MY HUSBAND GOT BABY FEVER !!!!

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OMG! so for the past few months it been when our baby this and when or baby that, and when you pregnant I going to do this and we going to need that. I have to admit its pretty exciting to see him all in baby mood. only because he has this preconceived notion that it’s the women that gets all mushy over having kids and wanting to start a family. Oh, how he must feel right now, especially since I get a big kick of rubbing it in his face. (Don’t Judge our marriage)

So recently we been having some “unexpected baby burps” not going to get all into the details (our parents read my blog from time to time, no need to get them all excited.)

For a long time I have been having theses up and down reservations about having a child. I am just really scared of the whole birthing process mostly. If I could skip all that but only experience the carrying and not the birthing I know crazy right! I even had to lol for even thinking that.

I know but for real this baby thing got me on some kind of emotional rollercoaster, I am always so up and down about what is the best time to have a baby. I not getting any younger, and I feel like I should at least be trying to conceive.  ( which I am trying, but not enough)  I hate that I get the feeling that just because everyone else around me are having kids that I should be to, come on I know that’s just society playing with my head. Uhhhh! If only thing start looking up for us. Two people trying to each start their own business to just add a child to that mix will just be unfair, Right?

As of now the child safe lock is off and we will let nature run its course, if it happens sooner or later we will be happy either way.

XOXO  Love Orange

 

I came across this article at {http://www.onewed.com/workbook/article/can-i-afford-a-wedding-planner} it is right on, I had to share. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. 

Wedding-Budget

Can I Afford a Wedding Planner?
Can you afford to hire a planner for your wedding? In our opinion, you can’t afford NOT to hire one; it’s simply a matter of how much help you want from them, and when during the planning process you decide to secure their services.

At minimum, you’ll want someone there for the day to help orchestrate and coordinate the décor, greet and direct vendors, circle up the family and bridal party before the ceremony, pictures and the toasts, to make sure guests know when to be where, and most importantly, to help clean up at the end of the night. We’ve known many brides and grooms who have decided to forgo this expense, and almost every single one of them say that’s one of the things they definitely would have done differently if they could. DIY brides will often try to take care of this stuff on their own, or will ask family and friends to pitch in. If you can afford a profession who does this regularly it’s always best, but if your budget is too tight find a thrifty alternative! Find a local college girl who wants to be a wedding planner when she grows up (you’d be surprised how many of them are out there). Inquire with your friends, family and coworkers if they know of someone who could fit the bill and be willing to do it for you. Just remember that professionals can charge upwards towards $1000 for this service; if you aren’t hiring a professional, you shouldn’t pay professional prices, but a $100 gift card to Target for a day’s worth of work isn’t really enough unless you’re budget is really strapped.

If you’re on the other end of the spectrum, a wedding planner can be a fantastic resource for you! They can help secure some of the most talented and reputable vendors, and will also be knowledgeable on the latest trends and styles of the season. Not to mention all of the time they save and stress they alleviate for you! Many brides fear that a planner will steal the show and try to take over. On one hand, remember that the reason you’re hiring them is so they CAN run the show! But you want to make sure he or she won’t step on your toes too much, and will only step in when you really want them to. If you’re the kind of bride that likes to hold the reins and long as possible, then meet with your potential planner once or twice before signing a contract, and even spring for a consultation meeting. If they’re insistent that you just HAVE to hire such-and-such photographer because they’re FABULOUS, and they wouldn’t DREAM of having anyone other than so-and-so design your bridal bouquet…well, they probably aren’t the right match for you. Just make sure that you guys connect on a personality level as well as monetary one; when stuff hits the fan, they’re the one that you’re going to go to first to save the day, and if you’re not comfortable with who they are as a person, you’re not going to want to turn to them when you actually need them.

So how does a wedding planner benefit those that aren’t on a super-tight budget, but don’t have a ton of money to spend? One of the best things they can help you with is to find vendors and décor to keep you in your budget, and in theory he or she will save you enough money to cover their fees. Think of it this way; if you’ve budgeting $20,000 for your wedding, your planner should be able to save cut enough corners and find enough deals to save you $1,000-$1,500, which is about what the fee can be.

Regardless of your budget, wedding planners can help you in so many ways!

• Vendors are more likely to get referrals for new business from wedding planners than brides, so their incentive to do a fantastic job at your wedding is increased when there’s a wedding planner preset.
• They ensure that your family, bridal party and friends have a good time. Sure, these people love you and would do anything to help you out. But after a long day of dancing, drinking and celebrating, sticking around until midnight gathering up table numbers and pulling linens off of the table is probably not their ideal way to end the night. These people are, after all, your most important guests; make sure you take care of them and let them have as much fun as they can!
• They can help you with the wedding day timeline. Oftentimes vendors are happy to help with this, but remember this isn’t what they do professionally. A DJ may do a great job of helping time out the reception, and photographers can do a pretty good job of helping your orchestrate the day, but neither of them will be able to help with the timing of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, nor will they be able to assist you in having your hair and makeup artist arrive at the hotel at the right time.
• Something will ALWAYS go wrong at your wedding! It could be as simple as a broken strap on a bridesmaid’s dress, or as overwhelming as a vendor that no-shows. Having a planner there means that you don’t have to deal with these problems when they arise; and if your planner is really good, chances are you won’t ever know that anything went wrong!

All in all, a wedding planner is something every couple needs for their wedding, and it really is something to factor in to your budget from day one. Trust us, it’ll be one of the best decisions you make about your wedding, aside from choosing the groom!

 

Check out the average cost of a wedding in these two charts by the knot.

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Top Fave Wedding Movies

It’s spring almost, a time when many us ladies like to enjoy those tear jerking, heart throbbing, butterflies in the tummy, supper romantic love stories. Single, engage or married every women love a good romance story. And here are a few of my all time favorite wedding films. Watch them all, get inspired, and happy planning. 

  1. The Best Man
  2. The Wedding Planner
  3. 27 Dresses
  4. Jumping the Broom
  5. My big fat Greek wedding
  6. Wedding Crashers 
  7. Sex and the City
  8. The Wedding Singer
  9. My Best Friends Wedding

 This year wedding movie to see “The Big Wedding” Coming soon to theaters April 26, Watch trailer here. >>>>>>>>> http://youtu.be/T4AxNRPAggE <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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So what that I still play with Barbies!

Ever met a person that still play with dolls, I do I love them. The game of make believe and imagination, I created a world that made me feel good about myself and the things that I wanted to accomplish I DID! who would not want to play a game where everything they want to happen happens. Okay the truth is I no longer play with Barbies but I do collect them. I try to fine Barbies that look more like me brown-skin, not just any African American doll but ones that represent a time period or particular lifestyle.

Barbie has been the start to my decision of entering in to the wold of fashion and design. Growing up I got the most of my dolls from the thrift store, they may not have been in the best condition. Sometimes I got dolls with their heads shaved, their feet and hands  have been chewed  or polish on parts of their bodies, but that did not matter at all. This is were my creativity comes from I would think of scenes that or concept that would allow me to transform barbie into a world of beauty.  For example if Barbie head was only shaved on one side and she have red polish on her legs then I would pull out my red polish and paint her entire legs red and that would become her tights. I would get my  mothers glue gun and cut hair from another doll and glue it onto barbie ( doesn’t what matter what color the hair was) I mean the possibilities were endless. I created and designed backdrops and anything else that I need to set the mood or theme at the time. Thus the start of me making and constructing clothes and making my own line of clothing for Barbie. Besides the fact that a friend of mines always had the best barbie items and everyone always wanted to play with her, I had to find a way to make my barbie stand out to keep the interest of my friends.( I made clothes for my friends to. )

Any how I am now reading this new book “Thank You For Firing Me!” by Kitty Martini and Candice Reed, and as I go through the emotional roller-coaster of being unemployed it has been a great source on my road of discoveries. By doing some of the exercises from the book I have found that my days of playing with dolls have set the standard to what career I want for myself. It had prepared for what is soon to come and I for one can’t wait.

I always used Barbie for what she was, a toy a doll to act out what ever I need her to and of course dress the part. Barbie the doll was my muse and It helped me to discover new skills and ways to be even more creative.

xoxo Love Orange

A wedding on a real budget

A glimpse into my wedding…….

you know how people say you won’t remember anything about your wedding.  A day you spend thousands of dollars on for your family and friends to eat, drink, and party. I mean how do you forget something like that.

Let just say that I only wish that it was true I remember everything good and bad. Yes! bad there are some very upsetting things of family that always seems to make it’s way to your special occasion. Well I put all the crazy behind me and just had fun????

You know no one never tells you how difficult it is to plan a wedding on a budget. A real budget I did not just plan my own wedding did all the designs and decorating but I did it all for less then $10,000.00. WTF! I can’t even believe myself but I really did it. The worst but most rewarding thing I have done. I have planned and worked on other weddings and events but to do it all for your own wedding can turn into a bad idea really fast. So happy to be good at what I do CREATE.

Where I saved:

My husband is a graphic web designer so we bartered his service for our Photography.( big Save) 0.00

We did our own flowers and decoration (I got a really good deal on my flowers due to the company making an mistake on my order.) 300.00

Did not rent a limo  or party bus, ( but we did rent an SUV from car rental shop) 200.00

DJand Video 600.00

Did not get a full bar but had beer, wine, one dark and white liquor ( biggest expense was bar and food) 7,000

Design and did all print work (biggest save) 150.00

Cake 70.00

Favors 100.00

total cost 8,420

What you can get for less then 10,000.00

I will never forget luv my baby

xoxo Love Orange