Wedding Preparation: Beauty Plan

August is coming, and it is coming fast! I still have so much to do! We are having our wedding shower in May (God willing), which I am so excited for. My Maid of Honor has to keep telling me to stay out of it and it’ll be kind of a surprise. But I can’t help it, what are the invites going to look like, what about food, what about decorations and music!? I feel like in order for it to be right I have to do it myself (this is something that I definitely have to work on, letting go and just relaxing).
But I do have a list of things that I want to do for myself before the wedding so that I am wedding ready! I’ve scowered the internet for beauty plans and some are so daunting, laser hair removal, meet with a personal trainer, going to a dermatologist. (Do I really need to do those things??) Maybe that works for most brides but I’m going to pass on that and make my own list.
Fitness
So I have not been meeting with a personal trainer but I have been working out, not really for the wedding though. I’m in Army ROTC and there are certain goals and standards that I am trying to maintain. So essentially I am trying to run a lot and lift weights. Of course, this is a plus for my wedding day but it’s not necessarily what I am doing it for.
I do not think a personal trainer is necessary UNLESS you have no idea what you’re doing in the gym and you need guidance. The only thing that I have to keep doing for myself is PUSH MYSELF. I can go several days straight working out but if I miss one day…. it goes all downhill! Does that happen to you too?
So my goal is to go to the gym and work out everyday. (I know, it’s crazy)

Hair
My hair is so beautiful but for some reason it has been looking so dead lately. So, I am determined to make sure my hair looks amazing before the wedding. I plan on going to the salon and getting it cut soon, I have 6 months until the wedding so right now is perfect timing. I will be going for a natural look for the wedding, nothing to crazy, but I do want it to look healthy.
I was thinking of something like this: (but we’ll see what I end up with!)

Face
I do face masks every so often. But there is a local place here in Georgia that I will share shortly that offers amazing facials. Each salon offers different facials and specialize in different areas. I have no idea what kind of facial I’m going to get and honestly I am so dumb when it comes to this stuff. The kinds of facials there are innumerable. One of the local places here offers dual exfoliation peels which sound interesting.
If you have any advice or tips on what facials to get, please let me know!
Teeth
Let me tell you guys a little secret of mine, I hate my teeth. This has been something that I have ALWAYS been self conscious about. I have one tooth that is slightly unaligned with the rest of my teeth and they are slightly discolored. They’re not the worst ever, but to me they could be so much better. So getting my teeth whitened is a MUST.
Luckily, there is an awesome dental group here in Metro-Atlanta, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. They provide services such as teeth whitening and dental fillings. They have a wonderful team there at the dental group, who are all so passionate about their work. Dr. Simms himself is passionate about increasing the longevity of his patients teeth.
This dental group also has great ratings, which is always a great thing, especially when so many people are terrified of going to the dentist. I love reading reviews of places and listening to what people liked and what they didn’t like. An amazing thing about this group is that the clients love them and that Dr. Simms is known for his gentle demeanor, which puts his clients at ease. If you are looking for a dentist in the Metro-Atlanta area, maybe you should go check out Metro Decatur Dentist Group PC!

If you know of any other things to do to prepare for the wedding please share! I would love to hear all about them! read more

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Building a Strong Marriage

Hello everyone!
As most of you know, Jacob and I are getting married in August of this year and I am SO excited! (he definitely is also) Ever since we got engaged we have been trying to protect our relationship and make sure we are heading in the right direction.
This post is all about the things that we have been doing to ensure that we are loving each other in the right ways and doing marriage right.
Reading relationship books
I have a whole blog post dedicated to the books that we have read so far. They include Love that Lasts by Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke and Things I wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman.
Check out that blog post by clicking (must read books). Those are awesome books that we learned a lot from.
Another book that we are adding to this list is The Naked Marriage. This is about a lovely couple, Dave and Ashley Willis. They have a podcast which goes by the same name also. What I love about them is that they talk about real marriage issues and how the Bible has advice and lessons about what we’re going through. Jacob and I thoroughly enjoy their podcast and we’re excited for their book. Get your copy here, The Naked Marriage.
Listening to relationship podcasts
Jacob has definitely got me into listening to podcasts. One that I am super into now, (but I can’t listen to too often because I get scared) is True Crime Garage, completely off topic, but that’s an awesome podcast that you should check out.
Other than that, an awesome relationship podcast that we listen to regularly is Rise Together. This one is about Rachel and Dave Hollis and they give advice and tips on how to love each other. They are extremely relatable and refreshing, they talk about sex, how to plan as a couple and how to workout as a couple. They also post videos on Facebook, it’s nice to watch them talk to each other and interact with their followers.
The other relationship podcast that we have been loving is The Naked Marriage, which I just mentioned. I love this one so much because they relate everything back to Jesus and what God plans for us in a marriage. It’s amazing to hear another couple that love each other and love Jesus explain marriage. They also talk about sex, affairs and topics such as if “the one” exists.
You guys should definitely check out these podcasts!
Counseling
Something that Jacob and I have started to do and we want to continue throughout our marriage is seeking counsel. The Bible talks about seeking wise counsel and we are actively trying to reach out to couples that love Jesus, love their spouse and have wisdom to share.
So Jacob and I decided to start premarital counseling. We have only gone to one session, unfortunately. But with Jacob being active duty and us having a very limited amount of time together it is quite difficult to schedule our counseling sessions. But still! We have benefited and are determined to keep attending.
A place that is local here in Georgia is Ray of Hope Counseling Services. They offer professional counseling and therapy services in Georgia. They pride themselves on helping, healing, and strengthening people to overcome challenges that come in life and any changes that occur. They provide therapy and counseling for individuals, couples and groups.
Lynn Thompson Umstead is the clinical director of Ray of Hope Counseling Services and she is passionate about working with women who experience infertility issues, blended families and couples. Lynn cares about her work and the clients that come through Ray of Hope Counseling Services, which is amazing. Ray of Hope Counseling Services accepts all insurance and medicaid which is extremely helpful and all of the therapists are licensed and have specialty certifications and training.
I think that it is extremely important to seek therapy even when you don’t think you need it. If you have any questions or want more information head over to their page, Ray of Hope Counseling Services.
 Daily Devotional
Another thing Jacob and I do is devotionals. I have a nice little devotion book that we go over every night and this consists of us just reading the devotion and talking about it. This is a simple thing that we do that I think really helps our relationship. I also have a blog post about this topic if you want to know more about what we do.
Check out that blog post by clicking (How we stay connected).
These are all things that have worked out for Jacob and I, I would love to hear about any other tips or advice that you all have.We are always seeking ways that we can be better in our relationship. read more

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