Monday, June 17, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Well, you are in luck!
Starting today through June 24th, Jennifer Adams Home bedding will be 50% off as part of our "10 Day Summer Sale." From duvet covers to our Eternal Sheet Sets, the gift of a good night's sleep is just a click away.
The sale excludes Slumber Sheet Sets and the Furniture Collection by Jennifer Adams items.
Visit www.jenniferadamshome.com for more information.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day. This special celebration honors fathers, fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence these men have had in our lives.
According to Time.com, dads “get short shifted” on their special day, but they are okay with it. According to the National Retail, “the amount consumers spend on Father’s Day gifts has been significantly less than the average spent on Mother’s Day.”
The article explains that “it’s not about dishonoring or loving dad any less.” In fact, it comes down to three reasons:
- Dads really don’t want anything.
- The providers of the family don't feel it’s right for their children to shell out green for a gift.
- The items they really want are either too expensive or they purchase them on their own time schedule.
Often times, the cards or suggested gifts from websites often target our father's "time away" from us rather than the shared moments. Grocery store card racks or the Father's Day gift display focuses on golf balls, ties, pens or other items for work.
So what is child to do to celebrate the Big Guy in their life? Here’s a couple of interesting cards and DIY gifts we discovered on Pinterest:
DIY Gift Card Holder
Thinking about getting your Father a gift card? Go beyond the tie and shirt with this cute homemade card can be used with leftover card stock, glue and a sharpie. Extra credit for adding buttons!
Too Cute “DadGlasses”
Does your father wear glasses? Create a gift that's a bit more of the man you see day to day with this printable "glasses" card from Mr. Printables.
For the Grill Master
Is your father the Grill Master? Why not spice up his next backyard adventure with homemade spice rub? Scour the Internet or use this delicious creole rub for chicken.
Or perhaps, if he is more into hamburgers, hotdogs and sausages, this homemade ketchup recipe may hit the spot.
For the Sweet Tooth
Did anyone say bacon? No? Maybe they should! This tasty Whiskey, Caramel, Marshmallow Bacon bark is sure to hit your father's sweet tooth!
Happy Father's Day!
-- Weegee Sachtjen
Monday, June 10, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
On my wedding day, the most important element of the day of schedule was how long the ceremony would take. I wanted to know at what point I would be married and past the nerve-wrecking part of the day. In short, I'm a very time-centric person.
A few weeks ago, I was looking over old entries of this blog and there was one theme that popped up with regular frequency: "If your home is your castle, then your bedroom is your innermost sanctuary. You spend more time in your bedroom than any other place in your home. It should be a place of comfort and relaxation -- a well-thought out bedroom will help you get better sleep, and you will feel much healthier and happier for it!"
One of the tips from Jennifer Adams for getting a better night's sleep is to clear the room of technology that may be a source of distraction or sleep disruption. This includes televisions, hand-held devices and laptops. For me, this obviously meant unplugging the alarm clock.
I was interested to see just how often I looked at the alarm clock. For the first week, I took a cue from diet programs and kept an informal journal of how often I woke up in the night to focus on the alarm clock. The first night, it was about seven times. I woke up SEVEN times to learn how long I have slept and how much more time I had to get some zzz's. I interrupted my sleep to learn how much more I can have.
It was at that moment that I realized I needed to make a change and break my bond with the alarm clock. The nightstand beside my bed has three shelves. The alarm clock and bedside lamp are on the top. The second shelf holds my various journals while the third contains the books I am currently reading.
The first week, I moved the alarm clock to the second shelf. This shelf is just below the bed level, which means I would have to make an effort to roll over and look down to view the alarm clock. The second week, I dropped it down to the third level, where I would have to roll over, look down and tilt the alarm clock up towards me.
This week, I unplugged the device and put it away in a closet. By removing the alarm clock, my bedroom has become a place of comfort, relaxation and sleep. My bedroom has become my sanctuary.
Here are a few tips if you are considering eliminating the alarm clock in your life:
1) Need an Alarm Clock to Wake Up?
Consider putting the device in an adjoining bathroom or closet. Turning the alarm clock so it faces the wall or using a wind-up will produce excellent benefits.
2) Don't Go Cold Turkey
If you are one of those people that can alter your routine or habits in the blink of an eye, I applaud you . . . and I'm incredibly jealous. Take little steps, like I did with the shelves, to break the habit of having an alarm clock in the room.
3) Using Other Devices as Alarm Clocks
Many people use their phones, tablets or i-devices as their alarm clocks. The idea of a completely tech-free room is a bit counter-culture for everything is mobile and boundaries get blurred. You can continue to use those devices as an alarm clock, but consider putting them on the other side of the room at least 30 minutes before bed and out of your immediate reach in the morning. Studies have shown that artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed makes it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Besides, there are good reasons to resist the urge to check email, read your social media outlets prior to getting out of bed.
The most important tip is to find ways to use your bedroom for relaxation, sleep and romance. It may mean unplugging in order to fully unwind.
Let me know how your "unplug" goes!
Until next time!
Image Courtesy of BHG.com
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Prints can add a bold, fun statement to your big day. From dresses to runners, how printed fabric can make a lasting impression.Whether you are fond of stripes, dots, and chevron or floral, prints can add a bold, fun statement to your big day.
Picking out your own fabric and incorporating it into your wedding is a great way to add a personal touch to your event. Here are just a few ideas for adding prints to your wedding or next big event:
Go Bold with Runners
Table runners are long narrow decorating accessories that run the length of the table and add a bit of depth to the centerpiece. They also are used to add a bit of drama and color to the underlying tablecloth. Replacing the standard burlap or single colored organza will add a playful note to your wedding decor.
This bold runner featured on The Cake Blog will break the mold on your sweet day.
Looking for something a bit more rustic or reminiscent of backyard picnics? Think bright colors and fun prints, including this red and white gingham runner from Rustic Wedding Chic.com.
Runners are also easy to make. All you need is a couple of hours, some fabric and a sewing machine.
Here are some tips for determining yardage needed from Sew, Mama Sew!
Your Dress in Prints
For those seeking to wear something other than white for your wedding day, a dress made from a fun, printed fabric will make a big impact. Depending on the print itself, less is often more. With that in mind, perhaps just use the print as a highlight to your dress, such as this one from OneWed.com.
Or go all in with a fun, floral print as I did for my April wedding:
Get the Groom in on the Fun!
Let the "prince" have fun with the prints! As you can see in the photo above, my husband selected a bow-tie in a floral print. Grooms and their groomsmen can get into the "prints" groove with patterned suits, a colorful bowtie or an interesting fabric vest, such as this image from My Wedding Reception Ideas Blog.
Whether rustic, romantic, modern, edgy or spunky, there is a print out there that will reflect you and your partner's personality. If you tie your patterns of choice into your invite or thank you note, you will create a "brand" that will tie the entire wedding together.
-- Weegee Sachtjen
Monday, May 27, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Look for similarities in your furnishings such as wood tones and color. Use those together for a cohesive look, and accent with contrasting items. Take turns choosing what art goes where if you’re struggling. Flip a coin to see who goes first!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wedding guest books were originally a functional souvenir for the wedding couple that helped them remember who attended their big day event, organize thank you notes and even start a formal address book. This format has evolved into more of a memory keepsake for the newlyweds with signatures or little love notes from friends and family. Some people even incorporate Polaroid or photo booth snapshots into a "love note" collection. There are even wedding day-versions of "Mad Lips" to help loved ones share their thoughts on the newly-wedded couple.
Unfortunately, these keepsakes usually get stored away with other mementos and without a second thought to the sentiment stored within it after the wedding day.
Guest books are really meant to be a long-lasting memento of the big day and of those who made it complete with their love, laughter and support. Why not create a guest book that will serve as a keepsake to be viewed over and over again?
That was the thought process behind my "Guest Book Canvas" idea. My husband and I wanted something that went beyond just signatures in a book or "love recipe" cards. We wanted something that we could hang on the wall and cherish long after the wedding.
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Monday, May 20, 2013
5. Use small boxes for books and heavy stuff. Trust me. These get ungainly fast.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Remember being sad when the holiday lights come down? Merchants and shopping districts first figured out that leaving the lights in the trees look festive year round. They will look nice at your house, too. Hang from the fence, around your patio cover, from a tree or even around retaining walls and other outdoor structures. Checkout these beauties from Target.