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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Top 10 Things To Do In St. Lucia

1. Four wheel on the black sand beach
It's hard to tell in the photos but it really was black sand. This was seriously such a cool experience, I believe there's only 2 beaches like it in the world - a once in a lifetime experience. The tour guide took us on 2 different beaches, through rivers, into the jungle with steep hills, stopped to show us fruit trees and gave us a little history lesson too. My husband even stopped and climbed up a tree to get fruit on our way back! I drove to the beach and then hopped on my husband's with him and rode on the back on our way back.

2. Hot springs mud bath
This was really different from anything I've ever done. At first I was iffy on it, not sure I wanted to participate but I figured YOLO (do people still say that anymore? Jeeze I feel old) lol! But its all natural and makes your skin SUPER soft. I would highly recommend wearing a bathing suit you don't really care about because it will definitely stain - that's why we're all wearing crazy things! Haha. These were all cheap swimsuits we picked up from a local shop on our way there.

3. Sunset Catamaran Cruise
I will say off the bat, the boat was a lot smaller than I expected but it was very initiate. The back of the boat has a netted bottom to lay on and in the front of the boat there is a seating area and indoor with food and drinks. It was very relaxing and a beautiful sight.

4. Get a massage with a view
This was picture perfect, literally. It was a cabana ocean front with a view of a small islet. The quality of the massage was great, the sound of the ocean and the breeze was perfect. It made me not want to get an indoor massage ever again lol.

5. Relax in the lazy river 
What better way to enjoy a vacation than float down a lazy river with a drink in your hand? Sign me up! This was super relaxing, we actually did this a few times we were there. If you like to relax on vacation instead of go-go-go, then this is for you!

6. Waterfalls
After the hot springs mud bath, our tour guide took us to this beautiful waterfall to rinse off. It's even pretty to just look at. The water was super cold but because it was so hot and sweaty, it was really refreshing. I actually wanted to stay here longer than we actually did. But definitely a sight to see!

7. See the Pitons
Talk about a sight to see! I took this photo on our four wheeling adventure right before my phone died! It's probably my favorite photo. There's actually 2 Pitons, a big one and a small one and many places you can see them from the island - or if you're adventurous enough and want a work out, you can climb up it. I'm more of an "I'll-look-at-it" type of girl. Haha.

8. Have fun on the water slides or at the swim up bar
Having fun is what vacation is all about! Don't want to float in a pool? Rip down the water slides! There is a 2nd level that is not pictured of larger slides. The top of the green slide is actually a pool you land in from the other slides. We had a blast on these with both my parents and his siblings. Then of course there is the swim up bar which had great drinks.

9. Try a local bar & the local alcohol
Their local beer is "Piton" named after the 2 famous Pitons. They also had a wine cooler which was actually really good. Definitely my favorite. The Admiral Rodney is distilled in St. Lucia and was a recommendation from one of the bar tenders. My husband liked it! The other photos are from a local bar that our four wheeling tour guide took us to. It was pretty dark and didn't look like there was any electricity, just the light from the windows and there were animals (chickens, ducks, dogs) running around which was pretty cool.

10. Paintball
This last one unfortunately I don't have photos of as we didn't have time to unfortunately but this is definitely on our list to do next time!

The resort offered so many other excursions, activities and tours but being there for 8 days was just not enough! If you're looking for zip lining and tours, scuba diving and fishing, they've seriously got it all available! Tell 'em Shelby sent you ;) haha.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

My Bridal Shower!: Where I Got My Dress & Decor

Since I mentioned my bridal shower in my last post, I wanted to share with you photos from the actual bridal shower day. I always love seeing the decorations that everyone has for their celebrations now-a-days. They always come out so pretty. Below are photos of the getting ready process. The first photo is pre-pre-getting ready haha. No makeup, hence the cropped face and a "Future Mrs." t-shirt. The second photo is an after-hair photo. The third is an after-hair-and-makeup photo and the fourth is a photo of the tumbler I got from Etsy that has my name and says Bride on it with a bow.

 Below are after photos once I put on my dress. I want to know your honest opinion on how my hair turned out? I had it professionally done. I was just going to leave it down and curly but last minute decided to get it done. Let me know in the comments below! 

The dress is from Bebe. Funny story about the dress actually. My husband and I were bowling one night and I saw a girl wearing this dress, I thought it was super cute and had to have it for the bridal shower! But I didn't want to be weird and ask her where she got it - so I made him do it lol. So he asked her where she got it and I bought it right then and there. The sash I got online from Etsy which was a legit life saver. Between Etsy and Pinterest, I swear I used both of these websites daily and spent soooo much money on Etsy for both the bridal shower and the wedding decorations.

In the first photo, you can see I had a backdrop that was just a white fabric with the "future mrs" banner to take photos in front of.

No joke, I probably spend more time planning my bridal shower than I did our wedding as crazy as that sounds. I just had such a vision for what I wanted and really wanted the majority of things to be personalized. Below are photos of all the decorations. Hope you enjoy :)

Below are photos from the outside of the venue walking in. I had a chalkboard that said "This Way for the BRIDE to be" and my name. I bought the chalkboard from Kirklands and wrote on it myself. Then the large floral letters (S and A) on the doors I got from Etsy.

Then, walking into the venue, they had stairs to walk up and double doors to walk through. When you walked through the double doors, there was a welcome sign and a glass round table (pictured below) which we decorated. 

The welcome sign I got from Etsy, printed it at Office Depot and glued it to a poster board. Below that, the R with REYES down the side I got the wooden letters from Michael's Craft Store, painted and glued the little letters on. The count down blocks were ordered from Etsy. Our engagement photo was just a print out I think from Walmart. The guestbook sign I got from Etsy and the frame from Walmart. I honestly don't remember where I got the gold "xoxo" from - possibly TJ Maxx or Marshalls. The blushing bride mug I think I got from Anthropologie and the "hooray" sign from Etsy. Lastly the actual guestbook and the confetti from Etsy also - are you surprised? Lol.


Then, you walk down a short hallway and walked into the room through a door that had a gold "I Do" with bows hanging from it.


When you walked through the door, to your left was the gift/card table. There was a cards & gifts sign similar to the guestbook one from the same place. The gift bags for the winners of the games spelled out my new last name - good thing I wasn't marrying into like a 12 letter last name lol that would be a lot of gifts. I got the bags from Michael's and wrote the letters on it myself. Then standing up against the wall is actually an old window with the glass taken out of it and strings with mini gold clothespins holding our engagement photos. Then the card cage I got from Etsy and the 2 bottles of pink and gold champagne from Walmart.

Right next to the gift/card table was a fireplace which we decorated also. My mother-in-law made the gold glitter R on the left, then we had tassels from Etsy hanging from the fireplace, an engagement photo in the middle, and gold and white mugs from Anthropologie that spell out LOVE with faux flowers in them. On the right is a canvas that I painted with a pink background and spray painted buttons gold and glued them in an R.

Some of the favors included the following (all from Etsy): Hershey bars that had a HERSHOWER wrapper, Tic-Tacs that had a wrapper that on one side says Mint To Be, our names on the top, and on the back a Save The Date, and matches in a pink velvet box that say Perfect Match on one side and our names with the date on the other side.

It was a brunch, but I like sweets too so I went with ring shaped cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered pretzel rods, and the cake. I also got some sugar hearts for coffee. Below is the cake topper, sugar, and cookies - also from Etsy and the strawberries and pretzel rods I made with my mother in law and sister in laws.

The picture hanging is a pink heart with our date in gold and the light up S & A we got I think from Michael's.

I didn't take a picture of it, but there was a brunch buffet - pretty much eggs, pancakes, crepes, etc. And we had a Mimosa Bar. There were 5 different juices, mimosa champagne flutes, and personalized mini champagne bottle. I got the champagne bottle labels from Etsy and the Mimosa bar sign from there also.

 Lastly was seating , I'm sure there's way more decorations that I'm missing because literally I had like every little detail planned out but I'm sure at this point you're already bored haha. But for my seating, there was draping with a "the Future Mrs" sign, from - you guessed it! Etsy. Then I had a Mrs stemless flute and gold utensils. I didn't get a really good picture, but the center pieces were just faux flowers in a circle around 3 candles, I kept it super simple with those.

I'd love to hear and see photos about your bridal shower or even any other celebration you've had!