Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday Loves

with Jamie

Happy Wednesday girls! I have a lot to love today!

I'm loving that it is my first day of work. I'm sure I'll miss hanging out on the couch and taking long mid-day walks with Riley but it sure feels good to be working with children again and most importantly to be getting a paycheck.

I'm loving that my sweet fiance took me out to dinner last night to celebrate my new job and his successful presentation at work. (I'm also loving that said presentation is over - I have all the specs on the new mutual fund at his company memorized from being his audience while he practiced all weekend!) We went to a new hibachi restaurant in Hoboken - a lot of restaurants in New Jersey are BYOB so we brought a bottle of wine with us. 

I'm loving that Furman, where I went to college, was ranked SECOND for most rigorous schools in America. Everything makes so much sense now, my sleep deprivation, coffee addiction, etc. (Might I add it is ranked above schools such as Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford). I'm feeling very smart today.

I'm loving this cute Anthro top.

I'm also loving this cute fall dress. Wouldn't it look presh with a brown belt and heels?

Riley is loving our new accent rug in the living room. We all love it but I think he loves it the most because his legs usually slide apart when he sits up. The rug gives him a little friction against the hardwoods (and a great place to nap!)

I'm loving pink Hunter Wellies. I'm in need of high quality, cute rain boots living in Hoboken and walking everywhere. The pair I had all through college has long since worn out. But I don't know which color I like best. Everyone who reads this must leave an opinion, mmmk? (Both pairs would look nice with my rain jacket)

Baby pink or medium pink? 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bridal Talk Tuesday: eSession Inspiration

Happy Tuesday lovelies!

Life with Elizabeth

Corey and I are looking forward to our eSession in a couple weeks! Well...Corey isn't exactly looking forward to it, but he's doing it because he loves me and because of how excited I am for these pictures!

Our photographers are simply the best! I love them. They're a husband-wife team and they are so much fun. When I went for our consultation, I spent thirty minutes just talking before even getting down to business.

Meet Kristin and Aaron Byrum. They'll be doing our eSession, my bridals, and most importantly, our wedding day.
While perusing their blog for inspiration for our upcoming eSession, I found some images that I love!

All images {via} and subject to copyright. 

Aren't all of them perfect? I can't wait to see how our own photos turn out. I have several empty picture frames sitting around our house waiting to be filled with pictures from our eSession. 

Don't you just love engagement photos? 

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Misc. Monday (Home sweet home post hurricane!)

with Carissa at lowercase letters

Corey, Riley, and I are home post hurricane.

There is still a lot of flooding - there's three feet of standing water in our parking garage - yuck! And there are still many areas of Hoboken that are flooded. Luckily, we can get in and out of our apartment and nothing that belongs to us was damaged. And we have power!

Riley is glad to be back. He is absolutely exhausted from playing with Spanky non-stop for three days. He and Spanky, Corey's sister's dog, are trouble makers when they're together. They were out in the garage yesterday with Corey's dad when Spanky saw a chipmunk and took off running. Riley, of course ran after him. They were still running, with Corey's dad and I chasing after them, long after they'd lost the chipmunk - with their ears flapping in the wind and tongues hanging out. I almost had a heart attack worrying my dog was going to get hit by a car but Riley finally tired out and came over to me, tail wagging, like I hadn't been yelling at him to stop and sit for five minutes. Did I ever mention he almost failed obedience class???

The weather was good most of Saturday so Corey's mom and I did some shopping. We found an accent rug for my living room - I'm very excited about this and can't wait to pick it up tomorrow. She is an interior decorating goddess so I raided her storage room and found some solid brass lamps for our bedroom and two cute paintings to hang above our bed. Our apartment is almost ready for a blog tour!

I have another job interview today - I am so happy about this. I was offered a job in fashion retail last week, which would've been really fun. As would the 30% employee discount. However, with bachelor's and master's degrees in education, I do feel like I should be working in education. Agreed?

How exciting that Beyonce is pregnant! I don't get too caught up in celebrity gossip but I love when married celebs decide to start a family. Congrats Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Irene, you are not our friend!

Corey and I (and Riley too, of course) are still at his parents' house. The damage here from Irene was minimal, just tree branches down and some streams and really low lying areas flooding and overflowing. Currently, we're hearing the tornado warning sirens sound off every so often but hopefully the worst is behind us.

We were evacuated from Hoboken and are technically allowed to return tonight after 6pm however much of the city is without power and all of the roads around our apartment are flooded and inaccessible so I'm not sure what our plan is. We heard on the news this morning that powerlines on our street were down. Our apartment is on the seventh floor so I'm hoping that everything is ok there.

I'm hoping all of you are ok, too!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Homemade Guacamole (and a day of sightseeing)

Photo updated September 2015

Recently, I made homemade guacamole when Corey and I cooked fajitas for dinner. This is great as a side for any Mexican dish but also a good recipe for game day snacks during football season. It is always a big hit at tailgates or when we have people over to watch a game.

3 avocados
1 onion, diced
1 roma tomato, diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper (optional but we like our guac a little spicy)
1 clove garlic - minced
Fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp Lime juice
1 Tbsp EVOO
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a bowl (sometimes I make ours in a tupperware if I think we'll have some leftover for the next day), halve your avocados. Then remove skin and pits (set one aside).
2. Dice the tomato, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Add to bowl with the garlic clove, lime juice, and olive oil.
 3. Mash with a fork to your desired degree of "chunkyness." Corey and I prefer chunky guacamole but this recipe is delicious even if you prefer yours more creamy.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Serve with tortilla chips. If you aren't serving right away you will need to put one avocado pit in the bowl. This, along with the lime juice, helps keep the guacamole from turning brown and looking yucky.

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Recently, Corey and I had a day of sightseeing. We live so close to Liberty State Park, where the ferry leaves for Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty so we decided we would visit. When I taught fifth grade, one of the state standards was immigration through Ellis Island and both my students and I loved this unit. Plus, I'd always really wanted to see the Statue of Liberty up close.
 Our ferry - Miss New Jersey 

 Corey and I on the ferry 

 NYC skyline

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

 Lady Liberty 

Up close

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Go ahead, have a quick-e!

Happy Thursday ladies! I was missing in the blog world yesterday because I was busy job interviewing for several different jobs. More to come on that another day, though!

I woke up this morning, took Riley on a little walk, then settled down with my coffee to watch to Today show. Then it was interrupted with a local update on hurricane Irene. Hoboken residents are currently being encouraged to evacuate by tomorrow evening. It isn't a mandatory evacuation yet but everyone is being asked to move their cars out of town. Hoboken lies on a flood plain (streets will flood up to 10-12 inches with just a heavy night of rain.) Apparently we should expect several feet of flooding with hurricane Irene and it might look like this:
Moving on...we all know that I love at-home manicures and that I change my polish frequently. Usually 2-3 times a week. How do I manage this without getting frustrated with the wait time for my polish to try?

Meet quick-e drying drops by Essie. Also known as the best thing ever for home manicures. After you've polished your nails just squeeze a drop of Essie quick-e onto each one. The bottle comes with a dropper that screws on the bottle in place of the lid so you'll never lose it. Your nails will feel dry to the touch in thirty seconds. I still wait at least five minutes before taking a shower, getting dressed, unloading the dishwasher, etc. so I don't damage the polish but I've noticed that my nails turn out so much better since I discovered quick-e. It is a lifesaver for DIY manicures. The bottle is the size of an average bottle of nail polish and will run between $10-15. Don't let this deter you. Ten tiny drops per manicure are all you need so this bottle will last months! And I promise it will make your life so much easier - and definitely take the frustration out of DIY manis. Go ahead, have a quick-e.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bridal Talk Tuesday - Honeymoon Ideas

Life with Elizabeth

Happy Tuesday lovelies! Cortenay, our fabulous wedding planner, sent me an email with our September "to-do" list last night. One of the things she recommended was choosing our honeymoon destination. Corey and I have tossed around a number of ideas but we haven't really narrowed it down to one or two places that are strong possibilities. 

one: Fiji

 Corey has been really interested in traveling to Fiji. What a relaxing honeymoon! And not only is it gorgeous but there is so much to do - cavern tours, sea kayaking, sailing, snorkling, and scuba diving. You can visit a one-of-a-kind Hindu temple built in true Indian style and historic villages with traditional bures.

two: Hawaii

I would love to visit Hawaii. It is somewhere I've been eager to visit for most of my life. Scenic horseback rides, ziplining, snorkeling, surf lessons, visiting botanical gardens and cultural performances, and even being able to see Kilauea from Volcanoes National Park. 

three: Bora Bora

How pretty is Bora Bora? I'd love to see the fish in the coral gardens or visit Mount Otemanu. It would be so much fun to take a lagoon boat tour, take a kite surfing lesson, and lay out on the white sandy beaches. 

four. St. Lucia

How fun would St. Lucia be? Treetop canopy adventures, hiking through a rain forrest, or visiting the mineral baths. I'd love to visit the Morne Coubaril Estate, go kayaking, or go snorkeling at the Anse Chastanet Reef. 

five: Florence, Italy

Well, Florence isn't really an option. I think we'd prefer somewhere more tropical and relaxing, but I had the best time in Florence when we visited during my study abroad in college. I would love to go back and spend more time in Florence doing some touristy things. I love the historic sites (the Duomo, the statue of David, the Basilica di Santo Croce, the Museo di San Marco), markets and shops, and all the delicious restaurants! You can even take a one-day cooking course - how fun!

Ladies - where did you go on your honeymoon or where would you love to go someday?

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Misc. Monday

with Carissa at lowercase letters

I had a great weekend! And I got to meet some new people, which was great! On Friday, Corey and I went to our favorite happy hour bar ($1 drinks) and met some people he works with. It monsooned through our dinner reservation so happy hour turned into happy two and a half hours. We grabbed some delicious sushi once the rain stopped and headed into Manhattan to meet up with a few of Corey's other friends.

There is an annual festival in New York. The name of it is Parked and it is a festival of food trucks of all different varieties.
Corey and I intended to check this out on Saturday. We headed to the Path, which runs on a bizarre schedule anyway on the weekends, only to be evacuated two stops away (in Jersey City not Manhattan) because of a police investigation of a suspicious package on our train. We then tried to take the ferry into New York but it wasn't running. Finally, we gave up and ordered dinner in and spent a relaxing night with just the two of us.

One of the great things about New York is that there is always a festival or special event of some kind. On Sunday, there was a Blues and Barbecue festival on Pier 54. One of Corey's friends from work and his girlfriend joined us and it was a great time. One of the vendors had a sauce called "Carolina" which made me feel like I was home. 

We walked through Highline Park yesterday. It is a park built on elevated railroad tracks. Halfway through there are vendors selling coffee, gelato, etc. and the water fountains and elevators play funny "public service" announcements when you use them. I thought this place was really neat.

Corey and I have cooking a lot lately. Sometimes I'll cook a meal and sometimes he'll cook a meal but my favorite is when we work together and both cook parts. Last Thursday we made a Mexican dinner. He cooked fajitas and I made Spanish rice and fresh guacamole. Yum! Do you ever cook with your significant other?