5 Wedding Planning Tools That Will Absolutely Make Your Life Easier

5 Wedding Planning Tools That Will Absolutely Make Your Life Easier

Y'all this week has been a weird one for me. I have had ideas planned for posts this week that both have gone out the window thus far, leaving me scrambling and writing at the last minute. I promise it's all for good reasons, however. Today's spur of the moment post is actually one that I wish I had read when I first got engaged. You can read more about what I think you should do when you first get engaged here but if you're already past that point than put the wedding planning tools down. 

Why? Because I'm bringing you the 5 best wedding planning tools that will ABSOLUTELY and without a doubt make your life easier. 

When you first get engaged, there is this feeling of complete overwhelm because you are pretty much bombarded with wedding planning tools. I can't tell you the number of things I purchased or signed up for when we first got engaged because I had no idea of what actually would work. Everyone is different so what works for me may not work for you but here are 5 of the wedding planning tools that have become my tried and true over our long engagement

Now, here are the actual wedding planning tools that will help you plan a stressfree wedding!

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The Perfect LBD for an Important Night - USMA Class of 2018 100th Night Recap

The Perfect LBD for an Important Night - USMA Class of 2018 100th Night Recap

I don't know about Y'all but I'm definitely the type of girl that loves any excuse to get dressed up. But I get particularly excited to dress up for one of Justin's West Point class events.  Saturday night, we got dressed up to celebrate the USMA Class of 2018's 100th Night banquet! 100th Night celebrates 100 (or less) days until graduation and is a pretty huge moment. 

The 100th Night banquet is a little different because it's typically semiformal and the cadets get to wear suits! Justin looked so handsome in his suit and tie. When I was choosing my dress for the evening I struggled to find something I felt would flatter me, not be too cold, and would be something I could ultimately wear again. 

Enter, the perfect LBD from Eliza J. 

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Saturday Morning Coffee #14 - What Should Get 1 Million Views on YouTube, Eliza J Dress, and More!

Saturday Morning Coffee #14 - What Should Get 1 Million Views on YouTube, Eliza J Dress, and More!

I did a poll on my Instastories the other day to see if y'all wanted me to keep the format of these posts the same way or to make them just a chatty little post where I just type what's on my mind for the week. Since the poll was tied 50/50 when I checked the results this morning, I figured I would go ahead and try out the chatty version.... which I found to be a lot more difficult to write! If you voted for a chatty version in that poll, I'll try to come up with a way to incorporate that into future blog posts for ya. (Let me know if you have any ideas by leaving them in the comments or DM me on Instagram!).

If you caught any of my posts this week, then you already know that this past week was a rough one for me. My anxiety has been worse this week than it has been in a very long time and I struggled to cope with the "setback" after feeling so good for so long. On Thursday alone I had two anxiety attacks, the most I remember having in one day since college. Writing has been a struggle for me but this past week has made me realize that I really do need to stick to my blog workflow for a reason. Hopefully, the content that will be coming at you in the next few weeks will make up for this past week!

That being said, I really took some time to slow down this week and let all of the big changes happening in my life sink in. Sometimes you just have to press pause on life and really take a minute to sit back and absorb everything, especially when new changes seem to be hitting you around every corner. Now that I've talked your ear off about how I was feeling last week...

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5 Ways I Actually Deal with My Anxiety That You May Not Have Heard Before!

5 Ways I Actually Deal with My Anxiety That You May Not Have Heard Before!

I want to preface this post by saying that I am not a medical professional or a licensed therapist but I have been coping with anxiety my entire life. So I know a thing or two about how to deal with anxiety. The past few weeks for me have been incredibly anxiety-inducing. There are so many changes happening and time seems to be going by so fast. Anyone of these life changes would give a normal person anxiety but to someone with generalized anxiety, that looks like a lot of tears and a lot of sleepless nights.

I don't know if you've noticed but this week I've been STRUGGLING to write blog posts. That's what I get for not sticking to my blog workflow but what can ya do? Anyways I figured one thing that I absolutely could write about this week was how I actually deal with my anxiety. Dealing with anxiety is different for everyone. There is no one right way to deal with anxiety. Each person is different and each of their chemical makeups is different. What works for my anxiety may not work for yours and vice versa. That's totally okay! The point of this post is for me to share some of the ways that I deal with my anxiety so that you can use them and see if any of them actually work for yours! 

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The Easiest DIY Wedding Planning Binder Ever (that only has the stuff you ACTUALLY need)

The Easiest DIY Wedding Planning Binder Ever (that only has the stuff you ACTUALLY need)

I don't know about you but for me, wedding planning can easily become overwhelming. There are tons of resources and tools and books out there that it can be easy to get lost in all of the mess! Not to mention, spend a ton of money on these wedding planning tools that might not even work for you. When I think back to how much money I spent that could have gone to the actual wedding than to wedding planning tools, I cringe a little. Not even going to lie to Y'all. 

The thing is, I kept realizing that the wedding planning binders you can buy are seriously overwhelming. I don't know about you, but most of my inspiration was kept somewhere digitally so I didn't need six different pages asking about my inspiration, two whole worksheets about wedding dresses, etc. This DIY wedding planning binder that I'm sharing with y'all today is something I recently made up for myself after I got tired of searching through email after email trying to find something. But I wish it was the wedding planning binder I had been using from the beginning!

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25 Super Romantic Last Minute Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

25 Super Romantic Last Minute Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

I don't know about you all but I had so much going on the last week that I completely forgot that Valentine's Day is THIS WEDNESDAY. Talk about pressure. Justin and I currently have ZERO plans. Which is a shame because I absolutely adore Valentine's Day. So in an effort to help myself out, I figured there was at least one other person out there who needed last minute date ideas for Valentine's Day so this list was born!

Valentine's Day not really your thing? Don't click off just yet! These 25 super romantic date ideas aren't just for Valentine's Day! Justin and I didn't have a lot of money when we first started dating to go out on dates all of the time so a lot of these dates are super cheap and easy to do with things you already have! I love changing up date night with unique date ideas so I hope you'll find this list helpful for planning your own date nights in the future! 

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Saturday Morning Coffee #13 -USMA Post Night 2018, January Favorites + How To Be an R. Riveter Brand Ambassador!

Saturday Morning Coffee #13 -USMA Post Night 2018, January Favorites + How To Be an R. Riveter Brand Ambassador!

Y'all, what a crazy week this has been! Highs and Lows and everything in between. I kicked my bed and had to go to the Urgent Care for an ungodly amount of time (just a really bad bruise and sprain though), we finally know what our first duty station will be, there was another snow storm, etc. This past week was all over the place! 

Weeks like this really make you realize how quickly time goes by. On Monday, I felt as though the week was never going to end. After Wednesday, it flew by in the blink of an eye! So fast that I didn't really even get much vlog footage for Thursday and Friday (which is fine because Sunday's Week in My Life vlog is already almost 30 minutes long just Sunday-Tuesday... PS: subscribe here if you haven't). 

Anyways, I was so excited to sit down and share Saturday Morning Coffee #13 with you guys today because SO much happened. Let's get into it!

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Target Universal Thread Try On Haul - Insta Story Try On Haul

Target Universal Thread Try On Haul - Insta Story Try On Haul

Y'all LOVE when I get on Insta Story and do a try on haul so I figured I should also start sharing some of my favorites over here on the blog as well for those of you who may not follow me on Instagram yet (which like, why the heck are you not already?!). I am particularly excited to share my latest Insta Story Try On Haul with you guys because it featured some really great pieces from Target's new line, Universal Thread. 

Universal Thread is a denim line that Target launched last week and features jeans starting at $24.99 and signature closet staples under $30. Plus, the line includes a wide variety of size options including plus size, as well as long and short lengths. *Praise hand emojis* I knew immediately that I needed to get my hands on as much of the line as I could to test it out so I took to the internet and placed my order! Four packages later, here's what we got:

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Early Summer Wedding Inspiration - Garden Wedding Ideas

Early Summer Wedding Inspiration - Garden Wedding Ideas

Guys I am so excited to bring you today's post! I have kept my early summer wedding inspiration pretty tightly under wraps through the entire planning process. Mostly this is because our wedding wasn't really a pastel garden wedding theme until recently when all of the inspiration pictures finally started to come together. It really all started when we had our custom wedding crest made by an amazing artist on Etsy. Y'all absolutely loved my Winter Bridal Shower Theme mood board so I figured I would do the same and bring to you a bit of a sneak peal look into what I hope our wedding will look like!  

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Valentine's Day Gifts for Guys

Valentine's Day Gifts for Guys

Did anyone else not realize that Valentine's Day is just around the corner? While I'm a firm believer that creative, DIY gifts are the best for occasions like this, it might come as a shock to you that I'm not really the most creative person in the world. I mean, every time I try to draw something it basically looks like it's the work of a five-year-old...

I typically try to write Justin love letters when I'm trying to be romantic but sometimes, your girl also wants to spoil him by picking up a few tangible gifts. Y'all loved the gift guide for guys that I put together for the holiday season so I figured this was the perfect excuse to update the gift guide for guys for Valentine's Day! 

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Saturday Morning Coffee #12- The Super Bowl, My Testimony, + Starting a Prayer Journal

Saturday Morning Coffee #12- The Super Bowl, My Testimony, + Starting a Prayer Journal

Can you believe this is the 12th edition of Saturday Morning Coffee? I think we can officially start referring to it as SMC and I'm excited for that because this is the most regular I've ever been with a series. *Shrugs* I am so thankful that it is finally Saturday. This past week was LONG. I mean I didn't think it was ever going to end. 

I've been struggling with my anxiety a lot this week but I've also been blessed in many ways. It's been one of those weird weeks where nothing has been bad it just has been a mix of day-to-day things both good and off. Mostly off because of my anxiety. Anyways, I want food so I'm gonna keep this intro real short for Y'all! 

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5 Reasons It's Time to Ditch Your Old Wardrobe + Where to Start

5 Reasons It's Time to Ditch Your Old Wardrobe + Where to Start

Holy crap, Y'all. How is it February? Did ya blink and miss the first month of 2018... cause I sure did! Anyways, I thought it would be fun to kick off February with a fun series all about overhauling your wardrobe! If you're anything like me then you still have a closet filled with clothes you don't wear, are falling apart, or that you've had since high school. Actually, if you're really like me then you answered yes to all of the above. Yikes.

Something I realized this past month is that I do not have a wardrobe that's ready to transition into this next phase of life with me. So on a free Saturday in January, I went through everything. And I mean EVERYTHING guys. I can't even begin to tell you how many pairs of underwear I threw out. Anyways, one of the things I learned about Y'all from that reader survey I did back in December is that you're all in a very transitional period of life too! While we might not all be transitioning into the same phase of life, a transitional period is a great time to makeover your wardrobe. 

Now, aside from actually just going through my clothes, I had NO idea how to actually start with a closet overhaul. As with most of the content on this blog, I try to write stuff that I myself would search for so if you've stumbled on this page because you think you're in need of a style makeover then stay tuned because this series is about to be LIT. 

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4 Month Wedding Planning Update

4 Month Wedding Planning Update

Alright, I'm panicking. We've officially reached the 4-month mark and it's all finally starting to hit me. And also, the to-do list keeps growing and growing and growing. To say I'm starting to get overwhelmed would be an understatement.

I'm actually already getting a little sad that these posts are going to be coming to an end soon. There will only be THREE more! Maybe I should transition these into marriage updates once the wedding is done, at least for the first year? Let me know what you guys think about that!

Anyways, I'm going to enjoy these last four months of wedding planning while I've got them but let me tell you this month (particularly last week) got a little crazy with the wedding debacles. I actually told Justin, "I really hope this isn't what the next four months are going to be like!"

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Currently, January 2018

Currently, January 2018

It's Monday and we're wrapping up the first month of 2018, Y'all! Anyone else think that's crazy or is it just me? Anyways, I have been looking to incorporate more of what's going on in my day-to-day life here on the blog, aside from Saturday Morning Coffee posts and I figured a currently list would be the perfect way to do that!

January has honestly been such a great month. A weird one, since I haven't had a full regular work week, but great nonetheless. I have had an amazing month blog traffic wise, connected with some pretty incredible people, and got to celebrate my upcoming nuptials with my friends and family. 

Also guys, the struggle to shoot pictures for this post was REAL let me tell ya. Does anyone else struggle with getting their SO to understand what you need/want for a blog post? It about drove me crazy! 

Anyways, let me know if you want this series to continue! I'm also planning on doing the typical favorites videos for my YouTube channel so stay tuned for that coming at ya on Sunday!

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Saturday Morning Coffee #11 - The Future of My YouTube Channel + The New Instagram Algorithm

Saturday Morning Coffee #11 - The Future of My YouTube Channel + The New Instagram Algorithm

I'm sorry if this post is coming to ya a little late this Saturday. Justin and I had an early morning wake up for a brunch date but before that, I had spent 20 minutes yelling at Squarespace instead of writing this post. Oops. (Also, now my laptop is dying...) I don't know why but last week's edition of Saturday Morning Coffee got a crazy number of views. I talked about things like The Greatest Showman, The Government Shut Down, and YouTube's big announcement, all of which kind of are still relevant this week.

Anyways, this week was definitely still an odd week for me. I'm not sure if it's the winter blues that have me right in their clutches or just the fact that I haven't had a normal work week since before the holidays but I have just been feeling OFF this week. One, it felt like it took absolutely forever to end. Two, the government shut down meant I didn't get hardly any actual work done this week. Three, I missed a meeting with the florist for our wedding. Geez, it sounds like all I'm doing is complaining but I want y'all to know that if you're feeling this way too, that you're not alone!

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How to Write the Perfect Love Letter for Valentine's Day

How to Write the Perfect Love Letter for Valentine's Day

Most people feel as though the days of crafting love letters are dead and gone but I, a hopeless romantic, disagree. One of my favorite things to do for Justin is writing love letters! I really started becoming fond of them when he was away in training the first summer we were together. Even though we got to talk for a bit on the phone most nights, we both enjoyed the love letters. He even wrote me some letters of my own this past summer!  Since Valentine's Day is coming up and Y'all asked on my InstaStories for more Valentine's Day ideas on the blog, I figured writing love letters was a great place to start! Now writing love letters has become my go-to for sending that little extra something whenever Justin needs a pick me up. I love to surprise him with a handful of love letters when he's least expecting it! 

But crafting love letters can be a bit of a challenge. If you haven’t been together very long, you could be afraid to say too much. Awkward. If you’ve been together awhile or frequently write letters, it can feel like you’ve already said all that there is to say. It can definitely feel a little overwhelming. Here are some tips that will get you closer towards crafting the perfect love letter!

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What I Wore to My Winter Bridal Shower - Winter Bridal Shower Outfit Idea

What I Wore to My Winter Bridal Shower - Winter Bridal Shower Outfit Idea

First, let me apologize that I did not get a chance to actually shoot my bridal shower outfit. My plan for this post was to actually do a photoshoot for it but I never got a chance to the weekend of my shower and my photographer (aka Justin) was busy literally all weekend and there was no way it was happening. Since I literally spent no time in my bridal shower recap post talking about my outfit, however, I still wanted to bring this post to you guys today! 

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10 Things I'm Afraid to Tell You

10 Things I'm Afraid to Tell You

I had an entirely different post planned for today but inspiration struck me recently with those 5 facts about me Instastories everyone was doing this past week. I got tagged to share a few things and that really got me started thinking about what I have and haven't shared with you all here on the blog. A few of the things I mentioned I will be mentioning again because I think it's important to be completely transparent with you guys. These are things only my dearest friends know and some of the things I'm going to write, even they might not know. But we're all about keeping it real here so I thought this would be the perfect way to be reminded of that. 

Sharing this stuff is important to me because I don't ever want someone who is reading my blog to feel like they can't approach me or that I'm not a real person. We all struggle with different things and before I can offer any more advice, I think this is the perfect place to start.

I'm not perfect, there are things that I am absolutely terrified of telling people and I've chosen to sit down today and share them with Y'all.  Some of you may think differently of me after reading this, be that good or bad. All I know is that I've been called to write this post so here goes nothing! 10 things I'm afraid to tell you:

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Saturday Morning Coffee #10 - The Greatest Showman, YouTube, + The Government Shutdown

Saturday Morning Coffee #10 - The Greatest Showman, YouTube, + The Government Shutdown

I actually can't believe I've written ten of these Saturday Morning Coffee posts already. Usually, when I say I'm going to do something like this, I drop the ball somewhere along the line. If you're an OG blog reader then you know what I'm talking about (i.e. Happy Hour). Anyways, these casual posts are actually pretty popular so as long as Y'all keep reading, I'm gonna keep doing them! I'm also going to keep adding stuff to them. Last week I added in the blog posts I was loving so let me know if there are other things you want to see. Maybe stuff on my wishlist for the week? Random things that happened? The possibilities are endless!

This week was kind of an off week for me, anyone else? I felt like I couldn't get into a routine, everything I tried to write out for next week was crap, there was another snowstorm, oh and now that government has decided to shut down. As you can imagine, lots of drama this week which left me feeling stressed to the max. I spent my Friday night in bed with a couple glasses of wine and my book. 

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I'm Only Reading Books I Own This Year - My 2018 Reading List

I'm Only Reading Books I Own This Year - My 2018 Reading List

Whoa, Y'all where did January go? Before I get into this post I first want to take a second to seriously thank each and every one of you that read my last post (about attending West Point events), sent me a sweet note about it, etc. Y'all blew me out of the dang water with your response! That post took A LOT out of me to write and put together. I literally wanted it to be absolutely perfect. Which is why I kind of flopped on today's original post idea. So my second shout out goes to everyone who voted in the Instastories poll and chose my 2018 reading list as the post of the day for this lovely Friday! 

I try to do a reading list and set a reading goal every year and most of the time, I completely fail at it. There have been some years where I've absolutely crushed my reading goal (PS: follow me on GoodReads if you want to know more about my bookshelf and reading goals). Lately, I have been absolutely terrible at reading. I am such an avid reader that it's kind of heartbreaking how little time I've been devoting to it lately. 

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