Annual ABC Conference in Costa Mesa!

Last Sunday through Wednesday, I was in Costa Mesa for the Annual Association of Bridal Consultants Conference! I love going to conference since it gives me a chance to refresh my mindset and learn new concepts from wedding coordinators from all over the country- and even world!

We stayed at the Hilton in Costa Mesa…


The first thing I did was drop by the registration desk and then go into the trade show (where vendors showcase their work and services). I was greeted by the warm, sweet smell of fresh mini doughnuts being made on the spot at a station, and me being the foodie I am, I followed my nose and ambled on over there!

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Satisfied with my toppings of powdered sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate sauce, I admired this beautiful stationery booth…


After that, I spun the wheel of chance at “Asked to Officiate”, a booth which sold a book on tips for officiating a wedding. There, I happened to be a “big winner” (woohoo!) of a Starbucks gift card!!


Mind you, this was all before I even began my break-out sessions and keynote speaker sessions! I grabbed some tips to revamp my Keynote presentation that I use as an introduction and portfolio for couples, learned about transforming challenging spaces, and building a team with love…


Thank you to ABC for these invaluable lessons and tools!

Now Assembling…

Green & simple to assemble end-of-year gifts for fellow teachers and staff!

As a mommy of a one-year-old, I am short on time nowadays (as we all are!),

so I’m constantly trying to find ways to still be thoughtful and creative, while being time-conscious too.

For the amazing teachers on my third grade team: From Amazon, I purchased “Wine Walkers”, BPA-free, high-quality silicone wine “glasses” that are portable and fun (you can even stick them in your pocket since they are squishy!) I used the brown wrapping packing paper that came with the Amazon Prime box the glasses arrived in to wrap Chilean chardonnay from CVS (think crisp, cool, and summery!), and placed those, plus the glasses in rainbow gift bags I bought from CVS too! I also used brown paper to create “wavy” tags that say, ‘Have a refreshing summer! Enjoy these BPA-free, silicone glasses “to go”!’

For fabulous teacher friends on other teams, as well as incredibly helpful staff members: Lindt chocolate truffles from CVS, with a floral touch! I took some purple tissue paper squares, fanned them out, twisted them to create a tissue paper flower, then stapled them on to brown grocery bag handles, and wrote messages on those saying, “Have a sweet summer!”

Here’s what I assembled during my daughter’s nap time…

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Happy end of the school year, and beginning of summer!

True Love…

What a great way to sail into the Memorial Day Weekend!

Jim, a World War II veteran, surprised his wife Eleanor (whom he says he’s known since she was in pigtails!) in the hospital on their 57th anniversary with flowers and chocolates!

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They watched “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” together, as well as shared a meal for their anniversary… Too sweet for words!!

Have a safe and restful long weekend, everyone!!

DIY: Wedding Sash and Garter

Weddings With Insight by Jackie Murphy:

The fabulous Renegade Seamstress has a DIY wedding sash and garter tutorial for those DIY brides out there! I am not so handy with the sewing machine (the bobbin, goes where?!!), but for those of you who have that special talent, here you go…

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:

YAY! It’s wedding season!

For those of you lucky enough to to have a beautiful bride in your life, or to be a beautiful bride yourself,


eHow asked me to create two tutorials especially for you…

How to Make a Sash for a Wedding Dress and How to Make a Bridal Garter.







Thanks for hopping over to eHow to check out these articles. If you have time, I’d love to know what you think of them. :)

Enjoy your weekend!


For refashion inspiration:


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