Happy Tweets Monday!

I read a post on Facebook today about how to treat every day like the best day, and not just live for the weekends. Goodness, that will take a little bit of practice – especially on Mondays – so for now, let’s stick with the Happy Tweets to revv you up in your afternoon slump!

Enjoy!

 
Truth is not diminished by the number of people who believe it.
 
 
Leadership is not about titles, positions or flow charts; it is about one life influencing another.
 
 
I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale
 
 
It’s always too early to quit. – Norman Vincent Peale
 
“Doubt everything. Find your own light.” – Buddha
 
 
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”
 
 
“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” — Oscar Wilde
 
 
“You can, at any point in time, change where you are headed. You are your own dream weaver & a dream achiever and it’s all left up to you.”
 
Happy Monday, Happy People!
❤ The RoaminTwin
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Wedding Wednesday #8: Centerpieces!

Continuing on the DIY Bandwagon, this week’s Wedding Wednesday (yes, it’s being posted on a Thursday…but still going up!) is all about our wedding centerpieces.

Bride + Groom preferences:

1. Nothing large – I personally would like to see the people sitting across from me
2. Nothing too traditional – fresh flowers are beautiful but they die (waste of $). Candles are fine (I like those).
3. Personalized – something that people can look at and think of the two of us as a couple.

So, incorporating our wedding colors, I decided to seek out items we already owned that helped personify us. What we didn’t have, I purchased cheap items and made. Those gold bottles? Wine + Guinness bottles that we drank out of and recycled for the cause. The gold frames? I bought 25 of them at the dollar store.

I knew we would have around 30 tables, so I made sure to collect enough items so we could mix + match to make nice centerpieces. My sister and I staged them on the floor of my house a few days before, but once we stepped into the venue to decorate, my bridesmaids went to town setting things out and creating their own concoctions. One less stress for me! Below, you will find pictures + descriptions of some of our table decorations 🙂

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This centerpiece included my grandmother’s 35mm camera from the 50s!

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This is the sweetheart table that we sat at during dinner. Sparkling Champagne Fabric for table runner: Amazon. Big “Z”: JoAnns. Toasting Glasses: Etsy (Vintage 1950s). Champagne Bucket: A gift my husband’s parents received at their wedding.

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A closer look at the Sweetheart Table: Mice from our lovely friends from their wedding.

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Another Sweetheart Table detail: Reserved signs I made for tables meant for wedding party and close family (NO seating chart here!!)

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We set 2 longs tables together for: gifts, guest book, and memorial table (pictures of that below). It served as a single focal point, as we didn’t want people to miss out on the memorial table. Guestbook: a picture book I created and ordered through Walgreens.

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A closer look at the card box I concocted. The box was a cardboard box made to look like a suitcase with old school maps printed on it. When I saw it I fell in love. We love to travel, and planned on using most monetary gifts from the wedding for our honeymoon. Cardboard letters, champagne paint, box: JoAnns.

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A portion of our memorial table. We asked our families to bring their favorite photographs of loved ones who had passed. This way, we still got to see their smiling faces on our big day!

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Our dear friend, Anthony, who lost his life too soon. This photograph that his wife brought from their wedding day had us all in tears!

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My tea cup, gold glitter, an engagement photograph, and a spray-painted Guinness bottle came together nicely with the additional of some extra veil material!

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My favorite – and most pertinent to the day – Dr. Seuss quote. This is one of those $1 frames I mentioned before!

 

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Spray painted wine and Guinness bottles, Timmykin’s Guinness glass (a Christmas gift from me), and candles we already owned. Christmas bulb: WalMart (yes, I bought them at Christmastime – thinking ahead!)

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Another one of Timmykin’s Guinness glasses atop a thrift store candle holder. Framed song lyrics.

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A gift from my little brother atop extra fabric from a dress my mom made me.

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This Big Ben tea pot is what one of my best friends asked me to be her Matron of Honor with. Charger: Michaels. Christmas Bulb: WalMart (did I mention, I bought these for my Christmas tree this past year, and plan on using them onward??)

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An elephant tea pot from my sister. Charger + Christmas bulbs mentioned above.

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Lyrics from a “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” song. One of the most quoted movies in our household.

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I spray painted the Z with the same paint I used for the Guinness bottle behind it (good thing Timmykins drank a few Guinnesses in the week before the wedding!). Fun fact: the white tea cups were leftover favors from my Bridal Shower (great idea, Meredith!)

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We adore the beach. So, in addition to the charger, candle, engagement photo, and Guinness bottle (all mentioned previously), we added seashells to some of the center pieces that we have collected over the years.

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Self-Explanatory 🙂

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More Christmas bulbs: our favorite holiday

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Simple. And one of my favorite “couple-y” songs (right next to Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old with You”!)

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I made a Mary Poppins hat for my costume this past year. One of my bridesmaids paired it with my FAVORITE engagement photo, and placed them on extra fabric from ANOTHER dress my mom made me

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I thought this image would be the perfect ending to this visual entry.

If you have any additional questions about our center pieces, how we made them, if you want portions of what we have for your own wedding, let me know!

Happy Planning!

❤ The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets TUESDAY!

Why, good EVENING, Happy People!

I hope that your week has started off with a bang. But, guess what? We aren’t going to let it stagnate at Tuesday! It’s time for some Happy Tweets to get pumped up for your off-the-clock activities. Whatever you need the motivation for – a second job, the gym, mowing the lawn – this should do the trick to give you the extra “oomph” to make it to bedtime!

Enjoy!

“All you can do is do what you believe in – it’s when you listen to too many opinions that things go wrong” – Sarah Burton
 
 
Progress is progress, no matter how small. What achievements are you proud of today?
 
 
« I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. » Tony Robbins
 
You can look for the positive or the negative in every situation but just remember whichever you choose, you then have to live in it.
 
« The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. »E. Nightingale
 
 
The greatness of a man is not in the money he acquires, but in his integrity & his ability to affect those around him positively -Bob Marley
 
 
“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown

 
« We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do. » Dale Carnegie
 
Have a marvelous and PRODUCTIVE evening, happy people! Time to live towards your dreams!
 
❤ The RoaminTwin

Wedding Wednesday #5: 4 Qs EVERY Bride Must Ask Herself To Find THE Gown!

Oh my goodness, it has been just short of a year since I originally posted on the fact that I Found The Gown! Isn’t it crazy how fast time flies?

Well, in the original post, I wrote about the process and the joy that finding THE dress of my dreams brought me, but I didn’t include a picture for fear of the off-chance that my now-husband would view that particular post. Today’s post will reveal the 4 questions every bride must ask herself to find the perfect dress. Yes, it’s THAT easy! First, a little lead-in…

At some point during our courtship, I asked dear Timmykins what type of dress he could see me walking down the aisle in. I am sure that some of your significant others would respond with a simple: Uh, I see a dress, and it’s white! Well, lucky me married someone with 5 older sisters, and he knows a little bit about fashion (both the good and the ugly). He told me he could see me in something classic and elegant. He couldn’t picture me in something strapless, and he liked the look of lace. Of course, he added, you will look beautiful in anything.

Aw, shucks!

Some of you may not take your fiance’s thoughts on a dress into consideration for a multitude of reasons, but the best part is, everything that he said aligned with what I had in mind. I wanted something unique that could also have been worn decades ago, with lace, cap sleeves, and lots of dreamy, airy tulle. I also preferred off-white, because who wants a dress that compromises the appearance of their teeth? 

I kept all of these ideas in mind as I embarked on my great dress adventure, but also remembered the advice I had read and heard a multitude of times that you should try a little of everything on because you could be surprised with what you like.

For instance: I tried on a figure-hugging, strapless dress; something I wouldn’t have picked off the rack in a million years! But, boy did it make me look and feel GOOD! However, I asked myself the 4 questions every bride should ask themselves below, and it was a no-go.

Here are THE questions that every bride should ask herself to find the perfect gown:

1. Do I feel beautiful?
2. Do I feel comfortable?
3. Is it in my price range?
4. Did I walk out of the dressing room smiling, grooving, and twirling?

Now, picture your fiance’s face as he sees you for the first time. I bet you are picturing the biggest grin, and maybe tears!

Doesn’t matter if it fits your original vision, or what you would expect from yourself. If you answered YES to all of the above, then congratulations, you have a winner! THIS is what you will be wearing on one of the happiest days of your life…aren’t you ecstatic??

BONUS TIP: Might I suggest also letting the bridesmaid(s) choose their own dresses? Pick a color, maybe a couple of guidelines, and let them answer those 4 questions on their own! 

❤ The RoaminTwin

Happy Tweets

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Happy Monday, Happy People!

I just want to pass along some wonderfully advised tweets that I have retweeted or taken notice of. Just to get you – and me – through this Monday. Remember: Mondays (and every day) are what you make them. Choose Happiness.

Alex WilhelmAlex Wilhelm@alxwlhlm 

Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.

6:12 PM – 2 Apr 12

Never accept other people’s limited perceptions of you & what they think you can do. Define yourself. You can do anything.
3:27 PM – 4 Mar 13

“If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.” –Seth Godin.
1:02 PM – 5 Mar 13

Your mind’s a palace and it’s up to you how you decorate it. – Mark Sheehan @thescript 7:18 PM – 2 Apr 13

Stage32.com - RBStage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online 

Opportunities multiply as they are seized. ~ Sun Tzu
8:56 AM – 26 Mar 13

If you aren’t clear about what you want, you’ll never get it.
5:21 PM – 18 Mar 13 

❤ The Roamin Twin