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Friday Favorites and Happenings

Friday, August 18, 2017

I actually wrote another post for this week! Progress. I had every intention on blogging this week (ahead of time), but then life got in the way and I skipped out. But I am back today with some Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. I have been so awful at responding to comments lately. I just need to sit down and go through them because I love responding to the comments. I love the feedback, advice and just talking to my fellow bloggers. Seriously, I love my friendships I have made through this journey. Plus when you got on vacation, you get farther behind and it is hard to get caught up. Same with blog reading. I am slowly making my way through.

TWO. I wanted to give you all an update on my blood test results. I had another blood test on Wednesday when I got back from vacation to check my vitamin levels even more. Basically to see how deficient I am. So I had that test and then I went straight over to the Shot Spot. I spent a bit of time talking about my blood test results and then I had a consultation. During the consultation she did some tests to see what my body needed and ultimately decided on a b-12 shot with magnesium, folinic acid and lysine. I got the shot in my right hip. It was painless and I was on my way.

I am already feeling better. We also talked about some vitamin supplements I can take. I am waiting for my second blood test results before taking those. Plus my insurance covers part of these shots, so I know I can go back when I need a boost.

THREE. Yesterday was my anniversary (yay), but I had to work (boo). Isn't that how it always is? I have to save my leave for the holidays, so I decided to work yesterday. Though I am back off today. So even though we worked yesterday, when we got home, we exchanged gifts and went to dinner at a favorite restaurant of ours. My sister watched the girls and we had a great time out.

Since 4th wedding anniversary's traditional gift is flowers and fruit, I went to a flower theme. Rory loves bourbon, so after searching the internet one day, I found the perfect gift. A bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. 
Four Roses single barrel bourbon

FOUR. Today I am off because we are celebrating Rory's cousins wedding this afternoon. We dropped the girls off at my parents house this morning and now we are up at the lake. We are enjoying some sunshine before heading to the house we are staying at up at the lake to get ready and then dance our butts off. I can't wait. The girls are staying over my parents house and we have the night ahead of us!

Remember the dress I asked for comments on many months ago? Well today is finally the day I wear it. I can't wait to recap it for you all.
Lulus beige floral dress

FIVE. I have a recap coming next week of our trip to Graeagle. It will mostly be photos as we basically did the same things each day, but they varied a bit. Plus all the amazing food we ate. Yes, I ran at the gym for an hour straight yesterday to burn as much of it off as I could before I indulged at my anniversary dinner and then with drinks and dinner tonight.

I hope you have a great weekend. Stay tuned next week for two giveaways that I am a part of! 

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Karli, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.
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My 4th Wedding Anniversary

Thursday, August 17, 2017

So instead of writing my thoughts and confessions today, I am writing about my anniversary. Today marks 4 years that Rory and I have been married. How crazy is that? Sure it isn't the 34 years that my parents have been married, but we are working our way towards that.

Rory and I have been together for about 7 1/2 years and married for four. We met at work, fell in love, adopted a dog, got married, had twins and the rest is history. That is the summed up version of us.

August 17, 2014, was a magical day. I had spent months planning the day. I spent countless hours crafting and trying to get a "Pinterest" perfect wedding. It was a perfect day to us, but it did have its bumps along the way. Nothing that we did, but we had the worst coordinator. Word of advice, hire a coordinator outside of the venue. We did not and I regret that. Otherwise, it was perfect, but I will let the pictures do the talking.
Genoa Lakes Golf Wedding
Genoa Lakes Golf Wedding
Genoa Lakes Golf Wedding
Genoa Lakes Golf Wedding
Genoa Lakes Golf Wedding
Genoa Lakes Golf Wedding
Genoa Lakes Golf Wedding
Genoa Lakes Golf Wedding
Genoa Lakes Golf Wedding

We said our beautiful vows in front of our closest family and friends. We danced the night away. We took so many photos in the photobooth. We enjoyed champagne. We cried during the toasts. We had a sparkler exit. But we had the best day EVER.

Happy Anniversary Rory!
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Friday Favorites and Happenings

Friday, August 11, 2017

This week dragged on...anyone else feel that way? I was out of the office for two days this week, but between appointments, lack of sleep and getting ready for our trip, I have been running full force all week. Let's hope things settle down a bit.

Let's get onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. Ok fellow parents, I need some advice. My girls used to be decent sleeper. I say decent because we would wake up zero to two times a night to give them their paci and then it was back to bed. They would sleep in until 5:30 to 7 am depending on the day (week vs. weekend). Two weeks ago we made the decision to transition the girls into toddler style crib/beds. We removed the front of the crib and added on the half bar attachment.

Some nights are ok meaning that they will sleep from bedtime until 4:15 or 5:15. We will usually let them come snuggle with us since it is closer to wake up time (yes we wake up early on weekdays). But most nights are they wake up several times a night crying for their daddy, sitting up in bed and wanting to get out. We either have to lay in their room with them until they fall back asleep or give in and let them come to our room. I am not in favor of the come into our room because space, I can't sleep and they move/kick way too much.

Two nights ago I was in there for 3 1/2 hours trying to get them back to sleep. My neck was killing me from laying on the floor and I was dead tired. I only got a few hours of sleep and I had a meeting the next day that I needed to be rested for.

What I am trying to get at is, what should we do? Do we put the crib railing back on and wait until they are three? Stick it out and know we won't sleep well for awhile? Other suggestions. This mama is desperate and having a rough time.
transitioning from crib to toddler bed

TWO. I don't know if you all saw on IG a few days ago, but I went to the doctor for my annual wellness check. It is for my insurance, but since I was there, I thought I would mention to my doctor about my lack of energy and being tired all the time. I always chalked it up to having twin toddlers, but something told me that it was more. Plus I had my blood test results from my life insurance exam and a few of the items were high and of concern.

My doctor took note of all of this and sent me off to have more blood work done and have specifics tests done this time. He focus on my thyroid, liver, kidneys, iron, b12, b6, the items that were high and a few others. I went immediately over to get my blood drawn and the next day (Wednesday) I got some results. My b-12 is really low and another thing was as well. He said I needed to get labs done again on two other things to see what the exact thing we need to treat for. So I know I have a b12 deficiency which definitely explains my energy levels.

What I am getting at is be proactive. I hate going to the doctor so I never bring up things that are bothering me because I always think they are just normal or from having twins. But in this case, they weren't. Hopefully I get my new test results back soon.

THREE. This week I participated in a giveaway for Lipsense. I have hard a ton about it, but never wanted to pull the trigger on spending $50+ on lipstick. I wear chapstick because I have kids, but I have heard so much hype about being able to kiss your kids/spouse, all day wear and lasts through eating. For the giveaway you had to pick who was going to win on The Bachelorette. I barely watched this season, but I knew a bit about who was left, so I chose Bryan and of course he won. #ringchaser #wrongchoice And then I won the giveaway, so I have Bombshell and a glossy gloss coming to me this week. I can't wait to try it and report back on it, but I am fearful that I will like it a lot and want more colors.

Have you all tried Lipsense?
Bombshell Lipsense

FOUR. I am on the hunt for new slippers. I am embarrassed to say that I wear my old pair of Ugg slippers and one of them has a giant hole where my big toe is. I still rock them daily and my girls even say NO SLIPPERS when I am wearing them and we are getting ready to leave. It is like they think I will wear them out in public, but I only wear them out to take out the trash (public).

I know I don't really need them until Fall/Winter, but the search is on. What are your favorite slippers?
Ugg Slippers
These are very similar to the ones I currently have.

FIVE. We are on vacation next week, so I probably won't be posting much in the next week. I hope I can get my act together and write a post or two today for next week, but no promises.

I hope you all have a good weekend!

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Karli, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.

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Girl Chat - Dream Vacation

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It is time for another round of Girl Chat. This month we are talking about our dream vacation. Who would you go with, where would you go and what would you do/see?

I have been on some pretty amazing vacations. My favorite so far was Costa Rica. This was before the girls were born, but it was the best. If you are looking for a tropical, easy going, outdoorsy type of vacation, look no further than Guanacaste, Costa Rica. That is the province. We stayed near Tamarindo.
Guanacaste Costa Rica
Guanacaste Costa Rica

But I have already been there, so lets talk about where I want to go. A European vacation. I have been to England, Scotland and Gibraltar in Europe, but there are many countries I am dying to go to.

So let's get started.

Where? Italy, Germany, Greece, France and Switzerland. I mean I would travel to almost every European county if I could, but I limited it to the ones I HAVE to see in my lifetime.

Who would I go with? If I were to leave tomorrow, I would go with just my husband since my girls are so young. I am not sure they could appreciate all Europe has to offer and it would be hard seeing everything when they get tired from walking. But if it was a few years from now, I would include my sweet girls.

What would I do/see?

Italy: Milan. I would love to go shopping in Milan because it is the fashion capital. I would also love to see Sicily, the Tuscany region and Rome. I would go wine tasting in Tuscany. I would see all the historical places in Rome like the Vatican, Colesseum, Sistine Chapel, etc. I would also eat my way through Italy.

Germany: I just want to travel around, eat all the yummy food, see all the World War 2 historical areas and drink some good beer.

Greece: My former boss is from Greece and I heard nothing but great things about it. Plus Jenn talked about it last year when she and her husband went. I would eat all the Greek food, go to the beaches, go to the small towns and explore.

France: I was supposed to go to France for work last year but it got cancelled. So now I would love to go there and go to Paris to...eat, see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and stroll along the Seine. I would also love to go to South France and explore the country side there.

Switzerland: I would go see Zermatt and Zurich. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law have spent some time there for work and they have said nothing but good things about it.

I would love to do this by train, but let's be real, I would do some by train and most of it by plane. I do want to see the country side of Europe and the best way would be by train. I could add on so many countries like Ireland, Sweden, Croatia, Slovenia, Denmark, etc. And let's be real, I could only do this dream vacation if money didn't matter.

Where would you go on your dream vacation?

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It seems like the weekends are getting shorter and the weeks are getting longer. Heck, I can't believe that we are already into August and it is already the 8th. Where has the time gone?

Friday after work I headed straight to get a pedicure. My toes were looking super rough and needed some tlc. After spending an hour and a half with Kelly, my toes were bright sparkly red and looking amazing. I grabbed a quick sandwich and then headed to Target to get some stuff for the girls' first day at daycare. I can't believe they started a new school this week.

I was heading home and Rory called to say the girls just went down for their naps since they wouldn't go down for his parents. Ugh. I thought about staying out and shopping, but I wanted to see the girls before going out that evening.

I got home and they were asleep. They slept most of the time I was there, but got up in time for me to make them a quick dinner and then I headed out to meet my girlfriends for happy hour and to celebrate my birthday. We had wine and appetizers and caught up. The weather was perfect and we had a great time. Then a couple of us headed to The Eddy for another drink and more chatting. I ended up going home at 10 pm and it was such a great evening out.

Saturday morning we went out to breakfast and then ran to Target again so I could look at the Fitbit Charge 2. I had been doing a lot of research between the iWatch Series 2 and the Fitbit Charge 2 and after deciding that I want a more fitness focused watch, I got the Fitbit Charge 2. Maybe I will get an iWatch at a later time.

We came home and I got my Fitbit set up and the girls were running around like crazy girls. We had our TV installed and mounted and the girls were fascinated by it all. Plus we had someone who lived a few streets away come by saying if we saw her pet skunk to please let her know. She said he had the scent taken out, was declawed and what not. So crazy that someone has a pet skunk.
Before tv install
 Before tv install
After tv install

We got the girls down for their naps and then had two and a half hours of quiet time. It was so nice. I ran to Costco to get pull ups for daycare and then came home and they were still asleep. Once they got up, we had some snacks and got them ready to go to Rory's cousins birthday party.

We went to the party and had a blast. There was storms rolling through, but the girls and Rory went swimming, we had bbq for dinner, drinks outside and great talks. We were there from 5 to almost 9 pm. Way past the girls bedtime.
pool party for toddlers
toddler pool party
toddler pool party
toddler pool party
toddler pool party
 This was as the storm rolled in. Avery was cold!
toddler pool party
 Cuddling with a cousin of theirs.
toddler pool party

Sunday we woke up, lazied around the house some and I did some cleaning. Then we headed to a later breakfast followed by some park time even though the girls were acting like crazy girls. These terrible twos are tough and I heard it only gets worse when they turn 3.

We got home in time for naps and the girls went down easily. Though they only slept for an hour nad a half. The thunderstorms were rolling back in and Walter was getting scared.

We hung out, played and did some yard work. I also ran to the grocery store and then my parents came up at 4:30 to cut the girls bangs. It is so much easier to have my mom cut the girls bangs until we want to go get them full cuts. The girls love their grandma and hate getting their haircut, so this is the easiest option. Then we headed out to dinner for my dad's birthday. We went to Mexican food with my family, my mom, dad, sister and future brother-in-law. We dined on margs, chips and salsa and Mexican food!!! So good. Happy Birthday Dad!
Mexican food family dinner

We left and took a drive around town to see the fire going on and just kill sometime before the girls bedtime. Once we got home the girls went down easily and we watched some tv before heading to bed.

How was your weekend?
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TBB Asks - Summer Edition

Monday, August 7, 2017

I am changing it up and not talking about my weekend today. That will be tomorrow. Today I am answering 23 questions with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. If you want to participate, grab the picture below, answer the questions and link up!
TBB Asks

1. Pool, lake or ocean? Lake. Especially Lake Tahoe. I mean how can you not pick this lake?
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

2. Camping, cottage or hotel? This one is hard because I love them all. I love camping, but feel like I need a trailer if I am camping for more than 2 days. But I do love staying at luxury hotels and I have stayed at some pretty amazing ones.

3. Favorite ice cream flavor? Coffee with chocolate chunks (from Springers)
Springers Ice Cream

4. PJ's, nightgown, t-shirt/shorts or birthday suit? T-shirt and shorts.

5. Fave summer beverage? Non-alcoholic: Watermelon lemonade. Alcoholic: Moscow Mule

6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Hot.

7. Sandals with heels or flats? I used to go with heels, but now that I have kids, I always go with the flats.

8. Shorts or skirts? Dresses. Ha. I am starting to like shorts more though.

9. Sit in the sun or the shade? In the sun, but at the beach so I can go in the water if it gets too hot.

10. Water, tea or soda? Water.

11. Fave summer fruit, vegetable? Kiwi.

12. Sunrise or sunset? Sunset. The sunsets around here are incredible.

13. Bike ride or walk? Walk. I used to love the bike, but now I don't do it enough.

14. Winery or brewery? Winery. Hands down and I have been to some amazing ones in Sonoma and Napa.

15. Garden or no garden? Garden. We have both a flower and a veggie garden and they are so much fun.

16. Big summer concert or music in the park? Big summer concert though I haven't been to one in forever. I used to be a huge concert goer.

17. Fave cookout food? Sausages.

18. Dine indoors or patio? I love dining outside on the patio.

19. Fave summer destination? Kauai

20. Big theme park or local carnival? Big theme park. Carnivals scare me now. I get so creeped out by the carnies.

21. Drinks blended or on the rocks? Blended.

22. Popsicle or freezie flavour of choice. Strawberry or Watermelon.

23. Hot dog or hamburger? Polish sausage.

If you participate, let me know so I can check out your answers!
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Thoughts on Thursday

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hey, look. I am actually here for a round of thoughts on Thursday and some confessions. I got my act together and blogged yesterday....on my birthday. That is effort there. Ha.

I hope you join me this week. Write some thoughts, confessions or both and come back to link up.


- Thank you all for the outpouring love for my birthday. I love this blogging community and how everyone makes you feel so special. THANK YOU!

- I spent the better part of yesterday researching the new iPhone. Should I have been working? Yep, but I am so excited about the new iPhone. Well, except that they might only put out a small amount at first and then another shipment in early 2018. Ugh. And it might cost around $1,000. Dang. But I am sure I will get one because I need a new phone, I need a better camera and love new technology.

I was just talking to my bosses about Apple, technology and how I am sucked into it all. I don't own anything but apple products. I am so used to their products, like how they work and just can't change. #appleforlife

- My girls start their new daycare/preschool on Monday. Where has the time gone? We have been trying to prep them for school again, but I know they have enjoyed their summer with grandparents. Hopefully, we have a smooth-ish transition.


- I was sad that I didn't get to take yesterday off for my birthday, but I didn't want to take it off and watch the girls all day. I love my girls, but my birthday should be spent on me. So in a few weeks when they are back in daycare/preschool, I will take a day off to do Danielle things. You know binge some Netflix, get my nails done, have a lunch to myself without sharing and all the good stuff. Hey maybe I can sleep in too!

- I was very into blogging at the beginning of the summer and then everyone else wasn't, so I took part in the kick back schedule and now it is hard to ramp back up again. I am posting 5 days this week and it has been quite awhile since I did that.

- Blogging is hard, but the community of friends I have gained has made it so worth it. I have thought about quitting many times, but then I would miss my friends. I would miss catching up and writing in this little space of mine.
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