By the Numbers

The countdown is on and here’s our wedding ‘by the numbers’.

70- invitations sent

55- confirmed guests

24- wine bottle centerpieces which means 24 bottles of wine shared between the two of us

19- days until our wedding

5- members in our wedding party

2- very excited people to start their life as Mr and Mrs and say I Do!

I DO

Last Swing Before the Ring

Hello!

Again, I apologize for the infrequency of posts. I truly have been enjoying my summer, Pilates training, and wedding planning. It’s hard to believe the wedding is less than a month away, almost 20 days! And Milwaukee finally has some summer weather! Last week I went to the lake and took the free time in my schedule to rent a kayak for an hour at the park and try paddle boarding for the first time. Paddle boarding was not as hard as I thought (must be all of the Pilates I’m doing ;)), that is until I had to turn around and paddle into the wind.

About two weeks ago I went home for my Bridal Extravaganza day. We had my bridal shower in the morning and then headed downtown for the Pirates game which is why my bachelorette party was called Last Swing Before the Ring.

My shower was great! It was a small group of close friends and family and very laid back which was wonderful.

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One of our favorite gifts was a smokey joe charcoal grill which will be awesome for tailgating. Can you tell I’m excited once I realized what it was??
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My matron of honor did not plan any games for the shower but after some discussion they decided that a toilet paper dress was appropriate. Everyone worked together to create a dress with one shoulder, corset back, train, and veil. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork. I’m pretty sure I wore this expression the entire time they worked on the dress:

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The Pirates game was awesome! We won the game and there was a fan jam concert after with OAR performing. My matron of honor did an awesome job creating goodie bags for everyone. There certainly isn’t a lot of themed items for a Last Swing Before the Ring bachelorette party but she still had a fun time on Etsy. The goodies included pins, hair ties, chapstick, and can coozies:

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Also my bridesmaids did a great job with signs for the game like: Bachelorette on Deck, Last Pitch Before Rachel gets Hitched, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, and of course Last Swing Before the Ring. Last but not least my sash for the evening was fabulous, it had the Pirates colors on it and the bow has a pin with the Pittsburgh Pirates logo.
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I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and send off before Mike and I say ‘I Do’. And as a bonus I got to spend time with my nephew who becomes more adorable every day, Jacob. He did a great job taking a selfie while listening to the ocean. :)

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Rooftop Pilates

Hi! Happy Friday!

This month I started teaching Pilates at 7 am (yes, 7 AM) at one of the athletic clubs in downtown Milwaukee. The early time isn’t my favorite but the view is my favorite part. It’s awesome and I love that you can see the lake! Taking Pilates to new heights! :)

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On another note, one of the things we wanted to do before we moved to our new apartment was to create a gallery/picture frame wall. Once we found our new place we waited until after we moved. This is what we have so far with room to add!

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Summertime and the Livin’s Easy

Hi there!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything- almost a month! We’ve been very busy and I just know found some time to sit down and write. No new recipes to talk about- sorry! So here’s an update on what we have been doing:

We’ve settled into our new apartment and at the end of June had some friends over to celebrate our new place in Bay View! We have a really cool sun room that faces East and then wonderful character throughout the house with built ins in the dining room.

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Last month was the Tour of America’s Dairyland bike race throughout Wisconsin. It’s a sprint race and they had 11 courses throughout Southeast Wisconsin. You could do 1 course or all 11. One of the courses was in Bay View right down the street from out place! I was able to watch a couple of the races during the day. It was awesome!

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Over the July 4th Holiday weekend we flew out to Nebraska to visit Mike’s family. We actually flew into the Denver airport and the drove to Nebraska. The training program I am in for Pilates is actually in Boulder, CO and I’m completing my training through a host studio. So I asked Mike if we could stop when we arrived in Denver. We did and I was even able to get a lesson with one of the teachers! It was awesome!

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We’re now less than two months from our wedding! It’s exciting now that we’re getting closer, we’ve sent out our invitations, and it’s almost time for the bachelor/ette parties! We made the table centerpieces ourselves using tulle and recycled wine bottles:

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I hope you’re enjoying your summer!!

Fresh Basil!

Hi!

Look- fresh basil!
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I know it’s been awhile since my last post. Mike and I are still settling into to our new place and having lots of fun exploring our new neighborhood! Last week we had an opportunity to try something new and of course the recipe was from one of our favorite blogs: Iowa Girl Eats.

When we went to the store to purchase everything for her Grilled Caprese Chicken, I asked Mike if we could just buy a basil plant for $5 rather than buy the pre cut packs of basil. Best investment ever! I love our basil plant! The chicken was delicious! We will totally cook it again and I used fresh basil on top of my pizza last night. PS- homemade pizza plus no AC plus 80 degree weather= not a good mix. But the pizza was still delicious. ;)

What new recipes have you tried lately?