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2 Oct

10 Need To Know October Events In DFW + GIVEAWAY

Here are the need to know fun events to attend in October with or without your children, plus I’ve got a GIVEAWAY and this one goes to a great cause!

This list below offers some of the best, in and around Fort Worth.

Top 10 October Events

Clearfork Round-Up October 16-17

The Clearfork Round-Up is a one of a kind luxury shopping event curated by Natalie Erwin at The Shops at Clearfork. Natalie has rounded up some of her favorite brands for a fun Fort Worth Pop-Up! Check out the vendors below for the best in fashion, fabrics, bedding and boots!

Pop-Up Vendors:
• Leontine Linens
• Miron Crosby
• Sarah Bray Bermuda
• Sue Sartor kaftans & tunics
• Lisa Fine Textiles
• Lisa Henderson
• Cathy Kincaid Interiors
• MADRE
• David Dike Fine Art
• Traci White Designs

Dream Street 2020  Through October 25

After two decades of Dream Homes, for the first time, Fort Worth Magazine is collaborating with builders and subcontractors to produce a Dream Street — three luxury-built homes on 1-acre lots at the end of a cul-de-sac in Southlake’s exclusive Oxford Place.

Proceeds will benefit the magazine’s official charity, a Wish with Wings, whose mission is to grant magical wishes for young Texans with life-threatening medical conditions.

TICKETS or Make a Donation

ENTER the GIVEAWAY

below so you can view these beautiful homes

Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show October 17-18

The 30th Anniversary of the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, has evolved into North Texas’ first drive-in air show experience! The jets are eager to fly- so get ready for an action-packed, one-of-a-kind performance lineup to rock the skies as we celebrate the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, “30 years of soaring excellence”.

Parking Tickets

Drive thru Boo at the Zoo October 22-25

A FW favorite is still happening! For the first time ever, the Fort Worth Zoo is inviting guests to drive their own vehicle through the zoo’s main path while enjoying music, costumed characters, entertainment, treats, and encounters with wildlife along the way without ever leaving your car!

TICKETS

Screaming Bridge & Hells Gate Ghost Tour Through October 31

River Legacy Park in Arlington may be one of the most haunted parks in Texas. From Civil War casualties to ghostly car accidents and a location that is called “Hell’s Gate,” the park truly has something to offer any who are brave enough to enter its bounds and explore the dark and macabre.

Purchase Tickets Here

Mainstay Farms Through November 1

The annual “Fall Pumpkin Days” are not to be missed normally only on the weekend but now offering time during the week as well!  An extensive list of exciting entertainment including a huge maze, a three story treehouse, Texas tubin’ hill and even a roller coaster, this farm will keep your family entertained for hours.

TICKETS

Christmas In Fort Worth on October 14-17th

October 14-17 is the official time for you to show your favorite Fort Worth shops some love! Stop in to one of your favorite shops and see what surprises or discounts they are offering. Get your holiday shopping done early and support small businesses.

ArtSpace 111 ~ b Kids ~ Babies on the Boulevard ~ Bee Street Gallery ~ Beehive ~ Birdie Bow Next Door ~ Brook Wright Designs ~ Casey & Co ~  CB Furs ~ Clearly Handbags ~ Covey House ~ Domain XCIV ~ Esther Penn ~ Feastivities ~ GalleyWinter Gallery ~ Hale House ~ House Essential ~ JAG jewelry and clothing ~ John L Ashe ~ Keeping up with the Joneses ~ Kori Green ~ Lawrence’s ~ Lila Hayes ~ LOCAL Design Studios + Gallery ~ Lola + Lina ~ Park + Eighth ~ Prippie ~ PS The Letter ~ Reads Jewelers ~ Ro Miller Rynd ~ Shop Fort 52 ~ Shop Small – The Collective ~ Simple Things ~ Stanley Eisenman Shoes ~ The Squire Shop ~ Three FW ~ Tot to Teen ~ W Durable Goods ~ Wag ~ WRARE/ Wright at Home ~ You Are Here (at time of publishing)

Eat. Drink. Cowtown. October 19-25

2020 gave us lemons, so we’re making lemonade – and a whole lot more. In lieu of the yearly Fort Worth Food and Wine festival, they are hosting a week-long celebration of their culinary community. From curbside specials to perfect pairings, your local food and beverage faves will be giving you the most delicious ways to help keep Fort Worth strong.

Cutting Edge Haunted House Through November 14

Cutting Edge Haunted House is located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat-packing factory right here in Fort Worth. This haunted house received two records in Guinness World Records for “World’s Largest Haunted Attraction” and “World’s Largest Walk Through Haunted House” in 2015. Nuff said! Open every weekend to those who dare to enter one of the best multi-storied haunted houses in the nation with safety protocols in place including mandatory reservations and no lockers are available. (Make sure to check if this attraction is age appropriate for your guests!)

Purchase Tickets Here 

Hangman’s House of Horrors Haunted House Through October 31

This charity-benefiting haunted house is the largest of its kind in the world. Unlike many other haunted houses, Hangman’s changes their theme every year. This year, Ft. Worth’s legendary Hezekiah Jones, “The Hangman,” will find himself standing beside some of the creepiest people, places and things Texas has to offer. This chilling take on “Texas Legends” is sure to make you check under your bed before you go to sleep at night.

This year they are doing something special for your young ones! Introducing Scaredy Cat Night on Oct. 11 & 25 from 5p-7p.

Purchase Tickets Here

Honorable Mention: SoFortWorthIt Visited Fright Fest in 2017

In 2017, Autumn Reo with Mama Challenge and The Reo Agency reached out to me to join her on a frightful adventure to Six Flags. It was only appropriate that we bring a cinematographer, aka, cool camera guy Joshua Colson, to capture all of our screams on film. You’ll get a kick out of this one minute video. Special thanks to Josh Mills with Desert Wind Films, this wouldn’t have been possible with him.

Over the next few weeks, I have some incredible posts coming your way, including a giveaway so big, your socks will be blown off!

I’m also working on my wildly popular Holiday Events and Activities in DFW. I have tons of giveaway and prizes on the horizon, so hold on to your pants! Speaking of giveaways, I hope you enjoy the one below.

 

17 Sep

Meet My Unicorn, Mallory!

Hello! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mallory Jones and I’ve had the pleasure of being Christy’s right-hand person over the past year. I am the person behind the scenes tweaking, editing, and keeping this engine churning.

Quick background on me: I was an executive for Target for 7 years. I spent the majority of that time in asset protection dealing with theft, fraud, safety and security. I finished my time at Target as a human resources executive. As much as I loved Target as a company, I knew God had more in store for me. Dictating my own hours was the plan. I left Target in 2016 to travel for a while, as travel has always been my passion. I decided to combine my love of travel with investigations and became a travel advisor for a small boutique agency – You Deserve It Vacations (YDIV). At YDIV, I design all-encompassing travel itineraries for groups, couples and solo travelers to guarantee an unforgettable experience. 

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My fitness trainer introduced me to Autumn Reo, CEO of the Reo Agency. Autumn, in turn, introduced me to Christy. Originally, Christy brought me in for my impeccable organization skills but my role quickly evolved. The phrase “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has never been more truer. 

 

I am a jack of all trades but, the difference with me is, I am a master of them all

Christy was on the hunt for a unicorn for months. While organizing her office I came across a stack of resumes that were sent to her. At that point I felt it was necessary to inform her of my years of human resource experience and offer my services. Christy was overwhelmed due to a slew of personal thing that had transpired over the last year and, therefore, thrilled to have my help. I sifted through the resumes and identified promising candidates. After I created a list of job requirements and helped conducted interviews, Christy discovered that the unicorn she was looking for was me! After discussing salary and a schedule that worked for the both of us, I was able to be an effective unicorn for Christy while balancing my full-time career as a travel advisor.

This past year with Christy has honestly been non-stop laughter. If you know Christy then you understand. Christy is kind, passionate, a supportive “supervisor”, and so much fun. We work well together because I believe in Christy’s vision; and I hope to make her life a bit easier in an effort to assist her in fulfilling her vision.

 

The following is a list of things I’ve learned while working with Christy a.k.a. Ms. SoFortWorthIt.

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Things I’ve Learned as a Unicorn

1. Be a quick learner. At any given moment Christy is going to ask me how to do something super random. I’ve learned to be ready to figure it out and deliver.

2. Go with the flow. Things change at a rapid pace in Christy’s world. I’ve learned how to adapt and roll with the punches. Some days we are planning blog content and then the next I could be in her parents basement posting South African baskets to sale on Facebook. Boy I tell you she really keeps me on my toes!

3. Have a strong work ethic. Christy leaves me to my own devices. She is not a micromanager (which I love) and she expects me to get things done autonomously.

4. Be a self-starter and motivator. Not only am I running my own business but I am running Christy as well. Sometimes it is like herding cats, but I’ve become a master herder. “Come on Christy it’s time to get out of bed.”.

5. Be ridiculously organized. Christy is the queen of piles. Piles are everywhere so I have learned to help her weed through them and make eliminations. OMG and don’t get me started on her computer desktop. I didn’t know you could create piles there too but she has accomplished it.

6. Be trustworthy & have good energy. We work at Christy’s home and her home always needs to feel like a safe place. I bring positive energy – no bad vibes allowed!

7. Serve as an accountability partner. When Christy gives herself a deadline she will always add time to it. So, I have to hold her accountable to the goals we set. 

8. Expect to be dry-humped. No, seriously. It is how Christy shows excitement and love. 

9. Love pets. Boo and Spooky are part of the package. They love to lounge around the office with us. Spooky even choose my lap as her nap spot one time. Pet beds for the office are on the way.

10. Be ready for cocktail time! Once a blog is posted, a contract is signed, a contract is fulfilled, or it is Tuesday…it is cocktail time! You want a quick story? There was this one time that Christy was going to make us some martinis but didn’t have any Vermouth. No worries! She just called the country club and ordered 2 martinis to go. WHAATT?? Next thing I know we jump in the car, drive maybe 2 mins, pull into the country club drive way and low and behold the valet handed us our drinks. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. Being a unicorn has it’s perks!

3 May

Celebrating 20 Years of Marriage: A Look Back on Our Wedding Day

Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

April 8th marked our 20th year as Mrs. & Mrs. Jason Smith. It’s been a whirlwind two decades for sure. While some days have seemed like they’d never end, mostly the years have joyfully flown by with unrelenting speed, despite my valiant efforts to slow everything down to savor every drop of love and laughter as my boys grow up.

Now that we have all been on lockdown during this global pandemic for the last two months, the one bright spot for me and my family is that I finally got that slow-down I’ve been craving. During these weeks, with the big parties, playdates and endless school sports gone, it’s just been me and Jason and our boys, all day, every day. And even though it’s been positively crazy adjusting to the new norm, it’s been manageable, and I have Jason to thank for that.

Jason is my rock and the glue to our family. He has a consistent, even-kill personality that exudes positivity, even during the most stressful times, he is calm and looks to the bright side. He isn’t controlling and he gives me room and space to be 100% me, including putting up with the messy piles of projects and stuff that accumulate in our home. As I reflect back to our wedding day 20 years ago, I’ve been thinking more and more about how much he means to me, not just as an amazing dad and the head honcho of our home, but as a person. As my husband. I can’t imagine doing this life without him.

The Early Years

It was 1992 when we first locked eyes at a stoplight right in front of Hulen Mall. You can read the full Fort Worth Star-Telegram article on how we met HERE. We were friends first because – obvi! I was 17 and a sophomore in high school, and he was 25 — an old fart man with his own apartment and his own business. Although it wasn’t love at first sight, we did become friends, and we’d meet up for lunch or dinner every once in a while, always in a group with my friends.

Then one day, just after New Year’s in 1996, he called me out of the blue. I was now a student at SMU and living in my grandparent’s guest house in Preston Hollow. I just so happened to be planning a dinner party at Sipango in Dallas, so I invited him to join. At the time, I had a boyfriend that I had been trying to break up for a while because the relationship wasn’t going anywhere. But I wasn’t thinking about that when I invited Jason to join us. I really was just being nice!

I still remember the moment I opened my door. I forgot to mention this, but when Jason and I first met in the early ‘90s, he had this long hair – I mean, middle-of-the-back long. I am a pretty preppy, conservative girl, and dating someone who seemed separated at birth from Kid Rock was NOT my jam. But here he was, four years later, standing at my doorstep, looking totally clean-cut and hot with his big green eyes and megawatt smile. I remember thinking, “Holy moly, I have to fast-track my breakup – this guy is YUMMY!”

By the next month, Jason and I were officially a couple. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing to the altar. For the next two and a half years, I had to date every eligible bachelor in Dallas and Fort Worth before we could be exclusive!

Christy Dunaway's 21st Birthday at Sipango Restaurant in Dallas 1996
Christy Dunaway Smith SMU Delta Gamma
Christy Dunaway Smith SMU Delta Gamma
Christy Dunaway Smith SMU Delta Gamma

Let me explain. I was a Fort Worth Steeplechase debutante, which required me to attend countless events and parties from October 1996, to May 1997. My mom wanted me to attend every other party with someone other than Jason. Then, I made my debut as a Dallas Symphony debutante, which started the entire process over again, but this time, I couldn’t bring Jason as my date to anything. For more than two years, I was living this surreal double life, not as a spy but as a deb! Some days I attended two and three parties, back-to-back! It was a good thing I turned down the opportunity to make my Idlewild presentation in Dallas in 1998 (I sometimes regret in hindsight), and my presentation at the International Debutante Ball in New York City. Becoming a professional debutante was not high on my list.

1996 Fort Worth Assembly presentation with Bryan King and Christy Dunaway
1996 Steeplechase Debutant Ball Christy Dunaway
Steeplechase Debutant Ball 1996 Carol and Jim Dunaway Christy Dunaway

For Jason to be able to put up with my extreme social schedule, well, it was just phenomenal. He was never jealous, and he never made me feel awkward. He never criticized my decision to debut, he just stood by me, secure in himself and in us. I knew he was the one after he passed the crazy societal test with flying colors! 

The Proposal

After more than three years of dating, he proposed to me, at Golden Eagle Inn, our favorite restaurant, while we were vacationing in Beaver Creek, Colorado with friends and family. As he read these wonderful words to me, all I could think about was: Cue the wedding planning! My mom and I went into hyperdrive mode to plan an unforgettable celebration for our closest family and friends, with the ceremony at University Christian Church and the reception at my parent’s home. 

Marriage proposal at Golden Eagle Inn Restaurant in Beaver Creek, Colorado
Marriage proposal at Golden Eagle Inn Restaurant in Beaver Creek, Colorado
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

Just two weeks before we were scheduled to tie the knot, the epic tornado of 2000 ravaged the Westside of Fort Worth, plowing through Monticello and down 7th Street and eventually slamming into downtown. The tornado had actually touched down across the field in front of my parents’ house and tore through the neighborhood, but for some reason, it lifted up just before reaching their property. It was an absolutely devastating moment for many people on the west side of Fort Worth, and I don’t know what we would have done had our reception zone turned into a disaster zone, but thanks to God’s Grace, we were able to keep moving forward with our focus on the Big Day.

Getting Ready on the Big Day

So many memories flooded in while I worked through all our wedding pictures. It was an all-day production for me and my bridal party, beginning at the home of one of my parents’ best friends. Kim Rozell of Dallas, makeup artist to the stars, and her assistant made the entire wedding party look camera-ready. And Christy Michaelis, who had been doing my hair since high school, got everyone coifed in no time flat. After brunching and beautifying, we all headed to the church to get dressed, final touch-ups and pre-ceremony photography.

Dallas designer Michael Faircloth made all of the bridesmaid’s dresses, the flower girl’s dress, my gown and my mom’s. Also, that is Karen Briggs with Lilly Dodson retail store in Highland Park Village in Dallas helping me with my veil.

Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Michael Faircloth and Karin Briggs with Lilly Dodson of Dallas helps Christy Dunaway on her wedding day
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

The Wedding Ceremony

Three, two, one … The doors opened to the sound of Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary — aka classic bridal music — being played on the University Christian Church organ.  Because both my parents were such an equal and integral part of my upbringing, I wanted my mom to walk me down the aisle, too. Dr. Scott Colglazier and Dr. Ted Kitchens officiated our ceremony, and during the 30-minute ceremony, I cried tears of sadness (not having my maternal grandmother be alive to see me get married) but also – and mostly — tears of joy.

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Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
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Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
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Ted Kitchens Scott Colglazier Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

The Reception

It was 8:30 by the time our wedding party arrived at my parent’s home for the reception. I remember being completely surprised and shocked by the most amazing sight. The side of their yard had been transformed into a tented wonderland, complete with floral candelabras, chandeliers and footmen dressed in 17th-century attire in powdered wigs.

Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

Just when I thought I could sit down and enjoy myself for a bit, I had to snap back to the demanding schedule of standard wedding traditions before I could relax and cut loose. First thing’s first: the important dances. We kicked it off with our official first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And then, of course, came the father-daughter dance and mother and son dance and so on.

Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Jim Dunaway Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Charlene K Smith Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

Next on the wedding reception timeline was the cake cutting and the Champagne toast. And let me tell you, this might have been one of my favorite parts of the evening. For years I had dreamed of having Sylvia Weinstock – called the “Queen of Cakes” by the New York Times– make my wedding cake. I mean, if her gorgeous wedding gateaus were good enough for Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, one would work for me, too! I told my mom about this dream, and she thought it was a great idea. We booked a flight to NYC and met with the legend herself. She listened to all our ideas, and my mom and I sampled a lot of cake. Just that experience alone was such a treasure.

When it was time to cut the wedding cake and enjoy our first bite as husband and wife, a plate and forks were nowhere to be found. So in true Christy fashion, I didn’t want to wait, so I didn’t: I ate the slice of cake right off the cake knife!

Sylvia Weinstock Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Sylvia Weinstock Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Sylvia Weinstock Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

Jason and I thought it would be fun to have the groom’s cake shaped like our first house, which was still under construction. It was fitting since, at the time, Jason was the owner of Jason Smith Custom Homes and he was the contractor building our home. We shipped off a set of elevation plans to New York City so the “Queen of Cake,” Sylvia Weinstock, could build our home out of cake and buttercream. (Weinstock’s made cakes for Kim Kardashian and Martha Stewart and has appeared on Netflix’s Nailed It!).

Fun fact: Sylvia sent an assistant to accompany our cake on the flight from New York City to Dallas. Each section had its own box and its own seat on the plane. When the plane landed at DFW, my parents had a rented refrigerated truck waiting to pick up the cakes and the assistant. They drove to my parents’ house, where she began the assembly process and made some final decorating touches – she then flew back to New York City, all in the same day!

Sylvia Weinstock Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Sylvia Weinstock cake for Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Sylvia Weinstock Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Sylvia Weinstock Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

One of these things that were really important to us on our wedding day was to still have everyone at the reception when it was time for us to leave. I knew that if we stayed until the very end to enjoy our own wedding, there would be a skeletal crowd left. So as soon as we cut the cakes, we prepared a “faux departure” so we could capture all of the excitement on camera and on film.

We loaded into a horse-drawn carriage and did a champagne toast as our band positioned themselves behind the carriage to perform, “When The Saints Go Marching In.” Everyone at the reception had been given silver mint julep cups filled with rose petals (which doubled as their party favors). Amidst the rose petals and the music, we began our journey from one end of the circle drive to the next – right back to the reception, where we got out of the carriage and partied the night away!

Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

Ahhh, now that all the boxes were checked off our “I Do To-Do” list, it was time to have some real fun. I finally got to take my veil off and my wedding coat. Yes, I was wearing two dresses! The coat was actually my train, which I didn’t want to bustle for the reception. After removing the wedding coat, I had a more simplified floor-length dress underneath, which allowed me to cut loose on the dance floor!

T-Byrd Gordon rocked the reception and we danced until midnight – until, in true Christy fashion (yet again) — I grabbed the mic and, as the last notes of the last song faded, I yelled, “I’m ready to consummate this marriage!” The expression on Jason’s face was priceless!

T Byrd Gordon Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000 T Byrd Gordon Band Jim Dunaway
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000 T Byrd Gordon Band
T Byrd Gordon Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

NEVER BEFORE SEEN BONUS FOOTAGE:

Ok, I know this is the longest blog post ever. It was actually supposed to end here, but while I was going through my wedding box and digging through my parent’s storage for photos, I came across some never before seen photos. There were just a few of them. I flipped one over and found a photographer’s name and number from Dallas on the back. I called and gave her all the info I had for the wedding. She was doubtful she could find these in her archives.

Within twenty-four hours she got back to me in total excitement. She told me that our wedding was one of the first digital shots she had done and still had the photos. All forty-four of them. I was so excited, I could hardly stand it. I’ll spare you by not posting all of them, but here is a wonderful selection that captures the moment before people arrived.

Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Sylvia Weinstock Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000
Dunaway Smith Wedding Fort Worth 2000

Growing up, my mom gave me an invaluable piece of advice. Actually, two pieces of advice. One: Marry a nerd. Two: Marry someone who loves you more than you love them. Well, I definitely didn’t marry a nerd, but Jason was by far the freshest breath of fresh air compared to all the poop heads I had wasted my energy on. The love scale has definitely balanced over the years, and I just feel so blessed to still be in love with him. He makes being married so easy.

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into our wedding day, as much as I enjoyed sharing it. It’s hard to believe this precious day was twenty years ago. I prayed since I was a little girl that one day I would find a Godly man, a good man, a kind man, and the right man. Jason is that man – in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. Then, now and always.

SoFortWorthIt GIVEAWAY!

Speaking of brides and wedding dresses, I have something very special to share with you. During these unprecedented times, many businesses have switched gears to develop innovative ways to keep their businesses afloat while also helping our community.  That’s exactly what Stanley Korshak Bridal has done. “Hopeful Heart” is the beloved bridal boutique’s new venture, and owner Mackenzie Brittingham launched the nonprofit to produce elegant-yet-essential face masks for the general public and front-line workers.

Sewn by the boutique’s talented seamstresses, Hopeful Heart offers three different styles: a fleece one-piece with ear holes, a pleated cotton mask with elastic loops and space for you to add a filter, and a cotton double-layer design with a wire sewn inside so you can shape the mask to your face and also space for you to add a filter. Prices vary by design from $6.30 to $25, and they’re sold in multipacks. All masks are black, and all have a precious little red heart embroidered at the bottom corner (a perfect touch!). But here’s the best part: For every mask pack you purchase, Hopeful Heart will donate a box of masks to medical workers, police departments and other front-line workers. It’s the very best of bridal, beauty and BoGo! To order, go to www.mackenziebrittingham.com

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