Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Bridal Shower

On Sunday my mom hosted the most beautiful shower for me! It was at a restaurant in Narragansett called Trio and we had a patio room and a room inside the restaurant dedicated to the event. I entered to find family and friends waiting for me! Most of my bridesmaids showed up ahead of time to help my mom while I hung back with Ally so we could be fashionably late. 

Rachel bough a lightbox for the weekend and also brought it to the shower. Our hashtag for all the wedding events is #LifeIsGooding so that was on display for all our guests.

I had some little flower girls running around who helped me rip open a few gifts. They also enjoyed sitting on them!

When I arrived I was given a sash reading "Future Mrs Gooding" and a tiara that said "Bride To Be" and worked my way around the room making sure I spoke to every guest!

Brittni's mom Sue made the most beautiful shadowbox with our wedding invitations, bridal shower invitation and our save the date! It was so sweet and creative!

My mom purchased two donut cakes from Allies Donuts and although I never had a piece I knew they were good because all Allies Donut products are so delicious!

Laura was in charge of creating my bow bouquet and she did an awesome job! It looks amazing and I am so grateful!

I really do have the most amazing bridesmaids! I'm so thankful for them!

Tilly was very interested in giving "besos" which she has learned about at school! So cute!

Another photo of the light board and my bow bouquet!

I get to marry into a family of these Gooding ladies! SO excited!

Me with my future mother in law and my mom! Love them!

The best mom ever who threw me the most amazing shower! She did such a great job- everything was perfect!

And the most amazing MOH who planned the most incredible weekend which you can see in my last post! I'm so lucky I have her! :)

I was so overwhelmed by everyones generosity! We received so many amazing gifts I couldn't have ever imagined I would be so lucky!

I took this sign home with me because it was so beautiful! My mom really outdid herself!

I am so thrilled with how amazing this past weekend was and I am so excited that there are only 66 days until our wedding!!!

Monday, August 13, 2018

My Bachelorette Party!

Sorry for the delay on todays post- this weekend was insanely busy! To share the entire weekend with you I'm going to have to split  it into two posts and today we are chatting about my bachelorette party!

My MOH Rachel planned an amazing weekend in Newport and we had the best time! All of my bridesmaids came for at least a part of the weekend and it was great to see everyone.

We started the weekend by hanging out around the Air B&B the girls rented for the weekend. We had some little guys joining us for the weekend.

Rachel and Laura were the first ones at my bachelorette so when I arrived we popped a bottle of champagne and chatted until Ally arrived. The four of us were the entire group for Friday night but we were excited to get the fun started!

Armed with our sparkly tattoos we headed off to Diego's for dinner and drinks which was delicious. I had crack fries again because they are so amazing.

After dinner we wandered down Thames street and ended up spending most of our time at Newport Blues Cafe. We actually saw Ashley I from the Bachelorette there! I was too much of a chicken to go talk to her but it was still very cool!

We also went to another bar on the way back and had a drink while we enjoyed some serious people watching. Once the bar closed we headed back to the Air B&B to get a good nights sleep because the next day we had exciting plans!

Rachel planned a boat ride for all of us to enjoy! Brittni and Brittany came and met us at the Air B&B and we walked over together to the docks. While we were waiting in line Megan arrived! She came all the way from San Diego and although her plane got rerouted and she had to take a super long Uber ride she had finally made it!

We had a great time and managed to beat the rain! It did sprinkle a little bit but not terribly!

Although I didn't listen to the commentary by our tour guide because I was having too much fun chatting with my favorite girls it seemed like it was a great history lesson! I would highly recommend heading our on a boat tour if you visit Newport- there is so much to see there and by water is the best way to see a lot of it!

After the boat ride we went to lunch at Brick Alley Pub which is always delicious! We of course brought our little men along for the fun! 

I loved the photo booth the girls set up and the fact that all our shirts were different colors! It was such a fun time!

We also took another Wiley 570 picture like we did at Megan's Bachelorette.

On Saturday night we headed over to Castle Hill Inn to have a drink on the lawn and take some pictures by the water.

We had to squish in the car a little bit!

It's definitely a fancy inn but it was fun to sit outside and enjoy a drink!

Brittni loves being attacked by Rachel!

Look how gorgeous my bridesmaids are!

And I have the best maid of honor ever!

We had such a great time! And I've gotten to see my college roommates more then ever this summer and it's been amazing!

Megan brought her Fujifilm instant camera and it was great to be able to get all of these pictures!

Our dinner on Saturday night was at 22 Bowen and it was great! I love that all my favorite ladies got to meet together and I was able to see all of then in one weekend. I am so thankful for all of them!

On Wednesday I'll be sharing pictures from my bridal shower which was also amazing- so stay  tuned for that!

Monday, August 6, 2018

July Empties

This month my bin of empties seemed extraordinarily small. Maybe because last month I shared a declutter and empties and had a TON of items. Or maybe it was just that July was so busy that we barely used anything up in the craziness? Whatever the reason this batch is a little small- but it's only the 6th and I already have four items in for this month- so hopefully that will be a little more exciting.

Let's get started!

First up- cleaning products. I finished a bag of Tide Pods which I love since they are super easy to cart up and down the stairs to our basement laundry room. Since we share with the entire apartment building I can't just leave a bottle of detergent down there so carrying one pod down at a time is much easier then hauling a bottle of detergent up and down the stairs. I will continue buying these in the future when I get the couponing!

The Mrs Meyers Tub and Tile cleaner was not my favorite. I'm not a huge fan of their lemon scent and I felt like the cleaner wasn't getting everything. I love many of their products, just not this one.

I am a huge fan of the Mrs Meyers Dish Soap and Bluebell was a new scent for me and I am NOT a fan of it! I will gladly stick to my basil scent that I know I love from now on. The Bluebell was too floral and gave me a headache.

Two mini lotions finished up at work this month. The Gilcrist and Soames came in a Birchbox awhile back and I thought it was amazing lotion. My skin felt soft and the lotion was moisturizing without being too much.

The Aveeno was SUPER moisturizing but to the point where it was almost too thick for my hands. I think this would be a great lotion for super dry places- like feet!

I used up this sample perfume of Flowerbomb. I brought it with me when I traveled this month and loved it!

Two more body products. The first is a deodorant called Organic Island Deodorant which I bought on a YouTube recommendation by Brittany Vasseur  (VasseurBeauty) but it didn't work well for me! I've since switched back to my LaVanilla and am much happier!

This Softsoap Coconut Scrub has been hanging around forever and I still have one left to use up! I like it but not as much as I thought I would when I eyed it in the store. I don't think I would purchase this in the future.

Three Cake Batter Chapsticks used up this month. This is still my all time favorite and I will keep going back to them!

What have you used up lately?

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Our Wedding: How I'm Organizing Wedding RSVPs

I am an organizer at heart and organizing my wedding is no different- I want things to go as smooth as possible. It can be super overwhelming with RSVPs coming in every day and I wanted to make sure to cover all my bases. I wanted to make sure that I was able to keep track of everyone and also make sure that I already had an idea of table set up. I have a few ways I'm keeping track of everything and I'm going to share all of them with you today so hopefully it will help you when planning your big day!

The first comes in the form of a green folder.

This green folder holds all of our returned RSVP cards and the song request cards. I want to make sure I hold onto all the originals in case I ever lose any of my other copies. (Yes I'm neurotic!)

On the left are the RSVP cards and the right side holds song suggestion cards. It's been fun to see who sends in what songs- we've gotten some interesting suggestions so far...

I have a spreadsheet that I've been using since we went out our save the dates. I kept track of each person I sent a save the date to, each person I sent an invitation to, and now I'm keeping track of their responses. I simply am putting a number in the second column to indicate how many people are coming. Having the numbers right there has been great for keeping an accurate count of guests. It also helps show me who has yet to respond.

I also have this spreadsheet on Google Sheets which I'm able to access directly from my phone so it's super convenient.

This paper is where I mapped out the tables. I made a plan on where I think everyone would be sitting based on my initial guest list. As people have said they aren't coming I've crossed them off and as people confirm I put a check next to their names. This way later on I will be able to combine smaller groups of people into larger tables and they will still be with people they know. Hopefully this will keep everything together so it's easier to finalize the lists when we get closer. 

In addition to these papers I am keeping a running list of guests along with a tally in the notes section of my phone. I also keep a list of song suggestions on my phone and the table groupings. Like I said- neurotic. 

Of course I am storing all these papers along with my wedding planning binder in my Bride tote that my MOH bought me!

How did you organize all your guests?