Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Bride Day with The Green Bride Guide

My cousin gets married next week!!!!  I am so excited to get to be a part of her wedding as her Matron of Honor, and because I'm officially calling it wedding week (since the fun will start a week from today), I'm going with wedding inspired posts all week!

Because it's October in Indiana, the weather is unpredictable at best!  Fall is definitely my favorite season in the midwest because of the colors and the crisp air.  BUT you never know what the weather is going to be on any given day.  We've had 3 days of rain the past week, which led to icky humidity, but this weekend is supposed to be 70 and beautiful!

SO, as I was thinking of all the ways we could prepare for unpredictability on my cousin's wedding day (with an outdoor ceremony), a post on The Green Bride Guide really caught my attention!

They have some really great ideas on Keeping Guests Comfortable in Cool Weather, which include my personal favorite... a big, warm, fire.

Wedding camp

Luckily, we are going to have the best of both worlds at my cousin's wedding... an outdoor ceremony that could be moved inside if absolutely necessary (for rain, not cold), a great indoor reception location, and one of my favorite of all of her plans, a transition of the balcony from a ceremony location to a fun outdoor space with cocktail tables and cornhole boards, where you can still go out and get that fresh air fix.

Have a great weekend!  More wedding fun to come next week!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

I found this really awesome aisle runner turned "love time line" that I just love!!

From what I can tell, it starts with photos of them as kids, chronicles their first date and so on... how cool is this!?!?!  It would be so fun to look at old photos and memories as you make it, and what a cool thing for guests to see!  If you're someone who doesn't want anyone walking down your aisle, though, you'll definitely have to block this out... guests will DEFINITELY want to see this!!

You can check out this and all my pins on my Wedding Wednesday Pinterest Board!

Happy Hump Day!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

This Weekend

J and I were on vacation again last Wednesday-Friday, so I hope you enjoyed the Chicago recaps while we were gone.

We went to the lake, to my aunt and uncle's house in Kalamazoo for a visit, and to my cousins' house in Grand Rapid's to see my uncle's art work that was displayed at Art Prize.  The festival has created another great reason for a family get together and my cousins were great hosts!

Rather than getting a hotel, we decided we would camp.  Let me just tell you... I am not an outdoorsy girl.  I hate bugs because when they bite me, I'm miserable... not like "stop breathing" miserable, just really itchy for a really long time.  I also really like running water.  I have curly hair, but my second day curls kind of suck, so not being able to shower and do my hair can make for some really bad hair days.

I've decided that I can handle this type of camping (backyard camping) for two main reasons...

1. There is a bathroom/shower just inside the door


2. I got this!!!

I know you've seen it before, but I'm really excited about it!!  I did forget to mention one other reason I'm agreeing to camp... my cousin has an 8 person tent, in which she has promised me we can fit 2 air mattresses.  I don't think I'd like sleeping on the ground... even in my pouch.

Hope everyone had a great weekend... Art Prize recaps coming soon!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

On the Way Home from Chicago

J and I took the South Shore Line from Dune Park into Chicago, so we made the trek up I-65 and back during our most recent Chicago vacation.

On our way home, we stopped for gas and I realized that we were not too far from where I lived in West Lafayette.  Because it's been a while since I had been there, I asked J if we could go find my old house.

I lived in West Lafayette from ages 3-10, before we moved to Texas, so I went through Elementary school there, and we lived in the same house that whole time.  We had a great neighborhood there, and I remember riding my bike all over the place!  There was a baseball and softball field next to our house and my elementary school was just down the street.

We drove into my neighborhood, and it looked the same and different all at the same time.  I remembered the houses, some of which were completely different colors than they used to be, and everything is much closer together than it seemed to be when I was little.

We drove up to my house and it looked nothing like it used to...

It used to be tan with brown shutters and trim, and the bushes are so overgrown now... it's not nearly as welcoming as it used to be.

We parked over by the baseball and softball fields, which is right next door despite the fact that it seemed like it took me forever to run over there from my house.  We stopped by a small memorial that still stands right by the softball field.  

One of my friends from pre-school, Tom Skehan, died in 1990 at his brother's baseball game when a storm with high winds blew in and knocked a tree over, killing him and another boy.  It was the first time I remember losing someone I cared about, and I was not quite 7 years old at the time.  It also gave me a strong fear of storms, which still lingers a little today.  The softball field that I spent so many summers on is also named for him.

We kept driving down my old street and by my elementary school, where I went to Kindergarten through 4th grade.  It looks just about the same as it always did, but it's a lot closer to my house than I remember it being.  That walk or bike ride used to seem MUCH longer!

It was cool to see where I grew up... and also kind of weird.  It's the first time I've been back in a long time, and it was a great stop over on our way home.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chicago Recap - Part 3

After breakfast at Eggsperience, we headed down to Navy Pier to do some more sight seeing.  It was kind of a gray day, but it was nice to have a break from the hot sun while we were outside.

After Navy Pier, we hopped on a water taxi and went down to Michigan Avenue, where we got off and walked to Millennium Park.  We stopped to see the Bean, of course, and then paid a visit to the funny fountains that have faces on them.  If you haven't seen these and you're in Chicago... you have to go see them!

We headed back to the hotel and showered, and then met up with Chris and Jess again, added my cousin and uncle to our group, and took a trip our to Allstate Arena to watch my cousin play against the Sky.

Not a great game, but always fun to go cheer Kris on!  After the game, we met Kris for dinner and then decided that we were tired, and that all the walking had caught up with us, so we went back to the hotel.

On Monday morning, we didn't have much time before we headed for the train, but wanted to get a couple things in.  We got on the Brown Line and went to the Sears Tower.  I know it's not called that anymore, but that's all I'll ever call it.  J and I didn't really care to go up to the observatory deck, so we found a nice little bench and sat and relaxed.  The line was an hour and a half, so Wade and Katie decided not to wait and we hopped back on the train so we could grab some pizza before we had to go.  We went to Pizzeria Due and had an amazing Chicago pizza!  Small personal note... I liked Pizzeria Due much better than Gino's East (that's my own personal opinion, I have no affiliation with either restaurant).

We headed back to Millennium Park where we caught our train and Wade and Katie headed back to the park to hang out for a couple of hours.

It was an AMAZING trip, and Katie and I decided that next time, we would meet up in New Orleans!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

I just love the creativity that can be used when making Save the Dates.  I have seen lots of photobooth save the dates, but there was something about this one that I loved even more than any others I have seen... maybe it's the way they've edited the photos so the colors stand out!

You can check out this and all my pins on my Wedding Wednesday Pinterest Board!

Happy Hump Day!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chicago Recap - Part 2

We were up and out the door at around 9:30 am on Saturday morning.  We hopped on the Red Line and headed to Wrigleyville.  After a good breakfast at McDonald's (my favorite!!) we walked around Wrigley and saw the sites!

Harry Carey
After some time walking around the ballpark, we went to O'Malley's to find a place to park for most of the day and watch college football.  We started the morning with Bloody Mary's and beer.

I got a hold of one of my BFFs, Chris, who lives in Chicago and he met us down at O'Malley's.  We sat by the window that overlooked the first base entrance to Wrigley.

J's friend and his gf left for a while to go find scalpers and go into the game for a while, so they could see the inside of Wrigley, and we continued to eat and drink at O'Malley's.  Chris' girlfriend Jess met us down there and we made plans for dinner that night.

We went back to the hotel and showered and changed and then headed to Quartino, a wine bar down the street from our hotel.  The wine was good and the food was alright... it's definitely not a place to sit and talk with people.

We finished dinner and went to one other place to grab a drink and finished our night.  Well... the girls went to bed... the boys went and had a couple more drinks  :)

Don't miss the ending... it's coming soon!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Chicago Recap - Part 1

It's been a couple of weeks now since we got back from Chicago, but it was a really great vacation and I've been clinging to the memories of fun, since work was tough last week.  J's best friend from high school (who was the best man in our wedding) Wade and his girlfriend Katie, who live in Montana, met us in Chicago for a Friday-Monday, long weekend.

We both arrived around noon on Friday and just happened to be on the same Red Line train, even though we were coming from different parts of the city... WEIRD!  We checked in to our hotel and got organized and then went to lunch at one of my FAVORITE places EVER... Portillo's

After lunch, we walked a little, took them Wade and Katie to Garrett's for some popcorn, and then got ready for dinner.  Jenny, a girl that worked for me last year, just moved to Chicago to work for Macy's so she met us for a drink after work.  We went to Rush Street and tried Whiskey Bar and Grill... they have some really great drinks!!

A group of girls came up and they were sampling some tequila  (the brand escapes me), so we said we'd love to sample a margarita.  I thought we were each going to get a little dixie cup size margarita... OH NO... we got another drink.  We looked like lushes when the margaritas got there, but I must say... the tequila was good!

Katie, Jenny and me
Me and J
After drinks, we went to dinner at a restaurant called Mity Nice.  It was in a weird location in the Water Tower Mall, but the food was great, the drinks were great, and I loved their decor and stories about people who are doing good things (mity nice people).

On the restaurant's back wall... love it!!

Homemade, unfiltered ginger ale...
not as good as I thought it would be.
To finish our night, we headed up to the Hancock building.  We went up to the Signature Room on the 96th floor and had one more drink to end our night.  Wade is TOTALLY into tall buildings, because apparently there are no tall buildings in Montana, so he was in heaven!!

We went to bed kind of early that night because we had to get up early for our full Saturday!!

To be continued...

Friday, September 14, 2012

This Weekend

I have to stay in town this weekend because I'm on call at work... I am planning on using this time at home to get some crafting done!  I have big plans for a DIY Birthday present for a very special 1 year old whose Birthday I'll be attending in a couple of weeks... more on this coming after the Birthday party.

I'm also working on some fall decorating ideas.  I know I want to make a wreath and I want a new centerpiece for our dining room table.  Here's what we had last year...

My Thanksgiving centerpiece

I'm thinking something more like this... maybe with a burlap table runner, and maybe some stuff around it...

As far as the wreath goes, I'm thinking that I like one of these options...

fall wreath - LOVE!!!
Burlap Front Closeup Edit
I also want to do something on our steps/porch, but I haven't quite gotten there yet  :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend and Chicago recaps are coming next week, for sure!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

As any bride who has worked tirelessly on things for her wedding, the morning of my wedding started with a much needed cup of coffee.  If you are a coffee drinker and have bridesmaids that are too, these would be a really fun thing to add to the scene... such great pictures!!!

You can check out this and all my pins on my Wedding Wednesday Pinterest Board!

Happy Hump Day!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Well Hello There September!

After spending most of my time on the couch this weekend, trying to recover from whatever it is going on in my sinuses, I got the strength to get my computer out and write my first legit blog of the month.

I can't believe it's September and we have a LOT of stuff coming up in the next couple of months, so I'll delay the Labor Day trip recap a little longer and share the things that I'm looking forward to in the next 6-7 weeks!

I have a lot of work this week... I'll be there late Tuesday and I'm on call next weekend (good time to get some crafts done), but I plan on taking advantage of some flexibility in my schedule and sleep in this week so I'm not exhausted again by the end of the coming week.

J and I took some days off the following week.  We are going up to the lake for our last trip of the "summer", and just taking a couple of days to relax and hang out with each other!  Then we will head up to Michigan for a family gathering.  My uncle is an amazing artist, and has found a spot in the Art Prize weekend in Grand Rapids, MI so there are about 25 of us heading up there to see his art and to spend some quality time together.  We are actually planning to camp in my cousin's back yard, and so we ordered these...

They are only rated for 50 degrees, but I feel like I could wear some long sleeves and sweat pants and I'll be plenty warm... especially with that cozy hood  :)

The following weekend, J is going to meet a bunch of his friends in Wisconsin for Oktoberfest so I'll be left here to play Glee Karaoke on Wii fend for myself.  I also have a very special Birthday party to go to... our friends from work have a little boy who will be turning 1... and I get to take pictures  :)

The following weekend is my cousins wedding... SOOOO excited, so I'll have a short with that week, too.  I can't wait for their wedding day... I know she is so excited for it to be here, and I'm so honored to stand beside her on her special day as she did for me!  I may need to write a speech for this...

We have a weekend "free" (although I wish we were going to Texas that weekend for the Texas/OU game) and then the following week we are going to see Chicago (the musical, not the city this time) and then my mom and aunt will be here the weekend after that for a visit and to celebrate my mom's Birthday!

To round out the month of October, I'll be heading up to Detroit to present at a conference.  I'm feeling exceptionally special about this because they actually contacted me to ask me to present, are paying for me to fly up there, and taking care of all of my accommodations.  It makes me feel so fancy!!

So, as you can see, our next couple of months will be very busy, but hopefully that also means I have a lot to blog about!

What do you have on your agenda to kick off the fall?

Thursday, September 06, 2012


I feel like crap today either because of allergies or because I'm getting a cold, BUT there's nothing like a super sweet husband to make you feel better with these... Just because...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

I thought an inspirational photo would be a good way to start of the month of September!  I still see wedding photo ideas that I love and I can't help but share them here, for those of you who may still have a need for them  :)

simple beautiful engagement ring

How strikingly beautiful!!!  I'll definitely be sharing this idea with my cousin whose wedding is exactly 31 days from today... HOORAY!!!!!

You can check out this and all my pins on my Wedding Wednesday Pinterest Board!

Happy Hump Day!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012


After the 3 busiest week of the year and a Labor Day weekend trip to Chicago, I have returned!!

Chicago recaps start on Thursday and then I'll be back for good... well, at least until we get to the next busiest time of my year... Spring semester.

Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend... we sure did!!!