Hey lovelies! I’m super excited to FINALLY be sharing my new bar cart with you all! I had posted a poll on Instagram about a month ago asking if I should get a bar cart or bench for our little breakfast area off the kitchen and it was pretty 50/50! So I went with this super cute gold bar cart from Target that was on sale for $75! Can’t beat that! Here’s the link if you’ve been wanting one!
My little acrobat, Binx, decided she wanted to be in the photos and help with the styling of my bar cart! She’s a character! After I came home from Denver, I had a ton of really cute items left from the party that I thought would look cute on a bar cart.
You can find the “Bride to Be” sign here and the “Last Fling Before the Ring” cups here! These were the cutest and made for good pictures! Now they look adorable sitting on my little cart.
When I was styling everything on here, it was so hard to figure out what should go where. I think the key to good bar cart style is having a mix of heights and textures present. I used a variety of accessories that would give it some visual interest like the flowers placed on the floor (which were $2.50 each at Target from their Opal House collection!!!) I also used some coffee table books on the bottom shelf to add height to the little topiary. I’m honestly really thrilled by how it came out! I’m definitely going to have fun styling it for each season. I think David would rather just keep wine on it but I’m the decorator in the house so we’re going to have to compromise there haha!
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Oh my goodness you guys. My bachelorette party was so much fun! I went with the best girls and we had a blast. It was also so tiring! I think we walked 17,000 steps in one day. My feet are still recovering. We did everything from a baseball game to hiking the Flatirons in Boulder!
Thursday Ghost Tour
Everyone flew in on Thursday and my Maid of Honor, Jessica, set up the Airbnb and party space for the weekend (she did an amazing job by the way!) She had super fun balloons, confetti, photo props a freaking PINATA, and tons of snacks to munch on at 2am.
That evening we went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant downtown followed by an awesome bar hop ghost tour around Denver. We met up at an Irish pub that used to be part of a huge network of, ahem, brothels. Apparently Denver was founded on booze and prostitution based on the history I learned. After that, we went to a few other places, and no Mom, I didn’t drink at each one! We ended at Union Station where our tour guide pulled back a rug on the floor to reveal a grate that you could see through. He shown a flash through it and there was a dusty old chair sitting on the floor below us. Its illegal to remove the chair because city officials are concerned there’s a spirit of a child attached to it. So there it sits. FREAKY!
So note-to-self: hiking in Denver means something totally different than in Texas. We booked a hiking excursion to Boulder, CO in the Flatirons. First of all, it’s gorgeous up there! I could have stayed. But a hike TO the Flatirons is harder than I would have thought. We went on a 4 hour, mostly uphill hike. It was 3.5 miles long. It was the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done!
My cousin skipped out on this little adventure so Jessica, Laila, Erica and I braved the trail with our tour group. It was absolutely beautiful up there. The air smelled amazing and we even saw a chipmunk! Darn those things are cute! We got back down the mountain slowly but surely. We’ve never been so sore! We were all covered in dirt and couldn’t get in the shower fast enough when we got back to our Airbnb.
That evening we went to a winery that was fantastic and had the best cheese board and wine flights. I discovered that both my cousin and I are passionate about cheese. Must run in the family. We also went to a Colorado Rockies game! I was so proud I resisted the temptation to eat all of the ballpark food ever!
Saturday we went and toured the Hammonds Candy Factory and it smelled amazing! Like wow. Sugar in the air! After that we started prepping for the evening’s festivities.
We went to the Ella Bliss Beauty Bar and were pampered with the best pedicures ever and lots of rose (courtesy of my cousin!) I honestly could have stayed there all day. Highly recommend if you’re ever in Denver! After pedicures, we went downtown to 16th Street Mall for some shopping and dinner before heading back to the Airbnb to begin our night around town!
We seriously had so much fun and I can’t thank my friends enough for coming! And no, I will not be hiking again for awhile. Haha!
Oh. My. Goodness. I am 80-some days away from marrying David and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s really starting to feel REAL. We’ve been engaged since May 2018 and up until now, everything has been about paying for the wedding. But now we’re getting into the details! However, with all the details and exciting moments comes a lot of stress. This brings me right back to mental health. The ups and downs you’ll experience throughout the whole planning process means you’ll really need to be in touch with your mental health. Here’s how I’m learning to do that!
Accept How You Feel
Our hearts can be deceitful, but when your heart and your head are saying the same thing, it’s ok to feel a certain way. For example, when I went for my first dress fitting, I stepped into my gown and didn’t feel so hot. It was too big on me and wasn’t tailored to my body. Then the seamstress suggested I wear a bustier under the dress to keep my stomach tight and everything lifted. I put it on and then got my dress all situated and I felt hot and suffocated. But I still went with her recommendation even though I didn’t like how I looked or felt. Both my heart and my head said this wasn’t a good idea but I felt bad for not wanting to do what was suggested.
So now I have to tell my seamstress that I need an alternative! I didn’t want to accept how I felt because I didn’t think I should be feeling or thinking it. But you know what? I’m allowed to feel and think that an alternative is better. And so are you.
Have Someone to Talk to
Talking to someone about how you feel or what you’re experiencing can be so helpful! Throughout the planning (and paying!) process I’ve desperately needed someone to share my thoughts with. My mom, a coworker, my best friends, and my clinical psychologist have been lifesavers! Find someone you trust to share frustrations, excitement, and worries with in relation to your wedding.
Don’t Constantly Plan
David and I have had over a year to plan our wedding so we were able to take some time off from planning now and then. You will drive yourself crazy if you constantly plan! You need to take a break from it every now and then. David and I have found other things to do together that don’t involve wedding stuff and its really awesome to just live normally for a little while. It’s a good mental break!
Write Down Your Worries and Fears
Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with worry and fear regarding our wedding that I can’t contain it anymore. So I write down what’s troubling me. Sometimes all it takes is a sentence or two, other times its an entire page or more. Writing it down really helps me think through it and verbalize it as well. I think a lot of people can benefit from this practice!
Eating out. It’s my biggest weakness and greatest joy in life. I love being out with people and sitting in cute restaurant or on a patio enjoying the atmosphere. I just love it! But it’s been my biggest downfall this summer. Not only has it been expensive to eat out as much as we do (like 3-4 times a week!!) but it’s also been costly to my body. So David and I have decided to do a 2 week no going out to eat challenge. If it sounds miserable, well it is. Sort of.
What My Goals are
I have a really sensitive stomach and unfortunately, fragile self esteem. So when I overeat, I feel so guilty. It’s something I’m working on because food is fuel for our bodies! But when you gorge on it, you almost always regret it. I want to develop a healthier relationship with food. Avoiding places that make me want to gorge (aka restaurants) I believe is a big part of this. With that mind, the 3 things I want to come out of this challenge are:
Ability to enjoy food without gorging or panicking because I’m worried I won’t be able to control my eating.
Save money and explore other things to do in Dallas that don’t involve food.
And yes, lose weight. My pants are getting tight and I’m NOT buying new ones. Plus, my wedding is 3 months away. I want to look and FEEL my best.
What are the Rules?
No restaurants. No wine bars. No grabbing breakfast or lunch at the little cafe at my work. No little treat yo’ self snacks from a drive through. I will allow myself a skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks but half the time the line is so long I’ll say forget it anyway.
Are You Going to Cook More?
I’m going to try! There’s no reason you can’t have a delish meal right from your own kitchen. David made us chicken Caesar salads today that tasted just like something you’d get from a restaurant. SO GOOD! Learning to make some of my restaurant favorites will be something I try over the next two weeks!
What Will You Do for Social Activities?
That’s a good question. I’m not sure yet! David and I do almost everything together so I imagine we’re going to try some of the things we’ve always said we were going to do but never did. Kayaking is a big one on that list! Laying by the pool is on there too.
With my girl friends, yoga classes, mani pedis, DIY wedding decorations, and just hanging out at each other’s house is on the menu.
I’m not going to lie, I’m really nervous I’ll just give up on day two. And that’s why I’m sharing my two week challenge with you! By sharing my aspirations, I feel like I have no choice but to fulfill what I said I would. So keep me accountable!
I’ve been looking forward to sharing these photos with you for the last week and I finally am getting time to do it! June 22nd was my bridal shower back in my hometown in Maryland hosted by mom and sister (along with several other ladies who helped!) It was such a special day for me and I had been looking forward to it for months! My mom and sister put a ton of planning into it and everything was just gorgeous!
Can we talk about how adorable these bridal shower invites are?! My mom found them on Amazon and then had her friend (with nice handwriting) write in the information.
Knowing my love of rose gold, the tables were all decked out in sparkles, sequins, rose gold plates and silverware and even mason jars! It was absolutely fabulous! These were also Amazon finds. GO mom!
I thought this was super cute! My mom had everyone fill out a “wishes and advice for the bride” and it was so special all the advice I got. Some things were funny, other things were sweet and sentimental. It’s definitely something I’ll treasure!
My mom and sister also had this adorable balloon arch on the wall by the food table (they made my dad inflate all the balloons, poor man). There was a delightful fruit parfait bar set up with berries, granola, crushed up Oreos and vanilla wafers. My mom also got a tray full of my favorite Chick-Fil-A chicken minis! Oh my goodness I love those things! My sister also made these super cute mini cupcakes and she dusted them with rose gold edible glitter. Last but not lease, my mom had a cake made with David and I’s picture on it. My sister took great delight in eating the piece with David’s face on it to which she sent him a picture of. So glad he has a sense of humor!
Since David and I’s families are so spread out, this shower was more of my friends and family than his. McKenna, my bridesmaid and friend of 15-some years, was there and it was so awesome to see her after 6 months. She and I have been close for years and refer to each other as “twin.” Haha! There’s an embarrassing backstory to that I won’t be sharing!
Of course the fun part of a bridal shower (at least for the bride) is opening gifts. Well, I didn’t expect this to happen but it did! My friend’s mom got me lingerie! That’s always a fun gift to open in front of your mom and sister. Everyone got a good laugh out of it and frankly, so did I! Just glad my poor dad wasn’t there, we both would have died of embarrassment lol!
I’m so thankful for everyone who came to celebrate with me and my family! My parent’s church let us use their fellowship hall to host the shower and I was blown away by how kind everyone was there! Sunday morning the pastor recognized and congratulated my parents and I on my engagement, which I thought was really nice. It was such a great weekend with my family and I can’t wait to get married in 4 MONTHS!!