Weekend Wrap Up: Weddings & Wildflowers

Monday’s are the worst. Well… not this Monday because tonight is the finale of Bachelor in Paradise and I have my Boom Chicka Pop and Rose lined up and ready for a cozy night in. But Monday mornings? Yes, they are indeed the worst.

Let’s reminisce about happier times (aka the weekend) shall we?

Lily 

Don’t know who Lily is? Well, she is the pregnant cat that had taken up residence on my porch for the past month. Did you know that apparently if you feed a cat in Rhode Island it legally becomes yours. I knew I needed to find this sweet baby a home and a safe place to have her babies (that wasn’t my living room). Well thank God for the amazing people at Pet Refuge here in Rhode Island. They are a non profit no kill cat shelter, and luckily they had one bed open. Dropping her off was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be, but it was the right thing to do. She is safe and will be well taken care of – and you can bet I am going to be visiting her and her babies until they find homes.

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Backyard Wedding

This Saturday we went to the wedding of one of the most amazing people I know, my friend Krista. Tucked away at her parents house in Fitchburg MA was the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen. When people say weddings are supposed to be a party… well this was a party! Amazing food, awesome band, and great people. We danced the night away celebrating the union of two people who could not be more perfect for each other.

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10,000 Suns & The Providence Flea

Sunday was a GORGEOUS day so after sleeping in a bit it was time to get out and spend the day exploring the city I call home. On our way to the Providence Flea, which is a Flea Market full of some incredible local vendors and amazing food trucks we stumbled upon 10,0000 suns, a living art installation consisting of 10,000 sunflowers. It is gorgeous, and it is things like this that make Providence so wonderful.

But let’s get back to the incredible vendors at the Providence Flea. One that I thought was absolutely incredible (and one of the best ideas) is the Wildflower flower truck. An old Volkswagen bus was converted into a flower truck, which you can either buy single flowers from or create your own bouquet.

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Another busy week is here, but Monday means we are one step closer to Friday right? I will see you back here again then friends.

xx Casey

 

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Falling Back Into It

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Good Morning Friends! I hate to keep saying it has been a while, but.. it’s been a while hasn’t it?

It has been almost a year now since I wrote my first post here on My Nine Lives and began a new chapter in my blogging journey. Right out the gate I was posting four times a week throughout the winter and spring, and then when summer approached and my schedule began filling up I just could not keep up. But you know this already.

There are three big reasons why I keep coming back to blogging. One is because I love connecting with people who have similar passions as I do. Two is because I love to create, and blogging gives me an outlet to do so. Three is because it makes me excited. Which is most important. Because if something doesn’t make you excited then why are you doing it?

So here I am, not promising to be the most consistent blogger in the world. But with the change of seasons comes a whole new sense of inspiration and I am really excited to share with you some awesome content two days a week beginning today. So you will be getting a little My Nine Lives every Monday and Friday. However, if I get a wave of inspiration who is to say I won’t post more? This is a journey. And I am so grateful that you have been on this ride with me for the past year.

I have another busy weekend coming up which I will tell you all about in Monday’s post. But until then, have a wonderful weekend friends! My favorite time of year is upon us.

xx Casey

The Simple Habit of Meditation

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I have said it once and I am saying it again – this summer has been a whirlwind. It has been full of graduations, concerts, parties, weddings, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, baby showers, vacations…  this list goes on. It has been so much fun but to say I have not had a moment to breath would be an under statement. Besides all the exciting things in my personal life, this summer at work has been unseasonably busy as well. Which is amazing! But it is easy to get burnt out, which means stress and anxiety are pretty common outcomes.

I have talked about meditation and essential oils as aids in stressful times in the past. with that being said, I am definitely not an expert. I am just sharing what works best for me. Recently I have discovered an amazing app called Simple Habit. This app has a ton of free guided meditations to assist with a variety of different situations. Whether you need immediate anxiety relief, assistance sleeping, finding happiness, or just a simple morning meditation to start your day off right this app has it all. There are also even more meditations available to you if you sign up for their membership, but it is not required. I have been loving the Simple Habit Starter guided meditation by Cory Muscara which is a 7 day introductory course in mindful meditation. It really focuses on your breathing and is perfect for beginners or people trying to get back into meditation. These quick five minute meditations are the perfect way to get your mind back on track even in your busiest or most stressful moments.

I am in no way a wellness blogger, but I hope you are liking these tips and trips to a healthier and happier being. These are things that work for me and are not a cure all for each and every person. If you like these types of posts let me know! This is something that I have been slowly growing a passion for and would love to continue this journey of learning more and sharing with you all.

xx Casey

Vacation Wrap Up, Orlando FL

Good Morning and Happy Friday friends! What a crazy week it has been! I just got back from a little week long vacation in the very hot and very sunny city of Orlando Florida. I went down for one of my good friend’s weddings and then finished the trip off with a couple days in Disney.

The trip was crazy, stressful at times (oh the stories I could share!), but most of all fun. So today I wanted to share with you just a few of the highlights from my trip.

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This weekend there is no down time because I am heading down to Jersey for two BIG things – one of my good friends bridal showers, and the meeting of my cousins adorable twins! It is going to be a weekend full of a lot of love and I can’t wait!

On to the next adventure!

xx Casey

It’s Not A Diet

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GUYS. I need to share with you some awesome news. I am going to take this moment to give myself a quick pat on the back. I have always been the girl who says “I’m on a diet” or “I am back on track on Monday” or “I’m already off the wagon so I will just eat this and start again next week”. Eating healthy was always something that looked good on paper but in reality I just couldn’t get myself together. I love food. I love beer. I love having a good time. And in my mind those three things go hand in hand. And they do in some aspects, but I am finally at a place mentally where I can go for the healthier option and still have a good time.

And with that I have officially lost 12lbs and am feeling better than ever. I still have a ways to go to be where I ultimately want to be, but this is a start and I couldn’t be more proud.

So what am I doing? It’s simple really. Cutting out the carbs, minimizing my potions, eating more fresh produce, staying away from the fast food, eliminating the beer, and lifting weights. It has been a couple weeks now since I have been doing these couple of things and it no longer feels like I am on a diet. I have built this lifestyle that now feels.. normal. I am happy, I do not feel like I am missing out on anything (other than maybe a couple slices of pizza), and I am seeing results.

I am vacationing to Florida on August 9th to go to one of my best friends weddings, and this has been a huge motivator. Who doesn’t want to feel their best while on vacation? I plan on losing another 5-10 by then, and I am taking big strides to reach my goal. That means working out 6 days a week, and cutting out all alcohol. No wine for the next 15 days. I can do it (because I am sure I will have enough of that on vacation to make up for it!)

I will update you on my results when the time comes. Would you guys like a post on my fitness routine? Or some of my favorite meal prep recipes? I am excited to continue to share this journey with you all!

xx Casey

How To Simplify Your Life

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Good Morning Guys! How was your weekend? Mine was a little nuts. Like, getting lost in Boston at midnight by myself with a dead phone nuts. Thankfully the rest of the weekend was not as eventful. But that’s life right? One day you are going full speed and the next you are an auto pilot. So today I am sharing with you a couple tips to help simplify your life, and help make those crazy days a little less.. crazy.

01 Set monthly goals – but just three of them. Decide what you realistically want to accomplish and work towards those goals. You will feel AMAZING when you check them off your list at the end of the month.

02 Declutter. How amazing does it feel to come home after a long day to a clean and organized house? Now trust me, most weeks by Friday my apartment looks a little less organized and a little more like a bomb went off – but what if you spent 20 minutes every day after work organizing one little area? Hang those clothes up instead of just throwing them on the chair (you know you have one of those chairs!), do the dishes, clean up the cats toys that he took out of his basket. Your atmosphere affects your mood, so imagine how much better you would feel after a quick organizing sesh.

03 Unsubscribe from unwanted emails. How much do you hate waking up to 100 emails only to find out 90% of them are from groupon or Nordstrom? Take a day and go through and unsubscribe from all those unwanted emails. Or, you can use a website like unroll.me and they will take care of it for you.

04 Meal Prep. Guys, this has seriously become a lifesaver for me. Not only because I am trying to eat healthier during the week, but because it saves me so much time. My schedule is different all the time and I never know what time I will actually make it home, so pre-portioning and pre-planning my meals is a life saver.

05 Slow down. Seriously guys, I know this is obvious and self explanatory but how many of us actually take some time out of our busy lives to relax and do something for ourselves. Whether it is having a cup of coffee while reading your favorite blogs or listening to your favorite podcasts, re watching the hills for the hundredth time, taking a relaxing bubble bath, or watching the bachelorette with a glass of rose and a bowl of boom chika pop popcorm (tonight!).

xx Casey

Popsicle Cocktail

GUYS – Get ready for a super intricate cocktail recipe post. This is totally going to be a long one so get ready. Are you sitting down? Here is the list of ingredients: Bottle of Sparkling Rose, and a Popsicle.

Open up the bottle, pour yourself a glass, pop a Popsicle in, and enjoy. Obviously I used a bomb pop this weekend because I was feeling extra festive. Seriously sometimes the simplest of things are the most amazing. I am thinking some fresh fruit Popsicle placed in a vodka soda would be killer as well. This weekends drink of choice? I think so.

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Tonight I am keeping the good vibes rolling at the Florida Georgia Line concert. Nothing says patriotic like some country jams, good friends, and a Bud Light. Also did I mention they are performing with The Backstreet Boys… AND NELLY. Oh my lord… early 2000’s Casey’s heart is melting. I love me some Nelly and I am not ashamed.

Hope you all have an incredible weekend and I will check back in with you on Monday. Cheers!

xx Casey