Lauren Nicole giveaway

I am so excited!I won the giveaway for a Kate Spade makeup bag at Lauren Nicole Gifts. Here’s the proof!Lauren Nicole Gifts has great giveaways every week. Check them out and look at all her stuff too — it’s the cutest! Right now she is giving aw…


I am so excited!

I won the giveaway for a Kate Spade makeup bag at Lauren Nicole Gifts. Here’s the proof!

Lauren Nicole Gifts has great giveaways every week. Check them out and look at all her stuff too — it’s the cutest! Right now she is giving away a Vera Bradley tote. Ironically, I already have the exact one she is giving away!

>A great couple of weekends

>Brian and I have had a great couple of weekends.

The weekend before last, Brian and I traveled to The Beach Club, our wedding venue, for the weekend. We had a free 2-night stay in a 2-bedroom condo and a free dinner for two that had to be used by the end of April, so we went ahead and took advantage.

It was really nice to be at the wedding venue in a totally relaxed state — no hustle and bustle, no planning — just relaxation! And even better, I was working in Mobile on Thursday and Friday, so once I was done with work Friday, it was just an hour’s drive to the beach.

On Saturday, we steamed shrimp and potatoes and ate those for lunch with Coronas and limes on our balcony.Brian posted the above pic on his facebook page and got lots of envious comments. lol. We hung out at the pool all afternoon getting some sun and drinking margaritas. It was just too windy to be on the beach, and there was a red flag too, so we never actually touched the sand.

Saturday night we took advantage of our free dinner for two — he got steak and I got mahi. Yumyum. And we split a creme brulee for dessert.

This weekend was also a good one. On Friday night we did some shopping and I was able to find a black dress, long aqua necklace and matching earrings at Belk for my friend’s Hindi wedding next month. Based on the bride’s advice, I decided on a little black dress for the reception, and I am going to wear my wedding rehearsal dinner dress — a silk print Lilly — for the ceremony the following day since it’s a 1 p.m. wedding.

Then Saturday afternoon, we ate at Flip Burger at the Summit here in Bham for lunch. The food was amazing, but we found the atmosphere to be much too trendy, and the music way too loud. We did some running around and then Brian made a Chicago-style pizza for dinner. Yumyum.
Also Saturday, we bit the bullet and got this:

A 26-inch Vizio HDTV for our bedroom! Woohoo! Hooray tax return $$! And Saturday night, we rented ‘Up in the Air’ from Redbox and it was awesome! Lovelovelove George Clooney, and Anna Kendrick was outstanding!

And then Sunday night, Brian made homemade spring rolls, crab rangoon and chicken stir-fry, then we went to go see ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in 3D. A good movie, but now I just want to go see ‘Avatar’ since ‘Alice’ was my first 3D movie, attractions at Disney World nonwithstanding.

Speaking of Disney World, we are just 33 days away from our arrival!

Celebrating our honeymoon in April ’09 at Magic Kingdom with Walt and Tink.

We are celebrating our 1st anniversary at WDW and staying at the Pop Century resort. To say we are both excited to return is a wee bit of an understatement. We’re also excited because we were able to get round-trip airfare for both of us for a total of $198 through Southwest. We were planning on driving, but with that great of a deal, we simply couldn’t pass it up, and in my SUV, gas cost would have been close to $198 anyhow.

I plan on doing some more blogging about our itinerary and the restaurants we are visiting. Our two favorite Disney sites are and If you are planning a WDW visit anytime soon and are foodies like us, bookmark both of those sites. They are great. I plan on taking a ton of photos to share with AJ at Disney Food Blog.

How was your weekend? I’ll tell you what, I’m ready for the crazy weather to end and the spring weather to set in for real.

>Losing the newlywed happy weight

>So since the wedding last April, I have gained 15 lbs. This comes as no surprise, really, since we slacked off on exercising over the summer and fall, and starting with the Disney honeymoon full of fabulous food, we stopped watching calories as closely as we were before the wedding.

My goal is to lose those 15 lbs., plus another 25 lbs., to get to my goal weight by December. That should also put me down from a size 12-14 to an 8 or so. It kills me that I’m basically starting over from scratch, per se. Brian and I are both using the ‘Lose It’ app in our iPhones to calculate our daily calories. I’m allotted about 1,700-ish calories per day to lose 1 lb. per week.

I don’t want to set all these crazy fitness goals and not be able to achieve them, so my goal is work out 2-3x/week for 45 minutes, which is realistic for me. I want to start doing some upper body strength training again too, as I’ve noticed my arms getting flabbier since the wedding as well. And I want to start exercising with Mango more. It’s been a really cold winter here in the South, so she hasn’t been getting the exercise she needs because I’m too freakin’ cold to run around the block. Also, I’m lazy.

Anyone else experience the winter fitness doldrums or the newlywed happy weight gain? It was definitely a perfect confluence of both for me.

In other news, we bought a new sectional sofa and a new IKEA bedroom suite. I’ll work on taking some photos and sharing with y’all. We’ve managed to sell some of the furniture we had for sale, but we still have one queen bedroom set that no one seems to want, even though it’s nice-quality furniture. Although lots of Nigerian scammers have been interested in buying.

>I’m currently lusting after…

>1. Old Navy Dreamer jeans in color Rinse B.
Haven’t even tried them on yet but I have a feeling they would fit my body type — a seriously curvy pear.

2. Clarisonic replacement brushes.
I’ve been using my new Mia for about a month now and I’ll need some replacement brush heads in the next month or two.

3. Old Navy foldover jersey skirt.
I’d like to get this skirt in heather gray, black, and either dark night or coffee grounds for our Disney trip. Would be a cute comfy alternative to shorts, which just seem to ride up as I’m wearing them.

4. Old Navy The Diva Low-Rise Cuffed Denim Capris in Azure.

I’ve about worn my only pair of denim capris I own out. These would be a good replacement.

On another note, I seriously think I could shop almost exclusively at Old Navy, Gap and Kohl’s for my entire wardrobe. I don’t think I’ve bought from much of anywhere else in the past year, except the Macy’s clearance rack. Oh, and I bought one long-sleeved shirt from Target and did one online clearance order from Delia’s. I’ve walked by Express, American Eagle, and several other stores and just haven’t been interested.

As much as I drool over J.Crew, Boden, Tory Burch, Banana Republic, etc., unless I’m in an outlet store or it’s seriously marked-down, it’s just not clothes I can aspire to buy all the time. To spend more than $100 on jeans or shoes is not something I can stomach on a regular basis. I am a bargain shopper and proud of it.

>In memory of Drew


Your battle with leukemia, and now, your journey to heaven have been weighing heavily on my heart. I’ll always remember you as a sarcastic, always-on-the-go teenager; as the only boy who ever broke up with me at that crucial young age and broke my heart.

I’ll never forget when my best friend Melissa and I first discovered you, Bryntly and Alex at Sparkles roller rink in the winter of 8th grade. Finding cute boys who were not attending our middle school was always a plus and made the flirting seem all the more exotic. I remember one of the first things you did was promptly LIE to me about your age. You claimed to be 14 and in 8th grade when you were actually 13 and in 7th grade. I do not think I would have minded knowing the TRUTH, especially since you are only 7 months younger than me and had already reached past the 6 foot height mark, which was crucial in my book at the time. (:

I partnered up with you and we “dated” off and on over the course of a year. I say “dated” in quotes because since we were not attending the same school, “dating” at that age mostly meant talking on the phone (which I don’t think any teen boy especially LIKES) and meeting up at Sparkles on the weekends. We also hung out at Bryntly’s house after he and his family moved right next to the middle school. That summer, we went to White Water and a 311 concert. The next school year, in Dec. 1997, I took you as my date to the 9th grade Poinsettia Ball (or something similarly named). I still have the photos taken on the front steps of my parents’ house and the formal posed photos from the dance.

But the “relationship” eventually deteriorated, as they tend to do for kids that age. You broke up with me, and since previous to you I had never had a guy “break up” with me (I always “broke up” with them), I was heartbroken. You made me a mix tape to express your feelings, and I wrote tortured poetry as teen girls tend to do, especially once I learned that you had moved on to date some of my friends. But eventually I got over it, and eventually we developed a friendship, albeit a bit strained — because your family moved and now you were at my high school, and I had started dating another boy in your grade, and well, he didn’t like you, and you didn’t like him.

Despite that, we still hung out occasionally. One time you came over to my house and I bleached your hair for you, of which I have “before,” “during,” and “after” photos that are quite hilarious. The summer after my freshman year of college, in 2002, I came home and we hung out a little bit. I took you and your best friend John to the movies one time because your Jeep had broken down. Little did we all know that your leukemia diagnosis would come just a few months later, around your 19th birthday.

Drew, I’ll always remember you for your twisted sense of humor, your magnetic energy, your great sense of style, and your love of music and the happiness it brings to us all. On the mix tape that you gave to me in 1998, you included a Bob Marley song, “Trenchtown Rock,” as covered by Sublime:

One good thing about music
When it hits you feel no pain
So hit me with music
Hit me with music now
Hit me with music, hit me with music

Drew, I know that you’re being hit with music and feeling no pain now, in heaven.

In memory of Drew
Sept. 13, 1983-Feb. 27, 2010

>A traditional Hindi wedding — help!

>Hi ladies!

I could really use your help. I’ve been invited to a dear sorority sister’s wedding in Destin, Fla., in April. I am so thrilled to have made the limited friend guestlist for the bride, and I can’t wait to be there to join in the festivities.

My sorority sister is Hindu, and this will be a huge gathering over many days. You can read about the Hindu Wedding Celebration here.

I’ll arrive on a Thursday in time for the reception, which will be held starting around 6 p.m. I’ll be driving in from Mobile and will need to change into a dress prior to the drive.

Then, on a Friday afternoon starting around 1 p.m. is the ceremony.

So, I will need 2 outfits for this wedding. I don’t want to show too much skin or stick out like a sore thumb. It would be neat to find a couple dresses that nod to Indian dress and traditions — silk, brocade, batik, etc., without looking like I am a white girl trying to dress as a Hindu.

I am 5’5″ and a size 12ish with a D-cup, so I’ll need something that looks good on my figure. Also, it’s the middle of April in Destin, which has average high temps of 78 and lows of 51. So, any ideas or suggestions?