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DIY Nest Table Decoration

This is a video tutorial of how to make a table decoration for your wedding.

Step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Buy all your products

  • Balloons
  • Hemp or string (Walmart)
  • Fabric Stiffener (Michael’s Craft Store)
  • Spray Paint (If needed)









Step 2: Blow up balloon

Step 3: Start to wrap hemp around balloon. Start at the bottom of the balloon and begin to wrap in one direction. Make sure that your balloon is wrapped enough so when you pop the balloon it will hold together. If you have to you can wrap one direction with the hemp, cut it, and tie it. Then start a new piece in the opposite direction.


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Step 4: Tie off the hemp once you have covered your balloon. A simple knot will do or you can weave the hemp in between the other pieces.

Step 5: Spray stiffener all over. You may use the spray, but make sure that you cover liberally. Another suggestion is to buy the liquid and dip the balloon in it. You may want to wear gloves and old clothes to make sure you don’t stain anything.

Step 6: Let dry for at least one hour. Check to see if the hemp is strong and stiff. If so, pop the balloon with a sharp object and there you go.

final product

Other suggestions:

  • If you do not like the color of your hemp or string you can spray paint whatever color you would like it after the balloon has been popped. This also helps hold your nest better.
  • You can also decorate your nest with flowers of the accent color of your wedding.

Ensure You Have A Fun Bachelorette Party



Have you ever wondered where you should have your bachelorette party? It is your last night out with all of your girls as a single lady and of course you want to make it special. There are many things you can do and many places you can go to have a great time.

Jessica Valdes, a newlywed, had difficulty in deciding where to go for her bachelorette party, but she knew one thing…she wanted to try something new.

Valdes did not have much planned out for her venue and decided to just go with the flow and go to dinner and country line dancing. She decided to have her bachelorette party at the Dallas Bull, a popular country club in Tampa and the surrounding area.


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Before Valdes and her girls went out for the night they had a lovely dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen. At dinner they played a popular bachelorette card game which involved guessing what the bride-to-be would like most or would most likely do. Laughter filled the air as answers were being shouted

Following dinner they drove over to the Dallas Bull for country line dancing. They showed up a little too early, but this gave them time to get accustom to the atmosphere. It was out of everyone’s element but “it was fun trying something new,” said Valdes. They all had to learn the basic steps and get loose.

Erika Valdes, the maid of honor and sister of Jessica Valdes, said that her favorite part was “being together with my family and seeing my sister get loose and have fun the day before she got married.”

Tiffany Thenor, a newlywed and bridesmaid of Jessica Valdes, also attended the bachelorette party and she liked that there was a “lingerie shower the same night as the bachelorette party because it was convenient for all of the girls.”

The bachelorette party ended with all the girls sleeping over. The party would continue into the next day decorating for the wedding and getting their nails and toes done.

There were a few things, according to Erika Valdes, that every bride-to-be should do for her bachelorette party.

“The first thing that anyone should do is plan. Don’t just show up somewhere and expect a party. It may turn out to be a dud,” said Erika Valdes.

Erika Valdes also suggested taking a lot of pictures because it will be a day you will want to remember and look back on. The last piece of advice from Erika Valdes was to “just have fun. Don’t worry about looking silly.” Being silly is the best part of being at a party. Loosen up and be you.

Other ideas about different venues from these women were: a beach bar, spa, road trip, or cruise. There are plenty of other places to go for your bachelorette party as well. You can check out more ideas here.




Just remember to plan ahead, take pictures, and have fun with all of your girls on your last single day.



Is He “The One”?…

Is he “the one”? Many women who are dating, most likely in a serious relationship, ask themselves that question.”The one” is a big term that should be used carefully because when you use it you are most likely referring to this person as the one you want to be with the rest of your life. This is the one who you would die for and go through any hardship with. The big concern that women have is knowing if he is “the one”.


Katelyn Goglia, a senior at Southeastern University and a newlywed, knew she had “the one” because, “he is the only person in the world who truly understands every aspect of my personality. We get each other, and it’s as simple as that!”

The big concern of women who are dating or soon to be dating is knowing if he is “the one”.

“The one” is different for everyone because we all have different likes and dislikes, but the question is he “the one” still there.

Some women know they have “the one” because they have grown up with together, but others meet in high school, college, or even later on in life.

For Goglia, she met her husband when she was in high school on a vacation with her family in Marco Island. She lived in Wisconsin and he lived in Connecticut, but the distance did not stop them. They dated for a year and a half and ended up at the same college and are now married.

For Tiffany Thenor on the other hand, an elementary school teacher in Lakeland, FL and newlywed, she found her husband in her last years of college. It wasn’t until after she graduated that she began dating her husband.

Thenor said, “[when] we started dating I knew almost immediately I would marry him. He was my first and only boyfriend.”

No matter if you know if he is the one early, like Thenor, or you date for a while, like Goglia, before you still need to understand each other. As you spend more time together you will understand that. If he is “the one” he will understand you. This is not just the only thing in determining if he is “the one” of course.

Some things that you should or may feel when finding “the one” are:

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  • Comfort
  • Confidence (that he is here for you)
  • Peace
  • Vision (for the future)

These are by no means the only things that you should or may be feeling, but these are the things that are common to these women as well as others.

The way that Thenor described her feelings was just that she knew. Having that “knowing” feeling is another way to know if he is “the one”. You are confident and have no second guesses because you know that this man was placed on this earth for you.

Sarah Cogswell, an elementary school teacher in Lakeland, FL and a newlywed, suggests that one seeks God to find out who “the one” is for them. Cogswell had written a list of things she wanted in a man, but God told her to seek more of Him so that is what she did.


Cogswell said, “after I began to seek God more about my future husband, he led me to Psalm 45 and also showed me other characteristics that my husband would have. I figured that if God created me and knows every detail in His plan for me, He also knew who my husband would be,” said Sarah.


There are two books that are highly recommended to women about themselves and their love story by these newlyweds: Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge and When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Lesley Ludi.

Knowing if he is “the one” is a complex thing to explain, but if he is “the one” it should not be complicated at all. You should just know.


Finding the Right Venue

Having an indoor or an outdoor wedding or reception is a big decision to make. The recent theme over the past year is the “barn wedding”, but what is the right venue for you?

There are a lot of things that one needs to consider when choosing a venue for their wedding or reception. Some but not all include:

  • The size of the venue. You need to make sure that all of your guests fit in the venue and that it is not too cramped or too spacious. 
  • Privacy. Take into consideration your surroundings and where your reception is taking place.
  • Lighting. Make sure that your venue is well lite. You do not want to feel like you are in Hollister where you cannot see six feet in front of you.
  • The acoustics or sound system of the venue. One thing that people love to do at a wedding is dance and you need to make sure that the sound system works properly and produces good quality sound.
  • The dance stage. Is it going to fit all of the guests? Do you want a dance stage?
  • Has the right theme. If you are looking for a more rustic wedding with fall colors you may want your venue outside or if you are looking for a more traditional venue maybe look for something indoors.

The barn wedding has become very popular and booming on Pinterest and elsewhere over the past year. Many people love the           rustic theme with the burlap and peach color scheme.


Jessica, a newlywed, went along the lines of a “barn wedding” and had her reception on her parents’ farm. She had her ceremony in a traditional white church up on a hill.

Some women, like Jessica, know exactly where they want their wedding and reception to be. “Choosing a wedding venue was by far the easiest component to plan”, said Jessica, “mostly because I knew where I wanted to get married at since I was about 13 years old.” Jessica’s reception was under a canopy of lights with the dance floor underneath and tables surrounding it for all the guests.


Other women are unsure yet of where they want their wedding and reception. It is okay if you are not engaged yet or newly engaged,

Many women fight with the decision of having their wedding and/or reception indoors or outdoors. Some fear that the weather will ruin their big day. That it will be too hot or too cold. “Inside is more predictable”, said Kendra, a bride to be, “It would have to be perfect weather for my wedding to be outside.”

What state are you in? If you are in a state that has very unpredictable weather, like Florida, you may want an indoor wedding.
There are definite pros and cons to having an indoor versus and outdoor wedding, but as the bride it is ultimately your decision. Here are a few things to look at when deciding whether to have your wedding and/or reception outdoors or indoors:

  • What time of year is your wedding going to take place?
  • What kind of theme is your wedding?
  • What season is it? If you have allergies this may be a big factor in deciding where your wedding/reception will be.

These are just a few things to consider when picking out your venue whether it is indoors or outdoors. Just remember that this is your big day so you make all the decisions and do what you want to do.

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