Want to get better at making flower arrangements from your backyard? I have some tips!

1. It is all about the vessel.

When using flowers from your backyard, choosing the right vessel is crucial. Look for ones that have small openings. The smaller the opening, the easier it will be to keep your flowers in place - especially because many flowers in your garden will have thinner / shorter stems than the flowers that you can purchase at the grocery store or flower shop!

For the vessel, don't overlook glass bottles or jars that you already have. Normally those have smaller openings and are super unique. I am working on adding vessels to my web site and I am specifically looking to add an array of bud vases.

2. It is all about the greenery.

Gather up a lot of greenery. The more greenery you have, the easier it is to create a fuller, sturdier flower arrangement. Fill up that small opening with greenery – piece by piece. Turn the vessel and make sure your greenery is evenly spursed all the way around. At this point, you’re still laying the foundation for your showstopping flowers. When adding your greenery, think of making it like a grid – crossing one stem over the other. This really helps hold you’re larger flowers in place.

*Don’t be afraid to use more than one type of greenery. I love mixing solid green with anything variegated!

3. Find a showstopper

Your showstopper is the most thrilling flower in the arrangement. It is kinda what the arraignment is all about. In this example, I had three white roses. You can see that because I chose a vessel with such a small opening and filled it with so much greenery, 3 was the perfect amount. I used to think I needed so many big flowers to make my arrangements look professional, but some times that can make an arrangement look to formed and not as free. Again, using a lot of pretty greenery is a subtle, but beautiful backdrop to give your showstopper the stage to shine.

*If you feel like you don’t have any show-stopping flowers, think about adding some next time you’re at the plant nursery. I highly recommend roses, because they’ll bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. These roses came from a plant that I bought years ago for $9.99. Or you can always pick up the your showstopper at the grocery store and use the greenery from your yard to turn it into an arrangement.

4. Use fillers to finish it off.

I could have left this with just the white roses, but I had some salvia and maiden hair, that elevated the elegance and interest! Using different textures, shapes, colors always creates more interest.

These simple arrangements are really fun to make and make great centerpieces for #fancydinnernight or a lovely addition to set on your front foyer table. You could even set it next to your bed! Never underestimate what a simple arrangement like this can do for a space and your mood!

I think every room should have something green. Plants and flowers breathe life into a room and make it feel fresher. I can't think of a better time to start making these arrangements to enjoy around your home! This is also a great way to get to know what you have around the yard and decide what you need to add. Bring in different stems and see how long they last in water. I've learned that the jasmine flowers don't last, but the greenery does and I love that the greenery is curly! It adds such a whimsical look to your arrangement.

Have fun and send me pictures of your arrangements!

Yay! It is Friday! I still get excited about Fridays even though they kinda feel like just another day at home in quarantine. If you're new around here, there are no rules for my Friday Favorites. No theme or rhyme or reason, just the few things that I've found to be enjoyable lately. I'd love for you to comment and let me know what you've been favoring too. It can be a recipe, a book, a pair of slippers, a plant, a song, a mom-hack, a word you decided to start using.. you get the idea! No rules.

1. The Revlon One Step Hair Dryer

I am know that I am super late to the Revlon party, but I have seen many, many bloggers rave over this new hair too.l for a couple years now. I remember the first time I saw @Pizzazerie share. She was over the moon and singing high praises for it. I thought about getting it then, but just never got around to it. A couple months ago, it was on sale on Amazon for $35, so I pulled the trigger. I cannot believe I waited so long. IMO, It is the easiest and quickest way to get an at-home blow out. Friends have complimented my hair lately and asked what I've done differently, and I am proud to share the magic with them. If you're on the fence, let me push you right on over. It is worth it.

2. This Blue and White Dress from Amazon

How hard is it to dress when you're breastfeeding? I love wearing crossover shirts and dresses for easy access. I found this one on Amazon and I really, really like it. I got a size medium and it fits just right (not a lot of extra room at all).

3. These long layering tanks from J.Crew.

I LOVE these long tanks. I like to wear mine with leggings. I think they wash really well, too. I know I will wear these a whole lot this summer.

4. Tripp's School To Do List

Let me be the first to say, homeschooling your own children is not for the faint of heart. The first couple of weeks were an absolute bust. It was a struggle everyday to get Tripp to sit down and do his work and I felt totally disorganized. I emailed Tripp's teacher and asked if it was really hard to get Tripp to sit down and do work and did he lose his mind if he had to complete a worksheet? and she said, "No." Hahaha. First of all, I was relieved by her answer. Second, I knew it was time for me to get creative and more importantly, more disciplined. Third, I still expected that he was going to complain, but I was going to be more prepared so there wasn't enough time during transitions to get distracted and run away from the table. Ha. Once I realized that the big colorful lists I was making THE NIGHT BEFORE, was a game change for us, I decided to fancy them up a bit. Now let me know tell you, this is the kind of thing I get really excited about and perhaps, a little naive about too. I taught middle school for 7 years, I know exactly what it is like to think you're going to knock a lesson out of the park, that your students will be on the edge of their seats hanging onto every word you say, and you might even think they'll leave your class shaking their heads in disbelief for how their mind was blown during that lesson, but halfway through teaching it you realize they all look confused... I say all that to say, I should have been a little more prepared for how underwhelmed Tripp would be with my new printable list. But I am still sharing it with you, because it took me an embarrassing amount of time to create it and I think it is cute. Please download and use, but don't get overly excited about it. LOL. I thought incorporating a little game like "collect all 7 icecreams for a treat" would be motivating. And it has, but not as much as I was hoping. :)

I also made a girl version!

5. Wrapped CBco Earrings

I love these wrapped earrings, because they are so light and easy to throw on. I think they go with so much and the colors make me happy. They're perfect for lounging by the pool, running errands, BEING OUTSIDE (or inside) of your house! And they make great gifts!

6. Three Ingredient Cobbler

My sweet Mother-in-Law brought a big bag of freshly picked blueberries last Saturday and I knew that I wanted to make a cobbler with them. I totally forgot about this 3 ingredient and super delicious recipe. One box of yellow cake mix, 1 stick of butter, and the fruit of your choice. Since I was using fresh blueberries, I sprinkled them with sugar and a little bit of cinnamon, then let them sit in that for about 30 minutes before I put the cake mixture on top.

I used about 2 cups of blueberries

Melt the butter, then mix into the yellow cake mix. It will be crumbly.

Pour the cake mixture on top.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. (I never set timers, but I think it was in there for about 20-30 minutes or just until it is golden brown on top).

Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed my Friday Favorites! Now is your turn, tell me what you've been favoring!

I didn’t know it was World Book Day until I heard Jenna talk about this morning on Hoda & Jenna - just wanted to clear that up before any of you get the idea I have my life that put together, LOL. I thought it would be fun to share my top favorite books for 2019! I had a lot of time to read last summer and came across some books that I LOVED! I actually wrote this post a while ago and never shared it. I don’t think I would have found the time whip this whole thing up this morning, LOL.

What Alice Forgot

This was my favorite read over the summer - it actually became quite the running joke in my girlfriend group because I talked about it so much! It was both entertaining and thought-provoking. The story starts with Alice on the ground after falling off her spin bike in spin class. When she comes to, she believes she is in her 30's, pregnant with her first child and a happy newlywed. In reality, she is in her 40s, has 3 children and going through a divorce. She spends the rest of the book trying to figure out who she has become over the last 10 years and what happened to her marriage. I loved it!

Where'd Ya Go Bernadette

Perfect for poolside or beach days. This light-hearted story of finding a missing mother was hilarious and highly-entertaining. I loved learning more about Bernadettes character and I love the way the author told this story. The movie was great, but as always, the book was better.

The Circlemaker

This book changed my prayer life. I read this during a time that I was facing a great deal of fear and anxiety mostly centered around Blaire Alice. I woke up worrying. I worried throughout the entire day. I went to bed with worry. It wasn’t until I decided to take those worries and turn them into prayers that I finally found the peace I was searching for… I will write more about this later when I have more time to share the details, but one of the most helpful things I did was draw a circle with chalk in her nursery. When I felt that worry and anxiety start to creep in, I would go to that circle and get on my knees and I would pray for Blaire Alice from her head to her toe. Many times, I would write down those prayers and lay them in the circle. It was healing and faith-building. This book challenged me in that way.

When Less Becomes More

What a refreshing and needed book this is. I wish I would have read it a year ago when I was working a job that stressed me out and trying to get CBco up and running, while also trying to manage my family and home. Emily Ley's message to slow down and have less and say no is so relevant and necessary - especially in the noisy, busy, and bustling world we live in today. I know this book will be encouraging to you as we are all need of serious "soul rest."

Where the Crawdads Sing

I believe most people have heard of or read this book. It was such a thrilling read. I think about Kya (the main character) often. If you haven’t picked up this book, I would highly recommend you put this one on the top of your list.

I hope you'll share your favorites with me!

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