Wednesday, March 28, 2012


link up with miss jamie!

This week I am loving....

...the new challenge I am starting today! It is primarily a weight loss challenge but it encourages you to eat better, sleep better, exercise more, adopt healthy habits, and get rid of unhealthy habits! A group of 15 girls in my town started it 8 weeks ago, word got around, and now for round two there are 60 people competing! I am so excited.... there is also $800 dollars on the line for the winning team! More on this soon, but wish me luck!! niece is coming to visit for her spring break next week! She is 16 and this will be her first time flying all by herself! I can't wait for her to get here! C'mon Friday, hurry up!! 

Here are two of my nieces a couple of years ago.....
Courtney on the left lives in the same town as me : ), Shelby on the right lives in Michigan : (

... A couple of our friends, E, and I just booked a weekend in New York City in May! Considering I live only about 5 hours from New York I have spent surprisingly little time there! Our hotel is really nice and right downtown! I am super excited!! 

... 16 and Pregnant came back on last night. I know, I know, such trashy tv, but I just can't help myself! 

... two alarm clocks away from the weekend!!

Happy Wednesday, y'all! 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

8 Years!

As of Saturday, Eliot and I have been together for 8 years. 
Can you believe that?? I really can't!

He is truly my very BEST FRIEND and I can't imagine what the past 8 years would have been like without him by my side! I love our shared adventurous spirit, his sense of humor, and his passion for the things he loves. I love that he is never boring, that I can tell him things with only a look, and I love how adorable he is, too.
In the past eight years we have graduated college, moved a few times, and gotten real jobs. We have driven across the country {twice}, lived in California, traveled to Italy, to Costa Rica, to Canada, to Florida, to Kentucky... and just about every where in between! We had a serious car accident in Canada. We learned to surf, ziplined the rain forests of Costa Rica, drank lots of wine, and skied the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. 

Costa Rica 2010
 Ziplining, Costa Rica, 2010
Skiing in Vermont, 2010
Italy in 2005! 
He makes me laugh when I want to cry, and once or twice cry when I want to laugh. He supports all of my endeavors and encourages me like no other. He makes fun of me for having no coordination, but I love him anyway! He inspires me to be the best that I can be. 

I have loved the past 8 years and can't wait to see what life has in store for us! I can't wait to start a family with him and watch him become a father in the future, I know he will be great. I wouldn't want to grow old with anyone else!  
The time has flown by, I love him more everyday, and I am so absolutely excited to become his wife in 138 days!! 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Florida Days!

Linking up with the lovely Carissa for Miscellany Monday! 
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Florida was so nice! And warm! 85 and sunny every day. We were definitely not there for long enough (3 days) but such is life! My bff Vicki has lived there for 5 years and this is the first time I have made it down to visit her! Terrible. 

We started the trip off right with a little Waffle House. We don't have waffle house in Massachusetts and while possibly disgusting to some it is a necessity to have some of that cheap goodness whenever we travel South! Haha 

 Somehow... can't even explain this one, we ended up with this sexy rental car. I felt like a cross between an 80 yr old man and a cop the entire time. 

The first day we were there we checked out Siesta Key beach. It was GORGEOUS!  Since I live by the beach and mine are pretty nice I rarely think other beaches that I travel to are quite as beautiful. This beach proved that wrong though because it was beautiful and had the softest whitest sand ever. 

After strolling the beach for a while we went into town and found a little open air bar called the Daiquiri Deck.  They had about 15 different frozen daiquiri drinks you could choose from and you could also do combinations. The one I got was red, white, and blue! We loved it!! 

Since we had a packed little weekend, on Friday night my friend had both the rehearsal dinner AND a bachelorette party! For the bachelorette party we went to a Drag Show Bingo dinner show, It was SO funny!   We of course brought some things to embarrass her, which because she is shy, was REALLY easy! Also, whenever they called the number "o-69" the waiters came around with free jello shots! We really liked that part! 

Bridesmaid Jen on the left and bride Vicki on the right! 

They picked this guy out of the audience and made him take off his shirt... and um, we liked it! ; )

After the show we went to a country bar with line dancing called Joyland. Who knew you could line dance to rap songs?? Only in Florida, I guess!!

The wedding was at a beach and the reception was pretty casual. It was also on St. Patrick's Day so here is E and I in our green attire. Please excuse the wrinkles on my dress... it was late into the day and it was a cotton dress. Blah : / 

The ceremony at Lido Beach! 


 The cake was pretty cool and yummy!

 This is E, with Vicki's new stepson Michael. He was mad at me because I had just accidentally stepped on his toes! :( 

 After the reception ended we headed back to Siesta Key and went to a fun bar called Gilligan's for a little after party fun and to find some green beer! 

We found some!!! :)

On Sunday we met up with E's aunt who lives in the area for breakfast. I someone was a little hungover so I didn't get any pictures! Later in the day we went to the beach again and the weather was fabulous. We went in the water and hung out! We made one more stop at Diaquiri Deck before we headed back to Orlando to catch our early morning flight the next morning!!

E and our friend Jen getting our last taste of Diaquiri Deck before heading out! 

Congrats, Vicki and Gary, we had a blast! 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday, Friday, Fridayyyyy!

I have been so MIA this week and I don't even know why!

My quick trip to Florida for my BFF's wedding was glorious! So nice to get rid of the regular schedule and bask in the sunshine for a few days. Every day we were there was sunny and 85, not too shabby! I went to Siesta Key beach, which was voted #1 beach in the country. Loved it! The wedding and all the festivities were a blast too. Pics soon.

I got back from Florida really early Monday morning, was up at 4 am for a 6 am flight, got home around 9 am and then went immediately to work. Monday night I went to bed at 7 PM. Yes, you read that right, seven pee emm. I slept right on through until 7 the next morning. I guess when your body needs 12 hrs of sleep it takes it!

The rest of the week I have gone to work, but I have felt siiiick. Not sure if it was anxiety related, a weird virus, or possibly even my wisdom teeth that I haven't gotten removed causing the annoyance, but finally it is Friday and I am starting to feel normal again. Back to my regularly scheduled blogging next week!!

Until then,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Lately I have been so busy that I feel like I only have time to post on Wednesdays! Probably because I love What I'm Loving Wednesday so much!

This week I'm loving:

-I got a shellac manicure for the first time yesterday and I am in love. I might never go back to regular nail polish!

-The quality time I got to spend with my big bro and fam this weekend. Since my bro lives in Michigan my entire immediate fam doesn't get to be all together all that often... but this weekend we spent a lot of quality time together and I loved it! I brought my brother to spin class with me and I kicked his butt! He is 11 years older than me and isn't used to get beat by his lil sis! We also went to dinner, played a mildly inappropriate session of "The Game of Things," laughed a lot, and ate way too much food!!

-Tomorrow night I leave for Florida for my bff's wedding (only 1 1/2 days of work to get through first, ugh!).... can't wait to see the palm trees and 85 degree weather, and Vicki getting married of course!!! Follow me on instagram and twitter while I'm gone!

- My Dad's retirement/birthday surprise party was a success. I don't think he had a clue...atleast until he pulled up and saw one of his best friend's cars!! Oh well... I still think it was a success! We had a great time and the weather was gorgeous so we got to spend some time outside too! Here is picture overload :)

I made my niece take this pic so I could see if my sock bun was straight... yes a mirror could do the trick, but this works too!
 cake and flowers
 cake close up (yes a baby picture of him and his fave tool!)
 the cake table
 congratulations banner I made for E's graduation party last year
 Daddio walking in to a room full of friends and family
 Mom and Dad
 We always call him Grumpy so this balloon was fitting... haha
 Party Go-ers
 more party goers
 Baby Paigie's shoe.... how adorbs??? 
 Ahh I want to eat those cheeks! 
 Crazy kiddos
 I just can't get over her
 Big bro Mark getting ready for a toast
 I cried like a baby at this... I am DOOMED at the wedding
 Dad listening to his toasts
 Candles... but not 65 of them
 one more cake shot
 The lil monkey

-I just found out that Pinkberry is opening a new store in the town next to mine... aka a 10 minute drive. Currently, the closest one is in Boston. I LOVE pinkberry. This could be the best or worst news of my life, I am not sure yet. Haha
Have a good Wednesday everyone!! And link up with Jamie.