• First Wedding Anniversary

    One year ago I said “I do” to this amazing man. I can’t believe it has already been a year! I have spent the last year loving the life we are creating. It has been such a fun ride and I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of this adventure unfolds. I love you Jacob! I’m no expert in any sense but I like to think my last year of marriage provided me with a few pearls of wisdom and so here are my “lessons learned”. Lessons From a Not-so-Newly-Wed: 1. You will argue and sometimes it will be over really stupid stuff. This doesn’t mean your marriage…

  • DIY wedding aisle runner

    Wedding Crafts: DIY Monogrammed Aisle Runner

    Creating a DIY monogrammed aisle runner is a simple way to jazz up the plain ol’ white-roll aisle runners and add color and personality to your wedding. To begin you’ll need the following supplies:   Supplies Wax paper Tape to hold down wax paper Paint in the colors of your choice. I used acrylic paint from Joann’s and paintbrushes of various sizes. An enlarged copy of whatever you plan to paint on the aisle runner. We used the M that was incorporated into all of our wedding stationery. We went to FedEx and for less than $5.00 they enlarged it to fit the aisle runner. Number 2 pencil (I advise…

  • Honeymoon Recap

    I have been putting off updating on the honeymoon because I was hoping I would have my professional wedding pictures and I wanted to post some of those…. but alas not until the end of the month. For our honeymoon, we spent a week in Jamaica at the Sandals Whitehouse Resort. It was amazing! The staff was so friendly, the weather was beautiful… it was perfect.  We loved every second we were there and I could go on for a while how great it was, but I will spare you and give you just a few of the moments. 1. Traveling: The trip began with an early morning flight (5:30…

  • 4.27.12 Our Wedding Recap

    Wedding Day Recap I cannot believe the wedding has come and gone and I am already sharing our wedding day recap! But alas it has and I am now a wife and I couldn’t be happier. To say that the wedding events went flawless would be, well, untrue, but I will say that everything finally came together and we had a wonderful ceremony and reception. So if you have a minute, sit back and enjoy the recap…… The Week of the Wedding Before I begin let me just say one thing… I operate well under some pressure, but too much pressure and this little lady cracks! So to begin let…

  • Let the countdown begin

    This time 15 days from now I will be a married woman!? How crazy! I can’t believe it is coming up so fast! Moving into a house really preoccupied our time and now suddenly it’s here. Last week we pulled all of the wedding supplies out of their various hiding places and into the living room so we could begin the fine tooth comb inspection of it all. Sadly we still have a pretty long list of DIY to-do’s. But thankfully they are small and each night we successfully cross a few off the list. The house is coming along nicely. We have unpacked most everything and on a regular…

  • DIY wedding invitation

    DIY Wedding Invitations

    In the midst of buying a house, packing, moving, unpacking, cleaning…..etc. my fiance and I have finally finished and mailed out our DIY wedding invitations. We began the process of making our own invitations pretty early on. I purchased all the supplies from Hobby Lobby while they were having a 6 sheets for $1.00 cardstock sale. I snagged up their entire inventory as well as put in an order for more. We used creative memories scrapbooking tools to do the cutting, Envelopemall.com to purchase the envelopes, clear Avery labels and a laser jet printer for labels, and glue runners to assemble the pieces. Then inspiration for our invites came from…

  • Meet Locke

    This is Locke. He is the newest addition to our little family. He is a nine month old beagle we adopted from an older couple. He came to us already house broken and pretty well trained. The only unlovable trait is his puppy-urge to CHEW.ON.EVERYTHING. To date we’ve lost: 1 pair of shoes, 1piece of carpet, and 2 lamp plugs. But hopefully he will get out of that soon. My amazing fiance and cute dog…what’s not to love!

  • Wedding workouts and Ash Wednesday

    Workouts this week have been going great. We’ve been blessed with pretty warm weather and as a result I have had no excuse not to be running. I have also continued with Insanity and I am loving the fact that I am waking up sore. I haven’t had that kind of validation of a good workout in while. I am currently measuring, weighing in, and taking progress pictures at the end of each week (Friday) so hopefully in two days I will have some good news to report. Lent is here again and as usual I will be giving up ALL fast food. My rule is: if it’s not a…

  • Progress

    An update on progress from the last list [Completed; In Progress; Not started] Paper Save the dates: addressed, send out Invitations: Finish cutting pieces, assemble, order envelopes, send out Programs “I spy” cards Table numbers: I have made them all up I just need to print them out and put them in the frames Ceremony Sand ceremony: buy orange sand, and 2 vases for pouring Program baskets: Make the labels for them and put ribbon around them Send off basket: Make the labels and put ribbon on Send off favors: Need more bells and rods Aisle decoration Aisle runner: my fiance created the document I just need to get it…

  • Advice for the DIY bride

    Advice for the DIY Bride-to-Be

    So today I was at Micheals purchasing some last-minute pieces for our wedding when a woman stopped me and asked if I was much of a DIY bride and if we had a DIY wedding. When I responded “oh yes!” she then asked me if I did save the dates and if so where? how much? etc. I proceeded to share with her my successes and failures as a DIY bride and thankfully she seemed to like my advice. This encounter has led me to this post. For some, this will be a wall of words, but for those of you who read it, I hope you get some good…