Mad about Plaid

One of the trends this season that has me OBSESSED with is one that has filled my closet for the past 10 or more years.  Plaid.  The reason it’s one of my favorites is because you really can wear it year-round, and you can dress up or down with it.  It’s fun to mix and match different outfits that include plaid, whether it’s the main piece or an added accessory.  Here are a few of my favorites, in a wide variety of price ranges:

 

 

 

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Gushing over Gold

After sparkles and sequins, my next favorite thing is Gold.  I find it takes any home piece to the next level and can make things classy and expensive looking.  My new best friend has become this gold spray paint.  It’s amazing and can literally take your home items from dull to dramatic.  Here are just a few things I have turned to Gold lately:

To Alligator, available online (or at your local Brother Jimmy's)

To Alligator, available online (or at your local Brother Jimmy’s)

Alligators after being Sprayed

Alligators after being Sprayed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bar Cart Before

Bar Cart Before

Barcart After!

Barcart After!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course the Bar Car stocked:

Veuve, Titos and POP are among the essentials...

Veuve, Titos and POP are among the essentials…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a few things on my to-do list:

Gold Striped Plate, via Momtastic

Gold Striped Plate, via Momtastic

Glitter Votives, via 100layercake

Glitter Votives, via 100layercake

DIY Confetti Wall Art via MintLovesSocialClub

DIY Confetti Wall Art, via MintLovesSocialClub

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Last weekend, my roommate and I hosted our (belated) Housewarming party at our apartment.  Yes, she’s been there over a year and I’ve been there for 3 months, but better late than never, right?

We decided to have people over for Wine and Cheese and of course we had to have a cute set up.  It was VERY easy to do, so I would highly recommend this theme to you.  Just pick up a few bottles of Red Wine, White Wine, and Champagne and then make a trip to your local Cheese Shop.  Add fruit, chocolate, and garnishes and some flowers and put it all on Chalkboard Contact Paper (I ordered mine from Amazon) and you’ve got a very fancy (and easy) display table.  Cheers!

Hostesses, "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" straws, last minute homemade door sign, and our barcart

Hostesses, “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” straws, last minute homemade door sign, some of our table, and our DIY Gold Barcart

Napkins and straws I bought in Tahoe, Cheese and Crackers on the Chalkboard Contact Paper

Napkins and straws I bought in Tahoe, Cheese and Crackers on the Chalkboard Contact Paper

The finished table

The finished table!

 

 

 

 

“Do Everything in Love”

“Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

I can’t think of two people who have lived their lives relating more to this verse.  My grandparents are pillars of what I believe God intended for us in terms of loving others.  They have always loved everyone around them unconditionally, and it’s truly inspiring.

On Monday, my grandfather passed away.  Luckily the majority of my family could be with them, and in his last days, it was so apparent how much of an impact he had on so many others.  I know he is now in a much better place, and had 90 years of a life very well lived.  He also had 67 years of marriage, which is truly remarkable.

From as far as I can remember, my grandparents have hated being apart.  And when I say being apart, I don’t mean in other parts of the county; rather I mean in other parts of the room.  Now that I think about it, I don’t ever remember them being apart, other than in two cases.  One was once a year on Black Friday when the girls went shopping and one that day, he couldn’t stay farther away (understandably).  Although my grandma would come with us, that didn’t stop her from calling several times throughout the day to check on him.  The other was in the morning when he’d drive up and buy doughnuts for us or bring back breakfast.  Regardless, they did NOT like being apart.

If my grandpa was getting in or out of the car, instead of focusing on actually getting in or out, he’d be yelling “Where’s Mom? Where’s Mom?” and we’d have to fuss at him to worry about himself before worrying about her, which he never did.

I’ve never seen my grandparents fight and the only time they argued when was one of them was putting the other first (ie. the car or Grandpa getting in and out of his chair.)  Sometimes you’d just get frustrated because you want them to take care of themselves and they couldn’t do that because they were more worried about each other.

I am sad to say that as I grew up, I didn’t get to see my grandparents very often.  They were two hours away and once I moved to the East Coast, it became even more difficult.  But the past year and a half, I got to stay with them two different weekends and even as an adult, sleepovers at Nina and Grandpas were always the best.  Those weekends will be just as cherished as the weeks away at their house when we were kids.  I also couldn’t be there this week to say my goodbyes, which was really difficult.  But a lot of our family could, and I know that’s exactly what he needed.

I’ll never forget getting out of the bathtub was I was a little girl, and sitting on Grandpa’s lap in my towel and getting him all wet.  I also won’t forget watching two people kiss goodnight and hold each other tight (even if one of us kids was in the bed with them!)  I am so grateful to have been blessed with two amazing people, and watching the greatest portrayal of love I’ve ever seen.  I only pray that I have a fraction of the love that they have had.

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“True love doesn’t happen by accident.  It’s deliberate, it’s intentional, it’s purposeful, and in the end it’s worth it.” – Darlene Schacht