For the bride-to-bes

not from my wedding!

It’s been almost a year since my wedding, and as I see others plan for their wedding on Facebook, I can’t help but reflect on my process last year. For one thing, I’m SO glad that I’m done my wedding. It’s quite stressful to keep predicting the weather when you have an outdoor ceremony. And even though I had most of my things ready and bought, I couldn’t stop thinking about how everything will come together on the day of – I kind of like to micro manage, and won’t settle for anything less than perfect. So since this is supposed to a “once in a life time thing” of course I’m going to make sure it’s perfect. Looking back, I realized I spent WAY too much time and energy worrying about the wedding day. I’m glad to say that I was able to let go of most of the worry the day of to actually enjoy the true meaning of the wedding day - celebrating our union with our friends and family.

So if you’re reading this and planning your wedding, don’t worry – everything will turn out fine! And if you’re stressing about the tinniest of details, I bet your guests won’t even notice. The one thing our guests commented on was how down to earth our whole wedding was – the guests only really care about the stories, the experience and the food – not so much about the decorations.

Now if I were to tell my past self what I should be focusing on, here’s what I’ll say:

- Find a good photographer and videographer, their experience were essential to the flow of the day. Having a videographer also allowed us to review the whole morning’s activates at the reception – especially for some people that couldn’t make it. I don’t regret spending money on either of these!

- Simple decorations goes a long way. We were debating if we should get chair covers (our place had really outdated chairs) and the chair covers made a huge difference! It made everything look sleek and uniform.

- Don’t spend so much time on finding table decors. Most people don’t even notice it and it took up too much space on the table.

- Writing down the whole day’s schedule out was helpful. It gave us an idea of where we should be at a certain time. The photographer even said I was the most on-time bride she’s seen ;)

- I should have made a more detailed list of photos I’d like to take…the photographer ended up running around a lot gathering people… although we had a really patient one, so she was awesome!

- We had way too many food left over at our wedding. I wish there was a way that we can donate them or have people bring some food home. It was such a waste!

- I was debating for a long time where to have our ceremony. I finally ended up doing it in the small backyard of my parent’s place. Although I was reluctant at first (it was outdoors and had no backup plan), I was really happy I did. It was a special place in my heart since it was at the place I grew up in, and it made the whole ceremony more sentimental and intimate. It also cut the travel time for the wedding party!
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So you use Brita filters...

So you're doing your part by using Brita filters instead of getting bottled water, but what do you do with your filters afterwards?  I -like most people - have been throwing the filters away because I had no idea what to do with them.  Well I'm happy to find that Brita now has a recycling program for them ! I guess we have no excuse now...!

Brita has teamed up with Preserve, a leading maker of 100 percent recycled household consumer goods, to collect and recycle Brita pitcher filters. Preserve’s Gimme 5 Program will transform the plastic from these filters into new Preserve products. Send your used Brita® pitcher filter cartridges back to us and we’ll arrange to have them recycled by Preserve!

The best thing about it is ...

It’s easy and FREE. Brita® will pay for the shipping costs.*

*Only valid for Brita® pitcher filters returned within Canada.

How to Participate:

  • Please save 3 used Brita® pitcher filter cartridges for each shipment. Only a maximum of 3 filters per package will be accepted (maximum weight 750g). You can include Pitcher and/or Bottle filter cartridges in your shipment. 
  • Dry the used filters by shaking off excess water and setting them in a dry place for at least a week before packaging them for shipping. Wrap the used Brita® filter cartridges in a plastic grocery bag, and then pack them in a box. 
  • If possible, please reuse the original box that you purchased the Brita® filters in to package the used filters for return (boxes and bags will be recycled). 
  • If the original packaging is not available, please use a parcel that is a similar size and shape to avoid excess packaging. 
  • Upon receiving your Brita® pre-paid shipping label and bar code via email, affix the label to the package and drop the package off at the nearest Canada Post mailbox.

Read more about the program here :

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Happy Hours 2014 in Vancouver

We like to live up to our name as the Frugal Couple...
So here are some places that offer Happy Hour Menus in Vancouver!
 Happy Hours 2014 in Vancouver
Joe Fortes  - 50% off bar menu - 4 to 6 p.m. daily

Browns Social House - Drink special and wings and ribs for $6  - 3 to 6 p.m. daily
Hapa Izakaya  - Special varies by location - discounted price on popular dishes -

Robson and Kitsilano: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily
Yaletown: 5 to 6 p.m. daily
Coal Harbour: 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily
The Flying Pig - Appy menu for $6 or less ! - 4-6 p.m. daily
Coast -  50% off Appy menu and drink specials - 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays
Ebisu -  99 cents oysters and 39cents wings to start  - 4:30-6:30 daily
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Vancouver Finds - El Matador

We went to this place on a Groupon and had a great surprise !  This little cozy place tucked underneath Starbucks on Esplanade serves Spanish tapas.  We found this place a great little hangout and very authentic.  Although this place only serves tapas we were actually really full from having a wide range of tapas ( and also because we got a $60 Groupon).  We definitely over ate - and if we were there without the Groupon, I think their smoked wings would be the best dish to get for the value.  It is not like other wings as this is not deep fried and was meaty and juicy.  We were also impressed from their drink menu as it offered $3 beer. We tried that Sangria, and it was also not bad.  

Food we had:

  • Tomato soup - spicy!!
  • Smoked salmon deviled eggs - very smoky and salmon-y
  • 24-serrano - Jamon aged for 2 years
  • Patatas Bravas - Spicy Fried Potatoes
  • Chorizo Tapas
  • Spiced/Smoked Chicken Wings
  • Seranno Signor - Jamon sandwich/cheese and chips
  • Smoked Pork 
  • Cabrales w/ Walnuts  - Blue cheese and biscuits
  • Flourless Almond Cake - had a hint of lemon zest which was pretty refreshing

  • Russell Lager
  • Sangria
** They also give you a complementary dish of olives to start with ! **

As you can see, we had a fair bit of food, and was also able to taste a lot of their menu with the 60$ Groupon.  

We highly recommend this little hangout !

El Matador on Urbanspoon
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For the Nutella lovers out there ~

I've recently become a huge fan of Nutella (yea I know I live under a rock...) and was hoping to wait for sales to go on before I get my jar ( I don't like to buy things when they're not on sale!)  ..but i was down to the very last scoop and had to look a solution fast!
I was wondering if other "no name" brands had the same hazelnut goodness and I found it at Walmart for HALF the price!  I wasn't sure if the taste would be slightly different, but when it's mostly just hazelnut and chocolate..what can go wrong?? So I took the chance and didn't regret it at all!  Usually i would see Nutella for sale for around $7..but this was half the price.  

Sometimes brand name just doesn't make a different... what are your thoughts?
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