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Hair Inspiration

I am not a hair person, and usually I just leave it up to my stylist Tammy to do what she thinks will look best. I have had various styles over the past 4 years she has been doing my hair, as well as multiple different hair colors and highlights.

At my hair and makeup appointment for our engagement pictures she asked me what I had it mind and I just said “natural.” She used the round brush and added volume to the top, but I was a little disappoint in the ends of my hair. If felt a little too straight and didn’t have mu body or movement. In the pictures it looks great though so I am not gonna complain directly to her.

I have decide that I want to have some hair inspiration for when we do have the trial for my wedding day hair style.

Katherine Heigl
{from a wedding bee board post}


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This is my favorite by far. When I saw it on Today’s Weddingbee Gallery Photo of the Day I knew that I was taking the picture to my hair stylist.

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As I dabble more into hybrid scrapping and stopping in at my LSS more often, I have come to discover that being a Digi-Scrapper is MUCH better for the environment. Look around your local LSS. Most elements are sold in plastic wrappers of some type. The paper probably accounts for whole mountain sides of tall trees. Last but not least, everything I purchase can only be used ONCE.

Yep, digi-scrapping is definitely the eco-friendly way to scrap your memories.

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What a Week!

This week has thrown me into a whirlwind. Some wedding related, some kid related, some family related. Let’s start with the BEST news ….

My Dress is on the way to ME! I am tracking her and she is currently in Colorado. I think I decided on a name, but I want to wait to put her on before I officially give her a name. I am sure she will speak to me!

In kid related new my son has Fifth Disease. We think the first signs started before we went to the Nascar Race. He had a track and field day at school, so we thought it was just an allergic grass rash. I gave him some meds and we headed off to the races. Well this weekend while I was getting ready to leave the bridal shower (more on that in the next post) my mom called to tell me the rash was back. I didn’t go away so I took him today to get an official diagnosis. Fifth disease is not contagious once the rash appears and shouldn’t cause any discomfort. It can last up to 3 weeks though. Keep my Little A in your thoughts and prayers.

As I just mentioned I attended a Bridal Shower this weekend for a really close friend. She is getting married in May and is having a black and white wedding. I can’t wait to see it! We have been talking wedding for quite a while now. Our weddings have a lot of similarities. She is marring a man that already has a daughter. She opted to have her younger (much younger) neices as her wedding party. We attend the same church and we are using a few of the same vendors. They are also doing a DIY dinner and has offered to share her chaffing dishes and serving bowls with us. We are also using the same lady for our decorating, set up and clean-up.

On the home front I found out on Friday that my landlords are re-financing the house, so it will need to be appraised sometime this week. Sounds like the perfect time for a Spring Cleaning to me! Mr B and I have been busily cleaning my house, and shampooing the carpets in preparation. While we were at it we rearranged my living room and my bedroom. I will post the before and after’s because it is a HUGE difference.

Stay tuned for the next post …. the Black & White Bridal Shower!!!

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My One Thing

No matter how tight money is I always have to have my fountain Diet Coke:

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DIY Dinner: The Planning

After Mr. B and I decided to have our wedding at my parent’s house we started looking into options for food. We are not particularly “foodies” but we like to eat. The problem was that we couldn’t decide what we wanted to eat.

Option #1 – Food Stations
I thought the solution to that would be to have “food stations” and we could pick a few of our favorites to serve: Mini Cheeseburgers, BBQ wings and ribs, Tacos, Pasta … just a fun mish mash of food. Once I started pricing things and trying to figure out how to get all the food to my parent’s house and keep it warm I realized that it just wasn’t going to work for our location.

Option #2 – Caterer
Then I began to research the few caterer’s in our small city in Arizona. There was not many in the yellow pages, the best 2 options would have been:
The Crossing
Julieanna’s Patio Cafe

Unfortunately, neither of them really offered a menu of items that Mr. B and I love. Sure we have gone to eat dinner at the restaurants, but it was just not the food that we envisioned featured on our wedding day. In addition we really didn’t want a sit down meal and that was really the focus of both the above caterers.

Option #3 – DIY
This thought kind of scared me at first, I will be honest. Then I started talking with my parent’s. They have done food for large functions many times. We started throwing around some ideas of what kind of food Mr. B and I really like and we finally landed on Mexican. You see, our small city is right on the border of Mexico. We have great authentic Mexican restaurants all over town. When my family moved here in 1994 we really got hooked on Mexican food and my Dad has been perfecting his recipes since then. One of the best recipes is for his Chicken Fajitas

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He makes these whenever relatives come to visit. He makes them when we are camping in Phoenix for the Nascar races. He even made them for my brother’s rehearsal dinner in 2006. Since he has the recipe perfected he knows exactly how much chicken to use per person and has figured out how to make it in large quanities. The best feature of this recipe is that it actually tastes better the longer it rests. The marinade really soaks into the chicken and peppers when it is just being kept warm. It can even be refrigerated and then warmed for even BETTER flavor.

We will begin buying the chicken breasts about a month before the wedding. Our local Albertson’s has a butcher block that sells boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.50 a pound (as a sale price very regularly) We will need about 1/2 a pound per person. We hope to make our purchases when it is on sale, since the regular price is usually $3.99 a pound.

We plan to trim it and cut it down then use the FoodSaver to vaccum seal the cooking portions and freeze them to keep them fresh before our Thursday and Friday cookingfest before the wedding. The more prep work we can do prior to those last 2 days the better. Final cooking will be done on Friday, then it will be able to be reheated and put into the caffing dishes Saturday evening.

In addition to Dad’s chicken we have contacted our favorite local restaurant, Tacos Mi Rancho to provide the Refried Beans and Mexican Rice as well as Al Pastor

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Al Pastor is a marinated chopped pork. They are Mr. B’s favorite kind of taco, hands down. The beans & rice are only $1.25 per person and the Al Pastor is $12 per cooked pound. Each pound should serve 5-6 people a few tacos.

To help better estimate our ratios of Chicken to Pork we will have that listed on the response cards in the invitation. We will also over estimate a little because we expect people to have a little of each. My estimated budget for 100 people is:

  • 30 lbs of chicken (feeds 60 people)= $45.00
  • 10 lbs of Al Pastor (feeds 60 people)= $120.00
  • 100 servings of Beans & Rice= $150.00

Total so far: $315.00 or $3.15 per head

Definitely within budget so far, but there is still more to add such as tortillas, peppers, onions, cabbage, cheese, limes, ect. All the basic condiments you would find at a taco bar of course!

Next up we will be pricing the taco and faijta condiments at Sam’s Club.

Did you consider a DIY Dinner?

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I am facebook friends with the designer making my custom wedding dress, Dolly Couture. Every few days or so she posts new pictures of the custom dresses she is working on. Today when I was checking my facebook account I saw that she had uploaded a new photo. That is when I saw her …

My Dress!

She isn’t done yet. The dotted petticoat is not what will be under mine. Plus my petticoat will not protrude from under my dress like this one does. I love her already. Now she needs a name. Something fun & flirty, and classically 50’s. I found a few options of popular 1950’s names. Which one do you like?

Bonnie
Marilyn
Peggy
Shirley
Carolyn
Beverly

Did you name your dress??

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Kissable Lips

One thing that I have as a not-so-fun souvenir from this past weekend is a sunburned face and chapped lips. Definitely not a good combination.

On Friday morning Mr. B, my mom and I went into the Pits. Standing on the hot black racing surface combined with little to no shade left me with a rudolph nose and raccoon eyes. We were only gone for about 2 hours, but that is all it took. The rest of the weekend I was super vigilant about applying sunscreen. The damage was already done though.

I figured now is as good of a time as any to get my lips kissable. I did some searching around today and found a few products I am gonna try.

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Blistex Lip Medex


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Sally Hansen Overnight Lip Recovery

If the drug store finds don’t help, I will call my friend that sells Mary Kay and she if she has this in stock:


Satin LipsĀ® Set

Have you found a great product to keep your lips kissable?

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