And They Lived Happily Ever After…

Good Morning from own personal nest of white sheets. I should be napping right now because I was up at 3:00am this morning flying 180 lovely souls from Tampa to Charlotte – but you know me… I only get tired when I HAVE to be awake. So since I have a moment to rest clearly I am wide awake as a barn owl at midnight. In any case, it seems like the perfect time to sit down and update you all on this little life of mine. I AM A MARRIED WOMAN! Shout it from the rooftops. Hallelujah!

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Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby. My Last Fling Before the Ring.

How about we DON’T and say we did. Is that what they call “false advertising!?” But really… since when did bachelorette parties become a thing? I mean it seems like an odd concept: to be showered in lingerie and eat cake shaped like… well, I don’t have to tell YOU what it’s shaped like 😉 I didn’t even want to have a bachelorette party. I told my girls, “No.” Mostly because I have been a bridesmaid in many weddings and I know how much things start to cost. When you are in a wedding, you are throwing out some major $$$, and a whole lot of time. I thought maybe if I cut out this one thing, I could save my ladies from spending some of their hard-earned moolah. They immediately refused my “No,” and Lauren, one of my Matron’s of Honor went into planning mode.

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My Kentucky Bridal Brunch

I am currently sitting on a glorious king bed in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am what we “flight attendants” like to call a “door slammer,” today, which simply means I am doing ABSOLUTELY nothing other than being a room hobbit for the next 15 hours. Sounds pretty boring, I know, but for me, this is pretty much pure bliss right now. I don’t think I have gotten a free moment since January, and I didn’t think it was affecting me too much until I almost had an emotional breakdown over a cheese platter last weekend. Nothing like the price of a good Gruyère to throw a gal overboard. Expensive cheese and jokes aside, this season has been a tough one for my fiancé John and me. I am pretty sure we boarded the super-sonic, express train of life once we got engaged because there has been NO time. Just none. Y’all. I legit have a pile of laundry the size of a small walrus in my laundry room. My flowers are knocking on death’s door. I am actually pretty sure they have joined a permanent residency… let’s be real. John and I are closing on house number 2, and have currently turned the Charlotte living room into a moving distribution center. Not to mention the fact that I personally have AT LEAST 100 small things lefts to do for our wedding, all of which adds up to 1 very big stressor. Those are just a FEW of the things going on in our lives right now. Send up a little prayer for us folks…

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Our Madison, Indiana Engagement Session

Can I get a show of hands from everyone who thinks that this year has gone by “lightning rod” fast? I honestly cannot believe that it is nearly June. I truly thought that this year would crawl by at a snail’s pace and here we are… nearly hitting the “two months away from the big day” mark. It seems like the closer that I get to our wedding day, the faster things move. There are so many fun activities coming up within the next few months, and I am just sitting here antsily waiting and trying to be patient – not really my strong suit.

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The Painted Bungalow: Master Bedroom Reveal

Hello Lovelies,

It has been quite the whirlwind year for me. I have been managing life precariously, juggling going back to work with the airline, planning my wedding, and house hunting in Spartanburg, South Carolina, among MANY other things. To be quite honest I have been working my little tail off… As it turns out your girl is pretty high maintenance when it comes to weddings… go figure. Every time I finish a project I seem to have another idea. To be honest, I have been so non-stop busy that writing has been pretty much pushed to the back of my never-ending list. Until now.

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For this One, I Have Prayed.

There was a time when I was a little girl, always a romantic one… I took a number 2 pencil and I scrawled out all of the wishes I had for the man of my dreams. It wasn’t a whole lot really. I think there were four or five things on my list. Just the important stuff: Must be taller than me (not hard to be). Must be good with money. Must make me laugh. Must love Jesus. It was more of a prayer really, and multiple times in my life I remember pulling out that tattered, butterfly-thin sheet and clutching it to my heart – asking God to bring my most intimate prayer to fruition.

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The Painted Bungalow: Kitchen Reveal

Well hey, y’all! I am being a true journalist today and I am coming to you from somewhere in the middle of Florida, typing away on our road trip back to my sweet Carolina home. I spent the past week in the Sunshine state applying for more jobs and just enjoying some beach solace. I can’t get enough of that little beach house y’all. There is a quote floatin’ around out there that says, “Love grows best in little houses just like this,” and that just about sums up how I feel about our little piece of paradise.

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DIY on a Dime: How to Craft a Christmas Wreath with Supplies from your Local Dollar Tree

Good Morning fellow homebodies. Here we are a week before Thanksgiving and I have already decked about every hall I can get my hands on. Full disclosure: I started right after Halloween. But don’t you worry I only decorated the inside and I have kept my blinds closed tight so the neighbors don’t think I am a total nutter – probably futile at this point ;)… What can I say? I am a freak for the ho-ho. I start early every year but this year I started WAYYY early. Only because, well duh, this year kind of sucks like an old, hair covered lollypop stuck to the bottom of a ripped cushion in a 1978 Pinto – It’s just that bad. So here we all are, stuck in our homes with nothing to do. So what do we do? We paint things, we eat way too many Tollhouse cookies, and we craft! And oh boy DO I HAVE a good craft for you?? So put down the cookie, throw on your sweats, sheath your beautiful face, and head over to the Dollar Tree because that is where you will source 98% of the materials for this DIY Christmas wreath. You can source 100% of the materials there if your little heart desires, but I will explain why I chose not to later on.

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When in Tahoe.

Good morning — from the happiest place on earth. I am currently back in the Bluegrass, sipping my pumpkin spice, and watching the leaves fall like embers from the trees. How crazy is it that it is November y’all? This year has been the crappiest, weirdest year known to man and it has still flown by – painfully SLOWLY – if that makes any sense at all.

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Worth the Wait.

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I saw a sign today that read, “repeat after me: I don’t want what doesn’t want me.” I just stared at that sign for a few minutes, my mind flashing back to all the times where I did exactly that. All the years of painful regret that I spent chasing rainbows that really just turned out to be storm clouds, pulling me into the cyclone, twisting me into a world of hurt. (more…)