Organization Challenge

Where I’ve Been All Week and Organization Challenge Recap

This has definitely been a crazy, unplanned week, which explains why I have only wrote one post this week. Like I mentioned in my last post, Ryan’s grandmother, known as Grandma, past away last week. This past Thursday was the visitation, and Friday was the funeral. This was not easy, but it was a celebration because she is in Heaven now. I got to meet some more of Ryan’s family members, which I enjoyed since we are getting married soon! It is always good to know the whole family!

I know bloggers are supposed to take pictures of everything, but this weekend wasn’t a time to take pictures. So there is why I have been so absent in the blogging world, but onto happier things!

Yesterday my Mom and I met with my Aunt Nancy and her sister, Cathy to talk about my flowers for the wedding! Cathy and her friend, Cathy (I know it’s super confusing because both of their names are Cathy!), are going to take care of all of my flowers, which is such a stress reliever for me! I know nothing about flowers, and because they have done flowers for weddings numerous times, I know they will make everything beautiful!

yellow and gray wedding flowers

These are not the flowers we will be using, I just googled yellow and gray wedding flowers so I could put a picture here. 🙂 Source

My Mom and I also went to Hobby Lobby to get some prices for custom framing. I am going to be getting my bridal portraits taken at the end of May, and we want to get one of the pictures framed for the reception after the wedding. My mom and I were pleasantly surprised when we saw the prices because they seemed very reasonable!

I was also excited to see that my bridal hanger came in the mail!

bridal hanger

I was so excited to see this, and I was very happy with the final product!

Ryan and I with bridal hanger

I ordered it from Etsy.com. If you have never checked this website out, you should do it now! It is awesome!

Yesterday I started feeling bad, and I ended up being pretty sick. My head hurt, and I felt nauseous. I slept away most of this morning, and I still don’t feel the best. The only thing I have eaten today is  Belvita crackers. I haven’t been hungry at all, but I knew I needed to try to eat something and see if I could keep it down. Hopefully I am over whatever I have by tomorrow so that I can get back to working out!

Organization Challenge

So I took part in Melissa’s Organization Challenge for the month of April, but I am sad to say that I did not do what I planned to do this month in order to get more organized. 😦 In this post, I wrote about my goal of wanting to become a more organized blogger, and I wanted to start using the WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin to organize what posts I  wanted to write and when. The month of April just seemed to get away from me though, and between trying to finish school, plan our wedding, and working to finish my thesis, I just did not have any time. But, this challenge was definitely not a waste of my time! I am still keeping this goal to become more organized in my blogging life, and I am hoping I will be able to meet this goal this summer when I have more time. Thanks Melissa for hosting such a great challenge! 🙂

Questions:

Are you a naturally organized person? I am with most things, or at least I try to be 😉

Have you ever used etsy.com? Did you like it?

Did your week have any surprises for you like mine did, or did it go as planned? 

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A Few Challenges and Recap of Easter

Well guys, we made it through Monday, the hardest part of the week is over! That’s how I always think of it at least. Because I mean, honestly, after the weekend who wants to go back to school or work?

Before talking about the two challenges I am taking part in, I want to do a quick recap of my Easter weekend with Ryan and his parents.

Ryan and I had a blast, and it was so good to see his parents. Saturday I went out shopping with Debbie, Ryan’s mom, and we got some wedding stuff done and she bought a few shirts for Ryan. My wedding purchase of the weekend was this unity candle and stand.

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I seriously love the candle Debbie helped me pick out. This picture doesn’t do it justice on how beautiful it is. I bought it from Hobby Lobby, and it was on sale for 1/2 price so I was super excited!! When I get a good deal while shopping this is how I feel.

excited girl face

Except hopefully I don’t look like a little girl. 😉 Debbie also bought Ryan 4 new polos, and I must say, Ryan looked pretty handsome in them all!

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I loved this orange polo on Ryan, and he also got a white, blue, and green one!

For dinner Saturday night Ryan’s parents grilled out burgers and boy were they good! Check out this totally delicious, yet totally unhealthy, plate!

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This burger has cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and guacamole. Then I have a small piece of sausage, baked beans, strawberries and blueberries, and some baked chips and guacamole. And yes, I ate this whole plate. Let’s just say I was a little full. 😉

For Easter Sunday we went to church and then out to eat to a little restaurant close by the church. The restaurant offered brunch and then some lunch/dinner food. We had been eating a ton of food this whole weekend so I decided to order from the kid’s menu. Plus, there is an unlimited salad and fruit bar, so I knew a kid’s plate would do. I got two scrambled eggs with a side of ham, and it came with hashbrowns as well. The hashbrowns were good, but I didn’t eat most of them because after my salad, fruit, eggs, and ham I was full. After lunch Ryan and I went back to his parents’ house to quickly pack and then hit the road. We got back to our houses late, and I still had to go to the grocery store for some food to make my lunch for today, so I went to bed wayyyy too late. But we had a great weekend with Ryan’s parents, and it was totally worth it!

Day 1 of Sugar Detox Challenge

Today was the first day of the Sugar Detox Challenge that Laura from Mommyrunfast is hosting. I am especially excited for this challenge after this past Easter weekend. You know, after my huge burger dinner Saturday night, pancakes that morning, and brownies throughout the weekend, a sugar detox is just what my body needs! I started out my morning with a yummy, healthy breakfast!

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I had two scrambled eggs with some sauteed spinach, tomatoes, and onion. Here are all of the veggies that I ended up scrambling with my eggs.

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Yes, I know, that is a ton of spinach! But the eggs still tasted so good! I also added 1/4 of an avocado to the eggs for some healthy fat. Usually when I have eggs I have a piece of toast with some sugar free jelly on it, but since I am giving up all artificial sweeteners and bread for the week, I decided just to add more fruit than usual. So I had two strawberries, the little bit of pineapple I had leftover from last week, and a banana. This breakfast hit the spot and gave me the energy I needed to face Monday!

After school I ran 5 miles for a quick workout. This run was so nice because the weather was seriously perfect today! I hope it stays this way! As soon as I finished I started cooking for Ryan and I. We had grilled chicken, sauteed onions and peppers, roasted sweet potatoes, and I had a spinach salad with tomatoes and bell pepper.

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Yummy! And perfect for the Sugar Detox! I seasoned my chicken a little differently this time, and I really liked it! I was wanting a kind of Mexican chicken (which is why I also sauteed some onions and peppers, reminded me of fajitas!), so I seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. It ended up being really good!

I sauteed the onions and bell pepper in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and put them on top of my chicken once it was cooked. This dinner hit the spot! Ryan put his chicken in a tortilla, so there are different options you could do with this meal. 🙂

I absolutely love roasted sweet potatoes, and the way I make them is super easy so I thought I would share. First I cut up two sweet potatoes (or however many you want) in cubes and put them on a sprayed cookie sheet. Then I  pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the potatoes and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

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I always use this Lite Salt when I cook because it is way less sodium!

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Then I bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, turn them and let them cook for another 15 minutes, and then they are done!

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You should try them, they are super good! They are man approved too; Ryan loves them!

Organization Challenge

So I am also taking part of Melissa’s organizational challenge that she is hosting for the month of April over on her blog, FreeingImperfections. Go to her page to read more details about the challenge, but I am really excited for this challenge. My goal is to become more organized with my blog. I want to figure out how to use the WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin that Melissa has talked about on her blog before here. I want to become better at planning a time to blog and not just hoping it will happen, and I would like to have an idea about what I will blog on throughout the week. I really love blogging, and I know I would enjoy it more and be better at it if I was more organized. I love taking part in challenges!

Surprise Gift

Lastly, my night was totally made when my wonderful best friend, Marlee, surprised me with this awesome overnight bag!

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She has a bag just like this, and I seriously always compliment her and talk about how much I want one. Well, tonight she surprised me and gave me this! She said she had two and just found this one and wanted to give it to me! Totally sweet right?? 🙂 I love her!

When was the last time your friend surprised you and made you super happy?

Are you taking part in the Sugar Detox Challenge or the April Organization Challenge?

Any good recipes you would like to share that I could use during this week for the Sugar Detox?