Wedding Wednesday: Pinterest Inspiration

When we made our appointment to talk to the decorator/ florist/ coordinator (seriously the man does it ALL!) he gave us a month to look at pictures and Pinterest to get ideas of what we wanted. Which was more than enough time for me because I had already started my book of ideas with tabs for different parts of the wedding –

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen
Invitation Ideas
Ceremony Ideas
Reception Ideas

I’m thankful that Pinterest exists so that I can pin all of my ideas into one place. Today I want to share with you SOME of those ideas…

Our colors are Navy and Blush Pink. I have asked the girls to wear nude shoes. My MOH will be wearing the blush pink dress while the rest of the bridesmaids will be wearing a navy dress.

For the ceremony we are getting hay bails and having those set up in front of the barn where we will be getting married. I’m still trying to decide on what I want the flower girl and ring bearer to do but these are just some ideas.

For as long as I can remember (even before it really became a thing) I wanted cupcakes at my wedding. We will be having 3 flavors – vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet.

I don’t have just ONE flower incorporated in my wedding. The girls will be carrying daisies while the guys will wear something similar to the above. We are working on the center pieces for the wedding to have a navy lace runner with the white linens on the tables. Tony will be working to cut the log pieces for the cake as well as for the center pieces. We will be using some sort of pink flowers for the center pieces, but I am 100% trusting the florist with that because I am not picky as to what we use. The idea is to have the blue mason jars with flowers along with a pint on the log with some as well and then candles.

These are just some random ideas we have floating around at the moment. Tony is building the box for the cards and I am trying to decide of an alternative to the usual guest book. I also want us to build something similar to the bottom left to have pictures on it.

And there you have it! Some Pinterest ideas for our wedding inspiration. We meet with the guy in February to nail down more details – like my bouquet that I cannot decide on and some other things.

Tony and I decided a while back that we didn’t want to have a huge wedding. We really want to share this day with people that we love and that we are close to so that means scaling down and having just those important to us there.

I cannot express how truly excited I am to be planning this wedding to marry Tony. He really is my best friend and I cannot wait to marry him.

Until Next Time,
Lora

Throwback Tuesday : Books as a Kid

I know, I know Throwback Tuesday isn’t really a thing, but I’m making it a thing and I can do what I want.

I have always loved reading. I always wanted to read vs. going to PE and I always loved reading time in class. I loved breezing through books and taking the Accelerated Reader tests to earn my prizes. I loved taking the tests over books I had just read.

By the way…is Accelerated Reader still a thing in schools?

I just googled it and apparently there’s app for it. Is it too weird that I want to actually download this and try it out? **Edit apparently you have to be a part of the school that uses that program – dang it!

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I put her first because she is my absolute favorite! I would read these books every year and I really want them all in my library so I can enjoy them myself enjoy them with my future daugher. I just loved the things that Ramona got into and they had a cat that reminded me of the cat that we had at the time.

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Samantha was always my favorite of the American Girls. She was rich, she had long dark hair and I always wanted long dark hair. Her life was a dream and I loved her. She is the only American Girl that I read all the books on.

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Goosebumps
These were books that me and my brother could agree on. We both really enjoyed reading them so we could actually share them. I also loved the show too when it would come on. I was really excited when the movie came out last year.

shel-silverstein-collectionShel Silverstein
I loved these books growing up! They were such a fun read and I couldn’t get enough of them. I will say that the Giving Tree used to make me so mad. The boy just took and took from the tree and the tree just gave and gave and I always felt like the little boy took advantage of the tree. Obviously as a child I was way to invested in the lives of the little boy and the tree.

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These were such a fun read. I was fascinated that some crazy things happened at this school and it seemed completely normal. They were easy fun reads and I actually think I still have one of the books somewhere.

9780064442053Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia were some of my favorite books when I was younger. The adventures of Amelia would always crack me up and make me shake my head.

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Babysitters Club
I read these books when I got a little older and I loved them. I always wanted to be a part of a group of girls and have my own babysitters club. I would even have a play phone and would pretend that I was part of their club.

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I always wanted to be Jessica because she was popular and I was never popular. Now that I’m older I like Elizabeth more. Did anyone ever watch the TV series when it was a thing?

1325218Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
Every single Halloween in Elementary school our librarian would break out this book and read stories from it during library time and I loved it! They were some of my favorite scary stories. I actually found this at my local library and I plan to get it during Halloween just to read some of the stories I loved as a kid.

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My aunt for Christmas one year bought me the entire set of Little House on the Prairie books. I am so thankful to still have all of them so that one day I can share with my kids. They are just classic books and I love them.

There are so many other books that I used to read as a kid, but these are some of my absolute favorites.

What books did you love as a child?

Until Next Time,
Lora

 

Happy 1st Day of Fall

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It is Fall. It is officially here and I am wearing my red plaid in honor of it. The weather isn’t agreeing with the date on the calendar, but no it’s fall and no one can say ANYTHING about my apartment that’s decorated for fall or the candles I’m burning because fall…and I can eat all the pumpkin things and drink all the apple cider and all the fall haters have to shut it because it’s the best season in the entire world and it’s here…

So I got together with some friends this weekend and forced them to eat pumpkin things with me and then after the overload of sweets I started feeling sick and I thought it was the overload of pumpkin and for a second I was concerned, but nope I had the flu…thank goodness because I would hate to think that pumpkin made me sick and I couldn’t ever eat it again. Maybe I just shouldn’t eat it all in one sitting…

Anyway here’s what we ate and our thoughts on them…

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First we started with the International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Iced Coffee:
Bryan: 2.5 / 5
Ryan: 2 / 5 – needs more coffee
Hannah: 2 / 5 – needs more ice and coffee
Me: 2/5 – it was way too sweet and needs more coffee AND has a strange aftertaste

Next up was the JJ’s Bakery Pumpkin Pie:
Bryan: 3 / 5
Ryan: 5 /5 – “Solid 5”
Hannah: 4 / 5 – it tastes just like a doughnut
Lora: 4/ 5 – it DID taste just like a doughnut and it was actually tasty. Probably would have been better warmed up.

3rd we have the Little Debbie Pumpkin Spice Rolls:
Ryan: 3/5
Hannah: 1/5
Bryan: 3/5 – needs more pumpkin
Lora: 1.5/ 5 – way too sweet for me.

Subelt Bakery Pumpkin Granola:
Ryan: 3/5
Hannah: 3.5 / 5
Bryan: 4/5
Lora: 1/5 for pumpkin flavor. 3/5 for taste

Pumpkin Spice Oreo:
Ryan: 1/5
Hannah: 3/5
Bryan: 2/5
Lora: 1/5 – I did NOT like this. It was just too weird. The color of it weirded me out for some reason.

Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Doughnuts:
Ryan: 5/5
Hannah: 3/5
Bryan: 3/5 wasn’t very pumpkin spice
Lora: 5/5 – I honestly think this was my favorite. The pumpkin wasn’t too strong, but it was really tasty!

Alright folks! Have you tried any pumpkin stuff? What’s your favorite?

Until Next Time,
Lora

Music Monday

I absolutely love music. I am always listening to music – in my headphones at work, in my car, working out, etc. So I thought for Monday it would be nice to switch it up a bit and do something different and post the music that I’ve been listening to lately…

You can find me on Spotify if you’re at all interested. I have a ton of playlists on there. Currently I’m listening to my Wedding Songs Playlist, Pre-Wedding Playlist, and my 2016 Playlist.

The Wedding Songs Playlist are songs I like and may use somewhere in the wedding but am unsure where so I want to keep them there in one group.

The Pre-Wedding Playlist are songs that obviously I plan to play before the wedding starts.

2016 Playlist is just what it says. It’s songs that I am loving this year – even if they aren’t from this year.

Today I want to look at songs on my 2016 Playlist:

Closer – The Chainsmokers with Halsey
You know what I can’t stop? Listening to this freakin song. I saw a lot of people tweeting about it and I wanted to see what the deal was so I looked it up and haven’t stopped listening to it since then.

My Church – Maren Morris
I really tried to not like this song. I mean I really, really did. I didn’t want to like it, but I do and I can’t stop listening to it.

Night’s on Fire – David Nail
I just love this song. It makes me want to roll all my windows down and just drive down the back roads with the music up loud.

Middle of a Memory – Cole Swindell
You won’t find this on my playlist because I have the entire cd on repeat on my iTunes, but of course I have to round out the list with a song by Cole because it wouldn’t be right to not include him in a music post.

What music are you loving lately?

Until Next Time,
Lora

 

September Goals

It’s been a while since I posted any sort of goals, but with a wedding to plan and a wedding happening it makes me very goal minded because I want to look and feel my best for that day…and just y’all planning a wedding is expensive soo money goals too!

// Lose at least 5-10 pounds. 
My goal for my wedding is to be under 200 pounds. I can do this, but I have to stay focused. I cannot have a cheat day and eat all the things. Maybe a cheat meal once a week or twice a week, but not a day. I cannot do that. I have started tracking everything again too.

// Work out 5 times a week.
Ideally I would like to work out 6 times a week, but I’m giving myself 5 and if it happens 6 then awesome!

// Pay the deposit on our DJ.
My friend Darren is our DJ and I am so excited about it! He will be great!

// Make a plan for engagement pictures.
I need to get with the photographer that agreed to do them and see what works best for our schedules.

// Write and plan blog posts ahead of schedule.
This is one that I seriously struggle with. I have so many things saved to drafts and so many things I want to write about and yet I don’t because I don’t write and plan ahead. I need to work on this.

What do you have planned for this month?
What are some goals that you wish to achieve?

Until Next Time,
Lora

September Currently

I love doing these posts and reading these posts because I really enjoy seeing what everyone is up to!

Reading: I just finished Me Before You and have After You on hold at the library that I will be going to pick up on my lunch break. Also, can I just say I was half way through the book when seeing the movie a week or so ago and the movie does NOT do the book justice at all!

Loving: Reading and all the fall decor that is out. I recently decorated my apartment for fall and I love it! I love that fall is around the corner. Yes I know it’s not officially until 09/22 but still it’s so close!

Buying: I recently put a down payment on the photographer!

Annoyed: Work. It’s usually always work.

Appreciating: Tony! He is such a hard worker!

Wondering: If one of the jobs I’ve applied to will call me…change is good right? Still…

Listening: to lots of songs. Trying to find different music and songs that fit with the wedding. We are getting married outside and there is no electric out there so we’ll have to put together a pre-wedding playlist and also come up with the music for the actual ceremony. I have some things I like…narrowing it down is the hard part.

Feeling: Sleepy. Always sleepy. I think I’m to the age where being tired is just a constant in my life.

Failing: Nothing that I know of.

Keeping: Consistent. I am working on getting my health – eating and working out back on track. Slowly but surely it’s happening.

Writing: Blog posts! I have missed you guys! – This was true in July and it is now as well. I need to be more consistent with this!

Planning: blog posts!

What have you been up to lately?

Until Next Time,
Lora

Weekend wrap Up!

After long weekends I always find myself waking up the day I have to be at work dreading getting up. I love 3 day weekends that involve not thinking about work, not dealing with grouchy people, and just hanging out and having a good time. Where can I find a job like that?

This weekend was a good one even though I had to work Friday night at the video store. It was busier than I thought. Silly me thought that people would have actually went out to enjoy the nice weather…instead of you know staying inside.

Saturday I finished putting up all my fall decorations – yes, yes I did and cleaning. After all that I ran and donated some clothes and things I no longer needed at Goodwill and then went home to relax and get ready to head to a wedding that Tony was in.

One of his best friends got married Saturday and he was a groomsman. It was a beautiful ceremony and I liked being his date for a wedding. I’ve never had dates to weddings so it was nice.

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Sunday he came to town and we went to the gym and then to lunch and watched a couple of movies and then went to grill out with mom and dad since my aunt and uncle were in town. It was a really nice evening and I’m always sad when he has to go back home.

Monday I woke up and had zero plans to do anything with my day until Bryan and Erica text me and we spent our day in the sun by her pool. I alternated between being in the pool and in the sun and sitting in the shade and reading. Afterwards we went to dinner and attempted to watch a movie before I peaced out because I’m old and tired.

This next weekend is going to be quite busy as well but I’m excited about it. Sunday we have our meeting with our florist / decorator and I cannot wait!

How was your weekend?

Until Next Time,
Lora