1 month later… we’re MARRIED!

I don’t know how it happened, the time just passed so quickly. At first we were getting matching tattoos, and then he was proposing and then I thought I was planning a longish engagement period but all of a sudden now we’ve been married for a whole month!

I thought I would share my stress with you guys about with my wedding planning woes, and celebrate the little milestones, like choosing my dress, and celebrating at the bridal shower, but nope I was too busy enveloped in the moments to capture them in words for you.


I CAN tell you that the wedding was just magical. It was really everything I could have hoped for and more, all the details came together just perfectly. Everyone kept saying it was the best wedding they’ve gone to, which is quite a compliment that I didn’t even expect; I just wanted the people I love to be there with us as we took the next step in our relationship and became Mr. and Mrs. That’s what happened, and it was made even better because we were able to spend the weekend with our family and friends (let’s be honest they are family too).

It was in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and we had about 50 people stay at the all-inclusive resort with us. It was so amazing to walk around the resort and see the cute faces of people we knew. At breakfast (really any meal) we keep adding chairs to our table every time we saw a familiar face, which was so nice, like a mini party every time we got hungry. We went kayaking, banana boating, and played games with the bartenders at the swim up bar. Some people took excursions and went off the resort, we also laid by the beach, went on water slides at the mini waterpark and really had so much fun that we forgot to take pics of it all.

Wait, I’m not even talking about our wedding. Gahhhh it was beautiful. The weather was perfect, the guests were beautiful and the food was delicious. My dress was gorgeous and I still get comments about it, my husband looked like a GQ model and I wouldn’t change anything about my day (except that my aunt fell after she missed a step walking to the mic to make a speech- no worries nothing broke!)

But yeah, still here in wedded bliss, loving my husband, reminiscing on our trip, and planning the next family destination vacation.

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Convos with a Toddler- ep 9

Getting ready for splash splash time otherwise known as bathtime, and babygirl spots two large ants.

Her: mommy look two bugs!

Me: where ? Let me see

Her: see there in the shower!

Me: ok *as proceed to wash to them down the drain*

Her: I want to go to a snowy country, I don’t like this country with all these bugs

Me: *laughing* like where? You know snowy countries have bugs too right? Remember Chicago? It snows there but they also have bugs

Her: yeah I like Chicago, let’s go there

Weekend in Review- Bachelorette Vibes

I can’t believe it has been so long since I last blogged (!) but my time has been spent doing a lot of things since then, I can assure you.

Most recently though, I was able to enjoy a weekend with my girls for my bachelorette party!! (Getting married VERRRYYY soon -eeek!)

Those ladies made sure I had a ball on the beach and I am forever grateful to call them my friends.

 

Weekend in Review – Teacher Appreciation Stuff

Life has been a bit of a blur, cookie orders, work stress and wedding planning have had me super caught up. I’ve even been missing from the gym, tsk tsk. I have a wedding I need to look amazing for!

I started off last weekend pretty well though; on the couch watching Star Wars movies all day. Yep nerd alert, I’m obsessed. And May 4 is Star Wars Day and TBS treated your girl with her fav movies all day long.

Actually I stepped out for a minute to deliver Teacher’s Appreciation cookies to some customers. I even put on my fancy new chef coat. I felt super legit wearing it, and now need to task someone with embroidering my name on that bad boy. Or my logo. Or maybe just my name, since I’m still undecided about rebranding.

I waited at Starbucks in between and treated myself to a Triple Mocha Frappe, wowwmagawd that thing was soooo good. I know it probably had mad calories in it, but man it was worth it.

For the teachers in my life, I spent the weekend getting a little crafty to thank them. Work station was looking like a tornado went off, but when I’m in creative mode that doesn’t always align with clean mode. It’s the only downside to the creative fun; the whirlwind of stuff after.

Check out these super cute mini cookies I made!

Sunday mini and I made a point to go have lunch together, (like she had a choice). Can you guess which one was mine? Also I got the side salad to make it seem healthy, but the dressing was just not doing it for me. I ate as much of it as i could (half) and disposed of the rest unhappily. I hate wasting food like that, but the dressing was such a buzzkill and was irking my tastebuds. I did get lots of healthy veggies on my pizza though! And I only ate half for lunch, I saved the rest for dinner.

First Baby-Free Weekend in almost 5 years

Holy guacamole, I can’t believe we’ve never had a real weekend away from babygirl in almost 5 years!

I’m not saying I’m trying to shirk my parenting responsibilities or anything cause I loveeee my princess, but a girl needs a break every now and then. I also think it’s super important for parents to remember who they were together before they became Mom & Dad.

It’s actually by way of an interesting turn of events that we scored our free weekend, and it happened to fall on my off Friday. JACKPOT.

We slept in Friday morning and I caught up on a few hours of work before heading out to get fresh hair cuts and eat some delicious food at this new healthy eating spot called Fresh Kitchen.

After that, we finally got to see Black Panther.

I felt like we were the last ones to see it, and have been avoiding all articles, comments and discussion about the movie because I didn’t want to be tainted before watching it.

Movie was great.

Saturday we spent most of the day at our marriage class, the real reason we got a kid free few days.

I thought the class was great; we talked about communication, finances, conflict resolution, personality types, parenting styles and natural family planning to name a few. Honestly probably every engaged couple should have to take something like that, get you to think about the bigger picture and are you guys on the same page.

Later we met up for drinks with D’s cousin.

We basically stayed out all of Saturday.

Sunday was for church, house cleaning, at-home movie watching and me practicing my calligraphy.

Though we missed her a lot and felt weird doing things without her, I think in the future we will need to look at planning more kid free weekends so baby girl can spend time with her family, and we can spend time as a couple. It was nice to just get up and go and do whatever we wanted with our staycation. And I know babygirl had a grand time getting spoiled this weekend as well. She didn’t even want to come home. 🙂

Weekend in Review- soccer & nibs

Weekend started with some Saturday soccer, our new normal.

Babygirl did sooo good. As a thoughtful loving little person, she has struggled a little bit with the aggressiveness that soccer requires. She sees the kids she plays with, as teammates and friends. That’s a great thing! I love that she understands teamwork and sharing, but when it comes down to playing against each other we needed her to just get out there and fight for the ball.

And this Saturday she did! She jumped in the thick of it all, and kicked the ball out and really showed the progress in her ball handling skills. I was super impressed! And she was happy to receive all the praise I was giving.

I made sure to get some arts and crafts time with her in so we could do an activity together.

She’s been obsessed with painting lately because she has been gifted lots of art supplies, so we painted this bird house.

Also at Hobby Lobby , i was able to pick up some ink and bibs… because I’m taking calligraphy up.

What’s that? I’m crazy you say? When do you even have the time to play with calligraphy pens???

Yes I know. But hear me out, I love doodling and writing. I’ve got pens and markers and brushes galore. I love the feel of pen on paper and making the words attractive to look at. And I can’t just have baking as a hobby, because let’s be honest I can’t eat all my kitchen creations. Especially when my wedding is on the horizon. So in an effort to ease my restless soul/hands I’ve decided to delve into the world of artistic lettering.

How cool would it be to do fancy wedding envelopes for people? Or do those gorgeous wedding signs that are becoming so popular? I know that’s super forward thinking of me, to already be crafting another business venture but clearly when I do something I just jump all the way in.

I started an Instagram for it in case you wanted to check out my newest non edible art.

Www.instagram.com/stargazerletters

Convos with a toddler – Pt 8

Can we all agree that a nighttime shower is magical? You let the day stresses melt away as the hot water pours over you. You wash away the dirt and sweat with sweet smelling body wash and scrub your skin fresh again.

Personally I’ve been favoring Dove Body Wash, it’s moisturizing (which helps fight the hard water coming out the tap) and the coconut orchid scent is pretty decent. I try to catch them when they’re on sale or thru BJ’s with a coupon, cause savings duh.


After being freshly showered, baby girl leaned over, inhaled deeply and said:

“mommy you smell like donuts” and giggled.

Well, I guess that’s not a bad thing right?

 

 

Honest Opinions Needed

So I need a bit of help, like some suggestions or opinions, whatever you’ve got.


A few years ago, I started a baking business, as you may know. It makes me heart so happy to bake beautiful delicious things, and put smiles on people’s faces and see them stuff their faces with my gourmet cupcakes, and beautiful cookies.


When I first started my biz, I needed a name, every business has one, its their identity, how people remember them, how they refer you to other new potential clients. I came up with Bee’s Baked Yummies. I’m a sucker for alliteration.

I wasn’t completely sold but it was mine and I grew to love it for that reason.

In the few years that have passed, I have been completely ignorant to the way to be an entrepreneur in this social media age. I had that “if you build it, they will come” type of mentality. Yeah, bull$#it. That is so not true. If you build it, they don’t know it’s there, so you gotta do work. You gotta put elbow grease in it, and understand the system and learn how to get out there to your customers.

I was ignorant to how to portray my edible art, and create a cohesive look and feel for my social media pages.

But that was then. I’ve been taking a baking business course that has helped me TREMENDOUSLY, like completely opened my eyes and made me see the light. I will forever be grateful to my course leaders for the knowledge they’ve bestowed on us, and everyday have been trying to make my business better, to be a successful entrepreneur.

In this new era of my business, I’ve been trying to address my branding. My colors and look and feel of my site, and my name.

Bee’s Baked Yummies, what does that make you think of? I originally had a bee in my logo, but it’s long been gone, and sometimes I feel as if the name doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.

I’ve been thinking about “Stargazer Sweets.”

How do you feel about that?

A few people were quite against it, which honestly surprised me. I thought it sounds so much smoother, I have the chance to reinvent myself, why are they so adamant I don’t change my name?

I think because of familiarity, we as people like what we know. It’s is familiar, it is comfortable. “Change can be scary, because it’s different and new.” They feel that “Bee” is me, and they picture that when they hear my old name.

But actually I am also the “stargazer” from “stargazer sweets.”

I am probably the biggest nerd you didn’t know that you knew. I loveee sci-fi/fantasy books, I adore Star Wars movies, and science and space and stars and magic and the list goes on.

I remember as a child, I begged my parents to get me a telescope, I had them wake me up at 3 am so we could watch the meteor showers at night, and look at the craters on the moon. I actually created a character on the inside of my backpack in the 7th grade, she was this dazzling brave heroine, “The Starry Knight.” So you see, I’m not losing myself from my business identity, I’m just polishing it off and showing you a new side of me.

What do you think of my potential change from Bee’s Baked Yummies to stargazer sweets?