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May 16, 2017

How-To DIY Flower Arrangements & Tips To Help Them Last Longer



As some of you may have noticed, this Spring its all about those pretty flowers and displaying them all over your homes.

How you wish to display them, well there are many many ways, but I recently realized that for me the easiest way to display my flowers is in a mason jar because that's just what I have, simply because I've collected quite a few in the recent years.  Truthfully though flowers look pretty in any container whether its made of clear glass or not.

Nowadays you can use mason jars for just about anything whether its for beverages, storage, as a pen holder or display, they have many purposes.





I'm not one to buy flowers for myself to bring home.  But I might start, because this Spring I've learned to love them more so.

Earlier this season I took a flower arrangement class and it taught me a few things that I basically already knew but needed to be reminded of.


1. When cutting flowers to fit your container make sure to cut at an angle.

2. When placing your flowers in their water filled container make sure to clear any leaves that might be sitting to low and submerged in the water.  This will keep the water from getting green and slimy.

2. Flower's love fresh water, you want to make sure you change out the water every couple of days, depending on how it looks or fill it if needed, because flowers get thirsty especially during the warmer seasons.



They help make your home feel even more happy and warm.






And they really brighten up your mood.




Although these pretty wild things, were a mix of a Mother's day event I attended and from friends and relatives, they were nothing short of beautiful.

Every single flower shines with so much beauty and color.





I actually decided to play around with my flowers and mix them up from the different bunches I received.

I mixed them up according to color and flower types.  I also wanted my jars to be fuller but not unrealistically full, so I split them into a couple of different mason jars so I had some in my kitchen and living room.


I'll have to buy some for my bedroom too, I want pretty and happy in every room now!

How about you, do you buy yourself flowers?  Or are very much like me and only have them when gifted?

That's all about to change!

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May 11, 2017

Oh how time flies | Grad Announcement Photos



As some of you may already know, my daughter not only turned eighteen this passed March, but she's also graduating high school this June, time sadly sure does fly.  This mama is not ready to see all that in motion but I'll get there.



Ever since being in my belly, this girl of mine was special.  I was only 19 and unsure of what my future held.  My husband and I weren't sure if we were even ready to be parents, at 19 who is?

We had all the mixed feelings, considered all our options, but in the end decided we were going to make it work no matter what, make sure she had everything she needed no matter what, the diapers, the clothes, bottles, baby food and all the love!

Thankfully our parents were supportive and no matter how hard times got, we made it work and made sure my baby had all that she needed and more.



Fast forward to age 13, she was smarter than I could have imagined, her creativity, wittiness, kindness and knowledge beyond her years, not sure that part was from me really, but I'm glad she inherited it somehow.

Soon after at 14 decided she wanted to start her own YouTube channel and did so with very little help from us.  Not certain where it would lead her we wanted her to express herself and helped her do it wisely.

Her determination has now lead her to being a successful Beauty and Fashion guru on YouTube with thousands of followers and brands reaching out to her rather, she loves what she does to motivate and help her followers love themselves inside and out and provides the helpful tips to beautify themselves all in the same.

She's not done people, she wants to continue on this loyal path and see where it leads her.

Below are a few of the pics that our sweet friend, Amanda took of Faye, for her Senior Grad announcements at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland.


As I prepare to send out Graduation Announcements, its surreal to me, but I love the woman that she has become.



She'll always be my little girl and I know that she will be successful in whatever she decides to do next.  Lots of ideas are in the works, but a gap year is definitely well deserved and is something she'll be doing while she continues to work on YouTube criteria.



Time is of the essence when your kids finally hit the double digit years.  Honestly I feel like time just flew by in the blink of an eye and I've done my best to enjoy every second of that time, no doubt the best is yet to come.  As we turn the page of this chapter of our lives and hers, we are looking forward to the new and many many more fun experiences!

Do any of you have a graduate this year?

How are you coping, do tell?!



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Top Photos courtesy of Ipsy Studios  and
Disney Senior Photos by Amanda Rachelle Photography





May 9, 2017

Upcycling A Rustic Wooden Box



Have you ever come across a pretty box that you know has a purpose to be re-purposed?  I usually do too, many many times.  Although sometimes I don't always know how to put it to new use.

In this case though the purpose of this box just sort of fell into my lap without me even having to try and figure it out.  

By now you all already know how much I love to shop at the Dollartree, its just as fun as shopping at an Antique shop, you just never know what you're going to find sometimes.  Honestly, finding the cutest things as of lately.  I don't like to buy things that I know will fall apart within minutes or days of use, so I take the time to look fairly carefully and they do tend to carry quite a few things worth investing in.



For instance, they've been carrying these faux succulents lately and I love that they don't look totally cheesy and almost something I'd find at Michael's or Joann's or even at the Target dollar spot.

I used some of these on my Dollar Store Terracotta Pot Wreath and they looked almost real.

I happened to buy some extra ones because I liked them so much and unsure of where or how I'd use them, seems as though they were meant to be for this project.



The box just so happened to be part of a Christmas gift a friend of mine gave me and had all kinds of hot chocolate goodies in it.  The funny thing is that this box wasn't even the main focus of the gift so it wasn't until I opened the whole package that then I realized this hidden gem was there, hiding, underneath it all.

To be honest, I don't even think she realized, and I have yet to show her what I made.



All I did was add some floral foam which you can find at the dollar store as well or craft store, and place it in the box just firmly enough and gluing them down is optional.  I didn't since I will probably eventually re-purpose this box again and again.

Stick the faux flowers in the foam and that's it.  Just like that you have a pretty box with pretty faux plants or flowers.





Whatever you choose to put in a box like this it will sure enough look beautiful in any space.  






Personally I love the stained wood grain peaking through and I didn't want to cover it up with paint, but who knows what the future holds for this pretty wooden box.

In the meantime I'll be sitting here, admiring it and those pretty faux dollar store succulents.


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May 8, 2017

Skinny Paloma Cocktail | A Summer Refresher




 Did you know that the Paloma is the most popular tequila cocktail in Mexico?  ... well neither did I, until I happen to try it a few years ago and I recently stumbled upon the recipe all over again simply because I realized I had some Reposado Tequila just sitting looking at me, taunting me to make a cocktail already, so I started browsing and found this sweet cocktail again and immediately thought of adding a soothing and current twist to it.  Which can easily be turned into a mocktail too by the way, if you wish to opt out the tequila.





Luckily this cocktail doesn't require much because I refuse to drink a complicated drink.  Usually I'm a wine, beer or a two ingredient cocktail drinker but with the warm weather upon us I wanted to try something refreshing and new.




Ingredients consist of  ....

1/2 a cup of ruby red grapefruit juice

1/2 a shot of agave syrup

1 squirt of fresh lime juice

1 1/2 shots of reposado tequila

1 splash of coconut LaCroix sparkling water (instead of club soda)

& lots of ice!

Give the tequila, grapefruit juice, syrup and ice a good shake in your shaker, pour it into your favorite glass over ice, add the squirt of lime and splash of coconut water, garnish with a sliced lime wedge and drink up!


Basically the skinny part here is the coconut sparkling water and if you wish to go even skinnier you can leave out the agave syrup.

And if you want a mocktail, by all means leave out the tequila, its just as tasty!






This is in no way a sponsored post, I can only wish Casadores would send me bottles of their tequila, but until that becomes a reality, this is just me sharing a tasty and all round good cocktail.  

I think you'll agree on how refreshing and tasty this cocktail is and will especially cool you down on a very warm day!  




Cheers to the Summer upon us my friends!

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Apr 26, 2017

Floating Wooden Shelves




Floating shelves is exactly what this space needed.  This space has been through some changes since we've moved in and some of you know what a procrastinator I am, so it took a long time to finally decide on something long term for this area.



Like almost everything around here, these shelves just so happened to land here by accident.  But it doesn't seem that way now.  They're perfect here.  I was originally planning to hang them above my coffee bar space but I feel like this space needed them more and it gives it a more sophisticated comfortable feel right above our desk area.  The computer desk sits right below.

May not have been a planned space, but these are not that easy to remove and I don't want to anyway, so that's good, and makes the husband really happy I'm sure.


Unfortunately this area doesn't get a lot of light since its a closed in corner.  There's really nothing I can do about that since we'd have to get HOA approval if we want to add a window.

I'm hoping that once we have new windows installed or have the popcorn removed and ceiling lights put in then it'll light up the space more.



I'm excited to have these here now, this space has been a work in progress and although originally I wanted to add a shiplap wall, which will happen eventually and the floating shelves will go back up once that happens anyway, for now I'm overall very happy with this look and these shelves.

So what do you think?

Don't forget to follow on Instagram for all the in between madness!


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These wonderful floating shelves were created by my sweet friend, Taylor at Uniquelytaylormade.com!



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