Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back from Maine!

On Saturday night we made it back safely from Maine!  We had a great trip and it was truly a break.  Unfortunately, it is back to reality with work and the husband is leaving the country tomorrow for a business trip.  He will be gone a few weeks, so I'm a bit sad about that. However, I'm planning some weekend trips to visit my family and friends, so hopefully the time will go quickly.  I did want to share with you a few trips from our little vacation, in case you might be interested.

When we got there, the weather was gorgeous and we braved the cold water.
We went duck pin bowling, which I was pretty good at.
I loved visiting the Portland Head Light and Two Lights.
When the weather was bad, we drove up to Freeport to go to the outlets.  We stopped by a great pizza place in Freeport that had a nice atmosphere.  After the rain and shopping, it was perfect.
We  went to see the horses race a few times.

The husband flew a kite.
That ended up going pretty high.
And we spent as much time on the beach as we could, collecting shells, playing bocci ball, and just talking and dreaming.

It was exactly what we needed. Thanks for bearing with me as I shared so many photos!




Friday, July 11, 2014

Heading to Maine!

Tonight the husband and I are starting our drive up to Maine for a week of vacation. We're driving, which will be our first long road trip in a long time, so I'm hoping that our car handles everything okay.  We will be staying with the husband's grandma by the beach for a few days and we're also hoping to visit Acadia.  We actually haven't been to Maine for five years (before we were married!),  and I can't wait!

Here are a few pictures from our past adventures.




My, what a difference time makes! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Planning for a Friend's Baby Shower

As I mentioned awhile ago, one of my friend's is expecting a baby in September.  For her shower, I'm helping with the games and prizes.  It's going to be co-ed and could be a pretty large group (over 60 people are being invited!).  I'm really excited to participate, but I'm a little overwhelmed by the fact that it is co-ed and is so large.  The theme is travel, so I found this really fun printable. 
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I'm also planning on doing advice cards, which I've already started designing, and surprisingly, it isn't taking too much time.  Finally, I'm planning on having everyone write a message on a diaper and then doing a raffle. I am planning on keeping the games to a minimum, so it doesn't take too much time, because with a lot of people just opening gifts will take awhile!  To keep everyone interested, I'm expecting to just give out a few prizes for each activity. 

For the gifts, I'm thinking of doing a travel theme with travel mugs, travel pillows, travel soaps and candles.  Then, I was browsing Kate Spade's new arrivals, and I saw these adorable luggage tags.
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Since it is a co-ed shower, I feel like I might be throwing my money away, though.  But aren't they cute? Since I'm doing a decent amount of prizes and we splurged on her shower gift, I'm trying to figure out how to keep the costs reasonable.  Does anyone have any ideas?  I've only been to one baby shower, so I'm definitely open to any thoughts you might have!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dream Bedding at Restoration Hardware

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Over July Fourth weekend I stopped by Restoration Hardware with my sister and her boyfriend.  To be honest, I've never paid too much attention to this store because it's a little pricey for me (aka isn't Target or Home Goods).  However, this bedding did catch my attention because it feels divine. So now I have some dream bedding to put in our dream house one day! What's your favorite type of bedding?  I think nice sheets and comforters are so luxurious!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fourth of July Recap!

The Fourth of July celebrations started early when I picked up my sister and her boyfriend at the airport.  We decided to spend the afternoon in Georgetown, and we really enjoyed our time.  I picked up this dress in a nice blue color and this skirt, as well as a notepad an lip balm at Anthropologie.  It was a lot of fun, and I just enjoyed spending the time together.  Then we met the husband at District Commons for dinner, which worked out well.
On Friday, my family arrived as well as my husband's dad. My FIL and husband worked on preparing the lobster rolls, and I set up everything else.  I think the lunch and dinner worked out well, and I'm glad I kept things easy.
I thought the snack table turned out well, although we definitely had a lot of food. I may have over-compensated a bit.
Most of all I enjoyed spending time with my family.
There was a hot game of "American" Monopoly.
The evening we enjoyed the fireworks; it was a great show!  On Saturday, everyone came over for brunch before my parents, brother and sister-in-law went back home. My sister was able to stay through the weekend, and we enjoyed lots of shopping at TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Tysons Corner.  I had always been afraid to drive to Tysons, but it turned out that it is just a mall and nothing to be scared of!  We actually didn't end up buying very much, but it was such a treat to shop with my sister.  Now it's back to the work week!  How was your Fourth?


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Our Fourth of July Menus!


Happy Fourth of July!  I'm looking forward to my sister and her boyfriend coming up this afternoon, and the rest of my family is arriving tomorrow along with my FIL.  After my epic journey to the grocery store last night, this is what I'm planning on serving everyone! Since there are three meals, and I want to enjoy spending time with everyone and not cooking, I'm taking as many short cuts as I can. Also, don't judge too much because these are certainly not the healthiest meals in the world.

Lunch

Lobster rolls
Corn on the cob
Coleslaw
Caprese salad
Blueberry cheesecake

Dinner

BBQ
Corn on the cob
Potato salad
Watermelon and feta salad
Baked beans
 Cupcakes

Drinks

"The Sparkler" aka champagne
"The Firecracker" aka cranberry juice

Brunch

Waffles
Ham
Cinnamon muffins
Quiche
 
I also bought this star bowl from Crate and Barrel, and I can't wait to use it.  Are you entertaining for the fourth?  I'd love to hear your plans!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Getting Ready for the Fourth of July!

As I mentioned, my family will be coming up for the Fourth of July, as well as the husband's dad.  I started to do a few preparations because I'm excited to see everyone (plus I have a hard time doing everything at the last minute).  I'm hoping to create a little snack station for when we're watching the fireworks, so I prepared these red, white, and blue snacks.

My family loves popcorn, so I put some in these little Martha Stewart boxes.
I have a sweet tooth, so I also put some white chocolate covered pretzels in the other boxes.
I also packaged up some twizzlers and some york patty minis (I thought they were so cute, and didn't even know that they existed until this weekend).
For the welcome bags, I just put a label around a water bottle and then packaged some trail mix and popcorn.
 I know welcome bags are a little over the top, but they really only cost a few dollars and I think it's nice for people to have a little snack when they are at their hotel.  I think they turned out pretty well.
 In case you're interested, I got my printables here and here.  Are you getting excited about the Fourth? Now that we live in the D.C. area, I've become a huge fan of the holiday.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekend Sales: C.Wonder and Ann Taylor

This weekend, I had to stop by the mall to return a pair of shoes that didn't work for the husband, so I stopped by C.Wonder to check out their sale.  Fortunately for the husband, I spent most of the weekend cleaning and organizing, so I was probably a little more thoughtful with my purchases. 

I was tempted by this cheeseboard, but since we already have one, I refrained.  I've blogged about this before, so you know it was tough to walk away.
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 I also love these plates in coral and tangerine, but alas, we really don't have any space to store them.
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One thing I did purchase a few months ago is this helmet, and I think it would be a great deal if you are in need of one. Thanks to the husband's love of capital bike share, I really did and I'm glad I have one.
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I also stopped by Ann Taylor, since they were having a 50% off sale. I picked up this purse, but I'm still trying to figure out if I want to keep it or not. It was forty dollars and I thought it would be nice for work.  What do you think?
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It seems like this is sale season.  Have you found anything fun lately?


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Weekend of Hosting

It seems like this week is going by so quickly, which is never a bad thing.  Last weekend was a little busier than we are used to, but it was fun.  On Friday night, the husband hosted a few people from his work for a poker night.  We rented our community room, and I helped him set up the spread.  Even though I didn't cook anything, just getting everything assembled took a decent amount of time, but I think it turned out well. 
I love cheese plates, so I pulled one together.
We served chicken, but we also had a sandwich station, which apparently is a tradition.
My favorite was how the desserts turned out.  Whole Foods has such cute ones. We happened to have the napkins on hand, and I thought they were fun.
On Saturday, we were able to visit with another couple, and we finally met their little girl (who is absolutely adorable). The husband's mom and grandmother were also in town, so we visited them on Saturday, and they also came over on Sunday.  My MIL brought us her steam cleaner to borrow, so Sunday night the husband started working on our carpets.  Sadly, they were definitely in need of some help, and I'm happy to report that they now look substantially better!  After a weekend of entertaining and cleaning, I feel that our apartment is cleaner than it has ever been in a really long time.  What are your favorite things to do when you have people over?  I always care about the desserts and a cheese plate, because those are my favorite things to eat!

Monday, June 23, 2014

NYC Trip Recap

Even though we spent less than 24 hours in NYC, I feel we were able to really make the most of our time.  Wednesday evening we went to the MoMa, and it was such a fun event. 
The husband and I don't really have too much appreciation for modern art though, and we didn't really appreciate this exhibit. (The idea is that since the shovel and bike wheel are rendered useless then it makes you think of ordinary pieces as art.)
The next day I went to the Met while the husband was in meetings, and I really enjoyed it.  I concentrated most of my time in the Egypt and Roman wings.
It's amazing how they transform entire spaces so completely.
On my walk back, I saw the Lilly Pulitzer townhouse, but I didn't have time to stop.
I did make sure I stopped by Laduree.  I am definitely a sucker for packaging.
I picked up some macaroons and we opened them up on the plane ride home.
We enjoyed them when we got home.
It was such an enjoyable trip, and I am so glad that I had a chance to visit the Big Apple!