Wedding Wednesday #7

Today’s topic? Wedding hair! I want to wear my hair in a long side ponytail for my wedding. I think it’ll be the best of both worlds… on one side, my hair will be off my face and swept away; on the other, long and loose curls down the side! I’ve been growing my hair out since Joshua proposed, and I have awhile yet to go before it reaches this length that I want. Inspiration? See here:

I spent the weekend cleaning and organizing my boxes of belongings in the basement in preparation for my Big Risk move to North Carolina in a few months. While I was down there getting rid of things, my mom found this clip-on hair piece we bought several years ago at one of those little kiosks in the mall. Note: I think fake hair is weird, but back in the day I thought it was kind of cool. This was also during the phase when I dyed my hair dark brown during art school, so my hairpiece was dark brunette and my mom’s was blonde.

WELL, the blonde hairpiece just so happened to be the perfect style to clip on to see how I want my hair for my wedding! I’m all about the side ponytail. So now all my hair has to do is grow out to this length, and I’ll be set! Here are the pics from my cell phone photo session when Amanda and I were playing with our hair in the bathroom on Sunday. :-)

Haha. Good times! More wedding fun next week.

P.S. From now on, I’m going to put a little watermark type thing of my personal logo on any photos I post. I know I for one am guilty of swiping images off the internet if I like them, and usually afterwards I’m like… “Where did I get that from again?” So… this is for accountability and trackability— which isn’t a word, but still. 

Sugar Doll Award

Thank you to Katie at Beautiful Mess for The Fabulous Sugar Doll Blogger Award! I received three blog awards recently, but I’m going to post them one at a time so I can take the time to award my fellow bloggers. So this one asks that I post 10 things about myself and then pass the award onto 10 people. Here we go!

  1. I had the perfect childhood… it had everything but the white picket fence. My friends called us a “sitcom” family because we had the mom, the dad, the daughter, the son, and the little white dog.
  2. My parents separated a year and a half ago, and it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. I saw a therapist and she helped. Her name was Lucy.
  3. Right before my parents separated, my dad’s brother left his wife and my mom’s brother left his wife… then my dad’s brother got together with my mom’s brother’s ex-wife. So all my aunts and uncles are still the same… talk about awkward!
  4. I’ve moved more times than I can remember off the top of my head.
  5. I’ll try to remember all of the places I’ve moved, yeah? Location A in Upstate NY for one year; Langhorne, PA for 2 years; Prospect, CT for 2 years; Location B in Upstate NY for 3 years; Location C in Upstate NY for 2 years; Sparta, NJ for 10+ years… then we move into the college years. Boston, MA for 1 year (moved twice between dorms); Albany, NY for 3 years (moved into a different off-campus apartment all three years); New York City, NY for 3 months; Cleveland, OH for 6 months; Location D in Upstate NY for 1 year; Location E in Upstate NY for the past year.
  6. “Location E” is home with my Mom… my apartment lease was up right around the time my parents separated and Joshua and I got engaged. I moved home to save money for our wedding, and to be here for my mama.
  7. I love my job— I’m a packaging designer for a supermarket chain and it’s oh so fun.
  8. I’m about to take one of the biggest risks of my life. You will hear more about this in the months to come. It involves another big move.
  9. I have a lot of ideas as to how to turn my degree and interests into a “portable career” as a military wife… I’m working on them currently and reading lots of books about business.
  10. As I write this, I’m watching the cast of Eclipse on Jimmy Kimmel and I’m getting soooo excited for the premiere next week! My co-workers pre-ordered our tickets for the midnight show on the 29th…. eeeee!

I’m passing this award onto the past 10 bloggers who have left me comments, because I think you’re all sugar dolls for leaving me comments even though I owe them back to all of you! I promise to catch up with that soon. Thanks for being so awesome!

  1. Carmen at We See the Same Stars
  2. Lindsey &Co at A day in the life of a Marine Corps wife…
  3. Jordan at Writing Letters in My Scrubs
  4. A Marine’s Wife! at Flip Flops and Combat Boots
  5. Annie at Simplify
  6. Jessikuh at
  7. Skinnie Piggie at
  8. HellcatBetty at
  9. Whitney at Everything Happens For a Reason
  10. Sarah at Adventures in Life

I’ll be by soon to leave comments!

Wedding Wednesday #6

Happy Wedding Wednesday! So last week I posted the awesome peacock idea that I’m NOT doing because of the boat colors and the time of year. This week, I’m posting the inspiration I found for the colors I AM using: NAVY & YELLOW!

I love these colors. They not only match the navy and yellow/gold in the dress blues, but they coordinate nicely with the colors on the boat we’re getting married on. And my friends know that with me, it all has to match. Navy and yellow is also just the perfect touch of “nautical” without going too overboard… literally! Bwahaha.

Dear bridesmaids— You will be wearing navy dresses with yellow sashes. I will email photos of the dresses Felice tried on later this week. Yay colors!

P90X Lean: Week 1!

My blog is seriously all over the place… scrapbooking, Marine fiancée, wedding planning, deployment, graphic design, cake decorating… and now P90X! Oh well, what can I say… I’m a girl with many interests.

And so it begins… P90X!

I first heard about P90X from my dear friend Megan and her boyfriend Chris. Meg mentioned it a few times, and then this past Valentine’s Day when Joshua and I had dinner with them… we both became more interested in it. Then I started seeing it or hearing about it everywhere… and so did Joshua! After a few of his Marine buddies told him how extremely hard it is, he and I both decided to do it together when he gets home from Afghanistan.

Well… I couldn’t wait. :-)

Like any (a) bride-to-be, (b) military gal awaiting her military man’s homecoming, or (c) everyday American aspiring to be more healthy and more fit… I have a lot of reasons to start this program. I want to surprise Joshua with it when he comes home. They say you should already be in really good shape when you start it, because it’s just that hard… but after a little research, I read that you can definitely start it at any weight or fitness level… you just might have to do the program twice to see maximum results. Which is perfect, because I’m doing the LEAN version now before Joshua gets back, and I’ll do the CLASSIC version with him once he’s home!

So… a little intro on what it is:

  • a 90-day program
  • 12 DVDs to workout with at home
  • 6 days a week w/ 1 day of rest
  • Classic, Lean, or Doubles versions
  • free weights, pull-up bar, & yoga mat needed
I will say straight off that it seems a little expensive up front. I think I paid around $160-170 with shipping, but they have a payment plan type thing so you don’t have to pay it all at once. Here is how I justify the expense— buying any other workout DVD from Target or wherever is around $10-20. P90X includes 12 hard core, INTENSE DVDs that are an hour plus long… so if I were to buy 12 DVDs individually, I’d be paying anywhere from $120-240. Not to mention, P90X also comes with a fitness guide, nutrition plan, and calendar. Not too shabby! 
The website does try to sell you on the recovery drinks, energy bars, supplements, etc. too, but I didn’t go for any of that. Honestly, it’s too expensive for me right now. Even I have my limits! So I’m just using what I have at home… I have some chocolate whey protein powder (I use the Biggest Loser protein powder, but you can get it anywhere). I also love-love-love Luna bars! Yum. 
If you can’t already tell, I love fitness products that are geared toward women. I’m such a girly girl. 
I started the program last Monday, June 14th. I finished my first week on Sunday… OHMYGOD IT WAS SO HARD!!!!!! I was sweating, aching, and sore all week! I could barely keep up the first two workouts, but by the third I was doing okay. I know it will get better as I get used to the workouts and learn the moves, but first go-round, it was so tough. I’m seriously proud of myself for finishing it… and I feel stronger and more determined this week already.
I used 5lb weights, and I started with a resistance band to do pull-downs instead of pull-ups… but then after a slight mishap with the band (I’ll save that story for another time), I returned it and bought an actual pull-up bar for week two. I prefer to do the workouts in the morning before work, but a few days I had to do them in the evening. Three days the workouts were an hour long, the other three days they were an hour and a half.
Things I love: 
  • each DVD is different
  • there are a lot of different moves so it never gets boring
  • I already feel stronger
Things I don’t love:
  • the workouts are relatively long
  • I don’t have a lot of space to do them
  • it was a lot of money to spend 
I know I can’t complain about this, but I also don’t love that I only lost 2 pounds the first week. I think I’m gaining muscle though because I do feel a bit thinner. Always a good sign. I also took my before photos like Tony Horton said to do, so hopefully I’ll have visual indication of how well I’m doing too. 
I LOVED the Kenpo workout, which was a lot of kickboxing. Core Synergistics was also very hard. And I started the Yoga workout a bit apprehensive, because my co-workers told me it’s the hardest workout and they can’t even do it. It’s an hour and a half long and definitely intense, but I loved it, too. I turned down the lights in my room so it felt more like a yoga classroom, and I think that helped. On Sunday, my “rest” day, I did choose to rest and not do the X Stretch DVD, which was an option. Oh, and as for the nutrition plan… I’m still reading the book, but I’m not following it exactly. I’m eating healthy on my own for now. That may change.
So that’s it for now. I’m on day 9 of 90 and loving every second of it! 

Scrapbook Sunday

Yay, I ♥ scrapbooking! These are two of my favorite photos of Joshua and I, taken with the self timer on our camera at a hotel in Raleigh, NC. It was one of our many weekend rendezvous last year. I believe he had just gotten back from a longer field op/training exercise, and it had been nearly a month since I’d seen him. My dearest daddy graciously purchased a plane ticket for me from Albany to Raleigh to spend the weekend with my love!

I swear I’m going to get better at crediting images/people/products used, so let’s start here! For this 8×8 layout, I used the following:

  • The embellishments & stickers are all Me & My Big Ideas Soft Spoken EmbellishmentsRachel’s Notebook— Love
  • The page itself is DCWV Textured CardstockBrights (8″x8″)
  • The black shimmer paper I mounted the photos on and the silver shimmer paper I wrote out the place and date on (which didn’t scan well, but I promise they’re shimmery!) are scrap papers from when I worked at American Greetings
  • The two little brads in the corners are American Crafts Elements— Mini Brads (in black)

I love having a blog, because it really does keep me accountable for getting things done that I want and need to get done. Maybe I did take a brief hiatus, but I’m back and I’m so glad I set time aside this weekend for my personal “Scrapbook Sunday!” My cousin Amanda came over and made a birthday card for her friend while I played around with these two photos for a few hours… haha, it seriously takes me forever to do one page. No wonder no one ever wants to scrapbook with me!