(PLEASE EXCUSE THE WATERMARK ON THE VIDEO – I didn’t want to pay yearly when I only want to make a few travel videos. If anyone has any good video editor programs please leave some suggestions in the comments below!!)

Tom and I decided to take my parents to Washington D.C. as a thank you for paying for majority of our wedding. I always listen to what people want or where they want to go and I always make mental notes. My mom said that she had never been to the east coast before and that she wanted to go. I made a mental note of that about two years ago and my dad being a history/architect lover I knew that this place would be perfect. I told my sister about it, and her husband had always wanted to go too – so we decided to make a family trip of it! I planned to make a long weekend trip when I was off Monday through Friday so it was perfect. We got in Friday and got checked into the hotel (State Plaza Hotel) – I highly recommend it if you want to be within walking distance of all the attractions. It is the perfect location to be in the middle – restaurants and downtown half a mile up north, and all the sights within 15 minutes walking distance. Not to mention they give you ice and water every night. For our first night we planned a comedy show, Sheer Madness. We were looking up restaurants that were by the Kennedy Center all within walking distance.

Kingbird was the first place we went to. I thought it was an american place, but it turns out it was a FANCY restaurant. Here we show up in casual wear – but it definitely made the trip start off on a funny note! After that we went to our comedy show and then just walked around the city to look at everything lit up at night. We had a CVS next to our hotel and a liquor store so we were able to get snacks and stuff for bloody mary’s. We had a lot planned to next day so we made it an early night.

We woke up the next day and tried walking around finding lunch places that could accommodate 7 of us! My brother found a place called Founding Farmers. If you want breakfast food there – this is the place to go. They have a wide menu and everything tastes DELICIOUS. That is the one thing I liked about DC is that the food was so good. We tried all genres and I don’t have one complaint! Founding Farmers also had the best spicy bloody mary. Afterwards we went walking around to see the White House, the Capital building, and then this was our day to see the Smithsonian. We spent a few hours going through the American History Museum, and the Air and Space Museum. There were so many exhibits and cool things to look at, but man did our feet hurt afterwards. We walked back to the hotel and booked dinner reservations.

For dinner the second night we went to The Darlington House. It was an italian wine place and they seat you with pillows as you can see in the video! The staff there was all very nice, and their food was amazing! I got spicy pasta which was on point. In the video there is a clip of my family dancing, because they played the same song on repeat over and over again. Each time the chorus dropped really loud my sister would always start the dance and everyone followed in. This started making people at the other tables laugh too! It was a fun time! After dinner we went to the bar downstairs and we were a few of the only ones so we just hung out as a family and had some drinks. After that we went to the casino since that was one thing my brother wanted to do. It was a new casino so everything there was so nice! I played my favorite (roulette), and Tom played his favorite (blackjack) – both losers. My sister and two brothers played the slot machines. We ended up being there until 4AM!!

The next day was a struggle getting up and we went to a cutesy place for lunch calledย Circa. They had your typical brunch food, and were also very nice and gracious. We then went out sight seeing to the memorials. We started off with the Lincoln Memorial, then went to the Reflecting Pool, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial where we saw my dads cousins name on the wall, World War II memorial, Washington Monument, and then trucked our way to the Jefferson Memorial. This one was so far away, but it was Tom’s favorite! He spent so long reading the quotes on the walls (as you can see in the video). We then Ubered back to our hotel to get ready for our last dinner after my sister and brother were flying home Sunday night.

For our last dinner together we wanted Mexican so we went toย Don Lobos Mexican Grill. I know it’s silly to say, but they had the BEST spanish rice. I’ve been trying to reenact it since i’ve come home. No luck. She even told me how to make it! I guess i’ll just have to go back to get it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tom and I flew back home at 8AM Monday morning so that we would have the whole day to relax and unpack/do laundry/clean, and prep for the work week. The flight was short which was good since I am not good with flying. Wrigley was so happy to see us when we got home she is always a little stinker when we leave her. If you ever go to DC I HIGHLY recommend any of the food choices we went to that I bolded above – you will not be disappointed! Thank you to my sister and two brothers for turning this into a fun family trip! And thank you mom and dad – for paying for most of our wedding!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jumpsuit here, crossbody bag here, shoes here, bracelets here and here.

Hey guys!! I haven’t been on here in so long, but I thought this jumpsuit I shot a few weeks ago would be the perfect time to do a blog post since it is 50% off making it just under $45!! I sized up to a large in this because I wasn’t sure of it with my height (5’7), but I wish I stuck with my medium, because it fits true to size and my legs look like they’re swimming when i’m not popping one out. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have been loving wearing these darlington flats lately because they go with everrryyything! I know they are a bit of a splurge now, but still so worth it. I love them with shorts, pants, jeans no matter the color, dresses – just so so cute! I have also been using this crossbody bag on repeat every day. I never thought i’d get used to not having a purse, but it has happened! Nordstrom has been having some major sales on all things Nsale, so I will keep an eye out for these babies to go on sale for any of those who want them!

Some of you have been asking me how the married life has been, and frankly – it is no different! Haha! Tom and I have been living together for over 4 years, so the only thing that’s different is having the hassle of changing my last name, and him wearing a ring lol. I haven’t told anyone on Instagram, but we started looking at houses a few weeks ago to start browsing since we ultimately want to move into a house by May when our lease is up. We have been so busy with catching up on everything, planning things, and our fantasy drafts (UMMM HIIII FOOTBALL STARTS TOMORROW!), house hunting, you name it that we haven’t really stopped to take everything in lately. I have also been busy with back to school and soccer starting, which i’m sure you all know based on my absent-ness on instastories and i’m not always posting every day. If you don’t step back you never realize how life gets ahead of you, but don’t worry – I already have next weeks blog post planned – so stay tuned for that! I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of your week and enjoy football starting up if you are an NFL fan or fantasy player. YAHOO!! As always, thank you for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Hi guys! Getting married is a job all in itself, but changing your name afterwards is really the hassle! As soon as I started I made a list to remember what to do, what I had done, and what it all entails. I figured I would turn it into a blog post so others can use it as a checklist for themselves too!

First thing was to get married and have your priest/reverend send in the marriage license. You then get a marriage certificate in the mail – or some may opt to pick it up at the court house, whichever you chose when you got your marriage license.

STEP ONE – Social Security Card

Once you get your marriage certificate in the mail you have to get a new social security card. I brought my drivers license, birth certificate, marriage certificate, and old social security card with. Once filling out the paperwork you do need to know your parents information and social security number for whatever reason. HA!

STEP TWO – Drivers License

I then took the piece of paper saying I filed for a new social security card to the DMV and got myself a new drivers license and state ID card. Before you go make sure you practice your signature – I didn’t and it was a big mistake! I also signed up for the voter registration here.

STEP THREE – Bank and Payment Info

I then went to the bank and changed my name on my bank accounts. I had to get new debit/credit cards ordered as well as order new checks. Going off of this I had to get a new Target card, Nordstrom card, by contacting them all separately. Some places you have to call over the phone to verify your name change, others can be done through e-mail.ย Once I got my new debit/credit cards in the mail I had to update all websites that my cards are synced to such as Netflix, Apple Music, SpotHero, Redbox, Uber/Lyft, iTunes, etc.ย I then got a new e-mail address since my old one has my last name in it. I went through a ton of different websites that I have my old e-mail address and name in such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Express, etc. and updated my name in my shipping address as well.

STEP FOUR – Passport

My next thing was to update my passport. Thankfully I got my passport within the last year, so I don’t have to pay for a new one for a name change! There is paperwork to fill out that you submit along with your marriage license and your old passport to them.

STEP FIVE – Employer and Insurance

I then had to do my name change through work. Being a teacher, I had to go through HR to change my health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, TRS, IMRF, Blue Cross Blue Shield cards, teaching license for ISBE, key card to get into the building, school e-mail, W4, W2, etc. HR is VERY good about helping you with this. I didn’t put Tom on my health insurance, but if I did there would be more there to do. I then contacted my retirement advisor for my 403B – non teachers have 401K to get my name changed for that.

STEP SIX – Personal and Home

We don’t own a house, but if we did we would have to change my name on the loan/mortgage. I’m going to contact the office of our complex to see if I need to change my name for our current lease and renters insurance. I also need to look into my car loan and once I pay it off in April switch the name on my title over. I also need to update my car insurance. Next is to update my name through my doctors offices such as dentist, annual health checkup, female doctor, etc. If you have utilities in your name, I have Comcast cable, that also then needs to be switched over.

STEP SEVEN – Optional

Other miscellaneous things: notify local post office, IRS, gym membership, paypal, cell phone, school loans, vets, social networks, library cards, FOID card, LinkedIn

 

Below I have chosen some of my favorites from our wedding photos! Enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

So I was a little behind the NSale this year by going to Nasvhille they day that it opened, but I had so much fun in Nashville that it didn’t even matter to me! Now that the NSale is public, here are some of my favorite picks! I’m going to link my sizing under each – even though I usually always wear mediums and if its big it’s oversized and if it’s smaller then it’s more fitted! There are still a few items I haven’t pulled the trigger on to get yet, and others that sold out before they shipped them out to me so they had to cancel my order .. grrr! Here’s to success for your shopping and many fall outfits!

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Sweater M/L, Tank M, Shorts 29 (run small), Sunglasses

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Top M, Shorts 28

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Tank M, Spanx M, Shoes 9.5 (I always get my gym shoes a half size up)

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Booties 9 TTS

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Dress 8 (Topshop runs small most of the time – order a size up)

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Sweater M, Jeans 28, Booties same as above, Sunglasses

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Sweater M, Shorts same as above

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Tank L, Leggings M

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Top M (this print ran smaller than the cream print for some reason), Shorts same as above, Sunglasses

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Sweater 8 (returned for a 6 – Topshop again – weird sizes), Tank M, Shorts 29 (same as above)

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Top M, Shorts same as above

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Top M, Joggers M (could size up for looser fit)

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Top M (runs on the shorter side), Pants M, Sunglasses

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Top M, Shorts same as above

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Top M, Shorts 28, Sandals

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Top S, Shorts same as above

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BLANKNYC Jacket M, Shorts

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Top M, Shorts 28, Sunglasses

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Top M, Shorts same as above, Sunglasses

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Cardigan M, Cami M

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Top M (order a size up for a longer/looser fit), Shorts same as above

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Top M (could have sized down – SOOO SOFT!), Shorts 6

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Top M, Shorts same as above

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Dress M (should have sized down), Flats 9 TTS, Sunglasses

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Pajama Set M TTS

 

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So the day has finally come for my bachelorette party.. going to parties before it never phased me that i’d get a bachelorette party for myself, it almost feels so selfish – but I am SO excited to go on a girls trip this weekend! We are road tripping there (it’s about 7.5 hours, probably 9 with my friend Krista’s pee breaks ๐Ÿ˜‰ but it will be so much fun!). I thought i’d do a blog post about what i’m packing and how I arrange it. Wherever I am going I try to think through the days activities and what i’ll need each day, so that I only pack one extra, and use almost all of what I bring. So i’ve compiled it all and here is what I came up with! Keep in mind I don’t wear glasses or contacts, and we are staying at an Air BnB (is that how you spell it?!) with a road trip involved for traveling.

Clothes

Casual Outfits (2)

Dressy Outfits (2)

Jean Shorts (3)

Car Ride Clothes (1)

Pajamas (3)

Swimsuits (2)

Towels (One pool, one bath)

Undies (I like to bring a ton)

Bras (strapless, sticky, etc.)

Sandals

Heels

Gym Shoes (for walking)

Sweatshirt/Sweatpants

Bathroom

Body Wash

Face Wash

Razor

Shampoo/Conditioner

Hair Dryer

Hair Brush

Curling Iron

Hair Spray

Lotion/Face Lotion

Makeup

Toothbrush/Paste

Dental Floss

Deodorant

Perfume

Miscellaneous

Phone charger

Laptop

Clutch

Cash

Cards and ID

Sunglasses

Chapstick

Hair Scrunchies

Sunscreen

Feminine Products

Empty Water Bottle

Jewelry

Wet Wipes

Solo Cups

Neck Pillow

 

If I ever forget to pack anything the worst case scenario is that I buy it while i’m there, am I right?! I always bring way more undies than I need, but better to be fresh than sorry! I also change up my number of outfits based upon how many days I am going there for. We are driving down tomorrow, staying Friday and Saturday, and driving back Sunday. I can’t wait to do a Nashville blog post all about my trip for you guys when I get back! Thanks as always for reading, and I hope this helps some of you when you’re packing! ๐Ÿ™‚