Real or Fake?


Having living plants inside and outside of your home takes an ordinary house to a stunning home. There are some people who have green thumbs and then there is people, myself included, who can kill a plant within a few days. Let's be honest, who has time to go around and water flowers? I am doing good to get dinner on the table. If you are one of those people, who are on the go all the time, real plants are out of the question. But you can still fool all your friends into thinking you have all the time in the world to go around and water plants. This is where faux (fake) plants come into play. Fake plants add color, depth, and texture to any room, backdrop or table design. But you will need to purchase the top of the line faux (fake) plants, to be able to fool visitors into thinking they are real. Take a look at this very nice potted silk ivy plant that I received from Commercialsilk.com.
I have placed it near the window on the end table, to liven up the corner of the room. It is sitting near the window for the visual, that it needs light to live.
You can buy fake plants almost anywhere. But you can get quality manufactured silk and artificial plants for indoor and outdoor decorative use at Commercialsilk.com. Once you get your fake plant the correct location of the fake plant is key. You want to put the faux (fake) plant in a place where a living plant would thrive. If you have something that would require sunshine to bloom, then don't put it in the dark. That is a dead give away that you have decorated with a fake plant.
Did you know you can also use fake plants outside? Commercialsilk.com sells an azalea trellis made for exterior. The picture below is from Commericialsilk.com of the Outdoor Azalea Trellis Design. Doesn't that look beautiful?

The best thing about it is that theres no gardening and no watering.
After seeing pictures of how beautifully I can decorate the outside of my home with fake boxwoods, ivy hedges, trees, and  brighten up any bare spot in my home, I am sold on the Faux (fake) plants. Do you do fake or real?

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Disclaimer:
I received a beautiful silk ivy potted plant for the writing of this article. All opinions and judgments are 100% my own.


Dinosaur Party


Little boys and their dinosaurs. When my little man turned 3 years old, I threw him a little get together and the theme was dinosaurs. This was one of the funniest parties I have designed. I loved every little detail about it. The children seemed to love it and the parents seemed to enjoy it also. This party was very simple. I loved how it turned out. 

I made swamp slime, which was made out of lime jello. I found these really cool wooden spoons and I tied them to the jars. 


Sprinkled Caramel Apples was a hit at the desert table. The sugar cookies was just dinosaur foot steps. You can't forget the no bakes. 
The cute dinosaur food labels was printed from supermommy.com. The labels are free to print and they are so adorable. 




                                                          
The cake was a simple vanilla and chocolate cake. I love the dinosaurs on it. You can't have a dinosaur party without prehistoric dirt. I placed Oreo Dirt Cake in the jars. The parents loved them. I even offered a healthy alternative to all the sweets. I offered apples and oranges. 



Here is what the full sweet table looked like.  I had placed the sweet table inside my kitchen, along with the food table. The main party was actually outside. 



We had dinosaur eggs.


A 'Let's Rawr" sign

Each chair had a tail tied to each. Every child received a tail with a dinosaur hat and was able to take them home. 


There was a dinosaur trail leading the children to the party table. 


There was an excavation dig. Where each child was able to search for dinosaur skeletons. 

The children had a blast at the party. Some children played in the sand, while the other children played on our swing set. My son still talks about his dinosaur party, and I think he wants another dinosaur party at his next birthday.


If you live in the Louisville, KY area I would love to design a party for your little one or for your next party. 




Thinking of going to St. Petes Beach?

It has taken me weeks to write about my last family get away. Our getaway was nothing fancy, just a quick flight down to St. Petersburg, FL to bury our feet in the sand. This trip was a special trip because it was little man's first trip to the beach. It has just been very hard to write a review. There is not much to say about St. Petes beach. It is just a quaint cozy beach town, that is known for its amazing sunsets. I did not see many chain restaurants, besides some fast food restaurants, which was good and I did not see much things to do with kids, like go carts, or boardwalk things. So when the sun went down there was not much to do with our little ones. One night we walked down the street to play mini golf at a small putt put course. The other nights we let them swim in the hotel pool until we felt like it was getting to cold for them to swim and then we finished the night out by watching movies in our room.


We stayed at the Sirata Beach Resort and let me just say this resort is beautiful. We had a street view which was fine because I could still see the water and palm trees. 
They have three swimming pools placed through out the property and the pool we used everyday was not crowded. It was the one closest to Rum Runners. At some parts of the day it was just us, but it could have been the time of the year we went. We enjoyed the live music at night with the fire pit and the hot tub. It was so hard to get my toddler off of the the beach playground, he played and played.
 One thing I had never saw before was that the beach towels were supposedly micro chipped. You check out a towel by swiping your room key in a machine. When you were done using that towel you returned it back to the machine. I did not want to test to see if they were really microchip. I was not wanting an extra fee, so I will take them at their word on that.
The beach, the hotel swimming pool and the putt put course up the street, was kinda like the only thing to do that was in walking distance from our hotel. Up and down the beach they had jet ski rentals and the aqua- cycle rentals. I wanted to rent an aqua- cycle so bad but as I watched others flipping their aqua cycles and being unable to get it over the wave breaks, I decided it looked better from afar.
There was other things to do like go on dolphin tours, drive to Tampa to Busch Gardens, but all along it is just a quaint cozy beach town known for its sunsets. I would recommend this beach to anyone looking for a nice place to enjoy the beach. Especially couples who want to enjoy every sunset.