Eat Drink & Be Mary: April 2015


Owning It

Today, I'm owning it here on this blog.  Owning the little quirks that make me, me.  Owning things I've been doing & thinking lately.  Just owning it.  Because it's about time we acknowledged what makes us ourselves without being ashamed.  Women are amazing.  YOU are amazing.  

join in on the "owning it" fun with The New Mrs link up today >> OWN IT.

I am addicted to my chapstick.  
I recently discovered BabyLips chapstick, and I have one everywhere.  My purse, desk at work, make up bag, car...the list goes on and on y'all.

I pick at my nails.
I'm aware at how gross this may seem, but I can't help it.  Picking at your nails is sorta like biting your nails, except it's with the skin/cuticles that surround your nail.  It started as something I did when bored at a meeting or anxious..and now I've becoming a little OCD about it always messing with something I see.  It's a bad, bad habit that I outta break.

I talk about my wedding a lot.
To some this may be annoying, but I only plan on getting married once so I'm going to enjoy the wedding planning while I can.  I'm always thinking of something I need to do, dreaming of how our wedding day will turn out, or think about how life will be once Thomas and I live together (see ya LDR) and begin our adventure.  Oh and did I mention there's 3 months left!!

I have ate entirely too many sour punch straws lately.
They're just so good.  Chocolate I'm not a fan of, but a sour candy?  I just can't resist.  Now that I'm finally getting over this sickness I need to stop with the junk food & reintroduce myself to the gym.

I may or may not love Pinterest a little too much.
I've been finding the best pins on Pinterest lately.  From wedding inspiration (yes, please) to healthy recipes to ways to build up your marriage, it's got it all and I'm lovin' it.  What's the best pin you've seen this week?

And speaking of owning it, today I have the girl behind the link up here herself.  I found Christina through the Wedding Wednesday link up, and have loved following along as she recapped her wedding.  
Y'all she was simply stunning on her wedding day (and is everyday, really).  Add on the fact that she and her husband just got back from a trip to Bermuda and they have the cutest dog and I'm pretty much smitten with her & her blog.  I'm willing to bet you will be too, so make sure you head on over to The New Mrs. after reading this interview I had with her...

Q: I've noticed you are quite the traveler; I'm totally jealous of your latest Bermuda trip! What is the #1 tip/advice you'd give to someone (perhaps if they're about to go on their honeymoon) who does not travel that often?

Traveling is my favorite – when I get home from one trip, I’m already planning the next, so many places to see! My number one tip for someone who doesn’t travel often (preferably honeymooners, always SO jealous of honeymooners!) would be research/take recommendations.  Once you’ve keyed in on a location, researching where to stay is the next biggie – check out all the hotels the chosen location has to often (if you can’t pick just one hotel/resort, pick two! We did on our honeymoon!) and see which one has the most qualities that best fit your style. Continue then with researching excursions, sights to see and restaurants and definitely check everything out on Trip Advisor! If you know somebody who’s been to the location, definitely ask them lots of questions!  It’s best to have some kind of game plan once you arrive at your destination so you don’t miss out on anything -- the research really helps out on that!

Q: You and Derek are coming up on your one year anniversary (CONGRATS!).  What do you two newlyweds have to say those of us about to start our own adventures in marriage?

Christina: I can’t believe that in just a couple days we’ll already be reaching the eight month mark! One year is going to be here so soon – time really does fly! I would say – enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Focus on the two of you and especially focus on enjoying all the “firsts” and little things – the first of each holiday, the 1/2/3/etc. month anniversaries, and things like that.  I know this is more than one (sorry!) but continue dating each other! Just because you’re married now, doesn’t mean you can’t still date! We like to have at least one (usually more) date night a week whether it’s out to a nice dinner, brunch or even lunch – just getting out on those dates is fantastic!

Me: Don't apologize, I'm trying to soak in all the marriage advice I can get!  I love the dating tip. 

Q: Tell us something, we don't know about you?

Christina: Something you don’t know about me – I’m an open book, so that’s hard! We’ll since we’re on the topic of marriage – my husband and I didn’t live together until we were married!

Me: Same here, it seems like this is pretty rare these days though.

Q: I saw that you've started up a link up all about "Owning It"...tell us more!!

Christina: Owning it is SO much fun!  I did an own it post a couple weeks ago and there was such a good response that I decided to start a linkup so everyone can join in on the fun too - It’s the last Thursday of every month! One of my biggest pet peeves is people acting one way, but being another.  Just own what you do and be yourself.  I also find these posts SO fun to read, it’s so funny to see what quirks people “own” and you can usually find some similarities to yourself! There’s so many different ways you can own it whether it’s just in general, or a couple specific examples, a long list of little things, something from yesterday/the past week/past month, ANYTHING!

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Alright y' go stalk this Mrs. blog & fall in love with her sweet personality and adorable puppy.  And join us in "owning it" if you feel like getting a couple things off your chest.  Happy Thursday.

linking up with: The New Mrs.The Little Friday Link UpThinking Out LoudTreat Yo' Self



M A Y "TO-DOs" : wedding edition

That's right folks, come Friday we will be T H R E E months from walking down the aisle and starting our forever.  It makes me want to jump for joy really.  Seriously.  I just can't wait.  Come on August...we're ready for you.  Well, almost..which brings me to our wedding checklist 3 months out.

May's To-Do List:

+ DIY table numbers & centerpieces

+ find the rest of tablecloths & table runners

+ book hair trial for June

+ get Unity item & deciding on wording for ceremony

+ finalize arrangements for rehearsal & rehearsal dinner 

+ get Groom's gift

+ decide if we are writing our own vows or not

+ decide on programs

+ have my bridal shower woot woot!

+ start addressing RSVP envelopes
+ take full invitation to the post office to figure out postage
+ assemble invitations

+ meet with DJ & florist
+ purchase parents gifts

+ purchase flower girl/ring bearer gifts

+ purchase in-laws gifts

+ ordered toasting flutes

+ DIY "something old" (sounds odd, but to incorporate my something old it's needs a little work)

+ order bachelorette favors

...and before I start to feel overwhelmed looking at this months to-do list, let's take a look back to see how productive April was!

- Register
- Pick out Groom's attire
- Settle on Honeymoon location & it's booked!!
- Reserve hotel for wedding night
- find/borrow/rent Table Linens (we found some, but we still need more)
- Pick up wedding dress & veil -- eek!
- Decide on bridesmaids' jewelry
- Find bridal jewelry
- purchase wedding favors
- get the men fitted for their tuxes (Thomas, my dad & brothers: check!)
- get belly bands
- ordered stamp for return addressing
- had my first (work) shower

To See Previous Months Progress & how I'll be planning in our wedding in less than 8 months check out this post.

Excited doesn't begin to cover it y'all.  Can't wait to steal that hunk of mine's last name..although I bet he would gladly give it to me so I didn't have to steal it. ;)

Other wedding posts: 
bridal party attire inspiration
bridal shower inspo | pink & gold
"will you be my bridesmaid?"
DIY bridesmaid boxes
four month wedding checklist
engagement pictures
asking our flower girl & ring bearer
save the date ideas
our save the dates

linking up as always with Macy & Meg for Wedding Wednesday & Thinking Out Loud...and lucky for you I have a little giveaway for you too: 

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DDT [april.28]

Welcome to a new week of Delicious Dish Tuesday, where we share our recipes and ask you to share YOUR awesome recipes with us!  Last week we had some delicious looking recipes shared, I love finding all these new recipes to add to my "to-do" list.  This past week my favorite recipe was shared by Kleinworth & Co.

Golden Cookies & Cream Bars : Yummy Bar Recipes


F I V E on F R I D A Y

Happy Friday y'all.  After feeling not so hot the past couple of days, I'm keepin' it short today with 5 random things.  Enjoy, xo.

O N E || wedding update
Our minihoneymoon is booked + we've ordered favors, this week.  Yep, I'm one happy girl.  
This week, I shared the inspiration for our bridal party's attire.  And I'm totally biased but I'm thrilled with the final results..if only I could share with y'all now. ;)

T W O || Bridesmaid Tips
Last week, I shared a must read for all the future-brides.  Today, I found a post all the future bridesmaids need to read.  It's legit y'all.  

Top 10 Bridesmaid Tips @ The Sequin Notebook

T H R E E || one year ago this time... cousin had just come back from deployment and we got to go visit him & my sweet nephews.  These pictures came across my timehop yesterday and I couldn't help but just melt.  I miss all three of these boys.

F O U R || family favorite
Growing up with six people in our house, it was hard to please everyone when it came to meals.  My poor parents.  One thing we all could agree on?  My mom's chocolate eclair was the best dessert.  Straight up heavenly y'all.  What's a family favorite for you and yours?

F I V E || Cheers to the Weekend

My weekend plans may not be exactly that, but one can dream.  My weekend plans will be filled with things I'm passionate about though, so I can't complain too much!  Keep up on Instagram [ @maryjean_xo ] What are your weekend plans?

Oh Hey, Friday!  5 on FridayThat Friday Blog HopFriday Favorites,  Five things Friday




I confess...
...that I feel terrible.  My throat is sore, my head is throbbing, half of the day I'm stuffy - the other half I can't get my nose to stop running (gross I know, but it's just awful).  Oh and did I mention, I'm a total baby when I don't feel good.

...I'm obsessed with my latest Rocksbox.  I know I just mentioned it on here, but if I thought I liked my first box, this second box just blew it out of the water.  I love everything in this box, and I'm already trying to decide which piece I want to keep..and it's not been an easy decision. Have you tried Rocksbox yet?

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...lately I find myself daydreaming about raising a family a lot.  

...I'm craving some more Strawberry Shortcake and I just made devoured some last week.

...that I received five packages in the mail on Monday and am still expecting more.  #snailmailwin

...during this wedding planning process I continue to fall more and more in love with my fiancĂ©.  He has seriously been saying some of the sweetest things lately and complying with all of my requests.  I've got a winner y'all

I confess...I'm all out of confessions for today.  Now tell me, what do you confess today?



Bridal Party Attire | coral + champagne

Wedding Wednesday we meet again, and not a day too soon.  Let's get to it shall we?
Before we got engaged, I always thought I'd have a blue wedding...but within a couple days of getting engaged we decided on the colors coral & champagne and have never looked back.  
I am totally obsessed with our colors, and think they are perfect for a rustic wedding in the summer.  Here's a little peak at what inspired me when picking out our bridal party's attire.  Even though I won't reveal what they'll be me it's perfection (well my version anways).

Next week, I'm sharing my fitness routine in preparation for the big day..don't miss it [there may or may not be a chance to win something free ;) ]

Other wedding posts: 
bridal shower inspo | pink & gold
"will you be my bridesmaid?"
DIY bridesmaid boxes
four month wedding checklist
engagement pictures
asking our flower girl & ring bearer
save the date ideas
our save the dates

What were your wedding colors?  What inspired your bridal partys' attire?


DDT [april.21]

Welcome to a new week of Delicious Dish Tuesday, where we share our recipes and ask you to share YOUR awesome recipes with us!  Last week we had some delicious looking recipes shared, I love finding all these new recipes to add to my "to-do" list.  This past week my favorite recipe was shared by Rhiannon @ Whatsoever is Lovely Living.

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Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Last week I shared, one of my favorite recipes my mama would make in the Summertime when I was younger, Strawberry Shortcake.  And today I'm back with another recipe from my mom's kitchen.  But this recipe is a family favorite all year round.  "Chocolatey Declare" as I called it when I was younger has been a hit anywhere my mom has ever taken it...and I'm not even exaggerating.  

Today's recipe from my mama's kitchen?  Chocolate Eclair.

Chocolate Eclair is something that you have to try at least once in your life; and trust me, once you've tried it you'll be craving to have it again.  The graham crackers are the perfect soft texture, without becoming mushy.  The pudding layer is so pillowy and the mellow vanilla flavor up against the rich chocolate topping is the perfect balance.  

confession: i'm not a chocolate fan (I know, I know) so I usually scrape off the chocolate top and it's still one of my fave desserts.  but i'm guessing you'll devour that chocolatey goodness right up.

Oh, and did I mention it's crazy easy...because it is. 

Chocolate Eclair Dessert

1 box of Graham Crackers
2 4oz boxes of Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 container of Cool Whip
Chocolate Fudge Frosting 16oz (my mom suggest getting the "fudge" kind over plain chocolate frosting to create a good texture for the top of your dessert)

1. Make Instant Vanilla Pudding.  Whisk together both packages of the pudding with 4 cups of COLD milk for 2 minutes.  Refrigerate until the pudding is soft set.
2. Layer Graham Crackers along the bottom of your 9x13 pan.
3. Get pudding out of the refrigerator (once it has set softly) and fold in a container of Cool whip.
4. Pour half of the pudding mixture on top of the graham crackers and spread evenly.
5. Add another layer of pudding & another layer of graham crackers.
6. Warm the chocolate fudge frosting in the microwave for 1 minute
7.  Let it cool and "set" in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but overnight is recommended.

Now head on over to your local grocer and grab up these ingredients.  Your family will thank you, and you will then have a go-to never fail recipe under your belt for all parties and get togethers.  Bon Appetit!  

Just look at those layers, I'm drooling as I type. ;)

linking up >> Create Link InspireTurn It Up Tuesday, Tuesday's TableDo Tell TuesdayWhimsy Wednesday
Wildly Original PartyWork It WednesdayWorthwhile Wednesdays, Treat Yo' SelfThinking Out Loud



Weekend Recap

FRIDAY // Mexican for dinner, a trip to Target, & girl talk...couldn't have asked for a better Friday night with these two.

SATURDAY // After a quick trip to Starbucks, where the lady was quite rude, my sweet MOH and I were headed to NYB&G.  That's right folks, I'm the proud owner of my very own white poofy dress.  

Then I was off to meet up with D, my college roommate that is also getting married.  Wedding planning, jewelry shopping & catching up with her was so refreshing.  

 SUNDAY // Well after finding that #LillyforTarget was basically another version of Black Friday and everything was sold out Sunday plans turned into me being a couch potato.  Oh, and watching Orphan Black with my grandparents (does anyone else watch this?).

What did you do this weekend?  Happy Monday loves.

Linking up with Manic Monday & Weekend Recap



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