Jul 29, 2011

BUDGET TIP ~ Wedding Cakes

We wanted to share this idea with you, it is from my (Denice's) mother in law, She saw it on the Rachael Ray show:

Twin sisters were sharing their tips for saving money...coupons, free online birthday offers and ways to save on your wedding costs. One of the sisters whose wedding would have cost over $20,000 spent only $6,000!

One of the savings was on the wedding cake. She said she went into the bakery and said she needed to order a cake for" an event". A specialty cake for 200 people. All she said was it was an event...she didn't tell them it was for a wedding, (that jacks up the price immediately). Soooo it might not be as elaborate in decorating but you can add your own flair and your cake topper. I think she said that she spent $200 instead of $1,000. The cake was still delicious.

Just thought it was interesting if a bride is on a budget!! Brilliant!!

Denice & her Mother In Law: Normie Dunes =)

Photo Credit: Photography By Soozie

Jul 27, 2011

Wedding Song Wednesday ~ Planned on Forever

Planned on Forever- From The Wedding Planner Soundtrack- Sue Ann Carwell Mervyn Warren

I have planned my life, to the last detail
With a story book romance to fill my days
But the funny thing about answered prayer
Is they come to you in unexpected ways

How could I plan on forever?
When I never planned on you
Someone to fall for
To love for all eternity
Baby let's plan on forever
And watch all our dreams come true
You're what I live for
Who I can give for ever to
My destiny is you

Cause you danced with me, and the earth stood still
My heart can't quite believe how right this seems
When you're in my arms the truth of us
Is better than the best of all my dreams

How could I plan on forever?
When I never planned on u
Someone to fall for
To love for all eternity
Baby let's plan on forever
And watch all our dreams come true
You're what I live for
Who I can give forever to
My destiny is u

Sometimes the one you're right for is standing too close to see
But u saw the light and never gave up on me

Baby, let's plan on forever
And watch all our dreams come true
You're what I live for
Who I can give for ever to
Now I see
My destiny
Is you

Thank you Leslie form The Tale of Going Natural!


Jul 25, 2011

Back from Vacation!

Hello All!

Sorry for the brief interruption, but we were on VACATION!!! Yipee!!! Katie and Cindy were in Seattle, WA and I was in San Diego, CA. We will get back into our groove her shortly! In the mean time, please enjoy some pictures! Man Candy Monday will return next week!

 Sea World in the Shark Tank

 Riding on Elmo!
 Coronado Beach

 The Corvette Diner- yes, that is cotton candy!!

The USS Midway

 Pool Day

 Cindy in Seattle at the Space Needle

 Cindy and Katie with their sister Soozie and mom. Mary

 Cindy and Katie in Seattle, WA

*hugs* (we will be back shortly!)

Photo Credit: Katie, Cindy and ME!

Jul 18, 2011

Man Candy Monday - Carey Hart

Linking up with my buddy Leeann over at Join the Gossip for this weeks edition of Man Candy Monday! This week I bring you...

Carey Hart

Born: July 17, 1975
Occupation: American freestyle motocross motorcycle racer and off-road racer. Hart began competing in motocross races in 1981 at only 6 years old, turned professional in 1993 when he was 18.
Married: to Pink in 2006 and recently had a baby
Hobbies: Tattoo (Co-owner of Hart and Huntington Tattoo)
  • Invented a freestyle motocross trick known as the Hart Attack
  • He has jumped the trailer park in Kid Rock's video "Bawitdaba"
  • Hart has been featured in nationwide ad campaigns for Ford, Dunkin Donuts, Fox, DVS and Mountain Dew
  • Hart competes in AMA Supermoto championship as a member of his Hart & Huntington Tattoo/Rockstar Supermoto Team


Photo Credit: Google Images

Jul 15, 2011

Fantastic Finds

Here are some great finds! Check out ideas for a Girls Night Out, Kids Ice-Cream Theme Party, DIY tutorials and MORE! I love finding awesome sites and sharing them with you!

Super cute treat idea using cotton candy: From LivingLocurto.com

SUPER cute idea for a girls night out themed party (bridal shower or bachelorette party!) modernmindy & favors from Bridal Buds

Cake in a jar over at disneyweddingsblog.com 

Adorable Cowboy Baby Shower Theme

All American BBQ theme desert bar

DIY Decorations:

Family Fun- make your own photo holder

Tutorial on frosting a cookie with Royal Icing


Jul 13, 2011

Wedding Song Wednesday ~ Your Love

Today's song is "Your Love" by Jim Brickman and Michelle Wright.

Song: Your Love is the greatest gift of all
Artist: Jim Brickman feat. Michelle Wright
Album: Destiny
Year: 1998

It's not the flowers, wrapped in fancy paper
It's not the ring, I wear around my finger
There's nothing in all the world I need
When I have you here beside me
Here beside me


So you could give me wings to fly
And catch me if I fall
Or pull the stars down from the sky
So I could wish on them all
But I couldn't ask for more
'Cause your love is the greatest gift of all

In your arms, I found a strength inside of me
And in your eyes, there's a light to guide me
I would be lost without you
And all that my heart could ever want has come true


You could offer me the sun, the moon
And I would still believe
You gave me everything
When you gave your heart to me

(piano solo)

But I couldn't ask for more 'cause your love is the greatest gift of all


You could give me wings to fly
And catch me if I fall
Or pull the stars down from the sky
So I could wish on them all
But I couldn't ask for more
'Cause your love is the greatest gift of all
Your love is the greatest gift of all
The greatest gift of all

Thanks Kara, author of The Kimball Family Adventures 


Jul 11, 2011

Man Candy Monday - Kellan Lutz

Hello and welcome back to Man Candy Monday! We are linking up with our buddy Leeann over at Join the Gossip for some fun!

It's no secret that I am a HUGE Twilight fan, not for Edward or Jacob, but for EMMETT! Yup! I am team Emmett.  I love Kellan Lutz, he is gorgeous! I love how his look is every changing, and oh that SMILE!

Name: Kellan Christopher Lutz

Born: March 15, 1985 in Dickinson, North Dakota

Height: 6' 1"

Family: Lutz is the middle child of one sister and six brothers

Career: Fashion model, film and television actor

Screen: Twilight Series

T.V.: 90210


Photo Credits: Google Images 

Jul 8, 2011

Secrets to Marital Success & Longevity ~ Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario

Our friends over at kerncommunications.com sent us this fabulous article from Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario, America's Marriage Coach! Read on for her Secrets to Marital Success and Longevity!

Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario discuss methods that foster strong and enduring unions; Expert offers tips for maximizing marital interaction, getting a troubled marriage back on track, managing out-of-bounds in laws, and other ‘spousal survival’ subjects- Enjoy reading!

MIAMI, FL, July 5, 2011 – Marriages fall by the wayside every day because couples lack the fortitude to withstand inevitable marital conflict and seasonal maturation.  Even the first few so-called “honeymoon years” can be more like “boot camp” fraught with anxiety, tension and battles as two independent lives attempt to merge into one harmonious alliance. This is among the reasons nearly one-third of all marriages fail within the first 5 years, and between one-half and two-thirds end in divorce, according to published reports.

“The consequences of separation and divorce can be severe, including increased rates of psychopathology, physical illness, suicide, homicide, violence, and mortality from disease,” notes nationally regarded Certified Marriage Counselor and family strengthening expert Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario.  “Given the greater risk for mental and physical health problems proven among separated and divorced individuals, identifying factors that help marriages survive, and thrive, has important, even life-and-death implications.”

With wedding season now underway, Dr. Del Rosario, CEO of Recapturing the Vision International - an organization promoting healthy marriages, is available to discuss these and all other wedded relationship topics:

  • How to know you’ve found the right “marriage mate”
  • Is pre-marital counseling worthwhile?
  • Guidelines for maximizing marital interaction
  • Identifying and working through non-negotiable, make-or-break issues with your spouse
  • How to align each partner’s expectations
  • How to successfully divide and conquer:  identifying roles and negotiating chores in day-to-day life
  • Managing out-of-bounds in laws – how to keep the peace and your integrity. Is it ever OK to sever ties?
  • Family meddling – Establishing rules for family influence on your marriage
  • Strategies for couples dealing with financial strain
  • How to ensure problems at home don’t adversely impact professional endeavors
  • Putting out fires: three tips to getting your marriage back on track
  • Emotional cheating – warning signs and how to recover
  • Preventing infidelity – how to stop affairs before they start
  • Rebuilding trust in your relationship after an affair
  • Clear signs indicating it’s time for marriage counseling
  • What makes a good marriage counselor, and how to find one that’s right for you
  • Is divorce ever an acceptable outcome?

About the Expert
America’s Marriage Coach” Jacqueline Del Rosario, Ed.D. is President and CEO of Recapturing the Vision International, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy marriages and family strengthening. A certified marriage counselor, published author, and media personality, Mrs. Del Rosario is an expert on “what it takes” to make relationships work. Her cutting-edge marriage coaching series, Marriage Solutions and The Marital Constitution™, help couples work through problems and find healthy solutions in support of her vision to break generational cycles of dependency that have crippled so many families.

Dr. Del Rosario also serves as the official marriage coach for Executive 50 (www.nationalexec.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on Executive Leadership Development. Based on the belief of Dr. Eric Walton, CEO of Executive 50, that professional development and success starts at home, Dr. Del Rosario has been engaged to help the organization’s mid to high-level corporate executive membership base foster healthy and stable marriages and, in kind, maximize quality and productivity at work.

A former educator and tireless champion for America’s children, Dr. Del Rosario is constantly breaking new ground as the author of youth-centered curricula and workbooks and the producer of positive teen-centered media. She also serves as a motivational speaker both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Del Rosario has earned numerous awards and accolades, including 2003 Humanitarian of the Year from the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, and a state-designated “Vessels of Honor Day” in recognition of her stellar work around teen pregnancy prevention. In 2004 Ms Del Rosario was nominated to the President’s Advisory board on HIV/AIDS, and has received special recognition from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  For her accomplishments Dr. Del Rosario has also received the Key to the City of both Opa Locka and Miami-Dade County, Florida.

A formidable voice in family strengthening and community building, Dr. Del Rosario continues to work tirelessly to pave the way for social reform, a new mindset and - most importantly - lighting the path towards an enriched life. Dr. Del Rosario resides in Miami with her husband of 20 years and their two sons.

Learn more online at www.doctordelrosario.com or her new website, www.bestmarriagekeys.com

Hope you enjoyed this information! Thanks again to our friends at Kern communications for providing us with it.


Couple Photo: PhotographyBySoozie.com
Photo and Content provided by: kerncommunications.com

Jul 6, 2011

Wedding Song Wednesday ~ The Prayer

Today's song is "The Prayer" by Charlotte Church/Josh Groban.  It is perfect for your ceremony. It comes to us from Kara over at Kimball Family Adventures

The Prayer- by Charlotte Church/Josh Groban
I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know

Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe
La luce che to dai

I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore restero
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarchi che
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’e
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we’ll be safe.
Sognamo un mondo senza piu violenza

Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace e di fraternita

La forza che ci dai
We ask that life be kind
E’il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amore
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a se
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Needs to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
E la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salvera


Jul 2, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Have a great Holiday! Be safe and enjoy your families! Here are some fun 4th of July links:

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