Do you remember my Michaela who interned for me a few years ago? Her grandmother always told her to dream big and dream she did. Last year, Michaela and her friend Ashley launched The Bloom Workshop. And not surprisingly it’s been a huge success! The hands-on workshop was designed for creative women who are eager to learn about blogging, social media, photography, interior design and styling. Our goal is to share our knowledge on how each of these topics work together to help take blogs or businesses to the next level. Bloom’s mission is to help fuel women’s creative passions, establish authentic community, and help each attendee feel confident in their small business or blog. With special sessions on the specifics of blogging, social media best practices, design, styling and photography, a styled photo shoot to practice the skills guests just learned, and a Q&A session with a panel of experts this is a great opportunity for all eager to learn, network and hone creative skills.
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Hello December! It’s time to deck the halls, trim the tree and prep for holiday dinners. With the Christmas season in full swing, I was thrilled to work in partnership with Target on planning my tablescape this year. The festive white and gold color scheme sprang from the gorgeous table runner by Oh Joy! for Target and the fun candlesticks from Threshold. I paired the runner with elegant gold and silver swirl dinnerware and faux bamboo flatware. In contrast to the metallics, I added pops of color and earthy touches with succulents, air plants and driftwood. The mini hanging glass terrariums with sand and air plants topped each place setting and are the perfect gift for each dinner guest. I love the result!
From beautiful candlesticks to chic table runners, timeless flatware to festive dinnerware, Target has every little thing (at super affordable prices) you’ll need this holiday season to entertain family and friends!
* all photos and styling by Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee
** Target provided merchandise from their store for this post, but my opinions are all my own – as always!
disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.
Keeping a calendar is an essential part of being organized. It’s an important step in helping manage your daily activities and prioritize your time. It’s also a great way to kick off a new school year and start 2015 off on the right foot (which will be here before we know it!). Did you know that you can reduce stress by simply logging appointments, events and assignments in a daily planner? When kept up-to-date, a planner allows you to find information quickly, prioritize effectively and schedule appointments on the spot.
Although there are some terrific online calendar apps, I still prefer writing down appointments, events and day-to-day tasks in a traditional daily planner. With so many stylish designs these days it was tough to narrow down my favorites, but here goes.
(via Emily Ley)
I too have been scrabbling this week prepping for the Easter celebration. And for all of you looking for last minute ideas, I’ve pulled some of the most inspiring Easter crafts and decorations on Pinterest. I hope they inspire you too!
These eggs are all naturally dyed. Love!
Simple and sweet. These farm fresh eggs were decorated with a white paint pen. Yep, that’s it!
These water color Easter eggs are so pretty and easy to do.
Create darling butterfly treat bags using a sandwich bag, clothes pin, googly eyes and pipe cleaners.
I also really thought these bunny ear Easter treat bags were super cute.
Bunny ear napkins and jars filled with jelly beans and chocolate bunnies are perfect to decorate the table for Easter brunch.
Decorating the chair backs with a paper floral wreath would also be a wonderful touch for an Easter brunch.
Here’s a simple way to make pretty Petits Fours.
This is an Easter lamb cake that my mom made a few years ago for an Easter brunch. The lamb cake mold was my grandmother’s, so it was extra special.
Wishing you and your family a joyous Easter!