Your Friday Dose of Happy

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Ah, Friday – the end of the busy work week and the beginning of the weekend. What’s not to love? While it’s true that some weekends are busier than weekdays, I’m looking forward to a few days filled with pure fun…date night with the husband, trying out some new recipes, tuning into the Super Bowl to watch the game Katy Perry, and hopefully finishing the book I started on our honeymoon.

Whatever your weekend plans include, I thought we could all use a dose of happy to get us started! Please love this proposal story that involves a guy, a girl, and their match-making doorman. Try not to smile at the end of the story! Love is best, always. Have a fabulous weekend! xo

How To Become A Morning Person

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1. Get married

2. Get a puppy

No but seriously, that’s pretty much what happened, causing me not to hate waking up and making actual conversation before 8AM. When my husband and I got back from our honeymoon we decided to keep the fresh breakfast trend going by waking up a little earlier, whipping something up in kitchen, and sitting down at the table together (with The Today Show on, of course). It’s a daily ritual I hope we continue for years to come.

So first comes marriage and then comes…a puppy! Buddy is honestly the best puppy – not only is he adorable and a good listener, he’s slept through the night since the day we brought him home! He’s ready for bed when we are and then sleeps like a baby until about 7:15AM – then we hear the sweetest little whimpers. No need for an alarm clock anymore! Buddy has added a few games of fetch to our morning routine which has made it all the sweeter.

I never dreamed I would look forward to an earlier bedtime so I can get up earlier but I must say, I love our new normal. Sure, there are some mornings where I’m half awake making the coffee but I love starting the day off with my two favorites and some homemade goodness.

Soon I’ll share some of our favorite breakfast recipes but first, tell me – are you a morning person? Do you wake up in time for a decent meal or do you stop by the nearest Starbucks on your way into the office (no judgement – that was me for YEARS)? I challenge you to set that alarm just a few minutes earlier and make time to start the day off right! xo

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[ We take the most important meal of the day pretty seriously ]

This past week was BUSY – settling into a new place in a new state while starting a new job is a lot but I’m loving every minute of everything. Our new puppy sleeps through the night and has yet to chew up anything of our’s so we’re feeling like confident parents. My husband commented the other night that the house is looking less like a bachelor pad and feels more like our home – that made me smile, especially since I’m still unpacking and boxes are still everywhere. We’re enjoying cooking together and Sunday we had a couple from church over for lunch. My favorite part was a of all, not burning the main course (pistachio encrusted chicken) and b of all, plenty of coffee and conversation with dessert (oreo with cool whip amazingness). Here’s to a week filled with new adventures, phone dates with my nearest and dearest, staying warm and maybe getting my closet in order. Have a great week! xoxo

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[ We found the sweetest local grocery store right down the street – same owners since 1950 ]

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[ These two ]

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[ Favorite perk of working from home is when my husband makes homemade pizza for lunch ]

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[ Snow flurries and daisies ]

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[ I had some extra special help making buttermilk waffles Saturday morning ]

Wedding Pictures = Icing On the Cake

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Our wedding pictures are here! That’s what I sang/squealed to my husband after dinner the other night when I noticed an email from our photographer announcing their arrival. We then dropped everything we were doing and went through each photo, mostly laughing and some crying (from me, of course) and just enjoying adding commentary to each photo. This is by no means a sponsored post but I will shamelessly and happily plug Caley Newberry forever and always for her incredible photography skills. She captured our wedding day in such a perfect way and looking through them all I can feel the love and excitement of the day in every shot.

To view our wedding album go here and to see more of Caley’s work go here. xo

Links I’m Loving

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1. Help keep those resolutions with this handy dandy diagram that makes eating healthy a piece of (gluten and calorie free) cake. (pulptastic.com)

2. These ten tips for working from home are total game changers. (cupcakesandcashmere.com)

3. As if I needed another reason to drink coffee. (washingtonpost.com)

4. I will definitely be making these this week. (sallysbakingaddiction.com)

5. How to sound smarter and more professional in emails. (bustle.com)

6. Three colors that can improve your well-being. (oprah.com)

7. Where does your money go? Let’s find out. (nycprgirls.com)

Classic Moments That Made Our Wedding Unforgettable

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There’s a lot people don’t tell you about getting married, you know, the details of the actual day you say your vows then eat cake. Instead you get a lot of, “You won’t remember anything” and “I busted into tears at the most random time and ruined my lipstick” or my favorite “One of the groomsmen didn’t even show up!” I tend to worry about unexpected details that aren’t planned therefore cannot be controlled, so of course there was some worry buried underneath my immeasurable excitement for our wedding day. Like any rite of passage, everyone from my mom to married girlfriends to the lady checking me out at Target shared little nuggets of wisdom from their own wedding days which made me all the more curious as to what my day would be like.

The day after our wedding I laughed as I told my husband how worried I was over the silliest little things, like crying and ruining my make-up or tripping on my dress as I walked down the aisle or somehow the musicians not showing up on time. Of course I worried for no reason.

Our wedding day was perfect. Every single minute of it and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had. I tend to refer to it as our very own Christmas Hallmark movie, what with the fresh Christmas trees and so many loved ones in the same room, and while it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down, my favorite moments include:

The bridesmaids brunch

I am convinced there is no better way to spend the morning of your wedding than attending a brunch with your best friends, hosted by women you adore, while all wearing monogrammed oversized Oxfords and yoga pants and reminiscing over your friendships.

Putting on my wedding dress

I was freezing, naturally, and Mom’s hands were shaking because she was “nervous to mess up the little buttons” but it was the sweetest of moments putting on the dress we had picked out together a few months earlier. My matron of honor made sure my shoes were on just right as my bridesmaids and bell ringers looked on with the sweetest smiles. There’s just something about putting on the wedding dress on the day of your wedding that changes you forever.

First look with Dad 

I loved him first, after all, and I will never forget the moment Dad walked in and saw me, veil and all. Mom soon came in to share the moment, too, and I will cherish those moments always. Yes, I cried.

Matron & Maid of Honor keeping me calm as I waited 

I was calm, cool and collected – EXCITED and READY – until everyone was all lined up and I was by myself, waiting a few feet away from them all. I had too much time to think and I could feel the tears welling up in a big way and I did not want to cry my face off while the strings played “The Prayer.” That’s when my matron and maid of honor came to the rescue – they knew I was trying not to lose it, because they just get me – and started mouthing funny memories and “happy thoughts” until I was laughing and the nerves left the building just in time.

Hearing the girls ring their bells down the aisle 

In lieu of flower girls we had the most precious sisters ring bells announcing my entrance. Sneaking a peak at the candlelit sanctuary and hearing only the ringing of three little bells was the loveliest.

Seeing Taylor’s face as I walked down the aisle

I had dreamed of that moment since he proposed five months prior, and when those doors opened I was so worried I would start the ugly cry. I had even warned Dad not to say anything nice before we started walking. The doors opened, I looked up and all I saw was Taylor, looking so handsome in his tux. I wasn’t worried about anything else any longer – this was the moment I had waited for. I didn’t even hear “Ava Maria!” It was definitely an out of body experience; I distinctly remember exactly how I felt during that walk down the aisle and the loving look on my now husband’s face.

My Brother and Dad officiating the ceremony

I still get choked up when I think about it, and I feel so incredibly blessed with two such Godly men in my family.

Charlie as the ring bearer 

He stole the show, just like we knew he would.

Hearing “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

The strings started playing this little number and I knew two things for certain: a major kiss was coming and I was officially married to the man of my dreams!

Greeting everyone in the receiving line

This was well worth the extra time spent standing in my four inch heels! It was so nice to see everyone who had come to share our special day and meant so much to hug and quickly catch up. I also have never seen my parents so happy!

The ringing of the bells

My genius mom had placed little gold bells at each seat with a poem instructing them to ring the bells as we walked by and we would kiss. Needless to say, Taylor ended up wearing far more red lipstick than he expected.

The smallest wedding guest who called us “prince and princess”

She told Taylor that he was “the most handsomest prince even with his fur face.” Classic.

Checking in with Dad amongst the craziness of the reception

Those were five minutes I’ll never forget. Just he and I, at the back of the reception hall, talking about the ceremony and what an amazing day it had been after so much prayer and hard work. It was perfect.

Ms. Paulette buttoning my dress 

It was such a sweet moment to see the woman who altered my dress into perfection and ran the kitchen for all the amazing food at the reception. She means so much to me and my family so needless to say it was an unexpected emotional moment.

Holding onto my husband and running through sparklers into a car full of balloons

This was such a whirlwind – one minute I was eating cake balls and posing for pictures in the reception hall and the next Mom was putting my fur shrug on me and we’re running past friends and family to our car painted and ballooned. I looked back and saw Dad in his Cardinals hat and smiled as we drove away.

Today marks our one month anniversary and I must say, while it feels like just yesterday and forever ago all at the same time, I still get major chill bumps when I think of holding onto Dad and seeing my husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle. Our wedding day was far more than I could have ever imagined and I am incredibly thankful for the way God has blessed my life. xo

P.S. For a sneak peak at our official wedding photos taken by the very talented Caley Newberry, go here.

Six Things

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[ Buddy’s first bath. ]

Hello and a very happy Monday to you! Most of us are enjoying time at home and not at the office thanks to today being a national holiday. I remember in sixth grade being assigned a portion of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech to recite in front of the class “just as he would have recited it” and let me tell you, I was terrified to a of all) mess it up royally and b of all) attempt to speak like a man in front of the cute boy I liked at the time. Ah, sixth grade love. What I did learn was how to deliver a good speech and what an incredible impact King had on this country! Anywho, this past week revolved around picking up the latest addition to our family and settling into our new home…this week will be more settling in aka unpacking my closet finally, doing some exploring and getting back in the swing of posting new material every day. Have a great week, lovelies! xoxo

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[ The kitchen island that took my husband a while to put together due to the 200+ pieces that needed to be assembled – he’s a keeper! ]

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[ Buddy likes to binge watch Friends, too. ]

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[ Charlie didn’t want to play with Buddy so of course I told Buddy that it was Charlie, not him. ]

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[ Baking quite possibly the greatest five-ingredient peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, ever. Recipe here. ]

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[ My husband, ladies and gentlemen. ]