Monday, February 22, 2010
Girls in DFCS custody from all over Georgia will come select dresses, shoes, jewelry, shawls, etc to wear to their prom at Prom-A-Palooza. These items will be donated by people like you and will enable these girls to attend their prom in style. Use this unique opportunity to clean out your closet and help make a deserving girl's night even more special. Bridesmaids dresses are perfect for this, and we all know you will NEVER wear them again. Larger sizes (11-26) are most appreciated, but please donate any ready to wear items in excellent condition that you no longer use. At Prom-A-Palooza, the girls will also get a lesson in hair and makeup.
Feel free to contact me at Elizabeth1231@gmail.com if you would like to donate. Jessica has requested that we get the items to her by this Saturday if possible. For more information on the event, go to www.fostercares.org/Events/PromAPalooza/Tabid/87/Default.aspx.
Let's join together and give back to our community. It's free to us and free to these wonderful girls. Just think, you will get to play the role of Fairy Godmother to a very special Cinderella...what a dream come true.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I would like to congratulate my brother Andrew and my new sister-in-law Katie on their recent marriage! As both a bridesmaid and the sister of the groom, it was an extremely special weekend for me as I watched my brother marry one of my friends. The entire weekend was filled with lovely memories that I will never forget. I got to spend time with family and friends, and I am still on Cloud Nine from all of the love that I felt over the weekend.
The rehearsal dinner and wedding reception were some of the most fun events I have ever attended! Being that I formerly worked for a wedding planner, and that I am a professional bridesmaid, I have been to a LOT of weddings. This one was by far one of the most special and joyous weddings I have ever seen! The ceremony and reception were held at Vines Mansion in Loganville which was decked out with candles and peach and white flowers.
Katie looked absolutely stunning in a Grecian inspired gown complete with sparkly silver stilettos and jewelry. Andrew could not have looked more handsome dressed in his Choker Whites. Guests sipped on Georgia Peaches (a speciality cocktail the bride concocted) and dined on Southern fare such as mac and cheese, chicken fingers, and green beans. Katie's cake was a delicious red velvet, and they served peach cobbler a la mode in lieu of a groom's cake. Everyone danced the night away to music performed by an amazing live band. I think we were all Dancing Queens by the end of the evening!
Some of the most memorable moments from the weekend were the speeches. As the best man, my dad spoke at both the rehearsal dinner and the reception. Who knew a CPA could be so funny? Leno, Letterman, and the rest of the gang better hope their contracts get renewed because there's a new comedian in town :) Corri English, Katie's sister and Maid of Honor, sang a beautiful song she had written for the occasion. Since Corri is a professional musician, I'm hoping it will be on iTunes soon. Her words were funny, poignant, and so incredibly sweet. Andrew's best friend, Mike O'Reilly, deployed recently and was unable to be there for the wedding. His wife and Andrew's dear friend, Rachael O'Reilly, read a speech that Mike had prepared. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house while she did so. We love you and miss you Mike!
Despite the snow and unusually cold weather, the weekend could not have been more perfect. The bride and groom are currently on their honeymoon in the Keys and upon their return will continue to reside in Norfolk, VA where they are stationed. I have no doubt that their lives will be blessed with happiness, laughter, and unending love. I am incredibly honored to have been a part of something so special and dear to my heart. I love you brother and sister! Congratulations.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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Monday, February 8, 2010
- Cook a meal together-this saves money and a drive to a restaurant (take it one step further by using local and/or organic ingredients)
- Take a walk, play a game, or just do something together-this could be free :)
- Make a donation to your favorite non-profit organization instead of scrambling to come up with the perfect gift for someone.
- Watch a movie at home-set the mood by lighting some soy candles, popping open your favorite bottle of wine or champagne, and enjoying each other's company.
- Make a gift for your Valentine using only supplies you already have at home-get creative and your loved one will treasure it always