Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Fantastic Family Beach Vacation

Last week I promised a full recap of your Fantastic Family Beach vacation.  It was really alot of fun.  This year we headed down to Myrtle Beach, SC - which is different from past years when we stay in Hilton Head.  It had been about 16 years since the last time we were in Myrtle Beach and decided maybe it was time to back and see what had changed.  Not much as expected.  We stayed in a lovely house and resort and honestly, besides the outlet mall, we stuck pretty close to the beach and pool the whole week.

This year we were celebrated a couple of milestone Birthday's, and it was nice that we had sometime together before my nephew's senior year in high school and his sister's freshman year in high school.  This is them, I didn't find this picture (on my phone) until I got home.  I never get tired of those little surprises they leave me.

The one real problem of the week wash Tropical Storm Arthur's arrival, he would go on to be a hurricane, but when he passed by us he was only a tropical storm.  It was kinda neat, the day before the surf was amazing, but the winter was so hot and humid it was hard to nap by the pool (lol).   

We lost a whole day to rain the day he made landfall but honestly, everyone could use a break by that point and my Mom and I actually got to go the movies and see the Jersey Boys (btw - great movie) and the only issue we had was a deck chair into the pool at the house.

One of my favorite things was the fire show at the resort.  It was really cool.

All in all it was very relaxing and alot of fun, and in a couple of years I'll be ready to do it again!!

All of Us (minus the Husbands)!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekly Update

Good Afternoon -

I'm happy to announce a new feature, our weekly video recap.

This was our first one, so go gentle on me.

As always, your feedback is welcomed and appreciated!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shopping for your Perfect Wedding Dress

Remember before you were engaged and you would dream about your perfect wedding, and that dream included the perfect wedding dress?  Well, when it all starts to be reality, it can seem like an over whelming nightmare.  Don't worry I'm here to help.

Before you Go:

Do your research.  

Seek inspiration from Pinterest and bridal magazines.  Don't be afraid to rip out pages and bring them with you to show the store's staff.  

Plan your visits.

Many stores will only show dresses by appointment, so make sure that you research the stores and make the proper appointments.  Don't limit yourself to one store.  Look around, even if you visit them just to look around before you actually try anything on.  Do check yourself a favor and do a quick check on the shops you are looking to visit, an internet search and Better Business Bureau search might save you heartache down the road.

Get a lingerie fitting.

Take the time to visit a lingerie store for a fitting to make sure that you are buying the proper size which will only make your dress fit better.

Gather your Girls.

Dress shopping doesn't have to be a mandatory bridal party function, but you should invite those closest to you (and those who will give you a honest opinion) to share in the fun.  Remember, this will (and should) take more than one day, so not everyone maybe able to go to each store.

Determine your budget.

Right now the average wedding dress will cost you around $1300, and another 300-500 for alternations.  Most bridal stores will require at least half of the purchase price down, if not full payment when you order.

What to Take with you:

  Something with a similar heel that you would like to wear on your wedding day 

Something to put your hair up
   If you haven't decided on up or down yet, bring a comb or ponytail holder, just in case

Appropriate Shapewear and Undergarments
   The sales clerk will be helping you into those dresses and you don't want to look presentable.

When you are there:

Don't take any pictures before you ask.  They are so temperamental about that.

Try on as many dresses as you can.  This process is as much about knowing what you don't want as much as what you do want!

Don't order anything on the first day.  Keep going and see all the stores (and dresses) that you originally wanted to see.  It will be there when you go back.  

Relax, have fun - this is suppose to be fun!  Princess for the day!

Happy Planning!