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Big Tea Giveaway from Renovation Tea!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We decided to do something sweet for our readers on this day of love, and thought you deserved a giveaway! This is for the tea lovers out there brought to you by Renovation Tea. Renovation Tea specializes in teas that do just as they say, renovate you. From headaches to weight loss to menopause to fibromyalgia, you can find help for many ailments. Allow herbs to relieve problems in your body tastily and naturally. Our giveaway consists of four 2.6 oz bags of this lovely tea for one reader. The teas included are:

To enter, just follow the directions in the entry form below! Good luck to everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Deana - March 28, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Ideal for date and even for a family gathering. This was made perfectly to blend nutrition and at the same detoxify your body to eliminate bad cholesterol that will cause you a health problem.
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Wedding Trends: Bouquet Alternatives

Everything about the bride is beautiful on the day of her wedding. Every element of the bride beams with beauty, even those that aren’t actually on here, namely the bouquet. Although flowers are an easy way to have a beautiful bouquet, there are alternatives that make for an equally beautiful bouquet. Your wedding theme and creativity are your only limits. If you are in need of some inspiration though, here are some alternative wedding bouquet trends to help guide you along.

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The most popular substitute for flowers are paper flowers. This can be a great option for a few reasons.

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For the frugal brides, they cost significantly less than real flowers.

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For the DIY brides, you can opt to make the flowers and arrangements yourself!

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And above all, for the sentimental bride, paper flowers, unlike real flowers, last forever! They are sweet momentos that can be used around the house for years to come. They also come in many styles from true imitation to delightfully homemade.

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If you like the idea of faux flowers, but want material that is a little more sturdy than paper, fabric flowers may be for you.  If you want to make your own flowers, you can find resources here.

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Another trend emerging for alternative bridal bouquets is the use of buttons. Although this may sound a bit odd, they can be very lovely. They can also be done in several styles, depending on colors and decoration.

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From whimsical to casual, buttons can fit many different wedding themes. Usually, jewelry adorns the buttons, but of course, you can use anything you’d like.

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Another bouquet trend reminiscent of another era is the use of feathers. Feathers are eternally elegant and nowadays generally used as a throwback of the Roaring 20′s.

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They can be used for any theme, though from natural to classic chic. It all depends on the types of feathers you use and how the bouquet is decorated. For instance, for an elegant wedding, incorporate pearls and other jewelry into the bouquet decorations.

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Also, use wispy and exotic feathers, such as peacock feathers. For a natural or rustic wedding, use twine and possibly a few flowers, twigs and other natural elements. You can also use feathers of birds that are found around that area to tie in the location a bit more.

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One of the newest and brightest types of bouquets to emerge are jewelry bouquets. Jewelry is normally used in many bouquets. It appears in bouquets of real flowers, fake flowers and other creative types.

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It’s quite rare to find a bouquet made entirely of jewelry, though. It is the style becoming popular for handmade brides, though.

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If your wedding theme is something specific, such as a holiday, old movies, a magic show, or otherwise, incorporate it into your bouquet.

This can mean using flags and sparklers for Independence day, candy for carnival theme, or a magician’s wand and playing cards for a magic show theme.

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You can also integrate your wedding location as well. A seashell bouquet is the perfect tropical touch on the beach.

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And, a wheat bouquet is sweet and simple for a farm wedding.

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For something to truly set you apart, you can also forget about the bouquet completely and use other things in it’s place. For brides looking for a truly vintage look, a hand fan may be a good choice. Ribbons and streamers are great for colorful and simple weddings.

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A pinwheel may be ideal for whimsical or summery wedding themes. For sunny destination weddings, a parasol may be most suitable. Or, for cold winter nuptials, hand muffs may be the best option.

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No matter which accessory you choose to walk down the aisle with, just make sure that it compliments you and your wedding theme. And above all, enjoy your your special day as the beaming bride!

Stew - June 13, 2012 - 7:03 am

This posting knocked my socks off

Lesley - April 2, 2012 - 12:16 pm

These are some really great ‘alternative bouquets’ can I add a couple of suggestions

1. A bouquet made entirely from foliage – colorful leaves are great in autumn/fall but you can also use croton and coleus most of the year.

2. A bouquet of vegetables. One of the prettiest Ive ever seen was made from kale and Brussel’s sprouts, a delightful green a cream theme with small purple accents.
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Valentine’s Fashion to Make Your Heart Skip

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and along with cards, flowers and dates, it’s also one of the few days of the year to get dressed up. It’s a way to make the day (and night) more romantic, and honestly, what girl does not like to get dressed up every now and then? And, for the special day of St. Valentine, not just any dress will do. Here are some helpful ideas for you to choose the prettiest dress for your Valentine’s day and date.

Valentine’s Day is all about romance which means hearts. Heart are a bold statement, but obviously work well on Valentine’s Day. The best way to wear hearts is on a red or pink dress. This may be difficult to do, though, without looking like a teenager. If you can find a tasteful heart dress that is fashionable for women, snag it up for the perfect Valentine’s wear.

Second to hearts on Valentine’s day are flowers. They’re not only fun to receive, but to wear as well. Flowers are quite common on dresses, so there are plenty of options from casual to formal. Try to find something with a sweet, romantic feel, whether it’s for the day or night.

The last element perfect for Valentine’s day are bows. Like flowers, there are also plenty of dresses adorned with them. They always add an eloquent and very feminine touch to every dress. Whether long or short, casual or formal, bows are lovely and a romantic addition to every dress.

Colors also mean a great deal on Valentine’s day. Red is of course the color of love. Pink is the color of sweetness. Black is formal, but other colors can work as well. Choose something romantic for the day or night and of course, choose something with your style. Have a happy and *romantic* Valentine’s Day!


Handmade Thursday’s: Valentine’s Scrapbook Page

Okay, okay. So, lately I’ve been putting up my posts late.  I’m really sorry.

But here is this weeks Handmade Thursday.  And again, it’s all Valentinesy!  I decided to make a Valentine’s Day scrapbook page that I may or may not put up for sale on Etsy.  But it was fun to make it anyway.  If I don’t sell it, I’ll just put it in my own scrapbook with a pic of me and lil ol’ Moviestar.  Awwwww……

So, I’m not usually one to only put a place for one picture because I usually have a TON of pictures, but this page for me was more about being creative and making it pretty.  You know what though, you could probably put two cropped pictures or even four squares if you needed to do more than one.

Plus, I didn’t want to go with the traditional Valentine’s red and pink – just a hint of it – so I added a bit of blue and brown. And I’m a huge fan of putting book pages into a scrapbook page.  Normally I wouldn’t strip pages out of a book, but my puppy ripped up a book a few months ago  and I’ve been saving it for such a day as this.

So, there you have it!  Hope you can put one together yourself.  If you have any questions, please shoot me an email through our contact page.  Or check out our Etsy just in case I end up putting it up for sale!


We Heart Sweets

Paired or single.  Young or old.  There are few people who can resist hearts on Valentines Day.  On any other day you might look at these recipes as a frivolous plate of silliness, but on V-Day they are almost a requirement.  Even my tough guy hubby gets a tad bit giddy when I pull out my heart shaped cookie cutters on February 14.  So to fulfill my duty of overwhelming the internet with hearts for the next week or so, I have compiled a list of some of the cutest little Valentine’s Day desserts you will ever see (and don’t forget about our heart cookies recipes).  Enjoy!

Heart Cinnamon Rolls @LisaLeonard

Heart Puffed Oven Pancakes @OurBestBites

Heart Eclairs @MarthaStewart

Marbled Heart Cookies @AnniesEats

Custom Stamped Cookies

Fudge Filled Heart Cut Out Cookies @BHG

Strawberry Oreos @ThirtyHandmadeDays

Heart Suckers @TheIdeaRoom

Filled Heart Cupcakes @MarthaStewart

Marbled Red Velvet Brownies @TheNoviceChef

White and Dark Brownie Hearts @SmittenKitchen

Rainbow Heart Cake @Bakingdom

Bonnie - February 9, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Thanks for the inspiring idea, Amy. we are happy to have you on here!

Amy {The Idea Room} - February 9, 2012 - 10:18 am

You have found a great round up of Valentine’s Day sweets. Thanks so much for including mine! I really appreciate it.

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