Hostess Gift Idea: Candle & Strikeable Match Holder

May 26, 2015

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When hosting a dinner party the general host or hostess gift usually consists of a bottle of wine or a case of beer. Although I see nothing wrong with having a multitude of wine and beer to choose from for the next few weeks, it can become a bit blas√© to always receive the same gift time and time again. For a fresh take on the hostess gift, I came up with this simple DIY project consisting of a candle and a little bottle full of matches that they can actually strike off of. I love the that the candle can be lit after dinner, and it shows that you put a that extra bit of effort into making the host/hostess feel appreciated.
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What You Will Need:
1. Candle (get mine here)
2. Glass Apothecary Bottles (available at Michaels or the Dollar Store)
3. Matches
4. Sand Paper
5. Gold Sharpie
6. Twine
7. Tissue Paper
8. Box
9. Gift Tag

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Step 1: I decorated my glass apothecary bottle with a gold sharpie to match my candle. I made a simple abstract polka dot print.

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Step 2: Cut a circle out of the sand paper to the size of the bottom of the glass bottle and secure it with a hot glue gun.

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Step 3: Insert the matches into the bottle and add a layer of tissue paper to the bottom of your box. Place the candle and the matches in the box and cover with tissue paper. 

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Step 4: Tie some swine and add a pretty gift tag around the box.

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Field Of Dreams

May 25, 2015

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Yesterday was one of those perfect days that when it’s over you find yourself so content to start the week ahead. Jamie surprised me with an early birthday present that consisted of driving out to Milton to pick up our new paddle boards! The couple who owns the shop were the sweetest, and so knowledgeable. They also treated us like friends, which I loved. If any one is in the market for a paddle board I highly recommend Kelly Paddle Boards. We also stopped over at a local field to shoot an outfit post before heading back into the city to take milo to the park and test out the new boards. I absolutely loved paddle boarding last night and cannot wait to do it all summer long. Although I didn’t realize how heavy they actually were, so getting them to the beach was the WORST! I am in some serious need of arm muscles. 
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8 What I’m Wearing: Top; Joe Fresh (here) // Shorts; American Eagle (here) // Bag; Rebecca Minkoff (similar) // Sunglasses; Ray Ban (here) // Sandals; Gap (similar) // Hat; J.Crew (here)

Highs And Lows

May 22, 2015

_MG_0812 {A sweet treat from Roselle; Lychee & blackberry mousse. }

On Monday I woke up to my usual morning scenario which consists of Jamie and I hanging off of the side of the bed while Milo snuggles and sleeps peacefully in between us. If you are asking yourself why we allow Milo to do this, the answer is simply because we both find him way to adorable to move, so we’ve adapted to this way of sleeping for almost a year now. I noticed when I went to go put Milo’s collar on that his right eye was running more than usual and it was a suspicious green color. I automatically became overwhelmingly worried, but the vet was closed so we had to wait until Tuesday to call. Jamie being his relaxed self wasn’t concerned about it, and chalked it up to debris in his eye and me having “first child syndrome“.  By Tuesday I still wanted to go to the vet and the vet also suggested to come in, so on Tuesday evening we did. Milo ended up only having a small infection (thank goodness) and received eye drops, but I am definitely glad we went…even if I overreacted. Milo is doing perfectly fine and I don’t think that he even realized that he had an infection. This whole situation has made me realize that I am probably going to be a crazy paranoid mother, but at least I have years left to work on that. I hope you all have a great weekend, see you Monday!

_MG_0854 {Fresh lilacs + Mindy Kaling in a lilac embroidered dress.}

IMG_0493 {Milo, who obviously can’t allow a little eye infection to slow him down }

_MG_0829 {Patio season kick off with Jamie, featuring El Catrin margaritas.}

_MG_0820 {Peony pit stop.}

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