Happy Halloween!

YAY! One of my favorite holidays is finally here! I love getting dressed up and being something different for a day (or three) and going out with some of my friends. Since I am a huge fan of Halloweekend, I never have just one costume. This year I only have 2 but most years I have three.

Before the big reveal of my two costumes from this year, lets have a look back on a few of my previous costumes. I normally make at least one costume, and buy one other. Last year, I made my Peter Pan costume, Dave’s Hook costume, and SharkBait’s Tink costume.

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We were also Spider-Man, Spider-Man and Peter Parker last year.

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Two years ago I made my Buzz Lightyear Costume, and Dave was Woody (sorry for the Instagram pictures, wish I had a better one!)

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Now for this year’s costume! I will eventually have all of the instructions up for how to make these, but for now here are a few sneak peaks. The real photos will be up on Monday. Any idea’s? A hint- they both are from the same movie ;)

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Do you still dress-up for Halloween? What are you being this year?

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Wedding Wednesday {Bridesmaid Dress Shopping}

Big things have been happening on the road to becoming Mrs. Volpe! I love weeks when I am able to get a lot accomplished, especially right before I am about to be away for 12 days. I have been knocking out some smaller things like escort table decorations, cocktail ideas, and continuing to practice calligraphy. Also some larger things like plan our menu with the caterer, meet with videographers, and get a floor plan together. We should be receiving the rest of out Engagement Photos this week which means Save-The-Dates will be going out soon! I can’t wait to see what Dave comes up with for the design.

On Saturday most of my Bridesmaids gathered together and we headed out to shop for their dresses! Allison couldn’t make it since she lives across the pond, but she was able to have a few options to choose from. I had such a fun day with these girls and the next several months are going to be amazing with all of them by my side and helping me out so much!

To thank them for being my Bridesmaids and taking time out of their weekend to go dress shopping, I had scarves made with their initials. I also made the “Say Yes To The Dress” bags, I have to admit I am pretty proud of those, I’m getting somewhere with this calligraphy thing (I won’t tell you how long it took me to make them).

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The first store we went to didn’t have a ton of options, and since I want every girl to be comfortable in their dress I wasn’t dead set on anything. Luckily, we already had an appointment at another store afterwards. We also had enough time in between for lunch, which was very needed before trying dresses on at the next appointment for almost two hours.

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I am pretty sure almost every one of them tried on at least 75% of the dresses available. In the end, everyone has a different style dress in a different color and I can’t wait to see them all together on the big day! I was also able to try on the sample of my dress for all of them to see of course we had to take a picture of them hiding my dress ;)

photo 3We had a wonderful day, and even start talking about the plans for my bachelorette party, yay!!

photo 4In addition to the Wedding Wednesday link-up’s on other blogs, I have decided to host one myself! Even before I was engaged Wedding Wednesday has been one of my favorite days of the week, and becoming a planner myself, I would love to keep this going even after my wedding updates are done. This is such a wonderful way to get inspired from other bloggers, encourage brides when they are having a tough week planning, or just to swoon over all of the enchanting details everyone incorporates in their big day! So grab the image, and join me, I can’t wait to know all about your big day (I will have a direct link posted on next week’s link-up, still figuring out how to get it perfect)!

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1-Year Blogiversary!

First things first, I hope you ALL bought Taylor Swifts new CD yesterday! I haven’t stopped listening to it. Any thoughts? Do you like her new sound? I do! Style is my favorite for right now.

WOOHOO! I made it an entire year on this little space of mine. I am so excited that I have stuck with it, even when I didn’t feel like I could, and I am so happy with all of the friends I have made this past year because of To Travel & Beyond. I plan to continue to grow in this area of the internet, keep to making new friends, develop more as a person, and make big moves towards my goals. Thank you all for being loyal followers and friends!

I missed Hopes & Plans yesterday because of some exciting news that I can’t share yet, but I will in the next few weeks! This will be something that will take over many of my posts for the next few months, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I will be away from the 2nd until the 11th for work so I will be skipping Hopes & Plans for the next few weeks, but expect some more travel posts, a wedding link-up with yours truly (yay! my first link-up!), an exciting step towards being a real adult, and details about my Halloween weekend! But for now, I will leave you with my progress from last weeks Hopes & Plans.

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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. I am 75% there, I had a really busy weekend, but I have been paying much more attention to what goes into my system.

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! DONE!! Yay! We had so much fun, I will share more about this tomorrow!

3) Finish Dave’s birthday present- I already bought everything, I just need to work on the delivery! Also done! I can’t wait to give it to him on Friday (to kick-off his birthday weekend)!

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

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Have Your Heart Broken

I am going to get a little deeper than usual today because a certain topic has been playing through my mind lately- heartbreak. I am a strong believer that God will never give us something we can not handle, which is why I take my personal heartbreak as more of a gift than anything. I think that at one point or another, heartbreak is inevitable and necessary.

As I watch people around me suffer from heartache, I realize that each person needs to face their own battles before they can truly appreciate love and thankfulness. 4 years ago I experienced a terrible breakup, I won’t go into detail because it doesn’t mean much to me anymore, but I am beyond thankful that it happened. I was ready to commit to a life that I didn’t love with a person I only thought I loved. I was in a rush for things to happen, and didn’t think about what I truly wanted in life.

I have always set goals for myself, and at that time I let them fall to the wayside. Until the day I was blindsided and my life completely changed. After this heartbreak, I was torn apart for a little bit, then I began to move on. It felt great in the end, I was able to focus more on myself and decide what I really wanted to do and who I wanted to be.

While I was figuring these things out, I found Dave. I didn’t plan on being in another relationship for quite a long time, I was honestly totally happy on my own. At this point, he was also. He had been through the ringer with girls as well, and had the same feelings of not needing another person to make him happy. We kept telling ourselves this for months, while in our heads we were clearly falling in love. Weekly we would talk about getting into a relationship and it the end we would both say we didn’t want one. These began to happen more often, as both of us knew we couldn’t hid it for much longer.

The our first kiss happened, which I wrote about here. After that night we couldn’t help but continue to fall in love. Even though we were together, we both had our guards up from previous heartbreaks. In my opinion, this helped us. We knew how to relate to each other better, we felt more cautious, and we could already see the differences from our failed pasts.

Because of the way my previous relationship ended, I could see huge differences in my new one, and I knew how to react to things better. I also knew how completely different I felt and how I instantly knew Dave would be the one. Some people stay in their first relationship for their entire lives, and I am in no way saying that is wrong, in fact I think it is great! But, I like to know from previous experience that I am 100% with the right person, I have no doubts what so ever that I feel completely different and instead of just loving someone and my relationship with them, I am in love with Dave.

In the end, I just want to point out that everything happens for a reason. Everything you go through will help you become the person you are meant to be. Even through heartache, mistakes, and interruptions, life still happens.

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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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