The Bride Wore Red


My family and I attended a wedding this past weekend.   This was not the traditional white wedding  but I loved that there was a lot  vibrant colors.  The bride wore a red dress and she was beautiful.
My daughter was the wedding planner for this wedding  and pulled it off for a little over $200.00.
 I'm frugal, but really, two hundred dollars?

This is a breakdown of the costs:

  • Wedding dress                                  (Thrift store)
  • Veil                                                     Borrowed
  • Shoes                                                 Borrowed
  • Flowers                                              $40
  • Invitations                                           Home printed
  • Hair                                                    Stylist Donated
  • Makeup                                              Donated by Consultant
  • Food                                                  Donated
  • Photographer                                     Free
The photographer part is where my story gets interesting.
  My son who is a photographer was going  to take pictures but he was called to work 3rd shift the night before so when he was supposed to be at the wedding taking pictures, a bomb explosion would not have woke him up.
My husband and I are sitting on the back row when my sister in law walks in with my son's camera and hands it to me.  My daughter has sent the camera to me to take pictures.  (because she was in the wedding also)
I have never taken a picture on this camera,(and it  has all the bells and whistles). I can barely take pictures on my cool pix camera.  I'm sitting there  saying Oh my goodness, you are kidding me.
No she wasn't!!
She shows me which button to push for the picture, 
That concluded  my crash course in photography.
 I'm sitting there thinking, I'm not about to get up and jump around like a photographer does when he takes pictures even though I know this is the way to get good photos.
I slide to the end seat and  take on the task of wedding photographer.
   It's then that I  realize that I don't know what to look through to take the picture.  There is a big holey thing on the top so I line up the wedding couple in it and snap away.
I was definitely a photographer on the fly.
Actually, the pictures turned out good considering I was looking through the wrong hole.
The point of my story is, always listen to your inner voice.  When it tells you to sit down, it will pay you to keep your seat, unless you want people pointing and saying, look she's looking through the wrong hole.

Reviving Old Sofas

A few posts back I showed how I stuffed my sofa with fiberfil (used to make pillows).  I  loved the way it worked.  It will satisfy me until I can find the perfect (or almost perfect sofa)
My niece Krista saw the post and tried it too.  She said she was very pleased with the results.  She sent the before and after photos: Here is Krista's Sad Sofa.


 And here is the After Picture.  It made a lot of difference to the looks but she said she also loved the way it sat after the makeover.
So now we can relax until the perfect couch is found.

Free Printable 1st Birthday Candy Wrapper

Your baby's first birthday is always a special time.  There are so many milestones to celebrate during that special year.  Here is a free printable for baby's 1st birthday.  The design has a cute brown bear holding the number one.
 


Instructions:
  • Click on image and print from your home printer
  • Cut away the border leaving only the printed wrapper.
  • Cover your Hershey bar with foil, you can use a  regular thin aluminum foil.
  •  Place the front of the printed wrapper on the front of the chocolate bar and wrap and align
  • Use a glue stick where it says glue line
  • Stick the ends together.  Make sure the back and front are straight.
 This makes unique baby shower favors for girls or boys.

 


Saving Wedding Cards

My niece was  married a few months back and came up with this idea to save her wedding cards.
 Our family is very sentimental and will figure a way to save anything personal. To make a binder, center your cards with the  rings and punch the holes.  
Here is a photo of the open book.  She has two binders full of wedding cards and invitations This will be a treasure for years to come.  I love the idea that someone loved my card enough to include it in notebook.
This is a great way to preserve all the sentiments and  well wishes from family and friends.

Snack and Gatoraid Craft

My daughter wanted to make her dad something for his birthday that he would enjoy.  She wanted to keep it simple because she said he's not worried about how it looks, he just wants the snacks...lol
I thought it was a good idea and  I guess men don't care, like my daughter said, but I tried to think of ways to pretty it up but not too much.
I would cover the cardboard circles with scrap paper with tool designs since he is a carpenter.   Then circle with  pieces of burlap ribbon on the top and bottom.  Then I would tuck small tools in the burlap. Do you have ideas for this craft?  Let me know how you would change this gift or would you change it at all?  We would love to hear your ideas.

Low Carb Recipes

When I go on a low carb diet, boredom is my biggest challenge so I'm on a mission to spice it up.
 In the Atkins days it was mostly meat and salads. How many days can you eat chicken breast and a salad and get excited?

Here are some amazing low carb Recipes.


The Recipe

 To start the meal, this onion sounds delicious.  It uses blue cheese but there are other cheeses that could be substituted if blue cheese is not your favorite. It has butter and crumbled bacon...it doesn't get much better than that. 




The Recipe

What a way to end a meal, with this beautiful, (I  can't believe this is on my diet) key lime cheesecake bars.


The Recipe


 This is some beautiful bean footage here.  These is not your grandma's green beans. I have a big bag  of green beans in the fridge that are going to used in this recipe.  It's only 8:30 a.m . but I am so ready to make these.  Green beans for breakfast anyone?

The Recipe


These ham and egg cups are a great idea. They are made in muffins tins and are very easy to grab and go.































Celebrating the Fourth of July

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These cupcakes are the bomb.  I tried to figure out what the firecracker was made of. I figured they were  shaped fondant.  To my surprise, it is marshmallows that have been covered with melted red wafers and the wick is licorice.
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So simple but so cute.
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I love candy bark and use it alot to make Christmas candy.  I've never thought about using it for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Veteran's Day Candy.
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   I just love creative ideas like this,  I would love to take these to a picnic and see the reaction to them.
The Recipe

 I have seen several Oreo cookies dressed for the 4th of July but these are the cutest I've seen.  Visit the site to see how to make these
colorful, patriotic cookies.
My niece made these burlap pillows for Memorial Day but they are perfect for the 4th of July too.

Low Carb Eating

I have been walking with a friend for over a month  trying to improve my overall health.  There are a lot of benefits to walking
Source:everybodywalk.org
I feel much better,  But I noticed something....I'm not losing weight. We walk between 2.5 and 3 miles per day. 
 It takes only one hour to walk 2.5 miles.
Debbie says she can see my weight loss, but I can't and my scales can't see it either.
So now I'm hooked on walking and  would walk just for the health benefits.  But shouldn't I get the reward of weight loss too?
 
  Things I noticed when I loss 43 pounds (last year)
  • eating less carbs helped my weight loss.
  • going cold turkey on sugar helped lessen my food craving.
  • I'm more aware of what I eat and what my slim friends eat.
  • losing just 43 pounds got me off blood pressure, diabetic, and cholesterol meds, so there is no way I'm going back there.

 This is all out weight loss war!! 

have done research and found a site that focuses on all the things that helped me lose in the past.  Low carbs and sugar free.
Source: Sugar Free Like Me
  

 I don't know about you,but these food choices look doable to me.
Go to the above link for her grocery list of low carb sugar free eating.

I'm on day 2 and I have a slight headache which is a good sign that your body is detoxing.  I'm eating the foods I have on hand but I'm planning my grocery list for my next shopping trip.
  I will update you as I go through this journey.  I'm so excited, please join me and let me know how this is working for you.
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