A Little Update…

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Hello Everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. I wanted to do a short update on what’s been going on with me lately. I know I haven’t been very active here as much as before. It’s been a bit of a challenge trying to get back into the groove of things, but I really do try. There are just too many things going on right now and at the end of the day, I’m just too exhausted to get on the computer and blog. In short, life just happens.

My boyfriend and I also got a new puppy two weeks ago, and she has been taking all my time.

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Look how cute she is!! I just can’t resist that face. Her name is Brownie and she’s a maltese and yorkie mix. She’s a fiesty spunky little thing. She’s curious, energetic, adorable, but also very demanding. My other dog, Choco, also isn’t used to her yet, so that’s extra work for us. He growls and snaps at Brownie, and all she wants is to play. He isn’t used to other dogs, so it’s going to take a while. I’m just hoping that in a month Choco won’t mind her as much and they can finally get along. Oh and before you ask, my mom takes care of the dogs while we’re both at work. And my boyfriend doesn’t start until 10:00 and sometimes 3:00pm so he’s there to help out.

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I still do get to read (when Brownie gets tired and falls asleep) and I have some blog tours and reviews coming up. BUT, if it takes me a while to respond to you, that just means I’m preoccupied.

I also went to Yallwest last weekend and got sick again, so I’ve been taking it easy these last few days. I actually lost my voice during Yallwest and had a really bad sore throat. I wasn’t missing the event though, so I hydrated like crazy and braved through all the lines. I’ll have a recap really soon. Maybe next week. I got some awesome books and met some favorite authors like Marissa Meyer!!!

Here’s a sneak peek at all the stuff I got… There are 4-5 bags in there.

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I’m hoping to be able to do more fun blogging stuff really soon… but for now, just wanted you all to know I MISS YOU!!!

sincerelykarenjoendsign

 

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My Mom’s 60th Masquerade Birthday Party

Hi Everyone!!! I thought I’d do a recap of my mom’s birthday party. It’s been two weeks or so and I am still trying to get back into the groove of things. My mom turned 60 on April 4 and had a masquerade birthday party on April 15 which I had been planning since last year. Let me just say that for my wedding ceremony, as much as I want to do a lot of DIYs, I am definitely going to hire a party planner for the day of the event. I was literally running around the venue trying to make sure we were on schedule, taking pictures and videos, and trying to enjoy the night and have some fun. I actually didn’t even eat that much, so it was a good thing I ate during the food tasting. We did end up taking 4 trays of food home (grilled salmon, chicken and beef kabob, veggies, potatoes, Persian rice, and pasta) and 1/4 of the cake, so the next day I ate and savored every bite.

The party planning process was actually kind of fun and I’m quite proud that it turned out really well considering there were last minute changes and issues. Also, it was a good thing that the party wasn’t a surprise since I knew my mom would want certain things and I just didn’t want to risk doing something she might not like. That being said, she was able to give me her input here and there and I had some help from friends and family too. Things seemed to be going great and I was checking stuff off the list, but the next thing I knew… we were 2 months away from the event. Time went by so fast and I still had a lot to do. By March I was busy trying to get everything done and ready. I actually spent my birthday, April 6, running around doing errands and I was actually still working on the centerpieces, program, and the slideshow Saturday night before the party. It was pretty crazy and I didn’t think I was going to get everything finished… BUT, thank goodness I did! Many thanks to EVERYONE who helped out — glueing feathers on the centerpieces, cutting the programs, punching holes on the program, tying ribbons, setting up for the event, taking pictures, and so on. The party was great and I’m really happy everyone enjoyed and had a great time.

Here are some pictures from the event which was held at Legacy Ballrom Glendale California by L.A. Banquets. 

(If you are ever planning an event around Los Angeles or Glendale, then definitely check out L.A. Banquets. They are absolutely great and their customer service is incredibly amazing.)

My mom’s outfit for the night. She bought her gown from David’s Bridal, shoes from Macy’s, and masquerade mask from Amazon.

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Those Clear Diamonds in the pictures are actually place card holders. I bought them on Amazon to use for the Candy Station, but it turned out really amazing as props too!! I’m actually planning on purchasing them in gold to use as props for bookstagramming.

Here’s my MOM!!!

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We decided to do this pictorial the day before the event because we knew we would be really busy Sunday. We didn’t hire photographers because it we couldn’t find one within our budget. She said that $2,000 to $3,000 was too much and she wasn’t getting married to spend that kind of money on pictures and videos. For the event,  the photographers were my brother’s girlfriend, my boyfriend, family friends and of course me.

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These were all DIY projects. I bought the masks, bird cage, foam flowers, and the crystal flower pins on Amazon. Ordered personalized M&M’s online. Printed the labels at home. Got inspiration on Pinterest for the program booklet. And picked up ribbons, sticker rhinestones and other embellishments from Dollar Stores and Michaels. I honestly don’t know what I would do without Amazon, Dollar Stores, Pinterest and Michaels.

Here’s a close up of my Mommy!!

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Here’s us being silly

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My mom and big bro

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My Grandmommy and Mommy 

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The Boyfriend 

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My Brother’s Girlfriend

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Mom’s Boyfriend

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Champagne Tower inside the venue. 

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Gorgeous ceilings and lights. 

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The Dance Floor

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The Presidential Table 

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Candy Station Area

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Some pics of the Appetizers. We had Mediterranean/ Persian food which was so delicious! There were about 25 appetizers and 4 main courses. Grilled Salmon with Vegetables, Alfredo Pasta with Chicken, Beef and Chicken Kabob with potatoes and Beef and Chicken Lule with Persian rice. 

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Some photobooth pics!! 

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That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a wonderful day everyone!!!

sincerelykarenjo2