Becoming Mrs. Buxton // Bride Tribe

Happy Friday! Today I am excited to share with you my #BrideTribe. In case you missed it, Brad and I got engaged while we are on our vacation in Myrtle Beach. Read all about how Brad proposed here

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Right after Brad and I got engaged, we decided that we wanted to get married rather fast.  So we decided on April 22, 2017! This date is roughly 10 months from when we got engaged. I knew that I wanted to ask my girls as soon as possible so we could get our dresses ordered right away.  What better way to ask my girls then by doing a Pinterst inspired proposal. 

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Each girl received a cute little box that I found on Amazon wrapped in string with a detailed personalized card. Inside the box was some fun items that are for the wedding day! I found the earrings at Charming Charlie and I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. Next was a pretty pale pink nail polish which will go perfect with their bridesmaid dressed. The shade is Kiss the Bride by Orly. The next item that had to be in the box was a pretty lipstick. While skimming the drugstore aisles, I stumbled across this Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte in nude flush. To finish the gift off, I stuck in a ring pop.

Now lets meet the girls!

Maid of Honor: Natalie. Natalie is my 18 year old sister and there was not question that she would be standing beside me as my maid of honor.

Bridesmaid: Ashley.  Ashley is Brad’s oldest sister and she has quickly become one of my best friends. 

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Bridesmaid: Brittany. Brittany is Brad’s middle sister and she has also become one of my dearest friends. 

Bridesmaid: Lauren. Lauren is one of my oldest friends and I couldn’t imagine getting married without her by my side.

Bridesmaid: Brandie. Brandie and I met in high school, she was a senior and I was a freshman. Since then we have been best friends. I’ll be standing by her side in August as she marries her best friend and I’m so excited to have her beside me while I marry mine.

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Bridesmaid: Sadie.  Sadie was Natalie’s friend first but after the last 7 years she has gone from being Natalie’s friend, to my friend, and to my sister.

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The next couple of months are going to be so much fun with this group of girls. They all bring happiness and joy in my life. 

Did you “propose” to your girls? If so, how did you do it?

What do you have planned for the weekend?

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5 Things To Remember On Your Wedding Day // A Guest Post

 

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I’m so thrilled to be here today to share a few thoughts with you all! A quick intro, my name is Britt, and I blog over at My Little Sunshines. I love to write, and sharing all the things that bring sunshine into my life via my little space on the internet gives me such joy! I was married to my wonderful husband Kyle in 2010, and we currently have two children, Abe (2) and Eliza (7 months). We live in southeastern Idaho, where I stay home with the kids while Kyle runs a parenting program. Besides writing and blogging, and the obvious spending time with family, I enjoy reading, baking, and eating what I bake ;) So that’s me! I hope you’ll hop on over to my blog, I’d love to get to know you better!

I remember when I got married 6 years ago thinking that anyone who had been married longer than about 2 years obviously had this marriage thing figured out, and had been married for so long. (Hahaha.) Now I look back on the past 6 years and realize that it has really only been a drop in the bucket of our lives. We have so much more to learn, and there is so much more fun to be had!

Our wedding day was beautiful. It was cold and we had to move our reception indoors and I had gotten stitches just a few days before… But it was still one of the best days of my life. My husband, Kyle, and I love to reminisce back on our wedding day, on the day the two of us became one family unit. Marriage is a beautiful and sacred thing, and to know you’ll be with your best friend forever? Priceless. When I was brainstorming a topic for today’s post, I decided to share with you a few things that I hope you’ll remember on your wedding day, that I found helpful on my own! I hope you like them.

Remember it’s ok if things go wrong.

I get it. This is the day you’ve been dreaming about and planning for, for what may seem like forever. You have every detail planned out, and you want everything to be perfect. And that is not a bad thing! But people are human, we can’t control the weather, and sometimes businesses are not as professional as we’d hope. Things can, and probably will, go wrong. And that’s ok, too! Just remember that in the grand scheme of things, your guests won’t remember (or have even noticed!) if your flowers were not the exact shade of pink you expected.

Remember that ultimately it’s the marriage, not the wedding, that matters.

Tying in to the previous point, try to remember that although your wedding day is something so special, it’s really your new marriage that matters. Your day will end, your memories will fade, but you will still have each other! That’s why you’re getting married in the first place. So as much planning and preparation as you’re putting into your wedding day, put that same amount of effort into preparing for your marriage together. Start your marriage off on the same page, and keep building on that foundation.

Remember that the day is about your and your spouse’s commitment to and love for each other.

This again ties in to the above points, but remember that this is a day to celebrate your and your spouse, not your social media accounts. Weddings are beautiful, and so fun to share with your family and friends via social media, but don’t get so overwhelmed by the stress to have a “pinterest wedding”. Instead of thinking up the perfect hashtag or making sure that your decor is just so, spend the day next to your new spouse, reveling in your love for each other.

Remember to soak it all in.

It’s so easy to be so caught up in the middle of a great day, that you don’t take the time to enjoy it and soak it all in. This generally happens to me when something exciting is happening, like a graduation, a wedding, or the birth of a baby (among other things, of course). Adrenaline kicks in and we have a hard time slowing down and savoring the moment. This day goes by so, so fast, so remind yourself to take a step back, and enjoy the little details, like the weight of his hand on your leg during the toasts, or the little smile he flashes you in the middle of the ceremony. Soak it all in. It’s magical.

Remember to enjoy yourself.

Above all, have fun! Enjoy yourself! Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you deserve to enjoy your day! Make delegations and then let it all go. Enjoy the food, enjoy your guests, enjoy your spouse, enjoy yourself.

And there you go! I hope no matter what, you’ll be able to enjoy your wedding day, and look back at it with fondness. It’s a celebration of you and the one you love most in the world, and that is something to celebrate and enjoy!

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Britt is a stay-at-home momma by day, and a blogger by naptime. She’s been married to Kyle since 2010 and has two children – Abe (2) and Eliza (7 months). As an introverted extrovert, she loves to read, write, and spend time with her family and friends. She has a degree in Human Development, her favorite colors are green, blue and gray, and she considers carb loading a sport. She’s a loyal friend, a follower of Christ, and a lover of learning.

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Why I Had To Walk Away From Blogging

If you are a reader of ABH, then you know that I took an almost two month blog break from May to last week.  My life outside of blogging was absolutely crazy! For those of you that don’t know, I underwrite home appraisals for credit unions.  Our busy time is typically from May to August but this year we brought on a bunch of new clients (which is awesome!) but we grew extremely fast and didn’t have much help.  Work consumed my life. While work was extremely busy, Brad and I found time to go to Myrtle Beach for a week.  I just wasn’t didn’t have time to blog as much as I wanted to. 

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While work was taking over my life and leaving me drained, I have to be honest, that isn’t the main reason why I walked away.  The main reason was the fact that I compared myself to other bloggers.  It’s hard not to.  We live in a society that judges and compares ourselves to everyone.  So many people that had started blogging after I had were making substantial money, working with big brands, and had content that was so much better than mine. 

I realized those people, who had blogs that were better than mine, had hours on end to spend on it. I work a full-time job that requires me to stare at a computer screen for 8-10 hours a day.  As much as I would love to get my blog to where theirs are, I can only compare my posts to my previous posts and work on making A Blissful Haven better.  From here on, A Blissful Haven will have better content, better graphics, and will be true to me and my vision for ABH.

As my readers, I would love to hear your honest feedback. What do you love about ABH? What would you change? What do you want to see?

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Becoming Mrs. Buxton // We’re Engaged!

It’s Friday! I love 4 day work weeks. I wish every week had 3 day weekends and 4 day work weeks. I think life would be 100 times better! I think this Friday is even better since I am sharing our engagement story! I announced yesterday that Brad and I got engaged on Myrtle Beach! 

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Brad and I have been engaged for almost a month now and it has been absolutely wonderful! I have been waiting for this day to happen and now that it has, I am just floored.  While we were getting ready to go on vacation, the entire week before, I had this feeling that Brad was going to propose.  Some people in his family were just being really weird about our relationship and there was just this feeling in my stomach. I made sure to pack a couple really nice outfits if when we got engaged. 

The Story.

The first “real” day that we were on vacation was spent drinking lots of beer, soaking up the sun, and lying on the beach. It was getting close to evening and Brad and I had been on the beach for about 8 hours. I was absolutely exhausted. When Brad asked told me that it was time to go get cleaned up for dinner, I refused to go. I was a wee bit drunk and just exhausted. But, I went up to the hotel to shower. 

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Let me rewind a bit, Brad’s sister, Brittany, and I sat next to each other at the beach.  Everyone else had walked down to the ocean, she took the opportunity to ask me when I thought Brad and I would get engaged. My typical response was, I hoped that it would occur while we were on vacation. Needless to say, that was the answer she was hoping for. She took the opportunity to talk me out of thinking that it would happen by completely destroying my excitement.  Little did I know that it was all a grand scheme of hers. While getting ready, I was texting my best friend about my conversation with Brittany. I was completely devastated because I was hoping so bad that it would happen while on vacation. Looking back, I think a lot of this panic attack had to do with the amount of beverages I had consumed during that day. 

Now back to the good stuff… Brad and I drove to Barefoot Landing, which is where there were a bunch of restaurants and shops.  After walking around for a bit, Brad let me pick the restaurant.  This was not something that is usually common. Typically, we pick something together. I chose Joe’s Crab Shack because I was in the mood for some good crab cakes. 

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After dinner, we were both completely stuffed. I had ate my weight in crab cakes.  Brad announced that we were going to go walking on the beach.  Again, I pushed back and said that I didn’t want to. I don’t know about you, but after eating a large meal, the last thing I want to do walk around. I just wanted to lie down on our bed. Brad kept insisting, so obviously I went.  The beach was starting to thin out, the sun was starting to set, and the atmosphere was just perfect. Out of nowhere, Brad asked me if I could see that “really cool boat way out there”.  I’m blind as a bat so I was staring hard core out at the sea. When I turned around to ask Brad what he was talking about, he was down on one knee.  I was in shock! I had completely freaked out for absolutely no reason.

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June 12, 2016 will forever hold a special place in my heart. In just a few short months, I will be marrying my best friend. 

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Tell me about your engagement. 

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Myrtle Beach Vacation Recap

In June, Brad and I packed up our car, caravanned with his parents, sister, and her family, and roadtripped to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  It was a much needed vacation away from adulting and the real world.

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It was a long 13 hours to Myrtle Beach.  Brad and I were up at 3:45 am the morning we left and the two of us worked a full day.  At around 5:00 that evening, we met up with Brad’s parents and drove to meet up with Brad’s sister, Brittany, her husband, CJ, and their 3 kids.  Everyone decided that the best thing to do was drive the whole 13 hours and only stop for gas.

 

It was a long and exhausting trip. I didn’t sleep the whole way there so that I could keep Brad awake. We arrived at our hotel at 6:00 on Saturday morning, but we couldn’t check in until 4:00 that afternoon. So Brad and I unpacked our coolers and laid at the pool all day! Finally, we were able to check into our condo and we were all asleep by 6:00 that evening, since everyone was running on no sleep. 

IMG_20160611_062608 8376 Sunday was our first “real” day there. It was a beach day! Everyone got to the beach by 8:30am and we didn’t leave until 5:30 that evening. It was so much fun! Brad and I got cleaned up and went out to dinner, just the two of us. 

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Monday was another pool day! Brad’s niece, Lacey, and I swam together most of the day. I loved how our pool had a lazy river which was perfect to float on and drink a few a lot of cold beers. Once everyone was starving, we all got cleaned up and went to Barefoot Landing. Barefoot Landing was a lot of fun.  There was a huge variety of restaurants and shops. 

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Tuesday I got up early enough to watch the sunrise. It was absolutely gorgeous. We spent more time at the beach and the pool.  Brad and I went and did our own thing at Broadway at the Beach.  Like Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach had a lot more restaurants, shops, and other attractions.  We got daiquiris at a fun little shop. 

On our last day, we spent a lot of time on the beach soaking in all of the sunshine and salt water. In the evening, everyone got dressed up to take some family pictures and enjoy dinner at Broadway at the Beach. 

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Every night, Brad, his parents, and I would get our nets, lights, and buckets and go crab hunting. It was so exciting and thrilling to see how many crabs we could catch. Brad took crab hunting extremely seriously, he even bought a head light so he could keep his hands free. #dork

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The entire vacation was great! But the best part of the entire vacation was that….. WE GOT ENGAGED! This was the best vacation ever! 

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