Wednesday, March 30, 2011

beautiful place card holders for wedding or bridal shower {swoon}

my bff kara {i have two, they are sistas} opened  an etsy shop not too long ago {mine is coming soon!}.
she made beautiful place card holders for her wedding last july.

they were the inspiration for her etsy shop LovelyWeddingDetails

they are perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, or weddings.

they'd be perfect for photo holders, guest favors, table numbers, or buffet menu cards.

she is making me a custom nautical themed set for a special event in a few months!
{i'll be sure to post pictures}

stop by her etsy shop  and check out her beautiful creations

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

besties in sd

at the end of february we headed down to san diego for some quaility time with our besties and bro!

friday night was the best happy hour ever{i might have said the same thing for a few other hh, what can i say i luuurve happy hour!}! 2 dollar drafts and 50 cent appetizers {loooove pb bar and grill friday night happy hour!}

we then headed over it nik's to see a Beatles cover band. they rock! i love when they play and all of us get together. it is the perfect music to hang out, dance, chill and have a fab time with the besties...

Emery turned 4! he had an amazing bowling party.
my gosh how my little lover boy has grown up, mama and i can't believe he is four!
i remember when i got the call from Italy announcing his arrival...time flies {tear...}

Preston and Scott being cute

 Preston is not as photo friendly as Emery.  

we spent the evening catching up with the rest of our brother-from-another-mother family, preston and emery's mama and daddy, tish and luke

we ended the trip at Mission cafe in downtown with my bro for breakfast.

I love this place for breakfast, such good food. their chilequiles are the

my bff kara pointed out a while ago that this pose is a signature for scott and i.
now i make sure to capture a pose whenever i can and post on fb for her!

{this was also the weekend i cut all my hair off...i still luuuuuurve it!}

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

tips for monthly bills and budget

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Managing finances as a couple is kind of like learning a new language. At first it makes no sense and you feel like you will never get it down, but then over time and with practice you both become fluent in it! Scott and I are by no means fluent in it but we have made huge progress in the last two years {almost our two year wedding anniversary, YEOW!}

When we first got married we opened a joint checking account and each had our own checking account. In the last 6 months managing 3 checking accounts has become a thorn in my side. We recently decided our paychecks would go into the joint account, Scott would get money for gas and spending cash, we pay the bills, and then my gas money, spending cash, grocery money and our “fun” {read the small amount we now have to eat out since taking on a car payment} money all stay in the joint account. I just couldn’t stand not knowing just exactly how much money we had at any moment without having to check 3 accounts, take into consideration any bills that we have pending and then about 20 minutes later arrive at an amount that I could have sworn should have been bigger.

Moving into base housing in a few days will make bill paying even easier. When we pay our rent our gas/electric/water and trash will all be included. All we will have to pay separately is cable and Internet each month. That will leave our monthly bills to be car payment, insurance, cell phone, my student loan and our 2 CC. all of these are automatic except for our cell phone. Easy peasy!
{money issues can cause so much heartache, but when you have it under control life is so much better!}

One of my favorite tricks and one I use to share with all of my financial clients {I was previously a financial counselor for military families} is to stagger when your bills are due. Don’t make everything due on the 1st or on the 15th. If all of your bills come out on the 1st you will spend the first two weeks of every month either scraping by or using your credit card. Spread it out, half on the 1st and half on the 15th.

Before I was married a good portion of my monthly pay went to rent. Living by the beach without a roommate was not cheap, but was manageable if done right. Since my rent was due the first of the month I called all my bills and asked them to change my date to be due the 16th. They were happy to make this change. Some of them, like my student loan was not worth the hassle of trying to change so one month I basically paid twice so I could be a month ahead. So the 16th of every month I made my loan payment that had a due date of the 5th of the next month.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

a cute and organized office

I simply cannot wait until we move in to our new place!

I have been dreaming of how I am going to decorate my office/crafting space {woohoo, a whole room for blogging, sewing and being creative. just what i need for some big things I have coming up! wink wink}

I don't know the color palette I want yet, but I do know it will include bright amazing pink!

how amazing is this?? I am going to do this in my space for sure!

I love how organized this room is. The jars are so cute! {I have a few of those from our wedding. you can guess what i'll be doing with them ;)}

such an adorable way to organize fabric. I hope to one day do enough sewing to have this much fabric!

ill have a little sewing nook in my new space, wahooo! I already have the desk and sewing machine...yipeee

i love how clean, calming and simplistic this desk is.

the hubs leaves for 1.5 weeks early tomorrow morning. I will spend the weekend packing geting ready for the move next saturday!

any suggestions for cute, cheap organzing tools for my new space??

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

it was time for change {hair}

i've been contemplating cutting my hair for a few months now...

a few weeks ago I made an appointment with my hair gal

she is in SD so i booked that bad boy once i realized we would be down for my "nephews" 4th birthday {a post on that this week for sure!}

here is the before... 




 omg i love it so much
{seriously, words cannot describe how much i love it}
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