Wedding Bells

There is nothing I love more than weddings.  It is a fresh beginning and a celebration of love and I have been and will always be a cheerleader for both love and marriage.  2 weeks ago my youngest sister was married and her wedding was so very beautiful so had to share some photos.

She was married in a little white chapel north of Mckinney, TX.  You MUST check out the original doors and hardwood floors. During the ceremony they shared a beautiful first prayer together while the music played and while we could not hear the words he spoke, we watched her husband pray for their marriage.  It was so touching and so moving.  It may have been one of the most beautiful moments I have witnessed in my life.

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Following, the reception was held at a neighboring barn that was dressed up with chandeliers and linens.  It was so pretty and so fun and I also watched my mom shake it…who knew that existed!!!

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Bridal Shower!

We are currently counting down days, not weeks, until my baby sister gets married.  This weekend, I hosted her bridal shower in my home, which was a welcomed distraction to take my mind off of IVF and put my energy into something enjoyable.  I really enjoy planning and hosting, but my sweet husband in an effort to reduce my stress, hired a cleaning lady the day before, who proceeded to ask us if we were house poor…I mean WTF!!!! Clearly, she has never paid for IVF!  A new first for me in life, being judged by the cleaning lady.  We have laughed about this all weekend.  Anyways, enough rambling and bring on the photos!

For decor, I kept things very simple with lots and lots of greenery and flowers.  I actually bought all the florals at Kroger and most of the roses were from the clearance bin, so they cost me between $6-$8 per dozen.  Not bad if you ask me.  The greenery was $4-$5 per bunch.  I used 6 bunches of greenery and 4 dozen roses.   I had made my arrangements and garland for the fireplace, which took me about 40 minutes. This is one of my favorite go tos for showers. I had countless people ask me if it was real and where I bought it…success!

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Vase old (similar here), Sofa , Kitchen Chairs , Kitchen Table

For drinks, we kept things simple.  I cut up fresh mint and cucumbers and froze them into giant cubed ice cubes, to put into a dispenser for infused water.  Then I made a batch of white virgin sangria. I’ll post the recipe another time, but it looks and tastes amazing.  For a kick you just add white wine to spice it up!  I displayed these in the kitchen to keep the sticky secluded to one area.  🙂

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Cocktail Shaker , Bar Tools , Drink Stands , Drink Dispenser

For the menu my plan was to keep it light to avoid having to provide a full meal.  We had a cheese and fruit tray, lemon and fruit tarts, blueberry infused goat cheese tarts, watermelon and feta skewers and mini caprese salad skewers.  Instead of volume , I focused more on the presentation.  I ran butcher paper down our dining room table with the intentions to creatively write around the serving pieces what was on them, but…ran out of time.  I always need like 45 more minutes then I think I do.

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imageCheese Knives , Wood Platter , Flatware , Plates , Table ,

I am a firm believer that details are so super important with these types of gatherings.  I wanted to really focus on all senses so created a playlist of sweet love songs, that were covered by unknown artists and instead of playing them through an iPad or speakers, I purchased this gramophone, which made the sound so full and kind of vintage in sound (not sure if it makes sense), but I would HIGHLY recommend this product before it sells out!  I also picked up a handful of these candles from Anthropologie.  Marcy loves the smell and they tied in with the copper accents.  I LOVE them!!!

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Maxi Dress

The day was so fun and my heart is so full watching my baby sister on her journey of love to become Mrs. Douglass!

#DefinitelyDouglass

Peace before the Storm

Our lives have been filled with some big and tough decisions lately between work, family obligations and our infertility journey.  We recently took a few days to meet my family for a few days at Table Rock lake in Missouri. We swam, skied, played dominos (which we LOVE) and ate some of the best breakfasts known to mankind, compliments of my grandma.  Also, Beefcake came with us and experienced her first swim! Talk about total cuteness!!!!

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This time rejuvenates me and I just feel much more calm and at peace, when life tends to feel like a whirlwind.  Upon our return, we went back to the fertility doctor and received some unfortunate news.  My cyst is still present and large in size, measuring about 5 cm. So, it must come out, which means surgery and another delay in our timeline.  This is both frustrating and scary, but we will conquer it head on next week.  We are just taking it one day at a time.

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Life According to my iPhone

The last few days have been non stop for us: family, work and everything else in between, but we certainly have some highlights to share!

Mother’s Day was AH-MAZING!  My mom and I ended up taking a Maine themed cooking class at Sur La Table ; we made crab cakes, lobster rolls and strawberry shortcakes, and some new friends, which was perfect for my mother.  I swear she would move to Maine tomorrow, if all her children were not in Texas!  This is a PERFECT gift in the future for  all mothers or a great girls night out ( and it’s BYOW)!

At the same time, Mother’s Day is always bitter sweet for me, as I am sure it is for all women who are not mothers and wish to be.  While sometimes I feel so isolated in my infertility journey, it was amazing to see the outpouring of support last Sunday and know that you are not alone.

That being said, we started our fertility treatments!!! Exciting and painful.  I feel like a science experiment! None the less, I just keeping thinking every appointment, test, etc. will bring us one step closer to Baby Holt!

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Also, baby sister’s graduation.  My littlest sister graduated from Texas A&M on Saturday (Queue proud sister feelings)!  We spent the day with family enjoying each others’ company, celebrating Marcy’s accomplishments and eating way too much comfort food.

Pink Dress , White Dress (currently 40% off)

And, on a final note, my new Magnolia Home kitchen table arrived! It is currently still residing in its box, but once Mr. Holt decides to build, then I will share!

Now, who’s ready for a glass of wine to bring in hump day?

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

There is no greater love than that between a daughter and mother.  It is a special and unique relationship of unconditional mutual love.  The older I get the more I truly value the relationship with my mother: the fun times, tough love, annoying habits, holiday traditions, emotional support, etc.  Good or bad, she helped shape me into the woman I am today, so Mother’s Day serves as a way to celebrate her.  We typically keep Mother’s Day simple over here, but this year I am seriously considering getting my mom an experience gift, like this cooking class .  I have rounded up a few of my finalist for fun gifts for mom/ MIL/ Gma.

Modern Tea Pot , Recipe Box , World’s BEST Candle , Mixing Bowls

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Here’s to celebrating a wonderful mother in a few short days!

Hipity Hopity

…Easters on its way! We will be hosting this year, so you guessed it…planning is underway.  What I am thinking is a Sunday brunch following church versus a big production dinner.  One, I still suck at cooking and second, I need to spend Sunday evening packing for Atlanta for work.  So, that being said, for the table setting, I am thinking white casual dinnerware with touches of soft pinks, but to shake it up add some bold flatware.  Every table setting needs some va va voom!

Napkins , Dinnerware , Bunny , FlatwareFlutes

I also am planning on purchasing our kitchen nook furniture over the next 2 weeks. IF…Joanna Gaines would hurry up and release her furniture line that would be AMAZING!  I am waiting in anticipation and have already picked my table and am patiently waiting to purchase.  Below is what I am thinking for future state…

Chairs, Table Pictured but link is TBD

Finally, the menu…

*Fresh squeezed orange juice, mimosas and iced coffee

*Blueberry French Toast Bake

Breakfast Casserole

*Fruit Salad with honey and powdered sugar

Any other menu items I should add to our brunch menu?  I need easy ones…nothing crazy!