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Wedding at the Asian Jewels Restaurant in Flushing, New York

bride and grrom first dance at queens nyc wedding

The saying “everything happens for a reason” was true in the case for Kim and Joe.

jewish horah at queens weddingThis couple had their wedding planned at a Restaurant in Brooklyn. Three months before the wedding, the venue gave their date away with no explanation. They had to rush to find another venue and send out invitations.

The wedding took place at the Asian Jewels Restaurant in Flushing, New York and it turned out wonderful.

 

 

 

bride and groom cake cutting at queens weddingLocated in Downtown Flushing, this restaurant could not be more convenient for your guests.

The Long Island Railroad is minutes away, giving your guests easy access to NYC in less than 20 minutes!

The 7 train is also there along with many bus routes, making the restaurant super accessible.

 

 

 

Thankfully, the restaurant is also not far from LaGuardia Airport for the guests who may be flying in from out of town. Citifield also is not far away for people who have not visited the new stadium yet!

 

 

dancing time flushing new york weddingDJ Enrique and MC Johnny ensured the bride and groom had a smooth time planning the music part of their wedding, especially considering the issues they had with switching the venue last minute.

During the cocktail hour, the guests were able to watch a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony which allowed everyone to get to know Chinese culture even better.

 

 

 

Adding parts of your cultural background to your wedding gives guests a unique way to remember your event and get to know you better!

 

 

 

 

father daughter bride dance at queens asain jewels seafood restauThe newlyweds danced for the first time to the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. It was then time for the father-daughter dance and they chose the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” while the groom and his mother danced to the classic “Sunshine of my Life” by Stevie Wonder.

During the cake cutting ceremony, the song “Sweetest Thing” by U2 played.

 

 

wedding dancing fun at queens weddingfThe Asian Jewels Restaurant is not only convenient in terms of transportation but in terms of hotels as well.

For guests who are out of town there are plenty of options. Hotels nearby are Marco Hotel and The Parc.

 

 

 

 

Don’t want the party to end after the last dance?

Host your after party right nearby at The One Boutique Hotel! This hotel has a chic, trendy rooftop bar area, complete with Manhattan views and fire pits that will let your guests enjoy themselves into the late night!

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Proper Wedding Reception Etiquette…What Not To Do

Proper-Wedding-Reception-EtiquetteCouples spend a lot of time planning their big day!

The last thing they want is for the event to come off as tacky at the last minute…during the reception. While you know there are proper etiquette rules to follow when it comes to invitations, gift registries and seating, you may not know all of the rules when it comes to the reception. Here are a few things to avoid doing at your reception so you don’t allow guests to leave with a sour taste in their mouths regarding your big day.

 

Don’t…Make tacky announcements

New couples need money to start their new life, but that doesn’t mean you should pressure your guests into opening their wallets until they bleed dry. Avoid announcements like: “Last call for the money envelope,” or “We fed you dinner, now you need to participate in the dollar dance.” Don’t guilt guests into giving more than they intended. They probably already brought a present, after all.

 

Don’t…Sit at the head table and ignore guests

Your wedding guests came because they wanted to see the bride and the groom get married.  Yes, It is your special day and you can do as you please, but  your guests have taken time out of their lives to spend your special day with you. They need to feel welcome and appreciated. After the toasts and after you eat, work the room moving from table to table and try to see everyone in attendance.

Your wedding day can be an event to remember for everyone involved, including the guests. Avoid these reception don’ts and make sure guests walk away with a smile and no complaints.

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Honeymoon on a budget

The secret to getting the best bang for your buck when it comes to your honeymoon is planning ahead. Wedding planning can really become a stressful event if it is not done with time and the proper preparation. Even then you won’t be able to predict what will happen next or how expensive things will turn out to be. They say your wedding and honeymoon plan the tone for the rest of your wedding for this reason it is important to plan ahead to ensure your honeymoon is everything you and your partner have always wanted it to be. Here are 5 ways you can save on your honeymoon without depriving yourself from an amazing adventure.

Do Your Research

When it comes to wedding planning many times your honeymoon will take a back end with so many things happening all at the same time. You want to ensure your honeymoon is a top priority on your list as well. As the better the research and planning you do the better the price of your honeymoon will be. Remember to always double check your options and never settle for the one that sounds the best the first time you hear about it. It is very common for couples to choose the very first honeymoon idea that comes to mind. This will only lead to an expensive trip that may not stay on budget.

Create a Honeymoon Budget

Just as you would create a wedding budget you want to make a honeymoon budget to give you an idea as to what you are willing to spend and what places will accommodate your budget best. Once you have created a budget you want to start looking online for the best offers that fit your budget. Websites such as travelzoo.com and jetsetter.com can show you what are the best offers that will suit you for your honeymoon. And they always have deals going all year round to help you plan your honeymoon ahead of schedule.

Stay Local

When we hear the word honeymoon out initial thoughts may be tropical island, warm weather and lots of sightseeing . However, if you are worried about splurging a little more than you should on your honeymoon going local can be just thing you need. When checking local hotels that contain amenities such as couple massage, spa areas, or a jacuzzi for two groupon.com can be a great website to check out. You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for at a very discounted price.

Consider An All inclusive hotel or cruise

Considering package deals that have everything inclusive is another excellent way to save on your honeymoon. All inclusive package deals are usually just that deals that include everything in the hotel or cruise. However, it is important to do your research and really find out what is included in your package. One way to make your research a little bit more simple is by visiting TripAdvisor.com. TripAdvisor can help cut your research time in half as it will list all the things the hotel or cruise you are interested in has to offer. If you are looking for great deals consider traveling during the week instead of the weekend, hotels tend to have better sales if you stay during the week.

Don’t forget to Brag

Once you have chosen your honeymoon destination and are planning to call and book your stay be sure to brag about being honeymooners. Hotels tend have to have a sweet spot for weddings and honeymooners for this reason they may upgrade your room or give you another swanky benefit while you stay with them. They also know that you are shopping around for the best deals which will make them give you even better discounts and sales on what they are expected to offer.

When it comes to your honeymoon it is important to plan ahead of time so when they day comes you are able to enjoy as much of your partner as possible. Make sure you follow these saving tips to get the best deal on your honeymoon trip. If you know of any other tips make sure to leave us a comment below and tell us about your money saving tips and tricks as well.

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Seasonal Wedding Cocktails

There can be a lot to think about when it comes to your wedding, but don’t overlook the bar. A signature cocktail is one detail that will add class and charm to your nuptials. Get inspired with these recipe ideas for every season:

The Summer Spritzer

 

lemon, seltzer, vodka wedding drink

For the perfect accompaniment to a summer ceremony, why not try a classic white wine spritzer? Simply mix half a cup of club soda with half a cup of wine, and garnish with a lemon twist or seasonal fruit, for a refreshing sipper that won’t mar your dress, should any spillage occur. Bonus tip: Add fresh rose petals for a unique, delicate flavor.

 

 

The Fall Cider

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The autumn season and apple cider go hand in hand, so try adding a traditional apple cinnamon cider to your bar. Pair 4 oz of apple cider with 1 oz of whiskey and blend with a splash of cinnamon simple syrup over crushed ice, for a sweet and spicy fall beverage. Bonus tip: Chilly outside? Try serving this warm.

 

 

 

The Winter Martini

wedding martini

For an effortlessly chic winter cocktail, the chocolate martini can be hard to beat. Mix 5 oz of vodka with 2 oz of clear Creme de Cacao. Serve in a long stem martini glass with a dark chocolate chunk. Bonus tip: To satisfy your sweet tooth, add dark chocolate shavings as an additional garnish.

 

 

 

The Spring Scarlet O’Hara

cranberry, vodka drink

This bright sipper is a signature drink with all the luxury of a Southern belle. To make it, add 2 oz of Southern Comfort to 5 oz of cranberry juice. Top with a dash of lime and garnish with a lime wedge for a pop of color. Bonus tip: For a slightly tropical feel, add a seasonal fruit skewer.

 

 

 

 

No matter when your wedding is, there is a memorable signature cocktail for every season, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find yours!

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NYC Wedding at The Manhattan Penthouse

Bride & groom wedding ceremony at The Manhattan Pethouse

Jessica looked gorgeous in her ball gown while exchanging vows with her groom.

 

The Manhattan Penthouse, occupies the entire floor of a historic building, located on the world-famous Fifth Avenue!

For city slickers like Thomas and Jessica, the Manhattan Penthouse was a wonderful location for their autumn wedding. With 360 degree views, stretching from Wall Street to Times Square, sleek wooden flooring and Palladian style windows, your guests will be in awe! You can see the New World Trader Center when looking out of the South windows and The Empire State Building when looking out of the North windows, offering the best of both worlds in NYC.

This venue holds up to 200 people. Wanting the same penthouse-loft feel but have a smaller guest list? No problem! The Alger House is Manhattan Penthouse’s sister venue, catering to more intimate events, with enough space for up to 80 people.

 

wedding dancing at the manhattan penthouseDJ Enrique and MC Jacob got this party started on the right foot and introduced the parents of the couple to “Earth, Wind and Fire” by September and the bridal party danced their way in to Zedd featuring Ariana Grande’s “Break Free”.

 

At this point it was time for the bride and groom to make their way into the reception and were announced in to “Levels “By Avicci!

 

The night started off with the bride and groom having their first dance to the song “Find You” by Zedd’s acoustic version.

 

Dancing Fun with MC Jacob At The Manhattan PenthouseJessica later danced with her father to country singer Tim McGraw’s song “My Little Girl”, followed by her dance with her step-father to another country tune by the Rascal Flatts, called “My Wish”.
The couple kept to the country theme while dancing with their parents. The groom then danced with his mother to Kenney Chesney’s “Don’t Blink”. All of these songs were sure to bring up memories and were the perfect song choices for this couple and their parents!

 

The crowd was excited and was ready to dance the night away. The couple had a liking for 80’s music and disco and BTL DJS had the perfect selection while also mixing in current favorites.

Wedding decorations at The Manhattan Penthouse

Keeping with their autumn wedding.

The bar featured a pumpkin which had the names and descriptions of the couples signature drinks!

 

Unique place cards at nyc wedding

the couple decided to have NYC metro cards be the place cards for the guests!

Fun Story: Thomas and Jessica met while on the subway. Thomas thought she was beautiful but didn’t speak to her on the train. Fate would have it that the two were on their way to the same party in Times Square and it was there that Thomas decided to speak to Jessica! To highlight the way they met and their NYC theme, the couple decided to have NYC metro cards be the place cards for the guests! The night ended on a classic note to Frank Sinatra’s famous song “New York, New York”.

 

The Manhattan Penthouse is an awesome location for your guests long after your wedding is over. If you want the festivities to continue on, 230 Fifth has an incredible rooftop bar as well for your after party where your friends and families can continue to celebrate! Union Square is also only one block away! There is also an array of hotel choices to pick from in the nearby area including but not limited to, Hotel 373, Ace Hotel, Andaz Hotel and Langham Place. Of course, you can also make a trip out of it and see major attractions right near-by. Take a walk and view the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library and St. Patrick’s Cathedral to name a few! From the décor, location and top notch service, the Manhattan Penthouse is definitely an A plus choice!

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Naked, Dressed, or Creamed… The Top Trends in Cakes!

Fresh flowers on Long Island Wedding Cake

Whether birthday, anniversary, or wedding, a cake of some sort will likely be at your event. Cakes have been around celebrations forever. Ovid, the Roman poet born in 43BC, writes of his birthday celebrated with cake in his collection, Tristia. Cakes have changed since Ovid’s time, but the tradition of cakes is timeless.

These swoon-worthy cakes are a delicious addition to any occasion:

wedding cake with fondant at Astoria weddingFondant cakes emerged on the scene in the 1950s, with roots tracing back to marzipan in the 17th century. With their streamlined look and elasticity, it’s easy to see why they became a quick favorite. The customization options are nearly endless. With countless baking shows and competitions on television, bakers are showing off their sculpting and wowing audiences with cakes that resemble works of art more than food! Are fondant cakes overdone? Yes. Are they absolutely stunning? YES! The new look for these cakes: airy, water-colored, and marbled. Put a new twist on the classic white with a cake that subtly matches all the colors of the day.

 

 

Naked cakes broke out in 2014, and with their beautiful deconstructed look, show no signs of stopping. An un-iced, tiered cake looks best covered in fresh, big, colorful flowers and is perfect for any event you’re hosting. Of the cakes featured here, the naked cake is the easiest to replicate at home.

 

Our tip, have a skilled family member try their hand at naked; just be sure to have extra flowers available for inevitable mess ups!

NYC Wedding with 2 tier cakeBUTTERCREAM! This something old is something new again! Buttercream icing has been the standard in cake decorated for, well… ever, and is now coming back with a vengeance. The new trend? Single tiered and structured. Bakers are once again showing off their piping skills with these little masterpieces. Who doesn’t love a pink rosette made of sugary goodness?? Bakers are now stamping in geometric shapes and patterns into their creations. A delicious dessert to top off any meal!

 

 

 

 

3 tier cake with buttercream at Brooklyn wedding wedding cake with fresh flowersold school 4 tier cake at soho wedding

 

 

Whichever cake your day merits, be sure to enjoy, savor, and indulge. Remember, party cakes have zero calories! (Not really…)

Written By Kimber Benedict

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Jersey Shore Wedding in Eatontown at The Double Tree By Hilton

grand entrance with bride and groom at the jersey shore

Derrick Rodriguez Photography

Nothing is better than going to the Jersey Shore in the Summer.

With all of the decisions that need to be made when planning a wedding, making the decision to have BTL DJS do their wedding was an easy one! John and Monika got married at the Double-Tree by Hilton Hotel in Eatontown, New Jersey. Monika comes from a Polish and Ukrainian background and John is of Puerto Rican descent. Celebrating both backgrounds was no obstacle for BTL DJS and the wedding was a complete success!

The Eatontown Double-Tree Hotel is conveniently a ten minute drive away from the Jersey Shore beaches, which your guests will appreciate if they want to get away for the weekend of your event!

 

Not only does BTL DJS cater to receptions, but also can meet your needs for the ceremony!

This couple decided to go a non-traditional route for their ceremony. The song played during the ceremony processional was the guitar instrumental version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and the bride walked in to DJ Sammy’s “Heaven” Candle Light mix. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the bridal party and couple walked out to American Authors, “Best Day of My Life”.

After the cocktail hour, it was time for the reception.

Wedding dancing fun at jerdey shore wedding

Vince is known to have a great time with the crowd and always brings amazing energy to each party!

 

With a large wooden dance floor, chandeliers and high floral centerpieces decorating the room, it was time for the parents of the bride and groom to enter the reception!

The parents came dancing in to the song “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas followed by the bridal party, entering in with the song “Good Life” by Kanye West.

 

 

 

guest enjoying the music at wedding

Derrick Rodriguez Photography

The couple then were announced into the party as husband and wife for the first to the song “We Are One” by DJ Assad and Greg Parys.

The happy couple then danced their first dance to “That’s When I Knew” by Alicia Keys.

It was then time for the bride to dance with her father and they chose the classic song “Butterfly Kisses” and the groom danced with his mother to “A Song for Mama”.

 

In an effort to blend together the mixed cultures present at this celebration, DJ Hector played songs by Ukrainian and Polish artists such as Teresa Werner, Natalia Buchynska and Sofia Rotaru.

 

groom removes garter from bride

John removes his bride’s garter to the song “Hot in Here” by Nelly! Derrick Rodriguez Photography

The bride’s family and friends loved hearing songs they were familiar with and the groom’s friends and family also had a blast dancing to Monika’s culture’s music! DJ Hector was sure to equally include salsa and merengue and really represented John’s background as well.

The party closed with Chris Brown’s “Forever” and “Save the Last Dance for Me” by Michale Buble! From start to finish the bride, groom and their friends and family had a blast!

 

 

 

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Derrick Rodriguez Photography

There are also many different restaurants nearby for guests who may be staying the weekend such as Bangkok House Authentic Thai, Firebirds and Piccola Italia to name a few.

 

 

 

 

All Pictures By Derrick Rodriguez Photography

 

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Vintage Wedding Playlists – 1950s

a vintage automobile with a just married sign on the back

For vintage-themed weddings, the 1950s are a popular choice. With jazz ballads, doo wop dance numbers and classic rock n’ roll hits, this decade has the perfect musical mix to set a fun and nostalgic tone. Here are song suggestions for the ultimate retro-inspired reception:

Dinner Music:

Billie Holiday – “It Had To Be You”

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – “Dream a Little Dream of Me”

Santo & Johnny – “Sleepwalk”

Andy Williams – “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”

The Fleetwoods – “Come Softly to Me”

The Five Satins – “To the Aisle”

The Mello Kings – “Tonight, Tonight”

The Duprees – “You Belong to Me”

Cutting the Cake:

Ray Charles – “What’d I Say”

Johnny Otis – “Willie & the Hand Jive”

Bouquet Toss:

Marilyn Monroe – “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”

Dale Hawkins – “Susie Q”

Barrett Strong – “Money (That’s What I Want)”

Garter Toss:

The Solitaires – “This Girl of Mine”

Little Willie John – “Fever”

First Dance:

Frank Sinatra – “Taking a Chance on Love”

The Moonglows – “Sincerely”

The El Dorados – “My Loving Baby”

Johnny Mathis – “Chances Are”

The Drifters – “Dance With Me”

The Flamingos – “I Only Have Eyes for You”

 

Dance Party Starters:

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”

The Del Vikings – “I Hear Bells (Wedding Bells)”

Chuck Berry – “School Days”

El Musiquero – “At the Hop”

Gene Vincent – “Be Bop A Lula”

Bobby Freeman – “Do You Want to Dance”

Paul Anka – “Diana”

Chuck Berry – “Rock and Roll Music”

Lloy Price – “Stagger Lee”

Dion & the Belmonts – “Teenager in Love”

 

 

Music sets the tone for your wedding, and with so many hits, this playlist is sure to get your guests on

their feet!

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Wedding On East River at The Water Club

bride and groom first dance at Water ckub for wedding

The Water Club, a Zagat rated, New York City restaurant was the ideal location for Christina and Daniel’s wedding.

Set on the East River, along the FDR Drive, the incredible panoramic views will knock your guests off their feet, as were the guests at this special wedding. The Water Club has the chic-edge of the “city feel” along with a cozy atmosphere with their quaint fire place. The Water Club serves award winning, delicious classic American cuisine, specializing in seafood and would be a great choice for a special date night as well.

 

Who says a small wedding can’t be an upbeat-party?

Whether your special event is taking place in a huge ballroom or in an intimate space in a restaurant, BTL DJS is sure to make your event a memorable one, ensuring each person has a blast! Christina and Daniel’s event was no exception! This couple opted for a Wednesday night wedding with about 40 guests in attendance and the evening was filled with dancing, laughter and tons of fun. BTL DJS offers a variety of packages to meet your needs and expectations.

 

Each package brings the very best to each event!

Center piece at Water CLub for weddingDaniel and Christina chose the classic package for their wedding which included a DJ and an MC, and opted for no lighting that come with package. From the Basic package all the way up to the Timeless package, BTL DJS is committed to excellence and bringing your party to life!

 

The bridal party entered the reception to Taylor Swift’s, “Shake it Off”, which really got the couple’s guests pumped up. The newlyweds were announced in with the song “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, getting the crowd really ready to party and dance.

 

The beautiful couple slow-danced to the contemporary song “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. It was then time for the bride and her father to dance and they chose the classic Frank Sinatra song “The Way You Look Tonight” and the groom and his mother danced to “Isn’t She lovely” by Stevie Wonder.

 

The tables at this wedding were decorated with beautiful, white, low centerpieces. The bride looked stunning in her off the shoulder, lace and satin gown while the groom’s style was a nod to the roaring 1920’s with his black and white tuxedo and bow tie and suspenders.

 

bride and groom thank you speech at water club for weddingThe two looked incredibly happy during their cake cutting ceremony with “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra playing along with “I Can’t Help Myself” by Four Tops. There’s no doubt about it-this couple had a flare for classic and old school style.

 

The elegant ambiance, amazing food, incredible music choices, desirable location and top-notch service made this wedding one to remember. As the evening was ending, BTL DJS continued playing great songs and throwbacks such as the Al Green throwback “Let’s Stay Together” and
Joe Crocker’s “You Are So Beautiful to Me”.

 

The night closed on an appropriate note to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York!” Christina and Daniel’s grand exit was one to remember, complete with guests holding and waving sparklers, cheering and everyone celebrating their new life together!

 

Sparkeler send off at water club for nyc wedding

Photo Credit: The Water Club official Website – wedding page

Don’t want the festivities to end after the last dance?

 

The Water Club provides a perfect option. The Crow’s Nest is the Water Club’s lively outdoor patio and rooftop bar. Here, you and your guests can enjoy great cocktails, amazing views and casual food. Another similar venue to the Water Club is Riverpark and Apella along the east river. Other waterside venues include Giando’s On The Water in Brooklyn as well as Vista Penthouse Ballroom in Long Island City, all featuring amazing views of Manhattan. Hotels near the Water Club include Pod 39, Dumont, and Park South Hotel to name a few that your guests can stay at!

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5 Steps to being an un-biased Maid of Honor

Brides Maid dress with bride at NYC wedding

Being “Made” of Honor

Maids of Honor are an integral part of any nuptials. She is the bride’s backbone, and the heart of the bridal party. The MOH is so deeply involved in all of the planning that it can be hard to constantly put the bride’s taste above her own. I should know; I’m a first time MOH. I am absolutely excited to be serving my little cousin in her upcoming wedding and I know first hand, that seeing a party through her eyes has proven difficult! Here is a list of how to stay un-biased and un-jealous throughout the process… some of these I am still working on!

1. Truly understand your bride’s vision. You may be modern chic and you’re bride rustic quirky. You might not understand why she prefers petit fours, over individual brownie bites. Try to think like the bride. See the world through her veil. After all, this is the couple’s day and while you have been by her side for a very long time, today is about the style of the bride and groom.

2. Know the budget. This is important to know when making suggestions and putting in your two cents. Know where the money is coming from. Many parents have a fund set aside for their child’s wedding; especially when couples marry younger. But, many couples fund their own day. It’s so important to know where the couple stands on the budget, is there any wiggle room or would they like to save as much as possible. If you know the ins and outs of the money situation, you can make a more informed suggestion. Maybe the Cuban cigar roller isn’t a necessity.

3. Rein her in. Say your bride wants fairytale infusions, she may be so focused on the “theme” she’s about to buy fairy wings for the bridal party… this is your cue to step in. Suggest baby’s breath in the party’s hair or little butterflies in the bouquets.

4. Remember that it’s not your day. While you might prefer a strapless dress and a naked cake, it doesn’t matter. When you get married (or have a HUGE party just because), then you can get whatever you like. This is about making the bride’s dreams and wishes come true. She has been by your side forever; give her the big gift of support for her vision. And… never murmur the words, “Well, if it was MY day…”

5. Be there for all that she needs, because she is often there for whatever you need. Leading up to the wedding, chances are the bride is a bit stressed. She’s your bestie, you know what she needs; take her out for cocktails, to the beach, or a quiet dinner. Above all, remind the bride that this should be more happy than stressful and constantly be available to brighten her day and lighten her load.

Written By Kimber Benedict