Things I Am Excited About For This Summer

Happy Summer, Y’all! I enjoyed a beautiful start to summer yesterday, with a sunny day in the high 70s. I work until 9pm on Wednesdays – which can be hard when the weather is beautiful – but I don’t mind as much when I get to enjoy my evening break outside. Now that we’ve celebrated our wedding and are getting settled into our apartment, I am so excited for summer! What better way to officially kick off summer than sharing what I am most excited about for this season? Enjoy!

via Southern Living

— Taking college coursework again: I start coursework a week from today toward a degree in graphic design! I’ve been out of school since December 2014, so I’m excited to continue learning!

— Reading Cultivate: My sweet friend Lara launches her newest book next week and it’s sure to be filled with words of wisdom and truth!

— Decorating our home: Especially bringing home our dining room table! We are grateful beyond measure with the wedding gifts we received. I’m especially looking forward to putting them to good use in our home.

— Investing in friendships: After months of being particularly busy, friendships are a priority for us both together and individually.

— Trips to the farmstand: There’s nothing like purchasing fresh corn on the cob from a local farm.

— Weekend Adventures: We used to take adventures every weekend when we started dating. We haven’t had much margin time to do this over the past couple months, so I’m eager to continue our tradition!

— Strawberry picking: Dillon loves fresh fruit. This will be a fun weekend day date that’s sure to yield yummy treats afterward!

— Visiting Martha’s Vineyard: I’ve never been to Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard before, but we found a fun little hotel that I’d really like to try! I’m hopeful that we will be able to make a weekend out of it this summer.

— Writing on my blog: Wedding planning took precedence over blogging for almost all of springtime. I am so thankful to have time to pour into this space again and share our adventures as a newlywed couple!

What are you most excited for this summer? Share what you’re looking forward to below!

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25th Birthday Recap

This year was one of my favorite birthdays yet. This is my first birthday that’s fallen on a workday since 2013, and I’d wondered if that would put on a damper on the festivity. Instead, it only made it better! My favorite thing about my 25th birthday was that it was an ordinary day filled with so much extraordinary kindness from those around me. I was showered with my favorite things from the moment I woke up until I went to bed that night, and I’m so grateful for it!

I technically started my birthday celebrations on Sunday with an afternoon of antiquing and good food with my dear friend Tara. She treated me to lunch at a charming little cafe in Peterborough and then we visited my favorite antique shop, Twin Elm Farm. It was so fun to keep Dillon and I’s future home in mind as we looked around. After we shopped for a bit, we went back to split a slice of cake and sip on cappuccino and tea. It was a delightful start to the week!

My actual birthday fell right in the middle of the week, on Wednesday. I go into work around noon on Wednesdays, so I got to start the day by sleeping in a little later than usual. Dillon came over shortly after I woke up and brought me a smiley fruit plate to enjoy in my pajamas.

I threw on a comfy sweater and we headed to Cracker Barrel for breakfast, my delightfully Southern request for the morning. We enjoyed a slow, relaxing breakfast and filled up on hash brown casserole, biscuits, and apple butter. As always, I was delighted by the cozy atmosphere, the country music, and the fun decorations.

We walked through the gift shop after breakfast and I was delighted to find Cheerwine on one of the shelves. It always reminds me of my sweet trip to the Southern Weddings V7 Launch Party a couple years ago, which makes me really happy! I enjoyed looking at all the fun little items they had for sale, and found a precious little chicken that Dillon bought for me to keep on my desk at work.

After breakfast, we headed back to my house so I could get ready for work. Dillon dropped me off that day so we could enjoy the drive together and so he could meet my team and see my workspace. When I arrived, my desk was covered with streamers, balloons, and homemade decorations from my team. It was the sweetest surprise!

I settled in and put my new little chicken beside my computer, then settled in for my shift. It was such a fun time to have everyone come by and say happy birthday, while enjoying little sweet treats.

After work, Dillon picked me up and we drove back to my house with the windows down because it was sixty degrees – such a treat for a March evening! We enjoyed one of my favorite pasta dishes that my mom makes and watched the latest episode of Life in Pieces, a show that we recently introduced to Dillon.

We finished the day off with my favorite birthday tradition: whoopie pies and cold milk! I snuck a few leftover bites last night as I polished off this post and enjoyed every bit of it! I think twenty-five is going to be my favorite age yet, y’all!

Do you have any birthday traditions? Please share in the comments below!

Friday No. 7

1. While I don’t regularly follow football, the Patriots are in the Super Bowl this weekend, which is really exciting here in NH!  This picture of Martellus Bennett dancing after the AFC championship last Sunday is my favorite (source – view the clip here). There is a buzz in the air among New Englanders, with Super Bowl party prep in full swing. My work is having a ‘wear your Patriots gear’ to work day today so I’m wearing a cute new navy tunic from Kohl’s with gray leggings. Go Patriots! 

2. I made some fresh fruit salsa and cinnamon chips for a work party yesterday and they were such a hit! I had planned to make the salsa ahead of time and purchase some Stacey’s cinnamon pita chips to pair with it, but the grocery store was out so I made my own. When I was on my way out for the night, I realized that one of my coworkers had come by my desk while I was on a call and taken the chips to his desk to snack on with other people from the floor, and people were asking for the recipe – surely a crowd pleaser! The recipe for both can be found here (I swapped the kiwis for a mango and used strawberry preserves).

3. On a recent Saturday morning, I treated myself by going out for breakfast at one of my favorite local cafes. I brought my laptop and notebook and ended up getting some blog posts written and made a shopping list for the week ahead, which helped me feel prepared and rested for the remainder of the weekend. It was such a treat to enjoy a scrumptious sandwich, enjoy quiet time, and do some weekly prep at the start of the weekend. I highly recommend carving out time for such things!

4. Dillon and I have been taking care to balance the weeks we go out for date night and those in which we stay in. It helps us get creative with new meal ideas and honor our budget at the same time. For one of our ‘staying in for dinner’ dates, we enjoyed taco salad with his family and then went out afterward for an evening drive to talk and enjoy quality time, just us. We ended up making an impromptu trip to a local diner and split a milkshake, and we left a 100% tip which was SO fun. It’s such a joy to bless others, and we had such a great time doing something so simple and inexpensive. Shown above, we were trying to put straws together to make one long one. We are five years old sometimes and I love it!

5. A couple weeks into January, Dillon and I spotted Christmas lights during our date night. While many people do not approve of Christmas décor after New Years, I asked Dillon to pull over so we could take a moment to savor the remaining twinkly lights. White string lights are my favorite and I plan to string them around my workspace to add warmth and cheer once I can pick up a new strand from Target!

What are y’all up to this weekend? Share in the comments below!

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