30 Day Yoga Challenge

yoga challengeAs you might already know from reading my blog, working out is not my favorite thing. Even so, it’s important to stay moving and healthy so I’m always looking for easy ways to incorporate exercise into my routine. When my sister invited me to join her in a 30 day yoga challenge I loved the idea! You’re emailed a short 10-20 minute video each day that you can watch in the comfort of your living room. Yoga is one of my favorite ways to exercise since it’s also a great way to de-stress so I thought why not give it a try?

Today I finished day 2 and so far I’m loving it! I woke up after day 1 wondering how I could be sore after doing just 10 minutes of yoga but I was! I don’t know if this proves that it’s a good class or if I’m just extremely out of shape (I think a little of both :)) Day 2 was even more of a challenge for me. Even if you are a beginner with yoga, this is a great way to learn the poses and get some exercise without having to leave your house or use a lot of time. I suggest everyone click here and go sign up!

Will you be my Maid of Honor?

maid of honor giftAfter a lot of back and forth, the fiancé and I finally decided on having only two people in our bridal party: his brother and my sister. It was a tough decision since we both have a lot of amazing friends, but  it was the best decision for us and will help keep our wedding a little more simple. I also wanted to keep it simple for our friends since they live all over the place and being a part of a wedding can be a big money and time commitment. Obviously this isn’t the best choice for everyone but so far I’m happy with our decision :)

I wanted to do something special to ask my sister to be my maid of honor, so I put together a little bowl of presents for her. I loved how it turned out and she loved it too!

bridesmaid giftIncluded was:
Will you be my maid of honor card
– Knot ring (I bought one for myself too so we each have one!)
– Essie Nail polish in my wedding colors; Back in the Limo and Rock at the Top
– 3 small notebooks
I put all of this in a white dip bowl I found at Target and tied some ribbon around it (also from Target, found in the dollar section) to finish it off!

How did you ask your bridal party to be a part of your big day?

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Wedding Planning Update: Booking Vendors

weddingplanningI’m no wedding planning expert but I wanted to share a little bit of my journey as I stumble along. So feel free to give me feedback or share your own planning process!

My process so far has been putting all the big tasks into a few small groups and only tackling one group at a time. Once I finish one group I move onto the next one and so on. This was a great way to get the big stuff out of the way, quickly and in an organized way that helped me stay focused.

The first thing we did once we decided to officially begin the wedding planning was sit down and discuss what things were the most important to each of us. For me the most important vendor was the photographer. For the fiancé it was the food (surprise ;) ). So that influenced how we created the groups but it could be different for everyone!

Here’s how I divided it up:

Group 1: Guest list, budget– these are the two things you really need to discuss and have a pretty good idea about in order to start actually booking any vendors.

Group 2: Venue, catering, photographer– You need a venue first thing so you can set a date. Once we had that we researched, met with and booked our top two priorities.

Group 3: DJ, officiant, hotel block– these were the remaining vendors that weren’t top priorities for us but still need to be locked in early.

Group 4: Engagement photos, save the dates, website- Next up we are getting engagement photos taken and once we get those back I can start on the save the dates and our wedding website.

Group 5: Florist, dress, decorations–  I threw the florist into the last group since my flowers are going to be a small, simple order. The dress and decorations are something I want to take my time with after getting the rest of the big stuff out of the way.

Doing it this way, we were able to get through groups 1, 2 and 3 within the first month of being engaged which was a huge weight off my shoulders.

I’d love to hear about your own experience! Feel free to give any advice you have! :)

ePantry review

epantryHas anyone heard of ePantry? It’s a delivery service for sustainable cleaning, household and beauty products that deliveries to your home once a month (or less). From their website: “We use technology and a simple user experience to replace stressful last second errands with a service that’s fun, economical, that you can feel smart using.”

I’ve been using ePantry for about a year now and it’s super convenient and easy to use! It works like this: you create an account and add products you need to your pantry dashboard on their website for each month. They are delivered right to your door a few days after the ship date! All the products are environmentally friendly and are cheaper than you can get in a store. You can either plan your months ahead (if you use the same products and go through them quickly) or add what you need month by month.

Since it’s only me and my fiancé and we don’t go through cleaning products very quickly, I have mine set up to deliver every other month. The in between months I keep empty. This works great for us! Every month they send me an email letting me know to check my cart before a shipment is scheduled (even if it’s empty). This is my reminder to check the house and see if we do need anything.

You can add multiple pantry managers, split bills and they often send you free or discounted sample items to try. Everything comes packaged extremely well so there are no spills during transit. You just receive a bunch of sustainable cleaning supplies that actually get you excited about cleaning!

Has anyone else tried ePantry?

At home date night ideas

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[To read part 1, Date night ideas for going out, click here.]

Sometimes after a long week all you really feel like doing is staying home. If this is you (it’s me A LOT) and you have a significant other to stay in with you, here are some ideas of how you can still have a fun date night while staying in. :)

Play an outdoor game. Our dart board is one of our best investments. It gives you a reason to go outside, have a beer and have a little friendly competition. Preferably do this while also grilling something delicious for dinner.

Drink wine and eat cheese. Wine and cheese are definitely two of my favorite things. Grab a few different bottles of wines you’ve never tried that you can sample (try buying all of one kind and rate them!) and create a cheese plate with different cheeses, meats, fruits and crackers. Light some candles, turn on some music and relax!

Have a theme night. Pick a theme and center everything else around this theme. For example, Mexican: cook tacos, make margaritas, put on some salsa music and get your dance on!

Do a puzzle. I know this one sounds kinda lame but it can actually be super fun! I finally convinced my fiancé to try a puzzle and he surprisingly loved it! It’s something laid back to do while you’re also able to have a conversation.

Take a walk or a bike ride around your neighborhood. Go on an adventure together and the bonus is you get a little exercise too!

Agree to watch one of your significant other’s favorite movies and in return they have to watch one of yours all in the same night. It’s more fun than just finding a random movie on Netflix and you might learn something about each other!

Do a project together. My favorite is to repurpose an old piece of furniture but you could also create some diy artwork or build a garden box!

Life Lately

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately :) Happy Friday everyone!

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[delicious, fresh, huge shrimp at my parent’s for dinner]

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[I bought this crab shirt and it made me really happy, I think I’m ready for summer ;) ]

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[a pretty sunset from my parent’s house]

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[taking a wedding planning break at Cask and Larder in Winter Park]

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[exploring engagement photo locations in WP]

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[at Forks & Corks aka the best event in Sarasota ever]

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[this photo of us made it in the local paper!]

Date night ideas: Going out

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Ok guys, so bad news. I totally dropped the ball on last weeks challenge. There is no excuse but I did learn that I’m going to have to set an alarm for some of these so I actually remember to do them. So! I’m going to give myself another chance. My alarm is set and I plan on being serious about reading this week! Sorry about that… new challenge next week. Moving on!

Date ideas!

After being with the same person for a while, you can start to get set in your routine of staying in to drink wine and watch netflix or going to your favorite restaurant every Friday night. I think It happens to all of us! So, I’m here to give you some fresh ideas if you’re feeling stuck in a date rut with your significant other. Here are some ideas for a date night out and I’ll be back another day with fun ideas for staying in too :)

Trivia: find a local restaurant or bar that does trivia and go see how many random facts you know (or don’t know)!

Try a new restaurant: look up new restaurants that have opened recently in your area and give it a try!

Pack a picnic: grab some cheese, crackers, champagne and a blanket and head to the beach or a park, preferably somewhere you can watch the sun set.

Live music: find somewhere playing live music and give it a try! Even if you have no idea who the band is, that actually makes it more fun and interesting.

Try something different: have you both been to a ballet? an orchestra concert? a play? Discover your local arts culture and try something new together.

Craft breweries: they’re popping up everywhere so why not see what ones are nearby and go do a tasting?

Travel to a nearby town: sometimes just going to the next town over gives you a ton of new things to try and can make you feel like you’re on a mini vacation.

Go to a sporting event: whether you’re into sports or not, going to a local baseball game or hockey game can be something different and bonus: you get to drink beer and eat yummy snacks. Make a bet on the winning team!

Any other ideas? :)