So this whole time I have been thinking about having a shoe change after the ceremony see here, but it turns out I may not have to… Are you sitting down? You should be! Because I am about to rock your world!
Let me introduce to you something magical! Milk & Honey Shoes I am in love! Milk & Honey Shoes will let me have my metaphorical cake and eat it too. A little sparkle and a pop of color all in one shoe because Milk & Honey let’s you design and buy your own shoes! I know amazing right!
Here’s how this works: first go to their design now page where you will see various shoe styles (platform pumps, pumps, flats, oxford heels, oxford flats, wedges, platform wedges, wedges, boots, moto boots, booties, ankle boots, platform sandals, sandals, and flat sandals) anything a girl could want! And pick out what you want. That’s the hardest part…there are so many great options. Then you go through super easy steps to customize the design until you find the perfect fit of sparkle and pop or whatever makes you happy!
Here are some of my favorite designs I’ve come up with so far:
Now onto the hardest part…choosing which one! Can’t I buy them all?!? Lol!
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on December 11, 2013
Wedding invitations…there are so many gorgeous wedding invitation suites out there! OMG! That was actually the first thing the Mr. and I looked at, lol! We went to the most beautiful paper boutique in Portsmouth, NH just days after our engagement. I was so excited! Just a little fair warning it only takes you about umm 5 minutes to fall in love with everything! If you are ever in that area you have to stop by Gus & Ruby, not only do they have beautiful paper goods but, they also have great gifts! But, for us buying the type of custom wedding invitation suite that I soo wanted was just not in the budget. So, I got to work! I was going to get the custom suite I wanted by DIYing my heart out. One thing that I would definitely recommend if you plan on DIYing your wedding invites is to wait until after you have your wedding venue selected and your general design plan for the wedding: decor, cake, dress. So you know what type of look would suit everything. I started out just researching design elements that fit with our look that I could incorporate easily. Our venue as I have mentioned before reminds me so much of Jay Gatsby’s house straight off of the 1974 set of the film (swoon Robert Redford). So, some of our design inspiration has come from the Jazz Age. However, at the same time I wanted to keep them modern with a bit whimsy. Here are some of the elements that inspired me:
1, 2, 3
The design process was actually a lot of fun for me. I would print out the updates as I incorporated different elements to show the Mr. and he would give me some input. It was really a great team project. Then we got them printed using our handy, dandy Groupon saving tons of money. All that is left is assembling them, postage, and calligraphy. We were actually snowed in yesterday so, we got a good dent into the assembly process. It was such a great sense of accomplishment seeing how it all came together. I couldn’t be happier! Plus, I am so grateful that we didn’t have it in our budget for the fancy letterpress suite. We would have missed out on collaborating on such an amazing project together. We were snowed in with the fireplace on in our PJs putting them together. It was a great day!
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on December 9, 2013
I have a problem allowing other people to plan anything. It’s a control thing! My poor mother has unfortunately experienced this with the bridal shower planning…I may or may not have designed the invites, picked out the favors, and in the process hurt her feelings :( Sorry Mom! So, I am trying my best not to do this with this to my girlfriends with the Bachelorette Party Planning…trying is the operative word.
One thing that I have decided I would like to be part of the Bachelorette party is sky diving! I have always wanted to do it. I am a little bit of an adventurist including cliff diving, kayaking, scuba diving… so why not sky diving? I thought before I take the big leap of faith in myself and in my future husband I would take a literal big leap out of an airplane. Lol! I can’t tell you how excited I am to do this?! And hopefully all of my favorite girls will be able to make it to either cheer me on or jump with me :)
One my bridesmaids saw a great deal on Groupon! Groupon saves the day again! See what I mean here It’s actually still available on Groupon, for now, for other Baltimore Brides…or Grooms for that matter that might like to take the literal leap before the BIG DAY! $169 for a Tandem Skydiving Experience with $30 Photo Credit from Skydive OC ($339 Value).
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on December 6, 2013
Yet another love affair has taken hold of my wedding planning. Don’t miss tulle, sparkle, and craspedia…my previous love affairs! There has been a fascination with milk glass, specifically hobnail milk glass, in my home decor for some time now. Recently, I had my brother’s family & my parents over for tree trimming and dinner…my nieces started counting. I have over 10 pieces just in my kitchen, LOL! I clearly adore milk glass! It’s clean and fresh with the beautifully milky white color. But, its also whimsical with the texture of the hobnail design. Yay! So needless to say it was an obvious choice to include milk glass in our wedding decor. I have collected numerous vases, a cake stand, and other goodies for the big day. Here is a look inside the inspiration:
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on December 4, 2013
I am loving all things chalkboard for our wedding decor…but it was tough to incorporate with our Art Deco vibe at first. Until I saw a great DIY on pinterest of course. To up the glam factor the “chalkboards” are made out of silver platters…just the right amount of sparkle for me. So, get yourself to the good will store there are plenty of them there. They range in price from like 50 cents to like $5, depending on size. Then all you need is some chalkboard paint and chalk it’s super easy & a definite DIY in my book. Here is what inspired me to DIY:
I have begun to make these for our BIG day but, I couldn’t wait to put these beauties to good use. Check out my Hot Chocolate Bar sign from this weekend:
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on December 2, 2013
I have decided to take a little holiday “break” from the blog this week & next, but I couldn’t let today’s special occasion pass through my finger tips. Today is the Mr. & I’s 1 Year Anniversary of our engagement…wow! Time has really flown by! Some snapshots of the year :)
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on November 21, 2013
Holiday chocolate chip cookies that are healthy? They do exist! Trust me I am so nervous about the holiday season! I worry about getting off track with my nutrition plan. So, I have decided to start preparing myself with an arsenal of recipes that fill that need to have the holiday treat but, without all of the calories and guilt. Check out these super yummy chocolate chip cookies with our secret ingredient…coconut flour. If you are a die-hard fan of the chewy traditional chocolate chip cookie, this particular recipe may not be for you because this cookie is light, almost cake-like. Think chocolate chip muffin tops…yum!
Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 12 cookies
Adapted from this recipe
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup pure sugar free pancake syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, melted coconut oil, pancake syrup, vanilla, salt and egg substitute until a uniform batter is created. The batter will start off a bit runny, but will thicken as the coconut flour starts to absorb the moisture. Add in the chocolate chips, and fold them in gently.
Use a heaping tablespoon to drop the cookie dough onto the lined baking sheet, and use the back of the spoon to flatten the cookies because these cookies will NOT spread on their own, so you’ll want to shape them how you’d like them to turn out.
Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
I think they are best stored in the fridge the texture changes a bit…a little more chewy, plus they are a little more moist. Added bonus a longer shelf life.
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on November 15, 2013
Photo from Shannon Leahy Events
I don’t know if you guys have seen the recent viral posts on Facebook and other social media outlets, but they have really resonated with me because they are all about marriage advice. From both sides of the story: a man and a woman. I thought there were a lot of great points so, I wanted to share them with you.
There is the original post, which is from a man recently divorced who shares advice that he wishes he would have known…things he wishes he would have done differently. AND then there is a woman’s response about the 10 Marriage Tips Every WIFE Needs to Hear.
Here are her tips:
- Respect your husband.
- Guard your heart.
- God, husband, kids…in that order.
- Schedule a regular date night.
- Never say the “D Word”.
- Learn his love language.
- Never talk negatively about him.
- Choose to love.
There were a lot of aha moments for me as I read through her explanations. Read them here. But, one of the things that I wanted to start right away after reading it was #6 Schedule a regular date night. I have allowed myself to get caught up. Caught up in the stress of my career, my commitment to the gym, and wedding planning that I just have lost sight of spending quality time with my future husband. Lucky for me my fiance is so patient and understanding…he doesn’t make a fuss if I fall asleep on the couch at 8:30 because I am exhausted from everything that is going on, but I know he misses me and I miss him. So, this weekend I am planning a date night and taking time to just be with him and I can’t wait! While trying to come up with a fun idea I found these Out of the box date ideas , so I think I might try one of these out.
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on November 13, 2013
I am a big proponent of supporting small, local businesses. So, throughout the wedding planning process if it was economical I would opt to spend my money with them instead of some big box company. This DIY is a little bit of both. We were able to DIY our black raspberry jelly wedding favors, which I have talked about already here and here. Since we opted to DIY we were able to support a local farm and buy all of our beautiful black raspberries for a fraction of the cost because we picked them ourselves. Plus, the fact that my grandmother passed down the tradition of making this jelly to my mother makes it that much more special. So, I say wedding favors are a DIY must. Find something really personal with family ties and share it with all your guests, trust they will love it! Plus, the process of putting these together with my Mom, my soon to be Mom, and my MOH was just so much fun!
Here are some more DIY favor options that are my favs:
Spice Mix Favor
Cookie Mix Favor
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on November 11, 2013
Today we have a great way to overcome the recent darkness in the mornings thanks to daylight savings time; flexibility training. This mini sun salutation is the perfect way to energize your body: just 3 simple poses that will get your blood flowing and your body ready to conquer the day.
1. Extended Mountain & Chest Stretch- Breath in and put your hands together over your head, exhale reach back, inhale and circle your arms down behind your back clasping your hands behind your back. Exhale and pull your hands down away from your body.
2. Down Dog- Get down on all fours, place your hands in front of your shoulders, keep your hips high, and your feet shoulder width apart. Your body should now form an inverted V. Stay in this pose for 5 long breathes. As you take each breathe, pull your belly towards your spine & reach your heels towards the floor, keeping you legs as straight as you can & keeping your arms pressing into the floor like you are pushing it away.
3. Yoga Lunges- Bring your hips low. Shoulders over your hands and take your right foot outside of your right hand & drop your hips even lower to stretch the back of your leg. Switch legs and repeat 4 times on each leg
Then jump pack to stand straight and repeat this mini sun salutation 3-5 times.
Involve the kids too! Gabby, Larisa’s daughter had a lot of fun with this one…isn’t that the cutest down dog you’ve ever seen?!?
Don’t forget if you want to know more reach out to Larisa directly at (443)250-5245 or email@example.com.
Posted by soontobemrschadwick on November 8, 2013