Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Part 2,3,4

I'm just gunna combine the Christmases into one post with the very few pictures I took (I'm awkward).



When looking through these glasses, they turn lights into snowmen!


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Part 1

David and I are having four Christmases this year! On Friday we celebrated the Winter Solstice and opened presents we made for each other.



I made David wrist cushions for when he's on the computer



David made me My Little Pony and Pokemon hair clips.

Then we went to a wine tasting and got our favorite wine to have on Christmas day.

Part 2 will be tonight (Christmas Eve) at my moms, Part 3 at the Woodruffs (Christmas morning) and Part 4 with Will and Mary (Christmas evening). Best Christmas ever!

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

How to plan a wedding with an anxiety disorder

Something that not everyone knows about me is that I have anxiety. It's normally kept under control with a prescription, but in times of high stress it likes to make itself known. Obviously weddings can be pretty stressful, so my anxiety was through the roof during those last couple months of planning. But as you can see, I survived and had a wonderful wedding. Here is how I got through it:

1. If you can afford it, hire a wedding planner

I like to be in control, but when I am, I worry constantly. Having a planner let me put all my worries onto her (Courtney, absolutely amazing). I didn't have to wonder if I would get things done in time, because I knew Courtney would do it. Sure, some of my stress was because I wasn't in control, but I learned to trust her and it really helped me relax.

2. Organize everything

There is a surprising amount of paperwork involved with a wedding, and you do not want to lose any of it. Every person you hire (florist, cake maker, photographers, vendor) is going to probably email you regarding the wedding. They'll want to update you, get your opinion on things, double check stuff, remind you of payments, or just see if anything has changed. You'll also be getting emails from your wedding party; concerns about clothing, whos driving who, shower planning. I highly suggest making email folders so you can quickly find any emails you might need.


Any professional emails went into "Wedding" and then because I emailed with my party so much (blame the anxiety), I divided those into separate folders as well. If I ever needed proof of an email, or to go back and look at what someone had said, I had my folders.

2.1 The binder

I had a wedding binder long before I met Courtney, and it helped me get down my vision. I'm not a very vocal or confident person, and I tend to feel like a burden asking people for things (even the people we've hired to do things for me), so being able to just show them my binder was a great help. I cut out pictures from magazines of the kind of looks I wanted, and was able to show my vision very easily.

3. Make the day of your wedding as relaxed as possible

I didn't want any stress or rushing the day of my wedding. My bridesmaids and I rented out a cabin the night before, and our hair stylists met us there. We woke up in the morning, had a nice breakfast, watched a romantic comedy, and slowly got ready. I played a pre-made playlists of all my favorite songs (bohemian rhapsody played while getting my makeup done), and when I wasn't doing something for the wedding, I crocheted or read or just chatted with my girl friends.


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We had all day to get ready, and not once did I feel rushed. This really helped me go into the wedding in a calm state.

4. Remember that you aren't the host/hostess, you're the bride/groom

I love hosting parties, but I spend a lot of the time just trying to get people to like each other and wondering if everyone is having fun. I made sure to remind myself that at my wedding, all that mattered was my husband and I. I also kept repeating to myself that my guests were adults and could socialize without my help. Keeping that in mind, I was able to just enjoy my time with my friends and loved ones.

5. Accept the random freak outs, and be prepared if they happen

I have panic attacks when I'm highly anxious or stressed, so it was inevitable that I would have a few during wedding planning. Sometimes they happened after meeting with a vendor, sometimes they were completely random. But as much as they frustrated me, I accepted them and didn't berate myself for having them. It was also a big help that my then fiance knew how to help me during them, and that I kept panic attack meds on me at all times.

Hope that helps! Feel free to message me with any questions or whatever:)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Strawberry Chicken and Updates


Yum yum yum! Last night I heated up some strawberry jam and about two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar in a saucepan, then coated chicken before cooking. It turned out delicious!! Next time I'm gunna try letting the chicken sit in the fridge with the sauce for a while, and also maybe try different jam flavors.

So I haven't updated in a while, mostly because David and I have been sick. But a few things!

David is switching jobs! Well, more-so companies. He'll still be doing programming smarty pants stuff, just for someone else. We're very excited about this:)

Christmas! We bought a tree and put it up in the apartment! Yay!

I cut my hair super short! I love it! Also I'm experimenting with colors, at the moment it's pink!

I'm crocheting! And knitting, but mostly crocheting. Making scarves and hats and blankets and what nots. 

Annnnd David and I got a camera for Christmas! So expect more and better quality pictures.








Monday, November 5, 2012

Kit Kat Brownies

We have A LOT of candy left over from Halloween, so I thought I'd try to use them in various baking recipes. First is Kit Kats. The issue with them is that they don't have a distinct flavor, they are just graham and chocolate. So adding them to something isn't going to vary the taste much. I decided to go simple and put them in a brownie mix.


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David loves them so that makes me happy (and means success!). I don't think they're anything too special, just a bit of different texture for your usual brownies. But they're fun and a nice change and a great use of all that candy:)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wedding Pics: Teaser

Mathy, our amazing wedding photographers, made a teaser for our wedding photos. How exciting!!


Teaser of our wedding!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Our Apartment

So I had some free time today in between cleaning and packing (we're heading to West Virginia for David's grandma's funeral) to take some pictures of the big pieces in our apartment.


Our bed

We plan on getting a bunch of different Ws to hang on the wall, but for now there's just the one I painted for the cake table at the wedding. The bedding is from Anthropologie, I've been wanting it forever:)


Craft center

This table is suppose to go behind a sofa. But I've used it for a changing table, desk, kitchen counter, and now it's my craft table. It fits great in a little nook in our bedroom.


Kitchen cabinet 1

We got this at a vintage furniture store and it holds a lot of our dishes.


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I found this on craigslist for $25! It fits perfectly in one of the corners in the kitchen, and holds the majority of our food.



Dining table

The table and chairs are from Ikea; the table is really nice since it doesn't take up much room if we don't want it to. I used fabric from the wedding for the cushions to help them go with our sofa. And the skull and spider web runner is for Halloween, not something we'll have all the time:)


Red sofa

This is our very red sofa from Ikea. I'm used to blues and greens so this has been a little difficult decorating around. But luckily that plaid fabric from the wedding goes great. And you can see I'm working on a blanket to go with it.


Movie book case

We got this at the same vintage furniture place as the kitchen cabinet. Because it's so old looking, I decided to use it for holding movies, aka old with new. We got a new bookcase from Ikea which will hold our books, again combining old with new (I didn't take a picture of it though since we've yet to put our books on it).

Vintage apron

And at another vintage place, I picked up this great apron for $7! I know the mirror still needs to be put up but I had to share the apron.

That's it for now! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Posting from my phone

We're married!! But we don't have Internet so I can't post any pictures yet! Once I do I'll make sure to go into plenty of detail about it all.

I'm moved in for the most part; we've got a great apartment in the Downtown area. I can't work yet cause of my Fibro so I've been keeping busy with cleaning and cooking. Since we don't have tv or Internet I've been watching a lot of movies, which is fun but makes the day feel extra long. We're still in the process of buying the furniture we need, but I'll post pictures once that's accomplished.

So weird that my last name has changed and I have a husband. But so awesome!! David and I are loving the married life.

Off to dinner with David, MomD, and the grandfolks!

P.s. You can blame Verizon for our lack of Internet. They've been awful and lying. Finally giving up on them and going with Cox.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Busy busy!!

The wedding is in two days! I've been awful at updating this thanks to moving and wedding details. But I wanted to show a quick pic of our apartment!


Those are some of the beautiful details, and the view from our living room. So perfect!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

The most hectic month ever

September, oh how you're driving me crazy. There's just so much happening! Lots still to do for the wedding, which has me on anxiety overload. Today mom and I just bought stuff to make direction signs. Oh and I had my first fitting last week! I broke out in a rash during it due to nerves; I'm just not good with attention! We've finally sent out all the invitations, that was hectic. The bridesmaid dresses are finally done and should be mailed here soon, and then once we see them we'll be able to pick the bow tie color. We figured out how my hair and makeup will be. And I'm finally getting my skin problems taken care of thanks to facials and buying the right products.

AND THE BEST NEWS IS THAT WE GOT AN APARTMENT!!!!!

Oh my goodness, it's so wonderful! It's in Downtown Fredericksburg, which is a great old, little city. All sorts of stores: antiques, book stores, coffee shops, farmers market, all that you can walk to. And we'll live right across from the library! The apartment is above a physical therapy gym, owned by a really great lady. Our apartment has such a big living room! Theres a cute little kitchen, some nice closets, and one bedroom and one bath. There's also some outdoor space for me to plant stuff! David moves in in 2 weeks, so I'll try to take some pictures then. We couldn't be happier!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Facials: Massage Envy vs Facelogic

I am a glutton for nice things. Nice food, nice sheets, nice smells, and especially, nice skin products. I don't wear make up every day, so having nice skin is a big deal to me. However, I suffer from the awful combo of sensitive, dry, and acne, which is hard to treat. The wedding is coming up and I've gotten desperate to help my skin. My choices were dermatologist or facials, and naturally, I chose the more pampered and less severe option. I've now had facials at both Massage Envy and Facelogic, and I thought I'd share my experiences and compare the two.

The beginning:

Facelogic: You are first given a basket with a terry cloth robe, which you change into in a little dressing room. Then you give your basket, filled with your clothes/belongings to the esthetician. The act alone of them carrying your stuff already makes you feel spoiled (and I am all for that). Facelogic follows a more European approach in their set up, so that the facials all happen in one large room. There are little wall dividers for privacy, but you can still hear the murmurs of other estheticians and their clients. For some this might be awkward, but as long as no one is talking too loud, it's fine with me. Their set up for you is pretty interesting. What starts out as an oversized chair, slowly tips back into a bed with a leg lift. It's ingenious and pretty comfy, though I'm never sure what to do with my arms. Each little facial station has everything they need; sinks, steamers, products, hot towels. It's all very convenient so they don't have to get up and get stuff.

Massage Envy: If there is room (which at my local ME it's usually pretty busy) you can wait in the relaxation room, aka, dimmed lights and spa music. When you go back with the esthetician, it is in a small room, exactly like their massage ones. She leaves the room as you undress, then lie face up on a massage table. The music is a bit hard to hear, and it's seriously quiet in there. Because of the layout, the esthetician often has to get up and walk around the bed to get what she needs, so things take a little longer.

The facial:

Facelogic: You have two main options with your facial; either get the regular one that's at the lower price, or splurge and get a fancy one specific for your needs. How many fancy ones are there? Too many to count (and all different brands). I've gone many times and have gotten many different ones, but also the simple ones as well. Both will be relaxing and clean your skin, but the fancy one usually includes a few more masks. During any of the facials, there is very little talking (just things like "this may tingle" or "does this feel okay?") and you are in total relaxation mode. During one of the masks they'll give you a hand/arm/shoulder massage that can feel pretty amazing, though it may depend on who you get.

Massage Envy: ME only uses Murad products and offers four different facials: Acne, Aging, Vitamin C, and Sensitive. I was given an Acne one and told that in the future, when my skin has cleared up more, they would use Vitamin C. The lights stay most of the way on, and the esthetician will explain to you the products she's using and why. There is a hand/arm/shoulder massage, but it is pretty brief and feels like more so of a way to pass the time. However you also get a face massage, which was different and very relaxing. I've always heard face massages are good for the skin so I'm glad that's included.

The verdict:

Both are good at what they do but they specialize in different areas. If you're looking for a spa experience with pampering and relaxation, then go to Facelogic. If you want more skin care issues addressed and bigger results, go to Massage Envy.

What do I do? Well if I could afford it, I'd go to both. I love the spa experience and total relaxation, great for wedding stress. But I also love getting to the bottom of my skin issues and getting them under control. Because my skin is so difficult, I'm actually combining products from both places; I've got the Eminence cleanser and moisturizer from Facelogic, and the Murad mask from ME. If you're lucky and your skin isn't as complicated as mine, then hopefully you can just stick with one brand/spa.

So tell me, which would you rather go to? Do you prefer more of a spa experience or more of a clinical one?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Forever 21 clothing

Oh. My. Goodness.

I finally went to Forever21 to use my gift card from Christmas. First off, their stores are flippin huge, so I can never try on as much as I'd like to. I ended up with about 10 things, and fell in love with 5. I didn't want to go too far over the gc though so I got three things.


This is the coolest vest ever. I feel so awesome in it! 


I got this cute spiked belt to go with dresses I already own.


Look at this dress! How amazing!!


And the zipper!!


And the vest with the dress also looks awesome! I didn't even think of that when buying them.


I'm so excited!! I'm very much loving a style of mixing pastels with punk. Sweet but tough. I seriously cannot wait to get more clothes. If only I had gift cards for everything!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bridal Shower

My maid of honor Amber hosted my bridal shower last week (it was early since Katee is leaving for Florida soon, ahhh Katee I'm gunna miss you!). It was a pretty pretty princess picnic and so much fun! My friend Nya took the pictures:) They're pretty high quality so I'll go ahead and make them big.




Check out all that food! Oh man was it good.


Most of the pictures are of me being giggly, I was just so happy!


Also I came to realize how much I love ring pops...


And I really didn't want to take it out cause man it tasted good! I don't think Amber could understand me though...


Such a good picture of Katee! She and Nya finally got to meet after being buddies online.


Agh, sweaty faces and some closed eyes but here's everyone (minus Nya). 
From Top left to right: Jordin, Aj, Katee, Amber, Me, Mary, Ashley


Good picture of Nya and Amber.


The bridal party! We're such serious gals.

I didn't post any pictures of the gifts, didn't want to cause any heart attacks or have a picture of me with lingerie forever implanted in your brain. But they were awesome and I feel so lucky to have such great friends. 





Thursday, July 26, 2012

Engagement photos

We got our pictures! First off, Mathy was absolutely wonderful. David and I are so not models, and they were great at directing us. They also understood our silliness and didn't make us feel awkward for being weird. Now onto the pictures!

I'm only going to show a few of my favorites, but you can check them all out on my Flickr page:)


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And now time for some silly ones!


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You know you want that last one framed in your house.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Love Love Love


It's another teaser! You'll notice I'm laughing in most of them, David has that affect on me (one of the many reasons why I love him so much).

This Saturday we're having a co-ed bachelor/ette party. This is a 21+ one that'll just consist of eating and drinking till our heart's content. Then in the future we'll have separate parties that are more legit, with gift giving and activities and what not (and our friends/family under 21 can attend).

The earrings I ordered for the wedding arrived! They're 0g, which is one size bigger than I'm at, so I've been working on getting there. (If this all sounds foreign to you, my ears are stretched, partially because they always got infected with regular earrings, partially because I love how it looks. The plugs I got for the wedding were only made starting at a certain size, and I was one size too small. So at the moment, I've got spiral earrings that get bigger towards the end, and I'm using them to stretch my holes.) 

The rings have been ordered! It'll be a little while till the artists starts making them, same with the bridesmaid dresses, so the waiting is difficult. 

Mom and I went to Short Pump Mall and got dresses for the wedding! Well, hers is for the day of, mine is for the day before. Mine comes with a yellow fabric belt, but because yellow isn't really a fall color (at least not this yellow) we're going to use one of the fabrics we're hanging at the wedding instead. How cool will that be!

And in non wedding news, please keep David in your thoughts and prayers. For some reason, his security clearance is taking way longer than it should, and it's very stressful for him, plus he's not working. He's talked to the people at his job and they aren't sure why either, though their security lady has been on vacation so that could be a factor. But we thought he'd be starting quite a few weeks ago so the waiting has not been fun.



Monday, June 11, 2012

Job and a Photo Shoot

David got a job! It's with a company in Dahlgren and it's one he's really excited for. He'll be programming for Naval ship training simulations. He's still in the process of getting a security clearance but will hopefully start soon.

Yesterday we did our engagement shoot with Mathy Shoots People (yup, that's their name). We took a bunch of pictures in downtown Fred, and boy was it hot! They were so awesome though and made us not feel like complete idiots. David and I are probably laughing in the majority of the pictures but that's just us. They already posted a teaser!


We had to kiss so much we ended up having conversations while kissing. If you zoom in enough you can kinda see that I'm talking haha.



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Parmesan Kale Chips

David and I are pretty big snackers, so I decided to give this recipe a try.


You need: Kale Sea Salt Olive Oil Shredded Parmesan Cheese

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 Heat over to 350 degrees

Pour some olive oil onto a pan and spread it around. Then add a bunch of kale (pfft, who needs measurements).

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Cook for 5 minutes. Pull out and flip kale. Cook for 5 more minutes. Pull out and sprinkle cheese.


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Cook for about 4 more minutes, and then you're done!



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Yummy and healthy!