Friday, January 29, 2010

197: Fitness Friday #15

Another short and sweet post.

Weight: 161.4 (1.4 loss)
How many days I exercised this week: 1
How many days I didn’t exercise this week: 6
How I’m fitting in my dress: N/A
How I’m feeling: Pretty good
Notes: Once again, getting into my school routine, I didn't exercise. I did one day, but didn't want to this morning. Starting Sunday, I'll be working out 4 days a week (hopefully).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

199: Exclusive Items

I've been working on some lists for various projects (bathroom baskets, out-of-town bags, and kid's activity books), which you'll hear about later. Recently, I've been focusing on what to do for our out-of-town bags. I have lsited some of the "basics" items: map of the area, snacks, a water bottle, a thank you letter, but I want to include something that's unique to Rochester. We have invited about 50 out-of-towners, some who have lived here, some who have never been here. (Side note: I'm thinking that we'll be doing bags by family, because doing 50 (at most) bags for each person seems to be a bit much.)

So what's the best way to portray Rochester to people who have lived here and have never been here? I'm not sure! I did some reseach, and came up with some things that are unique to Rochester, and can hopefully base an item or two on one of the items below! Unfortunately, most of the items that I've found are either perishable food, or flowers (which are popular in May), so it's going to be hard to decide on something.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

200: Award #2!

I won a blogging award today!! Vee from Gorgeously Stupid gave me this blogging award! Her blog is pretty new, but is really good! And, she has pitbulls, like my Daisy! :) Go check out her blog!

The rules of this award are as follows:

1. To accept the award, you must post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted you the award, and a link to their blog.
2. Pass the award on to approximately 15 other blogs that you recently discovered, and think are great!
3. Contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Here is the list of whom I'm passing on to:
1. BP Wedding
2. Jus Hearts Cole
3. Life as a Wife
4. The "I Do" Diaries
5.  The Elegant Owl
6. Wedding Tips for Budget Brides
7. The Diaries of a Mocha Frugalista
8.  Bar Bride
9.  AZ in August
10. Love the Moments
11. Lucky in Love
12. The Office Bride
13. The Green Hanger Shop

200: Sharing Photos 102, Continued

Since I finished up the other posts on what photo sharing sites to use, I found a couple more sites to look at. I decided to add on Kodak and Snapfish, and look at those, as if I need to make this more difficult on myself.

  • Pros:
    • Dad works there
    • Well known name
    • Know for photos
    • Photo sharing site
    • Free, plus 50 free 4x6 photos with registration
    • Can e-mail out pictures to people
  • Cons:
    • Can only upload 200 photos per album
    • I need to look around to see what to do
    • Need to see if it's easy for me to download pictures from there without purchasing

  • Pros:
    • Similar to Kodak
    • Free
    • Can share all photos with guests in an e-mail or by a link
    • Can create a "Group Room"
    • Cheap to order pictures: 9 cents each
  • Cons:
    • Only 20 free 4x6 photos (compared to Kodak)
    • Need to become familiar with site
    • Need to see if I can download pictures easily

This makes my decision more difficult!

Do I just go with Flickr since everyone recommends it? Should I try Kodak because it's local and important to the family? What do you suggest I do?

Monday, January 25, 2010

201: Book of the Month: The Five Love Languages

I recently finished up "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman. I saw it somewhere on Weddingbee I think, but I know Mrs Duckling wrote a post about it.

If you're looking for a good way to feel like you did when you first met your significant other, or feel like you guys are drifting apart, I highly recommend this book. I feel like this is good for anyone: dating, engaged or married, because it helps you see what your SO (and you) like, and best ways to interact with them to make them happy.

If you're looking for the book:

 Basically, the five languages are:
  1. Physical Touch: Touch, which can be hand holding, playing with hair, massages, and sex.
  2. Quality Time: Spending time with your SO, and not just necessarily doing things. This can be cuddling, talking, or things like that.
  3. Words of Affirmation: Praise. Good, nice praise.
  4. Acts of Service: You like your SO doing things for you. Taking out the garbage, starting the laundry, or anything to help out.
  5. Receiving Gifts: This is pretty obvious. You like presents!
There is a short (30 question) test for both males and females in the back of the book. Just answer the questions, add up the amount for each letter (you can take the test here and see what I mean), and then whichever language had the most answers, that is your love language.

Josh and I took the quiz, and we found that he's physical touch, and I'm quality time. I've been more conscoius of how I'm acting around him, and making sure I try holding his hand, giving him a kiss, or something else of that nature (except sex, but that will change in about 201 days. ;) Oh yeah!). I'm not sure if Josh has tried too hard to spend more quality time with me, but I have been off from school. That means I'm home a lot, and when he's done with work, I go to his house for a while. It's been pretty good so far!

Go check it out! It's a great book. Even if you don't want to buy it to read it, you and your SO should go online to take the test!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

203: Sharing Photos 102

Almost a week ago, I showed you some of my ideas on how to get guests to share photos. At the end, I said that I was going to use a photo sharing website and my top contenders are Wedding LensSeeYouThen!PhotoblogWeddingPhotoShot, and Flickr

In this class, I'll be looking at the pros and cons of each of these websites, and hopefully making a decision!

Friday, January 22, 2010

204: The Topper has Arrived!

I got a package in the mail today! I was pretty confused when I got it. I didn't remember buying anything, and as soon as I opened the package, I remembered! Duh! It's the cake topper I ordered on Sunday!

I was happy to see that the topper arrived in perfect condition, and to finally see the actual size.

Wanna see? Thought so! (They're all personal photos)

204: Fitness Friday #14

This week's weigh-in is pretty good!

Weight: 162.8 (1.6 loss)
How many days I exercised this week: 0
How many days I didn’t exercise this week: 7
How I’m fitting in my dress: N/A
How I’m feeling: Pretty good
Notes: I was supposed to start my exercise three days a week as part of my 101 in 1001, but with trying to do Wedding stuff, I didn't really do it. I'm pretty happy with the 1.6 pounds I lost, and will hopefully get under 160 next week!!! I can't believe I'm losing this much weight on Weight Watchers!

204: Cultural Traditions

Even though we have a ton of other things we're doing at the ceremony, I thought I'd look at some cultural traditions that Josh and I could incorporate into the wedding (if we had the time to do it). We're both mutts: Josh knows he's part English, German and Jewish, I'm half Latvian, quarter German, and quarter mutt.

I looked up some Latvian, English, Jewish and German traditions that could be incorporated. At this point, we won't be doing any major kind of tradition during the ceremony, but it's always interesting to see what other cultures do!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

205: To Top It All Off..

We will have a double duty cake topper!!

Josh and I were slightly split on what we wanted for our cake topper. Our conversation:

Me: "The only thing that I don't want for the cake topper is the traditional bride and groom. I want something that we can display after the wedding and it won't look 'wedding-like'." 

Josh: *smile*

Me: "That's exactly what you want, isn't it?"

Josh: "Yup."

Thus began my search for those contemporary bride and groom cake toppers that aren't a traditional bride and groom cake topper. I wanted to look for a Lenox cake topper, but they are pretty expensive, so I was trying to find some lower priced alternatives.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

207: Music Monday (Tuesday) #13 (Father/Daughter Dance)

Whoops! I forgot to post music yesterday! I wasn't really home. I was out looking at flowers and bought some hoodies for the girls (which I'll post on later)!

This week I'll do 2 Father/Daughter dance options! There are a few music options that I'm thinking about, and these 2 both have Cinderella as the theme.

Option #1: It's by Steven Curtis Chapman, and it's called Cinderella. I think it's a great song, and is a pretty good fit for our relationship. Unfortunately we're not extremely close, so this isn't a typical daddy's girl song. I decided on this one pretty early, but have some other options that I really like too.

Option #2: It's by Chuck Wicks, and it's called Stealing Cinderella. It's also a great song, and is great because  it describes how my dad is feeling about me getting married (at least I think!).

There are a few more options I have that I'll share, and hopefully you can help me decide what I want!

How did you decide on your Father/Daughter dance song?

Monday, January 18, 2010

208: Sharing Photos 101

One of the fun things about weddings is the pictures that the guests take. They have different angles of everything, a different view, and hang out with guests the professional photographer may not get pictures of. It's a great way to see everyone at the wedding having a great time (hopefully!). How do you get some of these pictures?

Ask guests to e-mail them to you, but that could take a while since photos could be large, and most people won't do it.

An alternative to that is supplying guest with a disk to put the photos on, and a stamped enveloped for them to send it back to you. That could be pretty expensive, even if you have a disk for every 5 guests.

You can always put out those disposable cameras on each table, but for someone who has about 20 tables, that could add up quickly.

You can always rent a Canditto (as seen from Miss French Fries). It is pretty expensive at $450 per week, but you get everyone's photos. It's really easy though, rent it, it ships to you, they put their photos on (they only upload pictures from the last 8 hours), it goes on a thumb drive (you get 2 copies/thumb drives), you ship it back. The shipping is free (it better be for that price!), so it's pretty easy. The only downside (besides the price) is that the guest doesn't get to look at their photos first to take off inappropriate or offensive pictures after the reception is underway.

Another idea is using a photo sharing site. This is where the bride & groom can set up an account where either guests can upload pictures to a certain site, or they can create a group and guests join the group to upload pictures. The bride (or groom) can make up little photo sharing cards to let the guests know to go to the site and any passwords or other information they might need to know. I've been planning on going this route for the last few months and since I just won the giveaway of 100 business cards, I won't have to pay for most of them!

I've been looking at some possibilities of photo sharing sites so I can make my decision. The sites I'm looking at: The Wedding Lens, SeeYouThen!, Photoblog, WeddingPhotoShot, and Flickr. I haven't looked through them all carefully or anything yet, but I'm slightly leaning toward one of the first two.

I'll look at the photo sharing sites in "Sharing Photos 102"!!

How did you try to gather guest photos from your wedding?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

209: And They're Off!...

..and guests should have them!!

If you're like Josh, you'll ask "they what?" The Save-the-Dates (STD's), of course!

I sent the STD's in the mail on Friday, and guests should have gotten them by today! (I've gotten numerous compliments already) I can now show you what they look like! It was a long road to get the STD's to look like this (which I'll share in another post), and I'm extremely happy how they turned out.

Here are the front and back:

That's the gazebo where he proposed to me and that's the picture of us the night we got engaged!

I made them look like post cards and ordered them through VistaPrint, where I spent about $21? I think under actually, and then 28 cents per post card (we didn't use all 100 and a couple we handed out). The quality of the post card is amazing! I would highly recommend VistaPrint to anyone! Here are the post cards in real life:

I hand wrote everyone's address so it didn't look like a company sent them out or it was a general thing, and then Josh and I put stamps on them all.

Josh helping me out...and laughing at my picture taking.

Did you do STD's? How did they turn out?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

210: Put the "Petal" to the Metal, Part 3

Part 1 and Part 2 dealt with what I wanted for the girls, now we'll look at what I'm thinking for the guys.

**I don't know where the source for this is. Please let me know if it's yours!**

I'm loving the monkey tail!

I'm thinking of doing something like this (minus the wheat) for the ring bearers.

Personal Photo

Was looking for boutonnieres easier or harder for you? Did they match the BM's or yours?

210: Put the "Petal" to the Metal, Part 2

I left off with the options of bridesmaid bouquets. I'll now show you some options for my bouquet. I want my bouquet to be mostly white, but I also want some color. Notice the lack of options I found compared to what I found for the girls. I could even use an idea from the BM's bouquet ones and switch some up.

**I don't know where this is from. I couldn't find a source. Please tell me if it's yours!**

I really like this one from the BM's options. I'd do less greens and more whites and roses.

Personal Photo

Did you find it harder to choose your bouquet?

210: Put the "Petal" to the Metal, Part 1

I've relatively known what I wanted as far as flowers go since the day we got engaged, and by relatively, I mean I only knew that I HAVE to have daisies in the bouquets.

I've gone back and forth on wanting different flowers in the bouquet from roses to carnations, glads to lilies, and deciding on the color scheme was also important. That determines what colors I'll be using in the bouquets and what I want used for ribbon or accessories to the bouquet. I have not yet seen a bouquet anywhere that I have seen and said "This is my bouquet." This creates a problem when visiting florists. I have 2 appointments with florists next week, so I've been trying to look all over for ideas on what I want.

My general idea so far:

  • I want Shasta (white) Daisies with pink and yellow roses and violets (or small white daisies). I'd even be fine with white Gerber Daisies, pink and yellow roses with small white daisies. I really would like to try to have violets, because of the poem I got when we started dating. I want a round bouquet.
  • For the girls: pink or yellow (whatever they aren't wearing) Gerber Daisies perhaps with either the violets or small white daisies. It will also be a round or nosegay bouquet.
  • Bouts: No clue. I haven't made up my mind. I'd like them to have Gerber Daisies in the same color as the girl, perhaps with some small white daisies. Josh would have a white daisy, maybe with sweetheart roses.
  • I won't even try to go over everyone else's yet. 
  • I'm not a fan of having a lot of "greens" in the bouquets or bouts.
So, you want to see what I've found so far? Part 1 will show you my options for my lovely ladies:

Friday, January 15, 2010

211: Fitness Friday #13

This week's weigh-in is pretty good!

Weight: 164.6 (2.6 loss)
How many days I exercised this week: 1 ( I did play the Wii almost everyday this week though! I do need to exercise today & tomorrow to keep up with my 101 in 1001 task of exercising 3 days a week)
How many days I didn’t exercise this week: 6
How I’m fitting in my dress: N/A
How I’m feeling: Pretty good
Notes: I started doing Weight Watchers this week!I do need to exercise another 2 days this week, but Weight Watchers did a lot on its own! It's exciting! My mom lost 5.8 pounds!

All you have to do is figure out how many points you can eat per day, and each food has a calculated number of points. It's actually hard at first. I'm getting more used to it, but the first few days I was starving.

I'm thinking I might stop doing my Fitness Fridays, since I haven't done anything with them recently. I figured I can spend the day posting about something for the wedding on Fridays. After the 16th Fitness Friday (4 months, it has to be on an even month- part OCD and part after all the measurements are shown), I'll just post once a month.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

212: 7 Months, Countless Things to Do

Well, you can count them. I'll make you a list of all of the projects I want to do in the next 7 months. We'll see how many I can actually get done. I can't believe how fast the past 11 months have gone & am really excited for the next 7!

Before I start though, one of the projects on the list is half taken care of! I won a giveaway over at Miss Mojito's blog! I won 100 business cards from UPrinting! I'm going to use them for photo sharing cards. I'll see what the requirements are of the cards, but I'd like to design something cute and set up a site so guests can go to that site and upload their photos for us!

Do you guys have any favorite sites for photo sharing?

Now, my never ending list of things I want to do in the next 7 months:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

213: The Guys Play Dress-Up

Picking out what we want our guys to wear was much easier than picking out what the girls will wear!

Last week, Josh & I went to Tuxedo Corner, a tux place we saw at the bridal show we went to. We looked around at what they had to offer and I liked what we saw:
(All photos are personal photos)

For the groomsman

For my groom

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

214: Because Not Everyone Brings Tissues to the Ceremony

So remember when I talked about my "Tears of Joy" tissue packet inspiration? I bought paper to try and make the packets, but ended up just buying Martha Stewart Eyelet Confetti Envelopes. I finally put all of the tissues into the envelopes and put labels on the outsides!

Here's a picture after I took off the eyelet and emptied out the confetti. I trimmed the tissues to fit the envelopes. After, I realized I could have re-folded them, but it was too late at that point! Hopefully no one cares or notices.

Monday, January 11, 2010

215: Music Monday #12 (Musician Packet)

It's been a while since I've been on, and unfortunately I don't have anything planned to write about today, so I think I'm going to write about the binder of music I gave to my musicians. (Don't worry! I have a few things to talk about this week!) I gave the music to our guitarist this weekend, and when I handed it to him, he was so excited and surprised by the binder and note he got! It made me so excited! I figured I could share with you what I did, since it turned out really good. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the binder, so I'll just have to give you the outline of everything.

I bought the two musicians a white binder (the singers are only singing one song, so I just put that music and a CD of the entire ceremony line-up in a nice folder for them), and filled it with goodies!

  • I printed out a little cover that said Wedding Ceremony Music in our font, and had a treble clef in the background and violins and guitars in the corners. I didn't save it, and didn't take a picture, so you'll just have to use your imagination.
  • First: They each got a letter thanking them for agreeing to do this, making sure they know I'm going to make it easy for them and if they don't want to do something to let me know. I also put the list of songs & how I want everything to sound. Here's the letter that went to the guitarist, they were both the same, just a couple words were changed between the two. Hopefully it's clear.
  • Second: In dividers, I put the music (in order) of the ceremony, following the titles in the letter (Prelude, Processional, During the Ceremony, and Recessional). I got all of the music from Music Notes, a digital sheet music site. You have to pay for each song, and paying for most songs, it added up, but hopefully it's worth it, and you can also find coupons online by searching them.
  • Last: I put a CD of recordings of every song on that list. That way, they can hear how each sound and can get an idea of how it goes.
I know it can be a lot for non-professional musicians, but I'm completely willing to work with them to make it easy for them. I have tons of ideas on if they don't want to or can't do certain songs and getting around it. The only thing I seem to be having trouble with is the violinist. She needs violin music, not the sheet music like I gave her to be able to play. It's pretty hard to find that, especially after spending a ton of money on this music I did get. Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do? I need to talk to the guitarist to see what he can do to help, but I'm stuck!

Did you ask friends to be musicians, or did you go the "pro" route? Did you get to pick the line-up? How did you present the musicians their music?

Friday, January 8, 2010

218: Fitness Friday #12

This will be short & sweet this week.

Weight: 167.2 Difference: -2.2 
Hips: 39" (1" loss)
Natural Waist: 31" (no change)
Upper Arms: 12" (1" loss)
Thighs: 22.5" (1.5" loss)
Calves: 16" (no change)
BMI: 30.6 (Courtesy of National Institute of Health) (0.2 loss)

How many days I exercised this week: 1 ( I did play the Wii almost everyday this week though! I also shoveled a couple days too.)
How many days I didn’t exercise this week: 6
How I’m fitting in my dress: N/A
How I’m feeling: Pretty good
Notes: I haven't tried anything new this week, but I'll be starting pilates (hopefully). I also will be starting the 101 in 1001, so you can follow that over here. I have some fitness/health related goals. I've started eating better this week, well, as opposed to the junk I've eaten everyday from the holidays. Mom also started Weight Watchers, so there's tons of healthy food in the house! :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

220: Lots to Look Forward To!

I just thought I'd get on here & share all the exciting things you have to look forward to hearing about soon!

First, go over to Miss Mojito's blog and check out her Internet Inspirations story she did on me! (Just click that link). Don't worry, I'll wait!

Ok. Here's what you have to look forward to in the next few weeks:

  • Guy's Attire (checked on this today & we'll be going back really soon!)
  • Flowers (I have 2 appointments in a couple weeks)
  • Cakes (Ideas and hopefully I can book tomorrow!)
  • Rings (I'm having a hard time deciding what I want to do)
  • Tissue Packets (In the middle of those. I just need sticker paper-know where to get any?)
  • STD's (After I send them out. I just need our guest's addresses!)
  • Oh, and the fact that we should be able to have our own house not long after the wedding, before the holidays!
I have no idea where to start! I'm so excited that I'm actually doing things for the wedding, and have no idea where to start sharing!

I'm going to work on getting our guest's addresses today & work on the tissue packets & designs, and then I'll be able to share more with you!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

221: Time to Make Tux Decisions, Then I Win a Diamond Necklace!

On Sunday I went to another bridal show. This was the third one I went to, and this time, I brought Josh along so we could look at tux places. Neither of us went in as happy campers. We had a teeny fight about when we left, and since he didn't really even want to go, he wasn't happy at all while we were there. I was only looking for a couple things: tuxes, flower ideas, and rental information.

I'm pretty clueless when it comes to men's formal wear, especially where to buy them. I've only really heard of two places: the big chains. I had my heart set on going with Men's Wearhouse for the guy's attire. I really think they're very professional, and have a great image. I've heard nothing but good things about them. Unfortunately, they didn't have a good deal at the show for us to want to book them. The second place I wanted to go to was Tuxedo Junction. I wasn't completely crazy about going with them, but they have better prices and offer a colored back to the vests:

*Surprisingly, there are NO pictures of this online! I'll need to see if I can get the picture from the brochure on here*

There were a few other tux places at the bridal show, and one we both ended up liking a lot was Tuxedo Corner, a local tux shop. They start at $20 less than TJ, and although you have to pay $20 extra for shoes (if needed), they'd have to pay $20 extra for the vest. Still, $60 for the whole thing isn't that bad (if they don't need shoes)! I'll talk about my options more in the next couple of days though. We'll be going in within the next 2 weeks (before the next bridal show) to see about their selection and to make a decision on what we're doing.

Monday, January 4, 2010

222: Music Monday #11 (First Dance)

Since we're done picking the ceremony music, I'm going to figure out some of the reception music!

I've come across many different songs that could be used as a first dance song. I've listed out a lot of them, but Josh never wants to approve any of them. I'm pretty set on having one song as our first dance song, but still on the look out for something that describes us.

The first song I'm going to share is what I really want to go with. I've planned on having this as my first dance song since long before I met Josh, and have always loved it. Josh always knew it was my favorite song, and when he proposed to me last Valentine's Day, he played this song for us to dance to right before he proposed. After that, I want this as our first dance song even more!

Finally, here's my number one option for our first dance:

I Cross My Heart - George Strait

Our love is unconditional, we knew it from the start.
I see it in your eyes, you can feel it from my heart.
From here on after let's stay the way we are right now,
And share all the love and laughter
That a lifetime will allow.

I cross my heart and promise to
Give all I've got to give to make all your dreams come true.
In all the world you'll never find a love as true as mine.

You will always be the miracle that makes my life complete,
And as long as there's a breath in me, I'll make yours just as sweet.
As we look into the future, it's as far as we can see,
So let's make each tomorrow be the best that it can be.

I cross my heart and promise to
Give all I've got to give to make all your dreams come true.
In all the world you'll never find a love as true as mine.

And if along the way we find a day it starts to storm,
You've got the promise of my love to keep you warm.
In all the world you'll never find a love as true as mine,
A love as true as mine. 

Were you set on your first dance song before you met your fiance?

Friday, January 1, 2010

225: Fitness Friday #11

Happy New Year!!

I hope your new year has started off great! Mine's been pretty good so far.

For this weeks weigh-in I'm going to start something new thanks to Miss Rainbow. Not all of the parts I'm going to make applicable yet (pretty much the dress part), and I added in the weight.

  • Weight: 169.4
  • Difference: +1
  • How many days I exercised this week: 0 ( I did play the Wii almost everyday this week though!)
  • How many days I didn’t exercise this week: 7
  • How I’m fitting in my dress: As of when I picked it up in September, it fits fine, but would still like to lose weight to feel better and look better. My dress would need to be taken in.
  • How I’m feeling: Fine
  • Notes: This is where I’ll keep you updated on any new products/videos/exercises that I've tried. I do want to point out though, that with the holidays & all of the snacking and eating I have done with no exercise, gaining one pound isn't bad!