October 21, 2016

#mugsandmoreswap Fall Gift Swap

There is nothing that I love more about the blogging community than making new friends. This community is full of such wonderful, intelligent, beautiful, supportive women. It is like nothing I've ever experienced before.

Whenever people hold gift swaps, I always want to join in, because it is such a good way to meet someone that you might not have known before. I have had some bad experiences with swaps in the past, but I am always hopeful that it turns out good.

When I saw that Summer was hosting a fall swap, and that it was going to be for a small number (to help with accountability), I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I got paired with Vanessa, a relatively new blogger, and I am so happy that we met!

You can check out what I sent Vanessa on her blog, Wit and Wanderlust. She sent me an amazing package with some of my most favorite things!!

Is this mug not the cutest? I love the blush and gold together! Also, she knows that I am a coffee person, but like my tea too!

One of my favorite things she sent (aside from the Reeses), are these cute mini clothespins. They are such pretty colors and have the days of the week, tomorrow, today, etc. written on them. I am a big planner nerd, and have already started using these in my Day Designer!

I am so happy that this was such a good swap experience. I know that Vanessa and I will continue to chat and email. Go check out her blog if you have a moment!

October 19, 2016

#teamwhywedding: Reception Decor & Details

When we were wedding planning, one of the things that I weirdly obsessed about the most was the decor. I started off wanting to collect all these glass containers, and have single buds in them down the table. Then I wanted to do all different color flowers. Then I wanted all white. 

If you look at my Pinterest board, you can see how all over the map I was at the beginning. I was fairly certain that I wanted everything to look really fresh and not too theme-y. 

At first, we were going to try to do the flowers on our own, by ordering a bulk shipment of flowers and arranging them into the small vases. Then I met with a Fabulous Flowers and Gifts, who gave me a freaking amazing price quote for all the stuff I wanted. It was just common sense to go with them. Sometimes it just makes more sense to leave these things to the professionals.

Boy, am I glad that we did. There have been photos of the flowers in most of my posts so far, and they are just perfect. They are subtle but beautiful and gave the fresh feel that I was looking for.

I pinned a photo with these same glitter table numbers on it. My mom and I tried SO HARD to get them to look like the photo, but in the end, they were just crappy. She found the table numbers we used on our local Facebook Wedding Swap group.

You can see through the details that I am pretty monogram obsessed. I knew that I wanted to use our monogram as a guestbook. The idea came from Becca, and I purchased the monogram from Monogramsy Letters on Etsy.

I love all the wedding signs that you see everywhere, but honestly, I think they are getting a little bit overdone. Some of them are important, though, so I wanted to do handwriting so that everything would feel very genuine.

Below is a photo of one of my favorite DIY projects from the wedding. This sign is made of old barn wood (hella hard to paint), and shows guests where things are located. When putting it together, my dad mixed up the party & vows (vows were supposed to be on top), but it doesn't bother me. You still get it.

I am so excited to announce that I am joining Nikki as a host for the Wedding Wednesday link-up! Next week is my first week as a host, so please grab the button below if you would like to join! Wedding Wednesday posts are for anything wedding or marriage related.

Always Al

October 14, 2016

Mini Mummies - An Easy Halloween Snack

Does anyone else feel like there is pressure to be the person who loves fall the most? To be the one who is the most glad to live in a world where there are Octobers? I feel it. 

That doesn't mean that I'm immune to it though. I was thiiiiis close to decorating my office for fall. If you follow me on snapchat, you might have seen that I put one small "happy halloween" print up. I really had to restrain myself from going all out though, and there may have been some other things printed and sitting on my shelf. 

One of my favorite parts of fall are the get-togethers. Whether it is a Halloween party, or a pumpkin carving party, or a fall festival, I love to hang out with friends, drink a pumpkin beer, and eat some fall treats. Of course there is a huge apple / pumpkin spice presence at these gatherings, so I always like to go for something else. 

I whipped these little mummies up last year for a fall party that we attended as guests. It was potluck style, so I thought it would be a nice appetizer snack. Everyone loves pigs in a blanket right? This is honestly one of the easiest things you can make, and takes basically no time at all.

-1 package Little Smokies cocktail links
-1 container crescent roll dough
-Dipping sauce at your preference. I served this with BBQ sauce and spicy mustard

-Lay out the crescent roll dough so that it is flat. Cut it into thin strips (1/2 to 1/4 of an inch)
-Wrap small strips of dough around the little smokies, so that they look like mummies.
-Bake according to the directions on the crescent roll dough.
-Serve warm with dipping sauce on the side.

Possibly the easiest snack to make ever. I'm sure you could get much fancier with this, but I think people liked them as is. I made them after work, and they were ready to go to the party. 

Do you have any easy, quick snacks that are your go-to for a fall party?

October 7, 2016

Review: CaseApp Custom iPhone Case

Guys, I've come back to the iPhone universe. It is SO much easier to interact with 99% of my family and friends who also have iPhones. Plus the app and accessory selection is way better. 

I recently upgraded to the iPhone 6s plus, and I LOVE it. The photos turn out great, and it seems like a perfect size for me and my lifestyle. I prefer a larger phone honestly. 

The folks at CaseApp recently sent over a gorgeous new case for me to try out on my new phone. I was excited to try out one of their cases because I've heard great things about being able to customize, as well as protect your phone. 

CaseApp products have been provided for a review. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own
I didn't choose one of their Extra Protection Tough cases, but I am surprised at how well the case protects my phone. One of the things that I always look for in a phone case is how well the case protects the screen. In this case, there is a tiny lip, so your screen is never really touching another surface.

There was a HUGE range of ready made designs for cases and laptop skins, all which were really pretty. I love the marble trend going on recently, so I chose their Pink and Gold Marble design. Of course I wanted to add my new monogram to it, because I'm obsessed, but they also had a lot of great images that you could choose from as well.

I carry my phone with me at all times, and recently have been using it a lot to listen to audiobooks on my commute (public transportation--yuck). I am so happy to have a case that not only is unique to me and my personality, but also protects my expensive technology well.

Since the people who work at CaseApp are so kind (seriously, SO nice!), they passed on a great discount code for my awesome readers! When you check out, enter the code: ALWAYSAL20 for 20% off your purchase! This works for all the products on their site.

Have you ever created a custom iPhone case before? Have you ever ordered from CaseApp?

October 5, 2016

#teamwhywedding: The Venue

Hi Friends! Happy Wedding Wednesday (and hump day)! I never really understood why people celebrated hump day, but now that my schedule is much more routine, I totally get it. Who else thinks the work week should only be 4 days long?

Anywho, today I wanted to show you some photos of our gorgeous venue. We got married at the Wingate Barn, in Livonia, NY. I knew from the time we started planning that I wanted a rustic venue, without the "rustic" accessories like burlap. We also wanted to get married outside, and have the ceremony and reception at the same place.

The Wingate Barn could not have fit the bill better. It is a beautiful space that was able to be pretty customized to our event. Both the staff of the barn and the catering staff (Partyman Catering) were beyond accommodating, and I felt like they actually cared about us and our day. 

One of the plus sides of renting this venue was that it came with all tables, chairs, some decor, and all staff in the rental price. For a guest list of 210 people, that was awesome to see, and I think a big savings. They also set everything up for us on Friday, so that I could see it all ahead of time.

The chandelier, fabric swags and lights were probably my favorite thing about the venue, and they were included. We didn't need to put up anything!

If you are a western/central NY bride to be, I highly suggest checking out Partyman Catering and their venues. I think they are so worth the price, and they are fabulous to work with!