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

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3 Day Weekend

Our Memorial Day weekend was great and a much needed time to disconnect.  Friday evening I ran the errands which I typically reserve for Saturdays, while Eric had a “man night” with his friends.  Saturday, we spent time working on a few things around the house, including a bathroom update coming to you soon. Sunday was spent at my parents, eating and playing board games, followed by a Memorial Day brunch, neighborhood Memorial Day BBQ and some quality time with Eric prepping for our fertility planning.

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Glitter Sandals (currently 30% off on Cartwheel App)

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American Dreamer Tee

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Latte Bowl

Home of the FREE, because of the Brave!

Memorial Day Round Up

Memorial Day is yet another day I experience with a mix of emotion.  I am conflicted between balancing a heavy heart for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, but also enjoying the time with family and the American traditions.  We certainly have a full line up with lots of family and community happenings, calling for a casual yet festive outfit. I tend to lean towards neutrals, with pops of red versus stars and stripes and theme centered pieces.  I want more than 2 wears out of a purchase.  I have rounded up my favorites and all are under $100!!!

Glitter SandalsDenim DressRed Fringe SandalsWhite DressDenim RomperRed Tassel SandalsRed Earrings

Eric Turns OLD!

This weekend we celebrated Eric’s 34th birthday.  This is pretty much 35, which rounds up to 40, so basically Eric is 40! Just kidding, he hates getting older, even though he still looks 25! We kept everything simple and low key, but still manly.  Meaning: no glitter, no ruffles, no Taylor Swift, no invitations, no frilly cake, etc. but did include a pizza bar, simple cupcakes,  and a few neutrally wrapped presents and decorations.

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Metal Stand , Wood Trough , Wood Platter , Easel , Planter

Eric grilled the pizzas outside, and we used these fun paper plates for easy clean up!

For the decorations, I printed out pictures from the past year of Eric at different points and major events and hand made a garland and “34” above the the mantel, from my home computer on standard printing paper.  I also added this Happy Birthday banner .  I used butcher paper to wrap gifts and drew on them with a sharpie and added black ribbons.  Overall, I spent under $15 on decor and wrapping supplies.  Have to keep it simple, because not only are fertility treatments a bitch (sorry mom) , they are EXPENSIVE!!

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To another crazy and fun filled year ahead for my love!

Wedding Shower with a TWIST

My youngest sister will getting married in a few short months, and therefore I will be hosting her shower at my home.  I am beyond excited for her and her darling finance, but also to be able to host a shower that moves away from traditional pink and mimosas.  Instead, I plan to host an adults only, evening shower with a more elegant and earthy tone.  I often refer to my sister as  our “little hippie” and want to keep everything aligned to her taste.  Below are my inspiration photos for the feel I want.

Photos via Pintrest

My plan is to stay neutral, combining earthy touches with modern shapes including soft linens, geometric shapes, brass and copper accents and a ton of greenery, most likely succulents, mint and magnolia. Plus can you imagine the smell of our home? Be still my heart!!! For the menu, I am thinking organic cheeses, fruits, hummus, etc.  I want everything very simple and bite sized, arranged on platforms and trunks the spread throughout the house.  And of course wine; also, spritzers  and earth toned drinks like this crisp cocktail or this pretty gimlet .

Anyways, I have started collecting ideas and putting together a purchase list to keep things under control budget wise, so it does not hit all at once and Mr. Holt is not overwhelmed.  Here is what I have to date on the “to buy” list..

Brass & Glass Planters , Serving Platter , Copper Mug , Gold Planters

I also found these invitations which I asked to be recreated into a shower invitation, and the artist was more than helpful and willing.  I cannot wait for them to arrive.

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Any ideas out there?  I am always looking for fresh inspiration!

Blueberry French Toast Bake

Have I mentioned before how much I adore Pintrest?  Free recipes!!! I wanted to share one we recently tried for a quick and easy, but still tasty breakfast.  You know we will take this over cearel bars any day.  Also, it is super simple and relatively mess free, and can be prepped the night before.  This one is making the list for any overnight guests in the future.

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Teal Bowl

What you will need:

*Loaf of French bread

*4 Eggs

*2 cups Milk

*2 Tbsp Vanilla

*2Tsp Cinnamon

*2 Tsp Nutmeg

*3/4 cup Blueberries

Directions:

Lightly grease a small glass baking pan, & slightly layer bread over one another. (very slightly).  Mix together spices, eggs, milk & vanilla in a bowl.  Poor mixture over the bread.  Cover and refrigerate over night.  The next morning dump blueberries over the top evenly & bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let cool before eating.

Best served with sprinkled powdered sugar, dark amber maple syrup & a mimosa. Happy Brunching!

 

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!