Dream Big & Buy The Shoes: September 2015

September 30, 2015

September Favorites

Well, I'm offically a Mrs. and it feels really good. I would like to take a moment before I begin today's post to thank my beautiful readers. Blogging is such a cool thing and has led me to make many amazing friendships. The amount of comments, texts, tweets, and messages I received celebrating my wedding with me from miles away made me feel extra special. Thank you for taking time out of your day to make me a really happy bride.

I want to end the month with a recap of my favorites, it's one of my favorite recurring posts to write and I hope you enjoy them too.

Favorite Post: Chelsea at The girl who loved to write has such a gift with writing and letting her emotions explode off the page. I love this post about prioritizing and making things work for you. You can't do it all, but you can be really amazing at what is best for yourself. Such a great reminder, thanks girl!

Favorite Purchase: This may sound crazy, but these eyelash extensions are by far the best thing I've spent money on recently. The extra 15 minutes spent in bed opposed to the extra eye make-up are an absolute blessing. I am obsessed with this investment, and the compliments on my lashes aren't too bad either.




Favorite Recipe: The Sequin Notebook gals won me over with their Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Shredded Sandwiches. When I heard buffalo chicken, I was instantly sold...I can't resist this combination. Add it in a crockpot and it's a no brainer...easy as pie.

Favorite Informative Post: Bourbon, Lipstick & Stilettos has a great series going called Blogging Basics and this post on Blogging Platforms was so helpful. I have deciding on making the jump to WordPress but want to get everything lined up first. I have been writing down information and a list and this post from Lindsay came at the perfect time.


Favorite Moment: Can anyone take a guess? The wedding was without a doubt the best day in September, and of my life so far. Not only was it the greatest party we've ever thrown, I seriously felt like I was on cloud 9 all day long. We had the perfect weather, the kindest company, a kick ass dance party & all the details came to life in perfect form. I will start filling you in on all the details next week, but let's just say incredible doesn't begin to explain it.




I hope everyone had a great month and that your Fall is off to the best start! I truly appreciate your patience and understanding during this extremely busy and exciting time in my life. I am looking forward to getting back to my regular blogging schedule and can't wait to catch up with all of you.

Thank you for your constant support and love...
Have a wonderful day!





September 28, 2015

Guest Post // The Sequin Notebook: How To Select Your Party's Perfect Signature Cocktail


M and B from The Sequin Notebook
Hey Gals! I'm B (that's me in the gold top!), and I blog over at The Sequin Notebook with my best friend M. We hope you'll come over and visit us soon!

When Emelia asked us to guest post today while she's off getting married (congrats, girl!), we immediately knew that we had to write about something festive that would match the celebratory spirit of this special time in her life. Two of our favorite things to blog about (and enjoy in real life) are cocktail recipes and throwing parties, and we are firm believers that adding a refreshing signature cocktail that fits your party's theme is a must for every celebration. We've paired up some of our favorite cocktails with their perfect party matches and hope that it inspires you to jazz up your next party with your own awesome drink!
Cocktail: Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

It's just not Halloween without indulging your sweet tooth, so a creamy, boozy milkshake is our top pick for a spooky soiree! It's the perfect way to get your pumpkin fix and bring some grown-up fun to a favorite childhood treat.







When you're tailgating, you definitely need a thirst-quenching beverage, which is why we like this passionfruit lemonade iced tea. Not only does it pair well with all of your favorite tailgate foods, but it's also easy to make a nice, big batch in a large pitcher for your entire group. Bonus points if you mix up a cocktail that matches your team's colors!



Party: Awards Show



Awards shows are all about glamour and elegance, and it really doesn't get any more elegant than adding a fresh herb sprig to your cocktail. We also like serving a clear cocktail for an awards show party since you don't want to risk spilling anything that will stain your gowns and tuxes!



We like to host a brunch for a housewarming gathering since the natural light allows your home to be displayed beautifully. Since this is a daytime event, we recommend serving a fruit-based cocktail, such as our strawberry mojito. We love the contrast of the bright pink strawberry juice against the pops of mint!



We reserve all of our Christmas cookies for Santa, so we're happy to liquify our holiday dessert in the cocktail-ized form of our favorite seasonal Starbucks beverage, a peppermint mocha latte. This classic Christmas flavor combination of chocolate and mint is the ideal companion for trimming the tree or exchanging gifts with your loved ones.



Party: Bachelorette



When you're hitting the town with all of your best gals, you want a cocktail that's zesty, breezy, and a little bit unexpected...just like you! A key lime pie martini packs a lot of flavor and evokes tropical, fun-filled memories...we love that this one is a lightened up, skinny version of the decadent dessert, so you can have an extra round (or two), practically guilt-free!



Nachos and margaritas...you really can't have one without the other! When celebrating Cinco de Mayo, we love letting our guests customize their own nacho platters, and then providing a frosty margarita to wash it all down. Pick your favorite fruit to mix in (we went with watermelon) and you're all set for a buena noche!





Ok, you may be thinking, "Is a signature cocktail REALLY necessary for a child's 1st birthday party?!" and our answer is...ABSOLUTELY! After all, those parents at the party deserve a treat, too. We like to take a "kid beverage" and put a grown-up spin on it...in this case, we were inspired by apple juice to make an apple cider martini!


We hope this gave you a jumping off point in how to select the perfect cocktail companion for your next party. Thanks again to Emelia for inviting us to guest post today! M and I hope to see you over at The Sequin Notebook soon - you can check us out on any of our social media channels:


Bloglovin:     The Sequin Notebook
Twitter:         @SequinNotebook
Instagram:    @thesequinnotebook



Wow...what amazing cocktails, I want one of each!! Thank you to the gals at The Sequin Notebook for finishing up my week of guest posts. I'm offically a Mrs. now and will be back with all sorts of wedding updates and regular posting very soon.

Thank you for all your love and support through this exciting, beautiful & crazy time in my life...it's been amazing and wouldn't be as great without each of you!



September 24, 2015

Guest Post // Love The Here and Now: Tips for a Happy & Healthy Marriage

Tips for a Happy and Healthy Marriage
Hello Dream Big and Buy the Shoes readers! I'm Anne, the blogger behind Love the Here and Now. While Emelia is off celebrating her new marriage I thought it might be nice to share some tips on how to create a healthy and happy marriage.
As readers of Emelia's blog we know that she embraces the mantra of living life and enjoying it fully. A wedding is important as we all know. It is a day that you will share with family and friends and one that you will never forget. Having said that, don't forget that it is one day. Focus on your relationship and you will build a lifetime of happiness. How does one do that? Here are some of my favorite tips on how to maintain a happy and healthy marriage.

Don't Lose Yourself

Stay true to who you are. It's easy to lose yourself as part of a couple. Don't. You bring so much more to the table when you keep your own interests and pursuits. Growing together as a couple is essential but if you lose yourself in the process you put your own happiness, and therefore your marriage at risk.
I firmly believe that having some space is healthy. Spending time doing your hobbies or seeing your friends is good for your marriage. When you become a couple and a family it is easy to lose sight of yourself. Marriage does not mean giving up yourself and your hopes and dreams.

Family

Talk about having kids and raising them early on and if so, how you will parent. Be on the same page. Two totally different parenting styles will cause conflict and resentment.

Cooperation

Know that 50/50 in a marriage doesn't exist. There are days you will give 80% and days where you will give 30%. That's ok. Remember no one is perfect and we all need a break. Be there, willing and able, to pick up the slack when the load your spouse is carrying seems overwhelming. Trust me, you will appreciate it when it is you needing an extra hand.

Priorities

Don't let your relationship fall to the wayside. It's easy to let jobs, family, and other pressures take over. Make your spouse a priority. Nobody likes to feel like an afterthought. Remember that even though you are married you can still date your spouse. Head out to that favorite restaurant, see that movie, get away for a weekend!

Communication

There are struggles in every marriage. Talk through them. I am not one to say end all arguments before bed. Putting a time frame on your emotions isn't always the best thing. It may lead you to say something out of frustration and resentment. I'm a firm believer in sleeping on something. Time gives clarity and and you may feel differently in the morning and more refreshed with a different viewpoint.
Communication is key. Always. Don't assume you know how your spouse is feeling or thinking or how he will react. Everyone wants to feel as if they're opinion matters. Give him the chance to share his two cents. No matter how long you and your spouse have been together communication is key. Never assume that because you have been together for years that you know how he is feeling or what he is thinking. Talking about issues, whether they are big or small, can save you many a headache and heartache in the long run.

Create Your Own Marriage

Break out of the stereotypes and molds. Find ways that work for you and your husband. Don't like cooking but he does? Go ahead and let him. Perhaps you get clean up duty. Everyone can pitch in and lend a hand in some way.

Laughter

Having a good time together and laughing throughout life is wonderful. Life throws you many curveballs and when you have kids it's easy to get bogged down with the day to day things. Having time with your husband to focus on just the two of you and to enjoy each other's company can help your marriage.

Support and Encouragement

Be each other's biggest cheerleaders. If you are anything like me, self-doubt is a constant companion. Knowing that my husband has faith in me and is supporting me in all of my dreams does wonders for my confidence.

One Last Thing....

The best advice I can give you is to remember what made you fall in love with your spouse in the first place. I still look at my husband and am in awe of the fact that he is mine; that I get to spend the rest of my life with him. A marriage takes work, effort, dedication, love and tears. It takes a commitment to each other and it takes strength to work through the hard times. Your marriage is the best gift you will give each other. Savor it, nurture it, appreciate it, and love each other.
Here's to a lifetime of love and happiness for Chuck, Emelia, and Ethan!



....Anne, what beautiful and honest tips for anyone in a relationship. Next week, the guest posts continue with the fun gals at The Sequin Notebook!



September 23, 2015

Guest Post // Hey Kerri Blog: How To Effectively Promote Your Blog

Hey everyone! My name is Kerri and I blog over at Hey Kerri Blog, pretty original title huh? ;) I'm so excited that Emelia is allowing me to guest post during her wedding week. Over at HKB you can find me talking about beauty products, blogging tips and so much more. I tweet way too often, have a hard time trying to decide what picture to Instagram and have a slight obsession with hazelnut coffee and fuchsia lipstick. Today, I thought I would share with you all my three tips to effectively promote your blog!

| JOIN FACEBOOK GROUPS |
There are so many great Facebook groups out there to help grow and promote your blog. A few of my favorite are Show Your Blog Love, The Blog Love Project and Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network. If you blog about a certain topic, don't worry because chances are there is a Facebook group dedicated to that as well! Most groups have daily comment threads where you can show posts you would like comments on, tweets you wish to have retweeted or even pins that others can re-pin.

| INVEST IN *BLOGGING CARDS* |
A lot of bloggers seem to be hesitant when it comes to ordering business cards for their blogs because a lot of people don't consider their website a *business*. Get this though, you don't have to be offering a service or product to invest a little and have something to hand out when your blog comes up in a conversation. I'll give you an example on a few ways I incorporate my blogging cards into promotion. I like to include them in the thank-you letters I like to mail to my sponsors, I include them in swap packages and always keep a few in my purse because like I just said, it's amazing how often your blog will come up in a conversation if you're open about it.

Want to get your blog recognized locally? Leaving your blogging card at local cafe's or in a book at the library in a fun idea to get the word out. Perhaps your community has social media events or if you're lucky even blogging meet-ups, bringing them to those gatherings and having a physical card to hand to people when the conversation comes up is great exposure. Feel free to check out this post where I talk discuss more details about my blogging cards and how much money I invest into Hey Kerri Blog.

| COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMMENT ~AUTHENTICALLY~ |
Can we all please agree that there is nothing worse than pouring your time and effort into a blog post and really feeling good about the outcome, only to have someone comment something along the lines of "Great post, check out my blog www.imanarsehole.com"??

I realize that not everyone has the time to sit down and write a paragraph comment for every blog they read but I try to leave at least 3-5 thoughtful comments on different blogs per day. You comment should be authentic and flow with the content of that post. I also try to refrain from pitching any of my own posts in a comment unless I think it's beneficial and actually goes with what that blogger is talking about.

Do you have any tips to help effectively promote your blog? I would love to know! Oh and happy wedding week to the amazing Emelia, wishing yourself, Chuck and Ethan an amazing life :)




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A huge thank you to Kerri for taking over today and sharing these helpful, awesome tips for all of us bloggers! There's more great things to come tomorrow from Anne at Love The Here and Now




September 22, 2015

Guest Post // Green Fashionista: Enjoying Your Wedding Day

Good morning Dream Big and Buy the Shoes readers! I'm Kate and you can find me blogging over on my little corner of the internet Green Fashionista where I blog about everything from fashion and beauty finds, recipes, my weekend shenanigans, and travel. Hop on over and say hi! I'm excited to fill in for the lovely Emelia today as she's waist deep in all the excitement of her fabulous wedding!

After 16 months of wedding planning, we were not just looking forward to the wedding day itself and seeing all of our hard work and planning coming together, but to finally be married. It was a beautiful day where most things went smoothly, but there were some small bumps that I'll share so that no one makes the same mistakes I did.

Enjoy time with your girls in the bridal suite while getting your hair and makeup done, and make sure you eat and drink plenty of water! I didn't even though there were sandwiches and fruit platters in the bridal suite I barely had anything to eat and just sipped on champagne. This led to me feeling sick while taking pictures before the ceremony, and having to be taken away where my mom and wedding coordinator had to cool me down with wet cloths, and feed me crackers and ginger ale. No fun! It was a combination of the heat, not having eaten enough, and my dress being laced up too tight.

Make sure the photographer gets some nice bridal portraits as well as some candid photos of the groom with the guys.


I know it's not for everyone, but we are so happy we did a first look/private reveal. It was so nice to have that moment be private for us to talk, laugh, hug, and cry before walking down the aisle in front of hundreds of people. And it took absolutely nothing away from my walk down the aisle, I was still super emotional and on cloud nine as I walked towards my groom.

Take as many pictures as possible prior to the ceremony, this is another reason I loved having a first look. It was so nice to be able to have more time with my guests by being able to be at cocktail hour instead of off somewhere else taking pictures.


Don't stress about the weather (I did), because it's the one thing you have absolutely no control over. I stressed about the weather the whole 16 months of planning since we booked the venue that we did for the water views and having the ceremony and cocktail hour outside. Leading up to the ceremony, the weather looked iffy but held off and everything went on as planned. But if you end up needing to resort to Plan B, just remember that at the end of the day you're marrying the love of your life and you're celebrating with your closest friends and family which is priceless.


Take time with your groom to peek inside the reception room prior to it beginning so you can see all of your months of planning and projects come together, and take in all the details.

Make sure you get to eat that delicious food from the menu you picked out. We were served first so we could eat, and then go do table visits while everyone else was still seated.
Take time and soak everything in, and get out there and party! This is the only day you'll have everyone you love all together in one room, so make sure you celebrate with everyone!
Now it's time to live your happily ever after!

Congratulations Emelia! I can't wait to see pics of your big day, you're going to be a stunning bride!



....Thank you so much Kate, you're such a sweetheart and sure made a beautiful bride. I can't wait for all of you to see who's joining me the next few days. Until then...XO!






September 21, 2015

Guest Post // Bourbon, Lipstick and Stilettos: Splurge vs. Save

As you may know, I'm GETTING MARRIED this weekend. So this week I have some of my beautiful blog friends doing me the privelege of guest posting here at Dream Big & Buy the Shoes. I hope you are excited for the week, because they have some amazing things lined up. 

I can't wait to share with all of you the details of our big day and all the fun leading up to our celebration. Until then, let's start with Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick and Stilettos!



Hello! I’m Lindsay and I blog at Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos. I write a little about everything, including life, relationships, and the occasional DIY, but my comfort zone is beauty-related posts.

While I'm not a trained beauty professional and in no way an expert, I get asked a lot about what products are worth the splurge and which products are not. I honestly buy a good deal of products at the drugstore- no shame here! 

Here's where I save: 




Mascara
I live for a dramatic eye and never go without mascara. I have tried SO MANY products and go back to The Falsies by Maybelline every single time. It has a permanent place in my makeup bag. I know there are many fabulous drugstore mascaras on the market! 

Lipstick
My favorite lipstick brand is YSL, but at $36+ a pop, I have to commit to a color. But I prefer choices and different colors for the seasons! My two favorite "save" brands are Maybelline and MAC. While they're not as buttery as my beloved YSL, they're smooth, long-lasting, and a fraction of the price. Wear a new shade every day if you so choose (I do)!

Eyeliner 
I'm a liquid eyeliner gal, and, while I've tried higher end brands, there isn't a huge difference in quality between those and drugstore products. My current favorite is NYX Cosmetics black liquid liner. It is easy to apply and lasts all day. 

Foundation
I think this could go either way- I love Tarte foundations, but currently use Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless. This post isn't sponsored by Maybelline, I promise. It provides the level of coverage I need without being cakey. 

Eye Shadow
I own drugstore eye shadow and high-end eye shadow... and I don't notice a huge difference. Drugstore brands are now on board with the eye shadow palette trend and they're easier on the wallet than the $50+ options available at Sephora. 


And here's where I splurge: 




Primer/BB/CC Cream
It's easier to use an inexpensive foundation when you have a great base. If you're familiar with my blog, you know I LOVE BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel. It completely transformed my skin this winter and works well as a base or alone. 

Eye Shadow Primer
Cheap and expensive eye shadow alike will crease, especially during the hot summer months. I never apply it without adding primer first! 

Eyebrow Powder
Eyebrows can make or break your face. My eyebrows are blonde, and unless I add some color, they disappear. Take your eyebrows and makeup to the next level and splurge on a good powder kit! Anastasia Beverly Hills is the new name in brows and you will not be sorry if you splurge on the products from the eyebrow line. 

Blush
Blush is necessary for this fair-skinned gal. I've had decent luck with drugstore brands, but they always streak and don't last all day. NARS is the iconic blush brand for a reason- they have tons of shades and the color is long-lasting. There's something beautiful for everyone!

Eyelash Curler
Hear me out on this one: I have always purchased drugstore eyelash curlers and they were fine. But the Shiseido curler doesn't pinch your eyelid, doesn't crinkle your lashes, and gives you the perfect curl with little effort. There is no point in wearing mascara if you don't curl your lashes, and there's even less point in using a cheap tool that's going to crimp and forcibly remove them. 

Setting Powder and Spray
If you have endured a summer with high humidity (who hasn't?), you'll understand the need for both of these products! A setting powder will help keep your makeup from streaking and give you a flawless finish, while the spray helps control oil. Unfortunately during this excessively hot summer we've had in Kentucky this year, I have realized I need both!

Tell me: where do you save? And on which products do you splurge? 


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Thank you so much to Lindsay for the always awesome beauty tips...hope you all have a great Monday. Stay tuned for other great guest posts lined up this week!





September 16, 2015

20 Fall Date Ideas

It's pretty much FALL YA'LL....does anyone get sick of hearing that? Not me. Makes me feel Southern and full of spirit for the season.

I have SO many things I want to do once the wedding planning has come to an end. Fall is my favorite season, and if I could find a place where it's like this year round I am totally moving.



I've rounded up some Fall Date Ideas so let's get to it.


  1. Play in the leaves
  2. While you're at it, rake the leaves...together. It can be fun, I swear
  3. Go for a drive and look at the pretty scenery...fall is SO beautiful
  4. Make a new chili recipe together
  5. Try on Halloween costumes and see who can choose the funniest one
  6. Venture to a pumpkin farm and pick one out for your house
  7. Scare yourselves and go to a haunted house
  8. Play at the park
  9. Sip on some wine at a local vineyard or winery
  10. Look at houses for sale and visit open houses...it's cool looking at other people's homes
  11. Enjoy a local football game
  12. Build a fire and enjoy the outdoors
  13. Go window shopping and start choosing Christmas gifts 
  14. Pretend you're a kid and build a fort to watch movies in
  15. Enjoy football on TV and make some yummy snacks to eat
  16. Go for a bike ride before the snow starts
  17. Take a class together...cooking, at a brewery, or on something you enjoy as a couple
  18. Go fishing
  19. Play some board games (one of my favorite games is Scrabble)
  20. Get lost together in a corn maze
There is so much to do and see with the change of each season. Enjoy it to the fullest and get your fill of fun. 

What's your favorite Fall thing to do?!

PS..TEN DAYS until the wedding!!






September 14, 2015

So You Wanna Know About Me....

Hi friends! Look at that, I blogged again. I didn't do anything too crazy like take pictures or come up with anything brilliant. I figured I would share some things about me so we can get to know each other a little better. 

So here it goes...



I could eat cupcakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
My eyes change colors sometimes, but they're green and probably my favorite physical feature. 
When I'm having a bad day my favorite thing to do is snuggle under a blanket and watch General Hospital and read magazines.
My favorite color is black. 
My second favorite color is purple.
I tried Mountain Dew once, at a slumber party in high school. I did some weird things that night like run wild on the country club golf course, spill salsa on an expensive pool table and other things I've pushed out of my mind. I'll never drink it again.
I've only been to New York City once, but I think it's one of my favorite places. Seeing all the Instagram pics and Snapchats from #NYFW have me jealous. 
Britney Spears follows me on Twitter. I'm not sure why she hasn't exchanged cell phone numbers with me yet, but our relationship is coming along great. She took my advice and is staying in Vegas for 2 more years. I can't wait to see her again.
This is the first year in like 5 that I don't have a fantasy football team. Part of me is sad, and the other part is loving not having all the extra stress. Pretend football teams, I know...it's intense. 
When I am in a really good mood I like to get in my car, put the windows down and drive around to "Shorty Wanna Ride" by Young Buck. If you haven't heard, I love gangsta music.
 The other day I cleaned out my makeup bag and found 6 lipsticks. While you think that this is more than enough, I need a new one. Any recommendations?
I wish I had the courage to be a cool chic that posts You Tube videos. I watched some from Kelly, Becca and Kallie this weekend and loved every single one of them. 
I haven't had a manicure since the beginning of August. I'm not good at doing them myself, but I try. That's what counts.
I love bacon.

That's me in a nutshell....with a dose of what I'm thinking. 
Tell me something about you...anything. 

Happy Monday, hope you all have a great start to your week!






September 9, 2015

Favorite Fall Recipes

Fall, it's my favorite time of the year and my favorite time to cook. I LOVE Sunday's at home watching football and baking or coming up with a new gameday recipe.

Today I want to share some of my favorite fall recipes and some I want to try and and mak my own. I always like adding a different twist.


Caramel Crisp Apple Bites are the perfect fall dessert. I made them at our Thanksgiving dinner last year and they were a hit with some vanilla ice cream.



Buffalo Chicken White Chili was a huge hit at my house and I could eat it almost every day. It makes me feel like I'm eating the dip, and that's not acceptable for lunch, but my chili is. It's so easy to make and was addicting as you can imagine.


Bacon Wrapped Smokies are my number one go to appetizer for watching football games, having our friends over, or a family get together. They are absolutely delicious and everyone can't ever seem to get enough.



Some recipes I want to try this season:

I also love a good dip, because they are easy to share and a no brainer for a lazy Sunday. Follow my Pinterest board to stay up on all my kitchen experiments.



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September 8, 2015

So...I'm Alive

Well friends, it's good to be here. I'm not going to lie, I've missed here in my space on the Internet. I've missed you and I'm sad that I frankly don't have the time to read everyone's blogs recently.

As of this moment, we are less than 3 weeks away from the wedding. This means that I've been all sorts of crazy. Working 45 hours a week, training new employees, getting Ethan back on a school schedule, keeping up on household duties and oh...finishing the final details of our big day, each day has been a whirlwind.

I STILL haven't shared the little details of my shower, but I still plan on it. I have recipes to share that I have photographed but not edited, and all kind of drafts started but I swear I will get to those someday.

For now, let me catch you up on what else is new in my life with an always good currently post.


Currently....

Watching: Don't Be Tardy on Bravo. This family is crazy and I love it. My addiction is reality TV and I don't care who knows it.

Eating: A cosmic brownie. What wedding diet? Wanna know a funny story? Last monday I had another fitting for my gown. I was craving a chocolate peanut butter milkshake from Coldstone Creamery. I usually have one a summer, because I have to limit myself. I went to my fitting and my gown slid right on and looked great. So naturally I drove right over to Coldstone and got myself a milkshake.

Wondering: If I can be trained to be a non stomach sleeper. I got some eyelash extensions and am trying not to crush these things every night. I start on my back and most times wake up partially on my side but my face planted down in to the pillow or bed. Never fails. How the heck do I change how I sleep? Is it even possible? Also, #firstworldproblems....I know I sound insane.

Shopping: For a rehearsal dinner dress. Warning, I'm not wearing white. Save it for the wedding day, seriously. I'm not a huge fan of that color anyways, so I'm going against the rules and trying to find something different. I will be scooping up one from somewhere by the end of the holiday weekend because, Labor Day sales...YEA!

Proud of: My fiance. He recently got a new job with an amazing company and has been working his butt off. He is so driven, calm, and hard-working and I am proud to call him mine.

Loving: My bouquets for the wedding. On Friday night I made my bouquet and my bridesmaids'. They turned out really amazing and I'm really proud of my work. I made them out of some artificial flowers that I chose over the past few months and I can't wait to share with everyone next month!!

I mean, not much else is new....I work, come home, sit in front of the computer working on my wedding to do list, eat dinner, do laundry, and go to bed to do it all over again. I hope to stay up on things with you these last few weeks until the wedding. I will be back to a completely normal schedule after it all, I promise. I feel like a bad blogger, friend, and person in general because life is so busy...so hopefully you'll be here with me through it all.

As always, I appreciate your support and love.

Until next time...