Full House for Spring Break

It feels like it has been so long since both the kids were at home; it has been almost 3 months and that is a long time for a mother.  I am so happy to have Bobby at home this week for spring break and Clara was also able to get 4 days off of work this week to come home.  I want to make the time together with both the kids home.  I planned a couple things I want to do and am sure Bobby and Clara will have things to do too; like go grocery shopping with me… 🙂

Post 36-NancyBell (3)Bobby really wanted to go on spring break with his friends but he didn’t budget his money well, no surprise for a college freshman.  So instead, I decided I am going to make his spring break and Clara’s days off a “stay-cation” at home.
I planned a few things but Bobby had a few plans of his own.  It sounds childish but Bobby totally loved the idea, we are going to help set up tents in our backyard and he invited a bunch of his friends from high school over for a cook-out and “camping” trip.  I am going grill burgers, brats, and they are going to roast s’mores.  Nothing gets better than s’mores. 🙂 I don’t know where Bobby got the idea to camp in the backyard but I think it is a great idea and I get to see his old friends too.
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Other than camping with his friends, I am sure Bobby will be attached to his video games for a good portion of the week.  I don’t know how someone can play the same games so many times.  While Bobby is attached to his gaming system, I want to take Clara shopping so she can help me pick out some new clothes for spring and summer and so I can treat her to some new clothes too.  Clara has always loved to shop and now that I have learned to love it too, I am sure it is going to be a blast!  A mother daughter day at the mall is much needed.

I also want to go out to dinner as a family on Friday night.  We always used to go to this restaurant in the neighboring town and we haven’t been there is so long.  We are due for some delicious food.
We are lucky enough to live in a state that people come for spring break.  Our “stay-cation” is going to be a great week of relaxation and family time.

Happy Spring Break!
Until Next Time,
Nancy

Wedding Decorations

This past weekend I had the opportunity to make floral arrangements and help decorate for one of the most precious wedding I have ever seen.  The couple was so sweet and had an incredibly special day.  I learned so much and had a blast making arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnière’s.

The couple had themed their wedding with lots of bright spring colors and lively plants.  They also choose to a unique flare to add to their flowers with feather accents and old costume broaches for added for sparkle.  I don’t know where she got all her ideas but they were absolutely incredible.

wedding-flowers-ringThe bride’s bouquet was unlike anything I have ever seen.  It was so much fun assisting my boss create it for her.  She used pink peonies and added white feathers and a broach to it.  It was the most unique and beautiful bouquet I have ever seen.  Her husband’s boutonnière was also accented with a white feather.  The subtitle beauty of the feather and broach added so much elegance and glamour.

Post 35-NancyBell (3)I created what I believe is my best work yet.  I worked on two of the center pieces, one of them was pink and the other one was yellow.  The bride gave me direction of what she wanted but gave me the freedom of creativity.  She wanted each centerpiece to be special and unique.  I absolutely love my two centerpieces and so did she.  I actually surprised myself with how great they turned out.  It was fun making such a bright loud arrangement.  It wasn’t hard to smile the entire time creating it because the bright flowers radiated happiness; good pick on the bride and grooms part. 🙂

I really enjoy working alongside my boss at this wedding.  She continues to teach me so much every time we begin a project.  She was very pleased with my work at the wedding and invited me to do a few events with her in the upcoming months.  Of course I said yes, after this wedding I think I prefer events over daily arrangements.  I enjoy working with someone to create their floral dreams a reality.  There was something about making wedding arrangements that brings romantic emotions.  I left feeling like it was my wedding night again.

Post 35-NancyBell (2)It has only been a few months since I began creating floral arrangements but I have grown so much as a floral designer.  I hope to continue learning and getting better.  I really think I found my passion.

Until next time,

Nancy

Menopause and Food

I feel like I haven’t talked about my menopausal life in a while, so here it goes.:)  I have been handling my symptoms much better since taking my health and well-being into my own hands.  Exercising and eating healthy has helped immensely, but I have been slipping off the healthy food choice train.  I really need to focus and start getting back into the swing of things.  My hot flashes don’t like when I eat poorly.
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I know from experience, you are what you eat when going through menopause.  I think my diet has been one of the biggest triggers for inducing symptoms.  I write down what I eat, when I eat it, and if I get any symptoms later I write it down too.  It has helped me determine what triggers different kinds of symptoms.  Continuing to learn and keeping track, I have been able to figure out what cause them and how to manage.
I stopped eating foods like chocolate, spicy food, coffee, and alcohol in the evening and my hot flashes and night sweats decreased, it was a mini miracle.  Since finding different foods cause different symptoms, I have been really focusing on keeping a food journal.

Since menopause I have noticed sugary foods tend to make me tired.  Sugary snacks cause blood glucose levels to rise and then sharply dip making you feel tired and drained.  By replacing sugary snacks, like candy bars, with fruits and nuts keep me awake and alert.

I used to suffer from insomnia very frequently because of hot flashes and night sweats.  When I eat natural carbohydrates like whole grain bread, I noticed it helps me fall asleep.  Eating large meals before bed also caused me to stay up all night.

Post 34-NancyBell (1)  Everyone gets moody once and a while, but I would notice myself getting quite the attitude because of my hormonal changes.  Eating omega-3 fatty acids like tuna, salmon, and mackerel helped stabilize my mood and attitudes.  Vegetables that are rich in B vitamins like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and beets also help stabilize my moods.
Eating more phytoestrogens in my diet helped me manage menopausal symptoms.  They increase estrogen and help keep hormones a little more in balance.  I eating more phytoestrogens through plant-based foods like soy, tofu, tempeh, miso, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, celery, rhubarb, and green beans.

I know it sounds corny but the phrase; eat to live, don’t live to eat, makes so much more sense since menopause.  I used to live to eat, indulging myself in comfort foods and not concerning myself with the result.  Since menopause I have changed that mindset, eating to live.  I feel so much healthier and am handling my menopause symptoms much better.
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I truly believe that exercising and eating well help control annoying symptoms.  If you have any other suggestions or tricks you use to combat menopause symptoms, I would love to hear about it, please comment below!

Until next time,

Nancy

Surprise Dinner

I love when my husband surprises me with little romantic gestures.  When I got home from the floral shop this evening, I walked into the house and he had dinner almost ready, candles lit, dinner table set, a single rose, and an envelope waiting for me on the table.

He really went all out, putting our Valentine’s Day dinner to shame. 🙂 He set the ambiance in the room with romantic lighting, actually put our nice tablecloth on the table, used our “fancy” silverware, and had my favorite CD playing.  He knows how to set the perfect mood.

romantic dinnerOf course he pulled out all the stops and made me my favorite sea food dinner.  (I had been wanting it so bad lately, he knew it would be a great surprise for me)  He always concocts delicious flavors from recipes by adding his own “pizazz” to make them better.  He made roasted shrimp cocktail, baked flounder with roasted tomatoes, AND angel food cake with strawberries and raspberries.  It was seriously one of the best meals I have had in a while.  I don’t know where he got this “cooking bug” from, but this was definitely better than what I expected from him. 🙂

The single rose and envelope at my seat made me feel giddy like it was our first date again.  The rose we so beautiful and in the envelope was a love letter.  He wrote how he can’t make beautiful floral arrangements like I can, but this single rose is even more beautiful than a million.  But nothing compares to my beauty.  My heart felt so much love and warmth.  It was the most thoughtful thing I have received in a while.  Even for Valentine’s Day he didn’t do anything this romantic.  I am so thankful he is in my life.

I truly believe whether you have been married for two months, 5 years, or 20 years, it is important to keep the spark alive with little surprises.  Valentine’s Day was just two weeks ago, I did not expect him to do anything like this but am so happy he did.

Little sparks of romance make me feel so important, cared for, and loved.  It is amazing when we look back at our years together and we can see how our love has continued to grow after all these years.  Needless to say, this was the perfect start to our weekend.

Until Next time,

Nancy