Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

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My talented and beautiful friend, Katie, recently sent me a package in the mail. It was a small box, lovingly wrapped in craft paper and lace, and I had no idea what it could be! To my surprise, it asked me to be one of her bridesmaids in their wedding next Fall, and I could not have been more honored. It was so creative that I asked if I could feature it on my blog. Lucky for you, she obliged! :) So here is a personal and creative way of asking your loved ones to be a part of your big day while giving them all the info they need up front.


Underneath the wrapping, the box was adorned with my name in gold lettering and tied with twine. Inside the box was a sweet, personalized card stamped with the definition of "friend" and a picture of the two of us.

Along with a "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" card, there was a "Before I Say Yes...What All Does This Involve? The Details" booklet: 
  • Who: You, of course!
  • When: October 2015 (forever from now, but plenty of time for planning!)
  • Where: Sevierville, TN
  • Why: To have a great time and celebrate our wedding with us, our families, and closest friends.
  • Responsibilities: Feel beautiful, hold flowers, listen to my planning rambles, have a GREAT time in the mountains!
  • Also: Should you accept, as part of my gift to you, spend 3 nights in a mountain cabin having fun (and working a bit).
  • The Dreaded Dress: You'll wear it again! Choose your own dress style and pick from a variety of fall colors. (Also included was a book of possible colors)
  • What Now? Please let me know you got your package, but feel free to take some time to formulate your answer. Call me when you're ready!


Also enclosed in the box was a picture frame with a photo of Katie and I, a matching earrings and necklace set stamped with the initial of my first name, and a lip gloss.


I have such wonderful friends, and I am thrilled to get to be a part of the celebration of their love and commitment to each other. Have you asked or been asked to be a part of a wedding in a creative way? I'd love to hear!

XO,
Mad

Precious Little One

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Remember the Welcome to the World baby shower I threw for a friend? For the first time for one of my friends, I got to meet her precious little Lucy at the hospital!


Isn't she beautiful? She was so new. It was astounding to see a tiny little human having all of her firsts and becoming a person one breath at a time. I saw her again last week at a month old, and it's crazy how much she has changed already. Babies do the most beautiful, simple things. I think that's why we get so enthralled in them, could do nothing more than watch them for hours. Puppies, too.

Matt and I have been talking about having kids a lot more lately. We're still not quite ready to take the leap, but we're excited about it. We have a boy's name picked out that we've had since I think the first year we dated, one that we both loved the moment we had that first conversation. :) But we have no idea what we would name a girl if we have one. We've been tossing around names for years and have never been able to find the perfect one. I kind of look forward to not planning a name until we see that sweet face and know exactly what we should call her. She'll have my middle name, though, as it was given to me from my Grammy, and I wouldn't have it any other way. What's funny is that Matt has baby fever when it was just a few years ago he was worried that I would get it when my friends started having kids. But I'll admit, I like it.


XO,
Mad

P.S. If you're wondering what gift I decided on, I brought a soft new robe to the hospital for the new momma.

New Road Ahead

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When I chose The Rush of Life as the name of my blog, I was unsure about it. It was something I anticipated changing when I thought of something better. :) However, every time I write a post, it becomes more and more fitting. Life is truly a rush, and not necessarily in a bad way. It's just that: a rush from one thing to another, a rush of time, a rush of emotions, completely and utterly unpredictable. Now, the perfect descriptor because, as life tends to do, the rush of it all got in the way again. For good reason, I hope...

We have put our house on the market and are moving to Raleigh!


As you probably already know, I have been dreaming of North Carolina for a long time and lusting after historic beauties. Its casual, Southern charm with adorable cities that feel like small towns have been where I have pictured thriving in my life and raising a family. Now it's in our near future, and despite looking forward to this for years and knowing a year ago that it was likely to happen this summer, it is bittersweet. A lot has happened in the last year that make it really difficult to leave: my job, the newly thriving friendships it feels too soon to separate from, and our first home with all its memories. However, North Carolina means closer to the beach, access to trains, a more progressive culture, more courteous drivers (Nashville has terrible drivers!), and better schools (for future little ones, and hopefully, my master's degree), which I am all really excited about.

So we spent most every weekend in the last month working on getting the house ready to put on the market (followed by a mother-daughter trip to Charleston, SC, but more on that later). Even though the house looks better than it ever has, it is super weird because it doesn't feel like home anymore, and everything is too neat. The Raleigh part of the planning is on hold until we sell the house, so I'll let you know when things start rolling. Wish us luck!

XO,
Mad

10 Gift Ideas for New Parents

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Little baby Lucy is due next week! I just can't believe it. It seems like just yesterday I put two and two together that my dear friend was pregnant, and somehow it's already time for the little one's arrival. I've been brainstorming gift ideas to welcome baby and the new parents home from the hospital. I intended to include a baby hat I made using my loom, but it was too cute to resist waiting so I already gave it to her. :) (I hope to get better at knitting by hand so I can eventually make one as cute as this.)

Gift ideas you could do yourself, make or buy:


1. A door silencer might come in handy as not to wake the babe when checking on that sweet face.


2. An adorable, crumb-catching bib.


3. Spa in a jar for momma to have everything in one spot to pamper herself at home in those few silent moments.

4. OR a massage, facial, or spa treatment of any kind would be heavenly to relax tired, new parents.


5. A custom pillow with "Best Day Ever" and the little one's birth date would be an adorable gift to come home to. For less stress on yourself, make the pillow and stencil the wording ahead of time. Then add the date when the babe is born.


6. A bird house window box would make a super cool gift, a delight for even bitty babies and sleepy parents to watch the birds.


7. Decadent treats like these peanut butter no-bake marshmallow cheesecake bars would make any day better. Maybe I could use substitutes to make them vegan.

8. A cute, flowy top for momma to feel put-together and fabulous post-baby.

9. A day of house cleaning would be helpful to any parent. Do the dishes or laundry, tidy up the house, take out the garbage, etc. DIY or purchase a gift certificate from a cleaning service.


10. From my understanding, Sophie the giraffe teether is by far one of THE best kid things ever.

Whatever you choose, wrap it in a swaddling cloth, baby blanket or burp cloth. Even better, wrap a bottle of wine in one. And include a note that says "no need to respond" or "no thank you card needed" so the parents feel no pressure to keep up with more than what is already on their plate.

XO, 
Mad

P.S. I pin ideas like this and more on Pinterest. Follow me!

Happy Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day. In my life, it wraps up three months of celebrating various relationships in my life. Starting with my birthday, followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, our anniversary (this is one of the photos we took celebrating our 5th anniversary), our date-iversary...and then Valentine's Day. I know for a lot of people it's a not fun day because it can cause unwanted stress on a young relationship or at the thought of being alone. Or it seems too Hallmark with its ability to become cheesy. But it doesn't have to be.

Our anniversary and date-iversary are the days for me and Matt, so Valentine's Day isn't about that relationship anymore, although at times I long for the sweetness of that early romance. It's a day about making all my relationships special and spreading love. If you're sour on Valentine's Day, think about it like that. Just be extra happy, extra nice, extra giving and thoughtful. Give valentines to your co-workers. Call or text family members out of the blue to say "I love you" and wish them a happy Valentine's Day. Give your pups or kitties extra love. Spend quality time with those closest to you. Buy yourself chocolate and flowers. Love yourself, your friends, your family, your co-workers, and all the other important people in our lives (and strangers if you so choose!). What's not to like? So whatever, with whomever you choose to spend this glorious, happy day, I hope it's wonderful.

A valentine for my one and only Valentine:

You are the butter to my biscuit,
and the sunshine to my day.
You make everything better.
Happy Valentine's Day!

XO,
Mad
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