Five for Friday

Posted On January 30, 2009

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Previous Fridays

This week’s five all come from this picture…
76 – You keep Chirpie Bird in your car (I have a small duck my mother gave me in my car, when FH’s car was in the shop I let him borrow Quackers to make it seem more homey in the rental… when he found out his car was totaled I bought him Chirpie Bird, he actually chirps, for his new car)
77 – You sometimes call me and let Chirpie Bird say hi first
78 – Right by Chirpie Bird is the note I left you  one morning with a Starbucks card, it never leaves the car
79 – You put the cowboy hat from the BBQ sauce my mom gave you for Christmas on Chirpie Bird
80 – You look a picture of this and emailed it to me 🙂


I’ve been tagged with a Blog Award :)

Posted On January 29, 2009

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I’m so excited! I’ve been tagged by Westside Bride (aka Miss Glitter) for a blog award! Westside Bride is a great place for all things wedding and a little inspiration, especially for us fellow Southern California Brides 🙂 Plus I had the pleasure of meeting Carly a few weeks ago and she’s a sweetheart!

Here are the rules…

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs who show great ATTITUDE and/ or GRATITUDE
3. Be sure to link to your nominees in your post
4. Let them know they’ve received this award by commenting on their blog
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received the award

Here are my 10 Favorites:
1- Our Little Haus
2- ThatWife
3- Confessions of a Foodie
4- Melissa McClure
5- North to The Furture
6- The Sunset House
7- Broke-Ass Bride
8- Elliequent
9- My Wedding Report
10- Ohana Photograhers


Posted On January 27, 2009

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Just when I decide I probably shouldn’t wear a short dress Mrs. Onion posts this about Short Dress Brides and I’m sucked back in!
I LOVED her’s
and Mrs. Candy Corn’s dresses.
Okay, so I haven’t rulled them out, I just need to look for one will less of a poofy skirt 🙂 Right?

The Dress – Déjà vu

Posted On January 27, 2009

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In Junior High and High School, my mom, sister and I were in an organization called National Charity League (NCL). At the end of your Senior year of high school NCL has something they (or our chapter) call Presents, which is like a Debutante Ball, where the Seniors are “Presented” to society. Its all very southern and I was looking forward to it the entire time I was in NCL. Presents is why some (read most) girls suffer through all the boring meetings. The Charity work we did was fun, but those dang monthly meetings, not so much. 

Anyway for Presents, we all wore white dresses, basically wedding dresses. Of course we were given guidelines, like they couldn’t be strapless and your straps had to be at least an inch thick etc. but to buy this dress I went to Bridal Salons in my area.
So I’ve kinda been wedding dress shopping before, I know what its like to try on white dress after white dress and I know the feeling of falling in love with a picture only to try it on and have your dress dreams crushed because it hangs on you horribly. I started doing this already – I feel in love with tea length dresses with poofy skirts only to realize I’d look much better in a long dress that fit closer to my body with a bit of an A-line. Hello Allison, the object is to try to make you look smaller not bigger! So I’m back to the drawing board (so to speak) and I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Five for Friday

Posted On January 23, 2009

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Previous Fridays

71 – You love wondering around Crate & Barrel as much as me
72 – You take me to “Fancy” Coco’s
73 – You feel like Home
74 – You pretend to find stuff in my hoodies
75 – You’re ticklish

Getting Engaged in November

Posted On January 22, 2009

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I’ve come to realize there are a few drawback to getting engaged in November, don’t get me wrong I’m ecstatic that FH and I are engaged and planning to spend the rest of our lives together, it’s just that in the past week or so I’ve come to realize how behind I feel, mainly because people keep pointing out to me that I haven’t done things yet…

Florist – Not so much, but if you recall I did try to meet with one at the winery on Saturday, I just couldn’t get in because of Miss April 2010.

Dress – This the area where the timing of the holidays has just hindered planning – with everything going on we just haven’t had time to go shopping and I honestly thought it was okay until last night… a girl in my class works at a Bridal Salon and she told me I needed to get on it :-/ I NEED TO GET ON THIS PEOPLE!! and a couple people have said to just go without my mom, but I think she’s be crushed if she wasn’t there for the whole process.

DJ – I put FH in charge of this, but I’m so anal and he’s so wrapped up in trying to get us a condo right now, I think I’m going to have to step in… or happily remind him of his job 🙂

Bride’s Maid Dresses – Honestly I’m totally okay with not having these yet, it isn’t the season for the color or sytle yet and it’s only for 3 ladies so we may be able to buy off the rack 🙂

See how full of excuses I am 😉

There are something that we’re working on like the Save The Dates, those should go out in a couple weeks and the invitations, we’re meeting with our friendor this weekend (and then I promise I’ll tell you about him).

and then there are the things we’ve already done (I love this list!)…


OficiantCHECK 🙂

Caterer – I’m gonna go ahead and say check because that is pretty much set, and it makes me feel better to check it off my list.

Cake – We’ve put the deposit down so – CHECK AND I have inspiration photos for that as well.

Whose Wedding is This? – Update

Posted On January 19, 2009

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You may remember how frustrated I was last week thinking our wedding was getting away from us, well here is a little happy update 🙂

FH and I have found a photographer we love and have compromised to take our Engagement pictures in Orange County, just not on the beach 🙂 I’ve even been scoping out locations on my way up PCH in the morning and have found a couple really cute spots.

After seeing the venue this weekend, the other person agreed (with me prompting) that tea-length dresses were more fitting 🙂

Visiting Our Venue

Posted On January 19, 2009

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This Saturday FH and I took my mom down to see our venue (we took my dad before Christmas, but I forgot my camera at home – bad blogger!), meet with the caterer and choose our wines for the Wedding… so I guess I should officially tell you where we’re having the Wedding (ceremony and reception) – The Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA. FH grew up near RB and we’d visited the winery a few times while dating and always threw around the idea of getting married there.
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After visiting a TON of venues in OC and SD (and even one in LA) we decided to get married at the Bernardo Winery for a few reasons…
1 – Wine
2 – It is a place we can visit after we’re married.
3 – It is outside (this was one of our must have wedding requirements)
4 – Is was considerably cheaper than everywhere else we looked.
5 – The caterer and bakery were on site 🙂

Our meeting with the caterer went fantastically, Toni with Cafe Merlot, a dream come true! First thing she did was get us each a glass on sangria (which was delish, but sadly not something we can serve at the wedding) and let us choose our linens. After reading and hearing about what so many brides pay to have different linens than the standard white/off-white/black their venue carries I was blown away by all our linen color options! There we at least 30 colors options in the book.
Since FH and I had picked-up a copy of their catering menu before we had a good idea what we wanted…
1 – Pass Appetizers – Endive with BLT Salmon Mousse, Mini Ruebens, Phyllo Triangles and Prosciutto with Melon.
2 – Stationed Appetizers – Cheese, sausage crackers and breads etc
3 – Salad
4 – Salmon and Steak option – they will both come with Ratatouille and the Steak will come with herb mashed potatoes while the Salmon will come with rice.

We didn’t get to sample the menu this time, but we’ve eaten there before and LOVE the food 🙂

After our meeting and lunch, we walked over to the florist on site, but I was only able to get her card because another bride had beat me there and had be monopolized… by the way that bride’s wedding is in April of 2010! She is WAY ahead of me!

Realizing we weren’t going to get to speak to the florist FH and I showed my mom the Bon Bon Bakery. At the Bakery we were able to meet with the owner Joanne and put a deposit down to reserve our wedding date. Since they obviously do events other than the weddings at the winery I didn’t want some else to snatch up our date… the only book 300 servings for a day and she already had 1 cake for 80 servings.

Finally for FH, we went to the tasting room to select our wines for the wedding. We get to choose 2 whites and 2 reds and the champagne toast is included. They were out of our 2 favorite whites, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, so we tried the Pinot Grigio, which neither of us were very fond of – we’re just not a sweet wine bunch. Since the rest of the whites were sweeter we moved on to reds and tried little tastes of all those – Burgundy, Merlot, Cab and Carignane. The burgundy was good but not a favorful as the rest; the merlot, while very good, was a little to red for me for a summer wedding; the Cab was very full-bodied and had a great finish; and the carignane was spicey and very woody. Here are the wines we chose:
Whites – Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – although we didn’t taste them on Saturday, FH and I have tasted them before.
Reds – Cab and Carignane – the Carignane is a red wine drinkers wine, and although gutsy we have wine loving friends that I believe will also appreciate it. After all what is the point of having your wedding at a winery if you go with all standard wines.

And last but not least the Champagne – their champagne is my favorite! FH and I are still deciding whether to keep the Sauvignon Blanc or serve champagne the whole night… we’ll see 🙂

On our way out we stopped in and met Annie, our onsite coordinator, who I hadn’t met in person yet and then we took a picture in front of the sign for our Save The Date… hopefully I can talk our invite friendor (story to come) into some photoshop magic.

Five for Friday

Posted On January 16, 2009

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Previous Fridays

66 – You somehow always walk thru spider webs
67 – You understand when I’m busy at work
68 – To make my life easier you’re letting me pick our photographer
69 – You’re an “excellent driver”
70 – You like Burger King hamburgers because they have the only mayonnaise that doesn’t make you sick

Hooking a Meatball UP!

Posted On January 14, 2009

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Hi readers… I know you’re there I stalk you in me “Stats” 🙂

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote for Mr. and Miss Meatball in the Trees Instead Wedding Contest! Not only will they win a Honeymoon in Costa Rica, they will also plant an acre of trees for each guest that attends their wedding, and an extra 1000 trees to offset the couples carbon footprint!

Here are the Rules:

Wedding Date MUST BE IN 2009
To Register fill form below.
Voting: There will be 3 types of votes: by Facebook, by Twitter & by email.

Voting will start on Jan 1 2009 until Jan 29 2009.
Instructions for email vote:
A question* about TI will be made in this page. voters must answer the question in the email next to the name of their selected couple.

Instructions to vote in Facebook, The voter must become a member of the TI Facebook group & answer a question*.

To vote in twitter they must become a TI follower & respond a question*.  voting on twitter ends on Jan 20

One vote per computer per day by email / one vote per day for each follower on twitter & only one vote , voting in this page ends jan 29.
total for facebook group members. voting in facebook ends on Jan 20

*Questions will be made when voting starts.

They will check IP addresses and double votes will be canceled and couple may be disqualified.

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