It’s resolution time again!


I know the new trend is to forgo resolutions, but I think they are fun!  I mean, who really, REALLY keeps their resolutions?  Not me, but it’s still fun to give it a shot.

Here goes nothing!

1.            Start crossing stuff off my bucket list … again.

My husband bought me a ukulele for Christmas!  We just got back from our Hawaiian honeymoon (so typical huh?) and I kept shopping around, but they were so expensive.  He surprised me with one bought off Amazon!

“Learn the ukulele” is on my bucket list.  Additional things are “learn to juggle”, “learn the Thriller dance”, “learn sign language”, “learn another language” and “go to the Super Bowl” (along with other things).  Back in 2012 I was newly single and I had time to kill.  I made the goal to start crossing things off.  Well, I started dating my husband in early 2012, and there went that plan!

So one resolution for 2014 is to get back to the bucket list!  First up, start you-tubing ukulele how-tos.

2.            Hit the gym!

Ah – the classic resolution.  However, I’ve been hitting the gym already (thanks to my wedding being in late November).  My pants are all super loose, so I’d like to keep it up.  Keep it under 120 baby!  I have a ton of shorts and pants that fit me back in 2011, then I got a boyfriend and got chubby.  I’d love to say, “I’m going to lose 10 lbs”, but I’ll keep it realistic and say, “don’t gain any weight”.  That should be do-able.

3.            Clothes shopping strike

I was on a clothes shopping strike most of 2013, but then I went to Old Navy (damn them and their $5 off coupons) and went a little nuts buying fun honeymoon clothes.  My closet is overflowing, so NO MORE CLOTHES.  I need absolutely nothing.  No clothes shopping at all (unless I run out of underwear or socks).

4.            Thrift it up!

I’m already the most thrifty person of all time, but improvements can be made.

5.            Eat all the food I make!

This seems obvious, but my husband does not grasp “cooking for 2”.  So we always have a ton of leftovers.  Our random work schedules means we eat both lunch and dinner at work, so I don’t have much time for hot meals (aka – leftovers).  I need to make time for them.  Throwing away food is like throwing away money.  Basically this resolution feeds (see the pun I did there) right into resolution #4.

That just about does it.  Let’s see how these 5 resolutions turn out.  I’ll report back in every so often.

How about you?  Did you make a list of resolutions that you may or may not keep?  🙂


Wedding Recap – George O’Leary

Who doesn’t have a cardboard cutout of George O’Leary at their wedding?
georage oleary

Wedding recap – centerpieces!

Back to the theme of “my mom can do anything”, she made the centerpieces.

My original plan was to buy a bunch of flowers at Publix for my bouquet (check!) and more to shove in vases for the table centerpieces.  That’s what you do for a centerpiece right, a pile of flowers?

Then my mom mailed me some of these and said, “want me to make some for favors?”

I thought, “heck no!  I don’t want you to waste all your time on the most awesome centerpieces, I give them to Chris’ guy friends and they just throw it away.”  So I thought of how I could have her ‘help’ … and my centerpieces were born!

Sticks = free
stained glass = free (well, my mom paid for the materials)
jars = free (donations from friend’s weddings) or the $1 store

Basically I think I paid $3 for 3 jars.

I don’t have a very awesome photo. Hopefully some of the professional photos are better. Basically we stuck sticks in a jar, and hung them up.

Done and done!

I say my mom starts selling them on etsy! 🙂


Wedding recap – manly flowers!

Since I struggle with spelling, I’m going to call the boutonniere (sp?) ‘manly flowers’ for this blog post.

Chris didn’t care a bit about the theme or the color scheme of the wedding, so the last thing he cared about was if he was getting a boutonniere.

Since I bought 2 options of flowers at Publix the day of, I had these … poofy things.

Since my mom can pretty much do everything, I knew she could bust out a boutonniere in about 10 minutes.

I think she used thin flower wire and green flower tape. I picked out the tiniest pink flower (to “match” his pink tie) and 2 white buds.  We used leaves from the flowers as well.

Tons of tape later – you’re done!

I had purchased the ‘grape soda’ pin from Downtown Disney (b/c I live 2 miles from there … hence the blog title of “Amber in Florida”) 🙂

The Pixar movie “Up” wasn’t a theme or anything, but my vows involved their ‘Adventure Book’ and the cake topper was a set of Carl and Ellie vinylmation dolls. And Chris actually really likes that movie, so I figured it would be cute.

The pink was MEGA heavy, so the flowers kept falling off, so after about 1 hour into the reception they were toast. But I’m assuming the pre-game photos look pretty darn cute!
chris flowers

Wedding recap – Knightro!

Thank goodness I stalk the Root Photography wedding blog (loyal reader ever since 2007!), because I saw a couple who had the UCF mascot Knightro at their wedding.

I knew I must copy their genius idea.

To make it better … it would be a total surprise.

The surprise was 50% for Chris and 50% for all his friends. Even though they all graduated 10 years ago, all his college friends are still really, oddly, surprisingly close friends. They still go to most of the football games and talk about UCF like it was yesterday.

Let’s face it, this wedding wasn’t really for me. I didn’t need, or want to be the center of attention (hence my $31 dress). So if all the UCF gang could have the best time ever, then it was worth it for me.

It was so easy. I just filled out this form HERE, an awesome woman from UCF contacted me and it was done! Thankfully she gave “Knightro” my phone number, so we could communicate about the surprise.

My plan:
6:55pm – we cut the cake. I had the DJ make a big deal about cake cutting, so he really got everybody excited and watching us. It was embarrassing b/c cake cutting is so lame, but he was like, “everybody pay attention to this area of the room!!!”

7pm – The song “So put your hands up … and then they stay there … hands up, hands up” comes on. Everybody gets pumped up and hits the dance floor.

7:01pm – Knightro appears!

7:02pm – eveybody is just staring at him. I GOT NO REACTION OUT OF ANYBODY!!!

Everybody was asking me, “who is that?”
me – that’s Knightro
everybody – yeah, but who is it?
me – it’s the real Knightro
everybody – yeah, but who is it?

I think people thought I bought a Knightro outfit at Target or something.

After 2 minutes of shock, people figured out that it was for real, and they all lost their $%^&.

A win for me! 🙂

Wedding Recap – cup cake tower

Awwww man – I’ve been married for 1 month already! And I still have a lot of recaps to go!

I just wanted to show off better photos of the cup cake tower my mom made.

As you can see, it’s just wood cut into circles. My mom wanted to put some ribbon around the edges, but since I didn’t have a “color” and that would’ve cost money, I said ‘forget it’.

The theme of the wedding was “make it look good, but make it look like I didn’t try that hard.” 🙂 Ribbon around the edges would’ve made it look I was trying too hard.

The middle parts are PVC pipe, that we covered up with toilet paper tubes. Leaving that alone would’ve been super ghetto, so I used some wrapping paper that I already had. I’m not happy with the outcome, but nobody’s looking at that anyways.

Here is the first post about the super awesome cupcakes. Aren’t they colorful. My wedding colors were just “colorful”, so it worked.
cup cake stand

cup cake stand 3

cup cake stand 2