#MeetTheMindells: Six Months Out!

We basically feel like we’ve done nothing this month. So this post will be shorter than most. Of course, the doing nothing is entirely our fault, as we both have been running in 100 directions and wedding decisions were the very last thing on my mind. We did check a few things off our list though, and now that we are six months out it’s like HOLY COW WE ARE SIX MONTHS OUT! So here we go…


What We’ve Done

We sent out our Save the Dates! There is no turning back now. Word is out. It’s official. Holy CANNOLI! That’s scary.

We booked our rehearsal dinner venue! Well, it’s more of a welcome reception, actually. Since literally every single guest will be traveling for the wedding, we thought it was important to invite everyone to a little welcome celebration on Friday night. We had mixed feelings at first, as we didn’t want to have basically two weddings, but that was put to rest when we found our venue which is completely opposite of our wedding venue. Yep… it’s The Saguaro!!!!!! Did you know they hold weddings (and other activities) on their lawn? It couldn’t be more perfect for us and we are SO excited to have a super colorful pre-wedding gathering with all of our guests! I’m hoping it allows us to see everyone for more than five minutes, which I know is how it goes on the wedding day.

The Saguaro Palm Springs

We started getting rental contracts. Phew! I said in our last post that this overwhelmed me and it still does, but we are working on it!

Bridal Shower! Ok, so I’ve been 100% banished from any involvement in this (hard when you’re a control freak like me!!), but I hear plans are underway for my bridal shower in July and I hear it’s going to be at an awesome venue in Brooklyn! All I’ve been told outside of that is that it’s going to be oh-so-very Studio DIY! YAY!

We had our engagement shoot with Katie!!!!! It was so amazing! I can’t wait to share the photos with you when we get ‘em back! Naz of Naz Films also made a film of the whole experience.. so that’ll be so fun to see!

Pool Party in the Desert
Photo from Katie Stoops’ Instagram

What We Need to Do

Invitations – This is a major stress source for me as a paper-freak, so we’re getting this underway early!

Attire for everyone but me! (Clearly we haven’t made any progress on it this month.) I have my dress but nobody else has anything to wear for the wedding still. We’re struggling mostly with the groomsmen. We are both very much not wanting to go the rental route, but we want everyone to look consistent… so do we buy everyone suits? OUCH! My concern with everyone wearing their own black suit (or what not) is that they’ll all be different shades of black or totally different looks altogether. I also need to get bridesmaid attire figured out! I’m working on it!

Trina Turk Palm Springs

Finish Registering. (Did you guys know West Elm just launched a registry!? WIN!!!) I’m really happy about the stuff we’ve already registered for, but I decided there are a few things we already have that could use replacing, and I feel like I’m picking pots and pans out of thin air with all the options out there! Finding the time to research has been tough.

Honeymoon – In our very first wedding post, you guys gave so many awesome honeymoon ideas! A lot of you were loving our Portugal idea, but we are realizing that we really want to honeymoon right after the wedding and Europe is generally not warm enough then. We considered Bora Bora for a bit but flights are $2k-$4k EACH! WHAT! So.. that won’t be happening. Research (and winning the lottery) are on are list for this month as well.

Beach Umbrella Meringues

How We’re Feeling

Since we didn’t do much this month, there wasn’t any decision making stress, but there was a lot of “We should be doing this…” stress. I must say, to anyone who has planned a wedding and run a business at the same time (even if you had a planner like I do!).. props to you! It is wholeheartedly overwhelming and I’m still not over how crazy the whole thing is! I think the second you get engaged you should be granted an extra “wedding hour” in every day. Am I right!? Now we are trying to carve out time to focus on it and make it more of a priority. Six months is going to go by in a FLASH!

In Over His Head

Help! (Or, Questions for You Hitched Folks!)

This question is for those of you who’ve planned weddings without any local family. While I am very lucky to have a mom who isn’t making the wedding all about her (I’ve heard some horror stories!), it is hard to keep her involved (outside of, you know, the whole funding it thing!) since she lives across the country and can’t come to tastings or site visits or otherwise. Do any of you have moms (or sisters or cousins) who wanted to be involved (and you wanted to involve!) but lived far away? Did you find any tasks or ways to include them?

And that’s a wrap! Hoping to have lots to update you about next month!!

DIY Sprinkle Mugs

DIY Sprinkle Mugs

It’s a proven fact that sprinkles make everything better. Ok, maybe it’s not actually scientifically proven… but are you willing to argue with me there!? Exactly. So I thought, well starting your day with a little sprinkles would be an excellent start! Enter sprinkle mugs! These guys are so easy peasy to make, especially when you get the handy dandy Cricut Explore™ to do it for you! All you need to do is peel and stick! I think these mugs would make the cutest hostess gift or even a bridal shower gift! I love buying shower gifts off the registry and then personalizing them.. and these would be perfect alongside a new coffee maker, no!? Let’s get to making!

DIY Sprinkle Mugs

Mugs (I used these because they are gigantic and awesome!)
Cricut Explore™
Cricut Vinyl (Rainbow, ’cause rainbow sprinkles are best!)

DIY Sprinkle Mugs DIY Sprinkle Mugs


1. Open up this project in Cricut Design Space and follow the instructions for loading and cutting each color sprinkles. (p.s. you can totally choose whatever colors you want!)
2. Remove the sprinkles from the mat and adhere to your mug.
*I recommend handwashing these mugs to keep the vinyl lastin’ long!

DIY Sprinkle Mugs

All Photos by Studio DIY

Now, topping your morning treat with sprinkles too isn’t required, just strongly encouraged!


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#SaguaroColorHunt: A Colorful Couple’s Getaway!

Rainbow Hotel | Saguaro Palm Springs

A couple weeks back we were pretty lucky to get to spend a weekend at The Saguaro, the most colorful hotel you’ll ever lay eyes on and a collaborative masterpiece from The Sydell Group, Joie de Vivre and Jose Garces, to celebrate our anniversary. (You may remember it from our Meet/Make/Do trip here!) If you’re looking for a not-so-average couples getaway with equal parts fun and relaxing… this is the place for you! And that’s just what we wanted. Since I’m one who typically likes to park it at the pool all day every day and Jeff is the exact opposite, I decided to team up with the hotel to create an awesome “scavenger hunt” to keep us equal parts exploring and sun bathing.

Pretty in Purple Saguaro Palm Springs Balcony

We deemed it the Saguaro Color Hunt and had a blast checking off each task on our list! And guess what!?  If you’re headed to this colorful paradise, you can print off your own version through the link below, or soon you’ll be able to snag one right from The Saguaro upon check-in! Just as we did, you can share all your happenings with the hashtag #saguarocolorhunt on Instagram. Here’s a peek at how we took on some of the tasks.

To download the free printable Saguaro Color Hunt, click here!

(Cut out the cards punch a hole in each corner and attach to a binder ring or tie together with ribbon!)

Pineapple Socks

Place bets on your room color. (Loser buys drinks at the pool!)

The Saguaro Palm Springs

(Jeff won. I bought drinks. That picture above cracks me up. I think we belong in an airplane magazine! But look at that bedspread! DREAMY!)


Take advantage of the hotel’s free bike rental and take an early morning ride through the iconic nearby neighborhoods. (Do some dream house shopping and snap a pic with “The One.”)

Pink Door Let's Live Here
Let's Live Here

Yellow Door
Orange Door
Blue Door

Seriously, the concierge was telling us that the neighborhood just across Palm Canyon Drive is where Palm Springs really “began.” Once you cross into the neighborhood, there are endless streets to explore and a zillion amazing houses to lust after. Clearly in our case, “The One” was actually “The Six.” We’re working on winning that lottery…

Cruisin' Torrijas

Enjoy post-bike ride torrijas at Tinto. (That would be the most glorious citrus vanilla french toast you’ll ever taste.)

Palm Springs

We parked it by the pool for a good long while after those torrijas, just as I like it! Even the lounge chairs (yellow) and towels (pink) are colorful. It’s just my paradise!!

Palm Trees
Summer Fun
Pink Flamingo Trunks
Beach Ballin'
Pink on Pink

Find a wall that matches your outfit.

Pink on Pink on Pink

I definitely won that one, eh!?

The Saguaro Palm Springs

Hop the complimentary shuttle into town for shopping, dinner and (most importantly) dessert!

Our favorite place to grab dessert on the main strip in Palm Springs is at Jake’s. They make a whole array of amazing cakes and sell ‘em by the slice. We opt for take-out and have our cake back in the room! There’s a fun little vintage store right next to Jake’s and we also love checking out the design shops up there, like Trina Turk, Pelago and Raymond | Lawrence.


The Saguaro Palm Springs

The rest of our trip was spent by the pool, at El Jefe, playing ping pong in the lobby and venturing around snapping as many colorful photos as we could! We had so much fun, we coulda stayed forever! In fact, we loved it so much, we decided to book our wedding welcome reception there! More about that in the next wedding update!

The Saguaro Palm Springs
Krazy Straws

All Photos by Jeff Mindell for Studio DIY

We’ve tried to make it a pact to spend our money on an experience rather than a gift for every anniversary, and this is exactly why! So many fun memories. If you’re looking to spend a couple days in the desert, this is the perfect time! It’s off season so it’s far less crowded (especially if you can make your trip happen mid-week!) and while it’s certainly toasty during the day, having that pool nearby combats that quite nicely! It’s cool in the mornings and evenings, making it perfect for exploring and outdoor dining.

A huge thank you to The Saguaro and the Sydell Group for having us! You can book your own trip right here and don’t forget to download the scavenger hunt to go with it right here!

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