Wednesday, July 23

Want It Wednesday - Get It Done

Hello and welcome to Want it Wednesday. A link up post hosted by Katreena @ Sugar Spice & Everything Life and Yvonne @ The Dahlia Scene.
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1. We highly encourage you to follow your hosts. Click here for Katreena's blog lovin' profile. Click here for Yvonne's.

2. Link up 5 things that are on your wish list for this week.

3. Make sure that your link goes directly to your Want It Wednesday Post. (Indirect posts or unrelated posts will be removed).

4. We ask that you comment on at least 2 other's posts. Let's show some love to everyone!

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1. Pack for our cross country trip.
Ideally this would have been done already, but I haven't really had time. This week has kind of gotten away from me. I've been busy running around changing my name and attending to other obligations. The good news is that I do have in mind exactly what I want to take with me.

2. Schedule the rest of this weeks blog posts.
Seeing as how we will be on the road, I want to get as many things done so that I don't have to stress about Thursday and Friday's post. I want them to go off like clockwork. This is something that should be happening anyway, but I know that sometimes I forget.

3. Mail out the rest of the thank you notes.
They have all been written so now it's just time to get them in the mail. I know we'll have another run after our presentation party in Knoxville, but at least we will be ahead of the game on this end. It's a nice feeling of accomplishment.

4. Get roadtrip apps for my phone.
I definitely need to get postagram, and a couple of others to find new places to see on our trip and of course to send lovely postcards. Are there any apps you can't live without on the road?

5. Put away all the laundry.
This is yet another thing I've been avoiding this week due to the fact I've been running around like a banty rooster. It's all folded so it's not like I haven't taken the time to take care of it, but I need to get it into the drawers. I swear I'm not normally this bad.

What do you want to get done this week?

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Tuesday, July 22

Wedding Photos

Today's post is going to be photo intensive thanks to the lovely people over at Continuum Photography. I could not speak more highly of them so if you're looking for a great set of wedding photographers I think they're your people. Josh & Melissa really know how to make it fun.
I just wanted to share a few of the great moments with you guys.

Monday, July 21

The Road To Your New Name


I've been running around all day stopping in locations to change my name on various documents. It's not easy to change your name, but it's also not particularly hard. It's a lot of waiting. I'll admit that the Social Security Administration took far less time than I would have guessed, but it was a small office. Plus, I had all my paperwork filled out beforehand with my marriage certificate and driver's license out and ready to go. There are some things you should know when it comes to changing your name.

1. Go to the Social Security Administration first
This is HUGE. If you don't then you'll have difficulty all the way around. In order to change your social security card, you'll need a drivers license or passport with your maiden name. When you go to change your license, it will need to match up with your social security number.

2. Next stop DMV
Everything else will most likely need your driver's license. This includes your new registration for your car and any other personal accounts. Plus you'll need your ID to match your name on credit cards etc for ease of use.

3. Change EVERYTHING
Don't leave some stuff undone while other stuff is done. It'll get confusing and complicated as time goes on. If you want to change your name then truly commit to making the change and don't do a half-hearted job.

Friday, July 18

Friday Faves

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Today is a really great day. I have achieved at least one personal goal for the month of July. It wasn't even on my July goals list, but of course all of us have things we keep to ourselves a little bit. Today, I reached a new milestone in blog readers, which makes me giddy. It's always great to be able to interact with new people. I know that good things will come. Anyway now we're on to the Friday Favorites.

1.Archie's Dead
2. New project to add to my list.
3. You can't just say someone raped you. It makes it harder for women who actually suffered such a heinous crime. Also, it really hurts the reputation of the people you accuse.
4. Gender identity or sexuality aren't always about your clothes, and we shouldn't judge toddlers or their parents for those choices.
5. Rooftop pools are the bomb.

Thursday, July 17

Dessert Trend of 2014: Shooters

Food & Drink
Shooters are a great way to get individual sized desserts for your guests, and I think that's honestly the biggest trend of 2014. It's all about making traditional desserts into smaller sizes. You'll see a lot of people even making small batch cookies so as to not have as much left over or not to overindulge themselves. I think the shooter is the perfect idea, because you can pretty much build any dessert inside and have it packed with flavor. You just have to make sure to have a large enough lip or a small enough spoon!

What's your favorite dessert to make in individual portions?

Wednesday, July 16

Want It Wednesday - Travel

Hello and welcome to Want it Wednesday. A link up post hosted by Katreena @ Sugar Spice & Everything Life and Yvonne @ The Dahlia Scene.
The rules are simple and short. We just ask that you follow them to join in the link up fun.

1. We highly encourage you to follow your hosts. Click here for Katreena's blog lovin' profile. Click here for Yvonne's.

2. Link up 5 things that are on your wish list for this week.

3. Make sure that your link goes directly to your Want It Wednesday Post. (Indirect posts or unrelated posts will be removed).

4. We ask that you comment on at least 2 other's posts. Let's show some love to everyone!

5. Do not link up items that you are selling in your Etsy shop, on Ebay, etc. If you're interested in purchasing ad space please see my Advertise tab. Have fun, happy Wednesday. We hope to have you here with us every Wednesday!


1. Greece
We plan to go there on our honeymoon so I am incredibly excited. We are headed to Santorini for one so I can at least knock this one off the list soon. What's not to love about the Mediterranean? Good food. Good wine. Excellent weather. I'm already packed!

2. Kentucky
I am incredibly excited by the fact I will be able to do this one soon as well. The state is absolutely gorgeous, but it's been on my list for a return visit for awhile. For those of you who don't know, I went to college here at Transylvania University. These college days were incredible, but it has honestly gotten better and better with time. The city of Lexington truly feels like a second home, and it is growing.

3. Munich
I didn't even realize this was on the list until recently, but I know that I'd love to see where my ancestors came from on my daddy's side of the family. I think it just has to do with a new urge to see the region even though I'll admit I find the airport far too intense.

4. Australia
I want to hold a koala. There is honestly so much more I want to do while visiting there, but this would be a must do highlight. I might have to try to find 42 Wallaby Way too. Is there really anything else a Disneyphile would love more?

5. Barcelona
I am just utterly dying to return. I really want to taste tortilla and paella. Trust me if you tried it you'd understand what I mean. Also, this is listed as one of the top 10 happiest cities in the world. Who doesn't feel happy after siesta?

Where do you want to visit?

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Tuesday, July 15

How to Stay Organized and On Task

This is probably one of the hardest goals for anyone. You wake up every morning with a to-do list a mile long, and you'll find that you quickly stray from it. Every day you promise yourself that it will be different, but you get sucked into the social media nightmare or you fall into the youtube hole. I'm going to give you my 3 tips for avoiding this and other time sucks.

1. Plan out your day
It's important to know what you want your day to look like. This is especially important if you work in a non-traditional setting. You have to set your own clock. This doesn't mean you have to start at 8AM like the rest of the world, but you should stick to some what of a schedule. You want to work 9-5 or 8-4? You can do it. You just have to know that each day you'll start at that time with breaks every 2-4 hours. You don't want to strain your eyes staring at your computer screen for too long. One big hint I got about helping to protect against this is to get up every 2-4 hours and stare at the farthest point you can see so that you refocus.

2. Set a time limit for things like social media and youtube
Yes, it's important to check in with social media if you are a blogger/small business owner, but you don't want to get lost in it either. You need to spend the majority of your time making content for your blog or new or improving old products for your business. Set out a certain time periods during the day when you will check out social media and set a time limit. I find e.ggtimer.com to be a HUGE help. Check in on things that are relevant to your business on youtube. You obviously need to keep up with the latest trends so be sure to check out videos from those relevant sources. Of course if you're like me then you'll be productive with youtube playing in the background while you work. If not then be sure to save it for those time periods when you can time it out.

3. If something isn't working move on
I mean this is earnest. If something isn't working for you, you need to move on and come back to it later. You'll only get more frustrated and less productive the longer you try to mull over it. This isn't helpful to your day. If you walk away from it, you will be surprised at the ideas that will come to help solve the problem you were facing as you attack another item on your to-do list. Use your time wisely and not just to beat your head against the wall.

Monday, July 14

I Didn't Cook but Don't Worry There is Food

The last few months have been an adventure in gardening, and it hasn't always been easy. Originally our plants were being eaten alive by something, and we still don't know what. We began spraying with an organic soap to displace the bugs and then the garden was thriving. Of course summer got hot for a few weeks, and we began to have issues with keeping them watered enough. It's a difficult balance between too much and not enough especially when the temperatures get up into the 80s and 90s. The Cajun Bell plant has been resilient though. These little buggers have a slight spice to them so I'm thinking maybe that's why they haven't been eaten to death.
They aren't too spicy though. They add just enough umph to a dish that might not otherwise have that kind of impact. The hubs has also eaten them on their own. I'm hoping to get a few of them roasted next week so that we can start to can a few things. We now have all the canning accoutrement after all. I'll admit that having the ability to preserve some things from the garden is excellent. This means that nothing goes to waste, and it's easier to share with people. Back home we often had canning parties so everyone would come over and do their mess of beans etc as a group. It was always a blast. I have fond memories of canning beans and tomatoes.

Do you have a garden? What's planted in it? What's thriving the most?

Thursday, July 10

The most awesome trend in candy!

Okay for those of you who've been ready for awhile, you know that I do not like chocolate. I am just not a fan of the taste. So let me tell you how excited I was to see all of the best brands of candy finally offer me an option.
The white chocolate Kit Kat might be my favorite. I had one the other day, and I am hooked. They bring all your favorite things about the original Kit Kat with that white chocolate flavor! I no longer have to overlook the chocolate to enjoy the candy.
I'll admit that I haven't tried the M & Ms yet, because I have been unable to find them. Stop snatching them off the shelves here people, because this could be my dream candy. I love M & Ms, especially with peanut. You could actually ignore the chocolate in those. So I'm just going to keep hoping that I find these when they're back on the shelves again.
These are the only ones that I don't think taste as good as the original. I still wouldn't kick them out of bed for eating crackers though. I mean hello it's peanut butter! I always say that my favorite is the Reese's peanut butter eggs, because you have way more peanut butter to chocolate ratio. Maybe they'll attempt those in white chocolate, and I'll see how I feel about it then.

Seriously though, I love the new white chocolate candy fad. What are some other candies you've seen try this recently?