French Food (snails, gelato, and a recipe at the bottom)

 

Coffee and map reading.

Coffee and map reading. A daily thing we did.

One the greatest aspects of traveling to another country is indulging in the local cuisine.

Of the other European places I have been, here are a few favorites:

  • Italy: Margherita Pizza. You will get it and think you can’t possibly consume the entire pie but before you know it, you can taste the divine Tuscan hills and you will begin to think about ordering a second.
  • Bali: Watermelon with mint. It is refreshing, minty, and sweet.
  • England: The tea and cookie thing. The tea alone will make you feel so cozy and happy and content, all your problems dissolve in the first sip.
  • Italy (again): GELATO. No, this is not ice-cream and does not taste remotely like any frozen pre-packaged gelato you can find in your frozen department. It is smooth, rich, and kind of makes you feel like a supermodel. You deserve the best, so get two scoops.
  • Germany: Schnitzel. Or Brezel. Who doesn’t like a fresh pretzel or a thin-slice of breaded meat with a slice of lemon? Mhmmm.
  • Switzerland: The fondue. The cheese. The chocolate. It taste like nothing you have had before and after that, you will judge those little Kraft cheese slices forever.

And now France–

Snails in pesto.

Snails in pesto.

Mr. Speedy and I tried to order new things (he was more adventurous than I) and allowed ourselves to indulge in wine, sweets, fish, croissants, you name it. If you are going to travel (and really enjoy yourself), budget for food. Especially in France, where it is rather expensive. He was really good at reminding me that we were on our honeymoon and enjoying every moment.

“What do you think you’ll order?” he would ask.
“Oh well, I was thinking the filet… but you know, it is like expensive…”
“Lily,” he smiled, putting down his menu. “Order whatever you want, this is our honeymoon. I didn’t plan this trip for you to be worried or budgeting. Order whatever.”

So, I ordered what my tummy desired-

This was one of our favorites meals!

This was one of our favorites meals!

I have no idea what they did to the cherry tomatoes but I LOATHE tomatoes and tried one of these and holy swoon. They were completely sweet and lacked the seed-spraying texture that I usually gag at.

Another favorite thing about France is that on every single corner there is a pastry shop. Full of fresh macaroons, croissants, sweet rolls. You will peer in the window and want what you see- go ahead and enjoy it, because whatever you eat will forever make any other pastry seem lacking.

A shop!

A shop!

Macaroons!

Macaroons!

This little guys are probably the reason that I gained 3 lbs on this trip.

WORTH EVERY POUND.

We found the most darling little cafe along the Seine, just before we visited the Notre Dame cathedral. Mr. Speedy claimed this was the best burger he had ever consumed and I had a fantstic chicken cabbage salad that the waiter shook and created right in front of me.

 

He waited patiently for me to take this picture before eating.

He waited patiently for me to take this picture before eating.

So goooood.

So goooood.

We discovered that the Leffe beer was a drink we both enjoyed (a rare thing because I generally do not like beer):

Beer!

Beer!

Speaking of beer, one night in Paris we had the best party. It was just the two of us, a bag of chips, champagne, and beer. I highly recommend doing this. Even if you are at home. Throw on some robes and have a party-

Coffee and gelato breaks happened often. Especially when we were touring and Mr. Speedy saw a sign like this:

"Please, I need food. No more art."

“Please, I need food. No more art.”

How can I refuse this face?

Naturally, little breaks were crucial to his sanity and my determination to get through each museum.

Sandwich and husband.

Sandwich and husband.

Serious map reading.

Serious map reading.

The best breakfast we have was at Hotel la Perouse in Nice.

We ordered it in bed because well, isn’t that what honeymooners do? It literally ended up in our bed… so we moved to the balcony.

All this for TWO PEOPLE??

All this for TWO PEOPLE??

Yummy.

Yummy.

We really loved this balcony. The night before we had champagne and strawberries, compliments of the hotel.

It was picture perfect-

Oh hello.

Oh hello.

I LOVED Nice because it is oh-so-close to Italy which means they had my favorite kind of pizza…. it was better than ever.

And now for a little recipe -

We ordered this appetizer in Paris and it was healthy, light, and delicious.

Romaine hearts, beets, fresh Parmesan.

Romaine hearts, beets, fresh Parmesan.

I have already made two versions of this since being back and love it. All you need-

  • Romaine hearts
  • Sliced beets (or tomatoes if you prefer)
  • Freshly sliced Parmesan or mozzarella cheese
  • Olive oil, balsamic vinegar

Lay out the romaine hearts on a plate. Placed sliced beets around. Place cheese on top, drizzle lightly with oil and vinegar. Chill and serve cold.

Sincerely,

I-want-some-Pizza-Lily

Kissinggggg. This happened like... every other 43 seconds.

Kissinggggg. This happened like… every other 43 seconds.

Memories of a Champagne Gown and a French romance

Marriage.

What a simple two-syllable word that already holds such a heavy, happy weight in my heart.

Married.

Married.

I don’t have any professional pictures or the video back yet, so I am going to only post a few pictures to give a brief overview.

This day was heavy and thick with emotion and in the future, I’ll blog about moments in-depth (such as opening my wedding gift from Mr. Speedy or finding out my little brother was wearing my veil and taking selfies).

The 1920′s theme turned out amazing! It was blast to see how everything came together.

I will say, my absolute most favorite part of that entire day, was saying my vows.

I really thought it was going to be when I first saw and locked eyes with Mr. Speedy while walking down the aisle… but saying my vows was the most surreal moment I have ever had in my short life. I’ll never forget the look of pure happiness and committment and love on his face.

And apparently (I do not remember this), I jumped up and down a little out of excitement in the middle of this process. Megan and Brittany, do you recall?

Vows.

Vows.

Favorite moment.

Favorite moment.

Married!

Married!

From there, the rest was a blur but a lot of fun and LET ME JUST SAY-

Having a big wedding is worth it for the fact that you are surrounded by a group of people who would probably never be together in the same room and there is such an overwhelming feeling of support and happiness, it makes it worth every single penny. After the vows, the best part was spending time and seeing people from near and far!

These kids were the best. I am so happy they were a part of the wedding.

These kids were the best. I am so happy they were a part of the wedding.

My wedding gift from Mr. Speedy was a beautiful pearl and crystal back drape necklace.

I am only going to wear backless gowns now.

I am only going to wear backless gowns now.

It matched perfectly and was simply stunning. If you really want one, you can get order one from BHLDN from here. And then we can be twins.

HONEYMOON-

So when did I find out where I was going???

While signing our marriage license with the Priest, best man, and maid of honor someone let the secret out.

The Priest.

Of all people, he simply says to me, “So, I heard you are going to Paris. That’ll be quite a trip.”

Mr. Speedy’s face was shocked. I think he felt somewhat betrayed by the man that just married us.

So the next morning, straight from the hotel, we flew to Paris. PARIS.
PARIS.
PARIS.
PARISSSSSSSS.

This is probably the most selfless trip Mr. Speedy could have planned. My undergraduate degree was in Art History and impressionism is my favorite, but I have never been to Paris. Mr. Speedy planned this entire honeymoon around my love of art.

Each morning, I’d ask him – “What do you want to do today?”
“I want to see you smile and happy.”
And then I usually would have an internal debate on exploring Paris or staying locked away in our honeymoon nest of hotel room and come up for air hours, days later.
What is a girl to do with a response like that?

Louvre!

Louvre!

I made an amazing discovery on this trip. Mr. Speedy is completely capable of looking at art for hours, but only if you feed him a beer or two every other hour or so. This kept him sustained to see and observe art in an enjoyable matter.
When I missed my opportunity to get him a beer or food, this is what resulted:
Sleeping in Notre Dame. Sleeping in Notre Dame.

On the other hand, I could have given up food and all drinks and showers for weeks and would have still had this smile-

Are you ready to see another cathedral???

Are you ready to see another cathedral???

We spent the first half of the week in Paris, then took a train to Nice for the remainder of our honeymoon.

And somewhere between getting married, being in Europe, and seeing so many new things –  I decieded t oget my hair cut by a man that did not speak any English and smelled strongly of espresso and chocolate.

It truly was a wonderful trip.

Hair cut! This is in Nice.

Hair cut! This is in Nice.

I am wearing the dress he bought me for the honeymoon in this picture. I felt extremely posh prancing around in this with my new haircut.

:)

 

More to come this week….. XoXo

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Speedy’s WIFE

Musee Rodin! This was my favorite place.

Musee Rodin! This was my favorite place.

 

Timeline of Love

I am getting married tomorrow.

timeline

Mr. Speedy and I  have been together for just less than two years.

So much has happened.

We met.
We swooned.
We immediately fell into a love that kind of roots itself to the inner core of your being and constantly grows.
We had our first date that ended with such a passionate make-out, just thinking about it makes me sweat.
We continued seeing each other, every day.
We ran.
We traveled.
We laughed.
We enjoyed life in a new way- with each other.

After 4 months, Mr. Speedy started saving for an engagement ring.
Less than a year together, he asked me to be his wife.
And now, we are getting married.

Family is arriving from out of town. Friends are flying in. It really is quite remarkable the amount of support we have been given.

Yesterday was a whirlwind of running around, delivering everything to the reception hall, and getting my manly eyebrows waxed (I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER).

Mr. Speedy’s sister spent the day at my parents MAKING the wedding cake. It is lemon flavored and I think she zested like 46 lemons. Have I mentioned how amazing she is? Really. She puts any baking I have done to shame. What a selfless lady.

Actually, there have been a lot of selfless and helpful people making our wedding come together. Mr. Speedy’s other sister is a hairdresser and is doing the mothers do’s, along with the flower girls. My cousin figured out how to sew an extra piece of elastic to hold in my headpiece. My Aunt helped me with all my tulle cutting and a friend helped me sort. My parents have always been there for me, letting me bounce ideas off of them and assisted with the seating chart. My co-workers are amazing and helped with the centerpieces and one made the card box-

Today, my plans are to go get a hard work out done, get my nails painted, complete packing for mystery honeymoon, pick up my dress and then check into the hotel. The rehearsal begins at 6pm then dinner afterwards (Mr. Speedy’s parents are hosting it!), and then we all go back to the hotel for the night. Mr. Speedy and I are keeping it very traditional and staying in separate suites and not seeing each other until the ceremony.

Tonight will be a big reunion with my girlfriends. My three girls in the wedding will be sleeping in the suite with me, but  Brittany and Megan and two of my girlfriends will be visiting too. I am excited- I already have plastic champagne glasses and champagne packed! Hopefully I stay away past 9 pm.

I know that tomorrow will go by so quickly that it’ll be a blur.

But there is a moment that is on constant repeat in my mind that I hope I can remember every single sweet second and always conjure up in my mind.

It’ll be that moment the cathedral doors open and I lo ck eyes with Mr. Speedy, walking down the aisle with my Dad. It’ll be that moment that the ceremony starts and we are about to start our marriage. That moment we finally are together after much anticipation and prep. That moment he finally sees me, not as his fiance or girlfriend, but as his wife.

And then after that… life with him. I am excited to just be married and fall into a rhythm that works for both of us and pursuing things we want to do. I am excited to start a family. I am excited to have Mr. Speedy as my husband and life-long companion.

I am excited for forever with him despite the fact that forever always seems to short with him.

We were stuck staring at each other.

We were stuck staring at each other.

Goodbye Blogging world for a bit…. I will return to you as one happily married gal who just went on a honeymoon… to somewhere !

Sincerely,

Very-Almost-Married-Lily

This is the cathedral where we are getting married.

This is the cathedral where we are getting married. (Photo credit: jlbweddings )

If you are free tomorrow at 3pm, please say a short prayer…. that I don’t trip or cry too much. KIDDING. We will be starting our marriage ceremony at that time at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It is a gorgeous, awe-filling space.

But really, pray that I don’t trip.

Honeymoon Location……

Several months ago, Mr. Speedy did something.

On my birthday.

On my birthday.

I was getting stressed over some wedding detail while out to dinner with him, my Mom, and sister. I barely enjoyed my meal because I was so upset and in a fit over whatever (I can’t even remember what it was – money? centerpieces?). I did not finish my meal and remember leaving the dinner feeling selfish and silly and exhausted. How dare this planning rob precious time away from a beautiful dinner with my family and love. What the heck, I thought to myself.

While driving home, Mr. Speedy turned down the radio, grabbed my hand, and told me something that I did not predict at all.

“The honeymoon,” he said. “You have been doing so much with everything else and  I can see it is a lot….. so the honeymoon.”

“Yes? What about it?” I questioned. At this point, we had played around with different places but nothing had formed.

“I am going to take care of it. I am going to plan it, pay for it, and get it all together. You just show up, say ‘I do,’ and fly away with me.”

And then my jaw fell straight into my lap and I melted into a pile of mush.

Really.

I’ll plan it. Pay for it. Show up and marry me then fly away…

WHO SAYS THINGS LIKE THIS? DO ROMANTIC GESTURES LIKE THIS EXIST?

Yes, Mr. Speedy does things like this. I felt just like Carrie in Sex and the City, when Big decides to pick up the tab for their new, beautiful apartment. Like no big deal. I got it.

That being said, here is what I know about the surprise honeymoon:

  • Passport: He asked for this so we are going out of the country and I don’t think it is Canada.
  • No-beach (maybe): We have already done the sun and beach trip to Cancun… something tells me we aren’t repeating that type of trip.
  • Europe: Someone slipped and hinted that we were traveling to this continent… SO I AM PRETTY SURE WE ARE FLYING IN THIS DIRECTION. I REALLY want to go to Europe and we discussed this location a bit before he decided to plan the entire thing. My vote would be France because what better place to go on your honeymoon? Plus, the art. I would…. drool over being able to see Paris.  Or Italy…. Tuscany or Venus? Actually, anywhere on that continent would be fantastically wonderful. Greece. Ireland. Spain England. ANYWHERE.
  • I don’t know what to pack: This is a dilemma. If you think planning a wedding is hard, trying doing that and then packing for a honeymoon where you don’t know the location. YEAH, HELLO SUITCASE ANXIETY

However, he did recently gift me this beautiful Brooks Brothers dress (find it here) and said it was specifically for the trip:

I should probably buy this purse..... don't you think?

I should probably buy this purse….. don’t you think?

I can’t wait to wear it! I also think I should pack this hat, pictured below:

I am the perfect tourist.

I am the perfect tourist.

KIDDING. I only wear that hat to super formal events that involve exotic cheeses and disturbing levels of various peanut butters. In other words, never.

I am contemplating about bringing an almost completely EMPTY suitcase and then I will just HAVE TO SHOP on the honeymoon for outfits. But if Mr. Speedy planned a honeymoon in like rural Antarctica, well, I am not sure how much shopping I will be able to do. So this might not be the smartest plan.

So, let me ask-

What are your favorite items (clothing, type of shoes, etc.) to take on a trip?

What would you bring on a vacation that is a surprise?

Things I am for sure bringing: camera, books, clean underwear, lingerie, my favorite jeans, and my husband.

(I’m not really packing that last item, I just wanted to use the word husband).

Sincerely,

Slightly-Anxiety-Filled-But-Very-Excited-For-The-Surprise-Honeymoon Lily

P.S. He could have really planned a trip to rural Antarctica and I would be happy as a clam. As long as Mr. Speedy is beside me for the entire trip and I have access to wine and a crackling fireplace,  I am totally fine with going anywhere with him. 

P.S.S. But really, I hope we aren’t going to rural Antarctica. 

Rehearsal Invitations: DIY

I made my own rehearsal invitations and by golly, they were pretty spectacular.

They were fairly easy to make and I tried to maintain the Art Deco theme- using certain fonts and a deco arch printed paper for the belly bands.

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Soooo pretty.

All together I made 25 invitations and it cost around $20 ($12 for the blank paper/envelopes, $6.50 for the special Deco printed paper). I had access to a laser printer (so that was free!) and a paper cutter (free!) and already had all the stamps and tools for embossing (free! except for when I bought it all).

The first step was designing my invitation. The paper is from Paper Source and they have templates that you can download (here) for free, based off what kind of paper you got. This made it SUPER easy. Just download the size you need, open in Microsoft Word (or whatever program you prefer) and start designing!

Then I found the paper I wanted for the belly bands. Embossed accents were added (with the help of my girlfriend, I stamped and she poured the powder), making the invitations just a little extra glamorous and elegant:

The belly bands- I just measured how wide I wanted them and sliced the paper. Then I snipped away along the top deco arch, to really make the scallop pattern pop. Wrap around the invitaiton and tape together in the back. Simple. Done. Stunning.

I love the scallop!

I love the scallop!

Good thing about doing this yourself:

  • Cheap- they did not cost a lot but have a high quality/formal look!
  • They were made with love – really I poured my time and love and heart and soul into these.
  • Paper cutter- Who doesn’t love using one of these bad boys? Makes me feel like I’m slicing meat at a deli… except it is shimmery and gold and not smelly.

Bad thing about doing this yourself:

  • I want to make belly bands for everything.
  • I want to emboss all future cards.
  • I want to buy a really nice laser printer.
  • I basically want to just make cards all day, everyday.

If anyone needs any custom invitaitons, please, may I help? You can feed my thirst to create more frilly things and give me an excuse to keep using the paper cutter.

Sincerely,

Lily

Ten Things (actually, eleven)

Art deco bride.

Art deco bride.

1. I had my second dress fitting while simultaneously getting my you-know-what.

Dear Period- Hi. I am so glad you visited because a) I officially will not be a pregnant bride, something that I have had nightmares about and b) you will not be around during my wedding day or honeymoon week. BUT SERIOUSLY. WHY MUST YOU VISIT ME WHEN I HAVE TO PUT ON MY DRESS IN FRONT OF STRANGERS AND BE POKED WITH SEWING NEEDLES. YOU ARE RUTHLESS. YOU ARE INCONSIDERATE.

Have you no mercy?

2. I painted my nails a deep red wine color, a possible choice for the wedding.

When I asked Mr. Speedy what he thought, his exact response was “Isn’t that a little drab and dark for a wedding?”

Obviously, he does not understand my vintage look.

3. Velcro wallets = never a good thing.

No.

No.

Recently, my girlfriend went on a few dates with a guy and he had a Velcro wallet. Let me just throw this out there- men, do not ever own a Velcro wallet if you are above the age of 18. I cringe at the thought of having a date offer to pay, pull out his wallet, and then hearing that crrrrrrink of Velcro being pulled apart.

Obviously, she is not dating him anymore.

4. Mr. Speedy was stretching the other day, and flexed his arms over his head and I about fell out of my chair.

With the wedding so close and so much to do, I haven’t had time to stare and drool and study Mr. Speedy to the sickening level of devotion and obsession that I normally do. I caught a glimpse of his arms and got all the breath knocked out of me.

“Wow,” I exclaimed. “Your arms…. have you been working out more?”
“No, they are the same.”
“No, I am pretty sure your muscles are currently occupying more space and taking over my brain.”

He did not respond.

I truly appreciate how he puts up with my clingy-creepy stares.
Thank you, Mr. Speedy, for accepting this as a way of life.

5. Speaking of muscles, these legs are my favorite.

Mhhmmmm these legs.

Mhhmmmm these legs.

6. I have been awkwardly crying and proclaiming to strangers that I am changing my last name soon.

I have been having a lot of word-vomit moments lately where I just spew out random things to random people that probably could care less. I have also been getting teary-eyed while doing things that involve my last name. And by things, I mean like signing my bill.

For example, whenever I get to sign my bill or someone uses my last name, I have been saying things like this:

“Soon, I will not be signing this last name ever again.”
“Oh gosh… so soon it will be gone.” TEARS.
“I will not have this name much longer.” TEARS.
“I need to practice signing my new last name.”
“I am sorry, I am a little emotional about this name.” TEARS.

7. Oh gosh, my last name. Goodbye. Goodbye tiny Lily who sat in buckets. I might be crying right now. 

I really am quite the worker. Promise.

I really am quite the worker. Promise.

8. I think I am going to drink an entire bottle of this Sleep mist.

Buy this for anyone, they are sure to love it. Who doesn't like to relax and sleep???

Buy this for anyone, they are sure to love it. Who doesn’t like to relax and sleep???

Surely, this will cause me to sleep better and calm down.

9. Please remind me to not drink bottles that have the word sleep on them. 

10. My Pirate Father has a speech to write.

When I asked my father if he was preparing for his speech at the wedding, his response was -

“What speech? Do people even do that anymore?”

Fathers are really funny sometimes. They like to joke at you when you are full of tension and stress.

11. This picture really calms me down. And makes me feel gooey and happy and completely content.

Just engaged.

Just engaged.

I am just going to stare at this picture for the next two weeks.

Sincerely,

Lily

Reasons to have Children in the Wedding Party

Mr. Speedy’s two nieces will be flower girls and his nephew will be a ring bearer in our wedding.

Originally, we were not planning on having children involved but there are many reasons why having tiny tots is a good idea.

I have to thank my Mother for being the one that really swayed my opinion (I SECRETLY THINK SHE WANTS GRANDBABIES SOONER THAN SHE LETS ON) and I have to thank Mr. Speedy’s sister, the Jazzercise-Hair-Dresser-Awesome mother, who graciously is loaning her children to me.

A few may argue against having children involved, for these reasons:

  • They might flip-out during their role: You know what? That is okay because I just might puke, faint, and have a melt down at some point too. Let’s all flip-out!
  • Children are annoying: You are annoying. Not getting my hair to stay in place is annoying. Life can be annoying, get over it.
  • Costs: Buying their outfits and/or accessories might involve additional budgeting, but luckily children’s clothes are WAY cheaper than adults.
  • Adult-only Reception: The only kids at our reception will be these little ones. That might open up hurt feelings towards other people that want to bring their kids…. but sorry. I can only give out so many plates of chicken fingers and these kids will be like mini-celebrities at our wedding, so they deserve it.

But, I think the reasons to have children greatly out-weigh the above list.

REASONS TO HAVE CHILDREN IN YOUR WEDDING PARTY

1. They take really funny pictures:

Holiday card from a few years back…. I just think it is perfect-

Ahhhhhhahahha!

Ahhhhhhahahha!

Here is a more recent picture, taken as they started their long car ride from Nebraska to Michigan to visit us:

I just LOVE Ryker's popping-eyeballs.

I just LOVE Ryker’s popping-eyeballs.

Aren’t they just the cutest?

2. Children are a reminder of the simple things in life – they don’t get stressed or worried or concerned with little things. Weddings are very formal and generally, involve a lot of hustle and bustle for adults. But if we think like a kid, all the stress kind of evaporates.

3. They are cute. Can we just take a moment to appreciate this preview of tiny Lillyan in her flower girl outfit? Thank you.

Modeling her Gatsby hairpiece, glitz pearls, and flowergirl dress!

Modeling her Gatsby hairpiece, glitz pearls, and flowergirl dress!

4. They help symbolize that a wedding is about family and the future. Mr. Speedy and I are forming our own, brand spankin’ new family together. One day, hopefully, that will involve children. Getting married is the first step.

5. They allow you to involve and honor family members of the children (such as the parents, grandparents, etc.) This is an epic meeting of people- Mr. Speedy’s family will be there, my family, so let’s honor everyone and show off the youngest members of the family.

6. They do unpredictable, adorable things that make you smile.

7. Excellent dancers. All social events that I have been to that have music and children, the children really get out there and dance. Yes, their dance moves just might be twirling and running in a serpentine fashion, but they are out there at least. Many adults do not take a step near the dance floor. You gotta love kids for getting out there and busting some moves.

8. They will eat the cake. Kids will eat the cake. No regrets. No excuses. Many adults will say no to cake or complain if it is not perfect. Not a kid- they see cake, they eat it, and they move on with their day.

9. They are the closest kids to us. I don’t mean that in a literal geographic way, but in a family way – these three little tots are our only nieces and nephews.

10. Did I mention the cute-factor? I have a theory- children actually look far cuter in adult clothes, rather than adults. Seriously.

Flower-Girl-Jcrew

Getting married is exciting because not only do I gain a wonderful husband-love-of-my-life-man-partner…. and parents, sisters, a brother… but also I become an AUNT to these little mini-balls of fun. I am so exciting to be a REAL aunt. I am excited that they will have a little memory of when their Uncle in Michigan got married to their Aunt Lily and how there was cake, dancing, and feathers.

And I am excited for one day, having children so these kids will have some cousins to play with and see at holidays.

Sincerely,

Lily

DIY Party Favors: Tea & Cookies

There’s something terribly inviting and cozy about tea and cookies, especially when it is chilly out.

A hot soothing drink, along with a side of sweet, is enough to relax and rejuvenate a person. I didn’t really realize the power of tea until I traveled to England in 2012 for work. An English employee would literally prepare tea all the time for others, and have little cookies to nibble or slowly soak into the drink. It was simply divine. That tea had healing powers. Those cookies were filled with pure pick-me-up-good-flavors. I always looked forward to tea time.

I made some party favors (because all parties should have favors!) for my bachelorette party that were a perfect little treat for a cold day. They were quite simple to make and total cost for about 25 was around $35. If you are looking for an easy way to make someone smile, make them one of these little boxes — I am sure you’ll turn anyone’s day around!

Tea and Cookie Party Favors

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What you need:

  • Little Kraft Boxes : I bought mine from Michaels and they were like 60 cents each.
  • Label: I created my own tea label with Word
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue paper
  • Stamps
  • Cookies and tea

Extras:

  • Stamps, embossing powder: I had to emboss something on these! The gold heart was embossed on each label… for a little extra glitz.
My supplies. The cookies were from Meijer and are like THE BEST EVER.

My supplies. The cookies were from Meijer and are like THE BEST EVER.

1. Print out your labels and if you are adding a embossed design, do that. You can find a lot of cute free printables online, such as this Thank You from The TomKat Studio. After you have them complete,  cut them up and hole punch in the corner.

2. Decorate the boxes. You could stamp, place a sticker, glue some scrapbooking paper or a thank you, or just leave it plain!

3. Place tissue paper in box, along with the tea and a few cookies.

Yummy!

Yummy!

4. Tie up the box with ribbon, while slipping the tag and/or thank you note onto the ribbon.

*Extra Tip: Don’t want to use boxes? You could always wrap up the tea/cookies in tissue paper and then wrap that up into some tulle, tying it at the top. I made these and passed them out to co-workers on Valnetine’s day!

So cute!

So cute!

Party favors are a way of showing your guests that you truly appreciate them.

Giving thanks to someone else for taking time out of their schedule and busy life to be a part of yours, that means something. Also, giving gifts is one of my favorite things to do. This is where I have spent waaaaaay too much of my wedding budget- gifts on others. But, I am okay with it. You know why? I want people to know how very much I appreciate them and am grateful for coming to see us married. It only happens once!  So why not give a little thanks? :)

Sincerely,

Lily

Almost Married = Busy, Busy

Three weeks.

Three weeks is all the stands between me and my new life.
I will go from fiance to wife in a matter of seconds.
I will lose my current last name, and gain Mr. Speedy’s.
I will make a promise, an engagement, into a lifetime commitment.
I will be one part of a two part new family.

Serious vogue faces.

Serious vogue faces.

I have done quite a bit to prepare for March 28th, but I still have the following to scratch off my list:

  • Bikini Wax: To do or not to do? Frankly, I have been debating this for months and I still don’t know if I should take the plunge or not.
  • My wedding ring: Next week, I shall go to the jeweler and leave them with my engagement ring so they can make a band that perfectly matches. This is kind of important. Kind of need this done. I already have Mr. Speedy’s boxed up and ready to go.
  • Do not lose weight: When I get busy or stressed, I have a tendency to eat less and less. My dress is getting fitted  to my current bod. Mr. Speedy doesn’t want me any smaller and I don’t want the dress falling off of me. No weight losing is allowed.
  • Beauty regimen: My feet are SCALY LIKE A DRIED UP FISH. Seriously. I am trying really hard to put thick lotion on them every night. This is my main beauty regimen.
  • Coordinate deliveries, finalize reception layout, decor: Ugh…… I am trying not to think about this one too much.
  • Coordinate day of meals: I will be in a hotel suite with my ladies. We will probably be hungry. So far I have mimosas on my list of foods. I should probably work on this.
  • Prepare for visitors! I am just so excited for all the family and friends that are coming into town… I have to mentally prepare my heart and mind for all the visiting. I cannot wait. Mr. Speedy’s family will be here from NE, along with his dear Aunt and Uncle from TX, friends from Iowa, CA, IN, DC, WA, VA… all over. I am beyond excited to see everyone. It is like the best reunion ever.
  • Memorize my vows: If I can memorize the alphabet, I can memorize my vows…. right??? Every time I practice them, I start crying and my heart squeezes up like I am sprinting in a race. I need to learn how to say them c-a-l-m-l-y.
  • Hair Trial: I am doing this on Saturday! I already had one but it did not turn out…. so we are trying it again! If it doesn’t work, I’ll just wear this hat-
So chic.

So chic.

I am getting very curious about what guests are wearing to the wedding…. since it is 1920′s theme, I am sure (and hoping!) there will be lots of pearls, feathers, glitz, tuxes, top hats, and canes. It is also black tie optional, so very formal. I am really excited to see what people wear and how they accessorize. Our entire wedding party will have these 20′s accessories, so no one will be out of place — it’ll be such a roaring good time (so corny, I KNOW)!

In OTHER news, I got Achilles tendinitis about a month ago which really threw me off. Running kind of keeps me balanced and happy and sane and focused. But, I have been healing and biking (very different from running!). Biking is a good workout but it certainly makes one’s butt super sore! I am not sure how my marathon training will be once I start running more… but I am trying not to even think or stress about that at the moment. Marriage is my #1 thought and my marathon just might have to take a back seat for a while.

I have book club this weekend – we read the Divergent trilogy. Has anyone else read these books?? I am excited to get together with the club, eat some food, wine it up, and discuss what faction we would be in and how Tris and Tobias are probably not the greatest couple and should just break up and date other people.

I have a few blogs written… to make myself more visible the next few weeks! So bear with me, they are very wedding-related!

Sincerely,

Almost-Married-Lily

Valentine, You Make Me Laugh

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is very true.

This is very true.

More importantly…. happy Friday and helloooooo weekend!

I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Last night, I prepped myself for date night tonight- this included shaving my legs (pretty big deal).

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Mr. Speedy and I are planning on having a dinner in (he is cooking the meal). I love it when he cooks and I love dates in. You can really capitalize on being in the privacy of your own home and a)make-out all the time b) have instant bathroom access- no waiting in line at the women’s stalls and c) you don’t need to wear pants. What is better than not wearing pants??

I am going to keep it classy though and will probably end up wearing this new top I got awhile go and who knows what else. Maybe I just will wear a sundress and pretend if is summer since we are staying in our toasty home?

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So true.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, my dear friends.

And if for some reason you are getting picked up somewhere by someone, I hope you don’t get left behind.

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This has been making me laugh for weeks. Poor Carl.

May all your hopes and dreams come true !

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Sincerely,

Lily who-gets-to-be-with-her-dream-guy-tonight-and-has-smooth-legs-and-just-might-not-wear-pants-to-dinner

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