Friday, January 15, 2010

Helping In Haiti

If you're searching for a way to help with the horrible situation in Haiti, let me suggest a donation to ADRA. (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) They are on the ground in Haiti now working to alleviate the suffering.

You can click here to donate or here for more information about ADRA and the work they've been doing in Haiti for more than 30 years.

If you would prefer to donate by phone, call toll-free:

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ADRA International
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Your contributions to ADRA International are tax-exempt.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


When you go to a hotel after a great Christian comedy show, be sure your facial cleanser is not 10 yrs out dated - lest you end up looking like a red raccoon!

Edited: (did you really think I was going to let it go with a post from my cell phone of 160 characters or less???)

How did this happen? you ask. Well, I'm of the thought that if I keep my overnight bag packed at all times, my babies' daddy will be able to whisk me away to a romantic getaway at a moments notice and I won't forget anything. I'm usually very good at checking the medications I have packed for "just in case" but I didn't think to check my facial cleanser...

I looked like I'd fallen asleep in a tanning bed for an hour. Thankfully it faded fairly quickly. Next time, I'll trust my gut and rinse sooner... that "burning sensation" is never a good sign...

The comedy of Tim Hawkins was great. I'll post more of that later and a few pix.

Ikea, today, was like Disney World for momma... well... not really. Disney World is like Disney World for momma... and part of the trip in the car was spent trying to convince my babies' daddy that that's where we should go to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this summer (only wait until it's cool in the winter to celebrate... we melted there on our honeymoon in the month of July. I'd rather wait for Florida's "cool" temps in the winter.)

Daddy and the kids weren't as excited about Ikea, but daddy was impressed that we could have a decent lunch for right at 20 bucks for all 5 of us. (Including vegetables!)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year – New Beginning

Here’s a photo wrap up of the wedding of Nenette and Rob’s wedding on 01/01/10 at 11 a.m.

Remember – this is a wedding with a $300 dollar budget for 25 guests, and two weeks to plan – with a bride that was arriving from out of the country one week prior to the wedding. (Thankfully, she carried on her wedding gown, since the airline lost the luggage that contained her niece’s Jr. Bridesmaid’s dress and other clothes and precious mementos.)

I had spoken to the bride, Nenette, just a couple of times by e-mail and determined that her favorite color was lavender. She agreed to trust me with all of her wedding prep and I promised to make it as pretty as I could and stay within budget.

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Tulle is always fairly inexpensive. The ribbon is a Costco purchase – I buy the 50 yard spools of white and hold onto them – you never know when you’ll have a last minute wedding on a budget… Luckily, I had a roll of silver/white also. At less than $7 for 50 yards you can’t go wrong! And silver is a great complementary color with lavender/purple.

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We made use of the purple candle hurricanes (purchased at Home Goods for $15 each) from the wedding last November. My daughter Michaela was aRob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 079 stand in flower girl with a black and silver dress purchased at Costco after Christmas for less than $10. The dress that the Jr. Bridesmaid wore was on clearance at Penny’s. We added a black bolero jacket from Michaela’s closet to bring the two together.

The table arrangements are “off  the rack” from the Target Christmas collection. I liked that they had an ice frosted look rather than a snow flocked look. I added floral picks with hues of purple and silver berries and loops of amethyst ribbon.Rob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 086 I used the same technique on the coordinating wreath around the bottom of the punch bowl. The small votives surrounded by a tiny silver/frosty berry wreath and the silver napkins are from Home Good’s.

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The purple sand and glass container for the sand covenant were purchased at Hobby Lobby. Love those 50% off sales!Rob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 041 I used straight sided bud vases from Wal-Mart for the sand during the ceremony.

The toasting glasses are another Home Good’s purchase. Have I mentioned how much I love, Love, LOVE that place?

The bouquets, corsages and boutonnières I made using flowers from Costco. The bouquets are tied with amethyst ribbon by Offray. I like to have the flowers do double duty, using them to decorate the reception as well. Flowers can be one of the most expensive aspects of a wedding Рstretch their use and you stretch your budget.

The wedding favors are simple pillow boxes from the Wal-Mart wedding department. They’re filled with silver and purple Hershey’s Kisses and tied with silver ribbons to dress them up a bit. It’s that we didn’t use from my in-laws 50th Anniversary celebration favor boxes – since gold ribbon was better used there…

With these last minute weddings on a budget I really try to give the bride as many keepsakes as I can. She probably doesn’t have a notebook full of swatches and pages torn from magazines… there are no printed napkins or engraved invitations. In this case she’ll have photos, the covenant sand, dried bouquet, wedding favor and program (not pictured since it’s full of names…).

The reception food was very simple: veggies and dip, fruit and dip, dinner rolls and sandwich fillersRob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 034 (like egg salad), crackers and cheese. Most of the food came from Costco. The serving dishes and baskets are part of my ever growing stash.

Rob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 107Rob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 104The cake is another sheet cake from Costco  decorated with flowers also from Costco. I used the same technique I used at the November wedding with instructions here.Rob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 074 The topper on the cake is from Hobby Lobby. Watch Hobby Lobby for huge bridal department sales – everything goes 50% off!

The crystal candle sticks are part of my stash and the silver candles I found rummaging around in Home Goods.

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I have a very generous friend that has a small guesthouse on her property just on the outskirts of town. She offered it to the wedding couple for their wedding night.

They Rob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 067even had space to entertain their family  afternoon  while opening their gifts that afternoon. We had filled the fridge with some leftovers from the reception. I keep bottles of sparkling cider and champagne flutes on hand also – for those impromptu celebrations.

Rob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 068Yes, I gathered up leftover rose petals to scatter around the little suite. I’m not above that… anything to save a few pennies. I also pulled out some pretty votive candles to further set the romantic mood.

Rob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 070Don’t forget some paper and a pen so the couple can record what gifts came from whom for their thank you notes.

Rob & Nenette Cooley's Wedding 1-1-10 098We wish Rob and Nenette many blessings as they start their new life together.

ETA:  I am sad, but also happy, to say, they have since moved out of state and now live near Nenette’s sister, husband and niece. it’s good (most of the time) to be near family.

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