Wedding First Dance songsHaving planned several weddings, I noticed one task my clients tend to struggle with is picking the perfect first dance song.  The song should describe your personality as a couple, rather your relationship is traditional, modern or what I call eclectic chic.  No two couples are the same, so your song choice might be popular but the mean is completely different for everyone.  I’ve picked eight classic first dance wedding songs I know will give butterflies and goosebumps.

  1. At Last by Etta James
  2. Can You Feel The Love Tonight by Elton John
  3. Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
  4. From This Moment by Shania Twain
  5. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
  6. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
  7. You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne
  8. You’re My Greatest, My Greatest my inspiration by Teddy Pendergrass

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Patriotic Room

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I hope you all are enjoying your holiday with family and friends.  Its a perfect day in Detroit, sunny and 74 degrees.   LMc (my tall dark and handsome man) and I are chilln’ and grilln’ on the patio until dusk then we are headed to the fireworks show at Greenfield Village.     Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

photo:  House Beautiful

 

July 2014 - Movie Blog PostHappy July everyone!  Here in Detroit we are expecting this month to be hot and humid.  I am planning to duck the humidity in the movie theater… a girl has to have a few good hair days.  There are several great movies I am excited to see this month, from a Disney sequel to a funny comedy starring the hilarious Melissa McCarthy.  Here are my four must see picks with trailers to get you pumped.  Please leave a comment and let me know which you are intrigued to see.

Tammy – July 2nd                                                                                                                                                 A comedy starring the hilarious Melissa McCarthy…just hearing her name makes me laugh.  A bad day for Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) just keeps getting worse.  All in one day she has wrecked her car, caught her husband cheating and lost her job at the burger joint.  Wanting to get away from it all she settles for a vacation with her grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon).  The adventure begins with the two of them, we are in for a modern day Thelma and Louise LOL.  Click Tammy to watch the trailer.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – July 11th                                                                                                 The sequel to 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  Caeser (Andy Serkis) is back, the head primate leading a nation genetically involved apes.  They are threatened by a band of human survivors the of the devastating virus that spreaded ten years ago.  One of the survivors Malcolm (Jason Clarke) has created a bond with the apes but a few others want to kill them for revenge.  A peace bond was short lived, when a all in war begins to determine which species will dominate earth.  I am anticipating this film to be intense with lots of action.  Click to watch this action packed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Planes: Fire and Rescue – July 18th                                                                                                            Another cute film from Disney, the sequel to the 2013 airborne adventure Planes.  Dusty (Dane Cook) the famous airplane racer is facing a career ending injury that prevents him from flying and competing in the Wings Around the World race.  Faced with a career change Dusty returns home and decides to join a flying rescue team called the The Smokejumpers to become an aerial firefighter.  As a team they set out to battle a fierce wildfire in Piston Peak National Park.  A fan of magical creators at Disney, they always make great films that we adults and children can relate too.  I love animation especially when things talk that aren’t human.  Check out the the trailer of Dusty and his the Smokejumpers.

Lucy – July 25th                                                                                                                                                   The action thriller starring Scarlett Johansson as Lucy….its nothing like a female action hero GIRL POWER.  Lucy is accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.  The plot and the trailer has me pumped to see this and Morgan Freeman is starring along with her in this film. Watch and tell me what you think.

 

How to cut a watermelon 1You know it’s spring and summer is coming when you begin to see watermelons at the local fruit market.  In my opinion it’s the best in the melon family.  I give myself an A+ for picking the perfect watermelon and a F- when it comes to cutting it.  A combination of size, odd shape and the incorrect knife are all contributors to the failure.  The old saying is true…practice makes perfect.  Today I am sharing with you my basic steps to cutting a watermelon.

Cook Tools

  • Cutting board
  • Knife (chef or serrated bread knife)

Instructions

  1. A few days before, wash your watermelon with mild dish detergent and rinse thoroughly (removing all the pesticides).  Let air dry.
  2. Cut off both ends of the watermelon. This creates a stable surface to stand watermelon upright.

How to cut a watermelon 2How to cut a watermelon 2a

3.  With the watermelon upright, angle your knife and begin to cut off rind.How to cut a watermelon 34.  Cut the watermelon in half, slice into half moon pieces or chunks

How to cut a watermelon 4How to cut a watermelon 5 5. Grab a fork and kick back and eat!How to cut a watermelon 6

photos by Lotoya Vongrechin

 

5 Movie Picks for MayHappy May my friends!  In the movie world this month is the official kickoff to summer.  From now until Labor Day there is a mix of superheroes, comedies and anticipated sequels scheduled to hit the big screen.  I wonder what film(s) will be crowned the 2014 blockbuster.  Before my social calendar begins to fill for the summer I have blocked Fridays for movie night…only my fellow movie buffs can relate.  Here are my movie picks:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – May 2nd

The legendary Marvel comic character is back again.  The story goes beyond living a double life as the ordinary Peter Parker and the secretly amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield)  This time Spider-Man is up against a new powerful villain named Electro (Jamie Foxx).  He will stop at nothing to live a regular life with his girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) and to protect his fellow New Yorkers.  I am looking forward to seeing Spider-Man win.

Neighbors – May 9th

A family with a newborn baby moves into a home next door to a college fraternity house.  Are you thinking, what I am thinking?… a living nightmare.  Get ready to laugh out loud, Seth Rogan and Zac Efron are hilarious together.  See for yourself, take a look at the movie trailer.  This movie takes me back to my college days, I can’t imagine living next door to college students.

Godzilla – May 16th

A rebirth of the worlds most famous monster, Godzilla.  This sci-fi film will take us back to the beginning when this powerful and destructive monster was introduced to today but with a twist.  I am not sure I know what to expect from this movie, but it takes me back to my childhood of watching tv movies.  That alone has me interested to this film and to see Bryan Cranston in this unusual role.

X Men: Days of Future Past – May 23rd

The trilogy continues for all the X Men fans, Bryan Singer is incorporating the plot with characters from the original trilogy and 2011’s First Class.  The plot will go back in time to with an attempt to avoid a series of events that will lead to a catastrophic future.  I am anticipating action from beginning to end, but more importantly we may be able to see Huge Jackman and Halle Berry alongside James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.  Check out the trailer here.

Maleficent – May 30th

The untold story of the villain of the Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty.  We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but what happened before that resulted in Maleficent not being invited to the christening.  As a Disney fan I have been anticipating this movie for a few months, it was originally set to be released in March. I am completely obsessed with the look of Angelina Jolie in her costume, its really inspiring my look for Halloween at the moment.  The headpiece is everything.

I realize there a dozen more movies set to release this month, but based on my picks what are you excited to see?  Leave a comment, I am look forward to chatting throughout the month on our reviews.

photo credit:  The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Neighbors, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent