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May2018

18 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

APW’s Royal Wedding Happy Hour

Hi APW, It’s Amy March here, reporting for duty on my first ever Happy Hour. Why, do you ask? Well, because it’s an international holiday, otherwise known as Royal Wedding Eve. Or at least it is in my house. In the same way that millions of people inexplicably follow baseball and can tell you arcane and …

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18 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

Our $16K Bi-National Lesbian Lovefest In The Desert

Kelly, sales rep & tere, Student + Babysitter/Dogwalker Extraordinaire Sum-up of the wedding vibe: Cacti, Tacos, and ’90s Hip-Hop: A Bi-National Lesbian Lovefest Planned budget: $10,000 Actual budget: $16,000 Number of guests: 48 LOCATION: Pioneertown, California Where we allocated the most funds: Some folks think about the decor and crafts that will tell their guests who they are …

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17 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

How Do I Defend Marrying The Guy I’ve Known Nine Weeks?

Q: Nine weeks and one day ago, the man I thought was the love of my life dumped me rather unceremoniously. He and I had been together for six years, and everyone thought we were it. We had some issues (obviously,) but I was smitten and thought if I could just fix all my problems, …

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17 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

How To Get An Amazing Deal On Beautiful Handmade Wedding Rings

I recently started shopping for a new bed and was quickly reminded of what usually happens when I set out to make a large purchase. I fell in love with a black and gold canopy bed, reasonably priced, well-reviewed, would look awesome with the rest of the bedroom. But it doesn’t have a headboard, and …

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16 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

How Much Do You Socialize Outside Of Marriage?

I’ve always been an advocate of date night… though in the years right after we got married, I always found date night very hard to distinguish from every other night. It was more “hanging out together outside the house, instead of inside the house” than anything else. But these days, with two small kids and …

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16 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

Shutterfly’s Wedding Invitation Designs Are Champagne Taste On A Beer Budget

Growing up, my grandma used to joke that I had champagne taste on a beer budget. The older I get, the more I realize how much “nice things” actually cost. As long as I’ve had my own money to spend, I have always been on the hunt for things that look really nice without the …

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15 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

My Friend’s Wedding Just Turned Really Childfree: Can I Change My Mind?

Q:DEAR AMY, About a year ago, my cousin got engaged. So exciting! They got things planned pretty quickly and sent out save the dates—bride’s family vacation house in a Great Lakes town, June, Saturday night. That’s a few hours drive for me, but I knew by that time my baby would be nine months, and …

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15 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

What Small Luxuries Make Your Life Feel Fancy?

Confession: Despite having a very British grandmother, and the tea reserves to prove it, I have never been a royal wedding superfan. (Maybe I would care more if I actually got to attend? Give me a fascinator, and I will be there.) But this year’s is an entirely different ballgame. First, because Harry is and …

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14 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

Becoming A Mother And Grieving My Mom

Today marks five years. That’s 1/6th of my life. It is 1,825 days. It’s a whole boatload of minutes and hours that I have gone without my mom. But the memory of getting the phone call; walking into her hospital room; staring at her shallow breaths for hours; and being woken up to be told …

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14 May | Amanda Fitzsimmons | No Comments

30+ Wedding Cake Toppers You Didn’t Know You Wanted

When we got married, we didn’t really consider looking at wedding cake toppers. At the time, there was nothing out there that I thought was super cute, and it seemed easier to slap some flowers on the cake and call it a day. The weird thing is, in the years since our wedding, I’ve become …

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