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Priorities, and Thank You Ashlee Proffitt!

March 24th, 2014

Good Morning Mamas! I’m here with my cup of tea wishing I had enough time to really sit down and enjoy my new kitchen table (eeek!!) thanks to my amazing husband who spent his evening reading the ikea stick figure instructions yesterday…  How was your weekend?  Ours was full of errands and cleaning and organizing […]


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Good Morning Mamas!

I’m here with my cup of tea wishing I had enough time to really sit down and enjoy my new kitchen table (eeek!!) thanks to my amazing husband who spent his evening reading the ikea stick figure instructions yesterday…  How was your weekend?  Ours was full of errands and cleaning and organizing and lots of purging.  Oh, and I had a lovely trip yesterday to the Victoria’s Secret Outlet near me, yes I said VS OUTLET!!, to stock up on some cozy sweats and such for post partum snuggling and relaxing.  Can’t wait to meet this little girl/guy!

Last week wasn’t the best week for posting… the days kept getting away from me, but I was so honored to be featured on Twila & Co’s blog for our #makeheradress project!  If you haven’t yet, definitely go check out Johnna’s work at www.johnnahetrick.com, it’s fabulous!  And we are still on the lookout for a bride for the custom wedding dress giveaway, so if you find one, send her our way!  (contest@katherineelizabethbridal.com)  We would really like to bless someone with this free dress, and we can’t do it without your help!

I’ve read some amazing posts lately by other bloggers, and there’s a few of them I want to share with you, but the one I’m most excited about is this gem from Ashlee Proffitt: http://ashleeproffitt.com/2014/02/ask-ashlee-mama-business-owner/.  She’s a mom/wife/business owner/incredible lady whose blog I’ve fallen in love with.  A friend pointed this post out to me a few weeks ago when I was starting to feel really overwhelmed with how to organize life and everything we’ve got going on right now, and trying to launch/create a successful business while maintaining a successful family and how to keep my priorities straight, etc…  It was a total Godsend.  The post is from an Ask Ashlee series and this is what was asked: “What is your sanity saver for running a business and family?? I find I am sacrificing some part of me to be good at another whether it’s my Mommy side, wife, teacher or business owner. It’s hard to wear all those hats…” For any of you mamas out there figuring out how to survive family + something else on the side, I highly recommend you read this.  She breaks down her priorities, and her roles, and how she defines what’s most important, and when she knows it’s time to let something go and let me tell you, it was oh so refreshing.  I pull it back out to read every once in a while, and I’ve taken her list and thoughts and written my own version tailored for me and our life, which I would love to share with you guys- but not til next week.  For now, I think you really should read the original post yourself…  I want to know if it encourages you the same way it did me!

Ashlee will be at the Pursuit 31 conference that I’m so blessed I get to attend this fall, and I can’t wait to meet her and give her a hug and say thank you, but until then I’ll keep peeking back at her post every once in a while, and then reading our family’s version, and counting my blessings for dear sweet friends who know just what to say, and just what link to post on your facebook wall when you’re a bit overwhelmed!

xoxo

p.s.  I highly recommend you take a peek at her website/blog/shop.  It’s gorgeous, and her work is beautiful.  I was in a wedding this summer and one of the bridesmaid gifts from the bride was one of Ashlee’s art prints.  It’s sitting on the windowsill in my office and I can’t get enough of it!  Have a lovely day!

www.ashleeproffitt.com

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The Robe! (And a little something else too!)

March 20th, 2014

Good afternoon! After spending yesterday evening kinda hoping I was in labor, and then waking up this morning nice and peaceful and getting texts that not one, but TWO close friends had had their babies this morning instead of me, I’m now sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee, snuggling with a sick […]


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Good afternoon!

After spending yesterday evening kinda hoping I was in labor, and then waking up this morning nice and peaceful and getting texts that not one, but TWO close friends had had their babies this morning instead of me, I’m now sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee, snuggling with a sick Piper and secretly grateful for at least one more day of calm and relatively uncomplicated life!  Yesterday, the incredibly sweet Johnna Hetrick of Twila & Co wrote a lovely post on her blog to share our #makeheradress March contest!  We were so honored and excited that she took the time to share it with her brides! Thank you!  You should definitely check out her website, her work is stunning!  (http://johnnahetrick.com/make-her-a-dress/) We are still on the lookout for a bride to bless with a free custom dress, so let us know if you know one!  contest@katherineelizabethbridal.com

Remember what I said about the giveaway for nominating a bride and sharing our project??  I posted pics on instagram and facebook on Monday, but they never made it here!  So here we go with all the details:  get ready to win this silk robe AND a lovely gift from Twila & Co as well!!  This is our thank you for helping us promote and share the project and search for a bride!  Share our graphics on instagram, facebook, and twitter, and don’t forget to tag #makeheradress!  Send us an email at contest@katherineelizabethbridal.com so we can make sure you’re entered!  We’ll announce the winner during the first week of April.  (Unless I’m in the hospital, and in that case the contest will keep going for a little while longer… yay!)

xoxo

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Sneak Peek… The Giveaway!

March 15th, 2014

Just wanted to share a quick sneak peek at the big giveaway announcement coming on Monday!  We’re so excited about our #makeheradress project this month, and this is the giveaway we’re doing as a thank you to all of you who help us share the project!  So, today I have a quick peek for you […]


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Just wanted to share a quick sneak peek at the big giveaway announcement coming on Monday!  We’re so excited about our #makeheradress project this month, and this is the giveaway we’re doing as a thank you to all of you who help us share the project!  So, today I have a quick peek for you at what the little gift is, and on Monday you get to see the real thing!

xoxo

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p.s.  Remember, the more times you share, the more times you’re entered!  Send me an email telling me you shared the project at contest@katherineelizabethbridal.com.  Use the same email to send us your bride nomination!  Share our graphics and posts on instagram, twitter, and facebook, and don’t forget to #makeheradress!

Instagram: @katherineelizabethbridal, Twitter: @KEBridal, Facebook: Katherine Elizabeth Bridal

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Getting Organized!

March 13th, 2014

Good Afternoon! About to head to the doctor for some vaccines for Piper (I know… controversy controversy!!) and taking advantage of her short nap to get some thoughts out before we go.  I’m a list person, a total nerd about it.  I love seeing lists, crossing things off, adding things to them, etc…  So I […]


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Good Afternoon! About to head to the doctor for some vaccines for Piper (I know… controversy controversy!!) and taking advantage of her short nap to get some thoughts out before we go.  I’m a list person, a total nerd about it.  I love seeing lists, crossing things off, adding things to them, etc…  So I decided it was finally time to sit down and get some things on paper and out of my head.  I have a massive list of things I want to get done before this baby is born, and since this is only a few short weeks away (tops…) I’ve narrowed it down to the most important things, and just thought I’d take a minute to share because everyone needs a little accountability in their life right?  These are more “personal” list things, not business stuff.  That’s another list I’m still working on… ha!  Way too much to do and nowhere near enough time…   But then again, this baby can’t come soon enough, we’re so so excited!

 

  1. Get into a good routing of morning prayer/Bible/me time with a cup of tea before Piper wakes up.  I need to get into a good routine of starting my day off right and not feeling overwhelmed and running behind before I even get out of bed.
  2. Cutting way back on Netflix and instead filling the silence with worship music (which Piper loves to sing along with, so win win for both of us!)
  3. Write out Piper’s full birth story.  There’s so much I don’t want to forget when I suddenly add a second experience to my memories, and there’s still a few things I’m processing and healing from emotionally… It would be so nice to see everything on paper, and have it all out before baby #2!
  4. A clean house.  Yes, this is a nesting thing, but it’s a big deal for me right now!  Our house is a mess and I need to feel a little more peace in ALL areas, and walking into a clean house definitely helps foster that feeling.
  5. Finish decorating: curtains finished, frames hung, no more re-arranging furniture!  We’ve been at this for a year now in this house, and we’re so so close to being done, I just need to push through with the final couple details!
  6. I just got a Year Designer (yay!) from the amazing Whitney English, and I’d love to get into a good weekly routine with it before adding on to the crazy in our lives!
  7. I lied, this one is business related- finish getting my office organized and running smoothly, in anticipation for a new website launch and shop opening this summer… (Yes you read that right, so so exciting!!)
  8. See all the pretty on the post picture from today?  That’s for a necklace that I’m so excited to make for our new family pictures we’re going to do with our new newborn, just gotta get it made…
  9. Finish as much of my senior collection as possible…  I’ll obviously still have a good chunk of work to do after this little cutie comes along, but the more done before, the more sanity I’ll probably have after!

10. And last, but not least, we don’t know if this baby is a boy or a girl, and it’s been SO much fun waiting.  BUT, we do have a sono pic sitting in our nightstand telling us the gender, just in case we wanted to peek… It’s been sitting there since 20 weeks, and now we’re at 36, so just a couple weeks to go with holding off the itchy fingers and not opening the picture!

 

P.S.  I’m having so much fun with the #makeheradress contest, and there’s exciting details coming very very soon to the blog about what YOU’LL win for sharing the project and nominating a bride, so be on the lookout, and send us your brides at contest@katherineelizabethbridal.com!  Thanks so much for helping us find someone to bless!!

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Dear Mama

March 11th, 2014

Dear Mamas, How was your morning? Did you get 5 minutes to yourself with a cup of tea to relax? Do you get any time to read your Bible and pray these days? That’s one of my biggest struggles these days. I’m not a morning person, and figuring out how to get up on and […]


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Dear Mamas,
How was your morning? Did you get 5 minutes to yourself with a cup of tea to relax? Do you get any time to read your Bible and pray these days? That’s one of my biggest struggles these days. I’m not a morning person, and figuring out how to get up on and on with my day before Piper starts hers so I can have a few minutes to myself has been hard. Really hard! Lately, prayer time happens during an evening Epsom salt bath (one of the few things we’ve found to help control all the Braxton hicks this baby is bringing!) But I do wish I can be more intentional with starting out my day like this… Pray for me?
I want to know what I can do for you too! I’ve seen so many pictures and Fb/insta posts with overwhelmed and at-the-end-of-their-rope mamas lately. I want to encourage you today that we can do this. We can make it through the rough days. The unwashed hair and clothes, no makeup, food and dishes everywhere, and babies screaming days. I want to encourage you that you are beautiful in your mess, because your mess is a beautiful thing. It’s you being there for your children. It’s you being there for the crying and tears, the messy diapers, and the food throwing, and for the laughter, and joy, the successes and triumphs. It’s you being there. You CAN do this. God will give you the strength, and you will make it. Remember that verse about His steadfast love enduring forever? And His faithfulness to all generations? It’s SO true! Cling to those promises, and when the day gets really rough, pour your cup of tea and take a minute to sit still and soak Him in, even if the babies are screaming around you. Sometimes you just need that little minute to refocus and pull back together.
I’m here praying for you, and there’s so many others out there too. Let us know how we can help!
Little bit shorter than normal today, but this is the wish and prayer that’s been on my heart this week for you, and I just wanted to take a minute and share. And since this isn’t Monday anymore, have a happy Tuesday with your precious ones, and maybe a few precious minutes to yourself too! Find a book, draw a picture, take a minute to do something that makes you you, and makes you relaxed and rested, and just sit and be still and quiet for a minute, and know that He IS God.

xoxo

(photo credit: Joe @ Richmond Photographics)

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#makeheradress

March 6th, 2014

Yesterday I got to finally introduce our project for March, and I’m so happy to give you all the details today!  Friends, Brides, Readers, this is something I’m so incredibly excited to do!  For the month of March KEBridal will be running a contest to find a special bride to make a wedding dress for, […]


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Yesterday I got to finally introduce our project for March, and I’m so happy to give you all the details today!  Friends, Brides, Readers, this is something I’m so incredibly excited to do!  For the month of March KEBridal will be running a contest to find a special bride to make a wedding dress for, for free!  Yes, you completely read that right!!

We’re looking for a bride that we can bless with this gift.  Someone who you know who needs a lovely dress for their special day… Maybe they can’t afford it, maybe there’s other circumstances standing in their way for getting the dress of their dreams, whatever it is, get ready to send us their story!  This bride will get the full KEBridal experience, and I’m so excited to get to know her whoever she is, and share her story, her wedding, and her dress with you during this process!

So first with the fine print, and then on to the details of how to enter and how YOU can win a little something too…  First of all, the wedding MUST be a 2015 wedding.  I’m having a baby sometime in the next month and a half, and will be on maternity leave through the first part of the summer, and so to give this bride the full attention she deserves, we’re asking for a 2015 lady.  The offer includes a custom dress, designed and made for this bride, plus the first $200 toward fabric.  Fabric for a wedding dress can run anywhere from here to the thousands depending on the types of laces, silks, etc. that the bride is looking for.  So we’ll cover the base amount, and any “upgrades” will be up to her.

You can enter as many brides as you want!  Here’s how:

Email: contest@katherineelizabethbridal.com with the following info:

Your name, Brides’ name, Bride’s photo, Bride’s email, and share some of her story with us.  We’ll send you a confirmation email that you’ve been entered, and we’ll also send one to the bride, unless you ask us not to tell her.  At the end of the month we’re going to read all the stories and pick one!

That’s how the Bride can win, but what about You?!  The #makeheradress contest includes 2 other special giveaways: a gift for the lovely friend who makes the winning bride submission, because where would we be as brides without our amazing friends?!  AND, a drawing at the end of the month with a special gift for one of you who helps support us and promote this exciting opportunity.  To enter: help us share and promote our project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Facebook: like our page, talk about the contest, share our posts, and be sure to tag Katherine Elizabeth Bridal and #makeheradress when you do so we can see it and enter you!  You can do this as much as you want all month long…

Instagram: To get entries, do any of the following: follow us, share our graphics and be sure to tag @katherineelizabethbridal and #makeheradress.  You’ll be entered into the drawing each and every time you post!

Twitter: Follow, Tweet and re-tweet our posts and contest details! @KEBridal

I promise I’ll be keeping track of all of it, so have fun getting as many entries as you want, and THANK YOU so much for helping us out! The details of what the lucky winners will find in the mail once they’ve won are coming very soon, but I will say that it’ll be something just for you from our exciting collection of gift sets we’re launching this summer with the new Katherine Elizabeth Bridal shop!

xoxo  and send us your bride!

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Custom vs Ready-to-Wear

March 5th, 2014

Custom or Ready-to-wear?  “homemade” or “over-the-counter”…  Which one to pick?  Better yet, why even consider a custom dress when there’s so many lovely bridal boutiques?  First of all, let’s dispel the thought of “homemade”.  That’s not what custom means.  Custom is an experience, it’s a dress that’s designed, hand-crafted, and fit specifically to you, your […]

 

Custom or Ready-to-wear?  “homemade” or “over-the-counter”…  Which one to pick?  Better yet, why even consider a custom dress when there’s so many lovely bridal boutiques?  First of all, let’s dispel the thought of “homemade”.  That’s not what custom means.  Custom is an experience, it’s a dress that’s designed, hand-crafted, and fit specifically to you, your body, and your personality.  It’s not something whipped up by your grandma; it’s a lovely, luxurious, unique experience.  Custom means someone taking the time to get to know you, to know what kind of a bride you are, what kind of a girl you are, and what kind of a dreamer you are.  And then creating something that perfectly describes who you are and what you’ve been searching for this whole time.  A custom dress is a piece that’s just for you, something that no one else will wear, or has worn.  It’s one of a kind, and it’s all yours.

I would love to get to know you, to design a gown for you that meets everything you’ve been searching for.  This is your opportunity to take all the little details from all the different dresses you’ve loved and figure out how to put them all into one.  To take each and every dress that you said I love this, but I wish it didn’t have this, or I’m so happy with this, if only it had this too… and make it actually a possibility!  This is what I love about working with brides; listening to them share all these little details with me and then saying yes, we can totally do that.  Their eyes light up with excitement!  I love what I get to do, and the beautiful ladies I get to work with, it’s such a pleasure!

So, let me take a minute (before I bubble over in excitement) and share our special March project with you!  Drumroll please…  This month, KEBridal will be searching for one very special bride, and offering her a FREE custom gown, with a $200 fabric credit towards the cost of supplies!  Know someone who needs that dress?  Someone who can’t afford the dress of their dreams, someone who deserves to shine on their special day?  Get ready to enter them into our contest, starting tomorrow through the end of March!  All the details to come tomorrow, including how YOU too can win a prize for sharing, or if your bride is chosen!  So friends, welcome to March and #makeheradress!  We couldn’t be more excited to be doing this!

xoxo

 

((photo credit: Joe Powers|Richmond Photographics))

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The Don’t List (And the Bride Wore White part 3 cont.)

March 4th, 2014

Good Morning Lovelies, I still can’t believe it’s March already!  We celebrated the new month this past weekend with a “just because we’re having a baby this month or next date” and went ice skating just the two of us.  Oh man is it harder when you’re 8 months prego…  (still can’t decide where it […]

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Good Morning Lovelies,

I still can’t believe it’s March already!  We celebrated the new month this past weekend with a “just because we’re having a baby this month or next date” and went ice skating just the two of us.  Oh man is it harder when you’re 8 months prego…  (still can’t decide where it compared though to climbing a mountain in Alaska when I was pregnant with Piper…)  I’m still feeling some of the sore, but it was a wonderful day!  I’m spending the next two days wrapping up the wedding dress mini-series that I started in February, and using it to announce our oh so exciting March project!  Come back tomorrow to find out!!

Saturday I shared my “non-negotiables” for wedding dresses, and recommended that you create your own to supplement it, according to what you’ve always dreamed and planned for yourself.  Today is a short list of “don’ts” to consider when figuring out how to make your dress dreams a reality, and a couple bloopers to go along with it!

So here we go,

Don’t wear white underwear if your dress is thin or slightly see through.  Test it out by letting a light shine behind you, can you see the silhouette of your legs?  I photographed a wedding once and the brides dress was a thin, flowy dress, and her underwear was white, and even in the dark, you could see the white lines.  Wear nude panties!  Or a slip…  Your photographer will thank you later for the lack of editing you caused them!  I know it’s your wedding day, and tradition is to wear white, (or maybe even blue panties!) but please please please test them out with your dress first.  White stands out against skin colors, whereas nude will blend in perfectly and you’ll never know they’re there.

 

 

Don’t take all the advice you hear, but do listen to some of it…  Plan you’re shopping trip wisely, don’t bring along any and everyone who wants to go.  Take the ladies whose opinion you truly value and want to hear.  People who you know will be honest, and incredibly supportive at the same time.

Don’t forget to consider silhouette and body shape when falling in love with dresses and making your choice.  Not every dress was designed for every body, and you will be much more comfortable in a dress that truly flatters your figure than something that you love but doesn’t quite work for you.  (This also goes for picking out bridesmaid dresses…  If you have maids of all shapes and sizes, consider picking various dresses instead of forcing them all into one.  It’s important that they feel comfortable and beautiful too.  It’ll make your day so much more pleasant, it’ll make your pictures so much happier, and they’ll love you a lot more for it.  One wedding I photographed years ago consisted of a very tall bride, and 7 or 8 tall and larger bridesmaids.  And they all wore matching dresses (yes, the bridesmaids dresses matched the brides, just in a different color).  They were all poofy dresses, and they made each beautiful lady look double her size suddenly…  So please promise me that you’ll really think when you make this decision!  For you and your ladies…)

Don’t forget to pay attention to weather when dress dreaming.  Is it an outdoor wedding in the heat of summer?  Will your dress show sweat marks??  And not just underarm ones…  wedding dresses tend to be so tight and fitted at the waist and back (because they’re trying to make you look as slender as possible) that if you’re getting married outside in the heat, you also tend to drip sweat down your spine.  Trust me, I did!  My dress didn’t show a thing, but I could sure feel it… it was 90 degrees out there and it was a looong ceremony!

Don’t force yourself to get something in a rush, if you don’t love it, walk away and keep dreaming.  Or keep thinking and go back for it later.  I bought my dress a bit spur of the moment, and while I don’t regret it because I grew to absolutely love my dress, I didn’t have that I-know-this-is-the-one feeling when I bought it, and I really believe that that’s what you should feel.  You should be excited, ecstatic, and completely overjoyed when you decide that that’s the one you’re going to wear when you marry the love of your life.

Don’t take shortcuts.  Make your list of non-negotiables, dreams, and loves, and figure out which ones you’re sticking with and where your perfect dress fits into that.

And last but not least, DO have a lovely time, and make sure you feel like a princess.

xoxo

 

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Mama Monday: For Where Your Treasure Is…

March 3rd, 2014

Good morning!  Writing a post to mom’s last Monday was one of the highlights of my week, (not to mention the amazing responses I got, thank you so so much, you truly blessed me!), that I decided to make it a thing.  Mondays are for Mama’s now, and I’m so excited about it!  I’m a […]


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Good morning!  Writing a post to mom’s last Monday was one of the highlights of my week, (not to mention the amazing responses I got, thank you so so much, you truly blessed me!), that I decided to make it a thing.  Mondays are for Mama’s now, and I’m so excited about it!  I’m a designer, but I’m also a mother, and being one defines so much of who I am and what I do creatively that the two can’t be separated.  I’ve had people suggest that if I want to talk about my family and my personal life, that it should be on a separate blog, but I don’t think that ‘s right.  That’s not who I am.  Mama and Designer aren’t separate identities, it’s all me.  I’m creating a business that represents who I am, and what I have to offer isn’t just one or the other, it’s a full package.  She opens my eyes to new things every day, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.  So, here’s to Mama Monday’s, I hope you have as much fun with it as I do

Last week I wrote a bit about Piper’s birth story, and the emotions it left me struggling with.  It’s been a long week working through some things, but it ended with a dear friend giving birth on Saturday to her first son, and the chance to see them for a short time on Sunday evening and hold their newborn for a few minutes.  It felt so incredibly healing and restorative to sit there and hold this tiny baby.  A baby who was the same size and age in hours as Piper was when I was still on so much medicine that I could barely comprehend life or the experience I’d just been through.  I was finally holding a completely brand new born and really feeling something, and I started crying.  It just felt so good.  So, 6 weeks (or less!) to go, and still a lot of feelings and emotions to work through, but we’re getting there…

I want to challenge you today to take the time and sit down with your children, listen to them, listen to their hearts, and be there in the moment with them.  Take a break from your to do list and your never ending thoughts running through your head and just be.  Cherish the precious moments you have.  A verse that’s really been on my heart lately in my search for finding the real identity of my business and what my goals are is “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”, and I can’t wait to talk about it next week as I open up about some business plans and goals and dreams…  But it’s also been strongly on my heart for mamas as well (starting with me!  I’ve had a lot to learn lately…).  Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.   What is your treasure?  I read an awesome description in a commentary last night that says, “The point is that the things most highly treasured occupy the “heart”, the center of the personality, embracing mind, emotions, and will; and thus the most cherished treasure subtly but infallibly controls the whole person’s direction and values.”  (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew, D.A. Carson).  What is it that controls the entire direction of your life and your values?  The verse is referring to money, and not serving two masters: God and money, but it extends to so many other areas of life as well.  Anything that’s coming between you and your Creator, and taking charge of your heart, is in effect going to control you.  Yes, we treasure our children.  I treasure Piper so much, and this new baby on the way that I can’t wait to meet.  But they can’t BE my treasure.  They can’t be the reason that I live, and the reason that I do what I do.  They can’t control me, because if they do I can’t be the mama that God is calling me to be for them.

And part 2 of what I found so exciting about this commentary, was a quote on the verse prior, Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…  “treasures in heaven are forever exempt from decay and theft.  The words ‘treasures in heaven’ go back to Jewish literature.  Here it refers to whatever is of good and eternal significance that comes out of what is done on earth.  Doing righteous deeds, suffering for Christ’s sake, forgiving one another- all these have the promise of ‘reward’.” So while our children can’t be our treasure, they can’t be our identity and our meaning in life, all the time that we spend teaching them, and loving them, and disciplining and training them, that’s all part of the “storing up treasures in heaven”.  That’s all part of the things that can’t decay or be stolen away.

So cherish the time you have with them.  Treasure them, but find your true treasure and meaning in heaven, and be the light that helps them find theirs as well.

xoxo

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And the Bride Wore White Part 3: Your Wedding Dress List!

March 1st, 2014

So excited to keep talking about the search for your perfect wedding dress!  Part 3 is  a little friendly advice, some stories to laugh at, and mistakes to learn from that I bet some of those brides didn’t even realize they made… oops! As you dream about your dress, you should create a list of […]

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So excited to keep talking about the search for your perfect wedding dress!  Part 3 is  a little friendly advice, some stories to laugh at, and mistakes to learn from that I bet some of those brides didn’t even realize they made… oops!

As you dream about your dress, you should create a list of “non-negotiables” of the things you want.  These are the things that matter to you, that you don’t want your mother-in-law or your best friend’s sister talking you out of on your big shopping day!  This is YOUR dress, it’s YOUR princess day, and YOU’RE the one that has to feel beautiful and happy in it.  Not them!  And yes, it’s ok if you do change your mind on some of these details once you start to actually try dresses on, but you still need to know what they are and really know what your heart is looking for.

So let’s chat for a minute, besides your non-negotiables with all the specific little special dress details you want- long or short, white or ivory, lace or no, strapless or long sleeves… Here’s my list of what I think your wedding dress absolutely should be:

Your wedding dress should:

1. Make you feel beautiful

2. Make you feel comfortable

3. Fit

4. Fit your personality

5. Fit your budget

No, I’m not going to tell you your dress should be this specific detail or that, that’s up to YOU to decide!  But after working and chatting with and watching countless brides at countless weddings, those are the 5 things that have become MY non-negotiables!

Obviously your dress should make you feel beautiful, you won’t question that one.  But comfortable?  YES!  This is the day in your life where you will be most photographed, most scrutinized, and you will create memories that you want to last forever.  When you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing, it shows!  It shows on camera, it shows to the people watching you, believe me, it shows!

On to the next one: Fit!  Yes, your dress needs to fit.  I know this may sound obvious, and strange to put as a priority on the list, but seriously, make sure your dress fits!  Don’t buy a size small because you think you’ll lose the weight to fit it, be happy and proud of your beautiful self!  Don’t buy something too tight that you can’t breathe in, or something too tight so it rides up and won’t stay in place.  You don’t want to be pulling your dress down or up all day long.  Fit and comfort, so so important!  And honestly, I truly believe that what fits you best and what you’re most comfortable in, is also what you’ll be most beautiful in!

Ok, so “Fit your personality”.  What?  This is one that my husband inspired me to put on the list.  It happens so often that the bride gets ready for her big day, and walks down the aisle, and when you see her for the first time she doesn’t look like herself anymore.  She’s wearing so much makeup, and her hair is so tight or so full of hairspray… you know what I mean right?  One of my husband’s biggest requests for our wedding day was that he still wanted me to look like ME.  He was talking about hair, makeup, face stuff etc., but I think it extends to the dress as well.  Your dress should represent the you that he fell in love with.  The you that all your friends know.  Be yourself, don’t try to be somebody else, or reinvent yourself for one day, after all he’s marrying YOU!!  Again, this fits in with the whole “be comfortable” thing!

And last but not least, Fit your budget!  Don’t blow out your budget on your dress, please!  (Just a personal opinion, I’ll let you argue with me on this one more than the others…!)  Buy a dress you absolutely love, but don’t go broke.  In the end, it may be the most special day of your life for a long time, but it’s also just one day, you have your entire marriage ahead of you, and let me argue that in whole, your marriage will be so much more special than just your wedding!  You should love your dress, and be ridiculously happy in a dress that makes you feel beautiful (and comfortable, and fits, etc…) but know your limits and know how to work with them.

Whew this post got long fast!  We’ll stop it here for now, and finish on Tuesday (because Monday is going to be for Mama’s again!) with a couple blooper stories, and a small list of “don’ts” before we get into my favorite question, Custom vs. Off-the-Rack”! Obviously this “February” mini-series is being pushed into the first week of March, but I’m actually a bit excited about that, because the final chapter of it pushes us into our super exciting March promotion… You’ll have to check back for it real soon, I promise it’s going to be good!

xoxo

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