We don't really get too concerned about snowfall up here, but it isn't very often that we actually get "snowed in". Monday night my fiance and I decided to take one of our cars over to our warehouse and put it inside rather than leave it in the driveway....we wanted the BEST chances of the plow getting through without having to shovel too much afterwards. Luckily we have the ONLY driveway on the street that is "plow-able". (We might kinda enjoy watching them snowblow/shovel/dig as our plow clears a beautiful clean path).
Our driveway wasn't cleared out until close to 4 in the afternoon, so we both had a "mandatory" snow day. SO MUCH FUN! We sat inside, my fiance did his taxes and I watched a Spartacus marathon. It was one of those do-nothing days that never come around often enough - or with a good enough excuse to actually do nothing. :)
I definitely feel for all of the folks out doing the actual plowing, what a long day! I know our driveway had to be done three separate times throughout the storm, and our office/warehouse building was done more than that. They definitely had a long day - plus there's another storm on its way! Living the dream in the Northeast....
I'm sure when we are living in the south I will wish for snow days and cooler temperatures, but for now I would absolutely trade the snow for a warm beach and some sunshine!
On March 1st, 2014 my extremely handsome boyfriend of 3 years proposed.
He took me to Niagara Falls, wined/dined me at a fancy revolving restaurant overlooking the falls in Canada, and then when we took a stroll around the observatory deck after our lunch he asked if I'd stay with him forever. No worries ladies, I obviously said yes.
After our initial jitters and excitement faded down to a reasonable level of happiness and anticipation we started talking about how and where we wanted to actually get married. It took us a lot of debate, but we finally agreed that there was only one style of wedding that would fit our personality as a couple: Destination.
We both love to travel, and while we've been together we've done our fair share of it. We've been to California 3 times - Augusta, GA - Charleston, SC - Denver, CO - Raleigh, NC - Syracuse, NY - Las Vegas, NV - Portland, OR - and all over New England. Because of our mutual love of travel we figured there was no better way to say our vows then to do it in a new and exciting place!
The second reason we chose a destination wedding is that we LOVE the beach. We decided that a tropical vacation with a wedding stuck in the middle of it would be perfect....plus we could force all of our friends and family who chose to join us to take a well-needed vacation with us! We decided to get married in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Our ceremony will be barefoot on the beach at sunset.....how perfect?!
Lastly, we decided on a destination because we are paying for our wedding ourselves, and after looking into all of our options the destination was really the only thing we could afford at this point in our lives. This next year holds a move, a wedding, two new car purchases, two different certification schools, and HOPEFULLY selling a house. We have to be frugal in every way we can. I'm not complaining, check out this gorgeous view!
So we started out our journey of wedding planning.....blissful, exciting, happy, celebration of love time....right? HA. Someone should have warned me.
I am unreasonably excited to marry my fiance, and to spend a week in Mexico with some of our closest friends and family - BUT - this has not been the year I was brought to expect by all of those lovely things we grow up with. Wedding bliss(misery).
a Mexican company and an American travel agency in planning....goodness. I had no idea. I'm not saying I'm stressed, but this year has definitely been a journey that I wasn't prepared for.
Suffice it to say I am more than excited to BE IN MEXICO celebrating our marriage with my guy and the fabulous people joining us. May 23rd cannot come soon enough. <3
One of my very favorite days of the month is MUST be the day my newest BIRCHBOX arrives. Now first let me set the record straight - I am NOT a girly-girl, nor am I good with makeup application, hair-styling, etc. - but I do love to try new products, and I'm trying to improve my "skills" one box at a time. (Also....I have yet to actually try any of the makeup items myself....so far my sister has tested them for me)
I've been subscribing to BIRCHBOX for a few months now (hence the two boxes) and this MIGHT be a girl thing, but it feels like a monthly birthday gift! I'm pretty sure the fact that they put tissue paper in the box is:
a. The best marketing idea ever
b. Taking HUGE advantage of the fact that everyone likes to open gifts.
(basically they're geniuses)
This month my box was specialized from Tone It Up (fitness mavens who I'd LOVE to follow after), and called "gym bag essentials". Love.
So far I've only tried the dry shampoo (a new item in my tool chest completely), but I love it. I've so far tried four brands, and the only two I like have been in BIRCHBOX samples. (Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo & my newest Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk)
I will be updating all of my reviews....but for now I'm going to take my time trying everything out!
I hate basements. I hate dirt/grime/dank/dustiness/SPIDERS. GROSS! Thankfully my handsome guy is tougher than me, and decided to take on this project (at least the dirty demo part) by himself. We needed some extra storage, and our basement needed a face-lift. Check out what we started with:
This was the tiny storage we started with.....a dark little corner cubby, big enough to hold some paint and other supplies, but that is about it. So, he started ripping and tearing (splinters were plentiful) to clean up the space.
We (sorry....HE.....I didn't touch any of this part of the project...thus the ugly photos) ;-) removed all of the old storage, and cleaned up the corner so we were starting with a clean slate.
The new shelves we put in all have pressure-treated uprights so there is no rotting problem in the future. I don't know if we will build more, but this baseline gives us the flexibility for more storage if we decide to build it.
I started helping with this at about this point (everything was CLEAN and spider free). We decided to start the shelves six inches up from the ground, just in case of any water in the basement. Our house is a 1930's colonial, so we like to plan ahead JUST in case. We wanted to move all of our storage from the attic to the basement for convenience, but I (of course) want to make sure my stuff stays safe.
Thankfully I didn't have to do any of the dirty and gross part of this project, but I get to benefit from the completed product! I am so happy to have the space freed up in the rest of the basement so I can use my "gym" space again, and not have to work around boxes and crates and half-finished projects.
So happy to have a handyman in my house (and soon to be legally attached to me....ooo he doesn't know what he's signing up for) who cares about improving our home and living environment. <3 him long time.
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.