Wedding Planning Update: 39 Days To Go

With a little more than one month left before our wedding, we are currently in the calm before the storm.

If you have ever planned a wedding, you know exactly what I am talking about. Nearly everything is done (or close to being done), and the items left to be checked off our extensive to-do list are small. We got this, y’all; the finish line is so close.

However, the last couple of weeks have been busy with a bridal shower, finishing DIY projects, and shopping — lots of shopping.

Here’s what we’ve been up to:

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Wedding Planning Update: Busy Weekend Ahead

When People Ask How's Wedding Planning Going

It is Friday afternoon and I am currently tucked away in my office, eating lukewarm pizza leftover from last night’s dinner, and trying to make sure I have my to-do list in order before heading into the weekend.

It is going to be a busy one, packed full with wedding planning chores that HAVE to get done because we are running out of weekends before the wedding.

As of now, we have eight Saturdays left, and four of those already have events planned. So, technically, we only have four free Saturdays left (yay, I can do math!) to finish DIY projects, buy decorations, order whatever needs to be ordered, and make sure everything is organized and ready to go.

OK, bring on the panic attacks.

But really, I have no idea what the “F” I am doing most days. How are you supposed to plan a wedding, work full-time, continue to grow your relationship with your partner, watch Netflix, walk the dogs, eat, drink enough water, and still find time to maintain an acceptable level of personal hygiene?

Is it even possible?

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Not Your Average Marriage Proposal

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird.
And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.”
— Robert Fulghum, “True Love”

Justin and I are weird.

OK, perhaps weird is a strong word to use to describe us. But, we do like to think of ourselves as not average and different from the majority of couples our age in that we have done life a little backward and out-of-order.

And our engagement story is representative of our weird life together.

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Best Shoes for Walt Disney World

I quickly learned during my first visit to Walt Disney World as an adult that footwear is everything when it comes to all-day comfort, and those stylish but flat sandals do not cut it.

My feet actually burned in pain after spending 12 hours our first day walking from one side of Magic Kingdom to the other and back in an extremely cute pair of sandals that had zero support.

Honestly, walking in those shoes all day was the equivalent of walking barefoot on concrete. If I had to take one more step in those, I probably would have laid down on the sidewalk and pitched a hissy fit that could put a tired and hungry two-year-old to shame.

That was the first and only time I made that mistake.

Nothing ruins a day in your favorite park quicker than painful feet. You are going spend several hours each day in whatever shoes you choose as you navigate parks (I average about 30,000 steps each day at WDW), so it is important to be thoughtful in regards to footwear.

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In Season: Lemon

Friday Favorites: Lemon Love

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but lemons are definitely in season right now. And I don’t hate it.

I have actually had to pump the breaks and stop myself from buying all things lemon — from shorts, cute shoes, stylish tops, and even home decor.

The pop of bright, zesty yellow makes for a perfect summer hue. Plus, all these lemon patterns are fun, flirty, and feminine.

Here are some of my favorites that I have loaded into online shopping carts over the last week:

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Wedding Chacos

I’m Wearing Chacos to my Wedding and This is Why

We are about three months away from our wedding day and I feel like things are finally falling into place.

Which is great for my sanity and that of my soon-to-be husband.

I recently celebrated a promotion at work and the end of my first semester back in school — if you didn’t know, I am pursing a master’s degree — by ordering my wedding shoes: A pair of custom-made Chaco sandals.

From the moment Justin and I started planning our big day — before I had a dress or even a venue — I knew I would walk down the aisle with Chacos on my feet.

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Planning Our Walt Disney World Honeymoon with Tips & Secrets

Truth be told, I did not want a Disney World honeymoon.

Because we visit the house of mouse every other year (on average) I wrinkled my nose and shook my head from side to side whenever someone asked if we were planning to do Disney for our honeymoon.

“We want to do something different, something we have never done together before,” I would say to anyone willing to believe me.

For several months I researched cruises, Sandals destinations, and numerous other tropical getaways. I pitched idea after idea to my fella, but I never truly felt excited about any of the options I presented.

Finally, one day, we reached a decision. We were going to go as far south as we could in the United States. We were going to Key West.

We picked out our hotel, started a list of restaurants to grub at and bars to stumble out of, and we even saved ideas for fun excursions.

Then, we totaled it all up and our jaws hit the floor.

“We could take three Disney vacations for the cost of this one,”
were my exact words to Justin.

And that was that — that is the story of how we decided on Disney World for our honeymoon.

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Weeknight Meal: Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage with Bell Peppers & Onions

Let’s face it, we are all busy and tired Monday through Friday, and the last thing we want to do after working all day is come home and cook dinner.

That is why quick, cheap, and easy meals are a huge hit in our house. And if they are low-calorie, that’s even better.

I’m not even going to pretend that I do the cooking in our house — that’s all Justin, and I am 100 percent OK with that because he is amazing at creating his own recipes and preparing beautiful meals nearly every night of the week.

However, from time to time, I like to pour myself a glass of wine (or two), roll up my sleeves, and see what I can come up with at the stove.

This week I wanted to experiment with some items from Trader Joe’s. I picked up a package of their sun-dried tomato chicken sausage and a bag of their frozen fire roasted bell peppers and onions. The best part was the chicken sausage is fully cooked, so the chance of me giving us food poisoning was cut from probable to minimal.

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