wedding wednesday: the honeymoon

I planned to do a recap of the wedding shower this week, but with the chaos of grad school starting back, that post is on hold until next week (hopefully).  Coming to you this week is an overview of our honeymoon plans.  I booked all of the flights today! Hooray!  So what are we doing for our honeymoon, you ask?  Drumroll please…

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We’re going on a 7-day cruise with Norwegian!

 

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to Ochos Rios, Jamaica; the Grand Cayman; and Cozumel!

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in the Spa MiniSuite!

We are so excited to go on our fist big vacation together!  I think a cruise is the perfect way to spend the first week of married life together! We love food and spas and adventure, and we can’t wait!

Wedding Wednesday: A guide to our registries

I’ve had lots of family and friends asking my mom what Cason and I want, to which my mom replies, “Well they are registered at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kohls.”  However, I’ve heard that the response usually goes something like, “Yes, but what do they REALLY want?” So, I thought I would make a quick guide for the guests who want to know what we REALLY want.

A few quick things to give you an idea of us as a couple:

  1. I am the sentimental one.  In ten years, Cason and I will be standing in the kitchen trying to get rid of old things and the conversation will go something like this:
    C: “Jess, this wooden spoon has a crack down the middle.  I will buy you another spoon if we toss this one.”
    J: “Yes, but my aunt so-and-so gave that to us for our WEDDING gift. Can we frame it?  Keep it in a box at least?”
    Moral of the story: I will cherish any and all gifts and attach sentimental value to everything.  However, I am a fan of the personal gifts–the ones that we will use forever and likely not have to toss.
  2. Cason is the memory-maker and story-teller.  He likes to experience life and look back fondly on memories.  So even though including a check in a nice card may seem impersonal, he’s likely to look back on our honeymoon in 5 years and say things like, “Remember how much fun we had zip-lining on our honeymoon?”  And he will be thankful that our family and friends contributed to that experience.
  3. We both like things that are practical and good for everyday use.  And we both love food!  So, organization and kitchen items are always a good fall-back.

For the Sentimental Gift-Giver:

For this type of gift, our Etsy registry is a must-see!

For the Practical Gift-Giver:

Many of these items can be found on our Target and Bed Bath & Beyond registries.

For the Best of Both Worlds:

These are probably some of our favorite gifts on the list, and we will likely use them for years to come!  Check out TargetBed Bath & Beyond, and Kohl’s registries for more details.
As a footnote, please feel free to take advantage of each store’s savings programs!  Sign up for 20% off coupons from Bed Bath & Beyond, and use the Target and Cartwheel app for extra savings!

Wedding Wednesday: Invitation Sneak Peek!

My future mother in law* has done it again!  Y’all, she blows me away with her talent!  Check out this sneak peek of the wedding invitations she designed just for us:

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I am so thankful that she was willing to take time out of her busy schedule to create these custom invitations!  I love how they turned out, and I can’t wait to see them in print!

*Side-note, I hate the term “in law.”  Why isn’t there a super special awesome term with a positive connotation to designate the family you’re marrying into?  I don’t even like to say Cason’s mom/dad/sibling/etc.  I like to think of them as my family, too!
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Wedding Wednesday: #VowVoxBox Review

Y’all! I just got one of the most awesome boxes ever from Influenster!  If you haven’t heard about them, read the fine print below! They are pretty awesome.  Well this past week I got what they call the #VowVoxBox, which included items directed towards brides.  So, I’m going to review some of those items for you here today!

  1. EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge
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    So, I almost bought this product during one of my weekly shopping therapy sessions at Target last week.  Thankfully I didn’t, and now I get to try it for free.  Don’t be put off by the fact that it feels rough before use; it softens in water.  I think it will be just what I’ve been searching for! Further updates to come!
  2. Sally Hansen Complete Spa Manicure (in Barracuda Blue)
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    This is a go-to toe nail color for one of my good friends, and rightfully so!  It’s a fabulous color, especially for the spring and summer.  Also, it’s perfect if you’re still looking for your ‘something blue’ for the big day.
  3. Olay Regenerist Tone Perfecting Cream
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    Can I just say that my first reaction to this product was WOW! I couldn’t believe they included it in the FREE trial box.  Y’all, this product runs upwards of $30.  If you know me, you know I’m not likely to spend that much on beauty products, but I’ll always make an exception for a good moisturizer.  This gives my normal moisturizer a run for it’s money.
  4. Pure Silk Shave Cream
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    Let me be honest here: I typically go with soap when it comes to shaving.  However, this was a nice product to have in the latest VoxBox.  No complaints!
  5. Tide to Go
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    What a great item to incorporate into a wedding day survival kit. (Have y’all seen those? Aren’t they great?)  One tip, which is probably common sense: don’t use this on your wedding dress, obvi.
  6. Riley & Grey Wedding Websites
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    When I was looking at wedding websites a couple of months back, I’ll admit that Riley and Grey would have been my first choice for several reasons.  They are absolutely gorgeous while at the same time incorporating everything you could wish for in a wedding website (including a RSVP component).  However, I will warn you that the price is more than what I was willing to pay.  Check it out for yourself, of course!

wrapping up the semester

Forgive my absence…in the past several weeks I’ve accomplished the following:

  • Received an A on a ridiculously intense group project. (Seriously, this is a miracle.)
  • Finished up the semester with a 4.0, which I am truly thankful for.  For me, achieving a goal of all As again this semester reminds me that I have truly found my passion. I’m on the right track.  I’ve always had a passion for education and helping children, and I learn new things each day that will empower me to be a great school psychologist.  I am truly thankful to have found an area where my God-given talents and passion intersect. (Seriously, this is also a miracle, given the four years I spent borderline-hating my undergrad education.)

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  • Mailed out Save the Dates to almost all of our closest friends and family. (Woo! Less than 250 days!)
  • Spent time with my dad while he was out in Texas on a work trip.

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  • Had a phone conversation/celebration with my little cousin, who only missed ONE question on her math CRCTs.  Glad somebody else in the family got the math gene!
  • Spent time with two sweet couples playing Just Dance and eating BOGO FRO-YO. (Doesn’t that have a great ring to it?)
  • Shopped, packed, re-packed, shopped again, and packed again for my trip to Costa Rica. (P.S. I’m still not done packing.)

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  • Attended pre-marital counseling with the fiancé. (It’s going great, by the way. Perhaps I’ll talk about more in the next Wedding Wednesday.)

I’m thankful that this spring semester is over, and I am very much looking forward to this summer and all it has to offer!  I do hope you will continue on this journey with me.