DIY Wedding Sign

***This is a sponsored post, written by myself and sponsored by Saw Trax Manufacturing, Inc.***

 

Hello everyone!

So, wedding planning is in full swing.What we have booked so far:

  • The venue! Thank God, it is absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait to share photos of this amazing place. 

  • An amazing photographer! She has really helped us figure out how we’re going to do this wedding.

  • A really awesome DJ who is so willing to help us pick out music that is just for us. 

And now, we are left with the daunting task to find a caterer. This part of wedding planning has been the most stressful for me. We both want amazing food (if you haven’t already noticed, we eat everything) but we would prefer not to spend SO MUCH money on this wedding. This is so difficult for us and we have tried to figure out creative ways to feed our guests but still have it turn out amazing. This is still in the works, so we haven’t nailed anything down yet.  Honestly, this is all so draining, overwhelming and sometimes I don’t even want to have a wedding anymore. But, I have to stay strong and remember that it will be amazing to celebrate with family and friends.

Well, early on, Jacob and I decided that we wanted this wedding to be intimate and have a lot of details either created by us or reflective of our personalities. I managed to come across some amazing white picket fence type wood that would work perfect as a wedding entrance sign. All I am planning to do is repaint it white, get wood cut outs of both of our names and the date of our wedding and add some beautiful flowers. My sister and I already started repainting the sign, which I was super excited about. This style is what we are looking for:

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But with this!

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It doesn’t look like much but I am so excited to make what I’m thinking in my head become a reality. IMG_3293.jpgIt’s so nice right? I have to buy the wooden cut-outs of our names. I’ve been looking at tons of Etsy shops that have something along the lines of what we’re looking for, I’m just not sure which one to go with.If you know a cool Etsy shop that might have what we’re looking for, do not hesitate to share!Well, I ran into this awesome company Saw Trax  . They are a business for all of your hardware needs such as wood cutting, dollies, carts, claws and more. They are local to Georgia, which helps us out, coming out of Kennesaw, Georgia. What I love about this business is that they are extremely passionate about their what they do.I am in no way experienced in hardware or anything of the sort but when it came to doing some DIY stuff I thought to myself, “Wow, I really need a dolly, a good saw and some quality hammers,” odd, right?Saw Trax boasts themselves on the fact that they provide “the most accurate and easy to use panel saw in its class by using real sealed bearings and a patented alignment system”What’s awesome about Saw Trax is that they offer equipment that novices, such as myself, can use. Instead of having to comb through products online and purchasing items that you aren’t 100% sure on, they advise you to call one of their experienced representatives and have them get you exactly what you need. We will actually be doing a lot of moving this year (probably for the next couple of years) and items such as this mattress dolly would work wonders for us.

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This coro claw 4 mm would work great for DIY projects, you can do simple things such as crop pictures with this tool.

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Some DIY projects that I want to conquer are:

  • A shed. Yes, a nice big shed in our backyard to house our bikes, kayaks (I’m dreaming a little) and toolsFurniture renovations, such as tables, chairs and dressers. Stripping paint, adding paint, cutting wood, adding wood. A mobile chicken coop

(I do have to break all of this news to Jacob….eventually, but I’m sure he’ll be on board)

I do have a lot of projects to complete on my wish list but I’m sure I can make it work with quality equipment such as those that Saw Trax provides and the help of Jacob, of course.Saw Trax’s website is easy to navigate and completely user friendly. Simply follow this link or give them a call at 1-888-729-8729.

If you have any fun DIY projects related to wedding decorations or even fun projects such as a chicken coop, do not hesitate to share! I would love to hear different ideas that I can work on. 

Love,

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A Weekend in Columbus, Ga.

This past weekend, Jacob left me for Ranger School. Although this isn’t the happiest moment for me, I am proud of him and I just can’t wait to see him again.

In preparation for Ranger School, Jacob and I ate…. A LOT.

Here are some of the places we visited.

Coffee Shops:

Iron Bank Coffee

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of this place! (Maybe next time) This place made me fall in love with lattes! I’ve never had a latte before, I am your boring regular hot coffee or iced coffee girl. But no longer! They had a Dominican banana split latte and it was perfect. Inside it is so beautiful and they have meeting rooms that were actually old bank vaults. This is one of my favorite coffee places, period.

Midtown Coffee

This place was extremely cute. Around the shop were Christian-like quotes and Bible verses, which is so refreshing. They also have a wall of games such as jenga and other board games. The coffee was really good and they even poked some fun at Jacob for getting a decaf.

Breakfast:

We only went to one breakfast place because for the most part we cooked breakfast. Eggs are a must for me and we ran out of them! So we headed to Ruth’s Ann’s. This place a classic diner kind of restaurant. It was Saturday so the wait was probably 20 minutes, which wasn’t too bad. I had a classic two egg breakfast, Jacob got an omelet and we shared Cap’t Crunch French Toast, yeah, you read that right. We stuffed ourselves and it was awesome.

Dinner/Lunch:

We indulged in some amazing ethnic cuisine.

Rose’s Caribbean Restaurant

I was a little apprehensive to try this place. Coming from South Florida, I have had amazing Caribbean food so I wasn’t so sure that this place could measure up. Well, they did. It was so flavorful and everyone working there were so sweet. I ordered the jerk chicken with veggie rice, plantains and green beans. Jacob ordered the curry chicken, yams, jerk rice, and plantains. And to go we had a jerk chicken patty. It was so good!

Lemongrass Thai & Sushi

We decided we needed some good Thai food. Here I ordered red curry with chicken and Jacob got green curry with chicken. It was refreshing and they even gave us a scoop of sherbet with the bill.

Mr. Pizza Brick Oven and Tap

This place is fairly new and we were excited for some good pizza. This was our last meal out. We were starting to feel crappy with all the food we’ve been eating. But we were determined to get Jacob all the food he can get before leaving. We ordered wings as a starter, half garlic parmesan and half spicy bbq. We ordered a custom pizza with jalapenos, chicken, tomatoes and black olives. Honestly, the food wasn’t that good, it was like bar food and we weren’t impressed. But that’s okay, sometimes that food is necessary!

Although this was an amazing weekend, we learned that we cannot eat out a lot. We both started feeling so crappy and over food in general. Eating out a lot and not sticking to our ‘little to no dairy’ is not the life for us. But it was fun exploring different restaurants in Columbus, Ga.

If you know of any other places in Georgia that you love, let me know!

Love,

My Poshmark & Mercari Closet

Hello!

So this year is a huge year for Jacob and I, we will be moving A LOT, our wedding is coming up and we will both be enthralled in the start of our careers. Because of this, I have decided that I want to get rid of EVERYTHING I own…. okay… not everything. But for the most part I do not want to be lugging around boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff around the United States. Also, I think being minimalistic in our ways will be good for us. So, I have decided to sell a good chuck of our stuff, from clothes, to shoes and textbooks.

So if you’re looking, my Poshmark and Mercari closets will be in full swing.

For Poshmark my username is @bnanney

For Mercari my username is Britny Nanney

If you have any advice and tips PLEASE SHARE THEM!

Love,

 

Homemade Poptarts

Yes, I finally did it! I don’t know why but I have always wanted to make poptarts (I don’t even like the store bought ones that much!) Well, anyway, I finally made them and they turned out amazing.

This recipe will make 9+ poptarts, depending on how big or small you make them. It took AT MOST 1 hour. Also, you can add any filling you want! The next flavor I’m going to make is guava!

Ingredients:

For the pastry crust:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, cubed and cold
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons of milk (I used an almond/coconut milk mix)

For brown sugar mixture:

  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Brown sugar poptarts icing:

  • 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon milk (again, I used almond/coconut milk mixture)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla

For raspberry filling:

  • raspberry jam
  • zest of 1 lemon

Raspberry poptarts icing:

  • 3/4 cup of powered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon milk (again, I used almond/coconut milk mixture)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon

Recipe:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

  1. Make your pastry crust! In your bowl whisk together your flour, salt and sugar. We used a pastry blender to add in the butter to this mixture, you can use a fork if you do not have one. Or you can click
    (pastry blender) and order one from Amazon.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and milk and then add this to your flour mixture. Knead this mixture on your countertop with extra flour until the dough is completely mixed.
  3. Roll out your dough (wooden rolling pin) into two rectangles, we cut our rectangles to be 4 inches high and 3 1/2 inches wide, but of course you can make them whatever size you want.
  4. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper (we had two sheets because I was afraid I would mix the two flavors up!). Transfer half of your rectangular dough to your sheets.
  5. Use a pastry brush, (if you don’t have one click pastry brush to order one from Amazon) to brush an egg wash mixture (1 egg & 1 tablespoon of milk) over your rectangles.
  6. Add a tablespoon of mixture to the middle of each rectangle on your baking sheet. Make sure you avoid the corners because the mixture will ooze out when cooking!
  7. Next take your remaining rectangles and cover the ones with the mixture, using a fork pinch together your two rectangles.
  8. Use extra egg wash to brush the top of the poptarts so they’re flaky and have a nice crust.
  9. POP THEM INTO THE OVEN! It’ll take roughly 20 minutes for them to get golden brown and cooked all the way.
  10. While the poptarts are cooking make your icings. For this, literally all you have to do is mixed the ingredients together in a bowl.
  11. Once the poptarts are done and slightly cooled down add your icing!
  12. And YOU’RE DONE!

Let me know if you end up trying it or if you have any other fun recipes!

Love,


Must-Read Relationship Advice Books $13 and Under

Hello!

This post is about some great books that Jacob and I have read in the last couple of months.

Jacob is an active reader (which I am trying to be like) and I’m jealous! If you read my New Years post then you know that I am trying to be better with my reading!

We decided that we needed to read some books that’ll help us in our journey with God and with our marriage. Obviously there are plenty of books that you can read but these are some that have touched my heart. (They are in no particular order) Click the title of the book so you can order one on Amazon!

Book 1: Love That Lasts

This book is awesome! It’s written by Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke. They’re a sweet couple that is extremely relatable and makes relationships easy to understand. They alternate chapters, one will be Jefferson and the next will be Alyssa, which is refreshing to hear both of them speak in a clear way. They titled each chapter a popular love song title, for example “Where is the Love” and “Fake Love”. What I liked most about this book was that they were real with the struggles they faced being Christian and in a relationship. Lets face it, there are things that are acceptable for couples to do in our society that are not acceptable in the eyes of God. Trying to navigate through those struggles can be difficult and stressful. I highly recommend this book to those in a relationship and possibly looking to become engaged and take the next step. Also, this book is only 12$ on Amazon and 9.99$ for kindle!




Book 2: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age 

Again, another great book. It goes through each season of our lives, single, dating, engaged and married and helps you to navigate in each! What I love most about this book is Stuart starts first with the most important relationship that we have, the one with God.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7

Singleness should be all about devotion. Dating is about evaluation. Engaged is about unification and married life is all about the mission. This is definitely a must read and it’s nice to know that Jacob and I are not the only ones trying to navigate life with God being in the center. Also, this book is only $12!

 

Book 3: Things that I wish I’d known Before I Got Married

The infamous Gary Chapman ladies and gentlemen. His book The 5 Love Languages is awesome and this one is as well. Gary has really helped myself and Jacob find out what our love languages are. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Jacob’s love language is different from mine and it’s nice to know that we both realize that. My love language is quality time, I love nothing more than wearing sweats, drinking tea or wine and just watching movies. Other love languages are physical touch and receiving gifts. This book not only talks about real issues such as apologizing to your partner even when you don’t want to or solving disagreements without arguing, it also has questions after every chapter for you to reflect on. I think it is important to have an honest conversation with your partner about how you want to be treated or loved. This book is also 12$ on Amazon!

I know there are plenty of relationship advice books that you and I can read, but these are some that I absolutely loved. Click the titles and order them!

If you read them let me know, I would love to talk about it. If you have any other books that has really touched your heart I would love to hear about those also!

Love,

 

 

2019 – A Year to be Better

Happy New Year!

I have taken a tiny hiatus because I was spending some quality time with my fiance (it was amazing). But now school is starting back up and it’s time to get back into the rhythm of things.

Now, I’m not one to make resolutions but there are some things that I have been wanting to change in my life and I’m going to share those with you!

  1. Read a book a month
    1. When I write it down or say it out loud it doesn’t really sound like much of anything, but it is. My fiance has this amazing ability to read through so many books and honestly, I’m jealous. I used to be that little girl in elementary/middle school that had the biggest & heaviest book bag because it was filled with books. But that’s just not the case anymore. My room is still filled with books, but now it takes me so long to get through them. Now I am determined to finish one book a month. For January I am starting with Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer. I’ll let you guys know how it is in Feburary!
  1. Go to more fitness classes
    1. Thankfully, I have access to free gyms and free fitness classes and I haven’t taken advantage of them. So for 2019, I want to get into shape and be the best that I can be physically. So classes that I will be attending with be TurboKick, Cycling and yoga!
  1. Maintain control of the food I eat
    1. This one is hard for me, I love to eat…. EVERYTHING. But it is important to me to eat foods that are good for my body. So my fiance and I have eliminated bread (except sourdough), dairy, alcohol and desserts. So we are loving sourdough bread and eggs right now.

I hope you all have an amazing New Year and if you have any resolution type ideas for this year feel free to share!

Love,