MIMM: A fun-filled few weeks

It’s been awhile since I linked up with the lovely Katie for Marvelous Monday! It’s been a busy few weeks, and I figured the best way to bring you all to speed is a fun MIMM post!

Last Friday Nick and I headed to CT for a wedding of one of Nick’s high school friends. It was nice to spend some time with all of his HS friends and their wives/girlfriends.

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Minus KK who was taking the photo

Nick had a conference in NYC, so we went and enjoyed a meal at Casa Mono with our friend Tom. It was extremely dark so I didn’t take any photos, except for one. The amazing brussel sprouts, the best I ever had at a restaurant. If you know you are going to the city, definitely have a meal here!

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Nick and I also had a wonderful breakfast (more on that later) and spent some time walking around the city before I headed back to CT and the B man.

I also was able to snag some time with my girl Cait, and try Agave Grill in Hartford. Girls nights are great for the soul.

Last, but certainly not least, I have been taking classes at Studio Poise in Lynnfield.

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Danielle, the owner, has graciously allowed me to take as many classes as I can in one month, and share my experiences with you all. So far I have taken Poise Fusion and Poise Xpress and it has been extremely humbling. I have a post coming this week to tell you all more about this wonderful studio, until then you can also follow them on twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!

MIMM: Concerts Galore

I have had quite the marvelous few weeks instead of writing lengthy posts about each one, I figured I would give you the highlight reel for this Marvelous Monday link up. Thanks for hosting, Katie!

Last weekend, Nick and I were able to go to the Jay Z/Justin Timberlake show at Fenway Park. I won tickets through a radio twitter concert, which was pretty amazing. We were in the second section back and had a sick view.

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our view before the show started

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part of our view during the show. They had a massive set up and huge screens

I loved the show, it was more amazing than I would’ve even imagined, but my hugest issue was the fact that the tickets said the show started at 7, but they had some really annoying dj playing for almost 90 minutes and the show didn’t start until 8:30. My favorite songs of the night were Holy Grail and 99 Problems, Justin playing the part of the cop was amazing.

The following week was crazy, the B man and I headed to Maine with my dad, his wife, her kids, my sister and her boyfriend. Nick was crazy busy at work so unfortunately he couldn’t come. I don’t really have any photos, because we barely had cell or internet so I just ended up leaving my phone in the room the whole time. It was so nice to unplug and relax for a bit.

Friday we had tickets for the John Mayer concert in CT. Front Row.

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John Mayer is hands down my favorite artist. I have seen him almost every single tour, and met him almost 10 years ago. I love seeing him live and this show was absolutely amazing. Philip Philips opened up for him and he was also outstanding. I loved him on American Idol, but you could tell that he felt he was in his element on that stage, singing his music.

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Then of course John Mayer. You could tell his voice is still not the same, but you could clearly tell all he wanted to do was sing on stage and he was enjoying every minute.

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His set list for the CT show was awesome. He sang 83 for the first time and hearing the crowd sing along was so moving. This song from his first popular album, it felt like ages since I have heard it live, and everyone in the audience singing together was wonderful.

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He also sang 4 songs from his new album, due out on Tuesday, and my favorite was “Waiting on the Day” and his encore song was a long version of Gravity, then John and the band left. It is definitely one of the best shows I have seen of his and I am glad I got to share it with Nick.

Then today I was looking online and Nick and I are on the webpage for the Hartford Set List show.

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How was your week? What was the best concert you have ever been to?

Celebration Month!

It has been a marvelous 4 weeks indeed! If you have been reading this blog, even for a short amount of time, you might have noticed that it has been an explosion of celebrations.

Let’s just say Nick and I have a very busy beginning of summer. It starts with my birthday in mid-June, our anniversary, B’s birthday, and then ends almost exactly 4 weeks later with Nick’s birthday. True to most years we have had plans for every single one of the weekends during that period.

This past weekend was no exception, but it was all in the name of celebrating Nick’s birthday, and as a wonderful present, his newest Apple app was featured on App Advice (Simple Mic) check it out!

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We were in Connecticut and we were able to spend a few days in Nick’s parents pool

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On Saturday night we gathered a few of our friends and headed to Krust Wood-fired Pizza & Bourbon Bar in Middletown, per the recommendation of Caitlin!

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The birthday boy & Cait

I will be honest, I am not always super pumped for pizza, it’s okay Nick calls me Un-American because of it. However, I knew I would be okay with Krust because their menu has very unique pizzas. I also don’t like bourbon, but don’t worry, everyone else at the table had their fair share of bourbon, especially my husband.

I have to say, I was immediately blown away by Krust’s customer service, while they do not take reservations, we were able to give them a heads up that we had a large party and what time we were planning on coming in, and Kevin (owner and bartender extraordinaire) realized there was enough space for us right before we arrived and they set up a table so we could sit right away. He also came by the table multiple times to see how everything was. Fabulous!

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We obviously started with drinks, Cait had me order the Onyx Apple Pie, it wasn’t listed on their menu so I am not sure exactly what was in it, but it was delicious, a bit to strong as I was driving later in the evening, so I drank about 75% of the drink and Cait finished the rest. I love a friend that will step in for me, ha!

Not long after we started our drinks, we ordered our food. Krust has an everyday menu, but they also post their daily specials on Instagram!

I knew I HAD to have the Brussels pizza, that had fresh garlic, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted onion, evoo and salt. Krust is extremely accommodating, I added an egg and the kale medley that was on the special pizza of the day to my Brussels pizza. I don’t think I can eat pizza at another place again.

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This picture doesn’t even begin to do justice to the pizza. I even dipped my krust into Cait’s Gazpacho, which I told Kevin was the best Gazpacho I have ever tasted. I couldn’t finish the entire pizza so I sent my leftovers home with Cait for her and her mom.

I ordered a second during dinner, my traditional margarita.

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Krust is next door to the best cupcakes in CT, NoRA Cupcake Company. Anyone in CT that I have told the name of my blog too has told me that I NEED to get to NoRA ASAP. Krust sells their cupcakes for dessert.

I went with the obvious, the Margarita cupcake.

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Margarita with a side of…margarita. They have an entire cocktail line, I need to get my butt back their and try the Bubbly Cupcake.

It was nice and fluffy, the cake was moist and full of flavor, not dry at all. The frosting had salt sprinkles and it tasted just like a margarita. The sweet and savory hit the spot. I can’t wait to go back and try another flavor or four.

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Cait & I. Bloggers in crime.

Again, I want to say a huge thanks to Kevin (and the entire staff at Krust) for being awesome and making sure our party was always happy. The staff at Krust was awesome and I would suggest you all make your way to Middletown for great pizza, bourbon, and cupcakes!

While this month has been extremely busy (and felt like I was constantly on the go), I wouldn’t change a thing. I was able to spend our special moments with our amazing friends and families, and our friends who are just like family. This past month has helped me realize it’s about having quality friends in my life and not quantity. Thank you all for being a part of our special days.

Marvelous in my Monday: Grateful Edition

I am linking up with the lovely Katie for another edition of Marvelous Monday!

I’ll be honest, this weekend had serious potential to be horrendous. It never fails that any weekend we have something big going on, another something big is happening. This weekend was no different, except the “something bigs” were on opposite sides of New England (or at least it felt that way).

Friday, Nick left work early so we could head to my home state of Vermont and see my nephew graduate high school. This event (more so than my 10 year high school reunion) made me feel old. I was 11 years old when he was born and here I was sitting at his High School graduation ceremony with my almost 2 year old on my lap. Weird.

The weather had the potential to be terrible, but it was a gorgeous day and the outdoor ceremony was beautiful, and B was on his very best behavior.

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B, Nick and I with the graduate! Congrats bud! {photo courtesy of my sister}

Saturday, bright and early, we met my dad and his girlfriend for a Father’s Day breakfast and some more personal family time. It was nice to get an hour to chat and catch up!

After breakfast we hit the road, 3 hours to Nick’s parents house, stopped for a bathroom break, and another 45 minutes to a birthday party. Nick’s cousin has twin boys and we haven’t been able to make it to any of their parties (since their first) because I was in the hospital (having B) or out celebrating my SIL’s bachelorette.

It was a lot of fun and B had a great time playing with the birthday boys and other kids. I didn’t get any pictures but it was another gorgeous day, perfect for a party!

We headed back to Nick’s parents to catch the Bruins game (a win for the B’s yes!) and then yesterday we had a surf-n-turf dinner with the family for Father’s Day.

Finally we headed back to our house and relaxed for a bit. We are so lucky that B is such a laid back kid, he barely fussed with all that car time and was so good at all the events, we are very blessed.

If you follow me on Instagram you already know the big gift I got this year. About a month ago my blender broke, and I was super bummed, I make a ton of smoothies, especially in the hot months, and we really couldn’t afford a good new one (I hate buying cheap stuff that I know will break!). Nick and I wanted a Vitamix but we thought we wouldn’t have to buy one for a few years, so this blender breaking was a shock.

My birthday is on Friday and Nick’s mom said I could open my gift early. She brought me this giant box.

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I was shocked. It’s expensive, I didn’t ask for one. But I am blessed, I know a lot of people don’t have great relationships with their in-laws, but my MIL is really a mother to me. I’m not just grateful because of this wonderful gift, but because of EVERYTHING she does for Nick and I (and B obviously). She puts everyone before herself and is one of the most selfless people I know. I hope one day I can be have the MIL she is!

Now with that said, link to your favorite Vitamix creations, I want to try em out!

Marvelous Memorial Monday!

I am linking up with the lovely Katie for a special edition of Marvelous Monday!

I want to start by saying a thank you to all service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, as well as those are still serving our country.

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There are many marvelous things going on…

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B is sleeping so well in his toddler bed, honestly, I thought it was going to be a difficult transition but he’s adapted so well.

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Under Armour sent me this great gear as part of the What’s Beautiful campaign. Everything is so comfortable and bright! Don’t forget to join the campaign!

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I was able to spectate many friends and family members running Boston’s Run to Remember. It was meaningful in so many ways. It was the first big run in the city since the Marathon. This race every year is to honor the law enforcement, and not surprisingly, it sold out after the suspect was captured in Watertown. The running community is a wonderful thing.

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Then we spend the majority of the long weekend with family in CT! I am so blessed.

What marvelous things did you do this weekend?

Compliments

Starting off the week with some marvelous things!

About a month ago, a high school teacher of mine started a campaign called 30 Days of Compliments. The idea was to compliment someone every single day for 30 days, it could be on Facebook, Twitter, a hand written letter, a phone call, etc… Not specific rules, just a way to remember (without it being a holiday season) to be grateful for the people in our lives.

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My family. I am grateful for them every single day. Nick who always supports my (sometimes foolish) ideas and makes me laugh and is a great day. B who turned my life upside down in the most amazing way, I can’t imagine my life without him.

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Siblings. My sister-in-law, her husband, my brother-in-law and my sister. They are amazing people, who always have our backs and are great aunts and uncles to B. Thank you for always being there.

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My dad & grandma. My dad went back to med school when I was in sixth grade, proof that if you want to make something happen you can. It’s never to late to follow your heart. My grandma who never lets anything stop her and is always on the go.

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My mom. Who always listens, even when I am wrong, and who taught me the love of books.

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My in-laws. For always being there and always helping out, and for spoiling B rotten.

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My trainer/great friend BZ and Amanda, for being my support system and pushing me beyond where I ever thought I could go.

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One of my best friends, for acting silly with me, going out for beers because we need a break and for always having my back no matter what. Oh, and for starting my obsession with running.

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Blogging buddies, for not being too scared to meet IRL, to have playmates with our kids, for showing me new restaurants, and for talking to me when I am having a bad day…or a good one.

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My running coach, mentors and TNT teammates! I never would have been able to run a half-marathon without them.

 

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To my Alpha Gams, especially my roommate, Corinne and big, Erin (sorry no photos none of them were appropriate ;)) for being such a huge part of my life. I wish we all loved footsteps away still.

 

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To the 3 best guy friends a girl could have, and to our guardian angel, thanks for always keeping me on my toes.

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To our friends and family for being supportive no matter what.

Who would you compliment?

Bowling and Running

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Now for some Marvelous in my Monday

First up is some marvelous in YOUR monday

As you know already, I am a Zooma Race Ambassador

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The Cape Cod race is September 28th. There is a 10k and Half-Marathon option, since I am an ambassador I have a code to share, register for either race and get 10% off by using the code CCAMB9.

Zooma also has this great program, if you PR in either of the races you get a special gift, all you have to do is submit your PR for the race you are running on their webpage after you have registered and fill out the information. Very easy and very awesome. So who is racing with me in September? I know I am gunning for that PR gift :)!

This weekend was super busy, if you follow me in Instagram, you probably saw this picture.
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someone (post-workout) desperately needed a haircut!

The boys both got haircuts as well, and there were no tears (from any of us!), we had a nice lunch out, then I spent some time at Whole Foods and before we knew it is dinner time and we came home!

Sunday, I spent with one of my sisters and my mom watching my (very tall) nephew in one of his last bowling tournaments as a high-schooler.

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It was nice to spend some time with family & after the bowling games were finished (not of course with a few lane breakdowns and the power going out mid-game) we had a nice sushi dinner and I headed home to my boys.

A full weekend, but a marvelous weekend indeed. What did you do this weekend?