A Wedding-full Weekend

Howdy everyone! How was everybody’s weekend? I’m hoping they were all as good as mine were!

Given the fact that a whopping ton happened over the weekend, I’m going to be all in favor of just launching straight in without much small talk- I’m not overly good at it, anyway.

First thing’s first- we got to Kansas City around 7 on Friday night, ate some delicious salads that my Aunt Julie had so thoughtfully picked up for us, and went to bed right around 8:30. We were exhausted.

On Saturday morning, mom and I left around 7:45 to get to my 8:15a.m. dress fitting. Even thought it was wicked early, it didn’t stop me from ooing and awing all over the place at how stunning my dress is. I couldn’t love it any more! I really wish I could spoil it and post a photo but I just can’t bring myself to do that…but hey, only about 3 months now until wedding time so it won’t be much longer anyway!

On Saturday night, I met up with my maid of Honor Amanda and two of my bridesmaids, Justine and Laura, for dinner. I hadn’t gotten to see or talk to any of these girls for so long so it was a really nice time to just sit and catch up. (I’m kicking myself now for not taking photos…what a dumb move!)

I did, however, snap a few photos of Justine’s brand new rescue puppy!

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Is he not the cutest? He’s an Australian Shepard mix by the name of Qincey- pictured here wearing the bow tie collar that his mama bought him.

He’s too cute, and so insanely well behaved for only being 5 months! He loves people, too, which is a huge bonus. He was definitely a welcome surprise this weekend! (She had just adopted him on Saturday afternoon.)

Alright, and now to the stuff I know everyone has been dying to hear about….my first Bridal Shower! (every photo I’m about to post was either taken by Amanda, Amanda’s mom or my Aunt Julie…so photo cred should go to them! I was too busy feeling like an absolute princess to snap any photos 😉 )

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Is that spread unreal or what? Amanda and her sweet mom Shari went to so much trouble to make everything so perfect and special and I just couldn’t get over how beautiful everything was! (Not to mention delicious…those gluten free chocolate heart cakes were like fudge. So good.) Not to mention there was a wicket Sangria and some amazing Almond Sweet Tea that knocked my socks off. YUM.

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And don’t even get me started on the gorgeous flowers or the beautiful grey and white monogram painting that Shari painted especially for us. Pictured above- is that not beautiful? Everything was grey and pink and white and perfect- all the colors that will be at our wedding were incorporated! Seriously, I was floored.

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Everything, down to the tiniest detail of the little bows on the party favors, was perfect.

The entire event was so much fun! We started with food, and then when we all moved to sit down by the gifts we played a game. Amanda had sneakily asked Shane a whole bunch of fun questions about us and our relationship, and I had to guess what his answers were- or else suffer the consequences (aka- eat a Mike and Ike).

I will say there were a couple that were a little tricky, but on the whole I’d say I know my man pretty well. 😉 Including his favorite movie of all time (Last Action Hero with Aw-nold) and where our “first date” was (the Chili’s To Go at the Atlanta Airport).  It was so fun to hear his responses and see if they matched up!

While opening gifts, each time I opened a given person’s gift they had to tell a funny story about me or me and Shane. It was so nice to have so many people I love surrounding me and telling fun stories! (Not to mention the gifts we got were crazy awesome- my friends and family are so generous!)

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A sweet photo of me, Amanda and one of my bridal attendants, Katie- also a sorority sister of mine.

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One of my mom, me, Amanda and mama Blue!

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The group of sorority gals that came! Aren’t they a gorgeous group? 😉

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Obligatory Theta “Kiting” photo! (You’ll be seeing a billion more of these, no doubt.) From left to right in this photo are my old roommate Emily, Katie, Amanda, me (doi), Justine and Laura. Looking at this photo makes me all kinds of happy.

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Last but not least, me and the MOH! I can’t tell you guys enough how amazing she’s been through everything so far.

The entire afternoon was a huge success, and a fantastic kick off to “bridal season 2014”!  I’ll have to give you all a run down of all the loot that Shane and I got in another post sometime soon- there’s too much good stuff to throw it all in here at the end.

I hope you all had as good a weekend as I did! I have some work to catch up on, some errands to run and a workout to fit in so I’ll be a busy bee for the rest of the day, but be on the look out for that presents post coming up soon!

 

 

 

 

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A Sunday Setup and a Confession

Hello again! Long time no see- err..read. 🙂 How was everyone’s weekend? Hopefully they were stellar!

Mine was actually pretty low key, but I still feel like it flew by and I was constantly doing something…it was weird.

Friday after work, I hit the gym for a quick shoulders and calves circuit and finished up with 40 minutes on the stair master.

I’m telling you, that thing is efficient.

(Again, I almost posted a gym selfie here…but let’s face it, I’m just not ready.)

Speaking of workouts, and the awesome new kicks I have on in the gym-selfie-that-would-have-been, please- Check out these beauties.

 

I’m missing the pair of Asics running shoes that I have because…well, I’m not really sure where they are.

But still.

 These are in order from oldest to newest. Make no mistake, none of these are any older than 2 years. And the 2 newest pairs were bought approximately a month apart.

I might have a problem?

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Saturday was spent getting organized and going shopping with my coworker for our white elephant Christmas gifts for our staff party this Wednesday.

We went to a super cute local store out in Andover called Pink Boa– both of us found some great stuff!

Also on Saturday, some very exciting things happened.

My parents and I finally decorated the tree! Woop!

 (Before- naked tree.)

And you can’t decorate a tree without a little holiday drink, right?

 (The tree is still naked.)

On a side note, I love our fireplace. Especially when its lit. 🙂

Aaaaaaand here it is! Completed tree, fire place-the works. It certainly feels nice and festive over here!

 

 

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On Saturday night, Shane and I had a little get together with some friends to play some games and have a small gift exchange. His weekend TV show co-host was our hostess, and the party was a blast- as her parties always are!

We played Catch Phrase and Heads Up (SO fun, and its an app so its super easy to get! So go get it.) and one of our friends brought these adorable little cupcakes.

How cute are those?

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On another side note, while I was getting ready on Saturday night a thought crossed my mind that since it is the Christmas season and all, maybe I’d share some of my favorite bath time products on here as sort of a “Bath Time Gift Guide” of sorts.

You’ll have to excuse the fact that there are only 2 items. My “bath time” ritual is limited.

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  • This Tree Hut Shea Shea Sugar Body Scrub. This stuff is amazing. I really love the Brazilian Nut scent (pictured below)- it smells like coffee beans and gives you that great “wake up, you’re rubbing freshly ground coffee beans on your legs” feeling that I know we all want first thing in the morning. 😉

 

I also really like the Mango scent. Rub a quarter sized amount on your legs, let it sit for 30 or so seconds and rinse off just before shaving your legs. This sugar scrub will make your skin feel so soft. It’s unreal.

 

  • Next up is this amazing Ahava Dead Sea Minerals gift set.  This stuff is awesome. My future mother-in-law bought it for me last Christmas and it lasts forever. It also smells wonderful and does truly miraculous things for skin, especially in the winter.  This gift set comes with body lotion, hand cream and foot cream. The lotion is super creamy and light, not greasy at all and has a wonderfully refreshing scent they call “Water”.

It’s a winner.

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Alllrighty, since its Sunday night I figured I’d go ahead with a Sunday Setup for the week.

But first, I have a confession to make.

Truthfully, I’ve been feeling just sort of blah and really out of my element this past week. I feel like I slacked on my workouts, and because of that I also feel like I’ve slacked on my health challenge (oof). Not only that, but I also haven’t tried a new recipe yet. (double oooof).

So that being said, I just really want to start fresh and hit them all super hard this week.

The program that I’ve been doing has me doing workouts 6 days a week, so naturally my setup will have 6 days accounted for!

Monday– Legs/glutes/abs + cardio

Tuesday– Chest/triceps + cardio

Wednesday– 45 min. HITT on treadmill

Thursday– Back/biceps/abs + cardio

Friday– Shoulders/calves + cardio

Saturday- 20 min. HITT + 40 min. 10k training

Sunday– rest/yoga

 

Welp, that’ll about do it for me tonight folks! I have to get up early tomorrow and I was banking on hitting the gym in the a.m. so I can do a little Christmas shopping after work. 🙂

I also get to go on a very exciting interview for work tomorrow and I have a little more preparing to do for that- catch ya later!