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Life: MY BIRTHDAY WISH…

Life: MY BIRTHDAY WISH...

Yes! Today is my birthday and I couldn’t be happier…even with what I am going through.

As I reflect on the past seven months, I recall the first day of the new year and waking up in our own bed after spending three months between NY and NJ for a surgery I underwent.  You can read more about that and my journey in this post. To return to a place you call home, to all familiar things, smells, and glimpses of happy memories as you look around. All of that brung me a smile to my face..all of which gave me a sense of normalcy from all that I had endured prior to.

The next couple of months thereafter were spent recovering and coming to grips with what my “new normal” is and dealing with the emotions that come along with not feeling like your old self, pre-surgery. My new normal consists of daily naps and not being able to function like I used to. Gone are the days when I could tackle cleaning the house in one afternoon. Now, I’m lucky if I can get through cleaning two rooms in the house without exhausting myself. Whenever I over exert myself and by that I mean, doing too much moving around, frequently going up and downstairs, walking a lot…these everyday movements are now a challenge for me. I have to conserve my energy otherwise, I can burn myself out quickly, develop cramping and discomfort. When this occurs, I then have to take medicine and lay down for 20-30 minutes in order for my body to relax so that I can continue doing other things that are not so strenuous to my body. I am reminded of this daily and there are days when I am emotionally frustrated at what my ‘new normal’ is.

From the outside, I look just fine. You know the saying…”Look Good, Feel Good”? Well, that is what I do to maintain my “old self”. I put on my makeup, style my hair, and look the part of a healthy woman. But inside, I’m not so healthy. I recently found out that after having 12 cancerous tumors removed last year November, I now have three areas of disease I need to be concerned with…so here we go again! If you follow me on instagram, you may recall when I posted this caption where I expressed how I celebrate all of life’s joys and how I go on with my everyday. It really helps me to put focus on things that make me happy, things I want to continue to do and pursue. Doing this keeps me in a positive mindset so that I am not constantly thinking about the negative and putting me in a place of sadness. Despite my health, everyday I find joy (big or small) and love that I get to share it with the one I love. I’ve been very blessed this year where God made something very special happen for me – I hope to share this with you soon, in another post.

This Thursday I am to undergo a procedure in order to kill one of the tumors that is the largest in size and appears to be more aggressive than the other two. What’s my birthday wish, you wonder? Well, it doesn’t come wrapped in a box tied with a pretty ribbon. Nope my birthday wish is not something one can buy or make. If every birthday candle brought me a new wish, I would repeat my wish for good health.

Life: MY BIRTHDAY WISH...

Life: MY BIRTHDAY WISH...

Go ahead – celebrate your life, your heart, and the everyday joys!

-Photos by Design by Occasion

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2 WAYS TO ARRANGE YOUR HYDRANGEAS TO DISPLAY BOTH INDOORS AND OUT

If you were to ask me what is one of the best things of summer, I would have to say the ability to go out front or in our backyard and clip some peonies and hydrangeas we have planted. Growing flowers for cutting is such a joy for me so that I can transform into beautiful arrangements, big or small. Also, having readily available flowers are perfect for those days when you have an impromptu gathering or last minute guest visits. It’s a relief when you don’t have to rush out to the grocery store or florist to pick up some fresh flowers!

I noticed that a few of our hydrangeas were at its fullest bloom and if I didn’t cut them, they would eventually die. So I was inspired to create two different arrangements…one for outdoors and one for indoors. Keep reading to see how I created these two ideas for a simple DIY vase arrangement.

Outdoor Arrangement: displayed in a ‘Window Box Planter’

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas for Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

Since this is the season that we spend those most of our time outdoors, I’m always looking for ways to create centerpieces ideal for our outdoor dining table.

To achieve this look, I cut (8) hydrangeas and several leafy hydrangea stems. To arrange the hydrangeas, I used a large glass flower frog. Glass flower frogs are reusable pieces that sit at the bottom of a vase and securely hold your flower arrangement in place, while still getting water.

Items needed:

  1. A long window box planter (mine shown here is 24″)
  2. A vintage glass flower frog (size: large/13 hole)

How to assemble:

  • Place your flower frog in the center of the planter box
  • Fill your planter box with warm water
  • Cut your first hydrangea stem to size and insert it in the middle hole of the flower frog.  Make sure your hydrangea stem touches the bottom of the base so it can drink the water.
  • Take off the leaves on the lower part of the stem (you don’t want the leaves to be submerged in water.  Continue to insert each hydrangea stem into the flower frog holes. The center of the arrangement will give you a nice full-looking centerpiece.
  • For the left and right sides of the planter box, you will want to fill these empty holes with the greenery leafy stems to add fullness.

Indoor Arrangement: displayed in large glass Cylinder Vases

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

2 ways to display hydrangeas_Design by Occasion

Whether you’re looking to dress up your dining room table with a centerpiece, decorate a buffet table, or bar cart, these tall arrangements definitely have a wow factor and are very grand! I wouldn’t suggest this type of flower arrangement when setting up a tablescape because viewing your guests will make it difficult to conversate. If you have kitchen island, a couple of these arrangements in various sizes on your counter, will look amazing. Our dining room table fits seating for eight and displaying these large arrangements adds a bounteous cheer and a stunning touch of decoration.

Items needed:

  1. 16″ glass cylinder vases (depending on the size of your table will determine how many you can fit)

How to assemble:

  • Fill your cylinder with water and insert hydranges. If you have a very large bloom, I inserted only one stem and also included the stems of the hydrangea leaves.

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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DIY: HOW TO SET UP A CANDY BUFFET

Bring on the Yummy and Let’s Party!

Do you remember looking back as a child and how you couldn’t wait until your birthday cake arrived, all lit up with candles? Well, no need to wait for the grand finale, cakes are not the only thing be shared these days. Similar to a buffet set up, decked out with a sweet-scene display, tables now are the cornerstone of most parties where they are displayed throughout an event. A display of cakes, cookies and other yummy sweet treats can be the heart of your party and the perfect place to match your party decor accessories. There’s no better way to excite your guests and have them connect to their inner child by indulging in a variety of mouth-watering, bite-sized deliciousness. As a bonus…share the sweetness by adding boxes or bags for guest to fill and treats double as favors too!

When Shari’s Berries contacted me to let me know that they put a ‘How To Set Up a Candy Buffet’ guide, I was excited at the chance to share this with you. Take a cue from this ‘how-to’ and deck out your next party with your own splendid dessert table for kids and adults, alike!

Candy Buffet

*This post is brought to you by Shari’s Berries

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How To Use A Metal Tray in 2 Different Ways: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A DIY TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S’MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a store aisle…ahem, at HomeGoods and find that certain decor piece and automatically think to yourself the many ways you can use it for? That’s what happened when I found this large black & gold metal tray. I’ve said it before – I just LOVE the many uses of a decor item!

Let’s take a look on how I created two (2) DIY ways to use a metal tray that can be used when entertaining indoors or outdoors!

 

DIY #1

Floating Candle + Flower Petals Centerpiece

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

The early evening hours of summer months are the perfect times to dress your table with a beautiful and simple floating candle centerpiece. For more visual impact, add flower petals. Dining by the light of candles placed on the table gives a warm and serenity feel, while the setting sun casts a glow on the water filled tray.

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

The look of this centerpiece is fresh, modern, and creates an enchanting ambiance if used indoors and has outdoor charm as the evening sky darkens to dusk.

 

DIY #2

DIY Indoor & Outdoor Tabletop Fire Pit for S’mores

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

Typically, s’mores are enjoyed more in the fall season because lighting up the fire pit can release a lot of heat and unless you experience cooler summer evenings, the use of a fire pit in the summer months are not as frequent. However, s’mores can still be enjoyed (especially if you don’t own a fire pit) by creating a DIY indoor and outdoor tabletop fire pit. Why not host an impromptu outdoor summer party and create a s’mores bar by using your DIY tabletop fire pit that kids and adults alike, will love! Keep reading to see what you will need and how you can put this easy DIY together.

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

To create this two-step tabletop fire pit, I simply added three, 2.6 ounce cans of Sterno cooking fuel and nestled medium-sized landscaping rocks in between and all around the cans to conceal them. When selecting your metal tray, be sure it is heat resistant.

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

What You Need:

  • Long Low Metal container
  • Stones/Rocks
  • Sterno cans
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers (honey or chocolate flavored) or your favorite flavored Cookie
  • Chocolate bars
  • Marshmallow sticks
  • Optional: Nutella, peanut butter, sliced bananas, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, raisins
  • Trays/Bowls to hold your food items

How to Assemble Tabletop Fire Pit:

  • Add Sterno cans and place equally apart
  • Add a bed of stones/rocks into the metal tray
  • Arrange your trays and/or bowls on your table and either create a self-serve buffet style or use mason jars filled with the contents to create individual s’more containers

Now let’s have a party and have some backyard fun!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

 

Editor’s note: I did do some research to see if using Sterno cans for direct heating is safe and what I found is make sure the can you use is marked “ethanol” and NOT “methanol”.  However, I would suggest you do your own research if you have any concerns. 

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4 BEAUTIFUL FLORAL DECORATED EASTER EGGS TO DRESS YOUR TABLE WITH

Will you be entertaining this Sunday? Looking for last minute ideas to decorate your Easter eggs with? I’ve rounded up 4 of my favorite floral decorated Easter eggs to dress your table with! Get ready to brighten up your dinner table with touches of spring with these clever and stylish DIY Easter egg ideas…

 

‘Hand Painted Easter Eggs’

via CraftBerry Bush

The colors of spring adorn these lovely hand painted easter eggs!

BEAUTIFUL FLORAL DECORATED EASTER EGGS TO DRESS YOUR TABLE WITH

 

‘DIY Flower Trimmed Eggs’

via It’s a Sparkly Life

I LOVE the monotones of these soft pink flower decorated eggs. This DIY is so simple and so pretty!

BEAUTIFUL FLOWER DECORATED EASTER EGGS TO DRESS YOUR TABLE WITH

 

‘DIY Whimsy Illustrated Eggshell Centerpiece’

via Little Inspiration

Sweet pink carnations and white baby’s breath are filled in these whimsical illustrated easter eggs.

BEAUTIFUL DECORATED EASTER EGGS TO DRESS YOUR TABLE WITH

 

‘DIY Egg Vase Centerpiece’

via Merrythought

Single full blooms are so attractive in an egg vase!

BEAUTIFUL FLOWER DECORATED EASTER EGGS TO DRESS YOUR TABLE WITH

 

For other decorated Easter egg ideas, check out my previous posts:

No Fuss, No Mess Easter Eggs

DIY Ombre-Watercolor Gold Foiled Easter Eggs

Happy Easter!

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