Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sweet Parrish Place Style {Vol. 29}



Sweet Parrish Place Style


Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide that same inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Spring/Summer Front Stoop 2015

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Have you been enjoying your Memorial Day weekend?  We have had a busy one, but also productive!  We squeezed in time with friends on Friday and Saturday nights, and we also got the third wall in our family room painted, power washed the back deck, and spruced up the front of our house for summer.  And that last part is what I am here to share with you today.  I think my front stoop for summer might be my favorite so far!  So welcome to our spring and summer front stoop!


Friday, May 22, 2015

The Un-Pretty Way To Organize a Storage Room

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Warning- This is not one of those picture perfect organization projects where all of the storage containers match and everything looks like it should be in a magazine.  What this is is an un-pretty way to organize a storage room.  Because for us, this is real life.  And we don’t have the budget to go out and purchase matchy matchy stuff for a storage room that no one will ever see but us.  What this post is is an effective way to get a large storage room organized.  So if you need to tame the chaos in a storage room of your own, but like us do not have the time or the budget to make it pretty, this is the post for you!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jump Start Your Day

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Let’s talk about Carnation Breakfast Essentials!  To me, this is a throwback to my childhood.  Growing up, my mother drank a packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast, mixed with milk, every single day.  So I grew up with this stuff!  And as I got older, I would also drink it before running out the door to school.  This product was a part of my entire childhood, and even after I left home it stayed with me.  So writing about it today seems a bit retro and nostalgic, because it seems like it has always been with  me. 

Sweet Parrish Place Style- {Vol. 28}

Have you checked out my 16 Spring Fashion Must Haves yet?





Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide that same inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Easy Spring Centerpieces to DIY

Hi all!  In light of the fact that I have been on a little blogging break, I invited Danielle Hedegus from the website Modernize.com to write a guest post for you today!  It's all about some easy and beautiful Spring centerpieces that you can create yourself!  If you have never checked out Modernize.com before, you definitely should, it is a new home design and remodeling website with so much inspiration to be seen!  I hope you enjoy!

I love spring time, especially after a long cold winter. This one really seemed to linger, didn’t it? It is finally time to soak up some sunshine, enjoy produce at peak freshness, fire up the grill, and enjoy lazy days with friends and family. In addition to spring cleaning, I like to upgrade my home decor to reflect the change in season and to sort of bring the outdoors inside--minus the bugs! I am so excited to share these beautiful DIY centerpieces. I hope they inspire you to create your own spring time centerpiece.

When Life Gives You Lemons...or Limes!
I recently learned that adding an acid based substance to the water in your flower vase can help extend the life of your flowers. Lemon-lime soda works, too but it’s not nearly as pretty. Place your lemon (limes and oranges work well, too) slices loosely in the water to create a whimsical look. For a more simple (and I think elegant) presentation, cut thicker slices, packing them fairly tightly within the vase to surround one or two blooms. 


 Via Pinterest








Feeling a Little Prickly?

Yes, I know puns are the “lowest form of humor,” but I still love them. I also love this beautiful colorful cactus dish. I see beautiful bowls and shallow trays like this at discount stores all of the time. Now I finally have an excuse to buy! Cactuses (or cacti, either is correct, I looked it up!) are very easy to care for, especially if you don’t have much of a green thumb. This colorful arrangement is so distinctive and if you don’t have time to frequently update your centerpieces, you should get a lot of mileage out of this one--until it’s time to transplant!






Usher in the Tropics!

Okay, after the citrus, I am starting to think I may be slightly obsessed with adding fruit to my floral arrangements! Why not, though? The weather is finally getting nice. Farmer’s markets are open again. Let’s celebrate all of the fresh fruits and veggies that are finally in season. This arrangement is super easy, but makes such a bold statement. Simply core the pineapple and use it as a vase. Check and make sure that it sits level on a table, especially after you add the weight of the water and the flowers. You can always make a small cut on the bottom make the surface flush.


Via BRIT+CO




Add a Warm Glow

I always like to have candles lit during meals. I feel like it creates a relaxed vibe and signals to my family that shared meals are special. These picture lanterns, combined with a plain vase or jar and some simple flowers, would make a beautiful centerpiece. I found the tutorial to make these on a great blog called Twig & Toadstool. Check it out here. The supplies are very inexpensive--a glass jam or peanut butter jar will do just fine and you can use your discretion to create your favorite springtime images. This would be a great project to work on as a family or with some girlfriends.





Another way to incorporate candles and create a sophisticated look (that is VERY affordable), is to use floating candles. All you need for this centerpiece is three glass vases of varying sizes. I like these simple squared ones. You can find them almost anywhere now, but they are usually by the small bamboo plants. Use super glue to secure silk flowers to one of the rocks that you’ll place at the top of the pile. Vase, rocks, flowers, candles, done! Easy, simple, and chic.


 Via Pinterest




And What Would a DIY Blog Be Without Mason Jars?

Mason jars are having a major cultural moments so who am I to buck the trend? Mason jars really are great though--inexpensive and they conjure up great memories of iced tea and lemonade on warm days and delicious jams and spicy pickles. Maybe that last one is just me! Anyway, this project is super easy and looks great. You can choose any color spray paint, but I really like the gold. Simply spray the jar with a good coat and allow to dry. These pink carnations look great next to the gold jars.



Happy spring and good luck with your centerpieces! I’d love to hear how they turn out for you!


For other DIY decorations and ideas, head to Modernize.com.

Thanks to Danielle and Modernize for collaborating with me to bring you this lovely post, so many great ideas, I think my favorite is the colorful cactus centerpiece, Which is your favorite?

This is where I party:

Tuesday:
Inspire me Tuesday// Project Inspired// Show and Share// Totally Terrific Tuesday//
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party// Two Uses Tuesday
Monday:
Inspiration Monday// Amaze Me Monday// Something to Talk About// Bloggers Brags
Motivational Monday// Remodelaholic// Metamorphosis Monday// Motivation Monday
Wednesday:
Wow Us Wednesdays// Work it Wednesday
Thursday:
Think and Make Thursdays// My Two Favorite Things

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sweet Parrish Place Style { Vol. 27}

Have you checked out my 16 Spring Fashion Must Haves yet?

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Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide that same inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles.