Archive | June, 2012

Friday Things

29 Jun

1. I have not seen Jordan since last Sunday. To say that our lives are busy would be an understatement. I miss him, and I’m so excited to spend tomorrow night celebrating his birthday, one day early, at this place

2. My cousin is traveling to one of the greatest places on Earth today. I’m excited for her, but also a little sad that I’m not going.


We used to take vacations there every year when we were younger, and we made so many good memories. Eat some taco pizza and Kilwin’s ice cream for me, Lauren!

3. It’s official. At 1:00 on Sunday afternoon, we will be apartment renters! Now I just have to make sure that Jordan doesn’t do anything too crazy at his bachelor party on Saturday, since he’ll have to be all ready to sign paperwork and move in come Sunday. We timed that out nicely, didn’t we ;)?

4. Yesterday, one of our five-year-old campers told me that I have “crazy hair.” Why yes, my messy bun does get even crazier when it’s 104 degrees and humid outside. Naturally, I felt a little self-conscious after that was said. Five-year-olds always speak the truth, and I don’t want to be known as “the crazy hair lady” — although I guess it could be worse. Even so, I might try wearing my hair down tomorrow.

5. Jello and crayons were my two worst enemies yesterday. I splattered melted crayons (craft project) on my white American Eagle tank top, and not-quite-set Jello (kids’ snack) on my light blue Nike running shorts. I was not a very happy camper. Who can find me something on Pinterest that will show me how to get those stains out :)?

6. Last night, I had a few minutes to sit on my porch (and do nothing) outside. I can’t remember the last time that I did that, and it makes me sad. In high school, my friends and I used to sit on the grass, look up at the stars, and talk for hours. I love how peaceful that feels  in the summertime and I hate how I don’t take more time to enjoy it. That needs to change.

7. It will be a miracle if I can finish Jordan’s birthday dessert before we leave for dinner tomorrow night, but I’m going to try —  I’ll just make it on Saturday. Either way, I am thinking about making these, or these. Who wants to help me decide?

Have a wonderful weekend!


Help Wanted

27 Jun

As you know, in just a couple of weeks, things are going to begin getting super busy around here. Soon after that, I will be leaving town for over a week. During that time, blogging will not be my biggest priority, and this is why I need your help!

If you are interested in guest posting for my blog during the time that I am gone, discussing anything related to fitness, food, career, wedding planning or honeymooning (or anything else that you might suggest), shoot me an email at

I know that my blog will be in good hands if my favorite bloggers and readers (you guys!) are taking it over while I am gone, and I will be so thankful for your help!

To get everything scheduled in time, I’d love to have the posts by July 7, a week and a half from now. If this is something that interests you, I look forward to hearing from you :).

Have a great Wednesday!


Bachelorette on the Loose

26 Jun

First of all, thank you for all of your sweet comments on yesterday’s post. I feel better knowing that I’m not alone — and that these feelings are only temporary! Now, let’s move onto the fun stuff :).

This past Saturday was my bachelorette party. I don’t know if it was excitement, or the fact that my body refuses to sleep in past 8:00, but I woke up bright and early for a pancake breakfast and a 3 mile run.

After working out, cleaning and getting ready, my cousin arrived from Michigan, and my friends were knocking on the door. Our first stop was the pottery place, where we also met up with Jordan’s mom and sisters. We arrived to a brightly-colored, private party room, with a table already set up for us and a kitchen area for drinks and snacks.

My cousin was kind enough to make and bring sangria all the way from Michigan, and I enjoyed a cup as soon as we arrived :). Since half of my bridal party is under 21, my sister also made a non-alcoholic version, and my mom made us some trail mix to munch on as we painted.

Not everyone in our party had experience painting pottery, so before we started, the owner of the store explained the whole process. As he was explaining some things to the newbies, I had time to pick out my piece. Since I failed to take a picture of it, you’ll have to wait and see what the finished product looks like when we get them back on Saturday!

I love painting pottery, and found the party experience very relaxing. We turned on some music, grabbed our snacks, and got to work.

But not before I was adorned in a bachelorette sash and crown — courtesy of my sister! You better believe I kept it on the entire night :).

The whole pottery experience lasted about two and a half hours, and it was a blast. Almost everyone surprised me by making something for Jordan and I! That wasn’t my intention when I decided on a pottery party, but it was so sweet of everyone to paint something for us. I wasn’t allowed to look too closely at anything on Saturday, so I’m anxious to see what everything looks like next weekend!

My cousin and one of my sisters, stopping to smile for the camera

My friends, trying “the bubble technique”

My mom, my sisters, and me

After finishing up at the pottery place, we headed down the street for dinner at BRAVO!. The restaurant was surprisingly empty for a Saturday night, which meant we had a whole room to ourselves. I started out with a fruity drink, of course — a pomegranate margarita.

It was good, though I did think it was strange that it was in a martini glass! At this point in the night, I wanted to go to the bathroom to wash my hands before dinner, and after misunderstanding our overenthusiastic waiter’s directions (I think he wanted a big tip, but he started to get on our nerves…just a little bit ;)), I ended up walking through the big open kitchen to get there. Apparently this is bad, because the staff starting yelling things like, “Guest on the line!” and “Bachelorette on the loose!” (let me remind you, I was still wearing my sash and crown). Needless to say, I was a little embarrassed, but I apologized, smiled, and kept on walking like it was no big deal.

After that little incident, I came back to enjoy my dinner — a Mediterranean pasta dish. It was more buttery than I’d expected, but good! We couldn’t leave without having a little dessert, so after dinner, my sister pulled out her homemade funfetti cupcakes, recipe courtesy of How Sweet It Is. They hit the spot!


At this point in the night, Jordan’s mom and sisters parted from the group, and the rest of us went back to my house to relax. We talked for a while before deciding we wanted to go out again, this time, to take some shots… of frozen yogurt ;).

While enjoying our fro-yo at the outdoor tables, we had a little fun with some high school boys who thought it was cool to drive around and around the building, giving us a part of their phone number each time they circled back around. We humored them by pretending we were interested, but I’m pretty sure they were about 16 (and desperate). Maybe they thought I was wearing a Sweet 16 crown? Who knows.

After walking back from the fro-yo place, we ended the night by falling asleep to watching “License to Wed” and crashing in bed around 1:00am.

Yes, it might’ve been the tamest bachelorette party that you’ve ever read about, but it was fun, and exactly what I needed. If you’re looking to do something different, I’d definitely recommend any or all of the above activities!

And now, I must go back to reality and get ready for work. Have a great Tuesday!

If you’re married, what did you do for your bachelorette party?

If you’re not, what do you think you’d like to do?


25 Jun

Oh. My. Gosh. In less than three weeks, I will be a “wife.” It hit me this weekend at my bachelorette party. I am feeling so many different emotions right now — I don’t even know where to begin.

I’m excited. I get to marry my best friend, the person I’ve been dating for 3 1/2 years. I get to live with him, have more independence with him, and start a family with him. There are a lot of exciting things to look forward to.

And then I am sad. I keep thinking that I only have two weekends left in my house — the house that I’ve lived in for 13 years. When I went away to college, I knew I’d be coming back someday, but this time, I know that I am moving out for good. I’m sad that the “childhood” chapter in my life is ending, and I’m truly moving onto the adulthood one. I’m leaving my parents, leaving the dependent life that I’ve been living for so many years.

I’m also anxious — anxious for what the future holds. I have to learn how to pay bills, and buy groceries, and do things that so many 23-year-olds already know how to do, but I have not had to because I’ve lived at home. I have to learn a new way of living, one that requires me to be more responsible. It’s a good thing, and I know I’ll never grow if I don’t change, but it’s also nerve-racking because I don’t know what to expect.

And then I’m scared. Scared that I’ll be a blubbering mess as I walk down the aisle — as I dance with my dad to this song.

I’m an overly emotional person on a regular day, so who knows how I’ll be on the biggest day of my life. I’m scared that I’ll get too wrapped up in the emotions and feel too nostalgic on my wedding day, a day that is supposed to be exciting and happy.

I don’t like change. Jordan and I are both the oldest in our families, and I know our parents will find it difficult to see us walking down the aisle. The hardest part, for me, will be when my dad gives me away. And when we dance to that song.

Sometimes I wish I was one of those girls who never cries — but God (and everyone who knows me) knows that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not getting cold feet. I love Jordan, and I’m ready to move forward in our relationship. I’m just bringing up the feelings that seem to get ignored in the whole wedding planning process — the feelings that “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Four Weddings” never reveal.

Thankfully, my supportive cousin, who was married nearly 9 months ago, is able to give me advice and help prepare me for what I should expect. And I hope by writing this post, others will come forward too ;).

Tomorrow, I will be back with a bachelorette party recap (we had a great time!). Thanks for bearing with today’s heavy post until then!

If you’re married, did you ever have these feelings?

If you’re not, do you think that you will?

Friday Things

22 Jun

1. I feel like I have so much to share with you guys, and not enough time in the day to write my thoughts down! I think I might start preparing posts on the weekends so they’re ready to go during the week. Is that the secret to bloggers who write multiple times a day? If not, I’m convinced that they must live in a special world with 26 hour days.

2. My bachelorette party is this weekend! We will be getting crazy at a paint-your-own pottery place ;), going out to dinner, and drinking fruity drinks. My cousin is coming into town from Michigan for the party, and I’m excited to catch up with her!

3. I just received an email from my boss asking me if I’d like to take off the whole week of my wedding rather than only taking off the Thursday and Friday before. Yes, please! As the wedding gets closer, I’m realizing how many little things that I still need to do, and I want a couple of days to relax and take it all in too. I really haven’t had time to let it all sink in yet!

4. Rupert’s daughter goes to my camp. Last Monday, he dropped her off in the morning, and it caught me off-guard — usually her mom brings her. I don’t watch ‘Survivor’ anymore, but I did watch during the season that he won — so I’ll admit, I was jumping up and down a little bit (inside my head) when I saw him. If you don’t know who he is, just ignore this thought and move on ;).


5. Speaking of kids at camp, all of them have such interesting, diverse backgrounds. One girl in particular is originally from Japan. Everyday, I look forward to checking out her food at lunch, because everything looks so darn good! She eats with chopsticks, and the other kids (and me) think that it’s so cool. Seeing all of her food makes me crave Japanese food, so naturally, Jordan and I went out for sushi last night. Unfortunately, we had terrible service and some of our hot food was cold. I could say, “we won’t be going back there again,” but I know we will (we always do) — probably next week.

6. One week from Sunday, we will have the keys to our apartment. Three weeks Saturday, we will be getting married, and three weeks from Monday, we will be on a plane to Hawaii! Things are coming up so fast. I’m excited, but nervous too.

7. I’m still unsure about what I’ll be doing come August, but I have a good feeling that things will be okay. One thing’s for sure — I’m really going to miss these kids when I’m done with camp two weeks from now!

8. On Friday nights, I am content with being anti-social. I’ve had a tiring week, and all I want to do is eat dinner and go to bed early. For this reason, I am currently debating whether or not I should go out with Jordan’s family for dinner. Anyone else hate making conversation after a long day at work? I hope that it’s not just me…

Have a wonderful weekend!

WIAW #8: Sweltering Heat Eats

20 Jun

When the temperature is in the 90s, and I spend a few hours outside every day, my appetite is strange. I require a lot of light meals and snacks throughout the day, and plenty of water, or else I’m crabbier than usual by the end of the day ;). Speaking of my day, I wish I’d have more energy to blog about what’s going on in my life when I get home from work, but the heat wears me out! Hopefully it will cool down soon — I can’t even remember the last time that it rained!

Yesterday’s eats were kind of all over the place. The heat will do that to you, I guess. Before you take a look, I must thank Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday. As always, if you’d like to participate, check out her blog for the details.

Breakfast (7:00am)

Two Kodiak Cakes topped with natural peanut butter, and green tea on the side. This may have been my last hot breakfast for a while — I had to stick to Greek yogurt today.

Lunch (12:00pm)

Spinach salad with carrots, Feta cheese, tomatoes, sunflower seeds and half of a grilled chicken breast, diced.

Red grapes

Snack #1 (2:00pm)

I probably didn’t eat enough for lunch, because my stomach was growling by the time 2:00 rolled around. Lucky for me, when the clock strikes 2:00, the teachers get a break the kids get to watch a movie for 30 minutes, and my hands were free to snack. I had homemade trail mix made of cashews, dried cranberries and Ghirardelli white chocolate chips.

Snack #2 (5:30pm)

We played tag in the heat for 30 minutes before the kids got ready to go home, so by the time I got home, I was craving something that would quench my thirst. After a while, water just doesn’t seem to do it anymore (and going to the bathroom every half hour gets old). So, strawberries it was.

Dinner (7:00pm)

For dinner, my mom made Chicken Parmesan — I had it on top of a little bit of spaghetti, with a side of garlic toast. Since my sister‘s vegetarian, it’s pretty rare that we have meat for dinner in our house, and last night’s chicken hit the spot. I think I’m lacking protein, or something, because I’ve actually been craving meat lately (and normally I don’t).

Dessert (8:30pm)

After dinner, I was craving something cold and sweet, so Jordan and I drove to “The Dairy Bar,” a tiny, family-owned ice cream stand (you can’t even walk inside), a couple of towns over. I had a Heath and Whoppers “flurry” with twist ice cream. We will not be going out for ice cream for the rest of the week ;).

Besides the food that’s pictured above, I also had an unpictured morning snack of Chex Mix, along with the rest of my campers.

This week’s WIAW (and the rest of them, really) brings me to something else that’s been on my mind — my eating habits. I am not a “perfect” eater, if one even exists. All of my food is not organic, I don’t always eat as many vegetables as I should, and I could easily eat ice cream every night. I snack when I feel hungry, and I don’t count calories. I feel that a lot of bloggers have much more self-control than I do, and I find myself comparing my eats with theirs. Sometimes I don’t even know what’s “normal” anymore. Do I eat a lot? Do I eat too little? Do other people eat ice cream every night, and chocolate in their snacks? If I do, does that makes me weird?

I will keep doing eating as I am doing eating, but if you’ve ever felt the same way, do share. I’m sure that others can relate.

Scenes from the Weekend

18 Jun

1. Waiting to enter the “cake tasting room” for our wedding cake consultation — isn’t it cute??

2. Plenty of flavors to try and choose from — we chose caramel! On a side note, we were told that our wedding cake is the cheapest (in price) that’s ever been ordered — $29! Since our guests our having cupcakes, we only needed a small cake to cut into. Instead of charging us for a small wedding cake, they charged us for a party cake. If you’ve ever planned a wedding, you know that anything labeled “wedding” immediately makes the price go up. Remember this if you’re thinking about getting married (even Costco sells pretty cakes!).

3. We have a home! This is a view into the kitchen in our new apartment. Two weeks from now, the keys will be ours :).

4. Father’s Day dinner, enjoyed on Saturday

5. Sunday morning breakfast

What were you up to over the weekend?

How did you celebrate Father’s Day?