Good morning, happy people. 🙂 How beautiful are these roses Leo brought to the airport when he picked me up from my Dallas work-trip last Friday?!
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 🙂
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 😉 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). 😉
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) 😉
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!
This week I’ll be all about peonies, peonies, peonies 🙂 …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!
Care tips right from the farmer’s mouth! 🙂
“Keep them in fresh water. They like to be cold so refrigerate them overnight! That’s really it.”
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!)
How gorgeous is that natural light decorating those lovely pinkish hues?!
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!
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 🙂
Cheers, friends! Hope your Friday night is awesome!
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!
We felt as though we were strolling through a fantastical land…
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 ❤ ❤
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 Park‘s 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 Bistrotapas restaurant – yum!
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! 😉
We checked out their famed Blue Bridge and loved the scenic view from it, as well as of it. 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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.
365 days of loving him… it’s the best thing that I’ve ever done.
So for this upcoming week, I thought I’d post some of our celebratory adventures shared within our anniversary week — yes, I say anniversary week because that one day was not sufficient to adequately encompass the celebration. 🙂
Stay tuned for hot spots, fun outfits, and yum foods recommended by yours truly!
Hi loves! Have you ever been to your town’s Botanical Gardens? I’ve been wanting to visit mine for awhile and finally did on Wednesday. It had been a long workday and the peace found in a garden sounded like just the right remedy. 🙂
Sometimes, you just have to dress down, braid your hair, wear your glasses, wash your makeup off and chilllll.
How beautiful are these flowers and plants and trees? And fish!
I had to snap these closeups to share with you. I love the vibrant colors and intricate details of these plants. Scroll through the photos below — you’ll be happy you did 🙂
I can’t wait to go back. It’s a newly found oasis.
Guys, are these blues incredible or what? There isn’t a single filter on any of these photos. I’m in love — I fell in love as soon as I laid eyes on these beauties!
Hydrangeas were actually my wedding flower as well – not in this color – but I love their fullness and femininity.
I went a little haywire snapping photos of them but can you blame me??
So! Little tip for placing hydrangeas in all their bountiful glory into a vase without letting them look unruly (ha!) :: rubber-band them! I placed a rubber-band right beneath the blooms and another at the bottom.
If you don’t have any rubber-bands in the house, use a mini hair tie!
It keeps them looking perky and flush! …can we just get back to staring now?
They look a bit different in the sunlight than they do indoors under light bulbs; which explains the difference in the cover photo and this one…but I love both perspectives!