Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The First Year Is The Hardest?

Well, it's been many months since my last post. I've gotten married, gone on my honeymoon, moved into our house, and been experiencing wedded bliss for the last 6 months. Christmas was our 6 month anniversary of getting married.

Everything is so glorious. I can't believe that people say the first year is the hardest. This first half of the year I have had to continuously pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming. I am married to the love of my life. We are going to experience everything in life TOGETHER. Forever. It's an amazing feeling. If this year is the hardest, then bring on the rest of our lives!

I hope everyone has had a very happy holiday season!

Talk to you next year!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wedding Dress Obsession

Amidst all this wedding planning, I think my favorite part, by far, has been finding the wedding dress. I had done a lot of wedding things before I even got engaged! (Looked at rings, thought of colors, looked at ceremony sites, etc.) But, the one thing I didn't do, was go wedding dress shopping. When my other friends were looking for their dresses, I would of course casually browse, but I didn't try anything on.

Well, when it was finally my turn, I took my mom, my sister, and two of my best friends with me to a local bridal shop that had a wide selection of things for me to try. It was so fun. I went in knowing that so many people end up with something totally different than they thought, so I wanted to try on all the different silhouettes to see which was most flattering to my body type.

As I started trying on the dresses I thought- my mom is brutally honest- she will tell me what looks good and what maybe doesn't look as good. Well, every dress I tried on, my mom wiped a tear away and told me I look beautiful. Which is definitely nice to hear, but how do you make a decision based on that??

I came to the conclusion that wedding dresses were made to be the most flattering thing you could ever wear. All sorts of body types look great in wedding dresses. I have curves, and I looked pretty damn good.

I made my decision based on a very strange factor. What dress made me want to look at myself in the mirror. I hate looking at myself in the mirror ordinarily, but the minute I put on THE DRESS, I couldn't get over how good I felt and looked in it! I know that sounds conceited, but if you have found THE DRESS- you know what I'm talking about.

Now, I'm obsessed with my dress. It is being altered for my June wedding, and I just want to pick it up now, and try it on everyday. It makes me sad to know I only get to wear it one time in my life. I look it up online - just to look at it again. I'm just so so excited to wear it...

Does anyone else feel this way about their own wedding dress?? Am I just weird??

(No, none of those dresses are MY DRESS... but I can't risk my fiance seeing it!)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Secrets To Stress-Free DIY Wedding Planning

Hello All,
I haven't posted in a while because work picked up and I've been planning a wedding!

When I first got engaged and talked to my fiance about the wedding I started to realize that my vision of an intimate gathering of 10 people on an exotic island was probably not going to happen. As I mentioned in one of my first posts, I have a house that I'm renting out. I was able to buy that house with a LOT of help from my parents - pretty much in lieu of a big fancy wedding. Which I never even wanted anyway. My fiance has different views. He has a large family and wants everyone he is close to to be able to come and celebrate our marriage with us. I have nothing against that. But when I heard the news, I knew that we would be financing a great deal of our wedding ourselves. It got me into my "money-saving mode." I started looking at DIY books, and blogs and tried to figure out what I could do myself, and what I needed professional help with. We are having our wedding at my parents home. Huge savings in money, but huge undertaking in what needs to be done ourselves. Here are a few of my "Secrets to staying stress-free!"

The first step to keeping things stress-free, is to formulate a plan. You should know that anything in life is easier to handle when there's a plan. There are plenty of unplanned events to deal with, you don't want to be on overload with the things that could have been planned. Formulating a plan is relatively easy. Figure out your end goal, and then the easiest ways to get there..

Make a list, and be organized. Sounds so simple, but having a place where you can write down all the tasks you need to get done (make sure it's all in the same place) can really help you be on top of what needs to be done. Some people think that list making is for anal, over-organized, control freaks. That may be true, but it's for normal, disorganized people too. There really is something to be said about being able to cross off a task on your to-do list. (Try it, it feels good!)

Next, do what you can when you can. You know when you get stressed- it's because something needs to be done, and it needed to be done yesterday, and you left it until the last minute, so either it doesn't get done, or it doesn't get done right? Leaving things until the last minute is the worst thing you can do when you are trying to be stress-free. Do the little things early. Start looking for vendors early, browse wedding websites for centerpiece ideas, and think about what you want the invitations to say. You don't have to decide on anything right away, but you'll find just thinking about these things gets you on the right track of staying stress-free, because when it comes time to actually decide on these things, you will already have an idea of what you want, and sometimes the hardest part of all this is just actually making the decision.

Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Wedding planners are expensive. But they get paid the big bucks so that you don't have to worry about things yourselves. If you can afford it, it's worth it, if not- then you have to know that you can ask for help. Don't heap all the responsibility on your maid of honor's shoulders or your mom's. You can ask a few special people for a few small favors, and before you know it, it's getting done, you don't have to worry about it, and no one is resenting you for asking them to be your wedding planner without the paycheck in the end. Even for the most independent, self-sufficient, perfectionist bride, doing it all yourself is not the solution to a great wedding. You will be so stressed you won't be able to enjoy your special day.

Stop and smell the roses. This is a very important step to staying stress free. Remember what the day is all about. Remember that the details pale in comparison to the fact that you are marrying the love of your life. Remember that something WILL go wrong, and it will just be a funny story when you look back. Remember that even the most amazing events have some hiccups along the way, and that you can't control everything. Enjoy yourself, have a sense of humor, and especially if you are doing it yourself - take the pressure off! There are more important things in life than to worry about a few hours of one day (it's a big day... but it's JUST ONE DAY!)

I started my planning early, made my list, and crossed off things as I went. I only have 4.5 months until the wedding, but I'm right on track and not stressed at all. This is a DIY wedding, and these are my secrets to staying stress-free.

This post is about wedding plans, but the steps can really be used in any situation. Being organized and having a sense of humor can get you through most things!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Thursday, October 21, 2010


Hello Bloggers and Blog-Readers!

I know it has been a while since I posted anything, but I have big news!

In one of my earlier posts, I blogged about sending my boyfriend my dream ring... and hoping I wasn't assuming things by sending it.

Well-the big news is- HE PROPOSED! The ring is better than anything I could have ever sent him. I'm so happy to report I didn't make an ass out of anyone by sending it.

He waited a while (I sent it to him in APRIL and he proposed in September) but I couldn't be happier.

So now, the wedding planning begins!

Work has become a little bit busier, but I will post as often as I can.

I just had to let everyone know, that my policy which has always been to tell him exactly how I'm feeling about things, paid off. Don't be afraid to tell your partner your feelings. If your relationship is important to you, then it will build the proper foundation by always being able to say how you feel.

I'm sooo happy!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Spicy Tuna- Crispy Rice

I love, love, love Spicy Tuna, Crispy Rice. Only a handful of sushi restaurants do it, and of those- a few do it right. A while ago I started making my own sushi. It is so simple and also really delicious. I've finally been able to make the crispy rice well, so I'm sharing my secret recipe with the world. ;)

I will also post the recipe for the super simple Spicy Tuna Rolls that I make.

Just click on the pic and it will enlarge the recipe...

Hope you all enjoy, and come back and tell me how it turns out!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Summertime And The Livin' is Easy...

When I was younger, I couldn't wait for summer to arrive. In elementary school it meant waking up, watching I Love Lucy with my little sister, grabbing something to eat and swimming in our pool, playing mermaids, racing, and trying tricks ALL DAY LONG. As I got older, summer meant NO SCHOOL, sleeping in until noon, and planning beach days with my friends.

Now that I'm an adult, and working, I'm excited for summer for different reasons. Gone are the days of sleeping in until noon and swimming all day, but I still have plenty to look forward to.

Here are some of the things I look forward to most about summertime!

Warm nights - (I love not needing a sweater at night!)
Sleeping with the windows open
Long days full of sunshine
Flip flops
Weekends at the beach
Tank Tops
Pool Days
Driving w/ the windows down
Bob Marley
Big Sticks
Running through sprinklers...

The list goes on and on...

What are some of the things you are looking forward to in the summertime?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Countdowns. It's as if counting down the days or hours or even minutes to something happening makes it more exciting. I count down everything. Months to my birthday, days till a vacation, minutes till 5 o'clock and we can leave work. I feel like it makes the event come sooner (clearly it doesn't.)

Currently, along with counting down the hours till I can leave work, which is a daily occurrence, I am counting down a big trip to Vegas. My boyfriend's friends (the twins) are turning 40 and we are celebrating in style at the Venetian. Two of my best friend's are coming too. One with her husband and the other with her boyfriend. I am so incredibly excited. I've been counting down in my head since we booked the trip. But as you can see from the picture I have a dorky, but fun way to countdown with my friends. Simple photoshop skills allow me make a countdown FLYER for the event! :)

I used to do this sort of countdown EVERY Vegas trip when we were going multiple times a year. Thought I'd bring it back. I'm in luck that the people I love- love my dorky side too! Or at least put up with it!

Don't you just LOVE countdowns?