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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cute Halloween Pets

I mentioned last week I have been searching high and low for our pups Halloween costumes. Let's just say this has taken far more energy than I would like to admit. But they are our furbabies, and it's going to be a great photo opp. I have come across some amazing costumes in my search for a DIY costume, and just had to share some of my favorites. BTW: I shared some cute pet costumes a few years ago, and it has become one of my top 5 posts. So check it out for even more cuteness!

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{ Kissing Frog - This would be perfect for our pup Bryn since she is full of licks }


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{ Ballerina Pup - great if you have an old child's ballet costume laying around }


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{ Another fun twist on Harry Potter }


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{ Martini Pup - perfect if your pup is stuck wearing the Cone of Shame }


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What's your furbaby going to be for Halloween?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fun Gift Ideas for Anniversaries or Engagiversaries

Happy Wedding Wednesday all! Taking a break from the typical wedding recap posts to share a fun gift idea post. As I mentioned on Monday, over the weekend Rick and I celebrated our 1 year Engagiversary. Yes you can call me crazy, but I like to celebrate all big milestones...from the day we met, to the day we got engaged, to our official anniversary. We aren't planning on going all out on celebrating these milestones, but I do think it's important to at least recognize and do something special. I mean these dates are a big deal right??

Since we are trying to save up for Christmas, and then our trip to Puerto Rico in January, we just did something small for our Engagiversary this year. We explored Alum Creek where we got engaged, then enjoyed a nice home cooked meal and some caramel apple sangria's (after we went to the grocery story to pick up the ingredients for said dinner...so romantic right!)

As far as gifts go, there are many ways that you can celebrate an Engagiversary, or an Anniversary, that can run from simple DIY's to amazing personalized gifts. I wanted to share a few of my favorite ideas, many that I have first hand experience with and highly recommend.

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For our Engagiversary, I had this fun personalized card made from Treat, which is a division of Shutterfly. I am a sucker for photo gifts since I love photography so much, so when I came across this card I knew I just had to make one with our "Were engaged!" photo on it. I love how it turned out and will probably end up framing this and hanging up on our gallery wall (if I ever get around to working on it!).

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I also love this cute easel art, also from Treat, which showcases one of our favorite photos from our engagement shoot. I love how well the colors printed, and it's really glossy and has a nice easel back.

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Another fun project that I'm working on, but haven't completed yet is an Engagement photo book. I love this template from Shutterfly. It has prepopulated sections that help to tell your love story. It also allows for blank pages so you can design your own page. When I get it completed, I'll have to share the final book.

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Another fun photo gift is this DIY Engagement Announcement Frame. Someone did this for our friend Jackie and Nate for their engagement party, and I recreated a version for us. I did this in PowerPoint because it was a little easier for me to layout all of the text.

I took our engagement photo and dropped it in the center, and then copied and pasted in all of the comments from our Facebook announcement. I also included the number of "likes" and "wishes"/comments under the date. It's just a fun way to remember all of the great comments we received with that post. I just printed it in color and put into a frame. It's bubbling up a little, so I need to reprint on a higher quality paper, but it's still a really cute gift idea for your significant other, or a friend who just got engaged.

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I found this idea on Pinterest and think it's a really cute idea, especially if you have lived in multiple cities/states during your courtship.


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Another cute DIY idea is this Favorite Song Frame. You just cut out shapes from the lyrics of a special song and then place in a frame with a cute background fabric like this burlap. You could use either a favorite song that reminds you both of your relationship, a song that was on the radio during your first road trip, or the first time you said I love you. Or of course it could be your first dance song at your wedding. Lots of possibilities.

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Etsy has some great ideas as well, and I just love this "Important Dates" picture. I tried to make a version in PPT similar to this, but I just love the chalkboard style, so I may have to eventually order this for our gallery wall.

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Here is another idea that I have ordered through Etsy that I love, the Burlap Family Monogram sign. I ordered this without the frame and then purchased this frame from Walmart. I have it on a shelf in our entry way and just love how it turned out.

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For all of the men out there looking for a gift for the ladies in your life, I love this Personalized Skinny Bar necklace. I had mine personalized with our wedding date in Roman Numerals and had them add the little heart at the end. I love how dainty it is, and how it reminds me of the best day of my life. You can have this personalized in so many ways, a special date, or your initials, or really whatever you would like.

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Another great gift for the ladies is this True Love initial ring. This ring comes in silver, gold and rose gold and you can get a single initial or two initials with an ampersand. I would love one with "R & J."

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Ladies, for the men in your life, how about a Man Basket. I love the idea of taking the container from their favorite beer or beverage and filling it up with a bunch of fun goodies. You can also include a note to let them know the beer is waiting on them in the fridge, which will make them even more excited.

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Or how about a "Date Night" basket. Fill it up with popcorn and some of your favorite candies, and include a fun movie. This would be perfect if you are looking to do something low-key or if you have kiddos at home and want to do something special after they go to bed.

Just a few fun ideas to celebrate your Engagiversary or really any special event.

So what gift ideas am I missing? What have you gifted your significant other for an Anniversary?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 Fall Decorations + Caramel Apple Cider Sangria

Welcome to our Fall home! I love decorating for Fall. There is just something about the rich, warm colors that makes our home feel warm and comfortable. I'm not much into theme decorations, or decorating for Halloween. Not that I have anything against it, it's just not my style. I like my Fall and even my Christmas decorations to blend in with my regular decor and just enhance it.

Today for the Holiday Linkup I wanted to share our Fall 2014 home. Today's theme is actually Halloween, but since I'm more of a Fall girl, I thought I would share how I spruced up the place. You can find last year's decorations here. I also have a very tasty Fall Sangria recipe at the end of this post that would be perfect for any upcoming Halloween parties, especially since you can make it in batches. So you could say that's my Halloween contribution to the linkup.

{ Front Porch }

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Wreath from Marshall's and hanger from Pottery Barn.

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Pumpkin from Lowe's about 2 years ago.

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{ Entry Way }

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DIY wreath - wreath and autumn pic from Michaels & burlap ribbon from Walmart.

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Glass pumpkin jar from Target and frame with our Fall Save the Date photo also from Target.


{ Living Room }

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Frame with another Fall Save the Date photo from World Market last Spring. 
Ceramic owl from World Market last year.


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Glass candle holder and frame from World Market.

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Fall burlap banner was a DIY from last year and all of the burlap fabric came from JoAnn's.

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Basket from Marshall's, birch logs from Etsy and blanket from World Market. 
OSU guy was handmade by a friend of my Mother's.


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Lantern was gifted to me by Rick's parents to use for our unity candle in the wedding. 
Fall leaves from Michaels.


{ Dining Room }

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Hurricane, candle and berry wreath from Pier 1 a few years ago.
Pumpkins from Pier 1 last year.
Candle holders from Pottery Barn.
Burlap runner left over from wedding decorations.


{ Kitchen }

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Printable from here and more can be found here.
Frame is Better Homes & Gardens from Walmart.
Apothecary jar and moss from Michaels.
Pumpkin from Pier 1 a few years ago.

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Kitchen towel from Crate & Barrel few years ago.

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Chalkboard from Marshall's and the inspiration can be found here.


{ Guest Bath }

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Flowers and vase from Michaels.
Hand soap dispenser from Pottery Barn.
Autumn Greetings decoration from Hobby Lobby a million years ago.


And as promised, here is our version of the Caramel Apple Cider Sangria. I found a couple of great recipes on Pinterest, but of course we had to tweak it slightly and we think it's the perfect Fall cocktail.

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Caramel Apple Cider Sangria
Makes approx 8 servings

-- 1 bottle of white wine
-- 6 cups of apple cider
-- 1/2 cup of caramel vodka
-- 1 tsp - 1 tbs of lemon juice (depending on how tart your apples/apple cider is)
-- 2-3 apples
-- Sugar and cinnamon to garnish.

Mix the wine, apple cider and caramel vodka together in a pitcher. If your wine or apples or cider (or all 3) are really sweet, the lemon juice can cut down on the sweetness. I would add a little bit at a time to taste. Then cut up a few apples and garnish. It works best if you let it sit for an hour before serving, which allows the apples to soak up the sangria. You can garnish the glass with a little cinnamon and sugar.

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We enjoyed ours the other night, sans the sugar/cinnamon rim, in our Mr and Mrs glasses. Cheers!

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