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Prattville CityFest

CityFest Blog

Last weekend, we had the fun opportunity to participate in Prattville’s CityFest.  CityFest is a really popular event in our area, and organizers actually sold out of vendor space.  We were glad we applied for a spot well in advance of the deadline this year.

The weather was perfect!  In the picture, you can see that we had a fan in our booth, but we didn’t need it.  The weather really was wonderful!  We did not have an opportunity to check out all of the other booths at CityFest, but we saw booths selling jewelry, home accessories, and even pet turtles.  Local law enforcement groups and politicians also participated.  Our booth showcased our books for wedding thank you notes and our new aluminum serving pieces.  As  you can see in the picture, we were actually assigned a spot right in front of a bridal and tux store.  The store was closed during CityFest, but we still thought it was very appropriate placement for our booth!

Do you see the pink sequined dress in the photo (behind Rachel)?  Every little girl that passed the store commented on that dress.  It was too cute!  I guess the dress is very eye-catching, even to little ones.

There were plenty of different food options to choose at CityFest.  Rachel and I both ate grilled chicken on a stick for lunch.  It may not sound great, but it was really good!  I wish we had taken a picture of it, but we didn’t.  For dessert, Rachel found a vendor selling Dole Whip.  Delicious!  We managed to capture the Dole Whip on our Instagram account. Yum!

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CityFest occurs once each year, in May, and this year was truly a blast!



***P.S. As a side note, the picture of our booth was taken on my iPhone using the Pro HDR app.  We initially took a photo with my “real” camera, but because of our tent the image was very dark.  We tried the same shot using my iPhone and the Pro HDR app, and the result is the first image in our post.  I love this particular app because it corrects the image right away.  What are your favorite (and easiest) apps to use for images?

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Happy Valentine’s Day Sale! How Did Your 2014 Start?



Whew!  It has been a crazy few weeks for us!  My family moved during the holidays, and the picture above shows what my garage looked like until just last Saturday.  It looks much better now, thanks to the hard work of my dear husband.  My family moved because my husband is going to deploy very soon.  Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers during this next year.  It is going to be a busy one for us!

Rachel has been hard at work on our Facebook store.  We recently added pewter serving pieces for sale, and we will be adding them to our website very soon.  To celebrate Valentine’s Day, all products in our Facebook shop, including our books, are 14% off!  This sale lasts through Sunday, February 16th, and you don’t need a code for the discount.  Here is a link to our Facebook store.  Below are pictures of the pewter we have in our store.







Please let us know what you think about our new products.  We love hearing from you!  Happy Valentine’s Day!



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Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Special!

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We are so excited to offer this special deal that lasts from Small Business Saturday through Cyber Monday (November 30th-December 2nd)!  For every order of Something New: The Bride’s Complete Guide to Writing Thank You Notes” placed from Saturday, November 30th – Monday, December 2nd, at midnight (Central), we will include a free copy of “Something New: The Bride’s Complete Guide to Tracking Thank You Notes.”  All you need to do is place your order for the Writing guide, and we will send you a Tracking guide for free.  No promo code, and no fine print!

Who do you know that could use a set of these books as a present this year?  Or, buy a set of books for a bride you know, and get a copy of our tracking book to help you keep track of your own thank you notes .  It’s a win-win!  Happy shopping!


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Get Buff!


When I was engaged and planning my wedding, I realized I wanted and needed to get in shape. At the time, I was in my last year of law school, and for awhile, fitness and healthy eating just had not been a priority of mine. As my wedding date drew near, I started getting nervous about wearing a white dress (which isn’t the most flattering color on someone as pale as myself) and walking down the aisle in front of family and friends. I wanted to look my best, and I knew that I really needed to focus on my workout routine.

The problem was, I didn’t have a work-out routine. What’s a girl with a limited budget and limited time to do? I had access to my school’s gym, but using it wasn’t as convenient as I needed it to be. I searched and searched for ideas on the Internet. I knew I wanted to combine some strength training with cardio. Finally, I stumbled on the book Buff Brides written by Sue Fleming.  It was so helpful!

The book was very well organized and provided specific directions for weight training.  It was organized into a 24 week program and a 12 week program for those who find themselves in a time crunch.  The book provides steps and illustrations to complete each exercise.  Since I knew next to nothing about strength training, I found the illustrations and directions very helpful.  In addition to the information on strength training, the book also provided suggestions for combining strength training with cardio.  Because Buff Brides was so user friendly, I ended up following the program right up until my wedding using the exercises in the book and usually walking at a fast pace for my cardio.  I did have to purchase some equipment: hand weights, an exercise ball, ankle weights, and a step platform.  However, I could work out at any time in my own apartment.  Sometimes, I was finishing my workout at 1:00 a.m.

Now there is apparently a DVD for those who prefer something like that to using the book, but the book is still available.  Sue has also written other books for getting into shape, but I have not used those.

Several weeks ago, I had a baby, and so getting back into shape is constantly on my mind.  Wish me luck!  I’m starting back on the Buff Brides program next week, even though I’m not planning a wedding:)  That’s how much I enjoyed it years ago!

Here’s the reason I’m out of shape.  I think it’s a pretty good one:)

What are your tips for getting into shape?



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Book Signing at the Smith-Byrd House

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Happy Tuesday!

Please join us Saturday, March 3rd, from 10:30 – Noon for a book signing at the Smith-Byrd House in Prattville.  If you or someone you know is getting married, our book, Something New: The Bride’s Complete Guide to Writing Thank You Notes, will help with the all important task of writing thank you notes for the gifts that are received during this exciting time.  Its companion book, Something New: The Bride’s Complete Guide to Tracking Thank You Notes, is a helpful resource for tracking and organizing gifts and thank you notes.  Both books will be available for purchase at the Smith-Byrd House.  As an added bonus, scones and tea will be served for those who want to stay awhile.  We look forward to seeing you there!

The Smith-Byrd House is located at 137 North Washington Street, Prattville, Alabama, 36067.