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Being a Bride


Happy 2016 friends! I hope this year brings you much joy. I already know 2016 is going to be a great year because I'm getting married this year!!!! 


Being a bride has been interesting thus far and while on the outside the only thing that's changed is I wear a diamond ring on my left hand everyday on the inside so much has changed! 


I knew that we would be excited to be engaged and of course our families but I never realized how much love would surround Shaun and I when we announced our engagement. It's so wonderfully overwhelming to have so many people so excited and happy for you. Of course, my heightened emotional state contributes to that; ever since we got engaged I've felt very emotional. Very sensitive to things that would have never bothered me before and very sentimental in general. My emotions have been rather unpredictable as well - a lot of girls cry when they choose their dress and you'd think with my mom not there I would have been a prime crying candidate, but nope. Then two days later my Dad called me on the way to work asking how it went and as soon as I hung up I bawled my eyes out. I couldn't stop crying, even at work and took the afternoon off to cry for HOURS at home but then the next day I was perfectly fine. Weird. 

Basically my emotions range from: 




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I spent my whole life believing the myth that wedding planning is wonderful and fun - bubble bursts because it is surprisingly stressful. The options available to a bride are overwhelming to say the least and the prices tags even more so - why does it cost 3 times a monthly mortgage to rent a place for one day???? And you'd think when we have multiple quality vendors within budget would make it easy but nope, more stress because now we have to pick one and gosh darn it they're both so talented and nice people - why do we have to tell one no. 

And then there's the fact that people will be traveling to our wedding. The fact that people are taking the time and expense to surround us with love is overwhelming in its self but then it does add to the pressure of wanting to make the reception as awesome as possible so our guests will know how much we appreciate them being there. I had a caterer put "nice" disposable plates in their proposal and while I kept my reaction on the inside my inner bridezilla was full of rage - we have family and friends traveling 1,000 miles to be there and you want us to serve them on plastic HOW DARE YOU!!! Now the perfectly reasonable person inside of me knows that of the 30ish weddings I've attended some of them must have used disposable plates and not only do I not remember but I simply did not care but for some reason now that it's my wedding all these details have an inflated sense of importance. 

Don't get me wrong, I am so excited to BE married; I just didn't realize the road there was so complicated. 

We're attending a big bridal show at the end of the month so hopefully we'll have most of our vendors finalized in February and life can return to normal for a few months. In the meantime, I just keep reminding myself how all our loved ones are going to be in one room at the same time and it's going to be awesome; plus cake - yum! 



12 Days of Oily Goodness


December - a time for merriment, a time for generosity, a time for worship . . . But also a time for getting ready for New Years resolutions. 

One of my biggest resolutions for 2015 was to get my health in check. Although I wish it was reflected on my waistline I feel like this was something I really made big strides towards this year and one way I have done this has been by going natural. But, 2015 has been an AWFUL year for organization. So after thanksgiving I was going through my essential oil collection scattered about my house and thinking of a solution and when I got them all together I realized that thanks to earning freebies throughout the year I have a nice little stash of unopened dupliates. Hmm, what to do? 

Well, I really truly am grateful and passionate about the way essential oils have blessed my life and so I figured what better way to take advantage of this excess than to share the love. So this month I'll be hosting 12 days of oily giveaways! Participation will be simple: each day I will post the giveaway for the day and link a short (seriously, under 5 minutes each) video. Just watch the video, comment on the post and watch a winner selected daily. I've already got the prizes packed up and just need a winner's addresses to send them to! 

You can win multiple days so don't feel like you have to hold out on participating, here's the items I'll be giving away: 

1. 4oz of Thieves Cleaner concentrate 
2. Orange Blosson foaming facial wash 
3. Cinnamint Lip Balm 
4. Orange Oil 
5. Tangerine Oil
6. Lemon Oil 
7. Citrus Fresh Oil Blend 
8. Grapefruit Oil
9. Beauty Serum Roll-On
10. Jasmin Perfume Roll-On 
11. Beauty Sleep Blend Rolll-On (contains peace and calming oil) 
12. Lavender Oil 

I hope that if you've been skeptical about oils you'll watch a video or two and try one for free but also welch my existing oily friends to participate. 

Happy Oiling Y'all! 


Carnival Cruise Thermal Suite


Yesterday I posted about our couples experience in the Cloud 9 Spa on our carnival cruise and mentioned that next time we'll just get a spa pass - this is something I did by myself for our last day at sea so I got to experience the spa to make a full comparison. And like a loser I snuck around taking pictures so I could do another post. 


My favorite part was the thalostherapy pool, no kids! Plus is at the front and top of the ship so you can feel the sway of the ocean. I personally enjoyed being rocked back and forth in the pool but wouldn't recommend this for those who get seasick. 


Next, it was time for the aroma steam room, which was just like the private one we enjoyed the night before but a little larger. 


Next is the oriental steam, which is larger and cooler but still warm. I couldn't get my phone to take good pictures in the steam. 


Connected to the steam room is the tepidarium. This was easily my second favorite spot. The lounge chairs were hard but heated and the view out into the ocean was quite nice. Seriously, I could have napped here all day. 


Finally, the lanconium. Honestly, aside from being smaller and having more seats (which were heated) than lounges I couldn't really tell a difference between the two dry rooms. 



Overall, I LOVED experiencing the thermal suites. I had hoped to go back in the evening but a long dinner kept me away. I wished I had been able to visit the spa after our excursions each day for some downtime before dinner vs the one day use which is why I really want a spa pass for the next trip. 

Soooo relaxing, and that's what vacation is supposed to be all about! 








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