Monday, October 15, 2018

Our Wedding: It's Wedding Week!

Hey guys!

As Europe would say, it's the final countdown.

We are getting married THIS WEEK!

I have only one thing left on my official to do list: Get our marriage license. Which we are going to the town hall to get on Thursday. I have my hair appointment, nail appointment, and everything scheduled out for the day. The final timeline is done. Today we meet with Jen our day of coordinator to do a final walkthrough. I have a huge list of what goes where to give her. I have a ton of posts waiting to be completed after the wedding. All our decor is packed in boxes...

Everything that's going to the hotel is in one location ready....

We are ready. We are getting married. I'm going to be Mrs. Gooding and I can't wait!

See you guys next week :)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Living Room Fall Decor 2018

Happy Columbus Day! I have today off which has been really nice in order to catch up with a few things- laundry in particular. I decided while everything was relatively clean I should take pictures to show you my very simple fall decor.

I still don't have a ton of decor since we are still in the apartment and honestly I wasn't feeling too into decorating this year since our apartment in currently filled with wedding stuff!

Here are the few things I did decorate (all in our living room) and I will mention where I purchased them if I can remember.

First up my leaves garland across my tv stand. I fluff it up and Tim pushes it down so he can see the tv. Priorities right? This garland was a hand me down from my mom so I'm not sure where it came from but I like having this out every year for some color.

This leaf bowl I purchased this year from At Home and I love the green. I have been loving At Home for seasonal decor I'm so glad they finally put one here in Rhode Island!

My little witch doll "Witchy Poo"  made an appearance again this year- I think she was also a hand me down from my mom. My new sign Eat, Drink & Be Cozy is from At Home and is definitely too big for the bookshelf I have it on but someday I'll have a different place for it. I also have some fresh birthday flowers from my co-workers.

This Hocus Pocus pumpkin came from Christmas Tree Shop a couple of years ago.

I love my little Mickey pumpkin that we bought in Disney World last year. I also have a scarecrow but I can't remember where he came from.

Lastly I placed another leaf garland and a leaf candle on our entryway furniture.

Super simple and easy to put up and take down all of these items and this year easy and simple is just what I need!

Monday, October 1, 2018

September Empties

Happy Monday!

I'm sharing all my September empties today-which seems to include a LOT of household empties and not so many beauty empties this time. We are only 19 days out from the wedding so posting may be a little sporadic (as you saw last week). We have a ton going on right now and honestly some details I don't want to share until I have the professional photographs and can properly show you what things looked like. Then I'll get into more DIY details and share more of the process!

So let's get into this!

Not a ton of empties this month but I've been doing bare minimum around here. Makeup has consisted of eyeliner and mascara. I'm cleaning the bare minimum to keep up because every day my to-do list is massive. Welcome to the final month of wedding planning I suppose.

Every month I save the chapsticks I've used and this month I've finished four. I'm still obsessed with the cake batter flavor and I'm still using chapstick constantly!

Two eyeliners this month. My Marc Jacobs eyeliner wasn't as good as other ones I've had. It must've just been a bad batch but it dried up and was crumbly. However I LOVED this Physicians Formula eyeliner. It was awesome and went on so nicely, I will definitely repurchase this in the future. It's funny how some times the drug store brands are nicer then the high end.

Two candles were used up this month. Tim picked out the Banana Split Milkshake and we both loved it! It was a great end of summer scent and I would definitely purchase this again next year. I chose the Costa Rica candle and thought it was incredible as well. I would get this in the future if I saw it at a future Semi-Annual Sale.

Here is the majority of my used up products this month. I am loving the Clorox Toilet Wand refills. It's nice to replace the toilet brush each time rather then having something disgusting sitting in the bathroom! I won the Acelo sponges in a giveaway and I liked them. I would definitely purchase them in the future. The OxiClean Laundry Detergent was nice but I prefer Tide but would get it again while couponing. I also love the Mrs. Meyers Dish Soaps. The Bluebell I won in a giveaway and I don't love the scent but the Basil is my favorite scent and I will definitely be buying this again and again!

What have you used up this month?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Reception Bathroom Kits

Last night I checked another item off my to-do list! Tim and I headed off to Walmart to get all the items we needed for our bathroom kits. We have been to several weddings where the couple put a basket in each bathroom will items that guests might need. We wanted to do this but didn't want to spend a ton of money so we thought Walmart was the perfect place to shop.

The girls basket is a bit fuller then the boys basket but only because girls tend to need more stuff!

The baskets we bought are simple teal bins from Walmart that were two for $3- very inexpensive and we can definitely use them in the future.

Now, let's dive into the baskets!

Inside the girls basket is:

  • Individually wrapped mints
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Tampons
  • Wipes
  • Hairspray
  • Floss Picks
  • Lint Roller
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby Pins
  • Safety Pins
  • Tums
  • Advil
  • Bandaids
  • Tide to go

Inside the boy's basket:

  • Individually wrapped mints
  • Tissues
  • Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lint roller
  • Tide to go
  • Advil
  • Bandaids
  • Tums
  • Condoms
  • Safety Pins

Hopefully this will be everything our guests need! If you've seen bathroom kits at weddings, what was inside? If you've made your own what is the one item you thought was most necessary?

Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

30 Days!


We are at the 30 day mark until our wedding! Can you believe it?!

Time is flying by around here and now that we are at the 30 day countdown I thought I would share my updated To-Do List.

  • Figure out what I'm attaching from Grandma to my bouquet  DONE! I will be attaching a pearl earring of hers onto my bouquet. 
  • Buy Rehearsal Dinner Dress- Still haven't attempted this... definitely something I need to get on in the next couple of weeks. 
  • Go To My Wedding Dress Fittings- Not done because I've been to one, but I have two more scheduled after that as well.
  • Finish Centerpieces- DONE! All boxed and ready to go to The Rotunda!
  • Make Ceremony Programs- We decided we do want to do this, now I just need to complete them.
  • Make Wedding Signage- DONE! Sitting by the centerpiece boxes and ready to go to The Rotunda!
  • Buy Wedding Reception Sandals- DONE! This was as easy as a quick trip to DSW with my mom after my dress fitting. I found sandals I love and my mom got shoes too!
  • Finish Bridesmaid Gifts- DONE! All packed and ready to go!
  • Gifts For Parents- Still not done. 
  • Pick All Music- We are close, only two songs we need to figure out.
  • Put Together Bathroom Kits- Still in the same situation as before, I have some of the items but not all so I need to head out and finish these!
  • Make Final Payments for Caterer, DJ, Day of Coordinator, Photographer, Videographer, Photobooth and put aside all tip money- a few of these are done which makes me a little less anxious about money! Out caterer payment is due 10 days before, so we have a couple weeks until that is due. I'm just waiting on our day of coordinator to send us an invoice and our videographer is having us pay the day of the wedding. I have about half the tip money put aside so far so I need to finish that up.
  • Seating Chart- DONE! 
  • Plan Out Day of TimelineMostly done, I just need to get answers from a few people. 
  • Make Nail Appointments- DONE! We have a 12pm appointment at a cute nail salon!
  • Make Escort Cards-  Almost done! Well the cards are actually done- we just need to buy more craft sand for the trays holding them. 
  • Get Our Marriage License- Since I started my new job and don't have vacation time to spare right now we will be doing this the Thursday before the wedding. Nothing like last minute right?!
  • Figure Out Toasts- We know who gives them, but when?!
  • Wedding Gift For Tim-  Halfway done! His present is hiding at my parents house where he can't peek. I'm still trying to figure out if I'm going to get him something else as well.

We are doing pretty well! I'll keep you updated as I finish things during this 30 day countdown!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Guestbook, Place Cards, Suits and Jess' Bridal Shower!

Hey everyone! 

Today we are 33 days out from the wedding and I have some updates to share with you. I've been sending out a TON of e-mails confirming our day of timeline and making quite a few payments. I will go into more detail about all of that in a future post, today I want to show you a few things!

First of all....Our Guestbook!

I absolutely love it! I asked a family friend to custom make this for me and she did everything I wanted! It's a wooden sign with midnight blue lettering and we will have our guests sign around the saying. I really wanted our guestbook to be something we could hang up in our future home instead of putting it on a shelf and forgetting about it.

I'm thinking of using silver sharpies for people to sign so the saying stands out a bit more, but if anyone has any opinions on that please share!

Next up is our place cards which I worked on a LOT this past weekend. I originally planned to write on the sand dollars but after a few tries I discovered it just wasn't working so I changed the plan.

I picked up some twine and made some labels on the computer.

I need to buy some more sand so they can stand up nicely but I like the way they are turning out!

In progress, but coming along!

I also went with Tim to check on his suit. So handsome- he made me tear up a little bit when he showed me the custom wording he had done in the suit lining. I can't wait to see him when I walk up the aisle!

Yesterday I kept with the wedding theme and went to Jess' Bridal Shower!

Doreen did such a nice job with the decor- it was gorgeous!

Jess and Kyle are getting married in November and I couldn't be more excited for them!

Jess got a lot of really nice items and it was such a nice group all there to celebrate her.

It was such a fun event and I'm so happy we will be able to celebrate with them in November!

What did you do this past weekend?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New Hampshire Weekend Trip

Today we're back up a little bit to talk about our Labor Day Weekend Trip to New Hampshire! A total last minute decision but so much fun! Derek and Ally invited Tim and I to join them in Manchester New Hampshire and although we only spent two days there we ended up doing quite a bit and I thought I would share.

Tim and I arrived in New Hampshire just before lunch on Sunday and met up with Derek and Ally at the hotel they were staying at. They asked us what we wanted to do and of course, being indecisive we didn't really care we just wanted to have fun! They mentioned a winery and distillery that they had passed the day before and we decided that would be perfect.

Flag Hill Winery and Distillery had a tasting room as well as a ton of wines and spirits to buy. We looked around and then headed over to the bar to do a tasting.

You can see the items I picked and it was cool to try so many new things. I now know how beer lovers feel at breweries. My favorite actually turned out to be something I didn't pick but the bartender had us try. Their rosé was absolutely amazing and I ended up buying a bottle to take home. I also picked up a bottle of the sugar maple liqueur which we are going to try to make fun fall drinks with. Tim picked up a bottle of the 11 year apple brandy for him and the groomsmen to drink before the wedding. We all left with bottles of new drinks and decided to head to lunch at...

Mr Mac's Macaroni and Cheese! This is apparently a chain restaurant but we don't have them in Rhode Island so it was certainly a treat!

As you know I love macaroni and cheese but I have to say I prefer my Kraft to this. It wasn't terrible, just not the best mac and cheese I've ever had.

One of our afternoon activities was going to a bar called Boards and Brews.

They have over 1200 board games and for a $5 admission you can stay and play as many as you want! They have drinks and food and tons of big tables to set up games.  The first game we played was The Office Clue which I won with my awesome detective skills.

See? :)

For a snack while there we ordered a "Connect 4" where you could pick four snack foods. It was such a cute idea and fit in well with the theme they had going.

It was just such a cute idea and I really think we need one of these in Rhode Island. We were able to play some old favorite games like Yahtzee and learn about a new game Exploding Kittens which Tim and I now want to own. I can't stop raving about it to everyone since we went. If you are in the area definitely check it out!

For dinner we went to The Thirsty Moose and I forgot to take a picture but my French dip sandwich was fantastic! I would definitely go back again and everyone seemed to enjoy their meals!

We headed back to the hotel room and called it an early night since we had some things we wanted to do the next morning!

For breakfast we ate at The Bacon Barn and my omelet and homefries were great. We all had delicious meals and it is certainly another restaurant I'd return to in the future.

We spent part of the day at the Mall of New Hampshire shopping and hanging out. I was able to buy a few new items for fall and then we headed home.

It was a short vacation but a fun one! Have you ever been to Manchester NH? Have you ever been to a board game bar? Let me know!