Spring Party Décor

Today I had the pleasure of working a Spring Wedding Shower party with my boss. There is something about spring parties that make me feel all giddy. They say April showers bring May flowers, but we are jumping the gun a little bit and designed beautiful and unique floral arrangements. The bride-to-be was so fabulous to work with. She had a few ideas and really let us run with them to create her lovely spring party. My boss and I really thought out of the box for this party, and it definitely paid off.

I have never worked with animal products, so it was a first using antlers to accent the bright flowers. They surprising turned out really elegant and unique. She brought us a few antlers that she had gotten from a craft store and we painted them white and tied them to little vases with bright roses, daisies, and wildflowers. I would have never thought to add antlers to accent the floral arrangement, but the idea was so unique and they turned out beautiful.

She also wanted coasters for the tables and we really had no idea where to even start. We flipped through countless magazines and websites until we concocted the perfect idea. To go along with the spring and natural theme we made coasters with moss mats and cork coasters. They looked like little bunches of grass on the table. It brought in even more color and earthiness.

To direct guests to the yard with the table, we used old pieces of wood and painted arrows with white paint. We added some floral vines to the signs to really connect the rustic and earthy to the bright and lively spring. We also had big balloons with the vines wrapped around the strings. My boss comes up with the most creative ways to incorporate themes. It is slowly but surely rubbing off on me.

The Spring Wedding Shower Party was a huge success. It was earthy, rustic, yet sweet and delicate with the bright spring flowers. This might be up there with one of my favorite parties. Happy Spring Time! Hope your April showers, bring May flowers,





Being Lazy and Working Out

I have been procrastinating all day so I don’t have to go for a walk or go to the gym. I am just not in the mood for a work out or interactions. I am sure everyone can relate, you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and don’t feel like doing anything.

One of my good friends called me earlier today and I told her that I was feeling lazy and that I didn’t want to work out or go exercise. She is also going through menopause and working to create a healthy lifestyle for her husband and herself. She said she was also feeling the same way; must be something in the air today. We have a good laugh at ourselves and our complaining and procrastinating. A few minutes after hanging up the phone I received a hilarious photo text message from her… she is so funny.


After looking at the photo I really needed to get motivated, I looked at my motivation board and a few reminders that help me remember that a workout doesn’t need to be hard or dreadful, all that matters is that you go and give it our all. Here are my easy reminders that help me remember that even “lazy days” I can be healthy.

Workouts don’t need to be long or hard, but they have to be one of them. If I am short on time I give it my all for an intense workout or if I am feeling a little lazy…like today, I will go on a long walk for a slow cardio.

Workouts that incorporate strength, cardio, and mind strength are the best. Yoga and tai chi not only work out your body, but your mind and muscles as well.

Working out with friends makes it more of a social active instead of a chore. I love zumba, tai chi and walking with friends because I am interacting with people and around those that lift me higher.

• I find that setting weekly, monthly, and yearly goals makes a world of difference. I set realistic but a “scary” goals that really make me work towards goals and strive for the best.

Walking to the grocery store, walking to work, or walking to a café are all ways to get in exercise “undercover.”

• I don’t know if this is true but I always feel like when I eat healthy I don’t need to have such a strenuous workout. I see everywhere that 80% of your health is what you eat and 20% of it is exercise.

work out
So after seeing the funny photo from my friend and revisiting what gets me a little motivated, I have decided to take myself to the gym for a nice a slow cardio and a little strength training. Sometimes all it takes is a little motivation and thinking about the ultimate goal!
To the gym I go,

Thanksgiving Planning

It is the weekend before Thanksgiving, which means I need to get most of my grocery shopping done and ready to go on Thursday. I know the holidays aren’t an excuse to give up the healthy lifestyle I have created, but it is one of my favorite holidays and I do allow myself to indulge just a little bit. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for everything we have and how we have grown.

This year is going to be a really special Thanksgiving. Bobby and Clara are coming home…YAY, and Clara’s boyfriend, my parents, my husband’s parents, and a couple my husband and I are friends with. Our friend’s child moved out years ago and always came back for the holidays, this year she is working in abroad and can’t make it home for the holidays so we welcomed them with open arms. I am excited to have a full house!

Luckily everyone offered to bring a dish or a dessert so I don’t have to cook and bake everything; Clara even offered again for the second year in a row.  I am making the turkey, three sides, and the drinks. It doesn’t seem like that much, but once I started writing down everything I need my list grew very fast!

I am excited to share some of our yummy family recipes with our friends this year.

This afternoon I ran to the store to pick up my list, I was surprised that is wasn’t that busy. I assumed it was going to be packed with people buying everything for Thanksgiving. I was in and out of the store in less than an hour, and that even including a little chat with a client I saw.

To stay organized with the ingredients I separated everything by dish and if it needed to be refrigerated. I saw this idea on Pinterest and gave it a try, hopefully when it comes time to start preparing all the dishes it will be easier!

With all this food in the house and knowing what we are going to be eating for Thanksgiving, I am going to make sure I eat healthy and exercise this week! Now I need to come up with something for dinner for tonight, wish me luck! 🙂
Until Next Time,


Halloween Party Flowers

Happy Halloween all you spooky readers! 🙂
There is something about Halloween that brings out the child in me.  Every year my husband and I decorate our front porch for all the little goblins to come up and get treats for some tricks!  I love seeing the little kids dressed up and so excited about the treats.  To make this Halloween a little better, my floral shop made some spook-tacular floral arrangements for a Halloween party.

I think I have decided making floral arrangements for fall and Halloween parties are my favorite.  I love mixing beautiful flowers with gourds and pumpkins to create a unique and almost dark feel.  This event was really fun because the client was a close friend of my boss so we had a lot of freedom to design haunted creations! 🙂

I made one of my favorite decorations thus far for the Halloween event.  We put small pumpkins into large fish bowls and wrapped red garland and black calla lilies around the interior of the fish bowls.  They somehow looked “spooky chic.”

spooky chic

We also made an arrangement using yellow roses, greens, and purple leaves to create an old eerie feeling.  My boss has this spray she uses often in Halloween decorations and flowers.  It makes the flowers look aged and grungy, I love it!

Another customer just wanted one centerpiece for a Halloween party.  I was able to get creative with this arrangement.  I used some bright flowers, cat tails, wheat twigs, and other grasses to create an almost mystical looking combination.  To make it more fitting for a Halloween party I put the arrangement in a skull vase.  It looked even better than I thought it would.

I am so happy I found my passion working with flowers and helping decorate for events.  It makes my life so much fun and each day is a new adventure.  Like the saying by Confucius goes, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”


I have yet to work a day.


Happy Halloween!

Until Next Time,


Taking care of the garden

Our raised garden and flower bed is now up and in action. Since building it a couple of weeks ago I haven’t had much time to tend to my beautiful bed, so I dedicated today to planting everything and making it look beautiful. I love how it looks in our backyard, I feel like it should be on HGTV or something like that.


Before I planted everything this afternoon, I did more web researching about how to keep the soil healthy and full of nutrients. I really want to make the most of it while I am trying to eat healthy and keep my menopause symptoms at a distance.

I read that planting a “cover crop” like alfalfa keeps the soil aerated. Alfalfa has deep root systems that pull work to pull the nutrients from deep in the soil to the surface so they are there for other plants. They also add nitrogen to the soil so the plants grow better.
Another fun fact I found out about raised flower beds is that because the plants have a smaller growing area they shad out weeds. The close spacing makes it easier to water and pick the vegetables that are growing in it.

Because it is the fall I decided to plant transplants that are about a month old so they will grow faster and fill in quicker. I read that replenishing the soil with compost when I replant will help keep the nutrients in the soil. I will definitely try compost as much as I can.

After all my great information I got on the web, I got planting. Living in Florida allows me to plant and garden year round, yay for me. I can’t wait to have my own fresh veggies and flowers. I planted broccoli, lettuce, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and radishes. I also planted some herbs like dill, garlic, and ginger. I bought a few already potted flowers from the store and transplanted them into my garden so it looks colorful and beautiful now. I got some English marigolds, Johnny jump-ups, petunias, among others.

I am very pleased with my raised garden so far. I can’t wait until the vegetable and herb plants start yielding so I can cook using my own veggies.

Until next time,


Happy Father’s Day


Happy Father’s Day to all the daddy’s out there! I think it is important to celebrate our mothers and fathers every day but especially on these days. Bobby and Clara got their father the greatest gift imaginable a couple of years ago, so I had no idea how they would be able to top that. I don’t know how they did it, but they came up with a great idea that their father absolutely loved.

We got him a brand new infrared grill and a cookbook and he was the most surprised I have ever seen him. Bobby and Clara are so cleaver and good at surprising both of us. This year I helped them brainstorm a little but let them take the reins. We decided since we went with such a huge gift in the past, we are going to keep the gift thoughtful and more realistic.

To go along with that gift, Bobby and Clara wanted to get him some new grill tools. I thought it was such a good idea. They found a good deal on a grilling set and got him some “man” spices and sauces that he can use.

This morning we made him breakfast in bed and brought the paper up to him. Bobby and Clara always laugh at the little things that make their father so happy. It is just a reminder to them that it is the little things that really matter.

Because it is Father’s Day and we usually always cook for him, he told us last week that he wants to grill a big juicy steak his way. He is so funny sometimes. I am sure he will love his gift and the spices and sauces and will use them for dinner. Obviously we weren’t opposed to that, it makes it easier for us.


It is going to be a great rest of the afternoon spending Father’s Day relaxing and then having my husband grill dinner. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day!

Garage Sale Finds

Today one of my other friends and I decided to get in our thrifty moods and find some gently used treasures. We went garage sale hunting! I wouldn’t call myself a garage sale guru, but my friend is quite the expert. If it was up to me we would have just drove around the neighborhood and then called it quits. But she had already planned our day’s agenda of bargain hunting, and I was not ready for what was to come!

My friend know all the secrets to good garage sales. I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular but my friend was in search for a trunk or bench for the end of her bed. Instead of hunting around our neighborhood we went to a little “nicer” neighborhood because they have “better goodies” as my friend said. We actually found some really good home decorations and cutlery.
After a FEW HOURS, I was ready to call it a day and get some lunch but my friend had an entire agenda for the day. We left that neighborhood and headed into town to do some antiquing, she was really on a mission to find a trunk or bench. I love shopping in antique stores, they have the most unique and beautiful things.

We visited a few and no luck for my friends hunt. We took a midday break to have a little snack and smoothie. I definitely needed it after such a busy morning. After we finished we left to visit the last antique shop in hopes that we could find the “forbidden treasure.”
When we walked in, it didn’t seem that promising. There was a lot of furniture and a beautiful vanity that really caught my eye. If I had the space, I would have definitely gotten it. My friend had almost given up hope until we found a little back room and at last we found a trunk! It was so beautiful! It was an earthy green color with leather and very unique embellishments. She immediately fell in love and had to get it.

It was a very long day but quite successful! I had a great time garage sale hunting! I forgot how much fun it is; the next time I need something I will definitely be taking my friend on the hunt with me.

What is the best thing you found at a garage sale?

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there! Who doesn’t love a day dedicated to you! ❤ This year my wonderful kids came over and had a fun little day planned for me. Each and every year they come up with something to make me feel so special!



Happy Mother’s Day 


They have been making it a tradition to make me breakfast in bed and they did not disappoint this year. They made me scrambled eggs with fresh veggies, a fruit salad, and fresh squeezed orange juice. YUM! There is something about food cooked by someone else that makes it taste so much better.

After breakfast Clara took me to get a manicure and pedicure. Having my nails done makes me feel like such a woman, it really makes me feel complete. With Clara’s job, it is hard to spend mother-daughter time with her so mother’s day is the perfect excuse to catch up. She is such a wonderful woman, I am proud to call her my daughter.

I wanted this color!

After getting our nails done we went to my favorite French café and have some coffee and crepes. I hadn’t had a crepe in forever, I figured it was okay to treat myself because it was “my day.” There is nothing like a good coffee, crepe, and your daughter; it was the perfect Mother’s Day Afternoon.

When we got home my husband and Bobby surprised me and made me a garden bench. I had no idea they were planning on doing it. They are so sneaky, getting Clara to take me out so they could build it. I might even make a project to paint it. But for now it is absolutely perfect.

We hung out in the backyard all afternoon and then the kids and my husband made me a delicious dinner. They made herb stuffed pork chops and fresh veggies, I allowed myself to indulge because I have been doing so well with my healthy eating. For dessert, they made strawberry shortcake Jell-O bites. They were so good, I am stealing the recipe from Clara.

It was another fabulous Mother’s Day! Each day is special when I get to spend it with my kiddos!  They make life so much more fun, I am blessed to have had such well-rounded children.

I hope you had a great Mother’s Day!


Hearth Healthy – with 3 recipes :)

While reading the paper today I stumbled across the fact that 71 million Americans have high cholesterol.  Seeing this fact made me really happy I am not part of that statistic and definitely do not want to be.  In the article, it said that diet is extremely important in lowing cholesterol.  Eating whole grains, beans, a variety of fruits and vegetables, nuts, avocado, and limiting animal products can help your ticker become stronger.

There were also showcased recipes that were “heart healthy.”  I was really pleased to see that I eat a good majority of the main ingredients and even have similar recipes.  There were a few recipes that I thought looked like they were worth a try.  Here they are,

I cannot wait to try, Thai Chicken Crunch Wraps

Ingredients for the wrap-

  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ sweet onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • ¾ cup cabbage, finely shredded
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

Ingredients for the sauce-

  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. crunch peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp. fresh chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste

For topping-

  • 3 large whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 ½ cup lettuce, chopped
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • Handful of green snap peas


  • Heat the wrap oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the chicken, garlic, onions, salt and pepper.  Cook stirring occasionally until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.  Add the carrots, cabbage, and green onions, cook for a few minutes until the veggies are tender.
  • Combine the sweet chili sauce, ginger, peanut butter, soy sauce, and red pepper in a bowl. Stir until smooth and add to the skillet along with the cilantro.  Stir until mixed and heated.
  • Spoon the mixture into the tortillas, top with lettuce, peanuts, and peas. Roll tightly and enjoy!

An easy breakfast that is heart healthy and has a little spin off the original, Apple Pie Oatmeal


  • ½ cup steel cut oat
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. all spice
  • Honey to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until cooked and apples are mushy. Enjoy!

The photo of Dark Chocolate Brown Rice Pudding doesn’t look healthy at all, definitely trying this recipe.


  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 3 cups unsweetened Almond Milk
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • Berries to top


  • In a medium pot mix the rice, almond milk, cinnamon, and sea salt and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer with the lid on.
  • Cook for about 1 hour stirring to keep the rice from sticking on the bottom, cook until the rice is tender. Add the maple syrup and cocoa powder stir and serve warm topped with fresh berries.

I can’t wait to try these recipes.  I also searched on Pinterest and found some more great “heart-healthy” recipes to try!

Until Next Time,


Employee Appreciation Day 🌼

I had no idea it was employee appreciation day when I went into the floral shop 🌼 for work today. It is easy to get stuck in a rut at work and forget what your purpose is. Luckily for me, I have an incredible boss that treats me with res
pect and really takes the time to teach me something new each day.

flowers-employee-appreciation-dayWhen I walked into work my boss had made me a floral arrangement and asked to take me to lunch. I was flabbergasted at such a kind gesture from her. She has helped me with so much it felt as though, I should be taking her out to lunch. I accepted her invitation and when to lunch.
We went to this very nice Italian restaurant and had a wonderful lunch together 😋. I realized I hadn’t really taken the time to get to know her on a personal level. We had a great conversation and laughed so much we barely finished our food. I was surprised to find out we had so many things in common, including our empty nests at home. She is such a delightful woman with a truly kind heart; I am happy I get to work with her every day.

fancy-free-nancy-lasagnaOver lunch, she stressed to me how much I have grown over the last years and how I’ve really become an asset to the floral shop. I was so happy to hear that I am making an impact and my work is being noticed. She made sure I was aware with how much she appreciated my hard work and dedication to constant learning.

I feel honored to be working at such a wonderful floral shop; if I can even call it work.  I have fun each and every day I am there. I truly believe that if you love doing something you can find a way to make it part of your life. I never expected to have found a calling in floral arrangements and party decorations but it has helped me grow in ways I never expected to.

I found a quote that fits perfectly with how I feel working in the floral shop; “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

Until next time,