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A few glimpses to entice your wedding excitement…

I’ve been a good bride to be lately.  I’ve hunkered down and spent a few days making check marks on my to-do list ( which is pure exhileration for me)!  I’m a DIY bride who is making most of the needed supplies for the wedding.  I’ll be sharing pictures of the the things Do-It-Yourself such the invites, bouquets, centerpieces, card box, ipod reception play lists, and bridesmaids and mother’s gifts, when I get around to it.  For now here’s a few glimpse of all the things I didn’t do myself.

Hairstyle- thanks to Kelly she posted her hair inspiration which was exactly what I was looking for.  Here’s what I’m getting.  My hair is extremely little (thin & fine) so my friend Summer, who also happens to be my hair stylist is getting some extensions…I can look like a movie star now (tehee) or not! 


Honeymoon: Originally we planned all-inclusive, beach destination.  Thanks to teachers schedule 4 night just doesn’t cut it…so we opted for plan B.  Stay inside the border for our first honeymoon, then take a 2-3 week REAL honeymoon next June/July.  The ground rules were: we needed to be near water, I wanted something nicer than what we would normally do, and it needed to be cheaper than the price of the all-inclusive deal ($834 per person).  Thanks to Julia, I was re-introduced to San Diego.  Here’s what we ended up with:

Direct Flights from Chicago Midway to San Diego for 2 adults, total price with taxes and fees:$485.80
Economy car for 4 days pick up and drop off at San Diego airport: $157.58
2 nights at this amazing resort just North of San Diego: $161.82

And here’s all the fun stuff we can do (after we chill for a day or maybe 2):
Area Attractions
Legoland – 18.0 miles
Balboa Park – 29.0 miles
Wild Animal Park – 21.0 miles
The Wine Country – 11.0 miles
Old Town Temecula – 9.0 miles
Mount Palomar Observatory – 18.0 miles
Glen Ivy Hot Springs & Club Mud – 34.0 miles

The remaining 2 nights we are spending in the heart of San Diego at a regular old chain hotel to save some money.  ($110.28)
We opted to devote the money saved in our hotel toward some fun attractions (the fiance has never travelled so there are tons of possibilities) or on some delicious food.  I’ve been to San Diego several times and know quite a few GOOD SPOTS to go with little to no research needing to e done.  We also have friends out there who have suggested some- “Have to do/go” type places. 

Our flight and car were booked on Hotwire.  I have an entertainment book, so our hotels were booked through their site – it might be worth getting a book just to get the travel discount.  We’ve saved several hundred dollars throughout the course of the year (a good $30 investment).

In case you aren’t familiar with San Diego, maybe this will give you a better idea:

Wedding Dress- Simmer down I’m not posting a complete picture of it yet….I have a little bit of traditionalism in me yet and the fiance has not seen it. 

I bought the on ebay- and was totally expecting to get scammed, but figured it was worth the try.The bidding price was $19.29 the dress was custom made according to my measurements, it came in the mail from China within a month and it was absolutely was posted on ebay…which was perfect and I was having a bugger of time trying to find the elements I wanted.  I might say, that the train is longer than I ever anticipated wearing, and the puffy princess dress wasn’t something I saw myself wearing, but after trying a few on in the stores, this dress is perfect!

There will be some elements of suprise the day of! So here are some little pieces…



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8 random things I need to get off my chest.

I realize that it’s been a while, and it will continue to be a while as I cannot dedicate hours of time updating my blog as I once committed myself to doing.  So here’s the top 8 things I’ll give you updates on.

1.  Finalizing the Wedding guest list was not my idea of a good time.  I’ve been slightly scolded, but not really, since our once “private” ceremony includes invitations to 139 people…oops.  I am happy to report that we were able to stay within budget and have narrowed the dinner guest list to 203 people.  200 was our target.  Yeah, us!

2.  Deciding how to hang the curtains in the living room and make them look good was not the best idea I’ve had  at 11 PM last night.  At one point the fiance even offered to making them symetrical (i have issues).  Whoever thought that hanging curtains is “fun” surely was confused with hanging pictures. (I might note, we have displayed pictures in almost every room in the house).  Of the remaining 4 boxes left to unpack, two are the fancy bar glasses.   Currently we don’t have a bar, but the other glasses work just fine for drinks- trust me I’ve tried it.  The other 2 remaining packed boxes are wedding supplies, of which I keep adding items to.  This does not include the 47 boxes in the basement full of items needing to make someones day at our rummage sale, or they are one of 30 boxes of childrens’ books.  (At one point I was an elementary teacher and had a class library of my personal books.  I figured one day when I have 10 kids they will come in handy). 

3.  I have several girl’s nights/weekends coming up.  Tonight kicks off the festivities with a Pampered Chef party/aka pretend housewarming party only for girls who’d like to join me by polishing off a few bottles of wine, eating snacks while someone else cleans up the mess, and no boys or dogs are allowed.  Then comes this weekend which requires me to take off both Thursday and Friday to return to “my city” life in Chicago.  Meet up with old girlfriends have slumber parties and figure out a way not to max out the credit cards in 4 days.  Finally the Bachlorette party plans have been determined.  Being the low key and down to earth group that we are- will be spending 8 hours tubing, relaxining in the warm August rays. Only to return to our campsite- which does not require driving, having s’mores and visiting the on-site bar (who might be getting a band, DJ or better yet Karaoke) for 20 alcohol invested chicks with a sense of humor.  Sure to be a good time.  Please no males strippers!!! That is my plea.

4.  Little Baby Diesel has one messed up alarm clock going on in his head.  5:30 in the AM has never been momma’s favorite time to wake up.  I might reward you with treats for sitting and laying down from time to time, but when I’m napping or in bed, is not the time to lay on my face and beg for treats.  Note to Diesel- burying your nose in my crotch when “Aunt Flow” is visit is not kosher! 

5.  I love our house still.  I added a table runner and candles to the dining room table just before calling it a night last night.  I know it’s hard to believe, but my middle name is not Martha, but good guess. 

6.  When you get a notice from the IRS saying that you are getting $600 deposited into your account last week, I expected it to be there last week.  However, in the notice it also suggests that if it’s not there in 6 weeks that I should call.  Didn’t anybody teach them that it’s not nice to tease, especially when that money was spent 3 months ago!

7.  All-inclusive Honeymoon that we won to Costa Rica was going to cost us $1400 in airfare, tax and tips for 3 nights.  Upon some further investigation a 5 night all-inclusive trip to the Dominican Republic (High class resort in Punta Cana) will cost $1600 for both of us.  It was suggested to check back in mid-July for the super-saver sale.  Hmm.  Okay I’ll take more time in a exotic location.  I also looked into Napa Valley in the off season- not all inclusive $1000. per person.  I vote for tropical, alcohol infested getaway on the beaches. Thank you Fox World Travel- highly recommend!

8.  Dear Dodge Stratus, my lifeline of a car.  I realize you are getting old and in your earlier years I wasn’t the nicest owner and I made you work hard.  But in this time of need, I beg of you to turn off your check engine light.  I will continue to fill you with gas and I’ll try to do a better job making sure you have the oil when you need it.  It’s  dire moment of which this weekend will bring several hundred miles of pure joy.  Please assure me you’ll stay with me and get me home safely on Sunday. 

And just because this post is so random, I’ll mention that in my haste to get ready in time for the guy to look at our water and sewer hook up this morning at 6:45 AM (I never even used to be awake at that hour), I only put deodorant on my left pit, and I can totally tell, or should I say smell the difference. Oops.  I’ll make sure to get on that when I get home, seeing how the spare stick in the car melted.

Happy Monday everyone.  Smile, it’s not that bad. 

I have a $1 Large McDonald’s coke awaiting me.  I don’t know what it is about McDonald’s fountain coke, but that is 32 oz of the ultimate pleasure awaiting me….Life can be sweet at times!


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Oh, the Places we could go?!

Hello World…I just returned to my blog after a month of survival mode (moving, puppy, new job)…but I found this post and a few others awaiting my approval from several months ago lost in my DRAFTS.  More to come 🙂

I figured it was time to check in, just for an update as to the daydreams I’m having today. 

Amidst packing the apartment for the big move into the new house next week, wrapping up things at the old job, making all the required arrangements for the new job, and non-stop meetings with the Realtor, insurance companies, mortgage companies, etc…. pause…

I’ve been asked several times today how the wedding plans are coming.  
“Fine,” I shruggishly reply.  You do realize that it is still 5 months away and my mind is completely consumed with all the elements stated above (not to mention the fact I agreed to scrub the shower and make a home cooked meal for dinner tonight).

“What are the honeymoon plans?”

::Sigh:: the idea of a vacation is makes me drool a puddle of saliva right into my lap.

But since you asked, the orignal plan was to take up the offer that we “won” an all-inclusive trip to Costa Rica.  Off Course by all inclusive we mean that we still need to cover airfar to and from the location, and any attractions we will most definitaly taking part in outside the resort would still need to be coverred by your’s truly (me).  And while this looks comepletely tantalizing

Cosata Rica can’t be justified in the measly 4 days that the fiance gets to be away from work (Gotta love teachers). 

So, we might have to savor the idea of Costa Rica, all-inclusive luxurious vacation for a time when there is enough time to be luxurious and all inclusive.




Well, if Costa Rica isn’t the plan (which I might add, I may or may not have completely slacked off on getting passport application materials situated in a timely manner), then Where oh Where shall we go?

Originally I was thinking this:

 Sin City- Exciting, plenty to do, lavish yet can be budget friendly.  What could be better than Vegas? Well considerring we have both been a few times, maybe something to be somewhat more romantic, mysterious, adventurous yet relaxing might be the ticket we are looking for. 

Hmm.  Back to the bible of bridal planning book Bridal Bargains. Which notes ways to save money in the process of planning a wedding, and subsequently a honeymoon.  Much to my suprise I realize that September and October is Off Season for Wine Country…can we say Romantic and warm Napa Valley, with friends close in San Francisco that we could possibly have a bit of everything we desired?!?!

 I let you know in a few months where we truly end up?!?!?

Don’t you love the suspense I leave you in 😉

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