Dream Big & Buy The Shoes: October 2015

October 29, 2015

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops

My sweet tooth happens to be pretty intense. I love chocolate and sweets and most times I have to completely say no to something just so I don't over-do it. When it comes to the a holiday though, I say go all in. My latest kitchen experiment does just that...deliciousness on every level.

You will need:

Large marshmallows
Chocolate wafers
Straws or sticks
Parchment paper

To make:

Cut a small slit in the top of the marshmallow so you can insert your straw or stick.

Insert the straw and then put them in the freezer for 5-7 minutes. This helps adhere your marshmallow to the straw more securely. I gently twisted the straw as I inserted it and that seemed to work great.

While the marshmallows are in the freezer you can melt your chocolate in the microwave on medium heat. Make sure to stir every 30 seconds. Add food coloring if desired at this point.

Next is the best part...decorating! Dip the frozen marshmallow in the chocolate. You will want to tap the excess off. After they are dipped in chocolate you can adorn them with your sprinkles.

I put chocolate in one bowl and poured my sprinkles out of their container in to another bowl.

To dry you can stand them stick up on parchment paper. Once fully dry make sure to wrap them so they don't go bad.

If you're feeling really fun, you can tie on one of my festive printables and make it an extra Happy Halloween!

I hope you all have a great Halloween weekend...I can't believe the next time we're here it will be November. Enjoy the fun...and don't eat *too much* candy!!

October 28, 2015

Halloween Printables

In more recent years I have come to like Halloween even more. It's safe to say I even enjoy dressing up and having some fun with all of it. To get in the spirit for this weekend's holiday I made some Halloween printables.

You can use them in treat bags, put them in a cupcake, adorn them on a straw in a tasty drink, or whatever your spooky self desires.

You can download my Halloween printables to use by clicking on the link.

For more tricks and treats, ghoulish & Happy Halloween fun, check out my Pinterest board-

Follow Dream Big & Buy The Shoes's board H A L L O W E E N I E on Pinterest.

Stay tuned for an easy recipe to satisfy any spooky sweet tooth for your Halloween parties tomorrow.

Until then...

October 27, 2015

Ethan's Chocolate Chip Cookies

One thing Ethan and I love to do together is bake. Ever since he was 3 years old he has had the important title and job of being my assistant. We enjoy picking out the perfect sprinkles, deciding what flavor cookie to make, and choosing between regular or mini sized cupcakes.

This past weekend he had an assignment for school where he had to make a recipe on his own including at least 3 ingredients he had to measure. Like the awesome little dude he is, he chose chocolate chip cookies and used this new (to us)  amazing recipe they had tried in school.

You will need:

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup chocolate chips

To make:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small mixing bowl combine: flour, baking soda & salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl soften butter with an electric mixer or put in microwave for 20-30 seconds.

Mix in sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add egg and mix for 1 minute.

Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture and stir.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on to cookie sheet.

Bake for 9-11 minutes at 350.

Pour yourself a large glass of milk & enjoy!

I'm not just saying this because he's adorable, but they are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted. I think the brown sugar makes them a hit, or the love added by this sweet little guy.

They are most perfect when enjoyed on a beautiful day after you don't have to clean the kitchen (because it's also part of the assignment). 

Have a great Tuesday, hopefully one filled with a sweet treat!

Eat Drink and Be Mary

Martinis & Bikinis

October 26, 2015

October Favorites

I swear each month flies by quicker than the last. I can't believe it's almost November, where did this year go?!

Favorite Post: Lindsay is always reminding me of what I need to hear. Her post on Grace absolutely brought me back to reality and learning to live a little more in the moment.

Favorite Moment: Our family Sunday's make me so happy, and enjoying our favorite season together is always a blast. We went to a Fall Fest which is held at our wedding venue each year. It was fun to visit the celebration spot again a few weeks after the wedding. We rode the ski lift and got to take in some of the beautiful scenery.

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Favorite Recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup is a staple for the upcoming cold months and I can't wait to make Sarah's (from Coffee & Glitter) recipe. Not only does it look absolutely delicious, but it seems pretty easy too. I call that a win.

Favorite Purchase: I didn't buy much this month, so that's good for my bank account. I do love holidays, so I would say my favorite thing purchased this month was these personalized treat bags for my nephew and nieces. I love getting them fun little gifts to celebrate the holidays.

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Favorite Informative Post: Macy from To Travel & Beyond dives in to the subject of taking better blog photos and using props. I love getting a fresh perspective and new ideas on photography, as mine can always use some improvement.

Favorite Dream Big posts this month:
10 Tips For Staying Young (&Happy) This Fall
Pop, Fizz, Clink & Plan : My Bridal Shower Details
DIY Cupcake Onesie Gift

I'm excited for what the rest of the month will bring...next month we host Thanksgiving, head to a Steelers game and prep for Christmas!

What were some of your favorite things, posts or moments this month?

October 22, 2015


I find it interesting that Currently posts usually get the most hits in a week's worth of posts. I didn't think I was that cool, but I guess I am. It's hard to be this awesome, but someone has to do it.

Watching: Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion. I've mentioned it before, but reality TV is my weakness.

Reading: Not much these days. I could go for a good spooky book recommendation. Let me know what you're reading and if it's any good!

Fangirling Over: Meeting Brittany Fuson last week in Pittsburgh. I was browsing Instagram on my lunch break Friday when I saw her announcement that she was going to be attending the one year celebration at  No. 14 Boutique . I happened to be going to Pittsburgh for the weekend and stopped by to meet her. If you have never checked out her work, you are really missing out. She was as sweet as I imagined and talking to her felt like I was hanging out with an old friend, it was great.

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Shopping For: Nothing! I am getting SUPER serious with my money these days and am going to bust my butt to pay off a few things. I don't have much left on my car so I would love to get everything taken care of and be done with that.

Loving: Our bedroom colors. We used to have a black and white scheme, then it was white, grey and yellow. We got a new bed set at the bridal shower and it's all white. I have removed some other decor from the bedroom and just have a mainly white with touches of black vibe going on. It's so bright and refreshing and it makes me really happy.

Cracking Up About: Iris Gill and her awesome birthday party. I read about her 4th birthday & CVS themed party this past weekend after seeing her mom post about it on Instagram. Well, Iris has gone viral and has been on Buzzfeed, MTV, Entertainment Tonight, Mashable & The Today Show just to name a few. Her mom Sarah is the coolest ever for pulling this off & Iris makes me incredibly happy and laugh really hard. This little one knows what makes her happy, you go girl!

Thankful For: The life I have. Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in what's missing and what I could have more of. You know what I have plenty of? Love. That's what is most important. I am extremely lucky in so many ways and am remembering to be grateful for that at the end of each day.

Lusting Over: This Tory Burch bag...for months. I think it may go on my Christmas list (I hope Santa is reading) because as mentioned above, I'm not buying anything these days.

Working On: Making this space the very best it can be. I have decided to work on the original plans I had right after the wedding before I make the jump to WordPress. Those things include updating things around here, offering sponsorships & increasing my skills in certain areas (ahem, photography). So with that being said, can you help a girl out and answer a few questions for me below on the Google Form.

I would really like to get to know a little more about who's coming here, how, and why and what can make this space better. If you have anything additional to offer please leave a comment or feel free to e-mail me. I love to hear from my readers.

Thank you in advance for your help, and as always for your support. It truly means so much to me to have you come here to my home on the Internet and share part of your day with me.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you back here next week!!

October 21, 2015

5 Useful Wedding Websites // Wedding Wednesday

I'm sure every bride has heard of Pinterest and Etsy, but where else should you look while planning? There are so many new sites, tips, ideas and places to get everything ready for your big day. I was so happy that I discovered the websites I am going to discuss below because they really helped me out.

Tradesy is best described as a form of eBay for all things, including wedding. You can find accessories, decorations and even dresses on Tradesy. People list their used wedding items and you can purchase them and have conversations with the seller.
I purchased vases for our guest tables and our cake table overlay tablecloth from Tradesy and had 2 amazing transactions. I even got some new decor ideas as I was planning based on items I saw that people were selling.

Wedding Paper Divas
I highly recommend Wedding Paper Divas and was so thrilled with the products I purchased. The awesome thing about their site is that you can request samples so that you can see the products firsthand. I ordered wedding invitation samples and ultimately went with a completely different design but they still turned out perfect. You can browse by color and type and there are plenty of options.
They have engagement party, bachelorette, bridal shower invitations and more including napkins which we also used. You can buy suites of styles so you can have your address labels match your invitations which is a great option.
I also used them for my bridal shower invitations and got so many compliments. I couldn't have been more pleased with the final products we received for our celebrations.

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You can find TONS of things on Groupon, including deals for your wedding. Local photo booths, candy coupons, photo deals and more. We used Groupon to purchase our personalized M&M's and everyone loved them. I had used the Groupon for  M&M previously for Ethan's birthday party last year and they were such a hit that I couldn't resist when I saw the Groupon deal on the website again. The possibilities are endless on Groupon if you ask me.

Gilt City
I really lucked out on Gilt City and found deals for Wedding Paper Divas which allowed us to purchase mass quantities of our paper products at a steal. It doesn't allow you to purchase two deals with one e-mail address or Gilt City account, but you can use two different accounts so I set one up for Chuck also. We got our invitations and address labels for more than HALF OFF by using this deal. They also have deals, like Groupon, for a variety of items.

Rent the Runway
I don't know why I hadn't thought of using Rent the Runway sooner, but I wish I would have. I ended up finding the most gorgeous clutch for my wedding day, but originally had my eye on a Kate Spade one. Unfortunately when I looked in the beginning of August, the Kate Spade one had already been rented for my date. I had a promo code and rented the $900 clutch for less than $50 from Rent the Runway. It was a great way to find something absolutely beautiful but not break the bank or spend money on something I may not use again. You can search the Internet and find promo codes for so many things which is awesome and really helpful.
You can use Rent the Runway for engagement party gowns, bridal shower dresses, rehearsal dinner outfits and accessories too.

I highly recommend each of these websites and hope all you brides to be planning get great use out of them.

Any other great websites you would recommend?


October 20, 2015

DIY Flower Letter

I have mentioned this DIY a few times but needed to wait until today to reveal it due to a gift I was making for my friend's baby shower this past weekend. I am a sucker for personalization and adding a special touch to gifts these days and think this may be my favorite DIY to date.

You will need:
A letter (I've used wood twice & have found it works very well)
Faux flowers
Glue gun

I purchased the letter and flowers at Hobby Lobby but you can find them at almost any craft store. The first letter I did was an L for my bridal shower and our wedding and chose one color flower. 

For my friend's baby shower I wanted to make it a few colors and something that would pop in the nursery. She had sent me a picture of the bedding and I tried to match it as close as I could. 
I fell in love with the big blue flower and drew inspiration around that piece of it. I really had fun with this piece and unfortunately didn't get pictures along the way because I was so focused and in to my work.

To make:
Cut off stems of the faux flowers so you can lay them out and see how many you will need. I bought 3 bunches for the multi-colored flower. It depends on how big they are, but I think the more unique and varied the better.  

Once you know where you want to place your flowers, or if you don't know and want to fly by the seat of your DIY pants....hot glue each one individually. Once you place the flower press and hold on to the letter for about 5 seconds to make sure it's in place and secure. 

Continue this process until finished...each of mine took about 30 minutes. The colored one took a little more thought but I seemed to get a better rhythm and pattern going since it was the second time making one. 

I laid out a few of the initial flowers but went with my gut for the rest. I placed the colors next to each other that I thought looked best. Once I was finished I decided it needed more pink. The swoop of pink down the S was unplanned, but I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out.

I put this letter along with my DIY Cupcake Onesie's  and some other gifts for the shower. I would love to make more of these and have decided I'm totally for hire! Shoot me an e-mail if you are looking for a great gift and I would be happy to make one for you.

What's your favorite latest DIY? I'm always up for making new things. 

October 19, 2015

Crazy Socks Can Lead To Happiness

This past weekend I took a trip to Pittsburgh to visit friends and to attend a baby shower. I tend to do two things during a solo road trip. I jam out...and I think. Sometimes I over think.

I got to think about my current age and how sometimes people say they can't believe I'm that age. Let me just say this.... I'm over 30. I don't know how to react when I hear it most of the time. I mean, I take it as a compliment that people don't think I look 30, but then I wonder if I should be doing something different.

Let's face it. The days I have to wear socks, they are usually crazy. In any given day I laugh like a hyena way more than I act normal. Actually I laugh in some situations I shouldn't. I am convinced me and Britney Spears are best friends. I ate chocolate peanut butter ice cream for dinner twice last week. I have the mouth of a sailor, oops (side note: I swear it's getting better). My favorite emoji is the matching dancer best friends & I tend to overuse it. Actually I'm starting a campaign for a cupcake emjoi ...who's with me? Just check out #wheresthecupcakeemoji hashtag on Instagram & you will see I'm not alone. When I can't decide what to have for lunch, I choose grilled cheese. Every time.

I was thinking....are these things people over the age of 30 do? Maybe not. I swear I did more grown up things 4 years ago...like attend charity events and make dinner outside of pinterest finds and crockpots. But you know what, as each year goes on I find myself happier.

I'm more than content with where my life is and am thrilled with the person I am. I love hard, I'm passionate, I have a great time. Yes, there are things I wish I did better...like handle stress, not have to have my house clean 100% of the time and exercise, but hey...we are all a work in progress.

I decided that road trips are necessary, and so are cupcake socks. Who cares what people think you should act like? My age at heart varies from 8 to 38 all in a matter of minutes and I'm okay with that.

You know what else makes me happy? TARGET!
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I hope you all have a great Monday and maybe a grilled cheese too.

October 15, 2015

All The Fall Things: Fall Swag Swap

As previously mentioned approximately 18 times already this month, I love FALL. There's lots of reasons why, but we don't have all day.

In no particular order, let me list some of my favorite things about this season:
*Blanket scarves (see why I love scarves in the form of cuddling mechanisms)
*The crisp air
*Pumpkin farms (tips on staying happy & enjoying said pumpkin farms can be found here)
*Football (We Are! ... & STEELER NATION)
*Haunted Houses
*Pumpkin Everythaaaang
*Fall Swag

When I saw a group of my favorite bloggers were hosting a Fall Swap Swap I had to sign up.
I was paired with Krista who writes over at Kristie's Blue Jeans and we got to know each other through e-mail. I checked out her Instagram and discovered she loves the sky too...so awesome when you find out your partner has similar interests!

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Krista even hosted a Fall swap once before, so she knows a thing or two about how to enjoy the season. She picked out some amazing goodies for me and I was REALLY excited when I opened my package.

She chose a Scentsy scent that is totally me (Coconut Pumpkin Pie) and I told her I was extra happy because I passed on a similar scent at Bath and Body works because my shopping bag was already too out of control.

Krista included one of her favorite fall candles too (Autumn Harvest), which is great because I have candles galore in our house. I am really anxious to add another one to my fall lineup this season.

Last but not least I got a new nail polish color...score! I have read many bloggers who use Julep colors and have never picked one up. This color screams Fall and is so pretty. It's called Tegan- Boho Glam and is a beautiful red glitter which I love.

I had a lot of fun getting to know Krista, read her blog, and connect with her and talk via e-mail. I highly recommend participating in a swap. There are usually some around Christmas and you can usually find them on Instagram or someone's blog.

Big shoutout to the hosts below for putting this together, thank you ladies it was a great experience!!

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October 14, 2015

Happy Birthday Husband!

I have really come to enjoy calling Chuck my husband, it's kind of crazy, pretty fun, and very special. I already posted once today, but I can't let the day go by without a tribute to my favorite guy.  At this time exactly twenty some....well um, thirty something years ago Chuck entered this world. He forever changed things because there's no one quite like you Charlie!

I've said it before and I'll repeat it until the last second I am on this Earth, Chuck is the greatest man I have ever known. He's calm in the most heated situations bringing me down to where I need to be. He's the life of the party without making a scene and without a doubt one of the funniest humans you will meet.

He's the most loyal friend you will ever have. I say this because I witness things he does for those around him, and I wish I could be more like him. Chuck will do absolutely anything for the ones he loves. He has been working long hours and very hard lately and as tough as it can be missing him, I can tell Ethan is very proud of him and looks up to his Daddy.

He's super handsome and looks good in a bow-tie. PS...he chose those for the wedding, how cute is he?!

He's the most amazing dad. I would be here all day if I listed all the things he has done the past 11 years for that little man. When Chuck talks about Ethan he gets a certain way about him. The best is when he talks about the day Ethan was born...total tear jerker. 

He makes me laugh. Non- stop. Life is more fun with him in it. The very best thing I did was agree to go see Indiana Jones with this man seven years ago. I'm not an Indiana Jones type of girl, but I remember laughing through the whole movie. I couldn't wait to hang out with him again and I'm still laughing all these years later.

Above all, he's the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I was ecstatic when he finally put a ring on it, and I am blessed to have the honor of being  his wife. Chuck is a keeper and an all around good guy. I don't think anyone could find something bad to say about him. It's seriously an privelege to be his other half. 

I thank your parents for bringing you in to this world, and I thank you for being the best part of my world each and every day. 
I hope your Pepsi is extra cold today, the Steelers win this week, that you get some extra cool new football card in your weekly buy and someone makes you a really delicious meal (or buys you Chipotle).

Happy Birthday Husband, I love you so very much!!

Pop, Fizz, Clink & Plan: My Bridal Shower Details

This post is just a bit delayed, but as promised, I wanted to showcase the details of my bridal shower. I am a detail queen and loved bringing special handmade elements to life for my day. You can read all about my beautiful winery bridal shower  and re-live the day before you check out all the little touches. The story behind how I chose my bridal shower venue  and tips on the process are also laid out for you.

For most of the paper items I created them using PicMonkey & Canva which was easy and inexpensive. The most time consuming part about it was cutting things out.

The food cards were made in purple and gold, cut out and placed in wine corks. We cut a slit in the cork and placed the paper inside that sat next to each item. It was a good way to incorporate the venue and my colors all in one piece. 

I created both of the games we played based on some that I have seen at other showers. Incorporating both Chuck and I was important to me and a good way for both of us to be a part of the fun. 

If you notice on the second game I repeated a question twice as a result of pure exhaustion. Luckily Chuck caught it and I cut off the bottom of the card to make the game a little shorter. The end product didn't have the X & O's on them due to this, but they still turned out cute. 

I wanted something to put inside of the wine glass favors to explain that it was the actual favor & thank everyone for coming to celebrate with me. I came up with this little "thank you poem" that I cut out and placed inside of each glass. 

Each centerpiece was a bottle of wine with a personalized tag designed by Paperie Off Park on Etsy. The winery had various colored glass bottles they let me use to put next to each wine bottle and I put baby's breath inside of them for an added delicate touch.

I found a template/background on Canva that was purple and gold and used it as the backdrop for my signs. I spray painted picture frames from the dollar store gold and showcased the signs in those. I had signs to welcome guests, advise where to place gifts, words of wisdom station, my wine bottle guest book, cupcakes, food display and drink area. 

. I also scooped up the some of the plates and tableclothes from Party City and a dollar store. I did a little research when trying to locate the wine glasses and it actually turned out that The Dollar Tree online had them the cheapest for less than a dollar a piece...seriously a steal! 

A few shops and sites I used:

The personalized napkins were from Memorable Wedding on Etsy. I highly recommend her shop for the inexpensive price tag and quick shipping. 

I'm sure many of you have heard of the gals from The Sequin Notebook, but did you know that M has her own Etsy shop? The Printable Gal reached out to me and offered to make some adorable straws for my special day. She worked with me to find out my vision, colors I wanted and offered some fun suggestions. I absolutely loved having a piece of one of my blogger friends incorporated in to my bridal shower drinks!

I absolutely loved my fun bridal shower invitations and how they matched the theme of my day. If you're in the market I love these ones too, all from Wedding Paper Divas.  I had a great coupon deal which made them even more awesome. 

The delicious cupcakes were from a local baker, AllieCakes. She didn't tell me until after the fact, but it was the first time making a cupcake dress and she NAILED it. I loved the way it turned out! I chose 2 flavors for the cupcakes..an almond and a lemon, both with vanilla frosting. They were SO good.

Some more DIY details:

The wine bottles and large letters were made by yours truly. It's pretty amazing what you can do with spray paint. One bottle I sprayed with gold glitter spray paint and the other with plain gold spray paint that I also used on the frames. I purchased the faux flowers at the dollar store & the small letters for one of the wine bottles at Hobby Lobby.  The large letters were spray painted gold and were from Wal-Mart, but you can find them at pretty much any craft store these days. Pretty and easy decor for only a few dollars!

I also made the flowered "L" and used it again at our wedding. I am so happy with how it turned out and got a lot of compliments on it so that makes it even more special. It's now on display in our dining room and I even made a few more as gifts recently. A DIY post on that will be coming soon.

I had a special spot for my mom at my shower with some of her favorite colored flowers behind a framed picture of her. It was nice to have her there in more ways than one to celebrate along side me. 

We all need a sweet treat, so I made some chocolate covered pretzels adorned in purple and gold. They are so easy to make and gave me another chance to incorporate some color in to my special day.

I made my thank you's with a stamp from The Angels Nook on Etsy and some plain white cards purchased on Amazon. I couldn't find cards I loved enough so I opted to create something and hand make them. The stamp matched the tags on my centerpieces and pretzels and thank-you bags for my hostesses. I love it so much...it looks like an old fashioned wedding dress.

To thank all my hostesses I put together a little something with the help of my friend, shop-owner at Frou Frou & Frill . I wanted something unique and beautiful so I purchased one of my favorite pieces from her shop, the crystal rock cuff for each bridesmaid. I paired it with a fun scented soap for a token of my appreciation. The mom's and my grandmother got a soap and a bottle of wine to enjoy.

It's safe to say everyone liked their gifts which made me very happy. 

The menu was created with the help of one of our best friends and groomsmen, Mike. He is an amazing Chef and graciously made EVERYTHING. I can't tell you how many compliments we received on the food that day. He really wow-ed everyone. We had everything from fresh fruit to bruschetta to pork tenderloin sandwiches. It was perfect for a warm summer day and was so delicious.

Last but not least, I again want to thank my generous bridesmaids, stepmother, mother in law and my grandmother. Without their help and support the day wouldn't have come out just as I wanted. While it may seem that I personally did a lot for this day, that's how I wanted it. I'm kind of a control freak and really LOVE planning events so I took creative reigns on most of this. They gave their input, ideas, help and support every step along the way and financially made the day possible. Looking back on it all, there is not one thing I would change. Everything was seriously a dream, went off without a hitch and was truly perfect. I am seriously one lucky woman!

Thank you for your patience as this recap is LONG overdue, but...  #weddingcraziness. I am so excited to relive the memories with upcoming wedding posts and share more details of the planning and big day. 
I truly appreciate all your kind comments, messages, e-mails and the love you have shown me during this special time. Life is good!!

Have a beautiful day....until tomorrow....