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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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sliding in a quick pic of me & my fabulous hubby too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ย I was determined to post pics & then never got to talk about them ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ย These were for Mother’s Day & I had to be a little “frugal” this year. ย I had the sprays, pots & chalk on hand & had some fun in Walmart’s garden department. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I used Jo-Ann’s black spray paint as a base. ย 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. ย Then I wiped it off with a damp cloth. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.ย  I love the awesome color it brings after a crazy hard winter.ย  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.ย  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. ย Our favorite is the Collingswood Farmer’s Market. ย So many colors & smells all around, it was absolutely fantastic!!

 

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I need to build up my succulent garden. ย I just have a tiny one right now. ย Here’s some good inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mmmmmm, local honey

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Love the musician corners. ย 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! ย Abe’s was

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

 

Pretty wild to choose awesome life quotes. ย 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. ย 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.ย  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.ย  The Superfood Smoothies caught my eye & this week I’ve been making the Morning Boost Smoothie.ย  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.ย  I also added Kale cubes.ย  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.ย  What would you add or subtract?ย  I hope you like this one as much as I do! & Happy Friday!!!