I started a clean eating program with my gym trainer to get honeymoon ready (less than ONE month away..eee!) and it occurred to me today at lunch that this is probably the longest time in my life that I have not had cheese in my body. And then I got sad and ate another carrot.
I started this eating program on Saturday. Five whole days without cheese. Or french fries. If it weren’t for the wine that I’m still drinking (duh, it’s clean EATING) I wouldn’t know who I am anymore.
This lovely Jacobs Family Berry Farm, Gardnerville wedding was captured by Appleseed Stories. I love the rustic venue and feel of this wedding.
I’m so honored that Krisstin and On the Go Bride chose to share my wedding on their blog today! I had the opportunity to meet Krisstin when I did this photo shoot and she is wonderful!
Blogs were a great way for me to get tips and figure out how I wanted my wedding to go, so I’ve always tried to share what I learned from my wedding through my blog.
On the Go Bride has fabulous tips and suggestions as well as real bride features to spark some ideas for your big day. Check it out!
Did I just get to talk about my wedding again? Day made.
Among the many crafts that I did this weekend, my favorite were these wine bottles turned into Santa.
Any craft that involves wine? I’m in! Plus, these fit perfectly with my normal decor of burlap wine bottles from the wedding.
Can’t wait to experiment with some more holiday characters!
Through my cakes, I have learned a lot about what is cool to certain age groups… the Ninja Turtles are STILL cool…that’s amazing after all these years.
Also, legos are just as popular as ever, only now there are a million more options than the primary-colored blocks…including some kind of snake who rules over Ninjago… turns out, kids are trading these figures at school kind of like we did with Pogs when I was younger (there was nothing like getting an awesome slammer)!
The boy I made this lego cake for recently traded Chewbacca at school…not sure I’d give that one up.
Anyway, Ninjago is a ninja lego…and he fits perfectly on top of a cake!
I’ve made a University of Nevada themed cake before, and I got another request…with a golf twist.
I created one of my favorite cakes this past week…a sleeping princess cake.
I’ve always stayed away from making people for obvious reasons…I can barely draw a stick figure, how am I going to mold a human that doesn’t look like a train wreck?
Well…I did it! And I’m so proud of my little human. However, my favorite part of this cake was probably the bed frame…don’t ask.
It was tough to give this one up!
It’s hard putting it all out there for people to read. And now I’ve put it out there 1,000 times for people to read (thanks Tumblr, for the nerdy graphic and congratulatory email). And even I must admit I don’t put it all out there… I mean, my mom reads this (hi, mom). But for the most part, I use this as my personal journal. My personal…on the world wide web for anyone and everyone to read…journal. I have a lovely paper one by my bed (crafted, of course). And it contains poems I’ve written, and happiness and sadness…and privacy…and really big spaces in time where I guess I was really busy. But this blog? It’s become a habit.
It certainly opens me up to criticism, to people not understanding where it is I’m coming from, or what I’ve actually said. Writing is open to interpretation and this can be a great thing and a scary thing.
Through it all, I’ve tried to stick true to the title of my blog, It’s not you, it’s me. And I couldn’t choose a more fitting title, though it took me awhile to settle on this and I’m still working on not censoring myself to write only for me and not for others. It’s never about anyone else…this blog…it’s me. My own little space in the corner of the interwebs. (Oh hey, thanks for being a part of it and you are welcome for the puppy pictures and tear-jerking wedding proposals. I’d love to apologize for something here, but you are choosing to crawl into my mind on a daily basis…that is all on you).
Growing up, I never dreamed about being a princess, or a teacher, or (insert childhood dream here)…or, believe it or not…I never really dreamed about my wedding (side note: I had the opportunity to wear my wedding dress again this weekend…ugh, best Saturday since the wedding haha…not kidding. And…score one for the wedding plug). But I did always dream about being a writer. I’m opinionated and sometimes too open…this can be good…when you write under a pen name. Ooo…only kind of kidding.
This blog has also opened me up to making new friends around the country, and allowed me to glance into the lives of girls just like me and girls nothing like me. Girls wittier than me, with cooler jobs than me, and definitely who are all something to aspire to.
I’ve lost my family dog while writing this blog, dealt with family health scares while writing this blog, found the love of my life while writing this blog, and a company thought I was cool enough to send me free clothes for me to write about while..umm…writing this blog. And, I will always have excellent documentation of what a lot of my money gets spent on thanks to this blog. Let’s hear it for the blog!
I love that I will forever (the internet can survive the zombie apocalypse, right?) have my life as a twenty-something (for now) lady captured in writing.
I’m amazed (and excited) every time I get a new follower. Someone cares about me in this big ol’ world? Or maybe I just tricked them with that once in awhile picture of a puppy…or those two times I talked about the gym and attempting to eat healthy. (I haven’t had french fries in days, y’all!)
I want to write for magazines, I want to write a book, I want to make an impact with my writing. But for now, I’ll write here. And my blog will be here for you when you Google search “ninja turtle shell cake” or “pipe canoe stand” …I don’t even know what that is, but you are welcome.
I end with this quote…something that could not be any truer and will hopefully open me up to even more honest writing in the future:
“The things that make you a functional citizen in society — manners, discretion, cordiality — don’t necessarily make you a good writer. Writing needs raw truth, wants your suffering and darkness on the table, revels in a cutting mind that takes no prisoners, wants to hear about an abortion, a broken heart, a failed job, a lost opportunity.”
— Natalie Goldberg
In an attempt at honest writing, I should disclose that I posted the previous cake post just so I could get to the 1,000th post!
All has been pretty quiet on the cake front lately…and then just like that I have four in the works. I did enjoy my clean and (relatively) clutter-free kitchen while it lasted.
Ahhh! Puppy re-blog. I die.
Crying like a baby. This is amazing. If you feel like crying for 27 minutes (and who doesn’t need a good cry?) …watch!