THE WEDDING COUNTDOWN

I keep finding it so hard to believe that my wedding is in 16 days.  Yep, SIXTEEN DAYS!  It seems so crazy, because we had such a long engagement and I felt like this day would never get here.  But the day is arriving very quickly.  There are some things that I still need to get done.

  • Purchase flower girls and ring bearer gifts
  • Purchase picture frames
  • Purchase something to hold cards/gifts
  • Create and print signature drink sign
  • Pick up table arrangement sign at Staples
  • Get table # cards laminated at Staples
  • Get photos printed at Target
  • Receive place cards in the mail and put meal sticker on each
  • Put place cards in order for caterer
  • Finish writing my vows

I’m sure that I’m forgetting some things, but right now those are the items that I’m focusing on. If you’ve ever been married, you know that for whatever reason the to-do list just gets longer instead of shorter.  I’m hoping to get a bunch of these items done today after work. 

The blog hasn’t been a top priority the past few weeks, because I’ve been so focused on getting things done for the wedding.  I promise that once the wedding is over, you will have my undying attention.  I actually plan to spend some time on the weekends writing up posts again.  Before wedding crunch time, I used to go to Barnes and Noble and write.  But since I have no free time anymore, that can’t happen. 

I am however making time this morning to get a quick Reflexion Yoga workout in.  There’s a new video up on the page that is titled “Morning Quickie” with Lindsay and it’s only 14 minutes long!  Don’t forget that if you’re interested in Reflexion Yoga, I have a 30% coupon if you visit here.

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Have a great Wednesday everyone!

 

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BACHELORETTE WEEKEND (PART 3)

Happy Monday, readers!  If you missed my other two parts of my bachelorette weekend recap, be sure to check them out.

Bachelorette Weekend (Part 1)
Bachelorette Weekend (Part 2)

After getting dinner, we came back to the hotel to relax for a while.  Some of us took a nap and others just stayed up and chatted in the hotel room.  I was running on adrenaline so, I was one of those who stayed up. 

We all started getting ready to go out around 8PM.  I wore this flashy sequin dress from Forever 21.  I hadn’t gone into a Forever 21 store since college, but I felt it was appropriate for the occasion.  I also wore some bachelorette accessories that my bridesmaids purchased for me, which included a black rhinestone sash, beads, tiara, and a light-up shot glass necklace.  I was set.

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We hopped into a cab and took a drive over to our destination for the night, Power Plant Live.  I had never seen a place like this before, even though apparently there’s a place in Philly that’s very similar.  It’s a group of bars and restaurants that are in a pavilion.  It’s really insane, because there’s so many drunk people in one confined area.

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The first bar we went to was Luckies.  It was definitely a strange crowd.  However, when we got there, they definitely appreciated bachelorette parties, because we got pulled right up to the bar the minute we walked into the place.  The bartender made us like rainbow shot, which was super cool.  When he poured the shots from the shaker, the alcohol changed colors.

After we took that shot, we hung out at Luckies for an hour I guess, but it really wasn’t all that great.  So after we left Luckies, we walked over to PBR.  Again, apparently there is a PBR in Philly, but I don’t get out much so it was all new to me.  PBR is a country bar and the name actually stands for Professional Bull Riders.  Yes, they had a mechanical bull there, but no I didn’t get on because I had a dress on.  If I go to the one in Philly anytime soon, I’m definitely trying it out.  It looked so fun.

So anyway, we had a blast at PBR!  The music was great (all country for the most part), the crown was fun and we had a LOT to drink.  I liked this bar because everyone there was just happy and ready to dance, and we didn’t have weird groups of guys hitting on us. 

We stayed at PBR until they closed around 2AM.  I unfortunately don’t have any photos from actually being out at the bars so you’ll just have to take my word for it that it was a blast! 

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Thank you to my bridesmaids for a great weekend!

 

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BACHELORETTE WEEKEND (PART 2)

If you missed part one of my bachelorette weekend, you can find that post here.

After we left the vineyard, we hopped back into the limo and headed to the Courtyard Marriott Inner Harbor.  Once we got there we were excited to have rooms right next to each other, so three of us stayed in one room and three of us stayed in the other.  We just kept the door between the rooms opened the whole time. 

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We had some time to kill before dinner so we just hung out at the hotel room.  I opened up a gift from the bridesmaids, which was a bag of undies.  LOL.  I had to guess who bought which pair. Let me just say, that it is a really tough game!

Soon enough it was time to get ready and leave for dinner.  I wore on my favorite black dress from Express and my favorite nude pumps from Chinese Laundry.  It’s by far my favorite outfit that I own.  I call it “sexy classy”  (I’m starting to sound like Catherine from the Bachelor with her “grown sexy.”)  

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We walked a few blocks to the waterfront and waited for the water taxi to arrive.  I was so excited, because I’d seen water taxis before but never had a chance to get on one.  Of course, we had to have a random person take a group photo of us before we left.  Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I had so many photos taken in one weekend.  It was insane!

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When we got onto the water taxi, we ended up chatting with a group of occupational therapists that we in town for the AOTA conference.  I told them that I used to work for a company that staffed occupational therapists, and surprisingly enough they actually just met employees from my old company at the conference!  Small world.  We of course had to have this new group of people take another group photo of us…

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Eventually, after a round about ride to the other ride of the harbor, we landed at our destination – the Rusty Scupper.  Ok, so the name sounds strange, but OMG it was amazing. 

I ordered the blackened swordfish with capers on top (because capers are the most delicious thing ever) and it was so good.  Everyone was starving at this point, so we probably would have eaten anything, but I’m so glad we went to this restaurant because it was top-notch.

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We had a table near the window so we had a great view of the water.  Of course, many photos were also taken during dinner. Thank you to my amazing bridesmaids who took all of these photos, because I barely took any! 

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Ok, next up is part three of the bachelorette weekend.  Are you tired of hearing about it yet?!  Well I’m not.  Smile 

 

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  • Have you ever been to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore?
  • What’s your favorite restaurant in Baltimore?
  • What do you typically order for dinner if you eat out?

BACHELORETTE WEEKEND (PART 1)

So you can probably guess from the title of this post that my bachelorette party was this past weekend!  It was (sort of) a surprise, but since I have things planned every weekend until the wedding, I knew that it was probably happening soon.  Everything else from the bachelorette party was a complete surprise. 

Since I realized that this post is going to be SUPER long, I decided to break it up into a few posts.  This is just part 1.  Enjoy!

At around 8:30AM on Saturday, I received a phone call from Bryan’s sister.  She said that I had two hours to get ready because today was my bachelorette party.  Everyone started arriving to my apartment around 10:30AM, and at 11:00AM our limo pulled up!  I was completely shocked.  I saw the front of a black car from outside my window, but when the ladies pulled me outside, I was so surprised to see a limo.

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At this point, I still didn’t know where we were going.  They didn’t tell me until the champagne was poured that we were on our way to Baltimore!  I was SO surprised, because once I saw the limo I thought “Oh, we’re probably headed into Philly or maybe Atlantic City.”  I had no idea that we’d be taking a 2 hour drive to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  I absolutely love Baltimore, so I was thrilled. 

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How cute are those little wine name tags?! Kristin made them.

Our first stop was DeJon Vineyards in Hydes, Maryland.  When we arrived, I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous land.  There were houses around the vineyard that had wrap around porches and huge yards.  For a second I wanted to move there, but then I realized I’d be miles and miles from a Target…

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When we walked through the barn area where the we had the tasting, we quickly realized that it was someone named Andrea’s bridal shower.  LOL.  Poor Andrea.  She had a bunch of random chicks walking around her bridal shower.  We ended up introducing ourselves and congratulating her anyway because we felt bad.

Our tasting was great.  We tasted all of the wines and each picked out our favorite.  Mine was the “Sweet Denise” which was basically a Riesling.  It was sweet, but not too sweet.  My second favorite was the Merlot. 

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After the tasting, we each grabbed a glass of wine and we given a quick tour of the property.  The weather was pretty wonderful, a little windy, but not too bad at all.  We learned a lot about the different wines they make and how they bottle and label everything by hand!

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Before we left the vineyard, we had a gorgeous picnic on the lawn.  By this point, we were starving and needed something to soak up all of the champagne and wine we’d been drinking. Thank goodness Bridgett had a picnic basket, because it definitely was very handy.  We had an assortment of cheese, fruit, crackers, hummus and chocolate – all of my favorite things!

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Part 2 will be up tomorrow!

 

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FRIDAY FAVORITES

Wahoo, Friday.  Boy am I glad to see you.  I have a lot to do this morning, so let’s get right to business.  These are my Friday favorites for this week.  Comment and let me know some of your recent favorite things.

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Looking through old photos is definitely a favorite from this week.  We are using some old photographs as wedding décor, so I had my sister email me a bunch.  I’m eating a pickle in the last picture.  Not much has changed.

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Another favorite this week was relaxing in bed and catching up on some magazines that have been sitting around my apartment.  Inc. is one of my favorites, because I love reading about entrepreneurs and general branding success stories.  This issue talked about how J.Crew, Target, Shinola and Warby Parker grew into the brand they are today.  Pretty cool stuff.

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I received the Williams Sonoma Home catalog this week.  When I say this thing was massive, I’m not even exaggerating!  It probably 16 inches tall.  As I was flipping through, I realized that all of the rooms I was drawn to were under the category “New Traditional.”  Glad I now know what time of home décor I like.

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My final Friday favorite for you happened yesterday.  I randomly came across a palm tree.  Yes, a palm tree in the Philadelphia suburbs.  I thought it was so out of the ordinary that I had to snap a picture!

 

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