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Hello Spring! Today I am going to share will you how to create this easy DIY floral inspired coffee filter garland. Not only is it extremely easy but it only requires inexpensive materials that you most likely already have on hand at home.


  • Food Coloring
  • Coffee Filters
  • Bowls (you will need one bowl for each color dye that you are using)
  • String, ribbon, twine or fishing line


1. Fill each bowl with water and add your food coloring. Start with less food coloring and adjust to how bright you would like the color to be.


2. Take your coffee filter and quickly dip the edges into the colored water. The water and color will absorb up into the filter so you do not need to dip the filter for very long.


3. Repeat with your remaining filters varying colors if desired.

4. Let the filters dry completely.

5. Create a cone shape with the filter and tie with your desired string. To create a garland make sure that your string is long enough and continue the tying process every foot or so down the length of the string.


6. Enjoy!

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Reception tables are the ultimate statement because EVERY GUEST gets to enjoy them for a much longer time than any other detail at your event and they combine combining both practical and creative details. Here are a few rules of thumb to consider when planning a tablescape for your next event.


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1. KEEP IT INTERESTING. Use different shapes, mix + match patterns and textures. Also use layers! Just as you would when getting dressed yourself in the morning, layer your linens and dinnerware to make things more interesting.


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2. HEIGHT. Vary the height of items on your table. Using short items such as votive candles with taller items such as candle sticks creates interest for the eye to follow. Keep in mind that while height is important and tall statement pieces can be gorgeous, you want your guests to be able to see each other across the table without too much interference.


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3. SIMPLICITY. Sometimes simple is best. You do not want your table to look cluttered. Sometimes all  you need is a few simple items displayed properly to make the necessary statement.


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4. UNEXPECTED DETAILS. Include things such as favors, succulents, personalized notes or custom napkins to make it unique and most memorable.


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5. RULE OF THREES. Grouping items in sets of three, five, seven etc. creates visual tension and keeps your eye moving. Believe it or not your table will actually look more balanced when grouping in odd numbers instead of using pairs.

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Can we just take a minute to be grateful for the gorgeous weekend we had here in New York! Alex and I spent it outdoors. We got outside early Saturday morning and started cleaning up the yard. We employed the use of the dump truck and wood chipper to chop up all of the branches that had fallen throughout this long winter. This was quite a project, it took a lot of work but after 4 hours we completed getting the bulk of the larger branches out of the yard. As Alex was trying to maneuver the dump truck back up to the garage he hit really soft ground and both the dump truck and the chipper began to sink into the mud. The more that Alex hit the gas and tried to get out, the deeper the tires seemed to go. Eventually after realizing that he was not going to be able to get out of this situation on his own, he enlisted some extra hands and the tractor. The truck and the chipper were unhitched from each other and the tractor was hitched to each piece separately. Only then were each of the machines able to be pulled out of the mud. The aftermath…very large ruts all over the ground where the machines got stuck.

Often times I think we go through the same thing in the course of “doing life”. Whether it is at work, home, in a relationship or something else we often work really hard to form something, create something, wipe a new slate only to feel stuck in the mire once we have reached that place. We don’t know necessarily what the next step is. We created the beautiful thing but it is not going where we envisioned it would be. We formed a new relationship but somewhere along the line it stopped growing. We get to the place in our life where we always wanted to be only to find that the door in front of us is closed. You are not alone! When we feel stuck in the mire, sinking deeper and deeper when we try to get out we need to stop gunning the as pedal and stop to evaluate the situation. Maybe you have to enlist someone to assess your situation from an outside perspective. Maybe you need to sit down and have a hard conversation with yourself. But there is a way out and once you get out the ruts will heal.

Psalm 40:20

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”




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Your wedding was wonderful! The details came together perfectly, the food was delicious, you danced all night long…now what? Marriage is much more than a wedding. It is the first step in building your household. See your household is not just the four walls that protest you from the elements. It is all about the occupants. The unit of people. It is who we surround ourselves with and the influence that we have on each other. Here are a few verses about building wise households.


1. the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.

Proverbs 14:1

“A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.”

Proverbs 24:3

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.”

Psalm 127:1

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”

Wise Home

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This past Sunday here in New York we had our first real dose of Spring. The sun was shinning and the temperature got above 60 degrees (yay!). As a lover of the outdoors that meant getting outdoors and soaking up some of those rays of sunshine. This is a season of family gatherings, holidays and showers among other social gatherings. Make your friends and family enjoy the warm spring weather by bringing the party outdoors. Check out these inspirational images for an outdoor spring brunch.


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