Besotted Blog Giveaway

In my search for ideas and images to create the perfect wedding, I have become something of a blog addict.  (Not to mention an insomniac.  It’s 2:36 am as I write this post!)

One of the blogs I follow is called  This morning I found such a lovely giveaway I just had to blog about it myself.  Here’s the original post:

She’s giving away beautiful little packages that contain notecards, a stamp, and who knows what else!  Not to mention the wooden box is too much.  Just check out this amazingness!

I would appreciate if you would follow her blog and enter her giveaway since she apparently spent a bajillion dollars on the cardstock!  Now it’s back to bed for this bride-to-be.  6 am is coming quickly!


STDs Are Done! (No, not that kind.)

Our Save The Date magnets, which I ordered from Vistaprint what seems like months ago, arrived this week causing me much excitement! Along with my return address stamp which I ordered from Etsy, I think they look fabulous, don’t you?  They were designed by my co-worker/friend and I just love them.

STD Magnet

I blocked out my address and the website URL for privacy.

So after a little tweaking of our invite list (something I seem to do constantly these days) and two trips to the post office, I was ready to stuff these babies!  My mom stayed after work to help me and within 30 minutes we had 60 STDs ready to mail.

Mom Working Hard

Stuffing Party

Now I just have to take them to the post office for hand cancelling, which the post office guy recommended.  I can’t wait for our guests to get these beauties in the mail!  What a big step completed.  Feels pretty good!

Test Driving Weight Watchers

So I went to my very first Weight Watchers meeting tonight.  You probably know I’m trying to lose weight for the wedding, which is in May.  As in…8 1/2 months from now!  And the gym workouts and calorie counting are working, just not fast enough for me.

So I thought I’d see what WW was all about and see if that could kick start my efforts into a higher gear.

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Well let me tell you, Weight Watchers and I didn’t get off on the right foot.  I thought I could attend my first meeting for free….you know, check it out, kick the tires, take a test drive.  Not so, said the quite stern lady sitting behind the registration table.  She was apparently sympathetic to all of my reasons why the first meeting should be free, but “corporate” is taking a hard line and doesn’t allow it.  So out came the debit card and goodbye $15!  Needless to say, I wasn’t too happy at that moment.

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But then the stern lady (with the box of cash in front of her) sent me down the way and I got a packet of info and weighed in.  The meeting leader, Cindy, welcomed me (Ok that’s a little better) and wrote my weight in a little passport-sized book and said tonight was a good night because I was going to start taking control of my weight.  That sounded a little cult-like to me but whatever.  I took my passport thing and sat down to read through all the material and wait for the actual meeting to start.


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I read through all the booklets and it seems pretty straightforward IF you can determine the number of “points” are in each thing you eat.  I’m thinking it’ll be tough to figure out some things like meals at restaurants and things like Dream Dinners which I stock my freezer with every 6 weeks.

The meeting was pretty interesting.  Cindy had a lot of energy and was very knowledgeable and positive.  I did like her.  And we talked about grocery shopping and tips to do this in a healthy way.  People contributed ideas, comments, things that work for them, pitfalls to avoid, etc.  It was good!  And afterwards Cindy sat down with me alone to go over the basics, figure out how many “points” I should eat per day, and answer any questions I had.  I told her one challenge was the fact that I’m a picky eater.  I don’t eat seafood, I don’t like yogurt or cottage cheese, I hate the taste of artificial sweeteners.  She said the beauty of WW was that I could choose my food as long as I stay at that point goal.  I also expressed concern over the cost.  You have to pay $14 per meeting, which is once a week.  That will add up!  But if I think of it as investing in myself and my health, isn’t it worth it?  Yes but….

So I’m going to give it a try for at least a week and see how easy/hard it is to track these points.  Maybe I’ll go to another meeting next Thursday, maybe not.  There’s also an online component that you can subscribe to that might be an option for me.  We’ll see.  Either way, I learned a bit and I’m ready to give this a shot.

Have you ever tried a weight loss program like WW?  What were your results?