Spring Blooms.

I might be a little on the early side with my spring floral post, but the fact that the groundhog bit the mayor this year makes me think that he might not be quite as credible as everyone seems to think- I mean who decided that a rodent should be the one who gets to predict when spring comes anyway?! I am getting my house ready now in hopes of an early spring! Here are the blooms that I am putting in my house this spring to brighten things up!

1. All White!

I LOVE how fresh and bright these lovely whites are! They go great on a coffee table, in a kitchen, or even on a nightstand! Very versatile! And it even has fake water in the bottom so it is totally puppy or childproof! It was made with what I can only assume is a white peony. But this same style would be absolutely lovely with white tulips (probably my next addition!).

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2. Fresh Blush Tones!

This is an arrangement I made from florals at Ben Franklin’s. I basically picked a color theme (pinks!) and went into the store and picked out a bunch of flowers with different sizes and textures. When I got home, I picked at them for a bit to get them into an arrangement I liked (I used a triangle pattern with the blush colored roses). I popped them into an oversized mason jar and vwa-la- Super simple and romantic!IMG_8751IMG_8741

3 . Brights!

Spring wouldn’t be spring without some bright pops of color! I adore these fuschia peonies because they are so large that you really only need to buy 4 or 5 (depending on your vase size) to fill a vase. Very economical and will bring that bright pop to any room! Goes great on a desk or other small table! And it would look dashing with yellow tulips or sunflowers if you are not a pink person!

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All photos were taken by me!

The Spring Trench Coat.

I live in Wi, so I have to knock on something wooden in order to actually say this without bringing on another snow blizzard, but I think spring just might be here, for real! After a long winter, most wisconsinites are relieved to finally feel the warmth of the sun on our faces again. But weather is still quite inconsistent. This means that to head out for a long walk, we may have to endure some strong winds, or a damp experience. Ryley and I love to take advantage of this time of year for dinner and walk dates. Our fav is to head over for some mexican cuisine at Fiesta Cancun (downtown Oconomowoc), and then since we are right there, we will bring our walking shoes and walk around the lake as the sun sets. This is how we spend many a friday night. And this week was no different!

While the spring sun felt great, there was a brisk wind, so I find a spring trench coat to be the perfect layer! It will keep you guarded from the winds, but still looking stylish so you can head to dinner and still be outside afterward. I am absolutely CONVINCED that the trench coat is a closet staple. It looks great with a light weight scarf and some slightly distressed jeans for an effortless natural look. I wouldn’t be caught in any other spring jacket!

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Spring Is In the Air.

This weekend, we had our first taste of spring weather in Wi! Hooray- 60’s in March is a big deal in the Midwest! This is the time of year when I start to crave having bare legs and wearing nothing but dresses. Ahhh… I can just see it now- feminine lace, bright pops of color, beautiful spring sunshine. I am definitely missing my posts in dresses. So here’s a post from last spring- I can’t wait to get back outside for my photoshoots! This post takes me back to those warm days!

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There are some days when you just need an outfit that can take you anywhere while you do anything! This is one of those incredible pieces that will do just that! This lace dress is elegant, sophisticated, professional, and fun all in one! I paired it with a simple over-sized blazer for a classic look that is office, errand, and night-out ready! SO versatile- you gotta LOVE this one!

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Photos taken by my loving husband! This perfect lace dress is from Sheinside. Sandals are from Ann Taylor. Purse is from a privately owned boutique. Here is a similar purse from Francescas.. The boyfriend blazer is an INCREDIBLE DEAL from Forever 21 (fits a little large). Gold Drop necklace was purchased on etsy (it’s also available in different sizes, fonts, and sterling silver! This is my go-to, everyday necklace that looks good with any look!)

The Unexpected Photos Are My Fav.

If there is one thing I have learned in my short time dabbling in photography, it is that the best shots come along at random. At times I drag my camera along with me and find absolutely nothing worth shooting, but other times, it just so happens that I catch a hidden jem. Sometimes, the most insignificant picture, that most people may have never lifted their camera for, turns out to be one of my absolute favs! In fact, I would say there are many pictures that I have taken that make me smile simply because they are so quirky and unexpectedly beautiful. Here is a small collection of those moments from the past 6 months or so. The next time you think about leaving your camera at home- remember to expect the unexpected!

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Sunday Morning Coffee Health Kick.

Ryley and I have been making this secret Sunday morning concoction for the past 2 years. It started out as something we would just make on weekends; a quick way to kickstart our way into a healthy eating day. Now, we make it every morning and it is a staple to our success in living and feeling well. Not only does it keep us lean and energized, but it helps keep our digestion regular, which means we have a significantly reduced risk of ever acquiring many of the world’s most deadly cancers. It also boosts our metabolism and prevents cavities! And the best part- it tastes better than any latte or frappuccino from Starbucks! The details are below!IMG_8302

Ingredients.

10 oz brewed coffee (I use decaf, he uses regular- you pick!)

1/2 of a dropper of iodine (start out with less than this and work up to half of a dropper over several weeks)

1 teaspoon grass-fed butter

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

cinnamon to taste

 

Health Benefits.

The coconut oil and grass-fed butter both have energy boosting properties naturally (up to 8 hours of sustained energy!).  The coconut oil additionally will help coat the digestive track, allowing digestion of food throughout the day to happen more comfortably and smoothly within the body, ultimately aiding in digestion. Coconut oil is a miracle ingredient for feeling good! And it adds some yummy flavor to your coffee. Iodine is not something most people keep in their cupboards, but it is actually scientifically proven to be an effective cancer preventative. Most diseases, like cancer and cardiomyopathy, originate from within the digestive track. Iodine helps clear the digestive track and to rid the body of toxins that typically cause disease. The grass-fed butter is known to harden teeth and can actually reverse a cavity. I usually take cod liver oil with my coffee drink because the grass-fed butter is more effective when it bonds with the oils in the cod liver oil. This butter is incredibly rich, so a little goes a long way. It gives the drink a nice silky texture and a creamy smooth flavor. Lastly, the cinnamon will boost metabolism to keep you lean and feeling good. It also provides some flavor.

Directions.

Brew your coffee and poor it into your blender.IMG_8278

Add the coconut oil, butter, iodine, and cinnamon. Blend for a few seconds until it is a creamy tan color (almost like a latte).

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Poor into your mug and enjoy!!

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Note: Having a little caffeine in the morning is a tactic many americans use to wake up in the morning and to feel alert. My husband drinks it religiously every morning. Due to having increased anxiety after consuming caffeine, I have decided to cut caffeine completely out of my diet. I make this drink with decaf coffee, but it still helps to wake me up with natural energy boosters! This drink can be made either with decaf or regular coffee.