Weekend Recap 10/22/17 Friends in Town, A Finished Project and a Charity event

Hi friends!!!  We made it half through the week!  I am headed out of town today for work until the end of the week, but I thought I would pop in and catch up with all of you first!

How was your weekend?  Too short like mine? ;). The previous weekend my in-laws were in town for a couple days and so we could all go to the Monday night Titans versus Colts football game.  My in-laws live in Indianapolis so they were excited to come down and watch the Colts.  We all got to go in the suite with my husband’s company so that was nice too since it was a little chilly!

The whole crew!

You guys.. I just had to show y’all this.  I am obsessed with honey crisp apples.  I used to only buy cheaper apples, but once you get a taste of the more expensive ones aka honey crisp apples, you can’t ever go back.  I was excited last week when they were on sale so I did have to spend over $10 on a couple apples!  Well last Friday I asked my husband to stop by the grocery store for a couple of things.  He took this picture as proof that the store was sold out of my favorite apples because he knows that I would have questioned him. :). He (and I for that matter) think it is ridiculous to spend a ton of money on apples so he had to have proof he wasn’t just getting the cheap ones to save money. 😉 Who else loves honey crisp apples??  Aren’t they the best?

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Friday night my husband took me on a little date night for some sushi and wine.  Afterwards it was so nice outside we actually walked about a mile back home so we could enjoy the night.

Later Friday evening our friends, Mary and Luke, from Cincinnati arrived and we caught up for a couple hours before heading to bead.  Saturday morning was an early one.  My mom does a lot of charity work during her retirement and one of the events she organized this year was the Food Panty day where we got enough food delivered to sort and organize to pass out to 250 families.

My mom recruited my two besties and we all got the privilege of wearing these beautiful orange vests because we were assigned “table captains.”  🙂

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After the event we met up with our friends for lunch at House.

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We made Mary take a picture on the pumpkin afterwards.  🙂

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After a few hours we got ready for dinner and drinks with friends.  We had dinner at Sea Salt. It was really tasty, but the entree portions were pretty small.  I got this harvest salad to start and the grouper for my entree.

Afterwards we headed to a few bars downtown to meet us with some friends and listen to some live music.  We stayed out for a couple hours and then called it a night!

We spent the majority of our Sunday cleaning the house, meal prepping and finally finishing our new dining room table!!!  I am going to share all about it in a separate post soon!! I can’t wait to show you guys pictures!!  I am off to East Tennessee so I will see you all soon!! Have a great Wednesday!!

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. What is on your agenda for this week/coming weekend?
  3. Favorite warm drink? 

 

 

Weekend Recap 10.15.17 Home Projects and a Wedding with a Special Guest

Good morning friends!!  Well we are halfway through the week already!! I am heading out of town for work today just for one night so I will keep this short!! I hope you all have the best day! 

We had a pretty relaxing weekend even though we had quite a few plans.  Saturday after working around the house all day we got ready to head to The Cordelle in downtown Nashville for our friends’ wedding!

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They had a private ceremony so we arrived at 5 for the cocktail hour.  We had a blast sippin some drinks and mingle on the beautiful porch.  The guest book was super unique so I have to share with you guys.  They had a Polaroid camera and each guest/couple took a picture of themselves and put it in the guest book and signed it!  I thought this was such a neat idea so that you can actually remember all the people who were at your wedding years down the road. 

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The tables were decorated with cute little succulents.  

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At one point Jon was watching our dogs and talking to them through the phone and our security camera at home…. 

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Jon and Ben were actually roommates in college junior and senior year.  I met both of them on the same night at a party at their house that our mutual friend took me to. 

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So happy for the newlyweds!  

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Cute dessert table!

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After dinner there was dancing and cake cutting! 

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Little did the groom know that his bride had a big surprise planned for him.  The bride and groom are huge Nashville Predators hockey fans too.  

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In walked Gnash, the Predators mascot to surprise the groom!  It was such a fun surprise… especially for all the kiddos at the wedding… and me! 🙂 

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Gnash even hit the dance floor!  

We had such a blast!  I just love weddings and how unique they all are to fit the couples’ personality so well!  

After lots of work around the house, my in-laws arrived Sunday afternoon.  My mom and stepdad took us all out to dinner at our favorite Bricktops for a yummy meal.  I got the grouper and the waitress suggested I get it blackened and it was amazing!!

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Such a fun time with our families.  

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Have a great day!!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. What is your favorite part about weddings?
  3. What is your favorite type of dessert?

A Sweet Little Date Night to Break Up the Week

Hey friends!!! How was your weekend?  Mine was so wonderful and I will get more into that with a weekend recap later this week!  

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like the work week is never ending.  I am not one to have a ton of plans during the week (I like my time to relax with a book or a good show), but sometimes a night out during the week is good for the soul. 

My husband and I were debating buying a season ticket package for the Nashville Predators this year and we ended up going for it.  I look at it as pre-planned date nights that break up the monotony of the work week.  

On Thursday night we headed to a new sushi restaurant on the way to downtown for a quick dinner before the game. Thursday nights call for a some cocktails!

We got a few rolls to try… can you tell which ones are mine?  🙂 I loved that this sushi restaurant offered the option of brown rice rolls instead of white rice.  

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We were a little worried when the Dallas Stars scored pretty quickly into the first period.  

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But in true Predators fashion…. we came back and won the game!

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We also ran into my favorite kiddo.  I just love my baby bro!

We met up with him during both intermissions and watched him shoot some goals!

We left the game pretty happy!

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Boy do I have a story for you guys.  My husband (bless his heart) loves public transportation.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I love it in cities like New York and Chicago, but Nashville does not have great options so we usually just Uber everywhere we go.  Well Thursday night my husband had the bright idea to take the city bus home from the game.  We wait for about 20 minutes (we realized they only come every 30 minutes later in the evening and ended up running down the street after it to make it stop.  😉  We fought over who got to pull the cord to signal our stop, but we did finally make it home a little later. 🙂  

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I just have to show you guys these pictures of my cousin’s little boy.  My mom spent the week in Long Island with my aunt, cousin, her husband and their precious baby boy.  I hope my mom got out all of her baby fever while she was there. 😉 

Questions:

  1. If you have kids, how many do you have?
  2. What is your favorite date night activity?
  3. Since Halloween is later this month, what is your favorite type of candy?

Weekend Recap 10.9.17 Dinner with Friends Times Two, Oktoberfest, and Being Prepared, and It’s Finally Feeling Like Fall Around Here!

Hi friends!!  How is your week going so far?  Mine is off to a great start!! I started my new job yesterday and I can already tell it is going to be a good fit for me – rewarding and very challenging, which I crave in a career.  

Let’s back up a little bit to last week!  I thoroughly enjoyed my week off and spending lots of time with my pups and my momma.  I even got to spend a beautiful day out by the pool with my mom and my little Riley.  Callie goes to work with Jon a few times a week (Riley does too, but Callie is much better behaved at work) so Riley got to go to the pool with me.  He was in heaven with my mom and stepdad’s large fenced in backyard.  

He would come say hi then wander off just exploring and loving life. 🙂 

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Last Thursday my mom and I had a day full of shopping planned to get me all ready for my new job.  I ended up with a new pair of pants and four new pairs of shoes!  I also used up all of our wedding gift cards to pottery barn and stocked up on beautiful candles.  After a while we started to get hungry so we called my husband to meet us at Green Hills Grille for lunch!  My mom and I enjoyed a fun cocktail to start!  It was so yummy!

We split the beet salad with salmon and it was sooo delicious!  My husband got tacos and loved them!

Thursday night we had our favorite couple (Rachael and Eric) over for dinner and some catching up and Friday night my bestie, Lissa, came over to work on a project for my mom and we made a cauliflower crust pizza that was delish!  Have you guys tried the one from Trader Joes?  It is so good!! We topped it with pesto, shredded mozzarella, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and garlic and paired it with a kale salad! 

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The pups adore her!

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Friday afternoon my mom and I got our nails done then she helped me pick out some fall decorations for our front porch.  The pups were super excited about the decorations too. 😉

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Saturday morning we took the dogs on a walk and got in a quick workout before calling my mom to invite her to the Cultural Festival with us for the afternoon.  

There were food trucks, designers, activities and more at the festival!  My mom and Jon both love to splurge on a little junk food every now and then. 

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Saturday night we headed to Oktoberfest with some friends!

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We had so much fun sipping on some drinks, walking around, shopping (Rachael and I may have reverted back to being 10 and bought friendship rings:), and playing games.  The one in the picture below was hitting a nail into a tree trunk using the back of a hammer.  My husband won … I think he cheated. 😉 

On Sunday we slept in and did some things around the house, but the majority of my day consisted of meal prepping.  My husband and I are trying to be really good about eating healthy during the week and being prepared so we don’t end up getting take out on a late night.  I made some homemade hummus and chopped a bunch of veggies, and made blueberry protein muffins.  

I prepped lots of salads for easy go-to lunches and a sweet potato and black bean chili (I froze a lot of it) for quick dinners throughout the week!  

I better wrap this up now because I sure could ramble on all day! 😉  I hope you guys have a great week!!!!  

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite snack?
  2. Now that fall is here, what is your favorite soup?
  3. What was the highlight of your weekend?

 

Weekend Recap 10.1.17 … Weekend At the Lake and New Beginnings

Hey friends!! Happy Wednesday!  I hope you all had a great weekend!

I am enjoying a slow morning at home before I go shopping with my momma today!  I am actually off work all week because I am transitioning to a new job next week.  I really loved my previous job, but when I came across a new opportunity I knew it was something I just couldn’t pass up!  I am really excited for this new adventure, but am definitely enjoying this week off to get caught up on some things at home and just relax.  My mom and I got facials yesterday afternoon for a little treat! 🙂 

This past weekend Jon and I headed up to Centerhill Lake (under 2 hours from Nashville) to meet my dad and his girlfriend for the weekend.  

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The pups were pretty excited that they got to go on the boat. 😉

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This girl is starting to become a daddy’s girl, which is making my husband very happy.  

It was the most gorgeous day on the lake with beautiful clouds and breezy warm weather.  

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After a few hours we headed back to the marina for a quick drink before heading back to the lake house.  I got to say hi to my old boss at the restaurant on the marina.  My friend Rachael and I spent the summer after our freshman year in college living at the lake house and working at the restaurant on the marina.  It was such a fun time. 

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After we got home we grilled up some food for dinner!

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Morning views at the lake!

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I found Riley taking a rest with my dad.  Riley loves him. 🙂 

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Sunday afternoon we headed home to get some work done around the house.  One order of business was to give the doggies haircuts.  Riley doesn’t mind being shaved, but he was not about to give up his bone… 🙂

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This must be documented because I actually attended one of my husband’s tennis matches last week.  He plays a few times per week and always asks me to come watch.  I am a bad wife and never go, but last week I actually did go with my mom and stepdad.  It was the championship match and he and his partner got their first loss all year.  I think I am bad luck.  😉 I better not go to any more matches. 

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Every morning I take my dogs on a short walk before breakfast.  This week has been a little warm so a nice cold smoothie has been the perfect refreshment afterwards.  This one had spinach, almond butter, banana, ice, protein powder and unsweetened almond milk.  

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I have been cooking up a storm over here yall.  I am trying to branch out of my normal routine and cook new recipes.  I made a batch of quinoa burgers and they turned out quite well!

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That is all for today because it is time to get ready to do some shopping with my momma!!  I hope you all have a great day!!

Questions:

  1. What is one recipe you make often?
  2. What is your favorite smoothie combination?
  3. Favorite pumpkin flavored food/drink?