Monday, November 17, 2014

November Gratitude30 Photo Challenge: Week 2 Recap

Hello! Hope you are well. The weather here has been just beautiful, but very cold. I much prefer when the sun is out, even if it means it's chilly around here. The low last night was 27 degrees. Brrrr!!

I can't believe we're already halfway through November! If you follow along, you already know I've been participating in Positively Present's Gratitude30 Photo Challenge this month, a fun way to reflect on gratitude about a variety of daily topics. In case you missed the first post, here's what I'm challenging myself to do this month - each day in November, I'll post a challenge-related photo on Instagram and Twitter. Each Monday, I'll write a blog post about it here (like this one) with a summary of the week and post it on Facebook. Here's a reminder of the topics for each day in November:

Here's How Week 2 Looked on

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The $5 Table Challenge + DIY Wedding Centerpiece Tips & Ideas on a Dime

$5 Table Challenge + DIY Wedding Centerpiece Tips and Ideas on a Dime

I love love. I love weddings. What can I say? I'm a hopelessful romantic! Last weekend, I attended a wedding for a wonderful person who found love and happiness again with a kind, spiritual, and loving man. Barbara and I met about 5 years ago in a Zumba class and have been friends ever since. We bond over R&B music and song lyrics, ha! That's for her - say that then! ;) When I got her and Greg's wedding invitation, I reached out to see if she needed any help, and she asked if I'd like to be to be in charge of the table centerpieces. Of course I would!

Barbara loves color, so I wasn't surprised when she told me her wedding colors were orange and eggplant purple. She pretty much gave me full reign over the centerpieces with only one request - to keep it as inexpensive as possible. I took that as a personal mission and set a goal to decorate 18 round tables for $5 or less per table. That's $90 total, and I wanted to try to do it for even less. Did I mention that the wedding was also in 2 weeks? Could I do this?! Well, I sure as hell wasn't going to let something as trivial as a little budget and a short time frame get in the way of true love, so yeah, I was doing this! Barbara so deserved a beautiful wedding day and I was going to do what I could to contribute to that. Ooh, I love a challenge in the name of love!

Monday, November 10, 2014

November Gratitude30 Photo Challenge: Week 1 Recap

Well hello! Hope you all have had a good week. I'm working on a few projects that I will share here soon enough, but I seem to be in super slow-mo with projects lately. Lots of exciting things are happening around here but I seem to have adult ADD about it all (no really, I think I might. That. or I've reached my maximum brain cell capacity so my brain has to empty things out to fit new things in). My goal is to get a bit more organized about all of it so I can share projects here a bit more regularly again.

In the mean time, I'm happy to have Positively Present's Gratitude30 Photo Challenge to reflect on gratitude about a variety of things, plus it gets me writing a bit each day. In case you missed the last post, here's what I'm challenging myself to do this month - each day in November, I'll post a challenge-related photo on my Instagram page and sharie it on Twitter. Each Monday, I'll write a blog post about it here (like this one) with a summary of the week and I'll share that post on Facebook.

Here's How Week 1 looked on

Monday, November 3, 2014

30 Day Gratitude Photo Challenge

Happy November! For many people, November has come to mean more than blustery fall weather and Thanksgiving. Over the past few years, new traditions like Movember and 30 Days of Gratitude have become mainstream thanks to social media. If you've followed along with me all this time, I've participated too (in the 30 days of gratitude series, not Movember - I can't get my moustache to grow well at all, HA!) in 2011, 2012, and 2013. I try to do something different each year to keep it fun and interesting for both myself and those of you that follow along. I really enjoy doing it because even though I try to be a grateful person every day, challenging myself to consciously write and articulate gratitude for 30 days straight takes it to a higher level of consciousness, plus it just feels good!

This year, I found Positively Present's 30 Day Gratitude Photo Challenge. For the past few years, Dani has hosted this little shindig on her blog and social media each November. Obviously I'm late to the party, but I'm glad to have found it this year! I really like the idea of this because I know for me, my 30 days of gratitude tends to look the same each year. Not that there's anything wrong with it because, well, just like many of you, I'm grateful for the core things in my life every day - my family, my friends, my job, etc. Dani's challenge provides daily prompts that make you really think about gratitude in a more detailed way on a variety of topics. I love that idea!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 Favorite Chocolate Recipes to Celebrate NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY!

Happy National Chocolate Day! I will look for any reason to celebrate a day, but CHOCOLATE?!? That is such a great reason, right?!? Yes. Chocolate is definitely celebration-worthy. It doesn't matter if I'm being careful about carbs and watching what I'm eating, a little chocolate is something I enjoy regularly. In honor of today, I've rounded up 10 of my favorite chocolate recipes that would make any day a little more special. Several of the recipes are right from this blog -- what can I say? I LOVE CHOCOLATE! Bon Appetit!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Family Room Fireplace Makeover: Before & After

Family Room Fireplace Makeover: Before and After | Lilikoi Joy

Hello, friends! We have been rockin' and rollin' around here as we get the family room makeover moving again 4 months laterrr, and I'm SO happy to say that the fireplace is finally finished! We just got done with it so we're giving it some time for the grout and mortar to really set and cure (and seal!) before putting the mirror back up and finishing accessorizing this area to add in more layers of interest, but it's done, it's done! Hooray!!

BEFORE: Here's a reminder of where we started with our family room fireplace:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Take A Fun Tour of the Shop: BEACHGLASS by K. Miller Interiors

Hi, friends! In my last post, I made the exciting (to me) announcement that I made a big change in the career department. I'm now working for BEACH GLASS by K. Miller Interiors, a local home decor shop and interior design studio that opened last October. The shop is owned by Krista Miller, a beautiful (inside and out), warm, and talented woman with an easy smile, the kind of person that people immediately like the moment they meet her. You'll hear more about her as we go on the tour.

Since I jabbered on and on in the last post about how happy I am to work here and why, how about today I actually show you around the shop and tell you a little more about it? Come on in and stay awhile!

Let's start at the entrance. BEACH GLASS is in a charming little area of Mukilteo next to Red Cup Cafe with pretty views of Puget Sound:
BEACHGLASS By K. Miller Interiors