Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday Coffee Thoughts

If we were having coffee, I'd probably tell you that...

I am in desperate need of a desk revamp at work. I'm considering taking over another desk area, one that is more secluded and provides more room. I have visions of a large wall calendar and a lamp for some soft lighting in the morning. I get into work at 7am and I can already imagine how dark it's going to be at that time come winter. Also I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a new oil diffuser. I just need a little refresh to my space.

This is my last full week of school. ever. Unless of course I decide to go back for my PsyD (which I don't foresee in my future, but ya never know!). There aren't even words to express how excited I am to not have to write another paper again! Also it will be so rewarding to finally have my Master's and be able to put that on my resume. A celebratory, well-deserved mojito (or three) is calling my name this weekend. I have worked hard these past two years. 

Bosco has the right idea here... I just want to sleep in. Sleeping in is a complete guilty pleasure of mine. I love just waking up slowly and drinking coffee while laying in bed. Fingers crossed that we can get some sleep this weekend.

I'm not ready for summer to be over. Wasn't it just May like three seconds ago? There's still so much I want to do. We haven't walked around the lake or eaten nearly enough ice cream. There's approximately two weeks left until September and I'm determined to fit in as much as possible. It pains me to see stores putting out Halloween candy (like seriously, is that candy even going to be good still by then?!) and Starbuck's advertising their PSLs. 

LONG LIVE SUMMER - at least another two weeks people, c'mon. Until then I will be enjoying my favorite fruity pink drink.

So that's a little of what's on my mind today.. Happy Wednesday everyone! We're half way there!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Bridal Shower

On Saturday myself and two other bridesmaids hosted a bridal shower for our close friend Chelsea. Our color scheme developed from her wedding colors, with a couple hotter pinks for fun. We wanted to incorporate the "bridal" theme, and kept it feminine, colorful, and summery with lots of florals. We also wanted the shower to fit her, so we included all of her favorite foods. It was such a beautiful day!

Spending some time with Harper before the party started

My grandma and I made cream cheese rose mints (shown above). They were a labor of love, but turned out really good! We had small dishes at every table.

For our food spread we had Caesar salad, toasted bread, homemade lasagna (courtesy of my awesome mom), and a mac 'n cheese bar complete with jalapenos, tomatoes, bread crumbs,  blue cheese, paramesan cheese, bacon bits, and buffalo sauce.

We had a cheesecake bar for dessert, with caramel, chocolate, cherries, and blueberries, and custom made cookies. It was heavenly. 

And for drinks we had Trader Joe's sparkling lemonades. It was the first time I used them for an event, and they fit the party theme perfectly. Feminine, light, fruity, and delicious. 

We had a couple of activities, including a date night jar and signing Jenga pieces. We also sent recipe cards with the invitation so everyone could bring a personal favorite to fill Chelsea's new recipe box.

We had so much fun celebrating our girl! Less than three weeks until the big day. Next up - Bachelorette Party on Saturday. Woohoo!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Five on Friday | 8.11.2017

Gooooooood morning guys and HAPPY FRIDAY!

ONE // We soaked up the nice weather at the beginning of the week and had several meals out on our patio. We love this little area and I'm already dreaming of how I'm going to decorate it for fall.. mums, pumpkins, hay bales... you know I'm going to do the works for my favorite season!

TWO // I have been putting every ounce of money I have into decorating our new home, which has led me with no "fun money" for myself. I have a few things on my wishlist - like new Aerie bras, more of my favorite work pants, and a few fall items. I also somehow lost majority of my jewelry during the moving process (still not quite sure how this happened), but I needed some new pieces anyway - so a trip to Charming Charlie is also in the plans.

THREE // Alright I just need to get this out there.. having a new puppy is hard work. While I love and adore Bosco, I guess I didn't realize how much work it was actually going to be. However, having him has been such a great experience and while we may not get as much sleep as we'd like right now, seeing his sweet face when I come home from work and watching him successfully learn new things is so worth all midnight wake ups and damaged shoes. Right now Andy and I are trying to balance puppy time with "us" time, so we're putting him in his crate around 9:20 at night for bed so we can have a little time to ourselves to relax. We're expecting Bosco to start settling down into his new environment soon, and then things will calm down shortly after. We both laughed this morning when we realized we haven't really even got to enjoy our new furniture as we are mostly on the ground playing with Bosco in the morning and evening!

FOUR // Although I am soaking up the last month of summer, I can't help but drool at these recipes.. I can't wait until the weather is just chilly enough to start a crockpot of soup in the morning. There's nothing better than coming home to a meal that's ready to eat.

Also thinking of making this and these for Sunday

FIVE // Myself and two other bridesmaids are hosting our friend Chelsea's Bridal Shower Saturday afternoon. It is going to be so lovely! We really tried to focus in on her favorites, and tailored it to fit her likes. I can't wait to snap a million pictures and celebrate this wonderful friend of mine!

My mom, my grandma, and I made this "towel cake" last night as our gift and we were stunned with how good it actually turned out! So excited to display this at the shower. Oh and a big thanks to my mom and grandma for being craft and dealing with my controlling role when it comes to these things ;)

Have a happy weekend friends!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Life with a Puppy

If you follow me on instragram, you probably know by now that we finally have our little man home! We drove nine hours total to pick him up and bring him home, and it was so, so worth it. He is just a cuddly bundle of love. He loves sleeping in front of the fan, playing with empty waterbottles, and eating each and every stick or leaf he can find. He has the cutest little corgi butt in the world and has the stereotypical waddle on point. We are in complete awe of him.

He has actually done really well his first two days, and we are so happy to say that he has not had an accident yet (!!!) but we both know that will be short lived. We introduced him to a lot of people at Andy's work today, took him on his first walk (which we are still working on), gave him his first bath, and played lots.

He has been sleeping so well at night, almost too well to the point where we have to wake him up so that he can go outside and go potty. He sleeps in a crate, and loves it. He will actually walk into his crate (we leave the door open) to take naps during the day. 

We have plans to take him other places this week so that he can get more acclimated with new experiences, people, and dogs. Also he'll be meeting Axel for the first time so fingers crossed that goes well.

We are so in love with him.

Monday, July 31, 2017

It's Monday Already

Good morning!

Busy is the best word to describe our every day lives right now. We had a super busy weekend but a happy, happy one because we got our entire place freshly painted (HUGE thanks to my mom and dad for helping out!). This was truly a labor of love and we are so, so glad to be done with it. We painted the entire downstairs, stairwell, upstairs, and our bedroom with Glidden's Sutton Place Grey ($20 a gallon PLUS a $10 rebate back to the store, score!) and the bathroom with a light sand color. Our carpets are thankfully getting a much-needed cleaning today. We plan to lay laminate on the kitchen and entryway floors, because the flooring in there now is just atrocious.

Starting out the mornings with an extra large cold-brew and bagels (hallelujah - there is a bruegger's within biking distance of our place!)

Not much else to report on this weekend other than a lot of paint messes made and a lot of cleaning them up, a lot of furniture put together, a lot of La Croixs consumed, and a lot of fun memories made. 

We did take several breaks though - Friday I went to Can Can Wonderland to celebrate my friend Chelsea's birthday, and Saturday we went to our friends for a BBQ. 

Tomorrow we pick our uHaul up at 8am, and then will be moving all of our stuff - which is a lot. Luckily our bedroom set and couch will be delivered and set up for us by professionals so that takes a lot of work off our hands. $80 well spent!!!

Wish us luck tonight as we get our cable and internet figured out - easily the worst part about moving. I always feel like we got ripped off...

Oh and I couldn't resist setting this little area up - only six more days!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekending | Food & Bridal Shower

It was a hot weekend here in Minnesota, which is way more common than anyone thinks! We were outside majority of Saturday and Sunday, and I got some super not-awesome tan lines from wearing my hair in a low pony with a low back shirt.

Friday I packed up almost my whole life. My apartment is in complete shambles from all of the boxes and stuff everywhere, but I got so much accomplished and it felt great to haul three loads of stuff to Goodwill! I cannot wait to break in all of my new kitchen supplies I've been saving since December. I'm basically living out of a overnight bag the next 7 days. We are hoping to get almost all of the painting in the new place done on Saturday so we can start moving some things in Sunday and Monday. We rented a UHaul for next Tuesday so that's when all the big stuff will go. I can't wait!

On Saturday I drove back to my parents' and my mom and I met some friends for the Anoka Food Truck Festival. It was fun but way too hot to be out, and combined with all of the heat coming from the trucks it was slightly miserable. But we finally found a spot in the shade which made it a lot better. I had a gyro that was delicious and super large, and my mom and I split a salted caramel brownie with ice cream.. it was every bit of heavenly you could imagine.

 My mom and I also did a lot of shopping afterwards, and I was able to buy some new throw pillows for our couch and a leash for Bosco. My mom gifted us a gorgeous lamp - one that I've had my eye on for quite awhile!

On Sunday it was my friend Chelsea's first bridal shower. Her sister-in-law threw it and it was gorgeous. We brunched, sipped mimosas, played games, and watched her open some fabulous gifts.

Maids of Honor!

The Bridesmaids!

Oh and I spent a good portion of my weekend loving on this sweet baby girl. I love Harper time!

To end the weekend, I made 100+ cream cheese rose mints (!!!) for the bridal shower I'm hosting in a few weeks, and had a good home-cooked meal with my family. It was a perfect day.

Happy Monday!