Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#WeddingBelle: My 6 month Checklist

It's getting down the last 3 months before my wedding and things are getting a little crazy! I'm starting the realize how important all of the details are and keeping To Do lists is the only thing keeping me sane! Check out my wedding planning progress below:

Month 1:
  • Hosted an engagement party
  • Picked a date and time
  • Set a budget
  • Booked the church and officiant
  • Booked the reception venue
  • Created a guest list
  • Blocked out hotel rooms

Month 2:
  • Took engagement photos
  • Chose and ask the bridal party
  • Picked my color palette
  • Bought my wedding dress
  • Booked the photographer
  • Booked the cake maker
  • Booked the DJ
  • Booked the honeymoon
  • Booked hair and makeup
  • Ordered and mailed Save the Dates
  • Created a wedding website

Months 3-5:
  • Met with and booked florist
  • Met with photographers
  • Met with Priest
  • Met with Cantor and chose our ceremony music
  • Bought honeymoon plane tickets
  • Chose first dance song
  • Created wedding registry
  • Ordered invitations
  • Groomsman chosen and ordered their tux rentals
  • Planned rehearsal dinner
  • Bridesmaids have begun to plan my bridal shower! 

Month 6:

  • Met with DJ
  • Created wedding day timeline
  • Met with church music director
  • Starting to choose readings
  • Purchased bridesmaid gifts
  • Got a guest book
  • Ring shopping
  • Met with cake baker
  • Addressed invitations
Not to much longer to go but lots to do! Stay tuned for next month's progress and checklist!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Product Alert! Get Creative with Stardom Crafts Chalk Markers

As you know, I'm always looking for unique and high quality products. And these new Stardom Crafts Liquid Chalk Markers I've been using are just that! 
The markers come in a box of 18 amazing colors and can be used on any non-porous surface like glass, chalkboards, mirrors and steel! The colors come out so vibrantly and smooth. Plus, the tip is reversible so you can write with a thick tip or a thin one! Not to mention, these markers are non-toxic and completely erase with just a wet cloth.
I've really been having so much fun playing with these chalkboard markers. In fact, I bought a chalkboard at Michael's and they work great on that surface. I've been using it as a  Doodle-board and have been encouraging all of my house greats to draw something fun! All of my friends who have tried these markers love them so far. 

I'm even going to use them to make some cool boards and signs for our wedding so stay tuned for the finished products! Check out the Stardom Crafts Liquid Chalk Markers for your own creative crafts! 

Have you ever used liquid chalk markers?
*I received this product complimentary in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions and views expressed are my own.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Favorites Spotlight- COMFORT+ Technology

Welcome to the fourth week of my new post series- Friday Favorites. Every Friday, I'll share with you all of the random things I've been obsessing over this week. And today, I'm shining the spotlight on a stand-out product that I LOVE! Enjoy!

Okay, so I am so PSYCHED about this new product I've been using that I can't even think of an a proper intro... so I'm just going to dive right in!
The Silicon Devices COMFORT+ Headphones are light and mobile! They're unlike any headphones I've ever used before! Equipped with Bluetooth technology, these headphones are wireless and so lightweight. Using Bluetooth, they connect to my iPhone so I can wirelessly listen to music, podcasts and audio books with high def sound quality! 
These are seriously ideal for working out; all you need is your device nearby and you're good to go! They won't hold you back from hitting hard and moving freely. Plus, the package comes with ear buds of various sizes so that you can really pick the ones that feel the most comfortable for you! 
One top of all this awesomeness, these small headphones pack some extra surprises. There are actually buttons on the outside of the small earbuds; they allow you to increase or decrease the volume, as well as switch a track. PLUS, you can answer your phone and have a full conversation through the headphone's microphone!! So really, these headphones are ideal for any situation, working out, traveling, while at work, really anywhere you can think of! 
I really can't recommend this product enough. When I first opened the package, I loved finding all of the different elements and surprises hidden in this little product! The entire package contains a carrying case, the USB cord for charging, various sizes of ear buds, and of course, the headphones with all of the buttons and microphone. 

These Silicon Devices COMFORT+ Headphones are all about comfort and freedom. For about $50, they are so useful, convenient, and really very technologically innovative (don't you just love living in 2015?!)

What kind of headphones do you use?
*I received this product complimentary from Tomoson.com in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. As always, all opinions and views expressed are entirely my own. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pamper Your Skin with 24K Gold!

Since turning 25, I've really started to pay more attention to my skin. I've been making sure to remove my makeup every night and to moisturize every day. So I'm really enjoying testing out new products that I can use on a long-term basis to repair my skin and prevent future damage!
The newest product that I've had the opportunity to try is XANADU 24K Gold Serum by ISA Professional. This formula includes a combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid and 24K real gold designed to moisturize skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, even out skin tone, and provide a radiant glow. And yes, you read that right... this stuff contains real 24K gold flakes! 

I've been using this serum twice a day, once in the morning and once after removing my makeup in the evening. I love the way this serum makes me face instantly feel and look. I can even apply it under my makeup as a primer because after application, my face is so smooth and moisturized. It's such a light serum but instantly makes my face feel healthy and look radiant.

With all of these unique and luxurious ingredients, I really can't wait to see what long-term effects this serum leaves on my skin! It's definitely become a staple of my skincare routine!
So, if you're interested in trying something new to indulge, protect and repair your skin, check out XANADU 24K Gold Serum. 

How do you pamper your skin?
*I received this product complimentary from Tomoson in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All views, opinions and photos are my own.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Favorites- July 10

Welcome to the third week of my new post series- Friday Favorites! Every Friday, I'll share with you all of the random things I've been obsessing over throughout the week. Enjoy!

Under the Dome: My Fiancee and I have recently gotten hooked on this CBS Sci-Fi show. Based on books by Stephen King, the series already has three seasons. It's definitely different than anything I've watched before but it's seriously compelling and features some great acting! We're hooked!

Ikea Micke Desk: I adventured to Ikea for the first time in my life on Monday! (Shout-out to Jimmy for coming with me and not complaining!) I bought the cutest little table to turn into a vanity. I can't wait to get it assembled and start using it! Check it out here

SOAP.club: Earlier this week I posted about this new soap that I'd been using. And I really love it! It's fun, colorful and smells amazing. Plus, it leaves my skin feeling moisturized and fresh. Read Wednesday's post to learn everything about it!

Five Below Phone Chargers: So my iPhone chargers are ALWAYS breaking or getting lost. I'm constantly replacing them and that cost can really add up! These chargers at Wal-Mart can run around $10 each. But, this week, I bought 2 new chargers of varying length and color at Five Below... and they were only $5! They work great and now it's affordable to replace them.

What have you been obsessed with this week?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Product Alert! Pamper & Indulge with SOAP.club Scents

I'm a firm believer that a solid beauty routine starts in the shower. It's so important to get that healthy foundation that will make your look and feel good!
The past couple of weeks, I've had the opportunity to use one of the 70+ soap options from SOAP.club. These soaps are incredibly high quality, made with 100% natural and organic ingredients like Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Hemp Oil and Essential Oils. This mixture creates a soap that lathers, cleanses and moisturizes; I could feel a difference even after I got out of the shower!

Plus, the soaps are so fun to look at! I chose the Sweet Summer Honeysuckle scent and I just love the way it smells and looks! Fortunately, the scent is not too strong either; it's a perfect balance of a light pleasant aroma, but you don't end up standing in a cloud of smell all day.  
SOAP.club focuses exclusively on soaps, so you know they're experts! They take the time to age their soap, and use a unique, and old-fashioned cold soap making process. Also, all of their soaps are made by hand! So every product is top notch and perfect quality.

Interested in checking out some soap of your own? Check out the 70+ scent options at SOAP.club, or you can sign up for their monthly subscription service. Then, you can have different scents delivered right to your door!

I really think this would make an amazing gift, or just a great way to indulge yourself! Overall, I am loving this soap!! 

How do you pamper yourself?
*I received this complimentary product in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. As always all opinions and views expressed are entirely my own.

Monday, July 6, 2015

#WeddingBelle: Unconventional Dessert Bars to Treat Your Guests

Creating some unique flair for your wedding is a great way to treat your guests. Check out these unconventional dessert bars that everyone will love!

Popcorn Bar- Use different varieties of popcorn to make for a sweet and salty party favor!
Photo from At Home with Natalie
S'more Bar- Set up a DIY s'more bar where guests can toast and make their very own treats!

Cookie Bar- Either allow guests to choose from a smorgasbord of cookies, or then can even using icing and sprinkles to decorate their own!
Photo from Love to Be In The Kitchen
Candy Bar- Such a perfect sweet treat for guests to take home; who doesn't love candy?!

Sundae Bar- Everyone screams for ice cream! So provide the ingredients and let them make their own sundaes. 
Photo from Colin Cowie Weddings
Cupcake Bar- There are so many beautiful ways to display cupcakes, plus you can let you guests add their own flair with toppings and icings.

Chocolate Bar- A chocolate fountain and various ingredients for dipping are all you need for a wedding hit!
Photo from The Perfect Wedding Guide

What dessert bars have you seen?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Favorites- July 3

Welcome to the second of my new post series- Friday Favorites. Every Friday, I'll share with you all of the random things I've been obsessing over throughout the week. Enjoy! 

Passion Planner- This planner is totally keeping me organized with everything in my life right now! I can track appointments, meetings and dates, as well as my personal, work, and wedding goals. Check out my previous post all about this awesome and unique tool! 

Dove Advanced Care*- I was lucky enough to receive the new Dove Advanced Care deodorant from Influenster. So far, I'm really enjoying it! It goes on smooth and clear. It also feels super moisturizing and works all day long!

The Wedding Dress Diet- I started this new diet plan on Monday and it's been working really well! I'm down 6 pounds! It's focused on eating the right things, and counting calories. It's a 12 week program which is perfect timing for me. I'll keep you updated :)

Light Up Umbrella- This was an amazing find by my Fiancee, Jimmy. The red umbrella is large and perfect for our outside table. And the best part... the underneath is filled with LED lights to illuminate in the dark and it's all solar powered too. Great addition to our summer nights.

Paint Nite- This has been a huge crazy recently but I still hadn't tried it... until last Sunday when I took my Mom, Grandma and sister to a local restaurant for Paint Nite. With great instructions, we painted our own canvases and had a few drinks. It was a great time! 

What are you obsessed with this week?!
*I received this product complimentary from Influenter in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All opinions are my own

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Product Alert! I'm Organized & Motivated with the Passion Planner

Although it's not always easy to do, I love staying organized. With so much going on every day, it just makes life a whole lot easier. But a good organizational foundation is key to maintaining that lifestyle. 
Passion Planner

This is why I'm in love with Passion Planner. The Passion Planner is an awesome, comprehensive daily planner that allows you to track dates, meetings and appointments. It also leaves room for notes, to-do lists, and positive affirmations. This is truly more than just a planner! It allows you to organize your life and can really help you to achieve your short-term and long-term goals. 

On top of that, the company does a lot of charitable work. They are currently running a really unique "Pay it Forward" program and they also provide planners for charitable events and fundraisers. Even more reason to get behind a company and product like this!
Passion Planner
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But, my absolute FAVORITE thing about the Passion Planner, is that I got it for free... AND SO CAN YOU! The company really believes in helping people to achieve their goals regardless of financial ability, so they actually offer a blank PDF of the weekly layout to print out and use FOR FREE! This is exactly what I did. I printed out enough pages for the rest of 2015, punched holes, and keep them in a binder. Initially, I just did this to try out the Passion Planner pages, but now I'm hooked! I'll definitely be pre-ordering the 2016 planner! 

How do you stay organized on a daily basis?
I am in no way affiliated with Passion Planner and received no compensation for this post. All opinions and views expressed are my own.