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I’ve found a few things around the internet lately that made me stop and think. Then I wanted to email them to my husband, sister and best friends. I figured if they all liked them you would to.

What Do We Deserve has gone viral for all of the conversation it sparked in the comments section… positive, negative, and so many people reinforcing exactly the kind of mindset she’s calling out. Even more fascinating (to me anyway) than the article is the comments below. I sent it to my husband and that sparked a great conversation. Read it.

Why You Need To Take A Lunch Break was something I ironically read while eating lunch at my desk. I hate that I regularly eat lunch at my desk at my new job but I really do. This got me planning to change that at least a day or two a week.

Hesitant to Make That Big Life Change? Permission Granted is something I think we all need to be told. This is a lesson I learned in a major way in 2016. Stop waiting for permission to do that big, life-changing thing. Do it.

Have you shopped at your favorite stores lately and thought, these clothes just aren’t as nice as I remember. I know I have. And this article validates that thought. It was really interesting to read that the major stores are struggling. And don’t even get me start on what tiny lady is supposed to fit in some of those clothes. But this 5-9 woman can’t begin to try.

What interesting things have you read lately?

 

 

Weekend Slow Down

This weekend was enjoyed at a much slower speed than any I can remember in a while. It was nice to relax and not have every moment planned for a change. Because of Will’s job cranking up to include nights and weekends again, he had to work Saturday, we always try and cram as much fun as possible in to the summer because the weekends aren’t ours during the school year. But it also leads to some end of summer burnout because we never really relaxed. Every summer we say we will do better. And every summer we don’t. Maybe next year.

On Friday we just hung out and watched the Panthers/Patriots preseason game. It certainly didn’t go the way this Panthers fan wanted but it is just the preseason. Which I had to gently remind my husband… repeatedly.

Saturday Will had to work and I have another baby shower to go to. This one was for the wife of someone I used to work with. It was fun to catch up with people I used to see every day but haven’t gotten to spend much time with lately. Also they are having a little girl, where I feel like all my other friends are having boys, so it was sweet to see all the little girl clothes and the amazing nursery. My friend hand painted this! How incredible.

After Will got home on Saturday we grilled up burgers and finished watching Stranger Things. If you haven’t watched it get on Netflix right now. It is so good and totally not something I would have watched on my own. Not really my normal genre, but I am so glad the hubby made me watch it with him because I really enjoyed it. I need them to confirm season 2!

We also got some not-great news this weekend. One of our best friends was driving to Ohio to visit his parents on Thursday when he was hit by a drunk driver less than 20 minutes from his house. He has a concussion, but is otherwise fine, but his truck it totaled. He woke up in the hospital with zero recollection of what happened which is super scary. He ended up having to fly back to NC yesterday so we picked him up from the airport. He isn’t cleared to drive so Will has to bring him to work and he lives alone so I am just generally worried about him. So say a little prayer as he continues to heal and deal with the legal/insurance madness ahead.

Sunday we went to church, picked our friend up from the airport and did some grocery shopping/cleaning of the house. I thought it was going to be a totally chill day when Will told me to get in the shower and get cleaned up. I did as I was told and was rewarded with a delicious dinner at one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate three months of being married. I swear, that guy gets the importance of celebrating the little things! It was delicious and we had so much fun just chatting and enjoying the beautiful restaurant. I should have taken photos but mostly I forgot because I was just enjoying myself and even left my phone in the car.

So there it is, our very unplugged, no photo weekend. Sometimes that is just what we need.

Linked at B Loved Boston, The Sirois Family, Hello Monday, Let it Shine, MIMM, Weekend Snapshot

Five on Friday | August 26, 2016

I would really like it if August wasn’t almost over! I am just not ready to let go of this amazing summer. It’s funny how I think I actually have control over these things…

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Me time. Some people don’t need, or more likely take, time for themselves. But if I don’t take it bad things happen. By nature I am someone who will spend every waking moment taking care of everyone and everything around me. Which will burn a girl out. So I have to take a night here or there and turn off my cell phone and do something by myself and for myself. This Tuesday I had one of those nights. Will was out having a night with him mom so I took advantage and tuned off the phone. I went and got a pedicure and ate delicious Indian food which Will (and most everyone else I know) doesn’t like. Then I caught up on Big Brother. It was exactly what I needed.

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Amanda from The Lady Okie recently posted about this book she had read and it sounded like something I would LOVE. So when she said she was giving it away I was all over that. Miraculously I won. A serious miracle because I never win anything. I can’t wait to dive in to This Is Your Brain On Sports! I will probably pass it along once I am done so stay tuned.

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One of my favorite things to do in the summer is head to the minor league baseball games in our town. They do a Money of Monday promotion with $1 hot dogs and $1 beers. Will and I went with a bunch of friends this week and had a blast. It was a tie game in the ninth inning so there was plenty of dramatics and Will and I both went and ate dinner for $20. Can’t beat it!

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The hubby made my lunch one day this week. He’s a keeper.

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It feels like Monday was a really long time ago but I got to shop the Lilly Pulitzer sale for the first time. I ended up just grabbing a pair of shorts but I can’t wait to get them! And now I know how it works for next time and I can be way more prepared. And be able to spend a little more since it won’t be three-months post wedding!

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Linked at  A. Liz Adventures, Oh Hey Friday, High Five for Friday, A Little Bit of Everything,

Wedding Wednesday: Surprise Engagement Party

I can’t begin to tell you how much I look forward to Wedding Wednesday. It is easily my favorite day around this little blog and exactly why I wanted to start blogging in the first place!

Last week I shared Will’s amazing surprise proposal. On a Tuesday. At 3:30 in the afternoon. While I was at work. Needless to say he surprised me big time. Which was totally his goal since I had said the exact words “you will never surprise me now that you waited so long” during my why-haven’t-you-proposed meltdown.

After I said yes, we took photos on campus, I got my stuff from my office (hello, I’d been working all day) and we headed home. We called my parents and siblings and grandparents who all live far away first. Then Will said we were meeting his parents for dinner, which totally made sense since they live in town. I gave Michelle, our stellar videographer, a huge hug and we agreed our pre-proposal dinner plans for the next night would still happen.

Will had taken my “you will never surprise me” comment to heart and little did I know I was about to be in for surprise number two of the day. I was trying to call some of my very best girl friends when Will insisted we were going to be late for dinner with his parents and the girls would have to get a text for now and more later. I agreed and we hopped in the car to head over to his parents house. As we turned the corner on to their street Will started rolling down the window. I thought he was crazy, it was December. Cold. But when I looked at his parents front yard I understood why. Dinner with his parents was actually a surprise engagement party with 30 of our closest friends! Including Michelle, who had convinced me I would see her the next night and the girls I was trying to text. I’m pretty sure a very classy “what the hell” was heard by everyone when I saw all the cars. Oops.

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Not only had Will pulled off the surprise engagement I told him he couldn’t, but he had 30 of our best friends in on the surprise and waiting to celebrate just a few hours later. These people had known for two or three weeks and I had talked to them all in that time. No one spilled the beans. It was incredible.

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The best surprise came from one of Will’s best friends who lives three hours away from us. He and his wife had told Will they wouldn’t be able to make it on a week night with work the next day because of the distance. At the last minute they were able to rearrange some work things and called Will’s parents to say they were coming but wanted to surprise Will since everything else had been about surprising me. It was honestly one of the greatest moments to see Will so surprised to see them!

We ate tons of yummy food that Will’s mother had (bought) for the night and drank champagne and hung out around the fire pit in the back yard. We got some of the sweetest cards and three amazing ornaments that will continue to be my favorites for years to come. Will’s Dad gave a great speech where he mentioned how nice it was that we were FINALLY engaged and everyone laughed because they knew I’d been a little impatient lately!

One of my absolute favorite moments was opening a gift from my insanely talented friend May. She owns an incredibly successful calligraphy business All She Wrote Notes which you should definitely check out. Now. She made me this amazing hand drawn print of Wait Chapel, knowing Will was going to propose there. And it is black and gold which are Wake’s colors and would be our wedding colors too. It has prominent placement in our living room and it one of the things I would absolutely grab if our house was burning down.

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It was an amazing night and one I will certainly never forget!

 

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Netflix and Chill

 

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I’ve seen this on a few blogs and decided I needed to take my turn. I have always loved me some Netflix but I have found I both love it way more and I am way more critical of it since we canceled cable. Netflix and Hulu are our primary ways to watch anything so I have strong opinions. 

What are your favorite series to watch on Netflix?
I have binge watched my fair share of shows on Netflix, including House, Numbers, NCIS, The Glades. Fixer Upper, Iron Chef and Friday Night Lights.

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What are you currently watching on Netflix?
 I have been watching Royal Pains and Gilmore Girls on my own and Stranger Things with my husband. We both love Stranger Things and can’t believe how good their original content is. We also want more House of Cards, like yesterday.

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If you could have one series, old or new, put on Netflix, what would it be?
I really wish they would put Veronica Mars back on there.

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What is your one peeve about Netflix?
 They actually have way less content on there than they used to, because competition from Amazon, Hulu and others. I hate that sometimes I have to dig to find out if what I want to watch is on Netflix or the others. #firstworldproblems

What are your essentials for a perfect night with Netflix?
I am all about posting up with some wine and popcorn and binge watching. Also a blanket, because I am always freezing.

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Recommend one series or film for someone else?
Gilmore Girls to prep for the new episodes. And I have definitely been telling everyone about Stranger Things.

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Name a series on Netflix that you keep meaning to watch but haven’t.
Lost. I know, I am like the only person on the planet that hasn’t watched it. And I keep meaning to and then I don’t.

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CG Swaps- Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap

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When I saw Ashley from the Wandering Weekenders post about this book swap hosted by The Chaotic Goddess I knew I had to sign up. Books and swaps are way up there on my favorite things! Today is the last day to sign up so I am so glad I saw it in time!

Your Package Must Include

  • 1 Book from your partner’s wishlist
  • 1 Book you love and recommend they read
  • 1 Other book of your choice
  • Other book-related goodies

I can’t wait to see who I get matched up with and get to shopping for their package!

Here are some books I have been dying to read lately. What are books you think should be on my wishlist?

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

A Tee-riffic Weekend

Happy Monday! This weekend is always one of my favorite of the year when my town hosts a PGA Tour event, The Wyndham Championship, and a ton of professional golfers come to town. It is so much fun to watch them up close and personal! But I should probably start at the beginning of the weekend.

On Friday I raced home from work, packed a great picnic dinner and we headed out to a new park that opened a few weeks ago for an outdoor movie night with some friends. We went to see Inside Out, which we had all already seen but it is just as good again. I packed chicken salad, cheese, pepperoni and crackers, fruit salad, veggies and hummus and chips and salsa. We feasted and watched the movie and had a great time. It did start raining a little toward the end of the movie but we just toughed it out since it was almost over. It was such a fun night and I am so glad they opened this new park. The programming they have planned is great.

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The picture in the top right is this amazing art installation that did at the new park that hangs above your head and lights up at night. It is stunning and that photo definitely doesn’t do it justice.

Will had to work on Saturday but I had two tickets to the Wyndham from work. I invited a friend of mine who I don’t get to see as often as I used to when we had offices next door to each other. Even though he is a huge sports fan he had never been to a professional golf event. I loved getting to show him around a great course and follow some of our favorite golfers.

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Jay (left) and I had a great day catching up and ran in to Josh (right) who we also used to work with.

 

This was a really fun year because Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, Luke Donald, Patrick Reed and a bunch more really famous guys were playing. This event is always toward the end of the golf season so some of the more famous guys take the weekend off to rest up. It is always fun to see who is actually coming. Last year Tiger Woods played in it, which caused just enough of a rush to buy tickets that we decided to stay home. We had seen Tiger in his prime and decided that it wasn’t worth the madness to see bad Tiger.

On Sunday Will and I went out to the Wyndham for the fourth time in our five years together. Like I said, we skipped last year, but it is so great that we have this tradition. We met up with some friends early in the day and then spent the afternoon with Will’s Dad. As a wine/beer provider for the tournament he always has suite access with free food and drinks so we hung out there in the afternoon and watched the leaders play through.

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Naturally we were zapped from two days of walking around in the hot, hot heat so Sunday night was pretty low key. We ordered pizza, watched the closing ceremony of the Olympics and I fell asleep on the couch before 10!

This was really my last weekend with Will before his job kicks in to high gear for the school year (that will get its own post this week) so we tried to make the most of it for sure.

Is anyone else a golf lover like me?

Linked at B Loved Boston, The Sirois Family, Hello Monday, Let it Shine, MIMM, Weekend Snapshot