Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Last weekend, my roommate and I hosted our (belated) Housewarming party at our apartment.  Yes, she’s been there over a year and I’ve been there for 3 months, but better late than never, right?

We decided to have people over for Wine and Cheese and of course we had to have a cute set up.  It was VERY easy to do, so I would highly recommend this theme to you.  Just pick up a few bottles of Red Wine, White Wine, and Champagne and then make a trip to your local Cheese Shop.  Add fruit, chocolate, and garnishes and some flowers and put it all on Chalkboard Contact Paper (I ordered mine from Amazon) and you’ve got a very fancy (and easy) display table.  Cheers!

Hostesses, "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" straws, last minute homemade door sign, and our barcart

Hostesses, “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” straws, last minute homemade door sign, some of our table, and our DIY Gold Barcart

Napkins and straws I bought in Tahoe, Cheese and Crackers on the Chalkboard Contact Paper

Napkins and straws I bought in Tahoe, Cheese and Crackers on the Chalkboard Contact Paper

The finished table

The finished table!

 

 

 

 

“Do Everything in Love”

“Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

I can’t think of two people who have lived their lives relating more to this verse.  My grandparents are pillars of what I believe God intended for us in terms of loving others.  They have always loved everyone around them unconditionally, and it’s truly inspiring.

On Monday, my grandfather passed away.  Luckily the majority of my family could be with them, and in his last days, it was so apparent how much of an impact he had on so many others.  I know he is now in a much better place, and had 90 years of a life very well lived.  He also had 67 years of marriage, which is truly remarkable.

From as far as I can remember, my grandparents have hated being apart.  And when I say being apart, I don’t mean in other parts of the county; rather I mean in other parts of the room.  Now that I think about it, I don’t ever remember them being apart, other than in two cases.  One was once a year on Black Friday when the girls went shopping and one that day, he couldn’t stay farther away (understandably).  Although my grandma would come with us, that didn’t stop her from calling several times throughout the day to check on him.  The other was in the morning when he’d drive up and buy doughnuts for us or bring back breakfast.  Regardless, they did NOT like being apart.

If my grandpa was getting in or out of the car, instead of focusing on actually getting in or out, he’d be yelling “Where’s Mom? Where’s Mom?” and we’d have to fuss at him to worry about himself before worrying about her, which he never did.

I’ve never seen my grandparents fight and the only time they argued when was one of them was putting the other first (ie. the car or Grandpa getting in and out of his chair.)  Sometimes you’d just get frustrated because you want them to take care of themselves and they couldn’t do that because they were more worried about each other.

I am sad to say that as I grew up, I didn’t get to see my grandparents very often.  They were two hours away and once I moved to the East Coast, it became even more difficult.  But the past year and a half, I got to stay with them two different weekends and even as an adult, sleepovers at Nina and Grandpas were always the best.  Those weekends will be just as cherished as the weeks away at their house when we were kids.  I also couldn’t be there this week to say my goodbyes, which was really difficult.  But a lot of our family could, and I know that’s exactly what he needed.

I’ll never forget getting out of the bathtub was I was a little girl, and sitting on Grandpa’s lap in my towel and getting him all wet.  I also won’t forget watching two people kiss goodnight and hold each other tight (even if one of us kids was in the bed with them!)  I am so grateful to have been blessed with two amazing people, and watching the greatest portrayal of love I’ve ever seen.  I only pray that I have a fraction of the love that they have had.

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“True love doesn’t happen by accident.  It’s deliberate, it’s intentional, it’s purposeful, and in the end it’s worth it.” – Darlene Schacht

 

BOO-tiful Halloween Ideas

Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays, but not for the reasons it used to be.  I used to love dressing up but now one of my favorite things about the holiday is hosting friends for a party (see last year’s post here) or this year celebrating at my office.  My coworker sent an AMAZING email about how we’ll be celebrating (it involves “Flashdance-style Trick or Treating,” which begins with the onset of “Thriller” being played.)

Here are a few ways I’ve kicked off this holiday so far this year:

On Sunday night, my brother, his girlfriend, my boyfriend, and I all went to Sleep No More.  If you haven't been, you should go. Now.

On Sunday night, my boyfriend and I  went with my brother and his girlfrien  to Sleep No More. If you haven’t been, you should go. Now.

A friend of mine, Maggie, hosted our girlfriends for some Pumpkin Carving.  She supplied snacks, including these Clementine and Celery Pumpkins!

A friend of mine, Maggie, hosted our girlfriends for some Pumpkin Carving a few weeks ago. She supplied snacks, including these Clementine and Celery Pumpkins!

Since it's Halloween, I figured I could get away with these "Spooky" nails at work for a day!

Since it’s Halloween, I figured I could get away with these “Spooky” nails at work for a day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!!!  Hope yours is BOO-tiful, too!

 

 

 

 

A Birthday Wish

Today I want to wish a VERY Happy Birthday to my older brother, Derek.

A Cop and His Dalmations, Wine Tasting in Sonoma, Upstage Event in Tahoe and the Colts game with our family (I won't comment on the middle one)

A Cop and His Dalmations, Wine Tasting in Sonoma, Upstage Event in Tahoe and the Colts game with our family (I won’t comment on the middle one)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s hard sometimes to put in to words my love for him, especially after all of the years of him tormenting me, beating me up, and refusing I talk to his friends (we’re 18 months apart so this was difficult for me).  Regardless of how mean he USED to be, we’ve grown very, very close over the past several years (I think it was one of the things my Dad sought over) and I couldn’t be more proud to call him not only a brother, but one of my best friends.  We’ve even worked together, which most people thought would never work (so far I can report we’re still both alive.)

I’ve seen him more this year than I have the past 5 years since he moved to San Francisco (I’ve been there twice, we both went to Indianapolis) and this weekend he’s finally visiting ME in New York!  I can’t wait to celebrate and give him one of those (annoying) hugs he always loves!

Happy Birthday, Derek.  I love you!

Must Have Monday: The Clear Clutch

My newest obsession came about after hearing that the NFL has new regulations about what you can bring in to games this year.  You can find the new policy here.

I am going to a Cowboys preseason game this weekend, so I have been searching for the perfect clear envelope clutch to take with me.  Here are some of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or if you’re into DIY, you could make one yourself, too!  Here’s a link to follow if you’re daring enough!

I’m Back! (And in a new city!)

I realize that it’s been WAY too long since I’ve posted on here! I have had a lot of major life changes over the past few months (which is not an excuse but led me to stray from updating more often). But I’m happy to say I’m back and going to make more of an effort to keep this going.

So here is what’s happened over the past few months:

I left my job, apartment and relationship in DC and packed up and moved to NYC! I have wanted to live in New York since I was 12 so I finally felt like now was the time to do so! It was such a huge leap of faith but one that I couldn’t be happier about!

This city is truly one of the most spectacular places in the world. I have only been here a few months but I think I fall more and more in love each and every day.

I have a new job which started as a freelance event producer for different companies (I got to work with Bose and The Brooklyn Children’s Museum in the first few weeks of being here) and now I’m working for an Event Production company. It’s been so great (and challenging in a good way) and also has allowed me to do quite a bit of traveling since I can work from anywhere a lot of the time.

I felt for so long that I was missing something and I think it turns out that New York was what I was missing. So here’s to a new chapter of my life (and a lot more posts to come!)

(And here are some of my favorite NY pictures so far)

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Valentine’s Day Gifts {Under $100}

It’s just a week until Valentine’s Day and this is one of my favorite holidays. It’s not in the sense that it’s a day when you can brag about your relationship (or how you’re single and hate the day) but more so a time to show people how much you love them. This year I sent “surprise” gifts to all of my family members. (Even if they’re reading this they won’t know what the gifts are), which is the first time I’ve done this. It’s also the first time I haven’t had a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day so I decided to make it special in a different way!

Here are some fun, cute, and cheap gifts for friends, coworkers, family members, or significant others. Hope you enjoy my 10 favorite ideas:

Valentines Day Gifts

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