Alaina’s Graduation Party

Hello friends!

We had another stellar weekend, and I can’t wait to share :) Friday while I was doing some work at home and waiting for Erik to pick me up so we could go to our refinance, I snapped some pictures of Ella. She really loves it when I don’t go into work.

hehe what a lazy baby. After we saved a bazillion dollars by refinancing, we headed back home to relax a bit before Erik left to go hang out with a work buddy, and I went over to Brandy’s house for ladies night.

(I am in love with bright colors)

Goood times were had!  After our ladies party, Erik and I went to finally see The Avengers! Oh man it was soo good.

Saturday morning we woke up to beautiful weather once again,

After breakfast we headed out into the yard and cleaned up a bit.  We had an unreasonable amount of Ivy growing around our pond and on the fence. Four hours and a million cuts later we were done and had a well deserved smoothie before we headed over to Alaina’s graduation party.

Seriously, this Ninja is amazing. Onto the party! We played cornhole (those are the boards we made after we graduated college)

ate yummy food

and designed a new tshirt… you had to be there to understand, ha

Hello Grad, you make me happy :)

I told you I like bright colors,

:) pure happiness!

Sunday was all about food and chores.  After Erik got back from his football game we had lunch

then headed to the mall where we were unsuccessful in finding me shoes, headband, and clutch (super disappointed in Charming Charlie right now).  But we found Erik a tie and when we got home, after a much needed nap, I ordered my shoes off of Amazon and headband off of the Charming Charlie website.

Not too shabby. Then dinner happened,

and afterwards we went to our very very late softball games.  I am pooped!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!!!


Best thing you did this weekend.. Go!




Hello friends!

ahh I am so excited today! Sorry this post is going up later than usual, but I wanted to post it after we actually closed on our refinance :) We finally did it, we refinanced our house!

We have only been living in it for 3 years and 5 months (but who is counting), but the interest rates have gone down significantly since we first closed on our house, so we NEEDED to do this.

We got home and celebrated with some Trader Joe’s pizza.

And now I get to spend the rest of the day with my hubby and puppy :) Oh yea, I tried on my dress for the vintage wedding.. what do you think? I will be dressing it up with yellow.. headband from Charming Charlie Shoes.. (what do you think of these?) from Amazon.. (um if these shoes are comfy I will buy some of the other colors haha.) and a clutch I will look for when I am at Charming Charlie this weekend. My hubby will be wearing a white jacket, black shirt, yellow tie, and black pants :) We are gonna look goooooood. We also finally booked our tickets to Chicago, AND I set up my very first blogger meet up with Allie!! I can’t wait to meet her! If there is anyone else in the Chicago area that wants to meet up with us direct message me on twitter and we will chat :) I also want to give a big shout out to my friend Alaina who graduated from her masters programyesterday! Photo cred, Courtney! Can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow! Have a great weekend!!!!!!!


Congrats to all the 2012 grads!!!

Paying off Debt!

Hello friends!

How is everyone today!? My weekend is starting early this week, today is my last day of work for the week because tomorrow we are REFINANCING our house!!!!!!!!! YES!  Something that I have wanted to do for a while now, and has been on my 101 list! I can finally knock it off my list tomorrow.

I am even more excited because with the savings we will be able to pay off Erik’s student loan next month, as well as my student loan by September!  Once those two loans are payed off, we will roll those payments into my car payment so that we can pay that off by the end of next year. I hate debt, I really do, and we have been working diligently for the past year and a half to reduce ours, and we are soooo close!  We would have been completely debt free (other than our mortgage) if I hadn’t gotten into a car accident forcing me to buy a new car, and restarting my payments, but hey life happens.  You just have to roll with the punches.

Speaking of rolling with the punches, I still cannot fit my foot into a shoe (comfortably) so we haven’t been able to go to the gym all week. Sorry I refuse to go to the gym in flip flops! So instead of working out, we went for a family walk after we ate dinner :)

Dinner was gooooood, as was our walk. This weather is absolutely amazing, and it is supposed to continue to be this nice all weekend.

I hope everyone has a great day!


Are you paying off debt?- You can read about our debt payoff strategy here.



Hello friends!

Oh man what a crazy weather day yesterday!  We had some intense lighting and thunder roll through our area last night while we were watching Glee :), so loud that Ella got scared and ran upstairs to her “room”.

Yesterday as well as this morning we skipped the gym, partially because of the storms but mainly because I still cannot fit my foot into a shoe, so instead I started prepping our workout books

I really wish that there was an app for the LiveFit trainer, so that we could just take our phones or Ipod Touch and use that to keep track of our workouts.  We used to lift weights and not keep a record of our progress but we weren’t seeing results and I think it had a lot to do with the fact that we had no idea when we needed to move up in weights.  It seemed like we were just content with the weights we were using, and now that we keep a record I can look back at my previous weeks and increase when I need to.  I recommend keeping a workout log to anyone who is following the LiveFit program :).

I also decided that I want to start running again.  I’ve taken about a two month break after my first half marathon, because we started phase 1 of the Livefit trainer and it is recommended that you don’t do any cardio.  But now that we are in phase two, cardio is back!  The workouts in phase two are also longer, so I think instead of going back to the gym after work I will turn on my Garmin and head out for a run everyday day after work (or at least every other day).  Obviously I need to wait until my ankle is healed but I like my plan.

I also think it will help me from snacking when I get home from work…

sorry my nails look ghetto. But this Klondike was aah-mazing, thank you sissy for getting these for me for my birthday.

I hope everyone has a great day! It is supposed to be 86 degrees here today!!! :)


Does anyone know of an app for the LiveFit trainer?

Do you keep a workout log?

Storms= sleeping in

Hello friends!

Thank you for your concern about my ankle! I feel a LOT better today!! I guess a full day of icing and elevating helped out a lot.  I will continue to ice and elevate throughout the day today and hopefully I will be back at the gym tomorrow morning.


It felt really good to sleep in today, especially because it was POURING outside this morning. And when I say pouring I mean the whole shebang, lighting/thunder! Insane.  I don’t think Ella likes storms too much, because we woke up with her snuggling between us in our bed.

I feel good today, I really needed to go to bed early last night and sleep in this morning, aka not wake up at 4:50am to go to the gym, in order to get my bearings straight.

Sorry this post is so boring.. haha, yesterday was a pretty boring day around our neck of the woods. Perhaps today will be a bit more exciting, that or I will find something more exciting to share with you guys tomorrow :)

I hope everyone has a great day!


Do rainy days make you want to sleep in and be lazy?

What a weekend!

Hello friends!

You guys are too sweet :) thank you for the wonderful comments.  I warn you this post will contain a lot of pictures and might be a bit long.

Let’s see.. Friday night we went over to Lejia’s house for a birthday/mother’s day BBQ.  I took pictures with my DSLR and I haven’t had a chance to get them onto my computer. But my mommy brought me an awesome birthday present!

NINJA!!! I love this thing, we made our first smoothie on Saturday morning before we headed to the gym, delish. After the gym, we took my mom out for an early Mother’s Day brunch at First Watch in Fairfax.

My momma is the cutest :)

My plate was aaaahmazing

my sister and I got the same thing

Erik got the eggs Benedict with smoked turkey and avocados.

and I didn’t take a picture of my mom’s dish which is sad because hers was probably the best one. It had a wonderful pesto sauce on top of the eggs! After brunch we went to my mom’s house to give her the cake pops we orders from a friend’s neighbor at work, and to hang out a bit before we headed back home.

I am happy to say that I did not have any of these (yet, ha).   We went home and caught up on Smash before heading to the DC Improv to see GODFREY (another task on my 101 list!)

Then we went to Rumors and danced the night away!

Sunday morning we went over to Erik’s parent’s house where Anya made an amazing Mother’s Day brunch.

Then we went home cooked up some stuff and headed back to their house for my mother in law’s birthday/Mother’s day dinner.

All her kids chipped in money to get her a stand mixer for her birthday

The weekend ended a bit on a sour note, because although we won both of our softball games, I sprained my ankle :-/

But really other than that, this birthday weekend has been amazing!  I do however, need another weekend to recover from this one.. perhaps next weekend!

I hope everyone has a great day!


What did you guys do for Mother’s Day?


Hello friends!

Thank you all so much for wishing my happy birthday :) I had an amazing day. I know and have always know that I have an amazing group of friends and family, but yesterday I was humbled by the generosity and kindness of each and every one of you.  I am so lucky and truly blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people. I read all of your comments and facebook messages and each one of them brought me immense joy. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And now for some pictures of my day :)

My office bought me ice cream cake.. Don’t worry there was nothing left approximately 1 minute after this picture was taken.

My sister came over and surprised me with flowers

a hilariously awesome balloon


and some un-pictured Mint Chocolate Chip Klondike bars :) I love you sissy!

Then we went to dinner with my awesomely amazing friends,

Fun presents and fun cards (not pictured)

and the icing on the cake (literally), my very sweet sister in law made me a birthday cake. Thank you Anya!!!!

It’s going to be a great year!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


All I ask for today, is that you take a minute to step back from everything that is going on around you and realize how much you are loved by all of your friends and family.  Because honestly for me my friends and family have and will continue to be the most important aspects of my life. I love you all. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives!

27 here I come!

Hello friends!

I had such a wonderful night last night and today is already shaping up to be another amazing day!

Yesterday when I got to work, my friend Rose gave me an early birthday present.

Aren’t they beautiful!? I am wearing them today :)

As I mentioned yesterday we went out for happy hour! We started out the evening outside

then it slowly started to rain so we decided it was best to move our party indoors, and I am so glad we did because it started pouring about 30 minutes later.  A few of those then for my last drink of the night I had this amazing margarita

with a lightening bolt, ha. I finished mine a little too quickly, it was that good.

I obviously drank Rose (her drink on the left) under the table… ha jk.

To top off the night I got to watch the Caps WIN with my amazing hubby! It was a fabulous night!

This morning I got to work and saw this on my door from Shannon :)  I don’t know if you read my blog but THANK YOU :)


I love my new top! Sarah bought me the exact same top in CORAL! It is going to be a great day!

I am so excited to see what awesome adventures 27 has in store for me!

I hope everyone has a great day!


Let the shenanigans begin

Hello friends!

Here we are on the eve of my 27th birthday and I have already started it off with a bang.  Last night’s dinner was as always spectacular.

I followed my own advice from the last time I made it and added garlic and spices to the meatballs. SO GOOD!

Also last night after watching an awesome episode of Glee, we were getting ready for bed (ella was already ready for bed)

and I found this under the covers

!!!!!!!! An early birthday present from my hubby!!! My very first zoom lens!!! I cannot wait to try it out this weekend! He is the best, but we already knew that.

Tonight we will kick off my awesomely long birthday weekend celebrations! I used to hate having birthdays during the week, but now I realize it just means we will be celebrating it longer than just one day. hehe.

Tonight after work I am going to happy hour with these fools :)

Hopefully the Caps will win tonight to put icing on my early birthday cake :)


I hope everyone has a great day!


No question today, just be happy and give someone a hug! (sorry I get sappy-er around my birthday)

Wrapping Up Week 4

Hello friends!

I have a little pep in my step today because we went to the gym this morning and completed the last leg workout in week 4.  One more workout and we can finally more on to phase 2 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer.  It seems like I started this program forever ago, and well it was. It has been such an on again off again program for me, but I am really going to try and finish the last 8 weeks strong!

We have also been eating better!  I did have a few chips and guac yesterday at work, but I held back. It could have been worse ha.  This week is going to be particularly hard because it’s my birthday week, mother’s day weekend, and our other friend Hyojon’s birthday.  Man this weekend is going to be jam packed, and I cannot wait!

Last night I made turkey burgers, baked beans and corn on the cob. Some of the burgers were a bit too thick, so next time I think I definitely need to cut them in half.  Also I used an onion soup mix packet, which was good, but I still think it needed some garlic, so will be adding that next time as well.

Sorry that isn’t the prettiest picture but you get the idea. It was fantastic. Tonight I am making A Clean eating magazine recipe that I have made before and LOVED; southwest meatballs.

I realized last week that I love putting recipes on my blog, #1 because I love it when other people make them, and #2, I love looking back and getting cooking tips from myself. haha. If that makes sense.

Ah well it makes sense to me, ha. I guess that is all I’ve got for today, we will be finishing up week 4 tomorrow and starting week 5 on my birthday :) WOOT!

I hope everyone has a great day!


What else can I put into my turkey burgers?

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