Countdown is on

It’s Monday again…. wamp wamp! The weekends have been going by quicker and quicker lately. Thank God for summer Fridays.. getting out at 2:00pm every Friday definitely makes a difference!

The countdown is on and eating healthy and working out has become my top priority. I hate to admit that I’ve been doing great during the week and then completely fall off the bandwagon on the weekends… insert frozen drinks/beer/wine/going out to dinner- UGH. I just hate depriving myself especially on the weekends. I hate feeling regimented. But enough complaining – I have 40 days to go and it’s time to make some sacrifices. I haven’t been getting in enough work outs during  the week so I’m thinking if I up my game in the workout department and REALLY watch what I eat during the week I should be good. I really can’t give up the drinks on the weekends – it’s not summer without it!  Here is my usual routine…

{Breakfast}

Coffee – I usually drink some Keurig coffee while I get ready for work. If I’m in the mood for cold,  I grab a vanilla iced coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin. No sugar and a splash of low fat milk.

Nutribullet Smoothie- I try and make these at least 3-4 days a week. I prep them the night before with whatever ingredients I have on hand. Usually spinach, baby carrots, plain Greek yogurt, frozen/fresh fruit and maca powder.

1 packet of Organic oatmeal- I eat this at my desk at work around 10am

On days that I don’t make a smoothie I usually just grab a banana or a hard boiled egg to go.

{Lunch}

Turkey sandwich- so boring I know, but its the easiest thing for me to do. Turkey, one slice of cheese and mustard on whole wheat bread. If I’m feeling frisky I’ll add avocado or sliced cucumber or tomato on my sandwich- yum! I never use mayo anymore. On days I don’t bring my lunch I grab a chopped salad which I love. Always with turkey in it, a little goat cheese and black olives. I usually eat this between 12:30pm-1:00pm.

{Snack}

I normally get hungry around 3pm at work. Instead of going to the vending machine for a bag of pretzels, I brought some watermelon slices today..delish! I also usually bring a cliff bar to hold me over until dinner. I need to work on bringing a healthy/filling snack to work so I don’t get too hungry and devour dinner. I also like to have another cup of coffee around this time to keep my energy up.

{Dinner}

Our normal dinner routine consists of lean meat (chicken, turkey burgers or fish) a veggie, salad and brown rice or quinoa on a good day. I would say we have about 3-4 “good days” a week. The other days we are busy, starving or just not home to make something. We don’t eat fast food and have pretty much eliminated the Chinese take out. We do grab pizza once in a while (I always get a salad slice and eat half a regular slice). Other then that I try and make the best possible choices when eating out and not over eat. I love sushi, any type of fish and try to avoid anything carby at all costs. We usually eat dinner between 6:30-8pm. The time always changes due to our schedules, but I do hate eating late!

{After din snack}

On a good day I’ll have a cup of yogi green tea and call it a night :) Other days I’ll have a glass of wine. I just try not to eat anything else after 8pm. It can be hard, but the most important thing is to keep yourself busy. I try to do crunches and stretch while watching TV, because if I just sit there I get tempted to eat again. I do buy weight watchers chocolate ice cream or a I’ll have a  handful of organic sea salt popcorn if I really need something.

I’m going to start taking more pictures of the food I’m eating and posting here on the blog. I’m no foodie or chef by ANY means, but I do enjoy eating healthy. It also gives me some extra motivation when sharing on the blog!

Staying active is the most important thing! I ended the weekend with a sunset paddle board sesh at a friends house last night. It felt so good to unwind and enjoy the sunset. I love summer!

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Have a great week! I’ll try and post soon with more wedding updates!

My bachelorette party is next weekend so I will definitely have an update on how that crazy weekend goes down :)

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50 Day Mark!

Hello and Happy Friday!

It’s completely crazy to me that our wedding is 50 days away. To be honest I am starting to go into major melt down mode. There is still so much to do and being at work everyday is driving me insane. I so badly am wishing I was teacher right now for the summer off. On the other hand I am also desperately trying to savor each and every moment of this time. That being said this is what we still need to get done!!

- Church programs

- Welcome bags for hotel guests

- Dress fittings

- Tux fittings

- Final meetings with photog, florist and band

- Escort cards and table #’s

- Create Guest Book

- Gifts for parents and finish bridesmaid/groomsman gifts

- Drop off paper work at the church/finalize readings/songs/etc

- Tasting at the venue

- Engagement pictures??

- Marriage license

- Wedding bands

So glad we were able to get our marriage license Monday and we went ring shopping last night! :)

In other news we had a fun relaxing July 4th weekend in Montauk! It was nice to get away from the planning for a bit but it also is stressful not getting things done!

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I made these yummy cupcakes with coconut, blueberries and raspberries :)

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So in 50 days we’ll be getting married here! Seriously can’t wait!

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I’ll be back next week with more updates. This weekend we have my sister’s engagement party and hopefully getting in a beach/boat day!

Have a great one!

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July 4th Weekend

July 4th has always been my favorite holiday (besides Christmas!!) and the 4 day weekend cannot come soon enough! We will be headed out to Montauk for our annual vaca on Thursday. There will be bonfires on the beach, paddle boarding, beach time and plenty of eating & drinking ;) I am forcing myself to work out every morning this year too. With exactly 2 MONTHS TO GO till the wedding there is zero time for excuses!!! Time to get down to business! Steve and I took Monday off as well to take care of a few wedding things – we will be getting our marriage license and shopping for wedding bands- so exciting! We are also planning on taking a few last minute beach engagement pics. Hopefully I will have those to post next week. I keep forgetting to post my invitation but promise I will do that soon.

I really want to attempt a festive cake or cupcakes this year!

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Have an amazing holiday weekend!! Do you have any July 4th traditions?

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Bridal Shower Invites

Happy Monday! I wanted to share how much I just LOVED my bridal shower invites. They are Bonnie Marcus brand and she has so many pretty designs! The matching thank you cards are just precious! I originally saw these on Pinterest and told my sister how much I liked them. So glad she ordered them for me! They were very reasonably priced too. Our wedding invites are going out on Friday, so I will be sharing what they look like later in the week!

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My Bridal Shower

Happy Friday! I can’t believe its been almost a week since my bridal shower! It’s been a whirlwind of a week! I had the most beautiful shower last Sunday thanks to my mom and sister.  The day was filled with all things I love- family, friends, brunch, mimosas, yummy cake, sunny weather, pink flowers, and a stunning view of the water.

Gift table! From Miss to Mrs. sign is from Etsy!

Gift table! From Miss to Mrs. sign is from Etsy!

Advice for the bride cards,  my Mrs. hanger, game prizes were bottles of rose and Essie nail polish, and favors were Bath & Body works body wash {From Tara's shower to yours!} The shadow box is my great grandmother's hankie I wore as a bonnet on my Christening and will use as a hankie on my wedding day :)

Advice for the bride cards, my Mrs. hanger, game prizes were bottles of rose and Essie nail polish, and favors were Bath & Body works body wash {From Tara’s shower to yours}

 

My sister made the seating chart. I think it came out beautiful!

My sister made the seating chart. I think it came out beautiful!

 

My cake was so delicious and perfect <3

My cake was so delicious and perfect <3

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Bride to Be!

A thoughtful gift from a family friend- The lyrics of our first dance song. Love this so much! We will definitely have this on display at the wedding.

A thoughtful gift from a family friend- The lyrics of our first dance song. Love this so much! We will definitely have this on display at the wedding.

Cutting the cake with my mom and sister!

Cutting the cake with my mom and sister!

Typical shower picture :)

Typical shower picture :)

It was a gorgeous day so we took lots of pics outside on the water.

It was a gorgeous day so we took lots of pics outside on the water.

Can't wait to marry this guy <3

Can’t wait to marry this guy <3

Steve and I are feeling very fortunate for the amazing friends and family we have. We had so much fun putting away all our new things- I just wish we had more room for everything! My dress is from Macy’s and I thought it was the perfect shower dress. I bought it online months ago, but I don’t see it available anymore. The wedding is getting closer and we are getting more and more excited! Up next is sending out the invites! Oh and we started dance lessons too! I will post all about that next week. Have a great weekend!

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Rent the Runway

Hi there! Congrats to Christina C for being the winner of my Simply Bridal headband giveaway! Hope you can use the beautiful headband on your big day :)

Now onto my newest obsession – Rent the Runway! I know I might be a little late on this bandwagon but I have never used it before. I suddenly have a  major need for dresses and have heard really good things! I decided to rent dresses for my rehearsal dinner and my bachelorette party. I’ve been having a really hard time finding affordable dresses lately. Having champagne taste on a beer budget doesn’t help! Everything I like and that fits well has been $300 +!!! Also buying all of these white dresses doesn’t make any sense since I probably won’t wear them again. I’m also not the type of gal to wear dresses twice.. except  little black ones. Those I view as a worthy investment. I recently purchased a BCBG dress for nearly $200 for a friends wedding and I am kicking myself!  So brides to be listen up. This could be the best thing that ever happened to you!

Here are some of my favorite bridal picks…

My bachelorette dress! Exactly what I was looking for.. Sexy and classy at the same time ;)

My bachelorette dress! Exactly what I was looking for.. Sexy and classy at the same time ;)

Love the Boho feel of this one...great bridal shower option..

Love the Boho feel of this one…great bridal shower option..

Gorgeous! But was $75 to rent and I thought that was a little too high..

Gorgeous! But was $75 to rent and I thought that was a little too high..

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I was dying for this one for my bachelorette even with the $75 fee. It was all booked up in my size for July 25th weekend :(

I was dying for this one for my bachelorette even with the $75 fee. It was all booked up in my size for July 25th weekend :(

Classy and pretty...

Classy and pretty…

The best part about the site is it is so easy to use. Women post pictures and review the dresses they rent so you can get a really good idea of what these dresses look like on a real person. There are so many amazing options in the $30-$60 price range (Don’t forget you also have to tack on an extra $10 for shipping and a $5 renters insurance fee) Even spending under $100 to me is worth it to feel beautiful at a special occasion. They send you 2 sizes to choose from so you have the best fit possible too! I just wish I had known about this before my engagement party!! Getting my dresses in the mail will definitely feel like Christmas morning :)

Did you have a good experience with rent the runway? Was it worth it? I will be sharing my experience after my bachelorette and rehearsal din.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Simply Bridal giveaway

Happy almost Memorial Day weekend! I am officially counting down the hours to the relaxing 3.5 day weekend ahead!

In honor of the long weekend and wedding season being in full swing,  lets talk bridal hair! Simply Bridal was kind enough to let me giveaway the gorgeous headband I am wearing below. I love the idea of incorporating a head piece like this into your wedding day look. This headband has just the right amount of bling and pearl detail. It’s dainty and at the same time makes a statement. I think it looks great in the half up half down look I have going on in my pictures (my hair is a little messy!) Think bohemian beach bride :)  The headband would like great with a classic updo style as well. With so many options out there for accessorizing your hair on your wedding day, a headband like this one is simple and beautiful. Plus you can wear this long after the wedding to dress up any outfit.

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{To Enter to Win}

Calling all brides out there! Leave me a comment below about your wedding day hair. How do you plan on accessorizing? Winner will be chosen at random. The sweepstakes runs from 5/20- 5/28.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! The lucky winner will be announced on Tuesday 5/28.

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