Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Our Wedding: Invitations

Happy Wednesday! We are halfway through the week friends- we can do this!

Today I want to share with you my wedding invitations! I am sending them out in the mail this week and am very pleased with how they came out. I ended up ordering them from Minted.com because I found their website to be the most user-friendly and easy for me to customize. I spent quite a bit of time toying with different designs and ended up choosing one that looks like waves but is very subtle and beautiful.


The pack I ordered came with the invitation, RSVP card, RSVP envelope, and outside envelope. They ended up sending me free tissue paper sheets which were great to place inside the envelope to prevent ink transfer.

I chose the floral love stamp from USPS for my envelopes and thought they made it look even nicer!



I am very satisfied with the quality and while we paid quite a bit, the price point was not nearly as high as the price of other invitations I've heard about. They also decided to throw in free addressing of the guest addresses which was amazing and saved me a ton of time!

I decided to also make little cards to ask guests to send in DJ requests which hopefully will be returned in their RSVP cards. Although they don't really fit in with the rest of the invitations I wasn't willing to pay extra for something I can just make at home!


Easy to make and I hope our guests return them so we can get some music ideas!



I also picked out some small stickers at Staples to put on the back of the envelopes and I think it just looks perfect!


.....and here they are ready to go! I can't wait to start getting RSVPs back! :)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Life Lately: All The Babies

No babies for us yet- but we did hang out with some pretty cool babies this weekend! 

On Saturday I took care of Emma for a few hours while Brittni went to a bridal shower and this girl loves the baby swing.


I love how her arms are behind her head like that!


She loves her new swings and could play on it all day- it's all she wanted to do!






So much fun- but also exhausting! We had a great day despite her unwillingness to take a nap!

Then yesterday we attended Parker's Baptism!




That girl loves her Uncle Tim!



Parker is such a sweet baby! She's always so happy!


All my favorite babies and my best friends in one picture! Such a fun time :)



I also loved getting all the hugs from Tilly! She is the sweetest- constantly smiling and giggling.


She also loved Uncle Tim- mostly for his beard :)

It was so nice to enjoy the afternoon in Brit's backyard chatting with everyone and watching the kids play in the water.


And eat all the food of course! Girl after my own heart!

Hope you guys had a fabulous weekend as well!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Boston Pizza Festival

It's Monday again friends- how does that always seem to happen to us?

We had a great weekend here and went  on an adventure to Boston! Months back I had seen a Facebook event for the Boston Pizza Festival and told Tim about it since pizza is basically his favorite thing on Earth. (besides me of course- haha) So we both had it on our radar. This past week Tim brought it up again and we decided to take a weekend away in Massachusetts!

After he got home from work on Saturday afternoon we packed our bags and headed towards Boston! Since Tim had booked us a hotel slightly outside of Boston we decided to not head into the actual city until Sunday but we kept ourselves entertained and headed to Patriot Place.


In case you aren't aware this is the home of the Patriots (my team) and we had fun wandering through the stores there and stopped for lunch at Scorpion Bar.



Saturday was such a beautiful, sunny day with perfect temperatures so we didn't mind walking around outside at all. We've been to Patriot Place before so after a few hours we were ready to move on! We decided to check into our hotel The Westin Waltham which was very nice. We debated what to do that evening since we wanted it to be pretty low key and ended up at the Natick Mall which was a ton of fun. We have the best time wandering around together just looking in stores and checking everything out. The mall was HUGE compared to our Rhode Island standards so it was a fun change.

We headed back to the hotel fairly early to get a good nights sleep because we planned on heading to Boston fairly early in the day to get some walking in!



We took the T right to Government Center and from there took a walk around Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.


Boston is such a walkable city and I always feel so impressed with the history that surrounds me when I'm there. It's also beautiful with its waterfront areas and architecture. 




They also do a fantastic job of creating green areas where you can enjoy gardens, grass and other bits of nature. 



Please ignore the sheer ridiculousness of my hair in this picture. It's out of control. Also, I really need to work on my posture..and wedding diet...




There's always so much to see!


When we were walking through the Boston Commons I saw this Cookie Monstah truck drive by... I heard about it previously and wanted to try it...I really hoped we would see it when it finally parked somewhere.


After we finished our walk around the commons it was time to head to the Pizza Festival!


Tim was so excited as we strolled towards the entrance.


I love this Boston sign- how cool is it?!


The festival took place at City Hall Plaza and it was a great outdoor space for the festival to happen.



There's Tim in his element- hanging out with a slice of pizza. 


Look how excited he is! We meandered through the festival trying different types of pizza. Tim at a ton, I tried a few different ones. There were definitely a lot to try and all of it was free with your admission. Drinks and other items were not included which is where we spent our money- particularly on waters since it was so hot!



We watched one of the shows where two boys were flipping pizza dough around, we entered a few contests, got a ton of free swag and then decided we were good to go!



One last picture with a giant pizza and it was time to go!


Before leaving Boston though I did get my Cookie Monstah treat! A chocolate chunk cookie on top of Oreo ice cream, yum!

We had a great time in Boston and there is still plenty there to do that we didn't have time to do on this trip so we will definitely be going back again in the future :)

What are your favorite things to do in Boston?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

June Empties and Declutter

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends! To everyone else- Happy Wednesday! We are halfway through the week :)

Today I'm sharing all of my June empties with you and also a declutter! I finally managed to declutter two items that were just realllllly old but I was having an extremely hard time letting go of.

While we're already chatting about it- let's just start with the declutter shall we?


So many items! I had a ton of products in my collection that were just really old or I never used so it was time to let them go! The Naked palettes are so of my favorites but I purchased them back in 2013 meaning they are 4 years old! I really shouldn't be putting powder that old on my eyes AND I have new palettes that aren't getting any attention because I'm too busy using these up. Time to say goodbye!

Some other shadows I gave up were an Urban Decay Sin single which I loved but came at the same time as the palettes, two coastal samplers that I never use, a Pop trio which I hate the consistency of and the purple is not flattering, and a a Cargo sample I think I've used once. I also had two finishing sprays that were well past their expiration dates. Two shadow sticks that were almost empty and pretty old. A couple highlighters I never use along with two NYX powders that are SO old. The Physicians Formula blush is really old and way too pink for me and the Rosehip Oil broke me out. Finally the Garnier Fructis bottle has been around for wayyyyy too long and is probably disgusting.

I also ditched three brushes that I never use!

22 items out of my Alex 9 drawer and I feel so much better! There's probably still a ton I could get rid of but for now this makes me feel good!

Now onto the empties for the month- and there are quite a few!


Three of my household empties are up first. I am still loving the Mrs. Meyers mint products and this dish soap is no exception. The smell is simply fresh and clean which makes for doing dishes fairly pleasant which is all I can ask!
The Mrs. Meyers Radish Multi-surface spray was not my favorite! I love these sprays in other scents but the Radish was just not my cup of tea- I did completely use it up before moving on but I much prefer other scents from the collection (especially Basil- AMAZING!) so I will not repurchase it in this scent.
I had never used Gain laundry detergent before and I liked it. The scent was great and I would repurchase it in the future but I think I may prefer my Tide! I have seen many different scents from Gain though so I may have to try some others in the future.


Three great scent products this month. The first is a candle I received as a gift from Anthropologie and it was amazing! The jar itself is so pretty and the scent (I think it's called Capri Blue Volcano) is great. I'm not sure I would repurchase but it did make a lovely gift.
I picked up the Mrs. Meyers candle in Basil on a whim and I'm so glad I did. I would repurchase this over and over again! If you get a chance- pick up everything in Mrs. Meyers Basil- you won't be disappointed!
Lastly is a Bath and Body Works Wallflower and unfortunately I cannot tell you the name of the scent because I can't remember. I never pick up anything that's not beachy or Leaves though so it's definitely a beachy scent :) I liked it a lot but am excited to try something else.


Two shower gels completed this month. I absolutely HATED Bath and Body Works Cozy Sunday Morning. I had to force myself to use it up because it smelt terrible to me. I know I could've just thrown it away but I wanted to finish it up and be done with it. I have learned my lesson and will never pick this up again!
Guava Pineapple Splash by Bath and Body Works was a fruity scent and just fine for shower gel. I probably wouldn't repurchase in the future just because I have other scents I prefer but it was nice!


Two sprays this month- the first is Bath and Body Works Amber Blush which I liked. I wouldn't repurchase just because I have other scents that I need to use up and want to try but I did really like it.

I also used up a sample of Flowerbomb which I have in full size and love!


I can't believe I have four makeup products to show you this month.

The first is a twist up blue eyeliner from Sephora which I really liked. The color was really pretty and I'm disappointed to be done with it. I have a lot of other eyeliners to get through before I would repurchase though and I may want to try other brands.

The BareMinerals Foundation sample was my favorite and I need to purchase a full size of it! I am so bummed I got to the end of it!

Two mascaras for you- the first is Pur Fully Charged Magnetic Mascara and I hated it. It was so clumpy and gross I could barely use it. It's technically not empty but I'm calling it that because at this point it's basically unusable it's so clumpy.

The second mascara is Covergirl Super Sizer and I did really like this. I'm not sure I would repurchase it in the future though because there are other mascaras I want to try and others I definitely like more.


With all that mascara I used my Marcelle makeup remover for sensitive eyes and I really liked this and would consider repurchasing it in the future.


The Garnier Fructis Flat Iron Express was nice and I could see myself buying a full size to use in my hair!

The Garnier Fructis Moisture Lock Shampoo is one of my favorites and I will definitely repurchase it in the future.

The Loreal Elvive shampoo and conditioner are really nice and moisturizing! I found they did great things for my hair and would definitely buy them again in the future.

The Caviar Hair Gel was okay- nothing special and I'm glad I got this sample out of my collection.


Four chapsticks this month- three in cake batter and one in candy cane. Cake batter is still my ultimate favorite and I just repurchased a 20 pack from Amazon!


Two hand soaps are completed, both from Softsoap. The lavender and chamomile is okay but definitely not my favorite. The Soothing Aloe Vera smells really nice and is very creamy but I definitely would repurchase it in the future.


The last category is lotion and I finished up three this month. 

The first is Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel. I am so sick of this scent and I will never purchase it again from Bath and Body Works unless it's in hand soap form. I can't deal with the fake vanilla scent with lotion and shower gel anymore. I'm so glad this is out of my collection but I think there may be one or two more hiding in there that I need to get through...

The Nivea Skin Firming Hydration was a lotion I kept in my drawer at work and it was amazing. It was so soft and soothing and made my hands feel great I would definitely consider repurchasing this in the future.

Lastly is Bath and Body Works Guava Pineapple Splash which I also used up the shower gel as you read above. I liked it, it was fruity and nice but definitely not my favorite compared to other scents so I would repurchase others before this one!


That's everything! I hope you enjoyed and let me know in the comments what you finished up this month!