Fourth Wedding Anniversary!

Four years ago today, my husband and I were married!

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First look

I thought it’d be fun to walk down memory lane and share some wedding pics. We’ve been together for 15 years but married for 4. My husband proposed in December 2012 when he thought the world would end and he wouldn’t have to go through with it (remember that? ha). Four years later, here we are! Cat parents and homeowners and we still like to hang out together every day.

Let’s get to it!

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I loved my braided updo!
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Me!
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The happy couple
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My family
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Is this an album cover or what?
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My ladies… We did the “choose your own dress” thing, and it worked out really well!
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We had a loose concert/music festival theme (I shared the awesome Save the Dates my sister made for me a while back)
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Favors (our cliche knows no bounds)
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Cupcakes over cake (which if you know me, is not a surprise!): I’m pretty sure we had funfetti, red velvet, marble, and lemon with raspberry filling. The cake on top was red velvet. Everything was DELICIOUS.
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We had this custom cake topper made, which pretty much sums up our relationship
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My dad and me (moment of truth!)
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Did I mention we got married by Elvis?
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Ceremony
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It’s official!
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We did it!
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My mom was very excited about Elvis
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My gorgeous sister and bro-in-law!
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My mom is one of a kind 🙂 (I mean, we did have BBQ!)
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One of my favorite pictures
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Tradition
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Sparklers to finish off the night

Thanks for reminiscing with me! It was such a fun day/night… I kind of wish we could do it all again each year. The weather was perfect, and we had a great time celebrating with our friends and family. After the wedding, we were off to a week in Orlando–which I also wish I could do again each year 😉

Let me know in the comments if there’s anything you want to know more about! Happy first day of summer (no coincidence that we decided to get married on the longest day of the year)!

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Link Love (06/19/18)

Hey y’all! How are we this far into June already!? I feel like time is flying by.

I’ve been saving things I’ve come across that were interesting, so I thought I’d do another Link Love post.

First, I wanted to share that I created an Instagram account for the blog. You can find me on IG @moveoutoftheblack. I already have a personal account, a vegan food account (@herbivorean), and a vintage clothing account (@sofakingawesomevintage), so what’s one more? 😉

If you’re not following, you’re missing out on exchanges like this:

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HA! What a good dude.

Okay, end PSA. On to the links!

READ

You know that thing where you mention wanting to go on vacation to a friend, and suddenly your social media feed is filled with ads on deals to Aruba? (I kid you not, I used Head & Shoulders shampoo for the first time in a while, and the next day, an ad popped up on my IG feed.) It turns out we’re not just being paranoid…. our phones really are listening.

Someone put together a Google Map of unsolved murders, organized by location and era.

I enjoyed these tips on managing a negative mood and generating a positive one. Hint: don’t give in to your first reaction when things don’t go your way.

A reflection on Kate Spade’s death and a good reminder that our actions don’t always match how we’re feeling inside.

What if we all just did a little less? An Elle writer takes a cue from the book The Joy of Doing Just Enough and stops trying for a week.

Jennifer Carole is the daughter of Lyman Smith, one of the victims of the Golden State Killer. She’s been blogging all about her experience now that D’Angelo has been arrested as a suspect, including the trial appearances. She’s a great writer, and it’s been facsinating to learn about the case from her perspective. It’s still a struggle, but I’m glad she’s able to start to find some closure.

LISTEN

Murder by Death is one of my favorite bands, but I always have trouble explaining them to people. Luckily, VICE put together this handy Guide to Getting into Murder by Death.

Speaking of Murder by Death, they’re in the midst of another epic Kickstarter campaign. They always have great rewards! On the last campaign, we got to see them play in a lagering cavern in Kentucky. This year, they’ll be playing in an underground cave in Tennessee! If you’ve got $10K lying around, you can even join them at space camp. For the rest of us, there’s digital downloads, vinyl, and rad shirt and poster designs. The concept of the new album–a self-proclaimed space western–sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to hear it. There are 10 days left on the campaign, so check it out and help us get the stretch goals!

The new Chromeo album is perfect summer listening!

FOOD

Let’s get together and make this raspberry frosé, STAT! The perfect drink for summer (and I don’t even like wine).

These Toasted Coconut Caramel Frappes look amazing!

 

Got any links to share? Post them in the comments below!

Monday Meal Plan (Week of June 18)

I love reading recipe blogs and perusing Pinterest for meal ideas–but the act of meal planning? Not so much. I know it can be hard to come up with (and stick to!) a menu for the week, so I thought I’d share my weekly menus. I tend to shop on Mondays, so my meal plans run Monday-Sunday.

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was pretty fun; we did some thrift shopping, went for walks and to the beach, and visited family for Father’s Day. Plus, we ate some good food (of course).

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From last week: chipotle walnut and quinoa tacos with elote salad and refried black beans

This week’s meal plan is short and simple. Here’s what I’m making:

Monday: It’s hot (it’s 5:30 AM and already 80 degrees), so I wanted something cool for dinner that doesn’t involve turning on the oven. Enter Kale Caesar Salads from Simply Scratch.

Tuesday: I’ve got some leftover black beans to use up, so I am going to make these Smoky Black Bean Burgers with Plantain Chips from Connoisseurus Veg.

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Like I said, I’m looking for cooling, easy meals this week, so these Vegan BLTs from The Edgy Veg seem like they will fit the bill! It will be my first time making coconut bacon!

Friday: 
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Saturday: Out

Sunday: Out


Tell me:
What are you making this week?

Saturday Six: Oh, Sheet!

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

If you’ve been reading for a little while, you may remember my Saturday Six: Sweet Dreams post featuring bedding. I ended up buying this comforter, but now I need some new sheets to match! I’d like some fun, patterned options, but luckily there seems to be no shortage.

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I like roses and would love this Emily & Meritt Marigold Rose Sheet Set from PBteen.

 

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How pretty are these green marble patterned sheets from Target? They’re less than $20!

 

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You’re going to start to notice a theme here… Pink Bicycle sheets, also from Target.

 

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Again with the cactus theme, but I really like these simple printed sheets! From everyone’s favorite store, Target.

 

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Who wouldn’t feel happy sleeping in flamingo sheets? Yet another Target find!

 

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My cats would love sleeping on these Cat Nap Sheets from Urban Outfitters (and I would, too).

 

A few other options, just for fun: these Rick and Morty portal sheets and these black-and-white checkered sheets.

Tell me: Are you as Target obsessed as I am? Do you prefer plain or patterned sheets?

Let’s go to the mall…

I’m not really a big shopper. I guess I should clarify that point–I’m not really a big mall shopper. I don’t think a week goes by where I don’t have an Amazon package showing up. I love going to thrift stores and digging through the racks, and I make up excuses to go to Target (oh, we’re out of soap? I might as well peruse the clearance racks…).

I typically avoid the mall, though. Gone are the days when my husband and I would go wander the mall just for something to do. Now it seems like the only time we go is when I order something online and do a store pick up, ha. There’s one exception: OUTLET MALLS.

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We love outlet malls. Maybe it relates back to our love of thrift shopping. Something about finding a good deal is just so satisfying.

We hit up the outlet mall over Memorial Day weekend, and I thought I’d share some of my buys.

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I finally bought a swimsuit! It’s so awkward trying on swimsuits in stores. I had to go on a little faith that it would look better at home (it did). I really like the color and retro vibe. Suit is available at Zumiez.
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I have a bad habit of buying clothes out of season. It was nearly 90 degrees the day we went to the outlet mall, so of course we picked up some new pants and jackets. That said, this Levi’s hooded jacket/sweatshirt combo is the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put on–and it was 40% off!
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Another Levi’s buy. I’m pretty sure this is the first pair of pre-ripped jeans I’ve ever bought. I normally wouldn’t go for the style, but these were freakin’ $9 and fit like a dream.
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And yet Levi’s store find. I don’t normally buy vintage repro styles (I’d rather try to find the real thing), but the glitter text and retro feel of this shirt won me over. Plus, I think it was less than $7!
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This dress was originally from Target, but I found it at a thrift store at the outlet mall. The trifecta!
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This hat is actually from Walmart of all places! I wasn’t happy about going there but I was happy to find this cute summer hat for $10. Expect to see me in this hat at the beach all summer.
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I’ve been stalking these sandals for a couple months now and finally pulled the trigger. I remember that slides were big when I was in middle/high school. I didn’t think I’d like them again, but something about the color blocking of these won me over. They are also crazy comfortable. It’s nice to have a pair of shoes to, well, slide on quickly in the summer.
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Last but not least, I had to buy this air freshener for my car. How could you not?? It actually smells like pancakes!


Tell me:
Do you prefer outlet malls or regular malls?

P.S.: In honor of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s birthday today, enjoy this throwback: