VALENTINE’S EDITION: WHAT TO GET YOUR GIRL BOSS

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We obviously can’t work without these Selena pencils. Get these for the ultimate girl boss. Now, she’ll have something to scratch some to do list off.

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Nothing says girl boss like a gold, hand-stamped bracelet.

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With this week notepad, your girl boss can give herself a gold star at the end of a long work week.

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This shirt? SAYS IT ALL!

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And sometimes we need some inspiration.

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MY WEEK IN REVIEW

At the beginning of this week, I sat in a room full of guest watching a slideshow of memories. At the end of the evening, I thought what a wonderful life that person lived. I thought it was a great example of the life we should lead- happy, engaging, loving, learning, reading, and celebrating.

Let’s not forget to create, record, and be present.

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VOWS

On our wedding day, we shared the room with our closest family and friends and read aloud our promises. It was a very last minute decision to share this moment in front of our guest, but you seem to forget anyone else is in the room.
Some things to think about when writing your vows.
1. Give yourself some time to collect your thoughts. For me, it worked best to schedule a few minutes a day to write my vows. I started four months before our wedding date. For some, you don’t need that much time, but if you are a busy person, I suggest working on it early to get all your thoughts and feelings on paper.
2. How long should it be? I’d say as long as it takes to express how you feel. My vows were very short, but if your vows are lengthy, say what is necessary to express your love.
3. How will you share your vows? In front of family? During the ceremony? During the reception? Privately? All decisions are great, and whatever you feel most comfortable with, make sure to prepare a moment in your wedding day timeline to share your vows.

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(photo shot as a second photographer for 4 Keeps Photography)

PARIS

We arrived into the city of Paris by train with two North Face bags and no clue where to go. It was cold and rainy, and my first option was to run back down the escalators and wait for the rain to go away. Along Rue de Rome, we stood outside the train station watching the locals rush to work. Across the street, a piece of America followed us across the Atlantic. With good coffee, good pastries, and some amazing Wifi, Starbucks saved the day.

We walked the Parisian streets to the Eiffel Tower,

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Notre Dame,

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The Louvre, d’Orsay,

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and my favorite museum, The Rodin. 

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I enjoyed walking down the cobble roads with Raul, laughing about our Norwegian lobster, eating the not so Pho we had down a little alley, sharing the coconut flan and fruits in the middle of the nights, and sometimes finishing all the snacks before Raul could wake up.

CAKE OR CUPCAKES?

“Give me both!” I’d say. I think both alternatives are great. Ultimately, it comes to preference and cost.

With a cake, you have more options for designs, but you can still get creative with the cupcakes.

Some things to consider.

Is it important to you to cut into a cake? (You can still share a cupcake, but you won’t be cutting into it.)

If cost is a factor, what is the difference? (It may all depend on guest count.) With a cake, you can always ask the designer to create layers made of Styrofoam and make a sheet cake for your guest, while still keeping the top layer as an edible part of the design.

Lastly, if you don’t really like cake, you don’t have to have it. The options are endless for you and your groom-to-be to share. There are pies, cookies, donuts, pancakes, cake pops, macarons, beignets, brownies, the possibilities are endless.

If you are having a hard time, think back to what both you and your groom-to-be enjoy together. Maybe you made a memory together sharing beignets for the first time or you both just love brownies. In the end, any option will make a sweet ending.

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(photo shot as a second photographer for 4 Keeps Photography)