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    Should You Do A First Look?

    modern rustic Condor's Nest Ranch Wedding | Green Ribbon Party Planning Co & Swoon by Katie

    We’ve talked about “first looks” before, but this photo from a past Condor’s Nest Ranch wedding from Swoon By Katie, makes me want to revisit the idea of first looks.

    I’m so torn.  As a bride, I really wanted to wait to see my groom, but as a blogger I totally get why it can be such a good idea.  Brides who didn’t do one swear by sticking to tradition, and brides who do look don’t regret seeing each other before the ceremony.  Photographers love them.  So who’s right?  Here’s my two cents:  Read More »


    Your Bridal Beauty Countdown

    As a member of the Style Me Pretty Contributor Network, I recently teamed up with Style Me Pretty and Invisalign® to bring you a fun and informative bridal beauty countdown feature to help you get wedding ready! Whether you’re newly engaged or have a few months to go until your wedding, I’m sharing all of the bridal beauty steps you should put into your calendar ASAP.

    I’ve shared my personal experience with Invisalign in the past. Straightening my teeth was something I wanted to do for a while, and getting engaged motivated me to do it before my wedding. What I loved so much about Invisalign was that I was straightening my teeth using a series of clear, removable aligners, so almost no one could tell I was fixing my teeth until I had visible results. By straightening my teeth with Invisalign, I also corrected my bite and gained a lot of confidence. And it gave me my best wedding day accessory – a beautiful and confident smile!

    This is a collaboration between Invisalign and the AOL Lifestyle Contributor Network. Compensation was provided by Invisalign via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Invisalign.


    Pet-Friendly Wedding Inspiration + Tips

    Pet Friendly Wedding Inspiration | Lemon & Lime Events | Meghan Boyer Photography

    When this Here Comes The Pup inspiration shoot landed in my inbox, I knew that not only would pet lovers be smitten with it, but all couples would find inspiration from it. Because it’s just so darn pretty. It’s full of ideas for including your furry family in your wedding but it’s also so much more. And the gals behind the shoot are sharing tips for making your wedding below. Read More »


    The Classic Wedding Comeback

    The Comeback of the Classic Wedding | Heidi Ryder Photography on Oh Lovely Day

    If you’re over all of the bohemian and rustic weddings, don’t worry – 2014 is going to see a classic wedding comeback (anyone else have LL Cool J stuck in their head now – “don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years…”) While boho and rustic are great if that’s your style, many brides are looking for timeless elegance and chic details that only a classic wedding can provide. Here are a few ways to bring back the classic wedding.  Read More »


    What To Do First When You Get Engaged

    I know quite a few of you got engaged over the holidays (and a few more of you probably will soon with Valentine’s Day on the horizon) so first…. yay! congrats! happy dance!  *throws confetti*  wahoo!!!  And secondly, from someone who has been engaged, who has planned a wedding, and who learned some hard lessons, here are THE five things you need to do FIRST.  Read More »
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    •  This week was a rough one. I feel like I say that every week but this one really was. Today alone had me at my breaking point. All three of my kids seemed hell bent on driving me crazy. Quincy literally wouldn't let me put him down or leave the room without a major scream-cry fest. He rode around on the fuss bus allllll day. Tropical storm Calvin left destruction in his wake everywhere he went (if you follow me on snap/stories you got a little sampling but that was nowhere near the extent of it). At one point I went into a room away from my kids and sat in a chair and cried. Within three minutes one of them found me (of course) gave me a hug, and we were all better (except Calvin -- I think this is his permanent state ). This photo is my version of thinking happy thoughts. Bougainvillea vibes ✌️️✨  And just like that, summer is back  Take me back to the fall weather of two days ago! Also, take me back to when this kid slept past 5 am and took naps. For a week now, between 4:30-5:30 am this kid climbs up on our bed over top of me and proceeds to squrim, poke, and annoy me till I get up. Quincy's sleeping till 6 or later FINALLY and now Calvin is waking me up!? And he refused to nap today (again) too. Seriously you guys, he's killin' me. He looks real cute in rain gear but if he does it again tonight he's headed to toddler military school. #sotiredineedanewwordfortired #calvins3rdyear #battlefieldmotherhood
       You know what is a great motivator? Not wanting to be outdone by your big bro. Cause look who's pulling himself up, so he can keep up  #quincysmilestones #calvinandquincy #lawdhelpme #charlieandcalsroomredo  There were very few baby things I hadn't yet tried by the time I had Quincy but I hadn't really used a sling before. I got my first sling when I was still pregnant with Q and tried it with Calvin, but once Cal was walking he never wanted to be carried. He's far too busy for all that. So Quincy is the first baby I've used a sling with, and I feel like I really missed out with the other two. I had and loved other carriers with them (and still do) but there is just something about the sling that is magical and it is my carrier of choice right now. It is convenient (you can keep it threaded and just throw it on), it is cozy, it doesn't tightly wrap behind my back which always makes me sweaty, and I can nurse while Quincy is in it which has been a lifesaver. I'm actually nursing him in this photo! I'm sharing photos from our recent visit to the pumpkin patch and how I got to do all the things with my family while wearing Quincy in the sling because I didn't have to stay with him in the stroller or go find a place to nurse him. He chilled, ate, and napped in my sling. And because I love it so much I'm teaming up with @mywildbird to give one reader a sling of their choice! Head to my blog to enter (link in profile) and tell your friends  #OLDfavefinds #babywearing #mywildbird #giveaway #fredrickfamfallfun
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