Time to Try Out Some Recipes at Madera Estates

I hope everyone has had a spectacular week! Katy and I are sooo busy lately and yes, I realize I seem to say this VERY often, but it’s the {troof} We have a 300 head wedding on Sunday and we have triple checked everything to make sure it goes smoothly. Her wedding is going to be a lot of fun..there is color EVERYWHERE! Coral, teal and purple….and SUNFLOWERS! I am so excited to see it all put together. Only problem; it’s like 80% chance of RAIN! I am so upset, but I have promised my beautiful bride that I will continue my anti-rain dance until after her reception! So I ask everyone, to please do the same. Also, I feel like I owe everyone a HUGE apology. I have not kept everyone up to date on my new shoe purchase {haha} Last Sunday, I went to the Houston Rodeo with my parents and I found some AMAZING boots, yes, I love heels…but I am a country girl. See the picture below and be jealous.🙂 I’m wearing them today and it feels like I am walking on clouds. LOVE.

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Be sure to check out our Pinterest. I have been pinning like mad crazy today…officially addicted. Hope you have a super day and try out this recipe that I found. It’s healthy and looks DELICIOUS! If you happen to bake some and have leftovers, Katy and I would love to try it🙂

BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP BAKED DOUGHNUTS

Ingredients

1 cup Mashed Ripe Banana (Roughly 2 small bananas)
1/2 cup Raw Cane Sugar
1/2 cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Unsalted Butter (Melted)
2 Eggs (Room Temperature)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups Spelt White Flours (You can also use AP Flour)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Chocolate Chips

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325F
2. Using your electric mixer with the whisk attachment, add the mashed banana, sugar and greek yogurt. Mix until incorporated.
3. Add melted butter, eggs and vanilla extra and mix.
4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the batter and mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix!
5.
Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Scoop the batter into a zip lock bag and seal shut. Using scissors, snip the bottom corner of one side of the ziplock bag to create your homemade piping bag.
7. 
Grease your doughnut baking pan and pipe 3/4 full the batter into each doughnut mold.
8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and allow to cool before eating.

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond

They say a girl’s best friend is a diamond {or at least that’s what I say}….but what KIND of diamond? I’ve never been the one to know the difference between colorless and clarity when it comes to the rock that you wear on a very special finger; I just cared if I even had the chance to wear some type of ring! Thankfully, my best friend just recently got engaged and she couldn’t stop talking about her new ring! I kid you not, we had an hour conversation about the TYPE of ring..not how he had proposed, not about wedding decorations…just the ring itself!! She gave me details of choosing the PERFECT ring…I mean, you can now take me to the jewelry store and I’ll know what I want.
{future husband: see picture below–Round cut, 3/4 ct, clarity-I2}

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To the girls like me, without the diamond knowledge…I did some research for you!
{You’re welcome}

CUT
The cut of a diamond allows it to make the best use of light. When a diamond is cut correctly, light is reflected from one facet to another, then dispersed through the top of the stone. If the cut of the diamond is too deep, some light escapes through the opposite side of the pavilion. If the cut is too shallow, light escapes through the pavilion before it can be reflected. Please do not confuse the cut of a diamond with its shape. Diamonds can be cut into a number of shapes, depending on the qualities of the rough stone before it is cut.

COLOR
Diamonds range in color from faint yellow or brown to very rare pinks, blues, greens, and other colors known as “fancies.” The best color for a diamond is no color at all. A totally colorless diamond allows light to pass through it easily, resulting in the light being dispersed as the color of the rainbow. Colors are graded from totally colorless to light yellow. The differences from one grade to the other are very subtle and it takes a trained eye and years of experience to color grade a diamond.

CLARITY
A diamond’s clarity is determined by using a 10-power magnifying glass and a trained eye. Most diamonds contain very tiny impurities know as “inclusions.” An inclusion can interfere with the light passing through the diamond. The fewer the inclusion, the more beautiful the diamond will be. Diamonds have the capability of producing more brilliance than any other gemstone. A diamond that is free of inclusions and surface blemishes is very rare and therefore very valuable.

CARAT
This is the weight of a diamond measured in carats. One carat is divided into 100 “points,” so that a diamond of 75 points weights .75 ct. The carat-weight of a diamond is the easiest measurement to determine. Most importantly, two diamonds can be of equal carat-weight, but their value can differ greatly due to their cut, color, and clarity.

Provided by: http://www.diamondmanufacturer.com/tutorial/howto.html

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The Guide to Removing Stains

So, I’m always THAT girl who spills their drink or has some type of stain on me! For instance, yesterday–I had a hot date. *GASP* and I was about to run out the door, but realized I had deodorant down my entire front side…and back. How that is possible? I do not know, but it happened!:/ Anyways, so I didn’t have a clue how to remove the HUGE spot, so I took another 20 minutes changing outfits. Of course, I was a bit late–however, I had an spectacular {second} outfit. Long story short, I blame my deodorant stain for making me go through that awful date. {Which by the way, is a whole other story that I will have to save for later}

After determining the reason behind being single {my deodorant stain}, I did some research to figure out how to remove certain stains. Figured, I would share because they all work..it’s not like one of those infomercials you see and it’s just a huge rip off. No, I legitimately tried them all and the stains are GONE! Most of these show you how remove the stain from a wedding dress..but since we are a wedding venue, it goes hand in hand.🙂 ENJOY.

DEODORANT {WHITE} MARKS
–Use dryer sheets or fabric softener sheets and rub it over the deodorant mark. The sheet’s material will pull the deodorant right out of the clothing. Plus, you’ll smell good!🙂

RED WINE STAIN
–Gently dab at the stain with a clean white cloth. Then pour water or club soda onto the cloth, and dab some more. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT RUB! Keep dabbing until it seems like most of the stain has come out. Use chalk or talcum power to disguise anything that doesn’t come out.

OILY FOOD STAIN
–Sprinkle talcum powder liberally over the stain. Wait about ten minutes, then shake the excess off.

INK STAIN
–The solution: hairspray. Test the hairspray out on a discreet portion of your dress–perhaps the inside of the hem–before using it on the stain, as hairspray may mark the fabric. Put a cloth behind the fabric, then spray the ink stain lightly. Wait five minutes, then dab gently with a damp cloth.

LIPSTICK STAIN
–Try covering the stain with baking soda or talcum powder. You can also try using a solvent such as dry cleaning fluid or cigarette lighter fluid, but be aware that such solvents frequently discolor fabric. YIKES

BLOOD STAIN
–If the blood is still wet, moisten a cotton swab with your own saliva (or the saliva of the person whose blood it is), then gently rub it over the stain. {Why that matters, I haven’t figured that out yet} If the blood is dry or nearly dry, dab the blood stain gently with very cold water on a white washcloth. Hold the cloth on the spot and see if blood breaks down and comes out. If not, try using diluted Hydrogen Peroxide. Use the diluted solution to gently dab at the stain. When it starts to break down, go back to plain cold water.

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PHOTOBOOTH TIME!

What an exceptional weekend! On Saturday, Jennifer and Alex {Leon} tied the knot and there are no words to describe how fun it was! She had a mason jar theme, and I cannot wait to add some of her ideas to our PINTEREST :) After coordinating their wedding, Katy and I woke up on early on Sunday to participate for the Dream Wedding Show in The Woodlands. We were able to meet so many new brides and even some of our {Madera} brides! And of course, we came across some SERIOUS PhotoBooths! I know everyone is probably DYING to see those pictures and to see what shoes we wore, so see the pictures below!
And if anyone is keeping count: Heels-1934235235 and Lauren-O. As always, ENJOY!

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Wedding SHOES!

You knew it was coming! I had to find another reason to talk about shoes in our blog! If you haven’t guessed yet, shoes are my way of therapy. The shoes that I wear on my wedding day is the most important thing to me. Some say it’s photography, or flowers…but, no…picking the PERFECT pair of high heels is my main priority. I had to get an early start, and start looking–so tell me what you think of these options.

{The higher the heel, the happier I am}

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Madera Estates at The Southwest Wedding Show

Good Evening, Bloggers!

I hope everyone has had a GREAT Saturday! Katy and I have been busy bees preparing for tomorrow’s bridal show at the Lone Star Convention Center. We {Katy and I} have not been to this particular show yet, so we are anxious to see how tomorrow goes. But guess who has already decided on her shoes?? THIS GIRL. I’m going to go with my comfy flats, because my feet are killing me from today. For some reason I decided to try out my new 7 inch wedge-type shoes…gorgeous, but very uncomfortable. *sad day* Let’s see what Katy ends up wearing though!🙂 I think she might be tough, and go with her heels.

ANYWAYS, if you don’t have plans tomorrow, you should stop by our booth and come say hello…and maybe show off your shoes!
Check out the link for more details of the Southwest Wedding Show!
http://www.southwestweddingshow.com/

And here’s a funny picture I found…thought I’d share! ENJOY!

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The PERFECT Dress For Your Body Type

Good Morning, Brides! It has been a CRAZY week for me and Katy! We are participating in the Southwest Wedding Show, this Sunday (the 17th) and we are so excited for it. Katy and I are trying to figure out how to decorate our booth, if you ask me; we have some fantastic ideas! Come check out the booth decoration we decided on at ‘The Lone Star Convention Center’ from 11am-5pm.

So late last night, I was searching online for my wedding dress. (And no, I’m not engaged…but a girl can dream)  I ended up stumbling across this super neat article that helps you find the PERFECT dress. Definitely learned the dream dress that I had picked out is a HUGE no-no for my body type. *sad day*

But check the article out, it’s by RealSimple.com and is extremely helpful.

If You’re Pear-Shaped

Look for: A skirt that gradually flares out in an A formation from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. (Sturdier fabrics, such as duchesse satin and taffeta, are especially effective, since they won’t cling.) A spaghetti-strap bodice or a V neckline will also showcase a more slender upper body.

Keep in mind: A classic A-line silhouette lends itself to formal weddings, but it can also be dressed down when made from a more casual fabric, like eyelet lace or raw-silk shantung.

If You’re Busty

Look for: A dress with a scooped neckline. It will open up your face and display your décolletage without showing too much cleavage. If you love the look of strapless gowns, choose one that has a slight dip along the neckline, like a sweetheart, rather than a style that goes straight across (which will make your bust appear even larger and more shelflike).

Keep in mind: Fabric on the bodice that has a sheen to it (such as organza, satin, or silk) will add volume and call attention to your chest. Material that is ruched will have the same effect.

If You’re Plus-Sized

Look for: An Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line. Make sure the Empire seam does not start on the chest and that there is no pleating of the fabric, which is reminiscent of maternity wear. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it will add pounds.

Keep in mind: Find fabrics like satin that provide structure, rather than anything too flowy. If you love the romantic look of airier fabrics, choose a gown with a stiffer base, then add an embroidered tulle overlay.

If You’re Apple-Shaped

Look for: A dress that cinches in at the smallest point on the waistline, then flares out into a gradual A shape. Opt for a bodice with a lot of texture to it―think ruche or lace detailing―that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corsetlike effect. The most slenderizing neckline for you is one with a deep V, which will draw eyes toward the vertical, not the horizontal.

Keep in mind: Avoid trumpet dress styles, which emphasize the area where your body is widest and flare out at the legs and the knees, where you are most slender.

If You’re Tall

Look for: A simple silhouette. The strategy is to emphasize your natural shape, so every aspect of the dress―the lower waistline, a floor-sweeping hem―needs to reflect your longer proportions. If you’re wearing long sleeves, they should go past the wrist. You don’t want to look as if you’ve borrowed a gown from someone shorter than you.

Keep in mind: Because you are statuesque, you’ll want to err on the side of simplicity when it comes to embellishments. Too many bells and whistles, like ruffles and rosettes, can come off as cutesy, particularly on a tall person.

If You’re Straight-Lined

Look for: A dress that will create curves where you don’t have them. Try a sheath dress in a wispy charmeuse that’s cut on the bias; the curving side seam will give you a va-va-va-voom silhouette. Or look for a ball gown that cinches in at your natural waist and descends into a full, flowing floor-length skirt: It will capitalize on your slenderness and camouflage a lack of hips.

Keep in mind: If you have a small bust, look for a bodice with some ruching to create volume.

If You’re Petite

Look for: Trumpet, sheath, and modified A-line gowns. Find a style with a waistline above your natural waist, to make the lower half of the dress (and therefore you) appear longer. The fabric is up to you―you can pull off a high sheen. But the detailing should be small (no huge bows) and limited to the bodice, to draw the eye upward.

Keep in mind: Be wary of dresses with a dropped waist, which will make your legs seem nonexistent, and ball gowns―it’s easy to get lost in that voluminous skirt. Also, avoid anything calf-length, which will make your legs look short.

If You’re Small-Chested

Look for: A ruched bodice. Extra fabric up top will help fill out your upper body and create the illusion of curves. Lightly padded halter styles will also do the trick.

Keep in mind: The right bra will always provide a nice boost, but as many wedding dresses are strapless or backless, your undergarment options may be fairly limited. Instead, try self-adhesive silicone bra cups by NuBra (available at nubra.com).
Source: http://www.realsimple.com/weddings/dress-attire/wedding-dresses-how-to-choose-perfect-dress-for-your-body-type-10000001706135/index.html

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