29 7 / 2014

One of my great adventures took place when I was 10 years old when my family took a weeklong trip out west to explore some places we’d never been.

We flew into Las Vegas and stayed there for two days, staying at Circus Circus and The FlamingoSeeing that my parents had a 10-year-old and 13-year-old with them, they couldn’t do the normal Vegas excursions. Instead, we swam in the hotel pools, went to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden to see their white tigers and went to the circus at midnight.

After leaving Vegas, we made our way to a string of national parks in the area. We started with the Grand Canyon. My mom was too terrified to let me walk by myself, so I hiked halfway down the canyon holding her hand. There really is nothing more breathtaking than looking out at the Grand Canyon from the top.

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Then we went to Zion National Park and did a horseback trail ride. The horses went up and down and through shallow creeks. Crossing the water on horseback was one of the most memorable moments of that whole trip for me. If you ever find yourself in the southwestern United States, I would recommend not to pass Zion up. You can read more about horseback trail rides in the park here.

I loved the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, but my favorite place on this trip by far was Bryce Canyon National Park. The National Park Service describes Bryce Canyon as a “cave without a roof” and “forest of stone.” There really is no description better than just seeing it for yourself. The hoodoos (pillars of rock formed from massive erosion over time) are marvelous. If you look closely at this picture, you can see me and my family standing near the bottom. This will give you an idea of how large the hoodoos are. I would love to go back to Bryce Canyon someday.

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The last stop on our trip was The Hoover Dam. We went on a tour of the dam and had to wear hardhats the whole time. I remember thinking that wearing the hardhat was so cool. The sheer size of the dam was more than I could take it at ten years old, so I would love to see it again.

Even if you did only one of the aspects of this trip (Las Vegas, the national parks, the Hoover Dam), you’d be thrilled with the sights. I would highly recommend these places to families of all ages!

Stay tuned!

Sally

24 7 / 2014

Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members. 

This week, meet Kristen, an editing intern here at Wedit.

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Hometown: Livonia, MI

Favorite food: Pickles!

If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: Diana Manfredi A.K.A Spaghetto

Favorite quote: “Silent people have the loudest minds.”

I spend most of my free time doing this: Shopping or filming/creating

The biggest item on my bucket list is: To go to the Burning Man Festival

Hidden talent: I can pogo stick 1183 times consecutively

If I could have any superpower, it would be: Freezing time

22 7 / 2014

So I’ve been home from school for about 3 months now and I think I’m starting to get the hang of living with my parents again. They’ve been a lot cooler than I expected, but I’m still struggling to occupy my time doing things I enjoy. I’ve been an athlete for as long as I can remember so I figured running would be a great hobby. WRONG. I hate running. I honestly have no motivation to run on my own— especially if no one’s there to push me. Luckily, I found a solution.

My friend introduced me to this app called RunKeeper. It tracks your workouts using GPS and allows you to have friends who can see all of your workouts. Being a competitive person, I found this feature to be perfect for me. I would hate for my friends to see me complete a horribly short and unproductive workout, so RunKeeper helps me hold myself accountable. 
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I also started playing pick-up soccer with a few friends. The first time I stepped onto the field felt great because I hadn’t played in so long. Surprisingly, I’m having just as much fun playing pick-up as I did playing competitive soccer and I’m extremely excited about that. I played intramural soccer up at school my senior year and I love that I’m able to do the same at home.
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Even with all this progress I’ve made in finding my true passions in life, I’ve hit a road bump— Michigan weather is extremely unpredictable and when your passions involve outdoor sports, our weather can rain on your parade. Quite literally. Now I’m off to find something I love that I can do anytime, anywhere. Wish me luck!
XOXO,


Jenna Myles

17 7 / 2014

Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members. 

This week, meet Sally, an intern here at Wedit. 

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Hometown: Troy, MI

Favorite food: Cheesy bread

If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: Daniel Tosh

Favorite quote: “Write things worth reading or do things worth writing” -Benjamin Franklin

I spend most of my free time doing this: Watching Netflix and taking Buzzfeed quizzes

The biggest item on my bucket list is: Publish a book

Hidden talent: I’m a spelling bee champion

If I could have any superpower, it would be: The ability to morph into any animal

In case you missed reading about our other team members…
Click here to read about Sarah.
Click here to read about Justin.
Click here to read about Alex.

15 7 / 2014

Summertime is an awesome time of year here in Michigan and BBQs, bonfires, and camping are a few of my favorite things about it. Bonfires are always a ton of fun. There’s nothing I love more than sitting around a bonfire with good friends, drinking cold beer, and making s’mores. Today I am going to share an awesome recipe for s’mores with a little something extra. 

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Bourbon-Bacon S’mores

9 x 13 inch pan

3 ½ envelopes unflavored gelatin

½ cup cold bourbon

½ cup cold water

2 cups granulated sugar

½ cup light corn syrup

¼ teaspoon salt

2 large egg whites

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½ pound of bacon

8 oz. of 60% or 70 % dark cocoa

1 cup of graham crackers (whole or crumbled)

First, cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Set aside to cool on paper towel (this will soak up any grease).

Coat the inside of the pan with Pam. Next, throw in powdered sugar and make sure the inside of the pan is covered and set aside. In the bowl of your electric mixer (a whisk attachment is best), pour ½ cup cold water and 3 ½ packs of gelatin. Gently mix with a spoon once, then let sit while you make the sugar mixture.  In a medium pot combine sugar, bourbon, syrup and salt. Heat over low heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved, this will be about 3-5 minutes. Turn heat up to medium and let sugar come to a boil. It will bubble up so stay close so it does not overflow. Let it boil for 8-12 minutes, until it reaches 240 degrees F.  Be sure to use a candy thermometer, and it will appear a light brown in color.

Once the sugar mixture has reached temperature, gently pour over the gelatin with the mixer on low speed.  As soon as the sugar is added turn the mixer on high and beat for 6-8 mins.  It will grow and be sticky and fluffy.  About half way through, in a separate mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, add the egg whites and beat until a stiff peak forms.  Once the egg whites have formed stiff peaks add, along with the vanilla, to the sugar/gelatin mixture and beat until just combined.  Now, grab your 9 x 13 pan and pour half of the marshmallow mixture in.  Next take your bacon (you can crumble it up or leave as strips) and set on top.  Once you have enough bacon on top, pour the remaining half of marshmallow on top. You will not be able to get the entire batch in the pan, but just try to get as much as you can.  Next take a spatula, spray with Pam, and smooth out the mixture.  Dust the top with powdered sugar and set aside to firm up for 6 hours. 

Once firm, flip the pan on a cutting board and allow the marshmallow to fall out.  Cut in any size and shape you want.  Simple squares always work best. Now it’s time to melt your chocolate. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then go no more than 10 secs at a time until just melted. Once your chocolate is melted, let cool. Take your graham crackers, and you can either use them whole or crumble them up. You can then take your marshmallow squares and coat or dip them in the chocolate, and then coat in graham cracker or place between two crackers.  The choice is yours.  

Hopefully, you will enjoy these as much as I did, and with any luck, it will bring a little bit more summer into your life!  Cheers!

- Justin

10 7 / 2014

From the moment a couple decides they are going to have a beach wedding, the planning is different and unique. We love all of the little details that go into a beach wedding. Getting married on the beach is always beautiful, and we’ve compiled a list of the five things we consider must-haves for this special day! Click on each picture to see it on Pinterest.

1. The invite
Start the beach theme from the very beginning! These invites will get guests excited for the big day.

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2. An adorable shoe sign
Who doesn’t love to be barefoot on the beach? This sign encourages guests to stick their toes in the sand and enjoy the beach!

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3. A ceremony program that doubles as a fan
A sunny day on the beach means guests will need something to keep themselves cool during the ceremony. These programs are functional in more ways than one!

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4. Amazing photography
Take full advantage of the beautiful scenery while on the beach and capture the memories forever. 

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5. Twinkling lights
Once the sun starts to go down, soft and twinkling lights can give an incredibly romantic feel to a reception on the beach.

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08 7 / 2014

Now that I’ve bought my house, it’s time to start decorating! A very good friend of mine introduced me to garage saling last summer and convinced me to buy this rod iron patio set. While I had all the intentions to refinish it, it’s been sitting in my garage collecting dust for the last year. I pulled it out of my garage this weekend to finally do something with it. This is what I had to work with. 

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I threw away the cushions, they were not the right size, were worn out, and very dirty. Then I sanded and washed the couch to prepare it for paint.

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Then it was time to make the jump from boring white to bright yellow!

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I had my very talented mom make me new cushions out of candy apple green and white striped outdoor fabric. 

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 I’m SO happy with how this project turned out! I can’t to move in and get it set up in my new backyard.

Xoxo,

Sarah

03 7 / 2014

In honor of the 4th of July, we wanted to acknowledge a military couple that’s very important to us. Tracey and Nick are both a part of the US Marine Corps and just recently tied the knot. Here’s their story!

The Bride- Tracey LoughnerimagePhoto Cred: Emily Alane Photography 

When did you join the Marines?
I signed my name on that dotted line when I was 17 years old and a senior in high school with no doubt in my mind that joining the Marines was my calling. I left for boot camp in September of 2009 one day after my 18th birthday.image

Why did you join the Marines?
Since I was a child, I had my heart set on joining the military because of how I was raised. I was raised by a patriotic and selfless family who taught me day in and day out that we are blessed to have the freedoms that we do here in America, and that these freedoms are defended by the brave men and woman in uniform. To be honest, I was influenced to join the Marines specifically when my late uncle Gary found out I wanted to be in the military. I always looked up to him and when he told me that he’d kick my ass if I joined any other branch, I knew that one day I would earn the title of Marine. My Uncle was a Marine and so was his son, Joe who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I wanted to be like my uncle and cousin because they were tough and proud.image

What is your position in the Marines?
As of July 1st, I am no longer an active duty Marine, but you know what they say, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” I was in for just short of 5 years, but I worked as a signal intelligence analyst. I deployed to Afghanistan and was also fortunate to travel to Japan, Alaska, Texas, and Florida while I was active duty.imagePhoto cred: Emily Alane Photography 

How did you meet Nick?
My husband and I met in February of 2010 at a training school for our job down in Pensacola, Florida. Fate had it be that he and I would join around the same time and qualify for the same job :) And luckily upon graduation from training, we were both stationed in bases in North Carolina only an hour apart.image

Why did you choose to have your wedding on your base?
With our hectic schedules at the time (both being active duty), it was convenient to plan and prepare for a wedding at a venue near us. We also wanted to make it easy for our fellow Marines to be able to attend and be apart of our big day.image

Was it important to include some military aspects in your wedding?
It was Nick’s decision to wear his dress blue alpha uniform and we decided to ask the groomsmen who were currently in the military to wear their uniforms as well. This was simply because we take great pride in being apart of the nation’s finest fighting force and it is an honor to wear the uniform and serve our country.imagePhoto Cred: Emily Alane Photography 

What are your plans for the future in regards to the Marines? 
Though my service in the Marine Corps has come to an end, I plan to whole-heartedly support and encourage Nick through all that he faces while continuing to serve in the military.imagePhoto Cred: Emily Alane Photography 

The Groom- Nick Loughner
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When did you join the Marines?
I joined June of 2008 at 17 and went to basic training July of 2009.
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Why did you join the Marines?
I joined the Marines for several reasons. Serving in the Marine Corps is a family tradition, but most importantly I feel that defending the freedoms of Americans is more important than my own well being and I am willing to give my life for that.imagePhoto Cred: Emily Alane Photography 

What is your position in the Marines?
I am currently a Platoon Sergeant for a Signals Intelligence Reconnaissance unit.image

What is your opinion on young marriages that often occur in the military?
In my honest opinion, young marriages in the military occur because of the government incentives that are provided for married military members. Few military members enter wedlock with the complete respect and understanding of what marriage stands for. But, those who do respect the institution of marriage who serve in the military have the strongest bonds in society. I personally have spent countless months away from my spouse, in combat zones and without communication for weeks. These circumstances have only made our relationship stronger. We have a level of love, trust, and dependency that most people will never have the opportunity to develop.image

What are your plans for the future?
I plan on attending an advanced training program for my job field followed by entering the special operations community. My intentions are to receive a commission as an Officer and retire from the Marine Corps.imagePhoto Cred: Waddell Photography 

Thank you Nick & Tracey, and every other couple in the armed services, for dedicating your lives to keeping our country free and safe. Happy Independence Day from all of us at Wedit!

03 7 / 2014

Claire & Justin are our Featured Couple of July.

Their wedding looked like a total blast, enjoy watching! 

Justin and Claire met through mutual friends one night while going out. Claire’s feet were killing her and Justin, seeing a damsel in distress, offered her a piggy back ride…and the rest…is history.

We chose Wedit for our wedding because we wanted to experience our wedding in the eyes of our guests and see what they saw- felt what they felt…being able to see our big day from their vantage point was an unbelievable and incredible experience.

Thank you both for allowing us to share your video. 

01 7 / 2014

While 40 weeks seems like forever to meet and hold your baby, the anticipation of knowing what you are having is something you do not need to wait quite that long to find out.

As the 20 week mark has arrived, my husband and I have decided that we are going to hold out for the next 20 weeks to find out whether we are having a boy or girl. Though I am itching to buy our child their first pink tutu or pair of hockey skates, I know this surprise is worth waiting for. Many people ask me how I can be prepared when I do not know what I am having. (I think it is their way of guilting me into finding out, so they can know as well!) Having supplies that are blue or pink will not make me a better parent. However here are a few things I found that will make preparing a bit less stressful.

 

Clothing

I imagine my child will spend most of their first days and weeks of life covered up. Having a winter baby means any cute clothing will be hidden under layers.

LLBean has an adorable snowsuit that comes in many colors. This one is perfect for any gender. 

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Stroller & Carseat

Try to keep these pieces plain and simple to be sure you can use them again. If you do decide to add to your family, and baby number two is a different sex, you will be happy that you opted to skip the pink princess stroller.

I have my eye on this combo from Babies R Us. While it is pretty pricey I hear it is worth the splurge.

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Names

The idea of having to choose a name that my child will keep forever is slightly daunting. The idea with having to come up with two is even more difficult, but honestly so much fun. I am a big fan of gender neutral names, which makes the picking that much easier!

 

I cannot wait for the biggest and best surprise when I can finally hear the doctor exclaim “It’s a …” Stay tuned in another 20 weeks when baby Katz makes their appearance into the world.

xoxo Alex & Baby Katz

20 Weeks