Our 9 month wedding anniversary!

I know I'm going crazy now, blogging twice in one night after going silent for a few months but I couldn't go to bed without sharing that it is Houston's and my nine month wedding anniversary today!!

Oh, how time has flown already so quickly! We just got our full wedding video (on Christmas morning, and what an amazing Christmas gift that was!) from our wonderful videographers, Imprint Cinema and I just had to share our wedding video teaser with you!

Thank you Imprint Cinema for making such a beautiful teaser and feature film for us! Thank you to our Dream Team of vendors, which you'll see their fantastic work throughout the video, and the one and only Brandee Gaar of Blush by Brandee for your vision, and going above and beyond anything we ever imagined for our special day!


After Christmas Shopping

So it's been way too long since I've blogged but thought I'd let you know of some great after Christmas sales going on!

First of all, my friend from work introduced me to eBates.com, which if you haven't heard of it, it's GENIUS for all of your online shopping (not even for after Christmas, but for everything!)! Basically you set up an account, login and then search for whatever website you were planning to buy from. Some of my favorites include: J.Crew, Amazon.com, Groupon, Nordstrom, GAP, Macy's, and countless others and eBates will redirect you to that website, then when you make a purchase you get a percentage of cash back of what you spend! The website also lets you know of promotions and sales going on. J.Crew gives you 4% cash back, Amazon is up to 4%, Jos. A. Bank is 10% back, Tory Burch gives you 4% cash back and it's money you were already planning on spending!

Then they send you a check quarterly or they can pay you directly into a PayPal account, which is what I decided to do. You can also search for specific items directly from eBates, such as "women's jeans" and see who gives you the best cash back options! Also, when you sign up they'll send you a $10 gift card, I asked for one from Target and I just got it in the mail this week! Ca-ching! A few other great sales going on are listed below.

J.Crew is having 40% off through January 7 with code STYLE2014.

Amazon is having lots of sales through December 31.

Sephora is giving 8% cash back through eBates.

Loft has 50% off everything, ends tonight!

Those are just a few of my favorites! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family! Here's our first, married Christmas card (made and mailed from Postable)!

Merry Christmas!


Taylor Swift's new single - Shake It Off

Today on a live stream on Yahoo! Taylor Swift made her big announcement and shared 3 secrets. She announced that her new album 1989 (the year she was born) will be released October 27 and she performed and released the music video to her first single from the CD, called "Shake It Off."

There were some pop songs on her last CD, but this is her first official pop CD coming out in October. I've been a Taylor Swift fan since I was 13 or 14 and have loved seeing her develop as an artist. I miss her country stuff but I also think she's grown a lot as a singer and performer. I'm a major fan of the new single. What do you think?

It's available now on iTunes and you can pre-order her new CD too!


Barre Playlist #1

It seems like there is a workout barre studio on almost every corner in Atlanta now! I did Pure Barre in college, visited Barre54 in Orlando with my sister and just recently joined a studio in Atlanta called Pink Barre. I don't discriminate - I love all barre workouts!

If you've ever gone yourself, you might be able to relate to this, but sometimes the only thing that gets me through the workout is the music!

I find myself listening to the radio in the car thinking, "This would make a really good barre song." [As I tuck…tuck…tuck in the drivers seat!]

So I thought I would compile some of my recent favorite barre songs and if you want to follow my Spotify playlist you can here! Starting with some slower songs for the warm up and arms, gets into some faster songs for thighs, seat, and core then slows down for stretching. Let me know what you think!

[photo: leanitup.com]

Lastly, I wanted to tell you about a new workout line of clothes I found called Fabletics, which is co-founded by Kate Hudson. I just ordered my first outfit my cropped pants arrived tonight and I can't wait to wear them to class tomorrow! They have some really cute things and they're much more reasonable compared to a lot of the workout clothes I've seen.

What are some of your favorite songs to workout to? What's your favorite brand for workout clothes? I'm always looking for suggestions!



Stock the Bar Party [pictures]

As promised, here are some pictures from the Stock the Bar party we hosted!

Kristin brought these adorable wine glasses to paint their wedding date, 5-31-14!

Check out the yummy recipe from this White Peach Sangria here.

Adorable Kate Spade "his" and "hers" glasses.

The hostesses with the bride! [Missing Whitney!]

Have you hosted or attended a Stock the Bar party before? If so, what are some gift ideas?

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend!



Monogrammed Sunnies

One of my favorite sale websites [GroopDealz.com] has the most adorable monogrammed sunnies on sale again today.

I purchased them for our honeymoon and am obsessed with mine! Great quality and super southern. Hurry, these always go quick! [This product has since been sold out - but a similar pair is available on one of my favorite sites, Design Darling here!]

Are you a monogrammed fanatic like I am?? What are your favorite flash sale websites?



Stock the Bar Party & Sangria Recipe

Even though my new hubby is obviously my roommate now, I think my college roommate Juliann will always be referred to as "my roommate." Well my roommate is getting married at the end of the month (EEEEKKK!) and some of the other bridesmaids and I wanted to host a couples shower for them.

I found these adorable invitations on Etsy and we had the party last weekend at Houston's and my new apartment.

Houston was such an enormous help getting ready, running errands for me, going to the grocery store, the list goes on and on! And I couldn't have done it without my sweet mother-in-law, Kristin, Fallon and Whitney's help too.

I made this yummy sangria recipe I found online and would highly recommend it! (I was nervous about making sangria for the first time for a lot of people, but my friends at work reassured me that you can't mess it up!) 


1/2 cup granulated sugar
One can of Sprite 
Add the juice of 3-4 limes.  You can heat your limes in the microwave for about 20 seconds to help them let go of their juice.
Add your sweet, white wine. I used  Pinot Grigio and pour the entire bottle.
Stir some more.
I used a white grape/peach juice blend.  Any brand is fine, just get one with no sugar added / 100% juice. Add a cup of your juice.
Stir again.
Now it's time to add your fruit. I used fresh strawberries and canned peaches (because they were out of fresh ones) but you can use fresh, frozen, or canned fruits - whatever works best for you!

Definitely let it sit for a few hours, I even made ours the night before so the flavors could soak in!

I'll post some party pictures soon!




9 ideas for first dance songs at your wedding

After just sorting through tons of songs and a lot of help from Houston and his sweet mom, here were some of our top choices for our first dance! It was tough because Houston and I don't necessarily have a "song" that we call our own and there are just so many great ones to choose from. I'll tell you which one we decided on, after our wedding (Which is in a month, might I add!!).

Forever Like That - Ben Rector

When You Fall in Love - Andrew Ripp

Marry Me - Train

On A Night Like This - Dave Barnes

I Choose You - Andy Grammer

I Have and Always Will - Dave Barnes

Someone Like You - Matt Wertz

                                                 To Love Somebody - Michael Buble

The Day Before You - Rascal Flatts

Which one is your favorite of these or do you have another favorite first dance song?