Friday, March 30, 2012

March Wedding

The last guest post of the week comes from one of my most very favorite people, Henry George herself!!!  Taylor is my little sister in the sorority (even though she's 5 odd months older than I am) and is my equally awkward soulmate. Stop by her blog, Eat Spin Go, and say hello.

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I got put on assignment to cover a blog post while Anna and Mike are lounging in the Dominican Republic on their HONEYMOON. Cue intense jealousy. So here goes nothing...


Contrary to popular belief, this isn't a model from a magazine ad, this is my friend Anna.
And this stud gazing int the distance is her new hubby Mike.

And they had the most gorgeous, amazing WEDDING last weekend! :)
Anna and I go all the way back to my sorority rush days. We awkwardly chatted during bid day and for some reason she was dead set on claiming me as her little sister in the sorority. My bet is because I was tall, always down for a crazy shenanigan or two, and because she was too lazy to meet anyone else... ;) 

Whatever the reason, I am so glad. You are not only my friend, but my caretaker in some instances and partner in crime in the others. 


Through the tailgates, parents weekends, random roadtrips/vacations, and even travels abroad, we've fit more memories into 4 years of friendship than most have in a lifetime.


Our whole little Phi Mu family the day Anna became an alum :(


In the middle of our college years Anna met this lovely gentleman:

She fell for his apparent love of sandcastles, 3d movies, and trademarking the "frown smile."

In all seriousness, Mike is such a genuine, loving person, and I am so happy that Anna has joined such a fun, colorful, caring family. It is crazy to see how much we can all change and grow in a year, and I think the realization of that was why I was an awkward emotional wreck at their wedding. 

And lets not forget Anna's two guardian angels through all of this either. Kelsey was literally the perfection of a maid of honor. 

I am so glad I have gotten to know you through all of the wedding festivities, and I commend you for all the hard work and dedication you have to Anna and making sure her special day was perfect. I love that you are my big #2 and admire the friendship the two of you have. It is so rare.

 And then there's this one....the mother of the bride. It's been a roller coaster ride of emotions as Anna's mom is the complete opposite of her. The timely planner and over achiever managed to throw the most timely, well thought out wedding that I have ever experienced. All of you who sanitized your hands at the buffet line, thank this one. Pat has also stepped in as my mom #2, so sorry Anna for taking over your life. You knew what you were getting when you met me... :) I can honestly say I've never seen a mother have so much love for their daughter as Anna's mom has for her. 

To wrap it all up, I am so happy that we are friends. You will always be my big sister, and I love Mike for embracing our whole family's craziness. I look forward to the next chapter of our friendship and our somewhat "adult" lives. Perhaps it will be a little bit more of a healthy chapter....but I sense there will never be a lack of wine or tequila in our reunions. Some things never change. 

I'm sure you have been cringing at my inappropriate random tense changing and extensive comma use...BUT TOUGH. I love you and your grammatically correct self. I hope you and Mike are sipping Mai Tai's on the beach and loving life!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Advice from Annahita

Hello lovers of all things Anna... I'm here to fill in for the lovely MRS. Taylor while she's on her honeymoon - I'm Annahita from Forever88. I'm not too exciting, but here are the basics... I'm married to the love of my life DJ [danny j.] - we met when we were 13 in gym class... fast forward being friends for fourteen years, we started dating... one month later. we eloped!

I also write about my snuggly pup aka my adorable english bulldog - Oliver...
...and I'm currently extremely pregnant with our first baby [a girl! due May 15, 2012]... so I currently complain write about all things dealing with being knocked up...
so that's me in a nutshell. exciting, huh?

so today - I figured I'd give Anna some unsolicited advice about being a newlywed... 

5. sometimes it's okay to go to bed angry -- in the morning things might not seem so bad and it's easier to laugh at your partner [and yourself] about whatever you were fighting over.

4. take time for your girlfriends - your partner will end up being your best friend and the person you spend all of your time with... it will be easier to stay in that little bubble, but make effort to stay in touch with your friends - take trips with just the girls, call them, email, messenger pigeon - just don't lost touch.

3. take time for yourself... if even if its just to Target. who am I kidding - especially to Target. take runs, do yoga, eat ice cream - whatever it is you choose to do, find time for yourself.

2. compromise. compromise. compromise. -- sometimes its not fun, but in my opinion its one of the best words to have in your vocabulary if you want a happy marriage [other than love and faithfulness clearly]

1. remember marriage like all relationships is a roller-coaster - there will be highs and lows, good days and bad days. all in all, remember the reason you took your vows [and your actual vows] and keep your head up and keep trucking! the best things are the things worth fighting for [and fighting through]!


so that's that. 
hope you're having a blast on your honeymoon Mrs. Taylor!
heres to many happy years of marriage!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Whitney takes a honeymoon...

You guys, don't ask my why, but today Whitney from Cheerios and Beer is guest blogging. I don't even like her. This is ridiculous. 


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Anna asked me to write something for her while she is off getting married and honey-mooning. i originally thought no. because why would i want to write something for her when she is having a good time and i am just sitting at work getting a 'tan' from the soft glow of my computer??


then i realized.i should stop being a selfish little bitch and do something nice for someone.


so here. i. am.


kidding. i was super pumped when she asked me. she said i could write about ANYTHING. even said i could film a drunk vlog. which i unfortunately didn't have time to this week since i was way too busy working. but next time.


instead i am here to discuss that time i went on my honeymoon.


oh, you didn't know i was married? yeah. i'm not.


story goes like this.


i needed a vacation last year. and so did my sister. so we started planning. and we decided on this place in punta cana.


an adults only resort that is.


the other part of this is that when my sister and i traveled europe after college, people assumed we were a couple.


because all couples look alike right?? like sisters?


so anyway. i didn't want to go to a resort with little <strike>bitches</strike> kiddos running around, so this was my solution. pretend like we were a couple.


and my plan was brilliant.


we were treated like queens. and didn't have to deal with the grope-y man-hands.


we drank till our hearts were filled with joy and we forgot about all the troubles back at the homeland.


we soaked in the hot tub and basked in the sun.


we got sun burned [the first day] and ate <strike>nasty</strike> resort food.


it was the perfect honeymoon.


and for good measure...we went out on a boat.


que the music: i'm on a boat. i'm on a boat.


after the scary ass drive through the 'town' we make it to the dock with another couple. from germany. poor kids. i had done my research and found that you should ALWAYS take motion sickness medicine REGARDLESS if you have ever been seasick. so we did. like a prepared couple.


unlike the german couple.


30 minutes into the ride the guy is puking his brains out. didn't get to reel in a badass fish [like me. see below] and almost fell off the boat.


so to sum up this story. go on a honeymoon any chance you get. you don't need your HUSBAND to enjoy your time. you just need some you like being around.



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Monday, March 26, 2012

March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day!

Hi there! I'm so thrilled to be here today, because as we all know, the lovely and talented Anna is honeymooning with her beloved in the Dominican Republic! I wish them nothing but the best and may they live a life full of laughter, happiness, adventure, and love!


Before we go on, allow me to formally introduce myself. 
I'm Lauren and you can find me over at Loving with Lauren. I am a twenty-three year old college student pursuing my M.S. in Psychology at the University of Tennessee. I am a kind-hearted, stubborn, ambitious, fun-loving, and impulsive kind of girl. I take pride in the fact that I don't hold back when it comes to the things I am most passionate about. I laugh often and smile as much as I can, because I know that I live a very blessed life. Journey with me as I illustrate the ups and downs through a mixture of writing, pictures, randomness, and snark.


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I figure with it being March and all, I would share with you a day this month that holds a special place in my heart. March the 21st was first declared World Down Syndrome Day in 2006. It was appointed World Down Syndrome Day because people with Down Syndrome (also known as Trisomy 21) are born with three copies of the 21st chromosome. Just a few years ago I would have never given March 21 another thought. Today, however, everything is different.


I'm lucky enough to know an exceptional little boy with Down Syndrome. He goes by the name of Austin and he just so happens to be my kid brother. Austin was born when I was fourteen years old; and extremely ill-tempered I might add. Still to this day, I hate to admit the fact that I was utterly pissed off when my mom told us she was having another child. My sister and I already fought like cats and dogs, so why on Earth would I want another sibling to ruin my life? I was the epitome of a brat. I was also the epitome of selfish.


Nine years later, that little boy has me wrapped around his finger. He has greatly impacted my life in ways that I can and cannot see. He is smart, and outgoing, and always full of surprises. But hands down, the best thing about Austin is his power to love unconditionally.



I wrote a letter to Austin, you can read that here
You can also see Austin through his many paces here.
And don't forget to stop by my blog and say hi!



“God doesn’t give children with special needs to strong people. He gives children with special needs to ordinary, weak people and then gives them strength. Raising a child with Down Syndrome doesn’t take a special family, it makes a special family.”

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Thanks, Lauren! You're the best.

You guys, I seriously adore Lauren and love reading her blog. Go say hi.

 You should also follow her on Twitter. And find her on Instagram.

Stay tuned for more guests posts this week to keep you happy while I'm busy beaching it in the Dominican Republic with my Hubcap!
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Friday, March 23, 2012

A Going Away Giveaway

Since I'm abandoning ship and heading to the Dominican Republic for the week, I figure it's the perfect time to do a giveaway.


I was contacted by MyMemories.Com right in the middle of all the pre-wedding mele and couldn't do the giveaway and review as promptly as I'd wanted to, but better late than never, right?

Not only is their My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software AWESOME, it is perfect considering the amount of scrapbooking I'll be doing in the coming months. And the best part? You can enter to win $80 worth of software for FREE, plus save $10 every time you use my double secret code: STMMMS62756 whether you win the giveaway or not! 




This scrapbooking software is so cool and easy to use. Here's something I whipped up in a matter of minutes.


I can't wait to make some wedding and honeymoon pages. There are a ton of virtual paper options, photo layouts, and decorations...from bows and ric rac to buttons and paper clips!

Another cool feature is the ability to use one of the software's pre-made albums and simply inset your own pictures and captions, or you can completely design your own album from scratch. Here's one I made using a super adorable pre-designed Christmas theme.


The My Memories website has a TON of awesome kits available to purchase so you can spruce up your personal designs. That's where that discount code I mentioned earlier will come in handy. =) 



Every giveaway comes with rules. Here they are:

1. [Mandatory Entry] Visit MyMemories and tell me which kits you'd buy! 
2. Extra Entry: Follow my blog, post about the giveaway on your blog, and let me know in a separate comment.
3. Extra Entry: Follow me on Twitter, tweet about the giveaway, and let me know in a separate comment.
4. Extra Entry: Follow the My Memories Blog and let me know in a separate comment.
5. Extra Entry: Like My Memories on Facebook and let me know in a separate comment. 
6. Extra Entry: Follow My Memories on Twitter and let me know in a separate comment.

I hope you're all as excited about this as I am...the house wife inside of me is just DYING to design all of my photos into their own little digital scrap book pages! 

I'll announce the winner in two weeks! 
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bridesmaid Luncheon

On the Friday before the wedding, my girls and I enjoyed a quiet lunch on the porch of our bed and breakfast, hosted by the lovely owners of our B&B!


We had a delicious light meal, complete with pink lemonade and sweet tea - perfect.


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The Shower!

Let the Wedding Recap Posts begin!

Thursday afternoon, one of Mike's best friends, Rachel, was sweet enough to plan and host a joint shower for the two of us. She sent out adorable invitations, rounded up a TON of wine, and even made some delicious treats, straight off of Pinterest. It was amazing, y'all! I was too preoccupied to take any real pictures and I am totally regretting that now. Oh well.
Me with Leah and Kelsey
 A group shot of the ladies. After a couple hours, a lot of people had left, including the boys. They were off to Charlotte to celebrate Mike's bachelor party.
Me and Peyton shortly before leaving. You should recognize Peyton from here and here.

Mike and I (thanks to Rachel's guidance) decided to do a combination "stock the wine cellar" and "Lowe's gift cards" themed shower and I think we did pretty well. I definitely won't be buying any wine any time soon.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wifed Up. Literally.

Slowly making some blog changes. Stay tuned - I'm super fickle so who knows how it'll end up looking.

I switched URLs, so let me know what the deal is with Google friend connect and whether or not I show up in your feed.

My photographers posted a few of my bridal portraits on their Facebook page!


On Friday after the rehearsal dinner, my bridesmaids and I went to a bar in Augusta to quietly ring in my last night as a "single lady." My maid of honor and I got our groove on.

We are very much enjoying our new names for eachother.

Here's a picture from right before I walked down the aisle...

Here's a picture of my rings in the morning at the hotel: (Because you know a girl likes to show off her bling...)

I still feel like I am living in a parallel universe right now.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

So, we're married now.

I guess I have to start making wreathes for every season and cooking meals that are somewhat edible, right?

The drama queen inside me is a little bit disappointed to admit that our wedding day went perfectly. Many thanks to our moms and awesome wedding planners for making sure of that. Mother Nature even cooperated, and the somewhat menacing forecast of scattered thunderstorms turned out to be inaccurate.

Saturday morning my maids and I woke up nice and early to get our hair and make up done at Edge Salon and Spa in North Augusta, SC. They did a fabulous job, and if you are getting married in the CSRA or just need some pampering, call them up. They'll take care of you.

Here we are after getting prettified:

And here we are after getting dressed:

The day went by so fast, just like everyone said it would. Almost immediately after zipping up my gown it seemed like I was walking down the aisle toward Mike.

Here we are kissing for the first time as husband and wife:

The wedding party:

And our first dance:

Now I'm in for the daunting task of digging our furniture out from underneath a pile of gifts and cards! Wish me luck...
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wedding Week


You Guys. This has been a Weekend/Monday for the books, that is FOR SURE.

Sunday night I was cleaning house. I had to put something away in the closet when all of a sudden I found myself covered in clothes.

Because the top shelf of my closet had collapsed on top of me. I laughed. And then I cried. And then I moved on.

And last night, due to what I can only assume was a strike by the elves that make my computer work, my Macbook crashed. And it crashed HARD.
Spinning wheel of death for HOURS, y'all. I was ENRAGED. I still had a couple escort cards (and still do) that needed printing, pictures I wanted to edit, and Facebook had not been stalked in a while. Not to mention the blogs I needed to catch up on and guest posts to schedule! EPIC TIMING, LAPTOP.

Anyway, after trying and failing to self-diagnose the problem, I decided a trip to the Apple store was inevitable and made the trek to Augusta. The guy at the Genius Bar seemed flabbergasted at the non-responsiveness of my hard drive. It wouldn't even boot from his miracle magic Apple Genius Bar computer. Thank Jobs for my awesome warranty. I didn't have to pay a nickle for them to replace my hard drive (and lose all of my files in the process), but I have my computer back and it's squeaky clean so I'm a happy camper.

Anyway, bracing myself for the rest of what Murphy has to offer, because if it can go wrong, it will.
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