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Taste of the Finest + Weekend

Oh hey there!

I hope your weekend was as MARVELOUS as mine was!

As you know, I’m not the biggest fan of linkups, but this one I do particularly enjoy! I’m joining in the fun over at Healthy Diva Life.

My weekend was pretty marvelous. Friday night, as you know, we attended Little Rock’s Taste of the Finest. We got all schnazzied up, sampled some tasty food and drinks, and felt like Mr. & Mrs. Fancy Pants.

Why that uploaded sideways I am not sure, but I will fix it tonight! So for now, please enjoy our dressed up look, horizontally.

The evening began with a silent auction, and samplings of delicious local eateries and drinks. After some eating and mingling, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation made a moving presentation in which they said this evening alone had raised nearly $80,000! Our hearts were happy that so many people had shown their support to such an important cause, and were excited to tell our little niece’s mama about the event!

The 24 top young professionals in Little Rock were then presented and it was truly inspiring to see what these young people had accomplished before age 29.  And, I just want to point out that out of the 24 presented, ONLY ONE had a graduate degree, that we noticed. They all had bachelors, and some of their bachelors were in subjects completely unrelated to their work. PROOF that you don’t HAVE to go to grad school to succeed. We were happy to see that.

The food was delicious, and we left feeling overly satisfied. Here are a few things we enjoyed:

Veal, salmon, goat cheese, and macarons!

*Note, I tried to recall accurate facts…might have to double check me!

Saturday morning, Adam went up to Searcy to pick up his new fishing sunglasses, and I went out to the lake for a 7 mile run. Arkansas likes to play mean tricks on us, and by that I mean, it’s once again hotter than Hades. I told myself I would make it an EASY run, wouldn’t put pressure on myself by looking at my Garmin, and would just go with the flow (and the heat/humidity) and be proud of myself no matter what for accomplishing my 7 miler. I’m still looking forward to cooler weather when I know I’ll be able to really maintain the splits I’m looking for.

All in all, it felt good to get in another long training run, even if some walking, grunting, and whining was involved.

The rest of the day Saturday was spent running errands with Adam, and spending time together. We talked recently about how we need to do that more often. You’d think by being married we’d spend LOTS of time together. And we do, but I’m talking just mindless, lazy, and quality time together, even if it’s running errands and shopping together. He kindly obliged to accompany me to the land of milk and honey, i.e. Hobby Lobby. I have been itching to decorate my house for fall and stock up on the necessary decor. Luckily, Hobby Lobby currently has all of their “autumn and harvest” seasonal decor set at 40% off! HOLLAR! Can’t wait to show you my cheesy decorations. Think: pumpkins, lots of brown and orange, cute owls, sparkly pumpkins for a vase, etc.

Saturday night we had another cookout, this time with 3 of our favorite married couples from school. Ok, one couple isn’t married yet, but might as well should be! We kept things simple and had everyone bring something to pitch in. Adam grilled chicken tenders and roasted garlic, and we added buffalo chicken dip, fruit, salad, cheese, sausage, and lemon bars for dessert.

Delicious? Yes.

Sunday morning, Adam and I went to church then came home for a lazy afternoon. I spent most of the day editing photos and finally making two photobooks I’ve been meaning to make since our wedding! I LOVE making photobooks, and it’s the perfect way to preserve and display your photos without printing off hundreds of loose prints. Plus, they’re fun to design, so go figure I’m in heaven. Previous scrapbooking queen right here, folks. The first book I made has all of the photos from our 1 year anniversary trip, and the second has ALL things wedding…dress fittings, 3 bridal showers, lingerie shower, bridal portraits behind the scenes, bridesmaid luncheon, rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner. I can’t wait to get them back, and finally check it off my to-do list. These pictures are priceless when it comes to the memories they contain.

The “Becoming Mrs. Ingle” photobook is pretty epic…I think it ended up being about 50 pages, whereas the other photobooks I’ve made are closer to 25. I use Snapfish, though I really prefer Shutterfly, MPix, or Blurb for personal photo projects. The first book I ever made I used Snapfish, and I’m trying to keep everything similar looking so I just haven’t switched over. They’re 40% off right now if you’re interested! If you want a REALLY nice photo album, I’d be more than happy to make you one of my “professional albums!”

And now, let’s talk a little about what the rest of the internet is talking about.

That’s right. *Nysnc reunited on the VMA’s, and it was well worth the “weight.” Bahaha.

I have read approximately 9,473 articles this morning about the Nsync performance, and how Justin’s 4 fellow Nsync’ers were looking slightly heavier these days, and out of breathe. Bye, Bye, Bye, was more like, Buh Bye.

But, aside from how hard they tried to bring it back, my little teenage heart was still so happy and I couldn’t help but squeel a little. Ok, a lot. Nsync was the first concert I ever went to in fifth grade. I still vividly remember my dad taking me and a friend and how draining that must have been on him! Ha! Oh Nsync, I just still love you. Thanks for making my day!

I snapped a photo just to make sure this was really happening. You better believe this will go into my “do not delete” folder. Don’t lie, you’re thinking the same thing! We all miss the boy band days!

I won’t even go into my opinion on Miley Cyrus. There are no words. Except for maybe gross, that one will work for now.

God is Good, All the Time.

My brother and his wife finally made things official! It’s now public knowledge that they are having a baby in March! I’m ECSTATIC to be an Aunt (on my side of the family) and I am counting down the days until they find out if it’s a boy or a girl! This comes after many, many prayers and happy thoughts, and my family is so thankful and blessed!

And for some more good news…

I got a new job!!! I won’t talk too many details just yet, but it’s good, and I am super excited, and relieved that I can now ENJOY my job! Talk about answered prayers! God is SO good, and ALWAYS knows what’s up!

What good things happened over your weekend? How is your training coming along? Are you an Aunt?

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    August 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    My goodness, y’all had a busy weekend!

    Congratulations on becoming an aunt again — I hope to be an aunt, one day!!

    Now I’m craving roasted garlic and lemon bars, so thank you for that.

    I missed the VMA’s (I was asleep, I’m old!) but I need to check out the n*sync performance on YouTube! I watched Miley’s earlier and oh boy, I feel bad for her parents. I’d flip out if my daughter EVER did that. Yikes.

    I totally bailed on my long run this weekend. Marathon training is making me burn out 🙁

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    August 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Haha, I had to laugh at that first picture. Darn technology! 🙂

    You two make a beautiful couple and $80,000 is awesome!

    And you definitely don’t need a graduate degree to succeed. Although, as Americans, we fall behind other countries when it comes to having a graduate degree. They all come here to get graduate degrees at our top-notch schools. How bout them apples?

    Congratulations to your brother and his wife!! How exciting. Aunt Sarah.

    AND Congrats on the job!! I guess you’re going to make us wait in suspense.(sigh)
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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    August 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    First, love your purple heels! Second, congrats on the new job!!! So exciting. I stayed up to watch Nsync last night and instantly felt like I was in middle school again!
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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    August 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I was watching the VMAs at the gym yesterday while I was on the treadmill and I actually laughed out loud when Miley came on. WHAT WAS SHE THINKING. My goodness that girl has seriously lost it. Congrats on the new job!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    congrats on becoming an aunt again! and you guys look so great in that photo!! i love your whole outfit! i only have a split second to write this comment but omg the vmas- that performance made me SO happy. they all could have just lay down and take a nap, it just made me happy to see the reunion 🙂

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    August 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I watched like a half hour of the VMA’s and was disgusted with Ms. Cyrus. Really? I mean, I won’t even go into it. I missed N*sync, but I am sure I’ll see it on TV tonight or on the internet. My training is going great. Just got a new road bike and I am loving it!!

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    J. Parker
    August 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Whew, what a weekend! I love getting all gussied up for fancy-schmancy events – it’s probably what I’ll miss most about sorority life, in fact! 😉

    Yeeesh, running in near 90-degree weather though? You’re waaaay more committed than I am! Nope nope nope, I have to get up at the literal crack of dawn to get my runs in before the sun gets hot enough to broil anything that sets foot outside!

    Congrats on your new job and new niece or nephew! Both things are majorly exciting!


    J. Parker
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    Kelsey @ Blonder Side of Life
    August 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Hopefully this makes your monday even more marvelous….I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award!

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      Sweet Miles
      August 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Kelsey- You’re so sweet!! I’ve got another sunshine award on tap that I need to answer, but I’m super excited to answer your questions and read all about it!! Thank you!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    August 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Congrats on your new job! I can’t wait to hear what you’ll be doing. Also congrats on being an aunt! I have an adorable niece and it’s amazing.
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    August 26, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    You & your man look stunning together. Glad you had such a fabulous weekend. Also, congratulations on becoming a soon-to-be aunt <3
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    Jen @milesandblessings
    August 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Yay for your new job! That is so exciting!
    I hear ya on the heat….100 degrees here tomorrow! Agreed on Miley Cyrus too…I didn’t even see it, but saw a picture…what is the world coming to!
    I have so many pictures I need to do that with….like years worth….I just keep putting it off!
    Marathon training is coming nicely along! We got our hotel and I am so excited!!!

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    August 27, 2013 at 1:43 am

    You look gorgeous girl! I love those royal purple heels of yours. Such a fun addition to the black dress to make your outfit pop :D. Hahah you read my mind about itching to decorate for the fall! What a great find with the 40% off… I would have gone crazy!

    Congrats to your brother and his wife! That is SUCH exciting news!!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    August 27, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Congratulations on the new job girl! I feel antsy to know the details! 😉 Oh, and I almost fell out of my chair when you said fall decor is 40% off at hobby lobby! Looks like I will be making a trip this week! 🙂

    You look gorgeous all dressed up for the benefit!

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    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
    August 27, 2013 at 9:11 am

    woohoo- congrats on the new job!!!
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    August 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Congrats, girl! You have much to be excited about 🙂
    Can’t wait to hear about the new job.

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