Weekend Recap

Happy Tuesday Friends!

This weekend was a great start to my October! Now that I am at my new job, I am fortunate to start my weekend on Fridays at 3:30pm – the earliest i’ve ever gotten out of work. I was so excited for the weekend to start, because I knew fun things were happening!

Friday: I went home to play a bit with Lola girl since Bobby is outta town for the weekend. I had plans to go out to eat for dinner with my mom & dad at our favorite Fish & Chips place Ye Olde English – so getting some of Lola’s energy out before I had to leave again was necessary. My gram, cousin and aunt ended up joining us for dinner! I love family time and to make things better Nichole came back to spend the night with me so I wasn’t lonely!

Saturday: THE DAY I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO SINCE I GOT ENGAGED. Some of the most important ladies in my life came with me to find my wedding dress! It was something that I was so excited to do, but also dreading because I have not lost as much weight as I wanted to before the appointment.

As soon as we got to the store I immediately felt special. They had a sign out front that had my name on it, welcoming me to my appointment. How freaking cute is that?!? I had heard such great things about Ve’Lace Bridal and I am so glad I chose to go there first.

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Once I got into the store I checked in, and advised what style I liked and showed them a few pictures of what I liked. Well it’s true what they say that you may not actually like the things you see in the magazines. I had such a strong opinion on what I wanted to try on – but thankfully I had the most amazing bridal associate helping me. Big Shoutout to Shadia for helping me feel the most beautiful I have EVER felt.

 

Shadia was unbelievable in really opening my eyes to different style dresses that I thought I didn’t want. I told her what I liked but was also open to try on anything since this was my first time ever trying on bridal gowns! Little did I know I’d fall completely in love with I think the 10th dress I tried on. I had loved it so much – but there were still some things that I wanted to change, so I tried on other dresses but I couldn’t stop comparing everyone to that one. I spoke with Shadia in the dressing room about my thoughts and she assured me that the few changes I wanted could easily be made. Thats when I stepped back out in that dress and let the ladies know it was the one.

Once she matched the veil to my dress, the tears could not stop! I knew I had found my dream dress and I could not be happier!! I’m so excited to bring my girls back to shop for their bridesmaids dresses there and hope they have the same great experience that I did (I have no doubt that they will!)

After a wonderful appointment we headed to lunch. It was so nice to talk about all things wedding related, further kids names, and just have a fun girls morning and afternoon.

Sunday: It was such a crappy day – legit overcast and rain ALL day. But I went sunflower picking with my mom and finished getting our engagement picture outfits complete. We have them a week from Sunday! I am so excited!

Monday: Happy Columbus Day! We spent the day doing one of our bucket list items. Visiting Clyde’s Cider Mill. We had heard great things about their hard cider & wine so we ventured to Mystic CT with the family. It was a fun day. After hanging around for a bit at the cider mill watching their process of making the cider we headed to Mystic Pizza.

 

 

I had the absolute best weekend and hope you did too! Hopefully this week flies by since its only a 4 day work week.

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Friday Favorites 10.6.17

Happy Friday! Bobby is away and I am heading into this weekend on a high! Here are some of my favorites from this week!

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  1. I got a Job. Officially three weeks after being let go from my position I got a job offer. I am really excited to start this new chapter. I am ready to dive into a new part of marketing that I haven’t had a chance to do yet – B2C!
  2. This sweater. I have been searching EVERYWHERE for a white sweater for our engagement photos. Bobby is wearing a button up and I knew I wanted to wear white. My mom and I spent the afternoon shopping earlier this week and I found this gem!
  3. With fall weather here every night, I have been searching for a blanket that I can wrap my self into like a burrito – this Sweater Knit Blanket was the winner.

 

This weekends plans are to wedding dress shop, head to the cider mill & visit our favorite donut shop. I am so excited for the long weekend!

 

The Best Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Since fall weather is finally upon us, I have been having the itch to make a hearty homemade soup. Today I am sharing with you the best Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe. This soup really fills you up and is perfect for a fall night when you need something to warm you up.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 5 cups half and half
  • 5 cups veggie broth
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 small red potatoes
  • 4 broccoli crowns
  • 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Caramelize onion in some butter and put aside.
  2. Place stick of butter in pan and melt, then add flour and whisk together for 5 minutes
  3. Slowly add in the half and half while whisking.
  4. Add in veggie broth.
  5. Let simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. While the base is simmering chop up your veggies – carrots, red potatoes, and broccoli crowns.
  7. Add in chopped veggies & caramelized onions.
  8. Season with salt & pepper.
  9. Let simmer on low for 20 minutes.
  10. Add in the shredded cheddar cheese.
  11. Mix on low until cheese is melted.

 

October Goals

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I feel like I literally just sat down to write out my goals for September, and now its already October. Where does the time go?! I didn’t get to do everything I set out to do last month, but it’s a new month and I am ready to take on October and knock off some fun things from my fall bucket list!

September Goals:

  • 3x a week workouts (BBG)
  • begin Christmas shopping
  • finalize props & outfits for engagement photos
  • apple picking
  • make my grandmas apple pie
  • finish painting our foundation & bulk head
  • install the front stair railing
  • Big E trip

 

October Goals:

  • apple & pumpkin picking
  • purchase some new fall decor – loving this & this
  • install the front stair railing
  • take engagement photos
  • make grandmas apple pie
  • test out this Pumpkin Sangria
  • purchase new fall candles
  • purchase at least half of our Christmas presents
  • celebrate halloween

What do y’all have planned for this month? This is by far the funniest time of year so please share your fun activities! 

Whats Up Wednesday: September 2017

I’m back today with one of my favorite post to do! This upcoming month is going to be filled of so many activities I am looking forward to September being done! Here’s what I’ve been up to lately!

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1: WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:
it’s just me this week as bobby is away for work, so I’m living on easy stuff for the week 🙂

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:
nothing at this moment.

3: WHAT I’M LOVING:
all things fall. so much to love about this time of year!

4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
We have been really busy, but what else is new 😉 We celebrated my cousins 14th birthday, took our annual trip to the big E, had a surprise dinner for Bobbys dad’s 30th anniversary at work, and have been taking lola on nightly walks while we have this beautiful weather.

5: WHAT I’M DREADING:
waiting to hear back from the places I interviewed with. nothing gets to you more than waiting to hear back if you got the job or not.

6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
I got laid off at the beginning of the month so job search has been #1 on my list. I have a part time work from home job that has been keeping me a little busy but I am so ready to get back to work and out of the house. I am taking the time to do quite a bit of wedding planning while I have the free time though. Hoping to be back to work by the end of October!

7: WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
Wedding Dress Shopping! I am so so so excited to do this but at the same time I’m dreading it. I haven’t lost as much weight as I wanted to but this will be my first time ever trying wedding gowns on and I can’t wait.

8: WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. Up next on my list is Maybe In Another Life & The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. And this week ALL of my favorite fall shows are back – so you can catch me on the couch.

9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
nothing at the moment. I want to start listen to podcast but have no idea where to start!

10: WHAT I’M WEARING:
all of the cute fall/halloween graphic tees!

11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
We are hoping to go apple picking! I am wanting to make a homemade apple pie and we definitely need to visit the orchard for some fresh apple cider!

12: WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
Oh my I’m looking forward to so much! pretty much everything on my fall bucket list will get done in October. It’s by far my favorite month of the year.

13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW: I think that about covers it! This is one of my favorite blog posts of the month because it covers so much.. and it always sneaks up on me so I hate when I miss a month. Glad to not forget it this month! 🙂

Linking up with Mel, Shay, and Shaeffer today!

Fall 2017 Bucket List

My FAVORITE time of year is here. the crisp air. the smell of fires on a cool night. the best candles lit throughout the house. I can go on to name so many things that I enjoy about this season. It puts me in the best mood!

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Below is my 2017 Fall Bucket List.

+ attend the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular @ Roger Willams Zoo
+ create three fall inspired recipes (I’m thinking these three: here, here and here)
+ go to Salem and do the Hocus Pocus tour – we do this every year, its kinda tradition
+ clydes Cider Mill – they are supposed to have some yummy cider wine!
+ attend Bentley Football game to cheer on my besties little brother
+ carve pumpkins
+ decorate the front stoop
+ make caramel apples
+ snuggle by the fire (we rarely use our fireplace but I hope to a little more this year)
+ take our engagement photos – this is the thing I am most looking forward too!
+ do a corn maze

Do you make a bucket list for your favorite season? I’d love to hear the fun things you have planned! 

My Bride Squad: How I Asked!

Happy Wednesday! I’m back this week with a Wedding Wednesday on how I asked some of the most special ladies in my life to stand by me on one of the happiest days of my life. This was one of the task that I put the most thought into. For me this was such an important question that I didn’t take it lightly, just ask Bobby. I am very fortunate to have so many great ladies in my life, so when I started thinking about who would be standing by my side on our wedding day it was simple, but it was hard – if that makes any sense. What helped make my decision so easy was deciding what was important to me in a bridesmaid, since clearly they are all my close friends. The three most important questions I asked myself when deciding I listed below.

  1. Have they been supportive of mine & bobby’s relationship
  2. Will they be honest with my throughout this whole process
  3. Do I see them as a lifetime friend

After the hard part of deciding who to ask, the fun part was how to ask. I ordered these super cute labels from FireflyPaperStudio on etsy and they fit perfectly with our fall theme and with my favorite beverage….WINE. All of my ladies thankfully said yes and I cannot wait to share in all of the fun wedding activities that the next year will bring.