Dream Big & Buy The Shoes: September 2016

September 28, 2016

5 TV Shows I Wish Were Back

Since it's Fall that means all new TV which makes me pretty excited, Football included. While I have a list of shows I like to watch on the regular, there are still some I wish were back. Hey, a girl can dream, right?!


Legends of the Hidden Temple-- I love a good game show. Blue Baracudas would totally be my team. I loved watching the contestants do the creepy challenges all around the Temple. The Moat freaked me out, but the challenges were always fun. I'm not good at geography but I would totally rock a bright yellow helmet and some kneepads to race around that place. The temple run was SO intense and usually had me at the edge of my seat...it would make me so happy if they brought it back. I mean, it's educational, isn't that enough reason?!

SuperMarket Sweep-- Answering questions about grocery store items really isn't that tough...and I think now that I'm an adult I could definitely answer a ton of questions correctly. This would lead me to the final round where I would run in a mad dash up and down the aisles. First, grabbing the Manager's Special (duh) then the meat, and obviously the other high ticket item- the baby formula. Watching people run up and down aisles of a grocery store is pure entertainment...who would have guessed?!

My So Called Life--I genuinely loved this show, even though it was only on for one year. Or maybe, I just genuinely loved Jared Leto. Either way, I think that the storyline and the way the problems of the cast were laid out kept it interesting. This was also one of the first television series with a gay teen, and it sort of broke the mold for this community. The show was set in Pittsburgh, Pa (the best city in America) and I can still picture Jared pinning Claire up against the lockers for a nice long flirt session. The teenage girl in me yearns for this show to come back.

Beverly Hills 90210- I would give anything to see Dylan McKay on the TV screen again. Faded denim, love triangles, and the Peach Pit...I think Beverly Hills taught me a lot growing up, that my parents may not have loved knowing. From depression, to drinking, and relationships...even though they were older than me, they were so relatable. Although I thought Kelly was so cool and someone I really wanted to be, I loved Andrea's quirkiness and things she did to keep the show not too over the edge. I would love to see what they would be like as adults, with children living in Beverly Hills...maybe the Real Housewives?! But seriously, 90210 is a classic.

Salute Your Shorts- Camp Anawanna- we hold you in our hearts! I only went to summer camp once, so maybe I was holding on to the excitement of it all watching this show. The campers were always up to no good, which made it hilarious and I just loved Donkey Lips...his silly innocence that I realize now always made me laugh growing up. I totally think the crew should get back to this summer and see what kind of trouble they can stir up.

What's one show you would love to see brought back to TV? 


September 26, 2016

One Year Later

Today my husband and I celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. If you were to ask me in conversation, "how's married life?" I would answer, "just like normal life."


When you're with someone for almost 9 years, you get to know what works. You also learn quickly what doesn't work. When September hit this year I couldn't believe that we have been married for one whole year already. I have realized as I get older (ugh) that it's true...time flies. 

One year later I have learned some more things throughout our marriage journey so far and today I'm reflecting on all of it.

Even though we've been together for 8 and a half years, it feels good to be married. To be able to call Chuck my husband is a blessing in itself. The same goes with being Ethan's Stepmom, I'm very lucky to have these guys in my life and make it all official.



The days will be long and some will be hard. They are all worth it, and you don't always have to be the strong one. There are times when I have really bad days and Chuck picks me up, and vice versa. With the two of us together, I feel and know we can get through anything thrown our way. Like they say, teamwork makes the dream work. Chuck is my number one supporter for each and every dream I create, and I'm constantly cheering him on for each of his accomplishments. Having each other's back no matter what makes even the worst days a little better.


Remember to make time for fun. It's natural to fall into an everyday routine. Work, things around the house, commitments, helping Ethan with schoolwork...the days come and go, but we always laugh. Whether it's dance party while we cook dinner, being goofy during a game, or just being our silly selves it's important to not always take life super serious. Laughing is good for the soul, even when filling out insurance paperwork, attending school open house and after a hectic day.




A year ago today we made our relationship official by taking each other's hands in marriage and speaking the vows we wrote from the heart. We celebrated with our beautiful family and amazing friends and had the best party we could dream of. Our day was filled with so many messages, congratulatory words, sweet moments, and love...it was absolutely perfect.

One year later we're still dreaming big, still having fun, and still remember what's most important...and that's our family, our health, and our happiness. The days are good with your best friend by your side. 

Happy Anniversary Charlie, I can't wait for the next 50 together. Life with you is way more fun, thank you for choosing me to be your Wife. I'm the lucky one.

Now tell me...what's some great relationship advice? I enjoy hearing what tips others have.


September 23, 2016

Fall Wish List

It's FALL ya'll! My favorite season is finally here, and what better way to ring it in then sharing my Fall Wish List?!

I have always loved olive, but when Fall hits I want to buy all the green things. These distressed olive skinnies are so cute and the price tag isn't bad either.

This black wrap has been in my Nordstrom shopping cart for a while now, it's so versatile I need to just bite the bullet and buy it.

First world problems are when you can't decide which red lipstick to get. I have a few darker NYX shades that I love, but I'm digging this shade from MAC, what do you think?

Pretty soon (hopefully) I'll have my new iPhone since I'm due for an upgrade. I am going big with the plus this time around and will need a new case. I love the simplicity of this Kate Spade one, her tech cases are always on point.

Last but not least, the shoes! I have a few pairs of these Toms booties and they are insanely comfortable so I think I'm going to get the herringbone ones since I have had my eye on them for a while now and they hold up so well.

Before I go, I want to introduce you to one more thing I am loving this fall...and that's Rebekah from Rebekah & Co.  Let's get to know her better with a little Q & A--



Let's start out with something easy. I love cupcakes. What's your favorite treat?
Pizza or French Fries!

What is your biggest dream? Don't be shy, you know we love to Dream Big in these parts.
To one day be able to drop everything and travel the world!

Traveling gives me complete happiness. If I could play Oprah & send you on a trip, where would you be heading on a jet plane?
Norway! I want to see the beautiful fjords and northern lights!

What's your favorite thing about your blog & why?
It's my creative outlet to share my craft projects, adventures, and just general thoughts. I like having a place to write down my thoughts and share them.

Must Read Post: My Name Is Rebekah And I Have Anxiety

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Hope you all have a great weekend! Tell me...what's one thing on your Fall Wish List?


September 21, 2016

The Final Recap & My Favorite Pictures: Wedding Wednesday

There's a reason I saved these pictures for the final recap of Wedding Wednesday, it's because they are my absolute favorite. If you know me at all, you know I am O B S E S S E D with the sky. Sunrise, sunset, clouds, colors...it all makes me extremely happy.


I've mentioned a time or two before in these wedding recaps that we didn't want pulled from our reception and celebration much at all to take pictures, so we did almost everything we could during cocktail hour. When our photographer came to us moments before we cut the cake and asked us if there were any more shots we wanted, I said yes...sky pictures. He responded with "Well we better go quick because the sun is about to set."

We immediately walked outside to a grassy area close to our venue to enjoy the sky. When we got these pictures back from our photographer, they were the last ones in the 626 that we received and you know what they say...save the best for last. Pictures can almost always capture a sky perfectly like in these ones, but there's something about seeing it through your own eyes that is extra special.  I will never forget spending these moments with Chuck looking at the sky that night. I know my Mom made the purple in that sky on our wedding day, it was her favorite color and another reminder that she was there with us.



This was the perfect moment for Chuck and I to take a few minutes away from the craziness inside and enjoy the company between just the two of us. We talked about how perfect everything was and couldn't believe that our wedding day was already almost over. Everything was such a dream come true.



Actually, it's my best piece of advice to any Bride on her wedding day. Take a few minutes to sneak away from the celebration and spend some time with your partner. Reflect on what this day means to you, and maybe take a picture or two to remember it all years later.


I want to thank each and every one of you- whether it's here, on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter...all of your sweet comments mean the world to me. I sit in front of my computer and get the biggest smile on my face reading what you have to say about our wedding day.
I didn't know how much of our wedding I would share when I started recapping it all, but your support kept me going and made me realize that it's wonderful to have it all here as another memory to look back on. I wanted to end near our anniversary and planned it out so that the final recap of pictures, details and moments from our big day was around our anniversary, September 26th. So here we are with the final post and I definitely have shed some tears writing this one. Just like our wedding day, I don't want it to end.

Chuck and I enjoy reading what you have to say and if I could give all of you a big hug through the screen I totally would. We've laughed, we've smiled and definitely loved sharing these pieces of the Best Day Ever. Thank you for making every Wedding Wednesday so fun for me,  I love that you have enjoyed all the recaps and pictures so much. It's so special to me to share my dream day come true through my blog, one of my other big dreams.


I'll be back a time or two to share some more advice and tips I learned while doing my own planning. You know I can't just completely stop talking about weddings.

All my love...until another Wedding Wednesday comes along, thank you for reading!

 Wedding Wednesday in week's past...in case you missed it:

Details & Vendors:
Photography: R. Frank Photography
Cake & Cupcakes: Allie Cakes
The Dress: Bridal Elegance
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka (similar)
Bride's Clutch: Rent The Runway
Groom & Best Man  Shoes: Nike Lockwood
Flowers: Afloral (handmade bouquets by the Bride)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Bridesmaid Earrings: Frou Frou & Frill
Butterflies: Shallowtail Farms

To Travel & Beyond




September 19, 2016

Exploring the Cleveland Botanical Garden

This Summer we took a day trip to the Cleveland Botanical Garden and I can't rave enough about the beauty of this place, especially for the inexpensive price tag to get in and explore.


Conveniently located close to The Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History the Cleveland Botanical Garden is a year round facility that is open Tuesday through Sunday with plenty of areas to make your way through.


There are 11 garden areas and an indoor glasshouse with 2 areas to walk through. We started indoors at The Eleanor Armstrong Glasshouse in the desert area that is home to a chameleon and several other reptiles and plants. If you love greenery and exotic plants, this is the place for you. You can get an up close and personal view of so many amazing things.

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Moving on to the rainforest area was super exciting because this was the part of the visit I was most looking forward to. Butterflies are released daily and they float everywhere around you. Talk about beauty...I did not want to leave. There was one particular blue butterfly that was so cool and the only unfortunate part about this area is the fact that it's difficult to capture a good picture of them because they flutter away too fast.

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Next we made our way outside to check out the many garden areas. One of the main reasons for our trip was to see the Branch Out display. Six magical treehouses were created this past Summer at the Gardens each representing a different theme encouraging interaction, creativity and fun.

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While all of them were incredibly interesting, my favorite one was Seasons. Seasons was like a library in the woods, set right from the scene of a good book. The reading room had tiny individual shelves built in the wall with books you could read.



Another treehouse, the Light House was right by this one with yellow, blue and red colored windows so that you could experience nature in unique colors. There was a little book stop set up with a free library. They encouraged you to take a book, sit down and relax then return the book to the stop when you were done.



Along the way we stopped at the Elizabeth and Nona Evans Restorative Gardens and were immediately cooled down on this hot day. The area provided some shaded areas along with a reflecting pool and some lavender and mint to smell also. There was a large wall with plants in interesting places and some cascading water. We sat and relaxed for a while in this area, and I was instantly relaxed,  and could have probably stayed in this one area all day.

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Call me a kid at heart, but The Hershey Children's Garden was the coolest place I have ever seen to something in this degree. Between all the bright colors, the quirky oversized decor and the cool tree houses, I felt like I was in a fairy garden or some amazing children's book.


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I was amazed at all the cute areas they had for children as far as houses to explore, gazebos to sit in and tree houses with aerial views to relax in. Ethan even laid down in the treehouse for a little break to look up at the sky, too cool!




They were offering a great tree climbing activity with ropes and guides that Ethan was able to enjoy. It was a nice bonus and something else for the children to do, and all of the workers were so nice and helpful which was great.


I was pleasantly surprised with how inexpensive it is to visit, considering all the areas there are to enjoy. Tickets were $11 for adults and $6 for children 3-12. Anyone under age 3 is free. For more information about the Cleveland Botanical Garden there is plenty of information on their website.