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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.

wedding planning tips 2010With the recession being part of our lives today, most brides and grooms are quieter in the way they project and plan their wedding. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be “au courant”.  Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio shares these great tips on how to be “in” for a 2010 wedding.:

  • Be selective of your guest list.  Include close family members and friends.
  • Find unique venues such as barns, art galleries, studios and homes instead of large ballrooms.
  • Chose communal tables (long table seating) verses individual 8×10 tables.
  • Use candles to substitute pin lighting.
  • Stick to some classics. Utilize a clean, floor length and high quality cotton tablecloth.To add flavor, use elongated mirror runners and different textures to create a mood.
  • Flowers are a key element for weddings. Work with creative floral designers to guide you through this process.
  • Chose menus that will reflect your way of eating.  Serve simpler and healthier dishes instead of heavy meals and have them sampled.
  • Incorporate natural elements for table decorations such as leaves, bark, branches, grass and moss intermixed with flowers.
  • Create a signature cocktail.  It is more fun and original than an open bar.

Lastly, simple elegant weddings require good taste and vision. Consult with professionals for ideas.

best baby shower gifts ideas uniqueFinding the perfect baby shower gift can be a challenge.  You want to give the new mommy something practical, cute and unique – because you don’t want her to have to return duplicates.  Here are several great gift ideas that any new mommy would love and that will leave the all the shower guests cooing:

1) FuzziBunz ($19 each) – stylish diapers that are reusable, chemical-free and made of microfleece, which pulls moisture away from the skin to keep baby dry. To find a retailers in your area visit

2) Poo-Pourri Jr. ($12.95/4oz. or $19.95/8oz.) – a diaper spray made of all-natural anti-bacterial essential oils such as bergamot, lemongrass and grapefruit.  It eliminates the source of odor causing bacteria and uses a secret formula that safely and effectively traps and diffuses odors in cloth and plastic diapers, leaving your home fresh and clean.  Available at

3) Bling-Baby Onesie ($19) – Onesies are a traditional shower gift, but Bling-Baby makes onesies with attitude!  These adorable garments have sayings like, “I’ve arrived” and “Rock Star.”  They’re so cute they’ve been featured in the likes of Life & Style and OK magazine.  Available at

4) MoBoleez ($35) – Not every mom likes to breastfeed behind a blanket.  So the solution to this is a hat designed specifically for the breastfeeding baby.  The hat has a tiny little head and great big brim that gives mom a little privacy and shields baby from distracting lights or noise.  MoBoleez come in several different colors and patterns, to match the new mommy’s style and personality.  Available at

5) Milkscreen ($5.99) – When breastfeeding, moms are often hesitant to have a glass of wine or a cocktail.  So instead of the precautionary pumping and dumping,  moms can take a two minute test to detect for alcohol in breast milk.  And after nine months of pregnancy, she’ll surely be ready for a cocktail with her girlfriends!  Available at


Photo by modish

Photo by modish

Are you tired of giving your mom the same old flowers or chocolates for Mother’s Day?  Well here are several inexpensive ideas to please even the most difficult mothers:

Down-to-earth mom – saving the planet one plastic bottle at a time, this mom would love an aluminum watter bottle ($18) from Macys.

On-the-go mom – busy with tennis and lunch with the girls, this mom would get a great deal of use from a Shake ‘n Take Personal Smoothie Maker ($20) from Irie Bargains.

Classic mom – somewhat conservatives with a taste for pretty things, this mom would love personalized stationary ($23.00) from

Natural mom – often seeking products free from parabens and sulfates, this mom would enjoy a Radiance Kit ($15) from Burt’s Bees

Fashionista mom– a lady who likes accessories, this mom would adore an Angie & Lola half ring handle clutch ($20) or a Mossimo black snake clutch ($17) from Target.

Love-me-love-my-dog mom – with her pooch by her side, this mom would beg for soaps shaped like her canine friend ($20) from Gianna Rose Atelier or dog-themed wine charms ($15.00) from

Long-distance mom/grandmother – overjoyed with photos of you and/or your children, this mom would cherish a customized photo greeting card ($2.79) from

Sweet-scent mom – romantic and confident, this mom would smell super sweet in Courtney Cox’s Spotlight perfume ($23) available through Avon.

Home-decor mom– constantly decorating her home, this mom would appreciate lumiere candleholders ($3.95 – 7.95) from

Girly-girl mom – a sucker for a good chick-flick, this mom would love the movie The Women ($20) from Wal-Mart.

Gourmet mom – always preparing delicious treats, this mom will devour a giant cupcake pan ($27) from Cakes N Kitchens.

Whatever the gift, be sure to wrap the package with a beautiful ribbon.  This will instantly add value to your gift by giving it an upscale-boutique appearance, making her feel extra pretty on her special day.

Photo by DoortenJ
Photo by DoortenJ


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4.  Parker                
5.  Aubrey           
6.  Leighton          
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