Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Wilsons Wedding video

Hey loves! Its wedding season and I wanted to share a glimpse into our wedding day with you all. I wasn't sure about adding video into our wedding day budget in the beginning but I am so happy we did and that Scott was so persistent on it. The video really captured our love story and every little detail from that day. We will cherish this video and our day for many years to come. I'm so happy with it and I highly recommend having video if you are engaged or getting married in the near future. Its incredibly worth it and Axel was simply amazing if you are looking for anyone in Tennessee or surrounding areas. His info will be attached with the video. Hope you enjoy! "> ​Axel Marshall Contact inofrmation- Chattanooga, TN Tel: (615) 275-5791 Axel.Marshall@yahoo.com http://www.axelmarshallpro.com/ Vendors Venue- Fillauer Lake House, Photographer- Andria Powers, Video- Axel Marshall Productions, Makeup-Kathy Moberly, Hair-Chanel Hines, Florist-Receptions by Design TN, Cake- Dan the Cake Man- Cakemakers, DJ-Go DJs Entertainment, Catering-GDaddys bbq
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GIVEAWAY

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Fathers Day gift guide








Father’s Day is just around the corner! Next weekend to be exact. If you're anything like myself then you are procrastinating and waiting to find that perfect gift. I usually stick to the safe gifts like a sports shirt or hat then have a few items I gravitate to naturally. I personally like the tan leather look and browns for the guys in my life but the items I'm going to mention can be in any color of your choosing.Buying for Dad can sometimes get a little tricky, so I have searched high and low for some great gift ideas and put together this comprehensive Father’s Day gift guide. I personally have several Dads in my life so I know how stressful it can be.I have included some lower and higher priced items. If you don't have time to order or shop you can always find these items locally. Many times you can find them even cheaper at places like TJ Max, Marshalls, and even Ross has great wallets and watches if you can get there before the good items are gone. 


If you have the time and want something creative try etsy.com. They have so many cute personalized gifts. I purchased several of my wedding gifts from there and my Dad/Stepdad gifts. 

You can always throw in some easy items like cologne, grilling items, favorite candies, a card, etc. It's the thought that counts and a card with something small will be better than nothing and will always show Dad that you care. Go with whatever works for you and your budget and style. See below my favorites with different budgets in mind. 

Gifts under $25
Royce leather key fob $15 Gilt.com
Brown sunglasses- $13 sunassesoffer.com
Gifts under $50
Hilfiger men's hat  $38 asos.com
iPhone  case-$35 Nordstrom.com
Hickey Freeman  silver cuff links-$44 last call.com
Bryant Park  leather belt $49 gilt.com 
Leather wallet-$23 Kohls.com 
Colibri men's black money clip-$39 saksoff5th.com
Black/brown tie-$39 lordandtaylor.com 
Brown sunglasses- $13 sunassesoffer.com
Gifts over $100
Michael Kors  gold leather watch-$160 6pm.com









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No matter the budget you are on, one of these gifts will surely be the perfect one! Get some of your siblings to go in on the higher priced items, Dad will love them! You can shop these exact items here on the link below.
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=222925623

Let me know if you have any other great items in mind! I'm always looking for great ideas for the men in my life.Enjoy your Fathers Day weekend!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Packing for Southbeach




What to pack for Southbeach....

So after I got my back from my bachelorette trip in Southbeach I thought I would share a few items with you guys for packing. This list is for any destination with a beach. We all think we are a great packer until the moment we start packing. TRUST me when I say someone always forgets something. I always make a list of everything and cross it off as I go. Usually, two days before because I like to procrastinate but I always make my list ahead of time. Don't even get started on unpacking. I have enough clothes and extra items I can usually go a bit before I really have to unpack... terrible flaw I know but back to packing. 


 Keep in mind my list is more beach based, but you can adjust it to where ever your destination is! 


Clothing
  • Bathing Suits + Cover up
  • Sandals
  • Day outfits
  • Night outfits
  • Light sweater or cardigan
  • small umbrella (you never know)
  • Undergarments
  • Pajamas or sleep clothes
  • Jewelry
  • Purse





SHOES
  • Flats that are good for walking in because you will be doing some major walking in Fl. I prefer flip flops or sandals but I always bring my converse just in case.
  • Wedges. Going out to nice places to eat and for entertainment, you will still want something somewhat comfortable. 
  • Heels
  • Traveling shoes and I always bring some socks for the plane ride because I'm miserable when I'm cold. 

Toiletries
  • Shampoo + Conditioner(baby size)
  • Body Wash(baby size)
  • Body Lotion
  • Chap-stick
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • Razor + Shaving Cream
  • Tampons if its that time or close
  • Deodorant + Perfume
  • Hair Brush 
  • Blow Dryer / Straightener / Curling Iron
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair products
  • Face products
  • Hair ties + Bobby pins


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Random


  • Meds
  • Magazine or book
  • Beach bag + Beach Towel 
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Plane + Hotel information
  • Travel documents 
  • Small blanket if you're flying. Again...I always FREEZE on planes.
  • Favorite cup or bottle holder to keep hydrated.
  • Aloe
  • Cash, debit card, ID and passport if needed.






Tech
  • Camera + Charger (I use my cannon and go pro)
  • Memory Card
  • Phone + Charger
  • Laptop / Tablet + Charger
  • Ipad +Charger




I hope this helped you all pack for your beach destination! Let me know down in the comments down below what your travel plans are! Have a great week!
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bridal shower favors



Looking for the perfect bridal shower favor?  I'm recently married (three days in) and I have had my eyes on a few over the past few weeks. I purchased some personalized chapstick from Etsy for my own bridal shower. Another favorite I used to ask my bridesmaids and maid of honor to be in my wedding was koozies. I made my own personal cards like the ones you find on Etsy for much cheaper.. I just had to get creative and use Microsoft word and some cool paper and card stock I had.I am currently making some favors for our rehearsal dinner with candies and mesh organza bags then adding tags. We are also doing koozies as a wedding favor for our guest. I've rounded up my top 10 favorite bridal shower favors to make your search a little easier! I'm loving everything from personalized stemless wine glasses to affordable snacks and candies. See below to find what fits your fancy.

1.Mints
“Mint To Be” – what a smart wedding favor ideas. To see more: http://www.modwedding.com/2014/05/12/unique-wedding-favors-ideas/ #wedding #weddings #favor Featured: BabyEssentialsByMel:
Pinterest Link
-Want a cheaper option..Try tic tacs and just order some cute labels. Super quick too.
2.Nail polish
Nail polish bridal shower favors.  See more bridal shower favor ideas at www.one-stop-party-ideas.com:
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3.Chapstick (My favorite because its easy and everyone can use this)
unique wedding favor ideas - personalized chapstick:
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4. Koozies (Another favorite I used for Bridesmaids and wedding favors) 
BRIDAL SHOWER GIFT OR FAVOR Black and White Stripes Pink Roses Bridal Shower Can Drink Soda Cooler Koozie Cozie  #bridalshower:
Pinterest Link

5.Sunglasses
Deck out your bridal party with these whimsical bridal party sunglasses! Include these ultra-fun shades in your thank you gifts for a beach, outdoor, or destination themed wedding.:
Pinterest Link

6.Champs 
For lady geast only!  Sorry mom to be..:
Pinterest Link

7.Wine glasses
bachelorette party glasses | ... glasses- great for the wedding party, shower or bachelorette party:
Pinterest Link

8.Hair Ties (Very affordable)
Personalized Bachelorette Party Favors | Hair Tie Favors | Party Favors | Personalized Favors | to have and to hold your hair back:
Pinterest Link

9.Seeds or mini plants

























10.Candy or snack (Another option where you can just order some labels and purchase packaging at local stores).
I love these for my bridal shower!:
Pinterest Link

All pics are from Pinterest and links are below each item if you would like to view or possibly purchase. 
I would love to know of any other favorites you ladies have or even pics if you have them. I hope this gives you ladies some inspiration. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Surviving the Long Distance Relationship




First I would like to say and brag a little about my "LDR" (Long distance relationship).We have been together for 2.5 years and we are exactly 1 week away from our wedding which is pretty amazing if you know our story but I wont make this post about that today. We have had our struggles but this article is more so on how to survive one. My fiance Scott is from Toronto Canada and I am in Nashville TN. This is not just a normal "LDR" relationship, we are literally in different countries but luckily for us all the stars and timing lined up right which is pretty important.  People ask us all the time how have we have made it for over two years and what it takes. Trust me when I say it wasn't always easy and Scott is mostly the reason why it has worked and I will admit that I am the difficult one. The points I'm going to make have worked for us and might help someone else, so feel free to chime in with any suggestions or questions.
1.Be realistic..I will say the "LDR" is not for the weak. Do not try this if you know this type of thing is not for you or you know you have trust issues and the relationship is just a fling. Someone can tell pretty early on or most can if the relationship and person are worthy of this time and effort. Don't waste your time on people who are not the one or just a fling. I see this time and time again and I can never understand people who waste time with the wrong people.
2.Trust- If you know you have trust issues or you struggle with this.. DON'T even try. It will never work until you work this issue out with yourself. You have to have a good foundation of trust to make it work or even make it last.
3.Timing- I have always believed love and relationships can only work with the right timing. Even if the love is a storybook/magical type of love it will never work if both individuals do not have their life together or both are not ready to be in such a relationship.
4.Compromise- I struggle with this one in every day life and in my "LDR".. Relationships in general are HARD so you have to be willing to compromise A LOT. Make the effort, move your schedule around, change your routine, etc. 
5.Get Creative- You will have to get creative if you want to keep both people happy and satisfied. Personally I am ok with a face time and/or phone call when needed but some people need more than that. Watch movies together at the same time, literally (Scott likes to press play at the exact same time so we are at the same parts). Play games, read the same book, etc.  Scott and I still do this even when we are apart a week at a time because it keeps us connected. He favors face time more than I but we compromise and that is why it works. 
6.Communicate- Speak up if you want or need something. Plan ahead and make time for each other and time to see each other or be there for certain important dates. Scott and I always plan out our days/schedules with whats going on in our lives. Example being holidays, events, birthdays, etc. Another way to keep things interesting and communicate is to write letters, cards, making homemade items etc. Scott and I both got really creative in the beginning with these types of things.I purchased so many items from Etsy in the beginning because they had so many cute gifts for long distance dating. This key chain below is very similar to one I purchased Scott for his birthday and I was so terrified it was too much but he loved it. If you knew me you would know its super hard for me to be vulnerable or mushy. This was a huge step for me and us in our relationship.
Link to shop
https://www.etsy.com/

I also purchased same other cool gifts for him like a coffee cup with our countries connecting with a dotted line and plane. See below for details.
https://www.etsy.com/ 

7.Pick your battles- Don't fight over silly things, they are just not worth it. This rule stands for all relationships. Again I struggle with this one but I think this comes with age and maturity.
8.Expect it to be hard and try to prepare yourself for the uphill battle and be patient. These types of relationships are hard but very much worth it if you're with the right person.
9. Enjoy your time you do have together and spend it wisely.
I would search the internet and Pinterest for cute ideas and things to do for Scott.. I mailed him cookies in a cute tin mailbox, made him a long distance card (inspiration from Etsy again), there are so many cute and clever things you can do to keep it interesting and fun. I would suggest checking on shipping before hand as it can get pricey. This pic below is from my Instagram of a card I made Scott.I will be making a diy post later but for now I used google maps for our location, some craft paper, glue, scizzers, and made this little card. They are a little too pricey for me on Etsy so I made it instead. Any craft store will have all the materials you need.

10. Know the long term goal and keep your eye and head on the goal. This is pretty important and will get you through the rough times and days. If you are confused on the relationship or have no idea where its going, what is the point. Another general rule of thumb for relationships but especially "LDR" ones. 
Scott and I have somehow mastered our schedules and routines on most days because it works for us and our personality traits. I realize not many or all people can do this. Scott's job requires him to travel A LOT and I am an only child who can entertain myself and I'm fully independent and self efficient. I am a recruiter and talk to people all day everyday so I don't mind quiet time or doing things on my own, he loves people, talking, and being around people with his job. It just works and we trust each other, We communicate as much as possible and make the most of our time and schedules. We knew each other years before we ever actually went on a date and got to know each other long before we dated and took our time so that could have played a huge role in it as well. Neither of us are one to rush or settle for anything less. We were never in a hurry or rushed the relationship. Its all relative to the people involved and personality traits.
 I honestly feel like I hit the jackpot with Scott and it works mostly because he is just an amazing guy and the universe just allowed everything to work out perfectly. If you're in a "LDR" I would love to know what works or doesn't work for you. I know the struggle so don't hesitate to reach out. 
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Mascara Monday


Happy Monday ladies... I wanted to start this week off with one of my staples in my makeup bag and a staple for Mondays as well.I think I can speak for most women when I say we all need mascara even if you dont wear a lot of makeup. When talking about Mascara, its pretty easy for me as I have two holy grails I have used for years and I can never find anything that comes close. Every blogger that I have followed through the years say the same and that is how I initially found these products. A lot of those same people now only wear high end products so I thought I would share the best one and a dupe(in my opinion).My two favorites are Too Faced "Better Than Sex" and L'Oreal Voluminous.They are very different in the price category but they basically do the same thing. If you are on a budget you would obviously go for the drugstore mascara. I love makeup and high end products but I also love saving money so that is why I tend to go for both of these. I usually wear L'Oreal as my go to during the work week then the better than sex for nights out or a special occasion. If I have something major going on I will usually throw some Ardell lashes on and some light mascara. 
 Mascara
                                           Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara at $23.00
                                                              and 
                                           L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara at $8.00


The number one difference in these products are the price points. Depending on your budget this can be a deciding factor.


-Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 
You can purchase this product at any Ulta or Sephora. This will be on the pricier side but people have been raving about this since it came out a couple of years ago. This is a fan fave of everyone and I doubt anyone will be disappointed with this. The only downside to this mascara is the clumping and you have to be very careful when applying not to get any clumps. You will also get a lot of fall out through out the day or flaking. 

-L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara 

You can get the L'Oreal Voluminous mascara at any drugstore or retailer that carries L'Oreal. I ALWAYS have this in my makeup bag. Makeup artist, celebrity's, many bloggers and vloggers rave about this. You will get the most value out of this one. I feel like L'Oreal Voluminous is a dupe for the Too Faced "Better than Sex". The downside about L'Oreal is... it has a lot of left over product on the brush. TRUST ME when I say you will need to clean off the extra residue left over on the brush. You will only need one coat with the L'Oreal product. They are not playing when they say its carbon black. It is insanely pigmented. This will also make the product last longer so you can look at it either way.

Both products have thick brushes but the Too Faced is a little more curved. They both give lengthening and volume.  I always get compliments on my lashes with both products when I take the time to properly apply the right amount. The work week is a struggle for me so sometimes I have very little on during the work days.
If you have tried both of these let me know your thoughts and if you have any other products that are just as good I would love to find something similar.Its really hard for me to go outside of these products because I love them so much.Have a great week everyone and make sure those lashes are nice and full. 
xoxo
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