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We saw these save-the-date announcements and totally fell in love! Handkerchiefs can put a creative, elegant spin on your upcoming wedding and they’re so easy to make at home.

Items needed:

1) Handkerchiefs

2)  Scissors

3)  Iron templates

4)  An iron

The trickiest part is reversing the letters on the template so they don’t iron-on backwards.  Once you write your save-the-date announcement in a Word or any other text-edit document, go to print and specify that you want the image printed as “mirror”.  This is usually located under “preferences” in your print menu.

Once you have the text printed on the iron template, place the image where you like it on the hankie.  Make sure it’s straight and then iron it on.  It’s that easy!

For reasonably priced hankies, click here.

If you’re not the crafty type, then you can also buy save-the-date hankies at Lucky Luxe.  Click here for more details.

Photo by doriana_s

Photo by doriana_s

Your special little someone is about to arrive and baby is going to need an equally special birth announcement – after all, this is his/her debut  and first impressions are everything.  It may seem like an easy task, but once couples get started they may find it more challenging than they initially thought. 

Here are five tips for creating the perfect birth announcement for your little bundle of joy:

1. Select a card that shows your family’s style—unique and individual to represent you and your new baby.

2. Selecting a photo—choose one with sentimental value that evokes a special memory.

3. Keep it simple—a simple introduction followed by the birth details such as name, weight and birth date is ideal.

4. Save time and money by using an Internet photo card company, like  Easily select a template and then insert the photo and text. Once complete, the birth announcements are delivered directly to your home.

5. Research photo card company websites prior to the birth. Then, insert the photo and information to complete the project when baby arrives. Traditional etiquette suggests birth announcements be sent within 6 months of the birth.

Are Jon and Kate announcing their divorce on the upcoming one-hour episode of Jon and Kate Plust Eight?  Or are they just teasing us?  Maybe the announcement isn’t a divorce…maybe Kate’s pregnant again!  To find out, tune-in to TLC on Monday, June 22 at 9 p.m. eastern.

kate gosselin spank leahOnce again, Kate Gosselin has found herself in the center of media attention; this time for spanking one of her eight children.

Apparently Gosselin grabbed daughter, Leah, by the arm and swaddled her rear end before walking away from the crying child.

According to In Touch magazine, Leah had been asked to stop blowing a whistle and was not listening.

“The girl was screaming and crying. Kate just pushed her away and walked off with her coffee,” a witness told the magazine. “Her older sisters were trying to make Leah feel better.”

In response to the recent controversy, Gosselin defended her actions by releasing this statement:

 “Whether the paparazzi are there or not, I am a mother first,” Gosselin told Life & Style Weekly. “I love my children and when they misbehave, I discipline them as I deem appropriate for the situation.”

jon and kate plus eight divorceDivorce rates are still almost 50 percent and yet millions of people each year enter into marriage without learning the communication skills needed to navigate through the trials and tribulations of life as a couple. On the reality show “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” Americans have witnessed first hand the struggles of their marriage.

Jon and Kate are like many couples who experience the difficulties of daily life and struggle to keep their marriage together. The California Healthy Marriages Coalition (CHMC) has released data showing Americans now have the ability to navigate those difficult times and increase marital happiness through Marriage Education.

CHMC President Dennis Stoica says, “In order to change the landscape of divorce in America, we need to address the underlying problem of communication breakdown that is so common when couples don’t learn effective communication skills. We now have convincing evidence that Marriage Education programs really help couples improve their relationships.” Stoica adds, “If we could reach high visibility couples like Jon and Kate with these communication skills, that would be exciting!”

In order to change the divorce statistics, CHMC says it’s important that couples recognize the benefits of staying together through the tough times and the skills for doing that. Numerous studies have shown that there is an inescapable connection between divorce and undesirable outcomes for the children of those relationships, including negative impact on their mental and physical health and educational decline. This week, CHMC released preliminary data showing the impact of Marriage Education classes taught in California. Couples who took a CHMC-sponsored Marriage Education course showed an average improvement of 19 percent in marital satisfaction, problem-solving skills, and relationship skills.

Stoica said, “When we teach couples skills that get them through the rough patches successfully, then families stay together and their children benefit in a multitude of ways. Marriage Education has the potential to make a dramatic difference in reducing divorce and family breakdown.”

picture stamps came up with an absolutely fantastic idea – PhotoStamps!  Now you can create stamps using your most cherished photos.  This is perfect when mailing thank you cards after an event.  For more informaiton visit

Photo by miccala
Photo by miccala

There are so many articles about wedding-planning etiquette, but how about some guidelines for the girl who wants to elope?  Eloping sounds easy, but those choosing to run away together may have just as many questions as those planning a huge wedding!  The biggest being “how do we tell people we got eloped?!”

Your immediate family, especially your parents, should be told face-to-face.  Traditionally the parents of the bride would send announcements to friends and relatives as a sign that they approve the marriage.  This could also be sent by both parents together.


These days your announcement doesn’t have to carry the message of acceptance, but can be sent by your parents, both sets of parents or by you and your husband.  If you do decide to send something out as a couple, be sure to use your maiden name, instead of your married name.   If your parents send the announcement it should read:


Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Doe
Have the honor of announcing the marriage of their daughter
Jane Marie
Mr. Andrew Donald Dreamboat
on Friday, the twenty-fourth of April
two thousand and nine
Las Vegas, Nevada


If both parents send the announcement it should read:


Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Doe
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron David Dreamboat
announce the marriage of
Jane Marie Doe
Andrew Donald Dreamboat
on Friday, the twenty-fourth of April
two thousand and nine
Las Vegas, Nevada