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70 Fun and Unique Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas

February 24, 2015


For our destination wedding, I knew we were going to do welcome bags. I wanted to welcome our guests with some creature comforts after their long flights and drives to Carmel. I scoured the web/pinterest for hours thinking of what would be both budget-friendly and useful on this vacation. I came up with a few items that were in our budget.

Our welcome bags included:

  • Re-useable Tote bag (purchased from Pick Your Plum)
  • Handmade elastic hair ties
  • Itinerary + Welcome letter
  • Local beer / box of wine
  • Custom bottle koozie
  • Flip flops
  • Candies
  • California Guidebook

Here are 70 more ideas for your welcome bags! Enjoy.

Welcome Bag Ideas




  • candies
  • chocolate
  • Clif bar
  • chicago mix popcorn
  • artisan olive oil
  • artisan balsamic vinegar
  • fresh fruit
  • artisan sea salt
  • Altoids
  • gum
  • box of chocolates



  • custom packaged soap
  • printed list of things to do
  • local guidebook
  • hand warmers
  • map
  • local postcards (pre-stamped)
  • local handmade lotion


  • asprin
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • shout pen or wipes
  • elastic hair ties
  • mini first aid kit
  • toothbrush
  • bobby pins
  • safety pins
  • travel sewing kit


Couple Picks


  • itinerary
  • custom door hangers
  • travel candle
  • hangover kit


  • coloring book
  • crayons

Beach Wedding

  • sunscreen
  • lip balm
  • flip flops
  • beach towel
  • salt water taffy

Rustic Wedding

Destination Wedding

  • luggage tags
  • icebreaker activity (guest bingo)

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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


What’s on your summer bucket list?

Ninja Ultima Blender Review

December 7, 2013


One of my favorite post-workout traditions is making a protein shake. I usually use a shaker bottle and add in some protein mix and milk plus maybe some peanut butter. Pretty much without fail though the peanut butter gets stuck in a lump in the shaker. But then I was offered the chance to take a look at the Ninja Ultima to see what all the ‘hub hub’ is about. I’m so glad I gave this blender a chance.

Short & Sweet

While I haven’t used a Vitamix, I’ve heard amazing things. After having a discussion with my coworker Erin from Sweet Sweat Life, my opinion of Ninja has been solidified. The two sound similar enough to me. If you are looking for a powerful, all-in-one blender this is the perfect one for you.

Full Review

You know those blenders they have at Panera and Jamba Juice to mix you up your favorite smoothie or shake? Yeah those hard core looking ones. Well I would say that the Ninja is that for the home. It’s got what they call a “dual blending stage,” where two separate blades (with separate motors) chop the crap out of the stuff you put in. For example, I had a bunch of whole frozen strawberries and within 5 seconds it was pureed!

While the Ninja isn’t a juicer per say, it did a great job with all of my smoothies, even the chunky peanut butter protein ones. The upgraded version of the kitchen system has a food processing cup and tools too! While I haven’t tried it, it looks promising.

When I was taking the blender out of the box, I was so excited to have actual speeds. I have had a blender for so long that just had “chop,” “puree,” and “dice.” Now I had setting and a book that told me depending on what I was making (smoothie, etc) what I would need to use to get the perfect blend. So I grabbed my frozen fruit, yogurt, and almond milk from the fridge and added to the blender. I was super surprised at the noise that came from the blender. This isn’t like my other blenders from the past. It actually blended my smoothie in about 20 seconds.

Generally when I get products like a blender, it’s not used very often but with these single serve cups, it’s easier to grab and go. I love it.



  • Affordable. If you are looking for a top-of-the-line blender but don’t have $400 to get the Vitamix, I would recommend looking at the ninja.
  • Two part blending. This blender doesn’t have just one blade like other blenders, it has two, making sure your food and smoothies are adequately chopped. It does this with very VERY quickly.
  • Single serve. I must say that the best part of this blender, in my opinion, is the single serve option. The model I got had two single serve cups that I use most regularly. It keeps cleaning easy and the ability to take my smoothie out and about.


As far as cons go, I haven’t really been able to find many (HONESTLY) so I went to amazon to see reviews. Mostly people just mention that their blender stops working and they give up. No one mentioned calling support to get help or a replacement sent, though.

I will keep you updated in this post if I have any issues but from what I can see is that if you clean it and use it correctly, you will have a life lasting love for this blender!

Overall Feelings

If you are looking for a top-notch, full featured blender this holiday season, the Ninja Ultima is for you (Don’t I sound like the sales guy from a cheesy commercial…maybe but the above statement is true). In fact, I was at Costco today and found that the ninja was being added to carts left and right!  It is a great present for the kitchen gadget nerd on your list.

Smoothie Recipes to Try

In Love With the Faux Shamrock Shake

March 18, 2012

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I mixed up two delicious {faux} Shamrock Shakes last night. These delicious little puppies are so much tastier than the ‘real’ shake from McD’s.

I haven’t mentioned this before, but I have an intolerance to High Fructose Corn Syrup. I have to look at every single label when purchasing anything at the grocery store. And the ‘stuff’ is in everything. And guess what else it’s in… The Shamrock Shake.

So, thanks to my girl Cassie, over at Back To Her Roots, I was able to nom on my favorite March treat without the negative consequences from McDonalds.

I made a few changes to the recipe, see below.

Faux Shamrock Shake

Makes 1 Shake

4 small scoops of vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt)
¾ cup milk
½ tsp mint extract
½ cup whipped cream
1 straw

Mix all ingredients in blender until blended fully.
Pour into glass, insert straw and…

Are you allergic to anything? How do you get around it?