Apr 11, 2014

Buzz-Worthy 'Mommy to Bee' Baby Shower

SO MUCH PLANNING went on for my baby shower. Since my pregnancy forced me to sit on my couch all night, every night, I took my time to research the best ideas that I could execute myself on my little budget. And overall, I'm pretty proud of my event. The theme was "Mommy to Bee". Yes, its been done many times, but honeybees have a special place in my heart and I always knew I wanted a honeycomb party one day. In fact, I was secretly extra happy when I found out I was having a girl because my pink & yellow honeybee party dreams were coming true! I booked a neighborhood club house that was pretty plain in decor, and dressed it all up with bees, hexagons, yellow stripes and so much more! Take a peek into my dreamy baby shower...
This main attraction had all sorts of goodies including beehive cupcakes, honey jars, bee cake pops, honeybuns, merengues on sticks, honey straws, a big beehive cake and much more! Cake, cupcakes and cake pops by Thelma's Cakes.
The Cravings Station consisted of even more desserts and funny pregnancy cravings like pickles, donuts, popcorn, chips and candy.
This was the welcome table where guests wrote a little note for Baby Olivia in an Olivia the Pig book, entered the diaper raffle, and picked up a little Burt's Bees lip balm souvenir.
I knew that I definitely wanted a DIY Headband Station, complete with bows, flowers, elastic and a hot glue gun--the perfect gifts for the little one! My sissies in law ordered a pack from Etsy and put it all together.
For the bevies, I had lemonade, mini wine bottles, and water. The wine bottles had small tags attached that said "Get Buzzed"!
The guest tables were set up in long rectangles. They had small frames with cute sayings on them, diaper napkins with the utensils, and tiny vases with yellow billy balls, clay bees made by my cousin, and baby's breath.
This was one of the highlights of my life! Everything came out so sweet and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect baby shower. Special thanks to my family & friends who helped make it extra special--especially my sis!

Apr 2, 2014

I heART Cozamia

Last May (I know, almost a year ago!) we finally got around to putting some art on the walls! Believe it or not, we didn't really have any art on our walls whatsoever. We have mirrors, photos, wall accessories GALORE, but no art. I just never found anything that I loved THAT MUCH, and buying art can be pretty costly so I knew I had to really love it.

Cozamia's art was getting lots of blog attention and once I saw Lucid Surf, I knew I had to get it! It's abstract with beautiful colors, and thought it would go perfectly on my ginormous empty wall. In fact, my wall is so ginormous that I think I could have gone much bigger! But I decided on a gray lacquer Ikea frame* and stuck within those measurements.

*Just so you know, I don't recommend the Ikea Ribba frame for this print. It doesn't measure properly and it's pretty flimsy. I might upgrade to a real frame later on.

Here are a few of other faves from Cozamia that are tempting me to switch out a mirror or two.

Mar 31, 2014

Don't Discontinue My OPI

I'm starting a little series that I've been thinking up for a while now...usually when I'm in the shower because that's my thinking time. I was scrubbing up one day (TMI?) and thought 'Gosh, I better stock up on my favorite bath scrub in case it ever becomes discontinued!' And then panic set in when I started thinking, 'What if all of my other favorite products croak?' My mind flashed back to a number of my all-time favorite beauty products, cookies, nail polish, brands, ice cream, etc and I couldn't stop! You see, I'm a creature of habit and once I like something, I order it/buy it time and time again. I do like sampling new products too--I just know in the back of my mind I would never want my (fill in the blank) to become discontinued! So I decided to show you this crazy list of faves that I can't live without, and be forewarned...the list is 'eclectic'.

I fell in love with OPI's Funny Bunny the second my nail tech, Ping, told me to switch from Essie's Marshmallow one day. If you're familiar with this oldie-but-goodie, you know that Marshmallow can sometimes turn yellow after a couple of days. Funny Bunny stayed its true color, and I loved how it looked against my skin color. I decided right then and there that it would be my wedding color and I still wear it when I'm in the mood for a classic, neutral shade.

Here I am wearing Funny Bunny on my wedding day.

I loved it so much, I bought it. I don't usually buy nail polish because I'm terrible at painting my own nails, but I was afraid it would be discontinued one day. Nail polish companies tend to do this quite often, so now I'm set for a while...phew!

Mar 24, 2014

Bun in the Oven

So, we have a lot of catching up to do! I'd like to start with a little something I put together to announce the pregnancy to our friends. I had seen so many cute ideas on Pinterest but nothing really caught my attention. I wanted something unique and memorable and found the perfect idea with Etsy seller, Claudine Hellmuth. She makes the most adorable little ovens--perfect for my big announcement!
Claudine's ovens are a super-easy DIY project. You simply purchase the downloadable file, print on cardstock, cut and fold according to her easy and detailed instructions and how-to videos, and stuff it with a bun! I used a mini cinnamon roll and it fit just right. The oven comes in a few different colors and also includes little flags to personalize your message.

Some of my friends instantly knew what the message was, and some were in shock and needed a minute to understand. I thought it was hilarious and I loved seeing everyone's reaction.

Claudine also makes a lot of other illustrated printables that would be perfect for party favors. I'm so glad I found her!

Mar 20, 2014

I Still Exist, I Swear

Whoa, it's been 11 months since we last spoke. Please, allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is Melz and I used to run this little blog. It was my most favorite thing to do, but then things got a little complicated...in a good way! In this last year I have really become a different person--I bet you wouldn't even recognize me. I'm a mom now of a 6 month old bundle of cute & squishy joy named Olivia Eve (aka Livi). In my hundreds of attempts to get back behind the ol' blogging machine, I just couldn't. My pregnancy left me in a coma-like state in which I literally could not bring myself to get my butt off the couch. But those days are over and I'm feeling myself again (for the most part)!

As much as I'd like to catch you up on my baby, I don't plan on letting this become another "mommy blog" (although those are my preferred types these days). Of course, there's nothing more in this world that I'd rather talk about than Livi, but I need this creative outlet for my other interests too.

I'm really hoping my blogging bug sticks around, and therefore hope you stick around too!

Let's start over, shall we?

Apr 17, 2013

My DIY Try: Memento Wine Bottle Vases

Waaaay back in December, Target had some funny-shaped wine bottle vases for sale with vintage-like labels and I loved them. They went on super clearance and I still couldn't bring myself to buy them because they seemed just too easy to DIY. I had some materials at home and I went to work.

On last year's trip to Napa Valley, I picked up a couple of Robert Mondavi wine bottle labels at our tasting. I knew they would make the perfect memento. I slapped them on to some oversized bottle vases I had from CB2 with some spray adhesive, and voila! Cute vases for my peacock feathers!

Feb 26, 2013

#2: Check!

I'm baaaaaack! I can't believe it's been two whole months since I've blogged. I feel terrible, but I think I subconsciously had to take a mental hiatus. Now that things are feeling a little more under control, I'm back with a vengeance! (I hope.)

January and February flew by and my big 3-0 came and went. I tried my best to meet my '30 by 30' goals, and although I wasn't able to tackle them all, I'm happy with what I was able to accomplish during my 29th year. 18.5 goals were completed and that's A-OK with me! :)

There was one that I completed a week after my 30th birthday but it still counts in my book. #2 was to create a famous restaurant's dish at home. Once I came across the recipe for Il Mulino's famous Porcini Ravioli in Truffle Cream Sauce, I knew it was the perfect copy cat attempt. My company usually has its annual holiday party at this restaurant and I won't dare leaving without having some of this ravioli. I used the truffle oil that my parents brought me back from Italy this Summer and it was a PERFECT Valentine's Day dinner. Just ask the Hubs :)