Jul 18 2016

Wedding Series: 1 Year Later, A Look Back at Our Wedding Day

It’s been 365 days since Jon and I tied the knot. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Throughout the year we’ve shared 17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding, What We Put In Our Welcome Bags, What We Registered For and plenty of other fun details about the wedding planning process. Today we are just sharing a few of our favorite professionally captured photos of the day as we reminisce on some of our happiest moments.

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Photo credit: Laurie Tennent Studios

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Jun 7 2016

Pinterest Picks: Six DIY Graduation Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Warm weather is here, school is out, and everyone is celebrating! It’s finally time to toast off the end of the school year with graduation BBQs and parties. We all know that celebrations and gift giving can get quite pricey, so The Gift Insider rounded up our six favorite DIY Grad Gifts that will not break the bank!

1. A Framed Emergency Fund

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This idea is not only cute, but it is functional! This is a perfect gift for the grads heading to college in the fall. Trust us, they will thank you when it is time for that late night pizza order.

Via: How Does She

2. Suprise Money Confetti Poppers

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A confetti popper always makes things more fun, especially when it always some cash.

Via: studio diy 

3. BFF “Where It All Began” Frame

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Starting a new chapter is beyond exciting, but leaving friends behind is arguably the toughest part. This DIY map idea is the perfect gift that will have your BFF thinking about you every time they look at their wall.

Via: Handmade HQ 

4. DIY Origami Money Graduation Caps

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Another adorable DIY way to give the always needed cash! Origami them into Graduation Caps and add some cute tassels.

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5. The Ultimate College Survival Kit

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This DIY gift is the ultimate lifesaver. Put together a little package with a bunch of items that will definitely come in handy for the grads’ first year away from home. TGI Tip: Put all of these things into a small wastebasket for their dorm! That way the packaging is as functional as the gift!

Via: Meijer

6. Memory Jar

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While going off to college is beyond exciting, it can be a lonely change at first. Help make that transition easier buy having loved ones & friends of the grad write down a special memory and compile them all in a cute & decorated mason jar!

Via: About

Grads, we want to hear from you! What sort of gifts are you hoping for? Check our Dads and Grads Pinterest board for more inspo!

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May 30 2016

Our Housewarming Party: DIY Watermelon Kegs, String Lights and a Painted Giant Jenga

We had a blast this past weekend hosting a big Housewarming BBQ at our new home. We wanted to add some fun and whimsical DIY elements to the party and thought we’d share how we did them with all of you! To spice up the bar we made a DIY Watermelon Keg, we brightly painted a Giant Jenga and kept the party going late-night with some outdoor string lights. We had a boho outdoor pillow seating concept planned, but unfortunately a last-minute rainstorm hindered that one a bit. So we’ll save that for next time! Now on to our tips and tricks for adding these elements to your party.

How to Make a Watermelon Keg

Step 1: Cut the Top Off

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Step 2: Scoop it out

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Step 3: Get your Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit ($23) ready!

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Step 4: Use included cutter to punch hole in lower part of watermelon and insert tap

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Step 5: Fill with drink of choice and enjoy! We chose Margaritas to make it extra fun.

How to Set Up DIY Party Lights

Supplies:

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– Wood poles 8 ft or taller

– Big planters or buckets

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Step 1: Put concrete in buckets with wood poles

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Step 2: Add water, make sure poles stay straight and let dry over night

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Step 3: Attach hooks to poles and wherever else you are hooking string lights (we did poles on one side, attached to our garage on the other and zig zaged them.)

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Step 4: Hook lights aroung hooks, attach to eachother and plug into electrical

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Step 5: Wait for the sun to set and enjoy! (We highly recommend a hammock as well!)

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How to add some DIY flare to a Giant Jenga

Step 1: Paint around 1/3 of the pieces of your Giant Jenga ($99) bright and happy colors! We chose to match the colors of our party: teal, purple and green

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Step 2: Let dry overnight

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Step 3: Let the games begin!

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We’d love to hear ways you guys have added fun flare to your summer parties in the comments below!

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