Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wedding DIY Creations

With summer upon us and my wedding anniversary tomorrow, I thought it would be fitting to post some of the DIY creations I put together. Growing up in Florida, I always dreamed of getting married on the beach. With a beach wedding comes fun DIY crafts. I had tons of help and couldn't have done it alone. Take a look and let me know what you think!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My best friend, Rebekah, was my roommate at the time and helped me with all things jewelry. She made my necklace, earrings and even shoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              With the ceremony on the beach, I wanted to make it easy to walk on the sand. After scouring Pinterest I found plenty of pictures of these bottomless shoes. Look how pretty all our feet are!

Next comes the dress, belt, and garter. The belt was made by Rebekah's mom, an amazing seamstress and then was sewed onto the dress to give it a splash of color and bling. It also represented my something blue. The garter was made by my husband's grandma from some old lace and a flower. The garter represented my something old.

Can't forget the cake! The cake was baked and designed by a local bakery. They did an amazing job with our beach theme. My husband and I decided to make the cake topper ourselves. He molded the topper with clay and I painted it. The red jet-ski is where he proposed and we wanted to include our dog in a life ring next to us.

For the reception, I wanted to continue with the beach theme. For the name placements, I wrote everyone's name and table number on a shell and set them in a tray filled with sand. Every couple needs a few extra dollars for the honeymoon. So I found a mason jar wrapped in twine and added a small chalkboard with "Honeymoon Fund" written on it.

For the ceremony, we decided not to do individual programs but rather post it as the guests entered. We included the bridal party and schedule of events. During the reception, we had a buffet cocktail hour and dinner. I wanted to keep it simple and classy so wrote the menu on chalkboards.

We had a great venue that pretty much provided everything else from centerpieces to table cloths. We didn't need any extra lighting or decor as the room spoke for itself. To see our venue, check out my post here: Save the Date (Wedding Location).

Do you have an upcoming wedding that you are planning to DIY?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Have you ever tried to make cookies but ended up eating the cookie dough instead? I know that happened to me all the time even though "they" say it isn't safe. Well, I found a great recipe that allows you to eat the cookie dough completely safe. 

Caution: Do not try to cook the dough as it will not actually cook. It will just burn but why cook them when all you want is the dough anyway :)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips (Can substitute for other flavor, if preferred)

  1. Mix all the ingredients
  2. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time for Easter Decor

Can you believe we are already in April and this year Easter is finally in the right month. I don't know why the past few years Easter has been in March. Anyway, back to decorations.., one of the things about being a Coastie wife, you have to move around a lot. Some might say this is annoying and a pain, which yes at times it is but it can also be fun when it comes to decorating for Holidays. This year I took the same decorations I used last year and decorated in a different way.

Easy decor with mason jars filled with styrofoam eggs on sticks and plastic eggs, a candle and grass in a glass bowl vase. Also, added some star lights from Target!

Little flowers touches with a Easter egg star light.

The bar always needs a little decor with some spring flowers.

Our island shelves look so bare without anything so little Easter scenes filled with grass, bunnies, flowers, and eggs.

The true reason for Easter - HE IS RISEN!!

A flower wreath with hidden eggs and a bunny head from the Dollar Store.

How are you decorating this Easter?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Year, New St. Patrick's Day Decorations

Wow, where did February go? With March comes a glimpse into Spring and slowly moving out of Winter. Being in a different house than last year, I decided to change up some St. Patrick's Day Decorations but still keep the basic idea.

I always like to include a little something on our bar and decided to go with some flowers in a vase of coins.

 Our lovely island shelves need some decor too! I went with the Pot O' Gold I made last year and can be found here. I also included some flowers, four leaf clover cardboard cutouts and coins from the Pot O' Gold.

I have to include the letters I made last year but switched up the arrangement this year by including some coins. How to make the letters can be found here

 My mother-in-law got me this awesome star where you can change out the background for each holiday. This one is full of St. Patrick's day sayings!

You always need something on the door to include and I used the door hanger I made last year. Take a look how to make this door hanger here.

Are you decorating for St. Patrick's Day?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine's Decorations!

Looking for some fun loving Valentine's Day decorations?! Valentine's Day has never been my favorite Holiday and as my husband likes to call it a government made Holiday but I still like to decorate for the season. I also like to make it a little romantic with it being Valentines Day <3

With a few chalkboard hearts, lights, rose petals, light up star and cut out letters, you can decorate a shelf with some Valentine pizazz!

 I love to decorate a bar area and add in a few decorations so why not add some roses and another chalkboard heart. It fits perfect with our wedding book, I just might have to keep it year round!

 I made these letters last year and the instructions can be found here. I decided to add in some rose petals and chalkboard hearts to add to the theme. The metal rose - my talented husband welded himself!

 A nice centerpiece for my bookcase with cut out letters, rose petals and a sweet smelling candle.

Sometimes keeping the door hanger simple is better than having a huge wreath for every holiday. Instructions on how to make can be found here.

What does your house look like for Valentine's Day?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Body Wrap at Hotspot Wellness

It is the time of year to start fresh and try new things. According to Nielson, the top 2 New Year's Resolutions are "Stay fit and healthy" and "Lose Weight". One of the things about being a Coast Guard wife is sticking to the resolutions which can sometimes be hard having to move all the time. That stress doesn't help with keeping in shape and staying healthy. When we were in Astoria, Oregon I joined a great gym, called Hotspot Wellness, with some awesome instructors - Michelle and Liz. Both are licensed massage therapists as well as instructors in all forms of workouts.

Before I left there, I had the chance to experience a body wrap. They have 2 different wraps both at $90 but both equally amazing and worth the money. Check out the massage tab on the website for each wrap description and other services that are offered.

My body wrap was a mix of both and one of Liz's first test subjects :) She did awesome and had Michelle there teaching her along the way. I know by now she is a pro!

All of the products they use are from Mountain Rose, based in Eugene Oregon. Each wrap is based on the person and what therapy they are needing. The following steps are done to ensure proper detoxification and exfoliation.

Step 1: Dry brushing entire body (exfoliates the skins and opens the pores)
Step 2: Toner - Priming skins (products used - Calundula, green tea and essential oils mixed together)
Step 3: Clay is smoothed on to skin
Step 4: Body is wrapped with blankets to let clay soak in to skin
Step 5: Blankets are removed
Step 6: Body is wiped down with heated towels to remove all the clay
Step 7: Brush finishing oils on entire body  (Eucalyptus, geranium and grapefruit essential oils and coconut oil)

Be sure to check out Hotspot Wellness next time you are in Astoria, whether to get a massage/wrap or simply to get your workout on!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Week in Hawaii

My husband and I got the chance to go to Maui, Hawaii for our first year anniversary and we couldn't be more excited! Most vacations we go on, we plan, plan plan... and this one we decided to just relax and not be rushed. With that being said we did plan a few things, including some "must see" places and those excursions that were booked for us. Here are some ideas for your next trip to Hawaii!

Hawaii Day #1

We had an early flight out of Portland with a short layover in Seattle and then off to Kapalua Airport in Maui, Hawaii. After hours of travel, we finally arrived in Maui and were off to start our adventure. 

We grabbed our rental car and set off for our hotel. We stayed at the wonderful Kaanapali Resort and even got upgraded to a Junior Suite with a Kitchen. 

We went exploring around the hotel and chilled by the pool just in time for Happy Hour with $4.50 Mai Tais!

That night, we enjoyed the beautiful sunset while lounging by the pool and relaxing drinking our Mai Tais.

Hawaii Day #2

We woke up ready for the day, thinking it was at least 10am and realizing it was actually 5am. The 3 hour difference from Oregon affected us more than we thought. Neither of us could go back to sleep so we got up and got ready to go out to breakfast.

We kept hearing about this place, Slappy Cakes, where you could make your own pancakes right at your table. It was delicious and we definitely enjoyed making our own pancake designs...

...including Mickey Mouse!

We quickly realized if we wanted to stick to our budget, we couldn't eat out for breakfast everyday and buy every drink. So we went to the local grocery store to stock up and then headed back to the Resort to, once again, relax at the pool but not without enjoying the scenery along the way.

That night we decided to head out on the town and do a Tipsy Wine Paint night. We have been wanting to do one forever and figured what better a place to do our first one, than Maui. 

We had a blast painting palm trees on the beach at Sunset and it was cool to see all the different styles. This was my painting that turned out alright but then again I am perfectionist when it comes to painting.

This is what my husband decided to paint since he wanted to be different and it turned out awesome!

Hawaii Day #3

Today was adventure day with the Road to Hana. There is so much to do on the Road to Hana that it deserves it's own post (link here) but some of the picture highlights can be found below:

Twin Falls

Gorgeous hangout complete with black sand

View from Hana

Wailua Falls - an 80 foot waterfall

After the Road to Hana we met up with some friends and had sushi. We were told we can't come all the way to Hawaii and not have some fresh sushi. I am not a fan of raw fish or even fish to begin with but I found one that I actually liked!

Hawaii Day #4

After waking up, still early, we made a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, pigs in a blanket with Portuguese Sausage and, of course, Mimosas we headed to the pool to relax. We enjoyed the sun and the heat, which coming out of the winter in Oregon was great!

Our gorgeous view by the pool! 

That night we went out with the whole gang to a local brewery for some beers and dinner. After dinner we were sitting around the table enjoying our drinks when we decided to play a game, none other than ring of fire. We quickly realized that is not the best game to play in a restaurant without racking a huge tab. So we paid and went back to the resort to finish our game with our own alcohol and just chill in the hot tub. 

Hawaii Day #5

We got up early to head to our Snorkeling trip. Once checked in, we boarded the boat and enjoyed the yummy breakfast buffet complete with some island juice. We headed out to the first snorkel spot which was located at Molokini Crater. We saw tons of fish, 2 eels, a reef shark and this long pointy looking fish. On the way to the next stop we enjoyed a lunch BBQ buffet, complete with burgers and salad. The next stop was home of the Turtles. We were told not to touch the Seaturtles or come within 10 feet. We saw a few hiding under rocks and eventually when they came up to surface. 

After getting back on the boat, the bar was officially open and Mai Tais were passed around. They also passed around delicious homemade Macademia Nut Cookies.

Once getting back to the dock we headed back to the resort but not before stopping at Jamba Juice, my fav!

Once back at the resort, we headed to the pool to do some relaxing and create a game of beer pong. Beer ping was a little hard since all the resort had were round tables but we created our own version in the pool on rocks and a fountain. 

We called it Volcano Pong!

Hawaii Day #6

After days in the sun, we decided to explore and just drive around to see what there was. We passed gorgeous beaches and mountains. 

We even passed a whole mall which was completely open to the air, very different from what you think a mall would be like.

That night we went to a Luau. When we walked in we were handed a drink and got "Lei'ed". We had awesome seats right in the front with a cushion on the ground to sit on.  We took a walk around to enjoy the view.

We even saw the pig being lifted out of the sand pit oven.

Awesome tiki wood carving

We headed back to our seats for dinner and the show to begin.

Dinner Buffet

My delicious plate full of food

Then the show began...

The girls...

...and the guys!

Hawaii Day #7

We got up at 2am and headed to Haleakalā Crater to watch the beautiful sunrise. 

The very top of the Crater is 10,000 feet and you can definitely tell when your ears constantly pop as you drive up the windy mountain. The long drive and early hours is worth the view!

Sadly, our trip had to come to our end as we made our way to the airport and said goodbye to the fun times in Hawaii.

What have you done in Hawaii?