So my goals for April have gone a little haywire. You know why? Life got in the way!
When Life Gets In The Way…
So, at the beginning of the month, I thought about all the goals I wanted to achieve this month. Cleaning, bringing up my blogging stats & so much more! But life got in the way. Justin had a three day weekend (so I slacked off on my house duties to spend time with him), I had to work all weekend. We decided to start some major yard work. I think it is okay when life gets in the way. Trust me, I am a huge fan of schedules, and I like to know when things will be done. But to be honest, I was nice walking away from the blog for a week. Sometimes we just need breaks to focus on yourself.
Why It Is Okay To Take A Break
I think we all have to remember to take breaks, to take a step back in life, and relax. We all go a hundred miles an hour all the time, and it is okay to slow down! It is okay for the house to be messy for a couple hours, or the grass to be a little long. It is okay to stay in yoga pants all Sunday, or not to wear makeup. It is so important to take time for yourself and relax.
I think we are always comparing ourselves to others and we put too much pressure on ourselves! Take a step back, enjoy time by yourself, enjoy time with your significant other or like me, enjoy time with your pups!.
What did you do this weekend to take a break from life?
So this is officially my first “Fashion Post.” I am excited to be able to expand my blog! For my first fashion post, I want to introduce you to a wonderful boutique.Earleigh Bird Boutique has the cutest clothes for great prices!
Top 3 Spring Outfits-
How perfect is this “springy” outfit! With the open toe flats and the skinny jeans, you can go anywhere and look amazing in this outfit!
I am so excited Earleigh Bird Boutique is teaming up with me on Instagram to host an wonderful gift card! Couldn’t you some new spring outfits? So make sure you go check out it! And lucky you, if you use code “KARA10” you will get a 10% discount!
Setting goals is so important. Sometimes I think of the goals in my head, but it is easy to let them go and forget about them. So this month I will be writing down my goals & keep you updated on all of them!
Increase My Social Media Following by 5%- Numbers are super important for me. So I decided 5%. Right now I have 15,770 followers on social media (Instagram,Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & my blog.) So my goal is to grow that following by 5%. I will hopefully grow that number by working on my second goal. Post two times a week- I need work on being more consistent. My goal is blogging two times a week. Inside that goal, I want to start preparing content and make an editorial calendar, so I can produce more quality content. Increase my page views by 10% – Pageviews are something that I never really put much thought about it when I was on blogger. I was just blogging for fun, but now I am taking everything a bit more serious I want to start working on gaining more page views! I am so ready to take this serious step for my blog! I can’t wait to see where all this hard work takes me!
Walk the pups three times a week: Gotta get those steps… That’s the popular thing to say now! But for real, I am hoping to be able to walk to the pups three days a week. They love walks & its good for all of us, they can burn some of that crazy energy & I can get my steps in! Keep the house clean 24/7 – Now that our living room renovations are done, I want to keep our house spotless! Every night I just need to clean up a little! Once it’s spotless, it is much easier to keep it clean! Purge & Clean out Closets this is a MUST! I have so much old clothes that I need to get rid of! (Check out my post Making Money From Old Clothes.) But really- closets can keep so much stuff in them & once you go to clean them out you think how in the world was all this in here. Live Life- Right now everything is so perfect in life. I just want to be thankful for everything that happens. Life goes by so fast, but just want to remember how lucky I am to have so many great things happen!
Thanking everyone who helped us on our wedding day was so important to me! I loved being able to thank my bridesmaids & my father. Today I am going to show you the bracelets that we gave our mothers and our program attendants. Thanks to LA Osborn & Pure Impressions for making the best bracelets for the special people in our wedding!
Best Bracelet Shops
LA Osborn has such an amazing Etsy shop. You have to go check it out right now (I mean when you are done reading this post.) I love all the dainty jewelry she has in her shop! Her Initial bracelet was perfect to thank our program attendants. LA Osborn was able to put their initials on each bracelet. Everything she has in her shop is amazing! You have to go check it out!
LA Osborn has bracelets, necklaces, rings and more! All for great prices! If you check out her shop, you might just fall in love with everything!
I knew that I wanted to give something special to our mom’s. I gave them their gift during our wedding shower. It should not have been better I know a few tears were shed. Pure Impressions made hand stamped customized cuffs for our moms! The cuff that I gave Justin’s mom said: “Thank you for raising the man of my dreams.” And the cuff that Justin gave my mom said: “I promise to always take care of her.”
Pure Impressions has so many different pieces to get customized! You have to check out her shop too! They are both different and amazing! I know that our mom’s absolutely loved these rings! I know it is something that they can cherish forever.
I was so lucky to have the best bridesmaids ever! I choose to only have family in my wedding party and looking back I am so glad that I did. It made everything for me so much easier! But, before we get into this, make sure you check out all the other post about our wedding!
Having helpful bridesmaids is the key to having a perfect wedding! So meet my bridesmaids! Kelly, Kristen & Kristy. Kelly and Kristen are my older sisters, they both helped out so much and made my vision come true for my wedding! Kristy is Justin’s sister (my new sister-in-law.) She lives in Tennessee, so she couldn’t be here a lot, but she helped out so much! Kelly kept me going, she would set deadlines for me and, make sure that they get done!
The Tips To Keeping Happy Bridesmaids
First, let them know what to expect. Are you wanting your bridesmaids to get together multiple times or just a couple? Will they be planning the bachelorette party or the bridal shower? What will they have to pay for? How much will their dresses be? There are so many answers you should give them when you first ask them to be in your wedding.
Check out how I asked my bridesmaids to be in my wedding – here.
The Bridesmaids Dresses
I knew I wanted all my bridesmaids to wear different dresses. So, I let them pick out their dresses. The only thing I knew I wanted was lace & either dark purple or navy. It was is easy on all of us. They were able to watch prices while looking at dresses! They actually found their dresses at JCrew. They ordered them online during their own time and it was the easiest thing! They found one collection that had six or seven different dresses, so they were all able to pick the exact one they wanted. Looking at their dresses, I don’t think that it could have gone any better!
Another way to keep your bridesmaids happy are gifts! Who doesn’t love gifts? I got the cutest bags monogrammed from Posh Princess Bowtique. I was able to put them together a goodie bag to thank all of them! I couldn’t have gotten so much more from Posh Princess Bowtique. You guys have to check out her shop! They have the cutest things ever! In the bag, I gave them the sweatshirts we wore on my wedding day. (Check them out here.) I also put a coffee mug & wine! You can never go wrong with wine!
Remember, it’s your wedding! You will tell so many people that during the planning process, but sometimes I think you need to tell yourself that! You can’t make your bridesmaids put in all the time. If you are expecting them to put in massive amounts of time, fights are bound to happen! Luckily for me, my bridesmaids were family so they were able to put in massive amounts of time! I can never be thankful enough for all they did!
So you all know my husband Justin is a Sheriff Deputy, if not, you can read about it here,here, and here. Police officers have a different view on wedding rings. The alternative wedding bands are becoming very popular.
There are certain occupations where traditional wedding rings don’t always work. A police officer, firefighter, paramedics, doctor, nurse, contractors & so many more other occupations where tradition wedding rings just don’t work. So that is where the Fit Ring comes in!
Fit Ring is perfect for any male or female who wants to show their love to their significate other without being flashy, or wearing a traditional wedding band. For police officers, there are so many views from each side. Some police wives say that they don’t want their husband wearing a ring at all while on duty. They don’t anyone on the outside to know that they have a family. It sounds odd, I know. But trust me, being a police wife myself that sounds completely normal. Others don’t wear a traditional for the safety reasons. If for some reason they were injured you can’t easily cut it off. A traditional wedding band can get stuck and cause injury. The Fit Ring is safe, simple, convenient and very inexpensive.
One the best things about Fit Ring is their commitment to first responders. The Arthletic Family has chosen to support our troops and law enforcement by donating a percentage of the proceeds from all thing blue line Fit Ring purchases to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This in itself makes me love this brand!
Alternative Wedding Bands Are Not Only For Men
If you know me at all, I love my wedding
rings! More like obsessed with them! But I am always nervous to get it dirty, or ruin it somehow. Fit Ring is perfect for females as well! When working outside, or doing my DIY projects I always worry about getting my ring dirty. But, now I just switch rings and all my worries are gone! They come in so many different colors and size, I know you can find one that is perfect for you or your significant other!
Another Wedding Talk Tuesday is here again, and I’ll tell you my five tips to find the best wedding photographer. Check out the past couple weeks Our wedding shower and Gifts for the father of the bride. One thing I took very serious for my wedding was finding the right photographer for my wedding. Pictures are something that you can not get back, so it is important to find the right wedding photographer.
Tips On Finding The Perfect Wedding Photographer
Decide One or Two
I knew from the beginning that I wanted two photographers on my wedding day. I just felt more comfortable knowing that there were
going to be two people taking pictures! I am so glad that I went with my thoughts! With having two photographers one was able to be with the men while getting ready and one was with me! It made everything seamlessly.
What kind of photos do you want? Elaborate, simple, clean? I knew that I wanted simple photos that didn’t look edited. It took a lot of looking through wedding photographers portfolios to find exactly what I was looking for. If you don’t like the style of photos in their portfolio, most likely you will not like your wedding photos.
Do you want a wedding video too?
I knew that I wanted a wedding video. But I also knew how expensive they were. It just wasn’t something that was in my budget. So, I asked my photographer if they knew any videographers. That was the best thing I did, they replied that they just started doing wedding videos! I was in luck, it was in my budget since I would be doing both photography & videography with them. So if you know that you want a wedding video, you might want to try a photographer who does both. I just might save you money in the long run!
Set a round about price. Make sure you look into everything. What does the package include? 8 Hours of photography? Or only 6 hours? Does it include 100 edits, or only 5? Do you get the digital release to all the prints, or do you have to buy all the prints from your wedding photographer? A couples weeks after our wedding we had a five-minute wedding video and over 900 amazing wedding photos! I was able to print any and all of the photos where ever I wanted to, and that I believe is the way to go!
Time Frame + Overtime
My wedding photographer helped me make a timeline, and that was so helpful! I knew exactly what was happening when! I knew that I wanted two photographers for 8 hours. That meant that we had to take pictures of hair and makeup because I had to figure out the right time that I needed my photographers. But, check with your wedding photographer to see if they will work over time? If you want them to stay an hour late, will they? The last thing you want is more pictures and no wedding photographer.
Welcome to Wedding Talk Tuesday! Did you miss last week’s post? Well, check it out here. I talked about the best rustic couple shower that you have ever seen! Now, I am talking about the best Father of the Bride Gift!
I was given this product for review, all opinions are my own.
If you know me at all you know that I am a daddy’s girl! I am so blessed to have such a good relationship with my Dad! He is always there for me and always supporting me! I knew that I had to get my dad a good gift for my wedding. He has a running joke that he is getting a raise since I am getting married! Of course, that is after the wedding when I am paying for my car insurance, health insurance and everything in between!
I was so excited to find a wonderful shop that would help me create such a fun gift to give to my father! You have to check out Sweet Melodee, she did an amazing job! Sweet Melodee specializes in custom hand stamped findings! You all know that stamped metal is the in thing right now, so why not give it as a gift?
I gave this gift to my dad at my wedding shower! It was nice to take time and thank him for everything he as done in my life. I felt like it was a better idea to give it on the day of our wedding shower and not the day of the wedding. Looking back, I am so glad that I gave it to him then. The day of the wedding goes by so fast, I feel as if I would have forgotten to give it to him! Yes, my parents helped in the financial part of my wedding, & I could never thank them enough for helping us. Not only did they give so much of their time, but their financial aid was a huge stress reliever. I know this isn’t a huge gift, but I know my father loved the gift! It was just a small way for me to say thank you to him!
Now, on to Sweet Melodee, you guys have to go check her shop out! She honestly has some amazing things! Personalized gifts are in right now, and this is the perfect gift to give! Between money clips, guitar picks, fishing lures, and hand stamped key chains, you can find the perfect gift for anyone! (Maybe that’s why this is the best father’s gift). Make sure you go check her out on Facebook.
Welcome to Wedding Talk Tuesday! I am so excited to finally be able to share my couple wedding shower with you all! It was amazing! My family did an amazing job throwing Justin & I the best couple wedding shower!
My Answer? Why not? It was so much fun being able to have Justin be apart of all of the festivities! We were able to have all Justin’s friends there and all our groomsmen! Not only were we able to have Justin’s guy friends at the shower, we were able to have my Uncle’s and all my cousins! It was more of a gathering than a shower! It was so nice being able to have everyone there! Justin’s mom did throw me a traditional wedding shower, so lucky for me I was able to have the best of both worlds!
My Advice For A Couple’s Wedding Shower
Assembly Line- What does that mean? Have an area where people walk in & you greet them right away. Greet them, thank them for taking time out of their day to come to your shower & then open your gift from them. It is a great way to make it personal. You can open everyone’s gift in front of them. ( Everyone know’s that is the most boring part of any wedding shower- watching them open gifts.) Well, with this way the only people who have to watch you open a gift are the people who gave you the gift! Also, I highly dislike becing the center of attetion, so this made it way less stressful for me!
Hire A Photographer- It makes it so much easier on everyone! If I didn’t hire a photographer, my mom or sister would have been worried the whole time about getting pictures! It makes it so much easier on everyone! Also, remember the “assembly line” I talked about above. That is a perfect time to make sure you get a picture with everyone who comes to your shower! (These are great pictures to add to your thank you notes to make your thank you notes more personalized!)
Open House- Making your couples shower an open house is such a good idea! For our shower, we had a starting time and that was it. That it made is super easy! People started coming around 4 pm and I don’t think some left til midnight! I tell you it was one amazing party! Having an open house makes it so easy for everyone! They don’t have to spend their whole day there. If some guest had things to do that night they could stop by and say hi, and not feel bad about having to leave early.
Have plenty of food and drinks- Trust me, no one wants to go to a shower that doesn’t have food and drinks! My family had that covered! Of course, we had a make a beer run (Justin’s friends really know how to drink.) My mom made some amazing food & I know that everyone loved all the food! So, my uncles may not have been too happy that they had to go to a wedding shower, but I know the great food and drinks made up for that!
I am so excited that you all are able to join me for Wedding Talk Tuesday! Whether you’re planning your dream wedding, you just got married, or have been married for years I urge you to join this link up & share your wedding details!
For the first week I want to give you a little information about my wedding… I am married to Justin (Deputy Sheriff). We got engaged October 7, 2014, & married on October 10, 2015. You can read our whole engagement story here. For my wedding, I knew exactly what I wanted! We had one year to make my dreams come true! My family helped me out so much, it would not have been the same wedding without them! The theam was “pretty rustic” everything turned out exactly as planned! Everyone was such a big help! I had such a wonderful time asking my bridesmaids, & Justin had a really neat way of asking his groomsmen! Here are some topics to come in the near feature for Wedding Talk Tuesday, planning, the reception, decorations, gifts, wedding showers, and so much more!
I am excited to link up with you all every week & see everyone’s wedding ideas! Make sure you leave your link below! Feel free to share the button with all your followers as well, so they know to come back every week and read more about your wedding.
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