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Love the Skin You’re In!

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Planning a wedding, as mentioned in the last post, causes a lot of extra stress. Stress often times leads to breakouts, which is one of the biggest nightmares on your special day!! The last thing you want is to wake up the morning-of to a big, unfriendly red zit on your face! Stop them before they start!

I recently came across this beautiful gem known as Rodan + Fields!! Have you guys heard of it?? If you’re a bride-to-be, a member of the wedding party, friends or family celebrating the big day, or just someone looking to change the skin they’re in, this is definitely something to check out and look more in to! Plus, their 60-day, empty-bottle, money-back guarantee makes it almost irresistible to say “no” to – at least to try it out!


In case you have not heard of Rodan + Fields, here’s some info for you. R+F was created in 2001 by the same doctors who created Proactiv- Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields. It was sold in high end department stores like Nordstrom’s (#1 clinical skincare there) until 2007, when they decided to remove it out from under the counter and give the opp to independent business owners to sell it direct.

All of the products are clinically tested and proven to work. The doctors are so confident in their products they offer a 60-day empty-bottle money-back guarantee. All regimens are designed to last 60 days. http://karenwujek.myrandf.com

We have four main regimens:
1. Our Anti Age Regimen combats the signs of aging and has been touted as better than botox.
2. Our Reverse Regimen treats sun damage/melasma/age spots. It’s amazing!
3. Soothe Regimen treats sensitive/red/irritated skin to create calmer less reactive skin.
4. Unblemish Regimen treats acne prone/blemished skin to create a clear healthy complexion.

      
       

You can make a purchase as a “Preferred Client” which adds extra perks, including receiving 10% off the retail price and free shipping with a one time $19.95 enrollment fee. This puts you on a 60-day autoship as well which is great because each regimen is designed to last 60 days so you won’t run out when you need it most. And it’s cancelable anytime as well as delayable one or two times per year on top of the 60-day, empty-bottle, money-back guarantee!  https://karenwujek.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/PCProgram

And be sure to take a minute to watch these great results – https://karenwujek.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/RealResults

It’s at least worth looking into for anyone that has any concerns. Plus, there’s nothing to lose with their amazing money-back guarantee!!

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Wedding Budget Checklist

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Congratulations!!!!!! You’re ENGAGED and GETTING MARRIED!!! What a crazy ride you’re about to embark on! With all the thoughts flying through your head, you’re realize how much there really is that you have to do!

Your first wedding planning to-do? Setting your (realistic) wedding budget. This will also help you with your overall planning checklist. From the dress to the reception, here’s how to plan your wedding budget and stick to it.

Figuring out your wedding budget can be stressful, but don’t worry — we’re here to help! You have options. Whether you’re dreams are of a lavish hotel affair or an intimate outdoor gathering, this will hopefully help you figure out what you have to spend to make it happen.
 
1. Get organized. Create a budget spreadsheet with a set dollar limit for each part of your budget (attire, reception, flowers, etc.). See the budget checklist I used for my own wedding – feel free to use it for yours too! It’s fully changeable!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmWJdlXCteWsdGpyRmVCb0p2R094alFLS2tHNW9aaFE 

Scroll down to the bottom to see and save the picture of the spreadsheet.

2. Figure out Who’s Paying & How Much. Depending on your family situation, this conversation can be a little awkward unless you’ve always known who’s footing the bill. Traditionally the bride’s family is the one to pay for the extravaganza, but anymore, the groom’s parents pitch in some too. This is completely up to you on how to go about it, but this is an important piece of the puzzle to truly know how much you’re working with. Some families choose to have each set of parents give a lump sum or finance a particular aspect of the wedding (such as the ceremony, honeymoon, or catering) instead of just committing to a dollar amount. From there, decide how much you two can contribute between now and the wedding. (37 % of the couples we polled say they’re planning to contribute financially to their wedding.)

3. NEED vs. WANT. Figuring out what you actually NEED for your special day is crucial. It’s all the little details that add up really fast. Think of it as buying a new car – you should figure out how much you need to spend to get what you want and set your expectations accordingly.  The average cost for a 150-person wedding is about $25,000 (higher in urban areas). Here is a basic breakdown of what you can expect to pay:

  • Reception: 48%-50%
  • Ceremony: 2%-3%
  • Attire: 8%-10%
  • Flowers: 8%-10%
  • Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%
  • Photography/Videography: 10%-12%
  • Stationery: 2%-3%
  • Wedding Rings: 2%-3%
  • Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%
  • Gifts: 2%-3%
  • Miscellaneous: 8%
  • To avoid stress, allot about 5% of your budget for a “just-in-case” fund.
  • If you’re paying for your honeymoon yourselves, remember to budget for that as well.
4. Saving. As soon as you know you’re going to tie the knot with your honey, start putting aside as much of your income as you can for the wedding. Saving 20% of your monthly income is a good (yet painful) goal. The longer your engagement, the more you’ll be able to sock away. How can you Save? Limit your spending on small stuff – Here are some ideas:
  • Rent a movie instead of going out.
  • Buy/make your own cup of joe instead of going to Starbucks.
  • Make dinner with your love instead of going out to eat.
  • Head to the thrift store to get some goods instead of large department stores.

These changes will hardly affect your quality of life, but after a year, the extra cash will add up and can cover some wedding essentials.

All in all, there are several ways to cut, or go all out in your spending on your wedding. The bottom line: This is YOUR day. And hopefully your only wedding. Make it what you want it to be and DON’T do things just because you care what everyone else thinks! Hope this helps! Happy Planning!! 

Wedding Budget Checklist

Pinterest Addiction

Addiction. Obsession. You just want to take one more look. Pin one more item. The newest time-stealer has arrived. And we are totally hooked. Yes, that’s right – PINTEREST. It is the most fantastic website that exists. It consumes all time, yet has the most incredible ideas. Ever. Follow us at: http://www.pinterest.com/simplymoxie Here are some […]

Shoes

My name is Karen and I love shoes. It’s true. I am a woman. I do have a serious love, no passion, ok obsession with shoes. So creating this post is one of my favorites. And there may be more to come.

When shopping for wedding shoes, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind:

Comfort – probably the biggest factor. You’re wearing them all night.

Height – it’s up to you how tall you want to be in your pictures but it’s something to keep in mind.

A Change – you may want to consider putting on your dancing shoes after the wedding and for the rehearsal.

Colors – remember to make sure the shoes match exactly. Too many shades of one color can definitely be a bad thing.

Style – definitely keep your every day style in mind – it helps make your day about who you guys are as a couple.

With all those factors in mind, here are some things that I’ve found that I love!

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Valentine Deliciousness!!

So, Valentine’s Day is on it’s way. Less than a week. Trust us, life gets busy. Things get forgotten prioritized. Especially in the gifts department.

Do something different for your love. More thoughtful than a box of chocolates.

We have the perfect solution for you. If you have not heard of The Cookie Chew (on the Vendors We Love page), you absolutely NEED to check them out.

The Cookie Chew

Cookies & Cream Truffies Photo Credit: The Cookie Chew

Red Velvet Stuffed Cookie Photo Credit: The Cookie Chew

Amazing.
Delicious.
Gooey.
Delectable.
One-of-a-Kind.
Incredible.

Just a few of the immediate words that come to mind when thinking about these insanely fantastic little treats.

Don’t take our word for it. Check them out on your own. You will be just short of heaven. The best part? You can order them for any kind of event, party, corporate treat, showers, favors, bridal party gifts, birthdays, etc.

Valentines Day Package - Photo Credit: The Cookie Chew

DIY Seating Chart Ideas

Along with the DIY Escort Card ideas post, I thought it would only be appropriate to throw out some seating chart ideas as well. Check them out, mold them to your theme, and send us pics on what you decide to do!

1. Rustic Seating Chart
Loving this adorable and totally rustic seating chart. This would be perfect for an outdoor wedding or a rustic, earthy themed wedding.

Photo Credit: LadieJ37

2. Window Pane Seating Chart
Again, completely easy to make and super cheap, especially if you can find an old window pane!

Photo Credit: WeddingBee

3. Chalkboard Seating Chart
Love this and it would be so so easy! You could buy a piece of plywood, they now sell chalkboard paint and make your own from scratch!

Photo Credit: Wedding Bee

4. French Inspired Board with frames
This would be totally easy and totally fun to make!

Photo Credit: The LANE

 

*Now Offering* Custom Coasters!

How Simply Adorable are these custom coasters? These were made as an anniversary present and a birthday present! And now they can be yours too!

For just $19.99, you can have a set of four of your very own customized photo coasters, too!
Or, if you want them in bulk (say for favors for your guests or for bridal party gifts), I will offer you a bulk discount of $17.99 for orders of 20+ sets.

Don’t want a picture & just want plain colored coasters? They’re yours for $17.99 with a bulk discount at $15.99 for 20+ sets.

Just send me an email at simplymoxie@gmail.com with the following:

  • Colors/specific pattern you want
  • 4 Photos for the coaster
  • If you want them uniform or different (different pictures or all the same pattern)
  • How many sets you need

Questions? Just contact me!