Another Lent Season is upon us and this year I thought very hard about what sacrifice I would make and a different thought came to mind. A few weeks ago, I shared with my husband that I would be doing “Random Acts of Kindness” with our girls throughout our neighborhood and he thought it was a neat idea. I have seen it before, even had some of my friends do the same with their children. So I decided to make this Lent season not only about selecting a “sacrifice” for the Lord but also about Paying It Forward for Him. We have been abundantly blessed, not with possessions but with a family love
I want my children to be sweet, humble and giving spirits—those are the values that I was raised on and want to pass down to them. So I thought what better time to start… So this Lent season, we will be doing at least one Random Act of Kindness a day! I created this “spring inspired” Random Act of Kindness circles labels to use on our gift bags! Now, you don’t have to be celebrating Lent to use them, they are just inspired RAK cards and I’d love for you to use them in spreading your kindness throughout your community.
Download the labels here. They work perfectly with Online Labels 2.5 round circle labels! Here are some photos of my oldest getting ready for tomorrow! Make sure you follow us on Instagram to see where our RAK gifts end up!
Last month we shared pictures from our Christmas Ornament Wedding Reception Celebration and today I want to share these beautiful invitations that we created for the event. We used traditional Christmas and Holiday colors of red and gold with of course a touch of sparkle. We used the gorgeous gold jacket sleeves and wrapped it in red satin ribbon. The invitation itself turned out to be one of my favorites! The black base with the gold snowflakes and beautiful gold and red ball Christmas Ornaments. Take a look at our beautiful Christmas Ornament Wedding Invitations!
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There is still snow on the ground here in the Washington, D.C. and I’m finally getting around to sharing some photos from one of our corporate end of the year events from last December at The Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner. A local McDonald’s Co-Op hired us to design a winter wonderland celebration for their owners. Ronald McDonald even showed up! We decided to use these gorgeous 6ft tall crystal trees on alternating tables surrounded by soft pillowy foam and orchids at the base. On the remaining tables we did an arrangement of white flowers including hydrangea, stock, and roses filled in a round orb vessel with silver ornaments. The cool blue LED lighting and the lighting emulating snowflakes falling really made the room just beautiful!
Here I am with Ronald McDonald – Covered in Glitter!
It’s hard to believe that we launched in 2010 on this very day and it’s been 4 years! What a magnificent 4 years it has been. Around this time of the year, I typically reflect on the previous year and everything that I accomplished and didn’t accomplish. I tend to focus on all the things I wanted to do but didn’t. This year I feel a little bit differently. Last year, I took a break to have my beautiful baby boy, Maxwell. See that little banner. It was the very first Baby Bassinet Banner that The Purple Pug ever made. Unbelievably special! Our family is complete and so blessed. I’ve enjoy my time with my son more than I could have ever imagined. His “Maaaaa Maaaaa” makes my heart stop. I’m so glad that I took time to be present for all of the wonderful first with Max.
When I think about the past 4 years, I think about all of the many things that we have done and it has been an awesome road. It hasn’t been easy and it hasn’t all been peachy, but it has been wonderful! Right now, I’m in the process of finishing up my PowerSheets from Lara Casey and they have truly given me such a sense of purpose and direction…and I peace that I haven’t had in long time when it comes to my business. I’m so ready to Making Things Happen in 2014! Check out my Making Things Happen in 2014 Pinterest Board. If I could tell myself a few things to consider as I began this journey there are five things that come to mind:
- It’s going to be alright.
- Don’t stress about always be FIRST because you won’t be.
- Do what you love and don’t feel pressure to do what everyone else is doing.
- Take your time….baby steps are OK. Stop comparing yourself to others.
- Enjoy the ride!
In September, I had the most amazing opportunity, an opportunity of a lifetime really…. I was invited to meet Preston Bailey in his studio in September and it truly changed my life! I actually still can not believe that I had that opportunity, but God’s favour in my life is real and I’m so thankful for it. There is so much I can write about that experience but I will simply say that Preston Bailey IS an even more amazing person than I imagined he would be. The most important item that I took from my time with Preston is that I need to “trust my inner mentor”. We all have this “spirit” in us. You might call it God, you might call it your “gut” but we all have something within us that guides us. It leads us. If you are anything like me, you might not always trust that feeling and look for “outside” validation or opinions. In reality the outside validation is only telling you want you ALREADY know!
That’s me with Preston!!!! I love him!
So I’m excited about what this year has in store for me, my family and SED! I hope you will stick around for the ride!
Love & Focus are what will drive my year in 2014 , what words are guiding your year this year?
My motto for this year!
Today I’m sharing photos from a beautiful Casino Royale Holiday Celebration hosted by one of our corporate clients for their employees. This particular Sunday in the Washington, D.C., area it snowed, sleeted and rained - but that didn’t stop the almost 200 guests from arriving and partying the night away!
Here are a few of my favorite photos courtesy of Capital Media USA.
Today I’d like to share with you a few photos from an at-home Christmas Holiday Wedding Reception for a lovely couple (Jillian & Andrew) who got married in Dominican Republic. On November 29th, the very beginning of the Christmas season, their parents hosted an amazing reception at Wolfgang Puck’s – The Sunset Room in the National Harbor. We were brought in to handle the design and decor for the event. Embracing the holiday spirit, we opted for arrangements featuring red and gold Christmas ornaments, pairing them with red and white floral arrangements. They turned out just beautiful. It was held on the night of the annual Christmas Tree lighting which made for an absolutely beautiful setting.
After enjoying a wonderful meal comprised of a fushion of Cuban and Soul food, guests danced the night away. Fireworks (like literally fireworks) erupted upon the evening close. What a wonderful way to start the Christmas Season. Congratulations Jillian & Andrew!
Enjoy photos provided by Capitol Media USA.
In January of this year, Kim contacted me to discuss her upcoming wedding in June. She had me sold at “the reception is going to be at National’s Park baseball stadium!” This was such a unique selection for a wedding reception, I was thrilled to be asked to plan this wedding. It brings me so much joy when couples make their wedding a true reflection of their personalities. Kim and Emil were such a joy to work with. Kim was hands down the most laid back bride that I have ever met! When I started working with Kim, the only items that had been decided with the venues and dresses, so I had my work cut out for me. I think that it turned out absolutely stunning.
Check out these goregous photos from Connor Studios.
Read more about the details of this wedding on Brides.com as a featured Real Wedding!
By Ebony | DIY
Today I’m excited to introduce a new series to our blog! In our home we have “Free-Day Friday!” and that the night that we typically will order food in, typically pizza. Our girls get so excited about “Free Day” because they don’t get take out like that too often and they get to stay up late and watch movies. It’s a Free Day!!!!! So every other Friday here on The Sparkle Spot, I’m going to be offering you a freebie, one that I create or one that one of my favorite party peeps create especially for YOU!
Today, I have designed a simple but elegant folded Thank You card in black and white! This free printable thank you card would be perfect for weddings, bridal showers or any special event. It can be embellished with crystals and ribbon for added flair!
Happy Free Day Friday!