Thursday, February 18, 2016

Today is the Day - My 2016 Planner

I know, I know - this post is pretty late. I kept meaning to write it and forgetting, but here it is!

This past October, I went back to work and immediately felt overwhelmed. Although I only work three days a week, Chris and I always have a lot going on. Between work, kids, pets, our home, activities, and all the things that come along with those, I need a solid scheduled system to be able to function.

One of the many ways I like stay organized is my planner. I use my planner for everyyyything. Last year, I had one that I didn't like, so this year I was on a mission to find one that I loved..and I found it!

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One day, I was browsing the Chapters-Indigo website when I came across this beautiful planner. It was exactly what I was looking for:

- It's a binder type planner, where I can add/remove pages as I please
- The layout is amazing. There's a monthly section as well as a weekly section, and the weekly section opens to days of the week on one side and a notes section on the other. Perfect for my weekly to-do lists
-There's a pocket for loose papers as well as a pen holder
- It's pink! With gold accents! What else could I ask for?

As I was checking out, I threw these super cute magnetic bookmarks in to my cart. I'm crazy happy that I did, because they're extremely useful in this planner. They're not overly heavy, but they stay in place really well. Not to mention the watercolour and motivational quotes.

So basically, I'm in love with my new planner and accessories. It's full of colour coded plans (I use these pens) and lists, and that's the way I like it.


P.S. I noticed that this exact planner is out of stock online, but this almost identical planner in purple is still available. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This Week 40

1. A new art project - one I've been wanting to do for a while now.

2. We made chocolate covered pretzels for Holly's friends. I ate way too many during the process.

3. CJ has been teething hard, but he's still his happy self (thank god). Can you believe he's already 15 months old?

4. We had a very non-traditional Valentine's day. One where I got Chris ping pong balls instead of chocolate. He loved it.

5. Monday was Family Day and Chris and I are lucky enough to get it off work. We spent the day playing board games and watching movies with the kids.

6. Chris spoiled me with Lush goodies for Valentines day. Much better than roses.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Our Wedding: Hunt for the Dress

I was terrified to go wedding dress shopping.

I've been thinking about the dress my entire life, but actually picking one out was extremely intimidating. I knew what I was looking for - cap sleeves, a bit of lace, a cinched waist, and an a-line shape. I thought it would be a struggle finding a plus size gown with everything I wanted, but it turns out that it wasn't.

I visited 3 dress shops. At the first shop, I tried on close to 10 dresses with no luck. I was getting a feel for what I liked and didn't like, but nothing stood out to me.

At the second shop, I tried on another 10 dresses, but this time we were headed down the right path. I was having mediocre success with the first six dresses, but something clicked when I tried on the seventh dress. It was exactly what I was looking for and fit me like a glove. The salesperson insisted that it must be fate – they had just gotten the dress that morning, I was the first to try it on, and it was in my exact size.

I was in love with this dress but had a hard time coming to terms with the price, which was about $500 more than I was looking to spend. I decided to continue trying on dresses, but the last 3 just couldn’t live up to that dress.

I was terrified of spending so much on a dress, so I tried my hardest to keep an open mind and check out one more store. I went to David's Bridal and tried on at least 15 more dresses. I found two dresses that I liked, but they didn’t give me the feeling I was looking for – the feeling that the other dress had given me. I left David’s Bridal empty handed and headed home.

Over the next month I contemplated whether or not to spend the money and buy the dress. My maid of honour repeatedly told me that the energy I gave off in that dress was completely different than in any other dress, so I decided to go for it. In an effort to save money, I called every dress shop in our city and found a shop that would order me the same dress for hundreds of dollars cheaper. I was sold.

A week later, I ordered the dress and I don't regret it one bit. I feel 100% certain that it's my dress and I can't wait to wear it while I marry my best friend.

Because I can't show you the dress, I've added some photos of other dresses that I tried on during my dress journey - some I liked, some I hated, but they all lead me down the road to finding my perfect wedding dress.
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