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Friday, August 1, 2014

Cheers to the Weekend! (And to August)

Happy Friday everyone! And Happy August! This is my favorite month because it’s my birthday month. My birthday is on Tues, and we have a few fun things planned. So in addition to being excited about this weekend, where we have a few other fun things planned, I’m also excited about next week.

So in honor of the weekend, let's share some things I am loving, and might have to try this weekend:

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This White Peach Sangria looks amazing. And peaches and cheeries are in season, so perfect for this time of year! I love Sangrias because they are super simple to make, and you can make a big pitcher and keep it in the fridge and enjoy all weekend. It's also perfect for parties because you don't have to keep making a bunch of individual drinks. Make a few batches and just enjoy time with your guests!

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I'm in love with this dress from the Loft. Chambray + Polka Dots = Perfection! And since I have a birthday reward burning a hole in my pocket, I might just have to see if I can find this at the store this weekend.

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I came across this on Pinterest the other day, and actually have the ingredients on hand to make it. I'm thinking I might try to make this for breakfast tomorrow. If it turns out, I'll be sure to share.

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I also came across this on Pinterest and I am intrigued. I tend to make at least 1 batch of jam every year that I like to give away around the holidays. And we have a ton of wine left over from the wedding, so this would be perfect. I've never had blueberry jam before, but I LOVE blueberries, and think this would be perfect on banana bread. 

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I found this print on Esty a few weeks ago and I loved it so much I purchased it immediatly. It's an instant download for $5. A few years ago I read Beth Moore's So Long, Insecurity, and loved the book. It made a huge impact on my life and how I viewed myself and some of the situations I was dealing with. This verse was a big part of the book, and I think about it from time to time. So when I came across this print, I knew it would be perfect to add to our guest room/office that I am currently working on. I found a really cute frame and will have to share once I get that room in a better place. It's been wedding headquarters/storage for the past 9 months, so I am finally getting around to clearing it all out.

We have a few items on the agenda this weekend. Hoping to hit the Ohio State Fair for a Krispy Kreme burger. Also this is the last weekend for the BIA Parade of Homes, and it's really close to where we live, so we might check it out also.

Today's a vacation day for me, but I've already answered about 30 emails, so I'm going to try and take it easy for the rest of my day, and catch up on some reading. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Honeymoon Recap: Colonial Williamsburg, VA

I'm finally getting around to sharing some more honeymoon pictures. Today is day 3 of our honeymoon where we spent the day in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Neither one of us had been to Williamsburg before, but we were excited to check it out and learn a little history. We love little adventures, expecially when there is sightseeing involved. When visiting Colonial Williamsburg you can purchase a pass to go into all of the historic buildings, but since we were only there for about half a day (and it was rather expensive), we just opted to walk around and see what we could see. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.

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{ I told Rick that I wanted this to be my backyard someday }

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{ Capitol Building }

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{ Governer's Palace }

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{ Rick chillin with Thomas Jefferson }

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{ Me in front of the College of William & Mary }

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{ Duke of Gloucester Street }

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{ Lunch at The Trellis }

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{ I had the Trellis Grilled Cheese with the Trellis Slaw. It was pretty amazing! }

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{ Rick had The Burger with Fries and Trellis Burger Sauce } 

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{ For dinner, our hotel recommended Berret's. They had a really nice patio with outside bar. }

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{ We both had the Cajun Spice Mahi Mahi BLT with mango-peach sour cream...yum! }

Ever been to Colonial Williamsburg? I think it would be fun to go again. There are a ton of other historic sites in the area that we would love to check out as well.

Up next...Charleston, SC

In case you missed it, Day 2 was Virginia Beach

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Brooch Bouquet

Today I want to share one of my favorite parts of our wedding...my brooch bouquet. Let's start from the beginning.

Back when we first got engaged, I was looking through photographer websites and came across a picture of a beautiful brooch bouquet. I was at my Grandmother's in WVa when we were looking at these pics, and my Mom and Grandmother agreed that it was a great idea. My Grandmother then brought out a bunch of brooches and said I could pick whatever I wanted to use for my bouquet. I picked out a handful, but had no idea how I would use them.

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I then found out the brooch bouquet that I loved was actually handmade by someone in town, and immediately emailed her for information. Jen from the Ritzy Rose emailed me back and we quickly set up a meeting for me to share my brooches and to discuss ideas.

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So back in November I stopped by her store in Pickerington. It's a cute little store and she makes custom/vintage jewelry, bouquets, boutonnieres, hairpieces and wedding sashes.

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We started the process by going through her very large rack of brooches that were all organized by color. I had decided on hot pink and turquoise as my colors, so I stuck with the pink, blue, white and silver bins. The above were some of the brooches I had picked out, in addition to the ones my Grandmother gave me.

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I then told Jen that I wanted a combination of faux flowers and brooches, and that I loved roses and peonies. I also asked her if she could find a "H" to include as well. I honestly had no idea how she was going to put this all together, but when I received the proofs (the 2 pictures above) I cried tears of joy. I was seriously stunned by how beautiful it looked, and it was sort of the beginning of my vision for our wedding flowers and other decorations.

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I had her add the belt from my dress that I didn't end up using to wrap the stems, and she finished it off with a big bow. It was the perfect touch and allowed my bouquet to match my dress perfectly. My favorite part of my bouquet is the butterfly at the top.

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Another thing that I love is because it is all faux flowers, I can keep it forever. I purchased this glass bell jar to display it and keep the dust off of it. I have it sitting in one of our blue mason jars we had for our centerpieces.

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Jen also made Rick's boutonniere from an old bullet. It added a manly touch to all of the pink flowers and everyone who saw it said it was perfect for Rick!

Linking up today:

Wedding Wednesday

NC Belle In Boots

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Working On My Skillz (At The Range)

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! Our weekend was sort of busy, but we did have a little time to relax and watch a little True Blood (anyone else sad it's the last season?). We both had a crazy work week and worked super long hours, so by Friday night we were both ready to crash.

On Saturday, we met with some friends and went to the shooting range. Rick and his friend Jeff had been wanting to take me and Jeff's fiance out to help teach us how to shoot. I have been one time before, so it wasn't my first time at the shooting range, but I was still very nervous. And I hate hearing all of the shotgun shots...so loud! I didn't grow up with guns at home, so I had never been around a gun really until I met Rick. But with Rick previously being in the military and being a police officer, of course this is something that is going to be in our home. Rick thought it was important for me to learn how to use a gun, and to learn gun safety so I would be more comfortable and know how to properly use one if for some reason God-forbid I would ever have to.

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We ended up sharing a target this time, but it was easy to see my shots which were way off to the right. The good news is that I'm consistent, but I also end up always shooting to the right of what I am targeting. Rick said because I am consistent, the good news is that he can work on that.

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Rick made fun of me for bringing my pink Coach purse and my Starbucks cup to the range. I told him "this is how I roll" (love that song by the way!). Rick posted the above picture to Facebook and one of his friends commented that I was "deadly and fashionable" Ha!

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Here is my target from the last time I went, which was about 2 years ago. Rick said this was pretty good for my first time.

Also on the agenda over the weekend, we went to a new restaurant in Powell called Local Roots. It wasn't too bad. I had a Greek gluten free pizza that was pretty tastey. Downtown Powell is like 5 mins from our house, and we always seem to forget to head over there. We noticed a few restaurants we want to add to our list to try.

I also did some painting this weekend. I painted our entry way and am excited to begin painting our living room soon. We have really high celilings so we need to figure out how to either rent a really tall ladder, or we need to hire someone. Also, we need to repaint all of our trim, which I'm hoping to start next weekend. Now that the wedding is over, we have lots of DIY projects to complete, so lots of home updates to come soon! I'm kind of excited to get some things done that have been on our list for a while.

What were you up to this weekend? Any advice for painting 16 feet walls, including one with stairs?

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