Becoming Mrs. Buxton // Flower Girls

Happy Monday, Loves! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. I had a much needed relaxed weekend.  Over the weekend my sister moved in to college, which is no more than 10 minutes from me.  Natalie and I are 5 years apart and for the first time in 5 years we are in the same county. I’m pretty excited to reconnect with her.  Brad had to work 3rd shift all weekend, which means he had to go into work every night from 10:30 pm to 7:00 am. It was such a weird adjustment not having him home at night and having him sleep all day long.  While it was no fun having our schedules opposite it gave me a chance to get some much needed housework and blogging. Today I am sharing some more wedding fun by introducing you all to my gorgeous flower girls! 

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Lacey will be 5 in December and she is the sweetest little girl ever! She was so excited when I asked her. Lacey told me that she was going to wear a beautiful princess dress. Too cute! 

Stella is Brad’s 2 year old Goddaughter. She is a little shy but is slowly coming out of her shell. I’m so excited to have her be apart of our big day. Her mom, Ashley, is one of my bridesmaids.  

Here is a picture of Miss Stella by herself. She is such a cutie! 

Both of these girls are Brad’s nieces and I cannot imagine getting married without these cuties helping me out.  Each girl received a cute little book called Pinkalicious: Flower Girl that explains to them what a flower girl is. On our wedding day, I’m planning on taking a picture with each of them standing in my wedding heels and giving them the picture when it is their wedding day. 

Did you do anything special with your flower girl(s)?

How did you ask your flower girl(s)?

Read more about becoming Mrs. Buxton:
We’re Engaged
#BrideTribe
August To-Do List

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The Skincare Steps To Take Leading Up To Your Wedding Day // A Guest Post

The preparation process leading up to a wedding can be both exciting and stressful. Stress can manifest in many different ways and one of them can be on your skin. You know you want to look your best on your BIG day when all eyes will be on you. Stop stressing and start prepping!


A month prior to your wedding, I would recommend getting a facial. If you have sensitive skin, acne prone, or have never had a facial at all, this will give your skin enough time to heal. Facials are a great way to extract any clogged pores that are deep within your skin. A well-trained and experienced aesthetician will listen to you and address your areas of concern. Inform them of the proximity of your wedding so they don’t happen to address a major issue that might leave your skin irritated or scarred for a bit. You should come out of your facial looked rejuvenated with all the dead skin being sloughed off. 


At this point it is essential that you begin to hydrate properly, especially right after a facial. Make sure you are guzzling that water as much as you can. Months before my wedding I pretty much stopped drinking sodas, coffee, and tea. It can be hard at first, but the initial craving does subside. And your skin will thank you for it. The additional water intake will help heal your skin from within and make it look both plump and luminous.


Now it is time for you to really focus on your skincare game at home. Take a look at the items that you are using. Do you have something that counterbalances the other product? For example, if you are using a toner for acne prone skin, is your moisturizer a hydrating one to add in the moisture that your toner might be stripping? I like to mix my products in a way that they are not all overly moisturizing at once. Go in with a mild face wash in a cream form. Those tend to be more moisturizing but do not leave your skin greasy. One of my favorites is Ultrabland from Lush. After I have massaged this cream into my skin, I use a damp towel to gently remove it from my face. This acts as a gentle exfoliator as well. Next go in a with a refreshing toner like Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz. Not only will this help deliver essential nutrients to your skin, but it will also help prep your skin for moisturizer. At this point go in with your serums and oils. I am very partial to the Josie Maran Argan Oil Light if my skin is looking rather parched or I want to use it at night for a deep moisturizing treatment. But if you want something that you can use day or night then Boots Botanics Organic Facial Oil is the one for you. To say that I love this stuff is an understatement. It adds the perfect amount of moisture to my skin on a daily basis. It seeps in quickly so if you are in a rush you do not have to worry about your face looking greasy. Finally apply a gentle moisturizer to your skin (or a richer one at night) making sure to lock in all the goodness you just applied.


Now here are your alternatives. You will still need to do a proper exfoliation of your skin. I would recommend to do it once a week so you do not cause an irritation and I would do it with a very mild product. Face masks are also a great way to treat your skin. There are so many out there that focus on many different skin care issues. I would alternate using a detoxifying one and a hydrating one once a week each. This will help keep your pores clear and your skin hydrated.


Above all else try to stay calm. I know it is easy to say but remember that it will all work out for the best. Hydrate, get your 8 hours of sleep in, and stay on your skincare game. You will look stunning without a doubt. 


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My name is Mayra Murillo and I am the voice behind Life in Mascara. I am a native Californian living in Texas. My style is very blended often taking the laid back beach vibes and mixing it with the over the top Texas style. My blog is a mixtures of all the things that I am passionate about such a reading, beauty, and fiances. See what I get up to on all my social media outlets 
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How To Plan A Wedding You Love, Keeping in Mind Others Opinions

Weddings are a time of celebration, love and family and friends, but they also can be incredibly stressful times as well. When it comes to a wedding, everyone wants a hand in the planning and decision process, where do you draw the line? When I got married, I had that exact problem.

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Growing up, I’d always wanted a huge wedding, with a long flowing gown, lots of flowers, a whole dance floor, the works. But, as I got older, I realized I didn’t want that at all. As it turns out, I don’t like attention and really, I just wanted something simple. I met my husband when we were young, only 19, and we got married at 21, so a lot of people didn’t approve of the marriage idea, so I definitely wanted to keep it low-key with people who were going to be supportive of us and who were really happy for us.

It was hard for me, because I’m not incredibly close to my extended family, especially on my dad’s side, and I originally wanted our wedding to just have immediately family and be in the courthouse, but of course parents and friends always have a different idea of what the special day is going to look like and of course everyone wants their opinions heard and used. Through my experiences I have learned a few ways in which you can still get the wedding you love and desire, but without angering or upsetting anyone along the way.

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I found it best right off the bat to ask everyone, such as my parents and future in-laws, what the ideal wedding would look like. I made it clear that I was not absolutely going to be using these ideas, but I wanted to have an idea of what everyone else was expecting. It’s important to decide for yourself how willing you are to compromise on things and to be upfront with everyone about it. The last thing you want are people to think you’re going to take all of their advice, and then end up hurting feelings or angering family members because you chose not to.

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The guest list is the one thing that will cause the most problems among family members because everyone wants to invite everyone they know to not offend anyone. The truth it, it’s your wedding and if you haven’t seen that person in longer than a year, they don’t belong at one of the most important days of your life. In reality, people you don’t know that well aren’t actually going to be offended they weren’t invited to your wedding, and you may feel bad, but ultimately, everyone understands there’s a limit to the guest list.

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There are so many other decisions when it comes to planning a wedding, from the flowers to the photographer to the music and of course the food. I found people were a lot happier when I gave them a task to do, because they felt like they were actually involved in the process, and that is what people really want. They don’t want to upset you or make your life difficult; they just love you and want to be as involved as possible. Delegating is great because you make everyone happy by including them, but you also get a lot taken off of your plate, which is awesome because weddings are stressful enough as it is.

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Communication is key as well. Without it, and without being upfront, people might get the wrong impression and when they find out you’re not going to be taking their advice they’ll get angry. Instead, keep them in the loop the entire time and explain to them why you’ve made that decision and they’ll understand.

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Wedding planning can be awesome, but it can also be terrible, however learning to balance how to make everyone else happy while still staying true to what you want is crucial to enjoying your special day. Set boundaries, involve people and have effective communication, and with that, you’re going to have a beautiful wedding from your dreams where everyone is happy and content.

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Hannah is a blogger over at Universal Jetsetters where she writes about travel, relationships, food and more. She’s lived in four countries and traveled to over 30, mostly with her husband of two years. She currently lives in Berlin, Germany where she’s working as a journalist. You can follow her and her travels on InstagramFacebook, Pinterest or Twitter.

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Coffee Chat Vol. 1

Happy Thursday, loves! For the last month or so, I have been working behind the scenes with some amazing bloggers to bring you a monthly series called the Coffee Chat.  Each month us 6 bloggers will pick a topic that deals with life, blogging, and more personal topics. I am so excited to bring you this series and introduce you to bloggers that I know you will love! 

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Let’s meet the bloggers!

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Hi everyone! I”m Katelyn and I am the blogger behind Katelyn Blogs. I am so excited to be part of this coffee chat series with some of my favorite bloggers! 
 
I’m a twenty-something aspiring Girl Boss, full-time advertising and public relations student, and fiancé to my boyfriend of five years. Katelyn Blogs is my creative outlet celebrating female empowerment and my place to share my experience and tips in beauty, lifestyle, and blogging. I’m obsessed with coffee, cats, and anything from the dollar aisle at Target…you’ll see a LOT of those things on my Instagram!
 
Let’s connect on social media! You can find me at: InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.
 
 
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Hey ya’ll! I’m Cara, a police wife, mother of two boys, and full-time marketing professional, and I blog over at Kindly Unspoken. I’ve only been blogging since last November, but the focus behind my blog is to help inspire others to be confident in their own skin, to take risks, and to always go after their dreams no matter what. Readers of my blog will find posts on makeup/beauty products and how-to’s, cute and affordable fashion, delicious homemade recipes, DIY crafts, and stories about my life with my beautiful family.
 
Be sure to follow Kindly Unspoken on Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, and Facebook.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hello everyone! My name is Chandler Larsen and I blog over at Life as a Larsen. On my blog you can find marriage and relationship posts along with some humorous lifestyle. Soon I will also be incorporating more family and mom posts since we are expecting our first little boy in a couple months! I love to be outdoors and do activities like rock climbing, hiking, fishing, camping, etc. but don’t mind a great night in watching Netflix either. I love Target, Pepsi, documentaries, and living my life with no regrets. 
 
Keep up with Life as a Larsen on Facebook and Instagram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hi, my name is Allison and I’m a twenty something living in the small town of Ponchatoula, LA. I write Because I Said So as a creative outlet and to inspire others.  Because I Said So is a collection of my thoughts on the people in my life and things that I love; basically my life according to me–with little sassy tidbits thrown in here and there.  I’d label it “Lifestyle” but I write about my family, work/life experiences, Fashion, My dog-child Laney, How Tos, Recipes, and more!
 
Be sure to follow Because I Said so on Instagram,  TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hey all! My name is Kara and I am the owner of the blog Fit Chick Nextdoor. If you visit my blog you will find tons of posts about our favorite beauty products and tips as well as fashion, career, blogging and lifestyle help. I love helping my readers whether it is finding really great products or with their careers. My readers are incredible and I love the community that we have built!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hi everyone! I’m Lexi, an appraisal underwriter by day and a blogger at A Blissful Haven by night.  I’ve been blogging on and off for about two years. When I’m not underwriting or blogging, I’m busy planning a wedding, entertaining our two dogs, and organizing our house.  A Blissful Haven is a lifestyle blog where you can find a little bit of everything such as beauty and fashion posts, home decor tips and inspiration, DIY crafts, tips and tricks on succeeding in life. A Blissful Haven has a little bit of everything for everyone, so be sure to stop over and take an escape from realty! 
 
Keep up with A Blissful Haven on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin’.
 
 
 
 
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Recipe Box: Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Happy Monday! This weekend was crazy! I spent Friday through Sunday celebrating my best friend’s bachelorette party.  Let me just tell you, today is rough! Whenever I am feeling a little rough, I like to turn to something sweet. I’m so glad I have these cinnamon sugar donuts. Trust me, you need to make these! These donuts seriously took me 25 minutes to make (18 of those minutes were baking). 

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What you need: 

-A package of refrigerated biscuits.
-2 tbsp. Cinnamon
-4 tbsp. Sugar
-1 stick of Butter

The first thing you are going to want to do is preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating, open your biscuits and cut into quarters if you are using jumbo biscuits.  If you are using regular biscuits, cut in half instead of quarters.

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Place the stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl with a paper towel over top (to avoid splatter), melt the butter. I recommend doing 30 second increments. While the butter is melting, roll the cut biscuits into balls.  Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.  

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Dip the rolled biscuits in the butter, then drench in the cinnamon sugar. Repeat the process until all biscuits are coated.  Place the coated balls in a small pie plate that has been coated with non-stick spray. Once all have been coated and placed in the pie plate, bake for 18-20 minutes.

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Enjoy with a nice hot cup of coffee or your favorite breakfast foods.  

What’s your go-to treat when you aren’t feeling the greatest?

Are you a donut fan? If so, what’s your favorite kind?

 

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