Friday, September 30, 2011

Baby Fever

So I am in Oakland for my cousin's wedding and her daughter, Jessica, recently had a baby, Janessa (Who is adorable) and my Mom is all about Scott and I having a baby now. Mind you I had a daughter and Scott has a son so we are good in the Grandchild department but somehow, its not enough for her....LOL

Here is my stand point on it.... We both have beautiful children and the thought of another baby is not a full no, but we have decided that we will let nature take its course.... If it happens, it happens and if it does not, then it won't. We are thankful for Jacelyn and Isaiah and thats all we can ask for.

In the meantime, we are enjoying our time with the family and looking forward to the wedding tomorrow.... Congratulations to Renee and Darryll.

Adventures in Wedding Planning: Personalizing Your Bouquet

Adventures in Wedding Planning: Personalizing Your Bouquet

Adventures in Wedding Planning: Unity Ceremony Alternatives

Adventures in Wedding Planning: Unity Ceremony Alternatives

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wedding Music Video - Creative Wedding Videos | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Wedding Music Video - Creative Wedding Videos Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

15 Most Memorable Movie Wedding Scenes!

Vera Wang Fall 2012 Bridal Collection - See It First

Vera Wang Fall 2012 Bridal Collection - See It First

Photo of the Week

This Photo of the Week is from a Lakers Playoff Game at TNT's crib. It is very fitting to post this photo today because TNT is leaving her spot today for a new life with Demorrio aka Pooh Bear (Yes, a grown man she calls Pooh Bear). It was a fun time with her and the crew. I will miss watching the playoffs with her but OKC is calling girl.... Welcome to your new journey.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Eye of the Tiger

Funny Motivation

Keep Truckin

Jacelyn's cheerleading squad use to do a cheer (Which Scott LOVES and is petitioning to bring back) called Keep Truckin.....

No need to worry
Its nothing
Just keep right on, right on

This morning I thought of this cheer after a ruff Monday of Busy work and a Bootcamp Session where I felt defeated. I knew I was not in the best physical shape but I felt like I was at the bottom of the line. every station I hit, I felt like I was going to pass out. It hurt my pride a little to know that the numbers from last week's consultation were the truth and evident in my workout. All I kept thinking is how am I going to make it? How am I going to get to healthy? But after encouraging motivation from Scott, Lateef , Brian and everyone out there who helped to push me through I finished out the stations but still in my mind, I felt like I didn't do all that I should have done.

What was most important is that I finished... What I have to learn is not to beat myself up...this is my 2ND week, its a brutal process and it will get better. What I love is that I have a supportive Fiancee, Coaches and Friends that want me to succeed. What will be the end result.... A Healthier Jasmine

Monday, September 26, 2011


A fellow blogger posted some of her Cake choices and I thought I would post them.....They sound good.

Vanilla Bean Butter Cake

This is one of our tried and true classics. Vanilla Bean and Pure Vanilla Extract, Butter, Eggs and Sour Cream. This is often served with the classic Swiss meringue buttercream and fresh berry filling.

The Bellini

Pink Champagne cake drizzled with peach schnapps syrup, layered with peach filling, then covered with smooth vanilla buttercream.

Classic Buttermilk Cake

Light and fluffy…This cake is super moist and good with just about and filling and flavor combination. We recommend the strawberry cream cheese filling.

Southern Style Red Velvet Cake

A southern classic; this decadent cake has a buttermilk base with a dab of cocoa and our signature cream cheese frosting. Many of our clients tell us our Red Velvet is the best they’ve ever had.

Tiramisu Cake with Mocha Frosting

Kahluah Liqueur, butter, sour cream, cocoa, dark chocolate and cinnamon. We recommend the mocha frosting, which is made from butter, dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso and pure vanilla extract.

Coconut Cake with Lime Curd

Fresh coconut and coconut milk, butter, coconut liqueur, fresh squeezed lime juice and lime zest with the option of fresh toasted coconut shavings


The time is just ticking away and I am so excited to become Mrs. Scott Cameron.

I am understanding that there is alot to do but I feel like I have a big handle on alot of things and I am so THANKFUL that we decided to wait until next year to have a wedding... 2011 has been busy with alot of things and it just keeps getting better. I am so happy that people are taking this journey with me and I am looking forward to a lifetime of happiness.

Adventures in Wedding Planning: Late Night Treats

Adventures in Wedding Planning: Late Night Treats

Friday, September 23, 2011


Wedding Checklist

Sixteen to Nine Months Before

Start a wedding folder or binder. Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration.

Work out your budget. Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own.

Pick your wedding party. As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in.

Start the guest list. Make a head count database to use throughout your planning process, with columns for contact info, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant information. (Want to keep costs low? It may be brutal, but the best way to do it is to reduce your guest list.)

Hire a planner, if desired. A planner will have relationships with—and insights about—vendors.

Reserve your date and venues. Decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two places.

Book your officiant.

Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers. Keep their contact information in your binder.

Throw an engagement party, if you wish. But remember that your invitees should be on your wedding guest list as well.

Eight Months Before

Hire the photographer and the videographer. No need to talk specifics yet, but be sure that the people you hire are open to doing the shots that you want.

Book the entertainment. Attend gigs of potential acts to see how they perform in front of audiences, then reserve your favorite.

Meet caterers. If your wedding venue doesn’t offer its own catering service, look for one now and hire the service this month or early next.

Purchase a dress. You’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings. Veil shopping can be postponed for another two to three months.

Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Pick three hotels at different price points close to the reception venue.

Register. Sign up at a minimum of three retailers.

Launch a wedding website. Create your personal page through a free provider such as Note the date of the wedding, travel information, and accommodations.

Then send the link to invitees.

Seven to Six Months Before

Select and purchase invitations. Hire a calligrapher, if desired. Addressing cards is time-consuming, so you need to budget accordingly.

Start planning a honeymoon. Make sure that your passports are up-to-date, and schedule doctors’ appointments for any shots you may need.

Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses. Allow at least six months for the dresses to be ordered and sized.

Meet with the officiant. Map out the ceremony and confirm that you have all the official documents for the wedding (these vary by county and religion).

Send save-the-date cards.

Reserve structural and electrical necessities. Book portable toilets for outdoor events, extra chairs if you need them, lighting components, and so on.

Book a florist. Florists can serve multiple clients on one day, which is why you can wait a little longer to engage one. Plus, at this point, you’ll be firm on what your wedding palette will be.

Arrange transportation. Consider limos, minibuses, trolleys, and town cars. (But know that low-to-the-ground limos can make entries and exists dicey if you’re wearing a fitted gown.)

Start composing a day-of timeline. Draw up a schedule of the event and slot in each component (the cake-cutting, the first dance).

Five to Four Months Before

Book the rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues. Negotiate the cost and the menu. If you’re planning to host a day-after brunch for guests, book that place as well.

Check on the wedding invitations. Ask the stationer for samples of the finished invitations and revise them to suit your needs.

Select and order the cake. Some bakers require a long lead time. Attend several tastings before committing to any baker.

Send your guest list to the host of your shower. Provided you, ahem, know about the shower.

Purchase wedding shoes and start dress fittings. Bring the shoes along to your first fitting so the tailor can choose the appropriate length for your gown.

Schedule hair and makeup artists. Make a few appointments with local experts to try them out. Snap a photo at each so you can compare results.

Choose your music. What should be playing when the wedding party is announced? During dinner? To kick off the dancing? Keep a running list of what you want—and do not want—played.

Three Months Before

Finalize the menu and flowers. You’ll want to wait until now to see what will be available, since food and flowers are affected by season.

Order favors, if desired. Some safe bets: monogrammed cookies or a treat that represents your city or region. If you’re planning to have welcome baskets for out-of-town guests, plan those now too.

Make a list of the people giving toasts. Which loved ones would you like to have speak at the reception? Ask them now.

Finalize the readings. Determine what you would like to have read at the ceremony—and whom you wish to do the readings.

Purchase your undergarments. And schedule your second fitting.

Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception.

Print menu cards, if you like, as well as programs. No need to go to a printer, if that’s not in your budget: You can easily create these on your computer.

Purchase the rings. This will give you time for resizing and engraving.

Send your event schedule to the vendors. Giving them a first draft now allows ample time for tweaks and feedback.

Two Months Before

Touch base again with all the vendors. Make sure any questions you or they had on your first draft have been answered.

Meet with the photographer. Discuss specific shots, and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you.

Review the playlist with the band or deejay. Though you probably won’t be able to dictate every single song played, you should come prepared with a wish list.

Send out the invitations. The rule of thumb: Mail invitations six to eight weeks before the ceremony, setting the RSVP cutoff at three weeks after the postmark date.

Submit a newspaper wedding announcement. If you’re planning to include a photograph, check the publication’s website: Some have strict rules about how the photo should look.

Enjoy a bachelorette party. Arranging a night out with your girlfriends generally falls to the maid of honor. But if she hasn’t mentioned one to you by now, feel free to ask—for scheduling purposes, of course!—if a celebration is in the works.

One Month Before

Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database. Phone people who have not yet responded.

Get your marriage license. The process can take up to six days, but it’s good to give yourself some leeway. If you are changing your name, order several copies.

Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations.

Visit the dressmaker for (with luck!) your last dress fitting. For peace of mind, you may want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel the appointment if you try on the dress then and it fits perfectly.

Stock the bar. Now that you have a firm head count you can order accordingly.

Send out as many final payments as you can.

Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors.

E-mail and print directions for drivers of transport vehicles. This gives the chauffeurs ample time to navigate a route.

Assign seating. Draw out table shapes on a layout of the room to help plan place settings. Write the names of female guests on pink sticky notes and the names of male guests on blue sticky notes so you can move people about without resketching the entire setting.

Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts. You’ll present them at the rehearsal dinner.

Write vows, if necessary.

Get your hair cut and colored, if desired.

Week of the Wedding

Reconfirm arrival times with vendors.

Delegate small wedding-day tasks. Choose someone to bustle your dress, someone to carry your things, someone to be in charge of gifts (especially the enveloped sort), someone to hand out tips, and someone to be the point person for each vendor.

Send a timeline to the bridal party. Include every member’s contact information, along with the point people you’ve asked to deal with the vendors, if problems arise.

Pick up your dress. Or make arrangements for a delivery.

Check in one last time with the photographer. Supply him or her with a list of moments you want captured on film.

Set aside checks for the vendors. And put tips in envelopes to be handed out at the event.

Book a spa treatment. Make an appontment for a manicure and a pedicure the day before the wedding. (You might want to get a stress-relieving massage, too.)

Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events. Typically, companies close their lists 72 hours in advance.

Break in your shoes.

Assemble and distribute the welcome baskets.

Pack for your honeymoon.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The New Workout Plan

Here is the plan as of now....

Sunday: Santa Monica Bootcamp
Monday: Fitness Bootcamp
Tuesday: Walk or Gym
Wednesday: Walk or Gym
Thursday: Walk or Gym
Friday: Off
Saturday: Walk


And so it begins

Yesterday Scott and I went to see our Nutrition Team of Brian and LaTeef to help us on our road to healthy and it was a good meeting. I will admit that my numbers really got to me because, for me, it has been a constant struggle. I know that my Hypothyroidism is a BIG factor but I still didn't like what I saw. It was a emotional feeling for me to see it up close and personal and know that its on me to get to a better place. So with the help of my boys (I know cute huh???), I am going to concur this Thyroid and make a healthier me.

Yesterday was tears...Today is a new start.....BRING IT!

Martha Stewart Weddings -- Darcy's Weddings Idea of the Day

Martha Stewart Weddings -- Darcy's Weddings Idea of the Day

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

On Air Proposal

10 Fun and Budget-Friendly Alternatives to Wedding Cake:

Thanks Sheauen!

10 Fun and Budget-Friendly Alternatives to Wedding Cake:

Adventures in Wedding Planning: A Week of Unique Treats 3

Adventures in Wedding Planning: A Week of Unique Treats 3

Jaheim ft. Next - Anything

Photo of the Week

This Photo of the Week is of Scott and Jacelyn at breakfast one morning...Can you tell they had Hot Chocolate??? They had a GREAT relationship (Which I am THANKFUL for) and as you can see, they know how to make me smile and be silly.... Love them both with all my heart and soul.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Choosing Your Wedding Music

I may be a bit biased, but I happen to think that the music is one of the biggest factors in setting the mood on your wedding day. Whether you want your wedding to be fun and funky, sweet and sentimental, or classic and romantic, the music will play a role in painting that picture for your guests. Here are a few pointers in planning the music for your day.

First, tradition is out the window. If you haven’t discovered this already as you plan your wedding, tradition is no longer something to worry yourself about. (Unless you want to of course – family and cultural traditions are always meaningful and special at weddings.) If you love classical music, and think a string quartet is perfect for your ceremony, that is exactly what you should use. But if you have never listened to classical music in your life and think you have to use it because it is traditional – think again. You can shimmy down the aisle to Chris Brown if you want, as we learned from Jill and Kevin (or Jim and Pam, if you are fans of The Office) – even at a church wedding! Play the music that suits your personal taste and your wedding style, and let your grandma worry about traditions.

As far as the reception goes, think about what you want the atmosphere to be. If you have chosen a band for your wedding, you have less to worry about, because you already have an idea for the style of music that will be played. If you’ve chosen to hire a DJ, make sure to discuss with him or her how you imagine the evening will play out. Whether your primary goal is to get your guests shaking their tail feathers all night long or if you prefer to keep the music slightly more mellow for the sake of the older crowd, your DJ should know and plan accordingly. A very important tip is that if there is a certain song or two (or entire genre even) that you absolutely don’t want played at your wedding, be sure to give your DJ a no-play list as well.

Lastly, my advice on not only the music, but every aspect of your wedding day is: be you. Play the music that has meaning to you. No matter the style of your wedding, your guests are there to celebrate your love for one another, and the best way to make that happen is by representing who you are as a couple in all of your wedding details. When you look back at your day, you aren’t going to be concerned over whether your wedding songs were overplayed or unheard of, you will remember that you played the music that you both love, and that your guests had a blast.

Hope these tips are helpful!

Faith Evans - Never Gonna Let You Go (1999)


Patience Lil Sista

There are so many days when I just want to be married and start our lives together but I have to learn to be patience and wait for the time to come. I think that when things go on in life when you want to run away from is when I feel it the most. The important part is that when it is all said and done, we will have each other and we will have our family...

403 and counting

Monday, September 19, 2011

30 Wedding Toast Quotes

Jump start your toast with an eloquent and moving reflection on marriage, love, or soul-binding. Need inspiration? Here are 30 quotes to ponder -- integrate the words into your own original speech ("As Shakespeare said..."; "In the words of the poet Nikki Giovanni..."), relating them to bride and groom. The idea is to get the crowd to feel the universal significance and emotional impact of the words.

1. May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river.-- Traditional African

2. Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.-- St. Augustine

3. We never live so intensely as when we love strongly. We never realize ourselves so vividly as when we are in full glow of love for others.-- Walter Rauschenbusch

4. To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. -- Lao Tzu

5. Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

6. One wordFrees us of all the weight and pain of life:That word is love.-- Sophocles

7. Night and day you are the one,Only you beneath the moon and under the sun.-- Cole Porter

8. At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.-- Plato

9. Love is a fire that feeds our life.-- Pablo Neruda

10. Love is friendship set to music.-- Anonymous

11. Marriage is like a golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity.-- Kahlil Gibran

12. The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.-- Walt Whitman

13. We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.-- Gwendolyn Brooks

14. In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.-- Marc Chagall

15. We love because it's the only true adventure. -- Nikki Giovanni

16. We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.-- John Keating, in Dead Poets Society (1989)

17. They do not love that do not show their love.--William Shakespeare

18. When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.-- Langston Hughes

19. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.-- Emily Bronte

20. That love is all there is Is all we know of love.-- Emily Dickinson

21. A great flame follows a little spark.-- Dante Alighieri

22. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.-- George Sand

23. Without love, the world itself would not survive.-- Lope de Vega

24. When love reigns, the impossible may be attained.-- Indian proverb

25. Love is life.-- Leo Tolstoy

26. Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.-- Voltaire

27. Love is a moment that lasts forever.-- Anonymous

28. Love is all you need.-- John Lennon/Paul McCartney

29. A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.-- Rainer Maria Rilke

30. May your dreams ride on the wings of angels who know their way home to the skies.-- Anonymous

You say Tomato and We say Tomatoes


I had a conversation with my daughter yesterday and asked her about what she wants to see at the wedding and she told me she wants to see a bar.......WTH? She saw the look on my face and she immediately corrected herself and said No Mom, like a Dessert bar or a Candy bar. So in honor of the Bar (LOL), here are a few Bar ideas

Bridal Show Tips - Bridal Shows NJ | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Bridal Show Tips - Bridal Shows NJ Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

PSA: Peeing while wearing your dress

Because this seems to be a topic that has several people hitting the panic button, here is how to pee while wearing your wedding dress:

On arrival at your venue

Open the door of the ladies' room and look in. If the floor is not clean, call the venue staff and ask to have it cleaned.

If the floor is clean, walk into the ladies' room and open the door of the handicapped stall. If the floor of the handicapped stall is not clean, call the venue staff and ask to have it cleaned.
This ensures that you will not later get the train/back of the dress dirty just by having it touch the floor.

When you need to go

Walk into the handicapped stall. Remove (don't just pull down) your underpants.

Facing the toilet, pull up the front of your dress to your waist.

Walk straight forward, so you are straddling the toilet, and sit down that way. The train/back of your dress will now be away from the toilet, so you won't get them wet or dirty.

Lean forward before peeing. That way, even if you drop the front of the dress onto the seat, you will not pee in its direction.

You may now resume your panic about all the other topics for your wedding day.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Family Time

Today we went out to the LA County Fair for Family Time and we had a great day! Here is a picture of our babies, Jacelyn and Isaiah. They had a blast and Mom and Dad had fun too.

All smiles......

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Single Ladies by Liza Minelli SAC2

One of my favorite reception scenes EVER!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wedding Day Beauty from Cover Girl

Wedding Day Beauty from Cover Girl


We have made it through this week and for me it has been a bit of an emotional time. I think that I am finally starting to accept who I am and the way God made me after a long road of different issues with my health and body.

Scott whispered something to me last night and it stayed with me and meant a lot to me because it was something that I knew but hearing it made it that much better....You are a beautiful woman.

Its this simple statement that I have heard from him before that made me understand that all the worries and thoughts I had should not be an issue.

As I may have said many times this week, it will be a journey but I will get to where I need to be and all will be well.

407 to go....

Thursday, September 15, 2011

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10 Secrets of Super-Happy Couples

Pretend You Just Met

Whether you've been together for six months or six years, spend some time each day acting as if you just started dating. Ask him what he thought of that TV episode or share what you'd do if you won the lottery. "Over time, couples stop asking those exploratory, get-to-know-you questions because they think they already understand each other," says Terri Orbuch, Ph.D., author of 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great. But because we all continue to change and develop, little daily check-ins like this are what keep the connection growing, according to Orbuch's research of 373 pairs. Chat about something besides the daily grind--at least for a bit.

Limit the Chick Flicks

If Jennifer Aniston and Ashton Kutcher regularly appear in your living room, your union could be in the danger zone.

"Romantic comedies can set up unreasonable expectations, which may lead to unnecessary suffering," says Sean Patrick Hatt, Ph.D., a psychologist in Seattle. "Comparing yourselves with idealized others is a recipe for misery." Sure, rom-coms can be feel-good escapes, but they may also promote magical thinking about relationships. For example, as partnerships mature and the initial intensity tends to fade, many couples try to recapture the euphoria they had in the beginning, says Hatt. "And that sort of thinking is only reinforced by Hollywood endings," he adds. Stocking your Netflix queue? Treat the rom-coms as, well, treats.

Be the Beauty to His Beast

Coupling up with an average Joe (with a beer belly) may be the key to long-term love. According to a study in the Journal of Family Psychology, when men were married to more attractive women, they seemed more likely to step up to the plate, says study author Benjamin R. Karney, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles. "But when husbands were better-looking, they didn't seem as engaged in helping their wives achieve their goals." (Size matters too: When women had a lower BMI than their guy, both partners tended to be more satisfied, according to other research.) The real secret to success? Support. Whether you're motivated by a gorgeous face or some other quality, couples are more likely to enjoy long-run happiness when they're invested in each other's welfare.

Control the Boozing

Any relationship will be shaken and stirred by too much alcohol, but research suggests that young adults who drink heavily (meaning four or more drinks on one occasion for women; five or more for guys) are less likely to wed in the first place and may be at greater risk for early separation if they do. Partyers may be more likely to have commitment issues to begin with, and once they couple up their bonds may be unstable. "If you're going to be in a solid intimate partnership, you're going to need all the good judgment and compassion you can muster," says Hatt. Which means keeping the drinking in check.

Hold a Grudge (as long as he doesn't)

Provided that your partner is able to bounce back from spats, you'll experience greater satisfaction, even if you tend to stay P.O.'d, according to recent research. The mark of a good recovery: You don't allow conflicts about one issue--say, money--to spill over into other areas of your relationship, such as how you help each other after a tough day, says study author Jessica E. Salvatore, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota. A yang to your yin yields harmony.

Tweet Responsibly

According to a survey of 100,000 people from OkCupid .com, avid tweeters tend to have shorter relationships--10 percent shorter, on average--than those who don't microblog. "Having your eyes glued to a smartphone screen isn't exactly conducive to romance," says Hatt. Be sure your tendency toward technology (tweets, texts, and otherwise) doesn't take up time better spent engaging in heart-to-heart communication with your guy.

Don't win an Oscar.

That is unless you'd like to thank the academy for ruining your relationship. A Best Actress winner is 63 percent more likely to have her marriage end before her category mates do, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Toronto. (And it's not an honor just to be nominated either: Sixty percent of all nominees, male or female, experience at least one divorce after getting a nod.) While the breakup rate might seem like celebrity hogwash, the findings may speak to an underlying social norm: Sudden one-sided success can put a strain on a romantic partnership. "The increased rate of divorce may be due to a husband's discomfort with his wife's success," says study author Colleen Stuart, Ph.D. "On the other hand, the wife may grow dissatisfied with her current marital arrangement because she now has the confidence and opportunity to move away from a bad relationship." Try to remain a power couple: Encourage and celebrate each other's successes, big and small.

Burn Bras (together)

Forget flowers--feminism is the new romance, say experts at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Women whose male partner is a feminist report better relationship quality, while men with feminist partners experience more sexual satisfaction and relationship stability. "A male feminist partner may increase a woman's ability to realize her own goals and career ambitions," says study author Laurie Rudman, Ph.D.

"And male feminists are probably not threatened by their partner's strivings." Plus, these women may be more likely to initiate sex, and no guy will complain about that.

Nurture Your Friends' Relationships

You might divorce-proof your own. According to researchers, the breakup of a close pal's marriage increases your odds of splitting by as much as 75 percent. "Some people may see another's divorce as permission to change their own life," says study coauthor Rose McDermott, Ph.D. But when you encourage friends to stay together (happily), you may generate reasons that also apply to your bond.

Twist the Sheets At Least Once a Week

The average American gets busy about two or three times a month, but increasing your romps to once a week generates as much bliss as scoring an extra $50,000 in income, according to researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Warwick in England. It's not so much the sex itself that leads to happiness; the frequency is a better marker for a successful relationship. "Couples who like each other end up in bed more often," says study author Andrew J. Oswald, Ph.D. "And it's the liking-each-other part that increases joy." But seriously, who needs a reason? Bank on more booty.


I got the latest issue of The Knot Magazine and it got me excited again for wedding planning. I had pulled back for a few weeks because we still over a year to go but it got me excited and inspired to get wedding stuff together. I don't really remember ever sitting up and dreaming about my wedding but now that I am going to have one, So many ideas and thoughts have been in my daydreams.... Its amazing how your thoughts can be changed in such a way.....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A change will do you good....

Scott and I have embarked on a few changes here lately and the latest one is our looks. Scott cut some of his facial hair off and I cut my nails down.....

Lets see how long it goes on for.... 409 and counting

Top 10 Things My Fiancée Says | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Top 10 Things My Fiancée Says Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

Photo of the Week

This Photo of the Week is Scott and I down in Oceanside for a Birthday Dinner for our officiant Jonathan. It was a Seaside restaurant that was awesome. The water and waves were close, the food was good and the company was great!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Advice for the Day

Wedding Jitters

Everyone gets nervous before the BIG day, when you suddenly look forward to an uncertain future and face up to the fact that your life is going to change. When you start getting jittery look back on the life you have shared up until this moment. Try remebering your first kiss together, the first "I love you" that was said, and your wedding jitters will fade away.

The Road to Healthy Continues

Last Night Scott and I went to a Fitness Boot camp and got worked out! It was a different experience for both of us but I think a good one. I think we have found a new way to work out and I am excited for it. The road to healthy continues.....#teamjascott

Monday, September 12, 2011

Healthy Eating to Decrease Stress - Topic Overview

You can handle stress better when you are as healthy as possible, so eating nutritiously is a good defense against stress. The tips below focus on using nutrition to reduce the symptoms of stress. For more information about eating right, see the topic Healthy Eating.

Avoid or limit caffeine. Coffee, tea, some soda pop, and chocolate contain caffeine. Caffeine causes you to feel "wound up," which can make stressful situations seem more intense. If you drink a lot of caffeine, reduce the amount gradually. Stopping use of caffeine suddenly can cause headaches and make it hard to concentrate

If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. If you are feeling very stressed, you might be turning to alcohol for relief more often than you realize. If you drink, limit yourself to 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women.

Make mealtimes calm and relaxed. Try not to skip meals or eat on the run. Skipping meals can make stress-related symptoms worse. You may get a headache or a tight, tense feeling in your stomach. Eating on the run can cause indigestion. Use mealtime to relax, enjoy the flavor of your meal, and reflect on your day.

Avoid eating to relieve stress. Some people turn to food to comfort themselves when they are under stress. This can lead to overeating and guilt. If this is a problem for you, try to replace eating with other actions that relieve stress, such as taking a walk, playing with a pet, or taking a bath

NFL 9/11 Sunday Night tribute Taps/ Anthem by Lady Antebellum 9/11/11 NY...

We Remember... Never Forget.

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Today marks a very important day in the history of Scott and I...but only he and I knows what it is we celebrate today... To S.C.... I Love You all the way to the moon and back and I will celebrate this day now and forever. XOXO

Sunday, September 11, 2011


WE REMEMBER.........

Will Work for Love

I have friends around me that are in a time of their lives when love is the thing that they are searching for. I remember a point in my life where I thought the quest for love was a journey I was not ready to take. I think we all come to a point where we want certain things in life and don't know how they will be achieved.. Like someone to come home to at the end of the day, or someone who will always be your biggest cheerleader.

The road to love is one most choose not to travels for different reason but once you find that someone who loves you, wants to be there for you and would give you the world if they could, then that is someone you don't let go of.

To my friends, I wish you nothing but happiness on your quest for love. Let your heart be open and you will find what your looking for.

Peace and Love

Friday, September 9, 2011

Bridesmaid Trends Not to Be Missed

Gone are the days of the taffeta nightmare paired with dyed shoes and a miserable bridesmaid.

While bridesmaids should be a little overshadowed by the spotlight of the bride, they still deserve to look good and have fun! These days, bridesmaids are tapping in to the hottest trends and Melissa Phillips of Simply Perfect by Melissa is showing off the best of these trends. Bridesmaid trends to love:

1. Nontraditional bridesmaid dresses: One of the biggest complaints about being a bridesmaid dress is the cost (and look) of a single use dress. The wedding industry is seeing more maids wearing dresses from women’s retailers such as Ann Taylor, J.Crew and other boutique shops. These dresses can still be colorful, but they have cocktail feel. After the weddings, jewelry, belts, sandals, wraps, etc give the dress a whole new feeling.

2. Fun accessories: Bridesmaids are embellishing their dresses with trendy jewelry, floral pins, brooches, and feathers. Again, this breaks the mold of the traditional bridesmaid dress, and gives them some great new pieces to wear again.

3. Gift for the bridesmaids: The current trend involves less uniformity in gifts and more customization for each girl. Brides are putting individual thought into each of their girls and getting gifts that reflect something about that specific bridesmaid. This gives a much more personal and special touch to gift giving.

4. Metallic shoes: Dye-ables are going by the wayside…Bridesmaids are moving more towards a universal metallic shoe to compliment the dress and add to the accessories. Which is great because these shoes can be used long after the wedding.

5. Variation in bouquets: Vary up the look of the bridesmaid’s bouquet to add a twist to the overall look of the bridesmaids. Brides are choosing a variety of blooms from the blooms being used throughout, or switching up the colors using different shades or colors from the wedding color palette.

6. Smaller bridal parties: Brides are selecting fewer girls to keep their bridal parties smaller and more intimate. Bridesmaids everywhere can quit groaning and start shopping with these trends in mind.

The bridal party has changed gears to allow for way more fun and dresses and accessories that can be used for years to come.

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Wedding Night Lingerie

I got an email today about Bridal Lingerie and there is so much to choose from....what do you think? To Lingerie or Not to Lingerie???


I was in the car today on the way to work when a radio ad came on saying, Black Friday is around the corner and it made me think.... Time is flying. When I first started counting the days till our wedding I believe we started at 582 and today we are at 414. Its so amazing how everything has come almost full circle and there is still so much to do.

I now know what Brides mean when they say, you have time but you don't have time. 2012 is around the corner and we are going to be off and running before we know it...

414 and counting.......

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Craziest Wedding Vows Ever

We asked brides on the to give us the scoop on the weirdest wedding vows they've ever heard … or said. Here's what they told us.

Star-Quality Husband

"I vowed to my husband that I would always find him hotter than Vin Diesel." — Seshat

Candy Man

"One of my friends and her husband wrote their own vows that were personal and unique. He really loves orange Tic Tacs, and a part of her vow was, 'I promise to accept orange Tic Tacs as a food group.'" — Angie

More Than a Friend

"I promise to be your best friend ... with benefits." — Liz

Happily Ever Whenever

"At my father's second wedding, he and his wife vowed to 'love and be faithful for as long as we can stand each other.'" —Anna

Biggest Winner

"Through fat and skinny." — Karin

Just a Pinch

"I was at a wedding where the bride and groom wrote their own vows, and he promised to love her "just a little bit." They had an inside joke where she would ask how much he loved her, and he'd say "this much" and hold his fingers open only a little." — Sarah

Base Hit

"Until death do we part ... or until you become a Cubs fan." — Amber

Sealed With a Five

"In our vows, Michael promised to buy me shoes whenever I asked for a new pair, and I vowed to buy him bigger tires for his Jeep. When they pronounced us husband and wife, we spontaneously high-fived." — Dana

Deer Hubby

"I was at a wedding last summer, and the hunting-loving groom promised not to spend too much time hunting. The bride promised to be quiet in the tree stand." — Diane

Name That TV Show

"Part of my husband's vows included, 'I promise to treasure you always from now to the end of the world, because you are the prettiest girl in all of Wisconsin. It's especially funny, because I've never set foot in Wisconsin." —Shauna

National Kiss Day

In honor of National Kiss Day... I thought I would post a few Kiss Pics of Scott and I.....Enjoy!

Get in Shape for Brides

For today's get in shape post, we are talking about the body. Now I think brides can go a little overboard with this part for their wedding day. Every girl wants to lose a few pounds here and a few pounds there, but let's not go crazy okay. We don't want you passing out on your wedding day from malnutrition!

Tips for getting your body in shape, you may have heard these before, but I would like to stress these key points.

Eat healthy. This sounds simple but everyone has a hard time with it. This does NOT mean stop eating good tasting foods. Eat less fast food and ready made dinners. Eat more fruits, veggies, and lower fat proteins such as fish and chicken. Try to roast and bake more than you fry foods.

Drink lots of water and less soda.

Eat more whole grains and less processed foods. Just be more aware of what you are taking in. Also, treat yourself every once in a while!! Wedding planning can be stressful and dieting only adds to it, don't completely deny yourself. Reward yourself!

Exercise. Again, sounds simple but it's harder than it sounds. Make it a family affair, get your family fit for the wedding! Play sports together, go on bike rides, take classes at the gym. It's better when you have someone to do it with. Also, don't go overboard! Do what you can, 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes. Try to fit in some weights, muscle helps burn fat!

Remember that your fiance loves you how you are, they've been with you up until now, and they probably don't care if you lose those 5 or 10 or fill in the number pounds! You are beautiful to them now, and you are going to look beautiful on your wedding day, you just are, so don't go crazy stressing yourself out about losing weight! Just be healthy.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Next Wave of Wedding Favors Favors & Gifts:

The Next Wave of Wedding Favors Favors & Gifts:

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Photo of the Week

This Photo of the Week is in honor of Panther Football

My daughter is a Pop Warner Cheerleader for the L.A.S.E Panthers and this photo was taken at her 1st game of the season last year..... Cheer Dad Scott was in full effect with his Panther shirt on. It was a hot day and the funny part of the day was he was going to bring me a Icee from Target and it melted before he got it to me.....Figures. LOL


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

White Magnolia- Los Angeles

White Magnolia is an upscale bridal consignment boutique in West Los Angeles that opened in 2011. They carry new, sample and gently used wedding dresses at a fabulous discount, usually 40-60% off retail price. Their philosophy is that every bride should be able to find her dream dress within a budget, and still have the full wedding dress experience. They also believe that newly married brides should be able to sell their wedding dresses easily, without all the hassles of posting dresses online.

Check them out to find the dress for you!

The Happiness of Killer Shrimp

Monday, September 5, 2011

Romeo saved me......

I was off today for Labor Day and watched the movie Letters to Juliet and I LOVED it. The story in short is about a woman who wrote a letter 50 years ago about a man she met when she was a teenager that she was going to run away with but she didn't go... Instead she went away back to London and he stayed in Italy. A fact finder for a newspaper traveled to Italy with her finacee on what was to be a romantic pre-wedding trip but he was a restaurant owner and he wanted to tour to test products which left her alone to discover Italy.

She meets this group of women that wrote back letters to women who left love letters on a famous wall where Romeo would see Juliet and she found the 50 year old letter.

Eventually she met the woman and her grandson and traveled Italy to find the man she left 50 years ago. In the end, they found each other and married. The movie spoke to me because it makes you think about what you could miss out on. I had but all but given up on love and now I am writing on my wedding blog.

I thank Scott for being my Romeo. Thank you for renewing my faith in love and refreshing my life.

I Love You......

Friday, September 2, 2011

Curve Balls of Life

Sometimes life throws you curve balls that you either are ready to handle or you adapt to. It's easier to handle things when you have someone by your side to cheer you on, be a comforter and who understands you.

I am glad that Scott is home safely..... Time to bring on the weekend!