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December 2010

2010 in Review – Spring

My 2010 Spring was awesome!

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April 2010 – I started off the Spring with my first Kombucha. I needed some twitter support to embrace the fungi, but it has quickly become one of my favorite drinks!

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Are you a Kombucha fan? I promise you don’t even notice the fungi after a few sips!

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Fiancé and I then started off the month with our Pre-Cana experience. It was a fun weekend to spend together.

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We had fun at Pre-Cana but I had the best time walking through the Villanova campus and getting excited about our wedding!

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Another exciting part of this month was that I got 2nd place in a 5K race! I got an awesome (pink!) medal and everything! Woohoo!

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The middle of April marked BFF Michele’s Bridal Shower

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Followed by a PhilaFoodie Blogger meet-up at Garce’s Trading Company.

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And it ended with our Engagement Party in Virginia. April was a blast!

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May 2010 – This month started out with some serious love  – First Fiancé and I had our engagement pictures taken.

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Check out the entire slideshow of our photo shoot here. Whenever I watch it, I can’t stop myself from smiling ear to ear!

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Then we headed off to  AJ& Jill’s Wedding in Lancaster, PA.

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I prepared my first artichoke

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Travelled to Boston and went on the Sam Adams Brewery Tour,

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Walked along Newbury Street with some friends from Down Under,

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Met some awesome Boston Bloggers

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Lost our beloved family dog, Biscuit

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And saw my brother and Fiancé’s brother graduate from college.

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June 2010 – My Birthday month! Before I was able to celebrate my birthday I ran the North Face Endurance Relay with a bunch of blogger friends

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Marathon relays are lots of fun with friends!

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Had a relaxing Sunday watching the Philadelphia Bike Race

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Enjoyed my first Martini ever. Extra dirty. Obviously.

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Went to the beach (Avalon, NJ) for my birthday. Fun was had by all.

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Another highlight of the month was getting to go to Taste of the Nation in Philadelphia with Sabrina. It was an awesome evening.

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This amazing month concluded with BFF Michele getting married. I was her Maid of Honor and it was an awesome celebration.

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My Spring was pretty killer.

What is your favorite memory of Spring 2010?

2010 in Review – Spring

My 2010 Spring was awesome!

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April 2010 – I started off the Spring with my first Kombucha. I needed some twitter support to embrace the fungi, but it has quickly become one of my favorite drinks!

March 368

Are you a Kombucha fan? I promise you don’t even notice the fungi after a few sips!

April 089

Fiancé and I then started off the month with our Pre-Cana experience. It was a fun weekend to spend together.

April 031

We had fun at Pre-Cana but I had the best time walking through the Villanova campus and getting excited about our wedding!

April 071April 077

Another exciting part of this month was that I got 2nd place in a 5K race! I got an awesome (pink!) medal and everything! Woohoo!

April 170

The middle of April marked BFF Michele’s Bridal Shower

April 392

Followed by a PhilaFoodie Blogger meet-up at Garce’s Trading Company.

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And it ended with our Engagement Party in Virginia. April was a blast!

Engagement Party 129

May 2010 – This month started out with some serious love  – First Fiancé and I had our engagement pictures taken.

Engagement Party 232 

Check out the entire slideshow of our photo shoot here. Whenever I watch it, I can’t stop myself from smiling ear to ear!

Engagement Party 242

Then we headed off to  AJ& Jill’s Wedding in Lancaster, PA.

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I prepared my first artichoke

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Travelled to Boston and went on the Sam Adams Brewery Tour,

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Walked along Newbury Street with some friends from Down Under,

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Met some awesome Boston Bloggers

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Lost our beloved family dog, Biscuit

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And saw my brother and Fiancé’s brother graduate from college.

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June 2010 – My Birthday month! Before I was able to celebrate my birthday I ran the North Face Endurance Relay with a bunch of blogger friends

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Marathon relays are lots of fun with friends!

Blog Pictures 2010 328

Had a relaxing Sunday watching the Philadelphia Bike Race

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Enjoyed my first Martini ever. Extra dirty. Obviously.

Engagement Party 135

Went to the beach (Avalon, NJ) for my birthday. Fun was had by all.

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Another highlight of the month was getting to go to Taste of the Nation in Philadelphia with Sabrina. It was an awesome evening.

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This amazing month concluded with BFF Michele getting married. I was her Maid of Honor and it was an awesome celebration.

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My Spring was pretty killer.

What is your favorite memory of Spring 2010?

2010 in Review – Winter

2010 has been an amazing year and it has gone by in the blink of an eye. So many great things have happened this year, I can’t believe 2010 is over! It was such a great year in fact that I have to spread out the my favorite parts of 2010 in 4 separate posts – Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall. 

Here are some of the highlights of my year starting with Winter –

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January 2010 – I headed South for the Winter with my family on a 2 week cruise from Miami to San Diego through the Panama Canal. It was an amazing experience and a once in a lifetime trip!

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I also shared on the blog how I asked my bridesmaids to be in our wedding. I loved how I asked them and hope they enjoyed it too!

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February 2010 – This month I volunteered a day to get a Disney Day. It was nice to donate my time to help out a good cause!

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I lost my Brussels sprout virginity. It was awesome.

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We also experienced a Snowpocalypse (or a Snowmageddon?) in Philly.

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We got about 20 inches of snow. It was crazy!

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But Fiancé and I braved the snow and spent Valentine’s Day in the City of Brotherly Love

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Other highlights of February include making homemade whole wheat and honey pizza dough, got 5th place in a 5 mile race and had lots of fun with our wedding registry.

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March 2010 – Started off fabulously, with a Green Monster 101 tutorial.

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Along with the green theme of the month, Jackson celebrated St. Patty’s Day.

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It also started with an entry into the Flaunt Your Rock competition where I submitted these pictures to win an engagement session and WON!

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Which picture do you like better? I love them both!

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March was also filled with lots of fun at Disney World! Including a Disney Princess Blogger Meet-Up.

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I  ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon which was tons of pretty pink princess fun! I also Re-PR’d which was kind of crazy.

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Right after the Princess Race I ran the NYC Half Marathon and set my most recent Half Marathon PR.

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I also started my new Solixir gig. I love this company and this product!

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I ended the month and the winter season with some amazing banana slicer oats. It was a good Winter!

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What was your favorite part about last Winter?

2010 in Review – Winter

2010 has been an amazing year and it has gone by in the blink of an eye. So many great things have happened this year, I can’t believe 2010 is over! It was such a great year in fact that I have to spread out the my favorite parts of 2010 in 4 separate posts – Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall. 

Here are some of the highlights of my year starting with Winter –

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January 2010 – I headed South for the Winter with my family on a 2 week cruise from Miami to San Diego through the Panama Canal. It was an amazing experience and a once in a lifetime trip!

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I also shared on the blog how I asked my bridesmaids to be in our wedding. I loved how I asked them and hope they enjoyed it too!

pics 319

February 2010 – This month I volunteered a day to get a Disney Day. It was nice to donate my time to help out a good cause!

wicked 362

I lost my Brussels sprout virginity. It was awesome.

wicked 280

We also experienced a Snowpocalypse (or a Snowmageddon?) in Philly.

Snow 195

Pizza Snow 084Snow 192

We got about 20 inches of snow. It was crazy!

Snow 166

But Fiancé and I braved the snow and spent Valentine’s Day in the City of Brotherly Love

Snow 239

Other highlights of February include making homemade whole wheat and honey pizza dough, got 5th place in a 5 mile race and had lots of fun with our wedding registry.

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March 2010 – Started off fabulously, with a Green Monster 101 tutorial.

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Along with the green theme of the month, Jackson celebrated St. Patty’s Day.

March 212

It also started with an entry into the Flaunt Your Rock competition where I submitted these pictures to win an engagement session and WON!

Bling1

Which picture do you like better? I love them both!

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March was also filled with lots of fun at Disney World! Including a Disney Princess Blogger Meet-Up.

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I  ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon which was tons of pretty pink princess fun! I also Re-PR’d which was kind of crazy.

disney 210

Right after the Princess Race I ran the NYC Half Marathon and set my most recent Half Marathon PR.

March 323

I also started my new Solixir gig. I love this company and this product!

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I ended the month and the winter season with some amazing banana slicer oats. It was a good Winter!

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What was your favorite part about last Winter?

2010 Resolutions Revisited

I can’t believe 2011 is literally right around the corner! It’s going to be a good year, I can feel it! Let’s take a look back at what my goals were for the past year and see how I did:

2010 Goals

  • Cook something new once a week – I got all these awesome cook books for Christmas, I really want to get into the habit of following a recipe and try to make something new weekly – I did a pretty good job of making new meals this year. I would like to get in the habit of making more meals from these awesome cookbooks though!
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  • Do yoga 1-2 times a week (at least) – I really want to incorporate yoga into my workouts on a more regular basis, I think it will make me a better runner/athlete in the long run – I am always aiming to incorporate more yoga in my life – I love practicing yoga its more about finding the time to fit it into my crazy schedule.

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  • Run longer, harder and faster than ever before. I set some good PRs in 2009 and want to continue that trend! I also would like to make a habit of finding new routes to run and change the scenery up every now and then! – I definitely accomplished that this year! I ran more than I ever have before completing my first two marathons (in NYC and Chicago) – it was a good year for running!

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  • Take a Cooking and/or Photography Class with a friend! – Check to the photography class! I did that this year and would love to do another!

  • Spend more time reading books and less time in front of the television. I get so sucked into reality TV shows and watching Netflix every night. I need to take a step back from all that, and I have LOTS of books to read – always working on this!

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  • Try Brussels sprouts – random I know, but they are on my to-try list and I just need to figure out what to do with them! – I lost my Brussels sprouts virginity this year and they are one of my favorite things to eat now! Yay!

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Working on my 2011 Resolutions now! What are yours?

2010 Resolutions Revisited

I can’t believe 2011 is literally right around the corner! It’s going to be a good year, I can feel it! Let’s take a look back at what my goals were for the past year and see how I did:

2010 Goals

  • Cook something new once a week – I got all these awesome cook books for Christmas, I really want to get into the habit of following a recipe and try to make something new weekly – I did a pretty good job of making new meals this year. I would like to get in the habit of making more meals from these awesome cookbooks though!
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  • Do yoga 1-2 times a week (at least) – I really want to incorporate yoga into my workouts on a more regular basis, I think it will make me a better runner/athlete in the long run – I am always aiming to incorporate more yoga in my life – I love practicing yoga its more about finding the time to fit it into my crazy schedule.

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  • Run longer, harder and faster than ever before. I set some good PRs in 2009 and want to continue that trend! I also would like to make a habit of finding new routes to run and change the scenery up every now and then! – I definitely accomplished that this year! I ran more than I ever have before completing my first two marathons (in NYC and Chicago) – it was a good year for running!

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  • Take a Cooking and/or Photography Class with a friend! – Check to the photography class! I did that this year and would love to do another!

  • Spend more time reading books and less time in front of the television. I get so sucked into reality TV shows and watching Netflix every night. I need to take a step back from all that, and I have LOTS of books to read – always working on this!

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  • Try Brussels sprouts – random I know, but they are on my to-try list and I just need to figure out what to do with them! – I lost my Brussels sprouts virginity this year and they are one of my favorite things to eat now! Yay!

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Working on my 2011 Resolutions now! What are yours?

Something Blue

Since everyone seemed to be just as excited as I am about my little wedding shoe mention I thought I would go a little bit more in detail on the method for my madness. This is a post that I created as part of my bridal blogger series for Philadelphia Magazine. It was published a few weeks ago before I bought any shoes, but I still hope you enjoy reading it!

Ever since I decided on my color scheme for the wedding, I have been on the hunt for the perfect shoes. You see, shoes are my thing. I love my dress, and am very excited about my dress, but my shoes need to be nothing short of amazing.

I am a shoe gal. Always have been, always will be. I think I got it from my mom, and it might actually be safe to say I have more shoes than I do clothes … and I have lots of clothes!

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When I decided on my wedding colors and the colors for my bridesmaids — which are in the periwinkle blue family — I knew that I wanted to get a sassy pair of peep toe blue heels. They had to be the right height — not too high, not too short — but just right.  And it can’t just be any color blue, it has to be the right color blue, which is pretty hard to find. In my mind I have a vision of the perfect blue heels, it’s just turning that dream into a reality is harder than it seems!

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Turns out there aren’t many blue shoes out there in the world, and the majority that are out there are navy, which is not in my color wheel for potential wedding shoes. I have gone back and forth about getting a white pair and having them dyed, but I am the type of person that thrives on instant gratification and I’m impatient, too. So having to cross my fingers and send a color swatch along with my beloved bridal heels to an unknown location with the hopes that they will come back the perfect shade of  blue makes me nervous.

I am under the five-month mark at this point, and I need to make decisions. I am going for my first fitting in January (!!!!!!), which is only a few short weeks away, and need to have my shoes with me to finalize dress length.

Anyone out there have any perfect blue shoe suggestions for me? Or does anyone have any ideas where to get shoes dyed? What color shoes did you wear or do you want to wear on your wedding day?

I am not ready to share which exact shoes I have picked out, or if they are already blue or need to be dyed. I am waiting until my first fitting in a few weeks to 100% commit to a shoe and until then I am still looking – so if you have any bridal shoe words of wisdom for me, please share!

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