Monday, September 8, 2014

Long time no post...

Hey there followers and readers. Sorry I have been MIA had a crazy busy summer but will have a lot of cool new things coming soon. I am selling my prints still and you can find them on my fb page and ig page. I have sold many over the passed year and am excited for some new exciting additions along with website. 

I have been busy working on so many things but most important I enjoyed my summer with my girls. We went on a couple of amazing trips and really got to spend a lot of quality time together.  Family is always most important to me above all things and I am blessed to have the summer to spend with them. Sad they are back to school and my life is crazy hectic right now with their insane schedules. My oldest has started high school and my days are a lot of driving around picking up or dripping off. 

I will have some new home remodel photos and amazing decor tips for the fall. All budget friendly of course. Working on a fall fashion blog post. Have some amazing deals and finds that are great for the upcoming fall/winter season. Also will have updates on my Botox migraine treatment. So far it has been a life changer and amazing results. 

Also will be changing my hair from the purple ombré. Have to check and see if j posted any photos of my summer color. Last summer I had the purple ombré but this summer added some magenta and did more of my hair. Changing it next week hopefully so will check to see if I posted any photos if not will be sure to post some today. 

Hope everyone had an amazing summer and can't wait to share some photos and creative ideas for fall. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Moroccan oil

This passed weekend I finally took the plunge and purchased the Moroccan oil shampoo and conditioner along with the light oil. Was a investment but after one use I already see a huge difference in my hair. Usually my hair tangles awful because I color my hair a lot and have bleached it many times, I had no issue combing it after my shower and then after towel drying applied a small drop to the ends of my hair with nothing else, it dryer amazing and feels so soft. Not to mention the amazing smell. 

I haven't posted in awhile because I have been very busy with volunteering at my daughters school and working on photography. We are also in the process of doing some work to our home. I can't wait to share all the photos when we are done. I have almost finished the dining room, my bedroom is complete just have to finish my closet update and organizing. Then we are redoing our living room with all new furniture, decor and rugs, painting, family room is getting a mini makeover with new rug, curtains, decor and more, guest bathroom will be gutted in a few weeks and totally redone and our kitchen is getting a mini update because we have to fix a cabinet with our garbage can that the track broke, also awhile back my youngest daughter spilled nail polish remover and it messed up the wood on our island plus from people sitting at the stools it got messed up so we are adding some stone and sanding down then staining it. I also remodeled my home office with stuff I already had and some diy projects to make it a office and craft room for my girls and I. I am updating entry way and much more. I will have lots of before and after photos along with some amazing deals I have found while shopping. Still hunting for rugs and some small items. We were excited to finally find a fabric sectional that customizable also. It is a huge change. We have always had leather but I wanted something comfy and not cold that my pillows don't slide off of. 

Stay tuned and promise I will be posting lots of new photos and work I have done with my photography in weeks to come. Fashion finds, home decor as remodeling pics and some more on my Moroccan oil experience. Thursday I have a hair appointment and my now orchid, purple ombré that has been worn for passed six months will be blonde with multi colored ombré ends and orchid underneath, spicing it up for the summer. 

Also excited for the summer. We are renting an apartment on the beach this weekend for Memorial Day weekend, going to Washington, D.C. for forth of July and hubby's birthday, surprising him! Then we are renting for a week in the keys again, same house we rented last summer. It is going to be a fun filled and memory filled summer for sure. 

Again stay tuned for the home renovation photos and posts. Have had a lot of contractors here from garage door guys, patio guys, outdoor kitchen, windows and new doors, paint, kitchen, bathroom, and more. Excited to share our journey and show my brown basic neutral home brighten up and come alive with lots of color and inspiration from the beach, and morrocan design. Hope everyone is doing great. I couldn't be busier or better since my Botox treatment things have been life changing. I had my third treatment last week and doing amazing. 

Happy Memorial Day weekend 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Botox update

I have officially had my second treatment almost a month ago and have to say this is a life changer. Right around the time the next appointment was set for I started getting headaches and migraines again. Had three bad headache days and one bad migraine that lasted two days but that was the week before my appointment to get the shots again.

I went to my second appointment and it went great. I know 30 something shots in the head and neck sounds awful but the needle is so small and honestly I have to say that the pain is way less then the pain of migraines. Migraines had me laid up a few days a week and it was taking a toll on everything in my life. Most important it was taking time away from my children which is most important to me. I don't want to be laid up in bed for days and not be able to play or do stuff with them. 

I was sore again for a couple days, I would recommend but you don't have to, bing someone with you and try to make your appointment when you don't have anything much going on for a few days. My hubby took me and he took a day off to help me with the kids since I get a sore neck. 

I highly recommend this treatment. I don't take any daily medication anymore for the migraines or anything for that. It is so nice after years of taking different medications to be medication free finally. Very liberating and I am very happy. Wish I would have found this sooner it had helped with so much. If you have any questions or want to know more please feel free to comment below I will answer back for sure:). 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Recycled cookie sheet diy

Recently I updated and moved my home office around to transform it into not just my office but a craft room for my girls and I. It is a large room and was not being used to it's full potential. 

I didn't have a budget to buy new items and used a lot of items I already had in the office along with some stuff I had stored away from remodel and design projects along with a drafting table I got my oldest daughter almost three years ago and never put together due to lack of room. 

I packed away all my holiday and seasonal decor along with storing all my craft materials and sectioned off the office by moving my desk to the center. Now we have a large home office craft room for my girls and mama:).  My youngest had asked me for a new desk and a magnetic board, she currently has her easel with dry erase and chalk board then a table with two chairs for her to play and make crafts on. I had a board I made her with fabric and ribbon like a corkboard kind of for displaying photos but she wanted a magnetic board. I planned to buy her one one of these days from ikea like my oldest daughter has in her room above her desk but again haven't had the money and did this update with no budget.

Today I spray painted two old cookie sheets I was going to throw away then used contact paper I got a couple years ago for the off or that match the colors we painted the walls. I let her pick out some cute accessories like magnets and a cute pen holder and basket from target dollar section. All I have left to do is hot glue a blue ribbon to the back and tie a bow so I have something to hang it from:). She told me she loved it and best of all mama made it with love, so cute. Below are photos of the finished and in progress diy and more to come of other repurposed and recycled items I used to redo the office and make it somewhere I can enjoy with my girls. Since I did this we spend so much more time together all of us, when I am working on my laptop or business stuff my girls are drawing or doing homework right beside me best idea ever:). 


Monday, January 13, 2014

Amazing holiday lights

Every year this time of year I take my daughters to see some of the amazing holiday light displays from home owners, neighborhoods and local parks along with some churches that go all out.

Thursday night we went out to Plantation Acres to visit the Hyatt house, which will be on Mondays episode of the Great light fight. After that we drove a few minutes away to see one of the best light shows I have seen in awhile, put on by Plantation Baptist Church. They have thousands of led lights that are synchronized to music and wow what an amazing treat for your eyes:). It really put us in the holiday spirit. 

Tonight we are going to Trade Winds park which I use to go to as a child and use to take my oldest daughter to every year, but they had stopped doing it and this year re started it. It is a 3 mile drive thru an amazing display of lights:). They also have 3d features that I am interested to see:). Will have more photos tomorrow of that. 

Enjoy my photos below of the Plantation Baptist Church and Hyatt House in Plantation Acres, Florida and watch the great holiday light fight Monday night to see more of the Hyatt house.

Happy holidays to all:) 

Plantation baptist church

So many more I could post check out my Instagram and FB page for more photos and videos 

Below Hyatt House

Holiday decor and crafts

So sorry it has been awhile since I have posted anything. I have been extremely busy pursuing my passions, taking care of my business and most important of all being a mom to my two amazing girls. This year I bit off a lot more than usual and have been learning the best way to find balance and time for myself also.

2014 is going to be an important year for me, I love my baking, event planning and decor business a lot but it is so hard to run solo and I never like to do anything half hearted or have to say no to anyone. My cousin had moved back down here and was helping me out but she let me know that she was heading back north for awhile and isn't sure when she will return. With that being said it is hard to find anyone else I trust enough to work with me and help me with this business. I had been ready to start my photography business but decided to put the on the bam burner and continue to grow artistically and gain more experience first while focusing more on the business I already have established. I will still be making cakes, decor and doing design stuff along with my crafts cause they are all passions of mine, but 2014 I am really going to focus on starting the photography business. 

I have been shooting a lot and working on running shoot specials to build my portfolio. My true passion is landscape and scenic photography, I consider myself more an artist then a photographer but photography has been an amazing outlet for me to show my creative and artistic talents. I will be doing  lifestyle and family portraits as my focus and I prefer outdoor, natural light photography. This will be and include family photos, maternity, engagement, bridal, senior and children portraits. There will be a lot more to come about this after the New Year, along with launching a website and other surprises. I can't wait to share. 

My main focus has been on my daughters and family. This year my youngest started kindergarten and my oldest is in her last year of middle school. My amazing husband has been very busy with work and that means I am extremely busy with my girls. I took on being class mom for my youngest, volunteering a lot at the school, then my oldest is cheering right now so that has my schedule all over going to games and picking her up from practices along with my youngest daughter's schedule it is hectic.

For Christmas we got our daughters a puppy! It is very exciting but also again time consuming. We got them a mini schnauzer, my oldest has bad allergies and they are hypo allergenic and one of the only smaller to mid sized hypo allergenic dogs my hubby liked. She has been an amazing addition to our family. We named her Piper and we have had her a little over a week now, she is amazing. I have never had such a sweet, smart and well behaved puppy in my life. She is already house broken, trained to sit and crate trained. I adore her and this is huge cause I am not a dog person. 

I started my holiday decor the week of thanksgiving. It took me some time because I love the holidays and love to go all out for my girls. I want them to always remember the holidays being very happy times and joyful. We have two large trees along with three smaller trees inside, each of my girls has a tree in their room and I had a small one left over fr my youngest room that she doesn't use now that she has her pink tree that was small enough to use in the kitchen. Every room in my home except my bedroom is Christmas crazy:). 

Below I am posting some of my decor photos along with some photos of some simple easy diy crafts I do every year. I am still working on a wreath made with the handprints of all the children in my daughters kindergarten class, which I am going to give to the teacher, some ornaments made out light bulbs and goody bags for the class.

I made some amazing jars with lights, potpourri, ornaments and berries for the bathrooms, vases from dollar store with ornaments in them, custom snowman wreath (similar to the ones I sell every year), and some other cute ideas.  We also have my grandma's Anna Lee elf that we use as our elf on the shelf that my youngest named Edward:). He has been found in some amazing places or getting into trouble since Dec started and I have some photos below to share. Let me apologize for the photos being all scattered and not labeled cause I am using my iPhone to post this since time is not something I have a lot of and wanted to get a post in before my hectic week begins. I plan to spend a lot of quality time making crafts, doing family things, planning our Christmas Eve party, making desserts, and just enjoying every secondy girls are off for Christmas break. 

Enjoy my photos and I will have more photos, crafts and a post on holiday gift wrapping coming once I get thru this week. I hope everyone has an amazing holiday and winter break. Remember the holidays are all about family and enjoying time with the ones we love. Enjoy every moment and cherish the small things and all the memories. Happy holidays and have a safe New Years:). 

That's just a few and more to come tomorrow night along with some of my wreaths I made this year, the pictured I threw together last minute for myself and didn't have any white lights left so used white garland and colored led mini lights that I love:). They are battery operated and have a timer amazing.

Ending this with a football comment I have been a FSU fan since I was five or six for over thirty years basically and was lucky to be present at the orange bowl when they won a national title years ago, I am over the moon and so proud to be a Seminole fan we have had an amazing season. Winston winning the Heisman and now heading to Pasadena to play for the title, all I have to say is GO NOLES! Couldn't be a happier or prouder fan. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Florida keys inspired beach dining room

Over the summer we were lucky enough to get to spend a week in an amazing friend of the family's waterfront beach home in the Florida Keys. This home was gorgeous, a three level home, waterfront, with beach access, an elevator and decorated amazing. The owner is a surgeon and had it decorated with art sculptures done by local keys artists, lots of bright and happy colors along with some cool stuff. 

Our upstairs master suite was painted this gorgeous aqua/turquoise color that at first sight I was thinking maybe too much but after two days of waking up to the color I loved it. When I returned home I had already started my master bedroom update and had some turquoise and pink with my gray and white room but ended up going for more turquoise and less pink. Pink is one of accents but very little, the walls are gray and trim is white, I had white hotel bedding with gray trim and then accent pillows and decor in turquoise with pink here and there. I had already decorated my dining room a fun summer beach theme with shells, bright summer colors, flip flops, beach chairs and fun stuff like that but decided when summer ended I wanted to paint a aqua/turquoise color and make it modern classy beach themed dining room.

Wanted to put my own little interior design mind and my own creativity, style and edge into this room. I don't like boat style decor, lighthouse and stuff that looks like shell store souvenirs, however I do collect shells when we travel or visit the local beach. My girls and I always go snorkel tin around the shore for shells and when we travel to the west coast beaches we love to go shelling, and also they have amazing starfish and lots of sand dollars in Captiva and Sanibel Islands. 

It all started with a paint color that inspired me in the keys rental, then I went to Homegoods and found these two white fish on sale, then that was the beginning. It's was fun cause stuff just kind of came to me, even when I wasn't looking. I was at Z Galleries buying bedding when I found these amazing Moroccan trellis design turquoise and white placemats, then at homegood shopping for  puppy toys I found a candle holder in white with shells that was similar look as my fish I had gotten earlier, they only had one and wanted two but couldn't resist it. 

Little by little more and more things came to me, a lot from Homegoods and when I was shopping for another room or just looking for inspiration for clients homes or for portfolio presentation ideas, inspiration boards and for fun. Then the holidays came quickly, I decorate my home for every holiday and some seasons it depends, I have a garage full of bins and boxes of lamps, curtains, rugs, accents, pillows, blankets, baskets and even some furniture pieces I have picked up and refinished that I can use on a staging project or for a photo shoot. I did sell some stuff on eBay but it was kind of ging out of style but selling for good amount since Ralph Lauren discontinued a poplar bedding and bath line. 

I decided to wait till after the new year and all the holiday decor changes I had coming, but I had lots of time to shop and pick up little things here and there. This was a budgeted update, already had the furniture and set my budget at $250-350. I needed accents and decorative pieces for the table and buffet, vases, dishes, placemats, rugs, curtains, new mirror, napkins, napkin rings, and paint.

I slowly got things here and there not even sure what would go and wouldn't, I always keep tags on, in the bag with receipt in bag, that way when I go to set up a room and decorate it or stage it I can play with different fun pieces till I get the look I want and return the rest or sometimes exchange for something I didn't get or see before. I had lines, plates, accents, table runners, mirror, paint, curtains and more. Only things I am still in search for are a rug, preferably a Moroccan trellis or quarterfoil pattern in turquoise and white for under the table, and want a new white or crystal chandelier, would move this one into entry or family room cause I love it. I also am looking for art, and ordered a print of a couple photos I took myself at the beach. One is a canvas and the other a poster size cause I have a frame their now with a Italian wine theme and want to use the frame if I decide to put the canvas piece in my room or hallway. 

If I do decide to change the bronze chandelier to something more beachy or white even crystal then I will paint the candle wall sconces white instead of leaving bronze and the curtain rods. Right now a lot of my house is bronze and iron stuff I have a thing for the gates and iron scroll art wall pieces. I hate to paint them and my chandelier isn't old, I loved that and saved for it then got lucky found it on overstock, twin to famous big name home decor store and I got mine for almost 300 less. Anyways, it is excellent but my home is older built in 1978-79 and has the lower ceilings. I can hang over the ottoman in family room cause we have a fan with light in there we never use. Hate to redo a room and have to part with pieces you love that no longer work with your decor that isn't me, I like to reuse or turn into something different but used for the home.

Below are my before and after shots of my dining room enjoy and if you have any questions feel free to ask.  My paint is Benjamin Moore, Jamaican Aqua in eggshell finish, white high gloss trim on base boards, marble stone top dinning table and buffet with six leather and wood dining chairs are from Haverty's furniture.  In the after the blue ombré curtains are from Target, placemats are from ZGalerrie, wall candle sconces are older and from Kirklands, most the decor, accessories, plates, vases and glass pieces, modern white fish, shells and candle holder, battery operated candle, she'll potpourri, fish net, and round gas bowl with rope detail were all finds from HomeGoods, even the awesome white antiqued mirror and was under budget. 

Just looking out at homegoods every shipment day for a rug. I have seen similar or different color but I know from their style they will have my dream rug they have to soon:). Fingers crossed that will complete this design along with my fish net and starfish over the mirror.

Sorry for a late post had a busy but amazing holiday. Spent time with my girls and family, friends and had a lot of great moments. We got a puppy for our daughters which has been the best puppy I have ever had, cute, sweet, loving, Playful and just amazing plus she is smart and learns her tricks and commands. She really is a blessing and housebroken in just a day or two. Blessing she has been. Also I was a god girl this year and wants rewarded me and then some. I got my dream camera, battery grip, back up batteries, software and more. I will be going more into that  when our vacation is closer. We are spending springbreak in my place, the mountains. Can't wait:). 

Enjoy my dining room makeover and more photos to come.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

January is National Stalker Awareness month

Be informed and support this cause. This is near to me and personal. Can't go into detail due to court order but don't ever feel it's your fault. I use to think why me, what did I do to deserve this, I was just trying to be kind and compassionate. 

I allowed this person to intimidate me into changing my phone number, deleting my social media pages and when making new ones using different names so she wouldn't find me but she did. She continued  to stalk to me online and even find my new number after my lawyer sent a letter making her aware not to call, stalk, harass or slander(lie) about me anymore and she still did. She became delusional. If I was the stalker how come she called me, stalked my pages, I now have software to see everytime her or anyone else visits my social media and sites. She changes her user names over and over but my amazing lawyer keeps tabs and updates me of new names and details. 

It wasn't easy to file police reports or go to court use and file order or protection but I had to so I could have my life back. I refuse to allow her to ruin my life or dreams. I am stronger and better, The Lord, my hubby, family and friends all know the truth. That's all that matters and don't want to give her any more attention cause she loves it. I am posting this to make others aware and to share site and resources you aren't alone. It isn't always men stalking women or vice versa. Jealousy, envy, greed are all sins and they all make people do stupid or crazy things. 

I am stronger today then I was two years ago when I met her and a year ago when her drama began and lies. I will pursue my dreams harder and I have an amazing blessed wonderful life. Only people that she had an affect on are strangers or her own friends and it is sad cause she copies and stalks half of them how they don't see it is sad. 

Just to note their is no personal info or details I the person or situation this is to show support and awarness for a serous crime and offense that happens daily and is no joke