Hopes & Plans

I can’t believe it has already been two weeks since I last posted my Hopes & Plans! As happy as I am to be linking up again, I am so sad to be back in the USA. I can’t wait to share some of my vacation with you, but for now here is how I did with my Hopes & Plans from two weeks ago!

1) Clean Eating- I have been doing SO well! only 6 more days until vacation, and then I am going to switch it up a little bit to get more toned for our wedding!  DONE! I successfully did this for our vacation, and I will continue to work on it until our wedding…maybe just not as crazy.

2) Actually Finished The Bedroom- I will finally hang the cord management covers, and hang the shelves on Dave’s side of the room. The room still looks like a bit of a shrine to all of my things. Halfway done! The cord management is finished, but the shelves are not hung…we will get there!

3) Schedule Posts- Since this is only halfway done, I would love to get Social Media tweets scheduled before vacation. I will need to find time for this in between packing and day-dreaming of sitting on a beach sipping amazing adult-beverages. I was so proud of myself for getting this totally done with a few days to spare before leaving. Now if I could just keep up and do it once a week!

4) Finish The Living Room- We got new sofas yesterday, so now we need to get rid the old ones, sell or donate all of the clothes piling up by the door and switch out the entertainment system. I have been trying to sell our old one for about a month but nobody wants it :( If it wasn’t 200 lbs I would put it out with the trash! Our old sofas have sold, we gave my old dresser (it was sitting in the living room for a month) to my parents, and now we NEED to get rid of the entertainment system!

5) Enjoy An Amazing Vacation- Since the next time I will be doing this link-up is 2 weeks away and I will have already had a great trip, I figure it’s fine to add this to the list this week. CHECK. CHECK. CHECK. We had a blast!!

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This Week:

1) Hang New Pictures- I had some of our engagement photos printed and I can’t wait to hang them! We have a gallery wall in the living room, so I would love to add a few more this week. I also want to add some more of Dave and his family now that it’s our house and not just mine.

2) Post 1st Jamaica Recap- I have several ideas of posts after our vacation, it was so inspiring. I want to start with a general recap of our trip, then about what to do and not do, what you need to pack, and a review of the resort (we LOVED it!!).

3) Schedule a Dentist Appt.- I got new insurance several months ago and my old dentist is not included, so I need to find a new one and make an appointment. I keep putting this off because I don’t exactly love the dentist.

4) Workout Everyday I am Away- I am heading to Chicago for a work trip on Wednesday and I won’t be home until very late Friday evening. I need to make sure I work out everyday that I am away so I can stay awake and alert during the conference. I am also going to try and eat healthy, but last time I was in Chicago I had the most amazing dessert dumplings and I think I need a few more. Maybe I will run to get them and then run back?

5) Find Shoes For Our Engagement Party- YAY! Our friends are throwing us an engagement party this weekend and I would love new shoes to go with my dress. I know exactly what I want, but I’m not having any luck finding them. I may have to go with ones I already own, although I would love to find the ones I have been thinking about!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday, and happy (mehhh) almost fall!

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We’re Back!

Hello there lovely readers! If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you most likely know that we are home from our amazing trip to Jamaica!

I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but for now I will spend my last night of vacation catching up on Bloglovin’, watching Netflix (if only Once Upon A Time started tonight!!!), and favoring these last few hours with my hunny and SharkBait! OH and…The Ravens won today!! Woot Woot

I’ll be back to regular scheduled postings tomorrow :)

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Sorry it’s blurry but I needed to capture the perfect end to an amazing vacation!

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From Here To There {Ocean City}

Way back for Labor Day Dave and I took two of our friends to Ocean City. They are from the West Coast and hadn’t been to OC before, so of course we felt the need to show them the sights. It was also great to have one last trip to Ocean City before the summer comes to an end. No matter what beaches I visit, I will always have a certain love for Ocean City, and the surrounding beaches. I have been there every summer for my entire life, that is where most of my Easters with family were celebrated, where I took my first trip with just my friends (Senior Week!), the place I have been sunburned over and over. I will never be able to stay away.

We left work on Friday and went straight to the beach, I have no idea how but we missed all of the Labor Day traffic! We got to our hotel, had a few drinks and headed to the boardwalk via the “Drunk Bus”. One thing Ocean City really has going for them is the the public transportation. The bus is only $3 for a daily pass between 6am and 6am.

Surprisingly the boardwalk wasn’t very crowded, even with it being 11pm on a Friday, but this meant easier access to drinks for us! We stopped by Guido’s for a ginormous Margarita and some throwback songs, then went to my favorite place ever…The Wrapper! I can’t go to the beach without getting a boardwalk wrapper, I hardly get anything besides chicken and cheese even though there are so many kinds. For those of you that have not been able to experience a Wrapper, it looks like a pretzel dog but instead of being a pocket full of hot dog, it’s full of practically any food you would want. They have vegetables, crab, pork, steak, eggs, etc. and they are amazing. I hate myself for talking about it with them so out of reach. After we had our Wrappers we continued to walk the boards until we went into the Purple Moose, there was a pretty good live band and some very drunk girls that kept us amused. We soon realized we were old, and headed back to the bus around 1:30am. I’d say it was a great first night in OC!

Saturday we managed to get up around 10am and head to the beach for a few hours. Dave is awesome and packed us lunch, drinks and cheese with crackers, I am marrying the most thoughtful guy ever. I could lay on the beach all day long and still not want to leave, but we had an agenda that afternoon…Happy Hour!

I have never been to Seacrets during the day, so we planned on stopping by for a few drinks and hanging out in the loungers. When we arrived our first stop was the bar, while my friend and I were waiting for order all 4 of ours this guy insisted buying ours for us. I told him it was okay that we were here with our guys, and he still insisted, he said he didn’t want anything more than to treat us to some drinks, so we let him. Our guys were pretty happy to save $20 and waited at the bar to get their own, when our free drink buyer came up, shook their hands and told them he only wanted us to enjoy our vacation, so sweet! We then made our way to the bay and it was beyond packed, so we stayed on the pier until our drinks were gone and headed to a better, calmer Happy Hour.

We made our way to Macky’s and enjoyed some amazing fruity drinks, great food and a nice view. I was so happy with this and hoped we could make day drinking last all day, which I have never successfully accomplished before. After Macky’s we headed back to our hotel, grabbed some drinks and went to the pool for a bit. Our hotel was right on the bay and the sunset was the perfect view from the pool with our drinks in hand.

After some pool time, and Frozen karaoke with the fellow hotel guests, we decided we were ready for dinner. We called Dead Freddies to make a reservation and they told us we had to be in the restaurant and it was a 45 minute wait, we were so happy when we arrived and were seated right away! Dinner was great, and then it was time to head back to Seacrets. The great thing about Seacrets is if you go during the day, you don’t have to pay cover at night, this saved us $20 each! They have 5 different areas during the night, but the nightclub is my favorite. They always have an awesome cover band, and that is the perfect way to spend a night in my opinion. Rocking out to 30 songs I know my heart from all of my childhood up to now is great.

Our last night was very successful, and we still had one more day to go. Sunday morning we went back to the boardwalk for one last Wrapper, and then headed to Rehobeth Beach. I love Rehobeth because its 75% cheaper than Ocean City, and their arcades are better. It’s about a half hour away, and leads us to go home through Delaware. We enjoyed some Kohr Brothers Ice Cream, and our last look the the beach before heading home. It was a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, and I am already planning more trips back for next year, hopefully a Bachelorette party there as well :)

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The Return of Fall TV

While it isn’t fall yet, I am ready for some of my TV shows to come back on. I hate that summer is lacking of many great shows, with the exception of Pretty Little Liars, and Real Housewives of Orange County. Fall and winter got it going on when it comes to TV, and here are a few reasons why.

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Once Upon A Time- Dave and I started watching OUAT when the 2nd season appeared on Netflix. I heard from several people that this show was amazing, so we finally gave it a try. OMG. So worth it! We were instantly hooked, but season 3 was my favorite since The Wizard of OZ and Peter pan are two of my top 5 movies. Season 4 also looks to be pretty great since introducing Elsa and Anna into the mix. Once Upon A Time will premiere on September 28th.

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Sunday/Monday/Thursday Day/Night Football- Does this count? I’m not sure if it does to everyone, but it does for me! I miss football season from the day after the Super Bowl, I am so happy to be spending my days and nights watching football again. This also means Fantasy Football, so this is a huge happy moment for me. The NFL regular season began on September 6th.

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The Big Bang Theory- This is a favorite. I love the way the cast goes together and the great laughs I get while watching this show. Each of the actors brings something different to the show and after 7 seasons it still has the audiences love and appreciation. I can’t wait for more Sheldon quips. The Big Bang Theory will premiere on September 22nd.

New Girl

New Girl- Last season started to lose me a bit, but I will never be able to turn away from the adorable Zooey Deschanel. I am hoping something comes up to keep me more entertained this season. New Girl will premiere on September 16th.

Another of my favorites is Hart of Dixie, but this won’t be returning until sometime in 2015.

What TV shows are you excited about coming back for fall TV?

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PiYo & A Giveaway!

As I mentioned last week, I am going to bringing more fitness to this little slice of blogland! I am so excited to share my fitness journey with others, and hopefully become more knowledgeable that I am able to give advice and help others reach their goals as well. I have mentioned that I am currently doing the PiYo fitness program, and today I am going to give my halfway through review. At first, I didn’t feel like the workouts were doing anything for me. Some of the moves were difficult, but I couldn’t see how they would help me become more toned. Around day 7 I started to feel and see the differences in my body. My fiancé said he could as well, but I aren’t they supposed to tell you they see a change when they see you sweating your butt off everyday? But I slowly started seeing the changes in myself, which motivates me to keep going and getting better at every move. I now love the program, and I really look forward to the workouts everyday. The kit does come with a workout program, but I am still sticking to the 21-Day Fix meal plan because it is so easy to follow. I sometimes throw in an extra workout from the 21 DF as well, and that is when I can really feel the progress from PiYo. Some of the workouts used to feel very weird because I wasn’t flexible enough to do them correctly, but they are a breeze now! I can’t wait to try on my dress in January and be 100% happy with how it looks. I am all about setting and reaching goals lately!   Speaking of PiYo and fitness, enter this awesome giveaway to win a FitBix Flex, a PiYo base kit, and an ab roller! These are all some really great fitness essentials that will help you slim down and get fit!

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From Here To There {Amsterdam}

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about the wonderful city of Amsterdam yet! Today I am very excited to announce that I am guest blogging on Theresa’s blog, The Crafty Wife! Read all about how I was totally wrong in my judgements of this beautiful city, and how I can’t wait to go back for a longer visit.

Check out her page to read all about my trip to Amsterdam last summer!

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It’s Not Fall

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Since September 1st (actually a little before) people have been posting about Fall coming back. I am not a fan of these posts because I love summer! I also can’t imagine doing anything fall related in 80-100 degree weather. I really don’t have anything against any season, but with how the weather has been in Baltimore this year, I am trying to savor every bit of each season I get. This past year we didn’t have a spring, it was cold until Summer started in June. I am happy with living in Maryland because I can experience all 4 seasons…most of the time.

I also don’t see the point in rushing any season except winter. The cold weather eventually does get old, and while I love snow, sometimes I like to get stuff done. For now though, we should cherish the last summer nights we have. This brings me to have a grudge against Starbucks for bringing back the Pumpkin Spice Latte so soon. 95% of my friends are ver excited about this, while I am against it. How can you drink a pumpkin drink when it is still summer? Doesn’t drinking a PSL remind you of picking out Halloween costumes? Sitting at a Homecoming Football Game? Do you have no heart? Maybe because I’m not a fan of the PSL, I just don’t get it.

Another thing I prefer not to see while I am still trying to wear my bathing suit all day, is people wearing their UGGs already. No, just no. For one, these should only be worn as slippers, the fad is gone. I will wear mine around the house, to get the mail or maybe even to the movies since most of the time I basically wear pajamas anyways, but STOP wearing them in September! When I did wear UGGs, I wouldn’t wear them until the leaves started changing colors, and let me tell you, no leaves are changing yet!

The third thing that annoys me about the Welcoming Fall To Sooners is the feelings they have against wearing white after labor day. boooo. If it’s still 85 Degrees, you bet I will be wearing my white shorts.

Like I said, I love all seasons, and I also love Fall Clothes, but don’t rush time. Enjoy these last nights around a bonfire after a long day swimming, fall will be here soon enough.

 

Which side of the spectrum are you on?