Happy One Year Anniversary to Markel & Me! <3

I CANNOT believe it’s been an entire year since we got married in Cypress, CA.  The day was BEYOND stressful, we had a few too many drinks, and we danced our asses off. xo  That day I married my best friend and I’m so incredibly lucky!!  Here are a few (ok more than a few) of our big day! ❤

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Potty Training Lucy

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What a nightmare…we love our little Lucy bear but she is NOT easy to potty train.  In fact…Markel and I are finding it pretty hard to train her to do ANYTHING at this point.  Lucy is 10 weeks and about 1.3 pounds.  OBVIOUSLY she’s still a baby and miracles shouldn’t be expected…but we were hoping for a little bit of an easier time than we’re having.

Owning a puppy has been such a magical experience.  Lucy is a bundle of love and wet kisses from morning till night.  She jumps around for about 30 minutes and exhausts herself and needs a 3 hour nap to recover (much to our relief).  Those 30 minutes are…intense.  As cute as she is when she’s awake, Lucy chews on everything, cries when we aren’t holding her, and eliminates wherever she pleases.  We’ve gotten pretty good about seeing the signs for elimination but…it’s still not awesome.

When we first got her, she was so little that we got to see her discover her paws, learn to cry/bark (not excited about this one), get brave and jump on/off things, and see her personality develop.  We’re totally in love with who she is becoming…we just need some MAJOR dog whisperer action in the Blair home.

My boss has a new puppy and he recommended that we use his water gun method.  Whenever we try to use the word “bad”, “quiet”, “down”, etc and Lucy doesn’t listen~ instead of spanking or something more severe~ a shot of a water gun helps reinforce the word.  AND HONESTLY~~~ it’s the BEST advice we’ve gotten about dog training so far.  The force of water totally shocks Lucy and from that moment on, she totally remembers the command that we give.  When we say “bad” without the water gun, Lucy stops in her tracks and stops whatever she’s doing.  We’re still working on “quiet” and “down” but so far it’s been the best form of training!

I’m sure this isn’t a Dog Whisperer approved method for training, but it’s been the only thing Lucy responds too.  We tried the positive reinforcement only technique and well…it indirectly allowed her to poop/pee/chew/cry anywhere.  It was NOT helpful for us.

We’ve had Lucy for 3 full weeks now, going on the 4th.  We hope that in the next 2 weeks-4 weeks she will be totally potty trained.  Of course she’ll have accidents up until 6 months~ but we’re hoping by the time she’s 3-4 months she’ll have the hang of it!

Wish us LUCK!!

(ps–during my winter break, i fully intend on watching Caser Millan’s show on netflix!)

Weekend Recap and Photodump

This weekend was…AWESOME.  I went out on Friday night for my friend’s birthday and then I spent the rest of the weekend resting and catching up with my bff who moved to Sacramento this summer.  I was feeling super under the weather last week and exhausted from LIFE.  So over the weekend I kept to myself and relaxed at home.

Friday: Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar + The Virigl

It was my beautiful friend’s birthday party on Friday and it was SO MUCH FUN.

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My favorite earrings from Banana Republic

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The rest of the weekend I literally did nothing but relax… I really needed the down time.  We sold some wedding items which was lovely, and then received some cool canvas prints we ordered. =)

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For this upcoming weekend, Markel and I planned on doing NOTHING~~ but that quickly ended.  We have plans Thurs-Sunday.  LOL  I guess we jinxed ourselves huh?

 

Hawaii (Part II)

My friends were on their honeymoon as well and we got to hang out together for 2.5 days =)  Here are some of our adventures~~~

My mom makes delicious gimbap from scratch xoxo  She made us snacks before we left each morning!

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Along our drive of the island, i took some pics~~ but these really didn’t do the island justice.  It’s GORGEOUS there!

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Lanikai Beach ❤

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Dave n Busters

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Matsumoto’s Shaved Ice (not as good as Waiola, but still good)

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Waiting for our shaved ice

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Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and Hono Shrimp Truck!

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Turtle Beach

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Dole Plantation

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So many fat koi fish…it was kind of sick.

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Random Pineapple to take pictures in~~

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Markel and I got our first ornament as a married couple ❤

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Dole plantationi Ice Cream and Float

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adorbs~~

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Zippy’s!!  SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOD.

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Duke’s on the water in waikiki!

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Walking to Duke’s…I’m the only one who didn’t get the “lovebird” memo…

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Leonard’s Donuts~~ i think i only like the original or the cinnamon.  the other flavors… meh.

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Flip flop wine from an ABC store.  so cute!

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Shaved Ice from Waiola!  THE BEST SHAVED ICE, hands down.  The consistency is soft like snow or powder.  Seriously melts in your mouth.

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Got a ton of candy from Lin’s!  SOOOO GOOOOD.   Hawaiian’s love Li Hing Mui powder on everything sweet they eat.  It’s like a sweet/sour plum powder that has a really mild flavor.  I don’t mind it, Markel HATES it.

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Last picture before Maui ❤

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Summer 2013 Bucket List Recap

This summer seriously FLEW BY.  It feels like only yesterday when I wrote a bucket list for myself (and Markel).  It wasn’t until 3/4ths of the summer was finished when I realized I was no where near to completing the list.  Here’s what I was able to finish below.  Since the weather in LA is so great, it’s still possible to finish some of these or even put it on my Fall bucket list.

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Completed Items:

#2. Overnight hiking trip.  I didn’t get to go backpacking, but I was able to go glamping with girlfriends and hike.  That counts right???

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#4.  Markel and I went on several trips to Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Big Bear and Beaumont.  Nothing out of state like I would have wanted…but it was still nice to be out of LA.

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 #5: HAWAII!!  xoxo Our honeymoon was AMAZZZZING

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#6 The last shopping cart…

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#7–Markel unpacked our last box last weekend…which was pretty sad.  But at least we’re box free now!

#10 I only read 2 books this summer =(  I’m currently reading a third…but I’m sad I wasn’t able to complete this number.

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#13–Went to a dodger game this past weekend =)

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#15–THIS was the biggest thing I did this summer.  I learned a LOT about myself and about what I like to eat.  It totally gave me a new view on cooking~~ but I dunno if I can do this again.  IT WAS HARD!!  Pinterest Challange.  There were 31 recipes (1 per day) that I tried. It showed me that I could definitely cook everyday, that it wasn’t very hard, and that we could potentially save money.  However…it’s pretty hard to keep it up…

Pinterest Outfit Ideas & Inspirations

I love looking at Pinterest to help me decide what new items I want to buy or give me ideas on how I should repurpose some older items in my closet.  Here ares one of my favorite looks that can transition from summer to fall and be my new fall staples.

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Adamson House Group Pic

A few weeks ago our work group went on a Staff Development day trip to Malibu.  Our first stop, Adamson House!  It was a fun tour that had a BEAUTIFUL view of the pacific ocean.

Love this work group ❤

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Blair Bucket List for Summer 2013

Markel and I never do bucket lists, but this summer we came up with 15 things that we hope to accomplish in the next three months as a newlywed couple ❤Untitled

What do you think?  Did we leave anything out?  Do you guys every do summer lists?

 

Maybelline Eyebrow Pencil

Trying this new eyebrow pencil and my review so far is a B grade.  The color is highly pigmented and the consistency is waxy (long wear).  I don’t LOVE the pencil part, but that could be that I like my pencils to be angled, not just sharp like eyeliner.

All in all, a great purchase and no regrets.  Will I buy it again?  Jury is still out…

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Engagement Shoot Previews

So…last weekend  Markel and I get to do one more engagement shoot!  We’re incredibly excited and this one will be at our favorite beach in Laguna, called Thousand Step.  It’s the beach that we went to in the beginning of our relationship so it’s extra special to us ❤

Here are some of our favorite shots from the first shoot we did at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, CA

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Girls Night: Wine Tasting

Last Week, my coworkers and I got together and did a wine tasting.  we compared high end and low end red & white wines in between dinner and dessert at one of the girl’s homes.  This was seriously one of the most fun nights in a LONG time.  We just relaxed, talked about life/work, and got to let loose on a weekend.  We had a big sleepover and well…mine didn’t end so pretty.  BUT, I still think it was the nicest and most fun nights!

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Nail Polish Tutorial from Pinterest

Every girl know’s how to paint their nails right?  (I hope so…) But does every girl know how to make it look professional?  Probably not.  Here’s an awesome DIY tutorial I found from Pinterest!

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Mint Arm Candy

I want these bracelets!!!  Found this pic on Pinterest and now I know what new Spring accessories I’ll be hunting around for ❤

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Adorable Valentine’s Ideas

Can you believe it’s almost the end of January?  CRAZYYY.  I’m excited for V-Day which is seriously around the corner ❤

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