Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Holidays, Friends!

Hello, lovelies!! I have decided to take the rest of the week off from blogging. Looking back, I have pretty much been blogging 4-5 times a week for the past three years, and have never given myself a break from posting. It's about time I do, haha! I hope you all have a great Christmas with your loved ones!! xo
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

'RING' in the New Year with Motorola Moto X!

CAN YOU BELIEVE that in about a week and a half, 2014 will be over?! It seriously blows my mind, this year has gone by way too quickly! While it was a wonderful year full of good memories, learning experiences, and work, it's always a nice feeling to start with a "clean slate" that is the new year. There are so many things that I think everyone should rekindle their focus on when it comes to resolutions. Being kinder, taking up a new hobby, improving an old hobby, simplifying your life, eating more healthy... And what about making your life a little more fun, easy, and organized with a new phone (or making someone else's year by gifting it!)?

The Motorola Moto X is a fully customizable smartphone that offers the ultimate in custom gifting, either for yourself or for a loved one. It makes an awesome gift because it can be designed to reflect one's personal style!

The MotoMaker website is an online studio where you can design your Moto X. You choose the colors, leather or wood, and decide on the color of the front, back, accents, wallpaper, the amount of memory storage, and even have the option to add an engraved name or short message on the back!

I first started off with the color of the back of the phone. I LOVED this turquoise color! There were several other options, but this one stood out to me.

Next, I chose the color of the front (black or white) and the trim. The yellow color pops out against the turquoise, so it was a must for the trim.

You can also add on a case for the phone!

The coolest part is definitely engraving a custom name or phrase on the back! This would be fun to give someone.

The customization doesn't stop there. You can personalize your welcome greeting and of course your wallpaper.

The customization is definitely fun, but the phone itself has some neat features. The perfectly sized 5.2 inch HD display, and the curved frame of the phone fits comfortably into your hand. It lets you do more using only your voice, working with favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google Play Music, and Pandora. It's aware of where you are-- in the car, in a meeting, or going to sleep-- and adjusts to your preferences accordingly.

The new Moto X is available for $99 with a two-year contract, and $499 without a contract. Just add on $25 for the wood or leather backs. Check out the new Moto X and get customizing on the MotoMaker!
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Friday, December 19, 2014


Less than a year after we got married, I decided to try my wedding dress on again. Marriage was very... good to me (aka I started to cook REAL food and ate heartier meals than I had been!), and I had gained about twelve pounds. When I tried on my wedding dress, I wanted to cry! I could barely zip it up, and when I did... I could. not. breathe!!! It was SO tight on my body, and I was not comfortable at all. It was sad, but I just brushed it off, dismissing myself.

Fast forward to June of this year, when I actually decided to do something about it. I've been eating a lot healthier than I have been. If I make sweet pork, I eat it in a salad instead of a taco. If we have spaghetti, I cook spaghetti squash for myself. I've been trying to snack on cashews rather than cookies. It hasn't been super easy, but luckily I was able to lose the extra weight I had gained after our marriage.

When we went to my parents' house for Thanksgiving, I decided to pull out my dress again. I was so extremely nervous to try it on! I held my breath as Justin zipped it up for me. I didn't even realize he was done zipping it up, because it zipped much more easily than the previous time I tried it on. I was so happy to be able to wear the beautiful dress again!

Over the past couple years, I have seen amazing Pins, Facebook photos, and Instagram pics of ladies in beautiful wedding dresses. My style has definitely changed some since we got married, and some days I would wish I could go back in time and choose another dress.

However, slipping into my dress again and styling my hair (and adding the perfect floral crown from Miss Stevi Marie) made me realize why I loved it so much in the first place. When I was shopping for my dress, I knew that I didn't want an all-lace dress. They were and are very popular, but I knew I wanted more of a taffeta material. I wanted it to be somewhat fitted, but then flare out as it went down my body. When I saw this dress, I fell in love with the beautiful beading, the pleats, and the ruching. I loved how it was a more simple style with beautiful accents. I loved the train. Trying this dress on brought back a lot of tender memories of our engagement and wedding two years ago. It was so incredibly stressful, but Justin was with me all along the way and was such a big help to plan the special day. Spending the whole day with him and the people we love was truly the best part. I'm glad everything went the way it did. I fell in love with my dress all over again last month. It brought back memories of our perfect day.

And thanks to Justin for being a trooper and taking some photos with me ;-)

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