Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pretty in Pink

I have always been envious of those who are able to create perfectly pretty flower arrangements. Creativity has never been my strong suit; I prefer math and writing over arts and crafts. Growing up my Mom loved sewing and crafting and she always wished I was much more into it than I ever was.

Flash forward to last weekend and I was able to let the little bit of creativity I had shine through. My childhood best friend is getting married in May and we through her a surprise shower. I volunteered to do the flower arrangements, something that I had never done before. I figured if I had to do it, it would force me to learn.

The day before the shower I went down to the local farmers market to pick out some flowers. I knew I had to make a lot of arrangements and that the flowers would be less expensive there than if I went to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Below are some tips that may be helpful if you are arranging flowers for the first time.

ONE :: Have a Guide
Pinterest really saved the day on this one. I had no clue what I wanted to do except I knew my arrangements had to involve pink and that I was using mason jars as vases. I was able to find many photos to use as a guide when it was time to make my arrangements. I used this and this as my guide.

TWO :: Know What You Need
Since this was my first time, I had no clue how many flowers I needed to buy. I bought three bundles of each type of flower which was a lot more than what I needed for 12 mason jars. I was able to use the excess to make a larger arrangement for my home, but next time I probably will buy a little less.

THREE :: Know What's in Season
I went in blind; I knew I needed pink flowers but I had no clue what was in season. I went to a farmers market on the other side of the city and would have been pretty bummed if I drove all the way there to find out they didn't have what I needed. This guide can give you an idea of what you may find, based on the season.

Have you ever made your own flower arrangements? If so, please share any tips and tricks you may have that could be used the next time I have to make some.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Back from the Break

You may have noticed that I have been missing in action. I probably should have given a heads up that life was about to get a little crazy. Nothing serious, so don't worry... just work!

On top of that, I have been having some technical difficulties. Scheduled posts haven't been posting and laptops haven't been turning on. One thing I have always been pretty proud of is that my MacBook from 2008 still functioned like the day I bought it; amazing right?! Well, I jinxed that and it decided that 8 years of life was a few too many. Thankfully the Apple store was able to bring it back to life (shout out to the Genius Bar on Walnut Street in Philadelphia!). Maybe it's time for an upgrade?

Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with sharing some flower arrangements I made over the past weekend for a Bridal Shower on Wednesday and some fun happenings on Friday. I'd love to hear about your weekend happenings in the comments below!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday's Side Dish of Fun

atlantic city, new jersey

ONE :: Technical Difficulties
Technology has not been my friend this week. My Monday post never posted and by the time I realized it, I figured I would just save it for next week. On Wednesday, I had a similar issue but luckily noticed it around 6:30am so I was able to get the post up anyway. Hopefully today's post works!

TWO :: The Blogger Collective
Head on over to The Blogger Collective to check out this week's Blogger Babe of the Week.. me!

THREE :: The Start of Gardening
Last weekend I bought some starters for my garden (tomatoes, basil and peppers). They currently are in my guest room and I am anxiously awaiting them to start sprouting! Any idea how long it takes? This is my first attempt at gardening. Also, glad I have them inside as we're getting a frost this weekend. When will the cold end?

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Beach Essentials

When I was home for Easter this past weekend, I decided to head down to the beach so I could get in a run. It was pretty windy so I did not last very long, but it quickly had me dreaming of warmer days. There is nothing better than waking up, driving down to the beach and soaking up the sun (with some sunscreen of course!). 

Above are some of my favorites to bring along on a sunny beach day. While we still have a few months until I can even think about the summer sun (it's about 45 degrees here today), a girl can still dream, right? I would love to hear about some of your must have, beach essentials. Anything that I should have in my bag that I'm missing? 

Thanks for everyone who entered the CaseApp Giveaway last week. The winner has been contacted and stay tuned for more giveaways to appear on Simple and Delish soon!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday's Side Dish of Fun

summer 2015 in Rittenhouse Square

ONE :: Easter Weekend
It's been a busy week for me so I'm really excited that I took off today. Planning to get some things done around the house and get in a workout before heading to my parents on Saturday. Looking forward to some family time and relaxation.

TWO :: Spring has Sprung
It finally has been in the 60s-70s here in Philadelphia which means I took the time to switch out my closet. I was completely blown away by the amount of sleeveless tops I own. This leaves me with two options; pick up some cardigans this weekend or hope that we see 80 degrees very soon.

THREE :: Photography
Now that the days are longer and brighter, I am really excited to get my camera out and take some photos around the city. Stay tuned for some fun new photos from Philadelphia and New Jersey as we transition into spring!

Are you up to anything fun this weekend? If you celebrate Easter, I want to wish you a Happy Easter and please let me know if you are up to anything exciting in the comments below!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

5 Ways to Feel Great During the Day

With spring here it is time to start coming out of hibernation mode. Soon the marathon Netflix afternoons will be replaced with beach days with friends. It's usually around this time that everyone decides to eat a little healthier and work out a little longer as well. Let's focus on some ways we can incorporate good choices into our daily lives that will make us feel great all summer long:

ONE :: Starting The Day with Breakfast
For the longest time I was guilty of having a bowl of sugary cereal in the morning. Within an hour of arriving to work I was starving and looking for more food to ward off my growling stomach. It did not take long to realize that the sugar was not giving me the energy I needed to make it through the morning. I've since incorporated Ezekiel toast, almond butter and a banana into my daily breakfast routine and feel much more ready to start the day.

TWO :: Keeping Healthy Snacks on Hand
My office is filled with chocolate and treats. It seems as if we are celebrating a birthday or shower every other day. If you need a quick pick me up, it's so easy to grab that muffin or a piece of chocolate. While it takes some willpower to pass up a doughnut, it is easier when you have some healthy treats on hand as another option. You can always find nuts, granola bars or yogurt in my office. With the change in seasons comes fresher fruit so now is the time to pick up all those colorful treats from the farmers market.

THREE :: Taking a Break
Since most of my day is spent inside at a desk, I make sure to take breaks and walk around. It is so easy to get wrapped up in your work and then the next thing you know you have gone two hours without standing up. It's important to stop what you're doing from time to time and reset. You will produce better work if your mind is clear and given some time to rest. Plus with the days getting longer and the weather getting nicer, it's a good excuse to stop away for five minutes and enjoy that nice weather outside.

FOUR :: Fitting in Time for Exercise
Getting in a workout after a full day of work can be hard, especially when the weather gets warmer. I know that it can be easy to skip that early evening run for a happy hour or dinner with friends. In order to keep myself accountable, I sign up for classes. If I have already paid for a yoga class, I feel obligated to attend.

FIVE :: Getting a Good Nights Rest
You want to feel refreshed and ready to go in the morning, it all starts with a good nights sleep. I spoke a little more about this topic in my post last week, "5 Tips to Become a Morning Person". It is important to set aside time to wind down prior to getting into your bed for the evening. This is the perfect time to catch up on that show you have been meaning to watch or finish that book you started months ago. It's also important to get into bed at a reasonable hour so you can be refreshed and ready to go the next day.

Please share any tips and tricks you have that help you feel great during the day!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Pretty Pastels and a Giveaway!

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I have really been into pastels lately. It seems that everything I purchase is in this color family, even if I buy them separately. So when CaseApp asked me if I was interested in creating my own iPhone case, I was pretty excited to create a pretty pastel case. Plus, my current iPhone case was cracked and falling apart. As I started to design my own case, I really fell in love with one of their hard cases that was in a pretty pastel tone. I just decided to go with the experts and pick one one of their already created designs.

The case has been awesome; it's a hard case which is pretty important since I drop my iPhone a lot. It's already been through a few falls and still looks great. I am giving one reader a case {same as above} for an iPhone 6/6s. Giveaway starts today and goes until Monday, March 28th.

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Thanks CaseApp for sponsoring this post - all opinions are my own