All That Bling! Picking the Perfect Engagement Ring

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As I have mentioned in prior posts I am in that season of life where many of my friends are getting engaged...either that or they are having babies! :)

In fact three of my friends are most likely getting engaged this holiday season. One of my guy friends has already bought the ring and two of my best girl friends are hoping for that tiny box! I am SO excited for all three of them. I love weddings and engagements and love to be there for them to talk about every little detail of the wedding...the first being one of the most important, the ring!  There are so many styles out there now that the options can be overwhelming! Should you go with a white gold ring or gold? Round or square diamond? Or maybe it's not a diamond at all but something more trendy like a black pearl or sapphire? 

Whatever the ring it's very important to choose something that you will love forever! After all doesn't the saying go "a diamond lasts forever?" When it comes to picking out rings I always recommend to my friends that they start out by window shopping at stores such as Shane Co. to determine what they like. If you are looking for an engagement rings that 'wows' your friends Shane Co. offers designer looks not sold anywhere else with a lifetime guarantee that cannot be beat!

As one of my guy friends (the one who just bought a can not be revealed in order to surprise his girl ;)) pointed out to me last night he just bought his ring at Shane Co. due to the lifetime guarantee! Should something ever happen to it you really can't beat their guarantee!

The other part I love about an engagement is the actual engagement story itself. This is a story that a girl will tell for the rest of her life so you might as well make it good. One of my friends recently tricked up his girl by buying an additional pearl bracelet and putting it in the ring box to give her instead of the ring first. Of course she was delighted to have the bracelet but was also a little bummed that he wasn't proposing. Right when she looked down to put the bracelet on he got down on one knee and proposed with the ring as well! What a wonderful surprise! She was elated and every surprised which is exactly what he was going for! Wouldn't that be a wonderful idea? Eternal and timeless, pearls never go out of style! Shane Co. cultured pearls are matched by hand for exceptional luster.

How about you guys? How many of you either did or want to give your guy insight to which ring you want him to purchase? How many of you want it to be a complete surprise? My sweet hubby was brilliant and took my mom ring shopping without me knowing. That way it was a total surprise but he knew my mom would know what I like. And boy was he right! He did good! 

This is totally a side note but while looking through Shane Co.'s website I couldn't help but notice these gorgeous monogram necklaces! What a wonderful Christmas present these necklaces would make!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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The Gift of Lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway

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It’s back but bigger, better and brighter than ever before.  Get the entire family into the Christmas spirit by heading to Atlanta Motor Speedway and seeing how over-the-top decorating looks while being able to brag you’ve driven on the famed Atlanta Motor Speedway oval!

My Readers Save $2 to Gift of Lights Drive Thru Light Show:

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Meet My Big, Chelsee

By 4:50 PM ,
Several weeks ago I signed up to participate in Southern Beauty Guide's Bigs & Littles blogging network and boy did I score big! For those of you who haven't heard of this program it is a partnership of blogs where you sign up and get paired with another blogger with the goal of developing a relationship and learning new blogging tips from your big/little. The goal is to teach, learn, and grow from one another! 

I got SUPER lucky and got paired up with Chelsee, one of the hosts of the program. You guys...Chelsee is AWESOME (and it's not only because she has a great name ;))! 

Chelsee and I instantly clicked....we are both southern girls from Georgia and also were both in sorority's during college so we had a lot of fun discussing and getting to know each other better through those fun facts. Chelsee has been SO super ridiculously sweet to me and has spread my blog through all her social media sites and given me some great tips/ideas as well! Isn't it so neat how you can really feel like you have made a friend through blogging? I really feel as if Chelsee is now a close blogging friend and someone I would love to hang out with in person- and hey, since we both live in Georgia there is hope right? :)

Chelsee has an awesome blog and even though she has been blogging for less time than I have she has really seemed to figured this whole blogging thing out! Chelsee blogs a lot about beauty and hosts some really awesome giveaways so I would really encourage you all to go check her out (she has a giveaway going on at her blog right now for a $350 J. Crew gift card, awesome, right?)! 

Chelsee even featured me in one of her posts today. If you want to read about it click here

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The Great Flu Shot Debate

By 3:45 PM ,
Sorry for not posting very much lately...sickness has struck our household and it is all I can seem to do to feel like I am staying above water. I'm sure you can all relate. :)

My sillly husband who I love oh so much REFUSED to get the flu shot. I mean full out even though it was free at the doctor when we went for our yearly exam and wouldn't have cost any extra money or time since he was already there still refused to get it (even though he has gotten the flu every year since we have been married). My work offers it ever year for free so I get it just out the pure convenience factor. Plus, let's admit it. Getting the flu is NO FUN! But honestly...I'm not sure what's worse. Getting the flu myself or my husband getting the flu. Cause when I get the flu yes it's totally miserable but at least I'm the one who gets to lay around and do nothing....when hubby gets the flu I'm stuck working a 8-5 job Monday-Friday, doing all the cleaning, all the grocery shopping, and waiting on him hand and foot from the moment I walk in the door from work to the moment I head back out to work the next morning (all while trying to avoid getting sick myself). Makes for a very fun week for myself and I usually end up getting sick myself if for no other reason than due to pure exhaustion. 

Well guess what ladies and gentlemen? Guess who has the flu? Or at least we think it's the flu...That's guessed it. The hubs. 

I think I've determined this is his theory:

I'll be the first to admit it....I'm helpless without my husband and SO ready for him to start feeling better! 

What about you guys? Anyone feelin' my pain? How many of you get the flu shot? I know the rumor still lies that you can get the flu from getting the shot but I have gotten the shot the past five years and never gotten the flu from the shot. Apparently years ago it used to contain a live virus so this was true but hasn't in years....?

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Extraordinary Gifts: For the Football Fan in Your Life

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I would love to introduce you all to my new friend, Sallie from Silly SalGals Etsy Store. Sallie sells some of the neatest wreaths you will find on the web! As many of my loyal readers know I am a HUGE Bulldawg fan! When I saw the adorable Bulldawg wreath Sallie sells I knew I had to have it! 

Sallie graciously agreed to send it to me to review. Without further ado and before I give you the best story ever let me share some pictures with you of my awesome wreath Sallie made:

Isn't it great?!? Sallie was SO great to work with and totally let me customize my own wreath. Throughout the process she would email me pictures and ask if I liked the way it was looking and would even suggest new ideas and thoughts and do whatever I asked! I LOVE the way it turned out and am excited to have it on my door for the last three football games of the year! Maybe it will bring us some luck? We sure could use some since we play Auburn this week! 

Ok now for the cool story I promised you. I'm about to make an Anne of Green Gables reference for any of you Anne fans out there so prepare yourselves...Sallie and I are kindred spirits! Seriously the more I learn about this amazing woman the more I realize how much I admire her and also how much we have in common! Sallie began introducing me to her business by sharing with me that she has recently been getting her shop started as an outlet for creativity and hopefully as a way to supplement her income in the future. Sallie has a sweet little two year old boy, Evans, with an amazing personality that was diagnosed with autism last year so her weeks are filled with 30+ hours of therapy, music, and swimming lessons to help her sweet little boy and as a result Evans' progress has been amazing! Sallie works part time at night as a ER nurse so that it frees up her time to spend her days in therapy with her precious little one! If you are like me you are wondering how she finds time to craft and create such fantastic items! Sallie told me that crafts are her outlet and that Evans even helps her. He punches out a puzzle piece to attach to the back of every handcrafted item. 

Sallie and her husband are also Christians and believe what the Bible tells us that to who much has been given much is expected! Because Evans and his therapists have brought so much joy to Sallie's family and opened their eyes even further to the steadfast love of our wonderful Savior, Sallie donates a portion of every sale to Camp Southern Ground. 

This is where the story starts to get a little a really cool way only God can make happen! :) For those of you not familiar with Camp Southern Ground it is actually a camp and research center started by Zac Brown in my hometown of Fayetteville, GA specifically for children with autism and behavioral/social disabilities! You can read all about the camp and Zac Brown's mission for this camp that he has deemed his "life's work" here. Zac Brown actually donates a portion of all his ticket sales to the camp. When Sallie mentioned the camp to me I was excited as I already knew a lot about the camp since it is in my hometown. Actually fun fact: the location of the camp including the house Zac Brown lives was actually purchased from an ex boyfriend's of mine's parents. So I am very familiar with the land and property. :) The impact this camp will have for children is incredible! Just think of how awesome it is that Zac is providing a camp for children (like Evans) who would not otherwise get the opportunity to make wonderful summer camp memories that so many of us take for granted? Currently the camp is still under construction but will hopefully open sometime soon! You can watch the video at this link to see more about the camp! 

Ok sorry for the tangent but I couldn't help but share Sallie and her family's amazing story with you! How inspiring and what a wonderful reminder to the rest of us of a family who is living out Christ's love! 

Back to Sallie's business. Not only does Sallie create sports themed wreaths but she also has some pretty cool year round door hangers that allow you to switch out ribbons and themes for every holiday without having to change your door hanger. Here are some of my favorites:

The baby hanger is so neat! It even has a place to write in the name, date, height, and length! And just today Sallie posted even more neat products like a UGA door hanger and even a house divided football wreath, great idea, right? As you can see I am really excited about Sallie and her store! Please go check out her store and purchase something! It's not to late to order a Christmas gift! 

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Extraordinary Gifts: Baby Gift Idea

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If you are looking for a great Christmas gift idea for the little one in your life, the vintage lover, or the makeup collector, look no further! The Amber Rose Emporium Etsy store has you covered! 

As I have mentioned in previous posts I have had a LOT of baby showers lately. While recently searching Etsy for the perfect baby gift for an upcoming shower I ran across this baby blanket. 

It was love at first sight! I quickly emailed Amber, the store owner, and told her how much I loved her blankets and that I had an idea for a post to feature her blankets as a gift idea for a baby shower or a Christmas gift for your sweet little someone. She graciously agreed and sent me the blanket to review. Here are some pictures of what it looked like when I received it:

Guys trust me when I tell you this is the softest blanket I have ever felt! But much so that I had left it on the kitchen counter after I opened it and the hubby came home from work and I caught him standing in the kitchen rubbing it...when I asked him what he was doing he wanted to know if the blanket was for him..."Uh,'s for my friend's baby shower." He was very disappointed and asked where I got it and if he could get one in his size for Christmas. Ha, and he was serious! These blankets are SO sweet and really make the nicest heartfelt gift. Amber offers them in many colors and even has a customized option. I really like the one below as well:

And that's not all...Amber also sells some really neat looking vintage goods and also makeup bags on her Etsy. Check out some of my favorites below:

On that note Amber did want me to mention that a lot of her orders are custom made so she has a deadline of November 20th for custom orders to ensure they get to your house before Christmas. That guarantees it gives her time to order fabric and get everything made and sent out.

If you are in need of an upcoming baby gift I would highly encourage you to check out this lovely store

Amber is offering all my readers 15% off any order with code Married15

Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for a honest review based on personal experience with this product. No monetary compensation was received or will be received between MFJ and the associated company with this product. 

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Happy Halloween from Our Household to Yours

By 1:48 PM ,
This Halloween was our first Halloween in our house (we were under contract last Halloween but not living in our house yet) and BOY did we have a lot of trick or treaters! Holy cow! 

I bought what I felt like was a TON of candy and we ran totally, completely out by 8pm. AND we were that lame house that was only giving one piece out per child since we were trying not to run out...Crazy, right?

I did dress up in my gorilla costume again and jumped out from behind the bush at the teenagers trick or treating. To. much. fun. 

Here's a video of me dancing in the gorilla suite that my sweet hubby found hilarious and just had to video....

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