02 9 / 2014
My extended family lives all across the United States, from Michigan down to Texas and random places in between. We try to get together with everyone at least once a year. In the summer of 2012, we ventured to Branson, Missouri. This is a place that’s perfect for large groups, because it has something for everyone.
We started our trip by going on a duck boat tour, which is a tour taken in an old military vehicle that can drive on land and in the water. It’s a thrilling moment when the tour guide drives straight into the water! You learn a ton of history about the area on the trip as well. Read all about duck boat tours by clicking on this link.
We also spent two days at Silver Dollar City, an amusement park in Branson. This park is situated on top of Marvel Cave, which has been designated a National Natural Landmark. You can go down into the caves and explore while inside Silver Dollar City. There is a great mix of big rides, water rides and other attractions within the park that warrant two full days of being there.
A few other mentionable adventures in Branson were ziplining, swimming in Table Rock Lake and outlet shopping (especially during Missouri’s tax-free weekend!).
If you’re looking for a family vacation that everyone will love, I highly suggest Branson. On top of the endless shows and attractions that surround you, the scenery of the Ozarks is breathtaking.
28 8 / 2014
We know there are some aspects of your wedding that you can’t skimp on, but these 10 items under $30 will add beauty without breaking the budget!
1. Antique-finish place card holder/picture frame - $1.50
Add a personal touch to each place setting at your reception with these tiny picture frames.
2. Mercury glass table numbers - $8.00
These table numbers bring character to any table.
3. "I Do" shoe stickers - $8.00
Personalize your wedding shoes and add your something blue at the same time!
4. Rustic wedding advice box - $18.00
Use this adorable box to learn from the experts at your wedding.
5. Mr. and Mrs. burlap banner - $21.50
A perfect banner for an engagement party, bridal party or wedding reception!
6. Painted mason jar centerpieces - $22.00
These mason jars are the perfect summer colors! Use them to brighten up your centerpieces.
7. Bride/groom chair sashes - $23.90
Let everyone know where you’re sitting! Also available for the maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids and groomsmen.
8. Starry string lights - $28.99
These are perfect for lighting for an outdoor ceremony and reception this summer.
9. Pearl headband - $29.00
This simple headband adds just a touch of elegance to any wedding hairstyle!
10. “Pick a seat, not a side” sign - $29.95
Unite both families at the ceremony with this adorable sign!
26 8 / 2014
Being at home this summer has been a lot easier than I thought it’d be, but now that a lot of my friends are heading back up to Michigan State while I stay here, I’ve been getting a little bored. Lately we’ve had some horrendous weather in the Detroit area so I haven’t been able to exercise outside as much as I’d like to. Luckily, I found a solution.
Planet Rock, an indoor rock climbing gym, just opened up less than a mile from where I live and I figured I’d give it a try. Planet Rock has an amazingly-affordable starter package that includes the price of admission for two days, rental of all the gear you need, and a quick course on how to rock climb/ belay properly.
Admittedly, I was a little afraid once the course started and I realized I pretty much had my boyfriend’s life resting in my weak arms but the staff was extremely helpful and friendly which helped erase my fears. It was honestly one of the best exercise experiences I’ve ever tried! You get a great upper body and cardio workout without even realizing you’re working hard. (Although I will say I’m still sore a few days out)
I’d recommend spending a day trying out rocking climbing to anyone that’s interested in a fun way to work out without going to a traditional gym or needing to be outdoors. To find a gym like Planet Rock near you, just google local rock climbing gyms and I’m sure you’ll get some hits. Even if the closest location is a little bit of a drive from you, trust me when I say it’s definitely worth it.
21 8 / 2014
Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members.
This week, meet Jenna, the communications specialist here at Wedit.
Hometown: Madison Heights, MI
Favorite food: Anything from Chipotle
If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: Ellen Degeneres
Favorite quote: "Be so good they can’t ignore you" -Steve Martin
I spend most of my free time doing this: Playing soccer, napping, watching Frozen and Finding Nemo, pretending to be crafty
The biggest item on my bucket list is: Go to a World Cup
Hidden talent: I can score a goal in soccer from 45 yards out
If I could have any superpower, it would be: Teleporting
19 8 / 2014
Dinner and a movie can get old and expensive! Often doing the same old date can cause any relationship to get stale and boring. Not everyone wants to spend $150 on concert and sports tickets, so for the budget minded daters, I present 7 great ideas that are friendly to your dating life and your wallet.
1. Watching the Stars
Take your significant other for an evening drive out to a small city and just look up at the stars. See who can find Orion or the North Star first! You’ll enjoy each other and not have to worry about hustle and bustle of bars and nightclubs. Parks are always the best, and offer peace and quiet that you just can’t get downtown.
Cost: ~ $10 in Gas
2. Game Night
Go back to the days of middle school, braces, and spin the bottle. You probably have 5 or 6 games already in your closet, and if you have to buy one for the evening, they are rather inexpensive. A game of Jenga, Scrabble, or Phase 10 is great way to spend the evening.
Cost: $5 - $25
Check your local pub; many bars offer a trivia night. It’s a great way to get out of the house and have some fun. A couple pints, an appetizer and laughs, going out for trivia night is an easy fun way to use your brain and possibly win some prizes as well!
Cost: $20 - $35
4. Walking the Park
An easy way to kill two hours. This is always a perfect way to get to know somebody, while enjoying scenery along the way. Many cities also host music nights and other free events in their bigger parks.
5. No Drive Drive-In
Grab your laptop and go make an evening that feels more memorable than the local drive in. Simply download a movie off of iTunes onto your laptop, hop in the car and park under the stars. You can take a couple foldable chairs with you, or if you have a SUV or Truck, a couple sleeping bags in the bed under the stars is a near perfect date.
Cost: $10 - $15
6. Play Tourist
You may have lived in a certain area for years now, but there are often surrounding cities that you have never visited. Some within a 15 minute
drive probably. So Google what fun things there may be to do, or simply drive there and walk around. You’ll be shocked what you may find.
Cost: ~ $10 - $15 in Gas
7. Cook Off
Spending the evening cooking a meal together can be quite romantic. However, adding a twist to it can spice things up, literally. Try having a
cook off where you each cook an entree and then judge whose is best! Once a winner is declared and bragging has commenced, enjoy both meals with each other. Top it off with a bartending contest if you dare! A great cocktail can always make dinner that much better!
Cost: $25 in Ingredients
12 8 / 2014
Bars at wedding don’t have to be just for alcohol. This is one wedding trend that is becoming more and more popular as “DIY” food tables take over. Whether it’s for dessert, an appetizer or the main course, a food bar is a great way to give your guests the opportunity to eat what they like, and skip what they don’t. Check out these ten food bar ideas that have us drooling!
Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? Make it healthy by topping your waffles with fruit, or go crazy with hot fudge and sprinkles!
A grilled cheese bar to bring you back to your childhood (except with a few more ingredients)!
Create a healthy and delicious parfait with yogurt, granola and fresh fruit. This is perfect for children at a wedding, or as a healthy alternative for dessert.
Everyone loves popcorn, especially when you can season it yourself! Go crazy or stay traditional with this popcorn bar!
Yum! We are loving the idea of build-your-own tacos, but we might not be able to leave this bar all night!
A doughnut bar with multiple dipping sauces sounds just about perfect, and is a great alternative to the normal wedding desserts.
We wish we could eat at an omelette bar every morning! Guests pick their favorite ingredients and the chef grills it up for them!
Mashed potato bars are becoming more and more popular recently, and we understand why! Create your own delicious side of mashed potatoes complete with toppings.
This bar just sounds like it fits perfectly at an outdoor wedding. Munch on some tasty trail mix of your own making during the reception!
This bar is absolutely perfect for a cold-weather wedding. Warm up with this adorable and delicious hot chocolate bar.
07 8 / 2014
The tradition of celebrating an anniversary with a certain material or object is said to have began around 600 years ago in Germanic Europe. Since then, there have been numerous twists on these traditions. If you follow the traditional wedding anniversary gifts, check out this list of their meaning and a suggestion of something special to get your partner!
The first anniversary is traditionally symbolized by paper. Some suggest that paper represents the delicate nature of a young marriage, while others say the first year is like a new beginning, or clean sheet of paper. There are many different routes you can go with this theme - a journal, love note or tickets to a show. One idea is to frame your wedding vows, or frame the first dance lyrics. After hanging this on the wall in your home, it will be a constant reminder of your special day.
Cotton has traditionally been used to signify the second wedding anniversary. It is meant to suggest the need for a marriage to stay strong and be able to adapt to changes. Some common gift ideas for the second anniversary include a robe, bath or hand towels or a T-shirt. Personalizing the T-shirt with your spouse’s favorite band or sports team can make the gift even better.
Leather represents the durability of a marriage. Leather is also strong, flexible and resilient. These are all qualities that a couple can strive for and celebrate on their third anniversary. Really anything made of leather would work for the third year. If your spouse loves to write or stay organized, a leather-bound journal would be a good idea.
The theme of the fourth wedding anniversary is the renewal of life. This is represented by fruit and flowers. Gift ideas for this theme include potted plants, floral scented perfume or a bouquet of flowers. To take it to the next level, a recreation of the wedding bouquet would be a starting point to reminisce on this day four years earlier.
The strength of your marriage is signified by giving a wooden gift on the fifth anniversary. One idea that is particularly meaningful would be to plant a tree together and watch it grow over the years. Whether it’s in the backyard, in a park, or somewhere else that has meaning to the both of you, this gift will live on.
The sixth wedding anniversary has two different symbols associated with it. Iron is meant to represent the strength of the marriage while candy represents the “sweetness of being in love.” Iron kitchenware is a practical and durable anniversary gift. If you’re looking to sweeten things up, an array of six different types of candy or chocolate would accomplish the job.
Seven years of marriage brings comfort and warmth to the couple, which is represented by wool. Traditionally, copper represents good luck and good fortune. A great purchase for your significant other on the seventh wedding anniversary is a warm blanket or article of clothing made of wool. If you’re feeling especially inspired, try knitting a scarf yourself!
A piece of pottery begins as a lump of clay that gets formed into something beautiful. After eight years, a couple has shaped their marriage similarly. Bronze is a strong material that is made by combining copper and tin, just as a marriage is made strong by the joining of two individuals. A crafty person would use this opportunity to show off their pottery-making skills. Another suggestion for the less crafty individual would be a new ceramic sculpture for the garden.
Pottery can also represent the ninth wedding anniversary. Along with this is willow, which represents something that is long-lasting. A meaningful gift idea for this anniversary is a small wicker basket full of your partner’s favorite things. If you want to splurge, purchase wicker outdoor furniture.
Ten years is sure something to celebrate in your marriage. Tin and aluminum represent how a marriage needs to be flexible and is able to bend without breaking. For this anniversary, make your spouse their favorite cookies or brownies and present them to him/her in a cute tin.
Whether you use any of these suggestions to celebrate your anniversary or not, it is sure to be a memorable day as long as you are together!
05 8 / 2014
As my belly continues to grow I find it more and more difficult to look and feel good in what I am wearing. This dilemma became even more evident when an invitation for a wedding came in the mail. Do I try to squeeze into a dress that my pre pregnancy body had worn or do I go out and buy a new dress just for this affair? I do not plan on making a career of birthing babies and did not want to go out and buy a dress I would wear once. So I was stuck to peruse my closet. I wanted a material that would stretch to accommodate my belly or a flowy silhouette to flatter my curves, something breathable to make sure I do not get too hot, and obviously something that I felt good in.
This is what I came up with
If you are not able to find something by shopping your closet try borrowing something from a new mom in your circle of friends or look into renting. There are many sites like these that offer affordable options.
However if you do need to buy a dress remember these tips.
- Stick to Traditional Colors as they can be worn more places and in different seasons.
- Patterns can be cute, but also can become dated so quickly. If you plan on being able to wear this dress again choose solids.
- Black is always slimming
- Statement Pieces like a bold jewelry choice or bright clutch can draw the focus away from trouble spots
Most important of all whatever you choose to wear remember, you are sporting the cutest accessories of all, your baby bump.
xoxo Alex & Baby Katz
31 7 / 2014
Summer is all about being outside and embracing nature. One trend that fits perfectly into a summer wedding is adding flowers to a bridal hairstyle. Whether a bride chooses an updo, half up and half down, or completely down, flowers are perfect for a more casual and romantic look. Take a look at some of our favorite ways to add flowers to a bridal hairstyle! Click on each picture to be redirected to the look on Pinterest!
We love this tiny addition of baby’s breath to a waterfall braid. The hairstyle is already gorgeous, and the small flowers add just a touch of something special. The Baby’s Breath is such an intimate detail that it is perfect for the bride that doesn’t want her floral hairstyle to stand out too much.
A flower wreath is made for the boho chic bride. This look is earthy and inspiring. Not only does it look amazing in pictures, but it also gives the bride a relaxed, free spirit-esque feel.
A single flower is elegant, and we love the simplicity of it! This look complements the wedding dress perfectly and could perhaps balance out a hairstyle. Or, a single flower can be added if the bride feels like something is just missing from her hair!
Whichever way a bride chooses to incorporate flowers into her bridal hairstyle, it is sure to bring a whimsical and romantic feel to her wedding day!