the first official big project: complete

i'm over the moon happy to finally show y'all the save the dates!
i was so excited about these, that i can say they were addressed, stuffed, stamped, and return addressed within the first four-ish hours after i received them.

to say i was stoked to use our new return address stamper is an understatement.

drumroll please!!!!

our first official big project: save the dates: complete!

and i had to include the back because let's be honest... it's WAYYYY too cute to not show that off.  ;)

so my bloggieloves, what do you think?!  



8 to go!

want to see the greatest thing to start a week??
ohh. myy. word. that's hadley & my nephew colton and pure amazingness.  look at those wittle tooshies!

okay, enough of that.  ;)

today is 8 months until john and i walk down the aisle!!  i honestly can't believe how quickly this has flown by but i'm happy to say i have most of the planning complete. i'll do a humungo wedding update post soon.

so for valentine's day, i bought john 12 heart shaped balloons with 12 little gifts wrapped under each balloon.  i know it sounds super romantic and amazing and blah blah blah but secretly, the gifts were things like toothpaste, dish washing detergent, 5 frames of our engagement pictures, boxers, and lots of chocolate.  

i'm creative yet resourceful. very resourceful.

i was soooo stoked that we received some of our personalized thank you cards. i also bought the greatest address stamper from etsy so i'm prepared to begin receiving gifts.  ;)

a few random things:

-last night, john and i watched the 1996 flick "FEAR" with reese witherspoon and mark wahlberg. holy hotness but sheesh, i'll never be the same after that ending.

-friday night, we went to a bar for about 30 minutes with my cousin & sister. when we walked out to go home, my sisters car had been broken into and it was pretty heartbreaking. what low lives!  they stole her gucci purse, wallet, tennis racket, shoes, gift cards, cash, checks, and not even to mention the broken glass. the jerks even broke the window over colton's car seat so there's a ton of glass in little baby colton's seat. :( i hate that people do that. poor jess has been dealing with the terrible mess that happens with that but i wish they would just catch those losers.  another car that was parked next to jessie's had their laptop stolen.  ugh, so sad.

i just realized i started on such a great note and ended on a depressing one. so let's get back to positive...

8 months until john becomes mr. kentuckyblonde!!  ow! ow! ow! ow!



day o' love

happy valentine's day my loves!  
in an attempt to decorate the home to make the day a touch more festive, i hung some hearts from the mantle,

because i bought myself a brand new heart cutter outter.

and because it's a must, whether its from your significant other, your dad, or yourself, a single rose (or more) is necessary for the feeling of love. 
this valentine's day is truly something to be grateful for, just as every day. but today is the one and only valentine's day i will ever spend as someone's "fiancé" which makes me a little weak in the knees.  ;)
last year, he was my boyfriend, today he's my fiancé, and next year he'll be my husband.
but he's always my valentine and my very bestest friend.

happy valentine's day john. i love you more than anything in the world and i am sometimes jealous of myself for this absolutely wonderful life we've created together. i'm so blessed to call you my valentine and share this day with you. thank you for being you.

our plans you ask? we made reservations (yes, reservations) at this chili restaurant around here, SKYLINE.  it even has a drive thru and everything but we love this place. for a mere 30 bucks, we get a salads, entrees, desserts, drinks, and get ready for this... 2 t-shirts!!!!  greatest valentine's day ever.

and to you all - you each are wonderful and i hope you have an incredible day. i'm very lucky to have created such wonderful friendships with so many inspirational women on the blogosphere and today, i'm exceptionally thankful!  xoxoxox

what are your plans for the day??


a few insights

i thought this monday morning was a nice time to show y'all some shots from around my home. not sure why, but i just am feelin it. 
my make up stand with my brushes.

my jewelry stands.

my strong love for brown boots. can you guess which will be worn under my wedding dress?

my engagement gift that i made for my fiancé.  one of my faves, lindsay, gave me the idea. 

a few other random notes... 
-i've been obsessed with the ghiradelli caramel squares and woof, 
they are the best things in the world!
-super bowl thoughts? blah. 
madonna's a little old to be dancing with pom poms, don't ya think?
-i am thankful for every first monday of each month 
because my grad school class gets together for drinks.

what's getting you through this week? 



 my loves! it's friiiiday!

i'm so very happy for super bowl weekend to finally be here and take a break from wedding planning!  after my first torturous experience as a bridezilla, this week came with a stationery fiasco, which makes me even more excited for the date night my fiancé and i have planned for tonight. just like the ole days! 

a saturday with no plans but a hopeful thought of a workout and a sunday with a great football game and even better commercials, i'm pretty stoked about a relaxing, wonderful next couple days. 

after a morning of hot yoga & house chores, i hope you all are just as excited as i am about this weekend.  

what are your fun plans?



blog tag

i'm usually a fan of reading but not participating in these blog tag games but this time around, i'm all in.  natasha from hello! happiness blog tagged me in this fun little questionnaire so here are the rules and then here goes nothin!

~you must post the rules
~post 11 fun facts about yourself
~answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you & then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged
~tag 11 people and link them in your post
~let them know you have tagged them

Eleven Fun Facts About This Girl
1. when i was like 5, my sister closed my head on the sunroof and now i freak out when anyone tries to touch my neck.
2. my undergraduate degree was in integrated strategic communications with a focus in public relations and psychology. my graduate degree is a masters of business administration.
3. i'm an avid believer that red wine is healthy.
4. i write lists to write lists to write lists. i have a million lists all over the place.
5. i'm addicted to temple run. my high score is 2,338,840. what's yours?
6. i hate buying gas and stamps. two worst things to spend money on.
7. i have 5 sisters and 1 brother. jessie, tori, lauren, alex, (me), paige, sam. 
8. odd numbers freak me out. that's why i've had goosebumps the entire time i've been writing this post full of "11"... hence my wedding date. 10.20.2012. all even. makes me happy.
9. traveling is my favorite thing in the world. i've been all over the us, florence, pisa, venice, rome, italy, tunisia, africa, crete, croatia, santorini, greek isles, corfu, isle of capri, cancun, barcelona, spain, monte carlo, southern france, paris, france, and a lot of other places that i adore.
10. i could literally be the next sun drop dance girl. not even kidding. i've got moves you've nevah seen.
11. recently, i made the switch of all soft drinks to water. it was a liquid solid decision.

Here are the questions Nastasha posted:

1. What is your profession? Currently my business card says one of the following: Domestic Engineer; Stay at Home Fiance; or House Manager. 
2. How would you describe your style? My style.  My style is traditional staple pieces and then i usually add some sort of weird, or artsy piece.  i guess i get this from my artist grandmother.  at least once a day, i'll look at my outfit and say, what in the world am i wearing?? but it works for me and it's all about expression, right??
3. What one make-up product can you not live without? hands down, 1000% positive it would be this guerlain mascara. sooo worth the price and makes lashes look incredible. no other make up is needed when you use this secret weapon from the make up drawer!
4. If you could be besties with one celebrity, who would it be? i'd go with guiliana rancid on this one because she's the greatest person in the whole world and i'm obsessed with her.  from her amazeballs fashion, successful and happy marriage, her out of this world job, and her positive attitude no matter what craziness life throws at her, she is definitely someone i would looove to be besties with!
 5. What is your dream vacation? like i said before, i looove to travel and i've been to a ton of places. but since honeymoon places have been in the works lately, i'd have to say my dream vacation with my soon to be mister would be bora bora. sign me up!
6. What magazines do you subscribe to? i'm currently waiting on my first issue of country living, thanks to my doll of a girlfriend, alex. but i'm also fully stocked on basically every single wedding magazine ever published in the tristate area.  
7. If you could have a special talent {that you don't currently have}, what would it be? i wish i could run marathons. i know you could say i could train and yada yada yada, but i can't. i have this really weird thing in my collarbone that doesn't allow me to run more than like 3ish miles. is it weird to consider running marathons a special talent?
8. What is your favorite breakfast food? the ever-so-american breakfast of eggs, sausage, toast, grits, hash browns, coffee, and everything else amazing like that. 
9. If you could do anything, what is your dream job? absolutely start my own business.  i've thought about it way too many times and got so far as to write up my whole business plan and everything. the hardest part is pulling the trigger. 
10. What is your guilty pleasure? wine. every night if possible.  ;)  and reality tv, duh. 
11. What is the best piece of advice you've ever received, and who gave it to you? i'm not sure if it's considered advice but i read this quote from one of my girlfriends that said "in order to have something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done" and in all honesty, it's changed my life. it's really simple but it changed the way i viewed relationships and part of the reason i like to think john and i are the way we are... happy and best friends and full of trust. 

here are the 11 lovely ladies i'm tagging...
ashley from run with me
chelsea from choose to be happy
leslie at blonde ambition
morgan at oh captain
kerr at say cheese
kristen at first name smith

and here are the 11 questions i'm adding...
1. What is your all time favorite movie? (you can only name one!)
2. If you could have any super power what would it be and why? 
3. If you could be besties with any celebrity, who would it be?
4. If you could take any trip in the world where would you go? 
5. What's one piece of make up you can't live without ? 
6. What's one accessory (jewelry, scarf, handbag, etc) that you don't leave the house without? 
7. What is your dream job? 
8. Sausage or bacon?
9. What's the best advice you've ever received and who gave it to you? 
10. What's your guilty pleasure? (tv show, movie, food, etc) 
11. What's your typical Starbucks order? 

{photos from recent trip to paris, france}

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