Five on Friday- Almost Christmas!

Less than a week till Christmas peeps, which means less than 2 weeks till my 30th birthday!!  December is flying by, I’m looking forward to have time off work to be able to enjoy my favorite time of year.

1. Family time!boys gabeGreg’s family got here on Wednesday from New York.  It was his nephews’ 8th birthday yesterday, we all went out for fish and chips to celebrate.  It was nice to have them here to celebrate his birthday with him since we don’t normally get to. Having kids around during Christmas makes it even more exciting, I can’t believe how much energy they have!

2. New footwear.foot

After waiting almost 3 months, I finally got the results of my MRI and one of my seasmoid bones is very inflamed.Sesamoid

The doctor said it is at the pre-fracture stage and wants to treat it as a fracture.  He said it probably would have broke if I continued exercising on it! So I have to wear this lovely thing for the next 4-6 weeks to keep all pressure off that part of my foot so it can heal as quick as possible, womp womp. It’s only been 2 days and its already driving me crazy!

3. Munich! For part of my 30th birthday trip we are going to Munich the day after Christmas for 4 days, then Greg is taking me to an undisclosed location to celebrate my 30th on New Years Eve, can’t wait to find out where we are going! We’ve booked tours to go see these castles, how cool do they look?! Real life Disney castles.  Neuschwanstein-Castle

4 . 30th birthday box- most of my friends are also turning 30 this year.  My friend Jess over here in England turns on the 23rd, and my maid of honor Amanda turns on the 10th of January so I’ve been working on a 30th birthday gift box for them. Thank you Pinterest as always for the idea! Here is the one I made for Jess. 3030thHer husband threw a surprise 30th birthday party for her last weekend so I gave it to her then.  I’ve included some of the same stuff for Amanda, but tried to tailor them to their individual likes which has been fun trying to find little things that I think they’ll really like.

5. Serial. Who’s been listening?! I saw this mentioned on an email and downloaded it to check it out.  I didn’t think it was a true story at first, once I did I was even more interested and have binge listened to all the episodes now. One last episode to listen to left!  So what do you think? Did Adnan do it? I definitely don’t think he did.  I think Jay potentially did it, or if he didn’t he definitely played a big part in it with his throwing away his clothes his boots, throwing away shovels and admitting to helping bury Hae.  All his crazy lies and changing his story every single time he was interviewed is definitely shady and him saying Adnan called him from the payphone in the BestBuy parking lot to pick him up after Adnan supposedly killed Hae when a payphone never existed!   Maybe he did it because he was jealous of Adnan being close to his girlfriend Steph? Whats weird to me though is apparently Jay and Adnan weren’t even that close, so why would be lend him his phone and car? Unless it was only so he could go get Steph a present for her birthday?  The only thing that really sticks out in my mind about Adnan was his cell phone pinging the tower by Leakin Park where she was buried and him and Jay were together that evening.  Its crazy how much more information is coming out from witnesses just from listening to the podcast.  Such a sad story, I wonder what really happened to her.

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Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Unfortunately I have to work today so I’m forcing the Brits to participate at work and asked everyone to bring a dish so we can celebrate. I mean they were the ones who started the whole tradition anyway right!?

I decided to make monkey bread to bring in since no one seems to have ever heard of it before, blaspheme! Since I can’t use a couple tubes of Grands biscuits to make it, I had to make it from scratch.

IMG_4778.JPGI made the dough, kneaded it for 10 minutes like the directions said and then put it in a warm oven for an hour where the dough was supposed to double in size. After an hour it didn’t even look like it was that much bigger, so I just chopped it into pieces and carried on making it anyway.

IMG_4779.JPGI tried a piece when it was ready and it was really dense and kind of hard, not as light and fluffy as it’s supposed to be so not sure what happened to my yeast. Oh well, hopefully it will be buttery, cinnamony and brown sugary enough for them to like it.

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A sweet Welsh lady at work made a pumpkin pie from scratch, no canned Libby’s, it was delicious!

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This Thanksgiving is my first as a married woman! I am thankful for my husband who puts up with my craziness and does so much for me and us to always better our lives.

IMG_4789.JPGI’m very thankful for my health, and am thankful for the life I lead and that I never have to worry about things like being hungry, or stuck out in the cold.

I’m thankful for my family and best friends who feel like family to me.

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I hope you all enjoy your day , Go Seahawks!!!

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Mason jar-ing and bridal shower fun!

So luckily we didn’t have a super late night for the bachelorette party, because we had a full day and night ahead of us.

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My bridal shower was at 4, so we all went to my aunt’s house earlier to get all the decorations done for the wedding reception.  I was so appreciative of everyone’s help, cause there was lots to do! We had to decorate all the mason jars for the tables at the reception, and stuff all favor bags with coffee.

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The girls did a great job on the mason jars, Amanda was project manager! It was so nice to spend this time crafting and getting everything ready with everyone.

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Once Bonnie arrived with the food, it was time for the bridal shower to start.  bridalshowerfood

My brother’s girlfriend and my aunt were so sweet to plan my bridal shower for me.  It was a lingerie themed party, so I had lots of lingerie to open up! bridaljammies

bridalshowergiftsThe risque-est thing I got was from Greg’s sister and the laughs that I got when I opened it was hilarious! A little awkward being from his sister and having my future mother-in-law and my mother there!bridalshowerling

My aunt picked up some of my favorite cupcakes for the party, the carrot cake ones are to die for and they are so big!bridal showerIMG_2260IMG_2279

IMG_2247After the shower, we all met up with the boys at a Minnesota themed bar for my little brother’s birthday.  The restaurant has the famous Juicy Lucy burgers that Minnesota is famous for, a burger stuffed with american cheese that oozes out when you bite into it, can’t go wrong! Someone ordered poutine, how have I never had this before?! so good!

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Free shots for the father of both the birthday boy and bride to be!

More cherished time spent, and memories made with my family and friends, it was such a fun day and night I wish time could’ve slowed down.

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Next day was the wedding rehearsal at the church and dinner!

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Bachelorette Party-ing

I flew to Seattle a week before the wedding and got to spend a few days getting in some father daughter time.  I even got my dad to help decorate the mason jar jugs and bags for everyone for the party!

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2 of my bridesmaids landed on Wednesday, Laura and Stephanie.  Laura and I used to work together when we were stationed in California in the Air Force.  Stephanie is my maid of honor’s cousin who I also met while living in California.  It was nice to spend some quality time with them.  We all stayed at my dad’s that night and had my step mom’s famous pot roast feast, with some margaritas of course!

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My dad dropped us off at our hotel downtown the next day and waited for all the other girls to get in.  Amanda, my maid of honor and Kelly drove up from Sacramento early that morning the rest of the girls flew in from London, Vegas, and Texas.  We all walked to the local Whole Foods to pick up snacks and dinner and spent the rest of the night hanging out and catching up.  It had been a few years since I last saw some of the girls so it was so fun just hanging out doing nothing!

1 of many elevator selfies!

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The next morning, we had a walking food tour of Pike Place Market on the agenda.  Our tour guide was so fun and funny!

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All the food places we stopped at were awesome and we didn’t have to wait in any lines.   We had some of my favorite fresh cinnamon sugar doughnuts

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smoked salmon, seafood chowder that was the best I’ve ever had, Oprah’s favorite mac & cheese at Beecher’s, chocolate covered cherries & pecans, and lastly crab cakes that were to die for from Etta’s, a Tom Douglas restaurant who also did the catering for our wedding!

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A fish stand in the market is famous for watching fish throwing, and I kindly got volun-told that I had to catch a fish! I caught it, so at least I didn’t make a fool of myself.

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After the food tour, we all headed back to the hotel to chill out.  My mom landed around the same time so I took a walk to her hotel so I could see her since I hadn’t seen her since last May.

Once I got back to the hotel, we all started getting ready for the night.  The girls decorated our hotel room and got the drinks and games in order!

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We went out for sushi for dinner

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and our next stop was a place called Key on Main- a dueling piano bar.  Has anyone ever been to one of these places before?!

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It was a lot of fun! The pianists can basically play and sing any song which was pretty cool, and they had a bunch of gear to add beats and extra music in.  Basically someone pays to request a song for them to play, the more the pay, the quicker it will get played, and if you want them to stop whatever song they are playing you have to pay a dollar more than what the person paid to request it.

dancin There was another bachelorette party going on, and the poor girl got called on stage and had a very inappropriate song sung about her, so I knew it was only a matter of time till it was my turn!  I was in the bathroom a little bit later on, and I heard them calling my name to come on stage, I had to pee and had no intentions of rushing back out there! When I walked back out, they caught me and I had to get on stage for my roasting, it was hilariously inappropriate!

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We stayed there for another hour or so, and I realized one of my favorite old school burger joints were right around the corner.  My dad used to go there when he was a teenager, it’s a old school little place, cash only and no special orders! Cheeseburgers were needed!

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Amanda and Kelly had stopped at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland on their way to Seattle and I had a nice surprise waiting for me when we got back, and it was creme filled and delicious!

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We had an awesome night, and I was glad it wasn’t a very late one since we had all day festivities planned the next day.  Mason jar decorating at my aunt’s followed by my bridal shower, and then out for my little brother’s birthday.

It was so great to have such a great time with all my family and close friends from different points in my life.  I was so happy we all could get together and have so much fun, I’ll cherish those memories forever!

 

 

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I’m back as a Mrs!

Hey Y’all!

Greg and I just got back from our honeymoon yesterday and we are back to work and reality!  Our time in Seattle was a whirlwind!

I flew in a week before the wedding to get everything finalized with the venue and pick up our marriage certificate.  A few of my bridesmaids started flying in on Wednesday and the rest of them came in on Thursday and we all stayed downtown in a hotel for a few nights for the bachelorette party!

Saturday was spent at my aunt’s house decorating all the mason jars for the reception and my bridal shower, after that we met up with the guys that night at a Minnesotian restaurant.  It was so great to have all our friends and families from all over the world together.

Sunday was our rehearsal at the church and our rehearsal dinner was at my cousin’s house where everyone was invited since we wanted to spend as much time with everyone while we could, and Monday was the big day!

Here are a few pictures from the wedding:

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I’ll be back with pictures from the bachelorette party shenanigans :)

 

 

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Wedding Cra-za-zee-iness!!!

We are in single digits, 8 days until I leave for Seattle, and 16 until the wedding!! I feel like we have went from slowly and casually getting all the big stuff, flowers, church, DJ, reception taken care of to 90mph of trying to get a million things done at once!

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Since we have so many out of town guests and a limited time with them all we’ve been trying to plan a lot of things that include everyone.  Our wedding total is only 76 people but our rehearsal dinner will be about 50+!  My cousin has kindly let us her house for it so that it’s a more casual environment and easier for everyone to get to talk to everyone.

My bridal shower is the day before the rehearsal, where all the girls will also be getting together beforehand to decorate the mason jars that will be on the tables for the reception.  It will be so much fun to have a crafty, girly filled day with all the important women in my life! My aunt has requested my order for famous cupcakes for the bridal shower afterwards that she always brings to family gatherings.  Strawberry cheesecake, nutella, and salted caramel, yes please!   That weekend is definitely going to be filled with all.the.food. My little brother’s birthday is also the same day as the shower so all the family were planning on going to my Aunt & Uncle’s favorite local bar to celebrate, it is going to be a non-stop weekend!

Even though my bachelorette party is in Seattle, I hadn’t planned on doing anything in London, but a friend of mine from our small group at church planned a surprise “Hen” party for me! It was so sweet of her.  We went over to another one of the girls house, we walked down the street in all our bachelorette party gear and picked up our dinner to take back and just hung out followed by cups of Nespresso coffee and When Harry Met Sally! What a crazzzzy night!20140731-141132-51092605.jpg

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My bachelorette party in Seattle is starting off with a morning walking food tour of Pike Place Market.  We get to stop at tons of little food stalls and restaurants throughout the market, and my favorite fresh cinnamon sugared doughnut place is on the list, I can’t wait! We are going to play some games back our hotel room after that.  Have dinner reservations at a sushi restaurant, which I’m so excited for because I seriously haven’t had sushi in like 2 years.  We have a reservation at a bar called the Duelling Piano Bar which is supposed to be a hit for bachelorette parties so that should be fun, and then see where they night takes us! My alcohol tolerance is currently zero so I’m a tad worried about how Ill handle the day and night, especially with a full day ahead of us!

Can’t wait to make more memories and for more shenanigans with my bridesmaid’s & co!

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Have you had to manage a ton of out of town guests for anything? Any tips for helping things run smoothly?

If you’re in the Seattle area and know any fun bars or really good restaurants, lemme know!

 

 

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Five on Gettin’ My Booty Bride-Ready Friday!

1. Count down

We are in the 50s peeps! I can’t believe there is only 1 full week left of June, so that means there are only 7 weeks left until I fly to Seattle the week before the wedding! We still have lots of little things to get done, and one of them is picking our first dance song, suggestions are more than welcome!

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I’ve really been making an extra effort this year to have the reigns a little tighter on my eating and stick to clean eating as much as possible.  I don’t think I’ve ever ate so many vegetables in my life! Eating lots of veggies is the only thing that really fills me up and keeps me full.  I usually roast a ton of veggies for dinner and any leftovers I’ll throw in a big salad for my lunch the next day.  I’ve lost 14lbs so far since January 1, and am now trying a lower carb, high protein & high fat approach.  I only started this week and so far so good! I definitely feel a lot fuller for longer and don’t feel the need to eat as often as I did previously, and am eating slightly less because of this.

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tumblr_nmindy I really want to work on toning up now too, so I’m going to try and get a lot more weight lifting sessions in and stop relying so much on just cardio.  These last 5lb are gonna be the hardest, so gotta get my butt into a worthy Hawaiian bikini bod!

3. Pecan Brownie Mini Cheesecake

I usually been having a protein pancake made with oatmeal, or some cereal after dinner, but since I’m nixing the evening carbs I needed to figure out something else to get my sweet fix.  Enter pecan brownie mini cheesecakes! Not a bad trade off!

photo 1 I adapted this recipe, but only made 6 cheesecakes instead of 12 so split the recipe in half.

  •  Add 1.5 pecan halves chopped up to the bottom of each muffin cup
  • In a microwave safe bowl mix 1/4 cup any nut butter of your choice (I used Peanut Butter & Co Mighty Maple mixed with almond butter) with 1/2 TBSP of coconut oil for 30 seconds or until melted.
  • Add 1.5 TBSP of cocoa powder
  • Add 1/4 cup of sugar substitute
  • Mix all together and divide between the 6 muffin cups on top of chopped pecans
  • Preheat oven to 350F (176C)
  • Whip together: 1 package (80z, or 200 grams)  lightest cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar substitute, 1/2 cup fage 0% greek yogurt, 1 egg, 1/4 cup low fat milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pour over chocolate crusts
  • Bake until set, about 25 minutes
  • Wait till they are cooled to eat, or stick them in the fridge for a couple hours for later

For one cheesecake


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Carbs Protein Fat Fiber Sugar
166       9 10 10 2 5

These are duh.li.scious.  The pecan chocolate topping tastes exactly like a brownie.  I just wanted to eat the tops off of all of them.  I eat the cheesecake part first and save the brownie piece for last, and finish it off with a swig of milk!  I think I’ll definitely try and make some brownie concoction with those ingredients!

4. Apron from Mom 

The only veil I found that I really liked was from David’s Bridal that I saw when I was back in Seattle for Christmas.  I didn’t have any luck finding anything similar here,  so I ordered the David’s Bridal one online to my moms house.  She was definitely taking her time sending it, and it turns out because she was working on this Texas apron for me, I sure love my Momma!

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5. Dress alteration

I had my wedding dress alteration on Wednesday, and couldn’t have asked for more perfect timing because my veil came in the mail that day too.  I was worried how my veil would look with the dress since I hadn’t tried them on together, but I loved my veil and they go together perfectly!

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