Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Culinary Foodventure: Charleston Chowdown

Now that I've been in Charleston for two months, I think I'm starting to understand this city.  I love it for so many reasons: the weather, the bridges [there's only one or two ways to get anywhere, so I can't get lost!], my job, all of the different adventures to go on with Mike, the heritage [History major nerd alert] and the food.

In the order of Charleston fame, the culinary distinction comes right after the rich history and right before the well-mannered people.  Needless to say, it's a pretty big component of daily life.  In the lowcountry Greater Charleston area [Charleston + Mount Pleasant] there are over 1,000 restaurants.  So, we came up with a fun idea.  Every time we go to a new restaurant, we'll snap a couple of photos and review it for all y'all!  I call it: Charleston Chowdown.
Even the fountains are shaped like food!
Because I don't think Mike and I will be going to a different restaurant every single day for almost 3 years, I obviously will not be reviewing all of them in the city, but with the help of friends and coworkers to lead us to the right places, of course, Trip Advisor, hopefully we will have some great ones to share!  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Connecticut Weekend Snapshots

Phew, what a weekend!  Mike and I were in CT from Thursday until yesterday doing everything wedding related: marriage license, meetings with our presiding priest and wedding coordinator, trial hair and makeup, two dress fittings, organizing and stuffing favors, and, of course, my bridal shower - more about that soon!  We even had time to sneak in a few drinks with my bridesmaids :)  Now, we're knee deep in unpacking 5 suitcases of shower presents [thanks for free bags, Southwest!!] - seriously, I have some amazing friends and family.  

We're good to go!

REO Speedwagon and Chicago concert on Friday

One last house clean up

My future father-in-law is the best for letting me take over his basement...

My mom outdid herself... she made everything but the cake!


So, we're finally back in SC now and we are so excited to have a full month here without any trips to really get into the groove.  [AKA I will be blogging on a normal schedule starting this week :) ]  Did you see my giveaway last week?  There are only a couple more days to enter!  It's open to any reader [you don't have to be a blogger!].  Check it out here!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Our Home (and a giveaway)

I think I made it pretty clear yesterday that Mike and I are living in the midst of chaos.  I have to admit, at first, it didn't feel quite like home.  When we moved in on Thursday, the whole place smelled like rug steaming, everything was bare, boxes stacked higher than I could reach, and our kitty girls were still at my temporary place a half hour away.

Well, since then, Mike made sure that we hung our photos on the wall, our bed was the first thing put together, and, of course, we picked up our girls.  And, this helped:

I hung it from our television as soon as it was set up, and it's just such a beautiful little reminder of where we are now.

Yes, it may be in the middle of a million boxes, but it's perfect and makes me smile whenever I see it.

I started talking to Kelly at Wedding Banner Love about a month ago about wedding ideas.  I told her that I was moving and she sent me this custom-made banner.  She is such a talented lady and it's been a pleasure to work with her.  
Yes, there are two there... more about that other one another time!

Now here's the fun part: A GIVEAWAY!!  Kelly is giving away a $25 shop credit to Wedding Banner Love.  She has such an array of themes that you can choose from: Nautical Bachelorette, Christmas, HalloweenJust Married, Pregnancy Announcement, First Birthdays, and tons of other holiday themes!

I received these banners complimentary from Kelly at Wedding Banner Love for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Just continuing the Full House theme for this move... this is what each of our rooms currently look like...

Well, it's been a week since Mike got down here with that 27 foot moving truck.  He got the biggest truck he could and let me tell you, he filled that thing to the roof.  Apparently we have a lot of shit.  And where does that shit go, you ask?  Into the middle of our living room, bathrooms, office, bedroom... anywhere it can.  There's a microwave in one bathroom and golf clubs in the other.  I swear, we've spent more time moving boxes from place to place than actually unpacking them.  I am SO grateful for the HUGE closets this place has.  Not only does mine fit all of my clothes from my two Connecticut closets, I'm also keeping all of our Christmas decorations, tons of wedding stuff, and basically everything else that's currently homeless.

sleeping on the floor our first night...

taking a break from unpacking to sit on the porch and split a bottle of Asti on our engagiversary

the current state of chaos


Also, I apologize for all of the scheduled posts and lack of actual blog interaction.  I have tons and tons of ideas floating around in my head and tons of photos taken, I just haven't had to time to put my thoughts into words.  Plus: good news - we have internet now in our apartment, so I'll be lurking around the blogosphere very soon!

So, what I'm trying to say, well, ask, is for you to bear with me during the next couple weeks while I attempt to unpack my life and find a routine.  Seriously, it'll be worth it, I promise!  In the meantime, make sure you check back tomorrow for something especially fun to start your weekend :)  Oh, and did I mention when this goes live I'll be on a plane back to CT for my bridal shower and about a million wedding appointments this weekend?  See?  CHAOS.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wedding Wednesday:SIX WEEKS to Wrap It Up!

Holy moly... we're at six weeks!!! I am so excited to be flying back for my shower this weekend and to have like a million appointments: marriage license, priest, wedding coordinator, dress fittings... it will be jam-packed!

Here is an updated list of everything for our wedding:  Purple is "completed;" Teal and bold is "working on it;" and Orange is "haven't done it yet" ...yeah, I need to get rid of those oranges

The Big Stuff:
- Ceremony Venue
- Reception Venue
- Guest List
- "Save The Date" magnets
- Invitations
- Calligraphy for Invitations
- Wedding Website
- Hotel Block
- Wedding Colors
- Wedding Dress
- Bridal Veil/Headpiece 
- Bridal Jewelry
- Bridal Shoes
- Groom's Tux
- Wedding Bands
- Marriage license - during our trip back this weekend!

The People:
- Ask Bridal Party
- Bridesmaid Dresses
- Groomsmen Tuxes 
- Flower Girl Dress
- Ring Bearer Tux
- Ring Pillow
- Mother of the Bride Dress
- Dads' Tuxes
- Bouquets/Boutonnieres for bridal party and family
- Gifts for each member of wedding party and readers - girls are all done!

Pre-Wedding/The Rehearsal Day:
- Fitness routine
- Healthy and beauty routine
- Manicures with the bridal party
- Rehearsal outfits for bride and groom - I have my dress, just need to choose for him
- Rehearsal dinner
- Organize tip envelopes for vendors

The Big Day:
- Limos
- Hair and Makeup
- Photographer
- Videographer
- Gift Registry
- Find something: oldnew, borrowed, blue

The Church:
- Officiant
- Ceremony Programs - getting made with Minted as I type
- Hymns for mass
- Readings for mass
- Readers, family to bring up gifts, and Eucharistic Ministers
- Pre-marriage counseling
- Flowers for pews and alter
- Bubbles for church exit

The Reception:
- Seating Chart
- Place Cards
- Calligraphy for Place Cards - doing it as the responses come in
- Guest Book
- Chalkboard signs - painted and need to be chalked (and brought back from SC to CT)
- Framed photos of family weddings
- Photo DVD to play on big screen tv in bar area
- Card box
- Select Cocktail Hour Hors D'oeuvres Menu
- Cocktail napkins
- Cocktail straws
- Create signature cocktail - Palmetto Punch!
- Centerpieces
- Select Dinner Menu
- Print Dinner Menus
- The Cake
DJ & Playlist
- Personal basket items for bathrooms
- Monogrammed bathroom hand towels and baskets
- Candy dishes for various locations around venue
- Favors - just need to assemble!
- Kids' Activities/Favors
- Tags for Favors

The Honeymoon
- Mini honeymoon to NYC after the wedding
- Full honeymoon to ??? in ??? - well, we live in paradise now, so maybe in a year!

Here's what we did: Meg and Mike's Wedding:
The Proposal
Will You Be Our Flower Girl?
Will You Be My Bridesmaid?
October Wedding List Update
Will You Be His Groomsman?
Will You Be Our Ring Bearer?
"Save the Date" Magnets
Engagement Photo Shoot
February Wedding List Update
ABCs of Our Wedding
Wedding Workouts
Pre-Wedding Marriage Counseling
Wedding Giveaway from Passion & Love
How To: Calligraphy
June Wedding List Update
Bridal Party Weekend Away
Wedding Invitations

Linking up for a couple of Wedding Wednesdays with Mary and Meredith&Jordon!

Monday, August 11, 2014

One Year Ago.

It was exactly one year ago today that the love of my life proposed.  It has been quite the year of ups and downs, and because we made it through this year stronger than ever, I know we can make it through anything.

I cannot believe that I can actually say that we're getting married "next month."  We are finally living in paradise together and from now until September 20th will continue to be one of the greatest whirlwinds of our lives.

I love you, Mike, and I am so happy to have you by my side today and for always.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Flashback Friday: Luxembourg Study Abroad Part 1

I haven't done a Flashback Friday post in forever, so I was thinking it'd be fun to share one of my favorite life adventures this Friday.  The summer between my sophomore and junior years in college, I spent the summer in Luxembourg.  I studied World War I and II history; where in the world could be better to study then right on the borders of France and Germany?  I lived in a small town called Mondorf les Baines and traveled to: Germany, France, Belgium, and The Netherlands on class field trips and weekend excursions while I was there.

Introductory tour in Luxembourg City

the palace

 Field trip to Verdun, France

the ground: still showing the scars in the ground from The Battle of Verdun during the First World War

top of the Ossuary

Weekend in Brussels, Belgium
first stop: waffles!

town hall

steps and inside [below] of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudua

Weekend in Bruges, Belgium

Madonna and Child by Michelangelo in the Church of Our Lady

boat tour of Bruges

Field trip to Metz, France
St. Stephen's Cathedral

Trier, Germany
The Porta Nigra from 200 AD

Field trip to the Maginot Line

Day trip to Schengen, Luxembourg

Weekend in Amsterdam

Visits to the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and even a hostel on a boat!

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