Most Used Wedding Registry Items

Items from our registry: Waterford vase, The Cellar cake stand, Kate Spade Champagne flutes, Michael Aram Orchid cake servers

Call me a procrastinator, because I have been meaning to write this post since August. August! Oof. That’s a long delay. But hey, I’m finally getting this post up!

My wonderful hubby and I just celebrated our one year anniversary! (our wedding cake tasted JUST AS DELICIOUS as our wedding night!) We actually had a hard time registering for items for our wedding because we had already been living with each other for a few years and had a lot of things that we didn’t feel were necessary to register for. The things we DID register for, were to either replace things that were mismatched/hand-me-down items, things we had that were broken and we needed to replace, or things that we knew we would use but didn’t have the money to purchase for ourselves.

Out celebrating our 1st anniversary!

If you’re already married, have a look at my list – maybe there’s something you didn’t even realize you NEED! and if you’re single, hey, you might need some of this stuff for yourself too!

Without further ado, I give you our most used registry items!

  • Dinnerware; finally we have matching dinnerware!!!!
    • Hotel Collection Bone China Mugs: here
    • Hotel Collection Bone China Coupe Salad Plates: here
    • Hotel Collection Bone China Coupe Dinner Plates: here
    • Hotel Collection Bone China Cereal Bowls: here
    • Hotel Collection Bone China Large Serving Bowl: here
    • Hotel Collection Bone China Dinner Bowl: here
    • The Cellar Whiteware Words Tidbits plates and bowls (for snacks/apps): here and here
  • Barware; no more dollar store wine glasses!
    • Riedel O Cabernet and Chardonnay Wine Glass: here
    • Hotel Collection Whiskey Decanter : no longer available
    • Towle Modernist Copper Plated Moscow Mule Hammered Mug: here
    • Lenox Tuscany Craft Beer Pint Glasses: here
  • Decor:
    • Waterford Grant Vase: here
    • Nambe Amore Small Heart Bowl: not available
    • Nambe Aquila Candlesticks: here
    • Decorative 16″ silver platter: here
  • Serveware:
    • The Cellar Whiteware Lasagna Baker and Narrow Rectangular Platter: here
    • Martha Stewart Collection Whiteware Pitcher: here
    • The Cellar Cake Stand with Dome: here
  • Bakeware/Cookware:
    • Simply Calphalon Nonstick 11″ Square Griddle: similar here
    • Calphalon Nonstick Large Cookie Sheet (2): here
    • Analon Advanced Umber 12 piece anodized nonstick cookware: here
    • Wilton Stoneware loaf pan: here
  • Cleaning supplies:
    • Black and Decker Pivot Dustbuster: similar here
    • Shark pro steam mop: not our exact model, but similar here
  • Kitchen appliances:
    • Breville Smart Coffee Grinder: similar here
  • Bathroom items: Moen shower head: here
  • Linens:
    • Charter Club Damask Queen 4-pc Sheet Set 500 thread count: here
    • Hotel Collection Finest Elegance Bath Towel Collection (hand towels and Bath towels): here
  • Kitchen items:
    • Silverware: Michael Lloyd Martello 5 piece flatware: here
    • Microplane: here
    • Silpat Nonstick Baking May: here
    • Rabbit Super Wine Aerator: here
    • Nautical Jute Rope Knot Trivet: here
    • OXO colander: here
    • OXO measuring cups and spoons: here and here
    • OXO cookie scoop: here
    • OXO 2 cup angled measuring cup: here
    • OXO 12″ tongs: here
    • Anti Fatigue Kitchen Mat: here
    • Spicy Shelf stackable organizer: here

I hope you found this useful, whether you are a bride-to-be, looking for new household items, or shopping on someone’s registry and wondering if they really WILL use and enjoy those anti-fatigue mats. (yes, yes they will!)

In case you’re wondering, the top tier of our wedding cake was snickerdoodle cake, chocolate ganache filling, and marshmallow buttercream icing. YUM!

love & cupcakes,


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Clean & Current Nightstand Styling

Do you ever look around your bedroom and think it is too cluttered, yet you truly need all the things that are taking up crucial surface area spaces? This clean and current DIY will save space on your nightstand for sure! Keep reading…..

That’s totally me and our whole apartment but especially my bedside table. I have items that are sentimental to me gathered from all over the world-sea glass from Riomaggiore, Italy; a ginkgo leaf dish from Weimar, Germany; a heart trinket from Geoff’s road trip through Canada on his way to our new apartment together in Minneapolis. I obviously can’t part with that stuff because I love it. Then I have the “essentials!” : candles, lotions, perfumes, chapstick and earplugs (sense the sarcasm?)

I use it all on a regular basis so I don’t want to store it out of sight because then I’ll be too lazy to get it out every time I need it, but my nightstand is just so crowded!

I was brainstorming how I could keep all that stuff out but give myself more room. My thought? Add height!!!

I needed to find something that had a skinny enough footprint to not take up more room while the “platform/top” be narrow enough to not disturb the base of my lamp. Wouldn’t you know I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a normal size cake stand. And that would definitely not work! So I went out in search of my own DIY version.

Off to Homegoods I went and a-wandering the aisles did I go!

Behold the candle stick holder and the neglected cheese plate/trivet!

I found this marble trivet with missing feet in the clearance section and the clear glass candle stick for around $10 total! I brought it home and set it up and it worked perfectly! I arranged my perfume bottles on top and it freed up some space nicely! You could super glue the pieces together, but I was too lazy and might use that candle stick someday for an actual candle! (What an idea!! Lol) Also, because the surface area at the top of the candlestick is so wide, the trivet on top is actually very stable and isn’t tippy at all!

I highly suggest adding height wherever you need some extra surface area. It not only solves your space issue, but it adds a lot of visual interest as well!

love & cupcakes,


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DIY & Thoughtful Gift Giving

Christmas and Chanukah are just around the corner, and I thought I would round up some of my previous posts to help inspire your gift giving. If you’re stuck on a few people on your list and just don’t know what to give them, check out a couple of my simple DIYs for easy gifts. There’s a few extra ideas thrown in there for you too!

  • For the girlie girl and accessory lover, try this DIY Leather Tassel: click here!
  • For the caffeine lover, get them a Cold Brew Toddy System. They will love you FOREVER. Check out my post here and read about it/where to buy!
  • For the skin care fanatic, take your leftover coffee grounds and make them a delicious body scrub. Find out how here!
  • for the girl boss working from home/lover of chic office supplies and decor, you’ve got to make them a marbleized clipboard! Pair it with a chic set of pens and stationary and voila! Perfect gift! 
  • Lastly, if you have a certain someone on your list that you THINK you should buy a present for, but aren’t really sure? (we all have those, right?) Why not bake them something delicious and tie a cute bottle of nailpolish to whatever you package the sweet treats in? I know I would enjoy a gift like that, and it’s simple! (plus, you could keep a few of the desserts for yourself!!! BONUS!)

Here’s some easy giftable dessert recipes:

I hope this gave you a few ideas for those hard-to-buy people on your list!

Have you been naughty or nice?!

love & cupcakes,


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Gratitude + journaling.

It’s Thanksgiving week, so it’s a perfect time to think about what we are thankful for. Hopefully you are getting to spend time with family and friends at some point and getting at least a day to enjoy unplugging from the usual daily grind. It always helps make me feel refreshed to get a nice family lounge day, where there’s nothing on the agenda but to hang out and enjoy everyone’s company.

If you’re into journaling, or have always been interested in maybe starting to journal, I have included a photo from that is a 30 day journaling prompt that focuses on gratitude. It’s simple, and will inspire you to really think about all the little things in your life that you are grateful for, but never actually stop to take the time and recognize what these things mean to you.


I have always heard that journaling has a positive effect on the mind and soul, so I think I’m going to crack open a journal and try it myself. Will you?

And it may sound hokey, but I’m grateful that you’re taking the time to read this! Thank you!

love & cupcakes,


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motivation monday #15


Hi hi hi hi hi! I’m actually so glad it’s Monday because this weekend was just one of those where you are trying to survive and make it through! Now I feel like I’m back to my normal schedule and I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

How was your weekend?

Use your weekend to fuel this week ahead – if it wasn’t so great, use that to make today better. And if it was great, keep that juju going. Ride the wave baby!

Will you “up your game” today?

love & cupcakes,



P.S. – check out if you are a girl boss/entrepreneur/want to start a business around your passion etc. They’re all about girl power in the business world and lots of positive energy/support for business women!

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Yes, yes, YES!

Fill your mind with positivity and it will overflow into the rest of your life.

Sometimes it can seem hard, if not downright impossible, to keep the positive vibes going. But how about we make a pact? Let’s all work at being as positive as possible, and when we feel the negative thoughts creeping in, let’s do our best to turn it around and stop it in its tracks.

Now, who’s making the most of their Monday?

love & cupcakes,


p.s.-Happy Halloween!!!! Is anyone trick or treating?!

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motivation monday #13


Hiiiiiiii! It’s Monday again! Can you believe it?

First of all, who doesn’t love Lucille Ball? She cracked me up so bad watching her in late night episodes at sleepovers growing up.

Even if miss Lucy didn’t say this quote, I would still love it. Because without self love we can’t be our whole self. If we are happy, the people around us are happy. It’s like a big, happy snowball effect in the best way possible.

Be good to yourself, my friends! We all deserve it, and we’re all guilty of not loving ourself first at some time or another.

Have a great week!

love & cupcakes,


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motivation monday #12


Hey guys! It’s been a WHILE. Honestly I got a little lazy and life got in the way of my posting stuff here. So I’m back with another motivation Monday for you.

I saw this on pinterest and all I could think was “how true.” With everything in the news and media being so negative, especially with this election coming up, there has been such a divide amongst everyone it seems. I have kept my opinions to myself on my social media pages but as I scroll through I can’t help but notice how many people are “defriending” others based on their opinions of the presidential nominees, or how they say someone’s opinion is downright wrong because it doesn’t agree with theirs.

How about instead of falling into the negativity/judgmental trap of all that *crap*, we just put our energy into being NICE to one another? Share your love. Compliment someone. Smile at a stranger. Hold the door for someone. Say “Thank you.”

Because all of that takes less effort than being mean. And you’ll feel better knowing you made some else feel a little better too!

I hope this helped make your Monday a little bit brighter!

love & cupcakes,

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Hello, Monday!

This quote speaks to me because I think we’ve all felt like our lives are lacking direction at some time or another, but in reality if you look back, things have really changed.

My point is that we may feel as if we’re doing nothing, but every day IS leading to change and better things no matter how big or small your strides are.

Isn’t it funny though, how every day feels the same, but looking back your life has come so far? Just proves that small changes that seem like nothing really add up to good stuff!

Go kick butt this week!

love & cupcakes,


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phelpsI thought this was appropriate #motivationmonday content, seeing as the Olympics just ended yesterday.

We get caught up focusing so much on other people’s success that we forget to just keep our eye on the prize, whatever that prize may be for us. Everyone else’s end goals are different. But in the case when it’s not different (for instance, Michael Phelps and his competitor here clearly both want to win the gold medal), let’s try channeling our energy solely on ourselves and what we want to accomplish and HOW we will get there. Let’s do our best not to compare what and how we’re goal crushing with the person next to us trying to do the same thing. Not only does it amplify angst and feelings of not being good enough, but it’s going to slow us down!

Case in point – Michael Phelps isn’t looking at the next lane over….he’s looking toward the finish. And I think you know who wins 🙂

love & cupcakes,


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