Entries Tagged as 'Celebrations'

Galentine’s Day with Minted

Posted on: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

hi friends! WHERE DID JANUARY GO? the month flew by and I can’t believe it’s almost February and the month of love! 💗💕

I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day fan (mostly because I was single for a looong time✌🏼) and thought the holiday was kind of forced and cheesy. 😝 random fun story though – one year in college, my friend Tess and I threw a party on February 14th with the theme/tagline “bring a bottle, not a date” because we were so anti-Valentine’s Day and wanted to spend time with our lady besties instead. it was hilarious and very fun and now I want to go look through old FB albums to find those ridiculous photos….and also re-create that party like 6 years later.

anyway, along the lines of doing things a little differently for Valentine’s Day…have you guys ever celebrated “GALentine’s Day” in February instead or in addition to ‘regular’ V-Day? THIS feels like a “holiday” I can get behind. when minted asked me to send some love notes to celebrate Galentine’s Day, I thought it would be a fun opportunity to celebrate the rad, inspiring ladies in my life. 👯 after all, “love day” doesn’t mean you should buy generic Deltasone canada just celebrate your significant other! i picked out these mini foil-pressed heart shaped cards and spent the afternoon writing some old fashioned valentines to my sisters and lady friends. i love that these cards are small and shaped like a heart; they kind of remind me of the valentines you would put in your classmates Valentine’s Day boxes in elementary school. and…these cards have gold foil which is always an A+ in my book.

i always love getting mail from friends (does anyone want to be pen pals, btw? 🙋🏼 ) and hope these cards brighten my friends’ days! celebrating girlfriends and reminding them why they are important to you and why you love them is a tradition I can alwayssss get behind.  💌

in case you’re interested, here’s a few other custom gift ideas for love day/month, no matter who you want to celebrate! (and they can be printed in gold foil ✨, oooh la la!): for your spouse:  http://paterson-associates.co.uk/office/detail.php?id=93 custom vow prints  // for the cook: can i buy prednisone online in uk custom recipe print (i love this so much!) // for your bf/gf/bestie:  custom photo with a quote print // for the grandparents/parents: custom kids drawn artwork print (so sweet 💗) // for your mom, bestie or anyone that’s special to you: this heart shaped custom photo gift (I actually made one of these for my mom on Mother’s Day a few years ago and it’s still hanging in her kitchen!) //
thanks for reading! 💕

present over perfect this holiday season

Posted on: Wednesday, December 7, 2016


My mantra for this month and holiday season is present over perfect. If you know me at all, you know I’ve always connected with the lovely, powerful words from Shauna Niequist. She’s my favorite author and sort of like my patron saint – it seems like every time I read something she’s written, it just hits me. Yes, yes, yes. Needed those words and that reminder. Anyway, she often writes about this whole ‘present over perfect’ thing and the power of being being here, right now, over striving for perfection. Today, I wanted to share a few excerpts from some of her books about what present over perfect means and how we can apply it to our lives. For me, this is extra important over the holidays, because it’s definitely a time where it’s easy to get caught up in the buy more! do more! plan more! accomplish more! bake more! whatever else more! cycle.

We threw a little gathering last weekend and before and during, I kept reminding myself – present over perfect. It’s okay that the apartment isn’t perfectly cleaned or the food isn’t perfectly prepared or my outfit isn’t perfectly cute. What matters is being here, with my people, together. And that’s the mantra and mentality I want to take with me throughout the month and holiday season and beyond. Hope these words speak to you and remind you to live presently and intentionally. xo!

“Let’s be courageous in these days. Let’s choose love and rest and grace. Let’s use our minutes and hours to create memories with the people we love instead of dragging them on one more errand or slushing them while we accomplish one more seemingly necessary thing. Let’s honor the story – the silent night, the angels, the miracle child, the simple birth, which each choice that we make.

My prayer is that we’ll find ourselves drawn closer and closer to the heart of the story, the beautiful, beating heart of it all, that the chaos around us and within us with recede, and the most important things will be clear and lovely at every turn. I pray that we’ll understand the transforming power that lies in saying no, because it’s an act of faith, a tangible demonstration of the belief that you are so much more than what you do. I pray that we’ll live with intention, hope, and love in this wild season and in every season, and that the God who loves us will bring new life to our worn-out heart this year and every year, that we’ll live, truly and deeply in the present, instead of waiting, waiting, waiting for perfect.”

~Shauna Niequist, December 25th devotional from Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are

“Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle of fairy tale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.

Present over perfect living is real over image, connecting over comparing, meaning over mania, depth over artifice. Present over perfect living is the risky and revolutionary belief that the world God has created is beautiful and valuable on its own terms and that it doesn’t need to be zhuzzed up and fancy in order to be wonderful.”

~Shauna Niequist, from Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

“My intention this season is present over perfect. I determined to add nothing to the to-do list. I abandoned well-intentioned but time-consuming projects. And in their place I’m making rest and space priorities, so that what I offer to my family is more that a brittle mask over a wound-up and depleted soul.

Either I can be here, fully here, my imperfect, messy, tired by wholly present self, or I can miss it – this moment, this conversation, this time around the table, whatever it is – because I’m trying, and failing, to be perfect, to keep the house perfect, make the meal perfect, ensure the gift is perfect. But this season, I’m not trying for perfect. I’m just trying to show up, every time, with honesty and attentiveness.

One thing’s for sure: if you decide to be courageous and sane, if you decide not to overspend or overcommit or over-schedule, the healthy people in your life with respect those choices. And the unhealthy people in your life will freak out, because you’re making a healthy choice they’re not currently free to make. Don’t let that for one second stop you.”

~Shauna Niequist, December 17th devotional from Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are

wedding, part 1

Posted on: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I’m excited to share the first in a series of blog posts from our wedding! These are the getting ready photos and I love looking over them again and again reminded of that fun and special morning with my mom, sisters and cousin Erin! The morning was fueled by lots of coffee, a little bit of champagne and Taylor Swift on repeat. Totally perfect! The girls picked out their own neutral bridesmaid dresses – I love the way they came out together! Their look was tied together through peony floral crowns and simple shoes. Stay tuned for more…!

All photos by JR Magat // Makeup by Sarah Wammes {my former cheerleading coach!} // Wedding Invites by my good friend Renee {another invite photo HERE} // Gold-foiled Save the Date via Minted // Floral Kimono Bathrobes & Bridal Shower Invite {another photo HERE} via Etsy

Andi & Eric Wedding
Andi & Eric Wedding
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Andi & Eric Wedding
Andi & Eric Wedding
Andi & Eric Wedding

Andi & Eric Wedding

Andi & Eric Wedding
Andi & Eric Wedding


Posted on: Wednesday, December 16, 2015


There are years when the Christmas spirit is hard to come by, and it’s in those seasons when I’m so thankful for Advent. Consider it a less flashy but still very beautiful way of being present to this season. Give up for a while your false and failing attempts at merriment, and thank God for thin places, and for Advent, for a season that understands longing and loneliness and long nights. Let yourself fall open to Advent, to anticipation, to the belief that what is empty will be filled, what is broken will be repaired, and what is lost can always be found, no matter how many times it’s been lost.

— Shauna Niequist

P.S. I’m pinning lots of holiday things OVER HERE! Image via Lindsay Letters

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