Thursday, July 20, 2017

Currently... July 2017

Watching: The Challenge: Dirty 30 started on Tuesday! I also just finished Riverdale and just started Big Little Lies (both so good).

Eating: Cream cheese filled banana bread. This recipe is amazing.

Doing: Enjoying our new car! My 2002 Cavalier kicked the bucket 2 weeks ago, so we purchased a 2016 Ford Fiesta (and finally have working air conditioning).

Thinking: Of a way to kick my summer blues and reminiscing about my amazing girls trip to Niagara Falls.

Planning: A trip up north to visit my family next week. It will be CJ's (now 2.5 years old) first time there. Summer is crazy!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our Wedding: Simple Gold Save-the-Dates and a Wedding Website

From the beginning I knew that I wanted simple, elegant save-the-dates. I also knew that I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I decided to make them myself. I brainstormed a lot of ways to incorporate gold (ribbons, glitter, etc.), but when I stumbled across these gold cards at Michaels, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I created our save-the-dates using 4 things:

1. Foil cards from Michaels
2. My home printer, with ink via Costco

After lots of research, I realized that ordering business card magnets was significantly cheaper than ordering wedding postcard magnets. Yes, they're smaller, but who really wants a giant magnet on their fridge anyway? Not me.

The business card magnet designs aren't laid out to be save-the-date magnets, so I played around with fonts and designed my own. If you want to save money but aren't willing to give up the idea of magnets, this is the way to go.

After we received our magnets, I used Microsoft word to type out the cards. I was scared about the whole printing at home process, but it went incredibly well. I printed all of the cards in 15 minutes, and then attached the magnets. The Zots glue dots held the magnets on perfectly, and didn't damage them when pulled off the card.

To go along with our save-the-dates, we created a custom wedding website on The wedding website builder is an extremely useful tool. It was extremely easy to design, edit, and customize.

We ended up purchasing our own custom domain (now expired as we only paid for 1 year) so that we could include it on the physical save-the-date cards. I highly recommend doing this as we had several people RSVP via the website. Check out a preview below!

Click here to see our wedding website.

If you're not into DIY but love the look of our save-the-dates, check out  Wedding Paper Divas. They offer tons of options very similar to ours.

Some of my favourite cards:

My favourite magnet designs:

In the end, our DIY save-the-dates cost a total of $100 and look similar to ones that cost 4x more. I was extremely happy with the result!

Is it weird that I love invitation making?

This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

Other posts in Our Wedding series:
1. Our Wedding: Our Engagement Story
2. Our Wedding: The Date is Set
3. Our Wedding: Inspiration
4. Our Wedding: Hunt for the Dress
5. Our Wedding: A Realistic Budget
6. Our Wedding: The Venue

Monday, July 3, 2017

Instant Pot Blogger Giveaway! (CLOSED)

It's summer and it's time for a giveaway!

Myself and 9 other amazing Bloggers have teamed up to offer this awesome Instant Pot Prize Pack Giveaway worth $280 CAD. The giveaway is open to residents in both Canada (excluding Quebec) and the USA who are 18+.

This contest is sponsored solely by the 10 Bloggers who have come together to purchase the prize pack for the winner. You will have 3 weeks to enter the contest and show love to ALL the Bloggers who have made this giveaway possible by following them via the giveaway entries.



The first entry (blog comment) is MANDATORY and must be completed by each entrant. Once you have completed the mandatory entry you will be offered additional entry options to earn additional entries into the draw. These additional entries while not mandatory they are very much appreciated and show the Bloggers you appreciate us putting this giveaway together.

Please note, ALL entries are verified, if your name is drawn and it is found that you did not complete the entry or unfollowed the account you said you followed, your entry will be null and void and a new winner drawn.

This incredible contest begins Monday July 3rd and will end Monday July 24th at 11:59 PM EST.

Scroll down and enter using the widget. Good luck to everyone!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

On Keeping it all Together

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Every year, I get slight summertime sadness. While most people wait all year for it to warm up, I dread it. I hate the heat, I hate how busy things get, and I hate the change in routine. I always find that the warmer it gets, the more tired and unfocused I feel. It's times like these that I start to question myself and feel overwhelmed with day-to-day life.

My car broke down last week, and I lost it. It was a dramatic moment for me, but in the moment it felt all too real. I had to figure out the logistics of getting to appointments and work, worry about the cost of fixing my 15 year old car, and worry that if it wasn't fixable, I would be looking for a new car.

Although I work, my husband's job is much less flexible than mine, so I take on all of the situations like this one. It the grand scheme of life, not having a car for 2 days is nothing at all. Heck, we even have a second car. In retrospect it feels silly, but I cried more in those days than I have in a long time. 

Why couldn't I keep it together? For no good reason, this small bump in the road of everyday life felt like my whole world was crumbling. That, my friends, is stress.

I decided to take a break and breathe - hence why I haven't posted in 2 weeks, and hence when I'm typing this post. My to-do list from last week still isn't finished, and I'm okay with it. These are the times when I'm thankful for my exceptionally supportive husband and my flexible job. These are the times when I need this blog - when I need to type to feel better.

How do you keep it all together?
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