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Year of Surprises!

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 | 8 comments

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Marriott Rewards. I will receive Marriott Points to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with travel. And not just the actual vacation – I adore travel planning and picking the hotel.  So when I was approached about the opportunity to be a Marriott Rewards® Ambassador, I was pumped and applied right away! I’ll be posting two more times over the next six months as part of the program.

If you aren’t familiar with Marriott Rewards, it’s a free hotel rewards program that allows members to redeem points for hotel stays, flights, exclusive events, and shopping. Members also earn status and enjoy benefits such as priority check-in and complimentary room upgrades (you can sign up and learn more at the Marriott Rewards Enrollment Page: Marriott.com/rewards). Matt already participates in the program because he travels quite a bit for work. He researched a couple of different programs and chose Marriott Rewards because you can earn and redeem points at 3,700 properties around the world and because it’s been voted “Program of the Year” 6 years in a row! We already redeemed points for a completely free stay when we were in New Orleans over New Year’s!

This year, Marriott Rewards is celebrating its 30th birthday with a Year of Surprises. I love the idea that there are a million reasons to celebrate. I mean, I probably celebrate something small every day. My favorite way to celebrate big events, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries is obviously through food, and my family pretty much celebrates everything with cake! I’ve never had a surprise party though (I’m such a planner, I think Matt is afraid to try). I did surprise Matt with airline tickets to Miami once! Anyway, Marriott Rewards is looking for memorable and unique ideas for surprise parties, and you can nominate anyone you think deserves to be celebrated at yearofsurprises.com. I bet it’s a lot easier to pull off a surprise party when someone else is doing the hard work! For more details on the contest, visit the Year of Surprises Official Rules at yearofsurprises.com/rules.


Have you ever pulled off a surprise party for someone else or been successfully surprised? I kinda want to plan one now!

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One Last Night in NC

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 | 0 comments

We’re officially en route to Knoxville, Tennessee! On my last night in NC, I got to attend the lovely wedding of my good friend Brooke at the Carolina Inn in Chapel HIll. It was a nice evening for an outdoor ceremony because the sun had retreated behind the clouds. I loved that champagne was served right before the ceremony because we all mingled and got the party started before the ceremony:)


Brooke looked gorgeous and you could tell that the bride and groom were very much in love.


All my high school friends reunited!


The reception was held in a beautiful ballroom with a neat checkered floor and giant flower arrangements. It was very elegant.


Of course there was cake a lots of dancing!

We’ve enjoyed eating the welcome bag all the way to Knoxville. Congrats to Brooke and Peter, who are off to Greece tomorrow!!!!!
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More April Showers

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 | 6 comments

I had the pleasure of attending two baby showers this weekend!


Don’t ya just love shower food?!


This was like a nutty pineapple carrot cake combo involving cream cheese and buttercream!!!!


Cheers to [one of the] lovely moms-to-be:)


The second shower on Sunday had fabulous food too! Both showers were gender-neutral, which meant lots of yellows and greens.



I had never had mint m & m’s before – soo addicting!



After Saturday’s shower, Matt and I grabbed pizza with friends at Pizzeria Toro.


We shared the asparagus salad and a spicy clam pizza – I can’t believe I’m going to Italy next month – this meal made me soooo excited!


After we said good night to our friends, we couldn’t resist a drink at Mateo Tapas (my very favorite in Durham). We have so few free weekends left here! So even though we had just finished dinner, we ordered the blue cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates because they are heavenly.


What a nice weekend! And after today’s shower, I had my second-to-last fitting, so my dress is just about ready to be picked up. Yay!

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Shower Scenes

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 | 19 comments

Guys, I had the most wonderful weekend!


My bridal shower was so lovely I nearly cried.


It was hosted by three of my mom’s close friends, who have watched me grow up:)


They prepared a beautiful spread of food, sangria, and pear punch!





Everything was delicious, but I think these bacon-wrapped pears stole my heart.

Although everyone knows cake is my true love.


Strawberry in the middle!


I think my favorite part of the shower was a newly-wed game that the hosts had put together with Matt’s input. I did pretty well, but was stumped on a few of the questions.


Opening gifts was pretty fun too!


China from my mom!


I hope the guests had fun too – I think Mazen loved being around so many ladies…



The shower was only the highlight of the weekend – I also got to spend tons of quality time with family and friends. I’m sad it’s all over, but so thankful to the hosts for such a sweet shower.


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On the Town

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 | 0 comments

I’m blogging from bed, where I’m recovering from an amazing night on the town as well as killer sprints in bootcamp that left my quads aching. I guess that means it was a great weekend!


One of our friends was overdue for a birthday celebration, and her husband surprised her with a limo full of friends. We started the evening at Dos Perros where we waited to surprise the birthday girl. Of course there were margaritas and nachos. And Matt and I split a stuffed pepper with nuts and raisins inside!


Then we piled in the limo and enjoyed some bubbly on the way to the wine bar. We went to Six Plates, where they now have wine on tap!


Matt and I shared a short rib and mushroom risotto that was super!


We took advantage of having wheels and ended the evening in Chapel Hill.


We hit up Top of the Hill for dancing.


And we broke out cupcakes in the bar. I made more strawberry cake, this time in the form of cupcakes – these were even better because of the strawberries on top.


Even though the late night Irish car bomb didn’t make me feel so great this morning, the night was such a blast. I want a limo every weekend! It’s getting so sad to think that business school is almost over and everyone will be going separate ways:(

Can’t wait for a solid night’s sleep. See ya.

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