How to Plan a Themed Date Night

Theme: Divergent 

My Wonderful Husband surprised me and is taking me to see the movie “Insurgent”. I have been anticipating this sequel to Divergent since I read the book series by Veronica Roth and seen the first movie! So needless to say I was ecstatic when my hubby said he was taking me out!

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Since Quinton was taking care of the entertainment, I started on the food:)

I went Pintresting to find Divergent themed food. I found an awesome blog, that has great Divergent themed party ideas! So I catered them to fit my date night.

This is our Menu:

  • Drink: Amity Apple Cider  ( I just mixed Apple Cider with Rum and Lemon Lime Soda;more spiked cider ideas here.)
  • Food: Dauntless Hamburger, topped with Erudite Bleu Cheese and Abnegation Fried Egg. Served on an Abnegation Flat Bread Bun.
  • Dessert: Candor Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

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We will start the night off with dinner and then watch the DVD of the first in the series, Divergent and then go to the theater to see the premier of Insurgent!!

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So, to wrap up: All you need to plan a themed Date Night, is an idea, entertainment and a menu.

It doesn’t take much to make a normal Thursday night into a fun time for 2:)

Cost: The Movie tickets were $25 for both. I already had rum, hamburger, eggs, and lemon lime soda at home, so for the rest of the groceries it cost $13. Total Cost for an awesome themed Date Night: $38!!!

I cant wait for our date night tomorrow!!

Always,

m

Party Planning 101: Decorations

I love throwing parties!! Like Seriously LOVE! A couple weeks ago I threw my older sister’s baby shower and just this last week I had a Sugar Bowl Party. Its so much fun planning the activities and decorations and getting everyone together!

Today we are just going to focus on the decorations.

For both parties I made floating Tissue Paper Pom Poms.

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These are super easy to make and add a lot to the atmosphere!

This is how I do them:

Supplies:

8 sheets of Tissue Paper

White Thread (you can use ribbon, but thread give the floating illusion)

1. make sure your tissue paper is the same size. Depending on the size on Pom Poms you want, you may want to cut the sheets of tissue paper. If I want smaller pom poms, I usually cut them in half and then in half again. So out of 8 sheets of regular sized Tissue, you get 4 pom poms. (I like this size best) If you want big ones just keep them the normal size.

2. line up your 8 sheets (cut or not) the Tissue will be rectangular. You want to be looking at the tissue like this:2x1-rectangleNow start at the bottom and make accordion folds all the way to the top.

3. Cut a long piece of tread and tie it around the center of the folded Tissue.

4. When your ready to hang them, carefully separate each layer of tissue. Make sure the thread stays in place.

5. Hang from the ceiling with a small piece of tape.

imagesCASRG0AMredI used Pink and Orange Tissue for My sister’s Shower and Red for the Sugar Bowl Party (We’re Ohio Sate fans!)

These Pom Poms were super easy to make and really cheap! I spent .88 on a pack of 20 sheets of tissue on sale at Target and I already had thread. I used about 4 packs for my sisters shower (the venue was kinda big) and I only used 8 sheets of tissue for the Sugar Bowl Party.

I will post more on decorations later this week!

Always,

M

photos found via google

 

Easy DIY Scarf

I know Ive been focusing a lot on my photography, but I want this blog to be about ALL the things I like:) Which includes DIY.

So, I found these old cloth napkins at the thrift store a while ago. Ive kept them in a box, saying I was going to do something with them for forever. Today, I finally found inspiration in them.

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I decided to make these four squares into a unique scarf..

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1. Fold into a big triangle by putting 2 opposite corners together.

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2. Put the corners of each folded triangle together so that they overlap.

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3. Tie the corners together in a tight knot.

And that’s it, wrap it however you like:)

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Don’t judge me, I know I look crazy:)

So I spent 30 cents on the four cloth napkins and it took all of 2 minutes to make.. not too shabby.

always,

m

Photography Assignment #1

Hello, all:)

Ive had a growing love for Tom Ang. Not just because he’s an amazing photographer, but because his books have taught me so much!

Right now, Im reading: Digital Photography Master Class. I’m still in the very beginning, but I have to say, I’m in love:)

This is what his website says about it: Digital Photography Masterclass was conceived as a course in photography. We wanted to give readers the idea that they were learning directly from me, as if on a workshop. So chapters started with an introduction to the topic, peppered with analyses of how pictures work. This was followed by assignments and, best of all, examples of work from amateurs who actually did the assignments and sent them for review. (Thank you to all of you who took part!) Rounding off with interviews with star photographers, it’s a book with very rich variety of content.

So… this is Assignment #1: City Lights

I live in Dayton, Ohio. Its not bustling with traffic at night, or filled with wonderful colored lights, but these are some photos I took on my little adventure:)

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I really dont know why I love this picture (above) so much:)

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Not to bad for my first assignment….

To help you find inspiration and further your abilities as a photographer, I hope you look into one of Tom Ang’s many books🙂

Happy Shooting:)

always,

m

Bright Colors on Gloomy Days

This winter has been weirdly wet and rainy. The few normal winter days have been bitterly cold. I’ve been so tired of dark drab colors, so a couples weeks ago I bought a ton of bright sunny sweaters from the thrift store.
Believe me, I would do anything to get out of those icky weather blues. These sweaters really helped to brighten my day.

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I also painted my nails a nice bright pink earlier this week:)

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Here are some other bright inspirations I love:)

the first one is from Jamillah from Made to Travel
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the next two are from Atlantic-Pacific
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this ones from 9to5 chic
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Bess Friday:
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Jungle of Fabrics:


Check out this art inspiration here
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Hope you were inspired:)

always,

m

In Honor of Miss Whitney Houston

I’d like to take a moment to look toward the beautiful Miss Whitney Houston, who we’ve lost unexpectedly.

Her beauty, music and fashion inspire us all..

Take some time and check out Style.com‘s review of the beauty icon.

All photos found via Google

Always,
m

Photo Love

These are some of the photos Ive been drooling over the past couple days, and I thought Id share:)

The first 3 are from Nick Exposed. The next two are from Photo Q. And the last one is from Fashion-esque.

If you havent already take some time to check out their lovely sites:)

always,

m

Taylor Swift on Vogue

I was pleasantly surprised with Taylor Swift in the Febuary issue of Vogue. I think you will too, so have a look:)

For more information on Taylor’s interview check the links below:

http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/jam/taylor-swift-don-t-ever-feel-cool-kid-170906390.html#more-id

http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/taylor-swift-the-single-life/#/magazine-gallery/taylor-swift-the-single-life/

always,

m