Wedding-sday: Save the Dates

We’ve got over a year until this wedding but my mom is not the type to let this wedding preparation fall by the wayside. And, according the The Knot, the more inspiration collecting, Pinterest board curating, etc. that you do earlier on – the easier it is. The other plus side to this (heads up for anyone else with a Mom like mine) is then you can give people options that you already like and then they can pick one from that list. Then you get to have something you love, and someone else feels like they got to make the decision.

So, now this takes me to save the date cards. I’m going to let you guys in on a huge wedding secret. Etsy designers create save the date cards that are CRAZY cheaper than if you go to a stationary store. All you gotta pay for is the printing and shipping.

This is my list of favorite save the date options and Etsy artists who make the best ones:

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What’s one wedding budget cheat you’ve found?

Tasty Tuesday: Mint Berry Brunch

Mar 19

That’s a lightly veiled reference to a South Park episode. I can’t help it, I love that show. I also love this berry fruit salad.

Spring is right around the corner (yes I’m being slightly optimistic since it was cloudy and 30 degrees today in NYC) so the time is ripe for berries and brunch! There are several benefits to having brunch at home and inviting people over:

  • You spend less
  • There’s no time limit
  • You can drink more (haha almost didn’t put this but it is true)

This salad is perfect for having people over or attending a friend’s brunch (it’s always nice to bring something). It’s so easy, it’s foolproof and it’s Martha approved. Here’s everything you need:

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • 2 tbsp orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • Plenty of chopped mint

(for the berries, I just got two cartons of each and it was plenty)

Directions:

  1. Wash the berries and cut your strawberries in half.
  2. Put all the berries in a bowl.
  3. Add the mint, then the liqueur and the sugar.
  4. Serve chilled (that’s how I like it anyway, especially as the weather gets warmer)

What is your favorite brunch recipe?

Weekly Goals: Wash my face Everyday

Mar 15

I am THE WORST about washing my face at the end of the day. Now I know, I know what you’re all going to say. I definitely know how bad it is and how much it’s going to age me I just always forget.

This week, I’m going to try to change that. I’m really going to try to wash my face every night before bed.

What’s your goal for the week?

Friday Favorites

Whoa! The week is over! Time for the weekend. Lately, I’ve actually been sort of dreading the weekend. I feel overwhelmed with free time, then I try to compensate by making tons of plans, then I instantly regret it because I’m really only interested in Netflix. #thestruggle

But, nonetheless, I’m still happy it’s Friday. See what inspired me this week?

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What inspired you?

#RelationshipGoals: Making the Time

Mar 11

At the end of the day, I know I got really lucky. I happened to get chosen to go on a school trip and Andrew happened to be on the same trip. I had just gotten out of another relationship so I was single and so was he. It really seemed like the stars lined up for us.

Because I found him when we were both so young and because we’re in love with each other, sometimes I take the relationship for granted. Having that box checked on my life goals let’s me focus on my family, friends and work more than I might if I wasn’t in a relationship.

But that is the trap of longterm relationship! We need to make time for each other to let each other know we still are just as nuts about each other as we were that one night in South Africa. I have a few pieces of advice on that front:

  • Make date night a priority. Set aside one night a week or every two weeks. Leave the office early, go to a restaurant or cafe or movie and just be with each other.
  • Play games. My manager recently got married so she knew that sometimes, as you start getting closer to a wedding, you stop talking about anything but that big day. She got us a fun book of questions for your partner. Take time to keep getting to know each other. Doing so in a fun way (truth or dare anyone) can break the ice.
  • Show them you listen. Does he have a new favorite type of beer? Pick him up a case on the way home. Has he mentioned that he’s interested in a new artist? Take him to an exhibit. Little gestures like this go a long way and are really appreciated.

XOXO!

How do you make time for you and your loved one?

Weekly Goals: Bring Lunch Into Work

Mar 10

I have this problem every week. I wish I could get organized and have my breakfast, lunch and outfits organized by Sunday for the week. This week, I’m settling for trying to bring my lunch into work at least 3 days this week. My friend got this new spiralizer and she’s been able to prep all her lunches on Sunday.

I think I’m going to start testing that out. Wish me luck keeping this week’s goal!