Thursday, September 26, 2013

Something Borrowed Wedding Link Up: Choosing a Date and Venue

**Disclaimer** This Post was supposed to be up last Friday.  Through blogging difficulties, it was posting on my site, but not anyone elses.  Thanks Ashley for letting me know about that.  Enjoy and I look forward to next months post!
 
 
Welcome back to this months Something Borrowed Link-up!  Last month we asked you to share your engagement story and we loved reading how your special someone proposed!  It was so awesome to read all the creative ways your men popped the question.
 
This month we are talking about choosing a wedding date and exploring venue options.  If you are already married, we ask you to just share the kind of ideas that you came up with, not the specific one you picked out.  We are going to be for a later date.

There aren't any rules for this link-up other than follow the topic. We're not going to try and make anyone follow our blogs (we'd love it if you did!) unless you like what we write about. We're not going to collect a dozen co-hosts and demand you follow them either. Follow us if you want to! Write about the topic for the month. Link up your post and read other posts to meet new bloggers. Simple as that!
 
So, now your engaged!! Congratulations!!  Now, what?  Well, when is the date?  Do you stretch out your planning and have a year long engagement or do you work your tail off and stress out to the max and plan it within months?  When deciding this you have to look and your and your Mr.'s schedules.  It all comes with what you want, no one else.  Consider the following when deciding on your perfect date.
 
When picking a date do you want it to be symbolic?  Could the wedding be the first time you met?  Your anniversary? Your parents or grandparents' anniversary?  If you choose a date that is meaningful to you and your groom, make sure to tell your guest about the significance in your programs.
 
Another one is seasons and holidays. Do you intend on having an outdoor wedding in June.  Will it be 100 degrees or more that month?  Will you be a miserable, hot, sweaty mess in your huge wedding dress and your groom in a suit?  Something to think about.  Some people have dreamed of having a Christmas or New Years wedding.  Think about how many of your guest will be out of town, or think about some of your guest will have a long weekend during those times and will be easier for travel. 
 
Also determine if you are set on having your wedding on a Saturday.  Some venues offer lower rates if you get married on any other day than a Saturday. 
 
 
When picking out a venue it is important to think about how many guest you want.  Some places have a smaller compasity that others. While some will hold 600+ and if you are only having 100 guest you don't want your venue to appear too open and have unused space.
 
Are you religious?  Do you want a traditional ceremony in your home church.  Some larger churches book their church with other events during the year so its important to get that on the books sooner than later.  Also, some more traditional churches only allow certain decorations and flowers in the sanctuary and do not want reviling dresses.  Some may want a low key beach wedding.  What if it rains?  What if you have guest that are not mobile enough to get to the ceremony location.  But, it would be amazing if the sun was shining!    
 
Now, how hard are you wanting to work?  Some locations do not need an ounce of decorations.  The ceremony might be in a garden full of lush flowers.  Already decorated!    You may be in a building that's a blank canvas for you to add lots of DIY decor, if that's what your in to.  A Barn wedding lends to its self.  Just grab some hay bales and call it a wedding. 
 
Some venues will have catering in house options and have all of your tables and chairs needed for your guest.   Is parking accommodating?  Are there any restriction at the venue that you think will take away from your special day?  
 
While there is no right or wrong questions you have to make sure that this special day is a day you dreamed off.  While picking a date is fairly easy, choosing a venue takes up a large portion of your planning.  There are so many different options that you can have.  Just look at the style of wedding that you and your husband to be would like and let your heart do the choosing.  You will always pick the right one!
 
Next month we will be talking about how to choose your wedding party and all of the how to, to picking your perfect wedding attendants.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Five Among Friends

Happy Friday Eve!!  Today I am linking up with some new friends for Five Among Friends.  Every week someone sends out 5 questions for everyone to answer.  Its a great way to get to know your fellow bloggers!
Here are my questions and answers:
1. If you could pick up and move anywhere for one year where would it be?
              This is not a hard one for me to answer.  It would be New York city!  I have only been to NYC once, in High School, and it was honestly a magical experience.  To be able to walk down the street and go see a Broadway show and have the best cheesecake of your life....YUM!!!  I think I would enjoy being in such a diverse place too. 
2. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
           I think my proudest accomplishment is that I became the woman I always wanted to be.  My parents always told me, "Don't forget that you are a Hale." (my maiden name)  I was always wanted to strive to be someone that not only my parents would be proud of, but someone that I could be proud of too.  I'm pretty happy with that! Cheesy huh?
3. What is your idea of the perfect date?
           Lately I have been a homebody.  I love being able to just relax after a busy day.  So, my perfect date...as of now...would be curled up in bed with the hubs just watching a movie. We go that often...so I'm going to say watching a chick flick, because that never happens!
4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
     Oh boy!  I hate.  Hate repeating myself more than twice.  We all know how men, or most men, listen.  You know, in one ear out the other and always ends in a response, "Huh?"  Yeah, that one.  Come on, what I have to say in ALWAYS important and needs to be heard the first...and even the second time.
5. How has blogging benefited your life?
      Through the recent part of my blogging life, I have been pretty open about my infertility journey and our miscarriage back in May.  While going through fertility treatments in the beginning, I felt alone because not many people talked about their struggles to grow their family.  Through sharing my story and our daily struggles with infertility I have become more of an accepting person.  I know things are going to always go my way.  But through me talking about it, I have had other women open up about their infertility struggles as well.  I strongly believe that while a very private thing, infertility should be talked about as a way of healing. 

There you have it.  If you would like to participate and answer my questions link up with us below and joining in!

Lover of Fall

Being that the first day of Fall is this Sunday, I only think its appropriate for me to share some of my fall favorites.  
 
 
 
 
Lets start with the most important!  Fall Smells and taste! Oh yum.
When fall is creeping up, I can't wait to get that first taste of pumpkin and the first smell of Carmel latte. 
We can thank Starbucks and Bath and Body Works for that. 
 
Usually the first day of September, Starbucks starts selling their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It's so important it was written in my calender to insure I didn't forget.  Only thing is...Starbucks let out a little surprise and shared the pumpkin goodness with us a few days early.  Good one Starbucks!  

 
While Starbucks is my number one for their awesomeness, Bath and Body works is a close second.  I can easily do some damage in that store and don't think twice about it.  Some of their Fall 2013 goodies are their Pumpkin Hayride candle and Pumpkin Cupcake hand soap.
 

 
 
Another favorite about Fall is Fall decor and colors.  This season I am all about Rustic colors with hints of Gold. 
 

 
 
 Lush right? I love anything Gold for Fall.  These Ginko leaves from Pottery Barn are a great accent for your decor.

What are some of your Fall loves?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mouthwatering Mondays: Recipe Linkup {Healthy Dish}




This week, the ladies at Mouthwatering Mondays are sharing healthy recipes. This is a new favorite of mine and thought it would be good to share since we are saying goodbye to Summer next month.   Enjoy!

Watermelon Feta Salad

 

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine watermelon, feta cheese, red onion, and mint in a large bowl.
  2. Pour the lime juice and olive oil over the watermelon mixture and toss gently to coat.
  3. Serve immediately.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Super Sunday Sync # 50!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Something Borrowed: Wedding Link Up {Engagement Story}

Hey Friends!
 
This is our first post with the Something Borrowed Wedding Link-up and I am glad that you have stopped by.  Ashley and I are eager to start this monthly series with y'all and hope that you get some ideas that may be helpful.


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Before we dive into this series we have to start with the engagement!  You can't start planning a wedding (even though I did) before you get engaged! So, today we ask you to link up and share your engagement story. 
 
Before I share my engagement story, I am going to have to give a little back story first. 
 
 
 
On our very first date, we went to see a movie with another couple.  After the movie, we drove back to his family farm to ride around.  Half way through the ride, Luke stopped the car, turned up the music, and rolled down the windows.  We got out of the car and danced in front of the headlights.  He was definetly a smooth talker!

 
So, back to the engagement part.  One year and one day after our first date I came home during my lunch break to grab something to eat.  Luke was such in a good mood and smiling, but I still had no idea what was about to happen.  He told me to hop in the truck with him for a quick ride on the farm to look at a possible house sight.  With him being in real estate, this was not out of the norm for him, so I went along.  While he was driving, I was complaining the whole time knowing that I was going to be late going back to work (Boy do I feel silly now).
 
 
He had me get out of the truck and "walk the property with him" while showing me an ariel photograph of where a house or building could go.  He walked me to Our Spot.  The place where we had our first date, first dance, and first kiss.  I knew that was "the" spot but I still didnt think anything of it. 

He got down on one knee, told me that I was loved so much by him and that he wanted me to become his wife.  TEARS!!! Of course I squalled and couldnt hug him tight enough.  I didnt even get a close look at the ring until we were headed back to the house.  I was just so excited!
 
I was going to be able to spend the rest of my life with him.  The perfect guy for me!  The one whom God had for me.  My perfect Engagement!
 
 
Now....where to have the wedding and reception??
 
 
Be sure to come back next month on September 20th and link up your post on wedding venues!  I can't wait to see all of the ideas you gals have and be able to share some of the places that we looked into!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Mouthwatering Mondays: Recipe Link-up

 
 
Hey guys.  Its Monday, and you know what that means. Mouthwatering Mondays!!
This week the girls are asking everyone to share a breakfast for dinner recipe.  I call it Brinner!
I'm excited to share this Spinach Feta Omelette Recipe with you and maybe you can have it for Brinner this week!
 
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Spinach Feta Omelette (makes 1 omelette)
 
What You'll Need:
1-2 ounces ready to eat cooking spinach
2-3 ounces crumbled feta
2 eggs
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon butter
 
Steps:
* Cook down spinach until soft for approximately 2-3 minutes and set to the side
* Crack two eggs into bowl
* Add 1 teaspoon water and whisk until yolks and whites are well blended
* Coat a non-stick pan with 1 teaspoon butter
* Before butter browns, add eggs to the pan
* Add cooked spinach and feta on top of the eggs immediately
* Cook 1-2 minutes, swirling the pan to loosen the eggs from the bottom (helps avoid burning)
 
After the omelet is cooked, it should slide out of the pan without a spatula.  There are endless possibilities for your brinner omelettes.  Feel free to spice things up a little and add your favorite hot peppers to the mix.  Yum!
 
Just like dinner you need some sides with Brinner.  I like to add fruit, home fries, or some oatmeal to make it extra filling. 
 
I wonder how many times I typed Brinner during this recipe?
 
Ha!
 
Hope you are able to have Brinner sometime this week and try this out!!