Friday, May 27, 2016

David and Elsa's Wedding

Last weekend, we celebrated with David and Elsa at their beautiful beach wedding, in Beach Haven, New Jersey, on Long Beach Island. Their ceremony took place on the sand right along the edge of the ocean. It rained the rest of the weekend, so they picked the perfect day for it! 

Elsa grew up on Long Beach Island, which has been a special spot for our family to vacation and take day trips. We have come to know and love Elsa over the past few years. She and David compliment each other so well and make a great pair. Can I just say what an absolutely gorgeous bride Elsa is? Such a natural beauty, inside and out. I admire her bubbly and outgoing personality. She is a teacher, so she knows how to take charge and she knows what she wants. I'm so lucky to have her as my new "sister."

Family and friends came from far and near. Andrew was so happy to be the best man in his little brother's wedding. He won't admit it, but he was nervous about giving the speech at the reception. He did such a great job and shared both funny and sweet words. And he looked mighty handsome! 

The bridesmaids dresses were so pretty! I love that coral color and the style was so elegant! Laura looked beautiful.

My "date" was a handsome little guy in a bow tie. This was Marshall's first wedding! He was a trooper. We managed to keep him entertained until waaaaay past his bedtime. 

We have such beautiful cousins. And we had fun on the dance floor! 

My little family. I wish we had more pictures of the three of us. We were too busy enjoying the festivities to take more photos. 

The reception was at The Boat House, overlooking the water. Such a perfect location. Every detail was so thoughtful and beautiful. I know Elsa and David spent a lot of time planning, preparing and decorating. The flowers with custom wood boxes (made by David and his Dad), the favors, the cake, the cute signs - It was all gorgeous!  

Elsa's parents really know how to dance! Elsa's Dad sang a song for her which was very sweet. 

My nieces were the cutest flower girl and ring bearer! 

 Husband and Wife! Such a beautiful, happy couple.

I don't think there was a dry eye while David danced with his Mom to "Find Your Wings." 

 Someone was getting a little cranky....

Congratulations, David and Elsa! Welcome to the family (officially), Elsa! We are so happy for you and so blessed that we could celebrate your special day. Thank you for making us feel so welcome during our stay and for all your special touches. We love you both so much!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Random Likes and Tips

I highly recommend getting an ice cream cone in the middle of the day, around 3pm and enjoying it while basking in the sunshine. It will change your entire mood and put a spring in your step. 

I've been on a quest to find the "right" deodorant, that actually works and is "natural" for a very long time. I've got a bathroom shelf filled with rejects. I think I've finally found the deodorant that has changed my life. For real, guys. It actually works. PiperWai is a charcoal creme deodorant that works naturally. It was on Shark Tank and I found it via a friend's beauty blog. You can order it here. It is worth every penny! 
I am very disappointed to share, that after a couple months of using PiperWai, I have developed an allergic reaction to it. Which I am quite surprised by, since the whole point of it is to be a "natural" product. I'm not sure what ingredient is causing my sensitivity, but I've had to stop using it for a while, due to a red rash and severe itching. Yikes! I contacted the company, but did not get a response. Quite disappointing. After doing some digging of my own, I discovered other customers were experiencing similar problems. I hope PiperWai is taking notice and works to adjust to their formula! Other people that I know who use it, are doing just fine. So maybe it's just not for everyone. Sad to say. 

I don't know if this is true for everyone, but I find this simple trick to be a little helpful. If you're really tired (which is fairly often) and your face shows it, wear a bright colored shirt. It will make your complexion look a little brighter. Stay away from black, gray and dark drab colors, which will only emphasize your tiredness. 

BB Cream, where have you been all my life? I'm probably the last to try one, but I really like the BB Cream with SPF 20 by e.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face). I'm currently using the color "Buff" after trying "Fair" which was, well, too fair on me. They're $6, so it's not a big investment to try. I put it on all over my face, after my moisturizer and it covers so smoothly! A very easy and nice foundation. And it's got sun protection built in. Win-win.

I recently read a book that my new friend, Becky, wrote. It's called Broken for Good: How Grief Awoke My Greatest Hopes. You can find it on Amazon here. To summarize, I'm going to borrow the description from Amazon, "A daughter's narrative about life with and without her father, whose death plunges her into deep grief but gradually becomes her most compelling reason to hope." It is so much more than that, too. Becky is an amazingly beautiful writer, to put it mildly. Her analogies and vivid descriptions brought me into each moment. I plan on re-reading it again. She also has a blog (yay!).

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

My second Mother's Day was lovely! The weekend was special because Andrew's parents visited us. Marilyn and I attended a ladies conference while the guys hung out. We all went to the zoo, which was a lot of fun on an exceptionally beautiful day. On Mother's Day, Andrew made crepes (per my request) and they were delicious. Marshall and Andrew spoiled me with a large gift - a Kitchen Aid Mixer! I've been eyeing them for a long time, and always hesitated to get one. I'm so excited to use it! I tested it out by making whipped cream for our crepes. It was a really fun weekend. 


Isn't she pretty? The perfect edition to our "new" kitchen.

I don't know how I got so lucky to call Andrew and Marshall mine.