Showing posts with label {life}. Show all posts
Showing posts with label {life}. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 20

LiFE | First Day of Preschool

We crossed a special milestone last week...
and I just HAD to share the moment with you...

Ella's First Day of Preschool



How can she be 4 years old already?
Attending preschool now?

What happened to this little baby doll?
Ella Scarlet 
six months old

Time sure does fly when you're havin' fun!! *wink*

KEEPiNG it REAL
My heart definitely aches knowing she's my baby...
and my baby is quickly growing up and will be caught up to her teenage sisters in no time! *sigh*
How did this happen?

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Monday, May 14

Life | Thoughts about Mother's Day

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I hope you all enjoyed celebrating Mother's Day over the weekend...
My day was filled with...

 Homemade Snickerdoodle Cookies from Clara
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Fresh cut roses from around the house...
put in one of my favorite recycled vases and displayed alongside a surprise morning breakfast from Jason...
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A lovely giftcard to HomeGoods...*wink*
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And a brunch with my family...
including my mom, stepdad, aunt, uncle and cousins...
Followed by an afternoon of pool time...

I feel very blessed.
I hope you felt the same...

KEEPiNG iT REAL
#1: Jason read the blog post apparently...hence the HomeGoods score! *wink*
#2: I made the Bacon, Egg and Toast Cups from this post. (I chose to do a scrambled egg version instead of the sunny- side-up and they didn't look as pretty. They took on a strange look when they ballooned up in the oven. Thankfully as they cooled, they shrunk back down. But I would describe them as "bird-like" since the bacon slices resembled wings. They tasted good. And they were easy to make. It just turned out to be an odd presentation. The best part? My girls actually made them as part of treating me for Mother's Day. 
#3: I ate like a pig and woke up this morning determined to get back into my exercise routine. (That motivation was later followed by my consumption of 5 remaining Snickerdoodle cookies.) *blushing*
#4: That bud vase is a recycled capers jar. LOVE collecting these as bud vases.
#5: That "surprise" breakfast was ruined a bit when I came walking out to the kitchen in a panic that no one was up and we were running late for church. Jason shooed me away and I hopped back in bed until I was told to come out. oops!!

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Tuesday, March 20

family | Happy 13th Birthday Ema

My middle daughter, Emalyn Anne...
turned 13 this past Friday.
thirTEEN...*sigh*

Where did the time go...seriously?
I remember like it was yesterday...

My ongoing efforts to convince this serious tomboy what a beautiful GIRL she was/is...
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and how her silliness and laughter would warm my heart and light up any room...
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She's still serious...a very deep thinker...
and she's still got the silliness and the most beautiful smile in the world.

So what did my cheesecake loving daughter request for her birthday dessert this year?
Fruit. Salad.
*sigh*

Don't get me wrong...
I'm thrilled she actually asked for something healthy.
The creative side of me was frozen though...
No baking?
What was I to do?

I enlisted the help of my awesome Facebook Fans...
and after some wonderful feedback...
I decided on creating this...

A "Fruit Cake"...
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Using a watermelon as the "base" of the cake...
I then used pineapple, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, strawberries and kiwi for the cake decor...

She had no idea what I had created...
So right before we brought it out with the candles lit...
I said, "I know you asked for fruit salad but I just HAD to make you a cake"...
(She of course rolled her eyes and was a bit disappointed at my announcement)
AND THEN...
She was pleasantly surprised to see I really did listen to her request...
And she thought it was SO awesome...
she's thinking of asking for one EVERY year! *wink*

Happy 13th Birthday my sweet, sweet Em!

KEEPiNG iT REAL
The toughest part about making the "fruit" cake was cutting the rind off of the watermelon...
and carving it into a round "cake"
But once that was done...
It all came together rather quickly.
And it was surprisingly satisfying...
I quite enjoyed it!!

Oh...
just in case you didn't know...
the two images at the beginning of the post...
those are scrapbooking layouts I did years ago -
back when I was all-things-scrapbooking.
(That's for an entirely different post). *wink*
Ema continues to beg me to start back up...
She loves looking through the albums.
That's one of the reasons I decided to include the layouts in today's post...

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Tuesday, January 17

coming up | color inspiration

Since I took the day off yesterday to spend with my girls...
I'm working overtime to catch up on all my orders...

In the meantime, I thought I'd share with you some beautiful COLOR inspiration

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I photographed this quilt as inspiration for a customized baptismal program I just designed...
The details are amazing!! One of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen!!
I'll share the whole scoop on it later...
but it turned out A. dorable!!!

Have a great Tuesday!!

KEEPiNG iT REAL
We had the most wonderful Family Night last night...
A "pizza picnic" followed by a game of football...
finished up with roasting marshmallows and making s'mores.

I, of course, am sticking to my vegan "promise ME" goal...
which means I couldn't partake of the s'mores.
But...
it was still fun roasting them and just having good...quality...family time!!

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Thursday, January 5

did you know? | I am an overachiever...

Not sure if you've picked up on the fact that...
I tend to be an overachiever.

Sometimes this is a very good quality to have.
And other times I find it quite annoying.

Regardless...
it's part of who I am.
And because of it...
I have come to learn so much about myself.

One of the hardest things I've had to learn over the past few years...
(yes...this particular piece of self-discovery is still sort of new)...
Is this...







Growing up...
There wasn't anything I didn't think I could conquer, if I put my mind to it.
Not only conquer...
But excel at...
and even, perhaps, be the very best at...
(whatever it was).

No...
I wasn't that person who participated in every extra-curricular activity in school.
And aside from cheerleading for a short period in my life...
I wasn't involved in competitive sports.
I didn't run for class president...
I wasn't a straight-A student either.

I guess you'd call it "selective" over-achieving.
I HAVE to find it interesting...
I HAVE to be passionate about it...
and it HAS to hold my attention....
otherwise, once I've conquered it...
I'm done with it.

I had no fear of whatever challenge was before me.
Whatever I put my mind to...
I could do it.
And I could do it well.

It either stemmed from a very strong sense of self-confidence...
or developed due to a lack of confidence...
and the need to prove myself to others. (and to myself)?
I haven't figured out which one it was yet.
Probably a combination of the two since I think we are born with such innocence...
not yet fully aware of the sting of failure...
or the fear that somehow creeps into our lives as we are exposed to pain...
frustration...
embarrassment...
and all of the other emotions and experiences that continually shape and mold us.

This "overachiever" mindset was carried over into adulthood...
And it became particularly prominent when I became a mother.
I grew up wanting to be the "perfect" Mom.
I'm certain I'm no different than so many of you out there.


I want to be good at everything I do.
And most importantly...
I want to be able to do everything I want to do.
I have dreams...
And I have my heart and mind set on achieving so many different things...
This list includes everything from:
• being that "perfect Mom"
• being the perfect daughter
• the perfect friend
• the perfect neighbor
• the woman who religiously works out for health and fitness
• the girl who's baking everyone loves
• the girl who's cooking everyone craves
• the one who's home feels comfortable to all who enter
• the person who's home is always neat and tidy
• the woman who provides a safe haven for her family by creating warmth and love in her home

Not the girl who necessarily HAS it all...(although that would be nice too.) *wink*
but the girl who can DO it all.
I get extremely frustrated when I feel like I'm having to choose between the things I want to do.

I don't want to have to choose...
I really want to be able to do EVERYTHiNG!!
And sometimes I let my own frustration get the best of me.
I refer to it as "swimming against the current".
I don't want to prioritize...
because EVERYTHiNG is a priority.
I sometimes feel that if I let go of something I sincerely feel is important...
I will somehow end up with a lot of missing pieces to my "life puzzle".

I resist surrendering to the fact that there are only so many hours in the day...
and that there's only so much energy I'm alloted on a daily basis...
and that there is a cut-off point as to the number of irons I have in the fire...

And then...
this arrived via email today from Brave Girls Club...



I DO love to do things in a "beautiful, soulful way".
But if try to do everything...
"sacred things will suffer...especially [me]."

This is something I know I will have to continually remind myself of.
And as much as it pains me...
I DO have to "give myself permission to put some things on a different timetable..."
It's VERY hard for me to accept when I have to leave something "undone".
It's difficult to let go of anything I feel is important...

But I completely agree with this:
"It does not make you weak or powerless...
it shows your strength and commitment to all that is best for your own precious life".

Anyone else out there need that message today?

I genuinely love you guys.
I'm SO grateful for every single one of you who takes the time to read my posts.
I'm grateful for all of you who leave comments...
and share your own personal stories.
I adore each of you.
Thank you for enriching my life...
I especially thank you for listening...*wink*

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Friday, November 4

Did you know? | My grandfather...my hero

Did you know...


My grandfather is/was my hero...
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A couple of weeks ago...
I felt inspired to start sharing little things about me that you might not know.
Things that will ultimately connect us in ways that might not otherwise be possible.
I've decided to call these my "Did you know?" posts.

They will be random little things about me...
my life...
my experiences...
my family...
my beliefs...
insights into my life I feel will help open the doors
and shed light on the path that has made me the person I am today.

Also, with the first few days of November behind us...
I felt inspired to share some feelings/things about gratitude throughout the month...
because ultimately being genuinely grateful for what we have...
is the magic key for unlocking the door to the happiness in life we are all seeking.

So today's "Did you know" post happens to combine BOTH of those desires:
My desire for sharing a little something about myself...
and sharing with you someone I'm eternally grateful for...

my grandfather....Charles J. Richardson, Jr.
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My grandfather was my only male role model growing up since I never really knew my dad.
(My parents were divorced when I was two years old. My dad never played an active role in my life. 
I vaguely remembered him while growing up and honestly, I finally had the opportunity to meet him about 10 years ago).

My grandfather was handsome, funny, devoted, kind, loving, generous, creative, imaginative and intelligent...
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He loved life...
He loved his family...
He loved his country...
He loved his friends...
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And he loved and adored the love of his life...my grandmother, Dorothy Louisette
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I've decided to share a segment of the Family Reunion Slideshow I put together over the summer.
This particular part of the slideshow is one of the most emotional parts since it's a tribute to my grandfather...

I must tell you...
The images are mostly gripping emotional photos...from his grave side burial.
Yes...
I know that sounds a little strange.
Who takes photos at a funeral?
I'd never really thought about doing that before...
but I felt inspired to do-so because my grandfather
was honored with a military gun salute for his 20+ years of service in the Navy
and his 6 months spent as a P.O.W. in Ofuna, Japan during World War II.
It was important to me to capture those images.

I am SO grateful I stepped out of my comfort zone...
and put aside the hesitation/skepticism I had about photographing something so personal.
I can't tell you how much I treasure the images because they truly capture the emotion of the day.
Priceless images of family and friends that have experienced a deep sense of loss without him here now...
People who will forever be touched by my grandfather's example.
He truly was an incredible man...
A person I hold in the highest regard.

I feel so incredibly lucky.
Lucky to have known him...
to have shared part of his life with him.

I'm also proud of him.
Proud of the person he was...
the profound character he had...
the incredible ability to find humor even in the midst of sorrow, heartache and trials...
the amazing legacy he left behind...
and especially proud to call him my grandfather.

So...
turn your music off if you have it playing...
turn your volume up if it's down...
There's music you'll want to hear as you watch the slideshow...

Without further adieu...

My grandfather...my hero


And now you know... 

KEEPiNG iT REAL
After taking a few photos myself...
I of course was overcome with emotion.
I ended up handing the camera off to Tina...my brother's girlfriend at the time, who has since become his wife.
I'm grateful she managed to capture most of the moving images in the video...
The one of my brother and I in a tear-filled, heartfelt embrace...wow.
So many emotions.

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Monday, October 24

life | family time...

I'm up extra early trying to wrap up some loose ends in the studio...
Hoping to free up a good portion of my day since my girls have the day off of school.
A couple of my cousins will be spending the day with us as well so...

Looking forward to a productive morning...
and ultimately a fun day filled with...

FAMILY TIME!!!
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If you happened to miss the TWO late-afternoon posts on Friday...
you won't want to miss them.


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Have a great Monday everyone!!!

KEEPiNG iT REAL
Because of several conflicts in our schedule this weekend...
So guess what we'll be doing tonight?! 
Shhhh... 

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Monday, August 8

life | fantastic weekend

This past weekend couldn't have turned out any better...
it was the perfect combination of productive AND relaxing:

• Quality time at home baking my favorite chocolate chip cookies...
(okay...actually it was J who was baking them as I was instructing him on the how-to). *wink*

• Lots of design work...
• A couple of movies...
• A photo shoot of the Popcorn Bar I had initially attempted at the Family Reunion the weekend before.

I LOVE the results.
I can only share a little peek because the photos are being used in an upcoming publication...
but I just HAD to share a couple...

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Don't those popcorn balls look adorable on The Pastry Pedestal™!?
I'm pretty sure I squeal out loud every time I try something new with them.
Yes...I get excited over the silliest things I guess.
Like yesterday...after everything was set-up for the photoshoot...
I stepped back to take a final look before grabbing the camera...
and...
well...
I squealed outloud because it was SO cute!

I hope you find something, do something, or create something today...
that makes YOU squeal outloud with pure giddiness!!

Winning the Modern Frills giveaway should make one of you squeal outloud...
so don't forget to enter to win before Thursday!!

Here's to a fantastic week filled with lots of squeals for us all! *wink*

KEEPiNG iT REAL
Even though I waited until the end of the day to do the photo shoot...
it was still like being in a convection oven outside.
By the time it was all said and done...
I felt sick to my stomach - face beet red...maybe a little heat exhaustion?!
(But it REALLY was worth it). *wink*

AND...I could NOT have done ANY of the things I mentioned
this weekend without the tremendous help and support from J!!! xo


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Monday, August 1

nothin' but family (and a little bit of popcorn)

Our family reunion officially ended yesterday...
Three days of nothin' but family!! (50+ of us)
No computer, facebook, twitter...
(I actually shutdown my computer and unplugged it from the wall - it was quite liberating) *wink*

Beach on friday...
Dinner friday night...
Canoe trip saturday...
Swimming and family slideshow Saturday night...
BBQ and family photos Sunday...

And let me tell you...
It went by way. too. fast.

Slowly getting back into the swing of things this morning...
here at home and in the studio.
I'm looking forward to looking through all of the photos and video I took from the weekend.

Today, I want to share with you a glimpse into one aspect of the popcorn bar I put together...
for us to enjoy during the family slideshow I created...


Popcorn Balls for the kids from Kernel Encore - displayed on The Pastry Pedestal™
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Monday, July 25

life | it's all about family

This week I will be consumed with preparations for our upcoming Family Reunion this weekend.
I am SO very excited to spend time with people I adore, miss and love dearly!!

My life over the past two months has been filled with a lot of this:


Boxes and boxes of photos to sort through and a dining table FiLLED to the hilt with memories captured on film
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I was volunteered to put together the slideshow for our family reunion this year...
It's been quite a daunting task - let me tell you.
It's been inspiring as well...
The memories and emotions conjured up as I've sifted through a 1000+  photos...
well it's been overwhelming...
and inspiring at the same time.


Downloading...
Photo Editing...
Putting things in chronological order...
Scanning...(thanks Mom)
Cropping...
and more of the same.

Of course while we are enjoying our Family Reunion "Night at the Movies" on Saturday...
I immediately I wanted to put something special together for everyone.

Thus...a peek at the makings of the Popcorn Bar I volunteered to do...

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I will do my best to check in this week...
keeping you in the loop on the progress of things.
(but there are no guarantees).

I'm still busy with orders from the shoppe
as well as The Pastry Pedestal on top of all of this.
Wish me luck...*wink*

Here's to a wonderful week ahead everyone!
(and yes...I still have some parties waiting to be shared)...


KEEPiNG iT REAL
If I wasn't such a perfectionist...
and a people pleaser...
my life would be much more simple.
But you know what...
that's who I am...*wink*
Somehow I'm going to learn to embrace the chaos this week...
I hope my own family will be as willing to embrace it! *double wink*

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Monday, June 20

life | father's day 2011

The zoo...
That's what we ended up doing for Father's Day this year...


It's something J has been wanting to do for some time now with Ella...
So it worked out good for the both of them.

Although it was a smaller zoo...
with Ella only being 2 1/2 years old...
there were plenty of things Ella had never seen before.
And J ate up the experience of being the first to share them with her.

I hope you all enjoyed celebrating Father's Day...

KEEPiNG iT REAL
Things have been so incredibly busy...
I keep wondering if I'm ever going to have a minute to get back to my regular routine of consistent blogging.
It's driving me nuts not being able to share so many things I'm just dyin' to post about.
Just breathe!! *wink*

All of you fabulous party people who have submitted parties to me...
they are coming...
I promise!!

How about you?
Is your summer relaxed or crazy-busy?

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Tuesday, June 14

coming up | an entire list of things

Goodness.
Summer is here.
School is out.
Orders are keeping me busy.
And so is the hustle and bustle of normal life.

Today I'm attending yet another funeral (this time for a long-time family friend of my grandfather's)...
Finally mailing out all of the prizes for the Father's Day giveaway...
Helping a neighbor finalize a program and slideshow for the one-year memorial service of her husband's tragic death...
Gathering the final details of the 4th of July ideas I've been working on...

Photographing the European magazine I was recently published in so I can share/post it here... *pinch me*


Crossing off "promise ME" goals (and wishing I had time to update them here on the blog). *wink*

Preparing some super-fun party posts that have been sent in by some fabulous customers/fans...



and so much more...

I'm excited about summer...
I love summer.
I love being outside.
And I love the extra time I have to spend with my older girls with them now being out of school.

Here's something else I'm extremely excited about and haven't been able to REALLY make mention of like I want to...


There's been a tremendous response to The Pastry Pedestal™!
I can't thank you enough for:
• spreading the word
• placing your orders
• sharing your creative photos with me as to how you are using them....

(photo source: Glamorous Sweet Events

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and most importantly...

for being genuinely excited and enthusiastic about something I've invented!
It's a feeling I can't describe and it truly means the world to me!


I've been having fun getting creative with them too using the new Bridal Collection from David Tutera...

That's all I have time to squeeze in today...
Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!!

Here's to keeping our "to-do" lists in perspective...
and focusing on what really matters!

KEEPiNG iT REAL
Blogging is absolutely one of my very favorite things to do.
For me, I want each post to be heartfelt and certainly inspirational.
As of late, I've really been feeling a sense of loss, so-to-speak,
since life (and so many things out of my control)...
have seemed to be trying to take over every second of my day;
which has filtered over into my designated time for blogging.

Ella has been crawling out of her crib for a couple of months now...
waking up at 6 a.m.
The two naps a day is long gone...
and I'm lucky if she actually takes the one nap I insist she still needs.

There's definitely been a shift in the nice little schedule I had going for awhile.
Struggling to come up with something different that still feels productive.
Hmmm??? *wink*

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Monday, June 6

home | one of life's little pleasures

Did you know I have a peach tree in my yard?
(If you saw the peach crisp I made for Memorial Day than you already knew that).

I know nothing about fruit trees.
I never even knew peach trees grew here in Florida.
The tree was here when we bought the house a little over a year ago.
And it was a pretty small tree at the time.
But the idea of it producing fruit sounded pretty cool.

Admittedly...I'm completely ignorant as to how to properly care for them - Martha would be so disappointed. *wink*
Despite my ignorance though...
and without any special doing on my part...
Nature took things into it's own hands...
and gave me my first sample of a homegrown peach last year.
We were excited to have the tree produce a handful of delicious peaches.


Completely different story this year.
With the tree having tripled in size...
I'm guessing our "crop" consisted of 50+ delicious...
beautiful...
homegrown peaches.
(Even though I STiLL had not done a single thing to the tree).
They were SO very good.
And there was SUCH an abundance of them.
There were so many in fact...
we were offering them up to neighbors and giving them to anyone who would take them.

And now...
Well, now I'm sad.
I guess the peach season has ended because there's not a single peach left in sight. *sniffle*




But I've got the pictures to prove they really did exist.
And I feel SO extraordinarily lucky to have the good fortune...
of having one of life's little pleasures growing right here in my own yard.
I can only imagine what next year's crop will hold for us.
I'd better start collecting some delicious recipes now...*wink*


Don't forget the Father's Day giveaway ends today!!
I'll be picking FOUR winners...
Each winner will receive one of Compendium's fabulous inspirational Father's Day gifts to give to that special someone in your life.



KEEPiNG iT REAL
With Ella at 2 1/2 years old now, it's nearly impossible to get ANYTHiNG work-related done these days.
One nap a day just isn't enough time to put a dent into my "to-do" list.
Mixed emotions have settled in though...
We received news that she's been accepted into the preschool we were hoping for...
starting in the Fall.
I'm completely excited for HER.
She'll make some new little friends...
and have some real educational structure.
I'm excited for ME to have some extra free-time 3 days a week to
stay on top of my design work and projects.
However...
I know all too well how quickly children grow.
(It was just yesterday my 15 year old and 12 year old were born).
Knowing she'll be starting school means the start of an entirely new phase in our lives...
her life...
my life...
and sadly...
the ending of the sweet time I've enjoyed having her home with me everyday. *sniffle*

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Wednesday, May 25

life | a painful reminder...


My thoughts today are with a childhood friend of mine...
Her mother lost her battle to pancreatic cancer early yesterday morning.

The news brings a rush of emotions...
Remembering when my sweet grandmother lost her battle with the same devastating disease...
Remembering the same friend supporting me when my grandfather, my hero, passed away.
Remembering my friend's mom - a genuinely sweet, kind person with amazing creative talents.
Thinking of my friend's children and their loss of someone who I know was a wonderful grandmother.
And of course, thinking of my own mom...
whom I'm fortunate enough to have living close by and who's enjoying good health.

There will be even more emotions tomorrow when I attend the service...
Knowing the loss and heartache my friend is feeling/facing...
Being in the same funeral home both of my grandparents' services were held in...
Being surrounded by a sea of friends I haven't seen in a very long time.

I intentionally went out this morning and cut these roses that have been waiting on me for a couple of days.


I liken them to life...
and ultimately the people we share life with.

We're only here for a moment.
And although we are gorgeous individually...
Collectively, we're a beautiful bouquet.

I believe death is life's painful reminder to live...

Thinking of you Missy...
Will miss you SO very much Peggy.

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Monday, May 23

family | happy birthday claracakes

Clara celebrated her 15th birthday over the weekend...

At her request...
no fanfare.
Just a simple pool party...
with her best friend Brittany...
her favorite cousin Kalie...
and her family.
Along with a request for an oreo cheesecake for her birthday cake...


I made mini oreo cheesecakes on Saturday... 
I still managed to find a way to sneak in a little bit of party decor by creating a pretty place for the cupcakes.
(I dressed up a styrofoam block with wrapping paper, ribbon and a tissue paper flower.
I then used my adorable cupcake stand to create a focal point.)*wink*


Sunday night we had her birthday dinner request: Hearty Bacon Potato Chowder.
My mom and stepdad showed up with this....

an absolutely delicious oreo cheesecake my mom made...YUM!!


It was a weekend filled with a lot of family time...
something I definitely enjoyed...
and needed!

Happy 15th Birthday Clara!
Love you to pieces!!

Stay tuned for that Father's Day giveaway I mentioned last week!
It's going to be great!!

KEEPiNG iT REAL
As you might imagine...
I'm disappointed Clara no longer wants "themed" parties and would rather keep things simple.
At the same time...
I'm okay with it too. (knowing I can still full focus on Ella for a long time - and possibly squeeze a few more out of Ema). *wink*
I enjoyed taking her for her annual birthday pedicure on Saturday morning.
And as you can see...I can still sneak in a little bit of creativity...
leaving BOTH her and I content with the overall results! *wink*

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Friday, April 15

hello gorgeous weekend...

"Gorgeous"...
the inspiration word for today's post!
At two years old, "gorgeous" is Ella's new word - thanks to Ema - and so now we are all feeling exceptionally gorgeous every time Ella tells each of us we are gorgeous...and we are finding ourselves using the term for everything now.) *wink*

With that said...
before we all head off into our gorgeous weekend...
(in this case, gorgeous is indicative of a fabulous attitude - not weather conditions)...

I wanted to share a few "gorgeous" photos depicting the various "gorgeous" projects going on around here...

The first official gorgeous shipment of pastry pedestals has arrived!!!
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gorgeous chocolate truffles for a photoshoot...(thank you Mount Dora Confectionary)
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gorgeous petit fours for the same photoshoot...(thank you Publix bakery).
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the gorgeous magazines I'm itchin' to read...
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and we of course can't forget to include Ella's gorgeous project she created yesterday in the 1/2 bath...
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I'm REALLY looking forward to a gorgeous weekend...

• Date night tonight
• Neighborhood family picnic on Saturday...
• downtime with my family...

It's going to be absolutely gorgeous...
because I have a gorgeous atttitude...
and therefore I'm going to "will" it to be gorgeous! *wink*

Wishing you a gorgeous weekend as well...
Here's hoping we all take the time to find the "gorgeous" in the everyday details! *wink*


KEEPiNG iT REAL
See how fun it can be to use the word "gorgeous" in a repetitive manner?
Try it...you may become addicted.
(although it sounds MUCH cuter when Ella says it - "Gore-juice"). *wink*

For some odd reason I really find the creative detail in Ella's toilet paper art to be quite gorgeous.
I'm not sure how she created so many long strands but regardless...
it's gorgeous.
And what's the harm in it?
We all know she won't be doing things like that forever...
I'm glad I took a gorgeous photo of it. *wink*

By the way...I'm really loving my freshly washed rug from Homegoods in this bathroom...it's very shabby chic...
I wish I would've gotten two others for my own bathroom. *wink*

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