Relaxing Weekend Ramblings

Weekends are meant for relaxing and unwinding.  Weekends are the only 2 days of the week that most people do not have to commute, work from 9AM until 5PM, and repeat 5 days in a row.

Friday night Ryan and a few friends planned a surprise birthday celebration- I was overwhelmed with appreciation!  Unfortunately, the festivities were postponed because I had a severe pain in my lower abdomen.  Talk about a party pooper…  A glass of wine and a gourmet dinner was replaced with pain meds and a plate of eggs and toast.

Despite waking up sweating and feeling uncomfortable on the hour every hour, Saturday was exactly how a weekend should be…  Relaxing.

Morning fuel was in the form of a few cups of coffee, fresh fruit, and pancakes, followed by cuddling on the couch with Charlie while Ryan watched one of his silly shows.

A long steaming shower later, Ryan and I made a quick trip to the mall.  We needed to:

  1. Return a cake mix to Williams-Sonoma…  I bought it a couple of weeks ago when I was eating gluten-free but since I went to the doctor last week, he has officially ruled out celiac disease [more on that topic to come].  Hasta la vista gluten-free, fill my belly up with that gluten goodness!
  2. Make an exchange at Pandora…  For my birthday, Ryan got me a beautiful set of dangles and a charm for my bracelet.  The charm was of 2 rings to represent our recent marriage but unfortunately, Ryan had already given me the same charm for our engagement.  Without looking for more than a minute, I had my heart set on the royal carriage!
  3. Get a 20-minute massage…  Ryan and I found this little, no-name massage place in the mall that does 15-, 20-, 30-, and 60-minute massages.  I swear, the women who work there are itty-bitty but they are fierce!

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With our bellies rumbling, we agreed that it was time for lunch and headed to the Teet.  Get this, for only $4.50 you can get a 1/2 pound sandwich [whole wheat bread + 1/2 pound of meat + lettuce and tomato + side of potato salad]!  It costs more to get 1/2 of meat at the deli counter…  Such a super sweet deal, it feels like a steal!

The rest of the afternoon was spent getting our sweat on [she went to the gym, he skated], snacking, and getting ready for the evening’s festivities- a wedding!  I was SO excited for one of my closest girlfriends and just as I had imagined, she was a stunning bride!  Ironically, she’s got married at the country club that my family and I belonged to while growing up.  I was excited for Ryan to see it…

Today should be just as relaxing.  Currently I’m watching Julie & Julia and have no plans since I’m still feeling under the weather and want to stay close to home…  Maybe a walk with Charlie?  Try a new recipe?  Prep for the upcoming week?  I really wish weekends were more than 2 days… I could use more of this relaxing stuff!

P.S.  I’ve decided to participate in Lindsay’s [from The Lean Green Bean] October Photo A Day Challenge!  Are you?!

XOXO,

Allison

Question:  What’s one of the goals you’re working towards achieving?

Question:  What is the biggest wedding guest no-no?  Last night’s wedding was the first wedding that Ryan and I attended as a married couple!  After our wedding, I now have a pretty good understanding of wedding guest etiquette- what to do and what not to do :P

— Life's a Bowl

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Favorite Finds: Hair Bow

Good Food: 50 Football Party Recipes [as seen on: chef in training]

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My Style: The Bow Bun [as seen on: reclueless]

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Sweet Treats: 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies [as seen on: Cookies & Cups]

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Events: Rustic Opulence

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Health & Wellness: The 100 Foods Dr. Oz Wants in Your Shopping Cart

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Words of Wisdom: The Voice [as seen on: Crush Cul de Sac]

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Cuties: Fall Snuggle Bunny [as seen on: CORAL marshmallow]

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For the Home: Laundry Stain Cheat Sheet

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Places to Go: Fall Sunset on the Water [as seen on: don't call me betty]

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Flowers: Peach Wedding Bouquet [as seen on: Wedding Chicks]

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Laughing Out Loud: I’m sorry… But I cantaloupe!

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DIY Projects: Nail Polish Keys

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Education & Learning: T.H.I.N.K.

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Wedding Attire: Robin Egg Blue Bridesmaid Dress [as seen on: Style Me Pretty]

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Looking Ahead to Baby: Baby and Big Hat [as seen on: The Frosted Petticoat]

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XOXO <3

Allison

Question:  What’s your favorite fall flavor?  Anything apple, cinnamon, or pumpkin for me please :)

Question:  What’s your favorite fall activity?  Ryan and I are planning to take a family hike every weekend!  Hope I have good shoes…

— Life's a Bowl

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Season Premieres & Birthday Plans

Last night was the season premiere of Modern Family!  It’s probably one of the only shows that Ryan and I consider “our” show…  Meaning that “my” shows include Real Housewives, Beverly Hills Nannies, or the Food Network and “his” shows include Seinfeld, Modern Marvels, or football.

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Despite having two gigantic TVs [boys will be boys] and different tastes, we have come to an agreement.  Since I fall asleep by 9:30PM, I get to watch my shows first and then Ryan gets to watch his shows.  It works for us and it’s nice to spend time with each other after a day at work…  We’re learning the rules of compromise :P

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Last night was also my birthday eve.  In my mind, birthdays are not just one day, they’re month-long celebrations!  That does not mean I am a princess for 27 days [only 1 day, the 27th], but it does mean that I start counting down as soon as the calendar says September 1st.  Ironically, Modern Family last night featured a birthday!  They’re obviously aware that September is one of the best times of the year [second only to December, aka Christmas]!

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Today has gotten off to a great start and it’s only going to get better…

  • I woke up before the sunrise for an early morning sweat session [I really need to get back into a morning workout routine]
  • I made a hearty, fall flavored breakfast which featured a chocolate pumpkin English muffin [chocolate + pumpkin is an awesome combo]
  • Charlie went to his first day of doggie day camp and passed their temperament test [phew]
  • I have received an overwhelming number of birthday wishes from family and friends [thank you all very much!!!]
  • Tonight Ryan, my momma, and I plan to indulge in burritos and sweet treats [holy yum, I feel a food baby already forming inside of my tummy]
  • Anddd the Grey’s Anatomy season premiere is tonight [oh em gee, last season’s finale left me a bit unhappy but also very curious]

Today’s big question…  What type of dessert shall we have tonight?

Something intense and rich, chocolate?

[as seen on: foodess]

Something airy and light, fruity?

[as seen on: Annie's eats]

Or something classic and simple, vanilla?

[as seen on: The Answer Is Cake]

What about a little of each?!

XOXO <3

Allison

Question:  Do you watch Modern Family?  Grey’s Anatomy?  What’s your favorite show this season?

Question:  What’s your favorite birthday cake flavor?  Do you have the same flavor/ style every year?

— Life's a Bowl

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