Many of you are probably familiar with the wedding tradition of "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue." Some brides are pretty persistent in following this tradition, since it is supposed to bring you good luck when you have all four on your wedding day, and will not take one step down that aisle until they have all four things on that list. The first three items on that list are pretty easy to find for the big day, but it can sometimes get a little tricky incorporating your "something blue" into your wedding day outfit. To help out those brides-to-be I have put together some creative ways on how you can incorporate your "something blue" into your wedding day...

1. Blue Pedicure.
This is a great way to add your pop of blue. More than likely you are planning on getting your nails done before your big day, so choosing a shade of blue is the perfect way to add that something blue without having to add anything else to your to-do list.
2. Blue Stitching.
For those that don't mind adding a little something to heir wedding gown ask the person handling your alterations if they could add your wedding date or new initials to the hem of your dress in blue. If you can sew this can also be an easy DIY project to complete.
3. Blue Hanky.
I am not saying that it always happens, but I would say most brides (and grooms) will tear up at some point during the wedding ceremony. Why not find an adorable blue hanky to carry with you down the aisle. You can find some great ones on Etsy or ask a relative if they have one (then it could also be your something old or borrowed).
4. Blue Vows.
I'm not says they are to be sad, instead write your vows out on blue paper. This is a great ideas for the bride who is afraid that they might blank when they are in front of so many guests.
5. Blue "I Do".
This might be one of my favorite ways to add your "something blue." You can get stickers or a blue sharpie to add a cute "I Do" to the bottom of your wedding day shoes.
Which is your favorite way to incorporate your "something blue" into your wedding day?

xoxo
Megan

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This past week I have been getting some rest, relaxation and tons of sun down at the beach. One thing I always look forward to while I am at the beach is the easy access we have to enjoy some amazing seafood. You might call me a seafood snob, but with my aunt and uncle living at the river I was raised enjoying freshly caught (as in it was swimming without a care in the world less than 24 hours ago) seafood so anything less than that is just not acceptable. 

One of my favorite recipes that I always have a few times while I am at the beach are fish tacos. I love the different salsas, slaws and dressings that restaurants pair with their fish and have fallen in love with all of them. Since I will be heading home tomorrow I decided to hunt down my own delicious fish taco recipe so that I can enjoy them year round. Here is one that I cannot wait to try that I found from Midwest Living

Ingredients
  • 1 fresh mango, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 cups coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage with carrot)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces fresh white fish (tilapia, cod or mahi are popular choices)
  • 8 6-inch tortillas
  • 1/2 cup sliced guacamole
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions
  1. Place half the diced mango in a blender or food processor. Add barbecue sauce; puree until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl combine 2/3 cup of the barbecue sauce mixture, the light mayonnaise and lime zest. (Reserve the remaining 1/3 cup of the barbecue sauce mixture.) Add remaining diced mango, your shredded coleslaw mix and green onions. Toss to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  3. Grill fish on the greased rack of a covered charcoal or gas grill directly over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish flakes when tested with a fork, brushing generously with the reserved 1/3 cup barbecue sauce mixture during the last 2 minutes of grilling. Wrap tortillas in foil and place on grill rack over heat while fish is grilling to warm, turning once halfway through warming.
  4. To serve, fill warm tortillas with coarsely flaked fish, coleslaw, guacamole and cilantro. If you like, squeeze with lime juice.

This recipe is pretty close to my favorite BBQ Fish Tacos, which were featured on Food Network's DDD, that you can find at a place called Flip Flops down in Virginia Beach. I can't wait to try this recipe out once I get home! What is your favorite thing you like to eat when you go to the beach?

xoxo
Megan

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One food that I always look forward to enjoying in the summer is watermelon. It is great for picnics, fun to grill, a perfect snack for the pool, easy to turn into a delicious drink and a great summer salad ingredient! With gardens and farmer's markets just over flowing with delicious foods during the summer months there are no limitations to what you can create a delicious summertime salad out of. I always make sure to take full advantage of all the delicious goodies I can get my hands on! When I ran across this recipe in Relish that included watermelon on a salad I could not wait to give it a try. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Watermelon & Grilled Cheese Salad 
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces of haloumi or fresh mozzarella cheese, drained
  • 3 cups arugula or other salad greens
  • 1/4 seedless watermelon, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • aged balsalmic vinegar
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, rouchly chopped

Directions
  1. Start by slicing your cheese into 1/3 inch slices. 
  2. Next heat your grill or grill pan to medium-high and lightly cover the brush grate with olive oil to prevent the cheese from sticking. 
  3. You want to grill your cheese about 2 minutes on each side or until the cheese has some nicely defined grill marks (presentation is everything with the cheese! lol).
  4. Place your salad greens in your serving dish and then top with your cut watermelon and cheese.
  5. Drizzle the salad with your olive oil and vinegar followed by your chopped mint and pistachios. 
*This recipe make approximately 4 servings

This is a great salad to make for your next summer cookout you have as it pairs great with just about everything! What is your favorite way to enjoy watermelon during the summer? Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo
Megan

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As I mentioned in my post on Monday, I made an adorable wedding present for my friends. They are huge Tennessee fans (thus the Tennessee orange color in the wedding) as well as a couple who love to tailgate for just about everything. Since they already bought a house together a while ago they didn't really have a wedding registry, so I decided to get a little creative (surprised?) with their wedding gift: A Mason jar Bar Set. The great part is that this is a great idea to make for anyone for a wedding present, house warming present, or birthday present. Here is how you can make your own mason jar bar set.

Materials

Directions
  1. I first measured out the size on the glass for the vinyl decals. Next I created a design of what I was looking for on my computer to give me a better visual of what I was looking to make. I then contacted my favorite vinyl decal girl, Ali from Ali Cat Alley, to order my custom designed decals.
  2. Once my decals arrived I added them to my jars. Since these were a wedding present I chose to do a "His" and "Hers" on the drinking glasses but you could easily do a school logo, monogram or just a design like polka dots.
  3. Once I had the decals on I switched out the normal mason jar lids for the shaker top and straw set.
  4. And now I have an adorable, custom made mason jar bar set!

What easy DIY craft ideas have you made from mason jars? Be sure to share you creations below!

xoxo
Megan

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Just as wedding flowers come in all shapes and sizes so do wedding bouquets. When you are talking with your florist on creating your wedding bouquet you want to choose a bouquet shape that will compliment you and your outfit. Those who are petite should probably lean toward a smaller, more contained bouquet style. While those who are on the taller side you could opt for a more cascading style. One bouquet style that will work for just about everyone is the hand-tied bouquet. 

While there are many different styles to choose from here are the six most common wedding bouquet styles:
Beidermeier: Like a nosegay but made up of concentric circles of different flowers for a somewhat striped effect.
Cascade: A waterfall-like "spill" of blooms and greenery that's anchored in a hand-held base. While shorter than most, this is the kind of bouquet that Kate Middleton had for the royal wedding.
Hand-Tied: A dense bunch of blooms loosely hand-tied together. This is the most common and the easiest to make if you are looking for a DIY bouquet project.
Composite: A handmade creation in which different petals or buds are wired together on a single stem, creating the illusion of one giant flower.
Nosegay: A small, round cluster of flowers, all cut to a uniform length. Usually made with one dominant flower or color, nosegays are wrapped tightly with ribbon or lace for a delicate effect. 
Pomander: A bloom-covered ball suspended from a ribbon and perfect for child attendants. 

No matter which bouquet style you choose, you should know how to carry it so it makes you look stunning. You want to rest your arms just above your hip bones so the bouquet will be positioned close to your natural waist line. 

Which bouquet style is your favorite? What kind of bouquet did you have for your wedding? 

xoxo
Megan

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Happy Monday to you all! Sorry I have been away for two weeks but I am back, so no worries! This summer has just been flying by and I can't seem to keep up. A few weeks ago I got to stand by my friend as her MOH on her wedding day. The happy couple decided to host their wedding down in Kingsport, TN so that meant a fun road trip for me! I had so much fun that weekend with the bride and groom to-be and could not wait to share some of my favorite moments with you! Let the wedding festivities begin...

We were off and running as soon as I arrived in Tennessee for the wedding weekend. Here is the bride and I on our way to rehearsal...
When getting ready the morning of a wedding you can never have too much champagne...
Then it was time to get my hair done...
And then it was off to the wedding for the I dos! Sorry no pictures since I was in the wedding, but I did get some great shots of how the bride incorporated the Tennessee orange into the wedding details! The earrings and bow ties matched perfectly!
Can't forget a group shot of the entire wedding party...
The reception had the cutest cupcake tower with so many delicious flavors...
The heals came off when it was time to hit the dance floor...
And the best part of the whole weekend? I think it might have to be my date!
Be sure to check back in on Thursday when I share with you how I made their wedding present. :) Have a wonderful rest of your day!

xoxo
Megan

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It's finally Friday! (And yes, I may have that classic Friday song stuck in my head - and I'm totally ok with that!) For me most Fridays during the summer mean its time to plan fun activities for the weekend, but this weekend you don't have to wait for 5 o'clock to get here to start having fun because...today is free slurpee day! If you want to have a little more fun you can also dress up as a cow and head over to Chick-fil-A for Cow Appreciation Day, but I'll leave that one up to you! Back to the slurpees. So if for some reason you have never heard of free slurpee day its hosted on by 7-Eleven on you guessed it 7-11 or July 11th (pure genius, right?). So in celebration of free slurpee day here is a great recipe I found on how you can turn your favorite drink into your very own slurpee. Enjoy!

Ingredients
  • 4 cups of ice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar
  • Your favorite drink

Directions
  1. Pour 4 cups of ice into a blender.
  2. Pour the crushed ice into a container and place it in the freezer.
  3. Pour 2 cups of water and your sugar into the empty blender and blend thoroughly.
  4. Pour 1 can (your drink) into the blender and blend for approximately 10 seconds.
  5. Take the crushed ice out of the freezer, pour into the blender with your liquid mixture and blend for 15 seconds.
  6. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

You can make your own slurpee flavor creations by combining different drinks and flavors too. What is your favorite slurpee flavor? Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo
Megan

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This past weekend was filled with lots of food, fireworks and fun! Oh and lots of red, white and blue too! If you are like my sister she only packed items that were red, white and/or blue so she was prepared for celebrating all weekend long no matter the occasion called for. I, on the other hand, discovered that I desperately need to stock up on some more red, white and blue patriotic gear before Labor Day weekend gets here. (Sale suggestions anyone? lol) Anyways, here are a few photos from the weekend that I wanted to share with everyone...

A trip to the river is never complete without a delicious batch of Chesapeake Bay blue crabs fixed to perfection by my uncle...
We always like to all join in on a round or two of (friendly?) competition...
There were plenty of red, white and blue treats to enjoy all weekend long...
The group decked out in our finest red, white and blue all ready for the evening's firework show...
And speaking of fireworks (my dad might have a slight obsession with buying fireworks) we got to enjoy a great show overlooking the creek...
For the second year in a row we ran in the Deltaville 5K and some of us came home with a shiny new medal...
Couldn't pass up a nice spin around the creek on the paddleboard,,,
I had so much fun with everyone over the 4th of July weekend and cannot wait to get back down to river later this summer! How did you celebrate this past 4th of July weekend?

xoxo
Megan

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While this may not be the most festive day to  celebrate (thanks Hurricane Arthur!) it still doesn't mean that you can't have a fun red, white and blue filled holiday weekend - even if that means you have to postpone those fireworks by a day to keep America's Birthday Party rolling! So whether you are heading to the beach, hosting a cookout or catching a ballgame this holiday weekend I hope you all have fun!

What are you doing in celebration of America's Birthday this weekend? My fingers are crossed that my dad didn't go too crazy with his fireworks purchase this year - but that is wishful thinking! 

xoxo
Megan

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Sinangag or Filipino Fried Rice Recipe #PreppyPlanner
After a few busy months the girls and I were able to get together this past week for another great theme dinner night. And as an added bonus we all got to hangout and watch the University of Virginia baseball team play in the College World Series! Even though they didn't take home the championship trophy they still played amazing and they won the night we watched. (Go WaHoos!!) But back to the dinner...

This month one of the girl's suggested that we try our hand at recipes from the Philippines and it was quite delicious! I took a stab at making Filipino fried rice as a perfect side to the rest of the dishes. It was the perfect accompaniment to the stew that one of the other girl's made! I found out that Filipino fried rice, or Sinangag, is less seasoned than other versions of fried rice and paler in color since there is no soy sauce in the recipe. However, the recipe utilizes the same cooking techniques so I now know how to make any version! Here is the recipe that I used (with a few tweaks of course!)

Sinangag aka Filipino Fried Rice
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of cold (leftover) white rice
  • 3 cloves crushed minced garlic
  • 1 scrambled egg
  • 2/3 cup of any cooked meat chopped in small pieces (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cooked peas and carrots (other crunchy vegetable)
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • Chili or red pepper
  • Salt

Directions
  1. Cook 6 cups of rice per container instructions. Once cooked allow to cool and place in fridge. (Leftover steamed rice that has been refrigerated makes the best fried rice.)
  2. When you are ready to make the fried rice heat the cooking oil in a big frying pan or large wok.
  3. Next add the minced garlic and fry until golden brown, set aside.
  4. Add the rice to wok and mix for about 5 minutes to release the starch.
  5. Once the rice has been heated add the meat, scrambled egg and veggies. You can also add your pepper and salt for taste at this time.

For the rest of the meal we had lumpia, a beef and potato stew (that for the life of me I cannot remember its name but it might have been kaldereta) and bibingka for dessert. I totally forgot to take a picture of the cake but it was very delicious and I don't event like coconut!!

Do you have a Filipino recipe that you like to make? Be sure to share your favorites in the comments section below!

xoxo
Megan

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