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.

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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

Amazon Prime Day 2019

Amazon Prime Day 2019

Amazon Prime Day is here. This is one of the shopping events that I love to window shop, but don’t ever pull the trigger. Here’s a list of products that caught my eye this year:

– Vitamix 5200 Blender$499 $279
– Ring Doorbell$99 $69
Instant Pot$129 $55
– Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Chase – $199 $179

Home Decor.
– 5 – Shelf Shelving Storage Unit$59 $39
Concrete Desk Lamp – $69 $41
– Modern Wave Table Lamp$99 $69
– Ceiling Pendant Chandelier$102 $69
Diamond Cut Concrete Table Lamp – $62 $39

– 23andMe DNA – Health + Ancestry Kit$199 $99
– Mario Badescu Witch Hazel Toner – $14 $10.50
– Mario Badescu Facial Spray Duo$14 $10.50

Home Improvement.
– Dewalt Compound Miter Saw$349 $324
– Dewalt Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit – $199 $149

– Bozily Rangefinder $189 $121
– Fitbit Alta HR$129 $79

Item’s I wish were apart of Prime Day:
– Nest Carbon Monoxide Detector
– Bytox Hangover Patch
– Umbra Curtain Rods

Wedding Invite Wording

Wedding Invite Wording

When searching for wedding invites, I think it is very important to pick the correct wording. I broke this down into two camps: Traditional and Modern. The Knot has a ton of articles that will break down all the different situations you could encounter when designing your wedding suite.


Mr and Mrs Bride’s Parents Name
Requests the Honor of your Presence
At the Wedding of their Daughter
Bride’s Name (First and Middle)
Groom’s Name (First, Middle & Last)

Wedding Date – Spelled Out (Saturday, the 21st of July)
Year – Spelled Out (Two Thousand Nineteen)
Time – Spelled Out (Half Past Three O’Clock in the Afternoon)

Ceremony Location
City and State of Ceremony Location

Examples: Minted is my favorite vendor for paper goods, so obviously all of my examples are from there 🙂

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