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Engagement Celebration!

20 Nov

He put a ring on it! It is absolutely so exciting for me to share that one of my dearest friends, Beth, is officially engaged! Chip and I could not have been more thrilled to be a part of the engagement celebration, as Beth was staying at my house that night in Athens. What we expected to end up in a night of playing our freshly purchased Scrabble game, ended up in a whole lot of this for the sweet couple:

And giddy photographing for us:

The Yellow House roommate’s reaction:

Now, I am just thrilled to be able to plan showers, parties and the wedding at the same time as her! What a sweet treat! First stop, an engagement party next Saturday!

Something old, something new…

8 Nov

This past weekend one of my closest friends got married! As a bridesmaid, I became the (un)official photographer for all of the events leading up to the wedding. It was awesome!

On Saturday, I couldn’t help but snap a few photos while we were getting ready to document the day how beautiful she was. As she got ready, it got me thinking about the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” phrase. Her something old was an heirloom hanky, something new was the broach in her hair, something borrowed were the earrings her mom is putting on her in the photo and something blue was an embroidered hanky to tie around the stems of her bouquet with the wedding date, her old monogram and new monogram. I loved all of these and the sweet sentimental value behind them.

However, I am not sure exactly what to use for each of those on March 10… but I do know that I apparently have a “silver sixpence in [my] shoe” already waiting for me. I just recently found out about that end to the rhyme, but can’t find what the history behind it is.

If nothing else, I wouldn’t mind borrowing that broach for my something borrowed. It was gorgeous!

What are your suggestions for one of those “lucky” items for a bride?

Create Your Own Coasters

9 Sep

Last weekend four of my girlfriends threw us an awesome engagement party in Atlanta. Not only was it a blast and so sweet, it was also the perfect excuse for all of our college friends to get together after a few months apart. We were so appreciative and loved being able to celebrate with everyone in one place at one time.

My super crafty current roommate from the Yellow House created the cutest decoration for the party – an “eat, drink & be married sign” with photos from our relationship.

In addition to the cute decorations and wonderful people who were there, the desserts were delicious. The line-up included some doctored up cupcakes after a bit of an icing catastrophe, cookies, brownies, spice bars, and my personal favorite: chocolate covered strawberries.

After thanking them multiple times for everything they had done, I wanted to present the hostesses with something fun as a gift. My love of crafts has always been high, but since planning this wedding, it has soared through the roof. Think Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and multiply it by about 10.

After a stellar discovery on Pinterest, I decided to make drink coasters for each of the hostesses based on an easy tutorial from this blog.

To give you an idea, it starts with this:

1. Buy 4 x 4 in. ceramic flooring tiles from Lowe’s or Home Depot.

2. Paint Mod Podge over the tile.

3. Stick a 4 x 4 in. sheet of scrapbook paper on the tile. (Hint: It is very easy to buy the 12 x 12 in. paper and cut it into 9 pieces.)

4. Paint another layer of Mod Podge on the paper. Let dry. Like below.

It looks like they're drying on animal skins... really they're just plastic bags. Weird.

5. Spray paint the tiles with clear, glossy spray paint to coat the paper and prevent the drinks from ruining it.

6. Let the coasters dry overnight.

7. Stick small felt pads on the bottom of the coaster to prevent the tiles from scratching your tables.

8. Tie the coasters into sets of four with a pretty bow.

9. Marvel in your beautiful work and gift away!

These really were one of the easiest things I have done in a while. Typically I would brag about how inexpensive they were too, but since they were a gift, I’ll just say… you really should consider making these.

At the engagement party, these were a huge hit amongst the hostesses! Plus, now they know that they won’t get awful rings on their tables. I know they’ll rest easy at night.

Overall, the engagement party was a blast, and I loved being able to come up with a fun and crafty way to thank the great girls who threw it for us!

What are some great hostess gifts that you have seen? We’ve got showers coming up and I’m already brainstorming!

Lasting Friendships

20 Apr

Today I just want to take a moment to brag on my friends – and one friend in particular that I met on a very fateful day in 8th grade: Cindy Austin. Our lockers were right next to each other, and I needed a science fair partner. She asked to borrow my brush and we fell in love. Cue late nights (including a pretty uneventful New Year’s Eve) of cutting out bubbles for a tri-fold board where we explained the effects of acid on magnesium. We bonded instantly and even placed in the science fair…

Although we went to different high schools, we still remained best friends. After four years we graduated and threw a stellar graduation party. Notice our UGA attire and sweet graduation cap plates.

We quickly decided that we would live together freshman year at UGA. We pledged the same sorority and continued to make friendships that would last a lifetime. Although Cindy and I don’t live together anymore or spend every waking moment together, she is a friend that I will cherish forever. I know that no matter what, when I see her, I will be reminded of a friendship that has lasted almost half as long as I have been alive. Pretty cool. She’s headed to be a baller at UNC, but you can follow her travels at her blog.

With college graduation right around the corner, I have realized that these kinds of friendships are such a blessing. College has been an incredible time of growth full of friendships that I could never have expected or hoped for. Tonight, my entire AOPi pledge class took the annual “Senior Pictures,” and Cindy and I documented our lasting friendship with this picture:

In fact, here’s a chance for me to get a little sappy (I’m graduating from the best four years of my life, I’m allowed to, ok?).

Here is the best group of friends I could ever ask for:

And one that could go down in the books as from the most entertaining photo shoot ever:

I’m so blessed for these girls. I can’t wait to see all of the incredible things that they go on to do and all that is in store for their lives.

Is yours clean?

17 Apr

For my social media class (the same one that I started this blog for) we are doing a project where we have the goal of raising $5,000 for charity: water in a month. This incredible organization raises money to fund clean water projects in developing countries. One well costs $5,000, hence our goal. You can see an example of a live drill here.

To kick off the project, we decided to host a bake sale complete with many water themed goodies.

The night before the bake sale, a roommate of mine knew that I had a bake sale the next day and decided to surprise me by making the cookies for me. I could not have asked for a better treat or more helpful gesture on a stressful night. I also loved finding out that a another classmate’s friend also helped her with blue rice krispie treats. What great friends we have!

Anyway, the great thing is, is that the treats were a huge hit! We ended up raising approximately $180 over the course of two days for our “Is yours clean?” campaign.

Here are some of our delicious goodies courtesy of Sarah Varner from Bun Voyage.

And finally, a few of the lovely ladies of #5990H.

We would greatly appreciate any bit of donation you would like to give. To donate, check out our My Charity Water page.

Remember: $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years. Any little bit helps!

And apparently E-cards work!

10 Apr

I just was mentioned on Twitter with a link to the blog post of my friend who I sent the E-card to:

Feels so good that I could make someone’s day just with a little thing like that!

And check out her blog to see some truly uplifting and encouraging stuff. It will make you smile. Guaranteed.

Royal Caribbean… really treated royally

22 Mar

Although I have been away from the keyboard for the week, I have a good reason. As you may remember in my post about saving money on vacation, I have been on a cruise to the Bahamas for my senior spring break with 15 of my closest friends.

The Cruise Girls

Not only did I successfully exceed the challenge of enjoying a relaxing week, but I also relished in being treated like a queen. Wow, does Royal Caribbean do it up right, or what?!

The service was absolutely incredible! From what I discovered, they have something called Gold Anchor Cruise Service where they choose to go above and beyond the call of duty while guests are on the ship (and at various ports).

For example, our room attendant, Ryan, left us this little guy on the bed at night when Ryan came to set up the ladders for the bunk beds while we were at dinner.

Woof, woof

However, the most impressive part of the week was theĀ  Food and Beverage Staff, including our hilarious waiter, Rodante. He always made sure that we had exactly what we needed and way more than enough of our “yum, yum” (aka dessert).

See…

Rodante & the "yummy, yummy por da tummy"

In fact, on the last night, we requested sprinkles, and although he couldn’t find any, he brought us a plate of chocolate and white chocolate shavings (which obviously are 10 thousand times better than regular sprinkles).

Not only did they serve well, but they could sing well, too! Jesus, another waiter, serenaded my roommate (and lovely cruise planner), Beth. Maybe the singing wasn’t quite up to par with the original, but we liked his version of the song better anyway.

Musical Stylings of Jesus (pronounced "Hey-soos" not like "Gee-zus")

Overall, the cruise was super memorable and those employees definitely deserve a hand for dealing with our messy rooms and hungry appetites all week. Way to go!

Have y’all ever experienced service like we did on a cruise or anywhere else? I’d love to see who else is really making guests feel special!