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As my husband and I prepare to travel to California for our big vacation of the year, I can’t help but feel anxious about the cost of the trip at this exact time in our life.
I truly can’t help it. I am naturally a worrier, and traveling across the country while we are also in the process of buying our first home has my “worry-wart” instincts working overtime. This is despite the fact that we have been budgeting for this trip since late last year.
While my day job is in marketing, I occasionally take on freelance design, editing, and writing projects when I have the time and when the project appeals to me.
Recently, I had the pleasure of working with my friends at Mello Coffee Roasters in Davidson, NC, to create a new label for their coffee bags.
I started blogging in 2015 as a way to talk about my struggles and experiences as a motherless daughter. At the time, my site was called “Roots & Wings,” and I hoped to connect with other women who lost their mothers at a young age and even young girls just beginning their journey as a motherless daughter.
When I lost my mom at 19, I didn’t have anyone to talk to who understood the loss I was experiencing at that age. In beginning this blog, I wanted to potentially be a safe place for young women to turn to if they needed to talk.
I will always remember the first time I received a message from a girl who stumbled across my blog and felt comfortable enough to open up her heart to me. I could relate to everything she shared, and reading her words made me feel like the time and energy I put in to this blog was worth it. If I could be there for one person, it was worth it.
We just got back from Walt Disney World, where we spent seven days celebrating our honeymoon in the most magical way possible.
Spending Christmas at Disney and being in Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day has always been a top bucket list item for me (and Justin by default), and I am so happy we did it now before we start growing our family. No, I am not pregnant, but this trip was definitely the one big thing we wanted to do before we have children.
Despite the crowds and me coming down with a cold, we had so much fun.
Now that we’re home and settled back in to our normal routine, I am ready to share our favorite memories from the trip.
Does anyone else pack for vacation two weeks before they leave and spend six months after you get home trying to unpack?
I am 100-percent guilty of this. I just get so excited before a trip that I can’t wait to put my suitcase together.
If you’re reading this, it’s because we are heading to Walt Disney World for our Christmas honeymoon.
I’m sure you’ve heard about couples who do a “first look.” You know, when the bride and groom choose to go against tradition and see each other before their wedding ceremony. Typically, it’s a private moment carved out in the hustle and bustle of the day for the groom to see his bride for the first time and have the wedding photographer capture his reaction.
My husband and I decided not to do a first look because I wanted him to see me in my dress for the first time walking down the aisle. I also had a little surprise planned for him — I walked down the aisle to his favorite song.
However, I did do a first look with my dad, and it turned out to be one of the most memorable and precious moments of my wedding day.
It was a tame year for the hubby and me since we spent most of it drowning in the deep end of planning a wedding. We were able to sneak in some valuable moments, though, and make some pretty great memories.
Here are the highlights of our year:
If you’ve been hanging with me for a little while, you might remember that I just reviewed my fall Stitch Fix box in October.
Typically, I wouldn’t schedule another Fix so soon, but Stitch Fix is waiving the $20 styling fee right now, and I was searching for a cocktail dress to wear on our upcoming honeymoon to Walt Disney World. So, since I had nothing to lose, I said what the hell and scheduled one more Fix for 2017.
I am certainly glad I did, too.
I know I have said this before, but this Stitch Fix box was hands-down my best yet. My stylist Cara tailored the Fix to perfectly match my style, and each piece fit me wonderfully — making it incredibly difficult to decide which items I would keep.
Plus, the note she left me was especially sweet. I love that she mentioned she read my blog post on how I honored my mom at my wedding.
It is no secret that I am a fan of Stitch Fix, an online personalized styling service. It is fun and easy to receive a box full of high-quality clothes and accessories in the mail, try on everything in front of my own mirror, and send back what I don’t want.
If you’re curious about how Stitch Fix works, here you go: