If you haven’t heard by now, Amanda Roman is a very lucky lady. Her super adorable, thoughtful, and wonderful boyfriend of five years proposed to her and threw a Pinterest inspired wedding… all on the same day!
27-year-old Ryan Leek overheard then girlfriend, saying how cool it would be to get engaged and married on the same day to a fellow party goer. The ever thoughtful Leek took this to heart and started scheming. He discovered her already heavily pinned Pinterest dream wedding board. Essentially, she had already planned the entire wedding, it was now up to him to bring everything to life.
From the proposal plans, to the dress, to the venue, to the organization of family and friends, Leek was well-prepared. But like any good story, there’s got to be a bit of drama right? Does she find his plans out? What is her reaction? Does the dress fit? Find out below. You might need a box of tissues at-the-ready but it’s worth the watch!
Hear ye, hear ye! Pantone has announced its official color of the year for 2014. The winner is… Radiant Orchid! This hue is a blend of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones.
Love this look? Check out our inspiration board below! Does this give you any ideas for a Radiant Orchid inspired wedding of your very own? For even more ideas, visit our Radiant Orchid Pinterest board!
Pantone selects the annual winner based on movie influences, fashion runways, traveling exhibitions, new artists, technology, travel hot spots, sports and other socio-economic conditions (source: Chicago Tribune). It’s safe to say this color is carefully vetted and highly influential. Prepare to see this color permeate into your daily surroundings this upcoming year.
You’ll see this hue carry into fashion and beauty items mostly. Expect to find it in nail and lip colors, home furnishings and paint. It’s no surprise that the wedding trends will also follow suit.
If you love this bright color, then be on trend with a Radiant Orchid themed wedding. This color is complementary to olive and deeper hunter greens, which would work well for a fall wedding. For a spring/summer wedding, pair with turquoise, teal and light yellows. Radiant Orchid is extremely vibrant and will bring neutrals such as gray, beige and taupe to life. Perfect for a winter affair!
What do you think of this color? Are you going to give this a try at your own event?
I scream, you scream… we all scream for ice cream! What we don’t want to scream about however, is inefficient party planning. I mean, YIKES! Who has time for that!? So here’s a tip to hopefully ease up inefficiencies at your next party.
Today’s tip is… (drumroll please) pre-scooping your ice cream! This sounds so simple and has us going “why didn’t we think of that?”. This easy-to-do tip saves a lot of time and a lot of elbow grease. No more waiting for thawing, no more powering through rock hard ice cream, no more delayed desserts, no more melted ice cream scoops.
Try this out at your child’s birthday party. Have the kids create their own sundaes. Having pre-scooped ice cream at a party like this is crucial. You can pre-scoop different flavors too, allowing each child to create their own combination.
This tip is extremely helpful for dinner parties as well. After you’ve been slaving over the stove all night, the last thing you want to do is prepare a dessert. Make it easy on yourself, and tasty for the guests. Pre-scoop vanilla ice cream balls beforehand, and when ready, place into cups and pour espresso over it. Voila! Delicious, no stress affogoto.
The tip is pretty simple to follow. Here are the main points:
Line a cookie tray with parchment paper or taut saran wrap
Lay the pre-scooped balls on top
Cover with saran wrap and wrap tightly to avoid freezer burn
Store in freezer until showtime
When ready to consume, use a spatula to remove each scoop
For additional information and a how-to for this tip, check out this video from Martha Stewart. She takes you through this tip step by step! Happy ice cream scooping everybody!
We are beyond excited today because there are just SO many good deals to be had. Today’s shopping adventures mean no long lines, no traffic, and no hassles. You can do all of your shopping online within the comforts of your own home. Why not let the deals come to you for a change!
To celebrate, we’ve compiled 10 of our favorite holiday items below. We want to get you PUMPED about the upcoming holiday and what better way to do it than with super special holiday gifts!
What’s cuter than chubby little baby feet? Chubby little baby feet all dressed up in holiday socks! These mini holiday socks are just the cutest things ever.
Did anything catch your eye? Well, we thought so and guess what? We’ve got a Cyber Monday deal for you too! Hooray! Click here for a Cyber Monday savings of 20% off your entire purchase.
Need more ideas? We’ve got those too! Check out our Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Catalog for all your gifting needs this Christmas. From uncle Tom to grandma Mary… we’ve got something for the whole family!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are probably well aware of this phenomenon known as “Black Friday”. Today is the day people wait in line to hunt and gather good deals. How does one survive this oft warlike event!? Well, here’s how! (Get ready for some tongue in cheek words to the wise…)
If you’re a hard core shopper, you’re probably camping out for the deals. Keep energy and sugar levels up by bringing that leftover turkey carcass with you in line to snack on. Caution: watch out for hungry line neighbors.
We are so very thankful for our friends, family, and you… our Beau-coup family. On this day of celebration, let us remember our many blessings and to be grateful for all that we have. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
It’s almost turkey day! We are beyond excited and cannot wait for the yummy feast and guaranteed good times with friends and family that await us.
If you’re lucky enough to be hosting this year, you’ve probably been planning, organizing, and cooking up a storm. While you’ve most likely got everything under control, there’s the off-chance that something is missed or just goes wrong. Don’t worry! We’ve compiled some great last minute tips below. Be sure to read this through before your guests’ arrival.
If you’re pumpkin pie goes awry … don’t stress. Create a fanciful array of cookies! Most grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving day for a limited amount of hours and can surely rescue the day. While store bought desserts lack a special homemade touch, it makes up with variety. Impress guests with a plentiful array of yummy treats to choose from! Trust us, no one will be missing that pie.
Fridge and Freezer Space
Once you start cranking out those dishes, it’s likely that some will need to “live” in the fridge or freezer until show time. Likely, you’ll also be dealing with a lot of leftovers. Do yourself a favor, go ahead and make room now, because before you know it, that fridge will be housing plenty of delicious delights!
Did you burn the turkey? Is the turkey still frozen? Whatever your turkey emergency, the experts at Butterball are here to help. Give them a call at 1-800-BUTTERBALL (288-8372). The hotline is open until 4 p.m. PST Thanksgiving day.
Slow Cooker 101
You want to serve everything piping hot and ready at the same time but you have the challenge of only one oven. What do you do when the oven and burners are all occupied? You pull out the slow cooker! Fill it up with the prepared mashed potatoes/casserole/gravy/etc. and turn the setting on low. This keeps the item warm for hours and no tending is necessary!
Ice Ice Baby
Make or buy as much ice as you can now before guests arrive. This is one last minute item that we all tend to forget. Cocktails, sodas, water… people will request ice and since it takes hours to prepare, get going on this task early on.
Sandwich Bags To The Rescue
You did it! You prepared a delicious meal and it’s almost closing time. Being the gracious host that you are, you probably want to offer leftovers for your guests to take home. But this doesn’t necessarily mean doling out your precious and possibly sparse Tupperware set. Instead, offer guests leftovers in sandwich baggies and foil. Simply fill and zip or wrap, whatever is more convenient for you.
There you have it! Some last minute tips to help ensure a successful Thanksgiving event. Hopefully, these tips will allow you to enjoy the food and company, rather than stress over any potential kitchen calamities. But in the off-chance you do run into some Thanksgsiving disasters… oh well! This holiday is about getting together with our loved ones and to give thanks for our many blessings. As long as you remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving, you’re guaranteed a fantastic time. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
The smell of crisp air, the glistening white snow, the biting chill that makes you snuggle up just a little bit closer…
We love a beautiful winter wedding. Whether you’re attending one, hosting your own, or just thinking about a wintertime wedding for next year, this post is for you. Winter weddings can be gorgeous, amazingly fun and cost efficient as well.
Below we share some fabulous pictures and tips to help you maneuver a winter wedding like a boss. Prepare to be inspired!
Because it IS winter, you can definitely get away with crowd pleasing comfort foods. Hearty winter fare will be appreciated by all your guests. Pork chops, charbroiled steaks, and mashed potatoes, doesn’t that sound delicious!?
Happy Hunger Games release day! The highly anticipated sequel of this adventure film series is released in the United States today and as a nod to this popular novel and film, we thought it’d be fun to create a Hunger Games inspired wedding post. And fun was had indeed!
The Hunger Games theme proved extremely creative. From hairstyles, table settings, wedding favors… Let’s just say, this theme can be as fantastically colorful as the city of Panem, or as natural and woodsy as Katniss and Gale themselves.
Loose and creative braids topped with floral arrangements are an extremely ethereal look that captures the essence of Katniss and her staple braided locks. The lovely flowers are a fitting tribute to her final moments with Rue.
If a loose interpretation of Katniss’s braids isn’t enough for the superfans out there, check out this tutorial! Step by step instructions on how to get the Katniss braided look.
We simply adore this Capitol inspired look from Hostess with the Mostess. The ingenuous use of the flower Birds of Paradise was dried and color enhanced red and orange to represent fire.
Get The Makeup Look
(image credit: Cover Girl)
For the more adventurous brides, give a Hunger Games makeup or nail art a go! Cover girl has an awesome line strictly dedicated to this series. Here you’ll find makeup and nail tutorials and inspiration aplenty.
Blame it on Shakespeare, but there’s just something about poisonous sacrifices that seem “tres romantique”. Katniss and Peeta take this to heart as they were prepared to ingest the poisonous Nightlock berries during their ruse as star crossed lovers. Have a little fun with this theme! Make your own “Nightlock Berry Jam” as favors for guests. Or take symbolic pictures to represent your undying love. Till death do us part right!?
The Mockingjay is a centric-theme to the Hunger Games series and it’s quite easy to interject throughout your wedding. String paper cranes from the ceilings or walls for an “in-flight” appearance. You can also adorn your cake or wear the actual pin as Katniss does throughout the story.
This look is fun and easy. But for the “Tributes” out there, this look is a humble homage to the epic Hunger Games adventure and love story. We hope you have a fantastic Hunger Games release day and possibly, your very own Hunger Games inspired wedding!
You slave on the treadmill, you endure the yelling at spin class, you punch air in kickboxing for what seems like an eternity… so don’t let all that hard work go to waste, or should we say TO your waist.
Just because the heavenly feast known as Thanksgiving is coming up, it doesn’t mean all your healthy efforts have to fall to the wayside. Below we share our top 5 favorite recipes that are delicious, figure-friendly, and staples for Thanksgiving. So give these recipes a try. You can still have your Thanksgiving and eat it too (without falling off the healthy wagon)!
Apple-Shallot Roasted Turkey
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This recipe uses apples, shallots, and herbs as the main flavor profiles and water for added moisture. The end result is a flavorful and moist bird, minus the fat! For extra calorie savings, avoid the skin and dark meat.
Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Dried Cranberry Stuffing
(image credit: With Style and Grace)
Traditional stuffing is “stuffed” with butter, bread crumbs, and fat. This surprisingly bright, light, and vegan alternative is a fantastic substitute that happens to be delicious too!
Skinny Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Chives
(image credit: Skinny Taste)
Skinny or not, the name already has us captivated. This unbelievably decadent dish uses low fat buttermilk. Lose the calories, not the flavor. Recipe here.
Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce
(image credit: Oh My Veggies)
Cranberry sauce is delicious! Know why? It’s loaded with sugar!! So cut it out already. Substitute the sugary version with this recipe. It’s made with pears to naturally add sweetness to your sauce.
Low Fat Pumpkin Pie
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Finally… the star of the show! Well maybe for us… we love us some pumpkin pie. So when we discovered this low fat version, we died. I guess it means seconds aren’t as shameful this year.
There you have it. Our top 5 Thanksgiving recipes to replace the dreaded enemy, fat… with our forever friend, flavor. Give these recipes a go and let us know how they turned out!
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