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Hosting a Pinterest-Worthy Bridal Shower on a Budget

Posted in DIY Crafts & Gifts, DIY Ideas, Entertaining, Food & Fitness, Home & DIY, Photography, Real Life, Wedding, Wedding Planning.

My best friend is getting married. Exciting! However, she decided to have a very short engagement (5 weeks!) so there was lots to do in little time. It was a great time planning everything as one of her bridesmaids, and seeing her vision come to life. It was a blast!

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But one thing that scared me a bit was planning her bridal shower. I have only ever been to one bridal shower before, as a guest, so I didn’t have much experience to go off of. This is also my first time being a bridesmaid so I wasn’t really sure what to do there either! Geez! Luckily, the other bridesmaid (the bride’s sister) was experienced at such things and knew what to do. Together, we planned a Pinterest-worthy bridal shower on a budget. I thought it turned out great. So I wanted to offer a few tips to those who want some money-saving ideas, or who maybe just aren’t familiar with kind of what to do for a bridal shower since I wasn’t. Of course this isn’t the only way to do one, you can do whatever you think your bride would like! After all, it’s all about the bride!

We had about 2 weeks to plan this shower. We decided to purchase decor first, after looking through several websites of inspiration. A party supply store would be the best place to get these items, but since we left it to a holiday, they were all closed (doh!). So we went to Michaels. The prices were honestly not too bad for all this stuff – the hanging balls, fans, favour boxes, raffia, twine, burlap, table runner, decorative trunk. Also, if you sign up for Michaels’ weekly email specials, you get a 50% off coupon every week! Definitely use those to your advantage and you could save a lot.

We hit up the dollar store afterwards for a few essentials – balloons, confetti, favour box labels. Our vision for this shower was a rustic chic/shabby chic sort of event, with a classy twist. It was a wine and champagne event, with lots of appetizers and dessert (made by the bride’s sister – amazing chef she is!), and we called it a “Boudoir Shower” – so meaning lingerie! So each guest brought her a gift of lingerie. We made sure to put her sizes in the invitation so people knew what to buy.

 

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I found the toughest thing was planning how the evening would go. We decided to make a timeline like so:

  • 6pm – Guests arrive
  • 6:30pm – Once everyone has a drink/is settled, welcome them to the event, do introductions so everyone knows each other’s name. Also, we described the games we would be playing (detailed below), and started with the M&Ms game (see below).
  • 7pm – First game over, people are loosened up. Invite them to eat and keep the party going!

Now, there’s a ton of ideas for bridal shower games out there. We decided to keep it pretty simple and fun since not everyone knew each other at this shower, so the games also acted as icebreakers. The first game we played was the M&M game. Basically, each person grabs some M&Ms and you have to say something for each colour you get. Check out the little chart tags I made below. Click on the image to download this for your own event! They print 2 to a page, so just print (on cardstock preferably), cut, and you’re done! I made it in Word so you can easily edit the phrases. Or, you can download a PDF version here if you don’t wanna edit it.

Click to download the free printable!

Click to download the free printable!

Next, we played the Plastic Ring Hunt game. We bought some plastic diamond rings and hid them around the house. The person who has the most at the end of the night wins a prize! In our case, that was a Starbucks gift card. Something everyone likes. :)

For food, the bride’s awesomely talented sister made beautiful cupcakes (she is an artist with baking!) and a bunch of tasty appetizers. We served wine and champagne, and made a nonalcoholic punch for the preggos who attended. We also made some cute favours (pictured above) which I will detail in another post to come soon.

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I hope this post helps you plan a shower, or gives you some ideas for another sort of event. I find that since Pinterest is so involved in our lives now, people tend to go overboard trying to recreate awesome-looking events. Which is a great idea, however remember that most of those were made by event planners and whole teams of people, for a serious amount of money. But if we can recreate the rustic chic bridal shower Pinterest look with a fraction of the budget, then anyone can!



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Continuing the Liebster Award

Posted in Blog Business, My Life, Real Life.

When the awesome Ashley of Under the Ash Tree notified me that she had nominated me for the Liebster Award, my first thought was, “Cool! Thanks so much!” and my second thought was, “What the hell is a Liebster?” Well, in case you are wondering that too, you can read about the Liebster Award here. It’s pretty darn sweet! TL;DR It’s an award given by bloggers to other bloggers because they have pretty darn sweet blogs.

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I’m so flattered that Ashley nominated me! I have been following her blog for awhile and I love love love her travel photography and her personal stories. Also, her posts on goal-setting and personal growth have really kicked my butt into gear to remind myself to set some of my own goals, and to be as diligent at achieving my dreams as Ashley is. She is a true inspiration!

So you should totally follow Under the Ash Tree!

FACEBOOK  —  TWITTER  —  INSTAGRAM

 

RULES FOR ACCEPTING THE LIEBSTER AWARD

  • 1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their links (that’s Ashley in case you forgot!)
  • 2. Nominate up to 11 other blogs to receive the award
  • 3. Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you
  • 4. Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself
  • 5. Give your nominees 11 questions of their own to answer

Let’s get started!

UNDER THE ASH TREE’S QUESTIONS FOR ME

1. What was your favorite meal growing up?

Lasagna! Poached eggs & toast! Chocolate! That CAN be one meal… Okay, okay. I would have to go with lasagna. My grandpa and I would make it from scratch when I was a kid.

2. Lena Dunham? Pro or Con?

I have to say I don’t know much about her, nor have I seen Girls. Although I’ve seen a few interviews with her on late night shows and liked what I heard. She seems artistic, smart, well-read and funny. All positives to me.

3. Best book you read in High School?

“We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin

4. Where do you most want to travel to (where you haven’t already been)?

Well I haven’t been much of anywhere! I never seem to have any extra money to go anywhere. So, I would love to travel almost anywhere. I’ve always wanted to visit Europe, Paris specifically, and Germany to tour the Volkswagen factory.

5. It’s a Snow Day! What movie do you decide to rent?

Bridesmaids. Or a winter-themed horror movie.

6. What’s your proudest accomplishment?

I trained my cat to pick which flavour of food she wants through a series of specific paw movements. Okay that was pretty cool, but currently, I am most proud of becoming a freelance writer with my first gig! One day I hope to make that a career.

7. Who is your favorite Actress/Actor?

I have sooo many! If I had to choose, I would pick Melissa McCarthy because she is an amazing dramatic actress but also so hysterically funny. 

8. Whats your favorite blog post you’ve written?

This one. Because I’m a crazy cat lady.

9. Someone is coming to visit you. Where is the first place you take them?

For a coffee. Then exploring the city. There’s so many amazing places in Vancouver. In summer, I would start with English Bay/a walk through the boutiques of Kitsilano followed by Japadog. In autumn, a walk through Gastown and the East End, stopping for a hipster sandwich.

10. What was the last song you listened to?

According to iTunes, “Ghost” by Ella Henderson.

11. Why did you pick your blog title?

I had a hard time picking a title! I chose “Permanent Daydream” because to me that means a sense of peace and happiness and contentment with life. I want this blog to be a relaxed lifestyle blog, to pour my energy into in my free time and to explore all the things out there I have left to learn (spoiler alert: like everything).

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I hardly ever dream (or just do not remember my dreams). Maybe like once or twice a year.
  2. I have a lazy eye but most people can’t tell (or they’re just very kind).
  3. I truly am a crazy cat lady. I am obsessed with my cat.
  4. I cannot pick a favourite colour. I like most of them.
  5. I’ve always struggled with my weight although never been severely overweight. Pudgy more like.
  6. I hated peanut butter until about 2 years ago and now I love it with an unparalleled fiery passion.
  7. I get discouraged easily sometimes, and can be stubborn and bull-headed other times.
  8. I love writing, but sometimes I don’t write for weeks at a time. I always come back to it though.
  9. I don’t have any high school friends. Sometimes it feels weird to be living your life surrounded by people you met only a few years ago. But they’re pretty cool peeps.
  10. I used to drink 3-5 Diet Pepsis a day. I cut it completely out of my diet and now only have pop on special occasions – maybe 3-4 times a year.
  11. Lastly… I’m quite frugal, but I don’t mind spending more for quality items.

LIEBSTER AWARD

MY LIEBSTER AWARD NOMINEES

MY 11 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

  1. What are the top 3 apps you use on a daily basis?
  2. What are you grateful for today?
  3. What is your favourite holiday?
  4. Why did you start blogging?
  5. What was the last thing that you purchased?
  6. If you had $10 million, what would you do with your life?
  7. What’s your favourite meal of the day?
  8. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
  9. Do you believe in luck?
  10. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
  11. What are your top 3 favourite blog posts that you’ve written?

That was fun! And make sure you go check out Under the Ash Tree. :)



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January 2015

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Life, Luck and Little Green Men

Posted in My Life, Opinion, Real Life.

I am not a religious person, nor even spiritual. I have always been more of the sciencey type. Not so much wondering the “why” of things, but more the “how”. I don’t disbelieve in the thought of a higher power and all that, and have full respect for people who do believe, but I’ve never been able to wrap my brain around there being some cool guy/girl/alien out there who just… loves everyone. It’s totally possible of course and I am not writing this to start a discussion on religion, I am just saying that for me, my mind is rooted in what I can see, hear, taste, touch and smell (sometimes I wish it wasn’t rooted in things I can smell – amirite?).

But I can’t help but feel that sometimes the universe/big guy up there/big girl up there/big alien up there has something to tell me. It’s usually a message like, “Hey, dummy, you should probably wise up a little!” and though I firmly believe I create my own destiny, I also can’t help but shake my head sometimes at the way things work out for me. I wonder if just maybe there is a force out there taking in my dreams and my efforts and giving me that extra push forward. Maybe. But then I think “nahhhh…”

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Example time. I recently have been working on my self-confidence. I have my inner peace back and it’s great. That peace allowed me to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – apply for a freelance writing position. I’m still your average 9-to-5 office dweller, but I was surprised that after applying for this freelance gig, I got a response just a few hours later. They hired me after reading my samples! I was blown away. I had thought about it for so long, being a fan of this publication, and thought I just wasn’t good enough for that kind of thing. Sure I like to write, but to be an actual writer? Very different things.

Being published is something I have wanted for a very long time. I had mostly given up on that dream, but now it’s really happening. I couldn’t be happier with where my life choices have taken me recently and I feel like I am on the right path for me, for the first time in quite a few years. While I know it was my own doing, I also can’t shake the notion that maybe – just maybe – a lil’ green dude circling the galaxy  in his spaceship is sending me a signal, a cosmic high-five from the universe, saying, “Right on, sista.”

I guess I just feel kinda like this today… (Who remembers this classic movie?!)

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December 2014

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What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Posted in My Life, Opinion, Real Life.

I’ve had to make a few tough decisions lately, in various parts of my life: professional and personal. I’m turning 28 next week, which is still young I know and in 5 years I’ll look back and say to myself, “Damn you and your YOUTH when you thought it was over!” But I’ve really had to think about my future lately. Not only mine, but ours, as a family. It’s just my fiance and I (and our cat!) for now, but we do plan on having kids in the near (years) to come. So my tough decisions no longer just affect me – they affect my guy, and our future unborn children. Scary thought.

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Shit is getting real.

I quit my job yesterday. It was a relatively new job, half a year, and I hated the thought of leaving so soon and hopping to another job. I want security, a long-term professional home, not to hop around. But still, that job was toxic. I could write pages and pages of how and why it was toxic, and what it was doing to my stress levels, my mental health, and so much more, but it doesn’t really matter. It was just a toxic environment and that’s all that matters. I learned in recent years to value myself. My health, my mental health, my dreams, my wants, my LIFE. When I was asked to do some unethical things at work, that was the last straw for me. I knew I had to leave. So I did. Simple, right?

I have a new job now, lined it up before I quit because I’m responsible like that (now). Right now I am making about half of what I made at the toxic job. I am stressed about money. A lot. We have a townhouse to pay for, a wedding to pay for in six months, and zero savings. Our strata payment comes out of our account in 3 days and we are still $100 short for it, so I need to come up with $100 in 3 days. I’m stressed. But it’s a different stress. Money isn’t important. Money causes stress, because without it, we wouldn’t live a comfortable life. We wouldn’t have our nice home, and good food, and all those first-world things we deem as “needs”. So I am stressed, but I am okay with that because it is a different kind of stress. It’s not stress about unethical business practices, or getting things thrown at my head by my boss, or dealing with backstabbing coworkers, or being sweared at constantly, or having to witness a CEO have a toddler meltdown at 11am because the coffee is cold. Those kind of stressors weigh heavily on the mind, and body. Stress about money? That’s nothing. I realized something about myself the other day. I am good at solving problems. Not having enough money is just a problem waiting to be solved. My deadline is in 3 days. So, I will figure it out. I’m good with deadlines.

This is my problem solving face.Photo: Pixabay.com

This is my problem solving face.
Photo: Pixabay.com

I left the money behind because I value myself more than that. I value my brain, my soul, my heart, my health, my peace more than that. I am not sure if my fiance truly understands or agrees with my decision, but that’s okay too. We support each other’s decisions, even when we don’t agree with them. That’s what teammates do.

Maybe our friends won’t understand that we can’t go on vacation with them, or out to parties a lot, or to concerts and sports games, and events. And that we don’t have the latest clothes, technology, etc. That’s okay. Sometimes I get jealous, sure. It’s easy to be jealous. But it’s difficult to practice gracefulness and gratefulness every day. I’ve never picked the easy road before, so why start now?

When you are stuck between a rock and a hard place with a decision – whether it’s work, or personal, or life, or money – and you don’t know what to do… Pick the option that proves you value yourself. That you respect yourself. Because in any situation, the common denominator is always going to be you. You’re stuck with you. You might as well be proud of yourself wherever you are. I am proud of me today.

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December 2014

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Pinnacle Pier Hotel Review & Contest!

Posted in My Life, Real Life, Vancouver.

Awhile back, I won a little Twitter contest for a free night at the beautiful Pinnacle Pier Hotel in North Vancouver. They graciously gave my fiance and I a drop-dead gorgeous Harbour View room… did I mention it was free? Here’s what it looked like (images courtesy of the Pinnacle Pier Hotel website):

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We meant to go in the summer for our anniversary but I was super sick at that time. Boo. We went the weekend before Halloween this year so it was a bit cold and rainy (nothing surprising to us Vancouverites) but still a fantastic time. Even though it was just one night, it felt like such a luxurious getaway for the two of us… like a mini vacation.

The hotel is full of great little details. For one thing – the makeup mirror. Okay, girls care about this. You know when you go on vacation, and you’re going to go out on the town and wanna look really nice but the hotel bathroom is always dark and the lights cast a weird shadow on your face? Pinnacle at the Pier is the only hotel I’ve ever been to with a LIGHTED mirror! And, a little magnifying makeup mirror too. Oh man. As a makeup addict like myself, this was heaven to see. It made getting ready so fast.

We decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. My fiance and I both love seafood, which of course coastal British Columbia is known for. The hotel also operates a wonderful restaurant, Pier 7, steps away and perched right over the water with a beautiful city view of Vancouver. Seriously, check this out (photos from the Pier7 website):

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The food there is exceptional, locally-sourced and FRESH. Our server was fantastic. The ambiance is romantic, but casual, and we just had an amazing and relaxing time. Oh yeah, and this is a place where the $13 drinks are really worth it. They’re so tasty. I highly recommend the Dark n’ Stormy – rum and beer it was. With candied ginger. Guh! So good.

Food-wise, we started with the pound of steamed mussels in garlic butter. Amazing. I had the Seared Ahi Tuna entree, and my fiance had the steak. I can still remember how it tasted. Just divine.

If you’re hanging around North Vancouver, I highly recommend checking out Pier 7 for lunch or dinner, or if you’re visiting from out of town, the Pinnacle Pier Hotel is a great choice. You’re also just blocks away from the SeaBus terminal to connect you to downtown Vancouver (a 15 minute transit ride!).

ENTER TO WIN A FREE NIGHT’S STAY!

They are running another Twitter contest for Christmas for a free night at the hotel! View the tweet here to enter. Good luck!

* This post was NOT sponsored in any way by Pier 7 or Pinnacle Pier Hotel. All opinions are my own, and I have not been compensated for writing this post.


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