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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Recap

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend. Things have been a little crazy around here, which is the reason for my lack of posts lately. A few changes took place, which have totally thrown me for a loop. I'm a creature of habit, so any small changes in my life can throw me off for a bit. I promise to share what all is going on soon. Just need to get some time to sit down and document it. Until then, I'll share a little bit of life lately through a photo dump from my phone...fun times right!

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On Saturday our complex had their 2nd biennial garage sale. 2 years ago we had our first community garage sale and I did most of it on my own since Rick was out of town that weekend. So it was great to have some help this year and we got to hang out with our neighbors a little bit and got to know then a little better which is always a good thing.

As with the sale 2 years ago, we made far more money than we expected (although expectations were pretty low), which is awesome. Even better, a church group came along after the sale and picked up anything that didn't sell as donations. I was planning on taking everything to Goodwill after the sale so it wouldn't end up back in our house, so it was great that we didn't have to load up our cars and it was all cleaned up pretty quickly. Such a smart idea, and we get to write off our donation on our taxes next year. The pups were really helpful attracting customers from the doorway and managed to behave for most of the day. They only tried to escape a few times, but never went too far.

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On Saturday night we took some of our garage sale monies and had a nice dinner in Powell at Prohibition. This restaurant is known as a Gastro Pub. We had to look that up to see what it meant, and basically it's a pub/bar that specializes in serving high-quality food. They also have some amazing cocktails that are more old school cocktails. I enjoyed a Moscow Mule, which was actually one of the best I've ever had...really refreshing and would be perfect to enjoy outside on a hot Summer day. Rick had the Mobster Manhattan which included maple bacon whiskey. It was good, but a little too strong for me. I then enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich and fries, while Rick enjoyed the Boot Legger burger. The food was great and the atmosphere was really fun. We both agreed we would definitely come back, and hopefully soon they will have their patio complete so we can enjoy some cocktails outside.


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For Sunday Funday, we met up with my brother and the kiddos at the Clippers game.

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It was a beautiful day for a ballgame and even better, the Clippers won (0-4)!

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At the end of the game, we all went down on the field so the kiddos could run the bases. I just had to capture this picture of my brother wearing his daughter's pink Barbi backpack, complete with Barbi dolls inside. We were joking at least they had some clothes on (despite what it may look like in the picture), or else that would be super weird...ha!

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Getting ready to run the bases...

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...and here they go.

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The kiddos posing with Krash and Lou Seal, which we thought looked kinda like a large rat.

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We all had a great time and I think the kiddos really enjoyed their first (semi) professional baseball game.

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After the ballgame, we all went back to our place where we had a little cookout and got to see some baby ducks...


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...and some baby geese in our pond. Rick and I hadn't seen the baby ducks and geese these last few days, so we were afraid maybe they got eaten by a coyote, a bobcat (Rick swears he saw tracks last Winter) or a snapping turtle. Yes we have all kinds of wildlife round there parts. But luckily they were just hiding out in the back pond and we just hadn't seen them yet.

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For dessert, the kiddos made all of us roasted marshmallows. I caught them in the middle of singing this really strange song while bopping their heads, which is the reason for the crazy looks...ha!

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Sharing a little reacap from last weekend, our good friends Jackie and Nate got married last weekend.

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We were both super excited to be able to be a part of their special day. If you recall, they both helped us with our wedding flowers last year for our wedding. Such a great couple and we are both so very happy for them!!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Weekend Recap (Dance Recitals & Family Fun)

Happy Wednesday! Things have been a little crazy around here, and I have some great news to share in a few days to explain all of it. But in the mean time, I thought I would share a quick weekend recap.

Saturday morning we spent some time gardening. I am definitely planning on sharing all of this soon, but then we had a really bad storm on Monday evening, and it totally flooded our raised garden bed. So we are still waiting to see if the seedlings we transplanted on Saturday are going to survive. Add to that we are in the middle of a cold spell, so if things start are looking rough by the weekend I see a trip to the garden center to buy some plants in our future. #whereismygreenthumb?

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Saturday evening Rick and I went to my nieces dance recital. It was extremely hot that day and my Mom heard that the auditorium's AC wasn't working all that well. So I thought it was the perfect occasion to wear my Jacks and my Lilly for Target dress. This is seriously going to be my favorite outfit this Summer. It kept me very cool, and I got a few compliments.

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My Mom sent me this cute pic of my niece in her ballet costume before the recital. Her costume also included purple butterfly wings, and I decided this was my favorite costume of all of the costumes at the recital.

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It was hard to get good pics because the auditorium was so dark, and we were up in the balcony, but here she is with her ballet class.

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And here she is with her tap group. The theme of the recital was Alice in Wonderland, so each of the acts and performances were based off of different parts of the story. I have to say it was the most creative and well thought-out recital I have ever been to. It did bring back lots of memories of all of the years I took dance and made me realize how much I miss it.

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After the recital we met up with her outside and Rick gave her some flowers. I wish we could have gotten a better picture to show her fun purple sparkly tennis shoes with her cute tap costume, but it was really dark out at that point.

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The next day we went to my Aunt and Uncle's house for a Mother's Day cookout, and it was great to see the family and spend some time with my Grandparents. Here I am with my Mom and Grandmother.

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The kiddos also got to play with my cousin's daughter who was born 1 week before our wedding. I can't believe she is almost 1 year old, and I can't believe we are a little over a month away from our 1 year anniversary. Oh how time has flown by!!



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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Choosing a Color Scheme

Happy Wedding Wednesday. I can't believe that a year ago it was a little less than 2 months before our wedding. The 2 months before the wedding is where the majority of my planning took place. Yes I'm one of those that work best under pressure. I think I spent almost every night working on some sort of wedding craft. I was so burnt out by the time the wedding rolled around that I swore I was over crafting and planning events for the rest of my life. I'll be honest though, a year later I sort of miss it. So I thought it would be fun to jump back into the Wedding Wednesday posts and share some fun ideas if I was planning another wedding...just for someone else this time. My brother is getting married in a few months, and I've realized that I enjoy helping others plan their weddings so much more because there is no pressure or stress on my part.

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Today I thought we would chat about color schemes. The color scheme for my wedding was pink and turquoise/blue. This picture of my flowers represents my color scheme perfectly. Now it's interesting how I ended up with this color scheme. You see I originally was going to go with purple and sage green, but my niece informed me she wanted to wear a pink twirly dress in my wedding. She even showed me a picture of a dress she loved in one of her books she got from the library. I mean how do you tell a 4 year old she can't wear a pink twirly dress? You can't, so you just go with it. I was also falling in love with blue mason jars at the time, and thought they would be perfect vases for my floral arrangements.

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Around the same time I had a meeting for my bouquet, and found the most perfect broaches in pinks and blues and I was sold that this would be my color scheme.

Now many of you may not have a bossy 4 year old to help you determine your color scheme. There are so many options and the colors you choose can be inspired from anywhere -- your venue, the season or even your favorite colors. With so much inspiration thanks to Pinterest, it's sometimes hard getting lost in the rainbow of colors to narrow you colors down while still trying to figure out how everything is going to come together.

Recently I came across a great resource from the Wedding Paper Divas. They have created more than 190 wedding color schemes, and have paired them with some great Pinterest inspiration. You can sort by color, or by season. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite color schemes for Summer brides. Click on the link below each picture to go to the corresponding Pinterest board for more inspiration.














I'm not going to lie, there are a ton of other cute color schemes, and I'm sure glad that I don't have to make the big decision to pick just one. But I do think this is a very valuable resource. I love that it shows the main color at the top, and then provides a couple of accent colors. I also love that each color scheme links to Pinterest to show wedding invites, cakes, dresses, accessories, flowers, etc that goes with that particular color scheme. I'm not going to lie, I might use this tool to help figure out some home decor color schemes as well. It's a great resource for everyone.

Ok brides, what's your favorite color scheme? If you are already married, what did you choose and what was your inspiration?

You can find more details from our Wedding here.

Linking up with Borrowed Heaven for Wedding Wednesday.


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Monday, April 27, 2015

DIY Beaded Tassel Necklace

Happy Monday!

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A few weeks ago I came across these cute beaded tassel necklaces and I immediately started searching for where I could buy them. But the cheapest ones I could find were $20 each. I felt that spending $40 on necklaces wasn't the best use of my budget, so I started thinking about how I could possibly make my own. After visiting a few craft stores, and searching for beads online, I finally found the perfect beads at Hobby Lobby. Between some of the beads being on sale, and using a coupon for the more expensive one, I was able to get the supplies to make 2 necklaces for $18 (less than half the price of the original ones, and I got 2 for the price of 1!). Plus I had some money left on a gift card from Christmas, so I practically paid almost nothing for the supplies...even better!

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They were rather simple to make and took me about an hour to make both of them, and that included time to try and figure out how many beads to use of each color. I think I re-strung these beads about 3 times before I finally got them right. My only regret is I wish I would have used more wooden beads, but I only purchased 2 packs, so I basically used what I had.

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As I mentioned I got all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby. Here are the supplies I used for 1 of the necklaces. I used the same supplies/same brands in pink colors for the other necklace, just didn't get a picture. I ended up using 20 of the wooden beads and the purplish/blue beads. I used 22 of the turquoise beads because I used 2 at the bottom to attach the tassel. So other than the 2 tassel beads, I used 10 of each color on each side. I also used some of Rick's fishing line as my base and embroidery floss to make my tassel.

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The first step is to make the tassel. I used this pin to help figure out how to make the tassel. I used a small picture frame to wrap almost the entire embroidery floss around. You do need to keep about 12" free to wrap around the tassel and finish it off. I made a loose knot around the top to hold it together and then carefully pulled it off the frame and then snipped the bottom. 

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I then strung my fishing line through the top loop of my tassel. I threaded 2 beads through both strands of the fishing line to hold the tassel on the line. I used a small rubber band to lightly hold the tassel together so it wouldn't fall apart until I was ready to finish it off. I then took 10 of each bead and strung it on each strand of the fishing line. I tied them off at the top with a few tight knots. Rick suggested I go back and use some super glue to reinforce the knots. I told him he was in charge of that.

After I finished beading my necklace, I finished off the tassel. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures but basically I untied the loose knot first, and then just took the extra long piece of floss and wrapped it around the top of the tassel. I then used a large needle to thread the end through the wrapped part at the top. I then straighted out my tassel and trimmed the bottom to make it even. If you have any questions feel free to email me. It sounds complicated, but it was really easy to make.

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Here are the finished necklaces. I love how they turned out and love how well they work together. I think they would also look cute separately, but I originally saw them together so I just had to recreate the look.

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I love how they add some fun color to this chambray dress that I got from Loft a few weeks ago. You know my love of Chambray, so when I got an email with this dress in it for 40% off, I might have immediately high-tailed it to Loft to pick it up.

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The dress is super soft and is perfectly worn in. It will be perfect to wear to work or for a casual event on the weekend. 

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These necklaces were a lot of fun to make, and so easy! I already have a few more ideas of ones I can make. I'm going to need to need some more jewelry storage, or maybe I'll just give them away as gifts.

I have a few more DIY projects to share in the upcoming weeks, so check back next week to see what I've created next!
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