Thursday, September 4, 2014

One Year Later

I was a nervous wreck. The moment I'd dreamt about, wished for, played over in my mind for the last 7 years was finally about to happen. I was nauseous and my stomach was in knots. My heart was pounding and I couldn't stop smiling. 

Does my hair look okay? What should I wear? Where is that perfume?? Crap! I'm going to be late!!! I run out the door in a rush telling myself to stay calm, everything is going to be fine. 

Flying down the highway, I didn't know which was moving faster - my car or my pulse. I tried to distract myself with music on the radio, but it just wasn't working. It felt like the longest 20 minutes of my life. As nervous as I was, I just couldn't get there fast enough. 

Finally, I reach the parking lot and I turn towards the back where I knew he'd be waiting. I literally can not breath; so many emotions happening at one time and I"m on overload. But then - I saw his face - his smile - the one I hadn't seen in such a long time. My nerves were gone, my fears eased and a calm washed over me. It felt like it took me forever to get out of the car, but I know it was only a matter of seconds before I got out and ran into his arms. 

With his arms wrapped around me tight, my eyes began to well up with tears. It had been 7 years since I'd laid eyes on him or felt his touch, but in an instant I knew that everything I'd ever felt for him was still there - 10 fold. I felt like I was home.  

I finally pulled my head away from his chest to look up at him; I smiled and said "hi," and then he did the same. Those dimples - good, Lord I was weak in the knees! If it hadn't felt like 100* out that day we probably would have stayed just like that for hours. Instead, we decided to go in and eat. Neither of us were hungry and we mostly held hands across the table while smiling at each other like a couple of goof balls. It was indescribable being in the presence of my best friend and true love again. 

One Year Ago
If you had told me last July that we would be where we are today, I would have laughed you off of my front porch and then gone inside and cried because everything I have now is all I've ever wanted. One year later, Chris and I are happier than we've ever been. Our love and passion for each other is more intense than it's ever been. Being around him still makes my heart race, and his smile still makes me weak in the knees. We've made plans - big plans - and we've made steps to set them in motion. It's an amazing feeling to be living life with the one person who was made for me.

Being away from my soul mate for 7 years taught me a lot of lessons, but one sticks out more than others. At the end of the day, we're together and that is all that matters. Life isn't perfect and sometimes it even sucks, but if you have the one you love by your side - you'll make it - together. 

Christopher - I love you more than words could ever explain. After all we've been through together - both good and bad - I"m so very grateful to have you by my side every single day. I'm thankful for your love and support in everything I do. I'm appreciative of you as my partner in this life and as the father of our children. I'm lucky to have you to turn to when I need a shoulder to cry on or a good laugh. I'm blessed in knowing that you love me, all of me, and only me. I'm honored that you have chosen me. 

I'm looking forward to:

  • many more mornings of making your coffee and packing your lunch (little love notes included). 
  • washing many more loads of your laundry and making your favorite meals.
  • many more confusing conversations about cars and their parts (and finally catching on!)
  • many more "honey, I made it" text messages and many more "I love you's."
  • random and last minute road trips.
  • late night giggles instead of falling asleep.
  • mid week lunch dates.
  • not ever being able to surprise you, because you know me so well.
  • all the plans we've made and the dreams we've dreamt - coming true! 
I'm looking forward to many more years with you.

I love you babe! Happy Anniversary! 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pop The Perfect Bag of Popcorn with Pop Secret's Perfect Pop App! #PerfectPop #GoodbyeBurnedPopCorn

Thank you Pop Secret for sponsoring this post. 

Movie nights occur regularly in our home and rarely do we view a flick without nibbling on our favorite snack, popcorn! However, nothing can ruin family movie night like burning the last bag of popcorn; unfortunately for my clan - I'm a natural at gourmet burned popcorn. Ooops.

Luckily for me, and everyone else in our house, Pop Secret has developed the Perfect Pop App (available for iPhone 5+ on iOS7+) so that I (and all of you!) can stop worrying about burning the popcorn and just enjoy the movie! 

The Perfect Pop App works with a variety of Pop Secret flavors:

  • Homestyle
  • Butter
  • Light Butter
  • 94% Fat Free Butter
  • Movie Theater Butter
  • Extra Butter

Can you guess which flavor I chose? Yup, movie theater butter!

The Perfect Pop app is super easy to use; download the app to your iPhone for free from the app store to get started. 

1) Put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and enter suggested cooking time from the packaging. 

2) Turn up the volume on your iPhone. Point the phone's speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.

3) Start the microwave, and then start the app. 

No more relying on the popcorn button or guessing how many seconds in between pops. Pop Secret is serious about perfect popcorn, so the less you have to worry about, the more time you can spend enjoying movie night with your friends & family. Perfect Pop listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect. 

Movie night went off without a hitch thanks to the Pop Secret Perfect Pop App; We enjoyed family movie night with perfectly popped and delicious popcorn. #GoodbyeBurnedPopcorn ! 

What's your favorite flavor of Pop Secret?

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Friday, July 11, 2014

My Favorite Summer Scents

I love perfume; I have currently have 7 bottles on my bathroom counter and there are a few more that I'm itching to purchase. What can I say? I like to smell good! 

I enjoy having a variety of scents to choose from so that I can switch it up every now and then. My perfume preferences tend to change a little bit with the seasons. During the summer, I definitely prefer something that is light, fresh, and airy. 

Today I'm sharing my top 5 picks for Summer Scents

Coach Poppy is, hands down, my absolute favorite any time of the year, but especially during the Summer. This scent lifts my spirits and makes me feel sexy, always! It doesn't hurt that this is Chris' favorite scent on me and it drives him crazy when I wear it!

DKNY Be Delicious is a scent that has been around for quite awhile now; I've loved it from the very first time I saw the bottle. I love how crisp the citrus is on this one. It just feels fresh!

Dolce & Gabbana light blue is one that I've been wearing since high school! It's intensely feminine but with a crisp and fresh twist. It's hard to describe, but I love it! 

I discovered Victoria's Secret Bombshell Summer  a few summers back and wow - it makes me feel like I'm lying on the beach, tan skin glistening in the sun with an umbrella in my drink. Who doesn't want that?

Last but not least, I love Escada's Pacific Paradise! This is a fragrance that has been around for what seems like forever but also one that I can wear every day. It's citrus-y and sweet and down right delicious!

I'd love to know - what is your favorite scent?

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