Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Special Visitor

My mom is in town for this long weekend.  It's her first visit, so it's been fun filling her in on wedding plans and showing her around Fayetteville.  This morning we braved the heat and spent some time at the Farmers Market. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wedding Inspiration: Getaway Vehicle

A fancy getaway car wouldn't be an option for our very low budget wedding, nor would it really be our kind of thing.  However, I happen to come from a family of lakebodies, and my dad is an antique tractor collector/mechanic.  So we happen to have canoes, boats, tractors, and trailers available to us.  This makes figuring out our getaway a lot of fun--we have room to be super creative!  

Here are a few ideas I'm inspired by as my dad and I are nailing this part of the wedding down this week:




Monday, August 26, 2013


I'm getting wifed up TWO MONTHS from today! 

Daniel, I can't wait to marry you! 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Catching Up

Daniel and I had the pleasure of spending a little time with our friend Ben today.  Ben and I became close friends in college and he currently goes to grad school in Philly, so seeing him is a rare treat. We drove to Joplin to meet up with him, and although we didn't really know our way around, we had a really good time getting coffee and exploring a flea market downtown.

Catching up with an old friend is such a sweet blessing.  It was so great to see you, Ben!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gentlemen of the Road Tickets Giveaway!

Daniel and I have been waiting MONTHS to receive our tickets to the Gentlemen of the Road Guthrie Stopover so we could post this giveaway because it's by far the biggest thing we can offer during this whole Pure Charity wedding planning deal.  


Here's how to enter:


*All proceeds go to rescue girls from sex slavery in India, to provide clean water to villages all over the world, and to cure diseases like Malaria in places that don't have access to great medical care. 
$10 can make a HUGE impact!

2) Visit the giveaway Facebook page and LIKE it.

3) SHARE the Facebook page status for FIVE EXTRA ENTRIES.

The giveaway will end at noon on Labor Day--Monday, September 2nd.  We will draw the winner that afternoon and notify him/her by that evening.

*The festival is headlined by Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and The Alabama Shakes, and your entry fee goes to a fantastic cause.
  C'mon, what's the harm in entering? :)

If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this blog or send a Facebook message and I will get back to you within a day!

(You must donate $10 to be eligible for this giveaway. You're more than welcome to share it either way, though!)

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Yesterday was one of those incredibly refreshing days--the kind that makes you wake up the next morning with a overflowing, thankful heart.

I woke up early because I can't sleep in anymore--those days seem to be gone--but that was completely okay because it was 55 degrees outside and perfect for a long Saturday morning walk with my little lady, Penny.  Daniel met me at the house at 10 to go cover an assignment at an elementary school, then we headed out to the Farmers Market. SUCH PERFECT WEATHER.

After grabbing some more flowers to dry for the wedding, we came back to the house and did yard work for the rest of the afternoon.

Last night was just perfect.  We sat at a coffee shop and just enjoyed being together for a couple of hours--no work talk, no wedding planning.  We're excited about those things, but it was nice to let ourselves relax together for a little while.  And it was so nice outside, we decided to walk around downtown Fayetteville after we finished our coffees.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, too!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wedding Present!

After researching and wanting this camera for over a year now, Daniel and I decided to go for it and get it as our wedding present to one another.  This is our first DSLR, a Canon 60D, and we are so excited for all the adventures it'll capture throughout our first years of marriage! 

I have lots of other fun groom gift ideas though, and now that I'm not going to use them, I'll be doing a post on them soon! :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wedding Inspiration: Round Balloons

I NEVER thought I'd like the look of balloons at a wedding.  Balloons have always reminded me of my elementary school birthday parties--my mom would tie big bundles of them to the mailbox so the whole neighborhood would know we were the reason the street was blocked with parked cars.  I never considered using them for one of my more mature moments--like my wedding--but I've recently become super attracted to this whole round balloon phenomenon, especially the ones with the pretty streamer bunches on the strings.  I mean LOOK!




I kind of think I might just be losing my mind in all of this wedding stuff.  It has finally happened, eight months into this engagement mess and two months away from this big ol' shindig.  Things look cuter all of a sudden, but I don't know if they actually fit us. Either way, these balloons would be fun for a shower or party, if not the actual wedding!