Christmas Cards

Jacob and I celebrated our first married Christmas this year and our first Christmas Cards (which I was so excited about). A couple friends out of Birmingham, AL were so kind to spend an afternoon with us on the beautiful Lake Purdy and capture these shots! Thanks to Tyler and Caleb, our faces were on people's refrigerators for a few weeks and I was able to make all my Christmas dreams come true. Check out Tyler & Caleb on Instagram to see more of their work! 


Choosing an Essential Oil Brand

I was a really big essential oil skeptic. I had used some blends that friends had shared with me. They seemed to help but I was also taking medicine and trying other remedies to combat my symptoms so I just attributed feeling better to that.  My ah-ha moment was when I read a comparison on herbal tea to essential oil use so I decided to check it out. Fast forward to recent months. I have been doing a lot of reading up on how hey can actually help and their variety of uses. I decided to give it a go. I talked to several people about which brands they use. The most common answer was DoTerra, Young Living, and Native American Nutritionals (aka Rocky Mountain Oils) along with a few others that health food stores carry. Further research had my head spinning. There are so many reviews for all of them, but I found very few true reviews where people who are not affiliated with a certain brand share what they think with a side by side comparison.  All three of theses brands seemed good, and I determined that people just really love whatever they use. They found a great option for their family and a community of people using the same products so they just went with it. 

Being a true newbie with only articles and blogposts to go by, I decided to go with a friend's advice and try Native American Nutritionals. They are very affordable and I have found them to be very effective so far. So effective that I have not taken any medicine since I purchased them. None! Granted, I've never been someone who takes lots of medicine, but I would used it for general headache relief, allergies, etc. But still, I am very impressed with the results I am getting and I plan to order more to add to my little collection. 

On my first order, I purchased LemonPeppermintLavenderMelaleucaOregano, and Immune Strength. So far, I have used all of them except for the oregano because I have not dealt with any major sickness. I have used them for everything from bug bites, to allergies, and even cleaning products with great success. 

Pictured: Immune Strength + Lemon. I use a few drops with vinegar and very hot water to mop floors. It smells ahhhhmazing! 


Wedding: Only two months to go!

Since our wedding is exactly two months away, I thought I would share our wedding website today. Enjoy!  


New House & Lots of Dreams

Jacob and I signed the lease for this little darling a couple weeks ago. It is completely surreal to think that we are this close to getting married and actually planning out a home together. I will be living here until we are married, then he will join me. So many happy dances have happened today as we have scrubbed bathrooms, mopped floors and hung curtains. It is all so fun, and we are so grateful for this space that will soon be ours.


Twenty-Five Days to an Easy Move

I might be one of the only people who love moving, but I really do! When I was in college, my roommate and I once moved to the building next door. We didn't even pack, we just put stuff in bins and made a billion trips. We used her office chair to haul the heavy stuff, and we still brag about the fact that we did it in two days. Since then, I have come up with a plan to help me start early and stay organized. I think the trick is to break it up as much as possible. I take the 25 days prior to moving to get a little done each day because moving day is not packing day, especially if you have people helping you move.

Using my Printable Twenty-Five Day Moving Guide can make a move feel much smaller of a task for everyone involved... and it might keep you from using an office chair to carry things! Okay, lets do this!

As of Lately

Procrastinating. I should be packing. 
Showering. A dear friend's celebration. 

Traveling. Paying a Christmastime visit. 

Dreaming. So many things could come of this rusty metal. 

Listening. The Carolina Stomp is my favorite. 


Wedding: Asking the Bridesmaids

Wedding planning is starting to feel very real. We have less than 200 days until the wedding, and Jacob and I have been working on assembling our wedding party. I was incredibly excited to ask a few dear friends to be my Bridesmaids. I wanted to make it fun and memorable while giving them some needed information.

I found these great glass bottles and filled them with nail polish, chocolate, and a pretty little necklace. Brown kraft paper is my obsession so I incorporated it in my envelopes and tags. My girls have great personal style so they will be choosing their own dresses for the wedding. I also included color swatches for them to use while shopping, as well as a few photos for inspiration. I can't wait to see all their unique styles come together as we celebrate on the big day! 


Wedding: Thinking, Planning, and Choosing

I am learning so much about myself through planning our wedding, and it turns out that indecision is my arch nemesis. We took a lot of time to enjoy our engagement and I am so grateful for that season of life. After all, this is a new chapter of our lives to enjoy... and I already had a Pinterest board that would make any newly engaged man sweat from nervousness.

If I could give any word of advice, it would be enjoy this completely unique season. We are about seven months out and just now really diving in. As I mentioned above, begin by deciding what you like. Between all the awesome magazines and websites that brides love, it can be difficult to even know what you like. Figure out your combined style and work on finding inspiration together. For me, the hardest part was funneling down ideas into a specific style, but once we got there it has made choosing all the parts and pieces so much easier.

From there, we began to choose specifics like a date, venue and time of day. Choosing a venue was much harder than I could have dreamed. We checked out so many places but ended back up with where we began, across the street from our proposal spot. The date was easy to pick because the venue had limited open days in the time of year we wanted, but lets face it, that was probably a good thing.


Updates and Plans

Summer has been completely filled with so many changes. I took on more responsibilities at my job,  I brought home a puppy (named Clover) to live with me, went on some great vacations with friends, and filled any free time has with wedding planning. I have loved every minute of it. Fall is here and I have coffee in hand. Its feeling like life is beginning to regain some normality, and that I think it is the perfect time to begin a wedding planning series here. Event coordinating has a special place in my heart so, planning a wedding has been such a fun experience so far! I have created some methods that I will share over the next few months (seven months to be exact) and I hope this series will be helpful to everyone planning! 


Garden: Tips for a Happy Terrarium

After watching on old Martha Stewart special on gardening, I have become increasingly obsessed with terrariums. I think they are strange and beautiful and perfect for the home.

This is definitely not a DIY post because you just put plants in a container… it kind of explains itself right? But I did want to share a few tips and thoughts on terrariums. 

Soil Drainage. Depending on the plants you use, you will need a well draining soil that has some coarse sand or something to make sure that water isn’t sitting at your plant roots. Since terrariums are generally in glass containers without holes in the bottom, you will need some rocks at the bottom to give that water somewhere to go or you will have gross moldy soil and it will kill your plants.

Plant Type. The possibilities are endless, but with a terrarium, make sure your plants want to be friends. For example, if you put a fern requiring a lot of water and a cactus that requires very little, somebody wont be happy and might even die. The same goes with sunlight. Find plants with equal sun, water, and soil requirements so you will have happy plants.

Container Cleanliness. Since moisture is an issue with terrariums, you want to make sure that the container you are using has had a good scrub. Use a little bleach in your water to clean it and let it dry completely just to keep mold from growing in there. 

There you have it! I hope my tips for a happy terrarium will help you as you create yours! Do you have any tips or ideas? Please share them below.