Saturday, March 17, 2018

Graduation is Coming Up

College graduation season is just around the corner...which means it's time for college grads to start "adulting"!! Yes that's right...they'll officially enter the real world and become an adult. 

So...what should you do with these last few weeks of freedom?? How can you use this time to help you be more prepared for adulting?? Here are some helpful tips about the weeks leading up to graduation:
  • Update your resume!! Update your resume for your job search and to give yourself a little esteem boost...after all it is a whole page dedicated to your awesomeness!!  Here are some really good tips for creating/updating a resume:
  • Buy a suit!! You never know when you'll get a call for an prepared!! Not all jobs require you to interview in a suit...but it seriously can't hurt. Plus it gives you a little more self confidence walking in. 
  • Buy an official briefcase/portfolio!! You might not have anything in it other than your resume but at least you look professional. My portfolio helps me feel prepared and more confident when I enter the room...sounds silly but it's true.
  • Don't stress to much about finding a job after college. No one expects you to have a job lined up for the day after graduation...besides you have enough on your plate.
  • Have a back up plan!! I got a job at Payless for a few months until I had things figured out. It didn't bother me at all because I knew it was temporary and that a good job would come along. Just don't let your back up plan last a's supposed to be temporary not long term. 
  • Pick up some extra transcripts. I was surprised by how many places wanted to see my get a few ordered just in case. You can get them after graduation but for some reason it's more complicated. 
  • Take some fun graduation pictures!! Grab some friends, a camera, and enjoy!!
  • Plan some time with your friends!! In a few weeks people will be moving to their new jobs or back enjoy the time you have left together.
  • Create a list of all of the things you're going to miss about college...and do them all one last time!! It's a great way to end your college years!!
I saved the best tip for last: You've spent the past 20-25 years in basically you became a professional student!! kicked butt at studying, turning assignments in on time, time management, group assignments, writing papers, completing projects, etc. But now you are entering an entirely new field. You will no longer be at the will no longer be considered an "expert". You will now become the a new a new world. You will have to relearn everything about this new phase of life...but that's okay. Just be prepared for change, keep your head up, take care of yourself, and keep working hard. You will get to the top of this new field in time...just be patient!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Neil and I picked out our wedding party pretty quickly...but 6 months later Neil still hadn't mentioned anything to his groomsmen....hahaha.  At first Neil wasn't interested in my "crafty" ideas...but then when I showed him my ideas he was are actually pretty cool!! So we spent an evening looking at funny cards and picking out the little bottle opener.  He did a pretty good job...he even wrote a hand written note with them!! 

We purchased the cards on Etsy here and the engraved bottle openers here

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bridesmaid Box

Should you do a "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" box OR is it a waste of money??

Well if I'm being honest it's probably a waste of money....but it's fun putting it together!! And it's the thought that counts right??

I absolutely LOVED putting my "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" boxes together!!! I started with pinterest (of course) and listed all of the items I liked on my phone. Then whenever I was out running errands if I saw a good deal on one of the items I'd grab it. 

Here's what I ended up putting together:

My boxes included: 
$9 Tumbler from Walmart ($11 from Amazon)
$3 White Photo Box
$2 Bridesmaid DVD (Black Friday Deal)
$2 Initial Necklace (see details below)
$1 Hand Sanitizer (Bath & Body Works Sale)
50 cent Hair Ties (VS Outlet Sale)
Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card (not in photo but here's the Etsy link)
Free Color Swatches from Home Depot

You're probably wondering what I used the color swatches for...well I used them to show my girls the color scheme for the big day!! Which is funny looking at it now because we're not doing pink anymore...hahaha

If you decide to do bridesmaids boxes, then I suggest setting a budget and learning to get a little thrifty. For example...I created these $2 initial necklaces using a chain from the sales rack at a local jewelry store and an initial jewel from Hobby Lobby. Definitely cheaper than personalized necklaces from Etsy!! Think thrifty!! These little boxes can get expensive really fast!!

Here are some other awesome ideas for your boxes:
EOS Pink Lipbalm
Pink Nail Polish
Starbucks Coffee
Gold/Pink Chocolate
Rose (real or fake)
Mini Wine Bottles

I would have loved to put everything in my boxes but it's important to stick to your budget!! 

So back to the original question...should you do a "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" box or is it a waste of money? Yes it's probably a waste of money but it's fun!! So if you only have a few bridesmaids, your thrifty with your money, and you can do it for a reasonable price...then why not?? It's nice to treat your friends every once and a while!!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Flower Girl

Will you be my Flower Girl?!?!?! 

I remember being a flower girl when I was young!! I was a flower girl in a few family weddings and it was ssoo much fun!! 

Ah flower girl memories... I remember learning to dance to the Macarena and dancing my little heart out!! I remember tapping my glass so the bride and groom would kiss!! I would tap my glass so much that my mom would tell me to stop...hahaha...but I thought it was so cool that an entire room would tap their glass and cheer as the couple kissed!! I remember trying to catch the bouquet...I remember making a video for the bride and groom...I remember eating yummy cake...I remember making a tunnel for the send off...I just have so many great flower girl memories!!

I also remember the dresses I wore and the gifts my Aunts gave me. Aunt Krista gave me the Aladdin VHS and Aunt Cindy gave me a Barbie dressed up as a beautiful bride!!  Oh....Barbie!! haha...anyway here's what I put in my Flower Girl Box:

$1 Pink Bottle from Dollar Tree (added her name using my Cricut)
Flower Girl Card (purchased a set from Etsy)
$2 Pink Bag from Hobby Lobby (use 40% off coupon)
Markers (not in photo)

I can't wait to pick out her dress and help her make some flower girl memories!! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ring Bearer

Will you be our ring bearer?? There are so many cute ideas on pinterest, google, etsy, and instagram. Yes I search for ideas everywhere I can think of!! haha...but the trick is to make these cute little ideas for a reasonable price...especially for the ring bearer and flower girl.  They're kids...they won't ever remember what you made them and if you buy them a $50 shirt they'll end up outgrowing it in a month...haha. 

Here's what I put together: 
$1 kids sunglasses from Dollar Tree (added his name and "Ring Security" using my Cricut)
$1 iron-on "Ring Security" decal from Hobby Lobby ($5 on Amazon)
$2 tshirt from Hobby Lobby (this is the hardest part...figuring out kid's sizes!! i mean they all look small to me!! hahaha)
$1 Ring Pop (not in photo)
Ring Bearer Card

I made the card using a manila folder to make it look like a "top secret" file and some cardstock.  Then I googled some images and printed it's the inside of the card:

Luckily he accepted the mission!! And he's going to be adorable!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Flying Man Brewery

You never know what new adventure is waiting for you just around the corner!! 

Have you ever had to drive to the other side of town and been left with a little extra time to kill? Well that's exactly what happened to us this weekend and it ended up being a great mini adventure!! 

Neil and I were out running errands when we decided to pull up our maps to see if there was anything interesting in the area. We found Flying Man Brewery and decided to stop by for a flight of beer. I'm sssoo glad we did because their beer was awesome!!! I loved their Water Bomber Watermelon Wheat Beer, Weedhopper Honey Wheat Beer, and Supersonic Blonde Beer!! Yummy!! Definitely one of my top favorite breweries in Austin now!! Can't wait to go back!!

So the next time you're out running errands and have a little time to kill just see what's in the never know what you'll find!!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wedding Planning

It's a snow day here in Austin so that means I'm working on some wedding planning!! I feel like wedding planning has become my second job...I'm working on it all the time!! And no that's not a complaint just a planning keeps me pretty busy!! I normally think it's super fun but every once and a while I get a little overwhelmed with all of the options....there are like 500 options for every decision.

So with all of these options and decisions...where do I start?? Should I just hire a wedding planner?? How do I even find vendors?? How do I narrow it down?? What are some good resources?? How do I keep everything organized?? How am I going to stay within my budget?? How do I handle the stress?? These are just a few of the questions that I asked myself after we got engaged. So I thought I could help answer some of these questions for those of you who recently got engaged....

Where do you start??
  • Just start!! Don't overthink it!! Set up your Pinterest boards and go!! Although realistically, picking a general time frame (season/month) and setting your budget is a good place to start...hahaha
  • I would also suggest sitting down with your fiance and answering the following questions together: 
    • What is the vision/purpose of your wedding? Write down your vision/purpose so that you can reference it later and remind yourself of what's really important. 
    • What are your top priorities for your wedding? This should help you determine your budget, if food is a top priority then you'll probably want to spend more money on food. 
    • How will you handle disagreements? Neil and I decided we'd place the options in a hat and pull one out randomly. We haven't done this yet but at least we have a plan that we've both agreed on beforehand. 
    • How will you delegate the responsibilities? Yes you need to include your fiance in the planning process, it's his wedding too!! Plus you're going to be together forever so it might be a good idea to practice teamwork now.
Should you just hire a wedding planner??
  • Wedding Planner = less stress + more money. They definitely do all of the heavy lifting for you but for a price!! I didn't want to spend that kind of money on a wedding planner...I am, however, hiring a Day of Coordinator. I've heard a Day of Coordinator is worth the money to help relieve some of the stress on the big day. 
  • So far I will tell you that if you're willing to put in the work and you can stay organized then you don't need a wedding planner. Planning a wedding yourself will be a lot of work, but it'll save you a lot of money!!
How do you even find vendors??
  • I always start with the Wedding Wire App and The Knot App!! These apps are AMAZING!! I've found almost all of our vendors on these apps!! Sometimes I've used Yelp and Google if I needed more information. 
How do you narrow it down??
  • Once I have a list of vendors I narrow it down by number of reviews, cost, and response time. Normally that shortens my list by quite a bit!! Then I show my fiance the shortened list and he helps me narrow it down from there. We then set up a meeting with our top 2-3 vendors and from there we go with our gut feeling...hahaha. No that's not very scientific but at the end of the day why stress over it...if you have two good choices then just be happy you found some good choices and follow your gut!!
How do you keep everything organized??
  • If you decide to do all of the planning yourself, then you're going to have to be organized!! I use a Google Sheet to keep myself organized. It keeps everything in one place, plus I can look at it on my cell phone!! Here's the template I created: Wedding Planning Template. Notice on the bottom of the sheet are several different tabs for the different types of vendors you'll be needing.  
  • Create a folder in your email for all of the wedding info you'll receive. I'm not just talking about the info from vendors, everyone you know will want to give you info. Example: One of Neil's coworkers gave us the contact info for her hair stylist. I don't know if we'll use her hair stylist but it was thoughtful of her to share that information with us so it's saved in that Wedding Folder.
What are some good resources??
  • I've already mentioned the Wedding Wire App and The Knot App...both great resources!!! I also bought this Wedding Planner & Organizer Binder and I have to say it's a must!! I bought a ton of books, planners, resources, etc...but this is the only one that really helped me!! It gave me a list of questions for each vendor and really helped me feel prepared!! 
How am I going to stay within my budget?? 
  • Craigslist has been AMAZING!! I've gotten some pretty great deals on decor off Craigslist. 
  • Bride to Bride Facebook Group!! A group of brides reselling their wedding stuff but also providing helpful tips/resources.
  • Don't forget Google!! I seriously google things like "where can I buy cheap wedding votives?"  Normally a wedding discussion board pops up answering all of my questions!! These discussion boards have helped me with "real reviews" on some of the online options available nowadays. 

How do you handle the stress?
  • Don't stress over the small stuff!! No seriously...why stress over small stuff?? You know how hard it was to find that's the hard part!! That took 29 years to find!! Blue napkins verse white napkins...who cares!! 
  • Celebrate the little things!! Neil and I decided we'd go to the arcade every time we signed a contract!! A nice way to make the wedding planning fun!! 
  • Self Care!! Don't let the wedding become your life...take care of yourself and your fiance!! If you need to dedicate one night a week as "no wedding talk night" then do so. We decided Tuesday nights was our "No Wedding Talk Night" but we haven't really needed it. 
  • Don't be afraid to delegate!! Reach out for help if you need it!! Today I called Neil and asked him to handle the details of our honeymoon. We've done a lot of the major honeymoon planning together but I don't have time to figure out which bus we should take from point A to point B. It's so nice knowing that he's there to help and that I can trust him to handle things. 
I hope this post has helped answer some of your questions and provided you with some helpful tools!! I know there will be a ton of questions along the way but having a system in place and knowing where to go for those answers can be super helpful!! If you're stuck just remind yourself "Finding the man is the hard part, so don't stress about the rest!!"