A Birthday Celebration For A Very Special Woman

Dear Nan, 

Happy Birthday! Roman and I’s prayer for you is to find more peace, wisdom, guidance, and pure joy. May God continue to have His hand on your life and be your refuge. You deserve nothing but the best! We love you!

You are special, loved, unique in every single way and is a big blessing to countless people. 

You are an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend.

We are all truly blessed to have you in our lives and we are forever grateful to the Lord for placing you in all of our lives! 

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to emphasize our love for you and we hope you enjoyed the special celebration of your birthday. 

We love you (Nan) Audrey Page! 

On to the celebration post!

Roman and I, along with his parents Mark and Doni took a day trip out to New Jersey to celebrate his Nan’s birthday! It was not too bad of a drive; only took us about 2 & 1/2 hours without traffic!

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Entering New Jersey!

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Fun fact: George Washington crossed this same exact river on December 25, 1776, during the Revolutionary War. 

We went to Vidalia’s Italian Restaurant to meet with Nan and Papa Ken. It was a beautiful place and the interior as well as the exterior designs caught my eye.

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The outside patio area had a nice ambience!

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Roman with the birthday girl!!!

It was so nice seeing Nan and Papa Ken again since the last time we saw them was early December. We were excited to catch up and enjoy a nice meal with them!

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Doni enjoying her citrus salad!

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Every single one was DELICIOUS! The chef is amazing. The chef is actually the owner and if you’re ever in Lawrenceville, NJ, we HIGHLY recommend Vidalia’s if you’re craving some Italian food!

After lunch, we headed down to Princeton and had a nice time strolling around. The weather was great so it was perfect to walk around and see the little shops.

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We went to a place called the Greene Street Consignment and oh my gosh, I could stay there for hours! They had the cutest clothes, shoes, bags– everything! Mark recommended the place since he’s been there before and the deals are great. It’s high end products for a steal price. I saw many designer stuff for less than $20 in almost perfect condition!

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The famous Green Street

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Doni and I trying on some shoes! Roman found these beautiful, sparkly heels but unfortunately they were a size too big for me! I tried them on anyway. Lol

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If only they weren’t so big, I totally would’ve gotten them! 

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You can’t really see in this picture, but Mark found an AMAZING deal on this spiffy blazer– only $18 for this designer and it retails for $300+ how awesome is that?! And actually, Roman was the one to spot it also. He has such a good eye. Lol 

Once we were done shopping around, we did some more walking around and came across this one bookstore. We had to stop and purchase some books!

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We ended the day by going back to Nan’s house. We gave her birthday gifts and she cooked for us her famous lentil soup and hummus!!! THE BEST LENTIL SOUP AND HUMMUS I HAVE EVER TASTED. It was delicious! I’m craving some now just as I write about it.

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Gift from Doni!!

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Stylish lightweight pants!

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Gift from Roman and I! 

Roman and I bought her an essential oil humidifier. For Christmas, I gave one to Roman and he absolutely loved it and can’t sleep at night without it so we figured she’d love it just as much! We gave her some essential oils as well and we set it up for her right there and then and she was thrilled with it!!

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BEST. COOK. EVER! Thank you for all the yummy food!

Nan showed me some of her painting that she’s done in the past and look at this painting!!! She is beyond talented. I wish I got a picture of the other ones she did. She’s a true artist!

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Baby Roman with his pretty grandma!

Isn’t that baby picture the cutest?! I just want to pinch Roman’s cheeks!! Lol we went through some of Roman’s baby albums and my heart was melting the entire time. So cute!!

We ended up leaving around 8pm and got back to Pennsylvania around 10:30.

We had such a wonderful time! Loved every single moment celebrating Nan’s birthday with her in Jersey with the family.

Happy Birthday once again, Audrey Page!

Lots of love,

Roman & Jesci

 

 

 

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Spontaneous date to Books A Million

It’s currently 2:36 p.m and Roman and I just got back from our lunch break. We went to Chipotle for lunch which was much needed because we have not gone in what feels like forever! Afterwards, we spontaneously decided to go to Books A Million since it was just down the street and we were so glad we went! It was my first time going and the last time Roman went was when I was still back in California and he shipped me some of the books he got which included cook books, daily devotionals and a bunch of inspirational journals!

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Peanut Butter & Banana Frappe!

I’m not sure if Books A Million is only in the East Coast because I don’t think I’ve seen any in California. My go-to bookstore back in SoCal is usually Barnes & Noble so I was thrilled to go here!

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Book heaven!

I felt like a little kid in a candy store. Roman was happy seeing me happy, because he knew he did a great thing bringing us here today! Lol there were so many selections, I just wanted to stay for hours and browse around.

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Christian/ Religion section

The first and main section we looked at was the Christian Living Section. There was an abundance of books that stood out to me and I was just way too excited. Roman felt the same exact way and he actually picked up more books than I did. One book in particular stood out to me and that’s the Daniel Fast! The first time I heard about the fast was from Mack‘s post about a month ago about how her church was doing the fasting based on the Book of Daniel and I was intrigued! I never got the chance to look more into it but when I saw the book– I did not hesitate on getting it!

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Excited to read this!!!

What is a Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast referenced in the Bible, particularly in two sections of the Book of Daniel:

  • Daniel 1:12, which states, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] to eat and water to drink.”
  • Daniel 10: 1-2, which says, “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

Daniel Fast: Food List

With a quick google search (pre-reading the book), here’s a list of food you can eat while on the fast:

BEVERAGES

  • Water only-must be purified/filtered and spring or distilled water is best.
  • Homemade Almond milk, coconut water, coconut kefir and vegetable juice

VEGETABLES (should form the basis of the diet)

  • Fresh or cooked
  • May be frozen and cooked but not canned

FRUITS (consume in moderation 1-3 servings daily)

  • Fresh and cooked
  • May be dried like raisins or apricots (no sulfites or added oils or sweeteners)
  • May be frozen but not canned

WHOLE GRAINS (consume in moderation and ideally sprouted)

  • Brown Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Barley cooked in water
  • No Wheat, ezekiel bread, others bread, flours, or pasta

BEANS & LEGUMES (consume in moderation)

  • Dried and cooked in water
  • May be consumed from can as long as no salt or other additives are contained and the only ingredients are beans and water

NUTS & SEEDS (sprouted are best)

  • Raw, sprouted or dry roasted (no salt added)

The reason I want to learn more about the Daniel Fast is for spiritual reasons. I want to strengthen my faith even more and to detox and be cleansed.

The following paragraph is found on draxe.com

When you fast and pray—two words that go hand-in-hand in scripture—you pursue God in your life and open yourself up to experiencing a renewed dependence on God, but it isn’t easy.

It is a spiritual discipline that requires denying your physical and mental self because your stomach and your brain will most likely work overtime to remind you when and what they want to eat!

I know this fast will help me to focus more on Christ and I am ecstatic to begin on in this journey and hope to document it all with you!

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More books! Roman got Moving Mountains, The Call, and Man of God

I only got one book and Roman got three, so I’m excited for him to start reading and finish them so he can tell me all about it and that maybe I’ll even read it for myself too!

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My forever date! Thank you for getting us the books my love!

Overall, this was a nice unexpected trip to Books A Million! I love how Roman and I were able to squeeze a little date in between our lunch break and just spend more time together.

I hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Love,

Jess

Love, love, love!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! ❤️

I hope you all had a wonderful day with your loved ones whether you spent it with your significant other or family and friends!

This years Valentine is extra special for Roman and I because even though it’s our 2nd year celebrating, it’s only our first time actually being together! This time last year we were still doing long distance, so to be able to be with each other and celebrate the day together is an amazing feeling and we are grateful!
My sweet Valentine has been surprising me all day. I told him he didn’t have to get me gifts this year because all that I cared about was the fact that we were together and his presence is more than enough but of course, Roman and his romantic and thoughtful self truly outdid himself by surprising me with these diamond earrings!

Rose gold to match my ring and necklace!

1k white gold stud

When I first opened the box, my heart dropped because I was like “what the heck did you get me!! Why is it in a jewelry box!!!” And when he opened it and showed me what was inside, I was speechless. Just the thought of him taking time finding the perfect ones and picking out these beautiful earrings gives me premature ventricular contractions lol he’s always making my heart skip a beat!

After his lovely surprise, we went out to dinner with his parents and had a wonderful evening just catching up with everything that’s been going on and it’s always nice spending time with them. We had reservations at The Cafe and the food were all delicious!

The lovely parents!

Shrimp cocktail for appetizer

Roman’s entree! Eggplant with angel hair pasta

Flourless chocolate cake for dessert

After arriving home for dinner, I came home to another sweet surprise!

Edible Arrangements!

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Roman, when you read this… THANK YOU! Thank you for everything. Words cannot express how grateful I am for you and EVERY LITTLE THING YOU DO FOR US. Last year, we were on opposite ends of the country and you still went out of your way to make sure our first Valentine’s was special. You never fail to put a smile on my face. You never fail to make me happy! I love you! Forever thanking God for you! 

Handwritten card, Gucci cologne set, chocolate and a bear!


And these were my little Valentine gifts for Roman! He loved it so much he wants to hang the card up on his wall ASAP haha! I’m happy he’s happy. Made with nothing but love! ❤️

Thank you for reading!!

Xo,

Jess

Seafood lovin’ 

Roman and I have many things in common but one thing for sure is that we are both seafood lovers! Actually, we have the same taste in food so it works out perfectly whenever we decide where to go out to eat because we easily agree with what the other suggests lol 

But anyway! Tonight, we had seafood for dinner and everything turned out great! We got the fish and the sides at a local market called Southside Seafood. It’s our favorite place because everything we get from there is always fresh and tasty. Our #1 trusted seafood place! 

Shrimp and crab cakes!


Boston lettuce with onion, garlic, beet and apple cider vinegar


Look how huge this salmon is!


Lobster bisque + my platter


Organic Mulberry! Yum


It was nice having a healthy meal again and weaning off the holiday leftovers! 

Thanks for reading, have a blessed weekend! It’s Fridaaaaay tomorrow! 

Love,

Jess 

A recap from our Thanksgiving night

Thankful for countless things in life. Thankful for God for blessing me with an amazing family,  life-long friends, good health and the list goes on! This year, my list got even longer because Roman and his extended family got added to my list of gratitude. We spent our first Thanksgiving together here in Pennsylvania with his family and we all had a great time! Missed my family back home but what a blessing it was to be able to spend the holiday with Roman and his loved ones.

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Beautiful set up done by Roman’s mom 

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He was in charge of the chocolates lol He bought over $100 worth at Gertrude Hawk! 

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He was so proud of the way he decorated lol It turned out so good.. look at all the chocolate! 

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My arrangements! Fruit kabobs and a veggie platter

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Roman’s aunt chopping up the mushrooms!

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Selfie with Roman’s sweet and adorable grandma!

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Just SOME of the desserts!

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More dessert!!!

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All homemade and organic! Thanks to Roman’s mom for cooking everything. Even the Turkey was organic!

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My plate filled with scrumptious food. So yummmy! 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope you all had a great one as well! It’s currently 8:39 am November 30, 2016 and I’m still food coma from all the good food we’ve been eating! Lol

Love,

Jesci Mari

Home cooked dinner made with L O V E

Is it crazy to think that being 21 years old, I barely started learning how to cook and experimenting with recipes since about maybe just 6 months ago? I started following cooking pages on Facebook, Instagram and even started watching “How To Cook” videos on YouTube!

Roman, being the supportive boyfriend that he is, got me a bunch of cookbooks that ranged from smoothie recipes to quick 30 minute meals. He actually surprised me with them one day and had it delivered to my house when I used to live in California! I told him once I’m in Pennsylvania, I’ll have mastered some of the recipes and make them for him and all made with love, of course

So, here’s how it turned out!

I made zucchini noodles with ground beef and tomato sauce + bell pepper stuffed ground beef with rice.

 

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Zucchini noodles + tomato sauce w/ ground beef sautéed with olive oil, garlic, and onion


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Bell pepper stuffed with ground beef, rice, and tomato sauce!

It was a successful dinner and Roman loved it. Eager to learn more new recipes and experiment!

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P.s you know he’s a keeper when he helps you wash the dishes afterwards 😉

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a blessed rest of the week! Almost the weekend!!

Love,

Jesci Mari

Nobu in Malibu 

I have lived in Southern California almost all of my life but rarely do I ever go to Malibu. It’s funny because Roman, who is the tourist and flew in from Pennsylvania to California, was the one who planned our date in Malibu! And not just at any restaurant.. But Nobu! 

Some of my favorite celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, and Kendal Jenner eat at this specific branch often so it was quite an experience just being there. 

The view was breathtaking. We were able to catch the sunset right when we arrived! 

The timing was perfect because right after this shot was taken, our table was ready! 

We had no appointment but we were seated within ten minutes. It was a Wednesday night and we arrived around 6:30pm. There was a good amount of people but not hectic.

We mainly ordered what our waiter recommended us. We were glad we listened because everything was delightful. The black cod fish was amazing. It melts in your mouth! 


It was our absolute favorite. The second dish that I truly enjoyed was the tuna sashimi cilantro salad. It was full of flavor and filling. The rest of the food we ordered– we devoured. Everything was just so tasty!


The place had such nice ambience. Perfect place for a nice date! 

Can I just say, I love how romantic Roman is when it comes to planning our dates. I just love and appreciate him and all his effort, especially being in a long distance relationship the physical part of not being able to go on dates as often as we’d like can be tough but he is worth it. This relationship that we have is definitely worth it.

Love,

Jesci Mari