Friday, January 15, 2016

Harry Potter NYE Party

Hello, hello!

I know, it's super weird I disappeared for a couple months and just show up out of the blue. And with a themed party that is three weeks late. But I'm just going to jump right back into it! I finally miss blogging. It took awhile. But there is SO much happening this year and I am excited to document it all! 

And I am dying to get into wedding recaps, so look out for those soon.

Without further ado, our Harry Potter NYE party!

So Tom and I are really, really into themed parties, and we have loved hosting parties at our new house. We came up with this theme two weeks before our party and really went all out. We wanted to do something that would split people into teams, and thought the sorting hat would do a good job. The pictures are a little blurry and all over at times, which I think is testament to how much fun we were having.

First up, my golden snitches. These were just Ferrero Rocher candies with wax paper wings taped to them. I thought they turned out really cute!

Then there were the wands. This project was Tom's baby. He took wooden rods, sanded the ends to look a bit more wand-like, put hot glue on them in different designs, and spray-painted them however he wanted. Everyone at the party got to take one home. These turned out WAY better than anticipated, in my opinion.

 I was ridiculously proud of this one because it was my own idea...haha. An hour or so before midnight we did the "Goblet of Fire" shot round!

We kept our Christmas garlands and wreaths up and just put my extensive owl collection in them to be on-theme. Luckily I have a very excessive amount of owls.

Here is where we kept the ties we printed out for everyone, along with our score-keeping system: jars with beads in them.

On to the activities!

There was Diagon Alley, where the wands and chocolate coins were handed out:

 Next up was Charms Class. We had to say "wingardium leviosa" and keep our owl balloons in the air:

 Yes, we did turn our Christmas tree into a wizard.

 We also hid some snitches, also known as ping pong balls spray painted gold, and hid them around for extra points. I wrote that poem myself. #somuchtalent


Next up was wand dueling. We got these giant Nerf darts, put them on the ends of the wands, and had to try to shoot them at each other. 

 Here is RavenPAW's only member, Winnie.

 The Bertie Bott's challenge to see who could handle the disgustingness. No joke, our basement smelled like rotten eggs, garbage and moldy cheese for awhile. The beans were so gross that one party-goes had to leave from nausea. If you decide to incorporate Bertie Bott's beans at your party, proceed with caution!

 Beer pong quidditch! We made the center rings out of spray painted paper plates and wooden rods rooted in a big piece of styrofoam. You can also see the floating candles I made out of toilet paper rolls and LED tea lights. They looked awesome when the lights were off!

 Activities not pictured: Our flying owls (paper airplanes) and the sorting hat process. We also had champagne combined with food coloring for each house at midnight!

FYI, Slytherin won. We later learned they cheated, as to be expected.

Here's the group after it was all said and done!

Monday, November 2, 2015


Thomas and I got married a little more than a week ago, on October 24.

It was a beautiful, perfect day filled with all the people we love, pumpkin cake and a ton of dancing. And I am officially thrilled to not be wedding planning anymore.  :)

Being married feels completely natural for us. We are happily settling into homeownership, enjoying time with our pets, cooking, and planning for our honeymoon this spring.

We have some sneak peek photos but I am SO excited for the pro pics!

Love, the Heuermanns

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Our New Home

Hello, hello!

One month in our new home and I have yet to blog about it. Currently we have all our Halloween decorations up, and I spend every day with our puppy and new kitten working from home. I LOVE it. Best job I've ever had, even if I'm still getting the hang of this freelancing stuff!

I spend my day keeping an eye on the neighborhood, taking care of the pets and trying not to get distracted by Netflix. (Ahem, just finished all 7 seasons of 30 Rock...)

Winnie and Salem! Best friends?

I actually enjoy cleaning now, and I'm trying to get a good chore schedule in place. I'm slowly becoming a daily bed maker, every-other-day mopper and strict budgeter. Baby steps.

Here are some pictures of our new place!

Celebrating like champs.

One month 'til the wedding, a to-do list a mile long and a brand new business to keep afloat. It's going to be a good autumn!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Paranoia, moving and my bachelorette party

Happy Monday!

This week is just...crazy. I say that about lots of weeks, but in a "Oh, I have to leave the house twice this week! Whoa!" kind of way. This week actually is crazy.

This weekend we went to my aunt's small town to pick up the rest of our shower gifts, and we introduced Winnie to the mini horses! She wasn't too excited to meet them.

Sleepy on the way home.

Back to the craziness.

So we might be moving this week. 
Or we might be moving next week. 

Once the owner of our new house is situated with her new house closing, we get to move. No clue when that is. Sometime between tomorrow (seriously) and next Friday. So for now we are just here, packing everything, waiting SO ANXIOUSLY.

On top of that, my bachelorette party is this weekend! So we might move Friday and a few hours later I have to drive three hours away, leaving Tom with most of the moving. And, as petty as this, I packed up most of my clothes. So if we don't move this week, I'll have to do some serious digging to find myself semi-cute bachelorette party clothes. And our wedding invites go out this week. I should probably find those in the sea of boxes...

That means that by the end of this week we could be in our house, and we have no clue yet. But we are excited!

I also had this terrifying dream last night about tornados, so I woke up with inclement weather preparedness on the brain. You better believe I'll be one of those people with plans drawn up for tornados, fires and robberies. I woke up an hour and a half early and couldn't get back to sleep because I was thinking about where our safe spot during a tornado would be, and whether we should install some motion-detector lights. Oy.

Cheers to a new week!

Monday, July 20, 2015


Remember this post, where I talked about our new apartment? And how we were going to be moving in July 2nd?

Well. Clearly July 2nd has come and gone, and here we are, still living in a basement. But there is a very good reason for that! 

We broke our lease late last month for another house opportunity that came up through people we know. That fell through suddenly, and we were left without an apartment or a house.  Plus, we wanted to be in our own place by our wedding, and because the home buying process takes awhile, we were getting down to the wire. We've been living in the basement for two years saving money, and while I've loved living with Tom's family (seriously, they are amazing future in-laws), we are beyond ready for our own space.

We stopped in to a couple open houses and nothing really struck us as future home material. There was one house we liked in our ideal neighborhood, and we decided it wouldn't hurt to take a look. So we set up a time to tour the house, and instantly we loved it. That hadn't happened to us before. This house had everything we wanted, and we could really see ourselves there for a very long time.

We scrambled to get a realtor - a friend of mine - and quickly put together an offer. The house had only been on the major market sites for a week or so, and homes in that neighborhood go quickly. Luckily, we had already been prequalified for a loan, so the approval process moved pretty simply.

Within two days, we had an accepted offer! The home inspection went very well, so now all we have to do is wait. We will be moving in mid-end August and we CANNOT. WAIT! It honestly feels like it is ages away, but we put that offer in three weeks ago. So the next month will hopefully move fast. 

We started packing in late June for our apartment move, so we are basically surrounded by boxes for the entire summer, but it's worth it. We are really happy to be bypassing the apartment and moving right into our home!

We are lucky enough to have two wedding showers before we move, so we have a place to put our new gifts from family and friends! We also scored some secondhand/vintage furniture a couple weeks ago. Putting an offer in on a house? That felt pretty normal. Buying furniture? That felt ridiculously grown-up.

Here's a sneak peak of some of the furniture we got!

This table and chairs will go in our kitchen (minus the rooster...). We have a dining room table that Tom's dad found on the side of the road, and we bought secondhand chairs for that as well.

And this will be a game table for the basement. It's an old-fashioned card table and I thought it was so cool. We got an awesome deal on it, so we decided to go for it.

And this our current living state, though we did organize it all a lot better last night. This is the tip of the cardboard box iceberg! We were ready well in advance with the jumbo toilet paper and paper towel pack, haha.

Soon we will have more space than we know what to do with! Have I mentioned we're excited??

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