Weekend Recap 5.12.14

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I spent a lot of time over at my parents, with my mom.  It was a great weekend, that naturally ended too soon!

Saturday I was up super early for Weight Watchers, and had a GREAT weigh in.. what an awesome way to start the weekend!  Then my mom and I had some breakfast, did a little plant shopping, and walked to the gym to workout.  When we got home I helped her vacuum the pool (that was still much too cold to swim in) and we laid by it for a little enjoying the nice weather. It was in the 80’s and sunny.. let me tell you this Chicagoian has been waiting for months for 80 degree weather.. and the SUN!!   I headed home around 5 and spent some time organizing the house a bit while G cooked some awesome chicken kabobs!  After dinner we got a sweet treat, and took a drive.   Totally laid back, and casual. It was a great way to spend a a Saturday.

Then Sunday, Mothers Day I headed back over to my parents.  I delivered my mom’s gifts (some LUSH bath products, and a nice display of Orchids for her kitchen) they were a big hit!  My dad and brother were at work, so I breakfast for my mom and my sister who was from Madison to visit for the day.  Then we hung out, went for a walk, and basically just spent time together. I was probably a little lamer than usual, because I was feeling a little under the weather.  I think (fingers crossed) it’s allergies, but I just so lethargic kind of a bummer.  After my dad and brother got home, we had an awesome dinner that everyone helped to make and of course some dessert.  Ah, I ate so bad I was feeling a little guilty (and totally gross) as I drove home.  When I got home I started packing for the cruise, and doing some laundry.  It made me so happy to go to bed last night with our windows open, and a  nice breeze! I think this week is the first week we’ve been able to sleep with the windows open… finally!

This is going to be a big week for me as well.. I have LOTS to do before I leave for my cruise with Logan on Friday!  My list includes packing, typing up loose ends at work, some calls for my volunteer role, and naturally blogging!  I have so many things I want to write about.  This week, I’m planning to share my comparison of the Jawbone UP24 and Fitbit Flex, I also want to share about my weight loss journey, and do another bridesmaid look of the day post.  I also have an exciting collaboration with one of my sorority sisters to share, so my plan is to have all the posts (and hopefully a few other smaller ones) live before I leave.  I’m also going to try and schedule a few other posts for while I’m out of town!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I have a feeling this is going to be another GREAT week!!



Steph’s top 5 Songs of Summer 2013

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… WHERE has this summer gone? How is it already the middle of August?   Since I never want summer to end, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my top five favorite songs from this summer.  (I’ll probably be jamming to these in December, when it’s snowing and I’m still in denial that summer is over.) 

5. Cruise– Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly

This song was one I jammed to a lot in early summer. I’m not usually a big country fan, so you might consider this song an anomaly on my list—but it definitely got its share of playtime on the Top 40 stations here in Chiccagoland.  In July, I went to a concert with my Aunt & Uncle in Cleveland called Roverfest and Nelly was one of the headliners.  It was cool to hear him do his parts of this song, and it was definitely a hit with the crowd. 

4. Cups (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m gone”) – Anna Kendrick

I can remember where I was the first time I heard this song, in my friends new condo downtown.  We were hanging out checking out the killer view, and then this song came on.  It’s a catchy tune; I can’t help but sing along when it comes on. 

3. Safe and Sound– Capital Cities

Admittedly, I had never heard of Capital Cities before Safe and Sound, but I think it’s got a good beat.  I have absolutely ZERO musical ability or knowledge, so I’m not even going to pretend like I know what instrument is playing in the background (maybe it’s a trumpet?) but I really like it.

2. Blurred Lines– Robin Thicke Featuring T.I & Pharell

I love this song. I’m sure when I hear it in a few years it will remind me of this summer.  Now that I think about it, the first time I remember hearing the song was when we were in Cozumel.  I was flipping channels, while G was complaining about his sunburn and the music video was on.  In the three months or so since then I’m sure we’ve all heard the song a couple hundred times, seeing as it’s always on the radio. 

Drumroll please, it’s time for my #1 favorite song of summer…

  1. Get Lucky – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

I know I said I love Blurred Lines (and I do) but I love this song MORE.  It’s so chill. I could listen to it on repeat all day. My favorite time to listen to this song is when I’m driving at night, with the windows down, and my music turned way up. 


I’d love to know what your top 5 songs of this summer are; feel free to share in the comment section.


I can’t believe it’s the last week of July; in fact, I’m kind of depressed about it.  This has been one of the best summers I’ve had in quite some time. It seems like every weekend we’ve had at least one fun thing going on. 

This upcoming weekend is no exception.  Friday night we’re having our engagement party. I’m really looking forward to celebrating our engagement with our friends & family.   I thought it would be fun to incorporate a fiesta theme to our party, especially for the food.  We both love Mexican food, and it’s a nice way to pay homage to the country where we got engaged!  The next day, we will be celebrating my sister’s graduation from U of I.  It’s definitely going to be a party weekend…  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Mother Nature will cooperate.