Social Media At Your Wedding

Hey guys, I got married back in January. Yea! I gotta say, it was SUPER amazing! I loved every minute of it and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Among the many, MANY memories that continue to pop into my head each day, one particular one always makes me chuckle. The moment when my Dad walked me down the aisle. I was feeling super emotional and basically just trying to hold in my tears. Then I looked at my guests. There they were, all dressed up, waiting for me to walk by them. Quite a few of them holding up a smart phone! Now I know, a lot of brides don’t care for that sort of thing, but me, being the social media geek that I am, felt a sense of pride… and then I laughed!

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We definitely encouraged the use of social media at our wedding, and I’m glad we did! Our wedding hashtag was a great way for us to track all the photos our friends and family took over the course of our wedding weekend!

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Our very talented photographer, Kalia, worked super hard to get us the most beautiful photos. Those take time though, and for once, in a VERY long time, this was an occasion I didn’t have my iPhone with me the whole time. So, it was the photos from our friends that we were able to see first! It was a really nice thing to do together, the day after, from our hotel room. Plus, I’m such a sucker for the “Behind The Scenes” moments. Aren’t you?!!?

Here are some fun photos from some of our friends <3

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I’d love to hear what you guys think about social media & weddings. Did you encourage it at your own nuptials? Or did you keep things more traditional?

 

 

Remembering September 11th, 2001

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I’ve been sitting here thinking about the fact that tomorrow is September 11th. The 13th anniversary of that fateful day. I remember it so vividly.

I was home from work when we got a call from my aunt to look on the news, a plane had just crashed into the WTC. I remember her saying she thought it must be a hijacker situation.

My daughter was one year old at the time. I had her down for a nap when the first tower fell. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. I couldn’t stop crying. Thinking of all those people still inside. I remember trying to stop crying and having to take a shower to calm myself down.

I was so scared after that. When they finally allowed the planes back in the sky, every one of them made me nervous. I was so naive before that day. Never thinking something like this could happen. Not here, not in America!

I thought (and still think) about the future we are paving out for our children. It’s a crazy, CRAZY world we live in,  but even so, the most important thing to me is family. I don’t know how someone can be filled with so much hate that they are capable of such horrible things. Maybe their family’s didn’t show them that love? I do know that I can’t dwell on that type of thing. Especially if I’d like to remain sane.

I do trust in God’s plan and I do know that the majority of folks on this earth are good. So on this day, September 11th, 2014, pause for a few moments between diaper changes, and backpack packing to remember those families that were suddenly torn apart, and just hug your loved ones, lift them up, help them, hold them.

I know one thing, I am a blessed girl with a wonderful family and group of friends. I hope you know, I appreciate you all SO much! xoxo

The Smart Ride – 2014

Hello, friends! I am super excited to write this blog post.

If you don’t know me personally, you may not know that I have a pretty amazing fiancé. His name is Avel and he is a top notch guy! Just one of the MANY awesome things he does is cycling. He’s been a cyclist almost his entire life. He rides some seriously long rides…just for fun! I can’t even imagine how hard that is, but he loves it and it keeps him healthy & sane. He’s even recently introduced his son to the sport, and riding together makes him extremely happy. It’s great to see them bonding over this.

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In November Avel will be taking his love of cycling and using it to raise money for others. He will be participating in the Smart Ride (Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride). It is a 165 mile ride from Miami to Key West. The event raises money that will be given to AIDS Service Organizations and directed to prevention, education and direct services. You can read more about this amazing organization on their website. Please take a few moments to read his HOMEPAGE and consider donating to help Avel reach his goal.

Please share this post with anyone you’d like, the more donations Avel gets the better! You can leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post to send him encouragement too! Thanks!!

Thanksgiving Day Recap

My family and I had THE best turkey day! Laughs, food, more laughs and MORE FOOD!

It was the prettiest day we’ve had all year. 47 degrees when i woke up that morning!

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We all took a moment to express what we’re thankful for.

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Then, this happened…

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It’s a good thing my sister in law gets his humor 😉 He keeps us laughing that’s for sure!

You can view the rest of our crazy pictures HERE.

Hope your day was wonderful as well.

 

A Look Back At October 2013

Wow! October was a BIG month for me! Looking back I can’t believe all the stuff that happened!

Let’s start off with the BIGGEST thing…I turned 40! I know, CRAZY, right!??! I was lucky enough to celebrate it in the most low key way ever, in the Florida Keys! My parents gifted me a town home for a long weekend, I was joined by my boyfriend and a few friends. It was divine! You know, I’ve lived in South Florida my whole life, but I’ve only been down to the Keys twice before this trip. I’m not sure why….it’s beautiful down there! And so close! I made a vow to head down that way more often. It’s a slower pace and really great spot to get away. We ate some amazing food. I highly recommend getting the Tuna Nachos at the Island Grill in Islamorada. We found it by accident and had NO regrets. So tasty!! We stayed at the cutest place, right on the bay, Lime Tree Bay Resort on Long Key. It was perfect and SO relaxing! Then on our last day there we opted to head down to Key West for awhile. I’m so glad we did. We visited the Ernest Hemingway Home, had lunch and walked around. It was quick, but perfect. I could not have asked for a more relaxing birthday!

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Then during the month of October we celebrated even MORE birthdays! My boyfriend and both of his children all have October birthdays!! There is a LOT of Libras up in here, woot woot! With all the birthday happenings, I’m pretty sure I gained like 5 pounds in one week! So many treats!!

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After all the birthdays, we moved on to the pumpkin patch and Halloween preparations. Pumpkins were thoughtfully picked, and carved.  We even had time to roast the pumpkin seeds! Let me just say that the amount of seeds that comes out of three humongous pumpkins is insane! I should totally get a Martha Stewart hero award or something, for going through all that pumpkin goop!

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Another glorious milestone was celebrated when my Mister & I celebrated our three year anniversary. I seriously cannot believe we’ve been dating for three years! It went by SO fast! I guess what they say really is true…”Time flies when you’re having fun”! We have so much fun together. Thankfully we like a lot of the same things and even our children like each other, tee hee. He took me to my favorite restaurant to celebrate. Dada in Delray!! They have the best food paired with a VERY romantic atmosphere. We sat under the banyan tree with all the lanterns and enjoyed some terrific food, mojitos & perfect weather. It was wonderful!!

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We finished out the month with Halloween. My kid had the cutest costume, we celebrated with all our family and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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I’ve gotta say…October was a BLAST! There were so many more little things, but if I included all of those, well, this blog post would NEVER end! I do love this time of year and know that the next few months will be crazy busy. Here’s to a glorious Holiday season! *cheers*

The Most Thoughtful Gift

You know how there are nice people and then there are the sweetest people you’ve ever met, in your whole life!? Well, I’d like to tell you about the sweetest girl I know!

Her name is Nichole Lillian Ryan and she is AMAZING!

She’s been making these adorable little clay creatures for awhile now and selling them in her online shop. I adore every one of her pieces and have been watching her blog to see the process of how she makes each one.

Unbeknownst to me, she’s been hard at work,  making me a customized critter!

First, a little back story… My family and I lost the most precious dog ever, in May of  this year. Her name was Happy and she was a joy.

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The house is just not as warm and lively, now that Happy is gone. We miss her terribly. She left quite the impression on all of our hearts!

Now, on to why Ms. Nichole is the bomb diggety!

I got mail today! Don’t you just LOVE mail!? Especially when it comes in a cute little package with doodles on it!!?

Well, I opened it up and found a little note.

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and then I found a tiny little box.

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Inside the box was a tiny piece of felt, wrapped in pink string!

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And inside the felt was THE most thoughtful gift!

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It’s Happy!! I immediately burst into tears (happy ones of course!) at how amazing this little gift was.

Nichole captured her perfectly! It’s something so precious, I will treasure it always!

Thank you, Nichole! xoxoxox

 

My Florida Blogger Conference Recap

I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Florida Blogger Conference st the amazing Full Sail Campus.

Let me just start off by saying WOWZA!! This experience FAR outweighed my expectations!

I had never been to an event like this and I was little nervous, but really excited too.

My friend Maria  who works for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida convinced me to go.

I’m so glad she did!

I learned a TON of stuff, met some amazingly talented bloggers and thoroughly enjoyed myself!

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I tend to be a little bit shy when I go anywhere that I don’t know a lot of people, but this conference made me feel right at home.

With just over 300 attendees, it still had that home town feel. Every single person I met was genuinely friendly and totally happy to talk shop and offer insight.

It was really wonderful!

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Bess Auer is the founder and host of the Florida Blog Conference. She deserves her own crate of champagne for pulling off such a fabulous soiree!

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Right away I met several lovely bloggers who were all friendly and chatty and just started the day off right. If you have a moment, be sure to check out their blogs!

Kevin Eagan of TripTipping.com

Diana Swart of dianabydesign.com

Kelly Zdrowak of  healthylivingrevelations.com

Amy Bailey of TheFunkyFork.com

Julie Deily of TheLittleKitchen.net

It’s wonderful to finally have faces to matches the twitter handles!

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My morning sessions were SO inspiring, you guys!!

Katy Widrick offered up her knowledge on how to make great looking Media Kits and J from J’s Everyday Fashion taught us all about how to make money blogging.

All of that even before lunch!

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 Bahamas Breeze served us up some delicious lunch AND gave us all free rum drinks called The Curly Tail.  So yummy!

After lunch we learned about making better content for SEO, from the very cool and laid back, Tom Jelneck.

We took a break and Maria got her head shots done by the official photographer of #FlBlogCon13, Macbeth Photography.

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Then it was off to “Psychotic Cross-Content Training”, by Justice Mitchel. Wow! This guy REALLY knows his stuff!

And last but not least, we went to listen to Clayton Pritchard tell us all about Google+ and the benefits it can do for our brands. I gotta say, I’m excited to re-vamp my Google+ account!

After that it was the Ford After Party with cupcakes from Gigi’s Cupcakes (I went with the S’mores) and the fabulous musical talents of The Mud Flappers!

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They even had a photo booth from Snap Studio Booth! You know we couldn’t resist that!

Maria, Wendy & myself had too much fun with all the props!

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Such a great experience! I will most certainly be attending next year’s event.

My only regret was not being able to be in three places at once. There wasn’t one presentation I didn’t want to see, but I could only see one per session.

Next year I’m bringing a clone of me!

I feel so inspired and I’m ready to start applying all my new knowledge to my daily work!

Art Inspiration Day

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Hey Hey, what a great weekend it was!

The mister and I finally got to take the kiddos down to Miami, for a fun day visiting the Wynwood Walls!

If you ever get an opportunity to get down there, I highly recommend it!

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Trying to edit this post down was ridiculously hard. There were SO many cool pictures!

If you’d like to see the other 4 billion photos we took, you can view them here.

Have you been to Wynwood? Do you love street art? Share your favorites with me!

I Took Monday Off

So, I never take week days off, but yesterday was the first time all summer the kiddo didn’t have swim  practice.

So, I took the day off of work and spent it with her.

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We had a wonderful little lunch date, bought some school supplies and snuggled up and watched movies.

Our lunch date was at this cute little Bistro, not that far from home.

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It was divine. I treasure these rare moments where life slows down, just enough for me to enjoy it.

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It was a wonderful Monday. I hope yours was too!