Easter Brunch, Chez Moi!

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I thought I would write about my Easter weekend celebration because it was nothing short of spectacular! I went to great lengths to make this brunch a success: from handmade decorations, to homemade scones!  Yes, family and friends “ooohed” and “ahhhed”  at the incredible layout of cinnamon buns, spinach quiche and buttermilk pancakes that I made from scratch!

 

This was an important day for me, not only because it was Easter, but my son Elijah also turned five! He is the second of three kids, and the luckiest one to have an occasion such as this to share his special day. So, I was sure to top the day off with a fabulous ‘Batman’ cake that he would squeal over!

 

Needless to say, I had to roll my guests out the door by the end of the day because they ate to their hearts’ content, but nothing makes me happier than to see gatherings like these. Family and friends coming together, laughing and joking around a dining room table, kids running and playing from room to room, and the warmth and comfort of food that brings us all together. I must admit that it was a challenge for me to pull off, but the joy I received that day was priceless. From my home to yours, Happy Easter!

 

 

 

 

Spring Fling!

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It is the most fresh and vibrant time of the year. A time for all things new, for growth and change. It inspires and motivates you to live even better than the year before; It’s spring. The vibe is pale blues and refreshing greens, and the annuals peak-a-boo from the sweet smelling earth. It is the perfect time to consider your backyard.

Now, I did some serious backyard reconstruction last fall. It was a total upheaval that left me with a blank canvas for this spring. I have the before and after photos so you can see for yourself. It took many weeks and even more hands, but the job is finally done.

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This spring I am dreaming of a backyard oasis. I will sand the deck, do a combination of paint and stain to revive the look, add curtains that will give it character, add planters and furniture that will make it look super loungey and luxurious all at the same time! Here are a few ideas for the deck that I’ve been using as my guidelines. Don’t be afraid to make a storyboard of the best of your ideas. That is the only way you could really conceptualize your vision for the space you are dreaming of.

 

Pretty exciting right? Well, I can’t wait to get my hands dirty this spring! I will be updating you on my backyard transformation by the end of this summer. Stay tuned….