What I’m Thankful For

My Husband (It still feels weird to call him that.. I still want to call him by boyfriend) He is my rock. We may not see each other that often, but when we do, we make the best of it. He is always there for me, and I am so lucky to have him. 
My Family- With Justin’s horrible schedule they are always there for me. I am so lucky to have sisters I do. We are so close to each other, and I truly know I am so blessed to have such an amazing family
My Animals- They keep me sane and insane at the exact same time. With being home by myself 5 nights out the week, they really do keep me good company. I could do without the shedding and barking.. but I guess that comes with them! 
My House- I know how blessed I am to have such an amazing house for my age. My parents helped us pick out the house and my sister has helped me all with designing! It is finally starting to become our little home! 
Justin’s Work Schedule – This year Justin is off Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve & I am so excited! He has to work Christmas day, but I’ll take what I can get! I am just excited he is off for Christmas Eve! It is the little things in life! 
My Life- Of course I have hard the ups and downs, the highs and lows of life. But my life is amazing. I have everything I need. I am so blessed to be able to spend thanksgiving and the Holidays with the love of my life & my family.

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Perfect Invitations At A Low Cost

If you are new around here, or just forgot I got married on October 10th! It was the best day of my life. Don’t forget to check out the sneak peak of our wedding!

During the entire wedding process, I was very price conscious about everything. We went with, the idea of not setting a budget.. Crazy Right? Well No- it was perfect for us! Our wedding invitations could not have been more perfect! I was so lucky that I found Jessie, at Howl Creative Co. She made the entire process so easy on me! I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on our wedding invitations, because they just get thrown away at the end of the day, but I knew I wanted them to go with the them of our wedding. They did exactly that! 
I received this product in return for my opinion. Once again all thoughts are my own. 
The process was so easy! I picked out the them that I wanted. Jessie, at Howl Creative Co. had so many different designs and they are all amazing, so it was a little tough to decide what I wanted! 
Once I picked out my design I was able to make some changes to make it personalized to me and my wedding! It only took one change, in wording & I knew that these were my invites! Once  Jessie, at Howl Creative Co. sent me the PDF, I ordered the prints from Vistaprint and before I knew it my invites were out! 

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Make Money From Your Old Clothes

So I admit, I hate getting rid of clothes. I hate getting rid of things that I spent my money on! But with Poshmark you can sell your clothes for money! It is so easy to use. It is super easy to upload your clothes, and does not take a lot of time at all! I have made over 300 dollars on clothes that would I have just not worn.You can also find great deals for clothes too! You can make an offer to the buyer, and find the perfect price for the both of you!

Between making offers, printing out shipping labels, the whole experience is extremely easy! Buying clothes is great too! If it doesn’t fit you can return it with no hassle!

Sign Up Today,  and use the code “HFEQA” and get free FIVE DOLLARS!

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Wedding Advice From Others

The Best Wedding Day Advice from Others

“I was so glad that I didn’t stress the small stuff on my wedding day. Once your wedding day rolls around you’ve been planning and stressing for weeks. Let it end before you go to bed the night before your wedding. If something goes wrong it’s not the end of the world. You just married the man of your dreams! Enjoy this day and keep all your memories positive.” —Rebekah

The whole day tends to fly by in a whirlwind of activities and people and details.  I wish my husband and I would have carved out some time right after the ceremony for the two of us to get away from it all, decompress and talk to each other for a few minutes in private.  I kept wanting to drag him away from everyone to have a moment to just ourselves, but we were both being pulled in a million different directions.  A personal private few minutes to reflect with each other before all the madness began would have been really nice.” —Sara

I wish I had invested more in my wedding — not
crazy amounts, but a few more things. You can always make more money, but you
only get one wedding. That being said though, invest more in your marriage than
you do a wedding. Have fun, and make it look nice — but it’s not the wedding
that is the most important detail, it’s everything after that day. 

“The best advice I have is kind of two part. Be sure to
take a moment where it’s just you and your husband and just take it all in –
you will be pulled every which way with people but just remember to take a
second just the two of you. Also it is your day – if you don’t get around to
everyone that’s ok. I spent my entire wedding trying to make sure I spoke to
everyone – this was an impossible task and as a result I was only able to dance
to thee songs outside of the first dance and daddy daughter. That is my biggest
regret – I wish I would’ve just danced and not been so concerned about everyone

“Take a few minutes throughout the ENTIRE
day to really enjoy and cherish the moments between you and your new husband.
Don’t regret anything. The day goes by so fast, and you want to remember
enjoying it and not worrying about the little details or mishaps (if any). Ask
a few friends to videograph/ some photos (If you don’t have videographer) The
wedpics app is awesome because ANYONE you invite can upload any photos/videos
that were taken  that day. So you
can get a different perspective and shots of everyone smile emoticon It’s fun to see what people end up
uploading and some favorite photos came from that!”– 
— Lisa

 I’m happy we did a first look! We got to take
most of our pictures before the ceremony! That left us with more time to enjoy
cocktail hour with our guests!” 

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Happy Birthday Fenix!

Wow, this post should have been published months ago! Remember when I posted about Fenix’s Birthday Cake? Well this was supposed to be, the post that went up with it!

 ** This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links, all thoughts are my own ** 

Thanks to chewy.com Fenix was able to get tons of birthday gifts! Not only do that have great deals on toys, that is where we order all the dogs food from! Free shipping, fast, and the cheapest we can find!

Mr. Fenix whas so lucky that his cousins were able to clelebrate his birthday with him!

 Once again, thanks to chewy.com for helping us throw a wonderful 1st birthday party for Fenix!

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Shop South Boutique

I am so excited to share with you all one of my favorite decal stores! Check out South Boutique. They have monograms for all your needs!

Monogram with jacket wedding ring
This is a sponsored post, but once again all opinions are my own. 

I used Shop South Boutique for the monograms. I actually got the ones that you iron on. I was a little nervous about doing that myself. But, it was super easy! Actually, just like ironing your clothes! First, get yourself a jacket, then go to Shop South Boutique and get any decal! Heck, while your there get a couple extra! You can never have enough monograms! But, wait the best part.. South Boutique has more than just decals! South Boutique has the cutest clothes, scarves & jewelry! 
Check her out on facebook, to see everything she has! She also has the cutest Christmas bags for kids, so don’t forget to check her out! 
My sisters and I wearing our monogrammed jackets from South Boutique
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Recycling A Dress By Burke Does

Every girl knows the hassle it is to wear a dress you’ve already worn. If it’s a dress you love, you can want to wear it all the time, but you would all be lying if you don’t admit that there is a stigma. I don’t have a large wardrobe- and, frankly, I don’t want one- but that means I have to work that much harder to be creative with what I do wear.

This for example is one of my favorite dresses.

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1. I wore it for the first time when I met Casey’s mom (just realizing that was over a year and a half ago. Where is time going?!). I just gotten it from Forever 21 for $12 bucks and thought it would be perfect for the occasion as it was most feminine and modest.

2. This dress made an appearance at the Kappa National Convention in Houston (#kkghouston on social media) in June 2014. Here I am pictured taking a selfie with then-Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity President Julie Leshay.

3. Last Thanksgiving, I wore this dress for family dinner. My sister and I sure do look like sisters, don’t we? Also, she’s about three hair colors later now.

4. One of the perks of having a sister is that we get to share clothes, and this is a dress we’ve definitely shared. Here Laura is wearing the dress at Selaron Steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

I’ve worn this dress in many different places, with many different people, in different levels of formalities. This dress isn’t exhausted, though, and I’m not ready to just give it up. I want to keep wearing this dress, and not just with different crowds of people, so this week I brainstormed new ways I could recycle this dress.

When I looked into my closet, I saw this perfect wine/deep red sweater that I didn’t even know I owned! I don’t remember even seeing this sweater before!

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I put this sweater over the dress and now I went from having a dress, to having a dress and a sweater skirt combo. With earrings and a necklace, suddenly I’ve taken the outfit to another level and turned one dress into three outfits.

There is a real and legitimate value in being able to have flexible clothing pieces. I don’t like to accumulate things- I like to accumulate experiences, so I’d much rather not spending money on more clothes than I need.

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A flexible piece like this, too, can go from a casual day dress to appropriate for work. Being able to make multiple levels of formality out of one base outfit that can be customized in many different ways means I get the chance to expand my wardrobe with out taking up any additional closet space!

Do you have an outfit that you like to mix to look like a new outfit? I’d love to see some of yours too!

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Emilie is a recent Princeton University grad, currently living in Baltimore, MD. She is half of the brains behind BurkeDoes.com, a lifestyle blog by the two sisters. Together, they write about the struggles of long-distance sisterhood, life management tips, their favorite art projects, and their obsession with food. She also makes to do lists at MyToDoList.Me. You can follow her around the web: Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. Pinterest. Bloglovin’

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Marriage Advice From Others

“You really do have to be equally yoked. Be on the same page. Don’t keep secrets from each other. Both husband and wife need to be giving 100% of their love and attention to each other and the marriage, it just makes life so much better.” —Justine

“I think our marriage is so strong because we encourage each other to have and pursue separate interests and spend time with our own friends.  Even now with kids and a family, I think it’s so important for us both to have hobbies and activities we like to do on our own and strong friendships to keep us connected to that person we fell in love with all those years ago.”–Sara

“Seriously, keep the spark alive. My husband and I got complacent in our relationship and it started to feel like I was just his roommate. Don’t stop kissing and cuddling or let things fall into a rut. Get dressed up, go out and court each other! Don’t hound each other about chores and responsibilities around the house all the time. There’s a time and a place for that but it doesn’t have to dominate your marriage.”– Rebekah

Keep communication lines open. You will go through hard times, but keep the communication lines open and stay committed to each other. It will require hard work at times, that’s okay! All good things do.” — Kara

stop having fun together! That doesn’t mean you have to spend tons of
money. Get a $5 pizza and hang out. Always put one another first. Don’t
ever stop!”– Carrie

Remember that you are on the same team. It isn’t wife vs. husband it’s husband & wife vs. the world.”– Teressa  

What is your best marriage advice?  


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