30 9 / 2014
Okay! I think I’m FINALLY getting a hang of this adult thing. Waking up in the morning every morning isn’t nearly as hard as it used to be and I barely sleep past 11am on weekends— old habits die hard. The most important thing I’ve learned while making this transition from college student to an actual contributing member of society is to not forget who I am. I am 22 years old and a recent grad with a salary job. It’s perfectly acceptable for me to act like a college kid some days and be independent on others.
Now that football season has come upon us again, I’ve been making mini trips to my alma mater almost every weekend. It’s so much fun to be able to go visit my friends that are still in school and continue my life as a Spartan. If you’re having a rough time adjusting to life after graduation, getting alumni tickets to football games creates the perfect opportunity to visit your school during the fall. Recent alumni tickets are often cheaper than tickets sold to general public and it’s cool to experience game days from a non-student perspective. I cannot tell you how happy I am that I get to actually sit during football games instead of standing the entire time in student section!
Visiting every few weekends gives me just what I need when I start to miss college life. I get to have fun for a few hours and feel like I’m back in school, without inferring with my adult responsibilities.
Until next time, XOXO
25 9 / 2014
Brides today are straying away from traditional wedding invites and trying to spice things up, whether it be with color, wording or even the format of the invitation. The invitation the couple chooses is the stepping stone to the theme and personality of the entire wedding. It is the guests’ first glimpse into what’s to come.
One type of nontraditional wedding invitation that has become increasingly popular recently is the digital invitations, or e-vite. Below is a list of pros and cons for choosing to send out e-vites for your wedding day.
The first, and perhaps biggest pro of sending out e-vites is the cost. Paperless Post is one site that lets the user choose colors, design and wording of their invitations before digitally sending them out, and the price per invite is $0.25. This can save the newlyweds an immense amount of money. This is one example of an e-vite from Paperless Post.
On top of being friendly to the wallet, e-vites are also friendly to the environment. Undoubtedly, the more e-vites that are in circulation, the less traditional invitations there will be.
E-vites are also easier than traditional invites to send internationally. This would be useful to couple with family in other countries.
The biggest negative against e-vites is that many feel they are less personal than traditional invitations. In some articles written on the topic, receiving an e-vite to a wedding is actually what caused some guests to not attend.
Aside from e-vites being potentially impersonal, there is the question of whether or not all of your guests will actually check their email, or if they have access to Internet in the first place. This could cause confusion or hurt feelings if someone believes they haven’t been invited.
And of course, the couple should always anticipate glitches or errors that might occur.
Even with all the pros and cons listed above, the choice about wedding invitations is really just what suits you best. So, whether you choose to go the route of e-vites or not, make sure your wedding invitations reflect your personality and make you happy!
23 9 / 2014
23 9 / 2014
It’s no secret that just staying at home all the time can ruin a good thing. However, going out to the bar all the time can get old too. Here are five fun ways to make staying at home feel like something fresh and new!
credit to eastbrooklyn
1. Play Bartender
Before sitting down to dinner or a movie, why not make a drink for your significant other? Create something on your own or Google a fun recipe that you want to try. But don’t be the judge yourself, make it for your partner. Who knows, you may be the next great mixologist and you don’t even know it yet!
2. Board Already?
I bet if you go into your storage closet you’ll have an old board game like Candyland, Trouble, or Connect Four that you haven’t played in ages. If not, head down to Target or somewhere else close and pick one up. Board games are usually around $10 - $25 and can provide you with fun you thought was only for your 8 year old nephew! Plus what couple doesn’t enjoy a little competition every now and again?
Well not exactly. Throw a twist on the typical dinner and a movie, by having Italian night for example. You can order some pasta, get a nice bottle of wine, and download a movie like The Italian Job or Life is Beautiful.
4. Cooking Together
Nothing can be more fun than cooking a romantic dish together. It can be something as big as Roasted Duck or as small as Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Either way, you’re likely to make a mess out of her, yourself, and your kitchen. That is where all the fun is anyways.
5. Go Camping
In your living room of course. Roll out the sleeping bags, make some s’mores over the stove, and turn off all the lights (light a fire if you have a fireplace). You’ll often find that turning off the noise of the TV and computer can allow you to reconnect in a way that you never thought possible. Good conversation and stories, fun, and marshmallows are all you need to bring the great outdoors in.
18 9 / 2014
The white wedding dress trend can be attributed to Queen Victoria, who married Prince Albert in 1840 in a white gown. Since then, the white wedding dress has been linked to purity and innocence and has dominated Western culture. More recently, however, nontraditional wedding dresses have become more and more popular in today’s wedding scene. Brides are experimenting with color, length and even the type of dress they choose for their big day. Keira Knightley, Olivia Palermo and Jessica Biel are just some of the numerous celebrities that have opted to be a part of this wedding trend. Check out some of our favorite nontraditional wedding dress looks below!
In a world of floor length dresses, tea length wedding dresses are a short and sweet trend that still has a chic and sophisticated look. Add colorful heels or jewelry to complete this look.
Blush is one color that has begun to take over as a wedding dress trend. The soft pink color adds a romantic feel to a bride’s look. Brides have experimented in all colors and patterns - it’s really just about finding what fits your personality!
This look is perfect for the nontraditional bride that’s wants a unique and gorgeous dress. Vintage gowns add something special, especially when the entire bridal party is coordinating.
16 9 / 2014
I saw a message board at Home Goods that I fell in love with and really wanted for my new home. It was $75. I walked out of the store empty handed. I knew I had a wood frame that I picked up for $2 at a garage sale last summer that was doing nothing but collecting dust. So I got to work to create my own message board for my kitchen.
All you need for this project is an empty frame, a roll of chicken wire, staple gun/staples, wire cutters, a can of spray paint in the color of your choice, and any kind of clips that you like,
After you paint your frame, flip it over and roll the chicken wire over it. Staple the wire into place and cut to size.
Once that it’s complete, it’s time to hang your board and put up your messages!
This cost a total of $12 and about an hour of my time. I call that a win!
11 9 / 2014
One trend that’s popping up all over the wedding scene is to have the ceremony and reception in a rustic barn. If this is your thing, a rustic barn can make a gorgeous space for your big day. Check out these five tips to ensure your barn wedding is everything you’d hoped for!
1. A gorgeous entrance
When most people think of barns, they think of farm animals and questionable smells. The best way to squash your guests’ hesitation is to dress up the entrance and show them how rustic and chic the space will be.
2. Rustic signs and decorations
The venue itself will be so incredible that not a lot of decorations will be necessary to complete the look. Add just a few simple rustic decorations and signs here and there to direct guests and fulfill your theme!
3. Simple flowers
Choose types of flowers that will complement the size, color and overall feel of the barn. Whites and pastels usually go well. The bouquets and centerpieces don’t need to be extravagant, as they should fit the feel of the ceremony and reception. A single flower as a centerpiece can make a larger statement than a huge bouquet!
4. Soft lighting
Single strands of yellow or white lights draped from the ceiling of the barn and on down will be just enough to subtly set the mood. Too harsh of lighting inside the barn would offset the rustic chic feel you’re going for. Light some candles as well if more lighting is needed!
5. Incorporate a lounge area
The feel of a barn wedding is more casual and laid back. Because of this, you might consider incorporating a lounge area. Use elements from around the barn to your advantage! Hay bales and old wooden barrels make perfect seating and table arrangements.
10 9 / 2014
With all the talk about the baby it is easy to forget that it took two to get there in the first place. I find myself getting wrapped up in the way that I am feeling and all that needs to be done to prepare for the little one, but forget that my hubby still needs love too! Here are some creative ways to make sure your partner gets the attention that they need and deserve. After all, in just a few short weeks, the time that the two of you share will turn into the time that the three of you share.
A little sweet treat is a nice gesture to let them know you care. I know for a fact the way into my husbands heart is with warm chocolate chip cookies.
Chances are they have been rubbing your sore feet and back all along the way, so why not return the favor! Try adding candles and massage oils for extra ambiance.
This does not need to be something big at all! Leave little notes around the house or come home with their favorite movie (even if it is one that you HATE to watch).
Sending love texts throughout the day is a great way to show that you are thinking of your partner and that you cannot wait until you get to see them again.
I am so thankful to have such a supportive wonderful man by my side, and have no doubt that he will be a great dad. I hope I can continue to show him how much he is loved, just like he has always done for me.
xoxo Alex & Baby Katz
04 9 / 2014
So you’ve picked the perfect girls to be by your side on your wedding day. Now, you want to find a fun and creative way to ask them to be your bridesmaids, something they can brag about and remember forever. Take a look at these ten awesome ways to propose to your bridesmaids.
1. With coffee
For a lot of people, drinking coffee is a staple for their morning. If your girls are avid coffee drinkers or Starbucks frequenters, consider this simple and sweet gesture.
2. Personalized wine bottle
This is truly a great way to ask your wine-loving friends to be in your wedding. Personalize the wine bottle and either crack it open to celebrate or save it forever!
Ask your bridesmaids to help you tie the knot with this adorable bow ring that they can wear on your special day!
4. Crossword puzzle
For the bridesmaids that enjoy their time with a newspaper or good book, try incorporating a crossword puzzle into the asking process.
5. Picture frame
This is one way to propose to your bridesmaids that will truly remain a keepsake for years and years. Include a picture of the two of you that brings with it great memories!
6. A funny card
A delicate, personalized handkerchief such as this one will always be a sweet reminder of this special time.
8. Secret message in a bottle
This proposal is perfect for fun-loving, adventure-seeking ladies. Personalize your message and send these little bottles their way!
How could anyone say no to a bridesmaid proposal like this one?! Your bridesmaids will truly appreciate that you know the real way to their heart.
10. Personalized mason jar
Get crafty with a mason jar and fill it with your bridesmaid’s favorite drink!
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.