In 2014 I made a 50 under 50 favourite things list… it was epic and in my opinion, it still holds up:
So this year I am back with more things I love which may or may not be more than $50
10 more things I love, but they ain’t cheap
Hello Anna: I love my bottle opener. Amanda gifted her to me years ago and she’s never failed! Easy to use and fancy enough to keep on display so you never need to go rummaging through your gadget drawer in a moment of panic.
And Speaking of wine, we are sharing a Case of Compassion from Feed Nova Scotia with Mike’s parents for the holiday festivities. Drinking for a good cause sounds like a great idea!
I loved my SPIbelt… I miss my SPIbelt. I lost it on my travels and replaced it with another brand which is not as great. It was an awesome companion on long runs, carrying my phone, gummies, etc. and fit so nicely that I never felt it bouncing or moving.
Cusinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor: I have had this for 10 years and it has survived many pestos and baby food creations – it’s small but mighty and I give it a big thumbs up.
Tivoli Audio Model One radio: Another item from our 10-year club but still sounding strong – it’s pretty basic, and you can get more bells and whistles but it works well and plays daily in the kitchen.
Mac Mini: We got a Mini four years ago when we ditched the cable. Although an Apple TV works great for Netflix, I love the Mini because it holds all of our movies and it links to our other devices. We keep it under the TV and it can take CDs, DVDs and USBs…etc. easily. There are times in life when you need a YouTube dance party, and the Mini delivers.
Longchamp Large Tote Bag Le Pilage: The bag that can hold many (many) things but always make you feel classy. I love mine for traveling and think it’s a great alternative to a diaper bag if you are in need of a diaper bag.
Le Creuset 4.2L Round French Oven: Le Creuset is amazing for cooking but even more amazing to clean. You can burn a full pot of soup in there and it will all just wash away in a jiffy. I love this size for making sauces and soups and especially risotto.
Gym membership at Cyclone Group Fitness: I will be the first to tell you I don’t go as often as I’d like but when I do, I love it! Group fitness classes are a treat – especially when I spend so much time running alone. Find a gym that makes you happy – I like barre / TRX and spin which is why this place works for me!
The fun part about being a wedding photographer’s assistant is you are a fly on the wall most of the day. Not saying much but observing everything. And as a fan of all things weddings, it is handy! So, when I spot a good idea, a nice touch, or something magical, you know I am going to share.
On Saturday I was back in the Valley for the third weekend in a row (am I beginning to talk like a valley girl?). It was a beautiful day with a beautiful couple. They looked so young, which makes me feel like I may be getting old. Argh. Anyway, the one thing that really stood out from other weddings I’ve been to was that immediately following the ceremony, the guests filtered into a large room. On their way to, they passed by the Bride and Groom making it the most efficient receiving line ever! Once everyone had their afternoon beverage (iced tea/lemonade), the Bride and Groom entered and had their first dance right away.
Reasons why I love this.
Over and done with (especially if you are a shy couple)
The photographer gets great natural light for the dance
The romance of the wedding ceremony is still strong
It gives the guests a little treat before the couple is whisked away for pictures
Then, while pictures are being done, the guest can casually make their way to the cocktail / reception at their own leisure.
Often, your first dance is after dinner and dessert. Guests have been sitting a long time, the tables may still need cleaning, the line up at the bar is long and people are loosing their attention. In all of the reception chaos, it is harder to pump up the romance when people are just waiting to pump up the jams. You still get to start the dance party off with a few special moments including the Father-of-the-Bride and the Mother-of-the-Groom dances so it is a win-win. I have also seen the first dance happen at the beginning of the reception (before dinner) and this too is a great idea but there was something extra special about combining it with the ceremony.
Brides-to-be: Consider this. I know I will suggest it.
Photo: Taken with my spyPhone (aka iPhone): Acadia University, Nova Scotia.
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