Friday, June 28, 2013

Forever & Always

I am beyond excited to marry Chris tomorrow. He is my soul mate and one true love. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I truly believe that we are meant to be together. I can't wait to walk down the aisle and become his wife! I thought today I'd share some of my favorite pictures of us and take a walk down memory lane.

4th of July, Las Vegas, 2011 

Biltmore, Asheville NC, 2012 

Rhode Island, 2012 

Maker's Mark Derby Day, Santa Ana CA, 2010 

San Francisco Beer Week, 2010 

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, 2010 

Malibu, 2010 

Flight to Hawaii, 2010 

Las Vegas, 2010 

Las Vegas, 2010 

Las Vegas, 2010 

Hanauma Bay in Hawaii, 2010 

Cliff Walk in Rhode Island, 2011

Disney World, 2012 

Rhode Island, 2012 

My brother's birthday, 2012 

Frogtown Winery, 2012 

Biltmore, 2012 

Our engagement party, Jan. 2013 

Our engagement party, 2013 

I hope you all enjoyed these photos.

The wedding festivities start tonight! All of our guests are coming over for the rehearsal dinner. I'm so excited to see everyone. I'm going to try to go to bed early tonight so I can be well rested for tomorrow. My day is going to start early with hair and makeup!! Thank you for all of the love and support you've shown us during this special time! I know I don't know most of you in real life, but I truly appreciate the friendships I've made in the blog world.

Next time you hear from me, I'll be a MRS. :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

HANA Air Hair Dryer: A Product Review

I was very excited when Brian from Misikko contacted me to see if I would be interested in doing a product review for their website's top selling hair dryer, the HANA Air Premiere Hair Dryer, by HANA Salon. Of course I immediately said yes! I had seen other blogger's reviews for this hair dryer and knew that I would,  not be disappointed with the quality!

What I didn't know was how much thought and detail would go into Misikko's packaging of the actual product. I received a huge box which I thought would just contain the hair dryer I would be reviewing. No, no, no...I was so wrong! When I opened the package, the inside was bursting with little surprises! There were beautifully wrapped nail files, travel hand sanitizers, a heat proof pouch, bath petals, a brush, an eyelash curler, a small box of chocolates, and an adorable little teddy bear! Oh, and the hair dryer!

I have had one other expensive hair dryer in my life. I was in college and purchased a $200 dryer from my hair stylist that promised to dry my hair in 6 minutes using ionic heat. And it did. But it broke a few years ago, and I've since been using a cheap-o hair dryer from Con-Air. I always had a feeling that it was damaging my hair every time I used it and I had a lot of hair breakage during that time.

The HANA Air Hair Dryer uses a combination of a strong AC motor along with a tourmaline lined ceramic heater that will dry your hair up to 60% faster while maintaining natural shine and promoting healthy luxurious hair. It's ion technology conditions hair and reduces static electricity.

Let's get to my review since I know all of you are dying to know what I thought :)

The dryer is heavy and the cord is extremely long, but this is because it's made for professional use. It took a little getting used to, but now I hardly notice. The handle is where you can choose the heat setting (3 choices) as well as the fan speed (2 choices). I do sometimes accidentally switch from high to low or turn it off when the handle moves around in my hand, but that doesn't happen too often. In addition, there is a "cold shot" button which you just press it once to enable it and again to disable. The hair dryer also comes with an attachable concentrator (used to concentrate the flow of air) which I just keep on at all times.

I've now been using the HANA Air Hair Dryer for a little over a month. The change in my hair's health has been dramatic. It's much softer and smoother. There is less breakage and it feels much less dry and brittle than before. In fact, I went to my hair stylist for a cut since I've been using the hair dryer and she made a comment that my hair seemed much less dry and brittle than my last visit. Yay! It takes half the time to dry as a normal hair dryer would. Seriously, I have A LOT of hair and it generally takes about 25-30 minutes to fully dry with a normal hair dryer. That's a lot of unnecessary heat which in turn causes damage. With the HANA Air Hair Dryer, my hair is dry in about 12-15 minutes.

I feel so lucky that I was chosen to review this hair dryer, especially right before my wedding. My hair is in such better shape than it was before and I know it's going to look healthy and shiny on my wedding day, thanks to this product! I would highly recommend this hair dryer to anyone and everyone! You can read dozens (and dozens!) of  other 5 star reviews here.

If you are on Facebook, you should follow Misikko and keep an eye out for their hair advice and regularly run giveaways for their most popular products (now is a great time to start following because they've just started their "Summer of Giveaways" promotion).

Monday, June 17, 2013


My oldest nephew Taylor graduated from high school a couple of weeks ago. My parents and I drove to Allen, TX to celebrate! My my, does time fly! I remember when Taylor was born and I was a mere child. To see him all grown up makes my heart so happy. He is a wonderful young man and I'm so proud of him. He's going to be an Arkansas Razorback next year. Woo Pig Sooie (right??)!

On Saturday, my other nephew Evan played in his School of Rock band at the local water park. We trekked over there to watch him play and it was so fun! I had another proud aunt moment while watching him rock out on stage because he was seriously so good! It's awesome to see him so confident and passionate about something. He's wearing the red shirt in this picture:

Oh brothers! This was about as close as I could get them to stand next to each other for a picture :)

On Saturday night, my brother John made a yummy lasagna for dinner. We all relaxed on the back porch for most of the night.

Sunday was Taylor's graduation party. John and Amy are incredible hosts and really did such a beautiful job with the party. I want to be just like Amy when I grow up! There was a taco bar and my brother made some really delicious brisket. Amy created an awesome candy buffet and added all of the little details and touches that made the party so perfect.

See what I mean???!! It was awesome!

We had a really great time on our trip, but had to leave early Monday morning to head back home. We were planning on staying longer, but I really had to get home to finish up all of my wedding projects. I will have to go back and visit because there was a lot I didn't get to do like eat at In-N-Out (waaahhh!!) and do more shopping at Sam Moon (this store is awesome!!).