Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekend Recap - Link Up!!


Weekend Recap!!

Hello there friends!!  Today I'm linking up to share our weekend's activities!!

Friday Night

We went to dinner at one of our favorite seafood restaurants.  This place is great in the summer because it has 2 rooftop decks and you can get a great view of downtown Minneapolis while you dine!  I had a popcorn coconut shrimp plate with an orange marmalade dipping sauce.  YUMMY!!

We had an early appointment on Saturday morning, so we had a pretty low key Friday night.  We ended up getting into our sweats & watching Unsolved Mysteries.  It's sort of an inside joke with us, we got to talking about the show on one of our first dates and then ended up renting a DVD shortly after.  I bought a 'greatest hits' DVD awhile back and now it's just cute to reminisce!


We were up bright and early to go and get our taxes done.  Yuck!  Usually we do our own, but since 2012 was our first year married, we wanted to take them somewhere and be sure we did them right.  We were nervous about filing joint taxes, but (thankfully??) we both have enough school loans that we are actually getting a refund this year!  It only took about an hour and was completely worth every penny.  I have a feeling we won't be doing our own ever again!!

After we got our taxes done - we spent the rest of the day running some serious errands.  
We went to the post office, the bank, Nick got a haircut, then we let the serious shopping begin!

We hit up Target, Kohl's, Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware & a bunch of other shops in the mall.  We got some stuff for our apartment at Target, found a bunch of kitchenware on super sale at Kohls and I got a few new purses as well!!  It was a LONG day of shopping, but in the process, we discovered a new neighborhood to house hunt in!

my new purses!!

After we got home, I went on a cleaning rampage.  I went though all of the boxes that had been sitting around since we moved in (in 2010 -oops) and did a serious downsizing of my closet.  After I got through all of my clothes, I started posting some of my nicer things on EBAY, hoping to sell them.  We'll see what happens.  It does feel really good to get rid of a bunch of stuff and actually have ROOM in my closet again!!

believe it or not - this is the 'after' pic.  I'm too embarassed to show the 'before'
All the clothes I'm either selling on EBAY or donating 

Nick met up with some friends for dinner/beers on Saturday night (while I was in cleaning mode).  After he got back we had another Unsolved Mysteries date on the couch!


We spent the morning/afternoon attending open houses in one of the neighborhoods we discovered Saturday.  We actually found a house we REALLY liked.  It's overpriced for the neighborhood - so we aren't excited about that.  We'll see what happens though.  The up-side is that for the first time in all the months we've been looking - we finally found something we could actually see ourselves in!  On our way back from house hunting we went and got Shamrock shakes from McDonalds!  Yum!!  It's my favorite time of year (and the only time I eat at McDonalds).

We went and saw the movie 'Chasing Ice' at the cheap theater by our house.  The photography was simply amazing.  It's so sad to see what is happening to our planet though.  It really makes you re-think all of our actions and how they impact the world on a whole.

I spent the evening going through my office area and getting rid of all papers I don't need.  It was a bit ridiculous how much stuff I had accumulated.  I may have went a bit crazy with our shredder -it stopped working after while - oops!  Hopefully I didn't break it for good!  I still have a bit more stuff in the office that I need to go through, and then it's on to our basement storage unit.  I'm really trying to get rid of all the clutter in my life (and make room for wedding presents that are currently sitting in my aunt's basement...)

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!

Happy Monday!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday Social Link-Up

Sunday Social

Hello blog world.  Sorry I've been MIA this week.  It's just been one of those week's where I can't seem to get motivated to blog...
It's been a busy weekend at our house, so today post will be quick.  I'm linking up with the Sunday Social.
5 songs you’ll listen to the rest of your life: 
1. 100 Proof - Kellie Pickler
2. Everything - Lifehouse
3. Don't Stop Believing - Journey
4. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard
5. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

5 things on your bucket list: 
1. Visit all 7 continents - I've only made it to 2 so far
2. Visit all 50 states - I'm only at 27-ish
3. Figure out where I want to live
4. Buy a home
5. (maybe) have children

5 celebs you’d love to hang out with for a day: 
1. Britney Spears
2. Brian Williams
3. Carrie Underwood
4. Jennifer Lawrence
5. Will Ferrell

5 things you always carry on your purse: 
1. Hand Sanitizer
2. Chapstick (usually various types)
3. Bobby pins/hair ties
4. Kleenex
5. my Wallet

Note:  not really my purse

5 books on your reading list: 
1. Anna Karenina
2. A Small Furry Prayer
3. The Memory Keepers Daughter
4. 3 Cups of Tea
5. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy (I've tried a few times and can't get into them - but I'm determined!!)

Share the last 5 photos on your phone
I found these t-rex wristbands while doing a deep clean of our apartment (aka - unpacking boxes that had been sitting since we moved in in 2010)  One of my friends had these made back in 2008/2009 and they were 'all the rage' amongst my friends back then.  We literally all wore them around -sort of like a stupid fashion statement!  lol!

Nick, testing out a chair while we were shopping at Restoration Hardware...

Popcorn Shrimp at Stella's Fish Cafe - YUM!!!

My drink at Stella's

A dress I'm trying to sell on EBAY

I hope you all have a great Sunday!!  We've got another busy day ahead of us, but check back tomorrow for my weekend update!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Our Weekend - Chicago Trip!

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Oh Chicago, we love you.
This weekend Nick and I took a quick getaway to Chicago!  We hadn't been there in about a year and decided a weekend away was in order.

Our flight was delayed on Friday due to this latest storm...  
While we were waiting (and watching the snowplows hard at work) we enjoyed some beverages and food in the airport bar..

Saturday, we started off the day by going to one of my FAVORITE breakfast places.  I love love love breakfast.  It's seriously my favorite meal of the day.  We stumbled across this restaurant in Las Vegas last year and when I saw they had a Chicago location, we had to go!

Nick got a bloody mary and I got a spiked hot chocolate!!  Then we got to the main event!  I had a smoked salmon scrambler and Nick had eggs, bacon and a Snickers pancake!  It looked delicious!!

After breakfast we just spent time walking around and dropping into the shops on Michigan Ave.

We happened to stumble across Subway's new adventure?

Astrology Readings???

We also stopped into another bar for some beverages...

Note the Gap bag in the background...

Saturday night we met up with some friends for dinner and then spent the night out in the Wicker Park neighborhood.  It was a great time!

Sunday we got up and took the L back to the airport for our flight back to MN. 

It was a quick getaway - but very needed!!

I hope you all had fabulous weekends!!