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Pewter or Aluminum: Do You Know the Difference?

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Our online store includes aluminum gift items such as spoon rests, chip and dip bowls, pitchers, and cake stands (although these are currently sold out), among other items.  The photograph above shows the pitcher we carry in our online store.  When we first purchased these products to add to our store, we thought they were pewter.  Upon further investigation, we learned they are actually aluminum.  Once we started researching the difference between aluminum and pewter, we realized that all of the “pewter” pieces we registered for and received as gifts when we married are actually aluminum.  So interesting!  Do you know the difference between the two products?  Below is a brief tutorial on the differences between aluminum and pewter.


Aluminum products may be heated in the oven or cooled in the refrigerator or freezer.  Aluminum pieces are also low-maintenance.  These pieces need to be washed by hand and dried immediately, but they do not necessarily need to be polished.  If aluminum pieces are washed and dried as soon as possible after being used, the pieces should last for one’s lifetime.  If serving acidic foods like tomatoes, garlic, or onions wipe the aluminum piece with vegetable oil before placing the food on it in order to minimize the possibility of harming the finish on the piece.

Some brands of aluminum can be used as baking dishes.  The aluminum pieces we carry can be used in the oven up to 250° (F), making them ideal for keeping food warm.  Aluminum should not be used in the microwave, though.

Aluminum pieces may be made of up to 10 different types of metals, but the main metal in the piece must be aluminum.

Popular aluminum brands include Arthur Court, Wilton Armetale, and Beatriz Ball.


To be classified as “pewter,” a product must consist of at least 92% tin.  Because tin is considered a precious metal right now, pewter prices tend to be higher than prices for aluminum pieces.  In general, pewter that contains a higher percentage of tin is considered a higher quality pewter.

Like aluminum, pewter is fairly low-maintenance.  Similar to aluminum, it must be washed and dried by hand, preferably as soon as possible after it has been used.  Unlike some brands of aluminum, pewter cannot withstand high heat and should not be used in an oven or a microwave.

Some pewter pieces are made by hand, so be sure to check for hallmarks or stamps pressed into the piece that might indicate who made it.

Pewter brands include Match Pewter, Danforth Pewter, and Woodbury Pewter.

Do you have any aluminum or pewter pieces in your home?  If so, we would love to know your favorite pieces, so feel free to tell us in the comments!

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Prattville CityFest

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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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Bath and Body Works: Semi-Annual Sale

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So, this week’s post was supposed to provide more information about our recent trip to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear.  I’m still editing those pictures, so please bear with me.  I promise: we’ll finish up with the Grand next week!  In the meantime, I wanted to share my most recent purchases at Bath and Body Works.  Seriously!

This week, select shower gels and body washes are $3.00 each.  I could not resist getting some of the men’s body washes for my husband!  I’ll probably use some of them for myself, too:)  The Ocean fragrance was my favorite, but it looks like it is sold out online in the $3.00 wash.  If you are near a store, though, you may still be able to purchase Ocean.  If you aren’t near a store, there are several other fragrances available online at the $3.00 price.  Plus, the Classic fragrance is now only $2.75!  Classic wasn’t available at the store where I made my purchase.  Oh, well!  I still got some great bargains!

Ladies, what’s your favorite Bath and Body lotion or cream fragrance?  I love, love, love Shea Cashmere & Silk hand cream, and right now, it is available for $5.00.  Regularly, it’s $10.00 per tube.  If you can’t find it in your local store, you can buy it on the Internet!  I think I almost bought out my local store, but I only buy this cream when it’s on sale.  Why pay more for it when you can get it half-price?  I love that I can stash it in my handbag because it’s so small or take it on an overnight trip.

These washes and creams make great gifts for members of the wedding party, hostesses, or anyone else on your gift list, but the Bath and Body Works sale changes every week.  If you don’t want to miss these deals, hurry to your nearest store (even if it’s online).  Happy shopping!





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Be Balanced



Does wedding planning, or life in general, stress you?  If so, Blue Oil balancing concentrate may be just what you need!  We were introduced to this Aveda product by Alexis over at Same Chic Different Day.  It’s a combination of peppermint and blue camomile designed to refresh and soothe.  The oil may be used for mental stress, repetitive movement stress, and tender muscles.  Its scent is completely refreshing, and it also has a cooling effect (perfect for Alabama summers)!  Blue Oil comes in a rollerball that fits perfectly into a purse, making it easy to carry and have on hand whenever needed.  Consider adding it to your emergency bridal kit for the day of the wedding, giving it as a hostess gift, or giving it as a gift to your bridesmaids!  It may be the best $15.00 you spend.

Aveda products may be purchased in the Montgomery area at Amplify Salon and Studio, Doug’s 2 Salon & Day Spa, 2940 Salon & Spa, and William Mason Salon (Prattville).  If you’re not in the Montgomery area, you can find an Aveda location by entering your zip code or city and state, here.

We hope you have a balanced day!