Could it Really be that simple? ‘Tis a gift!

An Issue of Real Simple

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OK, so that’s a bad hymn joke.  But seriously – we love Simple Gifts – and the hymn too. (looking for something for the congregation to sing at your wedding that’s spiritual without having the Lord directly involved? Simple Gifts.  Perfect).

We also love Real Simple magazine and they make life so – well- simple with their gift guides.  We look for wedding gifts, but also handy for “dads & grads.”  Good to help avoid ties and the fly-attracting fruit centerpieces that shall go nameless.  Avoid those at your spring celebrations – for the love of honeydew! Let the fruit keep some dignity.

Shop nice everybody – lots of sales for the holiday start early!  Get a move on!

Summer Gift Guide | Real Simple.

White roses, black ribbon and why our soft spot for Da Bears is a whole lot squishier

From Yahoo Sports – possibly the sweetest Prom story ever.  We couldn’t have come up with a better way to wrap up the season than an eighth grade Cinderella swept off her feet by a brand new Bear with a big heart.  Much respect to Mr. Thomas for being a mensch and for, as he was quoted on the decision to follow through all the details including the corsage,  “keeping it traditional.”

Bears rookie J.T. Thomas takes young lady to eighth-grade dance


J.T. Thomas(notes) was drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Bears, but the lockout leaves him without much to do right now. The athletic, hard-hitting linebacker out of West Virginia University is still in Morgantown, keeping in shape and spending time with his family.

Every day, Thomas helps his 7-year-old brother Jared get home from school. Riding the same bus as Jared is an eighth-grade girl named Joslyn Levell, who happened to grow up in Chicago as a Bears fan and now lives in Morgantown. Joslyn has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair.

With assists from the bus driver and J.T.’s stepmother, Thomas got on the bus one day to say hello to Joslyn. They hit it off immediately. From

As J.T. met a Bears fan in his hometown, Joslyn explained to him that she’d had a rough week because all of the boys she asked to the dance declined. Thomas melted.

“I hugged her and signed a few things and we talked for awhile and she cried a bit,” Thomas recounted. “I gave her a hug and told her everything would work itself out.”

It did. J.T. asked her to the dance himself.

“I was nervous that by the time I reached out, she might have had a date and would have to turn me down,” he said.

Joslyn gladly accepted the invitation.

“After so many people turned me down, this was so big especially, because he asked me instead of me asking him,” she said.

How’d the evening go? Check out some of Thomas’ tweets from that evening:

Can’t wait to hit the prom tonite at Suncrest Middle School

I wonder who’s gonna DJ tonite at Suncrest Middle

Why am I getting nervous for an 8th grade prom??

At Suncrest Middle 8th grade dance…it’s jumpin in here!!!

The DJ is slowin it down…couples only!!

Joslyn later said it was the best night of her life.

Thomas intends for his new friendship to continue, too. If things work out for him in Chicago, he said he’d love to bring Joslyn and his family back to Chicago to see him play for the Bears.

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Keepin’ it Real with our homegrown Princess Brides

You know what beats pictures of Royal Weddings?  Real Weddings.  Real Weddings in Palm Springs? Even better. My Little Flower Shop’s weddings, of course, rock the casbah. (oooh..Moroccan themed desert wedding…somebody write that down)!

Once again, thanks to Mellany Miller Photography for the amazing images.  Attention brides: notice how the placement and style of the flowers accents the location and vice-versa.  More on this in a later post.  But for now, enjoy these beautiful photos.