Wedding Details

I’ve always felt that the little details are those that make your wedding day special. Sharing some of the details we had throughout our wedding to make things feel special.

Snapchat filter. You can purchase a custom Snapchat Filter on Etsy. It’s really easy to upload to Snapchat too! Now if only Instagram would do the same for Instastories. 🙂

Something Old.
– Erik wore his paternal Grandfathers watch
– My mother-in-law gifted me with the garter she wore on her wedding day


Northern Michigan Wedding Vendors

Northern Michigan Wedding Vendors

What is a wedding without all our vendors?? Here’s the list of everyone we used – and if you’re getting married in Northern Michigan, check ’em out!

Wedding Dress – The Wedding Shoppe Berkley
Veil – The Wedding Shoppe Berkley
Shoes – Yaro Sandal by Sam Edelman from Nordstrom
Hair Piece – Isadora Cystal Hair Clip by Brides & Hairpins from Nordstrom
Earrings – J Crew


Fiddle Leaf Figs

Fiddle Leaf Figs

I’ve bought into the trend lifestyle of having plants fill your home. Since I don’t have faith in my green thumb (and we like to keep our bedroom windows shut)– we decided to go with a Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree.

I’ve been holding off buying a Fiddle Leaf due to the high price tag -until one of my favorite bloggers, Chris Loves Julia, introduced me to the $58 beauty from QVC. If you’re new to QVC use the Code: TEN4U to get $10 off your first order.

I had been keeping my eye on this basket from World Market. I snagged it on sale (20% off) and had $10 off in World Market Rewards – so pretty much free.

The fig will be delivered in a v small box, so you will need to bend the leaves to make it look realistic. Keep bending the leaves until it starts to look how you want it to.


How to Design your Own Menu and Programs

How to Design your Own Menu and Programs

I spent a lot of time with Minted building out our wedding invitations and felt that I could handle our paper suite as a DIY project. I wanted them to compliment the invitation suite, but not be too matchy-matchy.

Step 1. I played around with some water color paints I had at the house – and painted a simple line (in a similar color to our invitations).

Step 2. Used a color photo scanner to scan the painting onto my computer. I opened the PDF, copied the image and pasted into Word (Microsoft Word that is). From here on out will only be poor man’s editing – so bear with me.

COntinue Reading

What I’m Digging: July

1. WaterBUG Utility Pump // 2. Aztec Clay Mask // 3. Packable Backpack // 4. Natural Dramamine
  1. WaterBUG Submersible Utility Pump. Our backyard has been flooding after every hard rain, so this Utility Pump has been a LIFE SAVOR.  The Pump can be used for indoor and outdoor water situations and removes water down to 1/16in of surface, virtually dry.
  2. Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay Mask. My favorite deep pore cleansing mask. Follow the instructions on the bottle, mixing the clay with Apple Cider Vinegar. After you let the mask dry (and rinse it off) you will feel oh so great.
  3. Sumtree Packable Backpack. The perfect backpack to bring on a trip or to a music festival. It can pack into a 9’x 8′ pouch, has a chest strap to reduce the load on your back, waterproof, multiple compartments, and is still in great shape and I’ve had it for over 2 years.
  4. Natural Dramamine. My 30’s hit and I get motion sickness at the drop of a hat (no joke, while looking down at my phone while walking). It is B-A-D. I’ve started using Natural Dramamine and it helps. It is made of 100% Ginger, so you don’t get the nasty hang-over that you get with normal Dramamine.

Painting Tips

Painting Tips

Where to Start. Prepping is always the place to start. Once you’re ready to Picasso your way through a room, always start with your trim.

To tape or not to tape. I always try to get away without taping (I cannot stand how long it takes to tape a room off)  – Unless I am painting trim, then I think it is very much worth the 20 minutes up front to save you in the long run.

The Process. Trim should be painted first, then paint your walls. A lot of people caulk their painters tape – to keep the tape from bleeding and allowing for a straight line.

Protecting the Floors. My level of psycho-ness on this topic is directly related to the surface that I’m working with.  If the room I’m painting has hardwood floors, I use an old sheet and bring it around the room with me. I fold the sheet twice hotdog way (or the long way for mature adults) to give it a little cushion.  That way when paint does spill, it doesn’t seep through onto the wood floors.

If I’m working with carpet, it is a whole different story.  I like to lay out multiple sheets and/or tarps to cover the perimeter of the room. I would much rather be safe than sorry.

Paint Drips. I really try to be careful and get the least amount of paint on the floor as possible. However, it does happen.  Hardwoods – if you catch it, simply wipe it up before it dries.  If you find it after its already dried, you can usually use your finger nail to scrape the paint off.  

Paint on Carpet. Clean it up when it drops immediately. Wet a paper towel and blot the area. If the paint has dried,use hot water and a little bit of dish soap to soak the stain. Once the paint softens, use a knife (or your finger nail) to scrape the stain. Hopefully it’s just a small drop and it wont take too much to clean.

Painting Ceilings. Ceilings are NOT my jam. I will cut in and manage all the prep work but rolling it – I call in the big guns (a la Erik or my Dad).  I hate to use these words, but I think it has to do with my strength, or lack thereof that makes painting so hard for me.  Until I get the strength of Arnold – I’ll keep calling in reinforcements.

Favorite Materials.
Purdy Clearcut Guide Paint Brushes
Purdy White Dove Roller
Frog Tape