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May 31, 2012

Lady Bloggers, Green Smoothie

Confession: For the past few months I have forgotten everything that happens on Tuesdays to concentrate on Wedding Wednesdays.

I usually have a great Tuesday filled with different topics I could write about, but they usually get forgotten about and brushed under the rug.

Poor little ‘ol Tuesdays.

I spent this Tuesday night with some lovely, smart, creative women who make up the Central Florida Lady Bloggers.

Bloggers in Orlando

Last March I attended my first-ever blogger meet up.  It was with the same organization, but filled up with a different set of faces.  Each month, the CFLB hosts a meeting to chat about life, blogging, success stories, advice and anything else pertaining to the writing and photo documenting world.

This week, Katy moderated the group discussion about Technology.  What a broad – but awesome – topic that was!

For those of you who don’t know (or even think about it), blogging isn’t just documenting pictures of food and attaching an opinion to it… there are hours and hours spent a week – sometimes daily –  going straight into the back-end.

As a blogger, it is your responsibility to provide a site your readers want to follow and come back to.  There are plenty of analytic trackers, plug-ins, widgets, affiliate sites and stat counters to download and sign up for, and it’s important to understand exactly what goes where, who gets here, and how it happened.

Did I lose you yet? I know… me too.

Being relatively new in the blogging world, I still have a lot to learn.  Luckily, this group of women makes it easier.

From photography and DIY projects to social media and styling, there is always an array of topics we blog about.  If you’re ever looking for quality reading material, here is a list of great women and blogs to follow:

Aimee – Happy Medium

Andi – Andi Mans Photography

Andrea – Run, Eat, Date, Sleep

J – J’s Everyday Fashion

Jackie – MomJovi Blog

Katy – katywidrick.com

Kristina – Love and Zest

Luisa – Lui’s Alluring Design

Marilyn – Forkful, A Handle on Orlando

Tylar – Ty Style Me

Great seeing you all and I look forward to meeting again soon!

Glamour Green Smoothie

Over the past few weeks, I have attempted to make bright and equally delicious green smoothie.  I’ve seen pictures of them, heard friends rave about them and have been wanting to create my own version for quite some time.  If you’ve never seen a green smoothie, don’t be alarmed, they taste better than they look.  Promise.

By using fruits and vegetables, your body gets more fuel and nutrition, leaving the “spinachy green” taste behind.

My first green smoothie attempt was not the greatest.  The ingredients were there, but my portions were way off.  This time I started off with a cup of spinach, a half a cup of kale, six frozen strawberries, 1 kiwi, 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, and 1/2 cup orange juice.

Glamour Green Smoothie ingredients

It tasted fine, but I wasn’t satisfied with the color.  If I’m going to have a green smoothie – I want it to be green!

So I went a little spinach crazy… I added a pinch, blended, added another pinch, blended and repeated this process until I got this:

By doubling the amount of spinach, it was the perfect amount of two cups.

Bright Green Smoothie

It’s a keeper!

You can tell I am excited about something when I take a photo of myself drinking or eating it.  Successfully making a true to its name green smoothie is an accomplishment for me, so I fully give myself permission to do so.

Green Smoothie for the Win

Go ahead, knock yourself out… I challenge you to make one for yourself.

Glamour Green Smoothie

Question

What’s in your green smoothie?

 

May 30, 2012

Wedding Recap: Reception Entertainment

It’s Wedding Wednesday!  If this is your first visit to the blog, each week I spotlight a different subject about Our Wedding Day.  Today, we finally get to the P-A-R-T-Y!

*All photos used in this and all wedding related posts are from Elegant Imagery.

Reception Entertainment

Our wedding reception was quite entertaining, or at least we thought so.

Bride and Groom dance at reception

Our guests had no idea what to expect, and the night was full of surprises.

Lets start at the beginning.

If you have been keeping up with the Wedding Recaps, you know we spent quite a bit of time making our wedding day unique.  A lot of thought and planning went into our ceremony, catering, cake, cocktail hour and reception traditions.

Now it was really time to celebrate!

After dinner, Scott and I quietly excused ourselves from the reception and put Streat Breakz up to the challenge of entertaining our guests so no one would notice.  Shout out to our DJ, Les from Soundwave Entertainment, for letting them take over the mics!

Street Breakz perform at wedding reception

The leader of the group, Al Fuentes, is a personal friend of ours and the group started performing at Universal Studios ten years ago.  Street Breakz puts on a high energy, interactive acrobatic show and really got our guests into the performance.

Street Breakz

Some of the stunts they pulled out were insane.

Street Breakz

I didn’t get to see the entire show, but I could tell by the cheering that our guests were impressed.

Street Breakz perform at wedding reception

As were we!

During their performance, I took this opportunity to change into my reception dress and sneakers.  I had my bridesmaids come back with me to hand off a pair of black sparkly high top sneakers to wear for the remainder of the night, courtesy of my fellow Orlando Magic Dancers <- thanks again, girls!

Towards the end of the Street Breakz performance, everyone was on their feet.  Scott and I crept up to the back curtain and watched guests and even family members bust a move.

Get it, Kirk (Scott’s dad!)

Father of the Groom dances at wedding

Awesome.

Surprise Bridal Party Dance

From the beginning of our Engagement, Scott and I knew we really wanted to pull out something special at our wedding reception.  We had seen surprise Bride and Groom dances, couples change songs in the middle of their first dance song, and several episodes of Rock the Reception on TLC.

We knew whatever we did had to surprise our guests and rock our reception.

Bride and Groom surprise wedding dance

When asking my bridesmaids and Scott’s groomsmen to be a part of our bridal party, they knew something crazy was attached to the job.  A choreographed dance for Scott and I was expected, but a surprise wedding dance with the entire bridal party was not…

Bridal Party Surprise dance

A few months before the wedding, Scott and I met with choreographer and friend, Chris “Casper” Lupis to learn a routine.  I created a private YouTube account and taught the entire dance in a few breakdown videos for our bridal party to learn online.

Since most of the groomsmen and a few of my bridesmaids live out of state, this was the only way to give them enough time to learn and feel comfortable performing the routine.

Groomsmen surprise wedding dance

We had two rehearsals the week of the wedding: one for anyone wanting an in-person run through, and one for everyone after rehearsal dinner.  This is when each pair choreographed their own moves down the introduction soul train line.

My Matron of Honor (and sister) Trish, and Scott’s Best Man, Joseph, did the Irish jig, which made me literally laugh out loud.

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Intros dance

Other dances were quite comical.

Leapfrog at wedding reception

I’ll stop typing and let you enjoy it for yourselves…

I still can’t THANK each and every one of you for sticking around, working hard and killing it!  THANK YOU again, Casper, for the choreography and for making us do this:

Flip Surprise Bridal Party Dance

You guys all ROCK!

Unexpected Performances

While most of our reception entertainment was planned, there were a few pleasant surprises.  Unknown to me, Scott invited a friend and talented drummer, Xavier Peterson, to play alongside our DJ and violinist.

Live Drummer at reception

I didn’t know this until looking back at the pictures, but at some point during the reception our groomsman, Marc, showed us his drumming skills.

Groomsmen plays the drums

Towards the end of the reception, I saw flashes of light coming from the dance floor.  Our friend Carissa overseas a charity called Hoola for Happiness, and randomly busted out these light up hoola hoops.

Light Up Hoola Hoops at wedding reception

Her hooping skills were serious and our guests weren’t sure if she was hired to perform or not.  She wasn’t, but we appreciated the entertainment!

I’m sure everyone says it, but we had a blast at our wedding reception.  We wanted the ceremony to be meaningful and the reception to be a party, and I can look back confident that we achieved our goal.

Having a blast at wedding reception

Thank you again to all of our wonderful families, friends, vendors, and entertainers for helping us ROCK our wedding reception!

Bride and Groom say goodbye

It couldn’t have gone better.

To be continued next (and last) Wedding Wednesday…

In the mean time, see what recap is coming next on the Wedding Page!

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