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What a whirlwind the past year of my life has been! I’ve missed my corner of the World Wide Web and am going to jump back on the blog train… Along with running regularly, eating better and living each day to the fullest.

I’m excited to be back and can’t wait to see where life takes me!

First things first. I’m running a winter half marathon next month (February) and I need to get moving. Winter running isn’t easy but I need to suck it up. And I’ve also signed up for a spring marathon. It’s gonna be an exciting 6 months of running and I can’t wait for every step.


Run Log:
1/6/12–> 2 miles 19:48 w/Sami (First run in 2013)


My cute little t-Rex friend Danica tagged me in a fun post! Thanks D! Since i have more important things (whats more important than blogging?) to be doing, i figured there is no time like the present to put them off a few more minutes! Here’s what she wants to know…

People I’m taggin’. And these are a random 11 questions I’m asking you! 🙂

  • What’s your favorite article of clothing?
  • Morning person or night owl?
  • How many glasses of water do you drink a day?
  • What is your biggest fear?
  • Starbucks or Coffee Bean?
  • What was the best gift you’ve ever gotten?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • Would you rather get a phone call every hour  from a stranger or not have a cell phone for a year?
  • MLB or NBA?
  • Do you use a daily planner?
  • What’s one thing on your ‘bucket list?’


  • My favorite article of clothing would be leggings and a hoodie. yep, i’m thug like that.
  • I am not exactly a morning person or a night owl. I’m an inbetweenie…
  • At least 4… if grape propel is involved, probably 20. *i’m not kidding*
  • aside from creepy crawlers, spiders & things that move fast… drowning. I am no nemo.
  • No coffee for this chic. I like diet coke… mmmmm
  • My grandma made us a beautiful quilt for our wedding.. i consider that pretty special.
  • My favorite color lately seems to be either green or bright blue… it changes with time.
  • Let the stranger call me… i bet after 1 hour of me he wont call again 🙂
  • MLB… go Tigers!
  • I love planners. I have an Erin Condren life planner. Its beautiful. I have a sick addiction with planners and pretty pens. I also totally enjoy the calender on my iPhone… the duck quacks when i have plans. quack quack quack.
  • One thing on my bucket list is to go over seas and explore. Also, run the London Marathon. Someday. 🙂

Questions for my taggers…

  • Do you have any obsessions? (purses, shoes, sunglasses…)
  • What kind of car do you drive?
  • What’s your favorite store?
  • What kind of phone do you have?
  • What is your most prized possession?
  • Who is your favorite athlete?
  • PC or MAC?
  • Hockey or football?
  • Do you write in cursive or print?
  • Ocean or lake?
  • What scares you the most?

I’m tagging…






Au revoir

Where have I been?


Two days before the wedding (which i still need to finish recapping) Brian and I put an offer on a house. While we were on our honeymoon, the offer went through and it was ours officially on Dec. 19th. The holidays came & went, we painted all but two rooms in the entire house and we moved the day after Christmas (it was sunny and 50- pretty much UN HEARD of in Michigan, so we jumped on the opportunity). To say we’ve been the most amazing roller coaster ride of our lives is an understatement. We are pretty much living the dream. I love being in town, close to friends, stores & entertainment. Its glorious having a garage, a yard and something to call our own. Our house has a full basement, 3 good size bedrooms, a master suite, HUGE walk in  master closet, two bedrooms with walk in closets, and 2.5 baths. The dining room and living room are perfect size & we cant forget to mention our spacious two car garage. The yard is full of trees, a small shed, deck and hot tub (we are unsure if it works.. yet) and sits on an acre of property. swoon! Our sub is glorious and has some insane houses in it. I have been running only ONCE but will get out more as it warms up.

Speaking of weather, its been weird in Michigan. Once we get any amount of snow, it rains and melts it all away. Some days its 50 and then the next day its 10… very very strange. I’m not complaining though because its better than several feet of snow and being frozen to the core like most winters (knocks on wood).

Sick around for future posts to come- hopefully i will have more time for extra fun like blogging, running & exploring our new ‘hood’!

ta ta for now!

B+N Wedding Week

I’m still unsure of how I want to recap such an amazing two weeks but I have some special readers from afar that are dying to know the details so here I go!

The Friday before the week of the wedding was nuts. I was nervous, fidgeting and a total freak. I’m sure my mom and coworkers wanted to smack me. Lots. I had everything I could do to work and focus. Finally I made it through the work day but still had two more days of work wedding week. I was considering not even going to work because I was such a mess however, I pulled myself together with a pep talk Sunday night. I honestly don’t even know what I did the weekend before the wedding but I’m sure it was last minute things that were not important but seemed important at the time. Monday and Tuesday came and the end was near.

Wednesday was my final dress fitting or so I thought. We got my dress at Davids Bridal and had an alright time dealing with them. Sometimes they were good and other times I could have went bridezilla on their asses. It all ended up great though and I hardly remember the slip ups.

Anyways, the actual “final fitting” was the weekend of my bachelorette party but when I went in, the dress didnt fit right, the beads were popping off and i was a NOT happy with how it was supposed to be. For what we paid in alterations and beading, it was gonna be perfect come hell or high water. That weekend we ended up leaving the dress there and just had to pick it up the Wednesday before the wedding.

When they took my dress out of the bag, I teared up. It was exactly perfect and just what i wanted. I had a mushy moment with my mom about it and then we were on our way to dithering ourselves crazy. We stopped at Party USA and got a bunch of random crap. I’m not even sure if we needed all the stuff we got but that’s neither here nor there. I had a drink at lunch with my brothers girlfriend (bride/MOB assistant aka: Stacy) and we acted like buzzed idiots at Red Robin. I’m sure my mom was less than amused. Oh well. After that we went buzz shopping at old navy and continued buying unnecessary things. Shopping= relaxing.

Thursday I spent the day relaxing and spending time with my mom and one of my bridesmaids Micki. We got our nails done, ate unhealthy food and lived the dream. I wore “I’m not a waitress red Gel OPI polish” on my nails and black Shellac on my toenails. Going along with the theme here folks.

Have I mentioned the theme? I was going for a classic demask look with red and black hues. My dress was very vintage. My bouquet was made of brooches and my girls all wore black short dresses with the most adorable peeps. Our groomsman wore black tux’s with red vests and ties and the Jr. Groomsman wore black suits with a black tie and black converse chucks. *swoon* Our flower girl had a adorable ivory dress from Nordstroms and looked so cute.

After the pampering during the day, I managed to dink around for a few hours then head back to town for a massage. I guess I may have forgot to add that we found our dream home the weekend before the wedding & decided to buy it. Just a mere 4 days before we say I do. Why not? 🙂 Thursday night my maid of honor was suppose to come to town but encountered some freezing rain and fog and had to wait until morning. Oh well.

Friday morning my MOH woke me up around 8 so we could get our day going. Everyone kept asking me “what are you doing and what is the plan?” I never made a plan because I was sure something would come up. Indeed, I was right. When we sat down to start working on my make up trial we get a call from a Micki (a bridesmaid, mentioned above) sobbing. So hard I couldn’t even understand her. I managed to calm her down enough to figure out what she said. Both of her dogs ran away. Uh oh.

Instead of sitting around dithering we decided to go help her look for the dogs. We looked and looked and looked and looked some more. I was starting to worry bad. We were running out of time to keep looking and it was going on a LONG time of them missing. After about 3 hours of looking we reported them missing. After we made all the phone calls her mom shows up and within 10 minutes finds them. Thank GOD. The dogs had made their way around the neighborhood playing with other dogs and chasing birds (they are Weimaraner’s). We said goodbye and were on our way to buy Bagel’s, check out the hall and look for slippers.

In the 11 months we were engaged, I managed to buy several different pairs of shoes. I honestly cant tell you how many but the ones i didn’t wear I returned. I couldn’t contain myself.  After the dog situation, I managed to find a pair of red foam slippers from JC Penny that were PERFECT. I was ecstatic. They were exactly what I wanted. Comfy too.

After our trip at the mall we went to Panera to buy bagels for breakfast the next morning. We had hair dressers coming to do hair and lots of hungry bridesmaids. Since the wedding was so early they needed mimosas and breakfast. Once we got to Panera and got the bagels we get another frantic phone call. Another bridesmaid stuck. My future sister in law actually. Stranded at the mall. Her car died. Amy and Nicole to the rescue once again! Did i mention the night before Amy dropped her iPhone just right and totally shattered it? At this point 3 bridesmaids have had meltdowns and I’m holding everyone together! Win!

Stay tuned for pre table decoration reception pictures, the rehearsal dinner and wedding day morning!



What a whirlwind the past month has been. I cant believe how perfect it was either. With my new name, I figured it was time to start a new chapter of blogging too. A lot has changed in the past few months and will continue to change as we ring in the New Year! I can’t wait to start our journey with my new HUSBAND & share bits and pieces along the way.