Thankful Thursday #5


Exciting news all around:

We are officially on the road trip of our lives! DJ is picking me up at work and we will be driving to DC and staying overnight to get some much needed rest. Then, up an at em bright and early on Friday to make the 8 hour trip to the ATL. It’s still surreal…

Secondly, I want to thank Tyler from Thrive in 1455 for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award! Being new to the blogging world, this is a huge excitement for me and I’m just so thankful that people may actually enjoy reading about my life!.


A little info about the award:

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.

  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.

  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself

  • Nominate 10 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I am adopted but people always comment how I resemble my mother and father at times. Nature vs Nurture at hand!
  2. I’m from Boston, Drew is from Chicago and he lived in CT when we met in Boston….now we are moving to Atlanta together!
  3. I love the Patriots, but I’ve never been a Brady fan…weird right?
  4. I am an Aquarius which is completely appropriate because of my love of the water and mermaids!
  5. I hate imitation flavored Watermelon and Strawberry anything!
  6. I have at least 1 cup o’Joe everyday.
  7. Despite being from Boston, I don’t have much of any accent.

10 Bloggers

  1. Thrive in 1455
  2. Oh My Veggies
  3. Camo and Lipstick
  4. Blonde Ambition
  5. The Nectar Collective
  6. Crystal Michelle’s Mess
  7. Postcards from Rachel
  8. Living in Yellow
  9. Cupcake and Cashmere
  10. A Girl, A Style

Definitely check out these bloggers!

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Moving Day & Weekly Wishes Linkup

It’s finally here!!! Today is moving day!


After I finished up packing up my CT life around 8pm last night, DJ and I headed to one of our favorite spots, Plan B Burger Bar, for a quick bite. Being a typical male (no offense) he still wasn’t finished packing so we ate quickly and headed home. Frantically throwing things in boxes definitely raised my BP and I admittedly was quite the grump going to sleep. But this morning, I am filled with excitement knowing that as of Friday, I will be a Georgia Peach!



Bye Bye CT Master Bedroom


My living room all packed up!

Being the blog reader that I am, I stumbled upon Melyssa @ The Nectar Collection who is doing a weekly personal goal link up. Melyssa’s blog is very inspirational. It’s all about living a positive, beautiful life. What’s not to love about that??? I thought this would be a great linkup to begin using since I’ll be on the job search as of Monday.



1. Share your posts about your goals, challenges, or wishes for the week, month, year, decade, whatever! Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted. 

2. Link back to this site so others can get their goal-setting on, too! You can use the button below if you’d like!

3. You can link up your posts on any day of the week, but the most common day to do so is Monday. 🙂

4. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL! You MUST visit the person’s blog who linked up directly before you and leave them a motivating comment. This is such an important part of this linkup! We are each here to encourage each other and build a community of determined women and friends. 🙂 If you do not do this, your post will be deleted from the link-up.


My personal goals for the week:

  1. Survive the drive to ATL. DJ and I are leaving on Thursday afternoon and making our way to DC for the night. I think once we’re in the car, the adventure will start. Right now, it’s just so stressful!
  2. Unpack the new apt. Our boxes are supposed to arrive between Mon-Wed. I’m hoping we can continue to downsize our belongings as we open the boxes. We do however have 1400sq ft so we won’t be lacking space…hopefully 🙂
  3. Continue the job search. What’s more stressful than packing and moving? Job hunting…ugh. Anyone in ATL hook me up!!!!

Also, shout out to my dad on his birthday!!!! Happy Birthday Dad! I love you!


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High Five for Friday #4


#TGIF and #HighFiveforFriday!!!! Things I’m loving this week

1. Fall is fabulous!

Fall weather is upon us here in CT and it’s gorgeous! Makes me spring into action mode as the crisp air breezes through my patio door. However, a bit of an Indian summer is going to hit us this weekend. It’s supposed to be in the mid-80s!!! Hopefully that will draw 1,000,000 people to my yard sale tomorrow 🙂

2. Movers R Us

What is it about moving companies that totally feels like a scam? Quoted for one thing, only to find out it doesn’t cover major things…”Oh that’s an extra $$$” Seriously? In my next life, imma be a moving company…or a doctor…or a lawyer…or just pay attention in college. Anyways, I’m happy this will be all over with in a mere 2 weeks from today!!! Holla!!!!

3. Last Hurrah in Boston

Because of the move, we’ve planned a lil getaway to Boston aka my olde hometown, to see our friends one last time before we leave. Bittersweet, I know, but I’m grateful for the people in my life and for the city I spent my 20s in.

4. Fall (work) clothes in ATL

So, currently living in New England with fall temps of about 50°…moving to ATL with fall temps of about 75°….are boots still appropriate? My coworker and I like to keep our office at a balmy 75° at all times. Our bosses appreciate it, as do some of the nurses that stop in to “Warm up.”


5. Decorating

Can’t wait to grab some cute fall decorations from Target to accessorize the new digs. We have a lot of black/dark furniture so we are thinking of a dark red in the bedroom…bringin sexy back!jt

How was your week??

Linking up with Katie @ Mishaps & Mayhem

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Thankful Thursday #4


Today’s Thankful Thursday is being linked up with Charlene @ From Bisons to Buckeyes. What a cute name!

Just a rainy Thursday in good olde CT, making it hard to be motivated to do much today. Alas, I am currently in all modes MOVE at the moment.
Finding a mover. Finding boxes. Packing said boxes. Hosting a yard sale this weekend – parting ways with my yard sale goods 😦 Ahhhh the stress!! Must manage to find thankfulness!!!!!

Today is my mom’s 60th birthday! I chose this comical pic because it reminds me of  a restaurant we’d frequent in college. EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE would go to this little Mexican joint, Monterrey’s, in Burlington, NC, on their birthday. They would make you wear a ridiculous sombrero while serenading you in a lovely version of a Spanish happy birthday. All followed up with a shot of tequila! Man, I miss that!

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I wish I could be there to celebrate, but with the move and tying things up at work, I can’t. However, I will be there at the end of October! Save me some cake!!!

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DJ and I treated ourselves to some Southern cooking last night going to Black-Eyed Sally’s, a BBQ and Blues joint in downtown Hartford, CT.  We started with the Burnt Endz – crispy chunks of beef with BBQ sauce. A favorite in this house. For dinner I had the Salmon with a honey BBQ glaze. It was served with garlicky green beans and collard greens. Definitely tasty, definitely needed a mint afterwards. My favorite part of dinner was the dessert! We had the Peach and Berry Pie served in a mason jar and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. YUM-O!!

I am soooo happy that it’s Thursday aka Baby Friday to DJ. I’ve been a powerhouse or productivity this week, trying to tie up loose ends and plan for this move in oh, 15 days, 19 hours and 4 minutes. I feel the panic attack coming on. It will be OK though. DJ is going to FL this weekend so it will give me time to really focus on packing and purging. Two things that will really make me feel better in the long run. There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of crap everywhere.

Thursday also means FOOTBAAAWWW!!!!!! I sported my Bears jacket on Monday night in support of my love, however please note that I am and always will be a Pats fan.

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Please excuse the packing mess behind me!

One more day til Friday my dears….you can do it!

Peace, love & spanks

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Apartment Hunting in the ATL

What a whirlwind of a weekend! We flew in to ATL on Friday night and were lucky enough to get 1st Class on the second leg of our flight so we enjoyed a little imbibing while discussing our Saturday agenda.


We stayed at the Marriott Glen Autograph Collection and it was AMAZING! It was totally artsy and I loved the decor!

IMG_4373Bright and early Saturday morning we met up with Susan, our Realtor to start the apt hunt. We had 6 properties to see by 11:30am so we had our running shoes on!

The first place we saw was only a 1 bedroom so we were outta there in literally 3 minutes…See ya!

The second place completely blew us away. Located downtown, this 27th floor apt had 2 bedrooms with floor to ceiling windows, a balcony, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. It was breathtaking! One of my favorite amenities was the rooftop pool…painfully beautiful!

IMG_4361We went to a few more places with Susan and then headed off on our own. We went to the AMLI apartment complex which I had found through a Google search. We loved it! Located in the Old 4th Ward area, it boasts an entrance to the Beltline which is a combo of rail, trail and greenspace that is in the works. Ultimately, when the project is completed it will connect 45 neighborhoods in town and run approximately 26 miles. I can’t wait to get out there for a jog or bike ride!

We knew AMLI was definitely the place for us almost immediately, the toughest choice was deciding which unit we wanted. More space? Better view? Cheaper price? We had soooo many options that we decided to sleep on it. Sunday morning after brunch in Midtown we headed over to AMLI to sign the lease. We had the hysterical leasing agent, Lisa, walk us through the options once again and we finally choose our place! I can’t wait to show ya’ll once we’re moved in and settled!

We headed off to the airport for our flight around 4pm and upon checking in we stumbled upon a jackpot. Apparently Southwest Airlines decided that we were the lucky winners and spit out 4 beverage coupons for our flights home. Cheers!!!

**Please note the guy in the corner laughing at our excitement**


As an added surprise, a few months ago, at a wedding in Chicago, I noticed that one of my charms on my Pandora bracelet was missing. It was actually the Bunny charm that DJ got me after one of his long business trips. I was devastated! DJ, knowing this, surprised me by bringing me in to the Pandora store in the terminal moments before boarding our flight. Now, the bunny has returned with an additional sparkly friend which now live happily surrounding the charm I got in St. Maarten. IMG_4382

Peace, love & spanks

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High Five for Friday #3


TGIF!!! I am linking up with Lauren @ The Lauren Elizabeth site for her weekly, High Five for Friday fun. Check out some awesome bloggers!

Yesterday, DJ and I just received some very Life Upgrading news…no babies people. I am a lady…ahem 🙂


I just wanna rub that belly!!!

I am so excited that I could burst! Anywhoooo…I’ll post all of the exciting tidbits once everything is finalized, but in the meantime….High Five for Friday!!!!!!

Seriously, hand me the bottle o’Bourbon after these last few weeks. The end of my lease is upon me and that means the dreaded packing shall commence. I loathe packing. Doesn’t everyone?

The only thing I’m excited about it to sell and donate some of my stuff.

minimalI’m trying to really minimize my things. I have a lot of clothes that would benefit other people and I’m hoping my Life Upgrade can help others upgrade as well. The pastor at my church said they are always in need of clothes for the homeless shelters in the area. Please consider donating to your local church or shelter before selling your clothes. Give others the chance to Life Upgrade 🙂

No big plans this weekend other than packing, packing and more packing. Have a great weekend and remember….pants

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