Friday, March 8, 2019

Our 5 Year Wedding Anniversary

The Neapolitan Wedding

The Neapolitan Wedding

The Neapolitan Wedding

Hello and happy Friday! Today is our 5th wedding anniversary and boy have the years flown by. I cannot believe it has been that long and that we are now blessed with the sweetest, little boy. I haven't shared our professional wedding photos here so I thought today was a great opportunity. 

I'm sure most brides will say their wedding day was magical and I am no different. Shane and I were reminiscing last night about that day and I remember so vividly waking up and running to the blinds to open them and look at the weather. I immediately ran outside to see how it felt and it was the most PERFECT weather. A bit of a breeze, sunny, and 75 degrees. Basically the most perfect Spring day. It was exactly what I wanted and why I chose March as our wedding month. 

All my bridesmaids slept at my house and my best friend Callie and I were in our room together (Shane was at his parent's house). I remember laughing together and just being so happy to be with my friends and have the entire day to look forward to. 

We got married at an iconic Naples spot.. the Naples Beach Hotel. Everyone we worked with there was absolutely incredible and they truly helped make our day so special. 

 As I walked down the aisle to my high school sweetheart behind him I saw the sunshine gleaming through the 1920's chandelier hung at the alter. I see that picture in my head every time I think back to that day. I am so blessed to be able to go through this life with such an incredible partner. Thankful for the years we have had together and the many years I have been able to share with my soulmate. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday and weekend!

xo, Alina

Wedding Invitations, Programs, Custom Monogram: DM Paper Designs
Wedding Dress: Loretta Bridal, Naples
Hair and Makeup: Texture by Gabriella
Bridal Jewelry{pearl bracelet, necklace and bridesmaids earrings}: Nadine Lawson (Aunt)
Pearl Earrings: Honora 
Bridesmaids Dresses: Light In The Box
Groom and Groomsmen Tuxes: Joseph A Bank 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Discovering Sprouts: Part 3

The Neapolitan Alina Smith Sprouts Naples

The Neapolitan Alina Smith Sprouts Naples

The Neapolitan Alina Smith Sprouts Naples

Hello and happy hump day! 

Last night I had the opportunity to tour the new Sprouts location in Naples and it was amazing! Their grand opening is today and if you live in Naples I highly recommend you stop in and check it out. They are open every day from 7am-10pm and they are having some great promotions going on for the opening. 

So what was the biggest difference I notice with Sprouts compared to other grocery stores? Price. As you can probably see from the photos above their produce was so cheap! I was really interested to see if they delivered on their promise to provide organic produce at 20-25% percent below other grocery stores and they certainly did.  The next thing I noticed was the variety they had. A lot of other grocery stores here will carry maybe one to two flavors or options of an organic brand but Sprouts has EVERY option. 

I explored the store for about 30-45 minutes and I could definitely spend HOURS going through every aisle. I loved the layout of the store. They have all the produce right in the middle and everything else revolves around the produce.

Before I left I grabbed two pre-made dinners for me and my husband. I bought the turkey meatloaf with veggies and it was delicious and husband approved. I was shocked at the cost for the meal...$4.59! I most certainly could not get that meal for that price anywhere else in Naples.     

I hope if you have a Sprouts close to you {whether you live in Naples or elsewhere} that you pop in. You won't be disappointed. I can't wait to head back there and really explore the entire store. 

Sprouts has also been kind enough to agree to giveaway a $25.00 gift card to one of my followers. I will be hosting the giveaway on my Instagram so check that out if you want to enter.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xo, Alina

Thank you to Sprouts for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Discovering Sprouts: Part 2

Hello and welcome back!

I am back for Part 2 of my collaboration with Sprouts for the opening of their brand new location in Naples, Florida. Today I am going to talk a little about ways to save money when you shop at Sprouts as well as some of their products I have tried and my thoughts. That way you can be prepared to shop their location if you live in Naples. If you don't live in Naples but have a Sprouts near you I''ll have plenty of tidbits for you too!

I shared this picture on my Instagram of the products they sent me to try. Well I'll just say they didn't last long at our house! The coconut rolls were gone within 2 hours of us opening them. SOOO yummy and the entire bag was only like 530 calories. The popcorn was the next to go. It was the perfect amount of salty and buttery without all the calories. I plan to repurchase both these items when I stop by the store.. plus more of course. Also if you have never tried Ghee I highly recommend it! It is the best alternative to traditional butter and often times much easier for those with lactose issues to digest. Many people use it in their coffee in the morning to make "Bullet Proof Coffee".

The store is set to open February 20th at 7 am and they will have a ton of amazing promotions going on for the opening. The first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20% off their total purchase plus one free reusable bag with purchase for EVERY customer.

If you can't make it on February 20th they will still have deals going on all weekend to celebrate. If you are shopping on February 23rd the first 200 customers to make a purchase will receive a coupon booklet for five FREE deli items. Who doesn't like free food?!?!

I'm getting really excited for their opening and I cannot wait to tour the store. Sprouts is known for their farm-fresh produce, which is priced (according to them) 20-25% below other supermarket prices. Like I said before I haven't visited a Sprouts before but I plan to make note of the cost of their produce to compare it with my local Publix.

Thanks for stopping by and maybe I'll see you while you're shopping.

xo, Alina

Thank you to Sprouts for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Discovering Sprouts: Part 1

Hello everyone!

I am excited for today's post because I am going to be talking a little bit about the organic grocery store Sprouts. They are opening a location in Naples and they reached out to me to collaborate on a few posts to introduce other Neapolitans to the store and the company. I have never shopped at a Sprouts before {I have heard amazing things from friend who have} but I love that we will have another organic grocery store in our area. Putting the best food, drinks and supplements in my body is very important to me and I am excited to see the new store when it opens. 

Sprouts opened their first store in 2002 with the goal to make natural and organic foods more accessible to everyone at a reasonable cost. {You listening Whole Paycheck?! LOL}
  Produce is their passion and I love that they put the time and effort into making the highest quality produce available in their stores. Not only do they advertise offering the best produce but at 20-25% below the cost of traditional grocery stores. That's a big savings!
They estimate {per their website} out of the 19,000 different products they sell about 90% of those are organic/natural. 

The Naples location is opening February 20, 2019 and I cannot wait to check it out. I will be attending the grand opening so I can write a post all about my experience. I think the part I am most excited to check out is their Butcher Shop. The other, local grocery stores I currently shop at are often disappointing because the cuts of meat and quality are either not available or they are but at an astronomical cost.  

I am going to link all their social media platforms here in case you would like to check them out and see if there is a location near you {if you don't live in Naples}. 

Twitter: @sproutsfm
Instagram: @sprouts
Facebook: Sprouts Farmers Market

If you have an questions you would like me to answer after my visit to the store leave them here and I will try to answer them in my next few posts.

Thanks for reading!

xo, Alina

Thank you to Sprouts for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

1st Birthday Smash Cake

Smash Cake The Neapolitan

Smash Cake The Neapolitan

Today I am sharing the photos from Lawson's smash cake we did right before his FIRST birthday. I am so glad we did these because I literally look at them almost everyday. As always Jillian did the most amazing job on the photos but also with Lawson. She is so amazing with kids we are so lucky to be able to use her. 

We got Lawson's cake from Publix and they did an amazing job! The head baker at our local Publix is also named Alina and she always does an amazing job. We also got the cakes for Lawson's birthday party there. I don't think I could ever live in a state that doesn't have Publix.. dramatic? Yes, but true! 

Thanks for stopping by.

xo, Alina