Wedding Series- Save the Dates

Welcome to part 3 of my wedding series! I’m so happy to be making these posts for you guys!

Today I’m going to be talking about my Save the Date cards.

My save the dates were actually postcards! I ordered them from Zazzle.com, I got 96 for about $0.89 a piece. Yes I only have a 60 person wedding but I knew I had to send one to certain people who I know aren’t coming to the wedding… why you ask? Good question… I don’t think I have an answer.

When I got the postcards I was super happy with them but the back was blank besides a line through the middle like a normal postcard. Sadly I had no idea how to fill out a postcard… go ahead… call me stupid. I looked it up online then started filling them out.

Once I was ready to stamp them my mom informed me that postcards have specific stamps that are less money than normal stamps, I had no idea! When I bought the postcard stamps, coincidentally they were also beach themed!

After I sent them all out, I started to get compliments on my save the dates and people were telling me how cute the cards were.

What I learned: buying your save the dates and customizing them isn’t as hard as others talk about, filling out your save the dates can be easy if you just sit down and focus on them, postcards have cheaper stamps, HOW to actually fill out a postcard, and also the design of your save the date isn’t the most important.

The save the date design doesn’t matter so much to people, they won’t remember those postcards they received in the mail 6 months before your wedding. In my opinion, what matters is your invitations. That’s what a person will remember if they even remember that at all. So if you have a budget spend less on save the dates and more on invites.

Thanks for reading! See you with my next wedding series!

XOXO,

Ashley

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Wedding Series- The Venue

Why helllo lovelies!

It’s been awhile since I have had the chance to sit down and actually write a blog post but I’m back!

As many of you know, I’m getting married soon- September actually… so I decided to kind of start a “wedding” series. Hopefully you all enjoy my wedding series and maybe it can help you out even at some point planning your own wedding.

The first thing we did was of course find my venue, all I knew was I wanted to be married on the beach and when I say on the beach I mean toes in the sand. Conveniently the only venue that did weddings on the beach was the hotel my family stays at every time we visit the beach.

As we were checking out from our vacation my mom and I mentioned having a wedding there and they gave us a information folder with all the information we would ever need to know about having a wedding at their hotel. As I looked through the packet I knew I wanted to be married there- my mom knew that was the place also.

We did some thinking and looking at numbers, when we settled on a date we called the Wedding Coordinator and booked the venue for September 16.

The venue included the upstairs restaurant for the reception and neither of us had seen the room so we scheduled a meeting time and made a meeting time to view the room where our reception would be held.

Oh. My. Gosh. Talk about beautiful, there’s a cute little room off to the side with hardwood floors and that’s where the DJ and the dance floor are during the reception. We are also given use of the outside deck which faces the ocean… major heart eyes guys.

My wedding is a Sunday afternoon wedding, 11-4, perfect sunlight pictures and hopefully perfect weather.

As of right now, I’m leaning to only serve mimosas and beer no hard liquor… it’s early and I want my wedding to be classy as possible… don’t get me wrong, if you serve alcohol at your wedding more power to you! It’s just a decision I’m going to have to really think about.

Along with the venue comes with the colors- linens, flowers, cake etc. As of now I’m thinking blue jean blue, burlap brown, peachy pink, and like a leafy green. More natural colors.

The linens have been a hard decision for me but I think I have finally picked which color out of those I want to use, buuutttt you’ll have to wait and see what I choose closer to the date!

The wedding coordinator has made the venue much easier. She will take my decor the night before and put it all up for me and get my whole wedding ready for me and all I have to do is show up to my wedding. That’s another selling point of my venue.

Along with my venue, on our anniversary every year we get a free nights stay at the hotel, free of charge just because we got married at the venue. Yes I’m serious- a free nights stay at the beach… I’ll take it!

Well, that’s my “Venue” post… hopefully you all enjoyed it and maybe it helped you out! If you have any questions feel free to leave them below!

XOXO,

Ashley

Holidays 2017

Good afternoon lovelies!

This year holidays were different to me, not because we did anything different- it was the feeling. I mean yes my family spent Thanksgiving in Disneyland but that didn’t change much for me.

My mom decided to book a trip down to Disneyland to celebrate Thanksgiving to have some much needed family time. We stayed in a hotel that looked like a house, it had a full kitchenette and even an upstairs. How did we spend our Thanksgiving meal you may ask?

One evening we had gotten back from the park and we were just relaxing, we had talked about doing Medieval times but decided against it. One of the hotel workers recommended a place where you eat your thanksgiving meal and you watch this Pirate show. This show was SO impressive! I would choose to go again because I was so impressed. This topped off our whole trip.

Moving on to Christmas… This year Christmastime felt so different to me. I felt so in the Christmas spirit. I don’t think it was because I watched Hallmark movies all month but who knows- just kidding! It felt so good to be with family and be surrounded by the people I love through the whole season. This year I planned everywhere my fiance and I had to go (family wise) so I felt so much less stress this year.

This year it wasn’t about the gifts given, it was nice of them to give but that was the last thing I cared about. This year it was about being surrounded by the ones I love.  It was also my last Christmas before I get married next September, time flies.

Overall my Holidays were pretty darn great.

How were your holidays?

XOXO,

Ashley

Thanksgiving at Disney 2017

Thanksgiving is approaching fast, next week in fact! Wow, this year is going by so fast.

Thanksgiving is usually a holiday that I spend jumping from family to family all day. It usually starts off at one of my grandmas houses then to my fiancé’s grandmas then finally my other grandmas for dinner with my parents and brother. Crazy day right? Gotta love it!

This year my mom decided to spend Thanksgiving in a totally different way than normal. She has been planning for months and now it’s finally almost here!

My Mom/Dad has decided that as a family (me, my brother, my fiancé and my parents) we are spending Thanksgiving at Disneyland! She has booked a “penthouse” suite for the five of us, we will spend Monday through Thursday there.

As a family we love going to Disney, all the people that say Disneyland is for children are completely wrong. We all are Annual Passholders.

Honestly I love being an Annual Passholder. For one, it’s so much cheaper in the end, one visit pretty much pays for the whole thing. Being an AP allows us to just plan a spur of the moment trip, all we need to do is book hotels. Yes we have blackout days but those days are the most crowded anyway!

Being an AP has other perks also- discounts in the parks, little events that are held throughout the year, being able to hop from park to park… the list goes on.

We have never spent Thanksgiving anywhere other than Home… or any other holiday for that matter! Thanksgiving to me, means spending time with your families and being thankful for their presence. I’m so excited to spend this amazing week with the ones I love the most in one of the places we all love the most!

What are you all doing for thanksgiving? Feel free to leave it in the comments, I would love to know what your plans are!

XOXO,

Ashley

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Why I Chose to Have a Wedding Coordinator…

Like I said in my last post (it’s been awhile I know!) I’m getting married September 16, 2018. We are getting married on the beach then moving into the hotel restaurant for the reception. 

What does my Wedding Coordinator do?

My Wedding Coordinator takes care of most of my wedding honestly. When we first secured the venue she sent me the list of vendors that I will be using (cake, flowers, DJ…) which all come in the price of my wedding. 

When the wedding gets closer she will help me get in contact with these vendors and make sure I have all my ducks in a row. 

For the ceremony, they set out all the chairs in white or brown (my choosing). Also, the arch which will be covered in flowers and greenery. 

On the wedding day, I hand her any decorations that I would like set up in the venue and they place them out for me. They also decorate with linens in the colors of my choosing. Of course they help get the cake set up and placed on the table with our cake server and cutting set that we have purchased. 

In other words… once my hairstylist and my makeup artist are finished and I get my dress on, all I have to do is show up to my beautiful wedding. Completely anxiety and worry free! 

Are you getting married? Would you use a Wedding Coordinator? Let me know in the comments below! 

XOXO, 

Ashley 

I’m Getting Married???

Hello loves! I’ve been MIA for awhile but all with a good reason 🙂 My fiancé and I have been engaged for 2 years and I have finally decided to start planning my wedding! 
My family and I were at the beach a few weeks ago just on a family vacation and we saw a family packing up their wedding materials. Something inside me sparked because I thought and thought, the hotel gave me a wedding planning packet and I have decided to get married on the beach! 

I’ve decided a small beach wedding is what I want, I’ve always dreamed of getting married on the beach. I want a small wedding so there will only be 60 guests. I’m happy to announce that my wedding date is September 16, 2018! 

I have been so excited planning small things for my wedding and planning where I want to honeymoon… I’m happy to announce we are going to Disney World! I’m so excited for all these events and the changes in my life… and marrying the man of my dreams 🙂 

Well, that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing! I hope you all are well! 

XOXO, 

Ashley

Why it’s important to treat yourself now and then…

Treating yourself is a majorly important thing in life, in my opinion. I mean giving is also important but there are times where you just have to think “What can I do that will make me happy?” 

I have found that if I treat myself once in a while it boosts my self esteem tremendously. That new bra makes me feel pretty (even though I’m the only one that can see it). Those new tops make me feel pretty wherever I go. I just feel better about myself. 

There are many ways to treat yourself that isn’t just buying clothes: 

  • Get a mani-pedi
  • Buy that purse/shoes you have had your eye on
  • Do your makeup, even when you have nowhere to go
  • Go out for drinks with the girls or even the hubby
  • Take a bubble bath and light some candles 
  • Get your hair done 
  • Bake some cookies/eat some ice cream
  • Watch Netflix/Hulu

Those are only a few ways you can treat yourself, but don’t be afraid to actually do it… everyone needs it once in a while. I know I do! Life gets stressful and sometimes you need room to breathe. 

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy and these suggestions help you out! 

XOXO, 

Ashley

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Valentine’s Day ’17

Hello lovelies! I hope you all are having amazing days and have had a great Valentine’s Day with your loved ones. 

My day has been pretty busy and honestly tiring! I have worked all day and then was bombarded with a migraine smacked in the middle of my day. 

Well I have gotten off track to what this post is about! My fiancé usually works until about 4:30-5:30 and comes straight home. 

Not today! He surprised me with a dozen red roses (I am one that loves flowers beside my bed, I love the way they look and smell.) He also came home with a giant white bear with a red bow around his neck and a box of chocolates. I was so surprised with the gifts I was given. Let me make something clear, I don’t expect gifts ever! I’m happy with just being together. 


Overall, my Valentine’s Day was amazing, how were all of your days? 

XOXO, 

Ashley

July Birchbox

Hello lovelies! I hope you all are having a wonderful day! If not, I hope your day gets better 🙂 

Yesterday I recieved my Birchbox in the mail. To my surprise, it was actually good this month! Thank you Birchbox for surprising me and giving me a better box. 


The first thing I saw when I opened my box was this Marcelle micellar water. This was a free gift for re-subscribing. This is a pretty great size for a sample, I’m very happy with it. 


I also recieved in my Birchbox:

  • Balance Me face mask, suitable for all skin types. The full size costs $34. I don’t think I would buy the full size because of costs but it’s a fun thing to recieve in a box. 
  • Another Marcelle micellar water, nope I’m not complaining. I’m actually happy about it. I like micellar waters for removing makeup. This full sized costs $21. 
  • MDSolarSciences Mineral Cream. I feel eh about this product, it’s a face product and I’m always afraid to branch out and try new things but who knows right? The full size costs $30. 
  • Raw Spirit fragrances perfume sample. I’m actually happy that this sample is a spray bottle and not one of those open caps. I love the spray ones because you can carry them in your purse. The full size costs $40-$90. 
  • Lastly I recieved Smashbox X-Rated mascara. I’m super excited about this. Yes Birchbox! So happy to recieve some smashbox in this months box. The full size costs $22. 

Overall I’m happy that I stuck with Birchbox this month, hopefully they’re consistent next month! Thanks for reading! 

XOXO, 

Ashley 

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Collective haul


Hey lovelies! I have placed a couple Sephora orders and an Ulta order in the last month and so I’m here to share a collective haul with you! 

In my first order at Sephora I bought the Craig and Carl limited edition felt tip eyeliner set. This comes with 5 eyeliners. I liked this set because of the variety it provided. I also bought the Sephora collection Wishes Come True pallet and the Becca Opal Glow in the Go. The pallet was on sale for a great price and I couldn’t pass it up. I don’t own many Becca things, I have the Jaclyn Hill pallet and I love the highlighters and so I wanted to try Opal. 

In my second order at Sephora I bought Tarte’s Energy Noir clay pallet, I have been eyeing this for a long time. I don’t know what it is about this pallet that fascinates me but I am drawn to this pallet. The only other Tarte pallet I own is the Tartelette in Bloom. 

At Ulta I bought the Moondust pallet along with an eyebrow pencil and a sharpener (I needed a few more bucks for free shipping). I saw the Moondust pallet a few days before it came out and then the day it came out my fiancé was nice enough to purchase it for me along with the other two orders. Ulta was also offering 5x points on all Urban Decay! The Moondust pallet is so beautiful. I can’t wait to play around with it. 

Well that’s everything I hauled in the past few weeks! I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!

XOXO, 

Ashley

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