Spring Must Haves

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!

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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.

  • White Gardenia

  • Lavender Marshmallow

  • 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!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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

Pantagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover Review-A Case of the Blues…

Pantagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover Review-A Case of the Blues…

(All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any additional outside sources.)

The cold weather and snow are still sticking around, so I’m sharing one of my recent favorite fleece pullovers to wear this winter. This was the first item that I have purchased from Pantagonia and I must say that I highly recommend it!

This pullover comes in many colors and is quite soft and retains warmth. I love that it’s not bulky and the front pocket is great for storing your keys, chapstick, or phone if you are out running errands. I prefer throwing on a fleece over wearing a jacket on any given day.

This light blue color can brighten up any gloomy gray, snowy day. Sometimes the cold weather has a way of bringing me down. I’ve paired my polish here to match my outfit. The nail color that I’m wearing is by Sally Hansen-Miracle Gel-649-Flash-ionista!

What warm weather outerwear do you recommend to stay warm on these cold days?

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory

Pittsburgh, PA

(All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any additional outside sources.)

December was a bit of a blur, January hit me hard and did not start out as planned, so I apologize for the lack of posts the past two months. Early on in the month, since I ran out of free days in December, I made plans with my mom to visit Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA.

Although I’ve been to Phipps a few times before, it’s a new experience each time as their exhibits change. Currently, snow is on the ground…I love looking at beautiful green exotic plants and colorful flowers on any given day, but when the weather is gray, gloomy, and snowy, the pop of color makes things feel positive and better in my world! I could honestly spend hours here a day looking at and taking in all of the varieties and beauty of these plants and flowers.

One of my favorite areas to visit is the room with the orchids! They are stunning! Delicate flowers with sharp designs and colors with extraordinary shapes. They showcase such elegance. Another eye catcher while walking through the gardens are the blown glass pieces that are displayed throughout the plants and flowers.

The desert and tropical plants make you feel like you are on vacation somewhere else far away from the city. The size of these plants along with their shapes or spikes show off such character. Warm, humid air hits you as you walk along the palms and banana trees while they tower over you.

I went while the Christmas decorations were still up. Phipps is also a wonderful place to visit during the spring and summer as well. Instead of Christmas lights and décor, you may walk outside through the Japanese garden. Last year they also had plant sales which I am looking forward to attending this year, since I did not make it to any last year.

After a peaceful day, my mom and I enjoyed sitting down in their cafe/restaurant and I sipped on an Americano while she enjoyed a cold pineapple seltzer drink. Make sure while you are there, you stroll through the gift shop near the entrance. I wanted to buy every gardening book that was on their shelves and the small section of jewelry was gorgeous and would make great gifts for others or yourself!

Here are a few of the many pictures that I took while visiting. What are some of your favorite botanical gardens to visit?

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Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Christmas is only a few days away! This month has flown by faster than the rest this year. Cold weather and snow have arrived. I’m a not a fan of the cold weather, so I’m already looking ahead to warmer months and greener things! I have found some fun and fabulous gift ideas for those that love to garden!

These gifts can be found at: www.gardeners.com. These ideas and opinions are my own. What gardening gift ideas do you recommend?

butterfly biome 24.99

Butterfly Biome-$24.99

cascadino stack or hang self watering herb planter

Cascadino Stack or Hang Self Watering Herb Planter-$24.99

classic mini magnet succulent gardens set of 34.95

Classic Mini Magnetic Mini Succulent Garden Set of 3-$34.99

daisy stepping stone 9,95

Daisy Stepping Stone-$9.99

dirty little digger 24.95

Dirty Little Digger-$24.99

mini copper succulents set of 3 29.95

Mini Copper Succulent Set of 3-$29.95

mosaic solar light drops set of 34.99

Mosaic Solar Light Drops Set of 3-$34.99

surreal woodlandsbirch horizontal planter 11 inch 17.95

Surreal Woodlands Birch Horizontal Planter-$17.95

teardrop tabletop terrarium 31.89

Teardrop Tabletop Terrarium-$34.99

December Bucket List

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?

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Shop Small, Shop Local-Small Business Saturday

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Shop Small, Shop Local-Small Business Saturday

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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!

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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

Established: 1935

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!

MikeRo Marketing

Established: 2013

Location: Uniontown, PA

Owner: Mike Romeo

Website: www.mikeromarketing.com

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!

KingView Mead

Established: 2016

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Owner: Scott Neeley

Website:  www.kingviewmead.com

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!

 

 

Remember to Shop Local not just this holiday season, but everyday!