friday five 8/29/14

The fiance has made several comments to me over the last week about how I “never” blog any more. I’m not sure he fully appreciates the brain power it takes to come to this place and put enough coherent words together that I don’t sound like a complete idiot. I know I didn’t back when I was just a blog-reader. This wedding planning stuff is taking up all the extra creative space in my brain, and frankly there’s not much up there in the first place.

Anyhoo, not only do Five on Friday posts not require a whole heck of a lot of brain power, I actually really love reading other people’s. So obviously…you all love it too. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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1. Monday, I felt super-cute on  in my Target clearance top and skirt (with pockets). Add in my new pineapple Alex and Ani bracelet and it was a match made in twenty-something blogger heaven.

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2. Hot. Freaking. Yoga. I’ve been wanting to try it forever so when I saw this coupon I knew I had a ten day yoga cleanse in my near future (these classes are usually $15 a piece!). That future was this past week and I am hooked. Sorry in advance, Fiance for the small fortune I will spend from here on out on hot yoga. Namaste.

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3. Coming home to wedding RSVPs every day doesn’t get old. I wish it never had to end. Coming home to a broken air conditioner at the end of August though, I could really do without. That was a long, hot 24 hours. Hallelujah for home warranty plans.

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4. We spent a significant portion of our evening last night picking out all the important songs for the wedding. I don’t want to give them all away but we do have everyone joining us from James Taylor to Miley Cyrus to Ed Sheeran to Bruno Mars. And that’s all before the real party (dancing) starts. I plan to be making ^that^ face all night long, except I’ll be the one in the white dress.

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5. Yeeeah so I’ve watched a lot of Pretty Little Liars this week too. I got way behind last season so I started over at Season One (thanks Netflix). Criminal Minds, you’re next.

Are you all tired of hearing the words “wedding” around here yet? Frankly, I’m kind of tired of hearing myself talk about it but it consumes my life so for now we shall suffer through together. Namaste, bitches. -R

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Honeymoon Essentials (Under $100) From SHOPBOP

T-minus 35 days until I’m on the beach in Mexico my friends. Wedding smedding, get me to the honeymoon. Your girl already needs a vacation and there is still five weeks and a million little details to go. It can’t come soon enough!

The great thing about getting married and honeymooning during the last official week of summer is that I’m still in “LET’S BUY ALL THE SUMMER THINGS” mode during a time where everyone else is over it, so all the stores are putting said summer things on crazy sale! Give me all the dealz. Shopbop is one of the places I stalk when it comes to the end of any season because, hello, designer clothes on sale…dur.

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Coral Romper $40 // A totally appropriate way to go from the beach then straight to lunch when you don’t want to waste any time between drinks.

Tote $98 // Use as a carry on for the plane, then beach bag & excursion bag once you are there.

Hat $61 // Trendy, obviously, but also…ain’t nobody got time for wrinkles.

Towel $50 // Because the plain white ones the resort provides just won’t do. I would probably get lost on the way back to my chair without my own.

iPhone On The Go Charger $34 // I can see it now. Layover flight delayed, phone’s on 12%, and I have no way to update you all on Instagramshudders.

Bikini Top $43 // I think this is as good as excuse as any to upgrade my Target fringe bikini top. Love this L*Space one.

Sandals $49 // Because I need another pair of brown sandals. Because these are really cute and it’s my honeymoon. Only one of these statements are true.

Sunglasses $98 // My fiance used to work at Sunglass Hut and now I’m a sun glass snob. Except he would be appalled to hear me referring to these as snob-worthy. (PS he’s a bigger snob than me).

Magenta Romper $77 // Rompers are my thing and I will need something dressy for those special dinners every evening.

Head over to SHOPBOP and let me know if I’m missing anything ;)

Sushi & A Shower

Those two things essentially oddly sum up the most exciting parts of my weekend, I’d say.

Sorry you are getting another weekend recap, on a Tuesday no less, but my internet wasn’t cooperating yesterday morning and I’ve got a lot of pictures to share. So let’s be honest I’m not really that sorry.

Friday was a typical Friday around here. I went to dinner at my usual Friday spot (my favorite Mexican restaurant) with a friend then binged watched Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. If that was all I was asked of on a Friday ever again, I would be a-ok with it frankly.

Saturday we celebrated the bestie’s birthday! 27 years young. I can’t believe that I have been celebrating birthdays with this girl for six years now. In some ways it feels like we’ve been close forever but on the other hand these six years have flown by in the blink of an eye. IOn the agenda was a boat full of sushi (our first, which means we were way too excited about it), too many adult-beverages, and Sex-Tape. I wouldn’t recommend Sex-Tape, honestly, which is really disappointing.

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A closer-up of the dress I wore to dinner. It’s from Stitch Fix. If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is you can read my thoughts on it here. Clearly, I’m still loving it since we are still in a relationship.

Sunday was my second (and last, boo!) bridal shower. It was beautiful filled with so many great memories! I can’t believe both showers have already come and gone. I’m really trying to soak these last 39 days until the wedding up as much as possible, but it’s hard not to wish them away and hope it would just get here and be done already so I can find my new normal. There are so. many. pictures. from the shower but for now I’ll leave you with these.

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Just the bachelorette party and actual wedding to go before we get the real party, the honeymoon!

 

 

Friday Five

Three blogs posts in one week. What did you all do to get so lucky? For real though I’m pumped to be getting back into a blogging routine! Now let’s see if I can keep it up for the next six weeks until the wedding…no promises on that.

In true “Friday routine” here are five things making me happy this week…

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We had a going away party for one of my cousins who spent the summer in Evansville doing an internship. It was so much fun to get to spend so much time with her and I miss her already! Obviously, our parents insisted we take an (almost) all the cousins picture on the front stoop as we have done a million times before.

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I had my first official wedding dress fitting this week. It’s so beautiful you guys, I wish I could show it off to you right now. I actually teared up talking about it to someone today (can yo tell what time of the month it is?) It doesn’t fit right now but I mean…details.

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As I mentioned earlier in the week, I had my first bridal shower this past weekend! I can’t wait to marry the fiance with these wonderful girls by my side as my bridesmaids!

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This dress from one of my favorite local boutiques, Single Thread. A wonderful soul gave me a Single Thread gift card at my shower last weekend and I am trying to decide what to spend it on! What do you guys think? I think I definitely need this, or maybe this, but most definitely this, yes?

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We had our first overnight guest in our new house! We spent the evening watching Toy Story and Cars before calling it a night on the floor in our bedroom. I wanted him to sleep in the guest bed, he wanted to sleep in OUR bed, so we compromised with this. Those four year olds can surprise you and be reasonable sometimes when you least expect it, I guess.

Have a great weekend!
Rachel

Gap Friends & Family Picks + Discount Code

I have a love/hate relationship with Gap. For my style, It is a great place for basics (their jeans are the only I have ever truly liked on myself) but it CAN a be pricey place to shop and momma is on that new house/impending wedding budget. Luckily, Gap is one of those places where something is literally always on sale so by stalking their site and emails, I haven’t paid full price for something I needed at Gap in years.

I was just thinking the other day, “Ew, these jeans are getting really faded (and kinda smelly). I need to keep my eye out for a good Gap sale” and BAM! A Gap Friends & Family sale email popped up in my inbox seconds later telling me everything on their site would be an additional 40% TODAY ONLY. The power of thinking and prayer in full action, people ;) Anyhoo, I thought it would be fun to share some of my picks and the code so you can take advantage too.

Don’t forget to use the code GAPFAM for your 40% discount!

Rachel

A Full Life Take Two & How I Relax

This post is sponsored by Tommy Bahama but, per usual, all opinions are my own.

Heyyo blog lovers. Things have finally slowed down around here over the past week, and I thought it was about time to get back to this whole blogging-thing, which I’ve missed oh so much. But where have I been? I’m glad you asked!

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My future sister-in-law/ex-roomie/bestie got married! It went off without (much) hitch and it was so much fun to stand next to her as her maid of honor. I even made a nice speech/toast at the reception without saying anything completely inappropriate or mumbling too much. Winner winner chicken dinner.

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MY wedding festivities have begun…finally! 18 months is a LONG time to wait my friends. I wouldn’t recommend it, frankly. 46 days to go.

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Cheer camp went off without a hitch, I think. It was the week of my ole co-coach’s wedding (mentioned above) so it is all a bit of a blur honestly. But it was really a lot of fun and I am so excited for the season to officially start in a few weeks.

You all know how much of a spaz I am right now. I’ve been going, going, going constantly during this “busiest most wonderful summer of my life” and the things above are just the tip of the iceberg. Sometimes, I need to be reminded to sit down for two minutes and RELAX. Luckily, Tommy Bahama reminded me to do just that and then share with you my “methods” if you will. So here is how I relax:

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1. Reading
Currently, I’m reading “The One & Only” by Emily Giffin and holy cow, amazing. I’m only half way through (it’s Harry-Potter-thick) and I am hooked. I’ve been taking a few minutes before bed each night to get into the habit of reading instead of watching TV, and it has really been helping me fall into a more relaxing sleep instead of a forced sleep.

2. Cooking
Call me crazy but cooking totally relaxes me, as long as I am alone while doing it. I love the mindlessness of chopping and stirring, but start talking to me while I’m stirring and WHAM! All the relaxation is right out the door. Don’t ask me why, it’s just one of those things!

3. Exercise
Running, yoga, stair master, heck even my BOOT CAMP class does so much for clearing up my mental state. Sometimes, when I act like I’m going to skip something, the fiance begs me to go because I’m always in a much better, relaxed mind state afterwards.

4. Enjoying an Adult Beverage
Le duh. If you’ve ever read this blog, or seen an Instagram or Tweet from me there is an approximately 86.29% chance I was discussing Adult Beverages. That’s probably enough said because I’m pretty sure it’s common knowledge what they do for your mental state.  Speaking of, here’s one you all should definitely try ASAP.

The Chillax Recipe:
1 ½ parts Cruzan® Mango Rum
¾ parts Cruzan® Vanilla Rum
1 part Mango purée
1 part Coco Lopez
1 ½ parts Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake over ice and immediately strain over cube ice.

How do you all relax? Click here and tell me for a chance to win a relaxing vacation from Tommy Bahama!

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A Full Life

Oh hey Strangers. It feels like eternity since I showed my face around here, which is probably a good thing in all honesty because I have been a real nut case these past few weeks and there is no telling what could have come out. Suffice it to say my life is as full as it has ever been, and that is really saying something.

Since you haven’t heard from me in a while, here is a small life update so you can see what the heck I’ve been up to lately.

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My cousin got married which meant I danced my face off with my fiance and family. I hear there is some video evidence of me eating a cheeseburger (ew) at midnight on a trolley afterward…God bless the iPhone. Sike. It was a great time though.

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I threw a bridal shower at House of White for my future sister-in-law. The space had no tables to sit at, and I wasn’t about to pay to rent tables, so obviously I borrowed them from work. I drove around with those tables taking up my entire car for at least 3 days. Awesome. The shower its self was beautiful and I can’t wait to share more photos of it with you! But that post will be much more time consuming so you’ll have to wait, sorry.

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I’ve done a lot of pool lounging too. Sorry I’m not sorry for that one.

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My first godson, Griffin was born! How cute is the way my bestie asked the fiance and I? He is literally the most perfect, beautiful, tiny baby I have ever seen. But I may be biased because I love him to the moon and back already. Actually, can we get this day over with already so I can go see them? Thanks.

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We closed on and got possession of our house! After the shower, this has been the biggest free-time time-suck. But she is sparkling clean, completely painted, and ready for me to move in this coming weekend. I can wait to show you more of the house but um, house photography is HARD so I can’t say it will be pretty.

Next up is moving, cheer camp, and throwing a bachelorette party in Louisville not this weekend, but the next! So much fun, so little time to blog.

Hope you all are well! I miss you all so much.

Barely Made It

Oh hey guys. Look who finally showed her face. My life is a complete whirlwind right now (sorry I’m not sorry if you are tired of hearing that) and I’m really trying to be present in the moment to soak it all up. I’m loving it, but it does make blogging regularly more difficult. We are heading out of town this weekend to kick off our crazy wedding season (Oh, just kidding we went to one last weekend. But they didn’t serve alcohol sooo…does it count?) and I can not WAIT. My family is a freaking blast (toot toot) and I am ready to paaar-TAY. Name that movie.

Now that I have rambled enough that you all know it’s really me back here, let’s get to it. Here are a few things that I have been loving this week.

1. This shirt from IWYP by Whitney Ellen (Click here to order)iwyp

By now you must know how deep my love for Whitney is. If you don’t know this it’s safe to say this is the first time you have read a post this blog. Anyways, my girl has an awesome t-shirt line with a new design every month. If you have been waiting for the right one to come along, this is your month. This is literally the softest, most comfortable shirt I have ever put on my body. Bonus, it’s funny, duh. I like to be real contradictive (which they are telling me is not a word, but it’s Friday I’ll do what I want) and wear this tank while I’m actually doing cardio. Boom.

So by now you are surely thinking you need to order one, and you better get on it because these babies are limited edition and orders close Monday night.

…Please don’t make me explain why I am doing an awkward cheer pose in this picture because I really don’t know. My arms look best in this one, sue me.

2. Quality time with some of my favorite people

zoodayTheir mom calls it “babysitting” but going on adventures with these four people is 100% fun in my book. Have I mentioned I like kids more than I like most adults?

P.S. There was a huge sign saying “DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS” just outside the frame of this picture. I’m a great rule-enforcer. Their mom would be so proud.

3. True Blood
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Yeah, so True Blood is another reason I’ve been MIA this week. The fiance and I are obsessed but I’m cheap and won’t pay for HBO so we have to wait for it to come out on DVD. But watching it on DVD means you can binge and watch it all in one week. I almost gave up on True Blood after Season Five but this season was much MUCH better.

4. Starting my day with Bikini Yoga from Tone It Up
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I’ve been trying to get back in the habit of, oh I don’t know, getting out of my bed when my alarm goes off. Revolutionary, I know. Grabbing my computer, phone, or book has become my norm but then my bed sucks me in and I stay there long after I should. I’ve been trying to ease myself into a morning workout routine by doing this 20 minute yoga flow every day this week. It’s definitely more of a work out than a stretch.

5. Lusting over this necklace from Kendra Scott
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Shanna wears this necklace constantly, and I’ve decided I need one immediately. Now if someone would send me an extra $100 so I could afford it, that would be greatly appreciated. Cash or Pay Pal preferred.

Just kidding. If someone gave me an extra $100 right now I’d use it on paint for the house I’m currently purchasing. Because WHY IS PAINT SO EXPENSIVE?

That’s about enough I think. If you’ve ever been just DYING to visit Northern Indiana make sure to follow me on Instagram this weekend!

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Summer Bucket List

I think you all know by now how much I love a good list. Especially when said list challenges me to do more, live more and be more intentional with my time. I feel like this is even more important as I approach what shall be referred to as “the busiest, most wonderful summer of my life” from this point forward. So for that reason and for the reason that one of my most favorite bloggers of all time made this a link up, today I’m sharing with you my Summer Bucket List. Some of these things are already planned but I am going to find time to fit the other smaller stuff into my schedule. I will, I will, I WILL.

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Finish a 10k training program once and for all…I’ve lost count on what number attempt this is. Five? Eight?

Get married, move into our house…and make that house our home. So ready for this one. SO. READY.

Throw a kick ass shower and bachelorette party for my bestie/roomie/future sister-in-law.

Create an outdoor space that I love…much like this one if I’m lucky. I can not wait to be sitting on our patio, drink and book in hand.
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Go to one of the three awesome farmer’s markets in my town at least twice a month.

Meet Griffin…can not wait to love on this little man. Five more weeks!!

Go on my first blate with Meg, Melissa, Amanda, Kay and Caroline

Go to as many baseball games as possible…because it is where the fiance is the most happy.
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Make tons of memories with my family, old friends and new friends at the 118435 weddings we will attend…ok four.

Spend every moment of sunny free time by the pool.

Do an outfit post once a week on this here blog…I’ve got some great outfits but almost zero motivation to take photos of myself.

Drink all the margaritas…this was a FROZEN STRAWBERITA at Busch Stadium. God bless St Louis.
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Get to know my new cheerleaders and have a blast at our cheer camp.

Read…like a lot.

Finally get around to some of these DIYS…now that I have a whole house to fill I have all the reasons to stop putting them off.

Let’s end on a sappy one because why not…soak up all the memories (and take more pictures!!) of “the busiest, most wonderful summer of my life.”

 

My Favorite Books of All Time

 

alltimeI’ve been a book girl all my life. If I were to really sit down and calculate how many doll hairs I have spent on books in my life, I’m pretty sure I would see a number close to the mortgage I just took out on our house. In middle school/high school I would stay home “sick” from school and read all day long instead of watching TV or catching up on sleep. Call me a nerd or whatever but I love reading and will read just about anything as long as it is not overly sad. Don’t even attempt to suggest I read The Fault in Our Stars or anything by Jodi Picoult because it’s going to happen. I made the mistake of reading My Sister’s Keeper over vacation one year and it was the most depressing vacation of my life. I’m very sensitive to other people’s pain and it effects me A LOT. Which my fiance informed me last night was basically stupid because “these people aren’t real.” He’s so sweet. Also, can we talk about that book everyone was reading (A Child Called It maybe?) which was a memoir about this guys abusive childhood? I mean…call me selfish but that is not what I want to be thinking about before I go to bed. Heartbreaking.

Anyhoo, on top of being a book girl, I am more specifically a series girl. So today I’m going to share with you my a few of my favorite books series of all time. I have read each of these at least three times from start to finish. So…take what you want from that about my amount of free time and how it is spent and judge away.

1. The Harry Potter Series

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In my shallow humble opinion, there are two kind of Harry Potter fans. Movie fans (like the fiance) and book fans who have had their heart and soul invested in this young boy’s life since 1997. For those of you who are mathematically challenged (me) and don’t have a calculator around like I do, that is 17 years. Almost two-thirds of my life. I have read this series from start to finish at least 4 times and just started at book one again last week. #noshame

2. The Shopaholic Series

sophiekinsella_confessionsofashopaholic_small1Another British author, obviously. (<– That’s a gem of a post if you are newer here BTW). If you are even a remote fan of “chick lit” you have to give this series a try. It’s very shallow to be honest, but as I mentioned before shallow is how I like my entertainment. This series is literally about a girl who is running away from her credit card debt, then luckily marries a rich guy but it is LOL funny. The next installment is coming out in October and I about peed my pants with excitement when I got the alert from Amazon. P.S. Sophie Kinsella is by far my favorite author and she has a bunch of non-series books that are mostly all great.

3. The Bride Quartet Series

bride-quartet-by-nora-robertsIf you would have told me three years ago I would be reading and ahem, love books by Nora Roberts, I would have said “you cray” but guys I really love this series. It’s about four friends who all run a different aspect of this wedding planning business and how they each fall in love.  I really thought Nora Roberts wrote books for people my grandma’s age but that is so wrong. I have really liked several series from her, this one is above and beyond my favorite. I thought I would want to read this series again as I was planning my own wedding but it turns out that I am really sick of talking about weddings in my free time, so maybe next year.

4. The Gossip Girl Series

GOSSIP-GIRL-BOOKS-books-to-read-1432949-640-333I actually lived and breathed for this series when I was in high school. I kid you not I think I had a count down in my agenda book a few times for GG book releases. So obviously, saying I was obsessed would be the understatement of the century. I’d read them again right now if I wouldn’t have sold them while in a desperate money situation in college. TAKE ME AWAY FROM MY BORING INDIANA TOWN GOSSIP GIRL. TAKE ME AWAY. The show was way different from the books, BTW.

Do you guys have any series that you love? I’d love to hear about them!