[Halloween] Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend we hosted our 3rd Annual Halloween party, and it was a blast. I’m not a Halloween superfan, but we hosted the first Halloween party in the neighborhood three years ago, and since then it’s become our “thing.”


Cory and I have celebrated ten Halloweens together, but we’ve never dressed up in a couple’s costume, which I think is probably kind of weird. To make matters weirder, I normally do coordinate my costumes with my best friends. This year, Emily and I were Beauty Pageant Rejects, Miss Behavior and Miss Demeanor.


Fun fact: this is my prom dress and I was fucking thrilled that it fit this mom bod.


Hosting a party on a Friday night has its perks, but the only downside is having to all last minute stuff on a workday. Thankfully, Cory and I did a little bit decorating and cleaning every night during the week after Jack went to bed, so there wasn’t too much to get done before our friends started arriving around 8:00.

I’ve got to hand it to our friends, because everyone’s costumes were on-point, and out of the 50 people who came, there was not one duplicate!


Life, handing me lemons (and hard lemonade)

My friend/sorority sister/college roommate actually lives in the same neighborhood, and I was so pumped that she and her husband were able to make it!


It was Jack’s first night away (an entirely separate post is coming on THAT) so I had one drink the whole night. A few friends were like, WOO! A night without the baby DRINK UP! And I was like, WOO! I still have to get the baby in the morning! I never thought I’d say this, but I actually didn’t mind pumping the breaks on the alcohol. I feel like an old lady, but it felt great waking up without one trace of a hangover. Cory and I both felt so good that we swooped up Jack and spent the day in Farmville walking the High Bridge Trail before coming home to hand out candy.

It was a fantastic weekend from start to finish!

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I hope you guys had a fabulous weekend!

I’d love to know: Did you dress up for Halloween? 

New Stationery from Faye Street Studios

If you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you’re familiar with my best friend, Emily. She’s the person in my life who just gets me and is someone who still likes me despite the fact that I’m my genuine self around her. She’s the friend who I never have to entertain, but am always the most entertained with.


She’s totally awesome, and I’m always so proud of her. Whether it’s her amazing weight loss transformation or buying her own home or being a girl boss, I just think she’s the coolest.

The ‘girl boss’ part is pretty new, since she just started her own Etsy shop, Faye Street Studios, back in May. I don’t want to take credit for her success, but when she made Cory and I our wedding present (the lyrics of our first dance) I’m pretty sure I told her “you need to sell this stuff!” 


It only took her four years to heed my advice, but I’m so glad she did 😉 She seriously makes thee cutest prints, am I right?!


And while several “Emily originals” hang on the walls in our house, I have something new to add to my collection. I’m a note-writer to the core, and I have a love of personalized stationery. Because Emily can read my mind, she went ahead and made me the most precious little cards.

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I told her I wanted something simple with just my name at the top, and she went kind of overboard with giving me options to choose from.

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Narrowing down my favorite has been quite the struggle, but she assures me that this is a good problem to have (but she also once assured me that I should drink rum straight from the bottle, so there’s that…)

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I know I’m slightly biased, but I honestly think you need to check out her shop and follow Faye Street Studios on Instagram. She’s even offering you guys 20% off with the code LunchboxDiaries. 

Go buy all the things!

Fourth of July Weekend

Ugh, the Monday after a vacation is the worst day, isn’t it? I laid in bed for a beat longer this morning, wishing I was back at the beach with my family.

beachOn Thursday, Cory, Jack and I flew down to Pensacola, Florida to spend the holiday weekend with my family and close family friends (who might as well just be family, you know?) It was so good to be with this group for a few days just laughing and hanging out.

My family has a tradition of spending this holiday together, as well as a peculiar tradition of wearing matching outfits.

kids— Please check out my brother’s Tipsy Elves fanny pack 

(I don’t know why we all dress the same, but I know it’s something we’ve been doing since we were born.)


Everyone’s travel schedules had us trickling in at different times, but the whole group (all 12 of us) was together by lunchtime on Friday. I’ll admit, it was quite the treat to have 10 people who were chomping at the bit to have their time with Jack. Both Cory and I soaked up the opportunity to play “pass the baby” and enjoy some down time!

On Friday and Saturday mornings, my mom was basically camped outside our bedroom door waiting for Jack to wake up, and she would cuddle him for an hour or so while Cory and I took walks on the beach. It sounds so simple, but that alone time with Cory was easily one of my favorite parts of the trip.


Thankfully, the weather in Pensacola was perfect on the Fourth. I spent some time down at the beach with Whitney and Lindsay while Cory, my brother and my brother’s girlfriend went jet skiing, and copious amounts of adult beverages were consumed. I have to thank Wes from Tipsy Elves for sending us these fanny packs – they were perfect, and my brother never took his off.


My brother, Brian, is one of my favorite people in the whole world – he’s the funniest person I know. He’s the life of the party and absolutely ridiculous. I love, love, love spending time with him.


I don’t know if it’s because it was Jack’s first vacation with this group, but I left Pensacola with an extremely full heart. I’ll continue to blame it on the hormones for as long as I can, but having a kid has made me so GD sentimental. I think I finally understand all those moments when I was growing up and I’d look at my mom and say “MoOoOm, are you crying?! STOP CRYING.” 

So, until Jack can roll his eyes and I can embarrass him with my tears, I’ll just continue to happy cry over all the firsts and special moments of this weekend and not feel bad about it. Not one bit.

Weekend Wrap Up

Our friends Bobby and Whitney came to visit us this weekend! I had been looking forward to this for, like, a month, as we’ve understandably had pretty low-key weekends since Jack was born. It’s been semi-intentional/semi-organic, but once Friday hits all I want to do is spend time with my little family doing a whole lotta nothin’. I’m still in a place where having set plans or a full agenda makes me anxious because Jack’s schedule is unpredictable. I mean, I can estimate when he’ll fall asleep, eat, etc – but it’s not an exact science at all. 

Thankfully, the only thing on our agenda this weekend was WINE.

Jack woke us all up around 5:00 on Saturday morning, so we were at our first winery when the doors opened. We started with a tasting at Saude Creek and bought a few bottles to enjoy on the patio with a few snacks we brought along with us. After we (except Cory, he was the designated driver) were sufficiently buzzed, we headed to New Kent Winery for another tasting.



More bottles of wine were purchased.

Whitney and I enjoyed a glass on the porch while Jack napped in his stroller and Cory and Bobby played a few games of corn hole. We got back on the road around 4:00, and we were all in bed by 8:00. Thanks a lot, day drinking…

On Sunday, we said our goodbyes to Bobby and Whitney and headed out on a two-mile walk before heading to the grocery store, which has quickly become our Sunday routine. That afternoon, Emily and I made our way over to Lauren’s for a little spa party! The invite specifically instructed us to wear comfy clothes and no makeup — sign.me.up.


We got mini-facials along with other spa-like treatments (lip exfoliating, as seen above!), and it was the perfect way to wind down the weekend, even if we did look ridiculous 😉

Do you have any weekend rituals? 

Long walks and Sunday grocery shopping are ours!


I was Ready to Go

Let’s be honest, homegirl here likes to enjoy adult beverages every now and then. The biggest challenge for me during the 24 day challenge was that I had to be SOBER for 24 days.


At first I was like, psh, no big deal. And Monday thru Thursday, it wasn’t a big deal. It’s not like I drink vodka during the day very often but when it got to be the weekend I was like, FUCK THIS.

I think God knows what we need to help us succeed in life, and as such, I woke up on the first Saturday morning of my cleanse feeling like I got hit by a Mack truck.

Sinus infection.

Thank you, Jesus. That made my first stretch of sobriety very easy.

The rest of the challenge was a…challenge. Go figure. But I did it. And this past weekend was the first time I had tasted the sweet, sweet nectar in almost a month.


I did summa this:


And I quickly realized that 24 days of not drinking would quickly lead to summa this:


fact: this is not my couch.

While I surprisingly did not feel like shit the next morning, I surly did want to sleep in and have a quiet morning alone.

Apparently, Penny the Princess had other plans.


Digressing: I’m interested to see how that’s going to look in a few months. Currently, she’s 3 months old and weighs 40 pounds. And if that’s not an indicator of how big she’s going to get, these little baby paws might be 😉



Weekend Wrap Up

Hello, party people! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I made sure that mine was jam-packed with activities because Cory has been gone since Friday morning, and I get bored easily.

Friday, Jamie came over to spend the night because I simply hate sleeping alone in this big house. It’s totally rational to think that the murderers will stay away when my pretty girlfriend comes to sleep over. Right?

Saturday was brunch with Clare! She recapped our time together perfectly. Long story short, we’re in love and real-life friends now.


Leading up to brunch, I was super excited and slightly nervous. It was literally like going on a first blind date. Lucky for us, we hit it off immediately. She’s freaking hilarious, and I loved chatting about stuff that doesn’t make it on our blogs. It was a total blast.

That night I drank way too much sangria at my neighbor’s house, and got a late start on Sunday before making the drive to Norfolk to hang out with my brother for his birthday.

We drank, obviously. And we made musical history by performing the best duet of all time.


I totally see that guy in the back totally giving me the judge face, but what can you do? People are intimidated by our level of awesomeness.

Weekend Wrap Up: Celebration Style!

This weekend started off on the right foot: happy hour out on our deck. It’s weird how simply sipping a glass of wine and talking with my husband makes me feel like such an adult. I guess because a few years ago that sentence would have been: “throwing back shots with my boyfriend and yelling at a crowded party.”  Gone are the days… 😉

Saturday, our most favorite couple friends, Bobby and Whitney, came into town to visit. Oh, AND TO CELEBRATE THEIR ENGAGEMENT!!

We are just so beyond thrilled for them. They are absolutely perfect for one another and we’re so glad to celebrate with them during this exciting time.

Whitney and I spent the majority of Saturday morning/afternoon chatting about the wedding. It was so fun to hear about her plans, but it also made me reminisce about when I was planning my wedding.

So much so, that this may or may not have happened…

I was dared to wear my gown out to dinner, and as much as I wanted to, I changed back into my real clothes. We walked around downtown and stopped for cupcakes and drinks before heading out to dinner.

When you’re celebrating things like an engagement, dessert can come before dinner.

Dinner at Portico was delicious. I fell asleep on the ride home, Whitney and I watched Dance Moms while the boys played “yard golf” (?) and we were in bed by 10pm. Yep, it was perfect :)

Back from the Beach

I’m back from the beach! It was such a blessing to be able to spend time with the people who make up my “happy place.” We had great weather and I took full advantage of it – spending the majority of my time lounging by the pool.

When we first arrived, I handed out my gifts so we get things started off on the right foot.

Are those glasses not the cutest? I bought them for all the girls from a local shop called Its Letter Perfect. I’m working on monogramming everything I own some stuff, so I’m slightly obsessed with this place.

If the mugs were not enough foreshadowing for you, I’ll just put it out there: We like to match.

It was much less cheesy when we were in diapers, but there are some habits that ‘cha can’t shake, my friends.

We ate too much, drank too much, and probably did too much of nothing (is that really possible while on vacation?) but it was exactly what I needed! I couldn’t have asked for a better 5 days! :)

Great Weather, Great Weekend!

I don’t know about you, but since the weather made the drastic change from fucking miserable to absolutely gorgeous, I feel ecstatic. Even the simplest things are, like, the most fantastic things ever. 

And this weekend had no shortage of the most fantastic things ever.

Friday, it was my turn to host the monthly neighborhood bunco party. Nevermind the fact that I am becoming my mother, I had such a blast.

We all know that Susie Homemaker isn’t really my title, but I pretend to the best of my ability. I found this wine spritzer on Pintrest and it was a super huge hit.

On Saturday, after inhaling a bacon, egg and cheese bagel to quell my pending hangover, we spent ALL DAY doing yard work. It was so nice out, that I didn’t even mind the hours of manual labor.

Don’t let that dirt-eating grin fool you. That labor-loving feeling wore off on Sunday morning. We (read: Cory) are building a deck, and while I didn’t mind spending hours removing sod on Saturday, by Sunday, I was yelling across a 120-pound auger. Something along the lines of, Why aren’t we paying someone to do this?!, may have been thrown out there.

Regardless, Cory worked his ass off (he loves doing this kind of handy stuff) and I helped out where I could. As a result, I spent two days outside without sunscreen. I broke my cardinal WEAR SUNSCREEN rule and am ridiculously angry at myself.

(In case you didn’t know, I am the unofficial spokesmodel for Elmer’s Glue.)

I’m sure you’re upset that you weren’t here to witness the romantic pathetic act of Cory rubbing aloe all over my burnt, burnt body.

And that, my friends, is my mostly perfect weekend in a nutshell!

*If you take nothing away from this post, trust me on the sunscreen 😉


Boho Cycle Studio

Hi, friends! I have something real exciting to talk to you about today. I am super impressed with my friend Shannon – whom you may recognize from the delicious blog, Thirsty Richmond.

She’s freakin’ gorgeous.

Basically, Shannon is amazing. Not only is she stunning, loves food, and is genuinely likable – she’s started her own business, Boho Cycle Studio. Yeah, you read that correctly – HER OWN BUSINESS.

Shannon tells me that:

Boho Cycle Studio is Richmond’s only fitness studio specializing in and dedicated to indoor cycling. We have taken elements and ideas from yoga, mixed them with what it feels like to dance all night at a nightclub, and put it on a bike!

Unlike big gyms that offer indoor cycling, we dedicate all of our energy to making every class an exceptional ride. We have created a format that is a full body conditioning experience, geared to riders at every fitness level. There are no contracts or commitments required as we operate on a pay per class model.

We are dedicated to giving back to our community by promoting a healthy lifestyle. We provide discounted rides to students, fundraising rides for local charities, and healthy resources to riders and neighbors. Riding at Boho is not just a work out. It is an experience. A party on a bike!

Clip in. Let go. Enjoy the ride.

Here’s the cool part: Boho Cycle Studio, has been entered in a Start-Up Competition through the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and needs votes to get to the finals.

Voting starts TODAY and ends on THURSDAY. Here is what you have to do to vote.

1. Go to http://www.ie-rva.org/contest/start-up-competition-2013/

2. Click to vote and select Boho Cycle Studio

3. Repeat once a day for three days

4. Imagine Shannon and me high fiving you in amazing gratitude and thanks!

I realize that you, dear reader, may not be all about indoor cycling or even from Richmond, but at the end of the day, it is about so much more than that! It is about supporting a woman owned business that spreads the message of health, wellness, and having a great time!

I’m also not above a little incentive.

If you go and vote for BOHO (you DO NOT have to be a Richmond dweller) leave a comment telling me you did. I’ll put you in the running to receive some Love Grown Granola from my own pantry.

Thanks, friends!! Voting ends Thursday, so I’ll announce the LFG winna on Friday! :)