My little sister is getting married!!!

I never thought I’d be doing this, helping her try on big beautiful wedding dresses, as I myself flounder around the world of the unwed. We’re different like that though- in just one of so many ways- and I can’t help but admire her for being so “traditionally” perfect. This girl is good to the core- still lives with my parents, isn’t even out of school yet- but she knows what she wants and will make a wonderful wife and mother. I can’t help but feel emotional about it! I remember praying for a little sister for YEARS and all I got was brothers until that one special day when I was eleven years old and my mom gave birth to this perfect little princess. I was even in the room- although I remember so little of it. All I know is that God answered my prayer and gave me the most beautiful, kind-hearted, special little girl who is now all grown up and starting a life of her own.

I love you Hannah Brianne, and am so honored to be your maid-of-honor! You are so precious to me!

mom is pretty excited!

Ash helping find the perfect dress...

sweet love!

my baby sister!

the wedding gals

So many choices!

We didn’t find the perfect one this time but I’m ready to do some serious shopping over the next few months. Can not wait to be on this ride with her- finding the perfect dress, the perfect flowers, the perfect song; as she’s already found the perfect man. I’m so proud of this little girl! And she’s going to make a beautiful bride!!!



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This has been an expensive week on my pocket book and I’m not really sure why. I guess I get in spending moods when the seasons change- and I’m always a sucker for a good blog review and an even better deal!

So far I’ve made the following purchases but nothing is in yet- ordered everything online and am anxiously awaiting their arrival. Can’t wait to see how everything looks/works/reads in my eyes- and to offer my humble opinion on the success/failure!

Just read this post on how great coconut oil makes your hair feel. Ordered it here (b/c of the $10 off coupon!) and we’ll see what it does…

Nutiva Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Organic

Got a 50% email on the already great “deals” available at Half-off-depot- which I’ve never actually purchased from… I’ve been wanting an iPhone camera lens but didn’t want to go the cheap route with magnetic b/c of the bad reviews. This one started out a bit more, although I ended up only spending $17 something…

3-in-1 Lens for iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S (black)

Really been wanting some comfy moccasin’s and read a post about this particular brand. There are tons of colors available on Amazon and pretty good reviews so I’m excited to try them on!

Minnetonka Women's Kilty Moccasin

Several blogs I follow have mentioned this book and I’ve been looking for a good one for a while. My recent purchases have only been okay- even though they were on a recommended read list- so I’m hoping this one delivers…

The Shadow of the Wind

No clue how these will look on but I have high hopes. I actually clicked on a banner ad for this new personalized shoe gallery by Rachel Bilson and decided to see if they were better quality than Shoe Dazzle (which I was a member of for a year and got maybe 1 pair of shoes I actually wear… cheap cheap cheap- you get what you pay for!)

Heather Boots by ShoeMint

I’ve been in desperate need of a new patio door for ages now but just haven’t wanted to spend $1,000 for something so unimportant (to me anyway…) However the crack between the door and wall is nearing 1/2 inch and my energy costs are high enough as it is. I think this will look pretty and I’m excited about having french doors instead of sliding. Home Depot is going to install it for me next week so fingers crossed everything goes well and I’m happy with the results!

New fiberglass french patio door

Sheesh… seeing it all in one place makes me realize I need to chill for a few weeks or I’m going to be broke in time for Christmas… I also bought some very cute New Balance gray and hot pink running shoes and chambray shirt from TJ Maxx and a purse, scarf, and cardigan from Old Navy over the weekend!

And what’s even worse is my dryer started making weird noises and stopped tumbling last night. Praying it’s just the belt but I could be looking at a brand new set (it’s stackable so you don’t replace one without the other) and that will not be cheap!

I see a lot more reading and photography and a lot less shopping carts in my future… Self control is something I clearly need to do better with!


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