Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: How I Asked my Bridesmaids

This week was a very exciting week in wedding planning world for bridesmaids all got there proposal gifts!!

Even though 3 of my 7 girls (yes, I know...7 is a lot, but getting down that low was hard enough!) already knew they were going to be in my wedding (hey, my sister doesn't count), I still wanted to do something special to ask everyone to join me in this adventure.

After some pretty intense Etsy sessions, I stumbled upon Petite25 Studios and I knew I had found the right gift...

I could not be happier with the way they turned out and how happy everyone was when they received them!  Also, I was treated to some pretty fantastic responses as these little babies started arriving in mailboxes.  This one, from one of my two (yes, two) maids of honor might have been my favorite:

Now that everyone knows I can't wait to start planning, trying on dresses, and getting some  bachlorette party-planning on the road.

Love Always, Nancy J
Monday, April 14, 2014

...Bring May Flowers

I spent Sunday afternoon celebrating a fabulous friend as she prepares to marry her equally fabulous man in June.

The shower was located at the Valley Hunt Club in Pasadena, CA (a private, and beautiful, club that one of her bridesmaid's family is a member of).  We spent the afternoon drinking wine, playing some games, enjoying delicious food and dessert, and showering the beautiful bride in gifts.

When Teach for America placed Rachel in I in a-joining rooms at LMU for Summer Institute in 2009, I never thought we would end up here, but I am so glad we did.

 In a thank you speech that Rachel gave at the end of her shower, she mentioned how important it was to have good girlfriends in your life and how lucky she was to have all of us.  I really could not agree more.  I love Chris, but I need my girls.  Strong female relationships are important to a full, and fun, life.  And I am so lucky to have all my girls (from California, to Connecticut, and everything in between) in my life.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Never Say Never

I said I would never do it..

...I even made fun of people who did...

...and then...

I joined a Crossfit gym (or box if you want to get technical).

Yup, I drank the kool-aid and joined Crossfit just a few days ago.  And you know what?  I kind of get why people who do it are so obsessed with it.  Because you know what?  It's pretty freakin' amazing.

I am doing things I would have never done before.  I am lifting heavier weights, using rowing machines, doing strength moves I didn't know were possible (handstand push-ups?!), doing pool workouts (thank God I still have that one-piece from that summer I worked at camp back in 2005), and who knows what else could be in my near future.

And besides the fact that I was so sore the other day that the abdominal strength it took to get off the couch was almost too much to handle...I can't wait to go back.

I think I may be becoming "one of those people"...
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Carbs? What Carbs?

Our engagement pictures with the lovely and talented Emily of Anna Delores Photography are in just 19 days.  So basically, I have until the 27th to get my eating and exercise ON POINT.  (Good thing I joined the 1,800 minutes challenge).  One recipe I will be reaching for this month for an easy, low calorie, and low WW point dinner is this:

Chicken Rollatini with Roasted Red Peppers & Cheese

Recipe modified from Skinny Taste
  • 8 thin chicken cutlets, 3 oz each
  • 4 slices of roasted red peppers (jarred) and cut in half 
  • 4 slices Sargento reduced fat provolone or mozzarella, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Romano cheese (or parmesan)
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • fresh pepper
  • olive oil non-stick spray 

Combine breadcrumbs and grated cheese in one bowl and olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper in another bowl.Preheat oven to 450°. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.
Dip the chicken in the lemon-oil mixture, then in the breadcrumbs to coat well. Place each cutlet on a work surface such as a cutting board and lay 1/2 slice red pepper and 1/2 slice cheese on one side of the chicken cutlet. Roll and place seam side down in a baking dish (no toothpicks needed). Repeat with the remaining chicken. When finished, top with remaining crumbs and spray lightly with oil. Bake 25 - 30 minutes.

I served this with a salad and one chicken roll-up is aprox. 3 WWPoints+ and/or about 150 calories :)

Martinis & Bikinis
Monday, April 7, 2014

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

So, I was pretty MIA last week, but I had a good of my very best friends from home was visiting. Amanda has been my friend since the first day of kindergarten.  Well, it was my first day of kindergarten, it was everyone elses 3rd day, because, you parents didn't think school could possibly start before labor day and I was in Disney World.  That is the kind of stuff that happens to you when you are the first kid...

Anyway, I was much too busy adventuring and being tourist in my own city to update this blog :)  Here is a peak at some of our adventures...

Sunday at Disneyland

Touring Dodger's stadium 24 hours before opening day

Green room at Jimmy Kimmel

Touring Stone Brewery in Escondito, CA

Drinks on the deck at the Hotel del Coronado

...we also ate some cupcakes, toured the Paramount lot and saw the cast of Glee, went for a hike, won a stuffed Hello Kitty at the Santa Monica Pier, saw a movie, ate grilled cheese, and watched Frozen.

Quality Spring Break if I do say so myself...
Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

I saw this going around the 'ole blogosphere and I thought it was high-time I joined in on the fun.  I snagged it from Christina (because she is great) and if you want to join in you can grab the blank quiz right here.

Guys, why are so many of my answers about food?  Should I be embarrassed...because, well...I'm not.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stick to Your Ribs

After a pretty intense body-pump class last Thursday, I knew that that Dover sole fillets and broccoli I had planned for dinner that night just wasn't going to cut it.

Instead, I decided to head over to the grocery store to see if I could turn up something a bit more satisfying.  When I eye-spied the garlic chicken sausage I knew that I had found a winner (my sore muscles were screaming for protein).  A can of cannelloni beans, some kale from the fridge at home, and some couscous and we had a delicious and easy weeknight meal.

Sausage, Kale, & White Beans over Couscous


1 package chicken sausage
1/2 bag of kale
1 can of cannelloni beans
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1/4 cup of vegetable broth 

1 box of couscous


Cut sausage into small rounds and heat in a skillet at medium high.  When completely cooked, add the garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add the beans, kale, and vegetable broth to the pan, cover and cook for 5 minutes (or until kale is wilted).  Stir and serve over couscous (prepared as to package directions). 

Martinis & Bikinis

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