Venturing Out

So, I started a Facebook page….FINALLY. It’s amazing what you can get done when you are stuck on the couch sick all weekend. If you are a fellow Facebooker you can like me here!

Cheers!

Featured on Bridal Guide! Woo!

I am not back to my full time blog writing just yet, but I do have a quick post to share with you! Bridal Guide got a hold of our wedding photos from Disney and apparently thought we were an awesome couple. Bridal Guide then contacted me, asked lots of fun questions, and now…a few emails later….we are famous!

Well…maybe not famous famous, but we are posted on BridalGuide.com! They wrote about us, our wedding, and added lots of our pictures to their Real Weddings section. The first page is a couple of paragraphs about our story, and as you click through the pictures there are several more details about our special day.

I love it! If you want to check out our 5 minutes of internet fame simply click here.

Thank you Bridal Guide for sharing our story and making us feel so special!

Cheers!

I’m famous, I think

Husband and I  were featured on Disney’s Fairy Tale Honeymoon and Wedding Ever After Blog.  Their blog has a section featuring Real Weddings and Husband and I were chosen as a “real couple” and were apparently interesting enough to get our own post. Woohoo!

You can read all about us here! Really…just click right here. This makes me famous, right?! Famous enough to meet Ellen?!? Or join the cast of Dancing With The Stars?!?! Be honest.

I guess I lied the other day…I know I said I posted my last wedding post, but how can I not share this exciting news!?!?

My only concern is that Disney calls us an “eccentric couple” in their story…. I’m sure they meant to say fun and attractive.

I’ll let you know when we get our book deal.

Cheers!

This is it

Let’s hope so.

Okay people. This is it. This is my last official blog post for a few weeks.

Except that’s kind of  lie.

I have written some blogs in advance that I will post while I am away, just know I have no control over the posts or comments while I am gone…. Unless I break and decided to use the app on my iPhone. We’ll see. The goal is to stay clear of most technology.

Maybe, I’ll actually find some time to relax. I’m not even packing my laptop.

SO, if you haven’t heard, I am getting married this Saturday!!!! WOO! Zoey and I are off to Orlando at 6am tomorrow, and will be in over our heads in last minute wedding details for the next few days. The wedding is at DisneyWorld. The Honeymoon/Family Vacation is in Costa Rica, so look forward to lots of adventurous traveling blogs when I return.

Right now I am feeling SO VERY nervous. It’s the kind of nervous I used to get before dance recitals, except I’ve been feeling this way all week. I guess, in a way, the wedding is a lot like a performance. I’ll be dressed in “costume”, have my hair and makeup done, I have lines, I’ll be dancing, there will be an audience…just typing this gives me butterflies.

It is so hard to believe it was 7 years ago that I met Fiance at DisneyWorld, and a whole year ago that we got engaged! And, I’ll stop right there before I  start getting all lovey dovey on you.

Thanks to all who have helped with all the wedding festivities this year. See you very very soon!

Cheers,

The Bride!!!

You like me! You really like me!

I’ve been writing a blog for a few months now (plus a year if you count Adventures of a Teacher). I am 99% sure that my biggest followers are related to me, or soon-to-be related to me, which has always been fine. It just feels good, therapeutic even, to come here each day (although I skipped yesterday…) and rant about a terrible flight,  or describe my panicky life, or just talk about a sunny day in the park.

It’s not so important to me to have lots of followers, or so I thought…

Yesterday, another great blogger, More Than Greens, sent me a blog award nomination!  Turns out I love having followers! It felt almost as good as what I imagine winning the mirror ball trophy feels like. The official name of the award is Food Stories Award for Excellent Storytelling.

I know what your thinking…food stories? Aside from my ability to have a wide variety of food delivered at the press of a button (Thanks seamless.com!), and my talent to coerce Fiance into cooking for me, I do not have a lot of “food stories.” I do eat out a lot, maybe that counts?

More Than Greens, explained this by simply saying she just really likes reading my blog, food-related or not! Well, that is the nicest thing anyone has said about my blog (anyone who isn’t related…)!

I don’t know if I am actually qualified to follow all the rules and regulations of Food Stories, so I won’t even bother. But, in lieu of nominating 5 more blogs, I will just tell you about 5 super awesome blogs that I follow.

Obviously, I follow New York Whimsy, not just because the amazing Zoey writes it, but because it’s funny, full of stupid cats, a few DIY projects, and some pretty cool stuff to do in NYC.

Next, I am absolutely obsessed with Momastery. If you are not a monkee or haven’t heard of Gretchen “G”, and her famous blog, and recent book deal, then you are seriously missing out. This lady says everything I’m thinking and feeling with such hilarity, wit, and compassion, it’s almost unbelievable. I laugh, cry, and feel inspired by so many of her posts. I would guarantee you’ll love her, but her “brutiful” openness will rub some of you the wrong way… which is too bad.

Another blog I love is Artful Anxiety. AA and I are share a special trait, and I can very often relate to her blogs about fear and panic. She is a strong person and writer, and I appreciate her honesty.

Fourthly, is Le Zoe Musings. This blog is written by a Mother who I am completely jealous of. She is BEAUTIFUL and so talented. Her blog is full of the most ridiculous pictures of her house, kid, family, clothes, plants, purses, you name it! She is a phenomenal decorator and photographer, and owns more designer bags than a Kardashian. She’s fabulous.

And, finally, I love Hella Sydney. This American girl living in Australia is hella funny, hella candid, and hella adventurous… a girl after my own heart!

I feel sad now for all the blogs that I didn’t post about… There’s just too many good writers out there! You all rock.

K, that’s all I can handle today. I am caffeine-free at the moment, and my eyelids are unable to hold themselves open any longer.

Thanks for reading!

Cheers!

Shopping list? Check!

I am supposed to be finishing my vows tonight. So far, I have swept and mopped the whole apartment, picked out my clothes for the rest of the week, made 4 new lists, and decided to write this blog.  I tend to procrastinate when I am afraid of tackling a big chore.

To clear my mind of all the vow brainstorming, I’d like to write about something else dear to my heart. Shopping.

It must seem to all of you that I have a shopping problem, and by problem, I mean addiction. Obviously, I love shopping. It just feels good to buy something beautiful. Take it home in a nice bag. Open my new present and gaze upon it. Then, when the right day comes, put it on and feel beautiful and brand new. Retail therapy may be the most effective therapy for this girl.

I should be honest though, and admit that most of my shopping this year has been window shopping, actual and virtual window shopping. I made a vow to myself, after moving to NYC, that I would only purchase new clothes, shoes, or accessories, if they were “needed” (Fiance hates when I use this word) for the wedding or a wedding event (i.e. shower, bachelorette party, etc)

I guess I also have to be honest and say that I slipped once and bought a few things I did not need. Just a few, and they were 50% off! Whew, feels good to get that off my chest. 

I have always had a love of shopping and getting new clothes. While growing up, my Mother would take my sister and I shopping for new school clothes each year, often on tax-free weekend. After our all-day shopping spree, I would come home and lay out all my new clothes on my bed. I would re-arrange them into different outfits, then put them in order of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd day of school. Making a fashionable impression the first day of school was always high priority. I am sure my 5th grade classmates were very impressed with my choice of blue jean overalls.

My Mother also got us new outfits every year for Christmas, Easter, any other really special occasion, and a new swimsuit for the summer. I should probably thank her for instilling a sense of fashion and an importance of new clothes for special occasions. Or, at least make Fiance call her when he gets tired of hearing, “But, St. Patrick’s day is a holiday, and it does require a new outfit!”

So, over the last 10 months I have been purchasing clothes and accessories when I thought, “Oh this would be perfect for a wedding shower!” or “This tank top is exactly what I need for Disney!” or “Pink? Rhinestones? 5 inches? The perfect wedding shoe!”

The other night, I started rummaging through all of my purchases (I kept them hidden so I wouldn’t be tempted to wear them early), and realized that I had EVERYTHING I needed for the wedding, the week at Disney, and even Costa Rica. Everything from a Mickey and Minnie in love tee, to a travel themed dress for the rehearsal dinner. I was so impressed with my ability to buy the exact number of needed pieces, AND even more impressed with my own determination to NOT wear any of these new clothes for months!

Fiance was not as impressed.

I tried to further impress him by describing the budget I created for myself.

“SEE! I even sat aside money for hair appointment, manicure, Disney car rental, our rehearsal dinner…AND I still have money set aside to get the last minute necessities from Sephora! I am so responsible!”

Again, he was not impressed.

Fiance and I have a difference of opinions when it comes to what I NEED.

I didn’t let his lack of praise phase me. I headed to Sephora right after work to pick up my final items (travel soaps and shampoos, perfume, eye makeup remover, and travel-sized lotion). That’s it. I am completely done shopping for the wedding.

I think that tomorrow will be packing day!

Or, maybe, ACTUALLY finish my vows day… We’ll see.

Cheers!