My adventures, and misadventures, as I stumble around finding my place in the world.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wedding bells

B and I wanted to come up with something creative for our guests to use as we exited the church.  We wanted something more environment friendly than rice, confetti or balloons.  I loved the idea of bubbles, but my sister used that for her wedding three years prior, so I was in search of something a little more freesh and original.  As I was looking I came across the perfect idea.  Wedding bells!

We decided to create ribbon wands with bells on the end for our guests to wave as we walked by.  A bit more of a time consuming project, but I was ecstatic with the result.


We were fortunate to have help from our sisters and brothers in law so the project wasn't too overwhelming, but we made just about 150 of these puppies!  First thing we did was visit the craft store and gather all of the necessary materials.  Actually, I made multiple trips to the craft store so that I could use my 50% off coupon more than once....  
Supplies:
Dowels
Eye hooks
Key rings
Bells
Ribbon

Once we had gathered all of our materials the first step was to drill a small hole into the end of each dowel (thanks to family members with power tools!).  Once we had a small hole to guide us it took a little bit of elbow grease to screw in the eye hook.  We managed to only split one or two dowels by mistake, I consider that a success!  

The next step was what I considered the most time consuming, attaching a key ring to each bell.  Just when you though you had the ring open the bell would slip away!  Once each bell had a ring attached we then attached bell to the eye hook on each dowel. 


Next I made a sample so that I knew approximately how long I wanted my ribbon to be.  Then I cut all of my ribbons.  I chose the yellow and blue to go with my wedding colors and then found a fun white ribbon that said "Happily ever after".


Next came the fun part.  We tied about three ribbons to the eye ring of each dowel.




That's a lot of wedding wands!  As it got closer to the day I arranged them in a basket with this cute saying "Wave the wand with joy and laughter and celebrate with the new Mr. and Mrs. for a Happily Ever After!"  Perfection.



I think it was a fun touch for our special day.  It was the exact extra oomph that I was looking for.  Oh, and our ring bearer was quite possibly is the cutest little man ever.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Save the Dates

Growing up with a parent who is a professional photographer meant posing for photo after photo.  Everyone I meet exclaims over how awesome that must be, and how many wonderful photos I must have.  Well, yes, we have lots of great photos, but there was also a camera around documenting every. single. moment.  Every holiday, every Thanksgiving dinner, every vacation, every milestone, every Birthday.  Not that each year you look the same blowing out the birthday candles or anything :)  Still, having grown up with that mentality I knew that wedding photos were going to be important to me.   When all is said and done the photos are what we would have to remember the day by.  And everyone kept telling us just how fast the day would go by.  Boy were they right...

While we did our best to DIY many aspects of the wedding, and cut costs where we could, be agreed that the photographer would not be a compromise.  We decided on a photographer that we both loved, and cut corners where we could so that we could afford him.  I'm happy to say that we made the absolute right choice!  We used Keith Berry of Berryphotos here in Massachusetts.  I would recommend him 100%!!

I wanted to do something fun for our save the dates, which we utilized our engagement session to accomplish.   Brian is a football and wrestling coach, so I loved the idea of incorporating that into our save the dates.  I set off to find a relatively inexpensive way to create custom jerseys.  For very little money I was pumped with the results.  It pays to google google google!  And shop around...


Add in the perfect fall foliage and I couldn't have asked for a better representation.  We loved our photos and the fact that we were able to play around and have fun with a flair of creativity.


I waited out Vistaprint for one of their fabulous sales, and was able to get 150 postcards for next to nothing!  Bonus.  I couldn't have been happier with how the design turned out, and they were delivered within only a few days.  I was so excited that I sent them out way earlier than I needed to, but I just couldn't wait! 


Looking back these are still some of my favorite photos.  Once they hit the mail things felt really real and the ball was definitely rolling.

Stay tuned for our next project, wedding bells!





Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bridesmaids


Time seriously flies when you are having fun!  My husband and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary this Monday.  It feels like just yesterday that we were still in the midst of planning!  I figure it's finally time to start sharing some of the DIY projects I did for our wedding!

First on the agenda was asking my girls to be a part of our wedding party.  I started with my two sisters, my Matron and Maid of honors.  I have seen some super creative ways to ask, so here was my take:

 Not that I had any doubts they would say yes, but I was super happy that they agreed to share the responsibilities and were as excited as I was!  And who doesn't love a little bubbly?  

I also asked my best friend and future Sister in Law to be bridesmaids.  It was fun to incorporate our colors, and the sunflowers that I was so desperate to base our flower scheme around.


  Now that I had my girls, Brian gathered the guys and we had a well rounded wedding party!

Next up, save the dates!  





Monday, May 19, 2014

Lunch prep for the week


don't know about you, but I am not a morning person.  It really doesn't matter how early I go to bed, or how much sleep I've had, mornings are still always tough. Especially now that it's not just me trying to scoot out the door.  There's a puppy that needs to be walked, fed, and given attention.

One of the things that suffers for me, is having the time left to pack a lunch.  When I don't pack a lunch I end up grabbing something quick and unhealthy on my short lunch break.  Not only is it unhealthy, but I also end up spending more than I would have if I had just packed a lunch.

Every week when I grocery shop I'm good about picking out fresh produce and healthy snacks. But I'm just as guilty at throwing them out at the end of the week, untouched and limp.  I can't stand what a waste it is!

The best way I've found to solve this problem is to prep my healthy choices at the beginning of the week.  I usually make a veggie and a fruit choice and have them all ready to go in the fridge.
This week I have my five containers of red, yellow, and green peppers with carrots ready to go.  How colorful are they!  I grab a side of hummus and I have a healthy, and delicious snack for the day.

I also try to have a fruit option ready for the week.  This week watermelon and raspberries were on sale, so I stuck to the color theme.
I pack everything up in one of the crisper drawers, and each morning I just grab a fruit, and veggie container and I'm halfway done!
For the rest of my lunch I tend to vary between making a sandwich the night before or packing leftovers from dinner.  This has made life so much easier, and now I don't have to worry about leaving time in the morning.  And since I rarely leave the time...now I don't have to worry about spending the extra money for an unhealthy meal that I end up eating on the run.

What do you do to help make your morning routine smoother?

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