Bridechilla™ Tip #19

Tip #19 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Remember that having a chill day means to be stress free. Enjoy yourself.

A lot of brides become stressed and overwhelmed when their wedding day has arrived. Before you cross over to the dark side (we’re anti-bridezilla, remember?) take a BREATH and think about the amazing day you are about to experience. Remember that there is nothing more frightening than an overstressed, strung out bride on what is supposed to be a CHILL day. Sit back, relax, and say “I do” with the tips we’ve listed below. Enjoy your day, enjoy love. Be the chill.

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  • Write a love letter to your husband-to-be. This will remind you what your chill day is all about and put a smile on your face as well.
  • Having a morning at the spa with your bridesmaids will start your day off with relaxation in a stress free environment.
  • Being comfortable is important. And you can’t go wrong with these robes we found on Etsy, plus your Bridechilla™ Team will love them as gifts!
  • Give yourself extra time to get ready. Sometimes we underestimate how much time goes in to getting dolled up, so giving yourself plenty of wiggle room will prevent you from feeling rushed.
  • Be the prime example of a Bridechilla™ means staying calm when things go wrong, so you want to expect the unexpected. Remember you cannot control everything so handle it with a chill attitude, and everything will sort itself out.
  • Get lots of sleep! Have a good night of rest before your wedding. Yawning during the ceremony is not something you want to be doing 😉
  • Eat a good breakfast. Make sure you have a hearty breakfast and this will keep you energized for your day.
  • Stay hydrated! It will be a long day, so this will also keep your energy up.
  • Have a plan. Of course plans aren’t bulletproof, but they will keep you a lot more prepared and relaxed about the itinerary of your day.
  • Enjoy a nice glass of wine and just R E L A X.

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Photo by Yan Photo.

8 Reasons To Love Macaroons

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This little french confection seems to be the new cupcake, making it’s mark on the dessert world in many ways that we cannot help but take some notice. Spelled in French as “macaron” and English as “macaroon”, these almond-air cookies have taken the wedding world by storm. The English word “macaroon” and French macaron come from the Italian maccarone or maccherone. This word is itself derived from ammaccare, meaning “crush” or “beat”, which is an important part of making macaroons. We’re not sure about you, but we’ve been finding these chill desserts everywhere! They’re used in decor, in place of cakes, as favors… they are so universal that we cannot help but love them. It leads us to ask, where did they come from? It seems as though these sweet treats will be around for awhile, so we might as well learn a little bit about them. Let’s throw us back to the 9th century, shall we?

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Culinary historians claim that macaroons can be traced to an Italian monastery of the 9th century. The monks came to France in 1533, joined by the pastry chefs of Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II. Later, two Benedictine nuns, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth, came to Nancy seeking asylum during the French Revolution. The two women paid for their housing by baking and selling macaroon cookies, and thus became known as the “Macaroon Sisters”.

Well that is one reason to love macaroons! These chill ladies paid their rent by making them! Although we can’t pay rent with them now, we sure can count some other reasons why we love these chill sweets.

  1. They’re chewy, sweet, & delicious.
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  2. They come in TONS of different flavors.
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  3. If you’re looking for a wedding favor idea, you can even wrap some in cellophane bags (or boxes) & give them to your guests!macaron suckermacaron favor boxmacaron lace box
  4. Instead of a wedding cake, you can have a macaroon tower like these:
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  5. Using macaroons in your decor as a design element is a great way to tie together your wedding theme.
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  6. Macaroons are GLUTEN FREE. They are generally made from egg whites, almond flour and sugar, none of which contain gluten.
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  7. Looking for a clever way to display your escort cards? We love this idea!
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  8. One of our favorite reasons to love these tiny french confections – the colors! There are SO many color possibilities! You can’t go wrong here.
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Crazy about them yet? This chill dessert idea has endless possibilities, making it one of our favorite chill treats right now. How would you use macaroons for your wedding? We’d love to hear some ideas on this topic, seeing as macaroons aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

We’ve listed some great macaroon recipes below in case any of you are thinking of making some of these at home:

Happy baking!

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Bridechilla™ Tip #18

Tip #18 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Make sure you’re keeping yourself in-the-know with all the chill wedding inspiration. We’re only a tweet away!

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No we won’t clog your feed, but you can count on us keeping you updated whenever there is a blog post, Bridechilla™ event, and you will be the first to know when there is a new #GIVEAWAY happening right here on the blog.

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Bridechilla™ Tip #17

Tip #17 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Show your valentine lots of love this year. Let us tell you how!

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This year, we got an early start on our Valentine’s Day pinning. It’s hard not to when there’s just so much inspiration out there! If you know who’s going to be your valentine (or even if you don’t!) let us help you make the day special and full of some chill lovin’. Valentine’s Day should be a day spent with someone special, so why not make it a little fun? Check out our Pinterest here to get some great tips on how to make it unique and totally DIY.

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And if you’re planning a little last minute gift – we LOVE this “52 Reasons Why I Love You” DIY we found on Little Gray Fox and Little Foto Fox.

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Or how about these printable Valentines from Nest of Posies? The possibilities are endless for all of you last-minute planners 😉

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Anything we’re missing? Find  SO MUCH more ideas over here on our Pinterest. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bridechilla™ Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Is it seriously February already? WOW. Well, we’ve been having a chill time pinning away on our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board; collecting heaps of inspiration for a DIY Valentine sesh, a romantic dinner, fun baking ideas, you name it & we’ve got the how-to and MORE.

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While we’re on Pinterest getting tons of inspiration, we’re thinking it would be fun to throw in our Bridechilla Boyshort, The Jennifer in spirit of the romantic day for a giveaway. Scroll down for details!

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We are so excited to be giving one of our lucky Bridechilla™ fans a free boyshort. We would love to award one lucky anti-bridezilla this chill product, so please continue to scroll down to find out how easy it is to win… GOOD LUCK!

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ENTRANTS MUST:

    • Like Bridechilla’s Facebook Fan Page
    • OR have (1) friend to like the page if you are already a fan on Facebook.
    • It’s that easy! Good luck & please share this with all of your chill friends and brides-to-be!

Each “like” is an entry, so please leave a comment for each action taken. The winner will be chosen using random.org.

BRIDECHILLA™ GIVEAWAY Contest starts Monday, February 4th, 2013 and will be ending Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 12PM (PST).

Contest has ended, our chill winner is Rachel Bennett!