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Mimi’s Favorite Things | May 2013

WINNER UPDATE: Random.org picked commenter #4: Jen!!

I did something crazy this last month…in a matter of 24 hours, I started a book, finished the book, and watched the movie based on the book. Yes, I liked it :) In fact, I LOVED it! So I didn’t have to put too much thought into my favorite thing for this month. Silver Linings Playbook book and movie!

I have to take breaks from reading, mainly because when I get into a book, I REALLY get into it. Any extra time that I have you will find me snuggled up with my book, I “go to bed early” just to read my book, stay up late with my flashlight reading my book, and it comes everywhere in my purse. Juuuust in case I have a free moment to sneak in a few pages. Well this time I didn’t even have time to do that. I started it on a Saturday night and by the time I went to bed on Sunday evening, I had finished the book and the movie. In that 24 hours, I sniffled, I cried, I laughed out loud, I smiled lots, and then I was just plain depressed when it was done :)

I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but its about a 30 something gentleman from Jersey that gets out of a mental hospital at the beginning of the book. The rest is about his adjustment back in the real world and his quest to find his happy ending (or “silver lining”) amidst his struggles with love, family, and Kenny G. Seriously, Kenny G. Haha! Definitely goes on my favorite book list and I am still sulking a bit about it being over. I should probably just start my next book to move on!

So here’s how it works…

When: You can enter now through Thursday, May 23rd. The winner will be randomly picked and announced on Friday!
Who: Anyone and everyone that loooves Emily Snitzer Photography, and lives in the continental US with a valid postal address.
How: All you need to do is comment below on this blog post, and be sure to enter your email address. Don’t worry, your email will only be visible to me. Easy beans, peeps!

And no, you don’t have to read and watch it all in 24 hours! But you sure can, and you just might ;)

♥ Emily

mallory - May 21, 2013 - 11:02 am

i just downloaded this sample book on my ipad – would LOVE the actual book to read!

janie - May 21, 2013 - 12:01 pm

I have’t read the book or seen the movie. I hate when you finish a good book though and then you feel like you can’t start another because it just won’t be as good!

Stephanie Celis - May 21, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Would love to read it :)

jen - May 21, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Loved the movie….bradley cooper was ah mazing!!!!

Andrea Hoffman - May 21, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Love it!

mom - May 21, 2013 - 2:00 pm

ok, i want to win this one, just about ready for a new book myself!

Kendra - May 21, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Love that you do this!!! Both are on my “to see” and “to read” lists! :)

Cara - May 22, 2013 - 12:52 pm

This is fun! Haven’t read the book or seen the movie! :)

Trisha - May 23, 2013 - 9:38 am

I haven’t read the book, but when I rented the movie from redbox, I watched it 3 times in 24 hours before I took it back. I haven’t seen a movie that I loved this much in a very long time!! I would love to read the book and own the movie!! Great giveaway this month! :)

Tabitha Peterson - May 23, 2013 - 10:00 am

I love the movie! It was really cute :)

Our NEW kitchen!

I’ve been so anxious to share pictures with ya’ll of our new, beautiful, bright, updated kitchen! It was a big undertaking, bigger than we expected to be honest, but we are so in LOVE with it and spend lots more time in the kitchen these days. I definitely caught the “remodeling bug” with this project, but I’ll be shifting to more do-it-yourself for a while ;)

So here is everything we changed…

- Painted the walls from red to tan.
- Refinished the cabinets white. We had the oak grain smoothed out with puddy and then the cabinets were painted white.
- Added hidden hinges on all the cabinet doors, new hardware from Home Depot, and bigger crown molding along the top of the cabinets.
- Replaced the white tile counter tops (on the perimeter) with Black Pearl granite.
- Doubled our island size and replaced the white tile with a walnut wood counter. We found the island legs on Ebay and the stools at Newegg.
- White porcelain sink was replaced with a Blanco black granite composite undermount 60/40 sink.
- New stainless Delta touch faucet, RO dispenser, and soap dispenser.
- White plastic outlet covers were replaced with stainless steel covers from Home Depot.
- Added a slate brick backsplash from Monterrey Tile Co. Also added lights under the cabinets from Home Depot to show off the backsplash.

We found and worked with some wonderful local companies…
Stonhenge Marble & Granite completed the cabinet refinish, granite counters, tile backsplash install, and sink install.
Powers Wood Source made and installed our beautiful walnut wood island counter.

So take a look at the final product! taaaa-daaaaa…

♥ Emily

Heidi @ idieh design - May 13, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Gorgeous, Em! Congrats on the new kitchen. Such a huge project to take on, but such a fabulous feeling when you are finished. :)

Trisha - May 13, 2013 - 4:42 pm

It looks great Emily!! How fun to take on a project like this, but I bet you’re glad it’s over!! Enjoy your new kitchen!

Valerie - May 16, 2013 - 1:12 pm

I love looking at new interior designs for ideas and this one is sooo nice I loveeee it! <3

Jen + Tommy | San Marcos Resort Wedding Photographer

Jen and Tommy were married on 4.13.13 at the San Marcos Resort in Chandler, AZ. Such an easy-going couple with an amazing group of supporters and the cutest lil cheering section (their adorable nieces and nephew). I loved getting to know these two and capturing their looooove at such a cool, historic resort in downtown Chandler.

Ceremony + Reception – San Marcos Resort
Rentals- Classic Party Rentals
Bridal Gown – David’s Bridal
Hair + Makeup -White Lotus Salon
Cake + Treats – Milk & Honey Cake Co
Florist – The Wildflower AZ
Entertainment – Complete Music

Thanks to my awesome ladies, Julie and Dacia, for helping with the day!

♥ Emily

Kayla + Rohan | Phoenix Engagement Photographer

Happy May 1st! May Day! Does anyone still celebrate with May Day baskets? Leaving a basket of treats or flowers on someone’s doorstep, ringing the doorbell, and then running…if you were caught, then you had to kiss! Maybe it was a Wisconsin thing and maybe I should just talk about these two…

Kayla and Rohan :) An adorably sweet, and goooorgeous, couple planning their fall Arizona wedding. I’ve loved getting to know them, I LOVED their engagement session, and I can’t wait for their big day!

♥ Emily

Rebecca Cullen - May 1, 2013 - 7:08 pm

I am Kayla’s aunt from Chicago. You are an amazing photographer. These pics make me feel lots o love!

My sister’s wedding!

Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam…

On 4.6.13, my sister married her best friend in our hometown of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, at her very own coffee shop to the words of The Princess Bride in front of their closest family and friends…all dressed as hippies. Let’s just say, they made it their very own. I was so so happy to be there with them, to celebrate, and yes, to take pictures. When the girls got their make-up done, I got my make-up done. When my sister cried, I cried. When they kissed, I tried to remember to take a picture ;) It was an amazing day and so special to me that I was able to document it for them. Love you sister and new brother!

Ceremony + reception – Molly’s Rude Awakening
Bridal Gown – Andrea’s Vintage Bridal
Hair + make-up – River Haven Salon & Spa
Florist – Falls Florist
Officiant + music – Brian Bethke

And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva…

♥ Emily

Since my sister owns her own coffee shop, this seemed only fitting. Thanks for the idea, Sara!Making her “something blue”Yes, that is ME getting my make-up did. Photo credit to my awesome niece!My sister has always been known for her BIG hair. Love that she rocked it on her wedding day!My mama arrived!Gettin on her muddin bootsWent and hung with the boys for a bit too. Love that I got to see everyone getting ready!My cute little bro getting in his hippie attire.I kidnapped the groom for their “first look”My sister laughs a lot…even more when she’s excited…even more when she’s nervous :)Then things got real with a couple tears…sniffleLove.My pretty pretty neice!One of my favorites!The coolest bouquetsOff to the coffee shop to get mawwied!Their ring bearer, Henry the Min Pin. Super impressive job, Henry!And then lots of goofiness with the fam!And I’ll end it with…me :) Photo credit: my aunt Andrea

molly - April 30, 2013 - 10:02 am


mom - April 30, 2013 - 12:49 pm

you did it again, Mimi! Lovely pics! I DON’T even hate the ones I’m in! Ya did Good! <3

Anonymous - April 30, 2013 - 12:57 pm

I love it so much very good job Emily Snitzer thank you so much

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