Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Wishes #13

Last week was rollercoaster-y and busy. This week will be super busy, too! Eep, but I got a lot of awesome pictures taken on my adventures (take a look at the end!)

1// Get some serious research in for this really exciting opportunity. I did great at this! Well, organizing. Researching, not so much but the ball is in my partner's court!

2// Get some serious love going on the Not Just October NPO!! Success!! Check out their new website :)

3// Take Bella to the dog park! We postponed this till this week because we wanted to be sure it was a "good" dog park. But she did get 2 playdates in! 

4// Keep building my habits from last week. Oh EM gee I got this! 

The Nectar Collective

1// Feel Balanced. This one is more of a feeling I'm striving for, so no set guidelines.

2// Work at Home Plan. I'm finally going full time with my company, so I'm working out a plan to stay on task. ALSO, since I'm working less shifts this week, I picked up a couple of shifts working office stuff for a friend.

3// Take pictures at my adventures! This week I'm heading to Disneyland for a bachelorette, and then the wedding is Sunday! Pictures are a must

4// Bake something for my grandpa's wake.

I had so much fun this past weekend. I went to a pumpkin patch and to Queen Mary's Dark Harbor! 

This was the best scare crow installation. It was made by a girl scout troupe!!

My "other family"

Iman and I painted pumpkins when we got home (note, these are not the finished products)

This man put a curse on me

Iman was too tall for the coffin :P

I am so grateful for our friend for getting us these tickets to Dark Harbor. The Queen Mary is legitimately haunted, and I've been on it a few times previously. Every year, a friend of mine runs the pyrotechnic team at this event, and this year we went and visited her!

p.s. I fed a baby lamb!
What wishes do you have this week? How did last week go?

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#BloggerLoveDare Week 3

I am so excited to be a part of this. Come back on Fridayday to see my interpretation of my day with the #bloggerlovedare

Week 1 can be found HERE. Week 2 HERE.

Welcome to Week 3 of the Blogger Love Dare! I'm so thankful that you are here & I really hope you are finding new blogs & inspirational ladies to follow, but also - that you are staying up on each of the daily dares & seeing an improvement in yourself & in your marriage (troubled or not). We've got a great line up of ladies & dares this week. Be sure to check all of their blogs daily for insight, inspiration and another perspective on relationships and marriage. Follow us on Instagram (#bloggerlovedare) to find out which blog to read each day!

Day 15: Love is Honorable




Day 16: Love intercedes 



Day 17: Love promotes Intimacy 



Day 18: Love seeks to Understand 



Day 19: Love is Impossible




Day 20: Love is Jesus Christ 



Day 21: Love is satisfied in God 



  And there ya have it. 7 more AMAZING ladies; all here to share a fresh perspective and their journey through marriage. I hope you have found someone who caught your eye, who shares a similar story & ultimately someone you can reach out too. We are all here for you. Keep it up & BOOYAH for Week 3. See you on instagram #bloggerlovedare photo name.jpg

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fight Like a Girl Blog Hop

Wow, it's been a week of the Not Just October giveaway and link up and we are generating quite some buzz! I love your support!!

My mom has just about reached her halfway point in treatment! I would really appreciate your thoughts this week. Her red blood cell count keeps going down, and if it continues she will need a blood transfusion. Eep!

 Now for the fun part - the giveaway and the blog hop!! For the "link up" entry option below, please go to last week's Not Just October post. I love reading all of these posts! :)

Welcome to the first annual "Fight Like a Girl" Blog hop
Brought to you by
Blogging, Freebies & Giveaways
Up All Night Blogging

We are a community of bloggers that love throwing giveaways and bringing you amazing prizes! Each blogger on the list below has a minimum value of $10 but most giveaways exceed that limit! Be sure to "hop" along to each blog and enter to win some amazing prizes there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! please don't forget sharing is caring! Let your friends in on the fun!
Thank you for stopping by and Good luck!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So You're Engaged...Wedding Date Talk

Next up on the So You're Engaged series is one of the first things you should probably decide. I say probably, because many couples are engaged for quite awhile before deciding on a wedding date. You are far stronger people than we are...

Iman and I both had ideas in our minds of when we wanted to get married. I always wanted a spring wedding. It's my favorite season. He wanted to be married to me ASAP. He was okay with a spring wedding...if we had it in Spring 2013. If you notice above, we got engaged in November 2012. 

When picking your date there are quite a few things to consider. My biggest concern was having enough time to plan and book everything. I didn't want the anxiety of finding a venue six months before my wedding (which I ended up with anyway, more on that later). If you find yourself in this 6 month situation, check out the The Mad Dash Down The Aisle . My wedding coordinator wrote this book and it was so helpful! Spring 2014 seemed perfect to me - it gave me a comfortable year and a half to plan and DIY and enjoy the first months of our engagement.

To compromise we picked October 12, 2013. We picked the date right before our engagement party.

As soon as you get engaged, people are going to ask when the wedding is. It's like as soon as you get married (literally at the reception) people ask when you're going to have a baby.

They're excited, and some like to extreme plan. It's so easy to get caught up in the excitement. I mean, you're engaged, hello!! We had talked generalities of a date the night we got the bar in Big Bear, celebrating.

Here's the thing though, we obviously didn't stick with that date.

We hadn't planned enough time to save money for the wedding, which could be common if you get swept into the excitement. 

Be realistic and don't pick a date before you pick a venue. It makes things quite a bit more difficult.

There was this beautiful venue in Mission Viejo that was super cheap, but they booked a year out. If we had had our actual wedding date, instead of the original date, we could have booked them.

As we were paying the last bit of the first venue's deposit, we had a crazy break down and decided to push the wedding back. It was difficult, but necessary. 

When considering your wedding date, it's also important to think of the important people in your life who live far away. When is the best time for travel? Are there any holidays around the date? Though we got married on the day before Easter, plane tickets were not exorbitant. 

Our actual wedding date worked out a lot better for my mom, as well. She was on Spring Break the week before the wedding and was able to work on my wedding dress versus being completely overwhelmed with back to school and wedding planning. 

I also paid attention to people's birthdays. When we were picking the second date, Iman wanted an April wedding. May was too far away and March was too March (oh how I tried to get married on pi day!)

So it went like this: April 5? Gregory's birthday. April 12? Katy's birthday (a bridesmaid). April 19? OPEN! Woo hoo!

Coincidentally, when I became a teacher, my spring break was the week following my wedding. Hello honeymoon!!

When you're picking your date, you should also think of your honeymoon. Where do you want to go? When? Again, think of traveling. Some people postpone a honeymoon because of travel price / difficulty getting time off work.

The most obvious thing you should consider - and that's why it's so far down the list - is wedding season! You might have that dream wedding date smack dab in the middle of wedding season. But if not, try to avoid May through September. That is prime wedding season - which is totally apparent by my Facebook feed's summer happenings. 

The reason I mention this is that you may get crazy discounts for booking during the slower months! 

What advice do you have for couples picking their wedding date? 

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P.s. I am loving all of the positive feedback on this series! Thank you so much!!!

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