life lately…as told by selfies

You can tell so much about a person by looking at the photo’s on their phones. I realized this when I was thinking about what type of post I wanted to write about. I thought “What have I been doing lately? Anything new to report? What has been on my mind?” I always look to my photo’s because that always gives me a good idea of what I have been doing.

Well I can tell you what has been taking up all my spare time. Online Coaching/Supporting my Challenge Group participants and… Selfies. Goodness. You can tell my life revolves around coffee, drinks, and random nights with Matt.

I kid you not there is not much on my phone. And for your entertainment I want to prove it to you.

This is about a weeks worth or so of photo’s from my phone.

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Let’s begin with all the shameless selfies.

Sometimes when I have good hair days, I take coffee selfies.

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And sometimes I like to document when I actually get out in the world.

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When I don’t want to seem too vain, I make Matt selfie with me.

On our morning coffee dates.

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More coffee dates (they may or may not happen daily)

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Meeting for a drink after work.

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And some more drinks after work. (these I promise you do not happen daily)

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We also have date night in selfies.

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Sunday breakfast at a favorite spot we hadn’t been too since we moved!

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I recruit others when possible for selfies too.

A farewell sushi dinner with two of our close friends who are both moving.

Delicious food was first had.

Sushi selfie?

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And then real selfies happened after.

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My skills of getting everyone in the photo amaze me.

I then make my pets selfie too.

But really, when Rommy loves our new dining room table more than we do, he deserves a photo shoot.

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This was the first day we had it. I guess he was giving his seal of approval.

He then decided he wanted to have dinner with us.

I know a lot of you are thinking the pets shouldn’t be on the furniture… but that just doesn’t happen in this house.

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And when Ra looks this stoic… I just had to give him a selfie opportunity as well.

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Showing off his new collar…that he continuously takes off…somehow…

And here is how you know I am pretty involved in my challenge group. I have a lot of these on the photo reel.

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Push up challenges.

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Thirsty Thursday water challenges. You gotta stay hydrated guys. Water is important, especially in the heat!

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And a ton of accountability collages. I don’t just coach my challengers, I participate too!

There is still some food in my life. I won’t lie I’m so busy fancy meals don’t happen as often, but I still like to give shout outs to some of my favorite products that help make simple, quick, but delicious meals.

(bagels + almond butter = ah-mazing)

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(side note: I just ran out of my Growing Naturals Vanilla Pea Protein which is a sad time. I literally use this stuff daily, if you need a vegan protein source – get this!)

So yea, that’s basically what my life is right now, and honestly I can’t really complain.

I’m busy, but I’m happy and content.

And I have a lot of these on my photo album too. And life is all about staying positive.

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Reasons To Be Happy

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What story would your photo’s tell?

Do you take a lot of selfies?

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?

drinks, drinks and wild foods

Hello friends!

I hope everyone’s week is going fabulous.

Mine has been busy busy busy.

But you know I love to check in to let you know what I have been up too and also to check in with all you lovlies.

So tell me, how have all of you been? Any exciting news?

We’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off, both of us busy with our side business’s and others fun life stuff, but somehow we always find time to have a little fun.

We recently checked out a new to us Thai restaurant that had high recommendations.

Red Thai is located in a little strip mall and from the outside may not look like anything special, but it was really neat inside.  Think NY Thai restaurant, more modern. They had a really nice bar set up that lined the whole inside of the restaurant and also had anime playing on big screen TVs. There was also a DJ mixing live music, so that was also a fun twist.  Overall it just had a really cool vibe and atmosphere.

Matt and I were meeting some company so while we waited we ordered a drink.

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I ordered the Pinku No Hana, which seriously tasted of flowers. It was made with sake, jasmine infused vodka, and ruby red grapefruit juice. It was such a refreshing drink.

When it came time to order, I just had no idea what I wanted. It was one of those everything sounded good moments. However, right before I ordered I had seen this salad be served to another table, asked the waiter what it was, and decided to order it. It was a papaya mint salad with fried tofu and topped with crushed peanuts.

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Now. This was a good salad, however, when it comes to Thai food, I should have went with my gut and ordered a meat and rice dish like I typically do. The salad just left something to be desired. However, Matt ordered the yellow curry which was PHENOMENAL and he so graciously let me eat some of his. It just means we’ll have to go back so I can try something else. Darn.

The next day Matt and I had some errands to run and since it was a beautiful day out we decided to stop by True Foods to have a cocktail.

I typically order the cucumber margarita, but just wasn’t feeling it that day, so I asked the bartender to just make me his favorite cocktail.

He chose the Thai Basil Martini.

Little did he know what I just had the previous night.

But to his credit, this martini was so delicious! Again, so fresh. I definitely think this will be my new go to drink there. Matt ordered the Cherry Bourbon Sour which was very tasty as well.

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Other random happenings?

Sometimes it’s the random things that make me giggle.

Like eating sushi in my car when I’m out getting lunch because I am just too hungry to wait until I got back to the clinic.

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Oh! And before I go, I just have to share with you guys.

Have you heard of Wild Foods?

They offer a variety of products, but their main focus is on teas and coffees.

They offer around 19 flavors of tea, which is just amazing! I mean, how could you choose?

Well a really cool thing is you can build your own subscription box, so you can pick and choose what flavors you want. Pretty cool huh?

If you know me I am pretty obsessed with coffee so I knew I wanted to try some of their coffee and they also offer a cold brew, which I love!

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Not sure how to brew tea? Coffee? Cold Brew? They got you covered with their How To page with detailed guides and instructions on how to brew your drink of choice.

It also provides great information on using whey protein, healthy fats, uses for coconut oil.

As good as the coffee smelled and looked, what stole my heart right from the start…

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Oh.My.Gosh. Were these things delicious! It took a lot not to devour the whole bag. If you have trouble deciding what you want to try. These are a must!

So make sure you go check out their site, if you are a coffee or tea lover you will not be disappointed!

That’s it for me! Hopefully I will have more news for you soon! But until then have a wonderful week!

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What would you choose if you made a subscription box from Wild Foods?

Which do you prefer Coffee or Tea?

new year update

Hi loves.

I still exist.

I think the holiday’s everyone gets crazy busy, so I know there are you that feel me on that one, but so much more has been going on around here.

I have had a crazy of a New Year already, a lot of change, a lot of change to come.

Possible job changes, not changing jobs, then changing jobs again?
Yea, it makes just about as much sense to me too. But needless to say, I was contemplating leaving my current clinic for another…then decided to give mine another chance. And I guess I can just leave it at that. It was stressful to say the least.

Thankfully on one of my most stressful days, I had a little stress relief.

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In the form of my love, food, and drinks.

It was so nice just to de-stress a little with the one person who actually matters. Because despite all the petty drama. Certain people matter. And certain people don’t.

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This whole process has really helped me realize I need to stay positive and not let others get to me and run my life. I can’t help it though, I’m a sensitive gal!

Another stress in my life however has been the process of house hunting. Goodness, I did not realize how emotionally draining this process was.

Matt and I joked that buying a house was going to turn us into alcoholics.

After house shopping.

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After finding a house we really liked, considering putting an offer in, and checking out the surrounding area.

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After a day full of putting an offer in, touring the house, getting counter offers, and making the hard decision to pass on the house and keep looking.

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That night we ironically had a dinner date with a friend, so it all kind of worked out. At the end of the day Matt and I really need some food and friend time.

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This was exactly what I needed.

Well friends, that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s been going on, but I wanted to check in with you all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their New Year and all is going well.

OH! One more thing before I leave. I am just so excited that I have to share. I recently started my new Hammer & Chisel program and at first, I’m not going to lie, I was seeing so many people getting all these results and I just felt like I wasn’t see the same in me. But now that I am at the start of my third week, I finally am seeing some results I am so psyched about!

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Honestly I am seeing the most results in my arms, but my lower body is finally starting to catch up!

Can’t wait to see how I progress more!

Well loves. Have a wonderful week.

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Has anything exciting happened in the beginning of your New Year?

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.

#sorryimnotsorry

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?

staying positive

Friends I am so sorry. I really hate that my posts are so sporadic and unpredictable, but I really feel like that is what my life has become.  Having a full time job and trying to run my own online fitness coaching business is really taking a toll on me. Not only with the blog, but also my social life. Or lack there of.

But alas,  I have managed to get out of my house and do a few fun things that I thought I should at least check in to let you know that I am still alive.

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Life has been so hectic that Matt and I forgot our own anniversary.  For the first 6 months of our marriage we had been celebrating every month and going to the same restaurant every month. Well we both forgot our 6 month and funny enough that was is actually a mile stone. I still can’t believe we’ve been married 6 months! Time really does fly.

I told Matt we could just wait until the next month, but he insisted we still go to our traditional anniversary spot. Well it’s almost our 7 month, but we managed to make it out before then. And it couldn’t have been on a more perfect night. Work has been incredibly stressful and Friday was the worst. To the point where I was almost in tears.  Thankfully I was able to go home early and upon getting home I took a long hot shower.

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It’s amazing how a good shower and a fresh face can immediately make you feel better.

While I waited for Matt to get home, I did some personal development and read a little.  Again, it was just so nice to relax, read and remember to be positive and focus on me and bettering myself.

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I freshened up a bit and we were off to an amazing dinner.

No big surprise where we go for dinner.

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Oh how I love sushi. I don’t think we ordered enough do you?

And needless to say with the week I had some sake was had as well.

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After dinner we stopped by the park and took a walk around the lake. The weather is finally starting to cool down here and the nights are beautiful.  We ended the night swinging on the swings and went home to veg and watch some TV.  It was a little late, but it was the perfect anniversary night.

 Saturday morning we decided to go out and grab some breakfast at a popular Brunch spot. Thankfully they have good Americano’s and the weather was nice because our wait was quoted at 10 minutes and it took more like 30.

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The rest of the day was spent working with random errands in between. Typical Saturday for us really.

Sunday started off typical with us getting our traditional biscuits and gravy and I guess it was a trend of our breakfast’s taking longer than normal, because the girl ended up forgetting to make our coffees because she got too busy. O’well right?

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Matt’s parents also came to town Sunday so we met them for lunch. Well, since Matt and I had a later breakfast we weren’t really hungry for lunch, but when they ordered dessert…

Well I couldn’t say no to a bite (or three)

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This Apple Caramel Cheesecake was to.die.for.

And now it’s back to the drawing board for another long week at work, but I am determined to stay positive and make the best of it.

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What do you do after a long stressful work week to unwind?

catching up: challenges, puppies and date night

Hey friends!

I am so sorry it has been so long since I have checked in. I  have been so insanely busy, but in the best way possible. Sometimes I think I have everything covered, then realize there were so many things I had intentions to do, but forgot. I really need to get better organized.
Do you all have any recommendations on ways to stay organized with tasks? I try to put things in my phone, but my alerts only go off at one time and then I still forgot about them. My computer doesn’t seem to have a good task/calendar program, so honestly I am thinking of getting a dry erase board so it’s just flat out in my face.

Any recommendations would have HIGHLY appreciated.

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Anywho. What’s been going on with me?

A lot.

The most important and most time consuming.

My decision to becoming a Beachbody Coach and getting my business started.

I LOVE IT.

I am about to start my first 30 day Facebook challenge group and couldn’t be more excited.

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I recently ran a free 7 day clean eating challenge and absolutely loved it, so I am so excited to be running my first solo group. So of course let me know if you are interested and I would love to get you more information.

Other happenings?

Lot’s of cuteness and lot’s of deliciousness.

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Ugh guys. I love my job. Seriously. I work long hours, and it’s crazy and stressful, but I kid you not as soon as a puppy comes in all is well.

Speaking of work, my schedule recently changed with a co-worker going on maternity leave, so I now have the weekends off! And ironically Matt’s mom had gotten us tickets to see Wicked for the first weekend I had off so Matt and I were able to have a date night! We even got kinda fancy!

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I think we clean up nice!

Dinner was of course sushi. Big surprise I know. But it seriously is what always sounds good.

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Wicked was amazing! Our cast was just perfect and it was just overall an amazing performance.
Just really made me realize I would like to go to the theater more often and see more shows.

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The rest of the weekend has been kind of chill. Matt and I are both really busy doing side projects, so we typically spend most of our free time working. It’s still kind of together time though and we are both really enjoying what we’re doing. Sunday we did take a break to go watch the Colts game (we finally won!) but we also took our work with us!

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Yup, we were those people. But hey when you only have so much time to get things done you have to take advantage of it. And needless to say, after my beers, I was pretty worthless, so I’m glad I got some work done.

So now we are full from dinner and watching the last game. Overall, I think I like having weekends off.

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What did you do this weekend? Big plans? Or relaxing days?

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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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