Wedding Bells are Ringing... Woah! Hold that Thought!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

As many of you may know, I've started this new chapter in my life. The chapter that begins all of the happy memories of not walking alone in life, but having a partner. Somebody who is by your side through thick and thin. Somebody who understands you and can tell you exactly what they are thinking with just a smile. Although my new chapter had a bumpy start (read about it here), I'm glad I've opened it.

From there the wedding planning began in a whirl wind! We already knew the ONLY place in Charleston we would consider having the wedding would be the Old Wide Awake Plantation.

We wanted a wedding that was true to us as a couple and as individuals. J being raised in Alabama, he is a true Southerner, I'm from Virginia, but consider myself a Southern Belle. I wanted the feeling of being welcomed yet laid back, while still having true Southern grace. This was just the perfect place to have it!

From house looking towards street

On the side of the house
A little more planning went on. We knew we wanted J to wear his Air Force blues so we chose the colors to be coral and navy. I also knew I wanted the flowers my favorite flower... daisies. I decided I wanted to keep it kind of simple so I came up with bouquets and centerpieces similar to this


After getting quite a bit planned out and even going to try on dresses... I talked to my mom and she wanted us to wait and live together... [groan] So the big day shall be June 15, 2015 {as of now, that could change, you know}

So now instead of planning the wedding, I'm looking for apartments for J and I... not exactly what I had planned... but as long as I'm with him I really don't care. It isn't going to feel real living together... But I can't wait. It will truly be like a sleep over every night. This is a cute little apartment complex we found 5 miles away from the base. It's super cute inside, allows pets and even has a gym in the complex! SCORE!

So that's my update for now. As always thanks for following this crazy life of mine.

New Look, New Name... Same Address

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

If you have visited the blog anytime within the past 24 hours or so you might have thought... what the heck is going on here?! Yeah there was a little updating going on.

As I have been wedding planning over the past few months, I realized that Ms. A Bish won't always be appropriate. I also wanted a slight change anyway because well, sometimes change is good.

SO... let me know what you think of the new style. ALSO look forward to some wedding updates and near future life plans!

I'm so excited to get back to blogging and get catching up on everybody's lives! Plus a picture...


Thirty One SALE!!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Recently I've teamed up with my future sister in law, Em to start selling Thirty One! I'm pretty excited about this and I want to share with y'all the current sale going on!

The outlet sale going on right now is up to 70% off from today through July 20th. If you LOVE Thirty one or know somebody that does, consider checking it out!

You can go online to purchase sale and regular items! Some of my favorites are....

Super organizing tote in Island Damask

        Hang-up Room Organizer in Turquoise Cross Pop

   Wristlet Key Fob in Pink Cross Pop

Stop by the store today and tell me what your favorite items and colors are!


Happy Birthday to ME!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Technically yesterday was my birthday... but forgive me for not posting on my birthday.

I didn't think I was going to have such a wonderful day to begin with. I had just gotten back to Virginia on Saturday and so I was a little down, especially after leaving J. But it turned out to be really nice.

I wore the dress John got me for "Valentine's Day". I absolutely love this dress. I think it is just perfect. (Pardon my bathroom mirror picture, I didn't have anybody to take the picture for me)

I spent most of the day hanging out with one of my best friends, B. We sat in Wendy's for about 3 hours! We talked about our weddings, life in general and just had a grand ole time.

P.S. I was not driving while I took this picture. I was sitting in traffic at a red light. I'm a safe driver!

I had one of my favorite foods for dinner... BBQ! It was really a good day. Plus I get to turn around today and go back out with B for dinner and just some general gallivanting and fun times. Oh the joys of stretching your birthday out for the whole week! : )

This is one of the outfits I got for my birthday that I decided to wear to my dinner out! Yay!

Also yay for getting back to blogging!

Military & Civilian Work

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Please pardon my long leave from the blog... stupid computer. Anyway, I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful, passionate lady who took a special interest in helping military families in the aspect of job hunting.

Emma contacted me and we decided to team up to try to give all of my lovely readers more information about common misconceptions about the civilian workforce and transitioning out of the military. Emma has personally seen the struggles this can cause for families. Please take the time to read a little more about Emma at the bottom of the article and check out her blog!

The Truth - Transitioning from the Military to Civilian Work

Transitioning into the civilian workforce after retirement or a minimum commitment in the military is both an exciting and confusing time. You've served your country and it is now time to jump feet first into your dream career. While the transition does take time and a good amount of planning, it is not impossible. I'll share with you the myths that you will certainly come across and put forth the truth that will propel you into the civilian workforce.

Myth #1: I'm a spouse and there are no programs to help me find employment.
Truth: It is difficult for a military spouse to find employment, with moving so often. Good news is there is a fantastic program though the Department of Defense to help spouses of the military whose military men and women have gotten PCS orders to a new area. The Military Spouse Preference program will not only assist in obtaining a job, they will also help you with resumes and interview skills.

Myth #2: Applying for jobs is too hard and takes too much time.
Truth: Applying for a civilian job is very different than moving up the ranks in the military. The truth is all it takes nowadays is a computer to apply to a civilian job! That's right, if you have access to a computer, you can apply to jobs. Many companies have even started to partner with services like JIBE, a mobile recruiting company, which allows you to upload your resume and other job-related documents directly from your mobile device.

Myth #3: I won't be able to find a job that is similar to what I am doing in the military.
Truth: Many of the skills you have obtained in the military can be transitioned into the civilian workforce. By using the Skills Translator on, you will be able add your military branch, pay grade, job position to find civilian jobs that are looking for the skill set you already possess. Just think of the advantage you already have over the rest of the candidates who have never had hands on experience.

Myth #4: All I can do is send my resume to companies and wait for them to get back to me.

Truth: Years ago, this was the etiquette. Today, however, it is truly up to the candidate to sell themselves. You don't need to go out and buy a billboard but it is wise to follow up, research, network and take advantage of social media. Many companies post opportunities on their social media pages, like volunteer opportunities, for you to take advantage of. This allows you to network within the company rather than sending your resume a dozen times.

Emma is a mid 20-something year old with a passion for life, love, fitness, and helping others. She loves to be active and get involved in as many sport and community activities as possible. Emma is currently studying to become a Career & Life Coach, and loves to network with people from around the world! Check out Emma’s blog!