Flowers, family & finally…

In honor of my cousin Tory & her wife Beth who had a Commitment Ceremony in PA this past Saturday, today’s blog post is all about them. I had the honor of making their paper flower bouquet & boutonnieres. I also just found out that PA passed the Gay Marriage Law today!! Yay!!! Congrats to them & congrats to those moving forward in positivity in PA!!! So here’s some fun photos from that day & the flowers I made for them too 🙂

 

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sliding in a quick pic of me & my fabulous hubby too 😉

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& here’s another angle of the bouquet & boutinniere

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Chalkboard Pots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi! Just updating this post today! Last week got the best of me through a lot of house projects that I needed to do.  I was determined to post pics & then never got to talk about them 🙂 Anyway, glad things are getting back to “normal” & I can tell you all about my chalkboard flower pots! This was so much fun!

 

I first gathered some terracotta pots I had on hand.  These were for Mother’s Day & I had to be a little “frugal” this year.  I had the sprays, pots & chalk on hand & had some fun in Walmart’s garden department.  I was surprised to see new flowers that I haven’t seen before & I even have a new favorite succulent that I will be blogging about later 🙂

 

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I used Jo-Ann’s black spray paint as a base.  I have learned that using a primer with chalk board paint is very important! I used Krylon’s chalkboard paint for the fun effect! This was really easy to use & I sprayed 3 light layers with about 15 minutes to set in between.

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This next step is also VERY important! You have to “season” the chalkboard with a layer of chalk smudged all over it.  Then I wiped it off with a damp cloth.  This helps to seal the paint. & helps to keep the surface smooth.

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Then have fun with your phrase or artwork of your liking 🙂 I’m not an artist so I scribbled a message from Lizzie & made a few colorful doodles.

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Have fun with this project & I hope everyone is having a great Spring!

Chapel Avenue Cherry Blossoms

Every spring there’s about a 2 mile stretch in Cherry Hill that has the most amazing cherry blossom trees framed on both sides of the street.  I love the awesome color it brings after a crazy hard winter.  Here’s what I’ve captured so far:

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I picked a few for our table & then I wanted to make a little craft with them…

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… so I made a dried flower pendant.  The other flower is from our Dogwood tree in our front yard.

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Happy Spring & enjoy the Sunshine!!!

Collingswood Farmers Market

 

 

 

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It’s that time of year again! This weekend marked the beginning of Farmer’s Market season.  Our favorite is the Collingswood Farmer’s Market.  So many colors & smells all around, it was absolutely fantastic!!

 

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I need to build up my succulent garden.  I just have a tiny one right now.  Here’s some good inspiration 🙂

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Mmmmmm, local honey

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Love the musician corners.  Pulls the market all together nicely for everyone to shop & enjoy while they are catching up with friends & buying fresh produce.

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Oh & when choosing attire, tiara’s are optional

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This lovely gentleman read our haiku!  Abe’s was

Going? To what end? Doing? Are you Satisfied? Life is an adventure.

 

Pretty wild to choose awesome life quotes.  I’ll post mine too a little later on today.

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Here was a lovely end result of our Farmer’s market purchases.  A yummy cucumber & tomato salad topped with feta:

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Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

The Good Life Morning Boost Smoothie

I just received a trial magazine of Dr. Oz’s new magazine The Good Life.  It’s a nice magazine! I don’t know if I’ll subscribe to it, but I did get some nice ideas out of this one.  The Superfood Smoothies caught my eye & this week I’ve been making the Morning Boost Smoothie.  Here’s his recipe:

 

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& here’s how I did it:

 

 

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Instead of coconut water I added a 1/2 cup of almond milk with a 1/4 of water.  I also added Kale cubes.  I blended down kale that was getting old with a little water & froze them in ice cube trays to add to these smoothies later. I also substituted greek yogurt for plain yogurt.

 

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& here’s the yummy end result!!!

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I love that you can personalize smoothies to your liking too.  What would you add or subtract?  I hope you like this one as much as I do! & Happy Friday!!!