Jeff and Sara’s Wedding

Hello friends!

Erik says thank you all for the birthday wishes :)  We went out to dinner with my family last night to celebrate :)

Alright….back for the second part of our three part Memorial day weekend recap. Rewind back to Saturday………………..

We went to a beautiful country club for Jeff and Sara’s wedding :) Erik has been family friends with Jeff’s family since he was very little, and we had the pleasure to get to know Sara because she went to the best school on the plant… duh Virginia Tech :)

The beautiful bride and handsome groom!

The best man speech was seriously the best.

Sorry the pictures are so terrible, I am not really sure why they turned out this way :(

The food was amazing.

As was the cake

and the dancing was top notch :) We had a great time. Thank you Jeff and Sara for letting us be a part of your special day!

Cheers!!!

Happy Birthday Erik!

Hello friends!

Thank you all for your well wishes. I am feeling better. Friday was rough, I stayed home from work because I had a bit of a fever and decided I wasn’t going to continue the germ spreading.  This long weekend was jam packed once again, and I will fill you all in on the deets throughout the week. But today is my hubby’s birthday :) So I dedicate this post to him :)   We had a BBQ for his birthday on Sunday.

We bought a new crock pot in order to cook our 8 1/2 lb pulled pork.

Anya came over to make Erik’s birthday cake

while Ella chilled.

She is still super exhausted from this weekend.

because not only did Katie bring her roommate’s dog over to play

but we also went to the pool yesterday with Patti’s dog Shelby (photos tomorrow)

We had an awesome group of friends over on Saturday, thank you all for making Erik’s party so special.

Not sure what is going on here..

my cuzzy Neila, and her hubby Bob came too!!!!

beer drinking through a straw.. classy :)

Just want to point out for David, that in this picture he was staring at Erik’s belly… ha

:)

The amazing cake that Anya made.. gluten free chocolate raspberry sponge cake :)

I failed at getting a candle for the cake so Erik had to fake blow them out.

I love you hubby! Have a great day!!!!!!!

Cheers!!!

 

Bleh

Hello friends!

Man I cannot believe its Friday before a three day weekend and I am at home sick as a dog :-/.  Everyone in my office was sick all last week and the beginning of this week, so I knew in the back of my mind I was going to catch the bug too, but I was still hoping it would skip me! No such luck.  So here I am blogging from my couch praying that this sickness goes away before this weekend!

I just wanted to check in real quick and share a few eats from yesterday.

Snacky snack after work…

Yummy dinner :)

sorry for the short post, but I must get some rest!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend.

Cheers!

Warrior

Hello friends!

One more day until FRIDAY, and then its a 3 day weekend! Oh boy oh boy! Last night after dinner we watched Warrior. Has anyone seen it?!

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I’m not really sure why I had initially put this movie onto my netflix queue but I am so glad I did! This movie was really good, very heartfelt (duh I cried), and very well written. It’s about two brothers who fight in MMA (mixed martial arts), one who is fighting to keep his family afloat and the other is fighting in honor of his friend who was killed in the war.  You should definitely watch it.

Onto yesterday’s eats :)

Bfast- 2 hard boiled eggs

snack #1- String cheese

Lunch- same salad as yesterday

Snack #2- 2 more turkey roll ups :)

Dinner- Grilled chicken and oven roasted veggies (squash, red onion, red pepper, and yellow pepper)

I love everything about these oven roasted veggies, all they have on them is 2 tablespoons of EVOO, salt and pepper. Roasting these veggies together combines all the sweet flavors into a side dish I think I could eat everyday!

I hope everyone has a great day!!! The sun is finally shinning here today! I hope it lasts!

Cheers!

What are your plans for the holiday weekend?!– My hubby’s birthday is on Tuesday, so we are having a birthday BBQ on Sunday!

Food Stories Award Nomination for Excellence in Storytelling

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a great day yesterday :)

On Monday CJ from Food Stories Nominated me for the Excellence in Storytelling Award. I am pretty excited and grateful I was chosen :) Thanks CJ!

I get to choose some people to nominate.. This is going to be hard, because there are so many lovely ladies that deserve this nomination… I hope I don’t hurt anyone’s feelings if they are not nominated, know that I love you all!

  1. Erin from The Story of Us
  2. Tiff from Love, Sweat, and Beers
  3. Hollie from Fueled By LOLZ
  4. Allie from The Picky Eating RD
  5. Tessa from Amazing Asset
  6. Erin from Live Life Active

Ladies go here to see instructions :)

I am also supposed to share one random fact about myself…… I made the Varisty Softball team my freshman year of high school and that year we won Districts, for what was I think the first time from my school. (don’t quote me on that last part).

And now to share some eats from yesterday:

Bfast- un pictured, mini veggies quiches (again)

Snack #1- 2 Turkey Roll ups

Lunch- super amazingly awesome salad- Cucumber, avocado, lettuce, shredded chicken, tomato, with a garlic lemon-olive oil dressing

Snack #2- celery I ate in the car on my way home from work, bleh.

Dinner- Broiled Steak, Broiled Tomatoes, steamed broccoli, and cauliflower mashed “potatoes” <— SO GOOD.

I have never had cauliflower mashed “potatoes” before, and omg I have really been missing out.  All you do is steam the cauliflower, then throw it in the Ninja! and add some fat free half and half, and some butter spray.. wow! really

ha, my tomato is bigger than my piece of steak.. haa. I also had never broiled a steak before and I was super nervous it was going to suuuck, but it turned out perfect. Tonight we have some sort of grilled chicken, and oven roasted veggies.. yum, can’t wait!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Have you ever broiled a steak? How did it turn out? 

Also have you ever tried Cauliflower mashed “potatoes”? 

Whew!

Hello friends!

Thank you guys for letting me know that my site was down and was HACKED again! But it is fixed now, and hopefully it won’t happen again!

Yesterday I started getting back on the healthy eats train.  I am eating smaller, cleaner meals with a few healthy snacks thrown in the mix.

I will try and do a better job tomorrow capturing pictures, but for breakfast I made little veggie quiches with egg whites, orange pepper, and spinach. Snack #1 was a part skim cheese stick :) mm so good.

Lunch was also un-pictured, mostly because it was pretty boring.  Grilled chicken on a bed of romaine lettuce.

Snack #2- celery with a wedge of light laughing cow cheese

um NOT a fan of laughing cow cheese, so I don’t think I will be eating this again.

Dinner was ah-mazing.

Broiled Rosemary- Lemon salmon, steamed asparagus

and a side salad

SOoooo very good. And for dessert…. Sugar Free fudgesicle!

I already feel more energized!  I cannot wait to get back into the gym.  We plan on going tomorrow morning! WOOT!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Favorite flavor of ice cream.. Go!

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!!!

Cheers!

Best thing you did this weekend.. Go!

 

 

REFINANCE!

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!!!!!!!

Cheers!

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!

Cheers!

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

 

Prepping

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!!! :)

Cheers!

Does anyone know of an app for the LiveFit trainer?

Do you keep a workout log?

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