April 27, 2012

Words For The Weekend | Instructions For Life

by The Dalai Lama

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
Memorize your favorite poem.
Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

When you say, “I love you”, mean it.
When you say “I’m sorry” look the person in the eye.
Believe in love at first sight.

Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

Don’t judge people by their relatives.
Talk slowly but think quickly.
Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

Call your family often.
Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for your actions.
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
Spend some time alone.
Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Read more books and watch less TV.
Live an honorable life. When you get older and look back, you’ll get to enjoy it again.

Trust in God but lock your car.
In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
Read between the lines.

Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
Be gentle with the earth.
Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.

Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
Mind your own business.
At least once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
Learn the rules then break some.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Remember that your character is your destiny.


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April 25, 2012

Wedding Wednesday | The No Play List

Today I am off to both my trial hair run and my first dress fitting. EEK!

There are 10 weeks until the wedding and I thought it would be fun to start asking for help with planning a few small things that will make up a big part of our day!

First up is the NO PLAY LIST.

TJ and I will be meeting with our DJ in the next few weeks to discuss the ceremony and reception music.

We have to provide him with a list of songs that we don't want played at the wedding. DJ-Man is already considered to be a pretty cool dude in my book because he doesn't play the Velveeta cheesy songs such as the Conga, Macarena, Electric Boogie, The Train or YMCA, so I don't have to worry about those types.

The other "do not play" songs that immediately come to mind are:

It's Raining Men
Celebration
Love Shack
Butterfly Kisses
Tears in Heaven
I Will Survive

What would you add to the list?
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April 24, 2012

Dreamweaver | My Favorite Hair Braiding Tutorials

I'm obsessed with braids. I wish that my hair was about five inches longer strictly so that I could have a longer tail to my fishtail.

Braiding ones own hair seems to scare a lot of women. I think it's because braids look so fancy (even when they are messy) and time consuming. 

But, that's not true!

If I could only share one bit of advice when it comes to braiding your own hair, it would be to NOT look in the mirror while fiddling with the cross-overs. When I do so, the opposition throws me off and usually results in starting the process over a couple of times.

My favorite aspect of a hair braid is how functional it is - you can go from a lazy day by the pool to a hot date at night with the same stylish, romantic, feminine and fun hairstyle. 

I've collected my favorite hair braiding tutorials below. I'm asked quite a bit how I did a certain hairstyle and my answer is always "YOUTUBE!" - it's true! Practice along just a few times with the video's below and you'll have mastered these techniques in no time :) Good luck!

THE FRENCH BRAID

THE TWIST ROPE BRAID

THE WATERFALL BRAID


THE MERMAID BRAID

THE FISHTAIL BRAID

THE FRENCH FISHTAIL BRAID

THE FIVE STRAND BRAID
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April 9, 2012

Oh hey.


Remember me?

Probably not.

Well, I'm Kym, the super slacker author of this blog and I'm just checking in to let you know that I'm still alive.

It should come as no surprisereally, that I haven't been very happy here in Texas. When I get in unhappy moods I tend to focus on multiple "things" to keep my mind busy - unfortunately blogging wasn't one of them. I could sit here and ramble on about all of it, but since it's already been dragged out for months of my life, I think I'll just choose to be cryptic and focus on the good and happy instead!

Wedding day prep is in full force. We're in the double digits now, people! 89 days today to be exact.

The menu has been selected, the invitations are addressed, and my gown has arrived at the bridal store in Massachusetts. TJ's bachelor party is set (yes, I do have very vivid images of him showing up at our wedding rehearsal with a black eye. And a tiger.), and my bachelorette party is planned, too. My girls have their dresses, the boys have their suits, and we finally found someone to marry us - which only took close to forever, because everyones sister's brother's uncle's cousin had to select July 7th, 2012 to get married. 

Oh and we changed our honeymoon and saved $5,000. What? Yeah, I'm not kidding. 

Our honeymoon suite at Sandals St. Lucia was priced at $5,400. We put $400 down back in June to reserve our room. We obviously still owed a big chunk, with a due date of May 15th. Tack on round trip flights from Boston and we're talking $7,000+ for 7 nights of our life. 

Why did we ever think that was a good idea? .... anyone? .... Bueller?

So, I decided to do some research and scored 2 nights at the Boston Hilton in an executive suite, roundtrip airfare to Mexico, and 4 nights at Live Aqua in an oceanfront terrace suite for a grand total price of....wait for it....$2,807.64. 

Yep, I'm the woman.

Other than that, there really isn't much to report. I leave Texas on April 17th, with our without TJ. His team is currently in the playoffs and he's been playing great!! I'm so proud of him!! It's a best of seven series and they are up 3-2. With games 6 and (hopefully they don't need to play) 7 on Tuesday and Wednesday, this week is going to be very exciting and exhausting. Dare I say it - I'm actually excited to watch hockey?



But I'm more excited to go home :)

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