How to Properly Store Your Wedding Dress

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So I wanted to publish this post during the month which is most popular for weddings, but the internet failed me. I googled, “What is the most popular month to get married?” Well, google presented me with results that consisted of every month except for January, February, March, April, November, and December. So that leaves us with May, June, July, August, September, and October. I was looking for one month and I ended up with half the year as my answer. Oh well… If you’re about to get married or just got married CONGRATULATIONS! I thought I would write a post about the proper way to store your wedding dress.

 The first thing you need to do is get it professionally cleaned, ASAP! Sweat, perfume, make up, and alcohol stains may not be visible at first but the longer you wait, the darker the spots will eventually get. Therefore, harder to get out. Make sure you research cleaners in your area because a lot of them won’t clean wedding dresses. Get references from friends who recently got married or look at reviews online. The last thing you want is your dress that cost thousands of dollars to come back and be accidentally dyed purple or something. Unless your wedding dress was actually purple to begin with, which is pretty unique. Anyways…

 The second thing you need to do is decide whether you’re going to keep your wedding dress in a box or on hanger storage. Either way you’re going to need acid-free tissue paper.

If you’re going to store your wedding dress in a box make sure you purchase a big box. You don’t want your wedding dress all squished up in a box for all of eternity. Start by lining the box with acid-free tissue paper and put the hem, or bottom of the dress, in first. Then layer it accordion-style and put the tissue paper in between each layer. If your dress has sleeves, be sure to stuff the sleeves with the tissue paper also.

Hanging your dress may be a little easier. Make sure to get a wide, padded hanger. Once the dress is on the hanger be sure to stuff the sleeve and any deep folds of fabric with acid-free tissue paper. Then just cover the dress in a muslin garment bag that you can get online for around $30-$40 dollars.

For real preservation of your wedding dress, check on it once a year. If your dress is hanging take it out of the garment bag and wash the bag. For boxed dresses, take the dress out and repack it so that it’s not folded in the same places.

I hope this helps you keep your wedding dresses nice and pretty! Some women save their dresses for their daughters or just for sentimental value, but I think after a few years, take it out, modify it, and wear it to an anniversary party, or make it a little more casual and wear it out to another event. Make your multi-thousand dollar dress multi-purpose and put it to use, girl!

Happy Sunday everyone! Geez, where did that weekend go?!

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Day 4: Favorite Quotes & Why?

Nothing can be done against the truth, no matter how we remain in denial.” Selah by Lauryn Hill

I love this quote 1)because it comes from one of my favorite songs and 2) because it reminds me that whenever I have a problem or feel a certain way I have a tendency to pretend like it’s not happening or I pretend that it doesn’t exist at all. This reminds me to acknowledge my problems and work through them. If I don’t, I think they will literally EAT me alive.

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There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

This quote is great! Man, that Hemingway, he was a pretty clever guy, huh? This quote is all about bettering yourself. Work hard, not to try and be better than someone else, but to be better than who YOU were yesterday.

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I cured myself of shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn’t think about me half as much as I gave them credit for. The truth was, nobody gave a damn. Like most teenagers, I was far too self-centered. When I stopped being prisoner to what I worried was others’ opinions of me, I became more confident and free.” – Lucille Ball

If you don’t know by now, Lucille Ball is my favorite woman, redhead, comedian, ect.! I’m in love with her so this quote really spoke to me. I’m always worried about being judged. Let’s take last night for example. I got a box of hair color (yes, I know, I should just go to the salon but I have like a million greys on the top of my head and they needed to go quickly) and I colored my hair and it came out BADLY! The hair on the top of my head was a light reddish mess (hey! Lucy and I match!) so I went back to Target and I almost had a panic attack. I went in to buy another box of color to correct the problem and I thought everyone in the store was looking at me and my awful hair. In reality, I’m sure no one even noticed me. Well except for the girl in front of me at the check out who I’m pretty sure was laughing at me. I like this quote because it’s kinda like a reality check. NO ONE cares or even notices as much as you think they do so be yourself, don’t be embarrassed, and live your life the way you want to.

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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln

This is a pretty popular quote and it’s one of my favorites. It’s weird because I think about this quote a lot. It’s kinda like a “think before you speak” or “if you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t say anything” reminder and sometimes I REALLY need to do that.

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If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.” – Earl Wilson

I thought this quote was hilarious! I’m not sure if it’s the baseball player Earl Wilson that said this or the columnist but either way, they are correct! You miss paying a bill or you accidentally pay it late and you just made a few new “friends” that don’t mind calling you multiple times a day and sending you letters in the mail.

Let’s recap! All my favorite quotes remind you to not run away from your problems. Acknowledge and keep it moving! Always work on improving yourself for the sake of being a better person. Don’t let the fear of judgement from others keep you from living your life. Sometimes being quiet and not saying anything is best. And finally, pay your damn bills on time, people!

Have a great Saturday! It’s beautiful in New Jersey so I think I might venture outside today.



Day 3: Things That Make You Uncomfortable!

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I think I’ve mentioned it before but doing laundry is a pain in the butt! We don’t have a washer and dryer in our apartment but what we do have is a “laundry facility” “on-site” which actually means it’s down the block. It also means that we’re forced to share it with the other inconsiderate apartment dwellers that live around us. They’ll leave their laundry in there for an hour after it’s been done even though they know people are waiting to use it! Grrr, talk about ANNOYING! But recently, Sam and I did ALL of our laundry. Usually we just do bits and pieces and take up as many washers as we can get. Afterwards, I noticed that I was missing a lot of underwear and immediately though that we have a creepy neighbor that steals women’s panties or (and more likely) the washer ate all my underwear. Soooo, that meant that I needed to make a trip to the mall and head into Victoria Secrets! I was super excited about getting new panties… until I walked in. First, I checked out the deals that they have at the table when you first walk in. You know, the 5 for $25 or $26 or whatever and I notice that this girl and her boyfriend are just standing there. They’re not looking at panties or anything. It seemed like they were just standing there people watching, in an underwear store, like what?!… So I move towards the back a little bit more to look at other panties and this young girl had her grandfather in there with her. Just kinda creeped me out. I know that everyone has a right to go into Victoria Secret and maybe they’re actually there for a reason… but I doubt it. I wanna go back to the time when guys were too embarrassed to go inside a women’s bra and panty store so that I can shop in peace and not feel like I’m being watched and judged by creepy old grandpas and young, annoying boyfriends and girlfriends. I’m being bitchy today and I’m not sure why because it’s finally FRIDAYYYY! This week has honestly been the longest week of my life, I think.

Have a fun Friday night everyone!



Setting and Accomplishing Financial Goals!

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Setting and accomplishing goals are so important. They boost your confidence and improve your overall attitude. Setting goals and following through can be difficult so I thought I’d let you all know how I go about setting goals and trying to accomplish them.

Figure out what your goals are. Sit down and REALLY take time to think about it. Also, include your family in on your thinking process. You know what they say, “family knows best”… sometimes. Give yourself a realistic time frame to achieve these goals. Your short-term goals may take you 1-2 years or even 5 years to complete. Don’t get discouraged because time flies! Once you figure out what it is that you want to accomplish and when, the next step is to make a list of things you’re going to need to give up in order to get there. You may need to cut down on yearly vacations and just go every other year. Or it may be something as simple as not going out to eat multiple times a week. Whatever it is that you need to give up, list it below your goal.

Some of the things you need to give up my affect your family so make sure you talk to them about it. If you have children, explain to them that accomplishing goals are important and sometimes giving up certain guilty pleasures will help accelerate you to your goal. Younger children may not understand so cut back on family events that cost a lot of money like going to the movies, which all of a sudden costs an arm and a leg! When I was growing up it was like $5.50 to go see a movie and now it’s $10-$12 and if you’re a senior citizen, that’ll save you, what, $.25? Woopty-doo! And don’t even get me started on the price of 3D movies! Just because you spent $500 million making the movie Avatar, James Cameron, doesn’t mean you can charge us the same price just to go see it. Sorry for the randomness! Anyways, instead of taking the family to the movies have a movie night at home with a $1 red box movie and some good old fashion Orville Redenbacher. When the weather gets nicer check around your area to see if there’s any outdoor movie theaters or drive-ins. Also, summer is theme park season and the price of admission gets crazier every year. Kids always want to go multiple times but let them know that they can only go once or twice this summer and tell them to choose wisely.

Lastly, you’re going to need to review and re-prioritize your goals regularly. There’s going to be unavoidable setbacks. Also, some of your goals may seem unimportant after awhile so replacing one goal for another is not a big deal as long as you keep working towards something.

You know what makes me mad?!

When you go online and order flowers for someone. Maybe they’re sick, maybe it’s their birthday, maybe it’s a wedding anniversary, or maybe you just got 4 of your wisdom teeth out like my little sister. Sam and I wanted to send her flowers. Soooo, I went online and picked out this beautiful arrangement of lilies and roses and they were going to be sent to her today.

She gets home from the doctors and texts me and says, “OMG! I love the flowers, they’re so pretty” yadda yadda yadda.. My mom texts me a picture of them and they delivered lilies and DAISIES!… What is up with florists and these flower deliver websites? They think they can pull one over on someone and the person that bought the flowers will never find out?… “Oh, she ordered roses but lets just throw these daisies in instead.” GRRRRR!

Anyways, don’t order flowers from http://www.fromyouflowers.com, they’re awful.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Flea Market Finds!

Not sure if I’ve told you guys this before but my husband works most weekends but recently he’s had Sundays off so we’ve been looking for something to do now that the weather is getting nicer. The BlueClaws minor league baseball team has a stadium one town over from us and we’ve never been to a game so we’ve been thinking about doing that but this Sunday I wanted to go to thrift stores or garage sales just to buy junk I don’t need. What I found was even better! I went on Craigslist to see if there were going to be any garage sales near us and I found out that there is a Sunday flea market near us! I got soooo excited when I found it last night that I actually set my alarm to wake up early and get ready. Normally, there is no alarm setting on the weekends, because I need as much beauty sleep as I can get but this was a special occasion. I think I got the love of garage sales/Estate sales/Flea markets from my dad who would go to them early on Saturday and Sunday mornings. He got this really awesome, old leather bomber jacket, a huge wooden trunk that I hope to get after my little sister goes off to college, a cool vintage camera and some  other stuff. Anyways, I thought I’d share with you guys what I picked up and some cool stuff I saw.

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We found these cool aluminum posters and signs. Sam really wanted the Bob Marley Drive sign haha! I ended up getting two I Love Lucy aluminum posters.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?! I’m a HUGE I Love Lucy fan. Actually, I’m a Lucille Ball fan so these posters became a necessity as soon as I saw them.

They also had boxes and boxes of CD’s and vinyls so we picked up a couple of those.

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Got these four CD’s for $10. They’re all music that we already have but I like having the actual CD. I’m not sure why.

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These are the vinyls we got. I’m actually listening to the Billy Joel album now and I’m happy to report that it sounds way better than any CD. I’m telling you, there’s just something about albums on vinyl that make me feel so much more content with life.

We met a guy at the flea market that restores old trunks. He was selling two of them today.

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I would have definitely bought the one on the right but it was very low to the ground and I was looking for something a little bigger. He told me that he has a workshop that has a bunch of trunks that he’s working on so I took his card and hopefully I’ll be able to find one I like there!

So overall, today was a success. My mom told me to go there and not have anything in mind to look for but I did expect to see some kind of furniture that I liked, which I did not. I over heard a woman saying that this flea market was just starting back up and in a few weeks there should be a lot more stands so I’m excited to go back and see what everyone else has got to sell me.

Happy Sunday everyone!

How to blow a budget!

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Remember in my vlog I mentioned that I wasn’t going to be purchasing anything I don’t need in the month of April just so I could see how much money I could save? Oopsies!

I ended up purchasing a MacBook Pro last week and I’m absolutely loving it! It was definitely a big purchase but the opportunity presented itself and I just went for it. I have a feeling I’ll be using this laptop for a very long time. This is my first Mac and although it has and probably will take me awhile to get used to it and learn all the shortcuts and stuff, I don’t see myself getting sick of this any time soon. If you have a MacBook Pro, let me know what kinda cool stuff you can do with it and what neat accessories you have.

Oh and by the way, I’ve been meaning to tell you guys to follow me on Instagram if you have it! My username is _dweeb. Yes, underscore dweeb. I don’t post too often or anything of any value but it’s a great way to stay connected!

Happy Tuesday!

Top 5 Organizational Mistakes!

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1. Not finishing what you startSome people think that organizing a certain room is a great idea that they get so excited and think it’ll be so easy that when they finally start they get overwhelmed and quit halfway through. Before you start a new project make a list of all the things that need to get done in that area. This way you’ll be able to see what needs done and be prepared if it takes you longer than you thought. 

2. Buying organizational products before you know what you needI’m guilty of this one! Remember in August when I said that I was going to clean out all of the closets in my apartment? Well, I finally got around to cleaning my bedroom closet last weekend. But before I started I made a trip to Walmart for a few hampers, a basket for my bathroom, hooks for behind the door, and a shoe rack. Luckily, I was able to use everything I purchased. Also, sometimes I’ll buy something just because it seems useful and maybe it’s pretty but then I don’t end up using it or I’ll leave it out and find that it doesn’t serve a purpose.

3. Not throwing away/donating clothes or toys right away I do this all the time! Actually, as I type this I have 1 box and 2 garbage bags full of clothes in my closet that need to be donated and thrown away. When you do this, it never feels like your project is complete, which can lead to a mess much sooner rather than later.  “Oh, I never finished cleaning this closet so it doesn’t matter if I just leave this sweater on the floor for now. I’ll pick it up when I finish.” (Yes, that is the kind of conversation I have with myself)

4. Holding onto something because you think it could be usefulHave you ever not thrown away those ugly tennis shoes from high school because you think they might come back in style? OR “I couldn’t possibly throw away that old spatchula. I may need it if the other 4 spatchulas that I have grow legs and run away.” OR “Can’t throw away that old Mickey Mouse doll. What if someone brings their child over and I don’t have a toy for them to play with?” LOL.. I have no idea but if you haven’t used it for awhile, don’t make an excuse to keep it around. It’s only taking up space! Most of my clutter consists of items I think I MIGHT need at some point or I’m keeping it because I think someone else MIGHT need it. Just throw it away and clear some space!

5. If you have an organizational plan for a room or space in your home, don’t keep it to yourselfYou just finished cleaning off the dining room table. Everything that was on the table was either thrown away or has found a new permanent spot. Then your husband comes home and puts his briefcase and all of today’s mail on the table and then your kids come home and throw their book bags and toys on the table as well. If you’ve got a new found organizational plan for a certain space, make sure you communicate that plan with your family. They won’t know that the new table is no longer for everything and the kitchen sink if you don’t make it known. Just a side note, I’m not sure why I’m cracking up. I just thought of the above situation in my head and thought it was hilarious. I imagined this proud, accomplished mother, all smiles because she’s just finally finished cleaning off her dining room table that was covered in mountains of junk. Then, within a matter of 30 seconds her husband walks through the door, on his cell phone. He drops off everything on the table. His briefcase, the mail, change he may have had in his pocket, a couple receipts from today’s lunch purchase. He’s talking loudly on the phone to someone, I imagine it’s probably a colleague, and he’s on his way to the bedroom to get changed but he takes a quick second to kiss his wife, whose now looking bewildered, on the cheek. The room is silent, but only for a moment and then a stampede of children come in. Actually, maybe just three of them. One of them is around the age of 6. He blows his nose in a tissue and then throws it on the table along with his Batman lunch box and book bag. Behind him is an 11 year old girl, probably named Bridget or something, she’s just coming home from swim team practice and throws her wet towel on the table. Finally, her oldest son, she’s hoping that he’s old enough to realize that his stinky, sweaty hockey equipment doesn’t belong on the dining room table. She’s holding her breath, praying that he’ll take it straight to the garage or at least the mudroom. He walks towards her with a smile. He says, “hey mom! How are you? Have a good day?”  and kisses her on the cheek. He has passed the dining room table without dropping his stinky bag on the table! She smiles slightly, relieved. She always knew how smart he was. Her son goes to the refrigerator, pulls out a bottle of water and starts walking toward the living room…. Not before dropping his big, moldy smelling hockey bag on the dining room table. And the mother’s excitement turns to complete disappointment. HAHAHAHAHA! Really over the top but that’s what I thought of. 

Anyways, I hope this helps! Happy Monday everyone!

Organizing has never been so SAFE!

Happy President’s day everyone! Hope that you all had a great weekend. I know I did! I just got home a little while ago from my weekend at home with the family. I had an awesome time and got to see a lot more of my family than I thought I would have, which is always great.

Anyways, I was checking my e-mail this afternoon and saw the cutest thing from Groupon!

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It’s an organizer in disguise! Groupon calls it the U.S. Patrol Hanging Dress Safe. Although I wouldn’t really call it a “safe” it is a pretty cool idea in hiding some of your valuables. For $12.99 + $2.99 shipping, you get two of these dress organizers. I may have to get it only because my closet is so jam packed with stuff that no one would even imagine that this extremely hideous dress is holding all of my valuables.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these, you can click right here, but hurry up because the deal is only on for the next day or so.