Valentine's Day Date Ideas with Wedding Party

January 28, 2015

Happy Wednesday from snowy Boston...oh yes I said Boston because my flight was cancelled for today, but I'm still headed to the sunshine state tomorrow, so keep some fingers and toes crossed that it all works out!! 
It's almost Valentine's Day and I've rounded up 9 dates over at Wedding Party that not only won't break the bank, but will have you rethinking this little holiday!! Ideas that involve a fun date night competition and a mini bar crawl with toasts at each stop!! 
Check out the post and let me know what do you have planned for this year? Any traditions you'd like to share?

xo,
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Flower Arranging for Beginners

January 27, 2015

Flower Arranging
I should probably start this post out by saying I am not a professional florist (clearly), but I love flowers and really enjoy having them around the house! A few weeks ago I wanted to arrange them in a square vase instead of just having them in a longer vase, but I also wanted them to be full like a centerpiece so I set out to make it happen! 
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Your supplies are very simple! One square vase, one thick rubbery band or hair tie (that's what I used the first time), scissors and of course a bouquet of roses. I think two bunches is the perfect amount because it creates a fuller bouquet. Trader Joe's roses for $4.99 - you just can't beat it! 
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Next you want to take the petals off the stems since they won't be seen in the vase. 
After all the petals are removed, measure out how far you want the stems to stick out from the vase, but make sure you do this from the inside since there is probably less space on the inside than the outside...illusions and all! 
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You want to measure one from an angle and another straight. If all of them are angled then you'll have a hole in the middle, so don't forget to switch it up. 
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Cut all the flowers where you measured them out and then tie them in a bunch with your rubber band. 
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More than likely your first time cutting it will leave them a little long so place them in the vase and eyeing it cut off the ends a little more so that they bunch even closer and give off a fuller look. 
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Fill the vase one quarter of the way with water and don't forget the flower food!! 
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You'll see they are full and fill the vase really nicely! 
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There you have it - for less than $10 a great floral centerpiece that will bring a little freshness into your house!! Side note, using this process my flowers stayed full and alive for two weeks! 

Do you have any tips for flower arranging?

xo,
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Weekending | The One Before the Blizzard

January 26, 2015

Happy Monday, well for those of you who will not be affected by Winter Storm Juno it might be a happy Monday! Before I get into my weekend let me paint a little picture for you. Walked into Trader Joe's to buy some flowers on Sunday- walk to get in line only to realize that's it's wrapped around the entire store. Is everyone in Boston that hungry or are they preparing for the apocalypse?! I'm personally hoping we don't get the 2+ feet of snow they are predicting because I've got a flight to sunny Florida on Wednesday and I'd like to keep it!!! So if you don't read anything at all - please read this...pray for less that 2 feet of snow!! 
WHY?!?!
As to be expected our Friday night included sushi at our favorite restaurant and then wine and a Friends Netflix marathon at home!! Watching the show from the beginning with no commercials at 22 minutes per episode is so dangerous!!! 
Saturday morning was the precursor to what we'll be getting tonight into Tuesday, so we decided to treat ourselves to a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, chocolate chip pancakes & a latte!! In all honestly - when the snow first falls it's so pristine and beautiful, it's when it turns to slush I start to question my sanity!! 
I clearly need to add more color into my wardrobe but those dry fit workout pants from Target are amazing and my boots literally keep me from flying onto the pavement from the ice!! 
Saturday night belonged to Bagels, my friend Kim's new puppy!! She is seriously the sweetest pup ever and I was pretty sad we had to leave her to go out! I mean - her face was the cutest, I may or may not have tried to concoct a plan to steal her !!! 
The four of us made our way to Back Bay Social Club for some cocktails and I tried my first Moscow Mule - I'm hooked!! 
Sunday was spent getting a much needed manicure, taking photos for a DIY coming this week and testing out the Buffalo Chicken lettuce wraps I mentioned on Friday!! In case you're wondering - they were delicious! 
After reading this back I realize there are quite a few food photos - sorry about that - I promise we do more than just eat in the Winter :) Sunday night was spent flipping back and forth between Miss Universe & the SAG awards!! Sarah Hyland, Claire Danes & Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey were my favorites!
Hope you all have a wonderful start your week!!! Link up below to share your weekends!!

xo,
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