Friday, January 24, 2014

NYC Newbie

Cameron and I just booked our flights for our anniversary trip this year.

This December, we are heading to NYC! 

I am SO excited!  I can't believe I have never been.  So I am already Googling like a maniac to find all the places we HAVE to hit before our 5 day is up.

My Little NYC Bucket List:

1. Have coffee & breakfast in Central Park
I want to sit right here, and soak it all in, with some NYC coffee [in one of those little blue chinese paper cups I always see in movies] and a pastry of some kind.

2. Times Square
DUH! Right? 
But I am sick of seeing it all over the place and having no idea what it feels like.  Maybe run into the Naked Cowboy?  I wouldn't hate it.

3. Be part of the audience at a TV show taping 
Pretty confident I would wear the same smile as Amy Poehler the whole time.

4.  See a Broadway show
RENT would be awesome, but not Cam's cup of tea.

5. SHOP SHOP SHOP 
I will feel like Carrie Bradshaw for at least a second, DANGIT! Every girl deserves that! 

6.  Visit museums (and be all cultured-like)
I pride myself in being artsy-fartsy.  I would love to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

7. Run around in FAO Shwarz 
Giant stuffed animals?  A piano I can play with my body?  A giant room devoted to BARBIE? 
Is it sad I might be most excited about this part? 

8. Go to the top of the Empire State Building 
There are so many amazing things about this:  see the entire skyline, visit a piece of history, relive Sleepless in Seattle. Only problem, I am SUPER claustrophobic and borderline afraid of heights.  Oh well, when in NYC! 

9. Visit the Bronx Zoo
It's a must.  Cameron and I never go to a new place and not see their animals.

10.  See the 9/11 Memorial 
It's the first real American piece of history that I actually experienced enough to remember.  Like everyone else, I still remember exactly where I was when it happened.  This HAS to happen.

Hopefully, we can make it to all of the things on our list.  Hopefully, we don't come back broke.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Here's Your Sign

As some of you may know, I make a living as a co-host on a morning country radio show. This comes with both perks and pitfalls.  These "Here's Your Sign" moments could probably fall in both categories at times.

You remember this, right? 



If not, do better.

Let me preface this with the fact that I LOVE my listeners.  I really do.  Their rosy necks and all.

But sometimes, they are just plain dumb. 

For example:
A couple weeks ago, we were talking about your favorite local place to eat in Charleston.  LOCAL being the key word; even explained not to call in and name chain restaurants.

Jim Bob called in and said "Oh, I love Bojangles." 
... "Nope, we don't want to hear a chain restaurant! What local restaurant do you love to eat at?"
...."Oh, then probably Ryan's." 

Then there was today.
My phoner of the day was
 "What is the best excuse to call out of work?"

Billy Mae got on Facebook and said 
"Idk.. I am not one to call out of work.  Dang my father for my strong work ethic!"
To which I replied, "Wow, that's great!  What do you do?"
"I'm a stay at home mom."

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

"The Perfect Wife"

There's a reason why that title is in quotations, because it doesn't exist.


The entire time Cam and I were engaged, all I heard was marriage is hard.  Things will change when you live together.  The loving feelings will go away.  Be prepared to fight constantly.  Blah, blah, blah.

Some of that is true, marriage is hard.  And I have read and heard a lot about how the first year of marriage is particularly hard.  And I told myself the entire time we were dating and engaged that I was ready to take all of those challenges head on.  The only thing I wasn't prepared for, is me being my worst enemy.

My wedding day was total bliss, much to my surprise.  After some fleeting anxiety that morning, I had one of the most relaxed and joyous days of my life.  The minute we got in that car, rice-covered and beaming ear to ear, it all set in.  I'm married.

Immediately, I felt a TON of pressure.  And it only got worse when we moved in together.  The funny thing was, NONE of this pressure was coming from Cameron.  He never looked at me and said, "ok, now that we are married, you need to wash my clothes, cook my dinner, clean my dishes, pick up after me, and be there to grant my every wish."  I had put this whole burden on myself.

I subconsciously told myself that I had to be the "perfect wife."  Somewhere in my crazy little mind, I thought if I didn't become the spitting image of June Cleaver, then Cameron would change his mind and divorce me.  It became my top priority to have my house look like Southern Living magazine, and cook dinners that Rachel Ray raved about (every night I might add), and never allow Cam to wear the same pair of pants twice.  And, in part, I blame Pinterest and some of my fellow bloggers.  It is fabulous that some women have the time, talent and will to be Susie-homemaker.  But I am not sure that's who I am.  And that's fabulous, too.

Moral of the story, your husband fell in love with exactly who you are.

I am a Southern, born and raised, conservative, Christian woman that HATES to clean and cook.

Go figure? 


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NO ONE is that clean.

{sidebar} wedding pictures to come! 

Let me explain.
Cameron and I have gotten married and moved into our new house since we last spoke.  This has been the most stressful and tedious moving process of my life, and I moved 5 times in college.  The fact that it was 1 week after we got back from our honeymoon and 2 weeks before Christmas didn't help much either.

And the one thing that I have learned from this experience thus far is not that living with a boy is interesting, or that we will have growing pains, or that we have more crap than could EVER fit in one household [blessed!], but that NO ONE is as clean as they seem on their Pinterest and/or blog.

All of this: 
 lillesand bed from ikea with white bedding  Soft Blue Wall Decorating and White Bedding Furniture Sets in Eclectic Bedroom Design Ideas
has to stop.

I have a dog, people.  A dog that likes to dig GIANT holes in our new backyard.  A dog that, no matter how hard mommy scrubs, STILL has dirt all over his paws. 

White bedding, ain't happenin.  And its everywhere.
All over my Pinterest, all I see is white bedding.  Get real, NO ONE is that clean.

So for those of us that aren't afraid of a little color in our lives:

Fabulous tangerine colored bed linens by Trina Turk at Horchow, they work so well in an all white bedroom.

Ed Casamidy elaborate punched tin headboard paired with brightly colored bedding  (by Belledame73)

love the bright, nailhead headboard with colorful bedding - perfect for a young girl

Bright-colored bedding, patterned throw pillows and well-placed accents are all it took to turn this bedroom from drab to fab!

bright quilt and accent pillows

Love this colorful bed from Anthropologie

poppy & grey

bedroom  #KBHome

Monday, September 23, 2013

wedding DIY put to the test!

I hope that most of you have heard of Pintrosity.

The blog that basically sums up my life: failure to complete Pinterest projects correctly or at all.

Considering it is such a beautiful day in the Lowcountry, I plan to spend the rest of it outside and divulging into all the Pinterest projects I have planned for the wedding. 

Since it is OFFICIALLY 2 months away.  Gasp! 

Photo: Officially 2 months til our big day! Holy crap! @camoferg

Anywho, I have the following projects to get started on today:

1. Paint our wedding cornhole board set
Inspiration:

Corn hole #shopkick #summerparty

2. Spray paint vases/tin cans of various size and nature with various shades and colors
Inspiration:

spray paint cans in gold and copper colors

3. Create and paint bunting banners
Inspiration:

just married bunting 

bunting, bunting, bunting, i LOVE

4. Design our Instagram hashtag sign for the gift table
Inspiration:

sign

The results (good or bad) will be updated!

Happy crafting! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

the great suit debacle of 2013

Get married, they said.  It will be fun and carefree, they said.

Don't get me wrong, so stoked to be Cameron's wife.  I can't even explain the excitement I have when I think about spending the rest of my life with that crazy fool.  The marriage, I can't wait.  The wedding, might put be in the ground.

One of the many obstacles we have faced during the wedding planning process is suit decisions. 

This has been my vision:

groomsmen in tan suits | Josh McCullock #wedding

wedding, bride, groom, beach, waterfront, harbor, coast, wind, veil, sunset, tropical, south, beach, marry, romantic.  Thailand, Phuket, Samed, Phi-Phi, Satun, Pangna, Pattaya  Find us on Facebook :) http://www.facebook.com/beachandwedding   Tan suits for the groomsmen {Photo by Dear Wesleyann via Project Wedding}

However, who knew you can't rent suits

Even with deals and clearance and specials and me possibly hitting on the sales clerk at Jos. A Bank, the suits would be $200 bucks + alterations.  When my ladies are getting away with finding whatever burnt orange dress they find attractive, even if its $10.

Then the old man at Jos. A Bank that I was planning on hitting on made a suggestion of just getting the guys to buy a pair of pants to get altered, still putting them at about $65 + alterations + shirt. 

So then my vision became this:


Just a tie.. or


A pattern for something different? .. or

Gray pants and suspenders for the groomsmen {Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton via Project Wedding}
(did this guy meet all of his friends at a Calvin Klein commercial shoot?)

Suspenders?

No.

As if that wasn't enough to think about all ready, my mother-in-law called me not soon after this whole meltdown and told me that Men's Warehouse has one tan suit that they will rent for $120. 

The great thing about all this, that I forgot to mention, is that Cam already has a tan suit that he will have altered to wear for the wedding:


Now I sit at a crossroads between going a little different with some of the above options, or getting them all to rent a suit for $80 less than having their own suit forever, or letting them all show up naked.

Cam and I are going to Men's Warehouse tonight to check out this rental suit in question.

To be continued...



Friday, September 13, 2013

Pin It Friday

I'd like to say that I am going to start this new series on my blog where every Friday, I show you what I've pinned today.  However, lets be serious, I will not remember to do that.

So here is the 1st (and possibly last) Annual Pin It Friday!


Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth - Homemade Couple Costume. Oh my gosh I wanna do this just so I can be Beth and shove beach balls down my shirt!

Possibility for me and Cam's couple Halloween costume this year? 

love

FALL IS COMING! And I want all of this.

picture with dad before walking down the aisle...love this!

I want this shot just before I walk down the aisle!

Freckles, Auburn Hair & great skin!

Planning to get full-on gingerfied here soon.  Hey, I've already got the freckles!

Think about it!
Marriage advice from the best.

It's All in the {Graphic} Tee

I've been buying a LOT of graphic tees lately.  Still not sure why?


Self explanatory.

Dog's room under the stairs.

Pooter will have this.

DIY Dresser

This has Cameron and I written all over it.

Happy Friday!