Friday, December 30, 2011

Out with 2011..... in with 2012



























2011 in reflection had its ups and downs but through it all, we smiled and stayed true to us. There was birthdays, loss, love and genuine happiness. Its hard to believe that we went through the year as quickly as we did and even more hard to believe that when I do my recap next year, there will be changes for the better.




I have to say more than anything, I am excited for 2012. I am excited for my family and for my life for the first time in a very long time. I am truly BLESSED beyond measure to have a great fiancee, wonderful daughter, fun step son , good friends, excellent family and extended family.




To 2011, Thanks for teaching me alot this year. Thanks for allowing me time with people and for me to feel true love. Thank You for giving me an outlet in blogging to get my words out to people in the world and not bore my friends with Wedding talk all the time. Thanks to my readers for taking this journey with me and for allowing me the time to be a Blushing Bride.




2012.....Bring it on.




Jasmine


aka


The Future Mrs. Cameron (302 days to be exact)











10 Wedding Traditions You Can Do Without - Project Wedding

10 Wedding Traditions You Can Do Without - Project Wedding

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Biggest Bridal Buzz of the Year | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Biggest Bridal Buzz of the Year Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

Keasha and Chris Draft

Please say a prayer for the friends and family of Keasha Draft, wife of former NFL player, Chris Draft. Keasha lost her battle with cancer only after one month of marriage. This story is truly heartbreaking. Please pray for this family's strength.

http://vimeo.com/krjproductions/draft-wedding

Catching up with Old Friends

I have the esteem pleasure of being very good friends with Bruce and Suzanne Murray. Our Officiant for our wedding Jonathan is their son. I worked with them for over a year and they are the sweetest people I know. Bruce is a brilliant man who is friends with Buzz Aldrin, Worked on Space missions, was the Director at JPL and loves Suzanne with all his heart.

Suzanne has become one of my very best friends. We spent everyday just about together and it honestly has been one of my better friendships. She is one of the sweetest women that I know and she was one of the people who opened my eyes to loving someone again after the long road of life I have had so far in the love department.

We talk and see each other as often as we can (Because they live about 2 hours away) so it was nice to get to see them last night for dinner.


Its always nice to see people in love like they are and with all the different things going on right now, its nice to still see them smile.


:)



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Photo of the Week

This Photo of the Week I purposely didn't post in my Christmas Recap because I had to use it as the Photo of the Week...... This is Our family. We took this at Christmas dinner and it is my favorite picture of us so far. It definitely shows what our lives will be like as a family.

Love, The Cameron's

First Dance Songs - Music for First Dance | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

First Dance Songs - Music for First Dance Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

10 Slimming Snacks and Meals for Your Wedding Diet

As you probably know by now, the initial bliss of engagement is quickly followed by a desire to attain that specific level of thinness and perfection known only to red-carpet celebrities with on-staff personal trainers and chefs. After all, you want to look your absolute best when you stand up on your wedding day in front of everyone you know.


Before you embark on the celery and mineral water diet, take an honest look at your intentions and goals. If you're aching to drop multiple dress sizes in a short amount of time, think again. Crash diets and yo-yo diets (where you resort to extreme measures to lose a bunch of weight and then usually gain it back, plus a few extra pounds) are terrible for your overall health. Despite this undeniable truth, many brides resort to extreme dieting tactics, like popping weight-loss pills or skipping meals. Sure, you might fit into your wedding gown or your high school bikini, but at what a cost?


Take this opportunity to lay the groundwork for a long-lasting marriage by adopting healthy habits for you and your groom. Use our list of 10 nutritious meal and snack choices to increase your health and overall quality of life -- for your wedding day and for your happily ever after.



10: Oatmeal

If you think trading black coffee for a real breakfast is going to turn you into a Heidi Klum clone, think again. Skipping breakfast is one of the best ways to slow down your metabolism and weaken your resolve when you're faced with those doughnuts in the office break room.
Avoid these dieting pitfalls by making oatmeal a regular staple in your diet. As a low-energy density food, oatmeal has fewer calories per volume, according to Weight Watchers. In layman's terms, oatmeal is dense and filling¸ but it's light on calories thanks to its high water and fiber content. By helping you feel fuller for longer periods of time, oatmeal will let you make it to your mid-morning snack without breaking diet protocol.

To heighten the flavor, substitute skim milk for water at the cost of only a few extra calories. Top your bowl with some cinnamon, raisins and diced apples, and you'll have a nutritious and filling start to your day. Brides who prefer a morning protein boost can stir in some peanut butter, walnuts or almonds.

9: Whole-grains with Nut Butter

Carbs have gotten a bad rap after numerous diet crazes proclaimed their wickedness. Not all carbs are the enemy, though. Certain complex carbohydrates, such as white pastas, breads and rice are rife with unhealthy bleached flour and refined sugar. Their more beneficial counterparts, such as brown rice and whole-grain bread and pasta are packed with nutrients and fiber that help keep your energy level up and your belly full for longer stretches of time.

Top off whole-grain bread or crackers with a moderate amount of protein-rich peanut or almond butter, and you have the perfect mid-afternoon snack to tide you over until dinner time.

8: Low-fat Dairy Products

Despite the numerous studies that sing its praises, dairy is often one of the first food groups to get cut by dieters. Many brides-to-be find themselves trading milk for calorie-free water and ditching cheese and yogurt altogether.

Obviously, drinking whole milk isn't going to cut off any inches from your waistline, but turning to its nutrient-rich fat-free version will. Low-fat or fat-free varieties of milk, cheese and yogurt have shown time and again that they have the mettle to keep you fit and healthy while dieting. In fact, research has proven that calcium helps you burn fat, so diets high in dairy tend to be successful. Further studies have indicated that fruit smoothies made with yogurt actually reduce belly fat in particular.

7: Fresh Fruit

Mother Nature provided us with all of the delicious, filling and low-calorie snacks we could possibly need. So why do we turn to those unnaturally orange cheese doodles when we're hungry? Ditch the oh-so-unhealthy processed foods in favor of fruits like grapes, berries and apples. Fresh fruit is naturally low in calories and fat content, and it's also packed with vitamins and disease-fighting antioxidants, which can keep the sniffles at bay as the big day approaches. Another bonus? Many fruits, like apples, bananas and oranges, are portable and easy to enjoy at your desk, at home or anywhere in between.

6.Lean Meats

What's that sound? It's steak-loving brides around the world breathing a collective sigh of relief that even meat has a place in a real diet. The trick is in the selection. Skip high-fat meat products like hot dogs or bacon in favor of moderately sized portions of lean beef and pork. Selections that feature the words "loin" or "round" in the title are the leanest, most flavor-rich options.

5: Fish

The next time you tire of the never-ending cycle of lean beef, chicken and pork, consider turning to fish to shake things up. Naturally high in protein and low in fat, fish packs a powerful punch in terms of filling you up and not out. The healthiest options are tilapia, tuna and salmon -- try them blackened, grilled or broiled. Steer clear of uber-unhealthy fried fish of any variety, as well as swordfish and king mackerel, which are high in toxic mercury content.

4: Leafy Greens

Shocking, right? Aside from rice cakes, leafy green salads are usually the first thing that come to mind when the word "diet" is mentioned -- for good reason! Leafy greens are high in fiber and remarkably low in calories, as long as you don't drench them with full-fat ranch dressing and other unhealthy toppings. The darker green varieties in particular are packed with good carbohydrates, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.

Consider starting off meals with a salad to avoid overindulging on the main course. And don't relegate leafy greens to salads only. There are tons of other ways to incorporate greens into your diet. Spinach is an excellent side dish for virtually any meal, and you can swap out conventional bread or tortillas for large leaves of dark lettuce when eating sandwiches or burritos.

3: Nuts

Nuts are a remarkably filling snack, thanks to the fact that they're packed with fiber and protein. The good fats found in nuts actually facilitate the fat-burning process, and they're beneficial for your heart to boot.

Try tossing almonds and walnuts with dried blueberries and cranberries to make a tasty trail mix. One-third of a cup is the right amount to keep you from splurging between meals.

2: Dark Chocolate

The truth is simple: Deprivation diets don't work. Popping an occasional piece of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate might actually keep your diet on track. Dieters who continually deny themselves invariably snap and overdo it, eating higher quantities of unhealthy fare.

Trust us -- it's better to have a couple of small pieces of chocolate per day than it is to down an entire tub of caramel- and butter-covered popcorn.

1: Water

Water is one of the most essential parts of our physical makeup, yet it routinely gets tossed by the wayside because we're too busy to fill our glass repeatedly, or we just don't like the taste of it.

This is an all-too-common mistake that can be fatal to the success of your pre-wedding diet. People often mistake dehydration for hunger, loading up on snacks instead of drinking the daily recommended eight glasses of water. It's easy to tweak the beverage if you find water to be underwhelming. Calorie-free mix-ins are available in virtually every flavor at your local grocery store. You can also cut lemons, limes, oranges and cucumbers into wedges and add them to your bottle for an extra burst of flavor.

More Than Words

Marriage is More......

It funny to me that some people don't understand that Marriage is more than jewelry...Its work, its commitment and it should be for life but people now a days don't treat it that way. My Aunt and Uncle celebrate 36 years of marriage today and Sinead O' Conner filed for divorce after 18 days today... Nothing about that makes sense to me.

I am happy to have so many couples around me that are role models and show me that love is hard from time to time but as long as you stick it out with each other, work through the hard times and remember your vows to each other, all will be just fine.

To my readers who are on the road to marriage as I am, I hope that you Live, Laugh and Love with your soul mate for your whole lives. Remember that although there will be some ruff times, that trouble don't last always.

305...

Celebrity Wedding Planner David Tutera Answers Your Burning Questions! - Project Wedding

Celebrity Wedding Planner David Tutera Answers Your Burning Questions! - Project Wedding

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011






This Christmas was a blast! I admit that last Christmas was great because of the status change but this Christmas was just as fun... Here are a few from Christmas 2011..... Happy Holidays

Friday, December 23, 2011

What a difference a year makes





This time last year I was asking my boyfriend Scott what he was getting me for Christmas and he would (and always says when I ask about gifts) you really want to know and I always said No.










Now here we are, almost a year to the date that he ask Little ole me to be Mrs. Cameron.






I tell you that time try does fly... even more so because when I post next Christmas, I will be officially Mrs. Jasmine Cameron.






Its still one of the best Christmas gifts I have ever gotten! No girl could ask for anything more in a man than what I have in him. (Lolly Lolly Moment)






If I don't get a chance to tell you all before Sunday.... Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers.. I hope the Holiday Season brings you Love, Peace and Joy.

XOXO,

Jasmine
~aka~
Soon to be Mrs. Cameron

Thursday, December 22, 2011

You’re Engaged! Now What? The 12 Things You Need to Do Right After You Get the Ring

Call Your Relatives (Even the Ones You Never Really Talk to)

Engagement DOs and DON’Ts start almost the second you say yes. Your first task? Sharing the exciting news with the world. And how easy would it be to do so in 140 characters or fewer or with a quick status update? No matter how tempting, it's an engagement faux pas not to pick up the phone and call your family members and friends. All of them. No one likes being left out—and getting the news via mass e-mail, Twitter update or Facebook is especially rotten. So set aside a few hours and plow through your phone book (you can enlist your mom, sister, aunt or another family representative to help you out).


Get Your Ring Sized

Your stunning sparkler is perfect in every way, except for the wiggle room (or maybe it’s a little tight and turning your fingertip a not-so-Tiffany-blue). Get it resized ASAP—after all, you’ll be showing it to everyone and the last thing you want is to lose the thing an hour after you get it. The process can take just a few hours or, at most, a few days.


Get Your Ring Insured

Nothing can replace the sentimental value of your ring, but if something happens to it, at least you can get your (or his) money back. If you have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, call to add the ring to your policy. You may need an official appraisal before you can officially add the ring, so call the insurance broker to see what paperwork is required. If you don’t already have renter’s insurance, it can be cheaper to buy it (you should have it anyway) and then add the ring. Your broker will be able to help you find the right option.


Set a Date—Even If It’s Not the Date

After “congratulations” and “let me see your ring,” here’s the first thing people will ask: “When’s the wedding?” It’ll save you lots of headaches if the two of you come up with a vague-yet-specific answer, like “We’re shooting for early 2011” or “We like the idea of next fall.” People appreciate feeling like they’re in the loop, and they’ll also put the event into their mental datebooks. Plus, it’ll give you and your guy a little direction as you start planning.


Create a Wedding Blog

Now that you’ve told everyone the good news (on the phone, missy—see step No. 1), set up a wedding site or blog to keep everyone apprised of your nuptial news. Post photos, write your “how we met” story, have a guestbook—make it as personal and interactive as you want. Get the bare bones up first; later on, you can get fancy with wedding details, hotel advice, maps, quizzes, daily thoughts and whatever other wedding whimsies you want to share. Send it around to those who ask, but be prepared for the fact that your mom and your BFF may be the only ones who want to read it.

Daydream (a Lot)

Get a bunch of wedding magazines, watch Father of the Bride for feel-good tears, look at maps for honeymoon ideas, blog-stalk engagement sites and Glamour Weddings. Give yourself permission to let your brain turn into its own wedding channel. If you haven’t been planning your wedding since you turned five, that’s OK; now’s a good time to collect ideas that inspire you and to learn what you want—and don’t want—in your wedding.

Plan a Night Out With Just Your Fiancé

Until the celebrations and parties and wedding are finally over, there’s not going to be much “just the two of you” moments. Get in some good face time with each other now—and make it a point not to talk wedding details. Yes, there’s a ton to do, but for now, it’s perfectly OK to hit the town and celebrate—just you and him.

Get a Wedding Planner

No, not a wedding planner person—at least not yet. Get an iPhone app, a datebook, a calendar or some other kind of keep-organized device to help you create a timeline for major wedding-related tasks. While you’re at it, pick up a wedding-planning binder to keep all those inspirational ideas you found in step 6.


Think About Whether You Want a Wedding Coordinator or Want to Go It Alone

Review the elements of your wedding that’ll take a little planning—negotiating with bakers and caterers for the best prices, finding the ideal venue, organizing party favors—and figure out if those are tasks you want to tackle alone or if you’d rather hire a wedding planner (stress reduction and a little time-saving sounds nice, right?). Keep in mind that a wedding coordinator will cost extra money, so make sure the option fits into your budget before you give it serious consideration.

Start a Wedding Savings Account

Remember that even a simple, small wedding costs money (and sometimes a lot more money than you would ever imagine). A wedding savings account is an easy way to keep cash accumulating for the big day, so you don’t have to rely on plastic to bear the brunt later on. Open a basic savings account at any bank—or look online for higher-interest accounts at sites like ally.com and etrade.com—then deposit a set amount every paycheck that’ll go toward wedding-related expenses only.

Ask Your Parents (and His) for Their Ideal Guest Lists

Before you start putting a number on how many guests you want, it’s time to ask both your parents about whom they’d most want to invite. Be sure to tell them this is just a preliminary list and things might change—it’s on paper, not set in stone. After you have their “dream” lists, you can add and edit and trim. Helpful hint: Ask them to help prioritize their wish list by breaking it into tiers—it’ll help you make cuts later on.

Chill Out and Have Fun!

Take time to relax—get a massage, sleep in when you can. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event purely about you and your fiancĂ©. You are allowed to enjoy it!

Christmas Photo Shoot - Christmas Proposal | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Christmas Photo Shoot - Christmas Proposal Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

Cute Wedding Ideas via Pinterest

Advice Coasters for the Bride and Groom




Puzzle Guest Book







Heart Sparklers








Cute Guest Book







First Dance Lyrics with Framed Picture












The Evolution of Mrs. Cameron

I was having a conversation with Tanesha last night and she said that you know once you get married that there will be some changes in your life... You will have your own family to focus and worry about. It made me think that this process for Scott and I is truly an evolution. We went from 2 single people, to a couple, to fiancees to soon Husband and Wife. They will definitely be some changes and I hope they are for the better but I will still be Jasmine through and through.

Its all an exciting time for us and I am just happy to share it with my friends and followers.


310 till forever....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Most Watched Proposal Videos - Proposal Videos | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Most Watched Proposal Videos - Proposal Videos Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

LOVE THIS MOVIE AND THIS SCENE...

Photo of the Week





This Photo of the Week comes from School Night Karaoke... but this one was a special one as we all got to say "See Ya Later" to Miss TNT. Like me, she has found love (Lolly Lolly moment) and she is moving to Oklahoma City to be with her Pooh Bear (Grown Ass Man with the Nickname Pooh Bear...LOL). Tanesha, we will miss you dearly but we know that when love calls, we must answer. Of course we expect to see you in October but still, don't be a stranger....






Tuesday, December 20, 2011

20 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Wedding

You don't stick to your budget


It's simple: You have a budget for a reason. Prioritize early on what you want to splurge and save on. Do you care more about your flowers or more about the music? Having an idea of how high you're willing to go in each of the major categories will also help you narrow down your vendors and negotiate exactly what you're getting.

You hire a friend or family member as your photographer

We understand that your aunt or your bridesmaid's boyfriend might be great with a camera -- but at your wedding, they should be guests. Hiring a pro means all of your guests really get to enjoy themselves, and it means you won't stress out when you spot your aunt at the bar or on the dance floor when you thought she'd be taking photos.

You plan your own bridal shower or bachelorette party

Let your maid of honor, mom, aunt, close friend -- or anyone else plan these events for you. We totally understand wanting a "no strippers allowed" bachelorette, and it's fine to give specific guidelines. What you shouldn't do is book the hotel rooms and write a detailed itinerary. Your friends will have fun planning, and take it from us -- you'll be better off having more time to focus on planning the main event

You ask someone to be a bridesmaid out of obligation

Despite what some may say, you don't have to ask someone to be a bridesmaid just because you were a bridesmaid in her wedding eight years ago. Take time to come up with your bridesmaid lineup -- pick as small or as large a bridal party as you want, and only include your besties -- you'll have way more fun.

You decide to do your own hair, makeup or flowers

While you might be able to make your own favors or print your own menus, there are certain aspects of the wedding you should leave to the pros. Hair, makeup and flowers usually top our list. Having your hair and makeup done ensures you'll look great from start to finish. And trust us; there simply isn't time to do all of the centerpieces, aisle decor, bouquets and boutonnieres yourself.

You don't have a Plan B for an outdoor wedding

Ask about rain plans when you're checking out potential venues, even before you book. That way, you're guaranteed to get something that you're equally happy about, regardless of the weather. And consider other weather conditions -- get heat lamps if you're planning an early fall wedding, and offer paper fans in case of an extra sunny summer wedding

You behave like a Bridezilla

As one of the cardinal sins of wedding planning, we think this one's a no-brainer. Being a bride doesn't give you carte blanche to behave however you want for the next year and a half. Remember: While you've got a leading role, your supporting cast are the ones who will make sure things run smoothly.


You haven't thought about the ceremony too much

Even if you're having a church ceremony and reciting traditional vows, you'll still want to think about ways to personalize it. Don't forget to plan your ceremony decor, the exact way you want the program to run and any music you want before, during and after your "I dos."

You don't write down your vows or speech

Even if you've practiced it in front of a mirror a million times, we'd suggest tucking a small piece of paper with your vows or speech into your day-of bag. You never quite know how you'll feel until you're standing at the altar, and you don't want to blank during a heartfelt moment. Just think of it as your safety net.

You try on your shoes the day of the wedding

We know you want to keep your Louboutins in pristine condition, but try wearing them at least around your house for several hours on a few different days before the wedding to avoid painful blisters or pinched toes. Even if you're planning on changing after the ceremony, you want to make sure you can comfortably and confidently walk down the aisle in your heels.

You pack for the honeymoon last-minute

Why wait? The trip is booked, and you'll have enough to do the morning after the wedding without also trying to remember if your toothbrush and contacts are in your suitcase. Do yourself a favor and start packing about a week ahead of time so that all you’ll have left are the last-minute items.

You assume you'll coordinate anything day-of

The only thing you should have to do the day of the wedding is enjoy yourself. You've probably heard it a million times, but the day goes by very quickly. If there are issues that simply can't be resolved beforehand, try to hand them off to your maid of honor, mom or a helpful family friend to take care of. Better yet, look into hiring a day-of coordinator to ensure everything runs smoothly.

You haven't thought about transportation for your guests

Whether you're hosting your wedding in a major metropolitan area or having a destination day, planning out transportation for your guests is a must. This doesn't mean you need to provide and pay for it, necessarily, but having the numbers of a few cab companies on hand (or displayed in a cute frame near the door) will be a real help at the end of the night.

You plan to use an iPod for music

We know you're super-picky about the tunes that will play at your reception -- but that's still no excuse not to hire a pro. Give your DJ complete play and do-not-play lists so you're sure to get what you want. What you shouldn't do is use your iPod and run the risk of losing your music halfway through the night with no idea how to fix it.

You do the seating chart last-minute

This one isn't just a pain for you -- it's also an inconvenience for your coordinator and caterer. Hand in your seating chart one to two weeks before the wedding to give everyone adequate time to plan.

You don't register

Even if you think you don't need much, failing to create a registry means you run the risk of ending up with five toasters. Plus, registering is one of the wedding planning to-dos most couples say they really enjoy (just think about events like Macy's Sip & Scans). Already been living together for several years and think you have everything? This is your chance to upgrade to nicer cookware and linens. Also consider signing up for a honeymoon or charity registry.

You have a cash bar

You've heard us say it a million times, but asking your guests to shell out for drinks at your wedding is a major faux pas. If you're on a limited budget, consider offering just wine and beer, or just a signature cocktail. You could also consider hosting the wedding earlier in the day or having a brunch reception, where guests are likely to drink less.

You don't do any hair or makeup trials

Assembling your day-of look head-to-toe prior to the wedding is an absolute must. How else would you know that the magazine hairstyle you've been dreaming of just doesn’t look that great after all? Test out your hair, makeup and any other new beauty products -- like self-tanner -- to make sure they all come out looking just the way you planned. Make it more fun by inviting a bridesmaid over or by having your mom put together her complete day-of look too.

You don't have a day-of itinerary

Create a timeline for the day, starting from the time you wake up to the time you make your reception exit. Give the itinerary to all the major players, like your mom, bridal party and wedding vendors.

You stress out so much you don't enjoy anything

Even though every detail can seem like a big deal, keeping yourself relaxed throughout the planning process will make it way more fun. Also, if you find yourself feeling all-consumed, take a break from wedding planning, whether that means hiding the wedding magazines or scheduling a weekend getaway. Get plenty of rest the week before the wedding, and make sure you have a bite to eat the day-of too.

Love Lessons From Super Tight Celeb Couples

Are you still reeling from the reported Demi/Ashton split? Us too—and damn, we had finally started to believe that their relationship was truly rock-solid. Fortunately we have these Hollywood pairings to prove to us that romantic love can last. Here’s what keeps them tight, plus what you can take away from their stronger-than-ever relationships.

Heidi Klum & Seal

Love Lesson You Can Learn From Them: Don’t let yourself go.

“One thing I want to be for my husband is not only his wife, mother of his children, and his best friend, but also his ‘hot’ girl who keeps making an effort to be attractive and fun,” Heidi told Redbook. “I tossed the baggy sweatpants in the bin a long time ago so that I can’t even be tempted to put them on again.” Make like Heidi and toss yours too.

Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck

Love Lesson You Can Learn From Them: Keep yourselves grounded.


This duo’s home is in Boston, away from all the entertainment world distractions, and living a more regular life out of the limelight is clearly working for them—have you noticed how well-adjusted daughters Violet and Seraphina come across? Take a cue from these two and don’t let status and material possessions take priority over feeling happy and connected.


Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Love Lesson You Can Learn From Them: Have each other’s back.


Angie manages the home front when Brad’s busy with long movie shoots and press junkets, and Brad happily repays the favor. Pitt said to Parade, “One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. Oh, man, I’m so happy to have her. With a partner like Angie, I know that when I’m working, the kids are happy, safe and prospering. And when Angie’s working, she knows she has the same.”


Beyonce & Jay-Z

Love Lesson You Can Learn From Them: Make your love private.

When was the last time you heard either B or J talk about their marriage in depth in an interview? Um, never, actually. We’re not recommending that extreme of a strategy, but follow their lead by not blabbing to your friends every single aspect of your relationship. Keep some of it sacred and for you two only.


Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale

Love Lesson You Can Learn From Them: Put each other first.

“I make sure he’s a number-one priority,” Gwen has said of her husband of nine years. “Sometimes I have to say no to things so I can be home with him on Sunday and hang out.” You don’t have to be glued at the hip, but carving out couple time is an LTR investment that results in a more intimate connection.


Kate Middleton & Prince William

Love Lesson You Can Learn From Them: Don’t rush to the altar.

These two former college flat mates dated for a freakin’ decade before Wills finally popped the question. That’s not to say you should keep mum about where the relationship is going. But it’s smarter to let things evolve naturally while you savor your single-girl years—we’re pretty sure the princess formerly known as Waity Katie would agree.

Victoria and David Beckham

Love Lesson You Can Learn From Them: Stay close, even when you’re apart.

Victoria Beckham was photographed holding her cell phone—and the background was a sexy shot of her hubby. With having such different schedules around the world, keeping each other close in any way during a LDR is smart.

Happy 59th Anniversary Gram and Papa!!




Monday, December 19, 2011

HIS AND HERS WEDDING SHOE...MAYBE

adidas AR 2.0 Shoes

Awesome Wedding Photo Ideas















































































































7 Topics That Shouldn’t Come Up in Wedding Toasts

Exes

Besides the fact that talking about the bride or groom with another guy or girl is strange in and of itself, I’ve been to weddings where exes or their families (or both) have been in attendance. So it’s extra-painful when a toaster maligns a past love…in front of his mother. Even funny ex stories are better left unsaid, just in case former flames are a sore subject with either newlywed.

Sex

All wedding guests realize that sex will be on the newlyweds’ honeymoon agenda. Hence, they don’t need to be reminded of this. What’s even more cringe-inducing is when a speaker brings up all the bed-creaking and moans they heard through their college dorm walls. The worst offense, though, was from a father of the bride, who talked about CONCEIVING the lady in white. And speaking of procreating…

Kids

You may disagree with me on this, but hear me out: A bride-friend of mine wasn’t sure if she wanted to have children when she got married. One of the wedding toasters must not have gotten the memo because he went on and on (and on) about how he couldn’t wait for the bride and groom to reproduce, what their kids would look like, what their names would be, etc. It got so uncomfortable that the bride actually took the mic away, ending the speech. But I suppose if speakers are 1000 percent positive that the couple wants and can have children, it’s not so bad.

Politics

I can’t think of a single wedding I’ve attended where every guest was of the same political persuasion. So to get on the mic and espouse a certain divisive view is asking for trouble.

Layoffs

A sure way to depress everyone fast: Bring up how the bride lost her job and hasn’t found a new one yet. Even though it’s fairly common for someone to be out of work these days, it’s such a downer when someone calls attention to it…on a microphone…on what’s supposed to be the happiest day of two people’s lives.

Drunken Escapades

Sure, wedding guests assume that brides and grooms have had some less-than-sober moments. In fact, brides and grooms may be inebriated during the wedding toasts. Still, neither is an excuse for bringing up sloppy situations, however amusing they may be.

Run-Ins With the Law

“Remember when we almost got arrested for public urination?” is a question that never needs to be asked (of course they remember it—or else they were too wasted or traumatized to process it) but especially not at a wedding reception.

The Other Half That Makes Me Whole...

Scott and I had some time together to enjoy each other and just be in the moments and for us it was much needed. You never really realize how much time goes out of your day from the people you love because of work, school etc but I admit it was nice to just have some quiet time with him and enjoy each others company.

313 and counting

First Look with Dad - First Look Pictures | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

First Look with Dad - First Look Pictures Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

Friday, December 16, 2011

I saw this and HAD to share....

2011 in Review

What a year 2011 has been for me.... I have to say in all the things that have happened, the good outweighed the bad. I am SO BLESSED to have such great friends and family in my life and I know that 2012 will be just as great.




5 Places you Shouldn't Cut Costs - Project Wedding

5 Places you Shouldn't Cut Costs - Project Wedding

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Beautiful Bridal: Wedding Thank You Favor Tags

Beautiful Bridal: Wedding Thank You Favor Tags

Happy National Cupcake Day































Pinterest Addiction Ideas- Wedding Favors

I admit freely that I am addicted to Pinterest but out of my addiction I have found some great ideas for Wedding, Life and Love. Here are a few Wedding favor ideas that I like....


Coffee Beans



S'Mores Kits



Cookie Kits






Cookie Cakes






Bath Fizz




















Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Where are Mr or Mrs right? Matrimony suffers slump, report shows

Where are Mr or Mrs right? Matrimony suffers slump, report shows

Photo of the Week





This Photo of the Week comes from Scott's Work Holiday Party... They had a Photo Booth and we got to have some photo fun. It was a 40's/Casino theme event and it was fun. It was nice to meet some of his co workers and I won a massage gift certificate as well. Gotta love holiday company parties.



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

So Need a Videographer

When we started the planning process, i thought, videographer, dont know if I would need one or not.... Then I saw my Matron of Honor, Sheauen's Wedding Video and it got me to thinking more and more about it... Then there was Matt and Ginny.

Ok, I admit I was teary eyed at their wedding proposal video and I knew that their wedding video would be just as good


http://graceology.com/sessions/matt-ginny-making-the-movies-jealous-hazelhurst-house-wedding-11-26-11/


This is my motivation to gear up and hustle hard cause I would LOVE to have a Videographer at our wedding.

Congrats Matt and Ginny!

I AM BEAUTIFUL....

I know that alot of women try to run out and loose a few pounds before the wedding because they want to look great and fab in all there pictures..... Here is a fact, YOU ALREADY DO.

I have been really doing what I could to loose weight because, like most, I fell into the trap of OMG, I have to look great on my wedding day and my recent revelation is that I already do look great. I am a beautiful woman and I HAVE to believe that through and through because its true. I have not thought about it that way because when you think about an important day like this and what it symbolizes, you don't tend to think that way. I have a constant reminder that I am who I am and that's beautiful in the form of Scott and that is a great thing.

So today I declare....

1. I will not go crazy on diets and detoxes
2. I will make healthier choices but not starve myself
3. I will focus on what the day symbolizes and not how I am "suppose" to look
4. I will remember that I am beautiful.

Now, I breathe a little easier........ 319 till forever

Wedding Guest List Issues - Project Wedding

Wedding Guest List Issues - Project Wedding

Monday, December 12, 2011

One of my favorite songs.....

Just Something Fun......

Duration calculation results

From : Saturday, December 25, 2010 (Date of Engagement)
To: Saturday, October 27, 2012 (Wedding Date)

It is 672 days from the start date to the end date

Or 1 year, 10 months, 2 days

Alternative time units

672 days can be converted to one of these units:

58,060,800 seconds

967,680 minutes

16,128 hours

96 weeks

Wedding Traditions

Yesterday when I was chatting with my Mom she asked me about different wedding traditions and what we would like to start as a family tradition. I have seen so many different trends of this that I am not sure what I would like to do:

1. Jumping The Broom

In Wales, Romani couples would get married by eloping, when they would "jump the broom," or over a branch of flowering broom (shrub) or a besom made of broom.[3] Welsh Kale and English Romanichal Gypsies and Romanichal populations in Scotland practised the ritual into the 1900s.[3] The Welsh people themselves practised a centuries-old custom, priodas coes ysgub ("broom-stick wedding"),[5] alluded to in Dundes' work. Local variations of the custom were developed in different parts of England and Wales. Instead of placing the broom on the ground, and jumping together, the broom was placed in an angle by the doorway. The groom jumped first, followed by the bride.[6] In southwest England, in Wales, and in the border areas between Scotland and England, "[while some] couples ... agreed to marry verbally, without exchanging legal contracts[,] .... [o]theirs jumped over broomsticks placed across their thresholds to officialize their union and create new households", indicating that contractless weddings and jumping the broomstick were different kinds of marriage.[7]
In some African-American communities, marrying couples will end their ceremony by jumping over a broomstick, either together or separately. This practice dates back at least to the 19th century and has enjoyed a 20th century revival largely due to the novel and miniseries Roots.

2. Love Letter and Wine Box Ceremony

A few weeks before the wedding, take some time to each write a letter to one another, expressing your thoughts about the good qualities that you found in your future partner, the reasons for falling in love with them and your hopes and dreams for the future. In other words, you write a "love letter" to each other and place it in a sealed envelope, with the name of your partner on the outside. Do not read what the other has written.
Be creative with the box by putting foam inside to support the wine bottle. Line the inside with satin material. You can also include CDs of your favorite music, favorite pictures of you together, and other mementos making it your own romantic time capsule. Keep the box in a place of honor as a constant visual reminder of your love and commitment to each other. The box can be a life preserver in years to come.
The Wine Box should be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary.
There is only one other reason the box should be opened before your anniversary. If there should come a time when you hit a bumpy road in your relationship, before you give up or make any irrational decisions, open the Wine Box. The hope is that there will never be a reason to have to open the box except on your anniversary!
Hit a rough spot in your relationship? Sit down together, open the box, uncork the wine and unseal the envelopes that you wrote for one another before your wedding, go to separate rooms and quietly read the love letter.
Even if you are not seeing eye-to-eye at that very moment, it will remind you of all the reasons you choose this person as your partner and all the things that helped shape the life they've created together. Never take your blessings of being together for granted.
The romantic sentiments you wrote, the declaration of love, the clear thoughts about why you chose this person as your life partner will help put you back on even ground. This is the perfect ritual to remind you of your wedding day and your intention to love and cherish each other in good times and bad for as long as you both shall live.


3. Unity Candle


The lighting of a unity candle is a relatively recent addition to the traditional wedding ceremony, most popular in the United States. The unity candle ceremony uses two taper candles with a large pillar candle (called the "unity candle") in the center. At the beginning of the wedding ceremony, a representative from each family (usually the mothers of the bride and groom) light the two taper candles. Later in the ceremony (usually after the formal vows), the bride and groom use the two taper candles to light the large pillar (unity) candle together.
Often a unity candle is decorated with the wedding invitation, an inscription, a picture of the couple, or other ornamentation. The candles are almost always white. The lighting ceremony may be accompanied by special music, an explanation of the symbolism, or just some period of mutual gazing by the happy couple. In some circles, it is customary for the couple to save the unity candle and relight it on anniversaries.



4. Celebration of Lost Love Ones

It's one of the most important days of your life...the day you choose to commit to sharing your life with the person you love. The ring, the cake, the flowers, the dress...everything's perfect...or is it? If a loved one was lost before the day you walk down the aisle, a little of the joy may seem to have gone out of that happy celebration. A day meant to be shared with family and close friends may seem a little empty without that special person there to enjoy the festivities. Maybe it's your father who won't be there to walk you down the aisle, maybe it's your mother who can't be with you share in the joy of planning your big day. It could be a beloved grandparent you were close to who has now passed away. Regardless of who it is, there's a definite void in your day that nothing can really fill. However, there are ways to honor those who have passed on which are beautiful and meaningful tributes and can be a precious addition to your wedding.


5. Honoring the Parents

Parental Honoring is optional but a well honored tradition. This can also be customized to include grandparents and step parents.
(Brides Name) and (Grooms Name) want to acknowledge their parents on this occasion, (Brides Name) and (Grooms Name) offer their profound gratitude to their parents for all the love and care they showed in raising them. The unconditional gifts of love and support that you have continually offered have inspired them to become who they are today, and they thank you, from the bottom of their hearts, for guiding them to this celebration of love here today. Without you, this day would not be possible.

6. Readings and Poems




I'm sure that Scott and I will decide all we would like to do and come together on a tradition to begin... What trends/traditions will you be doing?

The Season of Giving

The best thing about the holidays isn’t the getting. It’s the giving.

Here, eight worthy causes that deserve your TLC this season.



The Gentle Barn


What: The Santa Clarita farm rehabilitates abused farm and domestic animals to become therapeutic ambassadors to at-risk youth, children with special needs, and school groups.How to Help: Socialize animals (pet pigs, hold chickens, hug cows), become a sponsor, or make a donation toward the animals’ holiday wish list.Where: 15825 Sierra Hwy., at Vasquez Way, Santa Clarita 661-252-2440


First Place for Youth


What: Through housing, education, and employment programs, this innovative organization helps former foster kids adjust to adult life.How to Help: Volunteer, fund, or donate specific items needed for events or the Community Resource Center. Where: 3530 Wilshire Blvd., at S. Normandie Ave., ste. 600, Mid-Wilshire 213-835-2700



Create Now


What: At-risk children are given creative outlets through music, writing, art, and theater workshops. Mentors take them to concerts, plays, and other cultural events for inspiration. How to Help: Mentor a child, join a committee, or donate funds and supplies.Where: 1611 S. Hope St., at Venice Blvd., ste. e, Downtown 213-747-2777


The Young Storytellers Foundation


What: An in-school arts education program that develops literacy through bringing professional writers into the classroom to help kids write their own original short screenplays. At the program’s end, professional actors perform the students’ scripts in front of an audience.How to Help: Make a donation or show your support as an audience member.Where: 923 E. Third St., at Wall St., ste. 307, Downtown 323-962-4500


TreePeople


What: The environmental org works to build more sustainable communities by planting trees and educating kids and adults on being eco-conscious.How to Help: Distribute fruit trees to low-income neighborhoods, volunteer for tree care, or dedicate a seedling to a green-obsessed pal for the holidays.Where: 12601 Mulholland Dr., at Coldwater Canyon Ave., Beverly Hills 818-753-4600


Project Angel Food


What: Professional chefs cook free, healthy meals to be delivered to those affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses throughout L.A.How to Help: Put the skills you learned on the Food Network to good use by volunteering in the kitchen or at an event.Where: 922 Vine St., at Barton Ave., Hollywood 323-845-1800


Beauty Bus Foundation


What: A makeover mobile that provides gratis in-home salon and spa services and pop-up salons for chronically or terminally ill women, men, and children.How to Help: Volunteer as a beauty professional (if you are, of course), buddy, or ambassador.Where: 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., at 28th St., ste. 1062, Santa Monica
310-392-0900


Peace Over Violence


What: This pioneering prevention center works to help end domestic and sexual violence through a 24-hour emergency hotline, individual and group counseling, self-defense initiatives, and educational programs.How to Help: Volunteer at the center or donate to your choice of services.Where: 1015 Wilshire Blvd., at Saint Paul Ave., ste. 200, Downtown 213-955-9090

Bouquet Toss Songs - Bouquet Toss Song | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine

Bouquet Toss Songs - Bouquet Toss Song Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette Bridal Guide Magazine

Friday, December 9, 2011

REASONS FOR US TO WIN THE LOTTO TONIGHT....































Kem - Share My Life

WEDDING CHECKLIST UPDATED

Sixteen to Nine Months Before

Start a wedding folder or binder. - DONE

Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration. - DONE

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

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

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.)- STILL IN PROGRESS BUT COMING TOGETHER

Hire a planner, if desired. A planner will have relationships with—and insights about—vendors.- D.O.C TPEOPLES...YAY

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.- DONE AND IN ONE PLACES...YES

Book your officiant.- DONE...YAY DAY DAY!

Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers. Keep their contact information in your binder.- PHOTOGRAPHER DONE. FLORIST DONE. CATERERS AT THE HOTEL, DONE. STILL NEED A DJ...

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

Eight Months Before

Hire the photographer and the videographer (Budgeting for him…hoping to have him). No need to talk specifics yet, but be sure that the people you hire are open to doing the shots that you want.- PHOTOGRAPHER DONE.. STILL WORKING ON A VIDEOGRAPHER BUDGET

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. -FOUND THE DRESS BUT HAVE YET TO ORDER IT

Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Pick three hotels at different price points close to the reception venue. - DONE AND NEED TO FOLLOW UP ON THE LINK AND DECIDE IF I NEED TO MAKE ADDITONAL OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE

Register. Sign up at a minimum of three retailers.- THINKING OF BED, BATH AND BEYOND, TARGET AND HONEYFUND

Launch a wedding website. Create your personal page through a free provider such as weddingchannel.com. Note the date of the wedding, travel information, and accommodations.- DONE....www.weddingwire.com/jascottThen 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.- SELECTED THE STYLE... YAY

Start planning a honeymoon. Make sure that your passports are up-to-date, and schedule doctors’ appointments for any shots you may need.- GOING TO DO A STAYCATION, MAYBE SANTA BARBARA... SUPER EXCITED

Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses. Allow at least six months for the dresses to be ordered and sized.- FOUND SOME DRESSES, STILL NEED TO TRY ON A FEW MORE AND WORK ON ORDERING THEM

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).- DONE.. STILL NEED TO MAKE TIME TO GO OVER PROGRAM WITH DAY DAY

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.- DONE BUT NEED TO CHECK IN WITH DB

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).- STARTED AND NEED TO GO OVER WITH SC AND TP

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. - MIGHT BE A D.I.Y PROJECT

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

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.- TIMELINE WORKED OUT. STILL GOT SOME TWEEKS TO DO


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.

Work on Wedding gift for Groom- IDEAS ARE WORKING.....


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, December 8, 2011

Engageaversary

I know that's a long word and I didn't know that it exist until today..... Its now one of the latest trends for people with long engagements. They celebrate the day that they got engaged.

Since Scott and I got engaged on Christmas, I don't know what other way to celebrate the day, maybe a bottle of champagne and toast to Mr. and Mrs. Cameron.......

324 and counting

Happy 13th Birthday Jacelyn

I am a Mother to a teenager now.... Time truly does fly. I have my proudest moments in life with her because she is much more than I will ever be and she is my greatest creation to date. To my Pinky.... Happy Birthday!!


























Love...... Mom