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For months I have been trying to carve out time to give my blog a renovation – on many levels – and it’s simply not working.  I’ve come to the realization that I had to choose between posting and renovating.  I chose renovating!  I’m relieved and excited.  The new look and features will roll out this month.  My Pinterest boards will be spring cleaned, too.  And, since I’m a relative newbie to Instagram (shocking, I know) that’s going to be picking up steam with some styling features that I’m really excited about.  Feel free to drop me a line (email hidden; JavaScript is required) anytime!  See you back here at the end of the month!


Aloha Beach Notecard Free Download

beach-tote-giveaway-5If you haven’t had a chance to enter to win this adorable striped beach tote (and a few of my favorite things to go inside) then make sure to do that here!  If you want to get your hands on the notecards that you can print at home and send warm greetings to all your friends, you can do that here.  And…don’t forget to enter to win a trip to Puerto Vallarta!  Enjoy!


Destination Wedding | Puerto Vallarta

Today I get to share a little more Puerto Vallarta beauty with you. Perhaps you are a bit of a hopeless romantic and know that it’s home to some of the greatest Hollywood romance stories. Back in 1963, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s romance started the long tradition of destination love stories.

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Escaping the landlocked states and getting married on the beach or in one of the beautiful colonial, ocean facing, homes are both possibilities in Puerto Vallarta. Not to mention the cuisine you can offer your guests (I’m all about the food.) Another love is the culture. Some of my favorite friends ever hail from this part of the world. Puerto Vallarta is home to friendly folks who love to share their food and culture. The red roofs, lush greens, crystal clear blue water and stunning sunsets combine for an amazing experience.

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If it were me, I would arrive a few days early and soak up the beach side spa services. I’m sure the guys would love to spend those days golfing, fishing, sailing and off-roading through the mountains. Then, I’d probably make my husband take me on a less-testosterone filled sight seeing tour afterward. Naturally, we’d be sure to dine at as many local restaurants, like the spectacular Café des Artistes, as possible and snack way too much all day long.

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One of the highlights of Puerto Vallarta is Yelapa. I’ve heard friends talk about it before and have always wanted to visit. It’s a beachside village that opens into the most amazing landscape. There are jungles, walks through rivers, swimming in picturesque pools, waterfall after waterfall and hikes to the tops of mountains that overlook the entire bay.

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Ever since I’ve known my husband, Mexico has been on his list of places to take me. In all my research, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place for us. If you are the planning type, then the website makes it easy to plan your dream wedding. If you want to hire a planner, do it! I don’t know a single wedding planner that wouldn’t be thrilled at the idea of planning a Puerto Vallarta wedding. If you’d rather be immersed in the culture, there are plenty of local wedding planners ready to help you out. The best part of all of this is that Visit Puerto Vallarta is giving away a 4-day / 3-night trip for 2! Head on over and enter to win today! Stay in a beautiful city at hotels, such as the Hilton, go sunset sailing, spend an afternoon adventuring with dolphins and celebrate your marriage in the most unforgettable of ways.  Check out Puerto Vallarta on Instagram and see what everyone else is planning for their weddings. Search #loveinpv2014 or book your destination wedding and share your own pics!

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DIY Invitation Ideas from Tesco


As fall starts to settle in, I tend to start into party planning mode.  Fall is the perfect time to slow down, remember what makes you excited to get up in the mornings and focus more on those people you love being around.  This time of year, I always find myself thumbing through recipes that I want to make (or perfect) which always brings to mind the friends that I want to invite to share a meal with me.  For those of you who find yourselves doing the same, Tesco is sharing some tips for DIY-ing your celebration invitations.

“I Made Them Myself” — a DIY Approach to Invitations

Designers are passionate about designing things. That’s part of what makes them so good at their job. They know how to find the perfect typeface to express your personality. They can create, capture or source the ideal images to give your invitations a professional, high-quality finish.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for traditional home-made invitations. In fact, they’re a pleasant way to express your personality first-hand – and turn creating invitations into a memorable shared experience for you and your family.

You can choose from a range of stationery at Tesco and make a fine invitation. Remember to bear in mind the following things:


Has your concept got character?

When you’re making your own invitations, character and personality make them special. If you’re simply going to recreate styles and designs you’ve seen elsewhere, what’s the point? You may as well get a professional to take care of things for you.

So always begin with a concept. This could match with the theme of your event, or reflect an aspect of your personality — maybe a hobby or pastime. Once you know what you’re trying to express about yourself or your event, brainstorm different ways to achieve it, from unusual images to inspirational quotes.


How stationery adds style

You could discover the ideal theme. You could spend hours working on your computer or sketching drafts ready to copy onto the final invitations. None of that matters, however, if your stationery lets you down.

From ready-made invitation kits to high-quality card stock, choosing the right stationery will ultimately determine that all-important first impression when your guests receive your invites. Does your paper feel prestigious? Do your envelopes feel elegant?

Design is important, but turning that into a reality means finding the right stationery, too.


Check twice, send once

Finally, before you run off 250 invitations and hit the post, print a single copy and check it thoroughly. Open it up and ask yourself how it feels — and ask a few close friends, too.

At the same time, be sure to check that the invitation includes all the information your guests will need, presented clearly and concisely. When you’re wrapped up in design and style, it can be easy to forget important stuff like dates and places.


When you’re happy with what you have, you’re ready to go. Print, pack, send — and wait for great big reaction from your friends and family.



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Beach Tote Welcome Bag Giveaway

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Happy Friday, friends!  I don’t normally post on Friday but I am one of those who likes to stray from the beaten path.  Hence, a Friday post!  I’ve had quite a few wedding clients this year that have been eloping on the beach or planning destination weddings in places I have been most envious of.  A common element in destination weddings is a welcome bag for travel-weary guests.  Welcome bags are some of my favorite details and I love coordinating paper items for the bags.  We have a fair amount of out-of-town guests staying at our house and, being the fan of welcome bags that I am, I have accumulated a lovely collection of locally produced items that I always set out in pretty basket for them.  It just adds that extra dose of care that lets your guest know that you truly are glad they came.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a welcome bag + printable that I’m giving away to one of you!  The striped tote was made my my super-talented mom (thanks, mom!) and the goodies are some of my can’t-live-without items.  Allgood Provisions is a local Park City company that produces the best organic trailmix, nuts and dried fruits that you’ve ever tasted.  Their pistachios are the only brand I can eat without getting that scratchy allergic reaction in my throat.  Their blueberries taste like real blueberries.  There are no additives, preservatives or chemicals.  Plus, they donate a portion of their sales to preserving and restoring the environment.  I’ve included some coconut water, a rich almond-oil moisturizer and the best lip balm every made, Lavender Mint, by Honest Company.

What would a welcome bag be without a handwritten note, so in the giveaway, I’ve included a set of notecards and envelopes.  And, so that nobody is left out, I’ve made the notecards into a free printable that will be available here on Monday!  It’s super easy to enter, all you need to do is follow me on Instagram and share this post on any social media platform you’d like.  The more shares, the more entries!

Good luck and have a great weekend!

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