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Today’s online finds: Inspirational, educational and very close to home. I grew up with Carly, and her family’s story needs to be heard. Her voice has been strong, loud and clear and now it’s our turn to do our part. Please Share. Support. Donate. Write. Speak up.

     

Dear X

I’m writing in support of families who have children impacted by Autism and whose children are faced with a mental health or behavioural crisis related to their diagnosis. The province of Nova Scotia must step up to the table and provide the supports necessary for these complex cases involving children in crisis.

Namely, I am insisting the government:

1. Ensure families with children in crisis have access to necessary resources to maintain the safety of their home (funded in-home support);
2. Ensure coordination between the departments of community services, health, and education to develop a shared plan of support for children who are in crisis;
3. To continue publicly funded, evidence-based interventions for children affected by Autism past the age of six.

Thank you for your consideration.

Best,

Here’s a list of MLAs:

Bill Horne
Fall River/Waverley
billhornemla@gmail.com

Ben Jessome
Hammonds Plains
jessomeben@gmail.com

Kelly Regan
Bedford
kelly@kellyregan.ca

Claudia Chender
Ochterloney St., Dartmouth
claudiachendermla@gmail.com

Dave Wilson
Lower Sackville
avewilsonmla@eastlink.ca

Tim Harrison
Main Street, Dartmouth
larryharrisonmla@gmail.com

Barbara Adams
Eastern Passage, NS
barbadamsmla@gmail.com

Patricia Arab
Joe How Dr.
info@patriciaarab.ca

Jaimie Baillie
Springhill, NS
jamiebaillie@bellaliant.com

Gary Burrill
Quinpool Rd, Halifax
garyburrillmla@gmail.com

Keith Colwell
East Preston, Dartmouth
keithcolwell@eastlink.ca

Lena Metlege Diab
Craigmore Drive, Halifax
nfo@lenadiab.ca

Rafah DiCostanzo
Lacewood Dr, Halifax
Rafah@Rafahdicostanzo.com

Tony Ince
Cole Harbour
tonyince@tonyincemla.ca

Brad Johns
Middle Sackville
mlabradjohns@gmail.com

Labi Kousoulis
Spring Garden Road, Halifax
labi@labimla.ca

Susan Leblanc
Wyse Road, Dartmouth
susanleblancMLA@bellaliant.com

Brendan Maguire
Herring Cove, Halifax
brendan@brendanmaguire.ca

Lisa Roberts
Young St, Halifax
lisarobertsmla@gmail.com

wedding weekend recap

Aimee and Caylum are married!

Want to see some pics? There are a lot, and they’re not great because I was busy enjoying the party, but we don’t judge. right? First off, it was such a treat – and by far the most involved I’ve been in a wedding from start to end (besides mine). I appreciate that they let a rookie* take over the design and some of the planning.

First up, at the beginning of the year the initial print items were developed, including the invite, RSVP postcard and information card. Aimee sent me an inspiration board on Pinterest and we talked about fonts and colours that best matched their taste but also complimented the venue, which was a pavilion at a vineyard in the valley.Design-1Once the invites were sent out, more pieces were developed for the wedding day including signs, the seating chart, a guest card and a mad libs to keep the guests entertained. The table numbers were attached to corks and labels were put on the wine bottles for each table.Design-2 Design-3As mentioned, the wedding took place at a vineyard and the weather was hot, sunny and there was a full moon at night. The Bride was smart to suggest making the programme a fan – the guests certainly appreciated the gesture although I am sure her assembly crew (aka bridesmaids) did not enjoy all of the cutting and hole punching.DSC_0133 DSC_0143

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The day before the wedding, we arrived on site at lunch and started putting the space together. There were already strings of white lights up but everything else was brought in and the girls made the bouquets, boutonnieres and table arrangements on site. Tim, the tulle man spent the day on the ladder while the tables were set and most everything was put out.DSC_0111DSC_0119 DSC_0115 DSC_0112DSC_0116DSC_0129And here is the room coming together. DSC_0117 DSC_0120 DSC_0122DSC_0148 DSC_0147 DSC_0150 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4DSC_0127DSC_0132Because the floor was cobblestone, the couple provided flip flops for dancing. DSC_0124A special bouquet and candle were put on display for Aimee’s mother. DSC_0123On the morning of the wedding, a few finishing touches were done outside while the music was tested and the wine was poured. DSC_0134 DSC_0136 DSC_0142Finally, the Bride arrived (on time!) and the wedding began. DSC_0151 DSC_0158Once the ceremony and dinner were over, me my lovely friends (and team) and I took a few photos.DSC_0174 photo 1photo 22 photo 44Sparkles were lit when the sun went down.DSC_0227 DSC_0232 DSC_0234 DSC_0236And the tables moved to the side for dancing. I wish these photos turned out, wrong lens, wrong settings, but you get the picture. Good times.DSC_0237DSC_0269DSC_0301DSC_0322Congratulations Aimee and Caylum.

*Rookie as a professional wedding planner, not a rookie at anything else wedding related including design and styling. Call me. 

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banner up

The third wedding shower post this week is all about the banner.

When we (the Bride and one of her bridesmaids) visited the venue in March, I noticed there was a great place to hang a banner along the beam that separates the raised platform from the rest of the pavilion. The head table will be up on the platform with the Bride and Groom at centre stage so I thought it be fun to hang a lovely message over their heads: CAYLUM LOVES AIMEE. And, to make things easy for the guests, it will be the official hashtag of the event.  #caylumlovesaimee

<My mom says what? A hashtag for an event is a basically a method of linking common communication through social media. If you want to post a remark or photo of the big day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. use the selected hashtag so you can share your stuff with fellow wedding guests and their network.> 

Anyway… back to the banner.

Aimee and Caylum’s wedding is at a vineyard so imagine gold, cream, champagne, corks, burlap, barrels and wine. With this in mind, I decided to go with a burlap backing and printed letters on top. Here are the steps:

  • First, I found a roll of burlap at MichaelsDSC_0991
  • I cut the burlap into 4 x 5 inch squares
  • I printed and cut each letter to fit individually on a burlap squareDSC_0996
  • I rounded the corners of each letter with a rounded paper cutterDSC_0998
  • I used Mod Podge to glue the letters to the burlapDSC_1002
  • With a small hole punch, I punched the top corners of each letter
  • And finally, I weaved twine through the holes and separated the letters appropriatelyDSC_1014

Voilà! An easy banner!DSC_1016

Click here and here to read more about the shower.

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