Serena and Lily Living Room For Less

July 19, 2014

During the past two months, I’ve received over 20 home catalogs as we look for furniture to furnish a full second level (we’re currently in a one-bedroom apartment). And as I look through these different catalogs, I can’t help but think, “Why is this stuff so expensive?”

But I am a conscious consumer so I’ve been bookmarking and keeping track of the general themes I like. Like my looks for less, I am starting a new series Home for Less — where I look at rooms I love from these catalogs and make them up without spending a ton! Here is my first one.

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The base total for this¬†rooms is $9,413 and this doesn’t include all accent decor. With shopping around a bit, I was able to find complementary options that were half the price.

Total: $2,216

Total Saved: $7,197

What about you?

Do you like to shop around for the best price or just buy full price?

Wedding Weekend – Part 3

July 8, 2014

I promised not to keep you waiting. So here are the wedding photos. We received 400+ photos from our amazing photographer and friend, Matt. He did such a great job capturing our special day! I still cannot believe how incredible these photos turned out. I’ll quit yapping, so you can look! ūüôā

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Floral:¬†Tempel’s Floral¬†|¬†Photography: Matt Petit¬†|¬†Venue: Private estate | Dress: Ann Taylor |¬†Shoes: TOMS |¬†Necklace: Vintage |¬†Groom’s suit: Tommy Bahama¬†|¬†Planning: Self¬†| Officiant: Brian Lyke¬†|¬†Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake¬†|¬†Food: Family prepared

Coming Soon – Honeymoon Photos!

Wedding Weekend – Part 2

June 30, 2014

I know that it’s been awhile but I finally pulled together part 2 of the wedding weekend.. This isn’t everything so stay tuned for Parts three and four. There was a lot of photos and activity so here we go.

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Friday

I woke up early Friday morning and walked out to the living room to find a few people awake as well. Breon still had a couple of hours (he likes to sleep). So I grabbed my camera and Steve (B’s cousin) and I walked down to the ‘beach’ to take some photos! Here’s some of what we saw.

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After walking the steep steps, we found this little cove above that you could sit and just relax. We’ll have to go back someday and do just that.

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Steve spotted two seals when we were taking photos. I only had my fixed focal lens so I couldn’t zoom in to get the shot. But as you see below (with a cropped photo) they are swimming together. HOW CUTE!!

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The rest of Friday was full of errands. We got our marriage license. Bought a cake and did shopping for our wedding evening meal. After returning to the house. We had some down time then we drove to Pebble Beach to have dinner with the Z fam. It was a blast!

Saturday – Part 1

I woke up the morning of the wedding really early. I don’t think I was nervous per say probably more excited than anything. I grabbed a cup of coffee than took a shower. I got to work on the decorations right after.

We didn’t do too much in terms of decor. The backdrop of the ocean speaks for itself. So when picking out what I wanted to do… I tried to make it easy and DIY.

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We did paper flowers for each chair. These are super easy and I’ll have a tutorial in the near future for them. If done with wire, you can add to chairs very easily!

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I also did tassels which were fun to make. #sarcasm. It was a lot of work to make them and I ended up tossing them. They were fun and bright and added to the ceremony but they took a total of 4 hours to make… looking back, we could’ve done without them. #IBlamePinterest

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Lastly, we did centerpieces with gold glitter dipped ball jars and babies breath. These had to be my favorite because they cost maybe $3-5 to make and were so pretty to look at.

The real fun began at 9:00 when the hair and makeup artist arrived… but more on that in Part 3.

Read Part 1 here.

Why You Should Create a Summer Bucket List

June 2, 2014

Last fall, I created a “bucket list” or things I want to do during that particular season. I did this because there were so many activities that I love to do during fall. But the same goes with summer. And because MINNE-SNOW-TANS cherish summer so much, I intend to do the same thing with this precious season.

3 Reasons To Create a Summer Bucket List

  • It’s easy and keeps you on track with things you want to do.
  • Posting it on social media will keep you accountable for actually doing it rather than sitting inside on the beautiful summer days.
  • It’s just plain fun.

Instead of sitting inside like a lump on a log (stolen from my parents), I intend on doing a lot of outdoor activities…so the weather better be good. Here is mine:

Summer 2014 Bucket List

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What’s on your summer bucket list?