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I have tried to write a positive post a thousand times. I want to give you something, but I cannot keep spitting out negativity. Life is busy and stressful and crazy, and at the end of the day I have to remind myself that it is ultimately good.  God has a purpose for this season and the place that he has put us for this time. At the heart of it all, I believe that. Now is the time for perseverance.  I’ll leave you with these pictures since I have trouble with words now:





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Influenster for the Win

Lots of exciting things are happening right now! We’re just over a month away from the wedding, and we won a beautiful website from Riley and Grey via Influenster.  I’ve been obsessed with their websites from the beginning, and of course I would win a free one now that we’re so close to the wedding.  Exciting still!

Speaking of Influenster, I’ve had nothing short of a wonderful experience with their programs.  I featured one of my favorite boxes a few months ago–the Vow Vox Box.  It had loads of goodies for me as a bride-to-be, including a facial sponge, moisturizer, nail polish, shaving cream, Tide-to-go, and a Riley and Grey coupon. It was through this VoxBox promotion that I went on to win a free Riley and Grey website ($240 value) and 3 Sally Hansen nail polishes.  And the whole process is super easy!  Once you create an account and receive your first box, snap a few pics and share them on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, whatever you have!  The more you share, the better your chances of winning even more free things!  How great is that?

And if that’s not enough for you, hundreds of other users post reviews for hundreds of products daily! Wanting to try that new makeup, but you’re not sure if it’s worth the money?  Check out reviews from other users to see if it’ll be worth it for you!  Leave your own feedback and increase your chances of being considered for trial products and new promotions!

I can’t say enough good things about Influenster and their programs! Need a referral? Let me know so you can get in on the fun and freebies!


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…


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



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


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:


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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