National Ice Cream Day!

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Today, July 21st, is National Ice Cream Day! You learn something new everyday, huh? Here’s the latest scoop (pun-intended) that I wanted to share so you can celebrate!

infused balsamic vinegar as an ice cream topping!

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Is your mouth watering yet? Balsamic as an ice cream topping may sound very strange at first, but just trust me on this one. I went to a martini tasting recently at a local olive oil shop and fell in love with their infused oils and balsamic vinegars! The Happy Olive is located in downtown Fairhope, Alabama and it is one of the best local shops that I have ever found. Their products are of the best quality and much better for you than any olive oils or balsamic vinegars found in your grocery store.

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The raspberry and strawberry balsamic vinegars were my favorite on vanilla ice cream. Other guests at the martini tasting were swearing by the coconut lime and pomegranate infused BV’s.

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A peak at the fabulous shop, The Happy Olive:

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They carry so many fun gift items, spreads, stuffed olives, etc. It’s also conveniently located across from a wine shop.

Enjoy,

T

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Girl’s Day Off Manicure Party

What is better than some much needed girl time? Nothing. Well maybe girl time with some champagne, cake balls, and a manicure party! Most of the time, manicure parties are created for 10 year olds, which is so stinkin’ cute! But sometimes us “adults” don’t want to sit at a nail salon all day when we can be enjoying ourselves with friends at home (not to mention saves a few dollars). So here is an easy and fabulous “Girl’s Day Off Manicure Party”!

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The Paper Inspiration:

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The Manicure Items:

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Clean towel & a bowl of bath salts (just add water for scented hand wash)

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Q-Tips, cotton balls & a small bowl of polish remover

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An assortment of your favorite nail polishes (courtesy of Essie)

The Set-up:

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Balloons hung upside down on ribbon & Rifle Paper Company’s Botanticals Garland (I LOVE this thing)

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Corresponding Martha Stewart Glitter to compliment polish colors

The Favor:

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A linen pouch filled with cotton balls, a great polish & an envelope of bath salts

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Yummy Treats:

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Oh how fun! The best part: I didn’t leave my house to buy a thing (I would have for the favors, of course)! I didn’t even want to get the balloons blown up with helium, so I hung them on ribbon! Add lunch and you can make a whole day out of it! This theme is too cute for birthdays or bridal parties. Email me if you would like the [free] printable “to do list”!

Featured:

Rifle Paper Co. Botanicals Garland

Essie Nail Polish

Martha Stewart Glitter Set

Happy Friday,

T

Nautical Save the Date

I am thrilled to begin sharing our wedding stationary with y’all! I knew I wanted the save the date to be clean with no picture. I wanted something different though – that’s where custom stationary became very important to me! All of our wedding stationary has been done by Honey Bee Invites and I couldn’t be more pleased with our products! They are so me (or should I say us?) haha! When you are sending invites all over the country or even sending a large number of invites, I recommend outsourcing for invitations. They will be done the right way and will save the bride so much time!

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What do you think? If you love them be sure to ‘like’ HBI on Facebook and visit their blog!

xo,

T

Weekending Away!

I have been postponing blog posts lately because I have been so busy! So many fabulous things have been going on, one being that I moved! I moved in with Andrew into our new home less than two weeks ago! What a whirlwind it has been. Although we are still living like poor college kids, it is starting to feel like home. We also had Easter with Andrew’s family and a surprise 80th birthday party for his Granny, a lawn & garden shower in Ocean Springs, MS and one of our best friends’ wedding in Fairhope, AL!

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Now for a little instagram update! :)

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New House!

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Granny’s Surprise 80th Birthday!

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Easter Sunday with my future niece!

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After lawn & garden shower purchases!

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Liz and Greg’s rehearsal dinner!

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Liz and Greg’s wedding reception at The Dorgan’s Inn in Fairhope, AL!

So now you know why I have been busy and haven’t been able to blog much! :)

xo,

T

 

Bachelorette Party Details

I just got back from two amazing days with some of my closest friends. They are the type of friends that will say absolutely anything, whether it be inappropriate, heavy, or completely ridiculous, it will be said. We have way too much fun together and I am so thankful that my friend Liz has included all of us in her wedding.

The bachelorette party was in Nashville, TN! It was my first time there and I loved every bit of it! Except the weather, it was rainy and cold. But all nine of us were coming from out of town so the MOH had done a lot of extra planning to make sure we could still make Liz’s lingerie shower feel special with small details!

Some of the girls flew in, and a few of us drove up from different parts of Alabama. Our car was completely packed with luggage, gifts, party decor and champagne. I brought the champagne glasses and drink dispenser so I had to make them extra special!

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Oh what fun! We laughed so hard, we cried! With such great company, we didn’t need any cute “stuff” to make this a party but the tags were inexpensive and easy to do. I love little details like this for parties and showers.

Email me at victoria.minite@gmail.com with any inquiries.

Cheers,

T

Orange Baby Shower Inspiration

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I received a custom Etsy order last week for etched mason jars. The special part about this order was that the jars were for a baby shower! The buyer told me the theme was orange, and the baby’s gender is a surprise (I could never do that)! She wanted the mason jars to have custom etching on them for hostess favors…

“Aunt”

“Great Aunt”

“Mama”

and

“Grandma”

I loved this! The only negative side of this customization is the smaller the font, the harder it is to etch! With longer words the etching will be very subtle. I let the buyer know this and I offered to add custom tags, to ensure the glasses were still special! They came out SO cute! I love the orange theme for a gender-neutral baby shower!

Glass is more difficult to photograph so I didn’t emphasize the etched parts.

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I printed the free baby shower invitation below from On To Baby (a sister site of Wedding Chicks). They offer so many cute printable designs & color combinations!

Note: I used “Tiffany Blue” and “Peach Blossom” for my color combo. But I think that “Mango” would have been a better choice than “Peach Blossom”, for a much deeper orange.

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Now that this fun order is headed to Austin, TX, I am ready for more inspiration!

xo,

T

CHEERS to the weekend!

Thankful for another productive and fulfilling week? Or thankful to have just survived it? Gearing up for big weekend plans? Or winding down for some r & r? Either way, cheers to you!

I just finished a fun new banner for my Etsy shop and it’s the perfect way to celebrate 5 o’clock on Friday.

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Whose ready to celebrate? Me! These banners are fun because you can hold on to them and bust them out for any spur-of-the-moment celebration! Below are a few more fun and festive details that would look great with the banner…

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Fun Party Theme via Grey Likes Weddings

Not up for the night out and loud music? Hunker down with some flare!

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Pajama Set from Target

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Fabulous “Girls Night In” by Pizzazzerie

What are your weekend plans? I am Atlanta bound to see my two best friends! A weekend of catching up, crafts & wedding details! Cannot wait. Have a fabulous weekend!

Cheers,

T

It’s all in the details

Eeeek! So thrilled to say that my wedding gown has finally come in! I got a call last week that my dress is HERE! And I have my first scheduled fitting for this weekend! I probably should have been eating healthier and working out more but maybe this will be just the inspiration I need. I cannot wait to see it! Since I cannot post photos of my beautiful gown on here (yet), I decided to post some inspiration for “The Day-Of” details. The gown is by far the most fabulous part, but who could forget the shoes, jewels & vail?

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So much prettiness, how will I ever choose these little details? I am hoping to pick out a vail this weekend at my fitting, this will for sure help me with my other decisions.

xo,

T

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Yay! Finally getting started on the Valentine’s box for Children’s of Alabama. I wanted to put all of my inspiration in one place before I start! Here are some CREATIVE, kid-friendly valentine ideas. I am doing my best to stay away from items that are too small (choking hazards) but also still trying to find dual-purpose items (cute, but could actually be used after Valentine’s day!).

These are great ‘no-candy’ ideas from Pluckymomo blog:

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{I especially love the pencils & crayons! These will be perfect to add with the journals!}

Style Me Pretty posted these super easy DIY treat bags…

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…which will be perfect for my roommate, Mary-Kate’s, yummy Valentine Chex Mix by Simply This and That:

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As I continue this project, I will likely have more ideas & inspiration. I will post more after I finish some of these things. First things first! :)

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xo,

T