Elevating a Simple Gift

Hey, friends!  Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a great weekend.  🙂

I stayed up late on Friday night and had so much fun putting up our Spring decorations.  I’ve had the bin pulled down since the beginning of the month but it’s taken me some time to feel like I was in the mood.  Because you’ve gotta be in the mood for that kind of thing to make it fun, right?!  Anyway, I’m super excited to share that with you soon — I took photos on Saturday.  I went pretty simple this year and didn’t purchase very much — I was really just going for small touches here and there to make it feel festive.

I wanted to share a little way that I elevate a simple gift that I give out to friends and family all the time.  I always have bananas that are going bad — we can never eat them fast enough, lol!  Some weeks I freeze them for smoothie bowls, and other weeks I make a couple loaves of banana bread.  If I’m seeing anyone — friend or family — around that time, I give the bread as a little gift for no particular reason.  It’s easy to make a double batch of the bread and people always appreciate it.

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Of course I’m a sucker for pretty gift wrapping and packaging the loaves in a cute way is just a nice way to elevate the experience a bit.  I always have a bunch of fun wrapping paper on-hand (thank you, HomeGoods!) and I have a ribbon problem and buy anything I think is adorable, lol.  I just wrap up the loaves in plastic wrap and then cut a piece of wrapping paper large enough to wrap around the loaf.  Sometimes I use regular ol’ tape, and sometimes I use some kind of sticker.  I love these gold seals from PaperSource and use them for everything!  Then I just tie the ribbon around in any configuration that floats my boat.

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This is perfect for hostess gifts and just-because gifts.  A very small and simple way of loving on someone and showing you care.  🙂  Something homemade is always special to me.  It means a lot to me that someone would prepare something in their kitchen for me — gives me the warm and fuzzies.

I hope you have a great rest of your Monday!

Spring As a Feeling

Welcome to March!  🙂  I, for one, am super excited to see the Spring months on the horizon.  I think second to Fall, Spring is my favorite.  This year especially I feel really refreshed, revitalized, and renewed.  I’m really leaning in to the search for inspiration everywhere and it’s been making me live with more intention and gratitude since the New Year began.  I’m very thankful for that.

Spring as a feeling…  Organized spaces, easy breezy outfits, lots of greenery and flowers, of course.  I’m looking forward to beginning some Spring cleaning at our house over the coming weeks, putting up our Spring decor and implementing some fun ideas I’ve had swirling around in my head, and basking in the wonderful weather before the start of Summer.  This is what Spring feels like to me…

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What does Spring feel like to you?

Just A Little Flower Tip…

Hey, friends.  How’s your week going so far?  It appears that I have come down with some kind of bug!  I’m hoping it doesn’t last long.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

I wanted to share a little tip for “flower arranging” — and I use that term loosely because I am no expert arranger.  😉 (You all can go follow my amazing cousin, Haleigh, for that!).  But there’s a tried and true vessel that I use for my weekly Trader Joe’s blooms that I wanted to share.

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Meet the new and improved vase — the apothecary jar!

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You can find these pretty much anywhere.  I purchased the one on the left at HomeGoods a long time ago and the one on the right from a thrift store.  I just take the lids off and snip the flowers to my desired length, then plop ’em in.

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I think these work so well because the vessels themselves usually have some height due to the decorative bases, and the neck typically is a little more constricting than the bulk of it so there’s room for the flowers to kind of set in and flute out naturally.  They are also really inexpensive.

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As for keeping my flowers fresh, I change the water about mid-week, and add a hefty handful of ice cubes each morning when I’m going around the house picking up a bit.  I especially love tulips because they grow while they are in the water!  They’re so lively and vibrant — they make me so happy.  🙂

What are your tried and true flower tips / tricks?

Faux Fern Vignette

We are almost to Fri-yay!  😉  Have anything fun planned?  We have time with family in the books and a little day date on Sunday that I’m really looking forward to.  Bring on the weekend party time!  And by party time I mean lots of time spent in my pajamas.

Okay…so we need to talk about a faux fern that I love…and before it’s too late for you to go get one for yourself!  I was tipped off by Sherry @ Young House Love about these fake ferns from Target, and the other day while I was perusing the aisles of home stuff, I saw one and grabbed it!

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Isn’t it so cute?!  I love that it is potted in a pretty lil white bowl, and the size of it is good!  It is not a small arrangement.  It is a very convincing fake — the person ringing up my items thought it was real before she touched it and was all, “Oh!  That’s not real!”  Further confirming my need to bring it home with me.  😉

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I have had those two hurricanes sitting on the coffee table for over a month with nothing but the candles in them — not even the sand.  They’ve been kinda crooked in there, lol.  But I was just waiting for the perfect idea to strike…  That’s usually how my ideas come — all at once.

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This tray was a find during my last trip to Sweet Salvage.  Now, usually trays this size are in the $40 range even though they are silver plated.  I won’t pay that.  But this one was marked $16.  It was very dirty and needed a good wipe-down, but I loved the patina on it.  I’m not someone who polishes my silver…maybe every once in a blue moon.  I love the natural patina that it gets and I kind of get a weird thrill over seeing how the metal ages and changes.  Anyway, a great find and it’s in a shape that I don’t already have.

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Plop goes the fern.  Most times when putting together a vignette it’s best to start with your biggest item first.  And trays are awesome for vignettes — they’re the anchor.

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Originally I had these hurricanes switched around but I quickly realized I liked this staggered look better.  There’s a certain ‘click’ I get in my brain when something just feels right, and this gave me that click.  That click is my jam.

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And that, my friends, is the story of the faux fern find of a lifetime.  😉

Happy weekend to you!

Pretty Little Front Door

Hey there, friends!  How’s your Wednesday going?

I mentioned yesterday that I purchased a little something new for our front door, and today’s the day I’m going to show you!

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After wanting a faux boxwood wreath for over a year, I finally have one!  And I’m so excited about it.  🙂

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I purchased mine from Amazon after having a really hard time finding what I was looking for in stores.  Everything either looked way too cheap or was out of my price range.  I had a $25 Amazon gift card to use and so I applied it to this wreath, which was out of my price range, too, but with the gift card I could swing it.

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The quality is really amazing…  This is a wreath we will have for years to come so that justified the price for me.  The greenery on it is super lush and dense.  There is a grapevine base on the back but it is not visible from the front or even the sides of the wreath — it’s that hairy!  😉  It arrived in a really nice white box with a flip-top lid and I’ll use that to store it during the months it isn’t on our door.

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The wreath looks so cute with the gardenias that we planted a few weeks ago.  This sweet little plant hasn’t bloomed yet but there are finally buds on it that have appeared and I’m so excited.  I’ve been trying to take really good care of it and it’s so fun to see that I’m keeping it healthy.  If you like the planter, you can find that here.

But as for the wreath…  I’m planning on using it for Spring and Summer.  Last Summer my mom-in-law had a boxwood wreath that she used throughout the Spring and Summer months and I love what she did for the Summer season…

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I’m planning on doing something similar with mine.  She just wired those lil starfish in!  Brilliant.  🙂

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Pottery Barn

In a couple of weeks when we really get into Spring, I am going to make a little nest arrangement like the one on this Pottery Barn wreath and add it to my wreath.  I’ll keep ya posted!

Do you guys typically make or buy a wreath for Spring?  I’m loving that this one is going to pull double-duty for me!

Have a great rest of your day!

Weekend Wrap-Up / Sweet Salvage

Hey, guys.  Happy Tuesday!  🙂

Last week was super busy and Thursday brought on a work-day that didn’t end until after 11 PM.  This weekend was all about catching up on some self-care…  I did sneak away to Sweet Salvage and picked up a couple of treats that will be helpful for decorating for Spring in a couple of weeks.  I took Valentine’s Day down last week and I ordered an awesome wreath that came in the mail — one that will work for the next several months.  I will share about that soon.

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This Sweet Salvage show was called ‘Rustic Luxe’ and I think they pretty much nailed it.  Lots of glam touches with rustic treasures.  It’s also so fun to see little pops of greenery everywhere — a promise that Spring is on the horizon!

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Kuma’s weekend was full of lounging around outside on his new cushion and going for a little outing to Dutch Bros. where he enjoys the occasional pup cup.  😉

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My hubby surprised me with these beautiful flowers on Valentine’s Day.  I was so excited!  I love tulips, and roses are just an all-around great Valentine’s Day flower.  🙂

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He also bought me this shirt, and I seriously love it.  It’s super soft and the fit is great.  But besides that, it sends a really positive message to my heart.  I always try to do my best.  But my best looks different from day to day.  Sometimes my best is completely rocking it at work and getting everything crossed off my to-do list, making a healthy dinner, getting to bed early, and drinking plenty of water!  Other days, my best is getting out of bed and taking a shower.  Those are my off days, and we all have plenty of those.  But this shirt helps me to remind myself that after a great or hard day, I did my best all the same.

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There is an amazing faux flower store in Scottsdale that we frequent for client needs and I am obsessed with the aisles upon aisles of every type of flower you can think of (and every one you can’t think of!).  It’s an inspiring place and all that is missing from a real flower shop is the smell.  🙂

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I also popped into West Elm for some work-related things and it was nice to wander around that store again.  I haven’t been in a long time but they had some really cool stuff for Spring and also plenty of greenery to make me smile!

I hope you all have a great rest of your day!

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath

Hey, friends!  I hope you’re enjoying your Wednesday.  I’m already looking forward to the weekend!  😉

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I thought I would hop on here and share our Valentine’s Day wreath.  This is the same one that I shared last year and it held up really well.  I stored it in a garbage bag in the garage and it was a-okay when I took it out this season.

This wreath really could not be simpler.  It’s just a grapevine wreath that you can purchase at any craft store, some fake flowers, pearl sprigs, and a banner.  I think I bought everything at JoAnn’s.

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Usually when I make wreaths, I make them with a grapevine wreath as my base.  It’s just too easy.  Cut all of your blooms and stick ’em in.  I thought the pearl sprigs were a fun little touch.  The green leaves came from the flowers — I just stuffed the bottoms in the wreath.  I did that second-to-last.  The last step was the banner — and I cut off a section, then tied it on the wreath.  Over the past year I have used the rest of the banner for gift tags or table decor.

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I must admit that inside our house, there’s not much Valentine’s Day decor to be seen.  I have even taken a little centerpiece down already because I kept knocking it over and it was bugging me, lol!  Just a few garlands here and there, but maybe I’ll take a few pictures to share…

Have a great rest of your day!