Aloha!

12 Apr

We have a vacation rental for our honeymoon!!!  After weeks of looking at options we finally made a decision and put down the deposit.  It’s a one bedroom open concept cottage on a 1 acre lot.  The rental is near Sunset Beach on the Hawaiian island, Oahu.  It’s not right on the beach like we wanted but we’re thinking it might be a good thing, we’ll have more privacy and we can bike there anytime we want to, on the provided cruisers!  This rental sounds great and has great reviews.

We were really concerned about being scammed but we’ve had open communication with the owner, read multiple reviews, looked up the address on google maps and talked to our parents before we made our decision.  So if you ever consider getting a vacation rental do lots of research on the property, location and the owner.  We actually thought we found a great one that was right on the beach but when I looked up the owner’s name I found the property listed on multiple Realtor websites, that was a huge red flag for me, I couldn’t risk putting our money into the property and have it sold before we even get there!

To find our rental we looked on VRBO.com and Homeaway.com.  We discussed what amenities were important to us and tried to find rentals that had everything we want.  I feel like we looked at every one and two bedroom on the whole island!  Our rental includes some great amenities, beach chairs, snorkel gear, a gas grill, hammock, washer and dryer, full kitchen, internet access, 2 bikes, it’s been recently renovated and it’s only a 40 minute drive to Honolulu.  We have an idea of what sort of activities we want to do but I’ll write more about that later.

 

MIA

4 Apr

It’s been over a month since my last post!  I’m sorry that it’s been so long, I’ve been busy with wedding details but also with some personal stuff.  A couple of weeks ago my Mom and sister/bridesmaid Gabrielle came to Michigan to visit me!  We worked out a few details here then I drove back to Wisconsin with them to work out a few more details.  The good news is I had a great time visiting with my family, we narrowed down my centerpiece ideas, started working on the pew decor, we booked our honeymoon location, our Save the Dates are printed and I found my veil!  But there has been some bad news too.  We’ve heard some shady things about our reception site, with some searching we found out some information that we are thankful to have found out now and not right before our wedding day!  It sounds like there is a pretty big chance that our location might not be open for much longer.  We’re looking into other options, there’s a great possibility available on our very popular date and we have to make a decision soon!  I honestly don’t know how I am able to be (somewhat) positive about this situation.  I did shed some tears a few times, who wouldn’t after researching almost every reception site in Green Bay to have what I thought was the perfect one fall right in my lap and then find out 5 months before the wedding that we need to change the location!  On top of that we’re having car troubles, expensive car troubles.  Situations like these make me realize how lucky we are to have such great, supportive parents.  Carl’s parents were  the ones who found the bad news, it was/is upsetting but better to know now than later.  Both of our parents are here for us to offer their advice, which we are thankful for.  We’ll be making our decision on a new location soon, I’ll keep you updated!  Be sure to check back in the next couple of days for new posts on the location, our honeymoon and our save the dates!

Our Wedding “Website”

21 Feb

After making several different free wedding websites and reading this post on Wedding Bee, I decided to make a wedding blog instead of using a free website like the knot or google.  The websites don’t give you very much freedom with editing titles and being able to add new titles.  I’m still working on the blog so I don’t have very much up right now. So I thought that I could password protect the blog but you have to pay for that, if I set it to private you can allow 35 people to access it but I think they have to create a wordpress account (not a blog, just a user name) I think…

I used the Structured theme

Super Bowl Party

21 Feb

Sorry it took my so long to post this, I kept forgetting about it!
Here is what I did for out Super Bowl party:

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Our food table for the 2011 Packers/Steelers Super Bowl

Cubeecraft Packers put together, found here : http://etchings13.deviantart.com/gallery/27571306

Super Bowl Party Decor Supplies

1 Feb

I finished getting all the supplies that I need to start my decorations for our Super Bowl party!  Here are a few photos of what I got and where I got everything.

 

1. Football Plates from Party City

2. Dark Chocolate Melts from Hobby Lobby for Football Cakepops (I haven’t attempted these yet, hopefully they work out!)

3.Football rings from a local cake shop that I will use as cupcake toppers

4. Dark brown cupcake papers from local cake shop

5. White, black and silver poster board.  I’m going to draw the Packer G, a foam finger and football on the white poster board.  I’m using the black poster board like a chalkboard to draw plays on.  I might make a cut out of the Lombardi trophy with the silver poster board.  Bought at Hobby Lobby

6. Chalk for the black poster board, from Hobby Lobby

7. Yellow napkins from Party City.  Represent the penalty flags that referees throw

8. Tissue paper from Hobby Lobby.  The striped tissue paper was the only thing I could find that looked like a referee shirt, I plan on cutting triangles for flags to hang, you can sort of see what I mean in my sketch below.

9. & 10.  Balloons and streamers from Party City

11. Cubeecraft paper “dolls” I found on Deviant Art. I’m using these instead of football cake toppers for on the table.  They look awesome when they’re cut out and put together, but they’re a pain, you’ll need some patience if you plan on using these.  I recommend printing them on card stock, I didn’t do that and really wish I had.  I have two put together so far, but didn’t take any photos yet

12. Green and White felt, white ribbon all from Hobby Lobby.  I bought one yard of the green felt, I think it’s 72″ wide. if I’m making a football field tablecloth.  The white felt is for the numbers and the ribbon is for the yardage lines

13. A toy football from Party City

14. Ideas that I sketched out

I forgot to include the “coasters” in the photo I took of my supplies.  I looked all over for this stuff, I still don’t know what it’s actually called. Astro Turf? Faux Grass? Most of the hardware stores had a roll that was about 15 feet wide and that was a lot more than I needed so I kept looking.  Home Depot had a large roll too but right above it there were a bunch of samples already cut into squares.  I wanted to grab more, but I already felt bad taking four :/

The snow storm started and is suppose to go on until tomorrow afternoon so I don’t plan on going anywhere tomorrow, I should be able to get some decorations done and post a few photos.

Super Bowl Party Ideas

30 Jan

Here are a few party ideas I have found from various websites and blogs

The first photo is from Hostess with the Mostess

Second from Real Simple

Third From Camille Styles via Coco Kelley (click on the Coco Kelley link for the full post)

I really like the colors from the Camille Styles moodboard, they work really well for a Packers Super Bowl party.  I would use mostly Dark brown, black, and green and have pops of yellow.  My favorite ideas are the astro-turf coasters, the football field table cloth and the chalk board table cover.  I don’t think I have time to get chalkboard contact paper but I think black craft paper would work well to draw some plays on, you just can’t erase it.  I really want to find some little football players but haven’t seen any at the party stores.

Hopefully I can get some projects done early this week and get them up right away! We’re suppose to get about a foot of snow between Tuesday and Wednesday, I can use that as an excuse to stay in and get these projects done.  I’ll have to make sure I get all the supplies I need tomorrow.

We’re going to the Super Bowl!!!

29 Jan

Well we aren’t actually going, but the Packers are! FI and I are huge Packer fans, we both grew up watching the Packers.  We’re so excited that they are going to the Super Bowl, and what’s even better they’re going the same year that we’re getting married!

For this next week I’ll have to put the wedding planning on hold because we have a Super Bowl party to plan!  We’re probably only having a few friends over, there aren’t very many Packer fans in Michigan (maybe in the UP but not in Detroit).  I’ve got a few ideas for food and decorations, I’ll post a few photos when I get some things up.