The morning of November 29 was like any other morning. I woke up at Jonathan’s parent’s house after spending the evening having a second Thanksgiving dinner with his family. NC State was playing UNC that afternoon in Chapel Hill, and since we attended the rival schools, we were planning to go to the football game. We didn’t have tickets yet, but were hoping we would find someone selling them on campus. We normally tailgate with my brother and his friends before games, but this morning Jonathan suggested we grab breakfast on Franklin Street beforehand.

We arrived in Chapel Hill around 8:30 and headed to breakfast at Ye Olde Waffle Shop. I ordered a breakfast sandwich, Jonathan ordered an omelette, and we shared a waffle. Afterward Jonathan suggested that we grab coffee from Starbucks and said that he’d like to show me around campus. (I showed him around N.C. State’s campus on our first date.) With Christmas cups in hand, we started walking. Jonathan pointed out a few buildings as we went along and eventually we happened upon the Arboretum.

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As we were walking through a vine covered walkway (I think this has a name but I’m not fancy enough to know what it is), Jonathan stopped me and told me that he wanted to tell me something. Side note: We established pretty early on in our dating relationship that we weren’t going to tell each other that we loved each other until we were 100% committed to each other. Jonathan knew that those were only feelings that he wanted to share with his wife one day.

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We stopped walking and Jonathan told me for the first time that he loved me, and he would always love me. He said some other things to that affect but I can’t remember any of them because I was so distracted by him getting down on one knee and pulling a box out of his pocket!

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He asked me if I would marry him and I said YES!

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After lots of kissing and hugging I asked, “Who else knows about this?!” Jonathan spun me to one side of the path and said, “Well she does…” spinning me to the other side of the path, “…and she does!” His two sisters had been standing at the ends of the path the whole time and I didn’t even notice. They caught the whole thing on camera!

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Behind us there was a table set up with celebratory champagne, candles, tulips (my favorite!), and a chalkboard sign that said, “She said ____.” Of course I filled in the blank with a capital Y-E-S!

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After popping some bubbly, we walked around the Arboretum for a little photo session.

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Jonathan’s sister Allison was so sweet and fought the Black Friday crowds to get a DSLR after Jonathan told her he was planning to propose. I left my big camera at the house that morning, which was perfect, because his sister Meredith was able to hijack it and take photos as well!

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Like I said, I didn’t think we had tickets to the game, but asked Jonathan’s sisters and parents if they wanted to come to my brother’s tailgate with us. When we got to the tailgate, we were met by not only my brother, but also my sister, her husband, and their kids. Jonathan had gotten them to stay in town an extra night after Thanksgiving to be part of the proposal. To my surprise, he had also purchased a block of tickets so all of the siblings and spouses could go to the football game together! My brother had set up a great tailgate with drinks, Bojangles, corn hole, and a sweet sign that he painted for us.

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We all went to the football game and I was pretty pumped for a Wolfpack victory! Jonathan was sad to see his school lose to a rival, but he couldn’t be too sad, seeing as he will have to partially cheer for N.C. State now. ;)

After the game, Jonathan suggested that all of the girls go get manicures. I was so glad he did because I had a three-week-old black Shellac manicure on my nails and it looked awful! It was nice to have to down time and hang out with my sister, my sister-in-law, and my two future SILs! After we got our nails done I hugged my sister and my brothers wife, thanked them for being part of the weekend, and told them I would see them at Christmas.

We drove back to his sister Allison’s house where I was greeted by balloons at the door and the promise of eating dinner soon. In all the excitement, I realized I hadn’t eaten anything since our early morning breakfast and I was starving!

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As we were standing around talking I heard a familiar voice at the door and my brother and his family came around the corner! Trailing behind him was my sister’s whole family. I was so surprised because I thought they were on the road back to Charlotte! Right behind them was my mom. I’m pretty sure I screamed when I saw her! All day I had been thinking that the day was so amazing, I just wished I could share it with my mama.

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Last but certainly not least came Jeff and Jodie, the precious couple responsible for setting Jonathan and me up on our first date.

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Jonathan was so incredibly thoughtful and had planned a whole engagement party for our families, complete with beer, wine, dinner catered from a local BBQ restaurant, and even cake!

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We rounded everyone up to thank them for coming and I had to fight back tears while Jonathan was giving his little “speech.” It was such an amazing day, spent with the amazing families we have been blessed with.

DSC_0259I am so excited and incredibly honored to be this man’s wife; I love and respect him more than anyone in the world. To answer the question we started getting about five minutes after getting engaged – we are hoping to have a wedding before I start nursing school, likely early this summer! We can’t wait to start this new season of life together!

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It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a random life post, but today I’m kind of in the mood to dump my brain and catch you all up to speed with the random things that I’ve been up to!

I’ve been working hard to get everything together for my nursing school applications. I owe you guys a post on my career change and new life “plan” so I’ll try to get that done soon. Last weekend I went to an all day study group to prepare for the North Carolina Nurse’s Aide exam, which I’ll take an about three weeks. All of the skills seem fairly painless, but taking blood pressure is harder than I imagined! I just need to practice, so I’ll be annoying my friends for the next few weeks asking to take their BP. :) I’m pretty sure I know what nursing schools I’ll be applying to, but am trying to solidify the list in the next few weeks. I’d love to have all of my applications submitted before Christmas so that I can just relax and enjoy the holiday season.

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Speaking of holidays, I am almost completely finish with my Christmas shopping! I don’t know what’s gotten into me but I am a crazy person for Christmas this year. We have decorations on our mantle, tree-scented candles burning, and Christmas music playing. I’ve even wrapped all of my presents! The only present I’m stumped on is something for JB, so if you’ve got any good ideas for guy gifts, leave me a note in the comments. :)

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Tip for you guys hunting for Christmas presents: stalk your local TJ Maxx and/or Marshall’s. My local Marshall’s is right beside Trader Joe’s, so I make a quick lap around every Sunday before I do my grocery shopping. People always tell me that they can’t find anything there, but you just have to have the patience to look! I scored one of my best finds ever last week… a GlamGlow mask. I’ve been reading about these masks on blogs and in magazines for years now but they retail for $70. Um yeah, never gonna spend that much money on a face mask. But at TJ Maxx last week, they had a brand new, unopened GlamGlow Youthmud mask for $6. $6!!!! So awesome. I need to try it a few more times, but if it’s worthy, I’ll write a little review for ya.

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Moving on to some exciting news – my brother is opening a cupcake shop! He and two of his friends got together to bring Smallcakes to Durham. Clearly we are related, evidenced by our love of dessert. You may recognize Smallcakes from Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” and a few appearances on “The View.” USA Today even listed it as one of the Top Ten Cupcake places to try in the country! I’m so excited for the grand opening in a few weeks and have volunteered myself to be the official taste tester. If you’re local to the Raleigh/Durham area, I would LOVE to see you at the grand opening in a few weeks. Feel free to follow them on Twitter or like their Facebook page to get more info about an opening date, daily flavors, etc…

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I’m working on a line of handmade (cupcake themed) greeting cards for the grand opening, so that has been taking up a good amount of my free time. I think they’re turning out to be pretty darn cute, though, so it’s a fun project to work on. If they sell well, I’m planning to getting them printed in bulk… cutting out all of the little pieces of paper and gluing them together takes a long time. The other night I made 11 and it took me three hours!

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I  really can’t complain about three hours of cupcake making because I’ve been passing the time with my latest obsession… Scandal. Wow, guys, I’m late to the game on this one. A few weeks ago I was home sick with the stomach bug and texted some friends asking for a Netflix show recommendation. I knew I wouldn’t be leaving the couch all day so I wanted something to help pass the time. Everyone responded with “SCANDAL!!!!” so I decided to give it a go. So glad I did because I l-o-v-e it! I am watching it during all of my free time; when I do my make up and straighten my hair, during nap time at work, on the stair climber at the gym; when I get home in the evenings. Obsessed. I’m about half-way through Season 3 and will be really sad when I’m all caught up. That scene with Olivia’s mom’s wrist in prison though… about puked. Hmm yes my weak stomach around blood will make my nursing career interesting!

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Thanks to my vigorous Scandal-watching, I really haven’t been doing too much reading. I started The Night Circus a few months ago, but have found it a bit slow to get started. I’m about 30% of the way through but can’t say I’m very invested. Have any of you read it? Does it pick up? Should I continue on? I’ll have a post for you guys at the end of the year reviewing what I read in 2014, if you’re looking for recommendations.

Oh! Last thing. JB and I are going to Florida this weekend! We are going to a wedding in Winter Park on Saturday, and on Sunday we are going to Disney World with some friends! Sunday just so happens to be JB’s birthday, so it’s good timing. We haven’t decided for sure what park we are going to do, but we’re leaning towards Hollywood Studios. I worked at Disney one summer (7 years ago now, ah!) but can hardly remember what all there is to do in Hollywood Studios. Anyone have any recommendations? The two things on my must-do list are Tower of Terror and eating one of those chocolate-dipped Mickey ice cream bars. After working at Disney I swore that I would never go back, not even take my kids, but I think I’ve had enough space now to be excited about it. :)

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Questions for you:

1. What the heck do you get guys for Christmas?

2. Any Scandal fans? What’s your latest Netflix obsession?

3. What are you reading? How is it?

4. Disney World recommendations?

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Who’s tired of hearing me talk about clothes? Probably all of you. Promise that this will be the last “fashion” related post for a while! It’s been a few months since I’ve shared some goodies from Stitch Fix, and today I’ve got two boxes to show ya. My August box was a really great one! Sadly my October box was kind of a bust, but I did get one keeper.

Fall Stitch Fix Review

Here’s what I got:

August Box

Market and Spruce Analisse Anorak Jacket – $88

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I’ve always appreciated the attention that Stitch Fix pays to my style board on Pinterest. I had pinned this anorack jacket and was so happy to find it in my Fix! It has a detachable hood and the sleeves roll down to full length. I kept it and have gotten lots of wear out of it.

Henry & Belle Moby Moto Detail Skinny Jean – $78

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I was really conflicted about these jeans. I actually liked them, and my roommates gave them the thumbs up, but when I asked on Instagram, everyone said to send them back. They fit great, but the “moto” seams made me unsure. Returned.

Under Skies Haizel Paisley Print Shift Dress – $78

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Haha, I think my face says everything about this dress. The fabric was very nice, but the print and fit were so matronly. Returned!

Fun2Fun Torrance Lace Detailed Sleeveless Blouse – $38

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I really like this top! It’s edgy yet feminine, something I’m kind of going for right now. I kept it and have worn it a number of times. Great for date night!

Gorjana Marina Hammered Metal Stud Earrings – $34

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These earrings were just my style. So much so, that I already own the exact pair of earrings! I appreciated the nice brand, it’s something I’ve seen at Nordstrom and other nice boutique stores. If I didn’t already have an identical pair, I definitely would have kept them. Returned.

October Box

Bay to Baubles Betsey Gem Triangle Layering Necklace – $28

Bay to Baubles Betsey Gem Triangle Layering Necklace

Meh. This necklace was fine I suppose, but nothing special. The quality felt cheap, like something I could find at Target or Forever 21. It also was constantly tangling in the 3 or 4 minutes I had it on. Returned.

Market and Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan – $68

Market and Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan

Haley got this sweater in a different color in her last fix and it was so cute on her. It looked terrible zipped up on me, but I did like it unzipped. The fabric was really soft and thick, and while I do think I’d get a good amount of wear out of it, I just couldn’t justify the $68 price tag. Returned.

41Hawthorn Carson Graphic Chevron Cross-Front Blouse – $64

41Hawthorn Carson Graphic Chevron Cross-Front Blouse

My biggest complaint about Stitch Fix is that I don’t think they always take feedback into account. I honestly cannot possibly count how many times I have asked for NO sheer items and NO chevron print, yet every time, they send me something sheer or chevron. This top is BOTH! I actually thought it looked decent on, but I couldn’t think of anywhere I would wear it. Also, in my requests for this box, I asked for “cozy items for fall.” A sheer tank top certainly does not meet that criteria… Returned.

Fate Leonard Geo Knit Cotton Sweater – $64

Fate Leonard Geo Knit Cotton Sweater

I’m sure that this sweater would look good one somebody, but that somebody is not me. Doesn’t it look extra cute with my workout pants and socks? Ha! Returned.

Skies Are Blue Sia Floral Embroidery Peasant Blouse – $58

Skies Are Blue Sia Floral Embroidery Peasant Blouse

Like I said, Stitch Fix does a good job of paying attention to Pinterest boards. I had pinned this top and was happy to receive it. I felt like it fit the bohemian style that I had requested well. Kept it.

So, did I make the right decisions? Anything I should have kept that I ended up sending back? If you’d like to give Stitch Fix a try, you can sign up here!

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