Wedding Wednesday {I Said Yes To The Dress}

This may have been the most rewarding and busy wedding week since we got engaged! I am so happy to be marking things off of our list, and happy to say we have been sticking to our budget…for the most part.

I ordered these adorable note cards from All She Wrote Notes  and I know I will need more in a few weeks. I love them so much, and it’s so exciting to see my new last name on something! Check back later this afternoon for a discount code to get your own!
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As I mentioned in my Hopes & Plans post on Monday, I wanted to get our wedding website ready to go, and we are 99.9% done! We just have to add a few more photos. If you want to take a peak, head to mine and Dave’s blog, Fox and His Anchor,  and click “Tying The Knot” at the top. This is finished right in time for people to be receiving their Engagement Party invites!

I also sent an email out to all of my Bridesmaids to start getting a chain going for questions and plans. I am so thankful for virtual ways of communication, especially with one of my Bridesmaids being in France and another being a few hours away in Virginia. I am hoping to have a brunch after we all meet up for dress shopping so everyone can get to know each other. I am trying to avoid any awkwardness during any of the other activities.

We had our engagement pictures last night! We still plan on getting them in two more locations, but I am so happy we will at least have some pictures completed. The few I have peaked at look great and we are hopefully one step closer to Save The Dates. While we haven’t fully found out if our venue is going to work out, I am being hopeful and positive. I still haven’t been able to find anything else that I love.

On a much happier note- I found the perfect dress! I am so happy to talk about my dress shopping experiences since the perfect one has been ordered and should arrive by January! I went dress shopping 3 times, although I fell in love with one on the first day. I knew I would regret not looking at others, and I am glad I did. By looking at other dresses, I knew 120% that the dress I wanted was the one. It was such a great experience and I was really happy to have my mom, grandmother, aunt, sister and cousin with me.

The dress I chose is totally different than what I imagined wearing, and not at all what I went into the store looking for, but it is perfect. Everyone I had with me was crying which made me cry which really meant that this was the dress. It fits perfectly and I will only need minimal alterations (score!), and it also matches the veil that I fell in love with.

I can’t wait to share what my dress looks like in 297 days!

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Hops & Plans {2}

Monday, Monday, Monday, why must you be so close to the weekend, but also so far!

I had a great friends and family filled weekend and I was especially sad to see it end; however, I am going to the beach this weekend so I am happy that is a few days closer.

I am linking up again with Marry Mint for Hopes & Plans, and here is a reminder of my plans from last week, and an update to them!

1| Clean Eating- I have started using the meal plan from the 21-Day Fix again, and I have been doing really well sticking to it! I am going to do my best to 99.9% stick with it for the next 26 days until we leave for Jamaica! I have kept up with this and am getting closer to my goal for Jamaica, I will hopefully be posting my results and have reached my goal by next Friday!

2 | Finish Our Bedroom- We are pretty much done rearranging and moving all of Dave’s things in to the house, but a few areas need some final touches. My main goal this week is to have our bedroom finished. We need to hang some shelves, get a cord management system, and get rid of my old side table. NONE of this was finished. Talk about a let-down. We were pretty busy last week, and in the end neither of us felt like dealing with this, so we didn’t. Better luck this week?

3 | Engagement Pictures- We were supposed to have this half finished last week, but the Maryland weather is nuts this summer and it stormed all day long. Because of that we now have pictures tomorrow and Thursday, I am so excited to finally have these done! We are going to have one more shoot later in the month on the beach, and then we will be able to pick our Save The Dates. Another Rain delay :(

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This week I am going to keep the same three from last week, as well as add three more Hopes & Plans!

1| Clean Eating- Continue with this! Only 18 days until Jamaica!

2 | Finish Our Bedroom- Like I said last week, cord management, hang pictures and shelves, etc and we will be done!

3 | Engagement Pictures- Rescheduled for tomorrow, so fingers crossed it works out!

*New Hopes & Plans*

4 | Wedding Website- We have everything in order for our wedding website, we just need to add pictures and some more information. If only we had the venue set we could be adding much more!

5 | Event Planning Website- For now we have decided to have a “Coming Soon” page until we get the photo shoots finished. The designs and first draft have been completed, now just to fix a few things and get it live!

6 | Get More Customers- I have been a Beachbody coach for 1.5 months and I would love to share my knowledge and experience with others. I am going to start a free clean eating challenge group soon, this is the most important part of getting fit! Ya know what they say, Abs are made in the kitchen!

Can’t wait to get going on this list! Cheers to another great week.

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Purple Friday!

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From August- February (hopefully) Friday has a new meaning…Purple Friday! For the Ravens, duh. I have already talked about my love for the Ravens several times on this blog, but if you haven’t read it, or just want a refresher, here ya go.

Since I have already made it clear to everyone who my favorite NFL team is, I am also going to talk about football in general for Football Friday. Who doesn’t love a great game of football?! Well for starters, my fiancé. It is growing on him, since he has to sit through hours of it every week during my families Ravens parties, but also because I have forced him into Fantasy Football for a 2nd season.

Here are my top 5 reasons to love football:

5.The knowledge. I love learning new things about football and other team sports. It’s great to be able to discuss different plays with my friends and learn more about new teams. There is always great conversation around football.

4. The memories. Since the Ravens are a pretty dang good team we have been able to make a ton of memories in the post season when the energy is even higher than during the regular season. We have spent many evenings waiting for the players to arrive at the airport welcoming them home after a playoff win. My grandmother once kissed Harbaugh while welcoming them home a few years ago. We also make memories every week during the parties.

3. The energy. It doesn’t matter if you are attending the game in person, sitting in a sports bar or at home watching the game with friends, NFL games are exciting. I prefer to watch most games at my parents house with about 25 of our closest friends and family week after week. After one brings a dish and we get to enjoy time together talking, watching, yelling about discussing the Ref’s, and eating great food!

2. The competition. This can be a good and bad thing. There are a few teams we hate strongly dislike starting with the Steelers and Patriots. By default we don’t really like the Browns and Bengals because of being in the same division, and we also don’t totally love the Colts because of the whole Mayflower incident.

1. Everything else. Basically, there isn’t anything to not love about football. I love having something to look forward to every single week during the fall, and I love knowing there will always be another season to be excited about (unless there is a lock-out like 2 years ago). I have made so many friends from bonding over football, and I can’t wait to make more. I hope others are able to become as passionate as I am about football (specifically, Ravens football) and start to enjoy all of the moments that put together a game.

I also specifically love the Ravens because my favorite color is purple…actually, maybe I love purple because I love the Ravens? I’m not sure, but I do know 80% of my wardrobe is purple, and people comment on that daily.

 

Happy Purple (football) Friday! I hope you all enjoy the games this weekend, I know I will enjoy attending the Ravens vs. Redskins game tomorrow!

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Have a Little Faith

A few weeks ago I was on my way to lunch and some guy totally cut me off on the parking lot. I was so incredibly mad that I parked far away from the restaurant I was going to because I didn’t want to park near him, for lack of restraining myself from yelling at him. I wouldn’t have normally been this mad, but I was driving Dave’s car (which he loves more than he loves me), it had just started pouring down rain, and I was already having a bad day. So I parked 2 stores over, and sat in the car for a few minutes. When I got out of the car the guy that almost killed me  hit me was not walking into the restaurant but towards me. 

He walked over, stuck her hand out to me to shake, and told me how sorry he was and he didn’t realize he was so close and blah blah blah. I already felt a little better, said it was no problem and walked into the restaurant (it’s raining, remember). I was basically over it and then he said sorry again once he walked in, again I said no worries, and honestly I was over it. He was being really nice about it, made me feel a little bad for the times I have cut somebody off and never said sorry.

I grabbed a seat and waited for my friend to arrive, and a few minutes later the waitress walks over and hands me a gift card. She said “the guy that almost hit your car wanted to buy you lunch”. WHAT! That was seriously so sweet and it made the rest of my day that much better. Who knew that the jerk I was just cursing at in my head would turn around and make my entire day. It was a really nice gesture, and a wonderful free lunch. Props to you, dude.

So in the end, it was a lesson in patience and having some faith in the people of this world. Not everybody out there is a bad guy.

 

 

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Wedding Wednesday {10 months!}

Have I mentioned that I love Wedding Wednesday? Yes? Well….again…I love Wedding Wednesday. I really enjoy reading what everyone shares about their wedding, and also catching others up about where we are in our wedding planning journey so far.

I can’t believe that (hopefully) 10 months from today I will be walking down the isle to marry my best friend. 10 MONTHS! And what do I have done so far…hardly anything. The whole venue situation is really making me nervous, and literally giving me nightmares. I hate when things are out of my control and I need to wait on others to get things together before I can move forward on something. We found out that the zoning is wrong for the venue and now things are in the hands of politicians. grrr.

While I wait for those things to work themselves out, I have been looking at other venues and don’t exactly love any of them. After working in the industry for 3 years I have seen practically all of the water front venues, and nothing has totally caught my eye. I’ll keep looking, but maybe things will finally be sorted out soon.

One thing I can almost check off my list is finding a caterer. We have a tasting in September and I have already met the head chef, she is really nice, super willing to customize things, and she is fun! I want all of the vendors to be more than a vendor during our wedding day and I would love them to enjoy the experience.

Something I need to add back to my list is engagement pictures. Our photographer had something come up and we are now scrambling to find another one. We had a great deal on ours, but we may have to suck it up and pay more but it needs to get done. I know in the end it will be worth it, but our budget is so tight at this point I wish we could wait a little longer.

Our engagement party invitations went out this week, and according to our wedding checklists we should have already have a registry. We didn’t, so when our engagement pictures were cancelled we decided to head to Target instead. We don’t really need many things since we already live together, but we do have some wants. We are also working on getting a honeymoon registry together, which I might rather people buy from instead of  a new set of knives or some bath towels, but it is nice to have both.

I have heard horror stories about making a registry, so I made sure we were having a nice dinner with friends afterwards (Crab Tuesday!). When we started going down the kitchen accessories aisle we may have started bickering a littler about the difference between wants and needs. That was quickly figured out and everything after went pretty well! There are few things we need, but there are several things we would like to have so we added those as well. Dave also thought it would be funny to add an XBOX One, but that was deleted ASAP. Sorry, Dave.

Between all of the things we don’t have finished, I am trying to get some small things finished. Such as the 800 wine corks we are collecting, I started purchasing all 3 (or 4) types of our guest favors, and we have started our music list! I am pretty excited for our grand entrance song.

Hopefully, great news to come next week!

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Hopes & Plans

Manic Monday. This week is starting with me working from home (my old home actually) and babysitting my siblings while my parents take a mini vaca for my moms birthday. I try to stay away from babysitting these monsters as much as possible, but it was for a good cause, so why not.

Every week I think about linking up with Amanda from Marry Mint on her Hopes & Plans link-up, and this week I am finally going to start! Since I have a busy week it will keep me more accountable in I have a few things in writing.

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Hopes & Plans: August 18th

1| Clean Eating- I have started using the meal plan from the 21-Day Fix again, and I have been doing really well sticking to it! I am going to do my best to 99.9% stick with it for the next 26 days until we leave for Jamaica!

2 | Finish Our Bedroom- We are pretty much done rearranging and moving all of Dave’s things in to the house, but a few areas need some final touches. My main goal this week is to have our bedroom finished. We need to hang some shelves, get a cord management system, and get rid of my old side table.

3 | Engagement Pictures- We were supposed to have this half finished last week, but the Maryland weather is nuts this summer and it stormed all day long. Because of that we now have pictures tomorrow and Thursday, I am so excited to finally have these done! We are going to have one more shoot later in the month on the beach, and then we will be able to pick our Save The Dates.

What are your Hopes & Plans for this week?

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You’re Free, Genie

I wasn’t going to write this post because so many people already have, but it has really been pulling on my heartstrings, so I am going to write it anyways. Most of us were affected by the death of Robin Williams. It was unexpected, I thought it was one of those silly internet hoaxes at first, I had really hoped it was. Growing up in the early 90’s, Robin Williams was a large part of my childhood, into adulthood.

Aladdin came out a year after I was born, and it is one of the first Disney movies I remember watching. I was probably about 3, and I loved the songs and the flying carpet the most. I also thought my mom was Genie because her name is Jeanne. I also distinctly remember Flubber, I watched that movie over and over again. It was such a funny movie, and I of course wanted a Flubber of my own. Looking back on these movies that captured my imagination and have stuck in my memory since I was so young, make me all the more sad about the loss of Robin Williams.

I could see how being in the public eye can cause even more agony on a daily basis. When your sole job is to make people laugh, but it’s so hard on yourself. Celebrities need a break too, but they just can’t get it. I am the first to admit that I follow reality TV and tabloid magazines, but it breaks my heart to think about such personal matters being such public knowledge.  Is it just me or does the media push way to far into personal lives when it involves death? The reasoning behind his death could help others, but do we need to know how exactly it happened? Does the public need to invade the families privacy in such ways? Right on Robin Williams’ Wikipedia page it says his cause of death, why must that be there? The media should pay tribute to the great man that he is instead of allowing the public into such a personal situation.

Depression IS a disease. I won’t even link to the post I read from Walsh two days ago about it being a spiritual thing. Walsh obviously has never really known someone fighting the battle of depression. It can make the happiest person do a complete 180, and some can hid it so well. It isn’t something people chose to live with, who would chose to live with the constant agony of thinking you aren’t good enough, being chronically sad, feeling completely worthless to everyone around you? It is something we can work towards helping, we can’t heal it, but there are ways to make someone realize they mean something to you, even if for just a second.

I have never personally dealt with depression, I can’t even imagine how somebody can, yet so many people do. So many people fight the suicidal thoughts on a daily basis, and you will never know about them. We, myself included, need to stop judging, bullying, name calling, gossiping, and so on. We need to be there for each other, stop holding grudges, and start helping in times of weakness. I am guilty of all of these things, even a simple eye roll to someone could ruin their entire day. I hope in the wake of this great loss people can realize how to get through to others instead of knocking them down. I know it has been a wake-up call for myself.

If you or anyone you know is battling Depression, let them know that you are there. Encourage them to write their thoughts in a journal to get the anger and sadness out. Remind them that people do care and help can always be found.

You never know what somebody is going through, so get to know them instead of insulting them. Maybe all that one person needs is a friend. I wonder if Robin Williams knew just how many people would be affected by his death, if he still would have taken the step to end his life. I will remember him as I remember my childhood, and I can’t wait to show my children his movies one day. It is going to be heartbreaking to see the movies about to come out that star him, he will make more and more people laugh as we watch and now we know he was dying inside.

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Dave found this image yesterday and it broke my heart, what a wonderful man he seemed to be.

Rest in peace Mrs. Doubtfire.

 

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