December 29, 2015

It Was The Best Year Of My Life

Hello friends, it's been a few days but I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday with the ones you love the most. Christmas is such a beautiful time and while it all seems to go by so quick, I'm trying to hold tight the memories of 2015.

Today I want to recap the best year of my life and share some of my favorite moments, posts, and pictures. Follow along, I promise it will be fun.

January: The start of a new year brought me some fresh ideas and allowed me to find my way in this blogging world a little more. Chuck and I took a day trip to Niagara Falls and I wrote about how to Bring Back The Spark In Your Relationship . I remember also being so excited it was finally 2015, the year I was getting married.

February: I crossed off a Bucket List item and saw Fleetwood Mac in concert as part of an amazing Christmas present from Chuck. DIY became a real thing here at Dream Big & Buy the Shoes by the end of the month and I discovered how much I really love sharing recipes too. One of my favorite recipes to date is still the Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers...they are so good..

March: This was the first time I created some free printables, my Easter ones. Easter is my most favorite holiday so it was a lot of fun. I also shared my blogging space and How To Blog When You Don't Have An Office which is another personal favorite post of mine.

April: April was an AMAZING month...we went to Las Vegas to see the Queen herself, Miss Britney Spears!! I love Vegas so much that I had to break it down in to 3 posts...the trip was absolutely awesome. I didn't meet Britney, but I did meet someone pretty awesome- I promise you it's worth the read. I did my first post based on some feedback from Facebook- where I had asked about people using Keurig's. My Battle of the K-Cups was a fun post in April.

May: I remember really thinking "Wow-I'm getting married soon"...all the fun really started to set in as we continued to plan for our big day. Normally in the spring and summer months we take a lot of trips to Pittsburgh, but our budget didn't allow for it with all the planning. We still managed to have fun though. Ethan had a great event at school where I paid far more for an umbrella than I ever normally would and I wrote about it in this post. I performed some random acts of kindness and had some fun documenting it.

June: It was a whirlwind of a month and I took an unexpected blogging break for a while to get caught up on life. School ended for the year for Ethan, we enjoyed some much needed time by the pool, and plenty of outdoor exploring went on whether it was at the peninsula or our local amusement park . I celebrated ONE YEAR of blogging and made a delicious  Buffalo Chicken Pasta it summer yet, because I could sure go for some right now.

July: July was a perfect month full of fun. I celebrated my birthday and bachelorette all in one weekend with my best friends in Pittsburgh. They went to amazing lengths to make sure my weekend as all about me, and they went above and beyond...I still get a huge smile on my face and tears in my eyes just thinking about every detail that was paid attention to. It was also interesting when I put up a controversial post and got my first negative blog comment. The beautiful thing about blogging is that everyone has their own opinion, and this is my space to share mine and hear out other's. I shared Why Divorce Isn't An Option For Me and I still feel that way today.

August: Another great month full of wedding planning and celebrations. My beautiful and thoughtful friends & family threw me the most perfect bridal shower I have ever seen (sorry I'm partial, but it was to die for).  I gave some props to fashion bloggers because I was sick of hearing people bash them. Also, what's summer without some good food and drinks? I shared another fun kick on pasta salad and my summer sangria that was enjoyed at my bridal shower and one for those who don't drink alcohol since I was obsessed with infused water this year.

September: It's safe to say that September was the best month for me this year...WEDDING month! I still can't seem to find the words to put our day in perspective. While planning I kept referring to September 26, 2015 as the Best Day Ever & wow, was it ever. I look at pictures and all the feelings of those moments come back. I can hear the music, the words, feel the hugs and cherish the love in each and every single second of the day that I look back on. There is nothing quite like marrying the love of your life and sharing an absolutely beautiful day with your closest friends and incredible family.
I had some talented ladies guest post for me while I was busy with the wedding festivities and was so honored they posted on the blog. Blogging brings beautiful friendships and I am so very grateful for all the love that was shown to me and my family during this special month.

October: It was so weird to come home from a day of work and not arrange a seating chart, seal an envelope, organize wedding decor and have some time to get back in my groove. I tackled some new DIY projects like the flower letter and the cupcake onesies which also made good gifts for some of my pregnant friends who now have welcomed precious little angels in to the world. I shared some important information with beauty lovers everywhere about how often you should clean your makeup brushes and my adorable stepson made a blog appearance with his very own chocolate chip cookie recipe.

November: I started out the month with a tutorial on how I became a cupcake for Halloween- seriously it was the best costume I've worn to date. Instead of purchasing something I've been wanting - a perfume tray, I decided to try and make it...turns out I'm pretty okay at this being crafty thing. Unfortunately, tragedy struck our world again...this time in Paris. I shared my thoughts on the subject along with some love and positivity in tow. I'm always extra grateful when Thanksgiving rolls around and I reflect on all my blessings and I shared what I'm thankful for this year.

December: In my free time I have spent every second wondering where the year went. Besides that I kept busy decorating my favorite Christmas tree & gave you a tour to show it off.  I got the courage to make my mom's Italian Christmas cookies and it brought back so many special memories. It was good month professionally and I was featured in a magazine with my Chocolate Mint Christmas Dream dessert recipe. Ethan turned another year older and we celebrated him & everything that is awesome with being 12 and I rounded out the year with another group of free printables and showed you how I styled my bar cart this holiday.

I seriously can't believe the year is already coming to an end. 2015 brought a lot of change- I received a promotion, I gained a husband, that husband got a new job, Ethan moved on to middle school, we officially became a family who share one last name and this little blog of mine continues to grow.

The thing that makes my heart happiest isn't the labels though, it's the friendships, the creativity, the interaction and the support that comes day in and day out from this space of mine and the beautiful life I live.
If you would have asked me back in June of 2014 where I saw this blog today- it wouldn't be here, but that's what makes life interesting. I recently updated my "About Me" page because it said I couldn't craft...and look at me now. I am so grateful that this blog has allowed me to take a step, and most days,  a jump out of my comfort level. It's exhilarating, refreshing and sometimes scary but I love it so much.

I have big dreams for the new year both personally and professionally, but a few simple requests first. All a girl really needs is a cupcake emoji and a tweet back from Britney Spears...2016 I'm talkin' to you, can we make this happen please?!

But really, a huge thank you to each and every one of you who come to Dream Big & Buy the Shoes. Whether you visit daily or just once in a while I appreciate you coming here and spending some of your day with me. I hope that I can bring a smile to your face in some way and remind you that anything is possible if you allow yourself the chance to're never too young or too old, I promise.

I will be taking a few days off to focus on the future of my blog and enjoy some much needed time with my family and will be back in the New Year with some new content. Thank you for your constant support and sweet comments, I can't wait to spend more time devoted to making this space even better in 2016.

Stay warm, stay safe, keep dreaming.....and always, for the shoes.

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