Women Propose on Leap Day: The Long Tradition

By 4:48 PM ,
It's Leap Day. This means that there are 366 days this year instead of the normal 365. (It also means one of my friends who should be 24 is turning 6 today).

After listening about a girl proposing to her boyfriend on the radio this morning on my way to work, I began thinking about the interesting tradition that comes with Leap Day where women are “given the chance” to propose to their man.
Tradition says that on Leap Day a lady may pop the question, but if her love does not say YES, he must give her a gift in return such as a pair of gloves or a sum of money. (So let me make sure I understand this fully…my heart was just broken by the man I love and I am supposed to accept a pair of gloves or a sum of money as a “sorry I do not want to marry you” condolence? I do not know about the rest of you ladies but unless this sum of money is nearing the millions I do not think it is going to make me feel much better!)

Thoughts: Even with all the strides towards equality that women have made in the past hundred years it is still fairly uncommon for a woman to propose to a man. I would love to get my readers thoughts on the day that breaks this tradition. Do you know of any girls who have proposed on Leap Day? Fellas would you be happy if your girl proposed? Girls would you regret proposing or be thankful for the opportunity? Share your stories in the comments section below!! :-)

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Locked in my own bedroom

By 2:25 PM , ,

The above picture? That would be our bedroom door. Notice anything strange about it? Yup...it is missing a doorknob. That's because I made my sweet husband take it off after getting locked in our bedroom last week. That's right...locked in the bedroom.

Here's the story: so the doorknob has been broken from the inside of the bedroom for a few weeks at this point. (Another words when you go to turn the handle the part that is supposed to twist the doorknob and allow the door to open DOES NOT work). Because of this we had been being extra careful to make sure the door was not ever shut completely. Until the other day when my husband left for work...he "cracked" the door closed like he always does as to not wake me up while he bangs around in the kitchen. Fifteen minutes later, when it was time for me to get up and get ready for work, I noticed that the door was fully shut. "Great," I thought to myself. However, I decided to not worry about it until after I had taken a shower thinking that I would be able to get it open. Forty-five minutes later (after a good 30 mins of trying to get the stupid door open) I call my husband about in tears. "I CAN'T GET OUT OF OUR BEDROOM!" I very told him trying to hold back the tears panic. "I am beginning to panic!" He's response was about as I expected. "What do you want me to do about it?" I really wasn't sure since he was already at work over an hour away from our house. "Try to credit card the door," he told me. I tried. No luck. I weighed my options...I could climb out the back window but it was pouring outside and I would have no way to get back in the house since all the doors were locked and my keys were in the kitchen. The only option? Continue getting ready...that's when I realized my makeup and hair straightener were in the kitchen. I sat down the bed and turned the TV on trying to stop my border line claustrophobia from approaching any closer.

Then my hero called. He said his parents were on the way over to rescue me. Sure enough several minutes later my mother-in-law calls making sure it was ok if they came now. "Um, yes...I'm just sitting here on my bed with puffy hair and no makeup trying not to panic. But whenever would be great!" A little time later my in-laws show up my mother-in-law comes in and the door knob turns open easily and perfectly from the living room side. I can feel the relief swelling through my body. After making her try the door from the other side (just to prove I wasn't crazy), and giving her a hug of thanks, in walks my father-in-law crow bar and tool chest in hand. Apparently he thought getting me out of my room was going to be a little harder than it turned out being. So there you are...the story of how I was locked in my own bedroom.

Moral of the story: Hm...not entirely sure? When your doorknob breaks immediately buy a new one? Live close to your in-laws and make sure they have a key so you have someone to rescue you? Oh well. I'm free now!

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Holiday Advice for Newly Weds

By 4:00 PM , , , ,
Being a newly wed is a demanding job. From combining finances to learning to live with someone from the opposite sex to accepting (& being accepted) by your in-laws and new family////newly weds sure do have a lot on their plate!

To top it all off every newly wed must figure out how to spend their first holiday together (without insulting family from either side) a task that can be a lot tougher than you may think!

With that in mind I have decided to give you (through our experience) the top ways to get through the holiday craziness and still enjoy it!

#1-Don't host the holiday meal your first year of marriage! Too stressful!
#2-Make your own traditions! This is extremely important!
#3-Enjoy time together as a couple! Take the time to relax and grow closer together as a couple.
#4-Establish an equal split of time between families. This will keep both mommas a lot happier.
#5-Go Christmas shopping together as a couple. It really bonds you.
#6-Spend Christmas night together...just the two of you as a couple. This is the perfect time for the two of you to enjoy each other and exchange gifts in private.

our plan: for Christmas this year we decided to spend all of Christmas Eve morning and afternoon with his parents doing gifts and eating and celebrating the holiday together. Then Christmas Eve evening we went to church with my parents followed by Christmas morning and afternoon at their house doing presents and food and celebrations with them. Then late Christmas afternoon we went back to his grandmother's house where we spent Christmas evening with his extended family. THEN, finally, we went back to our home and spent Christmas night together as a couple, exchanging gifts and enjoying each other's company. Although it may sound a little hectic it worked great for us.

Here's to hoping next year's Christmas is as great as our first Christmas as a married couple.

Do you have special holiday traditions you have made since you got married? How do you split the time between both families? We'd love to hear. Comment below.

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Birthday Chronicle Review & Giveaway

By 1:16 PM , , ,

We all have those people in our lives who are extremely hard to buy gifts for...maybe it's because they refuse to tell us what they want or, maybe, it's because when they want something they just go out and buy it! (For me personally this is especially the case for the men in my life)!

Well...I may have found the solution!

Because I Tried It offers a personalized (8 1/2 x 11) front page of a newspaper that communicates what was going on the day of that person's birth. It goes back as far as January 1, 1900 and up to December 31, 2010. This Birthday Chronicle (starting at only $2) includes a greeting by name from the then-President of the United States and features newspaper headlines and stories from that person's year of birth. This quite possibly could make the perfect gift for that hard to buy for friend or family member. If nothing else, the birthday chronicle (pictured below) will be a conversational piece as you reminisce over the top music hits and songs from your year of birth (Ice, Ice Baby anyone)?

I have some great news! I have two Birthday Chronicles below to giveaway to my readers! So enter below and good luck!

Note: Giveway will be sent via email in PDF format

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Make Your Own Finger Paint

By 7:08 PM , ,


What kid doesn’t like to finger paint? It’s super easy to make your own with ingredients that are probably already in your house. The best part is all the ingredients are all-natural so it is OK if your kid/nephew/niece/small friend tries to eat their creation.

You will need
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups cold water
food coloring

What to do
In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together to make the finger paint. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool. After cooling, divide the finger paint into storage containers depending on how many colors you would like. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container. Stir the coloring into the paint to determine the color. You're ready to paint!

Thanks to Creative Kids at Home for the recipe!

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The Wedding Vows

By 4:05 PM , , , ,
It's no secret that deciding whether or not to write personal wedding vows often tops the list of a brides (and grooms) planning nightmares. In fact many brides state that, second only to picking a dress, the decision about whether to recite traditional vows or write their own is one of the most difficult wedding decisions they face. Of course there are the traditional couples who say “I do,” those hopeless romantics who share handwritten vows, then there are the 'reciters' as I like to call them who recite lines from their favorite song or poem, and, finally, those who do some hybrid of the two. This being said, initially, Josh and I were hopelessly deadlocked on what to do when it came to our own wedding vows. Josh, on one hand, did not want to even consider the idea of writing our own vows, while I, the hopeless romantic who has watched "The Notebook" one too many times, thought writing our own vows sounded picture perfect.

Rounding out Josh's list of concerns was what we would actually say in the event we went the personal route. He was deathly afraid any attempt he made at writing personal vows would turn into a big cheesy mess that would leave our guests rolling their eyes or shifting uncomfortably in their seats. Perhaps even worse, however, was my own hidden almost-paralyzing fear that I simply would blank at the alter, much too overwhelmed with emotion to get any words out. After all, crafting the words you are going to share with your future husband/wife is a pretty big deal, but there’s something even more terrifying about sharing them in front of all your family and friends when you are already experiencing a set of emotions that you have never experienced before.

Naturally, we did what any indecisive couple would do: we did both. Sort of.

While Josh and I did opt to alter the traditional vows prior to the ceremony to be words that had the most meaning to us as a couple, we ultimately decided to do so together as a couple basing them off the traditional vows, and repeated these sacred promises after the minister before we were pronounced husband and wife.

When we considered what our ceremony actually was about – our love and our future together – along with all the fears we had about condensing our entire relationship into a few simple sentences, getting choked up as we struggled to remember our lines, and, possibly even boring our guests, relying on handwritten individual vows fell by the wayside. This turned out to be a very good thing as my nerves/emotions were beyond anything I would have ever imagined (turns out I would never have remembered hand written vows as, due to my nerves, I could hardly even remember our wedding dance we had practiced so very many times).

Weigh-In: Did you and your husband recite traditional vows or did you write your own, and why did you make the choice you made? If you went the personal route, what did you say and how did you find your inspiration? Help out all our lovely brides-to-be out and comment below.

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First Ever Giveaway: Coach Checkbook Cover

By 10:29 AM , , , ,
Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of the day of love I am giving away my first ever giveaway. I love Coach! So I will be giving away the black Coach checkbook cover below.

The giveaway will end February 29th so enter below. Good luck!

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Feel the Love this Valentine’s Day

By 2:24 PM , , , , , , ,
With Valentine’s Day less than a week away all us love birds are getting excited! Here is a list of the top three ways to get cupid flying around your love this week.
1.    Do something unexpected for your Valentine.

Suggestion: Know your Valentine is working out at the gym? Write him (or her) a love note and leave it on his window so when he comes out to his car he finds it. Another idea? Leave post-it notes all around the house with reasons why you love him.

2.    Have your very own romantic evening at home. Warning, this takes some pre-work but, it is very worth it.

Suggestion: Create a personal playlist of all “our” songs and have it playing in the background. Set up a trail of flowers from the front door to the bedroom. Light lots of candles. Then treat your Valentine to a spa night right in your own home. Pour your favorite bubbles in the tub, break out the bubbly, light some candles, and make a toast to being in love!  

3.    Send flowers to your Valentine.

Suggestion: Send them to their place of work/school. Who doesn’t like to show off to their friends how amazing their Valentine is? If you really want to go over the top write a poem or type out lyrics to a song that reminds you of that person and attachment it to the flowers with a note that ends love your valentine.

Weigh in: Have another idea on a way to get cupid flying this week? Leave a comment with your suggestion.

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Camping a Few Hours Drive from Atlanta

By 3:25 PM , , , , ,
Who can get over the beautiful weather Atlanta has been having lately? Looking for a fun outing this weekend?  Why not go camping?

There are some great campsites in between Ellijay, GA and Blue Ridge, GA that are totally free! There you will find a beautiful, serene, scenic camping environment where it is free to camp. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Ellijay is known for its vast apple orchards and is often referred to as the “Apple Capital of Georgia.”

The camp sites are along a river and offer tent pads and fire pits. The ground is flat and is the perfect place to set up ladder golf or throw a Frisbee. In the summertime make sure to bring your bathing suit as the camp sites are along the side of a creek that looked very appetizing had it been a little bit warmer outside. There are plenty of nature walks at the site including a waterfall you can easily hike to view. The sites are very secluded so it would be the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a quite weekend with the family.
There is also a drive-in movie theater in Blue Ridge, Georgia that is a ton of fun and very affordable. You can easily drive to the movie from your campsite. If you are interested in more information feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

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