Honeymoon & Life Since June…

Since the wedding in June we have been non-stop.  We’ve been to SC, NH, NJ, NYC (multiple times), FL (Jay), and now HI.  We became Aunt and Uncle (and God parents!) to the cutest little man ever, visited friends all over, went to a nascar race (what?!), went on a minimoon in Charleston, and a million other things are missing from this list.  It has been a great couple months since the wedding and I can’t wait for the holidays to come!

We just got back from our (delayed) Honeymoon in Hawaii!  We were able to spend two weeks away from the cold and had the most amazing time.  We rode horses, snorkeled with turtles and in a crater, hiked, relaxed on beautiful beaches, went to two islands, stayed at 3 perfect resorts, enjoyed super delicious (and expensive, ay!) meals, rented a jeep and did the road to hana, and (again) a million things that are missing from that list…it was all so much fun.

I have a bunch of pictures to go through still, but was able to go through all the video and make a short one of the trip.  Since we are both all time confused I was up late last night and got it done!  I hope you enjoy watching, cause we sure enjoyed everything we did in it!

xo- J (& prob Jay too)

 

Wedding Video

Our amazing (really amazing) videographer got our wedding short to us this week and it is, well, amazing!  There are actually two versions, both are wonderful.  If you are having a wedding in CT make sure to call Matt!  Not only was Matt (and Max) fun to work with on the wedding day, his time with us both before and after the wedding have been an absolute pleasure, I can’t say enough…really.

Anyway, here they are!  The first a bit more fast paced (and definitely a lot more us), and the second a bit more lovey!  Matt did so much work on both of these, when he only had to do one, and I couldn’t be more thankful that we get to relive the day again and again!

xo, j

J & J

Here are some of my favorite shots of Jay and I from our wedding day.  Our photographer was seriously awesome, I would recommend her to anyone and can’t stop raving about how beautiful these photos came out.

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I can’t say it enough, thank you to everyone who made our day so wonderful.  We love you all so much!

xo – j

The first of many Wedding Photo posts

I can’t believe it has been over 3 weeks since the big day.  We truly had the most perfect time with all our friends and family.  Thank you all so much for everything you did for both of us.  We had so much support from everyone we have ever loved, and were so excited (and flattered) to see everyone that traveled to be there.

We have thousands of photos to go through but I wanted to pick out some detail shots to share today.  Everyone says that your wedding day is going to go by fast, and honestly, it went by even faster than we were warned.  I wish we could do it over and over again.     I did a lot of DIY for the wedding and since as the bride I was running around kissing and hugging and talking and dancing,  I missed seeing a lot of the things I had made all set up. The best part is we get to see photos now of everything we missed!

Again, thank you to all our friends and family.  We love you all so so much and we are thrilled to finally be Mr. & Mrs.

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And for good measure here is one of us…

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I apologize in advance for all of the future wedding posts to come!  There are just too many beautiful photos not to share!

xo – J (& Jay too)

One year

One year ago today we got approved for our house in the afternoon and engaged in the evening.  It was a big day, huge day actually!  Not only did we finally find the place we wanted to live and on the path to purchasing it, but we were also getting married! Now, two months from yesterday, we will be at our wedding, it’s wild.

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A lot has changed in the past year, but I wouldn’t change it.  I still can’t believe the wedding is only 2 months away…ah so much to do!

xo – J

Lately…

Pictures from the past week(ish)…

(A little wedding preview below, our cake toppers came and we got our wedding bands!)

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(and of course celebrated getting the bands)

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(i’ve been doing gluten free this week, so i made sure to have my fill before i started! cake from my cousin and i made croissants this weekend)

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(zucchini pasta with gfree chicken pesto meatballs…mmm.  jay refused to eat it since it wasn’t real pasta…ay! got the wonderful idea/recipe from my love ashley)

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(a lazy snuggle with my main man)

xo-j

 

Skin

As the big day comes closer (73 days omg!) I have been obsessing (ugh yes, obsessing) over my skin, face, hair, and body.  For this one day you truly want to be perfect, which of course, doesn’t come naturally for anyone and makes you feel kinda awful.

I’ve had a bit of skin trouble lately on my face, most likely due to stress, and anyone who knows me knows I have had a lot bigger skin trouble in my past everywhere, but lately just some spots on my face that are really troubling me…

Anyways, all this leads to two things:

1. Lisa Eldridge is this amazing make up artist who I am now in love with.  I have watched all her videos and have learned so much about makeup, skincare, and she gives an overall positive vibe to everyone being beautiful, and when you aren’t how to fix it.  Check her out:

http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/

2. The realization that I am never going to have perfect skin, but that it is going to be ok.  Spending time with my friends last weekend made me realize how unbelievably lucky I am to have such loving people around me all the time, and being surrounded by my own group of beautiful girls who are all so positive made me feel better about myself for this upcoming day where everyone is going to be staring right at me (oh, and Jay too, whoops).

Not a typical post of mine, I know, but this is what’s going on with me today!

xo – J

 

BBQ

Since this winter refuses to go away, I have still been using my crock pot a bunch for warm hearty meals.  This is a new one I made the other week, and we have had it twice since then, it is so delicious, of course easy, and you probably have almost all the ingredients in your cabinet already!

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BBQ CHICKEN CROCK POT

5-6 Chicken Boneless Breasts (frozen or regular)
18 oz bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce (regular flavor)
2 TBS Red Wine Vinegar (could prob use any vinegar but that’s what I had)
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
1 TSP Red Pepper Flakes (this really does make it spicy)
1/2 TSP Garlic Salt1/2 TSP Onion Powder
Splash of Worcestershire
Sprinkle of Cheddar

DIRECTIONS

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1. Combine all ingredients except chicken and cheddar.  Mix them all up in your crock pot until smooth.

2. Place your chicken in the pot and stir until coated by sauce mixture

3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours

4. Pull the chicken apart in the crock pot with a fork.  Really pull it so it is super stringy, don’t leave any chunks.

5. Turn on low and let continue to cook pulled apart until you are ready to eat (which could be 10 minutes or 2 hours, the longer the spicier though).

6. Sprinkle the cheddar on top, give it a stir and serve!  So simple, so tasty!

I don’t like bread so I ate mine plain, but Jay ate his on a roll and loved it.  This definitely is a bit salty so making a nice fresh vegetable on the side is perfect!

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xo – J

party in the city where the heat is on

Well, I’m back from Miami, and it’s hard to be home in the cold!  It was such a fantastic trip filled with best friends, an insane amount of drinks, the beautiful ocean, hot weather, delicious food, and so much love.  I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky to have these 7 girls in my life.

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We spent our first day at the beach swimming and tanning, and that night at Story, which is hands down the craziest club I have ever been to!  We met this awesome promoter on the beach who got us in VIP and it’s a bit blurry from there!  (Adie, you are a trooper and my life savor!)

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Friday we were at the beach and then (yay!) everyone was finally all together.

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Saturday was definitely one of my favorite days of all time.  The girls rented a cabana and Fontainebleau for the day, which is the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen.  The cabana was right by one of the pools, there was a pool party, amazing service, celebs, and everything you could possibly think of to have the perfect day in Miami.

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We all had a bit of a freak out when we saw Anne Hathaway.  Normally I can keep my cool,  celebs came in and out of Rolling Stone all the time…and I have been pretty adamant on disliking her, but she was so beautiful in person, and really friendly.  My mind has been changed!

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I have to say the biggest thank you to this little babe above.  Kate, you did the most amazing job organizing and planning this weekend.  It was such a blast!  I love you unconditionally and can’t wait to see you again so soon. xo.

Now, let’s get warm up here Massachusetts, I can’t take this winter much longer.

xo-j

Miami Survival Kit

As this posts, I will be in Miami bachloretting with my girls!  I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends who were willing to take time off work, buy flights (and my flight), and spend time celebrating all together! I love you all so much <3

I didn’t want to head down without giving them something, even though it is small, I thought I would make a mini survival kit.

 I Included:

Shout Wipes
Ponds Makeup Remover Wipes
Band-Aids
Advil
Gum
Tissues
Fun Matching Sunglasses

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I put all the items in these cute colored bags I bought, rolled them up, and packed them away to give to each of them at the hotel.

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Of course you could do this with makeup bags, and all different items, but I thought it was a cute idea to share, and hopefully comes in handy for each of them throughout our trip.

xo – J