Wedding Bells: 5 Times When You Shouldn’t Wear Your Engagement Ring

Sweet Mary Louise - Engagement RingI will admit that I am guilty of never wanting to take my engagement ring off and I really feel like I’m missing a body part when I’m not wearing it. It’s grown to be a part of me and is incredibly special to me. However, as special as my ring is to me, I realize that there are a few times that it’s not a great time to wear my ring and I do make the decision to take it off.

Today, I’m going to share a few times that I make the conscious decision to take my ring off, and maybe you should think twice about wearing it when one of these situations comes up for you.

In my opinion, avoid wearing your ring:

  1. In the shower. Taking my ring off when I’m about to take a shower started pretty early for me because my hair would always get caught on the ring. I would be lathering up my hair with shampoo and then have to untangle my hair from around the ring which started to become a pain. And, the soap made my ring incredibly slippery on my finger which made me nervous. I didn’t want it accidentally falling off and then chip or scratch or really anything bad. Plus, my band is made of white gold which can eventually tarnish over the years if over exposed to chemicals in soap.
  2. At the gym. When I was newly engaged, I thought it was so cute to wear my ring anywhere I went and with anything I wore, but I soon came to realize that the gym is no place to wear diamonds. I will say, a lot of women still wear their ring to work out, which is fine, but when I would lift weights, my ring would scratch along the dumbbells and bars and it just didn’t make sense for me to wear it. I was probably causing more damage than I was aware of and I opted out of wearing it to the gym. Plus, in the event that I for whatever reason could injure my hand or finger, I wouldn’t want swelling to prevent the ring to come off and then it would need to be cut off (yikes)! I now just avoid wearing it for that short period of time and put it right back on when I get home.
  3. To bed. I know this one may sound weird. It wasn’t until about 2 months ago that I stopped wearing my ring to bed because I read an article online that mentioned a woman got a prong of her ring snagged on the sheets and her diamond fell out! It’s highly improbable that this would happen to you or even me, but better be safe than sorry. I still find myself accidentally wearing it to bed on occasion but I still like to play it safe. I want to add, I ripped a sterling silver bracelet off my wrist in college when I was sleeping and had no idea. I thought I had lost the bracelet for a week only to find it in my sheets and broken because it had been ripped off. So, I’ll avoid the chance of me taking my ring off and oddly losing it in the sheets.
  4. When baking or cooking. This only applies if you are using your hands to help with the recipe. For example, molding meatballs by hand with raw meat or kneading dough by hand to make a bread or crust. I say this because food can tend to get caught in the ring which is not always bad but it’s not always good. Food getting caught in the ring can make your diamond look dull or if it’s an acidic food, can wear the metal of your band down. I would just advise taking it off while using your hands to be safe.
  5. When you’re swimming. When I say swimming, I mean anything that involves a large body of water (Obviously, Mary!). Whether it’s your personal pool or a lake or ocean, just take your ring off. I am guilty of wearing my ring to the pool a few times this Summer, but the chlorine that’s in the water can affect your diamond over time and it’s best to avoid that. Also, if you’re in a lake or ocean, I can just see it accidentally slipping off and then there’s no chance of saving it. That gorgeous gem will sink faster than you’ll realize it’s off and they’ll be no chance of getting it back. Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    As much as I hate taking my ring off, I absolutely cherish it and would be devastated if something were to happen to it. Now, I want to say that my ring IS insured and I am covered if anything did happen, but still, I’ll do what I can to avoid that.

    Are there any times that you are adamant about taking your ring off? Or are you a brave soul that never takes it off?




Orange Tank Top

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top: sold out (similar) Sweet Wanderer Tank Top shorts: Target Distressed Jean Shorts shoes: White Converse

The weekend has flown by and another work week has begun! Kelly and I enjoyed a great weekend together for our anniversary and I was definitely slow to get up this morning. Why can’t the weekend be longer??

But, we spent some time out and about yesterday morning and I had the perfect top for a casual morning of errands. It’s a really light material and a great option to stay cool in the Summer heat. I especially love the white trim detail on the edges for that extra but of flare. Unfortunately the top is sold out but I linked a very similar top above.

I threw on my favorite pair of white shorts and my white converse for our day of running around. I included my go-to jewelry and was off!

Links to all clothing items are provided above.


Weekend + Links


It’s finally Friday.

I feel like this week moved like molasses and was never going to end. But, here we are and I’m excited for the weekend!

Kelly and I are celebrating our 4 year anniversary down on the coast this weekend for a little R&R and some sunshine. It’ll be nice to get away for the day and just be together. We haven’t done that in a while so I’m looking really forward to it.

Anyway, I’ve included a few links below that I had my eye on this week and I hope you enjoy!

+ I’ve been eyeing this dress to possibly wear for my bridal shower this Fall. So gorgeous

+ Anything that involves a mason jar is pretty cute, but these cherry pies are the cutest I’ve seen. Possibly worth giving it a try.

+ Here’s a link to 40 amazing dupes for expensive makeup that has me hooked! I can’t wait to try a few of these.

+ Pokemon Go has taken over the youth of this country, and things are getting dangerous. See the 8 weirdest incidents so far. Be safe, y’all!

+ In the light of recent events with the Dallas Police Department last week, here’s a link to donate on behalf of Assist The Officer Foundation. My heart is with all families that lost someone last week.

I hope everyone has an incredible weekend and stays safe!

What are y’all up to this weekend?


Crispy Cheddar Chips


It’s no secret I’m a lover of food and if you tell me that something has cheese on it, I’m in. Cheese is one of my favorite things to eat on top of pretty much anything, and even by the slice off a block if I have a chance. Well, yesterday I had a craving for something savory and salty, but I didn’t want to spoil my dinner and I wanted to limit the calories I ate for a snack. So, with that being said, I decided I would give a new recipe a try.

The grocery store that I shop at sells these little cheese crisps in a carton for close to $7.00 a package and I thought it was such a simple concept for a hefty price. I gave them one look and thought, “I can do that!” So, in the midst of my salty craving, I tried this recipe out and luckily it was a success! It’s delicious, gluten free, low carb, and make in a total of 10-12 minutes.

I only made one batch of 12 in the event that it was a fail, but you can make as many batches of chips your little heart desires.

Here is how I made these yummy cheddar chips…


Approximately 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)


Preheat oven to 375*. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and cut the paper to fit onto the sheet evenly. Next, eyeballing your measurements, sprinkle small piles of cheese on to the baking sheet.untitled-3

Make sure you put about 1 inch in between each pile to account for the cheese to spread as it melts in the oven.


Once you have your cheese sectioned on to the baking sheet, place in the oven for 6-8 minutes.


untitled-6Once you take the cheese out of the oven, it may still be bubbling which is just fine. As soon as it comes out, place each chip onto a paper towel to set. The cheese will harden up once it’s off the hot surface of the baking sheet and then becomes crispy.untitled-7


After it’s sat for about 1-2 minutes, your chips are ready to place on a serving tray for you or your guests to enjoy. It’s that easy!


I gave one to Kelly as a taste test and he was sold! Very simple and yummy snack that was a hit. I have a strong feeling these will be making an appearance in our house again soon.


My Weight Loss Update | 5 Tips for a Healthier You

In recent months, I’ve found a new passion for health and a desire for a better me. I will be honest and say that the pressure of wearing a gorgeous wedding dress in front of 150 people at the end of the year weighs heavily on me. But, I’m happy that the pressure of my wedding day has found me because I have great determination to get in better shape than I am now for my wedding day. With that being said, I have no exact number in my mind or loss of inches I’m striving for. Although I believe a great way to work towards a goal is to have specific goals in mind, I don’t want to feel disappointment if I don’t hit that specific number by a certain deadline. However, I do know I have a vision for how I want to look and a way I want to feel and that’s what I’m working towards. Ultimately, I want to feel my best and work hard at reaching that goal until the big day and beyond then.


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Now, I would say that it’s been since the beginning of May that I have been trying really hard to focus on my health and shedding any extra weight I can. It’s been a solid 2 months which is longer than I’ve devoted myself to a healthier weight than any time before. Believe me when I say I’ve occasionally woken up frustrated because I feel like I have zero progress and that I’m working hard for nothing. But, then I get on the scale for a check-in and I’m pleasantly surprised. Would I like for the weight to come off a little quicker than it is? Sure. But I remind myself that it’s a process and it will pay off in the end.

What I want to do today is share what I’ve been doing to focus on shedding weight at a healthy and steady rate. I’m not following any sort of strict diet or workout regimen and am learning as I go. I remind myself, “This is a process. This is a process.” I learn new things along my journey regularly and know I will continue to do so moving forward. Here are a few tips I have for anyone trying to shed extra weight and things that have helped me along the way:

  1. First and foremost, I’m drinking a ton of water. I never focused on my water intake before and this step alone has helped me out incredibly. I make it a point to drink at least 3 liters of water a day. I do this 1) because hydration is a key factor in keeping your muscles functioning properly 2) it can help curb my appetite by tricking my body into thinking it’s more full than it is and 3) it helps shed extra toxins and water weight that I may have been holding. I have a new love for water and will do a whole post about it on another day. But, my strongest bit of advice would be to drink more water. Period. (On a side note, I want to add that I have limited myself to drinking alcohol only 1 day a week.)

  2. Log everything you consume in a food journal. This has been so beneficial for me because it helps remind me what I have already eaten for the day and keeps me on track to make smart decisions throughout the day. Even when you aren’t being strict about your diet, logging it in a food journal helps because it will show you how many calories really are in those mozzarella sticks that you wouldn’t have thought twice about had you not needed to log it. Yeah, guilt can set in because the nutritional facts are a lot worse than you expected, but you will learn that the next time there is an opportunity to eat them and you’ll maybe want to order a healthier option. Or not. It’s all about balance. Logging your food is always a good idea when trying to lose weight because it holds you accountable and conscious of your eating habits. I use an app on my iPhone called MyFitnessPal and it’s technology is way more advanced than it used to be. It measures macro-nutrients of your food, calories, and also reminds you to log your food if you may have forgotten. You can add friends through the app to help keep each other accountable. If you want to add me, my username is: marylsnodgrass.

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  3. I know this one may sound obvious, but it’s so important, and it is to stay active. This one is hard for me because I loathe working out. I don’t enjoy cardio workouts because I tend to get bored, and I hate lifting weights even more because I have no idea what I’m doing. But, I have a goal that I want to reach and I’m not going to reach it without working out on a regular basis. When we moved to Houston, we were fortunate enough to find an apartment we loved across the street from a gym. Once we got settled, I got a gym membership and tried out a few of the classes. Much to my surprise, I fell in love with a class that is taught on Mondays and Wednesday. Through March and April, I saw some results but not much. I learned that a 45 minute workout twice a week wasn’t going to do much for me. So, on the days there was no class, I put my headphones in and went on a jog. I found a nice path that I enjoy and I see it now as “me time”. Since I started working out about 4 times a week, that’s when my results started to really start showing. There are days where the last thing I want to go is put on my tennis shoes after work to go workout, but I do it and always feel amazing afterwards.

  4. Green tea. I’ve never really been a tea drinker. I am a sole believer in black coffee and will love it to my grave, but I read an article that green tea is extremely beneficial in lowering cholesterol and naturally eliminates triglycerides that your body is storing. I will say, it’s no magic pill, but it does help curb my appetite for a snack in the afternoon and is a bit of a healthier alternative than the cup of coffee I would be drinking in it’s place. It does have somewhat of a bitter aftertaste, but it’s not overpowering to the point that I’m forcing it down with a disgusted face. I enjoy it. Fat loss is a specific goal of mine and I have seen results with the combination of healthy diet, exercise, and green tea. It doesn’t hurt to try, right?

  5. Keep a positive attitude and remind yourself daily of your goals. I know I said it earlier, but there are definitely bad days where I just want to order pizza and drink red wine to comfort myself and relax after a long day. But I know when I get that craving and if I were to buckle and cheat, I would feel incredible guilt and I would erase a lot of hard work that I put forth to achieve results. I’m not exactly sure how much weight I intend to lose and I’m not exactly sure how much more strict I want to be or if I even want to ease up a bit. Like I said, I am learning as I go but as long as I keep a positive attitude and remind myself of what I’m working towards, it will motivate me to keep the path and that results will eventually follow. No matter how big or small. What I do know is I feel healthier than I ever have before and love it.

Everyone’s journey is different and everyone will achieve results in different ways and at different times. I’m learning a lot about myself and my body along the way that success is not achieved overnight. If you have any tips, tricks, secrets, or overall encouragement send it my way! I love hearing different bits of success that people have and I hope to motivate someone with my story. Trust me, I have quite a way to go but I’m excited to see how my hard work will pay off. I appreciate the kind words from everyone along the way and hope to continue to surprise you all!