Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding Invitations.....Part 2

Last week I talked about all our wedding invitation options and the ones that we loved from Wedding Paper Divas order came in the mail a few weeks ago!

 If you haven’t guessed already….we went with the same look as our save the dates.I adored how the sparkle looked on the white background, so I just had to do the same for our invitations!

We choose to add the bracket style, use pearl white shimmer paper and use fancy gold envelopes as well, which went perfectly with the gold on the invitation.

For RSVP’s, we chose to do two separate things. 

For the older generation and those far away, we chose to do traditional RSVP cards, also with the bracket style and a gold envelope.  We added some fun wording at the bottom asking for peoples favorite songs to make it more whimsical and not so serious. 

For those closer to us and more tech savy, we included a small card asking them to go to our website to RSVP.  I really loved the idea of these as they helped us save money with smaller paper, no extra envelopes and no return postage.  

Unfortunately, when I received the RSVP cards, I was pretty bummed.  They were soooooo small! About two inches by two inches.  Yes, it does say that online, but it was on a separate page that I unfortunately didn’t check. My plan was to put them in the envelope with the invitation, so I know some of them got lost inside. I'm sure some people only pulled out the invitation and didn't even see the card.  We did our best to use all of the reply cards we had and only use a minimal amount of the insert cards, but I’m still not happy about it.  I have a feeling a lot of people will be asking how to RSVP because they didn’t see that dinky thing!

Besides the tiny RSVP card, I absolutely love the look of our invitations….what do you guys think??
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Monday, July 21, 2014

We Found a House!!!

Oh my goodness you guys!  At the same time I was posting about not finding anything we liked last monday....we found something we loved!

Everything has moved SUPER fast and our lender is aiming for a close date of July 30th.  As in 10 days from now. So many things have already happened and all we really need to do now is get the inspection taken care of, which is happening ASAP.

So yeah, add moving to my list of to-dos before the wedding.  Eeek!

The house is 1800 square feet, has a huge garage and 4 bedrooms.  Perfect for starting our family.

A glimpse!
Please keep you fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Ipsy Review - July

Ipsy time!

As always, this is one of my favorite times of the month….I love getting this bag in the mail! As I’ve always said, this is the best bag out there, especially for such a low price.  If you are looking to start a beauty subscription, I would definitely try Ipsy first.

Also, it’s only $10 a month….how can you not go for it? 

The theme of this month’s bag is “Sensationally Sunkissed.”  

So here it is….the July Ipsy bag!  

            1)     Lord and Berry Mini Kohl Eyeliner in “Black Silk” - .02 oz.
            This just angers me.  Most people throw away their eyeliner when it gets to about this size 
            because it’s just too hard to work with.  How is this any benefit to me? Also, I can’t find any 
            real details on the product online except for things in England.  I am completely guessing on 
            the value here, but it can’t be much with how tiny it is!
Full Size: $20.00 My Value: $3.00 (estimate)

            2)    Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil – 1 oz.
             I guess this is ok.  I am not one to really sit outside and tan, but this is helpful to have when 
             I do!  I can’t vouch for how well it works though….
 Full Size: $11.99 for 8 oz. My Value: $1.49

            3)    Models Own Nail Polish in “Red Sea” – .47 oz. (FULL SIZE)
            Well since I am not 10, this isn’t really my kind of polish!  I will be giving this to my junior 
             bridesmaid (who is 10) though. I’m sure she will love it.   This product is also from   
             England. I would never order anything from them! I had to use a converter online to figure 
             out the price.
Full Size: $8.57 My Value: $8.57

4)   Bare Minerals Cream Eyeshadow in “Devine Wine” – .03 oz.
I don’t really like this either.  For me, I’d rather have a much lighter color cream shadow to use as a base. This is way too dark and a color I would likely only use in the crease.  I don’t think this is something I would ever buy either, I mean, just check out the color options, how boring! It sounds fancy with the whole 5 in 1 thing, but to me it seems like just another expensive cream shadow.
Full Size: $18.00 for .10 oz. My Value: $5.40
Yes the pic is upside down.... but the colors are still boring!
       5)  Clear Clinic Vanished Clear Spot Treatment – 2 ml
I guess this is ok.  I mean, it’s a great travel size and they say you can put it under or over makeup which is helpful. It’s pretty pricey, though I am sure it lasts a long time!
Full Size: $35.00 for 7.5 ml My Value: $9.33

Final Cost: $10.00
Final Value: $27.79

I’m sorry, but this bag sucked.  I mean, it’s a terrible value and full of cheap un-useable products. Such a bummer.   With all of the surveys and product reviews I have done with Ipsy, I am really disappointed that this is the bag they came up with for me.  I think this may be the worst one I’ve ever received!

What are your thoughts?

If you’d like to give it a try you can sign up here!

(As always, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these things in hopes that other people will get to have the same fun that I do!  I am not compensated in any way.)
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wedding Invitations....Part 1

Let’s talk Wedding Invitations!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I went right back to my go to for these….Wedding Paper Divas.  They are a division of one of my favorite printing companies, TinyPrints

They have SOOOOO many options.  For reals though.

As I did with the Save the Dates, I narrowed them down to a small number….25 favorites.  Small right?  From there I ordered 8 free samples so I could really see what they looked like in person. Some of these had matching save the dates I’d already seen, but some were new looks.   

Here is a look at what I received in the mail in a cute little folder:

These are a few I really liked:




Obviously, I was thinking of some of these in custom colors, closer to the green, white or gold colors of our wedding.  I love that Wedding Paper Divas really lets you completely customize your invitations.  You can change pretty much everything!

What are your thoughts? Which are your favorites?
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Why I've Been So Busy

Oh my goodness you guys… life has been crazy lately!

As you know, I’m planning a wedding within a pretty darn short time period (4 months eek).  I have two months to go and I think I am doing pretty good. I wasn’t feeling very stressed out until a few weeks ago when I decided to do something that I only realize now wasn’t my brightest idea.
I decided to put my condo on the market.

I thought hey, as a vacation rental in Arizona it’s always empty in the summertime.  I figured it would be a perfect time for a realtor to show it anytime they wanted without disturbing any guests.

I emailed my realtor and asked her thoughts on it. Was it a good time?  Would I get a good price on it? That was on May 31st.  18 days later, we had decided on a price, taken pictures and officially listed it for sale. We thought we would list it for a few months in the summer and if we needed to, we’d take it back off the market again in the fall when it got busy again. I thought for sure that’s what I’d be doing.

One day later, I had a signed contract on it.  Silly me. 

I was absolutely shocked.  I got two solid offers on the first day, have had people still viewing it up until a few days ago and even have TWO signed backup offers on it.  Its nuts!  

Closing is scheduled for July 18th, which is just around the corner. I've been through inspections and appraisals and I'm just waiting on the final word for everything to go through.

Along with selling my condo, C and started also looking for a house.  I wasn’t planning on doing that until a little while later either, but since we had to move all of the furniture out of the condo last weekend, it’s in storage for a hefty price.  I rather not pay that for months on end.  

We’ve spent hours looking at listings online, driving by places and have probably been inside maybe 20 different homes.  We have only found one we loved, which we put an offer on, but we lost it.  I mean, this house was on the market for almost 5 months and didn’t have an offer until us.  The weekend we put one in, so did someone else, and theirs was better.

Oh well, it clearly wasn’t meant to be.

Finding a house we love has been tough and disheartening though.  Majority of the homes in the areas we are looking (Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe) are quite old.  Many have been upgraded inside which is great, but the outsides need work or there isn’t a garage, which is major for us. Thankfully, we both have almost the same taste in what we are looking for, so there are no issues there.

I know we will find one someday, it just won’t be as quick as we wanted to. 

So yeah, I’ve been ridiculously busy because I’ve been wedding planning, selling a house and trying to buy a new one!  I will try to keep up on my blogging schedule, but if you don’t hear from me for a bit, I guarantee I am busy doing one of those three things!

Oh and just for is a photo of C in one of the houses we looked at.  Older homes with short showers are a real issue with us!  (Don't tell him I shared this pic hehe)

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Boxy Charm Review - June

Boxy Charm time!

This box is $21.00 a month with free shipping and is a “beauty box subscription that surprises you each month with the best beauty products from popular and chic brands. Each box contains full size and luxury size beauty samples from preferred well-known brands.” They aim to cover a whole look from makeup to nails, which I really like. 

Well, this box was perfect timing….the theme was “Bridal Beauty!”  What’s funny is, I got THREE separate boxes from them for some reason.  I shared the wealth with one of my bridesmaids who is also getting married soon.  Can’t complain about that!

So here it is….the June Boxy Charm!  

          1)      Tarte Cheek Stain –  .5 oz. (FULL SIZE)
           Ok, this right here covers the cost of the box and more!  It’s a fantastic brand and the product 
           is great too.  It’s supposed to last 12 hours, which I’m not totally sure of, but I am going   
           to give it a try!
Full Size: $30.00My Value: $30.00

           2)      Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream HyperLiner in “Cute Robot”– .04 oz.  (FULL SIZE)
I am not sure what is with the fancy “Eye Dream HyperLiner” title, but this is just a navy blue eye liner haha. It seems very nice, but alas, I am not an eye liner user!
Full Size: $15.00 My Value: $15.00

3)   Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream HyperLight – .13 oz.  (FULL SIZE)
Again with the odd name….this is actually an under eye brightener. The tube looks pretty easy to use and I think this will be a great product as well. I am really excited to try it!
Full Size: $22.00 My Value: $22.00

4)   STRANGEBEAUTIFUL Nail Polish in “Something Blue” & “You Gold Girl” –  .05 each (FULL SIZE)
Well this is both a hit and a miss for me!  I love the concept of the blue and gold…..but I would never ever wear blue nail polish! I barely like color on my nails, I know I would hate seeing such an odd color like that.  The gold color however is beautiful! I will definitely be using this.  It’s just a hint of color, which I love. Plus, I am obsessed with everything gold right now!
Full Size: $18.00 My Value: $18.00

5)   Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara – .24 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Apparently this is a new product that just came out, which I find very neat. It has “high shine black fibers” to provide the “ultimate black, bold definition for volume and length to the ‘nth’ degree.”  I can’t wait to try it!
Full Size: $7.99 My Value: $7.99

Final Cost: $21.00
Final Value: $92.99

I have to say, this is probably the best box I have ever received from BoxyCharm!  I love almost everything and I find them all quite useful.  I love that they included a popular, high end brand like Tarte as well. 

Last month I said I had hopes that these boxes would get better and I was right, they knocked it out of the park this time!

If you’d like to get Boxy Charm, you can sign up here!

(Also, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these fun things! I have not been compensated for this review.)

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bridal Shower Time!

A couple of weekends ago my bridesmaids threw a bridal shower for me!

I honestly was a little nervous for this. I haven’t had a party thrown for me since I was 8 and I was really dreading opening presents in front of everyone.  I know that’s probably odd, but I just really don’t like attention on me.  

I was also really nervous that no one would show up except for my bridesmaids and my mom.  Boy was I wrong, only a few girls of my list of 20+ weren’t able to make it! I know, weird issue again, but its just how I think sometimes!

The week before the shower, my mom and I went shopping for a dress for me to wear.  I knew I wanted something white, but that’s all I had in mind.  We searched for hours and I just didn’t find anything I liked. On the way out of our last store we walked by the register and I glanced at a dress I saw that was hanging there on hold.  It was beautiful and so me.  I asked the woman and she said it was no longer on hold because it was past the time period.  It was the only one in the store….and it fit perfectly! It was a long flowy white chiffon dress and the top was very similar to my wedding dress!  It was a little fancy for the shower, but I didn’t care, I loved it!

With my momma in my beautiful new dress!
Anywho, my girls did a great job! The piggybacked on the “Love Birds” theme of the wedding but used pretty pastel yellows, pinks and teals. It was really beautiful!  
My bridesmaids!
Sitting down to open presents while everyone stared at me wasn’t too terrible….but I’m not sure I ever looked up or looked anyone in the eye!  I just kept doing my thing and saying thank you a million times!

I seriously can’t wait to marry C and having a bridal shower made it that much more real!

Only 60 more days to go….I can’t believe it!
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