What’s the cost? 

It’s like every year the price of everything just keeps going up. Food, housing, gas, Life in general. This spring it’s been the same old thing work a few years either love it or hate it. And back on the hunt for another. I AM TIRED!

I get laid off and in the same week I finished up I found out I was pregnant. Yeah I know after all that baby fever my husband had from my last post totally caught up with me. I was scared! Really scared. And to top it all off I was not just unemployed but so was my husband.            (3weeks pregnant) 

Things were all going good and BAM! just like that we down at square one all over again. My husband is a freelance graphic / web designer so he is in and out of work a lot. With the both of us out of work and now having to look for work and prepared for a child was a lot of stress, and to top it off we were in the planning stages of trying to relocate out of state. 

My husband lands this really awesome contract job and we could not have been more then happy. It was just long enough for us to completely our action plan and top off our savings for moving. A week and a half on the job and the company decided to go a different direction and cut his contract. Here we go again. (6&7 weeks pregnant) 

I was in my 8th week going in to my 9th when we found out that that his company was letting him go. We had just told our parents that we are expecting on Mother’s Day weekend. I never been so overwhelmed in my life. The pregnancy, the attention and questions from our families, concerned whether we told them to early or not. My first doctor visits. The mister losing his job. And trying to keep things altogether was tearing me apart. 

9 weeks and four days I had a miscarriage. This took a big toll on my body which is still recovering. But my husband it really hit him hard I think he blames himself at times. Well me on the other hand felt some sort of relief, although I realized now that I do want to have a child when the time is right we will. 

All this to say that life has its ups and downs and some things come at a higher cost then others, and as long as you know that God knows what is best for your life that he will provide you with all you need in due time. 

I know that my sanity, my relationship with my husband and my life is priceless and all else we’ll see again.  

Life is short and now I must truly follow my dreams, I have a lot to do guys wish me luck. 



Wedding “save the dates” love it or leave it

Saving the Date

Planning you’re wedding, and figuring out your stationary needs…. Invitations, RSVP cards, Programs, Menu…. Why “Save the Dates” and how are they different from invitations?

Save the Dates is a more informal notice that is sent out before the invitation. Having save the dates are not required, sending them out is entirely up to you.  Many can just skip the extra cost and use it else where in the planning, But for those who event date falls close to or on a specific date (i.e. Christmas, New Years Eve or day, 4th of July) then doing a save the date will be notably useful. If your event happens to be in a foreign destination or many of your guest have to travel, either by air, train or car then sending a save the date will give them enough notice before they get an invitation to decide if they plan to make the trip or not.


When considering a Save the Date you can choose a tone that can express more of you and your spouse personality. Save the Dates can be formal, fun and colorful, or supper creative. I have seen save the date shot/drinking glasses, postcards, magnates, candy bars, and digital picture frames. However much of you –you want to do, it is open possibilities.

The nice thing is that they don’t have to match your invitations, so if you are going really formal for your event, but want to express your more of your fun and outgoing personality, go for it. Your favorite color is purple but it won’t be your wedding color, so what. Your save the date can be however you want. And they are not just for weddings you know.  You can use them with just about any event like anniversaries, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, family reunions and so much more.

If you are doing a save the date it must always have: The Names, Date and Event.

If you have it you can also include other information you feel is important, like: event website, hotel info, flight info and some times you may see “invitation to fellow” just so people won’t be confused that this is not a formal invitation.

*Remember when sending a Save the Date to be careful that it isn’t going to anyone that will not be invited later on.

Check out some top Save the Dates designs here:

www.minted.com, www.magnetstreet.com, www.weddingpaperdivas.com


P.S. I’ll be opening my own online shop Spring 2013 selling invitations and other event stationary. As of now I do custom designs go to my contact page and email me for samples of work.

XOXO love Orange

The Updating……..

So As you may or may not know I am on the search for a job, but not just any job one that I am good at and will enjoy doing for a long part of my life, oh yeah! and it has to be full-time employment. So in this process of looking and applying I find myself doing a lot and I mean a lot of updating. Updating everything from my resume, my website, (check it out at www.toroyaldesigns.com) online accounts which I have so many I can’t keep count. Updating my skills, that goes for designing and interviewing, oh yeah and of course my wardrobe. Although I haven’t done much shopping, I still manage to stay updated in my fashion, thanks to knowing how to sewing and (re)construction clothing. On top of all that I also do all the updating for my husband company. Who just so happen to be going through a complete redesign. I just really hope that the new year brings some good fortunes my way.

Peace to you all and if you are like me and looking for work, Good fortunes to you as well.

XOXO LoveOrange55