My Insta Weekend: 04.15.14

Hot Cocoa on a Friday Afternoon

Shirts and More Shirts

Busy Sunday

Disney Outfit

Beautiful Sky - Epcot

This weekend was all fun. Even the part where I had to take photos and edit images for the new apparel section on A Design Geek’s site. Yeah, it was a good amount of work but I have to admit that it doesn’t feel like work when I get to work next to N. :)

And I am a strong believer in the “work hard, play harder” motto – so after a long day of work and adding new items to the shop we got ready and went to Epcot for some fun. Plus, it gave me an excuse to wear my new favorite shirt.

xo,
Meli
Photos by Blush + Jelly

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide & UncommonGoods

Tea Times and Scones

Today I partnering with UncommonGoods to talk about a couple of important things: Mother’s Day, good business practices, and scones.

Ok, maybe scones aren’t that important but it’s still going to be talked about.

So last year Mother’s Day was a bit of chaos for me – I ordered her gift sorta late and it got there extra late. She definitely deserves better than that. So this year I am getting into Mother’s Day earlier to make sure we don’t repeat that big mistake.

I wanted to make sure that her gift this year was extra special, and I really feel that UncommonGoods is the place to go to for something special for my Mom. And I love how they have so many gifts that can be personalized, it really makes it extra special.

UncommonGoods Gift Ideas

You can find more gift ideas for Mom over on UncommonGoods.

Baking for Mother's Day

I love their mission and the type of business they are – a “B Corp” which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Not a bad way to run a business. ;)

UncommonGoods focuses on working with talented (and oh so amazing) designers and artists – and most of their products are made here in the USA, which is so uncommon these days. Plus, they offer “Studio Tours” over on their blog so you can read more about the designers and their inspiration.

One gift that I couldn’t resist getting my Mom were these super cute “Zenguin” mugs (it’s Zen Penguins, cute right?). My Mom and I have this crazy love for cute little penguins so I know she will love them. This year she’ll be in town so I want to make her gift extra special with something that I make. As we both love a good cup of tea and a sweet treat I know she’ll love a fresh batch of blueberry and lavender scones with a warm cup of earl grey tea.

5.0 from 1 reviews

Blueberry and Lavender Scones
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon lavender syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. Cut the stick of butter in small cubes, make sure the butter is cold. Add butter into dry mix and mix on medium speed until you have chunks in your mixture. If you are not using a mixer just use you hands and really mix it all in together.
  4. In a small bowl whisk the sour cream, lavender syrup, and egg. Slowly add the mixture into the dry mix. Mix in blueberries. Do not over mix.
  5. Dust flour on a clean surface and knead until dough forms a ball. Pat dough into a square about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Cut down into 4 even squares. Then diagonally cut dough to form triangles.
  7. Place scones in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from sheet and let them cool on a wire rack.
  8. Enjoy with a warm cup of tea.

 

Zenguin Mugs from UncommonGoods

Have you started planning for Mother’s Day?

xo,
Meli
Photos by Blush + Jelly

Disclaimer: I received 1 set of mugs to review and keep. All opinions are always my own and do not reflect the company.

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Style // Swimsuit Season

Swimsuit Season

In Central Florida it already feels like summer is creeping in at full force and I am not 100% sure how I feel about that.

The main issue with summer in Florida is that it really makes going to the theme parks hard for me. Cause the second it gets outside I become a 5 year old child on the brink of a temper tantrum due to the heat.

Poor N has seen me in my “it’s way too damn hot” meltdown so he makes sure to always keep cool and hydrated.

A good solution to keeping refreshed in the summer heat is going to our local pool. Last year we just ended up going twice during summer (which is so sad as we live 2 minutes aways from a pool) – but I am going to make it happen more often this year.

Especially after I found so many cute bathing suits (both one and two pieces) over on Mod Cloth.

1. “Snack Bar Beauty”
2. “Red Hibiscus”
3. “Beach Blanket Bingo”

Are you getting ready for some beach or pool time already?

xo,
Meli
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My Insta Weekend: 04.07.14

Disney at Night Disney is always extra magical at night with all its twinkling lights.

Date Night with the Hubby Date night with the Hubby at Magic Kingdom

7am Wake Up Time If you wake me up at 7am on a Saturday morning don’t expect me to smile much. And make sure you give me coffee.

Tangled at Magic Kingdom Disney, can I be a princess and live in this tower?

Tony Loves Rapunzel This made our day!

Magic Kingdom on a Beautiful Day

This was one of those rare weekends which it was all play and no work. The past couple of weekends have been crazy over here – whether it’s MegaCon or driving down south to Miami for family things – so it was nice to just hang out with friends.

Saturday we spent the entire day hanging out with some good friends at Tampa. We ate well, watched Captain America (which was amazing), and shared lots of laughs. It was a good day.

Then Sunday become a “Disney Funday” – got up early and headed to Magic Kingdom for some rides, fancy cupcakes, and just exploring the park. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of going to any of the theme parks – it’s just always so much fun. And the best people watching ever! Haha! :)

When we got to Epcot in the afternoon we stopped for some Starbucks. The Hubby was wearing his Iron Man hat and t-shirt – so the barista automatically wrote “Tony Stark” on his cup. So I took advantage and asked to have “Rapunzel” written on my cup. The staff there was extra friendly and it was fun to be called Rapunzel when my coffee was ready. :)

It’s only Monday but I already miss the weekend. It was just so much fun, but I guess some work has to be done.

xo,
Meli
Photos by Blush + Jelly

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Blogger Templates // Shop Update!

Frozen Velvet Blogger Template

Sweet Romance Blogger Template

Peonies and Coral Blogger Template

Frozen Velvet // Sweet Romance // Peonies & Coral

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I know I’ve announced all these templates over on Facebook and Twitter as I launch them, but just wanted to feature a few of the new ones here on the le blog. :)

Creating premade Blogger templates has definitely been so much fun for me! I love coming up with new designs that are affordable but still chic and diverse for bloggers. I have tons of random sketches in my handy dandy notebook ready to become templates. Some sketches transfer nicely over as a blog design – others don’t make the cut. But the process is always fun.

And to make things easy I include installation with all the templates. Cuz I like to treat my clients. ;)

Of course I want to give a special thanks to my dear blog/real-life friend Supal from chevrons & éclairs for letting me use some of her AH-mazing photos for my demo sites. :)

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Don’t find a premade template that you love? Send me me an email and we can talk about working on a custom Blogger templates just for you!

xo,
Meli

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