Bridal Shower Bubbles and More

Okay..this is me attempting not to cry as I write this post. It’s not going to work, but I’ll attempt.

So I have this friend Kira, who has been in my life since I was 5 years old….. And she’s alright….

And by ‘alright’ I mean she’s the best friend anyone could ever ask for in their entire life. If you are lucky enough to have a Kira in your lifetime you should grab on and not let go (does that sound like I’m a crazy person?) Well, without going into all the things I plan to say for my maid of honor speech at her wedding, I can tell you that in the last week or so I have teared up or full on cried while planning her bridal shower (basically, I’m going to be a crying mess at her wedding). I have been thinking about how great she is and how happy I am that she found this amazing guy to marry, with this amazing family who loves her as if she’s their own. Seeing all the friends and family (especially her mom and grandmother) who came together to celebrate her happiness seriously warmed my heart. Our amazing friend Katie drove from 4 hours away just to be a part of the weekend and it couldn’t have been better. There’s not much that makes me happier than the three of us together, just like when we were inseparable in junior high and high school.

Kira and I have known each other for over 20 years and as each year comes, our friendship grows stronger. In the past we’ve lived in different cities and at some points even different countries, but we’ve always remained close. I know that no matter what happens, where we live, or what we’re doing in our lives, we will be friends until we’re little old ladies. I have so much more to say, but it will have to wait until the wedding speeches. I cannot wait for October 6th and I couldn’t be happier for her and Jordan.

Here are a few of the details from the bridal shower that I planned with Kira’s awesome soon to be mother in law. It was a lovely day! Click on the images to get a closer look at the details!

The favors were miniature mason jars with straws that we wrapped in cellophane and added little stamped thank yous to each one. Kira’s future MIL made three different kinds of homemade cookies for each person to take homeRibbon garland I madeFavor Table/Entry TableMy favorite part of the shower…the mimosa or “bubbly bar” I made tiny little flags for people to write their names on so they wouldn’t lose their mimosaI wanted a Bubbly Bar sign. I made one, and it was ugly. So I had this one custom-made on Etsy. I will be using this again. I used Diamond wine stoppers to keep the champagne closed I ordered this custom flower garland from Etsy as well. Bridal Bingo during the gift opening to keep people interestedThe Donut Bar! Diamond Donuts (Diamonds from Etsy)This was a custom hanger from Etsy with the wedding date.Gift table

Kira opening my giftThe card read “Pull the string and see what you’ll find, maybe something cute for your little behind” When she pulled the string TONS of underwear came out all tied together..And it kept coming out…. And kept coming….…..…..It ended with a cute blue pair from Victoria’s Secret that said “Tied the Knot” on the butt. I thought it was fitting since she’s getting married AND I tied about 100 knots for these undies! I think she liked it :)Next up…Las Vegas for the Bachelorette Party

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Color Run Round Two!

I did it again! I had such a great time at the Orange County Color Run in April that I jumped at the opportunity to participate in it again when it came to my town. This time we had over 70 Kaia girls there in matching hot pink tutus. Like I said the last time, if you haven’t participated in one of these runs, you need to! It was definitely the most fun 5k I have ever run!

Grilled Citrus Skewers

These were so delicious, and like most of my recipes, SO easy! Although I took the photos, and ate the skewers, I can’t take credit for actually making them. Mom did all the work, but I’ll definitely be making them myself sometime soon. Marinate the shrimp in olive oil, lemon, garlic, fresh basil and salt and pepper for as long as possible in the fridge. Place on skewers with lemon slices, grill a few minutes on each side and enjoy!

For the chicken and pineapple skewers we marinated the chicken in teriyaki sauce, salt, pepper, lemon, garlic, and fresh basil. We arranged them on skewers with shallots and pineapple and placed on the grill. Delish!

Photo of The Week, Pretty Onions

Who knew onions could be pretty? Yes, this beautiful white ‘flower’ is an onion that sat in the ground too long. We have a few of them that I just can’t get myself to pull because they look so pretty in the garden.

Agapanthus in Bloom

 

I Want a Pet Llama

Look how cute this guy is! We found him on our way home from the lake last weekend. And I want him. Happy Friday!

Gliding

So I have been MIA for quite a while now and I really have no excuse. I’ve been busy having fun and have been out-of-town almost every weekend and I let my blogging dwindle.

BUT, I’m back and ready to get back to it :) I miss my blog and I miss all the WordPress peeps. Today’s blog post is short and sweet. I am checking off one of the items on my bucket list today- “Become a wakeboarding rockstar.” Okay, so I’m not quite a “rockstar” or a pro by any means, but I am getting much better than I ever thought I’d be. When I started wakeboarding I was horrible and couldn’t even get up on the water. Now I get up easily and am getting comfortable enough to jump the wake. For me, that’s a HUGE accomplishment. As one of the least coordinated and athletic people I know, jumping the wake on a wakeboard is kind of a big deal.

This is definitely my new favorite hobby.There is just something about gliding through the water and spending the day on a boat that puts a smile on my face.

Now if only I could be as good as my husband ;) Someday?

Photogenic Furball

He was totally posing for me.

Crispy Sweet Potato Chips with Cinnamon

I saw a recipe for sweet potato chips on Pinterest and knew I had to try them. Isn’t Pinterest the best?? The recipe I came across called for orange zest and thyme, both of which I did not have in the house. So, I decided to make some sweet sweet potato chips by using a little cinnamon. I googled “sweet potato chips with cinnamon” and found tons of recipes, all calling for brown or white sugar and butter or honey. I really wanted a healthier, lighter version, so I just left those ingredients out. These were SO easy and so delicious, I could have eaten 100 of them.What you’ll need:

  • 1 large sweet potato (I used a very skinny, long potato and ended up with little chips)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • as much cinnamon as you like!

What you’ll do:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a cookie sheet with a thin layer of the olive oil. Slice the sweet potato into very thin slices (a mandolin would work best, but I didn’t have one of those either). Place the potato slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Brush the slices with olive oil and then sprinkle with as much cinnamon as you prefer and bake for about 20-30 minutes until the edges curl up on.

The result – crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside, deliciously sweet chips. The key¬† was slicing the potato incredibly thin. Since I didn’t have a mandolin some of my chips were thicker and didn’t cook as well. The thinner the chip, the better it tasted.

I might have to make these again tonight..ya know, to really perfect the recipe :)

Enjoy!

Photo of The Week