Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: The Guestbook

Of all the wedding planning secrets I kept, I played none of them closer to the vest than the guestbook. I told a few people, but only because I could not keep such a great idea locked up inside myself for so long. And, I needed to hear others tell me what I great idea it was, just to stroke my ego.

I did my best to keep it under wraps because I did not want to see it all over Pinterest before the wedding could even happen. Maybe that sounds silly, but I just wanted to have one element in our wedding that was completely our own idea.

Early in our wedding planning process, I thought about our guestbook and the myriad of possibilities that lay before us. Guestbooks have come a long way from being an actual book, and there are tons of creative ideas out there--champagne bottles, finger paint, etc. Like I said, for this one aspect of the wedding, I wanted to come up with something that I had never seen before.

To start off the brainstorming process, I thought of all the guestbook ideas I really liked. Basically, I loved the ones that could easily be displayed in a home. To narrow that down, I thought about our wedding theme (winter chic, remember?), and as I considered this, the greatest guestbook idea EVER popped into my head (well, maybe not greatest ever, because it obvi would not work in certain seasons). We set out Christmas ornaments and sharpies, and instructed guests to sign or write a message on the ornament, then hang it the Christmas tree that was set up in the ballroom.

This idea went over really well. Everyone loved coming up with a message to write on the ornament, and it fits with us as a couple because Matt and I LOVE the Christmas season. It's also a tangible way for us to be reminded every year, when we decorate our tree, how special that day was and how loved we truly are.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

13 for '13

I'm baaacccckkkk!!!! Matt and I have been back in the states for two weeks now, and every day since then I have tried to imagine the warm, Costa Rican sun on my face during this miserable winter weather. Usually, all that does is make me depressed.

The honeymoon was absolutely wonderful--seven days of sun, delicious food, and delightful drink. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back, so I'm going to stop before I get too depressed. I promise to do another post later (complete with pictures), but for now I'm going to let you in on all the goals Matt and I have made for 2013. I figured I should get on this and get it posted, since January is coming to a close, and New Year's Resolutions are SO three weeks ago, but we've been a little busy so I feel like our lateness is justified.

I have never been much of a resolution making person, but this year I was inspired by Melissa at The First 500. She recently made a list called 99 in 999, which was basically a list of 99 goals to complete in 999 days. Now, she and her new husband have made a list of 99 goals for their first 500 days of marriage. I was a little intimidated by doing that big of a list, mainly because I don't know if I can come up with that many goals all at once. So, Matt and I are taking it easy this year and have come up with thirteen goals to complete in 2013 (clever, right?). Our aim is to accomplish them all together, and we'll see how that goes. We may not finish them all this year, and we may not even get to some, but I love the idea of us working towards something together, during our first year of marriage. So, without further ado...

1. Lose 13 pounds.
I'm only eating foods with less than 30% calories from fat. I really wanna lose 3 pounds. Is butter a carb? Whatever, I'm getting cheese fries.

2. Participate in a 5K
I say "participate" because that means I don't necessarily have to run, I can walk/stroll/be carried.

3. Travel to two new places together
This will be just a little bit difficult, because it has to be a place that neither one of us has been. Challenge accepted.

4. Eat at home 5/7 nights per week.
So far, so good. This only applies to dinner, lunches don't count. That may seem like a cheat, but the whole dinner rule will actually be quite the accomplishment for us.

5. Get a puppy
THIS IS HAPPENING!!!!! OHMYGOD IT IS HAPPENING and I promise I will write a separate post devoted to this topic.

6. Start looking for a house
Also happening, starting this weekend! My two requirements are a bigger kitchen and a soaking tub.

7. Learn 15 new recipes
I'm hoping to make this a feature on the blog, where I try out recipes...wait for it...on camera! I feel like my charm and personality will attract millions of viewers. Also, I've learned two new recipes already--BOOM.

8. Visit three restaurants featured on a food show
This one is ALL Matt's idea.

9. Read at least six books each
This is going to be a lot harder than I thought, now that we're off the honeymoon and we other responsibilities that get in the way of lying by a pool and reading all day.

10. No more than two fast food meals/month
I know many of my friends will doubt my ability to do this, considering my undying love for Taco Bell, but we have been quite successful for the month of January!

11. No soft drinks more than twice a week
I really shouldn't drink soda at all, but sometimes a girl just needs a coke over ice.

12. Get accepted into a Masters Program
This one is mostly for me. I have just started my first ever grad school class, on applied organizational psychology. It's online, so I can still work and whatnot. I'm planning to apply to the program (Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Colorado State University) in the spring, and begin in the fall. This goal IS for both of us, though, because Matt supports me 100%--just another reminder of how blessed I am!

13. Open to reader suggestion
Now you see what I couldn't even attempt a 99 in 999--I had trouble enough coming up with thirteen goals! So, dear reader, if you have a suggestion for our lucky number thirteen, we'd love to hear it!

I promise to give you updates on how well or how horribly this goes. In the meantime, here is a teaser picture from the honeymoon. Enjoy!
This was my first time in the Pacific Ocean. We celebrated this momentous occasion with a drink at the swim-up bar.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Welcome to Twenty Thirteen!

Hello friends, and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a magical holiday filled with glitter, loved ones, and champagne (in that order). Husband and I had a delightful NYE in Atlantic City with his friend Phil, and Phil’s girlfriend Rachel. We stayed at the Borgata, ate way too much food, and even won a good bit of cash. Now, it’s back to work and back to reality.

Oh, except in two days we will be here:

You are looking at the AH-MAH-ZING Riu Palace in Costa Rica, the destination for our long awaited honeymoon. This, dear reader, has been the light at the end of the tunnel. Through all of the stress, Matt and I have been longing for this one week when we have nothing to do but lie around on the beach and eat food. 

Oh, and order drinks at the swim-up bar.

Sorry to make you all insanely jealous, especially those suffering the brunt of winter. But, I’m really not sorry—Matt and I have not been on vacation together in FOR-EV-ER, so this is well deserved.

I know that my posting has been sporadic since TBD, but I promise to be more consistent when I return—in fact, it is one of my New Year’s Resolutions! (The only resolution so far, since I kind of came up with that one on the spot.) I've got all kinds of topics swirling in my head, not to mention there are loads of things I have to say about TBD.

When I return, there will be wedding pictures, New Year’s Resolutions, guest posts from Matt, and much more! Until then, please enjoy this one picture of our wedding I painstakingly picked out for you to enjoy. 

Via SOHO Photography

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