May 31, 2011

Wedding Anniversay Gifts by YEAR

I recently celebrated my 10 year wedding Anniversary.  WOW, where did the time go?!  I have been with my hubby since 1997, and we married in 2001. We were not quit babies. but we were young.  The last 10 years of marriage have been work, but have turned out to be the best. Yup this is us, 10 years ago:

So, what do you get your hubby for a 10 year Anniversary? I had NO CLUE!!!  Here is what tradition states:

Hope this helps you all...I failed and did not research it until it was too late.  Hubby got a nice watch.  Guess I am a few years early on that one =)


Photo Credit: Kano Photography

May 25, 2011

Wedding Song Wednesday- Steven Curtis Chapman: I Will Be Here

Welcome to our new installment...Wedding Song Wednesday!  Each Wednesday we will introduce you to a great song to play or have sung at your wedding service. If you have suggestions, PLEASE send them in!

Our first song is one of my personal favorites.  It was sung at my wedding in 2001.  The words are amazing:
Steven Curtis Chapman \ I Will Be Here

Tomorrow morning if you wake
up and the sun does not appear
I will be here
If in the dark, we lose sight of love
Hold my hand, and have no fear
'Cause I will be here

I will be here
When you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind
I will listen
And I will be here
When the laughter turns to cryin'
Through the winning, losing and trying
We'll be together

I will be here

Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
And the future is unclear

I will be here
Just as sure as seasons were made for change
Our lifetimes were made for these years
So I will be here

I will be here
And you can cry on my shoulder
When the mirror tells us we're older
I will hold you
And I will be here
To watch you grow in beauty
And tell you all the things you are to me

I will be here
I will be true to the promise I have made
To you and to the One who gave you to me
Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
And the sun does not appear

I will be here
Oh, I will be here


May 23, 2011

Man Candy Monday - Adam Levine

Today I am bringing you the super cute and talented Adam Levine for our Man Candy Monday with Join the Gossip.  Adam Levine has quickly become a favorite of mine since watching The Voice.  He is so cute! If you have not seen The Voice, I highly recommend checking it out, not only to see Adam, but to see the amazing talent the contestants bring to the stage.

I give you...Adam Levine:

Name: Adam Noah Levine

Birth-date: March 18, 1979 (age 32) born in Los Angeles, California

Height: 5 feet 10 inches

Horoscope :  Pisces

Band: Maroon 5

Talents: Vocals, guitar, drums, bass, piano

Tattoos: Too many to count! 

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Man Candy Monday, I sure did! Be sure to check out the others and LINK UP!


Photo Credit: Google Images

May 18, 2011

Glowing Skin for Your Big Day - 4 Big No...No's!

Our friends over at KMR Communications have provided us with a great list on what to avoid when it comes to your skin care the week of your wedding, check it out!

All brides want flawless and glowing skin on their wedding day. But in an effort to look and feel especially beautiful, soon-to-be brides often splurge on beauty treatments that they haven't done before, says Mike Sendogan, Clinical Director of LaserTouch Aesthetics, a luxury medspa in SoHo and Midtown Manhattan. Any beauty treatment that you're trying for the first time should be done a minimum of two weeks before your wedding day to give any unexpected reactions or irritations time to fade.

According to LaserTouch Aesthetics, below are four wedding-week DON’TS:

Botox takes four to five days to kick in, and you wouldn't want to discover one day before the wedding that a brow has dropped or elevated unattractively.

2.Chemical Peels
This type of facial is designed to dissolve dead skin cells and reveal brighter skin. It also helps erase fine lines and lighten dark blotches for a more even-toned complexion. Do this at least two weeks before your wedding day because even a gentle chemical peel can cause drying that may be annoying to apply makeup over.


Lip plumping is popular with brides, but filler in the lips can look swollen initially—which is not very photogenic. All fillers can also cause bruising that may last up to two weeks, so be sure to give yourself time to heal.

Microdermabrasion, which uses a machine to buff skin, is also a commonly sought-after pre wedding beauty treatment. Mike suggests not going the week before your wedding day because side effects may include redness, sensitivity, and breakouts. Avoid that stress by consulting with a professional three months before your wedding day to come up with a personalized routine.

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So, take the advice ladies! Don't do ANYTHING drastic before your big day...Guys, this goes for you too!!


Photo and Content Credit:
KMR Communications

May 16, 2011

Man Candy Monday ~ Ryan Reynolds

Hello Man Candy Monday!!  We are linking up with Leeann over at Join the Gossip again and today we bring you Ryan Reynolds!  Not only is he funny, but hes a cutie too!

Name: Ryan Rodney Reynolds

Birthday: October 23, 1976
Achievements: Named Peoples Sexiest Man 2010
Born: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but is of Irish ancestry

National Lampoon's Van Wilder
Just Friends
The Proposal
Blade: Trinity
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Tattoo: 1 on his wrist possibly 2

My FAVORITE Ryan Reynolds film is Just Friends. I can watch that movie over and over.  Check out this video for the top 10 Ryan Reynolds moments:

Hope you enjoy!


Photo Credit: Google Images

May 15, 2011

Katie Opens Her Esty Shop!

Katie is branching out. She has opened her very own esty shop!!  She is going to be creating, adorable hand crafted vintage style cake toppers. Every detail meticulously thought out to create a one of a kind addition for your cake. Details like color and veil can be changed to better suit your magical day. Every topper is custom made so every one is unique!

Here is one Katie created for a recent wedding:

Contact Katie at:


Photo Credit: Katie

May 10, 2011

Always A Bride ~ A Rock the Dress Photo Party

I became a bride...again. But this time I was not worried about keeping my dress clean, this time, it was to have fun and get fabulous!  You see, I am approaching my 10 year wedding anniversary. WOW...10 years. I can't believe it has been that long! 

My buddy Soozie is an AMAZING photographer.  She has the greatest ideas and an eye for creativity. She has this awesome idea to do a Rock the Dress Photo Party with about 7 of us ladies.  WHAT fun we had.  Professional, Sandy Raley, from All Dolled Up Artistry did our make-up, and Cindy (yes, our very own Cindy) did our hair.

It was an fabulous day with the girls, and a great idea for a party.  Gather up your buddies and get beautiful!  We had Mimosa's and chatted while we were undergoing our transformations from housewife to Model!  It really was a blast!

Here are some photos, to see more go to:

(Yup...that is Katie and Me)

Interested in having Soozie do a party for you? If you are in the Southern California OR Pennsylvania, Let me know or contact Soozie through her web site:


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May 9, 2011

Man Candy Monday: Mark Wahlberg

We are linking up with Leeann over at Join the Gossip for another edition of Man Candy Monday.  Today we are bringing you: Mark Wahlberg.  Can you say HOTTIE!!!!!

Here is his info:

Name: Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg, AKA Marky Mark

Birth date: June 5, 1971

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Tattoos: 4

Religion: Wahlberg is a committed Roman Catholic

Boogie Nights (1997)
Three Kings (1999)
The Perfect Storm (2000
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Rock Star (2001)
The Italian Job (2003)
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Shooter (2007)
The Fighter (2010)
He has also served as the executive producer of the TV series Entourage and Boardwalk Empire
Thanks Leeann for helping brighten our Monday!
Photo Credit: google images

May 6, 2011

Anyone Who Folds A Thousand Origami Cranes Will Be Granted A Wish

My friend Stephanie over at Thoughts from Cali shared this with me and I am passing it along. It is for a great cause. Please help out if you can!

It is said that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish.

I want to take this time to feature a very special little girl. Her name is Lizzie, she is 9 years old.

You see her little sister has to have her sugar levels checked in fear of diabetes. After hearing the news of a close friend who was diagnosed with Diabetes Lizzie decided she wants to help, raise money to find a cure.

For every dollar that is donated to Cranes 4 a Cure Lizzie will make a crane and put the name of the person who donated on the wing. Once she has collected $1000 she will string all the cranes together and give it to the Juvenile Diabetes foundation with all the money she has raised.

If you'd like to donate, please visit Cranes 4 a Cure or for more information you can email Lizzie's mommy, Jenny, at

Watch Lizzie's T.V. interview here:

Thanks for sharing Steph!

Photo Credit: Cranes 4 a Cure

May 2, 2011

Man Candy Monday- David Beckham

I jumped on the Man Candy train over at Join the Gossip.  My buddy Leeann does a Monday link up and it will put ANYONE in a great mood =)

I choose David Beckham as my first because 1) he's HOT and 2) it's his Birthday today! So with out further ado, I give you David Beckham:

Full Name: David Robert Joseph Beckham

Born: May 2, 1975

Height: 6 ft 0 in

Married: July 4, 1999

Place of residence: Beverly Hills

Tattoo's: Beckham has at least 17 tattoos adorning his body

Career & Professional Highlights: - English footballer(soccer player) midfield- Currently playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy, began his career in 1991 for Manchester United
- Beckham has twice been runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year
- 2004 he was the world's highest-paid footballer when taking into account salary and advertising deals

Can you say YUMMY!

Photo Credit:
Google Images

Choosing the Right Florist: Floral Artist & Master Designer- Kenji Takenaka

The venue is booked, now it’s time to decide on one of the most important elements of décor—the flowers. There are almost always certain factors a couple tends to overlook when it comes to choosing the right type of floral arrangements for the wedding.

For instance,—whether high or low, small or large—couples sometimes fail to visualize the whole reception room when making decisions. Sitting at a table with a tall floral arrangement obstructing the view of the New York City skyline or clear turquoise ocean, is just one of the many mistakes a couple may make when deciding floral table décor.

Kenji Takenaka, floral artist and master designer of Noir Hanna International, a premiere, world class floral design company in New York, is available to provide tips on what couples should know before meeting with florists:

Book the florist at least 6 months prior to the wedding date. Couples want be certain to book their florist of choice, especially if the selected date is a popular one. Waiting too long may result in losing the first option.

Choosing the right size
There are many factors to take into consideration when determining the right-sized floral table arrangement for the wedding. Couples should consider the look of the venue, spacing, table setup and linens, to name a few. “Bigger is better” may not apply for a particular venue. Although flowers are a great focal piece for any wedding, floral centerpieces should fit the overall look.

Ask the florist what flowers are in season around the wedding date to conserve costs. Requesting certain flowers off-season can take the budget to a higher than anticipated number. Flowers that are in-season will cut costs significantly, without having to compromise the overall look of the centerpiece and end product, keeping the couple happy.

Listen to the expert
Take a step back and leave it to the expert. Trusting the florist is imperative to achieving the best look for the wedding. Micromanaging can limit the vision of the florist. The florist has been hired based on the couple’s taste, now it’s time to give the initial vision and leave it in the florists’ hands.

Reuse flower arrangements
When deciding on ceremony floral arrangements, why not consider arrangements you can reuse for the reception? Don’t let the stunning ceremony arrangements go to waste. Arrange for your ceremony flowers to be moved to the bar for décor.

Meet Kenji Takenaka
Under the artistic direction of Kenji, Noir Hanna has a flourishing clientele of high-profile institutions, celebrities and the fashion industry. Noir Hanna remains on the cutting edge of floral design with Kenji’s relentless quest for fresh new ideas that are always executed to his highest standards of quality. Kenji takes an architectural approach to flowers: modern and minimal. He is one of the pioneers of the fuss-free floral look. Known for his minimalist style, Kenji often makes arrangements with masses of a single type of flower and color.
Kenji’s green thumb stems from a long family history in Japan. A fourth generation florist, Kenji has lived with flowers all his life. For more than 100 years, the Takenaka Teienryokka Company has been committed to keeping the value that has established itself as a legend in the floral industry. With more than 20 branches and dozens of floral boutiques throughout the major cities of Japan, the Takenaka Teienryokka Company is the country’s leading floral provider. While this family-run business embraces both their past while always striving for the future, such aspirations do not come without leadership.

In 2009, the Takenaka Teienryokka Company was ushered into the American market with the opening of Noir Hanna International in New York City. With his high level of creativity and technique; Kenji is poised to introduce his family’s philosophy and Japanese style to the American public. The Noir Hanna International brand is now paving a new road in the American floral market – and starting some new traditions of its own along the way.

Hope this helps in your next floral appointment!  I hope to be interviewing lots of different floral designers to get lots of great perspective, so check back!


Photo and Content Credit: KMR Communications

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