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Ring Around the Wrigley

On Sunday when I was bedazzling my sash, I had Scott pull out his new camera because I couldn’t find mine and quite frankly, his is 1 billion times better than mine. In trying to take nice close up shots of the rhinestone strand I was sewing on to the sash, Scott discovered the super-duper-deluxe count-your-pores zoom feature and a camera happy monster was born! He cracks me up. A few pics from his collection….

My Ring

Ring in box

Scott's Ring

Another ring in box

My Ring Set

Ring w/ band in box

Our Rings

Ring next to ring in box

Rings

Rings on couch

Then he discovered the border feature and added a little flair….

Rings with Sparkle

Rings on couch with sparkle

Then he got more creative….

Ring Doggies

Rings by dogs

Shell Rings

Rings on shells

STD Rings

Rings on STDs

Invite Rings

Rings on invitation

And then the Cubs stuff came out (anyone that knows Scott knew this was coming!)…..

Rings with Cubs

Rings on couch on Cubs

Baseball Rings

Rings on ball

Baseball Rings 2

Rings next to ball

Bobblehead Rings

Rings on Ryne Sandberg

And the all-time favorite….

Wrigley Rings

Rings invading Wrigley Field with sparkle

I think he’s found his calling.

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Don’t be Afraid to Bedazzle Yourself

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It’s no secret that I love all things sparkly. Needless to say, I was sad when my friend wouldn’t let me bedazzle her wedding dress, so I decided to bedazzle myself. Yesterday I started and finished a small project that I really wasn’t sure would turn out the way I pictured it in my head.  I had bought a silver sash to wear with the white dress I’m planning on wearing after our ceremony and at the party back home (click here to see again). I had picked up a strand of rhinestones from Hobby Lobby when I was shopping for my invitation supplies and decided to sew them along the edge of the sash for a little extra bling. I truly, truly adore sparkly things and I think it’s become an obsession!

The materials I needed were:

1 strand of rhinestones

1 strand of rhinestones

David's Bridal satin sash in silver

David's Bridal satin sash in silver

and of course a needle and thread. Simple enough!

The rhinestones have material in between each stone so it made it easy to sew.

material in between rhinestones made it easier to sew

I decided not to half-ass this project so I sewed in between each and every rhinestone so it would be completely secure.

sash 005

Just getting started

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

It took a few hours in front of the tv and I ended up with a few puncture holes in my fingers, but it turned out so good! I tried the dress on with the sash in a simple loop (please ignore the lovely oven in the background)…

Simple loop

Simple loop

And my other option is in a bow (Hazel made an appearance, looks like she wanted some of the spotlight)…

Pretty bow

Pretty bow

I’m leaning more towards the bow, but which do you all prefer?

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STDs and You

I loves me a good double entendre

I loves me a good double entendre

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I have to be honest here, I never actually understood the purpose of STDs (and of course I’m referring to nothing other than Save-the-Dates). I look at an STD as a sort of warning. I have never gotten an STD that really helped me at all though because they force a person to stop and think about their distant future (and I don’t normally plan things that far in advance). I’ve been given all sorts of STDs – STDs of all different colors, fancy STDs, what the heck is this STDs, even STDs that stick to my refrigerator. To some, STDs can seem like a nuisance and be a bit irritating.

You get one and think to yourself, “What the hell am I supposed to do now?”

You talk to other people that have gotten an STD from the same person as you and they’re just as confused.

So you call a friend and ask for advice. “I got this STD and I don’t know what to do with it.” Your friend tells you to look at it and maybe show it to your significant other.

In the end since travel arrangements needed to be made, we did what everyone else was doing and gave STDs to our family and friends.

I looked around online at different options for something that went with our theme, and here are some of the cute ideas I found (yes, I am now totally referring to save-the-dates)…

Paper Glider Save-the-Date

Paper Glider Save-the-Date

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Starfish Magnets w/ Personalized Tag

Starfish Magnets w/ Personalized Tag

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Flip Flop Luggage Tag

Flip Flop Luggage Tag

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My future mom-in-law actually suggested luggage tags and Scott and I loved the idea. We went with these….

Let's Celebrate! Luggage Tags

Let's Celebrate! Luggage Tags

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I made the inserts in Microsoft Word, printed them out on nice paper, then put them on top of the inserts that came with the tags. They were mailed out on a Saturday and almost everyone had gotten them by the following Tuesday, even our guests on the west coast. The postal service actually came through and helped us spread our STDs very quickly!

Here’s the finished product (date and website were blurred out for privacy reasons):

Finished Product

Finished Product

When I got a call from my mom letting me know that she got the STD, she asked what she was supposed to do with it. Apparently she didn’t know what it was and thought it was pretty enough to wear as a bracelet. An STD bracelet? I’ve never gotten one of those. I told her to put her STD on her luggage.  None of my sisters knew what they were either. I guess after staring at the STD for so long, I just assumed it was obvious what it was. Oh well. At least in the future, I will only be on the receiving end of STDs, so I won’t have to worry that someone won’t know what I gave them.

That’s a relief.

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Imposter (part 2)

Ok, here are pics of the real vs the fake……

Stand In 006Stand In 007

Can you tell which one is which?


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Imposter!

Lately I’ve found that a lot of my free time is spent reading other people’s wedding blogs and going on wedding forums, giving and getting advice, and seeing how other people are planning their big day.

Most things I’ve come across are pretty standard when it comes to planning – finding a dress, coming up with a color scheme, food tastings, etc.

A few things have utterly shocked me – I learned all about the Diva Cup and threw up in my mouth. A lot. If you are like me and haven’t heard of this apparatus, feel free to Google it, but consider this my warning to you – it’s frightening what inventions people have come up with.

Then I stumbled upon an idea that makes total perfect sense, but I never thought of it before….the stand-in ring (or clone, or twin, or whatever you want to call it)!

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A fellow wedding blogger talked about her stand-in that she picked up for around $20.  The purpose of the stand-in is so you have something that you can wear in situations where you could potentially damage or lose your real engagement ring. Perfect for when you may have to get your real ring sized and don’t want your hand to feel naked, or when you’re honeymoon snorkeling, exercising (ha!), climbing trees, scaling tall buildings, putting out fires, and alligator wrestling. This girl will use any excuse to get some bling in the mail every once in a while! On an average day, my heart stops every time one of my prongs gets stuck on something, so I can’t imagine how I’d be during our trip if I was wearing my ring in a ring-risky situation.

So I went online and looked around for an e-ring clone.  I thought about getting something hugely obnoxious just for fun.

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But then I was worried that if I got something bigger, I’d fall in love and want to upgrade my real one to a 6 carat and put Scott in the poor house. I also thought about getting something really small so I’d appreciate my ring that much more every time I’d put it back on.

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The best option in my eyes was something as close to identical as I could. I picked one that looked pretty darn close to my real one but is just a little smaller, sterling silver, cubic zirconia, and it was only $25 on eBay!

Clone

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It’s coming today….I’ll post real vs. fake pics later when I have both ring twins in hand. Yea bling!

Now where’s that darn mailman……….

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I’m Allergic to Exercise

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I’ve been saying it for years. Ever since we had to run the mile every year in grade school and I was always one of the last, coming in at a whopping 13 minute mile, I decided I’m just not a runner. In fact, I hate exercise. Period. I’ve noticed that when I tell people this, they tend to try to find excuses for me.

Excuse #1) It’s the smoking, makes it hard to run.

I can tell you right now, although it’s hard to believe, I didn’t smoke when I was 11, and I still hated it then.

Excuse #2) You just have to build up to it.

Um, no, I’ve tried that, and there’s no getting past 30 seconds straight of running before I feel like I’m going to pass out.

Excuse #3) It’s all the junk that you eat, too many carbs make you tired and unmotivated.

No, I’ve gotten up the motivation to get my little butt on the treadmill, even after eating deep fried bacon, wrapped in more bacon, and deep fried again in bacon fat, and I still hate it.

I accept it, I will never like to exercise.

The reason this is in my wedding blog is because I had one of those moments of inspiration of getting fit about a month ago.  I’ll admit, I don’t need to lose any weight, but I started thinking about getting toned up if I’m going to be prancing around in a bathing suit for 2 weeks on a beach. I haven’t worn just a bathing suit in probably 2 years and I started getting a little worried about what the people walking behind me would be looking at.

I was determined. I made Scott rearrange the guest bedroom so I would have easy access to my treadmill.  The treadmill that weighs as much as my car. The treadmill that I made him carry down 2 flights and back up 2 flights of stairs when we moved in together.  The same treadmill that I swore to him at the time I would use but has been collecting dust for the past 13 months.

I hopped on that night. I power-walked on an incline for a mile and a half, I lifted my weights and I did crunches like nobody’s business.  I continued my regime for a solid 2 weeks and worked my way up to farther distances, longer workouts, steeper inclines and faster walks. I can’t lie, I love the workout high when I’m finished, but I still, and will forever, hate the process of getting there. And let’s just say, that workout binge didn’t last long.

Fast forward to a month later, and I’m back in the mindset that although people will be walking behind me while my un-toned thighs and butt are frolicking in the sand, I honestly don’t care. I’ve never been vain and aside from our families and friends, I’ll never see any of those people again. My motto has always been that if someone doesn’t like what they see, oh well, because for every person that doesn’t, there’s a Scott that does. He’s a fan of mine, and I’m a big fan of his. He never makes me feel less than beautiful and I truly adore him for that.

me and scott

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You’re Turning Violet, Violet!

A few people have asked me if I plan on wearing my wedding dress to the cocktail party we’re throwing back at home in June.  I thought about it since a decent amount of money was spent on it and not many people will get to see me in it aside from in pictures.  I decided not to though, mostly because it’s a bit much for the party we’re planning.  The party will be dressy, but definitely not formal, and definitely not the right venue for a wedding gown.

I knew I wanted to wear white so I searched online for a cute dress that would be kind of wedding-y but still fun and flirty.  I was also hoping to find something I could wear in St. Thomas after the ceremony, too.  After a little searching, I found it online at Prom Girl (not a store most 32 year olds would usually frequent, but hey, it works!)

After party dressMori Lee 735

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I’m  replacing the black sash with a silver satin one I found at David’s Bridal, and I bought a strand of rhinestones that I’m contemplating sewing down the middle for a little sparkle.  I also have the perfect pair of silver peep toe pumps to wear with it. I love playing dress up!

So, the dress came about a week after I ordered it and it fits as long as I don’t breathe too deep (it’s a little snug in the rib area and it’s not a stretchy material). I hear though that breathing is very overrated and I think the white will look lovely against my blue hue. I’m just hoping I don’t yawn when the dress is on. Or have to bend over and pick something up. Or laugh too hard. Or trip.

This could get ugly.

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