No Black Friday For Me


I am a shopper.  I love to shop.  And I love buying presents for other people.  So, naturally, you would think I would love Black Friday.

Maybe it’s the crazy crowds.  Maybe it’s that the deals are on electronics and I don’t want to buy electronics.  Maybe it’s that the last 2 years I have been shopping on Black Friday and never really gotten a great deal.

It’s fun to be out in the madness with everyone and their mother, but what’s the point if you don’t really get what you want?  For the past 2 years I have shopped on Black Friday.  I have braved the crowds and gone out with the crazy people to try to get a great deal.  And here is what I have learned.  Most of the good deals on Black Friday are for electronics.  It’s great – GREAT – if you are shopping for electronics.  But I’m not.  We don’t need any of them.  By the way, if you are wanting a DSLR, the past 2 years Target has had one on sale (usually a Canon) for under $500 packaged with a bunch of other stuff like case or bag.

This year, though?  I am boycotting Black Friday.

No Black Friday For Me


Maybe the luster of it has worn off.  But I am just not excited about Black Friday sales.  There hasn’t been anything I have seen that I can’t order online and get shipped to me.  We already have stuff being shipped to our house as we speak.  I will get out and about and do some Christmas shopping – I love getting in the Christmas spirit – but it won’t be on Black Friday.

I will not be walking into a toy store like 2 years ago.  For someone who doesn’t frequent toy stores often (and I’m looking at you Toys R Us), I was immediately overwhelmed.  I couldn’t find what I wanted and I had to go through every aisle just to see what all there way.  The crowds were insane and it’s just not something I want to attempt again.  Maybe whenever we have kids, but not now.  No thank you.  The line to check out was wrapped around the aisles (all managed by employees, thank goodness).  But still.  It really wasn’t worth it for me.  The deals just weren’t that great.

I think that Black Friday can be great for deals, but you have to be looking for something specific like cough electronics cough.  Have I emphasized that enough?  Even as much as I buy clothes, the clothes deals just aren’t that great on Black Friday.  So, this year we will be heading to Home Depot – probably with everyone else – and buying our first real Christmas tree.  Yes, you saw that right.  In our 4 years together we have NEVER had a real Christmas tree…and that ends this year.  I will also be decorating our house for Christmas on Friday.  I don’t believe in decorating before Thanksgiving.  #sorrynotsorry

{rant over}

Life After The Wedding


One thing that I have been thinking of lately is how do you restart life after planning a wedding?  How do you start living again?

You might be asking me why I am writing a post about this.  Well, it was something that was really hard for me to do – to be honest.  I have mentioned this before a few times, but my wedding planning really did consume my life.  It was all that I thought about and all I could really talk about.

I know this might sound crazy to someone who hasn’t planned a wedding.  But it is so true.  And it didn’t even hit me that it was consuming me until after the wedding and all I felt was utter relief.  This might not happen to everyone planning a wedding, but it happened to me.  And we had a 22 month engagement, so it wasn’t like I felt a time crunch or anything.  I did feel like a lot of the small stuff that we couldn’t get done until the end was what sent me over the edge.

From seating charts, to DIY projects, to making sure that all your vendors show up, and to the damn weather…there are a lot of things to think about when you plan a wedding.  And lots to stress about.  And that doesn’t include the family stress that are bound to happen as well.

Since our wedding is well over, where do I go from here?  I planned a kick ass wedding (in my opinion) and I had no idea how to get back to society.  I wasn’t sure what to do after the wedding.  I didn’t know what to pin.  I didn’t know what to research.  I didn’t know what to do on my computer after our wedding.  No wonder I didn’t blog…I wouldn’t have been able to come up with anything worth anything.  But seriously, when did I realize I was coming back down to earth?

We slowly started to do fun things as a married couple.  Like, seeing George Lopez.  We have gone to see Cirque and we went apple picking.  We will be going back up to our wedding venue in December for a weekend (so excited about this!) and we are just living life as newlyweds.  Our lives might not have changed much since our wedding, but I can tell you that I changed because of planning my wedding.


Gratitude Vol. 2


Well hello there Friday.  It’s so nice to see you again.  Today starts the longest day ever, but I couldn’t be more excited about it!  So lets get on to it, shall we?

Gratitude Volume 2

This week I am thankful for:

  • Tonight.  We are going to see Mockingjay and I couldn’t be more happy about it.  I loved the books and luckily Jeremy has loved the movies, so date night tonight!

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  • On Sunday, we saw Cirque du Soliel Amaluna.  It was amazing.  There was one act that just blew me away.  Something I have never seen before, and probably an act I will never see again.  I’m so grateful that Jeremy loves Cirque as much as I do.  And I’m grateful that my mom got to join us as her Christmas gift.

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  • Friends.  Finding the ones that really love you are amazing.  And then, having friends – or family friends – who are so talented that they painted a picture from our wedding.  I am blown away by how wonderful this painting is and how perfect it is.  And she made me so tan, which I love!


  • Thanksgiving is next week.  How on earth did it get here already?  I can’t wait to see Jeremy’s sister and family and eat some yummy turkey.
  • The Santa Coca-Cola cans are out!  Who is excited about these?  I didn’t notice them yesterday, but you better believe that I will be drinking lots of these in the coming  weeks.

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What are you grateful for this week?

The Best Day: Reception Highlights Part 2


Wedding reception dancing with the bride

I’m still in shock that I am almost done with my recaps.  I have about 4 left to go and then I will be handing over the reigns.  If you haven’t already emailed me and would like to be a co-host of the linkup, please email me.

After we cut the cake, it was time to dance.  And dance, we did!  It was so much fun to dance with everyone and to be able to talk to all the guests.  The dancing was the best time I have had in a long time.  It was so much fun to get on the dance floor and boogie with everyone.  These are only a few of the many reception pictures that we have.  I had a hard time narrowing it down to these pictures, but I think these are a good representation of our reception.


Hello officiant.  You did a great job, and you get to enjoy that beer.  Drink up, Jeremy!

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So, this is Leslie (Hi Leslie) and her husband Drew is the one on the phone.  I guess he would rather do work than be at our reception?  Hmph.  I do love her look though.

Wedding reception dancing with the maid of honor and the bride

Not much better than dancing with your sister.  I wish I could remember what song we were singing along to, but we sure look like we love it, right?

The bride and groom dancing at their reception together.

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The Wobble.

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Dancing with the husband.  I have to say that it was so much fun to dance with him without all eyes on us.  We actually twirled – which we didn’t do for our first dance.

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Our last song was “We are Young” by fun.  Our DJ, who was fantastic, had everyone gather around us and sing along to the song.  We all had our hands up in the air as we were singing along to the song.  I didn’t know that this would be our final song (we didn’t specifically tell him to play this song as the last song), but I think it couldn’t have been more perfect.  It was such fun to have everyone gathered around us singing with us.

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Getting a picture with most of our guests was genius!  I’m so glad that we have this picture to look back on and see all the people who celebrated with us.

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And one more kiss for good measure.

On deck next week.

Wedding Wish Lanterns

Our Vendors:

Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Ridges Resort and Marina
Photography – Jason Hales Photography
Videography – Kimberly K Cinema
Florist – Moore’s Florist
Cake – Cakelady
DJ – Lethal Rhythms
Farmhouse Tables and Chairs – Classic Party Rentals
Beaded Bridal Belt – Elegance by Kate
Bride and Bridesmaid Robes – Silk and More
Brides Earrings – Sticks and Stones NY

It’s now time to link up for Wedding Wednesday!  Grab our new button and link up any wedding post you want.  It can be from your wedding 5 years ago; it can be a post of you planning your wedding; it can be about your engagement.  It doesn’t matter.  Link up here and spread the word!

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