OKC Greek Festival

Hey y’all!

A few weeks ago, Ashton, Cathy, and I went to the Oklahoma City Greek Festival! Ashton’s friend Christine was one of the dancers and invited us to come watch! I had never been to the festival before, so I was really excited to see everything! In my mind, I was picturing scenes from My Big Fat Greek Wedding :)

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Love these two so much! I love that we can all have fun together outside of work!

IMG_6238We walked around for a little while until it was time for the dancers. They were very good and really fun to watch! Christine is the one in the red.IMG_6240

After they finished dancing, we walked inside where they were selling food. We tried several of the desserts, like baklava and almond apricot cookies. Everything was really good! We went back outside to watch the dancers again. Several kids jumped up on the stage and danced around a little. They were so cute!

The festival was a lot of fun! It’s always neat getting to experience different cultures, and the Greek culture is so much fun! Opa!

Sweet P’s Birthday

Hey y’all!

Last weekend, I went home for my Sweet P’s 3rd birthday! It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since that tiny little girl was born! I had prayed for Jessica and Ralph to have a baby girl for so many years, and she is just an amazing answer to those prayers!

Like all three-year-old girls, she’s all about Frozen, so of course she had a Frozen party! Like me, Jessica is also all about Frozen :) She had costumes made for her and Sweet P to be Elsa and Anna!

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It was so so cute! I wish that I had worn a costume too!

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Best friend selfie!

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Jessica had a beautiful cake made, but when she wasn’t looking, Sweet P decided she wanted to decorate it herself! Oopsie!1560488_807584472617559_8327147368979319622_n
It has been an amazing three years, Sweet P! Aunt Ashley loves you so much!

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#marriedmoldovans part 2

Hey y’all!

Today starts the recap of the wedding day!

To say I was excited would be a bit of an understatement. I don’t think I slept more than a couple of hours on Friday night because I was so excited. When our alarm went off, I was ready to go. The bride wasn’t quite as ready as I was…

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 We had a really fun day leading up to the wedding. Neely, Michele, Ally, Laura, Neely’s mom, and our friend Amber all hung out together in the bridal suite, getting our hair and makeup done and just hanging out. It was nice to have a quiet, calm morning together. Early in the afternoon, we met the groomsmen and the family down at the wedding venue to take all of the pictures. We had a lot of fun ones, and I can’t wait to see how they turned out!

We hung out together in a room off of the ceremony site until it was wedding time!

Neely looked absolutely amazing. Even though I was with her through all of the hair and makeup, and I helped her get dressed, seeing her completely ready made me tear up! She looked happier and more beautiful than I’ve ever seen her!

FullSizeRenderThe ceremony was beautiful! They did a few traditional Jewish things, and since I’ve never been to a Jewish wedding before, it was really neat! Of course, I cried when she walked down the aisle, I cried when her dad gave her away, and I cried when they said their vows. It was a beautiful ceremony, and I’m thrilled I got to be a part of it!

After the ceremony, we had cocktail hour while Andrew and Neely ate dinner, and then we headed down to the reception!

I’m not sure who I stole this picture from, but it’s beautiful! Their first dance made me tear up again :)

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Since I was the maid of honor, I had to give a speech at the reception. Neely’s friend Megan caught this moment after the speech, and it still brings tears to my eyes!

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One of the sweet things about being friends with Neely is getting to be friends with Michele too! I love that we all three get along so well! Michele is precious, and I love that I get to call her a friend too!IMG_6451
Just a little photo booth fun :)

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FullSizeRender (3)We slow-danced to Brad Paisley…because that’s what we do.

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I can’t even tell you how happy I am that Whitney and Amber got to come to the wedding! I hadn’t seen Amber since February, and I hadn’t seen Whitney since Blissdom! Our friend Caitrin was there too, but sadly I didn’t get a picture, but it was great to see her too! It was like a fun bloggy reunion! I wish we all lived closer to each other! I miss my friends!10649529_838154009548787_4035301349342775634_n
Oh yes, the Wobble happened…it was a fun little Blissdom flashback :)IMG_6449It was a very fun, beautiful wedding! As happy as I am that Neely and Andrew are finally married, it’s a little sad that everything is over. It’s been a fun year getting to see my friends and celebrate Neely and Andrew, and I’m a little sad to see it end.

The next day, we all had brunch together, and then we headed back to Neely and Andrew’s apartment and watched the Dallas Cowboys game until it was time for me to fly again.

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Another Dr. Pepper for the flight home…

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I got a very nice welcome home from the kitty cat. I was gone just long enough for him to miss me and not quite long enough for him to hate me for being gone. He didn’t let me out of his sight the rest of the night!IMG_6491
The wedding weekend was such a beautiful celebration of Neely and Andrew. Neely has been one of the most important people in my life for a few years now, and I love that she has found such a great guy. Andrew has become a good friend to me as well, and I’m so happy they are so happy together. It meant so much to me to be a part of their wedding and to get to celebrate with them!

#marriedmoldovans part 1

Hey y’all!

I finally feel like I’ve recovered enough from my trip to finally do a wedding weekend recap! Because there was so much happening, I’ve divided everything into two posts. So here is part one of the Moldovan wedding, through the eyes of the maid of honor :)

If you read my Flying Solo post, or if you’ve known me for any length of time, you know that I have an intense fear of flying. Thursday night before the wedding, I flew to Dallas alone. Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I was prepared for. I think I got myself a little too worked up beforehand, so it was nice that it ended up not being as bad as I thought.

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Of course I got a Dr. Pepper on the plane! The cutest little flight attendant man accidentally brought me water instead of Dr. Pepper, so when he brought me the right drink, he handed me a whole can of Dr. Pepper and said, “Shh!” Everyone else just got the small cups, so I felt special :) When I was getting off the plane, he said, “Goodbye Dr. Pepper girl!”

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When I got off the plane and headed down the escalator, this happened. Clearly we were meant to be friends! I think it was that moment that it finally hit me that she was really getting married! It was a great beginning to a wonderful weekend.

10593019_10101090334712731_1288951249114160763_nWhen we got to their apartment, Andrew had his homemade pizza ready for us, so we ate really quick and watched Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder laying in bed. Because that’s not weird at all. Haha! Believe it or not, that’s the first time Neely and I have watched Scandal in the same room.997073_10100205359257147_4035577342604974193_nFriday morning the wedding festivities got off to a fun start! We picked up Michele, checked into our hotel, and met Neely’s mom and the rest of the bridal party to get mani/pedis and have lunch at Neighborhood Services. It was great to get to have some downtime together before all of the crazy started. I LOVED getting to meet Neely’s childhood best friend Laura for the first time, and of course it was wonderful to see my Ally again! We had a great lunch together, and then headed to our hotel to relax for a bit before rehearsal and dinner.10451700_10100205775358277_1922913078838825995_nWe had a good quick rehearsal and then headed to dinner at Eddie V’s. Can I just say how wonderful it’s been do spend time with these three girls? It’s making me sad that everything is over now because I don’t have Neely/Ally/Michele time on my calendar anymore!10603614_10101091983997551_3003286807885850139_nSeriously, they are just too cute!10408142_10101091745216071_1587269430868914802_n
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The dinner was a lot of fun! We had great food, watched a video of Neely and Andrew’s love story, and Andrew’s parents, grandmother, and several of their friends spoke. It was so great to hear the wonderful things their friends had to say about them! After a fun dinner, we headed back to the hotel to get some rest before the big day!

Stop back by tomorrow for the recap of the big wedding!

Happy Wedding Day!

Hey y’all!

Today is the day!

After a wonderful, fun ten month engagement, Neely and Andrew will finally get married today! I’m so excited to be sharing this special day with them and standing beside them. They are such a great couple, and I’m so happy they found each other.

Happy Wedding Day Neely and Andrew! Love you both so much!

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Flying Solo

Hey y’all!

Tonight, I’m flying to Dallas for Neely’s wedding weekend! It’s hard to believe that ten months have gone by so fast, and the wedding is here! I’m so excited to spend the weekend with Neely and Andrew and a bunch of family and friends to celebrate!

So if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I have a pretty intense fear of flying. I think is a fear of heights combined with a fear of someone else being in control. I’ve flown twice, once with my family and a big group of people and once with Neely. This time I’m flying ALONE.

I know that once I land, I’ll be ok, but I think it’s the anticipation that’s making it hard. I know what it’s like to fly, and although I really didn’t enjoy it, I know I can get through it.

There is one little problem though; my ear. Since July, I’ve been dealing with a buildup of fluid in my ear that’s putting a ton of pressure on my ear and has left me in a lot of pain. I think the ear problem is making me even more nervous to fly. I saw my doctor again yesterday, and she said I could go ahead and fly, but there is still a chance my eardrum will rupture. Great stuff to be dealing with on wedding weekend!

Hopefully everything will be fine! I’ve been praying a lot for peace about the flight and for protection over my ear. If you could spare a moment, I would really appreciate prayers!

I’m sure I’ll be instagramming and tweeting all weekend, so if you’d like to follow all of the fun stuff happening, you can follow me here:

instagram: @ashleyo23
twitter: @ashleyo23

Have a great Thursday!

Ten Years

 Hey y’all!

Today, my best friend Jessica and her husband Ralph are celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been ten years, but at the same time, it feels like they’ve been together forever. They dated through most of high school, and they got married a few months after Jessica and I graduated. Jessica was the first of my friends to get married, and it was so amazing to get to be a part of her special day!

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They’ve been through a lot in ten years; three kids and a deployment to Afghanistan, just to name a few. They’ve worked hard to make their marriage work, and they have stood by each other, even when things were hard. Ten years of marriage is a big deal, and I’m so proud of them for their hard work. They are both such special people, and they have created a beautiful family. I’m grateful to be Aunt Ashley to their sweet kiddos!

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Happy Anniversary Ralph and Jessica! Love you both so much!

Grow Your Blog Like a Boss!

Untitled2-1024x547Hey y’all!

Have you ever wanted to attend a blog conference, but you didn’t want to travel across the country? Neely from the fabulous blog A Complete Waste of Makeup is offering online one-day classes on learning how to grow your blog!

Neely has been blogging for almost five years. I have been following her blog almost since the very beginning, and I have been amazed to see how quickly her blog has exploded. Neely has so much great blogging knowledge to share, and as someone who has received blogging/social media advice from her, I can honestly say she’s great at what she does. I was able to see results almost immediately!

Neely’s first class will be November 8th, and it’s filling up fast! For more information, visit her Grow Your Blog and Brand page! You won’t be disappointed!

The Sunday Social, Week 119

Social Sunday

 Hey y’all!

Today on Sunday Social we are sharing a few favorites!

1. Favorite scent
My favorite perfume scent is currently Dot by Marc Jacobs. It’s really light, and it smells sooooo good!

2. Favorite food
Chocolate. Anything chocolate.

3. Favorite sound
Favorite sound…this is a hard one!

4. Favorite picture currently on your phone
This one from my trip to Austin this summer for Neely’s bachelorette party weekend!
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5. Best memory of the year so far
See number 4 :) Neely’s bachelorette party in Austin was such a great weekend! It was great to get away from Oklahoma for a few days with three amazing girls and explore a new city!

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

These are all about fall!

1. What is your favorite part of fall?
2. Do you have anything special planned for fall?
3. What is fall like in your area?
4. What is your favorite football team to cheer for (college or professional)?
5. Do you decorate for fall? Show us pics!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Summertime Favorites

Hey y’all!

It’s hard to believe that summer’s really over! I don’t know about you, but I always get a little sad when summer ends. I love the warm weather, I love having longer days, and I love how everyone just seems happier during summer!

With Summer 2014 coming to an end, I wanted to share the things I loved most about the summer, or Summertime Favorites!

Favorite TV Shows

I started off the summer watching Bachelorette, and then I moved on to Bachelor in Paradise! I love all of the shows in the Bachelor franchise, but there’s just something about the crazy drama of Paradise that is just fantastic! Ashton and I get together nearly every Monday night to watch Paradise. It’s been great seeing some of our favorite Bachelor alums back on tv, like Graham and Michelle! As crazy as it is, I really hope that Marcus & Lacey and Robert & Sarah can actually make their relationships work in the real world.
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Mistresses is another summer favorite! I started watching it last summer, and I fell in love with it. I was THRILLED when it got renewed for a second season! Jason George was one of my favorites on Sunset Beach waaaaay back in the day, and I’ve loved Alyssa Milano FOREVER! If you haven’t watched it, Hulu Plus has all of the episodes, at least of season two. It’s a fun one!

Favorite Movies

The Other Woman is easily my favorite movie of the summer! I saw it for the first time in May with Ashton and Cathy, and I couldn’t wait for it to come out on DVD. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve watched it since I got it. It’s kind of embarrassing.
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The Fault in Our Stars is another great one! I only saw it once in the theater, but I’m just DYING for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it 2389261 times too :)

Favorite Songs

“Something Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood has been on repeat on my phone and in my car basically since it was released!

“Day Drinking” by Little Big Town is fantastic! I don’t drink, but for some reason I love a good drinking song! Haha!

“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea is perfection.

Favorite Moments

I’m planning to cover my summer in another post, but I will list a few of the highlights!

George Strait’s last concert-do I really need to explain that one?

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Frozen party with Little Girl

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Wedding-related events with Neely

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A visit home

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What are YOUR summertime favorites?