Sunday, September 14, 2014

We Are Married!!

Hubby (formerly "the fella") and I got married, honeymooned and are now back home settling into married life. It has been an amazing adventure. Let's round up below, shall we?

The Wedding
It was the most magical day of my life. It was absolutely perfection and everything I would dream of leading up to the day. 100 of our closest family and friends joined us at our celebration and seeing their smiling faces was so heartwarming. My mom walked me down the aisle to one of her favorite songs, sung by an acoustic guitarist with the most beautiful voice. Many guests raved to us after the ceremony on how beautiful the guitarist's voice was and how enchanting and soft she sounded. One of my besties said when the guitarist started singing, she had to do a double take to make sure she was really singing. LOL. Yep she was.  Absolutely perfect. My mom sang the song the entire way down the aisle which is now one of my favorite memories of the day (along with many others). That's what I get for picking one of her favorite songs.  :-) I haven't had a happier day.

I LOVED my dress. It was so different from the typical wedding dress. It was so me!  I felt so beautiful!!  I kept it on until the wee hours of the next morning.  It really fit the aesthetic of the day perfectly.

The ceremony was beautifully and simply decorated. The reception was absolutely breathtaking. My sissy did a bang up job.  Our wedding would be a very different one if we didn't have her and we are so grateful.  She really did so much.  So much, it's unbelievable.

We danced the night away and ended with a sparkler send off. We almost cut the send off but I am so glad we did not. It was truly a nice end to the night. Hubby and I had a blast and the icing on the cake is that our guests seemed to have a great time also.  At least everyone said they did. I danced all night long.  The DJ was fantastic.

Most of my vendors I would recommend highly. Especially our guitarist Amy Andrews ( and our DJ, DJ Josh Lee ( Look them up, they will not disappoint!

The Honeymoon
We went to Greece.  Santorini and Athens to be specific. It was amazing. When we arrived on the island of Santorini we couldn't believe that this was our life. The food was great, the people were great and the adventures were great. We sightseed, sailed, swam, relaxed. It was amazing.

We spent our last day in Athens exploring the ruins. While in Santorini, any other tourist 
we ran into who spent time in Athens prior to coming to the isles,  said you don't need to spend much time there. Be very careful because it can be scary etc. We decided to still proceed with an open mind as we headed to Athens on a 7 hour boat ride.  Our experience was completely different from what we were told.  We had a great time, enjoyed the city and found most people to very polite.

This trip was the perfect round up to our wedding experience.  I am still so excited about it all and can't stop talking about the wedding to anyone who will listen.  I hope they don't get sick of me too soon because I think this high will last a bit longer.

¡Pura Vida!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Forgot My Anniversary!

My 3 year blogging anniversary was July 18, 2014 and I completely missed it. Surprised? Nope, what can I expect when I haven't been blogging consistently. This past year has been really slow but I'm glad to be back in the swing of things. I created this space as an outlet. Sometimes, you need an outlet more than others. I can't say where I 'll take things and if I'll put more effort into it in the future. For now, I'll just write when I feel like writing.

¡Pura Vida!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Battle of the Desks

Since officially moving in with the fella in January, I have been working from the couch, the dining room table and basically anywhere that felt comfortable for the day. Remember, I work from home people. I work from home and I have no desk. In my apartment, I had a built in desk/bookshelf unit. But I wanted to get a good feel for what the style of the house would be once we started decorating, before committing to a desk. Now, it is time. I need a desk before my back starts giving me problems.

There are two contenders.  

Desk #1
Desk #1 is the Ava desk from Pottery Barn and it's my top pick. But it is a whopping $499. I hate to be dramatic, but $499?!!!!! It's currently on sale for $429 but I still can't swing that with our final wedding expenses looming over our heads. Another thing about this desk is that it is not in the store so that I can sit at it, day dream about working at it, and just feel it.

Desk #2

Desk #2 is my second favorite and is the Glass Cross Base desk from West Elm. The legs are a bit busy for me. It's why I like #1, the simplicity. But this one is a good compromise at $399.  A plus is that I was able to see it in the store, sit at the desk and feel it. The legs look cleaner in person and I think it would work just fine. But a part of me feels like I would be settling. Here's the desk in the store...

Good news is that I have a couple West Elm gift cards from my bridal shower. I did some research online and apparently West Elm and Pottery Barn are under the same umbrella so I can use the gift cards at either store. That's exciting. Now I just have to wait on the PB desk to have a better sale and I'll be snagging that desk in a heartbeat.

¡Pura Vida!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gardening 101

Who am I kidding? I know very little about gardening but a few months ago, the fella's dad came to visit and he started a garden for us. We're even getting some produce and it feels so good to go out to the back yard and pick something that we can include in our dinner.  

This is what we started with...

Then our garden blossomed into this...

And now we've got the fruits of our labour...

The fella's dad planted tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, peas and okra. And he gave us a few collard green plants this weekend to plant also. The fella and I have had so much fun with this new project. We hope to continue this so we can grow our own fresh and chemical free veggies.

¡Pura Vida!


Monday, August 18, 2014

What I've been craving lately

Good ole ice cream sandwiches  And I bought a box. They're the mini sandwiches that are 100 calories. Tonight, I had 2. Oops!  :-)

But hey, treats are fine in moderation and I love treats!  Gotta keep that moderation in mind though.  Can't let this personal training I am paying for go to waste.

¡Pura Vida!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Return to Shopping

I can shop again folks! I can shop again! :-) Found this sexy number (yes, this is what I consider sexy. Lame? LOL hey, I like simple.) while on a girls trip with a couple girlfriends. There were only a couple on the rack and this was the only one in my size AND it was on sale, so I had to get it, right?  Right. It's sitting pretty in my closet. We have a wedding to attend a couple weeks after ours and I think I'll wear it then.

¡Pura Vida!


Friday, August 15, 2014

You Better Walk!

Still sore but feeling good. Had my last personal training session of the week today. My hips are really tight so I called up one of my homies to go on a walk. The worst thing I could do for these sore muscles is to just sit and let them tighten up even more. We had a nice 4 mile stroll and it was good to spend time with her and catch up. We are both presently going through the same struggle - trying to find our life's purpose and our passions. So we swapped ideas and frustrations.

I've got quite a few errands to run this weekend so I've got to get an early start in the morning. First thing, the car dealership to get my car serviced and a missing hubcap replaced. OK, so quick side bar. I've been missing one hubcap for quite some time. The fella's dad saw my car and said daughter, I'm gonna get you a hubcap for that tire. What did I get in the mail today? A hubcap! My in-laws are the sweetest, and I am very lucky to have them.  

Tonight, I'll netflix it and have some cereal for dinner. I had a heavy lunch after my workout today so I'm not too hungry. Had a great day. Hope everyone else did too.

¡Pura Vida!