Monday, March 2, 2015

Weekending {3/1}

Pause for a minute. How is it MARCH already? I am in totally shock. One minute, the year is crawling by and the next, finals are 6 weeks away.

So lets dive in to the last weekend of February (and *hopefully* winter). Here is what I ate, who I saw, and what I did (ahem, wedding dress!):

Friday: Errands, meetings, and study time.

I had several meetings, all school related, on Friday. One was at Panera, so I sampled one of their new broth bowls for lunch. Have you tried this? Thoughts?

I liked it, though I am afraid to check the sodium/sugar content in it. But it was full of edamame, which I LOVE. Salad and wheat roll on the side :)

On Friday night, AR and I grabbed our main dishes from Whole Foods and baked sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli at home. I had salmon, AR had barbecue chicken. For dessert? Whole Foods vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookie and a ginger cookie.

We shared our cookies while catching up on Nashville (love this show. We watch it every weekend).

Saturday: Race, practice, errands, and friends.

I had SO many layers on!

We started Saturday bright and early with a 5k at our church. It was so cold (like 20*), I really thought I would die. Honestly, I don't run outside in the cold much, so this was brutal for me. My lungs will probably never be the same.

I finished in 24:12, so not a PR, but okay :)

We barely had time to run home, shower, and then I had to head to practice for my moot court team. Giving 45 minutes worth of speeches after running a freezing 5k is not my idea of a good time, but I pulled through.

In the afternoon, AR and I went to Target, Ulta, and Whole Foods. I recently tried the bareMinerals complexion rescue (LOVE), so I wanted to try the mineral veil as well. Ulta had a special on it -- 40% off -- so this was a great time. So far, I like it a lot.

We met friends for dinner at Alma Cocina downtown. AR always has his car cleaned and his shoes shined before our dates, which I love that he does. That man goes all out for every date <3

At dinner, we split lots of guacamole, salsa, chips, and tacos. I had bites of a fried avocado taco and a friend cod taco, with a side of greens. Oh, and there was lots of sangria :)

Sunday: School, THE DRESS, and dinner

I didn't run on Sunday, but instead let my legs rest. I did lots of studying and then back to the bridal store I loved the best for a third appointment.

And I FOUND MY DRESS!! All by myself! The manager (who happens to be from my home town several states away - random) had already pulled it before I got there. When I walked in, she said "I think I found your dress" and she was so right. Of course, no pictures until the big day, but I am so excited :) 

Thank you for the many comments and emails about my last dress shopping experience. Y'all made me feel so much better and convinced me that going by myself wasn't weird at all. Y'all are the best.


linking up with BLovedBoston and Champagne&Suburbs today! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five on Friday {2/27}

Happy Friday!

I haven't participated in the Friday fun link-ups in a while, so I wanted to join back in the fun today. Thanks for hosting Natasha!

1. Wedding Dresses
Thank you for all of your kind words about my wedding dress shopping. Y'all made me feel so much better! I am going to head out by myself this week and hopefully picking something out!

2. Gym sadness.
So Atlanta has some weather scares this week. I actually saw no snow on the ground, but whatever. I take a snow day when I can get it.
I went to the gym on Wednesday morning, as usual, before the storm started. I went again on Thursday at 6am, despite having no class, and IT WAS CLOSED. I was so depressed that I woke up, ventured out in the cold, and couldn't work out.
You may say "well did you run outside?" and the answer is no. I went to a coffee shop and got a latte. #thecoldALWAYSbotheredmeanyway

3. New planner
I just got the Simplified Planner and I am OBSESSED. It is so pretty! And organized! I love having spots to write my menu planning. It is seriously the cutest thing.

I think the 2016 ones come out in May, so you may want to check it out!

4. Snow day fun
We had a snow day on Wednesday and no snow. It was fantastic. I did tons of craft projects and organization, including working with my photos. I am hoping to finish my photo book this weekend :)

5. Weekend Races
Running a 5k tomorrow. It will be like 20*. So thats good. And I have a 10k next weekend, which will also be freezing. Great.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Photo Project: Shutterfly Photo Book

Yesterday was a snow day (hallelujah!) and I enjoyed every minute of it. I got some school work done and planned to play in the snow in the afternoon... but no snow came.

That is right. No. Snow.

So, I entertained myself with a movie and some photo crafting.

I am not what you would call "crafty." I can do projects, but it usually takes me 2807084 hours because I am a perfectionist and want it to look just like the picture. Which is why scrap booking didn't work out for me. I was way too anxious about the process and never finished more that 3 pages.  #pinterestfail

But I LOVE taking photos and am so sick of them all sitting on my computer or phone. Enter photo books. I decided to start making photo books online a few years ago and am now obsessed.

After some research, I found Shutterfly had the best options and prices. I pick my book size (usually 8 x 11, but I did a larger one for my mom). Then I upload all my photos and play away with backgrounds, lettering, and borders.

LOVE the cover options now. When I first started making photo books,
they only had hard or soft covers.
The new leather and matte finish covers are beautiful. 

Sometimes I make my own theme, but other times I take advantage of the styled books. These come with a theme of colors, papers, and embellishments, plus idea pages to get the juices flowing. When I did one for my classroom, I used a teacher template, which came with awesome clip art. I used a travel template for a trip to Europe.

Buckingham Palace <3 

Yesterday I started a book with all my 1L photos. I don't want to forget the fun of my first year of law school. This book with be part journal, part photo. I am even trying to scan in ticket stubs and mementos to put in the book. Sidenote: love making photo books on the computer because I can work on it a little bit at a time without a ton of mess. If I try to make a real photo book, it takes me an hour just to set up and clean up. No joke.

I am also thinking of using one of the books as a guest book for AR & I's wedding. I love the idea of putting a bunch of our fun photos in a book and letting people sign throughout!

If you wanna try making a photo book (hello holiday photo dump!), check out Shutterfly. They usually have tons of promotions and coupons. When I ordered my holiday cards last year, I got almost 60% off!

love all the new sizes!!!

How do you preserve and display your photos? 


Note: This post was not sponsored by Shutterfly. I just wanted to share my fun from yesterday!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow Day Fun!

Hump Day!!! It is Wednesday and both AR and I have a snow day. WIN!!!

Atlanta is anticipaiting some bad weather conditions and the snow just started. AR was told that he could work from home and my school sent an email out late last night. Needless to say, we are pretty excited. 

I slept in and started my morning with a long workout. It was way rougher than I anticipated - last night I did 5 miles and I had speed work on the schedule for today, but I could not hold my pace for anything. My legs were just not having it :(

in my cup: soy misto with vanilla syrup

AR and I stopped for coffee and did a late breakfast/lunch post workout. We made scrambled eggs with bell pepper, tomatoes, turkey, and goat cheese. So good. I ate mine with a bran muffins filled with blueberries and cranberries. I used this recipe from Smitten Kitchen any they are fantastic. I highly recommend it. 

I am hoping AR finishes up work in the next few hours so we can go play outside. Until then, I am playing with my *new* Simplified Planner and doings some school work. 

is it SO pretty!!!

Am I awful for hoping the roads stay horrible tonight and we have another snow day???

How would you spend your snow day?


Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekending {wedding dress shopping}

This was THE weekend. My Mother and future Mother in law both came to Atlanta to help me find THE dress. While I and visited one store with a few friends to start the dress shopping process, this was my visit official visit.

I made appointments at 3 stores and ended up returning to one of the stores for a second visit.

Let me tell you ladies.... wedding dress shopping is not all it is cracked up to be.

Maybe I watched one too many episodes of "Say Yes to the Dress," or maybe I am just silly. I really thought I would put a dress on and "know" it was my dress. I didn't expect to cry or yell or anything like that, but I thought I would know when I found my dress.

But I didn't. Instead, I found tons of pretty dresses. I thought I had narrowed it down to two, found another dress and narrowed it down to two again. And nothing. I still didn't know which one was "the one."

I tried the whole "jack 'em up" thing with the veil and jewelry and the whole nine yards, and it didn't complete my decision. Finally, it was the end of the weekend and I had to be done. We were sitting at the bridal salon and my mom's flight was literally leaving in 90 minutes, so we had to be down for now.

The weekend wasn't a wash, but it wasn't what I expect. There were tears. Believe me, there were tears. I am not sure what comes next. Maybe I go by myself to the store? Maybe I put those two dresses back on with a friend? I don't know.

AR met us for an ice cream break... Jeni's

I needed two flavors: brown-butter-almond, and dark chocolate

What was it like when you went shopping for your wedding dress? How many visits did it take you?


Linking up with BLovedBoston and Champagne&Suburbs