To Plan or Not to Plan…

To say that I am excited for this series to start on the blog would be the understatement of the year. I have been working and brainstorming for the posts that will be unfolding shortly on my favorite little corner of the internet. To me, my wedding was absolutely epic! It was the social event of 2019 and that is saying a lot since it occurred the first weekend of February. I 1000% fully enjoyed every aspect of planning my wedding from the second Josh proposed to the second we got in the town car, shut the doors and drove to our hotel. I loved it so much that I am actually going to start my own event company focused on planning weddings. There is just something about the hustle and bustle that really just inspires me. Was it stressful?? Absolutely, but I am a perfectionist and it was the most rewarding feeling when I look back on the photos of that whole day. Every little thing just fell into place that day and the feeling was just perfection.

So what will you find with this series?? The answer is EVERYTHING! At first I thought this series would maybe be 4 or 5 post. With all of the brainstorming, topics, and content I keep creating I think this might turn into a a huge series…after all this is what I would really like to do. Wedding planning just gives me so much peace and excitement (if that is even possible). I can remember myself as a little girl watching movies like The Wedding Planner with the fabulous J.Lo thinking thats what I want to do when I grow up (yes even fall in love with Matthew McConaughey but unfortunately I settled for Josh). I am so excited to go along on this journey with all of my current readers and my future brides to be.

I want to start this series by talking about honestly the one thing that I get asked most which is how do you know if you need a wedding planner or wedding coordinator. The answer is different for everyone. I personally knew that when Josh proposed that I was finally on the journey for something that I have been dying to do my whole life so I dove in head first and planned my own wedding. I did honestly everything and that worked for me. The only time that I ever seriously considered needing help was with the day of activities. Who was going to keep everyone on schedule, keep the day moving, and run all of the behind the scenes? I am very fortunate because this is something that my venue did provide for me. This was ok for me because they were able to keep the flow going for the day. They came and asked me what I needed and wanted and you know I had a schedule already made up. My amazing helper really helped me ease my stress the day of. The only thing that the venue did not provide to me was someone to set up my decor or do the tear down after the event. This was something that I had to do all on my own plus my amazing maid of honor.

The point of that whole story is before I started planning my wedding I thought a wedding planner and wedding coordinator were the exact same thing and I was totally wrong. Wedding planners sit down with you months in advance, sometimes even right after you are engaged. They sit with you and will help with everything from finding a venue and vendors all the way to logistically creating the whole day and making decisions for you. Wedding coordinators are someone you are working with just the month before to a few weeks before the big day. This would be for someone who just wants someone there the day of to make sure things run smoothly so you can just sit back and enjoy the day. When is comes to picking between the two, do you want someone to take the stress off of you, someone who can give honest recommendations of vendors, or someone who just makes sure you are staying hydrated and keeps everyone on schedule is what you need to ask yourself. If you are curious about the services that I offer or if you have questions about whether or not you need a planner or coordinator ASK ME!! I would love to help you out with any question you have about the planning process. Send me an email or find me on Instagram and ask away!!

i hope this both helps those of you who are newly engaged and who are currently planning weddings. I’m also hoping this gets y’all excited for the future of the series and for the new journey that I am embarking on. Coming up next week for Wedding Wednesday will be everything you need to know and do right when you get engaged. Of course I will be sharing the sweetest proposal brought to you by my amazing husband as well as what I learned from the engagement process. Until next time…

xoxo ashley

Photo Credit: Morgan Marie Weddings

M is for Macrame

First off I want to apologize for the lack of post last week, Josh and I have some amazing new adventures coming up and thats really where our focus was. So with that being said and in keeping with the Monday theme…I want to share my favorite things from last week and if you follow me on Instagram, which you totally should be, you can probably guess what it is. I have featured it on a few post and my stories…my amazing macrame earrings from Ally Rae Thread Co!! She is such a gem and she knows about my love of supporting local shops and artist so when she reached out to me about doing a collab, I couldn’t say YES fast enough.

This is Ally, the mastermind behind Ally Rae Thread Co and I say mastermind because she makes some beautiful masterpieces. She makes the most amazing handmade macrame art for your walls, ears, and everything in between. I love her use of bringing nature in with using branches for the bases of her wall hangings. All of her pieces are so intricate that you can tell that she really loves this craft. She has even made some super cute custom pieces for dogs.

I am being 100% honest when I tell you these earrings are amazing. The boho vibe that they send out are so rad. Ally has now made me macrame crazy!! She has an amazing color collection of the earrings in the design that I have as well as two other handmade styles. The wall hangings that she has will give your home that finishing touch. She also makes some amazing custom wall hangings in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Josh and I are currently eyeing a few for our home! Ally has been super gracious and is letting me give all of my followers and readers 15% off your purchase with the code ASHLEY15 and she always offers free shipping!! Seriously go check out all of her creations on her Etsy shop because she is beyond talented.

You can find Ally at her Etsy Shop and her Instagram.

March Favorites

In keeping with my theme from my last blog, it’s time for me to talk about my favorite things! As you can see from the title of this post these are all of my favorite things from March. To start it all off, the number one of my favorite things that March has brought me is my blog!! I feel like my post last week really covered what this blog means to me and what amazing things it has in store for me. I just wanted to say thank you again to all of my friends and family who have been so supportive in this journey.

Something that Josh and I have really focused on this past month is spending quality time together. Whether this means scheduling time once a week for us to go out for a date night or stay in and just watch a movie at home while Josh makes us dinner (this usually means pizza or Uber eat but hey he tries). This month our favorite date nights have been going to hockey games. Beside rugby our two favorite sports to watch are hockey and baseball. How convenient is this that Toledo has both semi pro teams at our fingertips?? We love going and supporting our local teams and who doesn’t love a good hockey fight with a side of soft pretzel??

While date nights are something important to us, I make a solid effort every day of this month to make dinner at home for us. Some days I was crazy busy so to make this happen on days like that, I need to give a shout out to my crockpot!! Who doesn’t like to throw some stuff into a pot and just go on with their life…I know I do. Your girl is cooking a sorts of things like pot roast, bbq chicken, and my new favorite bacon wrapped meatloaf meatballs (yes I will be sharing this recipe soon!) This and my Keurig are the two most used items in my kitchen.

So most of the people in my life know that I have been in the beauty and cosmetic industry for at least 5 years now and I have specifically worked with the Estee Lauder Companies. With that being said, your girl knows her way around some skin care. So I am dry/combination skin type so I have always been on the hunt for something to make my skin feel super hydrated especially during the winter. So I bought the Tarte Maracuja Oil after reading a ton of reviews about how it has helped heal winter skin. Well it for sure lived up to the hype. I use this every night as my last step in my skin care routine. All I need is one pump and it covers my whole face. I wake up and my skin feels so soft and amazing. I noticed too that when I started using this oil, my skin started to clear up, my skin was brighter and firmer. My skin feels 100% better now that I have incorporated this into my daily routine. I would 10 out of 10 recommend this product to everyone.

Style wise this month I have switched it up. Don’t get me wrong I am still loving leggings as my go to bottoms (yes, leggings are pants in my humbled opinion). I am just your basic girl when it comes to fashion. I love a good tee, leggings, and a jacket. Recently, I have really gotten into those front tie henley shirts. They just look so cute and effortless and they go with everything. I have seen them styled with skirts and I love the boho vibe that it gives off. I have gotten mine from Target, Urban Outfitters, and even Amazon. Actually, one of my favorite ones is from Urban Outfitters because you can wear it tied or just buttoned all they way down and loose or my favorite way which is loose and then the front tucked in. I think these are a fall and winter staple that should be in everyones closet! I’ll link 3 of my favorites here:

Tan: Urban Outfitters Green: Target Rust: Amazon

If you know me, you know that one place that I frequently a few times a week. That place would be Target (my happiest place on earth). If you follow me on Instagram, which you totally should, you’ll know that one of my favorite places at Target is the Bullseye’s Playground aka the Dollar Spot. I honestly think last months picks were the best. They had so many things for the home. I know that I personally purchased little wall decor items, my favorite apothecary looking soap dispensers, and my $3 sunglasses. There is something for everyone in the dollar spot. If you have kiddos or other Easter baskets to fill right now would be the best time to check it out. 

I hope y’all enjoyed learning about all of my favorite things for March. If you try or purchase any of my favorites please let me know and tell me if you love them as much as I do. I also want to know what your favorite things in March were. Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite things for the month of March!!

Hey now, hey now

When I was younger, there was something that my mom would ask my brother and I before bed everyday: “What was the best part of your day?”. Even at thirty-one, she still asks me this every time I talk to her. I even ask my husband this every night before we go to bed. Since this has been such an important question in my life, I thought it would only be appropriate to included it in my blog. Instead of the favorite part of my day, every Monday I will be sharing my favorite part of the previous week. With that being said, I bet you can already guess what my favorite part of last week was. If you guessed what you are currently reading(aka this blog) then you get all the gold stars!!

This has seriously been such an amazing experience for me! For as long as I can remember, this has been on my mind, my bucket list, and my vision board. Something that has always held me back from pursuing blogging most of the time was my mindset. I just couldn’t get the negative thoughts out of my mind. I had so much self doubt and self destructing thoughts.”What will people think of me?” “Who will even read this?” “Will any of my friends and family support me”. These were just some of the thoughts that were holding me back. I would always hype myself up to start, but then talk myself back down. I’m very lucky that I married such an amazing man who always builds me up. Josh and I are always discussing our thoughts, wants, ands visions for lives. One night I told him everything that I was thinking about this blog. All of my dreams, wants, and visions. He told me to go for it. I then proceeded to tell him the things that were holding me back. He again told me to go for it and do what makes me happy. Now it’s at this point where I should have just put fingers to the keyboard and typed away. If you know me, you’ll know that I am a stubborn girl (and I normally ignore Josh anyways…sorry babe, but it’s one of many perks of being a husband). So I did what any girl would do, I turned on Netflix to center myself…this is normal right? I turned on one of my favorite Hilary Duff movies…A Cinderella Story. As I was watching the movie, I still had the blog on my mind. Do y’all remember in the movie when she’s at the diner and then the guitar falls off the wall and then you see that quote that her dad had up in the diner. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” Y’all that hit me right in the feels! Who would have thought it would take Lizzie McGuire to speak to me to get me grinding. That quote spoke so deep to me, what is the worst that could happen? I could write this and the only people who would read it would be my parents and husband or I could use that fear to be my fire and not care if I strike out. Think of this, how many baseball players step up to the plate and know what is going to happen? I don’t think any of them. The only thing that is certain is that the pitcher is going to throw the ball. Whatever happens after that is the batters call. Are you going to swing and hit, swing and miss or play it safe and not swing, either way they decide the fate.

A Cinderella Story

So there I was on my sofa watching this movie and it hits me. I am letting fear get in my way of going all in for my dreams. So with my new confidence given to me by the one and only Hilary Duff (I mean…could I have a better role model??) I told Josh it’s go time and I opened up my laptop and began to plan and create this wonderful masterpiece. And this my friends is what dreams are made of!!

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

With all of that being said, I would like to give a shout out to all of my hype girls and guys. To all of my friends and family who send me such love and encouragement, you have no idea how much all of that means to me. Thank you again for all of the continued support and I can’t wait to continue this favorite thing with y’all!!

xo ashley

Well…Hello there…

If you’re reading this then well either I am just starting out on this crazy new journey in my life of blogging or I have become wildly successful and I have “click baited” you to come back and read how cringe-worthy my first ever blog post was. Either way…thanks for stopping by!

So I know you are probably here wanting to know more about my life…after all isn’t this what a blog is for??  A peak into the inner workings of what makes me tick or where did I get those booties or even how does she do the baller on a budget life?? Well friends, this blog is what will reveal all of my secrets!! Before I can tell you all about the secrets that I keep in my hair (that’s why my messy bun is so big..duh *insert basic girl emoji here*) I think I should divulge into who I am…

What’s up y’all, Ashley Runals here! Just your typical Target shopping, Amazon Priming, 31 year old housewife! I run on iced coffees and burrito bowls. Yes, you were able to put 2 and 2 together…I am so basic it hurts, but let’s embrace it people!! You can find me meal prepping by finding recipes on Pintrest and finding my life inspirations on Instagram. So why blog then Ashley?? If you know me on a personal level you know that I am the most outgoing person with social anxiety on the face of the earth; so this is the best way for me to share my life besides sharing videos on YouTube (baby steps y’all). I want to share my life and lifestyle and inspire others on this tiny place we call Earth.

What is my lifestyle you might be wondering? You won’t be finding me at the clubs on the weekends or on beach vacations every other weekend. You’ll find me scouring the dollar spot at Targets, hunting on Amazon finding dupes to my favorite designer duds, or even at local thrift stores finding those one of a kind pieces. You’ll find me on the sofa having a cuddle session with my black lab Freyja while we catch up on our favorite shows…right now I am introducing her to the Gilmore Girls and she’s obsessed. You can find me having a date night with my husband or curling up and hitting that Netflix life while enjoying that crock pot recipe from Pinterest. Either way, I would like to share my life with all of you and this seems like the most “me” way to do so. My blog will be filled with my favorite finds, my adventures with my hubby and my hype girl (aka Freyja), and little bits of my life.

Thanks for sticking around! I hope you have enjoyed this little snapshot into my life and a dash of witty banter. While you wait for my next post, make sure you are following me on Instagram at @ashleyrunals which is another place that I tend to share more of my life and my favorite finds. Until next time…

xo ashley