Gestures: Girls’ Weekend

 

Today marks one year until my wedding, which means the countdown officially begins!

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Earlier this summer, all of my bridesmaids got together in Chicago and had a girls weekend. Even though it’s not quite time for a bachelorette bash, I knew it was important that they all got to know each other, bond, and most importantly – celebrate! (and drink a lot of wine)IMG_9307

I discovered these really cute little bags from Alf and Noop on Etsy, which I had customized for my bridesmaids weekend. I then filled them with splits of prosecco, because what better way is there to celebrate?

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What do you think of this idea for bridesmaids, or any type of girls weekend? Let me know in the comments or on twitter @mandyresh ๐Ÿ™‚

Treats and Treasures

Hey there!

I’m taking Little Wonders in a new direction and I hope you are along for the ride. I’ve been thinking for a long time about what ‘little wonders’ really means to me – and it may sound obvious, but it’s all of the little things that make life wonderful. In 2011 when this little project started, I was hoping to hop on the fashion blogging bandwagon, but it wasn’t feeling right. I was looking for my hook, my edge, and I think I have finally found it.

From now on, you can come to Little Wonders and expect to find a few different things:

  • Treats: baked goods, recipes and other goodies
  • Treasures: memories, miscellaneous finds and places
  • Gifts: carefully curated ideas for unique gift-giving
  • Gestures: housewarming, cards, ways to #treatyourself, etc.

Keep an eye out as I have some posts coming that are not only easy, but fun and sometimes even delicious! Follow along and let me know what you think.

– Amanda

Illness Remedies

Tis the season for shopping, tidings and – you guessed it – illness. Now that we’ve eaten ourselves into a coma and shopped until we dropped on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday – it has come to our attention that we’ve neglected our health! Yet again we consult the Beauty Bible – How to Walk in High Heels – for the go-to cures:

Soup

Tomato for comfort, Chicken for mucus

Fever?

Hot showers, hot drinks and LOTS of waterย 

Stay Calm

If you are stressed, it will take you longer to get better

Herbal Remedies:

To prevent a cold, try echinacea and garlic and zinc

For coughs and colds, you want honey and glycerine

For sore throat, add 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary to boiling water and drink

To relieve fatigue, add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath

When all else fails, sleep it off and milk the situation for all it’s worth!

Hostess with the Mostess

Hosting friends for the weekend is always a treat, but not everyone is up on the logistics. Sometimes it’s hard to find sleeping space for everyone, feed everyone, find parking or have everyone be ok with a billion people invading your home. With a little bit of preparation, it’s a snap! You only need to master 4 main areas to have a weekend visit become a simple (and inexpensive!) success:

1. Accommodations

If you don’t have a pull-out couch or futon, it’s definitely worth it to invest in an air mattress. We were lucky enough to inherit one in recent history that inflates and deflates practically on command. And it can sleep up to three ๐Ÿ™‚ Providing blankets wouldn’t hurt, either!

2. Food

It’s not completely necessary to cook every meal for everyone, but you can definitely reduce the expense of a weekend visit (bar tabs – yuck!) by investing in easy, filling meals that can accommodate 4 or more people – depending on your party size. My weapons of choice are a simple pasta with chicken, veggies on the side and for breakfast, pancakes and eggs are a quick fix for everyone! Total cost is less than $15 for all of the ingredients needed!

3. Parking Passes

Being in a big city poses the question of parking. In Chicago, all you have to do is go to the Alderman in your area and you can get 15 parking passes for $8. Anywhere else, you should definitely research the best option so that you have a concrete plan for when your guests arrive. Nothing is worse than spending 30 minutes trying to find a safe spot!

4. Basic Necessities/Toiletries

Traveling to someone’s apartment/house/condo for the weekend is hard enough when you have to bring several outfits and shoes and bags that may or may not be useful to you later, etc., let alone when you have to add towels, beauty basics, toiletries etc. to the mix. I like to keep spare towels around for my guests, obviously the standard paper products, hair appliances (blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron, etc.), spare blankets and a few common cleaning supplies wouldn’t hurt either. Spills happen! And these are all things you can definitely use even when you don’t have guests around.

It might seem like a lot – but I promise it’s not! It’s super easy and it makes everyone feel comfortable and at home. If you’re hosting, why not go all out? The clean up isn’t bad, either ๐Ÿ™‚