1st Anniversary Post # 1- Walk for the Mind

Hey hey everyone! Anniversary weekend is going fabulously so far! I have to make this blog fast, because we’re just making a quick stop at where we’re staying between festivities and dinner. So I will hereby name this post anniversary weekend part 1.

This morning Shane and I woke up bright and early to drive to Peoria to join my family for the Walk for the Mind. The Walk for the Mind is for brain cancer research, and the hubski and I went in support of my awesome cousin, Beth.

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Beth was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2004, and has handled it astonishingly. She’s pretty much the best. She was also my bridesmaid at this exact weekend last year! She’s beautiful, inspiring, and just astounding.


The walk started off with some celebratory speeches commemorating those who have lost their battle with brain cancer:

And those who are SURVIVORS!!! Yea!!! 😀

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And ended with a balloon launch


Then, was the 1 mile walk, in which all of the survivors and their family, friends, and supporters (and Niko!) walked.



It was so touching to be there. Last year, we were all in Florida for Shane and my beach wedding at this time, so we missed it, but I’m so glad we made it this year.

Plus, there were super cool goodies! We got a really neat canvas bag, along with a slew of food goodies:



Shane had planned an anniversary trip to: Starved Rock and August Hill Winery for the rest of the day, so we had to leave asap!

I’ll bet you can guess what part two of the anniversary re-cap will be! Hint: expect breath taking pictures followed by shenanigans 😉

Also…I wanted to make sure to say thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the happy anniversary wishes. It’s so great to be a part of this blogging community, and each and every well-wishes touches the heart!

Have a great Saturday! See you all tomorrow morning for a re-cap of my weekend of nature sights at Starved Rock, wineries, and a quaint, romantic Italian restaurant!



Bridesmaids Dresses and Couples Cooking!

It’s 7:30 and I could seriously pass out. I’m that tired because I’ve been running nonstop all day today, including running for 7 miles. I’m not used to that on Fridays!

After I got off work at 10:30 this morning, I headed straight over to the courthouse to get my name changed on my passport. Luckily, Caitlin had tweeted about how she needs to do this, and I saw her tweet. I say luckily, because I probably wouldn’t have remembered to do this until a week before I go on our cruise this year. Heh. Taking his last name sure is fun, but there’s a crap ton of stuff ya gotta do to make it legal! It’s a #1 reason not to get divorced. Haha..I kid, I kid!

Anyway, after going to the courthouse, I came home to work on my anniversary gift to Shane. It’s a bit personal, or else I’d share it with you all! Speaking of the anniversary again, Shane is taking me on a surprise trip tomorrow! However, I won’t be able to tell you all where until tomorrow. Don’t worry, I’ll keep my laptop on me wherever we go like the good little blogger I am 0;-)

Long Run…Friday?

So after working on the present, I decided I needed to go on my run. Unfortunately, mother nature again wouldn’t let me use my Garmin because a. the bugs are still here, and won’t go away until it cools down, and b. it was raining. So I grudgingly took my booty to the gym. I had planned on running my long run today, since I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to tomorrow or Sunday. The plan was to run a 10K. But then 4 miles in, I felt great, and was entertained by watching Days of Our Lives (greatest thing about going to the gym mid-day) so I decided to kick it up to 7 miles.

Boy was I a tired girl. I haven’t run more than 6.2 miles in three or four weeks, so my body felt the effect. All I wanted to do was go home and nap, while watching Dr. Oz. However, that wasn’t in the day’s plan! My best friend, Jessica is getting married next July, and today we went dress shopping! She looked beautiful in her dress. It’s not fair how gorgeous she is! 🙂 I won’t post the pictures of her in her dress, because I wouldn’t want her FH somehow stumbling upon them, but trust me, she was stunning.

We also picked out a few bridesmaids dresses. The day looked a lot like this for a good portion of it:

We ended up finding two that we liked. She’s having an outdoor wedding at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in July, so we wanted to make sure the dresses were light and airy!

Couples Cooking

A few hours later, I made the drive back home, and Shane and I started our anniversary weekend! It started out with cooking a dinner together.

On the menu:

  • asparagus
  • zesty’s maple carrots
  • cous cous
  • grilled chicken
  • stove top

Yep, stove top. For some reason Shane wanted stuffing, so I made what he wanted (just for him though!) I think it’s because he saw it on the cover of my Clean Eating magazine that just came in the mail.

And, I was out of pots, due to the carrots and cous cous cooking, so it ended up being microwaved stuffing! LOL Boy did he scarf it down though 🙂

I handled the sides:

While Shane manned the grilled goods:

Ta-da! It was such a good and filling meal! We were both ravenous, and ate every bite.

I have a feeling tonight will be an early night. We are both pooped, and we have to get up early tomorrow for the Walk For the Mind. I’m looking forward to this, and showing my support for my cousin 🙂

*phew* that was a long post.

Have you been a bridesmaid before? Does anyone have any funny/embarrassing/crazy stories about their dresses??