It’s definitely one of them. I’m exhausted, I can’t seem to stay on top of my to-do list, and I’m getting ready to go out of town again on Thursday. All of that has left me feeling like a hott mess recently. More emphasis on the mess than the hott. It’s weeks like this that have me repeating Lamentations 3:22-24…

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for Him.”

I’m thankful for a God that looks upon me with love when I’m failing to get my act together. He is forever faithful to this hott mess, and I lean daily on His compassions.

It’s been a while, and Pinterest has been a gold mine recently… Here are some of my new favorites!

Who doesn’t love a little Harry Potter humor to start their weekend?

source: The Meta Picture

I just LOVE string art but have yet to attempt it myself because it looks so time consuming! I think this simple cross design would be the perfect beginner’s project and a great addition to our new place when we move in the fall! :)

source: Etsy

Speaking of moving, one of the things I’m most excited about is (hopefully) having some space for an entry table! I love how this one is styled, even though I’m not super crazy about the quote on the chalkboard.

source: FOUND

Okay, okay. I KNOW I shouldn’t be posting anything baby-related, or people will start to wonder. And our mothers will start freaking out. However, I couldn’t resist this adorable baby-boy onesie. SO CUTE!!!!

source: Etsy

It seems like big, chunky necklaces are already on their way out (can’t say I’m sad), and dainty jewelry is taking over! I love this rose gold initial necklace. :)

source: Uncovet

I know I’m a little late for 4th of July decor, but I’m just planning for next year! :)

source: Maison de Pax

Recently, I have just been in LOVE with hand-lettering, but sadly, I don’t have any skills myself. My favorite illustrator/hand letterer is Lindsay Sherbondy. Her work is TO DIE FOR.

source: Lindsay Letters

Happy Weekend! :)

I am, by NO means, a budget expert. It’s some sort of miracle that Aaron and I came in under budget for our wedding. Despite this, one thing that we didn’t prepare for was the amount of tax that we would have to pay, and that stuff adds up SO quickly. I hope that today’s post will shed light on this sneaky, little, money-sucking monster, so you don’t have to be blind-sided by it!

Unfortunately, there’s no way to get around taxes without getting arrested, so the best thing you can do is prepare for them!

-Before you start budgeting, find out exactly what your county/state charges for sales tax. Where we live, sales tax is 9.25%. Yes, you read that right… Absolutely crazy.
-While making your wedding budget, decide ahead of time whether the amounts that you set will include tax or if you’ll have an entire budget line to cover taxes.
-When meeting with vendors, ask if their prices include tax. Most of the time, they will not, so it’s better to know exactly what you’ll have to pay before you sign a contract.
-It’s pretty common to receive or win a free tux rental, toss bouquet, dress steaming, etc., but there’s still a chance that you’ll have to pay tax on those. Obviously, you’re still saving money, but just know that “free” usually isn’t totally free.

If you’re reading this and are still thinking that taxes aren’t really a big deal, let me put it in perspective for you. I live in Washington County, and like I said before, between the state and county, I have to pay 9.25% tax on everything I buy. Let’s say I was getting married (to Aaron again, of course, or maybe Robert Downey Jr… I don’t know), and I hired a caterer for my wedding with 200 guests. If I’m paying a modest $12 a plate for dinner, I’m also going to be paying $222 in taxes! And that’s assuming I don’t have to pay a delivery fee, set up fee, or an hourly rate for the wait staff. I realize that $222 might not seem like much, but once you add the tax for your venue, flowers, photographer, dress, decorations, videographer, gifts, etc., you can EASILY be paying a couple thousand dollars that you didn’t plan for! They say, “knowledge is power”, but in this case, knowledge is a happy fiancé, stress-less planning, and the only chance to have to stay on budget!

Happy Wednesday! :)