God’s Love

I fell in love with You again today. I fell in love with all that You’ve sent my way

I fell in love because You loved me first. I fell in love because You quenched my thirst.

You taught me all that I know, taught me who I am and You know who I will be all because You live inside of me.

Sometimes its hard for me to understand but I trust that You have a plan.

My doubts and fears come and go but my faith in You will never do so.

At the end of the day all that remains- my love for You and Yours for me.

I was blind but now I see:

You loved me first, but knew I needed a love to feel and touch here on earth.

You sent me a man to love, You sent me a husband from up above.

I fell in love with him again today, I fell in love with the one you sent my way.

Vendor Spotlight: Some Crust Bakery

 Welcome to Some Crust Bakery (909) 621-9772

This is the bakery that we used for our wedding cake and we are so glad we did. We had our reception at the Vellano Country Club (Inland Empire Weddings | Banquet locations in Inland Empire, CA | Vellano) in Chino Hills, CA. Our cake was covered in the cost of the venue; we were given two bakeries to choose from however we never even made it to the second one because our experience with Some Crust was so good. It was probably one of the best parts of planning the wedding (second to the food tasting).  Their neapolitan cake was/is absolutely the best wedding cake I have ever had; my only regret is not making all four tiers this flavor. When it came to decorating the cake, all we did was tell them over the phone what we wanted and they delivered. They made the process so easy for us and I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect cake! I have used them several times since our wedding and will definitely use them for our vow renewal (2016).

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Bathroom Redo

When our house flooded last year we were presented with the opportunity to get rid of all the horrible “improvements” the previous owners had made. Here are some before and afters of our bathroom.

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If it doesn’t look that bad to you keep in mind I took these pictures to make the bathroom look good because I thought I was going to have to live with it for at least another 5 years. The door was put on backwards and had wooden panels nailed to it, the tile was horrendous and wasn’t even cut to fit around the toilet, there was wall paper on top of wall paper.. need I go on? And there was no hope for the shower area, hence there are no pictures.

 

AFTER-

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The house on walnut st..

We moved to the house on Walnut St the summer before I started 5th grade. I ate  snickers ice cream bars on 4th of July that year. I made my lunches on a card table and washed dishes in the bathroom sink while our house was renovated, although my parents will probably deny that I did dishes at all. My room was pale pink and decked out in flowers and butterflies. I felt like a princess since up to that point I had shared a room with my beautiful baby brother. I grew up in the house in Walnut St. I made my first real friends while I lived there. I experienced “first day of school” jitters 8 times, went to my first dance and kissed my first boy all while living in the house on Walnut St. The fights I had with my parents and brothers are countless. I fell in love and experienced the unbearable pain of a broken heart for the first time.  I succumbed to drinking alone on occasion. I spent many summer days tanning and relaxing in the spa. I had my car stolen (twice), was put in the hospital (twice), and hit myself in the head with a bat(once). I had the privilege of being raised with goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, pigs and a horse in my backyard.  I met my husband for the first time as well as got ready for my wedding in that house. I grew up from the girl who knew it all and resented my parents for telling me otherwise to the young woman who has everything to learn and realized that my parents were pretty much always right.  I will never forgot the time we had together in the house on Walnut St, the time in our lives when we were a family of 5.

Recently I drove to the house on Walnut St for the last time. It was the definition of bittersweet. The bitter part is obvious-  saying goodbye to the place I called home for so many years. The sweet part? The house on Berkeley Ave. Its my parents new house. It is the house where we will create new memories. The house where our first child will go to visit their grandparents. The new house where we will laugh, cry, love and do whatever else God has in store for us.

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Vow Renewal (2016)

Andrew and I celebrated our two year anniversary, six days later we were married. By most standards, we rushed into getting married. We did it for all the right reasons- we loved each other and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together-nonetheless, two years is a very short time and we still had so much to learn about ourselves and each other  To say that the past year and a half has been a challenge is the understatement of all time. However we’ve come out of it on the other side, so much stronger as a couple and more in love with each other now than on the day we were  married. We wanted to renew this year however there’s just not enough time or money. So 2016 will be the year of the vow renewal for us. I loved my first wedding because its the day i married my best friend  however it wasn’t my style. The renewal will be my dream wedding. Our style and personality from start to finish.

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For my first wedding i wanted a backyard wedding, for my renewal I will have a backyard reception.  Inspiration provided by How to Throw a Backyard Wedding: Decor | Green Wedding Shoes Wedding Blog | Wedding Trends for Stylish + Creative Brides

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One of these dresses would be perfect. Found them here- Handmade French Chic Dresses and Accessories by FoldedRoses and actually LOVE all the items in this Etsy store

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How cute are these for my girls?!? I dont have (nor do i want at the time) kids so my dogs can be my flower girls.                                      RockinDogs and CoolCats by RockinDogs on Etsy

I also found amazing invitations at Michaels in the clearance section. I bought a box of 40 for $3, which will be plenty because I always wanted a small, intimate affair.

Not that Ive really put much thought into it or anything..

It really does work..

These wraps (It Works! Global | IWG) are getting really popular but I know that there are lots of you out there that are still skeptics. The wraps really do work and I love them but this blog is actually about the other products from this company that I love even more!

  • GREENS (Greens | IWG)- This is by far my favorite product. They have the nutritional value of your 8 daily servings of fruits and veggies. The benefits are countless but the greatest one I noticed was an increase in my energy levels. Before I started drinking this I would drag through my day at work, come home, eat and go to bed. Now I do a work out in the morning, go to work, do insanity when I get home, clean and then go to bed. That is an amazing and drastic change for me. They come in on the go individual serving packs which is really convenient however you only get 30 and its a little bit more expensive then the container where you just pour your scoops. The container last me well over 30 days. Either way, if I had to choose one product to recommend this one is it. Another bonus- its good for the whole family!

 

  • CONFIANZA (Confianza | IWG)- This is a natural, anti stress supplement. My husband and I have high stress jobs and sometimes its very hard to just stay calm. A friends husband started taking these and saw results pretty much immediately so we decided to give it a try. Our results were the same. Within a day or two I felt much better equipped to handle the stressful environment at work and it also helped us have a healthier relationship since we weren’t coming home stressed and frazzled. I’m able to just let things go and not carry that anger or anxiety around with me all day, its very liberating.

 

  • FAT FIGHTERS (Advanced Formula Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors | IWG)- These don’t physically make me feel any different however I feel they have helped me tremendously in achieving my weight loss goals. I eat pretty healthy for the most part but when I do have a “cheat meal” I take these afterwards. The only proof I have that they work is that my body is changing more rapidly now than it did pre-fat fighters. The results I see in the mirror are enough for me.

 

I also use the wraps weekly. Eventually, when I’m brave enough, Ill post my results pictures. But i can promise you that if you try the products and use them consistently, you will be a believer. If you’re in the southern California area and want to try the wraps for yourself you can host a party, just visit the Facebook page, send them a message and they will be happy to get you started.  It Works! Independent Distributors of Southern California