Tuesday, March 14, 2017

WALT DISNEY WORLD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TRIP


For our one year wedding anniversary, we decided to celebrate it by spending a week at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We wanted to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary a few weeks early for two reasons: (1) January/February are the least busiest months of the year at WDW and (2) Joseph has graduate school and we didn’t want him to miss any midterm exams.

For the weeks leading up to the trip, I spent my evenings planning every single detail of the trip. What parks to visit, what rides I wanted to reserve a Fast Pass for, the Quick Service restaurants I wanted us to checked, to even what to eat at those Quick Service restaurants, mainly because I needed to know what gluten free options were available. After reading so many Disney websites and watching YouTube videos from frequent WDW visitors, I had our weeklong trip down!


| WHERE WE STAYED |

Port Orleans – Riverside

It was our first time staying on resort so I knew I had to do a lot of research when deciding which resort would be the best fit for us and within our budget. I could not be happier with Port Orleans – Riverside. The Royal Room made me feel like a princess. (Sorry, hubs.) The details in the room décor were amazing and the river view was stunning. The resort offered bus transportation to and from the parks, and riverboat transportation to and from Disney Springs.


| PARKS VISITED |

Magic Kingdom (twice)
Hollywood Studios
Epcot

We knew we would need more than one day for Magic Kingdom. The day of arrival, we checked in to our room and headed straight to Magic Kingdom with only two hours of sleep. We hit the popular rides on our first day – Space Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid.

On the second day, we went to Hollywood Studios. This day I planned it around my husband’s likings, Star Wars. The entire day was spent watching all the Star Wars shows, meeting the Star Wars characters, and riding the Star Wars rides. The only non-Star Wars ride we rode was the Tower of Terror because that one is a MUST.

On the third day, we went back to Magic Kingdom. This day was basically all Beauty and the Beast related, with also hitting up the remainder of the rides we had left to go on. I also made dinner reservations at the Be Our Guest restaurant for an early one-year wedding anniversary dinner celebration. We were seated at the West Wing. Everything about the Be Our Guest restaurant was absolutely amazing. As soon as we walked in, we were both in awe at all the details to the movie. I highly recommend it!

On the fourth day, we went to Epcot. We went around the world multiple times, tried as many food and drinks as we could in each country and ended up leaving before the Illuminations show. 

Overall, we enjoyed absolutely everything about the parks we visited. One thing I would change for next time: add the park hopper. 


| FAVORITE DISNEY FOODS |

Mickey Waffles at Port Orleans – Riverside Resort
Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest Restaurant
Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar at Hollywood Studios
Mickey Pretzel at Magic Kingdom


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I'm back to blogging!

It’s been a year and a half since I last blogged. I stepped away from blogging to enjoy planning my wedding and then to enjoy life as a newlywed. But, now I’m back! (Thanks, little, for giving me that little push.)

I’m keeping the old blog name and sticking to keeping it as a lifestyle blog to share my adventures with my husband and life as a newlywed.


What has happened since June 2015? 
  • I finished graduate school and now have a master’s degree. 
  • I married my best friend! February 27, 2016 is now the best day of my life. 
  • Husband and I went on our first cruise for our honeymoon to Belize, Roatán and Cozumel. 
  • Husband and I moved in together for the first time into an apartment. 
  • Husband started graduate school for his MBA. 
  • We started house hunting. 
  • I got in my first and second car accident. The second one led to a totaled car. 
  • I bought a new car.
  • We went to Walt Disney World to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary early!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wedding Planning Essentials



Wedding Planner
Find the perfect wedding planner and organizer that works for you. For me, it was The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer. I’m the kind of person that likes lists. All kinds of lists, with timelines to make me feel like I’m actually making progress as I’m checking off items off our checklist.

Wedding Magazines

Now, at first, wedding magazines made me feel extremely overwhelmed and stressed. The amount of information and wedding themes is crazy but after my mom marked a million sticky notes on one wedding magazines with ideas, I became inspired. Wedding magazines have photos and stories from real weddings, so that’s become helpful.

Planner/Calendar

I cannot stress how important it is to keep a small planner/calendar with you in your purse to note all the appointments with wedding vendors. It helps with avoiding double-booking appointments with vendors and having to cancel and reschedule which will lead to even more wedding stress. Less stress, more fun.

Journal
Instead of writing all wedding ideas on post-it notes that will most likely get lost, I like to jot them down in a cute journal from Ashley Brooke Designs that way if I ever need to go back to something, it’s all in one place.

The Knot App

I kid you not, The Knot app is how I found my wedding dress. I searched based on the style, fitting, price range. You can’t do that on Pinterest. On Pinterest, you find a dress you love, click on the pin and it turns out its available states away. With the app, I was able to find where the dress was available in my city.

Photo
For me, I like keeping a photo of us as a reminder that in the end, it’s not about perfecting your dream wedding or mirroring the wedding pins on Pinterest or the wedding planning stress. It’s about you and your future hubby. It’s about starting a life together as one.


Happy wedding planning!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Life Lately: Celebrating 3 Months Engaged

It has been more than two months since I blogged and that is unacceptable. But, I will say this. I am totally okay with it because it has allowed me to enjoy engaged life to its fullest. It has been the most amazing experience I could ever imagine. From sharing our proposal story to celebrating our engagement with family and friends to popping the question to my bridal party, it has been quite the journey and I want to share what we've been up to since I last blogged. (By the way, the last time I blogged was The Bachelor's finale and the big twist and now the new season of The Bachelorette just started this week and yes, I am just as hooked to the show as I was two months ago.)

say yes to the dress

Wedding Planning

Joseph and I had our hearts set on getting married on our anniversary month so we set the date to be the following February, giving us exactly 12 months to plan our special day. We started off planning with the idea that we wanted something big and grand, but after touring a small venue site, we decided we wanted to keep it small and intimate to make it even more meaningful to us. We want to celebrate our day with close family and friends in an intimate setting. As soon as we booked our venue, everything else started to fall into place. We booked our venue, church, photographer and videographer. I have also already said yes to the dress! I am in love with my dress. It's simple, comfortable, and perfectly reflects my style. I will admit, I am a little sad the wedding dress shopping experience has come to an end. It was so much fun trying on all these dresses! And, I popped the question to my bridal party.

Graduate School

When we set the date for our wedding, it didn't occur to me that it would be weeks before comp exams would be due since I planned on graduating next May 2016. There is no way I am going to be finishing up wedding planning, get married and enjoy our honeymoon while completing my comp exams and graduating. I decided to push graduating to a semester earlier, this coming December 2015. It's going to be a tough 6 months but that's what marriage is about. Meeting halfway and going the extra mile to make sure you have a good life together. Making adjustments to your life plans and compromising. I want to marry my best friend and enjoy our honeymoon with my master's degree under my belt already.

ACM Awards 50

Social Life

Somehow I managed to squeeze in some social outings into my life in the midst of wedding planning, work and school. The biggest event being the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. I have mixed feelings about it. It was fun but very unorganized, paid a fortune for floor/GA seats with the idea that we would be by the stage (first come, first serve) but no. We were far from the stage. The Party For A Cause Concert was delayed by 3.5 hours due to the weather. They made it seem like it was cancelled so we left. People we met said the one in Vegas was much better and much more organized. But, about two weeks later, I got to enjoy going to a Kacey Musgraves concert which was amazing!

That's what has been going on in my life lately, in summary. I will be spending Memorial Day weekend in Phoenix/Sedona and cannot wait to share pictures from that trip! Joseph and I will finally get a chance to get away and relax, drink some wine and have a good time with my pledge sister and her fiance. I'll be catching up on some of my favorite bloggers' lives and scrolling through my Bloglovin' newsfeed and browsing Pinterest for some wedding inspiration/

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Engaged Life: 2 Weeks



Yesterday it was two weeks since he popped the questions, “Will you marry me?” Since then, I have been on cloud nine and praying that this engagement high continues for as long as possible. In the past two weeks, we have:

- learned to get used to saying fiancé and fiancée instead of boyfriend and girlfriend
- spent Valentine’s day weekend at the cabins with his family
- organized a dinner at my parent’s house for both our parents to socialize
- started wedding planning
- signed him up for confirmation classes (better late than never)
- each spent quality time family

And, of course, we have enjoyed spending time with each other. It’s been truly a blessing. It feels amazing being engaged and planning the rest of your life with the one you love. We have learned even more about each other and continue to grow as we start this new chapter in our lives. We bought these cute little books from Barnes and Noble titled "Do you know your groom?" and "Do you know your bride?" which has been fun answering. And, of course, I finally bought a wedding planner & organizer. I have been jotting down notes on post-it notes and then losing them, so this was much needed. Other than that, I've been spending week nights pinning away to get some wedding inspiration. If you know of any wedding blogs or recently engaged bloggers, tell me! I need to follow along their journey for wedding inspiration.