1/30/2015

Our BIG news: Olga is Pregnant (watch our announcement video!)

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We’ve always loved sharing our happiest moments with our community. A few years back we shared Alex’s marriage proposal to Olga (and Eva), and that video went viral and (incredibly) been viewed over 2M times.
And we’re happy to share some more exciting news with you. OLGA IS PREGNANT! We’re expecting the newest addition to our family in June. It’s not easy to keep a pregnancy a secret but we managed to keep it off social media long enough to share the news in person with a good number of our closest friends and family. In each case, we told them to pose for a photo and then on the count of 3, we broke the news. As you could imagine, the reactions were priceless.  You can watch the video above!

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With Love,
Olga, Alex and Eva

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1/29/2015

14 Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas

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12 Romantic Valentine's Day Date Night Ideas!

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1. Scavenger hunt around the city

It’s time for a physical trip down memory lane. Think of all of your important places as a couple. The bookstore aisle where you first bumped into each other, the high school where you started dating way back when, the spot of your first date, the place where you decided to make your relationship official, the location where he proposed, your favorite restaurant, and your bench by the lake. Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year, so there are no worries about it being too dark after getting off work. Leave tender notes at each spot and include a clue as to where the next location is. Eventually, they’ll find you waiting at the last spot with flowers or a big kiss. If you want the last spot to be a smooth segue to the rest of your Valentine’s Day experience, consider having the final clue lead them to the restaurant where you’re waiting with a reservation. If you’d like to end it on a quieter, more intimate note, have the last clue lead back to your place, where you’ll be waiting with the following date idea!

2. Indoor picnic

Skip the overbooked restaurants and forget the hassle of fighting for a reservation. Why deal with all of that when you could have a cozy, customized culinary experience at home? Spread a bunch of plushy blankets on the living room floor. Add a classic white-and-red checkered blanket on top for ambiance. There’s no need to make substitutions and wonder about what to order at a restaurant when you can go grocery shopping and stock up on both of your favorites in advance. Is she a cheese lover? Delight her with ample cheese platter chockfull of pesto gouda, truffle gouda, Jarlsberg, smoked cheddar, goat cheese, and all sorts of aged temptations imported from Europe. Is he a man’s man who enjoys nothing more than a good steak? This picnic has the great quality of being located a mere room away from the oven where his steak is sizzling, all while you two enjoy your appetizers first. Eat to your heart’s content and fear not about discreetly placing your bag over your food baby as you exit the restaurant. Just clear the dishes away and plop right back on the picnic blankets. Once your stomachs settle enough, you can finish the night by burning those calories in the style of Valentine’s Day.
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1/26/2015

11 Creative Surprises to Gift on Valentine’s Day

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11 creative surprises to gift on valentine's day

1. A bouquet of mini liquor bottles

Women love receiving bouquets of flowers. Men, less so. While either sex can appreciate the aesthetic beauty of a gorgeous floral display, males are less enthusiastic about receiving them as gifts. You can still present him with a beautiful bouquet that’s sure to make him beam – a lovely bouquet of liquor. Simply get a dozen mini bottles of alcohol, some wooden sticks, filler, and a vase. Hot glue or tape the bottles onto the sticks and artfully arrange them in a vase or pot filled with Styrofoam or some other type of filler. Rather than pairing lilies with freesia or honeysuckle, use your flower arranging skills to delicately create a display of Fireball, Jack Daniel’s, and Maker’s Mark. Just as you drink in the scent of roses, so too will he drink in this pleasing bouquet.

2. A cute jar full of date ideas

There are endless uses for Mason jars – they are so practical, so cute, and so versatile. Decorate a jar to your liking. Perhaps you’d like to cover it in red velvet, haul out the Modge Podge and cover it in light pink glitter, or design a romantic label to place under a ribbon bow. Write down date ideas that you’d like to try on pink and red popsicle sticks. Now, whenever date night rolls around, simply reach into the jar to pick out an exciting and romantic activity!
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1/21/2015

10 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Season Fun

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10 Ways to Make Valentine's Day Season Fun

Chances are, by the time you finished unwrapping your Christmas presents, the retail world around you quickly swept aside all things reindeer for the next big holiday. When you made a quick run to the grocery store for some more eggnog still wearing your holiday flannel, you walked into an in-your-face display of pink and red hearts. There’s still several weeks left until the frilly hearts and Cupid’s arrows make way for marshmallow bunnies and colorful eggs. Until then, here’s how to make the Valentine’s Day season fun.

1. Explore the cheesiness

Your local greeting card stores are bursting with more cheese than the cheese counter at Whole Foods. Everywhere inside these establishments, there are displays heralding the advancement of the big day with possibly creepy baby Cupids and big, bright, bold, curly font. Valentine’s Day is approaching! Hurry and get your fuzzy purple heart pillow, your singing red teddy bear that squawks “I love you,” your mediocre boxed chocolates, and a prewritten card that you didn’t have to put much thought into. Go with your sweetie and laugh at the absurd commercialization of romance and love. Make it a hunt to find the Cupid with the eeriest set of eyes, the cheesiest Valentine card message, and the most annoying dancing teddy bear.

2. Try to write a story with Sweethearts

Ah, Sweethearts – the classic Valentine’s Day candy. The tiny, chalky hearts stamped with trite messages like “Be Mine” and “Kiss Me” remind us all of elementary school Valentine’s Day crafts. Modern Sweethearts reflect this new age of love with phrases like “Text Me,” “Tweet Me,” and “#LOVE.” Try to write a story for your sweetie or together using Sweethearts. If you’ve still got leftover Halloween candy, break those out, too! It can be a creative work of holiday candy literature: “I love you because you make me feel like 100 Grand. Your Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate eyes make me want to hold hands. Marry me and I’ll feel like Orbiting around the Milky Way. Kiss me, you Big Hunk.”
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1/15/2015

10 Thoughtful Bouquets Using the Language of Flowers

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10 Thoughtful Bouquets Using the Language of Flowers

Have you sent flowers to your best friend lately? Have you sent a lovely bouquet to your leading lady recently? Everybody loves receiving flowers, but it feels just as good to give them. Imagine their face filling with delighted surprise when a lovely bouquet is delivered to their office desk, or when you come home and whisk out flowers from behind your back. Upgrade your floral gift from the classic but conventional choice of red roses to a bouquet with truly personal meaning. Learn the language of flowers to create a personalized bouquet with special meanings for your sweetie, best friends, and family.

1. “You are my dear, precious wife.”

Your wife is the most important person in your life and she deserves more than an easy bunch of red roses from Safeway. Take a few moments to think of what this woman means to you. Now, put in the effort to express all those ways she charms you with a special message just for her, using the language of flowers. Considering a bouquet with ivy (for fidelity), blue hyacinth (for constancy), myrtle (the classic symbol of marriage and love), veronica (for fidelity), peach flowers (to express that she is unparalleled in her charms and good qualities), justicia (because she is the perfect embodiment of female loveliness), stephanotis (to indicate your marital bliss), blue violets (for faithfulness), honeysuckle (to represent your ardent and generous affection), and ranunculus (to say that you are absolutely dazzled and stunned by her charisma). The next time you pick out a bouquet for her, take the time to include some of these meaningful flowers. She’ll love to hear you describe each floral meaning and be touched that you went the extra mile.

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Honeysuckle for your honey.

2. “Congratulations on the baby!”

The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion that fills the parents and loved ones alike with new hopes and happiness. Give the soon-to-be-exhausted parents something pretty and meaningful to look at as they dash around changing diapers, warming bottles, and bathing ten little fingers and ten tiny toes. Daisies, baby’s breath, white lilac represent innocence, so mix-and-match arrangements with touches of heather (for good luck), juniper berries (to give the baby protection), purple basil (for best wishes), white carnations (for endearment), primrose (to signify early youth), and lucern (for life).

Primrose to celebrate a new baby

Primrose to celebrate a new baby!


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