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Egg-spiration

I attempted to spray-paint and gold-leaf my eggs this year, but with my son’s help–and–even though we had quite an entertaining afternoon–they didn’t quite turn out.

So, here’s a re-post from last year for a little inspiration for egg decorating ideas, incorporating glitter, buttons, stickers, feathers, washi tape, embossing powders, and stamps.

Oh, the possibilities!

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Kungphoo - Wow, these look great! Very creative! I especially love the blue one with the gold glitter. Will have to try this out. :-)

Scott - So beautiful. I’m lucky if my store-bought dye kit doesn’t get all over the table and floor.

Jennifer Clay - These eggs are AMAZING! I wish I was this creative! I know that my girls would love to do this!

Laurel Bill - Love your ideas – that first one looks like a poor man’s Faberge egg. Awesome and creative!

Mike - WHOA! That sparkly one is gorgeous as all get out :) I still think you should have posted pics of the ones you and your son made… we would have gotten a kick out of it anyways, haha :)

Richard Harer - This is one of best egg decorations ideas i have ever seen. Thank you for the great ideas!

Yvonne Brown - You are so crafty! I delight in what you have done here! Great job!

Daniele Holmberg - How fun! I used to love to decorate eggs with my brother as young children! You have some gorgeous designs above! Thanks for sharing:)

Veronica - these eggs came out so great! Love them! Very crafty

Dominican Daze

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This was my view for the last 5 days while I dozed watching Judah make sandcastles in the shade and waiting for my bones to thaw from what has been no less than 6 months of winter!  I would have had a fabulous time anywhere that climbed over 70 degrees, but the palm-thatched umbrellas, crystal blue (warm) ocean water, and silky golden sand made for a spectacular mini-trip. Here are some of the highlights from our short Domican Daze–our first tripto the gorgeous Domican Republic.

1.  Forced Downsizing.  

The airline lost our bags as soon as we arrived in Punta Cana, but I could hardly be upset standing in the tiny open-structure airport under one single, huge palm-thatched roof with the cool warm breezes welcoming us to the Carribean.  The planes land in Punta Cana, line up, and the passengers exit straight onto the tarmac before passing through the two room, open airport en route to their Bali beds.

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We didn’t know when our bags would arrive, so we each bought 1 swimsuit and 1 outfit at the gift shop (I got a cover-up that doubled in the evening as a dress), 1 sunscreen bottle, 1 toothbrush and 1 small toothpaste, and a travel-size face wash for me.  My husband and Judah each got these little speedos (how cute are they); and luckily I had all of our hats and sunglasses in my bag.  Our luggage didn’t come until the evening of the 2nd night (we held out on getting extra diapers as long as we could–until the afternoon of the 2nd day–after my husband had to hand-wash my son’s speedos following a certain incident–if you catch my drift.  Judah’s in the middle of potty-training, and it sort of worked sans diaper on the beach–until it didn’t.)

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Surprisingly, I loved the weightlessness of not having all of our “stuff”, wearing absolutely no make-up each day (which is why there are no pictures of me in this post), or even using the extra mind space thinking about what to wear.  Both of us felt ridiculous when we did get our luggage and realized the superfluousness of all the extras we brought–did I really need a different work-out outfit each day when I have never, EVER, worked out on vacation?

It was refreshingly liberating–with the one exception of what I really do need every day–my La Mer moisturizer–and maybe my Aveda deep conditioner!

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2. Family of 3.

It’s been so entertaining and fun to have a 2 1/2 year old who now understands conversations, makes jokes, and has his own ideas and agendas.  Not to mention super adorable.  Judah played for hours in the sand covering my shoes, making sand castles, and loved feeding the pink flamingos after breakfast.  We met a lovely couple on the trip who had a 5 year old daughter named Maya–the two of them played together everyday, helped each other through phobias, and had a mini-date complete with Ipad watching before and during dinner, dancing, and holding hands.

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dr123. There Are A Dozen Ways to Slice a Coconut.

….And apparently a machete is one of them.  This fellow showed up one morning on our patio, as I opened the curtains first thing in the morning, he was standing there holding a bag of cocunts in one hand and a machete in the other.  Before I could wonder why this fellow was facing me first thing in the morning with a machete, he started carving up one of his coconuts and then handed it to us to drink.  I took these photos on the last day when we started expecting him to come by and Judah would run up to him to get the first sip of the water. They cut down the coconuts every morning to put them fresh into the pina coladas! Yum!

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Especially on the east coast, DR is such a short trip and worth its value for a few days to decompress, slow down, and inhale the peaceful scenery (while smoking a cigar).  We stayed at Paradisius Punta Cana–which is known to be kid-friendly and comprises a huge compound that you commute across via bikes or little trolley cars (another fun aspect for the kiddos).

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Wishing you a blissful week!

xx

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Kungphoo - Wow going there would be amazing right now! It’s too bad that the airline lost your bags, but it looks like you guys made the best out of it and had tons of fun anyways! :-)

Jim Striegel - Lesson learned by all to pack a few bathing suits and be ready for a fabulous adventure!

Casey Garnder - We love going to the beach because it’s so tranquil. Sorry about your luggage, but doesn’t see to have hindered your family time.

Traci Henegar - I truly love how you made the best of your situation. You little one is so huggable!

Laurel Bill - Looks and sounds like a good time was had by all. Sometimes less is more …!

Richard Harer - That must have been a tough and Enjoy Moment!! judah looks so cutee!! Il be waiting for the summer getaways on my family.

Tom H - What a great vacation! I loved seeing the pictures on how to slice open a coconut!

Katrina - Wow! Great photos and thank you for sharing your vacation with us! Looks like I know where I want to go next!

Meryl Hershey Beck - What a beautiful, amazing vacation. Sorry about your luggage but knowing you overcame and enjoyed your time anyway is fantastic. What fun and exciting photos you have shared. We should all take more time to just get away. The beach and water is incredible.

Alexandra McAllister - WOW! What an experience! Thanks for sharing your beautiful vacation photos! It is incredible how that man cut the coconut! :)

veronica - Looks like a nice getaway to the Caribbean. It does remind me of my hometown In Montego Bay Jamaica. Especially the coconut cutting

Norma Doiron @Savvy Biz Solutions - What a great story! Nice to see how easily you made do with what you had! True, we have too much… AND the picture of your little guy with Maya walking had me in giggles! How stinking cute is that… I could just pinch these chubby little legs! So cute! Thanks for sharing… :)

Pat Moon - Wow, what a great job! You truly made lemonade out of lemons! You made me envious of a you as you described this amazing vacation. Little ones add so much spark to life.. such a cutie is your Judah. His little friend is also adorable. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Dov Shapira - What a great place to visit.
Your husband looks so happy with your kid on his shoulders :)

Yvonne Brown - The pictures are awesome! Your family will treasure the memories forever. I am glad everything worked out!

Ashley - Wow this looks absolutely incredible. Your view was amazing. Looks like you had a great time!

Marielle Altenor - From the beautiful pictures of your family’s smiling faces, I can tell you guys had a wonderful time. Suck they lost your bags when you first landed.

tina - What a wonderful time you had! I’m jealous of the beach!! What great pictures! I’m so glad you were able to thaw and enjoy this vacation!

Rhonda - Your family looks like you had the time of your life! Great photos and so many fun shots. Did you even think about the lost bags? :)

Robin Strohmaier - What a wonderful article, Jessica. It looks like you all had a wonderful time despite the loss of your luggage. What a precious family you have.

Robin Strohmaier - What a wonderful article, Jessica. It looks like you all had a wonderful time despite the loss of your luggage. What a precious family you have.

A. Lynn Jesus - Great post! Not to mention beautiful pics!!! I have recently gone through an experience that showed me where I was carrying around too much ‘stuff’ (in my case it was hiding behind busy work). And you do feel so much lighter! Way to make amazing lemonade out of what most would consider a trip-destroying experience!

lucy Lao - Wow great article!

Sharon O'Day - The DR is one of those places many people have put at the top of their list for quick getaways! Glad yours was such a “pattern interrupt,” which is what a vacation is supposed to be anyway!

Spring Home Tour: 5 Ways to Get Into Spring

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I’m currently writing this post from my small Starbucks table while snow is sprinkling the Washington DC area.  But–next week, we’ll be on a warm beach in the Caribbean, so I’m literally counting down the days until sand, sun, and (hopefully) spring!

Today, I’m participating in the 2014 Ringing in Spring Home Tour, hosted by WhatsUrHomeStory.  I wanted to keep this post on the simpler side and take a few photos of how I’m transitioning into spring this year, however slowly.

Here are my top 5 ways to get into Spring:

1.  Embrace your inner pastel:  There are so few acceptable occasions to really whip out the pastels–and spring is one of them.  While my spring tablescape last year was green, I’m loving letting loose on the pastel pink and yellow polka dots and blue shellacked eggs.

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2.  Plant something.  Remember my DIY hanging herb garden?  Well, it’s really started to take off.  Okay, maybe we’re not drowning in basil just yet, but I’m pretty impressed with any amount green in our high-rise condo.  Also, don’t forget about all the ways you can display succulents–I even have some that are still alive from last year.

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3. Don’t forget about filler flowers.  I’ve been displaying more and more filler flowers lately–their simple look is inviting and calming to the eye, and I can’t help but appreciate the cheaper price.  Granted, last week, I enjoyed some vibrant pink tulips on the counter in white ceramic vases–but it’s fun to break patterns up.

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4. Add some Spring Chotchkies.  I never thought I’d be that person putting little birds all over the house, but now I’m SO into it!  Here’s a little clip-on bird with faux feathers that I perched on the outside of our DIY chandelier birdcage.  I just feel like they sort of keep me company sometimes.

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5.  Celebrate spring.  This is a spring banner that I made as a gift for a loved one last year.  Take a picnic, visit a vineyard, pick your own bouquet, frequent a farm, send a homemade happy spring card._DSC0157

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to scrape the snow off my windshield.

Don’t forget to check out all the other fabulous bloggers on the 2014 Ringing in Spring Home Tour!

xx

Ringing in Spring 2014 Home Tour

2/24 Monday

Whats Ur Home Story

The Happier Homemaker

Inspiring Hearts & Homes

 

2/25 Tuesday

Life in Velvet

Fat Vegan Baby

Up to Date Interiors

 

2/26 Wednesday

Unexpected Elegance

The Frugal Homemaker

 Charming Zebra

 

2/27 Thursday

Finding Fabulous

A Delightsome Life

Southern State of Mind

 

2/28 Friday

Down Home Inspiration

The Turquoise Home

Rain on a Tin Roof

 

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Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story - Love everything about the tour and your home. Those succulents and the chandelier is gorgeous!

Michelle DeBerge - I love the DYI herb garden idea!

Joan Harrington - Great post!! Thank you for sharing :)

Kungphoo - Wow these are all fabulous ideas! Perfect for Spring! :-)

Angela - Happy Spring!! So glad to be a part of the tour with you. :)
~Angela

lisa prince - wow love the layout especially that table , and that herb garden is just what i need , i cant wait to get a new home with more space x

Shari Yantes - These pictures are beautiful! Thank you for the excellent tips!

Meli Horowitz - Wonderfully creative ideas. Thanks for helping the creatively challenged!!

Veronica - These are some fabulous Spring ideas! I love the succulents

sheena - i love all the decors you have for your home. keep it up

Daniele Holmberg - Those are some great decorating ideas! My favorite is the table setup in picture 1.:)

Richard Harer - Awesome designs! would love to try this good ideas for spring!

Dov Shapira - What a sweet article, It is already too warm here in Phoenix AZ

I love the images yoo took

Marjory Johnson - I love the chandler in the birdcage! These are some great tips!

Jeff Brand - These are some great idea. I like the images too. Just liked your page on Facebook as well!

DIY Laundry Room Sign - Whats Ur Home Story - […] Fat Vegan Baby […]

Kristen @ Down Home Inspiration - Great tips and beautiful photos!

Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker - Love that succulent tablescape – so pretty! Had fun being in the tour with you!

Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker - Love that succulent tablescape – so pretty! Had fun being in the tour with you!

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker - I love the greenery and adore the succulents!

Kathy - Jessica, what a pretty home you have! I love your Easter tablescape with pastels. Great decorating tips.

Kathy - Wonderful tips – I love your kitchen! I am delighted to join this Spring Home Tour with you!
Kathy

Announcing Spring Home Tours—Starting Today!

Today is the start of Spring Home Tours, hosted by my friend Vidya of What’sUrHomeStory.  The tour includes many of my favorite DIY, Lifestyle and Home bloggers sharing with readers their homes and ideas for spring!

Each day the tour will feature 3 bloggers ushering in some fabulous ideas for spring.  Check out the list below and stop by tomorrow for my post on the Spring Home Tour!

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Each of us are going to share how we are welcoming the season of flowers into our homes. So tighten your seat belts and get ready for the inspiration ride!

2/24 Monday

 

Whats Ur Home Story

The Happier Homemaker

Inspiring Hearts & Homes

 

2/25 Tuesday

 

Life in Velvet

Fat Vegan Baby

Up to Date Interiors

 

2/26 Wednesday

 

Unexpected Elegance

The Frugal Homemaker

 Charming Zebra

 

2/27 Thursday

 

Finding Fabulous

A Delightsome Life

Southern State of Mind

 

2/28 Friday

 

Down Home Inspiration

The Turquoise Home

Rain on a Tin Roof

 

xx

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