So, I know that several of you aren't sure if you should send them or not - go for it! If you have it in your budget, it is a fun and friendly way to inform your guests of your wedding. You don't have to send them to everyone, just people you know for sure you are inviting such as family members and close friends. I found mine for pretty cheap on Shutterfly. They have so many great options and are constantly running sales. Also, if you sign up for their email list, you will get COUPONS! Who doesn't love a good coupon?

Tip: set up a wedding email account for all of your wedding related emails. It works fabulously as an email address to give your venues and keeps all of your online wedding purchases in one place.

I have used Shutterfly for both our Guestbook and our Save the Dates and have been extremely pleased with both of my purchases so I am a little biased! Be sure to check out their most recent coupon codes here.

Other great websites to try are Wedding Paper Divas, and Minted. Usually these sites all have some kind of deals going on that you could use for your save the dates! I found that Shutterfly always had the best deals and great designs, too.

Here is what our save the dates look like:

Bride Tip: Print your own envelopes! It is easy and cheap. Totally not necessary to pay a third party to do it for you. Benefit: saves you money and your addresses are ready to go for when you need to print your invitation addresses - you can also pick your own font!

How to print envelopes with Mail Merge (Word/Excel users with a PC)

Here is what our envelopes looked like:
Font: Carolyna Pro




Today, I am going to show you how to make the cutest, easiest, most inexpensive monogrammed pillowcase EVER using iron-on monograms from You Got Personal in less than 10 minutes. Pottery Barn has similar pillowcases that you can buy from their website for a whopping $36.50 plus tax and shipping for only 2 pillowcases. You can make a fancy one of these yourself for less than $6 with a pillowcase you already have at home!

Iron & Ironing Board
Pillowcase (any color fabric will work)
(Purchase Monogram HERE)

First, heat up your iron and make sure that your pillowcase is wrinkle-free. I put my iron on the cotton setting. The ideal temperature to use for these iron-on decals is 305ºF.
Next, preheat the area you plan to place your decal on for about 15 seconds.
Place your decal exactly where you would like to use it on the pillow, plastic side UP.
Fold the excess portion of the pillowcase hanging over the back of the ironing board to cover the area where you have your monogram. This will make a barrier for the iron and plastic so that the plastic will not melt. That would be bad!
Apply medium pressure with your iron and hold it in the same place over the decal for around 15 seconds. Do not move the iron around while doing so!
Remove the iron and begin to peel back the plastic portion of the decal. It wasn't hot when I touched it but please be careful!
Voila!! You now have a beautiful monogrammed pillowcase for your bed and the best part is you didn't have to spend a fortune on it!
Our decals apply best to:
100% Cotton
100% Uncoated polyester
Poly / Cotton blends

Do not dry clean
Machine wash HOT or WARM with mild detergent
Dry at normal setting
NO chlorine bleach
Wait at least 24 hours before the first wash

Happy crafting!




Wow!! It has been a crazy year - hence the lack of posting... I have gotten engaged and graduated from nursing school since my last post in January and now that the wedding planning is almost over, I am finally having some time to post again! 105 days left to go until the big day (our wedding will be on New Year's Eve - yes I am crazy, I already know)!! If you would like to read about our wedding and proposal, feel free to visit our wedding website here.

Back in May, I threw my friend Amber her bachelorette party and made the CUTEST glittered champagne bottle for us to pop to start the night's festivities. Below is a tutorial - the glitter didn't flake at all, believe it or not! It was a pretty tidy project considering.

- bottle of champagne
- bottle of mod podge
- sponge brush
- container of glitter 
(you seriously don't use even half of the bottle)
- tupperware lid to catch the glitter
- newspaper to lay on your work area
- painters tape, duct tape, packaging tape ... any kind of tape
- clear gloss sealant (looks like a spray paint bottle)

Here are the supplies that I used
Start by taping the part where you do not want the glitter to go past. This will give you a cleaner line at the top of your bottle!
Sponge a heavy layer of mod podge over the entire area you plan to cover with glitter. No need to remove the labels.
Literally just start dumping the glitter on your champagne bottle 
Spray with a clear gloss sealant then just dot mod podge and glitter over any naked looking areas. Let the bottle completely dry and then remove the tape.
Fancy it up a little more and Voila! How cute?!
I made these buttons for us to wear when we went out that night. I don't sell them on my website, but would be happy to make some for you for $3 each. Shoot me a message on Etsy if you are interested!
I also made these cute cups for us to drink out of. You can purchase them here for $8.99 a piece. Straws were purchased at Hobby Lobby.
The beautiful bride right before we popped the bottle!



Avocado Salad Recipe

Looking for delicious, healthy recipes to try out for your New Years Resolution to "get in shape?" I have the BEST recipe for you if you love avocados. This recipe is so quick and easy! I make it almost every day for lunch and I am the pickiest eater alive. I hate salad and vegetables and even I love this! 
You will need: 
1 Haas avocado, cut up into small pieces
1 small tomato, diced
2 tablespoons Athenos low fat feta cheese
Salt, Pepper, and Balsamic vinaigrette to taste

Mix all ingredients together and serve! Easy as that.

I get my balsamic vinaigrette from a shop in Pensacola, Florida called The Bodacious Olive and it is absolutely amazing! They have the best olive oils in almost every flavor. You can purchase it online by visiting their website here.
Enjoy and Happy New Year! Can you believe it is already 2014?



DIY Tacky Christmas Sweater

So, I had about an hour to throw together 2 tacky sweaters for a Christmas party that my boyfriend and I went to last night, and came up with this super cute idea while we were shopping around for a sweater. Everyone LOVED our sweatshirts (perfect for couples) and they only cost about $15 to make TWO! I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the photos - we were using our phones to take pictures and they didn't turn out so great! Hopefully this will help save you time and money when you are trying to figure out what to wear to your next tacky sweater party!
What you need:
Hot glue gun
Hot glue
Red pom poms
Small Christmas bows
Googley eyes (0.99" size)
1 piece of brown felt
2 pieces of glitter felt
2 sweatshirts
Trace your foot on the brown felt.
Cut it out and wait to glue on the sweatshirt until you have the hands cut out.
Glue a red pom pom to the heel part of your foot cut out.
Glue a set of googley eyes to the toe part of your foot cut out.
Trace your hand on the BACK side of the glitter felt and cut it out.
It is best to use the cutout to trace instead of tracing your dominant hand with your non dominant hand. Just put the cut out hand glitter side up on the BACK side of the glitter felt as pictured above and you will have a set of opposite hands!
Glue your hands first. It is easier to lay your brown foot cut out where you would like it to lay so that you know exactly where you would like your hand cut outs to be glued. After your hands are glued, glue the foot cut out and have it overlap the hands just a little bit.
For a female sweater, use the small Christmas bow (found in the Christmas section of Wal-Mart) on the top of the reindeer head so it is like a hair bow.
For the male, I used the same bow (they came in a set of 3) and placed it to look like a bow tie.
Above is a picture of both sweaters next to each other.
We had so much fun at our Christmas party and can't wait to do it again next year!!



Beth's Simply Southern Chicken & Dumplings

3 cans Progresso chicken noodle soup
1 can chicken broth
2 cups cooked shredded chicken 
(or 1 large chunk chicken)
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 can buttermilk biscuits
Parmesan cheese for garnish
First, Add first four ingredients to a dutch pan (large sauce pan) and bring mixture to a boil.
Next, flatten out biscuits to approximately 1/4 inch thickness and cut each flattened biscuit into 6 pieces.
Then, drop biscuit pieces one at a time into boiling mixture. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until dumplings are cooked.
Set out parmesan cheese for garnish and serve!