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Thursday Thoughts #5

Hello team! Happy almost Friday!

As always, here are some of my musings for the week!

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Brian had his 30th birthday this past weekend! We went out to dinner on Friday night, had brunch on Saturday, and then went to a housewarming/birthday party that some friends were hosting. He said he had a great day, and truly he deserves it. He is the best!

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I am excited for this weekend because I get to see a lot of my college friends at my friend Tori’s wedding! It’s sure to be beautiful and the dress code is “black tie welcome” so I’m going to get glammed up which is always fun. Congratulations Tori and Steve!

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Brian and I got a new apartment which was the craziest turn of events that I never could have guessed. We knew our lease was up soon, of course, and had been checking the internet for possibilities. Unfortunately NYC life is such that you can’t reach out to apartments until you’re really ready to move so we had not connected with any realtors or landlords. Fast forward to early last week and I come home from work to see a sign on the door of the apartment next door to ours advertising a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in exactly the price range we were searching. We texted the woman and saw the apartment this past Saturday. It’s ready with almost no overlap to our current lease, has no fee, and I can’t stress this enough: it’s LITERALLY five steps away from our current apartment, making the move a breeze. We are so excited and, of course, I’ve already started cleaning and purging my stuff for the move.

And that’s all folks! It’s been super busy already this month with the start of the new school year and all of our festivities and a big move approaching, but I’m looking at it as a positive. I have many great family and friends who want me and Brian to be a part of their celebrations. I GET to be busy, and I’m a lucky girl!

Have a great weekend everyone!

❤ LB

 

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Thursday Thoughts #3

Hey team!

Happy Thursday! Here is a roundup of some of my recent thoughts and shenanigans.

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This past weekend Brian and I went to the North Fork of Long Island and had the best time with his parents! It’s one of our very favorite places in the world. We stopped by our wedding venue for a tasting, went to a couple of cute farm stands and picked up some fresh (and insanely delicious) local produce, and got a chance to relax. It was so nice to take a breather, cook a nice dinner together, and catch up with my in-laws. It was fun despite the rain. Plus, stay tuned for a post on my adventures cooking with local produce soon!

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I am making sure to keep up with eating healthy choices and working out the next few weeks, but also trying to make a point to take some time in each day to really relax. I have an INSANE September (two weddings, a bridal shower, a bachelorette party, and Brian’s 30th birthday in addition to the new school year starting up again), so I’m making sure to get enough sleep and take some time to watch a show or read a book some time each day. I know that when I get stressed, it’s when I’m most vulnerable to getting sick and I definitely wouldn’t want that!

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Summer running is still really getting me down, team. I have been hitting paces on the treadmill that I feel like I’m soooo far from hitting outside and it’s been so discouraging. I sent a text to my running coach who is super encouraging, but I never feel like this when I’m training in the fall and winter. Growing up, I danced year round, but I’m starting to realize that if I wasn’t a dancer I would have definitely been a winter athlete, because summer training is just not for me – and that’s okay. I’m not registered for a race right now, and I’m comfortable with maintaining my fitness so that I can really push myself towards my goals when the weather cools off.

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She’s so supportive!

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This week, two of my absolute best friends had birthdays! I am so lucky that I have such amazing women in my life and I hope that they both had incredible days! Happy birthday Allyson and Sara! I love you girls.

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Aaaaand the most random of all is a question for you all. I know a lot of you are on a budget and I am going to be moving in the next few months since our lease is up at the end of September. We are going to need some new furniture when we move. Ours likely won’t survive a move since we bought it cheap and it’s already moved once and is 4 years old. What are your favorite furniture stores and what pieces do you own and love from them? We’ve walked around IKEA and wrote down some ideas, but I just want to know how they hold up – especially the couch that has a trundle that pops up into a bed. I mean, it seems amazing, but it could break after a week and I wouldn’t know. I’ve browsed Wayfair, too, but I’m wary since they don’t have a brick-and-mortar that I can visit to see the quality. Basically, I need furniture help!

Well that’s it for my randomness today. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and I’ll be back here Monday bright and early as usual!

❤ LB

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Thursday Thoughts #2

Happy Thursday, friends!

The weekend is so close, I can almost taste it! Just like every Thursday, I’m here with my random mess of thoughts. This weekend we don’t have too much going on so I’m looking forward to just relaxing in my city or maybe going out to Brian’s parents house in Eastern Long Island (aka wine country)!

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I’m still reminiscing about our amazing time at my brother’s beautiful wedding. It was beachside and we had a wonderful day! I’m so excited that now I have TWO sisters-in-law. Since I grew up with only a brother, it makes me so happy that these two amazing girls are part of my sister squad. Joslyn looked beautiful and John-Paul looked so happy. I love them BOTH so much!

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Selfies at the rehearsal dinner.
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Ahh – they just looked so happy all day!

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I bought an anklet on my honeymoon (a 20$ one at a booth at the Maui aquarium haha) and I’ve been wearing it with EVERYTHING. I hadn’t thought about anklets since the early 2000’s but I’m super into them for my summer look! Things on my wrists tend to bother me, so I’m not usually wearing bracelets or watches, but I like the idea of wearing an anklet as an additional accessory. Not sure if anklets are “in” right now but I don’t really care. Mine has a tiny silver turtle and I think it’s adorable. 

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I have been thinking a lot recently about getting a new tattoo. I have three already and i absolutely love them all. I have some vague ideas about what I want and there happens to be a highly rated tattoo parlor very close to our apartment, so the next step is meeting with an artist. I’m thinking I want just blacks and grays for this one , but stay tuned for exactly what it turns out to be!

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Need to know – who else is watching Alone Together on Freeform? I laugh out loud at least twice an episode. I don’t think it’s a realistic depiction of 20-something life, but it’s really amusing, has short episodes, and is fun to just throw on an episode or two before bed.

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Forgot to mention this before, but I set up an Instagram page that you can follow for updates, too! @lifewith_laurenb

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, friends! Drop me a line at lifewithlaurenb@gmail.com or shoot me a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!

❤ LB