7 Goals for 2017

Happy 2017 everyone! I know we’re already 10 days into the year so my post is a little late but hey, it’s really never too late to set goals, right?! And in all reality, I did make these goals ahead of time, I just haven’t put them out there for you all yet! 🙂

Personal Goals

First, lets get into our personal goals for the year.

1. Lose 200lbs Collectively

One of the biggest goals my wife and I have is to collectively lose 200lbs. And this is the goal that we will be focusing on the hardest for the year. She wants to lose 100 and I would love to lose 100. Losing that much would put her at goal weight but even when I lose that much I will still only be a little over half way to goal. Now, i realize this is a huge undertaking and may not be the most realistic goal we’ve ever made but hey go big or go home, right?! Honestly, I will be happy as long as I way less on 1/1/18 than I do now. Whether that’s 20lbs or the full 100. But we are really going to shoot for all of it though!

Our starting weights are 340.2 (mine) and 229.6.

What are we doing to make this happen, you may ask.. We are doing Weight Watchers! And My wife is working her little tail off at the gym!

2. Buy a House

Another goal we have for the year is to buy a house! We currently are renting and would love to finally be in our own place. Hopefully we can get the ball rolling soon on this, so stay tuned!

3. Become More Organized

I forget things. A lot. I really need to stop doing it too. So last weekend (well, the weekend of the 1st) we each got Happy Planners and stocked up on supplies! They are so fun and so cute! And so many etsy shops have some really cute things for it as well! These planners are like my new obsession and are already helping me get more organized.

4. Get Finances in Check

This is something my wife and I really need to get in check. I wasn’t much of a spender… unitl we had our son. Now I buy evvvverrrrything. We have way more baby stuff than he could ever need. So we really need to reel in our spending. I would love to get a rainy day fund started as well as paying down some of our debt. I will go into more detail in a future post. I would love to buy a house first so I can really break our finances down to you all and so I can set clear and concise goals.

Blog Goals

Next up are the goals I have for this blog.

As you all know I am still quite new to the blogging world but I do have some ideas on where I would like to see this thing go. So here are those things!

5. Post at Least Once a Week

I think this one is pretty clear lol I want to eventually get up to more posts per week, maybe 3? My issue right now is just time. Maybe if I work on Goal 2 up there ^^ I can better manage my time and work up to 3 but we shall see!

6. Social Media/Subscribers

I would love to get a minimum of 5000 followers on each social media site that I am on (shameless plug coming.. if you want to follow me check out my follow buttons to the right!). Also, I would like to reach 5000 subscribers.. some cool things are currently in the works for my subscribers! (subscription box is to the right too 😉 )

I’m off to a good start but I really want to grow them so I have a wide audience that I am reaching.

Here are my current stats:

  • Pinterest: 338 followers
  • Google+: 93 followers
  • Instagram: 1047 followers
  • Twitter: 1521 followers
  • Facebook Page: 617 Likes
  • Blog: 17 subscribers

If I work hard enough, I truly believe these numbers will grow!

7. Monetize

I would really like to start monetizing this blog. My goals aren’t too huge with this one because I’m still so new and I’m really still exploring how to even do this but by the end of the year I would like to break even with my hosting costs and any course I may take. That’s it. If I break even, I will be a happy camper!

Well, there you have it! Our goals for the year! What will you be accomplishing this year?

Much Love,

-Amanda

 

To the Mother Who was Never a Mom…

The following is an open letter written by my lovely wife, to her mother.

Warning: Explicit language used.

The one thing the majority of us want in life is to be wanted by your family, friends and those who are lucky enough to love you for the rest of your life. The one thing in life that I always craved was a mom to be a mom. I worked really hard in life to overcome the damage that you left on me.

My entire life I watched you push me away by yelling, cussing and treating me like shit. Later in life, I watched you leave and sneak out of the house to get your fix. You would disappear for days. I would have no idea where you were; I just knew I was supposed to come home from school and take care of little brother. Dad would text me saying that you were arrested again and he needed my help with him. One time, you had to go for thirty days. Dad sat me down and asked me to help with getting little brother up and ready for school every day. Then, I had to rush home to make sure he got home from school and that his homework was done – all the things a mother should do. I’m not mad at Dad for making me take care of my brother; I’m mad at you because you couldn’t care less about becoming the mom you were supposed to be. You chose yourself over everyone else in your life. Always. You always did. I spent more than half of my life trying to be nothing like you, only to realize I was never anything like you to begin with.

As a child, I remember being sick and asking you to make me food because I was home from school with a fever. You refused. You stated that you were cold and you couldn’t get out of bed. Are you serious?! I then attempted to get up, struggling to even make it the thirty feet to the kitchen. Before I even got there, you stated “while you’re up make me some, too.” I said no. I couldn’t even make it to the kitchen, and you told me that if I didn’t make you some I was grounded. I then called my dad at work in tears because the one person that was home and I was supposed to depend on wasn’t there for me when I needed it. My Dad then came home from his lunch break and skipped a meal just so he could feed his sick daughter who couldn’t make it to the kitchen on her own – all because the mother of his child refused to get out of bed because she was cold.

My entire life, you called me names and you made me feel worthless. You chose drugs over me. You chose my little brother over me. We’re both your children; why couldn’t we be equal? It wasn’t my fault you didn’t want me. It wasn’t brother’s fault that you loved him more than me. You fucked me up. What is a child to do when the one person in the whole world that is supposed to teach them love and affection ignores them, treats them like garbage, emotionally abuses them, and leaves them to fend for themselves? Despite the ways you treated me, I hid my feelings from my brother. Why? Because I didn’t want him to know the truth about you. I didn’t want him to have the childhood that you had given me. Dad and I lied and said you were away at work, or you went on a bingo trip with Grandma. We covered it up for you all because we wanted him to have the best childhood he could have.

I was relieved when you went to prison. I didn’t have to deal with you mentally and emotionally hurting me anymore. You missed my high school graduation, and many other big events in my life. After Grandma died, Dad finally left you and moved in with Grandpa and I. I was already living there to get away from you. Watching my Grandma die was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but you weren’t there and you didn’t care. Dad left and moved in. I was relieved little brother would finally live a life without a mom that was in and out. He still had his sister, Dad, and Grandpa and that is all he needed.

I promised myself several years ago that I would never become you. I would never let any kind of substance consume my life. I wouldn’t lie, steal, and manipulate to get my way. I wouldn’t become a “parent” to my children only when it’s convenient for me. I would make something of myself. I’m independent, strong willed, driven and I know what I want with my life now. I have an amazing wife, job, son, friends, and even dogs. No thanks to you. When you found out I was gay, you told family friends that I needed to go get “all dicked up.” What kind of mom says that? When you found out I was engaged and getting married you said “cool.” You didn’t care enough to say congratulations and you didn’t care. I hid the date of my wedding because having you there would have ruined the day.

I was thrilled when I found out Amanda, my beautiful wife, was pregnant. You didn’t care. When our son was born, you acted all excited that you were finally going to be a “grandma.” You’re not his grandma. My stepmom is. You will never be anything to him. You weren’t excited that we were together, engaged, married, and pregnant. Why would you be excited now that he was here?
I was terrified to have kids because I was afraid I would turn out like you.

Now that I have a son,
I will cuddle him every night.

We will have macaroni and cheese with chocolate milk for dinner, just because.

We will have movie nights – his choice.

When we make plans, we will actually follow through.

I won’t forget him like YOU forgot me.

I will always be there for my kids, and tell them every single day how much I love them. I look at my son and how much I love him and wonder how you could ever hurt your child. I love him so much it would kill me to break his heart, like you did mine.

I want to take this time to say that I am slowing trying to heal from all the hurt. I’ve held this grudge for so long on my back that it’s like a backpack full of bricks, and I am slowly learning how to let go.

Just because you didn’t love me doesn’t mean that I don’t have to love myself. I am 24 years old and I am JUST NOW gaining my self-esteem. You really tore me down. I’m building myself up now – without you!

Any ounce of success I’ve tasted hasn’t come from your or your guidance. If anything, you’ve only been a living demonstration of everything I shouldn’t be. I got where I am today with absolutely no help from you. You had your chance to raise me and to become a part of my life, but you blew it. I don’t owe you a single thing!

I’m done letting what you’ve done have such a hold on me. It’s a new year and a new me. I don’t need you, and slowly I am realizing that. I hope whatever you’re doing in life makes you happy, because I know you’ve lost the 3 best things to ever happy to you. Your kids and grandchild. I will be the best mom and it will because you showed me exactly what not to do.

Have a nice life,
Angel

Anyone can make a baby.. it takes a special person to be a parent.

Ultimate List of Wedding Songs – The Receiving Line

Next up is the receiving line! What is that, you ask? At the end of your ceremony, you and your new spouse stand in the lobby/a designated space and your guests form a line and one by one you greet them as they come through.

This was the one thing I had to have in my wedding and that I would not budge on. I’m not a social butterfly and am pretty much an introvert so I knew a receiving line would be the only way I knew I would get to speak and thank 100% (as long as they went through the line!) of our guests. It also gave us time to actually enjoy our reception since we didn’t have to focus on making sure we talked with everyone.

Now there are several couples who will choose not to have a receiving line, and that is perfectly fine! But in case you do, here are some great songs to play in the background! I recommend having about an hour worth of songs picked out. A receiving line typically takes about a half hour but if your great Aunt Tessy is a bit long winded, you have some wiggle room!

Receiving Line
1. A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes by Jim Brickman* [Genre: New Age Time: 4:24]
2. A Little More by Skillet* [Genre: Religious Time: 4:49]
3. A Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
4. A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin* [Genre: R&B Time: 2:45]
5. A Thousand Years by Christina Perry* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:45]
6. A Whole New World by Disney* [Genre: Children’s Time: 2:41]
7. All I Want is You by U2* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 6:30]
8. All I Want to Do by Sugarland* [Genre: Country Time: 3:33]
9. All of Me by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:29]
10. All or Nothing by Theory of a Deadman* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:30]
11. Amazed by Boyz II Men* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:02]
12. Amazed by LoneStar* [Genre: Country Time: 4:00]
13. Amazing Grace by Elvis Presley* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:36]
14. American Honey by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 4:34]
15. Angel by Shaggy* [Genre: Reggae Time: 3:55]
16. Answered Prayer by Bob Carlisle* [Genre: Religious Time: 3:53]
17. Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not by Thompson Square* [Genre: Country Time: 3:05]
18. Arms by Christina Perry* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:21]
19. As Long as You Love Me by Backstreet Boys* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:40]
20. As Long as You Love Me by Justin Bieber* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
21. At Last by Beyonce* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:00]
22. At Last by Etta James* [Genre: Blues Time: 2:57]
23. Back at One by Brian McKnight* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:22]
24. Back at One by Mark Wills [Genre: Country Time: 4:06]
25. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:58]
26. Beautiful Life by Ace of Base* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
27. Beauty and the Beast by Celine Dion* [Genre Pop/Rock Time: 4:03]
28. Beauty and the Beast by Disney* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 2:45]
29. Beauty and the Beast by Jim Breckman*[Genre: Seating Time: 2:42]
30. Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 6:34]
31. Best Day of My Life by American Authors*[Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:14]
32. Better Life by Keith Urban* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
33. Better Together by Jack Johnson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:27]
34. Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:23]
35. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 3:47]
36. Bless the Broken Road by Selah* [Genre: Religious Time: 4:09]
37. Breathe by Faith Hill* [Genre: Country Time: 4:09]
38. Bubbly by Colbie Caillat* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
39. Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
40. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:01]
41. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Ingrid Michaelson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:14]
42. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Michael Buble* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
43. Can’t Help Falling in Love by UB40* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:27]
44. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Barry Manilow* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:48]
45. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:22]
46. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 4:45]
57. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lauryn Hill* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:41]
58. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Straight No Chaser* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:26]
59. Carried Away by George Strait* [Genre: Country Time: 3:19]
60. Carrying Your Love with Me by George Strait* [Genre: Country Time: 3:50]
61. Cherish by Kool & the Gang* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:50]
62. Come Away with Me by Norah Jones* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:18]
62. Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:19]
63. Count on Me by Bruno Mars* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
64. Crazy Girl by Eli Young Band* [Genre: Country Time: 3:19]
65. Crazy Love by Brian McKnight* [Genre: Rap Time: 4:02]
66. Crazy Love by Michael Buble* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
67. Dig by Incubus* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:17]
68. Don’t You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean* [Genre: Country Time: 4:16]
69. Dream a Little Dream of Me by The Mamas & the Papas* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
70. Dreams by The Cranberries [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:32]
71. Endless Love by Diana Ross* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:26]
72. Endless Love by Glee* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:25]
73. Ever the Same by Rob Thomas* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:16]
74. Everlong by Foo Fighters* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:10]
75. Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
76. Everyday by High School Musical* [ Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 4:35]
77. Fall for You by Secondhand Serenade* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:05]
78. Fast Cars and Freedom by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 4:23]
79. First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:10]
80. First Time by Lifehouse* [ Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:23]
81. For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder* [Genre R&B Time: 2:50]
82. For you I will By Monica* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 4:56]
83. Forever and Always by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
84. From this Moment by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
85. God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton* [Genre: Country Time: 3:50]
86. God Must Have Spent a Little More Time On You by *NSYNC* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:42]
87. Halo by Beyonce* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:21]
88. Happy Together by The Turtles* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:56]
89. Have I Told You Lately By Rod Stewart* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:01]
90. Have I Told You Lately By Van Morrison* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:20]
91. Heartbeat by The Fray* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:28]
92. Here I Am by Leona Lewis* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:52]
93. History in the Making by Darius Rucker* [Genre Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
94. Home by Phillip Phillips* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:30]
95. Honey Bee by Blake Shelton* [Genre: Country Time; 3:30]
96. How Sweet it is to be Loved by You by James Taylor* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:43]
97. I Could Not Ask for More by Edwin McCain* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:37]
98. I Could Not Ask for More by Sara Evans* [Genre: Country Time: 4:49]
99. I Cross My Heart by George Strait* [Genre: Country Time: 3:30]
100. I Do by 98 Degrees* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:45]

101. I Do by Colbie Caillat* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:54]
102. I Do by Mark Wills* [Genre: PCountry Time: 3:17]
103. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 4:59]
104. I Need You by LeAnn Rimes* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:47]
105. I Turn to You by Christina Aguilera* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:33]
106. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:58]
107. I Won’t Let Go by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 3:47]
108. I’ll Be by Edwin McCain* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:50]
109. I’ll Stand By You by Pretenders* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
110. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:34]
111. I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:43]
112. If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:48]
113. If I Didn’t Have You by Thompson Twins* [Genre: Country Time: 3:16]
114. Innocence by Avril Lavigne* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:53]
115. Is This Love by Bob Marley & the Wailers* [Genre: Reggae Time: 3:52]
116. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder* [Genre: R&B Time: 6:32]
117. It’s Gonna Be Love by Mandy Moore* [Genre: Stage & Scree Time: 3:51]
118. It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw* [Genre: Country Time: 3:45]
119. Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 3:45]
120. Just the Way You Are by Brno Mars* [ Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:40]
121. Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
122. Kind & Generous by Natalie Merchant* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:07]
123. Kiss the Girl by Burning Spear* [Genre: Reggae Time: 4:02]
124. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:18]
125. Little Things by One Direction* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
126. Look at Me by Carried Underwood* [Genre: Country Time: 3:16]
127. Lost by Faith Hill* [Genre: Country Time: 4:08]
128. Lost in This Moment by Big & Rich* [Genre: Country Time: 3:31]
129. Love Song by 311* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:29]
130. Lovesong by Adele* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 5:16]
131. Lovesong by the Cure* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
132. Marry Me by Train* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:25]
133. Me and You by Kenny Chesney* [Genre: Country Time: 3:39]
134. Mine by Taylor Swift* [Genre: Country Time: 3:51]
135. My Best Friend by Tim McGraw* [Genre: Country Time: 3:25]
136. My Girl by The Temptations [Genre: R&B Time: 2:57]
137. My Wish by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 4:08]
138. Never Gonna Be Alone by Nickelback* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:47]
139. Never Stop by Safetysuit* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
140. No One by Alicia Keys* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:13]
141. One Love by Bob Marley & the Wailers* [Genre: Reggae Time: 2:53]
142. Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole* [Genre: International Time: 3:32]
143. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash* [Genre: Country Time: 2:38]
144. Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:38]
145. Seasons of Love by Original Broadway Cast* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 2:51]
146. She Keeps Me Warm by Mary Lambert* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time; 3:52]
147. She’s Got a Way by Billy Joel* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:55]
148. Smile by Uncle Kracker* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:21]
149. So High by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 5:07]
150. Soldier by Gavin Degraw* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:31]
151. Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood* [Genre: Country Time: 3:48]
152. Stand By Me by Ben E. King* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time 2:54]
153. Stand By Me by John Lennon* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
154. Stay With You by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:49]
155. The Best Thing by Relient K* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:28]
156. The Time of My Life by Bill Medley* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:47]
157. The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:15]
158. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Jazz Time: 3:22]
159. Then by Braid Paisley* [Genre: Country Time: 4:17]
160. here She Goes by Sixpence None the Richer* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time 2:24]
161. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:41]
162. This I Swear by Nick Lachey* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:33]
163. This Will Be by Natalie Cole* [Genre: R&B Time: 2:51]
164. Three Times a Lady by Lionel Richie* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:35]
165. Truly Madly Deeply by Cascada* [Genre: Electronic Time: 4:11]
166. Until the End of Time by Justin Timberlake* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 5:22]
167. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 6:50]
168. Wanted by Hunter Hayes* [Genre: Country Time: 3:49]
169. We Danced by Brad Paisley* [Genre: Country Time: 3:45]
170. We’ve Only Just Begun by Carpenters* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:04]
171. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong* [Genre: Jazz Time: 2:17]
172. When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krauss* [Genre Country Time: 4:21]
173. When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating* [Genre Stage & Screen Time: 4:14]
174. With You by Jessica Simpson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:12]
175. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:44]
176. Wonderful Tonight by Michael Buble* [Genre: Vocal Time: 4:12]
177. Yellow by Coldplay* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:29]
178. You by Chris Young* [Genre: Country Time: 2:45]
179. You and Me by Lifehouse* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
180. You Are So Beautiful by Babyface* [Genre R&B Time: 3:16]
181. You Found Me by Kelly Clarkson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
182. You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Vocal Time: 2:57]
183. You Will Be in My Heart by Phil Collins* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:18]
184. You’re Still the One by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 3:34]
185. You’re the Inspiration by Chicago* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
186. You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 5:09]
187. Your Love is Extravagant by Casting Crowns* [Genre: Religious Time: 3:52]
188. Yours Forever by Dara McLean* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:06]

Well, there’s that! I hope you found some songs that you can use!

What’s your favorite song on this list? Make sure you comment below!

-Amanda

23 Songs for your Wedding Recessional!

Congratulations! You are now married!! Now you get to walk back down the aisle and head to paaaaarrtaay! Now you can, of course, walk back to the traditional recessional march. But if you’re a little more non traditional, like myself, you might want a little something different!

So I have gathered a list of 23 songs that you could walk back down the aisle to.

You should only need 1 song unless your aisle is super long and like always you can always repeat the song. You shouldn’t really need to practice this one, just make sure that however much time you needed for the processional you don’t have less than however long that song is.

So here it goes..

The Recessional
1. Accidentally in Love by Counting Crows* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:08]
2. All I Want to Do by Sugarland* [Genre: Country Time: 3:33]
3. All or Nothing by Theory of a Deadman* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:30]
4. Angel by Shaggy* [Genre: Reggae Time: 3:55]
5. Beautiful Life by Ace of Base* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
6. Best Day of My Life by American Authors*[Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:14]
7. Better Life by Keith Urban* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
8. Better Together by Jack Johnson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:27]
9. Bubbly by Colbie Caillat* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
10. Can’t Get Enough of You Baby by Smash Mouth* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 2:31]
11. Can’t Help Falling in Love by UB40* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:27]
12. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Straight No Chaser* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:26]
13. Count on Me by Bruno Mars* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
14. Forever and For Always by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
15. I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:13]
16. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:34]
17. Innocence by Avril Lavigne* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:53]
18. It Takes Two by Marvin Gaye/Kim Weston* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:00]
19. My Girl by The Temptations* [Genre: R&B Time: 2:57]
20. The Best Thing by Relient K* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:28]
21. The Time of My Life by Bill Medley* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:47]
22. This Will Be by Natalie Cole* [Genre: R&B Time: 2:51]
23. Truly Madly Deeply by Cascada* [Genre: Electronic Time: 4:11]

So there you have it! I hope you find something you can use!

What song did you use for your recessional? Any that could be added to the list? Make sure you comment below and let me know!

-Amanda

13 Songs for Your Sand Ceremony

Coming right up is a very special moment in your ceremony, if you chose to have one! It’s the Sand Ceremony! Of course these songs can be used for a Unity Candle lighting as well. Our wedding was outside so we went with the sand.

I’m sure you know what’s coming but I’m going to highly recommend you practice this too! Depending on how big your alter is (if you have one), so how far you have to walk, how big your train is (you’re going to need time to maneuver around with that thing), how much sand you will have, or how long it takes you to light a candle, nervously. I would practice it from start to finish and then if you have a good chunk of song left, I would trim that out.

My wife and I got married on a really small alter and even though our song was only 3 minutes long, we were left standing there awkwardly for a good portion of it. Maybe we just poured the sand too fast in excitement lol Luckily, my baby sister was singing our song so that was our saving grace in the awkward department. More people were focused on her.

Hope you can find something you like in this list!

But anywho, here it is….

Sand Ceremony
1. All of Me by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:29]
2. Amazed by Boyz II Men* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:02]
3. Amazed by LoneStar* [Genre: Country Time: 4:00]
4. Back at One by Brian McKnight* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:22]
5. Back at One by Mark Wills [Genre: Country Time: 4:06]
6. From this Moment by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
7. Here I Am by Leona Lewis* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:52]
8. I Choose You by Sara Bareilles* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
9. I Won’t Let Go by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 3:47]
10. Never Stop by Safetysuit* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
11. Stay With You by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:49]
12. This I Swear by Nick Lachey* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:33]
13. Truly Madly Deeply by Cascada* [Genre: Electronic Time: 4:11]

Hope you can find something you like in this list!

What song did you use, if you’ve already been married? Make sure you let me know in the comments below! 🙂

-Amanda

13 Songs You Can Walk Down the Aisle To!

Next up is the BIG moment! The bride’s entrance and the music she will be walking down the aisle to! Now I know most brides out there will choose the traditional wedding march and that is perfectly fine. These songs are for those that want just a little something different. Like me!

Again, I highly recommend practicing the timing of your song, especially if there is a particular lyric that you really want heard. We used “I Choose you” by Sara Bareilles (the acoustic version) and I had to have the line “I get to be the other half of you” heard. I just had to. And of course it was the near the end of the song. We rehearsed it several times and it was going to be a close call since we had a very short aisle.

Coincidentally, I have ZERO idea if that lyric was actually played or not because I couldn’t really hear the song, I was consumed with the overwhelming feeling of the eyes of all of my family and friends on me and my beautiful bride waiting at the other end for me. It’s an intense and almost indescribable feeling (queue in Aladdin music here). And Yes, you still get that feeling even with a first look! (But that’s a whole other topic for a whole different day). But anyways, I heard the lyric in my head and felt the energy we were going for and I know our guests felt it too and that’s all that matters.

You only need to pick 1 song but like always, I recommend having a backup. Just in case 🙂
Here it goes..

Bride Entrance
1. A Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
2. A Thousand Years by Christina Perry* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:45]
3. Amazed by Boyz II Men* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:02]
4. Amazed by LoneStar* [Genre: Country Time: 4:00]
5. At Last by Beyonce* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:00]
6. At Last by Etta James* [Genre: Blues Time: 2:57]
7. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 3:47]
8. Bless the Broken Road by Selah* [Genre: Religious Time: 4:09]
9. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 4:45]
10. Endless Love by Luther Vandross* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:21]
11. I Choose You by Sara Bareilles* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
12. Look at Me by Carried Underwood* [Genre: Country Time: 3:16]
13. Marry Me by Train* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:25]

So there you have it! I hope you can find something in this list that you can use!

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-Amanda

18 Songs for Your Wedding Processional

Moving right along to the processional! These are songs that your bridesmaids and Maid/Matron of Honor can walk down the aisle to!

Like with the seating of the parents, you only really need 1 song. Unless of course you have a ton of bridesmaids that have to go down a long aisle then I would pick out a second song or just put the 1 song on repeat!

Also, make sure that you practice the timing of the song to make sure it will be long enough. I don’t know how many times my wife and I practiced walking down our hallway (which was similar length of our aisle) to make sure we could time it right! And remember your bridesmaids will typically walk a little faster than you expect and your flower girls and/or ring bearers will walk slower than you expect.

As always songs marked with a * will be on multiple lists.

The Processional

1. Better Together by Jack Johnson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:27]
2. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 3:47]
3. Bless the Broken Road by Selah* [Genre: Religious Time: 4:09]
4. Bubbly by Colbie Caillat* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
5. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Barry Manilow* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:48]
6. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:22]
7. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 4:45]
8. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lauryn Hill* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:41]
9. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Straight No Chaser* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:26]
10. Endless Love by Luther Vandross* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:21]
11. From this Moment by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
12. I Do by Colbie Caillat* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:54]
13. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:34]
14. Little Things by One Direction* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
15. Marry Me by Train* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:25]
16. My Girl by The Temptations [Genre: R&B Time: 2:57]
17. Seasons of Love by Original Broadway Cast* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 2:51]
18. She Keeps Me Warm by Mary Lambert* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time; 3:52]

Hope you can find something you can use in this list! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss the next lists that come out or any other happenings here at 2 moms and a baby!

And if you have any other song suggestions, make sure you drop them in the comments below!

-Amanda

7 Songs You Can Seat Your Parents To at Your Wedding

Next up in the Ultimate List of Wedding Songs series is songs that you can seat your parents (and grandparents!) to! This list isn’t nearly as long as the last but it has some great songs on it, nonetheless!

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You should only need to pick 1 song but if your aisle is super long you may want to have a second song ready to go! Or you can always just start it over, of course.

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Again, the ones marked with an * will be on more than one list. So here it goes…

Seating of the Parents
1. A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes by Jim Brickman* [Genre: New Age Time: 4:24]
2. Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
3. Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole* [Genre: International Time: 3:32]
4. Seasons of Love by Original Broadway Cast* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 2:51]
5. Stand By Me by Ben E. King* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time 2:54]
6. Stand By Me by John Lennon* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
7. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong* [Genre: Jazz Time: 2:17]

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Hope you can find something you like in this list! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on the great upcoming playlists that are perfect for any wedding! (subscribe form is down below or to the right 🙂 )

-Amanda

Ultimate List of Wedding Songs – Guest Seating

So when we got married a little over a year ago, I spent sooooo much time coming up with the perfect list of music (I’m a HUGE music buff!) to use in both our ceremony and reception. We’re talking months here. So I want to spare all those brides to be out there a little time and give you my ultimate list of wedding songs. I listened to over 1700 songs in making this list (yes, I know, I’m a little cray cray).

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I would like to point out that this list is, of course, same sex wedding appropriate, but it can be used for any wedding out there: straight, gay, old, young, rustic, modern, etc.

I’m going to break it up into what parts of the wedding the song can be used for over the next several posts. There are just way too many songs to be listed here in one spot. You would seriously get overwhelmed. I know I surely do looking at it all! Those with a * will be in multiple lists.
So here goes to the very first part! And how better to start than the very first thing in your wedding that needs music! Background music for when your guests are arriving and being seated. You generally need about 45 minutes – 1 hour worth of songs to fill up this space (Guests tend to show up 30 minutes early but you know you’re Great Aunt Tessie is going to show up even earlier than that) . This list has wayyyyy more than 1 hour so feel free to pick and choose!

Ceremony – Seating of the Guests
1. A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes by Jim Brickman* [Genre: New Age Time: 4:24]
2. A Little More by Skillet* [Genre: Religious Time: 4:49]
3. A Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
4. A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin* [Genre: R&B Time: 2:45]
5. A Thousand Years by Christina Perry* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:45]
6. A Whole New World by Disney* [Genre: Children’s Time: 2:41]
7. Accidentally in Love by Counting Crows* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:08]
8. All I Want is You by U2* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 6:30]
9. All I Want to Do by Sugarland* [Genre: Country Time: 3:33]
10. All of Me by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:29]
11. Amazed by Boyz II Men* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:02]
12. Amazed by LoneStar* [Genre: Country Time: 4:00]
13. Amazing Grace by Elvis Presley* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:36]
14. American Honey by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 4:34]
15. Angel by Shaggy* [Genre: Reggae Time: 3:55]
16. Answered Prayer by Bob Carlisle* [Genre: Religious Time: 3:53]
17. Arms by Christina Perry* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:21]
18. Arms Wide Open by Creed* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
19. As Long as You Love Me by Backstreet Boys* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:40]
20. As Long as You Love Me by Justin Bieber* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
21. At Last by Beyonce* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:00]
22. At Last by Etta James* [Genre: Blues Time: 2:57]
23. Back at One by Brian McKnight* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:22]
24. Back at One by Mark Wills [Genre: Country Time: 4:06]
25. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:58]
26. Beautiful Life by Ace of Base* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
27. Beauty and the Beast by Celine Dion* [Genre Pop/Rock Time: 4:03]
28. Beauty and the Beast by Disney* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 2:45]
29. Beauty and the Beast by Jim Breckman*[Genre: Seating Time: 2:42]
30. Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 6:34]
31. Best Day of My Life by American Authors*[Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:14]
32. Better Life by Keith Urban* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
33. Better Together by Jack Johnson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:27]
34. Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:23]
35. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 3:47]
36. Bless the Broken Road by Selah* [Genre: Religious Time: 4:09]
37. Breathe by Faith Hill* [Genre: Country Time: 4:09]
38. Bubbly by Colbie Caillat* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
39. Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
40. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:01]
41. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Ingrid Michaelson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:14]
42. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Michael Buble* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
43. Can’t Help Falling in Love by UB40* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:27]
44. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Barry Manilow* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:48]
45. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:22]
46. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 4:45]
57. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Lauryn Hill* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:41]
58. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Straight No Chaser* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:26]
59. Carried Away by George Strait* [Genre: Country Time: 3:19]
60. Carrying Your Love with Me by George Strait* [Genre: Country Time: 3:50]
61. Cherish by Kool & the Gang* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:50]
62. Come Away with Me by Norah Jones* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:18]
62. Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:19]
63. Count on Me by Bruno Mars* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
64. Crazy Girl by Eli Young Band* [Genre: Country Time: 3:19]
65. Crazy Love by Brian McKnight* [Genre: Rap Time: 4:02]
66. Crazy Love by Michael Buble* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
67. Dig by Incubus* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:17]
68. Don’t You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean* [Genre: Country Time: 4:16]
69. Dream a Little Dream of Me by The Mamas & the Papas* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
70. Dreams by The Cranberries [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:32]
71. Endless Love by Diana Ross* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:26]
72. Endless Love by Glee* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:25]
73. Endless Love by Luther Vandross* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:21]
74. Ever Ever After by Carrie Underwood [Genre: Children’s Time: 3:28]
75. Ever the Same by Rob Thomas* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:16]
76. Everlong by Foo Fighters* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:10]
77. Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
78. Everyday by High School Musical* [ Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 4:35]
79. Fall for You by Secondhand Serenade* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:05]
80. Fast Cars and Freedom by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 4:23]
81. First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:10]
82. First Time by Lifehouse* [ Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:23]
83. For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder* [Genre R&B Time: 2:50]
84. For you I will By Monica* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 4:56]
85. Forever and Always by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
86. From this Moment by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 4:43]
87. God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton* [Genre: Country Time: 3:50]
88. God Must Have Spent a Little More Time On You by *NSYNC* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:42]
89. Halo by Beyonce* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:21]
90. Happy Together by The Turtles* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:56]
91. Have I Told You Lately By Rod Stewart* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:01]
92. Have I Told You Lately By Van Morrison* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:20]
93. Heartbeat by The Fray* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:28]
94. Here I Am by Leona Lewis* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:52]
95. History in the Making by Darius Rucker* [Genre Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
96. Home by Phillip Phillips* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:30]
97. Honey Bee by Blake Shelton* [Genre: Country Time; 3:30]
98. How Sweet it is to be Loved by You by James Taylor* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:43]
99. I Choose You by Sara Bareilles* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
100. I Could Not Ask for More by Edwin McCain* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:37]

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101. I Could Not Ask for More by Sara Evans* [Genre: Country Time: 4:49]
102. I Cross My Heart by George Strait* [Genre: Country Time: 3:30]
103. I Do by 98 Degrees* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:45]
104. I Do by Colbie Caillat* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:54]
105. I Do by Mark Wills* [Genre: PCountry Time: 3:17]
106. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 4:59]
107. I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:13]
108. I Need You by LeAnn Rimes* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:47]
109. I Turn to You by Christina Aguilera* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:33]
110. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:58]
111. I Won’t Let Go by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 3:47]
112. I’ll Be by Edwin McCain* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:50]
113. I’ll Stand By You by Pretenders* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
114. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:34]
115. I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Vocal Time: 3:43]
116. If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:48]
117. If I Didn’t Have You by Thompson Twins* [Genre: Country Time: 3:16]
118. Innocence by Avril Lavigne* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:53]
119. Inside Your Heaven by Carrie Underwood* [Genre: Country Time: 3:46]
120. Is This Love by Bob Marley & the Wailers* [Genre: Reggae Time: 3:52]
121. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder* [Genre: R&B Time: 6:32]
122. It’s Gonna Be Love by Mandy Moore* [Genre: Stage & Scree Time: 3:51]
123. It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw* [Genre: Country Time: 3:45]
124. Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum* [Genre: Country Time: 3:45]
125. Just the Way You Are by Brno Mars* [ Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:40]
126. Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:59]
127. Kind & Generous by Natalie Merchant* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:07]
128. Kiss the Girl by Burning Spear* [Genre: Reggae Time: 4:02]
129. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:18]
130. Little Things by One Direction* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
131. Look at Me by Carried Underwood* [Genre: Country Time: 3:16]
132. Lost by Faith Hill* [Genre: Country Time: 4:08]
133. Lost in This Moment by Big & Rich* [Genre: Country Time: 3:31]
134. Love Song by 311* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 3:29]
135. Lovesong by Adele* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 5:16]
136. Lovesong by the Cure* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
137. Marry Me by Train* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:25]
138. Me and You by Kenny Chesney* [Genre: Country Time: 3:39]
139. Mine by Taylor Swift* [Genre: Country Time: 3:51]
140. My Best Friend by Tim McGraw* [Genre: Country Time: 3:25]
141. My Girl by The Temptations [Genre: R&B Time: 2:57]
142. My Wish by Rascal Flatts* [Genre: Country Time: 4:08]
143. Never Gonna Be Alone by Nickelback* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:47]
144. Never Stop by Safetysuit* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:00]
145. No One by Alicia Keys* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:13]
146. One Love by Bob Marley & the Wailers* [Genre: Reggae Time: 2:53]
147. Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole* [Genre: International Time: 3:32]
148. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash* [Genre: Country Time: 2:38]
149. Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:38]
150. Seasons of Love by Original Broadway Cast* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 2:51]
151. She Keeps Me Warm by Mary Lambert* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time; 3:52]
152. She’s Got a Way by Billy Joel* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:55]
153. Smile by Uncle Kracker* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:21]
154. So High by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 5:07]
155. Soldier by Gavin Degraw* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:31]
156. Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood* [Genre: Country Time: 3:48]
157. Stand By Me by Ben E. King* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time 2:54]
158. Stand By Me by John Lennon* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:29]
159. Stay With You by John Legend* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:49]
160. Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:47]
161. The Best Thing by Relient K* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:28]
162. The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 2:15]
163. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Jazz Time: 3:22]
164. Then by Braid Paisley* [Genre: Country Time: 4:17]
165. There Goes My Baby by Usher* [Genre: R&B Time: 4:41]
166. There She Goes by Sixpence None the Richer* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time 2:24]
167. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:41]
168. This I Swear by Nick Lachey* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:33]
169. This Will Be by Natalie Cole* [Genre: R&B Time: 2:51]
170. Three Times a Lady by Lionel Richie* [Genre: R&B Time: 3:35]
171. Until the End of Time by Justin Timberlake* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 5:22]
172. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield* [Genre: Stage & Screen Time: 6:50]
173. Wanted by Hunter Hayes* [Genre: Country Time: 3:49]
174. We Danced by Brad Paisley* [Genre: Country Time: 3:45]
175. We’ve Only Just Begun by Carpenters* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:04]
176. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong* [Genre: Jazz Time: 2:17]
177. When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krauss* [Genre Country Time: 4:21]
178. When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating* [Genre Stage & Screen Time: 4:14]
179. With You by Jessica Simpson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:12]
180. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:44]
181. Wonderful Tonight by Michael Buble* [Genre: Vocal Time: 4:12]
182. Yellow by Coldplay* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:29]
183. You by Chris Young* [Genre: Country Time: 2:45]
184. You and Me by Lifehouse* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:17]
185. You Are So Beautiful by Babyface* [Genre R&B Time: 3:16]
186. You Found Me by Kelly Clarkson* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:39]
187. You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra* [Genre: Vocal Time: 2:57]
188. You Will Be in My Heart by Phil Collins* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 4:18]
189. You’re Still the One by Shania Twain* [Genre: Country Time: 3:34]
190. You’re the Inspiration by Chicago* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:49]
191. You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 5:09]
192. Your Love is Extravagant by Casting Crowns* [Genre: Religious Time: 3:52]
193. Yours Forever by Dara McLean* [Genre: Pop/Rock Time: 3:06]

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Well, there you have it! The full list of songs you can seat your guests to! If you have any additional suggestions, make sure to drop them in the comments!

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-Amanda

Thinking Slimmer – Slimpod Gold 12 Week Program – Week 1

Sorry I’m a day late but.. 1 week down! 11 more to go! I will have to be honest with you all and say 2 of the days this week I did fail to listen to my Slimpod 🙁 My goal has been to listen to them at night but when I finally get the baby to go to sleep and then get everything we need gathered for the night, it just slips my mind. I may switch to listening to it whenever I have a chance this week and see if that does better for me.

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But despite not listening for a couple of days, I do think it is working. How do I know? Well, not 1, not 2, not 3 but ALL 7 days this week I stayed under my calorie budget I set for myself. This is actually huge for me! I don’t know how many times I have started a week saying I was going to keep track of my calories but by the end of it I had given up because I’d gone over a few of the days. And there were several days this week that I could have easily gone over but I chose not to. I am incredibly proud of myself!

Part of the Slimpod Program is that you write down 3 successes you had for that day. Here’s a sample of what some of mine were over the past week:
*Kept under my calorie budget
*Listened to my slimpod
*Didn’t dip into the candy bowl at work
*Did not eat the mouth-watering snickerdoodle bread that a coworker brought in (that sat right in front me the whole day, mind you!)
*Didn’t have dessert
*Did not get a shake at one of our favorite burger joints

Now as you can probably tell, a lot of those have to do with sweets. Sweets has been my Achilles heel. Always. So it’s cool to see me already making progress and having the power to say no.

Another change I am starting to notice is that at the very first of the week I was thinking about food all day long. Like it was taking some serious will power to restrain, but the past few days I have barely thought about it. I look down and it’s noon and haven’t been counting down the minutes to lunch time yet. I think this is the biggest improvement I’ve noticed yet.

One thing I am still struggling with, however, is the scale. One of Slimpod’s suggestions is to not step on the scale but to just use inches but I have been stepping on that scale every single day, without fail, since I was 16. Maybe even before that. So this is an incredibly hard habit for me to break. I just HAVE to know. But I’m working on it.

With that being said, here are my numbers for the week:
Weight: 332.5 (down 1.4 lbs )
Neck: 16 3/4 in. (up 1/2 in.)
Bust: 56 3/4 in. (down 1 in.)
Waist: 52 in. (down 2 in.)
Hips: 64 3/8 in. (up 1/8 in.)
Arms: Right: 18 1/2 in. (down 3/8 in.) Left: 16 1/2 in. (down 3/4 in.)
Thighs: Right: 34 in (down 1/4 in.) Left: 33 3/4 in (down 1/2 in.)
Shirt Size: 2X/3X (Same)
Pants: 26/3X (Same)

So in total I have lost 1.4lbs and down 4 1/8 inches. I am definitely headed in the right direction! Now I’m pumped to get Week 2 started!

-Amanda