Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to Gillian & Christy for reminding me to make this announcement!

The winner of the $10 Target giftcard from LunaVida, $75 VistaPrint Groupon from Vintage Lace & Pearls, & 3 All Natural Lipbalms from Good Clean Soap is Henria!

Henria, you should be receiving two packages in the mail this week!

Thanks to everyone who participated & who has checked out Vintage Lace & Pearls, Good Clean Soap, & LunaVida as a result of this giveaway! We look forward to hosting more giveaways in the future!!


365 Days

In exactly one year I will be marrying my best friend & favorite person I the whole world.


I’m sure Jason will hate that this is the picture I decided to use for this post, but our puppy children & I can’t wait to officially take his last name (FYI: right now they have hyphenated names, Peko Monster G______-H________________ [Jason’s last name is much longer than mine, so this is an accurate representation] & Benson Alan G______-H__________________).

As much as I complain about having such a long engagement, the last 8-9 months has flown by, so I’m sure that the last twelve months will fly by too & our wedding day will be here in no time at all. I tend to enjoy planning things far too much, so I need to make a point over the next year to stop & live in the moment… to enjoy our remaining year of being an engaged couple & to live it up during what will be the last year of my twenties.

Losing It

Being a year & two days out from your wedding date is a strange thing when you’ve already got all your vendors finalized, most of your decorations ready to go, Save the Dates & wedding invitations printed & ready to send out when the appropriate time comes around, & the dress of your dreams selected, but not quite ordered. What’s a girl to do with all this downtime just when the wedding checklists say it’s time to start preparing for the wedding? For me, it means it’s time to quit slacking on the whole weight loss thing. My days of making three times a week trips to the gym sadly faded away back in November & while I did manage to lose quite a few inches during that period, I never managed to lose a single pound, which was beyond frustrating & probably played a pretty big role in why I stopped going.
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Time for another giveaway!

Welcome to the Keep Calm Candles Giveaway Event

Hosted by Budget Earth & A Spectacled Owl

Co-Hosted by Monica's Rants Raves Reviews


Do you enjoy treating yourself to a nice smelling candle? How about candles that not only smell great but can easily be cute room decorations? If so, we think you will enjoy Keep Calm Candles. These candles were designed around the concept of the 'Keep Calm' meme and feature some of the cutest sayings that just about any woman would enjoy. Not only do these luxurious soy candles have the cutest sayings, but they can also be customized, allowing you to make the perfect candle to match your room decor so you can display it just about anywhere.

While we all love the concept of having beautiful and cute decorations in our home, we also want high quality products. With Keep Calm Candles, you get just that – high quality candles made right here in the United States.  Each of their candles is hand poured using quality soy wax and high end fragrances that smell absolutely amazing.  What also makes them unique compared to their competition is the fact you can actually choose which fragrance you want in your candle, allowing you to have your favorite keep calm saying with the fragrances you know and love. Their current fragrances include:

  • Apple Spice
  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Blackberry Sage
  • Blueberry Muffin
  • Bottle of Wine
  • Buttery Popcorn
  • Caramel Apple
  • French Vanilla
  • Fresh Cut Grass
  • Fresh Leather
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Gummy Bears
  • Jelly Beans
  • Lemon Drops
  • Mulberry
  • Peaches And Cream
  • Pina Colada
  • Pineapple Jasmine
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Tangerine And Lemongrass
  • Unscent
  • Vanilla Lavender
  • Watermelon Kiwi
  • White Tea And Ginger

Want to purchase of these candles for yourself? You can currently purchase these adorable candles at the Keep Calm Candles Website.  Currently, they sell for $28 a candle or $38 if you decide to design one of your own Keep Calm Candles. Also, if you are a business owner, they have a wholesale program, allowing you to sell these candles on your site or store. To learn more, contact Keep Calm Candles directly at

Would you like to win one of these candles for yourself? We are happy to announce that we are working with Keep Calm Candles – giving two readers the chance to try out any candle from their line. To enter, read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter!

Keep Calm Candles Giveaway Event

  • 2 Readers will receive a Keep Calm Candle.
  • Open to US Only
  • Winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter via
  • Giveaway ends June 18th at 11:59pm.
  • Winner will be notified through email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before new winner is chosen.
  • Must be 18 Years or Older to Enter Rafflecopter.
  • Entering the Rafflecopter Means You Agree to Terms Above.
  • Good Luck!

Disclosure: Vintage Lace & Pearls did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. Prize fulfillment and shipping will be handled by Keep Calm Candles.

Please click the link below to enter!

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Almost Does’t Count

I wanted to post just a few pictures of the two dresses I tried on today that were almost the dress, but ultimately didn’t make the cut….

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