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Can I just start out by saying I am beyond excited to be working with the Happy Family brand?! Though I was not paid to participate, Happy Family was generous enough to give me a couple bags of  their new Happy Tot Best Friends toddler cookies and these “blank” cookie jars. My kids begged me to break into these adorable, organic puppy-shaped cookies. Emerson, our 4 year old, literally asked me about 10 times if it was “time” to open them yet?! He was so excited when I told him it was finally “time” to open them.

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We have some major dog lovers at our house and these cookies were a fast hit. The kids loved them because they are shaped like puppies, and I loved them because they are organic. So, it’s a win-win.  As a Mom of four kids, it’s important to me to feed my children food that not only tastes great, but that is also good for them. It’s also my goal to let them be kids and have fun with their food. These puppy shaped cookies meet all of my criteria. Did I mention that they come in two delicious flavors? You can choose between Chocolate Pumpkin or Honey Buckwheat. Both of which are equally delicious.

In celebration of National Best Friends Day in June, Happy Family gave us the task to decorate two cookies jars. One for our little ones and one for their bestie. How cute is that?

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At first, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Since I have a vinyl cutter, I decided using vinyl lettering would be the best route. Plus, I already had several colors on hand. I wanted to try and stick with the Happy Family brand identity, so I used reds, oranges, yellows, and greens.

Though I love the puppy shaped cookies, I didn’t want people to think these were dog treats. Now that I am thinking that through, I suppose it would be sort of weird for dogs to eat treats shaped like dogs. Haha! Can you tell it’s late and my humor is questionable at this point?

Okay, back to my inspiration. . . I started thinking about what goes well with cookies. Everyone knows that milk is a cookie’s best friend. Why reinvent the wheel on this one? So, I had milk + cookies, now what? Since we are celebrating National Best Friends Day, I thought the saying, “We go together like Milk and Cookies” would be the perfect fit. I put my own special spin on it and added the word “organic” in there. Did I also mention that these cookies are also gluten free.

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I designed this little saying and then cut it out in vinyl. Then, I simply applied it to the cookie jar. It was that simple. I also bought a cute bottle and filled it with milk and added “organic milk” to the side. I used a bit of twine to add a little texture. The benefit of using vinyl is that I can remove it at any time. I’m a women and I am fickled, and I reserve the right to change my mind. Vinyl lettering allows me to do just that.

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Did I mention this is a competition?  You will get a chance to vote for your favorite cookie jar design and the winner will receive a $300 Visa gift card. Now that would certainly buy me a lot of Happy Tot Best Friends toddler cookies, right? Please feel free to vote for the design that you like the best, even if it’s not mine. Don’t worry, I won’t cry over spilt milk. Are my jokes getting better? Haha! Now go out there and vote on the Happy Family’s Facebook page.

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Do you remember our Lucky in Love Uniquely Portland Styled Wedding shoot? It was an epic collaboration of 18 of the top wedding vendors in Portland. We all joined forces to give ONE Lucky Couple over $20,000 in wedding services to help them celebrate their big day! We selected our top 10 favorites and now it’s up to you! You get to VOTE on the winner.

Please meet your Lucky in Love finalists! Only one couple will win. Directions on how to vote are below the finalist profiles.

The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1000 from each of the following vendors, with the total prize value well over $20,000!

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography
Floral: Swoon Floral Design
Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals
Cake: Artisan Cake Company
Videography: Moving Picture Weddings
Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Hotel: Hotel Deluxe
Bartending: Mint+Mirth
Caterer: Artemis Foods
Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy
Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss
Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs
Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design
Transportation: PDX Pedicab
Music: John Ross Music
Photobooth: Happymatic
Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

 

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To vote, please leave a comment on this blog post with the couple’s names.

Really want them to win? You may go to each of the links below to vote for your favorite couple, for a total of 30 votes!

To vote via other vendor’s blogs, click each of the links below and leave a comment with the couples names.
Krissy Allori Photography
Mint + Mirth
Bridal Bliss
Modern Moments Designs
Something Borrowed
Nimbi Design
Artisan Cake Company
West Coast Event Productions
Moving Picture Weddings
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
Swoon Floral Design
Jein King Makeup

To vote via vendor’s FB pages, click each of the links below, like the vendor’s FB page, find the couple you want to win, and leave a comment on their photo (note – comments on the main album will not count, only on individual photos, and votes will only count if you have liked the vendor’s page).
Krissy Allori Photography
Mint + Mirth
Bridal Bliss
Modern Moments Designs
Michelle DeCourcy
Swoon Floral Design
Jein King Makeup
John Ross Music
Something Borrowed
Nimbi Design
Artisan Cake Company
West Coast Event Productions
Moving Picture Weddings
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
Happymatic Photo Booth
PDX Pedicab
Artemis Foods
Hotel Deluxe

Voting rules: You may vote for your favorite couple once on each of the pages for a total of 30 votes. Multiple votes from the same person on the same link will not count. For a FB vote to count, the page (not just the album) must be “liked” AND a comment must be made on the specific couple’s photo. Please direct any questions to luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com.

Yay! It’s finally time! Are you ready for this? I’ve been dying to spill the beans. So, here it goes. . . I’ve been lucky (pun intended) enough to work with a wonderful group of talented wedding vendors! We’ve come together to create the Ultimate Portland Wedding Giveaway. When I was asked to be a part of this incredible giveaway, I was a bit nervous. I’ve never been a part of such a huge giveaway. Turns out, together we are a total kick ass group of people and we put together an epic Uniquely Portland Wedding and Giveaway. The best news is, 10 Lucky couples will have a chance to win $20,000 worth of products and services. Yes, you heard me right, but I’ll say it again in case you missed it. Ten LUCKY couples will have a chance to win. If you are newly engaged or know someone who is, please pass this on. Make sure you read all of the details below!!! Good LUCK!

 

Feeling lucky in love?

18 of the most talented wedding vendors in Portland have joined forces to create the Ultimate Wedding Giveaway. Appropriately, it’s been titled Lucky in Love – A Uniquely Portland Wedding Giveaway. Did we mention that it’s valued at over $20,000! Only ten Uniquely Portland couples who are Lucky in Love will be selected to participate in our promotion.  The finalists will have a one in ten chance of winning!!! Those are some pretty good odds, if you ask me.

If you, or someone you know, is engaged and interested in being considered for this once in a lifetime opportunity, don’t wait. Please send an email to luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com. Include a photo of the couple and answer the following questions with as much detail as you’d like:

1. What makes you, as a couple, unique?
2. What do you love most about Portland and why?
3. Describe your dream wedding and tell us whether your wedding date is already set or if the date is flexible.

This video highlights what happens when all the stars align in Portland…

Lucky in Love Competition from Moving Picture Weddings on Vimeo.

(props to Marc with Moving Picture Weddings for this sneak peak)

Still wondering what a Uniquely Portland wedding might look like? Well, look no further.

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The winning couple will receive a gift certificate from each vendor, valued at a $1000 minimum. Together, we all made this inspirational photoshoot become a reality.

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography
Floral: Swoon Floral Design
Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals
Cake: Artisan Cake Company
Videography: Moving Picture Weddings
Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Hotel: Hotel Deluxe
Bartending: Mint+Mirth
Caterer: Artemis Foods
Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy
Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss
Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs
Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design
Transportation: PDX Pedicab
Music: John Ross Music
Photobooth: Happymatic
Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

Email luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com and let us know if you’re feeling lucky in love!

This promotion is open to all engaged couples who reside in the greater Portland, Oregon area. Full details, terms and conditions will be shared with potential finalists. Once the final ten couples have been selected, the promotion will no longer consider additional entries, so please contact us immediately if you are interested.