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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Reception Part 1

Happy Wedding Wednesday all! I have another fun wedding post to share. There were a lot of fun pictures from our reception, way too many to ever share, but some really great ones with amazing memories. So I'll probably break this into a few posts just to keep the wedding fun going a little while longer.

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We started out our reception by being introduced as the new Mr. and Mrs.

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We then moved onto some toasts about embarrassing sibling stories...thanks to my brother.

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Toasts about how Match.com is the perfect place for bald men to meet their future wives...thanks to Rick's best friend Jeff, who is getting married in January to a lovely lady he also met on Match.

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Toasts from long-time friends...thanks to my friend Lisa who has been there with me through so much over the years, and was one of my first friends to meet Rick.

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To toasts about having babies...thanks Dad!

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We then went on to cutting our beautiful cake (which I will share more details on in a future post)

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And then on to our first dance.

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I love this photo of my nephew taking a video of our first dance. I believe he is using my Mom's phone and I haven't had a chance to check to see if there really is a video still on her phone.

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Then there was the traditional father-daughter dance...

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...and the mother-groom dance.

Then things started to get really fun.

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We started with a little Single ladies.

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My good friend Amy, also one of my long-time friends who was a huge help with helping me find my wedding dress and attended each of my fittings, caught the bouquet. She now needs to hurry up and get engaged so I can help her find the perfect dress!

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Then came the boutonniere toss.

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I'll be honest I don't remember much of what happened at this point. But was extremely surprised and laughed hysterically when I realized how my nephew managed to catch the boutonniere.

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That kid is something, let me tell you...ha!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

That One Time I Rode a Camel

My birthday was over a month ago, so I figured it was about time I shared that one time I rode a camel on my birthday.

Back in May of this year, the Columbus Zoo opened their new attraction The Heart of Africa. And when I found out that you could ride camels, I told Rick we needed to add this to our Summer bucket list. Of course the first part of Summer was a little busy (wedding anyone??), so when my birthday came around and Rick asked me what I wanted to do, I told him I wanted to go to the zoo and ride a camel. So that is what we did. Because what wifey wants, wifey gets, right...ha!

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Let me tell you when we got up near the camel rides I got a little nervous. I think I feared that I would be that silly girl that fell off the camel.

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The camel ride was $7, lasted about 5 mins, and was kind of fun. The attendant told us a little about the camels at the zoo, including that these were both males, which were easier to handle than the female camels....hmmm. I believe he was about 8 years old, and they said these camels were owned by a private owner.

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My camel's name was Goober, because he liked to make funny faces.

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These were some of the younger camels near the camel ride entrance.

This was the perfect day to go to the zoo because it wasn't too hot, and the animals were actually in great view, and were pretty active. Many times we have gone to the zoo and the animals are either hiding, or snoozing.

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Some of the other animals we saw included this polar bear who we caught scratching his back on this log.

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A bear who walked right up to us like he was after us...crazy!

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We totally missed out on feeding the giraffes, but caught the tail end and got some great views of them since they hadn't yet realized that feeding time was over.

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Cute little cheetah, hanging out and totally enjoying all of the attention.

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And this guy, very deep in thought. Maybe plotting to save the world, or possibly take over.

Overall a great birthday!


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Amazing Home Decor Shops in Powell

Today I wanted to share a few fun finds from over the weekend. This is probably geared more toward those in Central Ohio, but even if you are not from around here, you may find some design inspiration.
Over the weekend, we finally got around to exploring some of the cute shops in downtown Powell. We live like 5 mins from there, and drive by them once or twice a month whever we are heading over to the Sawmill/Dublin area of town. I finally convinced Rick to explore them with me, and he was such a good sport. I mean what husband wants to spend the afternoon in home decor/antique shops. I think he liked it a little; he did find some intersting things at the antique mall. So here are a few of my favorite shops that I will definitly begin frequenting more often...which kind of scares Rick a little...ha!

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Elm & Iron was my favorite of all of the shops. They had some trendier decor items, very similar to the items on my favorite show -- The Fixer Upper. This location has more home decor type items, but I was told the Clintonville location had a little more furniture.
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I think this store would be the perfect place to find a unique house warming gift, or fun stocking stuffers for the person who has it all.
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They had everything from Rewined candles, to unique bottle openers, to really fun matchbooks with crazy packaging.
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I feel in love with these alphabet blocks and the one with the lowercase "h" might have come home with me. These were $10 each, which I think was a great bargan as I found something similar at the Ohio State Fair, which were actually antique typesetting stamps, that were way more expensive. 
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I also LOVED these letters cut out of books. Again a mini "H" might have ended up coming home with me, but I just couldn't help it, they were so cute. The mini letters were $12 and the large letters were $22. These are just like the ones at Anthroplogy, for about the same price, but I don't beleive that Anthroplogy has the mini ones, which were the ones that I loved the most!
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The next shop that I loved was Paris Flea Market. I didn't take as many pictures here as it wasn't as busy and I felt like there were eyes all over us. But there were a couple of table scapes set up for Fall that reminded me of something out of a Pottery Barn catalogue. 
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I loved these two clock faces, but unfortunatly they weren't for sale. Lucky for Rick or the small one might have come home with me as well. The style of this store was very Paris meets French Country. Check out their blog for a better taste of what's in store and for great design inspiration. 
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Another favorite store was The Collection. It reminded me of a Pottery Barn meets Restoration Hardware. They had decor items, as well as furniture.
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Again, I feel in love with these clocks, until I saw the price tag. Definitly something I'm going to have to save up for.
There was one other store that I totally wanted to go into, but it was closed on Sunday :( It was called Bungalow Home and it was in an old church. We, along with another lady, peaked inside the windows and all decided it was definitly a Restoration Hardware type of store. The other lady mentioned...yes down to the color scheme. Pretty much everything was gray, but I'm kind of loving gray lately, and feel that for home decor gray is the new black. Anyone else agree?
A few other fun finds were some antique cameras that we found at the antique mall. I would love to have one, or to start a small collection, some day. Again, something else to save up for as these were a little pricey. It was fun to discover that Powell has some amazing home decor shops, and so close to home. Possibly a bit dangerous as well!
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Of course any trip into Powell ends with a stop at Jeni's. We do love our ice cream.
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{ His & Hers }
Rick had the Brambleberry Crisp, the Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries, and the Salty Caramel. I had the Backyard Mint and the Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, which was amazing and had large pieces of cherries AND pieces of pineapple upside down cake. Amazing, and I highly recommend!
Another fun weekend in the books! Can't wait for the next one :)

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