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Friday, July 29, 2016

Review | Perricone MD

TGIF!!! Talk about a busy week. between working full time, designing and fulfilling orders for my etsy store and normal life activities, I am volunteering all week at our local carnival in the funnel cake stand! I am currently am experiencing a lack of sleep, since I don't get home until after midnight and the workers in my sunroom begin working at 7am sharp! Needless to say, this product could not come at a better time!

I never thought I needed under eye cream or anti aging at just 28 years old, but it truly is never too early to start taking care of your skin!

I applied the Perricome MD Brightening Cream using my middle finger under my eyes. Since I have been smelling like fried oil, I have been showering twice a day, and applied both times after. 

Directions call for usage for 8 weeks, but boy can I tell a difference after just one! Maybe it's because my dark circles are just a little darker this week, but it sure does make me feel more refreshed!

This is very light weight and creamy; unlike some other brightening creams I have tried in the past that left you feeling oily and greasy!

I recommended this product to a friend to try and now we are both hooked! 

I received this product complimentary for reviewing products, but all opinions are my own!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Our Wedding- The Reception Venue

Happy Wednesday friends! We are half way there and the weekend is in site! We received our wedding photo's back and I am so excited to share some details with you all!

If you don't know by now... we celebrated our wedding on June 4, 2016. Our ceremony was held at in hometown, in the church I grew up in. We knew when we got engaged the only place we wanted (or even looked at) was The Historic Hotel Bethlehem

The Hotel is absolutely gorgeous and has the old world feel. The Hotel was built in 1794 and was formerly known as the Golden Eagle Hotel (um, yeah.. George Washington was in office then). Although the Hotel is beautiful year round.. the best time to visit is definitely Christmas Time. I mean come on the City if called the 'Christmas City'!!
Of yeah, and the Hotel is haunted but you can read more about that here

The spectacular structure is truly one of a kind. Whenever we get a chance, we love to come just walk around, grab a drink at the bar or just sit in the lobby! Even though the rooms are 'antique' looking they are very modernized! 

Check out some of our getting ready photo's in the Hotel!

Our cocktail hour was held in both the Lobby (pictured below) and in the Mural Ballroom. 

For the reception, guests headed upstairs to the Grand Ballroom where we had two levels. The balcony area is where we seated the 'kids' aka friends our age with their own bar. Knowing as soon as dinner had ended and the dance music was one they would all make their way to the large dance floor!

It was an amazing day. Not one issue (that I know of) happened. The staff was absolutely wonderful and was constantly checking to see if I needed anything! Now if only we could do this every weekend that would be soo much fun!

Joe & I standing in the middle of Main Street. 

And that folks is a wrap on part one of our wedding!

All photos are by DeLorenzo Photography

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Five on Friday

TGIF! This was a hectic week for me.. If you follow me on snapchat (amstone10) you have seen our progress of our sunroom. I feel like the order in our house is completely off. I know the reward will be great in the end with a whole different room complete with heat and electric, but boy is it a mess! Charger can't run around without picking up a screw, piece of metal or wood. So we've been taking him for more walks and in the front of the house. He's so confused as to what's going on in the back of the house!

Anyway, here are a few highlights from the week! 

Dress,  wedges (similar)
one. This weekend, we went to dinner for a friends birthday celebration. While Joe was on the hunt to collect all the Pokemon he could find, I enjoyed spending time with friends I don't see that often.

two.  Charger received his latest Bark Box shipment. His new favorite toy.. this sumo looking man that I think is hilarious! 

after day 1

after day 2
three. Like I said before our sunroom renovation is trucking along quite nicely. But coming home to the site of one wall holding up the roof, was a little bit of a shock. Oh yea and there was a tornado warning that afternoon for our area too. Let's just say I was holding me breathe the whole drive home not knowing what I would find!

four. Slightly freaking out and this week and here is why.. So every year my hometown has a huge Italian celebration called the 'Big Time' (you can read all about it in the book here) Anyway, I was asked to take over the funnel cake stand since the man who has run it for the past 20 some years can't physically do it anymore- I know what you are thinking.. 'how hard could this be?' Well for a person for has anxiety, has never made a funnel cake in her life, let alone to sell to strangers, and just overall is scared of the hot oil- this is terrifying to me! Thursday night I met with the man in charge in the past and he tried to explain to me the process of making them and some tips. To be honest it made it worse. I cried the ride home from my parents house to mine which was about 40 minutes. I don't have enough workers to help me, I really don't know what I am doing, and feel as though I have no support behind me.
So yeah.. this shall be interesting. Why couldn't I just say NO! Well because when your priest asks you for help.. how can you say NO!!!

five. although my 'personal time' is far and few between since I'm always doing a million different things, I was able to enjoy a whole 20 minutes to myself! I snuggled into bed, caught up on a few blogs and of course indulges in my iced coffee!

Hope everyone has an exciting weekend and some fun plans. I'm going to the shore for the weekend with some friends and to Atlantic City, NJ!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sun Room Makeover | Inspiration

I have mentioned before that we are in the process of updating our sun room that is off of our kitchen. I tried to make a quick fix of just replacing the outside door, however upon doing so, we found out the whole sun room was pretty much in bad shape and would need to be fixed. I guess it is a blessing in a disguise because we are making it into a 3 season room and adding outlets and heat so we could basically use it all year long! So while this construction takes place, I thought I would go ahead and start designing what I would like it to look like!

Here is a before photo.. 
In the room, you can see there is a god awful carpet that is ripped up, stained and has seen much, much better days. That will get ripped up during the construction and new tile or vinyl tile will be added. Right now I'm looking for the perfect flooring which looks similar to the terracotta tile shown in the inspiration board.

I recently purchased a set of two wicker chairs with cushions and side table at Home Goods that I knew would look perfect in there. I couldn't find a picture online of them but they are Broyhill have are a grayish wicker with Cabana strip cushions. Just perfect!!

Flooring- Spanish Terrcotta Tile

I want to keep things as neutral as possible in there and add color through cushions, pillows and decor. There are windows around the whole room, so I plan on getting custom shades to keep the beating sun out during the day. But love the airiness (is that a word??) of the windows and natural light! 

I also plan on making a DIY coffee table with some old shutters from a friend! Lord help me as I'm sure there will be a lot of throwing, possible swearing under my breath and trips to Home Depot!

Can't wait to update you all on the process of our sun room make over!
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review | Essie GelCouture Top Coat

I was shopping in my favorite store, Target (as if you didn't know) and wanted to get a new nail color for Summer. I've been trying stay away from getting my nails done at the salon with gel polishes because they always seem to ruin my nails. I also don't have time usually to keep up with them and get them done bi-weekly. So back to my Target trip, well I stumbled upon an end cap with new Essie nail trend. I really didn't want to spend close to $12 on a new color so I opted to purchase just the top coat alone. I had tried the Sallie Hanson gel in the past and would use that top coat with other polishes to make it last a little longer. So I gave it a try.

First I used Essie Berried Treasures color. It is a great color of Summer especially with a tan! I used two coats to make sure the whole nail was covered. I used a Q-tip to remove any excess from my skin before applying the top coat.

Once my color was dried completely, I  used the Essie Gel Couture top coat. Make sure to cover the whole nail and let dry completely. 


 I loved how big the brush of the top coat was. It only took two strokes to cover the whole nail.

Day 1:

This was taken right after painting them. 

Day 3:

This picture was taken after three days with the top coat. You can see some chips on the top of my nails. Note.. my nails are very brittle to begin with, and they were already splitting before painting them. My opposite hand has no chips!

Day 5:
This picture was taken after day 5 of my right hand. There is only a minor chip on my pointer finger and that's it! Still going strong!

After about a week, other of my nails started to chip, but I would definitively recommend this top coat for those ladies who want a gel like polish without going to the salon. Typical nail polish lasts only a day or two before it starts chipping on my nails. 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

DIY | Engagement Basket for a Friend

I am officially at the age where all my friends are either 1. in serious relationships, 2. engaged or married. or 3. having kids. Which don't get me wrong is not a bad thing at all! I love this age and being able to experience it all with my best friends!

One of my friends recently got engaged and I wanted to do something special for her. Since I recently just went through the same process I thought it would be awesome to put together a 'engagement basket' for her!
Considering I am fairly new to the engagement/newlywed faze, I thought of a few things that I loved during my engagement time!

A count down frame is perfect to keep you up to date on how many days til Mrs.!

Mug for all those pinterest surfing mornings (maybe turned into nights) or perhaps to put a little something stronger then coffee in!

A ticket to a local bridal show in your area is always fun. Even if the wedding is not in this particular area, there will be tons of vendors and even freebies!! 

Something I loved when I started planning my wedding (besides Pinterest of course) was all the great wedding magazines

My now mother in law also bought me a very similar wedding instruction manual book. I was able to write down thoughts I had through the whole process and it had great tips and ideas!

Lastly, don't forget to write your future bride to be a sincere card. It's a busy time and let her know you are there for her.. whether you are in the bridal party or not!

So do you have an friends getting married soon? Are you doing anything special for them?
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Sales Lately - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It's my favorite sale of the year! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale that is! I love shopping at Nordstrom anyway, especially with free shipping and free returns. The closest store is about an hour if not more away from me, so this makes shopping online that much better! However, sometimes their prices are not my wallets favorites! Last year I got hooked up with some awesome deals, so I knew I would most likely find some this year too. I fortunatly have a Nordstrom card, so I was able to shop early and catch some sales yesterday. 

Here is a look at some items I either picked up or still have my eye on! 
Is there anything you are hoping is on sale or that you've picked up already?

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