Checking In

Hi there, it’s been a while since I checked in. IĀ  just wanted to let you know that I’m still here. I promise to post more frequently soon. To catch you up, here are some photos from Easter, and my failed attempt at a Passover dinner. When our schedules finally worked out to celebrate, it was the last day of Passover and my plan for Toojays to do most of the work fell through as they stopped serving their Holiday menu the day before šŸ˜¦ So disappointed!Ā  Instead, we just had dinner in the restaurant, and it was good. I love matzo ball soup, my new favorite!

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We celebrated Easter with my family, with a fun Easter egg hunt for the kiddos. I helped color the eggs with them a couple of days before:

006 008 017 014 019 030 020 027There has also been a birthday celebration for my dear friend Rhonda at Mitchell’s Fish Market:

photo 4(3) photo 3(2) photo 1(4) photo 2(2)Delicious food, great company!

Each weekend, we have continued our new tradition of driving out to our home site and seeing the progress. It was so exciting to drive up and see walls!

image(23)The next week it had a second floor, interior walls framed, and a roof!

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photo 4(4) photo 2(3)It’s going up fast, so exciting!

I love this bench at the Oxford Exchange Gift Shop and would love to have one for our back yard:

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You can now shop online for beautiful, unique items from The Shop. Click here.

Another thing I’m loving is the Ipsy Glam Bag. It’s one of those monthly subscriptions. The product you get is well worth much more than the $10 price tag. It’s the perfect way for a cosmetics junkie such as myself to get to try fun new products.

Here’s my first bag:

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Everything in here is great. There is a Cailyn tinted lip balm, which at first I thought was much too bright of a pink for me, but a little bit dabbed on under a moisturizing balm acted like a lip tint and gave me a natural rosy glow.

There is also a tinted lip and cheek stain, Lollitint from Benefit. I love it for a quick bit of color on my lips and cheeks.

The City Color White Gold cream shadow works great as an eyeshadow base, eyeshadow color, or a highlighter. The color is very pretty. Bright with a hint of gold.

The black eyeliner is a good basic, and I plan to cut up the eyelashes and use a couple at a time for a more subtle look.

Can’t wait until my May bag!!! If you want to get in on the fun, click here (and I get points to get more fun stuff):

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That’s all I have to update for now. Enjoy the rest of your week šŸ™‚

 

Foundations

I can’t believe over 9 months have past since my wedding! So much has change since then. I left my job as a wedding planner and am now working at the beautiful place I got married! Matt also got a new job and we are building a house!

Our wedding was beautiful, simple, and thoughtful. You can read more about it HERE.

We designed our ceremony around the chuppah which is the Jewish wedding canopy that symbolizes the home that the couple will build together. We chose four words that we wanted to use as the cornerstones of our marriage;Ā  Love, Communication, Teamwork, and Laughter. I wrote the words on four stones and Matt’s step-dad wrote 4 poems about the words. During the ceremony, our parents read the poems and placed the words in the four corner foundation pots of the chuppah.

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These values are the very foundation of our marriage. We want to create our life, family, and home around them.Ā  Today we drove out to our home-site for a fun way to acknowledge and celebrate these.Ā  I marked the four corners of our cement foundation with our words.

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lovelaughtercommunicationteamworkSuch a special way to celebrate building our house and life together!

pic 3pic 4Afterwards, we explored our neighborhood a little and ended up at a fun candy store:

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And the an early dinner at Grillsmith to satisfy my burger craving:

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It has been a great couple of weeks, from celebrating the birthday of my mom and friend:

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And having a fun girl’s night out with her and my sister. Dinner at Flemings and A David Garrett concert (drool).

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My picture doesn’t do this man justice. He is amazing! I can’t say enough about how great he is.

tumblr_mhclbv7Xsx1r113zdo1_500Nevermind, enough said šŸ˜‰

There’s also been a date night at Kona Grill:

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Date night at Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant:

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Date night at Koto:

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Playing and drawing with my niece:

photo 2(5) photo 3(5)She’s getting really good at writing words, and I’m getting pretty good at drawing giraffes šŸ˜‰

And there’s been lots of quality time with my furbabies:

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I was happy to see they finally made an action figure of me:

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It’s been a great couple of weeks. Counting my blessings these days šŸ™‚