Wedding Inspiration: Blush and Lavender

25 May

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Our latest wedding inspiration board is all about blush and lavender.  This combination is perfect for a Spring or Summer wedding.  You can incorporate so many elements of the outdoors such as lilacs, tulips and even lavender itself.   These colors are such soft and complimentary colors and add a really romantic feel to a wedding.

 

Get inspired with our picks:

Acrylic Emma Monogram Necklace, Design Your Own Wedding Frosted Bags, Lavender Wedding Union Photo Save the Date Announcements, Happily Ever Ever Napkins, New York Thank You Notes Cards, Lilac Soon to Be Mrs Invitations, Lavender Love and Thanks Note Cards, Sharing Our Special Day Guest Towels and Pink Sweet Bridal Checklist Notepads.

 

Other image sources:

Bridesmaids: http://www.weddingchicks.com/2015/03/09/glitzy-and-glamorous-wedding/

Bouquet: http://amyandjordanblog.com/2014/weddings/ashley-peter-bourjos-el-chorro-wedding-photos/

Drinks: http://www.praisewedding.com/archives/5525

Blush Wedding Dress: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/19/the-prettiest-blush-pink-wedding-dresses/

Archway Decoration: http://www.stylemepretty.com/little-black-book-blog/2014/12/15/rustic-lavender-blush-colorado-wedding/

Centerpieces: http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/65-loveliest-lavender-wedding-ideas-you-will-love/

Macaroons: http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/2005631

Aisle Decoration: http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/65-loveliest-lavender-wedding-ideas-you-will-love/

Tables: http://www.weddingchicks.com/2013/09/12/vintage-wedding-pearls-blush-lavender-everywhere/

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Gifts for Graduates who Travel

21 May

may-grad-004This month we celebrated the graduation of our youngest son, Robbie.  It was a fun weekend and bittersweet at the same time. Wow, we’re totally done with college for both our kids now!

As all the kids packed their things, turned in their keys and said their goodbyes to their friends, their future plans started to move closer to focus. Many are traveling with friends or family in the next few weeks before they all officially begin a new chapter in their lives.

Robbie graduated from the Kelley School of Business from Indiana University.  Many of his friends graduated with majors like business, engineering, informatics, marketing and more and a good number will be doing a fair amount of travel for their first jobs, especially those in consulting jobs.

When considering  smart graduation gifts, I like to think about what an individual will be doing for their first jobs, and where they will be living, and what sort of interests they may have, in order to select a gift I think that will just right. Of course, sometimes the most useful gift is a check as that is always something that’s appreciated.  But most often I’ll order a personalized gift that I think might be appropriate, either something work-related or for their new apartment if they are moving out of their parent’s house.

For those that will be traveling, a new monogrammed canvas garment bag, a matching weekender, custom luggage tags, personalized passport holders and other similar items might be the perfect ticket.  Travel gifts will certainly be well used trip after trip, whether for work or just to occasionally visit their friends on weekends.

Personalized travel-related gifts add to the whole professional look.  For personal travel, it’s also nice to feel sophisticated when they visit friends.  Related gifts include an embossed leather dopp kit, embroidered cosmetic bag, leather ticket holder, leather monogrammed wallet, and personalized executive stationery.

Wishing all the recent graduates a future of success and happiness!

Best wishes,

Renee

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Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day

15 May

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day (#nationalchocolatechipday).  To celebrate … why not make something yummy with a bag of chocolate chips?  Of course you could make chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip pancakes or chocolate chip waffles.  But I have a family recipe that’s a HUGE hit with anyone who tries it.  It’s my Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bar recipe.  This recipe was handed down to me years ago and has been a favorite ever since.  People always ask me “Are you bringing your peanut butter bars?”  I could probably make them in my sleep (although I’d rather not).  If you make them, let me know how everyone liked (or LOVED) them!

75648_977Dorothy Congdon’s Peanut Butter Bars

3 c. graham cracker crumbs

1 stick butter, melted

2 c. powdered sugar

18 oz. peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)

Frosting:

1 (12 oz) pkg. milk chocolate chips

1 stick butter, melted

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, powdered sugar and peanut butter in a bowl until moist.  Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Heat butter and chocolate chips until melted.  Pour on top and smooth with a knife.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cut into squares and serve.  *You can substitute margarine for butter and use semi-sweet chocolate chips if you prefer.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Jennifer

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