Spring Must Haves
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, but I’m pushing myself to get out of this slump! I’m here to share some brighter, happier, and prettier things to make your day a little less gloomy (since that has been a daily occurrence here in PA.)
This weather plays a major role in my personality and mood. I’m such a happier and more motivated person when the sun is shining! This cold, rainy, snowy weather needs to go away until next year!
On these dark grey days I’ve found some items that are bright, cheerful, and colorful. Turn that dull day around by wearing, using, smelling, or reading some of these items!
Here are a few of my favorite items…
Spring Candles-If you can’t get outside yet, bring the spring smells indoors! I have picked some of my favorite scents from Bath and Body Works.
Fresh Cut Lilacs
These candles are normally $24.50. Buy them when they are running their 3 Wick Sale!
Rose Garden Acrylic Tumbler and Wine Glass-I love Pier 1! You can find these pretty glassware pieces there. You can take them outside and enjoy a nice cold beverage without worrying about breaking the glass because they are acrylic. The tumbler is $6.95 and the wine glass is $7.95. These are great sets to add to your Spring/Summer Outdoor Living selection.
Spring Read-Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Book. Although, I haven’t had time to begin reading this book, I was thrilled that it arrived at my door on the 1st day of Spring! The Floret website is one of my favorite sites to view on the web! I just love the entire site! Erin is living my dream, haha. Check out her website for pure flower enjoyment! https://www.floretflowers.com/
Sleepwear and Intimates-I love these grey floral sleep shorts! They are the perfect addition to my spring/summer sleepwear collection. The wireless bra and underwear also have a very springy vibe! All sleepwear and intimates are from Target.
Flower Farmer Tee-I believe flowers make the world a brighter and happier place. From growing seeds, planting flowers, watching them grow, floral prints, I love it all! If you purchase this tee off of the Magnolia Roots Co. website, it comes in both cream and blush and part of the proceeds go to the Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund. The tee was made to raise awareness for the slow flower movement and to support local flower farmers.
Garden Shoes and Rain Boots-These shoes that I tried on made by Sloggers are surprisingly comfortable. The rain boots have such a pretty floral print and would be perfect for all of the snowy/rainy days that we have been having in PA. They are made by the brand Chooka and can be found at Nordstrom. Both of these items are on my wish list!
What are some of your favorite Spring Must Haves? I would love for you to share!
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
Valentine’s day is approaching us in less than a week… Whether you love or hate this holiday, I’ve shared some of my favorite items that will make anyone’s Valentine’s Day a little bit better!
Here are the items, prices, and websites listed below.
(All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any additional outside sources.)
Bring Me Wine Socks-$8.00-www.charmingcharlie.com
Cup of Love Happy Mug-$17.00-www.naturallife.com
Frankie Ruffle Heel-$29.00-www.charmingcharlie.com
Let’s Fall in Love Heart Fleece Blanket-$79.00-www.kirklands.com
Let’s Fall in Love Heart Pillow-$29.99-www.kirklands.com
Morning Sexy Hand Stamped Vintage Spoon-$17.00-https://shopjessicandesigns.com/
Nothing but Love Pullover-$25.00-www.charmingcharlie.com
Pretty Velvet Bow Peep Toe-$29.99-www.charmingcharlie.com
So Loved Canvas Pouch-$15.00-www.naturallife.com
Sparkling Rose Gummies-$6.00-www.davidstea.com
Stud Muffin and Hot Stuff Mug, Set of 2-$14.99-www.kirklands.com
Sweet Tart Valentine’s Day Tea Tin-$19.00-www.davidstea.com
December Bucket List
Where has this year gone? It’s the last month of the year and I’ve come up with a few ideas of what I want to do this month. It’s such a crazy month, I probably have forgotten to write down everything.
What do you have planned for your bucket list this December?
Shop Small, Shop Local-Small Business Saturday
There’s nothing more important than supporting your local businesses! Local business owners are the ones who sacrifice time and energy to provide you with items and services that they are passionate about! When you buy local, you are supporting someone’s dream!
I decided to re-post my blog article from last year below. Our communities are strengthened when we support our local shops. You are making a big impact when you shop small!
The four businesses that hold a special place in my heart are: Romeo’s World Importing Market, Ultimate Structures (not listed below), which has expanded with lots located in: Uniontown, Belle Vernon, and Washington, PA, MikeRo Marketing, and KingView Mead. I support them on a daily basis. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I’m sure that you’ve seen posts from each of these businesses. It’s important to share what’s going on. Great ideas that have thought and uniqueness to make them stand out from the rest! I challenge you to step away from the norm, and visit a local business in your area. I can almost guarantee you will return back to that business in the future.
More and more people are trying to get away from the traditional corporate America style jobs. They are tired of the politics, the feeling of being taken advantage of, and stressed with no appreciation. In most occupations today, it’s not about who does the best job or who is most dedicated or qualified. It’s about connections and who you know. I applaud all small business owners for taking the risk and following their dreams!
My blog post from last year: https://allthingsprettycom.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/small-business-saturday-shop-local/
Small Business Saturday: Shop Local
My entire life I’ve experienced the lifestyle of growing up in a family owned, small business. A successful business takes passion, dedication, commitment, and a lot of personal sacrifices. It is by no means a piece of cake to run or manage a local small business. There are long and stressful days where putting in extra effort is a must to become unique and well known. You must make your mark to stay open and still be profitable.
I am encouraging each of you reading this to understand how important it is to support your local businesses. I’m asking you not to only shop local on November 26, but shop local as often as you can. When you walk into their store, take a look around and realize the amount of time put into the business (which goes way beyond a 9-5 job), recognize the thought and passion that the owner has put forth to bring you the products that they have to offer and all that they do for the community. You would be surprised how many small business owners are the ones that volunteer and make an effort to go above and beyond to help make your community a better place to live in. Appreciate them, support them, celebrate them, and thank them!
Here are a few local, small businesses that are close to my heart! World Importing, MikeRo Marketing, and KingView Mead. If you have any small businesses that are meaningful to you, I would love to hear about them as well.
Romeo’s World Importing Market & Groceria
Location: Uniontown, PA
Owner: Ron Romeo
Welcome to a world of Italian food products (such as a variety of pasta and sauces), baked goods, gourmet meats & cheeses, baked goods, daily soup & lunch specials, and more! This business began in 1935, it started from the ground up by my great grandfather, which was then passed on to my grandpap, and is now in the hands of my dad, Ron Romeo. My father is currently the owner of this exquisite, “Old World” deli and market. Although he has large shoes to fill after my grandpap, he continues to dedicate his time and passion with the food industry to provide you with the most affordable and fine foods that our little town has to offer!
When you walk into the store, you may smell fresh bread baking or fresh homemade pepperoni rolls hot out of the oven. Make sure to stop in for your morning cup of coffee, then return back in for one of the best daily lunch specials around! (You can find the weekly lunch menu on Facebook) If you are looking for lunch meat to take home or supplies for dinner, you are in the right spot.
The holidays are right around the corner, so order your meat & cheese trays, holiday cookie trays, and catering dishes soon! World Importing is ready to help you get ready to celebrate the holidays and make them special! Gourmet meats and cheeses are a great addition to your holiday parties and wine tastings. A few of my favorite items are: imported prosciutto, soppressata, smoked gouda, feta, beemster cheese, and I cannot forget Calabrian and kalamata olives! Some days I feel these food items are the only necessities that I need in life! Yum!!!! I’m making myself hungry just thinking about them!
When you are in search of great food, proceed to World Importing and you will not be disappointed! World Importing has so much history and endless memories dating from 1935, so shop local and keep the traditions and memories alive! Make sure to follow Romeo’s World Importing on Facebook!
Location: Uniontown, PA
Owner: Mike Romeo
MikeRo Marketing is your premiere source for imprinted items! My brother Mike is always up for a challenge and is ready to offer you the newest items and provide you with ideas to make your business stand out and be remembered! He will puts his heart into each inquiry and will treat your business as if it was his own.
Mike decided to start his own business to give you the best customer service and offer you affordable and unique marketing items. He will help get you what you want and try to get it for you at the price you want! Some of the most popular items that he has worked on are: pens, business cards, calendars, t-shirts, hats, ribbons/medals, mugs, business signs, etc. There are endless possibilities when it comes to marketing your business! If you can put a logo on it, it can be done!
Check out MikeRo Marketing at: www.mikeromarketing.com. Also, follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Owner: Scott Neeley
What is mead? It is actually the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man. It may have faded away and disappeared for awhile, but it is now the new and upcoming beverage! Mead is wine made from fermented honey.
Scott, owner and mead maker started making mead as a hobby about 6 years ago. He entered competitions locally and around the world. His meads have won in several competitions and have medaled internationally. Scott pursued his passion and his business was recently established in 2016.
If you are wondering where you can find and taste KingView Mead, you may find the products in about 50 local bars and restaurants in the Pittsburgh area, as well as looking up the events KingView participates in, such as festivals across the state. You may purchase mead at: www.kingviewmead.com and it will be shipped directly to your home.
Scott not only wanted to provide you with wonderful, award winning mead, he also wanted to give back and help to save the declining bee population. He created the first and only, “Mead for Bees” program. This program was built into the business model. It is a free program for beekeepers. They are encouraged to sign up on the website and join the other 200+ beekeepers. 10% of KingView sales goes back to the beekeeping community. When this amount is reached, a name from the program is pulled and the individual is awarded with a hive or beekeeping supplies.
If you are looking for unique holiday gift ideas, one idea would be to sign up for the KingView Quarterly Club. (Similar to a wine club) The cost is around $40. Three meads chosen by Scott will be sent out to you four times a year. The shipping cost is taken care of by Scott. Gift crates, wedding favors, and other original items are available for sale online. Another added bonus, use the coupon code: Holidays for a 10% discount! Learn more about this awesome company at: www.kingviewmead.com
. Get all of the latest updates and upcoming events by following KingView Mead on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
All in a Name
Have you ever thought about your name and wondered about what the meaning is behind it? Since October is my birthday month, I decided to do a little bit of research and see what I could find out about my name. Honestly, a lot of it is very true if you know me. A few things not true, said I love the color pink and I am confident. I’m not a huge pink person, but you will see me sporting it from time to time. The confidence part, that depends on the topic and the given day… I researched on both Google and Pinterest.
A majority of the sites said the same things. My name “Melissa” means, honey bee. Like the bee, the name says that I’m a tireless worker, who gathers information from many sources, until I know that I have all the information that I need. One fact that I can agree with, is that I will not be satisfied and will not give up until I know what I need to figure out what I’m looking to know. It says that I store everything in my heart, not just in my head. (So true!) I also read that those who need a “Melissa” in their life, know what I mean to them. That I have a special place and meaning in their heart, but many times it is impossible for them to admit it or say it out loud.
History and Origin
In ancient times mythology, “Melissa” was known as the “Queen Bee Goddess.” That being said, she looked over all of the other women. The name originated as a Greek name.
Very beautiful person inside and out
Makes you laugh and gives hugs
Can be blunt
Easy to talk to
Loves her family more than anything else
Loves the color pink
Great leadership skills
Creates the strongest bonds with a select few worth her time
Believes time is precious
Loyal to the end
Once you date a “Melissa,” all other women seem dull and lifeless
Also refers to the plant known as, lemon balm
Speaks from the heart
Shy girl until she is comfortable
She will feel lucky to know you, but you are the lucky one
Popularity and Pop Culture
The name started to become popular in the 1950’s. It was one of the top ten names from 1967-1984. (I was born in 1980.) On the pop culture end, The Allman Brothers Band came out with the song, “Melissa.”
Here are a few of the sites that I went to:
*I will say that Urban Dictionary has descriptions of what people post about the name. I read 8 of them. There are plenty more and they were fun to read. Some even made me laugh.
If you know me personally, do you think my name fits me? What does your name say about you? Do you agree or disagree with the information? I’d love to hear your comments!
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go back to Happy Valley and rehash the old memories and relive the good times from when I was a student up there. I couldn’t pass up the chance to tailgate, visit with my awesome cousins, and go to a PSU Football Game! (A huge thank you goes out to my aunt and uncle for the invite!!!)
Rise and Shine! Brew my pumpkin spice coffee, shower, get dressed, fill the cooler with ice and fall beverages! Load up the car and off the five of us went! The brisk morning woke us up as we traveled to Penn State. The day remained cloudy and chilly as we layered and bundled up throughout the day, before we went into the game. We enjoyed ribs, buffalo chicken dip, wings, pulled pork, pasta salad, and pineapple! It was so much fun to play corn hole and watch everyone play giant jenga. As we started walking toward the stadium, the sun finally came out! The first quarter was awesome as we scored four touchdowns! It was nice to leave at the end of the game with a win! We Are…PENN STATE!!!
It’s hard to explain the feeling when we arrived…there was a warmness in my heart, excitement and anticipation for the game, and delicious food to be shared with great people. As you drive up to your spot to set up, there’s a rush that goes through you! People from all over, set up for a day of fun! Blue and White everywhere!!! RV’s, PSU pop up tents, games, food, drinks, laughter…There’s a vibe of warmth and welcoming, like everyone around is one big family!
In today’s world, we continuously hear about the bad, and are forced to be focused on all the negativity around us…The news for example, is always so sad anymore. All we are told about is the violence, the deaths, terrorism, natural disasters, hatred towards each other…How often do you hear about positivity in the world?
Something as simple as going to a tailgate party and a football game, was like a breath of fresh air! The environment around us was positive! We shared smiles, laughter, fun, and unity with strangers all around us! It was such a nice change from the normal daily or weekend routine.
On my journey as a college student, I started out as a shy, small town girl. I feared many things such as being scared of being away from home, not being able to achieve my goals, how would I make friends, how would I find my way around that huge campus?…Overall, I achieved and excelled! I made the Dean’s List numerous semesters. I conquered my fears and I grew into a confident, fun-loving, smart woman during my days of living and learning in this beautiful city, State College. It was my home away from home. A place where I had achieved more than I ever thought I could or would. A place where I met wonderful friends, created memories that will last a lifetime, and it always was a place where I felt safe. It’s honestly one of the most beautiful campuses that I have ever been to! I graduated with pride! Pride in myself and for my future! I am so lucky and grateful to have not let my fears of leaving and worrying hold me back, and I’m so happy that I challenged myself with bigger and better things! It is always a pleasure returning to Happy Valley! It’s a reminder of a time when I was unstoppable and I believed in myself!
Check out my list for a fun tailgating experience! I’ve also posted some pictures of us tailgating and enjoying the game!
Still making memories…Here are some pictures from this weekend!
Off We Go…
PSU Beauties Courtney and I
Corn hole Buffalo Chicken Dip Jenga
We Are…PENN STATE!!! Alumni (My brother Mike, and I)