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I’m alive!

Are you surprised? Yea, me too. I’ve been super MIA. So MIA in fact that I think the last 3 or 4 blogs I’ve posted my first line was, ‘Sorry for being MIA’. Well, it continues.

I can’t seem to get in a groove. I’m crazy busy at work and with the recent changes in life, my evenings have been spent staying busy, seeing friends, going out and heading to the gym. Don’t get me wrong – I love it all – I just have no time for ol’ F2BF and it’s making me sad. This blog has been my baby for three years – most recently being upgraded to self-hosted, which wasn’t cheap or easy.

I know I need to get a game plan and get back in the blogging game – I will and I’m trying!

Here are some things that have been going down recently…

My best friend got married.

blog10I booked a flight a couple weeks ago to meet my family in Florida for my sister’s 30th birthday. They all had their flights booked for a while and I was struggling to get the time off work. After pulling a few strings, I made it happen! I hopped on a plane, all alone, for the first time ever. #biggirlpants

blog2I couldn’t have done it without my friend, Emily, who took me to the airport and walked me inside – so sweet!

Florida was AMAZING!! Way too short, but great to be with my whole family, as well as my friend, Brittany, and her family. I hadn’t seen my brother, Michael, since Christmas, so it was a much needed family reunion.

blog3I’m so beyond grateful for them. <3

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blog6I returned to work on Monday and work has been surprisingly calm, which I actually don’t prefer, but I’m trying to enjoy the down time because I know it’s going to pick up again. I head back to Florida in November for a week for a work trip — Florida three times over 6 months? I’ll take it!

This week, I decided to nix the coffee and start having the Bombshell Spell instead. I don’t plan on giving coffee up, I just felt as though I was relying on it too much, so I’m trying to cut down on it. So far, so good – it’s been 6 days! Plus, I’m loving the bombshell!

blog7I’m also trying to cut meat out of a lot of meals when possible. Again, not totally giving up, but trying to eat more veg friendly when the option is there. However, if I want some pepperoni pizza, I’m going to eat it!

blog9I enjoyed my salads this week with black beans and cottage cheese for the protein.

Workouts have still been great, although I’m playing with the idea of working with a personal training just a few times a month to get into a routine. I need someone to kick my ass. I need to sweat hard and feel like I can barely breath again. I miss that. Is that normal?! haha

blog8.jpg4I’m going to set up an appointment and just hear my options. Stay tuned!

For now, my workouts have consisted of morning lift sessions and afternoon or evening cardio. I’ve been incorporating the stair-climber in a lot to get a different burn in.

I’ve been enjoying my weekend workouts, too!

Moving forward, I have a lot of fun things planned – girl’s night out at a hotel for more celebrating of Ashley’s 30th, as well as, Angela’s bach party part 2, Make a Wish – Wine and Wishes Event, heading to Royal Oak to visit a friend and see the Tigers play, a possible trip to Chi-town, a trip to CLE to see a girlfriend, Angela and James wedding, Florida…

Oh my, I’m exhausted, but excited just looking at that list!

Well, I think we’re all caught up now. :) I think my goal is 2 posts a week for now – I can do that!

Thanks for continuing to pop in.

Talk soon – cheers!


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30 Things

Today, my sister turns 30.

The big 3-0. If you’d ask her how she feels about it, she’d look at you, roll her eyes and grunt at the thought.

Let’s just say, she’s not thrilled.

However, I think she should be ecstatic! An entire new chapter of life to keep heading down a road of what-ifs and wondering what’s to come. How exciting!

In the 26 years I’ve known her, she’s taught me so much. She’s one of the best people I know, in fact, she’s my best friend.

blog5Here are 30 things that make my sister who she is and why I love her.

1.) always honest. She is never shy about how she’s feeling and will always let you know. While sometimes it’s hard to hear the truth, I’ve always admired how she speaks her mind.

2.) passion for her job. She could, and sometimes does, talk about work forever. She teaches children with Autism and the passion that comes from her words is undeniable.

3.) she has the best hair.

4.) her love for both my brother and I is so strong and I’m so lucky that we all have such an amazing relationship

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5.) she’s my workout/accountability partner and motivator.

6.) without question, if I need her to, she’ll pay and never asks when I’m going to pay her back.

7.) seriously some of the best dance moves I’ve ever seen. Ask her about the song, ‘Swing’

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8.) always late. I’ve just accepted it. It’s fine.

9.) my Saturday shopping buddy! She’s always up for a good spree!

10.) also always up for a good patio!

11.) she makes the best French toast.

12.) she’s always been the brown bear of the family and tans so well! I didn’t get that gene.

13.) not the cleanliest, but we’ve all accepted that it’s first child syndrome. We still love you.

14.) she was basically a professional on roller skates as a kid and would’ve challenged you at Ohio Skate.

15.) 6 words: she get it from her mama

16.) through break ups and bad times, she’s always had my back.

17.) totally a daddy’s girl

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18.) always has had a great sense of style and puts outfits together that look great.

19.) always happy to have a girls night in or dress up and go out

20.) without question, will always be available to be my date somewhere

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21.) my sounding board for every single event in life. she always has the best advice.

22.) there’s nothing she doesn’t know or that I don’t tell her. I love this.

23.) I’ll always remember a quote she had framed, ‘there are things you just grow out of’ it’s always stuck with me and it’s so true.

24.) her love for shoes! We both got that gene. ;)

25.) she’s a great friend. To me and our group of girlfriends.

26.) we live 5 streets apart and talk ever single day. I feel so blessed for this.

27.)┬áher love for African American films will always make us chuckle. Hey, I get it, they’re good!

28.) her strength. It’s rare for her to cry and she’s always the one to keep it together.

29.) we’re so different for many reasons and don’t look much a like, but it always makes me smile when someone references our similarities

30.) she is and always will be the one and only brown eyed girl

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Weekend. Wedding + a WIN!

How about them Irish?!

What an enjoyable game – for the ND fans, anyway! Sure is a great way to end the ND/UM series. :)

Anyway, good morning! How was your weekend?

Mine was just so great – let’s back up to Friday.

FRIDAY

I left work early and headed home to quickly get ready for my friend, Alissa’s, wedding. The party bus was set to pick us up at 5:00 p.m. so I had to rush a bit to get ready, pick Ashley up, and head over to Alissa and Jason’s house.

We all gathered outside and had some drinks before heading to where the ceremony was taking place.

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Alissa looked gorgeous and was glowing – I couldn’t be happier for her! The wedding was country theme and the bridesmaids were told to just buy a coral dress and wear boots. I found my dress at Dillard’s earlier in the week – it’s Gianni Binni and the boots were borrowed. I’m not much of a cowboy boot girl and I totally took heels to change into at the reception haha!

The ceremony was held in a park under a big gazebo and was short and sweet, but just so great! I, of course, cried like a little baby as I watched them exchange their vows.

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan <3

blog4Afterward, there were of course 763496385 pictures taken and it was about 90 degrees out, but we all cooperated to get them finished.

My sister was my gorgeous date, per usual.

blog2The party bus dropped us off to the reception and it was all set up for the nights festivities! It was time to celebrate the new couple!

blog3We spent the night drinking, cheersing, crying happy tears and dancing. Both, Jason and Alissa were grinning ear to ear all night. It’s evident those two are the real deal and so in love. I was so happy to be a part of their special day!

SATURDAY

Oh Saturday. The morning was awfully rough, but I had to get moving and functioning for a funeral. No fun. Even less fun hungover. As soon as the service concluded I was out the door and home to nap – I was struggling! I slept for two hours and then re-grouped to get ready for some football.

I invited some friends over to my parents’ house where we had lot’s of delicious food, drinks to pass and multiple TVs playing the games.

blog8At 7:30 the game we had been waiting for was finally about to start – Notre Dame vs. Michigan – and what a game it was! I love watching the games with my dad and we certainly had a blast cheering on the Irish yesterday. :) After the game, I called it a night. I was still hanging a bit from Friday night.

SUNDAY

Ahhhh, I slept in until 10:00 a.m. and it was glorious. Once I got moving, I made some breakfast and coffee and then ran some errands with my mom.

I knew I needed to get to the gym, so as soon as we got home I changed right into workout gear and hit the gym for some cardio. Seeing as it was absolutley gorgeous out and football was on, no one was there, which was nice. I hopped on the elliptical for 30 minutes and then popped over to the stairmaster for 10 minutes of heart pumping climbing.

blog5Following my workout, I went for a nice long walk with my friend, Laura. It was nice to enjoy the weather and get caught up!

When I got home I was starving, so I ate some leftover chicken wings and made Vanilla Shakeology with almond milk.

blog6New tank I got from Target on clearance for $9!

After lunch, I washed my car and finally decided to call it a day. I plopped myself on the couch to watch football, prep blog images, and start packing….

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More on that later. :)

I hope your weekend was fabulous!


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