Wedding Wednesday!

This last month was so full of crazy, and I feel like we are shoveling money out every other day for something related to buying/selling our houses.  We have had to compromise on some wedding details, and on other things we have had to just “let go”.   I was so ready to order flowers for the wedding from – but then life happened and we needed the money for that to go elsewhere.  In searching for an alternative to them, I learned that Sams Club offers wedding flowers packages.   Say what?   For around the same amount of money, we could get twice the amount of flowers that we would have with   Don’t get me wrong, I love Bouqs and I love their sustainable farming practices – but I also love a good deal, and saving money.

Invitations go out this week, and I need to get a linens order in as well.  Then we need to finalize decor!   I have 2 friends who have offered me decor from their weddings, just need to go through it all.   I think we are going for a little country, and a little shabby chic.  Its a mix, and that’s ok!   It isn’t going to be perfect, but guess what – we aren’t either!

In the coming weeks, we will talk about the maids & the gents, and more about our colors, special touches and more.  I am going to try my best to get this wedding Wednesday post up every week!

I am so ready to marry the love of my life, and to be able to call Jake my husband!

Life Lately…..full of the B’s

Life lately has been full of:

boxes – so many frickin’ boxes.  I feel like everywhere I look in my house there is a box.  There are even boxes in my bathroom.  However, we are 90% moved into OUR home, with just a few things left at Jake’s house – including kitchen stuff, TV and the entertainment center.

baseball – Jonathan’s season ended last week, and as much as I love watching him play – I’m sort of glad its done with.  It is so hard to plan meals or life in general when you have 5 days a week with a game or practice.  Add in moving in the middle of that to the adventure and its just plain hard.  The team had a pretty crummy season, with only winning 1 game – BUT – the kids and the coaches had great attitudes for the most part and it was fun to get to know the other parents.

breakfast dates – one of mine and Jake’s favorite places for a breakfast date is Egg’s Up.  It it super close to our new house (less than 2 miles), and we are slowly getting to know the waitresses.   It is ALWAYS super packed with a wait, BUT – there is an app you can add your name to the list before you get there.  We always use that and get seated pretty quickly.   They have yummy omelets, and home fries!


Cheers to 44!

Happy Anniversary to my mama (Denise) and my daddy (Larry!)   Today they celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary!  They were married on May 12, 1973 at Ft. Lee Baptist in Richmond, Va.   Now 44 years, 2 kids, 1 daughter in law, 1 soon to be son-in-law, 4 grandkids and 1 granddog later – they have retired to the beach in NC and love it.  

Thank you for showing Matthew & I what true love looks like, and for being an amazing example for us growing up!  We love you to the moon & back!   Also, thanks for keeping us giggling with your selfies and bringing us back cool souvenirs from your long camping trips.

Swago with Swagbucks

If you still haven’t done your Mother’s Day shopping, here’s a way you can get paid for finding a great gift for the moms in your life.

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It’s
a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you’ve never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.

Click here to get started!

Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):

  • Shop Swago will begin on Tuesday, May 9th at 9am PT/12pm ET, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Friday, May 12th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

the one in threes

Been awhile since I did one of these, so I thought it would be a fun Wordy-Wednesday thing!

Three Names I go by:
1. Mama
2. Baby
3.  Ms. Lori

Three Jobs I have had in my life:
1. Department Coordinator @ UofSC
2. Bridal Consultant @ Robinsons-May
3. Key Volunteer Coordinator @ VMFA-115

Three Places I have lived:
1. Lexington, SC
2. Santee, CA (San Diego)
3. Varina, VA

Three TV Shows that I watch:
1. Scandal
2. American Housewife
3.  Fixer Upper

Three places I have been:
1. Michigan
2. Dominican Republic
3. California

People who e-mail me regularly:
1.  work people
2. Jake
3.  my oils boss

Three of my favorite foods:
1. Steak
2. Cheesecake
3. Flautas and queso

Things I am looking forward to:
1.  Getting settled in our new house
2.  Our wedding in July
3.  Honeymoon in August/Sept

Three people I’ve been missing (in no particular order):
1. Mama, Daddy, Matthew, Lyns & Kyler
2. Angela & friends in VA
3. My family in VA/NC

we did it!

Jake and I have a list of goals, quickly typed out on my phone one Sunday last year.  Chances are when I typed it, we were on the way home from church.  The list was our goals for 2017.  The things, whether they seemed silly or not – that we wanted to accomplish this year.  The big ones were our wedding (happening in July) and to be in one house.  Other things included me hitting a new rank with Young Living, and another of getting me a newer vehicle.  

I can finally say – we DID IT!  We are in 1 house and it is great.  I get to wake up everyday next to my best friend, with my kids down the hall and our cat being her spazzy self.  We are still surrounded by boxes and boxes (and more bubble wrap than I care to ever see again).  But we are together, under 1 roof – Jake, me, the kiddos and the cat.  

We have a lot of work to get done still – there is stuff that needs done with the house, and there is stuff that needs unpacked. The dishwasher doesn’t work and the front door lock is broken – and we are still waiting for the chimney sweep to come clean the chimney.  We are trying to do a few boxes a night as we can.  The one side of the garage is filled with boxes, furniture and lawn stuff.  At one point Jake looked at me and said “I didn’t realize how much you had in that little house”.  I just laughed and said “crap in every corner!”. 

We are getting there, one day at a time – but for now – we did it!


Friday Funny

Laughter is the best medicine.  That and of course essential oils, but that’s a post for another day.  Here are the things that have made me giggle in the last week.

I mean, this is a pretty legit question right?

This maybe the tactic we go with though – but seriously, want to buy a beautiful home in Lexington – look no further than:   240 Chesterbrook Lane (for real though, I will buy you a pizza if you buy this house)

This is one of the first meme’s that Tyler texted me when we first started working together and it always makes me giggle and this one too.

calming the crazy

If only I could live by this motto right now.  Things are so crazy in life, and sometimes I don’t know whether I am coming or going.   Those that know me well, know that I do not like chaos.  I like order, I like plans and I thrive on knowing what’s happening and when its happening.

That being said, our life could not be more chaotic now if we tried.  I mean really.  This past weekend, I cried in Target while we were waiting for Katie to try on some clothes.  Like, legit tears.  I was just overwhelmed by how much I knew I needed to do with the house & packing, and I felt like we were wasting so much of that packing time by being in Target.

Houses – We are moving starting in 4 days (Monday).  We are getting the keys on Saturday to start cleaning the house, then the process of moving my house starts on Monday evening when I start moving all the boxes.  Our realtor is still actively promoting and we are getting lots of showings on Jake’s house, which is great.  Adding to all the house stuff we have going on – Jake’s mom is selling her house down here, and we have to go over there at some point and do touch up painting & cleaning (there was a renter in the home before)  So for a matter of a few weeks, its going to feel like we have 4 houses.

Wedding – We are still in the midst of wedding planning.  I am starting to have to reevaluate alot of things in terms of decor and whatnot – because we thought Jake’s house would have sold by now – and now, we are having to carry 2 mortgages.  So the things we wanted are now possibly going to be scaled back.  I know in the grand scheme of things – the part where we GET married is the most important, but we do want to have a fun party for all our family & friends.   I work with many brides at Seibels every month, and I see the stress they are under and I also see many of the invoices & bills for their weddings.  The wedding industry is expensive, and the minute you tack the word “wedding” onto any event, it gets very expensive, very fast.

Self care has been hard lately.  I have tried to shut myself in my office at lunch to work on wedding stuff, oils business stuff, or even take take 10 minutes and play mindless angry birds on my tablet- BUT typically, the minute I take a bite of my food someone comes in and needs something.  Lately, it’s a lot of my grad students needing “mama Lori” versus “department coordinator Lori” – so I never turn them away (nor will I ever turn them away).   I am doing better about drinking a ton more water and a lot less soda, so that is making me feel better.  Sleep comes and goes – depends on the day and if I am at my house or Jake’s.  I have had more migraines in the last 2 months than I have had in a long time.  Jake thinks that stress triggers them, and in some ways I think he is probably right.  I just need to recognize the signs before it gets to the point of a migraine (which I am pretty good at doing).

Writing is like therapy to me, it helps me get all the thoughts out onto paper – and really helps to calm the whirlwind that brews inside my head.   Once we get into this house, the nightly walks/runs and more working out will definitely help.  But until then – I write.

life lately.

Life lately has been insanely overwhelming, amazingly blessed and just overall a little crazy.   We are selling Jake’s house, my landlord put my house on the market, we have baseball almost every night with Jonathan (and Saturdays) and we are in the midst of buying our forever home together.  To say that we are tired is an understatement.  Our date nights have turned into baseball practice together and then dinner at home – whatever can be microwaved easily usually, or take out.   Even dinners with the kids are rushed, or piecemeal.  Katie will feed Natalee while Jonathan and I are at practice, and J and I eat when we get home.  We do a lot of running around – however, I love watching Jonathan play ball, and I love watching Jake coach.  It has been a good season so far (despite not winning a single game at all!).

We are moving in less than 2 weeks and I have had several panic moments over the last week.  We get the keys this weekend to go in and clean.  The house has been vacant for almost 6 months, so there is a nice layer of dust on everything – plus, I’m just one of those people who want things cleaned my way with my stuff (aka:  Thieves all the things!).  We can start moving things in on May 1st and my parents are coming down on the 4th to help us and bring us some furniture from my brother.  The photo of the house is from awhile ago, the trees & bushes have definitely grown in a lot.  We hope to be able to paint the front door a navy color, and also repaint the shutters the same navy color.   We are excited for the possibilities this new house brings for us.

Wedding planning – somewhat halted during all this move craziness.  At least now though we have an address to put on the RSVP cards!   Will be back with more updates soon, and lots of pics of our new “together home”.




A weekend in the Crystal Coast

We took some time last weekend and skirted off to Mama & Daddy’s house.  It was just what Jake and I needed from all the crazy hustle & bustle that has been happening in our lives the last few weeks with house stuff.   We did take some time on Saturday to take my mom out to breakfast (and then lunch), explore a few neat little shops and take our eldest to Morehead City to hit up the Ulta there (she just wanted out of the house).

Here are the places we visited:

Seaside Coney Island – Swansboro – my sister in law has been after us to try this place out, since she found out that Jake loves authentic Detroit Coney’s (Michigan Coney’s? – not sure which is the correct title).  So, we finally tried this place out.  It ended up being, Mama, Jake and I.  We shared fried pickles while we waited for our food.  Mama got a BLT with fries while Jake and I each got a regular Coney with chili-cheese fries to share.  While waiting for our food – we found out the owners are from the Detroit area.  So yummy – we will definitely go back again!

Carteret Cafe – Cape Carteret – this is owned by a long-time resident, and the food is always good. When we woke up on Saturday, I came downstairs to the announcement that granddaddy was taking the 3 little kids to breakfast.  I attempted to wake the teenager up, who just requested “something from McDonalds”, so Mama, Jake and I headed to the Carteret Cafe.   I ordered an omelet and Jake ordered biscuits & gravy and we shared.  I have been there numerous times with my parents – and it is always good!

Elly’s – Emerald Isle – I can venture a guess that I have been inside this store 90% of the times I go to visit my mom.  Also, almost 90% of the time we don’t buy a thing – but love to look.  Its not one of the kitschy beach stores like Wings – its got a lot of cute stuff, and nice gift items.  We went there on Saturday looking for a gift for Natalee’s birthday.  We left empty handed, but I made sure to point out enough stuff that maybe Jake will get the hint for birthday or Christmas.  =)

After our morning adventure running around & eating breakfast & lunch – we came home and Jake watched the Tigers baseball game & the masters and I napped.  It was glorious – kids were all running around with their cousin Kyler & furry cousin Tanner.  It was just what my soul needed to refresh (although I did miss going down to the pier to see the ocean).