Thursday, September 4, 2014

Justin Turns 30!

    I met Justin when he was 25 and we became great friends right away. By his 26th birthday I had this kind of, sort of, might be love feeling about him, but I wasn't positive. On his 27th birthday I knew he would be stuck with me forever and I mentally started planning his surprise 30th birthday party. (Have I mentioned that birthdays are a big deal to me?) This is a conversation Justin and I shared the other day- 
Me: What's your favorite holiday?
Justin: Your birthday.
Me: That's not a holiday.
Justin: Oh yes it is. We all know birthdays are holidays in this house.

I laughed out loud when he said that. I have always been the kind of person who thinks birthdays should all be special. I don't expect anyone to buy me the moon or anything, but it is the day we were brought into this world and I feel like thats worth celebrating. I have tried making all of Justin's birthdays like that for him. I know one day we will have a family and things will get crazy and we won't be able to fly to Vegas, but I will never stop being crazy about birthdays. 

   So like I said, I had this surprise birthday planned for quite a long time. I did not expect to be living in Boston though, so that was a little tricky. Once I got all the details worked out I was excited to really go to town on the party. I struggled with a theme for a little while because I didn't want it to be cheesy. Justin is a work on your car, come home from work covered in grease and sweat, yell when the Red Sox win a game kind of guy, but at the same time the dude can shop until he drops and sometimes decorates better than me.  I racked my brain and then finally found the perfect idea on Pinterest. 80's night! I started pinning things like crazy to my secret Pinterest board and knew this party was going to be a blast. I wanted it to be an 80s party without being super cheesy. I'm so excited with how it turned out and couldn't wait to share the amazing photos on my blog! ( A huge thank you to Ashley McCormick from Ashley McCormick Photography for taking these amazing photos for us) At the very end of this post I will name all sources from the party and please feel free to ask questions if I leave anything out! 

    How fun is this? What do you guys think? Would you throw a rockin 80's party? I totally felt like I spent a night in 1984. Isn't the birthday boy like-totally awesome?

Food: Justin's parents made an amazing BBQ for all of our guests. (Justin's favorite meal!) We had BBQ pork loin, baked beans, coleslaw, corn bread and lots of sweet tea of course!

Activities: I handed out 80's DVDs for prizes for best dressed. A Photo Booth was set up for the guests to go and strike their best prom pose. The guests signed a book telling Justin what their favorite memory was with him. Justin went to town on his 30 piñata and there was lots and lots of delicious cake. I was hoping to play Pin the Glove on Michael Jackson, but we ran out of time! I sent everyone home with a Rubiks cube and a bag full of 80's candy as favors. 

Old movies, records for plate mats, tapes and cassette player:Savers Thrift Superstore
Rubiks Cubes for party favors:
30 balloon and piñata: Party City
80's candy: Walmart and Walgreens
Photo backdrop: DIY 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Washington D.C.

Oh the most loved vacation posts. I know how much everyone loves them because I can see the stats. My DIY dog bow tie post has a whopping 30,000 views, and most of my vacation posts get roughly 100. But yet, I continue to post them. What can I say? I give the people what they want. :p

Justin and I went to D.C. in May for a long weekend. I was right in the middle of a quick break from school and he had a couple of days he was able to sneak away. I was so burnt out with school and life in general it was nice to get away and spend some time together. We had a lot of fun, and felt like we had just enough time to explore the city.

The first day was dedicated specifically to the monuments and famous landmarks. The second day we did the museums. The third day we rode bikes around Arlington and shopped/ate in Georgetown. Our hotel was in Arlington, which made our stay much cheaper. The metro was connected to our hotel and we took it into town everyday. We had some of the best food and it was really exciting to see all of the history there.

I love traveling with Justin and look forward to any chance we are able to get away together. I think it is so important to have time away from home to unwind and reconnect. Life gets so crazy and it is easy to get caught up in work and school, but I'm thankful we are able to prioritize time away, even if it's just a quick trip!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Tiny Office Space Makeover

    I receive many sweet compliments from friends about my decorating abilities. People say nice things like "Please come decorate my house" and I always feel overwhelmingly flattered because there was a time not too long ago when that would not be the kind of thing you said to me. Just ask Justin about the time when we were dating and I surprised him with a bedroom makeover. (Insert most embarrassing face ever here) Or the time I thought it was a great idea to paint our guest bedroom yellow and gray stripes and it turned out to look like a bumblebee's bedroom. I could show you some pictures that would make you laugh out loud. So I really do feel like I've come a long way in the decorating game. I also know I have a lot of growing to do, too!

    What you may not know is that Justin plays a huge role in my new found "abilities". When we moved to Massachusetts I vowed that I would "get it right" this time. I wanted to finally make every space we had cozy and not one bit embarrassing. (Like the yellow and gray guest room) So before I ever finished a project I would ask Justin if he liked it. He has put so much input into our cozy little space, but rarely gets any credit. I wanted to to dedicate this post to show you a space he tackled all on his own without me even knowing about it. Here was our recent conversation regarding my tiny work space in the guest bedroom:

Justin: I wish you had an office space you actually enjoyed working at.
Me: Me too! It's just impossible in this tiny apartment. 
Justin: You need a cute space of your own.
Me: I wish!! It just doesn't seem possible.

    A few days later I came home from work and my little hole in the wall office had been transformed:

     I was in total disbelief. I cried sobbed uncontrollably. He surprised me with the most beautiful feminine space that looked like it had come straight out of a magazine. I was in so much shock it took me a minute to realize he even replaced my old Toshiba (it was on the fritz and I was about the throw it out the window) with my very own MacBook Air. *Cue more crying* Justin tackled a space I just couldn't seem to get right and he did it all without me having the slightest clue. I love that he added pops of my favorite colors and prints. As soon as I saw the space I fell in love and could truly tell that he shopped and decorated with me in mind.

    What do you guys think? Are you in love? With the space, not my husband. He's taken. :P I am so proud of him, I can't stop beaming whenever I come into this room. Now maybe I will be more excited about tackling my five summer classes! Too far? 

Project List:
Desk:Walmart (It was only $40. Craziness!!)
Tufted Chair, storage bins, & all accessories: T.J. Maxx
Lamp: Ikea
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