Breakfast for Dinner – My First Dinner Party

Most recently I tackled my Host A Dinner Party challenge over Valentine’s Day weekend. Everyone knows we love to entertain and have hosted birthday parties, happy hours, BBQs, Halloween Costume Parties, the list goes on.  However, we’ve never tackled a true sit-down Dinner Party. I found this more challenging as we’ve always been a  throw the food on the table and serve yourself kind of hosts. We did keep with this motto a little but jazzed it up so we could call it a true dinner party. 

Our party was small;  6 friends joined us in their PJs for some breakfast (for dinner).

We kept everything simple – dressed down table and an easy menu.

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First Course
mini chicken & homemade biscuits (we cheated a little – thank you Chick-Fil-A)
cereal & milk shooters
egg salad on toast
Check it all out here.

Second Course
Egg & Chorizo Casserole
DIY Waffle Bar complete with spreads and toppings.

Third Course
Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes – yum!

What dinner party wouldn’t be a complete without some beverages – insert the Build Your Own Mimosa and Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar we created here.

I had a blast and am already thinking of our next dinner party theme, until then Bon Appetit!

Playing Catch Up…

Almost There…

My birthday is 4 days away, eeek! I can’t decide if I should be excited or mourn the loss of my 20s 🙂
As usual, I’ve been bad about posting my progress but have conquered quite a few more off my list the past couple of months and continue to tackle a few more before D-Day (I mean my 30th birthday).

Random Acts of Kindness

A simple but gratifying goal was to complete a Random Act of Kindness.  I decided to really get into the Christmas spirit and made holiday cards  with Starbucks gift cards to pass out as I best saw fit. Check them out here.

I got my husband in on the fun and we spread some holiday (and coffee) cheer to our mail man, strangers passing by and even our local supermarket clerk. People were surprised but grateful. It was nice to give back and we’ll  definitely be doing it again next Christmas as well as thinking of other ways to spread the kindness throughout the rest of the year! Check out the Random Acts of Kindness Fountain for some fun ideas.

Support Our Troops

Another goal was to send a present to a US solider. Some may think this is easy and a no brainer and it is but I’ve always gotten too busy or forget. This year I held myself accountable and continued with my Christmas spirit. I found the Give 2 The Troops organization  who has supported more than ONE MILLION deployed US Troops with care packages and letters. I assembled a holiday care package  with blank holiday cards for soldiers to send notes homes, candy, snacks and magazines.  I’ll definitely be making this an annual thing.

Ridin’ Solo

Next on my list, go to the movies by myself. I love movies – my husband and I practically live at Redbox and go to the movies whenever we can. Surprisingly, I’ve never gone by myself, I think I always thought it was a little intimidating. I took a personal day at work and decided to run some errands and end my afternoon with a movie – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
I loved going by myself – especially during the middle of the week – the theatre was almost empty and I could enjoy a kid’s combo pack  – complete with popcorn, fruit snacks and dinosaur soda cup –  without judgment! For anyone that has never done this I highly recommend it – it’s a nice way to unwind. And I swear it’s not that scary 🙂

Last 5 things before I turned 30!

Well folks, the day has come, my 30th birthday!!  I turned the big 3-0 on Feb 14, 2014.  While I didn’t complete EVERYTHING on my list, I felt like I still had a great year of fun and excitement 🙂  Here are the last 5 things I did on my list!

1. Go zip lining Feb 15 2014 ~ So although a day after my 30th birthday,  Mark and I did this while we were in Mexico for my birthday weekend.  Although it was fun, I wish it was more exciting.  We went fast but I was expecting FASTER!!!  We ziplined above the jungle of mexico which was pretty cool and the last “leg” of the tour was a water landing.  Sure enough I lost my shorts and bikini body on the landing!

2. Travel out of the country Feb 12016 2014 ~ Mark and I were thinking of going to Belize but once we gave in to the fact that we didn’t want to break the bank for that trip, we decided on Mexico.  We were at the Occidental Grand Xcaret in Rivera Maya and it was amazing!!  He has most of the pictures on his phone otherwise I would post one here.  Keep an eye out on FB for some 😉

3. Went cheese free for all of Jan 2014 ~ wow was this hard.  Every food I love has cheese in it, why?  because cheese is AMAZING!!!  It was so hard to go a whole month and I even slipped one day at a brunch at Lauren’s lol but no one has to know that but you all 😉

4. Tried a new food (almost) every month!  While I didn’t necessarily try a new food every month, I did try the following new foods throughout my year of being 29 (missed 4 new foods…):

– corned beef, bipimbap, drunken noodle, a cutie (tangerine), brussel sprouts, pho, seaweed salad, cactus and two cheaters 😉 homemade twice baked potatoes and chipotle flavored humus lol

5. Ring in my 30s with a bang!  Well although I didn’t have the normal bday celebration that I do every year, I did ring in the bang with my love in Mexico.  We relaxed the whole time, besides one day at an adventure park, he surprised me with a couples massage for my bday/valentines day and we eat a lot of guac!!

That leaves me with the following from my list that I didn’t complete:

  1. Hike Old Rag Mountain
  2. Fit into my size 6 jeans/pants again!
  3. Visit my grandmother at least twice
  4. Explore a part of VA I’ve never been to before
  5. Try a bikram yoga class
  6. Do 10 push-ups a week. Not on my knees. With good form. Build up to at least 10 a day!
  7. Learn to play tennis or racquetball
  8. Try crossfit
  9. Learn to rock climb (indoor or outdoor)
  10. Go on a picnic
  11. Conduct a random act of kindness
  12. Go line dancing
  13. Go skeet shooting
  14. Volunteer at least twice
  15. Go to Komi! nom nom nom

Although I may not track it, I hope to finish my list my first year in my 30s!

Good luck ladies!!

Sing, Sing a song!

I finally faced my fear of singing a Karaoke song at a bar in front of a crowd of people!
I did have the help of alkey-hol , my hubby, and friends in the audience… (Carrie and Mark)
My song of choice was Total eclipse of the heart… a classic is you ask me 🙂
I almost backed out at one point but thought “No I have to do this, it’s on my bucket list”

As you can see in the pictures, I was into the song!
In my mind everyone in the in the bar was singing along!
It was a blast even though I know I sounded like a dying cat.