Successes Sunday {Week 9}

I’ve come to realize [as I'm sure y'all have to from reading recent posts] that when you are planning a wedding there is really only one thing on your mind…  YOUR WEDDING!  Every ounce of energy is put towards envisioning your dream day, choosing what you like and dislike, visiting vendors, making decisions, creating lists, writing checks, tasting tasty treats, and the most important of all, staying organized.

personal project = wedding

The past two weekends Ryan and I, with the help of my momma, have done all that.  I am so happy and excited to share that we have made tremendous progress over the past two weeks and hopefully that means that in the coming months we can sit back and watch everything fall in to place [I'm keeping my fingers crossed]!

Since last week’s wedding updates, we have:

  • Interviewed more photographers
  • Interviewed more florists
  • Asked our attendants to be in our wedding
  • Are 99.9% sure we have found THE DRESS and shoes for the bridesmaids
  • Finalized the guest list
  • Created an Excel spreadsheet with all of our guests information to send out the “Save the Date” cards
  • Outlined all of our expenses thus far
  • Read and reviewed contracts [and plan to mail them later this week!!!]

PHEW, I’d say that’s great progress :D   I do admit that I feel slightly guilty for asking Ryan to come to all the consultations with me, especially the floral ones, but he keeps reassuring me that he’s having fun too!  We’ll see if he still says that AFTER the wedding…

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In other news, life is going pretty well.  I am still experiencing digestive problems but I’ve come to accept the “stinky” [hehe] problems and I’m just trying my best to handle each day as it comes…  There’s not much I can do until I go back to the doctor for another colonoscopy [which I am postponing as long as possible, bad I know].

I’m swamped at school with things that need to be done ASAP.  As I’ve mentioned before, my students do not participate in the typical state standardized tests so I have to create mini portfolios for each of them showcasing their work.  It’s a LOT of work for both the students and me.

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Successes Sunday

Have you noticed a recurring theme with Successes Sunday? AKA it should be Successes Monday since the past couple of weeks I’ve been a day late [oops]!

1.  Listen to my body. 

Last week my head and chest were full of congestion so I tried to keep it pretty low-key.  Workouts were easy…  I attempted to go to a yoga class Wednesday night but the time listed on the schedule was wrong and the yoga instructor was late so after waiting for 30+ minutes I called it quits and just rode the bike.  Sleep was all my body really wanted and waking up Saturday morning after 10 hours of sleep felt really good!

2.  Save money.

I saved about $50 last week at the grocery store!  This week I have a goal of keeping track of exactly how much money I save at the grocery store by shopping sales and using coupons…  One pitfall is that TJ’s doesn’t have sales or accept coupons but their prices typically are better than any of the mainstream grocery stores.  AND guess what…  Last week I only bought 1 Sbucks…  That’s definitely a success!

3.  Train Charlie.

He sits, speaks, and loves to play fetch.  He goes to the bathroom outside 99.89325% [percent guess courtesy of Ryan] of the time and when he has an accident inside he runs and hides.  As my momma said yesterday, we lucked out…  He’s a delightful puppy!

“Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours.”

~ Author Unknown

Daily Memorable Moments

March 4:  Sitting at the kitchen table from 8AM to 8PM working on wedding planning…  Productive day!

March 5:  Banana berry crunchy oats in a jar :D

Question:  What’s your fave brand of coffee?

Question:  How do you save money on groceries?

— Life's a Bowl

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  1. I just got engaged last Thursday and already feel all of the work of planning a wedding! We’re hoping to get married this year so we’ve been trying to set up a bunch of appointments for the next two weeks to see if that can actually happen.

    Good luck in all of your wedding planning! It sounds like you’ve been getting a lot done.

  2. Oh, and I save money on groceries by doubling up store coupons with manufacturer coupons. I also make sure to buy what I need and not what I have a coupon for (unless it is non-perishable and I know I’ll eat it).

  3. saving $ on groceries is a major work in progress for me right now. i spend so much and have been slowly cutting it down. i started planning out my dinners or least choosing 6 dinners i would cook for the week and all the ingredients i needed for them which helps keep me on track haha

    • Life's a Bowl says:

      I was good about planning out dinners but when all the wedding planning began we’ve been doing catch-can style a lot…

  4. Congratulations on getting engaged! Excel was necessary in my wedding planning too, but then I ended up putting everything in a google doc spreadsheet so I could access it anywhere, but most importantly on my phone.

    • Life's a Bowl says:

      Thanks! We’ll have been engaged for 2 years when we get married this fall so it’s about time… YES, Excel has become one of my most frequently used programs since wedding planning began :P

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