Here comes the bridal shower gifts

So this weekend I attended my first bridal shower and unlike most stereotypes, it was actually really fun and a far better experience than I could have even hoped for. It actually was a display shower, which I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the difference between that and a bridal shower before hand but now I am well aware and completely support display showers over bridal showers any day!

So for those of you like me who have no idea about all these crazy wedding traditions, let me give you some background.

A bridal shower is a traditional party prior to the wedding where female friends, family, and soon to be family come to watch the soon to be bride open presents and dote on how lovely her new kitchen appliances are. Sometimes there is food, sometimes games, but most of the time they are usually rather boring except for the bride and her mom.

A display shower, in my personal opinion, is a far better approach to this tradition. Instead of spending hours opening presents, the guests are asked to bring their gifts unwrapped. They are placed on the table and left for others to gander at at their leisure while the main focus is on food, chatting, and party games.

Although the traditional “bow hat” may not always arise with a display shower, good bridesmaids never let that humiliation not exist and will scrounge one up or have a back up just incase.

The display shower I went to ended up being a blast. Mostly because my table was occupied with highly entertaining folk. They all had an excellent sense of humor, made games competitive, and the conversation was fun. The food was great, the prizes were themed baskets made by the bridesmaids so were actually were worth winning, and tensions were low because none of us really had anything to do with the wedding except attend and be happy for the couple.

The best part however was hands down when the groom surprised the bride. Generally the groom does not attend the shower and stops by at the end to help bring the gifts home (if it is not hosted at the house). However this particular groom raised the standard. Instead, he came in all dressed up, brought roses and surprised the bride. He individually welcomed and thanked everyone for attending and then helped clean up and take everything home. Sure it was at the end of the shower but still, what a classy act.

So what do you say? Display shower? Must be bridal shower? What’s your family’s tradition? What did you do or plan to do?

Aside from the few random prizes I won, the party favors were these hand made soaps. I thought it was a cute pun. Soap from a shower!




Should have learnt from Snow White, apples are poisonous


I cannot begin to describe how utterly appalled I am with apple service lately. I have had iPhones before but I think this one will be my last one. I got an upgrade to the 4S last summer as a gift and within months (3 to be exact) I started experiencing issues. From no access to the internet when I had full wifi and service, to dropped calls, and even a loose top button. I am anal about keeping my phone clean and protected so I have never dropped it or am even rough with it. I don’t take it into the bathroom, expose it to extreme heat or cold and definitely don’t let it get wet. However, endless problems.

I have gone back multiple times to the store without any progress on a solution (them claiming nothing is wrong) or a replacement phone. Every time, they look at me like I am crazy or tell me some lame excuse that they have no category to store my complaint under so they can’t replace my phone. How about the customer is not happy?! Or it just doesn’t work?! What happened to the customer is always right! I wasn’t the only one in the store who has been having the same problems.

The man next to me was complaining about the same issues and his phone was newer than mine. He tried to explain to the “genius” that he didn’t have time to keep coming back or put up with this ridiculousness. Looking around, regardless of their gadget, many people seemed frustrated. All I could think was, this is the reason this store is always packed, none of their shit works and they don’t stand by their product or their customer.

The worst was the gentleman next to me who had just purchased a brand new iPad. He had an employee (I no longer can accept to call them “geniuses”) trying to teach him how to use it. Although he was an older gentleman, he was also a pilot and comfortable with technology. But somehow she couldn’t answer a single one of his basic questions and confused him so much that he told her he would rather go home and look it up on YouTube. While (for the first time after the 12th visit to the store) the guy helping me was at least trying a few tests and options and seemed to have some competence, many of the other employees seemed to be wandering around, without having any answers and being horribly unhelpful to the increasing amount of people in the store.

I could not be more disappointed or agitated by a company and their procedures. After nearly 2 hours and nothing changed other than more frustration, I headed home.

I have had issues with other electronics before too but all the other companies replaced my gadget if not upgraded me without any questions. These smart phones are bound to break, why doesn’t Apple, this Multi billion dollar industry, own up to it and be a better company? But then again this whole smartphone industry is out of control. Why is something that is made to be carried everywhere and used for everything so fragile and not immune to the wear and tear of daily grind? Why should I even have to case it? Sure it’s a cool accessory but should these things be built to be more durable when their usage is known.

My warranty has official run out and even though I still have issues, I give up. I refuse to spend money to replace my phone so I will wait my year and next time, I am going to try something else. I am tired of this monopoly.

Have you guys had similar issues? What did you do? Any ideas? Or solutions? What phones do you have? Any recommendations?


The British are coming…. Actually the British are here and it looks like they are staying

Apparently the birth of baby Prince George is the biggest thing since sliced bread…. Or at least baby Blue Ivy. But apparently baby Blue has nothing on the royal family, even in the gold ole U. S. of A.

I recently saw this poster at the movie theater:


So will you be spending the $8 matinee or $12.50 regular price to see it? How about 3D?!

Maybe this movie is just a preemptive strike to put to bed any rumors before anyone even tries to start the possibility of Kate not biologically birthing the third heir to the throne. Who knows. I secretly want to see it but I definitely won’t be spending the money.


“They were crying to get out of the jar… Cookies get claustrophobia too, you know!”

I’ve been dying to do a little baking lately, and I figured a Sunday afternoon would be perfect. Would’ve been better if it was a lazy Sunday afternoon, but alas, busy day or not, baking was completed. As you may have noticed at one of our earlier posts, I like to use locally made jams/preserves in my baking/drinks/cooking…anything, really. Maybe it’s because I for some reason have so many of them? Regardless, expect to see more of these in the future. Next time potentially with a rose petal cake. If anyone has suggestions for things to do with rose petal jam, please leave them in the comments. I’d love to get ideas!

Meanwhile, today’s baking! I was in the mood for thumbprint cookies, and had marmalade lying around. Switched out plain marmalade for lemon, and amped up the cookies with some cinnamon, and we were in business!

My roomies gobbled about a half dozen of them up already. It’s still summery, but I think the cinnamon brings it to be a bit more of a fall-transition cookie (not just applicable to wardrobes! 😉 haha)
Check it out below and let me know what you think.

xo SA



1 cup butter, sliced (2 sticks)
¾ cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tbs ground cinnamon
1/2 c lemon marmalade

Cream together the butter and sugar, then slowly add the other ingredients (minus the marmalade). Once all mixed, place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Bake the cookies at 350`F for 8 minutes and then take them out of the oven. Make a thumbprint in the middle of each cookie and place a small dollop of marmalade. Then place back into the oven for another 5-7 minutes, or until the cookie is done.