The Gang’s All Here!

Debbie’s whole bridal party is in Orlando!




Meg flew in from Illinois last night, Deb flew in from New Jersey, Joanna drove up from Boca, and Jenny drove up from Ft. Lauderdale! It was fun to all finally get together to discuss Debbie’s bachelorette and wedding plans in person.


Before everyone arrived, we had lunch at Designer Greens, one of the few places Debbie and Mike missed about Orlando.




I enjoyed my usual summer salad, complete with spring mix, mandarin oranges, strawberries, gala apple, pecans, and honey poppy seed dressing.




We are going shopping for our bridesmaids dresses today, but wanted to kick off our weekend with a night on the town. Last night, we started out at the Orlando Brewing Company.



The Orlando Brewing company is one of only 9 organic breweries in the USA. We went on the free brewery tour and learned all kinds of fun facts about the beer. I don’t know that much about beer, so it was fun to learn!




Each person selected a beer to bring with them on the tour. I sampled a few, but ended up with the Miami Weiss (the lighter one).



After the tour, we finished up our beers and discussed the plans for the rest of the evening.




I think the alcohol got to some of us faster than others…


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After searching away on our smartphones…



…we determined that Ember seemed like a close and fun place to go.




The restaurant, which turns into a bar after dinner time, has a relaxed feel to it.





Debbie, her friend Meg and I split a bottle of Pinot Noir. I had two glasses… it was delicious!




When I eat out, I tend to order one of the least expensive items on the menu. I go straight to the appetizers or salads because it saves me money!


Luckily, I found the veggie flatbread which was semi-healthy and inexpensive!



I had half of the flatbread, and saved the rest for later.


Not wanting the party to end, we walked a block and a half to Mochi frozen yogurt. Self-serve treat places are so awesome because you can add whatever you want and pay per ounce.


Mark and I split a strawberry banana flavored frozen yogurt, topped with:

  • kiwi
  • waffle cone pieces
  • blackberries
  • gummy bears (bad idea, Mark!)
  • white chocolate chips
  • reese’s cup
  • cookie dough pieces


I think we literally threw everything on there.




It was a hodge-podge, but delicious, nonetheless. 😀


❤ MegaNerd

Wine and [Mac n’] Cheese

I’ve been patiently waiting ALL day long for BFF Debbie to arrive!


After JetBlue cancelled her flight to Orlando for no apparent reason, and had to fly to Tampa, rent a car, and drive two hours here, I was happy to see her face!




While finishing up some last minute cleaning up around the apartment, I cracked open my bottle of Honey Moon wine that I picked up at Trader Joe’s on my road trip to North Carolina last month.


Pretty good, and really inexpensive!




Dinner was quick and easy. I had a bit of a rough day and was craving comfort food.


Enter, Mac N’ Cheese. The broccoli makes it healthy, obviously.




Soooo good!


Having my BFF live 1,100 miles away is NOT cool! We were next door neighbors for about a year, until she moved to New Jersey. I’m so happy she is here!!


How far away does your best friend live?


❤ MegaNerd

Time Flies

I spent the afternoon at my friend Lisa’s Bridal Shower!




Lisa was my neighbor since first grade! We went to the same church, middle school and high school, and college! Craziness!




(Isn’t she beautiful!? 😀 )


Taylor and I were the only single (non married or engaged) people in the entire party. Here’s our “group picture”…




Let me just preface this by saying all things wedding sort of freak me out. I don’t know what it is, but I feel too young for all my friends to be getting married. Taylor feels the same way… which led to a very necessary shot of Vodka pre-party.


Don’t get me wrong… I am very happy for Lisa! (and all of my other happily married friends)




The best part of any party = FOOD.




I had a platter of food and ate every single bite. Oh, and I went back for more fruit and cheese. YUM!




We played all of the traditional shower games like “How well do you know the bride?” type stuff.




The group broke up into two teams, and we each had to design a toilet paper wedding gowns. My team had the brides’ mom as our model.


All of these crazy terms like "princess”, “mermaid”, “cap sleeve”, and “train” were being thrown around. GAH! It’s just toilet paper!!!!


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Our model, Lisa’s mom won the contest!




I had a great time catching up with all the girls today! I miss our old high school group. It’s funny how you always have those friends that even after not seeing them for months or even years at a time, you pick back up right where you left off.




After the party, Taylor and I hit up Chili’s for 2 for 1 drinks!

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I had two blue moons, and Taylor had strawberry margaritas!




We sat at the bar, and ate the free chips and salsa for dinner.




We also decided to be unhealthy and order the queso dip. Totally rash decision but so worth it.




I can’t believe that I have friends that are getting married. I don’t feel old enough for this to be happening…


Where is time going!?


❤ MegaNerd