Engagement Gifts

Jamie and Brett got us these cute mugs for our engagement!

Close Up:

Great gift if you know someone that just got engaged or married!

Starbucks For Free

Did anyone else in the UK take advantage of the free coffee offer from Starbucks?

I did! 

I used my giftcard (which works in the US and UK) to purchase a tall iced coffee and received a full sized bag of coffee for FREE.  I was expecting a little sample size but nope….full size. =)

 

Speaking of Starbucks…What do you think of the new logo design?

I like it.  Change is good.

100% American

We were home for 3 days and made time to shop for the necessities to bring back with us.  My mom, Jon’s mom & Jen contributed to our American feast. We wouldn’t be able to survive without the American essentials.

There were 3 more boxes of Mac N Cheese and another bag of goldfish but we (really Jon) finished those the first day we got back to London.  Barbara also stocked us up on tic tacs (18 boxes!!!).

I couldn’t go back without the best peanut butter ever!

We might have to bring an empty suitcase to NY in December because we are going to be stocking up on a lot more!

 

Bragging Rights

Amazing gifts from amazing friends.  They know me so well!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

XOXOXOXOXO

Adventure Up The Jubilee Line And More

Round 1 of IKEA trip was SUCCESSFUL.  I followed the directions from the website and asked a couple of people which direction the IKEA was when I got off the tube and lo and behold I made a left turn and saw the big blue building with yellow iconic letters.

I had so much fun walking through the store myself.  I know it’s not good quality and my family how vowed NEVER to purchase IKEA furniture again but it just makes sense in our situation.  Don’t worry Dad, this time Jon will be putting together the furniture while cursing and saying he will never do this again. Haha memories (that Shanna and Stef witnessed).

I bought 25 items for £56 which I think is a steal.  I bought things for the flat such as kitchen utensils, garbage bin, fruit bowl, etc.  While I toured the showroom I took photos of the furniture pieces I think would be perfect for our flat.  Next time Jon will come and say yes or no and then we can start making the rental into our home. I won’t bore you with the furniture photos but will show you the 2 bags full of stuff I carried back on the bus.  I decided to take the bus back home so I could see other parts of London.

I’ve been fending for myself this week since Jon has been working and I found myself at Whole Foods for dinner every night.  I think it just gives me that little bit of home that every expat wants. Plus their hot food bar is DELICIOUS!

Plus I love “mush” with balsamic vinegar so this place is ideal for me. Just in case you wanted to see what I mean by “mush” here you go.

One more thing before I go.  All flats come with a tea kettle.  Makes sense considering we are in London but it doesn’t work for me.  Today I put the tea kettle on top of the fridge for a “rainy day” and replaced it with a nice coffee pot.  It’s very necessary people!  I also stuffed a TON of splenda packets into my checked luggage so I have a about a years supply of them. Thanks Alyssa for buying the Costco boxes for me!!  While I was purchasing the coffee pot at Sainsbury’s I had to buy coffee but was absolutely confused by the different types.  I want Dunkin Donuts coffee but I’ve got to be realistic.  So I settled on the brand with New York in the title.  I’ll let you know how it is.

Look at that beautiful coffee pot and cute jar to hold my splenda supply!

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