Thursday, April 3, 2014

32 Things That Make Me Happy as a Clam

Today I'm joining Erin and Sarah for their linkup. We could all use a little more happiness, right? It goes right along with this post about my happiness journal! 

Venus Trapped in Mars

1. The people I work with. For having to spend 40 hours a week with those nuts, it could be so much worse. And I'm like totally besties with my office-mate. Win.

2. Silliness of all kinds. I don't feel like this needs an explanation.

3. The beach.

4. The smell of a beach when I can't actually be near one. Candles are a lifesaver.

5. Sharing a home (an apartment, but it's our home) with the love of my life.

6. The holiday season. Everything about it makes me warm and fuzzy.

7. The Yankees.

8. Hanson. Judge if you want, but don't knock 'em until you've listened to something they've put out since 1997.

9. Owning my car. I've had it for two and a half years, but I still get a smile on my face every time I get in it.

10. Our new friends from New Zealand. Who would've thought that drunk-meeting people on NYE would lead to a lasting friendship?

11. My mom is coming home from Florida next Saturday!

12. I'm getting my blog redesigned!

13. Walking through puddles on purpose while wearing my Hunters.

14. The start of Spring and warmer weather.

15. Taking our crazy dog (Louie) for walks to the park as a "family."

16. Christmas trees. I know I already said the holiday season, but there's something about Christmas trees that just make me extra happy. Like extraextra.

17. Giraffe things.

18. Blogger meetups.

19. My crazy Lou-dog.

20. Writing lists and color-coding everything.

21. Shopping by myself. It can be so peaceful.

22. Babysitting my friend's adorable son.

23. Impromptu date nights.

24. A good drink. You know when you're at the bar and you order something and the bartender makes it juuuuuust right and it's so incredibly perfect that you have to close your eyes for a second? Yeah.

25. Vacations. This should just be a given.

26. The doll that I've had since the day I was born and still sleep with when I'm at my parents' house. You're not allowed to judge me for this. It's sentimental.

27. This picture:


28. When everything seems to fall into place.

29. Backyard barbeques with the whole family.

30. Multi-functional items.

31. Compliments about how clean my desk is at work. (If only they knew how messy I am at home...)

32. Running into the house when it's about to start raining and making it inside just before it starts to downpour.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Day I Realized Wedding Planning is Hard

Let me start by saying that I must have been completely delusional going into this.

All the books and checklists scared me half to death when I first started researching how to plan a wedding. Then I actually started forming ideas and figuring out what I wanted and thought, "Oh, this won't be difficult at all!" I had it all figured out and I was set.


On Saturday Erich and I went to the one place we were sure we wanted to have our wedding ceremony. (Oh, I should mention that we want to have the ceremony in a separate place from the reception. Let's just make it even harder, right?)  Well. We got there and both hated it. The woman we worked with was less than stellar, not really willing to work with us, and the garden looked like someone's front yard. It just wasn't the place for us. So now we're back to square one, which is really scary.

The venue we looked at. It's nice enough, but not nice enough for us. 
Part of the issue is that we already have a venue for our reception. It's not set in stone, but we like it and would like to keep it. The event coordinator is willing to work with us for dates and stuff, so we're off to a good start there. What we've been having to deal with is that many wedding venues aren't interested in allowing us to only have the ceremony there. So many places would rather turn us away so that they can keep the date open and book a full wedding/reception to make more money. Boo.

I've submitted a few forms to different places to get an appointment to view the venues, but communication seems to be soooooooo slow. Maybe it's just me because I'm generally impatient and now I'm an impatient bride (read: bridezilla), but I wish people were more responsive. My plan was to not be a fussy bride. I genuinely don't care about the small details. I care less than zero about the color of napkins or whether or not they have text and a cute picture on them. They're napkins. They are going to get thrown away. Well, guess what? I'm pretty shocked at myself because it turns out I do have opinions, and I also get really grouchy when things don't go my way. Bah humbug. (Also see: only-child problems.)

Our number one choice as of right now (if they'll ever email me back, yeesh!) is a place close by to what we've already seen. It's a house, and you can choose to hold the ceremony in the front of the house, in the back at a gazebo, or at a little beach area they have set up. It's right on the water and it's totally gorgeous. Let's hope this one works out. (I do have back-ups just in case. I learned that lesson the hard way, obviously.) And according to my mom, "there's always the church!" How about no.

Gorgeous, right? [via]
I really feel like once this seemingly simple, yet apparently very difficult task is done, I'll be so much less stressed and all the pieces will fall into place. Other brides out there -- past, present, or future -- tell me I'm not wrong. Please.

Wedding Wednesday

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Organizing Your Face: The Best Way to Store Your Makeup {Sponsored Post}

**This is a sponsored post by The Salon Outlet. 

Every girl loves her makeup collection. You would spend countless hours deciding on things you can’t live without from beauty and drug counters and stores, but when you return home you throw your new products into a drawer with your entire giant stash. When you pull open your makeup drawer to get ready, you push all your makeup around, chipping your foundation bottle within the hunt for your darkest eyeliner and crushing an eye shadow pallet when you’re frantically trying to find a lipstick. Perhaps this sounds familiar? It’s a frequent problem for most girls. Even though you might think that losing a number of lipsticks, eye shadows, or liners due to makeup clutter are simply a few unavoidable casualties, it is simple to avoid this concern if you know how you can properly store your makeup. 

The value of a good cosmetic organizer can’t be exaggerated. Properly storing your makeup helps keep it from getting too hot or too cold, from being broken, and will save you money in the long run since you don’t have to worry about broken makeup or losing items. There are a lot of options for makeup storage available. You can try soft, quilted cases, rolling carts, drawer organizers, and endless other options. But the simplest, most effective storage tool tends to be a makeup train case. Train cases are foldable boxes that fold out when open so you can access their multiple compartments, and fold in when closed. These rectangular cases are closed using a latch on top, and the ones available at The Salon Outlet even have locks so you don’t have to worry about anyone taking your most prized lipstick! They’re even great for traveling. They usually come with an easy carrying handle, so you can just pick up your entire makeup collection and be out and about in no time, with all of your makeup at your disposal!

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