Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Is This Thing On?

I wasn't sure if I'd be coming back to this little slice of the internet that's all about me and what's going on in my world. My world hasn't been very exciting, at the same time, it's been very exciting!

There's the same old dating life. Meet a guy, date a guy, guy goes away. For the very first time in my life, someone sent me flowers at work. It was exciting and I couldn't believe someone would do that for me. Two weeks later that schmuck disappeared when he believed I met someone else. I had sent him a picture of myself and my cousins six month old son that I captioned 'I met someone else!'. I guess I didn't realize I had to add 'haha', an emoji or anything else to clarify that I was not in fact dating a baby. Oh well, on to more swiping!

There's the whole, I"M AN AUNT (!!!!!) thing. Yea, that's new. I knew the day this little lady would come in to the world would be the one day I had booked in May. I had offered to babysit my cousins two boys while they went to a play and that's when little Sylvie entered the world. I can not get over how tiny new babies are. I'm so excited to watch her grow and be a part of our family.

Speaking of babies, they are everywhere right now! As of Sunday, I have a new second cousin, in just over a month I'll have another new second cousin and in about two months a good friend of mine will have her little girl! Is this the season of baby girls?!?

There's the fact that I'm moving in a week! I think I might be on track to be fully packed before the long weekend and have all but one room cleaned and ready to move!

For some ungodly reason I clicked 'register' for a half marathon in October. I think I thought it would help me stay on track to get in shape for Hawaii. So far it's just reconfirmed the fact that I am not a runner. I am going to do everything in my power to become a runner though. The race is fairly small, capped at 1,500 entrants and I do not want to come in last. Luckily for me, I live right by the lakes where this race will take place so I'm getting in plenty of evening runs. Nothing further than 3 miles yet, but that will prepare me for my 5k in July. I should murder that race, unless the hot Minneapolis Summer night heat murders me first. I'll let you know what happens...or I won't?

I think that's all that has been going on over the last two months. Here are some photos that have been hiding out on my phone. If you want the fun stuff, follow me on snapchat @alipaige01.

Prince Memorial at First Ave.
Beautiful Spring weekends up North
Ellie Goulding concert
Good 'ol Minneapolis
Miley got her Summer hair cut and first professional cut.
Try to spot the Yorkie

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Book Themed Baby Shower

I shared with you all that I'm going to become an Aunt next month and I am so incredibly excited!

The second we got the news, my little sister, mom and myself started our Pinterest shower boards. I think in general we all had a similar idea of the kind of shower we wanted to throw for my oldest sister and her little lady.

We came together and decided on a book themed baby shower, and it was so much fun to plan.

We purchased the invites from Etsy and just sent the information to fill in the invitation and we were sent a copy that we could print out ourselves along with a card stating to bring a book with a note instead of a card.

In lieu of cards, we asked that people brings books and sign them or add a little note to the baby. We had roughly 20 guests and only one duplicate book!  Some people just signed their names, a few added notes, the ones I enjoyed the most were books signed from little cousins.

I simply uploaded the invitation and card to FedEx, picked my card stock and they printed and cut everything down to size for me.

Along with the invitations we also purchased a matching banner that we hung with twine over the food table.

Decorations were kept simple with the addition of another banner that was hung in the family room with new outfits mixed with old clothes that my grandmother wore when she was a baby.

My mom kept our books from childhood so we had small stacks of books wrapped in twine that were set on coffee tables as well.

When the guests walked in we had a non alcoholic punch available along with wine, prosecco, orange juice and cranberry juice.

I mentioned this was a book themed party, and this is really where it all ties in, all of our food was inspired by children's books.
Cheese plate - The Stinky Cheese Man
Vegetable cups - Peter Rabbit

Fruit skewers - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
For the main meal we served:
Deviled eggs - Humpty Dumpty
Chicken salad sandwiches - Chicken Little
Spinach salad - Popeye
Broccoli & ham and salmon & capers quiche - Green Eggs and Ham
Cheesy hashbrown potatoes - The Potato People

And for dessert:
Madeline's - Madeline
Chocolate cake - Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake

When it was time to open gifts we played a game that kept everyone involved. This usually seems to be the time during showers where people lose focus, especially if you don't have your own kids, so we played Bingo (print out from etsy)!

Everyone received a card and marked off gifts as they were opened. There was a wide selection of cards, I don't believe any two people had the same one. It really kept everyone engaged and interested in the gift opening.

We also played the 'Don't Say Baby' game during the shower.

When it was time for people to leave, they were given book worms to take home with them! 

The shower went off without a hitch. It was fun to be on the other end of attending a shower by being the host.. Hopefully I'll be able to do more of this as the years go by.

A book themed shower is such a fun idea that you could do for any gender baby shower and use your favorite books to come up with the menu and drinks!

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Bowling, Baby Shower & Bike Rides

This weekend was jam packed with fun activities. It started with a little bowling on Thursday night.

 I was doing so well the first game and unfortunately lost by one pin. The second game was a total flop for me. I feel like I usually represent a bit better in my bowling game.

A lot of you don't know this, but next month I'm officially becoming Auntie Ali! This weekend my mom, little sister and I threw my older sister a book themed baby shower. Friday afternoon we spent decorating and prepping the food for the next day.

It was so much fun to be able to plan and throw a shower with and for family. I'll share what we did and what we served in a later post, but for now, here's a sneak peak.

When the baby shower wrapped up and the dishes were washed and packed, a few friends came over to watch some basketball and play a new-to-me card game called Utter Non-sense. It's similar to Cards Against Humanity except this game, the card is an accent and the person who's turn it is has to choose who did the best accent. I did not fare so well in this game, but I did win one round with my Mexican accent and this card.

Sunday was a gorgeous day so I mustered up the strength to join a friend on a bike ride adventure. My bike and I usually stick to the trails in Minneapolis but we finally made it on to some city streets. We biked from UpTown all the way to the Surly Brewery for a couple cold ones. I had not been to the new Surly location and it is very impressive. On the way back we stopped at Fulton since it was on the way. Round trip I believe was around 16 miles. Let me tell you, I was pooped after that, especially fighting the wind on the ride home!

Sunday also brought an exciting moment to my little Etsy shop - another purchase all the way from New England! Don't delay, get your shirts today!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

10 On Tuesday: 10 Facts About Ali

Today I'm bringing you 10 facts about me, the girl behind the blog.

That's me!
1. In my mid twenties I owned a motorcycle. It was a dark dark blue Kawasaki Vulcan. I hate motorcycles but I guess #FOMO got the best of me since all of my friends were Harley riders and I wanted to tag along on poker runs on the weekends. I never drove the thing, it was too big for me, I just rode on the back.

2. Writing is a sense of therapy for me, which is why I started this blog, but I also have journals from over the last 10 years. Something about putting pen to paper and handwriting the words you are feeling is such a release for me. It's fun to go back and read through some of them, also goes to show some things never change because a lot of the entries seem to be about boys.

3. My Freshman year of high school we moved to a suburb of Milwaukee and I was really struggling. I had to meet with my counselor once a week and work with him. We would go over different reading materials and I'd have to summarize what was read. Fast forward five years and I was going to a local community college where I was tested for dyslexia. Turns out that was my struggle all along. Too bad we didn't figure that out earlier in life.

4. I love to read and I believe that learning I was dyslexic turned me on to reading. Now that I knew what to do to be able to read and comprehend a sentence at a time, I took to reading and now I'm hooked.

5. I make an unconscious sound that my mom has been pointing out lately. I think I would describe it as a slight 'humph'/'clearing throat' sound. Neither sound attractive, so we'll file that one under a quirk, because that sounds much more attractive.

6. When I was 17 I was banned from the state of Iowa for 6 months but I didn't find out for almost a year. I was driving my sister back to school at Iowa State, she was napping, we were running a little late so I put the pedal to the Honda Civic station wagons metal and got us up to 120mph. Dumb, I know. I woke my sister up and told her I think we were going to get pulled over. She looked behind and didn't see anything, then the lights appeared. He 'claims' someone called me in. Anyway, we had recently moved back to Minnesota from Wisconsin where my latest records were and they sent the notice to our old address. When I went to update my license that's when I found out about my IA ban.

7. I have a tramp stamp. When I got my tattoo I didn't know what a tramp stamp was. I wanted to get a butterfly tattoo in memory of a friend that passed away in elementary school. They did a butterfly release at her funeral and I started noticing butterflies would always be around, sit on my shoulder floating in the pool, sit on the top of my magazine laying out in the yard, etc. I don't regret the tattoo, I just wish it didn't come with the name.

8. I have a strange amazing love for all things cheese. String cheese, cheesy potatoes, cheesy alfredo sauce, nacho cheese, cheesy crackers, cheese flavored chips, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, gouda, colby jack, havarti, cream cheese, grilled cheese, the list is honestly endless.

9. I also LOVE potatoes. Ask anyone in my family and they will not deny my potato love, or the fact that I make the best potatoes no matter what kind you are looking for. Scalloped, au gratin, baked, mashed, garlic mashed, garlic mashed with bacon, roasted, toasted, grilled, fries. Cheese and potatoes man, they are soo good.

10. When I'm cooking I always have music on and throw a little dance party with my, myself and I. It's one of my favorite parts of the day. I can belt out my favorite songs and dance around my little kitchen with no worry of anyone catching me, except possibly the guy in the building next to mine. Oddly, we both keep our blinds open the same amount so I can only see him from the waist down. I've debated writing my phone number on my window. Let's hope the dance party doesn't end when I move in to the Hen House in a couple months!

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