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HELLO, VAN FLUTES

LIFESTYLE BLOG

December 5, 2017

With just 14 weeks left... there are lots of things we have, and lots of things we don't have. Thankfully, all my mom friends really came through for me when it came time to finding out what we actually NEED. Now as we all know, some of the best baby stuff isn't actually a need but more of an "OMG this is the most adorable thing I've ever seen" as...

November 23, 2017

The title is a mouth full, feel free to shorten it to just "crack brussels". I'd have made that the actual title if I didn't feel like that would create some SEO issues. But seriously, crack brussels. Thanksgiving is TODAY and we all know the table staples are turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, but that doesn't mean we can't mix things up with t...

November 7, 2017

I think that at this point, the news is out, WE'RE PREGNANT! If you're planning on throwing a gender neutral baby shower, it's probably because you've decided to wait to find out the sex of your baby 'til due day. I however, do not have that kind of patience, so when it came time to throw a baby shower in the US with my friends and family, we were...

September 18, 2017

So you've decided you wan't to start a blog? Or maybe you haven't 100% committed to the idea yet and you're just doing a little research. As someone who knew very little about blogging when I started "Hello, Van Flutes" earlier this year, it seemed a little overwhelming to know where to start. That coupled with the fear of what I'd actually write a...

July 26, 2017

Even if you think you're going to be one of those laid back, simple brides, saying "yes" is a BIG deal when finding your dress...and uh...fiancé. It's best to be prepared if you want to eliminate, or at least reduce, stress and anxiety about finding your perfect dress. Here are my tips for doing just that.

Budget Reality Check

Listen, these things do...

July 17, 2017

Maybe it was Ed Sheeran's new song "Barcelona" or maybe it was all of the beautiful Gaudi Architecture (and red wine), but Barcelona Spain officially has a place in my heart. These are my must-do's and more importantly, MUST EATS for 3 days in Barcelona.

THINGS TO DO:

Maybe you've heard of the architect and genius Gaudi, maybe you haven't. I'll be ho...

July 2, 2017

Mooshy bananas? It's ok, it happens to the best of us. Honestly, I don't even love bananas, but I DO love this banana bread, so when my husband bought EIGHT (yup, eight) bananas and didn't eat any of them, I knew I had the goods. Just because they're too "mooshy" to eat, doesn't mean they have to go in the trash. Actually, this means they're JUST R...

June 26, 2017

Hey, nice rock! Now it's your turn to pop the question! Whether you're having 2 or 12 ladies to support you on your big day, it can seem kind of overwhelming when you are the person deciding what they are going to look like from head-to-toe. Not to mention this new trend of asking them to actually BE your bridesmaid with gifts that are instagram wo...

June 20, 2017

Italy, a country that's been at the very top of my "to-travel" list since before I can even remember. After spending a week in southern Italy, I am breaking my trip into several parts (check back later to see where else I went). First stop, Capri and the 5 things you MUST DO while you're there!

1. Take a boat tour
This is hands down the number one p...

June 6, 2017

Ahh... tanning beds, what was very much a part of our routine in those key "pre-summer" months in an effort to get a kick start on glowing skin before hitting the beach. It's ok, no skin shaming here, and let's be honest, a lot of us did it. By now we all know the dangers in the quest for a contrasting heart-shaped swatch strategically placed over...

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