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Welcome! My name is Mrs.G and I started this blog so people could share in my mis-adventures in wedding planning. I married my southern gentleman on September 6th, 2009. Throughout our courtship I became enamored with everything southern and desperately want to become a steel magnolia.
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Friday, October 30, 2009

things I love.

I was going through my old xanga page last night and I one night just made a list of everything I loved at that moment. Now, that moment was over 4 years ago so I think it is time for another Love moment.

I love:
my husband, my family, my dog, candles, wii, real house wives of ATL, Glee, America's Next top model,SYTYCD, my fleece jacket, my wedding dress, the trees that leaves look they are on fire, sweaters, hot chocolate, long hot showers, make up, high heels, navajo bronze hair dye, head bands, thunder storms, gloomy days, naps, lazy Sundays, pay Fridays, chocolate chip cookies, chipotle, diet coke, long talks, late nights, crafts, shopping, singing, music in general, bible study, my Cabernet nail polish, cute socks, a new recipe, Christmas, a good fire, long drives, SPANX (probably the best invention ever), lotion, my engagement ring and wedding band, reading a good book, anything polka dot, a fresh snow, laughing, making lists, quiz shows, musical theater, dancing, getting flowers for no reason, date nights with husband, going to the movies, Iowa, Paris, France, Euphoria by CK, Flip flops, getting tan, eating out, finding money in a pocket of your jeans, a clean house, a good burp ( I know its gross but can be so enjoyable), Hawaiian pizza, spicy food, old Christmas music, cuddling, and last but not least..... MY BLOG!

If I look at this list, I just get happy thinking of everything. What do you ladies love?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wedding purging brings back memories

I have been purging my life of everything related to weddings that I had kept during the wedding process. Magazines, inspiration boards, blogs, handouts from bridal shows and even the wedding binder that I kept for years, with just cool ideas of course wedding dresses.

The hardest thing was probably my magazine collection, the oldest magazine I had was from 2005 so you can imagine how many I had. I wasn't crazy I just love weddings. I think it is so cool to see how something that is a ceremony and reception and be turned in such a different experience due to the bride and grooms vision. so I would purchase and just sink in to the the newest issue of the knot, like a good book. I have stopped recordings on my DVR and stopped following many of the wedding blogs that I used to obsess with 10 months ago. It made me start to think about the very beginning of wedding planning, how what you think you want can turn on a dime and how inspiration can come from left field.

I found my wedding binder, the very first thing that I made with my wedding vision. Now, I made this a long time ago and it is so funny to see how things changed. When I made it I wanted a fall wedding, with deep reds, coppers and golds. Huge centerpieces with tree branches and candle light, fall leaves strewn on the tables, dark rich fabrics all tying it together. What a difference a year made. My brother got married the year before me and they had a fall color wedding, I held that book with a death grip because I was so afraid they were going to steal my ideas. Then when everything started to come together I finally let go of my fall wedding, it was hard because I had everything planned, before I even had a ring.

Then I realized I had this huge blank canvas in front of me and I could do anything I wanted. But what did I want to do. I thought about the bride and grooms favorite colors, Blue and orange. NO!!!! Hubs favorite college football team is Auburn and they are blue and orange. I bought magazines, watched wedding shows, scoured the knot for inspiration and nothing. I wasn't sure what I wanted,but nothing was grabbing me. I started to watch movies with amazing costuming like Marie Antoinette, waititng for a spark, then as I was watching her run down a hallway in this amazing dress I thought maybe a really light robins egg blue with a dark scarlet and bright white to accent it. I thought Christmas time and what I could do with it;The girls in scarlet with a robins egg blue sash around their waist, white chairs with blue sashes, frosted glasses, crimson candle holders, white tree branches, blue sheer linens, a faux fur wrap for me and a bright, bold red lip. Even after all of that, I still went "eh" I wasn't convinced. It was also a very popular color combo at the time and I wanted something different, or wasn't in the knot in the last 6 months.
Feeling a little defeated I halted my search and I decided to watch 27 dresses just for fun. I saw the horrendous dresses and laughed, then the end of the movie came and it was Jane's wedding day. I saw her bridesmaid dresses and there it was, a soft yellow with green. The light bulb went off and all of these ideas started to flow through me. I grabbed a pen and paper and started to write down everything that was naturally yellow and/or green... bananas, lemons, tulips, roses, the sun, most veggies, limes, belles of Ireland, then it popped out at me LEMONS AND LIMES!!!!! I started to google and that was it. I decided to use all different shades of yellow and green, lemons and limes centerpieces, accented with white and sliver. It was clean, warm, fun and something that I could only recall seeing maybe once before. It was perfect. I ran it by fiance and he said he liked the idea and from that point on I was hooked. Anything and everything yellow and/or green caught my eye. Friends and family would call and tell me about a cute nick knack they found. It was really amazing.

Because I am getting rid of everything or putting in a box to go in to storage, when this type of memory hits I want to write it down, because I didn't keep a wedding book, I know fail on my part. I hope you guys enjoyed this little walk down memory lane. Have a great Thursday ladies!!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I need some. I really haven't felt the pull to blog recently. I mean I even forgot a tasty Tuesday...

I am tired. Tired of being sick, Sunday and Monday was the worst I have felt in a while. I had so much sinus pressure behind my eyes, that I could barely open them, not to mention my left one was almost swollen shut. I was a hot mess let me tell you.

The worst part is I was sick for Hubs' birthday, he turned the big 25 and I was passed out on the couch with a mound of tissues around me... I don't feel to super bad about it because he got the ultimate birthday gift and that kept him busy and me too since then.

Today is the first day I can say I feel better. About 75% so hopefully I will keep getting better.

It is official, we are staying in Ohio. Husband keeps telling everyone it is because we didn't' know how much money JWU was and I finally set him straight. I knew how much it was and he was the one with sticker shock when I told him. The reason I suggested we stay here is because we are both gainfully employed while in NC he had absolutely no prospects, none, Nada. And I wasn't willing to put my schooling on hold until he became employed. So that is the real reason.... don't believe him if he tells you different, ha!

We turned in our notice at our current apartment. With them raising our rent to the tune of $750 a month, we feel that for that money we should 1. feel safe in our home, which we don't considering in 2 weeks there have been 2 break ins and an arrest in front of our house, 2. should feel that our complex is taken care of, which they already raised our rent $5.00 to cover trash. Which I know isn't going to break the bank. BUT! The trash doesn't come on a regular basis, the bulk trash pick up never comes (there has been a love seat by my dumpster for 3 months, and when I went to the office to complain they said I should call the bulk trash people, because they already had. I told them no, because that is why I live in an apartment and not my own home, if I need something fixed or want to complain I come to you. Not the other way around. I know that I should have been nicer but the lady did give me attitude.) , and they never get all the trash in the garbage truck so it is strewn about the complex.

I know what you are thinking, "Mrs. G why would you move to such a place?" It was affordable when we moved in, and we didn't know we were going to get an apartment in the red-headed stepchild section of the complex. I mean we are in the very last building of the complex, so no one cares.

The hunt is now on for a bigger and better place. I found one I really like that hubs and I are going to look at on Sunday. So fingers crossed he likes it and it makes it to our list of possibilities.

Saturday I am having a party at my place, well it is more of an open house. For Mary Kay and Gold Canyon Candles. I made the mistake of having in on Halloween because I thought I was moving and wanted to have one last party like this to support my friends.Sothe turn out is going to be slim. I am kind of bummed, guess I should have planned that better. Sorry Ladies!!!!

The rest of my week will contain a cleaning spree, apartment hunting and getting some other little honey do's done. Should be productive, NO! it will be productive.

Friday, October 23, 2009


So, lot of stuff has been discussed with hubs and the little light that I needed was shed!

I am doing this amazing bible study and last week we discussed living with out fear. Can you imagine it, what are you afraid of (think bigger than spiders and snakes, how does feeding into those fears take you farther and farther away from your path, you plan. Needless to say, it really spoke to me. I am a planner and if I could plan my whole life out I would, right here and right now. But, my near future was up in the air, and depending on someone else, scary!

Well, I decided to write down everything that had been eating away at me, lingering in my head, weighing heavy in my heart and it felt so good to see everything and get all my fears in order and bring it to the table with husband. I had my thoughts on a 2 year program vs. a 4 year, moving vs. staying, Bradford vs. JWU, the what could happen and outcomes of everything. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted from me and so husband and I talked about pros and cons of each and let it sit for awhile. Still, I was/still am a little restless because we still haven't said this is what is going to happen. He really doesn't want to be here for another winter, but he has no job prospects. I put apply for loans on hold because I didn't want to get all this money and have to go out there alone or have something fall through.

Then last nights study happened. Beth Moore talked about waiting, waiting for the right time. She said we are always on the edge of a major decision waiting for something. And I really I am. I want this decision, whatever it is to feel right, to feel good for my husband and I. Then she said, that sometimes you have to wait until someone elses right time. I thought about that too, maybe this isn't the right time for us to try to move, with everything my family is going to go through this upcoming year, maybe I am needed here, maybe he doesn't want Hubs to miss out on something here. Then I get the call....

The flooring specialist is leaving the store and coincidentally got a job in Charlotte. He said that he was going to refer hubs as the new specialist if he is interested, hubs said yes. So, basically husband has the chance to get a promotion, pay increase, and probably better hours. I got chills when he told me this, and looked up (in a comical way) and said " Ok, I got message." So Husband and I are going to finalize everything this weekend. Our lease is up and I really want out of our apartment. I mean it is an ok place but they are raising rent $100.00 and there have been 2 break ins the past week in my neck of the development. So needless to say when I am by myself at night I don't feel entirely safe. I will let you know what the DECISION 2009 will be.

This weekend= Christmas Decoration shopping (don't judge me they are on sale this weekend at kohls, plus it is friends and family), My brothers going away party, shopping for Hubs Birthday he is going to be the big 25!And as always cleaning. I am having a Gold Canyon Candle and Mary Kay open house next weekend which is going to be KICKIN!!!!

Did I mention I may become a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant! I am so Excited!!!!! Another thing for Hubs and I to make a final DECISION on.

I want everyone to have a fun filled weekend! Tootles!!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

falling in love with fall part 2

So after seeing this blog entry at ucreate I thought "that belongs on my front door", and "I can do that." And I did!

After painting, placing, twisting wire, playing with ribbon to get it just right. Here is my fall wreath...

What do you think? I think for my slight crafty ability it turned out pretty well. Hubs was pretty geeked out about it too.

P.S. Michael's fall decorations are all 40-60% off! That wreath hanger was only $2.00! So excited, plus they are have there Christmas stuff in. Already started planning the Christmas decorations, all are going to be handmade this year. Can't wait to get started!

Tasty Tuesday

an amazing appetizer coming your way!!!

What you will need:
* 1/2 (17.3 ounce) package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon water
* 1/3 cup dried cherries, softened*
* 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
* 1/4 cup honey
* 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
* 1 (13.2 ounce) round Brie cheese
* 1 (26 ounce) package Pepperidge Farm® Entertaining Cracker Quartet Collection

What to do:
1. Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature for 40 minutes or until it's easy to handle. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.
2. Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 14-inch square. Stir the cherries, pecans, honey and rosemary in a small bowl. Spread the cherry mixture into the center of the pastry square. Top with the cheese round. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg mixture. Fold two opposite sides of the pastry over the cheese. Trim the remaining two sides of the pastry square to 2-inches from the edge of the cheese. Fold the sides up onto the cheese and press the edges to seal. Place the pastry-wrapped cheese seam-side down onto a baking sheet. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.
3. Decorate the top with pastry scraps or additional rosemary, if desired. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the pastry is deep golden brown. Let stand for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Serve with the crackers.

recipe courtsey of

I wasn't tagged ...

but I wanted to do this anyway!

1. Where is your cell phone? mouse pad
2. Your hair? in a pony tail
3. Your mother? Loving
4. Your father? Child like
5. Your favorite food? Homemade mac and cheese with fish sticks
6. Your dream last night? Dot going to the vet
7. Your favorite drink? Fountain coke
8. Your dream/goal? finish school
9. What room are you in? at work...
10. Your hobby? sleeping
11. Your fear? have to many to choose just one
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? a bun in the oven and one on my hip
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something that you aren’t? skinny
15. Muffins? chocolate chip
16. Wish list item? wii
17. Where did you grow up? Ohio
18. Last thing you did? took a sip of coffee
19. What are you wearing? yellow argyle
20. Your TV? is at home but I am anticipating Glee this week
21. Your pets? Dot
22. Friends? Amazing
23. Your life? Up in the air
24. Your mood? sunny with a chance of showers
25. Missing someone? not at the moment
26. Vehicle? Subaru
27. Something you’re not wearing? shoes... they are under my desk
28. Your favorite store? Old Navy
29. Your favorite color? Orange
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? Last night
32. Your best friend? Mrs. E
33. One place that I go to over and over? no where in particular
34. One person who emails me regularly? Mrs. E and Mom
35. Favorite place to eat? Carrabas

Look for a Tasty Tuesday later today!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Falling in love with fall.

Hello ladies. I hope that you had a great weekend!

Saturday I was supposed to clean the house like a mad woman but decided that watching the game with my mom was a better idea. When we decided to turn off the game, if I saw one more fumble I was going to scream, we chatted about the up coming holidays and can I say I am so PUMPED!

This is my favorite time of year. The changing of the leaves, the sweater wearing, hot chocolate sipping, family time, anticipating Christmas.

The hubs and I had some money left over on a gift card for Kohls and I decided that we needed a little fall in our lives... so My mom and I went to Kohls and found the most amazing table set up for my November Dinner! I am so is very Better Homes and Gardens. I picked out a burnt orange, green, red and yellow plaid place mat with a matching solid green napkin. The napkins are being held by a ring of fall leaves with a twine bow. I decided for presentation sake to use my gold chargers that we got as a wedding present before we brake out out good china we also got.

Then came the centerpiece, I didn't know what I wanted to do. Our table is kind of small, so that kind of limits my options. Should I do a real pumpkin? A filled glass hurricane? Then my mom found the perfect item for my centerpiece, a cute ceramic pumpkin. It isn't to big and I can use it year after year! Kids this looks totally awesome and I am in decorating mode now.I think this Friday I am going to make a wreath for the front door and carve my pumpkin. But Seriously, it took everything I had to not raid the Christmas section, they some awesome decorations this year... some of which will be in my home soon.

This is my first holiday season with my Husband, and it is his first without his family. In my family if you have anything like thanksgiving around it my dad and step mom get mad, if you don't spend all day there they get mad, if you ask to make something they get mad, if you leave before the grandparents they get mad. Sometimes it becomes a fight to see who gets who at there thanksgiving. So I am not having thanksgiving, I am having a November dinner...

It will be a little get to together where I can entertain family, use my culinary skills and get to use all my new cookware, tableware and serve ware I got from the wedding. It is also a chance for hubs and I to start our own traditions which is very exciting.

Have a lovely day all!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Shed some light....

I hate being so whiny... but whatev.

Ok. To make a long story short, I am still going to school but had to change my start date to spring quarter which will mean my start date is in March now. TO give us a little breathing room to try to tackle this one thing at a time.

I was talking to a friend yesterday and she asked if I wanted to do a girls night in December and I told her that I may not be here to her response "Yeah its already the middle of October." It really hit me like a ton of bricks. It is the Middle of October and Hubs hasn't gotten a transfer, which I have a whole set of issues with.
And I have sent in my FAFSA, but haven't started applying for loans because I am not going to start if Hubs can't get a transfer or a new job. It is a never ending non productive cycle.

I will say the whole way he is handling this is less than desirable. I say that because I feel like he is dragging his feet. I feel a common theme with my husband is he does enough so no one can say he didn't do anything, but he doesn't give 100%. And it is to stuff that he doesn't particularly care for i.e. house work, finding a job...I want to interject that this is me looking in on a situation. I feel this way because he doesn't do things the way I would do them. I am working on this....

So we talked about it and we agreed that it was to much to take on at once. Wedding, honeymoon, new job, move, school. So we are just focusing on job right now. Take it one thing at a time. I told my dear old husband to not procrastinate or become complacent... he can and he has had a history of it.

I will say I hate that once again I have to put my education on hold. It is something that I fiecrly want to accomplish in my life. But Lets face it, the more and more I put it off the less and less I will believe it is achievable and I will end up working in a call center for the rest of my life with golden handcuffs around my wrists.

I am beginning to think what is the point anyway. I mean I have always said that I am not some modern woman that wants to bring home the bacon and fry it up too. I want to be a stay at home mom. Now I say stay at home mom instead of homemaker because I am doing it solely for my kids, as soon as they are out at the bus stop I am back at work. So, I know that it is important to continue one's education but why put out the cash that I don't have and will never have to get a degree to stay home and finger paint with my kids? I mean School was the reason that Hubs and I were putting off starting the family. I mean not that we were going to start soon but it is the reason to start Later rather than sooner. If I were to go to school it would be a good 4 years before kids would even be mentioned. But, if that isn't there... Can you tell I am conflicted?

Also, on my mind is if I start in March that is one month away from the birth of my Niece or Nephew. Do I really want to miss this? The answer is no. But I don't know what to do? Should I stay in absence of my brother? Will it make that much of a difference if I am there or not?

I have been praying for guidance. Just some light on this situation. Well, all the situations and still feel so in the dark. All of this has been toiling inside for awhile now, and I just

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tasty Tuesday!

Hello Bloggers. I hope you are ready for a new tasty Tuesday!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought I would share an amazing turkey recipe that I tried last year and it was amazing! The Turkey came out so juicy and flavorful it actually made me like turkey. I am a total ham eater for the holidays, but this is totally something that I will be making for years to come.

What you'll need:
* 1 sticks unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
* 1/4 bunch fresh sage, finely chopped
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 (12 to 14-pound) fresh turkey, giblets, neck, and liver discarded
* 8 strips bacon
* 1/2 cup maple syrup
* 2 tablespoons hot water

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and remove the top rack of the oven.

Put the butter and sage in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork or spoon until the sage is well incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.

Rinse the bird thoroughly inside and out with cold water, and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the cavity and skin liberally with salt and pepper. Using your fingers, gently lift the skin from the turkey breast and slip the remaining seasoned butter under, massaging the breast meat as you go. Truss the bird by crossing the legs over one another and tying with a piece of kitchen twine. Shingle the bacon strips over the breast so it's totally covered. Put the turkey on a rack in a large roasting pan, cover the turkey with aluminium foil, and place in the oven.

In a small bowl, stir the maple syrup with 2 tablespoons of hot water to thin. Roast the turkey for 2 hours, basting with the maple glaze every 30 minutes. Continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meaty part of the thigh registers 170 degrees F. The thigh juices will run clear when pricked with a knife, about 3 hours total (15 minutes per pound). About 1/2 hour before you think the turkey is done, remove the foil so that it can brown. When done take the turkey out of the oven and put the roasting pan on the stovetop. Transfer the turkey to a serving tray to rest at least 20 minutes before carving. Serve with Turkey Gravy.


Recipe courtesy of

Monday, October 12, 2009

I'm Back!!!!

Hello Bloggies! Did you miss me? I am back and ready to blog.

The week went by to quickly if you ask me but I am glad to be home and back in to the swing of things.

I am really antsy to do my wedding themed blogs in there entireity but my photog is out of the country for 3 here's hoping I get them before we move. I have so many pics of the honeymoon so that will be added to the wedding themed blog list.

Well, I am gonna leave ya with a hello and it's good to be back.

Talk to you later!

Friday, October 2, 2009


We are down to hours people!!!! That's right, hours from now I will be whisked away (at an absurd hour in the morning.. ahem 4 am) to a cruise ship where for 7 days I get to enjoy my husband and myself. I am so geeked out right now!!! We have never been on a real trip together, it is has just been me traveling to him or vice versa.

I have a question for you ladies. When packing for a trip, do you pack just enough for the allotted time of being away or do you pack a plethora of options?

I ask for this reason. I may have gone overboard with my packing but I justify it as, if I have forgotten something I can't just hop in my car and drive to Wal- Mart. The whole being in the middle of the ocean thing totally hinders that. So as I am packing I am thinking along the lines of, well I want cute somethings to wear just around, maybe some more out doors-y stuff for when we are walking around the ports, and then the nice dresses for dinner. I mean am I wrong here? I weighed my bag yesterday sans toiletries and it was already at 40 lbs... that's right, half my summer wardrobe and 6 pairs of shoes will do that to a person. Now, once I got all of toiletries in the bag, which mind you barely shut when it was all said and done... it was 54 lbs. Hubs about freaked out, and then got a good laugh about it when I told him my Wal-mart theory. I am one of those people/women that like to bring the comforts of home with them, and nothing makes it more like home than a full closet.

Well Lovelies, I leave you now for a week. But! I will take tons of pictures and have lots to blog about when I get back!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

thankful Thursday!

Good afternoon Ladies! I am sitting at home right now because this morning, as I was driving in to work, I had this horrible sharp pain in my eye and it began to water like it was Niagara falls. All of a sudden I couldn't keep my eyes open, and I became and instant driving hazard. So I turned around and look like a pirate, patch and all arrrrgh!

Anyway things I am thankful for:
1. Inventory being over. It is a break in the mundane, BUT! being so sore you can't move, dirty alllllll over, and (I know this is TMI) gray snot from all the dust, is just not my cup of tea.
2.That I leave on my Honeymoon on Saturday. THAT IS RIGHT! THIS SATURDAY! LIKE 48 HOURS!
3.A clean house. Mine isn't there yet but it will be before we leave.
4.Chocolate Chip cookies, I tried a new recipe and it is de-lish. Bible study girls, get your sweet tooth's ready!

What are you thankful for?