Hi Friends! It’s back to the daily Monday-Friday grind after a fun filled weekend. Since it was Mother’s Day weekend and my brother was home visiting for a few days we headed up to our hometown to enjoy some time with family. We also enjoyed having a large backyard, more than 600sqft, drive-thrus, and diet cokes in styrofoam cups from Chick-fil-A. It’s the small things in life that always bring so much joy….you know, like the styrofoam cups.
Ryan has been dying to get a “living something” for our apartment (not counting the two living humans and french bulldog, lol). I’m sooooooo not a plant lady so I’ve been dodging the idea, but finally, I caved! We looked at various plants to decide which one (s) we liked and didn’t like. The only one that I really loved was a fiddle leaf fig. Turns out these “fashion-forward” plants are a tad bit high maintenance. Well, that has been an understatement!
I am happy to report that we’ve had our fiddle leaf for a little over 5 months and it’s still alive and dare I even say thriving. That’s right, we’ve had new leaves grow! Plant parent win!! Now, I am by no means an expert on fiddle leafs but I do have a few tips on how to care for one.
If you love these trees too but have been nervous about buying one, DON’T be! Because seriously, if Ryan and I can keep it alive, so can you! We are total plant rookies! We’re still learning what works best for our fiddle but I think we’ve finally found it. Hopefully some of the brown spots will go away soon. That bright green leaf is one of the new ones that just sprouted.
1. Watering–you have to give it just the right amount of water. Not too much and not too little. The gardner at the plant store told us to water it once the top inch of soil dries out, then water it again until water comes out at the bottom. It likes to have a moist but not soaked soil.
2. Sunlight–indirect sunlight is best. Too much hot direct light can burn the leaves and cause them to fall off. Not enough light can also cause the leaves to fall off. See what I mean about being high maintenance…
3. Keep it out of drafty areas. Drafts can cause the plant to dry up, leaves to brown, and then eventually fall off. This goes for both air conditioning and window drafts.
4. Dust it, dust it realllllll good. The leaves are so large on a fiddle leaf that they do require some periodic dusting. This will help keep your plant “breathing” and will prevent any weird funguses and/or pests from growing. Ain’t nobody got time for either of those problems!
There you have it, my tips for keeping this finicky plant alive. If you have any tips I’d love to hear yours!
With the blink of an eye, the weekend has managed to come and go once again. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was fun and filled with friends, tacos, and themed cocktails. I consumed a few tasty margaritas for Cinco De Mayo and on Saturday I did the same but with Mint Juleps out of respect to the Kentucky Derby. So, naturally, my Sunday was spent being lazy and sans booze. During my lazy Sunday, I decided to take the time to clean up my computer and stumbled upon my engagement pictures.
It kind of blows my mind how fast time goes because these pictures are now 3.5 years old. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long but at the same time it does. SO much has changed and happened to us in those 3.5 years that when I look at these pictures I feel like they could have occurred a whole lifetime ago. It was definitely fun taking a stroll down memory lane going through all of these photos.
These engagement pictures are a snapshot of San Francisco’s summer at its finest. And by finest I mean, foggy, windy, and extremely cold! If we look like we’re cold… it’s because we were, haha! I knew it was going to be a crap shoot and that we’d either have amazing weather or it’d be cold and foggy. Spoiler alert, the weather wasn’t amazing!
There was no hair product that was going to save my perfectly curled hair from falling straight as soon as it was touched by the wet fog. That balloon that I had such grand plans for?…total nightmare in the wind. I lost half my tassel string somewhere on the beach. Oh yes, these pictures are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Couldn’t you tell?! It’s okay, neither could I thanks to the fog. Oh, San Francisco! Nevertheless, these pictures will always hold a special place in my heart!
After going through these pictures I kind of want to cut my bangs back. I think they are so cute in these pictures! What do you guys think? Bangs or no bangs?
Does anyone currently have a mint julep in hand for this Kentucky Derby day?! I don’t….yet! I’m still recovering from my one too many margaritas that I may or may not have consumed last night! These images are a few of my favorites from some seriously cute Kentucky Derby parties. In fact, they make me want to throw a last minute party RIGHT NOW, but I’ll have to wait to break out all my searsucker until next year!
In case you are throwing a last minute derby party then let these images serve as inspiration. Here are a few tips that every derby party should have….
1. Mint Juleps–these are an absolute must! If you’re in need of a good recipe you can find my favorite one here.
2. Roses–red roses are the traditional flower of the Kentucky Derby, but I always opt for white or different shades of pink.
3. A searsucker something–a dress, ribbon, bowtie….this is your chance to break out all things searsucker!
4. Mint–you definitely need mint for your mint juleps but it can also serve as cute foliage for a flower arrangement.
5. A fun hat or headband–go ahead, channel your inner Blair Waldorf.
Cheers to the weekend!
Happy Cinco de Mayo, Friends! I hope you all have plans to consume copious amounts of guacamole, margaritas, and of course, tacos this weekend! I know I sure as heck do! If you’re throwing a last minute shindig and need a little last minute Cinco de Mayo inspiration then look no more. These images are sure to have you swooning and running to your nearest party store!
If you’re still searching for the perfect margarita recipe make sure out check out my favorite one here!
Tacos, margaritas, and guacamole, OH MY! That must mean it’s Cinco de Mayo, which is basically one of my favorite holidays because HELLO, tacos, margaritas, AND guac! Seriously, a reason to eat my three favorite food groups in one day, say no more!
Come every Cinco de Mayo I search and search for the ‘best’ margarita to make for my fiesta. Every recipe I find leaves me a little more and more disappointed than the last one.
This year was no exception in my hunt for the ‘perfect’ margarita. However, the one thing that was different this year is that I decided to make my own recipe inspired by the margaritas my uncle used to make me. This recipe is as home crafted as can be and I don’t think a better margarita recipe exists. I clearly may be a little bias, but they really are that good. Ryan just can’t get enough of them!
So, do you all want to know the secret to this margarita??? It’s the cuties! Yes, those adorable little orange fruits that are filled with nothing but deliciousness.
**2 parts tequila (I use reposado)
**1 1/2 parts simple syrup (I use the pre-made stuff)
**1 1/2 part triple sec
**1 1/2 parts lime juice (I use the pre-juiced organic jar)
**Fill a chilled glass a little more than halfway with crushed ice (remember the key to a good cocktail is the ice)
**Pour all ingredients over the ice
**Stir and enjoy
So there you have it, the BEST margarita you’re going to make at home! This one is for you, Uncle Geno…we know you’d love it as much as we do!
What are you favorite recipes for Cinco de Mayo?? This year I may cook a thing or two out of the big ol’ pretty Mexico cookbook of mine!