Life Lately: Summer 2017

Oat grass at Hammonasset Beach, Madison, Connecticut

Where has the time gone? Lately, I have been so overwhelmed with life that I didn’t get a chance to post last week. I’m so sorry! But I figured the least I could do is take a moment to explain all the new and exciting things that are currently happening with us, besides our daily beach trips and work deadlines (stress stress stress).

Here are all the fun thoughts running through my mind!

Big projects

  • Our engagement party! As you know, we got engaged last November and plan to celebrate with some family in July. We mailed our invitations last week, so now we can focus on the fun part, which is creating DIY decor for the party. Since we are having it in my sister’s backyard—essentially a forest—our party will be woodsy themed. I plan to post more on how we prepped for our celebration next month, so stay tuned!
  • Wedding planning! We finally decided on a venue and are absolutely stoked. Our wedding is technically considered a mini-destination AND backyard wedding, which means planning will be a bit harder than your typical wedding, but we are willing to take the challenge. We are nervous to ask our relatives to travel for the event, but the location is so deeply meaningful to us, how could we pass it up? Time to decide on a caterer, photographer, DJ, tent rentals, chair and table rentals, and bathrooms (yeah seriously, we have to rent bathrooms)… basically EVERYTHING!
  • Apartment hunting! Usually, we have to tour at least 10 apartments until we find the one, but this time, we were suuuuper lucky and fell in love with the VERY FIRST listing we found! We plan to move in July and I’ve never been more excited for an apartment! The new place will be larger and cheaper—say whaaaaaat? Also, it has a better layout, more windows, and gas heating (instead of our current electric heating, which is unbelievably expensive in New England)! Related: 12 Tips for Moving into a New Apartment.
  • Planning our first Europe trip! My good friend is studying abroad in Scotland this upcoming semester, so we are trying to plan a visit to Europe to see her. Get ready for more travel posts by the end of this year! (We have possible honeymoon destinations in the back of our minds too!)
Oat grass at Hammonasset Beach, Madison, Connecticut

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, Connecticut

Little (but equally important) projects

  • Starting a Youtube channel! YES! We started a Youtube channel and uploaded our first vlog over the weekend! My next goal is to upgrade our editing software from iMovie to Premiere Pro. But for now, we are in the process of editing several other vlogs. Keep your eyes peeled for new uploads!
  • Editing our Costa Rica photos! Earlier this year, we had gone on a two-week adventure through the mountains, jungles and coastline of Costa Rica. As you can imagine, Costa Rica was unbelievably beautiful! Even though we’re months past, I am still in the process of editing my travel photos. You can expect more Costa Rica travel posts in the near future!
  • Mastering tone curves! As always, I am finding ways to improve my skills. Lately, I have been watching tutorials about how to edit with Lightroom. My favorite channels are currently Peter McKinnon and Mango Street. Their styles are more hipster than my taste, but their tips are easily transferable. Hopefully, I can master those tricky tone curves soon!
  • Growing this blog! Simply Lovebirds launched in late November 2016, however, I hadn’t started promoting my site until late April-ish 2017. It’s a steep learning curve and I’m really slow, guys! Since then, I have been trying different ways to grow my blog. By the end of this summer, I hope to be more active on social media, which has always been a huge struggle for me, but it’s a goal for a reason!

Whoo, let’s all take a big *exhale*

Thanks for reading about our latest news! We hope you’ve all been doing well!

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  1. June 20, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Oh my you have a super fun and busy summer! Hope everything goes smoothly I know that when your apartment hunting and moving can be very stressful not to mention that you have a WEDDING to plan for!
    Best of luck.

    xo | Cindy Elena

    • June 23, 2017 / 11:22 am

      So true! Thank you for your wishes, Cindy Elena!

  2. June 20, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Babe, I am excited for you! I wish you all good luck and I hope you will come out satisfied and happy after completing your projects 🙂

    • June 23, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Aw, thanks Kandice!

    • June 23, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Doesn’t it sound magical? And, of course! 🙂

  3. June 20, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Well done on creating a YouTube! That’s awesome, I’ve gone and subscribed! Can’t wait for more videos from you guys!

    Also your new apartment sounds amazing! That’s so exciting!

    I hope you have a lovely Tuesday,

    • June 23, 2017 / 11:29 am

      Omg thanks so much, Michael!! You don’t understand how meaningful it is for us that you’ve subscribed 🙂 So sweet!! Have a great weekend!

    • June 23, 2017 / 11:39 am

      We are super excited! Thanks Laura!

    • June 23, 2017 / 11:40 am

      Thanks, Paola!

  4. June 20, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Awe there are so many exciting things going on in your life right now!! Have you done any posts on your wedding planning yet? Would love to see what you’re thinking!



    • June 23, 2017 / 11:53 am

      I have a few that I plan to post sometime this month! 😀

  5. June 20, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Many great projects! I’m also interesting in mastering tone curves and going to check these tutos! Thanks for sharing!

    • June 23, 2017 / 11:55 am

      They are tricky, but I hope you figure them out!

  6. June 20, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Congratulations on the engagement! The engagement party would be so much fun to plan. I’m excited to see your blog grow, I’ve been working on the same and although it isn’t easy it’s so worth it! Wishing you all the best xx

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:11 pm

      So sweet, thanks Diana.

  7. June 20, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I’m so excited for you both! Please please please keep me updated with the wedding planning process (: And looking forward to more posts in the future!

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Of course! Will do.

  8. June 20, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Congrats on picking the wedding location! I am intriguied – how is it a destination wedding and a backyard wedding? So many exciting things are happening! Whereabouts in Europe will you be travelling to?

    nat // dignifiable

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks, Nat! I’ll probably disclose the location soon, once I’m absolutely 110% sure and committed! Although I think I am… And we were thinking of visiting a friend in Scotland, because she’ll be studying abroad there!

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Oh good, I’ll be sure to post about it soon then. Thanks for reading Melissa!

  9. June 20, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I can’t wait to see the Costa Rica pictures. I bet they will be just gorgeous!

    My Vogue Style |

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:21 pm

      I can’t wait to post them soon! Costa Rica was so fun! Thanks for reading, Camila!

  10. June 20, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    Congratulations on the engagement, and good luck on the apartment hunt! If it makes you feel any better, I struggle with social media too.

    – Greta

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      That does make me feel better!! I feel like everyone is innately good with social media, except for me, haha so thank you for the reassurance!

  11. June 20, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Busy lady! Good luck with the Youtube channel – that will be a fun adventure. I love apartment moving, since you get to redesign and nest every time! Excited to see your interior design style once you start posting more about it.


    • June 23, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Thanks, Hannah! We have a ton of videos that still need to be edited, but I’m looking forward to posting them all soon. And agreed, apartment moving is fun because we get another fresh start!

  12. June 21, 2017 / 2:02 am

    I’m just discovering your blog, but you’ve only had it since November? Wow! You’ve done a great job with it. It’s more accomplished than some blogs that have been around for years.

    By the way, you seem to have so many exciting things happening that you totally make my life look super boring. lol

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      Wow, thanks so much Britney! I bet there are a ton of things in your life that I would find interesting!

  13. VVEEKEND 101
    June 21, 2017 / 4:13 am

    Oh my God even I am excited to your engagement and wedding party! goodluck with everything you’re planning for, and can’t wait to see how well it all goes! im excited for the decorations you have planned too! all the best for the wedding dear

    VVEEKEND 101

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Aww how sweet!!! I’ll be sure to report back on how my engagement party and wedding goes! 😀

  14. June 21, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Sounds like your wedding is off to a great start! Love the woodsy theme idea. And finding a bigger and cheaper apartment is a sweet deal. Congrats! For Lightroom, I really recommend Mastin Labs presets. They’re super easy to use and they have tutorials for Lightroom too.

    xx Yasmin

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Thanks Yasmin! What a great suggestion. I looked Mastin Labs up and their presets are gorgeous!

  15. June 21, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    That is awesome that you guys found an apartment after the first hunt! It’s so hard to find the right one! Sounds like a lot is going on and can’t wait to hear more updates!

    • June 24, 2017 / 10:41 am

      Yeah, it’s a constant struggle but for once, we got lucky 🙂

  16. June 21, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Good luck on your projects! Engagement Party and Wedding Planning sounds so fun. And I’m looking forward to see your vlog and Costa Rica photos 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

    • June 24, 2017 / 10:42 am

      Thanks Alyssa. Hope you enjoy our content!

  17. June 21, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    How fun! Good luck with the wedding planning! Its sounds like you’ve got lots of big things planned!

    • June 24, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Thanks Mary Leigh! It’s an exciting time, indeed!

  18. June 21, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Oh wow I can see why you were too busy to post. An engagement party, a wedding, a move and a trip. Whew. You are one busy blogger!

    Allie of

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:01 am

      True, there’s so much going on, that I don’t know what to write about first!

  19. June 21, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    It sounds like you have some neat projects going on! Congratulations on deciding a venue for the wedding! Even though the planning is a bit harder, it’s worth it! I’m looking forward to hearing more about how everything will come out! It’s great that you clicked in with the first apartment! I’m happy with how everything is turning out for you! I need to look into photo editing tutorials XD. Glad to hear that your blog has been growing! I’m trying to grow mine by putting some work in as well ;)!

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:04 am

      Thanks Nancy! Your blog has been looking great!

  20. June 21, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    You have so many big plans coming ahead of you! Such great milestones in your life! I’m excited to follow you on your youtube channel!

    xo Jamie

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:04 am

      Thanks so much, Jamie!

  21. June 21, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Oh my best wishes to you darling
    Everything sounds exciting and amazing

    • July 6, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you!

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:05 am

      Thanks Nistha!

  22. June 22, 2017 / 10:40 am

    So much excitement coming your way! Your engagement party is going to be amazing, I just know it!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Aw thanks Ashley, hope so!

  23. June 22, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Ahh so exciting that you’re planning the wedding <3 I can't wait until i get to do that one day!

    Enclothed Cognition

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Yes! Your special day will come someday 😀

  24. June 22, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Oh my goodness! You summer sounds jam packed with so many life-changing and exciting plans! Looking forward to following along on your journey and all the best with the plans and upcoming nuptials!

    Rina Samantha

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Thanks Rina, we’re super excited!

  25. June 22, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Sounds like you guys have a lot going on! Good luck with apartment hunting and wedding planning. And Scotland is going to be AMAZING. That was one of my first trips and I have very fond memories there. 🙂

    -Emily www.

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Awesome! I can’t wait!!

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Thanks Monica!

  26. June 23, 2017 / 10:53 am

    This all sounds like so much fun! Best of luck with the wedding and the apartment 🙂 x

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:36 am

      Yes, we are super excited!! Thank you!!

  27. June 24, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    First of all, Congratulations on your engagement! Also, I wish you luck for all the projects you’ve been looking forward to in upcoming days. Would love to check out your Youtube Channel 🙂

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Thank you! I’ll be sure to notify everyone when I upload a new video!

  28. June 24, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Everything sounds so exciting! I can’t wait to see more posts about your engagement party. It sounds like it’s going to be beautiful. Also congrats on starting a youtube channel! I wish you all the best with your summer projects xx

    x Kara |

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Kara!

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Haha still can’t believe we have to rent them! It’s such a silly thing to me. Something you totally overlook… Anyways, thanks so much for reading!

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:29 am


  29. June 27, 2017 / 5:15 am

    Wow, you definitely have a lot going on. I can’t wait the pictures from your party. I am sure everything will look amazing. Remember to have a great time, it’s a big moment in your life. Take care <3

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Aw so sweet. Thank you for your advice!

    • June 29, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thanks Tina!

  30. June 29, 2017 / 11:15 am

    I so related to this!! What a great post and can’t believe I’m only just discovering your blog. Good New England blogs are so hard to come by!!


    Anna Lisa

    • July 1, 2017 / 8:13 am

      Thanks Anna Lisa! Haven’t found too many New England bloggers yet, but I’m going to keep looking!

  31. July 1, 2017 / 6:54 am

    First time on your blog, so congratulations with your engagement! 🙂 You’ve got some awesome, fun projects to work on!

    • July 1, 2017 / 8:29 am

      Thanks Monique! My blog is less than a year old, so that might be why!

  32. July 1, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Looks like a lot of planning! Do you plan to visit the Netherlands (my home) also when you’re in Europe? I highly recommend and not so much drizzle as in Scotland 😉

    • July 6, 2017 / 7:45 am

      I definitely want to visit the Netherlands someday!! Such a beautiful country. You’re lucky to live there 🙂

  33. July 3, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Seems like you’ve been super busy but for a good reason. It sounds like you have a lot planned. 🙂

    Hope everything continues to go well. Wedding planning and house hunting are super exciting things and I’m so happy for you. 🙂

    • July 6, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Thank you! We’re super excited for our future!

  34. July 3, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Hi Kim! Please post about your engagement party and wedding planning! I love reading about that stuff. 🙂 When are you guys planning to get married? I may have missed it…

    • July 6, 2017 / 7:53 am

      Oh great! So glad you actually care to read, hehehe. Our date is July 15th, 2018. And you didn’t miss it, I just never shared it yet, haha.

  35. Daniel
    July 7, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Congratulations!! Good luck with your youtube channel as well!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals

    • July 13, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Thank you!!

  36. July 9, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Such a fun post to read! It’s always fun to travel to a new continent, I just love the preparations to do then! 😀

    xo Noor

    • July 10, 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Yes we’re definitely in that stage of life where all we want to do is travel!!

  37. July 10, 2017 / 12:29 am

    Wedding planning! I’m currently doing that too! My husband and I had our civil marriage last year but we’re planning on having our church wedding next year. We skipped the engagement party though but, yeah, I’m pretty excited for my wedding too although things can get super stressful. And apartment hunting. Oh my. Tell me about it. More of a house hunting for me and my husband. He was too busy with work and all so I was pressured to look for a condo unit or a house on my own but I’m glad everything turned out nicely in the end. Found one that would be in between where we work and quite close to where our families live.

    Wishing you guys the best and hoping to read more about your wedding prep journey! Let’s exchange tips! 🙂


    • July 10, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Hi Gellie! Congrats on your civil marriage and now church wedding! Must be so fun and exciting to plan! Glad everything has worked out nicely for you. A home by work and family sounds perfect! Let’s definitely exchange tips! 🙂