March 2018

When asked if he would allow me to recognize him for being so kind, he responded “…I don’t think I deserve it.” After much convincing that he truly is one of the kindest people in the Fox Valley, Reza agreed to meet me for a cup of tea. By question two of my Kindest in the Valley “interview”, he had already nominated someone else for this recognition and reward – just more proof that this man is one of the sweetest souls out there! Reza grew up in Iran with parents who...

We’re going to pause for a bit on this Tuesday morning to talk all things bridal: bridesmaid gifts, honeymoon style, wedding day accessories, and more (so much more!). In the heart of downtown Appleton, with a storefront on College Avenue, sits the sweetest little women’s boutique. Lillians has been around for many years, but didn’t become what it is now until January of 2016, when the current owner reopened the store with a fresh new vision. This newly-expanded shop (newly-expanded, as in this literally JUST happened!) features the cutest women’s clothing, unique...

PART TWO - A continuation of yesterday's blog post. You’ve always dreamt of this moment – saying “yes” to the one you love. Your ring finger is sparkling and you’re giddy with excitement, but what’s next? Let’s walk through some of the things you’ll want to do now that you’re engaged!   6. Choose a few dates If you have your heart set on one specific date, you’re going to have fewer venue options (unless of course you’re planning two+ years out!). It’s best to narrow down a wedding date to two or three...

You’ve always dreamt of this moment – saying “yes” to the one you love. Your ring finger is sparkling and you’re giddy with excitement, but what’s next? Let’s walk through some of the things you’ll want to do now that you’re engaged!   1. Visit your closest family & friends Don’t let that shiny new ring blind your judgement, make sure you announce your engagement and show off that ring to your loved ones before posting on social media. This might be a no-brainer, but your immediate family and closest friends shouldn’t have...

As my fiancé and I approach our 5-year dating anniversary and the one-month mark until our wedding day, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned since we started this lifelong journey together. Five years have flown by, but have simultaneously felt like a lifetime (maybe because we’ve been crushing on each other since the third grade!?). As I reflect on the past few years, I can confidently say that I’ve learned a lot about relationships and what true love feels like. Here is just a sneak peek at a few...