My Morning Happy Hour Routine

July 14, 2016

Morning Routine

“Remember to take care of yourself.  You can’t pour from an empty cup.” ~ Toby Mac

Do you have a set morning routine?  One of the hardest things for me about transitioning from a corporate job into starting a business from home has been re-establishing a schedule for myself.  As a wedding planner, I love that every day is completely different  – from meeting with new vendors, taking beautiful venue tours and of course working with new couples.  The problem is that I’ve been so excited to hustle and get out there that I lost my sense of grounding.  Life felt completely chaotic.

Last month I had the opportunity to completely remove myself from the situation.  I went to Iowa to visit my family for a little vacation and during that time away I was able to self evaluate.  First of all, spending time with my family always points me back in the right direction because they remind me of who I am at my core.  And secondly, it was nice to take a break completely from work and get revitalized.

When I returned home to Denver I was sure of one thing – I needed some consistency in my life.  Since mornings are my absolute favorite time of day (I love fresh starts and the uncertainty of the day ahead), I decided to put together a regular routine to get me going.  It’s definitely a work in progress, but here is what I’ve been doing in the last month that has made a huge difference in 1) my stress level, 2) my productivity, 3) my self confidence and 4) my faith.


My AM Happy Hour Routine

(…because who says happy hours have to be at 5 o’clock 😉 )

*Wake up around 6:00 or 6:30 am.

*Feed my cats and make coffee (pretty sure my Kerig is my favorite household appliance).

*Sit out on the porch (I love getting fresh air first thing) and read through a devotional or motivational book.  Sometimes I’ll light a candle for ambiance (this Rose Bouquet scented candle from Target is lovely!).  A few of my favorites items to read as of late are:

Jesus Calling

She Reads Truth

A Morning Prayer 

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst

*Reflect, meditate and/or pray about whatever I read that day, and also pray for my family, friends and business.

*Journal for 5-10 minutes (this is so hard for me, but when I actually do it I feel better about life).

*Make breakfast and enjoy it at the kitchen table or on the porch.  I’ve realized that I really love cooking in the morning.  Lately I’ve been making eggs sunny side up with sautéed veggies, bacon or an english muffin and berries.


Being Intentional

This entire routine takes anywhere from a half hour to a full hour, depending on the day.  Afterward sometimes I’ll work out or just go ahead and put on some make up and get dressed and ready for the day.

Something I realized is that sticking to a routine is super intentional.  It’s hard to set aside an extra hour every morning  but I know the difference it makes for me and that makes it totally worth it!

How do you start your day?  Do you have a happy hour of your own that grounds you and reminds you of your purpose/goals?  Comment below!

Morning Routine 2

PS. My mom recently sent me this shirt (pictured above) in the mail and I’m obsessed – it’s so true!

Cheers,

ladyplanner

Summer Fruit Tart

July 7, 2016

Summer Fruit Tart

To be completely honest, most of the time I don’t bother with any dessert other than chocolate or ice cream (with chocolate in it).  It seems like kind of a waste right?  If I’m going to indulge I want to do it right.  BUT, that being said, during the Summer my cravings turn more toward fruity indulgences.  So today I’m sharing a recipe I recently tried out for individual fruit tarts.  Isn’t it cute?  Pair your tart with a steaming cup of coffee or a sparkly glass of bubbles for a sinfully delicious treat.  Enjoy!


Summer Fruit Tart Recipe

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

– 2 cups crushed graham crackers

– 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

– 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar

– 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream

– 1 cup light cream cheese

– 2 tablespoons of sugar

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– Raspberries and blueberries for topping

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Directions:

1) Combine the graham crackers, melted butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl.  Mix until fully incorporated and then divide equally between 4 tart pans or 1 large pie pan (your preference).  Press the graham cracker mix down to create a crust and then bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

2) Next, using a mixer or separate bowl, add in the heavy cream and whip until the cream forms soft peaks.  When it’s ready, fold in the cream cheese and then mix until the filling is smooth and fully combined.

3) Spoon the filling into your tart crusts and then chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

4) Lastly, add the berries to the top of each tart (you can copy my design or create your own) and serve.

*Note: They taste best when eaten immediately! 🙂

Cheers,

ladyplanner

Blooming Lettered Centerpiece DIY

June 30, 2016

Blooming Lettered DIY Tutorial

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I’m so excited to share a DIY tutorial that I’ve put together after coming across this similar monogram DIY from Lulu’s.  This tutorial is perfect for anyone who’s looking to add a personal feminine touch to your workspace, living room, or even your bathroom!

When I started putting together the design for my living room space in my new apartment last year, I found that I was very drawn to a classic, romantic Parisian style.  I elected to have a color scheme with black, white, gray/light blue, and pops of red.  My friend gave my a lamp shaped like the Eiffel Tour, which matched perfectly with the beautiful photo I found that overlooked the city of Paris.  My mom also found some pretty rose pillows that fit the aesthetic perfectly!  (…The older I get the more I’m convinced my mom is a superhero.  How does she always manage to find the most perfect items that I always seem to miss?!)

The final key item I’d been struggling to add was a beautiful centerpiece that lent another pop of color.  Well, needless to say I’m in love with this “Amour” blooming lettered centerpiece.  The French word for love spelled out with red roses definitely completes my Parisian living room and adds just the right amount of beauty and romance to tie all of the other Parisian accents together.

Okay, now it’s your turn!  See below for instructions on how to create a similar DIY piece.  You can use whatever word and flowers that you want to make it completely custom.  Enjoy friends!


Blooming Lettered DIY Tutorial

What You’ll Need:

– Fake flowers of your choice & color

– Wire Cutter

– Paper mache letters for your word of choice (here are the ones I used)

Blooming Lettered DIY Tutorial

Instructions:

Lay out your paper mache letters in front of you and clip several pieces of each of the fake flowers you elected to use.  I clipped the flowers with my wire cutter right at the base so that there was just a tiny bit of the stem still remaining.

Next, arrange the flowers in the order you prefer by sticking them into the holes of the lettering.   I started by placing in the larger red roses, and then adding the smaller white and green floral accents around them.  (If needed, you can use a hot glue gun to secure the flowers completely.)

Make sure your flowers are all in place or let your glue dry, and enjoy your new decor!

Blooming Lettered DIY Tutorial

Blooming Lettered DIY Tutorial

Blooming Lettered DIY Tutorial

Cheers,

ladyplanner

Ch-ch-ch-changes

June 20, 2016

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(Photo by Emily Sacco Photography, Outfit from Pink’s – Straight from LA)

Happy Monday friends!  I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA this past week.  Truthfully, I ended up taking a much needed vacation to visit my sisters and parents in Iowa for a bit and do a little detox on blogging and work in general.  I cannot tell you how big of a difference it made!  When I returned home this past weekend, I felt completely refreshed and ready to get back at it – woot!

One thing that I’ve really been struggling with lately is how to use my time more wisely.  In terms of blogging, I realized that I have been stretching myself thin trying to keep up with sharing three well thought out, curated and inspiring posts each week.  Especially during the last couple months as I’ve been really trying to focus in on and build my wedding planning business, I have felt that some of the content I’ve been putting out here has not truly been my best (which is the worst feeling!).  So what’s the solution?  It’s time for some much needed changes!

In order to be able to create better, more in depth, raw posts that really resonate with YOU (my lovely readers), I will now be posting once a week on Thursdays.  

Blogging has been such an exciting and challenging journey so far, and I’m so thankful to everyone who has followed along.  I hope that you continue to check in with me here on Ladyplanner, as I continue to share ideas, thoughts and inspiration for how we can create those meaningful “mini events” that add a bit of extraordinary to our day-to-day lives.  Please share any topics that you’re interested in below!

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Cheers,

ladyplanner