Posts tagged ‘holiday’

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

by Emily Grace

I love this! I found this a few weeks ago in a post on The Knotty Bride, and loved what it said. It got me thinking about the new year and what I’m hoping to accomplish both personally and professionally. This is my year! I want to work my hardest to be the best version of me possible. I WILL make things happen this year. I WILL live life to the fullest. I WILL bask in every moment, both good and bad. I WILL remember to stop and be still. I WILL follow my passion.

Now, someone just help me…

Happy New Year! What do you want to accomplish this year?

December 11, 2010

{Inspiration}: Rustic Christmas

by Emily Grace

I love Christmas and winter and all things cold. Maybe this is because I live in Florida and we don’t get real “cold” very often, but we have it now, and it excites me! With the approaching holidays and this love for the current chilly weather (I’ll be over it in a week or so) I decided to pull together some fitting inspiration for this time of year. Whether its for a winter wedding or a Christmas party or just a time to hang out and relax with friends,  these images make you just want to bundle up and grab the nearest blanket and crowd around a fire with some of your closest friends.

Invitation from Wedding Bee, Barn with Draping from All Traditions, Christmas Plaid Bowtie by Forzieri

Table Settings from Real Simple, Cranberry Bag Table Numbers found on A Little White Mouse , Jingle Bells from Country Living

Wood Log Cake Stand from Once Wed, S’mores Treat Bag from Wish Special Events, Happy Guests by Fire from Project Wedding


What do I love the most about this? So much of it is DIY! Definitely look at the projects for the invitation, table settings, and the cake stand. Also, how simple is it to throw together a treat bag with all the fixing for s’mores and head outside around a fire. Place benches, chairs, or hay bales around the fire, grab a nice warm flannel blanket, and enjoy!

Hope everyone is enjoying this joyous holiday season, and most of all, staying warm!

April 4, 2010

{Holidays}: He has risen…

by Emily Grace

… He has risen indeed!


I love Easter! I really and truly do. It’s probably safe to say that Easter is my most favorite holiday, which some people think is really strange. Here are some reasons why I just love this holiday.


Top 10 Reasons Why I LOVE Easter!

10. Peeps. Sugary, marshmallowy, peepy goodness!

9. When else do you ever use the word indeed?

8. Still getting Easter baskets far beyond what should be an acceptable age.

7. Waking up to bunny tracks on the driveway. (Unfortunately Mr. Wilson didn’t make it to my NY apartment to put tracks outside my door. Sad day!)

6. Deliciously yummy food.

5. Random gifts from my mother, oh, I meant the “Easter Bunny.”

4. Having my dad wake us up to get ready for church with a boisterous “HE HAS RISEN!”

3. Responding, “He has risen indeed.”

2. New dresses.

1. Being with family.


Unfortunately, I don’t get to be with my family for this Easter, but I appreciate all of the Easters that we’ve spent together. Whether it’s sitting with my sisters in the back of our house while mom and dad “check to see if the Easter Bunny had come yet,” meaning they were just then deciding to hide the eggs or spending Easter in Miami watching UM baseball games, Easter holds a dear place in my heart.


This year I’m lucky to spend Easter with my NY family. I’ll be going to Danielle’s parents’ house where I know there will be entirely too much food to even comprehend and I will be sure to be coming home 10 lbs heavier and completely satisfied. I’m so thankful that I have so many incredible people that are willing to take care of me.


Have a wonderful Easter day, and love on this fabulous weather that we have been given!



April 3, 2010

{Holidays}: Hoppy Easter!

by Emily Grace

You know what’s better than Easter? Easter treats!

Check out these yummy looking Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg Cookies that were featured on the blog, Picky Palate, the other day (thanks for sharing). I want them though I know they will destroy me!

How come the Reese’s eggs taste better than the cups? Maybe it’s in my head, but I L-O-V-E them!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg Cookies

2 sticks softened butter

1 Cup packed brown sugar

1 Cup granulated sugar

3 Tablespoons corn syrup

2 large eggs plus 1 egg white

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

3 1/2 Cups all purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 Cups chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, 12 total eggs (find them in the Easter Candy Section, quick!)  You can also use regular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a stand or electric mixer beat the butter, sugars and corn syrup until well combined….light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined.

2.  In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with the chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.  Mix only until just combined.  Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes until just turning golden around edges.  Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  Eat with tall glass of milk!!

4 dozen cookies


April 3, 2010

Struggle Bus

by Emily Grace

Spring is here! It’s officially official! I know that March 20th came and went, but the weather still gave me no hope of spring. However, this weekend is showing me that there is hope! Sunny and warm! We’re finally in the 70s babbaaaaayyyy! I’ve been wearing shorts and skipping down sidewalks and humming to myself as I walk to the subway. Spring brings me great joy, and I’m glad it’s finally showing face.

As for work, I’ve hit a major struggle bus. I’ve misplaced my brain, getting little sleep, and forgetting important things. I really need to get my life together and get on top of things especially with wedding craziness fixing to whack me in the face. Whether I’m in it to win it or having the worst day ever, I vow to make April as bright and cheery as it should be.

Saw this picture, and it made me smile. I’m making it my mantra for the month, and I think you should too!

Oh, and did I mention that I have the best boss ever? Danielle and I went and had a mani/pedi break during work. It was much needed with the kinds of weeks we’ve been having and little things like a fun color on your nails just makes everything alright. Whoda thunk that some fuscia nail polish could completely turn your outlook on things?!?

Hope your Good Friday was fantastic and enjoy your Easter weekend!

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy Challah-days!

by Emily Grace

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Oh the boredom that succumbed me the past several days.  At least I am blessed with an incredible family and the wonderful gift of my cousin Luke coming for Christmas.  I wish you all the best Christmas and a delightful Challah-day season!  Be thankful for the gifts you have in your life, and pray and provide for those that are going without.

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve

by Emily Grace

With a load of holidays upon us there is the continuous conversation about holiday traditions. I decided that I should go ahead and jump on the bandwagon and share some of my favorite holiday traditions. My family has a host of traditions that span from what we eat to where we celebrate to what we even wear. There is no excuse for breaking tradition! My grandmother tried to change things up one year for Christmas Eve and make things easier on herself since she had recently gone under the knife and received a very merry pacemaker for Christmas. Instead of serving london broil she tried to serve us ring sandwiches. Needless to say, she will NEVER make that mistake again.

Christmas is quite the family affair. Christmas Eve is celebrated at grandma and grandpa’s house with all of the cousins, no matter how much they downsize. We head off to the midnight service that night then immediately fall asleep when we get home. Christmas morning usually consists of my dad being super anxious and waking my sisters and myself up, eating sausage balls, and opening gifts. Growing up my mother never let us roll out of bed to open presents in our pajamas. She said she didn’t want to have us looking sloppy in our Christmas pictures because she hates that about the pictures of Christmas growing up. My little sister has decided to implement the tradition of making all of us wear tacky Christmas sweaters to open our presents and then take a family portrait to document our fashionable attire. Then the whole family comes to our house and we eat until we can’t walk. When my mom changed the traditional dinner from turkey to prime rib she caught a lot of grief, but now we can’t think of having it any other way.

When we were younger, Christmas started several weeks before the actual day because we would head down to Orlando with the cousins and go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas. The “snow” falling down Main Street, the hot chocolate and cookies that you find in your pockets of your coats a year later, the midnight parade, fireworks, and Cinderella’s Castle turning to ice are memories I will forever cherish. Though that tradition has been lost over the years, my parents will still sometimes surprise us with a special trip.

The most important part of our holiday traditions is the fact that our family is together. This year we are truly blessed because my cousin Luke will be celebrating with us for the first time in many many years. My family is the most important thing in my life, and I can’t think of spending the holiday any other way. Despite the nagging and the sarcasm and the picking, my family is truly the greatest gift that I could have this year.

Merry Christmas Eve to everyone. May you be blessed abundantly and may you provide for those without!

My Amazing Family at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas

What are your most cherished holiday traditions? How do you feel about changing traditions or adding new ones?

December 9, 2009

The Holidays are here!

by Emily Grace

This weekend pushed me head first into the holiday season.  Since the day after Thanksgiving, I used some restraint here, I have been listening to my favorite Christmas tunes (e.i. N*Sync Christmas and Mariah Carey Christmas), watching classic holiday movies, and baking up a storm.  However, this weekend was like no other!  For the first time ever I saw snow—little white flurries fall from the sky—and I immediately called everyone in my family to share in the excitement.  Following the snow excitement, I headed out to Brooklyn to go to my first holiday party of the season complete with hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps.

With so many holiday parties and winter weddings that lie ahead, I’ve decided to create an inspiration board that showcases my favorite things for the most magical holiday events!

You can really go several different directions for winter parties and weddings.  You can stick with the cool and icy look with soft blues and silvers and whites which lends to a very chic looking event, which I’ve created for you here, or you can go in the other direction with rich reds and browns and purples and greens that provide an element of warmth and I feel makes your event more cozy and rustic, but more on the casual side.  I’ll be exploring a number of these options over the next few weeks as we dive into the holidays, but whatever you decide your special event is sure to be the talk of the town.

Keep it Sweet ‘n Low!

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