Archive | August, 2009

Little Surprises…

31 Aug

So this labor day weekend after a pretty long 10 days I am planning a wee bit of a surprise for Steve and I.  Of course I love surprises and after reading this book I have learned that it is my #1 love language.  The book is wonderful and very insightful.  It has a little bit of religious undertones but doesn’t jam it down your throat.  A must read for sure! {off soap box}

Although surprises isn’t one of Steve’s top love languages he knows how much I LOVEEEEE to give surprises {and recieve them!} and knows this is one of the ways I show my love and so he is excited to see what we are doing!!  I am giddy with excitement and although it isn’t anything HUGE I find that the little surprises is what matters…

So a little hint for my lovely husband of what is planned….I will tell you when pigs can fly…


Yup that is all you get. 




Wake up and smell the…FLOWERS!!

30 Aug

So if anyone who knows me knows that peonies were the flower theme for my wedding.  It was a quick, simple and easy decision and didn’t take much effort to decide.  For some ladies it is a more difficult decision trying to find the right flower so thought I would throw my favorite flowers out there! PEONIES!! I loved how puffy, romantic, classic, and screamed spring to me.  I was beyond thrilled when I saw my beautiful flowers and my bouquet was STUNNING (if I do say so myself!)!!! I fell in love with the flowers when I visited the knot and a fellow knottie Jackie had beautiful peony flowers for her wedding.  My florist was amazing and really took my vision and ideas and made them happen! SO GREAT! Looking at my wedding pictures with my flowers in them just makes me {sighhh} and a little sad I didn’t take more pictures with my beautiful flowers!! Here are a few pictures of the different bouquets I had made for my big day!

awwww my best accessory of the day!

awwww my best accessory of the day!my MOH flowers and me acting CRAZY!

my bridesmaid's flowers!

my bridesmaid's flowers!

OHHHH soooo pretty to meeee (my ladies and flowers!) 🙂

BUTTTTTTT… if I had to change my  bouquet to something different because they weren’t in season (peonies have a very short shelf life) I would have picked these flowers below!!! They still exude the puffy, romantic, classic look I was really looking for plus it has a touch of yellow inside the flower which was part of my color theme!! So beautiful!! The flowers used in the bouquet below are white japhet orchids and stephanotis. 


Hope this helps out anyone who is still in search of that perfect flower(s) for their bouquet!!  In the chaos that is all wedding planning it is so nice take a few minutes on your big day, take a deep breath and smell in the flowers.  It is also the perfect accessory to accentuate your perfect dress–and they make your surrounding smell wonderful.  What could really be better???!!! 




Perfection is for the birds!

30 Aug

A little insight in my wonderful world.

I am not perfect.

Perfection is overrated anyways. 

So I can thank my mother for giving me this family flaw-THANK YOU MOM! We both have this incurable eating habit where we get hooked on a food item for days, weeks, and ocasionally months.  In some instances it is a great advantage because it takes the guessing out of what I will be having for that day…lunch, dinner, snacks..or even breakfast.  I am sure there is some psychological reason for this but mostly I think it is for ease and comfort during stressful and difficult times.  For instance my mom once ate tuna melts for 3 months straight. No lie. She has also eaten chicken hot dogs for even longer.  As the years progressed I have inherited this lovely eating habit and started to request the same foods over and over again as well.  I know crazy but that doesn’t stop our insanity. 

I have been known to eat the same cereal for months, same lunch for entire semesters (grilled cheese with parmesean cheese on top during freshmen year, vanilla yogurt and turkey sandwich at Nichols).  Poor Steve has to endure this minor flaw and at times eat the same thing with me just because well…I am the cook in the house!

So my latest obsession is VANILLA PUDDING!!! YUM-O!!! D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!


It is my snack choice during RA training and 18 hour opening days.  It has helped me through long hours and achy feet. It has put a smile on my face when smacked into reality that I started work in the busiest month/week of Residence Life.  And for this I will always have a soft spot in my vanilla pudding heart 🙂

The tragedy is that I ran out of my delicious treat last night and do not have a car at my disposal at the moment to get more!! What am I going to do to “feed” my obsession today???  AHHHHHH. Hopefully Steve will be my savior and fullfill my request to get me more vanilla pudding–two packages please.

Never be too prepared I say.




Kids on Board!

28 Aug

Nope. I am not pregnant. 


I LOVE THIS!!! Yes I do love Tori and Dean and their show (thanks Sara!)–but I REALLY LOVE these toddler holders for the bike.  I saw this picture  in US magazine recently and I absolutely love the product the kids are in on the bike! SUPER AWESOME!! I have seen the toddler holders for behind the bike, but this is the first time I had seen them for the front.  It seems safer and easier to manage in the front of the bike–GENIUS!! I would love to have this for when Steve and I have kids (in the way future) and thought I would share the wealth 🙂 I am going to keep a look out in the stores to see if these pop up in the nearest walmart!


Happy Biking!!


::Caprese Salad::

28 Aug


So anyone who loves cheese and tomatoes (any sane person of course!)  would love this salad!!   I don’t make it a ton because Steve is not a fan of tomatoes (GASP!), but whenever I do have this salad it is a reminder of how much I LOVE it!! It is refreshing and very quick to make–plus not many ingredients which makes it on the cheap side!   The salad if very versatile and can be a side during dinner, appetizer, have it for lunch, or even a delicous snack!!





(serves 2)

4 tomatoes
1 large ball of mozzarella cheese
20 leaves of basil
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
salt + pepper to taste


Slice the tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick.  

Slice the mozzarella to 1/4 inch think.  

Arrange on a platter by tomato, mozzarella, basil leave.  

Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

::Extra Extra::

To make it into more of a meal you can add grilled shrimp, chicken or kabobs for a medley off amazingness!!  Be creative!!





25 Aug

no excuse.  I get a job and become M.I.A. on my blog!! What is up with that?!?


But seriously I jumped into my job and have been working 16 hours a day and unpacking our new home…pictures to come!!  I promise that once I get through opening weekend which is this weekend (horrayyy!) we will be back to our regularly scheduled blog program.  I will have recipes using our new items from our wedding, pictures of our new place, sports, travel and much more!! So please stay tuned and don’t give up on my lovely blog 🙂

My step-dad goes into his surgery tomorrow so please keep him and our family in your thoughts!!




Bargain Fun!

19 Aug

With the economy the way it is and with our no job for 3 months situation we have gotten pretty creative in keeping ourselves entertained. At first I was stumped because we normally do the big ticket items, but after awhile it got fun trying to think of new and improved ideas!  It hasn’t always worked and at times we are bored out of our minds, but overall we were able to enjoy our time off from working and not break the bank! But of course all things have to come to an end and with that I will be starting work in the very near future 🙂

Here are some things we have done in the recent months to keep us entertained on a bargain–

  • Purchased a smut magazine and hung out at the pool with friends
  • Purchased a waterproof football and enjoyed some games in the pool
  • Went to free state parks to enjoy the scenery and picnic fun
  • BBQ’s and grilled cheese extravaganzas!
  • Re-watched some marathon dvd sets
  • Help plan someone elses wedding (fun yet no cost!!)
  • Taking a walk (to the froyo shop of course!)
  • Going to the library and getting books rather than spending $$$
  • Started to train for a running race to keep us fit and busy
  • Visited family and friends (no hotel costs!)
  • Window shopping with good friends at expensive stores so there is no way to purchase a dang thing!
  • Pub Trivia with some fantastic friends. Won at half-time for free boozze!! YAY!
  • Helping paint (GASP!) and having some fun with it!
  • Won free tickets to the movie theater from the BK lounge
  • Coupons! Coupons!
  • Sushi from the grocery store (very good actually) and date night in!
  • Making our coffee rather than the twice a day starbucks/DD runs

One of the ways we have enjoyed ourselves most recently is going to a Connecticut Defenders  game!!   Although my in-laws were so very generous and paid for our tickets they are only 8 bucks each and we got them day of!  Our seats were great! Fun for under 20 bucks at a game?? WHO KNEW?? It was fabulous and everything was about a 1/132 of what it is at a Red Sox game!! I was able to get a VERY LARGE waffle ice cream cone (with sprinkles) for less than 5 bucks!!! Imagine that?!! Steve smuggled in some treats but I stopped at smuggling in a bottled water ( I didn’t want to get frisked!). 

Here we are at the game!

enjoy the game!

enjoying the game!



The best part (I thought) was the ending where we won in the 10th inning on a crazy play.  The crowd all stood up and clapped and cheared!! If you closed your eyes really really tight you could always feel like you were at the Red Sox game!



After a great night we had the added bonus of having FREE fireworks!! These fireworks were incredible–some of the best I have ever seen.  It was a great way to end an awesome {yet cheap} night!!



We have really had a crazy summer starting with our wedding and we have learned a lot through these past few months.  One of them being that we don’t have to have a million dollars to have a one in a million kinda night! Even when we are both working and can afford to splurge a little I hope we remember we can still have fun with very little–as long as we be creative!   

Happy bargain hunting!!