A Healthy Dose of "Me" Time

Happy Monday friends!

Today is the (second) first day of school and I couldn't be more ready to be back in a routine!

This weekend provided just the right amount of "me" time.  I have enjoyed a *little* bit of time without Bryce, but now I'm ready for him to be home, which sadly will not be until Friday.  Luckily, however, I think this first week back at school will keep me plenty busy and hopefully make the week fly by!

As I was leaving Open House Thursday night I was spellbound by the Louisa countryside at sunset.  I even stopped twice to take pictures of the gorgeous landscape that surrounded me.  It was the perfect start to my weekend.

Sunsets don't get much more gorgeous than this!


Friday was spent running errands (aka: fulfilling my desperate need for a little shopping), working on lesson plans at Starbucks with ALG while she studied Neuro-something-or-other, and enjoying a little girls night.

To fulfill my shopping void I stopped by one of my favorite Richmond spots, The Shops at 5807.

What do you think of my new bamboo wine rack?
Because I still live at home and have nowhere to put this right now, I'm in the process of convincing Bryce it would look fabulous on his kitchen counter until I get an apartment next summer...

Aren't these new earrings show stoppers?
Shhh..they were only $18!

Later that night ALG, JLA, and LMR and I had a girls night!  I've been friends with ALG and JLA for a long time and recently met LMR (one of JLA's college friends) and knew that the four of us would have a really good time together...so I organized a fun night!  Our night involved delicious Thai food at Mom's Siam in Carytown followed by good wine and good girl talk!


Saturday I enjoyed pedicures and lunch with the wife of one of Bryce's best friends and co-workers.  We had a really great time and I'm excited for a new friendship.  I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and then attended another one of the meetings for the non-profit I am working to create with a group of people--I promise more details will be coming...eventually!  

Finally, Sunday involved a baptism of a close family friend's new baby, a trip to Sweet Frog with ALG, family dinner, and preparations for today's first day of school and the two lessons I will be teaching!

Though my weekend was jam-packed with lots of fun things, it was all very relaxing and nothing felt rushed or overly-scheduled.  

How was your weekend?  What do you do for "me" time?


  1. I so miss the Virginia countryside. Gorgeous. Loving the earrings, too! I have similar turqoise ones, but I like the softer pink - I think you'll wear them more! Have great 2nd first day of school!

  2. Your weekend sounds fabulous and those earrings are gorgeous! Sadly, I didn't have "me" time because I was busy doing wedding errands and projects. :)

  3. Wow you got some steals! Love the bamboo wine rack...it's TDF!

  4. Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! I LOVE those earrings, they are so pretty!

  5. Allie,
    You look (as always)so pretty! The sunset was indeed breathtaking...and I'm hoping with the fall weather you enjoyed a PSL while working on your lesson plans at Sbux. Good luck on your 2nd first day :) oxo

  6. Sounds like such a great weekend, Allie! Glad you're keeping busy while Bryce is away :) Happy first day of school, again! Can't wait to hear all about it! We'll have to schedule a phone date for one night this week!

  7. Oh "me" time... I enjoy this time to myself on a Saturday morning while the boy and the pups are still asleep. A cup of Coffee and the sales Ads, doesn't get much better. Glad you had a nice weekend!

  8. Looks like you had a great weekend! I love the earrings! I bought some similar to that this weekend at Kohl's on clearance! :)

  9. What a gorgeous sunset! I love sunset pictures!! Sounds like a great weekend. I could really go for a pedicure. Maybe friday I will treat myself. Hope you have a great week at school!

    P.s. I am having a giveaway this week you should check it out!!

  10. Aw, this sounds like such a fun time-you seem like you are great about maintaining friendships and making sure you see your friends as often as possible. I think that is such an important quality!

  11. What cute earrings! And a beautiful sunset. Sounds like a fun weekend.. and "me" time sounds perfect.. I wish I had more!

  12. That does sound like the perfect little balance there! It is always fun to have a little bit of time to just get back to being just you, right? I'm never any good for long without the boy, though and I'm usually ready for him to be back long before he will be! Here's to a speedy week, sweetie!

  13. You had quite the busy weekend. Lots of fun.

  14. I love all of this, especially the wine rack!!

  15. Girlfriend, we all need some "me" time and I spend it much like you. I have lots more "me" time now days, but I love it! I love to take time to go get a mani/pedi and leave the cell in the car, not to be bothered! I also love to shop…I dont care if it's TJ Maxx or Bloomingdales, I just LOVE to shop…its an addiction that I probably should be treated for ;) I sometimes my "me" time could be organizing a closet or doing something that makes me feel productive and organized. Anywho…I'm glad you had a wonderful weekend and I'm hoping this week speeds by for you so you get to see Bryce soon!!! XOXO


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