The Truth About What Changes When You Get Engaged

Happy Valentine’s Day Royals! I love this time of the year because I just love love and want everyone to be in love (lol). As most of you know, this time of the year is especially important to me because The Boy and I got engaged this time last year. I LIVE for all of the #ISaidYes moments on Instagram and can spend hours reading stories on When we got engaged, I didn’t really expect to feel any differently about The Boy or for us to start operating any differently and for the most part I don’t and it didn’t. However, as I’ve had a little time to think about the year we’ve spent engaged, I’m keenly aware of subtle differences that came along with my title change. I think it’s really easy to believe that nothing is going to change once you get the rock, but the truth of the matter is things are different and the changes aren’t even necessarily imposed the couple.  (more…)

4 Outside the Box Valentine’s Day Ideas Your Honey Will Love

I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is just two days away or that The Boy and I celebrated 6 years of dating and one year of being engaged on Saturday. Since we have celebrated 6 Valentine’s Days and 5 anniversaries, the typical dinner & a movie Valentine’s Day date isn’t terribly enticing. We’ve started to try to do more out of the box things that are worthy of a special occasion. While we are certainly working to expand our own list, I wanted to share of few outside the box Valentine’s Day ideas we’ve thought of or have tried over the years. (more…)

5 Tips on How to Stay Connected to Your (Extended) Family

I remember when I was a little girl, my great uncle would host a New Years Eve party for our entire family. I remember running around with my cousins and making as much noise as we possibly could when midnight struck. Somewhere along the way the parties stopped happening, we all got older, and some people even started having kids. This past weekend we laid my great aunt to rest and while I’m still trying to figure out how the world will keep spinning without her, it was amazing to see and spend time with majority of my family. As the weekend concluded and I browsed all the pictures people had posted on Facebook, it made me realize I’ve missed my family quite bit and I want to make more of an effort to stay connected to them. (more…)

7 Tips on How to Pick Your Wedding Venue

One of the many things that has kept me away from the blogosphere has been wedding planning. I’ve gotten off to a slow start and already have begun experience the “shoulda, woulda, couldas”, but I guess you live and you learn. Now that we’re in 2018 and the wedding is officially next year, I want to get the ball rolling. Per my wedding planner, the very first thing I needed to get done was picking a venue. I’m fairly indecisive so I ended up probably considering researching at least 12 venues and visiting seven..some twice. Now that I’ve picked a venue (eeekkk!!), it seemed time to share my tips on how to pick your venue. Hopefully these tips will my fellow brides from agonizing the way I did. (more…)

New Year, New Me, New Blog?

Happy New Year Royals! I know it’s been quite a while since you all heard from me, but your girl has been BUSY! Since my last post in October, I’ve started a new job, we’ve bought a house (and moved into said house), celebrated my birthday and James’s, booked a wedding venue, and had our housewarming. Don’t worry, in the coming weeks we will be talking all things wedding and house buying, so you will get more in-depth updates. To be honest, I have totally neglected you all and I’ve missed my blogging family, but with the start of the new year I want to reconnect with all of you and find a way to make blogging a part of my routine. I thought this would also be a good time to set some other goals and document them where I can easily check them. (more…)