3… 2… 1… wedding!

I didn’t think that I’d have time to post again until after the wedding.  Good thing I’m feeling like a night owl since today was my last day of work before the big day.  I don’t have to wake up to an alarm tomorrow!  Well, at least not as early as usual.

Being done with work plus knowing that family is now here or en route for the wedding is really crazy to think about.  My brother was delayed from China but should be in town by now, my sister is here from Chicago and Todd’s brother and sister-in-law arrived this evening from Denver.  The next two days will be filled with a few errands, a touch of pampering and lots of celebration.

On top of wedding planning we have also been moving into our new apartment.  We have a kitchen full of goodies: plates, silverware, cookware, bottles and bottles of wine, etc.  This is a good thing.  We also have only two chairs and no couch.  I should say we have no couch in the apartment because we went and bought one today!

I’m so excited to have a brand new couch instead of a hand-me-down from our parents or something off of Craig’s List.  It’s being delivered after the honeymoon and I can’t wait to get it into our cute little nest.

Time for this bride-to-be to get some rest.  The wedding countdown is on!

P.S.  I haven’t  been posting about food much lately because well, I’ve been eating uninspired, delicious but not-so-balanced meals.  It seems that stress + business = comfort food cravings for me.  Post-honeymoon I promise to put our new kitchen to good use and make lots of delicious, healthy meals at home.

Do you eat worse when you’re stressed?

What are you go-to comfort foods?

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wedding program party

On Tuesday some of my bridesmaids met me at my parents’ to help me assemble our wedding programs.  I am totally enamored with our programs.  Ellie at Hello Tenfold designed them for me and they are just gorgeous, everything I wanted.  It’s always hard for me to choose between beautiful things and Ellie made it easy by offering to make four different program covers.  They are all beautiful and she was so great to work with.  If you’re in the market for beautiful stationery, I’d highly recommend her.

It was really nice to get together with the girls.  Not all of my bridesmaids know each other really well since I know them from different parts of my life (family, high school, college) so it’s nice when we all spend time together.  Of course we ate as we worked and enjoyed some pizza and a plate of the oatmeal chocolate chunk toffee cookies I made on Sunday.

We got everything set up and went to work tying the programs together.  Look at all of these colors together, so pretty!

My friends, Pam, Jennie and Jennifer were such fast workers that it barely took us any time at all.

By the time my parents came home we were done.  I’m so grateful for their help, it would have taken me ages alone!

Thanks again for helping bridesmaids and thanks to Ellie for your gorgeous work!

What DIY tasks did you do for your wedding?


one a penny, two a penny

As you know I had a half day of work today and it was everything I hoped it would be.  Todd picked me up from work at 1:00 and I was greeted with lunch from Panera.  After scarfing down a half Tomato Mozzarella Panini, I got to work on a hot cross bun.

I honestly didn’t think that these buns existed out side of the nursery rhyme but lo and behold, there they were on Panera’s menu, how could I resist?  Thankfully, our location had them and Todd picked one up for me.  The bun was delicious and yeasty and good but my favorite part (no surprise here) was the cross of frosting on the top.

After eating our lunches quickly in the car we had a successful meeting with the event coordinator  at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and then headed over to the county clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license.  It was quick and easy and we can pick up the license on Monday.  We’re allowed to get married, phew!

We made a quick stop to re-sign our lease and then went our separate ways.  I stopped by my favorite book store, Schuler Books and picked up a few new reads and a few small gifts for my flower girls.

I went to my parents’ house after that and sat down and next thing I knew, I was taking a nap.  It was heavenly.  I didn’t wake up until my dad got home from work.  Fortunately, that was before I had to meet my mom to go pick up my wedding dress.  Unfortunately when we went to pick up my dress it didn’t quite fit right so I have to wait another week to take my dress home but it looks pretty amazing and I’m really happy with how it’s coming together.

After the fitting my mom and I met my dad for dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse and we had a darn good meal.

Steak, veggies, mashed potatoes and macaroni to share?  Yes, please.

When I got back to my parents’ I went through some old photos in search of some good shots for our wedding photo display.  I found some gems.

There were certainly a ton of some more embarrassing shots too.  Oh 90s, you were something else.

I enjoyed my little afternoon off so much!  It felt like a mini-weekend and it was so needed.  My next break will be for the wedding and honeymoon and that is just beyond!

How was your day?

How do you spend your days off?

half day work day

I am couting down the hours to 1:00.  Usually that’s my lunch time but today I’m looking forward to it as quitting time.  I took a half day today to get some things done and I couldn’t be more excited.  I’ve been looking forward to today all week and I’m so excited that I can barely stand it – I feel like a little kid!

After leaving here I’m going to meet with the Event Coordinator at the GRAM, our wedding reception venue.  When we’re done there, Todd and I will go to the courthouse to get our marriage license before going to re-sign the lease for our new apartment (the first time we went to sign it the landlord’s printer was broken so our original lease is a little bootlegged).  I’ll probably run a few more errand after that and then I’m meeting my mom so we can go pick up my wedding dress from the tailor’s house.

What a fun, busy and productive afternoon this will be!  Plus, I’m really glad for the mental health day.  The last time I had a day off was in early February when a blizzard hit and my boss let me have a snow day.  Other than that I haven’t had any time off since New Year’s Day and this little break is much-needed. 

Just 2 hours and 17 minutes to go!  Woo hoo!

Do you take mental health days?

blog love

After work the snow had cleared and I was happy to walk out into a beautiful spring day.

I headed over to Biggby Coffee where I had a great meeting with our wedding photographer, Theresa Kemink, talented owner of TAK Photography.  She does such great work and I’m so excited that she’s shooting our big day.  Her photos are amazing but she doesn’t seem to take her self too seriously.  You should really check out her blog, it’s good stuff.

After the meeting I headed to the Funky Buddha for a very sweaty and intense power yoga class.  I definitely sweated out some toxins today although my tummy wasn’t feeling to great because I had a snack beforehand.  Note to self: no matter how much I love chocolate chip cookies and lemonade, they must wait until after hot yoga.

Delicious but dangerous.

Anyways, other than that I was going to write a post about…something but I don’t feel like I have much to say right now.  Thankfully, other bloggers seem to be much more inspired that I am so I’ll refer you to them.

1) Kelly at Laughter, Food and Strength, one of my favorites, posted a recipe for Mini Italian Frittatas today.  I want to make these right now and would if I had the energy, and the eggs.  But honestly, I often think bloggers make things that look delicious but I know that I’ll never make them but these frittatas are going directly to my “to-make” list.  Yum!

2) Jess at In My Healthy Opinion seems to be on the same page as me a lot, it’s kind of strange, actually.  She’s got some great simple goals posted and they’re exactly the things I always mean to work on.  Soon though, soon.  Even better, she’s posted a link to a hilarious site featuring the 65 Sketchiest Easter Bunny photos.  My favorites are numbers 28, 45 and 53.  Hilarious.  Thanks for sharing, Jess!

3) I discovered Girl Meets Life over the weekend and I’m loving it. Her tagline is “celebrating the simple things”, a concept I can definitely get behind.  I get really excited about the little things so I can totally relate.

4) Allie at Live, Laugh, Eat wrote an entire post about pineapple.  Pineapple is hands down my favorite fruit (sorry grapefruit) and I think it makes everything taste better and makes me smile.  Sometimes I overdo it and it gives me canker sores too but I always go back to it.  I respect any blogger who posts all about pineapple, plus she seems great and is darn cute.

In short, thank you other bloggers for being great so I don’t have to be!

What are some of your favorite blogs?

What’s your favorite topic to see covered on other peoples’ blogs?

hmp: lunchtime burgers

The Homemade Meal Project is back!  After having no time to cook anything for what seems like weeks, we finally made a full homemade meal.  Granted it was just burgers but we still cooked it from start to finish.

After a very sweaty and intense yoga session, I called Todd and said “I want meat.”.  He obliged and ran to the store to pick up some lean ground beef and by the time I got home, the burgers were on the grill and he had a potato and veggie mixture cooking on the stove.

The potato and veggie mix was actually a frozen mix that I picked up yesterday, one of Alexia‘s new products – or at least new to me.  I’m confused as to whether Alexia product are organic or not, I thought they were but it may be that only some of their products are organic.  Either way, they’re all “natural”, whatever that means, and that’s always a good start.

I had also bought a few ears of corn so I popped those on the grill and about 15 minutes later, we were sitting down to a grilled lunchtime feast.

I always douse my burgers in ketchup because I’ve never liked any other toppings on my burgers.  This time, I attempted to make a smiley face with my ketchup but it came out looking a bit demonic, sorry about that.

For dessert I had a mini cupcake leftover from last night’s half-birthday surprise.

I allowed myself a post-lunch nap and now we’re just sitting around waiting for paint to dry.  Literally.  We’re working on our one and only try DIY project for the wedding and so far, it’s not so promising.  Hopefully it turns out wonderful and beautiful though.  Keep your fingers crossed!

What do you top your burgers with?

so much to blog, so little time!

It seems like I have been so busy the last two days that I’ve barely had time to sit down, let alone blog.  Instead of trying to squeeze everything in, I’ll just share the highlights, some of which I’ll elaborate on later.

1) Meeting at Sweet Cakes Design:

I know that I already wrote a whole post about this but, I am just so excited about our cake and all of the flavors.  I also think the cake and mini cakes are going to be just gorgeous.  On top of that, Barb’s enthusiasm for the project and her job was totally infectious.  She made a career change late in life and seems so thrilled with it – definitely something to give some thought to.  What could I be doing that I really love?

2) Goat Cheese Salad

Vegetables have never really been my thing.  Growing up, I’d eat green beans, corn on the cob and baked carrots drowning in brown sugar.  Until maybe two years ago, this hadn’t really changed.  As I’ve gotten older and started to think more about what I’m putting into my body, I’ve opened up to more vegetables.  Salad was one of the harder additions to my diet and I still don’t love it.  First of all, I hate dressing.  Just don’t like any dressing that I’ve ever tried.  I like salad with fruit on it (and love fruit salad) but would rather be eating something else most of the time.  Yesterday for lunch, I found what might be the perfect salad.  It is spinach with carrots, cinnamon fuji apples, candied pecans and goat cheese.

I removed the sprouts and tomato.  This salad was so good that I saved my second half for lunch today.  I think the candied pecans really helped, they were awesome and countered the bitter taste of the spinach perfectly.

3) Wedding Shower

I had another wedding shower today with the aunts and cousins on my dad’s side.  It was really lovely but deserves a little more recognition so I’ll blog more later.  It’s always nice to get together outside of the major holidays and I am feeling very blessed and lucky to come from such a great family, we had a great time.

4) Another Etsy Arrival

When I got home from the shower a package was waiting for me.

I am such a sucker for package.  How adorable is this with that cute label and the blue striped twine?  Love it.

Inside the package from Silver Pencils was the hair flower that I’m going to wear at the reception.  Brandi makes such adorable and affordable hair accessories.  They’re simple and beautiful and I’m so excited to wear mine on our wedding.  She also has a great blog that you should check out.

Atlantic Pure Ivory Bridal Hair Flower

[picture from Silver Pencil’s Etsy site]

Isn’t she purdy?

 

That’s all for now.  This business has made me awful sleepy.  Todd and I are going to attempt to watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother.  Anyone want to takes bets on how many minutes it will take us to fall asleep?  My bet is 7 and a half.

Good night!