Not too much happened this weekend for us. We tried to do a little off-roading the other day, but even the park was closed because of the bad weather and all of the snow. I was happy when I saw that the gates were closed because the roads looks horrible…
Last week, it was negative 40 degrees with windchill, and yesterday it was over 60 degrees. The weather has been crazy! 60 degrees actually felt warm and I wore shorts out yesterday.
This week will be a busy one. I have a few wedding related appointments, and we are also helping W's parents move to Memphis. I'm hoping to find a library close-by or a Starbucks and dedicate a full day to working after we arrive.
Earlier in the month, we did spend around $200 buying new items for our bathroom and our guest bathroom. Both needed a redo and they now look much better.
We didn't spend too much this week. We spent money on groceries, and we went out to eat three times (one was to try the BBQ! – see below).
When it comes to travel rewards spending though, I spent A LOT. As a part of my gift to my bridesmaids, I offered to pay for the bulk of their roundtrip plane tickets to Vegas. The total? 84,000 points for all five of us (the other 3 bridesmaids have free tickets already). I caught it while it was on sale, and it hasn't been this cheap ever.
If you've been to Vegas recently, TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT! I love hearing about Vegas, even though I've already been several times. It's wonderful 🙂
Business income is still going well. Last week was a little slow, but I'm hoping it was because everyone is still recouping from the holidays.
I also got a decent amount done last week, but I still have much to do. I really wish I could say that this week will be a week where I can finally get everything done, but this week is a going to be a busy one for me.
If anyone needs any help, check out my Hire Me page and let me know what services you are interested in. Lately, a few other website owners have asked me to help run their website while they are gone for just a month or two, so this is a new service that I am also offering.
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I have been doing great with being healthy and eating more healthy this year so far. I know that's not saying much since it is only January 13th, but I'm hoping that I can keep this up.
In the past week, I believe I ran four miles each day for five days. That is the most progress I have seen in a very long time. I'm hoping to keep that up this week!
Wedding planning is finally in full swing. I'm trying to stop looking at Pinterest pictures, and finally booking actual items for the wedding.
Today, a friend and I are going to look at wedding rental places. We need tables, chairs, tent, linens, a dance floor, and a few other items. I have found that most of the companies around here offer similar pricing, so I am just checking to see how some of these companies are in person. I have read horror stories about rental companies, so I just want to make sure.
I'm going to guess that wedding rentals will cost around $4,000 for everything.
Of course, that depends on how many people are coming also. I counted, and there are 225 people on our list, but I have heard that usually only 75% attend. That would be around 175, which would make our rentals cost around $1,000 less. I guess we won't find out until the actual wedding comes around though! I'm fine either way though of course. What percentage of people attended your wedding? How many showed up even though they said “no” on the RSVP?
Last week, I signed the contract for the hair and makeup for my wedding. For another part of my gift to my bridesmaids, I am paying for the majority of their hair and makeup. I believe it is around 75% that I am paying. I have eight bridesmaids, so the cost definitely adds up quickly!
Hair and makeup will be around $1,000 with tip.
Last week, we also found our wedding BBQ caterer as well. The pricing is great, and the food is even better. We LOVED the pulled pork, baked beans, smoked fruit, cornbread and the green beans. We have been drooling about it since.
I do have a question for you – if you were to have wedding BBQ, what kind of dishes would you want to see?
BBQ will be around $2,000 probably. We also need to find a bartender and try to come up with a drink menu so that we know what we need to buy.
Then this week, I am hoping to finalize the invitations. Lots to do, lots to do!
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