WIAW: Seattle Eats

Hi everyone!

I am back from Seattle and feeling a little bit out of sorts this morning. My body isn’t quite sure if it’s on East or West Coast time. I’m not even really sure what day it is. I sure hope it’s Wednesday though because I’ve got some of my Seattle eats to share with you!

When I arrived on Sunday, I headed straight to Pike’s Place Market where it took me exactly one hour to figure out what I wanted to eat. There were so many choices after all! I finally decided on eating at this small little soup and sandwich shop with some great views of the water front.  Salad bar and clam chowder for the win!

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Come Sunday night, I was so exhausted that all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and sleep. Thankfully, room service was to the rescue! I had a kale caesar salad with some spinach mashed potatoes and a glass of wine (to help me sleep better of course..).

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Breakfast on Monday went unpictured since it was a working breakfast and all. For lunch though? Oh man! We went to Dahlia Lounge which is a Tom Douglas owned restaurant. Apparently, Tom Douglas is a bit of a celebrity chef in the Seattle area and owns a ton of restaurants which all get rave reviews. I can now see why! I had the chicken cobb salad with green goddess dressing and have to say it was one of the best cobb salads I’ve ever had.

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For dessert, they brought us several slices of coconut cream pie. Y’all. It was the best pie I’ve ever had in my life. If I could marry a pie, it would be this one. If you ever find yourself in Seattle and you like coconut, then you must get this!

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That evening, we stopped at Aqua along the waterfront for some drinks and appetizers. Aqua has beautiful views of the waterfront, so it made for a really enjoyable pre-dinner spot. One the menu? A pineapple martini and then a sampler of truffles, crab and ahi tuna.

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My final food stop in Seattle sure was a memorable one! We had reservations at Wild Ginger which is a family style Asian cuisine restaurant. The question here is not what I ate, but rather what didn’t I eat. We all ordered dishes to be split among the table, so I ended up trying a bit of everything. Seriously, everything I tried was delicious. I actually have no pictures of the food itself because I was too busy stuffing my face, so you will just have to take my word for it.

The highlight of the evening was when we found out that the Secretary of State, John Kerry, was dining three booths down from us. Politics aside, we got way too much laughter out of this. On his way out, Mr. Kerry was nice enough to take a picture with our group. Despite the fact that it looks like a cardboard cutout, I can assure you it’s the real deal.

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Overall, Seattle definitely impressed me in the food department. My one regret? I didn’t get enough fresh seafood!

Hope you all have a great day and eat something yummy for me : )

What’s your favorite type of pie?

When you travel, do you try new to you foods that are local delicacies?

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Weekend Recap: Sunny in Seattle

Hello from Seattle! (or as I refer to it – the land of Starbucks and McDreamy).

I’m here for just a few short days with work, but am trying to make the most of it. This is actually my second trip to Seattle, but considering the fact I was 14 when I first came, there’s a lot I don’t remember.

Today is pretty much a day dedicated to work, so Sunday afternoon was my only real opportunity to sight see. So, because I’m tired and jet lagged and can hardly see to type at this point, I hope you don’t mind a sentence per picture style recap…

One of these days, I will get tired of taking pictures out of airplane windows. Yesterday was not that day.

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I finally made it to the famous Pike’s Place market which was so overwhelming in the best way possible.

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Can you believe those gorgeous floral arrangements were only $10? The ladies of Seattle must get some very nice flowers from their men every week!

pikes-place-marketSo many fresh fruits and veggies!

pikes-place-marketI wanted all the seafood too. And yes, I did see someone throw a fish.

pikes-place-marketOutside the Space Needle.

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Thank goodness for nice people who will take photos for you. Somehow, I don’t think this would have all fit in a selfie.

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 I know Seattle is known for their dreary weather, but both times I have been it’s been sunny and gorgeous. Maybe Seattle really likes me or something? ; )

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That’s all for now! I’ll be back on Wednesday to share some of the (hopefully) delicious food Seattle has to offer.

Hope you have a great Monday!

Thanks Erin for the Weekend Snapshot link-up!

Have you ever been to Seattle?

What’s your worst experience with jet lag?

What was the most exciting thing you did this weekend?

 

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It’s the Little Things

What up, Wednesday?

On a scale of 1-10, how awkward was that for an intro? It was slightly inspired by Tom from Parks and Rec, so I’m sure it was pretty awkward.

I feel like I always say the same things during my intros, so I’m trying to switch it up a bit…probably with no success. : )

Today I want to recognize the little things in life that make us smile – that give life character – that makes us happy.

It’s the little things like…

  • Coming into work to find a sweet treat from a sweet coworker (or is this her nice way of saying I have hangry issues?).it's-the-little-things
  • FaceTime sessions with friends who live eight hours away
  • When someone sends you a quote that so perfectly describes how you feel about life at the moment.it's-the-little-things
  • Your dad running out to Firehouse just to get you a brownie because you’ve been talking about it all weekend.
  • Seeing a sunset that you wish you could paint.

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  • Booking airplane tickets
  • Finding old letters you wrote to friends. Bonus points if the letters are inside jokes.

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What little things in life are making you smile lately?

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Weekend Recap: Let the Good Times Roll

Happy Monday, friends!

I hope you had another fun weekend and Mother’s Day!

I’m running a bit on no sleep over here, so let me go ahead and apologize for any spelling/grammar errors that might appear in this post. Let’s just all pretend they were completely intentional or something. Deal?

Soooo, this weekend….seriously perfect again. All because of Friday.

After work on Friday, Kerri and I headed up to Greenville for the Tour de Compadres with Colony House, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Ben Rector, and (one of my favorite bands of all time) Needtobreathe.

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Kerri and I both walked away saying it was probably the best concert we have ever been to – and we’ve been to our fair share of concerts together. All the bands were so incredible live. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Needtobreathe a few times, so I knew what to expect, but they completely blew all my expectations out of the water. If I could relive that concert over again every weekend, I so would.

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If you want a little taste of just how awesome the show was then you can check out these two videos from Mr. Ben Rector and Needtobreathe:

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This picture pretty much sums up the entire evening…

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Kerri and I might have gotten a bit turned around on the way home (thanks for nothing, Siri!), so I didn’t get to bed til around 2 AM. Thankfully, Saturday was pretty relaxing for the most part until the evening when Kerri and I had plans to meet up for dinner and to see Shrek the Musical at the Imperial Theater downtown.

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Can I confess something here? Would that be ok with y’all?

I’ve never seen Shrek. Not in it’s entirety at least. I think it was a good thing though since I was able to enjoy the musical itself without comparing it to the movie. I was so impressed by the caliber of talent of the cast. The actor who played Shrek nailed the role! The way they handled Lord Farquaad’s character was absolutely hilarious. When he first made his entrance onto the stage, the audience could not stop laughing.

Overall, I was so impressed by the quality of the musical which reminded me that I really need to make the effort to go support my local theater more. I guess I can tend to be a Broadway snob sometimes. I’ll own it! But there was something so nice about being able to have such a fun, enjoyable night out at the theater all in my hometown. It will definitely be happening more!

Sundays are seriously my favorite days of the week. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that before, but it’s worth saying again. I went to church and lunch with my dad before doing some grocery shopping for the week. Yes, I spent pretty much all of Mother’s Day with my dad. Does this mean I have to spend Father’s Day with my mom?

The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing with my cat children because, as one of my coworkers reminded me, I am a cat mom after all : )

Thanks for the Weekend Recap link-up, Erin!

What did you do this weekend?

For the moms out there – how were you honored yesterday?

 

 

 

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The Woman I Hope to Be

Happy Friday, friends!

This weekend looks like it will be another busy one between a concert tonight and a play downtown on Saturday night. There are no complaints here though!

Well, actually, there is just one complaint. With Mother’s Day being on Sunday, I’m sad that I will not be able to spend this day with my mom. But that’s one of the sacrifices that comes from living in a different state than half your family sometimes.

So, since I won’t be able to share on this actual day with my mom, it got me thinking about my mom and the qualities about her that I hope have been instilled and passed along to me. If I ever become half the woman that she is – half the mother – then I will be doing pretty well in life.

1. Being a woman of God

This photo was taken for one of the countless church directories we had growing up as a family. One thing I am, quite literally, eternally grateful to my mom for is her insistence on raising me in a home where God’s love was not only preached, but also practiced. Church on Sundays was as much of a weekly necessity as going to the grocery store. There were some days when I would drag my feet and not want to go to another Bible study or church fall festival, but looking back I am so beyond grateful for those times. They helped shaped me into the person I am today without a doubt.

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2. Making a house a home

I don’t know how my mom did it growing up. She worked, volunteered at church, and raised me all while keeping our house spotless and making sure a healthy dinner was always on the table. I’m doing good just keeping my two cats alive on most days. My mom had the ability to transform a regular house into a welcoming atmosphere. She was and is a great host. All my friends knew they were always welcome at my house and could stay however long they wanted/needed. One day when I have my own home and family, I hope that I am able to have the same open door policy that lets people know they are valued, safe and loved.

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3. Graceful

I guess there are technically two separate descriptions of the word graceful. One relates to the physical act of being graceful – it’s how you walk and how you maneuver your body. My mom is certainly not that (neither am I – thanks for passing that along, Mom!). However, the other way graceful can be used is to describe your personality. And in that way, my mom more than fits the bill. Being graceful is the act of showing others grace and kindness even despite their shortcomings. It’s an elegance that exudes from a person. My mom has always been more than graceful towards me in my countless mistakes growing up and in how she handles conflict with others.

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4. Big-hearted and selfless

If you ask my mom where she got her big-heart from, she will tell you without hesitating that it came from her dad. My mom is the type of person who will quite literally give you the shirt off her back if you need it. She is the most selfless person I know. Hands down. Christmastime is always a ridiculous affair because of all the gifts she buys everyone. I mean, everyone. Go ahead and put what you want in the comments because there is a good chance she will get it for you. Every year I tell her she doesn’t need to do all of that and her response is always, “I know I don’t need to, but I want to.” My mom truly finds her joy in bringing joy into other people’s lives – especially her family.

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I could go on and on about the qualities I admire about my mom, but will stop for now. Thanks for always sacrificing so that I could have the best life possible growing up, Mom! I know I probably didn’t always express my gratitude at the time, but looking back now I realize just want an impact it all made on me. Love you!

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I hope you all have a Happy Mother’s Day and cherish the time you have with your mother if you get to spend the day with her! I know there are also people out there who won’t be able to spend Mother’s Day with their mom’s like me for varying reasons. I hope you are able to cherish the lessons that your mom taught and instilled in you.

To all the Mom’s (especially the new moms – I’m thinking of you Melissa!) out there, I hope y’all have a blessed Mother’s Day weekend! Thank you so much for all the hard work you do everyday that goes unnoticed. Thank you for caring, for loving and for being the best examples you can be to your children! The world is an infinitely better place because of y’all!

What are your Mother’s Day weekend plans?

What is one lesson your mom taught you that has always stuck with you?

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Happy May 6th!

Poor May the 6th…

After May 4th (May the Fourth be with you) and May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), May 6th must just feel a bit left out. It’s kind of like December 26th or January 2nd. 

So, in an effort to make May 6th feel a bit more special, I’ve decided to share six life lessons that I’ve learned lately. Beware, these may get pretty deep : )

#1: Being a ‘smart girl’ isn’t so bad after all.

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#2: Late night movies are a thing of the past.

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#3: Recycling is your friend.

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#4: Pam and Jim will always be the perfect couple in my eyes.

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#5: If you don’t like Friends, then we can’t be friends. #sorrynotsorry

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#6: When you get your priorities straight in life, everything else falls into place.

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Hope you have a great May the 6th – go make it special!

Did you do anything to celebrate May the 4th or Cinco de Mayo?

What is something you have learned about life lately?

 

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Weekend Recap: First Time for Everything

 Happy Monday again!

It feels like I just typed that exact same sentence. Oh, how quickly time flies when you are having fun!

This weekend was filled with more great memories and not a lot of anything productive. Isn’t that how weekends are supposed to be though?

It all started on Friday night when my friend Jennifer convinced me to sign up last minute for the Rock n’ Run 5K benefitting some area nursing homes. The 5K course was at Blanchard Park which is a route I was very familiar with…for being a beast. Seriously. The 5K route at this park is all on trails and it’s the hilliest course I’ve ever done. So, I signed up with every intention of just taking it easy and not even caring about my time on this race. 

When I woke up on Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the day was probably as beautiful a day as a girl can ask for this time of year. Clear skies. Not too cold, not too hot.

rock-n-run-5k Despite all the hills, Jennifer and I managed to come in 1st and 2nd in our age category (19-31) which was the most hilarious thing ever to us. Mostly because there were only a little over 100 people in the race to begin with, so we pretty much just lucked into getting the medals. Secondly, we never, ever thought we would ‘win’ our age category at a race. Oh well, guess there’s a first time for everything. And also a last because I can pretty much guarantee this will never happen again.

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 After our “big win”, we naturally had to celebrate by getting Mexican and spending the rest of the afternoon shopping. Jennifer introduced me to a new store that is basically an outlet for Free People and Anthropologie. It’s one of those stores where you have to dig to find things, but when I walked out of there with three super cute new shirts for less than $30, I was a happy camper. 

After shopping, I dropped by my friend Leeanne’s house for a much overdue visit. Plus, I got to hang with Moo the pig again which is always a joy. 

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 After a whirlwind Saturday, I met up with Dominique and Clay at Mellow Mushroom for some dinner before heading to the movie theater to meet up with Kerri to see the new Avengers movie. Clay was a little disappointed that his picture didn’t make the blog on Friday like Kerri and Dominique, so I made sure to get a “blogworthy” photo to make up for it.  

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 As for the movie…Well, I wish I could tell you how the movie was, but it was such a serious struggle for me to stay awake. I feel like I have been going non-stop since last weekend pretty much and a 9:30 PM movie was just the icing on the cake for my exhausted self.

After church on Sunday, I finally took some time to slow down and nap with my BFF. As you can see, he was judging me majorly in this moment.

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 And that’s a wrap on another weekend! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Thanks for the weekend recap, Erin!

Did you race any this weekend?

What was the highlight of your weekend?

What do your friends/family think of your blog?

 

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Friday Faves: It’s May!

Happy Friday everyone! I suppose a happy first day of May is in order as well!

I’m not quite sure where this week (and month quite frankly) went, but I am not complaining one bit about the fact that another weekend is just a few hours away from us.

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth saying again: Y’all are just seriously so amazing and kind. Many of your comments on my Wednesday post just reaffirmed the beautiful friendships that this blog has allowed me to make over the past year and a half. I didn’t mean to concern you at all with my post on Wednesday! I am doing just fine – more than fine, actually – pretty darn fantastic would be more like it. However, my heart was burdened on Wednesday like it often gets for all the heartbreak that was going on in our world. Between the news and my Facebook feed, it seemed like all I saw were non-stop stories on the earthquake in Nepal, the situation in Baltimore…etc. Between all of that, I needed to be reminded to be still and to not let the chaos of what goes on in the world affect my inner peace and the truths that God has promised.

OK. Enough seriousness on a Friday! I just wanted to clear that up, so y’all weren’t worrying about me : )

Now, back to some regularly scheduled programming with a new edition of Friday Faves. Here are just a few of the things that I am loving lately:

1. Fave Restaurant: Zoe’s Kitchen

Last night I met up with three of my favorite people in the world, Kerri, Dominique (hey, Dom!) and Clay, for dinner at Zoe’s Kitchen. It just opened yesterday, so we were treated to those huge cups you see in the pictures which means that we can have refillable free drinks for the next 30 days – what a deal! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Zoe’s Kitchen like I was, it’s basically a counter service Mediterranean type restaurant. The food all seems very healthy and it was super good. I had a Greek salad and fell in love with their no-mayo potato salad.

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 I don’t know how that cookie got there…

2. Fave Plan: Girl’s trip to NYC

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Y’all know by now that I get the NYC itch every couple of months. Considering the fact that the last time I was in NYC was Christmas, I’d say I’m overdue. My best friends just so happen to agree, so we are officially planning NYC Girl’s Trip 2015! Poor New York, I don’t think it even knows what’s about to happen.

3. Fave Purchase: Q & A Journal

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 I found one of the coolest things ever at Cracker Barrel over the weekend. (On a side note, how does Cracker Barrel always have the cutest, most unique things?) It’s a Q&A journal that spans for 5 years. It has a different question for each day and five blanks underneath for you to write the year along with your answer. I think it’s going to be SO cool to see how my answers change to each question over the next five years. A few of the questions are:

- What can you smell right now?

- When was the last time you had an inspiring conversation?

- What are you chasing at the moment?

Whoever came up with this was genius!

4. Fave Fashion Accessory: Hats

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Let me preface this by saying that I am not a hat person. Never have been. However, that just might be changing. Last weekend before going to the beach, I made a last minute decision to buy a big, glamorous beach hat from Target to protect my face from the brutal Florida sun. It ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve made in awhile. Maybe next year I’ll finally be ready for the Kentucky Derby or a royal wedding?

P.S. I promise the guy in the background was not streaking!

5. Fave Music: Andy Grammer

I know Andy Grammer is not a new artist whatsoever. I’ve heard his previous songs on the radio and always enjoyed them, but his new song “Honey, I’m Good” is probably the most catchy thing ever. I have found myself downloading all of his songs. It’s impossible not to feel happy when listening to an Andy Grammer song. Go ahead, I dare you.

 

 

 Also, Lindsey from Fit Life Pursuits was kind enough to ask me to be a part of her healthy living bloggers questionnaire. The last post of the Q&A is up today, so y’all should definitely check it out! Thanks, Lindsey : )

Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for your today. Enjoy your first day of May and try to avoid Justin Timberlake’s curly haired little face as much as possible!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Have you been to Zoe’s Kitchen?

How do you feel about hats?

 

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Mondays…Who is ever happy to see a Monday? Particularly when a Monday signifies the end of your quick weekend vacation?

Ok, I’ll stop focusing on the negatives and focus on the positives instead : )

This past weekend was another one for the books! Between last weekend and this weekend, I’m already feeling kinda bad for this upcoming weekend because there is just no way that it can live up to the new standard that has been set.

Let’s get onto the recap and fun!

On Friday, I left Augusta not so bright and early to head down to the Bradenton/St. Petersburg area for the wedding of one of my good high school friends. I tried to pack as much as I could into the short time that I was given. If the weekend had one theme, it would definitely have to be “reunions.”

My dad picked me up from the airport on Friday and we headed straight to Anna Marie Island for some MUCH needed beach time. There’s just something about salt water, I swear it has healing properties!

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 Friday night I was able to meet up with my ‘god parents’ and my uncle and cousin for a nice (picture less) seafood dinner.

Saturday was spent lounging around by the pool until it was time to head to the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club for the wedding. The actual ceremony was under this absolutely beautiful, majestic tree which provided much needed shade against the Florida heat. Then the reception moved on to the shuffleboard courts (yes, there was shuffleboard playing!). It almost felt a bit like a high school reunion since I saw people I haven’t seen in years – some since I graduated even.

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 Nastasia and Olivia – two of the sweetest girls I’ve ever known. 

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 Emma just so happens to be getting married next! 

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 Katherine – the beautiful, shuffle boarding bride!

One thing I was really looking forward to at Katherine’s wedding (as bad as it may sound) was the food. Katherine has been in culinary school and even has a blog where she shares some of her decadent dessert recipes. So, I knew that the food and desserts specifically would be ridiculously amazing. I wish I had been able to get a picture of the entire set-up of desserts because it was so impressive and was gone within minutes. It included macaroons, homemade chocolates and pastries and peanut butter milk served in the cutest of bottles.

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Thankfully, between the shuffle boarding and dancing, I think I burned everything off (or so I tell myself).

Now onto Sunday which was just as epic and awesome in a completely different way. I met up with my old high school friend, Phil, to go to Universal for the day – specifically to visit one of my favorite places in the world: Hogwarts!

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Back in high school, Phil and I always had a mutual love of all things Disney and theme parks. We’ve managed to keep in touch over the years about certain nerdy theme park/Disney news. So, when I knew I was coming down for the wedding, a day at a theme park seemed like a no brainer!

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 Yes, I am wearing a Hogwarts shirt. Don’t be jealous of all the coolness going on in this photo.

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 Note to future self: selfies at the end of a long day of theme park fun (including two water rides that leave you drenched) and walking in the Florida heat, may not be the best idea and you will end up looking completely gross and hating yourself.

We finished the day at Cowfish in Citywalk which combined the best of both worlds in my opinion: sushi and burgers!

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 Now, I’m sitting in my dad’s apartment procrastinating on packing all of my stuff up for my afternoon flight. I guess I gotta go back to reality at some point. Thankfully, reality also contains some pretty cute cats and awesome friends that I’m anxious to get back to as well.

Enough about me, tell me about your weekend!

What is the most unique thing you have done at a wedding reception?

Has anyone tried peanut butter milk before? If so, I’m accepting recipes : )

Thanks to Erin for the weekend recap link-up!

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