Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Inspiration Board

Borrowed from The Perfect Palette
I was feeling Christmasy, maybe it's that our Christmas Decor is going up, or that's it's 31 degrees in Florida, or that I've been listing to Christmas music since before Halloween... but this was just so pretty and fit the mood.

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Geometric Placecards

Ruffled Blog!
I just thought these were so pretty and unique. I love the stones and the cool shapes of the cards.

Would this be something you'd be willing to do for you wedding?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving Workout

Found this on Domestic Mama
If you are anything like me all of these Thanksgiving Leftovers are starting to well, make you feel pudgy... so I thought I'd give you some motivation to fit into that awesome dress you want to wear to that Christmas Party, or your wedding.

Whichever comes first.

You'll thank me.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Holiday Bucket List

My friend Amanda, over at Realistically Domestic just posted this idea of a Holiday Bucket list, and I was seconds earlier thinking I needed to do something similar. So, here goes.

This Christmas our family has so much to be thankful for. So.Much. As some of you know, Zachary (our now One Year Old) was very sick at Christmastime last year. In fact, the day after Christmas he was hospitalized for the first time after he was born. He was sick. Really sick. I only confessed to a handful of people how sick he was. I was scared. Terrified that he would be taken from us. And confused at why this amazing blessing we just had been given, would be given to us, just to be taken so soon.

At the very same time, my husband's business of 19 years was falling apart, our finances were a disaster, we could possibly loose our home, we had no income coming in, and had just started a new, brand new venture that seemed to be falling apart. All at one time.

It was a tough year, and this year carried over some of that mess.

Finally, this September things are looking up. We found out why Zachary had been so sick, and are working on getting our smiley little munchkin better, business is growing, and we finally have a steadying income from our new business venture.

This year has been tough.

But, even with all of this hard heart ache, I feel so beyond blessed. And that is why I am going to write my Holiday Bucket List, to hold myself accountable for all of the things that I want to do and give back, for all those that supported us this past year.

My Holiday Bucket List
  1. Go to a Christmas Tree Lighting and Play in the Snow.
  2. Visit Santa with the boys
  3. Help a Family in Need
  4. Volunteer to help those in Need
  5. Remind myself daily of the blessings I have
  6. Make Hot Apple Cider at least once a week
  7. Spend Time with my friends
  8. Make amends with a family member
  9. Celebrate Christmas Eve with our Family and Friends
  10. Go to Midnight Mass
  11. Drive around to see the lights with Gabriel.
  12. Make sure Gabriel understands the true meaning of Christmas
  13. Make sure our Christmas Cards go out on time
  14. Spend Quality time with my husband
  15. Help the hubs get the outside Christmas Decor done
  16. Go to as many Christmas Parties as we can
  17. Move the Elf around every night (and make sure he gets into some mischief).
  18. Spend quality time with my kids
  19. Hold a Christmas Party for my husband's staff
  20. Not worry so much about work, and focus on my friends and family
  21. Bake Cookies and Treats for all of my neighbors
  22. Thank the person who made sure we had a Christmas last year (and pay it forward)
  23. Really take the time to "take in" what is around me
  24. Watch my Sappy Fa La La La Lifetime Christmas Movies with a box of tissues
  25. Make sure Gabriel and Zachary have the best Christmas ever.
Do you have a holiday bucket list? If you do, link up here!
This is the holiday bucket list linky. Only post links to your bucket list. NOTHING ELSE WILL BE ALLOWED. The bucket list runs from December 1st through January 31st and you can have as many items on your list as you'd like!


The Mascara Project - Revlon Grow Luscious

I was expecting big things from this next Mascara, Revlon's Grow Luscious Mascara, it promises:

Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara by Revlon has a conditioning formula that helps strengthen and plump lashes for up to 200% instantly for maximum volume.

It looks like this in the store:

Like I said, I was expecting this one to have a big impact, I was hoping for some lash growth, and maybe an awesome before and after picture, but really, the longer I used this mascara, the more clumpier it got. The after picture looked like I had 6 eyelashes that were super thick. The brush is cool with with the curve focused on the inside lashes, but it was clumsy and sort of dry, definately didn't volumize my lashes. And it left me feeling sticky, and sort of used. Like I was the tramp of the mascara industry.
I was personally not a fan.

Cost: $7.99

Monday, November 26, 2012

Best Groomsmen Picture - Argyle Socks

I have a thing for Argyle and Socks... found here
So, I really have a thing for fun (and funny) socks. It's an addiction. So, really, if you are thinking about getting me a gift, find the silliest socks, and those are perfect... like, well, these:

My husband told I was crazy for loving these, but Found here
I digress.

I love socks, I love Argyle. So men in Argyle socks, all matching at a wedding. Is a must. What a great picture.

Do you love it, or hate it. (not the cape socks... the Argyle ones) (but you can tell me you love the cape socks too)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dress in Something Blue

I love this, Christian Dior - Found Here
I love this. In fact, if I was getting married again, which I am not. But if I was, and if I was, it would be to my husband again, but if I was, I would wear this.

I just love the Tea Length, variated length, with the beautiful blue print on the inside.

Am I crazy?

You can say yes.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gobble Gobble

I am so thankful for you. All of you.

And today is the day, that I am supposed to tell you.

But I want to THANK YOU, instead of me going on and on about turkey and pie (don't get me wrong, I love turkey and pie) but I want you to know how much ya'll mean to me.

You have allowed me to be myself and share with you the awesometastic things that I think are pretty and fun and pretty funny. You put up with me making up words, and being silly, and sharing pictures of my boys, but still know, that I know, that your wedding is one of the most important days in your life.

But always remember, it's not about that one day, its about the day after that, and the day after that, and what happens a year after that.

But for today, enjoy that turkey and pie.

I am thankful for you. And you, and you!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Mascara Project - Almay i-color

The next mascara I tried was, Almay's i-color. It promises:

Intensify your very unique eye color. Oversized mascara brush with tapered tip finds and flaunts every lash to instantly double the look of your lashes. Our patented formula with light catching minerals won't clump or smudge.

Looks like this in the store:

My Opinion:
For me, this mascara was just okay. Nothing super fabulous. I didn't notice a huge difference in the "plump" category. But then again, maybe I don't have "unique" eye color, my eyes are brown. Like just brown. Nothing amazing. I'm pretty sure my eyes are the opposite of stare into and lose yourself. 
The brush reminded me of a brush from my mascara in High School... nothing fancy. The color the mascara was browner than I was used to. Although, it did not clump.I didn't feel like when the light was shinning that my lashes were anything fantastic. I almost felt like from the sales pitch that my eyes were going to glitter and gleam like Edward and Bella laying in a field of wild flowers. Notsomuch.
Left: Nekked Eye                            Right: Almay Intense i-color
Cost: $5.99

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Mascara Project - Scandal Eyes

The first Mascara in The Mascara Project is Scandal Eyes. It is made by Rimmel, it promises this:
Mascara doesn't know when to stop. With Rimmel's oversized brush and innovative formula, be prepared to say hello to lashes you never knew you had. Shaped, plumped, and exaggerated to perfection.
It looks like this in the store.

My opinion:

Overall, I am pretty impressed with this mascara, after over a week of use, it doesn't clump. It makes my lashes noticeably thicker and longer. My lashes don't feel like they are hair sprayed, so that is good. And it washes off with soap and water, and some towel action. All of these things are pluses. The brush is pretty thick and wide it does take a bit of getting used to. It took about 50 strokes to achieve what I felt was max length and volume.

Left - Nekked Eye           Right - Scandal Eyes Mascara

Cost: $6

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mascara Project

So, what is all of this "Mascara Project" stuff about.
Let me tell ya.
It is my personal search for the perfect, Over the Counter Mascara... meaning, not a specialty store mascara. So, something you can get a Target, CVS, Walgreens, WalMart, not a Sephora, or anything that costs more than $10. Just because, I know there has to be a mascara that works, does what it says it does, and costs less than 10 bucks. Right?!?!?!
Here is the scale I am using, let me introduce you.
So, basically, I've taken into account everything that I can think of that we (as women) want or need in a mascara, if I am missing anything, please let me know.
This is a sample of the Mascaras that I will be testing, remember, these are what I consider Over the Counter products, NYC, Almay, Revlon, Rimmel, just to name a few.


And, lastly, this is my nekked eye. No make up, fresh out of the shower. You will only see it here folks. Can you see the problem.
I have no eye-lashes. I used to. They left when I had kids. I swear Gabriel stole them. Because I had great lashes pre kids. I wonder if this happens to other people?
What you'll see is this nekked eye, next to a picture of my eye with the mascara of the week. Yes, I said week.

I am going to test each mascara for the week, and let you know what I think after that week. The reason I am wearing them for a week, is because your opinion changes after a few days, it may clump easier, it may flake off, it may have a lucky first day.
So there you go, I think this is the most important project of my blogging career. We could change lives here. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Eat Your Veggies

So, this is totally off topic.

But I am excited, like day-before-Christmas excited, so I had to share with you.

My husband and I are taking part in a Crop Share, basically, we purchased 20 weeks worth of Produce, Flowers, herbs and whatever grows on the SwallowTail Farms, here in Gainesville.

We will have fresh, organic produce to eat, cook, and share, and I cannot wait. I love that we are supporting a local farm, and being able to eat yummy home grown produce.

Have you ever taken part in a crop share? Some of my friends have been complaining that there is too much for them to eat, and I could not imagine.

What are your thoughts? Would you do it?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Mascara Project

I am thrilled to introduce you to a project that I am been dreaming up, and working on for a while.

First, let me tell you what this is. It is my personal hunt to find the perfect mascara. Yep, that's all it is, a girls dream to get her eye lashes back. When I had kids they both stole my eye lashes and now I have faint, light, bits of nothing that do nothing to my eyes, I have been on the hunt for the perfect mascara for two years.

I have tried more than 80 different mascara's. E-I-G-H-T-Y different mascara's. So, each week, I am going to give you the run down of what I found that each mascara I try for one week does.

Does it clump?
Does it go on easy?
How many strokes does it take before you can see a difference?
Is it flexible?
Does it wash off easily?
Does it add volume to each lash?
Does it add length?
Does it condition?
Is it worth the money?
Does it live up to the marketing?

What else would you want to know about different mascara's?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

That's a Shell of a Bouquet

Some people aren't flower-people, or florals won't go with your theme, how aobut something different? Perfect for a beachy wedding, I think this is pretty!

Your ideas, yay, nah?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Milk Glass Florals

Hi, My Name is Melissa and I have an obsession (slightly unhealthy) with Milk Glass.

I am pretty sure that given the opportunity, I'd hoard.

I think this is an affordable and gorgeous way to have faux Milk Glass for centerpieces (by spray painting random jars with a white matte finish paint on the outside)

It absolutely makes the bloom's color pop!

What do you think? A winner?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Wedding Contracts

Your wedding is one large business transaction.

Plain and simple.

I know its the day you marry your best friend, your soul mate, the one you cannot imagine growing old without. But even if you get married at the court house, you are still signing a contract: 1. Marriage Contract and 2. The agreement to pay the courthouse.

So, how can you protect your assets?

First, and this seems obvious, read the gosh darned thing. Read the contract, it is there for a reason, to protect you and your wedding professionals. It should state what the vendor you are hiring IS doing for you and ISN'T doing.

They are providing your food, they are providing 121 plates, 234 forks, 234 knives, they are letting you in for set up at 5PM and breakdown must be completed by midnight. (obviously they are just examples, but you get the idea).

There will be a lot of corporate mumbo jumbo mixed into the contract, but you need to make sure that you understand the terms, when payments are due, how much is due, what happens if you are late?

This is where a Professional Wedding Planner can come into play, they read these contracts every-single-day and can let you if something is questionable, or if it's above board.

I mean really, how often do you plan a party for 200 of your closest friends and family?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Elevator Wedding Pictures

Original Source: More than an Image

I just think this would be such a cool way to end your wedding album.

(and now, of course, I have Love in an Elevator stuck in my head)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Teal and Red Inspriation

Laced n Weddings
Maybe now that it's the day after Halloween, I am already in the mood for Christmas? I dont' know, but I sure thought this was pretty!

Pinks and Teals, you just can't go wrong...right?
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