I haven’t really talked it about it too much on this blog, but I have been doing flowers for weddings and events for several years. I named my little business Bella Botanicals, and I simply LOVE making people’s lives brighter and happier with flowers. It’s a wonderful experience to be able to have a small part in helping someone’s big day be extra special! I took some time off from my business while the boys were a little younger, but I’m excited to have the time now to really invest in Bella Botanicals.
I learned everything I know from my wonderful mom, Andrea, (who did event planning and flowers on the side for a number of years) and we usually end up doing most weddings together, which is super fun!
Last month we had the honor of doing the wedding flowers and reception decor for a dear friend. Jessica is the definition of effervescent and “bubbly”…her joy is contagious, and we were thrilled to be included in her and Garrett’s special day! She pulled inspiration from one of her favorite childhood movies, A Little Mermaid; lots of COLOR, reminiscent of the vibrancy of corals and seashells in the ocean. We used tulips, roses, stock, and calla lilies, to name a few. I absolutely love how it all came together!
Enjoy these pictures from their wedding day; all photographs by the very talented Sarah from Ampersand Photography!
Congratulations, Garrett and Jessica! Thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding day!
I have been seriously negligent when it comes to Easter-y crafts this season, so for today’s post I’m going to direct you to one of my favorite lifestyle blogs, Forever en Fleur. My sister Laurel-Manette and her friend Tanya (who … Continue reading →
Here are a few things that I’m loving right now…hope they help to inspire you or simply bring a smile to your face today :)
Check out these pieces of artwork that look like photographs….but they aren’t! See them HERE
For anyone who is curvy, or just loves retro-chic, these bathing suits are for you! Surprisingly affordable, click through the suites from swimsuitsforall.com…I’m dying to order one myself!
I think I need to find a poster of this, ’cause boy is it ever true!!
I love what artist Fritz Haeg is doing in LA…bringing the wild and untamed beauty of wild flowers to the city streets! See pictures HERE!
I enjoy getting emails from Trip Advisor; even if I can’t travel anywhere right now, I love being inspired and adding more locations to my Must Visit list! These over-water bungalows have me seriously drooling! Oh for clear water, sunshine, and a mimosa in hand!
Speaking of mimosa’s, your mouth will water at these recipes from The Glitter Guide to spice up the normal champagne cocktail!
There’s something about Audrey…click through these behind the scenes candids from Vanity Fair of this Hollywood legend.
One thing I am very thankful for is that my boys are both great eaters. They are not picky, for the most part, and they especially love breakfast; on a typical morning I would make them eggs, toast, and a piece of fruit. Recently Mike and I have revamped our budget, which has made me a lot more conscious of things we could do to save a little bit here and there. (All if this IS connected to breakfast foods, just bear with me!) I have realized that we go through eggs like CRAZY. About 6 eggs every morning! Mike and I have two eggs each, and the boys each have one egg. That is two dozen eggs in the space of four days. So in an effort to save a little bit of cash, I decided to revisit another healthy breakfast option: oatmeal.
Historically, I have not been the biggest oatmeal fan. It can tend to be pretty bland and tasteless, but all of that went out the window when I made this recipe I’m about to share with you! My boys love this, I love it, it’s so yummy! Bear in mind that I rarely, if ever, have sweets these days, but eating this oatmeal almost felt like a cheat meal it was so good! It tastes like holiday goodness in a bowl, sweet and slightly spicy in the perfect ways.
(recipe makes one bowl.)
1/2 cup oats
1 cup skim milk (I used 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water)
4 tablespoons chopped raisins or medjool dates
1 tablespoon organic molasses
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger (I didn’t have any of this, so I used double of the ground ginger)
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons pecans
Bring milk to a medium boil in a small pot, and add the spices and molasses. Add oats and stir, simmering on low. After about 2 minutes add in the chopped dates. Stir occasionally, and it will begin to thicken after 5 minutes. Pour into a bowl and top with crystallized ginger and pecans.
I don’t have any crystallized ginger or pecans on hand, so I added a dash of brown sugar on top instead. This has quickly become my go-to breakfast meal for the boys. Try it out and let me know how you like it!
Spaghetti is so delicious. If you think otherwise, you are crazy…sorry, it’s just true! Not only is spaghetti yummy, but it’s also pretty cheap to make, and it can easily stretch to cover two meals. I like that :)
I wanted to vary things up a little bit, and I found a recipe for adding a little injection of Greek deliciousness to this old Italian stand-by! I always just brown the meat and throw in the sauce, nothing fancy…but meatballs are way more fun!
The components for this dish include feta cheese, parsley, sautéed onions, cumin, coriander, and mustard. SO YUM!
One of the cutest pictures ever of Brucie boy. I mean, come on…those little toes, that face…! Adorable.
Again, still editing pics from LA! A lone orange on an orange tree.
Edward’s recent “artwork” project…ripping toilet paper into squares, spraying the bathroom walls with cleaner (a mix of white vinegar and water), pasting the toilet paper onto the walls, smoothing it out with popsicle sticks, and then spraying it some more. He is so creative and artistic, I love it. Yes it definitely makes a mess, but that’s part of being a kid! Being neat and tidy is so boring! :-)
Secret little hobbit window…
Yes, I am one of “those moms” who sneak in and stand over their kids snapping pictures while they sleep. Love those little fists.
I try and subscribe to daily emails from magazines or websites that I think would inspire me, and I am definitely glad I included Domino Magazine on that list! Taken from this article for Grilled Cheese Three Ways, I made grilled cheese with basil, mozzarella, and bacon as a substitute for prosciutto. It was YUM!!
Try out one of these delicious new takes on an old favorite!
I’ve got to be honest, this past week I haven’t tried much of anything new…no fun experimentation to share with you today. I have done a lot of reading articles and getting inspired to do stuff soon though! Here are a few things that have my attention right how…
My mouth started watering when I saw this article with several different takes on grilled cheese. I’m not sharing the link for the recipes today, because I will be experimenting later this week and will give all the info then! So stay tuned…!
I try to work out a minimum of five times a week, and mix it up with body weight workouts and yoga or Pilates. Thanks to an article by The Glitter Guide, I discovered the girls over at Pop Sugar Fitness and all their great workout videos. They have a YouTube channel where they post hard, short workouts that will have you sweating and burning calories in no time!
Strange picture, I know, but it was the only one I could get from the article! Take this little test from the New York Times to see if you can spot the liars in the videos; it reminded me of a show I really liked called Lie To Me, and was a fun five minutes well spent :)
SJP is one of my fashion idols; she has such a fun and eclectic, yet classy way of effortlessly throwing clothes together. I had fun looking through InStyle’s top 50 Sarah Jessica Parker looks. She always inspires me to dress exactly how I want to, and to step it up and be a little more daring!
The boys and I went to pick daffodils at my Aunt’s house this week, and I saw this beautiful little tree…I wish I could remember what it was called! :/
This goofball…he asked me to take a picture of him in his Superman suit making a face :) haha
My sister Helena and I after her end of year basketball banquet…I can’t believe she is a senior!
My Aunt and Uncle’s beautiful Persian cat peering at us being some garden pots. Reminded me of the cat from Beatrix Potter’s “Benjamin Bunny” story :)
Still editing pictures I took while in LA! My sister, her husband, and I were able to have dinner with old friends of my mom and dad’s; they told us stories and showed us old pictures, it was great! I loved this picture of my mom…but as beautiful as she is here, she honestly looks even better now, in her 50s! Seriously…my sisters and I are pretty lucky! :-)