week’s end

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1. Bri was in Boston for the weekend which means I let Tuck sleep with me…or as you can see from this photo, on me. He was restless all night but I don’t mind cuddling!

2. Saw some of my close college girlfriends this weekend (including two bridesmaids!) for my friend Katie’s 30th. It was so fun and I haven’t laughed like that in a while.

3. Yep, I got it…my long-awaited blood orange margarita! It was just as delicious as I remember. I always ask for extra salt on my margs – am I the only one? It doesn’t feel complete without the salt!

4. Rochester welcomed me back with a blizzard…I can’t believe it snowed this much. This is the view from Katie’s front porch at midnight, it continued snowing all night. And it’ll be 60 degrees here tomorrow. Good ol Upstate  NY!

5. I stopped at Mom and Dad’s when I got back to Syracuse and my dad assigned me to cleaning out my old CD collection in the attic…I found these gems in the process, my music taste in middle school! Brought back some hilarious (and awkward) memories.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

 

5 on Friday – Spring edition

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Linking up with our lovely hostesses as well as Running MOMentum on this Friday! I’ve decided to make it a spring edition since the snow is FINALLY almost all gone here in good ol Syracuse, NY!

  1. Shoes
    I broke out my running shoes this week…last summer I could run 4 miles non stop and sadly I can barely run a mile at that now 😛 But, I am so happy the weather is turning nice again and it felt so good to get outside.
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  2. More shoes
    So, I’ve decided on a new rule. I am sick of wearing socks. I am also sick of washing and matching said socks. So any time the weather forecast is above 50, I will be sock-free! Hello ballet flats season. I picked up these Steve Madden beauties from DSW and have been waiting to wear them. They’re such a good neutral and will go with anything!
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  3. Blood orange
    Since you may not want to look at my feet anymore, here is a picture that will make your mouth water. Bri is in Boston for the weekend at a bachelor party, and I’ll be heading to Rochester tomorrow for my good friend (and bridesmaid!)’s 30th birthday fiesta and it will be at my favorite Mexican restaurant in the ROC, Salena’s. I spent most of my adult life there before moving back to Syracuse. I am usually a traditionalist when it comes to margaritas, but they make the most fantastic blood orange margarita. Not too sweet but has a kick. I can’t wait to have one tomorrow, and it’s the perfect drink to kick off the springtime weather!
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  4. The Following
    I’ve been known to binge -watch a tv show or two. or three. When I should be perhaps planning our wedding or maybe doing grad school homework. Whoops. But last night was one of those nights, and I am officially hooked on The Following. I usually don’t like creepy shows like that (though I did love Dexter) but this one really got me! We just finished season 1 and will have to wait for season 2 to come out once it’s finished. But springtime means one of our other favorite shows will be back on the air very soon – Game of Thrones! Any other Thrones lovers out there? To me, nothing will ever compare to LOST but many of these come in a close second 🙂
  5. Ballet Slippers by Essie
    Sigh…springtime nail polish. I am totally an autumn girl but once the temps get warmer I get excited for all the pretty pastels. Essie comes out with the best stuff. I’m currently sporting their Ballet Slippers. I would post a pic of my nails but I am the worst manicurist ever and am too ashamed to do so 😛 So here is what it looks like from their website.
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    Signing off for now…hope you all have great weekends!xo
    Rachel

Stitch Fix

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So I took the plunge and ordered my first Stitch Fix box. It is set to arrive April 2 and I am very excited! I’ve heard mixed reviews but I am a sucker for the idea of getting 5 pieces of new clothing/accessories in the mail.

For those who aren’t familiar, you go to the site and fill out a very detailed form on your sizing, style, etc. I did mine about a month ago and the earliest they could get me a “fix” was April 2 (it must be getting pretty popular). You pay a $20 styling fee once it’s shipped. You try on all the clothes in the comfort of your own home, then return what you don’t like and pay for what you keep. The $20 goes towards whatever you purchase.

Once mine comes I will be sure to post a full review with pictures on here! Has anyone tried it and had success? Pros/cons? Would love to hear from you!

Thankful

I felt moved to write a quick post about how thankful I am. I thank God every night before I go to bed and try to make sure I feel moments of gratitude throughout the day, but sometimes I still feel like that’s not enough.

Since April 2013, our lives have been a whirlwind (in the best way possible!) We bought a house, got engaged, adopted a dog, and started planning our wedding. I’m slowly learning that good life transitions can sometimes bring about the worst stress. You’ll see in a prior post how much I struggle with anxiety and sometimes panic attacks, something I’m trying to get under control.

And through it all, I have these people in my life who just stick with me and don’t give up on me, no matter how frustrating or discouraging it can be at times. Brian is my life saver…I don’t know what I would do without him. He truly loves me unconditionally and at times when I know it is difficult. But I also have my parents and my soon-to-be in-laws who love me just the same. And my friends who just let me be me, no questions ask, and are an unbelievable support system.

I guess I just felt moved to put it in words now while I’m feeling it, especially coming off a tough week. I want to make sure I can look back at this when I’m feeling low.

5 on Friday

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Trying this 5 on Friday thing and linking up to Cheers Y’all – I like this idea!

  1. Baby shower
    I’m headed to Buffalo for the day tomorrow to shower my beautiful friend Erin with baby blessings! She is a pharmacist living in Greenville, SC but Buffalo is her hometown (and a convenient drive for me :)) I can’t wait to see her and hug her baby bump! When I found out she was pregnant I sent her this adorable little gift I found on Etsy because we both love sushi so much but I knew she wouldn’t be able to have it for  awhile – I thought this was close second! If you look closely it’s actually wash cloths and towels.
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  2. GO CUSE!
    That’s right – it’s March Madness time and my hometown team is in the tourney! We’ll be heading to a local pub tomorrow night to watch them (hopefully) beat Dayton and move on to the next round! Who are you rooting for?
  3. Frozen
    So, I think I am the only person left on the planet who still hasn’t seen Frozen, yet I keep hearing all these parodies that are cracking me up. I heard this one in the car on the way to work today and could not stop laughing. Check out Let it Goat here
  4. Protein
    As part of my journey on the way back to a better mental health and overall well-being, I am going to start trying to incorporate way more protein in to my diet. I don’t eat horribly now but I could definitely do a better job. I think I am going to start trying these organic protein shakes by Orgain. Has anyone had success with protein shakes? Also trying to incorporate a lot more chicken and fish in to my diet.
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  5. GIRLS
    I reluctantly began watching Girls on HBO recently and have now become (not so) secretly obsessed. But even more so obsessed with music on the show. It’s gotten me back in to trying to discover new bands and music which I love, but also reminded me of old favorites. I’ve been listening to Fleet Foxes on Pandora all week and can’t stop!

Have a great weekend, everybody! xo

Jane.com – my guilty pleasure

So I’ve been getting daily emails from Jane.com for a while now. I first heard about it on the Elvis Duran show (another guilty pleasure I listen to every morning). And I have to say – I am obsessed. I look forward to opening my email every morning and finding what goodies await.

The gist is that boutiques across the country that sell trendy things (think clothes, fashion/statement jewelry, housing decor, baby headbands) sell them on Jane for a limited time at a super discounted price. Most of them have their own Etsy shops as well. I’ve found some awesome things and snagged up a couple things today I can’t wait to get in the mail! A great spring blouse as well as a really cool statement bracelet (I’ve decided I don’t wear enough bracelets). Check them out, can’t wait to get them in the mail!

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Journal Day #4

I am very late with this post (was supposed to be Thursday) and I’m late with it for the very reason I decided to write.

If you had unlimited resources, what political or social issue, or area of scientific or medical exploration would you fund? Do you have a cause that is dear and near to your heart that you’d put your time, energy, and money into if you had the means? Tell us about it, along with a bit of background explaining where you’re coming from.

There were a lot of things I could have chosen…I know people who have been afflicted by heart disease and cancer, I have multiple family members who suffer with Parkinson’s Disease. But I am taking a bit of a selfish route with this one.

I would fund more information about anxiety and depression. Did you know it’s the #1 mental illness in America, nearly 41 million Americans are afflicted with it? I unfortunately am one of them. I was recently diagnosed with panic disorder and I can tell you firsthand it isn’t fun. I began having panic attacks after Brian and I got engaged in September – a difficult thing to admit at such a happy time in our lives. Since then I’ve been trying to self-manage – yoga, relaxation, deep breaths, etc. But it has not kept them at bay so I’ve unfortunately had to work with my doctor to get me on a path to feeling better that involves more than the “natural” ways I’ve been trying.

I know there are people who have suffered their whole lives dealing with this…I’ve been dealing with it for 6 months and at times it makes me want to crawl out of my skin. This past week it got so bad that I canceled a business trip for fear that something bad would happen to me while I was gone. That was when I knew it was time to go back to my doctor and have a serious discussion because this is no way to live.

Women are twice more likely than men to be diagnosed with some sort of anxiety, depression or panic condition. It could be the way we’re wired, our hormones, the pressure we (and society) place on ourselves to “do it all”. But whatever it is, it isn’t surprising.

If I had all the money in the world, I’d fund more resources for people like me who encounter this in their lives. There is absolutely a stigma that comes with it, and it’s embarrassing to an extent. I am blessed to have a supportive fiance who loves me, along with wonderful friends and family who do the same. But what about those who don’t? Feeling this way can be so isolating at times and I am constantly surrounded by people. I can’t imagine what it must be like for someone who isn’t as lucky as me.

I am hoping this is a turning point. This is a very exciting and fun filled year full of travel for us. I hope to look back on this period as one that taught me something about myself, because I feel like if I can make it through this I can make it through anything.