Vacation Packing Tips

I have always hated packing. Weekend getaway, week-long trips, or moving homes? I hate it all. I always seem to overpack, and yet always forget things. You know who doesn’t help with any of the packing? My husband. In fact, I have to pack for both of us!

So, now that I’m packing for two, I’ve pulled together some useful tips to make it easier:

1. Pour a glass of wine (or any drink of choice) and put on some music.
2. Take notes! When usually when I’m in the middle of packing something comes to mind (like, a random necklace or not forgetting to pack the camera charger). Rather than walking away from what I’m already working on, i write it down and come back to it later. It also helps a lot for Toiletries or “extras” that I won’t pack until we are ready to leave.
3. Pack whole outfits – Try them on or lay them out to see the full look pulled together. Try to mix up pieces you can wear more than once to save some room! *I pack Dan first, he doesn’t try on anything and doesn’t care what i’m packing so it gets done really quickly!
4. Bring neutral shoes and be realistic. If you are gone for 3 days, you don’t need 5 pairs of shoes. (The struggle is real)
5.Toilettries – Target’s $1 goodies section is my go-to! I hate bringing regular size bottles of vacation, and i’m too lazy to fill my own little bottles. I grab a few from the mini-section at Target, and I also stock up on the ones they give out at the hotel (for future getaways!)

DONE! Officially on Vacay Mode! Hasta la Vista, Chimichanga!

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Turning 29

Happy Birthday to ME!

It is hard to believe that today is my 29th birthday! My last year in my 20’s?! It is kind of a scary thought! This past year we got married, moved, got Bailey, started new jobs, and traveled. How could 29 possibly top that? 

For starters, we are headed to Puerto Vallarta tomorrow for a fun filled birthday weekend. 

I’m still working on this year’s bucket list, but this blog is definitely on the top of it. I can’t wait to grow and share our journey and create a place for Dan and I to look back and reminisce. 

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2 Months Married

Happy Friday!!

Is it me or did it feel like it took 6 months to get to Friday? And Monday is an hour away?! Ugh.

I can’t believe it’s been 2 MONTHS since Dan and I got married!

We got our wedding highlight video and it makes me cry like a baby, which is funny since I didn’t cry on our wedding day (a little choked up during vows, but no tears for this relaxed and excited bride!)


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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the Mom’s out there!

But most importantly to my amazing, supportive, spunky, fun, and hilarious mom!  As cliché as it sounds, she is my best friend.  There is no one else I would rather hang out with, spend a day at Nordstrom with, call after a bad day at work, or lay out by the pool with.

I love you, Mom!


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The Honeymooners

Dan and I “honeymooned” on a 10 day cruise to the Caribbean. Dan works on his phone constantly, and I have a slight addiction to social media, so being off the grid with no wifi for 10 days was a dream!

We started off with lost luggage, followed by me falling down the stairs on the ship… but it was smooth sailing from there (not really, it was actually a very rocky cruise – I basically felt 24/7 drunk)!

We talked about the wedding, went on daily trips to the spa, dreamt of our future, and took in every minute of being away from reality back home. We missed Bailey and Collins more than ever – it was the longest we had been away from C and we only brought B into the family a few weeks before we left!

For the first time in 10 months we werent worrying about cocktail napkins or our growing guest count.  By our second day, our routine was set. Breakfast room-service, which turned out to be our daily wakeup call. Off the ship to an excursion (or a full day of sleeping in a cabana on the sea days) and back on just in time to watch the ship leave port from our balcony.  An afternoon bloody-mary, followed by a trip to the spa, then getting ready for dinner and our nightly trip to the Casino!

At the end of the trip – we ended up booking our next Princess cruise! Alaska – we will see you in July 2018!!

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Wedding Wednesday – Something Blue

I have an obsession with freshly painted nails. When Dan proposed I was rocking the perfect periwinkle and although some girls would rather be wearing a soft pink or french tip, I love seeing the periwinkle in all of our photos.

When I was thinking about my “something blue” for the wedding, nail polish was the first thing that came to mind. Specifically, “Something Borrowed” by Essie! Dan and I were deciding on our Bridal Party and I had the hardest time. After trying to figure out how to incorporate everyone I wanted into the bridal party, I decided to ask 3 of my closest friends, to act as my “something blue”.

Throughout wedding planning, everyone was confused about what it meant, what their roll would be, and what it the heck I was thinking. Honestly, I was making it up as we went along. All I knew was that they needed to be a part of my big day. All I asked was for them to wear the blue polish to the wedding as my “something blue”.

Long story short – we went from 3 something blues to 1…. and she OWNED it! The blue polish was a highlight of the day for me! Her blue dress worked perfectly with the mix and matched dresses. I got her an amazing orchid “bouquet” with blue ribbon and she sat front and center during the ceremony. She is my something blue and such a special part of my life and our wedding day! 

For those of you wedding planning, my one piece of advice is to do what makes you happy. It may be something that no one understands, you may not have it all figured out yet either, but in the end when your vision comes together, you won’t regret it!

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Budget Smudget

Dan and I decided to have our first “married life budgeting” chat. No fun. Credit card balances, income, bills (so many that I’d rather call them Williams), having to explain the importance of my extra spending (mani/pedis, hair appts, etc), and most importantly – how the heck are we going to buy a home?!

I’ve heard that money is a huge stress on marriages, and I can completely see why. I feel so furtunate that Dan and I don’t have to worry about money; we just need to learn to balance it for our future. 

What do you use to budget? How do we cut back on spending? How do we know if we are on the right track?

All tips/advice welcome! 

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Girls Date at the Dog Park

Today I got home from work and decided it would be a good night to take Bailey and Collins to the dog park… ALONE! I know it doesn’t sound so crazy, but Bailey is 4 months old and Collins gets overly excited when she gets her harness on.  It was also the first time I was talking them both out alone.

Here is how it went:

  1. Finally got both harness/leashes on, ready to get out the door and realized I forgot treats.  Went back for treats; forgot my water. Went to the park thirsty.
  2. Bailey refuses to walk with her leash so I eventually had to carry her to the car (which is nearly impossible these days, she’s getting BIG). People think I’m crazy.
  3. Bailey is more interested in the people, rather than playing with the dogs.  She sat on a strangers lap for 20 minutes.
  4. So grateful for the man throwing the squeaky tennis ball for his dog – Collins loved them and I didn’t have to throw a ball for an hour!
  5. Collins puked. poor girl. Bailey ate it. I almost puked.
  6. Bailey did not pee ONCE at the park. Got home, peed in the center of the living room. Thanks girl.

Having a puppy is NOT all happy cuddle photos and fluffy kisses, but it was SO worth it to see their smiling faces on the drive home.  Now time for wine and a bubble bath. 

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Happy Birth-Month to Me!

Please excuse me while I celebrate my birthday for the entire month of May. We cannot have a meal without a candle on dessert and it is my favorite!

May 5th will also be ONE YEAR since Dan proposed! This year we will be celebrating as Husband and Wife! I still get butterflies when I say husband.

A few wish list items to point Husband in the right direction:

Apple AirPods // Essie (EVERYTHING) // Swimsuit // Origins Facemask // ETSY Bracelet

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