Bridesmaids Gifts!

Ah the bridesmaids gifts!! This was such a fun little project for me, but at the same time it was slightly stressful because we were on such a tight budget. I scrolled Pinterest more times than you could possibly imagine and found the sweetest gifts, but they were all so expensive (the personalized robes are so cute but super pricey)! I did get ideas from Pinterest, but I really had to stop stressing to get something picture perfect from there because money was just tight, and I have a rather large wedding party. I slowly started accumulating little pieces here and there and came up with this really cute gift that's practical as well as sentimental. I chose a nail polish colour for each individual girl that I thought suited their personality, got everybody a silly pink straw cup to drink mimosas out of on the day of, and this gorgeous, simplistic necklace from BaubleBar. These gifts will never amount to show how thankful I am for the girls that are going to stand up next to me on my big day, but I think they turned out pretty cute ;)

Necklaces were on sale for about $30.00 each, nail polishes varied from $4.00-$8.00 each, and the cups were $4.00 each. A total of about $40.00 per gift bag, and $280.00 for all 7 bridesmaids.

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I hope this helps any budget friendly brides out there!

Take good care lovies!

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A DIY Wedding!

This week has been jam packed with DIYs and prep work for the wedding! Our whole wedding is basically a do it yourself kinda thing because we aren't having it at a traditional venue. Our location that we picked is sentimental and absolutely beautiful: Kyle's childhood home. We had to rent a huge tent, dancefloor, tables, chairs, table cloths. We have to purchase all of our alcohol and mix (theres about 65 2litres of pop in my living room right now...). We have been gardening there for a few months now, and the rest is all up to me and my craftiness to fancy it up! Here are a few pieces we picked up at Michael's yesterday and crafted to add a little bit of country chic to our classy, clean theme. I'll be posting our pictures from the photographer of our décor after the wedding so you can see exactly how it all turned out! We made 2 signs like this because our venue is off a few gravel roads. One will be at the highway where guests will need to turn  off, and this one will be at the intersection of the venue! Just used some old pallets and white wall paint that I had laying around, and boom! A super cute, $0 decoration piece.

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Found this wood crate at Michaels. Used the same white paint as we used for the pallet signs and gave it a nice light wash of white. This will be on our guest book table where our guests will place their cards! More details on our guest book to come!

A sample of how we are displaying our seating plan. Each table seats 8, and we will write their names on the doily! The strips will be hung on twine and attached by a clothes pin.

A few of our chalk board signs! The square ones to the right are just black canvases that were less expensive but work perfectly as little chalk boards!

As the night goes on and things run out, our bar tenders can simply erase what has run out!

We wrapped a few large mason jars in this burlap lace from Michaels. The bridesmaids will place their bouquets in here as décor for the head table! The other centerpieces for the guest tables are left plain - you'll see those soon!

Come back tomorrow to see what I got my bridesmaids as gifts!

Take good care lovies!!!

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15 days until my last name changes & a delicious recipe!

Well, wedding craziness has officially begun! I can't believe there's only 15 days left until I am married to the man of my dreams!!! Amongst the craziness, we decided we needed a date night out in nature to simmer down before the crazy really starts to come. I made my first dish in my brand new crock pot and it was a huge success!!! I'll leave the recipe below for this amazing black bean quinoa chili! I threw it together before work and packed up the crock pot when I got home and went straight to our picnic spot. We of course brought the doggies, and had such a romantic evening. Unfortunately we had to call it a short evening because the mosquitos were having a feast on us while we feasted on our vegan chili... but what can ya do. We played with the doggies, ate a lovely meal, and danced around in the scorching hot sun at one of our favourite places on Earth: Grandma's house. We're still trying to work out a way for us to buy her property but it comes with its fair share of difficulties. We would be so heartbroken to see it sold to someone else... but we shall see. Here comes the cheesie pictures ;)

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Gosh I love him!

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  • 2 cups of veggie broth
  • 1/2 a cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 19 oz can of black beans
  • 10 oz can of tomato soup
  • 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 chopped celery stock
  • 1/2 a white onion
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • ground pepper
  • salt

Simply mix together in order and turn on low to cook for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. You can garnish with avocado chunks, green onion, shredded carrot, etc! Keep it vegan ;) DSCN0282DSCN0290DSCN0295 Kyle also took some pictures of me doing my favourite yoga poses/stretches, so you'll see those on the blog tomorrow! (What a catch he is). Until tomorrow, lovies!

Take good care,

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