Yesterday had the potential to really suck.

Yesterday would have been an anniversary– a six year anniversary, to be exact.

Yesterday could have been miserable for me, but it wasn’t, simply because I have the best friends and family in the world.

A few weeks ago, I decided that I definitely did not want to spend the day alone. Instead, I did the exact opposite—I threw a party!

The invitation was simple: Girls only. Bring wine.


I knew I could count on my friends and family to be there for me.

Dara and me   Dara and me

Group ShotFrom left: Erica, Mareesa, Me, Jess

Dana and me Dana and me

Mareesa’s birthday was on Thursday, so the party doubled as a birthday party for her. Dara brought a birthday sash for her, and a bunch of fabulous crowns for us to wear.

Group shot From left: Mareesa,Me, Alicia, Emily

She also brought a bunch of party decorations. My favorite was this door decorating kit:

Door decorating kit

I couldn’t decide what to write, so I just copied the message from the package:

Door decorating kit

I think it might stay on my door forever.   

Party snacks included Stacy’s pita chips and garlic hummus, and mini pretzels with cranberry honey mustard for dipping.

Party Snacks

I also put together a fancy-schmancy cheese and grape platter: 

Cheese and Grape platter

We ordered pizzas, too, but I’ll spare you the blurry pictures.

Lots of fun was had:

Mareesa, Emily, and Alicia 

Tons of candid pictures were taken:

Candid Candid

[I might get killed for posting these]

And some not so candid ones were also taken:

Group shot   Dara and me

Yesterday very easily could have been a depressing, and emotionally draining day for me, but I refused to let it be. I could have  dreaded yesterday for weeks, but I planned a fun event, and was excited about it instead. I could have sat around thinking about what should have been, but I chose to create new, happy memories to associate with the 16th. I conquered the day, and am ridiculously proud of myself for doing so.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have such an amazing support system. I don’t know what I’d do without my friends and family. They are constantly there, constantly caring, and constantly inspiring and motivating me to push through. They remind me to take one day at a time, and I am so thankful to have them in my life. I find it so difficult to be sad around them. They’ve helped make me excited and hopeful for these changes and the months ahead.

I know I’m going to be fine, and if I ever find myself questioning that, I can just look at my fridge:


Have a great Saturday! <3

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Labor Day Healing: Part Two

In case you missed it, here’s Part One!

On Saturday night, I was hit with some sort of stomach bug. I’m not sure where I got it, but it only lasted until the middle of the day on Sunday. My mother was pretty sure it was stress related. I think I believe her.

When I felt a little better on Sunday afternoon, I accompanied my parents on the most distracting outing ever: food shopping. Seriously, there’s nothing better than walking around Trader Joe’s to take your mind off of things.

Here’s my loot:

Trader Joe's

I’m not really sure how I spent more than an hour in TJ’s and only ended up with six things. I usually buy the whole store.

On Monday morning, I met this gorgeous lady in Nyack for breakfast:


I met Mareesa while interning and freelancing for The Saratogian last summer. She was recently offered a position at The Journal News, the newspaper for Rockland and Westchester Counties. This fabulous news meant that she would be moving from Saratoga Springs to Weschester. She now lives only a half hour away from me, which means I get to see her all the time! Her move down here could not have come at a better time!

The restaurant we originally planned to go to was closed (for Labor Day? because it was Monday?), so we ended up at a diner on Main Street instead.

I ordered a delicious iced coffee to start.

Iced Coffee

And decided on the Tijuana Omelet for breakfast:

Tijuana Omelet

It was stuffed with peppers, onions, jack cheese, and salsa. It sounds and looks better than it actually was. The eggs were a little rubbery. I didn’t mind, though. I was there for the company! 🙂

After breakfast, Mareesa and I headed to Target, and spent five hours there. You think I’m kidding…

When we finally parted ways, I went to the gym for a much needed workout, and then home to devour this entire pizza:


I have a serious weakness for fresh tomato, garlic, and cheese. I probably could have eaten the whole thing by myself, but I didn’t because my mom ordered it to share with my brother, Adam, and sister-in-law, Sarah, who were coming over for dinner with my nephew, Nicholas.


I restricted myself to two slices.

I had a wonderful long weekend, and I hope you did, too!

To wrap up this recap, here’s a very blurry, but very adorable picture of my nephew.

Nicholas Have a great Wednesday! <3

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