Love Lost at Sea

Who doesn't love a good love story anyway? When planning our summer shoot we knew we wanted to design and capture that perfect story of love, loss, being reunited and committing to a life together.

We knew that our backdrop for this romantic story had to be the ocean. Just like love, the ocean is an integral part of life, one that is powerful but serene. The human response to the ocean has been expressed in various forms of art, literature and music, and this is our expression.

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Our vision for this shoot was to capture balance in all things.
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We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that connected our story to the ocean. We balanced our design details to capture movement and softness to warm the harshness of the ocean's rough waves and boulders.

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Our bride was styled in two Cathy Telle gowns with beautiful accessories. Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress's color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers. Her hair was simply done with wind blown waves and a touch of texture from a fishtail braid, the look completed with her soft makeup, with a hint of pink

Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress’s color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers.
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We wanted the floral accents to look as though the bride was able to scavenge them herself from her island. Justine, of Flowers by Justine, was able to capture both movement and texture in these beautiful pieces.

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The surroundings and the details helped us tell this story of connection, resilience and commitment to what we know is true love.

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Honeymoon Hotspot: Pacific Coast Highway

Road trip!! Who’s in? Maybe not the most traditional of honeymoons, a road trip is a great way to see a bunch of places in one trip while saving some money by driving instead of paying for multiple flights. There are also no memories like road trip memories. You’ll have plenty of time to recount your favorite memories from the big day, take fun selfies, and explore together. For this road trip in particular, we’re looking at the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This destination is beyond stunning with some great attractions you can’t miss. But what are they? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

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Image Source: @fallsintolove

Fort Bragg, CA - Glass Beach

A true testimony of trash to treasure, glass beach is covered in what one day was trash. Over the years, the ocean has turned all the glass bottles into beautiful stones. Definitely worth a stop to stretch your legs and get some awesome pictures! After all, how often do you have the opportunity to see a rainbow of sea glass?

Los Angeles, CA - Santa Monica Pier

The historical Santa Monica Pier is another must-see attraction. As the end point for Route 66, it’s definitely a popular road trip stop -- and for good reason! This pier has everything you could want: arcades, classic rides, food, people watching, and amazing sunsets. Sign us up please!

Monterey Bay, CA - Monterey Bay Aquarium

What’s so special about the Monterey Bay Aquarium? Well, it focuses on showing the local marine life. There’s a great deck with a phenomenal view of the bay. Some of the most popular and can’t-be-missed exhibits include the Kelp Forest (three stories tall!) and their Open Sea Community exhibit.

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Image Source: @graceyco

Big Sur, CA - McWay Falls

Located in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, you’ll find the awe-inspiring McWay Falls. Only a brief half mile walk from the parking lot, this is one you can’t miss. An 80-foot fall that you can see year round and is just breathtaking. This one pretty much speaks for itself if you ask us.

San Simeon, CA - Hearst Castle

If you’re looking to view some real extravagance, we highly recommend Hearst Castle. This castle boasts a mere 165 rooms, 3 guest houses, two massive pools, and 127 acres for you to explore. Yup… pretty crazy! You won’t be left disappointed by these ornately decorated rooms. Make sure you reserve your tickets ahead of time… over one million people visit on an annual basis and tickets will most likely be sold out if you try to buy day-of.

Grass Valley, CA - Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

If your trip happens to fall between November and February (which it most likely will as that’s the majority of the year!), you have the unique opportunity to see thousands of butterflies flocking to the area. This grove of eucalyptus trees is on the southern edge of the beach and we really think it’s a must-hit spot. Scientists are unable to explain this natural phenomenon, but it’s certainly not one to miss!

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Image Source: @photokycs

San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park

The Golden Gate Bridge is such a landmark, you can’t miss it! While the highway will actually take you across the bridge, we highly recommend stopping in the National Park for a stunning hike as well. There are some stunning photo ops of the bridge within the park, too!

Solving Your Late Summer Date Night Conundrum

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Image Source: @sarahidington

Sick of the same old, same old date nights? Us too! With the beautiful summer weather getting ready to start turning into that crisp fall weather, we want to take advantage of soaking up that warmth before it’s all gone. With that in mind, our late summer date ideas all revolve around the same theme: being outside! Whether it’s a Friday night or Saturday afternoon, we have you covered with a range of fun options to do something new with your beau.

Fruit Picking  

Who doesn’t love freshly picked fruit? There’s just something extra special when it comes to picking a blueberry off a push and popping it right into your mouth! Not a blueberry fan? No worries, you have plenty of options. At least here in MA, blueberries are picked from July until mid-August, peaches, nectarines, and pears from early August until mid-September, and raspberries from mid-August until late September. Jackpot! Bonus points for those couples who go home and bake a yummy treat with their pickings.

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Image Source: @jmkuzeja

Hiking

There’s nothing like taking in that fresh mountain air! We love a good hike. It gets the blood pumping and the sweat dripping. Plus, you’re rewarded with stunning views at the end. Seriously, what’s better than that?! Pick a short or a long route, whatever suits your fancy. If you opt for a longer trek, pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top before heading back down. Don’t forget your camera for some fun and scenic shots, too!

Batting Cages or Driving Range

Step it up from your usual mini golf game and go big! Either try out the driving range or go a different direction and scope out the batting cages. These are both fun activities that can give you some laughs. Work on technique and see who can hit the ball the furthest!

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Image Source: @birchlane

Flea Market

There are so many hidden gems to be found at flea markets. Here in Western Massachusetts, we get spoiled with the Brimfield Flea Market three times a year! Not to fear, there are plenty of other flea markets all over the place, lots going on on a weekly basis. Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, it can be fun to walk around and explore a flea market. Check out all the unique and beautiful antiques available and who knows, maybe you’ll end up bringing something home!

Never Miss Another Breakfast with These On the Go Recipes!

Breakfast is one of the most skipped meals of the day. Sometimes you’re running late, or you have nothing to make, or any numbers of excuses. Luckily, there are tons of amazing on the go recipes you can prep over the weekend and have ready to go for your hectic mornings! A little bit of prep will make all the difference through the week. Start your day with something yummy and avoid that mid-morning hanger. Here are some of our favorites:

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Image Source: The Wholesome Dish

Baked Oatmeal

Via The Wholesome Dish

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • ¼ cups of canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of your choice of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • Optional: toppings of nuts, chocolate chips, fruit, etc.

Start by preheating your oven to 350° and line a muffin tin with muffin liners. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, brown sugar, and oil together until the sugar dissolves. Then add the milk, cinnamon,  vanilla, applesauce, and salt and whisk until everything is combined. Stir in the oats and baking powder. Fill each muffin cup in the muffin tin with ¼ cup of the oat mixture. If you want to add toppings, place them on top and push them into the oat mixture with a spoon. Bake for 30 minutes, let them cool for around 5 minutes and then enjoy!

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Image Source: Show Me the Yummy

Grab-N-Go Omelettes

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For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup red pepper measured after chopping
  • 1 cup green pepper measured after chopping
  • 1 cup yellow onion measured after chopping
  • 2 cups baby spinach - roughly chopped measured/packed before chopping
  • 1 cup mushrooms measured before chopping
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  •  salt to taste
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 4 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard non stick 12-slot muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in oil, red pepper, green pepper, and onion. Saute 5-7 minutes, or until peppers are tender. Add in spinach and mushrooms and cook for an additional 2 minutes. In the last 30 seconds, add in minced garlic. Season with salt and remove from heat. Crack eggs/egg whites into a large 4 cup measuring cup and whisk together. Stir in cooked veggies. Pour the egg/veggie mixture evenly into the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are firm to the touch and eggs are cooked. Cool slightly and serve immediately!

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4 days. These may also be frozen. To reheat, pop them in the microwave until warm.

Help! Do I Need A Day-Of Coordinator?

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Image Source: @aisleplanner

Wedding planning… it is not easy. If you’ve made it through the process solo, congrats, that’s a huge accomplishment! You clearly know what you want and will do what it takes to make it happen. But what happens when it comes to your big day? Unfortunately, it’s unrealistic to think you’ll be able to both oversee everything is being done correctly (and on time) and enjoy your big day. That’s where a day-of coordinator comes into play. While some brides opt to skip the coordinator, there are a lot of pros to hiring one. Today we’re going to break everything down to help you make the best educated decision you can for your situation.

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Image Source: @theweddingpic

What is a Day-Of Coordinator?

A day-of coordinator does just that -- coordinates your wedding day! They’ll oversee all the details you’ve spent months designing and setting up and ensure everything goes according to plan.

What’s included in their role?

While the exact details will vary from person to person, there’s a general feel to what most cover as a minimum. Part of this includes keeping the day running on schedule. They’ll help you create your timeline, connect with all of the vendors and confirm details, and collect your gifts and personal items at the end of the night. They’ll most likely be the last person to leave at the end of the night to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. Most likely, they’ll help with the running of your rehearsal as well. Often times, your “day-of” coordinator is more of a “month-of” coordinator. You’ll meet with them to go over all of the details for a smooth transition into them running the show.

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Image Source: @mkewendi

Why hire a coordinator?

Our number one reason to hire a coordinator is simple: peace of mind. It’s your big day, you shouldn’t be stressed about whether or not all those little details are falling into place or if things are being overlooked. If the caterers are all set up or the cake is in the right place. You should be focused on yourself and creating memories! A coordinator will handle all of those things and more.

Summer Mocktail: Cherry Limeade

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Image Source: Pretty Providence

Relaxing with a cool drink in the midst of the extreme summer heat is perhaps one of the most satisfying feelings ever. But however yummy lemonade is, sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. That’s why we’ve found a fresh recipe for you to try out! This cherry limeade is a nice change from the regular lemonade. Plus, not only is this recipe insanely delicious, but it’s also super simple and easy to make!

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Image Source: Pretty Providence

For this Cherry Limeade you’ll need:

  • 1 Lime
  • 1 can of frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 10 ounce can of jar of maraschino cherries with juice
  • 1 2 liter bottle of Sprite

Now to make this refreshing drink you need to start by refrigerating all of the ingredients until they are cool. Then pour in the Sprite, limeade, and cherries into a pitchers and slowly stir (so it remains fizzy)! Pour this into a glass with some ice, garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy!

Keep Calm and Carry On: How to De-Stress Right at Your Desk

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We all know that life can be very hectic and overwhelming at times. Being at work can also be very stressful and there can be times where you’re very overwhelmed. How do you combat those feelings without having to leave? It may seem impossible, but there are so many little things you can do to help you take a deep breath and calm yourself down. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorites that work for us in hopes that they’ll work for you, too!

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Image Source: EHow

Mini Zen Garden

Have you ever seen a mini zen garden? They’re so cute! Use the little shovel or rake to smooth out the sand or make fun patterns. This may sound silly, but trust us, it works! It takes your mind off of things for a few moments and lets you focus on something small and relaxing. As an added bonus, it looks really pretty as a desk decoration, too!

Stress Ball

Tried and true, we love a good stress ball. Sometimes just having something to squeeze can take some of that stress and overwhelm away. Pick one that is fun to play with. You can squeeze it, knead it, poke it… whatever helps you! There’s a reason that stress balls have been around for so long. If you don’t want to go out and buy one, there are tons of DIY versions you can make at home yourself.

Meditation

Do you have a meditation app? We love ours! Personally, we use the Calm app, which we’ve previously discussed how much we love. If you share a small space and don’t want to worry about someone hearing your guided meditation, simply take five minutes to close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Clear your mind of everything else and just breath. Meditation is an extremely powerful tool once you get the hang of it! So if you’re having a hard time really clearing your mind in the beginning, just keep trying or give a guided meditation a try for some more structure.

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Image Source: Urban Outfitters

Mini Diffuser

Essential oils are great. There are so many calming and soothing oils that really help relax you in stressful times. If you’re in a location where you can bring in your own mini diffuser, we highly recommend it! This will give your space a different feel and could drastically increase your mood and reduce your stress levels. If you can’t have a diffuser, bring some oils with you and when you start to feel stressed or overwhelmed, dab a drop on your wrist so you can still have the scent close by.

Coloring Book

Adult coloring books are our jam. Proven to be a great therapeutic tool, this gives you something to really focus on, as well as a creative outlet. Take a few minutes to fill in a page, or continue working on the same one throughout the day. Just a few minutes can make a huge difference. Plus, at the end, you have a beautiful piece of artwork you’ve created that you can use to decorate your office space with!

Take a Walk!

If all else fails, get up and take a five minute walk. Getting the blood pumping and getting out of the space might just be the key needed to hitting the refresh button and dropping those stress levels. Sometimes all you can do is walk away and take a quick breather to regroup. There’s nothing wrong with that! At the end of the day, your mental health is key and you need to do what it takes to keep yourself feeling happy and healthy.

Mix it Up: Our Favorite Ways to Style Your Outdoor Entertaining Space

Summer is basically synonymous with outdoor entertaining. But it’s easy to end up with your space being that same old style as everyone else’s. Today we want to share some of our favorite outdoor spaces to help you dream up ways to switch up how you have your space styled! As always, it doesn’t need to be a huge, expensive change in order to make a big difference. You would be shocked what a little bit of decor or some new paint can do to really give a space a new feel!

Light and Healthy Summer Dinner: Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Everyone loves tacos, but unfortunately they aren’t always the healthiest food to fuel our body. But have no fear! We love finding new ways to make some of our classic favorites into lighter options. Today we’re looking at a healthier alternative for some yummy tacos using lettuce instead of the usual tortilla and taco shell and ground turkey instead of beef. Still as delicious as ever, just with a bit healthier twist!

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Image Source: Cooking Classy

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup of chopped yellow onions
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ cup of tomato sauce
  • ½ cup of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of 95% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Iceberg/Romaine lettuce leaves doubled up

Some additional/optional toppings are:

  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Diced roma tomatoes
  • Diced red onion
  • Diced avocado
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Light sour cream
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Image Source: Cooking Classy

Start by heating up the olive oil in a non stick skillet on medium-high heat. Next, add the onions and saute them for two minutes. Then add the turkey and garlic, season this with salt and pepper. Cook this, occasionally tossing and breaking up the turkey until it’s cooked through, which should be around 5 minutes! Add the chili powder, chicken broth, cumin, tomato sauce, and paprika. Reduce this to a simmer and cook it for about 5 more minutes until the sauce has reduced. Serve this over the lettuce leaves and top it whatever you want to enjoy!

Your Bachelorette Weekend Alternative: Glamping!

The traditional bachelorette party may not be for everyone, but have no fear! There’s so many alternatives to the classic bachelorette party that you will for sure find something that fits you. If you’re an outdoorsy type of girl, then we have the perfect party idea for you. Glamping is pretty much camping, but with a bit more flare. We’ve gathered some inspiration for you to choose where to go glamping, what yummy foods to cook up, and what cute sleeping setups you can make up! After all the stress and nerves of planning a wedding and anticipating the big day, having some time to unwind with your closest friends in a serene environment will give you a nice break and help renew yourself!

Wedding Favors Your Guests Are Sure to Love

Choosing a wedding favor to give out to your lovely guests may seem a bit daunting. You already have the pressure of planning a wedding, but now you need to think of a sweet handout for every single attendee? It’s certainly a lot. But no worries, choosing a wedding favor doesn’t have to be that stressful! We’ve gathered a bunch of options for you to take inspiration from. The gifts can be as small or large as you wish them to be. Something small and easy like a little bag of your favorite candy along with a little bag of your partner’s favorite too, a small plant or succulent, or even a nip for everyone who’s of age! You can also do a handout that’s a little more personal, such as a soundtrack to your wedding, items personalized with the guest’s name, or even a funny guide on how to stay awake during a wedding ceremony. No matter what you choose to do, your guests will love it! Here’s some more inspiration for you to look at and help your creativity flow.

Girl Crush Alert! The Motivator Every Woman Needs: Rachel Hollis

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Being a girl boss isn’t easy, let’s be real, being a woman in general isn’t easy, but it is easy to find yourself lacking motivation! That’s part of why we LOVE Rachel Hollis. This media mogul will have you fired up in no time, ready to change your life and chase your dreams. With her upcoming documentary, “Made For More Presented by Rachel Hollis” just days away from hitting theaters, we thought it would be the perfect time to share our love for Rach and all she does so you have time to snag some tickets before the big day!

Who?

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Image Source: Rachel Hollis

Rach is a girl of our own heart -- she started her career in wedding and event planning. This morphed into an extremely influential blog, The Chic Site, as well as multiple books and her motivational speaking career. She even earned a spot on Inc’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. One of her most recent books, Girl, Wash Your Face, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, has taken the world by storm! We’ve talked about this book in the past and why every woman should read it, so if you haven’t hopped on the train yet, do it now!

Rachel also hosts an annual women’s conference -- Rise. It’s on our must-hit list for 2019! This two day conference will leave you feeling completely empowered and seriously ready to change your life. Because she knows not everyone is able to afford the costs of attending such a conference, this year at their 2018 event, they decided to film and create a documentary around the weekend. How amazing is that?! For the price of a movie ticket, you can experience the Rise conference in the comfort of your local theater.

Why?

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Image Source: Rachel Hollis

Regardless of whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, a sister, a friend, a college student, you can benefit from what Rachel Hollis has to say. Her words are relatable, action steps are doable, and she’s beyond motivating. Girl, Wash Your Face is all about how to improve your life while giving yourself grace. She debunks common lies we tell ourselves as women, sharing her story with each lie and how she was able to break past these things holding her back.

She has made it her mission to help women discover their potential. And she’s helping give them the means to do so! Between her books, her Rise podcast, conference, and social media live streams, there is a wealth of knowledge and information. She’s a self-made mogul and influencer who illustrates that you truly can do anything you put your mind to. Grab Girl, Wash Your Face, and your tickets to “Made for More” in theaters August 2nd and August 13th at your local theater to get that motivation and inspiration rolling. Also be sure to check out the Rise podcast and the whole Rise site for all the information regarding her live events!

Fire Up the Grill for Some Sweet Treats!

Summer is basically synonymous with grilling! We love ourselves a good BBQ. And while we love s’mores, it can be fun to switch it up and try something new, too! Since you’ll already have the grill fired up and warm, why not try a new grillable dessert recipe? While it’s not something we traditionally think to do, there are so many delicious desserts that you can make on your grill. We’re sharing our favorites with you today!

Grilled Pineapple

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Image Source: Roti n Rice

Ingredients

  • 4 round slices pineapple (each ½ inch thick)
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Cut each slice of pineapple into semi circles.
  2. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Mix well. Sprinkle over pineapple slices on both sides.
  3. Heat up a cast iron grill pan on the stove. Brush pan with vegetable oil.
  4. Place pineapple slices on the pan and grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove and serve!

Blueberry Cobbler

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Image Source: Tablespoon

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 can Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits

Steps

  1. Heat up your grill over its medium setting or prepare charcoals for grilling.
  2. Wash the blueberries and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and flour and stir well to combine. Transfer the mixture to an 8"-square disposable baking pan.
  3. Place the pan onto the grill on direct heat and close the lid of the grill. Cook for 10 minutes, then stir briefly. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the blueberries have largely released their juices and the mixture has swelled up.
  4. Top the blueberry mixture with the biscuits in one layer. Close the lid of the grill and cook for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Remove the pan from the grill (carefully! it will be extremely hot). Let cool slightly before serving.

Grilled Doughnuts

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Image Source: Sugar Hero

Ingredients

  • 6 glazed yeast doughnuts
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 pint ice cream
  • Fresh strawberries or raspberries
  • Toppings like fudge sauce, whipped cream, etc (optional)

Instructions

  1. Turn a gas grill to medium heat, lower the cover, and preheat for 5-10 minutes, until hot.
  2. Slice the doughnuts in half, and spread the cut side of each doughnut with a thin layer of butter.
  3. Grill the doughnuts, cut side down first, for about 60 seconds per side. Watch them carefully, especially when the glazed side is down, since the sugar can go from nicely caramelized to burnt in no time. Grill times may vary, so it’s best to watch them throughout the cooking process.
  4. Once toasted on both sides, remove the doughnuts from the grill and let them cool until they’re warm but not hot. Top the warm doughnuts with a scoop of ice cream, fresh berries, and any other toppings you’d like, like fudge sauce or whipped cream. Serve immediately.

What's Your Love Language and Why Does it Matter?

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Image Source: @mindofmara

We’re constantly hearing people talk about these “love languages,” but do you really know what it’s all about? What’s so special or important about your love language? Well, today we’re going to break it all down for you. Let’s start with the basics. There are 5 main love languages: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Knowing what your and your partner’s love languages are will help grow and improve your relationship. How? Knowing their love language will help you learn how they best feel and embrace your love! Maybe their love language is words of affirmation and yours is physical touch. You may be demonstrating behaviors that make you feel loved, but not what make them feel loved! While it’s important to practice all love languages, you’ll each have one or two that are most important to you. Let’s dig deeper into what each language means.

Words of Affirmation

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Image Source: @trendybridemagazine

This is exactly what it sounds like it is! Make sure your partner feels appreciated by verbalizing your love for them. Whether it’s always remembering to tell them “I love you,” or simple compliments, the verbal reinforcement is key. It’s important to use different reasons and phrases as well. Instead of always saying “I love you” say “I love you because…” or note things about their personality that make you love them (“I love how you always cheer me up when I’m in a bad mood”). On the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s important to watch what negative words you use. They’ll hold a lot of value and power and will not be easily forgotten.

Acts of Service

Have you ever heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words?” This couldn’t be more true for someone whose love language is acts of service. Everyone loves being told that they’re loved, but for these individuals, you need to show them how much you love them. Whether it’s helping out around the house doing laundry or yard work or cooking dinner. Recognize that life is hard and do your part to really make an effort to help out. For someone with acts of service as a love language, laziness and broken promises are major turn-offs, so really put forth your best effort to do little things for your SO.

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Image Source: @grandastudio

Receiving Gifts

Now we know how this one looks… but just because someone’s love language is receiving gifts doesn’t mean that they’re materialistic. Really, the gift doesn’t need to be expensive to count. It’s more about the thought behind the gift! In order to give someone a gift, you have to be thinking about that person. It shows that you care and are thinking about them even when they’re not around.

Quality Time

Quality time is just that… quality! This doesn’t mean watching TV or a movie together. This means real, true, uninterrupted and distraction-free time together. Sitting on the couch having a heartfelt conversation and looking at one another, or going for a walk around the neighborhood -- even a date night out can work for this situation. The main focus is on your partner. No phones, just undivided attention on one another. On the other side of the coin, people with this love language are easily hurt by distractions being present, dates being postponed, or you not paying attention/remembering general conversations shared. Really focus on giving them your full attention and showing that you care.

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Image Source: @stell_app

Physical Touch

For many people, having that physical connection is vital to a strong and healthy relationship. This isn’t just limited to the bedroom, either. Hand holding, sweet kisses, loving caresses, and the like are also important. This doesn’t necessarily require an over-the-top level of PDA, but make sure you’re demonstrating enough physical connection to make your partner happy. This will translate to them feeling safe and secure in your relationship. Lack of physical touch can really affect the self-esteem of your partner if this is their primary love language.

Entertain Your Friends with This Unique DIY Party This Summer

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Image Source: Style Me Pretty

Summer entertaining is one of our favorite activities, but the same old BBQ can get repetitive pretty quickly. Today, we’re switching it up with a great creative and fun option that will have all your friends talking for weeks to come: a DIY at home sip and paint party! Yup, you read that right. There’s no need to go drop a ton of money to paint something at a studio that you may not even like, plus buy drinks and snacks on top of it all when you can recreate the evening for a much more budget friendly price tag at home. Where do you begin in the planning? No worries girl, we’ve got you!

What You’re Painting

 Image Source: Kery B.

Image Source: Kery B.

There are so many options when it comes to a paint night. The most commonly selected items are either canvases or wine glasses. Once you pick what you want to paint, head to the local craft store to pick up all your supplies. Check with a sales associate to make sure you’re getting the right kinds of paint! Pinterest is another great resource for picking designs and gathering material lists. Make sure you have a good variety of colors -- or at least base colors that can be mixed -- in case people want to put their own spin on things! If people still want to attend but are somewhat creatively-challenged, supply some adult coloring books and markers as an alternative to the painting. Still crafty and fun, but less of a production!

What You’re Eating

Finger food is where it’s at for this event! Stick with easy apps and desserts. No need for real heavy main meals when your hands will be busy painting. You basic spread of dips, veggies, fruits, etc. will do just fine. Add in some yummy sweet treats for later in the night too. We’re suckers for a good assortment of cookies and brownies. Once again, think easy to grab and pop into your mouth between brush strokes.

 Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

What You’re Drinking

Obviously this is catered to what you and your girls usually partake in. If you’re looking for something fun and new, we love these summer cocktails, but our drink of the summer has to be this delicious twist on lemonade! These give you options for alcoholic and non-alcoholic, so everyone can enjoy a fun drink regardless.

Set the Mood

Don’t forget to create a fun playlist to paint to and proper coverings for your tables. No need for over the top decor, this is about having a fun time with your friends without breaking the bank. Let the art create the bright and fun atmosphere!