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Winter Wedding Cake Idea: Snowflakes!


Mother of the Bride, is your daughter planning a winter wedding? If so, you may just now be discussing some of the details that can come a little later in the wedding planning process. Things like wedding favors, send-off options, and possibly even the design of the wedding cake.

If your darling girl hasn’t already decided on her cake’s design, here’s an option to show her—snowflakes! The cake above (or something similar) would be especially perfect if she’s incorporating winter touches in other aspects of the wedding, too. The cake offers a great opportunity to highlight a theme if she so chooses.

The dark background in the cake above really helps set off the snowflakes, but I bet extra sparkly snowflakes or silver snowflakes could look gorgeous as well if your daughter prefers a more traditional white cake. Your cake baker may be able to provide the snowflakes, but if he or she asks you to do that, you should be able to find them at most craft, party, or discount stores.

So MOB, if your baby is planning a “baby, it’s cold outside” kind of wedding, share this cool (hee, hee) idea with her. A snowflake cake can be the crowning touch!

*You might also like to read Favor Help for Winter Weddings and Wedding Favors That Grow: Tree Seedlings.

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, comes out next week. One lucky subscriber, current or new, will win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Flickr photo by Eldriva, Creative Commons License

Wedding Thoughts from Anne Lamott’s Plan B

Kristin happyMother of the Bride, have you ever read any of Anne Lamott’s work? She has a way of speaking the truth—of laying life wide open in ways almost all of us can relate to. I love that humor is often a part of it.

I thought you might enjoy hearing some wedding truth laid open Anne-style. Enjoy this excerpt from Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith as Anne shares about a time when she was involved with a friend’s wedding:

“Building a wedding is a recipe for muddle—the bridal party, the families, the guests, the minister, the vows, the food. You’re attempting to make something beautiful out of unruly and unpredictable elements—the weather, the nuttier relatives, the rivalries, disorders, and dreams. Out of mostly old neurotic family and friends, you hope to create something harmonious. You do so as an act of faith, hoping that for a brief period of time, the love and commitment of two people will unite everyone; and it will sort of work . . .

. . .Here’s what the priest said: ‘I promise you it will all work out, in its own perfectly imperfect way. Weddings are about families, and families can be a bit of a mess under stress. But the love that will gather tomorrow night is much more important than anything else on earth, and bigger than anything else on earth, too. Because finally that love is sovereign.’”

So be encouraged, MOB. It will all work out.

*Hope you enjoyed this encore post from Sept. 2013!

*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, comes out in early November. All subscribers are automatically entered for a giveaway in each of the quarterly issues. A $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble will be the prize in this issue. Sign-up for Life Notes is free and to the right!

*Photo by Chris Humphrey

Mother of the Bride Relaxation Time—with Coloring!


Mother of the Bride, I’m sure you’ve noticed the adult coloring book craze that’s swept the nation the past year or so. I haven’t jumped on the bandwagon myself yet, but I know lots of folks have and are thoroughly enjoying relaxing through coloring.

Since relaxation is something every mother of the bride longs for (and needs to work into her schedule), why not try coloring, MOB? If you enjoyed coloring as a kid, I bet you’ll love it now, too. And if you didn’t really care about coloring in your younger years, you could still give it a try. After all, we change as we grow older and often develop new hobbies and interests.

Adult coloring books can be found almost anywhere books or crafts are sold now, both in stores and online. BroadStreet Publishing, the publisher of my book Mother of the Bride, is one of many publishers offering adult coloring books. The photo above shows a few of the ones they offer—The 5 Love Languages® coloring book, Beside Still Waters, Cattitudes, and This Is the Day the Lord Has Made.

If you’re ready to relax and refresh through coloring, MOB, here are links to the coloring books BroadStreet offers as well as some links to the coloring books my blogging and artist friend Jana Botkin offers on her website. Hope you find one you’d like to try!

Majestic Expressions coloring books by BroadStreet Publishing

Heart of the Parks by Jana Botkin

Other “Heart Of . . .” coloring books by Jana Botkin

*You might also like to read Relax and Refresh with This Wedding Story and An MOB Prescription: Movie Fun! 


*The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, will come out in early November. One current or new subscriber will win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so don’t miss out. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Photo courtesy of BroadStreet Publishing

Wedding Registry Roundup

jwf_5416Mother of the Bride, is it time for your daughter to decide where she and her groom-to-be should register for wedding gifts? This can take a little more time and thought that they might originally think so why not encourage them to do this sooner rather than later? If they put it off and end up pressed for time, something that should be fun could turn into a giant headache and even cause some unhappiness between them.

I’ve featured several wedding registries here on my blog over the past couple of years so today here’s a roundup post to help you find them all more easily. The registries I’ve featured are ones that are a little less common so I’ll list links to the more standard registries websites and then will list links to the posts I’ve written for the others.

Have fun sharing the links with your daughter, MOB. She might discover a registry she hadn’t thought of yet!

Bed, Bath, and Beyond 





A Fair Trade Wedding Registry: Ten Thousand Villages 

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Williams Sonoma! 

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Pottery Barn!

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Best Buy! 

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Crate and Barrel 

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Sur La Table! 

*You might also like to read Mother of the Bride—Info Source for Gift-Givers.

The next issue of Life Notes, my quarterly inspirational newsletter, will come out in early November. Sign-up is free and to the right!

*Photo by Flowers Photography

Bridal Shower Gift Idea: A Wedding Towel Cake!


Mother of the Bride, are you looking for a cute bridal shower gift idea that will also be useful to the new Mr. and Mrs.-to-Be? Well look no further. A wedding towel cake might be just what you’re looking for!

A wedding towel cake as a shower gift has several things going for it. Not only is it a clever and cute idea, but the finished product holds all the visual appeal you need. No gift wrap needed! The towel cake can also be used as a centerpiece if you so desire, and you can go with a variety of colors. You could use the bride’s colors, the colors you’re using at the shower, or the colors the couple has chosen for rooms in their home.

The towel cake above has a bath and body theme, but towel cakes can also feature other themes. Among them might be kitchen, rustic, bride and groom, beach, coffee lovers, or a replica of an elegant wedding cake. You might think of another idea especially fitting for your sweet girl and the new home or region where she’ll be living.

What do you think, MOB? Is this something you could do to make your darling daughter’s shower more memorable? If so, have fun with it—and don’t forget to take photos!

 *You might also like to check out this Wedding Towel Cakes Pinterest board and this YouTube video how-to demonstration. You might also enjoy Bridal Shower Cake: A Cupcake Wedding Dress!

*Flickr photo by Corey Ann, Creative Commons License