Thursday, December 26, 2013

After Christmas Positivity

The day after Christmas is usually a day I like to take off work and relax and reminisce about the memories I made this year. That was easy to do as a sales associate. Now that I'm an assistant manager, I am working today and can't really relax the way I want to. But that's okay. I've chosen to look at the positive side of things. And so far this is what I've come up with in list form:
1: Jesus is born!
2: Zach and I are happy and healthy and got to spend the whole day with our families yesterday.
3: I am blessed with an amazing family and am so grateful for their gifts.
4: I feel better when I'm able to give gifts to people, instead of receiving them.
5: I love seeing the look on their faces when they open the gifts I gave them.
6: When I leave work later I get to go spend more time with my family for our last Christmas celebration this year.
7: I'm completely content with my life and those in it. And you are apart of that!

I may have had to set my alarm for 5am this morning. So what?
I may have had to drive 45 minutes to get to work. So what?
I may have had to be at work at 6:45 this morning because the outlet mall wanted to open. So what?
I may have been stuck in traffic last night because of a disabled car when I really wanted to get home. So what?

In the new year I've made it my number 1 goal to look at the positive side of life more often than not. I know we all have our bad days, but there is always a silver lining.






I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Festive at Work

The week of Christmas every year, I try to be festive at work by incorporating red and/or green into my outfit. This year I gained a red and green scarf and decided to wear both today.



Since they are infinity scarves, I twisted them together to make it look more like one scarf instead of two on top of each other.

The other day while I was out shopping I found these adorable earrings.



And of course I'm wearing them today!



I'm definitely feeling festive at work! (If only I could find my light up Santa hat...)

Do you get festive at work during the Christmas season?

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Grinch

One of my all time favorite Christmas classics is "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas". What's yours?




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Orange Packages


Yes they do!
Zach and I received our save the dates!
I love them and I can't wait to show them to you!
But, I need to send them out to family first. (Don'tcha hate that?)

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Secret Santa Gifts

Last month, my dear friend Rachael set up a Secret Santa for bloggers, and of course I wanted to join in on the fun!


Well, a few days ago I received my Secret Santa gifts!

I opened the box, and my Secret Santa bejeweled the inside! I love it! I almost don't want to give up this box!
The first thing I saw was this note. I love that she made it rhyme!
Inside my beautiful box were all these goodies! 
The mug is so cute! I can't wait to make that hot cocoa one night when I'm home snuggled on the couch watching Christmas movies. And I have chocolates to eat while drinking my hot cocoa!
Of course I can't forget the beauty products! With as much as I straighten my hair, I'm sure it could use that 3 minute miracle. And I can't wait to try out my cleansing cloths. After I finish my store brand cloths. And you can never have too much chapstick! Especially this time of year!

I love everything I got from my Secret Santa!
And now I need to go stalk her blog! ;)

Did you participate in a Secret Santa this year?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

182 Days

I can't believe it.
It's been 14 months since Zach asked me to marry him.
And now we only have 6 months to go!
Half a year!
26 weeks!
182 days!

Okay, I'm done.
Moving on....

14 months is a long time to plan things, and we've got so much accomplished!
Here is our completed list:
-DATE!
-Bridal Party
-Have an "engagement party"
-Venues
-Flowers
-Officiant
-DJ
-Pre marriage classes
-Catering
-Photographer
-Wedding dress
-Bridesmaid dresses
-Engagement photos
-Save the dates
-Guest List
-Registries
-Website

That's a lot, right? I thought so. :)

Well here's our to do list (now thru February):
-Book our honeymoon
-Book cake baker
-Send save the dates (will be done this month!)
-Finalize dinner menu for reception
-Plan rehearsal dinner
-Decide/Rent men's formalwear
-Rent chairs for ceremony
-Book wedding night room
-Order/Address invitations

Not much for the next two months. After Christmas work is going to slow down so I have my free time back so I'll be able to refocus on the wedding and maybe get ahead on our to do list? That'd be great!

Happy Saturday!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Engagement Photos!!

Remember this post? Well, Zach and I finally got our engagement photos back!
I love them!
I can't decide which one is my favorite.
I have a picture frame that says "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" and I finally have a picture to fill it with!
I made this one my Facebook profile picture.
This is about the only one where we're both looking at the camera.
And the sunset was beautiful that day!
What is a Zach and Jess photo shoot without goofy photos?
The bottom right Zach was "boinking" my nose.

I love them all.
And I love us. 

Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Spreading Christmas Cheer

I did this a couple of years ago, but I want to do it again.

I want to send you a Christmas card!

All you have to do is this:
Send me an email at jrbrack407@yahoo.com.

In the email I will need:
Your name: (first and last, please)
Your address: (street, city, state, zip)

I would love to send them to anyone who wants one!

But, please!! 
Email me no later than December 8th!
I will be sending all my Christmas cards out on December 9th. 

Also, for your safety, please don't leave any personal information or addresses in the comments. This is a public blog and I don't want crazies getting ahold of your information. 

Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for any information posted by another blogger/user.

Do you want a Christmas card? Send me an email!! I can't wait to hear from you!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Turkey and Lasagna

As I was getting ready to write this post, I realized I had prepared a "What I'm Thankful For" post and completely forgot to post it on Thanksgiving. Oh well. I was so excited to spend time with Zach and my family that I wasn't really worried about anything else. Forgive me? Good!

My Thanksgiving was very relaxing, unlike last year. Which is GREAT!! Everyone got along and we all ate too much delicious food.

Zach and I of course had a little photo shoot. Like always.
I wanted a good picture of Zach and I, and in order for me to get that, he wants a goofy picture. Compromising at it's best.
Then we had to do our own sillyness after sitting back down.
Then my nephew wanted to join in. He loves doing silly photos.

Last year on Christmas, we got a family photo, but Zach wasn't in it, and my brother's ex-girlfriend was, so I suggested we do another one since everyone was together.
Besides the glare on my grandma's glasses, and my grandpa not smiling, I think we all look good for only one try!

After leaving my grandma's, Zach left and met up with some friends to go Black Friday (or Thursday for some places) shopping, and I just laid around the house until I had to go to work at 9 that night.

I worked 9pm-9am and Zach would call me occasionally to let me know the deals he scored. He wasn't looking for any big ticket items, he just wanted to see what it was like. This was his first year shopping that day. He scored some movies for pretty cheap, picture collage frames for me for $7 each, and a waffle iron for $4.50. He was pretty excited about the waffle iron. Still kind of is!

Friday after getting off work, I went home and slept. I set my alarm for 2pm, because we had another Thanksgiving that evening. I could have slept the whole day, I was so tired. But I didn't. I woke up and showered and got ready for Thanksgiving. I was excited to see the rest of my family that night, but I was so out of it all night. Zach would talk to me about wedding stuff, but I was too tired to worry about anything, and I kind of snapped at him a couple of times. He forgave me, of course, because he understood how tired I was.

We had Lasagna for dinner, since everyone had too much turkey the day before. After dinner, we made lists of what we want for Christmas and exchanged names. I didn't even think about getting any pictures of the evening, but it's okay. Not everything needs pictures, right?

How was your Thanksgiving?

P.S. I haven't had soda in TWO WEEKS!!! How awesome is that?!?!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hello Holiday Season

Hello December, Goodbye November.
Hello Christmas, goodbye Thanksgiving.
Hello Christmas decorations, goodbye plain house.

Hello busy work season.
Hello planning, goodbye spontaneity.

Hello gift giving, goodbye selfishness.
Hello more family time.

Hello new boots!
Hello Christmas music, goodbye regular music.

Hello Christmas cards!
Hello 6 months until the wedding!!!
We're now at 195 days!
Hello Christmas cups!

Hello giveaway winnings! I'll be sponsoring these lovely ladies, Sara and Bailey!

Happy December!
Nestful of LOve