Wednesday, December 29, 2010

what I love: FREE webinars!

So how many of you out there got rings on your fingers sometime in the last couple of weeks - hm? What's that I hear?? A whole lot?! That's right! You're engaged! Congratulations, but now what do you do? Where do you start, and who do you talk to?? Well, I can guarantee you that what I love this week, will hold all the answers because what I love this week is OUR free wedding planning webinar!

We'll be holding the webinar on January 12th at 7 PM for ten lucky couples. It will be an exclusive opportunity to chat with a wedding professional about all those questions you have in the beginning of the planning process, and hopefully get that wedding-planning ball rolling.

For your convenience, you can register below for the event.

Remember - only ten couples get in on this, and it's filling up fast!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

what I love: Christmastime!

Great news everyone!

It's officially Christmastime! A Christmas Story is playing non-stop on TBS, and Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You is playing non-stop on my computer. That's right - it's Christmastime, and it's what I love this week.
photo credit: humor me

The thing about Christmas is it means more than the presents under the tree, more than the gift wrap or even the amazing tablescapes. It's the togetherness of it all. Whether it's with your new fiancee, your new husband or wife or your new in-laws, the time that we spend together is (get ready for the cheese) priceless. It's a time to enjoy the family you are and the family you will be. Those are moments you can't trade for anything in the world.

It's the warmest time of the year - even though it's the coldest weather, and there's a reason for that. Enjoy the holiday spirit, and don't forget to take a moment to love Christmastime too.

Merry Christmas everyone and happy new year!
photo credit: Etsy

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

what I love: gift wrapping!

The thing about gift wrapping is it isn't solely allocated to the holidays. One must gift wrap throughout the year (for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries - you name it!). That's the best part about learning how to gift wrap beautifully, you get to use the skill throughout the year.

After all, who can resist a little piece of beautiful like this?
photo credit: a gift wrapped life

The holidays are a time that one's gift wrapping skills are allowed to truly shine. It's all about those details - details, details, details! Besides that's where all the fun is! Take a look at some of these chic and adorable gift wrapping details!

This one comes with DIY instructions courtesy of Design*Sponge!
photo credit: Design Sponge

Plus, nowadays, with the focus on eco-friendliness in every facet of our lives, gift wrap has plenty of eco-friendly options too! Take fabric gift wrap, for instance. You heard me right - FABRIC. Check it out.
photo credit: Etsy

Or adorable fabric drawstring bags!
photo credit: Etsy

And don't forget the icing on the metaphorical gift-wrapping cake - the tags! The number of unique tag options out there is absolutely endless! Lots of DIY options, and lots available to purchase. Lookie here for instance.
photo credit: Etsy

There are even letterpress options - gorgeous!
photo credit: Etsy
I most definitely love gift wrapping this week! Whaddya say? I imagine you love it too!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

what I love: anniversaries!

I know I rarely discuss my personal life, but this one's a milestone I can't ignore. Our 5 year anniversary happened last week. Five. YEARS. That's longer than Brad and Angie have been together or Tom and Katie or Barbie and Ken. Ok, maybe not the last one, but you get the point. That's half a decade. A long time that we've gotten to spend together, and I've loved (nearly) every minute of it.

Sometimes I don't realize how caught up I get in the humdrum of our day-to-day life that I take for granted the person who is sticking by my side through all of it. Life has its ups and certainly its downs. There are moments that twist me all around. And who's there to pick me up no matter what life has thrown my way? My partner in crime and one true love. He's there through it all - through the fun nights out and the cuddly nights in, through the mundane laundry folding and the wintertime dog walking, through the endless workdays and the non-existent weekends of a wedding planner. He's there. And I love him for that.

It got me thinking about what an anniversary means in the grander scheme of things. It means a lot, though sometimes it can seem it is just another day in one's life. An anniversary really offers you something. It offers you a chance to truly look at the person you've chosen to tackle life with and let them know how much you appreciate them. It forces you to take a step back and just enjoy each other for that day and forget anything and everything going on around you. It offers you two a moment to appreciate exactly what you mean to each other, what purpose you serve for each other, and how much more fun life is with the other person there.

So what I love this week is personal, but it's also something we all share every year: anniversaries. Don't forget to take a minute and enjoy yours - whenever it may be.
We certainly enjoyed ours.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

what I love: christmas decor!

I suppose it is now December, huh? It kinda snuck up on us, but now it's here! Presents are being bought and Christmas cards are being mailed. More importantly, all those boxes of decorations are being pulled off their dusty shelves and seeing the light of day once again! Christmas decor is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. The songs and pies are a close second and third. The decor, though, takes the metaphorical cake.

How could one not be enamored with the decor of the holidays?! Look here!
photo credit: Pizzazzerie
A gingerbread house that is far too cute for words, and what's better? You can make it for yourself thanks to Courtney over at Pizzazzerie!

Or here!
photo credit: Design Sponge
The good news is that you can DIY this puppy too!

I've got more for you. Don't worry! An oh-so adorable felt garland on a mini Christmas tree! Love!

photo credit: Oh Happy Day
So I'm 100% certain: I love Christmas decor! What do ya say? Do you love it too?