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!

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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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Happiness Wherever

Hello everyone! While I am heading off to Mexico for my Honeymoon, I thought I would leave you with some amazing ideas from hapinesswherever.com

About hapinesswherever.com : 

“Creative lifestyle blog with regular designer and TV series inspired DIYs. Along the way, I blog about what I use (Makeover Monday– beauty products), where I go (Wandering Wednesday: hapinesswithoutapassport), how I save money (Thrifty Thursday– up cycling), what I eat (Foodie Friday) and what I do ( Summary Saturday: week in review!)” 

Designer fashion is deliciously wearable but the price? Not so! Luckily we have these amazing designer inspired DIYs which are easy to make and easy to wear! A quick pop into your local bead shop (or online one!) and within 30 minutes, you can make yourself ALL 3 of these pieces that wouldn’t look amiss on the runway. 

The Stripe is one of my favourite DIY blogs because Grace is just so nice. She also comes up with really nice designer DIYs, such as this J Crew-esque bracelet! For full tutorial and photo credits, do visit: thestripe.com

I love Liberty’s for all its quirky designers, such as Astley Clarke, but at over 300 dollars  a bracelet, they’re sadly not on my affordable list. Thankfully they are super easy to DIY! 5 minutes & you should have made your own. For full tutorial and photo credits, do visit: hapinesswherever.com
Anthropologie is one of the most hack-ed designer brands, so how could we leave it out of this list? Full tutorial and photo credit on: hapinesswherever.com
For more designer inspired DIY hacks, do visit 
Thanks hapinesswherever.com, for such a wonderful post! 
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Tomorrow I Walk Down the Isle

Tomorrow I walk down the isle to the man of my dreams. The day I met Justin, I knew I would marry him. Its true, I know he was meant for me, and I know I am lucky to find the one for me. It hard to believe a year of planning is over. All the long nights of craftying and “DIYing” are over, the picking out songs & wedding planning ends today.

A Letter to Justin, 

What ends today, makes the start of something beautiful. I can not wait, to be your partner for life. I will stand by you when times are easy, and when times are rough. I will always support you and your job. Although being a police officer is not always family friendly, I will always support you. I will be home waiting for you, when you have a hard shift, or when you get off 5 hours late. I will always be here for you. I can’t wait to marry you. I can’t wait to be your “partner in crime.” I love you to the moon & back! 

Love your future wife, 

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5 Things You Won’t See At My Wedding

ONE- I will not be walking down to the traditional wedding song! Actually my bridesmaids & myself are walking down the isle to the same song! I am excited to do something a little different. I spent a lot of time finding just the right song, so I can’t wait to share the music with you!

TWO- No bouquet or garter toss. I have never wanted to do that, so it is as simple as that. We will not make all the single ladies go in the middle of the dance floor and jump for flowers.

THREE- No grand entrance for the wedding party & the bride and groom. No thank you, I have seen it all, the funny dance moves, the spotlight attention. That is just not for me. We will be there greeting the guest as they come in & as soon as everyone is there, we will do our first dance!

FOUR- The same number of bridesmaids & groomsmen. You won’t see that at my wedding! Justin wanted four guys, and I just wanted family. So I have three girls, my two sisters, and Justin’s sisters. Since day way, I told Justin it does not matter if we have the same amount of people. We picked who we wanted to be in our wedding, because they are special to us, not because we needed a number.

Click here to see how we asked our wedding party. 
FIVE- A flower girl. Nope no flower girl at this wedding. We didn’t have anyone around the age of a flower girl, so we just decided that we would have a ring bearer. I know our little guy will steal the show, and make up for us not being able to have a flower girl.

Click here to see how we got our ring bearer.

I also want to add, these things won’t be in our wedding, because they don’t fit for us. But if you did have them in your wedding, or you will have them in your wedding, then it is perfect for you! That is one thing I learned about wedding planning, do what you want and what makes you happy! 
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A Look Back In Time

One year ago today. One year ago today Justin got down on one knee, and ask me to marry him. It is crazy how fast time went by.

In just a couple days I will be walking down the isle to the man of my dreams. It is so hard to believe that all the planning has come to an end. Let’s look back on some memories to see how we got here.

One of the first big memories would be When we got our house, I love our house and the home that it has become! I love being able to come home to a cozy and perfect house! Then we have
Justin Becoming a Police Officer, This was a big change for us, Justin working as a police officer full time. It was a weird adjustment, but I would not change being in the police family for anything. Then we got our first puppy Penny! That was a just surprise to Justin, but I just couldn’t leave her at the pound a second longer!! Justin’s Changes jobs, he loves his Sheriff job! Then the biggest thing happened, WE GOT ENGAGED! That moment was perfect, it was such a surprise! Then we we got our second baby. Fenix is for sure a daddy’s boy, he is attached to Justin at the hip! Then we had our engagement party! That was the start of the wedding party!  It was such a wonderful time!  It is so hard to believe all the wonderful times we have had. I am so ready to start the next chapter with Justin! Here is to many more memories!!

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