just tell she felt “pretty”. Don’t get me wrong, she is beautiful without make up, but to see someone feel pretty is amazing. Kimmie had this amazing eye lash extender mascara that I was pretty much obsessed with.

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I mean just look at those lashes!

(and those duck lips)

After we were done playing with make up, I treated the girls to a mani and pedi. It was so nice to just chat, have fun and get pampered together!

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After our mani and pedi’s we decided to do a quick lunch before we had to get ready for the rehearsal.  I took them to one of my favorite brunch spots The Breakfast Club where we sat outside on the patio and just chatted some more.

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I wish we could have sat there afternoon, it was such a beautiful day and I loved just being with my girls.

But as with it seems most of the days leading up to the wedding, time flew and it was soon time for us to get ready for the rehearsal.

Things went pretty quickly and smoothly at the rehearsal and I was pretty confident the ceremony would be just fine.  Our officiant was one of Matt’s dodge ball friends who basically has the same humor we do, so I knew he would keep the crowd entertained. He also made me a side secret promise to have my favorite vodka in a flask for me for before the ceremony. (he did not disappoint)

A quick wardrobe change and we were off to the rehearsal dinner which was at BJ’s Brewhouse. We thought a brewery for the rehearsal dinner was fitting to our craft beer themed wedding.

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(funny side story: matt kept gushing about how pretty i looked that night and complimented the dress i bought and told me if i looked half as good in my wedding dress as i did in this dress i was going to look amazing. my response “well considering this dress was $15 from walmart i better look 1000 times better. we both had a good laugh)

Again, it was so amazing to sit, relax, and chat with the whole family and friends. It is so rare that everyone is ever in the same place at the same time, so if it takes getting married to get everyone is one place, I wish I could get married all the time.

Matt and I did the whole traditional not staying together the night before the wedding, so he was a gentleman and walked me to my room and kissed me good night. I think we both knew we wouldn’t be sleeping much that night…

We would only be thinking about what was happening the next day.

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We were getting married.

wedding story part 1: the bachelorette party

Hi there.

Hopefully you all still remember who I am, because goodness knows it has been awhile. Trust me, there was so much goodness that I wanted to share with you all, but I can not even begin to describe the whirlwind that has been my life lately.

As most of you know I was planning a wedding and I think it’s an understatement to say how stressful planning a wedding is. I basically planned the whole thing myself, as Matt was really busy, and with my family being across country, sometimes it was hard for them to help, even though they really wanted to. I will say I did have some angels in disguise with an amazing bridesmaid who’s mother helped me out tremendously. It’s one of those situation where words, gifts, praises can not even begin to re-pay them for all they did for me!

I know you are all wanting the juicy details, but so much fun happened before the actual wedding I figured I would do a little series leading up to the big day and then our honeymoon to Denver and Boulder Colorado.

I will leave you with a sneak peak of the wedding to come…

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But before the wedding shenanigans even happened, other shenanigans had to be had.

I didn’t have a bridal shower or bachelorette party, as honestly, no one planned one for me. With only having two bridesmaids, both being back in Indiana, and most of my friends spread out over the country, it just wasn’t something I really cared if I had or not. I had been planning with my mom to have a family bridal shower in the summer when I had time to get back to Indiana, so I just figured that would be that….

Well. My co-workers actually humbled me very much and threw me a surprise bachelorette party!

It’s not that I don’t get along with my co-workers, I do! But I honestly just did not expect them to do something like this for me. Again, a humbling experience…followed by fun experiences…

Including penis cakes.

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Here’s how the surprise went down… and how “they ruined the good surprise on me”

It was one of my co-workers birthday’s and she had asked me if I wanted to have dinner with her and her friend to celebrate. In my mind it worked out perfectly because it fell on the weekend that Matt was going camping for his bachelor getaway, so I would be home alone that weekend.

Well, that day my dog had a little episode.  She has been having mini seizures and literally as I was walking out the door to go to dinner, it seemed like she had one. She comes out of them pretty quickly, but it just left me nervous to leave her home alone.  I texted my co-worker the situation and got a pretty emotionless response of how we had made plans and she was on this side of town “just for me”. Needless to say it put me in a pretty bad mood and I thought it was really heartless for her not to care that I thought my dog just had a seizure. Of course I got a little attitude back only to quickly get a call from another co-worker telling me what was going on – that they had planned a surprise party, everyone was waiting and that is why the previous co-worker said she thought I should still go.

Well… I felt like a jerk.

After making sure Delilah was ok, I did head out to dinner to where I had a table full of co-workers all laughing at me for almost not coming to my own party.

We met at one of my favorite Mexican spots Blanco Tacos and Tequilla.

It started so innocently with some margaritas.

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(with a not so innocent photo bomb)

 We played a few bachelorette party games, had a few more drinks… and well you know how these kinds of parties go down.

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It was a really great surprise and so much fun.

After dinner a few of us headed to a local dive bar only to walk in on very bad karaoke and questionable bar patrons.

Well, we tried to make the best out of it and I did manage to get a whipped cream shot from the bartender.

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 It was short lived and we decided to soon call it a night.

Overall I had a great night and I am so thankful that they put this together for me!

Well loves I leave you with that, next will the days leading to the wedding.

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If you’re married, did you have a bachelorette party?

my last single valentine’s day

Hello my loves!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day regardless of if you are in a relationship or single. I kind of have the outlook that it is just a Hallmark holiday, but I am not going to lie, I am a girl and what girl doesn’t like a holiday about love?

This Valentine’s Day was an extra special one for me. It was the last Valentine’s Day before Matt and I will be married!

Ahh! Seriously guys, my wedding is in a little over a month away. I really hope I have everything together.

But on to my Valentine’s Day recap.

I had to work that morning, but Matt and I had made dinner plans for the evening. We really don’t go all out and just always look forward to a nice evening out together.

My day did start with flowers.

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Ok confession. These were not my Valentine’s Day flowers. Matt and I kind of bickered the day before and these were according to Matt “Sorry I was a butthead flowers”. I did get Valentine’s Day flowers (which I had to sit at work an extra hour to wait for because they were delivered late) but those have yet to bloom and these were just as pretty.

And I got Matt in my opinion the best card ever.

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Yes,  I got him a giant Valentine’s Day card. I mean. As soon as I saw them, I couldn’t not get it for him.

Before I had to go to work, we decided to go get coffee together.  We stopped at the Starbucks that is next to my work and not only did my barista put a cute foam heart in my Flat White, but they also had cute little photo-booth cut outs laying on the table. Matt and I of course had some fun with them.

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Then to make my morning even better, one of my co-workers brought in Einstein Bagels and some of them were shaped like hearts! Super cute. And super yummy.

For our Valentine’s Day dinner we decided to dress up a little bit, and of course had to take some bathroom selfies before we left.

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For dinner we chose to go to True Food Kitchen, which is a place we both love, but haven’t been too for awhile.  We knew they would be busy and made reservations for 7:00pm. Before dinner we decided to go grab a drink and of course went to our favorite Whole Foods which was right down the street.

Oh and more selfies happened.

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When it was time for our reservation we headed down to the restaurant.

I was pretty hungry so we decided to get an appetizer of their herb hummus and pita.

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 Oh my goodness. This hummus is amazing. I love the addition of the feta cheese. I really think feta is one of my all time favorite cheeses!

I tried not to lick the whole plate as I was very excited for my entree.

I actually decided to try something new, which for me is rare, once I find a dish I like I usually stay with it, but I was really in the mood for salmon, so I ordered their Thai Green Papaya Salad and added salmon to it.

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1. Seriously look at how huge that piece of salmon is. And yes. I ate every last bite.

2. I love how much avocado they give you.

 This salad was very fresh, and being a huge lover of kelp noodles, I was excited to see so many of them in the salad.

I definitely would order this again.

Matt ordered the Panang Curry and he added tofu.

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I of course stole a few bites and it was delicious as well.

And what would Valentine’s Day be without dessert?

I absolutely love their flour less chocolate cake and was looking forward to it during the whole meal.

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Matt ordered the Coconut Banana Chia Seed Pudding. It was very very good. I think we both made good choices!

So overall, a very good night out and we had such a great time together.

I am very excited for our next Valentine’s Day which will be our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple!!

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Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?
Do you prefer to go out or stay in?

wedding wins and happenings

Hi loves. I’m still alive. I promise.

My weekend just started and I feel like it’s almost over. Oh the joys of working every Saturday.

But that won’t be changing anytime soon, so I guess I should just stop complaining about it.

I’ve been keeping busy with the whole wedding stuff and actually getting a lot done!

We got some of our engagement photo’s back and I am just in love with them! Our photographer is seriously amazing and the main thing I loved about our session was we didn’t do the cheesy posed pictures. She actually told us we weren’t allowed to do any (I did request a few specific poses) but she wanted us to basically just hang out, be ourselves and she would capture the true emotion.

And she did!

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We did some inside the bar and our photographer actually found this really awesome hallway to do some shots in. I think they all turned out great and I can’t wait to get more back.

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Other things checked off the wedding to-do list, I finally chose my bridesmaids dresses and I bought my wedding shoes! It seems like all my purchases have kind of been not planned, just felt right, but I think that’s the way it should happen.

As for the bridesmaids dresses, my sister went to try on dresses I liked and randomly tried on another one she liked and I ended up loving it best! I went to a local store to look at color swatches and they offered to let me try on the dress. What girl doesn’t like trying on dresses?

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I will have it in more of a light cappuccino color that I think will go really well with our theme.

As for my shoes I went just going to get a feel for what heel height I wanted. I found two pairs that I liked…

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One pair I really thought was a classic shoe and the other had a little glam to it. I of course wanted a little more glam and it turned out they were on sale so I figured why not.  Well turns out they were on extra sale and I got an extra 50% off the already reduced price. So let me just tell you, I paid $15 for my shoes.

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Now if I could just get Matt to choose and decide what he is going to wear… that would be nice.

Boys gotta love them. At least he does cute things randomly for me though.

Like when he went to our local coffee spot to get us some coffees, I stayed home to start breakfast.

My iced Americano had a very special message.

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His and hers coffee. That coffee tasted extra good.

And if that didn’t make breakfast all the better, Matt was actually a sweetheart and had dinner ready for me after an extra long day at work.

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Baked chicken with quinoa, steamed broccoli and I toasted up a bread stick from Great Low Carb Bread Company in the oven when I got home .  They sent me a few new products and this was one of them.  I will admit that they aren’t as buttery as I would like and were a little dry, but I loved the texture of them. I did discover that they are a great dipping vessel. And you guys know how I love to dip!

I made a little marinara dip and solved that problem.

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In sending me their new products I begged them to send a few more of their squares. I love these things!

The brownie is by far one of my favorites to use as my dessert.

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And let’s be real, anything topped with reddi-whip is extra amazing.  Matt and I randomly picked up a bottle at Target the other day and I seriously forgot how simply good it was. And yes we do reddi-whip shots each time we use it. You just have to, I think it’s a rule.

Well loves it’s Sunday, so I’m off to do what I do best.
Drink beer and watch football.

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