No Power. No Problem.

How many days have you gone without power?

Let’s rewind a couple weeks.

Michigan was hit with a crazy ice storm a few weeks ago. We lost power. Everyone can make it without power for a day but it becomes a challenge when it drags on. Our house uses a well as our water supply and without power we can’t use our water. But not only is the darkness and no water use a problem, the temps are dropping and more snow was coming. What’s the worse that could happen? …our fear was that our house pipes were going to burst due to the cold.

Scrambling to buy a generator we were out of luck as everyone was sold out. Thankfully my in-laws received their power back and we were able to borrow their generator. My husband got it hooked up to our electric fireplace and managed to get a few heaters going as well. Along with a bunch of candles, flash lights and a few trips to the gas station for fuel… we managed to survive 3 days without power.

Who else can say that in the first few months of their marriage they survived 3 days of no power?!

Now we have a list of things to accomplish before next winter so that we are prepared.

Let’s just say I am looking forward to sunshine and spring!

Honeymoon on Paradise Island

Let me tell you about a tropical getaway with beautiful beaches, amazing food and the perfect ocean breeze — also known as our honeymoon in the Bahamas on Paradise Island.

Our honeymoon was one of the very first things that we decided to book (after we locked our wedding date and venue in) because both my husband and I were ready for a vacation. Getting married in December made our tropical honeymoon even better. Escaping to warmer weather with sunshine and an ocean breeze was just what we both needed.

Our resort suite had the perfect view overlooking the resort beach, public beach and of course the breathtaking ocean view. The water in the Bahamas is truly just like it is in the movies. That teal/aqua color water is something that my husband was seeking.

While most of our honeymoon consisted of relaxing we decided to do one excursion and go snorkeling (neither of us have ever been before). The whole experience was very memorable and we enjoyed every moment. Our boat captain even took our group to a private island to explore it for a little.

We also decided to do a romantic couples massage while on our honeymoon. Which was well deserved after a year and a half of wedding planning!

Oh and I almost forgot to mention the infinity pool overlooking the ocean. I could post all of my vacation photos but I won’t do that – lol. We met some wonderful people at the resort and had a great time with them. The sunshine, service, breeze and atmosphere combined made for the perfect honeymoon getaway!

Our flight home, we usually start planning our next vacation and I am ready to start doing some research!

Happy vacation planning everyone!

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.”

Who’s a fan of cheesy Christmas movies? This girl!

I recently watched the Netflix movie The Princess Switch and I absolutely loved it! There was a specific quote that really stood out to me in the movie and it was:

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.”

Why haven’t I heard this quote before? Maybe I have but it didn’t hit me the way this movie has. Or maybe its because I have been doing a lot of planning lately and it seems as if life is just flying by.

I have always been a planner, about everything. I never thought of planning being a bad thing. The quote got me thinking about this year and with all the wedding planning that I did. It almost makes me feel like I missed out on some life events or moments. BUT instead of looking down about past event I want to focus on the future. Next year, I hope to go with the flow a little more and not let a lack of planning stress me out.

I will forever be a planner and try to control events as much as I can But I also don’t want to miss life while I’m busy making those plans!

Cheers to a New Year with plans to live life!

Post Wedding Tasks

Sometimes life gets so hectic that it’s hard to take some time and write about all of life’s events. In the past few weeks I celebrated my bachelorette party in Vegas, got married and went on a week long honeymoon!

There was so much to do in the week before the wedding that time flew by faster then anything!

But there are tasks that need to be done AFTER the wedding:

1. Unwrap and put away all the wedding gifts! AND throw all the boxes and wrapping away! (Our trash an has been full for 2-3 weeks in a row now – lol).

2. Write AND send the Thank You cards to all of our guests. (Tip: make sure you order the Thank You cards AND stamps ahead of time.)

3. Start the name change process

4. Dry clean the wedding suit

5. Clean and preserve the wedding gown

With our wedding being in December, Christmas is right around the corner! As I get back to my normal life routine I will continue to try and balance my everyday task.

Who’s been to Vegas!?

In four days I’ll be boarding a plane with my best friends and head towards sin city! It’s time to be a bachelorette and celebrate my last few weeks of (technically) being single. I have never been to Vegas before and always wanted to go.

As of right now our plan is to sight see, catch a show and just enjoy our time there. But what should I wear!? The clothes in my closest and in stores just don’t seem to phase me. I want something special, I need something vegas worthy. Regardless of my outfit indecision, I am extremely excited for the girls trip; and hope to come up with a Vegas worthy outfit in the next couple days!

If you have suggestions of what shows we should catch, what bars/clubs we must make an appearance at, or what restaurant to have dinner at please let me know!

My #1 Wedding Planning Tip

It’s almost wedding time for me and I wanted to share a HUGE tip that has helped me with my wedding planing.

After we decided on our wedding date.  Even though I had over a year to plan I was ready to start the wedding planning process.

So my HUGE planning tip for everyone that’s engaged is to:

Start early & research, research, research!

When I started planning I did not know what the average price was for all the different vendors. I didn’t know what I needed to budget for or what was considered affordable. I also didn’t know what all the vendors included in their “packages” or what I needed from everyone. That’s where the research was needed and came in handy.

Starting early and doing my research gave me a chance to create a reasonable budget for the different vendors. Once I figured out what I needed to budget for the vendors I started researching the different vendors to compare their packages within my budget. This might be an obvious tip but it’s such an important one. The easy thing would be to sign a contract with the first or second vendor that you find. But don’t jump the gun. Read their reviews, look at their work online and on social media if available, and even reach out to them to get your questions answered. Many vendors are flexible with their packages so if you don’t need something they might be willing to work with you to customize and make a deal.

Doing the research in the beginning stages of your planning will help you be prepared. One example is that you will not be as surprised when you see how much a vendor charges for their services. And while you’re in the beginning stages of your wedding planning you will be more excited for the planning, have more energy and will to do the research. Once you find a few favorites, save their information and organize all of your wedding information.

Trust me on this one. You will not regret doing the research ahead of time.

Also: Join a couple local bridal Facebook groups. That will help you see different vendors, their experience levels, what some of them charge, what their packages include, and what other brides are looking for. You can also find decorations that you might need or it might give you an idea of what you want to do for your wedding.