Archive | November, 2011

Random Thoughts + Save the Dates

28 Nov

My Thanksgiving weekend went by way too fast. I did too much sitting, too much eating, and not enough working out. I also watched a little too much Disney Channel, and pinned too many things on Pinterest. But sometimes, weekends like that are just what a girl needs.

Today went by surprisingly fast, but I’m still getting back into a “normal” routine. Read: I may or may not be watching ‘The Hannah Montana Movie’ on Disney right now. Don’t ask :).

Earlier tonight,  Jordan and I went to the gym for 45 minutes, and after he dropped me back off at home, I had two loads of laundry to do. While I’m not quite ready to be back into the swing of things, I am excited for the Christmas season! Of course, even though are lots of holiday-related things to look forward to, right now I have something else on my mind (and it’s wedding related, so if you’re sick of wedding talk, turn away now 😉).

This weekend, I ordered my Save the Dates! I say “I” because Jordan has been going along with any and all of my suggestions in this wedding planning process (like a good husband-to-be 🙂).  While I don’t want to give away my Save the Dates before they’re sent, here’s a preview of the photo shoot, AKA, a couple of the photos that we didn’t use.

“Hugs and Kisses”

  “The Notebook”

As you can see, we are clearly not Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. My sister told Jordan to hold me like Noah holds Allie- and this is what happened. Ignore my double chin. Though I love John’s (my sister’s boyfriend’s) photography skills, this one did not go on our Save the Dates. I’m excited to show you which ones did, because I just love the poses that I stole from Pinterest…but, you will have to wait.

Well, my second load of laundry is calling my name, and I need to go to bed soon! I’ll be back tomorrow with a less random post :).

How was your first day back after the holiday weekend?

What’d you do for Thanksgiving?


Turkey Day + Saying “Yes”

26 Nov

Hello, hello :). I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I took a little break from blogging to spend time with my family, but it’s nice to be back. Before I recap my Thanksgiving, I have some exciting news. This morning, I said “yes” to the dress! I ended up choosing the dress that I’ve had my eye on for a very long time. I love it! I also chose my colors- pink and green- and the bridesmaids’ dresses today. The girls will be wearing fuchsia- it’s basically a hot pink- and I think it’ll be bright and fun for summer! You’ll have to wait until next summer to see pictures though, I wouldn’t want to give away the surprise :).


Okay, back to Thanksgiving. I began my morning in a city 30 minutes away for the Drumstick Dash, a 4.5 mile race.

My dad, my sister, and Jordan did the race, as well. Since the narrow streets were extremely crowded (with over 5,000 people, according to the race results list), we ran together for the first two miles or so (very slowly, we could only go as fast as an 11-minute mile without stepping on the people in front of us), but ended up splitting up so we could weave our way through the crowd.

My sister wore her Garmin, and we found out that the race was closer to 5 miles than it was 4.5, but we couldn’t complain about the extra exercise! We all finished within a minute or so of each other, then made the way back to our car.

On the way home, we made a pit stop at Starbucks (an annual post-race tradition), and then went home to shower and get ready for the day. Jordan and I had three Thanksgivings to attend, so it made for quite the busy day. We ate until we couldn’t eat anymore, and we even managed to sneak in a quick engagement photo session while we waited for dinner. My sister’s boyfriend is a photographer on the side, and he generously offered to take some for our Save the Dates! I’m excited to see how they turn out (you’ll have to wait for those too 😉).

After our Thanksgiving dinner(s), my plan was to go to bed. I was pretty tired from getting up early for the race. But… my sister and her boyfriend were able to talk me into going Black Friday shopping with them. Jordan was the smart one and stayed at home. I took a quick nap on the couch, and was woken up at midnight to hit the sales at Kohl’s. In the beginning, I was surprisingly energetic (my hair was too, apparently).

With my upcoming marriage in mind, I found a couple of cute Christmas stockings for Jordan and I and a Crock Pot (for our future kitchen) for $9.99, as well as some Christmas gifts and a sweater. Once we had finished our shopping, we got in the dreaded line. It seemed to never end.

If you’re wondering why we’re standing in line at the back of the store by the shoes, it’s because we still had two more corners to turn before we even got close to the registers. As the 2:00 hour neared, our energy was fading fast.

We decided that Starbucks should set up a booth for Black Friday shoppers. They would make a fortune.

Over an hour later, we made it through the line and were on our way home. It was almost 3:30 by the time I got in bed. I woke up 5 1/2 hours later and could not fall back asleep (why I don’t like staying up late), so I was pretty much worthless yesterday. It was definitely a stay in my pajamas kind of day.

Thankfully, I got plenty of sleep last night and I’m feeling much better today. Now I’m off to drink a gingerbread latte and help my family set up the Christmas tree. Can you believe that Christmas is less than a month away?

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Memories LiveOn

22 Nov

Thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wedding planning has made me realize that time goes by too fast. Yes, I realize that I have only been engaged for a grand total of 12 days, but in those 12 days I’ve booked a church and reception venue, spoken to a photographer and DJ, compiled a guest list- and over the weekend, I went dress shopping. I’ve accomplished a lot, but the days have gone by quickly. I can only imagine how fast time will go as we near the big day.

This is why I want to remember as much of this time as possible. While I might not be blogging as often or tweeting every detail for the world to see, I would like to savor the moments that I get with my family and friends. And recently, I had the opportunity to test out a brand new website that promises to keep my memories forever.

LiveOn promises to store all of my photos and videos on their site forever, so I won’t have to worry about losing any of them if my computer crashes, if Facebook goes out of style, or if my prints get lost when I move out of my parent’s house (this would be true if I ever took the time to print my photos).

I’ve played around with the site a bit, and so far, I like what I see. I can tell that they are still working out some kinks (it is brand new, after all), but once I set up my account, I was able to run through the tutorial and begin making my memories last.

I really enjoy the slide show feature of the site. It’s very simple to upload photos and videos, and I could even add text (or my own voice!) and music. Once I chose what I wanted in my slide show, LiveOn did the rest. It was the perfect way to document my engagement (and much better than making a PowerPoint, which I would most likely forget about). Now I’ll have these memories stored forever.

To help you get started, LiveOn and Clever Girls Collective are giving you the opportunity to use a 20% discount for LiveOn Rewind, a service that digitizes and preserves your old photos! How cool is that?  Just use the coupon code: cgc59.

I know that you might not want to spend a lot of money on photo storage (believe me, I am a recent grad who’s also recently engaged), but you can try LiveOn for free. It’s worth a shot! Enjoy!

Thank you again to LiveOn for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about storing and sharing your most special memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Bridezilla Moment #1

21 Nov

Before I was engaged, I told myself that I would never be Bridezilla. I would never be that girl fussing over fabrics and colors and venues and favors. I would never be that girl barking demands at her family and friends.

9 days into my engagement, I had my first Bridezilla moment.

It was Saturday afternoon, in the middle of a bridal store. I was surrounded by satin and lace and cotton and polyester- and it just happened. I spent the afternoon trying on (a few) dresses, but wasn’t getting much of a response from my family.

I thought I was going to have this big “Say Yes to the Dress” moment. I learned that I watch too much “Say Yes to the Dress.”

I wanted something simple with minimal beading, maybe a little bit of lace- and my mom and sisters wanted sparkle. When my mom started pointing out dresses that I knew I’d never wear, I became overwhelmed with the thought of trying on a million said dresses that I knew I’d never wear, and I snapped. In the middle of an overcrowded David’s Bridal.

Needless to say, we left the store (the second one we’d visited that day) empty-handed .

Once the tension had subsided, we went home to do something a little more meaningful.

We opened up my mom’s dress, which had been sealed in a box for 25 years. She has always said that once one of us got engaged, we (my sisters and I) would open it up and try it on.

And so we did.

Unfortunately, her dress is not an option for my big day. It’s completely wrong for my body shape, and it looked more like a Halloween costume than it did a wedding dress. But, we did lighten up the day a little by playing dress-up. My mom even got into it for old time’s sake :).

As far as finding my “perfect” dress goes, I have made an appointment with a (different) bridal store for next weekend. I’m hoping that round two goes better than the first. Now that I know what to expect, I think I’ll be able to relax a little.

Just like I sometimes take life too seriously, I think I have (already) been taking wedding planning too seriously.

And who am I kidding? It’s just a dress. That I will wear one day. That I will wear for 12 hours, tops. I can’t promise that this will be my last ‘Bridezilla Moment,’ but it will be my last one regarding wedding dresses.

Promise. Maybe.

You can now check out all of my wedding related posts under the ‘Wedding’ tab!

8 Months

18 Nov

One month shy of a full-term baby.

Two semesters of college classes.

The length of a basketball season (or so it seems).

The number of months until my wedding.

Yes, that’s right. I am getting married in 8 months- a little less than that, actually. On July 14 of next year, I will be Mrs. :).

I can’t thank you guys enough for your kind words and congratulations. I apologize for being MIA this week, but I’ve had to put wedding planning before blogging. Who knew that there was so much to do so soon?

The good news is, I feel like I can finally relax now. We have booked the most important things (the church and the hall), and now I can do the rest little by little.

You’ll have to excuse the large number of wedding-related posts that might appear in the next 8 months. I don’t plan to make this a wedding blog, by any means, but I do plan to share the fun, and sometimes stressful (I’ve been told and already experienced) planning experience with you. If you have wedding planning advice for me, it’s more than welcomed :)!

This weekend we’ll probably tackle the guest list, but I’ve also got dinner and ice skating plans with friends. Until then, I must get ready for work. Before I go, here are the winners of the Agave Giveaway:

Congratulations girls! Send your mailing info. to and I’ll get your agave out to you!

Have a great weekend!

Do you have any wedding or marriage advice?

What is your favorite part of a wedding?

Agave Giveaway

15 Nov

Chances are, you have mostly likely heard of Sugar in the Raw, and possibly Stevia in the Raw- but are you familiar with Agave in the Raw? I wasn’t until several weeks ago.

Last month, I was contacted by Liz with Agave in the Raw, a brand new “in the Raw” product. I was curious and excited to learn more about the product, as I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners, but I do like my sweets- sometimes a little too much.

I already knew that agave had some great benefits, as I had used it once before, but Liz reminded of everything agave, specifically Agave in the Raw, has to offer:

“Agave nectar is 25% sweeter than refined white sugar so a little tends to go a long way. It is viewed by many as a better-for-you alternative as Agave In The Raw is naturally a low glycemic food, meaning it doesn’t cause the rapid spikes in blood sugar that refined white sugar cause.”

In addition, it is 100% natural, organic and gluten free. Not too shabby considering it’s a sweet treat.

My favorite way to use agave is on waffles, in replacement of syrup. 1 tbsp. has 60 calories, 1 gram of fiber and 15 grams of sugar, which is really not too bad, considering it won’t spike my blood sugar and leave me feeling starved by 10am.

It can also be used in coffee or tea, stirred into oatmeal, as a dip for fruit, or as a sugar substitute in all of your favorite baked goods. Even my dad jumped on the agave bandwagon this weekend, adding it to his tea instead of honey. He said he liked it!

I know you might be wondering how you can get your hands on this low glycemic sweetener. The good news is, it’s beginning to hit the shelves of Kroger and Meijer in Indianapolis and surrounding areas right now. The bad news is, if you don’t live in Indy or a surrounding location, you may be out of luck. The other good news? Thanks to Liz’s genorosity, I have the opportunity to give all of you a chance to win your own 18.5 oz bottle of Agave in the Raw!

If you noticed above, I was given three bottles to review- but have only opened one. Since I’m sure none of you want an already opened bottle (at least, I hope you don’t), that means I have two bottles to giveaway!

Simply follow these rules to enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me why you’d like to win a bottle of Agave in the Raw. (mandatory)

2. Follow me on Twitter, and leave me a comment telling me that you did.

3. Tweet about the giveaway, linking back to this post. Something like, “@happynotperfect is giving away 2 bottles of Agave in the Raw! I want to win one, do you?” will work, just make sure to leave a comment telling me that you did.

I will randomly choose two winners on Friday, November 18. Good luck!

The Proposal

14 Nov

(rewind to Thursday night, approx. 7:00pm)

I was just having one of “those days.” I was tired and grouchy by the time I got home from work, and the only thing on my mind were my comfy pajamas and some food. Lucky for me, as soon as I changed into said jammies, I got a text from Jordan asking if I wanted sushi. My response, of course, was yes (please, ASAP). His offer wasn’t anything out of the ordinary- we get takeout sushi several times a month, and I had told him a few days before that I was craving it.

We knew it’d probably be busy, so he ordered the sushi from his house, and I waited out the 45 minutes at mine.

Around 8:00, he texted me to tell me that he forgot his wallet and had to go back home before he picked up the food. He’s not really the type to leave his wallet at home, but I figured he was just tired from working all day (he told told me later that his forgetfulness was due to nerves). So, I waited some more, wrote a blog post for Friday (which ended up being replaced with this), and anticipated the arrival of my sushi.

Fifteen or so minutes later, he arrived at my door, food in hand. I hurried him to the kitchen (I was starving, after all), and when I left the room for a minute, I came back to two plates that he’d set out- the food still in the containers. At that point, I think I was wondering why he hadn’t already plated our food. With a grumpy attitude (don’t judge, I was really hungry), I started opening the boxes to make sure that everything was there so I could start eating.

That’s when I noticed an extra Styrofoam box in the takeout bag. I figured Jordan had surprised me with a ginger salad, even though I didn’t ask for it. While I was tearing open the box and asking him if it was, in fact, a ginger salad, I turned back around to this:

There was so much more than a ginger salad in that box.

It was then that Jordan asked me to marry him. It look me about a minute to realize what was going on- and that I still hadn’t given him a response.

Once I realized that he wasn’t going to get up off of his knee until I did, I said “yes.” I said it in my fleece pajamas, no make-up, undone ponytail state- which is me in all my glory on a week night.

Thing thing is, it was just so “us.” We didn’t need a fancy dinner, big night out, or crowds of people watching us to make our plans to marry official. A big surprise in the comfort of my own kitchen was perfect.

Four days later, I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I’m a fiance.

My goal for today is to book the church and a reception venue so that we can officially set a date.

Let the wedding planning begin :)…