Wedding Wednesday

Yay for hump day! Not a crazy amount of things have been happening in the area of Wedding lately, but this weekend should change that! I am so excited to be dress shopping with all of my Bridesmaids! We are shopping at two different dress stores and getting lunch in between. I can’t wait to hang out with everyone and start continue talking about all things wedding with my favorite girls!

One really fun wedding related thing we did was engagement photos on the beach over the weekend. I know I already mentioned it during my Hopes & Plans link-up on Monday, but we had so much fun! I loved being on the beach as the sun came up over the horizon. It was also great to have an old friend take such great pictures. I can’t wait to share!

Monday marked the 8 month mark to our wedding and my Maid-of-Honor gave us our 3rd installment of the best. gifts. ever. Like I mentioned last week, each month on the 2oth she gives us a basket with a different theme. This months theme was Pairs, inspired by Dave and I. How adorable!

Pictures do not do this incredible gift justice, but here are some anyways!

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Is my sister awesome of what?

I am thinking about starting my own Wedding Wednesday link-up to do along with the one’s I normally participate in, look for that next week!

Can’t wait to be back next week with pictures from dress shopping!

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Weekend Wrap-Up + Hopes & Plans

This weekend was finally something to write “home” about, so I am combining the two link-ups. Also, I know it’s practically already Tuesday, but I was in flight ALL day Monday and had zero wifi on either of my flights. So here goes my weekend.

Friday started the weekend off with a quick trip to Ocean City, MD. We had the option to either leave at 3am from Baltimore to make it to the beach for sunrise photos, or we could head there after work and get a hotel for the night. We obviously opted for the hotel. It was a nice relaxing night, and we stopped in Salisbury to visit a great friend of mine. We made it to the hotel around 11, prepared our outfits for the next day, watched some parenthood and drifted to sleep. Our hotel room was so amazing and I really wish we could have stayed longer. It was right on the beach!

Saturday we woke up at 5am, got ready and went to meet our friend and photographer by the pier for some sunrise photos. Our photographer is an old friend of mine who moved to the Ocean City area when we were just starting Middle School. I have been able to see her several times since she moved, but it’s always nice to reunite. She did such an amazing job and I can’t wait to share some of the photos! We headed home shortly after our session so Dave could head to Philly for a concert and I could work a wedding. It was nice quality time while it lasted.

Sunday was a wonderful day with my family. We started slow since Dave had a little much to drink at the concert, and then went to my parents to watch the Ravens game. Luckily, these last two weeks the Ravens have kicked butt and we are really starting to get our stuff together. The defense was rocking it, and Flacco was really working with his receivers and tight ends. Justin Tucker was also doing his thang (kiss kiss). I’m proud of how the team is coming together and I can’t wait to beat the Bengals this weekend and the Steelers the next!

After the game, we all picked pumpkins and had a fun time carving them before watching Once Upon A Time. I, of course, had to do an engagement related pumpkin, and Dave did something “nerdy”. I think they turned out really well! Also, Once Upon A Time is finally picking up this season, thank goodness!

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Now for Hopes & Plans!

Last (2) week(s) -

1) Finish my costume(s)- Now that I know what I am going to be for Halloween, I need to finish making them. I have made little progress and I still have a lot to buy, but I have faith that I can do it. This is going to be my biggest feat so far in the sewing world. NOPE. I suck. My costume did not turn out how I wanted it to and I am back to square one. Better luck this evening.  Done! All I need to do is sew a few things onto the tops of both costumes and they will be finished. Just waiting for the pieces in the mail :)

2) Do PiYo 4 times before we leave on Thursday- I have been majorly slacking and only working out 2 or 3 times a week. Life has been so hectic and my fitness goals have taken a backseat. Luckily, I have still been doing well with clean eating, and it has helped Dave as well! HA! again, I suck. I only got in 2 workouts last week. I was SO busy and there were a lot of personal issues happening that just kept me from any extra workout time. Again, only got it in twice. I’ve been so crazy busy it has been so hard to get it done. I always do better when I am on travel though.

3) Put together a 3 month to-do for Holiday activities- Dave will be having major surgery the first week of December, and I would really like to do some holiday related things before then. He loves Christmas decorations, and I would love to have them all up between Thanksgiving and the 1st of December. We will see how that goes. We talked about this…but it didn’t happen…this week though! Mostly finished. We know everything we want to do, we just need to plan when exactly to do it all!

4) Find an engagement picture outfit- In two weeks we are having our Save-The-Date photo session and I have no idea what to wear. You may remember the Engagement Photos we already had taken, but those were not the ones we had originally planned, we were just helping out a local photographer, so the next ones will be the real deal. I have an idea, but haven’t purchased/put it together yet. I will be looking after work today! I wasn’t 100% in love with what I chose, but it turned out pretty well!

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This week-

1) Get back on the clean eating train- being so busy has really thrown me off. As soon as I get home I am getting my butt back in gear! Fruits and vegetables galor.

2) Bridesmaid dress shopping- I am so excited to check something else off of my list AND get to see some of my favorite girls in the process. I am so excited for this weekend!

3) Finish Dave’s birthday present- I already bought everything, I just need to work on the delivery!

 

 

 

Work Travel

As most of you know, I have been traveling for work very often for several months now. I am off on another trip on Monday, but even with constantly jet setting it took me a while to learn the in’s and out’s of work travel. From packing, to sight seeing, to forcing yourself to take down time. I have some suggestions from what I have learned, but I would love to know what you think as well!

The most important for me is what to pack, I have a pretty generic conference “uniform” since I work for a technology company, but others need to be dressed up the whole time, so this will vary. Think about the following when you are packing for a conference:

  • What will you wear during the conference? For me this is a pair of jeans and a work t-shirt for each day of the active conference
  • Will there be set-up of anything? For set-up days i bring workout clothes. This normally involves moving around a bunch, bending down, etc so its nice to feel comfortable while doing all of this
  • Will there be any nice dinners? I almost always pack a blazer and several more dressy shirts, even if there isn’t a nice dinner, I would rather be over prepared than under prepared (unless I have time to go shopping!)
  • Will you have time to workout (I think you should make time- see below)? Bring some workout clothes just incase, don’t forget socks and tennis shoes

The second most important thing for me is to stay active. Long conference days are energy drainers, and most of the time all I want to do afterwards is crash into my nice comfy bed, but I don’t   try not to do that. Most hotels have an exercise room, or at least a treadmill, so get up and go! If you don’t have the option of working out in an exercise room, I have a workout that I do in my hotel room. Included in staying active is drinking a lot of water. Sometimes you will be dealing with a climate change and the best way to stay on top of this is to stay hydrated, always carry a water bottle with you.
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Now for the fun stuff! Make sure you are enjoying yourself, even if you are away for a work conference. If you have time before, during or after the conference go sightseeing and try new places! This is the biggest thing for me,  95% of the time I make it a point to go for a walk or bike ride wherever I am and try a new restaurant. When I was in Chicago two months ago I arrived early for a meeting that was cancelled so I had an entire morning to bike around, this was a nice way for me to see a lot in a short amount of time. It also helped me to know where UPS was when something went array with a shipment, and I found an awesome Thai place for lunch.

Make sure you know your companies policies while you are traveling on their dime, each company has a different policy but as long as you are aware, everything should go smoothly!

Do you travel for work? Do you enjoy it? You can also follow along with my travels via Instagram- #MacyOnTheGo

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My Life In Target

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I am 100% sure I have mentioned my love for Target before, but bringing it up once, twice, maybe 27 times just is not enough. I found this article yesterday and feel the need to explain just how happy I am when I walk into Target. I have a story to go along with it…

Two days ago (although this happens every. time.) I needed one thing from Target and ended up spending over $75, and this is how it happened.

8am. My eyeliner broke, “Dave, we have to stop at Target on the way home, I need a new eyeliner” Dave- “Don’t you have others?” Me- “Yeah, but I think Target has some on sale” (meanwhile, I had no idea if they did or not but obviously they always have sales and then there i cartwheel so I figured it couldn’t possibly be a lie).

After work Dave went to get a haircut next door to Target, and I went in to buy my eyeliner. I had a coupon so I figured it would be okay for me to look at other makeup since I was already saving money. Into my cart goes lipstick, blush and a makeup brush. Since I am on this side of the store it would probably make sense to check out the hair stuff, I need some new things for my Halloween hair. Into my cart goes 2 boxes of hair dye and hair clips.

Speaking of Halloween, I should wander back to the holiday section and see if they have put anything on sale…and they had. Maybe I should get some glow sticks for going out? I probably should. Oh look, the Christmas decorations are already out, I think I need this ornaments now, it would be depressing if  when I come back and they are gone. Really though, I can’t believe the Christmas stuff is out already, I guess that means it really is getting cold…should I look at the blankets? Yep.

We could use a new throw for our pictures this weekend, and they are on sale. Into my cart it goes. They would match this throw pillow really well, but Dave hates throw pillows so I should put them back (score one for me putting something back onto the shelf). Oh. My. Gosh. All of the candles smell so good, I think we need just a few, or five.

While I am here I will check out the books, I should get a few to read on the plane next week. I already have a stack of 4 at home, but maybe I can get through them over the weekend…yeah right. Maybe the books will have to wait, I’ll read some reviews first. I got a book anyway.

I then realize Dave is probably almost done, so I make my way back to the checkouts. I realized I hasn’t looked in the clothing or dollar section yet, so there went another 20 minutes. I really love all the bathing suits on clearance, I’ll just get a top for now. I should also look at the scarves, I need a new one for our pictures. Ah! These 3 are perfect, I can’t possibly just pick one, so maybe two is fine.

The dollar section is full of goodies. I need all of these cards and stationary…oh man! Stationary, I forgot to look in my favorite section of the store so off I went. They have some really adorable Thank You cards, I will need some soon so I may as well get a few packs now, or maybe only one so when I run out I can come back here.

This is when Dave called and I needed to rush out of there before he saw my total…but I have a red card, so it’s okay, right?

It’s a few days later and I don’t regret any of my purchases…but I am already going through Target withdrawal…do you get the same feeling? Target has always been there for me, I mean come on it supplies Ben & Jerry’s, stationary and makeup…best BFF ever.

 

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Wedding Wednesday {Updates}

Not much has happened since last weeks post, so I only have a few updates. I will throw in a few more engagement photos though! We’re down to 247 days, almost 8 months! Each month my sister gives us a basket to countdown the months until our wedding with a different theme. The first one was general wedding things like a bridal magazine, mr & mrs. wine glasses and a photo album, the second one was travel themed and included luggage tags, travelers kit full of things for both of us, and headphones. I am so blessed to have such an amazing Maid-of-Honor, and even though she doesn’t need to go so above and beyond, I can’t wait to see what we get on the 20th!

First and for most under my “Whats Happened” from this past week…Vivian from VivianStoneXO got married! I couldn’t be more excited for her and her new husband and I can’t wait to see more pictures from the big day!

This week I was able to breakdown a really good amount of things into specific to-do lists. I am really happy to have this done and even though it will be a work in progress for the next 8 months, I love having something to work off of. We also sent out the contract for our day-of wedding planner and scheduled a meeting with a potential videographer!

I am so happy with the way things are moving along, and I can’t wait to keep checking things off! I am also excited for our Save-The-Date photos this weekend!

Did you have a videographer? What was the most important thing you looked for when choosing one?

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This one was all Dave :p

This one was all Dave :p

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Hopes & Plans

I am excited to start this week happy and ready to go! The Ravens had an amazing win yesterday, I spent the weekend with my family, and some fall things are happening this weekend! But…with having such a busy week last week I did not get many any of my hopes & plans accomplished.

Last week-

1) Finish my costume(s)- Now that I know what I am going to be for Halloween, I need to finish making them. I have made little progress and I still have a lot to buy, but I have faith that I can do it. This is going to be my biggest feat so far in the sewing world. NOPE. I suck. My costume did not turn out how I wanted it to and I am back to square one. Better luck this evening. 

2) Do PiYo 4 times before we leave on Thursday- I have been majorly slacking and only working out 2 or 3 times a week. Life has been so hectic and my fitness goals have taken a backseat. Luckily, I have still been doing well with clean eating, and it has helped Dave as well! HA! again, I suck. I only got in 2 workouts last week. I was SO busy and there were a lot of personal issues happening that just kept me from any extra workout time. 

3) Put together a 3 month to-do for Holiday activities- Dave will be having major surgery the first week of December, and I would really like to do some holiday related things before then. He loves Christmas decorations, and I would love to have them all up between Thanksgiving and the 1st of December. We will see how that goes. We talked about this…but it didn’t happen…this week though!

4) Find an engagement picture outfit- In two weeks we are having our Save-The-Date photo session and I have no idea what to wear. You may remember the Engagement Photos we already had taken, but those were not the ones we had originally planned, we were just helping out a local photographer, so the next ones will be the real deal. I have an idea, but haven’t purchased/put it together yet. I will be looking after work today!

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This week-

EVERYTHING from last week…wish me luck!

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Facing Fears

Recently, in the office we were talking about facing your fears. There were about a half dozen of us talking and all of us feared something different. We also all had a different perspective on how exactly we could face our fears. It’s crazy how something as general as this topic could sprout so many different options, and really prove how different everyone is. I wouldn’t say I am a very fearful person, but the things I am afraid of, I am really afraid of. It’s something I plan on working on, and I have a few ways to try and do it, but some of them will just take time.

My biggest fear is spiders. I know, this isn’t really a huge deal for some people, and a good amount of people don’t like them but I fear them to no end. One time a large spider crawled next to my desk and I started hysterically crying, sat on top of my desk and it was really hard to breathe. Why does this happen? Why am I so afraid of something so much smaller than me (this one wasn’t that much smaller though)? It was a terrible experience, and I was so scared and shaken up that I didn’t even get embarrassed that I just had a major meltdown in front of my coworkers.

Another fear I have is a pretty weird one, bandaids. I HATE them, they really freak me out. It isn’t as much of a fear as it is purely disgusting, but I really will lose it if one touches me. I feel the same way about those weird character sticker packs and the ones in coloring books. I don’t like them one bit. Sorry future children, they aren’t coming into our house.

A more personal fear I have is having children. I have had some health problems for the last 7 years, and there is a big possibility it could hinder my ability to have children. Coming from a big family, I have always known that I want my own children, and I want the feeling of being able to carry them myself. There are women daily that fight the battle of infertility, and I feel for them so much. It breaks my heart reading of their stories and constant pain. I just need to remind myself that God will never give me something I can’t handle.

Do you have any big fears?

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