Pain in My Butt

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It seems I have acquired this quite painful, pain in my butt. If I sit too long, it hurts. If I walk too long, it hurts.

Naturally, my husband and myself have been joking about the pain in my butt all day. The blogger that I am wanted to make my pain beneficial to you. I present to you, my pains in the butt: currently in the world.

I have always been a Kardashian cheerleader. Loved them and their crazy show for awhile. Heck, I even wanted to be a Kardashian. But then in the last few years, I've grown. The Kardashian clan has outgrown it's fame and are just trying too hard. I mean, Kris, it's time to be a wife and proper mother. Leave the Momager behind and take care of Rob.

This past week has really irritated the heck out of me. Come on, Kim. This girl has been married 3 times. Good for her for being resilient and still chasing for that one true love. That I give her props for. But I think past 1 or 2, you stop making a spectacle of your wedding. You're wedding day is about you and the other person. Your vows to each other. Not about making money. Plus, the word "Kimye" just bothers me.

Last night, we realized there are less than 30 days that we have to pack this place up. Holy panic attack. Our last move was bittersweet as we said good-bye to long distance but stressful nonetheless.

This time, I have decided to tackle room by room and I am hoping it helps. I had vowed this would be the last time I do this. Or maybe just maybe once more. Such is life.

Gmail Spam Filter
I have missed 2 very important emails thanks to the way Gmail is filtering my emails into this awful folder. This on top of the new tabs. Makes things all kind of confusing. Who remembers to check their spam folder? I thought Google was all smart and stuff.

Stink Bugs
They are back. And not wanted.

Mother Nature
Can't make up her mind between 90's and 60's. One minute I am sweating my behind off and the next I am searching the clothes pile for a large sweatshirt. Get it together.

And those are my Pains in the Butt for the moment. Any pains in the butt you have?
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Happy Memorial Day

Sunday Social

Sunday, May 25, 2014

1. What is your favorite handbag you own?

One of my favorites is my Phillip Lim. The only designer I have ever owned and might ever own until we get enough saved for a house

2. 3 things you would buy right now if money was no object?

New wardrobe

3. Name a place you would go right now if given a plane ticket to anywhere?

Paris. Again and again.

4. What is the most valuable life lesson you’ve learned from blogging?

In order for something to really grow and prosper, you have to put in the work and effort. And the effort and love you give your blog shows  by your readers and level of engagement on your blog. Such as is life.

5. What is the most valuable life lesson you’ve learned from a friend?

After losing my mom, I really saw the true friends and friendships in my life. The ones that would always be there for me and still are.

Make sure to link up your Sunday Social posts. Happy Memorial Day!

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My Wedding Day: 10 Things I Would Do All Over Again

Thursday, May 22, 2014

As I am coming up on one year since my wedding, I am seeing everything in hindsight of what I felt a year ago. And since I saw Kate and Kayla post it, I have been wanting to present all of you brides, future brides some insight into what I would still do over again during my wedding. Trust me, I wish there was another one this year. But that's a story for another day.

My Dress

First dress I tried on I picked. It wasn't like any other dress that I had seen. It picked up in the front and was nice and light. No long train. No heavy fabric. The perfect option for my dancing self. And to display my fuchsia shoes properly.

Wedding Day Timeline
My wedding day timeline was thought about way before my wedding day and planned down to the minute.  (Yea, I did that.) But I still wouldn't change it. Everyone had a pretty clear idea of what was going on, what was expected of them and the approximate timetable.

I didn't expect everything to flow exactly down to minute which is why I planned extra buffer time. 8 girls getting hair and makeup done means starting at 9, breakfast at 8:30, etc.Planning this all around the arrival of flowers and photographer is extremely important too. And when you stay in the same hotel as your groom, plan accordingly to not bump into him that morning!

There were tasks that were done earlier that allowed for extra time that we really appreciated. It gave us a chance to relax with our wedding party and families before all the guests arrived and the day really began. It also helped that we had a first look to spend time before the ceremony with my groom.

Download your free printable {here}

Airbrush Makeup
I have the worst skin on the planet. My poor children. Getting the airbrush done was the best decision I ever made. It didn't budge at all. It covered my imperfections even on my close ups. These are unedited

First Look

Our first look was something we decided early on that we wanted to do. I know it can be a debate whether it is a good thing or not but I would definitely do it again. It allowed the nerves to be put away before I had to make my way down the aisle. It also allowed for such a special moment with us and the opportunity to enjoy our cocktail hour a little with family and friends.

Wedding Details

I can truly say everything in our wedding was a part of us. From the programs, pictures, cake, favors, etc. It might not have seem elegant or "flowed" as some wedding planners might want but everything was a part of us and who we are.

My whole life has been documented on video. From pretty much birth, I have birthdays, Christmases, graduations all on video so I knew that I wanted the most important day of my life on video. Unfortunately, videography costs a pretty penny and we weren't sure we could swing it. Thankfully, a month before the wedding, we found someone who was working on their portfolio come and document. I am so glad we have something from that day to always look back on.

Enjoy just a clip of our wedding day :)

To this day, we are still getting compliments and remarks about how great our minister was. He kept our ceremony to exactly the length with wanted with the exact personalization we were looking for. He also fit our personalities perfectly, cracking small jokes throughout the ceremony getting our guests laughing. Again and again, we would choose Mitch the Minister.


Choosing our DJ was one of the most important parts of our wedding. I'm a dancer. Brian likes to get down. And we knew we wanted to throw a good party. Formally, Diverse Entertainment, now Absolute Celebrations. Although, their whole company business I might not be too fond of (we were on contract for one announcer and another showed up) but in the end, we couldn't have been happier! Fernando was great at getting our family on the dance floor and encouraging our friends to really dance it out. He even called the bride and groom out when we were just taking a dancing break. Highly recommend Fernando for your wedding if you're in the NJ area.

Morning After Breakfast

Once you can get past the fact that you will be walking into breakfast with your family knowing exactly what you and your husband did the night before, it was great to see everyone our first morning as husband and wife.

We also got to see just how many hungover eyes there were at breakfast the next day. Sign of a well planned wedding I say. It was really great getting to mingle with our guests the next morning, ask them about the wedding and just enjoy their company and time. Especially since they chose to stay over and really enjoy the wedding. It was an after wedding intimate experience we really enjoyed.

Definitely a recommendation from us.

Marrying my Husband

Even without everything else, I would do that over and over again.

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Cara Box Reveal: Spring

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cara Box

Another round of Cara Box in the bag. If you're wondering what just exactly that is, let me take a few words from Kaitlyn at Wifessionals, the creator of the Cara Box.

cara (car-rah) noun  :  beloved friend

Cara Box is a quarterly box swap among women. It was created with the intention of connecting ladies, allowing them to truly get to know and encourage each other. This swap is primarily based around Instagram. Both bloggers and non-bloggers may participate, but being an active user on Instagram is a must.

The theme this spring was your hometown. Sending things that represent where you live and your hometown. I was paired with Cristina from Life with a Side of Coffee, who I sent a box to and Blakely, who gifted me a box.

Blayke did a great job with my box. I mean, I got shipped wine. Is there anything better?

Mad Housewife Wine
It really felt like I got to know her hometown, Lodi, CA. And apparently it's wine country. Basically, I need to live there.

I have enjoyed Cara Box since I joined last year. It's a great way to get to know people. And now that it features Instagram, it becomes even more personal. Sign up at the link above! 
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My Weekend of Sun, Wine & $220 Giveaway for You!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Here we are. Back to another Monday. I had quite a long weekend that was filled with a good amount of fun, wine and sunshine. Take a little weekend recap with me for a moment and then be sure to stick around to see just how easy it is to win $220.

Both days this weekend were gorgeous weather wise and company wise. Couldn't has asked for a better weekend off. Even with the limited amount of sleep and all the driving.

Graduation for this little lady!

Fact: I miss the country.

Since Freshmen year of college. Happy Birthday!

Wine in a bucket. Enough said.

Love this handsome fella


Couldn't have been a more beautiful weekend

Now, it's time for you to get busy and enter this amazing giveaway put together by the lovely Karli from September Farm.

Myself and 15 other lovely ladies want you to have a little extra moolah in your pocket just in time for the summer. Think new bikini, sunglasses or some fun excursions.

erin elizabeth | rhapsody + chaos | september FARM | treats + travels
boone + owl | {the farmer's wife} | yellow mango life | princess burlap
living lavender | kaliwood | classy + sassy mrs. | march to december
being mrs. beer | a faithful passion | danielle faith | wedding rings to teething rings 

Don't wait, enter now! Good luck :)

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Sunday Social: Summer, Summer

Sunday, May 18, 2014

1. What is your best summer memory as a kid?

We always had family over for family BBQs. Planned and unplanned. Epecially our 4th of July BBQ. Always love thinking about those memories.

2. What is your favorite summer drink?

3. What is your favorite summer TV show?

Two new shoes we got into last year: Mistresses and Necessary Roughness

4. What is the best outdoor summer activity?
Eating dinner on the patio with a glass of wine. And the beach is a close second. I'm not working towards that Bikini Bod for no reason. 

5. What are your summer vacation essentials?

 Cute bag
Cute bikini
Drink in hand
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