by tinareale on November 12, 2012

As promised, I’m back to fill you all in on the lovely little weekend I had.

Things started off pretty low key with the chance to SLEEP IN on Saturday morning. Due to some recent schedule changes, I actually get to sleep in both Saturday AND Sunday on the weekend. It feels just as glorious as it sounds. Until, maybe, I tell you that sleeping in for me is 6:30 or 7:00 am. Sad, isn’t it?

Regardless, I slept in Saturday morning and had the chance to wake up to some leisurely time with the kids before knocking out a solid cleaning of the house. The house cleaning finally worked up my appetite, so I fixed up a lovely bowl of oatmeal.

I don’t know about you, but I would certainly call that bowl of pumpkin goodness topped with peanut butter lovely. And I did. And I do. Daily. No surprises there.

Eventually the time rolled around to get on with my day. I had a special place to get to on time, so I left quite early since there is never any guarantee on what Atlanta traffic will throw at you. Turns out – zero traffic, so I had about 45 minutes to kill.

First off, I opted to kill some time in Whole Foods.

Then, I wept at the prices as I walked around. I admit. I am way too cheap for Whole Foods. Since the prices kept making my stomach drop, I decided to visit a slightly less depressing place to kill some time.

My favorite Christian book store happened to be close by…and I happened to need a new Bible study. I quickly found a new book for my morning devotional time.

Blue Print for Life is a study book with on online devotional to accompany it that focuses on remaining purposeful in your daily actions and decisions, while also discussing our individual God given gifts. Basically about living with purpose for the things that truly matter. I’m down with that.

After picking out a book, I proceeded to get distracted by this lovely display of coffee mugs.

I have a slight obsession with cute mugs. There were SO MANY nice ones there. I admit. I ended up with three new mugs since they were all 50% off. And I still could have bought more if I didn’t at least moderately restrain myself. Hey, they will go great with my morning devotional time.

By this time, I had filled my down time and had just a few minutes to head over to the special appointment.

Wedding dress shopping!!!

My baby sister, Heather, is getting married this coming May, so she rounded up the troops this weekend for the initial wedding dress shopping extravaganza. We spent hours upon hours trying on dresses and trying to find something that made her look as lovely as she deserves on her wedding day.

NOT the dress she picked so it is safe to post…just in case you’re reading, Tim

It took a lot of trial and error, but we found THE ONE! Gosh, I get all misty eyed thinking that Heather will be married! I’m so, so happy for her and can’t wait to welcome her fiancé Tim into our family. Although, we already do consider him part of our family.

The day passed by in a flash because my sister, her friend, my mom, & I all enjoyed so many good laughs and sharing of memories through the whole process. When all was said and done on the wedding dress front, we didn’t want to end our time together so decided for food. It was late afternoon by this point, so we needed some grub! We allowed the bride to pick and she went with Atlanta Bread Company.

As soon as I saw they had some seasonal favorites to offer, I knew exactly what I would get!

A half and half combo with roasted butternut squash soup and a turkey brie cranberry sandwich. Talk about a lovely combination! We lingered over our meal and continued chatter for another almost two hours before finally heading out. What a special, no…lovely day!


Your Turn – Do you enjoy wedding stuff? What was a lovely part of your weekend?


1 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Awww, family time. Literally sounds like the perfect day! I love walking into a bookstore and finding something new. Can’t wait for the day I’m going wedding dress shopping! So funny when your friends start to get married — I guess that’s “adulthood”!

2 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Sounds like the perfect day! Complete with some yummy eats in there too. ;) Love it!

3 [email protected] November 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I love all things weddings! And I had the same breakfast. It just never gets old. :)

4 tinareale November 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

It really doesn’t ever get old. I don’t know how it is, but I can eat it every single day.

5 Heather @ Better With Veggies November 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Not so much into wedding stuff anymore, BUT I would be if my sister was getting married. :)

6 [email protected] Palate November 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I LOVE wedding stuff! Great fun! I love just having time to browse at the weekend! I went to see Disney On Ice on Friday which was lovely :) Was in class the rest of the weekend…but I did enjoy it!

7 tinareale November 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I saw your pics on Facebook! Brought back memories from when I took Makenzie recently.

8 [email protected] Palate November 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

It’s just such a great age! Can’t wait to have kids of my own one day!

9 Haley @ The Saucy Apple November 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Such a fun post! I love wedding dress shopping. Ironically, for me, I ended up buying the first dress I picked. I guess I have a keen eye for what I know I’ll like. :)

10 tinareale November 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Me too!!! I saw a dress that was on display when I walked in and kept eyeing it because I loved it SOOO much. I figured it would be insanely $$$ bec it was a display, but it was $400. When I tried it on, I was sold. If only I had asked about it before trying on the millions of other dresses I didn’t like nearly as much.

11 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

That pretty much sounds like an absolutely perfect sandwich and soup combination!

12 jobo November 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Such a fun weekend!! I sometimes cry at prices at Whole Food too! Thus why I only buy select items there ;-) Wedding dress shopping with your sis, so fun! Anytime I watch Say Yes to the Dress (because I do watch it, guilty pleasure, even though it’s so not my thing!) I think of you and Lee, since one of their locations is in Atlanta!! should have tried to get on the show ;-) hehe.

13 Kathy November 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

You two certainly look like sisters! And I must say I am so glad I am not the only one thrown off by some of the prices at those stores! Seriously! If they want us to eat healthier can’t they price the items more reasonably?

I too would justify buying cute coffee mugs…that can be used and reused…and a devotional ANY DAY over paying those prices for whole foods…I guess I just like my Target prices. (with the occasional Sam’s Club splurge) ;-)

14 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

What a fun weekend! I didn’t get to go with my friend for her initial wedding dress shopping, but I got to go to the LAST appointment and learn how to get her into the dress and bustle.

15 Lauren November 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Yes, that bowl of pumpkin oats is absolutely lovely! I had one just like it this morning and it was definitely a top highlight of my day.

PS- I saw that mug you recently posted at Target tonight (Early Bird) and thought sweet thoughts about you. :)

16 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

That sounds like a wonderful girls’ day out!! I’m so glad your sister found her dress! Mine was the first one I tried on. So cliche! ;)

17 Miranda @ Biting Life November 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Awwww she looks so cute!! Can’t wait to see the one she actually picked :) I’m obsessed with wedding dresses, haha. And that SOUP!! Yummmmmm.

18 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance November 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Haha, boy oh boy– you sound exactly like me with that “sleeping in” time. The days where I make it to 8:00 AM are the REAL glorious ones ;)

19 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) November 13, 2012 at 6:53 am

Awwww, this makes me want to have a sister! What a special weekend. And she looks beautiful in the dress she DIDN’T pick, so she must look stunning in the one she did!

20 Liz November 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

I have that mug! I love it. It’s a great reminder every morning.

21 Marie November 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

Woud love to hear your thoughts on Blueprint – please keep us updated! :)

22 tinareale November 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Will surely do so! I finished the first chapter this morning and love what it’s saying so far. Still just a generic intro, but love the notion that we all have value and something we’re meant to be passionate about and using to glorify God.

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