Sunshine Yellow

Well, good morning! Happy weekend, friends. How gorgeous are these wild flowers?!

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Each of these photos are natural (no filter) and I love them all. Leo brought these to me week before last and they’ve lasted for 11+ days!

 

I followed the same rules shared in previous blog posts but as a reminder:

Change the water daily, cut the stems at an angle about half an inch every three days, and feed the flowers every three days with a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of bleach (or baking soda) to keep the water clean.

Lastly — enjoy! πŸ˜‰

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Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Acai & Florals

Good morning, friends! I’m writing to you from my balcony, in the sunshine…it’s a lovely day. I love quiet mornings when the sun comes out to play and I can actually meet it. πŸ™‚

Yesterday morning, I grabbed a healthy breakfast with my sister downtown Ann Arbor.

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I loved the place we went to — Fred’s on Washington Street. It’s my favorite locale for acai bowls as they make the finest in town.

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Besides, look at their decor!! I was actually there the day the artist painted this stunning mural at Fred’s and it was a wonder watching her work — yes, haters, I frequent the place often <shrug>. Haha jk, not quite as often as I’d like – it was just a lucky day. πŸ™‚ Isn’t her work amazing?! So bright and happy and detailed.

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I positively love being there. If you’re ever in the area, give it a visit! They serve energy smoothies, super foods, vegan cupcakes, and that’s only naming a few of their bestsellers.

And as for the fashion tips — I shopped Francesca’s latest sale on sale and loved every minute of it. I didn’t have a whole lot of summer tops for this year and needed some new ones and Francesca’s was my go-to.Β  This top was only just under $13 when I bought it and for reference I’m wearing a Small. It’s remarkably still available in all three sizes (s, m, l) and you can find it here — hurry before the sale ends!

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Happy Hump Day, friends – I hope it’s a great one for ya! ❀

Night in Plymouth

Hi friends!

How cute is this little corner of downtown Plymouth? These photos are taken in front of their old post office turned into a market. They still have the old US Postal Service sign printed on the building!

I couldn’t help but stop and stare at some of the beauties coloring the front of their market. I was with my sister and she snapped some quick pics

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I love flowers. Redundant for you to read those words on my blog at this point, ha! But flowers from the market are typically my favorite — so fresh and bright. I was bummed the market was closed by the time we passed it.

 

Make sure to visit the city — it’s bustling and happy and full of fun little hangout spots throughout.

Outfit details at the bottom.

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Outfit Details:

The bag and jewelry have been featured in previous blogs so I’ll stick to the clothing. It’s all from previous seasons and out of stock but I linked some similar pieces for you to shop!

Cardigan was a steal at a Guess Outlet mall years ago. But here, here, and here are some slightly similar styles.

Shorts were a steal at a TJ Max three years ago. But here and here are similar styles.

Shirt was not a steal (ha!) at an Anthropologie years ago. But click here for their current pretty tops.

Wake Up and Smell the Roses

Good morning, happy people. πŸ™‚ How beautiful are these roses Leo brought to the airport when he picked me up from my Dallas work-trip last Friday?!

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I’ve been loving them. One of my favorite things to do with my plants and bouquets is move them around the house to keep my home decor fresh and bright. I work from home often, so I like to switch things up in our condo.

Yesterday morning I had a nice little breakfast with coffee on my balcony and just enjoyed this pure Michigan sunshine with which we’ve been recently blessed.

Try to take a morning moment daily to just appreciate your life – and I use “life” in terms of simply being alive πŸ™‚

There is beauty in every day and it’s up to us to uncover it, appreciate it, and pass it along. (PS, those are my vitamin pills on the plate, in case you were wondering — I typically go with something healthier than scones for breakfast πŸ˜‰ but I decided to spoil myself a little. Nonetheless, always keep up with your vitamins and stop that thought right there – I do NOT sound like your mom). πŸ˜‰

Happy Friday Junior, folks. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Peony Babies

Hi friends!

So here you have those last tips on peony care I promised you on my Instagram this morning! I promise it’s the last peony post for awhile (for those of you who aren’t as obsessed with the lovely flowers as I am) πŸ˜‰

Look at these beauties, alive and healthy, even though it’s just shy of two weeks since I brought them home from the Farmer’s Market!

So, here’s my tip: Buy bunches that are full of both blossoms as well as buds — when the blossoms begin to wither, prune them away. Leave the buds on their stems and shorten them to fit into a smaller vase. In my case I used this cute little mason jar.

Be sure to change out the water daily, and you’ll find each bud opening for you – and watch it blossom ’til it’s lived the length of its sweet little life!

Happy peony lovin, friends!

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All About Peonies

Good Morning!

This week I’ll be all about peonies, peonies, peonies πŸ™‚ …starting with those I picked at the Farmer’s Market last week! Tips below on how to care for these lovely plants — but for now, let’s all just admire!

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They’re magnificent!

Care tips right from the farmer’s mouth! πŸ™‚

“Keep them in fresh water. They like to be cold so refrigerate them overnight! That’s really it.”

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Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ™‚

Flower Friday

Hi guys!

Leo and I had plans to have a picnic tonight in a garden – it was going to be magical. But no such luck: poor guy came down with something. Not to worry — we’re stocked up on flowers, flowers, flowers! Which of course begot a slew of photos. (And who says you can’t have an at-home picnic, complete with soothing soup!)

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How gorgeous is that natural light decorating those lovely pinkish hues?!

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I love these flowers…they’re my indoor sunshine.

And… what is a home in June without PEONIES?! I enjoy end of May and beginning of June for so many reasons – one of them being they are the season when these lovely flowers come out to play!

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More on these gorgeous blooms tomorrow — I’ll be sharing tips for how to care for peonies and encourage their lifespan for as long as possible πŸ™‚

Cheers, friends! Hope your Friday night is awesome!

 

Frederick Meijer Botanical Gardens

Hi there!

So if you’ve read my previous posts (here and here), you’ll know that Leo and I were celebrating our anniversary last week — we enjoyed a series of activities in celebration, one of which being Memorial Day weekend spent in Grand Rapids. My favorite spot visited was the Frederick Meijer Botanical Gardens.

Oh, my, my, my, these botanical gardens were on a whole other level. Magical! Be prepared to scroll through a ton of photos – I went crazy!

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We felt as though we were strolling through a fantastical land…

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The gardens sprawled far and wide and even after two-plus hours spent there, we still hadn’t made our way through all of it!

We loved every moment there. It truly was my favorite place visited while in Grand Rapids. See — I can’t stop repeating that, can I?!

If you’re ever visiting the city, be sure to make it to the gardens – if you’re obsessed with flowers as I am–or even with nature in general–I promise you won’t regret it!

So, cheers, friends…I’m going to go to sleep dreaming I was still there ❀ ❀

Love,

~Your resident flower child

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Anniversary Weekend Adventures

Hi friends!

Have you ever been to Grand Rapids? It’s known as one of the largest cities in Michigan – second only to Detroit. And it’s beautiful!

We wanted to get away for our anniversary weekend and I was so happy Leo picked Grand Rapids!

Our favorite place there was the Frederick Meijer Botanical Gardens. I was in flower heaven! We loved it there – check back tomorrow for the gorgeous shots I captured from our visit there!

And if you’re ever in Grand Rapids, make sure you visit the nearby beaches. We went to Holland State Parks for the day and how lovely it was… felt so good to bury our toes in the sand and walk along the pier…

Downtown Grand Rapids is also such a grand time — be sure to try their signature Madcap coffee and eat at San Chez Bistro tapas restaurant – yum!

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We were so grateful the weather held up for us — it had been forecast to be rainy and stormy but instead we were blessed with sunshine, warmth, and outdoor seating! πŸ˜‰

We checked out their famed Blue Bridge and loved the scenic view from it, as well as of it. πŸ™‚

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So bottom line — go to Grand Rapids. Such a relaxing and happy getaway. Check back tomorrow for my favorite pictures of the trip — taken at the Frederick Meijer Botanical Gardens. They are magical!

Love!

365 I Love Yous

On May 29th, 2016, I married my best friend.

Sometimes, young girls think that love is a magical fantasy which can often feel elusive. But really, that magical fantasy for which they’re searching is simply found in the patient consistency and persistence of love found in every day life, through “thick and thin”… when he’s there, simply living it with you.

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The fantastical romance they show you in movies with all its glamour is incomparable to the “ordinary” magic of kindness, sacrifice, and the love you find in the moments that are void of glamour.

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My magic is mainly found within moments in his arms – in moments like the lovely one above, and in moments of tears assuaged by hugs, and in moments of career wins celebrated together in joyful embraces…and in moments when I consider that at the end of every day, I get to go home to those arms.

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365 days of loving him… it’s the best thing that I’ve ever done.

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So for this upcoming week, I thought I’d post some of our celebratory adventures shared within our anniversary week —Β  yes, I say anniversary week because that one day was not sufficient to adequately encompass the celebration. πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for hot spots, fun outfits, and yum foods recommended by yours truly!

❀