Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Our Bridal Party Getaway

This winter, Mike and I had the idea that we'd love to get all of our bridal party together for a weekend before the wedding.  Well, we put it out there in January and somehow we found one weekend between May and September that 12 twenty-somethings were all free.  Let me tell you, that little fact that I now live 900+ miles away in South Carolina was NOT going to stop me from going.  I paired it with some wedding appointments, including my first dress fitting [!!!], and I made a long weekend out of it.

Friday, we all packed up [5 cars across 3 states] and headed to Otisfield, Maine where Mike's family has a fantastic little cabin and camp right on Pleasant Lake.  We hadn't been there in two years and boy was it nice to be back!

Well, I have to say, it was the best weekend ever and everything went off without a hitch.  Our wedding is going to be absolutely amazing and we are so thankful that everyone could come and really get to know each other!  We really do have 10 of the best friends that anyone could ask for.  Here's what we did...

Immediate jump in the lake when we got there

Camp fires

We swam [and kayaked] across the lake [3/5 of a mile] and back!

Spent lots of time out on the dock

 Lawn games... tailgate toss, Polish horseshoes, and Kan Jam

Ate... a lot

Met a new friend... and tried to lure him onto the grill

Took plenty of group photos

And lots and lot of cuddling...

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

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Christmas In July: Week 3 and a little about me!

First of all, sorry that this is a little late, Mike and I just finished a journey with two little furry friends down the Eastern coast... more about that later this week...

Wow, I can't believe we're already halfway through July!! Where is this summer going?!  Thanks for joining us for the third week of the "Christmas in July" giveaway.  Because there are so many new faces around here, I thought I start by sharing a little bit about me, so here are ten things about me [that you might already know if you've been around these parts for a while]:

1. I moved a month ago from Connecticut to Charleston, South Carolina to start a new chapter in my job and life!
2. I am getting married two months from yesterday.
3. Darius Rucker is my neighbor.  Seriously.
4. Drink of choice: hard apple cider
5. Favorite social media: Instagram
6. I really, really like watching tv.
7. Non-alcoholic drink of choice: Starbucks Shaken Black Iced Tea
8. I've run 3 half marathons, all in Disney theme parks.
9. I'm a golfer.
10. And, of course, Christmas is my favorite holiday!  Now onto the giveaway... $50 to Victoria's Secret!!

The Christmas in July Giveaway is designed to bring a little Christmas spirit to the middle of the summer - because who really wants to wait until December for that?!  A new, great prize is announced every Monday in July so make sure you're following along and don't miss an opportunity towards any of these prizes!

Fine Print: This is open internationally, pending shipping laws/restrictions. You must be 18 or older, or have a parents permission to enter. Each giveaway is open for exactly one week and winners are announced the following Monday. Winner must respond within 48-hours or a new winner will be chosen. Your form of entry will be double-checked.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Trip to Hilton Head & A Recipe

The very first weekend I was here, when I was in the midst of moving anxiety and my wonderful mother agreed to stay a few extra days with me, we decided to take a day trip to our favorite vacation spot: Hilton Head Island.  It's only 2 hours from Charleston and seriously one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  
We saw all of the sites: golf courses, all of the shops, we even climbed to the top of the lighthouse.  Basically, we did everything I remember doing on our vacations when I was "baby Meg Meg."
 Of course, as was always important with a Doherty vacation, food played a major role in our day.  We went to two of our favorite restaurants and even got sno-cones and ice cream.
Lunch: steamed shrimp and shrimp salad at The Crazy Crab
Sno-cone at the beach club
Sweet tea while listening to live music; 
Dinner: shrimp toast and hush puppies at The Salty Dog
My absolutely favorite thing to eat in Hilton Head is the shrimp toast [pictured above] from The Salty Dog Cafe.  It's so delicious and while I love being closer to Hilton Head, a 2-hour drive each way for shrimp toast every time I have a craving didn't quite seem like a possibility.  That's why, last weekend, I decided to cook up my own recipe.  The Salty Dog is pretty top secret with their recipe, but I like to think I actually got it pretty close!
- boiled shrimp
- grinder roll
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon parsley
- salt
- pepper
- 3/4 cup Monterey Jack and Cheddar shredded cheese blend

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Peel 8-10 shrimp and slice into 1/2 inch pieces
3. Toss shrimp with olive oil, Old Bay, and dashes of salt and pepper
4. Slice roll in half lengthwise
5. Melt butter and mix garlic powder, parsley, and dashes of salt and pepper with it
6. Spread butter mixture onto sliced roll and add shrimp mixture
7. Top with grated cheese
8. Bake in oven for 8-9 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted
9. Slice in half diagonally and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Vow VoxBox

I was so excited to be chosen for the "Vow VoxBox."  I'm getting so close to my wedding - 2 months - and these added a bit of extra fun to my preparation!
Here's what it contained:
Olay Regenerist Tone Perfecting Cream
EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge
Tide To Go
Pure Silk Shave Cream in Raspberry Mist
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda
Riley & Grey website-creator 50% off coupon

Check out my reviews below and closer looks at the products:

I just love the Olay Tone Perfecting Cream.  It smells amazing with a very light fragrance and makes my skin feel so smooth.  To be honest, I don't really see it "perfecting" my tone and I probably wouldn't buy it again for $30 a jar, but if someone bought it for me as a present, I'd love them forever.  Luckily, it seems like this jar will last a pretty long time.

The EcoTools Sponge fits so perfectly in my hand and it's really fun to use.  However, if I've been out in the sun and need to scrub off sunscreen or sweat, it doesn't quite have enough scrubbing power for me.  I can definitely see myself using it in the winter when my skin is sensitive and I won't be scrubbing as much.  I've been using it each day in the shower for a couple of weeks and it doesn't appear to be disintegrating yet.

Tide: I've always heard that people bring chalk to weddings to cover up stains on white dresses, but this definitely does more than just cover up!  I've always loved Tide to Go pens and if you don't keep one in your purse on a daily basis, you should start!

I love the raspberry scent of the Pure Silk Shave Cream, but I've always wondered if I do something wrong when I use shaving cream: it only lasts me a couple of weeks!  It leaves my legs feeling so smooth, even more than with shower gel and a loofa, but like I said, two weeks later and it's already gone!

I really like Sally Hansen polish colors, but I've always found that they chip pretty easily without a top coat [which I'm usually too much in a rush to do].  However, this "Complete Salon Manicure" is fantastic and lasted for 3 days on one occasion and 4 days on another on my nails.  I'm pretty rough with my nails, so just trust me that 3 and 4 days is a big deal!  I just for a CVS coupon for a couple dollars off a Sally Hansen product, so I will definitely be heading out this weekend to buy a couple more colors.

Riley & Grey was the one product I did not use as Mike and I already have a simple, free wedding website through The Knot.  Nonetheless, after looking through the Riley & Grey website, it does look like a great company! 

I received all of these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"We fly over this on Soarin'!!!"

Last week, I shared one of our California adventures from our 4th of July long-weekend vacation.  In addition to traveling to San Francisco and spending time with family in Sacramento, we also went to Lake Tahoe for a day.  While Mike and I were tour guides in San Fran, we had never been to Tahoe, so Mike's sister and aunt guided us around for the day and did such a great job.  However, that didn't stop Mike and I from occasionally yelling, "This is where we fly over in Soarin'!" "This is where they spray us with pine scent on Soarin'!"

First stop, at 8,000 feet, driving over the mountains:

Stop in Truckee for brunch:

Where we had breakfast - they were on Throwdown with Bobby Flay!

First stop around the lake:

Second stop around the lake, looking at the snow:

Third stop around the lake, at the northern point:

Fourth stop at Camp Richardson:

Fifth and final stop at Emerald Bay:

Crazy drive down the hairpin turns

Back in Sacramento

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