September is finally upon us friends and I am so ready for Autumn. It already feels like fall here in the north east and yesterday I broke out our pumpkin decor! August quite frankly was so busy that it flew by quicker than I imagined. We have a busy year coming up so I’m taking this month to focus on the little things and relax before the holidays and our 1 year countdown until the wedding begins!
Date night with Bobby
- Try 2 new restaurants – The two that I am wanting to try are Ciro’s Tavern & The Scorpion Bar.
Work out 3x a week – I am getting back into the BBG routine I did. I have officially 9 weeks until I go start looking for wedding dresses and I’d like to loose a few pounds before then.
Read 3 books – Last month I managed to read three books. As you may know from my blog post on my summer reading list… I have several books lined up for this month.
De-clutter our back room – this room constantly becomes a spot for all junk. I feel if we can finally get this room organized that we will stop just dropping junk in there.
- 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
What are your goals for the month of September? I’d love to hear them!
It’s been a while since I have checked in on where we are at in the process of planning our wedding, so I’m taking this fine Wednesday to do just that. We’ve been engaged three and a half months now and although the wedding is still over a year away we are making so much progress on everything!
WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR:
- We picked a date! We both really wanted a fall wedding and since we are expecting to pay for our wedding ourselves, we decided on a Saturday in October of 2018! We have another 15 months to plan and I am so excited for it all.
- We have a venue! I will be 100% honest and say it was the most stressful part of wedding planning so far. Neither of us were set on a date, we just knew we wanted a fall wedding. Going into it there were three places I really wanted to go and see – all of them barn type venues within 45 minutes of our house. We fell in love with one option but ultimately decided against it because it was over our budget and the food options were too fancy for us – if we were going to break the bank I needed to be happy with the food. In the long run we ended up going with the absolute right venue for us it is the perfect mix of rustic yet elegant and I can’t wait for our wedding day to be here!
- We had our engagement party with some of our closest friends and family! See post here for my recap with some photos.
- We’ve picked our bridesmaids and groomsmen! I asked my last bridesmaid last week and I plan on sharing how I asked in a later post. Bobby has yet to ask his guys.
- We hired our DJ! This was Bobby’s choice as it was most important to him. We went to our good friends wedding last July and they had a GREAT DJ – so we reached out to him, had a meeting and booked him on the spot. We cannot wait to dance the night away with everyone.
- We booked our photographer & videographer! This was BY FAR the biggest decision for us to make. I knew I wanted both – there was no budging on my end even when Bobby didn’t understand the need for a videographer. After researching so many places and seeing prices almost double of what our budget was – we found George Street Photo who fit right into our budget. I had mixed feelings on going with a company that pretty much outsources one of, if not the most important parts of our wedding but after meeting with them a lot of my worries were gone. We got to choose our photographer who has worked with one of my besties on a wedding she coordinated and I have heard great things about him. SO far the process of communication has been seamless and they have really helped out with any questions I had.
WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON:
- Our guest list. A few days after we got engaged we had our parents over and came up with a preliminary list of people and divided them into three categories. our family, our friends, and our family friends. I am hoping to have the list finalized by the end of the month.
- Registering! Since we will have lived together for over 4 years by the time we get married, there’s not much that we actually “need” but we are both excited to register for more updated pieces for our home as well as the big splurges we potentially wouldn’t buy ourselves.
- Searching for engagement outfits. We are taking our photos in October when fingers crossed the beautiful New England foliage is around. I am so excited!
Did any of you have a longer engagement? I’d love to hear any wedding advice you ladies have!
This summer has literally gone by in a blink of an eye. We have been so busy and I can’t even begin to imagine how the rest of the year is going to go!
Here are some goals for me this month.
- Date night with Bobby
- Try 2 new restaurants – The two that I am wanting to try are Ciro’s Tavern & The Scorpion Bar.
- Work out 3x a week – I am getting back into the BBG routine I did. I have officially 9 weeks until I go start looking for wedding dresses and I’d like to loose a few pounds before then.
- Read 3 books – Last month I managed to read three books. As you may know from my blog post on my summer reading list… I have several books lined up for this month.
- De-clutter our back room – this room constantly becomes a spot for all junk. I feel if we can finally get this room organized that we will stop just dropping junk in there.
What are your goals for the month of August? I’d love to hear them!
How was your weekend dears?! Mine was incredibly busy but full of so much fun! It literally felt like I didn’t stop at all, which i am 100% okay with!
Now onto our weekend!
Friday, we had a low key date night with dinner at one of our favorite local spots.
Saturday morning my friend Brittany came up and we headed to pick Sunflowers! It was the most perfect day because it wasn’t humid as all get out like it has been.
Saturday night was Bobby’s surprise 30th! I don’t know how I pulled it off but somehow I did with the help of some awesome people.
Bobby had the most amazing time and even with a few hiccups it ended up being a great time and that’s all that matters. Good food, good friends and good times!
We spent the weekend with family celebrating a special little guys 5th birthday and spending time down by the cape cod canal. Enjoy a few favorite photos from the fun filled weekend!
Hope you weekend was just as great as mine!
This week has felt like the longest ever! I have been in full swing trying to plan out a few things for this month for someone specials birthday! Since the last time we talked we also booked our DJ – which was one of the hardest vendors we have had to pick yet! Let’s get into this weeks faves…
- This dinner we made this week tops my list of all time favorites. I have been reading Sarah’s blog for quite some time now and have been wanting to try this Light Cheeseburger Pie for quite some time. You really need to add this reciepe to your meal plan for the week, it wont disappoint!
- Shop Impressions has become one of my favorite online boutiques to get my clothes from. If only I had an endless amount of money to purchase all the cute things on their website! I just recently bought this cute dress and have already wore it a handful of times.
- We have picked our honeymoon destination, blog post soon on what options we both choose and how we decided!
- Last but not least – lets touch upon the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Legit almost everything I want to purchase was sold out of my size before I probably even woke up this morning – but anywho these are my top few picks that I will keep my eye on and hope they re-stock! one | two | three | four | five
If you have shopped the Nordstrom sale let me know what some of your best picks were! I also would love to hear form you if you have been to Hawaii – where you stayed, what you did, best places to eat.
Happy Friday Friends!
Well this summer is already about half way over, and I’ve read 4 books this month alone. I plan on doing a reading round up next month with all of the great books I read! Here’s my list for the rest of the summer – I’d love to hear what you’re reading or to see your summer reading lists so please share in the comments 😀
SUMMER READING LIST 2017
- The Widow: There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now her husband is dead, and there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…
- Three Wishes: Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow them. But apart, each is dealing with her own share of ups and downs. Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage, and Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, holds out hope for lasting love. In this wise, witty, and hilarious novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.
- Maybe in Another Life: In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate? Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
- Mean Streak: Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion. As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead – and from heartbreak.
- First Comes Love: Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious, relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing, Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes, their delicate bond splinters. Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter is assigned to her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired. As the anniversary of their tragedy looms, and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.
Happy Reading Friends!