- 30th October
- 30th October
We lucked out with a beautiful day in Chicago on Sunday, October 20th. Our photographer is from our hometown so it was fun to be comfortable with someone while posing for photos that don’t always seem natural. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out! Choosing for our save the dates will be SO tough, but here are some of my favorite shots:
Thanks so our amazing photographer, Casey Sheehan Creatives!
- 23rd October
When finding DIY projects, they always seem to have an initial incorporated in some way so when Kyle and I got engaged I couldn’t wait to do my first “G” project. I came across The Daily Sugar's beautiful pearl embellished wooden letter and I was off to Michael’s to find what I needed and it was a quick, easy pick up. Here is what I used -
*I used three packs of the pearls and didn’t have more than a few left over.
**I did not use the mod podge glue pictured. It did not work so you need to get the Tacky Glue because it works best for the pearls.
I was able to find a white letter so I could skip the step of painting it before moving on to adding the pearls. The pearls came on string so I would just place the pearls down in a row and slide the string out and they would be in place. This saved so much time as opposed to placing each pearl individually on the letter. I don’t have a lot of patience so I am always looking for short cuts that work.
You can play around with this one but in total, it took me about 20 minutes to do but I let it dry over night before propping it up. I really liked the burlap flower I was able to find too as it matches our decor. I can’t wait to make another one - what a fun gift!
Finished product -
- 16th October
I am not sure when asking people to be in your wedding became so creative but I jumped on it. When I asked my bridesmaids I didn’t really know the route I wanted to go, but I chose this…
I made these mason jars for each girl and inside I just put in some Hershey kisses and three cards with three titles…
1. Our day - explaining what our wedding day would entail
2. Your Role - pretty much telling them to be by my side and have as much fun as possible!
3. My girls - I wrote a quick background on my relationship with each girl.
I also gave them each a card - this is my cousins as an example -
I wrote them each a personal note on the back because I can be mushy like that. I am very lucky to have these 7 beautiful women next to me as we say I do. No doubt, it will be fun having them here to help me plan.
- 16th October
Last Friday, I said I had updates and I do! On July 5th Kyle and I got ENGAGED!!!
Here’s our story:
Kyle and I were in Springfield celebrating the 4th of July holiday with what I thought would be boating, fireworks, and golf. Little did I know, on July 5th, Kyle had his own idea of a celebration…
Friday morning started out like any other day. We went shopping for a friend’s Bridal Shower gift and Kyle made a few comments about what he would be putting on his wedding registry someday. (Foreshadowing?) It was then off to my Dad’s country club for an afternoon of Golf with my Dad. After a mediocre round, we shared a couple of drinks on the patio before heading out of town to my Mom’s for the remainder of the weekend.
Right before we hit the highway, Kyle, nonchalantly, asked if we could stop at a park we were passing and I immediately turned off for the detour. Centennial Park was one of the first places I had taken Kyle when I brought him home to Springfield. There is a hill that overlooks the city and I decided it would be best to race to the top. Many people ask at this point in the story if I had any idea what was about to happen. To assure you I didn’t, I had a tiara on my head which was a party favor from the day before adorned with a flashing red star and blue stripes. If that doesn’t tell you I had no clue, we’re not sure what will!
Once to the top, Kyle pointed to something in the distance and when I turned around he was down on one knee. His speech was simple and it was the most perfect moment in either of our lives. Clearly, I said yes, and for the next 10 minutes we just stared at the ring and I asked a million questions. Tears of happiness were shed between the two of us before we were off to share the news with family and friends. July 5th, 2013 was the beginning of our exciting journey to plan our dream Wedding together celebrating a love that, we think, is truly one of a kind.
In the months that have followed we have done a lot of celebrating with those closest to us. Our friend Alysse organized an engagement party…
…and almost all of our best friends were there! It was so much fun. Being engaged is a feeling unlike anything I have ever experienced. We feel so much love from those who care about us. From those stepping up to host showers, to my friend going shopping for engagement photo outfits, and the thoughtful gifts we have been given there is a lot of love being shown. You may get tired of posts about wedding planning, but this journey is a fun one!
10/4/14 - I can’t wait for you to get here! :)
- 11th October
- 11th October
Guys - do you remember me?! My last post was on June 4th and it was mostly because as I looked back through my posts, I found a lot of clutter, and no real direction. If I’m going to blog - I prefer to have purpose…at least some sort of underlying theme. It has only been a little over 4 months, but my life has changed - drastically! I can’t wait to catch up with a couple of posts today.
This morning I texted my friend Austin to ask about a DIY project Liz had posted on her instagram page and I wanted a tutorial. The response - in short - check out her blog. Duh…how could I not have thought to first check the blog? Well, it’s time for me to get back into it for those who have any remote interest in my goings on.
- 4th June
I just can’t stop laughing at this.
- 30th May
- 28th May
As I walked into work this morning I declared, “Happy 1st Bachelorette Tuesday!” That it is, that it is. I have my bracket finalized and the chatter is being kept to a minimum until everyone else turns theirs in. This show is so outrageous, but it is a great way to bring out some camaraderie. Anything to lighten up the workplace, right?
As Desiree made her entrance, nothing inside of me went “Yippee! Finally it’s time!” I really liked Desiree on the Bachelor and still hold true that she was the best match for Sean, but as the Bachelorette? We’ll just have to see. All of the banter between her and Chris in the beginning sounded like blah blah, I can’t believe I’m living this fantasy, blah. That Bentley, though? I want that.
On to the intros -
Her dress? I hated it. Silver? No thanks. Did you see Lindsey try and pull off that silver dress on Sean’s finale? It works on very few people.
These men had the worst entrances as a whole I have ever seen. When will these people learn that dressing up, yeah - I’m talking to you knight in shining armor - is not the thing to do? The best entrance and the only one worth mentioning was Brody. Ben played that perfectly and now there are people campaigning for Brody to be the bachelor in 2033.
Once the night continued, we saw that very few guys redeemed themselves at all from the awful first impressions. Desiree, like Sean, gave out roses as she saw fit. Of course, Ben got the first rose. He deserved it! Diogo took off the knight suit, but the awkwardness remained, and we heard a heartbreaking story from Brandon. Drew stood out the most to me as Desiree giggled the whole time they showed them together. As always, I think you have to have a traumatic story from your upbringing to even make it on this show. However, he’s a front runner for me. He may be too “perfect” in the end, but I think Des likes that type. We shall see…
Here are my top 6 at this point -
Brooks - he was in too many previews for the season to not make it to the top.
Drew - see above.
Bryden - While he looks like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber, he was sweet and she seemed to like his vibe.
Chris - he was barely showed at all, but watching the previews, he will be around for awhile.
Brandon - I just think he’s cute and I love his adventurous side.
Ben - Well, other than the guys seeming to hate him a few episodes in, he was super cute and Des thinks so, too.
So - who has the girlfriend? I’m guessing James but who knows. I just hope to God it’s not Ben because that’s the worst thing that could happen given the fact that he already threw his son and Mom into the mix.
This season looks like the rest. We’ll see how this plays out, but my interest hasn’t been completely peeked yet.
- 27th May
- 23rd May
It’s been awhile since my weekly tips on ways to be thoughtful.
This week, it’s simple - donate to the Red Cross to help with the recent disaster in Oklahoma. They make it so easy to just text RED CROSS to 90999 to give $10. I did it, and you can, too. No matter what your situation, $10 is one less drink, one less quick lunch from Subway, etc.
Do what you can.
- 23rd May
It’s that time again! Monday night is the premiere of the Bachelorette’s 9th season and Desiree begins on her “journey of a lifetime”. Once again, I have put together a bracket. Can I just say…it is so hard to avoid spoilers, which I am actually doing until after my bracket is finalized.
For those of you who like to join in on the fun with co-workers, friends, etc. ..here is the bracket! Remember, everyone gets a free pass for Night 1, so fill in the guys who make the first cut and then fill in the rest of the bracket from there before the 2nd episode. Print, share, and have fun!!
- 23rd May
Nashville quickly moved up the list as one of my favorite shows on t.v. Yes, I have an admiration for country music but this show never disappointed. The season finale was no different. The acting last night was also some of the best all season because let’s be honest, at times, that was lacking a bit. Highlights -
Peggy is pregnant…
Juliette finally seems like a real person and broke my heart at the end with that song…
Deacon falls of the wagon and we all see why Rayna left in the first place…
Then they crash…(saw that coming)
Gunnar proposes to Scarlett…WHAT?
Perfect set up for next season! I can’t wait to see it all unravel in the Fall. I am so happy this got a second season. Well deserved.
- 20th May
While I didn’t watch the Billboard Music Awards, I will comment on the best dressed. I was so shocked to see Taylor Swift in this mini dress. She looked amazing and when she has legs like that, I am happy to see her showing them off!
While browsing the looks from Cannes over the weekend, Jennifer Lawrence wowed in this dress.
She has always known how to rock a red carpet but as time goes on, I just think she looks so comfortable and her looks rarely disappoint.
Who were your best dressed for the weekend?