Monthly Archives: February 2013

#ClubSexy CaraBox Reveal!

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What a fun month it was for Cara Boxes! If you are new to the blog, or haven’t heard of a Cara Box before, it’s a monthy swap between bloggers, put on each month by Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals. It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers, and who doesn’t love getting fun stuff in the mail?

Anyway, this month I was lucky enough to be paired with Mia and Jasmyne. We are all VA bloggers, but unfortunately none of us were close enough to meet up! I sent my box to Jasmyne, and Mia sent me my amazing box! This month’s theme was “#ClubSexy” which is a cute way of saying, “What’s your perfect date night?” Mia understood me and fiance SO well and sent us a great package!

IMG_2906We own a TON of movies, and somehow Mia managed to send two that we didn’t already own!! On top of this, she sent popcorn, candy, and some lip balm to make my lips extra kissable for movie time. We put in one movie right away – a spur of the moment date night is ALWAYS a plus! Thanks so much Mia!

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The Time I Got Justin Timberlake Tickets

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If you read this post a few weeks back, you know that I am perpetually stuck at 17 years old, and proud of it. I went and saw 98 Degrees with the Backstreet Boys and NKOTB in August, and it was top five in the best nights of my life.

In middle school, my good friend Kelly and I passed a purple composition book back and forth every change we got, proclaiming our love for the all too wonderful Lance Bass of *NSYNC. Now, our gaydar may not have been on point then, but we APPRECIATED boy bands the way they should be appreciated. We even had ticket stubs from the last time we saw *NSYNC, the “No Strings Attached” tour.

All of that aside, when I saw that Justin and Jay-Z had chosen Hershey, PA, as one of only 12 tour stops for the summer, there was absolutely no chance in HELL that I was going to miss that tour. I immediately reached out to Kelly and some other girlfriends, we agreed on a max ticket price, and I planned to be on the ticket site the minute tickets went on sale.

Perfect, right?

Wrong.

I started googling this tour and realized that tickets were going to sell out in no time flat. I was getting really anxious about not getting seats, let alone the ones we wanted. We would only have ONE shot at this, and I didn’t love that this was all on my shoulders. (Do you like how this sounds like a life or death situation? Talk about first world problems…)

Then, Kelly saved the day. We got our hands on some early access tickets, and I am proud to say that this August, JT and I will be reunited. Oh, and I get to go with 4 of my best girlfriends. Does it get much better than that?

I don’t think so.

Mondays With Mom!

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Here we are and its Monday again?

Today I’d like to talk about my Mother and then my daughter.  A little over a year ago, I lost both of my parents.  My Father had been very ill, so losing him felt a bit like he was finally released from the hell his body and mind had been put through.  But my Mother was a different story.  She had health issues but we never thought we would lose her only seven weeks to the day after we lost my father.   I’d like to say we were unprepared but really we had discussions on things she wanted when choosing those for my Father.  Extended family and friends had all just seen her at my Father’s funeral.  To tell the truth, these are only small blessings I have seen with the passing of time.  Not a day goes by I don’t think of my Mom and miss our relationship.

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My Mother, (Grammy,  to Stevie the rest of the grandkids,) was this amazing woman who could master any skill she wanted to.  She had a brilliant mind and we looked to her for advice and help when we needed it.  I was always amazed at how when my children would be mad at me for one thing or another, they could call her and she could calm them – all while taking my side.  I remember one particularly difficult encounter she had with a pre-teen Stevie where she got right in her face and said….“you may be mad at her but she is still MY DAUGHTER and I won’t tolerate you talking to her that way” 

When my Mother was growing up, they had very little.  her own mother passed away when she was only 12 years old.  They had a fire in their home when she was a child and they lost almost everything.  Any trinkets or photos from my Mothers childhood were precious to her, as you can imagine.

One of the things my Mom was so proud of was what she called the “Wedding hanky”  it was this very old handkerchief that had been carried by all the brides in her family since about 1870.  She carried it, I carried it, my sister, my brother’s wife, and finally my niece.  For me, as I held it on that day I thought of all the generations past who walked with this beautiful “something old” and how they embarked on the institution of marriage with all the hopes and dreams young brides do.  My parents were married 51 years when they passed away, how amazing for only being 72 themselves. IMG_2944

We are still cleaning out my Mother’s house, hoping for it to sell soon and we can all move forward.  The one thing we have not found is this wedding hanky.  My niece, the last one to use it, said she had given it back to Grammy.  We found the little pouch my Mom always kept it in but we never found the hanky itself.  This weekend, over 500 days since she left us, my sister found the hanky.  It was buried inside a piece of furniture that she usually kept her knitting in.  OK it was just one of the sixty five places she kept yarn and knitting and crocheting supplies.  My sister was emptying it to take back to her home when she found it about half way down amongst the yarn.  IMG_2943

What a blessing.  It is just like my Mom to make us all wonder and wait to see if the hanky would ever reappear.  Generations to come will still be able to hear the story of this amazing woman.

On to Stevie…when Terry asked me for her hand in marriage, he made me promise not to tell anyone.  During my Mom’s last few hours I woke her and told her my secret.  Terry had bought a ring and he and Stevie were going to get married.  She could only grin, but I could see in her eyes the joy she was feeling.  She loved her first grandchild so very much.  About a month later, Stevie called to tell me she was engaged ( a story she will have to post one day) and after all the excitement and congrats, I finally was able to tell her.  She knew.  Grammy knew she was going to be married, and we all loved Terry.  At first Stevie didn’t understand but when I explained it to her she cried and cried.  Perhaps she can tell you the emotions that welled up, but that will be up to her.

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 I think you, the readers are feeling it right now.  If you still have your Mom, call her right now and tell her how much she means to you and how much you love her.  You will never ever regret it.

Love, Mom xxxooo

 

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High Five for Friday!

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Welcome to the weekend! I have a busy one ahead… i’m doing about 10 hours of babysitting, along with a trip back to PA to go to a wedding show with my Mother-In-Law, and iron out some final wedding details. This is one of those weekends that will FLY by, and not give me much downtime, but I have to appreciate it anyway. Oh, and one of the best nights of the year is this sunday… the OSCARS!

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1) I attended a great networking dinner last night that paired 5 courses of incredible food with wines. This was a smoked salmon with a pinot… not something I would have paired but it was INCREDIBLE! More on this next week…

2) I got my Birchbox and my Ipsy Glam Bag on the same days… be on the lookout for reviews of these, and help me decide which subscription to keep!

3) I earned so much free Stella and Dot credits this month, I treated myself to some new pieces. These two, the Rebel necklace and Renegade bracelet are two celeb favorites, and now personal favorites as well!

4) This is Dennis. He was the first gift Fiance ever gave me, and this past week we rescued him from our storage unit just for the memories!

5) I ordered my veil! The wedding details are almost done!

Be sure to head over to Lauren’s page to see who else linked up their High Five for Friday’s, and have a great weekend!

The Wedding Diaries: Invitations

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I’m not someone who cares all that much about invitations. I have to be honest and tell you that I just figured I’d order some off a website when the time came. I just don’t get spending a ton of money on high quality PAPER that will get thrown away later.

My friend and bridesmaid Alex was listening to me talk about this one night, and her response was “there was maybe one person invited to my wedding that appreciated the invitations I sent. I just dealt with what I wanted, and figured I had no control over what people thought.”

However, I did want our invitations to be a design I liked. I started looking over websites and realized I didn’t LOVE anything I was seeing. I emailed my wedding planner to ask her for some recommendations, and she mentioned the idea of having custom work done. Um… What?

My first reaction was that it would be WAY too expensive to have custom designed invitations. Not only that, I had no idea what I wanted… Just what I didn’t like. Regardless, I contacted the designer that was recommended to me, just to see what she could come up with.

I couldn’t believe the prices she quoted me for the quality of her work. We found a design she had already done that we LOVED. She is going to customize the color scheme for our wedding and do all of our invitations, RSVPs, info cards, menu cards, and programs for less than one of those bulk websites. AND it’s higher quality work.

Obviously I’m not going to show you the invitations now, because they aren’t done and I don’t want anyone to see them before they hit the mailbox. BUT the point of this post is to tell other brides out there to SHOP AROUND. Because we did a little research, we now have more room in our budget for other things!

Also, if you haven’t yet, be sure to enter the iPad mini giveaway from me and some other amazing bloggers!