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The Rebirth of the Jomygoodness Blog

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Life has a way of catching up with you. I started this blog back in 2007 or 2008... it's been so long, I can't even remember. I started the Jomygoodness blog because I was waist-deep in my obsession with weddings. No, I wasn't planning my own wedding, but being a wedding planner working a 9-to-5 that had nothing to do with the wedding industry, I needed an escape from the black-&-white of health insurance and a daily outlet to let my creativity flow. 

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Thus, Jomygoodness was born out of necessity, and although I acknowledged it was a band-aid fix to the void in my life, I never really considered it therapy. After all, I shared nothing but pretty weddings, wedding gowns, color palettes, and flowers. It evolved to inspiration boards, cocktail recipes, and weekly roundups that shared all my favorite finds of the week (from online sales to product launches and awesome articles in the blogging community). I didn't take a class or really plan things out with the intention of growing it to a certain size or gain a following. I did it because it literally became my scrapbook of creative information for me, and I figured being online I would be able to search through my posts for something I thought was cool but couldn't remember the details of in the future. (<-- I seriously have done that, by the way.) 

Anyway, life caught up with me and I stopped. Everything around me had evolved -- mostly for the better -- work status changed, relationship status changed, my environment changed; therefore, my priorities changed, and I was perfectly fine with it. So a new marriage, two additional kiddos, new work environment, new home + mortgage, and new influences later, I am biting at the bit to fill this void I feel in my life... so I'm going back to my "roots" of blogging, hoping I find what it is I'm looking for. Don't get me wrong, I am happy, but I am a firm believer in journaling as therapy AND writing things down to make things happen.

And the BEST Holiday Card of 2014 Goes To...

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As you know, I love the Holidays. The food, the decoration, the gift giving AND the holiday cards. For me, anyone can buy their season's greetings at the store. I, however, decided we would not only have custom cards designed by yours truly but actually have them printed and sent out. Here are some of the best celebrity holiday cards, shared by E! Online.

You know how much we love Duck Dynasty!

the Kardashians & Jenners in 2013

So these are all fine and dandy, and I may be a little bias, but I think the 2014 Holiday Card winner is my family's! Wouldn't you agree?

JOMG Wishlist Part 2

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Hello. I've been busy buying gifts for family and friends, putting up my tree and crafting away. I also have been putting together my wishlist part 2. Yes, part 2! Remember, part 1? With my wedding anniversary, birthday and Christmas all within 4 days of each other, I give my husband options! I think I'm all of these -- trendy socializer, star watcher, techie mom. As a working mom who loves pretty things, all of these would be awesome in my Christmas stocking.

Simple Accessorizer - Hearts Align Neckace in Silver Night by Isabelle Grace Jewelry. Techie Mom - kate spade new york raccoon iPhone 5/5s case from Nordstrom. Glam Ladies - Allure Anniversary/Baby Band from Sandra Biachi Fine Jewelry. Fancy Workaholic - kate spade new york 'daveney' laptop bag from Nordstrom. Trendy socializer - Tory Burch 'Kerrington' Smartphone Wristlet from Nordstrom. Star Watchers - Zodiac Ring, Capricorn in Silver by Scosha.

They're all affordable. And isn't it funny that it's all color coordinated? LOVE! What's on your holiday gift list?

My very own Christmas list for 2014

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This is such a busy time of year. Between the regular day-to-day stuff for work and home to kids' school holiday parties and work holiday parties to holiday shopping, I find myself planning for days of crafting to decorate gifts and decorate the house. I also have THREE special days within FOUR days of each other. There's my wedding anniversary (second one this year) on the 21st, birthday on the 24th and Christmas the next day! My poor husband has a tough job trying to fulfill all my wishes, so I am helping him out with this list:

1: Ruffled Apron; 2: Michael Kors Laptop Sleeve; 3: Wacom Pro Pen & Touch Tablet; 4: Pyrite Shadow Box; 5: Calligraphy Kit; 6: Wood Carving Kit; 7: Lightning Bolt Pendant; 8: Lightbox

Happy Anniversary to me! Happy Birthday to me! Merry Christmas to me!

How to Plan a Wedding :: Invitations & Paper

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When I got engaged (finally), it seemed like everyone was expecting me to have my whole day was planned. I did. Sort of. Being an event coordinator myself withy share of weddings, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be tackling as many if the planning and to-do's myself, especially the paper. As a "paper person" who is obsessed with Pantone color swatches and typography, I even found myself confused as to pinning down the look of my paper style. Here are my three absolute to-do's in order to get the best paper style to suit your big day!!

[one] : GET INSPIRED!! Create a board on Pinterest strictly for paper goods. Selecting your paper style can be a nightmare and fairly overwhelming if you're like me and like EVERYTHING! Go to a design blog, wedding blog, or paper blog. At the end of the day, check out all the stationery that caught your eye. What do they all have in common? Is there a particular tone it sets for your big day? Would your fiancé agree? What typography is being used? Ask yourself what you like about them. If that's too difficult, ask yourself what you DON'T like about them. That can help too!

This will help you: 1) get an idea of whether you want "custom" stationery; and 2) help convey your "style" to your stationer (trust me, they'll be so grateful).

[two] : GET ORGANIZED!!! I created a blueprint of my invitation suite. Yes, a blueprint. Outlining the fonts, colors, and materials I would be using. This will be useful because it will allow you to organize your ideas AND get a clearer picture if what you're going to spend -- envelopes, ribbon and other embellishments, paper, printing!

[three] : KEEP IT SIMPLE!!! Yes, I know what you're thinking... this coming from someone who created a blueprint for her invitations? By "simple," I mean not to worry about it. No one will remember invitations or paper goods, unless they're designers, they are paper-obsessed, there is a misspelling, or you create something beyond magnificent that no one has ever seen! If your budget doesn't leave room for letterpressed or embossed stationery (I know mine doesn't!), cut corners, DIY, and you will find a way.

I'm engaged!

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So guess what!! I started this blog in 2008 to share my passion and love for --borderline obsession with-- weddings! Now it's time for planning my own wedding. It's funny because I've planned so many weddings and events without any worries or qualms, and now I get to plan my own.

I must say... My guy, or fiancé did an AMAZING job planning the proposal!  He lied, schemed, and deceived me into thinking his best friend was receiving an award from work. After a huge fight with my BFF (who happens to be the girlfriend of his BFF) over dress selection (I can go into that later), I was  utterly surprised and completely overjoyed. I found myself a winner, and I am so in love.

Excuse the grammar, but HE DID GOOD! I'm in love with my ring, and I'm truly in love with him!

I'll keep everyone posted on the planning details!