My Christmas 2014 Wish List

Not going to lie, I love reading people’s wish lists. Mainly because 1) I am obsessed with over thinking and over looking for the perfect gifts so they give me a lot of ideas and 2) I’m hella nosey. I’m glad to be linking up with April, Elise, Katie, Zelle today to share some of the things I’m asking for for Christmas and I hope you find some useful ideas!


Christmas Wish List 1Ark & Co Cream Faux Fur Vest ($69)
Dying for this faux fur vest from Lulu*s! I still like my black and brown one from last season but I love this cream, shaggy version!
Deux Lux Luggage Bag ($130)
Mama needs a small luggage bag, like yesterday. More specifically last week when I went on a quick business trip and my full-size luggage and a 10 year old Vera Bradley weekender bag were my two options…

Christmas Wish List 2
Griffin Cutback Counter Stool
Ahh, home ownership. Dulling up Christmas Wish Lists for years to come. But really this house is virtually empty and we need to have places that other people can sit when they visit besides our couch.
Tommy Hilfiger Russel Snow Boot ($100)
If the four inches of snow we have already gotten this year are any indication, it’s going to be a long, cold, snow-filled next several months and I need to be prepared, obviously.

Christmas Wish List 3
Michael Kors Slim Rose Gold Watch ($195)
All the heart eyed emojis. I love my white MK watch, but it’s time to add another to the collection I think!
VS Sport Fleece Pullover ($108)
Remember how I told you guys I’m running a half marathon in April? April is in spring, which is great but winter comes before spring (last time I checked) which means the majority of the training for said half will be in the winter. My wardrobe is vastly unprepared for such things.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR ($600)
Long shot, I know husband! But a girl can dream, right? I’m SO ready to upgrade!
Quinn Textured Cocoon Coat ($98)
I’ve been obsessed with the idea of a light pink coat since Courtney did it here. I need a new coat as well so two birds, one stone and all that.

Friday Five 11.14.14

Where are the weeks going? They for real need to sloooow down especially with the  most wonderful time of the year coming up. As much as I wanted to give the Thanksgiving holiday season (you know that time between Halloween and Thanksgiving when the stores put out all the Christmas stuff) a fair shake, I plan on watching Christmas movies on Hallmark all. weekend. long.


Friday Five - The Rachel Emily Blog - Marathon

I signed up for my first half marathon! Woof. If we are being completely honest, I’m still not exactly sure why I’m doing it to be but I AM excited to have a reason for a trip to Nashville. I loooove Nashville. In other news I got lost on a run last week and ended up doing six, hilly miles instead of the four I had planned. I didn’t die or feel like dying so I think I can totally do 7 more, no problem (sarcasm).

Friday Five - The Rachel Emily Blog - Spirit Squad


Cheer season is in fully swing! It is incredibly time consuming but I absolutely love seeing these girls grow and do things they thought they couldn’t do. I’m so lucky to still get to play a party in something that meant so much to me growing up.

Friday Five - The Rachel Emily Blog - Give Thanks

I should probably go ahead and call this “DIY week” because the next three of my five are projects I did this week. Obviously, I didn’t get my “give thanks” sign done but it’s on the list for this weekend! (Original inspiration for this project here and here)

Friday Five - The Rachel Emily Blog - Grateful Hearts

Practicing my hand lettering with this grateful hearts sign for this sign by our back door. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

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I also made a tomato cage Christmas tree for our front porch. I’m sure you’ve seen them all over your Pinterest feed. It took me FOREVER to find a tomato cage because apparently, tomatoes won’t grow in the snowy, Indiana winter. Who would have thought. But it does look awesome and I’ll share once we actually decorate for Christmas.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Unconventional Wedding Advice – What I Learned From My Wedding

My wedding did actually happen back in September. You may find it hard to believe because I haven’t really shared a lot about it on the blog yet. I do have a draft started, but usually I can squeak out an average of two sentences before I end up becoming so emotional that I have to stop. I just have a lot of feelings. I take that to mean I’m just not ready to share all the details just yet. (Ps. It could not have been more wonderful).

I may not be ready to express what the day meant to me, but I do feel ready to share with you some of the bone-headed things I did in hopes that you do not do those things as well. I guess I’ll tell you a few things I did right, too. Believe me, this will be the most unconventional wedding advice you will ever receive.

Non-cliche Wedding Advice - The Rachel Emily Blog

Go up a size in your dress
I bought my dress in January 2014 and, for some unknown reason, was incredibly skinny at the time. Fast forward to my second official fitting and me having a nervous breakdown over my dress barely zipping and looking/feeling like a stuffed sausage. The advice to “go up a size” may only really apply to stress-eaters like myself but it is definitely something to think about. Mainly, know your self and your body. I was so caught up in “Heyyy look at me I’m so skinny!” when Andrea told me what size she was ordering I wasn’t thinking clearly. And for me, I should have told her to go up a size up because there was a very slim chance I would maintain that weight for almost an entire year. Maybe your weight doesn’t fluctuate like mine (lucky) but ordering that size dress was honestly one of the main “regrets” from my wedding. Because let me tell you how expensive it is to let out an already expensive dress…VERY.r+n-wc0677

Take a picture/video of how to bustle your dress
Oy. I had at least six different (intelligent) people try to figure out the two-tiered, ribbon-tie system that the seamstress made to bustle my dress and we no one could figure it out. The last thing I wanted to do during my wedding reception was stand still and let people mess with my dress for extended amounts of time while there was dancing to be done so we gave up. In the end it looked pretty weird and I was tripping over it all night (tripping so bad I fell on my face at one point but I’m not fully ready to talk about that yet).r+n-wc2795 edit

Don’t take allergy medicine
…If you plan on drinking AT ALL. I’ve never been a medicine taker, I usually tough out headaches, cramps, whatever. But my allergies have really been bad this year and I didn’t want to be saying my vows and sneezing my head off so I took an allergy pill someone handed me late in the afternoon. Fast forward to 10 PM and a few glasses of wine later; I felt like I had been roofied. Apparently, you aren’t supposed to drink alcohol while taking allergy meds. Not the lesson you want to learn on your wedding night, trust me.

Don’t forget your marriage license
HEAR ME OUT. Obviously, I know you need a marriage license to get married. What I didn’t know (because thanks so much you helpful people at the county clerks office) is that they give you TWO. One fancy one that you are supposed to frame or something ridiculous, and then the real one (THAT THEY STUFF IN AN ENVELOPE BEFORE HANDING TO YOU BECAUSE THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE). Anyhoo, IF you do happen to forget it you have 90 days after your ceremony to get another one signed and settled (in Indiana, it may be different where you live).

Hire a wedding planner
Like for real. DO IT. Most of them have options to just help you the day of the wedding, which is originally what we booked ours for. Then we came to our senses and hired Planning…Forever Events take care of our decor/flowers too. I seriously did not stress over one thing on our wedding day. Saundra was all over anything and everything that came up. And I mean LOOK at these bouquets…she KILLED IT.

Find your voice, before your wedding day
This one might be a little bit cliche and I apologize for that but I really feel like it’s important. Be a person that can voice their opinions BEFORE you begin planning your wedding or I am telling you, you will be walked over by “people who know better.” They all mean well because you know, “they have done this a million times!” but if you are not a person who can stand up for want you want you will find yourself listening to the elevator music version of The Circle of Life while you are eating dinner. And nobody wants that.

Photos by Photorexit Photography

Etsy Gift Guide + $200 PayPal GIVEAWAY

Goodbye Halloween, hello Christmas shopping. I’m trying very, very hard not to skip over my second favorite holiday (Thanksgiving) and move right along to Christmas, but it’s never too early to start buying gifts! I’m excited to bring you my first giveaway with some of my favorite bloggers and Etsy shops today. Make sure you check them all out and take advantage of the discount codes the shops are offering, because they are GOOD. I know I will definitely be ordering this, these, these, and this…at bare minimum. To make it even easier on you, we are giving away $200 in Pay Pal cash at the end of this post. Raise your hand if you don’t like free money…that’s what I thought. Good luck and happy shopping!

Welcome to Cassie and Karissa‘s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Finding unique, thoughtful gifts during the Holiday season can be hard.  That’s why we teamed up with some amazing small business owners to share a few beautiful gifts for each person in your life! We’re even giving away $200 Paypal Cash so that that one lucky person can go on a little Christmas shopping spree. We encourage you to partake in the giveaway and to use the coupon codes below to get some amazing pieces! Happy Holidays!


For Her

Awl Snap.Awl Snap’s leather goods are founded and forged in
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Gertie & Baxter. Gertie & Baxter is a women’s accessories line, hand crafted in
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keep you cute!

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The Posh Daisy. The {posh} Daisy started  when I couldn’t find that perfect hand
stamped piece of jewelry that I had been looking for. I decided why not
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My mom and I opened up our Etsy shop in 2011 and the rest is history. We love owning
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Fedeli Jewelry.  Fedeli jewelry was born out of a love for a necklace that belonged to my mother; the necklace is delicate, gold, and sits at just the right spot on my neck. I wanted to begin creating things that had an essence of my mother in them – beautiful, dainty, and captivating.

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For Him

Kith & Kin. Kith&Kin is a family of makers. It’s been in our blood for
generations. Our grandparents made our toys and quilts, our moms made
our pajamas, and we fell asleep in beds our dads made. When we met, we
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   For the Home/Office

Stamp Nouveau. In
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Cey Events and Design.CEY
Events and Design was born out of a love for burlap, lace, and anything
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Now for the free money! Thanks to these beautiful ladies we have $200 PayPal Cash to giveaway. Be sure to check them out to gain lots of entries!Winning entry will be verified. Winner must have a valid PayPal account for money to be transferred.



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Friday Five 10.31.14

Happy Halloween, I guess. Like I’ve said before Halloween doesn’t really do anything for me but Nathan is so excited to pass out candy in our new neighborhood that my heart is kind of melting at his cuteness and I’m actually looking forward to it too. Whatever you are doing today to celebrate, I hope you have fun and enjoy my Friday Five.

1. We got our professional wedding pictures back! I’m planning to share a lot of them in the near future but this is one of my faves. It gives me emoji heart eyes. I mean…MY DRESS. Holy cow gorgeous. 
wedding photo - dress shot

2. Twenty two days after purchase, we finally put together (most) of our Ikea furniture! I love how the kitchen table turned out! Obviously, it was a good excuse to make some Target purchases like this Oh Joy! table runner and the super-famous white and gold pumpkins.
Friday Five 10.31.14 Ikea Funiture

3. My poor baby had surgery this week. He got neutered and had a hernia fixed so he has been pretty out for the count most of the week. I have to say, our nightly snuggle sessions are something I am definitely living for these days. Isn’t he just the cutest thing you have ever seen?Friday Five 10.31.14 Cone-headed Puppy

4. Got to spend some QT with my favorite 4-year-old. It’s been too, too long since we have played at the park and eaten some ice cream together. I also think he gave me strep-throat but you know…you win some, you lose some. He’s lucky he is so cute.
Friday Five 10.31.14 Baby Boy

5. I mean…you knew it was coming. Saying I’m obsessed with this album is a slight understatement. I haven’t stopped listening to it since I stopped at Target on my way to work Monday morning. My current favorites are Blank Space, Style and I Wish You Would. What did you all think?
Friday Five 10.31.14 Taylor Swift 1989

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