Thursday, September 30, 2010

{what i'm loving}

Every Wednesday, Jamie at this kind of love does what i'm loving series of posts. Since I have decided to recap all of my wedding related events on Wednesdays, I thought I would do this post idea, but on Thursdays instead. I'll definitely be linking up to Jamie's fabulous blog (you should check her out!) once my wedding recaps are done :)

This week, I am loving:

{one} The sun! It has stayed out all of this week and the weather has been fabulous! So not ready for winter.

{two} My bike. Although it's not super fancy, it allows me to get outside after work for a ride while enjoying the sun shine.


{three} My mom. Since I don't get to see my mom that often, it means a lot to me when we are able to have a great conversation on the phone. I miss her!



Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

{wedding wednesday} Rehearsal dinner

On the Friday night before our wedding, Mr.D's parents graciously opened their house to both sides of our family and friends for our rehearsal dinner. I am so lucky to have such caring and kind in-laws!

Since a lot of my family was coming from out of town and some of Mr.D's, we decided to invite all of the out of town guests plus our wedding party and their partners. That equalled about 45ish people! The weather didn't fully cooperate that night, but it was nice enough that people could spread out to the backyard and not have to be crammed into the house. Mr.D's parents kept it low key by having a BBQ with lots of side dishes for everyone. It was perfect.

Our marriage commissioner came to the house to do our run through as our venue was booked for that night, so we were unable to use the venue. I am glad that we had the rehearsal as our marriage commissioner made sure everyone knew what they were doing and when. It helped keep me calm on the wedding day!


My niece being the centre of attention :)


Bridesmaid T, myself, my niece and my brother in law


My sister in law, her sisters and myself. I was explaining on how to set up everything the next day. They were life savers doing it for me!


Girls chatting


Some of the crowd

My mom, my aunt and my dad's wife

The rehearsal dinner was very laid back and the perfect thing for the night before the wedding. I was so grateful to be able to sit back and chat with some of our family and friends as I knew the wedding day was going to be super busy.

Before the rehearsal dinner, my bridesmaid's and I put together all of centre pieces and bouquets. It was quite the project, but so glad that we did them ourselves. And I think they turned out fabulously!

My bridesmaid's and I ended up leaving the rehearsal dinner around 10pm to head to the hotel for the night. We were all pretty tired when we got back to the hotel and after dealing with the drama of getting a king bed for a 4 girls, we laid in bed and chatted. We were in bed by midnight, as the big day was the next morning!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I love DIY'ing

You got that right, I love myself a good craft! I had seen a few tutorials all over blogsphere for fabric flowers and wanted to try it for myself. I was already making another blanket for a baby shower present, and I thought the fabric flowers would be another great gift.

To make the flowers, I used this tutorial to make the fabric flowers and this tutorial to make the flowers into a headband for a friend's newborn little girl. The tutorials are so easy to follow and took me less than 30 minutes to make the headband.

Here is how it turned out:





The blanket that I made. I love this fabric! It has little apples all over it, which I thought was appropriate because her dad is a teacher :)
Unrelated to diy'ing, it has been gorgeous here lately! I went out for a bike ride after work tonight in shorts and a tank top, which was fabulous! I think the weather feels really nice because we've had such crappy weather lately until the past week or so. So not ready for winter and snow!

Monday, September 27, 2010

{weekend recap}

I think I say this every week, but I'm sad that another weekend has come and gone. How come the weekends can't go slower and the week days go faster?!

This weekend was great! The weather finally decided to cooperate, so I actually wanted to do stuff besides sit at home in front of the fire. On Friday night, we went to see the movie Freetime Machos, which was through the Calgary International Film Festival. It was about a rugby team in Finland that has a less than stellar winning record. It shows the team and their struggles and also about their personal lives and friendships off of the field. It was actually quite funny!

On Saturday, Mr.D and I went out to Kananaskis for a hike. It was such a gorgeous day! The hike was 5.1 km one way up to a lake called Rummel Lake. I had heard about this hike through CBC in the morning, and it sounded perfect for us as neither of us are experienced hikers. When we were on the hike up towards the lake, we passed a few other hikers who told us that they had spotted a bear close the trail. Luckily, we didn't see the bear at all.



About half way through the climb up


Rummel Lake. The view from where we ate lunch


Another view


Me looking happy- truth be told, I was really freaking out about possibly seeing a bear!


Me too excited that the hike straight up the mountain was done!


Another view


All of the leaves were changing and it was so pretty!


Again

Sunday, we didn't do much except run to Costco and Superstore for groceries. We bought a Christmas tree at Costco...can't wait to put it up as it will be our first one ever!
What did you do this weekend?

Friday, September 24, 2010

{happy friday}

Happy Friday everyone! So happy that it's the weekend, and that it's supposed to be over 20 degrees here this weekend! I am over the rainy weather, so it's been awesome to the see the sun finally this week.

This weekend we are:
  • going to see a film at the Calgary Film Festival. I have never been, so it should be fun to do something new!
  • spending time outside. We might go to Banff for a hike and I want to get in a run or bike ride
  • Buy fabric to make another receiving blanket for one of Mr.D's co-workers who had his baby at the beginning of September
  • sleep in! I love sleeping in and would love to do it everyday of the week :)

What do you have planned for your weekend?


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Need a laugh?

It's Thursday (almost the weekend!) and I know I could always use a good laugh first thing in the morning. I have a story to tell and I must first start off by saying it involves this guy:


If you don't know what kind of bird this is, it is a magpie. It also happens to have the worst sounding call that you've ever heard. Nothing is nice about these birds.

So, two nights ago Mr.D was getting ready to barbeque some chicken thighs for our dinner. He went outside with the plate of chicken to put on the barbeque, but forgot something inside so he set the plate of chicken on the patio table while he stepped inside. He went to go back outside and saw a magpie about to fly off with one of our chicken thighs in it's mouth!! Mr.D was literally inside of two seconds, and the little devil stole part of our dinner!

We both had a pretty good laugh over it. And don't worry, we threw that piece out :)

Hope you have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

{wedding wednesday}

The Thursday night before the wedding, my maid of honour planned an event to get all of the girls together. It was such a great idea because all of my bridesmaids had never been together all at the same time as everyone lives in different towns.
The plan for the night was getting manicures/pedicures and then out for dinner. I knew about the nails, but didn't know where dinner was going to be. It was fun to hang out and relax with my bridesmaids, mom, sister in law and mother in law.


My mom, MIL and myself getting our nails done

Bridesmaids T and K


Before the dinner, my cousin had asked Mr.D a bunch of questions about himself to test me to see how much I really knew about him. Everytime that I answered a question incorrectly, I had to put another piece of gum in my mouth. As you can see, I apparently don't know much about Mr.D!!

The group of girls out for dinner

My MOH and cousin

My MOH, myself, bridesmaid K and bridesmaid T

It was such a fun night and my cousin organized everything so well! It was nice to hang out with everyone before the craziness of the next two days.

And just for fun....thought I'd show you what my family and friends make me do:

This horse is on a main street in downtown Edmonton and yes, I was wearing a dress. Good thing I love them!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

{what i'm loving}

Since my {home tour tuesday's} are done and I was lacking for better things to post, I thought I would do a post about things I am loving or am excited about.

{one} The sun! We haven't seen it around here for well over a week, and it's apparently supposed to make an appearance later this week. So excited! I don't enjoy rainy and snowy (as it was this morning!) days.

{two} Fireplaces. Since it's been so chilly and wet here lately, our fireplace in the basement has been a life saver. It warms up the room so nice and keeps me warm.

{three} Premiers. So, so excited for Grey's Anatomy to start up again. The finale was so good, so hopefully they can keep it going and keep it interesting.

{four} Our wedding photographer. She sent me the link to our online gallery two nights ago, and they are fantastic! I can't wait to get our disc of pictures in the mail, so I can show you.

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, September 20, 2010

{weekend recap}

Sorry for the lack of posting on Friday, but I had the day off and was enjoying my day by sleeping in and running some errands.

On Friday night, Mr.D's parents came into town to visit us for the weekend. They didn't get in until later on Friday, so we just hung around and showed them the house. They haven't seen our house since they helped us move in back in May.

On Saturday, Mr.D's mom and I went to pick up some fabric as I wanted to make some curtains and a blanket for a shower present. I couldn't find any fabric that I liked and was reasonably priced, so I just picked up some fabric just for the fabric. I received a sewing machine for a shower present and haven't sewn since public school, so my MIL gave me a little how to. It was definitely needed! We worked on the blanket for the day while the boys did stuff around the house. Here is how the blanket turned out:



Hopefully she likes it!

Also on Saturday night, we took Mr.D's parents out for dinner to say thank you for all of their help with everything wedding related. We went to the Red Water Grill, which is so delicious! It is a little more expensive than your typical restaurant, but oh so worth it!

On Sunday, it was a terrible day outside. Rain, rain, rain! Mr.D's mom and I hung out and worked on some projects around the house and then they left later in the afternoon. It was great catching up with them.

So excited....we got to see our wedding pictures on the online gallery last night, and they are so pretty! Can't wait to get the disks to show you all of them! :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's the little things..

That make me love Mr.D more and more everyday. It started on Tuesday morning, when Mr.D came upstairs with a piece of toast with the perfect amount of peanut butter on it for me for breakfast. Then that night, we were hanging out watching TV and he said he had to run to the store for something. I said no big deal and thought nothing of it. He comes home with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in his hand along with sudafed as I have been stuffed up all week and not feeling well. Neither were required or expensive, but it was the thought of both that made my heart melt.


I love you Mr.D!




Wednesday, September 15, 2010

{wedding wednesday} Vendor reviews: part two

Last week, I started doing a recap and review of all of the vendors that we used for the wedding. This week I am going to finish them up. I apologize again as it's probably a boring post, but I hope it is useful for brides-to-be in the Edmonton area.

Wedding touches
During the wedding planning process, I saw this bouquet charm that Tami from Little Miss Southern bought for her wedding. I loved it!

Julie from juliethefish answered all of my emails and questions right away. I ordered it just a few short weeks before my wedding and it arrived right on time. It came in a super cute package and added just that little something to my bouquet.

Julie has lots of cute things, definitely check her out!

Overall rating: 10/10

Hotel
The night before the wedding and the night of the wedding, we stayed at the Matrix hotel. On the Friday night, we had made a reservation for two double beds as it was myself and my three bridesmaids. When we arrived at the hotel after the rehearsal dinner, we found out that they gave us a king room and had no more double rooms. They also didn't have any cots in the hotel, so it meant that one of my bridesmaids had to sleep on the floor as the four of us couldn't all fit in the king bed. The manager was nice and got us a stack of blankets so we could make a make shift bed.

Overall, the hotel is nice and the continental breakfast in the morning is good. But I was completely angry that our reservation was not satisfied and they were not willing to compensate or refund us in any way. If you plan on staying here, I would call ahead to ensure that your reservation is correct.

Overall rating: 6/10

Venue
For our wedding, we had it at the Old Timer's Cabin. It is a log style cabin that has been around for many years. It is located just outside of downtown with a gorgeous deck out the back with a great view of downtown from it. The key selling point when we booked the venue was that the venue has in house catering and we had heard nothing but great things about the food.

The man who runs the venue, has been doing it for many years, so how can I say this...he is very stuck in his ways when it comes to how things are done in the venue. We ran into a few problems the morning of the wedding, which included him yelling at my family and friends while they were setting up. Although they understood that he is stuck in his ways, we had to apologize for his actions.

Besides the above negative aspect about our wedding day, the venue is fantastic. The food is beyond great and everyone was raving about it all night!

Overall rating: 9/10

I think that is all of the major vendors for our wedding. If I think of another, I will update this as I go through the recaps.

ps- happy one monthversary Mr.D!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

{home tour} Office update

I mentioned in the past weeks, that I was working on redoing our office in our basement. When we moved in, the office was a blue and purple colour. Just wasn't working for me! I also really wanted a big desk and area for me to work on crafts and have some where to store all of my craft stuff.


The before and after looking in from the doorway


The before and after looking back towards the doorway. The closet is on the left and the door is on the right


The new closet. I love, love, love the stripes and how they turned out! You can kind of see it, but I made a ribbon reel to hang and hold all of the ribbon that I have.

For my new desk, I bought two expedit shelves from IKEA while they were on sale for $39.99 each. I then went to Home Depot and bought a sheet of MDF and got them to cut it down to size. I painted it a color to match the shelves and had Mr.D screw it into the shelves. I love that it has built in storage and it large enough for me to do crafts or sew on.

For the closet, I used this tutorial from Young House Love. Super easy! I bought the curtain rod at IKEA for $9 and the white curtain panel from Wal-Mart for $9. The dowel was from Michael's for about a dollar.

How do you think it turned out?

Monday, September 13, 2010

{weekend recap} and a bloggy award!

This weekend was fabulous, but yet again too fast and too short! I also noticed this weekend that it's starting to get darker earlier and so many of the trees have turned yellow in the past week. Don't get me wrong, I like fall, but we haven't had enough of a summer here for me to welcoming fall with open arms. But with fall comes my birthday, so that makes me a little excited for it!

On Friday night, I met up with Rachel for the first time and it was so much fun! It felt like we had known each other for way longer! After we had some time chatting, we went to her friend's house for a pleasure party. It was my first time at one, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was actually quite a hoot! Let's just say there are some really interesting toys out there....some that didn't know anything about! Thanks for inviting me Rachel and can't wait to hang out again! :)

On Saturday, Mr.D was off mountain biking with a co-worker, so I ran to Winners and Homesense. I was on the hunt for a white bed skirt for our spare room, but had zero luck. After shopping, I started to paint the spare bedroom. Mr.D got home later in the day, so after a little nap for him we went out for dinner. If anyone is from Calgary and has never gone to Nick's for pizza, I definitely recommend it!

On Sunday, I met up with some ladies from my work for a 5k walk in support of ovarian cancer. A few ladies from my organization have survived it, so it was a great way to support them. After the walk, I finished up painting the bedroom. I can't wait to get everything back in there and start decorating it.

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Brittany from Confessions of a Newlywed tagged me for this bloggy award! Brittany is pregnant with her first child (I say it's a little boy!) and she is hilarious. Definitely check out her blog!

Rules:
Thank the person giving the award.
Share seven things about yourself.
Nominate 7 newly discovered blogs.

7 things about me:

1. I am a little OCD about things in our house. For example, I can't stand if a shower curtain is not pulled all the way across or if a cupboard or drawer is left open even slightly.

2. I always get told that I look younger than I really am. Maybe one day I will appreciate it.

3. I have baby fever. Like really bad.

4. I have a serious Diet Coke addiction. I always tell myself that I am going to try and stop drinking it, but I always fail.

5. My worst fear is that someone will break into our house and hurt me when I'm home alone. It is a strange fear because we don't live in a 'bad area' of the city either.

6. I received a sewing machine for a bridal shower present...anyone care to teach me how to use it?!

7. I hate Monday's. I love my job, but I hate Monday's.

I nominate....

Mrs. Stoneking

Jessica

Rachel

Lacey

Mrs. Nelson


Friday, September 10, 2010

{happy friday}

Happy Friday everyone! Thank you for all of your input and opinions yesterday on whether or not I should cut my hair. Definitely thinking about cutting my hair now...just have to make an appointment and go through with it.

This weekend, I am:

  • meeting up with Rachel. Woo for blogger meet-ups!
  • starting to paint one of the spare bedrooms. Can you tell I have a decorating itch?
  • doing a 5k walk for ovarian cancer on Sunday with some ladies from work. Fingers crossed that it isn't raining on Sunday!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Ps- just because it's Friday and I hope this will make someone laugh, I have an embarassing story to share. Last night while making dinner, Mr.D and I realized that our fridge wasn't as cold as it normally is. Thinking that something was wrong, we called Mr.D's dad who is mister fix it to see if he had any ideas of how we can fix it. He suggested turning the power off and on, but still no fix. We were both starting to freak out that we'd have to call someone in to come and fix it. We open the freezer and realize that there is a dial to turn off the freezer/fridge and our full freezer drawer somehow turned the dial to off. We both started laughing at our selves and said duh!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

To cut or not to cut?

My hair has been many lengths, colors, etc over the years and a few months before I met Mr.D, I cut my boob length hair to my chin. Once I got engaged, I started to grow my hair out for the wedding. Since the wedding has come and gone, I am stuck in a rut with what to do with my hair. My hair is super thick, so if I don't get it thinned regularly it is really hard to manage.

Here is a look back at the different 'looks' that I've had over the years:

Long and natural-ish colour


Still long but with bangs, darker color and hot pink!


More bang action


This is when I cut off all of my hair



Still shorter and brunette


My hair is past my shoulders now with blonde highlights. I am really wanting to let it grow some more, but I am also really wanting to cut my hair into a longer inverted bob.

This is what it looks like right now:



I need ideas and opinions! Should I keep growing my hair and keep it longer and cut bangs back into it, or should I cut it off?!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

{wedding wednesday} Vendor reviews: part one

While I wait to receive our professional pictures, I thought I would start the wedding recaps with a review of the vendors that we used for the wedding. This might be a boring post to some, but hopefully it's helpful to Edmonton brides that are in the planning process. I personally would use a vendor with a good word of mouth then someone I hadn't heard or read anything about.

Photography
Our photographer was Nikole from Nikole Bordato Photography who was outstanding on the day of the wedding. She arrived early to my hotel in the morning and was super calm throughout the whole day. She took control of the wedding party shots, which helped to make it go quicker and smoothly, plus she made sure to get all of the shots that she/we wanted.

Our package came with a second shooter, who was Chelsey from Rice Photography. Although I didn't get many chances to talk with her throughout the day as she was mainly shooting the guys and wedding party, she also did an outstanding job.

In terms of price, Nikole is very reasonably priced for the packages she offers. Our package included: two photographers, 10 hours of shooting, 3 Cd's of pictures, an engagement shoot, and a day after shoot.

Although, we haven't seen the final pictures yet, I can tell from the four sneak peeks that Nikole gave me, they are going to be fantastic!

Overall rating: 10/10

Make-up
I had originally booked another make up artist for the day of the wedding, but he unfortunately had to cancel a few months before the wedding. Luckily he was able to recommend another artist by the name of Tonia Lariviere. Tonia works in the fashion industry doing runway shows, photo shoots, etc.

About two months before the wedding, I went to Tonia's house to do a trial run of the makeup that I wanted. I was pretty open to anything she could suggest as I don't wear a lot of make up from day to day, and she did an amazing job with having no direction at all. On the day of the wedding, she came to the hair salon and did all of our make up right there. So convenient and handy! Each girl took her about 30 minutes, which was fantastic!

Overall, I loved my make up and heard no complaints from my bridesmaids. She was fast, efficient and really talented! In terms of price, it was $75 with a trial for myself, $50 for the bridesmaids and $40 for my mom. Really, really reasonable for someone with many years of experience as herself.

I don't have a website link for her, but if anyone is interested in her services, leave me a comment and I will send you her e-mail address.

Overall rating: 10/10

Hair
For our hair, we went to the Ricci Hair salon located in downtown Edmonton, which was conveniently located near our hotel. We arrived at the salon at 8am, which was great because all of the stylists came in early so we could ensure that we were out of the salon on time. They let us have champagne and food while we were getting our hair done, which added to the wedding day experience!

For my hair, I was put with a stylist named Jess, who I definitely recommend. About a month before the wedding, I did a trial run with her. I had a few ideas and basically let her run with it. The day of the wedding, I was confident that she would be able to deliver again, and she did. I think from start to finish, the up do took her about 1.5 hours which was pretty good considering how thick my hair is.

Overall, in terms of price it was really reasonable. The trial and day of wedding hair was $90 each, but so worth it. I had a great stylist, but one of the girls mentioned that her stylist was a little rude and short with her. Other than that, I definitely recommend this salon.

Overall rating: 9/10

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

{weekend recap}

This weekend went too fast yet again :( It was a great weekend spent at home doing a few projects around the house. Our house has been messy and disorganized since the wedding and it was driving me crazy!

On Friday night, I went to run a few errands to get a few things for my projects for the weekend. The errands included a trip to Rona for some paint (they are having a great paint sale right now...buy one Rona brand gallon of paint, get one free!) and to Wal-Mart to find a curtain panel. Other than that, I started to prep the walls in our office for paint. Kind of lame, but it was perfect :)

On Saturday, I started to paint the office, which took most of the day. Later in the day we went out for dinner and then to see the movie The Other Guys. It was funny, but not quite what I expected. Has anyone else seen it?

Sunday was really rainy during the day, so I didn't mind spending it painting again. I had to run out to Michael's for a few supplies and stopped in to see one of my bridesmaids. It was great to catch up with her as I hadn't seen her since the wedding. I finished painting the office walls and also made my first ever batch of red velvet cupcakes. I used the Magnolia Bakery recipe. They turned out fantastic!

Yesterday included a really long trip to Home Depot for more supplies for the office redo. It just seemed that nothing in that trip to Home Depot was easy and everything was painfully slow! So sad that the long weekend is over, but it was awesome to spend it at home.

Here is a sneak peek of the office redo:




Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, September 3, 2010

{happy friday}

So, so excited it's Friday! Even better, it is the beginning of a long weekend. Love it!


This weekend, our plans include:
  • organizing the house

  • putting away wedding presents

  • cleaning the house

  • starting to paint the office

  • maybe a hike in Kananaskis?

  • sleeping in!

This is the first weekend in a while that we didn't have to be somewhere or have plans set in stone and I'm excited about that.

Yesterday my photographer made my day and sent me a few sneak peeks from the wedding. Here is one for your viewing pleasure:


Hope you have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

I left my heart in San Fran {part four}

On our final full day in San Francisco, we tried to fit in as much stuff as we could! The four days went by really fast and it would have been nice to have two more full days to do stuff. That day, we went to: china town, the fisherman's wharf, the ferry building, San Francisco Art Institute and to the Cliff House for dinner.

First up is the ferry building. We were both interested in seeing what was there, but to tell you the truth, it wasn't that exciting. There were a bunch of little food shops. We stopped at one called Miette to try macaroons. I can't remember exactly what kind we had, but they were delicious!



After we went to the ferry building, we checked out the Fisherman's Wharf. OK, I won't lie, Mr.D really wanted to go to in-n-out burger...don't ask me why.


Next up was the San Francisco Art Institute which had some of the most gorgeous views of the city! There was also this room filled with drawings by one artist... I can't remember the artist's name, but it was a really cool show.





Mr.D checking out all of the drawings






This was a wall full of different hands all connected. It was really funky!

On our final night, we decided to go out for a romantic and nice dinner out before we left San Fran. We decided to go to the Cliff House, which is such a beautiful place! There is the bistro and then the actual restaurant, and we liked the sounds of the bistro menu better. Although it was dark by the time we got to the restaurant, the view out to the water was amazing. I think everything from the service to the food to the experience was amazing!

Us at dinner



Myself with my delicious dinner!

Mr.D with his ultra delicious dinner! It was so, so, so good!
Overall, both Mr.D and I enjoyed San Francisco and were so happy that we decided to choose it for our honeymoon. Although it was pretty busy with tourists during the time we were there, it was still fun to experience all of the sights and sounds. If anyone has any questions about things we did or places we ate, feel free to ask :)
And just because I love this picture....

Myself in front of the "full house" houses

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