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

Away

Since I last posted (over a month ago eek!) we went to Florida, I was in NJ, NYC, we celebrated my birthday, Jay was in California, I picked up my wedding dress, the girls dresses, and this week I’m off to Miami!  It has been a winter of traveling around, with more to come.  Wanted to share some pictures from our travels lately:

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Can’t wait to be in Miami for my bachlorette with all my boos.  So exciting!

xo-j

Well

Well…we’re getting more snow today…again.  On top of the already 12 inches or so on the ground it’s starting to pile up.  I don’t remember ever having such a white winter.  It’s awful!

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(don’t think we will be bbqing anytime soon)

The good thing about being stuck in the house is I have around 4 million things to do for our wedding! If I am not working, I’m doing wedding things.  If I’m in the shower I’m thinking about things I need to do, if I’m online I’m looking up ideas for the wedding, if I have a 20 second break from working I’m making lists of things to do…but I love it.  I wish I could plan weddings always….it’s an organizers dream!

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(our dining room table is wedding central)

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(my first trial attempt for a sign)

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(went to jay’s parents house and rondo was very confused about why they weren’t there)

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(angry with me for putting the swiffer box in his couch spot)

Tomorrow we are going to spend Valentine’s day with friends and have a sleepover.  Looking forward to a fun night!  Rondo’s bff is there too so everyone will be happy!

xo-j

 

 

Details

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This weekend we had our details appointment at our venue.  I still can’t believe how much there is to do.  When I get one thing done, four new things appear!  June is going to be here before we know it.   My parents met us in CT to see the Barns, our hotels, and have lunch.  I really miss having them close by so it was really great they came up!

Our invitations are basically all ready to be mailed out, which was a massive project.  They are addressed and stuffed, now all we need is for the actual stamps to come in the mail.  I’m really happy with how they turned out and will share some pictures once they are sent/received (don’t want to show what they look like until everyone has seen in person!).

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I’ve also been getting a lot better at knitting!  Each thing I make is a little better than the one before (and with wayyyy less mistakes).  This past week I made a headband and a little hat for our Nephew (who comes in JULY!!!! <3 <3 J+D)

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And of course since it is Valentine’s this Friday, I have been downing all kinds of treats…

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Just 9 days until we are out of this cold in Florida!  Thank God…it’s so cold here I don’t think I can take it much longer.

xo-j