Bachelorette Party Ideas

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Sometimes I cannot believe it has been over three years since my wedding! Especially since I’m definitely at that age where everyone is either getting married or having babies 🙂

I recently had an article sent to me about fun and different bachelorette party ideas and I enjoyed reading it so I thought I would share for anyone who might be planning one soon, or already thinking about the next spring/summer wedding season!

Here are a few fun ideas:

#1: Plan a Scavenger Hunt

My own bachelorette party included a group of wonderful ladies from all different areas of my life; high school friends, college and university friends, running friends and yoga friends were all there. A scavenger hunt was the perfect way for everyone to get to know one another without it being awkward or having to spend the entire night making small talk! Don’t forget to take photos along the way. The photos from my own bachelorette party still crack me up to this day (I actually just had a blast looking through them as I prepared this blog post!) You could also get personalized wine and champagne bottles!

#2: Be Active

If the bride enjoys being active, consider celebrating together by moving your bodies for the day! Run a race, hike up a mountain, take on a yoga class. This kind of celebration is totally in my wheelhouse now-a-days. I was yawning and barely able to keep my eyes open at 9:30pm last night! Celebrating the bride-to-be doesn’t have to just involve drinking or evening festivities. I know I was super appreciative that all the attendee’s of my bachelorette party came in running clothes, it made dancing at the bar later that night so much more comfortable 🙂

#3: Get Pampered

A spa day is a popular idea and no-one is ever going to say no to being pampered. Many spas will even let you book private parties and bring in wine and snacks. We actually did a mini bachelorette party two nights before our wedding with just my bridesmaids and we went to the spa and got our nails done!

#4: Throw an Ugly Dress Party

Ok this one might be my favourite (I am totally that person who loves ugly sweater parties at Christmas). Hit up your local vintage or used clothes shops to find the most hideous dresses you can and then wear them out on the town! Make it silly and have fun.

Bottom line is have fun! The bachelorette party is meant to celebrate the bride-to-be and allow her an opportunity to spend time with all the special ladies in her life before the big day!

What did you do for your bachelorette party or what would you like to do?

Click here to read all about mine!

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Sunshine Coast 3 Year Anniversary Trip: Days 1 & 2

Hello and happy Monday! I did not mean to disappear for almost two weeks there but first we were on our anniversary trip and then the last two weeks completely got away from me between being busy at work and having family visiting.

Anyways, two weeks ago we went back to the Sunshine Coast of BC. We got married on the coast three years ago and haven’t managed to make it back since. It was wonderful to celebrate our third anniversary where it all began!

Day 1

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We rented an adorable little carriage house off of Air BnB that had a beautiful view of this little inlet. Unfortunately there was a terrible wildfire happening on the coast (as there is all over our province right now) so it was quite smokey the whole four day we were there. It made for a pretty beautiful sunset the first evening there though.

Since we didn’t arrive until almost 7pm we just walked to the little grocery store down the road from our rental for groceries and made dinner our first night.

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The next morning we slept in and met up with our friend Graham for breakfast! Graham lives on the coast so it was fun to have a tour guide while we were there. We had lots of catching up to do as well since we’ve only seen him a couple of times since our wedding.

After a yummy breakfast we went for a beautiful hike!

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After the hike we headed into Gibson’s Landing for some lunch and shopping. Gibson’s is a super adorable little coastal town and I had a lot of fun checking out the cute, beachy shops!

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After a fun day with Graham we got dropped back off at our car with plans to head home and make dinner but on the way we decided to make a pit stop for wings and beer at the Lighthouse Pub, the same pub a big group of us stopped at for lunch on the day before our wedding as we headed to the resort!

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We wrapped up the first day by having a yummy steak dinner at our Air BnB. This is exactly why I LOVE to rent Air BnB places with a kitchen whenever we are staying somewhere for more than 3 nights, it’s just so nice to not have to eat out for every single meal! We ate dinner at our rental twice and had breakfast here three times, which was great and saved us money.

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Day 2 

The second day of our trip was our three year wedding anniversary. We got up, had breakfast at our place and then headed to pick up our kayaks and spend the morning kayaking.

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We had the kayaks for four hours and probably spent about 2.5 hours kayaking to and from this really cute little cove area. I wish we’d had them for a full day and had some food with us because we could have spent way more time in this super private little cove, I went for a swim and it was just so lovely!

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After kayaking we got cleaned up and drove up to the Pender Harbour area for lunch. It was so nice to sit on the patio overlooking the harbour while we ate our yummy fish taco’s. We were going to go for a hike but decided we were already pretty wiped after kayaking so just went back to our rental after lunch and rested and read our books.

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That evening we went for an anniversary dinner at the resort we got married three years prior!

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We drank caesars (which were the signature cocktail at our wedding) and took a photo just a few feet from the spot we said I do.

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We ended the night with yummy wine and watching the sunset. Perfect three year anniversary!

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I’m so glad we had a “destination” wedding so we can continue to visit the place it all began on our anniversary in the years to come. The next time we do an anniversary trip we want to go back to Tofino where we honeymooned! Thinking that will be the year 5 trip!

Recap of Day 3 and 4 coming tomorrow 🙂

Do you tend to stay in hotels, B&B’s or Air BnB type rentals when traveling? 

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Meals, miles, books and looks of August

I have pretty much nothing for my monthly recap this month. Don’t get me wrong, A LOT happened in August but not so much stuff that fits into my meals, miles, books and looks categories. So like July I will have to do an ‘other’ category as well!

MEALS 

I literally have no meal photos that I cooked in August… I *think* I may have cooked once or twice but obviously did not take a photo of it. A lot of camping food (hot dogs, chips, s’mores) were consumed in August as well as a lot of meals out and a lot of easy dinners. Not really anything exciting. I’m hoping to change that and spend A LOT more time in the kitchen in September.

MILES 

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With the first 1.5 weeks of August being a taper for Squamish 50 and the last few weeks being recovery I did not break 100 miles for the first time since March! I ended August with 91.4 miles / 147 km and 25 hours on my feet (10 of those hours at my race!) With Chicago Marathon coming up in 6 weeks I’d like to build back up in September and have another 100+ mile month and then I will really be tapering down the rest of the year, not following a training plan and just running for fun.

I am also starting up Crossfit again in September twice per week with my brother and I’m planning on doing a lot more yoga so the rest of the year should see a much better balance of different workouts vs. the mostly just running I’ve done in the past five months and especially the past three months when training really peaked!

BOOKS 

I actually got through three books last month!

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves – When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought it sounded really silly and not like something I would enjoy. But I’m SO glad I looked past that and picked this book up because I loved it. In fact I would probably give it 4.5 stars if I could on Goodreads. The only docking of the 1/2 star is because it follows the usual plot of a romantic novel with the same predictable ending. Basically the book is about a woman and young man who are in a plane crash and end up on a deserted island and they start to fall in love. It’s a really quick read and a page turner. I would definitely recommend it!

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – I read two books by the author of Gone Girl this past month and holy crap were they ever creepy. I don’t know how she comes up with the stuff she comes up with but I would not want to be inside her head. However she did live up to her reputation of writing stories with many twists and turns and keeping the reader guessing right till the end.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – I enjoyed this book a lot more than Sharp Objects and found it a bit less creepy. The story switched back and forth between present day and the day the murders happened (which the main character is trying to solve) and I liked that because you would get to a cliffhanger at the end of one chapter in the “past” and then have to switch back to the present for a whole chapter. It kept me flipping the pages that’s for sure!

LOOKS 

My most notable look for this month was definitely my bridesmaid dress and “look” for my best friends wedding the last weekend of August! I was very very happy with how my hair and professional make-up turned out and have got a lot of compliments on it. I also really liked my dress!

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OTHER 

Ok, I don’t feel like this recap did it justice but August was a fun and busy month for us! The very first weekend of August we spent camping with a whole bunch of Eric’s family. We had a great time catching up with everyone and spending two beautiful days on the Shuswap! Eric’s cousin even rented a boat one day which was super fun.

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After two nights of camping with the family we came home for two nights and then headed off to Pemberton and Whistler for the week! The second week of August the epitome of my whole spring and summer came together when I ran the Squamish 50! This was a goal I had been working towards since I signed up for the race in January and something I am incredibly proud to have achieved!

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The weekend after that was fairly low key as I was still recovering from Squamish a bit. However, I did run in a sports bra for the first time EVER and won a new pair of shoes at the Bare as You Dare run!

Then the following weekend was my best friend Jen’s wedding. It was an AMAZING and busy three days but also some of the most fun I’ve had all summer (maybe a little too much fun!) I was so happy to be a part of her day.

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Eric and I wrapped August up on Saturday with a rare date night out to one of our favourite restaurants / brew pubs. It was the perfect way to wrap up a wonderful month!

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So with that, summer is officially behind us. As of right now I have NOTHING planned for the fall other than one more camping weekend and the Chicago Marathon / Girls Weekend in October (which I’m so so looking forward to!) I know that work will get very busy in the next few weeks and will require a lot of weekend and evening hours so I try to keep my fall pretty un-planned. Plus I am kind of exhausted from such a crazy summer so feel like I need a few weekends of hibernation!

Despite the crazy-ness Summer 2013 was definitely one of the best summers I’ve ever had. I made lots of memories with friends and lots of memories out on the trails. I am sad to see it go!

What is your meals, miles, books and looks recap for August? Are you sad or happy to say goodbye to summer? 

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