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Steps Required To Get Married

Posted by Live Love Mom on September 14, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev. Dr. Stéphanie Noircent



 

So you want to get married? Congratulations! Now, how do you start? What are the first steps? Here are the requirements to be married legally.


 

Be at least 18 years old or be the minimum required age with parental consent from both parents of both children.


 

Do your research. How much will the marriage licence cost? Where do you need to go to apply for it? What is the delay between the application and the response? When would you recieve the marriage licence? How long is your marriage licence valid for?


 

Order your birth certificates and proof of no marriage. Have the required funds to order them. If this is your second wedding, provide your divorce certificate or decree of divorce. If you are widowed, bring your wedding certificate as well as your late spouse’s death certificate. If you are annulled, bring your proof of annullment. This is to prove that your marriage would not be commiting bigamy. Have these documents ready before going to the courthouse.


 

You will need to both take your photo ID cards, preferrably driver’s license since it doubles as proof of residence. You will both need to go to your county of residence’s courthouse or city hall with your IDs and the fees for a marriage licence. Be sure to know your social security number by heart or to have your social security card with you.


 

Ask for a marriage licence application and both fill out the forms honestly. Submit the forms together. Depending on your state or country, you can obtain your marriage licence in a few hours or a few months.


 

Be sure to check the mail or p.o. box often so you are sure to recieve your marriage licence. Check the expiration date so you know by which date you have to marry. Will it expire before your wedding date? Either move the wedding date up sooner, get married legally before and just have a reception after, or just get a new marriage licence after the expiration date.


 

Find an officiant. Check their credentials to make sure that they’re allowed to preform legal marriage ceremonies in your state or country. To be sure they can, you can always get a judge or a justice of the peace, or a practicing religious minister to marry you. Check how much their fee is, and have the money ready to pay them in advance to reserve them for your wedding day.


 

Choose two witnesses that are willing to be present during the ceremony and sign as witnesses. Usually they re the maid of honor and the best man, but they can be any gender. Make sure they will be available on your wedding day. You need hese two witnesses to get married. If you are eloping, make sure the wo witnesses are included in the package.


 

Vows can be either written by you or provided by the person marrying you in a standard ceremony. If you are a non-romantic couple and are unreligious, you can simply state that you agree to take each other as spouses. This is the whole point of the ceremony, to allow surity that the couple indeed wishes to be wed, that no one was threatened, bribed or inebriated; and that no one has justifiable objections to the union. If you think anyone will object, it’s best to elope so no one will know where to go to stop you.


 

Sign the marriage licence and certificate after the ceremony and the vows. Have the person who married you sign the papers as well as the two witnesses. Don’t forget to date the papers as well.

 

 

Turn in the signed licence and certificate to be officially declared as married. If possible, bring the person that married you and have them bring their birth certificate, driver’s licence and credentials. You can also bring your two witnesses with their birth certificates and driver’s licences to prove that no fraud was committed and everyone consents.


 

Literally everything else is optional! Congratulations, you’re married! Unable to afford a lavish wedding of your dreams? Relax, you are just as married as the couple who spent $50k on their wedding. Your wedding is just as meaningful and you sign the same papers.


 

In the case of marriage of immigrants, such as a natural born citizen and a tourist, you will need to take photos of your wedding and honeymoon. If the tourist wants to immigrate into the citizen’s country, an immigration lawyer will want lots of pictures to prove the authenticity of your marriage and relationship.


 

Does your state or country require something else? Comment below!


Why Self Care Is So Important

Posted by Live Love Mom on September 7, 2021 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent



More and more articles and shows are talking about self-care. But what exactly makes it so important? And just what is self-care? 


Self-care is the act of caring for yourself. You can practice self-care in many different ways, which I've listed in a previous blog post. There are many different benefits to self-care, including lowered stress levels, better mood, and higher relaxation.


Mental health. You need to be able to feel that your batteries are charged in order to function. Mental health is so often overlooked, as people usually treat what they can see. However, your brain is what controls the rest of your body. If your mind is unwell, the rest of your body can't be well either. Self-care promotes better moods, relaxation, and higher confidence and self-esteem. It also eliminates stress, which stablizes blood pressure and heart rates. When you feel mentally well, you can do anything. When you are emotionally exhausted or depleted, your body can't follow what you want to do. Take care of your mind, your psyche, and your brain. You've only got one.


Physical health. Caring for yourself is also nurturing your body. Feeding yourself the neccessary nutrients to survive is the bare minimum. Your body also needs to be healthy, to move, and to be functioning properly. It's important to cut out bad habits such as smoking, alcohol abuse or drug abuse to keep your body as healthy as possible. You want to get all of the vitamins and minerals that you need to function, even if that means taking a multi-vitamin. If you have any health problems or ailments, it's important to treat those as well. When all that is done, it's always a good idea to keep your physical health at it's peak by letting yourself feel good. Get a massage, soak in a hot tub, smell your favorite scents. You can give yourself a rush of endorphins as you exercise, and produce seratonin doing things that you enjoy doing. Indulge in your hobbies and keep yourself entertained and happy. Don't injure yourself, and stretch before exercise. Look out for yourself. Your body is your temple, it's only right you treat it right.


Spiritual health. Whether you believe in a soul or a spirit or not, we all have spiritual health that we need to address. Once all our basic needs are met, we become aware of other needs we didn't even know existed. One of them is spiritual health. We are all spiritual beings on one level or another, even if your spirituality is aetheism or the absense of one. It's important to listen to yoruself and to respect yourself and your beliefs. Don't let others pressure you into conversion or doing things you don't agree with. You have control over yourself and what you do, and you do have a choice. For some people, spirituality is as simple as going outside every day. Others prefer to visit their religious institutions and pray together. Spiritual practices often come with a community of like-minded people, which also fulfill our basic human need for connection and social interaction. Togetherness and support are important and both are often interconnected. Light some candles, burn some incense, garden; whatever makes you feel at peace. 


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Cheap And Simple Wedding Centerpiece

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 31, 2021 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)
by: Rev. Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




This wedding centerpiece is so simple! Just buy long fake vines from discount online stores and websites such as ebay or wish, or even pick some up at the local dollar store during spring or summertime. Just drape them across your tables end to end and voila!

 

 

This wedding centerpiece is so simple! Just buy long fake vines from discount online stores and websites such as ebay or wish, or even pick some up at the local dollar store during spring or summertime. Just drape them across your tables end to end and voila!

 

 

This wedding had a medieval theme, so this goes well for all medieval theme weddings. It also goes well with garden weddings, tea party weddings, nature-based weddings, and honestly all kinds of themes. Vines are gorgeous, easy to lay out on tables, and don’t block people’s faces when trying to carry out a conversation.

 

 

Coupled with chair covers, bows and tablecloths, this would look just as chic as a blowout shingding. Remember, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on centerpieces you’ll only use once.


Gift ideas for best friends

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 24, 2021 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (1)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Don't know what to get as a gift for your best friend? After gift-giving for so many years, we all come up empty on ideas once in a while on what to give our best friends. When they already have everything they need or want, you're not sure what to get them. Here is a list of ideas for a meaningful gift your best friend will love.


Friendship Lamp. Connected by wifi, these lamps light up when you touch them. No matter how far away you are, when you touch your lamp, your friend's lamp will also light up. This way they will know you are thinking of them.


Touch Bracelets. Similar concept of the lamps, these are bracelets that you can wear on your wrist. If you touch yours, your friend's bracelet will light up and vibrate. You can use it as a secret signal, like you need to talk to the other and to get online or check their instant messager.


Portraits. Cartoon portraits are being sold where you can customize it to look like you and your friend. You can even get the portraits on mugs, or on a canvas. Your friend will have a reminder of you always.


Location map. Maps can be customized showing the location you both live, and join them together in the shape of a heart. Or, it can be the outline of the country you live in and your friends' with a heart at the city where you reside, and a line connecting you two. You can frame it and your friend can hang it up and remember they are always in your heart.


Night Lamp. You can get a photo printed on a night lamp of you and your best friend together. Choose a good quality photo of you two having a good time. They will be able to see it every night and it will make them smile.


Sky art. Some online stores sell personalized star charts according to your birth days and put them next to your friend's birthday with a cute message. It's something thoughtful, beautiful and easy to frame to put on a dresser or display on a wall.


Got any more gift ideas? Comment below!


$3 Simple Wedding Centerpiece

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 17, 2021 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)
by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




Is your wedding budget reaching it’s limit? Are you struggling to squeeze a gorgeous wedding centerpiece for minimal cost into your decorations? Look no further! Here you can make this wedding centerpiece for just over $3 including shipping!

 


 

You can get flower crowns at your local dollar store around the summertime. You can also buy them on ebay for less than $2. If you include shipping, it’s about $2.08, which is totally worth it!

 


Next, get some tall candles form your local dollar store, they usually aren’t more than $1 each. Just slide the candle on top of the candle ring and arrange the blooms accordingly. Light the candle and you have a romantic and simple wedding centerpiece.

 


To save even more money, keep it at one centerpiece per table. Some people put two or three centerpieces per table if it’s a long one. However, they’re called a centerpiece for a reason. Just buy one and put it in the center of the table.

 


 

This is also a great money-saving trick if you are having many guests, you get to spend less on centerpieces per table. Besides, guests will be too busy enjoying themselves, eating food and dancing to pay much attention to a centerpiece. What guests remember most is the food and the music!


What Questions To Ask A Doula

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Expectant parents will want to ask questions before hiring a doula, so they can pick one that best suits their wishes. Always choose one that you feel comfortable with and see yourself spending time with her for the upcoming months. Here is a list of questions you should ask doulas.


 

  1. Are you certified? This is the most important question. You need to make sure that your doula has had formal training and passed her courses.
  2. How many years of experience do you have? You want to get an idea if your doula is fresh out of school with a head full of knowledge, or has worked for years and is a veteran doula. 
  3. What inspired you to become a doula? If you agree or can resonate with her answer, it's always a good sign.
  4.  Do you work as a dyad with another doula? If so, when can I meet her? A dyad is very important, since if your doula cannot make your birth, the other doula will be able to.
  5. Do you offer prenatal courses? Most birth doulas learn prenatal courses and how to offer them in training, so most often they will offer them.
  6. Do you offer breastfeeding support? If you plan on breastfeeding, it's good to have a person who will know what to do and how to support you.
  7. Do you offer postpartum services? This is probably depending on the packages they offer or if they are a birth doula or also a postpartum doula. Be sure to ask.
  8. Do you work with a doctor or a midwife? Depending on who you chose or will choose as your practitioner or midwife, you will want a doula that works with them or with someone with the same job title.
  9. How do you support a laboring mother? Pay attention to her answers and decide if this is the type of support you want for yourself.
  10. Are you always on call? It's best to know how busy your midwife will be and if you can reach her at anytime.
  11. Do you visit mothers before the birth? This way you will know what to expect with your doula during your pregnancy. 
  12. How many births have you attended since you became a doula? A doula could have 6 months of experience but have already attended 50 births. It's an important question to ask to guage her experience.
  13. What kind of packages do you offer? This question prepares you to know what kind of services you can have for which price.
  14. What is your fee? You will know right away whether the doula is in your price range.
  15. How do you relieve mothers' pain during labor? There are many different ways to relieve pain during labor. Find out what this doula does and see if you are comfortable with these methods. 
  16. Have you had clients who had home births? This mostly needs to be asked if you yourself are considering, or have decided on, having a home birth.
  17. What is your philosophy on birth? It's best if the doula's view of birth is similar to your own.
  18. If complications occur, do you accompany clients to the hospital? You don't want a doula that will leave you hanging if you have to go into surgery or anything else.
  19. Do you also offer partner support? If your partner has questions, will he be able to contact the doula as well as yourself?
  20. Do you offer any other services? If you are looking for additional services such as placenta encapsulation, belly casting or more, then it's smart to hire one person.


Have any more questions you've asked or think others would benefit from asking a doula? Comment below!

 

DIY First Fight Box

Posted by Live Love Mom on August 3, 2021 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie Noircent




A first fight box is a great idea to put together. It strengthens your marriage, solidifies your relationship, and reminds you not to give up after just an argument. If you’re a woodworker, you can even make the box yourself!

 

Items needed:

 

-1 wooden box

-1 lid for wooden box

-4 nails

-1 hammer

-2 love letters, one for the groom and one for the bride

-1 bottle of wine, a type that you both like

-Optional: 2 plastic wine glasses (plastic to avoid breakage)


Instructions:


 

Take some paper and pen and write a love letter to your spouse. Have your spouse write one for you. List what you love about them, the reasons you married them, anything lovey-dovey and sweet.


Fold up your letters and write your spouse’s name on the outside. Optional: put them in a sealed envelope with your spouse’s name on it.


Place the letters inside the wodden box.


Place the bottle of wine in the box. Optional: put 2 plastic wine glasses inside.


Place the cover of the box on top of the box.


Place a nail on each corner of the box and hammer the nails in. If the box has an attached lid, simply close it and lock it.


Put it in a place where you will both remember where it is.


When you have your first fight, remove all 4 nails with the forked end of the hammer. Pour the wine and read the letters and remember how much your marriage means to each other.



Differences Between Doulas and Midwives

Posted by Live Love Mom on July 27, 2021 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree



 

Even in this day and age, people are still getting the two terms confused. Some people believe they are one and the same, and will hire a doula thinking she is a midwife, but at a lower price. This couldn't be further from the truth. Here is how to tell the difference between a doula and a midwife, their jobs, and more.



Midwife.


A midwife is a medical practitioner who has medical training on many things. She knows infant CPR, how to measure the uterus and determine baby's position, monitor the fetal heart rate, preform ultrasounds, and more. She can do cervical checks, prescribe medications and medical procedures, and adds this information into your medical records. She knows how to spot and prevent medical complications in both babies and mothers. She is recognized in the medical community and is just as informed as doctors. She can work in a birth center, a hospital, and even go to your home for you to give birth there. She takes your blood pressure, weighs you, administers urine and blood tests. They are experts in the care of low-risk and healthy pregnancies and mothers. They can also do health checks, such as if you got an episiotomy or c-section, they can tell if the scars are healing properly. They also offer newborn checks and visits up to 6 weeks postpartum. She can also refer you to a nutritionist or OB-GYN if you need it. 



Doula. 


A doula is a support person and is not a medical professional. They are trained for up to a year about pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding. A doula will focus on the health of the mother, even after the baby is born. She will ask you questions about your mood and thoughts, and make sure you are healthy. She can inform you on everything you want to know about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. She will teach your partner how he can help you and teach pressure points he can use to help your pain during labor. She will encourage you and empower you as a person and as a mother. A doula will give you massage, acupressure, and physical support during labor. She can use many different methods to make you as comfortable as possible during labor. She can even use a TENS machine if you want, and she holds space for you. They don't judge and are your own personal cheerleader. After the birth, they can help you establish a routine as a family and check in with you to see how you are. She sticks around as long as you need her and can prepare meals and do some light housework to lighten your load. She can also watch your newborn so you can shower or get some sleep, or watch your older children so you can get some one-on-one time with your newborn. 



What they have in common.


They both get to know you, your family and your birth preferences. They also both offer prenatal courses and postpartum visits. They can both ask you questions and help you make your birth plan. They are both very well informed on birth, pregnancy, postpartum period and breastfeeding. They can both work in birth centers and have connections and resources in the community. 



Got more to add or any experiences with a midwife or a doula? Comment below!






Free Wedding Table Numbers

Posted by Live Love Mom on July 20, 2021 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Table numbers make it easier for guests to know where they are seated. They will know which table to look for once they view the seating chart, or you let them know some other way that they will be sitting at a certain table. It will make things much less hectic for you and for your guests on your special day.



One of the best part about table numbers is that they are easily recyclable. You can either put them in the recycling bin after your wedding, or you can simply reuse them for a different event. You could also give them to a friend or family member for their wedding day. 



Before you use table numbers, be sure to have a seating chart and let your venue know how many people and tables you will need. You will also need to know the number of chairs you will need as well. Once that is all settled, be sure to seat strategically so divorced people don't have to sit next to each other or across from each other. You want your reception to be peaceful and fun, not turn into a brawl or a shouting match.



Don’t break the bank getting custom-made numbers designed by a graphic artist or spending hundreds on premade ones. Choose a design and print them off for free at your home printer, or for less than $20 for 12 at Staples!


 

Here is one place to get some gorgeous, free table numbers:

 www.invitationsbydawn.com/content/printable-wedding-table-numbers/


 

Check out this site for different free designs:

 www.weddingchicks.com/84_table-numbers.html


 

Got any other ideas? Comment below!


8 Tips for staying positive

Posted by Live Love Mom on July 13, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




We've all faced negativity at least once in our lives. We've also all bad at least one bad day. The two are often related. One way to have less bad days and reduce or even eliminate negativity is to be more positive. To maintain this, you need to learn to stay positive. Here are some tips to help you do just that. You don't have to do all of them, but doing at least one will put you on the path to a better, happier life.


Meditate. Even if it's just as simple as finding your center, allow yourself time to relax and meditate. You can listen to a guided imagery meditation. You can also close your eyes, think of your happy place, and put on some soothing nature sounds or soft music. What is a happy place? Think of a place where you are the happiest; a place that relaxes you instantly. Picture it clearly in your mind, and close your eyes and take deep breaths. That place, wherever you are, is your happy place. Stress should roll off of you like waves and you should feel relaxed.


Affirmations. Positive daily affirmations are very important. Choose your favorites after looking some up. Focus on ones that are uplifting, such as those that encourage self-love, self-acceptance, and that motivate you. Here are some of my favorites: You are loved. You are worthy. You are enough. You are capable. You are strong. You are beautiful just the way you are. You are intelligent. You are kind. You matter.


Gratitude. Make a mental list or write one down, of things that you are grateful for. Most common things are: your health, your family, your friends, your home, your job, your car, your pets, and more. It can even be simple things like food on the table, clothes on your back, and a warm place to sleep. No matter your situation, there is always something to be grateful for. 


Be optimistic. Change your pessimistic language into an optimistic one. Don't say the glass is half empty, say it's half full. See the silver lining in each situation, and the upside to everything. It can be simple enough to remind yourself that you are alive, and you are safe. Did your favorite vase break? You now have an excuse to go on a shopping trip and buy a new one. Did you lose a friend? The loss taught you a valuable lesson. Did you burn the food you were cooking? Now you can order that pizza you've been dreaming about. 


Live positive. Surround yourself with a positive environment. Cut out toxic friends and family members and if you can't, minimize contact with them to only when you absolutely have to. Decorate your place in bright or pastel colors, hang positive messages in frames on the wall. Make your bed super comfortable so you look forward to retreating to it every night. Clean that mold off your bathtub so you don't have to worry about it anymore. Making things more positive comes in all forms.


Be mindful. Listen to your body and what cues it's giving you. Recognize the warning signs you experience before you lash out in anger. Remember what your body feels like before you get too stressed out. Keep an eye out for any cold sweat, clenched fists, or anything else that are pre-cursors to a panic attack. Learn to know yourself and when you've had enough, and walk away from what's upsetting you or take a break. No one wants to snap. You also want to find ways to calm yourself in a good way, such as self-soothing. Put on your favorite lotion. Sing your favorite song. Dance like nobody's watching. Read a chapter from your book. Pick up that unfinished knitting project. Watch a romantic comedy and have a good laugh. Whatever works for you, do it. 


Eat, sleep and move. It's very important to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night, uninterrupted and restful. You will be able to function better once you have some sleep. You also want to stay as healthy as possible and eat healthy. Healthy foods boost your energy and mental activity and focus. You will be able to perform better in everything you do. You should also exercise at least 20 minutes 5 times a week. Get your blood flowing and oxygenate your organs and body. Even if you have pent-up anger and frustration you need to let out, go for a run, work out, or go at it on a punching bag. Exercise can be a good release, and the natural high of endorphins makes you feel amazing afterwards.


Self-care. It's crucial that you take care of yourself. You can't help anyone else or do anything unless you have been replenished, and your batteries have been recharged. Take care of your soul and your spirit as well. No matter your spirituality or religion, you should do what makes you feel good and makes you feel peace. Pray, go to church, read the bible, or paint angels. Whatever it is that helps you feel fulfilled, do it. Be sure to do simple things as well like hygeine, getting dressed, and doing things that make you feel better. This can be as easy as brushing your hair, putting some makeup on, or dressing nice. You're worth it.


Got any more tips on how to stay positive? Comment below!

A Love Letter To My Husband On Our Anniversary

Posted by Live Love Mom on July 6, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




My dearest life partner,


Today marks two wonderful, joy-filled years that we've been married. I have to say I am not surprised, since I knew we would be happy together years before we married. We have so much in common, I knew that we were very compatible. Our shared morals and values really brought us together, and I knew we would make a life together. Here we are, having accomplished so much already. I am very proud of us.


Together, we made some of our most important dreams come true. Your dream was always to have a family of your own, and now you do. I wanted a house, and now we live in one. We both wanted a practical vehicle, and now we do. I've always wanted a dog, and now we have one. But most importantly, you have someone to come home to now, and so do I. 


The pandemic has seen a rise in breakups. Most marriages are just a couple of hours a night. However you and I got to live together full time when the first wave hit. I am so lucky I found someone I actually like, because now we miss that time together. I love when you have vacation time so we can spend more time together. It brought us closer together and we were able to do the small things like cuddle while watching a movie with the kids. We didn't have to worry about getting up early in the morning for school for them or work. Whatever hardships we faced, we faced together. Small bumps in the road could never stop our journey.


I can never truly express how incredibly grateful I am to you. You changed my life for the better, and the life of my children. You turned everything around for the positive. I am excited when I wake up in the morning, and I look forward to sleeping beside you every night. I love that you give me what I need and express what you need. We've both learned to put ourselves first and advocate for what we want and need, and I am so glad we did. We know to treat each other well and have known since before we got together. We've grown together and become a team, working together for a common goal. 


After all of these years being together, and for these last two years as well, thank you for choosing me. Thank you for waking up every day and choosing to still stand by my side and be my husband. Thank you for choosing yourself, your happiness, me, my children, our happiness, our love, and our life together. I love you beyond the stars, my love. 



Love,


Your adoring wife.

Cheap DIY Wedding Food

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 29, 2021 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Are you good cooks, or at least good at following recipes? Are you having a last-minute wedding and you don’t have time to book a caterer? Is your budget not allowing you to hire a cook? No worries! Here are lists of foods you can make at home and either serve buffet-style, or serve on plates for your guests.

 

 

Bite-sized. Are you having your reception between meal times? This is a great time to serve tasty snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Cut up and lay out cheese cubes, celery stalks, baby carrots, biscuits, dinner rolls, grapes, rolled meats, chips with dip, crackers, fresh fruit, meatballs, sandwich trays, and more.

 

 

Tacos. The great thing with tacos, burritos and fajitas is that you can customize them yourself; so why not let the guests do the rest? Lay out the pita bread, the meats, the veggies, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and everything else your guests could possibly want in their tacos. Be sure to include utensils.

 

 

Bars. Lay out delicious ingredients for “bars”, such as taco bars, omelette bars, potato bars, salad bars, and more! The cheapest options are potato bars or potato salad bars, since they are easily the cheapest food to come by.

 

 

Chips and dip. Tried and true, chips and dip are the musts for any party. More of a formal affair? Get fancy chips, veggie chips, and more. Make your own fancy dips for them; homemade salsa, your own guacamole, ground beef sauces, cheese fondue, and more.

 

 

Bread. Have bite-sized baguette bread slices topped with the homemade salsa of your choice. Be sure to offer many different options to appeal to everybody. Add pate, slices of deli meats, chopped up veggies and tasty sauces.

 

 

Quick fixes. Roll up some meats, serve up some slices of veggies such as cucumbers, olives, pickles, carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, and more. Offer up bite-sized sandwiches, tater tots, baked potatoes, baby potatoes, mushrooms, chicken wings, and more finger foods.

 

 

Crockpot. Use your slow-cooker for delicious wedding meals. Look up tasty wedding recipes for casual lunch or a gourmet meal. This way, you can run the cooker all day during the ceremony and wedding, only to have a hot meal ready by supper time! Make mouth-watering classics such as a roast with potatoes and carrots, a cheesy casserole, stuffed peppers, turkey and veggies, and more! You can even make crockpot meals for just $5. Serve on paper plates, plastic plates, or fine china; whatever floats your boat!

 

 

BBQ. Are you skilled on the grill? Whether you want a casual barbecue or a fancy home-grilled feast, a BBQ is the way to go. Go all out; smoked meats, grilled chicken, brochettes, or just some casual wieners and patties. Serve with traditional sides, which are also cheap to buy; corn, carrots, rice, potatoes and salad. If you’re more casual, serve them up on paper plates.

 

 

Freezer meals. You can prepare food weeks or even months ahead of time and freeze them. You can just thaw them the day before or the day of the wedding for minimal effort for wonderful meals. Just mark on your Ziploc bags or Tupperware the name of the recipe, how to thaw and for how long, and you’re all set.


 

Got more fast and cheap food DIY ideas for your wedding that you’d like to share? Comment below!

Life Lessons To Learn Before Your Thirties

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 22, 2021 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (2)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




It's not always possible to learn life lessons on time for your thirties. I thought I would share what I have learned in my three decades of life. These lessons have never failed me so far, and I swear by them.


Life is not a race. Don't rush those milestones. Everyone comes to them in their own time. Worldwide, the average life expectancy for women is about 70 years, so you have plenty of time. In fact, people who marry in their late 20s or later are more likely to stay married. More and more people are having children in their 30s and 40s, and people even older are going back to school. It's never too late, as long as you're alive.


Beauty standards are not realistic. Models in magazines are photoshopped, made up, and have lots of cosmetic procedures done. Be body-positive and love yourself just the way you are. Do not let anyone or anything pressure you into doing anything to your body that you don't want to do. If you do decide to make changes, make sure it's for yourself and not for others, not even your significant other. Relationships come and go but your body is forever, and you're the one that has to look at it every day. Love yourself and your body, flaws and all. There is no need to be ashamed of your weight, scars, stretch marks or cellulite. 


Don't be a bigot. Hate is not something you should harbor in your heart. Don't be homophobic, racist, islamophobic, transphobic, sexist, etc.Your legacy should not be to be known as someone who is prejudice against people. There is nothing like a legacy of love to leave behind.


Make yourself a priority. You need to figure out what you want, and make sure you get it. Don't settle for second-best, and if someone doesn't treat you right then it's time to move on. Stand up for yourself when you are bullied, and walk away when you feel uncomfortable. 


Take chances. Chase your dreams, so you have no regrets. You need to at least try to reach your goals, no matter how outrageous they may seem. AS the saying goes, shoot for the moon because if you miss, you will at least land among the stars.


Be kind.  All people have their own battles they are dealing with. You should try to judge others as little as possible. A small act or gesture of kindness like a smile, can literally save lives. It can also brighten someone's day. When you yourself are healthy and capable, help others when you can and give back to your community, but don't let yourself be taken advantage of.


Trust your gut. When something doesn't feel right, walk away. It's a survival instinct and it is never wrong. You need to be able to feel at ease in life and never put yourself in a situation where you're uncomfortable. 


Be yourself. Other people's opinions of you don't matter. Don't waste your time trying to be someone else or acting like someone else. Just be you. You don't need to be ashamed of you who are, and who you became as a person. People will like you, and people won't. Stick with people like yourself and distance yourself from people who you butt heads with. You and the people you choose will be happier in the end.


Family is everything. Whether it's your genetic family or a family of friends you've chosen for yourself, or your spouse and/or children, family is everything. Friends come and go and fall off when you get busy, but family sticks around and will always be your family. If you don't have a supportive or loving family, make sure one comes from you. This applies either to your spouse and children, or closest friends you adopt as your family. There is nothing better than having an emotional safety net to fall back on and know that people will love you no matter what.





Cheap Wedding Backdrops

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 15, 2021 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (3)

 by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Wedding backdrops can be hard to come by when you’re on a budget. Just like photo shoot backdrops, they can range for several hundred dollars. Even store that sell pre-made wedding backdrops often charge a ridiculous price. So, how can you find or make a wedding backdrop the frugal way? Here’s how!

 

 

Fabric. Go to your local fabric store or a second-hand store and buy the fabric of your choice, ideally in your wedding colors. You can chose a single color, or many colors. Cut them into straight strips. Then, tie them to a curtain pole for the indoors, and a clothesline for the outdoors. Bunch the strips as close together as you want them so they look good, and put them in a pattern if you want. Then, hang the pole on hooks in the wall, or tie the clothesline to poles or trees outside. Voila!

 


Ribbon. It’s fantastic in that it’s widely available, has many different textures, designs and colors, and that it’s cheap. Visit your local dollar store, craft store, even your Walmart and choose the colors and designs you wish to use for your backdrop. Make them as long as you want them and hold them side by side to make sure they’re the same length, if that’s what you’re going for. Once you have all the ribbon you’ll need, tie each end to curtain poles, plastic tubing, or a clothesline. Hang wherever you wish, and enjoy!

 


Streamers. Go for the tried and true and go to your local party store or dollar store. Grab all the streamers you want for your backdrop. Ombre is popular, so grab a few shades of the same color. Streamers often come in packs of several yards per roll, so you will have plenty for whichever project you come up with. Depending on what you’re going for, you can braid the streamers, or just let them hang. Cut them to the desired length, sort them into a pattern of color, and tie them to poles, rods, rope or string. Admire your work!

 

 

Tulle. A great choice for weddings and for ballet lovers, tulle makes for a gorgeous wedding backdrop. Simply find a large sheet for you to use, drape it over a rod, pole or clothesline, and fix with pins. Can’t find tulle? Use sheer curtains on a curtain pole.

 

 

Curtains. White fabric curtains are the most popular for this sort of simple, yet elegant backdrop. If you’re having an indoor wedding, simply stand in front of a curtained window. Be sure the curtains are opaque to avoid a silhouette effect, or transparent if that’s what you’re looking for. Want a larger backdrop? Put curtains on extra long curtain poles, or clothesline. Support them accordingly, and you’re done! Remember to keep in mind that white stains the easiest, so if you have lots of children attending your wedding, white may not be the best color choice.


 

Crystal curtains. Go to your local dollar store and get strings of beads and pearls. You can even buy craft bracelet kits and make your own custom designs. Hang them off poles fixed to the wall for a gorgeous backdrop!

 

 

Fairy lights. Re-use your white holiday lights and combine them with curtains or tulle for a magical backdrop.

 


Paper butterflies. Buy construction paper and print out an outline of a butterfly on thick paper. Cut it out, then trace the outline on the construction paper. Afterwards, cut out all the shapes. Then, take a white thread and needle and sew the thread through each butterfly until you’ve reached your desired length. Hang overhead on a chandelier, poles, or clothesline.


 

Paper flowers. Either with tissue paper or coffee filters, make gorgeous paper flowers and glue them to a wooden plank you can stand up to make a unique backdrop.

 

 

Wax paper. Got lots of wax paper cone-shaped cups you’re not doing anything with? Take a needle and thread and make strings worth of hanging garlands for your backdrop.

 

 

Coffee filters. Dip-dye coffee filters in food coloring and let dry. Then, thread a thread through each filter with a needle and create your very own wedding backdrop.

 

 

Paper hearts. You can cut out paper hearts from either white paper or come construction paper for color. You can glue or tape them with some string and hang them up on the cieling. They will look very cute as a backdrop.

 


Paper snowflakes. Cut out snowflakes out of white sheet paper and tape them in the windows. You can also hang them from the cieling as a sort of winter wonderland. These are great as decorations during winter holidays and themes birthday parties so you can easily reuse them.

 

 

Greenery. Hang greenery from a large flower put from the ceiling. It can be vines or long branches of willows. Get creative!

 

 

Christmas Garlands. Everyone uses garlands to wrap around their tree. They may even make their own wreath by wrapping faux pine tree branches around in a circle. Recycle these items by placing them in an upside down U shape for an eye-catching backdrop.

 

Got more ideas? Comment below!

15 Minute Makeup Routine For Busy Women

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 8, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Did your alarm go off late? Are you a busy woman and you need to speed up your makeup routine? Are you wanting to simplify your makeup routine? Then this is the post for you!


Concealer. Start by concealing any blemishes you may have such as pimples, scars, sun spots or anything else you want to cover up. You can even swipe it under your eyes to lessen the appearance of dark circles.


Eyeliner. Line your eyes with your favorite eyeliner. Go over the top lid by the lashline to nmake your lashes appear thicker. If you want, you can also add some to the inner bottom eyelid so your eyes are completely framed with eyeliner. 


Mascara. Choose your regular mascara and do your bottom and top lashes. This dyes your eyelashes black and makes them more noticable. For the best look, use a brush that isn't too clumping and lengthens. 


LIp gloss. For a more natural look, swipe some lip gloss on your lips. If you want to plump your lips up a bit, you can use lip gloss that has some jalapeno in it or another swelling agent. You can also choose a tinted lip gloss to give your lips some color. 


Got some more tips to get your makeup done in 15 minutes or less? Comment below!

Cheap yet gorgeous wedding arch ideas

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 1, 2021 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (4)

by: Rev. Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




Wedding arches are popular to get married under. Originally from the Jewish “chuppah”, meaning “blanket”, it symbolizes the home the couple will later live in and have children in. Whether as decorations or for religious significance, wedding arches are popular for ceremonies, especially civil ceremonies or outdoor weddings. They are easily transported from one location to another and are often made of metal, plastic or wood.

 

Do you want to have a wedding arch at your wedding? Are you on a budget and looking to have an arch to get married under? This article is for you!

 

Tree arches. This is the easiest to DIY. Simply grab a long cloth, curtains, streamers, or strips of fabric and lay them across tree branches to make the form of an arch. You can attach banners, balloons, flowers and more!

 

Simple arch. These are easily made with metal, or bought at gardening stores. Just attach tulle and flowers for decorations, and you have a simple wedding arch.

 

DIY branch arch. Simply find large branches, peel the bark off, sand them, then nail them together. Plant them firmly into the ground so they don’t sway in the wind or tip over. Then, decorate to your heart’s desire.

 

Plastic arch. Often sold in wedding stores or cheaper gardening stores, these can easily be decorated with lights, tulle, fabric, greenery and more. Simply plant wherever you want to get married, decorate, and voila!

 

Garden arch. These are great for vineyards in your garden and can stand at your home for many years to come in memory of the wonderful day of your wedding. Bought at garden stores, this arch is often made of plastic and can have someone install it for you. Weave vines through it and wait a few years for a lush tumbling of leaves from the top. The foliage makes it very gorgeous in the summer.

 

Chuppah. Often used in Jewish weddings, chuppahs are sort of like a canopy arch or a tent-like arch. It has four poles and there is a blanket or sheet on top. You can make one of your own using plastic tubes or wooden poles. Attach a sheet on top, tie it down, and decorate with flowers, ribbons, and more.

 

Flower pot arch. Where planting the poles in the ground isn’t possible, stick them in flower pots filled with earth, or rocks if the wind is heavy. You can use poles, tubes, or branches to make your own arch, or you can buy pre-made ones on etsy. Decorate accordingly if you so wish.

 

Got any more tips and tricks on making or obtaining a cheap wedding arch? Comment below!

How To Come Out To Your Parents

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 25, 2021 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (30)
by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree





It can be very intimidating to come out to friends, let alone family. With mixed reactions in families worldwide, it's hard to tell when will be the right time. Even if you know how your family will react, coming out can still be very nerve-wracking. Remember to take a deep breathe and ground yourself. You got this.


The most important thing is to wait until you are ready to come out of the closet. If you are still discovering who you are or are unsure, don't rush it. Take your time and mull it over with yourself. Make sure that this is really what you want to do. You don't want to have any regrets.


Do your research. Make sure you know the proper terms on how to explain your orientation or gender. You don't want to come out as bisexual when you're pansexual, or transgender when you're agender. Remember, they may not know what you are talking about, so you may have to explain it to them.


Start a conversation about politics. Ask your parents what their views are on gay marriage and adoption. Bring it up casually. Their answer should give you huge hints on how they would react to your coming out. If they are vehemently against it, be prepared to either not tell your parents, or for a negative reaction. If they support it, then they will very likely be supportive of you as well.


If your parents show support of gay marriage and adoption, invite them to go to a gay pride parade with you. You could bring your LGBTQ friends as well, or make friends at the parade and meet new people. You could come out there as well, or use this as a learning oppurtunity to teach and learn all about the community and different terms. 


When you are ready to tell them and you have an idea what their reaction would be, you can decide when to tell them. Be sure it's face-to-face, as this is the best way to start a conversation about anything serious. You want to avoid certain events like funerals, open houses, birthday parties or weddings. You don't want to take the attention away from a person who threw an event for a milestone. It's best to sit down for a private conversation with your family. 


Too nervous but still want to tell your family? Bring a trusted friend with you, or even your partner. They can be the moral support you need and encourage you to take the step you want so badly to take. You can even practice with that friend for every scenario so you are prepared for whatever happens.


Talk to an LGBTQ friendly hotline. There are many out there you can choose from, and you can text or call them. Counselors can help you in the decision-making process and give you some valid suggestions on how to proceed. 


Ask your peers, they are likely to have a coming-out story of their own. They may even tell you how they wish they had done it, if it didn't go as planned. You can take note and pick and choose which you want to apply to your own situation.


Know that you are amazing just the way you are, and you were born this way. There is nothing wrong with being LGBTQ, you are whole and you have a whole community out there that supports you. No matter your parents' reaction, you can reach out to your community and talk to them any time. 

How To Propose To Your Boyfriend

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 18, 2021 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (4)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




 

Proposing to your boyfriend can be exciting for anyone! Whether in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship, engagements are a big step in any couple. Often, it’s men who propose to women, so there isn’t a lot out there that tells you how you can propose to a man. However, there is a tradition in the UK and Ireland where women propose to their man on February 29th. It started in Ireland in 5th century when St. Patrick heard St. Brigid complain about having to wait 7 years before getting engaged. It has been tradition every since. However, for all other countries, we don’t have any such dates. If you want to propose to your boyfriend, here are some ideas.

 


 

Get a mengagement ring. Does your man like jewelry? Does he like rings? Then get an engagement ring for him! There are plenty of styles out there for men, or feminine styles for the metrosexual. Not sure what styles he likes, or would like? Ask his friends to ask his opinion on rings. Or, you could always propose at a jewelry shop and have him pick the ring he wants.

 


 

Location, location, location. Pick a location you know he’ll like. Some great ideas are; the place you first met, his favorite restaurant, his favorite park, where you had your first kiss, by a meaningful location for him (the neighborhood where he grew up, where he graduated, his childhood home, etc), at a family gathering, at a family event, during a party for him, and more. Are you planning a special trip or vacation together? Propose then!

 


 

Tokens of affection. If your man isn’t someone who likes rings, consider offering him something else as a token of your affection. Give him a puppy, a collectible item he’s been vying for, a new video game system, his favorite athlete’s signed poster, tickets to his favorite team’s game, front-row seats to his favorite band’s concert, plane tickets to a vacation location, and more.

 


 

Do it at the right time. If you’ve been fighting a lot recently, or you have been together for less than a year under normal circumstances, it’s not the right time to propose. It’s better to wait until you both are sure that you want to spend the rest of your life together. Also, it’s important that you’ve already lived together for a decent amount of time. Just like your friends, just because you get along doesn’t mean you’re meant to live together. Be sure you really are a good fit in the long-run before taking such a leap. Take your time to really plan everything out to make it special.

 


 

Wear something special. Don that dress he loves on you, or that snazzy suit that makes him grin. If it’s a quiet evening at home, his favorite T-shirt with nothing underneath is sure to get his attention if you want some fantastic love-making afterwards to celebrate. You can also wear something thematic; a jersey of his favorite football team if you’re at a game or proposing at the superbowl,

 


 

Ambiance. If you aren’t proposing at a romantic restaurant or somewhere with a nice feel to it, feel free to make it your own. Set up a romantic picnic at his favorite park. Spell his name out with candles. Play his favorite songs by his favorite bands. Throw rose petals on your bed. Get creative and set the mood.

 

You can also take another turn and plan out something completely different. Some couples have had the proposing person carry signs outside on top of buses saying romantic things before proposing. Some have involved the children by having them give the partner the engagement ring. Some have planned out an elaborate choreographed dance for their loved one. Some people even propose on stage, by lettering on a sea plane, a billboard on the busiest highway, or their partner’s first grade class carrying each a letter that spells out “Will you marry me?” Nearly all ideas are good ones, go with what feels right and what you know your loved one will love.

 


 

Be sure he’s open to being proposed to. Some guys prefer to do the proposing, usually these are men that are fairly traditional, and may have always dreamed of their proposing to their soulmate. Have one of his friends ask him what he thinks about women proposing to men? If he’s open to it, you probably have the green light to go ahead with your plans. Not comfortable soliciting the help of his friends? Watch “The Proposal” with your significant other, and ask if that’s something he would be into.

 


 

Be sure he’ll say yes. If you’ve been talking about your hypothetical wedding plans and have agreed you both want to get married someday to each other, and you’ve been in a solid, meaningful relationship for years, then by all means propose! If your significant other has had a bad divorce and has sworn off all weddings and marriages, or if he simply doesn’t believe in marriage, then proposing may not be the best idea.


 

Got anything more to add, or any tips, tricks and advice? Comment below!


Skin-To-Skin Benefits For Mothers And Babies

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

by: Rev Dr. Stéphanie McEndree




What is this skin-to-skin everyone is talking about? Skin-to-skin, also known as kangaroo care, is when a newborn baby gets placed (in this case) directly on the mother's bare skin. This can be her belly, her chest, or her breasts. Kangaroo care can also be performed by fathers and siblings and even grandparents, however in this case we will focus on mother-and-baby skin-to-skin contact. It's standard practice that newborn babies get put skin-to-skin against their mother immediately after birth. So, what are the benefits? Why are doctors and midwives doing this? 


Immediate skin to skin after birth:


  • Facilitates mother and baby bonding. The mother is able to connect with her baby right away and vice versa. They spend their first few minutes together and can get used to each other since they are seeing each other for the first time and will be in each other's lives forever.
  • Facilitates communication between mother and baby. Mothers and babies can lock eyes and talk to each other. Even the baby will be crying or cooing to communicate with it's mother.
  • Comforts and soothes the baby. The baby just recieved the shock of it's lifetime. After nine months of being suspended naked in fluid, she is born in a colder room, with voices she's never heard before and lights she's not used to. However, she knows her mother's scent, voice, and the sounds her body makes. Laying on her mom allowes her to hear her mother's bodily functions like she did in the womb, to be held and warm like she was moments ago, and to take in her mother's voice that she is so familiar with while engulfed in her scent.
  • Relieves pain. The mother is fully focused on her baby, so she is not paying attention to any pain she may have following the delivery. 
  • Transfers good bacteria to the baby. The mother's good bacteria will transfer onto the newborn baby's skin and instantly begin protecting her. This also boosts her immune system to help her fight off any bad bacteria that would touch her skin. 
  • Stablizes the baby's temperature. With the mother's temperature the same as the baby was used to, skin-to-skin warms the baby right back up. It keeps her skin warm, especially since babies don't have the ability to control their own temperatures.
  • Eases the baby's transition from the womb into the world. This is as close as she will get to being in the womb again; she is warm, held tight, can hear her mother's breathing and heartbeat, can smell and hear her mother. 
  • Encourages breastfeeding success. Kangaroo care gives the baby access to the breasts so she can begin her breast crawl when she's ready. The first hour should always be the parents and the baby alone for maximum breastfeeding success, interventions can wait.
  • Optimizes pulminary function. The baby uses her mother's breathing and immitates her, which regulates the baby's breathing. Providers are also able to listen to the baby's lungs to make sure the lungs are functioning properly and there's no fluid.
  • Optimizes cardiac function. Lungs and the heart always work together. With the baby copying the mother's breathing, this stablizes the heart as well.
  • Calms the mother. An anxious mother waiting to meet her baby for months and months, will finally get to greet her baby. If the was anxious during the labor, finally holding her little one will calm her right down.
  • Encourages milk production. Smelling your baby and having her on or near your breasts signals your brain that milk production can begin. When the placenta is expelled is when all of your hormones focus on making milk for your little one the most, but it begins with skin-to-skin. 
  • Lowers the mother's blood pressure. With the mother being relaxed and holding her baby for the first time, her blood pressure lowers, which causes her to bleed less after the birth.
  • Stablizes the mother's heart rate. The mother is relaxed and united with her baby, so her heart rate slows to a normal rate, which also minimizes blood loss.
  • Can decrease the chances of postpartum hemmhorage. Being away from her baby makes a mother anxious, which causes her heart to race and raises her blood pressure. Both of those things make blood loss more rapid, so it's important to have the baby and the mother have skin-to-skin immediately after the birth.

Have any more benefits you know of? Comment below!

 

Have a Booze-Free Wedding

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 4, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (1)

by: Rev Dr. Stephanie McEndree




Weddings are often times where guests, the bride and the groom sip a glass of champagne. However, not every couple likes alcohol, and not every guest drinks already-bought booze. Here are some great tips to throw a dry wedding!

 


 

Cut out all the booze. Whether you have alcoholics in the family, party-people that go crazy when drunk, or you just want to avoid drunken driving, drunk dialing or any sort of mishap associated with drinking; don’t have alcohol at your wedding. When venues ask if you want alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks, stick to virgins. You can even have virgin cocktails available that are delicious even without alcohol. Have a Shirley Temple, Virgin Mary, and Virgin Daiquiri. They are delicious, refreshing and perfect for hot climates and months.

 


 

Have your summer wedding during the hot months. Alcohol is a dehydrating agent, so it’s especially dangerous in the warmer months. Have the wedding in the season of your dreams without having to worry about the health of your guests. Serve up alcohol-free punch, mixes, juice and more! Be sure there is plenty to drink on hand, since your guests are sure to work up a sweat dancing it up!

 


 

Have a designated drink. Pull out something fancy for the big wedding toast. Go for sparkling cider, sparkling juice, or even alcohol-free beer. Say cheers to all of your guests and listen to heartfelt speeches from loved ones while sipping on something tasty. Plan ahead if you’re having your wedding in a park or in a backyard; you may need to make the drinks yourself, or have someone make them.

 


 

Have a theme. Choose your drinks according to your theme. Are you having a tea-party or garden wedding? Lemonade and tea are perfect! Are you having a green, vegan wedding? Water infused with herbs, citrus and berries are perfect! Having your wedding in the colder months? Stick with coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Having a black-tie event? Have sparkling cider, sparkling juice and cocktails handy. Is your affair more casual? Lug out your cooler and drink some non-alcoholic beer, or even some soda in vintage bottles. Semi-formal wedding? Break out the punch!

 


 

Recipes. Once you have your theme picked out, do some research on the types of recipes you want to use. It’s cheaper to make the drinks yourself, or have a friend make them. Once you found the recipes you want to use, print them out to have them on hand when it’s time to make them. Keep your fridge clear for when you’re ready to refrigerate them.

 


 

Shopping. Go to your local market or grocery store to buy the ingredients needed for each drink recipe. If you’ve chosen sparkling cider or alcohol-free beer, you can buy them in the drink aisle of your grocery store. If you want virgin drinks like virgin margaritas virgin pina coladas and virgin daiquiris, you can get the syrup for the drinks at your local dollar store. Mix them with soda and you’re all set! Be sure to get ice, or crushed ice for your cocktails, and have a blender handy. For other recipes, buy the fruit, sugar, and herbs accordingly. Have the number of guests attending on hand, so you know how much you really need.

 


 

Storage. Stop by your local dollar store and pick up pitchers with taps to serve your drinks. Make iced tea, lemonade, and more. Fill up the pitchers and let them chill overnight. Soon, you’ll be ready to lug them out to the reception area where they can be served ice cold. Put some sliced fruit in the drinks to make them look and taste even better.

 


 

Have a blast at your wedding and your reception, and enjoy your tasty drinks throughout your party!


 

Got anything more to add? Have you had a dry wedding and you want to share your tips? Comment below!



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