Monday, February 25, 2019

Amazon Items I'm Testing Out

Is anyone else a huge fan of ordering items on Amazon? I love getting recommendations for items and Brittany Vasseur on YouTube is a huge influence on me honestly and I love hearing about all the things she has tried out. If you are interested in checking out her channel you can visit it here.

Another influence on me is Sherry from Young House Love. She shares quite a few items on their instagram page and I find myself ordering things she has recommended.

These are items I am still trying out but I do want to give you my initial thoughts on them.
I asked Tim for a jade roller for Christmas and sent him this link and he delivered.  So far I am loving it! It's a great way to wake up to roll the cool stone over your face, which I know sounds weird but it's so refreshing. I haven't noticed a big difference in my skin or lines forming or anything like that but so far I'm enjoying it. I will definitely continue using it and do recommend it if you have been considering it.

I purchased (against my better judgment) a dry clean only sweater and of course quickly got little Cheeto finger stains on it. I was planning on bringing it to the dry cleaners when my friend Brittni's mom recommended Dryel.  I found the process was super simple and all stains were quickly taken out of my sweater. I love that there are multiple packs included so I can take care of plenty of future stains.

Collagen Peptides is something I heard of from Sherry at Young House Love. She initially had powder she was stirring in her drinks but I didn't think I would be able to handle that. I ordered these and have been taking two a day. The bottle does say to take four but I thought I would start with just two. These pills are meant to be great for hair, skin, nails and gut health. I haven't noticed any huge difference in the last two weeks I've been taking them but I'm going to keep taking them and see what happens.

 I've only used this microneedler once but I am super interested to see how it will work on my skin! This is another Sherry recommendation and I'm hoping it works wonders on my rosacea!

 Have you played this game?! Farkel Party is so fun! Tim and I have played just the two of us and also with groups of people and have had the best time. It's so easy to play and I highly recommend it!

Kind of a gross fact but I get major calluses on my heels. This callus remover is great and helps me keep them under control. I would definitely recommend it and will continue using it.

This is my most recent Amazon purchase and I haven't used it yet but will get to soon on our cruise! This Waterproof case is going to be great for getting underwater footage when we go on our snorkeling excursion. I decided to purchase a more expensive one since it guarantees that if your phone is damaged during use they will replace your phone. To me, that's worth the extra price!

That's what I'm trying out from Amazon lately. What are some of your Amazon recommendations? I'd love to hear in the comments below.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Call For Help! What To Pack On A Cruise?!

Today I am asking for YOUR help!

We leave on our cruise in 16 days and I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to pack!

The only cruise I've ever been on is the Disney Cruise when I was like I'm in search of some help.

We will be leaving out of New York so it won't be super warm the first day or so, but will be going to various Caribbean Islands (I will share exactly where afterwards) so we will be in the heat for most of it. So I'm thinking sundresses and some tanks and shorts.

What are the items you always bring with you on a cruise?

Thanks for your help!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Life Lately: Super Bowl, Kids Birthday Celebrations, and Couponing

Hey loves! Today I'm sharing what we've been up to lately and I want to know, what have you been up to lately? Please share in the comments!

This was a super exciting Super Bowl for me as a Patriots Fan! We met up with Tim's dad and his siblings at a local restaurant Richards Pub for drinks and snacks and then went to Tim's dads house to watch the game. It obviously turned out great for us since we are all Pats fans (except Tim who is an Eagles fan) so we were all thrilled.

We also got the chance to finally celebrate Emma's birthday! Since their whole family had the stomach bug during her birthday weekend we didn't get to celebrate like we wanted to.

Parker is getting so big!

Do you like the gift Tim and I gave her? Because she did! I don't think she has a clue who Sleeping Beauty is but she did enjoy using the gloves to reenact Elsa's coronation scene from Frozen.

I love that we get included in their family events! It makes my heart so happy!

Tim and I found a new pizza place called The Place in Wickford. We both were super impressed with our pizzas and will definitely be back for more!

Tim and I got his and hers freebies from Bath and Body Works! Did you know that you don't have to buy anything to use the freebie coupons? Just go in, pick out an eligible item and check out for free! This is how my small shower gel and lotion stockpiles get out of control. So many freebies!

I picked up three workout tops from Old Navy and ended up only paying $6 each after my Supercash and clearance deals. I love getting cheap clothing especially since I desperately needed some new workout tank tops. Which reminds me to tell you that I'm on week 6 of the Couch to 5K app! I just finished Week 6 Day 2 yesterday and am super impressed with myself! I feel stronger and I can't believe that I will be running the length of a 5K in just three weeks. I also signed both Tim and I up for a 5K in May which I'll share when the time comes.

I picked up these four Mickey and Minnie items from Kohls and they were on clearance for $2.50 each. So cute and will make a great gift!

This past Friday we went to Emma's birthday party at Make A Mess which is a local business in Rhode Island where kids play with super messy stations and then they clean it up for you. It's such a cool concept.

Parker definitely enjoyed herself.

I think the birthday girl did too!

On Saturday we went over to Brittni and Stephen's house to hang out with them and Rachel and Ant! Of course all our favorite kids were there too!

Now it may look like Emma was loving me...but she actually was choking me with my own hair. When she wasn't doing that she was pulling my hair. Devil child!

These kids are the best!

And Uncle Tim is just so much fun! <3

That's what we've been up to lately! What have you been up to?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Book Reviews: Love Your Life Not Theirs and One Day In December

Lately I've been trying to make it a point to read a little bit more and not just constantly re-read the same books (I'm looking at you Harry Potter!). I always end up just re-reading Harry Potter or The Hunger Games or a Sarah Dessen book...and don't get me wrong I love all of those books but sometimes I need to branch out a bit. 

So far this year I have read two new books and wanted to share them with you. The first was a money related book called Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze.

I thought this was a great book! Rachel Cruse is the daughter Dave Ramsey who is a financial expert. Although they are a little more religious then I normally can deal with I really liked her tips on money. The concept of this book is that you shouldn't be trying to keep up with the Joneses because they are probably broke! It was a good reminder that no one can have everything without going into debt and that you need to prioritize what works for your life. Since Tim and I are working on getting out of debt it was a great reminder that we need to focus on our goal and not get sidetracked. 

I would definitely recommend it if you are trying to get out of debt or get control of your finances!

The next book I read was a novel called One Day in December by Josie Silver. This novel came highly recommended and I thought it was so cute! It was an adorable story of a girl who while riding a bus in London falls in love at first sight with a guy at the bus stop. She ends up meeting him later on, but not in the way she expected. 

If you are looking for a quick read definitely check this one out! It was quick, easy and worth the read. 

I have a few books that I know I want to read next but since we will be heading off on our honeymoon cruise in less than a month I will need a few books to read during that. Please let me know in the comments what books you have read lately and loved!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Our Wedding: Dinner, Dessert and Dancing

Happy Monday!

Today I'm sharing my very last wedding recap with you guys! I am planning on doing one last wedding post which will be an ultimate guide of what we bought where- so stay tuned for that coming up soon.

Before we get started just remember that all of the images in this post were taken by Carissa at Ella Grace Photography and please do not alter her work or use it in any way.

I also would like to mention I mostly included pictures of only close family and bridal party. You'll see other people in the background but I tried to include mostly friends and family that most likely won't mind their picture being on the internet. 

After we finished our first dance and speeches we sat down to eat dinner. We had a buffet provided by Blackstone Catering and it was delicious! I was a huge fan of the penne vodka pasta, while Tim tried some of everything. 

Emma was clearly loving the penne vodka too! I'm telling you right now, I was not the star of this show...the babies were. That's totally okay with me though, these kids are so adorable.

And their parents are pretty cool too! I love that my best friends have such awesome husbands that get along with my husband. We always have such a good time when we all hang out together and I feel so blessed to have them all in my life.

I am also so thankful that my Papa was there for this day. He is my only living grandparent and it meant so much that he was there. He also has a wonderful partner in Vivian who has been part of our family for a long time now.

I had a great immediate family table, including my cousin Andrew who was a huge part of my childhood. He spent most summers with us and I was so happy to put him right up front. My brother wasn't at the table for this picture and his friend Nick who came was also up but they also sat there.

These ladies look so gorgeous in this picture! I tried to keep bridal party members together. I put my friends with kids at one table and my other bridesmaids who didn't at another table. I also tried to keep people who knew each other together.

This child danced her butt off. She danced when no one else was, she danced while everyone surrounded her, she danced until she was exhausted. She also became obsessed with the bouquet of flowers and ended up stealing mine!

Such a cutie.

These two are so much fun! We hang out with them pretty regularly and are so glad that they live so close to us and were such a big part of our wedding day.

We love these people! They are so much fun :)

Check out this mother daughter dancing duo! They had a blast twirling on the dance floor.

How cute is Tilly's expression?! She is loving life!

Tim and I made a point to visit with every single table. We even made a point to double back to tables where we missed people. This is one of the few pictures we got while we worked our way around and I love that we got to take this picture with the Raduazzo's! They are such a fun family and Laura and I have had the pleasure of being invited to so many of their family parties over the years. Tim and I are looking forward to Kelsey and Eamon's wedding in July!

This picture kills me- Parker is just the cutest thing.

My lovely mother-in-law and sister-in-law!

Tilly is the most serious little girl and will study you like crazy but she has so many other cute expressions when she finally comes around! Look at those teeth too- I can't believe how big she is, she just turned two but I still think of her as a little baby.

My goodness these boys are hilarious. They danced the whole night (when they weren't in the Photo Booth!) and kept teaching everyone how to floss. I think they did the floss pretty much the whole weekend.

Me with my new father-in-law!

My best friends, I am so lucky to have two such wonderful women only a text away every second!

My dad and I danced to My Girl and we chatted the whole time about how weird it is to dance while everyone watches you. He is such an amazing dad and I'm so lucky to have him!

Next Tim danced with his mom to Days Like This.

 Dancing with our parents is what officially kicked off the dancing for the night and our guests didn't hesitate to get out on the dance floor!

Emma was the first one out there. I told you, I don't think she stopped dancing all night.

The boys and their grammy hitting the dance floor!

Tilly loved dancing with her mom and dad!

I love the pictures that Carissa took with the lights coming through. You can really see the movement in them and the high energy!

She just danced and danced! The poses that Carissa got were just too much!

Callan flossing which is his main dance move!

This pose is just too much!

Brittni told me Emma kept talking about practicing her dancing and she didn't think much of it, until she saw her breaking it down on the dance floor!

While Emma spent her time dancing on the floor, Tilly preferred to be in mom or dads arms dancing!

Learning to floss from Callan!

Stopping to visit with my mom and dad! They both were enjoying socializing with everyone who came.

Rachel and Ant enjoying dancing. I think this was after Tilly went home to bed and they officially had no responsibilities!

Megan and Josh dancing away!

I got three new siblings! It's pretty cool that Tim is from such a big family.

I loved our sweetheart table. If you are debating what to do, put yourself at a sweetheart table not with other people. It makes life simpler for you and gives you some privacy when you want to take a minute to sit together.

We didn't serve our cake but still wanted one for pictures so we had Scrumptions create a beachy one for us. I love that I was able to keep the Adirondack chairs for decor in our house and we were able to eat cake for days afterwards!

It was such a delicious cake!

Surrounding myself with such an amazing group of women has been one of the greatest things I've done. The girls I've been friends with forever and the ones I've made since meeting Tim are all people who constantly build you up and make you feel good about yourself.

They are the ones you can sing with...

and dance all night with! (We are totally performing Bye Bye Bye at this point)

I love how fun they all are and I hate that some of them I don't see very often!

Parker got into her jammies and hung out in her wagon while she waited to go home.

I think this picture of Derek and Ally is so cute! 

Little sister got kicked out of her wagon so Emma could play on her iPad and lounge.

She seemed okay with it though!

Just lounging with her iPad and brand new bouquet!

Our desserts were done by Blackstone Catering. I heard several people absolutely loved the cupcakes.

Personally the s'mores bites were my favorite!

But the cupcakes do look really good!

I love this picture because in the madness I clearly had something to tell Tim that was funny so we stopped in the middle of everything.

 It was such an amazing night and I couldn't have asked for a better wedding. These are my people and I love that all of them were there to celebrate.

Thanks for spending your time looking at a million picture-heavy posts of the most amazing day <3