April Recap: Phoenix, Lantern Fest, & Baseball

I haven’t written in a while, it’s been a little hectic over here in Colorado. April has just seemed to fly by and somewhat in a good way.

About mid-month, Ryan and I packed and headed to Arizona for a lovely wedding. It’s actually been our first wedding that we’ve been to as a couple, other than our own. We kind of like to joke because we have one friend getting married this summer, but other than that we only have a couple close friends in long term relationships. We’re like the old married couple, but without kids because we aren’t wanting those yet.

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The wedding was great! It was for one of my closest cousins, and I’m just so happy he found such an amazing gal. Since Ryan had never been to Arizona, we did some exploring. We had a great time in Downtown Scottsdale. You have to go to Sugar Bowl. Delicious, delicious milkshakes and malts!

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And . . . calling all Baseball fans . . . there is a store called Baseballism. They only have 4 (I think) locations, and let me tell you the CUTEST clothes for baseball fans.

When we got back from Arizona, we had a good time relaxing for these past few weeks. It’s been so hectic lately, I swear we’re going a 100 different directions. But, we did get to attend Lantern Fest that was held in Dacono, Colorado.

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This festival was breathtaking. If you’ve ever seen Tangled, you’ve wished you could be part of the lantern festival, and it was worth it. People were stopping on the freeway to see the lanterns. Click here to see if they’re headed to your city, you won’t want to miss it. Tip: You don’t have to show up early, you could show up an hour and half before dark and still get the feel.

And, now it is May 1st, and I cannot believe we are in the fifth month of this year. These days are literally flying by. I also get to head to Cali this month to see my little brother play some of his last baseball games. It’s probably one of the most bittersweet moments, he is moving on to pursue a career in ministry and be around the one he loves. Yet, it is a closing of the baseball chapter that was such a huge part of his life, as well as our family’s life.

I cannot wait to see him play and hang with my lovely mother on Mother’s day!

– the Helm Household

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Wedding Registry, 10 Dos & Donts

It’s nearly wedding season! And, we’re headed to our first wedding in a couple of weeks in Arizona. It takes me back to the exciting time of our wedding, and I just can’t help but write a little bit about it.

Ryan and I will be married for two years in July, so you think we would’ve used everything we’ve registered for . . . well we haven’t or we’ve only used it once. And, I’m also pleasantly surprised on some items we used more than I thought we would.

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Here are my dos & donts of wedding registry:

1. Remove your fondue set
It’s a fun idea and all . . . but you aren’t going to use it. Or maybe you use it once every five years. It’s a waste. We used ours for the first time for Valentine’s Day, and we couldn’t make it perfect. Allow yourself to get something that you will actually use and visit the Melting Pot if you really want fondue.

2. Register for nice serving platters/bowls
I love Crate & Barrel. And, I registered for the best serving platters and bowls. I love them! They are perfect and get used a lot. You don’t need multiple styles, just stick with one style and mix-n-match. They’re a little fancy and perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, birthdays, etc.

3. Remove the candles and picture frames
Unless you’re some crazy candle lady, you can buy your own, and you don’t need to register for them. And, the picture frames that say “Love” tend to be tacky. So, ditch them! Have someone get you towels instead, something useful that you will have to buy anyways.

 

4. Register for sheets
I didn’t register for sheets, and I regret it. They’re expensive, so register for them and pray you get them! I might be biased, but sheets are one of those things you use every day, and I still have trouble buying them.

5. Remove random things from your list
The random things I added to my list were biscuit cutters, crab crackers, and frosting froster. Let’s be real . . . my husband does the cooking, and we don’t eat biscuits. We eat crab occasionally, and I can’t even find the crackers (I think they’re packed away). And, we use frosting out of a can. Remove the useless things. Don’t fool yourself, you aren’t going use them!

6. Register for at least one thing fun
Ryan and I love, love, love football. He is a Bears fan, and I am a Seahawks fan. We registered for two beer glasses each with our team’s logo on it. Totally worth it! It’s something fun you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself, but they are our favorite glasses during game days.

7. Remove anything you already have that you like
Let’s say you already have decent wine glasses . . . guess what, you probably don’t need new ones. It isn’t worth it to trade everything in to get new ones because there is probably something on your registry that you don’t have that you really want. For me, I had a Keurig, not the newest, but it works. I didn’t register for another because I’d rather someone give me that $100 they would’ve spent or bought me something I really needed.

8. Register for only one bathroom in your house
I recommend registering for your master bathroom only. Ryan and I owned a home, so I registered for both our master and our guest bathroom. The stuff I wanted for the master was expensive. I think the trash can was like $60, but I really wanted it! Then, I ended up getting ½ of what I wanted for each bathroom. So, I had to go in and buy the $20 toothbrush holder myself. Registering for one bathroom only, probably would’ve gotten me the more expensive stuff for the master bath.

9. Remove décor!!!!!!!!
This kind of plays of the candle and picture frame one but just don’t ask for decorations. It’s pointless. Generally, it is something that you will buy with your gift cards, but asking for that as a gift is weird to me. I don’t know why, it just is. I think registries should be focused on needs, especially since if you don’t get those you have to buy them anyway.

10. Register for something you wouldn’t normally get yourself
For me this was the blanket basket of my dreams, and I just had to have it. Sometimes people want to buy you something useful but not your plates you want. That’s when stuff like a blanket basket or an awesome vase comes in. Stuff that will a) be used b) is a little fancy. This category is generally purchased by your mom’s friend that loves decorating or a great aunt that has a little extra cash.

Registering was one of my favorite things. I could see my little home coming together with Ryan. We loved going to registry events, where they shut down the store just for those getting married. It was a great way to be with your significant other and pick out stuff for your new place together.

I just can’t wait for wedding season! Have you followed me on Instagram yet? Click here to follow today!

– the Helm Household

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