Secret Santa Mug Swap: Give a Mug, Get a Mug!

Happy Weekend! Emma here and it’s no secret that I loooove coffee. It’s not just the coffee I adore, though; it’s the fun mugs I get to enjoy them in. With the holidays around the corner, we wanted to do something festive with our readers and arrange some sort of gift exchange. So, we decided on a mug swap: it’s inexpensive, fun, and who doesn’t love a new mug? I know I do.

MUG SWAP — Give a Mug, Get a Mug


Get in on the fun of our first ever Secret Santa Mug Swap! The details are below.

It’s Easy & Fun to Participate

Want to join in on the fun? It’s easy: just fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll match you to another Secret Santa. Then, pick out a mug online or in store or make your own—-$10 or under—-and mail it to your Secret Santa. A few weeks later, you’ll receive a mug of your very own; snap a photo and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (use hashtag #MUGSWAP so we can see it!)

Why a Mug?

We wanted to pick an item that everyone could use and one that fit in with this time of year. Everyone loves a mug — whether it be for coffee, cocoa, or tea. Or even a cool place to store your pens at your desk.

How Much?

We ask that you spend no more than $10.

What Kind of Mug?

Anything you find that you think someone else would like. If you want a good mug, give a good mug. It’s mug karma.

Should It Be Wrapped?

No, it doesn’t need to be. We want to keep cost low, so we figure a mug plus shipping is asking for plenty. You can, however, wrap it if you’d like to add a little extra holiday cheer.

Share It!

When you send and/or receive the mug, snap a photo and use hashtag #MUGSWAP to share it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also share the photo below with a comment.

Fun! Where Do I Sign Up?

Just fill out the form below and you’ll be added to the list. We’ll be randomly matching you with another Secret Santa. Addresses will be sent the week of 12/1 so you can begin shopping & shipping.

You must sign up by November 27th. Full details will be distributed on December 1st so you can start shopping & sending!

Join here:

We’ll be in touch the week of 12/1 with the full details!

Thanks + Have Fun!


P.S. I already picked out the mug I’m sending to one lucky reader. And, might I add, it’s fabulous. Can’t wait to see whose name I get!

8 Amazing Cheesecake Wedding Cakes & Ideas

If you love cheesecake like we do, cheesecake wedding cakes are a dream come true! If a traditional cake isn’t your thing, consider a delicious strawberry or blueberry cheesecake instead. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up eight amazing ideas including a few tiered and non-tiered cakes, a tasty favor idea, and a few appetizers your guests will love. Whip up a batch this weekend, snap a photo & Instagram it. We’d love to share your creations on this post!

Now, on to the cakes!

Cheesecake Wedding Cakes & Ideas

1. Cheesecake Wedding Cake

Cheesecake is appropriate, whether a tiered cheesecake creation…

8 Amazing Cheesecake Wedding Cakes & Ideas

photo: hailey lundborg photography

… or a single tiered cake topped with strawberries.

cheesecake wedding cakes

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2. Cheesecake Filled Strawberries

Serve these petite strawberries filled with cheesecake for a bite-sized treat.

8 Amazing Cheesecake Wedding Cakes & Ideas


3. Cheesecake in a Jar Favors

Send guests home with delectable cheesecake in a jar favors, made from mini mason jars.

8 Amazing Cheesecake Wedding Cakes & Ideas

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4. Two-Bite Blueberry Cheesecake

Plastic cups become delightful two-bite blueberry cheesecake desserts thanks to this amazing recipe.

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5. Strawberry Cheesecake with Tiers

Here’s another tiered wedding cake, this time with strawberry cheesecake and a chocolatey crust. YUM.

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6. Cheesecake Bar

You’ve seen dessert bars in the past, but have you considered a cheesecake bar? This would be a delicious idea, that’s for sure.

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7. Blueberry Topped Cheesecake

This small wedding cake may be small, but it packs a serious pretty punch with a topping of blueberries and a charming cake banner.

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8. Mini Cheesecake Pumpkin Bites

And, just in time for the holidays is these mini cheesecake pumpkin bites! I can’t wait to try these myself.

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So, what do you think of these cheesecake wedding cakes and ideas? Will you be serving cheesecake instead of traditional wedding cake at your wedding?


Plaid Wedding Ideas for Spring? – Ask Emmaline

Wow, our Ask Emmaline inbox has been filled to the brim (and we love it so keep it coming!) We received the sweetest email from one of our lovely readers, Pamela. Here’s the scoop: Pamela loves a rustic plaid wedding, but wants a plaid wedding in spring. She asks,

I always see plaid associated with fall but do you think one could pull it off for a spring wedding as well?

Fantastic question! It’s true: most of the plaid you see for tends to lean towards fall or winter weddings. However, plaid is not limited to fall alone; a plaid wedding in spring or summer is a darling accent. For the spring, you’ll want to do plaid a bit differently, opting for softer colors like pastels, navy blues, yellows, and other seasonal colors. If plaid isn’t your thing, gingham is a pretty pattern for the summer, reminiscent of outdoor picnics. Here are some plaid wedding ideas that work exceptionally well for spring. Enjoy!

Plaid Wedding Ideas for Spring

Groom Attire

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plaid wedding invitations

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spring plaid wedding invitations

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plaid cake

photo: ron miller photo

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

tumbler – caroline randall made | boxers – the sassy gator | clutch – juneberry stitches | plaid cuff links – lordandlady co.

These are just a few suggestions — the important part is to pick out a light colorful color palette and run with it!


Giveaway: Win a Set of Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bags

It’s Friday! *throws glitter* What do you say to a brand new giveaway? We think that sounds like a good idea, too. We’ve teamed up with the lovely Sandra of Sandra Smith to offer a set of 3 bridesmaid cosmetic bags to one lucky reader. Turn these bags into the perfect bridesmaid gift: fill each bag with your favorite lip gloss, mascara, a small piece of jewelry, and toss in a couple of these in your favorite shades for each bridesmaid. It’s the perfect gift! Read on to find out more…

Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bags

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

Here’s the giveaway form! Good luck + be sure to tell your friends.

o Enter between 11/14-11/20/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Set of 3 Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bags by Sandra Smith

Accent your wedding with this set of personalized bags. Handcrafted in NYC with love and detail, these make the perfect gift for a bridesmaid, loved one or even to yourself! Opt for the colors shown or personalize with custom colors.


• Measures 6 x 4 x 1.5 inches
• Outer fabric: 100% cotton slub
• Lining: 100% cotton
• Wool felt detail, ribbon pull

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping to U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $84 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Jumping the Broom >> Photo of the Day

Check out this ecstatic couple jumping the broom at their wedding reception. This fun custom can symbolize a new beginning and a sweeping away of the past. Their reason for jumping the broom was to continue a family tradition. This photograph and wedding was captured by Kelli from Third Line Studios. Do you plan on starting or preserving any traditions at your wedding?

bride and groom jumping the broom at wedding photographed by third line studios

Jumping the Broom

Looking for your wedding photographer? Check out great photographers like Third Line Studios in our list of preferred wedding vendors.

Giveaway: Ring Holder Dish with Gold Rim

Hi + Happy Thursday! Emma here and ever since my precious engagement ring was placed on my left-hand ring finger, I can count the number of times I’ve taken it off. Zero. You see, I’m one of those people who’s scared she would lose it the second she took it off to clean or take a canoe ride or swim in the ocean or, you know, when she’s in labor. It’s as though the ring will grow wings and fly away or plunge itself into the only drain within a mile’s radius. With my luck, it totally would, even though by now it’s so tight around my finger that it isn’t going anywhere. Regardless, I take the safe road and keep it safely put.

Now, if I had a ring holder dish at my sink, I would feel less mortified and maybe take it off when I wash my hands or clean my ring. At least I wouldn’t worry about it flying down the drain, which has happened to other pieces of jewelry in my life. Sigh.

If you’re in the same boat as me, we have a special treat for you today! We’ve teamed up with Elycia Camille to give away a beautiful handmade ring holder dish to one lucky reader. This ring holder dish is handmade at its finest: it’s customized with your name, initials, wedding date, ‘I Said Yes’, or anything you’d like! Plus, it has a glamorous gold rim around the top, which I absolutely adore.

jane said yes ring dish with gold rim

What would yours say?

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

Here’s the giveaway form! Good luck + be sure to tell your friends.

o Enter between 11/13-11/19/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: Ring Holder Dish with Gold Rim by Elycia Camille.

About the Prize: Customize 1-5 words inside and 1-5 words outside. Handmade, takes up to 10 business days. A tall / narrow dish, ranging from 2 1/16 to 2 5/16 in (5.2 to 5.8 cm) wide and 1 1/16 to 1 3/8 in (2.6 to 3.0 cm) tall. Made with a bright white earthenware clay, more durable than white porcelain. Each dish is stamped with dark brown ink one letter at a time using a vintage typewriter font. The dish is then fired with a lead free, clear glossy glaze over the ink so that your text will last. The gold rim detail is added and fired for a final (third) time. These dishes are great for organizing daily vitamins and pills, holding your rings or earrings, floating candle holder, tea bag holder — all kinds of things.

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping worldwide!
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $28 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter