44: Confessions

I have a few confessions to make. We are 44 days out from our wedding (as of the 21st) and I have only done 68 of the 117 things on my WeddingWire to do list. I have not done any of the craft/DIY projects on my list. And I have put off opening the best gift anyone could give a bride to be.

I have a better picture somewhere, but my oldest friend Sarah made a very heartfelt paper chain as a bridal shower gift. Each link on the chain has a quote, word of encouragement, or a fun fact to help get me through my last 90 days of wedding planning.

Here is the confession part: I haven’t been opening them every day like I was supposed to. And reading through them all is making me wish I had opened them sooooo much sooner. Thank you for each of your thoughts, and I promise to open them every day from now on. If I’d thought about it, I would have just done 2 each day so I’d catch up without spoiling it, but oh well.

(These are all the ones I have yet to open…)

I know you won’t read this until you’re back from your honeymoon, but thank you. You have no idea how much this means to me, and how much I know this was exactly what I needed these last few hectic weeks (making my regret/remorse that much stronger!).

So, on to the good part. I’m going to be sharing them with you all! I’ll post a few each day and hopefully I’ll have a few other surprises to share along the way.

For tonight, we’ll go back to the beginning.

#90: August 6- Happy Bridal Shower! Have fun with the ladies!

#89: August 7- Recoup from bridal shower awesomeness 🙂

#87: August 8- Also, today is nationa “Sneak some zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch” day…for real!

So, if you didn’t put zucchini on your neighbor’s porch on August 8th (like I didn’t), then feel free to do it today.

Happy planning!

DIY At Home Spa Day

I thought it would be a nice, mid-week break to put together some easy DIY spa treatments. Pull out your kitchen cabinet, a DVD of Pride and Prejudice (I just got the Kiera Knightly version in the mail!) and relax. Maybe you can even get your guy to join in! Here are my top 5 at-home spa treatments.

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1. Soft Hands: TV-Friendly Hand Salve : Combine a few spoonfuls of cold cream, 2 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of lavender oil, a spoonful of olive oil and a banana (for a fruity smell) in a blender. When the consistency is smooth, slather liberally all over hands and cuticles. Then slip hands into a pair of yellow rubber gloves—yes, the kind you use to scrub the tub with. For the softest hands ever, I like to sit down and watch TV with my lotioned and gloved hands underneath a heating pad so that the heat will help my homemade salve penetrate my skin that much more. India-Jewel Jackson, GlamBlush, Posted on Glamour.com

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2. Silky Hair: Olive Oil Mask: Summer time means salt water and sun combine to make frizzy, unmanageable hair. To combat this, comb through your hair a couple of tablespoons of good olive oil and then cover with plastic wrap or a shower cap. Leave for fifteen minutes then wash clean.  Anya Merryfield, NZ Girl

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3. Tight Pores: Indian Tomato Tightener: This simple recipe only has 2 ingredients: 1 small or medium unripe tomato (the greener, the better) and 1 tsp. honey.  In a blender, puree tomato and honey to a thick pulp. Cleanse your face well and exfoliate with your favorite product or washcloth to ensure pores are open. Using two fingers, gently massage the pulp into your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. Put leftovers in Tupperware and place in the fridge; they’ll last for up to a month. This mask benefits skin by tightening pores and removing excess oil (tomato) and naturally moisturizing (honey).  Shobha SoHo in New York City, Posted on TheNest.com

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4. Smooth Feet: Bedtime Piña Colada Callous Treatment: Even if rough feet aren’t a big problem for you, this foot soak sure sounds yummy. In a foot bath or large, clean bucket, pour in 2-3 cups pineapple juice. Add in ½ cup coconut milk and stir well. Soak for feet for 8-10 minutes and rinse well with warm water. Gently rub a natural pumice stone across any rough areas. Towel dry and apply your favorite moisturizer while feet are still damp. For extra softness, pull on a pair of cotton socks to wake up in the morning  Barbara Feiner, Organic Authority

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5. Touchable Skin: Sweetheart’s Chocolate-Honey Scrub: In a rubber mixing bowl, combine 2 cups honey (100% pure is best) and ½ cup grape seed oil. Stir in 6 Tbl. grated unsweetened chocolate (or dry cocoa powder) and 2 cups kosher salt, mixing completely. Consistency should be grainy and thick. Apply scrub to your skin and gently massage all over your body. Remove with warm, damp towels or rinse off in shower. Makes two treatments. The National Honey Board and Christopher Watt Esthetics in West Hollywood, California, Posted on TheNest.com

Have any other DIY at home spa recipes to share? Post them in the comments! Happy DIY spa day, and have a happy Hump Day!


Jenna Kate

DIY: Twister Board

My girlfriends in college were obsessed with Twister. Not to say we played a lot, but a Twister board had accompanied us out for the evening on several occasions. I came across this precious DIY project for a custom twister board:


Photos from Polka Dot Bride.

This bride-to-be used circles of colorful fabrics on one side for the playing board, and used squares on the other for a fun picnic quilt. I’ll be sure to try out this project soon! Anyone have quilting tips?

Cheers, Kate

DIY Removable Wallpaper?

Today I stumbled upon a new obsession: Oh Joy! a great design, architecture, and fashion blog run out of San Diego. There was a discussion from a few days ago about the prospect of wallpapering a rental apartment, along with lots of suggestions of what to do.


Readers suggested wallpaper designed to be removed, using starch and fabric, and putting up painters tape then attaching the wallpaper to it with double-sided take. Read the entry here. Any thoughts?

A Silver Screen Soire

Clearly, I am working on being a bit more proactive about keep up with the trends. Today I became obsessed with Nonpareil Magazine’s June 2010 issue: A Silver Screen Soire.



I am totally obsessed with so many of the ideas in here. There’s a DIY for lanterns shaped like Lord of the Rings’ fireworks, table settings based on The Great Gatsby and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and three pages of chocolate-based recipes. I can’t wait to try out the Breakfast at Tiffany’s hair style and maybe do some baking. Great edition for some classic inspiration!

Cheers, Kate