Anniversary Gift: make a custom star map!

Back in May we celebrated our 10 year anniversary! One of my favorite dates long, long ago was when he surprised me with a night under the stars. We cuddled up in blankets and laid on the ground, just watching the sky. We got married outside, too, and love the night sky and the moon.

Now it’s a special connection with our kids, too, because we always say we love them to the moon and back. When our son was about 3 he said, “I love you to the moon and all the

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How to choose a photographer

We have hired MANY different photographers since having kids. Newborn photos, various milestones over the first year, family pictures, maternity sessions, and holidays. We’ve found photographers we’ll never use again and ones we’ll continue to hire… investing that time and money can be hard! I worked with friends at Catalyst Design & Photography in Rockford IL to come up with these tips on how to choose a photographer.

How to choose a photographer:

1. Meet your photographer in person before working

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Personalized Wedding Favors

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

Last month I talked about being an ambassador for MY M&M’S and how excited I was to order some fun personalized chocolates for my friend’s upcoming wedding! We had the customized MY M&M’S at my wedding (6 years ago!) so I know these wedding favors will look great at her wedding in August. I only used text on mine, so I was

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Wedding Favors: personalized chocolate gifts

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

Welcome to wedding season! When you reach the age all of your friends start to get married, you end up with years and years of wonderful celebrations. I love weddings! We have three to attend this summer and early fall. One of them is for two good friends of mine, Jason and Erin. We’ve known each other since our high school days!

I remember

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Target Wedding Registry: gift card giveaway

~This post was written in a partnership with Target. All opinions are my own.

When my husband and I got engaged, we started planning for a wedding just over a year away. Plenty of time! Right? It seems like it, and I know many people plan in much less time, but wow does it go fast! There are so many steps and a hundred bazillion details. It can definitely be stressful at times, so I say right when you feel like you need a break… go register!

Creating a wedding registry was so much

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5 years of anniversaries & 11 years with the husband!

We don’t really celebrate our “dating anniversary” anymore, but we did for so long that the date January 10th will always be remembered. On that day in 2003 (our senior year of high school), Steve and I went on our first date. He picked me up with a beautiful bouquet of purple snapdragons and we went to a nice Italian restaurant.

After that summer of fun, we headed to separate colleges… he went to Iowa State and I went to University of Iowa. We were two hours apart. We did our best to see

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Being yourself, together

Written in partnership with Target. All opinions are my own.

My husband and I have been married for just over 5 years, but I still remember creating our wedding registries… yes, it is a lot of fun to “shop” for everything you want and to picture your new life ahead of you, but at the same time it is overwhelming! What to add? Blue or red?! AHHH. I gave Steve the scanner thingy. I mean, boys and their toys… it’s a tool and a laser in one. It’s like magic. He loved it and

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