Happy Birthday Mom

Today is my moms birthday. I am so blessed and lucky to have such an amazing mom as my role model. My mom is smart, funny, beautiful, strong, resilient, and one of the hardest workers I know.

She owns her own business and showed me how easy it was to start mine and continuously shows me how hard one needs to work to make themselves successful.

My mom is full of spunk and always made sure birthdays were a big deal growing up. I wanted to take today and have everyone wish my amazing mom the happiest of birthdays!

 

A few of you have met her :) She’s fab no?

Happy Birthday Mom

 

I love you mom!

Glorify Celebrity Deaths

I never want to write this post but Im honestly getting tired of it. Im tired of seeing perfectly good lives thrown away by drugs. Yes its an addiction and its a disease all that crap. I have my opinions and they come from a different place.

I have grown up nearly my entire life with a sister who is a heroin addict. So when I get online yesterday and I read that one of my favorite actors has died of a heroin overdose I just lose my shit.

Why? Why throw away that kind of life and career for heroin? What did heroin do for you?

Then we all get online(and I am guilty) and we glorify his death. We say how amazing he was which is true, we say how sad it was which is also true but we dont say how terrible it is that he threw his career, life and family away for heroin.

Its a disgusting drug(as they all are) and it tears your life apart. I know this first hand as I saw what it has done to my sister and my family.

I did not watch Glee so when the actor from that show died I thought the same things.

Same with Health Ledger, Michael Jackson etc. Its sad. Its a lot of talent just gone.

We all sit here and we glorify it.

Take this for what it is. It’s just my opinion. Im not here to start arguments and get in fights. But like I said I have spent most of my life around this addiction and its frustrating to see it first hand then see people glorify it.

 

 

Soda Stream New Brand Ambassador

I was given a product to review for my post, however all opinions are my own.

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Im sure you’ve all heard of Soda Stream before but did you know Scarlett Johansson was just announced as the international spokeswoman for the company! She is a Tony winner and 4 time Golden Globe nominee so its really cool that she is now the brand ambassador! She truly believes in living a healthy life and healthy body image. She is also a long time user of Soda Stream as well as someone who really cares about the environment.

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SodaStream empowers consumers to create their own carbonated beverages at home, just the way they like them. SodaStream soda mixes are available in over 100 flavors, and generally contain 2/3 less sugar, 2/3 less calories, no high-fructose corn syrup and no aspartame. With an innovative re-usable bottle, the SodaStream system drastically reduces the waste created by plastic bottles and cans; a true revolution in the way people consume carbonated drinks. The company is confident that in her role as Global Ambassador, Johansson will help consumers embrace home soda making as the future of the beverage industry.

 

Do you own a Soda Stream? Do you love it?

An ode to Wedding Planning

I will admit I was one of those girls who thought you get engaged and then magically wedding planning is super easy. Oh I was wrong.

Now granted certain things have not been difficult for us because our parents are very supportive and helpful but there are just so many details and I constantly feel as though I am forgetting something.

We have the date set and the venue booked. We now also have the Photographer and DJ booked as well as the Rehearsal dinner spot booked. We have asked all of our bridesmaids and groomsmen as well.

But take the dress…no clue what kind I want.

So many options and styles. Tell me that choosing a dress was this hard for everyone? I watch that say yes to the dress show and want to throw things at the TV because seriously those girls make me mad.

Then there are things I forget like cake toppers, first dance songs etc that seem impossible to pick.

I love A and Im so excited to get married but I wish there weren’t so many decisions.

Also I think I spend more time pinning things than actually making decisions….

Yeah I feel better now.

I hope you enjoyed my rant :)

 

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5 Things on Friday

Hey guys I have never done this link up before but its a new year so why not try something new and fun?

 

So Here are my 5 Things on Friday or 5 Things going on with me this Friday :)

 

 

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1. Wedding Planning: Has basically taken over a large part of my life. Our couch is covered in wedding planners and magazines and we are meeting with photographers, DJ’s etc all the time but yay we booked a venue…..and set a date!
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2. Youtube videos: I have been obsessed with watching fashion and beauty videos on youtube OBSESSED! It has inspired me to start doing more videos on my blog so stay tuned!
3. Daily inspirational quotes to start my morning…
Today’s…
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4. Journaling…different from blogging. More personal …more me. More for my introverted self :) Loving it.
5. Oscar movies: So far loving American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club the best. Next on the List Philomena and August: Osage County.
What are 5 things going on with you?

In 2014 I will…

IN 2014 I will….

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Not stress as much: Im a stresser: Its just who I am. I stress about everything. Lately its been about wedding planning but in general I would like to be able to breathe and reboot and stress less.

Take one hour a day for myself: Go for a walk, get a pedicure, enjoy coffee on our deck, read a book, take a nap, watch something silly but just take time for myself…no phone, no computer.

Be better…to everyone. I don’t think this needs a lot of explaining. I just want to be better.

Move upwards. I will move upwards in work, in my blog, in my life. I will do more.

I will be more thankful. I will be more thankful for what I have and not think about what I do not have.

I will smile at strangers…a lot.

I will laugh everyday. I want to laugh all the time. Laughing is so important. I need to laugh more.

I will be healthy. I am healthy not but I want to be healthier for myself. Food wise, exercise, general health.

I will be a better Neely.

 

What about you?

 

Happy New Year everyone! Be safe and I will see you in the New Year!

 

Popular Vegas Casinos

This post published by Tom Shannon

Coming from Sheffield, Tom’s hobbies include writing and recording music, and creating video games. He also runs events to do with video games where people come to watch tournaments. Tom is currently studying in his final year at university.
 

 

If you enjoy playing games a casino then you should definitely think about going on holiday in order to experience the real thing in the likes of Las Vegas. This city is made for human fun and pleasure and so if you visit it you are sure to enjoy yourself.
One of the first casinos that you should definitely check out is the Venetian as it is an experience within itself. It is unlike any online casino or any other casino in Las Vegas as it is based around Venice Italy. This is a cool experience to have an only adds to the atmosphere in the Venetian casino.
The Bellagio is another casino that is well-known all around the world, many appearances and different films and TV shows were filmed here as well as its famous casino floor. One thing that it is well-known for is being a luxurious casinos with fantastic decor that gives the whole place a feeling of luxury. As well as this the Bellagio obviously offers a great hotel and a number of bars just like almost all casinos in Las Vegas that the casino floor in the Bellagio is something to see before you leave Las Vegas.
Finally the MGM Grand is another casino in Las Vegas that you definitely have to check out, not only for the fantastic casino floor that the hotel offers but also if you are interested in concerts. The MGM Grand actually has its own stadium that you can visit in order to see one of these many events. For example many prize boxing matches happen in the MGM Grand’s Arena.

 

 

The One With the Engagement

So as most of you know from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram A and I got engaged on Wednesday evening! It was absolutely perfect and I could not ask for a better proposal! But I know you want the story right? You want the deets!

So The One with the Engagement (ALA friends)

I was out and about and A usually gets home a little after 5. I walked in around 5:30 after stopping to get packages. and when I went to walk up the stairs I saw an envelope it said “The Neely.” Do you guys watch How I met your mother if not here is what it was referring to…

 

 

The font was identical but I did not put it together. I opened the envelope to find a card that said

Neely’s Amazing RACE(side note I have always wanted to go on and win the Amazing Race…life list.) The cards looked identical to the ones on the show and it was my first clue it said to go to where our first date was and my next clue would be waiting.

Now mind you in normal non 5 PM non Christmas traffic this drive would have taken 10 minutes tops…took me nearly an hour. I called Ashley and my mom screaming and freaking out. They calmed me down thankfully.

I got the our first date spot which had a clue telling me to go to our first kiss location. I went there and got a clue telling me to go to the place where he told me he loved me. That happened to be my moms house. She was not home so the clue was taped to the garage. That clue said to go where we ate the most amazing bananas foster(our anniversary dinner.) So I went to Eddie V’s and that clue said to go to the bridge with the teddy bears. At this point I got confused…WHAT BRIDGE!? What BEARS!? I had to call him…thankfully he guided me and said my next clue would be there.

I was like crap Im going to run out of gas! So I got there and I saw this bridge that was just filled with Christmas lights…

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He was there…there wasn’t a final clue.

I walked up to my amazing at the time boyfriend now future husband and he said some amazing things then he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him.

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I cried, I freaked out, we hugged and kissed and shared such a special moment together. Then of course we came home and called family and friends and nearly shut down facebook hahaha.

 

Thank you so much for all the congrats and well wishes. We are so very excited and I cant wait to share the wedding journey on the blog with everyone! I promise I wont over do it though :)

Thanks again everyone and I hope you enjoyed my loves most creative proposal :)