; World of Dennifer: August 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

MIA Update & my BFF's Baby Shower!

So I made a decision about Miami - I decided not to go. Although it was painful (& believe me it was!), I think it is for the best...it was VERY last minute & I have a lot of other things I need to be saving for right now. The other day the hubbs and I had a convo about our debt & our 1 year plan to pay off some of it. We decided that our goal is to pay off 1 out of 4 of our collective credit cards (the one with the lowest balance), his car loan (only 5 months left, woot!), and our new bedroom furniture within 1 year. In addition, I want to start saving for a baby & get at least 3-6 months of my salary saved up for when I get pregnant and go on maternity leave (I don't have enough paid leave to cover the full 3 months). We also plan on purchasing a new "mommy vehicle" for me sometime early next year - around tax time. Although I was reading Modern Bride the other day (I still have a subscription for some reason) & saw that there is a new tax credit this year for taxes, tags, etc. for any car purchased that is under $49K before the end of the year. I kinda want to just buy it at the end of the year for the tax credit, but I need to talk to the hubbs about it first and see what he thinks. Honestly, I don't NEED a car right now, my 2000 Honda Civic is still chugging along, but I really, really WANT one & if we do have kids soon I will need something bigger to tote the little one around in. The top 3 SUVs I am thinking of getting are: Buick Enclave, a GMC Acadia or an Acura MDX, but I'm open to others. I am going to do lots of market research & test drive anything I am interested in before we make a decision.

In other news, I mentioned that I would post pics from one of my BFF's baby shower, which I helped host. All in all it turned out nice...it was co-ed shower and the theme was "N's Lovely in Lavender Baby Shower" - so everything was lavender or purple, including the hostess' & soon-to-be-parent's outfits! Here are a few shots from the day:

*My beautiful, very pregnant BFF*
*Me & N in our purple attire*
*The mommy & daddy to be opening their gifts*
*The couple & hostesses*
*The cake & favor tables*

They got soooo much stuff they needed & wanted! After the shower I helped take everything over to their house & we organized some of the baby stuff & also helped put up the baby's wall decal monogram in her lavender nursery (totally forgot to take a pic). Most importantly, my friend had a wonderful day & she deserved it...she's due in early September, so hopefully I will be posting pics of her beautiful baby girl soon!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

To Miami or not to Miami???

Ok, so one thing you should know about me is that I 'effing HEART South Beach Miami. It is seriously one of my favorite cities in the US! I have 3 girlfriends going next weekend & today at happy hour they invited me & said all I would have to pay for is my flight - hotel would be totally FREE! And the hotel is right on the main strip of South Beach!! If you have ever been to South Beach you know how great this offer is - drinks galore, amazing food & grown/sexy clubs! :o) I talked to the Hubbs & he said I deserve it...and we are now TTC & not preggo yet, so what better time than now?! At this point I'm going to sleep on it & decide in the morning...wdyt I should do?!

PS - stay tuned for pics from my BFF's baby shower this past weekend, it was lots 'o fun & she is just about ready to pop!