This time next week…

…I will have a tropical drink in one hand, a book in the other, and a gorgeous view of crystal blue water in front of me.

puntacanaroyalton-punta-cana-resortThe Dominican Republic is calling my name. And it’s been a long time coming. MONTHS ago my friend Jennifer and I decided we needed a girl’s vacation. We needed to get away from the hussle & bussle of our work lives. We needed a BREAK! And that long awaited break is almost, actually here!!!

Next Thursday we fly out & say bye-bye to work, stress, and social media for 8 long days & 7 nights in beautiful Punta Cana. I can’t speak for Jen, but I mentally checked out last week & haven’t been able to pull it together since. Sorry work….. You’re not the first thing on my mind right now.

Bring on the fruity, umbrella drinks, white sand beaches, and all the food you can stuff your face with!

An RVA Wedding (#TheMcDougalds)

So Saturday this gorgeous lady, who I’m lucky enough to call my BFF, got married!!!

10407563_10100172092921582_343611497600511158_nOfficially an MRS.

It was exactly a year ago Saturday that her handsome groom proposed! You would have thought that I was the one getting engaged, but I just couldn’t contain my excitement. Kelly & Brian are more perfect for each other than anyone else & the day was FINALLY here to celebrate them.

Of course we spent the days, and nights, leading up to this day prepping, pampering, and organizing. So on the night before the wedding there was nothing left to do but get the party started!!

McDougald 2Luckily I had a co-MOH and an awesome Best Man to help make sure everything went off without a hitch. Best MOH/Best Man team EVER!

10301067_10100171893511202_8219778999911501629_nThe ceremony was short, sweet, sentimental, and I’m 99% sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Just my kind of wedding <3 And once we got through all that official business it was time to PARTAY.

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McDougald 1My heart could not have been any happier or full of love than it was this weekend. I am beyond excited for these two awesome people and best friends in this next chapter in their life! Working on 48 hours of marriage, and many many many more!!

Mexican En Casa

When I say I crave Mexican food every day, I am not exaggerating. If someone offered me a lifetime supply of cheese dip, I would never grow tired of it. Flour tortillas are the only “bread” I keep in my house. Spanish rice & Chicken covered in liquid cheesy goodness is literally heaven on a plate to me. You get what I’m tryin’ to say right? Sometimes going out to eat though isn’t an option, and I do actually prefer to cook at home…. So last night, I made myself a little Mexican feast that even Plaza Azteca would envy. Eat your heart out Chipotle!

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Burritos, Mexican Rice, and of course cheese dip were on the menu. And making it was surprisingly easy.

Cheese dip4 Ingredient Cheese Dip that could rival the best Mexican restaurant in town

Those prepackaged Spanish/Mexican Rice mixes are delicious – but have you ever looked at how much sodium is in them? HOLY CRAP! There’s less salt in the Atlantic Ocean! So I decided to go the healthier route and mix these awesome Recipe Ready frozen Southwest veggies with some brown rice. Of course no rice is complete without some cheese dip on top…

Mexican RicePile all these delicious ingredients (and some greek yogurt in place of sour cream) on to a flour tortilla & wrap. This was a Chipotle sized burrito – and I enjoyed every single bite!

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Cheese Dip Recipe:

1/2 lb White American Cheese (cubed)

1/4 cup Whole Milk

1 tablesppon Butter

1 small can Green Chile

Cumin & Chili Powder to taste

1. Add the milk, cheese, and butter into a sauce pan and let melt slowly over low/medium-low heat

2. Once combined, add green chilies

3. Season to your liking

** more milk may need to be added, depending on how thick or thin you want it


This weekend was spent floating down a river, roasting marshmallows, and stuffing my face with delicious food – all in honor of the Bachelorette!

Tubing 2 (1)Amanda (aka “Grandchild”) gets married in less than a month, and this weekend we celebrated with a very relaxing bachelorette float down the James.

Tubing 1 (1)After about 4 hours on the river, we were clearly ravenous, so food HAD to be the next thing on the agenda. And since we were sooooo close to Farmville, a trip to Macado’s seemed necessary.

photoAnd what’s a trip to Farmville without a photo-op by the Longwood University sign?

Tubing 1 (3)Once we finally made it home, there was nothing let to do but put on comfy clothes, drink sangria, and roast marshmallows!

fire pitCollageThis is my kind of Bachelorette!! I love a good Girl’s Night Out, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes a Girl’s Night IN is just as good – if not better :)

Workout “Recovery”

If you read yesterday’s post about Tribal Quest, then maybe you’ll be able to understand the exhaustion I felt all day Saturday. It was worth it, because T.Q. was a BLAST!

But, a few weeks ago, our team planned a little bar night following the race to celebrate//get together with some other LU alum. Was that the best idea… probably not. We were drained, physically & mentally, definitely dehydrated, and flat out tired! But did we rally? You better believe it!

TQ Bar Night 1 CollageNot only did we rally, but we rallied until wayyyyyy later than I expected. I pretty much counted on making it to the bar, having one drink, and then falling asleep in a booth until someone threw me in a cab and took me home. On the contrary… I somehow managed to kick the exhaustion and have a blast with my Team & a bunch of cool people I haven’t seen in forever. Of course the roomie and I fell right back into our “college bar” mode. We didn’t even miss a beat.

Roomie CollageSelfies for days

Needless to say that Sunday I was hurting. But nowadays, weekends like this are few and far between. So I’ll suck it up every once and a while, just to relive the college glory days. The recovery time is far more substantial than it used to be though, but I think I can make it…