Got my mani/ pedi last night, red of course, so I am all ready to go!
Friday, July 31
Got my mani/ pedi last night, red of course, so I am all ready to go!
Thursday, July 30
Right before....and right after...
Wednesday, July 29
Tuesday, July 28
Monday, July 27
Sunday, July 26
So here they are (keep in mind they were clipped in the back because they were too big and the lighting is horrible). I looked them up online and couldn't find them so you get me in the dress.
Dress color will be Black!
Red dress= My matron of honor dress. This is a maternity dress so she can be comfortable.
Green dress= Bridesmaids dress. This dress is same style and material so they match really well.
They are strapless (I forgot to take my bra off for the pics...ooops!) They will have thin straps that can be added.
Saturday, July 25
My Grandparent's live in Mrytle Beach SC and they are coming to visit at the end of August for my bridal shower (well my papa will golf that day). Can't wait to see them.
Miss you-love you!
Today I am heading to Maggiano's with my mom, (future) mom in law, and (future) sis in law to do a tasting for my bridal shower next month. I already know what everything tastes like but it's a great excuse for a girls lunch at a great restaurant. We are heading up to my moms after to get favors and such ready for the shower. We may have a surprise stop at Nordy's to look at a bridesmaid dress I found online last night, thanks for the suggestion Newlyweds Next Door. Hopefully it's a winner.
Friday, July 24
So deep breath....My wedding is less than 3 months away and I need to find a dress for my girls. My challenge is to find another empire waist style like the original. Originally I picked empire because I love the style and its so flattering and now it is a must because my MOH is pregnant, which I don't mind, just need to find an awesome empire waist dress!! Stat!
I feel angry that I picked this dress out months ago because I am a planner and like to do things early and now it's gone. It was my first choice too.
Deep breath...OK time to Google bridesmaids dresses!
My old hairdresser asked me to be her hair model for a hair show she was participating in, in Orlando FL. I agreed right away and we began practicing the next week. We had 2 months to prepare for the big show. I lived in Carbondale (southern IL) at the time and she was in Chicago so I drove up (6 hours) a few times in those 2 months for her to get some practice in. She did all the design, clothes, makeup, hair. I just had to sit there and 'look pretty' basically. We did workout how I could help her during the competition. It was timed so I would hold things for her and help things run smoother.
Thursday, July 23
THEN: Me in college. I believe this dress was a size 14.
THEN: Also in college. I lived in sweatshirts pretty much.
NOW: Last November in Thailand. Size 6/8 now.
NOW: St John USVI 2008.
Wednesday, July 22
2. I have an unusual obsession with sushi. When I am preggo I will probably go nuts without it.
3. 90% of my clothes are black/ red/ white.
4. I have been doing personal coaching and growth work for a few years. D and I just started couples coaching a few months ago and we love it.
5. I have 6 tattoos and will most likely get more. My most recent was in Thailand (below) Traditional Thai bamboo tattoo.
6. I can't curl my tongue, trust me, I have tried!
7. I HATE cilantro.
8. I am new to blogging and love it. I just hired a designer to make my page look cool and custom.
9. My two front teeth are veneers.
10. I am Buddhist. Since planning my trip to Thailand I have been reading and studying the culture and religion and have really come to relate to it. Visiting there last Nov was an awesome experience. I am still reading and studying about it.
11. My original due date to be born was Dec 7 and they changed it to Dec 9. My mom went into labor Dec 7 and had me Dec 9.
12. I love love love cupcakes.
13. D and I have already picked out our kids names. (Don't worry I'm not pregnant!)
14. I had my tongue pierced for 7 years.
15. I am not wearing a veil at my wedding. I have never wanted one.
16. I lost 80 lbs 4.5 years ago and have kept it off ever since. (+/- 5 lbs here and there)
17. I am awful at math.
18. I check Facebook at least once a day.
19. I recently bought a really nice camera and love taking pictures. I am learning to be artsy with it.
20. Carrot cake makes me gag.
21. I eat my steak rare. Like still moo-ing if possible. Gross I know. My papa taught me how to eat a real steak!!
22. I rode an elephant bare back in Thailand.
24. I have a step sister that I haven't spoken to in over 10 years.
25. I got to pick out my own wedding ring. It was fun!
Tuesday, July 21
This is my length as of now...it's pretty long! (That's Kelly, one of my oldest friends)
Monday, July 20
And so it begins...
Marley's favorite spot of all time is the window in our living room. It is more a full length door that opens up to a screen. A door to nowhere essentially, not sure the design genius behind that but Marley loves it. He hears us rattling the door handle and he will come charging from anywhere in the house and run to the window. He will sit for hours and stare out the window, at birds, at people, at air for all we know...?
Sadly for Marley, winter months are not so fun because the door stays closed. During that time we keep the blinds pulled up enough so he can still sit in the window and look out.
Sunday, July 19
Saturday, July 18
D and I are going with my P's. We have seats on the field by the Cubs bull pen.
Fun story: back in the day when their first album came out (2000) I flew to Cali to visit my dad and when I left LAX I saw them standing on the curb waiting for their ride. Since they weren't popular then no one one around them making a fuss but I knew exactly who they were. I regret not going up to them to get an autograph but I was too nervous to do it at the time. Now if I were to see them I'm pretty sure there would be a mob around them plus all the security. I missed my chance I guess!
I will post pics from the concert. I am excited to wear my cowboy hat (I will be cheesy like all the 17 yr old girls wearing theirs...oh well!).
Friday, July 17
Check out her work...
Thursday, July 16
Randi- she has been one of my favorites since the beginning of the show. She is this cute little fireball dancer. I really liked her Mia Michael's 'butt' dance. Last night i think she did poorly and I see her as one of the weaker girls now. She is still super cute but may be going home.
Jeanine- she danced with Jason last night and like him was not a favorite till last night. I think she is one of the best females and has a good shot of being top 2 or 3.
Wednesday, July 15
I am proud of myself for doing it again for 7 days and also for D and my mom doing it as well, good job!
I am defiantly squeezing in sushi sometime in the next few days...been craving it this whole time!
Tuesday, July 14
Monday, July 13
Saturday, July 11
It is going really well. I only feel hungry first thing in the morning and once I have some juice I feel better. I do miss actually eating. It is hard on the weekends because D and I will usually go out to eat once or twice and we have to stay in and drink juice! Luckily we can stay occupied. LOL...D actually asked if we could put the rice crispy treats in the blender and drink them...sadly that sounds awesome right now.
This time I bought these great vitamins at Whole Foods (food based multi vitamin). I wanted to make sure I am still getting all the things I need since I have a heard time drinking the veggie juices. Since I have done the fast so many times I physically can't swallow V8 anymore. Good thing I prefer a mimosa over a bloody mary ;-) I want to keep taking these vitamins all the time, love them!
So 6 days to go for me. Friday I will see how I feel and maybe go longer. I have a concert on Sat (Rascal Flatts yay!) so I am debating weather I want to be able to eat there or not.
Friday, July 10
Picking the actual spot to get married on Maui was easy. I told my planner I wanted to be next to the beach but not on the beach (Hawaii has crazy rules about no chairs and permits for events on beaches) and I wanted the reception site to be steps away at a beautiful location. She sent me two options, one which we had to hike down to the beach for pictures (no thanks) and one was the Royal Lahaina resort on Kaanapali Beach. It was perfect...and the planning began!
Then it came down to, OK, when?? I know in Hawaii it's the same temp all year round but I love Fall in IL. It is my favorite time of year, especially October so this was a perfect month to get married in. We can celebrate our anniversary in Fall every year. The 17th was picked because it was pretty much one month before the reception (which we wanted) and it was a Saturday. So Oct 17 became THE DAY!
My planner sent me these photos of a couple who got married at the same location we are and the beach just steps away. I love seeing pictures like this because I get so excited at how beautiful our ceremony and pictures are going to be.
Photographer: Eric Dahl
Thursday, July 9
These last 3(ish) months are going to be a blast and the most fun. We have bachlor/ bachlorette coming up, bridal shower Aug 30 at Maggianos (yum), food tastings, dress fittings (if it will finally come in already!), and all the fun little details I love. I can't wait to experience these and all the other joys that come with being a bride!! I will live it up for sure.
Thanks mom for the cool desk calendar. 100 day countdown pull off calendar!
Wednesday, July 8
If you haven't read it I recommend it!
"A soul mate sometimes enters our life as someone to stir us up. To hold up the mirror so that we can see ourselves more clearly and antagonize us and make us so uncomfortable that we have to change because we can't continue to look at the same thing because we're looking at it clearly now. This is the reason a soul mate may not last forever. The encounter is so intense and so clarifying that we burn through those things quickly." Richard from Texas
Tuesday, July 7
Some of you have asked about this fast/detox I do so here is the jist of it:
*schedule a time to do this
*pick a goal (amount of days)
*have a support team (again...trust me...you need it)
*drink only juice, no solid food at all
*drink natural juices: no added sugars (Naked is my fav), as much veggie juice as you can stand. I know the fruit juice tastes better but get as much veggie down as you can (better for you). Also soup with vegetables works too, tomato soup, squash soup...all good.
*drink TONS of water
*exercise OK, just don't over due it. Maybe some fast walking.
I have been doing this fast for 2 years now and I love it. I'm not going to lie it is difficult but I have proven over and over that I can do it. It is very good for your body. It gives your digestion (which burns the most energy in your body) a break and allows your body to burn fat for energy. When I do this I have TONS of energy, way more than normal and I feel great. When you are hungry have some juice, anytime. I find that I am rarely hungry during it. The hardest part is not eating, I love to eat and the physical food to mouth is the hardest part...mind over matter. I have done research and read books and know that this is medically safe for me.
Now the good part. Besides all the energy and detoxing your body from the crap we eat/drink. You will lose about 1 lb a day. Some of this is 'the waste' that is leaving your body that you will gain a few of it back when you incorporate food again but in the end you will still feel lighter, because you are. When you start eating again start slow, fruits, veggies, small proteins. Don't go straight for the burgers or you may feel sick.
If anyone is interested in trying it I highly recommend it. Good luck...I will need it too! What should my last meal be??
Monday, July 6
Sunday, July 5
Thursday, July 2
Wednesday, July 1
My planner(s) in Hawaii have been surprisingly a pleasure to work with. I have one for the ceremony and one for the reception dinner. I was worried about planning this big day without seeing, tasting, picking anything myself. Luckily these two ladies are on top of there game. I send them pictures of my ideas and they make it happen. They send me pictures of exactly what things will look like. My only fear is the food...it's Hawaii so how bad could it be...I will be tasting it for the first time at the wedding. Hope it's good!
Our table arrangements
Our wedding cake-chocolate!
My Bouquet. Love...Love it! I sent her this and she is making it exact.