Oct 13 2015

Gifts That Give Back: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with these pretty & pink gifts!

A Bracelet That Holds Your Hair Tie 

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This BitterSweet bracelet holds your hair tie and supports Bright Pink, a wonderful organization dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

Splits59 Warrior Line 

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via ShopBop

Spiral Sun Charm Bangle

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These bracelets are always a hit and a great way to support a good cause!

Via Alex and Ani

Fierce Pink Ribbon Quilt

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Such a fun and sentimental DIY gift!

Via Luv Bug Living

Mammo-Grahams

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YUM! These are so funny and a great treat to bring to any October party.

Via Apron Strings

Pink Candy Apples

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Mmmm who doesn’t love PINK candy apples?

Via Rose Bakes

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Aug 4 2015

Make a DIY Emergency or Survival Kit For Life’s Big Moments

Mini emergencies can totally throw off someone’s day! These kits are a totally fun way to give them an extra boost.

Bridal Emergency Kit

Even the happiest day of your life can be a stressful one! This pre-wedding gift will be perfect for taking care of last minute mishaps.

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Via Something Turquoise

New Mommy Hospital Survival Kit

Any new mom would smile ear to ear if they received this totally cute hospital kit. It’s sweet and sentimental.

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Via Next On Tiff’s List

Mile-High Care Kit

This is a fun and creative gift for someone studying abroad or anyone who is embarking on their own travel adventure.

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Via The Kitchy Kitchen

Back to School Emergency Kit

What a creative gift idea! Use your imagination and customize it for a teacher or student!

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Via A Pumpkin & A Princess

Job Survival Kit

A new job is exciting but can of course be nerve-racking! Give a friend or family member a boost right before they start this new part of their life.

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Via Time 2 Partay

TGI Extra: Toiletry Kits to Donate to Hospitals, Homeless Shelters or Ronald McDonald House

What a great way to give back to your community and those in need! This gift will absolutely make someone’s day!

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Via Livin In SD

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Jul 30 2015

17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding

Our wedding weekend was everything we ever dreamed of. It was an absolute fairy tale, dream come true, still can’t-believe-it-really-all-happened evening and I have felt like I could explode with happiness since the moment I walked down the aisle. I can’t wait to finally share some of the memories with all of you.  We’ll be posting wedding themed posts with advice, things we’ve learned and tons of photos from our special day throughout the next few months, so make sure to keep checking back.

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Our first post is full of what many of our guests told us they loved most about our wedding, the personal and personalized details that made our wedding “us”.

1. Hand Written Calligraphy Signs

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We found these frames at a local flea market, spray painted them shiny gold and hired a calligraphy artist from RockPaperScissors to design.  Our florist created floral garlands to frame each sign.

2. Indoor Garden Ceremony

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This ceremony backdrop was created and dreamt up by my talented father of Great Oaks Landscape Associates.  The entire ceremony felt like all of us were in the middle of a secret garden.  It was magical.

3. “Pick Your Own” Blush Bridesmaid Dresses

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I wanted each of my bridesmaids to love their dress and be able to express a little of their own personality, so each girl picked their own long blush dress, all different styles and fabrics.  To tie it all together our florist used matching long blush ribbon in all of the bouquets.

4. Gold Foil Coasters & Cocktail Napkins

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We had custom L&J and #ScheyYes gold foil cocktail napkins at the bars and were passed out with our signature drink. The coasters are from Etsy and are meant to be put on top of your drink. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Roberts family event without a top notch selection of single malt scotch.

5. K.S.S. Signature Drink 

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Jon and I always both order Ketel & Soda’s – I like lemon, he likes his with lime. Instead of dreaming up some fancy schmancy signature drink, we offered a “K.S.S.” – Ketel + Soda + a Swizzle Stick (the gold pom pom.)  I designed the gold foil sign on photoshop.

6. You Look Gorgeous Ladies Room Mirror 

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This was a huge hit and a total last-minute idea by the creative genius and adorable mother of mine, Mindy (seen in the photo.) We used a flea market mirror and wrote in pink lipstick a note to all the ladies to remind them how gorgeous they looked.

7. Gold Foil Menu with a Little Personality

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We kept our menu humorous, blush, foil stamped and as unstuffy as possible.  The hit! Our “Midnight Snack – Leo’s Chicken Finger Pitas, with Ranch, of Course.”  If you don’t know Leo’s you must not be from Metro Detroit. We designed the Menus and our programs on Minted. We’ll do a separate post on our paper goods soon!

9. Gold Calligraphy Table Numbers  

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We tried to keep the gold calligraphy theme going and keep things simple on the tables.  The numbers were written in script from Etsy company, BetterOffWed.

10. Blush Lighting + Gold Centerpieces

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Our florist, Breath of Spring, created these beautiful centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses and hanging greenery to continue with the indoor elegant garden vibe.  We had gold stands and the most romantic shade of blush lighting.

11. White Dance Floor with Gold Decal

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I had my heart set on a huge white dance floor from the moment I started planning.  While one of our splurges, the WOW factor when you walked into the perfectly lit room made the atmosphere unforgettable. The stage was lined with white Hydrangea bushes.

12. Mr and Mrs Chair Signs

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These Mr and Mrs Gold Calligraphy Chair signs were from the same Etsy site as our chair signs and cake topper, BetterOffWed.

13. 7 Layer Cake Wedding Cake

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This was one of those ideas everyone told us was crazy, but ended up being a huge hit.  Instead of the traditional wedding cake, we did a 3 tiered 7 Layer Cake (a traditional Jewish dessert and my hubby’s favorite!) It was DEVOURED.  Our florist added some blush flowers and we topped it with a Mr and Mrs Schey Calligraphy cake topper from BetterOffWed.

14. LED Light Sticks + Red Heart Sunglasses

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When the dance floor was packed we passed out Red Heart Sunglasses and LED I Heart L+J foam sticks. The sticks were inspired from a night out in Miami on my bachelorette.

15. Glamorous + Fun Open Photo Booth 

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There is nothing more fun than a photo booth filled with props at any party.  For props, we spray painted this gold frame from Ikea, had tons of glittered lips, mustaches and signs and had huge paper flowers from Michaels.

16. Dani Jar Layered Dessert Favors

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Each Dani Jar has different layers of delicious desserts and we personalized the lid with our gold initials and a “A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning.” I designed the sign and got the frame at the flea market.

17. Happily Ever After Welcome Totes 

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We went a little crazy w/ our Welcome Totes, these were designed by Etsy artist ParisChicBoutique.  We’ll save the details for a later post!

 

We hope this inspires you to find some unique ways to personalize your wedding! Next we’ll be writing how to make an amazing welcome tote, gifts we gave our wedding party, invites/stationery, decor, bridesmaids dresses, etc  – lots of fun wedding ideas ahead!

Photocredits laurietennentstudio.com and blueracerproductions.com

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Jul 7 2015

Alcohol Gifts! Cheers!

DIY Mason Jar Cocktails

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This is a quick, easy, and fun gift that anyone will love! Great way to get creative!

Via Something Turquoise

Liquor Lollipop Bouquet

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Put your baking skills to the ultimate test with this awesome gift idea! Great for a hostess!

Via Hostess With The Mostess Blog

Mini Liquor Bottle Jar

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Whether it be for the big “twenty fun” or a friend’s 30th, this always makes for a super cute BFF gift!

Via Curious Daisy

Bottles With Notes

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Simple and sweet! Perfect gift for the significant other who has been working around the clock!

Via Loving Here

Jolly Rancher Vodka

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This yummy gift works for so many occasions! The birthday girl or boy, the hostess, or just the jolly-rancher lover will be so excited!

Via Mix That Drink

Glittered Patron Bottle

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This is definitely a TGI favorite! Pretty, creative, and extra cute! Great diva gift!

Via Stress Case

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Jun 30 2015

July Fourth BBQ Gifts

Here’s our roundup of the perfect mix of salty, sweet, fruity, and even healthy gifts for any 4th of July BBQ!

Dipped Pretzels

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Mmmm. Who doesn’t love salty & sweet?

Via The 36th Avenue

S’more Bark

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Here comes some chocolatey decadence!

Via A Pumpkin & A Princess

Patriotic Oreo Pops

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Oreo’s are a kid’s best friend!

Via Makoodle

Watermelon Shaped Jello Shots With Fresh Limes

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Something fruity and sweet for the adult crowd!

Via Clossette

American Flag Vegetable Tray

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Keeping it healthy this 4th of July!

Via Living Locurto

Fruit Salad Cones

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Yum! Fresh fruit on a warm summer evening!

Via Bakers Royale

Happy Gifting! Happy Eating!

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Jun 18 2015

DIY End of the Year Teacher Gifts

The end of the year is the best time to thank teachers for all of their hard work! Get creative with these DIY gifts, and they will be totally impressed!

Apple Jar

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Such a yummy and creative gift for the chocolate loving teacher!

Via The 36th Avenue

 

Crayon Monogram

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This is personalized, totally cool and as colorful as it gets!

Via A Mom With a Lesson Plan

 

Bucket of Sunshine

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Summer is all about sunshine! Love this is happy and cute gift!

Via Thirty Handmade Days

 

Pencil Vase

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A super pretty gift that puts pencils to good use!

Via Cincy Shopper

 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries & a Custom Tag

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YUM! A sentimental note with these strawberries makes a great personalized treat!

Via Craftibilities

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Jun 2 2015

DIY Father’s Day Pinterest Picks

Father’s Day is the perfect time to tell Dad how much you love him! DIY gifts are a sentimental way to show your appreciation, and they’re lots of fun. Here are some of our favorites we rounded up from Pinterest.

Salt Dough Footprint Keepsakes

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This is a totally sweet gift from the kids that will last forever!

Via The Imagination Tree

Homemade Six Pack of Treats

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Such a fun gift from the whole family! Make sure to picks his favorite sweets!

Via Soap Deli News Blog

Beer Gift Basket

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This is a funny and cute gift that will make Dad laugh and very happy! Great gift from the wife!

Via Man Crates

Bacon Bouquet

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YUM! This is totally funny and will go perfect on a tray for breakfast in bed! Whip up some eggs and toast, and Dad will have the perfect start to a perfect day! This is awesome as a gift from Mom or the entire fam!

Via Our Best Bites

‘I love you’ Pillow Case

Don’t forget Grandpa! This is an adorable gift from the grandkids that will give him a huge smile!

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Via Mama. Papa. Bubba.

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May 20 2015

The Gift Insider’s Miami Bachelorette Weekend!

10 of my best friends threw me the most wonderful bachelorette party in Miami this past weekend and I’m so excited to share some of the highlights.  They nailed it. And I loved every second of it.

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Soon-to-Be Mrs. Schey banner w/ champs and vodka sodas!

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The cutest handmade photo props and hangover bags all made by my amazingly talented co-maid of honor, Aly.

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My two Co-MOHS (co-maids of honor) and the wonder women behind the most fun weekend, ever.

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A DIY Cheers Bitches banner made by Aly and a snapshot of our Miami “Apartment.”

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A DIY handmade Mrs. drink cup w/ mini veil and my handmade beautiful, beautiful sash.

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My Mrs. Schey robe for the day of the wedding! Not pictured: the cutest bikini veil.

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Photo props make the party.

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The sweetest game.  The girls asked Jon questions about our relationship, video recorded his answers then asked me and played what he said.  We crushed it.

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All the girls!  A huge thank you to my wonderful friends for being by my side celebrating such a wonderful time in our lives. I love you all to pieces.

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May 20 2015

Pinterest Picks: Summer Hostess Gifts Ideas

Summer is finally here, and the parties, BBQs, and picnics are starting! Hostess gifts are always important to show your gratitude, and we want to help you be the best guest there! Here’s our round-up of creative hostess gifts that will definitely be a hit!

DIY Freshly Squeezed Lemonade Basket

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Homemade lemonade is the perfect summer refresher! It is a total crowd pleaser, and any hostess would love to mix it up for all of the guests!

Via Fashion Meets Food

DIY S’mores Kit

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Yum! Who can turn down a box filled with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers?! Your hostess will love this delicious treat!

Via Today’s Fabulous Finds

White BBQ Sauce

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BBQs are one of the best parts of summer! Wow your hostess with this awesome recipe!

Via Jacolyn Murphy

DIY Cork Coasters and Summer Drinks Basket

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These DIY cork coasters are so cute and creative! Add in some summer drinks, outdoor glasses, and a pitcher for a fun and unique gift!

Via The Happy Housie

Homemade Chili Sriracha Hot Sauce

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This hot sauce is awesome for the daredevil hostess! If they love spicy foods, then this is the perfect gift to show your appreciation!

Via White On Rice Couple

 

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Apr 20 2015

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

No better way to tell mom she’s the best than with a totally cute DIY gift! Here are our favorite gift ideas to make mom feel extra loved!

Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

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Is there anything moms love more than pictures of the kids?! This is a cute and creative way to say I love you from the whole fam!

Via Home Stories A to Z

DIY Tile Photo Coasters

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These are a fun long-lasting way to show mom how much you love her! Pick some of her favorite family pictures and you will have the perfect decoration for the coffee table! She’ll love to show off this great gift to guests!

Via POPSUGAR

DIY Mug Decorating: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my mama you’ll be.”

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Get creative with words for a personalized mug for mom! Of course, the best way to give this gift is with coffee in bed!

Via The Resplendent

DIY Tea Tags

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Is your mother a tea lover? No doubt she’ll be so impressed and excited to have her favorite drink with a personal loving touch from her favorite people!

Via Lia Griffith

DIY Chocolate Bouquet

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Something yummy to say “thank you for everything you do”! Put a huge smile on mom’s face (and maybe some chocolate in her teeth) with this delicious chocolate bouquet!

Via Madigan Made

TGI Extra: Happy Mother’s Day from Dad!

Waking up to a fresh-made breakfast may be the best part of Mom’s day.  Say thank you to your wife with this yummy baked oatmeal.  A great dish for a perfect Mother’s Day brunch with the kids!

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Via Eat Simple Love Yoga

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