Monday, January 23, 2017

Weekending | Blates, Movies & Somber News

Happy Monday loves, I can't wait for this week to come to an end already because I'm headed to Chicago for the weekend and I need family time badly after this weekend.

I attempted my first pizza (crust was pre-made though). It turned out so yummy and we had leftovers for days. I can't wait to include pizza nights into our weekly routine or at least bi-weekly since it's a fairly easy dinner and delicious!

Friday after work Kathleen @ Places I Will GoAshley @ The Wandering Weekenders & I all met up for a blate after what felt like forever!! We had such a blast eating sushi and chatting for hours. I can't wait for our next blate and getting to know these ladies even more!! 

On Saturday was my mother-in-law's birthday and we all went to her favorite restaurant for lunch to celebrate. Lots of yummy food, cake and celebrating was had for the rest of the day. That evening we went to watch Split. I wasn't sure what to expect from the movie based on the trailer and the fact that M.Night Shyamalan hasn't really had great movies lately, but it was surprisingly not bad. I wouldn't say to run and watch it or anything, but if you want to watch a movie that's got some suspense, go for it. I didn't care much for the ending because I think they left loose ends and I just wanted some closure. 

Sunday morning I woke up to heartbreaking news that someone close to our family, practically a cousin to me had lost her very short battle to Ovarian cancer. She was such a bright and shining personality and even though we knew the end was coming for her, it just felt so soon and we weren't ready to hear it. I've known her my entire life and have so many precious memories with her. She took us to watch the very first Harry Potter movie in theaters, the numerous trips to Toys 'R' Us to buy barbies and so many more toys, she got us our very first cabbage patch dolls and just so much more! She had a heart of gold and the world shines a little less with her gone, but I know I now have an angel in her. I'm sad I won't be able to attend her funeral today or grieve with family, but them knowing how badly I wish I was there during this time means a lot. 

I will always have the last happy memory before cancer struck her being at my wedding. I remember dancing the night away with her on the dance floor and I'm grateful to remember her like that. Not to make this a PSA, but don't ignore any symptoms that are persistent. Her symptoms started out as stomach pain, something so small and common ended up costing her much more. Don't ignore symptoms and just get yourself checked out regularly folks!

Rest in Paradise angel ❤️️


Linking up with Biana for Weekending!


  1. i am SO SO sorry to hear about your friend. that is just heartbreaking and too fast! sending you all the <3 today. on a lighter note - i make pizzas always at home (with pre made crust or i use naan as crust too) and it's the best meal :) hope you have a speedy week!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  2. This sounds like such a fun weekend!! It looks like you guys had such a great time on your blate. Your drinks looks YUMMY! The trailors for Split looked so creepy and so good! So sorry to hear about you friend. Sending good thoughts your way.

  3. So sorry to hear about your cousin's passing. Cancer is one hell of a thing. So fun you got to meet up with Ashley in person! Always a fun time.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin. Losing family is not easy--I'm sending you lots of love today!
    I met Kathleen in person this summer and she is the sweetest--so glad that you guys had a good time!

  5. I am so incredibly sorry to hear about your friend passing. Sending you all of the thoughts and prayers. On a happier note, glad you go to have a fun blate with Ashley and Kathleen! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your family friend! It always seems like the good ones are taken from us far too early, and I'm glad that you have those memories of her at your wedding!
    We really did enjoy getting to see you this weekend, and I can't wait until we all get together again! We have to agree that it can't take us 6 months until the next time!

  7. So sorry for your loss! Sending over hugs! That pizza does look amazing though- we definitely can't live without our homemade pizza nights! :)

  8. So very sorry to hear about your loss. I am glad you get to go home this coming weekend and spend time with everyone!!

  9. Yay for blates, and loving that top you wore! I love that I've met both you and Ashley! I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, sending you lots of *hugs* and prayers sweet friend <3
    Green Fashionista

  10. I'm so so sorry for your loss, Nikki. Virtual hugs to you! <3 I'm so glad you will be in Chicago this weekend to be with family. Your blate with Ashley and Kathleen sounds fantastic! Yay for sushi and cocktails!

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your family friend, my condolences go out to you. We also had a family member pass on my stepdad's side of the family and it's so sad. But like you said, she's watching over you and you had that great memory of her enjoying herself at your wedding. Sending many hugs your way!

    I'm also going out of town this weekend! I can't wait :D

  12. Oh goodness, I'm so sorry. That is so hard. Lots of hugs.

    Also, that pizza looks absolutely amazing!