OUR SAVE THE DATE CARDS!

Good morning friends!!  I have been meaning to do a Wedding Wednesday post for a while now, but life has been SO busy!!

Nathan and I are pretty much in the final stretch now, with less than two months to go (45 days to be exact). You would think that we have everything under control, especially since I am a super-planner, but there is actually still quite a lot of smaller details to take care of.

We sent out our wedding Save the Dates back in February, but I wanted to share them with you now!  

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Honestly, I really didn’t know anything about this process and the thought of it overwhelmed me before starting. I had no idea where to begin.  After doing some research online, I found a company called Minted.  I requested a sample kit from them which included postcards, envelopes, different Silhouette shapes, font styles, color choices, paper styles, etc.  I had never used them previously, but they seemed to make the process so simple as well a wide variety of design options!

My first step was to narrow down the “type” of save the date card I wanted.  I knew I wanted  a postcard style, with a vertical layout (mainly because I had a specific engagement photo I wanted to use) and I also knew I wanted them to be very simple and elegant.  

Once I found a general design I loved, I then tweaked certain aspects to make it fit our needs.  That is another great thing about Minted, you can customize the designs by changing font styles, colors, spacing, etc.  So even though you are starting out with a generalized “template” so to speak, you can really make it your own!  

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On the front of the card, we used one of my favorite engagement photos in black and white, with black script font blocked out below the picture.  I wanted our guests to have a full size photo of us that they could keep if they wanted!  On the back of the save the date, I included a smaller picture of our little family ( you didn’t think I was going to leave Reggie out did you?) and also our wedding website where guests could get more information about our big day!  Another thing that is great about Minted, is they offer free guest addressing and free return address printing!  All you do is simply load your guest address spreadsheet, and all the hard work is done for you!

Overall, I absolutely love how the Save the Dates turned out!  We were so happy with the design, that we ended up using Minted to put together our wedding invitations as well!  Actually we just sent those out last week!  I’ll save that post for another day!

Hope you all enjoyed this post, and can’t wait to update you on more wedding details later!

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SPRING CLEANING FAVORITES

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Spring has officially sprung, which means “spring cleaning” is on the top of many of our to-do lists!  I don’t know about you, but when I have pretty, good smelling AND hard working cleaning supplies, I tend to get a little more excited about the cleaning process.  You’re probably wondering if that is even possible…but trust me, for neat-freaks like me, it is!  Anyway, this is where Grove Collaborative comes in.  

Grove Collaborative is a customizable online hub that delivers all-natural home, beauty, and personal care products directly to your door! Their aim is to make living a healthy lifestyle easy and accessible for you and your family by offering high-quality brands that are healthy for you and for the environment. I love that all my favorite brands are located on one online resource, and that I can even set up re-occuring shipments for my regularly used items I run out of each month.  Grove makes cleaning fun again, and if you’re lucky….you might even be able to convince your spouse to jump in on the action haha.

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Here’s a sneak peak to what is in my basket this month:

Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Concentrate - this is one of my favorite cleaning products from the Mrs.Meyers line. I use this on everything from the kitchen counters, to the bathroom, to cleaning the floors and everything in between. Since its a concentrate, you don’t need much to get an amazing cleaning power! Also, I love that I can mix this in my favorite re-usable spray bottle, that way i’m not contintually purchasing plastic bottles and then throwing them away!

Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap - Does anyone else agree that good smelling soap makes the dishwashing process more fun? Maybe its just me! Anyway, I love this Basil scented dish soap. It keeps my dishes sparkling, and smelling good too!

Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap - you might notice a trend here….the Basil scent is definitely my favorite so of course i incorporate this into hand soap as well! This formula is made with a blend of essential oils, so its hard working but not drying. I also like that this fragrance is fresh and not overpowering. Plus the bottle looks cute on the counter.

Walnut Scrubber Sponge- I love these sponges because they are touch enough to handle tough messes but also non-abrasive so they won’t scratch our cookware. I also think its neat that these are made with crushed walnuts and are sustainably made in the USA.

Walnut Dish Brush- This dish brush is so nice! I was originally drawn to the design, what can I say, I’m a sucker for pretty things….even if its just to clean dishes. But this bad boy is not only pretty, but functional too! It is sturdy, well made, comfortable in my hand AND does a great job on the dishes. Plus the dish-head is replaceable, extending the life of the product. An all around winner!

European Dish Cloth- these dish cloths have been used on repeat since the moment I opened my very first Grove package. I pretty much use these in every room and surface in my home because they are super durable, absorbant and most importantly REUSABLE! I seriously save so many paper towels using these. I also love that you can throw them in the microwave or dishwasher to clean & disinfect and the patterns are super cute! If you haven’t tried these yet, you need to!

Right now with the Mrs. Meyers Spring cleaning event, you’ll get a free seasonal kit to help you get a jumpstart on your spring cleaning when you place your first Grove order of $20. Here’s what’s included:

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Hand Soap

  • Free Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Dish Soap

  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges

  • Free Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle

  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

To get your kit, sign up for Grove Collaborative here and the offer will be automatically added to your cart. You’ll answer 4 quick questions about your current cleaning routine, which Grove will use to recommend products for your first basket. Happy cleaning!

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PHOTOGRAPHY | On a Whim

A PET PARENT'S GUIDE TO TOUGH STAINS WITH PERSIL® PROCLEAN®

This shop has been compensated by Persil. #PersilDeepClean #sponsored


Anyone else sometimes feel like they need a laundry intervention? Yep, me too!  As a busy pet parent working full time, planning a wedding and traveling, it always seems like a struggle to keep up on the laundry.  I swear, just when I think I am finally caught up on the laundry pile, Reggie comes running in from outside with his muddy paws, which means bath time….and more laundry! I mean, don’t get me wrong...I love my little guy (just  look at that sweet face)! But I don’t always love the mess he leaves behind, especially on my white towels!

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Today, I’m partnering with Persil® ProClean® to share with you some laundry tips, as well as a step-by-step guide on how to experience a new level of deep clean with your laundry!  Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent is formulated to deliver a deep clean for all of life’s messy moments! And, did you know you can find Persil® ProClean® at Walmart? I’m loving the Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter formula, especially when it comes to getting out those tough stains, including muddy messes from all of Reggie’s outdoor adventures!  

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Life gets busy, and sometimes a little messy too! Like many of you who also have busy lives, I don’t have time to worry about if my laundry detergent is actually going to get the stains out.  I just need it to work! Am I right, or am I right? These laundry tips I’m sharing today will not only make the job easier, it will also get things cleaner...the first time around!

Be sure to read more to see my step-by-step guide on achieving a deep clean you can’t deny with Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent !

So here we go: A PET PARENT’S GUIDE TO TOUGH STAINS WITH Persil® ProClean® !


STEP 1: SORT

  • Light colors- whites, grey, tan- will go in one pile.

  • Deep colored clothes—black, red, navy, brown, dark gray—go in another pile.

  • Heavily soiled clothes (aka muddy towels from your pup) and all whites (such as towels or sheets) should be washed separately.

Also, be sure to always follow the care label instructions in case certain items need specific laundering care.

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STEP 2: DETERGENT

I like using Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter formula because it has stain fighting enzymes specially designed to break down stains and deliver an exceptional deep clean! And the great thing about Persil® ProClean® is it doesn’t require a lot to get your laundry clean!  Simply read the label for correct usage. This will prevent residue from being left on your clothing and also keep your washing machine running efficiently.


PRO TIP: If your clothes have stains, pre-treat them before washing so it doesn't set in.  Apply some Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter directly to the stain, rub into fabric, then let it sit for 5-10 minutes (depending on the stain).  Then simply run it through the regular wash cycle recommend for that article of clothing.

STEP 3: WATER TEMPERATURE & CYCLE

It’s best to follow the washing machine instructions for water temperature guidelines, but unless your clothing is caked with dirt and heavily stained, washing in cold water will work for most average loads and bright colors.  Use hot water for white loads, to keep your whites bright.

PRO TIP: For an extra brightening boost, wash your whites with Persil® ProClean® Laundry Detergent then hang laundry in the sun for natural bleaching!

As far as cycle, you will want to choose the best washer cycle for the fabrics in the load. The “regular” cycle is best for heavily soiled items or sturdy cotton.  Permanent press is best for average loads, but you may also need to use "delicate" for certain fabrics. "Heavy duty" is great for articles like jeans and towels….especially towels that are stinky and dirty from muddy doggies.

STEP 4: LOAD

Load items into the washer one at a time, making sure they are not in a wad. Do not cram the washer too full. The clothes need room to move about in the water.

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STEP 5:  RELAX

When using Persil® ProClean® Laundry Detergent and its exceptional stain fighting ingredients, you know your laundry will get clean the first time around….even those tough stains like mud and grass from your furbaby!  So now its time to relax, give your dog some extra lovins or belly rubs (Reggie’s favorite!) or tackle those other items on your to-do list…at least until it’s time to fold!

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So, there you have it! A few laundry tips, that I am loving lately to help me make the most of my time, and stay on top of the laundry pile! I know I can use all the help I can get! Tell me about your experience using Persil® ProClean® with #DeepCleanChallenge #Sweepstakes on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. You’ll be entered for the chance to win some seriously great prizes including a laundry room makeover!!Be sure to go to your closest Walmart location to Experience Deep Clean Day with Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent!


What is one of your favorite laundry tips?  Do share!

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MASTER BEDROOM DECOR UPDATE

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In my opinion, your bedroom is a sanctuary. Its where I go when I want to relax and recharge, but I’ll admit that in years past, the bedroom was usually the last room to be decorated. I guess the kitchen and living room always seemed more important since those are the spaces everyone see’s when they visit. But since moving into a new place in January, we decided to start decorating the bedroom FIRST! Its coming along slowly but surely and I’ve added a few new bedroom decor pieces I wanted to share with you all today incase you might be updating your space as well.

Our first upgrade was the mattress! When we moved from a queen bed to a king, I knew I wanted a cream colored upholstered panel bed. After a LOT of searching online, I found this one! It was exactly what I was looking for and also pretty affordable. The headboard is the perfect color, and really gives the room a clean and fresh feel that I was going for. It did need assembled, but Nathan was able to put it together in about 2 hours with just himself and a good ole power drill.

I love white bedding (shocker right?!) and this set is actually from our old bed, but I love it so much that I don’t want to get rid of it until I find something else that I love. So for now, we are making it work! I keep going back and forth on what to place on the wall above our bed. This map print is actually an older piece from World Market, and at our previous place you may remember it was above our sofa. But I actually think it works pretty well here, so I may keep it here until I find another piece that I like better.

After the mattress/bed upgrade, the next most important item on our list was black-out curtains. As most of you know, Nathan works night shift, so we needed something that would block out all the daytime light for when he sleeps. I don’t know if you have ever searched for black-out curtains, but its not easy! Most of the ones online I found looked like cheap versions of hotel curtains, and I just wasn’t liking anything I saw. I knew I wanted a light color, which was an even HARDER task, but when I finally found these I loved them, specifically because they have a slight texture to them so they aren’t just flat white! Honestly, they were even better seeing them in person and I’m really glad with the decision we made. Not only do they do a great job at blocking out the light, they also really add warmth to the space and enhance the high ceilings.

So that’s where we are at now with the master bedroom decor! As we start to add more pieces, I will doing another update for you guys! In decorating your bedroom, just remember, make it a space that you love and enjoy spending time in. Have fun decorating!

DETAILS

BED: Joss & Main

BEDDING: West Elm

PILLOWS: West Elm

CURTAINS: Wayfair

CURTAIN RODS: Amazon

ART: World Market (old) - similiar here

LAMP: Marshalls

FAUX PLANT: Homegoods

SLAM DUNK CREAMY HERB DIP

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC., The Coca-Cola® Company, and NABISCO, all opinions are mine alone. #ScoreTheWinningBasket


When I think of March, I think of basketball!  Not only are Nathan and I big college sports fans, but it’s just so fun to get together with friends and family to cheer on our favorite teams.  I’m here today to show you how to create a simple basketball bash with some yummy game day snacks you and your guests will enjoy while celebrating and watching the tournament.

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The big tournament is the perfect excuse to get some friends and family together and throw a party…whether you are a basketball fan or not, I think we can all agree snacks are always a good idea!  So to get in the spirit I am sharing with you my slam dunk creamy herb dip, as well as some simple tips for planning a basketball themed party.

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Here is a little secret about me: I’m perfectly happy just eating snacks or appetizers! Because of that, I tend to serve these types of foods when I have a get together at my own house.  One of my favorite snacks to put together is this Creamy Herb Dip. It is the perfect game day snack because it can be put together in less than 10 minutes, but it is packed with so much flavor that your guests won’t help but coming back for more!  And if we’re being honest, who doesn’t like a good dip, right? When you combine this creamy dip with the crispy goodness of WHEAT THINS Snacks paired alongside Coca-Cola® Orange Vanilla, you have a winning combination. Head to your local Target for all your party needs plus everything you need to make this delicious recipe. Save on NABISCO and Coca-Cola with Cartwheel in the Target app, now through 4/8/19!

To assemble the Creamy Herb Dip, start by placing the cream cheese and half-and-half in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute.  Stir the mixture and repeat until the texture is smooth.

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Next add the dried beef, chives, onions, parsley, and garlic powder. Stir to combine.

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Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.  

While the dip is chilling, I like to arrange the foods that will be accompanying the dip on a pretty serving platter.  You can use a variety of vegetables such as cucumbers, sliced bell peppers, and cauliflower, but I think the star of the show are these tasty WHEAT THIN Snacks.  They add the perfect crunch and are hearty enough that they won’t break when dipping!

Serve with an ice-cold Coca-Cola® Orange Vanilla for a slam dunk snack your guests will love.

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When it comes to entertaining, I like to keep things easy and casual, but pulled together.  I think a couple of very small, simple details go a long way in making an event feel special and well-thought out without taking a ton of time.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to start with a theme. Obviously, the theme is pretty easy for a Basketball Bash, so I simply picked up some cute plates and napkins as well as a couple of fun themed decorations from the party store.  Set it all up on a centrally located table (near the TV of course), with a cute table runner, your yummy snacks and voila you have yourself a party!

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SLAM DUNK CREAMY HERB DIP RECIPE


WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 pkg. Cream cheese

  • ½ cup half-and-half

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives

  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped onions

  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley

  • 1 pkg dried beef, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • ½ tsp. Dill

  • Salt to taste  

WHAT TO DO:


  1. Place cream cheese and half-and-half in microwave safe bowl, microwave on high for 1 minute, stir and repeat until texture is smooth

  2. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine

  3. Place in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes

  4. Serve with Wheat Thins Snacks or other favorite NABISCO cracker