Monthly Archives: August 2013

Bridal Shower Weekend, Part I

Today was definitely a fun one! I started the day with a quick 3.1 mile run (5K training, yay!) followed by a fun Jazzercise class led by one of my fellow instructors! I know, that seems like a lot back-to-back. But I woke up super early and in a great mood. Plus I knew I’d be having a VERY inactive afternoon at the spa, so I had to take advantage of the morning!

Katie’s Personal Shower!

Katie’s personal shower started this morning at 10 AM. It was hosted by her future sister-in-law, and I arrived to a house full of talkative women and a gift table full of Victoria’s Secret bags and other goodies!

photo(16)We started with a few games, and the rest of the morning basically centered around Katie opening gifts of fun lingerie and dirty candy/games đŸ™‚

Yup, I bought her this little number.
Yup, I bought her this little number.

photo(15)After gifts, we had some goodies including cinnamon rolls, breakfast casserole, and fresh fruit. After my workout this morning, I was starving long before the party so I ate quite a bit at home before leaving. So I opted for some fruit and coffee which was more than enough for my mid-morning snack.

photo(17)I had a great time watching Katie open all her gifts and giggling with the other ladies about her reaction đŸ™‚ Fun times! Now I’m super excited for her BIG shower with everyone tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM. My party favors are just a waitin’! Plus we get to wear pretty dresses and drink tea. So it’s a bigtime win-win.

The shower finished up around noon, and our bridesmaid spa appointment began at 2 PM. So I headed home to walk Mac and eat a quick lunch before heading to the spa to meet all the gals.


I had about an hour to throw some lunch together but ended up being rather lazy once I walked in the door and saw Nick just laying on the couch watching TV. Sidenote: It was like 100 degrees today, so it was just about unbearable to do anything besides stay in the AC!

I started with a yummy salad with spinach, radishes, snap peas, and cucumbers.

My rabbit food
My rabbit food

I then found one of my fav Lean Cuisines in the freezer so I had to eat it up ASAP…Shrimp Alfredo!

photo(12)Looks fancier when you take it out of the little black plastic container, right? Thought so. It was delish. I finished off my lunch with some pumpkin pie yogurt that just recently appeared at my grocery store.  Then off to the spa I went!

Bachelorette Spa Day & Dinner

We visited Acacia Spa for our festivities this afternoon. They had amazing service and really accommodated our high-maintenance group! Five girls running around in robes and getting 3 different services each can be a lot to handle, but it was a perfect afternoon to celebrate Katie’s upcoming nuptials.

I personally opted to get an hour long massage, a 30 min. pedicure, and an eyebrow wax. Everything was outstanding, so I think I will definitely be back! Plus my feet were in desperate need, so the pedicure was an absolute treat. And my tootsies are looking much better!

Dinner followed right after our appointment at Olive Garden, Katie’s favorite! Katie wanted to do soup, salad, and breadsticks. So I followed suit and got the minestrone soup and ate several bowls of the salad to accompany the delicious soup!

photo(11)It was healthy and filling and veggie-filled. A perfect dinner!

We chatted for about an hour after finishing our food, then parted ways to get ready for tomorrow. We only have 1 hour to set up the shower, so starting at 2 PM we’ll be frantically decorating tables and arranging food platters for all the guests.

I arrived home sleepy and full. But that’s okay. My gifts are now wrapped, and I’m ready for tomorrow!


The MOST fabulous bow ever!
The MOST fabulous bow ever!

Have a great night! Do something fun. Get some sleep. And I’ll see you tomorrow after Shower numero dos!


Bridal Shower Crafting!

Hope you all have had a great Friday! My time at work was overly productive for a Friday. I think I can thank the long weekend ahead for putting me in a good mood!

friday-meme-generator-friday-yes-d14d14HA this baby always gets me. He’s the best inspiration.

Anyways, this evening has been a productive one as I finish up all of my Bridal shower crafts for Sunday afternoon!

One of my longtime best friends, Katie, is getting married Sept. 28. I’m a bridesmaid! And as such, I have a few fun obligations to fulfill. One of them is being in charge of the bridal shower favors and games for the shower on Sunday afternoon. Fun times! And thank goodness for Pinterest, because this girl is far from crafty.

Katie and myself! Circa 2008 đŸ™‚

314_21978482923_5864_n These were both taken in 2008, the year we graduated high school together. We were such babies! Oh how the times have changed. Thankfully she is a great friend that I know will always be a part of my life.

Her shower is going to be a Bridal Tea Party, so the favors were easy-peasy to put together! And super cheap. Win-win!

photo(2) photo(4)Tea bags + homemade tags + ribbon = Pretty darn cutesy!

I  found these porcelain tea bag caddies to give to the bridesmaids and to Katie and her family members. Each with their own tea bag favor attached! They’re perfect for a tea party so you have someplace to rest your used tea bag. Genius!

photo(5)I also found these adorable mini tea sets to give away to the game winners at

photo(6)The end result of my evening…

photo(3)And now I’m completely pooped! But at least prepared for tomorrow!

On that note, let’s backup to lunchtime.


Lunch today was brought to you by….Cafe Fresh Pasta Steamers! I’m not sure why, but this was the first thing to pop out at me when I opened my pantry at noon. So I got it cooking in the microwave and had a handful or two of Chip’ins White Cheddar popcorn chips.

IMG_0845 copyIt was actually super yummy, just not too filling so I had some snap peas on the side.

IMG_8638I may have also had a couple spoonfuls of cottage cheese and a Fiber One 90-cal bar because I was so stinkin’ hungry! Oh well, some days are just ‘hungry days’ I guess!


Nick and I decided to go to Qdoba for dinner. I love going here for a quick bite out where I can also eat healthy. I always get the Naked Grilled Chicken Taco Salad with corn salsa and I love it! I also feel extra healthy because I have to order it without the extra sour cream and cheese. Darn lactose-intolerance makin’ me be healthy! haha At least this time my tummy wins. I never give into sour cream. It just hurts too much!


Qdoba Chicken Salad
Qdoba Chicken Salad

I polished off my entire salad while Nick enjoyed his steak burrito with some chips and verde salsa. It was a nice little end to a busy week!

Have a great evening! I’ll see ya sometime tomorrow after I’ve been pampered at the spa with the bride-to-be!

Hot Mess Friday!

Happy Friday!!!

I’m beyond excited to start this fun-filled Labor Day weekend. I made it to work on time to find a rather empty parking lot. Everyone is on an extra-extended weekend I guess! Oh well, it’ll make for a nice, quiet day for me đŸ™‚


I woke up at 5 AM this morning and headed to the gym to attempt to get in a good work out before my workday. I hopped on the treadmill with no goals in mind as far as distance. Yes, I’m training for a 5K that’s happening in a few weeks, but I had a double workout yesterday and my legs were shot! I completed the intervals that I did yesterday morning til around the 1.6 mile mark. I was getting really bored and really fatigued. This is when the Hot Mess workout began!

Hot Mess Workout!

  • ~15 minutes on the treadmill doing intervals!
  • 5 minutes of rowing vigorously
  • 2 minutes of spinning (1 min. standing/1 min. sitting)
  • 1 mile on the Elliptical
  • Arm Circuit with 3 sets of 10 reps each, including a chest press, shoulder press, & bicep curls
  • Glute Extensions until you die (or around 50 on each leg at 65 lbs.)
  • Back to the treadmill for .5 miles, speed at 7
  • Finish up on the Elliptical because you have time to spare! (I got in 10 min.)

Yup, this was me this morning. I was sweatin’ like a fool. I had my hair piled on top of my head (it was my best creation at 5 AM). And I can guarantee everyone else in there probably thought I was on crack the way I was running all over the place. I obviously could not make up my mind about what to do.


Another rushed breakfast this morning, but it was surprisingly delicious and satisfying!

Oatmeal & Raspberries!
Oatmeal & Raspberries!

I whipped up some oats in the breakroom at work as soon as I arrived. It was classy since I prepared them in a styrofoam cup! I then tossed in some fresh raspberries, added a splash more of soymilk, and stirred it all up. The super hot oats warmed the berries through and it was the perfect consistency. I was very pleased with my breakroom breakfast!

IMG_5311I had the remainder of the raspberries and a cup of Greek yogurt on the side. Btw, if you are a Greek yogurt fan, this flavor from Kroger was amazing! Plus, I’m pretty much obsessed with the Kroger Greek Lite yogurt because it’s only 90 calories, 0 g fat, and 16 g of protein! It’s some powerful stuff and holds over my hungry tummy on most days.

I hope your Friday is off to a good start! If you’re one of those lucky people who took an extra day off and are reading this from the comfort of your couch, I hate you! Ok, not really. I wish I were right there with ya though.

See you after lunch!