That’s a Wrap

Happy New Year Everyone, IT’S 2019 (almost). By now you have already celebrated the New Year or you are well on your way to doing so!

With the year closing, I felt it appropriate to make an end of the year post! Not only am I thankful for all the opportunities we’ve had this year but all the memories we’ve made and wonderful people we’ve met!

January

Returned from out honeymoon with full heart and lots to plan.

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February

Enjoyed our first month of being married.

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March

We went to the 20th Anniversary of Ultra Music Festival

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April

You got a job! Now we have to find ourselves somewhere to live! Headed to Rochester, NY.

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Last Brunch before he had to go.

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Said goodbye to him for a little while

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May

Shadow and I missing, Matt.

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June

I taught middle schoolers and I was crazy to do it but it was an experience!

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Said good-bye to a very unique set of teachers.

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June-July

He’s back and we are almost ready to move!

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Packed our bags and took our cat and said Good-bye Florida, Hello New York! LRM_EXPORT_2323160665739772_20181231_154506988.jpeg

Said goodbye to the family for a while.

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August:

I turned 25 WHOA! You took me out to a Bed and Breakfast, and we will own a NEW car!!! I love my car so much!

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September

We went to NYC for your birthday and we learned the hard way that it’s not really worth it for less than 3 days to go.

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Saw where my sister lives in the city, too!

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Attended the Distant Worlds Concert and listened to Final Fantasy music.LRM_EXPORT_2323125724437337_20181231_154419998.jpeg

Also I got certified to teach in the state of New York, so yea! I became a second grade teacher for a bit!

October:

We went to our first fancy Ball, RIT Alumni Ball that is.

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November:

We decided to take a spontaneous trip to Canada, because we COULD!

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Still in awe at the beauty and color that Fall/Autumn brings!

November:

I experienced my first snow fall ever and it was just MAGICAL!

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I started to really blog more! and A New Kind of Thomson — WAS BORN

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December

We took our very first family Christmas card and sent them to family and friends.

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We spent our anniversary together and I got the sweetest gift from you.

This year was so full of surprises, adventure and lots of travel.

Here’s to another great one!

 

Sugar Cookies – Decorating

Merry Christmas , and happy holidays!!!

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So I don’t have the recipe that was used to make these sugar cookies or royal icing (I’m hoping to get them — stay tuned). My sister baked them while we were visiting for the holidays. However, I can show you how cute they came out once decorated, not to mention the, DELICIOUS!

My sister is an awesome baker and cook!! We get it from our mom and grandma. ❤️

Enjoy!






Back in Miami | The Thomson Travels

Hello Friends!

This past week we headed down south to sunny and might I add always hot, Miami. This is our first time back since we moved up to Rochester in June. We are here for the Christmas Holiday and we have so many plans, people we want to see and most importantly food we want to eat!! The food here, we have missed it so much! So MUCH!

Rochester simply has not brought us this joy in food yet.

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Here are some of our favorite food places that are also great for dates:

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Brio: We love this place so much we had our rehearsal dinner here. Cute and not too pricey. Desserts we love include tiramisu, and crème brûlée. —- IT was so busy we actually didn’t get a chance to eat here 😦

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Central Park Food Station: If you haven’t tried their Empanda de Pabellon — You haven’t lived.

Madroño Restaurant: Cute Nicaraguan restaurant with really delicious food!

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Menchies: Now I know some other states and cities have Menchies but tell me how there are absolutely none in Rochester???

Hope you guys enjoy your holidays!!

Love,

The Thomson’s

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The Holidays| Married Life

It’s Monday— and I’m finding it harder to post on Sunday since it feels more like a family day. So here is my Sunday/Monday post!!!

Splitting the Holidays

Yup, this one is about family, the holidays and time. Precious time.

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I feel as though this can be one of the happiest, yet toughest times of the year. Most of which is because of family and knowing where and who to spend it with.

Having been recently married and moving away to a place where my husband and I have no family, begs the question…so where do we go for the holidays/what do we do?

For our wedding last year (Dec 2017) we had family fly in to Miami in order to celebrate our marriage. It was really one of the last times we would be together for a long time. This year has been busy with travel, and luckily we have been able to see Matt’s family and part of mine.

But how do you decide for years to come? Who gets Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years?

This gets my stress levels really going because I love both sides of our family. Choosing between them on special occasions is tough. Don’t get me started on plane tickets, they are so expensive. Sometimes it’s easier to fly family over here than to fly over to them.
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P.S. Here is our most recent journey on Thanksgiving to his moms and some of the silliness that comes from flying for hours and airport layovers.

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Playlist for the Holiday Season

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Woohoo it’s Friday! Also the 14th day of December.

With the holidays here (the winter holidays that is) , I figured what better time to share my favorite albums/songs to play at home for ambiance and for special occasions such as dinners, hanging with friends or simply rocking around the tree. Can you tell I celebrate Christmas?

I’m also going to list some of my favorites from their particular album.

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The Christmas EP by Daniela Andrade:  I love her music!!!! Thank you for your voice girl!

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Specific songs linked below: I linked the artist and the song itself because I know there are tons of versions of the same song. These are my particular favs for each title. 

Thanks for coming in for a view! Hope you are able to listen to some of these recommendations.

Xoxo,

Karina

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s already Tuesday!! Happy December 11th, time is ticking on the present buying ahhh but you know what is the easiest to gift??? BAKED GOODS!

Yesterday I made some really yummy chocolate chip cookies and I’m here to share the recipe with you all! I hope you enjoy making these and eating them as much as my husband and I do.

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, leveled
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk, room temperature
  • 2 cups mini or regular milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well mixed.
  4. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients in three batches until just blended.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and sweetened shredded coconut by hand.
  6. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats (or parchment paper); set aside.
  7. Scoop 1.5 tablespoons of dough and place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until edges are barely golden. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Store at room temperature in a zip lock bag or air tight container.

P.S. If you aren’t a coconut fan simply exclude the coconut flakes. The cookies will be JUST as delicious.

Dates and stuff | Married Life

Lately it’s felt like life has been non-stop, mostly because work can consume us both. It’s easy to forget about the small intimate moments that need to be shared without technology getting in the way (btw I’m all for tech but we need to give it breaks)

At night I tend to drown away watching either Netflix or Hulu depending on what’s best. Weekends and dinner time are usually when we sit and talk or just lounge about together.

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Holiday Gift Guide – For Her

Ladies and Gents: If you felt that my winter gift guide fell short, below are some great choices that your girlfriend(s) will love! Whether she’s the artsy, fashion, musical, cute and hip or down right a beauty junkie. Here are my top picks.

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