Thursday, December 26, 2013


It’s the Holidays, and that usually means couples all over the world are getting engaged! If you are a Bride-To-Be, and planning your upcoming Wedding, may we be one of the first to say Congratulations! What a great way to start out the new year! And there are so many Bridal shows in January to choose from. Choose wisely, because some are better than others. We recommend all the shows that we will be attending which are listed under Bridal Shows on our website, These snow scenes are beautiful, but it sure is nice to be outside in the warm sunshine like today. Days like today and yesterday, are the reason we all love living in sunny Southern California! The snow is fun to visit, but living in it every day is a different story. For comfort, I’ll take a beach scene over a snow scene any day! Snowboarding works great in the sand. Sand is a lot like snow, but much warmer. We hope your Christmas was just as wonderful as ours was, and that you all have a safe, and very Happy New Year. Try to slow your life down, relax and enjoy the rest of this year with your Family & Friends. We’ll see you in January...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Recipe For A Successful Marriage

Recipe For A Successful Marriage 3 cups – Tenderness 1 cup – Commitment 1 cup – Consideration 1 cup – Courtesy 2 cups – Unselfish support 2 cups – Milk of human kindness 1 gal. – Faith in God & in each other Add 2 cup – Peace 3 cups – Cooperation 1 small pinch of in-laws 1 realistic financial budget 3 T pure extract of “I am sorry” 1 cup – Contentment 2 cups – open & honest communication 1 cup each: Confidence Encouragement Supportive friends Blindness to each other’s faults Individual interests and hobbies Mix in: Several mutual activities and hobbies Flavor with occasional tokens of your love and a dash of happy memories. Stir well and remove any specks of temper, jealously, or criticism. Sweeten well with a generous portion of love and keep warm with steady flame of devotion. Never serve with a hot tongue or cold shoulder. “Stand together yet not too near… let there be spaces in your togetherness… fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup… remember, the oak tree and the cypress do not grow in each other’s shadow."

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thank You's

Consider sending thank you notes in Holiday cards. If you haven't had a chance to send your "thank you's" out for your Weddings gifts, why not take advantage of the Holidsys to do so. You can include them in a Holiday card, or if you have sent already sent them, include a Wedding picture for a personal touch. One of your duties as newlyweds is to acknowledge each and every wedding gift with a hand-written note of appreciation. Write your notes on plain white or pastel paper, perhaps with borders, but simple enough to maintain the dignity of the Wedding occasion. Mono-grammed stationery is also an elegant touch. To help keep a record of gifts received, you can use a bridal book, an ordinary notebook, or a box of notecards. Allow space for the name of the giver, the description of the gift, and the date the thank you note was sent. The easiest method is to combine your invitation list and your gift list on the same page; this way, addresses are readily available, and you only have to add two additional columns. Ideally, you should write each note as the gift arrives, so that you won’t get behind. Regardless, however, all thank you notes MUST be sent within three months after your wedding.In circumstances where a prompt note is impossible (such as a large wedding of over 250 guests), a printed acknowledgement is acceptable but always followed by a hand-written note. Since most gifts are sent to the bride, it is she who usually writes AND signs the notes, making a reference to the groom (“...John and I appreciated...”). In some cases, where the gift-giver is a stranger to the bride or a close friend of the groom’s, it is correct for the groom to do the honors. Always mention the specific gift. Most of all, be warm and appreciative, remembering that the gift-giver spent extra time and energy to choose something special for you both.