The Best Bridal Shower Games

Hey there! I hope that you all had a relaxing and fun weekend. The weekend for me was pretty quiet, which I welcomed with opens arms since this summer has been a pretty busy one with all of the planning for my sister's bridal shower and bachelorette party, as well as being in one of my good friend's weddings in late July! 

Now that my sister's bridal shower and bachelorette parties are over, I figured it was time to start sharing some of my top tips and ideas that I got from planning hers! So, today I'm sharing the games I decided to incorporate into her bridal shower. Spoiler alert: I loved the games we played and I think that everyone at the shower had lots of fun too! 

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Game 1: Who Has The Groom?

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I honestly think this was my favorite game because it was simple and funny. I mean, Harry Potter looks pretty funny "wearing a tux" in the photo above, doesn't he? This is the first game we played at Alie's Bridal Shower to break the ice. The basics: at each person's seat there was an envelope that said "Who Has The Groom?" on it. Inside, there was a piece of cardstock with a clipart tuxedo I had printed out and glued on. I printed out celebrities faces (and also grabbed some from magazines) and glued them onto the cardstock so their face lined up with the top of the tuxedo. ONE envelope had Mike's face (my sister's fiance) glued onto the tuxedo and the person who had that envelope was the winner. SUPER easy and cheap to do. Just have everyone open their envelopes at the same time when they sit down. 

Game 2: The Price is Right!

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Growing up my sister and I loved to watch the Price is Right so I knew I wanted to incorporate this game. To open it up I played the Price is Right music (cheesy...but funny haha). We had common household items listed on the game sheet that each person was given. If the person was within 50 cents (without going over the price of the item) they scored one point. At the end of the game I had everyone tally up their points and whoever had the most won!

Game 3: Who Knows the Bride Best? 

Another crowd pleaser and easy game to play - I gave all the guests about 5 minutes to fill out their cards and then I read through the answers. Each item was worth one point. Whoever had the most points won. 

"Game" 4: Bridal Shower Mad Libs

I put game in quotation marks because this wasn't so much as a game but almost like a guest book for Alie's bridal shower. I thought these were an interesting and funny version of a guestbook that Alie and Mike could put in a book and look back on and laugh for years to come. 

Prizes 

My top tip for prizes is to get more than you think you'll need. I purchased 4 bottles of wine and 4 boxes of chocolate truffles from a local candy store as our 8 prizes to give out. You can't go wrong with wine and chocolate for a group of women, right? I ended up using 7 out of the 8 prizes since we had multiple winners for some of the games. 

Alright, that's it for my first blog post series on Bridal Shower tips! If you have any questions about the games I talked about or would like me to send you any of the games I used please feel free to email me at joyfullyjennablog@gmail.com. Be on the lookout for the next blog post with a few more tips I learned from planning the bridal shower and then I'll make sure to do a post on the bachelorette party too! 

Chat soon, 

Foodie Favorites + Life Happenings

Hey there, friends! It’s been awhile. Life has gotten pretty darn busy around here! Between work, one of my friend’s bachelorette’s party, planning for my sister’s bridal shower (and now planning her upcoming bachelorette), studying for my personal training cert, and just STUFF – something had to give. If you’re still reading this post today, THANK YOU for sticking with me. Joyfully Jenna is still up and running, and more posts on their way! I’ll have a post on my sister’s bridal shower coming up with lots of fun DIYs and planning tips (a little sneak at one the pictures from the shower below), one of my new go-to lunch recipes, and some more fun stuff. Stay tuned!

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Today I thought I’d stop by with some of my current Foodie Favorites. Fun, right? I always love to read other blogger’s posts like this, so I hope you’ll enjoy this one! I’ve found some products over the past month or so that I really LOVE and I think you will too. Let’s get right into it!

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1. Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning 

This stuff has been EVERYWHERE! I think I’ve seen it show up on about 10 different foodie blogger’s Instagram stories. BUT man, this stuff is good. If you like everything bagels you’re going to love this stuff. My favorite way to use it is on my eggs in the morning for breakfast. So darn GOOD! Definitely grab one (or ten) of these on your next Trader Joe’s run.

2. REBBL's Dark Chocolate Protein Shake

So, I pass Whole Foods on the way home from my gym, which can be very dangerous and quite $$$$. A couple of weeks ago I decided to stop in after taking GRIT and Body Pump (I’ll have another post on these two classes soon – they’re my absolute current favorites!) and I was looking for something high in protein to refuel my muscles after the lengthy workout. I had seen the REBBL brand pop up here and there on different foodie accounts I follow, so I decided to give it a go. I chose the dark chocolate flavor and was more than pleasantly surprised. No chalky taste, just pure chocolatey goodness. With 16 grams of plant protein and the delicious taste…what more could a girl ask for? 

3. Health Ade's Kombucha

Oh, Whole Foods. It’s just so dangerous, guys, I’m tellin’ ya! To be honest, I never really got super into kombucha. I really wanted to like it because of all of its’ health benefits, but I never found a flavor I loved…until I tried Health Ade’s pink lady flavor AND their ginger lemon flavor. Oh. My. GOODNESS. If you’ve tried kombucha before and weren’t a fan, I encourage you to grab one of these the next time you’re at Whole Foods. I could drink these all day long. BONUS: Whole Foods has been running a 2 for $6 deal pretty frequently. Be on the lookout!

4. Califa Farms Coffee Creamer 

Last, but certainly NOT least. This coffee creamer is my new favorite, hands down. They have a few different flavors, and my go-to is the vanilla. I’ve found it at Whole Foods, Target, and my local Giant grocery store. If you’re a coffee lover that likes to add a little bit of creaminess and sweetness, this is for you!

Alright, pals! I’m off to do some studying, but I CAN’T believe I forgot to mention that my sister and future brother-in-law GOT A PUPPY a few weeks ago. So, I’ll leave you with a picture of Mac, my fur nephew. Enjoy!

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Chat soon,

Life Lately & A Delicious Frittata Recipe

Happy Sunday, friends! How's it going? I took last week off from blogging because we had some birthday celebrations going on. My birthday was the 19th of April and we celebrated with my family last weekend so I just wanted to take some time to relax and enjoy. We also celebrated this cutie's 14th birthday...

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Isn't Munchkin the cutest?! #crazydoglady

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The weekend before my birthday I celebrated with a few of my girlfriends at a local winery called Va La. If you live in the Delaware/Philly area I definitely recommend checking this winery out! They're a very small vineyard and only make 4 wines each year, but man, they're GOOD! Their wine tasting is on the pricier side at $20 per person, but their pours are very generous. Each wine you taste they pair with a piece of delicious local cheese, and the tasting ends with a chocolate truffle. I mean, need I say more? My favorite wine was their Silk Red which is a dry rosato. Seriously, go check Va La out! 

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So, that's been life lately - along with work, exercising, and all of the normal good stuff :) Now, onto what I'll be eating this week for breakfast...

This frittata recipe from Pbfingers blog is a delicious, savory, and healthy breakfast that can be made on Sunday and heated up during the week for breakfast. I love my morning oatmeal, but I'm getting a little bored of it so I'm excited to change it up with this frittata. I think you'll love it too! Follow the recipe below and let me know what you think :) 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon EEVO
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 2 large chicken sausage links, chopped 
  • 2 large heaping handfuls of fresh spinach (about 4 cups)
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 egg whites (I used 3/4 cup egg whites from a carton)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

Directions:

  1. Set oven to broil on high.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large, oven-safe skillet. Sautee onion and green pepper until softened (about 3-5 minutes). 
  3. As onion and pepper cook, combine eggs, egg whites, salt and pepper in a medium bowl, stirring to combine.
  4. Add the chicken to peppers and onion and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. 
  5. Add eggs to skillet and lightly stir. Allow eggs to set (do not stir!) until sides are firm and middle still appears slightly wet, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer pan to the oven and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until top of frittata begins to brown slightly. 
  7. Slice and serve! 

I recommend keeping a paper towel on top of your frittata while storing in the fridge to keep moisture from accumulating. Bon appetit! 

 

 

Life Lately + My New Job

Hello there, pals! I hope that your weekend was fun and relaxing! Here in Delaware we had AMAZING weather for this time of year so I made sure to get outside a decent amount with my family. My mom and I went on a 3-mile walk on Saturday morning, and then my dad and I took Lola to the park for a walk in the afternoon. On Sunday, my mom and I went over to my sister's house to hang out for a bit and to enjoy more of the sunshine :) I can't wait until this warm weather is a consistent thing - I love getting active outdoors!

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Anyways, I'm stopping by with a kind of random thoughts post...a bit about the blog, life lately, and what my new job looks like!

As far as the blog goes...

I think for now I'll be posting once per week - it seems like the most realistic goal in my mind at the time.  I'm hoping that as I continue to adjust to my new schedule I'll be able to eventually increase to twice or three times per week. Thanks for staying with me through this adjustment - you guys are the best!

Life lately has been...

A whole lot of adjusting to a new schedule, figuring out my go-to dinners for busy weeks, when to fit my workouts in, hanging with my family, planning my sister's bachelorette party, and catching up with a few friends here and there! 

We finally booked a rental for my sister's bachelorette weekend so I'm SUPER excited to start planning all of the fun details. I've been browsing Etsy and Pinterest like crazy for fun decoration ideas. It's a tad addicting! You guys can expect to see a lot of DIYs and details about the bachelorette and bridal shower this summer. Weeeee! :)

Anyways, the biggest news of life lately is obviously my new job.

So, I figured I'd give you guys a quick rundown of what it is! My title is Program Manager for a company called HealthFitness - they contract out to companies that don't have in-house employee wellness departments. So, technically I work for HealthFitness, but when I go to work everyday I'm going to a specific client site where I work as essentially a Wellness Coordinator. I absolutely love it so far - it really is exactly what I wanted to do and I feel very lucky to have found it! 

If you're unfamiliar with this field and aren't really sure what a Wellness Coordinator would do - In a nutshell I'm planning and rolling out health programs or challenges to encourage associates to lead healthier lives and move through the behavior change process. There's a whole lot more to it, but I don't think any of you want that many details haha. 

Anyways, that's a short peak into life lately with me! Like I said, just a lot of adjustment, new job, and spending time with family and friends. 

What's new with you guys? Have you planned a bridal shower or bachelorette party before? Started a new job recently? Let's chat in the comments!

Life Lately 10.25.16

Hey there, friends! I hope Tuesday is treating you well so far. I'm stopping by today to give you a peak into what life has looked like lately around here. It's involved a lot of these two...

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Can you tell them apart? Munchkin is in the top picture and Lola is in the bottom picture. It's been a lot the past few months with both of these gals. Munch is 13 years old so she's well into her senior years. She has trouble getting around and also is on some medications for her partially collapsed trachea so she's a bit of handful getting in and outside, but we love her. I mean, who wouldn't? Look at that face :) 

If you've been reading for awhile, you know that Lola was diagnosed with diabetes late in the summer. So, the past few months of trying to get her diabetes under control has been quite the ride. BUT as of her last glucose curve she's considered a controlled diabetic! Woohoo! We're now really putting serious thought into getting her cataract surgery to get her vision back towards the end of November. She's a happy little dog now, but she's only ten and the thought of her being blind for three or four more years doesn't seem too great to us. I'll keep you guys posted!

Over this past weekend, my good friend Taylor was home with her new puppy named Kona. I met up with her on Saturday night for some good old girl talk, puppy time, wine, and pizza. Pretty great Saturday night, right? I mean...puppies and pizza. Our good friend Lisa also was able to stop by for a bit, so it was really nice to get to see two of my good friends! Here's a picture of little Kona. She's such a well-behaved puppy and so darn cute!

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I can't get over her eyes!

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On Sunday, my mom and I headed to the JDRF walk to support Marco. I had Marco write a guest post probably about a month ago on his journey with his Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. If you were able to donate, I really, really appreciate it! The walk had a great turnout and a lot of money was raised that will go towards research for Type 1 Diabetes.

Other than that, I've been working on some potential job opportunities, researching some wedding-related stuff for my sister, and trying to stay on track with workout routine. Anyone else have trouble sticking to their workout routine when the seasons change? It's the worst! I'm on my second round of Kayla Itsines' BBG workout, which you can read about hereI've been trying to sneak in some exercise with these tips too.

Alright, friends! I'm signing off of here before I lose the motivation to go do my workout for today :P