What Are the Different Types of Wedding Dresses That Exist Today?

December 31, 2021

 Preparing for your big day may seem like more of an ordeal than you realized. Most little girls spend their entire lives daydreaming of what it will look like. Once you have that ring on your finger, it's time to make that daydream a reality. 


You may not have realized it, but there are many different types of wedding dresses. With so many different types how do you make that big decision? Which wedding dress styles are the best options for your body shape? 


Before you walk into that dress shop it's time to take a moment. Let's take a look at the different wedding dress styles that are best for you. 


The Mermaid Dress

A mermaid dress is one of the most dramatic options. This dress emphasizes the curves you have. It is fitted through the top and lets out into a ballgown shape at the hips. 

This style would be great for someone who has a petite figure. The dress gives off the hourglass shape for the wearer. 


Trumpet Is the Way to Go

The trumpet style is a unique one. This dress is fitted through the bust and hips until it lets out in a flair by the knees. The trumpet shows off all of those beautiful curves. 

Brides who still want to be able to dance and move should try a trumpet dress. 


Sheath Is Simple

All of the tiny figures out there should at least try on a sheath dress. The sheath dress can be made of many different fabrics. One of those fabrics most favored is lace. 

This form-fitting dress is quite a favorite of those who like to be able to move during their big day. Wedding dresses are a big decision for just a single day. 


A-Line Is Always Safe

The A-line is one of the most popular choices for a wedding dress. If you're looking for a simple, yet, traditional the A-line is what you're looking for. Nearly every body shape will benefit from an A-line. 

If you're a fan of dancing you will have no problem on your big day. Of the wedding dress types, this is one of the most popular choices.  


Ball Gown Is Classic

The classic princess dress is a ball gown. A ball gown is a glove fit on the upper body and then lets out into a full skirt. The bottom of the skirt can be made of however many layers the bride wants. 

The traditional princess gown is the perfect dress for anyone who wants to look like a classic bride. A ball gown can show off the beautiful couple on the big day. 


Different Types of Wedding Dresses Can Be Overwhelming

There is no need for you to be overwhelmed during this process. There are plenty of different types of wedding dresses for every body type. It's all about finding the dress that makes you feel the most beautiful. 


After all, the most important thing on your wedding day is getting married to the one you love. 


For more wedding tips and ideas we're here to help you. Keep looking through our blogs for answers to those burning questions. We might just have what you've been looking for. 


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We Wish You a Muggy Christmas

December 17, 2021

 Christmas is happening whether I've caught up to that fact or not. 


Base that off of a half lite tree that is missing many ornaments and I can't even bring myself to figure out what has been stolen by the dog. I think that tree/dog/toddler combo is what is making me not wrap gifts.


The problem really lies in the fact that we are doing our family Christmas this Saturday and yet not a thing is wrapped. If they didn't adore unwrapping I would probably leave it all out displayed cute that morning. 



Harrison had his Kindergarten Christmas Chapel this week, super adorable, but I was honestly most impressed that he was able to stay on stage and not get nervous with the crowd. 


However, sending a sensory sensitive kid to school with pom pom balls glued to a shirt with felt glue was highly annoying to wear all day. So I was told by the child. 



I took the boys to the youth group Christmas party. There aren't many youth activities I let them attend, but on occasion they get to come. Since they wouldn't be in the way or pose a distraction they were able to follow along. Turns out Elliot's new life goal is to get into a colorfully lighted pool at night. He was obsessed with the two backyards he got to see (we missed the third - it got close to bedtime and he was done) 

The pic above is when we were traveling from house #1 to house #2 - the early darkness got to him. 


A few weeks ago Jeremy's mother was in town visiting and we took her along on our Christmas tradition of Acadian Village. As I expected... Harrison was all about Santa and Elliot acted like we were sending him to visit a murderer. 

The fact that he needs his hair cut is really distracting from the fact that he was in sheer terror. 

They really should have taken the phot as I was trying to set him down in the fake snow and he was hollering and clinging to me like a koala. 

How is it that you can wave and be so excited in line and then lose it when you get within touching distance to Santa? 


What's that disgusting looing nonsense? Well friends, I finally got to go fully hippie 

I got my hands on a kombucha scoby. My first batch is on it's second ferment this week and we shall see what it tastes like come Monday. I decided to flavor it with Ambrosia apples, I added a touch of apple juice to a few to see what it did. 

Let's not even talk about the sourdough starter that was looking like a dream until the temps dropped on day three of making it and it died... real real hard. I can't even begin to imagine how it has shrunk to the extent that it did. 


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Meal Planning Tuesday... because I never have my life together.

December 14, 2021

 It's the Tuesday before Christmas break. Will we make it out alive? 


Highly unlikely. 


I also decided I was making Christmas candy this year. I must have hit my head getting out of bed when I made that decision. 



Thursday | Everyone fended for themselves while I went to a play. 


Friday |   Youth Group Christmas Party


Saturday | Another Christmas Party


Sunday | Left everyone to figure their lives out yet again. (how y'all liking this week's menu lol) 


Monday | Low Carb Beef Stew 


Tuesday | leftovers


Wednesday | Sam's Chick-fil-a knock off nuggets and fries (the kids fav and my fav on single mom night) 


Lunch - Taco Salad for low carb days and Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for Regular Carb

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A Bit of a Life Update

December 6, 2021

 It's been a long time, nearly 6 years since I posted any sort of update on the blog about Dad and his cancer. 


Over the summer we were told that his cancer had moved to bone cancer as well. The cancer of a long time smoker had a habit of starting in your mouth, venturing to your lungs, and after a long while either hitting bones or going to your brain. We got bones in cancer roulette. 


With his latest scan they said his lungs are in bad shape and covered with cancer, not to mention he has COPD to only make his breathing more troublesome. There's a spot on his head, that's a bit of a sore and is in fact the cancer coming up to the skin there. In non-cancer news he has a torn meniscus that they are unable to operate on since his O2 is steading a struggle. 


It's not the news we wanted, but he's been losing weight and noting doing well since this spring. 


With that type of news you'll probably see more Emily Blogging Circa 2009. Back when people just journaled their thoughts and feelings. If I write it down I tend to release it, if I don't it stays circling in my head continually.  


Cancer isn't linear. So often we see people go into treatment, get some chemo and radiation, ring a bell, and go on home. Check, they're done. But more often than not cancer is treatment, a few good months or weeks of more hope, then a bad scan, a dip in that hope, another treatment tweak, and some more hope yet again. You go from mentally prepping yourself for the worst, to everything being totally fine and cancer just being part of life. 


What? You mean your father doesn't have a chemo port permanently in this collar bone area? (joking) 


You often know that after a nice peak, that another valley is just around the corner. In a sort of morbid way... we always half expect the valley and enjoy the peaks. We continue on with life as much as we can. As normal as we can. 


Since Dad started chemo in 2014 we've been on what we jokingly called his "Make A Wish" trip to Puerto Rico to see where our family is from, we went camping as an entire family, and took all the boys to the beach. I know there are other items in there, but those three stick out the most. I mean who on earth pauses chemo to fly to Puerto Rico? Us I guess. 


So if you see me or talk to me in the coming months and think "dang she's moody, or abrasive, or out of character" just remember that there's more under the surface. I'm one that doesn't lean into emotions well. I can do happy and joking, but serious or sad isn't exactly something I'm good at. I mean, I don't even like to watch shows or read books that attempt to elicit those emotions from the viewer. 


Be in prayer for us as a family and for Dad, pray for the pain to be controlled as much as possible, and for his breathing (dang if lung conditions aren't scary), for peace and comfort for us all. It's an odd time when the family goofball doesn't feel like himself. 

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Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box || December Box

December 1, 2021

 One of my favorite things to do with essential oils is diffuser blends. Plain Jane, but it replaces the issues that candles cause me. 


Which happens to be a super runny nose and sneezing, that I caused myself last night because I was determined to light this fall candle against my better judgement. 




This month's Simply Earth theme... Diffuser Blends and Scents.


Like I said, right up my alley. 


Let's dive into what's included in this month's box. 





December Box Oils: 

Vanilla Woods (blend): holiday aroma 

Pregnancy, kids 10+, and pet safe

Bay (single): uplifts and mood

Kid safe 10+

Lemon Eucalyptus (single): calms and deodorizes 

Kid Safe 2+, Pregnancy & dog safe

Bergamot (single): refreshes and soothes

Kid safe 2+, Pregnancy and dog safe




Extras: 

Wooden beads

Macram√© Rope 

PET containers (safe to use with essential oils and you can reuse them later) 


Recipes: 

Christmas Grove Room Spray

Macramé Ornament

Bright Winter Day Diffuser Blend 

Tassel Diffuser 

Holiday Dinner Support Roll-On

Relax Massage Oil 




If you still have a few gifts to give out, these recipes would make wonderful small presents. Especially if you've got a teen girl in your life, the ornament and tassel would be great! 


I won't lie, I gifted myself a really cool diffuser for Christmas, my old one was on it's last leg, and I can't wait to use these diffuser blends in it. Also, use the room spray recipe as a diffuser blend! 




So why should you buy from Simply Earth and not somewhere else? 1st off, you get an amazing quality at a much more affordable price point. The box alone is valued at $110.52 and sells for only $39. That is the price compared to big expensive companies... 


You'll also receive access to the Essential Oil Hero Course where you will learn how to use essential oils confidently and with clarity. Not to mention every recipe box teaches you how to use essential oils in a different way. 


Now my favorite oil from this month's box, you probably don't have to guess because y'all know I love a blend, but it's the Vanilla Woods. It's quickly become another favorite of the winter blends from Simply Earth (that's including Winter Spice and Candy Cane). 




As always, Simply Earth donates 13% to end Human Trafficking. This month you are making a difference in the lives of women and children of Honduras through Jericho Ministries.


Be sure to head over to Simply Earth to order your JUNE box and use the code LABRIDEFREE to get a $40 giftcard/credit towards your next order when you get your Bonus Box! 

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